“Nothing the world holds could match the love waiting for me in Mexico City” – Morrissey
“MEXRRISEY WAS A MUCH TRUER, MORE PASSIONATE INVOCATION OF THE MOZ SPIRIT…EVEN MORE POWERFUL THAN THE ALREADY-GREAT ORIGINAL” – ROLLING STONE
“ON SUNDAY NIGHT, I SAW ONE OF THE BEST SHOW’S I THINK I’VE EVER SEEN” – NEW YORK OBSERVER
“A TOP-RATING TELENOVELA, THIS IS HARD TO BEAT” – THE TIMES
“THE MUSICIANSHIP ZINGS WITH JOIE DE VIVRE AS MORRISSEY’S OUEVRE GETS A LATIN MAKEOVER, LED BY A TWINKLY -EYED CAMILO LARA” – THE GUARDIAN
The band’s debut album, No Manchester, released in March 2016, was recorded in Mexico DF and Tucson Arizona. The album was produced by Camilo Lara. The arrangements are by Lara and Sergio Mendoza. The album was mixed by Jack Lahana, winner of multiple Grammys for his work with Phoenix and Daft Punk. “No Manchester” is a Mexican slang phrase meaning “No Way” or “Are you kidding me?” but more than that it means that these songs, born in Manchester, have grown up, changed their hair and the clothes they wear and are living somewhere else under an assumed name.
The album begins with El Primero del Gang (The First of The Gang To Die). A fitting opener, the song is one of Morrissey’s most overtly Mexican influenced tracks in its homage to Hector and introduces the new #MexMoz gang on the block. From the moment that Alex Gonzalez’ soaring trumpet line kicks in followed by Chetes rockero vocals we are somewhere very familiar but rather strange.
Ceci Bastida’s take on Cada Dia es Domingo (Everyday is Like Sunday) proves that not only in England are there seaside towns that they forgot to close down, “Cada dia es triste y gris.” International Playgirl (Last Of The International Playboys), the first single from the album, flips the gender as well as the nationality on Morrissey’s original. There is a snatch of Mexican classic tune Tequila and a nod of the hat to Narco don Caro Quintero rather than to Reggie Kray. Mexico is a down tempo interpretation of Morrissey’s paen to the country played straight by Chetes on vocals and guitar. The pace picks up again with the threeway bromantic sharing of Chetes, Jay and Adanowsky in vocals on Estuvo Bien (Suedehead). A good lay? Estuvo Bien!
Entre Mas Me Ignoras, Mas Cerca Estare (The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get) takes the song into romantic bolero territory from Jay’s twangy guitar and Ceci’s melodion under Chetes voice. Adan Podorowsky takes over the vocals on Me Choca Cuando mis Amigos Triunfan (We Hate it When Our Friends Become Successful) which begins in a close doo wop and ends in choral madness. The final five tracks are taken from the bands triumphant live show at New York’s BAM on May 10 2015 and feature live versions of El Primero Del Gang, International Playgirl, Estuvo Bien, Cada Dia Es Domingo and Mexico.
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