31 jul. 2015

Indietracks Review – Saturday - For The Rabitts


The see-sawing between the indoor and outdoor stages begins here, and it’s straight over to see Los Bonsais take to the de-facto main stage. The Asturian duo have expanded to a trio since we last saw them, with the drum machines replaced rather predictably with a drummer. In word perfect English they explain early in their set that they don’t speak English, they then proceed to run through a riotous set of the best moments of their two mini EP’s Nordeste and Martin Pescador as well as a few new tracks, and a cover of Television Personalities classic, Part Time Punks translated back into Spanish. At least, that’s what we think it was! The language barrier seems to prevent the crowd full embracing their fuzzy scuzzy guitars meets laid back Velvet Underground vocals styling, but what a joy it is that they’ve found a festival willing to give the audience the chance to try it in the first place.


30 jul. 2015

Indietracks 2015: DiS Review

"Spanish duo Los Bonsais make a right old racket too, conjuring up memories of early My Bloody Valentine, The Shop Assistants and Delta 5 respectively while earning several indie brownie points for their cover of the Television Personalities' 'Part Time Punks'"

 link to full review: http://goo.gl/S9vibQ

Reseña de "Nordeste" desde California

Reclaiming The Colonies, One State at a Time...

Music I like. Mainly by girls, mostly in French...

If the Marine Girls had started gigging in Aviles instead of Hatfield, Talulah Gosh  had hailed from Oviedo rather than Oxford or if the Shop Assistants had traded Edinburgh for Gijón, I suspect that they might have sounded in places just a little bit like this next band...

Los Bonsáis are Helena and Nel, from Gijón and Llanes respectively, in the Asturias region of Spain. Once again I have to thank Indie Wonderland for pointing me in the direction of the delightful mezcla of lo-fi, shoegazey, punky indie-pop wondrousness and F-U-N that is the pair's album "Nordeste".

"Nordeste" is an album that literally whizzes by - primarily because at just shy of 18 minutes, the 10 tracks don't hang around - perfect for the ADHD generation you might think, but the trick Los Bonsáis pull-off is that every song here is truly memorable and lingers long in the memory. And the proof in the pudding comes with the opening track "Los perdimos de vista" - a song which hits home with a swirling sixties Hammond organ, bouncy sing-along verses (with those language skills picked up during a couple of years in La Perla Tapatía once again put to use) and which once again finds me humming a song at the most inopportune moments!

There's a real throw-back to the melodic post-punk of the early eighties; "Vacaciones permanentes" is so reminiscent of bands such as Girls at Our Best! or The Chefs - Indeed, the boy-girl vocal pairing is reminiscent of Brighton's finest (or indeed the incredibly retro yet contemporary Cosines) - while there's a pedal-to-the-metal attitude with a vengeance to "Hidroavión" and its wave upon wave of fuzzed guitars that builds to a crescendo. However, it's the 59 seconds of "Plan B" that probably sums up this ethos. "...Do not forget anything: microphones, Pedals, my out of tune guitar..." It's all here - fuzzy guitars, 100 km/h percussion, irresistible hooks another totally hummable tune - a sub-minute lashing of manic fun.

That being said, there's much more to this album than bedroom or garageband guitar riffs. Keyboards make a welcome return on "Como si nada" and help create the most bubbly of melodies, adding  subtle softening of tone alongside faultless vocal harmonies. There are also some delightful 'you-and-me' Twee-pop inspired tunes (or arguably pre-Twee. You could make a strong case for the Marine Girls being a proto-Twee band); "Galbana", "Sobremesa" and "La espina" being cases in point. 

But arguably my two favourite tracks are "Después de todo..." and the album's closer and title track "Nordeste." Yes, both feature pounding percussion and heavily distorted, shoegazed guitars - but if you listen through these you pick-out Helena's divinely multi-tracked vocals, and on "Nordeste" the darker tones - there's the realisation that this pair can really craft an incredibly textural arrangement. For all the instantness on display here, the more I listen to this album, it is these last two that get the repeat treatment...

Released on renowned Spanish label Elefant (and thus the duo - by a stroke of coincidence - find themselves label-mates with The Catenary Wires or Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey from Talulah Gosh), "Nordeste" is a love-at-first sight (or sound) kind of an album. 


21 jul. 2015

Indietracks Special – Six Bands You Shouldn’t Miss

LOS BONSÁIS (Saturday – Outdoor Stage – 13.40)

The early bands on Saturday afternoon this year are causing ‘when exactly do I eat breakfast?’ headaches already. Don’t panic though, keep calm and remember it’s bands like Los Bonsais that make Indietracks so unique in the first place. You won’t see many Asturian two-pieces garage bands who sing in Spanish on the main stage at Reading or Leeds this year!
Signed to the legendary Elefant Records and fresh from the release of their album/mini-album Nordeste, expect to hear short, sharp slices of squalling revert heavy guitars, rapid fire drum beats topped off with one of the finest voices around, all adding up to the Spanish heirs to The Velvet Undergrounds throne. Get brushing up on those Spanish lessons and you can tell us what they’re singing about!

Panamerika Vol 359 - Limoná Pa’ La Galbana

Nuestro nuevo single "Galbana" inspira el título del nuevo programa de radio de  Panamérika

20 jul. 2015

Gira británica 2015

Este verano nos vamos a Reino Unido!

 UK Dates:

 - 25th july - Indietracks DERBYSHIRE

 - 15th August - Elefant UK Party! LONDON

 - 16th August - Manchester Popfest MANCHESTER

14 jul. 2015

Galbana en Panámerika

Los ukeleles son para el verano, y Los Bonsáis lo saben en "Galbana"

“Galbana: dícese de la pereza, especialmente la producida por el calor”, y dícese también del título del nuevo video de Los Bonsáis. Un clip en el que sin duda, hay mucha de esta galbana que está acompañando al verano ibérico, y que define bien el ambiente lánguido de esta nueva (y mínima) producción de unos de los consentidos de Elefant Records, perteneciente a su último mini LP, Nordeste.

Con una estética “antigüita”, de nuevo las olas del mar y todos los referentes marítimos a los que el dúo nos tiene acostumbrados, vuelven a ser protagonistas en este trabajo rodado en su Asturies natal. Hay geranios y flores campestres (que bien pueden estar en los escenarios o en los vestidos), y una duración de minuto y medio breve como siesta de equinoccio: los ukeleles, sin duda, son para el verano.


13 jul. 2015

Drowned in Sound: Indietracks-2015--a-preview


by Dom Gourlay
July 10th, 2015

In the meantime, here's 10 artists we're literally busting a gut to see over the course of the weekend.


Los Bonsáis
(1340-1420, Outdoor Stage, Saturday)
Hailing from Asturias in the north of Spain, Los Bonsáis have released one of this year's finest EPs in the shape of ten-song mini-album Nordeste. Channeling the spirit of Lazy-era My Bloody Valentine and Swedish noise pop acts The Radio Dept. and The Legends, it's a sprightly collection that bodes well for their early afternoon show here, their first at Indietracks. Currently signed to Elefant Records, the duo - Helena and Nel - also promise to play a specially arranged cover of a well-known song by a British cult band during their set. We can't wait to hear what they have in store!


3 jul. 2015

Galbana en el Musicom de El Comercio

Los Bonsáis editan un nuevo videoclip y darán tres conciertos en Inglaterra

julio 1, 2015 
Los Bonsáis1 Los Bonsáis editan un nuevo videoclip y darán tres conciertos en Inglaterra

El dúo asturiano Los Bonsáis acaba de presentar un nuevo videoclip del tema ‘Galbana’, incluido en su último mini-lp ‘Nordeste’ (Elefant Records 2015). Además, ofrecerá tres conciertos en Inglaterra.
Según explica el grupo, el tema “nos lleva a pensar en Nosoträsh o Marine Girls por esa especie de canciones que parecen no terminadas, pequeños esbozos que en su delicada y extraña estructura dan todo lo que tienen”.
Tras una pequeña gira acústica que les llevó a Bilbao, Pola de Siero y Gijón, este verano se irán a Inglaterra, donde tocarán en el Festival Indietracks, en el condado de Derbyshire (25 de julio); en la fiesta Elefant UK, de Londres (15 de agosto) y en el Manchester Popfest (16 de agosto).



Nos mola el Pop en Tokyo 02-07-15

1 jul. 2015

Recopilatorio Indietracks 2015

Ya disponible el recopilatorio del Indietracks 2015 con 49 canciones! Los ingresos de las descargas irán destinados a "Midland Railway" ---> https://goo.gl/B0sNrm