Mexrrissey reimagines Smiths and Morrissey songs in Spanish
October 4, 2017
By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
When Ceci Bastida saw her childhood idol Morrissey recently for the first time, she heard his songs differently. After all, she knows Morrissey and The Smith songs intimately.
Bastida is the keyboardist for Mexrrissey, a band that reworks the two acts’ songs in Spanish.
“A lot of the times, as a musician, you enjoy the songs and figure out what they’re doing,” she said. “We’re recreating these songs and dissecting them. I realize how some of them are simple, yet so powerful. That’s the genius of it. When these songs come to life, it’s a magical thing to experience.”
Mexrrissey, which plays the Mesa Arts Center on Friday, October 27, released its debut album, No Manchester, in 2016. It was recorded in Mexico and Tucson and features only Morrissey songs, such as “Everyday Is Like Sunday,” “Last of the International Playboys” and “Suedehead.” However, shows includes tracks from Morrissey and The Smiths.
“Camilo (Lara, founder) and I are huge fans of The Smiths and Morrissey since we were really, really young,” she said. “He had it in his head that we wanted to try this. I trust him very much because I was truly a fan.
“Having the opportunity to dig into these songs, take them apart and put them back together was super interesting to me.”
The shows to Bastida are just as special.
“It’s a really fun show,” she said. “It’s super energetic. It’s the album plus other songs we didn’t record. It’s kind of a party in a way, which is a strange thing to say about Morrissey songs.”