Rey Pila is a Mexican rock band formed in Mexico City in 2010. The band consists of Diego Solórzano, Andrés Velasco, Rodrigo Blanco and Miguel Hernández, though it started as Solórzano's solo project.
Rey Pila was born as the solo project of Diego Solórzano, former frontman for Los Dynamite. After splitting from Los Dynamite in 2008, Diego immediately began work on material for his solo project. Rey Pila released their first self-titled album in 2010, which was recorded in New York and co-produced by Diego and Paul Mahajan (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National). The album contained songs in both English and Spanish. Vice Magazine said, "the record belongs in the long and storied lineage of Mexican garage bands, from the garden path acid rock of Los Ovnis to the Beatles-esque jams of Los Locos." Solórzano enlisted long-time friends Andrés Velasco, Rodrigo Blanco and Miguel Hernández to play the first album live, and they ended up as full-time members of the band. By the end of 2011, Rey Pila had formally become a quartet.
In 2012, the band entered DFA Studios in New York to begin work on their second album with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Smith Westerns, Wavves). With this new material, Rey Pila signed to Julian Casablancas's label Cult Records, which released double-sided single "Alexander/Lady In Red" in October 2013.
The band went on their first European tour at the end of 2013, opening for labelmate Albert Hammond, Jr., and then supported Interpol on their 2014 North American tour.