Indietracks interview #13: Cola Jet Set

Formed in 2001 from the ashes of the cult Spanish combo Los Fresones Rebeldes, Cola Jet Set is an endearing band from Barcelona, driven by a bubblegum vs mod vs surf pop sound, mainly supported by sun-filled hispano-female voices. Their second album, ‘Guitarras y tambores’ shows more than ever their profound love of pop music in all its forms and incarnations: it’s an album of guitars and tambourines, and is definitively how they themselves would define classic pop – direct and effective.

Tell us a little bit about yourselves
We are insignificant individuals which unite as crusaders for love and classic pop in our spare time.

What music are you enjoying at the moment?
Fitness Forever, Cooper, Camera Obscura, La Casa Azul, The School, Tender Trap… You can tell we are so happy to play at Indietracks. We had a myspace look on all the artists playing and it’s like fishing in a fishbowl. I swear we mean it, we don’t say this to flatter anyone, Indietracks is a distillation of what we like. Besides, we regret The Timebox and Simon Dupree don’t exist anymore so they can’t play with us there, but you can’t have it all, can you?

Tell us about an unusual place you’ve played a gig in the past
A cavern in Tarragona which opened as a bar for Roman soldiers some 2000 years ago, really! And The Cavern in Liverpool, the closest we’ve been to The Beatles, and we try!

Do you have any exciting plans for the rest of the year?
We are playing a week after Indietracks in London with Squire, Paul Bevoir and Invisible Lead Soup. I can’t think of a more exciting week this year so far.

Do any band members have any particular skills, hobbies or claims to fame you wish to share?
Some are breeding children, some are breeding dogs. There’s a music teacher, a lazy civil servant, a window dresser, a stage machinist and a money inspector. We get on together quite well, and that’s no mean feat.

What’s going to be on your compilation tapes as you travel down to Indietracks?
Fitness Forever, some Northern Soul, Joe Bataan, Shangri Las…

Do you have any surprises planned for the Indietracks festival?
If our Cristina appears in time that would be a fair surprise.

What attracted you to play the Indietracks festival?
Your kind request, the artists playing there, and a need for country holidays where we are not recognised and stopped every minute.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the Indietracks festival, and why?
We’ll arrive on Saturday evening so anybody we can see playing then and on Sunday will be great. If we say Tender Trap, they’ll probably play before we arrive so we’d better not name anybody.

Thanks! And the band have kindly left a free MP3 for you to download: El sueño de mi vida