Rodrigo Y Gabriela Rodrigo Y Gabriela on LP
Rodrigo (Sanchez) and Gabriela (Quintero) are two fast-fingered, Dublin-based, Mexican musicians with a unique sound created on acoustic guitars. Their music is difficult to define, straddling both world and rock, and often imbued with timeless Hispano–classical influences. The fire in it comes from their life-long passion for metal music.
Rodrigo is a deft finger-picker who can move from raging speed to sensual soul in the space of a fret, while Gabriela employs fast, rhythmic techniques. Her percussionist’s thrashing of strings and drumming of the instrument’s body inevitably raises comparisons with flamenco - which they acknowledge as an influence but swerve as a pigeonhole.
The duo’s repertoire flies beyond familiar Latin folk guitarists’ styles because of the metal connection: re-workings of Led Zeppelin’s "Stairway to Heaven" and Metallica’s "Orion" on this, their 2006 self-titled album are musts, and the presence, on "Ixtapa," of the fiery Hungarian gypsy violinist, Roby Lakatos, is truly inspirational.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela's producer John Leckie (Radiohead, Muse, My Morning Jacket) arrived on the scene via a demo sent to him by their Irish record label, and he called the very next day. The three agreed to record 'live' and Rodrigo and Gabriela were placed in the same room in a studio in Bath, England, to perform as if on stage: "We played each track over and over, and only 'Orion’ has overdubs." Lakatos was the only outsider on the record.
The sleeve photo of a crocodile’s eye with a faint image of Rodrigo and Gabriela superimposed, suits the artists’ desire for something that didn’t shout ‘Mexican guitarists’ or ‘couples.’ "It reminded us of Tamacun, the famous Mexican eccentric who is in Ixtapa where we lived for a while."
Rodrigo Y Gabriela Rodrigo Y Gabriela Track Listing:
2. Diablo Rojo
6. Stairway To Heavan
8. Juan Loco