bletzung

bletzung

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A melodically driven modern rock band which was conceived as a multimedia experience in the vein of Pink Floyd and the Beatles. The band couples British songwriting with an American approach to recording and making records.

Biography

‘There is nothing conceptually better than rock ‘n’
roll,’ John Lennon.

The Story
In 2001 Ignacio Peña, Bletzung’s front man, released his solo debut album, “El Mundo Al Revés” (The World Upside Down) on Universal Latino which earned him rave reviews from the critics.

“Singer/songwriter Ignacio Peña’s first outing, on Universal, is a lovely collection of pop tracks that evoke everything from Eric Clapton to Oasis. Thanks to thoughtful, well-written lyrics that never fall into triteness, this manages to be an album without a single throwaway track.”
Billboard Magazine

“A debut record that sets precedence “En Español” – track that opens the CD – and evokes the days past of Argentinean Rock and English Pop.”
People En Español

Anormal, Peña’s sophomore album, is a pure rock n roll set which feeds on classic rock influences but with a clear grasp on melody. The songs are an evolution in Pena’s songwriting in many ways: a harder edge, songs written in BOTH Spanish an English (5 songs in Spanish, 5 songs in English), and recorded with his touring band. With a soft release in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, several tracks from the album have remained on the Radio & Records Magazine’s Latin Format Rock/Alt. play lists consecutively for 11 months.

Radio Airplay
WMVA 105.3 FM (Clear Channel), Atlanta, GA
KDLD 103.1 FM, The Red Zone, Los Angeles, CA
WRTO 98.3 FM (Univision), Fuego Rock, Miami, FL
WRTE 90.5 FM, Radio Arte, Chicago, IL
KSCR 1560 AM, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
KTFH AM, Rock Radical, Seattle, WA
KSJ 90.5 FM, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
WLJS 91.9 FM, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
WMSC 90.3 FM, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
KSJV 91.5 FM, Radio Blingue, Fresno, CA

Internet Radio Airplay
Pulso Rock Radio
Batanga
Puro Rock
Yahoo Music
Radio Wazee

Video Airplay
Mas Musica Teve Network
MTV-S
LATV
Latin Eyes TV
Mun2
Video Max (Puerto Rico)

Under the auspice of Ignacio Peña, Bletzung showcased at the 2005 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, where the song “Only End Up Lonely,” the band’s first single, won the first-ever Jukebox Jury competition and was featured on Apple’s iTunes. The song and the album (Anormal) charted on iTunes’ Latin charts’ top downloads. “Lonely” can be heard on Austin’s Classic Rock station, 93.7FM KLBJ (Emmis Communications) and the video can be seen on Austin’s own ME Television.

After touring throughout Latin America and the U.S., sharing festival stages with the likes of Oasis, Eric Clapton, and Roger Waters among others, the natural evolution of Peña’s musical direction, LIVE PERFORMANCES and TOURING experiences have taken him to the next logical evolutionary step – to compose all the songs in English. This new project also involves a name change that better reflects his touring and recording experience with the band and as “a band”:

Bletzung, a melodically driven modern rock band that’s conceived as a multimedia experience in the vein of Pink Floyd and the Beatles.

The Record
Bletzung’s self-titled debut album is a conceptual proposal that entwines 12 songs that narrate a process of existential conflicts and which originated in times of worldwide terrorism, war and fear. Produced by Peña, Iker Gastaminza and Tony Rijos, the record features British influenced songwriting with an American approach to recording and making records. Bletzung’s songs are a powerful marriage of
melodically driven strong hooks and memorable guitar riffs which speak about alienation, disappointment, angst and other pressing issues.

More info can be obtained at www.bletzung.com.

Discography

Self-titled debut album due Spring 06.