reppin: madrid, spain // Ground Control // 2014 - present
sounds like: the moment before you crash onto a nice, big comfy couch
last album drop: only for uz EP (march 2016)
featuring: fran // david // marco // carlos
Last summer I stumbled across a little known band from Madrid that goes by the name of Baywaves. What started as a duo became a 4-piece, kinda pop, kinda rock, kinda electronic, kinda indie band of really really young dudes. In what they refer to as hipnopop, you really get a different, new kind of vibe that some recent Madrid bands are bringing these days. Young dudes just flipping rock on its head, no big deal.
What drew my ears in to Baywaves was this sense of hypnotic dance sound that is very different from anything else we are listening to these days. It releases your body, frees your mind and gives you happy sort of vibes all over. What is even more exciting is how young they are and how much is ahead in the evolution of this band. They totally get the amazing position they are in and will stop at nothing to keep challenging themselves to create newer and fresher tunes.
These are true newcomers on the scene as they just finished up with some SXSW sets the other week. I am getting the feels that they’ll start following in the footsteps of labelmates The Hinds and The Parrots and be hitting the states regularly for our ear and eyes pleasure. Check out the skype chat I had with these young lads and get on their music!
Y’all are babies in the music world, but have nailed it with that first EP...where did your sound come from and how do you see it evolving over the coming years?
That's a good questions right now because we are in the process of making new songs and we are trying to evolve from that. At first it was mostly David making the tracks and that has been going on for a year and half. We like to use references of bands we enjoy like Manchester Orchestra, Pond, King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard. Then, as we started to take part in this process, we've been listening to more and more. We all come from different background so we have a wide variety of taste. So now, we are just listening and listening and figuring out what to do next. I mean, we just bought a sampler and other equipment.
We are really trying to see what can work next because we know our sound now and what we used to have is working for us and our listeners. We're just trying to know if we can play different types of sound, like experimenting. Can we do this? Maybe we'll find some new things to incorporate into our new music. You know, one day we were listening to some new hip-hop and we're like oh shit, this is giving us a boner. We don't want to keep playing the same type of music.
As a band, what are you learning about yourselves as things are happening so fast? What is the most important factor to keep things together?
That is also a good question because we are also in the process of seeing what ties the bands together. Some of work, some of us our in school studying and getting masters. It is very difficult to find a time with energy to give to the band. So, what ties the band together? If anything, it sound quite cynical, is the idea of just having a band and being able to come here and play. It really depends on the moment. It is a really amazing feeling when we create something together and are like, "oh, that's amazing!"
Right now, making a new song, the whole process, it is something that ties us together because it allows us to really focus on the music. There really isn't one thing that ties us together. All these new things are happening every month, but it always comes back to this idea of just having a band. We are all really enjoying the process. We usually don't even have enough time to think about what is next when something ends because the next thing is happening.
Even just playing in front of fans and having them tell us great things, that keep us going. We've also been trying to build a network with other bands our age. You know, 5 years ago in Spain you would not see 20 year old bands playing festivals and all, so things have really changed.
Lyrics...what do you want your fans to get out of your stories? How do want them to feel?
I think there is a whole concept about the lyrics. First the songs come, then the lyrics so the lyrics are feeding off the songs. We put a lot of thought into them, there is more emphasis on lyrics now in Spain then maybe 10 years ago. We're trying to find what we want to say. We grew up with lyrics not being a big thing the rock scene, but we know it is a thing that fans like. We're trying to use all of our input so our songs are shared between all of us.
Lets talk about your live show. How do you get the crowd going, what is your mission when you take the stage?
After we started playing festivals and releasing the first EP and playing more shows. We knew we had to change things in our live show because before we were only playing once a month. Not only were we recording new songs, but we were really focused on how to incorporate new things.
The rhythmic thing was big with us. Different textures and all. We don't play that many songs live at the moment. Maybe 5 songs in 30 minutes. So yea, we are trying to get into a rhythm and not just be 4 guys jerking around on stage. We want fans to be able to move around and dance, but also be amazed at what we are doing.
I always use funny metaphors to describe bands and artists i write about, what would you use?
A long time ago the one the said was "suave" which is soft in spanish, but I think it has changed since then. Hmmm, we have to think about this one.
You know the moment you are going to fall onto a couch, or something soft, that moment you are in mid-air. For me, that would probably be it.
me: You all provide a soft landing for everyone, I get that. What kind of couch am I falling on?
One that is big enough to lay down on.