With over 20 years in the Texas music scene, Los Skarnales was started in 1994. The band rose out of the ashes of local punk rock band Desorden with help from original members Felipe Galvan and Jose Rodriguez. Always true to roots music in all forms, Skarnales performs a mixture of ska, reggae, rockabilly, cumbia, and danzones, all with a punk attitude. Never letting down at a live show, the band has performed extensively throughout the United States and Mexico and has shared the stage with such artists as Flaco Jimenez, Ozomatli, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, the Aggrolites, Maldita Vecindad, the Slackers, the Specials, Fishbone, Agent Orange and many more.
By the mid 2000’s, the band had released three full length releases: Vatos Rudos, Suavecito Style, and Pachuco Boogie Sound System and had been featured on numerous compilations and live recordings distributed throughout the U.S. and Mexico, including the song “Demasiado Tarde” in the 1999 movie, “Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas”.
In 2010, Los Skarnales released its Fourth studio album entitled “Dále Shine!” which was recorded in New Orleans. The Album retains the Ska/Reggae feel of previous works, but incorporates more Latin sounds for an energetic mesh that will most definitely keep the bodies moving.
Los Skarnales celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014 with the release of “Vatos Rudos Forever”, a collection of 34 songs spanning the band’s beginnings to the current line-up, demonstrating the band’s diverse sounds.
In 2015, the band released a new EP entitled “Another Day, Another Borrachera” on Smelvis Records. Once again, the Vatos Rudos from Texas are at it again, mixing global roots music with their Chicano style showing off their Pachuco Boogie sounds.
The Modern Don Juans hail from Austin, Texas. The band consists of members of some of the best known and most celebrated US rockabilly bands to have emerged since the 50s. It’s more than likely that you have seen Tony Estrada – vocals and guitar, Tjarko Jeen – guitar, Todd Wulfmeyer – bass and Bobby Trimble – drums on stage somewhere, sometime if you’re into rockabilly at all. Their resumes include The Star Mountain Dreamers, Big Sandy and the Fly-Rite Trio, Ronnie Dawson, Marti Brom, The Bellfuries, The Modern Don Juans, The Dave And Deke Combo, The Planet Rockers and Kim Lenz and that’s just the rockabilly acts they’re associated with. Individually but also often as a team the guys have backed up just about every original 50s artist that has reemerged on the scene and that versatility, flexibility and experience shows up in their music, sound and individual styles. The music is not just rockabilly or 50s Rock and roll. Being from Texas other influences like country, blues and swing can’t help but sneak in. The band prides itself in mainly playing original material but doesn’t shy away from playing a few well-chosen covers either. After their Spinout records debut album and accompanying 45 there are now plans for a second full length due out in the near future.