Perhaps on the first attempt, searching for Spanish Love Songs on the internet may land you on some cheesy Enrique Iglesias ballads, but if you look just a little further, you’ll stumble across the stirring power-chords and gut-wrenching vocals of a certain five-piece punk band from Los Angeles.
Formed just five years ago in 2014, Spanish Love Songs have released two albums and their anthemic sound with powerful lyricism has really begun to garner the attention of many. The band’s sound can be likened to that of The Menzingers, with the sheer emotion and lyrical prowess reminiscent of The Wonder Years. Certainly not a bad combination of bands to be compared to.
The lively drums and rousing guitars provide a pulsating platform for the centre-piece of the band; singer Dylan Slocum’s standout vocals. To be capable of writing such relatable and heartfelt lyrics is one thing, but to then perform them with the raw emotion that Slocum is able to exert is a rare feat that only a handful of punk singers can truly achieve. It’s as if at any moment Slocum could have a breakdown, and every word strikes you at your core. The band have recently (justifiably) signed to Pure Noise Records and dropped a brand-new song Losers:
Losers is the perfect track in showcasing everything the band are about. The twinkling guitar hook, the pulsating drums and the raw emotion in lyrics like ‘my bleak mind says its cheaper just to die’ all play their part in this triumph of a track.
My first introduction to the band was through their second album Schmaltz which I instantly fell in love with and it inevitably became my favourite album of last year. The band themselves have previously summed up the album in their own words, explaining that the eleven-tracks follow Slocum trying to ‘find a positive way to handle the loss of those closest to him while inching towards self-acceptance in a world that doesn’t always feel like home’. Pretty heavy stuff. The album itself is just exceptional; from the frenzied cries of ‘I don’t think I can fix this if I found God’ in Bellyache, to the self-critiques within The Boy Considers His Haircut and El Nino Considers His Failures, to the unparalleled emotion of It’s Not Interesting, the loud punk rock and crushing lyrics of Schmaltz are bound to stay with you.
The future is unquestionably bright for Spanish Love Songs and it’s exciting to see how this journey for the band develops. I can’t recommend this band enough. Their new 7” EP is out on April 26th and you can keep up to date with everything on their socials: