RGV Sounds: independent rock band from Edinburgh invests in the world in English and Spanish
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (KVEO) – Indie rock: It’s an ambiguous way of describing a wide range of music.
The umbrella term was originally generally used to describe bands that independently release their own music and do not belong to a label.
But over time, “indie rock” has become a way of classifying the music itself… sort of.
Essentially, the purveyors of this music feel like they are creating sounds that are not easily defined by typical genres and go against the mainstream.
Just about any band can be given the term, whether their music is guitar-laden and loud or cold and mellow.
And somehow, bands like Edinburg’s Yruama find ways to mix all of these sounds together.
While Yruama offers a revolving door of members for live performances, the group is primarily the idea of Amaury Lopez, who spawned the idea for this project at the age of 15 in 2012.
Lopez played drums in several RGV bands and gained notoriety as a staple in the music scene before embarking on a solo artist.
He created Yruama in the mid-2010s where he plays all instruments. The group name is a reverse spelling of its first name.
Yruama’s first releases came in 2017 on a few Sound Cloud EPs, but the group’s official debut is counted as 102, released in 2018.
The four-track EP is a cheerful, cheerful release that would fit right into any indie playlist. Since its release, 102 won over 30,000 plays on Spotify alone as Yruama quickly made a splash on the music scene.
Yruama followed with another EP, Cravings, in 2019 which has the same characteristics as the first version. The songs in this version marked the first time Lopez sang lyrics in Spanish, as he felt the lyrics and music were better reflected in the language.
On both EPs, Lopez plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and sings, making these releases completely solo.
This theme continued in 2020 when Yruama entered the studio again to record his latest EP, Fresco., which instantly became the band’s most music-loving release to date when it was released in March 2021.
Fresco. opens with a cover of “Cuando Calienta del Sol”, a song recorded by several artists, including Mexican singers Luis Miguel and Javier Solis.
Lopez’s version of “Cuando Calienta del Sol” is an electrifying jam and certainly appropriate for an RGV artist to cover given our proximity to a beach.
After this track, Yruama dances to groovy “Rollerblading” imbued with spectacular guitar chords.
Things calm down on “Man on the Moon” with a chillwave-style synth section, driven by shoegaze, which fills listeners’ eardrums with a cacophony of noise.
“Saturnday Haze” closes the EP and sums up the whole release with some sections of the song containing catchy guitar riffs and others dominated by synth sounds.
What if the music itself wasn’t enough to interest you Fresco., then Yruama decided to pack an intriguing counterpart with the EP: soap.
A limited number of soaps were sculpted into the shape of Lopez’s head to be released with Fresco. He based this concept on the magic soaps sold in Mexico which are believed to bring good luck.
Yruama plans to release more soaps in different models with singles out of Fresco.
Lopez says the soap project was successful because many people tried to buy the item from him.
He likened the experience to himself wanting the merchandise of his favorite bands, ridiculous as they are.
Yruama has been around long enough to gain constant following in the RGV indie rock scene and is set to perform more live shows soon.
Lopez usually sings and plays guitar during concerts and is replaced by friends on bass, drums and keyboards.
He says that while being a solo artist can be limiting at times, having the final say in every release is something that allows him to do whatever he wants with his music.
Lopez hopes to release a full album and tour the country and even play concerts in Mexico in the near future.
Yruama’s music can be found on Apple Music, Bandcamp, Spotify, and YouTube, among others.
You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
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