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Chicos de Nazca
January 17, 2012
Chile's breakout shoegazers on Blow Your Mind Records unveil their second landmark album
- Text by Nico Castro
This is not the first time we've brought you a new and exciting band from Blow Your Mind Records, the collective than digs deep into psychedelia, krautrock, indie rock, analogue recordings and vinyl. Like Föllakzoid and Line before, Chicos de Nazca is another band you should definitely hear as soon as possible. Formed by La Hell Gang's KB Cábala as a solo project with a wide array of influences, Chicos de Nazca evolved as a band, focusing on shoegaze heroes like My Bloody Valentine, The Verve and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
The foursome is getting ready for the release of "Take Me in Your Trance", their second album, and the first recorded as a full band. We spoke to its leader about influences, future plans and their origins.
Satellite Voices: How did you come up with the idea of making music as Chicos de Nazca? Did you want to explore something different that La Hell Gang or The Cindy Sisters?
KB Cábala: I had an 8-track reel to reel recorder and some monitors that I didn't pay much attention to, as well as some songs that I played here and there with keyboards, but that was it. A friend called Ernest Bauer told me to switch it on and record something one day. I added some overdubs and I was thrilled with the sound of it, so I started recording one song a day, until I finished the album. Some other friends featured too, like Diego Hernández from La Bandas and Martín Avendaño from Line. I even added a trumpet player that I met at a party. Pretty much that's the story of "Far and Close", the album that got us invited to play in Europe and all of that.
SV: How did other musicians from BYM records got to the band?
KB Cábala: After I finished the album, I wanted to play it live. So I told Cucho (Martín Avendaño) to play the electronic drums, Mauricio Dodds (from the Cindy Sisters) to play keyboards and Juan Pablo Rodríguez (from Föllakzoid) to play the bass. We played a couple of times, we even recorded the shows, they were amazing! After a show someone stole my guitar and all of my effects, so I said 'Fuck it' and I spent all my money to buy different machines. Then I reassembled Chicos de Nazca, but now as a shoegazer power trio, more Wall of Sound, adding our friend Cederik to play some synths. We went to Europe and all we played there were some new songs I had written. Then we came back and recorded all of them with Nes, founder of BYM Records and drummer from La Hell Gang, at our studio.
SV: After the wide array of influences you showed on your first album, how was it to write a shoegaze album for your next one?
KB Cábala: We were playing with La Hell Gang and absolutely on fire, without effects and totally raw, which I love, but I felt that we had explored everything we could. I wanted to go back to my roots, because my Wall of Sound era with the Cindy Sisters lasted for a very short period. I had some amazing guitar pedals that I wanted to use again. Fortunately, Cucho has the same vibe in his blood, so we have everything covered. Wambo (Juan Pablo Rodríguez) adapted right away and he gets the chance to play in a different style than what he does in Föllakzoid, so that's how we keep things fresh.
SV: What are the bands that influenced this sound?
KB Cábala: When I was 15, with my friend Vicente Siche discovered Spacemen 3, and that's all we heard. Then we started the Cindy Sisters, and we couldn't stop listening to that and also "Loveless", from My Bloody Valentine. They stuck forever. In terms of sound and structure, I also love "Psychochandy" by the Jesus and Mary Chain. From that moment on, I've heard so much different music that somehow gets into my head and into my songs, but that's where the seed is. You can see that in our first songs as the Cindy Sisters, which we are re-releasing via Hozac Records from Chicago, as a 7''.
SV: Do you see Chicos de Nazca as a long time project or as a parallel project from each other bands?
KB Cábala: Who knows. More than the band as a project, my main concern is what our music turns out to be. I feel that, whereas it's with the Cindy Sisters, La Hell Gang or Chicos de Nazca, I made songs with the same idea in mind and thinking about the same outcome - that's the only way to do it. If someome comes and impress me playing, then of course a new project is gonna come. But for now, with Chicos de Nazca we're really connected. I'm also making lots of music by myself, with Boards of Canada as a huge inspiration. I'll be putting out an EP which I recorded with even more machines, using synths and samplers. I want to explore all of that, but keep playing with Chicos de Nazca. With La Hell Gang, we're in a sort of hiatus, since I wanna go somewhere else with my music, but it's all pretty alive.
SV: What other local bands would you recommend?
KB Cábala: All the bands in BYM Records. I live there, and they're always keeping it real.
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