FORMATS: CD [SOLD OUT] / Digital Album
“España A Las Ocho” mixes the “progressive” parts (can we still speak of post-rock?) of “Fi Qasr...”, BEEF’s previous album, with the directness of “AOR”, their first mini-CD for Elefant. Visually it is undoubtedly a BEEF album, with that characteristic artwork which gives them from the start a distinguished and attractive personality. Musically, it’s a varied and experimental record, or as jokingly defined by David (singer and guitarist, as well as creative half of TELEFILME), a record full of ballads and prog-rock (though they take these concepts to the limit and add them new incentives for the restless ear).
But this experimental vocation doesn’t stop them from writing songs full of pop spirit (“See You In Australia”, or “In The Beginning”, with that vague and charmingly amateur start), or other American sounding aggressive rock, the true punk-rock for the 90’s (“Individual Forms And Worms”, “Integral”). Their lack of prejudices even lets them pulling out a beginning which we could dare to call folk-rock (“Apolo”) or using ethnic samplings and free jazz structures in a theme precisely conducted by the drums (“Basauri”).
The sampler has been an important instrument in this album, and it also helps us to have a quick glance at the brilliant record collection of its creators (and to check once more their intuition when it comes to choose the sampled artists): NURSE WITH WOUND, Jerry Goldsmith, SUICIDE, Ornette Coleman... Well, and also Joanra’s car, and Barcelona street... No idea is too wild for BEEF’s creative world: from chewing crisps at the end of a song to record such bizarre but effective backing vocals on “Lubrica”, the first song on the album, or asking for the help of avant-garde musicians from Barcelona like Mark Cunningham (ex-MARS, RAEO) or Jacob Draminsky, everything is useful to achieve the band’s goal: to keep stepping forward towards the evolution of rock. A target they always hit with each new record.
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