Created by Jazz Rodríguez Bueno alongside her sister Leia, Carla Pérez Vas, and Antonio Postius Echeverría, Mourn released their feverish posthumous debut in 2014 followed by Ha, Ha, He (2016), which explored the area between teenage years and adulthood. With Sorpresa Familia, the group has produced a record of raw intensity in both sound and subject matter.
Due to legal issues with their now former Spanish label, Mourn was prohibited from touring and recording with the release of their sophomore record, and thrown into a space of musical purgatory - paralyzed from publically building upon their creative momentum. Now free from these restraints, Mourn documents their experience across a series of 12 tracks that vibrate with the cathartic sensation of a punk-rock cleansing. Clarity and reflection are captured throughout the record, its rhythms evocative of the spirit of 90s post-punk as the band address isolation, frustration, and angst – facing challenges head on, Mourn is looking forward and has dug deep into their bond. We recently spoke with Mourn co-founder, singer, and guitarist Carla Pérez Vas about this new wave in the band’s life.
I read somewhere that you and Jazz [Rodríguez Bueno] initially bonded over a love of artists like P.J. Harvey. Can you go back in time and tell me what brought you together?
We went to the same school and met because basically we didn’t have any friends - we just talked about music because we would wear band shirts and stuff like that. At first there was only talking about music and trying to find this connection. No one I knew listened to P.J. Harvey or The Strokes. We became really good friends apart from the music connection, and started playing together like, “Hey, do you wanna try to do homework and we both play a beat?” and it ended up being like two hours with our guitars.
When did you decide to form Mourn?
We started playing covers and little by little I said to Jazz, “Hey, I made this song,” and she’s like, “Do you write songs?” We had this notebook full of songs that we were writing - like 16 songs or something and thought it would be great to play bass and drums on these songs, and we knew people – Leila is Jazz’s sister - she plays bass since she was little so it was people that we knew like Antonio [Postius Echeverria] that went to school with Jazz. We rehearsed a couple of times and with Christmas money, birthday money, we recorded like 8 songs. We didn’t want to make an album, we just wanted to record and have an excuse to play around and do gigs - not in a professional way, just us trying to do something apart from studying and being kids.