More than 10 years ago, while watching Back to the Future in their native Basque Country, Spain, four friends in a band were looking for a name. This name would correlate with their high energy, stylized, alt-dance pop sound, thus Delorean was born.
Ekhi Lopetegi, who fronts on vocals, talks to BeatRoute from an “American” diner in England before playing their first official show kicking off the band’s jam-packed two-month tour throughout Europe and North America.
In 2010, the band consisting of members: Ekhi Lopetegi performing on vocals and bass, Unai Lazcano on keyboard, drummer Igor Escudeo and newest member Guillermo Astrain on guitar, secured a worldwide distribution deal with their previous record Subiza under the New York label True Panther Sounds. Their newest album Apar, released Sept 9th also under True Panther Sounds, is one of five full-length records alongside two EPs.
In conversation, Lopetegi reflects on Subiza and Apar and the growth experienced while creating them: “I think it’s the best studio record we’ve done. We achieved most of the goals we had in mind. It feels good to create a proper studio recording, Subiza was very good but it was pretty much us trying to produce with the computer. This time it was more like, OK, let’s do a proper studio record; let’s have everything ready: computer, synths, drum machine, guitar and bass, it’s about integrating all the live instruments and the computer knowledge we learned, combining all of it into a single streamlined process.”
A month in on the new release, the band was able to take Apar on a bit of pre-tour test drive. The feedback has been good and the songs are feeling a bit more familiar as Lopetegi talks live performance.
“We’ve been playing the new record for a few months now, it’s more structured, more contained and more reflective in comparison, Subiza was very unreflective. in the context of a live show the two records play together very well. When you play live, there’s more kick and I think it’s a very good way to understand the transition from one record to another.”
With a name like Delorean one would expect to hear an ‘80s influence and there’s no disappointment in that respect, Lopetegi recalls his influences while making Apar.
“I’ve been listening to records and paying attention to songs that have this kind of like ‘80s, very airy guitar sounds, clean but with a little bit of curve… I hear something I like and try to translate it, I guess it’s a mixture of cutting and pasting details that you find in other records.”
Inspired by fellow Basque creator, the late Jorge Oteiza, the band incorporated the sculptor’s work for the cover their new album. Powerful and streamlined, the double cross sculpture represents what the record means to them.
“He designed these crosses for him and his wife, when his wife died, he built them and instead of building them separately he built them together. I always thought it was a very powerful symbol so we built them and painted them white. A friend of ours took the photographs. We threw the sculpture off a cliff, the symbolism of holding each other together being thrown into the sea, we used that photo for the cover.”
Having played together for almost half their lives the friends are more like family, which has definitely been a bonus. Trivial arguments and petty rifts are easily avoided. Look out for more from Delorean in the future, as Lopetegi tells us, “We love making music, we can make each other angry but there is never any drama, I think the ground is settled.”
See Delorean perform at Fortune Sound Club October 11th.
By Chrystal MacLeod