Metal or Mariachi? Metalachi Offers Best of Both Worlds
What do you get when you mix the sound of heavy metal rock music...with Mexican mariachi music?
The answer is Metalachi.
Metalachi's members call themselves the first and only heavy metal mariachi band. They mix the traditional mariachi sound from Mexico with modern Heavy metal.
The group performs songs like "We're Not Gonna Take It" by the band Twisted Sister and "Rock and Roll All Nite" by KISS in their one of a kind style.
"I think we've transformed the music enough to say that we actually came up with our own genre," said Metalachi's trumpet player, who likes to be called El Cucuy.
He spoke to the Reuters news agency at one of the band's recent shows, in Los Angeles, California.
He added, "There's some people that consider either mariachi music or metal music almost like a religion...but most of the time, people love what we do."
The band's members keep their true identities secret. But all of them are from the Los Angeles area. They have been playing together for about eight years.
The five members of Metalachi are classically trained mariachi musicians. They play in a traditional mariachi setup with a singer and four musical instruments: trumpet, violin, guitar and a guitarron, or bass guitar. They do not have a drummer setting the beat, which is usually an important part of heavy metal music.
Guitarist Paco Halen says the guitarron and the guitar provide most of the sound that a drum set would.
The usual lead guitar parts and solos are provided by Kyla Vera, who plays the electric violin. She is the only woman in the band. She says people who enjoy Heavy metal have grown to like mariachi after seeing Metalachi perform.
"Everyone seems to have a really good time," she noted. "Even if they weren't into one or other of the genres, most of the time this kind of bridges the gap for them."
Metalachi is currently performing in the western United States. In 2019, the group plans to perform on the high seas on two music cruises.
I'm Jonathan Evans.
1.the high seas 公海
He is a self-styled master and pirate captain of the high seas.
2.bridges the gap 缩小差距
Whenever my brothers argue, my sister bridges the gap between them.
3.have a good time 玩的高兴
We can just hang out and have a good time.
4.rock music 摇滚乐
His rock music is a little too loud for me.
5."I think we've transformed the music enough to say that we actually came up with our own genre," said Metalachi's trumpet player, who likes to be called El Cucuy.
came up with 提出
I came up with this dumb idea.
He came up with what seemed like a clever wheeze.
6."There's some people that consider either mariachi music or metal music almost like a religion...but most of the time, people love what we do."
most of the time 大多数时间
Most of the time we just ate snacks and fast food.
Most of the time, they slouch around in the fields.
阿希金属乐队成员自称是第一支也是唯一一支重金属街头乐队 。他们把传统的墨西哥街头音乐与现代重金属音乐合二为一 。
这支乐队以特有的风格演绎包括扭曲姐妹乐队的《We're Not Gonna Take It》和基斯乐队的《Rock and Roll All Nite》 。
阿希金属乐队的小号演奏者说：“我认为，我们对音乐做了足够的创新，可以说我们实际上打造出了自己的风格” 。他喜欢别人叫他埃尔·库库伊 。
乐队成员对自己的真实身份保密 。但他们都来自洛杉矶地区 。他们玩音乐差不多已经八年了 。
阿希金属乐队有5名成员受过正规训练，是墨西哥的街头艺人 。他们以传统的墨西哥街头乐的形式演奏，有一名歌手和四种乐器：小号、小提琴、吉他和倍低音吉他或贝斯 。他们没有鼓手打拍子，通常鼓手是重金属音乐的重要组成部分 。
通常，主音吉他部分和独奏由凯拉·维拉负责，她会拉电子小提琴 。她是乐队唯一的女成员 。她表示，喜欢重金属乐的观众看过阿希金属乐队表演后就喜欢上了墨西哥街头乐 。
她表示，“大家似乎都玩得很开心” 。“即使他们不喜欢其中的一种风格，但大多数时候，这也算弥补了两种音乐的鸿沟 。”
阿希金属乐队目前正在美国西部演出 。2019年，该乐队计划在公海上乘两艘音乐邮轮进行演出 。