Think of the term "Colombian music" and what comes to mind might be a traditional cumbia or vallenato, or perhaps pop superstars Shakira and Juanes.Think of the term "Colombian music" and what comes to mind might be a traditional cumbia or vallenato, or perhaps pop superstars Shakira and Juanes. But Bogotá-based indie rock band Don Tetto isn't content to play festivals and clubs in its home city: Its influences are international, as are its aspirations.
The quartet, which released its debut album "Lo Que No Sabías" on Colombian label Cabeza de Ratón last year, is part of the "happy punk" movement sweeping parts of Latin America. Singer/guitarist Diego Pulecio cites Blink-182 and Metallica as primary influences. The group's melodic punk has found a radio audience via Bogotá rock station Radioactiva, which started playing Don Tetto's songs and booking the band at events after the group won the station's battle of the bands in 2003. A slew of club gigs and festivals, including Colombia's massive Rock al Parque, followed.
Don Tetto has some heavy hitters backing it, including former EMI Televisa marketing and promotions VP Pietro Carlos and touring veteran Jorge Naranjo. As the group's management discusses label deals for worldwide distribution, "Lo Que No Sabías" got a March 25 U.S. digital release from 786 Music.
Don Tetto has enjoyed spins from Latin radio stations in Chicago and Texas and is booked for radio concerts in those places; additionally, the act is slated to perform at the BMI Latin Alternative Music Conference this July in New York. U.S. promotion extends to bilingual video channels and an artist-of-the-month pick on Spanish-language portal terra.com.