Band: Satánicos Marihuanos
Country of Origin: Peru
Today’s Five Questions With… series takes us to the budding (heh) Stoner & Doom scene in Peru. The debut record from Satánicos Marihuanos kicks out the heavy psych jams in a way you’re not sure if the smoke is coming from them or their amps. It’s fuzzy, it’s heavy, it has some awesome shredding, and a driving rhythm section. I’m not sure what more you could ask for, really.
Latin America is experiencing a phenomenal explosion of heavy psych (see: Five Questions With… Familia-de-Lobos. Don’t sleep (obscure stoner band wordplay pun intended) on the music coming out of this scene, especially if you are a fan of stoner/doom/heavy psych.
1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)
Gabriel: Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
Andrés: Steel Pulse – Living Legacy
Renato: Eskorbuto – Ya no quedan más cojones
2. How did the band members meet?
Gabriel: I meet Andrés (bass) in smokes sessions when I was 19, then we became friends. And Renato was my Classmate in a Comunication Institue, we made a nice friendship there because we start to jam music just for fun. Then Andrés told me he wants to make a band, in that moment was just a project without genre and for a best performance I ask Renato if he can play. His answer was: Fucking Yeah!!
3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?
Gabriel: In Peru the Stoner and Doom scene is very, very underground and have a revival on 2016, before was like dead. Now fortunately we share moments and gigs with bands like Cuarzo, El Jefazo, Ancestro, Rito Verdugo, etc. all those band have been born post 2013, we are new and fresh. For sure was pioneers in the scene like Mazo(1997), Reino Ermitaño (2001), La Ira de Dios (2005), but if now is a underground scene in that times was like the most underground scene in the world.
4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?
Gabriel: My big influence is the Blues and the Rock n Roll. Bands like: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Howlin Wolf, B.B King, etc!
5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.
Gabriel: Hmm this is a hard to answer… Maybe the Stoner Fest I@Yield Bar (April 2018)