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ARTIST
TITLE
Pax
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
MR 399LP MR 399LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
1/22/2021

In 1968, Los Shain's magnificent saga of beat, garage and psychedelia came to an end with the dissolution of the band. Pico Ego-Aguirre, the band leader and lead guitarist, embarked on a journey through the hard rock music that made its way to South America courtesy of Vanilla Fudge, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple, releasing a record with several tracks in this style with his brand-new line-up Los Nuevos Shain's. In those days, Peru was governed by a two-sided military dictatorship. On one side, it implemented progressive measures to defend popular sectors that had been ignored for decades by the State. But, on the other, it deported detractors of the regime, censored the media and, in the name of combating alienation, expressed strong views against the hippy movement, hitchhiking, and psychedelic parties, often cancelling gigs. Amidst the comings and goings of the so-called Peruvian revolution, rock bands latched on tight to sounds that were as harsh as the era they were living through. The elegant beat of Los Jaguar's, Same People, Los Sideral's, Los Benton's, and Los Zany's soon made way for the energetic rhythms of Cooking Morning, Elemental Music Group, Catarsis, or Los Comandos. Pico Ego-Aguirre travelled in a similar direction. An ardent fan of The Beatles, in 1971 he looked for musicians committed to following in the footsteps of his favorite British hard rock bands. By the end of 1971, Pico, his brother and guitarist Fernando and the vocalist Manolo Montenegro (all former Nuevos Shain's), together with the drummer Ricardo Macedo (ex-Mads) and bass guitarist Carlos "Oso" Torres (former Dr Wheat) were already rehearsing under the name of Pax, but nobody remembers who christened the band. In February 1972m Sono Radio presented them to the press. They started recording the first tracks straight away until disagreements surfaced about song credits. When "Oso" Torres quit, this exit signaled the end of the group. Pico closed the chapter on this initial line-up and went in search of what would become the classic Pax line-up. Three young Peruvians and a North American, all under the age of 23, put together an album with lyrics in English, vigorous guitar solos, double bass drum set and a record sleeve suffused with symbology, which the future Peruvian heavy metal movement would consider foundational. Original gatefold sleeve and artwork; includes an insert with extensive liner notes.