Kinky on Picking Its Name: "There Was a Nasty Picture We Wanted to Use as a Flyer..."

Let's get Kinky.

We're not talking about whips, fuzzy handcuffs, or hot body oil. Just the best current alternative rock crew from south of the border.

"With bands, it's a really interesting thing with names," Kinky guitarist Carlos Chairez tells Crossfade. "We were developing our sounds for the first album. We had a couple of shows booked in Monterrey, and there was a nasty picture we wanted to use as a flyer. We put Kinky on it for that specific show, and we adopted the name for the band."

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Chairez and his bandmates first found the spotlight in 2002 with the release of their self-titled debut album. But while Latin America seemed to love all things Kinky, the rest of the world wasn't as stirred up by the sound of the Monterrey natives.

However, after a gig in L.A. and some luck that brought the members of Cake to Club Vinyl that night, an invite to tour the Unlimited Sunshine Festival with Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, and other bands of the ilk, and U.S. fans are hot with Kinky fever.

Having gained the most popular attention of their careers with the 2012 mega-single "Más," the Kinky dudes even scored Latin Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Music Album for Sueño de la Máquina and Best Alternative Song with "Negro Día."

Chairez believes part of Kinky's success can be attributed to its signature fusion of disco, rock, Latin, and techno.

"I think that the experimental aspect of the music," he says, "and the fact that we draw on all kinds of sounds, from music we loved when we were kids to the stuff that we listened to from all over the world. We love disco, dance rock, EDM. I think that's interesting, especially live."

Kinky. With Mr. Pauer. Saturday, April 6. La Covacha, 10730 NW 25th St., Miami. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets cost $25 to $55 plus fees via Ages 18 and up. Call 305-594-3717 or visit

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La Covacha

10730 NW 25th St., Doral, FL

Category: Music

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