By Kieran Webber
You may recall us posting about these guys signing up with Fuzz Club Records this month and sharing the new track ‘The Flesh’ a pulsing psych-beat extravaganza that is freakishly dark. After wrapping our ears around the single we was intrigued and wished to know more about the trio itself, how does one make such music? What is life like in Mexico City? All these questions are answered and more in the following interview with the band below.
The band have also released the second single off the forthcoming LP, expect the same haunting sound wrapped delicately in a wrapping of psychedlia.
CLUNK: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions, we hope you are well?
HAS: No bother, thanks for having us! We’re very well thanks, we hope you are too.
CLUNK: How has 2016 shaped up so far for you guys and what have you been up to?
HAS: Well, it has been a very interesting year, many things have happened to both of us. It’s been a year of working hard, we got the chance to become more aware of where we stand as a band… We played Liverpool Psych Fest and Psycho Las Vegas as well as some shows with LSD & The Search For God, The Jabberwocky Band and TAU, to name a few. After the shows in Europe and the UK each of us have been having some down-time and taking care of our own stuff, but a few days ago we wrote a couple of new songs, but it’s transition time now. We’re going to be a bit quiet until we move into our new rehearsal space, which is going to be ready in January, but there will be a few surprises before this year comes to an end.
CLUNK: How was it you ended up signing with Fuzz Club and why did you?
HAS: At first Casper Dee (Owner of Fuzz Club) wrote to us because he wanted to sell some copies of “Sky is Hell Black” then from there we eventually just got talking about the idea of putting out the next record with Fuzz Club and after we met him again at LEVITATION we started working on the album. It took a lot longer than we expected to finish but us and the label are really happy with the result. We’ve really liked the label since it started and for us it was really important to explore a new direction with the new songs and Fuzz Club allowed us to do that, I guess those are the two reasons.
CLUNK: Your music has a sense of dread and foreboding, how did this element find its way into your music?
HAS: I think that kind of stuff comes from the mixed feelings and situations we have to deal with every day, that and our taste for science fiction and horror movies, especially in “Sorrow Tomorrow”, which is dyed over that dark, dystopian canvas.
“We both share a feeling of discontent for some of the things that surround us in our country, I think that gets mixed with the books we read, the films we like and the music we enjoy”
CLUNK: As a band do you share a collective infuence or does it vary, if so what are they?
HAS: We both share a feeling of discontent for some of the things that surround us in our country, I think that gets mixed with the books we read, the films we like and the music we enjoy. In matters of music each of us is quite different, Daniel tends to fall for soul music and I tend to fall for more darker stuff.
CLUNK: When writing and creating new music what is your process?
HAS: Sometimes it’s a long process, I’ll show Remi an idea for bass, drums or a looped drone or riff and then we’ll just build on it together, we both work on the voice melody and the meaning. We try to experiment as much as we can, there’s a lot of ”what if we do this?” or “how could we make it sound like that?” we act like total nerds when that happens and we end up creating something way cooler than we originally thought. Sometimes the songs almost come about by themselves, like after touring we just came back with a bunch of new songs from jamming in the van or in sound-check. Other times songs will start as just some lyrics that I wrote and really want to sing, I’ll end up placing them over whatever we play when jamming.
“When playing live we try to take the tracks to a whole new dimension, pushing them further sonically and giving them even more depth than we did on the record”
CLUNK: As a touring band I can imagine you have some stories, would you mind sharing one with us?
HAS: Recently we played at Psycho Las Vegas but before that we had a warm-up show in Tijuana, just before we started to play one of our friends mentioned something about American Visa’s and Daniel face totally dropped, having just remembered he left his Visa in México city him and our friends decided not to even tell me until we finished playing. I’m guessing because everybody thought that I was going to freak out or be real pissed off or something but I think I took it pretty well. So yeah the next day we left without Daniel, he just stayed in Tijuana waiting for someone to send him the Visa, then had to catch another flight in San Diego to make it just in time for the festival on Friday. It was very close to being a disaster but looking back it’s quite funny!
CLUNK: On the touring note, what are 5 essential items that you pack?
Daniel: 1) Hot sauce, specifically Habanero salsa, when you’re on tour you want everything to taste like home. 2) All the Mezcal you can physically take with you, when touring there’s nothing like sharing a good drink with some new friends. 3) Cleaning accessories are a must, Bo Diddly said it best in his guide to survival in life and the music industry – “If you wanna meet a nice young lady, then you try to smell your best. A girl don’t like nobody walking up in her face smelling like a goat”. 4) Something good to read, when spending too much time with the same people a good book gives you words to keep things sane. 5) Emergency logistics like batteries, phone charger, money, the north star, whatever you can think of… it’s easy to get lost out there you know?
Remi: Ketchup, foot powder, a pocket knife with tools in case we have to fix something, gaffer tape and a good jacket.
CLUNK: Do you prefer live performances or recording? Why?
HAS: Live performances definitely, we always prefer our live sound to our recorded sound. When playing live we try to take the tracks to a whole new dimension, pushing them further sonically and giving them even more depth than we did on the record. Because we like to experiment so much with our tracks, even after they’ve been recorded and released we still add to them and keep trying new things to make them sound bigger to try and create a different, more immersive experience than you get from just listening to the record.
We’d love to help bring bands to México too, with the current climate and now that not everybody agrees with the country they live in, I think that would be a really great idea… think about it, you’ll have fun shows and delicious food, what more could you want?
CLUNK: Lastly, What can we expect from you in 2017?
HAS: We’ll be working on lots of new songs and planning bigger tours for next year, we’ve done Europe this year and played a number of psych festivals and that’s just the start of things, with the new album coming soon you can expect much more of that in 2017. We’d love to help bring bands to México too, with the current climate and now that not everybody agrees with the country they live in, I think that would be a really great idea… think about it, you’ll have fun shows and delicious food, what more could you want?