Game On! Spain vs Russia

You know the drill by now: more music, more football.

From Spain I’ve got you a rockabilly band with a lovely skeletal sound and a lot of energy. The Radions tour rockabilly festivals all over Europe, which are a very good time. Gig listings on their Facebook page.

For our Russian hosts, enjoy St Petersburg based Union Grail. Journey is track one on their new album, which contains some lovely tunes (Meet Me In Paris has a lovely bit of accordion on it).

Game On: Portugal vs Spain

Let’s be real, this is the first Big Game of the tournament. And appropriately, we have some big songs.

Representing Portugal, it’s the Anarchicks. I’ve got a nice interview with Rita and Ana from the band in the can, which I need to get round to editing for your listening pleasure. We Claim The Right is all about how it’s basically up to you to keep pushing and disobeying and creating your own world. Also, it has a great riff. The Anarchicks are working on new material (the last I heard anyway) and I can’t wait.

Representing Spain, we’ve got a bit of heartfelt pop with the very recent new single from Alice Wonder. With a video featuring a bit of rock and roll destruction and the fabulously telling refrain “You’ve got me making songs for you” it’s something I’m surprised I’ve not heard on UK radio.

Which of our Iberians wins the musical battle?

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Noches de Sol – Cuzo

Tonight, some music from beautiful, vital, excellent Barcelona. Cuzo are an experimental prog band with an expansive, groovy approach to including psych and world music into their sound. Noches de Sol (Sunny Nights) combines poundingly heavy drums with sunshine laden guitars and shifts rhythmically away from you every time you think you’ve worked out where it’s going.

Cuzo are on Bandcamp

Cuzo are on Facebook  Myspace, apparently



Thanks (To All My Friends) – Flying Frogs


Yet again I find myself solving the Eurovision problems of a country that hasn’t actually asked me to stick my oar in. Spain loves Eurovision but is basically stuck in that horrible zone where what they send isn’t matching up to the modern contest (cf UK, Ireland, Denmark) but the expectation of the Spanish Eurofans is raised and dashed every year. It’s a difficult cycle to break.

I think it’s probably time to send something like Flying Frogs to Eurovision. Melodic hardcore is theoretically a very good Eurogenre: it’s melodic, uptempo, singalong stuff, usually with stirring themes that are reflected in a huge chorus. The chorus could even contain technically difficult passages that would accrue loads of jury votes, and if one or more of the singers in the band were super attractive and wore eyeliner and artfully ripped muscle shirts then I think you’d be looking at a top ten finish.

Anyway, Flying Frogs are great fun and a very serious band who are almost certainly not thinking about entering the world’s largest pop competition. I picked this song because it’s the one with the most Eurovision sentiment (friendship, solidarity) and the title reminds me of Cliff’s Power To All Our Friends. It’s 3 minutes long too. Think about it, Spain.

Flying Frogs are on Bandcamp

Flying Frogs are on Facebook  


Sofia – Álvaro Soler

Now then you lot, listen up. Ellie has gone on holiday and has left me in charge. Be prepared. Love Milly x

Getting straight to it we have a bouncy pop track by Álvaro Soler, it’s fun and there’s a bit that you’re definitely going to catch yourself whistling along to in the introduction. It’s all about how he wasn’t particularly nice to his ex girlfriend and now he regrets it because she’s happy with someone else. Funny how that happens.

The video was filmed in Havana, Cuba and it’s good to see a music video with an (almost) equal mixture of men and women doing the dancing.

I love songs with this sort of sound because it’s so summery and given that Álvaro had a hit across Europe last summer featuring Jennifer Lopez it could be something he does well, we’ll keep listening out for him.



La Modernidad & Apesta – Nave Nodriza

Anarquía en España! It’s Friday night so we’re having some totally daft, thoroughly ridiculous and wonderfully sincere punk. Nave Nodriza (which means ‘mothership’) are from A Coruña and they make a bloody racket. Their album opens with a song called Teletubbies and contains a song called ‘No hay nada’. Nihilism sounds a lot better in Spanish.

They’ve put their whole album Apesta (‘stink’) on youtube. It’s the kind of album that has 13 tracks and is about 25 minutes long. Make some space for it and enjoy while wearing a black leather jacket, dousing yourself with the nastiest Spanish lager you can get your hands on.

Please come to the UK and do some shows, lads.

Nave Nodriza are on bandcamp

Nave Nodriza are on Facebook


Game on: Italy vs Spain

It’s punk o’clock! As far as I know, everything is still going to hell, so let’s enjoy a bit of the old anarchy in the EU.

For Italy, the delightful Deluded By Lesbians show their passion for football with a spirited cover of Felicita! You might also enjoy their song, Onion Rings.

For Spain, the energetic young lads of ¡Mahalo! are showing us how to have fun with their song Fun.

Who has the better fun punks? Italy or Spain?

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Felicita! – Deluded by Lesbians [Spirited punk rendition of a deeply naff pop song]

Fun – ¡Mahalo! [Summery, surfy, echoey, hooky punky stuff]



Game on: Croatia vs Spain

In the football, they’re deciding who’ll top Group D. Over here, it’s a bit less tense.

We’ve got something from Vatra of Croatia that owes a bit of a musical debt to Joy Division and Spain’s delightful Chenoa singing about being human.

Which country had the better song? Croatia or Spain?

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Saturn – Vatra [The sound of 1980’s Manchester transposed to the Balkans]

Soy Humana – Chenoa [Constantly building, structurally interesting indie-ish pop song]


Game on: Spain vs Turkey

It’s Friday night. Let’s cut loose with a bit of modern punk stuff.

From Spain, we have Futuro Terror whose press material is so slangy that google translate cannot deal with it, and consequently about whom I know nothing. But they’re raucous and good.

From Turkey, we have Athena who you may recognise,  who appear now to be sufficiently establishment punk to contribute a song to the soundtrack of an animated film. Their song Geblo is catchy and and energetic and I was singing along in terrible phonetic Turkish by the end of the first play.

Is the Spanish or Turkish punk spirit more punk?

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Ectoplasma – Futuro Terror [Spooky punk with a holler-along chorus and splendidly tinny main riff]

Geblo – Athena [Don’t be fooled by the cartoon tie in – full of energy and passion!]



Game on: Spain vs Czechia

Look, they’ve changed their name and they want to be called Czechia. Also it’s less to type so I applaud that. This afternoon it’s two nice bits of alternative indie type music. MUCHO from Spain are doing a sort of anthemic, danceable indie rock, where Charlie Straight of Czechia are more from the Ben Folds Five wordy, nerdy indie mould. Which do you prefer?

Whose song was better, Spain or Czechia?

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Nuevas Ruinas – MUCHO [Smart indie rock with a beat you can dance to]

Try Some Stuff You Don’t Think You Should – Charlie Straight [Wordy, poppy indie from Czechia. That’s right, Czechia.]