A rock brotherhood against fate
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León Benavente doesn’t bite his tongue: “The record is a concept / and you don’t understand anything”, spits Abraham Boba in the song Viejos rockeros viejos, enjoying the immersive listening of the long musical sequence that is the album. An explosion of angry baby boomers? “No, we’re just laughing at ourselves,” says the band’s vocalist and lead organist, though he takes seriously suggesting a role model to the listener. “It would be interesting if, at least for the first time, the record was listened to for its 43 minutes with nothing else to do, to understand why this is so.” This group of former Nacho Vegas band members (and artefacts such as Schwarz and Tachenko) return with their fourth album, the self-produced Era, a title that aims “for the passage of time and the idea of a new beginning “. ” . Songs conceived in a pandemic, from October 2020, with which León Benavente assumes changes in the internal order: Luis Rodríguez leaves the guitar and returns to the bass; bassist-keyboardist Eduardo Baos extends his functions with electronics and programming, drummer César Verdú animates the drum machines and Boba adds the acoustic piano to the Farfisa organ.
“The band’s personality is clear from the first record, but we want to take steps to make records as different as possible,” remarks Abraham Boba. Strategies to dodge fatigue? On the contrary, it is a fact that we have never been comfortable being comfortable,” Baos added. It was a powerhouse of electronic fabrics, following in the footsteps of its predecessor, Vamos a volvernos locos (2019), and the band sees it as the album in which “the most mixed is the rock band component and the electronic music “, explains Boba. . With extreme cadences like Canciones para no dormer, which, the musician points out, represents a step further than previous numbers like Estado provisional and La vida errando. In Di no la nostalgia, they specify that they are not the ones who consider that the best moment in the history of music coincided precisely with their adolescence.
“We always look to the future with a little faith,” says César Verdú. “What drives the band is the interest in the new things we do, rather than recreating ourselves from past successes.” They are a band with secular rock at a time of predominance of soloists, a tendency which they attribute to the “complication” involved in putting together a human team, even more with the pandemic, to “rehearse and mount a project from scratch. .” And after all, soloists “are more manageable,” says Verdú. “Stamps realize this and invest more in it.” The industry is now forcing an accelerated pace of novelty sourcing to keep the type on the algorithm-driven platforms, and here they are, while trying to get to their ball, confessing a certain stupefaction. “The system forces you to do that, and it’s stressful from the moment you see your own record company setting the number of plays on the platforms,” says Abraham Boba. “You end up being a number, and that’s counterproductive. Many songs are made today just to generate content.
When we talk about news, we’re not just talking about music, but also posts of all kinds on Instagram and TikTok that maintain tension with potential audiences. “Content has to be created and it’s fleeting information that eventually fades away and doesn’t add anything to your music. It’s not our way of dealing with things”, argues Boba, who nevertheless sees in his company the “respect” for the path chosen by the group. “They can’t force us to do something we’re not comfortable with.” Last weekend they started a tour in Avilés, a route that will take them to La Mirona de Salt on April 8 as part of the Festival of Strènes, and which will be extended to many other municipalities in the state.
“This new concert is designed in a way that may not be 100% abrasive, like others have been in the past, although that part is still there,” says Abraham Boba. “But we like to play with the songs and experiment with them, understanding that they have a life of their own outside of the record. Following the premiere in Avilés, we were told that it looked like another band’s concert, and that’s what we’re looking for”. He also points out that his way of being on stage has changed, because “there are parts of the concert that go in another direction, more static or reflexive”.