Mexico + Morrissey
In Mexico, Morrissey has always been a prophet with honor. His songs of love, loss and longing, with powerful imagery and metaphors have resonated with generations raised on rancheras and mariachis and their singers who were not afraid to cross the line. Perhaps this is because several generations of Mexicans, facing economic challenges, connect with the way Morrissey’s songs reflect the depression of Manchester during the 1980s. Whatever the reason, Morrissey’s songs have found a huge audience south of the border.
Now the love has been returned, with Mexrrissey, a band made in Mexico City reinventing Morrissey’s songs with a Mexican flair. The band sounds like a brass and accordion led combo from the smallest Mexican village that just happens to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the music of Manchester, England from a bygone, but glorious, era.
The ringleader of this particular carnival is Camilo Lara, the force inside Mexican Institute of Sound, who has put together a team of musicians from Mexico’s finest bands for the project. Included are Chetes (Zurdok) on guitar, Jay De La Cueva (Moderatto / Titán) on bass, Ceci Bastida (Tijuana No) on keyboards, Adan Jodorowsky (Adanowsky) on guitar, Liber Teran (Los de Abajo) on guitar, Alejandro Flores (Café Tacuba’s violin player), Alex Gonzales on trumpet (Twin Tones), Ricardo Najera on drums (Furland), and Sergio Mendoza and Jacob Valenzuela (both from Calexico) on vibes and accordion and trumpet respectively.
No Manchester, the first album delivers new spins on classics such as “Everyday Is like Sunday,” “Suedehead” and, of course, “Mexico.”
“No Manchester” is a Mexican slang phrase meaning “No Way” or “Are you kidding me?,” says a note about the album on the Mexrrissey web site. While this is obviously the band's inside joke involving the actual Mexican slang phrase “No Manches” the next part of the explanation is closer to the truth “these songs, born in Manchester, have grown up, changed their hair and the clothes they wear and are living in Mexico under an assumed name.”
Listen and enjoy.
Band Website: http://www.mexrrissey.com/