“Nothing the world holds could match the love waiting for me in Mexico City”- Morrissey
In Mexico, Morrissey, “the anti-Pop Idol”, has always been a prophet with honor. His songs of love, loss and longing, with powerful imagery and metaphors, have found a huge following and chimed with generations raised on rancheras, mariachis and their singers who were not afraid to cross the line.
Now, that love has been returned with Mexrrissey, a band created in Mexico City with the idea of recapturing Morrissey’s and The Smiths’ songs.
Camilo Lara, the force behind the popular Mexican Institute of Sound, has put together Mexrrissey, a superb team of big hitters from Mexico’s rock and pop world, who immediately jumped to Lara’s invitation. The starting points are Morrrissey’s paean to Mexico and hits such as “Everyday is Like Sunday.”
Mexrrissey’s debut album, “No Manchester,” released in March 2016, was recorded in Mexico DF and Tucson, Arizona. It was produced by Lara with arrangements by Lara and Sergio Mendoza. Jack Lahana, winner of multiple Grammys for his work with Phoenix and Daft Punk, mixed the album.
“We try to get a glimpse of the poetry in Morrissey’s work and to capture the irony, the anger and the happiness at the same time. That has been a challenge,” says Lara.
Is worth mentioning that “No manches” is a Mexican slang phrase meaning “No way” or “Are you kidding me?” The songs, born in Manchester, have grown up, changed their hair and the clothes they wear and are living in Mexico under an assumed name.
Mexrrissey performs live with a revolving and evolving line-up of seven members that are part of the new Mexican music scene, including underground legend Chetes (Zurdok) on guitar, Jay De La Cueva (Moderatto /Titán) on bass, Ceci Bastida (Tijuana No) on keyboards, Adan Jodorowsky (Adanowsky) on guitar, Liber Terán (Los de Abajo) on guitar, Alejandro Flores (Café Tacuba’s favorite violin player), Alex Gonzáles on trumpet (Twin Tones), Ricardo Nájera on drums (Furland), Sergio Mendoza and Jacob Valenzuela (both from Calexico) on vibes and accordion and trumpet respectively. Camilo Lara adds his trademark sampling and electronics.
The band has had an incredible run from a first try-out show in Mexico City in April 2015 swiftly followed by a sold out mainstage debut at the Barbican in The La Linea Festival in London, a UK tour that included an emotional sold out Manchester gig and well-received shows at BAM in New York and The Regent in Los Angeles.
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