segunda-feira, 22 de abril de 2019

Decadent Sprinter with Ice Baths - An Interview

Pós punk primitivo, metalizado, cru e doloridamente estridente.

Muitas bandas atuais que se alimentam do que, a meu ver, foi o período mais fértil para a música contemporânea, o pós punk, bebem principalmente em ambientes cinzentos, melancólicos e afins, mas os ingleses do Ice Baths seguem o lado inverso, ou, se preferir o mais caótico possível.

Claro que existem momentos que os caras navegam por terrenos menos audaciosos, como "Simulation", uma das música do novo trabalho que vem ao mundo em Maio, intitulado "Decadent Sprinter", mas, outro aperitivo do disco, "Auster", segue o que os caras conceberam no ano passado com o debute homônimo.

Muitos vem celebrando uma certa crescente cena onde Shame, Fontaines D.C. vem chamando extrema atenção, ok, são boas bandas que merecem ser conferidas, mas como sempre, o submundo dos bons sons pode ofertar algo mais perturbador, é só querer experimentar.


***** Interview with Ice Baths *****

Q. When did Ice Baths begin? Tell us about the history...
April 8th 2013…thats the first time Alex & Tom ever spoke. They were both looking to start new bands and began recording demos on Tom’s old Tascam 414 tape machine. We wrote a lot of the first album between Alex’s bedroom and a little space in Deptford (South London) before Jack & Ed joined.

Jack was a long time friend of Alex and they had been playing together in another band for a few years prior. Ed was a guy we all knew and played in a bloody great band called Aathens (now label mates of ours) and when Alex reached out to him if he knew any other guitar players that might wanna join, he put himself forward…which was the secretly what we were hoping would happen!

Special mention has to go to Dan, Mo & Lori who all played in Ice Baths over the initial years and had a real impact into how we ended up today, with Dan & Mo writing and recording on the first album.

Q: Who are your influences?
Too many to answer comprehensively but artists and bands we are listening too and enjoying right now are:

Housewives
Chino Amobi
Leyland Kirby
Puce Mary
Klein
US Maple
Mhysa
Ben Vince
Sukitoa O Namau
H Grimace

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
It’s impossible to pick just 5 albums, but with that in mind:

ED
1. john coltrane - a love supreme
2. wu tang clan - 36 chambers
3. sonic youth - EVOL
4. gang of four - entertainment
5. neil young - everyone knows this is nowhere

ALEX
1. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
2. Lawrence English - The Peregrine
3. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
4. Women - Public Strain
5. Christina Vantzou - No. 1


Q. How do you feel playing live?
A mixture of nervous, excited, confused, nervous, confused & excited.

Q. How do you describe Ice Baths´ sounds?
Too pop to be weird, too weird to be pop…probably not gonna make mum & dad proud but we are having fun.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Hah, somewhat patchwork for the album. It was a mixture of recording the instruments in 1 studio on tape and then taking the stems back with us & Alex mixed them and recorded vocals with tom on the old cassette deck they used for demoing. For that first record we had such a specific sound in our heads & got that from the tape machine we decided to record the vocals on that specific machine with cheap mics etc. Mixing was not initially the plan to do ourselves, but again as we had such a specific idea of what we wanted and are terrible sometimes at communicating that, it just proved easier.

Since that record we have done a few sessions in a new studio in South London with Euan Hinshelwood, we got a tip off from our friends in the band JC Flowers of this cool little tape studio…no computers or screens and a really great engineer! Euan totally gets what we have been shooting for with the last few sessions & the point about not having computers or screens is something we particularly like, not as a rejection of technology, but because we tend to find that with screens and computers there is often a habit of “watching the sound waves” looking for the errors & edits and not fully engaging our ears. This process has been so much fun and basically a more professional reproduction of how Tom & Alex used to demo tracks back in the early days.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Pretty much everything listed in the influences section

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
ALEX: ELO - ‘Evil Woman’ (one for the haters who can’t accept ELO rip - but i’d change the lyrics from Evil Woman to something else like…Magic Woman…I need to work on that)

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have a new 12” EP coming out on May 31st via Blank Editions!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for reaching out and being interested in the band, it’s so nice to speak to people from places we haven’t even visited ourselves x
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https://icebaths.bandcamp.com/album/ice-baths
https://blankeditions.bandcamp.com/album/decadent-sprinter
https://www.facebook.com/icebaths/

quinta-feira, 18 de abril de 2019

Visceral with Sway // Hex - An Interview


Uma entrevista dupla, por conta de um split belíssimo intitulado "Visceral", de um lado o Sway, do outro o Hex.

O elo entre ambas é o shoegaze e a melancolia do Disintegration.

Focando primeiramente no Sway, temos aquela escola de barulhos densamente melancólicos, leia-se Nothing.

Do outro lado, o shoegaze assume o controle, mas não aquele shoegaze clássico, mas sim o que usualmente temos sentido nas novas empreitadas sonhadoras, saem as fritações características dando cada vez mais espaço para as melodias sejam a força motriz.

Duas belas e novas bandas para ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with Sway // Hex *****


Q. When did Sway // Hex begin? Tell us about the history…
Sway and Hex are actually two different bands, “Visceral “ is a split EP between the two bands. Sway started in 2016 after our previous punk band broke up, we’ve gone through various member changes, but we finally have a solid line up that we’re happy with.

Hex started in 2018 as an offshoot of their band, Boulevard.

Q: Who are your influences?
We all listen to different stuff. We wanted to start a shoegaze influenced band, but we grew up listening to a lot of 90’s emo bands and punk.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
That’s a hard question... but we decided on:
Sway
1. Loveless - MBV
2. Souvlaki - Slowdive
3. Sway - Whirr
4. Guilty of Everything - Nothing
5. Floral Green - Title Fight

Hex
1. Clash the Truth - Beach Fossils
2. Stratosphere - Duster
3. Shed - Title Fight
4. Disintegration - The Cure
5. Powerplant - girlpool

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing live. We care more about creating an atmosphere though. We like playing in the dark.

Q. How do you describe Sway // Hex´s sounds?
Heavy. Loud. Ambient. That’s about it.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We did all the recording ourselves. We had a lot of fun recording vocals because we kept fucking them up, but the rest was a pretty quick and easy process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Battery Point, HUG, Distressor, Shimmer, Jinx.

Q: Which band would you love to cover?
We’ve talked about covering When You Sleep by My Bloody Valentine, or Avalyn by Slowdive.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Definitely want to record all the songs we have up til now and work on new stuff. We want to keep releasing more music and playing shows. Eventually go on tour.

Q: Any parting words?
Follow us on instagram for upcoming shows and new music:
@sway.sd
@hexsux
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https://swaysd.bandcamp.com
https://www.instagram.com/sway.sd

quarta-feira, 17 de abril de 2019

Night Terror with A Dull Set - An Interview


Há pouco mais de um mês nasceu o primeiro single dos checos do A Dull Set.

Pós punk ríspido, cru e dançante. Dramaticidade conduzida por um baixo caracteristicamente oitentista.

Conexões com quase tudo que surgiu na vira dos 70´s para os 80´s, de Gang of Four a Cure, de A Certain Ratio a Bauhaus.

Apesar de soar nostálgico o A Dull Set sabe exatamente onde esta pisando, escute o lado b "Night Terror" e perceba.

Para dançar em inferninhos escuros e esfumaçados, claro, se eles ainda existirem.


***** Interview with A Dull Set *****

Q. When did A Dull Set begin? Tell us about the history...
Hayden: Nearly 1 year ago! We were colleagues, got chatting about music we liked and previous bands we'd been in. The more we got to know each other's tastes, the more we realised we should probably start a band. I don't think we'd met too many people in the city with similar musical ideas to us.

Sam: Yes, we started in the same job at the same company on the same day, sat next to each other. Two tall blond polite Englishmen with similar opinions about music. We knew we’d either go into niche fetish porn or have to start a band.

H: We chose the latter. My friend joined us on the drums and we practised together for about 6 months, so a lot of the drum ideas in the songs are based on his. Unfortunately he had to leave to pursue his own solo music commitments. We briefly looked for a new drummer but got frustrated not being able to play so I made some makeshift drum beats on my laptop. We both really liked it. Sounded like the 80's vibe we'd inadvertently been trying to capture.

Q: Who are your influences?
H: We both have a pretty broad music taste I think. But when we were first forming the band, we were both listening to The Sound and The Chameleons a lot, getting us through some hard times. We're huge fans of music from the late 70s and early 80s such as The Cure, Middle Class, Gang of Four, A Certain Ratio, Television etc...

S: As well as the albums, also watching and listening to live performances of The Sound and The Chameleons, the gigs and John Peel sessions. We got inspired by it.

H: Ooh yea, the John Peel sessions were hugely influential. Even if the music we made didn't sound very much like these bands, that's what got us going. I'm really into The Lines' compilation 'Flood Bank' at the moment. And I'm pretty crazy about the Avishai Cohen Trio.

S: I rely on Hayden to make sure I don’t settle into an easy routine of Dirty Beaches, TOPS and my New Wave, 80s revivalist obsession. He feeds me new music. Not just current things but also fresh discoveries from the past.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time
H: Neutral Milk Hotel - In an Aeroplane Over the Sea
Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
Gang of Four - Entertainment
Scott Walker – Scott 2
Arthur Russell – Another Thought

S: The Strokes - Is This It
John Martyn – Solid Air
The Moldy Peaches - The Moldy Peaches
Love - Forever Changes
The Fall - This Nation’s Saving Grace

But ask again tomorrow and it might be a different answer.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
H: Fantastic. It's what it's all about. Wouldn't make music if we couldn't play it live!

S: We’re made for it, literally. Before we even started getting some momentum, we always talked about it. It’s what we want to do all the time.

Q. How do you describe A Dull Set´s sound?
H: Melodic, melancholic, energetic. A couple of people have said 'new romantic' which is kind of cool, and we hadn't considered. We had the idea when we started that we really wanted people to hear it and compulsively move to it.

S: Sort of like “dance-punk”, but definitely not that.

H: Haha, because those two words sound horrible together. We don't want to be associated with that genre if it exists. But those two ideas for sure.

S: We do have a weird mix. It is music that’s tough to define, doesn't fit very neatly into any specific genre. So maybe we’ll let it describe itself.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
H: It was pretty straightforward thankfully. We used to go to this nice studio at weekends to practice, which devastatingly has been knocked down to make way for expensive apartment buildings and a microbrewery. It was the perfect place to record, the room had great acoustics, and a beautiful courtyard outside to smoke and hang out in. It was very comfortable there. When Sam was doing the vocals for Policy, my friend and I were standing by the window and this gigantic fox appeared on the roof, from the other side of the glass, with the sun shining down on it like a spotlight. It just gazed at us through the window for a few minutes. It was a beautifully surreal experience. Anyway, then we sent the recordings to the very capable hands of our friend, with some stylistic pointers. He did a great job of mastering the sound.

S: Yes, but he managed to preserve some of the coarseness. It wasn’t recorded in a big studio with top-grade equipment. So better to embrace the lo-fi charm and make it central to the music’s honesty.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
S: My answer is “Ask Hayden”. I seem to like songs more than bands these days. I’m a playlist slut.

H: The Chats are doing punk well, they're kinda new. Hope they come to Europe soon. For Neo-classical, look no further than Theo Alexander.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
H: We had a couple of practice sessions where we'd fly around the room singing 'A Whole New World' from Aladdin, with that famed whispered lined ''...don't you dare close your eyes...''. Always wondered how we'd turn that into a post-punk song.

S: It’s simultaneously impressive and worrying how well we both know the lyrics to that song. Can we still like Michael Jackson? Is that allowed post-‘Leaving Neverland’? If so, I think we could do a good version of ‘Dirty Diana’.

H: Yea, we are (were?, so confusing now) huge Jackson fans (musically). Can't believe Sam saw him live. Otherwise, The Sound 'Can't Escape Myself', in the style of their BBC live version.

S: Yes!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
H: Play as many live shows as possible. Go on a little tour through a few European cities (or Brazil could work, hook us up!) Finish recording an album by the end of the year. Find a nice regular rehearsal space like the last one we had before it got demolished. Refine our live performances, add some visual elements. A lot of modern guitar music is pretty boring to watch live, even if the music sounds good. Maybe a smoke machine and a strobe light would do the trick, that'd be fun. Like a shit 90s disco.

S: There are only two of us so we have to make sure we leave a lasting impression. Causing an epileptic seizure in at least one audience member per gig might do it.

Q: Any parting words?
H: Sorry about your new president. Your blog is great, thanks for reaching out. How big is the post-punk scene in Brazil? If it's big, we're getting on a plane.

S: Take it easy, my brother Charles. You know what I mean.
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https://adullset.bandcamp.com

terça-feira, 16 de abril de 2019

d'où l'on vient (on va sans espoir) with HyperSensible - An Interview



Cyrille Poumerie e Jean Martial-Guilhem ou HyperSensible para os iniciados, criam suas hipnóticas e sensuais canções a mais de 700 quilômetros um do outro. Uma aventura sonora que somente os tempos modernos poderia propiciar.

"d'où l'on vient (on va sans espoir)" é o segundo trabalho do duo, que de forma elegante e sofisticada guia-se por estéticas oitentistas, do synth gélido a new wave romântica, o HyperSensible dá a impressão, principalmente por suas letras serem em francês, que Serge Gainsbourg enveredou por paisagens sintéticas e dançantes.

A sedução guiada por synths seria talvez a melhor descrição que o HyperSensible poderia receber, mas tanto faz, aqui tudo soa extremamente excitante, sem soar piegas.


***** Interview with HyperSensible *****


Q. When did HyperSensible begin? Tell us about the history...
We became this project in september 2017, d’où l’on vient (on va sans espoir) is our second album.
Cyrille and me, we know each other since adolescence. We played in high school bands. Then we
learned from sight and he and I, we has developped our own projects, me in Toulouse and Cyrille in
Paris. I have formed International Hyper Rythmique for almost 10 years and Cyrille played with
several formations (Tadash, Red Space Cyrod, Oizak)

Q: Who are your influences?
When we decided to replay together, the first requirement was to sing in French. I had just seen a
movie, B-Movie : Lust & Sound in West-Berlin, about the music bands in Berlin in the 80’s with a lot of ColdWave music. The original soundtrack is excellent. I wanted to do something like that. So I think about Taxi Girl, Lescop, Joy Division, but also Fugazi, Interpol… are probably references.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Velvet Underground first album,
Sonic Youth Dirty.
Steve reich 18 musicians,
Silver Apples the first album.

And all the albums with one note songs ! Only one note !!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We don’t playing live. Cyrille doesn’t want. I think it’s sad but « c’est la vie », maybe one of this days…

Q. How do you describe HyperSensible´ sounds?
Romantic and nude.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We don’t live in same town so we played at home. Usually Cyrille send me bass and drums, I play guitars and keyboards, I send him back, he writes the lyrics, sings and sometimes plays guitar. And
the song is ok. On the last album I propose some complete title and Cyrille sings and add a guitar
part. It’s pretty equal.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Agar Agar (fr) Human People (usa)The Comet is Coming (uk).

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A nice melody but very far from our music. Astrud Gilberto ?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Do other albums, and work our sound to find our own. Maybe playing live ? And learn how to make sushis.

Q: Any parting words?
Believe in the future, Do it yourself, Take Care and Love.
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https://hypersensible.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/hypersensiblemusic/

segunda-feira, 15 de abril de 2019

Touch Me with Drainflower - An Interview


Quando os primeiros acordes de "Touch Me", faixa de abre o primeiro EP do tio canadense de Vancouver, Drainflower fica evidente qual é a dos caras, jangle pop unificando-se ao pré shoegaze, coisa que o MBV criou lá trás com seu "Ecstasy and Wine".

Melodias encharcados de efeitos, soterrando vocais, mas no caso do Drainflower, esse efeito é só um norte, porque a vocalização recebem um tratamento especial dividindo as atenção com a massa sonora.

Obviamente não estamos lidando com nada revolucionário, e vamos combinar, alguém realmente se importa se é revolucionário ou não? Por aqui queremos apenas melodias grudentas e barulhentas, e isso o Drainflower sabe fazer com maestria.

Escute alto com seus fones de ouvido e divirta-se.


***** Interview with Drainflower *****


Q. When did Drainflower begin? Tell us about the history...
Jerico: Cam and I met in 2011. We started playing music and he introduced me to Stu shortly after that. At some point we formed the band "The Wash". We played for awhile but never really took the next step. Eventually, the band broke up. Our lives went in all different directions up until recently. We reconnected and decided to form a new band from the ashes of the old one.

Q: Who are your influences?
Jerico: Doo wop, 60's pop, Shoegaze, and many other types of music had an influence on us and our music. There is too much to name names though.

Stuart: Not to go into specific artists, but genre-wise all of our influences vary widely. From electronic, dark-industrial, and 90's dance pop. If we think it sounds good, we'll bring elements of it into our music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Jerico: I think I speak for all of us when I say that this question is too difficult to answer.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Jerico: Personally, it is one of the most invigorating experiences I am able to have. Playing something that came from your mind for strangers, especially if they react positively, taps into a type of satisfaction that I do not achieve with any other activity.

Stuart: Gives me a rush!

Q. How do you describe Drainflower´s sounds?
Jerico: When I hear it, I hear late 50's and early 60's melodies. Pretty songs, but made more textural by dipping them in various pools of fuzz. I definitely don't want to give the impression that we are a "fuzz" focused band though. It fit the songs of this EP. It is still unknown whether or not it will fit the next batch.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Cam: The process resembled ripping off a Band-Aid. We spent a couple of days recording and mixing at our studio in West Vancouver called Idle Sound. We recorded the tracks live off-the-floor with a minimal microphone set up. We didn't want to sit with the songs for too long and become too attached, as that's always been an issue for us. We had the mixes done by the second night. The mixes were briefly mastered and released, only hours after being recorded.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Jerico: Hot Cuppa is really good. I watched a band called Porteau play the other night as well; the singer had a beautiful voice.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Jerico: I have a deep fondness for 90's Eurodance. Probably "Runaway" by "The Real Mccoy".

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Jerico: I would like to continue putting all of my focus into the band. Gig lots and write more. There are Drainflower releases on the horizon for sure, so keep your eyes peeled.

Cam: We also have plans for a physical release of our EP very soon.

Q: Any parting words?
Jerico: Thanks for reaching out to us. We appreciate it.
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https://drainflower.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/Drainflower-2308235092574615/

sexta-feira, 12 de abril de 2019

Historias para no dormir with Koala Precipicio - An Interview


Na segunda e última etapa da viagem ao submundo dos bons sons equatorianos, chega as páginas do TBTCI o trio Koala Precipicio.

Ao lado do cultuado Sexores e também do Porno, digamos que os caras sejam o que de melhor há, em termos de dreampop, shoegaze e um certo pós punk melancólico vindo de Quito.

"Historias para no dormir" é o novo trabalho dos caras, que conheceu o mundo em Janeiro. Um disco que ao contrário do que o título sugere, é feito sim para embalar sonhos, ou para te guiar acordado pelo mundo encantado, ou não, do sobrenatural.

Ambiências eletrônicas guiam o clima transcendental do trabalho, que remete a ícones da Drag City e outras experiências além do universo tradicional de gazers e sonhadores.

O universo do submundo dos bons sons esta literalmente nos quatro cantos do globo, é apenas ter boa vontade e espírito aventureiro que viagens como as que o Koala Precipicio concebe podem ser descobertas em lugares inimagináveis.

Bem vindo ao mundo dos sonhos..

***** Interview with Koala Precipicio *****

Q. When did Koala Precipicio begin? Tell us about the history...
Koala began in 2016 when i got inside a room of a friend house to start compose my songs. i really wanted a sound that created nostalgic in all the way posible because im really into it. Im very involved whit that kind of sad music that really shows something without say to much. I composed and recorded the songs in the same week only using a behringer amplier and a tape recorder for all instruments. Thats how ¨Todos se Van¨ borned. It worked perfect.

Q: Who are your influences?
I think this is a extend question. I have a lot of influence respect koala and me as a person. But i like a lot the nostalgic sounds that you can create doing simple things and feeling things.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Really difficult (there are too much) but i can do a list of what im listen right now

Alan Vega - Deuce Avenue
Beliefs - Leaper
Daryl Hall & John Oates - Big Bam Boom
The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa - Susurrate
The Sweetest Ache - Jaguar

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I feel too many feelings. i think that play your music live is really too much impact but beautiful. i always think that when you do music (and more when you present live your music) you expose what you are feeling and living and that´s shoking.

Q. How do you describe Koala Precipicio´s sounds?
I could say that koala is another band that sound kind of nostalgic and lofi noisey but for hopes of shows something more.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
In ¨todos se van¨ i recorded by my own all the songs using one amplifier and one microphone. My producer was with me in the whole process helping me finding the sound that i wanted.
In the second album ¨Ontario¨ i recorded with the band that was with me in the live´s shows that all the members are my closest friends. i compuse everything by my own but in a process of two months. In this album i wanted to sound just as nostalgic but with a band. I wanted to sound like a 90s classic shoegaze band.

By last i maked a last release of ¨Todos se van bsides¨ which are the songs that dont entered in the first album.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There are a lot of cool new bands. i can say listen to echo ladies, drab majesty, ovlov, mini dresses ... there are a lot.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Ohh. I would love to make a cover of les reallizes denudes. Forever.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I really dont have plans. I only want to do more albums and more and more. i would love to play around the world. it would be amazing.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for the interview. i would never imagined being heard in brazil or in any place. its a pleasure to me that you like what ive done.
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https://koalaprecipicio.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/koalaprecipicio/

quarta-feira, 10 de abril de 2019

El Lado Amable de las Cosas with Porno - An Interview


Seguindo em contagem regressiva ao término desta jornada ao submundo dos bons sons, o TBTCI aterriza em terras equatorianas para a primeira de duas partes desta viagem.

Nesta parte um, diretamente de Quito, o quinteto Porno chega com melodias simples, perfeitas, encharcadas daquele famoso ruído branco, ou sem ele, apenas guiadas por cristalinas e doces canções.

Você já deve ter certamente escutada tal descrição, sim, claro, Jesus é a influência máxima por aqui. Os garotos equatorianos passam pelas obras dos irmãos Reid, desde as fritações mágicas de Psychocandy até os momentos doces e sutis de Stoned and Dethroned.

Se você ouvir a segunda faixa do EP "horribles.", "Como la Miel" vai entender ainda mais o poder da influência que Jesus propaga, perpetuando gerações.

Como todo devoto, o Porno diz, amém. 


***** Interview with Porno *****

Q. When did Porno begin? Tell us about the history...
Well, it began as my personal project, I was studying music in university and got tired of the "academic" side of it. So I wanted to make a lo-fi album of short and simple songs i wrote very quickly. The idea was to make songs out of the first ideas i got. The self titled EP was recorded almost by myself at home with a little help from friends who knew nothing about making music at the time, the idea was to keep it as honest and simple as posible. The band started as trio with me and my two best friends who barely knew how to play their instruments and later some more friends joined the band and we started to work on our own sound. I think the main goal was to make good songs anyone can play, like or be related to.

The name Porno.(with the dot at the end) comes out of a book by Irvine Welsh.

Q: Who are your influences?
The main influences are indie pop or noise pop bands such as Beat Happening, The Velvet Underground, Koala Precipicio, The Vaselines, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Él Mató a un Policía Motorizado, Los Subterráneos, Carolina Durante, 107 Faunos, Los Planetas, etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1.- Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain
2.- Siempre Alguien Algo by Los Subterráneos
3.- Un Millón de Euros by Él Mató a un Policía Motorizado
4.- Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
5.- The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground.

There are tons of albums I would like to list, but those are the first that come to my mind.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It has to be fun, at least for us it is. I believe sometimes it's kinda weird for the crowd because our songs are slow and noisy and they can't dance to our music; but it feels great when they sing along or just sit down and watch us play.

Q. How do you describe Porno´s sounds?
We like to refer to our sound as Pop Sucio, which is basically our name for noise-pop. Simple indie pop songs played the dirtiest way we can.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Everything is recorded at home. I run a small independent label called Pop Sucio Records at my house, and we try to get the most honest sounds with the gear we have at home.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Koala Precipicio. It is a band from our label, i think it may be hard to get at first, but the songs are amazingly well written and i simply love it.

Los Subterráneos. A band from Argentina which is also one of my favorite bands, i think their songwriting is great.

Carolina Durante. A new band from Spain, those guys are getting huge and I believe we will all know them in a couple of months.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'd love to play something by Los Subterráneos or 107 Faunos live. Also it would be fun to do a spanish version of something by My Bloody Valentine or The Velvet Underground.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
For now we will focus on releasing and touring with our new album. It will be called "El Lado Amable de las Cosas" and will be out by the end of this month if everything comes out as we expect it.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for listening to our music, and thanks for listening to music in general. We are people who just love listening to music, collecting records or going to shows; and it feels great to be a part of it.
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https://www.facebook.com/p0rno/
https://por-no.bandcamp.com

terça-feira, 9 de abril de 2019

Dream. Sleep. with Laveda - An Interview


O duo de NY, Laveda representa exatamente a principal função do TBTCI, dar voz a bandas novíssimas que deveriam desde seus primeiros passos terem o devido reconhecimento, tanto pela qualidade como pelo simples fato de tornarem o mundo um pouco mais excitante.

O duo Jake e Ali, debutou em Fevereiro com seu primeiro single, a bela "Dream. Sleep.". O título resume em síntese a proposta deles, música para sonhar e adormecer acordado.

Dreampop em moldes gazers. Toques de eletrônica, toque de shoegaze clássico, sem extremismos, melodia e vocais cintilantes que fazem a alegria e a melancolia dos sonhadores de plantão.

Olhos e ouvidos atentos ao Laveda.


***** Interview with Laveda *****

Q. When did Laveda begin? Tell us about the history...
“Laveda began about 2 years ago, in the summer of 2017 as a recording project between Ali and I. We started making bedroom demos of what were slower more singer-songwriter-esk sounding tracks that we had written, and then slowly the project began to naturally evolve into a much larger sounding shoegaze/dream pop noise rock.”

Q: Who are your influences?
“The Sundays, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, and Joy Division/New Order’s bassist Peter Hook, Wolf Alice, Bombay Bicycle Club, Yowler Sylvan Esso, Slowdive, Beach House, My Bloody Valentine, and Arcade Fire all have influenced Laveda’s sound. Also our producer Dylan Sky has been a huge influence on us and our roommates band called LONE PHONE BOOTH.”

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
“In no particular order:
I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose - Bombay Bicycle Club
Goo - Sonic Youth
Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso
Currents - Tame Impala
Slowdive - Slowdive

Q. How do you feel playing live?
“We actually have our first full band show this coming weekend and we are so insanely excited. Can’t wait to see how people react to our songs and our sound!”

Q. How do you describe Laveda´s sounds?
“Dreamy, at times noisey, melancholy indie rock in slow motion.”

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
"A typical day in the studio for us is laying out a game plan for what we’d like to focus on/accomplish and then take it step by step for tracking. Most of the songs we bring to the studio are almost completely structurally written or even already demo’d before we start recording them. There is always a ton of messing around and playing with new gear, guitar pedals, and synthesizers which can help us find more inspiration and direction in a new song. We honestly love the process and almost never want it to end!”

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
“Bruiser and Bicycle is an amazing new-ish band out of Albany NY! They just dropped a brand new record that is out of this world. We also love Hand Habits, Men I Trust, Yowler, and Shady Bug!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
“Definitely Death Cab for Cutie. We’ve already started working on one of their songs for our live show!”

Q: What are your plans for the future?
“Release more music and hopefully go on tour this summer! We would love to travel internationally and play in places we’ve never been before to get our music out there and meet more amazing musicians.”

Q: Any parting words?
“Keep up with us, show dates, pure shenanigans and more on Instagram: @lavedamusic !! Keep
listening to music that makes you feel something. Thank you for listening to us!”
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https://www.facebook.com/lavedamusic/
https://www.facebook.com/lavedamusic/

Someone Else For You with Talkboy - An Interview


Leeds, Inglaterra, e uma história clássica de como uma banda surge. Seis estudantes universitários tornam-se grandes amigos e resolvem juntar forças e formam uma banda.

Esta poderia ser sua história, ou de um conhecido seu certo, mas neste caso é a história do Talkboy. Indie pop bubblegum, com doses de new wave, northern soul e mais um monte de referências que podem ser deliciosamente descobertas a cada audição de seus singles.

Por enquanto estes singles resumem-se em três pepitas pegajosas, "Mother", Over and Under" e o mais recente "Someone Else For You".

Escolha qualquer um deles e fique mais leve neste universo pesado em que vivemos.


***** Interview with Talkboy *****

Q. When did Talkboy begin? Tell us about the history...
We all met at university about five or six years ago and became really good friends (we went to a lot of parties and got drunk together a lot). We were all in various bands, but about a year ago, we realised we were all on the same page in terms of what we wanted to do musically so formed Talkboy.

Q: Who are your influences?
There are a fair few of us in the band so our influences vary pretty dramatically. To save time and not make it really boring we say that we all united underneath the general umbrella of people like David Bowie, The Beatles, The Big Moon and Alvvays.

Q. Make a list of your top 5 albums of all time…
That’d be very difficult, so many serve so many different purposes. I’ll do my (Tim) personal top 5 albums from the early 70s, in no particular order;

The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street
Neil Young - Harvest
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Tom Waits - Closing Time
Carole King - Rhymes & Reasons

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Sometimes a bit drunk and always sweaty.

Q. How do you describe Talkboy’s sound?
We try to not get too bogged down in the idea of genre and say that we are more a song based band. One publication did describe us as ‘cry dance’ however - we liked that.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We have a really good relationship with our producer Mickey Dale. He normally feeds us a fair amount of coffee and then we go down into his basement and record the tunes. It kind of is that simple, everything you hear in our songs is us and we hope you guys get that idea as well.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There are loads of really great bands coming out of Leeds at the moment. Team Picture, Far Caspian, Luna Pines, Heir and Glass Mountain are amongst them.

Q: Which band/song would you love to do a cover version of?
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime, we would have to do the video as well though as I would love to see our singer Calum doing the fish dance.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have a few more singles coming out this year with an EP in the pipeline, we are also playing at a fair few festivals - keep your eyes on our Facebook page more specifics.

Q: Any parting words?
Gherkins are small pickled cucumbers - I just discovered this today, crazy right?
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https://www.facebook.com/talkboyyy/
https://soundcloud.com/talkboyyy

segunda-feira, 8 de abril de 2019

Seasons with otom - An Interview

O projeto japonês otom tem suas atividades iniciadas há quase vinte anos atrás, quando do lançamento do primeiro álbum "November Morning".

De lá para cá, uma discografia extensa, navegando por vertentes que foram se transformando no decorrer dos anos.

O começo, o otom soava próximo dos heróis noventistas da rural psychedelia, leia-se Flying Saucer Attack. No decorrer dos trabalhos, elementos de eletrônica e ambient foram sendo gradativamente introduzidos, conectando-se com gente como Boards of Canada, Fennesz, entre outros.

Já o mais novo single, "Seasons" remete a um certo equilíbrio entre o shoegaze o dreampop e o post rock, tudo de forma suave, cândida e cintilante.

Uma rica e intensa trajetória que permanece desconhecida, a ser desvendada e apreciada sem pressa.


***** Interview with otom *****


Q. When did Otom begin? Tell us about the history…
The history of my music began in childhood around the mid '80s. In around 10 years old, I played many soundtracks and The Beatles songs by ear on a recorder. It was a funny kid. But hey are also very important elements for me now. Then I began to playing the guitar since I was 14 years old.
And then soon, I started making original songs like about Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and style of '70s progressive rock for my bands. I met shoegaze sound around 18 years old and also I listened into post rock about 4AD, Thrill Jockey Records, Drag City in late '90s especially Flying Saucer Attack was very shocked for me, of course MBV, Slowdive opend my eyes too. After that, I knew Fennesz and many electronica artists, there made me expanded range of style and I maked the first album "November Morning" in 2004. Then I keep to release works mainly on the Internet and I releasing many singles, at the first from "New Life" in 2015. I interpreted “All Tomorrow's Parties” by The Velvet Underground like this "You Lost Me" is the latest song released in 2019.

Q: Who are your influences?
I can't narrow down, for example...
MBV and shoegaze sounds are most favorite And Brian Wilson, John Cale, Ennio Morricone, Phil Spector...I am Influence strong by composer types like them, I think maybe. More important is beautiful chorus work like about Simon & Garfunkel. Also an approach like Fennesz, Oval, Arca and many electronica artists give me a lot of things. Besides this, Classic, Jazz and many genres Influenced me.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
It’s so hard question too...
Loveless / My Bloody Valentine
Pet Sounds / The Beach Boys
The Velvet Underground And Nico / The Velvet Underground
Floating Into The Night / Julee Cruise
Eureka / Jim O'Rourke

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I'm a completely bedside musician and I have not played live for a long time. But I'd like to do a live performance soon. It's so difficult that a band style, maybe.
Q. How do you describe Otom´s sounds?
Shoegaze? Dream Pop? ...I can't find fit words. But I'm always keep to make that feel like floating, fluttering, softly and clarity sound. I want to make “wall of sounds” with layered vocals and many ensembles, it's not only just guitar. I think that such feeling is so close.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
At the first, I always start with choosing from over 1000 demo tracks that I have stocked in the past 20 years. Then I built up original effects and tone with Max patches and many things and then I’ve been recording songs with guitar, voices and many instruments to Logic and Digital Performer. It takes a lot of time, because I’m making tracks by alone in my room.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Jorge Elbrecht, Donny Benét, Dino Spiluttini.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I always think to want to cover Leonard Cohen, Roy Harper, The Beach Boys, S&G and also beautiful melody songs…

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I wish to build shanty in the forest by DIY, and I play music there.…Anyway I keep to release a single and I want to complete a simple and rough album feel like a “G. I. Gurdjieff Improvisations”.

Q: Any parting words?
I want 72 hours a day for composition. Anyways thank for contact me, Renato. Your question had many discoveries for me.
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https://otom.bandcamp.com
https://twitter.com/otomotom/
https://otom.jp/

sexta-feira, 5 de abril de 2019

Last Ceremony with The Bradley - An Interview


O projeto The Bradley arquitetado, concebido e executado pra Brad G. não é música para as massas, tampouco para mim, ou  para você, o The Bradley é feito especialmente por e para seu criador.

A música do The Bradley serve de ajuda para que seu criador lide com sua ansiedade e sua depressão, este é o fato.

Mas, vamos lá, o prolífico projeto que já tem uma vasta discografia, com singles, EPs e álbuns, nasce das sombras e por lá passar grande parte de seu tempo, apenas por poucos, ou melhor pouquíssimos momentos a luz chega algum sinal de vida.

Se quisermos rotular o que é o The Bradley, talvez seria um gothgaze lo fi, ou alguma coisa que faça essa conexão, com, obviamente, enfase no goth e no lo fi, e, menos intensidade gazer.

Música servindo e atuando como a cura das loucuras da vida moderna, é assim que a salvação que o The Bradley faz para seu criador.

Não recomendado a indie kids.


***** Interview with The Bradley *****


Q. When did The Bradley begin? Tell us about the history...
The Bradley started as a project to help me deal with anxiety and depression. I had recently moved to a different state for work, leaving behind my friends and family for several years. I kept myself isolated and didn't meet many new people during my time away, and fell into an existential dread that I hadn't experienced before. I tried going to therapy but it didn't help much, so I found myself writing songs to put my thoughts into perspective, which seemed to help me cope a lot better.

Q: Who are your influences?
Right now my biggest influence is probably The Cure. Robert Smith's guitar work is something I admire greatly, and I think the way I structure my songs is similar to theirs. I've always been attracted to songs like Disintegration and Siamese Twins, where the backing parts are essentially playing the same thing throughout with Robert's vocal intensity ratcheting up to a crescendo. I love how devastating those songs are.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Depeche Mode - Songs of Faith and Devotion
The Cure - Wish
Weezer - Pinkerton
Drab Majesty - The Demonstration
Incubus - Make Yourself

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I haven't played a show in many years, it has probably been a decade now. I think I have everything figured out conceptually for my presentation, it's just the logistical questions that remain. It's been so long since I've played in front of anyone, I'm just getting myself used to the idea, but I am really looking forward to doing it again.

Q. How do you describe The Bradley´s sounds?
Most of my songs are pretty simple, with similar parts played from beginning to end. I'm by no means an expert musician, so I just try to come up with a catchy riff or keyboard part or melody that I can play off of. Mainly, I'm writing songs that appeal to me in some way, without much regard for if anyone will hear them, so much of the vocal takes are rough and doused in reverb. I try to capture the most sincere versions of the emotions that led me to write what I write, and I haven't felt that adding too much polish has been necessary. That being said I hope maybe I can write a couple of decent tracks that people are interested in hearing, it'd be a thrill if anyone could gain anything positive from my stuff.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I have a pretty basic setup, I record directly into Garageband, and I have a couple guitars, a bass and an akai mini that I use. Typically I'll be doing something and I'll get an idea for a song, or I'll feel a certain way and want to write about it. So I'll go to the computer and start a drum track and then go from there. I usually get three songs from a couple hours of recording, which is probably why I have several short EPs rather than 2 or 3 LPs. I like to keep the songs that were written and recorded together on the same release as a reminder of what I was going through or how I was feeling at that time.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Most of these are not necessarily new bands, but bands that I've been listening to a lot lately.

I've really enjoyed the new Boy Harsher album, Careful, SRSQ's debut LP and Twin Tribes’ LP. I've also been addicted to listening to Remo Drive's album Greatest Hits, and Jack Stauber's HiLo. But perhaps the most affecting and haunting band I have had on constant rotation recently is Her’s, who had a horrific tragedy befall them and are no longer with us. I would definitely suggest for anyone reading this to check out either one of their two albums. The musicianship, hooks and personality of the two members must be seen and heard, and I wish for their songs to have a lasting legacy.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I have released covers of Ministry's Everyday is Halloween and Weezer's You Gave Your Love To Me Softly in the past, but I've only put these out for a limited time. I'd love to cover some Cure songs, like A Letter to Elise or Apart. Peter Murphy's Cuts You Up would also be a fun choice.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to play some shows in the next year or so, and to eventually release my discography on cassette. I was very happy to be included on a compilation last year put out by a French label called Anywave, and I'd like to be able to put out more physical copies of my work as time goes on. To have my songs put on wax would also be pretty incredible.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for wanting to speak to me about my songs, Renato, it means a lot to have someone reach out and be kind about them.

Hopefully if anyone listens to my tracks, they can at least find one or two that they enjoy. If anyone does enjoy what they hear, I’m a bit of a social media recluse, so the best way to keep up with me is to follow my Bandcamp page. I tend to release new stuff every few weeks or so, and 99% of the time it is free. See ya down the road.
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https://thebradley.bandcamp.com

quinta-feira, 4 de abril de 2019

9geese with Gentle Lime - An Interview


Imagine que desde 1991 músicas gravadas em sessões caseiras, sem o menor tratamento, digamos profissional, mas que tinham conexões fortíssimas com o que acontecia e que realmente aconteceu naquela época.. Amigos que cresceram naqueles loucos anos, onde por pura diversão, começaram fazendo covers de Devo, e daí cresceram, montaram outros projetos e aquelas gravações permaneceram desde então cruelmente esquecidas.

O local era Ohio, nos Estados Unidos, e os caras se chamavam Gentle Lime. E essa história depois de décadas foi devidamente resgatada, pelos próprios caras, que enfim, jogaram tudo na página do bandcamp do Gentle Lime para que a memória daqueles tempos fosse devidamente registrada.

Sonoramente "9geese", o EP que contém as quatro canções é de uma pureza e crueza incríveis, o Gentle Lime soa com aquele frescor das bandas da C86, cheio de raiva juvenil, melodias grudentas, aquele barulhinho delicioso que adorávamos chamar de noise pop.

Para fãs de Black Tambourine, Henry´s Dress e outros heróis do submundo dos bons sons.

***** Interview with Gentle Lime *****


Q. When did Gentle Lime begin? Tell us about the history...
1. Gentle Lime was a quick project we threw together in 1991. Brian, Mark and Mike were in Witch Hazel (later The Witch Hazel Sound) and we (Brian and Bob) had been making music together from a fairly young age- playing Devo covers, writing weird, minor-key songs on our hillbilly grandparent’s electric organ and eventually starting numerous bands and music projects together. Our memory is that we wrote and rehearsed the songs in one afternoon and then booked some studio time the next weekend. The studio session was quick and easy, no-nonsense and recorded live in an evening. We all really understood each other musically and liked each other personally so we just poured the music out onto tape together.

The tape was then shelved for decades, but really just stuck in our minds; these were songs we knew we would release at some point. The four of us had an amazing chemistry together but with everything else going on in our lives (Mike and Mark continuing in Witch Hazel, Bob and Brian starting numerous other bands/music projects, families, jobs, etc.) we never got back together. It’s really cool that the songs are catching some attention.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. Growing up in Ohio, we all were heavily influenced by Devo and Pere Ubu. Some other bands would definitely be REM, Slowdive, Felt, The Fall....

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. We have lost touch with the other two, so we’ll say our top 5 albums would be:
The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall by The Fall,
Life’s Rich Pageant by REM,
Cheap Trick by Cheap Trick,
Autobahn by Kraftwerk
and Loveless by My Bloody Valentine.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. Gentle Lime never played live. For us though, in our other bands, playing live has always been a powerful thing. We are always awestruck by it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
5. There is so much phenomenal new music out there right now. JJUUJJUU, Carlton Melton, The Stargazer Lilies, Noyades, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete and Pure X are bands we are currently into.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
6. The new Mercury Rev cover of Bobby Gentry’s album The Delta Sweetie is a work of art. We would love to cover anything by Felt. Lawrence is a genius.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
7. We are trying to find Mike and Mark and would love to make more music as Gentle Lime. Otherwise, we are continuing to release music as Whistle Mix, Lights and Melodies and The Keys of Bontempi. You can hear hints of Lime in those bands.

Q: Any parting words?
8. Thanks for your interest in these songs and underground/homemade music everywhere.
https://gentlelime.bandcamp.com/album/9geese
https://thekeysofbontempi.bandcamp.com
https://lightsandmelodies.bandcamp.com/releases
https://whistlemix.bandcamp.com/

quarta-feira, 3 de abril de 2019

Victory Is Rated with Dark Blue - An Interview


O poderio do punk aliado a sensibilidade pop, guitarras poderosas conduzem o que poderíamos resumir simplesmente como indie rock em sua essência, e, assim flui sonoramente o quarteto Dark Blue.

"Victory Is Rated" é o terceiro trabalho dos caras da Pensilvânia, e acertará em cheio os amantes de música, ou como eles mesmo sintetizam perfeitamente o que fazem, street pop, rótulo mais do que pertinente.

Sem contra indicações, sem extremismos, para ouvir a qualquer momento e claro, alto.


***** Interview with Dark Blue *****

Q. When did Dark Blue begin? Tell us about the history...
1. Dark Blue began in my head as I patrols the Australian Institute of Sport as a night watchman. That why it sounds the way that it does. A hazy, nightmarish version of the Brit pop and OI i listened to as a young fellow. After 12 months of writing songs like this I moved back to Philadelphia an recruited Andy and Mike. The rest as they say is a fucking good ass history.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. For this project I would say my influences are Blitz, The Housemartins, John Cale, Robbie Williams' beef with Jimmie Paige and austerity measures.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. I don't have 5 all time albums hit here are 5 perfect albums:
The La's - ST
Discharge - Hear Nothing...
Willow Nelson - Phases and Stages
Assrash - Up The Punx
Frank Sinatra - Sings Only The Lonely

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. I use to hate playing live but now I try to have fun no matter what. Take the piss out of the audience, play some great songs, be with my dark blue brothers. We'll play in Brasil if you can get us there.

Q. How do you describe Dark Blue´s sounds?
5. Dark Blue is Street Pop. Plain and simple.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. I write every song and usually hum them into my phone and send the songs to mike and Andy. They're so good that we can sometimes not practice them and head right into the studio to nail them down. I'm very fortunate to have these hairy bewdies.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. Lots of great new music in Philadelphia. Soul Glo, The Ire, The Guests, Writhing Squares. You should also check out this good skinhead band from England called Pink Floyd. I love them.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. I would love to cover Tal Bachman's She's So High an we probably will because I am an asshole and it's a great song. Cannot deny a good tune.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. Our plans consists of continuing to write and release good ass records and play as infrequently as possibly yet enough to stay relevant. Maybe we can play in your house or apartment. Invite the family over. Just pay for out flights as we are fucken there mate!

Q: Any parting words?
10. Stay safe down there my friend. I read the news. Love everyone, drink every beer. Let the stars be your guide. Ok not that last part astrology is for psychopaths.
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https://www.facebook.com/DARKBLUESKINS/
https://darkblueskins.bandcamp.com

sexta-feira, 29 de março de 2019

Passing Place with Lake Pleasant - An Interview


Eis que a Escócia, depois de algum tempo, resolve aterrizar nas páginas do TBTCI, representanda pelo cowboys gazers do Lake Pleasant.

Um slowcore em formas gazers. Peso e melancolia, dividem em níveis iguais as predileções sonoras dos caras.

Por vezes soam como um híbrido de Codeine com Nothing, em outras uma colisão de Hum com Red House Painters.

Alguns singles e eps no currículo, sem contar o debute homônimo do ano passado. Prolíficos, os caras soltaram no final de Fevereiro, "Passing Place", o novo single, que segue a lógica densa dos caras.

Para ouvir alto e sozinho.


***** Interview with Lake Pleasant *****


Q. When did Lake Pleasant begin? Tell us about the history...
Cal and I (Blain) met in university and were pretty set on starting a band. I wrote a bunch of songs that became our first LP while we looked for a drummer. When I moved home over summer I got in contact with Mike who I knew from high school, and managed to persuade him to play drums. Since then we’ve just been playing shows and writing more music.

Q: Who are your influences?
When writing for Lake Pleasant, I take a lot of influence from modern shoegaze bands like Cloakroom, Nothing and Pity Sex. Slowcore bands like Duster and Red House Painters also have a lot of influence on the way I write music. I’ve been told we sound like HUM or My Bloody Valentine by people at shows and I can see where they’re coming from.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I know the other two guys will have completely different lists but here’s mine as of Feb 2019:
1. oso oso - The Yunahon Mixtape
2. Cloakroom - Further Out
3. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me
4. La Dispute - Rooms of The House
5. Milo - Who Told You Not To Think

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live can be a lot of fun. It feels really good when we’re in the pocket and the sound is good. I always laugh when people come up to us after shows and comment on how ‘big’ our sound is. On the other hand, I feel like the shoegaze style can go over a general listeners head a bit, with us also often being told to ‘turn the vocals up’ hahaha. Playing shows is just a good excuse for the three of us to spend time together, which we all really enjoy.

Q. How do you describe Lake Pleasant´s sounds?
Lake Pleasant’s sound is very loud and very slow. I love to contrast loud sections with very delicate quiet sections, which really helps build the scale of our music. Although our sound is very heavy, I feel like a lot of the songs have very poppy accessible elements buried under all the effects.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We record with our good friend Marc Thow at Tarot Studios in Glasgow. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and we mostly focus on having fun while we record. Everytime we go to record I feel like we make a concerted effort to trump our last work, and it’s been pretty successful so far I’d say.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There’s a load of cool Scottish bands around right now that I feel aren’t getting anywhere near enough attention, so here’s just a few: HEYUP, Velveteen Riot, Suffer/Wallow, Colourful, Moonsoup, Anyone’s Ghost

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
The first day Cal and I met we impromptu booked a practice room and just jammed all the different riffs we knew. Most of them were Blink-182, so probably them!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have a number of shows lined up to play over the next couple months and we are currently writing a bunch of new music for our second LP which we hope to be out later this year.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks very much for wanting to chat with us. We have a record out tomorrow (22nd of Feb) called Passing Place. It’s two of our best tracks we’ve done so far and you should definitely check it out. Check out Harvest of Stars Records and have a good day!
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https://www.instagram.com/harvestofstars/
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quarta-feira, 27 de março de 2019

Ticket to the Otherworld with Voyage in Solitude - An Interview


Derrick Lin, a mente por trás do Voyage in Solitute já apareceu nas páginas do TBTCI com seu outro projeto, o Solitarion, agora é a vez de sua outra metade.

Sai de cena a parte sonhadora para dar espaço ao seu projeto mais experimental, pro vezes estridente, em outras climático e denso, já em outras a eletrônica e as guitarras caminham para algo entre o post rock e um shoegaze metalizado, mas em nenhum momento seguindo deliberadamente à nenhum dos extremos.

"Ticket to the Otherworld" é o novo single, que além da peça original, ainda traz uma versão instrumental e outra remix, mas o supra sumo do Voyage in Solitude é o EP anterior, "Last Train From The Hill", este sim, condensando na integra todas as variáveis do projeto.

Uma viagem extremamente particular e intimista.


***** Interview with Voyage in Solitute *****


Q. When did Voyage in Solitude begin? Tell us about the history…
I'm Derrick Lin from Hong Kong. I started Voyage In Solitude in 2016 as my solo music project. As a citizen in one of the world busiest cities, I want to express the loneliness, helplessness, frustration of people in this city, in modern society. It started as a band with typical shoegaze sound but it has become heavier and darker in terms of music like "metalgaze" or "blackgaze". In July 2018, I have released my debut EP called Last Train From The Hill, which included 6 songs.

Q: Who are your influences?
There are the shoegaze classics like Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine and Ride which inspire me to get the "wall of sound" guitar texture. The atmospheric black metal pioneers such as Darkthrone and Burzum is a great source of inspiration as well. Of course, the blackgaze bands like Alcest, Deafheaven, Les Discrets really blew my mind when I first listened to them.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Slowdive - Just For a Day
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Alcest - Les Voyages de l'Âme
Deafheaven - Sunbather
Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live makes me totally lose myself at the stage to the shimmering wall of sound and thrashing drums. As my songs are atmospheric and on post-rock structure, playing them make me feel I am the storyteller, telling a tale in front of the audience. I am a reserved person but I can express my feelings and emotions especially when playing live.

Q. How do you describe Voyage in Solitude´s sounds?
It's shoegaze with atmospheric metal. Some may call it "blackgaze" but it's not necessary that "black". In my songwriting, I incorporate layers of guitar wall of sound with drum blastbeats. The songs structure more like post-rock, focusing on the atmosphere that the songs will build up. Each songs are like a mini story to be told. My songs are not often very dark in feelings, but more like melancholic, which reflects the people in the cities.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
My writing process is kind of mingling with recording process. As a solo musician, I have to record to see if all musical parts fit right.

I usually start with chords first when writing songs. If the chord progression still sound great with an acoustic guitar, I can go ahead further.

Then I lay drums for arrangement. Bass and vocals are done to connect all the dots. Guitar leads are the last.

I repeat the process again to refine the composition in demos(better-sounding chords, more drum fill-in, better lyrics etc. )

Once I am satisfied with all songs, I record again, mix and master them and ready to release.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
An Ocean of Light. Blackgaze with nice post-rock touch. It's also one of the bands that will co-release a split with me.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I would choose Slowdive. I always remembered experience for the first time when I heard the song "When the Sun Hits". It blew my mind. I never thought there was a music like that back in the days.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I am teaming up with another 4 bands to release a split in April.

They are Sadness from Mexico, Falaise from Italy, Crescent Days from Germany and An Ocean of Light also from Mexico. While currently producing for the split, I also start writing some new songs. I hope I can plan my next album in Fall 2019.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for checking out Voyage In Solitude. And the blog is filled with many goodies!
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