Hanging On to Something

Older, wiser Pistoleros are no longer defined by rock 'n' roll, but they're still committed to it

Then there is the Zubia brothers' Mexican-American heritage, which, from the viewpoint of a record company, swings well with the country's current appetite for all things Latino.

As a songwriting duo, the Zubias have carved themselves a niche. Whether it will ever pay off is anyone's guess. "Niche just means that we won't be successful," laughs Mark.

"My brother and I are not pop songwriters in your normal sense of the word. I mean, we have pop leanings, but I don't think we are going to write you a song that has all these blatant pop hooks."

The Pistoleros: From left, Mark Zubia, Scott Andrews, Lawrence Zubia, Thomas Laufenberg and Gary Smith.
Paolo Vescia
The Pistoleros: From left, Mark Zubia, Scott Andrews, Lawrence Zubia, Thomas Laufenberg and Gary Smith.

So the way he sees it, his confidence in rock 'n' roll as a career choice is infused with heavy doses of reality.

"I hope to just break even with this new record."

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