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|Released||June 5, 2001|
|Genre||Rock, jazz, soul, funk, ska|
|Label||Tommy Boy/Warner Bros.|
|Producer||Tony Visconti, David Leonard and Rustic Overtones|
|Rustic Overtones chronology|
Viva Nueva! is the fourth album by the Rustic Overtones, released in 2001 before their highly publicized breakup a year later. With 16 tracks, the album has the most songs of any Rustic Overtones album to date. Tommy Boy Records distributed the album after relations soured between the Rustic Overtones and major label Arista Records. The group produced a (supposedly) million-dollar record with Arista, then found themselves in trouble with the label after playing an extraordinarily hardcore set. It is said that an Arista representative was heard to admonish the group, yelling "We thought you were going to be like the Dave Matthews Band!" The group claimed that they had made no such promise, and Arista allowed them to take the record with them when they left. This album was then given to Tommy Boy for release, with the approval their fans. In December, 2009, the Portland Phoenix ranked Viva Nueva! the tenth greatest local album of the decade, saying that, "The fact that the vagaries of the music business beat them back doesn't diminish its greatness," and called it, "Maine's first real major-league rock album."
The two singles from the disc were "C'mon" and "Combustible", and both had music videos made for them. An open casting call, in the summer after the album was released, was advertised for filming of the new video. The go-kart racing portions were filmed in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Rumor has it that the video for "Combustible" had to be redesigned in the wake of the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks, since a video showing things blowing up was deemed not to be in the band's best interests.
In a live performance with his new band Rocktopus (now As Fast As) on WAAF-FM, former Rustic keyboard player Spencer Albee claimed that he had been smoking David Bowie's custom-made ultra-ultra-light cigarettes, which Bowie had evidently given him during the time when they were recording Viva Nueva!.