Chingón is Spanish for Bad Ass. Chingón is also the name of the musical collective started by maverick film director Robert Rodriguez. From Santana to El Santo, from The Good, The Bad, The Ugly to Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Rodriguez has sought to fuse the iconic imagery of Mexican culture and music with the visceral tone and vision of the Spaghetti Western. Throw in a big dose of electric mariachis and rock n’ roll and you’ve got Chingón’s Mexican Spaghetti Western.
Chingón is comprised of some of Rodriguez’s closest Austin musical compadres. Rafael Gayol (Charlie Sexton Sextet, Bob Schneider) on drums, blazing guitars from Rick and Mark Del Castillo and the Gitano vocal stylings of Alex Ruiz from the Austin buzz-band Del Castillo. He utilizes the dramatic gritas of Texas Chanteuse Patricia Vonne on “Severina, “ enlists cult rock icon Tito Larriva on “Alacran Y Pistolero,” and presents the lush vocals of actress Salma Hayek on “Siente Mi Amor.” Robert Rodriguez provides compositions, guitarista machine gun fire (much like his character “El Mariachi”), vocal stylings and everything else. “Malagueña Salerosa” and “Cucka Rocka” brandish a blistering guitar attack colored with Gypsy-tinged vocals. These songs alongside other chingónes “Fideo del Oeste” (“Mexican Spaghetti Western”), “El Rey de Los Chingones” (King of the Bad Asses”) melds a musical concoction that is both cinematic and primal in its attack, while the infectious “Se Me Paro” kicks the album off to a ferocious start.
Vinyl version (11 original songs) also available as limited edition on orange vinyl.
released August 26, 2015
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