“Berumuga” musical cycle

July 11, 2017

To speak about The Allnighters is to speak about one of the main referents regarding

black music in the country and about a time when R ´n´B was little more than an often

misunderstood and residual gender. Long before revivalist fevers, beyond temporal

tendencies and fashions, This band from Vitoria raised the genre´s flag up to the top for a

decade inspired by soul, blues and psychodelia but most of all by attitude, an attitude that

only great bands have.

Since 1988 and a overwhelming live on stage performance The Allnighters signed 3 Lps,

several singles, hundreds of gigs and so many different collaborations along with international

artists, sweeping along an army of faithful fans to which they said good bye in 1998. A long

waiting but definitely worth it. In 2013 they came back with the same energy of always just

to perpetuate their legacy and recover the place where they belong inside the scene.

Everything is Changing means speaking of Iñigo Ortiz de Zárate (organ and guitar), Ernesto

García (guitar), Iñaki “Igu” García (voice and harp), Zigor Akixo (drums) and Ruper Díez

(bass) on their top level and about a trip through a path they invented themselves they

called it Soulful Rhythm & Blues. Is to talk about Jorge Explosión great producing work at

Circo Perrotti and about eight songs analogically recorded that go right from the self titled

“Everything is Changing”, a swampy guitar Mayall flavored half time with a wonderful brass

section present in the whole record and an excellent organ and Íñigo Ortiz de Zárate´s guitar

as well. Passing through “Tell the truth” the missing link between the great Wilco Johnson

to the incombustible Wilson Pickett soul heritage with Igu´s mark as a master of ceremony.

Reaching out Stax nerve by Zigor Akixo y Ruper Díez hands on rhythm section in “I´m your

slave” a cool stroll through the dance hall spiced by Ernesto´s wah wah guitar sound just to

jump up to New Orleans Rhythms in “My baby´s gone” maintaining the blues pulse in it´s

more country blues version in “Gipsy Woman” an incendiary flirting between Igu´s harp and

Iñigo´s guitar. The band keeps on displaying resources by Igu´s harp in a travel back to funk

from the seventies with an old Chicago blues flavor in “My Buddy Buddy Friends” signed by

Dr. Feelgood just to get to the wonderful “I´m Gonna Miss You” a true evidence about what

a soul ballad has to be, flawless playing, beautiful arragements, thrilling lyrics but most of

all attitude and emotion. In case anything was missing the band ends up this work with the

furious “Midnight Boogie”.

Everything is Changing is a five musician return who worship a genre and a culture that

has survived through thick and thin for decades from wich they were always it´s main

representatives and promoters, beyond temporal tendencies and fashions. To speak about

the The Allnighters is to speak about attitude and wisdom just to acknowledge that perhaps

everything is changing but now that they are back the change can only be for good.

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