Panda (band)

Panda (occasionally styled PXNDX) is a Mexican alternative rock band formed in Monterrey, Nuevo León in 1996. The band caught local attention in 2001 with the album "Arroz con Leche" , and mainstream success on their albums Para ti con desprecio (2005) and Amantes Sunt Amentes (2006).


Formation (1996-1999)

The band was formed by José Madero, Jorge Garza, Ricardo Treviño, and David Castillo, all from Monterrey, Nuevo León. The band started playing covers but when they realized they were good writing their own songs they started writing songs about friends, parties and love. Those songs were placed on a demo tape, Demo 1997, and distributed to independent labels. Soon after that, David Castillo departed Panda and was replaced by Super Azfalto's former drummer, Jorge Vásquez. They caught the attention of an independent label, Movic Records, and signed a record deal.

Arroz con leche and La revancha del príncipe charro (2000-2004)

Their first studio album, "Arroz con leche", was released in September 2, 2001, and caught little attention by people and critics, only selling 50,000 copies. Their second album, "La revancha del príncipe charro," was released February 3, 2002, a short time after "Arroz con leche". "La revancha del príncipe charro" sold well, and reached platinum in Mexico. Part of the success of that record was due to the combination of punk and rock sounds. The album also contained a cover from Joan Sebastian and Alberto Vazquez's duet song, Maracas.

The band toured in the United States and Mexico to promote their album. At the end of the tour, Jorge Garza left the band and was replaced by another member from Super Azfalto, this time guitarist Arturo Arredondo.

Para ti con desprecio and Amantes sunt amentes (2005-2007)

A third album, Para ti con desprecio, was released in 2005. It is their most popular album to date in Mexico and Latin America, although it made them lose many fans, which are now named Anti-Pandas. This happened because Panda supposedly stole lyrics and guitar riffs from groups like My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, and Smashing Pumpkins, among many others. The singles "Cita en el Quirofano", "Cuando no es como deberia ser" and "Disculpa los malos pensamientos" Topped MTV's Los 10+Pedidos by a combined time of 39 weeks. "Disculpa los malos pensamientos" was also the most voted video on MTV in 2006 The same year, the band collaborated in the soundtrack from "Skimo", a Mexican sitcom from Nickelodeon, with the song "Si esto fuese realidad".

At the end of the year, the band released Amantes Sunt Amentes, their fourth album, which reached the top of the Mexican charts within weeks and was certified platinum. To date, the album has sold approximately 200,000 copies, and has become one of the top selling Mexican rock albums of all time. The album's first single, Narcisista Por Excelencia, reached the Mexican Top 10 and was a top 40 hit in Latin America.

During this time the band released their second single, "Los Malaventurados no Lloran". The song reached staggering digital success in Mexico and became a success in other parts of Latin America, peaking within the top 40 of the Latin America Top 100. The music video has received heavy rotation in MTV.

In February 2007, the band collaborated in the album "Tributo al más grande", a tribute album for Mexican norteña band "Bronco". The band recorded the song "Oro" with a new rock style. The singer José Madero, sang along with Guadalupe Esparza and Luis Treviño the song "Amigo Bronco".

In mid July, the band released a third single, Procedimientos Para Llegar A Un Comun Acuerdo. Because of the extensive success of the band's previous single, the song was sent to radio stations in all of Latin America at the same time. Procedimientos quickly debuted in some of the important Latin charts, ultimately reaching the top 10 in many countries.

In November 30 2007, Panda released "Sinfonía Soledad", their first live album that contains a concert on Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City. It contains their main songs and two new songs dedicated to their fans.

The band was nominated in Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2006, winning the categories Best Group or Duet, Best Alternative Artist and Breakthrough Artist. The band performed "Narcicista por excelencia" during the show. In Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2007, the band was nominated for three categories, but only won Best Alternative Artist.


Current members

Former members


Studio albums

Album Year Chart Position Certification
Arroz Con Leche 2001 #16 MEX Gold
La Revancha Del Príncipe Charro 2003 #7 MEX Platinum
Para ti con desprecio 2005 #1 MEX 2X Plantinum
Amantes Sunt Amentes 2006 #1 MEX
#3 VEN#1 ECU
Sinfonía Soledad 2007 #1 MEX


Skimo Soundtrack

  • Released: 2006
  • Songs:
  • Si esto fuese realidad

"Un mundo maravilloso" Soundtrack

  • Released: 2006
  • Songs:
  • No te deseo el bien, pero tampoco te deseo el mal

Tributo al más grande

  • Released: 2007
  • Songs:
  • Amigo Bronco (Pepe, Luis Treviño and Guadalupe Esparza)
  • Oro


Year Single Album Top Singles
Top Singles
Top Singles
Top Singles
México Rock
Los 10 más
Billboard Hot
2000 Te invito a mi fiesta Arroz con leche - - - #92 - - -
Buen día - - - - - - -
Si supieras - - - - - - -
2002 Hola La revancha del príncipe charro - - - - - - -
Maracas (Cover from Joan Sebastian and Alberto Vazquez's) #23 - - - - - -
Ya no jalaba - - - - - - -
2003 Quisiera no pensar - - - - - - -
2005 Cita en el quirófano Para ti con desprecio - - - - - #1 #28
2006 Cuando no es como debiera ser - - - - - #1 -
Disculpa los malos pensamientos - - - - - #1 -
Narcisista por excelencia Amantes Sunt Amentes #25 - #36 #9 #1 #1 -
2007 Los Malaventurados No Lloran #35 #8 #29 #26 #1 #1 -
Procedimientos para llegar a un común acuerdo - #10 #61 #54 #1 #1 -
2007 Muñeca Sinfonía Soledad - #10 #61 #54 #1 #1 -
2008 Nunca Nadie Nos Podrá Parar (Gracias) Sinfonía Soledad


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