Gypsy Pistoleros are still something truly unique and interesting in today’s predictable musical landscape. A sound and style that mixed sleazy glam rock with flamenco influences and a shout out to Mexican folklore and Spanish tendencies.
The sound is flamenco in a head on collision with punk/rock riffs, pounding bass and thrashing drums. The songs span madly in the best rock 'n' roll tradition with big hooks, attitude, and sleaze. Yet those flamenco breaks got into your head and refused to leave - this hybrid rocks.
This mongrel offspring of fiery flamenco passion and gritty gutter glam, the Gypsy Pistoleros' were born roamin' somewhere between Barcelona and Birmingham, brought into the world to a soundtrack stack-heeled anthems of sleazy ‘70s America. Standing alone in musical ancestry and sum sound, they were one one of those most rare acts who can honestly claim the tag 'unique'.
The insane inspiration came from frontman and songwriter Gypsy Lee Pistolero who began wielding this unique sound whilst living in Zaragoza (Spain) whilst supporting The Ramones in 1993.
The Gypsy Pistoleros have always had a reputation for danger and played five Rocklahoma festivals 2007-11, in Oklahoma, USA , where they appeared alongside Motley Crue, Guns n Roses, Poison, ZZ top, Twisted sister, Faster Pussycat, Vain, Papa Roach, Whitesnake, Skid Row, Black Label Society. Normally closing each night!
They have toured extensively, playing with the likes of L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, Adler’s Appetite, UFO, Motorhead, Ratt, Dogs D'amour, Dirty Penny, Bang tango, Wrathchild, Vains Of Jenna, Twisted Sister, Poison, Vince Neil, Bang Tango, Skid Row, Slaughter, Faster Pussycat, Dokken and ZZ Top.,
Gypsy Pistoleros brief biog
“The Pistoleros are sheer musical escapism" – Classic Rock
“a thrill-a-minute collection of melodic eye patch swagger that smells of exotic spices and forbidden concubines" – Sleazegrinder
One of the best Rock n Roll groups to come out of the U.K for years!"- TracciI Guns (L.A Guns)
The Spanglish Rumba Rock n Roll Kings! “Para Siempre .
Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy…and find out why the Gypsy Pistoleros are the single most inventive band of the last decade." – Allyson, Bring Back Glam
“If you missed this the first time around, or were too slow to catch the ship before it sailed into out of print land, this is your chance to get your hands on what could be the best album of 2008. Yes it really was that good ! ” -The Spunky Lobster, Komodo Rock
“I’m not sure how it came about but Gypsy Pistoleros have come up with an interesting, individual sound and there just isn’t anything else like it at the moment. ‘Para Siempre’ is as exotic as rock n roll can get.” - Jonni Starr, DirtyRock.net
“The Gypsy Pistoleros have been the talk of the town in Hard Rock circles for a few years now and all the accolades are well deserved.” Heavy Metal Addiction
"I put this in my top 25 albums of last year and played it repeatedly . I was immediately drawn by the cross of glam, punk and flamenco sounds blended together.The Pistoleros are sounding far more proficient than ever They are still the most interesting glam act going today hands down."— Metal Mark, Heavy Metal Time Machine
"If Quentin Tarantino is ever gonna make a sequel of the movie ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ he should contact the Gypsy Pistoleros for sure and ask them to write the music for it. What? Never heard of Gypsy Pistoleros? Then you had better hide"— Arco, Lords of Metal
"as crystal and as ballsy as the local chapter of the Hells Angels, if The Angels were playing at a Mexican wedding fantastic stuff with gritty Mexican dust and magic oozing from every pore. a band that are legitimately doing something completely original and exciting. "— Shane, The Rockpit"R
The Pistoleros' debut is sheer musical escapism"— Henry Yates, Classic Rock Magazine
En la Vida Real (2005),
Wild, Beautiful, Damned! (2007) Evil Boy Records Produced by the legendary Joe Gibb ( Catatonia, Jaynes Addiction, The Cure, The Kinks, Madonna, Funeral for a friend, etc.) Recorded at Mighty Atom Studio, Swansea, Wales
Gypsy Pistoleros PARA SEMPRE! was released JANUARY 24th 2008 . Released by BAD REPUTATION Records ( France ) & Blastzone/Nightmare Records (U.S.A)
Second album ‘Welcome to the Hotel de la Muerte!’ was released October 12th 2009 on Bad Reputation Records (France)
Duende: Last Of The Pistoleros (2011) 100% Rock (Australia) Gypsy Pistolero
Forever Wild, Beautidul & Damned! – Greatest Hits Volume 1 (2012). Heavy Metal Records
The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful (2012) - Evil Boy Records Gypsy Lee Pistolero
The Playstation 3 & XBox 360 smash hit game ‘WET’ featured 3 tracks from the Pistoleros - Bandido (WET) Playstation 3 Bethesda Over 121,000 plays
Gypsy Pistoleros may be best described as being the ideal house band for the fictitious Titty Twister bar of Rodriguez’s From Dusk Til Dawn. Between the nods to Morricone’s tense, tumbleweed atmospheres and the Gypsy Kings’ manic Mediterranean energy, a New York Dolls raw glam spark and a surplus of prime G ’n’ R attitude, the Pistoleros‘ sonic style has roots has a widespread as the global fanbase it’s been gathering since they began playing in 2006.
First facing Spain, and surely the toughest crowd a few English ex-pats playing fucked-up flamenco could hope to find, yet still winning over the national rock press, the Pistoleros have readily found fans almost any place they’ve fleetingly laid hats since. In the UK’s spit ‘n’ sawdust saloons, they’ve earned a reputation as one hard act to follow by undertaking tireless rounds of support tours, and in the real couldn‘t-make-it-up twist to the tale so far, they’ve claimed a spiritual home at annual US 80s rock fest Rocklahoma. Although in a tiny minority of groups formed this side of 1990 to have played the festival in its 5 year history, the Pistoleros are nonetheless the only band to have played all 5 years - becoming a fixture from the moment a show-stopping set at 2007’s 100,000-attracting inaugural event confirmed their fresh take on glam an unexpected Rocklahoma favourite.
The passport stamps the Pistoleros have picked up to date are so many and varied it’s impossible to predict a limit on where they may take ‘flamenco glam’ next, on issuing a new album later in the year. In the meantime, the forthcoming anthology out on ****** ***** Records, should be regarded as much as a primer for new Pistoleros converts as a memento collection for the established following. Tangling Spanish and English tongues through a dizzyingly array of sounds, ‘The Greatest Flamnco Glam Sleaze band ever!!'…’ encapsulates the energy, excitement and explosive collisions of unlikely influences which make the Pistoleros so captivating.
A brand new album is in the works!!!