Localized Appreesh is our weekly thank-you column to the musicians that make the Bay. To be considered, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The duo behind Bang Data has long been moving and shaking in the Bay Area music scene: MC Deuce Eclipse has worked with Oakland hip-hop act Zion I, while musician-producer Juan Manuel Caipo is engulfed in the local Latin alternative music scene.
So then it comes as a surprise to find that newest release, La Sopa, is actually Bang Data's debut full-length. The album – which blends a hyper, thrilling mix of samba, hip-hop, and ska with Latin beats – was released digitally March 13, and the hard copy dropped today.
Perhaps even more thrilling – and totally fitting – the single “Bang Data” (also the band's EP, Maldito Carnaval) was featured on pulse-quickening meth drama, Breaking Bad. To celebrate all this, after years of hard work, the band will play an album release party at Elbo Room this week. Get shaking.
Year and location of origin: 2008 Bay Area.
Band name origin: It came from describing our sound: hard hitting music with a message.
Band motto: Think out of the box.
Description of sound in 10 words or less: Like a soup of styles – Latin, Alternative, Hip Hop, Afro Electro.
Instrumentation: Drums, Beats, Guitar, Synths, Trumpet, Bass, Vocals – it could be anything.
Most recent release: La Sopa.
Best part about life as a Bay Area band: Living in the Bay Area.
Worst part about life as a Bay Area band: Not enough spots for live music.
First album ever purchased: Deuce: Fat Boys; Caipo: Cheap Trick at Budokan.
Most recent album purchased/downloaded: Black Keys: El Camino & Canteca de Macao (Spain)
Favorite local eatery and dish: Deuce: Los Toros in the East Bay (Soup); Caipo: El Perol/Limon Rotisserrie (Lomo Saltado, Chicken).