20th Anniversary Album Playback: Melon Diesel "La Cuesta de Mister Bond"

The Gibraltar Garrison Library

Past Event

Description

Come join us at the Gibraltar Garrison Library for this exclusive event.

What to expect:

-  Q&A Introductory presentation about the album with Dani Fa from the band 

-  Uninterrupted communal playback experience in a unique setting

-  Complimentary drinks and delicious tapas

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On Thursday 25th April, Classic Vinyl Playback in conjunction with the Garrison Library present a playback session of Melon Diesel's debut album “La Cuesta De Mister Bond” which celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this coming month. While the events usually see an album spun on vinyl, this particular album was never pressed to the format but being such a huge cultural marker in local music, it should not be overlooked. Dani Fa from the band will be at the event for a Q&A before the playback.

Released in 1999, the album saw a group of five young guys from Gibraltar shoot up the Spanish albums chart and enjoy a level of success and popularity which was unprecedented in Gibraltarian music. Originally known as “Treehouse” the band had a passionate following in its hometown, becoming a staple of Friday nights playing packed bars. After years of gigging in the 90’s and releasing a successful self produced EP, the band travelled to Madrid in search of a record deal. After a few months struggling to obtain a deal, the band returned home to the Rock, but not long after, Sony Spain tracked the band down after an A&R rep had overheard their EP playing in a restaurant. With a record deal signed for three albums, the band changed it’s name to Melon Diesel, named after an infamous shot at The Collingwood, a popular live Gibraltar venue for the band. The album was recored at Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire and Moody Studios in London with production duties by Barry Sage, a veteran who has worked with artists such as The Rolling Stones and New Order. 

The album reached the top 5 in the Spanish Album charts and produced a number one single in “Quiero Un Camino” with several other singles reaching the top 5 in the singles chart. It was certified platinum with sales of over 200k copies. The album was supported by a tour of Spain spanning two years and over 140 shows, attended by over 600k fans. Influenced by the classic rock sound of bands such as Led Zeppelin and the sounds of 90’s grunge music, the album's mix of anthemic tracks and heartfelt ballads has seen it come to be considered as a watershed cultural moment in Gibraltarian music. Inspiring countless local musicians and lovingly remembered as providing a musical backdrop for a generation of Gibraltarians.

Music plays a huge part of many of our lives and recorded music in particular has become a soundtrack to our busy daily routines. We run, we work, we drive, we party, recorded music is most commonly listened to within the context of another activity. It has become increasingly rare that we consume albums in their entirety in one sitting and do just that, just sit, listen and enjoy, the music being the central focus. 

This event bring music lovers in Gibraltar together to listen to a classic album through high quality equipment, in its entirety in a unique setting and as close as possible to the way in which the artist intended.

Details

Organiser(s):

Classic Vinyl Playback



Venue

The Gibraltar Garrison Library

2 Library Ramp
Gibraltar