The sound system concept first became popular in the 1950’s, in the ghettos of Kingston. DJs would load up a truck with a generator, turntables, and huge speakers and set up street parties. In the beginning, the DJs played American R&B music, but as time progressed and more local music was created, the sound migrated to a local flavour. The sound systems were big business, and represented one of the few sure ways to make money in the unstable economy of the area. The popularity of a sound system was mainly contingent on one thing: having new music.
The band has been included in compilations with DIY demos.
Pirats Sound Sistema released their first album “Sants Sistema” on April 2005, under the label “Propaganda pel fet !”
Winners of the “2006 enderrock awards to revelation band” for his great job during the two previous years.
On April 2007 Pirats Sound Sistema released their second album “Vol. II” (Propaganda pel fet !).
The band is already rehearsing new songs: reggae, ragga, dancehall and drumnbass are the tools.
[The section below, and somehow above, needs heavy reediting … I leave it for now as it is …]
Pirat’s Sound Sistema is an atypical and curious case in the musical Catalan and even European panorama. It is about a sound system ( Jamaican-look band, where the deejay is called selector and singers are called DJ) that it has highlighted for its prolific career: it’s the first sound-system in the Iberian Peninsual publishing two albums and carrying out more than 250 concerts.
The Sound System Band from Barcelona has always been narrowly linked to the social movements of the city and they have reproduced their trajectory with the solidarity towards every type of fights. They are the first reggae group in Catalonia under the sound-system format. They’re characterized by great doses of realism, proximity to the youth of the street and combative humor.
On the other hand, they have grown artistically and already have a spectacular career for a band of their style and format: two albums in the street, endless tours, video clips, collaborations with other artists, presence in the media … while they participate actively of the emergent reggae scene in Catalonia and, paradoxically, stages of great projection, social centers, festivals, have managed to be consecrated like a solvent, omnipresent and almost unavoidable band in local festivities.
With Pirat’s Sound System the history of the Catalan musical panorama needs to be rewritten because it is an atypical and curious case in the measure that has been converted, from an incipient musical style and at times of now minority, in one of the most popular groups of the Catalan youth.
Among the more than 250 concerts carried out since year 2002, Pirat’s Sound Sistema have played on all the Catalan Countries (from the Catalunya Nord to the Valencian regions, through the Principat and Balearic Islands), Euskadi, Galiza and the Spanish state (Madrid, Zaragoza, Osca, Seville, Granada…), performer in festivals of projection like the Senglar Rock, Rebrot, Rock a la mar on the Catalan National Day (11 of September) in Arc de Triomf (BCN) (among other), festivals of reggae music like the Reggus (Reus) or the Fino Reggae (Lleida), clubs like the Apolo (BCN), Razzamatazz (BCN), Grotto 77 (Madrid) or Kafe Antzoki (Bilbo) and simultaneously the local festivities from all over the country (outstanding the Festival l’aplec dels Ports, “barraques” from Girona or parties from Donosti to Palma) with great part of self-managed social centers of Catalonia and, of course, their tours in France (Rennes, Marseille, Nimes…) and Germany.
Edited by dav_dde on 10 Oct 2008, 18:12
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