Calva y Nada

Calva y Nada Biography

Calva y Nada was a pioneering force in the German Electro Dark Wave scene during the early 90s. Their unique and original sound first captured the attention of fans with their debut album "Días Felizes" in 1991, and they continued to mesmerize audiences with their consistently unaltered style throughout their career until their final release "Schlaf" in 1998.

The band was formed in 1990, when frontman Breñal abandoned his previous group, Glatze des Willens, and began his solo career under the name Calva y Nada. His first LP, "El Peste Perverso LLeva Mi Peluca", was released on ZZO Records and though some critics deemed it too experimental, it already showcased the deep and distinctive style that would come to define Calva y Nada. Lyrically, the album was heavily influenced by the writings of a Calvinist secret correspondent in the hyper-Catholic Spain of the 16th century.

With the release of their next album, "Días Felizes", through Hyperium Records in 1991, Calva y Nada quickly gained recognition within the German electro scene, which was experiencing a resurgence at the time with the emergence of other notable acts such as And One, Armageddon Dildos and Das Ich. The album features a mix of German and Spanish lyrics and a unique treatment of rhymes, giving the songs a colder and more metallic tone. The band's pure and raw techno sound set them apart from the more popular EBM trend, as they maintained a more analog sound with freer outlines and a focus on dark, dramatic, mystical and captivating orchestrations.

Calva y Nada continued to release albums throughout the 90s, including "Monologe Eines Baumes" in 1993, which delved into the symbolic sentimental life of a tree, and "Die Katze Im Sack" EP in 1994. Their music remained heavily orchestrated, with martial and semi-dancing rhythms, but with a more experimental approach to harmonies and structures.

Throughout their career, Calva y Nada's music and lyrics were heavily influenced by their unique philosophy and religious beliefs, which explored themes of collective-individualism and the search for one's own path. Despite the band's disbandment in 1998, their music continues to be celebrated and influential within the Electro Dark Wave scene.


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