The Holydrug Couple - "Follow Your Way"

The lineup for the 2013 Festival NRMAL in Monterrey was just announced, and, being our favorite festival in Latin America (and maybe even the world) these past few years, it is naturally once again packed with some of our most esteemed Latin (and non-Latin) acts. Surfing through the list of bands who’ll be performing this year, we inevitably had to start researching some of the acts that we weren’t so familiar with. Among them we came across Santiago-based psych rock duo The Holydrug Couple. Comprised of friends Ives Sepúlveda and Manuel Parra, they’ve been playing as The Holydrug Couple ever since 2008, but it seems 2013 could be the year in which their brand of instrumentally stripped-down but melodically colossal psychedelia finally breaks out. Although their name manifests an association of spirituality and psychedelia that immediately appoints Jason Pierce and Sonic Boom as their musical predecessors, their penchant for homemade psychedelic trance and fuzzy solos suggests they’re also following the steps of mid-tempo groove contemporaries like Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala. Their new LP Noctuary is scheduled to come out next week via NYC-based label Sacred Bones, with forthcoming appearances at SXSW and Austin Psych Fest in addition to their NRMAL call-up.