Ripple’s New Psych/Garage Imprint Rogue Wave Records: NPR Premieres New Las Robertas EP ‘Together Outrageously’

Las Robertas
Garage-Psych / Pop Group to Perform at Coachella 2019; Trio to Make History as First-Ever Costa Rican Band to Perform at Annual California Music & Arts Festival
   Hailing from San José, Costa Rica, Las Robertas (aka The Robertas) is a garage rock / psychedelic pop band whose name draws inspiration from 60’s girl groups and The Ramones. Formed in 2009, Las Robertas — Mercedes Oller (vocals / guitars), Sonya Carmona (guitars) and Fabrizio Durán (drums) — boasts a enticing sound inspired and influenced by 70’s American and British rock, shoegaze, and indie pop from the 80’s and 90’s, driven by entrancing, ethereal vocals. Las Robertas will perform at Coachella 2019, performing April 12 19 at the Empire Polo Club. In advance of its live performances at CoachellaLas Robertas will release a 3 song EP titled ‘Together Outrageously. The new EP, named as one of the “30 discs to have on the radar in 2019” by Noisey, will see an April 5 release via Rogue Wave Records.

In advance of the new EP’s release, NPR‘s Latino USA debuts ‘Together Outrageously‘ in full, saying, “‘Together Outrageously’ features three songs with the band’s unique yet familiar and nostalgic sound, all shedding light on their home country’s current political moment. In the title track “Together Outrageously” they sing, “There’s nothing around that can stop us now, and it feels like we’re drowning alone, but in pieces together we’ll go.” The EP premiere also features a new interview with vocalist / guitaristOller. Stream Las Robertas‘  ‘Together Outrageously‘ at this location. 

Las Robertas‘ appearance at Coachella 2019 will not only mark a career highlight for the young trio, but will also serve to be a landmark moment for its home country as well; the band will become the first-ever Costa Rican group to perform at CoachellaLas Robertas will leave for California on April 10 and following the festival, return to Costa Rica to record their as-yet-untitled fourth album.

   “We are very excited,” says Oller. “Playing Coachella is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we’re going to put on the best show we can, not only for ourselves and the concert-goers, but as representatives of Costa Rica as well. For us it is an honor to be ambassadors of our country abroad, not only as part of this festival, but in all the years we have been playing outside. We always recommend national projects, and we want people from the rest of the world to realize the enormous talent that exists in this country, not only at the musical level, but in all areas.”

Las Robertas will not only kick out the jams at Coachella, they will also bring local clothing and jewelry to promote the art of Costa Rica, working together with talented local entrepreneurs; MussMuss and Atomic 79 (read more here) to spotlight its country’s arts and culture movements. As such, Mercedes Oller‘s Instagram account was named one of the “13 Tico Instagram Accounts That Highlight Costa Rica’s Flourishing, Eco-Friendly Style Scene” (see here) by the Latin music, culture and entertainment platform Remezcla.

Las Robertas – Full Performance (Live on KEXP)
   Las Robertas released their debut full-length album “Cry Out Loud” in 2010 and started gaining immediate popularity through well-recognized blogs (Hipster Runoff, Gorilla vs. Bear, AlteredZones, The Dumbing of America). The trio’s trippy noise-pop garage-rock took the international music scene by storm, and the band quickly became a darling on the indie festival circuit in Europe as well as the Americas. In its time as a band, Las Robertas has played festivals such as SXSW, Rock al Parque, All My Friends, and Levitation. In 2011, Las Robertas became the first Costa Rican group to play Mexico’s Nrmal Festival and Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, ​​the latter being considered one of the most prestigious in the world.

The group, which has toured both Europe & America and shared stages with bands like Echo & the Bunnymen, Pearl Jam, Warpaint, Flaming Lips, Primal Scream and more, considers itself influenced by punk music with a hard inspiration of soul and surf. Their principal influences include the C86-era bands The Vaselines, Black Tambourine, The Field Mice, and Beat Happening, as well as Sonic Youth, The Velvet Underground, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Wipers, Fugazi, early My Bloody Valentine, and The Amps, among others.

Track listing:

1.) Thunder Rider
2.) Together Outrageously
3.) Pesadilla

Pre-order Together Outrageously at these locations.

Follow Las Robertas‘ adventures on FacebookInstagramtwitter and YouTube.

   “Las Robertas, straight out of Costa Rica, are making the kind of buzz saw pop songs we should really like regardless of gender, fringe or dubious fashion choices” – Neu!

“With each turn of the kaleidoscope, Las Robertas’ music shape-shifts to offer new ways to hear its bright, hypnotic sounds. It’s a magical mosaic that dazzles…a sunny set of tunes tinged with surf-rock and psychedelia and surrounded by its hallmark sylphic vocals.” – NPR

Las Robertas ‘Waves of the New’ 
 A short documentary, filmed on tour, and in the studio, with producer Jon Greene at Rarefied Recording, and in the band’s hometown of San Jose, Costa Rica.