When Bob Dylan began playing the electronic half of his live show at Manchester's Free Trade Hall on 17th May 1966, the one-word heckle of 'Judas', captured on bootleg vinyl and heard worldwide, was an affirmation that fans don't always like their idols to change their style. Some thirty-three years later, the legendary cat-caller was revealed to be Cumbrian John Cordwell.
Not that American hardcore punk outfit The Bronx took much notice. After forming in Los Angeles in 2002 and building a fiercely loyal following in the US and around the world, in 2007 the five-piece announced plans to release two new albums. The first would be an eponymously-titled punk rock album. The second, somewhat less predictably, would be an LP of mariachi music (that's 'mariachi music').
What followed was 'El Bronx', an album of what can only be described as mariachi music. A second album of mariachi followed this year, with August's 'Mariachi El Bronx', the name under which The Bronx now performs in the (albeit pumped-up) Mexican style.
The band still tours as The Bronx performing 'traditional' hardcore punk but Mariachi El Bronx is proving a popular alter ego. Lord knows what John Cordwell would've made of it.
The UK and Ireland dates kick off in Dublin on 18th November, taking in Belfast, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Southsea, Norwich and more, before returning later in the year to play London (King's College) and then Wolverhampton on the 17th and 18th December. The tour features Nebraska's Tim Kasher in support.
We have tickets available for the Newcastle, Nottingham, Brighton and Wolverhampton dates now, with the remainder going on sale at 9AM tomorrow (Wednesday 14th September), priced 17 for Dublin and around £12 for other venues.