FOALS are one of the most creative and exciting bands of the last 15 years in the alternative rock scene. It all started in Oxford when longtime friends Yannis Philippakis (guitar) and Jack Bevan (drums) decided to form another group after the end of another joint project, the late The Edmund Fitzgerald. Andrew Mears (vocals), Jimmy Smith (guitar) and Walter Gervers (bass) joined the two friends and Foals was born, which comes from the Philippakis nickname’s etymology. After having released their first single, “Try This on Your Piano” Andrew leaves the band, Edwin Congreave takes over the keyboards and Philippakis takes over the voice. Now, with a definite formation, (later, the bass player Walter would also leave), the next step would be to sign with Transgressive Records and release “Hummer” and “Mathletics”, singles that greatly raised the buzz around them. In 2008, their debut album, “Antidotes”, confirmed all of the best expectations.
In 2019 they return to making albums with what is the most ambitious one of all of the band’s albums. “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1” was nominated for a Mercury Prize and already won the best album of the year award for Q Magazine. “Exits” or “In Degrees” are two of the songs that promise to conquer the audience in the summer of 2021. FOALS will perform on 17th July, on the Super Bock stage at Super Bock Super Rock.
Indy rock is alive and well and the best proof of it is the quality and authenticity of artists like BOY PABLO. Born in Norway to Chilean parents, a young Nicolás Pablo Muñoz studied music in the Norwegian city of Os before he started writing his own songs and from the age of 17 he was consistently writing music. Things couldn’t have gone any better with the release of “Flowers” in 2016. Some of the top qualities that are recognizable in today’s BOY PABLO’s music were already present back then, including his skillful song writing, rich harmonies, and melodies and lyrics sweet enough to touch the hardest of hearts. It wasn’t long before his name was associated with a few good teenage musicians and names such as Clairo, Cuco, Yellow Days and Rex Orange County. His debut EP came in 2017. It was published by 777 Records and included single “Everytime”, which went viral in no time.
Things then turned more serious for BOY PABLO and he formed a band which would allow him to perform his songs live. 2018 was the year that saw him tour outside Norway, with concerts in the US, Canada and some European countries. He released his second EP, Soy Pablo, in 2018. Singles “Losing you” and “Sick Feeling” reached millions of views on YouTube, which proves how teenagers and youngsters around the world identify with BOY PABLO’s artistic work. Portugal will receive this young talent in the summer of 2021. BOY PABLO will perform on 17th July 2021, on the EDP stage at Super Bock Super Rock.
LOCAL NATIVES were born from the encounter between guitarist Ryan Hahn, singer and guitarist Taylor Rice and keyboardist Kelcey Ayer in their high school in Orange County. At the time they played together in several punk bands. Later, in 2008, the band was completed when drummer Matt Frazier and bassist Andy Hamm joined them. These later additions were essential in the consolidation of the musical language of the band. Their debut album, Gorilla Manor, was released in 2009 under the British record label Infectious Records. In 2013, after the departure of Andy Hamm, bassist Nick Ewing joined and the band released their second album, Hummingbird, a darker and more atmospheric work than their debut album. The popularity of this American band continued to grow and the post-punk style of some of their best songs won over the critics. Initially, it was near impossible not to draw comparisons with some of the most recognisable names of this century’s indie music scene, such as Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear or Yeasayer. However, as time went by, LOCAL NATIVES made a name for themselves thanks to unmistakable harmonies, influences from African and Middle Eastern music, dream pop atmosphere and a series of elements which, together, makeLocal Natives one of the best bands right now. In 2016 they released their third album, Sunlit Youth. The use of synthesizers put an optimistic spin on it, which can be heard in songs like “Coins”.
Three years later, in 2019, a new album came out. Violet Street has benefited from Shawn Everet’s experience as producer (Weezer, The War on Drugs) and features strong singles such as “When Am I Gonna Lose You” and “Café Amarillo. Having had to postpone the 26th Super Bock Super Rock didn’t impact the excitement of LOCAL NATIVES to be on a Portuguese stage. This is the new date: 17th July 2021, on the EDP stage at Super Bock Super Rock.