Berlin duo Mueran Humanos consists of Carmen Burguess (vocals, drum machine, synths) and Tomas Nochteff (vocals, bass, drum machine) who together make propulsive, unfurling Spanish language songs, using avant-garde methods with a punk attitude.
Mueran Humanos started in 2006 not as a band but as an art unit known as Coum Transmissions – their first public appearance was a light/sound/video installation shaped as a funeral, complete with a self-made coffin containing a living person and inspired by Egyptian afterlife travel and Brion Gysin. As time passed they focused more on music, however traces of the original project can be found in the art on their records made by Carmen Burguess and in their general experimental approach. It has been said that they embody the classic counterculture tradition of an “us against the world” couple driven to greatness through their love of each other and their passion for art, working on installations, video, collage, prints and music. The band’s artwork carries a voice just as distinct as their music, with the eerie, sometimes disturbing imagery functioning as its perfect accompaniment.
Burguess and Nochteff share the vocal duties in their native Spanish with an emotiveness that transcends any language barriers. The band’s heavy use of electronic instrumentation retains a gritty quality that hits with absolute fierceness. While there´s traces of psychedelia, industrial, kraut rock, post punk and even techno in the music, Mueran Humanos stretch and pervert their instrument’s presupposed purpose to generate a sound completely of their own.
After a couple of singles and gigs all over Europe and South America, they released their debut album in 2011, supported by a U.S. tour, through Old Europa Cafe (CD version, Italy) and Blind Prophet Records (vinyl version, New York USA), to critical acclaim world wide. Followed by some further singles; Culpable (Southern Records uk, 2012) or El Cìrculo (Vanity Case Uk, 2013), in 2015 their second full length, Miseress, was released by ATP Recordings to critical acclaim and the band augmented their touring schedule with festivals like Primavera Sound, Corona Capital, Wroclaw Industrial Festival, Berserktown, Positive Education, Nrmal, Wave Ghotik Treffen, Les Tres Elephants and Pop Revo, amongst others. Mueran Humanos has toured many times throughout Europe, Russia, USA and South America.
Their new full length, Hospital Lullabies, will be released in spring 2019, and will be released with a home made experimental movie made by member Carmen Burguess, which complements the album in a oblique way, marking the return to the art roots of the project.