Biography

Stormy Mondays 2016
Jorge Otero - vocals, guitars, harmonica, mandolin. Pablo A. Bertrand - piano, organ, background vocals. Danny Montgomery - drums. Juan Flores - sax, clarinet, flute. Miguel Herrero - trumpet, flügelhorn, glockenspiel, percussion. Héctor Braga - cello, hurdy-gurdy, violin, bagpipes, harp. Juanjo Zamorano - bass, background vocals.

Stormy Mondays in 20 seconds

We are an indie folk rock band, hailing from Spain’s rainy northern coast. We have perfected our very own sound, classic and modern at the same time: an intriguing mixture of Americana, Soul, 60’s British Invasion and Asturian folk music.

We have been making music for about 20 years, and have released 14 records, which include songs in English, Spanish and Asturian, the endangered language of our homeland. The ace up our sleeve is our live shows: intense, fun and always surprising, with 8 musicians and more than 20 instruments onstage.

And yes, all these stories are true: Our song “Sunrise Number 1” was chosen by NASA to be played in space. We have played live with both Slash and Springsteen, and, in 1999, were the only Spanish band to ever play at Woodstock festival. We are pioneers of internet music distribution (since 1996) and the use of Creative Commons licenses.

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Story, adventures and bragging bio

– by Jorge Otero (singer, guitarist and songwriter)

On our latest adventure, “Wading The River / The Lay Of The Land” (2015), we have dived into folk-rock, adding traditional instruments, like hurdy-gurdy or violin, and a great variety of acoustic instruments.

We write, record and perform real songs in English, Spanish, and even in Asturian, the endangered language of our homeland.

We play real music with real instruments: guitars, pianos, the Hammond organ, a horn section, strings, percussion, harmonica or mandolin. And powering it all: the precise heartbeat of our rhythm section.

We like making good albums, and we really love to play them live. We try to make the songs explode and transport you to another world.

Elegant and precise, a great rock concert. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

- Alberto Toyos, Radio Asturias

What do we sound like?

We share common influences with some current bands that we like, like Mumford and Sons, Avett Brothers, Dawes, The Lumineers, Ryan Adams, Arcade Fire, and Wilco.

We mix the electric sound of a rock band with all sorts of acoustic instruments, from a horn section to the hurdy-gurdy, an instrument from the 12th century that seems to come from the future.

Some people say that we sound like Springsteen, Counting Crows, Tom Petty, The Waterboys, and R.E.M., and we like that. You can also find echoes of The Band, Dylan, Neil Young, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

The latest: a double EP and folk-rock

Our new album is a double EP, with twelve songs split amongst two different records: “Wading The River” and “The Lay Of The Land”. In May 2015 we published an advance single, “Talking In My Sleep“.

“Wading The River” gets deep into the Stormy Mondays rock sound. There are electric guitars, horn sections, and also naked songs with barely an electric piano and a cello. If you listen closely, you can hear subtle influences of Pink Floyd, The Who, R.E.M., Neil Young or The Beatles.

“The Lay Of The Land” carries the subtitle “A Folk Rock Adventure”. Its more acoustic sound introduces many instruments that we had never used on our records: hurdy-gurdy (an instrument from the 12th century that seems almost futuristic), violin, flute, clarinet, tenor guitar, and a bit assortment of stringed instruments.

The album was mixed by Mike Stavrou (“Stav”), at his own studio in Australia. Stav worked for 10 years as a Sound Balance Engineer at George Martin’s AIR StudiosHis resumé is incredible, from Bowie and McCartney to Crowded House, or a Grammy for the James Bond movie “The Spy Who Loved Me”.

Initially we were going to release the EPs separately, but we realized that they formed a very powerful pairing, so we went ahead with the double EP.

We are independent

The Internet is our ally. We are not members of any copyright organization. We embrace the use of new technologies to help us spread our music. We have always had our own record label.

We have released 14 records, including CDs, EPs, vinyl records, live albums and singles. We are finding that the ideal dose of music for these times is an EP. Or an old-fashioned single, with just two songs!

All our songs can be listened to and downloaded for free on our website. You can also buy our limited edition albums and cool stuff, direct from us.

Wading The River
The Lay Of The Land

Rocking in space

Of all the Stormy Mondays accomplishments, this is the most amazing.

Our song “Sunrise Number 1” was used as a wake up song for the astronauts aboard the Endeavour space shuttle, on the last day of the last flight of the ship, May 31st 2011.

We entered a contest sponsored by NASA, called Space Rock.  1,350 contestants from all over the world submitted songs with NASA chosing 10 finalists: Nine of them were from the U.S.A., and the tenth was from… Spain.  Us!

The winner of the contest was decided by popular vote.

Thousands of people supported us from around the world. Fans from all of Europe, and as far away as Africa, China, Mexico, South America, and the U.S., voted for our song “Sunrise Number 1”. Ultimately, we won!

The credit really is theirs, not ours.

We got almost 790.000 votes. Did I mention that we have the best fans in the world?

Sunrise Number 1

Onstage with Bruce Springsteen and more

My musical journey has often crossed with many American rock legends.

In our first album Rainy Days And Broken Hearts (1998), Elliott Murphy had a guest appearance. We played live together on several ocassions. Later I joined his band as a bassist and mandolin player. We played more than 100 concerts throughout Europe, and recorded a live DVD.

I  played on several tours and concerts in Europe and the U.S. as a guitarist with Willie Nile, Joe Grushecky and Cindy Bullens. I also recorded a double live album with Cindy.

And in case you are wondering, there’s no Photoshop involved in the picture on the right…

At the Light Of Day festival in New Jersey. on December 2nd, 2006, I was invited on stage by Joe Grushecky to play with Bruce Springsteen (don’t miss the pictures and the story).

Jorge Otero y Bruce Springsteen

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More adventures: Woodstock ’99 and jamming with Slash in ’92

Let’s go back to the beginning.

In 1999, thanks to having our songs available on the Internet, we became the first and only Spanish band in the history of Woodstock Festival. We played in front of more than 50,000 people. It was a blast.

By then, our first album was being sold only in Asturias and in a couple of shops in Madrid.

Another unlikely musical encounter:

In 1992, Slash (yes, the guitarist for Guns N ‘Roses) crashed our stage to play with us, during the festivity of San Mateo in Oviedo. We were 17 years old and we had only written a couple of original songs. We jammed for twenty minutes, but it felt like twenty seconds.

Woodstock '99

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A resounding failure: our record label

Not everything can be success and encounters with celebrities. At some point it seemed like good idea to start our own record label. Our first artist was Elliott Murphy. Besides our own records, we put out great albums by artists that we loved.

We fought for years to promote our artists and releases, but the business part of running the label was taking its toll on the most important thing: our music.

Finally, we made the tough decision to close the label and release only our own albums.

Copy our records

Back in 2000, we got fed up reading manipulated figures in the media, and we declares ourselves against the “anti-piracy” campaign and in favor of Napster. Our Spanish website is full of articles about this topic.

Copying music is good. Period. That’s why we offer our songs with a Copyleft or Creative Commons license, which lets you copy our songs having peace of mind. We’ve been doing this for more than 10 years … and it’s still news for some people.

Discography

  • Wading The River / The Lay Of The Land (double EP, September 2015)
  • Stormy Mondays Sketchbook (illustrated book + CD, May 2014)
  • Tú y yo / A las 9 (vinyl single, April 2012)
  • Dormi ya (digital single/video, March 2012)
  • Sunrise Number 1 (digital single, March 2011)
  • Radio (vinyl LP, November 2010 – CD, June 2011)
  • Días mejores (EP, November 2010)
  • On My Radio (EP, May 2010)
  • Concierto: Jardín Botánico (2009)
  • On The Run (EP, 2007)
  • París (EP, 2004)
  • Días de lluvia, corazones rotos (2002)
  • Winter Songs (EP, 2002)
  • Rainy Days And Broken Hearts (1998/2000)

What about that name?

Stormy Mondays started in Oviedo in 1991. Our first gigs were on the street.

We did the same thing the Rolling Stones did way back: we decided to take our the name from a blues classic. Ours is “They Call It Stormy Monday” by T-Bone Walker, published in 1947.

Creative Commons license

Licencia de Creative Commons

You can copy, distribute and broadcast our songs, as long as you atrribute the author, have no commercial purposes, and don’t alter the work.

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