Posted by Danielle Millea.
Reviewed on 22nd November 2006.
Live at Leeds Metropolitan University on Monday, 20th November 2006
The duo of Rodrigo Y Gabriela have wowed crowds at Glastonbury and Womad with their amazing guitar skills. Dressed down in jeans and brown t-shirts (not matching, Gabriela's is a South Park one) the gorgeous couple do not sing any part of the songs, which seem to be mainly improvised with no set list and a bit of (nod, wink) communication.
There is some in between song story telling, mainly from Gabriela, which does not fit into the style of music (getting pissed on a beach instead of recording an album and other tour tales). Surprisingly we find that the pair's favourite descriptive word out of their broken but understandable English is the mighty "fucking" (I counted at least 32 occurrences), and to accompany the stories there are many devils horns, which appear quite strange at first, but the more you listen to them the more you warm to them and the dips into metal tendencies. And they call the Leeds crowd the craziest one from the tour!
Back to the music; Gabriela wriggles her wrist constantly causing every guitar string to produce rambling rhythms whilst Rodrigo picks and plucks his guitar for mind-boggling melodies. The lack of vocals is unnoticed as the sounds produced by these two are mesmerising.
And then there are the Metallica riffs. It is apparent from their stage persona that they are big fans (both originally started in Mexican Metal band Tierra Acida), even without the clobber (don't want to overdo it with black eyeliner). The harmonies for 'One' and other Metallica hits bring some singing from the crowd, as does the cover of 'The Wall' by Pink Floyd.