As a Basque native and attendee of several San Fermines, I can’t help but feel intrigued by a band with such a name. Now, the festive tradition of San Fermin involves a lot of drinking, running with the bulls (please choose one or the other, these two actions are not compatible) and letting loose in the streets of Pamplona dressed in white and red attire. The music delivered by San Fermin (back to the band now) is, just like its festive namesake, a lot of fun. Mixing minimal beats with folklore violins and steady vocals in a narrative tone you can’t deny they’re different. And distinctive.
The band is led by Ellis Ludwig-Leone, classically trained at Yale, (surely inevitable when you carry Beethoven’s first name as your surname) and former assistant to Nico Muhly who he worked with on Planetarium, a project also featuring Sufjan Stevens and The National’s Bryce Dessner. Since the release of their first album, San Fermin have opened for the likes of The National, St. Vincent & Arctic Monkeys. They will now release their second album which has been produced by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol).
Look out for their new album ‘Jackrabbit’, out April 27th on Downtown Records / Sony RED.