Mariachi El Bronx – El Bronx (7/10)


The band name suggests a strange musical hybrid, which is exactly what you get. Originally conceived as a one-off side project, Mariachi El Bronx are now enjoying far greater success than the ‘proper’ band that gave them birth, LA punkers The Bronx.

Here they leave their snarling electric guitars to one side, sensibly opting to write a new set of songs specifically to show off their mariachi chops. Indie rock songs sung in English backed by acoustic strumming and big horn section: as you’d expect, a bit of a novelty, a lot of fun, and a solid summer listen.