Spain sell rarities album for $.99 for 1 week; new album in Oct.

By on June 7, 2011

Spain are a Los Angeles-based alternative rock band founded in 1993 by
Josh Haden (son of jazz bass legend Charlie Haden). Initially connected to
the mid-‘90s “slowcore” movement, the original line-up included Haden on
bass and vocals, Ken Boudakian on lead guitar, Merlo Podlewski on rhythm
guitar, and Evan Hartzell on drums. The band, now comprised of, in
addition to Haden, lead guitarist Daniel Brummel (from the band Ozma),
guitarist/keyboardist Randy Kirk, and drummer Matt Mayhall, are currently
in the studio putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming
full-length CD with an eye towards an October 2011 release. In the
meanwhile, for one week you can download Spain’s rarities album for

After recording a well-received demo and 7” single, and playing frequently at
legendary Silver Lake venue Spaceland (then called Pan), Spain signed with
Restless Records in 1994. The band travelled to San Francisco in early 1995
and spent a month recording their debut album at the now extant Brilliant
Studios, with Norm Kerner (American Music Club) at the producing helm.
The debut 1995 album, The Blue Moods Of Spain, garnered the band a
devoted cult following and enabled them to tour the U.S., Europe, and
Australia. The album was included on many music magazine “best of” lists
for the year. In 1996, Spain performed on the landmark French television
talk show Nulle Part Ailleurs. During this time they also toured as the
opening band for Cocteau Twins during the UK atmospheric music legends’
final U.S. tour.

In the mid-late 1990s, several songs from Blue Moods were featured in
different films and TV shows (Phoenix, In God’s Hands, Winterschläfer,
Garage Days, Popular). A huge Blue Moods poster appeared in an episode of
Beverly Hills, 90210. The Red Hot Chili Peppers covered their song
in concert. In addition, “Spiritual” was recorded by Johnny Cash (on his
Grammy-winning, Rick Rubin-produced Unchained), and by Charlie Haden
and Pat Metheny on their Grammy-winning Beyond The Missouri Sky.
In 1997, celebrated film director Wim Wenders commissioned Spain to write
a song for his film End Of Violence. The result, “Every Time I Try”, is an
audience favorite.

In 1999, Spain travelled to the Swedish island of Vaxholm to record their
sophomore CD, She Haunts My Dreams. Participating in the recording were
the late Swedish jazz pianist Esbjörn Svensson (who contributed keyboard
and piano performances along with string arrangements), former Soundtrack
of our Lives guitarist Björn Olsson, and sometime R.E.M. and Beck drummer
Joey Waronker. With new guitarist/keyboardist Shon “Goldenboy” Sullivan
(replacing Ken Boudakian), drummer Will Hughes (Evan Hartzell had left the
band in 1996), acoustic guitarist Podlewski, and new lead guitarist Olsson in
tow, Spain toured extensively for the album, headlining large venues across
Europe. A song from the album, “Our Love Is Gonna Live Forever”, was
featured prominently in an episode of the HBO series Six Feet Under.

In 2000, the band, minus Olsson, stayed in Los Angeles to record their third
album, I Believe. Shortly before the album was released, Sullivan left the
group to concentrate on his solo work, and shortly after the album release,
Merlo Podlewski accepted an invitation to play bass for surfing superstar
Johnson’s fledgling acoustic rock band. Rather than put together a new
group from scratch, Haden took an extended break from the band, recording
a solo CD for Dreamworks Records (later released on his own Diamond Soul
Recordings). A Spain best of compilation, Spirituals: The Best Of Spain, was
released in 2003.

Haden reformed Spain in 2007 with all-new members and began playing gigs
again in their native L.A. Since then they’ve shared the stage with
Tindersticks and the Clientele, and have been playing a steady stream of
club dates, reconnecting with their fan base and gaining a new generation of
fans along the way. A CD/digital single entitled “I’m Still Free” was
in January 2010.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.