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ME AND THE BEASTS 

Drama / Comedy / Fantasy

In Venezuela, a country tragically marked by decades of political unrest, social tensions, and an abrupt loss of basic living conditions for most of its population, there remains an active micro universe of artists trying to make the best out of the situation and not shut down the mixed, rich and extensive musical experimentation of the region.

Los Pijamistas is a known psychedelic rock band of the local underground, formed 8 years ago by Andrés Bravo, El Tuerto, Piwi Fernández and Carlos Feijo. Its sound is characterized by vocal harmonies and guitar reverbs.

They are invited to play at the Suena Caracas Festival, an annual musical event that serves as political propaganda. This sparks a moral dilemma within the group that brings out a lot of repressed internal conflicts: their growing creative differences, the abusive ways in which Andrés treats his bandmates, and other personal quarrels.

In an impulsive bout of frustration, Andrés leaves the band during a soundcheck. The rest of the group announces through social media that Andrés is out.

Amidst the emotional conflict revolving inside of him, and the external crumbling of the society he is part of, Andrés deals with the personal, social, and legal consequences of this turn of events, jumping from rage to guilt, disillusion to inspiration, frustration to acceptance and frustration again, trying to keep his creative voice alive by forming the basis for another band. But his close friends and colleagues are fleeing the country, he needs to keep his job, and his formerly safe universe gets invaded by the mounting limitations of a country on the brink of suicide.

These pressures push him further and further into isolation; a self-imposed confinement of musical experimentation and lonely trips to the sea that could deteriorate his mental health but, at the same time, births out a powerful creative force which reveals itself through the Beasts: spiritual manifestations of his clean artistic psyche, purified of the conflicts and struggles in his life.

Andrés, trying his best to be emotionally shut off from his asphyxiating situation, and with the help of the Beasts, begins to create a new album, stubbornly and innovatively sailing against the less-than-ideal conditions of recording at home, dealing with electrical cut-offs and other “normalized” issues that weren´t a daily grievance a few years ago, when he lived a privileged life he took for granted.

Music becomes both Andrés´ obsession and therapy, a staircase to an elevated state of being where everything acquires superior colors and scents; but ignored threats and unresolved issues have a way to creep back in and, while Los Pijamistas are still producing and touring, growing more popular each day, Andrés might have just entered a world of sensorial wonder and loneliness out of which there´s no turning back. Thankfully, at leasts his Beasts are with him.

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