Stay are glad to announce that we are now about to release our third studio album “Passport to Freedom” in early 2010. This new album, which has been recorded in Barcelona between June and October 09, will include 10 new songs and a vocal collaboration by Daniel Wylie (exCosmic Rough Riders). It will be masterized in Glasgow by Greg Kane (Hue and Cry). “Passport to freedom” will also include other surprises like other vocal collaboration or the using of an instrument that probably has never been used before in psychedelic music: the “viola de gamba”. The single is called ‘The world is in our hands’ and there is an increasing expectation in our country due to the plays every day on RNE3 (Radio Nacional de España 3). Its animation music video will be finished very soon.
Stay is an indie psych pop band from Barcelona formed in 1998. After the release of two demos, Stay (2001) and As Another Girl (2003), with good reviews in the most important national indie magazines, the English label Matchbox Recordings released their third EP: So Slow (2004). That release and a more personal sound, very careful tunes and a truly influenced by Britpop and Madchester scene guitar work, made possible a record deal with Wild thing Records (Madrid) in 2004. Starting to lose control (WTR, 2005) is their first LP and two singles were extracted from it, I’m still nothing (WTR, 2005) and Stay sings So Slow (WTR, 2006). The debut album was well-received by the media and had 9 fresh pop songs, including a Chicago’s Graham Nash cover version.
The band kept their influences but took also a look at the late-60’s American sound and to the vocal work of bands like CSN&Y or The Byrds, as felt in I’m still nothing, when Stay reaches optimum composing skills. Good reviews permitted the band to play in important national festivals like Primavera Sound 06, Bilborrok or on the TV program Conciertos de RNE3. During the second LP pre-recording sessions, two members left the band (drummer and guitar). The rest (Jordi, Ivan and Irra), together with another guitarist (Enrique), decided to continue with the project. One month in the studio was enough to elaborate what, to them, was the most important work of their lives: Things you cannot see (WTR, 2007). This second album follows the path of the first one but with a more authentic sound, warmer and with a more sixties touch, that experiments with the psychedelia and the Spencer Davis-like soul. As a result, hammonds, sitar, theremin, farfisa keyboard and moogs hold a work full of pop, soul, garage and a delicious psychedelic freak-beat. The reviews are really good and hopeful, and Stay is almost everyday on the Chema Rey’s radio show Bulevar (RNE3), led by the charismatic Chema Rey, who considers the band as a standard bearer of a new psychedelic, colourful national movement. Things you cannot see is being distributed in Japan by PowePopAcademy Records. Being awarded a Pop-Eye Prize for the best national 2007 psychedelic band, Stay appears in national fests like Lemon Pop or EasyPopWeekends and in July’07 are invited to play in the farewell party of the radio program Bulevar, together with well-recognised bands like The Sunday Drivers, Sidonie, Deluxe or Pereza. Kashmir Reflection EP (BipBip-Records 2008) is Stay’s last work, which completes their last psychedelic album (Things you cannot see). Kashmir Reflection has to be goes along Things you cannot see, with fresh sitar psychedelic arrangements and live-recordings developments. I feel you around (the single of Things you cannot see) is its first track and its very cool music video have been awarded in a national contest, CLHIPS 08. There is a special cover version of Strawberry Alarm Clock’s Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow and a groovy remix of Super Heavy Soul Mammoth Explosion by our studio engineer Roger Rodés (Posies, Jon Auer). On october 08, the band released a single by Fruits de Mer Records (USA, UK), this time in the 7" vinyl format. This is our reason to live. Welcome to Stay’s world.
jordi bel serra guitar, vocals
ivan lopez, bass
jordi casals, drums
israel palacio, hammond
So slow (Matchbox Recordings,UK, 2004)
I'm still nothing EP(2005)
Starting to lose control LP(2005)
Stay sings so Slow EP(2006)
Things you cannot see LP(2007)
Kashmir reflection EP(2008)
Stay-Fruits de Mer Vol.3 (2008) .Coming soon!
we have 2 tracks added the Radio-Indie-Pop playlist (NYC,Brooklyn): Chicago (G. Nash version) and Self Control (from the first album).
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STAY: "Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow" (Fruits de Mer) RELEASED? 10th November 08. SOUNDS LIKE? This ba...STAY: "Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow" (Fruits de Mer)
RELEASED? 10th November 08.
SOUNDS LIKE? This band are Spanish! And...they're good! Which kind of spoils the suspense
for those wading through this bit before savouring the tart bite judgement of the 'IS IT ANY
GOOD BIT?'. Sorry about that. Adopt recovery position and claim that Stay are a tip-top late
sixties stylee groove-fest, complete with funky guitar chords, throbbing organs (they can't help it,
it's hot in Barcelona) and spot on, spacey, trip out, wig out lyrics.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Er, yes. Man.
WHERE IS IT? www.brackenrecords.com
“Stay is considered a leading band in the new Spanish psychedelic scene... they have just released one of the best albums of the year called “Things You Cannot See”. One of the best neo-psychedelic formations of this time without any doubt... with freakbeat touches"
Chema Rey (RNE3)
“With "Things You Cannot See", this quintet has reached a very meditated album, yet with a fresh finish, which is vibrating from start to end, specially the psychedelic "Super Heavy Soul Mammoth Explosion”, hallucinating peak of the album with the danceable sitar Ananda Shankar-like). "I Fear It's All Fading Away/Music Fades Away!" they sing desperately in "We Need Neil Youngs". Don’t worry guys, with albums like this one by Stay, the second part of their prophecy will never come true”.
“Things You Cannot See”, a brilliant somersault that makes us remember of three things (among others): 1) the sitar, in its right amount, like in “Super Heavy Soul Mammoth Explosion”, will never be old-fashioned, we will simply refer to the nine series of Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers or to the first albums of Ananda Shankar
Mau Mau Underground
"Waiting For My Girl" or "Revelation Of Soul" have both a sixties and fresh sound. Things You Cannot See is the best thing these Catalans have done during their short yet intense trajectory. It is worth highlighting the emotional "We Need Neil Youngs", the summer freshness of "Things You Cannot See" and the generational hymn "The Fight Generation", inspired in the life of Salvador Puig Antich.
Supernova pop (e-zine)
| "Things You Cannot See " | Wild Thing Records | | 2007
“Small Faces, The Who, Neil Young, The Byrds, Madchester scene. The final mix is worthy of a big applause. It isn’t just a revisiting or a revival, it is that happy and lively sound …Direct pop melodies in "Waiting for My Girl" or "The Fight Generation". "We Need Neil Youngs" "Revelation of Soul", where the black women voices in true gospel style seen from this point of view reach its great summit at the end of the song.
Stay -Things You Cannot See
"Things You Cannot See" is full of pop, beat, psychedelic and garage sounds; enriched with sitar, hammond, farfisa and minimoog. An album with perfect and catchy melodies on which these Catalans from Barcelona have worked hard and which result has been excellent. An album with far more quality than recent songs by formations as Sunday Drivers and Kula Shaker.
Rafa García-Moreno - 10.Oct 2007 11.59
“The best thing Stay do is to produce simple, identifiable and hyperenergetic pop pills.”
La Vanguardia (2-9-07)
the sets are about 45'-1h long, but we can play more or less.
I' m still nothing
Waiting for my girl
Rainy day mushroom pillow
Revelation of soul
Super heavy soul mammoth explosion
things you cannot see
Our reason to live
As another Girl
We need neil youngs
There are no upcoming dates at this time.