Spanish Love Songs is a five piece punk band based in Los Angeles, CA. They formed in 2014 after the demise of a previous band and a chance Craiglist post about lonely people looking to go to punk shows. Their sound combines the energy of drunken bar shows with the immediacy of intimate, lived-in lyrics.
Self released in 2015 (and later reissued on Wiretap Records), their first album, “Giant Sings the Blues,” chronicles singer Dylan Slocum’s mid-twenties through songs about apathy, anxiety, and a slowly disintegrating marriage, all told over fast drums and rousing power chords.
Their second album, “schmaltz” (A-F Records / Uncle M Music), found the band expanding their sound both musically and lyrically. More anthemic than ever, the band tears through ten songs in which Slocum tries 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.
It’s new ground for the band of so-called grouch punks. It’s also Spanish Love Songs at their absolute best, so they’ll try to enjoy it.