Q&A Scene: Col Padre of The Mezcaltones

Photo: Steve Awdry

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

Painted Lady is the first single off our self-titled debut ep The Mezcaltones. It’s a bouncing good time, toe tappin’, knee slapper and it’s also a slap in the face to those critics that believe we can only play “Mexican Hillbilly Surf Music”.

I really love playing Painted Lady; I think the highlight is the string bends Shango does with this contraption he built by bolting a hipshot bender onto a “partscaster” (it looks like a Telecaster to me) as a nod to The Byrds’ guitarist Clarence White. He also put a Bigsby vibrato on a Gibson SG, but that’s another story.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

Most definitely The Mezcaltones ep is my favourite work at the moment. This has nothing to do with the fact that it’s our only work at the moment but because we are really proud of it.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Something that repeats on you because you’re gonna want to play our CD again and again and again…

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

What happens on tour stays on tour but I can tell you about this one time our dancer Mimi was accepting an award for best video and Kanye West jumped up on stage and tried to take it off her but I stared “daggers” at him and he left the stage…  That’s how I remember it anyway…

What, or who, inspires you?

I’m inspired by people who are brave enough to be themselves, especially when it flies in the face of what popular opinion dictates. Mezcaltonically  it’s all about the guitar fuzz, twang, tremolo, wah wah. We love it. We are also big fans of Sergio Leone and Quentin Tarantino films and the music from them.

 Which song do you wish you wrote?

For a Few Dollars More or The Good the Bad and the Ugly  by Ennio Morricone.

What’s next for you?

We are in the middle of shooting a short film featuring music from The Mezcaltones. It’s a bit of an homage to Sergio Leone and  we’ve been putting a lot of work into it and are really excited. When we were told Painted Lady had made the Top 10 of the Amrap regional charts (really proud as it stayed there for 3 weeks!  Thanks to those regional DJ’s who played our song. You’ve got great music taste) we realised perhaps we should have made a film clip for our single. Doh! Art before commercialism I say.

Apart from the usual gigs we’re proud to be performing at the ‘Rock for Heroes 2016’ Benefit for war veterans’ families on November 5. This is a charity we feel quite strongly about. To paraphrase Blackbreaks we are fans of soldiers not of war. We are also doing a ‘Day of the Dead’ gig with The Chickenstones and 4 Barrel Hemi at the North Manly Bowling Club on October 29 which should be a blast!

We are excited to be going back into the studio before the end of the year to do another ep which will be showcased at the Tamworth Music Festival in January, 2017.  They like a bit of Tex Mex up there and they go absolutely crazy for “Mexican Hillbilly Surf Music”!

What’s your scene?

Snakehead Mezcal Tequila…as long as it’s a Tofu snake head as some of the band are vegetarian.

THE MEZCALTONES embody the style and attitude of those famous Tarantino flicks, with a little Robert Rodrigues Tex Mex thrown in… add the 60’s surf rock guitar sounds of Dick Dale and Link Ray … the lavishness of Mexican dance, infused with the sexiness of Salma Hayek From ‘Dusk Till Dawn’… I think you get the vibe…

With the bands slick look and sharp costumes THE MEZCALTONES are there to entertain.

THE MEZCALTONES comprise 6 experienced musicians who came together through their love of cool tones, and get down and get dirty Tex Mex sounds. Their unique style transports you on a journey of intoxicating nights South of the Border… MEXICAN BORDER THAT IS!


Don Juan – Texan Time Keeper with a Smooth Tequila Feel

Don Too (aka Col Padre) – Raspy Lead Vocals dripping with Desert Soul

El Shango – Lead Guitar possessed with tangy, psychedelic blues, magic finger licks

Lucre – Mezcaltonic Groovin’ Bass Sounds

Mimi – Spicy Seductress who shakes it like a Rattle Snake

Neralita – Queen of Southern Rhythm Strummin’

THE MEZCALTONES are inspired by way cools tunes from Tito and Tarantula, Dick Dale, Link Wray, Los Lobos, Santana and other artists from this genre.

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