Introducing: OHIOS from Spain

THE BOMBER JACKET recently received an album release Email from the Spanish band OHIOS–a group that is part of the Famèlic collective that TBJ has covered in the past. This article serves as a brief introduction to the band’s debut album that the group is striving to share and promote internationally (according to the Email we […]

Lost in Space with Spain’s Berlina

THE BOMBER JACKET gets lost in space with Madrid’s very own rocket men Hurtling out of Madrid like the European Space Agency’s latest mission for the outer reaches of the universe comes Berlina, four elegant honchos playing dark, spacey alt-rock reminiscent of Echo and the Bunnymen or a more streamlined version of Brit shoegazers Ride. […]

Primavera Sound 2013 Review

A lot had changed for the 13th edition of Primavera Sound, most notably that the festival was no longer “San Miguel Primavera Sound,” but “Heineken Primavera Sound.” The difference is relevant, because a lot of the local Spanish elements of the festival haven’t been as emphasized in more recent years (and the Primavera organization has […]

Univers: There’s no Fire in Space, but There’s Hail

Spiraling through atmospheric drone riffs and surf rock, Univers’ guitar melodies sound as if outer space were crashing into the ocean. The guttural vocals hold a strange Joy Division ‘80s vibe, but definitely sound like the droning omnipotence of the Universe itself. So, if you ever had one of those weird moments where it seemed like the universe […]

Maria Rodés has Triangle Dreams

Maria Rodés’ voice comes through her music like a morning dove on a vintage 1920s radio. The acoustic guitar and Spanish lyrics conjure a concert in a dusty park’s gazebo somewhere in Spain, but the experimental decorations littered throughout the music has an irrevocably contemporary air. The nylon string guitar, piano riffs, and Rodés’ lullaby vocals are accompanied […]

Barcelona Record Label Showcase

Especially for Barcelona where the music and art scenes can be elusive, it always helps to check out record labels in order to discover new bands and to find interesting places and venues to go to. Barcelona has numerous independent record labels that also manage international artists, as well as some collective labels managed by […]

A Night on the Town in Barcelona: The Best Places to See Live Music

Spain can be an unusual location of curation for live music. The most prevalent trends are discotheques based around popular music (mostly American), hippie and rasta jam bands, or death metal. Anything else can be hard to come across unless you know where you’re looking. Even for a cosmopolitan contemporary cultural center like Barcelona, such […]

Barcelona’s Famèlic Family

Exploring live music in Barcelona led to overhearing every once in a while about a group of crazy dudes from a place called Vic. I first heard about a collective called Famèlic when speaking with the Barcelona band Mujeres. The name Els Famèlics is Catalan Spanish that actually means “the hungry” rather than the false friend, “the […]

Maragitas for Eskimos on the Atoll

After the drums kick in at the beginning of the album Explota El Cuerpo (Blow Up the Body) by the Madrid-based band Margarita, the guitar melody shoots out quickly over a dark night sky with prismatic colors streaming down to Earth from its tail. Stray notes twinkle here and there, passing through stars’ phosphorescence as the shooting […]

Spaingaze: Three Spanish Spacey Shoegaze Drone Bands

This article covers three Spanish bands discovered through various concerts and outlets like bandcamp and SoundCloud. All three of them have a different take on drone and shoegaze music, a style that’s hard to find in Spain. Univers Univers is a band that is just getting started, having played a lot of secret shows in […]