Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
"Their marvelously rambunctious gigs usually wind up as street parties outside the venue." —The Village Voice
Fronted by Ani Cordero and her nail-it-to-the-back-wall voice, Cordero can set the scene for a golden, reverby, south of the border sunset or an ill-conceived encounter with a stranger in the back booth of a dimly lit bar. This potent mix will have you snake-charmed with it's sassy sensibilities and romantic flair.
Cordero's submission of the song "Close Your House Down" to Bloodshot Records 11 Year anniversary compilation CD, For A Decade of Sin, so floored us that we gathered them up and begged to release their next album. This powerful, Brooklyn-based quintet (horns, re-verby guitars and a drummer that defies you to NOT get out of the chair and shake it) is equally at home amongst the New York art rock scene or the vibrant Rock en Espanol movement, pegging both with heaping amounts of sassy spontaneity and sexy Latin styling. Cordero's sound and aesthetic has nothing less than an undeniable romantic flair.
Before stepping to the front of the stage and settling down in Brooklyn with hubby Chris Verene (formerly of Rock*A*Teens), Ani played drums in the much acclaimed surf outfit, Man or Astroman?. Cordero has toured and recorded with a winding cast of notable characters, including Calexico (the fruit of a recorded, but never released collaborative album). They've also supported Neko Case on her 2004 Tiger Sessions Tour and have shared bills with everyone from Los Lobos to Rosie Thomas and Lucero.
"Mixing the open atmospherics of the Southwest with the gritty feel of the Brooklyn art scene, the bilingual Ani Cordero, who has worked with Calexico and Giant Sand and her band make guitar rock that gives urban brashness some borderland mystery." —The New York Times
"...You'll be dancing before you realize it." —Fader Magazine
"...downright gorgeous Latin-tinged indie-rock. (Ani) sings like an angel crying into her drink. The band can surround and buoy her vocals with exquisite grace..." —The Chicago Reader
"Cordero is another favorite of our local bands. Led by Ani Cordero the band has grown in leaps and bounds since its early demos adding some muscle to its sound without taking away from its inherent fragility. A recent Cordero show at Mercury Lounge was so irresistibly good that any conversation about the New York 'scene' must now include this dusty gem of a band." —Time Out New York
"Close Your House Down" on For A Decade of Sin
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