Née: Luis Cortés
Raíces: Ciudad Juárez
Sounds Like: New Order and M83 run through a Mexican filter
You should listen to VRNS because… Ciudad Juárez is coming up as the next music & arts capital in Mexico.

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It makes sense that VRNS’ (pronounced “Viernes”) debut video is “Todo Lo Que No Mataste.” The song deals with the pain of “killing” or losing certain things in order to create a new persona. In this case, VRNS (a.k.a. Luis Cortés) killed/lost Tolidos, the pop-punk band he fronted for nearly 10 years, and returned to the music world last year with this new solo project. The result is a more interesting direction into post-punk/new-wave territory. Cortés’ self-titled debut EP, Viernes, is filled with gems that straddle a line between old-school ’80s dance beats á la New Order or Depeche Mode with flourishes of synthesizer/sampler aficionados such as M83 and MSTRKRFT.

Watch the video for “Todo Lo Que No Mataste” below.

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Download VNRS’ Viernes below:

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