During the summer of 1997, Lilo Gonzalez Jr. (guitar & voice) emigrated from El Salvador to Washington, D.C. He met Chilean national Cristian Gajardo (drums & voice) and together they began to play with the Latin American Youth Centerâ€™s band. Shortly after this they decided to form their own band, which resulted in the birth of Machetres. In 2003, Salvadoran born Paul Gonzalez joined Machetres as bass guitarist.
The band epitomizes a musical blend of rock/punk and Latin beats to songs that often refer back to their personal lives and the troubles that they as well as other Latino immigrants face. This personal reflection is the inspiration behind their enthused commitment to their support of grassroots organization by performing benefit concerts throughout the community.
In 1998 the bandsâ€™ first self titled release Machetres 7â€ record was produced by Guy Picciotto in a split release by Dischord / Brickthrower Records. Since then, the band has played throughout the United States and El Salvador. In 2003 Machetres released â€œDoâ€ as part of a compilation CD on Dischord Records. In April 2004 the band released their first full length album â€œuntitledâ€; released on Venceremos Records and recorded by Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studios.
During the years, Machetres has shared the stage with great bands like CafÃ© Tacuba, El Vez, Fugazi, Molotov, The MakeUp, and most recently opened â€œOperation Ceasefireâ€, a free concert in conjunction with the September 24th, 2005, anti-war demonstrations in Washington, DC. For more information visit: www.machetres.com
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