Tearing Down The 'Wall of Goth': An Evening with Rey Pila

Tearing Down The 'Wall of Goth': An Evening with Rey Pila

The face of Mexico's burgeoning rock scene return to Berlin NYC for the final night of their residency.

The face of Mexico's burgeoning rock scene return to Berlin NYC for the final night of their residency.

Text: E.R. PULGAR

The second night of Rey Pila's residence at basement rock bar Berlin NYC vibrated with fervor, especially palpable because it was their last night playing the intimate space. Steeped in red lighting, chandeliers, and exposed brick, Berlin was packed to the point that there was little room for photographers to move around, let alone for patrons to dance. Regardless, openers Alexander F, a garage pop maelstrom coming out of Brooklyn, managed to create a small mosh pit near the center of the stage, clearing up some space for lead singer Alex Toth to thrash about to the sweltering guitar.

Before the band of the night came onstage, the crowd was buzzing with anticipation and recollection—concertgoers who found them through The Strokes recalled when the band opened for the band last year. Enter frontman Diego Solórzano, donning a yellow snapback, a t-shirt with the "2001: A Space Odyssey" poster image, and white vintage shoes he covered with Sharpie writing, noticeably excited. "We are Rey Pila from Ciudad de México." He breathed in, and grinned. "Somehow, tonight feels better."

The enitre band was absolutely charged with raw energy that need not take queues from Solórzano; if any of drummer Sebastian "Zoell” Farrugias' eye-popping, passionate facial expressions throughout the set were any indication. They opened with "Alexander," the electrifying early track that prompted Julian Casablancas to sign them to his label, Cult Records. The chugging, 80s-throwback of a track hyped up the crowd for the progression that was to come: a set fully centered around the growth of a band that's come a long way from being known solely as an opening act for The Strokes.

The set brought together cuts from their first record The Future Sugar like the downbeat, synth-heavy "White Night" with songs from their most recent effort Wall of Goth EP. Melding everything one can expect from a band signed to Cult Records with hedonistic, hard-rocking hispanisms and enough energy to fill an arena in the confines of Berlin NYC's faux-grunge basement, the burgeoning Mexican Rock scene's unrivaled face put on a show that even Casablancas himself would envy. They ended with "Ninjas," arguably their most energetic song, and the crowd lost themselves to dance.

Find Rey Pila's full tour dates on the band's official website, and click through the slideshow below for exclusive images from the concert. 

E.R. Pulgar
Credits: ALL PHOTOGRAPHS BY E.R. PULGAR.

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