Federico "Dinamita" Pereda is a rara avis. He is a product of the Montevideo rock scene, which in general paid attention to the music that, beginning in the 1980s, emerged mostly from the United Kingdom. He then boarded the DeLorean that transported him to the old school of country, blues, and the North American rooted genres of the 60s and 70s. At that school he learned. He learned a lot.
Still, the music of Dinamita Pereda will never sound old. The guy has the ability to remove every layer of tribute, every trace of mothballs, and to translate it in a fresh way, made not yesterday, but tomorrow.
He is a fish that can swim in all kinds of waters. Owner of a personal and recognizable style, he knows both how to exploit it in his own creations as well as when contributing with other artists. He can excell without stridency in a guitar hero ensemble, or when jumping on stage with a punk rock band. His distinctive sound can equally shine with his own Swing Factory, with hours and hours of rehearsals, as with a jam band in a basement on a Tuesday night.
Skinny Dennis is a Brooklyn bar where, seven days a week, one can sit down for a beer and watch country and blue-grass artists performing live. This dive bar is the Brooklyn epicenter of the genre. It may not have the renown that, say, CBGBs had during the punk and new wave years, but Skinny Dennis is a place that matters. The House of Blues of Chicago, the mecca of the genre, also matters in the Windy City. And of course, Nashville, DC, Austin, or Los Angeles all played an important role in the history and roots of rock n’ roll, country, and blues.
Dinamita Pereda is these days travelling around those places, and not as a tourist. In the past couple of months, he shared the stage with Brian Mitchell, (a pianist for Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, B.B. King and Al Green, among others), as well as with legendary blues guitarist Jimmy Johnson. He also recorded and toured with The National Reserve, a band that brings new blood to Southern rock. With them he rode hundreds of miles through the backroads of Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and other places, playing country bars and stepping on to the same boards that Bruce Springsteen and the Ramones once climbed.
The road is also in Dinamita’s DNA. Going where his boots take him, learning voraciously. It doesn't matter if the journey is on a van via interstate highways, or on foot through neighboring streets. So, it's no wonder that "It Wasn't Me," his new song, sounds like a Nashville road trip to Crazy Horse.
Those same roads will bring Dinamita Pereda back to Montevideo. On October 3rd he will disembark with the Swing Factory (Dinamita on guitar and vocals, Josefina Pereda on vocals and piano, Javi González on guitar, Juan Mucho Correa on bass, Esteban López on drums and Marcelo Castro on percussion) at the Hugo Balzo Room of the Sodre Auditorium with his dust-covered shoes, his backpack loaded with experience, and his guitar ready to sound as it should: as in the old days, as today, as tomorrow. Because his love for rock n’ roll is a love that must not die.