Austin rock band Vitera releases new ‘Tequila Rock’ EP

Haydn Vitera fronts the rock band "Vitera," which plays American rock music with Latin influences. 
Photo by Gilbert Villaseñor, Jr.
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Haydn Vitera fronts the rock band "Vitera," which plays American rock music with Latin influences. Photo by Gilbert Villaseñor, Jr.
Haydn Vitera fronts the rock band "Vitera," which plays American rock music with Latin influences. Photo by Gilbert Villaseñor, Jr.

Haydn Vitera fronts the rock band “Vitera,” which plays American rock music with Latin influences.
Photos by Gilbert Villaseñor, Jr.

There was a time when all Austin-based musician Haydn Vitera wanted to do was be in Nashville and perform country music. But when he started listening to his inner rocker, he discovered that fusing rock music with the Latin influences that he grew up with gave him the opportunity to follow a more fulfilling musical path.

Vitera calls it American Latino rock because it’s not like rock en español from Latin America. “It’s rock music that’s American influenced made by Latinos who are here in the U.S., ” he says. The band Vitera will celebrate the local release of its latest EP “Tequila Rock” with a show at 10 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Strange Brew. A wider digital release is planned for January 2016.

“Tequila Rock” comes five years after the band’s debut album “Súbete.” While the first album was mostly sung in Spanish,  this latest EP has a more bilingual feel with songs sung in English, Spanish and Spanglish. Vitera, who got his big break in 1997 when he joined country artist Rick Treviño’s band as a fiddle player and later went on to tour with Asleep at the Wheel, now also rocks the electric violin. Listeners will hear more of the signature electric violin sound in this latest EP.

An especially poignant track on the EP is “Que Pasará,” which was co-written by Vitera’s brother, David Vitera, and Rafael Franco. The song asks what would happen if all the immigrant workers in our nation were gone. “It’s a very timely theme,” Vitera says. “I felt like it needed to be out there…and that we had a responsibility to put out there.”

At the Strange Brew show, the band promises to bring several special guests including Latin rock star Rick Del Castillo, singer-songwriter Ady Hernandez and Vanessa Del Fierro of the all-female mariachi group Las Coronelas. The show’s $10 cover includes a hard copy of “Tequila Rock.” Doors open at 9:30 p.m.

 

 


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