New approaches to old forms can only come from young people. They rebel almost instinctively once they hit their teenage years. And it is with this reactionary attitude to what is modern that pushes movements of art like music forward. But what happens if they go against what is current with something from the past?
What if, say rock musicians, brought back music from the past to remind us that at one point it was the sound of rebellion and not the all-too-friendly sound as it is today?
Formed by two close friends, Jazz Rodriguez Bueno and Carla Perez Vas, the Spanish band MOURN takes inspiration from PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, and Sleater-Kinney, artists who have been around longer than the age of either of the two female leads. Along with additional band mates, drummer Antonio Postius and bassist Leia Rodriguez, MOURN recorded their recently released self title debut album in only two days. They’re all teenagers who are out to take names, using their interest of older music to release and their angst with songs with such titles as ‘Misery Factory,’ ‘You Don’t Know Me,’ and ‘Boys Are Cunts.’ They’re the sweet sound of going against the grain.
The band was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us.
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Who is in the band?
Carla, Jazz, Leia and Antonio.
Can you tell us how the band formed?
Jazz and Carla met at high school two years ago and immediately started playing together. A year after we were calling Antonio and Leia to join the band.
How would you describe your sound?
Sincere and direct.
Who are you influenced by?
Mainly 90’s bands like Sunny Day Real Estate but also The Clash and Ramones.
What’s your favorite decade?
Do you guys remember the first record that made you fall in love with music?
Not pretty sure, it was more than a record, it was music in general.
How does your creative process work?
Carla and Jazz have the first idea of the song. Then, we all meet together and Antonio and Leia do their magic.
We’ll enjoy and have fun playing. We’ll keep recording and trying to do our best.