Two members of Pistolera: from left, Inca B. Satz and Sandra Lilia Velásquez
Pistolera: from left, Maria Elena, Inca B. Satz, Sandra Lilia Velásquez and Ani Cordero
Based in New York City, Pistolera plays a high-powered brand of folky latin pop. The band started in 2005 when, as written on the site of Latin music Internet radio Batanga, cousins Sandra Lilia Velásquez and Ani Cordero played some songs during another band's breaks at a party in Brooklyn. "Cazador," off Pistolera's debut album, Siempre Hay Salida, features an electric combination of traditional Mexican music and rock sounds fronted with Spanish lyrics.
In an interview with Urban Latino magazine, Pistolera described their sound as "an original combination of ranchera, cumbia, banda and rock." After playing before English- and Spanish-speaking audiences in 2005, the band performed at some of New York's venues as well as several cultural festivals. The members are singer and guitarist Sandra Lilia Velásquez, accordionist Maria Elena, bassist Inca B. Satz and drummer Ani Cordero. Velasquez came up with the band name, because she wanted something that transmitted a message of both femininity and fierceness.
Grammy-winning producer Charlie Dos Santos, whose credits include Marc Anthony, recorded and produced Pistolera's debut album. The CD's lyrics are "charged with positive and revolutionary messages of social, cultural and feminine empowerment," the band says, as well as "love, loss, immigration, human and civil rights and other important issues from a perspective of love versus hate."