Exposé Online banner

El Tubo Elástico — El Tubo Elástico
(Bandcamp no#, 2015, CD / LP / DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2015-12-30

El Tubo Elástico Cover art

On their first recording, this Spanish quartet certainly sounds like a band that’s been playing and recording together for a long time. Perhaps they have been and just remained underground for far too long. The band is two guitarists (Daniel Gonzalez and Vizen Rivas) and bassist Alfonso Romero (all three doubling on synthesizers) and drummer / percussionist Carlos Cabrera. Beyond that, the credits are pretty lean, but I suspect that the seven included tunes all evolved from looser group improvisations, eventually coalescing into compositions, much in the way that bands like Djam Karet create their works. Having two guitars allows the band to focus a bit more on the psychedelic trimmings that make their progressive sound special and somewhat unique, with tasty layerings of melodic arrangements playing off one another as in the two part “Ispra.” The bass frequently gets into the melodic mix as well, at that point leaving the drummer to set the pace and framework alone, though more often they work together in a more conventional and supportive rock arrangement. Echoes of many great bands of the past can occasionally be heard herein, most notably post-Syd pre-DSotM Floyd with a touch of Teutonic classicism like Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Duul and Agitation Free. For a band that goes the 100% instrumental route, they have an enduring task to keep their music interesting to the listener while not becoming too self-indulgent, but El Tubo Elástico manages to keep their best foot forward throughout, balancing all of their best tendencies across these seven long tracks. A solid start, and definitely a band I will be looking forward to hearing more from in the future.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): El Tubo Elástico

More info
http://eltuboelastico.bandcamp.com/album/el-tubo-el-stico-3

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Steve Tibbetts - Natural Causes – On first listen, one could easily be forgiven for thinking that Natural Causes might be a collection of out-takes from Tibbetts' 1982 album Northern Song, his very first LP for ECM. Indeed, the...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues