23.06.2011 news

Mariachi El Bronx Joins ATO / “Mariachi El Bronx (II)” Available 8/2

On August 2, ATO Records will release Mariachi El Bronx (II), the second full-length studio album from Mariachi El Bronx, the alter ego of acclaimed Los Angeles-based punk outfit The Bronx. The band teamed up once again with John Avila, former member of Oingo Boingo, to co-produce the album, which was recorded this past Christmas and New Year’s at Avila’s studio, Brando’s Paradise in San Gabriel, CA.

The band will head out on tour with Foo Fighters on September 14. Summer dates for Mariachi El Bronx include numerous international festivals, a night at Atlantic City’s House of Blues with The Flaming Lips (June 23) and performances at the Atlantic City and Chicago stops of “Dave Matthews Band Caravan.” Mariachi El Bronx is also confirmed to play the Austin City Limits Music Festival on September 18. (See below for itinerary.)

“Going acoustic and dressing in black charro outfits is probably the punkest move they could have taken; El Bronx negotiate in exactly the same way as The Bronx – they don’t,” said NME of the band’s self-titled 2009 debut. “They fear nothing, explore everything and create from the rawest of emotion, making imperfections the very best bits.”

In recent years, The Bronx has redefined what punk means, releasing three self-titledfull-length albums and a deluge of 7 inches and EPs. Mariachi El Bronx was conceived in 2006, after The Bronx was asked to perform unplugged on Fuel TV. Believing that nothing sucks more than rock bands playing acoustic songs, they adopted another style of music endemic to Los Angeles and infinitely better suited for an acoustic performance – mariachi music. The experience unearthed something unexpected, what the band likens to discovering a second soul within. Touring the world as The Bronx, they simultaneously began writing songs for Mariachi El Bronx. In 2007, Vincent Hidalgo, son of David Hidalgo (Los Lobos, Latin Playboys), joined the lineup and everything came together.

Mariachi El Bronx (II) bristles with intensity, drama and emotion – hallmarks of both mariachi and punk music. The 12-song collection contemplates the nature of love – a traditional topic in mariachi music, as men often hire bands to serenade the women they are courting – but Mariachi El Bronx brings a unique sensibility to the subject. The adrenalized album opener “48 Roses” paints a picaresque portrait of a man with an insatiable appetite for love while the percolating “Revolution Girls” details a border romance and “Poverty’s King” concerns a man tries to overcome class distinctions with a catchy come-on. A more somber note is struck in the tale of a fallen “Matador” and the bittersweet “Everything Dies.” “Mariachi El Bronx.” a tour-de-force instrumental, features Reyna de Los Angeles, America’s first all female mariachi ensemble.

Mariachi El Bronx – comprising Matt Caughthran (vocals), Joby J. Ford (vihuela), Jorma Vik (drums), Brad Magers(trumpet), Ken Mochikoshi Horne (jarana), Vincent Hidalgo (guitarrón) and Ray Suen (violin) – has been performing selections from the upcoming album in concert. You can check out the band’s recent performance at the Sasquatch Music Festival, courtesy of NPR, at:


The track listing for Mariachi El Bronx (II) is as follows:

1.         48 Roses
2.         Great Provider
3.         Revolution Girls
4.         Fallen
5.         Norteño Lights
6.         Mariachi El Bronx
7.         Map Of The World
8.         Bodies of Christ
9.         Poverty’s King
10.       Matador
11.       Everything Dies
12.       Spread Thin

Upcoming Tour Dates

Mariachi El Bronx

6/23 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues Atlantic City w/ The Flaming Lips

6/24 – Atlantic City, NH – Bader Field / DMB Caravan

6/25 – Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar w/ The Bronx

6/26 – Bondville, VT – Wanderlust Festival

7/2 – Borlange, SWE – Peace & Love Festival

7/10 – Chicago, IL – Lakeside / DMB Caravan

8/9 – Nurenberg, GER – Hirsch w/ Gogol Bordello

8/10 – Luxembourg – Den Atelier w/ Gogol Bordello

8/14 – Gampel, GER – Open Air Gampel Festival

8/26 – Glasgow, UK – Rock & Roll Damnation w/ The Bronx

8/27 – Reading, UK – Reading Festival

8/28 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival

9/18 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival

Tour w/ Foo Fighters and Cage the Elephant

10/9 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Arena

10/11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center

10/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

10/14 – Los Angeles, CA  – The Forum

10/16 – Phoenix, AZ – U.S. Airways Center

10/17 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center

10/19 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena

10/20 – Sacramento, CA – Power Balance Pavilion

10/25 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

10/27 – Calgary, AB – Scociabank Saddledome

10/28 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

The Bronx

6/22 – New York, NY – Rocks Off NYC Harbor Cruise

6/25 – Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar w/ Mariachi El Bronx

6/27 – Cambridge, MA – The Middle East

7/1 – Norway – Hove Festival

7/9 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean

8/7 – Lympne, UK – Hevy Festival

8/20 – Ludinghausen, GER – Area 4 Festival

8/21 – Grosspona, GER – Highfield

8/23 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje w/ OFF!

8/24 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg w/ OFF!

8/26 – Glasgow, UK – Rock & Roll Damnation w/ Mariachi El Bronx

8/27 – Reading, UK – Reading Festival

8/28 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival

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