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.
Well, what inspired us at first to start with the band was the desire to create music without following conventional structures and without focusing on a single genre in order to have total creative freedom. Experimentation is an important part of our music and that has led us to the incarnation we have at the moment.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Our most recent release is called “Balbuceo” and is our second studio album. We recorded it at “Testa Estudio” in Mexico and the postproduction was made in NY, the mix was done by Alap Momin (former member and producer of Dälek) and the mastering was done by Alan Douches at West Side Music. Musically we wanted to incorporate totally improvised parts to the songs without leaving aside the elements we worked with in our first album, which are adding electronics and noise to our rock.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
As far as our musical influences are concerned, it’s always been a bit difficult for us because all the members of the band have very different tastes and that’s one of the main reasons why we think we’ve achieved such a particular sound. And those tastes go from experimental music to rock, noise, jazz, free jazz, hip hop, trip hop, krautrock, industrial and electronic among others.
And about our non-musical influences, the cinema is the main one and that is something that can be noticed in several of our songs in which we use samples of movies that we like.
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?
We think that one of the most interesting things about our sound and what makes us different from other bands is the fact that we have no interest in focusing on just one genre so we experiment with mixing elements from many. In our music you can hear rock but also experimental music, dark atmospheres, trip hop beats, electronic, improvisation, noise, a lot of dissonance and all this incorporated in a very free style. We believe that this is valuable enough for anyone to be interested in our music.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Radiohead – In Rainbows
John Coltrane – Ascension
Portishead – Third
Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky)
Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges (Fictions)
Las Armas Secretas – Julio Cortázar (The Secret Weapons)
Dubliners – James Joyce
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Definitely playing live because we believe that’s the most direct way to feel the energy we can create through our music. It also allows us to break the structures of our songs a little more and to extend parts of improvisation at pleasure.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
One of the most unique situations that happened to us as a band was playing at a party we organized to celebrate the drummer’s birthday and also to say goodbye to one of our members who was going on a long trip. The special thing about that party was that we organized it inside a car workshop, the amps were located on top of wheels, between tools and machines which helped to create a totally industrial and surreal atmosphere. In the end the party was a total success, the place was completely full and we all had an incredible time.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
“Balbuceo” because it’s the track where we manage to take our sound further in terms of experimentation and improvisation.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Of course, now that we are part of the “Devil In The Woods” label we are very excited about the release of our album. We believe that the label can help us get our music to many more parts of the world. Our plans are to play “Balbuceo” everywhere we can, tour with the album and of course start working on new music for the next material.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
How do you perceive the music scene in Mexico City?
The music scene in our city has grown enormously in recent years, and not only in Mexico City, but throughout the country, there are many bands with interesting and original proposals making music of high quality and we believe it is one of the cities where everyone should look for new music.
Photo credits: Fernanda Saldaña (1st one), Alejandro Vazquez (2nd one)
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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