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13 May 2017

Cerebrum Spain Prog Rock



















Cerebrum Spain Prog Rock 
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Cerebrum were remembered for their two singles, once re-released on Wah Wah Records as a 10inch, now sold-out. Thomas Hartlage from Shadoks music traced the band and found out there have been more recordings, recorded live at Spanish National radio and decided to release them. They surely fit well with the previously known material. It becomes in fact more clear how the band had a primitive garage-sound of bluesrock with heavier tendencies, with from speeded up moments to a slightly chaotic mix of creative confusion. On the singles there has been some studio experimentations (with reverb effects and voice distortion, and a classical piano piece brought in confusingly into the mix) that make the music more interesting in a different, progressive way, also compensating a bit for the noise, the chaos of energy it creates and the distorted tendencies. The band on the radio recording is pretty similar but without any effects, as raw and Americanised boogie blues rock. This might not be better than foreign examples but it has a talent its development to be noted. Unfortunately for the band the lack of interest for the two singles led to the end of the band. 
Hard psychedelic blues with harmonica, weird spanish vocals, fuzzed geetarsolos adn just about all trippy weirdness this genre has to offer. Not the most important songs in the world but its still great garagefun, and hey, thats not bad at all in my book. Copies of Cerebrums two singles go for about 30-40 pounds each on the rare occasions when they are up for sale. 

From The spanish progressive rock encyclopedia:They recorded two singles by late 60s-early 70s and rapidly they splitted, giving birth to a new band named Delirium Tremens. Other members of the group kept on as Cerebrum without any new recordings. The journalist Jordi Serra i Fabra wrote: “Cerebrum are the summit of spanish progressive music. Their music is revolutionary and experimental. They components are young and unquiet, hopefull and plenty of that force that pushes to succeess, to security… Cerebrum is with no doubt a musical experiment, a synthesis of strengthin the grooves of a single.” It seems that the second version of Cerebrum hosted the first musical steps of the guitarrist Salvador Domínguez…………………. 

Hard psychedelic blues with harmonica, weird spanish vocals, fuzzed geetarsolos adn just about all trippy weirdness this genre has to offer. Not the most important songs in the world but its still great garagefun, and hey, thats not bad at all in my book. Copies of Cerebrums two singles go for about 30-40 pounds each on the rare occasions when they are up for sale. From The spanish progressive rock encyclopedia:They recorded two singles by late 60s-early 70s and rapidly they splitted, giving birth to a new band named Delirium Tremens. Other members of the group kept on as Cerebrum without any new recordings. The journalist Jordi Serra i Fabra wrote: “Cerebrum are the summit of spanish progressive music. Their music is revolutionary and experimental. They components are young and unquiet, hopefull and plenty of that force that pushes to succeess, to security… Cerebrum is with no doubt a musical experiment, a synthesis of strengthin the grooves of a single.” It seems that the second version of Cerebrum hosted the first musical steps of the guitarrist Salvador Domínguez. Limited and numbered issue of 500 copies!!……. 


Biography: 
By 1969 public activity began almost simultaneously with three groups disconnected from each other, but with common characteristics: Smash, in Seville; Máquina!,, in Barcelona; Los Más, in Madrid. The three have in common their contempt for the commercial music of the groups of the time, their desire to make music comparable to the one that at that moment came from England and their eagerness to experiment and break with the formulas of sixties pop. His style is first labeled as underground and shortly afterwards as progressive music. Their importance lies more in the paths they opened than in the goals they achieved; However, without them the evolution of Spanish rock would have been slower. 
Of the three, the lesser known are Los Más , perhaps because they were the first to split, although the two singles they edited sold reasonably well given the musical circumstances of the moment, the poor power of their label and the mosqueo that hairy amplified Rise in the militant Franco. For some reason the label Ekipo / Dimension did not like the name of the group and suggested that it be changed. Thus, The More were renamed Cerebrum without implying changes in their formation. This band, or set, as it was then called to the musical formations, supposed the advance of the hard rock of Madrid and its direct was really shocking. 
The basic training of the group was: Javier Esteve (guitar), Luis Navarro (singer and harmonica), Chema Pellico (bass) and Fernando Artalejo, who would be replaced by Pedro Moreno when he went to military service, on drums. They had the rehearsal room in a basement on Calle Arturo Soria, not far from Ciudad Lineal, and until that time we approached the kids from the neighborhood. These essays consisted of very long improvisations from some subject. In its beginnings its repertoire was based on versions of foreign groups, mainly Cream and Ten Years After; But soon they begin to compose their own subjects. Bringing those long discharges to the locals of the time, demanding music to dance was complicated, although they almost always made the crowd forget that they were in a dance hall and sit and listen to them. Nightclubs and dance halls such as Picadilly, JJ, Stones or those of the Consulate chain were frequently visited by this band. 
With the Barcelona label Dimensión they record in the GMA studios the singles: “Eagle’s Death / Read a Book” (Dimension, 1969) and “Time’s Door / It’s so Hard” (Dimension, 1970). In these four songs we listen to guitar, and a few English lyrics close to the surrealism of the last Beatle era. 
In November 1970, in Barcelona, they participated in the First Permanent Festival of Progressive Music, in the Iris Room, with a poster that almost 40 years later still impressed: Máquina! , Bread and Liquor, Cerebrum, Los Canarios, Los Brincos, Crac (Those of Jorge Pardo, not to confuse with the Asturian Crack), Green Piano, Dispersed Music, Evolution and Smash. Shortly before, Esteve had left the group and had been replaced by Alfredo Santana, who starred in that festival an anecdote that now seems funny, but then was about to cause the closing of the festival and find everyone in the police station. In the middle of a guitar solo he introduced the Spanish national anthem raising the booing of the Catalans and to fix things said: “I would like to have Catalan passport” with the room full of policemen of what we then called the “secret” . In a minute it was wrong with some and others, although the blood did not reach the river. 
When they began to prepare their next album and with the organist Manolo Marinelli recently incorporated to the group, Alfredo Santana gives him the vein and leaves for the United States, Chema Pellico enters a hippy commune in Ibiza and Luis Navarro decides to leave the music. At that moment (March of the 71) enters the Egyptian Dick Zappala like bass and singer and the mythical Salvador Domínguez like guitar. Cerebrum participates like trio in several festivales of progressive music, but already is wounded to death and at the end of the summer it undoes. 
Javier Esteve will form with Dick Zappala and Artalejo - passed away in 2008 -, Araxes and then Araxes II, Chema will return from Ibiza because there are many power outages there and he needs watts for his ampli. Along with Pedro Moreno and Salvador, after the passage of this one by Pekenikes, will form Banana. Pedro Moreno would enter with time like percusionista titular of the National Orchestra of Spain………….. 

Luis Navarro: vocals, harmonica 
Javier Esteve: guitar 
Jose Maria Pellico: Bass 
Pedro Moreno: Drums 

Discography 

Cerebrum "Eagle Death (El Aguila De La Muerte) / Read A Book (Lee Un Libro)“ Single 7” 1970 Dimensión Label 

Tracklist 
Eagle Death (El Aguila De La Muerte) 5:03 
Read A Book (Lee Un Libro) 5:38 

Cerebrum "Time’s Door / It’s So Hard" Single 7" 1970 Dimensión Label 


Tracklist 
Time’s Door = La Puerta Del Tiempo 2:54 
It’s So Hard = Es Tan Duro 3:43 

Cerebrum ‎(10", EP, Comp) 2002 Wah Wah Records 

Tracklist 
A1 Time’s Door
A2 It’s So Hard
B1 Eagle Death
B2 Read A Book 

Cerebrum ‎ “Eagle Death” 2011 Shadocks music 

Tracklist 
Eagle Death 6:18 
Read A Book 5:39 
Seven Days 4:38 
One Kind Favor 7:26 
Times Door 2:53 
It’s So Hard! 3:44 
Amphetamine Annie 4:50 
Murder In My Heart For The Judge 3:02 
You Don’t Love Me 2:29 

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