“Slowcore” progenitor Spain was founded in Los Angeles by Josh Haden (son of late jazz bassist Charlie Haden) in 1993. Their debut album, The Blue Moods Of Spain, was released in 1995. The band garnered a devoted cult following and they toured extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. They performed on French TV, and opened for Cocteau Twins during their final U.S. tour. Spain’s song “Spiritual” was recorded by Johnny Cash on his Grammy-winning, Rick Rubin-produced Unchained, and by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny on their Grammy-winning Beyond The Missouri Sky.
Spain’s 1999 sophomore CD, She Haunts My Dreams, recorded on an island in Sweden, found the band headlining large venues across Europe. Spain’s song “Every Time I Try”, was written for Academy Award-winning director Wim Wenders’ film The End of Violence, and the song “Our Love Is Gonna Live Forever”, the closing track of She Haunts My Dreams, was featured prominently in an episode of the HBO series Six Feet Under. Spain’s third CD, I Believe, was released in 2001, after which Haden took an extended break from the band.
In 2007 Josh reformed Spain with members of his live solo band. 2012 saw the release of Spain’s first full-length album of new material in over ten years, The Soul Of Spain (Glitterhouse). In late 2012, Omnivore Recordings released all three of Spain’s previous records on limited edition vinyl.
Sargent Place (Dine Alone & Glitterhouse), the band’s fifth studio album, was released in 2014. Dubbed “dark mysterious glamour” by Q Magazine, with its lush soundscapes Sargent Place was a return to form for the iconic band. It was produced by Gus Seyffert and features performances by Josh’s sister, Petra Haden, and contains the final recording by Josh’s father, jazz legend Charlie Haden.
Spain toured Europe and the U.S. in 2014 and 2015. October 2015 saw the release of benefit single “I Do”. Spain’s sixth studio album will be released by Glitterhouse Records in the U.K and Europe, and will be self-released by Josh Haden's Diamond Soul Recordings in April 2016.