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Panda (commonly stylized as PXNDX) was a Mexican rock band formed in Monterrey, Nuevo León in 1996 as part of the musical movement known as Avanzada Regia. The last line-up consisted in singer José Madero, drummer Jorge Vásquez, lead guitarrist Arturo Arredondo and bassist Ricardo Treviño.

Panda
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Background information
OriginMonterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Genres
Years active1996–2016 (on hiatus)
Labels
Associated actsMagnolia y Los No Me Olvides
Super Azfalto
Desierto Drive
Website[Official Panda Facebook.]
Past membersJosé Madero
Ricardo Treviño
Jorge "Kross" Vásquez
Arturo Arredondo
Jorge "Ongi" Garza
David Castillo
David Nuno

Founded by singer/guitarrist José Madero, guitarrist Jorge "Ongi" Garza, bass guitarrist Ricardo Treviño and drummer David Castillo. In 1997, Vásquez replaced Castillo, which led to demo recordings and a deal with independent label Movic Records the following year. The band ended receiving local attention in 2000 with debut and second studio albums Arroz Con Leche and La Revancha Del Príncipe Charro (2002) and newly found breakthrough with major-label debut mainstream success in follow-up Para Ti Con Desprecio (2005). It reached gold and platinum status, with album sales over 200,000. The band would become the target of massive backlash over plagiarism reports that had caused poor criticism and damage to their reputation and image for years to come.[1]

Garza exit from the group after its release, Súper Azfalto guitarrist Arturo Arredondo would later replace him. Their fourth effort, highly-acclaimed Amantes Sunt Amentes (2006) became the band's highest-selling with over 250,000 albums sold, gained gold and double platinum status as well, while achieving international success with Poetics (2009), Bonanza (2012) and Sangre Fría (2013).

In early 2016, it was announced its members would go on separate ways, considering a brief break from recording and/or touring, and the band has been on a temporal hiatus since.[2]Some sources determined that the group had finally broke up afterwards, but Treviño have replied saying "I think people get tired of the same thing; a new album is announced with four singles to promote it, and then going out on tour and then another album. Also, this break serves us to fans missing us on stage."[3] Madero pursued a solo career, while the three resting members formed a new band by the name of Desierto Drive in 2018.[4] [5]

BackgroundEdit

Formation (1996-1999)Edit

The band started playing covers but they realized they were good at writing their own material, so they started writing songs about friends, parties and love. Those songs were placed on a demo tape, Demo 1997, and distributed to independent labels. Soon after that, After all that their personal friend and independent producer Mario (MarakaZ) Huerta acting as A&R, caught the attention of an independent label, Movic Records, and signed a record deal (by Kiko Lobo).

HistoryEdit

Debut, second studio albums and moderate success (2000-2002)Edit

Panda's debut studio album, Arroz con leche was released on September 2, 2000, and drew little attention by people and critics, reportedly selling over 50,000 copies. Their second follow-up, La Revancha Del Príncipe Charro, was released February 3, 2002. It sold well, gaining moderate success and reached platinum in Mexico. The album also contained a cover from Joan Sebastian and Alberto Vazquez (singer)'s duet song, "Maracas".

The band toured in the United States and Mexico to promote their album. At the end of the tour, they went into the studio to record a third effort. Jorge Garza left the band after the group finished the material and was replaced by another member from Super Azfalto, this time guitarist [Arturo Arredondo].

Para Ti Con Desprecio, plagiarism claims, fan backlash and Amantes Sunt Amentes (2005-2006)Edit

 
Ricardo Treviño in 2008

Para Ti Con Desprecio was released in May 11, 2005. The record solified a change in tone, shifting from their previous sanitized, humorous pop punk sound for a more darker, matured aesthethic elements. It is their most popular album to date in Mexico and Latin America, although it made them lose fans, now called Anti-Pandas, over plagiarism accusations that derivated in (supposedly) stealing lyrics and guitar riffs from groups such as My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, and Smashing Pumpkins. The singles "Cita en el Quirófano", "Cuando no es como debiera ser", and "Disculpa los malos pensamientos" topped MTV's Los 10+ Pedidos fora total of 39 weeks. "Disculpa los malos pensamientos" was also the most voted video on MTV in 2006.[6] That same year, the band collaborated in the soundtrack of "Skimo", a Mexican sitcom from Nickelodeon, with the song "Si esto fuese realidad".

At the end of the year, the band released Amantes Sunt Amentes, their fourth album, which reached the top of the Mexican charts within weeks and was certified platinum. To date, the album has sold approximately 200,000 copies, and was close to Maná first album Falta Amor.

During this time the band released their second single, "Los Malaventurados no Lloran". The music video has received heavy rotation in MTV.

In February 2007, the band collaborated in the album Tributo al más grande, a tribute album for Mexican norteña band Bronco. The band recorded the song "Oro" with a new rock style. The singer José Madero, accompanied Guadalupe Esparza and Luis Cortes in the song "Amigo Bronco" and led to a great upset.

In mid July, the band released a third single: "Procedimientos Para Llegar A Un Común Acuerdo". Because of the extensive success of the band's previous single, the song was sent to radio stations in all of Latin America at the same time. "Procedimientos" quickly debuted in some of the important Latin charts, ultimately reaching the top 10 in many countries.

On November 30, 2007, Panda released "Sinfonía Soledad", their first live album that contains a concert on Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City. It contains their main songs and two new songs dedicated to their fans.[7]

The band was nominated in Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2006, winning the categories Best Group or Duet, Best Alternative Artist, and Breakthrough Artist. The band performed "Narcicista Por Excelencia" during the show. In Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2007, the band was nominated for three categories, but only won Best Alternative Artist.

ControversyEdit

In 2005, the Mexican magazine R & R published an article stating that several Panda songs, mainly from the album Para ti con Desprecio, were similar to songs from other bands of similar genres (some lyrics were virtually translations), such as: My Chemical Romance, Green Day, MxPx, Blink 182, Fall Out Boy.

After the scandal, reporters have often mentioned this to the band when they are interviewed. In the interview published on February 31, 2006, on Versus, a T.V. show from Telehit, the band members appeared defensive when asked about the plagiarism, and responded in contradictory ways. Kross, drummer for the band stated: "We didn't steal, it was coincidentally, I don't know... It was not done purposely, it was not made with any malicious intent, so I don't know, the subconscious betrays you ...".

With the release of their fourth album Amantes Sunt Amentes and the growth in popularity of the band on MTV in other countries, they preferred to change the subject when asked about plagiarism. Bassist Ricardo Treviño said: "There are people who say: You either love or hate Pxndx. I think that those who love us are the majority, so why would we argue about these things?". The group acknowledged that all the bad publicity was publicity in the end in their song "¡Ah Pero Cómo Vendo Cassettes!", that roughly translates to "oh, but I still sell lots of records".

The accusations of plagiarism caused many people to reject Panda.[8][9] These groups call themselves Anti Pandas,[10] and have expressed their position through different websites (YouTube, MySpace and Facebook), as well as festivals where Panda plays. The Anti Pandas say that the list of plagiarism of Panda stands at more than 35 songs.

Panda has been booed in different festivals, such as the 2007 edition of Rock'N'Exa, where the public threw bottles, trash, and other things at them while they played.[11][12]

The same thing happened in 2008 at the Vive Latino,[13] and the Third International Rock Festival in Rio, although they have an outgrowing fan movement in major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, not to mention most of Latin America and throughout the world.

MembersEdit

 
Panda in concert.

Closing membersEdit

  • José Madero (Pepe) - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, moog synthesizer, piano, keyboards (since 1996)
  • Arturo Arredondo - lead guitar, vocals (since 2005)
  • Ricardo Treviño - bass guitar, backing vocals (since 1996)
  • Jorge Vázquez (Kross) - drums, percussion (since 1997)

Former membersEdit

  • David Castillo (Chunky) - drums, percussion (1996)
  • Jorge Garza (Ongi) - lead guitar, vocals (1996–2004)
  • David Nuno (deibi) - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2001-2004)

Touring membersEdit

  • Fernando Salinas - rhythm guitar (2005-2010)
  • Marcelo Treviño - piano, keyboards, moog synthesizer, vocals (2005–2012)
  • José Hernández - lead guitar (2004)
  • Rodrigo "Bucho" Montfort - keyboards, piano, moog synthesizer, vocal (2012-2013)

DiscographyEdit

 
Advertising a Panda concert in Hermosillo, Sonora, in 2008.

Studio albumsEdit

Album Year Chart Position
Arroz Con Leche 2000 16 MEX
La Revancha Del Príncipe Charro 2002 7 MEX
Para Ti Con Desprecio 2005 1 MEX
Amantes Sunt Amentes 2006 1 MEX
3 VEN
1 ECU
Poetics 2009 1 MEX
1 ECU
Bonanza 2012 1 MEX
Sangre Fría 2013 2 MEX

Live albumsEdit

Album Year
Sinfonía Soledad 2007
Panda MTV Unplugged 2010
PXNDX: Hasta el final 2016

CollaborationsEdit

Album
Skimo Soundtrack
  • Released: 2006
  • Songs:
  1. Si esto fuese realidad
"Un mundo maravilloso" Soundtrack
  • Released: 2007
  • Songs:
  1. No te deseo el bien, pero tampoco te deseo el mal
Tributo al más grande
  • Released: 2007
  • Songs:
  1. Amigo Bronco (Pepe, Luis Treviño and Guadalupe Esparza)
  2. Oro
Nos Vamos Juntos - Un Tributo a las Canciones de Caifanes y Jaguares, Vol. 1
  • Released: 2010
  • Songs:
  1. La Celula Que Explota (Caifanes Cover)
Tribute Album

SinglesEdit

Year Single Album Top Singles
Chile
Top Singles
Colombia
Top Singles
Iberoamérica
Top Singles
México
México Rock
Digital
Los 10 más
Pedidos
Norte
Los 100 más
Pedidos
Norte
Billboard Hot
Ringtones
2000 Buen día Arroz Con Leche - - - 92 - - - -
Si supieras - - - - - - - -
Miércoles - - - - - - - -
Te invito a mi fiesta - - - - - - - -
2002 Hola La Revancha Del Príncipe Charro - - - - - - - -
2003 Maracas 23 - - - - - - -
Ya no Jalaba - - - - - - 77 -
2004 Quisiera no Pensar - - - - - - - -
2005 Cita en el quirófano Para ti con desprecio - - - - - 1 4 28
2006 Cuando no es como debiera ser - - - - - 1 26 -
Disculpa los malos pensamientos - - - - - 1 1 -
Narcisista por excelencia Amantes Sunt Amentes 25 - 36 9 1 1 40 -
2007 Los Malaventurados no Lloran 35 8 29 26 1 1 2 -
Procedimientos Para Llegar a un Común Acuerdo - 10 61 54 1 1 18 -
Muñeca Sinfonía Soledad - 10 61 54 1 1 - -
2008 Nunca Nadie Nos Podrá Parar (Gracias) - - - - - - - -
2009 Sólo A Terceros Poetics - - - - 2 1 1 2
Adheridos Separados - - - 23 1 1 33 1
2010 Nuestra Aflicción - - - - - 1 7 -
Feliz Cumpleaños MTV Unplugged - - - - - - 67 -
2012 Envejecido en Barril de Roble Bonanza - - - - - - - -
Romance en Re Sostenido - - - - - - - -
La Noche de la Mesa Triste - - - - - - - -
2013 Enfermedad en Casa Sangre Fría - - - - - - - -
2014 Saludos desde Turquía - - - - - - - -
Usted - - - - - - - -
Libre Pastoreo - - - - - - - -

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Todos Los Plagios de Panda. Martínez, Alonso - https://culturacolectiva.com/musica/plagio-panda-green-day-my-chemical-romance-pxndx
  2. ^ PXNDX: Estas son las 10 razones de su separación temporal. February 8, 2016. - https://rpp.pe/musica/mas-musica/pxndx-estas-son-las-10-razones-de-su-separacion-temporal-noticia-936824
  3. ^ PXNDX: Estas son las 10 razones de su separación temporal. February 8, 2016. - https://rpp.pe/musica/mas-musica/pxndx-estas-son-las-10-razones-de-su-separacion-temporal-noticia-936824
  4. ^ José Madero aguanta vara y se sale con la suya. Aug. 28, 2018. Charrocanrolas. - https://charrocanrolas.com/jose-madero-aguanta-vara-y-se-sale-con-la-suya/
  5. ^ Desierto Drive, la nueva banda de ex-integrantes de PXNDX, lanza primer sencillo April 4, 2019. Tellez, Víctor.Punkeando. - https://punkeando.com.mx/index.php/2019/04/01/desierto-drive-la-nueva-banda-de-exintegrantes-de-pxndx/
  6. ^ YouTube, "Los 100+ pedidos del 2006, 2006.
  7. ^ PandaLandia, Primera Plana: Ya está en todas las tiendas, México, 2007.
  8. ^ ElUniversal.com.mx Grupo Panda, Menos enamorados, 2006
  9. ^ Terraarticulo.aspx interest?=669,186 the group accused of plagiarizing songs from bands like Green Day and My Chemical Romance, 2008
  10. ^ ElComercio.com Internet could be found almost as many clubs as antipanda Panda fans, 2008
  11. ^ Vanguardia, Panda received samples of rejection by the hearing, 2008
  12. ^ YouTube, "angry panda concert exam", 2007
  13. ^ Vivelatino.com.mxChronicles VL08: Scenario Verde. Part III Archived 2008-12-19 at the Wayback Machine, 2008

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