July 2020

Fernando Viciconte finally releases long-lost “Justicia”

The new Fernando Viciconte record is not so new…it comes to the world fully realized for the first time: his second full-length album entirely in Spanish, the intended follow-up to the groundbreaking Pacoima. Once again, like Pacoima, it is the brainchild of Viciconte and long-time co-conspirator Luther Russell and a love-letter to the Argentine rock of the early Seventies—or rock nacional—that influenced them then and ever since. The greatest export of rock nacional was the late genius Luis Spinetta or El Flaco, as his people lovingly nicknamed him. After a long, colorful trip together to visit Fernando’s family in Argentina for Dos Mil, or “Y2K” to us ugly Americans, the pair sat on Viciconte’s porch on Belmont & 48th and dreamed it up: songs shaped out of Spinetta-like chords and stories told from la tierra abajo: The Pigman of Cañuelas–a poor, slow, deformed soul who was endlessly picked on by gauchos on the dark trails of the farm town where Fernando’s father and grandfather were raised. Songs about the savage human cost of the unholy alliance between fascism and greed (glad that’s not a thing anymore!). Songs about feeling like a rat in a cage and the existential screams of one simple statement: ‘¡Solamente la vida me da!’ or ‘It’s only my life you’re giving me!’ The record would encompass two sides: earthy and acoustic like the campesino folk-rock of vintage León Gieco, then molten and electric like the blistering rock psicodélico of Spinetta and his ilk. The conduit would be their most ambitious piece of music: “Cielo Sin Color”, the nearly 9-minute tale of a woman slowly going insane and her denial of the encroaching storm in her mind’s skies. The record would be called Justicia, and they knocked the “soft” side out in Fern’s basement and the “loud” side at the old Jackpot! Studios with a hand-picked cadre of favorite musicians: Fred Trujillo on bass, Sean Oldham on drums and Paul Brianard on guitar. Now that the pieces have finally been assembled it resembles nothing less than what was imagined nigh on 20 years ago: a fever dream split in two, looking back on the age trapped in amber that was hearty, proud Argentina…and what become the modern world: a funhouse ride on a slippery slide to hell, full of hypocrisy, callousness and corruption. But what remained, as ever with Fernando, was hope. And a little high-powered marijuana butter.


Unreleased Fernando Record Justicia to be released soon on Domingo Records!

Due to Covid -19, Luther Russell and I finally found the time to search our dusty closets and musty basements to unearth the original tapes to our long lost Rock en Español record “Justicia” (2001-2002). The record was never released because after its recording sessions, I suffered a vocal fold hemorrhage on tour (I just got this damage repaired last Feb) and I quickly realized that I would be incapable of singing most of these songs live, so I decided to release a low volume folk record called Dreams of the Sun and Sky instead. That being said, Luther has sequenced the record, our pal Jason Hiller in Los Angeles is mastering it as we speak and we are planning to release it as a digital download in the next few weeks. Please stay tune for more info.

Here’s the Track listing:

CIELO SIN COLOR ( part 1 and 2)

BTW- 7 of these tracks have never been previously released.

Side one is just Luther and I and it was recorded in my basement at my 48th and Stark house.

Side two recorded at the original Jackpot Studios, Engineered by Ezra Meredith, Mixed and Produced by Luther Russell. The band we assembled was anointed the name Mota for Sex and features Luther Russell( The Pretty Wrongs, Freewheelers), Freddy Trujillo ( Richmond Fontaine, Delines), Sean Oldham ( Richmond Fontaine, Delines), Paul Brainard and a chubby 30 year old Argentinean guy that likes to scream his ass off;)

Also, we’ll be including a Spanish to English translation for all you gringos out there;)