Music is a starting point for Hermanos Gutiérrez

Hermanos Gutiérrez are touring Santa Fe in support of their new album “El Bueno Y El Malo”. (Courtesy of Larry Niehues)

Alejandro and Estevan Gutiérrez know the next step that everyone will take when it comes to music.

Being brothers is a plus when it comes to music composition.

It’s also great for the couple to have each other on tour.

“We were in Nashville earlier and now we’re in Los Angeles enjoying our release day,” says Estevan Gutiérrez.

The duo released “El Bueno Y El Malo” and is currently on tour ending Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Santa Fe at the New Mexico Museum of Art’s St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Ave. stops. Nov 20

El Bueno Y El Malo took about a year to make — and it’s been an epic journey, say the duo.

The brothers worked with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach at his Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

They made 10 compositions for the album.

“We have such different personalities and such different approaches,” says Alejandro Gutiérrez, “but in the end we have a strong balance. Because we’re brothers and we love each other, there’s always that connection.”

The album’s title is a nod to Sergio Leone’s legendary 1966 spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and most notably its Ennio Morricone soundtrack.

“We think everyone has a good side and a bad side,” says Estevan Gutiérrez. “It’s about every person, every moment, every situation. Everyone has these two faces.”

The sons of a Swiss father and Ecuadorian mother, Hermanos Gutiérrez have only been playing together for a few years, but music has always been a connecting factor for them.

“I started playing the guitar because of my brother,” says Alejandro Gutiérrez. “He was always playing, and I loved the sound of it. Then he went to Ecuador for a year and as an expression of my missedness I also started to play the guitar. I learned by trying to imitate other songs, but quickly realized that I didn’t like playing covers. I wanted to play my own music.”

Estevan Gutiérrez is looking forward to performing in Santa Fe for the first time.

He says the brothers traveled to the area about three years ago.

“We were there and it was a dream for us,” says Estevan Gutiérrez. “We imagined playing there back then. We went to Taos and visited a friend who is from Jemez Pueblo. The whole landscape is beautiful and the whole federal state is special and inspiring for us.”

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