Metalachi, the worlds first metal Mariachi band, made their way to the iconic Historic Scoot Inn in Austin, TX last week. This was not my first run-in with the awesomeness that is Metalachi. For the uninitiated, the band is known for playing their rendition of covers of many different rock songs and adding a Mexican Mariachi twist to it. By twist, I do mean no electric guitars, no drums, just violin, trumpet, acoustic guitars, and their vocals.
As they began to take the stage, they were full of wit and grit barking, “come closer we won’t bite unless you’re a fucking taco!” One of the trumpet players was decked out as if he was a member of GWAR dressed as a Mariachi. Come to think of it; they could easily be a great supporting act for GWAR (on a side note, Metalachi just got off tour with Mac Sabbath, these bands compliment each other well!).
As things began to get rolling, they went through a barrage of covers. With hits like “Ace of Spades”, Metalachi also gave the Tijuana approach to “Rainbow in the Dark”. While their setlist brought out some heavy metal hitters, they also brought some classic rock hits with “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, “Black Dog”, and “Here I Go Again”. Then jumping forward a decade with “Bark at the Moon”, “Hot for Teacher”, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”, and “Livin’ on a Prayer”. Then once again, transitioning back into metal vibe with “Master of Puppets” and “Enter Sandman”. No Metalachi show could be complete without their perfect rendition of the Guns and Roses hit “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.
At one point, the band called out to the crowd to see what ladies had never been to a Metalachi show before, only to pick one out and bring her on stage. This move eventually turned out to be a serenading lap-dance for an unsuspecting domesticated housewife, who had been completely caught off guard. Another highlight of the night was a birthday celebration. The bands good friend, Ray Tolbert, was brought on stage for the crowd to wish him a happy birthday. Afterward, shots commenced everywhere. What a way to spend your birthday, right?
Overall, this show was a night full of great times and laughs. There was even a point when the band called out all the “metalheads” for screaming at the top of their lungs to “Livin On A Prayer”. Moments like these are what make their stage performance so memorable. If you have not made it to a Metalachi show yet, do not miss on the opportunity to do so when they come to your area!
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