Editor’s Note: Originally published in February 2018
If you haven’t experienced the sonic wonders of garage-folk-rockers Travesura, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. They’ve got a slew of live videos with Blind Blind Tiger featuring songs such as “Pulp”, “Hell’s Song”, and “Tenor”, the latter of which has an official video with Scion AV. The music video channels the silent film era and features the band dressed in old-time aviary garb, acting in a classic and humorous damsel in distress situation. Half a minute into the video you can tell these dudes are just plain fun.
Travesura, not to be mistaken with Latin Reggaeton song “Travesuras”, delivers some of the most rad foot tappin’, bone shakin’ tunes that purvey a saloon-lovin’ vagabond’s essence. Traces of Townes Van Zandt and Robert Zimmerman (look it up if you have to) among others can be heard in their lyrics, and leaves the listener thirsty for more. But don’t blame them if you get the urge to buy a motorcycle, head west, and leave it all behind.
The band just finished a winter tour that started off on the East Coast and slowly trickled south and southwest that started at The Mercury Lounge in New York City, and ended back in their neck of the woods at The Wayfarer in Costa Mesa. They are consistently working on new songs for an upcoming album, and plan to hit the road again sometime this summer/fall for a Pacific Northwest and Canada tour.
Travesura, which translates to “mischief” in Spanish, hails from Long Beach, California and is fronted by professional skateboarder and former Thrasher Skater of the Year Leo Romero, alongside Mark Morones on the skins, Eric Evans on keys/guitar, and Shawn Morones holding down lap steel/lead guitar. When the band is busy with other projects and obligations, Romero can often be found playing solo shows around the Greater Los Angeles area or filming for new skate parts.