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    Spain: Paella, Sangria, sun, beach, chorizo… WAIT A MINUTE! There’s a lot more than all that stereotypes our beautiful country has. And if we talk about extreme music, you need to know that there's a bunch of stunning bands that will rock your ears off.

    So please non-spanish friend… seat, relax and take note about some of the hottest and the heaviest spanish bands that you really need in your life.

    Tip: We did a Spotify Playlist featuring some great hits of all the bands we’re gonna talk about (Metal, Hardcore, Deathcore, Metalcore, Thrash… Heavy stuff!)

    In alphabetical order: 

    Against the waves - Madrid (Melodic Metal / Hardcore / Electronic)

    against the waves american socks

    Against the waves is formed by 5 talented dudes from Madrid who have been fighting and working hard since 2008, becoming one of the most exciting spanish bands to discover. Their last album was recorded in USA with Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Of mice & Men…) it sounds huge enough to bring down a mountain, we personally love it!

    Anthem: I’ve seen brighter days
    Instagram // Facebook

    Bellako - Mataró (Barcelona) -  (Hardcore/Metal)

    bellako american socks

    Heavy music, gang vocals and marihuana are probably the daily stuff of this 5 crazy lads from Barcelona. They’ve been playing since 2010, touring around the country, bringing stages down and breaking necks. If you're into Hatebreed, Madball or Brujeria… roll a joint and enjoy! 

    Anthem: Planta Madre + Humo
    Instagram // Facebook


    Blaze out - Barcelona (Metal/Thrash)

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    They are young, talented, and they‚Äôre becoming pretty popular in youtube. Their last single ‚ÄúWrath Afire‚ÄĚ reached¬†more than a 1.500.000 views on Youtube and they've performed festivals like Resurrection in Viveiro. Be aware, this is not a one hit wonder, this is just the beginning of something huge! For Heavy-thrasher lovers!

    Anthem: Wrath Afire
    Instagram // Facebook

    Brothers till we die -  Madrid (Hardcore/Metal)

    Don’t let their angelical faces fool you! They are moshpit beasts, and their music will smash your face and
    crash your brain. Their live gigs are massive too. You don't want to miss their upcoming album “The Thin Line Between death and immortality". It's coming out this 2017.

    Anthem: Back in the game
    Instagram // Facebook


    Cannibal grandpa - Madrid (Deathcore)

    What kind of music would you expect from a band using a name like that?
    They are the perfect BSO for big circle pits with your friends. If you play it at home loud enough you'll piss out your mom and grandparents! Worth a listen.

    Anthem: Dear Diary                     
    Intagram // Facebook


    Crisix - Barcelona (Metal/Thrash)


    Formed in a mid sized city, Igualada, they are one of the most international bands on the list. Bored of touring the Iberian Peninsula they aim for South-America where they have a very passionate following. They even made up a mixed concept for soccer and pogo dance.
    These great metal motherfuckers are willing to conquer the world! Nothing is going to stop them.

    Anthem: The great metal motherfucker
    Instagram // Facebook

    Dawn of the Maya - Pamplona (Metal/Hardcore)

    The mayas tried to predict the end of the world…. but what they didn’t predict is this all star formation from Pamplona. Genius drumming plus mix of throat breaking vocals with melodic choruses, brings out a bunch of tunes you don't wanna miss. 
    They have a new album out called “Colossal".

    Anthem: Old statues
    Instagram // Facebook


    Hyde abbey - Barcelona (Deathcore)

    Born by the European California, "El Maresme" we still don't understand what turned them into the darkest side of music. They are talented, have passion and they know how to bring out a decent breakdown. Their mentality is very open minded and they are a hell of a hard touring band. Thumbs up!

    Anthem: Bake Kujira
    Instagram // Facebook


    Meltdown - Hernani (Basque Country) -  (Metal/Hardcore)

    We love their name! (Enter shikari song! cool!) But the¬†outstanding skill of writing music is what adds up most to this band. They are young and talented enough to perform some technical and electronic metal that you can't miss. We hope to see them soon in our city ūüėČ

    Anthem: Gears
    Instagram // Facebook

    Thirteen Bled Promises - Madrid  (Deathcore)

    Imagine that one day humankind needs to open the gates of hell and collaborate with the devil to fight against an alien invasion. Sounds fun, right? Well, that's the storyline behind¬†the¬†last album ‚ÄúThe Black Legend‚ÄĚ. This crazy deathcore band from Madrid are willing to be abducted to perform the first ever live show in a UFO.

    Anthem: Biblephagy Slender Phytobezoars
    Instagram // Facebook



    HAMLET - Madrid  (Metal)

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    Hamlet is one of those bands that have been out there since the late 80's but has been rearranging¬†to be up to date with the newcomer metal fans. With several albums out they are already a legend of the spanish metal scene and almost all of their gigs go sold out.¬†We're lucky enough to have them within the American Socks family ūüėć


    Not Enough for you? Every music scene is very complex and we try to list some of the dozens of awesome bands we have out there. Your band might not be here so feel free to mail us your music and we'll give it a listen in the office.

    Support & respect your locals. It's a long way to the top and every artist deserves a mention, a listen and a opportunity. 

    Many bands didn't make it this time. That's why we will be releasing VOL.2 very very soon! 

    Share it, rock it and enjoy it!



    GU√ćA DE SUPERVIVENCIA: Festivales

    GU√ćA DE SUPERVIVENCIA: Festivales

    Para aqu√©llos de nosotros que no entendemos la vida sin m√ļsica, el verano es m√°s feliz que la Navidad. S√≠, vale, en Navidad ves a la familia, te pones fino a gambas y jam√≥n del bueno y, con un poco de suerte, cae alg√ļn regalo (¬Ņa lo mejor unos American Socks?), pero cuando el verano aterriza, los festivales de m√ļsica llegan con √©l.

    Hemos llevado a cabo una rigurosa investigaci√≥n y hemos hablado con las universidades m√°s prestigiosas para crear esta GU√ćA DE SUPERVIVENCIA PARA FESTIVALES. Bueno, en realidad no hemos hablado con ninguna universidad, pero todos somos supervivientes y estamos m√°s que curtidos en este tipo de conciertos, as√≠ que se podr√≠a decir que sabemos alg√ļn que otro truquito. ¬ŅTodos listos? ¬°Vamos a ello!

    1. Plane√°ndolo todo bien

    Tampoco hay que ser ingeniero biomecánico para este paso. Encuentra el festival que te haga decir "Buah, qué bestia..." cada vez que lees el cartel. Consigue de alguna manera el dinero para costeártelo (no haremos preguntas, no somos policías) y prepárate.
    Make it rain
    Reserva los vuelos si es necesario, convence a algunos amigos (puedes ponerles ojitos de cachorrito¬†triste¬†si lo crees necesario) y dile a tu jefe que operan a tu t√≠a y esos d√≠as tienes que quedarte a cuidarla en el post-operatorio. Nota: Por favor, aseg√ļrate de que tu jefe y tu t√≠a no se conocen.

    2. Preparando la mochila

    Cada festival es diferente. ¬ŅEs en un recinto cerrado? ¬ŅTe vas a pasar el d√≠a bajo el sol? ¬ŅVas a un sitio en el que suele llover? Aseg√ļrate de tener claro el tiempo que os puede hacer antes de empezar a preparar el equipaje. Si vas a lugares fr√≠os no te olvides de llevar un buen gorro calentito y calcetines extra (no lo decimos por venderlos, pero como refresque se te van a quedar los pies como un p*to cubito de hielo por las noches). Si vas a un lugar con mucho sol mete en la mochila unas gafas de sol y alg√ļn tipo de gorro. Adem√°s,¬†los que van¬†con sombreros rid√≠culos son siempre personas divertidas¬†y tienen historias muy absurdas que contar.

    Por si las moscas, siempre deberías llevar:
    - Un chubasquero
    - Una linterna. Sí, vale, muy bien, ya sabemos que tu móvil tiene una linterna, pero créenos: las baterías siempre se acaban cuando más las necesitas.
    Rain poncho - Willy

    3. Ubicándote en la zona

    Perfecto, llegas al recinto/zona de acampada. Ten paciencia, porque puedes tardar un rato en entrar. De hecho es posible que te pases una buena parte de los pr√≥ximos d√≠as esperando pacientemente (colas para entrar, para el ba√Īo, para comer...). Rel√°jate, no hay prisa. Si vas a un hotel, encu√©ntralo y deja todos tus enseres pesados ah√≠. Si dormir√°s en una autocaravana, encuentra un lugar adecuado para aparcarla. La mayor√≠a de festivales tienen zonas ya aclimatadas para ello. Si duermes en el camping con los dem√°s guerreros... Intenta encontrar un lugar que NO EST√Č DEMASIADO CERCA DE LOS LAVABOS. Sabemos que la perspectiva de tener el Para√≠so de la Evacuaci√≥n cerca parece una buena idea ahora, pero en 20 horas esa √°rea¬†podr√° ser declarada como zona de cuarentena biol√≥gica. Si necesitas ir a cambiarle el agua al canario en medio de la noche tendr√°s que caminar un poco, pero la otra opci√≥n es much√≠simo peor. Lo sabemos demasiado bien...
    Dato muy real: La mayoría de apocalipsis zombies empiezan cerca de los Poly-klyn de los festis...

    4. Viviéndolo a tope

      • Consigue un programa y encuentra a tus grupos preferidos. Mira que no se solapen entre s√≠ (si se solapan lo sentimos mucho, sabemos lo que duele...) y cr√©ate un horario. √Čse es el papel m√°s importante que has tenido en tu poder jam√°s. Af√©rrate a √©l¬†como si te fuera la vida en ello.

      • Recuerda siempre que COMODIDAD >>>>>> ESTILO. H√°zte el favor de ponerte ropa y zapatos c√≥modos. Todos hemos visto a la t√≠pica chica (o chico, cada uno que sea feliz con lo que le haga feliz, nosotros no juzgamos) en un festival en tacones. Vamos a ver, ¬ŅPOR QU√Č? Sabemos que eres capaz de encontrar el equilibrio perfecto entre ir en pijama y que parezca¬†que vas a dar las campanadas de Televisi√≥n Espa√Īola. Pero vamos, que si quieres ir en pijama, adelante.
    blaire - pain
      • PONTE CREMA SOLAR.¬†S√≠, en may√ļsculas y en negrita. No nos importa que en tu pa√≠s haga mucho sol, nos da completamente igual que te lleves d√°ndote sesiones de rayos UVA desde que naciste (ve al psiquiatra). PONTE LA J*DIDA CREMA SOLAR. Estar rojo como una gamba puede hacer que vivas los d√≠as m√°s horribles de tu vida y puede ser una fuente de problemas para tu salud. Os queremos, gente, s√≥lo queremos que no os pase nada.
      • Si puedes, usa tapones para los o√≠dos. En algunos festis los regalan, pero por si llegas y no quedan (o por si son un poco agarrados), ll√©vatelos de casa. Durante el festival te proteger√°n los t√≠mpanos de la m√ļsica alta. Por la noche te evitar√°n o√≠r a la pareja que est√° intentando concebir un beb√© dos tiendas de campa√Īa m√°s all√°.

      • Prot√©gete la cabeza con un gorro y los ojos con gafas de sol. Te dar√°n un +600 de MOLAR en las fotos y si vas con la resaca de¬†la d√©cada, la gente no lo notar√° (o eso queremos creer).
    hungover smelly

      • Bebe (tambi√©n) agua.¬†Sabemos que la cerveza es ambros√≠a de los dioses y que el resto de bebidas alcoh√≥licas te dan la vida, pero recuerda siempre que el agua es tu salvaci√≥n. Un vaso de agua por cada vaso de alcohol puede hacer que ma√Īana sigas siendo persona y no desees morir.

      • Toma carbohidratos.¬†Puedes estar a dieta para prepararte para la operaci√≥n bikini o lo que sea, pero vas a necesitar una cantidad ingente de energ√≠a para pasar el d√≠a de concierto en concierto. Pan, arroz, pasta... Est√°n riqu√≠simos y har√°n que no te vayas muriendo por las esquinas. Alim√©ntate o cuando tu grupo favorito est√© tocando, tu estar√°s como esta ni√Īa:
     Trad: Voy a echarme una siestecita aquí mismo
      • No mates a tus amigos. Para empezar porque es ilegal. En segundo lugar porque, oye, son tus amigos. Es posible que quer√°is ir a conciertos diferentes, pero no pasa nada, pod√©is hacer grupos o puedes ir t√ļ s√≥lo. Decidid cu√°l ser√° vuestro punto de encuentro en caso de separaros o por si alguien se pierde y, nada, paciencia. NOTA IMPORTANTE: No mates al conductor o al que tenga las llaves del hotel. M√°s que nada porque luego con la sangre no hay qui√©n se aclare y es una cerdada...

      • Pasa de todos los aparatos electr√≥nicos.¬†No hace falta que escribas ese tweet, basta ya de echar fotos cutres con el m√≥vil, no te pongas a llamar a tu madre en medio de un ac√ļstico. Los tel√©fonos se rompen, a veces se nos va de las manos y acabamos llamando a nuestra/o exnovia/o cuando vamos borrachos y las c√°maras se pierden. DISFRUTA DEL CONCIERTO, MALDITA SEA.

    Pero lo más importante es esto: Pásatelo como jamás antes en tu vida. Diviértete, habla con gente random y descubre grupos nuevos. De eso es de lo que se trata y es por eso que los festivales son experiencias tan brutales.

    Nos vemos en el mosh pit ;)


    kid pit

    SURVIVAL GUIDE: Music festivals

    SURVIVAL GUIDE: Music festivals

    For us who live for the music, summer is merrier than Christmas. Yeah, sure, when it is Christmas time you get to see your family, eat amazing food and hopefully you will get some presents (American socks, maybe?) but when summer lands, music festivals arrive with it.

    We did a tough research and talked to the most prestigious universities to create this SURVIVAL GUIDE for MUSIC FESTIVALS. Well, we didn't talk to no university, but we are all survivors and we all know a trick or two, so get ready because here we go!

    1. Planning it

    It should be a no-brainer. Find the one that makes you say "Oh, man..." every time you read the lineup. Get the money for it (no questions asked, we are not cops) and get ready.
    Make it rain
    Book the flights if you have too, convince a few friends (use puppy eyes if necessary) and tell your boss your aunt is having a surgery and those days you need to take care of her. Note: Please, make sure your boss and your aunt don't know each other.

    2. Packing for it

    Every music fest is different. Is it gonna be indoors? Will you be out in the sun all day? Is it a rainy place? Make sure you check the weather before you pack. If you go to cold places remember to bring a warm beanie and extra socks (we are not just saying it because we want to sell them, your feet will get cold as f*ck at night). If you go to a sunny place bring sunglasses and some kind of hat (people with ridiculous hats are always nice to meet and have cool stories).

    Just in case, always bring:
    - A rain poncho
    - A flashlight. Yes, we know your phone has a flashlight but, trust us, the batteries are always dead when you need them the most.
    Rain poncho - Willy

    3. Locating yourself in it

    Okay, you get to the venue/camping zone. Wait patiently because it will take a while. In fact you will have to wait patiently for almost everything, so relax. If you go to a hotel, find it and leave all the heavy stuff there. If you stay in a RV, find a nice place for it. If you camp with the rest of the warriors... Try to find a place NOT TOO CLOSE TO THE RESTROOMS. We know that having the Peeing Palace close seems like a nice idea now, but in 20 hours that zone will have a BIOHAZARD alert. You will need to walk for a midnight pee, but the other option is way worse.
    The ugly truth they dont tell you: most zombie outbreaks start at a festival's bathroom.

    4. Living it

      • Get a program¬†and find your favorite bands. See that they don't overlap (if they do, we are really sorry, we know the pain) and create a schedule. Hold that paper like it is your life.

      • Remember that COMFORTABLE >>>>>> STYLISH. Wear comfy clothes and SHOES. We all have seen that girl (or boy, we don't judge) wearing high heels and we all wondered WHY. We are sure you can find the perfect balance. Rock it, but take it easy.
    blaire - pain
      • WEAR SUNSCREEN. Capital letters, yes. We don't care if you come from a sunny country, we don't care if you are addicted to self-tanning. WEAR SUNSCREEN. Being all red and in pain can destroy the whole experience and can cause future health problems. We love you, guys, we just want you to be safe.
      • Wear earplugs if possible. During the festival they will protect your ears from loud music. During the night they will help you ignore the couple trying to conceive a baby two tents away.

      • Protect your head with a hat and your eyes with sunglasses. It adds +500 COOLNESS to the pictures and you can be hangover, no one will tell (hopefully).
    hungover smelly

      • (Also) Drink water. We know beer is awesome and the other spirits can be amazing too, but remember that water is your best friend. A glass of water for every glass of alcohol will save you tomorrow.

      • Eat your carbs. You may be on a diet but the amount of energy you are going to use today will be outstanding. Bread, pasta, rice... They taste amazing and will keep you on track. Keep yourself fed or this will be you by the time your favorite band plays:

      • Don't kill your friends. I mean, first of all, it is illegal. Second of all, they are your friends. Maybe you want to go to different shows, but it is okay, you can make groups or you can go by yourself. Set a meeting point for every time someone gets lost and be patient. IMPORTANT NOTE: Don't kill the driver or the one with the keys of the room. Blood can be messy.

      • Forget the electronics. Don't tweet, don't take a lot of pictures, don't call your mom in the middle of a show. Phones get broken, ex-girlfriends/boyfriends get texted when drunk and cameras get lost. Just ENJOY THE GODDAMN SHOW.

    But the most important part is : Have the time of your life, have fun and meet new people, That is what music festivals are about. See you in the mosh pit!kid pit