Santiago’s Maff continue to blaze a marked trail through the world of shoegaze, alternative rock, noise pop and are now introducing a new live video, as well as a video for their first single ‘Act 1’. This quartet, trailblazers in their home country of Chile, have a unique sound loaded with grunge-tainted indie rock laced with electronica.
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.
‘Act 1’ is 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 their self-titled EP, which they released in late July.
This video, 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.