Stephen Morrissey is well known to music fans. The British rock star was the lead singer of The Smiths before venturing out on his on to considerable fame and critical acclaim.
A little less known is the eclectic band Mexrissey, a tribute band to the Smiths frontman. The band is actually amazing. Consisting of eight amazing musicians, tribute is the right word for the type of band. They are currently on an international tour and Brooklyn seems like the perfect way to kick off the United States leg.
As the line between Latin countries and the United States becomes thinner hopefully this sort of thing might become more common. Morrisey, for example, has a huge following in Mexico. Mexrissey has benefited greatly from this disappearing line between Latin and United States culture.
Mexrissey makes amazing music and their shows are full of visuals including a huge Frida Kahlo Morrisey mashup which underlines the blurred lines of two cultures. They formed the band less than a year ago, and their fandom is a tribute to how well they play.This isn’t some cover band either. There is a strong Mexican influence in their take on Morrisey’s songs. The experience of the Mexrissey show was unapologetically Mexican, loud, vibrant and full of mariachi style.
There show at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) was filled with music lovers as vibrant as the show itself. The show was not sold out but the attendees’ enthusiasm more than made up for it. They did sell out another 2,000 person venue, however, in England.
The songs are not only mariachi-infused but they are in Spanish. While this may turn off many potential attendees, it makes some of the ticket-holders even more excited because they identify more with this immigrant band.
In traditional BAM fashion, the theater was filled with an ecelectic group of old, young, white, black and any other creed you can imagine.