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radio pachuco (At Brewhemia)

Updated: Jul 30, 2019

An Edinburgh-based swing band that plays swing and rock classics, as well as your favourite nineties and naughties songs in a danceable retro style.


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“If you love jazz and swing, and dancing along, and sipping on a gin and tonic as you sway, this is your go-to band. Even though you're at a Scottish pub, you can pretend you're back in time in America hanging out with bootlegging gangsters.”

If you're looking for something to do on a Friday, look no further than going out to listen to Radio Pachuco, an Edinburgh-based swing band that makes you feel like life is a party. A party, specifically, that's happening in the roaring twenties. If you love jazz and swing, and dancing along, and sipping on a gin and tonic as you sway, this is your go-to band. Even though you're at a Scottish pub, you can pretend you're back in time in America hanging out with bootlegging gangsters. I went out to Brewhemia one Friday night to listen to them for the first time, and they played old classics as well as naughties tunes in a swingy style. Everyone was dancing, and singing along, celebrating life.


Radio Pachuco formed in 2011 to play for a cabaret performance, and after that gig, they decided to keep playing together, performing blues and funk tunes. When Sophie, the singer, joined a year later, they added in more swing and 1940s music, which gave the band their current sound. Upon realising that audiences felt nostalgia for 1990s music instead of 1940s music, the band took inspiration from bands like Postmodern Jukebox and changed up their playlist.


"We started adding in tunes we loved from school but in the style of a time long gone by," Sophie explained to me. "Now when we choose music, it’s generally things that make us laugh, remind us of our teenage years, or we just really feel would work with a vintage make over!" Sophie also added that, "As musicians we definitely have our own individual idols...Ella Fitzgerald is definitely my singing aspiration."


When I asked Sophie what Friday meant to her, she said "getting together with friends and making music!" Which is no surprise, considering that Edinburgh's a great place to make music "because there are always new venues appearing and new places to play. There are also a lot of swing dance societies so it’s a great place to find lovers of 1940s and 50s music."


Check out Radio Pachuco's website at http://www.radiopachuco.co.uk/ .

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