I first saw Pony Bravo perform a few years ago at the Ojeando Festival The organisers of the annual Ojeando music festival have announced the dates for next year’s festival which will be held on June 30 and July 1, 2017.
Next year the indie music festival, which is held in the White Town of Ojen, will be held on June 30 and July 1, 2017 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary and promises “Ten Years; Ten Artists; Ten Experiences” along with new features and surprises.
Over the past ten years the town of Ojen has become the focus for some of the best indie bands, both local and national and has hosted some of the top bands including Los Planetas, Ivan Ferrerio, Lori Meyers, Izal and Supersubmarina amongst others
The two day festival sees a host of bands performing on three separate stages in the town centre, two of which are free.
The Ojeando Festival also promotes up and coming bands with its ‘New Talents’ contest which last year was won by the electronic pop act Hungry Butterfly.
This is definitely one for the diary and we will keep you informed as we receive more information including artist confirmations, etc.
Another band I saw at Ojeando was Briatore, an original 5 piece Ska group formed in Marbella back in 2007. Their latest album ‘Wake Up’ was released back in 2014 on the legendary Liquidator label and this next track Short Beat A is just one of the great tracks off of that album.
Making the small step from Ska to reggae, next up is Malaka Youth, winner of the Rototom Iberian Reggae contest in 2014 and playing the massive 8 day Rototom Sunsplash Festival in Valencia for two years running, we had these guys at a Battle of the Bands I was involved in at Louie Louie’s a couple of years ago where they proved a big hit with the audience. This is ‘Alude’ off the album ‘Olas de Cambio’
Another of those bands mixing up funk, jazz, hip hop, reggae, rock and flamenco are the Seville band O’Funk’illo. This exciting band has been gigging constantly for almost 20 years apart from a four year break in the noughties. This band has one of the most exciting bass players in Pepe Bao.
Now for a quick visit across the frontier for a look at the Gibraltar music scene. Returning to the Rock for the summer from their studies in the UK are the band Orangutango. I first caught these guys a few years ago at the Gibraltar Battle of the Bands.
Another of the Rock’s great talents is Sista Dee whose own brand of Gibraltar Reggae has secured her a sizeable following. Many of Sista Dee’s songs have strong political and social statements but this track ‘Zung Zeng’ performed with the Wise Up Crew is a great feel good tune.
Many of Gibraltar’s young musicians head off to the UK to continue their musical development and the three guys from Headwires are amongst those studying at UK music colleges. Having featured in the last two Gibraltar Music Festivals this year they were absent although they were represented by their guitarist Patrick Murphy who performed on the Seaside Stage with The Modern Strangers.
7 Headwires – Colours
Last week I played a track from Dead City Radio who I recently got the chance to see a Louie Louie’s in Estepona. They were performing as part of a double header with a popular band from Estepona The Tragic Company. TTC are a rock band founded back in 2008 and like many groups have seen a number of line up changes since then, the one constant though is front man, Juanma Medina. I’ve got three tracks for you now the first is taken from TTC’s first album ‘Bass, Middle, Treble’ released back in 2011, this is ‘Molly’.
8 The Tragic Company – Molly
As well as The Tragic Company Juanma also demonstrates his versatility and songwriting range with his solo project ‘Blackhorse’ often collaborating with other local musicians, many of whom can be heard on the debut album ‘Songbook’. This track ‘Lesson of Your Life’ is the third track off of that same album.
If you liked that Juanma will be launching his latest solo album at concerts on Friday 7 October at the Rock on the Rock in Gibraltar, and the following day Saturday 9 at Louie Louie’s in Estepona.
The Tragic Company’s latest album ‘Enigma of The Soul’ shows a much harder and grungier sound in stark relief to Juanma’s Blackhorse project.
10 The Tragic Company – Burning Lung
G.A.S. Drummers have released their latest album “Alive and Well”, this is the Jerez punk band’s eighth album, but their first all live release.
Recorded in October 2013 at Sala Supersonic in Cadiz during their “We Got The Light” tour whilst the band were celebrating their 15th anniversary, and has been edited just one time before going out on a limited release of just 300 copies.
The album is released on The Wild Punk label and is available at all good record shops and the usual digital platforms.
Next up are a group of lads from Sotogrande all of whom have been involved in bands since they were kids. I first came across them years ago performing in Sabinillas as Urban Ground if my memory serves me right and since then we had them perform at our very first Battle of the Bands in Sotogrande in 2012. It’s always great to see young talent develop and nowadays they are performing as Jacver. This track is off of their debut ep I/II and is called ‘Begin Again’
Now I know I mention Louie Louie’s in Estepona Port quite often, but it is our nearest serious music venue, bringing bands from around the world to play for the local audience. As well as bands from Australia, Sweden, UK, Europe and the US, you will often find local bands performing to the club’s discerning audience. One such group is The Art club Band, a blues, rock’n’roll, and country outfit from San Pedro, Marbella who performed tracks from their latest EP there recently.
This next tune is the title track from an earlier album and is entitled Road Trip.
13 Art Club Band – Road Trip
Formed in 2011 by José Carlos González, Antonio Correa and Ignacio Córdoba, Malaga Stoner power trio Elephant Riders brings an explosive combination of Stoner, Grunge and Heavy Metal. Furious, bluesy and honest powerful Rock. In 2014 Antonio left the band and former Tragic Company drummer Dimitris Aggelidis joined the riders family. Their first official album “Supernova” was released in early 2014.
Moving even closer to home are the Hip Hop trio Kinientoskilos. KNK have released 7 albums in a ten year career and are continually evolving year on year. This is the title track from their 2010 album Vienen Los Warros.
15 KNK – Vienen Los Warros
Granada bad boy Francisco Javier Rodríguez Morales, AKA Maka, having been released from prison a couple of years ago Maka continues to develop his own brand of flamenco rap drawing on his upbringing in one of Granada’s toughest barrios.
16 Maka – Gracias A Ti
7-piece group Matakalarata are a flamenco rock fusion project from Malaga. The band have been busy gigging up and down the coast as well as appearing at last year’s Espileta Sound and winning the Malaga Crea 2012 contest. This track is from the 2012 album ‘A veces el cielo puede estar bajo suelo’
17 Matakalarata – Concierto Fantasma
Last week I opened the show with some great funk tunes so now it’s about time to return to that genre with a great track from flamenco funk fusion duo Olefunk and Para no Ir Al Infierno.
18 Olefunk – Para No Ir Al Infierno
The Mahandelins are a band from Seville whose music is deeply influenced by Jamaican roots, reggae and ska, with a liberal dash of classic rock. As well as an energetic live show the band released their debut album ‘Southern Cream’ from which this next track ‘Let The River Flow’ is taken
19 The Mahandelins – Let The River Flow
One of the Costa del Sol’s great musical characters is Denys Sanchez who apart from providing vocals for the rock band El Alma and the Queen tribute act Queen of Magic he also fronts his own band, the glam/hair metal outfit Denys y Los Histericos. Having just released their latest album En El Corazon de la Noche’ this track ‘Bourbon Sobre Tu Piel’ is off of the 2014 album ‘Retrorock’.
20 Denys y Los Histericos – Bourbon Sobre Tu Piel
Faithful to the tradition of mid sixties British rhythm & blues, Seville garage rock band The Del Shapiros continue the tradition started by groups like the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, etc.
This track ‘Have You Seen’ is off of their 2015 album Sangre con Tomate and gives more than just a passing nod to the early Beatles sound.
21 Del Shapiros – Have you seen
Another band carrying the torch for the sounds of the sixties is Electrohumedos. Also from Seville, Electrohumedos are an instrumental surf trio and this track Morrina Verspertini is from their imaginatively named debut album Electrohumedos’ First Album.
22 Electrohumedos – Morrina Verspertini
Originally from Malaga, Flaming Dolls are an all girl rock group now based in Madrid. Fortunately for us the girls regularly return home to visit and to perform live. I’ve seen them a few times now and they never fail to entertain.
23 Flaming Dolls – La Historia No Aprendido
Andalucian music covers every genre imaginable, but of course flamenco is what it is probably best known for. Whilst I shan’t be covering this genre in any great depth, it would be remiss of me not to play something by the local flamenco guitarist/composer Daniel Casares. A native of Estepona, Daniel is enjoying faming on the global stage, recently performing in Rio, New York and London.
This track is a homage to Estepona’s Plaza de las Flores and is from his 2010 album El Ladron del Agua.
24 Daniel Casares – Plaza de las Flores
Marbella blues one man band Hot Nasho and Himself Orchestra has enjoyed a varied career collaborating with many other artists including Felix Slim, before going solo with his one man show. His first album ‘All Packed To Go’ explores a diverse range of blues styles from Delta to Chicago style and includes this next track Back to Mama.
25 Hot Nasho – Back to Mama
Coming next is another track that I discovered on the excellent compilation album Malaga Es Rock. This is by an experimental rock band based in Malaga called Ode on Dreams and is entitled Arena, which originally appeared on the band’s self titled album released back in 2010, and available as a free download on Bandcamp.
25 Ode on Dreams – Arena