In 2008, hard core punk band, The Bronx, diverted from their usual hard rock sound
in favor of a mariachi style that is very much a part of the Mexican culture surrounding
their hometown, Los Angeles.
In June 2008 the band posted a video on You Tube of themselves performing their
original "Cell Mates" in mariachi style under the name Mariachi EI Bronx.
From that moment on, The Bronx has moved forward on a dual career path with
Mariachi EI Bronx issuing their critically acclaimed self ti tled debut album and touring
Slide to August 201 1, and the band continues their trailblazing path with their brand
new release, Mariachi EI Bronx (II). Produced by John Avila (Oingo Boingo, Reel
Big Fish). There is no way in anyone would expect a Mariachi album recorded by
some LA punks to be this good, let alone great. Flying far above novelty, Mariachi EI
Bronx brings us one of this year's most welcome surprises. If only more bands would
flex their creative muscle in the ways that the Bronx have on their new release.