When Radiohead’s Thom Yorke was asked in an interview as to what Spanish groups he listens to, all heads turned to Tres Cantos, a small town on the outskirts of Madrid when he answered with the name of the most fascinating band in Spain’s current indie scene, Vetusta Morla.
Taking their name from the ancient turtle Morla, a character from The Neverending Story; they released ‘Un Día En El Mundo’ (A day in the world) under their own label and it quickly became one of the best rock albums in 2008. The album is laced with deep, personal lyrics that reflect the life of a modern European youth accompanied by dirty distortion yet melodic guitars that reminds us of Radiohead’s own ‘Pablo Honey’. The profound, almost philosophical lyrics will be a delight for any Spanish speaker. However, the high-range and melodic voice of the lead singer Pucho, makes it so that knowing Spanish is not even necessary.
‘Un Día en el Mundo’ (A Day in the World) starts with ‘Autocrítica’ (Self Critic) introduced by slow drums and lots of bass melody that leads us into crazy, rhythmic guitars that are the base for the rest of the album. Songs like ‘La Cuadratura del Círculo’ (The Squareness of the Circle) and ‘Valiente’ (Brave) feature energetic and intense rock. Tracks like Copenhague, which talks about loving with miles in between give an intermission with its slow beats. ‘La Marea’ (The Tide) deals philosophically with hardship.
With a fast growing fan base in Madrid and all of Spain, it is now common to hear them in rock bars. Vetusta Morla are known for giving it all live at concerts where their fans are louder than them, singing along every single word of their only album.
Vetusta, as they’re commonly referred to, are currently working on the follow-up to ‘Un Día en el Mundo’ and not touring.
You can check them out here.