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The Muñoz brothers symbolize in peninsular pop the equal of Andrés Iniesta for the soccer parish: you might be culé, merengón or from the Unión Conquense, however it’s nearly unimaginable so that you can dislike them. They are good musicians and higher folks, they’ve been giving the noise for 1 / 4 of a century and so they neither tire us nor hassle us, and this Saturday they had been capable of pack the Metropolitan stadium, in Madrid, with out even making them mad. head. They may have a more healthy financial savings account than after they labored at Seat, they exhibit the incipient and regulatory grey hairs of virtually fifty and so they look much less swish, however that’s precisely the identical factor that occurs to you, to the members of the group of wasap from college and virtually all the neighbors on his doorstep. How can we not really feel, based mostly on so many complicities, that the Estopa are considered one of ours?

No one of their proper thoughts would have predicted, again within the throes of the twentieth century, that these real, up-and-coming children from Cornellà would find yourself bursting the capability of a stadium within the capital, the place nearly 55,000 folks gathered. And the primary to imagine the folly of the forecast would have been, in fact, themselves. David himself acknowledged it, the older brother and the one who leads the best way, who turned sarcastic and nostalgic as quickly as he completed the second track of the night time. “Impressive, bastards. You have seen us grow since the times of Café de La Palma and Suristan,” he sighed in reference to his first Matritense incursions, two rooms wherein barely 100 souls might match collectively. And in these moments, he seemed up, scanned the gang and summarized: “It was a good night!”

The event was so conducive to collegiality, revelry and pleasure that nobody appeared to care that the sound within the Metropolitano was, as soon as once more, merely terrifying, not less than from the stands and in the course of the first hour. A minor element when what’s being determined is a significant get together. The sound bounced in every single place and the lyrics turned as unintelligible at instances as if a Moldovan cowl band had snuck onto the stage, however the crowd roared with all of them, whether or not they had been outdated, new or in between. Even with these of the newest supply, estopy, despite the fact that they’ve solely been in dance for 3 months and have turn into uninteresting, simple and half anemic. There will probably be extra birthday events for Estopa—30, 40 or as many as they arrive—and we are going to proceed celebrating them so long as the physique doesn’t flip into filth, however then nobody will miss titles like The day you allow, What extra does it give us o Sola. Only to The rancher Maybe we might pardon her.

José Muñoz, from Estopa, during the performance at the Metropolitan stadium.
José Muñoz, from Estopa, in the course of the efficiency on the Metropolitan stadium.César Vallejo Rodríguez

In actuality, after 11 albums, David and José have already got sufficient argument to reward from any angle the neighborhood life, the summers within the city, the dinners within the Colonial with beers within the freezer. The rumba was at all times equal to compadreo, however with Estopa it rises to the standing of a level in Sociology.

David alluded at one level to the working-class neighborhood of La Elipa (Madrid) and its gastronomic temples of bravas and fritanga, however it was sufficient to go searching to know that within the very peripheral Atleti stadium that Madrid had gathered that will by no means happen to him. snort on the bravado of a chainsaw virtuoso. A Madrid that wears Primark t-shirts, denim shirts exterior their shorts and luggage with brillibrilliwhich is ventilated in 4 gulps yonquilata and finally ends up inflicting traces even within the males's bogs. Beautiful individuals who don't let their wallets bleed within the finolis playing dens on Ponzano Street nor will they ever seem as extras within the regional movies starring intellectuals of the substance of Mario Vaquerizo. They will probably be fewer than the others and they’re going to by no means be targeted on Telemadrid, however there are additionally many.

The Estopa don’t complicate their lives with stadium methods both, past the well-known bracelets with coloured lights which are activated, on the similar time and in 1000’s, in Tragicomedy, I'm out of breath, Paseo and some extra. If Taylor Swift can do it, so can we, they got here to say. “Today we took a shower in the same shower that Bruce Springsteen took a shower in!” the little brother introduced with amusing, hinting that he didn't care in any respect about mythomania. José prefers to indicate off his automobile, that antediluvian crimson Seat Ibiza with a Badajoz license plate that he snuck onto the stage an hour later, simply earlier than rockanrol t-shirt. Question of priorities.

Los Estopa, at last night's concert at the Metropolitano in Madrid.
Los Estopa, finally night time's live performance on the Metropolitano in Madrid.César Vallejo Rodríguez

There comes a time when the ear turns into accustomed—or resigned—and we will distinguish the dedications to “all the workers who get up at five in the morning,” or José's unscholarly tribute to Charles Bukowski as a prologue to breaking the wire. In actuality, the brothers don’t intend to invent something, they go from breaking their necks with illustrious collaborations and belief their scarce audiovisual sources to a concrete mixer with the legend “Brothers. Muñoz” and a few panoramic views of an formally protected neighborhood. Since they’ve by no means been about what they don’t seem to be, they merely painting themselves and declare. They commit considerably absurd excesses (why is that drum solo in the course of Power supply?) and so they proceed to cling repeatedly to the rumbita method, the warmth and the loopy accelerations within the wake of Extremoduro, as a result of his occasional threats of leaving the lane have by no means fairly come to fruition. But after the 30 songs and two and a half hours of this Saturday's get together, nobody will be capable to joke with them like the perfect nationwide spokespersons from suburban Spain.

Incredible true? “One day I will tell it and they won't believe me, but we have it recorded,” summarized a David Muñoz with rather more road than pedigree. And that he doesn’t want bes or zetas within the title to consecrate himself, with all of the deserves, as a really nice and common sort.

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