Remember Eduardo Fajardo?  His band was The Executive Lifepopolio was at their debut show back in January which featured guest musician Arthur Yoria.  See the popolio pic-olios for that show here, here, and here.   They also did a pop quiz for us in April here.

Well, alas, The Executive Life is no more.  But, don’t shed too many a tear, Señor Fajardo has teamed up with Señor Yoria and these two Colombianos are now Monoceja.  They have a show next Wednesday right here in downtown ATX’s Beso Cantina.  Click the flyer to go to the so fresh, so clean Monocejo MySpace Page.  

MNCO flyer

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telThese guys were featured not too long ago in the very first popolio show pic-olio.  Actually, I reviewed their very first official show here in Austin.  Check out the pics and the review here.  I’ll say this, they’re definitely bringing something a little different to the popolio pop quiz.  There’s definitely some testosterone and punk attitude up in here.

Name:  THE EXECUTIVE LIFE
Genre:   INDIE-POST-PUNK-PROGRESSIVE-GRIND-NOISE-POWER-CORE-EDGE-ICANA 
Latest Release:  Pick Your Poison EP (SELF-RELEASED)
Release Date:   WHEN UR SISTER’S COMING OVER

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? UNDERSTREAM
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)??? MAINTAIN ARTISTIC MONEY
3. Studio or Stage? STAGE=SEX…STUDIO=BONDAGE
4. Spirituality or Hedonism? YES
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? FUCK IN THE ASS

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is mydanger:   girlfriend./travy:  anti-drug./gmoney:   bitch./nova:  escape./mr. edo:  everything.
7. I’m musically inspired by METAL, ALL THE TIME.
8. My favorite old school joint is by MARVIN GAYE.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be NAKED ALL THE TIME.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to _______, _______, and _______……….SHUT UP…IT’S FUCKING PERFECT AS IT IS

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  I’M A TERRIBLE WAITER.
12. I want my fans to:  MOSTLY TAKE THEIR SHIRTS OFF.
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  CMON….TOOO EZZZZZZ!!!!!!! 
14. Wild Card!  WE LIKE EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL IN OUR TOSSED SALAD.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  BROWN SUGAR O.D. IN AN AIRPLANE CRASH FLIP WITH MY UNDERAGE COUSIN.
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Check out “People With Weapons” from their forthcoming EP, Pick Your Poison.  Go to The Executive Life Official MySpace Page to hear more.

The Executive Life’s favorite old school joint!

So, I left the headliners for last.  They are known as The Executive Life.  Lead by Eduardo Fajardo, they’re an indie post-punk rock outfit.  I could tell they were genre-based but there were 2 to 3 stand-outs songs.  That is, I’ve heard what they were doing before, but they do it well and had a couple of more-than-just-good/quality songs.

What was interesting was that the 3 acts were of different genres.  What was the connection?  A Latin connection — believe it or not.  Jeder is what I like to call American-Columbian.  Not really a concept in the world; just my own.  American girl raised in Latin country.  Inverse of me being Panamanian-American.  Her Spanish is beautiful.  Arthur Yoria is Columbian.  And, so is Eduardo Fajardo.  

Jeder and Arthur threw in some Spanish; The Executive Life did not.  But, it was still a Latin show to me by all rights because Fajardo is Latin.  It was nice to attend a music show by Latin folks that was genre-busting.  A nice turn on its ear of what Latin music can be. 

Don’t get me wrong.  I like salsa and merengue like the next person; I grew up with my dad playing those records (literally, records) in my house.  Loudly.  My point is that I’m not less proud to be Latino because I prefer pop/hip-hop/R&B.  We’re multidimensional and come in different shades as clichéd as it sounds.  But, I digress.

You’d think it’d be jarring — the different styles.  But, it wasn’t at all.  It flowed quite nicely.  Arthur’s funky vocal-guitar audio experiment was a nice connect between Jeder’s soulful Spanglish folk and The Executive Life’s melodic indie rock.  Jeder set it off right, Yoria kept it going, and The Executive Life brought it down.  I like all 3 styles of music and all 3 acts were good performers with good music, so it didn’t bother me. 

I heard some complaints about the sound not being the best; but the talent outshone the technical difficulities for me.  Besides, it wasn’t their fault.  And, it wasn’t so bad you wanted to get up, leave, and ask for your money back.  If I had to use my scale for reviewing singles, I’d give this show a “featured soloist” rating of 4 musical notes.

The Executive Life MySpace Page

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The band.

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Justin Nova, guitars.

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G-Money, bass (no close-up).

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Waynie Danger, keys.

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Rapper Avery joined The Executive Life for a rock/hip hop number.

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Eduardo Fajardo, vocals/guitar and Travy Baby, drums with Nova.