El Shirota is a band originally from Chiluca, Mexico, who, during the last five years, has managed to position themselves as one of the most interesting musical proposals inside of the panorama of independent music in Mexico. Both their recordings and live act have been a topic of conversation in specialized media and radio programs throughout his musical career in the country.
Seven years may be a long time for a band to release their debut album, but for Mexico City’s El Shirota, the wait was worth it. Tiempos Raros is an impressive collection of 90s-inspired alternative rock that sounds both fresh and new and delightfully retro. Lead single “Más de una vez” burns brightly, the sound of a summer’s day with the radio blasting. It’s no surprise, then, that the song has become a popular request on the esteemed international radio station KEXP.
Consisting of Emma Hoeflinger (vocals/guitar), Ryan Quarles (guitar), Simon Knudtson (drums), and Emma Lambiase (bass), Oginalii oscillates between kick-your-teeth-in sludge rock and hazy psychedelia, anchored by Hoeflinger’s smooth yet fierce vocals. Set in Led Zeppelin roots, Oginalii channels strong contemporary females like Karen O, PJ Harvey, and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark.