Spanish Love Songs Announce Schmaltz
New Album Set To Be Released March 30th
via A-F Records
Los Angeles’s Spanish Love Songs have just announced their new album Schmaltz, set to be released on March 30th via A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (UK/Europe). The album follows their 2015 debut Sings The Blues, and their recently released EP Buffalo Buffalo, which includes two songs also featured on Schmaltz. That EP can be heard now via A-F Records.
On the new record, Spanish Love Songs’ songwriter Dylan Slocum delves into themes of guilt, depression, and stagnation while he tries to come to terms with his past mistakes and feeling like he hasn’t yet grown past them. A quote from Slocum on writing Schmaltz can be found below.
“This album is really all about guilt, and everything that’s wrapped up in it. Guilt over being self-involved. Over being depressed and what that does to the people I love. Of not being there for others or treating them right. Of not treating myself right. Of not doing enough for people before I lost them. Of getting old and still chasing the same dreams. Of being incapable of changing.
Everything else on the album is filtered through that lens. The album is about living with the guilt, and ultimately accepting it, because sometimes it feels debilitating, especially in this day and age.”
2. Sequels, Remakes, and Adaptions
4. Buffalo Buffalo
6. The Boy Considers His Haircut
7. El Niño Considers His Failures
8. Joana, In Five Acts
9. Beer & Nyquil (Hold It Together)
10. It’s Not Interesting
11. Aloha To No One
Spanish Love Songs is a five piece punk band based in Los Angeles, CA. They formed in 2014 after the demise of a previous band and a chance Craiglist post about lonely people looking to go to punk shows. Their sound combines the energy of drunken bar shows with the immediacy of intimate, lived-in lyrics.
Self released in 2015 (and later reissued on Wiretap Records), their first album, Giant Sings the Blues, chronicles singer Dylan Slocum’s mid-twenties through songs about apathy, anxiety, and a slowly disintegrating marriage, all told over fast drums and rousing power chords.
They are currently prepping for the release of their second album on A-F Records (US) & Uncle M Records (UK/EU). The band has spent the past two years expanding their sound both musically and lyrically, as evidenced by the songs on Schmaltz. More anthemic than ever, the band confidently tears through these songs in which Slocum turns his attention inward, trying to find positivity and self-acceptance in a world that doesn’t always feel like home.
It’s new territory for the band of so-called grouch punks, as they try to grow into the best version of the band (& themselves). They’ll try to enjoy it.