Mexrrissey UK Tour
April 25 – May 1
London, Nottingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, Manchester
“Nothing the world holds could match the love waiting for me in Mexico City” Morrissey
In Mexico Morrissey has always been a prophet with honour. His songs of love, loss and longing, with powerful imagery and metaphors have found a huge audience and chimed with generations raised on rancheras and mariachis and their singers who were not afraid to cross the line.
Now the love can be returned, with a band made in Mexico City reinventing Morrissey’s songs south of the border. Together they sound like a brass and accordion led combo from the smallest village with the biggest bleeding heart.
The first of the gang is Camilo Lara, the force inside Mexican Institute of Sound, who together with Sergio Mendoza (Orkesta Mendoza/Calexico), has put together a team of musical gunslingers from Mexico’s finest bands.
Andy Wood, Director of the La Linea Festival in London approached Camilo Lara with the initial idea to put together Mexrrissey. Andy says, “ It just felt like time. I had a sense of the feeling for Morrissey in Mexico and the way that his music could connect with so much in Mexican music. It was time to return the love and Camilo was the man who could round up the right posse of dirty pretty things.”
Camilo takes up the story, “I always thought that there were these invisible lines between what Morrissey and Manchester represents and what Mexico City and Mexican pop culture has. And if these are tiny coincidences, we’re making them a little bit bigger on this occasion with a concert of broken hearts and forgotten dreams.”
Sergio Mendoza made the arrangements, “I think we’re taking a really big risk with all these arrangements and the way we’re really flipping these songs.” One starting point was to either find a song with a Mexican connection or something that Camilo and Sergio could imagine recasting with a Mexican flavour. There are some obvious selections like Morrrissey’s paean to the country Mexico. Another starting point was to simply select a song that they were big fans of such as Vicar in a Tutu, Everyday is Like Sunday or Bigmouth Strikes Again. Camilo Lara says “I think for the people that know the songs (which is probably everyone!), I’m sure that they will be amazed that the songs can go into these directions of cumbia and boleros and sound actually as if they were written in that style. Though it’s the words, the playful turns of phrase, and the sighs that are the trickiest to translate into Spanish. Camilo adds “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.”
Taking us on a journey of love, loss and longing is an incredible team of big hitters from Mexico’s rock and pop world, who immediately said yes to Mexrrissey’s invitation. There is underground legend Chetes (Zurtok) on guitar, Jay De La Cueva (Moderatto /Titán) on bass, Alejandro Flores Café Tacuba’s violin player, Alex Escobar on trumpet (Twin Tones), Ricardo Najera on drums (Furland) and Camilo Lara adding his trademark sampling and electronics. Ceci Bastida (Tijuana No!) plays keyboards. Vocals are shared between four of the band who also add other flavours live from a range of traditional instruments. Viva Mexrrissey – Ven Armaggedon!
Part of Year of Mexico in the UK 2015
Produced by La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival in association with the Barbican.
UK tour in association with Music Beyond Mainstream.
Saturday 25 April 2015
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 8891
£15 – £25 (plus booking fee)
Royal Concert Hall at Rescue Rooms
Monday 27 April 2015
25 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham NG1 5LB
0845 413 4444
Tuesday 28 April 2015
Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR
0844 887 1500
Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wednesday 29 April 2015
Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QE
£17.50, Students £12.50
Copper Rooms SU venue (Warwick Arts Centre)
Thursday 30 April 2015
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
024 7652 4524
Friday 1 May
54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5WW
0161 907 9000
£17 (inc £2 booking fee)