When the metal parody group Moderatto formed in the late 90's, it was to offer Mexico City musicians Jay de la Cueva, Javier Ramírez, Marcelo Lara, Iñaki Vazquez and Olallo Rubio an escape from their serious gigs. Formed as a jab at the glam-rock of a bygone era, Moderatto was meant to be a place to put on some eye liner, stick your tongue out and blow off some steam. A short ten years later, the project would become a Mexican rock phenomenon, propelling it's members into stardom. With glamour and drama reminiscent of groups like Poison and Mötley Crüe, Moderatto earned a strong tongue-in-cheek fan base on the club scene in Mexico City. Their debut record Resurrexíon was released in 2001. Hit singles "Marchate Ya" and "Isabel" bolstered the group's popularity. Through radio Moderatto began to reach audiences outside their die-hard club-going fan base. Mixing original material with 80's classics such as Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" and The Knack's "My Sharona," Moderatto earned a reputation for wild, theatrical live performances. The band's sophomore effort El Detector de Metal opened wide the doors to pop success. Their cover of Timbiriche's "Muriendo Lento," featuring vocalist Belinda crossed over to pop radio effortlessly. Their mainstream success brought them before packed houses at venues like the Auditorio Nacional and the Teatro Metropolitan. The band's third original release Grrrr! hit the scene in 2006, sending single "Sentimental" to number 3 on Mexican pop charts in a matter of weeks. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez

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