Seattle Punks Tres Leches Share “Strangest Of Friends”

We’ve all had them but art punks Tres Leches (Alaia D’Alessandro & Ulises Mariscal) just might be the subject of their own “Strangest Of Friends,” the video for the band’s new single. The song itself is infectious while the video may require a parental advisory as guitarist Alaia D’Alessandro bounces around with just her guitar, sans clothing. The single runs through dynamic shifts including wind instruments coupled with flagrant harmonies, pausing, only to restart once again.

Word of the band’s album on DIW is set to drop early sometime in 2022 but no other information has been offered. It would follow the band’s debut LP, 2018’s Amorfo, translating to formlessness.

Of the video, the band offers:

“The video is of the simple act of clothing yourself. Putting on a protective layer. Within that act is the power struggle of vulnerability. What can you do with that vulnerability? How do you use it? Do you let it consume you? Do you let it change you? Let it manifest something? In this case, we used it to create something very tender, intense and honest. I hope it will help people the same way making the video helped me process my own strange struggles.”

The music of Tres Leches involves multiple languages and a range of artistic styles from art-punk, psych, pop, cumbia, and experimental. Alaia D’Alessandro and Mariscal met in 2011 at Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival, and bonded over a shared love of international music, from the bands they had seen that night Nortec Collective and Starfucker, to the bands they hoped to and one day would see together such as The Replacements and Café Tacvba. After they tried out some instruments in a jam room visiting the Experience Music Project, Ulises declared he was determined to learn drums and start a band with Alaia, who was impressed by his commitment to the instrument. By 2016 the band would release their debut EP and began gigging with standout groups like Tacocat, The Coathangers, The Blacktones, Songhoy Blues, Boogarins, Los Blenders, and Y La Bamba.