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‘Cigarettes After Sex’ brings back love to El Paso

Annabella Mireles
Cigarettes After Sex is categorized as an American dream pop band which was formed in El Paso, Texas in 2008.

Fans screamed across the Don Haskins Center Oct. 11 after black and white lights shined across the stage. Lead singer of Cigarettes After Sex Greg Gonzalez, stepped foot in his hometown again. Many of the band’s fans have been lifelong listeners and sold out this particular show. 

Without an opener, the band started their show at 8 p.m. which created a quick entrance to their first song “Crush.” Gonzalez was born and raised in El Paso and formed his band Cigarettes After Sex in 2008. 

“It’s a very deep dream to be back in my hometown,” Gonzalez said. 

He dedicated their cover of “Neon Moon” by Brooks and Dunn to the Sun City as it reminds him of El Paso. Flashlights shone across the stadium as he performed the beautiful song. 

Destiny Montreal is one of the many dedicated fans who attended the concert. 

“I mean their music, it holds a special place in my heart,” Montreal said. “They’ve got me through a lot of stuff. It’s pretty cool that he (Greg Gonzalez) is from (here). So, I think it’s kind of a little connection, like a more personal show.” 

Many of the band’s fans found interest of the singer going back to his roots. Anahi Hawkes was fond of the appearance of Greg Gonzalez. 

“I’ve been listening to them for a long time, probably since 2016, 2017,” Hawkes said. “I think it’s nice that he’s representing our city and I hope we get something special.” 

Throughout the songs performed, the band created a sensual and loving energy that spread across the audience. From couples holding on to one another singing “Sweet” to the friends screaming about the next big hit the band played. 

Though the main colors black and white were used, the visual dynamic between the band with the lights focusing on one member was a creative way to shine the light on their talents besides just music. 

The artistic talent and storytelling throughout the lyrics and visuals of the show tell a tale of love and heartbreak. 

After the concert fans were still in awe of what was performed before them. 

Cielo Martinez enjoyed her experience at the concert but hoped for more crowd interaction. 

“It was a great experience,” Martinez said. “I kind of hoped that, (and this) goes as far as every other artist, I hoped that they interacted more with the crowd, but I had a nice time tonight.” 

Ending the night, the members said their goodbyes. The black and white silhouettes disappeared, and the lights turned back on. The crowd left the stadium feeling the same emotions as everyone who attended.  

Having musicians from El Paso come back to their hometown and share their creations and love for their hometown is what Gonzalez accomplished at the Don Haskins Center. Here’s to more artists who come and share the same love for the Sun City. 

Avery Escamilla-Wendell is the multimedia editor and may be reached at [email protected] or Instagram @by_avery_escamilla   

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About the Contributors
Avery Escamilla-Wendell
Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Arts & Culture Editor
Annabella Mireles
Annabella Mireles, Photo Editor
Annabella Mireles is a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso majoring in digital media production and minoring in film. She is the photo editor at the Prospector newspaper and Minero magazine as well as owning her own photography business. She plans on pursuing photography full time.
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