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30 Years After Chilean National Plebiscite, LOS PINOCHET BOYS Release Songs Worldwide

30 Years After Chilean National Plebiscite, LOS PINOCHET BOYS Release Songs Worldwide

Los Pinochet Boys

Credit: Gonzalo Donoso – www.gonzalodonoso.cl

To mark Chile’s national plebiscite of 1988—in which they themselves took part—the four members of anti-fascist, rebellious and controversial new wave post-punk “Los Pinochet Boys” have decided to release their songs digitally for everyone, worldwide, on leading platforms such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify etc. on 5 October this year.

In 1984 members of Santiago’s underground arts scene—and close friends—Daniel Puente Encina, Miguel Conejeros Vergara, Iván “Vanchi” Conejeros Vergara and Sebastián “Tan” Levine formed Chile’s pioneering post-punk band, “Los Pinochet Boys”, that has become a cult group amongst today’s youth and even a symbol of the Chilean revolution, acknowledged and celebrated as such in a number of books and documentaries.
Sharing the same ideals and desires as today’s students (the right to education and free expression, enjoying their youth, having fun and partying, invent themselves), “Los Pinochet Boys”, in the 80s, unleashed a youth movement that, along with the labor movement, ultimately contributed to the outcome of the 1988 National Plebiscite that prevented Pinochet’s government from perpetuating itself in power and led to the reestablishment of the country’s democracy in 1989.

“The impression of having influenced or contributed to the occurrence of a historical event can only be gained with hindsight. Obviously, at the time, we had no idea of what it might mean or the impact it could have. What we were doing was the result of what was most important to me, which was what we were feeling. All of this, remember, at a time of extreme conflict. Under a vicious dictatorship and with a complete lack of perspective. Very self-destructive, very punk”, as Daniel Puente Encina sums it up.

With their irreverent style, and wild, explosive performances, “Los Pinochet Boys” disbanded three years after the teenagers were unofficially forced out of Chile by the military regime. After nearly two years of concerts on the anarchic, punk circuits of Argentina and Brazil, they returned to Chile to join the “No” campaign and the massive popular demonstrations that were called every month by Chile’s resistance organisations.

After the plebiscite, Daniel Puente Encina and Miguel Conejeros formed the band “Parkinson” in 1988. Less than a year later, Daniel began to travel through South America and Europe, founding new bands such as the highly successful “Niños Con Bombas” (John Lennon Talent Award 1995) in Hamburg and “Polvorosa” (MTV’s Most Spectacular Videos, 2004) in Barcelona. Since 2012, Puente Encina has been publishing under his own name and is currently working on his third solo album. Miguel Conejeros launched his electronic music project F600 in 1998 and released his eighth album in 2016. Iván “Vanchi” Conejeros studied architecture and now works as an architect. Sebastián “Tan” Levine has collaborated with bands such as Electrodomésticos, Primeros Auxilios, María Sonora, Blancoactivos, Supersordo and Jorge González. Currently, he forms part of Silvio Paredes’ latest musical project.


Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Wy2GoWsFERbOCLgOsdHWc
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/es/artist/los-pinochet-boys/1437183138
Amazon ES https://www.amazon.es/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B07HXZ9SZ2?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Los%20Pinochet%20Boys&index=digital-music&search-type=ss
Amazon USA https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B07HXGH12G?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Los%20Pinochet%20Boys&index=digital-music&search-type=ss