During the past decade Porter became one of the most interesting bands in the indie scene of Mexico. With only one full-length and, especially, one EP—the essential Donde los Ponys Pastan— they managed to shake the scene with their experimental rock full of unexpected changes, as well of lyrics which sought the strange and the surreal, work by the charismatic Juan Son.
After the edition of the interesting Atemahawke the band split. Later on, the singer and prior front man, Juan Son, edited a solo album and took part in Aeiou along with Simone Pace from Blonde Redhead. After those projects aside, the band announced their return in 2012. Together they would record a new song, Kiosko, a delicacy of rested pop which does not bear much resemblance with the present interests of the band. Months later Juan Son announced his definite departure from the band and David Velasco became the current singer, with a very similar voice to that of Juan Son.
At the end of August, Moctezuma was released, an album in which Porter’s essence prevails at the same time that they continue to experiment. Thus, the most ambient landscapes, like in Tzunami, are transformed into guitar action and a more rockish sound, all this in a coherent way. The use of synthesizers gives the album a specially compact touch. In this manner, with songs like the irresistible Huitzil, they achieve an unprecedented epic nuance in their music.
It could be stated that the inspiration for the album is nearly historic. “There are three ships, they’re bringing Christ” or “they do not come in peace”, they sing in Murciélago, almost a settling of scores with the Hispanic colonization in Mexico. In this sense, the album is very ambitious when it comes to the lyrics. The Mexican identity, the use of purely Mexican words and concepts has always been a relevant element in their music, as in Xolointize Chicloso from the album Atemahawke, for example. Although the difference is that, in Moctezuma, they acquire a slightly more political tone.
Moctezuma is the fierce return of Porter. They prove that, singers aside, the key to the band is the instrumental creativity of their songs.
Translation by Irene Soto.