When Making Movies performs live it is as though a spirit descends upon the room, entrancing audiences with the pulse of their Afro-Latino rhythms, psychedelic jams, and rock’n’roll riffing. Armed with their ambitious and politically charged new album, I Am Another You, the band punches out one high-energy song after another, with theatrics and head-banging climaxes riding atop a bed of driving percussion. Their Latin American roots are placed front and center with moments where the front-man Enrique Chi trades his electric guitar for a folkloric Panamanian mejorana, and the Chaurand brothers hop off drums and percussion to instead supply the rhythmic pulse with a dueling zapateado huasteco, a traditional form of dance from Veracruz, Mexico.
The band’s political idea is straightforward enough that they can express it in four words: “We are all immigrants.” In supporting that cause, a portion of all proceeds from their latest release I Am Another You will goes to the National Immigration Law Center.
The band has shared the stage with Arcade Fire, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.
“… tough to classify into one genre, which … makes them that much more appealing.” — CNN en Español
“the band synthesizes what’s happening in … Latin music better than anyone else out there today.” — MTV
“(I Am Another You is) lyrically and sonically one of the best albums of the year” – NPR
Locura Colectiva Video is HERE
Spinning Out Video is HERE
HERE is a picture (photo credit Brian Slater)
And here is a video from their NPR Tiny Desk Session HERE
Another live video is HERE
Spotify link to new album HERE