After releasing their debut 8-track EP two weeks ago, Santiago’s Maffcontinue to blaze a marked trail through the world of shoegaze, alternative rock, noise pop and grunge-tainted indie rock laced with electronica. Now the quartet are pleased to present their first single and debut video from this album for ‘Act 1’, a dark brooding instrumental piece that strikingly differs from Maff’s other songs, but eases the listener in before having to jump into the mosh pit for the rest of the EP.
Maff is virtually the only Chilean band ever to have caught the attention of Creation Records’ Joe Foster, well renowned for his knack for identifying great artists and trends, 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, whose main influences include The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Pixies, Ride, Sonic Youth, and My Bloody Valentine, is clearly having a beautifully combined love affair with guitar pedals and synth, arousing sensations ranging from revolution-bent to melancholic and even romantic at times.
The video accompanying this first single, now premiering in Overblown Magazine, was created by Pennsylviania filmmaker Tim Busko, who explains, “Some of the footage for ‘Act 1’ was cannibalized from my experimental film ‘Space Thing’ (2004); the remainder was pulled from aborted projects and experiments. While editing, it reminded me of the fragmented nature of dreams and old memories”.
“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 duoUmmagmaembraced 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.
The Maff EPis available on Bandcamp both digitally and on CD. The band’s official CD release party took place on July 18 at Santiago’s MIBAR (Av. Santa Isabel 0350 – Barrio Italia).