It seems to carry the DNA of rock. Miles away, from the telephone, his voice sounds with a passionate imprint that is difficult to ignore. Enthusiasm, voracity escape him when he talks about the love for physical records, when he describes live shows or defines himself as a singer who says things, who slaps. He spreads that fever. no correction in this Uruguayan musician who lives in a forest in Piriápolis and anticipates that communication can be cut off at any time due to lack of signal. This is how it shows Sebastian “Onion” Cebreiroone of the singers of The Sow Candle.
The prominent eastern group will perform this Saturday on the Gap stage (at 9 p.m.) to play the songs live “Discopathic”a material that is already presented as a declaration of key principles in a time of so much digital musical offer.
Discopático can be heard here: https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_n6kxzCw0yheT31cCyclCa785_yzICUy4M
“It’s a danceable album, with dark lyrics, El Enano (Sebastián Teysera, also a singer in the band) likes to say that suddenly you’re in the kitchen washing the dishes and you’re moving your little leg and singing and you say ‘but what am I dancing, what am I singing’. That contrast between music and lyrics is good. It’s a pretty organic record for a work that is already 27 years old”account to THE CAPITAL.
“Seba used to say that we had to make a danceable eighties album, and it has that essence, we think that the only thing that cannot be lost is the essence of the band, that when you hear a song, that when you hear El Enano sing, or me, you say ‘This is La Vela Puerca’”.
Vinyl collector since he was 20, at 48 the musician defends the surprise to discover what is the mystery that contains a record. “I like to come home with a record, unwrap it, look at the cover, see where it was recorded, that for me holds a mystery that is great and today young people are missing it,” he observes.
The relationship between music and listeners that is produced on the internet and through the new platforms is, in his opinion, similar to “people who have a lot of money and don’t pay attention, don’t take care of it, don’t care”.
But, balancing the matter, he says: “Listening on the internet has that groping that I don’t quite like, but I don’t deny it. The good thing about Spotify is that La Vela is heard in Japan, Cyprus and Singapore and the bad thing about it is that you are a disposable toy, because just as they listen to you they have a million artists and many times your art is lost in the ether”.
El Cebolla knows that he inherited the ceremony of listening to vinyl and live music from his “older brothers”. “I had to wait for a friend to come with a cassette from Brazil so I could listen to a band that I likedor that someone came from Spain to be able to listen to an album by La Polla Records, had that mysticism, that one longs for it not because it lives in the past but because of what it meant in the present”.
Along the same lines, he seeks and hopes that music and rock continue to say things. “I believe in the need to say, in the need to challenge the status quo, what is established, what oppresses a free society, but I don’t feel like telling someone ‘since you have an electric guitar you have to go out and protest, do whatever you want’”.
With the pulse of the live show, he knows that his audience is waiting for “the blow to the face”. “Seba and I are singers, we are not singers, we tell stories that have a receiver that is the public that is up front, until I define my song in your face, I don’t know if I want to hear what you thought, “he defended.
“The singer wants to use his voice as an instrument and sing everything in tune and perfect and see how he arrives, uses the breathing technique and the singer is the one who says, he is the one who stops and says and doesn’t care how he says it, doesn’t matter if he says it well, It does not matter if he has a nice voice or a whistle voice, the important thing is that you are saying things, he is a payador, a folklore singer”, he emphasizes at the end of a talk in which, by signal, there were no interruptions.