Ernesto Gonzlez, former leader ofThe Pribata IdahoandWild Group, died yesterday at the age of 55 after a long illness. Until then, the pure and simple news. But beyond that, this great musician from Madrid was a key figure on the independent scene of the national scene. Inspire with your talent and infinite knowledge. He was always linked to the world of music. As a composer, singer and guitarist (who doesn’t remember him with his 12-string Rickenbacker …) and occupying an essential place – head of the press – in the organization chart of the Benicssim International Festival (FIB). He was also part of the promoter and label Intromsica.
It does not take a visionary to predict that The Pribata Idaho will win recognition over the years. Under Gonzlez’s leadership they signed an immaculate discography spread over two labels (Munster Records and Elefant Records):“Cactus Juice” (1992), “Sueroine” (1994), “Hope” (1997) and “Spain Is Pain” (2000). A baggage more than enough to consider them one of the best groups of the indie wave of the nineties. The thing is, they got ahead of the play, but never got the reward they deserved. One has special devotion for that great album that is “Sueroine”, the epitome of a group with classic aromas (Byrds, Beatles, Buffalo Springfield, Love …) that knew how to evolve over time to more contemporary terrain.
After the dissolution of The Pribata Idaho, Gonzlez formed another project with a cinematographic name. This time the guide was to the greatSam Peckinpah. WithWild Grouphis music became darker. He continued, as in the past, looking more at the United States than at England, but here the references were others (Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Ennio Morricone, Calexico …). In watercolor they published“In Black We Trust” (2003), “Aqu Hay Dragones” (2006) and “III” (2013).
As a farewell, Gonzlez left for posterity a video, published on Facebook, in which he is seen playing an instrumental with the acoustic guitar. A technical and beautiful way of saying goodbye to this great talent that we have just sadly lost.