Founded in 2005 by Manu Ferrón and Juan Rodríguez, aka “J” from succesful spanish indie band “Los Planetas”. Other members are guitar player Víctor Lapido (“091”, “Lagartija Nick”), bass player Miguel López (“Los Planetas”) and Antonio Lomas, drums (“Lapido”).
Their first album “Alegato Meridional” (El Ejército Rojo, 2006) is a hymn to the south, the mid-day (slow-tempo) activities and the joy of life. Sung in spanish with a strong accent from their hometown, Granada, the lyrics are mainly simple stories about meeting friends in the street, enjoying lazyness at home and what life is made of under the southern sun, with a common and easy language and a strong influence of their beloved american southern folk and country-ish music.
In that way, Grupo de Expertos Solynieve also covers tracks from other latitudes: “Ballad of the easy Rider” (The Byrds), “Personalitá Empírica” (Franco Battiato), “Déjame vivir con alegría” (Vainica Doble), “Sureños” (Silvio) aswell as many other live performances with songs from Gram Parsons.
Complete tracklist from “Alegato Meridional”:
01 El sur, el mediodía y la libertad
02 Alegato meridional
03 La balada de buscando mi destino [The Byrds cover]
04 Claro y meridiano
05 Una muerte lenta y dolorosa
06 Par de flamenquines (Billy total)
07 No me hace falta
08 Sureños [Silvio cover]
09 Todo lo demás
10 Se ve que hay calidad
11 Par de flamenquines (mucho de lo mismo)
12 Déjame vivir con alegría [Vainica Doble cover]
13 Una pila de cosas
14 La próxima vez
The CD included the Opendisc technology which allowed to connect to the internet and it was possible to download also two extra tracks, “El 11” (with a description of the whole trajectory of the #11 line bus in Granada) and “Reggae-Búho”
“Alegato Meridional” was preceeded by the single “Se ve que hay calidad” (El Ejército Rojo, 2006), including “24 hs al día” and the mentioned Franco Battiato cover, sung in italian and spanish and titled “Personalidad empírica” as B-sides.
Edited by odiomivida on 5 Jan 2007, 19:39
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