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Interview by Amanda Astramowicz
Oriak – Bass
Ruben – Drums
Mares (Albert) – Guitar
Jordan – Vocals
What can we expect to hear at the Hard Rock Cafe show on February 13th 2014?
Jordan: We’re playing almost all of our original songs, as well as covers. We’re planning to play about 16 songs, and about a third of them will be covers. It’s our first time playing there so we’re very excited.
Where do you normally play in Barcelona?
Jordan: We usually play just outside of Barcelona. In the past year we’ve played about 50 gigs so far. We’ve even had 3 in a single week once, and 7 in one month. We have a confirmed gig in La Bascula coming up in March 2014.
How did you all meet?
Jordan: Well I live in Santa Susanna, just outside of Barcelona, and I went to go watch a band out there. Mares was playing the guitar, and after the show I said to him, “I like the way you play guitar.” And that’s how it all began.
Oriak: Before Jordan and Mares had met, Mares, Ruben and I had been playing together for 10 years already. We had another singer before, but he’s no longer with the band, so Jordan came at the perfect time.
Three members of the group are from Cataluyna, but you call yourselves a British rock band. Why’s that?
Jordan: It's certainly because of the style of music that we play. Well, I’m from Wales and we always sing in English and the music is definitely British. Also, people tend to take the band more seriously if you say you’re a British rock band.
How did you find yourself in Barcelona, Jordan?
Jordan: Oh, I was dragged over here by my parents, but I enjoy it now, yeah, it’s good. I came here about 12 or 13 years ago.
How many years have The Spiks been together?
Ruben: A year and a month now.
How did you decide the style of music that you wanted to play as a band?
Jordan: Well, we started by talking about the bands that we liked and we sort of formed our own sound based on those. We talked about bands like the Rolling Stones, Oasis, Beatles, Sex Pistols and The Who.
When was your first album, Jumping the Fence, released?
Jordan: That came out in August. It’s not in the shops, we sell it as merchandise during our concerts along with t-shirts and a few other things. The album has 8 original tracks, and the last one is based on the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen.
Ruben: We’re just finishing up recording our second album now, which will be all original songs again. It’s going to be called Every Last Drop. It has 10 tracks and will be available online this time as well.
Oriak: But, we’re still currently looking for a label to promote us, we’re still unsigned.
Where do you practice and record your music?
Oriak: I have my own recording studio in Calella, that’s where we practice and produce all of our music.
Do The Spiks have a manager?
Mares: No. Until we meet the correct person we will keep managing ourselves.
Are you planning to stay based in Barcelona?
Oriak: Yes, but we do have some places in London and in Wales that we’re trying to arrange some dates, but none are finalized yet. It’s pretty hard for us to manage a tour without a manager.
Why The Spiks?
Oriak: Well, maybe some people aren’t familiar with the word, but spiks is an insult.
Jordan: We don’t mean it one bit, its definitely more of an inside joke. It’s because here people always tell me, well, here you are a guiri. It’s the reverse.
Oriak: Yeah, and Jordan said to us, well for me you are the spiks and I’m the normal one. He is a guiri here, but we are the spiks for Jordan and for other English people here in Spain.
Jordan: We have not found any offense to it yet, so we’ll carry on I think. [laughing]
What are your future goals? Where do you want to be in five years?
Jordan: I can’t even look past next week! [laughing]
Mares: To be alive and not dead!
Jordan: No, but seriously, we’d like to be playing. Just keep playing. See where we can get to. This is where it starts.
Oriak: Well I think it’s obvious that, well, success means to be performing in large venues with famous bands, but for us, success can also mean playing in any venue for people that like our music and follow us and enjoy listening to us. If one day we can eventually play with the Rolling Stones, well, that would be awesome, we would go celebrate and get drunk. But, real success, for us, is to make music that people want to listen to and enjoy. There’s commercial success, and musical success. As a goal, the first thing I want is that people hear our music and feel it.
Check out The Spiks at their Facebook page here.
The Spiks also produce their own highly crafted music videos. "Better Than That" is a stop-motion music video created using 2000 photos of them on a road trip around Catalunya.
Check out their music videos and listen to them perform live on their YouTube channel here.