by / November 16th, 2011 /

Top Story: Incoming: Win tickets to Mariachi El Bronx this Friday

Mariachi El Bronx or the band also known as The Bronx hit The Workman’s Club this Friday night for a night of punk-infused Mexican music. The band have just released their second album of Mariachi music and Ray Suen of the band told us a bit about himself and the band below.

Tickets are €17 plus fees but we have three pairs to giveaway to the gig. Email giveaway@state.ie with your name before 6pm on Thursday to win.

Who are you and where are you from?
Ray Suen. I play violin in Mariachi El Bronx.

Who are your favourite artists from your hometown (San Diego)?
Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes, Tom Waits and Transfer.

What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Travelling around the US is great but playing overseas is always so much more exciting. Audiences seem more comfortable getting loose, having a good time and not worrying about how cool they look to the people around them. Any place with a football club seems to have the most rowdy crowds and those are always the most fun ones to play to.

What’s your ideal festival line-up?
I can’t stand going to festivals although the last one I went to, FunFunFunFest in Austin TX had one of the best lineups I’d seen in a long time.

What do you do to relax?
I’m lucky to have lived in Southern California most of my life. Ever since I was a kid, driving up the pacific coast highway (PCH) in San Diego or Los Angeles has always been the best thing for me when I’m stressed out. Probably not the most ecofriendly stress relief method though.

What are you reading?
I just finished Michael Lewis’s book about the financial crisis of 2008 called The Big Short which was illuminating and maddening at the same time. I always have a copy of the Hemingway’s short stories on me on tour. I’m looking forward to getting a copy of Haruki Murakami’s new one 1Q84 before too long.

What’s the last thing you bought online?
A case of Tenga.

What is the worst cover your band has ever performed?
We’ve been pretty good about covering things pretty well. There’s a recording of ‘Arpeggiator’ by Fugazi that we did for our covers EP that was great in theory but it turned out in such a way that I just can’t stand listening to it.

What is your favourite…

…album of the last year?
I got a lot of mileage out of that Sleigh Bells record.
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….Lost classic song?
‘Wave a White Flag’ by Elvis Costello.

…current artist?
St. Vincent.

…YouTube video?
Sexy Sax Man

A new artist that you are most excited about?
Death Grips, a hip hop act from Sacramento that’s just so exciting, inventive and violent.

What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Expect to see and hear something new and different that you haven’t heard before. We’ll be experimenting a little bit. Keith Douglas of the Mad Caddies will be filling out the horn section. Vincent Hidalgo, son of Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo, will be doing some guitar work and Karla Tovar, who plays in a renowned Mariachi band here in Los Angeles (Mariachi Reyna) will be playing guitar on for part of the tour.

Also, don’t be freaked out if you hear an accordion.

Watch the band perform live on Conan: