What was known as the ‘Latin FYF or Latin Coachella,’ Supersonico took advantage of the great music vibes the Los Angeles music scene is known for. The social media bees were buzzing as the incredible lineup included Kinky, Prayers, Aterciopelados, Mala Rodriguez, Hello Seahorse! and Chicano Batman. The multilingual and multicultural festival included artists from Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile with a variety of sounds that included hip-hop, salsa, pop, indie, cholo-goth and rock. The legendary Palladium was the epicenter for the immense lineup that included two stages, plenty of food and drinks to keep the party going all night.
The epic list brought the soulful and fierce pop of Alex Anwandter who’s grooving beats sparked a dance corner on the floor. Anwandter showed off his powerful voice on “Como Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo.” Hello Seahorse! followed with their indie-pop hit “No Es Que No Te Quiera.” The party rocked on with the incredible horn section from Mariachi El Bronx. Vocalist Matt Caughthran dedicated the song “48 Roses” to Pico Rivera and blasted the crowd with brass.
Day quickly turned into night with several bands still in the dugout waiting for the call. The hip hop from Mala Rodriguez included a soak with water bottles and a water gun aimed at the back row. The crowd loved it and egged her one for one more song. The mystics behind the masks of Dengue, Dengue, Dengue! had the audience in the dancing mood as several pockets of dance offs took hold of the floor. A few lined danced during the intermission off to the left while the right side seemed to be getting freaky. The music fans went nuts over Chicano Batman and their brand of indie-soul that left a lasting impression on the newbies. The song “Cycles of Existential Rhyme” was a particular favorite as Carlos Arevalo took the solo into another level. The song zapped the crowd and left a fuzzy feeling that made them analyze what it all really means, existentially of course.
With various locations for photo ops, the Palladium was ready for the crowds wanting to share the moments. A photo area with a slow motion camera called “Time Machine” had the curious in line waiting for the magic behind the technological advancement in the photo booth industry. The MC’s came out before Kinky’s set and gave away a yellow Kinky acoustic guitar to a lucky fan who guess the band’s hometown. Kinky then came out swinging with their rock sounds that included an accordion and a tiny pocket trumpet that delivered a sonic explosion throughout the venue.
The show closed with Prayers on the west stage. Lead singer Leafar Seyer’s vocal effects haunted the crowd as shrieks rattled a few spines in the midst of their set. The dark and heavy sounds brought out the tortured soul Seyer’s creation and towered over the crowd like Satan himself. The black leather jacket with the name ‘Lucifer Rising’ didn’t stop the crowd from thinking otherwise. The electronic beats took the lyrics into a dark corner where black looks great on black. On the main stage, Aterciopelados’ Andrea Echeverri pounced around in a tiger suit that thrilled the fans. This was epic night where all of these artists came in and threw down with their talent to expose our love of music. These combined artists made this an incredible night remember. Kudos to those lucky few who were able to catch this amazing festival. Supersonico will hopefully return with the same energy and passion for music that can shake a few buns on the dance floor.
Photography by Martin Santacruz Jr. & Kyle Reyes