This week's download comes from Mariachi El Bronx, the alter ego of the punk outfit The Bronx. You have a week to grab their song "Wildfires" from their new album Mariachi El Bronx (III).
On the third in its series of selftitled albums, the band took a fresh approach. Not content to simply excel within the confines of the mariachi genre, they ditched the rulebook and dusted off old sequencers, synths and an ARP. The 10 striking songs that resulted fuse traditional melodies with modern ambience. The band recorded most of (III) at Haunted Hallow Studios in Charlottesville, Virginia, a surreal private countryside location with absolutely no cell phone reception, but plenty of strange sculptures and miles of woods in every direction. Mariachi El Bronx spent two weeks there, recording with producer John Avila (Oingo Boingo), who co-produced (I) and (II) with the band. Like most of the album, the first single, “Wildfires” reveals a band coming into its own, extending the proverbial middle finger to tradition – and backing it up 100%.