Hola mi amigos…! The problem with reviewing anthologies is that the music itself has already been reviewed and most fans of the band will have most if not all the tracks on the album, so why release them?
Well the answer is simple – to give an introduction to the curious and an overview of the back catalogue to whet the appetite of any potential new fans…and what a great introduction to The Gypsy Pistoleros this is! For anyone not familiar with their unique sound, they are one of a very few bands that can honestly lay claim to the “unique” tag, as you would be hard-pressed to find anyone else, even after all these years, that have the sound and swagger of The Pistoleros. It has been said before that they could be the house band in a particular club patronised by truckers, bikers and vampires in one of Tarantino’s finest movies and there is no argument here – indeed they hold the truly auspicious record of playing the prestigious Rocklahoma festival more than any other artist and listening to the 18 tracks offered up here it’s easy to see why.
With a solid selection from their back catalogue ‘The Greatest Flamenco Sleaze Glam Band Ever!’ showcases why they have built a solid reputation amongst fans over their almost 25 years on the rock ‘n’ roll rollercoaster, refusing to pander to mainstream commercialism and staying true to their roots, and those roots are punchy, tequila-soaked, sleazy, flamenco infused punk rock ‘n’ roll.
Full disclosure – I have been a fan of these guys since first hearing them back in the mid-noughties and as the first drums roll in like a bailaor’s thundering Cuban heels hitting the dancefloor on the opening track “Ay Que Dolor” I’m transported back there again… Whilst their bi-lingual delivery may not be to everyone’s taste, there’s no denying that it only serves to add weight and authenticity to these self-styled pioneers.
Following on from the opener the album saddles up and takes us on the trail across the range of these badass bandidos. Anthemic favourites such as “Pistoleros, Pistoleros”, “Wild, Beautiful, Damned” and “Livin’ Down With The Gypsies” are included along with the more melodic “Sangre Till Dawn” and “Wild Is The Wind”. Through the Ramones-esque “Close As You’ll Ever Be” to the musical lament of “Los Suenos De Los Muertos” the tracks encompass everything the Gypsy Pistoleros are about.
Their choices of covers is solid too – “Livin’ La Vida Loca”, “Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves” and “Ay Que Dolor” could all have easily been penned by the band and as such fit seamlessly into their repertoire.
This anthology is entitled ‘The Greatest Flamenco Sleaze Glam Band Ever!’ and who am I to disagree? Because that’s exactly what they are, and with their brand-new album ‘The Mescalito Vampires!’ due out shortly this is the perfect time to discover, rediscover or bring yourself up to speed with these sleazy gitanos. Olé!