When thinking of hubs of new music, Madrid (or anywhere in southern Europe really) is definitely not the first place to spring to mind. In years gone past spectators have often commented upon the north/south divide in European music by relying on a presumption that the Mediterranean beautiful people have always had too much to do outside. Sunning it up all year round, not having to waste their lives in their bedrooms like those of us who have to endure British Summers, having no other option than to pick up a guitar and write some tunes. For a long time, we Brits have contributed to something of a smug monopoly over the listening habits of our neighbours, without getting much more of a response than a shrug of the shoulders as they return to living their lives of being better looking and eating nice food.
This is all complete bullsh**t though really, and perhaps DEERS are the ones to prove it. This Madrid dwelling four piece consisting of Ana Garcia Perrote, Carlotta Corsials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen, may not bring much more than a Spanish accent to their brand of indie pop in terms of originality, but calm down Pitchfork. It’s rough enough around the edges and steers clear enough away from ukulele wielding, Match.com advertising, and life-questioning tweeness to allow you to appreciate the girl’s song writing without any online douche bag writing them off as “just girls”. The band are set to release their new single “Barn” on November 3, but for now one can suffice with the brilliantly titled “Castigadas En El Granero” (which roughly translates as “Grounded in the Barn”) and catch the band at Broadcast in Glasgow on November 23.
For Fans of: Vivian Girls, Haim, The Black Lips