Roman Candle Presents Guadalupe Plata
Roman Candle is delighted to welcome Guadalupe Plata to Night & Day Cafe, Manchester. Special guest to be announced.
Friday 14th June, 8PM. Tickets £12.50 advance from SEE Tickets.
"Our name comes from our hometown's patron, the Virgin of Guadalupe – she protects us as we play the devil's music," say the members of Guadalupe Plata, with not a little bit of hopefulness.
Rising up from the town of Úbeda, deep in Andalusia near Jaén, Guadalupe Plata have become legends for their provocative, deeply affecting blues and boogie music, creating a psychedelic landscape that is as darkly surrealistic as it is infectious.
Guadalupe Plata – Pedro de Dios (guitar and voice), Carlos Jimena (drums), and Paco Luis Martos (bass, contrabalde, and guitar) – have met wide success with a string of recordings and constant touring in Spain and Portugal where they have become well known stars, even as they continue to play every sort of venue imaginable, from backyards to bordellos, giant music festivals, dirty bars, and extravagant night clubs.
This is a no nonsense band, famous for their stripped-down sound and primitive equipment, most notably a washtub bass built with parts taken from the local graveyard and a chainsaw. The polished austerity of Andalusia shines ever so minimally, even in the names of their albums, every one which is called Guadalupe Plata, but known to fans by the year, the colour or the image on the record sleeve. This new record will probably come to be known as "the pekinese album".
Their performance is a beguiling, bewitching thing, possessed by the sense of space, sex and the magic of the night which belongs to rock'n'roll and to much of the most nagging folk art.; a pounding sound, with its curious mythology centred around dogs, the devil, Christ, rats, black snakes and cats, where all the lovers are Frankie and Johnny, and which seems to co-opt blues, bebop or rockabilly as structure to an Andalucian tradition which already straddles romany, sephardic and moorish strains
Guadalupe Plata's music will suggest, to anglophone ears, the raw edges of Hound Dog Taylor, Skip James, and John Lee Hooker, the insanity of Screamin' Jay Hawkins, the winding guitars of Elmore James and Ennio Morricone, the delirious psychedelic acercamiento to the blues of Canned Heat or The Doors, and the post-modern madness of Jon Spencer, The Fall, Captain Beefheart, and the Gun Club.
Like the flamenco players they watched growing up, they describe their process as "training to be podrío" – to be rotten – and speak of "duende," and "hechizo" – literally demons and spells. But the results are uniquely their own: "Our music inhabits that place in our collective imagination where the demonic force straddles the blues and cante jondo," they say. Mojo magazine has called them "culturally rich and instantly identifiable as excellent."
In 2014 GUADALUPE PLATA began their trophy collection, picking up the coveted Impala Award for Best European Rock Album, as well as Artist of the Year, Best Live Act, and Best Rock Album from the Independent Music Awards, as well as Best Modern Music from Critical Eye. Their music has seeped into the American consciousness on such television shows as Showtime's Shameless and HBOs How to Make it in America.
GUADALUPE PLATA continue to tour relentlessly, both internationally and in their own very special part of the world. Their new record, GUADALUPE PLATA, is available in the UK on 2nd June.