TIJUANA Cartel (pictured) have hit the highway at full speed and have no intentions of slowing down. The Gold Coast quartet released their third album, M1 last year, and after hitting the road for a lightningfast, 32-date national tour, the band is ready to swap cars for planes and embark on its first international tour. Band member Paul George says he has developed a love-hate relationship with being on the road. ‘‘It’s so much fun. But sharing rooms with four other guys can take its toll,’’ he says. ‘‘After having five weeks off we are itching to play more shows.’’ The band have just released a new psychedelic single Offer Yourself, and have already got to work on a new album. Recording at Springbrook Mountain, George says it’s nice to be isolated from other distractions. ‘‘We plan to release it later this year, we need to ride M1 a bit longer first,’’ he says. ‘‘We have learnt so much from the last record, and have energy to keep writing and get a head start.’’ Tijuana Cartel’s gig at The Soundlounge this weekend is a farewell show before they head overseas. George says his home ground presents the perfect opportunity to try new things. ‘‘People will be blown away. We try to do something different every tour – this time we have a Middle Eastern percussionist and a trumpet player,’’ he says. ‘‘When we head overseas for the tour we’re starting at the bottom – it will be about proving ourselves and trying to get a fanbase.’’ Set to play Burning Man Festival, in Black Rock Desert, in northern Nevada, US, George says the festival has been on the band’s to-do list for years. He says they have no expectations for the week-long event. ‘‘I guess we will run around for days in the desert, it will be a crazy vibe,’’ he says. Tijuana Cartel will return to home soil in time to play Splendour in the Grass. ‘‘We played two years ago, it’s our favourite festival. We’re on the main stage on Saturday at 5pm which is good. Backstage will be a cool place to be.’’
Tijuana Cartel, Deya Dova and Pigeon play The Soundlounge, Currumbin RSL tomorrow.