"The harshness has also been increasingly marked"
Mujeres is much more than a genre. Much more that a seventies pop concert with punk attitude. It’s much more than a distorted guitar strumming to the rhythm of a compressed drum. Let’s hear how the ambassadors of the national “garage” explain it:
We know from our own experience, that comparisons are often odd and out of place. So, we’ll leave it to you to explain; who would you love to sound like?
Yago: The truth is, that’s a pretty terrible question for a band. We’ve always liked punk and ramshackle classic sounds and being a group of guitarists, maybe that gives you an idea.
We identify a lot with Mujeres: searching in the background, between the authentic and versioning it your way, with attitude. You’ve got a raw sound, with no additives (that always end up killing the taste). Was that intentional?
Arnau: Like the Bacoa burgers! No it wasn’t intentional, and we didn’t worry about trying to be authentic. It’s just at first you look at the groups you like, and then you try making better songs and evolving within your own limitations. The harshness has also been increasingly marked, in our case by the current format of the trio and the less recharged songs. The attitude, well, we try to have fun and also just hope people enjoy themselves.
Is it hard it is to make it sound easy?
Pol: The composition of the songs is pretty basic; we don’t play with too many complex structures. Our references are pop, garage and rock and roll styles with simple and very marked patterns; it’s almost like covering the same themes over and over again. In our case we take this simplicity and create good songs from it, with melodies or catchy riffs that work for us.
In fact, you usually edit your ‘rockabilly punk garage’ on vinyl. You act like cads( no conozco esta palabra) but deep down you’re still romantics…
Yago: We all bought vinyls for a long time and the truth is that it is the format that we sell the most. Perhaps for many people it may seem romantic, but the truth is that for us and most of our audience it’s is a regular thing.
Photos by Alex Sardà Fuster-Fabra
After a CD in English and another in Spanglish, this time the lyrics have been written in Spanish. The reach of English or the spontaneity of Spanish, what’s next?
Both languages, as you say, have admirable qualities but Spanish has helped us find our place. Singing in Spanish has been the result of being aware that here, in this country, is where we have been treated better, where we have seen an audience that has been increasing disc after disc, after hours on the road and concerts in all kinds of places and festivals. It is undoubtedly a credit to all the people who have been following us over these 10 years.
Your concerts are always fun and sweaty, as we saw once again at Primavera Sound this month.
It’s the most important Indie festival of our city and one of the biggest cultural events of the year. Itis a real honor to have played nine times at Primavera and we hope to do it again as soon as possible.
Any surprises this year? Have you see any interesting groups?
Arnau: John Maus is always cool. Oblivians, The Men…
Who is your audience?
Pol: As many other groups will tell you, our audience is totally heterogeneous. When playing garage we flirt with the national indie scene too, bands like Gabriel and Vencerás, but also the national garage scene with groups like Aliment, The Parrots and The Steaks, for example. But, except in specific cities (Malaga, Granada…), usually people of the more revival rockabilly scene don’t come to our concerts. We mingled with some punk groups in the beginning but I guess now we’re too mainstream for the people in that scene.