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The Bronx Brings Double the Fun

April 7th, 2010

The Bronx/Mariachi El Bronx – The Bowery Ballroom – April 6, 2010

Mariachi El Bronx - The Bowery Ballroom - April 6, 2010
Los Angeles hardcore punks the Bronx are working especially hard on this tour—playing first as their mariachi alter egos, Mariachi El Bronx, and then as their usual selves. Taking the stage dressed in aptly colored black-and-white Charro suits, the guys of Mariachi El Bronx (which is the Bronx plus a few others) played an entertaining set to a mixed crowd of those who knew the music and those who were there for the spectacle. Frontman Matt Caughthran introduced songs and cracked jokes, obviously thoroughly enjoying the laid-back nature of the set, including the songs “Litigation,” “Quinceniera,” “Silver or Lead,” which was introduced as originally being about Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar, and “Clown Powder” (dedicated to the 24-hour party people), all off their 2009 release, Mariachi El Bronx.

Later in the evening, the Bronx played a powerful set full of old and new songs that kept the crowd in a frenzy the entire time. Although the band always puts on a great (and very rowdy) live show, their best song last night was definitely “Around the Horn” for the mere fact that it brought Caughthran into the pit and got the crowd moving even more. —Kirsten Housel

Photos courtesy of Kirsten Housel