Beans Rice & Rock N Roll
ENGLISH BIO: No Way Jose is a Southern California punk band that has been building a buzz in the LA music scene. NWJ mixes their Southern California punk, Tex-Mex, and Mexican-American influences to create their own sound they call 'Spanglish Punk.' They have been featured on radio stations such as: Indie 103.1FM, KJLA - LATV, Mania TV, El Calabozo Radio, KXLU 88.9 FM, KSCR Radio 1560am, KMXN 94.3 FM, KULV 107.9, Titan Internet Radio, on print and website such as Skratch Magazine, Alborde, Absolutepunk.net & Drivenfaroff.com. Founding member Jose started No Way Jose, in December of 2001. NWJ has toured in the US, Mexico, UK, Wales and Scotland with no label support. In the summer of 2006, No Way Jose was selected to play the Hot Topic Kevin Says Stage at The Vans Warped Tour. The following year the band headed into the studio to record their much anticipated EP at Westbeach Recorders (Rancid, Offspring, Blink 182, Sublime, Pennywise, Bad Religion, Face to Face, NOFX, MXPX). NWJ released their EP on Pee Shy Records in the summer of 2007. Recently they made the top 12 on Rock Alternativo charts in the US alongside mainstream latin international acts such as: Panda, Alison, Café Tacuba, Molotov, Motel, Jumbo, and Manu Chao amongst others. SPANISH BIO: No Way Jose es una banda de punk rock del Sur de California que ha hecho su marca en la escena de Los Angeles. NWJ mezcla el rock punk del Sur de California, Tex-Mex, y influencias Mexicanas-Americanas para crear su propio sonido que le llaman 'Spanglish Punk.' Su musica se a escuchado en Indie 103.1FM, KJLA - LATV, Mania TV, El Calabozo Radio, KXLU 88.9 FM, KSCR Radio 1560am, KMXN 94.3 FM, KULV 107.9, Titan Internet Radio, y en revistas y sitios como Skratch Magazine, Alborde, Absolutepunk.net y Drivenfaroff.com. Jose inicio la banda en Diciembre del 2001. No Way Jose a ido de gira en Estados Unidos, Mexico, Gran Bretaña, Gales, y Escocia sin una disquera. En el verano del 2006, No Way Jose fue selecionado para tocar en el escenario de Hot Topic Kevin Says Stage en el Vans Warped Tour. El siguiente año la banda entro a los estudios de Westbeach Recorders (Rancid, Offspring, Blink 182, Sublime, Pennywise, Bad Religion, Face to Face, NOFX, MXPX ) para grabar su muy adelantado disco. NWJ a desenganchado su EP en su disquera Pee Shy Records en el verano del 2007. Hace poco No Way Jose estuvo en el top 12 en Rock Alternativo en Estado Unidos a lado de bandas latinas predominante internacional como: Panda, Alison, Café Tacuba, Molotov, Motel, Jumbo, Manu Chao entre otros. CD REVIEWS Review by Travis Parno of Absolutepunk.net A seven track EP infused with fast-paced drums, power chords, and lyrical simplicity, Rice, Beans, and Rock 'N Roll affords the listener the opportunity to truly turn it up and tune out. The self-described "Spanglish punk" band offers peppy rock that keeps the head nodding and toe tapping with a seamless mixture of Spanish and English lyrics. For such a quick release (clocking in at just over twenty minutes), the EP showcases nice variety from the speed punk of the album opener "Wannabe", to the devilishly cool "Stripper", to the aggression of the sure-to-be-fan-favorite "Motherf***er." There's a familiarity here that is complemented well by the Southern Californian Spanish influence, much like relaxing in a well-worn Lay-Z Boy while watching Telemundo. There is, however, a comfort zone from which No Way Jose does not deviate, so don't visit the buffet line expecting to be knocked out by some succulent new dish. The uncomplicated lyrics certainly don't get in the way of the congenial punk sound, and lines like "Vive tu vida, vive tu vida / Don't worry, toda va estar bien ('Live your life, live your life / Don't worry, everything will be ok')" propel the good-natured attitude. There are a few high notes that singer Jose Morales can't quite grasp, but overall, the musicianship is up to par with similar verse-chorus-verse-chorus punk acts. It's that time of the year, and while No Way Jose aren't re-writing the rule book, Rice, Beans, and Rock 'N Roll is an entertaining summer soundtrack that can also warm the heart in the cold of winter. (Read Full Review) Review by Amalia Renteria April 22nd, 2007 It took a while for No Way Jose to get this album in the mail, but all things set aside this album is actually good. No Way Jose, hailing from Southern California is comprised of three members who create a sound of "Spanglish Punk". They have created a 7-song disc entirely new and different to me, but yet their sound is still familiar to some of the bands I listen to. A little while ago, I had wanted to start listening to some "Spanglish Punk" bands but just never got around to it until now and I'm glad that they are the one to introduce me to this style of music. One of my favorite songs from "Rice, Beans and Rock 'N Roll" is Motherf***er. Yeah I know, the title may seem a little bit harsh, but don't judge a song by it's title. The song just has the "yeah, ok, whatever, leave me alone" type of vibe, not only that but you can hear their Spanish influence in it. I can see people hearing this song and singing along to it proudly in the privacy of their own space. In their album, you can also tell these seven songs represent them and the pride they get in creating their style of music with making no compromises and following no one voices but their own. With songs like "Stripper", which has a Spanglish version, "Wanna Be" and "Martha" you get to hear their own mix of Southern California punk and Tex-Mex. While listening to this CD in my Ipod I often create a playlist so I can listen to their CD with one of Catch 22 CDs, just to give you a perspective on how they sound. Oh, and they were selected to play on last years Hot Topic Kevin Says stage at Vans Warped Tour so you know they have to be good. - drivenfaroff.com.