2014’s “Barrio Sideshow” represents Fayuca’s new found confidence: They asked for full creative control in recording the new album and got it. Hear the results of as the Phoenix-based punk/reggae/Latin band plays Thursday, Feb. 26 at House of Rock with Tydings, Jahseed Band and Proof of Life. Doors are at 8 p.m.
Founding member Gabo considers the album a big step up from their previous album, “The Assassination.” “We poured our heart, blood, sweat and tears into every song (on The Assassination) but we were still a little careful about what we put on the recording and we hadn’t really developed into the musicians we are today,” he told Monterey County Weekly. “We’ve evolved as musicians and we’re not scared to try new things and we write music that we love,” Gabo said.
Gabo believes the group’s fans have latched onto the band’s name, Fayuca, which is Spanish slang for black market swap meets in Mexico featuring contraband from all over. Initially, the name was intended to be temporary, but it stuck. “Since we take genres from different cultures all over the world, like reggae, Latin, cumbia and punk, and mash them all into one, Fayuca turned out to be the perfect name for us,” Gabo said. The group also released two EPs last year, “The Acoustic Sessions” and “La Veganza,” and scored the theme to “Matador,” a new series by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.