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Mariachi El Bronx 9/17/11

Mariachi El Bronx 9/17/11 facebook.com/pages/Mariachi-el-Bronx/260487484948
Written by James Kaegel
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  • Date Recorded: September 17, 2011
  • Artist / Band: Mariachi el Bronx
  • Hosting Show: The Mixtape
  • Sound: Dan Kinney

Like the masked Mexican wrestlers of lucha libre, the musical identity of Mariachi El Bronx is hard to pin down. The band will dazzle you with deft moves and put you in a paralyzing hold before you fully realize what's happening.

As you listen to the traditional Latin sounds, you would never guess that this is the alter-ego of L.A. punk band the Bronx. And it’s no goof -- the band is quite sincere in its approach to these time-honored musical conventions. The band employs all the authentic instrumentation of violins, trumpets and indigenous Mexican guitars. They even look the part as they perform on stage in the formal charro suits.

Though the majority of the band's lyrics are sung in English, the songs echo the heritage of mariachi ballads. Themes revolve around love and loss, highlighting the universality of not only the human condition, but of pop songs and folk music in general. Whether performing a cover like the Prince song "I Would Die 4 U" or, as in this Live at KDHX session, a tongue-in-cheek original like "Litigation," they all sound as if it i they're genuinely part of the canon of Mexican balladeers.

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