Mexican Radio is a synth punk three-piece with high-energy songs inspired by bands like Cabaret Voltaire, DAF and Stereo Total. They wear brightly-colored uniforms at all times, and their live shows come across like psychotic radio broadcasts from another planet – a relentless onslaught of sinister yet danceable grooves. They also host a monthly radio show on KCRW Berlin 104,1 FM called The Mexican Radio Radio Show .
Singers/synth players Nathaniel Fregoso and Dyan Valdés are founding members of critically-acclaimed indie band The Blood Arm. Drummer and singer Hannes Neupert is formerly of Berlin garage band The Mokkers. The three played together in a German-language cover band of The Fall called Der Sturz, and decided to form Mexican Radio to write their own original music in a post-punk style.
The band take their name from the synthy new-wave Wall Of Voodoo song “Mexican Radio,” which coincidentally features a sampled recording of Fregoso’s late father, a renowned Spanish-language radio presenter.
Destruction / Reconstruction is their second full-length album, coming out on 20 September on R.I.P. Ben Lee Records. Lead single and video “Night of the Nihilist” comes out on 23 August. The songs are dark, heavy, repetitive and high energy, with lyrics inspired by literature and art.
Like the band’s first album Mexican Radio (released March 2018), Destruction / Reconstruction was recorded completely live to tape in an analog studio in the former East Berlin by renowned Berlin producer Mischkah Wilke (producer of Gurr’s award-winning debut album In My Head).
Mexican Radio have played extensively throughout Berlin, including a coveted spot supporting Franz Ferdinand at Tempodrom, who count themselves among fans of the band.