Thursday, 22 April 2010

Indietracks interview #4: La La Love You

At last year’s Indietracks we were delighted to link up with Elefant records and bring you some excellent Spanish pop groups, culminating in La Casa Azul’s fantastic slot on the Saturday night. To keep this spirit alive in 2010, we’ve invited Spanish punk-popsters La La Love You to join the bill this year.

La La Love You are David, Roberto, Jorge, Rafa and Miguel from Madrid. The group was formed in the summer of 2005 and home-recorded their first record ‘Princesitas’ (Little Princess), which became a critical and commercial success in Spain. Several months later the group released their first album ‘Umm… que rico!’, (‘Umm ... that rich!’), which included the single ‘Sabes que te quiero’ (‘You know I love you’). This song appeared on the soundtrack to the film ‘Carlitos y el campo de los sueños’ (‘Carlos and the field of dreams’), which is a heartwarming tale about an orphan with a talent for football whose headmaster hates the game and tries to sabotage his career!

In 2009, the band were candidates for Spain’s Eurovision entry and are well known across Spain for their fun and very different concerts. We spoke to David from the band to find out a bit more about the band.

Hi David, tell us a little bit about La La Love You

La La Love You is a pop band (obviously, this is a pop festival, right?). It’s kind of fast distorted pop, sometimes close to punk, so we like to call it punki-pop, or punk for kids.

The band members are four Spanish young boys, handsome and responsible. Our favourite colour is pink.

Who are you influenced by and what music are you enjoying at the moment?

It’s not easy to think of another band that sounds just like us. Maybe the Ramones. Yes, there’s them and us, but it’s hard to decide which is better :-)

Anyway, we’re four members and each one has their own musical taste. Some only listen to pop, others rock, and our drummer has decided to never listen to music again to concentrate on his things.

I’d like to recommend some Spanish bands. You already know that there is an excellent indie pop scene: La Casa Azul, Cooper, Zipper and other bands that played at Indietracks previously. But there are also some great punk pop bands with a Ramones vibe such as Fanta, Airbag and Arny Division (check out their myspaces!)

What attracted you to play the Indietracks festival?

Most of all, we wanted to be in this festival cause of envy. Zipper told us how much fun they had last year and we wanted to be part of it.

Also, it’s the first time we’ll play outside our country. We’ve played in every corner of Spain, but it’s the first time we’ll play in England! We’re reviewing our English notes, because we happen to be the four worst English speakers ever together in a band. (This interview wouldn’t have been possible without Google Translate!).

We are very excited about playing in a train station too, even though we have to admit it’s not gonna be our first time! In Burgos (Spain) there is a pub called ‘The Wagon’, and the stage is an old wagon. It’s starting to be a regular part of our career.

Do you have any surprises planned for the Indietracks festival?

We’ve always tried to make our shows different (and when we haven’t tried, it still happens). I guess it’s because we try to compensate our lack of playing skills with fun and crazyness. For anybody who doesn’t know us yet, we invite them to check us out on youtube, and see some of the strange things we’ve done. Of course, for this event we promise to plan something spectacular.

Do you have any exciting plans for the rest of the year?

We’re working on our second album that will probably be recorded in NY in August (after performing we’ll take a train from the Midland Railway Centre). It will be our last gig before the new album comes out so that makes it even more special. We’ll play the best songs from our first album, and the best of what we’re planning. We’ll unveil a new show, some new songs and a new image too!

Besitos and hope to see you all there! Here’s our last video, dedicated to our favourite Spanish actress. (I’m the cool blonde one, the one that sings!)

Ace - thanks David!