One of the main things that I have learned over the 1st two years of 50thirdand3rd is that music is our Universal Language. No doubt the globe has shrunk with all of this technology connecting all of us in a Nano second. Maff from Chile make some cool noise, like Sonic Youth who they mention as an influence , you have to be good at your instruments to pull this off as well as they do. I like how they expand the sound as it fills the room with sonic vibes that remind me a little of Jesus and Mary Chain as well. So anytime I mention Sonic Youth and Jesus and Mary Chain in the same sentence that can only mean that Maff is impressing the hell out of me. Give a listen, gang….
their press intro:
Hailing from Chile’s capital Santiago, Maff present their debut self-titled EP, featuring 8 tracks that delightfully whisp you in a whirlwind through such genres as shoegaze, alternative rock, noise pop and indie verging on grunge, but with a dose of electronica thrown in the blend. They are inspired by bands such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Pixies, Ride, Sonic Youth, and My Bloody Valentine.
It’s no wonder that Maff has caught the attention of Creation Records’ Joe Foster (also producer of both MBV and Jesus & Mary Chain), who says “Maff’s music shows the worldwide spread of this particular style of very non rock electric guitar music. A whole world exists in which these guys excel. Love em”.
Maff is clearly having a beautifully combined love affair with guitar pedals and synth, bringing the listener into a cosmic zone, with feelings ranging from revolution-bent to melancholic and even romantic at times. “After 15 years of personally searching and making music, each band member came to encounter an inflexion point in their lives called Maff,” says Richi Gómez, founding member of Maff. “Maff is about serving music that liberates us from all our prior misconceptions,” explains bandmate Talo Correa.
Although a young band, their sound has made its way into some notable ears. Upon hearing them, celebrated dreampop duo Ummagma has embraced their music and even created a radio edit for ‘Walking on Fire’, which is premiering on The Record Stache. “It’s rare that music this good from as far away as Santiago, for instance, finds a place among your faves, but that is exactly what has happened here. This warms your skin and gives you goosebumps,” explains Ummagma.
Maff was originally founded in 2012 by Ricardo (Richi) Gómez (Vocals / Bass / Guitar) & Nicolás (Nek) Colombres (Drums), who have been friends since childhood and have previously played together in various punk rock bands. They were later joined by Martín Colombres (Guitar) and Gonzalo (Talo) Correa (Guitar / Bass / Vocals / Synth). Maff composed, recorded and produced this EP in their own studio, lovingly called ‘The Lab’ owing to the experimental output they concocted there. This album explores such themes as innocence, mystycism, true love, loss, drugs, freedom and timelessness.
Hi our name is:
Our sound is:
Our sound mixes guitars filled with distortions and effect pedals (chorus, reverb, muffs) with long droning riffs accompanied by waves of distortion, noisy arrangements and electric elements. Distant and subdued vocals disappeared into the walls of guitars, effects and synthesizers.
Richi Gómez, founder of Maff (2012)
Nek Colombres, founder of Maff (2012)
Martín Colombres, Nek’s younger brother (joined in 2014)
Talo Correa, who joined Maff early 2015.
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Who are some that have an influence on you:
Pixies, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Sigur Ros, Sonic Youth, Ride, The Beatles, The Clash, Ramones, and many others… the list is huge.
How old were all of you when you started to play:
All of us started when we were teenagers and never stopped playing since then. We are self-taught musicians.Richi started when he was 14, he plays bass, guitar and he is the lead voice of Maff.Nek started around when he was 18 years old and he is in charge of the drums.Martín plays guitar and he started when he was 15.Talo started playing at the age of 12, he plays guitar, bass, synths and also does some vocals in Maff.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out:
Everything comes from our home studio: “The Lab”.First, it is spontaneous, almost like a creative sparks that gives you the first glimpse of what the song could beThen it is all about understanding what the music is telling you and what the song wants to be.Usually we begin with an acoustic guitar to develop the songs DNA, chords and structure. Then we record the drums, followed by the bass. Having a comfortable and tight base, this gives us the freedom to explore different sounds and elements throughout the process. Then comes the rhythm guitar, we consider this guitar as part of the base of the song too; it is what empowers the atmosphere that the song will transmit. Moving forward to the melodic guitar, this process is a mix of spontaneous feelings and a long understanding of the song, literally we hear the song at least hundreds of times before this part comes to and end. It´s about experimenting with all the different textures and sounds you can achieve with a guitar effects, it is like the song is teaching you how to control them. When all the instruments are ready then comes the vocals, at this point they come in naturally as you have already discovered what the song is telling you, and all you need to do is to reproduce it with words and with the right voice intensity. Finally comes the synths, if they are needed, they fill those empty spaces in a subliminal and majestically way, like a secret.
What are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those
We agree that one of the most difficult challenges is to know what you want to do in music, and with your music specially. This also involves choosing the right people to work with, with whom you are going to share your passion. The best way to overcome these challenges is having a strong communication within the band and everybody who works with it. We know that everyone is different and that we need to learn ways to work with their talents and their flaws that are in front of you.
1st rock concert you went to and age:
Richi: In the early 2000´s, there was a very strong punk rock scene in Santiago (Chile). I don’t remember exactly who and when did I see it, probably it was a friends band. I used to be “habitué” to this scene, where moshing, singing and letting myself go in the music was like a drug.Nek: the first concert I went was Deep Purple, when I was 12 years old.Martín: mine’s was Metallica at the age of 15.Talo: I was 16 when I went to see “Yes”. It was awesome… amazing musicians.
Coolest band t-shirt you ever bought:
Richi: The Clash / London Calling
Nek: A Pixies t-shirt. I’ve lost it, was an awesome one.
Martín: a Ramones black and white t-shirt.
Talo: Maff’s t-shirt 😉
The most insane concert you ever went to or were a part of:
Richi: I had the pleasure to see Sonic Youth on their last concert in there last tour to South America (2011). Mind blowing, I was so into what they were doing that I lost track of time and space. They were so real and intense. It was a privilege.
Nek: The Hives at Lollapalooza, the energy of those guys playing live is amazing.
Martín: The Hives at an old theatre in L.A., it was epic.
Talo: It’s hard to name one in particular, every concert has it’s own “thing” for me.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
That band could be Sigur Rós, we love the introspective atmosphere they creates, that has nothing to do with a crowd giving the band a standing ovation, or being rock star, or breaking guitars and all that non-sense. We love how they keep it as real and honest as possible; how they “hypnotize” the audience with their sounds and make them explore their deepest thoughts Another band we would love to open for will be Pixies, we love them and they influenced our music deeply. This would be a great honor for us. They rule.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him:
Serve the music with honesty and purity. Be strong and patient. Believe in what you are doing and hold nothing back. Focus on music.And maybe the most important: enjoy it.
Your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015:
The revolution of social media and the modern technology have opened so many ways and opportunities for young bands that are as great as, or sometimes better than, mainstream rock bands. It´s great that anyone with the will to create something could make a song and share it with the whole world. Also due to this high exposure, there’s also a lot of /&#/&)/#. Today you could easily find many good bands out there and many festivals that supports rock ‘n’ roll, but sometimes we miss more innovative projects that challenge current state of the art.
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
We’ve just started to promote our first work, “Maff” EP. The main goal is to share it with the whole world. We are also focused on playing it live in our hometown, Santiago. Soon we are going to start the creation process of our second EP, hoping that some new songs will be ready for the second semester.