Els Pets

Els Pets is a Catalan pop rock band with lead singer, composer and guitarist Lluís Gavaldà from the village of Constantí (province of Tarragona, Catalonia). Joan Reig plays drums and Falin Cáceres bass. At present, the band has the collaboration of the musicians Joan-Pau Chaves (keyboard, bass and singer), David Muñoz (guitar, singer) and Brad Jones (bass, guitar, keyboard, singer). In Catalan, Els Pets means "The Farts".

Els Pets
OriginConstantí, Catalonia, Spain
GenresPop rock, Rock català, Rock agrícola
Years active1985–present
LabelsDiscMedi (Discos del Mediterrani)
Websitewww.elspets.cat
MembersLluís Gavaldà (singer/guitar)
Joan Reig (drums)
Falin Cáceres (bass)
Past membersRamon Vidal (guitar)
Marc Grau (guitar)

History

In spite of the differential characteristics between this band and the rest of the groups that emerged in the late '80s and '90s decades in Catalonia, the origin of this pop-rock band can not be considered as an isolated event: it belongs to the musical movement of Rock català.

Origins: Agricultural Rock

The band Els Pets was formed in 1985 in Constantí, by Lluís Gavaldà, Joan Reig and Falin Cáceres. Two female voices joined them, Les Llufes. Unlike the trends of the leading bands that appeared in Barcelona, Els Pets were proud of their rural roots, and therefore marked their own style in opposition to the music that was made in the capital. The result was a bitter, ironic and humoristic complaint against the lack of their region. They name their genuine substyle Rock agrícola (agricultural rock). They began performing concerts in the surrounding villages, coinciding on many occasions with the local celebrations.

Tarragona Poligon Nord
The chemical factories in El Tarragonès are a source of inspiration and a motive of environmental criticism in songs like Constantí, Molta Merda i Poc Vi, Terra Billy or El Poble Sota el Barret de Fum

In 1986 they recorded a sample in Tarragona, which was distributed manually. The following year Lluís Gavaldà moved to the United States, pausing the activity of the group. When he came back, the band was reinforced with Ramon Vidal, a guitar player, and a new section, Els Vents de Baiona ("The winds of Baiona", sax and trumpets).

The first album is named like the name of the group, and appears in 1989. It is a mix of rockabilly and ska, among other genres. It has clear links with british rock, with references towards groups like The Jam or The Specials. Songs like Terra Billy (Billy Land) or No N'hi Ha Prou Amb Ser Català (Being Catalan Is Not Enough) are examples of their political claims.

Two years after, they recorded Calla i Balla! ("Shut up and dance", DiscMedi, 1991), the second album. They achieved a better sound and became stronger in their local criticism with songs like Tarragona M'esborrona (in English, "Tarragona horrifies me") or Constantí, Molta Merda I Poc Vi (Constantí, a Lot of Shit and Little Wine). This trend is maintained in the following album Fruits Sex (Nuts, with the similar pronunciation of the word Secs with Sex, DiscMedi, 1992), through which they reached the sound quality that defines the first period, adding to the band the guitarist Marc Grau (the producer of the group) and the pianist Toni Saigi.

From 1994 to 1999: Consolidation

Lluís Gavaldà Els Pets
The group, playing in the theatres tour (2006)

Brut Natural (Natural Dirty, DiscMedi, 1994) opened the band's mature period with an improved sound that would define the following years. Despite the stylistic changes, they nevertheless maintained a degree of social criticism. In 1995, the band toured Catalonia (the Gira Cua tour), recording the live album Vine a la Festa (Come to the Party, DiscMedi, 1995). But their first great success came with the album Bondia (Goodmorning, DiscMedi, 1997), which sold 75000 copies, going gold in Spain. This success confirmed the band as one of the best in the Catalan rock. With the following studio album, Sol (Alone, DiscMedi, 1999), the group became more introspective and melancholic, and less critical.[1][2]

From 2000 on

In 2001, the band released their eighth album, Respira (Breathe DiscMedi, 2001). With that work, the band utterly renewed its sound, characterized by being more upbeat than its predecessor. Agost (August, DiscMedi, 2004) followed in this trend, with an added component of political and social commentary, as well as a richer variety of instruments. More recently, the band have taken part in the film Rock&Cat (2006) a documentary on Catalan Rock. Els Pets have also continued touring extensively, and in a recent tour they chose to play only theaters and small venues throughout Catalonia, for a more intimate sound.

Com Anar al Cel i Tornar (Like Going to Heaven and Coming Back, DiscMedi, 2007) is the ninth album of the group. With it, the band refined its sound by moving further away from their once-trademark rock style and towards classic pop songs inspired by everyday stories and rich in melancholic yet life-affirming lyrics.

Fràgil (Fragile, DiscMedi, 2010) is the title of its tenth album, which was released in April 10, 2010.[3] Recorded at La Casamurada studio at Baix Penedès during February 2010 and mixed at Alex the Great studios (Nashville, Tennessee) by its productor, Brad Jones, who also worked with the band since the album Respira, Fràgil carries twelve songs which talk about the fragility of things and the way of overcoming the highs and lows of life.

Work

Studio albums

  • Els Pets (DiscMedi, 1989)
  • Calla i Balla (DiscMedi, 1991)
  • Fruits Sex (DiscMedi, 1992)
  • Brut Natural (DiscMedi, 1994)
  • Bondia (DiscMedi, 1997)
  • Sol (DiscMedi, 1999)
  • Respira (DiscMedi, 2001)
  • Agost (DiscMedi, 2004)
  • Com Anar al Cel i Tornar (DiscMedi, 2007)
  • Fràgil (DiscMedi, 2010)
  • L'Àrea Petita (, 2013)

Live albums

  • Vine a la Festa (DiscMedi, 1995)

Samplers

  • Els Singles (DiscMedi, 1991). Singles of the first two albums plus L'avi Martí and La Veïna
  • Malacara (DiscMedi, 2002)

Special editions

  • La Maqueta (Autoedited, 1986)
  • Cap de Setmana (DiscMedi, 1993). EP
  • Això és Espectacle (DiscMedi, 2006). DVD + live

Collaborations

Literature about Els Pets

Pep Blay “Els Pets. Cara a cara” (Rosa dels Vents, 2003) is the biography about the rock band which is a phenomenon in the Catalan rock history.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.elspets.cat
  2. ^ http://www.botiboti.org
  3. ^ http://www.3cat24.cat/noticia/575826/baixcamp/El-nou-disc-dels-Pets-es-titula-Fragil-i-sortira-a-la-venda-el-10-dabril
Bondia

Bondia may refer to:

Bondia (genus), a genus of moth

Bondia (newspaper), a newspaper in Andorra and in Lieda, Spain

767 Bondia, a minor planet of the Sun

Bondia, an album by Catalan group Els Pets

Brad Jones (musician)

Brad Jones is a music producer, and power pop singer/songwriter. He has produced music for Josh Rouse, Cotton Mather, Chuck Prophet, Matthew Sweet, Imperial Drag, Jill Sobule, Marshall Crenshaw, Els Pets and M-Clan.

Cap Roig Festival

The Cap Roig Festival, is a music and dance festival held in the Gardens of Cap Roig, in Calella de Palafrugell. Since 2001 it is celebrated annually, and all kinds of national and international artists participate.

The festival is held on an open-air stage with a capacity for 2,118 spectators, gathering the artists in a natural area of 17 hectares of surface facing the sea, next to the gardens. The festival generates more than 15 million euros and 220 full-time jobs in summer.

Catalonia

Catalonia (; Catalan: Catalunya [kətəˈluɲə]; Aranese: Catalonha [kataˈluɲɔ]; Spanish: Cataluña [kataˈluɲa];) is an autonomous community in Spain on the northeastern corner of the Iberian Peninsula, designated as a nationality by its Statute of Autonomy. Catalonia consists of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. The capital and largest city is Barcelona, the second-most populated municipality in Spain and the core of the sixth most populous urban area in the European Union. It comprises most of the territory of the former Principality of Catalonia (with the remainder Roussillon now part of France's Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie). It is bordered by France (Occitanie) and Andorra (Andorra la Vella, Encamp, Escaldes-Engordany, La Massana and Sant Julià de Lòria) to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the east, and the Spanish autonomous communities of Aragon to the west and Valencia to the south. The official languages are Catalan, Spanish, and the Aranese dialect of Occitan.In the late 8th century, the counties of the March of Gothia and the Hispanic March were established by the Frankish kingdom as feudal vassals across and near the eastern Pyrenees as a defensive barrier against Muslim invasions. The eastern counties of these marches were united under the rule of the Frankish vassal, the count of Barcelona, and were later called Catalonia. In the 10th century the County of Barcelona became independent de facto. In 1137, the lineages of the rulers of Catalonia and rulers of the Kingdom of Aragon were united by marriage under the Crown of Aragon, when the King of Aragon married his daughter to the Count of Barcelona. The de jure end of Frankish rule was ratified by French and Aragonese rulers in the Treaty of Corbeil in 1258. The Principality of Catalonia developed its own institutional system, such as courts (parliament), and constitutions, becoming the base for the Crown of Aragon's naval power, trade and expansionism in the Mediterranean. In the later Middle Ages, Catalan literature flourished. During the last Medieval centuries natural disasters, social turmoils and military conflicts affected the Principality. Between 1469 and 1516, the king of Aragon and the queen of Castile married and ruled their kingdoms together, retaining all of their distinct institutions and legislation.

During the Franco-Spanish War (1635–1659), Catalonia revolted (1640–1652) against a large and burdensome presence of the royal army in its territory, being briefly proclaimed a republic under French protection. Within a brief period France took full control of Catalonia, until it was largely reconquered by the Spanish army. Under the terms of the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659, the Spanish Crown ceded the northern parts of Catalonia, mostly the County of Roussillon, to France. During the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714), the Crown of Aragon sided against the Bourbon Philip V of Spain; following Catalan defeat on 11 September 1714, Philip V, inspired by the model of France imposed a unifying administration across Spain, enacting the Nueva Planta decrees, suppressing the main Catalan institutions and rights like in the other realms of the Crown of Aragon. This led to the eclipse of Catalan as a language of government and literature, replaced by Spanish. Along the 18th century, Catalonia experienced economic growth, reinforced in the late quarter of the century when the Castile's trade monopoly with American colonies ended.

In the 19th century, Catalonia was severely affected by the Napoleonic and Carlist Wars. In the second half of the century, Catalonia experienced significant industrialisation. As wealth from the industrial expansion grew, Catalonia saw a cultural renaissance coupled with incipient nationalism while several workers movements appeared. In 1914, the four Catalan provinces formed a commonwealth, and with the return of democracy during the Second Spanish Republic (1931–1939), the Generalitat of Catalonia was restored as an autonomous government. After the Spanish Civil War, the Francoist dictatorship enacted repressive measures, abolishing Catalan self-government and banning the official use of the Catalan language again. After a first period of autarky, from the late 1950s through to the 1970s Catalonia saw rapid economic growth, drawing many workers from across Spain, making Barcelona one of Europe's largest industrial metropolitan areas and turning Catalonia into a major tourist destination. Since the Spanish transition to democracy (1975–1982), Catalonia has regained considerable autonomy in political, educational, environmental, and cultural affairs and is now one of the most economically dynamic communities of Spain. In the 2010s there has been growing support for Catalan independence.

On 27 October 2017, the Catalan Parliament declared independence from Spain following a disputed referendum. The Spanish Senate voted in favour of enforcing direct rule by removing the entire Catalan government and calling a snap regional election for 21 December. On 2 November of the same year, the Spanish Supreme Court imprisoned 7 former ministers of the Catalan government on charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds, while several others, including President Carles Puigdemont, fled to other European countries.

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Quintana is a very articulate and charismatic speaker, and has become a well-known figure in Catalan culture quite apart from his musicianship. In recent years he has expressed his personal political and ideological views, including his support for Catalan independence.

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The Palau Sant Jordi was one of the main venues of the 1992 Summer Olympics hosting the artistic gymnastics, handball final, and volleyball final events. Today, it is used for all kinds of indoor sport events as well as for concerts and other cultural activities, due to its great flexibility.

Pep Blay

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Rock català

Rock català (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈrɔk kətəˈla], "Catalan Rock") is a type of music popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s involving Catalan lyrics and many different musical styles.

The last years of Spain under Franco were shattered by a generation of singers that claimed and called for democracy. In this context, La Nova Cançó is the protest song musical and political movement of artists singing in Catalan, like Lluís Llach, Raimon or Ovidi Montllor. In the late 1960s and during the 1970s, the Nova Cançó movement introduced lyrics in Catalan in contemporary music in order to reach wider audiences (until then, this language was only used in folk songs); then, by the 1980s and the return to democracy in Spain, their popularity was waning.

Then, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Generalitat de Catalunya, in the absence of a wide enough demand, offered grants for rock bands singing in Catalan. This made possible the formation of several bands singing in Catalan and, with them, the introduction of the then innovative concept of a rock music scene in Catalan.

The musical styles are diverse within the movement, being sole relation between these bands the use of the Catalan language in their lyrics.

Some representative bands of this movement include:

Els Pets

Sau

Obrint Pas

Sopa de Cabra

Lax'n'Busto

Sangtraït

Sau (band)

Sau was a music group from Catalonia, which rose to fame in this area in the 1990s, being among the first groups to write pop music with Catalan lyrics, known as rock català. The band's two main members were Carles Sabater, singer, and Pep Sala, who played guitar and sometimes keyboard. Sabater's death following a concert in 1999 ended the band's existence.

Pep Sala was the composer whilst lyrics where written together with Carles Sabater. No puc deixar de fumar (I cannot stop smoking) was their first album. Edited in 1988 by "Audiovisuals de Sarrià", the album contained the hits "Records d'Irlanda" ("memories of Ireland") and the song "Deprimit" ("Depressed") which would have an appearance on each subsequent album.

Two years later, the album What a night, recorded between London and Barcelona confirmed the status of the group. That disc included Sau's most recognisable singles "Boig per tu" ("Crazy for You") and "El Tren de Mitjanit" ("Midnight Train").

Sau participated in the historic concert on Palau Sant Jordi on June 14, 1991 together with Els Pets, Sopa de Cabra and Sangtraït, at the time, the European record for public attendance at a musical show held in a closed arena with 22,104 attending. Another of their most memorable concerts was held in the bullring La Monumental on July 1992 which was recorded for the album Concert de mitjanit (Midnight Concert)

Sopa de Cabra

Sopa de Cabra ('Goat Soup') was a musical group from Girona (Catalonia), active from 1986 to 2002. They are considered to be one of the leading representatives of the rock català movement, though the band preferred not to be placed in the same category as other Catalan-language groups, some of whom had very different musical styles, simply on the basis of singing in Catalan. Sopa de Cabra's classic songs include L'Empordà, Camins ("Paths") and El Far del Sud ("The Southern Lighthouse").

In September 2011, the band reunited temporarily to mark the 25th anniversary of their formation and the tenth of their final performances with a tour of seven concerts.

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