Mariachi El Bronx
El Bronx


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
August 31st, 2009 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Bronx head south of the border for more than just a hangover.

One wouldn't expect a band like the Bronx to dabble in trying their hand at Mariachi music. Firstly, they are a punk rock band.The last time I checked, crusty guitar and vocals that sound like the frontman decided to spend all of the money from their gig checks on Lucky Strikes and hard liquor weren't part of Mexico's distinguished cultural heritage. Secondly, they are all white. The closest ties anyone in The Bronx has to Mexico are the same ties that San Diego State fratboys have to it, a couple drunken nights in TJ. Taking this all into account, El Bronx has no right to be as good as it is.

The Bronx' Mariachi El Bronx alter-ego isn't some punk rock revisioning of the background music to your favorite taco joint. It is as close to authentic as a bunch of white boys from Los Angeles could possibly make it. El Bronx is awash in swinging Latin rhythms, brimming with lively horns, nimble flamenco guitar, vibrant strings, and traditional percussion. The Bronx even recruited Vincent Hidalgo, son of Los Lobos' famed David Hidalgo, to play the guitarron and to show off his accordion chops, which he does convincingly on "Clown Powder". While at times El Bronx reaches into spaghetti western territory, e.g. "Silver and Lead" and "Holy", it never crosses the line into parody.

While sung in entirely in English, El Bronx shows off a new side of vocalist Matt Caughtran. The raspy bark that has become the one of the identifiable features of The Bronx, has been toned down to a gentle croon that surprisingly compliments their new south of the border stylings. The abstract lyrics that one would expect from the Bronx are still found in places on El Bronx but have mostly been replaced by stories of romance, further fitting with the Mariachi vibe.

There is no way in hell anyone would expect a Mariachi album recorded by some LA punks to be good, let alone great. Flying far above novelty, El Bronx is one of the year's most welcome surprises. If only more bands would flex their creative muscle in the ways that the Bronx have here.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2009


17213 Comments


http://www.purevolume.com/thebronx/albums/Mariachi+El+Bronx

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

Waior
August 31st 2009


11451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Reasons why I love this:

#1: There is a crab on the cover.
#2: It tickles the Mexican inside me.
#3: It is really quite good.

Summary is brillllliant.

PuddlesPuddles
August 31st 2009


4772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

There's a Mexican inside you? Huh.

;)

Titan50
August 31st 2009


4588 Comments


o snap

Nikkolae
August 31st 2009


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

feel the burnage caleb lol

Digging: Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2009


17213 Comments


tacky joke is tacky.

PuddlesPuddles
August 31st 2009


4772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

...no way.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2009


17213 Comments


yeah way. but you know what's good? El Bronx that's what.

LisbonGirls
August 31st 2009


832 Comments


I pinch

PuddlesPuddles
August 31st 2009


4772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Listening now, and I'd say it's pretty solid so far

PanasonicYouth
August 31st 2009


7411 Comments


this is freaking great

Golgoroth
August 31st 2009


1084 Comments


Great, concise review. This sounds awesome, I'll have to give it a listen.

AtavanHalen
August 31st 2009


17927 Comments


Awesome

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2009


28532 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pos'd, overwhelmingly good

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2009


17213 Comments


thanks for the pos's

YouAreMySilence
September 1st 2009


3727 Comments


There's a little Mexican in all of us,
and he's a bitch.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2009


17213 Comments


he comes out when I drink tequila.

PuddlesPuddles
September 1st 2009


4772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Digging this pretty nicely, actually...

Pos'd btw

RoshanC
September 2nd 2009


219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Saw these guys at Reading last weekend. They were great, definitely gonna get this

lifeisfacade
September 3rd 2009


44 Comments


So good I will be buying rather than downloading! Another great recommendation from Sputnik! Cheers



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