"We were a New Order type band that ended up going rockabilly. We were a depressing soul-searching rockabilly band, if you can imagine that. We came up with a new type of music in fact, but we broke up after that. The keyboard player found God and he started playing keyboards at a Born Again Christian church. The bass player joined the band Sack and then he left us. Another guy has a studio near Dundalk and the drummer just got loads of girls pregnant!"--Joe Rooney, from a 2004 interview in the Galway Observer
Guernica took a heavy New Order/Joy Division influence and mixed it with indie/C86/jangle-pop sounds. They also incorporated lighter, rockabilly touches to fantastic effect. After a debut single on Solid, they signed to Idol Records in London and released some acclaimed singles. They appeared on TV several times including MT USA (performing "Americano"), TV Ga Ga ("Americano"), Anything Goes ("New Boy"), Borderline ("Deep Sea Diving"), Megamix ("Homing") and Visual Eyes (on 13 Aug 1986). There are many unreleased songs/recordings including "Collapsable Man", "Auditorium", "Dodge City", "Sweet Genius" and "Inclination of Her Step" among many others. Many are on good quality demo tapes and are crying out for CD release (if I win the lottery, I'll do it).
Guernica's records are particularly popular in Spain, where "Red And Orange" has been included on a number of Spanish compilation CDs. Here is Hugo's explanation for the band's popularity in Spain:
Notes: "Guernica" is mispelled (red lettering below image):
Thanks to Hugo for the scans.
notes: indie compilation with tracks by Severed Heads, Underworld, A Popular History of Signs, New Order, Wall of Voodoo, etc.
notes: compilation of '80s indie/C86 maxi-single tracks by the likes of The Alarm, The Mission, The Creepers, and James.
notes: Another Spanish compilation of 8s0/90s maxi-singles, including Grauzone (the immortal "Eisbar"), The Bolshoi, the Pixies, The Essence, Joolz, etc.
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