Genre: Pop rock
If you are going to see a Spanish rock band ever in your life, then this is probably the one to see – they’re living proof that decent pop-rock doesn’t necessarily have to be performed in English.
Hombres G were one the biggest Spanish bands of the eighties and nineties, this country’s answer to British New Wave, and also Spain’s very belated response to a certain mop-headed quartet from Liverpool, who they enormously resemble both musically and vocally.
It was in 1985 that the madrileños really made it big with such mega smashes as Devuélveme a mi chica. To then go on to have number one hits with songs whose titles tranalate as Marta has a Pacemaker and The Attack of the Crocodile Girls is good enough reason for respect in anybody’s book. Seven years of stardom followed throughout the Spanish speaking world, with Lima’s airport being driven to chaos when 20,000 fans gathered to welcome them into Peru. They had some great songs, No Lloraré being a personal favourite, as well as totally offbeat Venezia. But then the dastardly word ‘hiatus’ appears in their biography from 1992. Eleven years later they were back and since then have released four more studio albums and last year brought out En La Playa, a live acoustic album that also included one new song, Si seguimos así.
Their new stuff may not be as familiar to their fans, but they are still able to pack venues. It’s particularly interesting to note that they’re sppearing in Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica – a venue usually only reserved for classical or at least more ‘mellow’ sets.
Did you know: At the height of their careers, Hombre G also made two movies. The second, Suéltate el pelo, was originally going to called La cagaste… Burt Lancaster (You fucked up… Burt Lancaster) but was changed after the actor threatened to sue.
Thursday April 26, 2012 Barcelona Palau de la Musica Catalana
Friday April 27, 2012 Palma de Mallorca Auditorium
Friday July 6 and Saturday July 7, 2012 Madrid Club Ciudad de la Raqueta
Friday July 27, 2012 Santander Campa de La Magdalena