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Los Chinches

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Drawing upon the retro style of Chicha from 1960s Peru, Los Chinches’ sound harnesses the psychedelic twists of Peruvian Cumbia as well as the Punk and Ska spirit of London. This, along with their rocking tropical energy, makes for blistering live performances interlaced with feverishly addictive melodies. Their sound stays faithful to the original bands from the era, such as Juaneco y Su Combo and Los Mirlos, whilst taking influences from 60s garage rock and surf guitar and bringing it bang up-to-date with a distinctly London attitude.

Los Chinches’ line-up reflects the melting pot of the city from which they emerge, and with Peruvian food and culture currently booming in the capital, now is the time for London’s very own Chicha band. Consisting of four Europeans (three from England, one from France) and four Latin American percussionists (three Peruvians and a Colombian), they offer up a unique blend of Chicha with hot Peruvian rhythms going head to head with the amped-up melodies of the London-born keyboard and guitar players.

Since forming in 2009, Los Chinches have blazed a trail across the London scene at an eclectic array of club nights, folk events and rock’n’ roll venues. They have been part of the prestigious Latin music festival La Linea with a performance at the Barbican, they’ve packed dance floors at venues such as Cargo and Rich Mix and they’ve rocked festival stages at Glastonbury, Bestival, The Big Chill and WOMAD. Last year, whilst working on the album, their busy schedule included a tour in the Netherlands, a show at BT London Live (Victoria Park) alongside Ska Cubano and a sell-out gig at the Village Underground in Shoreditch.

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