Morrisey meets the Mariachis

Mexrrissey by Laura Agustin
Mexrrissey by Laura Agustin

In Mexico Morrissey has always been more than just a musician. His songs of love, loss and longing, with powerful imagery and metaphors have found a huge audience and chimed with generations raised on rancheras and Mariachis and their singers who were not afraid to cross the line.

The Mancunian indie legend has said: “Nothing the world holds could match the love waiting for me in Mexico City.”

Now the love has been returned, with Mexrrissey, a band made in Mexico City reinventing Morrissey’s and The Smiths’ songs south of the border. Together they sound like a brass and string led combo from the smallest village with the

biggest bleeding heart.

The band is led by Camilo Lara, of Mexican Institute of Sound, and live the band performs as a seven-piece with a revolving and evolving line-up of the who’s who of the new Mexican music scene,

They have had an incredible trajectory from the first show in Mexico City in April 2015 swiftly followed by a sold out mainstage debut at the Barbican in The La Linea Festival in London, a UK tour (including a sold out Manchester gig) and shows at BAM in New York and The Regent in Los Angeles.

Mexrrissey’s debut album No Manchester released in March 2016, is named after a Mexican slang phrase meaning ‘No Way’ or ‘Are you kidding me?’ but more than that it means that these songs, born in Manchester, have grown up, changed their hair and the clothes they wear and are living in Mexico under an assumed name.

The band come to Brighton on Thursday January 26 and will perform at Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Tickets priced £16.50 and £18.50.