POSTED: Friday, October 5, 2012 - 7:07pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 7, 2012 - 7:44pm
EL PASO — [NOTE: A special thanks to Tony Muela (sound), Valentin Sandoval (video) and Rock On El Paso (video) for their help with this First Friday segment!]
"Bianca! You have to check out Cigarettes After Sex."
That's what a former co-worker kept insisting to me for months, and I finally caved. Though, the name made me unsure of what to expect.
It was a Hoppy Monk show on Mesa, and I'm not sure if it was the seemingly bashful singer's disinctive vocals or the back-and-forth sway of the crowd that sold me.
Watch the video and you be the sound judge.
During our interv iew, I couldn't ignore the itch that I'm sure many of you have: the name… what's the name all about?
Greg: "Maybe it was life experience.. "
Phil: "You don't really smoke though, I wonder what you were doing.
Greg: "Oh yea...it was different times then.. it was 2008."
The year 2008 was the birth year for Cigarettes. Lead singer Greg Gonzalez admits the sound has evolved.
"We started like a retro, dancey kind of shimmery sound, " he said.
I asked the keyboardist, Stephen Herrada, what kind of sound is it now?
"It's what it is..it's kind of heard to describe," he said. "It has it's own sound, I really wouldn't know how to put it in a certain genre."
Bu drummer Eddie Provencio, the latest addition to the band coined the new genre "float-y."
"It feels as if it floats, free floating," he said. "It doesn't wanna go really hard, or really soft.. it just kinda does it's own thing."
Cigarettes is certainly floating around, the "pleasure" sound cloud infiltrating the nation's air with a recent 2012 tour for their latest EP release.
After steadily establishing year years of music and fans,this is what they describe as the ideal career climax.
"I think we don't want to have regular jobs," said guitarist Phillip Tubbs. "That's the ultimate goal.. to live off music."
The band will perform Friday night at La Parada in the San Carlos building downtown. The address is 501 Texas Ave. Doors open at 9pm, admission is $5 for 18 and over.
For their band website and album download, visit: http://cigarettesaftersex.bandcamp.com/ 
To see their full studio performance with the assistance of Tony Muela, visit: http://youtu.be/D0nRJUPLuSI