HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Los Skarnales, "Pachuco Boogie Ska Band With a PUNK Attitude"

In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and ticket information at HPMusicAwards.com, and watch Twitter (@hprocksoff) every day until the showcase for your chance to win tickets.

To which member are we speaking? What are you nominated for? This is Felipe Galvan from Los Skarnales. This year we're nominated for best Latin band ( I think ). [This is true -- Ed.]

  Please list all of your regular band members and what instruments they play. This is our lineup: Felipe Galvan (main vocals); Nestor Aguilar (percussion/vocals); Jose Rodriguez (guitar); Marcelo Luna (bass); Jose "Chapy" Luna (drums); Jon Durbin (trumpet), Michael Razo (trombone); Kevin Bernier (sax/guitar).

Describe your band in four to seven words. Los Skarnales is a Pachuco Boogie ska band with a PUNK attitude.

Who is your single biggest musical influence and why? We don't have any one single biggest influence since there's eight of us in the band and we all have different personal influences. We all like The Clash, Mano Negra, and Los Xochimilcas -- all these are bands that don't limit themselves to one genre of music and are open to play good roots music with a fuck-you attitude.

What recordings (if any) do you have readily available? You can get our lates CD Dale Shine!! (meaning "Go For Gold!!", not money gold but anything you want to get done -- "Go For Gold!!" or "Go For It!!") at our live shows, Cactus Music and iTunes. Maybe at La Tia Pancha Flea Market also.

Have you ever been HPMA-nominated before? When and what for? We have been nomonated before for best Latin, reggae, punk, bass player and male vocalist.

Where and how often do you perform (publicly) around Houston? Here in town we play about once a month or month and a half at Fitzgerald's, the Continental Club, House of Blues, Discovery Green and Warehouse Live. We also play Austin, San Antonio, Chorpus Christi and New Orleans often. We play Mexico and California at least twice a year.

What is the next step for your band? Our next step is to start recording new material soon and put out our 20-year anniversary CD next year.

Finish this sentence: "Houston music is..." Houston music is Chingon!! It's badass, versatile and real fucking honest. Orale!!!!

Los Skarnales' HPMA set is 9 p.m. Sunday, August 4 at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar, 1201 Fannin. See more about the band at reverbnation.com/losskarnales facebook.com/losskarnales.

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