And what was the actual border like at that time? Was it easy just to travel between the two? Back then it was a smaller fence. I can remember there was a time when you could actually just go through the border and it was a lot easier to get in to the US, they trusted a lot more. So I saw when the bigger fence went up, when the bigger checkpoint was built in the late 80s, but before that it was just a little building with border patrol and a small fence. I started getting into music when… well, for as long as I can remember being around and listening to music I was very into it. Maybe when I was 4 I could already turn on the record player and put on my favourite music and I would just put on the vinyl that my dad would buy and put it on and lock myself in the room.
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Their musical style is influenced by traditional Latin sounds of mariachi , conjunto , cumbia , and tejano mixed with country , jazz , and post-rock. The band is named for the border town of Calexico, California , and has been described by some as "desert noir". Burns joined them, after first playing upright bass on a European tour. Giant Sand moved to Tucson, Arizona in The band subsequently became a kind of indie rhythm section for hire, working with the likes of Victoria Williams , Bill Janovitz , Barbara Manning and Richard Buckner before forming Calexico. Calexico first recorded Spoke in for German independent label Hausmusik with a limited edition of 2, copies. At that point the band was still called Spoke and the album was technically self-titled. After the band signed with Quarterstick Records a subsidiary of Touch and Go Records and changed their name to Calexico, Spoke was reissued by that label in Their second album The Black Light was released in
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States influences as well. How did it happen and what has happened after that one-off show? Can you briefly retrace for us the story of the project? Yes, we started in , doing Perez Prado covers. We played one minute set of his songs. By that time, I was already playing a lot with Calexico keyboards, accordion in North America. Joey Burns came to check out our set and then invited us to open up for Calexico for about six shows around the West Coast including California dates and Arizona shows. Joey gave us a great opportunity to get in front of an audience and really gave us a nice lift. After that we started opening for a lot of big acts that came through Tucson such as Los Lobos, Ozomatli and others.