Los Fancy-Free comes from Mexico City. Frontman is Martin Thulin aka
Menonita Rock, born in the State of Chihuahua, Northern Mexico in a Scandinavian
Mennonite community called Nueva Escandinavia.
Mennonites are similar to Amish People, they live more or less isolated
from the rest of the society with their own rules and traditions, in Mexico
City you can see these natural blond Mexicans selling cheese on the street.
His parents were Mennonite hippies, something extremely uncommon at this
point (and still is), who felt that the community were a little to small
for their ideas, so they moved to Sweden and took the little child Martin
with them. 10 years ago Martin moved back to Mexico City, where he still
Menonita Rock is Los Fancy Free’s debut album, released in Mexico
through great Electro/House-label Noiselab. The music on Los Fancy-Free's Menonita Rock is some kind of raw, punkish
"This album has been a bit like revisiting my childhood, mixing music
styles that back then were impossible to mix. You either listened to electro
or punk, not both. But I did, so when I were hanging out with my punk
rocking friends I had to hide away my Gary Numan, Soft Cell, Human League,
Depeche Mode, Fad Gadget and Bowie records", says Martin.
"I think living in Mexico City is extremely important to what I do.
People in Europe with the same influences as I would probably come up
with someting more boutique, for boutique people and fashion designers
or whatever. But if you live in Mexico City it's impossible not to mix
in the chaos. This city is never quiet, it's hysterical, it's urban planning
out of control.
The video for the song “Voltage is ok” was directed by Henry
Moore Selder, who has made videos for The Hives, Garbage, Jimi Tenor,
Komeda, Dr Kosmos, etc. Los Fancy-Free recently played in Detroit, London,
Berlin and in Sweden (www.neongallery.nu).
Martin dresses up really elegantely live with clothes he claims belonged
to his grand father. The shows are extatic, many times Martin ends up
off stage and the audience on stage singing karaoke to Los Fancy-Free
songs. "Anybody can be a rock star nowadays, it's all about having
fun and trying not to take it too seriously, probably anybody could sing
my songs better than I do, even without knowing the lyrics."
Los Fancy Free is also part of the Bungalow compilation “Manos Arriba”.
In may/june he will be touring Europe with “Manos Arriba”
(together with Silverio). Catch him there!
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