Bebra is a character from Günter Grass’s book “The Tin Drum”, from which Pilar Torras and Joan Gomis (from Barcelona) derived the name for the duo they formed in late 1998. The two decided to create a common space and bet on an independent alternative rock proposal (sung in Spanish) based on their own universe and concerns, which they have carried out autonomously to this day.
Previously, they had coincided in a previous formation, Eau de Cactus, with which they won second place in the Adagio-Guitar Player live contest and were finalists in the 9th edition of the Villa de Bilbao Contest, and received a special mention at the Independent Film Festival of Elche, for the video “Coge tus cosas”.
From then on, as Bebra, they translated their inner concerns and points of view into a variety of sound atmospheres. As an immediate result, “Celos” (K Industria Cultural, 1998) emerged, their debut album, which already reflected the importance that Bebra granted to the symbiosis between lyrics and music. Parallel to the album, recorded and produced by themselves, they self-filmed the video clip of one of their songs “Si pudieras por mí” with the intention of supporting their musical proposal with their own visual language.
After the release of “Celos” and the excellent reception it received from specialized media, Bebra dedicated itself to presenting it live, both locally and through various circuits throughout the peninsula, including its participation in some festivals (Altaveu ’00; Strip Art). For the performance, Pilar and Joan were accompanied by two more musicians: Hug Salvat and Enric Espinet. The flexibility of the whole band on stage and Pilar’s intrinsic charisma resulted in a surprising combination of perfectly compatible shades and textures with a display of overwhelming energy.
In mid-2002, Pilar and Joan began to have new accumulated material, and gradually gave the definitive form to some songs that are those that are now gathered on their second work “Una luz para los dos” (Ediciones PAE, 2004), again recorded and produced by themselves. In this new stage, Jordi Cos has joined as a guitarist in the performances, taking Enric Espinet’s place, and the live performance was also reinforced with the use of sequences and sampler.
For the release of that album, Bebra participated in the creation of the new self-publishers’ record label (P.A.E.): Ediciones PAE, and were the first reference of their catalog. In addition, Pilar and Joan actively collaborated with the Self-Publishers Platform for the development of this label.
True to their independent spirit, their association with this Platform is understood as something natural, given their identification with the objectives and purposes they pursued.