Today, Giovannie and The Hired Guns share the music video for their latest single “Overrated,” ahead of their new album Tejano Punk Boyz releasing tomorrow, October 28 via Warner Music Nashville. Capping off a banner year for the Texas group, the irreverent music video brings to life all of the characters featured on the album cover and ties together the stories in the band’s previous videos for singles “I Don’t Mind,” “Can’t Answer Why,” “Calling You Tonight” and their smash hit “Ramon Ayala.” Frontman Giovannie Yanez recently sat down for an in-depth conversation with Rolling Stone, who shared the video this morning.
“This strange and weird video is the perfect way to launch our album,” explains Yanez. “It’s the culmination of an idea we had about meeting adversity, facing your demons/enemies, and conquering life with a pack of ride or die friends. It pretty much sums up how we feel as a band…with some bank robberies, raunchy sex, and magic powers thrown. We are on a wild mission to rock the world and this video is a story about how we are going to win no matter the obstacles or distractions.”
Giovannie and The Hired Guns ascended to new heights this year when their smash hit “Ramon Ayala” climbed to #1 on the Active Rock Radio Chart and the Alternative Radio Chart, marking the first time in over 15 years that an artist’s first career-charting radio single reached the top spot on both tallies. Fueled by the enormous success they achieved as an entirely independent act, the band recently inked a deal with Warner Music Nashville in a partnership with Warner Music and Warner Music Latina to release their third studio album, Tejano Punk Boyz. The anticipated new release cements their status as an essential force in redefining the possibilities of Texas music, with a gritty, culture-bending blend of free-wheeling rock and roll, down-home Texas country and the Norteño sounds of northern Mexico.
Giovannie and The Hired Guns is fronted by Mexican-American lead singer/guitarist Giovannie Yanez, with Carlos Villa and Jerrod Flusche on guitar, Milton Toles on drums and Alex Trejo on bass and tuba (yes, a rock and roll tuba). Named one of Amazon Music’s 2022 Artists to Watch, the band has spent much of this last year on the road, delivering an electrifying show that invariably leaves audiences sweat-drenched and ecstatic. As their following continues to grow far beyond the borders of their home state, Giovannie and The Hired Guns have found their sense of purpose ineffably deepened with each new release.
“To me making music is a godsend,” says Yanez. “So the fact that our songs might end up helping other people in some way just makes it all even sweeter.” He continues, “The goal for the live show is always to take people away for that hour and a half. Whatever problems they’re dealing with, whatever they’re going through or whatever’s happening in today’s world, we want them to forget all about it for those 90 minutes. If they want to get sad and cry, then I’ll cry with them. If they want to let loose and have fun, I’ll do that too. We just want to feel connected to everyone, because we truly are—we’re exactly the same as every single person out there in the crowd.”