AJ Davila y Terror Amor/Davila 666

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AJ Davila Bio

 

AJ Davila is known for being the founder of the acclaimed Puerto Rican garage rock band Davila 666, with whom he recorded two albums and toured the world. The band has been praised by Pitchfork for their “sheer anarchic energy, not to mention a formidable gift for language-transcending hooks.” In 2011, the band decided to take a break, but AJ kept moving, and began working on his own project. His debut solo album, ‘Terror Amor,’ which was released on February 18, 2014, has gotten major buzz from Pitchfork, Spin, VICE, NPR, CMJ, MTV Iggy, Brooklyn Vegan, KEXP, and more. ITunes featured AJ Davila’s “Lo Que No Sera” (featuring Alex Anwandter) as the Itunes Single of the Week, while NPR premiered the full album stream via ‘first listen.’

 

Though embarking on a solo project was initially intimidating, AJ Davila took advantage of the creative freedom and created “the soundtrack of your life and my life together.” It brings together the guitar-fuzz of ’60s garage, the raw energy of 70’s punk and the irrepressibly catchy choruses of 80’s pop, a combination that Pitchfork described as “the balance between sweetness and distortion.”

 

The sounds that were directly drawn from AJ’s experiences of ‘terror’ and ‘amor’ over the last few years are layered with collaborations from the likes of Alex Anwandter, Sergio Rotman (Fabulosos Cadillacs), Selmo Oxor, Mercedes Oller (Las Robertas), Juanita Calamidad (Juanita y Los Feos, Cole Alexander (Black Lips), Juan Cirerol, and Fofe Abreu (Circo, Fofe y Los Fetiches, and Dax Diaz).

 

Davila 666 Bio

 

Describing themselves as like “Menudo on drugs,” San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Davila 666 combine Stooges-like garage rock fire with the occasional sugary pop melody. The seven — not six, surprisingly — Davilas include singer/tambourine playerSir Charles, Singer and multi-instrumentalist AJ Davila,lead guitarist/vocalist Johnny Otis Davila,drummer/vocalist Latin Snake, percussionist/vocalist Panda, and guitarist/vocalist Gigi. Their theatrical live show — which includes themes, props, costumes, and dancers — won them fans in the States when they toured with the Black Lipsand the King Khan & BBQ Show. Davila 666’s self-titled U.S. debut was released in summer 2008 via In the Red Records. After a somewhat quiet year in 2009, the band came back strong in 2010, releasing an EP on Rob’s House Records and singles on Norton (covering the Rolling Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow”) and Vice (a split with the Dirtbombs). In 2011 the band’s second album, Tan Bajo, hit the shelves.

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