Volume 92, Issue 64

Thursday, January 21, 1999


Ember's success still burning

Tijuana cracks the London scene

Uravelling Japanese past

Virus goes home with the flu

Tijuana cracks the London scene

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YEP, THEY LOOK LIKE CRACK WHORES TO ME. The Tijuana Crackwhores bring their hard edge sounds to The Embassy on Friday night.

By Mark Lewandowski

Gazette Staff

What's in a name? Some say it is the ultimate representation of a band and its character, while others think it is just a gimmick. Tijuana Crackwhore guitarist Paco feels his band embodies both of these aspects.

"The name has helped us a lot, getting shows and meeting bigger people," Paco reveals. "My brother Anthony came up with it. The name is meant to be a reflection of reality. You must look at people like prostitutes or the homeless or drug addicts and understand why they do that. A lot of our lyrics consider the things that are overlooked in society." But Paco admits the band avoids being blatantly political because it is too cliche in the music scene.

The members of the band have undergone many major changes over their two-year career, one of the largest occurring when Paco and drummer Jaybird witnessed a Monster Voodoo Machine show. "We always liked and played heavy music, but we saw them and went whoa! They had so much energy – they outdid all the other bands," Paco comments.

"Monster Voodoo Machine is from Cambridge and they were on the Ozzfest '98 tour with bands like Pantera and Fear Factory. Ozzy, in an interview, said his favorite band on the whole tour was Monster Voodoo and they were just an opening band," Paco explains.

Tijuana Crackwhore may have influences, but the music is all their own. The band's music is constantly changing so much that their first album is still in the works. "We always make the first half of the album, then we come back in later and we have new songs so we are never happy. We just have so much stuff in us," Paco relates.

The four members of the band – Paco, Mike, Jaybird and Russ – all contribute to the band's hard, diverse sound. "We all write our own parts so it's a team effort. Even though we bitch at each other we seem to always get the job done – we share the same brain," Paco decrees.

The most interesting thing about this young London foursome is they record many of their jams on tape, even the really rough stuff. This is a very smart idea for a young group in an influential industry, Paco agrees.

"We put names on everything we record and patent it. Even when a painter paints a bad painting he still keeps it because it may be useful in the future. Twenty years down you may play it and laugh. Whenever someone brings something new we always try it because after some adjustments it usually turns out sounding cool." These should be taken as words of wisdom for up-start musicians.

Tijuana Crackwhore seems poised to finally put their tracks down on disc but for now you'll just have to enjoy their upcoming live show on Friday at The Embassy.

Although sick with the stomach flu, Paco still managed to leave his musical contemporaries with a maxim. "Don't give up, no matter how much shit is happening, inside and outside the band, you just can't give up."

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