Los Angeles based Latin Alternative band NEFALIM has changed their name to NFM. The change in name coincides with the completion of their second full length CD which has not yet been titled or released but takes a different musical direction than their 2004 debut.
NFM released their self titled debut CD ?Nefalim? in late 2004 through the Verdad y Justicia Label group which has distribution through Navarre. In support of the release, they spent most of 2005 touring Northern and Southern California, Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Chicago, Illinois, and even returned home to Guadalajara, Mexico for a few show dates. The single, ?Leyenda Sin Final? was made into a video that received airplay and also charted across the nation on various stations reporting to Radio and Records in the Alternative/Latin format. They won a hotly contested Miller Lite Battle of the Bands at Over the Border in San Diego.
After darting across California and the Southwest on the ?Rage against the Machine Tributo? Tour at the beginning of the year, NFM went back into the studio to finish working on the follow up to their 2004 release. They completed the tracks mid summer and are happy with the new CD.
?It?s a different musical direction from the last CD or our live performances,? says lead vocalist and songwriter of NFM, Jose Montes de Oca. ?The songs on that CD were written during a different time. We are not the same band; we are at a different place now. The new songs reflect where we are musically, and personally.?
The new NFM CD may not be as dramatically different as their past work, but it is light years from the darkness that emanated much of their earlier work, and has a sound that is much more, do we dare say it??commercially appealing?. Historically this band has been too synth pop to please local Spanish rockers and yet too ?hard rock? to please Spanish pop radio stations. Maybe this new release will change that.
?It?s true that the new CD has more of a pop direction to it,? says Montes de Oca. ?We wanted to showcase our talent and abilities to the fullest potential, while still staying true to ourselves. We feel we have accomplished that with this CD.?
And why the name change?
?One of the main reasons is actually kind of silly, but it is the truth: We got tired of people not being able to say Nefalim.? Montes de Oca added. ?Or mis-pronouncing it. With the lighter music, we thought we could lighten/shorten the name to just NFM.?
NFM is tight lipped on when the full length CD will be released and who it will be distributed through. They are not locked into a deal with any one label for this release and they are keeping their options open. In the mean time, a 3 track CD maxi-single of all new material will be available for purchase at upcoming shows.
NFM plays the new Rock En Espanol night at The Rumba Room in Universal City Walk on Wednesday, August 23, 2006. To hear their music, just go to http://www.nfmmusica.com
Camilo Arenivar is a freelance journalist who has written numerous articles for Latinola.com and other organizations. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org