The Pistoleros started out as Mill Avenue mainstays, The Chimeras. The legendary Doug Hopkins – formerly of the Gin Blossoms – formed the group with Mark and Lawrence Zubia, Scott Andrews and Mark Riggs. The Chimeras quickly exploded on the local scene, but Riggs and Hopkins departed the group soon after.
Ultimately, Thomas Laufenberg and Gary Smith replaced Hopkins and Riggs and the crew forged onward landing a major label deals with Hollywood Records and EMI Publishing. Changing its moniker to The Pistoleros, the group released its Hollywood effort, “Hang on to Nothing”, which included “My Guardian Angel”, written by Hopkins and Mark Zubia. “Hang on to Nothing” also featured songwriting collaborations with The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris and Mark Perlman, Radney Foster and The Smithereens’ Pat DiNizio.
The Pistoleros furthered their recorded legacy with a self-titled effort which included co-writes with Jesse Valenzuela of the Gin Blossoms and producer Marty Frederickson.
In 2002, the band marked its 10th anniversary with the concert collection “Bars and Guitars”. In 2012, to celebrate 20 years together, they re-released their first recording, “Mistaken for Granted”.
Pistoleros signed with Fervor Records in 2014 and released “Shine” in 2015.
Tracks from “Shine” were picked up by CBS, TNT, MTV, FOX, FOX Sports, E Entertainment, CW and Syfy.
In early 2017, Mark Riggs returned to the band and the group headed into the studio to record a second release for Fervor.