May 16--Pinata Protest is all about fusion. The San Antonio, Texas-based four-piece is a punk rock band with a twist -- the band is fronted by accordion player and singer Alvaro Del Norte.
"I remember just having a puzzled look when Alvaro first told me about his idea of fusing the accordion with punk music, but he had a few raw recordings that honestly blew my mind," says JJ Martinez.
In addition to Del Norte and Martinez, the band includes Marcus and Matt Cazazres.
The band is touring in support of its EP, "El Valiente."
Martinez says the group's profile has rapidly grown and that's in part to tours with Girl in a Coma, Reverend Horton Heat, The Hickoids, Brujeria, Lower Class Brats, Voodoo Glow Skulls and Mustard Plug. The band also has performed festivals such as South By Southwest, Chicago's Latino Fest, the American Sabor Music Festival and Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair in San Antonio.
Del Norte says "El Valiente" is chock-full of songs that aren't the same. The songs shift from punk to speed metal.
"It captures a moment of coming together as a band and breaking out of our shell," Del Norte says.
After rejecting traditional Mexican-American music he heard at home growing up in San Antonio, Del Norte studied accordion with master player Juan Tejeda, a respected folklorist and founder of San Antonio's Tejano Conjunto Festival.
That led Del Norte to start a band that combined the punk style he loved with his Tejano/norteno musical roots he had grown to appreciate.
"I was sick and tired of bands all sounding the same. I thought long and hard: What can I do to do something different, something fun?" he explains. "This was the beginning to what we've been able to accomplish and we've grown together really well."
Imperial Rooster, Fire to the Rescue WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 WHERE: Launchpad, 618 W. Central HOW MUCH: $8 plus fees at holdmyticket.com or 886-1251
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