ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Twenty years. This is the milestone Latin band Nosotros is celebrating this year.
“We’ve been through a lot,” says Randy Sanchez. “There have been plenty of peaks and valleys for us. And we’re happy to still be around.”
Sanchez is the guitarist and does some vocals for the band. It also consists of Dennis Jasso, Shane Derk, Carlos Fontana, Felipe Ruibal, Gilbert Uribe, David Weeks and Ricky Carrido.
While the band is celebrating its 20th year, it also is releasing a compilation album simply called, “XX.” Sanchez says the album contains 17 tracks, one of which is brand new.
“We wrote ‘Aqui y Alla’ recently and figured it would work well in this compilation,” he says. “It’s fun to see how far we’ve come as a band.”
Formed in Las Cruces, Nosotros has been through various incarnations over the years. The majority of the current lineup has been solid for about six to seven years, Sanchez says.
“We’re now at a point where the rhythm section has like ESP,” he says. “They know exactly where each person is going and it all works out. That’s the bonus to having bonded so well.”
Sanchez says the compilation spans the band’s entire catalog.
“There’s a difference in how we recorded all of the albums,” he says. “The early ones were done in Las Cruces and the recent ones have been done in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.”
Sanchez has grown as a musician over the course of the two decades.
“When we first started playing, I just liked to jam,” he says. “I’ve picked up a lot of advice and use it to my advantage. The band has now become a vehicle for us to get all of our music out.”
Sanchez says he thinks a new album will be out sometime next year.
“We’re raising the funds right now,” he says. “We’ve reached a really good place in our career.”