PropertyOfZack Senior Writer Jesse Richman sat down with No Somos Marineros at SXSW a month ago. We chatted with the band about SXSW, new recordings, their relationship with Topshelf, growing as a band, and more. Check out the interview below!
POZ: Just to start, can I get your names and what you do in the band?
CGS: I’m Carlos [González Soto], I play guitar and [I sing].
AP: I’m Andrés [Pérez], and I play drums.
OR: I’m Oscar [Rubio], and I play guitar.
GF: Gustavo [Farfán], bass.
POZ: So let me start this off by saying, I actually saw you guys last year at SXSW, at the Pearl St. Co-op, when you played over there. And I was really blown away — I thought you were fantastic. I went online to find more info and the one thing I discovered is that — probably because you’re Mexican — everything out there is in Spanish, and there is very little in English about you guys. So to start out I just want to ask the basics. How did you get together? Where are you from? How did you start playing your music?
CGS: We’re based in Mexico City, mostly. Andres and Oscar are friends that go way back; they’ve played together from a long time ago.
AP: Since we were like twelve or thirteen.
CGS: We met through some of our friends. Gustavo had another band. Julio [Muñoz], who’s not here, had another band also. So we all kind of knew each other through music and through other friends. We all got together and started playing.
POZ: How did you guys get into hardcore and emo and that kind of music?
AP: It’s the kind of music we’ve listened to since we were teenagers.
POZ: I guess I don’t even know, is there a big scene in Mexico City? Or in Mexico, generally?
CGS: Like ten, twelve years ago, there was this sprouting of emo in the city.
GF: Actually, that’s the band I played in ten years ago, and that’s where I met Carlos and Andres.
POZ: What was it called?
CGS: Like Oscar Mayer. Like John Mayer [laughs].
GF: That was, like, the result of listening to Glassjaw and Thursday and all that stuff at that time. We liked 90s emo. I think this is just the result of listening to the same music.
CGS: There’s this band that’s kind of big in Mexico called Austin TV. And they kind of led the way in that sort of genre. But we all like their influences — not really Austin TV. Like Joan Of Arc, Cap’n Jazz, Owen…
POZ: So basically every band a Kinsella has been in [laughs].
CGS: We all come from sort of the same school. We all listened to pop punk, and then punk, and then hardcore and emo. Forwards and backwards. That’s how we got to this place.
POZ: So how long ago did you get together as No Somos Marineros?
CGS: 2010, we got together as No Somos Marineros. We became friends through another project, and through other friends, Light & Noise [a collective of photographers, musicians and designers; find out more at www.lightandnoise.tv], we’re all together in that. And we wanted to also make a band, so we started.
POZ: What have you released so far — I’m not sure how far back the music you’ve put out goes, I just know the newest stuff you have online.
CGS: A year and a half ago, we released a three song demo [Demo juvenil en vivo]…
POZ: Oh, was that the first thing you guys had released?
POZ: Ok, I wasn’t sure if there was more out there I didn’t know about.
CGS: No, nothing. Just home recordings of awful stuff, hours and hours of awful stuff [laughs]. And then we released the three song demo. And then we released a single [“Violencia River”] that got played on the radio and stuff. And we recently released a split EP with a Venezuelan band called The ZETA. Like the letter “z”. They played two songs, we played two songs, it was a live recording all the way. That’s our last thing.
POZ: Do you have plans for more recording coming up?
CGS: We do.
OR: Yeah, we plan to, after we finished SXSW… “South By”… we’ve been filming all along our trip. We’re planning a short video of tonight, and then record a song. That’ll be the next song.
CGS: We’re planning to release this song as a single, and then start to pre-produce what we want to hopefully become a full length.
POZ: Are you guys doing that on your own? Is there a label involved?
CGS: Kind of on our own. Light & Noise Records is starting, but that’s also us.
POZ: So your label is you!
OR: Exactly! [Laughs].
CGS: We’ve been approached by some other people back in Mexico who wanted to work with us, but it didn’t really work. So we’re just planning to keep it on our own.