DRACO ROSA RELEASES NEW SINGLE “333”
“Charged with heavy, explorative guitar riffs, Rosa is absolutely reveling in the act of music-making here. It’s a trip of a track. ‘333’ can be considered the welcoming lobby of a complex, otherworldly place.”
“333” Follows Draco’s Lead Single “2Nite 2Nite” Which Premiered At Rolling Stone
New Album ‘Monte Sagrado‘ Is Set For Release October 26; It Is Draco’s First Album Of All New Songs In 8 Years
Scroll Down For Details On The U.S. Album Release Tour; Includes Dates In New York On November 29 And Los Angeles On December 12
“The new album sounds raw and invigorating with theatrical and dramatic effects.”
– ROLLING STONE
“Latin rock pioneer Draco Rosa returns with a new album anchored on confessional lyrics and stark rock’n’roll structures… Rosa’s journey becomes more layered and complex as the album moves on.”
– LOS ANGELES TIMES “MUST HEAR ALBUMS – FALL 2018“
Puerto Rican rock icon Draco Rosa has released the new single “333” off his upcoming album ‘Monte Sagrado.’ The musical roots of ‘Monte Sagrado‘ were found on the road. “333” is built on power chords that burst into rainbows of dense sound, featuring intense interplay between Draco’s electric guitar rhythms, alongside upright bassist René Camacho, his long time collaborator, drummer Toss Panos and the guitar solos of Doug Pettibone.
Draco says: “It all came from one night in Argentina playing a festival. I walked onstage and we were going to play some other song and I told the band to wait. I just opened up and played this very simple riff and it was ‘333.’ That was the birth of the whole thing right there.”
“333” follows the new album’s lead single “2Nite 2Nite” which Draco describes as a “celebration of life and gratitude.”
‘Monte Sagrado,’ set for release October 26, is Draco’s first album of all new songs in 8 years. It was conceived while Draco was at something of a crossroads in his life. Having spent years in and out of doctor’s care due to the onset of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he decided to spend more healing, surrounded by his 100 acre tropical rainforest in Puerto Rico where his love for coffee and agriculture represents an escape from the chaos that was surrounding him at that moment.
“The thing about Monte Sagrado is, there’s a ceremonial park near where I live in Utuado, and there’s a very deep spiritual energy up there,” said Draco. “I went up there to do the first song I wrote for this record, and I started reading this prayer about the indigenous people. This album is about paying tribute to it, and asking for permission to enter that space.”
While recording ‘Monte Sagrado,’ Draco decided to focus on old school basics, using standard rock instrumentation and the energy of “live” analog recording. But even though he was ecstatic about the way the rough tracks turned out, the process of putting together the album was interrupted by the devastating destruction of Hurricane María, which paralyzed Puerto Rico for months.
Draco is a multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy winner, inductee of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, a bilingual, bicultural poet, visual artist, and explosive live performer. The journey of his life—from teen pop star to purveyor of poetic darkness, genius latin/crossover pop songwriter to philanthropist and entrepreneur—has had so many twists and turns it can make your head spin.
The last few years’ battles and triumphs finally led Draco to make a personal spiritual climb back to his Hacienda Horizonte (his mountain estate) in Utuado, Puerto Rico, his homeland. Nine years after his last original project, ‘Amor Vincit Omnia,’ which was also recorded in his self-constructed studio, he’s made his latest visionary artistic statement: a collection of high-voltage rock and psychedelic musings titled ‘Monte Sagrado.’
In many ways, ‘Monte Sagrado’ will be seen as a newly energized follow-up to 1994’s ‘Vagabundo,’ which was originally produced by Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera in London and re-released last month after 22 years at #1 on Nielsen’s Latin catalog album charts. Yet perhaps because it comes out of a period where Draco feels “really healthy and energized,” it contains all of Vagabundo’s mystic genius while pushing the music to even greater heights.
Draco Rosa’s “Monte Sagrado Tour”
November 17 / Miami, FL / MANA Wynwood RC Cola Plant
November 28 / Philadelphia, PA / The Foundry at The Fillmore
November 29 / New York, NY / Highline Ballroom
December 1 / Washington, DC / The Howard Theatre
December 2 / Boston, MA / Royale
December 4 / Chicago, IL / Thalia Hall
December 12 / Los Angeles, CA / The Regent
January 4&5 / Orlando, FL / House of Blues
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