Story by Alexis Cruz Social Media Manager, Photos by Samantha Herrera Contributor
Whenever I thought of rock music power duos, the White Stripes were usually the first group that came to mind, but everything changed when I was introduced to the Red Pears.
Meet Henry Vargas and Jose Corona, the core of this alternative/indie-rock band. The two have been longtime friends and share a passion for music, hence their start in producing songs straight out of Corona’s garage.
When coming up with their iconic name, Vargas and Corona mentioned that, because they are a pair, they decided to dub themselves “the Pears” before adding a more personal touch.
“[...] our favorite color is red, so what if we were the red pears?” said Corona. “We didn’t think they existed so we’re The Red Pears.”
With humble beginnings in their hometown of El Monte, the band grew in popularity through word of mouth, social media and great performances, whether they were in someone’s backyard or in a more official venue setting.
“I had heard of the Red Pears from a couple of classmates around my senior year of high school,” says fan Alec Castillo, 20. “I first saw them in someone's backyard. People lose their s*** when the Red Pears play. I could tell that they were dealing with all the dirt getting kicked up in their face, because they love playing music.”
The band spoke fondly of those backyard shows and said they are just as fun as venue performances, just without all the dirt up their noses. According to Vargas and Corona, “If it weren’t for those shows and if it weren’t for the fans we wouldn’t be able to have the opportunity to perform at venues like [The Smell].”
Besides their music, the members are known for their humility. Even with their ever-growing fan base, they make sure to greet their supporters with warm hugs and casual conversation.
“I think they remain approachable, nice and humble unlike other bands who sometimes let things affect their egos,” says fan Erika Lira, 22, as she reminisced on her first meeting with the band.
The duo is so approachable that former fan Patrick Juarez has been the bassist for the group for the past four months, following the departure of their previous bass player.
The Red Pears continue to perform at small house venues; however, their latest adventure is yet to come. The band will be performing at the Tropicália festival in Long Beach on Nov. 11.
“Never in a million years did I think we would have this opportunity,” said Vargas, with which Corona and Juarez agreed.
Corona added that his parents want to not only see the “famous” Hispanic artists, but to see him and the band perform. Overall, the group feels thankful to be able to perform alongside artists that they grew up listening to.
If you aren’t planning on attending Tropicália, be sure to look up the Red Pears on Spotify, Bandcamp and Soundcloud.