Reyna’s ‘Heartbreak’ Video Is a Candy-Colored Celebration of Mexican-American Culture: Watch


Before they have been churning out shiny ‘80s-inspired electro-pop as Reyna, Milwaukee sisters Vic Banuelos and Gab Banuelos, previously often known as the duo Vic and Gab, have been on the indie-pop quick observe as one of many metropolis’s fastest-rising unbiased bands. In 2015, they determined that it was lastly time to graduate from their signature Vic and Gab sound and, the next 12 months, Reyna — a play on the Spanish phrase for queen — was born, ushering in a brand new (and poppier) period for the siblings underneath a regal title that “represented their tradition, the place they arrive from and, after all, highly effective girls.”

Reyna’s newest glowing single, “Heartbeat,” does extra than simply seize the insufferable, common pangs of heartache. Premiering solely on Billboard, the video is a colourful visible celebration of the sisters’ Mexican-American heritage. “We wished to point out extra of our tradition as a result of there are lots of people like us proper right here within the U.S. We wished to say, ‘Hey, you’re not alone. We’re all going by means of this collectively,’” Vic shares, including that they included every thing from the Mexican candy bread, or conchas, they “grew up consuming with their grandparents” to a vibrant ofrenda, which is used to honor deceased family members throughout Dia de los Muertos.

Another one among Vic’s favourite moments from the clip? “Lucha libre is one among my favourite issues from my childhood. My grandpa purchased me [the silver and blue mask in the video] after we went to a match collectively in Mexico once I was perhaps seven. I’ve had that masks for a very long time.”

Below, Vic speaks to Billboard about performing for Obama, her emotional coming-out expertise, and why music is political at its core.

Billboard: “Heartbeat” very a lot captures that overwhelming feeling of being head over heels for somebody. Was there any single expertise that immediately impressed it?

Vic: We wished to create a world that was delusional, like a kind of ‘I’ll do something for you!’ rom-com vibe. It was impressed by a break Gab took along with her boyfriend throughout a interval of their relationship once they weren’t certain they have been able to commit to at least one one other … The video is a fantasy world, however we wished to point out how exhausting it’s to let go. Heartbreak is so f—ing exhausting and it hurts so unhealthy. They ought to have remedy for it.

Can you describe the evolution between Vic and Gab and Reyna? How do you differentiate the 2 tasks?

We all the time consider Vic and Gab as being in highschool. You’re studying, you’re making all these errors, you’re sort of awkward and sort of ugly and probably not into your self but. [Laughs.] Vic and Gab was a really do-it-yourself mission, and nice issues got here out of it as a result of we gave it our all, and I feel it was very real and quite simple. You know, a teenage journey. With Reyna, we graduated. We know issues; we’ve got completely different instruments and producers and writers. We realized to collaborate with different individuals.It’s simply extra concerned, and we actually know who we are actually. And once more, you possibly can even inform with the title, it’s very assertive. Like, we’re right here.

An early track you recorded ended up on MTV’s Skins. Is there any TV present you’d actually like to soundtrack?

Oh my God, one among our goals is to soundtrack a film. But simply off the highest of my head, our favourite present is Grey’s Anatomy. We’re obsessed, so to get a track on that present can be wonderful. And we’d like to soundtrack an indie movie like 500 Days of Summer.

You carried out at an Obama rally a number of years in the past. What was it like getting to try this?

We acquired a name from the Obama individuals about two days earlier than he was on the town. We had no thought the way it occurred, however somebody on the town had thrown our title on the market once they requested native music, and we ended up being the band they selected. We had our personal CIA agent who was bringing us water and towels. It was tremendous superior. We had to herald our amps and our tools the evening earlier than and depart it there in a single day as a result of every thing needed to be checked by safety.

That expertise in itself was wonderful, however having the ability to see Obama communicate in 2012 and the way essential that was … makes me wish to cry proper now. Just every thing he represents, ? How essential he was to our nation and seeing how our nation feels proper now, it’s overwhelming to even take into consideration. It was one of many biggest experiences of our lives.

Do you contemplate music an essential device for political activism?

I feel that anybody with a platform that may communicate their thoughts and be heard by the plenty… that platform ought to be used. That’s one thing we wish to do extra of. With every thing that’s happening proper now on the planet, we’ve got to be courageous and we’ve got to talk our minds as a result of if not, these items are simply going to maintain occurring. We’re going to search out ourselves in a really sticky state of affairs. You don’t wish to get up at some point and be like, ‘How did I let that occur?’

And you don’t even want a giant platform to talk up. You can do it in your loved ones. When there’s a household dinner and somebody’s saying one thing that you simply don’t like and that is incorrect, I feel that sticking up for what that you simply imagine in, it begins there. Even if it’s only one individual whose thoughts you possibly can doubtlessly change.

I heard that you simply grew up in a really spiritual family and had a tough coming-out expertise, however that your sister was actually there for you.

I keep in mind once I got here out to Gab, we have been in a room simply laying down, and I simply began crying. I needed to say it to anyone. I feel it was simply consuming at me for a really very long time. So I used to be like, ‘I must let you know one thing.’ And Gab mentioned, ‘What, that you simply’re homosexual?’ [Laughs.] She simply took all my concern away when she mentioned it like that. I used to be like, ‘How do you know?’ Her being the primary person who I got here out to, and her having that response, it actually helped me have the braveness to return out to my dad and mom, which I knew was going to be very exhausting.

That was a complete completely different expertise. My dad would hate that I’m saying this, however he used to return house with bible verses to point out me, and say like, ‘This is incorrect.’ And it took plenty of endurance on my half to listen to him out, and take heed to what he was additionally going by means of, ? But it was exhausting. It looks like a distant reminiscence now, as a result of though it took him a protracted, very long time — a few years — to be okay with it, the way in which that they’re with me now and the way a lot they love me and the way a lot they settle for who I’m, it simply dissolved all these unhealthy recollections. All I can say is: be courageous together with your reality, and be affected person with individuals. Obviously, don’t take an excessive amount of shit, however folks that love you’ll come again round. We all want time to heal.

At the tip of the day, hopefully the individuals who love you’ll love you unconditionally, it doesn’t matter what.

Exactly. I was angrier, like, why does it should be so exhausting? But I feel it’s made me who I’m, and I’m stronger now. If my story, if anyone’s story, can assist somebody and encourage them to nurture themselves, that’s superior. Hopefully we will all simply encourage one another.