Vetusta Morla

Vetusta Morla
Origin Tres Cantos (Madrid)
Years active 1998–present
Labels Pequeño Salto Mortal
  • Pucho
  • David "el Indio"
  • Álvaro B. Baglietto
  • Jorge González
  • Guillermo Galván
  • Juanma Latorre

Vetusta Morla is a Spanish indie-rock band originally from the city of Tres Cantos located near Madrid, Spain. The band was formed in 1998 and took its name from the giant old tortoise Morla, a character in the children's book The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. "Vetusta" means "extremely old" or "decrepit" in Spanish.[1]

The history of "Ancient Morla" began in the summer of 1998 at the José Sampedro Cultural Center in Madrid, where a few students decided to perform at the institute's culture week and founded a rock band. This project was more like a hobby for the participants; lead singer Pucho was engaged in graphic design, drummer David "el Indio" ("the Indian") Garcia worked as a teacher, guitarist Juan Manuel Latorre had a program on Radio 3, and keyboardist Jorge Gonzalez taught physics.

The first demo, "13 Horas Con Lucy" ("13 Hours With Lucy") was released in 2000 and won a few local music awards. Winning the Concurso de Rock de La Elipa en 2001 brought them to the attention of a professional producer, David Hyam, who produced the band's first EP, La Cuadratura Del Circulo, which wasn't released until 2003. At the end of 2001, the new bass-player, Alvaro Baglietto replaced Alejandro Notario and from then, the band's composition has not been changed.[2]

For several years Vetusta Morla tried unsuccessfully to find a label. Indie music labels were not attracted to the commercial sound of the band and large ones did not see prospects for their music. The situation changed in 2006, when, after performing at the international Festival Anti-Crise in Beirut, the musicians decided to start working on the project seriously and quit their day jobs to fully devote themselves to music. To solve the problem of lacking a label, they created their own, Pequeño Salto Mortal (Little Fatal Leap).[3]

Due to the "hobby" aspects of the project, Vetusta Morla performed intensively at various festivals and on radio and received some awards but their first album wasn't released until February 2008, after the band had been in existence for almost a decade. This album, titled Un día en el mundo (A Day in the World), contained twelve songs, one of which, "La Marea" ("The Tide"), had first been released on the La cuadratura del círculo EP in 2003. By the end of the year, Un día en el mundo appeared on almost every music chart in Spain and was called the best Spanish debut rock album.[4] That same year Vetusta Morla went on their first big tour.

Three years later, in the spring of 2011, the band released their second album, Mapas (Maps), which also became popular. It had a more complex and minor-key sound than Un día en el mundo.[5] The next year, having rich tour experience and two full-length albums, the band decided to undertake an experiment by recording with the Regional Symphony Orchestra of Murcia in order to raise money for the restoration of the Narciso Yepes Conservatory building in the city of Lorca, which had been damaged in an earthquake in May 2011. The concert was officially released almost a year later in the spring of 2012.[6]

Later that same year, the band completed another interesting experiment and released an original soundtrack album for a video game called Los Rios De Alice (Rivers of Alice) from Delirium Studios. The disc consists mainly of instrumental compositions with only one track, "Los Buenos" ("The Good Ones"), a song in their usual style.[7]

At the end of 2013, the band announced the release of their third album, La Deriva (Drift). The first single "Golpe maestro" ("Masterstroke") was released in Spain on February 23, 2014 and the album itself on April 8, 2014. This was accompanied by numerous concerts and music videos.[8] Their, Mismo sitio, distinto lugar (Same site, different place), was recorded at Hansa Studios in Berlin and released on November 10, 2017.[9]

In 2017, the band took part in an unusual audiovisual project from the Spanish national broadcaster Radio 3. Called Suena Guernica, (Singing Guernica), it commemorated the 80th anniversary of the painting of the same name by Pablo Picasso. As part of this project, famous Spanish musicians performed several songs in a front of the painting, which hangs in the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. Vetusta Morla performed three songs: "Alto!" and "Golpe Maestro" from their third album and "Puente de los franceses", a folk song from the Spanish Civil War.[10]

In 2020, the band released an experimental album MSDL - Canciones dentro de canciones ("Songs in Songs"), which the musicians themselves describe as a nesting doll, where the songs from the fourth album were rethought in a different format.[11] In 2021, they announced the upcoming release of a sixth studio album, Cable a Tierra (Cable to Earth).[12]


  • "Copenhague", the fourth track from Un día en el mundo, was chosen as one of the three best Spanish indie songs of the last 30 years in a vote carried out among Internet users and listeners of Radio 3 as part of a song contest called "Indispensable" launched by the Independent Phonographic Union and Radio 3 to celebrate July 4 as Independent Music Day. "Copenhague" came in third place after "Qué nos va a pasar" from La Buena Vida and "La revolución sexual" from La Casa Azul.[13]
  • On October 21, 2008, Vetusta Morla received the "Ojo Crítico" Award in the Modern Music category, one of the most significant cultural awards granted in Spain.[14]
  • Vetusta Morla's first album, Un día en el mundo, occupied the second position in the MTV network's classification, where the 2008 favorites were chosen.[15]
  • In 2011 the group was named Best Group of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine and their second LP Mapas was named Best Album of the Year.[16]
  • The band starred in the first edition of the Independent Music Awards granted by the UFI (the Independent Phonographic Union), in which it received four awards: Best Artist, Best Album (for Un día en el mundo), Best Rock Album, and Best Song (for "Valiente")[17]
  • In 2012, after performing a total of 107 concerts, 6 of them with the Murcia Region Symphony Orchestra and 28 abroad, the band received the award for Best Tour of the Year from Rolling Stone magazine.
  • In 2019 Vetusta Morla was awarded the Gràffica Prize for the visual aspects of their presentation. "In their records, design, illustration, visual resources, the packaging itself, and typography are an indispensable part of understanding the concepts they relate musically. Also on stage and, specifically, in their scenography, everything is a visual spectacle that emphasizes the need to also graphically narrate their stories. For uniting music and image in a unique and original format to convey ideas beyond music."[18]

Band Members

  • Juan "Pucho" Pedro Martín Almarza (vocals, percussion)
  • David "el Indio" García (drums, vocals)
  • Álvaro B. Baglietto (bass guitar)
  • Jorge González (percussion and electronic music)
  • Guillermo Galván (guitar, keyboards and vocals)
  • Juan Manuel Latorre (guitar and keyboards)


Studio albums

  • Un día en el mundo (2008)
    • Autocrítica (04:42)
    • Sálvese Quien Pueda (03:22)
    • Un Día en el Mundo (04:12)
    • Copenhague (05:03)
    • Valiente (03:28)
    • La Marea (03:43)
    • Pequeño Disastre Animal (03:34)
    • La Cuadratura del Círculo (04:35)
    • Año Nuevo (04:26)
    • Rey Sol (03:27)
    • Saharabbey Road (04:37)
    • Al Respirar (03:35)
  • Mapas (2011)
    • Los Días Raros (06:27)
    • Lo Que Te Hace Grande (04:12)
    • En el Río (03:07)
    • Baldosas Amarillas (04:16)
    • Boca en la Tierra (03:47)
    • El Hombre del Saco (03:05)
    • Maldita Dulzura (03:47)
    • Cenas Ajenas (04:02)
    • Mapas (03:51)
    • Canción de Vuelta (03:53)
    • Escudo Humano (04:35)
    • Mi Suerte (04:40)
    • Un Plan Mejor (04:14)
  • La Deriva (2014)
    • La Deriva (03:39)
    • Golpe Maestro (03:48)
    • La Mosca en Tu Pared (03:44)
    • Fuego (04:05)
    • Fiesta Mayor (03:36)
    • ¡Alto! (03:13)
    • La Grieta (03:46)
    • Pirómanos (03:39)
    • Las Salas de Espera (03:40)
    • Cuarteles de Invierno (03:55)
    • Tour de Francia (04:15)
    • Una Sonata Fantasma (03:50)
  • Mismo sitio, distinto lugar (2017)
    • Deséasme Suerte (03:49)
    • El Discurso del Rey (03:41)
    • Palmeras en La Mancha (03:37)
    • Consejo de Sabios (05:18)
    • 23 de Junio (03:27)
    • Guerra Civil (03:34)
    • Te lo Digo a Ti (02:27)
    • Punto Sin Retorno (04:40)
    • La Vieja Escuela (04:13)
    • Mismo Sitio, Distinto Lugar (03:42)
  • MSDL — Canciones dentro de canciones (2020)
    • Deséame Suerte – MSDL
    • El Discurso del Rey – MSDL
    • Palmeras en La Mancha – MSDL
    • Consejo de Sabios – MSDL
    • 23 de Junio – MSDL
    • Guerra Civil – MSDL
    • Te lo Digo a Ti – MSDL
    • Punto sin Retorno – MSDL
    • La Vieja Escuela – MSDL
    • Mismo Sitio, Distinto Lugar – MSDL
  • Cable a Tierra (2021)
    • Puñalada Trapera (03:34)
    • La Virgen de La Humanidad (03:05)
    • No Seré Yo (04:31)
    • El Imperio del Sol (02:58)
    • Corazón de Lava (04:17)
    • La Diana (02:46)
    • Palabra Es lo Único que Tengo (03:15)
    • Si Te Quiebras (03:39)
    • Finisterre (03:16)
    • Al Final de la Escapada (03:54)


  • 13 horas con Lucy (demo, 2000)
  • Vetusta Morla (demo, 2001)
  • La cuadratura del círculo (demo, 2003)
  • Mira (EP, 2005)


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