3 questions with El Paso punk group Nalgadas

Nalgadas members Leo Lara, Jorge Montelongo, Edgar Delfin, Rob Dozal and Javi Gardea. The local garage-punk group is gearing up for a summer tour with Sparta, kicking off in Phoenix on May 10.

With a dynamic new lineup, new music and an upcoming tour with Sparta, 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for garage-punk heroes Nalgadas.

Drummer Leo “Chief” Lara and guirarist/vocalist Edgar Delfin have been the band’s creative center since it was founded six years ago. The band released “Quiubo,” a raucous 10-song debut on L.A.’s Burger Records, in 2016. 

In 2017, Lara and Delfin felt it was time to inject new life into the band. Enter scene vets, bass guitarist Jorge Montelongo and guitarist Javi Gardea, who joined last year. This year, Nalgadas added Rob Dozal on keyboards.

The group recorded nine new songs and is already working on more.

“We’re trying to push ourselves to not repeat what worked for us,” Delfin said. “Repeating that formula makes it boring.”


Q. How does it feel to be in a new era of Nalgadas?

Delfin: The drive this band has is really different than previous lineups, not to talk bad about the other guys. But, these members want to do more, contribute more and musically, we’re all on the same page.


Q. What’s it been like for the three new members, joining your friends’ band?

Montelongo: When they asked me to play bass, I was really happy. They’re my favorite local band. I was stoked. I already knew their songs. I think the thing with us is we all take music pretty seriously. A lot of people are weekend warriors, and I think we’re all a little more focused.

Gardea: I guess these guys were a little stagnant for a while, so it’s nice to see things progress.

Dozal: It’s cool being in a band with other people who all want to reach a goal. 


Q. How did the tour with Sparta come about?

Lara: I was at Monarch day drinking. Jim Ward came to eat and hang out. I bought him a shot. We started talking about his recent shows and about how Nalgadas has never toured. We’ve done little one-offs and weekend trips, but we’ve never toured. He just asked me, “Why don’t we do a tour?”

Delfin: Me and Javi used to work at Eloise (Ward’s Westside bistro). He’s a super cool guy. He really wants to help people out, and I think this is his way of appreciating, not only Javi and I for working with him, but the whole band and a band from El Paso.