Simply, there isn’t another band doing what they do. Having spent the last decade mixing in influences that haven’t been fused in the past, their penchant is for Middle Eastern scales, beats that get a floor moving and a general Psychedelic approach in song structure and ethos. Not married to one genre or another, they happily change direction in search of new flavors and inspiration, whenever the moment takes them there.
If Carlos Santana had been hanging out in Iraq for the last 10 years then he would have to sound something like the Gold Coast Band Tijuana Cartel. Their musical energy and unrestrained delivery is thrilling audiences wherever they perform. Their live performances are a concoction of multi-layered grooves, splashes of Middle Eastern vocals, lilting Moby-esque soundscapes, Flamenco and slide guitar, electronic world beats and live percussion all randomly supported by poetic social commentary and song.