Drink beer from the same glass, jump and sing hugging … “Everything that is forbidden today is on this album,” says Leiva. Madrid Nuclear, the Live album that was so difficult for him to release, the result of one of the last concerts before the outbreak of the pandemic and one night “touched by the wand.”
The nostalgic cast in his voice when remembering “those things that we liked so much and that will return” is not printed by the memory of more than 10,000 souls chanting his name at the Wizink Center in his city, on December 30, 2019. “Popularity and neons are the coins of success“Says someone who just misses playing or getting in the van with his band to roll for miles.
That’s what he talks about My little Chernobyl, a theme with an unfortunate title but which premiered that night when no one could yet foresee what was to come, to speak of “the sick glory of those who want to reign in heaven.”
“I wrote it on a little terrace in Buenos Aires where I had gone a lot with Rubén (Pozo, from Pereza). “I got a verse of those from which a whole song comes behind about how at the beginning we had a brutal desire to bite the world, for things that seduced us and that today have no relevance and that there are dreams that turn into backpacks “, reveals José Miguel Conejo (Madrid, 1980).
It was not the only surprise in an evening in which he played again Polar Star, song with which he was “strangely fought”, as with others in his band, which ended in 2012 to embark on his successful solo path as Leiva.
“The great thing about songs is that you can write one at 23, as is the case, but they start talking about you a long time later. The thing is, coming home at dawn in a taxi, it rang and again I liked it again, so we played it in a sound check. I loved it and I thought the time had come, “he says.
Seen with the perspective of later historical events, it was a magical and unique night. “To release a live album seems like a fantastic justification to me, it is a way of telling the world what we had and what we will return to“, comments its author, suspicious however of this kind of live format.
“I have always wanted to make a live album and deep down I have never wanted“acknowledges the musician, who had to be persuaded by his regular producer, Carlos Raya, after seeing one of the concerts of that Nuclear Tour and “the state of brutal grace” the band was in.
He had only recorded one live show before, with Pereza in Barcelona, and he had a debt with Madrid, his city, which added an extra extra nervousness to those who affirm that “anguish is his gym”. “But it was one of those nights where you’re touched by the wand“, he points out happily.
“Bunbury told me the other day on the phone: ‘Many times I think about whether the last concert we have done will be the last of our life. Would you be happy? ‘ And I think so “, he says about that already historic appointment for which he made “a huge and quite ambitious investment” in the visual proposal that has not yet been profitable due to Covid-19 (the tour was cut in half).
Waiting to be able to recover their shows, “maybe in autumn”, when the beers can be shared again and there are no safety distances, This man who turned forty in quarantine has not stopped composing, as the song he released during confinement says, The eternal station.
“I do not feel prepared to write about the pandemic, you have to be very fine,” says the musician, who already working on the continuation of Nuclear (2019), an undated project, with one leg in Spain with Carlos Raya and another in Mexico, where he went to record this month with the musician and producer Adán Jodorowsky, better known as Adanowsky and for being the son of the famous and versatile Chilean artist Alejandro Jodorowsky.
He has also put a song on it, “one of the many possible”, to life, “to drama and courage” by Cristina Ortiz, the famous transsexual protagonist of the television series Poison, in the subject You should never have crossed the Mississippi.
“I have crossed the Mississippi many times. At 40 I thought, I’ve learned? Well above all to never again say ‘I will not drink this water‘”, says who also recently put music to the combative spirit of Atlético de Madrid with the theme Match by match with his friend Joaquín Sabina.
“He had an unfinished business with the club, but there is no anthem, which already exists. I called Joaquín to get him involved and to talk about survival. Nobody has more flight hours than he does. And the message of the topic is one of the most amazing messages for what we are living“, considers.
Speaking of Sabina, for whom produced his latest studio album, the hit I deny everything (2017), Leiva informs that yes, “that has been put back on the table” to work together on the next album by the Ubetan.
“This summer I spent a lot of time in Rota (Cádiz) with him and his friends and We threw the cane at him to get him to work again. He recently told me that he was writing a lot and he asked me if I wanted to make another album together; my answer was yes, but we will have to see the songs that we have and be responsible to overcome what we have already done, “he says.