I didn’t quite know what to expect being sent on assignment to cover what was described as the “mariachi metalheads.” As always I set off with my camera and an open mind. But I was secretly concerned I’d shoot and escape as quickly as possible. I’d heard the name, but with no previous experience in the “genre,” I was a little surprised to learn that Metalachi has a loyal and very significant following.
“Heavy metal covers by a mariachi band! ...one very fun concept.” - NPR’s Felix Contreras.
Proving musically talented - albeit a little bit strange and a lot bit goofy - cocky without excess, dressed to the “nines” ...and actually genuinely likable. They hit their stride with a cover of Crazy Train, and from here on out, I have to admit that I kind of like them. And this is coming from the girl who saw Ozzy himself stumble through the same anthem less than two weeks prior (high standards? ...yeah.) I didn’t want to photograph and just leave. So I lingered. From sauntering on stage to their bra-adorned mic stands to a musically “rock”-solid mariachi-esque set sprinkled with humor and character far exceeding their outrageous outfits, Metalachi proved that this unlikely blend is actually genre genius; it works. Too well. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves and encourage you to check them out when they visit your town.
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