Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Sunday 10 February 2013

Calexico: Tucson Collective Caught The New Orleans Vibe & Aim To Infect Brighton

Calexico, the Tucson collective of musicians focused chiefly around Joey Burns and John Convertino, head to Brighton Dome Corn Exchange later this month.



Never afraid to blend musical genres - Burns and Convertino cite everything from Portuguese fado, 50's jazz, 60's surf, the spaghetti western epics of Ennio Morricone and dark indie rock singer songwriters as influences – the band have created an eclectic identity through their exploration of Southwestern culture.

For their latest LP, the band left behind the dusty deserts and the loners that inhabit them and headed to New Orleans to create arguably the most exciting and accessible record Calexico have ever made: Algiers

The feel of the record – the band's seventh full-length album – is recognisably classic Calexico, but their style been revitalised and reborn by the experience of recording in the city

.

"I've always loved New Orleans," explains Convertino, "I knew that just by being in that place, with all that history that is so rooted in music, things would be different. 

"You can't help but pick up the vibe. The air itself moves you in a way that is very different from anywhere else."

Their working methods also changed, with Burns putting aside his nylon string guitar when he was writing in favour of either an electric guitar or even the piano, whilst Convertino was in turn inspired to play with sticks more than his trademark brushes. 

With the duo both resident in the studio at the same time, they collaborated more closely than for some considerable time, with Convertino adding lyrics and playing a greater role in the song's arrangements.

The duo first met in 1990 when they began playing together in Giant Sand with Howe Gelb.


After a stint in Tucson's neo-lounge combo Friends of Dean Martinez, the duo alternated between experimenting with their own instruments and performing as session musicians. 

Their debut album Spoke caused the music industry to sit up and take notice of their unique Tex-Mex Americana, and follow up albums The Black Light and Hot Rail soon followed.

Over the last ten years the band have release soundtrack work, live DVDs and collaborated with the likes of Nancy Sinatra, Neko Case and Iron & Wine's Sam Beam. 

As well as receiving international success, the band have even seen their music played in space - Crystal Frontier was played as wake-up music for the astronauts on the Space Shuttle Discovery in 2008, and song Slowness played as the wake-up song on the space shuttle Endeavour's final flight

Calexico at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange on Tuesday 19 February. See brightondome.org for more details.


by: Mike Cobley


Share    

Alexandra Loske
The director of a major new art museum in China was “bewildered” but “very interested” as he was shown around Brighton's Royal Pavilion for the first time by a University of Sussex art historian.
Brighton Festival 2015 has announced that this year's Peacock Poetry Prize will have the theme of 'birds'; a subject chosen by its Guest Director Ali Smith.
The Prodigy's new album, The Day is My Enemy, takes you on a journey through the uncharted underbelly of urban nightlife where anger is an ever-present energy lurking just beneath the surface of an edgy calm.
Pic © UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor
Thomas Soud, member of UK Youth Parliament from Brighton and Hove, attended a special event in the Chapter House of Westminster Abbey to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the parliament called by Simon De Montfort, which met from January to mid-March 1265.
A Cancer Landscape is a ground-breaking exhibition, led by Sussex Community NHS Trust, which explores cancer as both a physical reality and an emotional journey.
During the past half-decade, The Selecter, led by their legendary frontwoman Pauline Black, have become increasingly aware that their championing of 2-tone/ska music is firmly rooted outside of today's mainstream genres (indeed, Ska doesn't even exist as a music category on iTunes). 
Brighton Science Festival returns for its tenth year to prove there's a lot more to science than test tubes and prime numbers.
First presented at Shanghai’s V Art Centre in 2013, The Dissident- now joined by the work of Brighton-based artist Jim Sanders- searches for proximity in the work of two artists placed at a distance culturally, artistically and geographically.
The Brighton Centre is set to host the renowned Modelworld exhibition, which will be returning to the venue from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd February 2015, and The Brighton Magazine have two family tickets up for grabs.
Lulu, the 75-year-old giant green sea turtle at Brighton Sea Life Centre, has been immortalised in two stunning sculptures created by Brighton artist, Piers Mason. 
Brighton and Hove Albion football fans are wising-up to their risk of prostate cancer and taking action against the disease following an awareness campaign from the club's charitable arm, Albion in the Community.
Brighton & Hove City Council has been rated the most gay-friendly local authority in the country by pressure group Stonewall in its Top 100 list of employers for 2015..
The Unthanks first came to our attention when they were headlining a Great Escape night. A packed Spiegeltent next to St Peter’s Church, in Brighton, emptied rapidly as support, Bon Iver, left the venue. 

In the run up to Brighton Half Marathon and Brighton Marathon, comedian and actor Eddie Izzard shares his experience of running and the important role that volunteers played throughout his incredible marathon achievements.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...






Latest Brighton Jobs

Guest Service Staff - Meetings and Events

To serve all tea and coffee, buffets, light refreshments and other food and beverage as per the function sheets and to the required hotel standard ensuring the...
Jurys Inns - Brighton
More details

Guest Service Staff - Meetings and Events

To serve all tea and coffee, buffets, light refreshments and other food and beverage as per the function sheets and to the required hotel standard - ensuring...
Jurys Inns - Sussex
More details

After School Club Playworkers

Class Of Their Own provides high quality, child-centred and affordable out of School care for children aged 4-11 years across Brighton, Hove and Shoreham....
Class Of Their Own - Brighton and Hove
More details

Care Manager

Home environment, with Care level 3 diploma (Dementia pathway) or. Retail and child care vouchers and the ability to buy and sell....
Anchor - Brighton
More details
Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd