by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Former MCA Records Operative…
If Hollywood ever sets a James Bond movie in L.A., The Blue Agave should do the all music. Indeed, their cover of “Besame Mucho” would make a killer 007 opening credit sequence. (Take a listen at the bottom of this post.)
The Blue Agave’s eponymous debut album takes you on a sonic cruise across Los Angeles: primarily Spanish-language vocals amidst layers of surf guitar, retro lounge, mariachi, and killer rhythms. As The Blue Agave describe themselves, “sexy, soulful atmospheric originals blending surf, spaghetti western and flamenco.”
I first saw The Blue Agave perform last year, and have been playing their album non-stop since (good thing digital music doesn’t wear out). The band’s talent and musical expertise certainly warrant it. Guitarist/composer Andy Abad also teaches music at USC (Fight on!). And lead vocalist Stephanie Amaro de Abad also plays in the Grammy-nominated, all-female mariachi band Trio Ellas.
If you’re ever in L.A., you can find The Blue Agave regularly playing at the popular nightspot Eastside Luv. And I can assure you, they sound every bit as polished and thrilling live as they do in the studio, shaking rafters and stirring audiences every time.