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GORKA URBIZU (Guitar & vocals)



Formed in 1994 in Lekunberri (Basque Country), BERRI TXARRAK is a power trio boasting a discography currently featuring nine records and a documentary film, each of them a milestone in the band’s unstoppable progression.

BERRI TXARRAK (meaning ‘Bad News’ in euskera, their native language), has toured all around the world, including European and Southamerican tours supporting Rise Against, shows with Sick Of It All, Deftones… performances in such big Festivals as Hellfest (France), Fuji Rock (Japan), EHZ, Bilbao BBK Live, Azkena Rock Festival (Basque Country), Resurrection Fest, Viña Rock, Sonorama Ribera (Spain) SXSW (USA), Canadian Music Fest (Canada), Wilwarin Festival (Germany)… not to mention their several UK, US, Australian and Asian Tours.

When it comes to their music style, BERRI TXARRAK has proved to be pretty unpredictable and audacious, adding new sounds to their punk rock roots: the anger of hardcore or metal, the fuzz of stoner rock and even some indie rock influences. But this band’s is known for their ability to write good catchy melodies, always searching for true emotion: Weezer, Nirvana, Pedro The Lion or The Beatles are some of the bands worshipped by the singer Gorka.

That’s why this open-minded trio has worked with such different legendary producers as Steve Albini, Ross Robinson, Bill Stevenson, Jason Livermore or Ed Rose. That’s why you’ll find guest vocals in their albums by people like Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) or Matt Sharp (The Rentals, Weezer). That’s why they won the ‘Best Punk Song of the Year’ Vox-pop Award at 2010 IMA’s (INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AWARDS), or best live act (Spanish Premios de la Música Independiente), or best Basque album for their triple album ‘Denbora da poligrafo bakarra’). That’s why they’ve been on the top of the rank of ‘Best Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Live Show’ in magazines Rock Sound, Mondosonoro, Kerrang! or Rockzone during the last decade.

Berri Txarrak’s show at Bilbao Exhibition Centre – Bizkaia Arena in 2018 was a historic landmark in the Basque music history, reaching more than 10,000 fans in their live presentation show of their last album ‘Infrasoinuak’, released in late 2017 on their own label Only In Dreams.

This band was born in a rehearsal place, reached a strong fanbase on the road and it’s definitely a band you should see live. Quoting their song ‘Poligrafo bakarra’, “passion is the least requisite”. JAIO.MUSIKA.HIL

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