WINTER SEVERITY INDEX, 28-03-2015, ROCK PALACE, MADRID...

On few occasions I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a concert of a band that I really love. This was one of them. Since 2011 I follow this great band that makes me shake an vibrate with every composition they make. Finally I had the chance to enjoy their live.   My good friends from De Profundis (who are celebrating their 8th anniversary as event and concert promoters), brought us this girls from Rome during a promising evening. In addition, I was invited to collaborate with them as DJ in the after-show party. It was a night in which we would meet a lot of life-long great friends making the most of this event. The chosen hall, Rock Palace, small, but special for concerts like this one. The night was promising, yes, and a lot… Already on the small stage of the hall and facing the expectant public, even though it wasn’t very numerous, Simona with the guitar and Alessandra with the keyboard, they seemed to be accompained by Giovanni Stacone with his bass, which would give a lot more strength to their songs live. “The Gift”, outstanding and touching song from their EP “Survival Rate”, is the chosen one to start their concert. True and deep Cold Wave, sounding at last in Madrid.   A spectacular beginning for what promised to be a great performance. Simona’s voice was marvelous and surrounded everything causing a lot of sensations. I wasn’t surprised by them starting with this song, in fact I think it is the one that reflects the band’s spirit.   This expected beginning (for my part, at least), was followed by “Bianca”, song which was the beginning of their last and praised work “Slanting Ray”. Songs followed one another facing a public that...

HAR BELEX + DARKWOOD, 28 February 2015, Gruta 77 concert hall, Madrid...

I had the chance to enjoy a concert by Har Belex before and (I didn’t know them) I was impressed. Time passed, I got to know their repertoire and songs that, little by little started to take up some important places of my life and routine. In addition, we had the chance to interview them for the podcast and they showed that, apart from excellent musicians, they were great people. That said, you can get to know how much I wanted this 28 February to arrive and enjoy this duo (quartet live) face to face. Well, the day had come. The concert hall was Gruta 77 again, a guarantee of quality, comfort (normally) and good sound. The company was the best one. I am getting used to go to concerts with people whose only presence is worth the ticket. I hope it lasts. Besides, Har Belex came with Darkwood, another guarantee for a magical night. Punctuality in the opening of the doors, the recital began a little late but in a very prudential hour for what it is normal in this hall. We knew that the repertoire was going to be short: a very recent CD, a shared EP that could provide a song and another one from the Places compilation; if they play everything. Maybe some version that could stretch on the show. It didn’t matter. The weight of the songs was more important than the number. A Ray Of Moon and its ‘bequerian’ lyrics to get started. The sound, perfect. The vocal-instrumental conjunction, flawless. The addition of David Sagastume’s cello or Aritz Uriarte’s guitar (or whatever this guy brought to his hands) for the concert, excellent. Salva’s deep voice (I don’t know where he leaves the accent when he sings) sings every...

OCTOBER PEOPLE, 23 January 2015, Moby Dick, Madrid...

It was very, very cold in Madrid that night. A temperature that’s necessary if you want to enjoy the warmth of the introduction of an album which name’s Love Is Colder Than Death. As nonsensical as it may seem, the idea I had about what was going to occur that night, was exactly that one. A striking radiation of warmth and energy… Cold as only love and death can be. I foretold everything; the recent interview with the band, the usual hearing of an album that has become one of my favorites, and has been revolving through my player again and again. October People rarely appear live (much less that I would like to) and the Moby Dick concert hall seemed to be the perfect place. Before the concert, expected conversations, the best company (or almost) for the event and the deep wish that everything would be a success. And cold, that one that leaks through your bones a lot. That was going to be fixed soon, though. More or less as the long introduccion (as normally)that came before Wishes began. A song that could be used as a summary for the rest of the night. Sounded fantastic and Gio seemed extremely exultant. With all of this, both of the aspects were going to get better during the rest of the recital. As difficult as it may seem, since the beginning, since the first song, everything felt perfectly “oiled”. The habitual lights, red and blue, smoke, a lot of smoke from the ‘80s. It decorated the hall, but it made difficult the work of the fotographers. They came to work, I see them clapping every moment. Behind me I feel that the company that I told before liked the song. It was only a...