By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Mexico City-based dark synth pop/gloomy dance rock quartet Rey Pila (which translates to “King Battery” in Spanish) will release their new album ‘Velox Veritas’ on Aug. 21, 2020 via Arts & Crafts, their first full-length since 2015’s ‘The Future Sugar.’
Diego Solórzano, Andrés Velasco, Rodrigo Blanco and Miguel Hernández make up the group, who’ve made their name globally since their 2010 formation while sharing the stage with acts like Interpol, The Strokes and Brandon Flowers.
‘Velox Veritas’ was recorded in Solórzano’s Mexico City home studio and Sonic Ranch Studios in Texas, while it was produced and mixed in Los Angeles by Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). The album will exhibit a further evolved and versatile sound, with genre-bending styles and influences worked in. So far, they’ve already released videos for the singles “Let It Burn,” “Casting A Shadow,” and “Drooling.”
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with Solórzano about ‘Velox Veritas’ and more.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Mexico City to someone who has never been there before?
Diego Solórzano – We’ve had the privilege of traveling around the world because of the band and there’s nothing like it. A unique gigatown with a very strong visual vibe. One of a kind.
Music Bugle – How was the band name decided?
Diego Solórzano – I came up with it when after seeing a painting of Francesco Clemente with Basquiat about 12 years ago. There were a bunch of phrases on the painting, one of them was “king battery,” which means “Rey Pila” in Spanish.
Music Bugle – What was it like making your new album ‘Velox Veritas’?
Diego Solórzano – A very long and fun process. We spent about three years working on it. Collaborators like Dave Sitek added more special sauce to the mix. Definitely the most mature work we’ve done.
Music Bugle – With five years separating ‘Velox Veritas’ and ‘The Future Sugar,’ how would you say the band has matured since then?
Diego Solórzano – A lot… so much has happened between those two records. It’s better to take your time while working on something that requires your mind to be in a creative state. Rushing things never works out in these sort of artistic endeavors. We released a couple EPs in between to keep the blood flow healthy.
Music Bugle – What has been your favorite moment while onstage?
Diego Solórzano – Hmm… hard to tell. I’ve been remembering a show we had a few years back in San Luis Potosí. I was so surprised by the reaction of the crowd, I was embarrassed by it. Great response! After we finished the show, we found out that an earthquake had just struck Mexico City… right at the peak of the show.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your particular genre?
Diego Solórzano – Don’t know what genre that would be! (Laughs) We like all kinds of music. Even though we come from rock/electronic music, we like to think there’s a bit everything in our music.
Music Bugle – If you had the chance to chat one-on-one with one of your musical influences, who would you choose?
Diego Solórzano – Probably Richard D. James. He’s seems like a wild man to me!
Music Bugle – Which song of yours was the hardest to write or compose?
Diego Solórzano – “Surveillance Camera.” It took me about five months.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Diego Solórzano – The entertainment world in general is being hit very hard by the pandemic. We are lucky to be the type of band that has nothing to lose. (Laughs)
Music Bugle – Away from music, what might people be surprised to know about the band?
Diego Solórzano – There’s a mathematician, an engineer and a goalkeeper in the band.