Now this is fun. Spanish rock ‘n’ roll outfit Runaway Lovers are back with a new full-length album, which refers to their hometown Bilbao in name and theme, but as always with all kinds of references to their musical influences. This is swinging music rooted in the 50s and 60s, but done so cheerful, reverence and entertaining that it’s still credible in 2022. Santiago Delgado, Juanjo Ibarra, Igor Martínez, Carlos Beltrán, Julio Ortiz and Ricardo Ibáñez share vocal and handclap duties, adding to the joy. Their eleven new songs here – two covers: we know Me Enamoré as The Coasters’ I Must Be Dreamin’, and Chuck Berry’s Viva Viva Rock ‘n’ Roll – were created during the pandemic, but you won’t notice that, because tunes can’t be much more carefree than this.
Bilbao is out now digitally and on vinyl LP through Family Spree Recordings.
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