from El Camaleón

I’m not very knowledgeable when it comes to idiomatic Spanish, and my Spanish-English dictionary is hardly complete, so in some cases I had to take some liberties with the prose. –Anna

¿Qué estuviste haciendo la pasada noche?

Si hiciésemos un balance de lo que ha sido la música underground norteamericana, el nombre de Thalia Zedek saldría a la luz con total probabilidad. Su pasado como musa del afterpunk catártico (Live Skull, Uzi, the Dangerous Birds) le ha servido lo suyo a la hora de cimentar su característica imagen de mujer irreconciliable; una leyenda negra que sobredimensionó la oscuridad con la que la prensa quiso definir a Come, banda de que la Zedek lleva liderando junto al ex Codeine Chris Brokaw desde principios de los noventa.

“Me parece ridícula esa imagen que la gente se ha creado de nosotros. En la época de Eleven:Eleven ya no tomábamos drogas, y la gente se empeñó en hablar de heroína y alcohol. Crea fama…”. Gently, Down the Stream, lo último de Come, data del 98. ¿Parón productivo? Para nada. Con el nuevo milenio se publica el debú en solitario de Thalia, obra que recoge la herencia del blues del delta y que incluye una versión de Leonard Cohen.

“La mayoría de las canciones de este disco las he estado tocando en formato básico, con Chris y un piano como acompañamiento. Podrían formar parte perfectamente de un disco de Come. Es cierto que suena más europeo, y es que siempre he estado influenciada por gente como Birthday Party”. Pues se agradece el regreso, señora.

Emilio R. Cascajosa

What were you doing last night?

If we were to take stock of the history of North American underground music, Thalia Zedek’s name would almost certainly be highlighted. The cathartic muse of her post-punk past (Live Skull, Uzi, the Dangerous Birds) at the time served to lay the foundations of her characteristic image as an irreconcilable woman; a black legend that exaggerated the darkness with which the media wanted to define Come, the band that Zedek has been leading along with ex-Codeine member Chris Brokaw since the beginning of the ’90s.

“The image that people have created of us seems ridiculous to me. In the period of Eleven: Eleven we were no longer taking drugs, and people insisted on talking about heroin and alcohol. It creates a reputation …” Gently, Down the Stream, Come’s latest, dates to ’98. Did she stop being productive? Not at all. The new millennium saw the release of Thalia’s solo debut, a work that brings together a Delta-blues heritage and that includes a Leonard Cohen cover.

“The majority of the songs on this album had been played in a basic format, with Chris and a piano for accompaniment. They could perfectly form a Come album. It certainly sounds more European, and I’ve always been influenced by people like the Birthday Party.” Well, we thank you for your return, Señora.

Emilio R. Cascajosa

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