Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Live: Bikini Machine - Desperado Cinéconcert
Another cinéconcert in Edinburgh tonight as part of the Edinbrugh International Film Festival, this time it's Desperado, the 1995 Robert Rodriguez film, the live music comeing from Bikini Machine from Rennes.
The film is being staged in collaboration with the Institut Français d’Ecosse.
It's an ultra-violent western by Robert Rodriguez, starring Antonio Banderas, although officially a sequel, it's not far off being a remake of his earlier film El Mariachi, a Spanish language movie that was made for just $7,000.
Desperado established Rodriguez's reputation as a director, his career continuing to this day.
He's known for his collaboration with Quentin Tarantino, who appears in the film, and Tarantino's influence could be felt throughout the film, one aspect being his use of music.
The original soundtrack features a strong latin flavour, with tracks by Los Lobos and Santana, and lesser-known US latin rock band Tito & Tarantula. There were also tracks by Dire Strats and Link Wray
The track Mariachi Suite by Los Lobos that appeared on the soundtrack won a Grammy in 1995.
Bikini Machine's most recent release "The Full Album" was released in 2009, and with their modern take on garage pop sound they sound like an ideal band for a Tarantino-style soundtrack, and they've certainly got the style and attitude to pull it off.
There is more information about the series of concerts in Edinburgh on the Institut français d’Ecosse's website and full information about the Edinburgh International Film festival on their website.