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Spanish Prisoners
LA guitar dream (in Brooklyn)
by: Stacy Surface - December 28, 2009

Led by vocalist Leo Maymind, Spanish Prisoners blend bubbly psych pop with dark telltale vocals and daydream guitar textures. Recently the band has played shows with the likes of Daniel Johnston, John Vanderslice and Foals. Shortly after their debut Spanish Prisoners expanded with keyboardist Amberly Hungerford, who also contributes with vocals adding even more diversity. They have recently released the “Los Angeles Guitar Dream” EP to a mass of good press, followed by a 7”, with remixes by RAC and Blind Man’s Color. In July they played a residency at the Cameo Gallery sponsored by The Deli and The Music Slut.

Your band is probably the only New York band that is fronted by someone from Latvia! How does that impact the music or how the band functions?

A: It probably doesn’t impact the band in any other way besides answering press questions like this. I was only three years old when my family left Latvia, so I hadn’t really absorbed any of the music of the country before leaving. However, my family came to New Orleans, where I lived for most of my childhood, and I think that informed my musical tastes and interests since it was such a vibrant musical scene- it seemed like there were always concerts and parties going on. I guess I’m some sort Latvia / New Orleans / New York mix-up.

Spanish Prisoners has been compared to really wide range of artists- especially on the first record, “Songs to Forget.” How do you see the band in regards to these comparisons? Are there any bands that you see your band being similar to?

A: I don’t mind getting such a wide range of comparisons if it helps people get into the music. I personally don’t hear a lot of those as being accurate, but I’m not the most objective person to ask when it comes to who our music sounds like, I suppose.

Can you explain the background behind “Los Angeles Guitar Dream” and where that title came from?

A: I came up with it a few summers ago. My girlfriend was living in LA for a summer and I went out to visit her for a month. It was the first time I had been there and I spent a lot of time just driving alone in her car, thinking about songs, and that title popped into my head. I just really like how those four words look together.



 
 

"My family came to New Orleans, where I lived for most of my childhood, and I think that informed my musical tastes and interests since it was such a vibrant musical scene."


Spanish Prisoners
"Los Angeles Guitar Dream"


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what it is

Psych pop with dark telltale vocals for those who like: Flaming Lips, Grandaddy, Modest Mouse.