was a nu metal
band from San Juan
, Puerto Rico
. Originally playing only instrumentals
, they added vocalist Sergio Curbelo and in 1992
they changed their name to Puya and moved to Fort Lauderdale
where they created their mix of salsa
and rap metal
Puya was formed in 1988
originally with the name Whisker Biscuit
by guitarist Ramón Ortíz (formerly with Mattador
) together with bassist
Harold Hopkins and drummer
Eduardo Paniagua. Originally they devoted themselves to playing instrumental songs, and then covers in the San Juan
Change and Success
In the early 90s, vocalist Sergio Curbelo joined the band and they changed their name to Puya
. The band also relocated to Fort Lauderdale
where they met Jeff Renza who helped them develop, and polish their sound. In 1995
, they released their eponymous debut album
There they also met producer Gustavo Santaolalla who signed them to MCA and they released their second album titled Fundamental which received critical praise. This propelled the band to stardom even landing them in the second stage of Ozzfest where they shared the opening slot with Slipknot in 1999.
In 2000, one of their songs ("Tírale"), was included in the soundtrack of the movie Heavy Metal 2000, the only track with lyrics in Spanish from the collection. Established in the nu metal scene, they opened for such bands as Sepultura, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pantera and KISS. They also recorded a cover song - using their particular style - of The Police's "Spirits in the Material World" in Spanish. The song was titled "Almas en un mundo material".
, the band released their second album with MCA titled Unión
. The album was not received as well as their previous two, and some of the members were already working in other projects. The band then faded from the musical scene.
As of 2007
, most of the members are involved in other projects.
- Guitarist Ramón Ortíz formed the band Ankla in 2001. They are set to appear in Ozzfest 's second stage in 2007.
- Harold Hopkins formed the band Yeva in Puerto Rico.