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mariachi el bronx is the mariachi side project of los angeles hardcore punk band the bronx. the latest offering from los angeles punk band the bronx, like its previous releases, encapsulates the ethos of their hometown. this time, however, the band takes a slightly different approach - by taking audiences on a border-bending journey of the senses and performing as mariachi el bronx. the soulful, passionate musical influences of mexico, achieved by such exotic elements as norteno, jorocho, wasteka, bolero and corridos, combine with the band's songwriting expertise to provide a sun-drenched summer soundtrack equally appropriate to los angeles as south of the border. this embodiment of the bronx was originally conceived as a new twist on the electric-goes-acoustic performance. citing the influence of various worldwide locales, as well as the addition of guitarron player vincent hidalgo (son of david hidalgo of los lobos and latin playboys), eventually mariachi el bronx was born. the record was produced by jon avilla, and features percussion by alfredo ortiz (beastie boys / money mark) and orchestration by an unnamed but renowned string quartet.
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