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When I say this song was going to be featured on this past weekend's Loudwire Weekend, I immediately had to see what's up.

The song is "Ramon Ayala" by Giovannie & The Hired Guns. The track is perfect. It has that late 90s/early 2000s vibe. It's like Nirvana meets Sugar Ray meets Everclear meets Everlast. It's grunge, but acoustic, rock but pop, hopeful and sad.

The topic of the song is pretty cool, too. They are indeed talking about Norteno superstar Ramon Ayala and how the characters in the song still like to hear his music when they get drunk. In the third verse, he substitutes Selena for Ramon, and that's pretty cool, too. Let's not forget how he leads into that reference with "I'm just an ordinary f*** up, there's nothin' special about me," which is something that most of us can relate to.

I can't remember the last time I heard a song and listened to it a dozen times back to back. It gets better, as I was typing this I was pulling up other songs from the band and they're all good. There is something really solid happening here.

Giovannie and the band are out of Stephensville, Texas (with Giovannie originally from Mineral Wells). Giovannie's lyrics make him sound like a Hispanic Kurt Cobain, but there's something just a little more hopeful here. If there is any justice in the world, Giovannie and the Hired Guns will be the next big thing.

(Fun fact: Apparently that band was in town at the beginning of November but few of us had any idea who they were).

***Warning: the video is a little risque!***


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