The Warning: Embracing Spanish and Paving the Way for Young Rockeras

The Warning, the dynamic Mexican sister trio comprising vocalist and guitarist Daniela, bassist Alejandra, and drummer Paulina Villarreal, are much more than they initially appear. In an interview with Remezcla, the sisters seemed reserved, but on stage at Los Angeles’ iconic Whisky a Go Go, they transformed into powerful performers. As they gear up for their new album, Keep Me Fed, and its accompanying tour, they shared insights about their decade-long journey, advice for aspiring rockeras, and the significance of showcasing their Latine culture.

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Their rise to fame began with a viral cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” in 2015, which led to appearances on shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Now, these talented young women, aged 19 to 24, are regulars on major platforms like the MTV VMAs and Southern California’s 95.5 FM KLOS.

Reflecting on their journey, the Villarreal sisters describe it as “really crazy,” highlighting their challenges as young Latinas from Monterrey, Mexico, in a male-dominated rock industry. Paulina points out the increasing presence of women in rock bands, emphasizing that these bands always existed but lacked opportunities. “It’s inspiring to see how we constantly fight our way into the spotlight and share our music and voices as women in this genre. We’re honored to be part of that,” she says.

The Warning’s pride in being both rockers and Latinas is evident. They acknowledge the extra challenges faced by Latinas in mainstream rock but encourage the next generation to stay true to themselves and use their success as a beacon. Paulina notes, “If we did it – coming from Mexico – we hope to open more doors for others to explore their passion because music is for everyone.”

At their album release party in Hollywood, the sisters’ transformation from quiet interviewees to electrifying performers was striking. Daniela’s high-octave vocals, Paulina’s intense drumming, and Alejandra’s rhythmic bass captivated the audience. The band performed high-energy songs like “Burnout,” “S!CK,” and “ERROR,” with the crowd enthusiastically responding.

Between songs, the sisters often thanked their audience in Spanish, proudly highlighting their roots. They performed “Qué Más Quieres” from their new album, engaging the crowd in a Spanish chant. Despite their primarily English repertoire, The Warning ensures each album includes a Spanish song to honor their heritage. Paulina recounts their experience in Japan, where non-Spanish speakers sang their Spanish songs back to them, saying, “To represent our culture in that way is an honor.”

Looking ahead, The Warning hopes to see more Mexican women in the rock industry. Their journey and determination inspire many, and they remain committed to breaking barriers and creating opportunities for future rockeras.


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