Prisma, an alternative rock band from Geneva, begins his adventure in 2008.
Passionate about The Beatles since his childhood in Peru, Paulo Mendoza, singer and
guitarist decides to form a band with his brother: Dennis Benavides. Paulo talks to
Dennis about his dream of music, about the style and the sound that they would
develop. He shares with Dennis excerpts from songs like U2’s "New Year's Day",
Placebo’s "Every Me And Every You" or "Come As You Are" by Nirvana. Dennis
remembers that moment as a revelation. Without any hesitation he decided to join in
and became the first guitarist and second singer. Paulo works the sound, the melodies,
Dennis writes the lyrics, they rehearse every day. Dennis learns to play the piano and
adds keyboards to the compositions. Their compositions are fuller, alive and their sound
finds its niche.
In late 2009, they recorded a demo, which allows them to play in many festivals in 2010
(Caribana Festival, Rock of Arare, Grand-V-Rock etc).. They send their music to Couleur 3
(national radio)and the hosts of the show Rockspotting advise them to register their titles
professionally in order to get into radio broadcast and playlist. End of 2010, Prisma
entered the studio to record a debut EP of four songs entitled "Throw Me Back Into The
Night Lights". In January 2011, their EP not quite finished, a Swiss manager, (see p3
Contact) freshly returned from the United States, hears of Prisma and decided to listen to
their demo. Seeing potential in the group, she decided to give them a management
contract. The EP comes out in March 2011, and things accelerate, Prisma gets radio
interviews, win competitions, gives concerts and their singles are on nationale radio.
Their rock sound has a catchy energy, choruses with long musical phrases and rhythmic
verses. The music has a depth in its orchestration, which soothes as well as making you
want to move. The songs flow naturally and their structure never leaves room for
boredom. The arrangement is based on acoustic guitars sometimes, sometimes electric,
built and varied beats of synthesizers, whose sounds recall the britpop and even 80s new
wave. Prisma plays contemporary music while paying homage to the alternative scene
of the 90s.
The ALBUM "The Candlelight That Fired Our Generation"
The idea is to make an album that crosses the many inspirations of the group, from the
alternative scene of the 90s' to “britpop”. The very title of the album stems from the
intimate Unplugged concerts, illuminated by candlelight, an obligation through which
passed the great rock bands of those years in order to join the pantheon of rock. The
album will reflect the diversity of styles that Prisma seeks to reinvent and mix, with
influences from the Beatles to U2, Oasis or Nirvana. Prisma is a group with multiple
universes which are confined in one.