Sometimes events around Halloween can be a bit strange and awkward, party-goers unsure whether to cake on the make-up and fake blood or to play it cool in chinos, but as to be expected from party thrown by el Jimador and Vice to celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead festival, this was far from the case. The “coolest pub in the world” is no stranger to big nights showcasing the best in new music, so given the line-up Vice and el Jimador had organised, the Old Blue Last was a clear choice.
Oh, and there was el jimador 100% blue agave Tequila and a lot of love for it! In fact, everyone had a free paloma or two, authentic Mexican Tequila long drinks. The vibrant crowd was reflected on stage – even the opening hardcore band, Neon Windbreaker flung themselves and their guitars around playfully among the colourful and flowery Mexican Day of the Dead decorations. The five-piece from Toronto were here for their UK debut, and it was obvious they wanted to impress, and that they did! (Especially with their cover of an Ash song).
Temple Songs played next, a foursome from Manchester of a different, more melodic, tone that also packed a punch. The tunes hark back to psychedelic rock yet due to its vibrancy and energy, they are definitely their very own new beast. Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs were admittedly the only band we had seen live before, and it was a blessing to see them again in a more intimate setting. There’s a lot to be said for the band; all good! An armchair analysis of most modern punk bands involve regurgitating sections of “Please Kill Me” and explaining why they just don’t do it right these days…fortunately, the Voyeurs are a rare exception.
The DJs went for it, and the party continued with “Paloma” drinks (long tequila drinks, more accurately and scientifically described as delicious). There were 4 varieties of ‘Paloma’s’ to sample, our favourite was the Elderflower, who knew tequila could taste so great!
If you were lucky enough to be there, we hope you enjoyed yourself. If you weren’t, well, we won’t rub it in further than showing the line up, above, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled for all things Mexology by heading over to the El Jimador Facebook Page or the official Mexology page & check out the film below, if you haven’t already.
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