Metalachi • metal, mariachi

Thursday Jan 9, 2014

618 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: (505) 764-8887
Website: Click to Visit


Phone: 505-764-8887

More events at Launchpad


** METALACHI ** On a hot summer night in Veracruz Mexico circa 1982, Consuela Espinoza stumbled out of her dilapidated shanty and into Rock N Roll history. What began as an innocent night of snorting horse tranquilzers in a hotel room with seven members of the village jai alai team went on to produce the greatest metal band to ever live. Unhampered by a steady regime of tequila and ill advised sumo lessons, nine months later five bastard children where born. Unable to care for her hungry offspring and concerned that motherhood would seriously interfere with her Tuesday night Karaoke league, Consuela hastily packed the babies into the saddlebags of a burro and sent her children off to America in search of a better life. Against all odds, 14 years later, and nearly dead from dehydration, the burro knelt down to drink from the stagnant waters of the Rio Grande just ouside of Juarez Mexico –mere yards from the U.S. border. With one fleeting burst of energy the brothers Espinoza cinco climbed from their leather restraints and scampered the vast reach of the river, collapsing onto the sweet amber hue of American soil. As if by destiny, lodged in the sand beneath their tanned faces was a record sleeve upon which were the words “PARANOID” and “BLACK SABBATH”. For many years to follow, this definitive black metal album served not only as a teacher and a mentor..but also as a friend. From these bleak and humble begins grew the seed that would eventually be the band we know today. Often referred to as the greatest heavy metal band to ever live..always referred to as…METALACHI.

See also: Four Up

Metal + mariachi =

Amy Whelan/Wheelz

If you missed Metalachi’s tour last September, don’t let your second opportunity to experience the portmanteau-genred fivesome pass you by. It’s a rarity for a modern metal band to cultivate such an accessible and (dare I say) unique schtick. And the Hollywood-based group isn’t merely resting on its horse tranquilizer/Juárez backstory; Metalachi’s mariachi covers of classic metal tunes actually rip. (See the band’s détournement of Dio’s “Rainbow in the Dark," Motörhead’s “Ace of Spades” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” for proof.) El Cucuy, Ramon Holiday, Warren Moscow, Vega de la Rockha, Pancho Rockafeller and Maximilian "Dirty" Sanchez purvey their unironic sound at Launchpad (618 Central SW) on Thursday, Jan. 9. This 21-and-over gig cranks up at 9:30pm, and admission is $8. And they don’t need no stinkin’ opener.

[ more >> ]