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performance in Pontevedra, october 2008

Hidrogenesse is a Spanish pop band whose members are Carlos Ballesteros (singer) and Genís Segarra (keyboards). Although they have been together since 1997, they didn't release anything until 2000, with "Así se baila el siglo XX", a smart, cynical approach to the new millennium through the inventions of the 20th century.

What came next, in 2001, was Eres PC, eres Mac, another EP that shares with the previous one their weird sense of humour. It contains a cover of "Technical (you're so)", by The Magnetic Fields, band they are devoted to.

One year later, their first LP, Gimnàstica passiva, was released. It consists of ten songs where they quote Spanish poet Luis de Góngora ("Góngora"), state their worship towards the Cobain family ("Kurt, Courtney, Frances Bean and me") or remember "1987", where their beloved Smiths and Andy Warhol ceased existing, and started new exciting things as samplers and club culture. 1987 is also an album by The KLF.

In 2007 they released another album, Animalitos, recorded with drummer Alfonso Melero from Spanish band Hello Cuca. It features glam rock beats, fuzz guitars, analog synthesizers and saxophones riffs. Twelve songs about pets, wild beasts and social animals, including "Disfraz de tigre" and "Caballos y ponis". Seventies production, sing-along tunes and some krautrock inspired mantras.

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Influences

According to them, their most significant influences are The Smiths and Morrissey, The Associates (the Mac in Eres PC eres Mac stands for their lead singer, Billy Mackenzie), Sparks, Pet Shop Boys and The Magnetic Fields. Their new songs are also influenced by German band La Düsseldorf and UK glam acts as Gary Glitter and The Glitter Band.

Recent history

The release of the new album Animalitos was followed by a Spanish tour. In 2008 they have released another album, Bestiola, influenced by early german electronica and featuring reinterpretations of old songs, covers and instrumental tracks.

Discography

  • "Así se baila el siglo XX", CD-Single (2000)
  • Eres PC, eres Mac, EP (2001)
  • Gimnàstica passiva, CD-Album (2002)
  • Animalitos, CD-Album (2007)
  • Bestiola, CD-Album (2008)

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