Chile’s Trementina have been kicking up sand on our airwaves for the last several weeks, with a sound that beautifully balances sweet and sandpaper. Well, at least partly to be expected from a band whose name translates to Turpentine. Fascinated, as we are, by intriguing new sounds from bands just breaking out, we chased down the members of Trementina to find out what inspires this uniquely engaging sound.

Trementina is:
Cristobal Audino Ortiz (Guitars)
Lucas Martinic (Bass)
Vanessa Cea (Voice/guitar)

DKFM: How did Trementina get started? Were you in other bands before you got together, or did you all know this was the one right from the beginning?

Trementina: Lucas and I (Audino) are best friends and since more than one year -both interested on music- and started to create songs that could be described as having a post-punk style. After playing for some time, I wanted to change direction to get closer to the shoegaze sound, which was another music style we both liked. To do so we stopped playing for a while to work, each of us on our own, to be able to get the necessary equipment we needed to produce the sound that I had stuck and resonating somewhere in my head. Also we realized that it would be a good idea to have a female lead singer. Here came Vanessa, who is my girlfriend and who had worked with different bands before. She accepted to work and play with us in our project.

DKFM: What’s the scene like in Chile for your kind of music? Off the top of my head, there’s Mi Andromeda, Puna… anyone else we’re not thinking of?

Trementina: The truth is that we know the Chilean scene only superficially because the city in where we live (Valdivia) doesn’t really have a shoegaze scene. Most of the bands play in Santiago and Valparaíso, cities located 850 km north from our city. Even not being part of the national scene and after recording the singles we worked on, we received many messages from other bands that gave us support and pointed out their intentions to work with us. For example, the band Veló –a band that works with the Recolector discography house- and we decided to plan a double debut that is going to take place in October during the Internacional Film Festival of Valdivia.

DKFM: What are the biggest influences on your sound?

Trementina: I think that the most important influences we have are The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, and Slowdive. Old School!!!

DKFM: You’ve released three impressive singles so far, right out of the gate. What’s next for Trementina? An EP, an album, touring plans?

Trementina: (laughs) Thanks for the compliment about the singles!! We plan release one more single before the official début on stage. After that, we are looking forward playing shows the rest of the year to have enough time to go all throughout Chile. In the beginning of the next year, we’ll go back to the studio to see if we can produce an EP or LP; it depends on how long the engineer’s ears can stand our music!

DKFM: What was the inspiration for the band name?

Trementina: The name came to us thanks to Vanessa, who studies Arts. She always would go to Audino’s  place after class, feeling dizzy and asking for  a glass of milk to feel better. Her sickness was produced by a sort of intoxication with Trementina, a substance she used to work with for hours while she was painting with oleo. For Audino it seemed to be a weird name for a diluent; it was even a pretty name to which you would never relate something similar to turpentine when you said the word. Given that it was a strange name that allowed the imagination to have freedom but, at the same time, it was the corresponding word for a material used to erase art, we thought it was perfect for us.

DKFM: When you’re not torturing your guitars, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Trementina: We do nothing apart from that! (laughs) No, the men like to create new dancing steps, eat pizza and drink vodka during the cold and rainy winter nights. On the other side, Vanessa prefers photography.

DKFM: Lastly, anything you’d like to tell your new friends and fans about your plans, independent music, life in general?

Trementina: First of all, thanks to the people who have listened to our music and that have followed us during this short period; thanks, really! Also we would like to tell them that if they have some ideas swimming in their heads, they should grab their fishing rods, catch them, and show them to the world!
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You can find Trementina music on Bandcamp, also on Soundcloud, interact with them on Facebook, and follow their exploits via LatinoAmerica Shoegaze.