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Bang Data

Oakland, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF

Oakland, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2008
Band Latin Alternative




"Esther's Don't Miss Picks for Joshua Tree"

Honestly folks, this group is one of my faves this time around. Bang Data is an Oakland, CA based duo consisting of MC Deuce Eclipse and musician/producer, Juan Manuel Caipo. Caipo has created their signature sound by uniquely infusing various Latin and afro inspired grooves with hip-hop beats making it highly dance-worthy. The clever and often bilingual lyrics spit by Deuce are rebelliously top-notch. In fact, when interviewing Daniel Yockey from Candelaria who happens to be friends with Bang Data, he described Deuce as, “….one of the best MCs around, period.”

Touring and performing together since 2013, Bang Data reached a new level of recognition when their self-titled single “Bang Data” from their debut album La Sopa was featured on AMC’s Emmy® Award winning television drama, Breaking Bad and George Lopez’ new film, Spare Parts….which is pretty freaking cool. There is a lot I could say about Bang Data. As a fan, I could gush on about them for pages but instead I will implore you to not take my word for it. Check them out for yourselves along with all of the other bands listed and you can thank me later. - Coachella Valley Weekly

"Califas Champions: Bang Data’s Mucho Poco"

Music Review/ Bang Data, Mucho Poco. Photos shot at the Independent, SF, 8/15/14. All photos ©2014 by Eric K. Arnold

It’s easy enough to explain the growing popularity of Latin Fusion acts in California simply by looking at demographic trends; according to figures recently released by the governor’s office, Latinos are no longer a minority group as of March 2014, and presently account for 39 percent of California’s population overall, effectively making them an ethnic majority.
As a musical genre, Latin Fusion has been a staple of the Bay Area sound since Santana’s 1969 debut album. But while Santana mixed psychedelic rock, R&B, and blues with Latin musical elements, things have changed since then, most notably the rise of hip-hop and its Espanol-speaking cousin reggaeton, as well as the onset of electronic music and EDM. In 2014, Bang Data—a group best known for being featured during the infamous poison tequila scene in “Breaking Bad”—stands at the forefront of a new generation of Latin Fusion artists coming straight from the calles of Califas.
As a band, Bang Data has been around since 2008. Originally a trio featuring bilingual vocalist-emcee Deuce Eclipse, guitarist Dave Lopez, and percussionist/producer Juan Manuel Caipo, their early material was a fairly straight-ahead mix of rock, rap, and traditional Latin rhythms. But after Lopez’ departure, they added bassist Marco Guzman and guitarist Michael Cavaseno and further evolved their sound, like an antojera might mash different ingredients into a flavorful salsa. Their title of their first full-length album, 2012’s La Sopa, was a reference to the soup-like qualities of their music, which takes a little from here, a little from there, and mixes it together into a spicy stylistic blend.

With their second full-length release, Mucho Poco, Bang Data refine their style even further, aiming for an accessible (but not over-the-top commercial) sound which falls right in with the new wave of contemporary Latin Fusion acts in the Bay (a short list of which might include Alta California, La Gente, Locura—whose last album was also produced by Caipo—and Candelaria.) The album starts out on an upbeat note, with “Bailalo,” a club-ready banger whose lyrics namecheck Cesar Chavez and Emiliano Zapata.
bang Data record release party at the Independent 228Mucho Poco’s first single “Amor Califas,” updates the 2Pac/Roger Troutman/Dr. Dre hit “California Love” with Spanish vocals, congas and turntable scratches. The song loses the vocoder vocals, adds “whoa-oh-oah” choruses, some incendiary guitar riffage, and a percussive breakdown section, yet retains the anthemic, party-friendly vibe of the original. It also shouts out the huelga bird of the United Farm Workers, along with California cities with notable Latino populations: Oakland, San Pancho, El Cerrito, Vallejo, San Diego, Fresno, Modesto, and Sacramento. With its instantly recognizable hook, yet unmistakably altered lyrical and musical content, it’s a good choice for the lead single, one which can resonate with urban audiences as well as native Spanish speakers.
“Amor Califas” is followed by “Si Te Gusta,” an innovative track which can be described as “cumbiaton,” with an accordion-like synth and guest vocals by Alguacil and Binghi Fyah. The song features an English chorus for the gringos: if you feel the motion let us know/ We plant the seeds so they can grow/ We heal when you come to the show/ So here we go, here we go.

“Candela,” the next song, chugs along at a fast tempo, accentuated by handclaps, more cumbia-style accordion melodies, various percussive instruments, and a trace of dubby, ska-inflected guitar. The song starts with Deuce rapping in English, then switches over to him singing in Spanish for the second verse. Despite, or maybe because of, all the ingredients in the mix, the song comes together well, standing as a highly-representative example of Bang Data’s talent and versatility.
The album’s title track returns to the more minimalist-flavored songs of Bang Data’s earlier material. Deuce’s growing skills as a singer are highlighted over a track which is mainly acoustic guitars, a bit of female backing vocals and some light melodic shading. It’s a good change of pace after the busier, sonically-dense songs which preceded it.
“Calavera Life,” sung and rapped entirely in English, aims for mainstreamish pop perfection, yet lacks the nuance of Bang Data’s more traditionally-influenced material. It’s easily Mucho Poco’s most contrived song, right down to the Miley Cyrus-like couplet, we don’t stop no no/ we on top fa sho. A saving grace is the remainder of the song’s lyrics (this life’s gonna be a better place/ and I’m a live it so I have a better face), which ring with positivity and inspiration.
bang Data record release party at the Independent 268Bang Data are at their best when they’re firmly in their element and not trying too hard to be everything to everybody. That ends up being pretty much the case for the album’s last third, which finishes strongly. “Volar” (featuring Ozomatli’s Wil-Dog and Chico Trujillo) pushes ahead as a fairly straight-forward Latin rhythm with a rock edge, which easily bridges the traditional and the contemporary. So does “Tierra,” featuring guest vocalist Hector Guerra, which melds a slinky electro-cumbia feel over a sample of the Latin standard “Cancion y Huayno.” “Mal y Bien” is a future classic, pulling in mariachi guitars, field-laborer flute snippets, rapid-fire cadences and impassioned singing over a bouncy, electro-fied beat. The closer, “Suena,” again harks back to traditional field-hollers for its strident chorus, while Morricone-esque guitar adds a cinematic soundscape to Deuce’s bilingual slang-slanging.
Overall, Mucho Poco is an in-your-face, upfront, album which sometimes seems to be in a hurry to cover as much musical ground within the pan-American Diaspora as possible. It conveys much of the energy of the band’s raucous live show, and the endless layers of grooves, hooky choruses, and constantly alternating iterations of Latin rhythms are great if you’re trying to dance, party or both. Thankfully, Mucho Poco’s lyrical content is substantial enough that it can also hang after the dance, while you’re cleaning up empty cerveza and mezcal bottles and trying to figure out how to get lime juice off a linen guyabera. But at just ten tracks, the album feels a little short; the addition of one or two more midtempo ballads would have been the perfect complement to your morning-after hangover. -EKA - OAKULTURE

"Bang Data - Mucho Poco"

Bang Data is an Oakland-based urban-Latin combo led by singer-rapper Deuce Eclipse and drummer-producer Juan Manuel Caipo. Their 2012 debut La Sopa had some fine moments and they’ve topped them on this sophomore effort, which is strong from beginning to end. Right out of the chutes, track 1 is a killer, channeling the saying (frequently attributed to Emma Goldman) “If I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution.” Deuce Eclipse slides smoothly between singing and rapping, Caipo lays down a groovy soundscape, and the live guitar and bass (a critical element in this band, one that takes it well outside the norms of current hip hop) make this one as much rock as it is rap. 2 is in a similar if lighter vein and features some fabulous Deuce flow. The title track (5) is right out of the Manu Chao playbook: acoustic guitar, chugging rhythm, low-key rapping, gorgeous brainworm melody. Their collaboration with Chilean cumbia aces Chico Trujillo on track 7 results in a party-starter, as you might have expected. And they close with a change of pace on 10, a bilingual rap elegantly accompanied primarily by electric guitar. This is top quality stuff, certainly worthy of national and international attention.
TOP TRACKS: 1 2 5 7 10
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The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) is once again upon us. It’s a week full of discussion panels, artist showcases, and free concerts in outdoor venues around NYC (July 8-12) with a focus on Latin Alternative artists.

KCRW is the official radio sponsor and we will be profiling some of these up & coming bands participating at LAMC whose music transcends language barriers and geographic boundaries so… Atentos.

Bang Data

For Fans of: Ozomatli, Afrolicious, Zion I

Being that I’m on the West Coast, I’ve been aware of these guys for quite sometime — and they groove.

MC Deuce Eclipse combines the underground, bay area, hip-hop, feel with Juan Manuel Caipo’s stellar production to produce a sound unique to San Francisco.

It’s multi-genre similar to Ozomatli, but not sugar coated with as much traditional sound.

Caipo, who has produced a couple other Latin Alternative bands in the Bay Area favors a heavy sound, be it rock or hip-hop, that gives Bang Data its bite.

Out of the small Latin Alternative scene that still thrives in San Fran, this band has the chops and has put in the sweat equity on the road to deserve a larger audience… that and well…they throw it down live!

“bAY aREA!!??” - KCRW Blog


Maldito Carnaval 2009
La Sopa               2012
Mucho Poco        2014



Bang Data is formed by Bay Area’s MC Deuce Eclipse on lead vocals, who’s well known by hip-hop fans as an accompanying voice to the legendary Zion I and musician/producer Juan Manuel Caipo, who has become a sought out name producing & mixing in the San Francisco music scene and abroad. Deuce and Caipo have created music loaded with heavy grooves, Samba-Ska-Cumbia and hints of Afro-Electro-Bossanova. This mix of beats, rhymes and melodies are  infused with soulful bilingual (English/Spanish) lyrics. The sound is unmistakably theirs. Their self-titled single “Bang Data” from  their debut album La Sopa was featured on on AMC’s Emmy® Award-winning television drama Breaking Bad and George Lopez’ new film Spare Parts. New album Mucho Poco is available on iTunes. On stage they are joined by Michael Cavaseno on guitar. The group has performed with acts such as Calle 13, Cafe Tacvba, Ozomatli, Zion I, Kinky, Natalia Lafourcade, Enanitos Verdes, Panteon Rococo, Bomba Estereo & Chico Trujillo.

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