Shed a tear with the sad disco band of Monterrey Young Tender


As trite as it may sound to claim that a song is universally understood despite the language – in this case, it’s Spanish, and while around 43 million people (Latinx or not) are fluent, perhaps that you’re not one of them – but this new track from Young Tender clearly presents an intense case of sadness. The sadness on “Lo Que Quieras” is very real – so much so that it reflects the relief of starting to move beyond the melancholy too.

The Monterrey band dubbed their genre “sad disco”, and there really isn’t a proper descriptor left. Sparkling guitar sounds brighten up a gloomy landscape of dropped keys, like the relief of finally letting down tears after having a stressful headache trying to hold them back. The subject at hand here, it seems, is a toxic relationship; something that too many of us can unfortunately relate to. “Lo Que Quieras” is that exact moment when you realize how harmful all of this has been, that you get lost – but in that painful awareness you find the courage and the strength to come out.

Marking the fourth clip of their 2016 EP, Necios, they dropped the corresponding video for that particular slice of grief last week – on Valentine’s Day, of course. We spoke with Chris from Young Tender (he didn’t provide last names, and there’s no evidence they’re online either – so mysterious, and we’re here for that) about how whose budgroup has gathered, when we can expect to dance-slash-cry with their long-awaited full collection, and more.

I love the video for “Lo Que Quieras”, it’s really sleek and stylish, modern but retro – like your sound, in my opinion. Can you tell me a bit about the concept? How does this relate to the lyrics of the song and how did you end up collaborating with Studio Panama?

The guys from Panama / Linda Vista are good friends of ours, they listened to the song just as we were finishing it and told us they would like to make a video so they started working on the concept. They are more design-oriented visual artists, and we wanted to see what results might come from working with them; we always trust their good taste.

Can you tell me more about the formation of the band, the members and the inspirations behind the sound?

We are above all great friends; the group was born to be together when there was nothing to do in Monterrey. We’re Abel on guitar, Jamaica on vocals, Sixto on drums, Dani on bass and me, Chris, on keyboards. We always knew that the main idea behind the band was to do pop stuff – stuff that made us feel things, be it sadness or happiness, songs that made us want to sing along and almost always dance too.

The EP, Necios, is so good, seriously. I can’t wait to hear the full album you are working on. How’s it going?

It’s going very well ; we’ve already spent some time working on new songs. We also have a concept already in development. We’re tweaking the next singles that we’ll release before the album so you can get a feel for what it is.

Can you give us the names of a few other bands in Monterrey – or the burgeoning independent music scene in Mexico – that we should check out?

There are important things that are developing in Monterrey, Juniors del Gueto, DRIMS, Clubz, Era de Oro and Villa Lobos, who are good friends, and even comrades from the national scene like Wet Baes, Policias y Ladrones, all Finesse [Records] crew, and the Blenders, we think, are the most relevant acts.

This interview has been translated from Spanish to English and slightly edited for clarity.

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