Skip to main content

Guadalupe Plata: Guadalupe Plata

Primordial blues rock high on atmospherics.

As film director Sergio Leone proved, Spain makes a great stand-in for America. So it is with Guadalupe Plata, an Iberian three-piece whose take on punk-rock blues plugs directly into the Mississippi Delta while owing much to the power of the holy trinity of reverb, tremolo and feedback.

The spirit of The Gun Club’s late frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce is a spectral presence throughout, but with the material sung entirely in their native tongue, Guadalupe Plata’s personality burns bright.

These are not so much conventional songs but something much looser and akin to sun-parched jams. Serpiente Negra and Filode Navaja shimmer with menace while Hueso De Gato Negro rocks hard and is the real deal.

Julian Marszalek is the former Reviews Editor of The Blues Magazine. He has written about music for Music365, Yahoo! Music, The Quietus, The Guardian, NME and Shindig! among many others. As the Deputy Online News Editor at Xfm he revealed exclusively that Nick Cave’s second novel was on the way. During his two-decade career, he’s interviewed the likes of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Ozzy Osbourne, and has been ranted at by John Lydon. He’s also in the select group of music journalists to have actually got on with Lou Reed. Marszalek taught music journalism at Middlesex University and co-ran the genre-fluid Stow Festival in Walthamstow for six years.