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Los Planetas

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Los Planetas is a Spanish pop/rock band from the Southern city of Granada, formed in the early-1990s and active through the 2000s, and led by J (‘jota’: guitar, vocals) and Florent (guitar, moog & synthesizers). Current line-up includes drummer Erik (formerly of Lagartija Nick), guitar and keyboard player Banin (formerly in Ciao Firenze) and bassist Julián Méndez (formerly in Lori Meyers and of Checopolaco) . With a strong interest on psychedelic pop, indie-rock and hypnotic sounds by english-speaking bands like early Mercury Rev or Joy Division, Los Planetas are one of the most acclaimed and durable bands in .

They debuted in 1993 with the EP ‘Medusa,’ which featured the critically acclaimed track ‘Mi hermana pequeña.’ In it, Los Planetas displayed what would become their trademark sound: noise-pop with energetic melodies sung in J’s detached, nasal monotone, drowned by powerful guitars. The group began touring extensively and enjoyed minor hits in Spain with “¿Qué puedo hacer?” (What can I do?), a single from their first full-length album “Súper 8” (1994), and ‘Nuevas sensaciones’ (1995). Their second album “Pop” (1996) was a failed attempt at mainstream commercial success, but helped cement their status at the forefront of the then-burgeoining Spanish indie scene. For their third album, Los Planetas returned to a more personal sound: “Una semana en el motor de un autobús” (A week in the engine of a bus, 1998) was their most assertive, aggressive and introspective album to date, and also earned them the best reviews of their career.

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