PlayaNorte (“North Beach”) is a band from Barcelona, with Artur Muñoz on guitar and vocals, Oriol Rosell on bass, and Javier Orenes on drums. They describe their musical style as “somewhere between punk rock and hard pop”, with influences ranging from Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr, and Fugazi to domestic bands like Nueva Vulcano, Cala Vento, and Sr. Chinarro.
Gemma Villegas designed the band’s visual identity, in black and white, and with photography by Alberto Polo. For the typography, she worked with Mars, Alaric Garnier’s reimagination of Venus, published in 2018 with Production Type. Villegas playfully alternates between the two extreme widths, Mars Extended and Mars Condensed, always using the fonts exclusively in uppercase characters.
On PlayaNorte’s debut release, the band name is shown in Mars Condensed, with the N inserted from the Extended. The wide style is also used for the title: 42°19′07.6N 3°18′53.6″E are the geographical coordinates of Cap de Creus, the easternmost place in mainland Spain, at the coast north of Girona, Catalonia, close to the French border.