CHAMPAGNE – Beach Closed (interview)


Sweet Sweet Music talked with these Spanish Power Poppers about their new album, Beach Closed. If you like Weezer, Fountains Of Wayne and the Beach Boys, and who doesn’t, you should try this one.

What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?

We’ve had a great time while recording. We were looking forward to doing this album and we enjoyed every minute. We were all day together. We recorded in the morning, we had lunch together, and then we carried on in the afternoon. And like this, 24/7. It was a very intense week, but we loved it.

If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?

Maybe, “Where is Barbara Ann”. It’s a song with vocal harmonies that reminds us of ‘Beach Boys’. It could be a good example.

What’s the story behind the band name?

The name started as a joke from Paolo and Dani. A Latin singer had an album with the same name.

There was a time when we couldn’t go back…

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?

We are really quite out of the industry. We simply make songs. We’ve never suffered the changes undertaken by the music industry, since we’ve never been in. What we notice is the facility that we have nowadays to make our music reach everybody through internet. A few years ago, it was impossible to contact people from different countries, and now you can do it instantly.

After my visit to Sweden I was a bit disappointed because I thought there would play a melodic rock band on every street corner but ….. Not. As I go to Spain I expect a power pop or American band ….. But … probably not?

It’s not really like this. We’ve read and heard many times that Spain has a very deep music tradition, especially, power pop, but the thing is that the CD sales or the concerts don’t prove this. It’s very difficult to have your followers in our own country. It might be even worse in other countries, but the music you expect to have is not the one you are going to find.

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song- mixt tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

“Everything is wrong” by Gigolo Aunts,

“Please don’t rock me Tonight” by Fountains Of Wayne,

“She goes to bed” by Jason Falkner,

“God only knows” by Beach Boys and

“Running down a dream” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

What’s up for the next couple of months?

We’ve been thinking of filming a video clip and play as much as we can. We can’t wait for this album to be heard.


Check Champagne’s Facebook website for updates.

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