Caifanes, a Spanish-language rock band from Mexico City, formed in 1987 and achieved fame throughout the late 80's and early 90's. Caifanes are considered to be one of, if not, the most important Latin Rock group to emerge from Mexico and an important reference point in Latin American rock genre. Caifanes' style can be described as a hybrid of British new wave, prog rock, Latin percussions underscored by the deep, somber, and uniquely Mexican lyrics and vocal style of Saul Hernandez, while citing King Crimson as a major influence.
After almost 16 years of separation, the legendary band Caifanes reunited and played emotion-filled concerts for tens of thousands of delirious devotees at the massive Vive Latino and Coachella festivals in Mexico City and Los Angeles. Dizzy with ecstasy, the fans turned the venues into a massive karaoke session, singing along with their heroes, who recaptured the magic that defined their stunning success.
Between 1987 and 1995, Caifanes released four albums that changed the course of Mexican rock history. El Negro , El Diablito and El Silencio. Caifanes helped to musically liberate a new generation.
There was an existential need for the creation of the group, said Hernndez. Up to then it was all blues and heavy metal. We came to develop a new language to communicate our identity.
Their first album, El Negro established Caifaness identity both musically and conceptually. Songs like Viento, and Mtenme Porque Me Muero, were atmospherically influenced by post-punk groups like
the Cure, but the lyrics spoke to a particular kind of Mexican spirituality. La Negra Tomasa,broadened their appeal. Perd Mi Ojo de Venado referred to an amulet traditionally worn by Mexicans to ward off evil, and spoke to the new slang and street codes engendered by a new generation.
As Caifanes reached new creative heights, the chaotic nature of touring and recording began to tear the band apart. On August 18th, 1995 the band played its last show We no longer understood each other, said Hernndez. We lost the magic."
In 2010 the unthinkable took place, Caifanes decided the time had come to forgive and forget.
It was as if we had been gone for 15 minutes, not 15 years, said Hernndez of their rehearsals. The magic was still there. Passion has memory.
The concerts at Vive Latino and Coachella were clear evidence of a renewed determination of these extremely gifted innovators of Mexico's golden age of rock, from the first chords of the anthemic dirge Ser Por Eso, when more than 70,000 people passionately joined Caifanes once more. Caifanes had shown, once again that in Mexico, rockers are modern-day demi-gods, and their shows are a 21st century version of a mysterious, ecstatic ritual. The magic of Caifanes is back, coming soon
to a town near you.