The Mavericks live up to their moniker by not caring a lick about what’s happening in the country music world. Music City continues to ride the ‘Bro-Country’ wave, while the Mavericks thumb their nose at convention and trends.
“Mono,” the band’s latest studio effort, is a country album mixed with soul, rock and wit, along with strong melodies. In-between studio projects, the Mavericks recently released, “All Night Live: Vol. 1.”
“We don’t care that a double live album isn’t what the masses are looking for right now,” guitarist Eddie Perez says while calling from his Nashville home. “We’re doing what we want to do. Not only did we decide to go with the double live album, we went all out focusing on the cover and the whole package. It made me nostalgic. I thought back to my childhood when Kiss put out live albums. Live albums are fun. But this is what you get to do when you do it yourself.”
“All Night Live” is the first release by the band’s label, Monomundo. Their next release should drop in early 2017.
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“The new collection of songs is inspired by all of the craziness of today,” Perez says. “How can you not be inspired by what’s happening right now?”
Perez and his bandmates, vocalist-guitarist-songwriter Raul Malo, keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden and drummer Paul Deakin, will preview the fresh material and dig into the Mavericks deep canon when the act performs Friday at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.
“We’re going to hit the fans with everything and just have a good time like we always do,” Perez says. “We will go all out. I play the same way that I did when I was a kid, back when you played a show for $20 and a Coke. We’re not youngsters anymore but I think we all play like we did when we were kids. I still feel like I’m 13 when I was playing guitar to Chuck Berry songs or Kiss songs. We’re all like that, and the cool thing is that we’re in one of the most creative times ever.”
Part of the reason the Mavericks, which formed in 1989, are on a creative roll is their camaraderie. “We still hang out with each other when we’re not making music or on the road, and I think that matters,” Perez says. “We really enjoy each other’s company and that means a lot. And the other thing is that we’re all old school.”
Perez and his bandmates all collect vinyl, avoid studio gimmicks and hit fans with raucous, visceral shows.
“That’s what we all grew up on,” Perez says. “When you see us, we’re going to hit you as hard as we can. When we put out an album, it’s not just about the music. We try to offer some eye candy and have fun.”
The Mavericks went on hiatus from 2004 to 2012, and appreciate what the act has after taking that break.
“We know that this band is a precious thing,” Perez says. “We all have other stuff going on. I have two children and when I get home, there is so much to deal with. There’s other things you have going on in your career, but there’s nothing like this band. We do what we want. We don’t care about what’s happening out there. We just want to make the best music that we can. We’re thankful for each other. We know it wouldn’t work if anybody in this band wasn’t part of this.”
Who: The Mavericks
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham