A Permanent Shadow is basically me, CP Fletcher, working with a bunch of guests and two producers, Albert and Valen. I am of Austrian origin but have lived in Barcelona for most of my life. We play eighties-indebted pop-rock with electronic tinges. Our first album “Songs of Loss” came out in 2019 and now have another one lined up for an early 2022 release.

How did you all meet?

“I’ve known Valen for almost twenty years from the Barcelona scene. I used to organize gigs for which on some occasions I booked his former band Raydibaum. Albert was my girlfriend’s piano teacher before he became a fulltime producer and arranger, and it was her who actually hooked us up”.

Who were your musical influences growing up?

“David Bowie. I fell in love with his music as a boy, and digging a bit deeper I got into Lou Reed and Iggy Pop and later on bands that were pretty much aping Bowie, such as Echo & The Bunnymen or The Psychedelic Furs”.

What made you want to be in a band?

“Again, David Bowie not only ignited my interest in music as a fan but also made me want to write and play my own music. I had little self-confidence though and for that reason I became a drummer until I realised that I actually wanted to be a frontman”.

What has been your best gig?

“Our album presentation in early 2020 was pretty great, but now I look back on it with mixed feelings as a week later we went into lockdown and all future gig possibilities got curtailed”.

Can you tell us a bit about your music?

“We have a new single out on September 24th. It’s called “Shining Star” and it’s a nice little ballad about greed and envy. It comes with a beautiful video shot by a good friend of mine, Daniel Moreno”.

Describe your music in 3 words.

“Quirky Electronic Rock”.

What makes your band stand out from others?

“I think the fact that we are not really a band keeps it fresh. There’s no obligatory guitar solos and stuff like that. My two producer friends and I try to keep an open mind and go for our gut feeling. We don’t shy away from weirdness or unexpected twists”.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

“Promote our two singles and gear up for the release of the album “Humdrum” in early 2022. Also, some more recording. I have a covers EP in mind which I’d like to record before the end of the year”.

If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?

“The star jacket I’m wearing in the “Shining Star” video and promo pics”.

Any gig’s coming up?

“No gigs on the horizon yet, but we’ll release a few live-in-studio videos on our Youtube channel over the next few weeks”.

By Siân Parker