by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Former MCA Records Operative…
If Hollywood ever sets a James Bond movie in L.A., The Blue Agave should perform 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 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 band perform last year and have been playing their album nonstop 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 peforms 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.