In September two years ago local rock legend, Wally Meanie, took the plunge and launched an exciting new Melbourne based record label, Cheersquad Records & Tapes. PBS is joining the 2nd anniversary celebrations by revisiting a Studio 5 Live session recorded by one of the international crown jewels of the label, Los Chicos. Los Chicos have been rocking audiences for almost two decades, releasing their first single in 2002, followed by a stream of records released on H-Records, Dirty Water Records and FOLC Records. Their reputation has been built through sweat and parties - a country-punk-rock-soul-garage-gospel extra tight machine full of pub fun madness. 

Los Chicos in Melbourne in 2018. Photo by Zo Damage
Los Chicos in Melbourne in 2018. Photo by Zo Damage


Los Chicos are no strangers to the Australian music scene and audiences, having toured nationally here five times so far. Their connection has been strengthened no doubt through the Australian/Spanish touring links established over the decades through bands like The Meanies, The Drones, Six Ft Hick, Magic Dirt and many more. Wally Meanie tells PBS that the 2018 tour was booked by Cheersquad to coincide with the release of the new Los Chicos album ‘By Medical Prescription’.


‘I offered to be the local label and produce the album here. We’ve been friends for a long time so it was an easy deal to make. In fact, their own label FOLC Records have returned the favour by releasing The Meanies latest album Desperate Measures in the UK & Europe.’

On their 2012 tour, Los Chicos made the time to come in to PBS and record a live session in Studio 5. Tune in to hear this iconic session on Shock Treatment with Kev Lobotomi on September 2.  

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