Jerry and the Mexicats came together via unusual circumstance. British singer and trumpet player Jenny Ball, a born performer, began playing music at age seven. At eighteen, she was touring Spain as part of an orchestra when she met bassist Luis Diaz. Staying in touch, they had grand musical dreams but no plans. Two years later, Jenny decided to move to Spain on a whim, although she spoke not one word of Spanish and still didn't have a plan.
Hooking up with flamenco guitarist Alfonso Acosta who had been in a rockability band with Icho, the threesome recruited famous cajon player David Gonzalez, a friend of Icho's for percussion. The Mexicats knew they had something very special on their hands. Rehearsing for two months, their first gig was at a small annual festival in the United Kingdom, which resulted in a big buzz on this "coll band that played a crazy hybrid of seriously danceable Latin pop."