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EL TUBO ELÁSTICO

Post Rock/Math rock • Spain


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Founded in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, in the late 1990's - Hiatus between 2006-2012

EL TUBO ELÁSTICO is a quartet consisting of Carlos Cabrera (percussion), Alfonso Romero (bass), Daniel González (guitar) and Vizen Rivas (guitar). The band started with a combined passion for 70s paragons like Yes, Genesis, Camel, King Crimson, as well as local andalusian rock bands. Gradually their music incorporated new elements from other musical styles and the evolution of progressive rock itself, inspired by bands like Ozric Tentacles, Liquid Tension Experiment or Porcupine Tree. The fusion of these diverse styles is achieved through an open creative process of intense improvisations.

It was in the summer of 2012 when Alfonso Romero, a close friend who was always besides the band, replaced one of the original members, Alejandro Zenón, to become their new bassist. 2015 then saw the eponymous debut album to be ready. In 2018 the follower album 'Impala' could be released, showing an eclectic blend of post/math, fusion, funk and art rock.

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3.31 | 10 ratings
El Tubo Elástico
2015
3.85 | 21 ratings
Impala
2018

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3.91 | 2 ratings
En Directo
2020

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 En Directo by TUBO ELÁSTICO, EL album cover Live, 2020
3.91 | 2 ratings

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En Directo
El Tubo Elástico Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Steve Conrad

4 stars Intense, Intricate Space Jams

en directo

"en directo", meaning live, online, direct- is a riveting performance by Spanish band EL TUBO ELÁSTICO, in Spain, December 2015.

All but the first track, "Impala", are tracks from their debut, eponymous release (2015); the band explains that they used "Impala" as a warm-up track, that over time developed into the finale for their sophomore release in 2018.

Ironically

As I write this, the world is in the grip of a pandemic viral threat, and live performances are brought to a screeching halt. So this album, and the accompanying video capture on Youtube, are emblematic of the kind of "en directo" music available to us- through a video screen.

EL TUBO ELÁSTICO

This "Post-rock/Math-rock" band based in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz, Spain), has been a going concern since the late 1990's (which means the members may have discovered the fountain of youth, if you ask me!), on hiatus from 2006- 2012, and reinvigorated with the entry of new bassist Alfonso Romero, and sharpening their ensemble skills ever since.

No Superstar Showtime

For me, that's part of what makes this band great, and the release of this live album- plus the live capture available- worthwhile.

One can see the fruit of years of working together and the consequent welding into a solid ensemble- utilizing a bone- crushing, strong rhythm section of drummer Carlos Cabrera and bassist Alfonso Romero, plus the subtle, sophisticated interplay of guitarists Vizen Rivas and Dani Gonzalez- who both add textures and rhythms and tonalities that complement, work off of, and fill in for a full, complex band sound. There is judicious use of synthesizers as added soundscapes as well.

Watch the Video

It's instructive and enlightening to see how wankery is eschewed- each member shows up and is a vital part of the whole- and it's the whole that is the focus, not the flash and glamor of speed/dexterity/fret magic.

The Music

I wasn't particularly concerned with how these compared with the album versions; rather I was intrigued by how subtlety, intensity, starts, stops, fills, band communications, builds, and subsidings were coordinated.

They were coordinated! Well coordinated. Someone told me once that pros are people who make the complicated look easy- and this EL TUBO ELÁSTICO does, masterfully.

This is music that leans a great deal on repetition with variations that grow and develop into new realms, subside, change, and develop again. I hear a lot of psychedelic and space music in these tracks.

My conclusion

It's an excellent, recommended live album. I don't resonate as strongly with this particular type of progressive music as with some others, and will thus rate it on my respect for and affection of this band, as well as the strength of the live performances. 3.5 spacey stars rounded up to 4.0.

 Impala by TUBO ELÁSTICO, EL album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.85 | 21 ratings

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Impala
El Tubo Elástico Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Funny band name! However, stylistically they are flexible definitely, no question. With the focus on dual guitar action and varied rhythm work, plus minimalistic keyboard respectively synthesizer attendance. Post/math bands often enough are sounding single tracked, when it comes to my taste, or are exaggerating their trickiness. Though here we have a well balanced relation of finesse and accessibility to state. The six songs are completely instrumental, furthermore also striving for an eclectic blend of quite different progressive rock moves.

So come what may, yet the opener Ingravido - a thriving affair - will hold you in place, I'm sure. Antiheroe then may top this due to a gripping flow, including acoustic guitar and repetitive keyboards. Hereafter I was caught ... overall the songs are provided with a proper, fusionesque, even partially funky groove. Impala Formidable - the title says it all - if I had to sum this up with a short header, 'King Crimson Go Space Rock', it would be. A passionate progressive rock fan should not miss that. 4.5 stars so far for this improvement.

 El Tubo Elástico by TUBO ELÁSTICO, EL album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.31 | 10 ratings

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El Tubo Elástico
El Tubo Elástico Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Spanish band EL TUBO ELASTICO was originally formed back in the late 1990's as a cover band, gradually developing their own brand of progressive rock and then entering a state of hiatus in 2007 without ever releasing any official material. The band returned to action with a revised line-up in 2012, and in 2015 they self-released their self-titled debut album.

El Tubo Elastico have created their own small niche within the progressive rock universe with this self-titled and self-released debut album. Quirky and complex music is the name of the game here, and if you could imagine a math rock band having a go at the music of Ozric Tentacles or vice versa, then you won't be all that far off from imagining the sounds and atmospheres of this Spanish foursome. If that description comes across as alluring for you, then this is an album that you most likely should find to be a rewarding experience.

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