THE MAGGIE PILLS
WHO YOU ARE
Delfi (lead singer)
Misfits and those who are not afraid of hearing about awkward home truths and hot-blooded emotions while dancing relentlessly to a beautiful chaos.
WHERE FROM: Melbourne, Australia
STARTED PERFORMING: 2019
Appearing on the Melbourne music scene in September 2019 just one month after founding members, Delfi Sorondo and Mario Perez moved to Australia, The Maggie Pills have since carved a reputation for their fierce live shows and relentless gigging,
while sharing universal truths through their lyrical content, the act talks about destruction of land, displacement of rightful owners, discrimination, and sexism, as well as love and pain.
Q & A.
What influences your musical style?
Our present experiences. Every conversation, every person we meet and how the things that happen around us make us feel or react. Our journey creating a new life away from our home and the creative encounters with our dear band mates. The music we grew up to, and the new sounds we discover day by day. At a more personal level, my love for drama.
Which bands and artists have inspired you?
We are inspired by those artists who relentlessly create and transmit their work, and just don’t stop.
Some of my timeless influences are Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins, PJ Harvey, Breeders, Nirvana, Black
Sabbath, Nick Cave, Radiohead, Ramones, Nina Hagen. From Argentina, Gustavo Cerati, Luis Alberto Spinetta, IKV, Miranda, Divididos, Riff, Babasonicos.
Also, the bands we learned from, shared with, and grew with in the underground scene in Argentina and Venezuela. Our friends, brothers, and sisters.
Notable more recent influences are?
Honestly, everything we hear nowadays. Our most recent influences are all the amazing punk, post-punk and rock acts that we have been playing with lately. We love going to a lot of live shows when we’re not playing and are discovering new bands all the time. We get vinyl of bands we’ve never heard before and take it all in. Australia, and particularly Melbourne, have amazing artists and acts.
Share with us an interesting anecdote behind any of your songs
Our song The Freedom Club was inspired by Amelio Robles, a heroic transgender soldier who fought alongside Zapata during the Mexican Revolution, which inspired the EZLN uprising for Indigenous rights in the early 90s. As kids, we saw this event happen, being televised on MTV. Amelio was a figure that inspired us as soon as we read about him. Amelio was assigned female at birth and ended up fighting a revolution and living openly as a man in his adulthood. If anyone dared to call him a woman, Robles was reported to have threatened them with a pistol. Being strong and resilient, a revolutionary, standing up for what he believed, defending the minorities, and fighting the system.
Total badass or what! – a true rebel.
Directed by Triana Fernandez, The Freedom Club videoclips features a stunning performance from Melbourne’s ballroom favourite, Angel. You can watch it on YouTube.
We are anti bullying – What’s your advice for victims of bullying ?
In a world as messed up as this one, not fitting in might be the best that happens to you. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Just be open to finding likeminded people and reach out, you’re not alone and it will get better.
If you are to be described as an animal, what would it be?
A snake. Grounded, focused, able to change my skin and become a stronger, shinier version of myself.
We are proudly Subculture inspired. How about you?
Since I was little, either in my small hometown or in vibrant Buenos Aires I was drawn to all those who created outside the fringes of the mainstream. The rebels and the misfits, the odd and the freaks, the underground royals. I was always drawn to those who didn’t fit in. The subculture is where people create outside the fringes of the mainstream and allow themselves to be different.
You are sent to Mars, no check in baggage and you can take one record- which one?
Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt
The first music your bought
Deftones – White Pony. I was thirteen.
The first live gig you attended.
I wish I had that kind of memory ha-ha.
Is there a song you wish you had written?
Ever fallen in love with someone – The Buzzcocks
I’m not like everybody else – The Kinks.
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