Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tunesday: "Hanuman," Rodrigo y Gabriela



Who said you can't completely rock out on classical guitars? Rod y Gab grew up listening to thrash metal and playing in bands in their native Mexico City but gained a following and perked the ears of the music industry while living and performing in Dublin, Ireland.

This track is from 2009's "11:11." Each of the 11 songs on the album pays tribute to one of Rod y Gab's heroes — from Pink Floyd and Dimebag Darrell to Al Di Meola and Jimi Hendrix. "Hanuman" is dedicated to Carlos Santana (the pre-Rob Thomas "Smooth" version, I prefer to think). It's a tight track that exhibits just how insane Gab's right hand rhythm is. When I listen to this track, I often entirely neglect the harmony and focus solely on the complex strumming. In a word: impressive. And talk about getting into the music and letting it move you. I don't think it's possible to watch them perform without moving along — at the very least tapping your hand or foot in time.

I also wonder why they named the song Hanuman — the name of a Hindu god.

What else?

You'll notice Rodrigo is wearing an Animal Liberation T-shirt. Both guitarists are vegans who support animal rights and have been featured in PETA campaigns.

2 comments:

Drum said...

Oooh, I dig this!!! Thanks for sharing!

Drum said...

Oooh, I dig this!!! Thanks for sharing!

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