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Dos Santos Release New Single/Video“A Tu Lado” and Announce Record Release Show on October 30th

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

Chicago-based alt-Latinx band Dos Santos releases “A Tu Lado,” a new single and video from their forthcoming album, City of Mirrors, out October 15th on International Anthem. Today's release of "A Tu Lado" coincides with the first date of National Hispanic Heritage Month, and the band's announcement of an October 30th album release show outdoors at Marz Brewing in Chicago, which will be co-presented by Sonarama Discos (alongside International Anthem), for their annual 'Calaveras y Palmeras' Dia de los Muertos celebration. The single follows “A Shot in the Dark” plus its recently released title track, a love song to Puerto Rico amid the aftershocks of harrowing natural disasters through which the bands “takes a salsa groove and soaks it in acid rock influences to warp it into a melancholic dirge without sacrificing warmth” (Remezcla).

Today’s “A Tu Lado” translates to “by your side.” Bandleader Alex Chavez describes the song’s sentiment: “We walk, march, and travel across these thresholds so that we may come to know the truth about our pasts—in the hopes of inching closer to futures that are not quite in view, of inching closer to a place being dreamed within the dream, that nonetheless exists outside the dream… And in that unbridled desire we discover the promise of these unknown paths only by walking along them at each other’s side.

Dos Santos is made up of bandleader Alex Chavez, drummer Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, percussionist ​Peter “Maestro” Vale, bassist Jaime Garza, and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Nathan Karagianis. The band began working on City of Mirrors without any expectations, simply hoping to create an honest, unique, and border-defying but broadly communicable sound. To achieve this, they decided to incorporate a sixth member - artist, producer, and longtime friend of the band Elliot Bergman (Wild Belle, NOMO). Bergman was able to help shape the music by introducing new ideas for capturing and composing sound; and helping sculpt the songs into their most essential and minimal forms.

The resulting City of Mirrors is cinematic in its journey, reflecting sounds from across the Americas combined with Chavez’s compelling poetic narratives. Its 13 tracks consolidate the band’s unique identities, creative and cultural roots, and their penchant for honoring traditional Latinx music with contemporary compositional expressions and production techniques. It achieves the band’s mission to push against their own musical boundaries while also exploring themes of social justice, migration, and contemporary human struggle.

City of Mirrors is an assemblage…glimpses of tradition… reflections on our collective present… luminous echoes between love and solitude, hope and absurdity, euphoria and mourning. This album grapples with and transgresses these binaries because we have/and continue to cross borders. Yet, for us, the border is no metaphor—too much real staring back at us. We embody the border. We (our families) have crossed it. We (our stories) are coated with its residues. And so… we cross the border of self through our art – out of necessity." - Dos Santos’ Alex Chavez

Dos Santos is notable for their incredible live shows. On October 30th, they’ll play an outdoor record release show in Chicago at Marz Community Brewing. The all day festival-like affair (from 4pm-10pm) will feature Austin-based Colombian psych trio Nemegata, as well as DJ sets from an all-female sound-selector line-up including La Love Maker, La Colocha, Fajita Banana, and Volcan. Marz will also be releaseing a special Dos Santos beer, "Santa Vida," to celebrate the occasion. Tickets are on sale now. Later this year and in early 2022, they’ll continue to hit the road as travel and capacity restrictions are lifted.

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