We are not afraid or disgusted with any gender

“How many terminals, and I still do not find you”, sang “Fran” Lago in 2016 linked to a love story that, at the end of the song, had a happy ending. It was the time of “Terminales”, that hit of “A mil”, which opened the doors to Cruzando el Charco to reach this station, in which that phrase emerges today as a metaphor for this long-awaited meeting with the general public. .

Ten years after the debut album by band platense, this 2022 welcomed them with their participation in Cosquín Rock for the first time in his career, but he also closed an international tour in Spain (with dates in Barcelona, ​​Valencia, Mallorca, Malaga and Madrid) and the release of his fifth successful studio material “Cicatrices”, which today, from 20, presented at the Vorterix Rosario (Skip 3519).

In dialogue with Stage, the leader and composer of Cruzando el Charco, Francisco Lago, spoke of the good moment of the band which integrates with Nahuel Piscitelli, guitar, programming and choirs; Juan Matías Menchón, double bass; Ignacio Marchesotti, percussion and Matías Perroni, on drums. “What we do is free rock,” said the singer, and said they have “no fear, shame or disgust of any genre”.

Crossing El Charco – Terminal

  —They just launched “Cicatrices”, with guests like Coti Sorokin, Benjamín Amadeo, Agarrate Catalina and even the writer Hernán Casciari; but do you think that the breaking point of the band was with the song “Terminales”?

—Yes, it was an important hiatus, but not just “Terminales”, but the entire 2017 album “A mil” which made us go to Spain for the first time. Since then four have arrived: La Trastienda, Vorterix, Niceto, larger places than those we had done in Buenos Aires. However, I think there have been other interruptions. For example “Eltrato”, the song we did with Coti in “Cicatrices” opened many doors for us also to people who perhaps did not listen to us, that is, there were several moments of rupture in the band.

  —Which artists do you feel identified with within the Argentine rock or who do you take as an inspirational reference?

—What we do is free rock, we don’t pigeonhole only doing neighborhood rock songs and national rock, but we also do cumbia, candombe, there are songs that have a little jazz, there is ska, there is a quartet. The truth is that I can’t give you a single reference, but I can mention Bersuit, No Te Va Gustar, La Vela Puerca, Los Piojos, there are current groups like El Plan de la Mariposa or El Kuelgue, I believe Cruzando el Charco goes that way .

—You called Bersuit, which is one of the bands that were most encouraged to mix genres in the 1990s; and in this last album you invited Coti but also the murga Agarrate Catalina. Is it to ratify this free rock thing?

– As it is, we are not ashamed, not afraid or disgusted by any kind. We do everything we like to play and we get it without any kind of prejudice, this is Cruzando el Charco, we can be at a Cosquín Rock Festival but also in Baradero or a folkloric festival. Our audience is very large, so we do a little bit of all styles.

Crossing the Pond – Collecting Scars (Official Video)

  “Does crossing the pond have to do with switching to another genre, other looks, other heads? Where do you go when you cross the pond?

– Well yes, crossing the pond has to do with all this. Over there it’s more like walking through the River Plate puddle, as we are a La Plata band and our closest puddle is this: crossing Montevideo and going to Uruguay, which is kind of like the band’s second home. When I gave the group that name it was to reflect that our songs have a little bit of both sides of the Río de la Plata.

  —The group’s lyrics range from situations of love and heartbreak to some existential quest, but no deliberate political or social criticism is perceived. Is it a consensual choice or does it come out like that?

—It is a bit of a decision we made, most of the lyrics are mine and there are others by the guitarist and the pianist as well. In the band there are many points on which we agree, but if we pass them on it is always with respect to the public. Because it has happened to us that sometimes what is happening is exposed and a certain part of the public feels uncomfortable. This goes against the spirit of Cruzando el Charco, because we want people to come back from the shows with the best and not feel like it’s not what they expected.

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singing voice.  Francisco Lago:

singing voice. Francisco Lago: “Crossing the Charco is the priority”.

  —The political crack that exists in Argentina also divides the music, then?

—Yes, and it happened to us with political issues and with football issues and other issues. Nowadays in Argentina it is very difficult to express what you think because it ends up being a problem and we don’t want it. Look, it happened to us with friends from other bands, who got someone killed at the exit of a concert because of a football shirt, did you see? So you have to be very careful what you say, say and sing, as it can lead to a problem.

—Many times you go out to play solo. Are you interested in that path in the future?

—No, the shows I do in acoustic format go hand in hand with the band. There are places the band can’t go, or it gets complicated if everyone can’t go play in Mar del Plata, for example, so I go alone to cover that space. Even today there are places like Mexico or Chile where the group cannot travel and I decide to go alone to sow. I make a first arrival in that city and then I go with the whole band, that’s what I do in each of the places I go, but not at all solo: Crossing the Charco is always the priority.

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