Surely you remember those summers with the pop music of the people from San Sebastian in the background, right? If we start singing “Por eso esperaba con la carita empapada” we’ll probably have a pathetic three-minute soliloquy trying to reach Amaia Montero’s high notes. It’s a shame she left La Oreja de Van Gogh, but hey, it wasn’t that long ago, was it? Any minute now he’ll be back and they’ll let the new one go. The new one, right? New?
Doing the math
Just as you’ve been calling ‘The Simpsons’ “new episodes” since season 12, your head is playing tricks on you with La Oreja de Van Gogh. And we’ve got facts you’re not going to like. In 1996, a band that played covers of U2 and Nirvana was looking for a singer: that’s how Amaia Montero started. ‘Dile al sol’, the first album, appeared in 1998. Keep these dates, because we imagine you can sense what’s coming next.
On November 19, 2007, Amaia said goodbye to her career within the group to try her luck as a soloist with a statement in which she said she loved the rest of the group “like brothers”. She, queen of pop, years later would change her mind on Twitter saying “Almost 13 years dodging the million dollar question that everyone asks me… And when I tell what could not even be the prologue… They shoot me dead”.
In any case, on July 14, 2008, Leire Martinez, who participated in ‘Factor X’ and had a different tone of voice but at the same time was very much in line with the new vision of the group.
A las cinco en el Astoria’ is, and don’t let Amaia’s fans hit me, one of the best albums of the group, and never sufficiently recognized. Leire started off on the right foot and, although many said she would not last, the truth is that even now she is still playing with Xabi, Pablo, Álvaro and Haritz. Let’s do the math: Amaia spent eleven years as vocalist. Leire is going on fifteen. Oops.
If you’re one of those people who say “Ten years ago, right, in ’95” right now you’re holding your hands over your head. The best thing you can do? Accept reality and sing all those songs you still don’t know. Hey, renew or die. The sirens have already gone far away from San Sebastian…