Who, you might be asking? OK, so Americans may regard Southern California’s revivalists of powerful melodic punk *Face To Face *as something of a punk rock institution but over on this side of the pond their tumultuous ten-year career is more viewed as a punk rock travesty. For despite touring incessantly throughout the states and putting out consistently well written and well-received albums throughout the nineties, headlining venues up to 3000 capacity the band still had not released anything in Europe.
Comings and goings: mestizo musics. Baroque music of the colonial era in dialogue with the Flamenco. Arcángel and Fahmi Alqhai record the dialogue between flamenco and baroque music ‘Las idas y las vueltas’. Arcángel and Accademia del Piacere, conducted by Fahmi Alqhai, have finished recording the project ‘Las idas y las vueltas’. The album, which will come together with a DVD about the show, will be released this April by the independent label Alqhai&Alqhai. The disc will include the encounter between colonial baroque music and flamenco which the cantaor and the classical music group premiered at the 2011 International Music and Dance Festival of Granada, and which has already been presented at forums like the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and Elche’s Medieval Festival, among others.
After the stopgap Blues Pills Live in 2015, the international rock quartet returns with Lady in Gold, a proper sophomore full-length. It also marks the studio debut of drummer André Kvarnström. When the title track single was issued, some fans of the Blue Cheer-meets-Janis Joplin attack on the first album were taken aback by its embrace of rocking soul. Some even went so far as to accuse vocalist Elin Larsson of trying to emulate Adele. Evidently, they'd either forgotten – or didn't know – that Adele derived her singing style from Aretha Franklin. Larsson is a rabid Queen of Soul fan.