After two albums on the Valory Music Co., part of the Big Machine Label Group, the Mavericks have announced the creation of their own independent label: Mono Mundo Recordings. For the venture’s first release, the band will drop All Night Live, Volume 1, in October. The live record will be distributed by Nashville media company Thirty Tigers, with a new studio album expected next year.
All Night Live, Volume 1, captures the Mavericks’ heralded live shows, a mix of country, rock and Cuban sounds that, for better or worse, have made the group impossible to categorize. Guitarist Eddie Perez told Rolling Stone Country last year that they’re actually a dance band.
“If you define this band as a country band, then that’s a whole different thing. Especially when it comes to radio. But if you define this band as a pop-dance band, which most of our fans do. . .,” Perez says. “That’s the common theme. When people who come to our shows can’t do their thing, which is get up out of their chairs and dance, it becomes an issue.”
The new label and albums continue to represent the Mavericks’ renaissance. After a nearly decade-long hiatus, the group, founded by singer Raul Malo and drummer Paul Deakin in Miami in the Nineties, reunited in 2012 for the album In Time. In 2015, the band released Mono (their last studio record for the Valory Music Co.) without longtime member Robert Reynolds, who was dismissed from the group in 2014 for drug addiction.