Mother Brain #6 – El Shirota
The Mother Brain team may reside in South-East England, but we get our noisy kicks from all around the globe. As such, we’re thrilled to welcome Mexican noise rock outfit El Shirota to Ramsgate Music Hall on Sunday 8th October!
Support comes from Kent-based space rockers JRUGS. Two bands bound to bring a storm to the seaside…
“El Shirota’s smart postpunk melange, with its intentional rawness and volatile edge, connects the dots between Nirvana, Weezer, and the sounds of Mexico City’s rock scene from the 90s till today” – Chicago Reader
El Shirota is a Noise Rock/Post-Hardcore band from Atizapán, Estado de México, formed in 2012. Prior to the release of their first full-length material ‘Tiempos Raros’ (Devil In The Woods, 2020), the band self-released two EPs and later the singles Tarde/Temprano and Carreta Furacão, which was voted number 1 favorite song in Reactor 105.7, Mexico’s most prominent alternative rock station, in 2019 and also appeared on the Amazon Prime series Chivas as part of the official soundtrack in 2020.
The single La Ciudad from the debut album appears in the official soundtrack for 2021’s highly successful video game Forza Horizon 5. In 2022 the Mexican quartet released ‘Niebla EP’ on 7” vinyl via Devil In The Woods. The EP highlights the participation of Alonso Salamanca (former bassist of the band) in Tibio ft. Alo, the B-side of the album and the band’s first exploration between electronic music and its already characteristic Noise Rock/Post-Hardcore sound.
Their most recent release is ‘Influyente’, the first single off their next upcoming full length album in Q2 2023. The outfit has toured across Mexico and the United States in many occasions, the most recent was their Fall US Tour 2022, around the west coast and midwest, through cities such as San Diego, Los Angeles (in support of Melvins), Chicago, Seattle (Freakout Fest), Portland, Salt Lake City, Boise (in support of Cloakroom), Reno, Olympia, Kansas City and more.
In 2023 El Shirota will be promoting their upcoming second album with tours across Mexico, US and Europe. Currently, they’re part of the lineup for The World Is A Vampire Fest in Foro Sol, Mexico City, playing alongside bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Turnstile, Deafheaven and Chelsea Wolfe.
“El Shirota is the most exciting band to emerge from Mexico’s underground rock scene” – The Georgetown Independent
“El Shirota wear their influences on their sleeve throughout Tiempos Raros, but the album’s warmth, inventiveness, and various unexpected moves leaves things sounding fresh and exciting” – All Music