LEJANA ARE A MEXICAN-GERMAN ROCK BAND FORMED IN GUADALAJARA MÉXICO, IN 2011. THE BAND CONSISTS OF LINDA MARLEN RUNGE (LEAD VOCALS, PIANO AND BASS), EDER PERALES (GUITAR), ISAAC FERNANDEZ (DRUMS), DANIEL BARRERA (BASS AND BACKING VOCALS) AND SAÚL LEDESMA (PIANO, SYNTHS AND GUITAR).
LINDA AND EDER MET IN 2009 THANKS TO STEVEN MEDINA HUFSTETER GUITAR PLAYER FROM THE LOS ANGELES BASED BAND “TITO & TARANTULA” AND BY THE END OF THAT YEAR, WHILE LIVING IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, THEY STARTED TO SHARE SONGS ONLINE.
WITHIN ONE YEAR THEY CREATED AN ENTIRE DEMO. SUBSEQUENTLY IN EARLY 2011 RUNGE MOVED FROM GERMANY TO MEXICO WITH NOTHING MORE THAN A BACKPACK AND HER LAPTOP, WHICH CONTAINED LEJANA’S DEMOS.
BY 2012, THEY BEGAN RECORDING THEIR FIRST ALBUM WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE GUADALAJARA UNIVERSITY.
DURING THOSE TWO YEARS IN MEXICO, THEY PLAYED IN SEVERAL SMALL CLUBS AND BIG FESTIVALS SUCH AS FESTIVAL DE ROCK SINALOA 2011 AND FESTIVAL DE LA CERVEZA 2012, SHARING THE STAGE WITH GREAT MEXICAN BANDS LIKE LA BARRANCA, RADAID, AZUL VIOLETA ETC.
AT THE END OF 2012, LINDA WENT BACK TO BERLIN WHERE, UNEXPECTEDLY, SHE GOT A ROLE ON THE TELEVISION SERIES GZSZ (GUTE ZEITEN SCHLECHTE ZEITEN), PLAYING THE ROLE OF ANNI BREHME.
BY THE END OF 2013 THEY FINISHED THEIR FIRST RECORD WHICH WAS RELEASED ON APRIL 2014 ALONG WITH SOME PERFORMANCES IN MEXICO AND A TOUR IN GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, AND AUSTRIA.
THE RECORD WAS WELL RECEIVED, SCORING 5 OUT 5 STARS ON THE COSTUMER REVIEWS AT AMAZON.DE AND IT ALSO HAD POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM THE MEDIA.
In 2015 the band focused on the composition of a new record. On this occasion, most of the songs were composed face to face, in person, programming and alternating visits of Linda to Guadalajara or Eder to Berlin (unlike the first album which was mostly composed remotely), in addition Daniel Barrera, bass player of the band contributed for the first time to the song composition process.
This new way of working had a strong impact on the sound and direction of the band.
In 2016 the band is signed by the German label "Out of Line Records" and at the beginning of 2017 they start recording at "Sonic Ranch Studios" in Texas and at "Silo TV Studios" in Los Angeles with the support of recording engineer Gordon Fordyce (David Bowie, Devo, Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, Elton John, Thin Lizzy, Seal, etc.) and with the co-production of Oumi Kapila (Filter, Combichrist - Kapila's music appears in movie trailers like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Life, and TV series like The X-Files and video games like Middle-earth: Shadow of Warand Dark Souls III).
In April of 2018 the album was finished and sent to mastering to Steve Hall (Jimmy Hendrix, The Beach Boys, George Harrison, Blondie, Tom Petty, Jane's Addiction, Deep Purple, Yes, Motörhead, Alice in Chains, Pulp Fiction Soundtrack, Madonna, Green Day etc).
The album is called “XII Bestias” (Twelve Beasts) and contains 12 unreleased tracks that combine both aggresive punk energy and elaborated melancholic vocal harmonies from Linda, with musical sounds from desolated Mexican landscapes, forgotten ghost towns. A road trip through the desert, maybe at night.
There are some special guests on the record: Fredo Ortiz (Beastie Boys, Jack White, Gogol Bordello) plays all minors percussions and Steven Medina Hufsteter (Tito & Tarantula - the music of Hufsteter appears in films like Desperado and Machete from director Robert Rodriguez) Hufsteter plays second guitar in 2 songs and wrote the song "Bad Girls Don" t Cry. "
The record will be released on August 10, 2018.
28.01. Hamburg – Nochtspeicher
29.01. Hannover – LUX
31.01. Köln – Artheater
01.02. München – Zehner
02.02. Berlin – Quasimodo
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