Jipis Atomicos is a really good Spanish band which sent me some records. They play punk in a nice way and they do for example a Screeching Weasel-song in spanish. February 2023


Please tell me a little about every member and the history of the band? Age, work, bands before?

Moncho- Peter (Drums) Around 50, he works in a sewage treatment plant and could record an Horror film every day. You can find his traces in rockabilly, country, or speed punk bands. Miguel, or we must say Dr. Miguel, he’s in his 40s. Physicist and University Teacher. He plays guitar in 3 bands at the same time (Nitropollo/Culandra/Jipis) and he even finds time to run a YouTube channel with classical guitar performances. Moncho 53. Part-time administrative. I do a lot of things, most of them not enough good, obviously, who cares. We joined together as a band just before the COVID, and after different bands in our past as Ketchoop, Carton Killer, Molokoplus, A palo Seko, Reina Roja...we finally realized that we were 3 individuals with different points of view both musically and mentally, and decided to enjoy everything and never force the others to change. This is the band concept.


Your music is a style which is really own, you take influences from many different punk styles I think?

Miguel- Yes, not only from different punk styles, but also from different styles of music other than punk.


The name Jipis Atomicos where did it came from? What do you mean with it…You weren´t afraid that someone else have named a band like this?

Moncho- Actually, the name appeared by chance. A friend of us made a joke about my usual comments against human behavior and pro-mass destruction... so, one day I wrote something positive, somebody asked “Are you a hippy now?”, my friend picked with that the perfect name… Jipis Atómicos (Atomic hippies). I don’t think anybody could make such a silly and stupid joke to steal our name... However, we’ve thought the same in our old band “Ketchoop”, a stupid name too, but after some years working as a band, a one-hit-wonder girls band appeared with the same name and hit nº1 in the charts.


Is it important to release physical things? Or can you feel that you have done a record if you only release it digitally?  

Miguel- Well, the physical thing has got something to it. Even though people hardly use CDs or discs to listen to music… you know, it means something to have your album, with cover, inlays and all. Also, as mature punk rockers I guess we are as fueled by nostalgia as anyone, and the physical thing takes you to that romanticized past where we were skinny and good looking.


You have never been to Sweden and played or been here as tourists? If you not have when do you come?

Moncho- Unfortunately I wasn’t for the moment, I use to travel a lot, but a lot of random events avoid me to visit Sweden.


Which countries have had the pleasure to be hearing the band live?

Miguel- For the time being, only Spain, I am afraid.

Moncho- With Ketchoop, Miguel and I made a funny tour through France, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. We were younger, we didn’t care about time, money or sleep in filthy places....but...hey, we could do it again.

Miguel – But with money and comfy accomodation this time, please.


When you do songs, how do you do, are you jamming together or do someone comes with a lyric and some with the music or how do you do your songs?

Moncho- Every song has its own story… sometime it is a joke in the practice room that turns into a song, but most are prepared at home, I have more time for that, and for the moment my neighbors are not complaining about my screams in front of my PC


You do a Screeching Weasel cover on Paz amor plutonio, why in Spanish? Do you do any more covers?

Miguel- I guess we make it more ours by singing it in Spanish; also we add some added value to the song by that. Considering the rest of the songs are in Spanish… it makes all sense to me.

Moncho- When we started we played a cover of Sofa head, I love that band, but we’ve decided to sing in Spanish and we abandoned the idea.


Please tell me a little about the following lyrics….and who wrote it and why?

Moncho- These lyrics are wroten by me:

Paraguas…well, I’m relative tall for the Spanish size…it’s usual to be attacked for elderly small people with his umbrellas scratching your eyes in the rainy days…this is a prayer to achieve the end of this practice.

-Mendrugos…Right wing and fascist are everywhere, in Spain the thing is especially pathetic, with poor workers, thinking they’re bourgeois.

-Infierno…it’s a simple lyric speaking against religion and specially the fake term of compassion (that use to be the door through which every excuse is accepted)


How is it to live in Spain nowadays, racists, politics,covid, etc?

Miguel- It is as it has always been: churros for breakfast, paella for lunch and sangria in the evening. Now, in a more serious tone, here the political far right has been on the rise lately and people are quite polarized. We still have racists, but things are improving I guess, now that we have had immigration from quite a long time. In terms of COVID, it almost looks like a bad dream from last night now.


Are you calling yourself a punkband, oiband, hardcoreband or what do you call your style?? What is your thoughts about punk when you started and if you compare with punk today?

Moncho- Not really. In our different bands we’ve been always in the border between styles, and this means too punk for HC, too HC for punk… same integrism same short sighted people. Today is more or less the same, but worst, because we have new enemies: tribute bands, and 55th anniversaries tours of bands that only have a name.


Do you have any favorite football team(I support Arsenal(England) and a Swedish team called GAIS myself)? Or do you don´t care about football?

Miguel- Moncho always said he was a Valencia C.F supporter, but I don’t know how real is that. Peter supports Atlético de Madrid and I don’t really watch football very much. A diverse bunch of middle-aged punkrockers. I guess we all agree in one thing: we want Real Madrid to lose in all sports.

Moncho- Football in Spain is pro or against Real Madrid, the team of the state since Dictatorship, it’s really funny to mess with Real Madrid supporters, and sometimes you can find a smaller team to make it more funny. Some time ago I was a barman, in my pub I had a big screen and we met together a lot of people to celebrate every Real Madrid defeat… from that time I keep good feelings always against big teams, especially Real Madrid.


Beer is expensive in Sweden. I have a very big interest in beer and brew myself? Your favourite beerstyle ? You don´t have an own Jipis Atomicos-beer? Or maybe you are straightedge?

Moncho- It seems really crazy to think in a Jipis Atómicos beer, but is a funny name isn’t? I love specially IPA beer, but every tap beer in Czech Republic must be honored… or maybe that was 15 years ago, now big corporations have bought every brewery.


Is there any good bands from Spain worth to mention? And how is the oi/punk/hardcore scene living on in Spain right now?

Miguel- I do not listen to a lot of new/current bands, to be honest. There are some I like, though, as 13 Segundos, Pangea, Bazka (theirs is “record of the year 2022” IMHO) and some others. I also like very much NitroPollo and Culandra, if only because I play there too.

Moncho- Good bands you can always find...to name a few...Accidente, Build me a bomb, Craneo, Rageous Intent, unfortunately the gigs and festivals are always full of old bands playing with 1 or 2 original members one and again...capitalism is here too. But a couple of “fucks” seems to be enough to make people forget they’ve spent 30 euros to pay for the drugs that somebody needs.


What is your strength when you play live? What is the best with playing live?

Moncho- Playing live is the best funny moment in the world, there’s a connexion with people, message, ideas…and we’re specially stupids and love to break all the rules, and do everything you mustn’t do if you want to be cool, and HC and punk, and so on


Which type of people comes to your concerts? Which type of people do you miss?

Miguel- Mostly middle-aged punkrockers, mostly long-time friends. I obviously miss younger people (or do I?), but I guess that’s how the world works.


Do you buy much records, or is it only Spotify and those type of things to listen to music? Any good record store?

Moncho- I keep always buying vinyls, but isn’t something that I consider as really important… fashion is everywhere, and I find it’s enough buying alternative stuff, from alternative labels, and bands.


Are you selling any merch on your gigs, do people buy it? What sells best?

Miguel- We try to sell stuff, of course: CDs, shirts… Sometimes, some people buy some things. Some other times, we sell nothing at all.


Which is your own favoritesong among your own songs? And which song is the people choice?

Moncho- Maybe my favorite song is “Coetaneos”… people use to love “Misil” maybe because there’s a guitar line that people sing as football hooligans


What´s the biggest difference when you plays live nowadays if you compare when you first started to play in a band? Or is this your first band maybe?

Miguel- It is not our first band, but funnily Moncho and I played in another band ages ago called Ketchoop. To me, the differences are we can afford better gear; we do not feel we need to prove anything to anyone; we are not in the urge to imitate anyone; we know we can’t quit our jobs because of the band.


Do you care about reviews? Which is the most peculiar you ever had, with this band or any other band you have been to?

Moncho- I really love reviews when they’re honest… with this band we collect “influences” and “sounds like…” maybe because our style isn’t easy to fix and we hear names that we found crazy and sometimes bands that we never hear…but everything is interesting when you make a song and somebody put there his own thoughts about it and take part of his time to write about it.


If you could choose five bands from the past and the history and nowadays and both dead and living bands to have a concert together with your band. Which five have you been chosen?

Miguel- Well… I don’t know. I guess you mean punk-ish bands, so I’ll go for Bad Religion, Propagandhi, RKL, Toy Dolls.

Moncho- I’m gonna bet for an all styles gig...Jethro Tull 70’s, Zero Boys,  Life... but how to live it, Sofa head and Amy Winehouse  with Jipis Atómicos. Wow!


Is music a good way to get out frustration and become a nicer person outside the music?

Moncho- That’s interesting…of course something like music can avoid frustration, but there’s a bunch of pricks doing music…so to be nicer doesn’t seem to have a relation here.


You sing in Spanish, why not in english?? Which is your most political song or do you not want to put politics into your music?

Miguel- That was my requisite to join the band, haha. I’ve played in bands singing in English in the past, but know I feel I don’t like it. To me it feels like if you have something to say, you will say it better in your language, plus people (i.e. the people who will actually listen to your stuff, your friends) will understand it much better. Our English is not that good. Our listeners’ English is not that good, if it exists at all.

In terms of politics. Many songs have somewhat political lyrics, in the sense that most of them are Moncho’s opinions about life.

Moncho- Of course there’s a lot of tricks and very specifical localisms and jokes that you can only manage in your mother tongue, I definitely find more options writing in Spanish and as Miguel said we realize 20 years later that people prefer to read the lyrics in Spanish.

Miguel- Plus, it is really easy to improvise lyrics if you forget the proper ones while playing live…


Any good Swedish bands you like?

Moncho- Lot of Swedish bands are cool, I’ve always asking me how a relative small country can produce a incredible number of fantastic bands in all the styles, from ABBA to Hellacopters, Refused, Adhesive, Purusam...


Is it boring with interviews? Is it much interviews? What do you prefer Telephoneinterviews, face to face or as this one via e-mail?

Miguel- The truth is we do not do that many. It still feels good to me. Makes me feel important and famous hahaha.

I guess face to face is always better, for everything in life.


Futureplans for the band?

Moncho- We’re just now planning some gigs to present and support “Quebranto” and trying to release it in LP version with the help of a kind of crowdfunding, that you can check in https://www.verkami.com/locale/es/projects/34723-jipis-atomicos-quebranto-lpcamiseta


Futureplans for yourself?

Miguel- Try to enjoy life and to be as happy as humanely possible without causing too much damage to others.



Moncho- Undramatize yourself

Miguel – Wash your hands before eating and after going to the toilet.


Something more to add?

Miguel- Only 30 questions? Oh, come on, that was easy! Please buy our records and bring us to Sweden.