Picture a dusty western landscape. It’s dark out, and a desperate-looking woman is standing along a desolate stretch of road, trying to escape the trail of heartbreak and disaster she caused.
That not-so-sunny topic is the basis of The Last Bandoleros’ haunting “I Don’t Want to Know,” which is premiering right here at Nash Country Weekly. The trio, comprised of Diego Navaira (a son of Tejano star Emilio Navaira), Jerry Fuentes and Derek James, seamlessly weaves in Diego and Jerry’s San Antonio, Texas roots for a little mariachi flavor. Each band member takes a verse, and the choruses expand with harmonies and an intricate counter melody.
“I think Diego was the one who thought of [that],” Jerry explains. “When it came to vocally finding that, it’s like what we usually do when we’re writing, is we see who sounds good doing what, and we all write harmonies and stuff that we think is cool. When you have enough voices in the band, it’s pretty awesome that we can create that soundscape.”
“I Don’t Want to Know,” which follow’s the group’s breakout, “Where Do You Go,” has a decidedly foreboding atmosphere to it. They’re telling the story of a woman who has made some poor choices, and it doesn’t particularly sound like it’s going to end well.
“We’re big fans of the [HBO] show True Detective and we had this idea of trying to write a song [with] the whole western thing, the tumbleweeds going, some sort of dark, mysterious—like it should belong in an episode,” Jerry says. “We all looked at each other like, ‘Why don’t we try to write a song like that about this broken angel of a girl that’s up to no good, even though it’s almost like she can’t really even help it?’”
“I thought we were writing for Sons of Anarchy,” quips Diego. Either way, that doesn’t bode well for the central character.
The Last Bandoleros have shared bills with like-minded band The Mavericks and have several dates scheduled for this summer. Their full-length album is tentatively slated for a fall release, and their self-titled EP is available for purchase on iTunes.