Café Tacuba (stylized Café Tacvba) is a band from Ciudad Satélite, Mexico. The group gained popularity in the early 1990s. They were founded in 1989, and since then have had the same musical lineup of Rubén Isaac Albarrán Ortega (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Emmanuel “Meme” del Real Díaz (keyboards, piano, programming, rhythm guitar, melodica, vocals), José Alfredo “Joselo” Rangel Arroyo (lead guitar, vocals), and Enrique “Quique” Rangel Arroyo: (bass guitar, electric upright bass, vocals). Mexican folk music player Alejandro Flores is considered the 5th tacubo, as he has played the violin in almost every Café Tacvba concert since 1994. Since the Cuatro Caminos World Tour, Luis “El Children” Ledezma has played the drums in every concert but is not considered an official member of the band.
The group’s debut album, Café Tacvba, was released in 1992 and was extremely popular in Mexico. The group experimented with many different musical styles, from punk and ska, to electronica and hip hop, to regional Mexican varieties such norteño, bolero, and ranchera. However, the band was taken aback by the stark difference between the sound on the album and group’s “rawer” live sound, likening the recording to “a pasteurized version of ourselves”. Café Tacuva released five singles from the album – “Maria,” “Rarotonga”, “Las Persianas”, “La Chica Banda” and “Las Batallas” – with a music video filmed for each, with the exception of the latter.”María”, directed by Gustavo Garzón, was nominated for Video of the Year at the Lo Nuestro Awards of 1993
After Revés/Yo Soy, the group would not release another album for four years. In the meantime, Café Tacvba contributed recordings to various projects such as the Amores Perros (2000) and Y Tu Mamá También (2002) soundtracks as well as the tribute album El Mas Grande Homenaje a Los Tigres del Norte (2001), which included a cover of “Futurismo y Tradición.” In addition, guitarists Emmanuel del Real Díaz and Joselo Rangel produced a couple songs for Julieta Venegas: “Me Van a Matar” and “Disco Eterno”. Rangel also began work on a solo album, Oso, in 2003, which was produced by Albarrán.
Emmanuel stated in March 2012 that a new album was planned for release before the end of 2012. El objeto antes llamado disco was released on October 22, 2012. The album was recorded in front of live audiences in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and the United States. The first single was “De este lado del camino”.