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Hiroshima Dandys

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE | AFM

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2012
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"Colors in the dark"

Hiroshima Dandys presenta su nuevo disco que lleva por título Las Ideas Negras, una placa conmovedora, melancólica, bailable y para no dejar pasar.

Por Claudio Kobelt

Una canción puede conmover, hacer bailar, poner a pensar, evocar, movilizar, alegrar, acompañar, y tantas cosas más. Es misterioso e innegable el poder de una canción pop bien lograda, construida con sinceridad, talento y pasión. Pablo Rivas parece haber conseguido todo eso en la nueva placa de su proyecto Hiroshima Dandys. El disco, de nombre Las Ideas Negras y editado por el recomendable sello Solo le pido a Dior, es un registro profundo, melancólico y oscuro, dueño de una luz por momentos esperanzada, por otros trágica y siempre emocionante.

Recuerdos, desesperanza, amor y certezas recorren con vehemente convicción el nuevo disco de Hiroshima Dandys, un álbum sonoramente impecable habitado por un tecnopop exquisito y delicado, canciones sentidas y de la más alta factura que logran, en los últimos minutos del 2014, poner esta placa entre los discos del año.

A poco de la presentación en vivo en el Hotel Bauen este martes 23 de diciembre, hablamos con Pablo Rivas acerca de la esencia sonora y compositiva tras este disco, su visión de la escena y la preparación para este show en vivo, el primero en toda la historia de Hiroshima Dandys.

ArteZeta: No soles tocar en vivo, y hoy presentás el nuevo disco en el Bauen ¿Cómo pensás que será el show de Hiroshima Dandys?

Pablo Rivas: Siempre me ofrecían fechas y me inventaba algo para no tener que tocar, así que este año que viene se define eso de cómo será un show en vivo. Por ahora vamos a hacer ese minishow debut en el Bauen y ya para abril empezaremos a tocar bastante, con Hiroshima Dandys ya como banda con Julián Landerreche y Nicolás González en teclados y guitarra.

AZ: Podemos hablar de Tecnopop, canción electrónica, e incluso del concepto de Bedroom pop ¿Cómo definirás vos a Hiroshima Dandys?

PR: Me gusta decir que hago Technopop pero porque que la palabra me resulta agradable, creo que estoy cada vez mas lejos del technopop y mas cerca de eso que llamás canción electrónica. Lo del Bedroom pop no se mucho que es, ¡pero el nombre es buenísimo!

AZ: ¿Por qué decidiste llamar a este disco Las Ideas Negras? Se puede entender como un concepto vinculado a la depresión y los pensamientos oscuros, pero sé que también era un suplemento que venía con la revista francesa de historietas Spirou.

PR: Tenia un par de nombres en mente. Uno era Un montón de cosas que no se si quiero escuchar, que era algo que me había dicho Julián Marti de Hotel Casino por la letra de una canción que le había mandado, pero me sonaba muy parecido al nombre del disco anterior, Ustedes También Dejan Mucho que Desear. También me gustaba Mecánica de lo inútil, pero era muy parecido al libro de Herzog, que después Coiffeur usó para su último disco. Y lo de Las ideas negras me parecía que era un nombre más oscuro que las canciones del disco mismo. De hecho esas historietas de donde saco el nombre, André Franquin, que era un genio absoluto y un depresivo tremendo, las dibujó en una época donde estaba saliendo de un pozo jodido. Al final, quedó ese nombre cuando Sebastián Pani hizo las fotos del disco. Eran geniales y no podía tener otro nombre.

AZ: De este lado se siente una evolución tanto a nivel sonoro como lirico respecto de tus discos anteriores ¿Cómo ves vos Las Ideas Negras respecto de tus otros trabajos?


PR: Cada vez me pongo más molesto con lo quiero decir y como lo quiero decir, trato de no usar palabras ni imágenes que no sirvan mas que para adornar la melodía que ocupa la canción. Que si están, estén diciendo algo que, al menos para mí, tiene un peso. Es un trabajo bastante más duro pero creo que estoy mintiendo menos.
Con la mezcla es la primera vez que hago algo y pido ayuda para mezclar, así que gracias a Carlos Shaw el sonido es un poquito menos caótico que lo que suelo hacer siempre.

AZ: Y hablando de eso, del concepto sonoro, ¿Hubo algún material de referencia en cuanto sonido?

PR: Como referencia me serví de los OMD y sus primeros dos discos. También de los Stranglers más pop, pero como mi formación musical es ninguna, por mas que tenga la intención de hacer algo específico, me tengo que enfrentar a la limitación, así que se me hace más difícil copiar algo que me encantaría copiar.

AZ: ¿Hay algún artista o grupo que consideres afín y/o que te guste mucho que puedas recomendarnos en la escena nacional?

PR: No sé si me siento afín pero me gustan muchísimas bandas de ahora, de hecho creo que música nueva solo consumo música nueva de acá. Me encantan Chico Ninguno, los Matilda, Los Abducidos, La Bundesliga, Electrochongo y Partido de la costa, que el año que viene van a sacar un EP con unos temas tremendos por Solo le Pido a Dior.

AZ: Hace mucho que venís haciendo música, componiendo, grabando, tocando en otros proyectos¿Cómo ves la escena independiente de nuestro país hoy? ¿Te sentís parte de ella?

PR: No sé si me animo a hablar de una escena, se que hay muchísimas bandas tremendas, algo que no pasaba desde los 2000, y eso es tremendo. Como publico si me siento parte de eso porque me encanta ver bandas en vivo, ahora como banda me cuesta saber dónde estoy parado.//∆z - Artezeta


""Techno-pop is a bastardized genre""

Former producer and keyboardist of The Quindimils, Pablo Rivas presents their second album, "Black Ideas" nine songs that dispute the podium oh ther perfect love song. "Even if you make a concept album of your football team, such as Ignacio Copani, the theme of love is always there," he observes.

By Walter Lezcano
@lezcanowalter

All we read Moby Dick, Herman Melville, we know there obsessions that can cost you yourself life. But all is not as destructive. Sometimes they appear obsessions that do not kill, they can make you grow. Especially if you're an artist. For example, find beauty where others see filth. Or, and here we get into the subject of this note, try to write the perfect love song. That's what won the goal of a musician, producer and artist Pablo Rivas, also known as Mambo or Hiroshima Dandies. Thus pursuing that hook so seductive, it was how he managed to shape Black ideas, a disc that has many machines and robotic rhythms but whose tensile definitely is blood.

There are nine songs totaling 31 minutes in which they can hear things like: "Some time before we met / I knew you existed"; "But I'm deluding again / with how quiet it was still wrong"; "Love songs / in times of war"; "My biggest dark / with your brightest colors." That is to say, is a record that falls into the nets of love in its most controversial version, but it also tries to make sense. What is the nature of that feeling that some call love? And, a frightening question, what are their limits? These are issues that are present in Black ideas more or less explicitly.

In this combo to add letters and sounds emerge, as a small imbalance that redefines the above, the voice of Rivas. With a profile of tanning crooner, intonation of Rivas-for cold times and sometimes given to melodrama and at ease, but always manages personally join with all inner conflicts subtleties posed songs.

Black Dandies Hiroshima ideas, then, is a sound and aesthetic search for the beaten paths of love. However, and here comes the interesting part, the disc manages to generate climates and textures that wrap and make the listener fall back into the trap: the romance and hope to fill the heart with an eternal company.


How you born Black ideas? What had wanted to convey?
-He had in mind to write a love song, a song of perfect love, which I liked listening to me and, if possible, to take me a tear, although it has not much interest me find who escribírsela. It was almost like an exercise. I did not come out. But I kept trying in each of the topics and finally, in the last of the album, I thought it did have that song of love.

How was the recording process and how you were selecting those involved in the album?
Recorded'm in my house. I have started demear the first song at the beginning of 2014, with a very simple application to make music on a tablet: pulling chords, bases and discarding songs. Then, when I found the nine songs that closed me, I contacted Carlos Shaw (who had just produced abductees in a tremendous drive) to give me a hand mixing. He also asked Fok Electrochongo a synthesizer and a piano, and guitars the recorded Adrian Guzman, who is a musician who I admire since we met, and Nico Gonzalez, telepath, Diskette and Partido de la Costa, which is also the Seal curator only ask handle Dior and the person I met recently. Although the first collaborator, before recording the first note was Sebastian Pani, a photographer with whom I understand better than any musician. They have always fascinated me and I seem caps as important as the discs.

-In The theme "Triple Agent" you talk of "love songs in times of war." Is that what this album is about? Is that the idea represents all the songs?
That issue came while listening to a podcast of a Colombian historian. In that program he spoke of England during World War II and how the BBC responsible for songs that contained encrypted messages aviation. I found a wonderful thing. After the verses were changing and the initial idea remained only the title and chorus.

How you worked the sound of the album? Do you recognize any influence?
'The initial idea was that the sound of the album to be like the first two of OMD or Feline, of The Stranglers: simple themes hyper, very basic boxes almost unbearable pace and reverbs. But luckily Carlos Shaw, while we fought side by side in the mixer, convinced me to clean dirty parts and other so people do not have to suffer in their ears my whims.

Lyrics are simple -¿Las you? How do you get along with writing?
'I love writing lyrics but I think a very difficult job. I always feel that I have more things I want to say or do not want to use words that mean yes, but within that conditioning think good things with it. I also tend to write fiction but never reached the point of having to correct myself, which I think is the hardest working and most delicate, so for now I get along better with reading.

Is it possible to make a pop album without talking about love?
-it's Difficult. I estimate that on an EP of four or five songs themselves can be done, but on a disc with more than eight or nine songs, if you do not like or cars or football is impossible. Even if you make a concept album of your football team, such as Copani, the theme of love is always present.

-You're Illustrator, cartoonist and artist. What good is all this graphic capital when making music?
-The Truth is I do not think that will do much. Until hurts, because while I'm drawing I think it would have to make a song while I'm recording, I'm putting something else. But it must be Nomás restless ass.

This is your second album. Do you feel that you evolved? What aspects you feel it?
I think this album is less "falopa letters" as above. I mean when you write a lot of words and uses a lot of images based on the need to fill a melody with your voice. Before that he justified it thinking it was poetry, but if one realizes that it is not genuine, is falopa.

There's a song called "The workers technopop". That means there is a snobs electropop?
- "The workers technopop" comes from a joke we did with Electrochongo: we renamed the Pier song "Sacrifize and Rock and Roll" as "Sacrifice and technopop". Techno-pop is a bastardized genre , even by people that makes it. Except Kraftwerk, no one would ever do a song like "The Jailhouse Rock" or "The 6:30 blues" but with pride, with class, of gender and even genre. Moreover, I tell you one thing: although workers are majority in all, the art world was always a hive of snobs.

Where do you think that most enjoy a record like yours: alone, at a party at a bowling alley or a stadium?
Without doubt alone. And, if it's possible, on holidays. And, if it's possible, before ten o'clock. - Nan Magazine


"Review Hiroshima Dandys “Las ideas negras”"

"How believe you, how deceive you," repeated Paul Rivas with leathery voice and intonation of soap opera in "The generic", curling in a loving obsession that set the tone for their third album. The black ideas that cross over his head found in these dark techno-pop songs the ideal field to develop freely and unfiltered. And if you listen to "The workers tecnopop" pure class pride ... and genre. - Los Inrockuptibles Argentina


"Hiroshima Dandys - Black Ideas review"

Rafael Alba / 05-03-2015

The argentine 'multi-artist' Pablo Rivas, better known as 'Mambo' has a third 'alter ego', Hiroshima Dandys, that use to write and record songs. Rivas, owner of an electronic style, very close to 80's techno pop, has achieved give consistency to the proposal in recent times.

In particular, thanks to his latest album, 'The Black Ideas', the fourth in a career that spans a decade of work. A disc in which, according to the opinions available, the artist remains committed to "love songs in times of war."

They are torn songs, but provided with a poetic intuition in the letters that make Hiroshima Dandys a kind of 'dark corner' of the argentine techno pop, where there are also other valid proposals, but bubbling. As Miranda, without going further.

Indeed, in both cases, the influence of Fangoria, the Spanish band, Alaska and Nacho Canut is perfectly perceptible. There are, of course, also traces of the kings of this pervasive genre of the eighties. From the fireproof Depeche Mode, to the unjustly forgotten Heaven 17.

From the title, which refers to a Belgian comic artist Andre Franquin, Rivas puts its new building, in a hostile and inhospitable territory, where the sentimental survival is an arduous task, in line with contemporary existentialism.

But all that baggage, almost encyclopedic, that Rivas operate with ease, it does not become an artificial ballastbecause in the sound universe of this artist there is a limited space for style exercises. Hopelessness is sincere and the proposal is ambitious and personal. - América Económica (Spain)


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A song can move, to dance, make think, evoke, mobilize, brighten, accompany, and so much more. It is mysterious and undeniable the power of a well-made pop song built with sincerity, talent and passion. Pablo Rivas seems to have reached all that in the new board of his project Hiroshima Dandys. The album, called The Black Ideas and edited by the recommended label Sč´¸lo le Pido a Dior, is a deep, melancholic and dark record, owner of a hopeful light moments, other tragic, but always exciting.

Hiroshima Dandys it's the hope of the new argentine pop.


Claudio Kobelt

Artezeta - January 2015


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