Psychedelia has always been deeply ingrained in South America's culture and history, harking all the way back to the 1960s with the politically charged tropicalia movement. Things are no different now either; it’s host to a wealth of great bands such as Follakzoid, Boogarins and The Holydrug Couple, to name a few, but the next to join the ranks for global domination is Las Cobras.
Las Cobras formed in the summer of 2016 and is comprised of Sofía Aguerre and Leandro Rebellato.
"There's a good movement at the moment for experimental and original music, not just psychedelic but indie, folk and garage."
Thanks for speaking to us, can you tell us a bit about yourselves?
Well, we're from Uruguay which is a small country in South America and we're from a small town called Canelones, where everyone knows everyone. We’re a couple so we hang out all the time and we're both really into psychedelic and experimental music, so to start playing music together was an organic and natural thing for us. Here on weekends there’s nothing fun to do with your time, so playing and experiencing music with friends is the only thing you can do to have fun.
So what inspires you, musically or otherwise?
Everything around us: our town, our friends, work, movies, books and just life itself really. Psychedelic music and space rock have been very important in our musical journey, the first time we saw ‘Dig!’ and met The Brian Jonestown Massacre was almost life-changing - although that was a long time ago and we didn’t even think about making a band together at that time, it marked a deep and real change in our way of perceiving music and we realized that the only way to do something is to be sincere to yourself, doing what you want without caring what others think.
Just to keep playing and recording music, most importantly continue to enjoy the music we make.
How did you come by your sound?
Limitations are key and I think that played a big part - we don't have any fancy gear, just a couple of guitars and a synth, so we have to be very creative to come up with a fresh sound. Being so far away from an actual ‘scene’ we don´t have to follow any rules, we just play for ourselves. I guess getting high plays a big part in that too (laughs).
You’re a relatively young band, is this something you’ve been working on a long time to create? How did it come about?
We started playing together in the austral summer of 2016. There isn’t much to do in Canelones so playing music was just an escape from boredom. The first song we came up with was “Beating Hard“ and it’s the first song off the album, so that was a kick-start to the other songs that appeared later. We record everything ourselves, and we did not rehearse before recording, so that makes everything flow in a more dynamic and fun way for us, we feel better working that way.
Coming from Uruguay, you’re in a great musical community – any recommendations for us?
There´s a lot of great bands down here, for us the best era of Uruguayan music was the sixties and seventies - bands like El Kinto, Los Shakers, Los Mockers, Totem, Días de Blues and Eduardo Mateo, you have to check them out. There's a good movement at the moment for experimental and original music, not just psychedelic but also indie, folk and garage rock that we also like.
So what’s next?
Just to keep it going, we want to start working on new music in the near future and start playing live with our friends, and hopefully we can start a tour so that we can visit you guys.