“On July, 8 2013 we retreated to the small mountain village, by the Pyrenean foothills, Bigüézal, Navarra. We rented a small house, that was not covered and did not have internet, where we lived for three months. In one of the small rooms we set up a makeshift studio. And it was that beautiful and hermit like environment that gave shape to our most radical record.”
El Columpio Asesino has always done things in their own way, and have built an impermeable identity that has grown outside trends and fashions. `Diamantes´(Mushroom Pillow, 2011) has been enthroned by Indie charts in both Spain and in Latin America, and `Toro´ will remain a classic of the era. Although they have enjoyed relative popularity, it has always been a group with riotous and dark roots, and has enjoyed the respect and admiration of many musicians.
The inspiration for this album comes from the decay of values in the present age and of the house in which it was recorded. The sound includes the New York underground scene of the late 70s (Suicide, ESG), Kraut groups (Beak), industrial (Einstürzende Neubaten), techno pop (Soft Cell), and the timeless classics that have always accompanied the group.
“The atmosphere of the disc materializes the restlessness and social distortion we want to express and reflect.”
The album was produced by Dani Ulezia and the Arizaleta brothers, all members of El Columpio Asesino. Iñaki de Lucas has accompanied them throughout this task. Unlike previous albums, Dani Ulezia acheives a more raw and tense sound.
The overall tone of the album is perfectly reflected in its cover, a photo of Peio Izcue, like its title.
“In this time of confusion we all can see what is reflected in that figure, distorted, always out of focus, and not with a longing of happiness but simply a desire to live as specimens of synchronization with reality.”
As for the title: “On January 13, 2012, the Italian Cruise ship, Costa Concordia, ran aground. 32 people died. The captain escaped. On December 6 of the same year there was a beached whale in La Concha in San Sebastian. The similarity of both images seemed a brutal symbol of the wreck we are witnessing everyday.
The cataclysm of an era, of values, of a dream we have not reached: BALLENAS MUERTAS EN SAN SEBASTIAN (Dead Whales in San Sebastian).