Thursday, April 25, 2024

Las Nubes - "Would Be"

Hailing from Miami, Las Nubes formed in 2017. The duo count Iggy Pop and Thurston Moore as fans (Ale Campos of Las Nubes also plays in Iggy's band), and that's enough to get our attention. Their latest single, "Would Be," starts off as a beautiful lo-fi dream pop track, and if that's how the song stayed, it would be a great song. But then suddenly everything changes without any warning and "Would Be" turns into a 90's alt-rock and punk inspired song. It's reminiscent of artists like Veruca Salt and that dog, but somehow more underground and more mainstream than either of those bands. This is just loud alt-rock at it's finest, unless Las Nubes are playing gorgeous dream pop, and then it's dream pop at its finest.

Ale Campos (guitar/vocals) says of the band's latest single:

“There was a rumor going around about a live-action Power Puff Girls series being made by Diablo Cody. It was going to be set in the future and have them portrayed as adults looking back on their lives as crime-fighting little girls who missed out on being kids. I grew up in the ‘90s and PPG was one of my favorite cartoons, so I was really excited about this. One day Emile and I were talking about how cool it would be to write the theme song for the show, so 'Would Be' was the result of that. 

"It took about 20 minutes to write. At the time I felt like my best years were flying away before my eyes and I used that as inspiration for what it might feel like to be an aging ex-superheroFor the video I edited an old home movie of my father in his late 40s doing tricks with a soccer ball. Growing up in Argentina, he always dreamed of going pro. Soccer was his first love and he finally had his chance and played professionally for a year before getting seriously injured. He wasn’t able to continue his career in soccer after that, but he always carried the love for the sport in his heart. I felt like the video captured the essence of the song, which is the desire to take back those years you lost and just cherish them.”

You can watch the video for "Would Be" below. Tormentas Malsanas is due out June 14 on Sweat Records Records, and is available for pre-order through Bandcamp. For more on Las Nubes, check out the band's website.

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