Washington, DC-based Bilingual Folk-Rock Group “Elena & Los Fulanos” to Release Debut Album, Miel Venenosa this July
(Washington, DC) – Washington, DC-based bilingual folk-rock group Elena & Los Fulanos will release their debut album, Miel Venenosa, this month in the first collaboration for the band that was formed in 2011 by front-woman Elena Lacayo, Danny Cervantes (violin, ukulele, vocals,) Andrew Graber (drums,) Dan Schwartz (bass,) and Craig Keenan (guitar.)
The album release will be marked with a performance on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW, in Washington D.C. at 7 p.m.
Miel Venenosa (or “Poisonous Honey”) is a full-length, 13-track English and Spanish album with styles and themes that highlight the bilingual and bicultural identity of the band. “Carolina,” a song about wanting to escape to the American South, borrows elements from American folk and country music, while “Amor Migrante,” a migrant mother’s love song to the son she left behind, uses Latin guitars to transport the listener to her Central American home country.
The band came together on the streets of DC’s rapidly changing neighborhoods of Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant, where working immigrant communities co-exist with young political and nonprofit leaders. That is where Elena was introduced to the District’s punk music crowd and her future band members. Together they are part of the city’s growing indie and international music scene.
“We want our music to explore and engage with the sometimes beautiful and sometimes messy meeting and mashup of cultures that is happening in our communities, in our families, and within ourselves” said Lacayo, who grew up between the United States and Nicaragua and identifies as both Nica and American. “Although this album is about finding my own cultural identity, it’s also about the universal desire to overcome personal isolation and find peace with conflicting elements of ourselves.”
The official release date for Miel Venenosa is Tuesday, July 29, 2014. For more information visit www.elenalosfulanos.com.