LA based quintet Spanish Love Songs have announced “Brave Faces Etc”, due out 15th April 2022. The album features reimagined & alternative versions of the original 2020 release and today they share the beautiful new version of “Kick”
“A lot of this album came about from working at home, and listening to a ton of ambient, loop based music.” says singer Dylan Slocum. “This version takes that approach and applies it to a song that was always built around a huge hook. If the original song (and album really) was based on a wall of guitars, then this is meant to be the opposite, and is our attempting at making some big without it necessarily having to be loud or aggressive. We definitely weren’t confident enough to try that the first time around, which is probably the case for a lot of the different things we tried to achieve on the reimagined. “
The band spent months reimagining and re-tracking the entire album from the ground up while working completely remotely in 3 different home studios in 3 time zones. That beautiful chaos has spawned something rather special & grown the band in new ways, highlighting steeped the same detail-rich storytelling of Bruce Springsteen, The Menzingers and Manchester Orchestra.
Watch/listen to previous tracks “Optimism (As A Radical Life Choice)” Music video /“Generation Loss” stream / “Dolores” stream
With ‘Brave Faces Etc”, the songs are character stories set in small-town America and anxious urban jungles alike, unfurling heartbreaking tales of addiction, depression, debt and death juxtaposed alongside looming societal issues like mass shootings, the opioid epidemic and climate change. They’re all at once personal vignettes and universal truths of life in the 2010s, the lines blurred between Slocum’s own experiences and those of his friends and acquaintances. It seeks to find balance between realism and optimism.
Spanish Love Songs will be coming to the UK & EU this summer:
2nd June – The Dome – London UK
3rd June – Slam Dunk – Leeds UK
4th June – Slam Dunk – Hatfield UK
5th June – Exchange – Bristol UK
7th June – Kavka – Antwerp Belgium
8th June – Juha West – Stuttgart Germany
9th June – Greenfield Festival – Interlaken Switzerland
10th June – Mergener Hof – Trier Germany
11th June – Fonnstock Festival – Nordenham Germany
13th June – Stairway – Copenhagen Denmark
15th June – Badehaus – Berlin Germany
16th June – Naumanns – Leipzig Germany
17th June – MUZ Club (Musikzentrale) – Nürnberg Germany
18th June – Backstage Club – Munich Germany
19th June – Forum Stadtpark – Graz Austria
21st June – Oetinger Villa – Darmstadt Germany
22nd June – Gebaeude 9 – Cologne Germany
23rd June – EKKO – Utrecht Netherlands
24th June – Jera on Air – Ysselsteyn Netherlands
25th June – Vainstream – Munster Germany
26th June – Booze Cruise Festival – Hamburg Germany
Tickets on sale now
The band have also announced they will be heading out on a headline tour in the USA this May with support from Save Face + Camp Trash.
Spanish Love Songs is Dylan Slocum (vocals & guitar), Ruben Duarte (drums), Trevor Dietrich (bass),
Meredith Van Woert (keys), and Kyle McAulay (guitar).
“Brave Face Etc” can be Pre-ordered now with the physical vinyl as a two disc release – side A/B are the re-imagined versions and side C/D is the original version. The record will be released 15th April 2022 via Pure Noise Records.