Here at Elefant Records, we continue to focus on fresh blood with our collection, “New Adventures In Pop”, and this time we want to talk about AIKO EL GRUPO. The band is based in Madrid, and is formed by Tere(guitar and vocals), Lara (guitar and vocals), Bárbara (keyboards and vocals) and Jaime (drums and vocals). Their freshness and aplomb (and anger) remind us of the punk-pop sound of groups like JOANNA GRUESOME, VERONICA FALLS and COMET GAIN, with touches of the riot grrrl spirit of American groups like LE TIGRE, BRATMOBILE and BIKINI KILL.
LINE UP: TERESA IÑESTA (guitar and vocals / Valle de Camargo-Cantabria), LARA MIERA (guitar and vocals / Valle de Camargo-Cantabria), BÁRBARA LÓPEZ (keyboard and vocals / Lucena-Córdoba), JAIME ACOSTA (Drum y vocals / Madrid)
Their first Single includes two songs. “A Mí Ya Me Iba Mal De Antes” begins strong, with a string of memorable lines, full of rage and nihilism. “Prefiero tener suerte… A tener buen corazón” (I’d rather have good luck… Than a good heart)is the line that marks the chorus of a solid, furious song. It is impossible to not instantly empathize. The song is accompanied by “Si Me Conoces Tanto (¿Por Qué Me Haces Sufrir?)”, which is more melodic, but just as out of control (it reminds us so much of TIGER TRAP!), with that wild keyboard.
The group was initially formed by Tere (who now also plays in YAWNERS and REPION), Lara and Bárbara, in a night of alcohol and inspiration. Tere and Lara have known each other since grade school, in the bay of Santander; Bárbara finished school in Lucena and moved to Madrid to go to university, and that is when she met Tere. The three of them would go to the rehearsal space that Tere had in Almendrales to pass the time, and they started coming up with interesting things. Basically, what brought them together was a shared feeling of spite from the three of them having had their hearts broken the year before, and they needed to get those feelings out with healthy anger and without falling into self-pity or sadness. They played their first concert (without Jaime) in Cantabria in a self-run festival in a space they have there. But Jaime was inthe audience in that show, he saw them, and he offered to play drums with the group, and that same day they said “yes” and he completed the line-up. From there, they quickly got into recording their first songs in the Buran Studios (Puente de Vallecas neighborhood) with David Baldo, which led to this as the group’s first single.
Their attitude and nerve are an exercise in effervescence and youth. We cannot wait to see (and hear) everything they are capable of doing.
AIKO EL GRUPO: "Va totalmente en serio ..." Mini LP 10"
AIKO EL GRUPO are new proof of the incredible state of the Spanish punk-pop scene. But more than that, they are a promise of great, energetic things to come.
AIKO EL GRUPO "Romantinski" Single y Video
Their trademark distortions and roughhousing, one of those choruses that are fresher and more immediate that most people know how to do, extraordinary lyrics and the endless need to move. Carlos Hernández (LOS PLANETAS, CAROLINA DURANTE, AXOLOTES MEXICANOS, TRIÁNGULO DE AMOR BIZARRO, AIRBAG, JUNIPER MOON...) has recorded, mixed, produced and mastered this new single amazingly.
AIKO EL GRUPO "Niños Furbito Y Niñas Lo Que Sea" Single
The Madrid-based quartet surpasses themselves with each new release, and this time they’re bringing high school stereotypes to the arena with them (using as a starting point a sentence a phys ed teacher really said), and all the frustration that goes with that, and writing it into an irresistible, furious chorus full of rage.
The B-side of this Digital Single includes one more surprise: “La Seli”, a song paying tribute to Araceli, Bárbara’s mom.
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