Early prog, pioneers of the andalusian rock. Fantastic cradle of musicians
that where popular then like Gualberto or the collaboration in vocals of
Manuel Molina who was a member of the duo Lole and Manuel
afterwards. They also participated in the record "El Nacimiento del Rock
en Andalucía" as a band and as Julio Matito alone. They were
born in the hippie Sevilla of the late 60s with the aid of the producer
Gonzalo García Pelayo. They split in 1972 and rejoined in 1978.
They played in a series of rehearsals and in a TV show ("Musical
Express"), Julio Matito dying in a car crash the day after, that broke the promising trajectory and aspirtations of this historic andalusian band
(José Manuel Iñesta).
Smash was the first group of Gualberto,
who recorded with him at first two albums, which are two Classic
psych rarities which are now reissued
on the Spanish Philips label. The style is according to some sources (I
didn't hear those records yet) some westcoast inspired psychedelia with
some Byrds and Buffalo Springfield similarities with early Moody Blues
vocals and superb guitar work. Smash should be one of the first known
examples in Spanish (or Andalousian) Music History to make a kind of
progressive music with flamenco touches.
Gualberto played here guitar
and sitar, Manuel Molina sang (he was a member of Lole & Manuel).
The early death of Julio Matito let to the breaking up of the group.
(Gerald Van Waes)
In addition to their official discography a compilation of their works
(1969-1978) has been released.
Review of the record "Glorieta de los Lotos" (in spanish)
Review of the record "We Come to Smash this Time" (in spanish)
Review of the record "Vanguardia y Pureza del Flamenco"