Bohemia Suburbana

The Beginnings

Bohemia Suburbana formed in Guatemala City in March 1992 The band was founded by Guatemalans Juancarlos Barrios as a guitarist, vocalist Giovanni Pinzon, the Colombian Juan Luis Lopera (Piolly) on bass and José Pedro Mollinedo on drums (Pepe).

A concert effort under his own auspices Suburban Bohemia in 1993 published his first musical production titled Shadows in the Garden. It was released under the label of First Generation Records.

In this album are early versions of the songs “In the Garden”, “Peces e Iguanas”, “I saw you” and five subjects; the original released on cassette contains only eight songs.

In 1994 Bohemia integrates the Peruvian Alvaro Rodriguez on keyboards and guitar. That same year First Generation Records in view the growing demand, decided to publish a version of Shadows in the Garden on compact disc. In this new edition, two new tracks “God is alien” and “Del-end” were included.

Bohemia live appearances planned in a totally logical and empirical due to the absence of a scene and event production companies to take charge to ensure this work.

However acceptance and convening power of the band grew exponentially, with a surprise for the ears conservatives of the time and a challenge for new sponsors interested in promoting their brands and concepts.

2 Beyond the borders

Bohemia Suburbana
Bohemia Suburbana

In 1995 suburban bohemians traveled to the American city of Miami, Florida, to record and produce his next record plate. They sponsored under the record label recorded RadioVox issues that shaped his second album A thousand words with his teeth.

With this production had the opportunity to expose and debuting beyond the Central American borders. The song “Peces e iguanas” managed to position itself as a favorite in many radio and came to sound in places you never thought the band. So Bohemia was immersed in an intense task of tours and presentations in Guatemala, Central America, Puerto Rico and other cities within the United States. For personal reasons in 1996 Alex Lobos relieves drumsticks other guests batteries from the side.

You could say that the viewer’s eye in 1997 Suburban Bohemia was at an apex of his career. His records sold well appeared, demand for the band on stage was getting bigger. However Bohemia succumbed to product crisis and the lack of guidance received little support from record labels; Bohemia stage and let their members go their separate ways.

The distancing of the band lasted for two years, and in 1999 the Bohemians decided to meet for a reunion concert. At the same time, under the title of Remixes and the emergence of the circumstances RadioVox decided to publish an album where electronic versions of familiar songs of Bohemia were included. These versions were remixed by Juancarlos Barrios during the recess of the band.

The reunion concert was held in the old Plaza de Toros in the city of Guatemala and to the surprise of the group organizers and the event broke attendance records far exceeding all expectations. This led back to the Bohemians to go ahead and projected to produce a new album.

With proceeds from the concert decided to withdraw one season to Madrid, Spain, in order to live together again as a band and into the musical styles that flowed through those places. In this process Juancarlos decided to leave the group and regroup in Guatemala Bohemians agreed to go ahead with the project.

3 Close the millennium

Thus was born the disc that was released in 2001 with the title of Sub, produced by themselves and under the auspices of the Pyramid label sound / Premier Productions.

On stage Alvaro Rodriguez continues on guitar and the band joins the Guatemalan Rudy running Bethancourt keyboards and guitars. Also Colombian Alejandro Duque (ex-Aterciopelados) joins the lineup on drums.
The nineties were years of renewal in the Latin rock and therefore new interests for producers and music promoters occurred. Reassembled and renewed Bohemia started a new start capturing the attention of a few of his old fans and attracting the attention of new fans. They made presentations continuous and repeated incursions into Guatemala and Central American stages. This time with the backing of his label, Bohemians produced the video clip filmed for the song Scream.

In March 2002 the band celebrates ten years of existence and to celebrate the quintet performed a series of concerts. These presentations were recorded and several of the subjects were grouped into an album released in 2003 under the title Here ten … Live on Strip Seals Records DLN distribution. A new version of this record discuss agenda items “In the Garden” and “Tea Bags” song which also made ​​a video clip, filmed and produced in the city of New York are included.

Unfortunately piracy was that captured the sales of the discs leaving the skinny and helpless to keep the project company and raise it to a higher level. Bohemia continued playing steadily in Guatemala, but in early 2004 were faced with a similar to the 97 crisis; the band decided to break so that each of its members had time to stabilize your personal life.

4. namesake Sound

During this period Lopera and Bethancourt decided to move to Miami, FL. Meanwhile Rodriguez travels to California, to Colombia and Finch Duke remains in Guatemala.

In May 2007, supported by a Guatemalan production and support of old friends of the band bohemians gather in the city of Miami. After months of living together as a band develop new themes, then get ready to burn and to explore possibilities of launching a new album on the market.
In early 2008 Bohemia performs a series of concerts and blanks on the island of Puerto Rico. After that the band decided to keep and focus on the musical production of her fourth album which simply titled Suburban Bohemia. The same was released in digital and mobile formats in the United States and Latin America in January 2010 under an initiative of distribution and promotion by Warner Chappell and Warner Music Latin America; This album won the Latin Grammy Award nomination in the category of Best Rock Album in 2010.

This new production represents a shift in the style that the band had been following in recent years. Looking for a fresher sound Suburban Bohemia returns with new air promoting songs like “Serenity”, “I Say” and “Rollover” returning in this way scenarios United States, Puerto Rico and Central America.

5. BS20 The start of a new cycle

In September 2012 bohemia closes an important cycle of 20 years of foundation for what it calls all members circulated by the band in an album or tour. The celebration occurs in 3 consecutive dates show featuring a compilation of his repertoire in the most important cities of his native country.

The group meets at Lake Atitlan to rehearse and put on a show unprecedented gathering the most representative throughout the entire musical history of the band; the total inflow to the celebration of BS20 sum around 25,000 people. Alongside bassist Juan Luis Lopera founder of notifying his retirement from the band accompanied a tacit abandonment by Rudy Bethancourt.

The band has the following members, which represent the 80% of the original lineup:

Giovanni Pinzón (voice), Alvaro Rodriguez (guitar and keyboards), Juan Carlos Barrios (guitar), Joshua Garcia (bass) and Jose Pedro Mollinedo (drums).

Are also creating new musical ideas and sounds that will later be used in a new album.

Suburban Bohemia is considered by many as an icon of the Guatemalan national music. The unmistakable postmodern and surreal sound of his compositions have made this band a suburban legend in the history of Guatemala and Central America.
Suburban Bohemia has shared the stage with:

▪ Jaguares
▪ Rata Blanca
▪ Café Tacuba
▪ Desorden Público
▪ King Changó
▪ Divididos
▪ Fobia
▪ El Tri
▪ Juanes
▪ Los Auténicos Decadentes
▪ Aterciopelados
▪ Joaquín Sabina
▪ Héroes del Silencio
▪ Maná
▪ Red Hot Chilli Peppers