When creating a conceptual album like La Salvación de Solo y Juan, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs‘ first “rock opera” album, the last thing you want to do is rush any part of the process. “Throughout the years, we’ve learned to stop rushing things,” LFC’s frontman Vicentico tells Billboard during a phone interview. “Good things should take time.”
Seven years after dropping their last studio album, the iconic Argentine rock band — who recently added two new members: Florían, son of Vicentico, and band member Flavio’s son Astor — premiered their highly anticipated record over the summer. The soundtrack to the story about two brothers who are raised by a distant and crude father scored the group four nominations to the 2016 Latin Grammys, including best rock album.
Billboard caught up with frontman Vicentico just days before the 17th edition of the Latin Grammys, where they will also take the stage and perform for the first time ever at the awards show on Nov. 17 in Las Vegas.
Would you say that the four nominations for La Salvación de Solo y Juan are a bit more special with Florían and Astor being part of the band?
La Salvación de Solo y Juan is special like any other album we have done before because we always give our love to everything we do. But yes, the fact that we can share this experience with our sons does make it a bit more special. They’re very excited, and to be honest, it gives us great joy and excitement to be able to perform with our sons as well.
We’ve been touring with this album since it came out, so in a sense, we are getting used to the idea of playing with Florían and Astor and I know they’re going to enjoy it. That makes me even happier.
After watching Florían and Astor perform at Chicago’s Ruido Fest, you would think they’ve been part of the band for years now.
I totally agree. The thing is that they’ve been around us since they were born. They were the ideal candidates to join the band. We started looking for new members but it made sense for us to pick them. Both of them are super humble and well educated and would have never asked us to let them join. But, we know both are great musicians and it seemed natural for those two additions to be Florían and Astor. If they wouldn’t be great musicians, they wouldn’t be part of the band.
Did you guys know from the beginning that the new album would be a conceptual/”rock opera” record or was that something that just happened?
We just had the urge to do something different. A few years ago, we decided it was time to start a new album, since we all had been doing our own thing for a while. We needed to turn on the light bulb for the band and create an album that entertained us. So we wrote the story, the story turned into songs and then it became an album.
We’re still thinking of how we will take it to the big screen. But that’s going to take some time, just how it took us a long time to create this album. In reality, projects like our album and the film should take time to create. Throughout the years, we’ve learned to stop rushing things. The albums that I like to listen to and the artists I admire, I know that they take the time they need to create their music.
How were the studio sessions like when recording La Salvación de Solo y Juan?
Before we began recording, Flavio and I wrote the story together and then him and I also recorded demos of all the songs. We played all the instruments as well on the demos. Then we connected with producer Héctor Castillo to tell him about the project and finally the rest of the band was incorporated to start working on the album. We recorded the first part at Flavio’s house in Argentina so we felt at home and we spent half of the year to record that part. We literally saw the summer and winter pass by and we were still recording. After that, we went to New York to finish recording and to mix the album.
Now that you guys are touring with the new album, during a performance in Mexico City the band sent out a message of solidarity with women who have been victims of violence. How important is it for the band to be part of that discussion?
It’s always very important to be clear about where we stand on these things. If we can add anything to the discussion or help out in any way, we will be part of it. The thing is that it shouldn’t even be a discussion or a debate at this point, it’s clear that any form of violence is not accepted. Dr. Aldrete, an artist who works with us when planning our live performances, was the one created the messages and illustrations for our show. Personally, I’m not the type to go in public to talk about these things because people already know where I stand. And I prefer to approach these things through art and through my music.