When the Wide World Narrows: A Conversation with Spain's Josh Haden
“I decided I was only going to write in stories,” says Josh Haden, talking about Carolina, the sixth album from Spain, the band he founded in the early 1990s and guided through a series of records in the middle and latter part of that decade. The record marries Haden’s passion for songs informed by both the personal and historical and, sometimes, even the places where the two intersect. [Read More...]
Spain - Carolina - Review
Spain’s latest release, Carolina, lingers in gorgeous, wistful melancholy. Ten tunes are imbued with a mood of introspection that speaks of painful, personal truths and elusive historical references. [Read More...]
Toneduff Sessions #6: Josh Haden and Kenny Lyon
Bruce Duff, author of The Smell of Death, talks with Josh Haden, founder, bassist and singer of the group Spain, and Kenny Lyon, guitarist, bassist, and producer, who has played with NOFX, Lemonheads, and many more. [Read More...]
5 Up and Coming Bands You Need in Your Life Are Playing Shows Around L.A. in August
Spain at Love Song (August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30)

The project of singer/songwriter Josh Haden returns to the DTLA bar for its second residency of 2016, having played there back in May. The final show of that earlier run acted as the album release party for Carolina, Spain’s latest album.

Think: Slowcore goes Americana

Cost: Free

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Spain: Carolina
We have to be thankful, then, for music like this, music that nourishes us in all the right ways, that makes us think and takes us outside ourselves, where we can see the world in greater detail and contemplate our place in it. Have we done the right things? How can we? [Read More...]
Underrated: Spain's Carolina
Josh Haden offers a distinctively dark yet immersive take on the arid sounds of Americana that draws a dotted line from his father’s country-tinged “Ramblin’ Boy.” [Read More...]
Interview with Josh Haden – Spain – Part Two
"Columbia Records is the devil. I wish I could have talked to him and told him about my experience with major labels, how they almost destroyed my life and my love for music. Why does any artist need a major label these days? With the internet and everything, and especially with such a buzz behind these guys. What was Columbia telling Declan they could give him that he couldn’t get on his own?" [Read More...]
Step Into The Darkness With Spain
I found myself humming some of the songs. Now, I want to crack the code. [Read More...]
Josh Haden Celebrates History With Spain’s ‘Carolina’
“I decided I was only going to write in stories,” says Josh Haden, founding member of the band Spain. He’s speaking from his home in Los Angeles, discussing the material that shapes the sixth Spain album, Carolina. The songs touch on America’s past with intersections in the present and with Haden’s own life. [Read More...]
Interview with Josh Haden – Spain (Part One)
“From my dad I learned that the entire human race is connected. I learned about hardship, struggle, compassion, love, and the importance of family. I learned that a song is as important as one’s life. I learned to write each song as if it were my last. I learned about the importance of art in combatting the hatred and bigotry we see around us every day.” [Read More...]
Interview: Spain’s Josh Haden
I never assume I’m a great songwriter, but I was definitely born into it. I’ve been writing songs ever since I was around five years old. The first song I wrote was in 1973 and it was entitled "Need A Little Love". I can still remember the verses and chorus. So I enjoy the process of writing. Songwriting makes me feel like a whole person. It’s my job and life. [Read More...]
INTERVIEW: Josh Haden (Spain)
One time when I was playing in the street in front of our house in L.A. I saw this ice cream truck in the distance. It didn’t look like a normal ice cream truck, it was kind of beat up and falling apart. I was like, “What’s this?” The truck pulled up in front of me and the door opened. It was Don Cherry! One of my dad’s best friends and pivotal free jazz and world music trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist. “Excuse me, does Charlie Haden live here?” “Yes,” I responded. Cherry turned around and yelled “OK kids, you can get out now!” The back door opened and about fifteen kids piled out, all ready to play and have fun. [Read More...]
Josh Haden of Spain
“My friend brought his boombox to school, slammed it on the lunch table, said, ‘Josh, listen to this,’ and pressed play. It was ‘Jealous Again’ by Black Flag, and all those other bands went out the window. [Read More...]
12 Artists You Need in Your Life
Spain at the Love Song (May 17)

The alt-rock band’s latest album, “Carolina,” is set for release in June. It was recorded in producer Kenny Lyon’s apartment/studio in the historic Gaylord Apartments in Koreatown, meaning that, if you like singer/songwriter Josh Haden’s work, you may be able to buy him a beer at the HMS Bounty.

Think: The yin to Mazzy Star’s yang.
Listen: via Spotify
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First Listen: Spain - Carolina
Mixing up a density of emotion and musical sophistication in contrast with a great sense of space and atmosphere, Carolina reasserts Spain as one of the great Americana bands of the last 20 years. [Read More...]
MP3 AT 3PM: SPAIN
Spain, the songwriting vehicle for seasoned musician Josh Haden, will release new LP Carolina on June 3. Hailed as “slowcore progenitors,” the band’s new song, “Station 2,” displays a confidence in that genre— a downtempo tune with plenty of room for storytelling and a big emphasis on the more emotional moments. There’s also a bit of classic-rock worship in the mix; fans of Dawes should take notice. We are proud to premiere “Station 2” on magnetmagazine.com today. [Read More...]
Spain (1), rupture au ralenti
Les chansons de She Haunts My Dreams parlent d'amour brisé, gâché, caché, ou finalement révélé, parti pour une incertaine éternité. [Read More...]
Spain (2), elle hantait ses rêves
La différence notable entre I Believe et son prédécesseur, c'est que les chansons baignent dans l'aube dorée d'une béatitude amoureuse que leur auteur ne songe pas une minute à cacher. [Read More...]
Spain Schedules Show At Bootleg HiFi
Spain recently wrote via Facebook: "The Spain Show is finally coming to L.A. See what the East Coast and Europe has been talking about. Special guests, musical unpredictability, spiritual camaraderie, excitement, entertainment, grooviness." And that L.A. show will take place at the Bootleg HiFi on Friday, June 19! [Read More...]
Spain – Sargent Place
‘You And I’, the song graced by Charlie’s acoustic bass, poignantly opens with the lines “Our love will never die” – a fitting farewell from father to son. ‘To Be A Man’ also reads like a son to father conversation, Josh sighing, “Can’t you see that you’re my best friend?” [Read More...]
ALBUM REVIEW: Spain – Sargent Place
Spain have never faltered on their recordings and this is no exception... [Read More...]
TuneCore Live: SXSW Edition
We’re proud to boast that one-third of the artists performing at SXSW 2015 have distributed through TuneCore. We’ve created a “TuneCore Live: SXSW Edition" playlist on Spotify, which features over 200+ of the artists playing at the festival. [Read More...]
Spain (Paradiso – Amsterdam, 11-03-2015)
Sargent Place voelt als een warm bad slow-core muziek. Heerlijk om in deze hectische tijden gewoon je te laten vervoeren door rust en vakmanschap. Even uit de hectiek treden en je overgeven aan Josh en zijn mannen. [Read More...]
Photoset - Aarhus
This is slowcore. [Read More...]
Live review: Spain (Atlas)
New material from 2014’s Sargent place was featured heavily – but that’s the thing with Spain – they don’t age, they don’t change, and they don’t ever suck. [Read More...]