MARIACHI EL BRONX
PLUS: Tim Kasher
The Waterfront, Norwich
28th November 2011
Words and Photos: Charlie Wallis
Tim Kasher is a some what peculiar start to a somewhat peculiar night. His often touching but slightly obnoxious songs about life and sex place him somewhere between Bright Eyes and Charlie Sheen. He plays with vigour and is an entertaining presence on stage but it’s hard not too feel as though something’s lacking. The response from the audience is warm and receptive but it definitely felt like a Monday night.
Mariachi el Bronx, however change all that. The band do an incredible job from the get go capturing the fun filled Spanish atmosphere of their records. Their more well known tracks such as “Cell Mates” and “Holy” go down a storm with the rest of the evening acting as a showcase for everything this band are capable of.
On the surface it’s such a bizarre experience seeing a band used to playing hardcore punk playing this kind of traditional music, but Mariachi el Bronx really bring a sense of authenticity to the proceedings and as lead singer Matt Caughthran points out, “punk was an idea before it was a sound”, with the biggest of grins on his face. It’s amazing when you watch these guys to see just how much they love doing what they’re doing. There are no gimmicks here, no punk rock flailing, just honest music done really well. The musicianship is second to none with every element of this band fitting together like an immaculately polished jigsaw puzzle.
Its really no wonder The Bronx guys have been doing this for around 4 years and 2 albums now, they’ve managed to create something really special.