Local Spotlight: Hunters of the Alps
November 29, 2016
Moody music often brings some of the best sound and when blended with elements of Latin American beats and rhythms, you get Hunters of the Alps. The Peruvian group, which is based in Miami, have earned their spot in not only the local Miami music scene, but also have been moving into the Latin American scene as well.
The group, which consists of Jorge Velasquez on guitar, Alvaro Jeanneau on bass and keys, Alex Derenzis on drums and vocalist Mario Giancarlo, have come a long way since their start not too many years ago. After speaking to the band coming off their set at House of Creatives Music Festival, the group revealed that much of their origin in music and as a band came from their obvious mutual love of music and mutual friends. Wanting to create a new and fresh band, the group came together. Starting off with more Latin-infused music in a spontaneous jam session, the band eventually created their moody-dancey sound that “pulls you into some down tempo shit” but then all of a sudden makes you want to just dance.
With a lot of synth-mood aesthetics, the band takes a lot of influence from not only their Peruvian and South American backgrounds, but also take inspirations from artists like Depeche Mode, Latin American Spanish rock and for drummer Derenzis, Panthera (Derenzis has a death metal background so Panthera definitely makes sense).
The group has performed countless times in different cities, even opening up for Unknown Mortal Orchestra in Lima, which they all unanimously cited as definitely one of their most memorable performances and are also no strangers to the Miami scene having played III Points three times. Having seen them live myself, they are definitely someone you don’t want to miss out on seeing. A unique experience, which is owed to the band’s vow to break away from being a straight-forward band and wanting to bring their bedroom sets to a live audience.
Take a listen to their latest single “Time (How to Love)” so you can support this local band for yourself.