INTERVIEW: The Mavericks at Plymouth Pavilions
WHEN genre-defying US band The Mavericks split up in 2004 it seemed likely they would never reunite.
But the band that emerged from Miami's indie scene in the early Nineties – mixing Johnny Cash country with Mexican horns and Cuban rhythms – found themselves back sharing festival stages in 2012.
Best known in the UK for their classic party tune, Dance The Night Away, it was later that year they were offered a record deal with Big Machine Records, then early in 2013 they released their reunion album, In Time.
Complete with requisite Mavericks' ingredients, namely mariachi flourishes and spaghetti western riffs, it delivers some big tunes, sung by main man Raul Malo in that fabulous trademark Orbison-esque voice.
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From the album, it was lilting Latino track Back In Your Arms Again which was released as a single and became a Radio 2 staple over here for weeks.
Speaking to What's On, Raul is delighted at the way things have panned out.
"It is really great to be back," he enthuses.
"It's even more special this time. We're enjoying it more, and we're even more relaxed and inspired to make music.
"Originally we got back together to tour and do the old hits. But we all felt like we still have some music left."
After the Mavericks' break-up, Raul went on to further his career as a solo artist.
"The writing process was not that different," he says.
"The solo records have been a bit of a musical journey for me and the time apart gave me some perspective on the band.
"But there were times when I was making a solo record and I thought 'man, that sounds like a Mavericks song'."
It was as if he had to distance himself from the Mavericks and go the solo route in order to appreciate fully just how good the band was.
Looking back he says it's not about the gongs.
"We have won plenty of awards to be proud of," says Raul, "and although Grammys especially are an honour, awards don't define the Mavericks.
"In fact I'd say that my proudest achievement is the fact that ten years after breaking up we came back to make a record – and the fans are still there!"
The fans will be out in force when The Mavericks play Plymouth Pavilions on Thursday, July 25.
Listen out for tracks from the new album as well as US mega hit, All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down, country hits What A Thrill, There Goes My Heart and Bruce Springsteen cover All That Heaven Will Allow, plus many more besides.