Young Mammals Love Getting Lost

They may not know where they are or where they’re going but Young Mammals never lose their passion for music.

The four indie rockers have been going strong since their high school days and have been pumping out the tunes for over a decade. This past June they released their third studio album, Lost In Lima, named after the time frontman Caros Sanchez got lost in Lima, Peru.

“It was a fun kind of lost,” Sanchez says. “I am Mexican, but being in Lima, though it’s still part of Latin culture, it feels so alien in a weird way.”

Sanchez and his brother José (bass) started the band with guitarist Cley Miller when they were teens after bonding over System of a Down, Weezer and The Pixies. After recruiting drummer Justin Terrell, they started bashing out grungy garage rock. Since then, their sound has evolved into something far more refined and emotional.

Lost In Lima is 11 tracks of fuzzed-out thrashers. Some are slow and drenched in emotion. Others are in-your-face, bold and fast. The title track, one of the catchiest songs on the album, entices you to get lost in its world.

Young Mammals, “Lost In Lima”

Currently studying to become a high school teacher, Sanchez says the balance between Young Mammals and his studies is unknown territory.

“We’re thinking like, ‘okay, we’ve got to start making money now and try to figure out other ways to survive, but also keep the band going,’” he says. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, I’m actually kind of curious—it’s like staring into the abyss and figuring it out as we go.”

Though Sanchez feels lost, he’s embracing it and says they’re already working on new music and booking some regional shows for the summer. To hear the rest of the interview and Young Mammals’ Lost In Lima in full, tune in to this week’s episode of The Music Meetup.