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Mariachi El Bronx – El Bronx

The Bronx have never been about following the rules. Always doing whatever the fuck it is they wanna do, it’s no different this time around. Rather than continuing the tradition of calling every album The Bronx, their fourth full-length is dubbed “El Bronx” and they’ve traded in their hardcore punk for mariachi music. Which really isn’t that far-fetched when you think about it because just like punkrock, mariachi music is something these LA natives are likely to get in touch with in that melting pot of theirs. Let’s just hope a gangsta rap album isn’t next on their list!

As these guys first started whipping out the guitarrón, they also enlisted Vincent Hidalgo (son of Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo) and started writing songs for El Bronx all over the world as they toured with The Bronx. They then headed for the studio with Jon Avila (Oingo Boingo) and on August 17th “El Bronx” will finally be released.

The album starts off with “Cell Mates” and from there on it’s one big orgy of trumpets, those typical guitar sounds and a string section (who aren’t credited because of contractual obligations) while vocalist Matt Caughtran proves that he is just as capable at singing as he is at screaming. Other highlights include the waltzy “Despretador”, “Quinceniera” and “Silver Or Lead” which starts off sounding like a Mad Caddies track before climaxing with a beautiful solo halfway through.

I don’t know how they do it but these guys did it again. Amazing album!
Score: 9 out of 10

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