If you didn’t know already, these two are Mexican. They are guitarists, and quite possibly the best musicians in the world music genre at this moment and time.
I know what you are thinking, they are the kind of artists, to start singing in Spanish, as you tap your feet to the cool rhythm, and latino beats. Erm, no this is not them. This is not them at all. In fact what you see is not what you get.
I remember watching them at a Muse concert, but I was so far away, I might as well watched a busker. I could hardly hear, I could hardly see. It was depressing. I went home that evening and researched their music. Their self titled 2nd album (one with a crocodile’s eye as the cover) sort of worried me at first. After that, I was blown away. I had never heard such beautiful to come out from two guitarists.
They fall under acoustic, and folk rock. Their guitar playing is fast paced and rhythmic classic guitar. Rodrigo is the lead guitarist, and could quite simply make any woman melt in the way he plays his classic guitar. On the 2nd album they do a rendition to Stairway to Heaven, its breathtaking, and so different.
Gabriela is the rhythm guitarist, but provides a sort of percussion to the duo, that I have never seen before. As she strums each chord, she hits the guitar in way that is not only unique, but incredibly cool.
After falling in love with their songs, which are all instrumental, and some beautiful music to relax to, I did my research. The duo began their musical career in a heavy metal band back in Mexico city, until they moved to Dublin where they heard it was a great place to showcase their music when they became an acoustic duo.
It was after a series of gigs, they were discovered by Damien Rice, who asked them to join him on his tour. From then on a label signing and 3 records released, one of them a live concert in Manchester. There is also a live album in Japan.
To see them live, is like watching Michaelangelo paint. They are a work of art. It is beautiful guitar playing from Rodrigo, and unique rhythm/percussion improvisation from the lovely Gabriela. Not only does Rod do a solo, but so does Gabriela. Yeah, how does she do it? Either youtube it, or go and see them in person. Worth every penny. Their new album 11:11 is available to buy now!