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Tobias Rochman (left) and Chris Vargas (right) lean against a wall with their shadows cast on it. Rochman, who is taller, has his hand is on his chest.

Move your body to high-octane house beats and fierce, socially conscious vocals at the Wex debut of Montreal-based band Pelada.

Following the success of their 2019 debut, Movimiento Para Cambio (Movement for Change, which Stereogum named the #1 electronic record of the year), Pelada visits the Wex for the first time as they tour in support of a brand-new album. The duo unites punk and house influences into a seamless musical offering featuring Spanish vocals—an homage to vocalist Chris Vargas’s Colombian heritage—propelled by producer Tobias Rochman’s pounding beats. With lyrics that rail against government surveillance, the heteropatriarchy, and environmental degradation, Pelada raise a middle finger to the status quo while giving the audience the release of the dancefloor. (program approx. 60–75 mins.)

Pelada, photo: Erick Faulkner.

Know before you go

  • This performance is standing room only on the main floor. The balcony is reserved for accessible seating.
  • There will be a cash bar at this event.
  • Validation stickers for $2 parking are available only for Ohio Union South Garage due to special event parking in Arps and Ohio Union North Garages. Pick them up at the Visitor Experience Desk before the performance and present them upon leaving the garage.
"Through every track, the pair defiantly tear through the club, not looking for escape, but to restore community, and in turn form a true sense of resistance."

More about the artists

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Pelada, the duo of singer Chris Vargas (they/them) and producer Tobias Rochman (he/him), broke out of Montreal’s underground warehouse rave scene in 2014 after uploading tracks to Soundcloud that caught the attention of the global dance music scene. They spent the next five years touring the globe extensively before signing with Berlin experimental label PAN in 2019 and releasing their debut LP Movimiento Para Cambio. In addition to Stereogum’s accolade, Mixmag included the record in their “Best Albums of the Decade” list, Resident Advisor named it “One of the Best Records of 2019,” and DJ Mag asserted “they are a vital and contemporary addition to dance music’s punk cannon.” Their LP was featured twice on the godfather of punk Iggy Pop’s BBC6 radio show, where he personally told his listeners, “They always wake me up. I like this.”

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