The band wrote the album during a very short period of time while being surrounded by a heap of emotional, social and political factors that in the past few years almost everybody has named 'crisis'. It is one of those words, so misused and worn down, that it has lost its meaning. It was important to find a replacement, necessary to be able to move forward, to describe more accurately a certain personal or collective reality. Vetusta Morla have found that alternative term to 'crisis' in the 'drift' (La Deriva).
In response to the urgent nature of the album, the band developed a raw and direct sound, not taking pleasure in harmonic reveries but giving the leadership to the rhythm section and lowering the number of musical elements that come into play. It is a challenge for certain sonic roughness, seeking edges instead of softness.
As for lyrics, this record tries to meet the demand of relevance with a more direct language. They don't renounce the elliptical images characteristic of the band, as well as their intentioned and suggestive vagueness that leaves space to the listener's interpretation; but they reduce metaphorical and poetic strength, giving more importance to criticism, irony and humor.
The band got involved in the 15-M movement (Bewegung 15. Mai, (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proteste_in_Spanien_2011/2012) , a political movement unaffiliated to any party. It was originated by a popular initiative calling for a regeneration of politics in Spain, to be more focused on citizens' real necessities, fairer and transparent, less crooked and more participative and open to everybody. The movement got diluted in its own lack of institutional ambitions, but created a positive climate of awareness, debate and reflection, unseen to that date. Eventually it also led to the foundation of the political party “Podemos.”
In that climate La Deriva was written, specifically tracks like its first single, Golpe Maestro (The Masterstroke), dealing with ruler's corruption, the consequent general disappointment and the need to revert that situation, taking back the political public space for citizens.
That's how Vetusta Morla have found a way to include political and social issues in their universe: from a emotional perspective, as part of a more global concept ('the drift' in this case) that covers other sentimental and personal matters and understanding that musicians are not social analysts, neither politicians but they are citizens that live their certain reality. Songs must not be slogans, and maybe can't change the world, but, like the 15-M movement, can create a particular atmosphere, in this case, given to reflection, hope or positive anger.
To coincide with their second, first proper tour of Germany the band will release a special German version of La Deriva that includes two previously unreleased tracks: Puntos Suspensivos (Three Dots or” Ellipsis”) and Profetas de la Mañana (Morning Prophets). But they are not the typical bonus material for a typical special edition. These two songs really complete the album, as they were written specifically to close the record, so they appeared at the very end of the process, and intentionally play the role of an ending, an epilogue, a 'to be continued' or a farewell to everything said before. For various reasons they were not recorded before, but now appear to accomplish their mission: to serve as a conclusion for La Deriva and as a first look into what's coming next.
Existing and new fans will have the opportunity to be the first to experience the fantastic live show and album that “La Deriva” is together with its musical conclusion and a glimpse into an exciting future ahead. Vetusta Morla may be well be the first Spanish band since Heroes del Silencio to break through in Germany.
The album will be accompanied by two singles and videos “Fuego” and “Golpe Maestro.”
Vetusta Morla – La Deriva Tour 2015 (presented by GMO – The Label)
- 28, Saturday - Lido, Berlin
- 29, Sunday - Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg
- 1, Tuesday - Bahnhof Langendreer, Bochum
- 2, Wednesday - Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, Cologne
- 3, Thursday - Nachtleben, Frankfurt
Tickets for all shows: http://bit.ly/VetustaMorlaGermanyTickets
The album “La Deriva (German Edition)” will be out on GMO – The Label as “GMO 060” on November 6 in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It will be distributed by Rough Trade Distribution (CD) and Zebralution (digital).
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