Five years ago Rodrigo y Gabriela was set to play at Hoyt Sherman Place, but ended up canceling its entire tour due to Gabriela Quintero suffering injuries to her hand and arm. Des Moines fans will finally get to see the Mexican acoustic duo Thursday night at Hoyt Sherman.
The group has an interesting sound. Quintero and Rodrigo Sanchez grew up playing in metal bands in Mexico before moving to Dublin, Ireland, to play flamenco and classical guitar for eight years. To this day the duo works in songs by Radiohead, Black Sabbath, Metallica and others alongside their own compositions.
For Rodrigo y Gabriela's 2014 album, "9 Dead Alive," the duo started moving more toward a more rock-inspired, less traditional sound.
"We decided not to base on the songs on Latin melodies," Sanchez said during a phone interview. "We always mixed the Latin melodies with rock, but on this one we based the sound more on rockers. For us, it was a different thing."
But they aren't making any changes to past songs, so fans of Rodrigo y Gabriela's first four albums won't hear metalized versions of the group's classic songs.
"What has been done has been done and we're not going to change that. People like it," Sanchez said. "This is just for us to expand and have different ideas. We have two guitars and like to experiment, but it's very hard to squeeze more out for these songs. We're not going to change old material, because that's how people got to know us and it's what they like."
For the record, when asked about Iowa's Slipknot, Sanchez named 2004's "Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)" as his favorite album by the band. He said "Duality" is on his jogging playlist.
Rodrigo y Gabriela hasn't started working on a follow up to "9 Dead Alive," but they are regularly recording for other.
"We are working a lot of projects, we have a lot of collaborations going on," Sanchez said. "Some of them are established and popular and some are not. They come from different genres of music. We are recording pretty much all the time on the road, just sending files to these musicians. It's good to keep working and when we finish the tracking for all these projects we'll see what we come up with."
Rodrigo y Gabriela
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave.