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MARIACHI EL BRONX/ Tim Kasher
Circus, Edinburgh 20 November 2011
ourselves in Edinburgh on a rather cold and damp night to witness the
one and only Mariachi El Bronx. The band are a one-off blending the
bands hardcore punk ideals with possibly the sunniest music know to man.
gig was originally scheduled to take place in the bigger Liquid Rooms
but was downsized to the Electric Circus at the last minute, obviously
the word hasn't got out yet on how good these guys are, but the people
in the know are an enthusiastic bunch and no matter how big the crowd
is, it is party time.
First up though we had Tim Kasher who has dabbled in indie rock
and hardcore punk with several bands, but here it was just one man, an
acoustic guitar and a twisted sense of humour.
subject of most of his repertoire is lost loves and an iffy sex life
which are all delivered with angst ridden vocals and a tongue firmly in
cheek. Songs like Bad, Bad Dreams and Cold Love showed off Tim's talents
well and by the end of his set he had won the room over completely.
footed it from Dublin across to Edinburgh during the day, including
catching a ferry at 5.30am, when Mariachi El Bronx hit the stage
front man Matt Caughthran admitted they were feeling a bit ferry lagged
but once the music kicked in the place came alive.
Roses' perfectly showcases what the band are all about. The music is
amazingly uplifting and guaranteed to put a mile wide smile on your
face, forget about the economy going down the pan or the jobless totals
climbing, this is total escapism which we all need from time to time.
The set is culled from the bands two albums which are imaginatively
titled 'Mariachi El Bronx'and 'Mariachi El Bronx II' with the highlights
of the set being the afore mentioned '48 Roses', 'Cell Mates' and
'Revolution Girl', the latter being catchier than measles.
may be all sunshine and smiles but the song content has strong social
comment which points to the bands hardcore roots and living in
California they have witnessed first hand the plight of the Mexican
immigrants, which was the inspiration for the side project in the first
The set was fairly brief clocking in at just over an hour, but it was
testament to the band that no one felt short changed. The night was a
triumph with the band proving yet again what fantastic musicians they
are and how a slice of Mexican magic can brighten up even the dampest of
I recommend you catch the guys at some point, if you are not dancing
like an idiot with a huge smile on your face by the end of the set I
would get someone to check for a pulse!
photos by David Wilson
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