Valencia’s forward-thinking DIY rockers introduce us to a New Year of Spanish delight, musically speaking.
Just like 2007 was all about those French electroclashers - Ed Banger and Kitsuné stalwarts unite - and 2008 saw Sweden take hold of the billboard with both hands - namely Gothenburg a la Lykke Li, TTA, Kleerup and The Concretes, though Stockholm wasn’t without its chart-shaped treats - in 2009 it’s all about Spain. Where better to start the renaissance than with techno prog-rock/dance-pop home recorders Cof Cof? Regardez…
Dazed Digital: So what's behind the name, I can‘t figure out it‘s relation to the sound? It’s not even Spanish…
Ana: We were going to use a name related with some kind of alcoholic drink, because it’s one of our influences! But that was too stupid. We wanted something serious, but not too serious and I heard "cof cof" on a M. Ward's song. As we were a duo, it was like, “Alex, you're Cof, and I'm Cof!”
Alex: It's onomatopoeia, like "cough cough".
DD: Would you call your sound "typical" of the sound coming out of Valencia at the moment?
Alex: No. We find it hard to find our place in the Valencia's scene. I don't know the reason why, but since the beginning we've found more support outside Spain.
Ana: I heard on a TV show here that someone was saying something about "KARAOKE" while we were playing. That really sucks. People find It hard to take seriously a band without a lot of instruments, like a "real band". We don't need a fucking drummer or a fat bassist to be a real band. If they don't come to understand it, that's not our problem. ( I'm sorry, I think I'm too much aggressive today).
DD: The singles, like breakout hit Infection, are floor fillers. You not in the market for ballads?
Alex: As we make music to have fun, we can't help making songs that way. We've tried to experiment making slower songs, but we always end up bored of it. I’d rather see people dancing.
Ana: I'm trying to convince Alex to make a Ballad, but I think he's afraid.
DD: Is your sound deliberately lo-fi, or is that just because of lack of funds?
Alex: It's a little bit of both. If you're talking about the 8-bits sound, that's deliberate. But if you're talking about the sound quality, evidently, it is because a lack of resources. But our economic circumstances are not going to keep us from making music. This has never been an obstacle for us.
DD: In your free time do you listen to the type of music you make?
Ana: the question is: what kind of music do we make?
DD: You have a very Jack & Meg White partnership in that some people report you as brother and sister, others report you as lovers...
Ana: We're very good friends, that's all. And our friendship started because of this band. We started adding beer and good wine to our meetings, and that's how our friendship started!
DD: Where do you make your music, it‘s very DIY?
Alex: We do the recordings in Ana's room with a Computer (guitar, bass, voices..) and I make the electronic production in mine. Sometimes I think that If we recorded on a professional studio songs will lose their freshness.
DD: The new tracks are less dancey and lean more on your (Ana)'s cute and off kilter voice. Why?
Ana: We don’t know… we are planning our new songs to be more obscure, more dancey, more aggressive.
Why are you now singing in English? Do you think it's a cop out just to become more successful?
Alex: When you write lyrics in Spanish people expect them to be complicated, involved, deep, and that is not what we want.
DD: Have you made much money from the band yet?
Ana: No, in fact, we are losing money!
Cof Cof’s debut album Forbidden Cocktail is available for free download now here.