Band: No Mightier Creatures
Country of Origin: Peru
Recently, in this series and on the show, we’ve been highlighting the stoner rock scene in Peru. Today we’re featuring something a little bit different in a more punk-direction. No Mightier Creatures make music that feels incredibly honest, organic, and urgent with lyrics passionately tackling social, political, and economic issues that are incredibly timely and also, unfortunately, timeless.
Guitarist and vocalist of the band, Renato Gomez (who is currently in Barcelona), provided us with answers to this week’s “Five Questions With.” Enjoy! And if you’re itching to get a copy of this record on vinyl, act soon because this limited pressing is running out.
1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)
This question is impossible to answer… a few weeks ago it was Talking Heads’ “Speaking in Tongues”… The Velvets and Stooges are always a source of knowledge. Maybe “Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space” by Spiritualized or “Songs of Love and Hate” by Leonard Cohen… I cannot really answer this.
2. How did the band members meet?
I had played with Dolmo (guitar) and Felix (bass) in Serpentina Satelite. Felix met Arturo (drums) during gigs in Lima. Arturo runs a cool label named Necio Records and he organizes small festivals and concerts. I had a bunch of songs and they liked them so we got to work on them and made the record. I don’t see them for now since they are in Lima, I am in Barcelona for now. Recently I’ve gotten together with some friends here and we are starting to do some gigs. They are Miguel Uza (guitar), Lucas Tortora (drums) and Diego Gaeta (bass).
3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?
In Lima the underground scene is very diverse, you can find projects of all sorts, all genres frequently mingle in small venues and festivals. Over the past years the underground scene has become more organized, there is a constant interest from young people in new experimental projects, also there is better dialogue with other Latin-American scenes, more interesting bands are coming to town, labels are releasing cassettes, CDs, vinyl. It is a striving scene, always pushing forward.
Cannot say much about Barcelona for now.
4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?
Poetry, corporate bureaucracy, inadequate digestion and swimming.