"Wow. Fun, quirky. I really like it. So unusual from what we've been reviewing and critiquing (...) They're probably amazing to see live." - Mark Zubek, Angelo Dodaro, The Hit Song Hotline Podcast, Toronto (Feb 02, 2015)
"Caracas has the ability to combine the energy of good ol’ punk music with Latin-infused guitar riffs, while maintaining the spunk needed to stand out in the business.” Natalie Hoy - The Permanent Rain Press
“Oozes East Van multiculturalism(...) [Tambores y Tanques] is definitely worth a listen.” Charlotte - Vancouver Music Review
"Victor and Javier's back and forth vocals is the stuff of instant-replays. [...] Five eardrums out of Five." Alexander Carrigan - White Rock Sounds Blog
"I can honestly say i've never heard ANYTHING like you guys. And I love christian metal. #originalFTW" - Vancity Rocks Twitter
"Caracas is a hidden gem in the Vancouver scene. (...)Can't wait for you guys to get huge." Brady Adkins (Radio DJ) - CJSF 90.1FM "Coffee an' a Smoke" - Live interview
Formed in 2011 by Venezuelan-Canadian brothers Javier and Victor Badillo, CARACAS forges an unforgettable mix of Latin grooves, fiercely original rock and a high-energy live show, reminiscent of bands like Pixies, Gogol Bordello, Manu Chao, and Santana..with a Venezuelan twist.
Caracas has completed a tour of the Mexican Mayan Riviera (2014) a tour of the Okanagan (2015), recorded 2 EPs and a demo, and has songs featured in TV shows, web series and independent movies. The band has also shared the stage with Latin Grammy nominated stars Jarabe de Palo (Spain), Gondwana (Chile) and La Gusana Ciega (Mexico).
Releases and Appearances
Caracas's new EP "Bring on the Playtime" (Spring 2016) was produced by South African-Canadian producer Dylan Ellis (Hokum, Rami Lakkis), and was recorded in Vancouver's iconic The Farm studios, and at DeVille Studios, tucked in a small East Vancouver neighborhood.
A music video for their new single "Bring on the Playtime" (2016) was filmed by director Shaun Walford. You can watch the award winning music video (Akademia Awards, Los Angeles, 2016) here.
The single "Bring on the Playtime" was also selected as the theme song for the new craft brewery web series "Vancouver On Tap" (2016).
A number of the band's songs are featured in the independent movies "The Cover-Up" (2013) and "Naked Night Bike" (2014).
Caracas performed on Vancouver's Shaw TV Channel 4 for the "Canadian Sound Arts Therapy Show", a community-driven program. The episode originally aired in the spring of 2015. In the summer of the same year, they were invited to perform at the 27th Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival 2015, the largest of its kind in North America. In 2017 they were again invited to perform at the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival.