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Monday, December 2, 2013

Spanish Indie 17: suggesting the best national acts

Time for more of the best bands coming from Spain, enjoy!

Santa Rita. Formed in 2008, this all-female quartet hailing from Barcelona started their career by playing a lot live, including a slot at Primavera Sound Festival, or supporting Juliette Lewis. In early 2011, they released their debut S/T EP and, after a change in their line-up, in March 2013 came out "High On the Seas", first album on Aloud Music. Nine fire-powered pills of indie-rock, channeling the 90s spirit, fierce, passionate, cohesive and fuelled by rousing guitars and a tone of attitude. A lot of promise from a real band offering a heavyweight debut
Puzzles y Dragones. Discos de Kirlian again, they're on a pluperfect pop roll. Daniel de la Mancha (Autofans, Atrapado en el Tiempo, El Diablo Adolescente) gathered with three members of Alborotador Gomasio, and after seven months of devoted recording, here comes their debut 7" EP "Somos Puzzles y Dragones". Four tunes (five on its digital version), some reworks from Dani's previous bands and some new, this is a haunting little collection of indiepop gems in the vein of the best British pop from the 90s. Songs so good that seem to have been waiting for you for decades, ready to embrace and never let you go.
Wild BalbinaComing from Vigo, the trio formed in 2010 when Antía Figueiras and Marta González decided to move on from their initial covers combo to a real band after recruiting V. Zapata. A lot of local exposure live followed until 2012, with their only release to date, the EP "Eat Tacos", out on Elefant Records. Self-defined as wild teen-punk-surf, the four tunes are a stunning blend of styles recalling bands like Bleached, Veronica Falls, Helen Love or The Shop Assistants. Besides their killer songs, the link with the riot grrrl movement is obvious, as they also run the feminist-cultural fanzine Typical Girls, offering another reason to keep this name on your agendas. More soon please!  

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