Union

Performers Puya

MCA | June 12, 2001 | Compact Disc

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Contains a hidden track following "Union."
Puya: Sergio Curbelo (vocals); Ramon Ortiz (guitar); Harold Hopkins (bass); Eduardo Paniagua (drums).
Additional personnel: H.R., Eva L. Ortiz (vocals); Gilberto Alomar, John Dones (guitar); Juancito Torres (trumpet); Brenda Hopkins Miranda (piano); Raffa Vargas (bongos, maracas, bells); Angel Cachete Maldonato (bata, cajon, guira, timba, chekere, bells); Edgar Lebron (surdo, okoncolo, timba, chekere); Jose De Leon (surdo, timba); Anthony Carillo (bongos, cua, itotele, timbales); Carlos Rodriguez (timbales).
Recorded at NRG Studios, North Hollywood, California; The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, California; Cherokee Recording, Hollywood, California; Zyber Zonic Park Studio, Puerto Rico; The Warehouse, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Standing at the crossroads of nu-metal and salsa is Puerto Rican quartet Puya. Building on this unusual hybrid of musical styles, these Boriquas tapped L7 producer Garth Richardson to help blend these two distinct influences together more so on UNION than on their debut FUNDAMENTAL. Despite getting caught up in conventional rap-rock posturing (growled vocals, one-dimensional, distorted power chording) on songs like "Ride" and "People," Puya inevitably breaks free from cliche, proving they can pump it out like Sevendust. Percussive influences become more prevalent, resulting in "Bridge," which finds them riding a lazy funk vibe, and a title track featuring lead singer Sergio Curbelo spitting out a Spanish rap over a hard groove.
Other pleasant surprises include the sweetened acoustic instrumental "Semilla," the Metallica-meets-Rage Against the Machine "A Matter Of Time," and the bongo-fueled fury of "Si Aja." Elsewhere, the chants, crunching guitar and driving rhythms of "Pati Pami" are what Sepultura would sound like had they come from the Caribbean instead of Brazil. Puya's most successful cut this time out is "Ahorake," an ambitious blend of radical time changes, a brassy horn section, Santana-flavored guitar tones, and tribal ambience. Once again Puya presides over another successful musical UNION.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 12, 2001

Genre: Alternative Latin

Style: International

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2001

Label Name: MCA

UPC: 008811236229

Found in: Latin - Alternative

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Union

Union

Performers Puya
Guest Artist(s) H.R.
Producer Garth Richardson, Mudrock, Puy

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 12, 2001

Genre: Alternative Latin

Style: International

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2001

Label Name: MCA

UPC: 008811236229


Title Track Time
1.Ride --
2.People --
3.Erizo --
4.Socialize --
5.Numbed --
6.Bridge --
7.Si Aja --
8.No Interference --
9.Semilla --
10.Matter Of Time --
11.Pa'ti Pa'mi --
12.Ahorake --
13.Union / (untitled) - (hidden track) --

Editorial Notes

Contains a hidden track following "Union."
Puya: Sergio Curbelo (vocals); Ramon Ortiz (guitar); Harold Hopkins (bass); Eduardo Paniagua (drums).
Additional personnel: H.R., Eva L. Ortiz (vocals); Gilberto Alomar, John Dones (guitar); Juancito Torres (trumpet); Brenda Hopkins Miranda (piano); Raffa Vargas (bongos, maracas, bells); Angel Cachete Maldonato (bata, cajon, guira, timba, chekere, bells); Edgar Lebron (surdo, okoncolo, timba, chekere); Jose De Leon (surdo, timba); Anthony Carillo (bongos, cua, itotele, timbales); Carlos Rodriguez (timbales).
Recorded at NRG Studios, North Hollywood, California; The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, California; Cherokee Recording, Hollywood, California; Zyber Zonic Park Studio, Puerto Rico; The Warehouse, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Standing at the crossroads of nu-metal and salsa is Puerto Rican quartet Puya. Building on this unusual hybrid of musical styles, these Boriquas tapped L7 producer Garth Richardson to help blend these two distinct influences together more so on UNION than on their debut FUNDAMENTAL. Despite getting caught up in conventional rap-rock posturing (growled vocals, one-dimensional, distorted power chording) on songs like "Ride" and "People," Puya inevitably breaks free from cliche, proving they can pump it out like Sevendust. Percussive influences become more prevalent, resulting in "Bridge," which finds them riding a lazy funk vibe, and a title track featuring lead singer Sergio Curbelo spitting out a Spanish rap over a hard groove.
Other pleasant surprises include the sweetened acoustic instrumental "Semilla," the Metallica-meets-Rage Against the Machine "A Matter Of Time," and the bongo-fueled fury of "Si Aja." Elsewhere, the chants, crunching guitar and driving rhythms of "Pati Pami" are what Sepultura would sound like had they come from the Caribbean instead of Brazil. Puya's most successful cut this time out is "Ahorake," an ambitious blend of radical time changes, a brassy horn section, Santana-flavored guitar tones, and tribal ambience. Once again Puya presides over another successful musical UNION.
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