It might appear strange that Caughthran relishes recounting a time when he was almost exterminated by nature, but that perspective ties into The Bronx's MO: seek destruction out, let destruction come to you and channel the havoc into Hard Rock-tinged Hardcore Punk.
But Mariachi El Bronx will also perform on the current tour. Rather than turning out cruel, crude, explosive sounds in ordinary clothes, The Bronx members (and guests) suit up in mariachi band gear and trade standard-issue Rock & Roll instruments for brass, the guitarrón mexicano and the vihuela. In the most revealing alteration, Caughthran actually sings (still in English), utilizing a winsome, masculine tone that displays a surprising sweetness.
The band in all its identities plays the Southgate House on Sunday. Get show details and read Reyan Ali's interview with Caughthran here.