Dos Santos is a quintet based in Chicago. Their elasticity & consistency in live performance and their recorded output have garnered them wide attention as one of the city’s most potent, impactful performers. Collectively raised through the pedagogy of American popular and traditional Latin music, their future-minded sound gestures forward into an idealized new progressive American music, as rooted in Chicago as it is communicable with the world.
After being good friends in middle school, Evan Wagner and Austin Tracy went their separate ways in high school. In what seems to have been an act of fate, they ran into each other at a Tame Impala show in Louisville six years later. They began writing and eventually recruited Kyle Stone from Austin’s other band Wendy’s Yellow Poncho. Given the opportunity to work with Shiraz Dada of Maps and Atlases, they headed to Chicago in March of 2014 to record their debut, the culmination of a year of writing.