Alternative-Latino band MEZKLAH's scintillating track "Fogata" will be featured in new film Pride and Glory, starring Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight, in theaters October 24. The cumbia-infused dance track will also appear in a 2008 update on Mezklah's upcoming genre-blending EP Bestia Sonika, also due next month, with a promo date on November 7 at Tangier in Los Angeles.
Pride and Glory is a crime drama centered around character Ray Tierney, played by Norton, a member of a multi-generational Irish-American police family in New York City. When he investigates a case that involves his brother-in-law Jimmy Egan (Farrell), Tierney has to choose between his loyalty to his family and his loyalty to the NYPD. The film is cowritten and directed by Gavin O'Connor (Miracle).
"Chango Ara??a" appears on Mezklah's Bestia Sonika, also slated for an October release. This four-track EP showcases the band's enhanced sound with tinges of dub-reggae style production and exhilarating genre-blending, with strains of cumbia, reggae, hip-hop and rock. Guitarist Greg Hernandez says, "We've always blended the organic side and the electronic side in our music, but now, with the new members, we feel free to go in a completely organic direction if we want to." The disc was produced by Cesar Mejia (Brian Eno, Herbie Hancock) at Shelter Staff Studios in Los Angeles.
Mezklah has an international reputation as one of the few groups making a case that "there's more to Latin music than those endless mariachis in cheesy sombreros that infest Sabado Gigante," (Ink 19 Magazine) with notable critical acclaim for their debut album SpiderMonkey. They recently completed yet another round of globe-trotting, playing gigs in Oaxaca, Mexico and the Tokyo Music Festival along the way. During their travels, the band has played to a crowd of 20,000 at Mexico City's La Feria del Libro festival, played the first ever rock en espa??ol concert in Memphis, Tennessee and opened for such acts as Ozomatli, Kinky, Maldita Vencidad and Antibalas.