Mario

(06/03/2017 - 10:50)

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It is common in the mythos of The Moon Walkers, I mean, The Moonwalkers, to have a couple of silent years every now and then. As a consequence, we have some pending material we have been meaning to complete, but it is fighting back, as if it did not want to be finished, or it wanted to be constantly born. It tends to make us feel defeated, and so we can treat sometimes such songs as a burden and a task that is imposed, rather than a gorgeous intervention of our inspiration. Regardless, I believe we have reached a point in which a few intensive months will do the trick and I am positive we will release, in one way or another, our next album, Tétrico Simpático, this year. It can be our best so far, so hopefully we will face it in its last stages with optimism and joy.
At the end of last year we released a new EP in a possible series of EPs, consisting of songs recorded for our birthdays. We decided to call it A Bag Of Spices for its musical diversity, but at the same time to highlight what we consider to be the main song in it. Apart from the superb title track, which we finished recording last summer after two difficult years, the release consists of five more songs, like the mysterious Hesitation, the intimate Los Gusanos (both recorded last autumn), and others that have been mentioned earlier in this blog: the experimental Sunset In Life, the pagan Le Puissant, and the misunderstood My Friend Charles. The EP is wrapped up in a beautiful artwork by Tito and Verónica.
Soon after this release, Alex and I continued being active and recorded three new songs we wrote for the occasion: Stupid People, Dorian, and Feral Friends. They remain unreleased for the time being, but if everything goes well, we might get a third release in the EPs installment. If so, we will talk in detail about all the tunes by then.
To finish this post after such a long time, this weekend I have been listening to almost the entire discography of the band, focusing on the earlier releases. I always remembered them as being subpar compared to our later work, but I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered many of them managed to age well. I greatly enjoyed listening to Winter, 8EP,From The Doors Warehouse To The Yellow Room, Sadko & Lynsey's Journey or Chyba, to mention a few. As for our first album, Waiting For The First Train, I had the idea of mixing some of the songs a second time, when possible, and add drums to them. In most of them the tempo meanders, and it could be a very time consuming task to make it work, but still, I would like to give it a go this summer, when I have more time.
All in all, it could be an exciting year and I am looking forward to it.

Mario

(27/03/2014 - 12:01)

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A few weeks ago Alex and me surprised Tito with an unexpectedly unexpected birthday present. At this point we thought it might be obvious we would record some secret songs, as it happened last year, but believe it or not, he didn't suspect a thing.
This time we recorded 3 new songs. We set a new record and, perhaps, a limit.
First, Sunset In Life, is an accompanying song for a time lapse video Alex recorded last winter. It is ethereal and works as a little soundtrack that culminates in an epic but uneasy end. We go through our lives, feeling a monotony that doesn't take us anywhere, and it's at the end of it when we understand its beauty.
Bullshit aside, the song turned out to be better than we thought and we are happy we made it work the way we intended.
The second tune is Le Puissant. Based on a not too old demo, it suffered several transformations, and eventually became this weird beauty. We are very proud of it, and pleased to have surprised ourselves with something fresh and different that we didn't see coming. As Alex says, it is as if the song wrote itself.
Last and least, My Friend Charles. I wrote it before I could vote and always loved it. Tito never did, which was a shame. I tried to record it several times, but I was never sure what to do with it. I felt it needed Tito's imput to be really good. Or as good as I thought it could be. But it didn't make sense he sang in a song about himself, so I finally decided to give it a go with Alex and we just let ourselves go. It was fun and we liked it, but Tito still didn't. I haven't listened to it again since :(
We still don't know if we will carry on this tradition. I guess there is no point in keeping saying it.
Let's let it be a surprise.

Tito

(22/01/2014 - 11:46)

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We just published our last video, a simple but captivating lyrics video for The Moth & The Candle, from the 2012 album Tremendous Amount Of Cherries. Perfect visual representation of this great song by Mario. The candle dances to the music and our eyes are enchanted by the fire... Hopefully we will be able to create more videos, now that we have new equipment and software, and perhaps time.

And we're back after the seasonal break! Our next project is well under way - practically everything we have so far created by Mario (the Muses were lascivious with him for the past few months, the lucky bastard). It's my turn to add voices and other tracks and I'm very excited, as we'll be able to experiment a lot with these songs. I've been considering a few new things of my own and probably we will re-record and old song, The Gravedigger... enough said!

Tito

(28/12/2013 - 14:13)

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The project we started at the beginning of the year has come to a close: recording songs for each member of the band as "surprise" birthday presents. We already talked about them in depth on each special day (view blog posts Wolf, 2 new tracks and Morgan and Ending), so this post just wraps the whole thing up. Funny enough, although some songs were written many years ago (Martin Locked & The Urban Madness is 11 years old!) and others were written on the spot specifically for the project, all of them have some things in common: an air of legend, of old tales, about animals, monsters, nature and misunderstood beings. All those (casual?) details led us to choose a title and an artwork for the EP which compiles the 5 songs recorded: Wolf, Martin Locked & The Urban Madness, The Shepherd Who Loved To Whistle, The Story Of Morgan The Beast and Ending.

Feral Friends is a very cohesive EP, despite the different creation dates and the lack of a clear unifying theme - the theme has appeared naturally and that is a great sign. The Feral Friends are us, but also the central characters of the songs, the heroes of the legends. And so we put these legends together in a lovely package, as a summary of our inspiration during 2013, and as a present for the new year. Happy days!

Mario

(18/12/2013 - 13:36)

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Last weekend Alex and me participated in a stressful game jam that lasted 72 hours. He and his uncle Ruber took care of the game itself, under the name Nest Of Eagles, and I wrote a little soundtrack as a representative of the band. Despite the lack of time, I am very happy with the result of both the game and the music. The tunes are tiny, but appropriate, and are what we expected them to be. I also forced myself to use a limited palette of sounds, because I like working like that from time to time. Another challenge for me was to create the sounds for the game, something I never did before. It was fun!
The other Moonwalkers were glad with the songs, so we decided to release them in a little EP. A promotional video is on the way, although we can’t guarantee it will be ready or done on time. We are experimenting with it, although it’s being a busy week.
If you want to play the game, leave a comment or even rate it if you are participating in the jam, you can check it out right here:
http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-28/?action=preview&uid=30029

Tito

(08/11/2013 - 18:10)

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Yesterday was Mario's birthday and, as it's been customary this past year, Alex and I recorded two new songs to celebrate.

The Story Of Morgan The Beast is probably one of my most accomplished songs. When planning the birthday recordings I doubted between using any old demo or create something completely new. After realising that I imagined most of my demos with Mario's participation, I chose the other option and started writing it from scratch, just two months before the date.
The creation of this song was incredibly exhausting, both mentally and physically. The idea evolved for weeks, starting as a weird psychedelic-rock multi-part piece (which proved too difficult and made me very nervous thinking that I wouldn't be able to come up with anything). Then, after much struggle, I erased useless and misplaced bits until there was only a modest little verse, repeated through a long but simple folk ballad. That very verse also evolved, while I studied the chords looking for the right ones. In the meantime I was already devising the lyrics, which again took me a few weeks to write. I had the clear idea of a tale, the fable of a boy in love with Nature and the animals - but from a family and a village of ignorant and fearful peasants, whose mistrust would eventually lead them to persecute him, with tragic consequences. I have to say I'm very proud of the lyrics, it's the first time I write a well structured story without having to force weird situations to get the rhymes. Finally, the recording process was like growing a child in less than a couple of months - tiring and exasperating for various reasons, nerve-wracking for not knowing if the song would be what I expected at all. And, like a son, it came out different than I anticipate and probably better than I could ever imagine. I'm truly happy.

The other song was recorded quickly, in the first two or three weeks, and it waited there patiently to see the light. Written by Alex, Ending is one of his little instrumental ideas except for some ambient and melodious choirs. His is the main voice and acoustic guitar, to which I added some arrangements and backing voices. The result is a really beautiful little song, moving and meditative. There was another idea from Alex in process, called Persecución, also instrumental with choirs and wordless voices, only this time it was a crazy, loud-mouthed, powerful song. The lack of work on this one condemned it to be left out of the birthday group, but it most certainly will be used in one of our next projects.

So we have completed the first year of birthday surprise song gifts, one for each of us, and soon these five songs (Wolf, The Shepherd Who Loved To Whistle, Martin Locked & The Urban Madness, The Story Of Morgan The Beast and Ending) will be released as a nice EP of which title, artwork and all those things we like to debate are already being debated. In the meantime we're getting ready for the next wave of projects. Fortunately, we're never in short supply of those.

Mario

(16/10/2013 - 12:16)

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We have started four new songs in the last two weeks for our next project: Arachnophobia, Intrusive Thoughts, Person Under A Train and Walking Up The Stairs. I find it hard to decide which one I like the most.
Nice days full of inspiration.

Mario

(23/09/2013 - 11:07)

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We've just had a couple of active weeks which have been quite creative, taking care of many songs, and discussing beautiful ideas.
I am focused now in what seems to be our next album, based in an old idea by Tito. We started Monsters In The Cupboard, Black Cat Bad Luck (my favourite so far), Witch!, and developed some previous demos: Within The Rotten Fences, Oh My An Apparition Appeared and Good Night Scary Creatures. Alex has already participated in the early stages of half of those songs, and he also recorded in The Clockmaker, which belongs to another release. He also recorded some ideas and demos, aswell as Tito, who almost finished a new lyrics video for The Moth & The Candle. We are about to release it, but first I need to get done my possible contribution.

Mario

(04/09/2013 - 18:19)

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Following our brand new tradition, last month we recorded a couple of songs for young Alex's birthday. At a certain point we attempted to record 3, but that was too much in too little time, and 2 proved to be the better choice.
The first of them, The Shepherd Who Loved To Whistle, was written on the spot, and tells the adventures of a shepherd and his annoyed flock of sheep. The second, Martin Locked & The Urban Madness dates from 11 years ago, when I was learning to write songs. It was always a little favourite of mine, and each time we had some album planned, I thought about recording it. This is one of those cases in which I can say it was worth the wait.
After a busy summer, in which we 3 managed to meet for the first time since our last concert, and after witnessing Alex drinking beer after who knows how long, we return to our creative routine and the projects in the pipeline. Hopefully we will post a lot of news and developments in the months to come.
Until then.

Tito

(04/07/2013 - 21:09)

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Yes, we have just published a modest Android app that you can use to listen to some of our songs, check out artwork and other images, read the blog and view our videos. Take The Moonwalkers with you everywhere in your phone, share the content with your friends and enjoy!
Download the app from the Google Play store.

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