Category Archives: Local Bands

Local Bands: Pësh

Pësh is the alter ego of Santi Carcasona, a veteran musician and drummer who now parked drumsticks for singing with the sound of the ukelele, with a flavored pop-rock sound through very poetic compositions collected in his album Where the Sidewalk Ends (2016) inspired by the poet and songwriter Shel Silverstein.

Influenced by artists like Eels, The Beatles, Dave Matthews, The Who or Tom Waits, Pësh has achieved a very own sound, with a palpable fusion between the crude American sound with a British touch.

Local Band: Odio París

Odio París han generat grans expectatives d’ençà l’aparició de la seva primera demo. Han mostrat sempre una increïble facilidad per mesclar murs de soroll amb melodíes hiperdolces en cançons amb una exquisida sensibilitat, provocant que el seu segon àlbum “Cenizas y Flores” no hagi deixat indeferent a ningú.  Els barcelonins han passat de ser una banda emergent a estar a un pas de consolidar-se com banda de referència. Són els nostres pardals de la setmana i seran avui al Vida Festival.

Local Bands: Böira

Böira is a project that was born in Barcelona at the end of 2012 in order to find a personal soundscape somewhere between instrumental rock and soundtrack atmospheres. Eclecticism is the concept that defines the band, both in terms of tastes and in terms of the personal and musical legacy of each member and it is something that is patently clear on the tracks of their first record, “Si de la runa naixés”, which came out in July 2015. Böira goes for a very different sound in which Clara Aguilar’s piano playing fuses with the guitar melodies by Aleix Archs and Guillem Alberich, and all of this is joined by the balanced and powerful tandem of Llobet’s drumming and Marc Rios’ bass.

Local Bands: AWWZ

Behind the four onomatopoeic letters lies the young but experienced Barcelona producer who is catching the attention of everyone in the city’s vibrant scene. The reason for this interest and acclaim is largely thanks to her work “Glid”, a five track EP released on new artistic platform Galaxxxy Sandwich, hailing from the Egyptian Maraccas label. On “Glid” (which in Swedish means “slide”) Awwz pens an alluring sound mixing future beats, pop and r&b, with translucent melodies, sensual vocals and slow and simmering imaginative rhythms. Awwz will perform on Friday at Sónar at 2pm by Day by opening proceedings on the green grass of SonarVillage. She will be accompanied (on a couple of tracks) by Bearoid, another of Barcelona’s young and upcoming producers and EP collaborator.

Awwz is the new project from Gemma. She began her artistic career as part of the Thug Ladies duo, performing at several of Spain’s key festivals and venues, especially at Razzmatazz, where she honed her skills as resident DJ. As a solo artist, Awwz debuted with the “Gals” EP on American label Freshmore, which received excellent feedback both in Spain and Latin America and saw her perform in Mexico and Colombia. Awwz has created her own unique brand with just a handful of tracks that she describes as “shower music”. This is visually illustrated in the fantastic interactive video for her song, “Awake”.

Local Bands: The Handclappers

The Handclappers are from Barcelona, though you would never think so seeing the apparent easiness with which they mix funk, post-punk and echo bands such as !!!, exploiting all the potential of sinuous bass and broken rhythms. Dance and funk Catalan-style to conquer the dance floors and make the crowds freak out. The band formed from other bands such as Miau Miau and Without started in 2011 and has been singled out by several specialist media as one of the names to watch out for on the Barcelona underground scene. After performing together with bands such as Clean Bandit, they continue to dispatch their organic and sensual concept of rhythm in songs like “Up.In.Ahead” o “Subscribers To The Mystery”.

Local Bands: El Último Vecino

The project led by Gerard Alegre Dòria was one of the great revelations of 2013, the year in which the Barcelona band surprised with a debut of vibrant, dark techno-pop bursting with hints of bands such as Décima Víctima and La Mode, and also of The Smiths, Orange Juice and even of El Último de la Fila. Now, after playing on stages of Spain, Lithuania and Mexico and proving with the maxi single “Tu casa nueva” that they are not a one-record band, they are back with a new record that they have been working on recently. It is a good moment for dark anthems while defending the Joy Division-New Order sequence. The will be playing at Primavera Sound.