No strangers to our shores, Los Chicos will return to Australia for their fifth visit this coming September through October 2018. This genre-hopping pub-rock/ punk/ country/ gospel/ soul luminaries will take their eclectic roadshow to stages in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Wollongong, while also playing a limited number of Australian shows as special guests on the forthcoming Radio Birdman tour.
With Album number seven out now, fans can expect to hear new music among classic Los Chicos as the band bring their explosive brand of entertainment to our stages once again. The band answer a few questions about their upcoming tour in Australia.
Touring Australian with Radio Birdman as well as playing your own shows sounds like a whole bunch of fun for the band?
Touring with radio Birdman is a dream come true, and playing the rest of the shows is a good chance of playing with old friends and making new friends. And, yes, it’s a lot of fun!!
Are you big fans of Radio Birdman?
Very big fans since we were young people. In fact, me and my brother, first time we saw them was first time we came to Australia (I think it was 2002). We made our trip to coincide with a reunion tour of the band, as it looked like it was not going to be possible to see them again.
What can Australian fans expect on this tour?
Are you relieved to finally have the new album out?
It’s great having a special Australian edition of our new album. We’re thankful to Cheersquad Record, and to our label in Spain, El Segell del Primavera, that licensed it.
Sonically how would you describe it?
Rock’n’roll, with big influence of Crypt Records and Australian R&R.
Was the process of writing and recording any different this time around?
Not for writing, one has some ideas, and we work with them until we finish the song. For the recording, it was different having Johnny Casino producing it. He did a great job and helped us a lot, specially in the guitar sounds and some arrangements.
Did you have a clear vision of what you were hoping to achieve with By Medical Prescription?
Yes, that’s why we wanted Johnny Casino to be involved. There were some songs with that Aussie style, that we wanted him to get it.
Is there some sort of hidden meaning behind the album title?
No hidden meaning, just By Medical Prescription, everybody to the bar!! It’s also true that a lot of people say to us that he was fucked before the show and after that he was really happy, so, sometimes our gigs can be like a medical solution. Sometimes it can be bad for someone’s inner ears also, but, finally, everybody go to the bar!
Have the band’s influences changed much over the years and did that influence this album?
Not really. Influences can be more or less the same from the beginning, but this time we think we captured those influence in the album better than ever.
What’s your favourite track from the album and why?
Difficult question. If I have to say one, Beer Ain’t Drinking, and i don’t know why. In fact, if I answer tomorrow maybe I change my opinion.
What’s the music scene like back home in Madrid?
There are good bands, and the good thing is that there are some new young bands. I don’t live there, so I don’t know much about it but that’s why I hear from friends.
What bands should we be keeping an eye out on?
Not young precisely, but you must keep an eye out on a Spanish band that’s touring Australia in November, Señor No. They’re one of wildest bands on a stage you’ll ever see, and one of the most important punk-rock bands in Spain in the last twenty-five years.
Interview by Rob Lyon
Catch Los Chicos on the following dates…