Los Seis Pistos cross over the border with their punk tour

Los Seis Pistos guitarist-singer Kenio Chavero describes the sound bubbling over the Mexican border as rock-punk. However, there’s a decidedly Latin flavor to the Chihuahua,…

Los Seis Pistos recently released the compilation “Punk Will Never Die” featuring their punk rock sound from across the border in both English and Spanish. They’re now doing a mini-tour in the United States. (Photo: Seis Pistos)

Los Seis Pistos guitarist-singer Kenio Chavero describes the sound bubbling over the Mexican border as rock-punk.

However, there’s a decidedly Latin flavor to the Chihuahua, México quartet, which recently released compilation album “Punk Will Never Die” that features tunes in English and Spanish.

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“They are all songs from previous records and fan favorites,” Chavero told VOXXI. “Then we translated them to English. Not word by word but the content. From there, we remixed and re-mastered everything. The idea was to introduce ourselves to the U.S. audience with our favorite songs but having them in English.”

Formed in 1996, Los Seis Pistos is one of many south of the border bands these days incorporating north of the border influences into a mélange of unique style and sounds. Chavero said he and his brother, Los Seis Pistos singer Iván, enjoyed a familiar upbringing straddling the old and the new.

During the day they would spend hours with their grandfather, who played the traditional Mexican music of Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete. Then during the evening their mother would play rock from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

“It was kind of funny, in the morning we were listening to Latin music and then in the afternoon we were listening to Anglo music,” Chavero said.

Adding even more diversity into the mix was the fact Chavero said he learned to play guitar watching the guys in his neighborhood giving serenatas (serenades) to pretty señoritas. Later, the boys would become enamored with skateboard culture. Specifically, they were intrigued with the obscure punk bands found on skating videos.

“That’s when we got the idea to make the band,” Chavero said. “We’d go to bars and there wasn’t anyone playing the kind of music we were listening to. That’s when we started making music. We had this idea of making louder Mexican rock, where we can express our Latin influences and our Anglo influences. That’s what we’ve been trying to do ever since.”

As for the group’s moniker, the idea was to phonetically capitalize on The Sex Pistols, while keeping the name Spanish. Hence, Los Seis Pistos.

“It’s very Mexican to take a word in another language and then twist it a little bit and make it Spanish,” Chavero said. “That’s what we’re trying to do with our music.”

As for the decision to move its operation stateside, the band’s motives are common. Not only is the outfit looking for greater opportunity but also safety from the crime that continues to ravage Mexico.

Chavero said rising highway tolls make it financially devastating to drive during the day in Mexico, while the obligatory overnight trips required by bands has proven to be life-threatening.

“The roads aren’t safe,” Chavero said. “It used to be we could drive all night with no problem. Now, we still do it, but the risk is there and bigger. Actually we had gunshots outside of one of our gigs last year, so that’s another reason.”

Los Seis Pistos mounts a mini-tour this month (beginning July 16 at The Good Hurt in Los Angeles, ending July 25 at the Double Down Saloon in Las Vegas) with the hope this is just the first of many.

“The goal for this year is to get this record out there to as many people as possible,” Chavero said. “Ultimately that’s what makes us happy, playing out in front of people recording and having people listen to our songs. And if they can get some of the messages we’re trying to get across, that’s even better.”

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