The Spanish name and mysterious absence of a biography anywhere on the band’s numerous websites makes it somewhat surprising that Los Fantasmas Del Mariachi’s sound is not pretentious in the slightest.
The Derbyshire four-piece make upbeat, accessible folk-tinged pop, with blues and rock cabaret influences shining through.
Multi-instrumentalist Josh Moses’ violin tomfoolery is at the heart of Los Fantasmas’ distinctly interesting sound, with impressive, looped string motifs forming the backdrop to the majority of The Business.
Opener ‘Let Sleeping Dogs Lie’ is a catchy, memorable track, the violin riff offsetting the melody and identifying the tone as distinctly country and western.
The vocals can get slightly bland and overpowering in places, however the arrangements of the songs are strong, and the instrumental variation is certainly a hook, setting Los Fantasmas del Mariachi apart from the many guitar-heavy indie bands playing a similar style of music.
‘Cynical’ showcases a much more theatrical sound that will be extremely familiar to any teenage fans of Panic! at the Disco, as it sounds almost exactly like one of the songs from their first album. Particular praise must go to the brass section – Moses’ trumpet solos on this track are easily the best thing on the whole EP.
Featuring yet more frenzied violin, ‘Roots’ veers ever-so-slightly closer to emo territory, but just about remains on the right side of the line.
It is not particularly polished, however this fairly ramshackle first EP from a young band still searching for their sound shows plenty of potential for future greatness.
Words: Lizzie Palmer