terça-feira, 19 de junho de 2018

Chiba City Love Songs with Crash Dept - An Interview

Já que estamos em época de Copa do Mundo, e a Rússia é o centro das atenções, ao menos , esportivamente falando, vamos fazer uma conexão sonora via, a cidade de Yekaterinburg, e o duo pós punk, dark, gazer, ou tudo isso junto, Crash Dept.

Na miscelânea barulhentamente dançante dos caras, há espaço ara Mach Violets, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Pop Will Eat Itself e Curve, em doses precisamente iguais.

Guiado por bases eletrônicas, o Crash Dept soltou "Chiba City Love Songs", seu primeiro trabalho, que unifica as referências citadas, em tons gélidos e soturnos, sem em momento algum deixar o lado dançante e cerebral de lado.

Se vai existir algum vencedor pelos lados da Rússia, o Crash Dept é grande favorito a taça.

***** Interview with Crash Dept *****

Q: When did Crash Dept start? Tell us about the history…
(G) In fact, we've been around for some 8 years: we first formed as Twinmachine in 2010 to play old school goth post-punk. As it usually tends to happen, things had gone wrong at some moment, we lost momentum and technically disbanded by 2012 (still managed to release a full-length album though). The latest reunion attempt resulted in our car slamming into a concrete fence shortly after we drove out to play a gig in a neighboring town (things can get tricky on snowy roads at -30°C). Okay, we thought, maybe it's time for a major reboot. (Also we decided that our new band name just HAD to have 'Crash' in it. Unavoidable JG Ballard reference! I guess we'll have to do a Warm Leatherette cover)

Long story short, if I were to write a book about those years I'd go with a title "How To Screw Up Your Band For Sure".

We 'restarted' just recently, and the rest is technical details. What you hear on the debut EP comes partly from the old demo archive and is partly new, and I should say we've got a few more demos in that archive.

Q: Who are your influences?
(G) Unsurprisingly enough, we grew up largely on late 90's music. Britpop, nu metal, big beat, industrial rock... you name it.

And then came the Internet-powered post-punk and shoegaze rediscovery. The March Violets, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Chameleons UK, Comsat Angels etc. had inspired our earlier goth rock efforts, and you might hear traces of it in Crash Dept as well. Bauhaus and Peter Murphy had defined Constantine's vocal manner. And, of course, early 90's Curve, Ride, JAMC and MBV albums were like a revelation and later a production handbook to me! Also, nearly everything I love in modern music turned out to have been produced or mixed by Alan Moulder by some coincidence.

Lastly, the 2nd wave bands like Ceremony and APTBS just made us do it!

Q: Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
(G) Obvious shoegaze classics aside, over some debate we've agreed upon these supersolid monoliths one can listen to without skipping a track:
(in alphabetical order)

British Steel by Judas Priest
Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
Disintegration by The Cure
God Hates Us All by Slayer
Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins

Q: How do you feel playing live?
(G) At the start of the set, mostly "When does it end?" and "I wanna go home". At the end of the set, "Seems not so bad. Wait, what, the last song already?" As stressful and anxiety-fueling as it gets, there can hardly be anything more emotionally rewarding than a successful gig, so it's a love/hate relationship. Anyway, we're a studio band rather than a live act at the moment, however hope to return to the stage sometime soon.

Q: How do you describe Crash Dept's sounds?
(G) I'd love to think of it as The Missing Link between Loveless and Pretty Hate Machine (pun intended). Well, some people have described our sound as 'true' or 'classic' shoegaze. I'm okay with that: it's not like we dream of reinventing the genre, and we can't relate much to all that recent dreampop hype.

There's a quarter-century old sound archetype we're reproducing, voluntarily or not: heavy mechanistic beats, layered drum loops, generously distorted guitar walls and occasional gritty synths. You could easily do an industrial rock track with these tones.

And yes, that said, we're preparing the next EP which will sound somewhat different as we feel a need to close the Trent Reznor-wannabe gestalt, so I guess Crash Dept is going to not just be a shoegaze band but a broader attempt to interpret that decade's legacy and reflect on our background.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
(G) A song usually starts with a bedroom demo, then some structure tweaks follow and the lyrics appear (Constantine does that; I don't know how and I suspect some kind of magic).

All the tracking and mixing gets done at my studio (I also happen to be an audio engineer working with the local underground bands). Sometimes it takes an evening or two to lay down all the guitars for a song, sometimes years (as revisions and re-recordings come). There's usually some serious multilayering involved too.

As you know, a track can never be finished, just abandoned. If we hadn't set a deadline I'd probably still be editing a thirty-something revision of the opening track mix.

One could think that recording/mixing your own music (when you've got the skills and gear) is pretty convenient but I'm afraid that's totally opposite. You end up overthinking, overworking and plainly wasting time trying to get your song another millimeter closer to perfection that almost no one would give a damn about. Don't be like me: support your local engineers!

Q: Which new bands do you recommend?
(G) There are so many new bands these days that you just regret you have only 24 hours a day!
It's hard to trace every band's background (besides, I'm not really sure what counts as new) so I'll go by the latest albums/EPs instead if you don't mind.

So let's see: Principe Valiente (Swe) released a wonderful album last year, be sure to check it out if you've come from the dark side just like us; what else... FUTURE (Fr), DoZzz (Tw), Lacing (US), Soft Touch(US), Luby Sparks (Jp), Collapse (Jp), Lowtide (Au) to name a few. As for the adjacent genres, I'm totally in love with High-Fuctioning Flesh and Drab Majesty.

The local scene in Yekaterinburg seems surprisingly active lately too. I'd recommend checking out SAAT, a shoegazey Midwest emo band. Those guys got an attitude!

Also check out COSme, the reunited Russian shoegaze veterans (ex-PLASTICA). Gorgeous sound!

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
(G) The Normal (see Q1), Front 242, The Human League... There was a period we wanted to abandon guitars altogether and start a synth rock band. Well, doing guitar versions of those would be fun too!

Also we've got A Taste Of Decay by Whispers In The Shadow in our goth rock setlist and it sounds unexpectedly raw and aggressive. We prefer not to announce that it's a cover so the audience might think we can write good songs.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
(G) Apparently, to make another bunch of typical band mistakes we hadn't made yet. Anyhow, recording the next EP is top priority, and then we'll see. Planning is not our strong side, if there's any.

Q: Any parting words?
(G) So long and thanks for all the fish. I mean media support. Renato is the man! Also remember to stay hydrated and please mind the gap.

Oh, and be sure to stop by https://crashdept.com/ and hit your preferred social media link!


The Anti​-​Life with Bruises - An Interview

Com a aura emo no DNA, o duo marido-esposa, Bruises já esta junto tocando por aí há mais de vinte anos em inúmeras bandas que já não existem mais, e aí, Angie e Jason, resolveram que só os dois dariam conta de seguir adiante com o novo projeto.

Chegaram ao primeiro EP, "The Anti-Life", que veio ao mundo há pouco mais de um mês, e seguem seu DNA emo mas com inserções de shoegaze e eletrônica no meio da receita.

Na realidade o Bruises é um caldeirão sonoro, não existem regras pro casal, é música, e música boa para ser apreciada alta, é claro.

***** Interview with Bruises *****

Q. When did Bruises start? Tell us about the history...
J and I (Angie) have been playing music together longer than we have been married. We have been playing music together for 20 years, we were the rhythm section in bands (I’m a drummer and he played bass) for a solid 10 years. As those bands ended, we didn’t want to be done with music so we began writing on our own. In around 2008, we started writing as our own project. We had a different name that recently became Bruises.

Q: Who are your influences?
For me, Jimmy Eat World was a huge influence for years- as a drummer. Third eye blind, Paramore, frightened rabbit is probably an all time favorite. The late singer’s most recent project has been a big influence most recently and are called Mastersystems.

As far as Bruises songs and inspiration and influence go, Frightened Rabbit was suggested to me by a close friend and when I heard them I thought- this band gets me. The album Pedestrian Verse was where I started. Then I just wanted everything I could get. I really love a song that reaches into my heart. The headspace that a song creates usually gets me writing and thinking.

Jason would tell you that Rush was big for him as a bassist. Starflyer 59 is a favorite of his, Sensefield as well. His musical background has a lot of variety, hip hop, punk, heavy metal. He can digest a lot more than I can. As a musician, my bloody valentine has been a huge influence for him. Art through film effects and inspire J as well. Twin Peaks was big for him.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. Frightened Rabbit- Painting of a panic attack
2. Rush- Moving Pictures
3. Starflyer 59- Americana
4. Converge- you fail me
5. Jimmy Eat World - clarity

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is my favorite thing. Shaping our songs to be exciting live is fun. I hope to book a lot of shows for this summer.

Q. How do you describe Bruises´ sounds?
Rock, shoegaze, alt rock. You tell us. This is a hard one. We just write music that we like the sound of.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Well, if Jason has any song ideas recorded, I go through them to see what grabs my attention. Sometimes it starts that way and I put melodies to it. Lately, I will write a song on guitar, add vocals and Jason builds it from there. We get a feel for the mood and tempo we want and add drums. The recording process is where Jason really gets creative. I love how the songs become more complete with his additions. It’s like I bring a skeleton of a song and he fully dresses it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
1. Mastersystems- dance music.
2. Paramore’s new album After Laughter
3. Deafheaven
4. Chvrches
5. Manchester Orchestra
6. TW Walsh
7. Starflyer 59

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
David Bowie or Queen would be a pic for me, sensefield, frightened rabbit since they’ve had such a huge influence on me. Jason says photograph by Def Leppard.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To play a lot of live shows, write a lot of new songs.

Q: Any parting words?
Our goals are to write honest, quality music. We love it.


segunda-feira, 18 de junho de 2018

Nothing Quite As Heavy with Shun - An Interview

Vem da Alemanha o mais novo integrante da enorme linhagem de bandas que pega o post hardcore, o grunge, o shoegaze e injetam doses de angústia, barulho e melancolia.

Raiva contida que explode fortes e intensas doses por entre guitarradas e densidade sonora. Assim é o debute dos alemães do Shun. "Nothing Quite As Heavy" é pesado, é melódico, é barulhento e também é sonhador.

Conectando-se com Narrow Head, Nothing, Whirr, e outros tantos, o Shun é feito sob medida pra ouvir alto e sem protetores auriculares.

***** Interview with Shun *****

Q. When did Shun start? Tell us about the history...
I think we started getting together sometime in 2014. We were just a couple of friends coming from different musical backgrounds who wanted to make music again. Initially we wanted to start out as a hardcore/punk band since that was the smallest common denominator I guess, haha. So we started playing in Jan’s old basement (which we lost later on due to a pipe burst; it was a miracle that our equipment survived mostly undamaged). With each time we played together we strayed a bit further from that original idea and now we’ve ended up where we are now. It really took us some time to find our sound though, and it wasn’t until 2016 that we started to really pursue the idea of forming a real band that plays shows and all…

Q: Who are your influences?
Most of us have their musical taste all over the place. For the band though, the most essential influences come from dream pop, grunge, and noisier shoegaze, all from both traditional and newer bands. Like I said above, initially our sound was more punk/hc influenced before we added some grunge and finally a lot of dreamy stuff to our style. Our favorite bands include Beach House, Title Fight, Wild Nothing but obviously also more “classic” bands such as Slowdive have influenced our sound.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Jan (drums): This Will Destroy You – s/t
Maxim (guitars): The Vaders – A Link to the Past
Mitch (guitars): Rancid – And Out Come the Wolves
Martin (bass, vocals): The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

And one that all of us adore a whole lot: Turnover – Peripheral Vision

Q. How do you feel playing live?
To be honest, after about 20 shows now we still feel a little overwhelmed and anxious about each time we go on stage. I think it’s mainly because of the expectations we have about our own performance, we want to do our best. Funnily enough, depending on the place where we play we sometimes don’t expect anything great at all – which makes all of feel a lot more comfortable about everything that happens on stage. Those have turned out to become the better shows in the process, haha! But no matter where we go we always love to play new cities, we have been to many places in Germany and the Netherlands already and in June we will play in Vienna, Austria for the first time. It’s definitely an important aspect about the whole band thing – playing live and hanging out together and with other bands.

Q. How do you describe Shun´s sounds?
We like to describe our music as a mixture of the grittiness and bleak atmosphere of Nothing and the catchy, melodic focus of Turnover. Both of those bands have also been great influences on us, obviously. I guess overall we’re still not entirely sure how “dirty” we want our music to sound. It’s
never gonna be lo-fi or anything like that, but after this first EP sounding rather modern and “clear” we will see how the new songs we are writing right now will develop and which sound fits them best.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
“Nothing Quite As Heavy” was recorded in September and October last year. We spent 4 days at Tiny Pond Studio in Hanover, which is a 2 ½ hour drive from Münster where we live. We rented an apartment for the time, and it made the whole experience really unique since we really spent the entire time together: when we were done in the studio for the day, we went on to cook dinner together and so on. Unfortunately, I (Martin) was really sick for most of the time, so I drank literally nothing else but ginger tea for 5 days straight. I recovered a little just before we began recording the vocals, but still had to take a shot of nose drops before each new take, haha. For “Over Me” our friend Vicky from Münster took the time to come to Hanover as well to put in some additional vocals. We had only tried it in our rehearsal space a few times and had no idea what it would sound like in a proper recording setup, but the result made us all really happy. After the initial 4 days, Mitch and I went to Hanover one more time in October to record additional noises and background sounds. Our car broke down before heading back which made everything a lot more complicated (since we had all the gear with us), but that’s another story.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Out of all the bands in Germany right now, our friends in Swirlpool are definitely the most ambitious. Their debut EP comes out May 25th and we’re happy to play a few shows with them, because we believe that’s some of the best shoegaze/alternative stuff to come out of this country for a long, long time. Seriously, check them out. Also, the first LP by New Native from Austria has been released earlier this year

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Right now we are working on a cover version of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home”. Like I said, our tastes are really varied and all of us (excluding Maxim, haha) are big fans of Drizzy! Many of his songs also have this kind of somber atmosphere to them, so we wanted to explore how that translates to our sound. We’ll let you know when we have an audible result.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
The rest of this year will be dedicated to playing shows and writing new songs for a follow-up release. There are a lot of ideas already and we aim to push our own abilities a bit further. In the long run, the next big goal is to craft a release that will make it to vinyl somehow. It would be great to have our own music on our favorite physical format one day.

Q: Any parting words?
We’re glad that so many people from outside of Germany show their interest! In Europe it sometimes feels like all bands/artists are somewhat prone to anything that comes from the US. And even though we also love a lot of that stuff we hope to make a contribution to our own scene and show that there’s something worth listening to from our continent.


sexta-feira, 15 de junho de 2018

The Skating Party, "Been Caught Feeling' - Track by Track

Gregory James é nome mais do que conhecido aqui nas páginas do TBTCI, na verdade como diria o Reverendo Fábio Massari, Greg é daqueles, prediletos casa, por conta de seu alter ego, The Skating Party, onde, suas canções da mais pura pureza pop podem ser resumidas pelo nome da gravadora da qual ele comanda, Hidden Gem Records.

E os tesouros de Greg chegaram ao seu quarto trabalho, "Been Caught Feeling", lançado no primeiro dia de Junho, e ainda mais deliciosamente viciante, Greg, condensa no disco, todas suas inspirações, sejam gazers, sonhadoras, ou pequenas preciosidades do mais puro twee, Greg sintetiza o que de melhor o The Skating Party tem, as melodias.

"Been Caught Feeling" é harmonicamente perfeito, e como dito lá no início uma verdadeira "preciosidade escondida" que o TBTCI fez questão de pedir a seu criador disseca-la canção a canção, desvendando assim seus mistérios e sabores.

Delicie-se com Greg e seu maravilhoso The Skating Party.

***** The Skating Party, "Been Caught Feeling' - Track by Track *****

Strangled by Stars...is the opening track of “Been Caught Feeling,” and probably my most shoegaze-esque track to date. When I started the Skating Party, it was very much a “bedroom recording project,” which leaned heavily on the use of vintage drum machines and synths. I wanted to open this album with a track that was punchy, and that had a big live band feel, even though it was still one person. I loved tracking this song, and really was really pleased with the drum sound and the noisy guitars for the outro section. I tried to create a push/pull effect with some rawness in the verse and hopeful lyrics in the chorus. A synthy organ makes a subtle appearance in the 2nd verse, because some habits you cannot break, haha. The album version has a very low, almost inaudible intro, so my
apologies if you crank this track to hear it and your ear drums get beat up when the song kicks in.

Diamonds…This song started out with a chorus melody, and I remember only having the syllables without the lyrics. I was trying to figure out the words that fit, and then the song sort of morphed into a tale of a young girl with much attention from her male peers. The girl in the story is seems perfect because she is so much like guys that adore her, but it’s also her downfall. I tried to make the verses have a psychedelic feel, with twangy delayed guitars and an unorthodox drumbeat before it gets into
the cleaner pre-chorus, chorus, etc. The track was never released as a single and I shot a homemade video to be released as the lead single from the album.

Tomorrow’s Charade…is a story of boy meets girl then boy gets a little hung up knowing that it’s never going to work out between them. Point being, sometimes you just know the outcome, but you go along for the ride regardless. I layered various synth sounds blended with sweeping xylophone
notes to set the mood of the song on each intro and chorus melody . The song is very jangly and I like the single note melodies in the chorus. I programmed drums for this track, which is the only song w/out “live drums’ (besides the bonus track) on the record, but I think it still fits in with the rest of the album. The tambourine, however, is real…very real, haha.

Twin Polar…is one of the 1st songs I recorded for the album and the 1st  track I recorded with “live drums,” in my current home studio. I also close miked the drums which somehow gave the song areal analog warmth to it in my humble opinion. As I was writing it, it really felt like something you would hear in a winter storm with its sluggish verse and chorus. With that said, the lyrics followed a tormented soul trudging through a storm only to realize it doesn’t get much better when he returns
home. I really liked how the outro guitar solo turned out, and extra credit goes to anyone who can figure out the inaudible background scream at the very end.

Remember the Chain…I was working on this track a year ago, when TBTCI approached me about a Dreampop Comp which I then gladly finished and submitted the track. The only changes I made to the song since the original mix, were some EQ and level changes to the Mix and Master. The song is about a past relationship when each person realizes how much better that may have been, have they met later in life. It was tricky trying to mix the multiple vocal melodies in the outro, but it’s the best I could do, and I am happy with the results…for now.

Draped in Gloom… I wrote this track about a very unique crush that was doomed from beginning. There’s something inspiring about “what if,” situations. The chorus came first when I was writing the song, and I decided, it would be nice to have a song begin with the chorus for a change, instead of the
usual Verse/Chorus/Verse/Chorus The delayed trills in the beginning added a cool effect and mood to the song, and really sums of the subtle use of keys on this album instead of being so upfront like past albums. I made a video of women in distress from classic slasher films which I thought fit the song’s lyrics in a strange way. I channeled Robert Smith a bit on the vocals, so hopefully he doesn’t mind.

Soft Impressions…I wanted to close the album with a slower acoustic track, and I ended up using drums anyway and making this song much more elaborate than I intended. This song has one of my favorite lyrics from the album which is “loves’ a hospice, I’m her servant, with commitment, she’s
allergic.” This line led me to title, “Been Caught Feeling,” as it sums up the theme of the album as a whole, which is, life is short, so make the most of the relationships you find along the way, even if they are very small. I tried to create a dreamy effect with the e-bow guitar on this song, which is another favorite tool of mine.

Glass Curtains…This song was written, right after my last album, “Drowning the Electric Boy,” and as you may be able to tell, it would probably fit more on that record as it is more “electronic,” in its overall production. With that being said, I decided to include it as a bonus track on the CD and Cassette versions. The song is about the thin line between love and obsession. Out of all of the tracks, I think the vocals on this track came out in the top tier, for sure. Also, yes, there was a shout out to Philadlephia’s “Memory Tapes,” aka “Hail Social” in the 2nd Verse.


Kaleido Girl with Pink Haus - An Interview

Um mix de class of 86 e New Order, o projeto Pink Haus, depois de alguns aperitivos do que viria a ser seu primeiro EP, soltou enfim em 30 de Abril, o EP homônimo.

Uma delicia preguiçosa, com momentos do mais puro pop cintilante sonhador. Guiado por synths delicados e uma vocalização ainda mais preguiçosa, o Pink Haus é perfeito para momentos intimistas e de total tranquilidade.

O Pink Haus é lo fi sintético para seus sonhos.

***** Interview with Pink Haus *****

A mix of class of 86 and New Order, the project Pink Haus, after some appetizers of what would become the first EP, finally released on April 30, the eponymous EP.

A lazy delight, with moments of purest glittering dreamy pop. Guided by delicate synths and even more lazy vocalization, the Pink Haus is perfect for intimate moments and total tranquility.

Pink Haus is the synthetic fi fi for your dreams.


Q. When did Pin Haus start? Tell us about the history...
1) Not a lot of people know this, but "PINK HAUS" was born in April 2017 under a completely different nickname (not going to say which one it was), and a different subject, actually mainly focused on memes and my persona/alter ego. Since I was already a DIY musician, under that name I slowly started to post some covers of my favourite 80s bands, and received quite a bit of approval from my fanbase. That convinced me to shift the focus of the page from comedy to music, my real passion, and change my name to something closer to me (my childhood house is pink; "HAUS" is house in german), while still keeping my anonymity and the classic image of the white mask and black hat. On February 2018 I released my first original single Warm Beer, from "PINK HAUS ep", and the rest is history.

Q: Who are your influences?
2) While it's pretty obvious that my main influences are the bands and sounds of the eighties, I also enjoy quite alot some of the '60 acts like The Velvet Underground and The Beach Boys. Generally speaking I really enjoy anything that makes a good use of reverb (my favourite sound effect), and that can be any shoegaze/dreampop act as well as the vaporwave/cloud rap-wave (particularly Blank Banshee, Clams Casino or Saint Pepsi). Overall I'd say my all time favourite band is The Cure.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3) This is a very hard one, but I'll try anyway. I'll put them as my personal favourite albums, rather than of all time though.
In no particular order:
Disintegration by The Cure,
The Velvet Underground & Nico,
Pet Sounds/Smile by The Beach Boys,
Loveless by My Bloody Valentine,
and La Folie by The Stranglers

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4) As of today, I still haven't got the chance to perform live as PINK HAUS sadly enough. But of course I'd love to, and since I'm planning to move to London at the end of the year, my first official live date might come sooner than you think.

Q. How do you describe Pink Haus´ sounds?
5) Lots of reverb, lo-fi microphone recordings, bizarre synth and drums choices and deadpan/strained vocals over personal and sometimes cryptic lyrics. Oh, and did I mention reverb?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6) I'd describe it as "different". I first think about a vague concept of which I could make a song out of. Then I choose a title out of it and revolve all the recording and writing lyrics process on that, creating a vibe/sound/chord pattern that could suit that "particular" vague concept. The last thing I do I writing proper lyrics, but it's actually the easiest part, as I can create them usually in less than half an hour and recording them is a quick process as well, often on the first try.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7) I enjoy Beach House, Childish Gambino, Deafheaven (to a degree), Ghost B.C. (*insert Scooby Doo chase music joke*), Kendrick Lamar, Neutral.Solitude, PINK HAUS (joking), Blank Banshee, Death Grips (I love them, and had the fortune to see them live VERY CLOSE to the stage), John Maus and Clams Casino. Most of hese artists aren't actually extremely new/unknown to the music business, but I mean, compared to what I usually listen to...

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8) I'd love to make a Stranglers cover, one of my favourite bands, but many of their songs are actually quite challenging for me to recreate decently: they are very talented musicians. Also would love to make a Siouxsie & The Banshees or Cranberries song, but given that I find pretty hard to pull off female vocals, that's yet another challenge/obstacle to make those.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9) I'm currently working on the physical release of my debut album "PINK HAUS ep" (and it's going to be a special one), and also a free-to-download/streaming compilation, "Covers Vol.I", a collection of my old covers remastered, with 5-6 brand new covers too, and hopefully to release it by the end of June 2018. That's all I can say for now.

Q: Any parting words?
10) To every wannabe musician: keep going strong, and don't lose the hope too easily. And regarding me, check out my Facebook page for further news and releases and don't forget to support independent artists like me: they really need the support of their fans as they are the future of music.


quinta-feira, 14 de junho de 2018

Summer Colors with Nova Flares - An Interview

Uma brisa suave vai penetrando lentamente mente adentro desde os primeiros momentos de "Summer Colors", canção de abertura do primeiro EP do Nova Flares. Projeto encabeçado por Jason Wagers, onde o cara desfila suas surf sounds psicodélicas instrumentais.

Enquanto que o papa das surf sounds, Mr. Link Wray trafegada por caminhos mais caóticos e rústicos, o Nova Flares, mostra suavidade, em cintilantes momentos sonhadores.

Em um clima quase cinematográfico, Jason comete um delicioso souvenir, que serve de trilha sonora para passeios a beira mar ou apenas momentos intimistas, uma delicia. 

***** Interview with Nova Flares *****

Q. When did Nova Flares start? Tell us about the history...
Answer : Nova Flares started in the summer of 2017 when I started making music I felt was cinematic enough for a series of music videos that a videographer friend of mine wanted to make. I ended up really liking what I was recording so I just made it a new music project of mine. Coincidentally , my last music project “The Corridors” , which has a completely different sound , was facing lawsuit threats from a European band with the same name. It was time to move on anyways and start something new.

Q: Who are your influences?
Answer : There are so many influences that I have musically but for this music specifically I was incredibly inspired by a few different styles of music.

1. Neo-Psychedelic bands like Spacemen 3 , The Brian Jonestown Massacre , Underground Youth, Black Market Karma, Allah-Las.

2. Shoegaze bands like My Bloody Valentine , Dead Rabbits (UK) & The Jesus & Mary Chain.

3. Surf/Beach-Gaze bands like CASTLEBEAT , Fazerdaze , Mighty Sands , Pure X , Fever Blanket & Acid Ghost.

Q. Make a list of 5 favorite albums of all time…
1. Led Zeppelin - IV (1971)
2. Black Sabbath - Paranoid (1970)
3. Pink Floyd - The Wall (1979)
4. The Doors - L.A Women (1971)
5. Boston - Self Titled (1976)

That was really hard by the way. haha I grew up on classic rock so my earliest memories are of those records, and ultimately those records are the reason I ever wanted to make music in the first place.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Answer : I feel nervous. All day before a show and for the first 15-20 minutes of the set usually , and then I feel the greatest ecstasy I could ever feel and never want to stop playing and being in that moment. Being that nervous is something I acknowledge as something special. It’s there because each show you play will always be different than the last show, and you don’t know what to expect but It causes pure adrenaline and without that it wouldn't be near as special and rewarding when you are finally up there sharing a part of your soul with everyone. It’s the same reason people skydive or do unfamiliar things that scare them. That’s the best way I can describe it.

Q. How do you describe Nova Flares´ sounds?
Answer: Atmospheric Surf music with a Neo-Psychedelic twist.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Answer: For a whole summer I would literally just wake up , have a couple cups of coffee and think about transferring the times I had in the previous weeks into the sound of music. Just about every day I was writing new riffs which would eventually fill out into full songs when I would start recording. Normally all it takes is recording a guitar riff, bass riff , or drum beat and then before you know it, the song is practically writing itself. I was also working a bartending job at the time where I made drinks alone in an isolated room of a hotel and not at an actual bar , and when we were not busy I would be back there with my laptop listening to my recordings , thinking of melodies and concepts and recording the ideas into my phone. Using my time on the job to develop the Nova Flares tracks and concepts. Some of these songs were literally mixed and mastered on my laptop while I was working as a bartender at a hotel.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Answer: DIIV - (Dream Rock / Surf / Shoegaze)
Velvet Morning - (Neo-Psychedelic)
Allah-Las - (Surf / Neo-Psychedelic)
Holy Wave - (Neo-Psychedelic)
Spiritualized - (Neo-Psychedelic / Gospel)

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Answer: Thats a hard question but for now I would have to say, “Pale Blue Eyes” by The Velvet Underground or “Dead Flowers” By The Rolling Stones , despite the fact that it’s been covered a lot.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Answer: Im about to go move in with record producer friend of mine for a year and learn recording techniques / collaborate with him and a plethora of artists , and after the year is over and I’ve furthered my education I will be moving to Austin , Texas where there is a ridiculously amazing music scene. I took a visit out there two weeks ago and it was paradise to me. Where I grew up and live currently there isn’t near as much going on.

Q: Any parting words?
Answer: Yes, I would just like to thank you for interviewing me and expressing your love for music to the world, especially MY music , because not everyone will do that and it’s something that I hold very dear to me. I don't get offended when people don’t like my music , but I still LOVE when people like my music. It gives me joy to think that I’ve inspired artists or people in even the tiniest ways , so thanks to you and all of the listeners out there. Physical copies of my EP are officially printed and will be available on my website www.novaflares.com on June 1st which is less than a month away. There will only be 100 copies to sell so if you like this music a lot , buy a copy from me. They won’t be expensive. An album is in the works and will be available in the next year or so at a larger quantity but this EP will be a very personal , scarce keepsake of whats to come with Nova Flares. Once again , I love and thank you all .



quarta-feira, 13 de junho de 2018

Daydream Distortion with Sonic Apparitions - An Interview

Até mesmo nos meios mais iniciados, o que se enxerga atualmente é um certo protecionismo, ou uma velada "panelinha", onde quem tem destaque são "bandas amigas", tudo em troca daqueles favorzinhos, seja, um merchan da banda, ou um cdzinho, enfim, é a moeda de troca usual dos sites "especializados" que existem aos montes por ai.

Como então uma banda formada há menos de seis meses, poderá ter sua música, ou suas idéias propagadas por ai? Ainda mais um duo de Los Angeles, que nunca se apresentou ao vivo, e que, como muitas bandas, soltou seu primeiro EP, totalmente DIY via Bandcamp?

Obviamente que bandas como o Sonic Apparitions ou darão sorte, ou terão que entrar no "jogo", ou, amantes de música de verdade, como o TBTCI, vão adentrar ao mundo de Alan Luu, vocais, guitarras e bateria, e Eldon Tsan, baixo, e sua melódica atmosfera mezzo shoegaze, mezzo college radio clássica.

O EP dos caras é simples, despretensioso e vai sem medo de ser feliz direto aos anais noventistas.

Pode dizer que soa derivativo, ou qualquer coisa que valha, mas aqui no TBTCI o Sonic Apparitions ganhou um fã e admirador, afinal gostamos de melodias sonhadoras, melancólicas e barulhentas com cheiro de 90´s, simples assim.

***** Interview with Sonic Apparitions *****

Q. When did Sonic Apparitions start? Tell us about the history...
A. Sonic Apparitions started from my desire to want to hit the stage again. Having not played live for a number of years, I do miss the feeling of performing, and since I have been creating music independently for about a year before this band’s conception, I figured I would start this project to spearhead my return to playing shows. Also, this is a unique opportunity for me to meld together many of my musical influences into a (somewhat) cohesive style.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Amesoeurs, Diiv, Whirr, Caspian, Deafheaven, Anathema, Grimes, The Cure, Pastel Ghost, The Police, Honeyblood, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and probably many others. I am also influenced by a variety of old school Cantopop; Danny Chan and Andy Lau to name a few.

E: My main influences on bass would be Peter Hook (Joy Divison/New Order), Steven Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees), and Andy Rourke (The Smiths). Genrewise, I listen to anything that has lots of atmosphere or incorporates usage of synths.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. In no particular order:
1. Dr Dre: The Chronic
2. Anathema: We’re Here Because We’re Here
3. Amesoeurs: Amesoeurs
4. Iron Maiden: Number of the Beast
5. Agalloch: Pale Folklore

E. In no particular order -
Agalloch's Ashes Against the Grain,
Alcest's Écailles de Lune,
Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures,
New Order's Power, Corruption, and Lies,
and Siouxsie and the Banshees' Juju.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. This band was formed with my hopes of returning to the stage. No other feeling comes close to the thrill of performing.

E. I'm looking forward to it

Q. How do you describe Sonic Apparitions´ sounds?
A. The sounds were inspired by my experiences driving through the city at night. It’s exciting and always a rush, and at the same time, relaxing and soothing.

E. Upbeat dream-poppy shoegaze with hints of metal

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A. Everything was recorded in our home studios, with guitars through DI, a DI blend with Bass, and programmed/sampled drums. The post production was done at my place as well.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. I recently discovered an electronic artist going by the name of Pastel Ghost that plays an eclectic style of dance/synthwave combined with the textures of shoegaze and dreampop. Her album Abyss came out in 2015 and was one of my best discoveries of late! Highly recommend!

E. Alex Cameron and Japanese Breakfast. Forced Witness and Soft Sounds from Another Planet are my favorite albums of 2017.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A. Any old school Cantopop classic.

E. New Order's Age of Consent

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. I would love to start doing regular shows. My ultimate goal is to be able to long-term tour.

E. Playing live and recording more music.

Q: Any parting words?
A. Thanks for giving a new band like us attention we hope to rock the stage soon!

E. Thank you for listening to our music and hopefully you enjoy any future releases we have.

terça-feira, 12 de junho de 2018

Some Time with Loom - An Interview

Mais doses de melancolia soterrado por camadas e mais camadas de fritações gazers, assim o quinteto do Texas, Loom, vem engrossar a linhagem de bandas que buscam no barulho a solução para a angústia de viver em um planeta caótico.

O Loom é descendente direto de Cure, MBV, Whirr, Nothing e outros que trilham essa tênue linha que une violentos sonhos estilhaçados pelas guitarras.

Desnecessário dizer que deve ser apreciado alto e com seus fones de ouvido.

***** Interview with Loom *****

Q. When did Loom start? Tell us about the history...
1. Loom started about one and a half years ago, me and a few friends just kinda messed around making some songs in his basement until I met casey our other guitarist off of reddit, that’s kinda when things really got started since we all worked so well together and had all the same influences and ideas.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. Our main influences are whirr, my bloody valentine, slowdive, deftones.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. Top 5 albums are:
Music has the right to children-Boards of Canada.
Floral Green-Title Fight.
Roads to Judah-Deafheaven.

And one more to break the rules Dyatlov-Sana Obruent

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. We haven’t played live yet but we will June 21st at beer land in Austin so come see!

Q. How do you describe Loom´s sounds?
5. How we describe our sound is big cascading glacier of noise that you can serenade yourself in.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. Uusually me or casey comes up with an idea of a song or a fully complete song and we bring it to everyone else and we all just add more stuff too it and jam on it until we really feel like we have something down, the actual recording process is really simple and DIY, we have some shitty mics we just record with in my friends basement then I just do all the mixing where ever I can to make sure it sounds ok on different speakers.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. New bands we recommend are Blankenberge, Warm, Keep, Sway, No Sun.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. We’re probably gunna be covering Cherry waves or pink maggit by Deftones since it’s easy and it sounds good in the ears.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. We’re currently working on a shelter for homeless caterpillars in the tri state area, other than that we’re just gunna keep making music until we have to split from all the stress of being too good, new stuff is gunna be better, louder, heavier, and pg-13 AKA Nick at Nite AKA Adult Swim.

Q: Any parting words?
10. Parting words: we are better than the beatles and elvis combined. And also thank you to everyone who checks out our music and supports it.


Shadow Me with Douse - An Interview

Angústia, melancolia, entrelaçadas por doses generosas de uma intrínseca e estridente intensidade harmônica, é o que vem criando o quarteto da Filadélfia, Douse.

Em seus dois EPs, "Row" e o mais recente, "Douse", o que se ouve é um caldeirão em plena ebulição,  onde elementos de post rock, shoegaze, grunge, pós punk, slowcore, post hardcore, e outras tantas ramificações sonoras são expelidos em doses matematicamente exatas.

O Douse é daquelas bandas que precisam ser escutadas em volume máximo, e certamente se você os encontrar por aí, não vá perder a oportunidade de vê-los/ouvi-los em cima dos palcos.

***** Interview with Douse *****

Q: When did Douse start? Tell us about the history…
A: Douse started a shade over a year ago. We conceptualized the band as a two-piece (Collin Fox & Josh Borosky.) We had initially hoped for the project to be much more metal influenced and pump out progressive, doomy jams (check out our first demo “Cavalier” on bandcamp.) Collin and Josh had been playing music together for years and had been in projects together before, but we knew we needed a full band to achieve our goals. The next few songs we wrote took a slight turn; We adapted a more jangly, smooth tone although we did not want to lose any of our rough edges. Our drummer, Dylan Smeltzer, was next to join. We played our first show in March of 2017 and then began to self-record our first release (“row”) immediately after. Kyle Cosgrove, a lifelong friend, joined the band as a second guitarist that summer. We focused heavily on live shows in the following months.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: All four of us have a pretty eclectic taste in music. Collectively though, we derive much of our sound from 90’s - early 2000’s alternative music. The grunge era, shoegaze, post-rock, hardcore punk, skramz and even some doom metal all influence our music. Not only do we take influence from music, but also from the people, places and things that personally speak to us. Lyrically our songs are personal, yet ambiguous. We’ll take ideas from anything; Horror movies, relationships or even the shitty car we are driving.

Q: Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: I’m sure this is a tough question for everyone. As said in the last question, we all have different tastes and influences. I wouldn’t say this is a “favorite albums of all time” list, but here’s 5 albums we all love, admire and wish we wrote:

Pixies - Doolittle
Hum - You’d Prefer an Astronaut
Title Fight - Hyperview
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Moving Mountains - Pneuma

Q: How do you feel playing live?
A: Gigs are the reason we do this. We try to bring the same energy to every show, no matter where we are or who we are playing with. We love playing mixed bills especially with out-of-town bands and other folks who truly support the DIY scene. We set up all of our own shows and do all the dirty work. Douse will play alongside any genre in essentially any venue. Our sets are loud, sweaty and full of spontaneity.

Q: How do you describe Douse´s sounds?
A: Everything Douse pumps out comes naturally. We do not have a specific process for writing nor do we ever have an end game when starting a song. We love tempo, time-signature and key changes within songs. We hope to execute that even more going forward. It’s important for us to tighten up our overall sound, yet stay true to everything that influences us. We like the fact that we can be loosely pegged as shoegaze, but still sound much different than your typical dream-pop band.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: Recording our most recent self-titled EP was different than our usual process. We are used to recording all of our own material. The first Douse release, row, was recorded all in Collin’s house. We recorded pretty much everything live and did very little editing. We used everything that we would have used playing the songs at a gig. Our self titled EP that just came out on May 11th was recorded at Midley Grange Studios. Dylan Nalyd recorded, mixed and mastered the whole thing and he killed it. We recorded it all in 1 day and used a lot of the same strategies we used in the past; No cutting and pasting. We wanted these tracks to sound exactly like they do live.

Q: Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Honestly there are so many new, amazing bands within our genre bubble. We will take this as an opportunity to plug some of our Philly/Scranton friends that we respect and admire: So Totally, Cheap Seats, Cavity Kids, Kenny 3, Idolizer.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A: We don’t generally do covers. We played a cover live once and it was “When you sleep” by My Bloody Valentine. It’s easy to cover bands that you love or bands that sound just like you. I’ve always found covers that are drastically outside the band’s genre the most interesting. We haven’t done it yet, but keep your eyes peeled for a Rod Stewart “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” cover. That sax solo solo screams fuzzy guitar.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We never stop writing. Expect another short release or two before the year is over. Playing shows is our favorite thing about Douse so playing bigger, more impactful gigs is the short-term goal. We hope to play with some more recognized bands and play in some new cities. We haven’t played out of Pennsylvania yet, so this summer we will be playing out of town gigs. Eventually a tour will be in the works, hopefully by the end of this year. Creating some merch, physical copies of our music and a music video are also on the agenda. We try not to think too far ahead.

Q: Any parting words?
A: First and foremost, thank you for this opportunity. We love speaking about Douse in any capacity to fresh ears. Secondly, stay true to who you are and be good to one another. Respect musicians and artists alike and treat people the way you would like to be treated. Make music for that feeling you get when someone you’ve never met tells you that your music impacted them in a positive way. Douse has no other agenda.


segunda-feira, 11 de junho de 2018

Gold He Said with No Swoon - An Interview

Depois de muito pensar e sentir cada momento dos dois primeiros singles do trio de NY, No Swoon, cheguei a conclusão que a beleza sintética que Zack, Tasha e Ricky criaram podem ser resumidos como uma hipnótico e envolvente emaranhado de 4AD´s feelings.

Difícil precisar qual das duas canções são mais emblemáticas, se a doce e cristalina "Gold He Said", ou se, a densa e melancólica, "Still" se sobressaem-se uma a outra, creio que não, o fato é que ambas se completam, ou melhor, ambas se conectam e geram unidade.

Para uma banda que esta dando seus primeiros passos, o No Swoon impressiona e impressiona muito.

Para ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with No Swoon *****

Q. When did No Swoon begin? Tell us about the history...
Tasha: No Swoon actually started as a totally different project. I was writing Indie-Folk tunes and Zack was already working on that project with me. We met Ricky on New Years Day 2015 and asked him to join. We rehearsed a couple of times, but it never felt right. I ended up leaving New York to spend some time at home in California and bought an electric guitar and some pedals, and just messed around, trying to have fun with the instrument again. I re-visited a lot of the music my mom played when I was younger (Love and Rockets, New Order, The Cure, Cocteau Twins, the list goes on) and that music felt like home again. Zack was diving in to the synth world and joined me in California a few months later. We started writing what are now the songs on our EP and when we came back to NYC in 2016, we asked Ricky to join again. We played around with the first few songs and it just finally felt right, it felt exciting again.

Q: Who are your influences?
Tasha: Cocteau Twins for sure, Love and Rockets, Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Tasha: Such a tough question, but in no particular order:
Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Bjork - Vespertine
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

Zack: my list is mostly jazz and classical because that is what is closest to home
Miles Davis - Miles Smiles
Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come
Julliard Quartet - Beethoven: The Late String Quartets
Georg Friedrich Haas - in vain

And if I can sneak one more in, Edgar Meyer - Bach Cello Suites

Ricky: Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
Grateful Dead - Cornell 77
Rolling Stones - Exile On Main St.
Bob Dylan - Rolling Thunder Revue

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Tasha: Playing live is always a surreal experience. I’m always nervous even when I don’t think I am, but I feel that’s a good thing. Once on stage though, I have no choice but to play and have fun. And it’s always a learning experience. One of our best shows, in my opinion, we couldn’t hear anything on stage except drums and a little bass. It really made me just trust the guys (and myself) that we knew what we were doing and to just give it everything.

Zack: I’m not a great piano player, so playing live is always a bit nerve wracking. I am trying really hard to not play wrong notes. Mostly though I want to give as much energy as I can into the music that we are making.

Ricky: It’s about having fun, and taking risks in the moments that allow it. I always look forward to the things that we don’t know are going to happen. When you play live, it’s not like a rehearsal or practicing by yourself, at least for me my nerves kick in and there’s this heightened sense of awareness. I don’t really have a choice but to be present...then the show ends and it’s always faster than expected.

Q. How do you describe No Swoon´s sounds?
Zack: To me our sound is all about Tasha’s Cocteau Twins vibed voice, screaming guitars, and Ricky’s huge rock drum sound. My role is just to fill out the sound as much as possible and make everything gel.

Ricky: There’s this balance, Tasha’s voice and Zack’s synths are smoother and rounder, then there’s the distorted guitar and heavy drums, but they work, it never feels like anything is clashing.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Zack: The recording started with getting really good drum sounds. We went to a studio in Manhattan called Diamond City Studios that used to be John Cage’s place. Once we had drums tracked we spent the next few months tracking guitars, synths, voice and layering new parts. Once we felt we had everything in place we did mock mixes and produced the three songs. We added a heavy dose of electronic drum sounds and finished the arrangement with the new/experimental material we recorded. Then we brought in a master engineer, Jorge Elbrecht (No Joy, Japanese Breakfast, Wild Nothing), to mix the tracks. He absolutely killed it, and here we are!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Tasha: I recently started listening to Dream Wife, they’re such a breath of fresh air and a killer band.

Zack: It’s a huge pleasure to have friends that make incredible music. The bands Moonheart and Ginla are two.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Tasha: Well, we already do a cover of my top choice, which is Joy Division. We cover “Disorder.”

Ricky: Hah maybe Cherub Rock - Smashing Pumpkins?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Tasha: Play as many shows as we can and record another EP.

Zack: Write, record, tour, repeat!

Ricky: Play as many shows as possible

Q: Any parting words?
Tasha: Thank you!

Zack: I can’t wait till we come to Brazil for a show!

Ricky: Ciao


sexta-feira, 8 de junho de 2018

Vlimmer, "X" - Track by Track

Alexander Leonard Donat, é um cara prolífico em níveis extremos, o cara tem inúmeros projetos, leia-se, Fir Cone Children, Leonard Las Vegas, Feverdreamt, ele sendo ele mesmo em Leonard Donat, e o lado dark, escuro e experimental de sua verve que atende pelo nome de Vlimmer.

Pra quem acompanha as páginas do TBTCI, todos os projetos do cara são conhecidos, talvez o Fir Cone Children um pouco mais ao lado do próprio Vlimmer.

E é exatamente com o Vlimmer que ele talvez, concentre seus maiores esforços, ou pelo menos é o que aparenta. Alexander soltou em Março o décimo (!) sim, décimo trabalho em pouco menos de 3 anos. Tudo é conceitual no Vlimmer, a começar pelos nomes, I, II, III, IV, até chegarmos no décima parte em "X". Vale lembrar que nessa epopeia do Vlimmer ainda haverão de ser lançados mais 8 volumes, completando assim a saga dos 18 EPs.

Sonoramente, Leonard se concentra no lado soturno da música. Um pós punk cinzento com jeito germânico, aliás, o cara é alemão, nada mais óbvio, certo?!

O Vlimmer é perfeito para dias gélidos, noites intermináveis, e sim, momentos de depressão, então cuidado, a música pode aflorar todo e qualquer efeito colateral.

Entenda os segredos de "X" pelas palavras de Leornard, seu criador.

***** Vlimmer, "X" - Track by Track  *****

“X” is the 10th part of Vlimmer’s 18-EP series. Here’s what’s behind it:
1. Nachwehen: Like an exhausting summer night’s blackout – this song sounds like being found on the floor of some friend’s summer cottage with a decreasing heart rate. The only thing preventing your heart from stopping is the clacking sound of bones that resuscitate the body. The basic instrumental parts developed while jamming for the soundtrack of the disturbing German audiobook “Randow”. The bass is pretty deep, the voice quite fucked up and emotional. - Apart from my collaboration with Japanese artist Oceaneer (“Meerheit” EP) this is the first time you can really hear a piano on a Vlimmer recording. Lyric-wise “Nachwehen” actually belongs to “IIIIIIIII” (part 9), it’s about experiencing some kind of trivial life without spending any thoughts on things that once meant something - it’s giving up, temporarily; which is even easier because in dizzying heights your brain fails and makes you do things you wouldn’t normally do. Although I put a focus on the lyrical coherence of each release I figured it would fit much better as the first song of the 10th part, “X”.

2. Nebelgeist: Why not going for a four-to-the-floor song? For months this song had a rather stop-and-go-like drum pattern. I don’t know why I refused to go for a simple beat here for so long, but when I changed it the whole track suddenly was in full bloom, up-beat, catchy; with its sparkling synths it works in the club, too, I guess. There are a couple of first-timers here: I haven’t used an acoustic guitar before, also, it’s the first time I did something like rapping. I never plan this in advance, it just keeps happening, and as long as surprising stuff like this keeps coming Vlimmer stays fresh and challenging for me.

3. Kondens: The fastest Vlimmer track out there? At least if you only count the songs from the 18-EP series “Kondens” might be the one. Originally it started as a 13-minute krautrock song which was less angsty, less noisy than what it sounds like now, I wasn’t even sure whether to put it on “X”. Usually I don’t spend too much time with the arrangement of a Vlimmer song, but every now and then there’s a song which needs more attention. I had tried lots of stuff here; in the end, “Kondens” worked when I added the choir intro, more distorted guitar layers, a synth arpeggio in the chorus, that moment where everything slows down before the second chorus and the massive wall of fuzz and noise in the instrumental part. It almost makes your ears bleed, and yes, I did this on purpose, I wanted the listeners to feel the music and make the closing three minutes even more calming before the crashing cymbals set in one last time to gently push you into space. Hey, crashing cymbals? That’s another premiere.

4. Stufenlethargie: This song is a perfect example for choosing a song that fits into a tracklist rather than seeing it as a song you listen to separately. I had songs which I liked more, like “Satzfetzen” which turned out becoming a fan favourite when it comes to non-EP tracks (it can be found on Cold Transmission’s compilation “Zeitgeist Vol. 2”), and it wasn’t easy to discard it for another song. Yet, “Stufenlethargie” perfectly fits to the flow of “X”, it’s what this release needs after the intense “Kondens”, something more minimal was crucial here. Still, on “Stufenlethargie” I needed to add a second drum pattern to give it a more stomping feel. It’s the guitars in the chorus, though, which turned this song into something special for me. The washed-out sound of single strike chords create depth and lethargy. Personally, it’s the EPs biggest grower.

5. Thrombo: It may not sound to you like it, but the arrangement here is one of Vlimmer’s most minimal to date. It’s basically the synth sound which I created with the Superego Plus from Electro Harmonix that makes this song sound so massive – and there are really only two synth tracks here. It was written and recorded pretty quickly. The vocals are me trying to deliver airy vocals on the verge of opera. In combination with the lyrics it’s one of the most devastating songs I’ve written, it’s dealing with the paranoia and schizophrenia of the protagonist of my EP series, he’s losing his mind increasingly until the danger of complete dissolution.


quinta-feira, 7 de junho de 2018

Santa Sangre with Japan Suicide - An Interview

Angústia, tensão, sombras, todos os adjetivos que podem ser dados a bandas que passeiam pelo escuro e cinzento mundo do sonoro do pós punk com tendências darks deve ser atribuído aos italianos do Japan Suicide.

Desde 2010, os caras trilham o tortuoso caminho do submundo dos sons sempre perpetuando sua melódica e agressiva visão do mundo caótico dos dias atuais.

Com três discos nas costas, já incluindo o mais recente, "Santa Sangre" que curiosamente teve o vinil lançado em terras brasileiras, cortesia da Wave Records, os caras seguem mais intensos e soturnos do que nunca.

Especialmente recomendado a notívagos ávidos por noites sem fim.

***** Interview with Japan Suicide *****

Q. When did Japan Suicide begin? Tell us about the history...
We began to play as Japan Suicide around 2010. Matteo (bass) and Leonardo (synth) had a Smashing Pumpkins' cover band. Then we started to make our own music and after some years we have released "We die in such a place" (2015).

Q: Who are your influences?
Our early influence was the Post-punk period (1978-1984), bands like Joy Division, The Cure, Siuxsie and the Banshees and Bauhaus. When we met togheter was also the "revival" period, with Interpol (Turn on the bright lights!), Editors and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Then we tried to expand our sound with different nuances or genres, if we have to label this process, melting the Post-punk with Psychedelia and Shoegaze. About our new album "Santa Sangre" there's a line that links the early albums of Siouxsie and the Banshees to The Velvet Underground, passing through Black Angels, Föllakzoid, Portishead.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Closer (Joy Division),
Pornography (The Cure),
Foetus (Franco Battiato),
Screamadelica (Primal Scream),
Nevermind (Nirvana).

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We feel every kind of feelings, from the best to the worst. It also depends by the situation, by the people. Sometimes you play just for yourself and sometimes you need to see people happy to stay in front of you, moving, dancing; once in Berlin there were two girls kissing, and it was even touching.

Q. How do you describe Japan Suicide´s sounds?
It's difficult to describe it, also because it depends by our perception of it, that could be different from what the others find in our music. We could say that in general is gloomy, sometimes more cold and ethereal, sad; sometimes tense and noise, powerful with a nervous ryhthm. We like instrumental parts full of intensity and colours, but we also like lightness and a good melody.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The first step is an initial idea (aesthetical and musical) of the album by Matteo. Then we add the voice and another line in order to have a track to play with the band at the rehearsal room. When almost everything is ready we move to the studio.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The Rolling Stones... There's too much music. We are getting older so maybe we don't even notice new bands or a "new wave". Think about "channel ORANGE" by Frank Ocean. Iosonouncane (an italian artist) with "Die" has made one of the best album of last years in Italy. "Disarray" of the Preoccupations is wonderful. Savages are great. Box and the Twins. Sonic Jesus. The Foreign Resort. Warias.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Sometimes we think about to make a cover, but we don't have a particular band in mind.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
After our return from Los Angeles, Mexico City and WGT in Leipzig we want to record a new album in Summer.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you very much for the questions and the interest in our music


quarta-feira, 6 de junho de 2018

A Mental Low with Joy Must Remain - An Interview

O pós punk talvez tenha sido, o momento da música mais intenso e produtivo de todos os tempos, não somente pela diversidade e, principalmente possibilidades sonoras, a liberdade de criação sem prender-se a fórmulas é a principal característica do fato da minha afirmação.

O pós punk pode ser funkeado, pode ser soturno, pode ser áspero, pode ser agressivo, pode ser romântico, enfim, não há limites. Em todas essas direções desmembramentos foram obviamente gerados, e talvez o mais "copiado" ou melhor, o mais assimilado, tenho sido a escola Joy Division.

Inúmeros seguidores do legado do Joy, passando por Interpol entre outros tantos, chegamos no trio californiano, Joy Must Remain, que apesar de beber intensamente na fórmula de Ian Curtis, assimilou também outro ícone, menor é claro, mas ícone, ecos de Psychedelic Furs são sentidos no trabalho dos caras, que já estão na estrada desde 2010, com dois trabalhos fora os singles.

Para fãs do lado cinzento do pós punk, o Joy Must Remain atenderá a todos os pré requisitos. 

***** Interview with Joy Must Remain *****

Q. When did Joy Must Remain begin? Tell us about the history...
Well I had been playing in various other bands for a few years prior that didn't work out. I had a good learning experience from it but members came and went like they do in most bands. It became a chore to try and keep things going and the thought of having to constantly do this "band" thing wasn't fun anymore so I decided to take a break and during that time I still wanted to pursue music so I had the idea to start my own band as a solo project around 2007. The idea for this was to be totally independent from anyone and anything which meant having to learn how to record properly and also being able to play every instrument on the record myself but the learning process took a few years and came with many mistakes but eventually I got good enough to write and record the first album which eventually became Dive In Deep that I released in 2010.

Q: Who are your influences?
Good question. My list of bands would be a very long one! (Laughs) When I was growing up, my mom was a big fan of Creedence Clear Water Revival so that has always stayed with me. I really didn't get into music till I was a teenager and at that time it was all Punk music. Through that, I found bands like Joy Division, The Cure and so many other great bands of that era. I was also a big fan of 90's Alternative music with bands like Jane's Addiction, The Pixies, Nirvana , The Nymphs - god so many great artists came out of that time for me… it was a great time for rock music in general! I also really like heavy music like the Deftones; they really make consistently good albums.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
I don't know about all time, but how about I make a list of current albums I listen to.

1.Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
2.The Cure - Disintegration
3.Fugazi - Repeater
4.The Pixies- Trompe Le Monde
5.The Cranes - EP Collection, Vol. 1 & 2

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I absolutely love playing live. It’s one of the best feelings. I do the band as a solo project, but have a core group of friends who perform the music with me and it's always been a good time had by all. The shows are far and few between, but I do go out and play a few shows with every release I put out. I love hearing the response from the audience, most of which have never heard the music or even the band before. It’s always a great challenge to try and win them over.

Q. How do you describe Joy Must Remain´s sounds?
I would describe it as cinematic, but for people who haven't heard the music I tell them it’s alternative rock and let them figure out the rest. People have said different things about it, and to me as long as they are listening to it they can call it whatever they like.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Well, I record any and all ideas I have first. It could just be a bass line or guitar rift, but I always record any potential record stuff just in case. The basic process is going through the various demos I've done and figuring out which ones have the best potential to be part of a whole record. Once I figure that out, I always record drums and bass first to lay down the foundation, followed by guitars. Vocals are always last for me, due to the fact that sometimes I don't have any vocal ideas for the song or the right lyrics to compliment the music. The recording process can take some weeks or months to complete. After that, I also mix and master it. The overall process varies from record to record.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Since I'm always writing and working from record to record, I don't really get a chance to listen or explore new music that's out there right now. I usually get fans that send me what they're listening to and that's a good way to discover new bands. I have been recently listening to Fact Pattern Ringo, Deathstarr, Sin Alley, The City Gates and stuff like that.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Any song from The Cranes. Not meant to be sung by a male, but I love the feel and sound of their songs!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I just released a B-side called A Mental Low and I'm also currently working on a new record that will hopefully be out sometime next year.

Q: Any parting words?
Yes! Everyone is Somebody to Someone Else......


terça-feira, 5 de junho de 2018

Falling Weightless with Prepare My Glider - An Interview

A história do projeto canadense, Prepare My Glider certamente poderia ser a história de muitas bandas ao redor do planeta, tudo por conta de um disco chamado Psychocandy e depois de bandas britânicas que no início dos 90´s fizeram os sonhos de muitos adolescentes sofrerem danos irreversíveis.

Com o coração e a mente inseridos no shoegaze, James Callan, relata através de suas músicas, sua vida, suas paixões e tudo que esta em sua volta.

O Prepare My Glider é o mais puro shoegaze em toda sua essência, simples assim.

***** Interview with Prepare My Glider *****

Q. When did Prepare My Glider start? Tell us about the history...
I would have to say it all started back in a small town in Northern Ontario when a new kid in town from Montreal brought over a vinyl copy of “Psychocandy” by the Jesus and Mary Chain. I remember the decibel meter stayed up in the reds which I had never seen before. From that point I was hooked.

Q: Who are your influences?
In the early 90’s, I moved to a small city an hour outside of Toronto. This allowed access to a steady flow of live music from the likes of Slowdive, Ride, Pale Saints, The Boo Radleys, Curve, Moose, New Order, Verve, Spiritualized, Swervedriver, Chapterhouse, Stereolab, Flaming Lips….ect. Didn’t miss a gig, and they have all become part of my sound.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
(in no particular order)

Souvlaki Space Station - Slowdive
Stone Roses - Stone Roses
Verve - A Storm in Heaven
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
Mescal Head - Swervedriver

Q. How do you feel playing live?

Q. How do you describe Prepare My Glider´ sounds?
It’s a combination of Distortion/echo/fuzz/melody swimming in reverb.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I always start on acoustic guitar to get an idea of structure. From there it’s straight to the basement to mess around with layers of guitar tracks. All recording is done in Garage Band. I keep jamming until I like something and then lay it down on an open track. A song is finished when I can listen to it for a few months and still want to hear it again an again.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Pia Fraus
Ringo Deathstarr

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
American Analog Set - The Postman

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Move into the country and eat a lot of peaches.

Q: Any parting words?
Take the time to get to know people, listen to good music, drink more wine.


Silver City with Lonely Leary - An Interview

Uma linha lógica sonora que passa por Suicide-Gang of Four-Wire-Sonic Youth-Big Black até chegar no art noise cascudo dos chineses do Lonely Leary.

Agressivamente abrasivo é o debute dos caras "皮長山寝室バンド", que mesmo buscando no Google não cheguei a nenhuma conclusão do que significa o título, mas pouco importa, concentre-se na música, ou na anti música que os caras constroem. Todas as referência citadas são sentidas e o que mais agrada é o senso de desespero e pavor que o disco sugere.

Como costumo dizer para bandas como o Lonely Leary, certamente, não recomendado a indie kids.

***** Interview with Lonely Leary *****

Q. When did Lonely Leary start? Tell us about the history...
1.We met in a campus city called Changqing which is near Jinan, the capital city of Shandong province, China. Our guitarist Song Ang was my junior schoolmate, while the drummer Li Baoning studied instruments with him in the business street of the campus city. At that time I was going to graduate. I thought haven't play a band in university career is a pity. I heard about Song played guitar and loved Punk Rock so I contacted him. He was also excited about playing a band and brought Li as the drummer. That's how Lonely Leary started.

Q: Who are your influences?
2.Our early influence mainly came from Punk Rock and some classic Post-Punk band like Joy Division and Gang of Four. Later we turned to Noise Rock and listened to bands like Sonic Youth very often.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
If I have to make a list of 5 albums that influence us most in making this album, they will be by Joy Division,
by Suicide,
by P.K.14,
by Sonic Youth
and by Savages.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
3.Lonely Leary is a band growing in the small underground livehouses in Beijing. We seldom play on big stage and used to the venues which have dirty stage and bad sound system. It is meaningless to pursue a clear sound in this situation so we tend to make more noise and feedback and become more fierce just to burn the venue. This really shapes our style.

Q. How do you describe Lonely Leary´s sounds?
4.Lonely Leary’s music can be described like this: A dynamic sound blending fast drums, muddy bass and rough guitar noise into a tense, menacing pummel.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
5.We recorded this album in April last year for half a month. The recorder and productor is Yang Haisong, the front man of P.K.14 band. He plays a role like‘God Father’in Chinese underground indie music scene. He put many elements which were beyond our imagination to make the album unique and better. We also learned so muchfrom him.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
6.Let us recommend some really good new band from China: Hiperson, Gong Gong Gong, Future Orients, Mirrors and Dirty Fingers.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
7.I would like to cover songs from Nick Drake. His special tuning of guitar is really fantastic!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
8.We plan to have a China tour in June to July for 20 days and a Europe tour in September to October with a same scale. Definitely we will make several new songs for the second album.

Q: Any parting words?
9. Hope you could enjoy this album despite the language obstacle!