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Spanish Love Songs, are a band much too sad to actually be from Los Angeles., has taken the Springsteemo cocktail mastered by Philly stalwarts the Wonder Years and the Menzingers and spiked it with more concentrated Hollywood angst, courtesy of tormented frontman Dylan Slocum. Ravaging tracks like “Routine Pain” and “Loser,” highlights from the band’s killer February LP “Brave Faces Everyone”, smack you square in the sternum — hurtling pop-punk riffs and tales of depression, addiction and existential crises, born from the band’s rigorous pre-pandemic touring schedule. But as with all good emo-punk, it’s only fun if there’s some catharsis tucked away, too. And deep within the bleak, there are glimmers of redemption. Maybe we’ll all be okay. Probably not.

The too-real opening verse of “Generation Loss,” where Slocum wails: “You 29-year-old panic attack / And not the fashionable kind / The kind where you wake up and say ‘Man, I just wanna survive.’” 

 

Band Members
Dylan Slocum – Guitar and Vocals
Kyle McAulay – Guitar
Trevor Dietrich – Bass
Ruben Duarte – Drums
Meredith Van Woert – Keys
Originally released February 7th, 2020

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Los Angeles ensemble Spanish Love Songs are gearing up to release their third album this Friday in the wake of 2018’s impressive Schmaltz. But before revealing “Brave Faces Everyone”—their first LP through their new label, Pure Noise—the group is sharing one more single called “Beachfront Property,” which angstily addresses many of the same concerns we’re forced to confront on a day-to-day basis: climate change, student loan debt, and a baffling incompetent political system, among others.

“The answers seem so obvious, yet nothing ever really changes,” shares lead vocalist Dylan Slocum, addressing these topics which recur throughout the album. “It’s tiring. This is a song about the apathy and anxiety that I see in myself and my friends, especially concerning the chaos that seems to be coming our way. On any given day our anxiety feels hyperbolic, or is the punchline to a joke, or keeps us up all night, but we don’t really do anything about it because it feels insurmountable and inescapable. It’s not meant to preachy—life is difficult. But we have to try to call ourselves on our shit if we ever hope to change anything.”

The video sees the band performing the tune in front of a bright red Mercedes, a surrogate image on par with the luxury of the song’s titular real estate. As the song reaches its climax the band’s showered in bright flowers, providing a vibrant new color palette to the single-tone set.

Brave Faces Everyone is due out this Friday, February 7th, via Pure Noise Records.

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It’s not that Spanish Love Songs are sad,  Sure, the California-based band’s jangling, heartfelt punk rock exudes the feeling of returning home to your shitty town for a family gathering, and guitarist/vocalist Dylan Slocum’s lyrics are full of crushing phrases that sum up the overbearing weight of the world. But neither feel self-indulgent or emotionally manipulative — instead, they just point out the honest-to-God truths of what it is to struggle in the modern day. And maybe that’s overwhelmingly depressing, but maybe that says more about the world than Spanish Love Songs.

Losers 2, the new single from Spanish Love Songs off of their upcoming album “Brave Faces Everyone”, tells it like it is, and rips your heart out accordingly. From the opening vignette of staring at the house you grew up in that you can no longer afford to own post-financial crisis, to the classic Spanish Love Songs bridge in which Dylan solemnly sings, ‘You know, if we weren’t bailed out every time by our parents, we’d be dead,’ the track is a throttling series of truths that cut deep into the millennial psyche.

This is another case of taking what we do well and trying to focus it outwards,” says Dylan. “I’ve had plenty of people ask why the songs continue to get bleaker and bleaker, but I feel like the answer is pretty obvious. This is the world we know. It’s the world I see my friends stuck in, and that I’ve seen my family stuck in. Everyone works themselves to the bones to just survive. Not to say that we’re not incredibly privileged — I’m aware — but I wanted to look outward and just acknowledge that for the roughly 99 per cent of us, life is an endless grind,

Band Members
Dylan Slocum – Guitar and Vocals
Kyle McAulay – Guitar
Trevor Dietrich – Bass
Ruben Duarte – Drums
Meredith Van Woert – Keys
Brave Faces Everyone is out February 7th via Pure Noise Records