Pachanga Fest preview: Intocable meets high expectations with more good tunes

Intocable might have started being labeled a Tejano band, but being called a norteño band in Mexico and other parts of Latina America has brought the most success to the group.

“We have Tejano roots, and we have a norteño influence, that is for sure,” said band vocalist Ricky Muñoz. “But I don’t know what you should really call us, other than good music.”

And it appears that a lot of people agree that Intocable equals good tunes.

Just last month, the debut of their 15th studio album, “En Peligro de Extincion,” skyrocketed to No. 1 on iTunes U.S. Latin and iTunes Mexico within one hour of its release. The CD’s first single, “Te Amo,” also quickly reached the No. 1 spot on the Regional Mexican Billboard chart.

The success of the latest album, however, hasn’t come without some stress and controversy.

In 2010, Billboard Magazine named them “Group of the Decade,” an honor that added some pressure. Muñoz said he quickly overcame any worries about living up to such high expectations.

“It’s simple. I make music that I like. I have to like the music I’m going to put out. I’m the one that’s going to have to go out on tour and play these songs over and over again,” he said. “To me, it’s just crazy to worry about making music for other people. I guess I’m a selfish musician like that.”

Living up to expectations wasn’t the only hurdle the band has had to face over the past couple of years. Most recently, it has been rumored in the Mexican media that several popular regional Mexican bands, including Intocable, have played at parties hosted by narcotraficantes, or drug traffickers.

Munoz said that while his band has played a variety of parties and other exclusive gigs, they don’t deal with the host directly. They work with a promoter who negotiates the price, place, date and time of the show. Nothing else, he said.

“I can’t say we have or haven’t played for a narcotraficante in the past. Have I ever played at a party in Mexico? Yes. Were there narcos there? I have no idea to be honest,” Munoz said. “It worries me, yes, that this might be the case. And we are definitely more aware of what shows we choose to play these days.”

For now, the band wants to focus on the positive things that success has brought.

“I just want to keep making what I think is good music, and if you like it, then great,” he said. “Let’s have fun with it.”

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