The Los Trasgos Muertos EP is something I would’ve listened to with glee four years ago. The riffs and booze-fuelled style reminds me of bands like Clutch. While I found it harder to get into it at 22, there’s definitely something worth finding on this EP if you’re willing to look.

One thing I enjoyed was the many styles highlighted throughout. ‘It Rises!’ and ‘Roll With The Punches’ show a trippy side to the band, ‘Step One’ sounds a little more old school, and ‘Fire In The Sky’, the first track, is nothing but balls-out Sabbath grooves. The vocals on each have a haunting echo that works well with their sound and the tracks are mixed so the bass isn’t left out, something many modern bands neglect.

I had the chance to ask Los Trasgos Muertos a few questions, about the EP and the band itself. The humour in their answers emphasises the theatricality of their music and art.

I’m enjoying the EP a lot. It reminds me of the music I discovered when I was younger, the kind of stuff I would’ve classified as bluesy rock before learning more about music. Do you find that the music you’re making at the moment draws from influences that you discovered when you were younger or more recently? Or a mixture of things you’ve enjoyed throughout your life?

The great jam in the sky is eternal. We sometimes hold wild ceremonies to divine the spirit of music, through which we hear the call of the ancients echoing through time. Other times, the whispers of new deities caress our soul attempting to bend us to their will. It is ever the challenge, to find your own way through the gig never ending.

Your name and the Day of the Dead skulls that seem to be sprinkled throughout your website and Facebook are interesting. Is there a reason you’ve chosen to show an overt influence of the Mexican language and culture or is it merely that it sounds and looks cool? What is the origin of the cover for the EP?

On a ‘Dia de los Muertos’ in the not too distant past, a group of malcontents washed their bodies clean with tequila both gold and silver. They pled with the soul of the city to send a sound that might save the souls of the living dead walking amongst them. Thus ‘Los Trasgos Muertos’ were called forth from the smoke to the place we call ‘Moon-Chest-Hair’, a place with a soul deep and wide. The ancient hero on our front cover is a picture of our first true ally, the ‘Un-caged Guardian of Chest-Hair-Zooh’. The squid lord stands watch so you don’t have to.

You performed at the Castle Hotel last month. I love the intimate nature of that back room. Do you have a preference for the venues you play in Manchester? Do you prefer it to be more closed or do you like having an open vibe to your gigs? What’s your favourite place to play in Manchester and does it differ from where you most enjoy watching music?

We loved our gig at ‘Castle Trasgos’, our faithful congregation attended where a human pyramid formed as sacrifice to the gods of rock. It is our spiritual home, but wherever and whenever our war-band goes forth to save the multitude, we want to be close enough to see your eyeballs – they are the gateway to your soul. We need to see you to save your leathery hides. Only by saving you can we ever hope to save ourselves.

As a music lover, I feel blessed to live in Manchester, with an abundance of independent gigs taking place almost every night in venues throughout the city. Do you feel it’s difficult to pull away from the mass of artists trying to make a name for themselves at the moment, or do you enjoy coming from such a large group? Is there a sense of sticking together between the bands in the city or is it all friendly competition?

The bands of Moon-Chest-Hair all pay their dues to the spirit of Ouroboros. Bands die and are born and reborn in a constant cycle. This dance is the true spirit of Moon-Chest-Hair’s music. In this dance there are many tribes in which you encounter friends and enemies, allies and opposition. They are all essential and all have their own mission. It is not our creation to judge. There exists an eternal, living, breathing, divine spirit to which we all pay homage. Sacrifice is essential and there are many bodies strewn along the path. We walk with heads up, enlightened in terror, for without it all would wither to nought.

Is there anything you find filters into your music and lyrics that comes from outside the sphere of music? Are there any books or films or video games or anything else that has affected you and your music?

We pay our attention to all that is around us, whether the three old crones using their giant cauldron to show us magical moving images within the swirl of smoke, the clerics of the written word toiling away with bloody quills to show us it’s okay to widen our imagination, or the masters of colour and object, showing us we don’t always see what is laid out before us. Beware false prophets, for they will grip you if you dare to lower your wary gaze, even for a second. Art and eternal tequila are your best and only defence. Join us!

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Jacob Ormrod