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As the name of the group itself (At the Side of the Road) indicates, Bide Ertzean has never bowed to the dictates of mainstream fashion. The band emerged as an acoustic alternative to Deabruak Teilatuetan and in the spring of 1998 participated in the multimedia project Dena lanbrotute ikustot. This was followed by a number of attractive projects involving the Susa poets (Aranbarri, Otamendi, Izagirre, etc.), during which the band set their lyrics to rock music in a merging of poetry and generational music which follows in the tradition of the rock and roll beat poets in San Francisco and Liverpool.

A litter later, following the incorporation of Karlos Aranzegi on the drums, the group was offered the opportunity of recording five songs for Gaztelupeko Hotsak. These songs were like a breath of fresh air for a music scene which had, to some extent, become a slave to predictability. Kaki Arkarazo continued to collaborate with Joni and Imanol Ubeda, as well as with Deabruak Teilatuetan lending (as they themselves acknowledged as far back as 1998) ‘body to the sound of Bide Ertzean’. During the same period, the band also affirmed that it was still developing and had many miles of walking by the side of the road ahead of it before it found its true personality and individual sound.

One year later, this electrification process became apparent in Zure minari, a project involving fourteen songs based on fourteen poems by Jose Luis Otamendi and a fantastic soundtrack in which the hands and the ideas of Kaki Arkarazo were patently evident. Another influence evident in this project was that of the master guitarist Fran Iturbe, a musician with vision who is totally committed to making the best rock and roll music possible and who ended up becoming a permanent member of the group.

After this new merging of original music and poetic lyrics, however, the group had another challenge awaiting them, since right from their very earliest days they had insisted that Bide Ertzean was not formed as a means of setting poetry to music, but rather as a musical project in its own right. This affirmation was justified in their third work, Grisa – a collection of thirteen original songs and one text by Inigo Aranbarri rearranged by the group into a new dance version.