Thursday, February 2

Familia Caamagno resurrects Juan Pardo’s ‘Xuntos’ between electric guitars and Soviet aesthetics

It was an immensely popular song in Galicia at the end of the eighties. So much so that Manuel Fraga himself appropriated it, with the permission of its composer, as an electoral tune. The together by Juan Pardo was played a thousand and one times on Galician Television and became a classic for pilgrimages and festivals. But the years passed and it had fallen into a certain oblivion. Familia Caamagno, a popular Galician garage band, has just resignified itself with electric guitars and an ironic video clip with a Soviet aesthetic.

“Together, more strong, more craros, together more benevolent, / together we triumph and together we fail too”, said Pardo’s lyrics, although he was born in Palma de Mallorca and raised in Ferrol -his father was a military man. He was not, far from it, the only thing he sang in Galician. his lp Galicia, mine nai two two seas (1976) transformed combative civil poems by Ramón Cabanillas or Eduardo Pondal into author pop. together it is, however, something else entirely.

Familia Caamagno has transformed that hymn of open meaning and optimistic outlook, original from 1987, into powerful power pop, high energy at the service of an adhesive melody. And she has accompanied him with a video that circulates like wildfire on social networks since February 25. Directed by Xaime Miranda, Alejandro Cao de Benós, president of the Association of Friendship with North Korea, or the Soviet Union Futsal, a futsal team from Sigüiero (A Coruña), participates in it. The Caamagno Family is from this same locality.

The band has explained on its social networks that it has “expropriated Juan Pardo’s classic as an anthem of our glorious Socialist Republic of Sigüeiro.” And he has demanded “less bombs and more kolghós [granjas colectivas]”. togetherby Familia Caamagno, will be part of a compilation album of popular Galician music reinterpreted by current bands.

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