Yes they were once buskers and could be on the streets swapping
songs for silver coins and after hearing them any questions
raised about busking end after tonight. There's talk of supporting
Courtney Pine in the New Year
followed by a headline tour and once you've heard them play
there will be different questions to ask.
Both Rodrigo and Gabriela were former members of a Mexican
metal band called 'Tierra Acida' though you wouldn't know
it once you heard them play
their own brand of mixed classical, latin, salsa, flamenco
and folk. Well okay you might expect some heavier influences
as during the performance Rodrigo would slip in riffs from
Deep Purple, Metallica and The White Stripes.
"Heavy metal was a step," admits Gabriela with a
large smile. The young attractive guitar player would always
answer with a friendly smile, laugh and surprisingly the occasional
swear word. "It was only when we arrived in Ireland,"
she continues. "That we tried to compose something different.
When we were surviving in the streets through busking we were
learning different compositions. People kept coming over commending
us and interrupting us. We were thinking." She stops
and laughs aloud. "Fuck off, we're trying to work, we
don't give a fuck."
So the change was a step, a natural progression?
"Salsa is quite big in Mexico," begins a giggling
Gabriela. "But when you're a middle-class teenager you
fucking hate salsa. You prefer the American style rock. So
we're like, yuck get rid if it. It's still there in our music
because we were born there." She laughs again. "So
at some stage it's going
to come across."
Rodrigo's been listening to "Old style" (sic) Megadeath,
Pantera, Slayer and Sepultra whilst recording their debut