Indie Cribz Episode 5: Drummer Carlos Icaza of Los Fancy Free, Who're Playing Todd P's MtyMx Fest This Weekend
The genius of Todd P's MtyMx Festival this weekend is that he's introducing all of us to a gang of Mexican bands we probably wouldn't otherwise hear. Like Quiero Club, who we interviewed last week, or Los Fancy Free, a psych-garage foursome that the Fader singled out two years ago as a centerpiece of whatever was then the "Mexico City rock scene." Or more specifically, Los Fancy Free's drummer Carlos Icaza, who also happens to be one of the most prolific young drummers in Mexico City, splitting his time with psych-surf Las Comadrejas, '60s-throwbacks El Pan Blanco, and synth goofs Evil Hippie. Just in the last year, Icaza's been in Los Angeles recording with the likes of Jimmy Tamborello, jamming in Chicago with members of Bury My Teeth, and DJing "wild and crazy mexican RnR-soul-punk-psych-funk-tropical-grooves" under the nickname Tropicaza.
Summer before last, our house videographer Jeremy Krinsley visited Icaza at home in Mexico City for the fifth episode of Indie Cribz, where the congenial hombre gave us a tour of the home he then rented for 300 American dollars a month. Fairly insane amount of space for that price--check the guest room/hang out space he barely uses that, Icaza admits, that "smells like a blend of pot, incense, and dirty."