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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

These Go to 11: interviewing Victoria Ford

After a really long hiatus, the interview series are back! And to begin with, one of our most beloved national discoveries, Victoria Ford, answers our questionnaireThese Go to 11! 

Southern musketeers battling for victory
Ireneo Díez, Rafa López & Antonio Tejada, Victoria Ford
Hailing from Alcalá de Guadaíra, Sevilla, they formed in 2007, initially as a trio, then a quartet and now a trio again. After many local gigs, first recognitions arrived in the form of the 12doce award and being listed as one of the emerging national bands in 2010. In 2013 they came out with their debut EP 'Victoria', and after more Festivals, a semifinalist place at Proyecto Demo, radio airplay, and the praise from the Blogosphere. now here's a follow-up in 'Montaña, Guía y Milagros', out this week. Alternative pop with pulse & punch, mystery & manners, solemn synths riding waves of mournful yet expansive laments with guitars bursting like fireworks and lyrics biting with depth. A most promising band you should check out right now. Here we go!

"Su - Per - Sexy - Girl..." admit you danced  that
1. First record that you bought (be honest)
Ire: Fundación Tony Manero 'Looking for la fiesta' in 2001. Incredible but true. There are hits on that album and I was just 10.
Rafa: Robbie Williams, 'Intensive Care' in 2005. Haven't heard it again since the day I bought it. Before streaming life was complicated.
Antonio: Franz Ferdinand, 'Franz Ferdinand' in 2004. From my point of view, is the record that best reflects the spirit of the band.

2. First and last concert you have attended (be honest too!)
Ire: First I don't remember, really. Sort of, I recall seeing my father singing Nino Bravo in a karaoke of Sevilla. He nailed it. Nueva Vulcano in Sevilla is the last concert I have attended.
Rafa: First concert was Vetusta Morla in 2008, before they became massive. Last concert was The New Raemon at Nocturama.
Antonio: 2011, Supersubmarina with Full in Sevilla. Didn't go much to concerts before, but now I go to 3 or 4 each month. I even write reviews for a web. There's a lot to see! Last concert was Julieta Venegas, also at Nocturama.

Folks, we have a winner on this question!
3. Guilty pleasure (song/band you shouldn’t like but you do, yes, it’s the embarrassing question)
Ire: ‘Entre tú y mil mares’ by Laura Pausini is a hit. I'm ashamed to admit it, but the chorus is a killer. Yes, the lyric is extremely cheesy, but melodically is very good.
Rafa: Take That. Boy band for fortyish.
Antonio: 'Ecos del rocío', folks. My father is a fan and a bit of me too. 

4. Most precious music item you own (collector mode on)
Ire: I'm not a music collector, honestly. But I have much affection for two things: The 'Alligator' vinyl. That album of The National is a wonder. And my copy of 'Heaven' signed by Mobius Band.
Rafa: There's some, but nothing really worth mentioning. My Telecasater is the only fetish that I have!
Antonio: Exactly the same for me. I have some records, but nothing remarkable. So I choose my amplifier. Ampeg is God.

5. Favorite lyrics (not yours)
Ire: ‘Quiromancia’ by Nueva Vulcano.
Rafa: ‘Tú, Garfunkel’ by The New Raemon.
Antonio: ‘Cornerstone’ by Arctic Monkeys.
Mr. Berninger, out looking for astronauts

6. Musician/s you would like to meet (should be alive, for obvious reasons, but you can choose a dead one too)
Ire: Rufus Wainwright, Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene or Dan Snaith of Caribou. But if I had to choose only one it would be Jon Brion, without a doubt.
Rafa: Matt Berninger, Jeff Tweedy and Jonny Buckland.
Antonio: Tom Chaplin and Tim Rice-Oxley.

7. Favorite artwork album (not yours)
Ire: Mobius Band, 'Heaven'.
Rafa: 'A rush of Blood to the head', Coldplay.
Antonio: Bon Iver.

Only dinosaurs that never got extincted.
8. Books or movies? Depending on your answer recommend us one (trick: you can choose both) 
Ire: Solaris, the book.
Rafa: The complete saga of Jurassic Park.
Antonio: ‘The movie 'Her’, masterpiece.

9. Song (of yours) you are most proud of
Ire: ‘Sábana Santa’ or ‘Los hijos de Steven Spielberg’
Rafa: I'll go with ‘Royal Canin’
Antonio: The hit. ‘Los santos que conozcas’

10. What does it mean indie for you? (yes, the “serious question”)
Ire: Do what you always wanted to do without depending on nobody.
Rafa: A band that has to figure out life without much means. Just work and good songs without depending on trends.
Antonio:  Away from the inertia and that has its own style. Whether is music, cinema, painting...

11. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 
Ire: Recording demos with a Yamaha CP-70 at my studio.
Rafa: Touring around a lot with the band and with less hair.
Antonio: Playing at Primavera Sound Festival.

                                                                      Zillion thanks Ire, Rafa & Antonio, thanks Victoria Ford!

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