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Unless it comes out of your soul don't do it

Apr 13, 2021

The prolific career as a singer-song writer born in Eibar (Basque Country) has gone through very different styles and music genres. What it seemed to be just a bunch of songs and ideas, has become SEDA. A band led by Virginia Fernández on vocals, Mikel Cabalier on bass (Gatibu), Félix Landa on guitar (Extremoduro), Galder Creo on drums (Penadas) with guitar players Pit Flanagan (Rubia, Garbayo) and Martin Guevara (Capsula) collaboration on recording sessions and backed up by Joseba B. Lenoir on guitar for live performances , all of them renowned musicians. The Belly 

“Unless it comes out of your soul don't do it. Unless it comes from your heart, your mind, your gut, don't do it.” Charles Bukowski in one of his poems. For old Charles, both creativity and authenticity from an artist are linked to the spontaneity of the guts and he concludes: “There is no other way, there never was”. Maybe that explains a record like "The Belly" and what exactly makes the difference between a simple repetition of the same old canons when it comes to talk about rock and roll and a true and genuine creative attitude exercise. Restless, eclectic, backed by a powerful voice and an outstanding stage performing, Virginia Fernandez has participated over the years in different projects such as Jardín Infierno, Toro y la Niña del Frenesí and Doctor Desire and has collaborated in countless bands such as JOE, Bonzos, Mamba Beats, Cherry Boopers, Virginia and the Machines.

 Recorded at Silver Recordings Studios in Bilbao and produced by Martin Guevara, "The Belly" is a thoughtful record in all aspects, with impeccable sound, an outstanding production, a great illustration work by Miriam Ocáriz for its cover and its imminent release in vinyl format. But above all, it reveals the undeniable solidity of a Rock band, with no other label than an undeniable punk attitude. All this seasoned with an infinity of nuances and influences mainly given by Virginia's vocal texture and her undeniable versatility, providing a collection of songs written from the guts, with the urgency of the spontaneous and the rawness of the honest. Proven right from the beginning with the furious “Let it go”, with Martin Guevara on guitar, while “She can do” recalls The Runaways golden years with Joan Jett at her best through a rebellious Patti Smith and Virginia Fernandez overwhelming personality filter. The band shows their Punk-Rock side on “Clean my name” to treat us with the dark and desperate “Breaking the House”. The energetic and magnificent “Hey” serves the band as the first advance single from the records while approaching with the pertinent rawness to Pop melodies on “Drunken lover”. Rock and Roll takes shape in “Passenger” under leader vocal harmonies and the solidity and know-how from the band as a perfect combination moving towards to the shady “Two words” and ending up with "Drunken Lover" acoustic version only available on digipack edition.

Bukowski might be right; an artist authenticity is intricately linked to the spontaneity of the guts. "The Belly" is a good example of it, "If it doesn't come out of your guts, don't do it" Perhaps that is what makes the difference between Seda and other projects, knowing what the true and genuine exercise of creative attitude is about when it comes to rock and roll. Maybe there is no other way, maybe there never was.