Mexican alternative/progressive rock band Hombre Bestia returned in November with an EP release “Janus.” In the interview below guitarist and singer Bruno talks about it.
Hey Bruno. How are you doing?
Hombre Bestia’s new EP “Janus” was just launched. How do you feel about the release?
We’re pretty excited that finally our new sound can be heard by our fans. Claroscuro, our first album, was launched 2 years ago, so new material was pretty urgent.
How is the scene in Mexico?
There is a moreless well formed pop/rock, with many holes there and there. Scene for alternative, prog and related genres is nearly null, though there are many efforts to create one. The is public of course, Steven Wilson comes regularly and sells about 2 dates, Riverside has come twice and there are efforts to bring more and more bands. The problem is to create a circuit for national bands and prog fans to get to know local bands of the genres. We’ve noted an increasing number of bands and some media interested in these type of sound, and though it is growing rapidly, it’s still forming.
What is your opinion about the new wave of progressive bands?
Me and Hombre Bestia really dig that Neo prog (as some calls this new wave). Bands such as Karnivool, Opeth and Riverside have been a really big influence in our sound. We were fans even before Hombre Bestias first rehearsals. Of course we love classic prog, but we think it’s great that there is an evolution.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
Of course! I think one of my biggest influence and personal heroes is Jeff Buckley. Great composer with a great voice and a big sense of improvisation when playing live. Other big influences include Steven WIlson and David Bowie, clearly geniuses in many genres.
What are you listening these days?
My last discovery was Mehliana, a jazz duo conformed by drummer Mark Guiliana, who by the way played drums in David Bowies last single “I’m a Blackstar”, and keyboardist Brad Mehldau. I’ve been listening to their album Taming the Dragon a lot these days!
Your five favourite records of all time?
Tricky one! Not in any particular order I’d say Grace by Jeff Buckley, Fear of a Blank Planet by Porcupine Tree, Cure for Pain by Morphine and In The Court of The Crimson King by King Crimson. The fifth spot is the difficult one with so many options. A tie between Asymmetry by Karnivool and Shrine of New Generation Slaves by Riverside would be my option.
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear Hombre Bestia has used to record the EP?
From the bottom of the mix, drums were mostly Ludwig, with floor toms Tama and Fig, a local mexican drums company. Snare was a Black Panther I think. Alejandros bass is a Russel Lagan custom made through an Avalon preamplifier. What I can tell you I loved was the guitar recordings! We used a Palomino 32 and Orange TH100 as amplifiers and an Orange 212 Cabinet and a Custom 12” double Speaker. We are not that into microphones and preamps used for the actual recording, but Noviembre, the recording studio had lot’s of good quality stuff which made Janus sound really great.
Besides the release of the EP, are there any other plans for the future?
We are planning a national tour which will end internationally though I can not give many information as that last part is not yet confirmed. We are already working on our second album, we cannot stop making music so I hope next year has a lot of work to come!
Any words for the potential new fans?
Besides music, sending a message is very important for us. We know language can be a big wall for this part, but we hope one day we can share this with all of you and really get to your brains and hearts. Janus is our contribution to this world so we are hoping the world can give us some feedback.