Formally known as "Pachucos y la princesa", Jenny and the Mexicats are currently on tour due to celebrating their ten year anniversary as a band. They stopped by Tricky Falls last week where their energy was felt by everybody in the venue. They played some of their hits including "Verde Más Álla", "Boulevard", and "Flor". The show was amazing and the the magic this band produces is out of this world. What I mean by magic is the wonderful chemistry this band has with one another during the show and the great fusion that is their music. For those that don't know, Jenny and the Mexicats combine sounds of reggae with folk, flamenco, country, cumbia, veracruzano, and so much more. It really is a treat for the ears!
After the show, I met up with the band and with the whole band present, I asked them how it felt to be together as a band for about ten years and the experience of it all. Jenny (singer/trumpeter) answered, "It feels good. There is a lot of love here and kindness. With the passing of time, one comes to appreciate what one has. We have taken care of each other and we have taken care of our music, our band and we are happy to be here where we are today." There is no denying that the band takes care and loves one another. As I mentioned above, the chemistry between them is genuine on-stage and off-stage. It's hard to describe in writing, but if you go see them live y'all will know what I mean.
Ten years is a long time to be together with a group of people so naturally I asked what their experiences traveling together have been and how those travels have reflected on their music. Pantera (guitarist/singer) said, "our music reflects the places which we visit. We like to immerse ourselves with the folklore of the place we are visiting. We like it when we go to South American and we get to see how they do local music there. We like to hang out with musicians from the zone we are visiting whether it's Spain or England or somewhere. We are always evolving alongside the places we go visit." The whole band shook their head in agreement as Pantera finished saying that. All harmoniously synchronized.
I had to ask how they have that bond and what it's due to. David (percussionist) was the first to say, "from day one we have had so much energy on stage. The music we do lends itself to create that bond we have and we enjoy playing so much that we try to transmit that to the public. We transmit it that to the crowd and enjoy the concert and then the crowd enjoys it as much as we do." As a follow up, I asked them what their favorite parts of being musicians were because everybody has their side of the story and David quickly said, "playing, traveling and meeting people. We enjoy being able to play in front of a crowd that has never heard any of our music and seeing their reactions. It's those little details which we love and appreciate so much. We love what we do and it's what we most enjoy about it." Jenny added to what David said and mentioned that it is truly a treat to see people's reaction when they hear their music for the first time. "Today, some guy's girlfriend brought him to the show and he had never heard our music before and he ended up enjoying the concert and that made me very happy." They truly do show how happy they are to do what they do and it reflects in their music, shows, and even the connection they have with their fans.
This is not the first time that Jenny and the Mexicats have played on the border of El Paso and Juarez and to that I had to ask them about traveling to this border and other borders and what their thoughts and experiences are. Icho (bassist) took this question and said, "we like la frontera. We do very well here. I feel like El Paso and Juarez are not even "a frontera" and it feels more like a city divided by a bridge. We feel the same love and warmth playing on either side. From the very first time we came to Juarez, we did very well and people have been so nice in receiving us. We feel the same sensation here in El Paso. It feels like the same city divided by a bridge rather than "a wall". This border is very "relaxed" compared to others we have been to. Honestly, we just love coming here and being in the moment with the people here." It's true, after going to the show and seeing a crowd full of people from both sides of the border it is easy to see why Icho says it feels like the same city only divided by a bridge.
After joking around for a bit, Jenny ended with a thank you. "We couldn't do it without you guys. We live from this so it is nice that people support us. I want to let our fans know that we are going to put out a compilation album this year, which is a compilation of our three albums. There will be a little bit of each album we have made and we will also put a couple of songs from our demo "Pachucos y la princesa", which no one has heard."
I want to thank Jenny and the Mexicats so much for their time and warmth. Their presence is one-of- a-kind and I invite everyone to follow them on Instagram and keep up with what they have going on @jennyandthemexicats !!!
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