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If you don't know who they’re Alcal Norte, a search on Google Maps will probably be sufficient. Under the tricolor rhombus that illustrates the metro cease in your neighborhood, Linear Cityand the monolith that marks the buying middle from which the band has borrowed its identify, three zumbaos for music They are Alcal Norte, the band. They have reached in all places, even the almighty automotive of Google Maps.

The explosion of the group befell just a few weeks in the past. Now lvaro Rivas (voice), Jaime Barbosa (drums), Juan Pablo Juli Juampi (guitar), Pablo Prieto Admin (bass), Laura de Diego (keyboards) and Carlos Elas Dr. Rock (guitar) undergo that sweetest second that each one bands lengthy for: they’re the speak of music, the group that everybody talks about (as a result of they make individuals speak).

A renovated Mozrabic church homes the places of work of his document label. There they obtain this newspaper Rivas, Barbosa, Pablo Admin and the Dr. Rock, mendacity on the couch with the air of Sunday and a hangover. In actuality, every one comes from their respective jobs. All They mix as finest they’ll the not too long ago acquired lifetime of rockstarwith jobs which are nothing alike. Everyone, besides the Admin, who has simply been fired: “Now I'm unemployed,” she says, smiling with a disturbing calm.

“The band born at the end of 2019“, begins Barbosa, the drummer. Any of them may get out of Stranger Things: 80s footwear, worn-out sneakers, torn denims and the looks of getting a foul journey, though nobody takes medicine: “We are no longer 20 years old enough to go flipaos with drugs,” says Pablo Admin. Barbosa is probably the most heavy, though his group not a lot. He is a fan of Burning and Suaves and is impressed by Judas Priests for his performances on stage. “Rivas, Juampi and I set up the group. We have always been totally different“, he explains. Their self-titled album is a trustworthy reflection of all of the variations that, removed from separating them, unite them.

Defining Alcal Norte can be proscribing them. The abrasive and beginner sound permeates unpolished voices in the identical method that the boastfulness permeates his lysrgic lyrics. The latter was a element of discord throughout its embryonic stage. They ultimately separated, and Alcal Norte turned simply a shopping mall once more. “We had a trauma, it was a long time of a lot of pressure, anger and a lot of…shit,” explains Barbosa. “We soon realized that we could start again without the members we had collected along the way and that's what we did,” says Rivas.

The coaching has modified numerous occasions: “The group photo has always been a frikada“. Now, with Laura, Pablo and Carlos, the dwell concert events are stuffed with interpretations and actions carried out with none type of modesty. And their music has adopted the identical course. They sound like The Cure, but additionally like Carolina Durante; they’re post-punk seasoned with touches of rock “Not too strong”; They embody the Madrid scene, but additionally the “Manchester vibe” of Oasis and The Stone Roses. His talent for sonic alchemy and their defiance of definition place them on the head of the indie scene.

He firecracker got here from the hand of life can, a subject raised on networks by artists of the caliber of Rosala or Leiva. The ecstasy is justified: the story relies on a press clipping from 1935. “The old thing has always pulled me,” says Barbosa, “I read an old article from Graphic World on Facebook and I found it funny. That's where the song comes from.” He ended up shopping for the copy. “Next year is the 90th anniversary. We're having a party,” she jokes.

It's solely been a month since they launched the album and they’re already interested by celebrations. Normal. Last Wednesday they introduced the greater than 40 dates of your Gira can and in lower than 24 hours the Eslava Theater in Madrid burst bought out for October. However, they maneuver round success with warning. “Before all this [el xito] We created the Beatles. They had to give us a touch on the shoulder so we could get off. Now it doesn't happen to us anymore,” says Rivas.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is like another god on the record”

Liam Gallagher and Ian Brown additionally aspired to be related or obtain the recognition of the Liverpool quartet. Alcal NorteHowever, it’s one thing else. He neighborhood spirit and the aura of Ciudad Lineal They are the vertebrae of this band, its essence. However, Rivas and Barbosa They categorically deny the tune of chastity that has been attributed to them till now. “The traditional Madrid is in Alcal Norte in one song just as Calvino is in another,” explains Rivas. Barbosa extends his thesis: “There is one about Calvino, another that talks about the First World War, another about a turkey that smokes joints in Valladolid…”, he critiques.

Maybe life can be the tune of the album that features a easier idea. “Barbosa visualized that song for your parents,” says Rivas: mendacity low in Las Ventas, a scarf for his relative, dyes by Cuntame and Antonio Alcntara on the wheel of historical past. Topics like Elf Street, The Kids o No llores, Dr G They are considerably extra advanced to outline. “Good luck to anyone who tries to get a specific message out,” says Rivas. The reality is that his lyrics are a competition. His first album is an absolute bingo the place enigma and complexity are the protagonists of a powerful success. “That it is mysterious makes it attract more attention,” explains Barbosa.

Alcal Norte (album) interprets the non secular journey he has undertaken Alcal Norte (band) through the years. All the songs are a journey by their profession as a band and expose all kinds of musical kinds throughout the identical album. “If you come in thinking you're going to listen to indie music and you hear Westminsteryou will have to reflect,” says Dr. Rock who, by the best way, not solely operates on the studio mixing board, but additionally is aware of easy methods to deal with the scalpel.

If there’s something, or somebody, able to therapeutic Alcal Norte's wounds, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo. “He is like a god more“says Rivas, who says he’s elevated when he thinks of the Portuguese footballer. Hell is an absence and that of Ronaldo in Madrid has reached the letters of Alcal Norte. “I was in my exchange case and I saw the final alone. Suddenly, when he finishes, he says he's leaving. Why are you doing that, stump? Why those arms akimbo after the battle of kyiv?“, says Rivas. The frontman of the band leaves crumbs for all of the songs on the album that, lastly, lead their viewers to the previous Real Madrid ahead. There are loves that surpass all borders, even these of logic.

“The best thing about the live show is the five minutes before because I forget everything and the problems disappear”

The obvious lack of coherence within the lyrics, and all these tales which are hidden between the strains are bait for the sharks which are typically the media. Thus, Rivas confesses to creating “moves” in entrance of the press. The tune of Supermn talks about Ronaldo, though he informed the media a distinct model: “The Champions League final was at the Olympic Stadium in kyiv, but in the press release for the single I mixed it with my professional career in Globoduring which I maintained contacts in kyiv.” This sort of pranks of anarchic and sly spirit They are those that match the band into the post-punk style.

On the verge of the beginning of their 2024 tour, the boys from Alcal Norte have extra strain than ever: “We are in a very tense moment. Sometimes there are little shits,” explains Pablo. But that is life for them: “It's not success,” all of them acclaim in unison, “it's being with your colleagues without fanfare, the simple thing.”

Alcal Norte Enjoy dwell music like nobody else. Rivas says that he rises 5 centimeters from the bottom; Laura does dances behind the keyboard; he Dr. Rock It flows with the setting and is contaminated by the general public spirit; Barbossa doesn't see something behind the battery, however he doesn't care; We don't know something about Juampi as a result of he hasn't come. And the Admin? In his sauce: “The best are the five minutes before, I forget everythingall the fucking problems.” Even the dismissal stops mattering. This is Alcal Norte, get in line.