DR. TOTEM

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DR. TOTEM - Progressive Rock Punk Rock Progressive Metal Garage Rock Live Act in XALAPA

DR. TOTEM Short Info

Dr. Totem is a band from Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico created in 2010 under the concern of its members to find new sounds from the mixture of various genres, such as the progressive rock, stoner, blues, psychedelic jamming, math rock, post-rock and the experimentation of the 4 members.

The initiative to create this proyect comes from the guitarists Arturo Rodriguez Lara and Javier Haua Navarro after many years focused in the surf, swing, ska and alternative rock path. Finally they come to a resolution to create a project in which they could unleash their creation under experimentation.

Soon they invited Marco Antonio Queponds as bassist, who became an important element in the creative process of the band. Marco has participated in musical projects focused in the pre-hispanic music, indie and progressive rock. After approximately one year of trial and without a definitive drummer, they invite Heder Granillo with which the band already has a musical communication and with whom have been participating previously in other musical projects.

In spite of being a band in the mostly instrumental, its influence is nourished not only by the music, but also by diverse cultural expressions such as film, photography, beatneak literature and universal history.

The name of the band is a projection of the personalities of its members, its cultural baggage, and their worldview. The idea of doctor refers to a satire of the concept of healing the pain in our society, that way the members found an escape valve, catharsis and resignification through musical creation. In this way the totem represents a mythical, epic and utopian vision, unified in a single element, art in its diversal manifestations.

In the summer of 2011 they recorded their first EP entitled "Ascension" which was recorded live by Imagine Audiovisual in Xico, Veracruz, Mexico. The band has been presented in various forums of musical expression of the local scene and in some states of the republic. They have shared the stage with Austin TV, La Especialidad de la Casa, Apocalipsis, Descartes to Kant, among others. And with local bands such as Mawsonit, Fungus Dilema, Loosers of Rock and Roll, Lava de Hawai, Sistema Sonar, bands who as much as Dr. Tótem have been working hard in capting external attention to the underground movement in Xalapa.

In 2013 after recording a live session with Ritual Productora, the band is updated with new members. Heder Granillo leaves and arrives Enrique Guevara to cover the drums and percussions and Nestor Olmos in the keyboard and synthesizer, both contributing by bringing new sonic landscapes to the proposal of Dr. Totem.

In 2014, Enrique Guevara leaves the band and comes to cover drums Mario Reynoso, which curiously was referred to form the original formation at the beginning of the band, however until now is that he was able to consolidate his entry, providing new and creative dynamic elements to the sound and the composition.

Nowadays the band is still promoting "Ascensión" and premiering a new live session 2014 with Ritual Productora, while they´re working in the release of their second studio album "5to Vuelo".

Dr. Totem is a band from Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico created in 2010 under the concern of its members to find new sounds from the mixture of various genres, such as the progressive rock, stoner, blues, psychedelic jamming, math rock, post-rock and the experimentation of the 4 members.

The initiative to create this proyect comes from the guitarists Arturo Rodriguez Lara and Javier Haua Navarro after many years focused in the surf, swing, ska and alternative rock path. Finally they come to a resolution to create a project in which they could unleash their creation under experimentation.

Soon they invited Marco Antonio Queponds as bassist, who...

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Origin

  • XALAPA MX

Founded

  • 2010

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