Wednesday, June 15th 2011
News: The Bronx
Mariachi El Bronx, the flipside personas to Los Angeles hardcore demons The Bronx, have announced plans to release their second album on August 2nd. It would seem that after beating our dear readers about the face and neck with these maniacs for three years or so, it seems the world is finally ready to give these guys their due.
Mariachi El Bronx (II) will drop not long before the band heads out on tour with Foo Fighters later this fall. They tested the Foo waters earlier this Spring, when opening on the first date (among others) of the Foo’s string of secret shows debuting their Wasting Light album. Check out our review from that shitkickin’ evening.
The band teamed up once again with John Avila, former member of Oingo Boingo, to co-produce the album, which was recorded at Avila’s studio, Brando’s Paradise in San Gabriel, CA. See below for the tracklist, but before that, have a little taste of what’s got us so very amped for the next installment of Mariachi El Bronx: a track off their fantastic first album called Holy:
“Mariachi is every bit as much of a soundtrack to southern California as punk,” explains frontman Matt Caughthran, and he’s right. For the stylistically refined, El Bronx is an educated celebration of the many facets of mariachi music, the most well-known being Norteno as well as Jorocho, Wasteka, Bolero and Corridos.
The beauty and subtleties of mariachi are supplemented by Vincent Hidalgo, son of Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo. Between the brass blasts and guitarrón chop-strums indicative of the genre, the first El Bronx album is a rare stylistic tribute from a band who found themselves enchanted after fucking with the formula a bit during a scheduled television appearance back in 2006. “It all started as a way to flip the electric goes acoustic performance garbage, because that’s never good,” Matt explains . “We were invited to play live on television but decided that a cheesy acoustic version of our song was not what we wanted to do.“
Mariachi El Bronx (II) tracklist:
01. 48 Roses
02. Great Provider
03. Revolution Girls
05. Norteño Lights
06. Mariachi El Bronx
07. Map Of The World
08. Bodies Of Christ
09. Poverty’s King
11. Everything Dies
12. Spread Thin
Mariachi El Bronx/Foo Fighters tour dates:
10/9 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
10/11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10/16 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
10/17 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
10/19 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
10/20 – Sacramento, CA – Power Balance Pavillion
10/25 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
10/27 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
10/28 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
11/14 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Get up inside the action at MariachiElBronx.com.