From: Madrid, Spain
Lazy equation: (QotSA + The Hives) – Spain
Thrash Hits Verdict:
You can count the number of notable Spanish rock bands on one hand so we’re always interested when one starts doing things over here. There’s a kind of International Shit Band Filter that means only good bands get this far so we figured Layabouts must be ok. We gave it a listen and we weren’t wrong! What’s more, you can listen to the Spaniards’ third album, Savage Behavior yourself in the listening post below. Fancy!
Describe your sound in 3 words
How did you meet?
Two band members are cousins, so that one’s obvious. We got to know each other studying cinema and sound engineering.
What made you want to start a band?
All of us had played in bands since our teens but at that moment we were all looking for something new. We wanted to have a strong and powerful rock band. That’s what made us connect with each other instantly. Our love for garage, rock and punk could finally become a serious and professional band.
Where did the name come from?
Our manager got us a gig a few months after we started practicing. We hadn’t figured out a name for the band, but it had to say something on the posters. At that time there was a very popular comedy show on Spanish TV that we really liked. One of the gags of the show featured a character called “Gañan”. In English this would be “The layabout”. It’s not exact but more or less. So we decided to at least keep the name for that gig but, like most provisional band names, it stuck.
What are your musical influences?
Mainly American and British: garage, 60s and 70s rock and punk music. We also grew up listening to harder stuff like metal, hardcore, grunge or California’s punk rock. Anything with powerful guitars and kick ass drums is always welcome to our record players.
Have you got any Spanish influences in your music?
NO. Only some punk bands from the early 80s, late 70s. In Spain there is no proper rock culture or scene. Spanish rock sounds nothing like English or American rock. It either has a latin and soft vibe or it is musically weak and boring.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Getting to tour a lot and play so many shows. It’s great to see how people react in the shows. They’re crazy! Touring is a tremendous life experience.
It’s your third album but only your first UK show. How come?
We’ve always wanted to take our music abroad. However, we also wanted to take our first steps in Spain. We knew we had to be in our best shape to start working abroad. In this time, we’ve done three tours, released three albums, found our true sound and voice and played in great international festivals like Benicassim (FIB) or Paredes de Coura as well as touring with bands like The Subways. But we always knew that our greater goal was to start a carrer in the UK and America.
With which band would your dream tour be?
From the impossible list we would definitely say The Ramones. From the “No way mate, but hey, nothing is impossible” list, Foo Fighters and from the “Not such a crazy idea” list, The Hives.
What’s the most memorable show you’ve played?
That would be playing the main stage at Benicassim festival.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
In Spain we don’t have many peers. We connected pretty well with The Subways. We opened for them in Madrid and Barcelona and both shows were an amazing rock discharge. I think we share the same idea of making very energetic, fast, powerful songs that have to be played out very loud.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Despite my previous answer, the peers we do have in Spain are great. That’s why everybody should find out about NOTHINK. They are a band from our hometown, Madrid. They sound great, closer to hardcore than us, and they have really amazing songs, for example, the track ‘In A Row’. Check them out!
What is the most metal thing you’ve done?
The massive wall of death at Benicassim festival. No one expected such a tremendous mosh-pit at FIB.
Tell us a joke.
Most band jokes pick on the drummer. We all know that. Maybe it’s unfair, but hilarious.
What’s the difference between a beat box and a drummer?
The beat box only needs to be given the information once.
Layabouts have only played one show in the UK so far but are planning on playing loads more so keep an eye out for them. They’ve already got years of experience under their belts already so who knows how far they can go.