Berri Txarrak

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Berri Txarrak
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Berri Txarrak at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz
Berri Txarrak at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz
General information
origin Lekunberri , Spain
Genre (s) Alternative rock
founding 1994
Founding members
Gorka Urbizu
Aitor Goikoetxea
Current occupation
Gorka Urbizu
David Gonzalez
Galder Izagirre
former members
Mikel López
Aitor Oreja

Berri Txarrak ( Basque for Bad News ) is a Basque rock band.


Berri Txarrak was founded in Lekunberri ( Nafarroa , Spain ) in 1994 as a parallel project by Gorka Urbizu (vocals and guitar) and Aitor Goikoetxea (drums). In 1997 they started to concentrate completely on this band, which meanwhile had two new members: Mikel López (bass) and Aitor Oreja (guitar).

After releasing a six-record demo, they won several awards in various competitions for newcomer bands. This allowed them to release their album of the same name in autumn 1997. With titles like “Lotsarik gabe”, “500 urte ta gero” and “Ardypeniala” they were successful in the Basque rock scene.

In 1999 the band released their second album, Ikasten , where their style had evolved. Two years later, Eskuak / Ukabilak was released. This album includes songs like "Oihu", "Stereo" and "Biziraun", for which the band received the Gaztea Saria Award for Best Song of the Year. With this album, the band also became known outside of the Basque Country . In 2003 the band released their fourth album, Libre © . It received excellent reviews and gave them their first concert tour of Europe ( Great Britain , Denmark and Germany ). Libre © is Berri Txarrak's strongest hardcore album and also received the award for the best Spanish album from Rock Sound magazine and Euskadi Gaztea.

After a long tour, guitarist Aitor Oreja left the band. In 2005 Urbizu, Goikoetxea and López decided to continue the band as a trio and focused on Berri Txarrak's fifth album, Jaio.Musika.Hil . The band also toured Mexico , Nicaragua and the United States that year . In late 2008 they announced a new album for September 2009, which was produced on Roadrunner Records with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago and includes a contribution by Tim McIlrath .

In January 2011 Berri Txarrak were nominated for best punk song at the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards with their song "Folklore". In the same year the band prepared their latest album, Haria , which was produced by Ross Robinson ( Slipknot , KoЯn ). In February 2012 the album was presented and a tour in different countries followed.


The band has been influenced by Nirvana , Rage Against the Machine , Pedro the Lion , Weezer , New Order , Rise Against and Neurosis , among others . With the songs “Aspaldian utzitako Zelda” and “Mundua begiratzeko leihoak” they interpreted poems and texts by Joseba Sarrionandia . In 2010 they brought out a version of the poem “Liluraren Kontra”, which was written by Bertolt Brecht and popularized in Basque by Mikel Laboa .


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
2009 Payola IT7 (7 weeks)
2011 Haria IT17 (6 weeks)
Kaiowas Records
2014 Denbora Da Poligrafo Bakarra IT20 (5 weeks)
Only in dreams
2017 Infrasoinuak IT20 (5 weeks)
Only in dreams

More studio albums

  • 1997: Berri Txarrak (GOR Diskak)
  • 1999: Ikasten (GOR Diskak)
  • 2001: Eskuak / Ukabilak (GOR Diskak)
  • 2003: Libre © (GOR Diskak)
  • 2005: Jaio.Musika.Hil (GOR Diskak)

Live albums

  • 2007: Zertarako Amestu (GOR Diskak)


  • 2010: Denak ez du balio (Singles 1997-2007) (GOR Diskak)


  • 1995: Maketa

Demo recordings

  • 1994: Unreleased demo

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e biography . In: . Retrieved October 2, 2007.
  2. Berri Txarrak . Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  3. Chart sources: ES