I’m not sure why, but band names can often be like book covers to me. I know, I know, “never judge a book by its cover”. But come on, we all do it. So when I saw the name ‘The Death of Robert’ pop up on my screen, my instinct kicked in. I don’t know why, but I just loved the name. Indescribable attraction. One thing I was certain of, I had to check out the music. And that’s when Barcelona-based The Death of Robert became a fixture on my playlists. And why today I am smiling, because we have a new album, Casablanca. Eleven songs to get lost in. Take a listen…
The Death of Robert is the collaborative project of Lara Giardina, Pablo Salvadores, Robert Panadés and Simon Lopez. Formed in 2018, the band is unique in name, style, and sound, combining melodic and 90s alt-rock riffs whilst touching on a range of genres and sounds of decades gone, from folk to pop. One thing’s for sure, they’re passionate. In both the band’s personality and in music, passion, mystery and existential curiosity shine through.
We got chatting to The Death of Robert to learn more about the Barcelona-based musical group who have us hooked…
Hi guys! Thanks for joining us. How are you all doing been given the recent craziness of the world?
Hey there! Well, luckily all good so far. We stayed home and behaved, even though not even being able to rehearse together was really frustrating – and still is. We are based in Spain, we don’t know when we will be able to meet again like before.
Well, good to hear you’re all well, and congratulations on the release of your debut album Casablanca! Eleven lyrically charged, passionate songs – how does it feel to finally release an album after two years together?
It’s a great feeling. Sometimes we stop to think about it and we get amazed about what we’ve done. We got to know each other a lot during this year, and it has not always been easy. But we’d do everything, again, in the same way.
And what was the production process like for the album? As it’s your first album together, were there any challenges?
Yes, there were a lot of challenges. We had no idea what it was like to go to a recording studio and actually produce something. It was one of the greatest experiences we had. Our producer, Alberto Perez Sanchez, put so much passion into this project, from day 1, that we immediately felt he was onboard like us 100%. We tried so many things, experimented with so many instruments, we had whatever kind of guitar and keyboard at our disposal. It was challenging as well because we recorded and mixed this with our own savings, so we had the pressure to do it well, whilst trying not to spend too many days on this.
Well, it sounds absolutely amazing given the budget and time constraints! You’re known for your lyricism, a focal point of your songs. What is the writing process like for the band?
Usually, it’s either Lara (the singer) or Pablo (the guitarist) who write the lyrics, even though everybody always actively contributes. Each of us gets inspired by different topics when writing, usually they contain strong emotions/feelings. The same applies to the album, we would say the common theme of the album is passion, in all of its form, and strong emotions, whether these are anger, love, sadness, deception, etc.
So how did The Death of Robert come to exist? Were you all creating music before joining forces?
We met through a musician app called VAMPR, which works like Tinder basically and lets you spot musicians around you to create projects together. Each of us had had small projects in the past, nothing serious though.
And how did you come up with the name, The Death of Robert?
That’s a funny story… We had to meet for the first time with Robert, to get to know each other and see if we could function together as a group. For the first month, he totally disappeared. Sometimes he said he was sick, or that he broke his ankle or whatever other parts of his body! After around one month, he met us and now we’re here, together. We will never know what happened to Robert that September 2018!
What inspires the band? Any big musical influences?
This is a question kind of hard to answer… we get inspired by so many artists, it’s impossible to choose a few. We always mention The Last Shadow Puppets, for the orchestral and dramatic sound of their latest album, as well as Nick Cave – his lyrics are one of our biggest inspirations. But if you listen to our music, there’s nothing that might be sounding like these two. We have our own genre, we think. We listen to Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, The Doors, Joy Division, Angel Olsen, Tame Impala, Sonic Youth, literally whatever we like. We get inspired by a lot of artists, without excluding anyone, and mostly, we experiment a lot. We are not afraid to change, to do something completely different every time. People never know what to expect.
It shows – your sound is unique and we love it! We also love that you are a Barcelona-based band, one of our favourite cities! What is the music scene like there?
Predominantly, there’s a lot of electronic music, trap music and garage rock. But being such an international city, there’s literally musical influence from any corner of the world!
I like to ask this question, as much as people hate answering it (sorry!) – if you could describe your sound for those who haven’t heard you before, what would you say?
Short and sweet! Finally, as all our readers are stuck at home, we were hoping you’d give us a few songs by musicians you love that we should listen to?
Oh yes! Cracker Dool from Goat Girl (recent discovery, definitely worth the whole album), and Anemone from The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Thank you for talking to us, and we hope to see you in London for a gig when it’s safe to do so again! Keep well 🙂
We hope soon! We’d love to play there!
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