Newbreed – Las Munjitas del Fuzz

Newbreed – Las Munjitas del Fuzz

1. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

We started together as Doctor Explosion in the springtime of 1989. We were the first original line up under this name and we did hundreds of shows and five albums plus some singles and eps till 2001 when the original line up splits up, although i decide to keep going with different members as Dr Explosion after that date till nowadays. In 1993 after reading an article about obscure Spanish bands in the 60s, i discovered about Las Monjitas del Jeep, a group of real nuns who consider themselves as “ye yes”, “we are YE YEs but of the type that don’t get in troubles”. They were living in a convent and done their shopping in a Jeep. Fascinated by the idea of this group of religious devoted nuns who had such a cool gear (seen in pics such as Gibson 335, Grestch guitar, etc).

It was after that that I proposed to Felix and Varo to start a parallel band under the name of Las Monjitas del Surf to play spontaneously at our local temple, the music bar La Foli, a year after in 1994 we rescued the idea to play with another guitarist (Marcos Montoto, who we did at least two shows with) under the name of Las Monjitas del Fuzz. After that we did a tour in Spain with Lightning Beat Man in 1996 as his backing band.

We were very busy as Dr Explosion that time during the 90s so we used las Monjitas to do punctual shows randomly. After that, in 2001 with the new members of Dr Explosion we played at the Wild Weekend in Benidorm under the name of Las Munjitas. I think it was a mistake by Josh Collins to change the name of the band, the O for the U, but maybe not and it was only genius from Josh!! Bravo!! so when Varo last year (2016) proposed we get back together with Felix (the original line up of dr explosion) under las Monjitas del fuzz name I rescued the U in MUNJITAS from Josh’s idea, cause it sounds like MOON-hittas, in English and esthetically the name looks better with the same U as FUZZ.

As Las Munjitas del Fuzz we have been active since Varo called me in April of 2016.

2. What influences do the band members have in common?

We have lots of music influences in common, all the fuzzy mid 60s garage, and late 60s acid Pysch garage with raw strident guitar tones, but also all British 60s bands, 50s Rhythm and Blues, good Rock and Roll, Soul music and jazz and obviously much more. We know that Las Munjitas del fuzz land is the territory for the most extreme fuzzy and pysch garage sounds with creepy Spanish lyrics from the vision of a tormented nun who lives in these crazy modern times

3. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Around Gijon, Bobkat 65 cause although they are still in the process of learning to find their own way and self-confidence there is a real truth and love in what they do that you can feel in the spirit of their songs that makes them more real and special than other “professional” musicians. Check them out, they have a new album on Get Hip Records! I also spend part of my time in Austin, Texas that I consider also my area so, there I could mention hundreds of examples of good music like The Black Angels, Amplified Heat, Mike Flannigin (best hammond organ combo in town) Sweet Spirit, The Ripe, The Uglybeats, The Bellfuries, A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit,The Thunderchiefs and many more.

4. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

Here in Gijon it is quite boring I might say, lots of no talented and pedant shit over polished and enhanced by music business media, some indie rock song writers with pretentious political intentions but nothing really exciting except some real talented people like Fee Reega, Captains and a few others like Bobkat 65, Las Potras and Peralta.

In Austin is an amazing community of talented musicians with hundreds of good bands around.

5. How would you describe the style you play?

Fuzzy Psych Garage Punk

6. What are your live shows like?

Mystic Ecstasy, Out of Control, Tremors and Levitation, Religious Fervor and Mass Mess

7. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

My influences in Music are very wide, as somebody said once, I like all the good music and a bit of the bad stuff. Las Munjitas only play covers for now but I write my own lyrics in Spanish that gives the songs a new vision. We have the intention of writing our own material for the next records. it is very interesting and fun to see from a language point of view how changing that affects the final result. Even though I respect all the accents of the melody by just changing the meaning of the lyrics and the sounds of the words you can export a song to a new dimension, where that recording means something totally different to a new group of people. I love playing with that, it’s a in joke for us to transform the songs we have always loved into something really stupid to laugh about, we don’t respect anything.

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

God

9. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

I write the lyrics. As I said above we play covers, golden Garage hits from the mid-60s, that we used to play in our setlist in the 90s, plus some other new. When Varo asked me to get the band back together again I thought it was a good idea to do it under the name of Las Munjitas. It made no sense to play those songs again with their original lyrics, so as long as we were now Las Munjitas del Fuzz and not Dr Explosion I started to write new lyrics with the vision of a real catholic nun.

Catholicism has been a huge part of our education since we are all coming from deep Catholic families, Varo and I were both in Catholic schools. So, in most of the lyrics I want to sound like a real nun with an ancient conservative traditional mindset trying to understand and describe today’s World. Trying to understand today’s young people and the music scene, and at the same time trying to be part of it, but with her own spirit. Like a Christian rock band but with Garage Punk tunes, sometimes I go a bit wild with the lyrics like “Let’s go in 69” where i describe the sexual act of a 69 between two nuns. but aren’t we all sinners? “And you know that temptation and the devil is always there. And well, the attitude of the lyrics is surprising, like…”Oh my god!! it is a 69!!” Although there are also explicit descriptions of oral sex. it is real as life itself where tragedy and comedy walk together hand in hand.”

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favorite song by another artist?

I like a lot “Satan sal de mi” which is our first single and the new video we’ll put on youtube soon. A song by another artist it could mention hundreds but I am gonna say “I am a lover not a fighter” by Lazy Lester because I met him last Saturday after his show and had a beer with him, and because I love that single!

11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

I think the underground scene is in a very interesting, there is a lot of cool bands all around the World, and more important, there is a new generation of fans interested in today’s scene with festivals like Levitation in Austin, Liverpool and Angers. I participate as much as I can, producing and recording bands. I have been working with Boogarins, Golden Animals, Dallas Acid, Amplified Heat, The Ripe and Sean Lennon.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Not being arrested by the border patrol when we were shooting our videoclip of “Satan sal de mi” near the Mexican border dressing like nuns. the officer asked us: “Are you guys roman Catholics?”

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

Well, Varo lives in Valencia (800 km away) so every time he comes over to Gijon we try to do as much practice and recording as we can. Actually the records we have been putting out are first takes of the first rehearsal we did after 16 years. A large part of our set are songs we used to play in the 90s. We practice at my studio Circo Perrotti where I put mics and record the rehearsal with the intention of hearing the possible mistakes and work on the songs after that. The truth is that we liked the way the songs came out with their imperfections, and we love that fact as important part of the footprint of real music. We have a new single on Slovenly/Shit on the Milk records, with a hidden surprise at the end of the 1st cut. we also have one more single coming up on Groovie Records. We have a recorded lots of hits like “No la van a Bautizar”, “Aun soy Virgen”, “Frivola” or “El Twist de la Genuflexion” that will be included in the Munjitas album.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

It is like in any other business, people follow the mainstream, most of the times just a matter of investing money and time, there is a parallel World of talented people doing the most interesting things in the underground and occasionally the massive media discovers one or two of them and gives them bigger exposure

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

The Black Angels are my friends, I play with Jake Garcia in The Ripe and he invited me to join them for their show at Primavera Sound, and although I saw them many times before in Austin, that night was special for me. To see Jake my brother on stage having a massive success in my own country, made me feel very proud of him and of the hard work they have been putting into this new record. I also produced the last album of Boogarins “Manual”, great Psych rock with Brazilian roots. I love that band and to work with them in my studio in Spain was an amazing experience. The album was a nominee in the Latin Grammys last year. I am currently working on the production of Micky’s new album in Gijon. Micky from Micky y Los Tonys had some number one hits in Spain and Germany in the 70s and 60s and he is very well known all around Spain.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

We are lucky in the that sense as I have my own studio. Apart from Circo Perrotti I’d love to record again with Liam Watson, he is a good old friend and I love what he does, and he recorded us for the first time in 1994

17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

Well we will play at Euroyeye fest in Gijon this summer and I want to complete our first album. I also want to do our own material for a conceptual psychedelic album based in texts of Santa Teresa de Jesus and the Spanish mystics of the XVI century…

 
Band Members: Sor Alvaro Coalla (Bateria), Sor Felix A. (Asuncion) Dominguez (Bajo, Teclado y Voces), Sor Jorge Munozz Cobo (Voz y Guitarra)

Discography: 2016 Single “Satan Sal de Mi” (Funtastic Dracula Records), 2017 Single “Es el 69” (I shit on the Milk Records), 2017 Single “Pecado” (Groovy Records)

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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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