¡PENDEJO! is a four-piece heavy rock band from the Netherlands, founded by two cousins with a history in Latin America. Digging into their latino roots, El Pastuso and Jaap 'Monchito' Melman started blending heavy riffage, pounding drums, right-in-your-face lyrics in urban Spanish about the weirdest stories in life, and to top it all off, a screaming trumpet. Sounds pendejo, right?
'Cantos a la Vida' (2010), the band’s first full length album, was firstly released in Spain and got stunningly positive reviews there. Their music has been described as heavy, addictive, rough and grooving, or as a Spanish critic so eloquently put it: "Heavy rock in Spanish with balls the size of Danny de Vito". Having played mostly in the underground scene throughout Europe and Latin America - and sharing stages with influential heavyweights like Fu Manchu and Karma to Burn - the band puts on a show for anyone who is not afraid to be grabbed by the cojones and to be thrown into a spicy puddle of chile con carne.
¡PENDEJO! recorded its second full-length album 'ATACAMES' with producer Pieter Kloos in The Void Studio in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Kloos, who previously worked with bands like Motorpsycho, Barkmarket and Ween, and with Dutch heavy acts like Peter Pan Speedrock and 35007, convinced the band to record their album the old fashioned way, recording most of the material live. This resulted in a daring album containing 10 songs ranging from heavy to lighthearted, and from melodramatic to outright aggressive.
A first track, called '¡Dos!', has already been released on YouTube. The European release of 'ATACAMES' is set to be released on CD and vinyl on April 25th, 2014.
El Pastuso – vocals, trumpet
Jaap 'Monchito' Melman – (Bitcho, ex-Dreadlock Pussy, ex-Revamp) – guitar
Stef 'El Rojo' Gubbels – bass, backing vocals
Jos 'Pepellín' Roosen – (ex-Dreadlock Pussy, ex-Viberider) – drums
“You won’t regret trying this!” (Metal Hammer)
“They sound heavy, solid, and [Cantos a la Vida] proves an evident strength and endurance.” (Mariano Muniesa, KERRANG!)
“You really won’t believe your ears.” (Stan Novak, Aardschok)
“Attitude, power, quality, and in short all the necessary ingredients for a great time with smoke, alcohol, humor, sex and ah!, Rock n Roll!” (Max Metal)
“Although I don’t speak a word of Spanish, I try to scream along with the lyrics.” (Marcel Verschoor, Live XS)
“Smoke, alcohol and titanic stoner!” (Ovella Negra Rock)
“Those who saw them supporting Fu Manchu, witnessed their prowess. Let’s hope they continue provoking with that mix of hard rock, stoner and metal.” (Txema Mañeru, Ruta 66)
“Check the irony that one of the best Latin American bands I’ve heard isn’t Latin American.” (Vagabundo Espiritual)
“[Cantos a la Vida] hits you like a battering ram, including riffs and rhythms which do not always follow the easy path, but still catch the listener and stick to the mind.” (Lords of Metal)
“¡Pendejo! les chingará la madre.” (Renacer Electrico)