The Cansecos are relentless in their pursuit for the future of electronic rock. Their forward efforts in electro-funk rock and, sometimes disco productions melded with classic pop song-writing have earned them praise from Pitchfork Media, Uncut Magazine and the NY Observer for their unique musical soundscapes and visionary production.
On their recent sophomore release Juices! (Upper Class Recordings) The Cansecos enlisted the help of Adam Nunn (Radiohead, Air) at Abbey Road Studios. The result was heavily textured sounds, layered in 70’s funk rock production that marked a departure from their debut. The Cansecos remain true and comfortingly familiar, but with an absolutely modern style all of their own.
Their self-titled debut album (Upper Class Recordings 2003) was created using little more than some outdated, falling-apart computers and a four-track recorder, but the resulting sound, feel, image, is something truly original. Their inventive sound caught the attention of the indie-pop and electronic underground, and landed the track “A Common State Of Being” in the Canadian cult film, A Simple Curve (alongside fellow psychedelic sound explorers Caribou).
In keeping with their visionary antics, The Cansecos initially released a full-length bootleg version of Juices! Aptly entitled, Juiced! The disco mash-up project, remixed tracks from Juices! “Raised By Wolves”, “Fight Yellow”, “Seen The Sun Rise” were ambitiously blended with original disco jams of the ‘70s. Juiced!, available only on the band’s website and circulated through live shows, peer portals, and blogs, caused more of a stir than most traditional releases of 2007. That led The Cansecos to release a 70-minute disco mix tape, Showers. Showers displayed the musical inspiration behind Juiced! and made the All Music Guide’s Top 10 Mixes of 2008 alongside Santigold, Diplo and Simian Mobile Disco. Both Juiced! and Showers are still available as free downloads at www.thecansecos.com
The buzz surrounding the back to back releases of Juiced!, Juices! and Showers had music heads celebrating the redefined concept of an album, as well as attracting attention from their music peers, which landed The Cansecos back in the studio for most of 2008 producing and remixing some of the finest artists of the electronic dance and indie scenes (The Russian Futurists, Sally Shapiro, Black Kids).
Once in a while The Cansecos step away from the keys and knobs in their lab, and assemble their four-piece line up; “The Billionaire” and “Generous G” with rhythm aces “Princely P” Paul Prince (bass) and “Stealy” Dan McCormick (drums) jump on stage, and reveal their live prowess to the usual dressed to impress enthusiasts ready to hit the dance floor for the rapture of The Cansecos.
The Cansecos are elated by their recent accolade, as their track “Raised By Wolves” (Juices! Upper Class Recordings) wins first place in the most celebrated song writing competition in the world, The International Songwriting Competition for Best Electronic/Dance Song of 2008. Over 15, 500 songs were considered by a judging panel stacked with legends, as diverse as; TPain, Robert Smith, Tom Waits, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Davies, Black Francis, Chaka Khan, Tiesto and many more, winning the ISC Grand Prize is an accomplishment that recognizes excellence in the craft of songwriting. The admiration bestowed on The Cansecos is a great honour and achievement.