MACUILXOCHITL: Five Flower”, the Aztec god of music and dance
By Francisco H. Ciriza
Hot off the heels of a successful European jaunt, New Jersey’s Ill Niño has recently to the U.S. and is set to make an appearance in southern California. The super-hard rocking outfit will be performing with Sevendust at the House of Blues at Anaheim (HOB), Tuesday, December 16, 2003.
The quintet’s sophomore release, Confession (2003, Roadrunner Records), has sold over 60,000 copies so far, and debuted at #37 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart in its first week of release. It’s a disc packed with a fistful of ragingly dynamic songs and striking contrasts. Abrasive yet melodious the band’s music rips through torrents of emotion such as on the first single, “How Can I Live.” The group’s music tends to defy the genre’s limits rather than define them.
Much of the inspiration and high energy are products of the chemistry between the band and producer, Bob Marlette. “We looked at several producers and Bob was not only the one who stuck out but also the one who sought us out, too.” said drummer, Dave Chavarri.
Chavarri is also the group’s founder and leader. While conceding his band’s recent success, he still seems to have an attitude and perspective of an outsider looking in. Having shared the bill with other acts on the group’s European tour, Chavarri says, “I’d like to play shows with Maná.” Sharing the stage with the Mexican pop/icons brought out an innocence and genuine enthusiasm from the rocker who for months upon months has been consistently working to promote the band and its music through concert and promotional appearances as well as partaking in phone interviews with music journalists.
Showtime is at 9pm and tickets are $21.00 (advance) and $22.50 (day of show). The HOB is located at “Downtown Disney” in Anaheim, CA (Disneyland Dr. of the 5FWY). For complete ticket and venue information, call (714) 778-2583 or visit www.hob.com, www.ticketmaster.com.
Jagaures’ Tijuana appearance over the weekend was another rousing success. The band triumphantly returned to the city’s Auditorio Municipal to a packed house. Fans gladly received the band joined this time by former bassist, Federico Fong. Fong, wearing a t-shirt bearing the slogan “Chino Latino”, has worked alongside Saul Hernández and Alfonso André previously both with Caifanes and Jagaures appearing on the former’s El Nervio Del Volcan and the latter’s El Equilibrio De los Jaguares.
The band seemed to make a statement that they are still a hard rocking outfit content to indulge in screaming guitar solos and thunderous rounds of drum and bass all over which Hernández can still belt out amazingly strong vocals.
Any doubts of the band’s ability to rock were emphatically erased, regardless of the success of the band’s last album, the all acoustic, El Primer Insitinto.
The Colombian hit comedy “BOLIVAR SOY YO” opens at the Madstone Theaters in Hazzard Center, this Friday, December 12.