Tijuana Cartel's vibe irresistible
SCENES of Scandinavian women bopping naked on the dance floor are just another day at work for mojo music masters Tijuana Cartel.
The Gold Coast five-piece and their ever-growing list of guest musicians create such infectious grooves with their fusion of lustful rhythms and electronica that Nordic maidens are apparently left with no choice but to strip bare to the beat.
Tijuana Cartel draw inspiration from most of the musical world’s genres – funk, hip hop, reggae, Middle Eastern flavours and the dance venues of London – and it is this fusion that creates the earthy musical energies that capture all those that hear them – Scandinavians included.
“The manager of this Gold Coast venue was screaming at this girl to put her clothes on,” Tijuana Cartel vocalist Paul George tells Pulse on the eve of their Bangalow concert.
“But she kept prancing around, hiding behind poles and ducking away from this guy with a cheeky grin on her face. He ended up chasing her into the carpark. She was quite good-looking – it’s not often you get naked Swedish women grooving away to your music,” he says, smiling.
Tijuana Cartel’s infectious and ‘inspiring’ live shows have seen them winning audiences all over Australia and the world. They have built up a following the hard way from their early days (they came together in 2003) through the grind of constant touring.
Recent stand-out performances include the Peats Ridge Festival, Subsonic Festival and Byron Bluesfest, where they were labelled the ‘buzz band’ of the festival.
The call to foreign shores was amplified after an eight-week residency at Beijing’s’ famous Loong Bar throughout the Olympics (to rave reviews).
The band returned recently from a residency at Bali’s infamous KuDeTa Bar and a stint in Noumea.
The effect of constant performing has meant Tijuana Cartel have honed their sound for the release of an EP, due out in August.
“We have tried to go a bit rockier with the new EP compared with our previous releases,” George says.
“We are flying Chris Moore out from New York to work with us. He has done a lot of stuff with the Midnight Juggernaughts. It should be great.”
The band has named the new EP White Dove, which will also be the name of the first single. George says the song is about a girl who gave him ‘peace’.
“I never had to explain this before – why I called a song about a girl White Dove – but let’s just say it was one of those things in my life that gave me peace. It was just one of those things.”
And will punters (including Ms White Dove) get to hear tracks from the new EP on Saturday night?
“We will play two new tracks off the EP, including White Dove,” George says.
“Unfortunately Ms White Dove won’t be there but I’m sure she would be happy with it if she was.”
Tijuana Cartel plays the Bangalow A&I Hall on Saturday night and will be supported by electro-tribal diva, Deya Dova. Tickets $22 at the door. Doors open 7pm; show starts at 8pm.