The immediacy of Chicago quintet Divino Niño is apparent from the get go. They’re a band that recognizes that a verse can be as much of an earworm as a chorus. Their first instinct is to engage. While their roots recall a washed out version of other Chi-town garage rock, they’ve contorted themselves in shimmering psychedelic-and-synth-pop for Last Spa on Earth.

The potential for coming-of-age movie soundtracks or even crossover appeal is viable from the first two singles. “Tu Tonto” is a dance track that effectively sees its reggaeton beat go haywire, while “Nos Saltamos” has the formula for 80s revival anthems down to a science. There’s a mischievous toying with genre convention throughout without ever becoming clever for clever’s sake. Both intricately designed and remarkably effective, it’s all in good fun.

We're excited to announce Divino Niño as part of Rough Trade On The Rise, our dedicated curation putting a spotlight on the emerging music we are the most excited for you to hear, to follow and become a fan of. Read on to discover more about them in their own words and make sure you check out forthcoming album Last Spa On Earth, out on September 23rd.

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A self-penned bio

Five by Five

Describe your band in 5 words.

Guillermo: what a bunch of bozos
JV: in love with each other
Pierce: Chaotic, Serene, Rhythmic, Kismet, Divine
Javier: trilliant-ruby, earth, water, fire, air

5 records you listened to prior to making your album?

  • Guillermo:
    Frankie Reyes - Boleros, Valses Y Mas
  • JV:
    Gat Decor - Passion
    Pieri - Quien Paga repeat
    Paco Amoroso - Saeta
    4strings - Take Me Away (into the night)
  • Pierce:
    Charli XCX - How I Feel Right Now
    Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings
    Bad Bunny - YHLQMDLG
    Yves Tumor - Heaven to a Tortured Mind
    Spirit of the Beehive - Entertainment.Death.
  • Camilo:
    VEGYN - only diamonds cut diamonds
    THE GARDEN - kiss my superbowl ring
    MS NINA - perreando y llorando
  • Javier:
    J Dilla – Donuts
    Nala  Sinephro - Space 1.8
    Paco Amoroso – SAETA Craneo
    Lasser – Musica para Lagartos
    Isabella Lovestory (she doesnt have an album, but all her singles on repeat),

Top 5 career moments?

  • Guillermo: signing records for the “fans”
  • JV: Making the Tu Tonto and Nos Soltamos music vids
  • Pierce: Playin P4k post a pandemic.
  • Camilo: Headligning Lincoln Hall Jan 2020.
  • Javier: putting out LSE and going on a co-healining tour this fall!

You host a pre-release listening party for the album. Who are your 5 VIP guests (dead or alive)?

  • Guillermo: Don Francisco
  • JV: Randy Rhoads
  • Pierce: Dead or alive?  I’d give the 5 VIP passes to our future dead selfs. Full bottle service for our future homies.
  • Camilo: La Goony Chonga, Tomasa Del Real, and their friends
  • Javier: hehe listening parties are a bit stressful for me cause I get caught on still trying to tweak sounds. Nonetheless, Id just send out a group text to all my friends inviting them to the listening party at some beach house in union pier. If Arca, Rosalia, Yohji Yamamoto, Demna Gvasalia, or Jean Basquiat decide to show up I wouldn’t be upset

Top 5 essential tour snacks?

  • Guillermo: tap water
  • JV: ghost pepper peanuts
  • Pierce: 3 Yerba Mates and 2 bags of Honey Roasted cashews please
  • Camilo: Sparkling water + Gas station Cantaloupe
  • Javier: trail mix, beef jerky, can of BANG!, hot cheetos, chicken nuggets