Lula is a female-fronted Spanish pop/punk, power pop band from Castellón, Spain, formed in 2006. The members are Patrizia Escoin (vocals/guitar), Félix Ribes (bass) and Adela Arrufat (drums). Patrizia Escoin was previously a founding member of the power pop band Los Romeos (1988-1996). In Los Romeos, Escoin took her inspiration from new wave bands like Blondie and Transvision Vamp; while in Lula, she takes her inspiration, mostly, from artists like the Ramones and Joan Jett. In fact, she even looks like Joan Jett if Jett were in the Ramones instead of The Runaways. Joanie Ramone, maybe? Anyway, Lula‘s guitar-driven rock is punky but not snotty, poppy but not sugary, and has changed very little over four albums (but that’s a good thing). If nothing else, Lula is my favorite female-fronted rock band from Spain. However, in 2010, Escoin also formed another band, Los Amantes, with Tomás “Tommy” Ramos (drums/vocals), Albert “Fritz” Segarra (bass/vocals) and Alberto “Gary” Luzendo (guitar). In 2011, Los Amantes released a 10″ vinyl album, Todo Lo Que Hacemos Es Secreto, which was recorded live in the studio and, as such, Los Amantes is just a bit more punk than Lula. Luckily, for me, Escoin is currently active in both bands. Yeah, I love Patrizia Escoin!
Zapatos Nuevos [New Shoes] (2006) introduced Lula‘s basic formula of guitar, bass and drums plus melodies. And, “Henry Miller” introduced their habit of naming songs after notable non-Spanish people. Is that song actually about the innovative American writer and painter? I don’t know. I don’t speak Spanish, but it’s a cool song. The singles “California” and “El Hombre Que” are cool tracks, too. Patrizia looks great in the videos, especially in “El Hombre Que”. She sure loves her Chucks (and mini-skirts)! And I, of course, love rock chicks in Chucks (and, in mini-skirts)! And, I love, at the end of that video, when she holds up the Ramones debut album at the record store, letting us know exactly what kind of music she loves. As if we didn’t know! “Perfecta” and “Guarra” (which translates as “Slut”) are other good tracks, and “Estás Solo” and “Azul Instantaneo” are driven by pleasant melodies, but my favorites are the last two, “Cómo Estás?” and “El Amante”.
Watch the videos for “California” and “El Hombre Que” here:
Watch the video for “Johnnie Walker” here:
Watch the video for “Del Alguiler” here:
Watch the videos for “Hasta Manana” and “L” here:
2006 – Zapatos Nuevos [Album]
2007 – El Mundo Está Temblando [Album]
2010 – Sufre como yo [Album]
2013 – Viaje a Marte [Album]
Los Amantes is currently working on a new album which will be released digitally as opposed to their 10″ vinyl debut, Todo Lo Que Hacemos Es Secreto. Some of the songs are posted on their website.
Watch the video for “Chicos Malos” here:
2011 – Todo Lo Que Hacemos Es Secreto [10″ Vinyl]
2012 – Todo Lo Que Hacemos Es Secreto (Digital) [EP]
NOTE: Los Romeos will have their own post at some point.