Social Square presents its latest demo EP, « It vs. You », published on jamendo last month. In 3 tracks, the band gives its best with a concentrated punch rock’n’roll. Recorded in Paris and mastered in Seattle, these pieces can hold their head high compared to british bands, driven by the voice of the American singer of the band.
The band was created in Paris, on Chistmas Eve 2005, from the meeting of 3 musicians: Bazman (bass guitar) and Pat (guitar and vocals), joined later on by Faez, the drummer of two Parisian bands Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Toxic Sonic. Drawing its love from independent British rock of the 90’s, the musicians combine noisy atmospheres and harmonic sensitivity, rowdy guitars and melodic vocals, with an inspiration coming from bands such as Pixies, Deftones, Smashing Pumpkings or Sonic Youth.
One of the main distinctive characteristics of Social Square comes from his will to avoid the easy ways and to go always further in creativity. It results in a perfectly mastered saturation, wisely arranged breaks and beautiful flights of dramatic guitar. Nothing can blur the pleasure that comes naturally from tracks like «Walk In Your Shoes», «No One Knows» and «It Vs. You».
Always willing to share its energy on stage, the band sets foot on the main Parisian rock halls during its first years (Batofar, Flèche d’Or, Réservoir, Glazart...).
Until you go to see Social Square on stage, listen to its latest project or discover (again) its first productions « No Help from Here » and « So Cold »
It smells holiday and Los Sundayers arrives with their second album “Cógelo”, This Spanish collective plays an energetic music, a mix between reggae, ska, funk and all the styles each member will bring out. Always ready to party, you could see them everywhere in Spain and maybe in Europe in the next months.
You are a big band! How many people are you and where are you from?
We are ten musicians right now! But with a good compression we can adapt our show to any stage, haha! And we compose and do our reharsals in Madrid, Spain.
What is the function of each one?
Carlos drums, Areta percussion (congas, pailas), Barto bass guitar, César electric guitar, Lita keyboards, Ana trombone, Pablo trumpet, María voice, Belén voice, Dani voice. Also, we share others functions in the band as backline organization, vans hiring, management, merchandising...
How did you choose the name of the band?
In Spain the real sundayer are peoples who go to the countryside, but only by car and during the weekend, and in many cases don´t respect enough the nature. We changed the term to give it a party connotation because we love traveling but enjoying and respecting the nature and with a further ecological vision.
How would you describe your music?
It´s impossible!! we love too many styles, so we play all we like: reggae, ska, funk, swing, latin, rock, balkan...Maybe fusion it´s an appropriate term, but we don´t like labels. The only thing that´s sure it´s that is music to dance and to get good feelings.
Who makes the choices about the song? Who makes the composition and the lyrics?
It´s a hard work, we do the choices all together, but the original idea of a new song always is brought by one of us, and not always the same one. The lyrics, depending on the song, are composed in origin by the three singers, Barto and Ana. Later other members change some words or phrases to adapt the melodies or because they have better ideas to add to some parts.
Are you some professional musicians? Are you in tour all the year? Do you play in other countries?
Not now. Some members studied music but not professionally. The band was formed with the idea of enjoy music traveling and discovering places and people. We know that is very difficult to live of our music right now, so we try to have good moments with it and make the audience dance and enjoy our songs.
Right now we have between 20-25 five shows in a year but only in Spain. We have the idea of traveling around Europe this autumn and winter, so we are looking for european management because we know that it's very expensive to bring ten musicians to Europe and for us it’s too difficult to book dates.
Where did you make your best concert?
We have very good remains in some concerts. We played in two street shows in the Barceloneta beach, with peoples who were walking at the street, stopping to watch our spectacle and getting surprised. Also we played at the doors of the Viñarock festival, one of the most important open air festival in Spain.
Can you explain what is AE Distro and how do you work with them?
We worked with them from 2007 to 2009. They distributed our first album, "Eterno Domingo". They are a copyleft discography that publishes bands under Creative Commons licenses and make booking for some others too. Right now we autopublished everything because we don´t have the money to work with them and we prefer to be absolutely independent, only publishing our album on internet.
If you could make a show or song with one artist or band, who would you choose?
To promote Creative Commons-licensed music and the musicians behind them, Musikpiraten e.V. comes back this year with the Free! Music! Contest.
Until the end of July, musicians and bands releasing their art under a Creative Commons license could subscribe on the website of the association for the contest. Until August 22th there will be an additional remix-phase: the participating artists are invited to submit single stems or acapellas in addition to the individual audio tracks. By submitting individual tracks or the submission of music videos, the chance to be on the sampler will increase - but just a little bit.
A panel of music bloggers, artists and netlabel enthusiast will decides who will be promoted on the Free! Music! Sampler 2010. It will be available as a free download and also pressed on CD. The highlight of the Free! Music! Contests will be on October 2nd in a party at the Wiesbaden Kreativfabrik.
Free! Music! Contest 2009
In 2009, nearly 60 artists, mainly from germany but also from other european countries, the U.S. and Brazil, filed Creative Commons-licensed music for Free! Music! Contest. The published compilation presents a wide selection of music style: german punk, english rock, electro, jazz and modern piano music, almost everything is available.
Despite a price of 2.50 € and a free download option, all 1000 CDs have been given away. On the publication day the sampler has been downloaded only at musik.klarmachen-zum-aendern.de more then 1,500 times!
Musikpiraten e.V. is a registered non-profit association whose purpose is to promote free culture with emphasis on music as an artistic mean of expression. To achieve these objectives, the association organizes and supports events and opereates the musik.klarmachen-zum-aendern.de.
On the website, the association regularly presents bands and musicians who have released their works for free. Each month a creative commons licensed film is presented and shared. In addition, many projects are presented, which can help creatives to make their works more easily accessible to the public, so as to increase their awareness. Last but not least, current news from the world of free culture are published.