La Vela Puerca

La Vela Puerca
Origin Montevideo, Uruguay
Genres Rock, ska, punk
Years active 1995–present
Labels Universal Music

La Vela Puerca is a Uruguayan rock band formed in Montevideo, Uruguay in December 1995. Its founders and current members are Sebastián Teysera (lead vocals, frontman and main songwriter), Nicolás Lieutier (bass guitar) and Santiago Butler (guitar). The band's first appearance under the name La Vela Puerca was at a street party in Montevideo on December 24th, 1995. Since then several new members had joined.



In 1996, frontman Sebastián Teysera entered a demo tape in a band contest. The rest of the band wasn't aware of this until they found out they were listed among the twenty finalists. It was only a month later that they received a phone call informing them of their success. As a result, they were awarded 80 hours of free recording sessions. These sessions would turn out to be vital for the making of their debut album.

Recent history

La Vela 2013 in Düsseldorf

To date, the band has released four albums plus a re-release of the first: Deskarado (1997), La Vela Puerca (1999, Deskarado re-release), De Bichos y Flores (2001), A Contraluz (2004), and "El Impulso" (2007). "De Bichos y Flores" and "A Contraluz" were produced by two time Oscar-winning producer, Gustavo Santaolalla.

Their fourth studio album was released under the title El Impulso in April 2007. The new album contains 13 tracks and was produced by Juan Campodónico of Bajofondo and Campo.[1]

They have achieved a high level of success in Uruguay and Argentina, and some success in Europe, particularly in Germany.

On November 26th, 2005 the band gave a special concert to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. The concert, which was held at the Velodromo in Montevideo, Uruguay, had a giant screen where footage of their European Tour and other various concerts were shown. In 2010 they celebrated their 15th year together.

One of the most recent concerts was in October 2011 at the Uruguayan Bicentennial celebrations(1811–2011), which was a total success.

In October 2011, the band released "Piel y Hueso". It was their first and, to date, only double album. One disc contains mostly guitar-driven songs, while the other contains 6 acoustic songs.


Band members


The band's logo is a drawing of the snout of a pig smoking a marijuana cigarette. Every year, on December 24, the band honors their first appearance as La Vela Puerca with a free show.


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