I asked readers for their suggestions of Basque bands and musicians to check out. Here are a few of the favorites they named. I hope you can find at least one you like!
*Disclaimer: I do not speak Basque or Spanish, therefore I cannot and do not endorse any of the messages within these bands’ lyrics.*
Sustraia – Rock, from Hélette
The internet tells me this band is rock, but they sound pretty ska to me. What is with Basque people loving their ska?
Betagarri – Ska, from Vitoria-Gasteiz
I will never be able to drill out the memory of a bunch of middle-aged Basque Americans going nuts on the dance floor over this band at Basque Rock Live. These guys are crowd pleasers.
Kortatu – Ska, from Irun
Ska music usually annoys me to no end (it’s something about the trumpets…), but I’ve heard this song so many times that I kind of love it. There are some great memories attached to it.
Eskorbuto – Punk, from Santurtzi (Greater Bilbao)
Love the punk sound on this one.
Soziedad Alkoholika – Crossover Thrash, from Vitoria-Gasteiz
From what I read on Wikipedia about their controversial lyrics, I’m not a huge fan of this band. But some of you might like their sound.
BONUS! Félicien’s Cum-Cum Mania
Okay, okay, so this guy isn’t Basque. He’s from the Béarn, right next door. But this song absolutely cracks me up.
One year when I went to visit the Basque Country, this song was THE song, all over the radio, everyone singing along. If you speak French, the lyrics are quite amusing. Enjoy!