Café Tacvba are rock gods who can easily sell-out arenas and festivals but this time around they want to give the fans something new. On Tuesday night the band played before an intimate crowd of 1,500 Tacvbos at Tijuana’s Auditorio Municipal with an experimental format inspired by the release of their latest studio album in five years, El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco.
“The show is completely different and what excites us most is that will be with our fans presenting to them new songs and something quite special in terms of scenery and everything,” guitarist Joselo Rangel told CNNMexico.
Walking into the standing-room only area you wondered where to go because the circular stage, was dead in the middle of the room bisected laterally on both sides by two walking planks. One could only surmise it would serve as a walkway for Rubén Isaac Albarrán, vocalist, to work the crowd. The essence of a tribal communal is apparent when you put the pieces together. For one, the audience is standing gathered around the stage while the instruments themselves were also sitting in a circular fashion waiting for its masters to bring life into them – circles with circles as seen on the album’s cover artwork. The show doesn’t begin with an opening band, Café Tacvba are the show. They lift us up with “Pájaros” – the first song off El Objeto.
Midway through the show a giant-sized tree comes to life with a blast of air from within the stage’s middle. And a spectacular northern lights-like show paints the ceilings and walls of the auditorium. Later a balloon in the shape of an anatomically correct heart floats above the stage from one side to the other complementing the beats of the drums. The symbolism of the lights show backed by prime song selections from El Objeto (and some B-sides from previous albums), along with the stage props all led to one thing: we were experiencing a Tacvba-style pow-wow with Rubén as our chief. He is the charismatic orator with a sometimes comedic flair way of talking to segue between songs — keeping the audience connected with the band’s heart energy. The music of Café Tacvbo has always been relevant and distinct using dashes of Mexican folk music with a potent dose of rock and electronica however with El Objeto, you hear universal themes that are deeper and more lyrically gripping than ever giving them an edge up from the rest. And with the El Objeto Tour, their loyal fans will literally get to see a new side of Café’s greatness that is so humbling it’ll have you doing the Wayne & Garth ‘I’m not worthy’ chant.
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