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A great chance of knowing what this band of gypsies were about.

I have the latest album of Gypsy Pistoleros in my hands while swallowing the recent shock of the departure of the founder and singer Lee Pistolero. But with this album we have, as its name suggests, a collection of their best tunes and a great chance of knowing what this band of gypsies were about. Might seem strange for a not very well known band, but they have been there for a long time now with three albums and on EP under their belts.

As explained in the last issue of Fireworks, they are the only band in the whole world that practice flamenco mariachi sleazy glam punk. And how can you chew this mix? It’s a musical travel around the Mexican border through Los Angeles and flying to the Spanish suburbs for later jumping onto a flamenco stage and finishing in UK, the place where they come from - everything together under the flag that they have created as unique. But this really works!

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The Spanish influences are obvious not only in the music but also in the lyrics where they are brave enough to sing in Spanglish, as Lee has the ability of singing in English or in Spanish depending on his mood. So songs like the beautiful ballad ‘Sangre De Las Roses’ (Blood of the Roses) or ‘Hotel De Los Muertos’ (Hotel of the Dead Ones) are examples of what I’m talking about. But I guess the most clear example is the cover of the Ricky Martin hit ‘Living La Vida Loca’, that with the GP touch you would never think of as a cover as they have turned it into their very own tune, with a western intro that misleads you. You could never imagine hearing that song in such a sleazy glam way, but it totally fits into their style! Another example not so well known is the cover ‘Ay Que Dolor’, a Spanish street flamenco tune that was a big hit on the streets in the 80s - what we call “rumba” – and is quite funny for us that know the original. Same with ‘Son Illusiones’, another very well know rumba from the 80s. But not everything here is covers, their own material following the same line: gypsies, pirates, outlaws, cock rock cowboys with lots of attitude.

The album kickstarts after a flamenco intro with ‘Living Down With The Gypsies/Vivo Con Los Gitanos”, and is pure dynamite followed by ‘Senor Mangi Aqui’, all framed in the dirtiest sleazy glam of Los Angeles, with touches of Vain or even L.A. Guns. ‘Switchblade Kiss Come Close’ is a shot of pure punk tex-mex direct to your face, and even in this tune though they sing in English turns into a Spanish rumba once again. Risky? Yeah. Effective? Certainly! With the Gypsy Pistoleros you have the “fiesta” just starting. Bourbon, tequila and Rioja wine in the same cocktail, and it is very hard not to dance around and sing with this work.

Isabel Loeches

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