Terrier are Maria Manoli, Lili Laduquesa, Dave Petrone and Don Matias. Hailing from Madrid, they formed in 2012 after playing in other bands like Fumestones, Ángel y Cristo, Call Me Idiot and las Jennys de ArroyoCulebro for years, so a new band but with lots of musical knowledge and it shows – they’ve just released their powerful second album, La Plaga, on Sonido Muchacho. It’s all shadows and light, white noise and beautiful maladies, jangling guitars and classic pop hooks. We spoke to Dave. Lili and Maria to find out what rocks their world (man) 🙂
What was the first tune you loved, and why?
I think it should be one from The Beatles, they were always played at my parents’ car when I was a child and remember asking for them all the time.
What is your favorite song/piece of music that you’ve written and why?
One of my favorites, if not the most, is “Los Golpes” from our new album “La Plaga”. I always loved that dark, mid tempo songs that in some point explode only to come back to containment. Also like the lyrics that allow you to interpret freely and bring them to your own reality.
How do you know when a tune you’ve written is complete?
Something tells you it’s done, but is not always the same way. Maybe when you stop trying to change it could be a good sign.
What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?
“Distortions” from Clinic. Love that song. It’s a very simple song that gets inside you.
What artist(s) has been your biggest influence and in what way?
For sure The Velvet Underground. That particular and personal way of understanding rock & roll always got me. Love that dark mood and darkest stories, and always fascinated me that they were able to do the most beautiful songs like “Sunday Morning” or “Who Loves The Sun”, but also the most disturbing experiments like “The Gift” or “Venus in Furs”. Each one of their albums is a different experiment and all of them are so good.
Name a song that makes you happy and why does it have that effect?
“Guns of Brixton” from The Clash has this bass line which is my favourite of all times, simple and effective. Always make my legs dance on their own.
What is the best new band that you’ve heard recently?
Sea Pinks, they’re not a new band, but I’ve just discovered it. From Spain, I like Muerte Mortal and Las Odio.
Your band name- how did you come up with it and what does it mean to you?
We planned our first gig way long before having a name. We thought we had plenty of time. But the day arrived and the band which we played with was called Caniche, which is a kind of dog, and we chose Terrier, so we could do a dog challenge – and stuck with it.
What band would you like to tour with?
Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and we´ll do this week, so one wish that will come true. Love their show, it’s like extreme B-52’s, and the man is a little genius.
What’s your favourite radio station?
In Spain, RNE3. The public one, is the only one here that plays something different. Apart from online radio stations.
Who would win a fight between a drummer and a bass player, and why?
The bass player, because is a lot less noisy.Anyone that has been in a soundcheck for a gig, knows that when the drummer starts testing everybody leaves the room, everyone but the sound technician that has to stay even if he wants to leave too.I have to admit it, drummers drive me mad.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Never thought about it, that’s a tricky question! My first thought is “Todo es de color” from Triana, a Spanish band from the 70s. It would make everybody cry for sure.
What question would you like to be asked that you never are?
Q – Would you like all my fries? I really don’t like them. A- Yes.