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What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.

It was around this time of the year, but 4 years ago (wow!time flies), it´s summer time down here, and there´s not many things to do in summer, so we started hanging out at sofía´s place, and started jamming with each other. When you live in a place where there’s not many things to do, making music is an amazing, thing to do to defeat boredom. Canelones, the place where we live, is a small town inside a little country, very few people, nothing new to see, playing music has been the most enjoyable way to spend our free time, sharing real feelings and connecting with each other

We recorded an Lp and release it vía Fuzz Club, and from there we have been able to play in several Latin American countries. We recently released our second album “Sleva”,(Jungle in English) also via Fuzz Club. Originally we were a duo and in the studio we still are, but to play live our friends Diego and Darío join, anyway in the last album both Diego and Darío had a great participation.

Provide us with some info about your latest release…

We recently released our second album “Selva”, also via Fuzz Club, it was released on January 10 of this year, the LP was recorded similarly to the previous one. We really don’t have any rules at the moment of the recording, we just do it spontaneously. Friday nights, after work, we got together, put some music on, take some stuff to warm things up, and start recording. We begin with a synth riff or bass, then we try to create a vocal melody and that´s it. We record and produce everything ourselves. The major feature of the album is that the songs were created and recorded during the same night, so we did not rehearse the songs before recording them, improvisation and spontaneity is a main thing in our sound.

This album is a product of that process, we trust our instinct, and we are very satisfied with the result.

Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?

If we had to name bands we would take a long time, we like many things, and different from each other, but without doubt the psychedelia of both the 60 and the most current era is an influence, Latin and African rhythms, which are not only rhythms but ways to express yourself in a more tribal and primitive way, linked to archaic elements of the human being.

Our city, our friends and last but least our relationship guides and illuminates us in this path of musical experimentation.

In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?

I think that, our sound is different in a sense that we come from a remote place, although the Internet bridges the gap, we are from a country and a region that has been vilified and where there are not many opportunities, we feel an urgent and need to make music, it is not comfort, it is feeling. But if we put ourselves in a musical cirtic pose we would say that our music is Dark, we sing all the time in unison generating an ethereal climate in our voices, the guitar is washed with reverb and fuzz, the drum machines are aggressive as a knife and the synthesizers have a melodic and hypnotic sound.

Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…

Oh that´s a tough one, Spacemen 3 – Sound of Confusion, Eduardo Mateo- Mateo solo bien se lame, Fela Kuti and Suicide.

We both like the french writer Houellebecq, and movies… I don’t know, I think that if we were lying on an island we wouldn’t watch movies.

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Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?

It is completely different, at the beginning we would have told you that recording is better but we increasingly enjoy playing live, especially traveling, the adventure, going out with your friends to play music is something special.

Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?

Don´t know if it is a unique story, but last month we went to Buenos Aires to play a couple of shows there, and in Argentina right there is a massive devaluation, so change dollars in the black market, and we felt like rich, everything was really cheap for su, so we bought a lot food, booze and stuff (wink), we have the best time there.

Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?

Selva from the last record is a good one, and we were able to collaborate with our friend Juju, it has a different sound that represents the band quite a bit.

Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?

Play as much as we can, travel through europe would be amazing, hope to make it happen this year (fingers crossed)

Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…

Any guitly pleasures?

Bad bunny, trap and reggeaton.

Photo credits: Diego Arrighetti

Curated by: Christos Doukakis

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