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Dover: chameleons of rock
The four-piece band with their English lyrics have a solid rock history since their debut album Sister in 1995. The album launched Amparo (photo, second left - lead guitar) and Cristina Llanos (vocals, rhythm guitar) onto the music scene; fans of Nirvana’s grunge sound, full of post-punk vitriol, channelled into raging guitars. Jesús Antúnez (drums) and Samuel Titos (bass) complete the line-up that has propelled Dover into a new era.
I FIND Dover chilling out beside the stage, having just posed for photos with some of the die-hard fans. They don’t care about the recent change in sound; they look fresh and revitalized; clearly coasting a wave of success whatever they do.
Q: Your change in sound has foxed a lot of people. It’s very upbeat – does this match your lives now?
Amparo: Yes, we’re very upbeat, things are good for us now, with this Spanish tour and the reaction to Follow the City Lights which has been very positive.
Cristina: The change in sound has given us a whole new lot of fans – you saw some of them outside – they are young and keen, and the audience has a wild time!
Q: The name came from a make of clothes for girls from your parents' boutique. With your English name and English lyrics, has anyone mistaken you for an English band?
Amparo: People were confused at the beginning. But after 15 years in rock, most of the Spanish know us. Maybe in England or the US people are still confused. We have never sung in Spanish (well, just a couple of songs) and now, after so long, it wouldn’t even feel right for us. I can’t imagine a time when we would sing in Spanish; it could happen, but our first loves and influences in music were English, so that’s why the band sounds the way it does.
Q: Do you think girls in rock have difficult choices?
Amparo: It was never that difficult for us. We were always confident, we ploughed ahead and didn’t listen to anyone who said girls should be like this or that.
Cristina: And I don’t think we even thought about being girls. It was just that this is what we want to do. And right from the beginning we did it and we had each other.
Q: And being sisters helped?
Amparo: Oh yes, talking ALL the time, and we fight sometimes, but all sisters fight. Don’t they? But we are always able to share everything, and always talk...even after the scratches.
Q: You haven’t toured much in the UK
Amparo: No, we’ve played a couple of dates. There has not been enough interest to warrant a whole tour. Or at least, not yet. We have played in Germany, Mexico, and in the United States at the Viper Room in Los Angeles.
Cristina: We’ve had international tours, and played lots of gigs in Europe. We supported Oasis, although that was in Mexico – that was good. We finished up playing at the Acapulco festival.
Q: Have the press been positive about this change in direction for the band?
Cristina: Yes, the music reviews have been good, and in Spain, as you can see, the fans have loved the new sound. We have moved away from our hard punk rock sound, from the early days when we were heavy...I mean, we were really grungey, but that was then, and this is now.
Q: And this has meant a whole new set of challenges for playing live?
Cristina: Yes, it has made a real difference live, but I think the guitars enhance the pop sound.
Q: Has there been much press in the UK?
Amparo: We had some reviews before but not much. We’ve spoken to several UK rock magazines, and the only bad thing they ever say is that it’s a silly na
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