Lima Indie Festival with Mercury Toys (INTERVIEW)


In a time where music genres can be described as “indie landfill” or “post-punk,” a search into the evolution of these broad categorizing words can take one back all the way to rhythm and blues legend T-Bone Walker. The second edition of the Lima Indie Festival is sparking an interest in the trajectory of musical genres.

After a successful first run Oct. 10 at Zela Bar, fans and musicians are ready to tear up the rug once again. On Nov. 28, nine local bands will be featured at Vichama Bar in the center of Lima. Making all of this possible is Promote Indie Group.

Promote Indie Group chose these bands for their independent and alternative styles. On the lineup is Los Outsaiders, Carlos Compson, Subway Elephant, Mercury Toys, Riviere, Lluvia Trip, Independencia, Blind Dancers, and The Deep Sea Monster. In October, the lineup included Carlos Compson, Theremyn_4, Los Outsaiders, Subway Elephant, Mercury Toys y Lluvia Trip. This makes Blind Dancers, The Deep Sea Monster, and Indiependencia new to the festival, while Theremyn_4 has been traded out.

Providing an insight to this series of indie appreciation and the Limeñan indie movement is the post-punk group, Mercury Toys, composed of Nicolás Miranda (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar), Natalia Vajda (Lead Guitar), Alessandra Robertson (Bass Guitar), Carlos Aspiros (Drums), and Renzo Zamora (Keyboards). On Halloween they performed at El Local rock club in Miraflores and agreed to have an interview with Peru This Week.

Nearly two years ago, the band came together and in December of 2013 they released their self-titled album which has brought them worldwide recognition. In mid-2014, Mercury Toys was chosen from more than 100 bands worldwide to be part of The Bands Project blog “Jungle Indie Rock,” with bands from the UK, USA, Austria, Sweden, Australia, and Spain.

They owe their inspiration to Manchester post-punk like New Order or the Stone Roses, Joy Division, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Happy Mondays, and Primal Scream.

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