Monday, 10 August 2015

"Entre Girasoles" - Cooper Live At The Botanical Gardens, Gijon, Spain, 9/8/2015


Cooper is a four piece Spanish rock band led by Álex Díez Garín, (vocals, guitar, composer, and ex-leader of another band of Spanish 80s mod revivalists, Los Flechazos). 

They’ve been going since the early 2000s and have four albums behind them - all of which contain their own superlative take on the kind of late 60s jangly guitar driven mod pop forged by the likes of The Move, The Who, The Creation and in Spain, Los Brincos, back in the days when superpop was king.

And Alex really does have a knack for writing well crafted and seriously catchy tunes. Once heard, they will stay firmly rooted in your inner musical mental soundtrack for the rest of the day. Check out Entre Girasoles (Among The Sunflowers), Ola de Calor (Heatwave) or Cierra Los Ojos (Close Your Eyes) below for the proof.

An early evening set (7.30 pm) at the Botanical Gardens in front of a generally family oriented audience may seem like an odd gig for a rock group but the band’s energetic punchy set went over extremely well. Their brand of uplifting cheery sunshine pop works especially well in the context of all the pastoral greenery and trippy flower power of a botanical garden on a warm and gloriously sunny summer evening.

Alex Cooper

Alex also comes over a very decent guy. There is touch of the Paul Weller about him, visually if not vocally, and his message - if there is one - comes over as optimistic and positive. This is a man who, like John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful, understands the magic in the music – especially the magic in the music of the summer - and tries to summon it up for us all to share.

He succeeded. This was the perfect soundtrack for a glorious summer evening.

Check out some clips from the gig below and also their albums if you can find them.

Cierra Los Ojos

Ola De Calor

Entre Girasoles

Bonus track in English
New Life

The Botanical Garden in Gijon, Spain

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