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Stormy Mondays in 20 seconds

Stormy Mondays is a folk rock band. Hailing from Spain’s rainy northern coast, our music is a transatlantic mixture of Americana, Soul, 60’s British Invasion and Asturian folk music.

Our music is always slow cooked. We don’t make “fast food”. It’s not for everyone, but we are hoping it could be precisely right for you.

We have released 17 records, which include songs in English, Spanish and Asturian, the endangered language of our homeland.

The ace up our sleeve is our live shows: intense, fun and always surprising, with seven musicians and more than 15 instruments onstage.

And yes, all those incredible stories you might have heard are true: Our song “Sunrise Number 1” was chosen by NASA to be played in space, aboard Endeavour Space Shuttle. We have played live with both Slash and Bruce Springsteen, and, in 1999, were the only Spanish band to ever play at the Woodstock Festival.

What do we sound like?

We mix the electric sound of a rock band with all sorts of acoustic instruments, from a horn section to the hurdy-gurdy – an instrument from the 12th century that seems to come from the future.

People have compared us to Tom Petty, Counting Crows, The Waterboys and even Bruce Springsteen – not bad! You can also find echoes of Van Morrison, The Band, Bob Dylan and The Beatles.

We like current artists like The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Anderson East, Jason Isbell or Ryan Adams. Oh, and we’re huge Del Amitri fans.

The band

Jorge Otero – vocals, guitars, harmonica, mandolin.
Pablo A. Bertrand – piano, organ, background vocals.
Danny Montgomery – drums.
Juanjo Zamorano – bass, background vocals.

With:
Juan Flores – sax, clarinet, flute.
Miguel Herrero – trumpet, flügelhorn, glockenspiel, percussion.
Héctor Braga – cello, hurdy-gurdy, violin, bagpipes, harp.

Manifesto: Slow Cooked Music

There’s a recent book that details the techniques behind the manufactured big hits of the last few years. We have taken that manual and turned it inside out.

They say a song needs a “hook” every 7 seconds. Really? We make music for people, not for distracted chimpanzees.

They say you need a team of writers. A dozen is not unusual. We write our own songs. Our way. We are songwriters, it’s what we do.

They say you don’t even need to learn how to play, the computer does that for you. We enjoy playing our instruments. The more, the better. We are musicians, it’s what we do.

They say you don’t need to be a good singer. “Autotune” will make you sound perfectly in tune (and robotic). We sing with human voices, imperfect by nature. And real. We are singers, it’s what we do.

They say, they say… We don’t care what they say!

We make real music for real people. Slow cooked. It’s not for everyone, and that’s alright.

Discography

  • So Far, So Good / 20 years of Stormy Mondays
    (CD and vinyl LP, 2018)
  • Suitcase Full Of Dreams
    (compact vinyl EP, 2017)
  • SantaCecilia
    (live BluRay/DVD, 2016)
  • Wading The River / The Lay Of The Land
    (double EP, 2015)
  • Stormy Mondays Sketchbook (illustrated book + CD, 2014)
  • Tú y yo / A las 9 (vinyl single, 2012)
  • Dormi ya (digital single/video, 2012)
  • Sunrise Number 1 (digital single, 2011)
  • Radio (vinyl LP, 2010 – CD, 2011)
  • Días mejores (EP, 2010)
  • On My Radio (EP, 2010)
  • Concierto: Jardín Botánico (2009)
  • On The Run (EP, 2007)
  • París (EP, 2004)
  • Días de lluvia, corazones rotos (2002)
  • Winter Songs (EP, 2002)
  • Rainy Days And Broken Hearts (1998/2000)

The stories

For a band that you’ve probably never heard of, we sure have some cool stories to tell…

The name

Stormy Mondays started in Oviedo in 1991. Our first gigs were on the street.

When trying to come up with a name, we used the same trick as the Rolling Stones: we decided to take our name from a blues classic. For us, it was “They Call It Stormy Monday” by T-Bone Walker, published in 1947.

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