Cafe Tacvba: Don't Call them the Beatles or Radiohead

So since the notion of an album has changed. Will people listen to this differently?

No. When we started to make this album, we always thought it would be an album. It was when we had to name it that we posed the idea that our generation continues to think in record, in groups of songs in a tactile form that's obtained at a store in a packaged object. And even though we upload it to a lot of gadgets, there's still a disc left around in physical surroundings. So we thought this would probably be the last object that we'll see with our songs.

I liked the idea of it not having a name. That it might only have a symbol: the symbol of the last record made by Café Tacvba. That its name would be x. The same way that Prince was "The Artist Previously Known As Prince" we said this record will be "The Object Previously Known As Record." Then we realized all the conceptual possibilities of that name. It was a joke at first but in the end, Café Tacvba takes these jokes to a conceptual extreme where they also can become reality.

What would you say the album is about? What's its overarching theme?

If this album were made by one person, I'd think the person is over 40, is in a very self-reflective moment in his life, and lives in a space surrounded by chaos and uncertainty. That person is assured of himself but wants to be able say, "I can have doubts"—and in fact, I think Café Tacvba is full of doubts—but I think that person's just try to understand himself and the place where he lives.

Speaking of self-reflection, in this album you've re-incorporated the drum machine and folkloric elements, which are both reminiscent of your earlier work. How did you all decide on that?

It came very naturally. In reality, we didn't have a preconceived idea of bringing back the drum machine or the electronic rhythms—which were an important part of our beginning. At that moment, it was really important to contrast the electronic part with the acoustic part—the contrabajo, acoustic guitar, jarana, folkloric rhythms. It became clear when we started adding those electronic rhythms to what we were playing that it was a sound that we liked—we loved.

Sonically, I think that the more important parts are Joselo's epic, or rather, panoramic guitar and the more basic, more prog-rock sounding synths by Emmanuel. And I'm extremely proud of the way in which, Rubén, who didn't come to this album with songs, took ownership of our songs with so much heart that it's become the best performance of the singer of Café Tacvba.

What's next for the group?

We've been performing here in Mexico since March-April. We realized people wanted to hear Café Tacvba and we've been doing a tour practically of greatest hits. The album came out a couple weeks ago but we want people to get to know it and demand its performance. We're thinking we'll do a world tour in March or April. We'd present the 10 songs live in concert--in Mexico, United States, South America, Europe--and recreate that moment when we recorded it in front of an audience.

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