Deep in the heart of South Texas, there lives a band that does something not many punk rock bands do anymore Play punk rock music.
But The Stout City Luchadores aren't just any band. To understand the band, you have to understand the culture and heritage they carry with them onstage. In Mexico, masked wrestlers known as Luchadores are much more than the bingo hall wrestlers you see in small halls throughout the U.S. In Mexico, these athletes carry the pride and reputation of their neighborhoods with them. Their masks become more than just something that covers the luchadores face. It represents his duality, it frees him in the ring, and it becomes a symbol to the people in his neighborhood.
The Stout City Luchadores made their debut in a South Texas bar on May 5 2005 (a Mexican holiday) with the same purpose in mind. Lead singer Tim Oi started the band with the idea that there was something very wrong with the way underground music was headed. In theatrical wrestling, the bad guys were always obvious, and to him, the bad guys were obvious in the real world too. With the idea that his masked group of players could become the heroes of a genre that was almost dead, Tim and company donned masks and set a blazing trail in Texas with nothing but broken bottles and guitar strings in their wake.
In 2008 following a rough stint with reality tv, the band went on a hiatus. In 2011, the luchadores reformed with a slight line-up change. Along with the line-up change the band decided to throw caution to the wind, neglect all forms of commercial influences and play the music that originally influenced them.
When you hear the bands music, you hear more than generic rock and roll that fills other peoples playlists. You will hear the chronicles of a punk rock band on the road, who has made friends and set the record straight on life for the indie rock scene, all told through catchy sing a longs and power chords. They have played huge stages and small barns, and always with the same idea in mind. The battles are no longer in the ring. They are against the cover bands that plaque the bars and the shady promoters, against the politicians and bigger businesses. But on the stage no one can touch them, they play their songs with all the power they can muster, and they carry the pride of their city with them.