Venezuelan Pop Band Gran Radio Riviera Release Debut Album, 'Tanto'

Gran Radio Riviera
Courtesy of Billboard Venezuela

Gran Radio Riviera

Gran Radio Riviera is a pop band from Caracas, Venezuela, that first formed as Dinosaurio back in 2013. But after the coming and going of members and their individual and group growth, they became Gran Radio Riviera, with Sebastían Crespo on vocals and guitar, Juan Velasco on vocals and piano, Ricardo Sorondo on drums, Erick Díaz on bass and Diego Rojas on guitar.

"The name comes as an effort to identify our sound as a mix of pop, vintage rock 'n' roll and coast vibes," Díaz explained to Billboard Venezuela.

Crespo said the band is inspired by a long and varied list of influences: "Charly Garcia, Serú Girán, Gustavo Cerati, Spinetta, Soda Estereo and Los Amigos Invisibles in the Latin rock side. Also music icons such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Beach Boys, A Flock of Seagulls, Men at Work, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, The Talking Heads, and contemporary bands like Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala, Metronomy, MGMT, Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem."

GRR just released their first album, called Tanto ("Much," in English). "Throughout the recording process, we became really sensitive about things like the beauty of when love first flows and how it slowly fades into time and people have to say goodbye," Velasco revealed. "It is a way of saying, 'Thank you for making us feel so much.'"

The group defines the record easily: "Passion, satisfaction and joy," Sorondo said.

The band is in the final stages of premiering the video for their debut single, "Surf," which you can listen to here, and check out the rest of the album on GRR's YouTube channel.
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