The Echo Presents


The Legendary Duo, Miracle Parade

Sat, November 10, 2012

6:00 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California


This event is all ages

Josh Haden, son of bass-playing jazz great Charlie Haden, founded Spain in Los Angeles in 1993.
Their debut, The Blue Moods Of Spain, was released on Restless Records in 1995. Born from the
same L.A. alternative rock scene in the early 1990s that gave rise to Beck, Weezer, and that dog.,
Spain’s music was a response to the then-current inundation of loud, aggressive guitar rock. With
Blue Moods, Spain became aligned with the “slowcore” subgenre along with bands like Low
and Red House Painters, but their sound drew equally from West Coast jazz, rhythm and blues,
country and '60s soul. The Blue Moods Of Spain garnered the band a devoted cult following
and they toured the U.S., Europe, and Australia. They performed on French TV, and opened for
Cocteau Twins during their final U.S. tour.

In the mid-late 1990s, several songs from Blue Moods were featured in different films and TV
shows. Film director Wim Wenders commissioned the band to write a song for his film End
Of Violence. Spain’s song “Spiritual” was recorded by Johnny Cash on his Grammy-winning,
Rick Rubin-produced Unchained, and by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny on their Grammy-
winning Beyond The Missouri Sky.

Spain’s 1999 sophomore CD, She Haunts My Dreams, found the band headlining large venues
across Europe. A song from the album, “Our Love Is Gonna Live Forever,” was featured
prominently in an episode of the HBO series Six Feet Under.

The third CD, I Believe, was released in 2001, after which Haden took an extended break from
the band. Restless Records released Spirituals: The Best Of Spain in 2003, signaling the apparent
end of Spain.

In 1999, Haden had worked with producer Dan the Automator (Gorillaz) on the Handsome Boy
Modeling School record So… How’s Your Girl? lending vocals to the track “Sunshine,” a duet
with Sean Lennon. This led to Josh’s subsequent touring with Handsome Boy in 2005-2006, and
to his solo CD Devoted (2006), produced by Dan the Automator for Dreamworks Records (later
released on Haden’s own Diamond Soul Recordings). In 2007, Josh decided to halt this solo
career and reform Spain with all-new members.

This past May saw the release of their first full-length album of new material in over ten
years, The Soul Of Spain, and they’ve hit the road again, recently playing shows in Europe and
returning to the States for concerts in celebration of their new album. Omnivore Recordings, a
vinyl reissue label based in Los Angeles, has announced that they will be releasing all three of

Spain’s previous records on limited edition colored vinyl in August 2012.
The Legendary Duo
The Legendary Duo
Based on the resumes of vocalist Sean Wheeler (Throw Rag) and multi-instrumentalist Zander Schloss (Circle Jerks, the Weirdos, Joe Strummer), you’d expect a rambunctious sound emanating from the Legendary Duo, but you’d be wrong. The twosome plays a hybrid of folk, country, pop, ragtime, bluegrass and gospel that includes all the frenzied energy and spirit of the duo’s aforementioned bands, but is executed with a soulful dash of Americana charm not often heard west of the Mississippi.
Miracle Parade
Miracle Parade
The new musical incarnation of New Hampshire-bred Christopher Pappas, who has moved from Boston to L.A. and is putting the finishing touches on the album "Hark! …and other lost transmissions," forthcoming on Little Record Company (Rilo Kiley's Pierre de Reeder). --BuzzBands LA
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026