See the tour dates below.
The band recently released Schmaltz via A-F Records in March.
See the tour dates below.
The band recently released Schmaltz via A-F Records in March.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:37 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
When it comes to building a world, details matter. Whether the world exists in a movie, a book, or even a song. Details are what make us feel the heat of an ember or the exuberance of youth. Even in punk, lyrics are enriched by the tics and specific imagery of a time and place. It gives weight to a slice-of-life, enough so that by the time the last note fades away, we feel like what was just sung to us happened, that it is cemented in reality, as part of our world as it is the world of the song.
LA’s Spanish Love Songs fill their sad sack anthems with the tiniest details, and by the last song, Schmaltz feels as lived-in as an old sneaker, and might just be 2018’s first great album.
As far as punk rock goes, this is the sort that captures me immediately. I pride myself on liking a lot of different punk, the stuff that barks and snarls, sneers or moans. Hardcore, crust, pop punk, a little emo, a little post, but my favorites these days are the result of introspective and eloquent songwriters that can match poetic lyrics to big singalongs. Stuff like the Menzingers, Red City Radio, and now— Spanish Love Songs, a band that’ll likely draw comparisons to the former, but manages in the end to carve out an identity of their own with Schmaltz.
Spanish Love Songs’ music is personal, so personal it hurts. It reminds me of how I felt the first time I heard Against Me! That feeling of did they really just say that? There’s strength in that sort of abandon, and Spanish Love Songs is benching above their weight. Opening song, “Nuevo” is a quiet track driven by piano chords courtesy Meredith Van Woert, rich in top-notch imagery, sung in an affectatious Greg Barnett-esque croon by Dylan Slocum. Slocum sings, “And I can’t help but laugh at these edge kids I used to mosh with at church hardcore shows, getting blasted on Pabst and burning holes into the wall with their Parliaments.” You immediately have a sense of time and place, but in the end, Slocum doesn’t shy away from prying open old wounds, “Well fuck, I’m miserable, which means it’s me that hasn’t changed.” Simple and direct, no bullshit. Schmaltz is filled with these sorts of lines, ones we’ve said to ourselves in our darkest moments, and Spanish Love Songs fits them to a melody and forces us to sing along. It’s the unique sort of confrontation that feeling-forward punk thrives on, recognition and acceptance of us at our worst.
The music itself is great, with memorable and energetic fretwork. “Sequels, Remakes, and Adaptations” begins with a guitar line that explodes out of thin air, while the song also introduces a melody that becomes a motif throughout the album, a smart move that makes a record tangibly cohesive, beyond something more ephemeral like thematics. It also introduces some speed, which is always much appreciated in a subgenre often critiqued for its mid-tempo emotional jams.
“The Boy Considers His Haircut” is my clear favorite from the album, a song that takes minutiae and reveals it to be symptoms of a greater angst. It has great screamlong melodies throughout the song, without ever dipping into a strict verse-chorus structure. The aversion to, but not total rejection of, traditional song structure reveals another parallel between Spanish Love Songs and The Menzingers—the effect is a strong one though, making each song feel natural, like it’s growing off of itself in new and organic directions.
There’s too many great songs on Schmaltz to talk about individually, but the number of highlights could very well be the same as its tracklisting, as each new listen offers something new to appreciate. That’s the depth the songwriting brings to the album; there’s a lot to unpack and Spanish Love Songs craft their music to make sure you want to unpack it, even when it hurts, even when it’s just a mirror to our discontent.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 3:02 AM (PST) by Johnny X
The tune is off their upcoming album Schmaltz due out March 30th on A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (EU). It’s the first new album from Spanish Love Songs since the 2015 release of Giant Sings The Blues.
If your a fan of The Weakerthans check these guys out.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:25 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
L.A. grouch punks Spanish Love Songs are streaming their new song “Bellyache” off the upcoming album Schmaltz. It’s hard not to enjoy this tune, it finds a perfect mix of loud and mellow all that same time. The band has also announced a tour which gets under way April 11th and will stretch until May 19th.
Give this gem a listen below and be sure to check out the poster above for a show near you.
Schmaltz is set to be released March 30th on A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (EU). It’s the first new album from Spanish Love Songs since the 2015 release of Giant Sings The Blues. If your a fan of The Weakerthans check these guys out.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 2:21 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Los Angeles based grouch rockers Spanish Love Songs, have released a brand new track. ‘Beer & Nyquil (Hold It Together)’ is the second single from the band’s upcoming album Schmaltz, out March 30th through A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (EU).
Head down below to check out ‘Beer & Nyquil (Hold It Together)’.
Friday, February 2, 2018 at 3:39 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Friday, January 26, 2018 at 3:55 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Los Angeles’ Spanish Love Songs have announced their new album Schmaltz will be released on March 30th through A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (EU). Check out the cover art and tracklist below, and stay tuned for streams of new songs.
This will be the band’s second full-length, following their 2015 debut Giant Sings The Blues. They recently released the Buffalo Buffalo EP, which features a couple songs that will appear on Schmaltz. You can give that a listen here.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 4:30 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
Welcome to 2018, comrades! In case you were wondering, Bob’s resolution for this new year is to tighten up his editing time frames so that we’re not playing Christmas themed songs in January and Anarchopunk is pretty much perfect, so he has nothing to improve upon, thus no resolutions were established. We’re really hoping that your new year’s resolution was to listen to more punk news podcasts! If so, you’re really gonna dig this one! In this installment, we’re featuring a menagerie of international punk bands. We’ve got French punks, British punks, South African punks, Canadian punks and we even sprinkled in some American punks with an interview from the Los Angeles based grouch punk act, Spanish Love Songs. All of this and more in Episode Four of the new and improved Dying Scene Radio, below!
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Big news day today for Dyingscene homies Spanish Love Songs. LA’s favourite grouch rockers not only announced their signing to A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (EU), but also dropped a brand new EP. As the icing on the cake, title track ‘Buffalo Buffalo‘ even comes with a shiny new video, which we are very proud to premiere for you today. Frontman Dylan Slocum about the new songs:
“The songs on Buffalo Buffalo give a quick glimpse of where we’ve been for the past few years — falling in love while it feels like the world’s imploding, getting too old to be young dudes in a band, and trying real hard to stay positive. They’re also a glimpse of what’s to come, and we hope people love them as much as we do.”
If you’re just as excited as us to hear these songs live, be sure to catch the band on one of their upcoming West Coast tour dates with Ducking Punches or at pre-Fest and Fest in Florida. In the meantime, head down below to catch new tunes, a brand new video for ‘Buffalo Buffalo’ and SLS’ upcoming party dates.
Monday, September 25, 2017 at 3:36 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
Los Angeles punks Spanish Love Songs are to tour throughout October, culminating in their appearance at Fest. The band play a series of dates in the west before heading over there at the end of the month. Support for all dates is the UK’s Ducking Punches.
Full details of the tour are below.
Friday, December 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
SoCal based punk/indie label, Wiretap Records has released it’s first annual Christmas Compilation just in time for the holidays! The compilation includes new Holiday themed tracks from Wiretap bands and friends including Spanish Love Songs, Avenues, Get Married, Sons of Strangers as well as Margate, The Dollyrots, The Stragglers, The Record Collection and loads more. Proceeds from the compilation will be donated to the Anti Bullying organization, Stomp Out Bullying. Stream the comp below to get your Christmas spirit going, then head over to the label’s Bandcamp page to make a donation and download the album!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 12:40 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Los Angeles punk rock band Spanish Love Songs recently sat down on the Dressed In Black Sessions to play an acoustic version of their song “Concrete.”
You can check it out below.
Friday, November 4, 2016 at 10:35 AM (PST) by villagebrown
Los Angeles punk rock band Spanish Love Songs are embarking on their first ever tour of Europe. The band will be making stops in Belgium, Germany, Italy, France, and Switzerland from November 4th-12th. They will start Baracke, DE and work their way over to Bearded Punk Fest in Belgium on February 12th.
In celebration of this milestone, the group actually covered a spanish love song. You can check out the dates and locations for this tour as well as their cover of Enrique Iglesias’ “Escapar” below.
Los Angeles punks Spanish Love Songs have premiered a music video for their track “Bad Day” off of their latest album “Giant Sings The Blues”, which was released this past year via Wiretap Records (US) and Bearded Punk Records (EU).
The video release precedes the band heading overseas next week for their first European Tour. They’ll be joined by fellow Bearded Punk Records band Drum Drum Dance Dance.
Check out the video for “Bad Day” and the bands European tour dates below.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 5:51 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The band’s debut album Giant Sings The Blues was released in 2015 through Wiretap Records.
Hailing from Lincoln, UK Nieviem is a newer skate punk band that has been tearing it up for a little over a year. Steadily releasing new songs, live recordings, and EPs, the band continues the trend with their second EP The Hope Is There. The EP is fast and heavy, borrowing from hardcore but still strongly entrenched in 90's skate punk. If that sounds up your alley, then give it a listen here.