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Whiskey-soaked Irish speedfolk paired with classic rock music: With "Footprints", the Celtic punks Malasaners release an album that on the one hand stands in the tradition of Kelly Green working-class pub music, but on the other hand incorporates rock music that spans genres and scenes. Despite all danceability, the album with its rebel soul lyrics not only offers a serious background about roletarian ideals and a peaceful, international togetherness, but also a refreshing, new genre mix. It sounds too crazy to be true, and yet the Bamberg-born Spaniard Carlos del PinoGonzales has had a passion for Irish punk since his youth. Growing up in the most humble of circumstances in the working-class district of Madrid, his father's Celtic and Scottish records awakened his enthusiasm for the music of the Emerald Isle at an early age. Together with early influences from the Ramones, Beatles and Elvis, the unmistakable sound of the Malasaners, founded in Spain in 2012, is formed: in a good mood and folky, reminiscent of greats like Flogging Molly, but always keeping an eye on timeless rock music in the style of Kasabian or Razorlight. Tired of the unprofessionalism of the Spanish music scene and frustrated by the economic crisis, Carlos moved to Germany in 2014. Here he falls in love with the beer metropolis of Bamberg with its active concert scene, where he surrounds himself with new musicians and records his debut album "Footprints".

Far away from genre clichés and well-trodden paths, Malasaners present themselves musically varied and up to date. In the first single "Sell The Night", for example, you can clearly hear the influences from Anglo-American rock, paired with driving rhythms, Irish fiddle and the unmistakably
pithy singing of Carlos. Inspiration from social problems is expressed, for example, in “Workers On The Run”: “The game feels riged, the working class shrinks/Our parties do not know what we think/Leaders and banks, cozy together in bed/Trouble ́ sa coming , wish we ́d been better lead". With his music, Carlos appeals to the values of the labor movement: “The basic leftist idea is to protect the working class against the rich. It has nothing to do with borders and nations.” In the spirit of socially critical songwriters, Malasaners do not want a revolution, but rather reflect on the Irish culture of getting together, because there can be no difference so big as not being able to go to the pub in the evening to talk about the similarities that could connect us in spite of everything.

The quartet's name is a reference to the 15-year-old girl Manuela Malasaña, who was brutally shot in the street in the Spanish struggle for freedom against the French at the beginning of the 19th century. The French soldiers mistook her scissors, which she used for her tailoring job, for a weapon - now the scissors are the Malasaner's ribbon symbol. To this day, this senseless murder fascinates Carlos, who, as a self-confessed European, is inspired by the fight against nationalism and isolation. "I'm happy about intercultural exchange - it teaches people to be more open," as he says himself. "I see the nationalist development that is currently taking place in Europe as very dangerous, because they either want to rebuild borders or draw borders where there were never any." After countless appearances alongside bands like The Rumjacks, The Real McKenzies , The Mahones and concerts in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Switzerland in front of more than 11,000 people, including at the Sziget Festival in Budapest, the Celtic Punks are now taking the next step and releasing on March 17th, 2018 her new album "Footprints". With a positive working-class attitude, the German-Spanish quartet addresses the world from the point of view of the little man, packed in pub-friendly, musically diverse Irish rock.