Shoe gazers Look Up: Maff

Maff EP
6 July 2015
Shoegaze altrock clan MAFF emerges from Chile with debut ‘Maff’ EP

FOR FANS OF: Editors, Bob Mould, Husker Du, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr. and Slowdive (for ‘Someday’)

RECOMMENDED TRACKS: Linger Around, Walking On Fire, You, Million Year Picnic, Blue Seas, Someday

“Magical and ethereal. A shower of electric noises that echo out into the swirling space that is song. Reminds me of early Flaming Lips and Yo La Tengo with more shoegaze tendencies – The Equal Ground
Where shoegaze meets grunge, but with wavelengths of beaming positivity – The Record Stache
Hailing from Chile’s capital Santiago, Maff present their debut self-titled EP, featuring 8 tracks that delightfully whisp you in a whirlwind through such genres as shoegaze, alternative rock, noise pop and indie verging on grunge, but with a dose of electronica thrown in the blend. They are inspired by bands such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Pixies, Ride, Sonic Youth, and My Bloody Valentine.

It’s no wonder that Maff has caught the attention of Creation Records’ Joe Foster (also producer of both MBV and Jesus & Mary Chain), who says “Maff’s music shows the worldwide spread of this particular style of very non rock electric guitar music. A whole world exists in which these guys excel. Love em”.

Maff is clearly having a beautifully combined love affair with guitar pedals and synth, bringing the listener into a cosmic zone, with feelings ranging from revolution-bent to melancholic and even romantic at times. “After 15 years of personally searching and making music, each band member came to encounter an inflexion point in their lives called Maff,” says Richi Gómez, founding member of Maff. “Maff is about serving music that liberates us from all our prior misconceptions,” explains bandmate Talo Correa.
Although a young band, their sound has made its way into some notable ears. Upon hearing them, celebrated dreampop duo Ummagma has embraced their music and even created a radio edit for ‘Walking on Fire’, which is premiering on The Record Stache. “It’s rare that music this good from as far away as Santiago, for instance, finds a place among your faves, but that is exactly what has happened here. This warms your skin and gives you goosebumps,” explains Ummagma.
Maff was originally founded in 2012 by Ricardo (Richi) Gómez (Vocals / Bass / Guitar) & Nicolás (Nek) Colombres (Drums), who have been friends since childhood and have previously played together in various punk rock bands. They were later joined by Martín Colombres (Guitar) and Gonzalo (Talo) Correa (Guitar / Bass / Vocals / Synth). Maff composed, recorded and produced this EP in their own studio, lovingly called ‘The Lab’ owing to the experimental output they concocted there. This album explores such themes as innocence, mystycism, true love, loss, drugs, freedom and timelessness.

The Maff EP is available on Bandcamp both digitally and on CD.

“Our flavour of the month, immersed in post-punk echoes” – The Blog That Celebrates Itself

“A stunning band” – Primal Music Blog

“Maff bring something new and refreshing to the musical scene, despite the fact that they are based as far as you can get from its “hub”, but that is perhaps why their music can be so noticeably rooted in positive atmosphere” – Jammerzine

1. Act 1 03:30
2. Linger Around 02:54
3. Walking On Fire 04:57
4. Million Year Picnic 04:33
5. Someday 06:13
6. You 05:06
7. Planet Wave 03:10
8. Blue Seas 04:00
9. Walking On Fire (Radio Edit) 03:20
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