(Mendoza is the sort of talent who plays just about every instrument he lays his hands on, from keyboards to percussion to horns.) The group has also drawn the participation of figures such as singer and producer Jay de la Cueva, Café Tacvba violinist Alejandro Flores, alterna-rocker Chetes and drummer Ricardo Nájera. A.-based singer-songwriter Ceci Bastida, who last year received wide critical acclaim for her solo album, “La edad de la violencia” (“The Age of Violence”).
Together, they are re-imagining some of Morrissey and the Smiths’ most iconic tunes.
Playing in Manchester, however, offered an opportunity for a communion of sorts.
Think: a thumping samba drum line at the opening of the Smiths’ acerbic flirtation song "Ask.” (For the record: it totally works.) Led by Camilo Lara, the DJ behind the respected electronica outfit Mexican Institute of Sound, the band is bringing its seriously remixed Moz to the Regent in downtown L. on Monday for an evening that will marry Manchester melancholia with Mexican charro pants.“My first record was the first Smiths record,” says the Mexico City-based Lara. I would listen to Sesame Street and Burbujas, a children’s album, and then I would listen to Morrissey and Bauhaus.