Category Archives: Concerts

Favourite Gig: O.M.D.

Andy McCluskey (vocals and bass) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards) were only after one thing when they started Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark in 1978: to change the world. Punk was exploding in London, but on the outskirts of Liverpool, far from safety pins and tartan, the duo found their own way of rebelling, by swapping out guitars for sythensizers, travelling the motorway paved by Kraftwerk.

They didn’t trust success, but found it without looking with hits like ‘Enola Gay’ off their second album, ‘Organisation’ (1980) and ‘Souvenir’ and ‘Joan of Arc (Maid of Oreleans)’ from their third effort, ‘Architecture & Morality’ (1981). The experimental ‘Dazzle Ships’ (1983) was a commercial harakiri, and industry pressure pushed them to mass-produced pop. A half a dozen duds went out until the mid-90s when they disbanded. Back together in the mid-2000s, OMD now present their third LP from the band’s second era, ‘The Punishment of Luxury’ (2017).

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Favourite Gig: Jake Bugg

El britànic Jake Bugg, ha construït una sòlida carrera que va començar als 12 anys quan va aprendre a tocar la guitarra. Inspirat per artistes com Don McLean, Johnny Cash o The Beatles, va començar un parell d’anys després a compondre els seus propis temes. Ara, amb només 23 anys i després d’estar nominat al Mercury Music Prize i als Brits, defensa el seu quart disc, ‘Hearts that strain’ (2017), una nova mostra del seu pop rock de guitarres.

Le Classique: Deacon Blue

Scottish band Deacon Blue, who have given us songs such as ‘Dignity’ and ‘Real Gone Kid’, celebrate 30 years together with their anticipated ‘To Be Here Someday’ tour, which brings them to Barcelona for the first time since 1993. What’s more, the Glasgow group are touring not as a nostalgia act but with fresh material, as they’ve released three albums in rapid succession. With ‘The Hipsters’ (2012), ‘A New House’ (2014) and ‘Believers’ (2016), Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh and company show they’re still in fine form. Tonight a sala Barts.

Favourite Gig: Kaleo

Kaleo, la joven banda islandesa de indie y rock´n´roll que ha cautivado al público de todo el mundo, confirman su primera gira española con concierto hoy en Barcelona.

La banda, consolidada en 2012 y formada por Jökull Júlíusson (voz y guitarra), Davíð Antonsson (percusión y voz), Ruvbin Pollock (guitarra) y Daníel Ægir Kristjánsson (bajo) han tenido una gran aceptación por parte del público, situándose en los primeros puestos de las principales cadena de radio de su país. Su primer álbum, en 2013, que lleva su propio nombre “Kaleo”, trinfo con grandes hits como Rock n´Roller” o “Glass House con un sonido muy potente y particular.

En 2016 han sacado su segundo álbum “A/B”, del cual ya han vendido más de 175.000 copias, entre los que destaca sus singles “No Good”o “All the pretty girls”, Además han conseguido #1 de radio en Francia, Alemania, Austria, España, Suiza, Eslovenia y República Checa. Por otro lado, ha conseguido el #1 del Billboard Chart en Estados Unidos con “Way Down We go”.

Le Classique: Depeche Mode

The British trio of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher, a classic of synth pop since their debut in the early 1980s, are in Barcelona with their The Global Spirit Tour, in support of their 14th album, ‘Spirit’ (2017), which follows 2013’s, ‘Delta Machine’. If you missed the a few years ago, now’s your chance to see what all your friends were raving about, and hopefully dance around like mad to Depeche Mode favourites like ‘Enjoy the Silence’, ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ and ‘Personal Jesus’. There’s a reason they’ve sold more than 100 million albums throughout their illustrious career. Tonight at Palau Sant Jordi.