This Interview Confirms That The Parrots Are Spain’s Garage Rock Stoner Heroes

The Parrots. Photo by Itzel Alejandra Martinez for Remezcla

If there’s a band that embodies the IDGAF attitude of Spanish garage rock, it’s The Parrots. Here’s proof: the Madrid-based trio named their 2015 EP Weed for the Parrots, which isn’t about giving the tropical birds weed, but about the band enjoying the pleasures of good herb. They’re major players in the new wave of Spanish garage, which includes indie darlings like Hinds, as well as groups like Los Nastys and Mujeres. Their work embodies the raw, gritty spirit of some of the genre’s greats, like The Cramps, and reminds us that the scene is still as fun, carefree, and brash as it once was.

At SXSW, we caught up with the crew at La Perla, a legendary Mexican dive bar in Austin. Between chugging Lone Stars and ranchera singalongs, we took a breather to talk about touring, their 16-show festival schedule, and the familial spirit of Madrid’s garage scene. Check out our interview above, and be sure to listen to the lead single from The Parrots’ upcoming album below.

Thumbnail photo by Itzel Alejandra Martinez