In it’s fourth year, Vans once again created an event not to be missed with live music performances across UK and Ireland, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Belgium, from 18th Nov - 28th Dec 2011.
Mariachi El Bronx, the alter ego of acclaimed Los Angeles-based punk outfit The Bronx headlined each night of the 2011 Vans Off the Wall Music Night. An explanation from the band themselves on the creation of their alter ego clarifies:
“Mariachi El Bronx was probably conceived in August of 2006 in Los Angeles' infamous ‘Downtown Rehearsal’ It all started as a way to flip the Electric goes acoustic performance garbage, because that's never good…It may seem strange for a band that blasts the audience into outer space every night to take this direction, but mariachi music is every bit as much of a soundtrack to southern California as punk. They are seamlessly intertwined.” - Mariachi El Bronx (The Bronx)
Mariachi El Bronx (II) – the second full-length studio album from the band - was released by White Drugs/Wichita Records in August 2011. The album bristles with intensity, drama and emotion – hallmarks of both mariachi and punk music.
With musicianship such as this Mariachi El Bronx has built a strong and dedicated fan base, not in the least NME:
“Going acoustic and dressing in black charro outfits is probably the punkest move they could have taken; El Bronx negotiate in exactly the same way as The Bronx – they don’t...They fear nothing, explore everything and create from the rawest of emotion, making imperfections the very best bits.” - NME of the band’s self-titled 2009 debut
It’s this attitude that made them the perfect partner for the Vans Off the Wall Music Night 2011.
Support comes from Tim Kasher, frontman of Cursive and The Good life, who now as a solo artist is renowned for his literate, lyrical, and thematic song writing.
Each year the Vans Off the Wall Night takes place in major cities across Europe and in the past, has seen performances by killer bands including the likes of Anti Flag, The Swellers, Funeral for a Friend, Fightstar and Kids in Glass Houses to name a few.
Vans has long strived to support self-expression, be it on a board a bike, with a paintbrush or with a guitar….a history of collaborations is just one indication of the long running affiliation Vans has with music. Bands such as Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Rise Against, The Descendents, Kiss, Social Distortion, Dropkick Murphys, Mastodon, No Doubt and Millencolin – to name a few - have all put their name and design to a Vans shoe in the past.