It has been a little while since the alt-rock quartet Los Bélmez from the Balearic Islands last featured.
With a different sound to their more normal fare Sucio Verano was released on the 7th as part of the eighteen track compilation LP Estiu d’Infern (available on bandcamp) put out by the Mallorca based label Discos Polo celebrating both the best of the underground musicians across the islands as well as welcoming in summer.
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Los Bélmez an alt-rock quartet based in Palma de Mallorca on the Balearic Islands of Spain comprises of – Carlos (Bass / Keys), Ginés (Drums), Alberto (Guitar) and Johnny (Vocal).
Switching between acoustic and electric guitar allows Los Bélmez to inject their music widely, from garage rock fuzziness to psychedelia and the sparsely played keys are used to add a twist of the Wurlitzer where appropriate.
Formed a couple of years ago Los Bélmez write songs which reflect of the surrounding area with material seeking to describe traditions, superstitions and life in Spain from the perspective of those who don’t feel they fit into the mould. This gives the out-put something of an ethereal feel, to which the quartet are able to inject well defined structures that keep the tracks from evolving into lengthy dreamscapes.
Having established a live performance following a début LP Españoladas came out earlier this year and there are plans for a follow-up in the near future – Centinela de Occidente.
Los Bélmez have chosen a path which gives them clear space, whilst also not verging off to the obscure, allowing them the opportunity to find an audience across a wide berth of interest.
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The Mcooleys based in Palma de Mallorca on the Balearic Islands of Spain is the UK originating alt-rock trio of Adam Booley (Guitar / Vocal), Matthew Booley (Drums) and Jacke Mccan (Bass).
There is a shimmering sunshine that illuminates the room on hitting play as The Mccooleys resurrect British rock of the likes of The Kinks delivering it a swift boot into the 2010’s and although there is not much to hear at this stage, what there is, is a joy into which to wrap the ears.
The percussion acts as a carborundum to give the guitar a sharpened blade of incision which slices through the air as the bass is allowed to wallow in off-beat providing The Mccooleys with incredible space to afford the vocal to explore the thematics. The trio have built a loyal local live following and with some luck there are words of a new EP for us that don’t live locally to find more of their music – Empty blue skies!.
For those travelling to Mallorca over the summer – I do advise having a look at the local gig listings and if you find The Mccooleys playing, eschew the Clubs with the over-priced drinks and have a fun night out with real musicians.
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