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Two urgent and vitamin-enriched minutes with “Los Modernos”

New to the mighty list of bands at Clifford Records is a power trio that thrills the listener with original material and a wink to the illustrious history of Spanish pop. They are Los Modernos, from León.

In the final years of the 20th century, Hector was the founding member and bassist at the heart of Los Flechazos. His passion for New Wave and the Mod revival served as a counterbalance to the obsession at that time with sixties sounds, thus giving the León band its own personality. Maxi is a great guitarist with rock ’n roll in his blood, who in his youth was the soul of Spanish band Los Booguies. An unrepentant AC/DC fan, he might spend hours perfecting a lick in his bedroom, but he gives a solid and tight performance. Conrado has just come of age and is a mod drummer in the tradition of Keith Moon. A few years ago, he played for Cooper on their Aperitivo tour. His progression has been meteoric, becoming one of the most interesting musicians of the local scene. He is the leader of Los Modernos, because the others see that it is his natural place.

Together, these three guys are explosive. Always arguing and fighting, really laying into each other. Just like The Who. Like the Kinks. Like the Gallaghers. The rehearsal room is a laboratory, where experiments sometimes shoot through the roof; chords and melodies charged with energy and excitement, like a rocket that everyone wants to steer. This stubborn competition between rock, beat and power-pop is certainly not sterile. It’s the shit!

After a few performances and hour upon hour of rehearsals, the band locked themselves in the studio to record all the songs in their repertoire. You have before you an impressive collection of urgent and vitamin-enriched songs with a touch of the classics: little hymns knocked out by guys who pay no attention to new labels or postmodernity.

The album opens with Dos Minutos (Two Minutes), a pop song propelled by drumbeats and pop-art guitars that sets the trajectory for the rest of the album: energy and melodies in the tradition of the Vapors, Doctor Feelgood and The Plimsouls. From the pub-rock of Curvas Peligrosas (Dangerous Curves), via the Beatle-esque kaleidoscopic glasses of Mi Diosa Zen (My Zen Goddess) to the echoes of revival and boogie bass of Acechándome (Stalking Me), this LP is full of joy. Maxi takes on the role of composer in a state of grace with increasing conviction in his voice, accompanied by the capable ex-Flechazos Hector and the revitalising energy of Conrado on drums.

Special mention goes to the introspective El Tiempo Por Vivir (Time to Live), with its cascade of minor chords and gorgeous guitar parts, accompanying an almost baroque melody straight out of a Fastball or Polaridad song. One of the band’s best-known live songs, a catchy track with opening chords that evoke the times when Majorcans wanted to sound like the Fuzztones.

Dos Minutos is a great calling card for this new band; the first proclamation from a group with an overwhelming future ahead. Grab yourself an album and catch them live in concert. It can only drum up good things!