segunda-feira, 25 de maio de 2015

VA - Got That Feeling - A Tribute To Skywave

Never Getting Over It with Alien Boy - An Interview



Os estadunidenses do Alien Boy vem reforçar o que eu já havia cravado aqui há algum tempo atrás, o Nothing e o Whirr viriam a fazer escola.

Dito e feito, uma leva de bandas praticando um shoegazer mais melancólico e rápido, sempre beirando o hardcore mais nunca ultrapassando os limites.

O Alien Boy pega exatamente todos os pontos, a melancolia dos Smiths, o shoegazer e a pitada 90´s mais pesado estilo Sunny Day Real State.

Belo estréia dos caras em Never Getting Over It. Conselho pra ouvir alto e preferencial dando uma volta de carrinho/skate.


***** Interview with Alien Boy *****

Q. When did Alien Boy started, tell us about the history...
Starting a band with my songs was always an idea I had but I was really terrified of it. Early 2014 I did mushrooms with my best friend and after a couple hours of tripping we decided I should do it because it was so scary to me. That summer I started playing the songs with Derek McNeil and eventually we started making demos and reaching out to more people to play in the full band. We played our first two shows as a two piece in early this year.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Smiths and The Wipers are two huge ones. I love the sounds they make and the pop sensibility is unmatched. I'm really influenced by pop punk song structures, bands like Alkaline Trio, Joyce Manor, Swearin' have been a huge influence on my song writing.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Fuck. There are so many more but some that come to mind are...
Reinventing Axl Rose - Against Me!
The Smiths - The Smiths
Youth in America - The Wipers
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge - My Chemical Romance and every joyce manor record

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live in this band is way different than it's ever been for me. Usually I don't get nervous at all. With this project I get so nervous I can't look at anyone haha. But it's still really fun!


Q. How do you describe Alien Boy sounds?
I was so obsessed with all my favorite bands that I layered them on top of each other and mushed it all together. I love the tones bands like the wipers and my bloody valentine get but also Johnny Marr clean guitar. I just wanted to see what it would sounds like all together.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Caleb Misclevitz who now plays in Alien Boy (and our other band Our First Brains) recorded it in the practice room at my work after hours. We worked from 10pm to 5am every Wednesday in January. We did em one at a time, track by track, and took our time to really find sounds that we liked. At that point even though I had all the parts laid out it became very collaborative. The energy was amazing.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
As I've mentioned almost an embarrassing amount of times, Joyce Manor if you still consider them to be new. Some of my absolute favorite song writing. I just got super into Mitski, if you haven't heard her you've got to check it out. Mr. Bones is a really great new band from Portland.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We actually have a smiths cover on Never Getting Over It. We cover Hand in Glove, it was so fun! I've been talking recently about covering Deep Sea Diving Suit by the Magnetic Fields. We're also talking about covering Waggy by Blink 182 or Going to Pasalaqua by Green Day because we're nerds. Oh and My Own Worst Enemy by Lit.... we have a lot of ideas.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We're going to put the record out on cassettes and then we're going to tour california in August! So far that's it. We're working on new songs right now.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks so much for being into the record and getting in touch!
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https://alienboypdx.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/alienboypdx

The Power of Negative Thinking with Love Cop - An Interview


Duffy Rongiiland e Chill Phil formam o bizarro Love Cop.

Uma sonoridade que pode talvez ser definida como Beat Happening dark, ou algo próximo disso.

Dark Ones é o recém lançado trabalho dos caras, e me recordou diretamente o grande Blank Dogs, aquele lo-fi escuro meio desleixado e irônico movido a synths e baixa qualidade de gravação, não que isso seja um problema, muito pelo contrário, Dark Ones é uma grande álbum sadicamente dançante e lesado.

Tem que ouvir pra crer.
***** Interview with Love Cop *****




Q. When did Love Cop started, tell us about the history...
We started Love Cop in 2013. Me (Chill Phil) and Duffy were old friends from our hometown outside NYC and we become fast homies when we moved to Portland, Oregon with the dudes in White Fang and The Memories, who run our label Gnar Tapes. Duffy played in other bands and I booked house shows and parties for the scene and shit and we all smoke a lot of pot so we started hanging out and then me and Duffy started helping those dudes with operations at their old Portland headquarters Gnarnia. One day Rikky (head of Gnar) said to us that we should just start a band so we could play shows and go on tour and ride around the country partying with them and the homies. So we did. And now that's what we do. This is my first band and first time ever making music. The power of negative thinking and marijuana yo.

Q: Who are your influences?
Guided by Voices, Ween, Harry Nilsson, Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, Coil, Madonna, Spiritualized, Happy Mondays, Daniel Johnston, Mariah Carey, Drake, Big Star, The Clean, Beat Happening, The Vaselines, Marilyn Manson, Suicide, JAMC, Biggie, Colleen Green, Gap Dream, The Memories, White Fang, Boys Age, Emotional, Pop Zeus, Cosmonauts, Dolly Parton, Lee Hazelwood, Three 6 Mafia, The Supremes, Beach Boys, Elton John, Skinny Puppy. Everything really except that olde-timey, Jim Crow-era, Mumford & Sons sounding bullshit.


Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The Great Milenko by Insane Clown Posse
Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space by Spiritualized
Antichrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson
When The Smoke Clears by Three 6 Mafia
Dreamy by Beat Happening

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I hate it. Hate it, hate it, hate it. I also don't really like seeing bands live, there are very few I've truly enjoyed, like Gap Dream, My Bloody Valentine, White Fang/The Memories, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds....I think that's it, ha. Nothing against anyone else, I just prefer to listen to music in the dark, under the covers, while crying and smoking pot by myself, duh.

Q. How do you describe Love Cop sounds?
Um, people usually call us "goth". But we are just fucked up weirdos who make fucked up weird shit I guess. I'm trying to make pop music. Just doesn't always come out that way.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
One time when I was a teenager I played some Misfits for a bunch of Deadheads playing hackey-sack and they went "UGHH harsh brah, this sounds like they recorded this inside of a tin can!" Then they put on "Scarlet Begonias" for the eighteenth tine and danced around like assholes, then I got a blowjob in the back of one of their cars. That's kinda my process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
All our labelmates on Gnar Tapes, Lolipop Records, and Burger Records of course! Fuck everyone else, especially (most) Portland bands. I find none of them interesting at all and I loathe most of them as people. Print that.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Justin Timberlake

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Our new album 'Dark Ones' just dropped on Gnar Tapes and Lolipop Records on cassette and the 7" for the single "Star 69" is coming out on Lawn Chair Records outta Minneapolis this summer, then an LP of it down the line. Oh yeah, our out-of-print tapes "Eat Yr Heart Out" and "Pop Magick Is Real" are being reissued on Burger later in 2015, Then prolly Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain, Elvis for the future....can't decide which yet thou.

Q: Any parting words?
Indie rock sucks. Eat pussy. Smoke weed. Shoot cops. All good boys deserve fudge. All you need is love. All in all is all we are
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lovecop.bandcamp.com/album/dark-ones
www.lolipoprecords.com
www.gnartapes.com
www.facebook.com/thelovecop/photos_stream

Dirty Pennies with Hollow Trees - An Interview



Um verdadeiro supergrupo psych é o Hollow Trees.

Só pra você sentir o drama, Bob Mustachio (ex Warlocks), Christian Bland (Black Angels Reveletors). Andy Olmsted, Luke Dawson, Payton Funk,, Ramiro Verdooren e Cristian Sigler forma o Hollow Trees.

Melhor não ficar perdendo tempo com comentário e explicações teóricas, o Hollow Trees tocou recentemente no Levitation em sua casa, Austin e dizem que foi insano e delirante, acredito mesmo.

Que venha o álbum.


***** Interview with Hollow Trees *****



Q. When did Hollow Trees starts, tell us about the history...
We played our first show 2 years ago at austin psych fest. Andy and I started playing music together after I quit playing drums in The Warlocks and moved to Austin. He is an amazing guy and a great drummer, and I had a bass, and some ideas for songs floating around for in my head for a number of years. It was fun and our friendship kept it that way

As we continued to play in our spare time, we have added close friends, who also happen to be amazing musicians. Now, we are up to 7 members!

Q: Who are your influences?
There is a lesson to be learned in everything, and everything I have experienced has influenced me.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
If I could only listen to one record for the rest of my life, it might be The Beatles White Album, it covers a lot of musical ground.

Q. How do you fell playing live?
Unlike playing the drums, playing bass and singing is not something I have been doing for 30+ years, so I get really nervous and excited before a show, which I have not felt since high school. It like free drugs...


Q. How do you describe Hollow Trees sounds?
Minimal, fuzzy, rhythmatic and obscured by Dark Shadows.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We are lucky enough to have a 8 track tape machine in our practice space. So we get to experiment a bit. We have not recorded in a proper studio as of yet.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
You will know them when you hear them. It takes less than nanosecond to recognize good music.

Q: What´s the plans for future...
After Levitation, we will finish some records and keep playing as much as possible!

Q: Any parting words?
Just want to say Thank You!
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sábado, 23 de maio de 2015

A Storm In Heaven with The Watchmakers - An Interview


Da mítica cidade inglesa Manchester vem os comboio psicodélico The Watchmakers.

Conexões com Madchester e psicodelismo clássico são evidentes. Os caras entraram de cabeça na fusão de ritmos hipnóticos e ao mesmo tempo dançantes levitando os seus seguidores e fazendo um belo barulho por onde andam passando.

Propício para uma bela e boa trip, boa viagem.


***** Interview with The Watchmakers *****


Q. When did The Watchmakers started, tell us about the history...
We formed in 2012/13 in Manchester from the ashes of other musical projects when Adam (Guitar) joined Rich (Guitar / Vox) and Ian (Drums) to jam song ideas in Manchester. We recorded a few demo's and played a couple of gigs in 2012 and 2013 before Andy (Bass Player) joined in 2013 to compete current line up.

Q: Who are your influences?
We have loads of influences but I'd say our shared influences would be The Verve, The Beatles and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Personally speaking some other bands that have influenced my writing over the last few years are The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, LOVE, Spiritualized, Primal Scream, Tame Impala, White Fence, Black Angels ,The Horrors, Woods and The National.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The Beatles - Revolver
The Verve - A Storm In Heaven
Spiritualized - Ladies & Gentleman We Are Floating In Space
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
Love - Forever Changes

If I could have 6 I'd pick 'High Violet' by The National!!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing live. We have a huge live sound and the songs take on an energy and life of their own. It's a buzz to see people getting into them and we feed off that on stage.

Q. How do you describe The Watchmakers sounds?
Driving grooves drenched in shimmering waves of synths & fuzz with euphoric melodies.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
It always starts with a drum track down as the foundation. We'll then then add Bass and layer with synths / strings and ambient sounds before Adam and myself record the guitars and vocals and any other overdubs.

We record everything ourselves in our studio or at Adam's house so it's often a fairly long process from start to finish - especially for Adam who also mixes the tracks. We find doing it ourselves gives us more opportunity to experiment and get the sound spot on without the time and cost restraints when you are paying for a studio.


Q. Which new bands do you recommended
At the moment I'm digging Hinds from Spain, The Babe Rainbow from Australia and Sunflower Bean from Brooklyn. We've also played a couple of gigs with Blossoms from Stockport have just had an amazing year and are worth checking out.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
We've covered The Beatles 'She Said She Said' and the Stone Roses 'All Across The Sands' at our live shows in the past. I'd like to cover The Stone Roses 'Tightrope' or Spiritualized 'I think I'm in love' at some point in the future. I'd also like to put our spin on something more obscure or that sounds nothing like us. Let's go for White Town - 'Your Woman' !!

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
We have some exciting shows coming up this Summer such as Kendal Calling & Secret Garden Party Festival then we'll hopefully be releasing an E.P in the autumn with some shows across the UK and maybe Europe to promote that.

So more hard work rehearsing, recording and writing really...

Q: Any parting words?
Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day!
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http://www.thewatchmakers.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Watchmakers
https://soundcloud.com/thewatchmakers/sets/the-watchmakers

sexta-feira, 22 de maio de 2015

Horsedrawn Wishes with ColoreSantos - An Interview


E novamente a América Latina adentrando as páginas do TBTCI, já perdi a conta de quantas bandas já figuraram por aqui nas últimas semanas, o ponto é que estamos realmente em um momento de efervescência no cenário seja por aqui ou no mundo todo.

Diretamente de Santigo, Chile vem o ColoreSantos, com uma bela estreia o single Forest/Toy, duas canções que caminham entre o shoegazer clássico, o dreampop e fazem conexões com gente como o Toy e outras belezas.

O quinteto ColoreSantos já anuncia por aqui que vem novo single, ep e que venham mesmo e que não demore.  

Bons sonhos....


***** Interview with ColoreSantos *****


Q. When did Colores Santos started, tell us about the history…
Rodrigo had songs recorded from 5 years ago and wanted a band to work it. He started to search for members last year in December in a social media, thats when he found the rest of us and eventually we met to play these old songs and work on a new sound.

Q: Who are your influences?
Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, Broadcast, The Horrors and Pink Floyd.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Horsedrawn Wishes (Rollerskate Skinny)
Holy Fire (Foals)
Heaven or Las Vegas (Cocteau Twins)
Station to Station (David Bowie)
Blind Melon ( Blind Melon)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
it feels good actually, we thought it was gonna be pain but we really like it.

Q. How do you describe Colores Santos sounds?
Shoegaze trying not to sound like “Shoegaze”.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the song?
We are really starting to have a notion of what its like to record the 5 of us together, but so far, we are really looking forward to work on a bigger canvas.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Velódromo, Motines, Nubosidad Parcial, Purpurado de Charol, Foxygen, Perfectos Extraños, Patio Solar, Adelaida, The Dagger Complex.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
New Order.

Q: What´s the plans for future….
Other than play a lot, release our future single and finish our EP.

Q: Any parting words?
We are having issues with our name, theres a Mexican band called Colores Santos so now we are figuring out a nice solution. Anyway, you can check us out in www.soundcloud.com/coloressantosbanda thanks for the interview we really love that our music is been hearing in other countries.
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https://soundcloud.com/coloresantos
https://www.facebook.com/coloresantosbanda

Beat the Devil's Tattoo with April Sun - An Interview



April Sun vem diretamente de Moscou, Rússia, e ataca com um hipnótico mix de psicodelia moderna e clássica, calcado em referências de B.R.M.C. e BJM.

Os caras soltaram um poderoso álbum de estreia intitulado Temptation no ano passado para a alegria de freaks sedentos por viagens e ruídos.

Para ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with April Sun *****


Q. When did April Sun started, tell us about the history...
It's all started with a guitar and a laptop in my room. I then moved to Moscow where I met a friend of mine Sorokin who is much better at playing guitar. We did some tunes together and the band was started.

Q: Who are your influences?
Personalities. Those who stand on their own and keep being themselves. Iggy Pop is like my hero. Anton Newcombe is a great inspiration. Singapore Sling and BRMC they nail it. Also brit rock from the 90's - 00's era influenced me a lot.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
I would go with
1. The Beatles - Revolver
2. Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks
3. Serge Gainsbourg - Best Of Gainsbourg Comme Un Boomerang
4. The Doors - The Doors
5. Depeche Mode - Ultra

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Amazing. Thats the most comfortable thing for me.

Q. How do you describe April Sun sounds?
Enveloping, tribal. A bit dark and charming.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Most of the songs I've done by myself in my kitchen. Some others we made together with Sorokin in his flat. The tune just comes in my mind. Sometimes I just play a guitar till I get 'into it' and catch the vibe. When we do music together it always starts with jamming.


Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Well, Im not good in finding new bands. Ty Segall are cool. That guy Dirty Beaches did something very original. But Im not sure he is still doing music under this name. I also like Tame Impala, especially their first album. Would they fit into the 'new' category?

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
No plans right now.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
To get o stage.

Q: Any parting words?
Remember the name April Sun - one day this would appear on tops.
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https://aprilsun.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/aprilsunmusic

The Creatures with Melampus - An Interview


Francesca Pizzo e Angelo Casarrubia formam o Melampus, diretamente da Itália, o duo soltou um álbum exuberante chamado Hexagon Garden.

Fazendo conexões com Siouxsie e o Creatures, incluindo elementos de sadcore, os mantras de Doors o teatro dark do Bauhaus e com uma identidade peculiar o Melampus cria sensações e delírios musicais em um trabalho primoroso e de rara beleza.

Apesar de toda a ambientação escura do álbum é possível ver a luz em inúmeros momentos, um disco que precisa ser escutado a qualquer preço.

***** Interview with Melampus *****




Q. When did Melampus start, tell us the story...
- The project started in late 2011. Gelo and I were playing with other bands and wanted to create something different. We asked ourselves "why don't we try and see what comes out?". We wrote four songs in just a couple of months and recorded our first ep. When Locomotiv Records asked us to produce a full length record (Ode Road, 2012) we were amazed.

Q: Who are your influences?
- It's not easy to say. At the beginning the sound of Doors, Low, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees influenced us because we both really love these bands. But every time we enter the studio to record new stuff time has passed, we've listened to something new and our minds have changed.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
- Tricky question!
Dead Can Dance "Serpent's egg",
Bill Fay "Time of the last persecution",
Nico "Desertshore",
Crime and the city solution "Room of light",
Doors "Waiting for the sun"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
- It might sound a bit funny but I can proudly say we still feel exited every time we step on stage. Other musicians have told us "it's just a matter of time" before the excitement dies down, but after 3 years on the road we think that if you don't get excited when you are playing, something is terribly wrong.

Q. How do you describe Melampus sound?
- I would simply call it "light and dark"

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs.
- We usually start with a draft of voice and guitar or voice and bass line recorded in our home studio. Then we start to layer it with drums and other few instruments. Our rule has always been "less is more", so we try to stop just before we reach too much. Most of the work is done at home, then in the studio we just make it perfect.



Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
- We recommend Sonic Jesus, an Italian band whose first album "Neither virtue nor anger" is out now via Fuzz Club Records. And also Hallelujah, an Italian punk noise band with hardcore flashes and a crazy girl at the drums.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
- We are playing live a cover version of "Twist in my sobriety" by Takita Tikaram in these last few months. But we'd also like to cover "She's in parties", by Bauhaus

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
- We hurry all the time when a new album is out, we don't hit pause. We go on writing new songs and thinking about what's next. But this time we are trying to enjoy the tour and take some more time to grow wiser. The tour has just begun in Italy and this autumn/winter we're also planning to play some gigs in Europe.

Q: Any parting words?
- Keep doing what makes you happy. And if they say your work is dark, go on anyway.
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https://soundcloud.com/melampusmelampus
https://www.facebook.com/melampusmelampus

quinta-feira, 21 de maio de 2015

Hole In My Consciousness with The Offering - An Interview


Uma pequena história, quando conheci o The Offering através do MySpace eles já havia basicamente acabado, isso deve ter sido próximo de 2007 quando eles lançaram o debute homônimo e eu me apaixonei de imediato pelo álbum, mesmo porque eles faziam parte de uma safra de bandas que me resgataram do lixo que reinava, salvo raríssimas exceções, o fato é que o The Offering ao lado do Skywave, Alcian Blue e de outra obscura banda chama Sex Conscious Young Moderns trouxeram aquela chama que ardeu novamente, a vontade de resgatar tudo que havia ficado perdido comigo. Em comum o The Offering, Skywave, Alcian Blue e o próprio Sex Conscious Young Moderns resgataram o pós punk gélido e o colocaram no meio do barulho do J&Mc e do shoegazer.

Porém o The Offering acabou como basicamente todas as demais bandas só que todas elas com exceção do SCYM retornaram em grande estilo, porém o The Offering não, demorou, mas enfim eles estão na ativa novamente, com uma grande ajuda de Mr Paul Baker.

E o material novo esta simplesmente maravilhoso, só escutar A Cavity In My Head ou Hole In My Consciousness ou ainda The World You Wanted e perceber que esta tudo lá, intacto e melhor mais poderoso ainda.

Que venha o novo disco do The Offering, há muito o TBTCI aguarda por isso.

Vida longa ao grande The Offering.


***** Interview with The Offering *****


Q. When did The Offering started, tell us about the history...
Andrew: The Offering actually started outside of a small house located in a soy field in Richmond, Virginia back in 2005. Originally, Charles and I were the sole members. It was pretty awesome because playing out there in the middle of nowhere offered some pretty nice acoustics. That sound really lent itself to the feel of a series of emotions that were floating around at the time. We played shows around Virginia for a while and picked up a second guitarist Billy Noom, and Keyboardist
Chris Critzer .We played some more shows then then made our first album with John Fedowitz doing the recording.

We became dysfunctional (Mea Culpa.) when I left for Seattle and the band continued without me and went “deeper into the drug”, so to speak, with a rawer widely psych sound. They added a new guitarist Shane Huffman, a drummer Bryan Shatzer, did a small east coast tour, and broke up.

After a couple of side projects and random songs here and there, the whole thing kind of got shoved into the back of a closet for a few years.

We got back together in 2013 with Paul Baker (Skywave, Ceremony, and recently Static Daydream.) Collaborating on some tracks and eventually another album came together and so... here we are once again.

Charles: Andrew basically covered it, but I also kind of see the band's history not only as a big part in how we've crafted our sound, but also as the evolution of mine and Andrew's relationship as both
friends and musicians. Andrew and I have played music together for nearly as long as we've known each other (since we were about 14 years old). We started a ska/punk band in the early 90s called
Deadfish that eventually turned into a straight up punk band called Pack21, both of which were active in Fredericksburg, Virginia. As members of those bands separated, I started a post-hardcore band with some friends called February Confidential and Andrew came to play with us for a few shows and maybe wrote a song or two with us. Once that died, Andrew and I reconciled in Richmond, Virginia and conceptualized what would soon become The Offering. We moved back to Fredericksburg and started playing shows with our like minded friends in Ceremony, Alcian Blue (now Screen Vinyl Image), and others that had emerged onto the scene. Regardless of all of that, Andrew and I have been through hell together (and often times apart), but we always found a way to
harness our experiences and ideas into a cohesive vision. This latest record, 'Re', is the culmination of all of those years of turmoil, grief, anxiety, excitement, and growth. It is our current state of being, so to speak. Paul Baker has been critical in helping us reimagine our sound, and I'd go as far as to say we couldn't have done any of it without him. We are both really looking forward to Paul's further influence on our songwriting.

Q: Who are your influences?
Charles: Screen Vinyl Image, Static Daydream, 13th Floor Elevators, Joy Division, Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, Skywave, the Pixies, Black Sabbath.

Andrew: Depeche Mode, Jesus and Mary Chain, Joy Division, New Order, Lee Hazlewood, Magnetic Fields, some 60’s surf and a bit of 90's nostalgia

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Andrew: Dead Milkmen- Beelzebubba, Depeche Mode- Violator, Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine, Deltron 3030 - S/T, Chad Mitchell Trio - At the bitter End.

Charles: Joy Division-Unknown Pleasures, The Cure-Disintegration, The Beach Boys-Pet Sounds, The Zombies-Odessey and Oracle, Captain Beefheart-Safe as Milk.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Andrew: Love it

Charles: I love to play live. My ears hate it.


Q. How do you describe The Offering sounds?
Charles: This is kind of a tough question because I feel like we have taken the sound in a variety of different directions. I remember doing an interview a few years ago where they compared our sound to a darker John Hughes film (though it can be argued that many of Hughes' films have their own sort of darkness to them). I responded that I felt like if it's going to be tied to that 80s thing that was kind of surging at the time that I'd compare it more to a Bret Easton Ellis novel. But that's all kind of metaphorical stuff. The truth of it is that we trend towards writing believable songs, with meaningful lyrics and sometimes dark or melancholic themes. That's just what we gravitate to as song writers. I like to think that the music takes on a sort of pop sensibility but with dark and noisy chaotic undertones. After all, that's sort of the state of human nature if you really think about it, a dark uninhibited soul at the root of our being, masked by all of the things our environment and our biology instills in us as necessary components to our survival as a species. Happiness is but an illusion to the ordinary human state, in my opinion. It's just one of many masks we wear so we are able to keep ourselves alive. That's what the Offering is, to me; another one of mine and Andrew's
masks.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Andrew: Sometimes it’s made in a shed so hot the motor of the box fan we’re using to cool ourselves stalls out. So if some songs make you thirsty for more, you’re probably just thirsty in general by
subliminal suggestion. Other days one of us will crank something out and we all show up at my apartment to model it into something that feels real.


Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Charles: Static Daydream, Screen Vinyl Image, Teething Veils, Billy Noom, and Bob Marlow's Weekender Music.

Andrew: All those guys work extremely hard independently with what they put out and have even helped us along the way. They're definitely motivating people. They really stoke the desire to play. Some other bands i like are Eagulls as well as Crocodiles.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Charles: We have messed around with the idea of covering Killing Joke, TSOL, and maybe even the Adolescents. Some old punk rock stuff for sure.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Andrew: We really hope to make another raw album.

Charles: Our plans are pretty static. Maybe play some shows. Get this new album widely distributed. Perhaps put it out on vinyl, too. That's all we've been focused on.

Q: Any parting words?
Andrew: If you can’t do it today you should always do it tomorrow.

Charles: Get it done today because you might not have tomorrow
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Bring Back The 90´s with Future Age - An Interview



Ah os 90´s!!!

Quantas e quantas vezes você já pensou, suspirou por aí com essa frase matadora!?!? Várias não!?!?! Ah eu também, afinal estávamos lá, vivendo naqueles loucos e insanos anos de não haver o dia de amanhã, o que importava era o momento, e com a música foi a mesma coisa.

Daí ao ler a entrevista com os caras do Future Age, diretamente de San Diego e lá no final da entrevista eles dizem a mesma coisa, é tipo, amor a primeira lida, ou audição melhor dizendo, mesmo porque Limited by Infinity o último ep deles ou Got It From An Asteriod ambos lançados este ano, deixam claro o que o Future Age esta interessado, reler todos aqueles áureos anos, passando por basicamente todas as vertentes dos 90´s.

Tipo, tem que ouvir o Future Age e sair pra rua e curtir a noite.

***** Interview with Future Age *****


Q. When did Future Age started, tell us about the history...
Chris: Future Age was started by Michael, our guitarist and singer. I used to play in another band with Michael a couple of years back. After the first incarnation of Future Age dwindled out, Michael asked me to come in on bass.

Michael: Future Age started over a year ago. I had so many influences during that time which fueled a whole new style of songwriting, and has since has led to the music we play today.

Q: Who are your influences?
C: In terms of my bass playing style, my biggest influences are Simon Gallup from The Cure, Andy Rourke from The Smiths, and Matt Freeman from Operation Ivy and Rancid. In terms of the bass lines I create for Future Age, I delve more into the influence of My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Durutti Column, Slowdive, and Paris Angels.

M: My biggest influences would be: Failure, Hum, Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and the list goes on... I've always been drawn by huge swallowing guitars and have definitely mimicked that in my music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
C: 1) My Bloody Valentine – “Isn’t Anything”
2) Paris Angels – “Sundew”
3) The Smiths – “Strangeways, Here We Come”
4) The Jesus & Mary Chain – “Psychocandy”
5) Crimpshrine – “The Sound of a New World Being Born”

M: Off the top of my head... Smashing Pumpkins "Gish", Failure's "Fantastic Planet", Modest Mouse "The Lonesome Crowdest West", Dinosaur Jr "Green Mind", and Slowdive's "Souvlaki".
Q. How do you feel playing live?
C: I feel free. I feel like I can just thrash about or lean against the wall, or do whatever, and it will be alright. It is a wonderful outlet for pent-up frustrations and other types of negative energies. I like to take the garbage life throws at me and turn it into something creative and enjoyable for others.

M: Playing live has always been a place for me to express pent up feelings that I've had for an extended time. So, if I'm having a bad week, playing a show really helps to release all of my negativity!

Q. How do you describe Future Age sounds?
C:  I’d describe Future Age’s sound as a mixture between Hum, Dinosaur Jr., and Failure, with undertones of the song “Mayonnaise” by The Smashing Pumpkins running throughout.

M: Future Age is basically a melting pot of all of my favorite bands. When I listen to music, even music I've been listening to for years, I'm absorbing what I hear like a sponge (and sometimes without even knowing it!) When I'm songwriting, all of my inspirations coincide, and I always end up with something really interesting.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
C: We basically lay down individual tracks in Michael’s bedroom using his computer software and a compression microphone.

M: Future Age's recording process is quite funny actually... I actually do all of the recording from my house. I've been using Logic Pro 9 for years, and have learned so much to be able to make our recordings as presentable as they are. I'd like to get more equipment, however I'm very satisfied with what we can produce right now, and I'm in no rush to expand!

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
C:  I’d have to recommend B’z, Boris, Karate, Pinback, and The Durutti Column.

M: One of my favorite new bands is Whirr, I believe they are located in San Francisco and tour often. They're a great example of being inspired by all of the great 90s shoegaze bands, but they have a heavier element which I love. Another awesome band, who actually just played a show with is Young Lovers. They're a shoegaze/dream pop band in Los Angeles with an amazing live sound. I would suggest both of these bands to anyone who wants to be blown away.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
C: f I was doing a cover band I’d be in a Durutti Column cover band. I’m pretty sure that’s never been done.

M: We would definitely be a Queens of the Stone Age cover band, (Kings of the Ice Age).


Q: What´s the plans for future....
M: It's in my hopes that somewhere down the road, we gain a real following. Within the past few months it's seemed very promising, we've played at places we never thought we were going to play, and people have really been enjoying the music. So I'll continue to release music, and for free too, because I just simply want people to listen. I think a lot of people would enjoy what we're bringing to the table. Most of the music I make is very reminiscent of the 90s, which is an era of music that I think most would agree left too soon, so we're going to bring it back to everyone.

C: My plans are pretty much exactly the same as Michael’s plans.


Q: Any parting words?
C: Bring back the nineties!
M: BRING BACK THE 90s!!
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https://futureage.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/FutureAgeBand

Bone on Bone with The Amount of The Light We Give Off - An Interview


Ouvir List, álbum do duo alemão The Amount of The Light We Give Off é um exercício infernal de autodestruição, sempre soturnos e sombrios e ruidosos, algo como o cruzamento lento e doloroso entre Bauhaus e A Place to Bury Strangers.

Não existe amor, aqui os temas são obscuros e densos, todo o sentimento é barulhento e negro.

Grande disco, grande banda, altamente recomendado.


***** Interview with The Amount of The Light We Give Off *****



Q. When did The Amount of The Light We Give Off started, tell us about the history...
1) We started around 2011 playing music, then got into doing two people work - so TAOL came into being around 2012

Q: Who are your influences?
2) Many bands, from classic stuff ranging from LedZep and Purple to Joy Division, The Stone Roses to newer things like A Place to bury strangers. Generally Rico ist more experimenting and me (Nick), I like more easyy to listen things but generally we listen to anything. Literally

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3) Next question Emoticon smile

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4) Good. It isnt easy right now as we are georaphically separated - also a reason why currently there hasnt been any new sound- but it would be gr8. A bit scary too Emoticon smile

Q. How do you describe The Amount of The Light We Give Off sounds?
5) We have been defined in many ways - we try to sound original and in doing so, carry a message in our music. Its not to us to describe the sound and I dont particularly like putting things into boxes


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6) Tiring Emoticon smile Rico makes most of the music although we work on it together too - we have a good understanding of what works for one another. We review the different stages and I get the lyrics out. I go into the woods at night and try to find them somewhere. There or bars or other places that will inspire me - or try to get a broken heart - always works great too. In the end we record

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
7) Difficult one. I couldnt reccomend any at the moment. Im listening to very average stuff right now- like Death Cab for Cutie. If You want new, I suggest one justs goes and explores. They are there, the "new amazing bands"

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8) We are not really a cover band. But who knows, maybe we´ll get inspired sometime

Q: What´s the plans for future....
9) Live, grow, have fun, be free and make more music

Q: Any parting words?
10) Live, respect, engage, have fun and be free! TAOL!
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https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-AMOUNT-OF-LIGHT-WE-GIVE-OFF
https://theamountoflightwegiveoff.bandcamp.com





La Dolce with Boxing Fetish - An Interview


Vamos começar dessa vez diferente, sugiro a você, ir direto no bandcamp (link abaixo da entrevista) entre na página dos estadunidenses do Boxing Festish e vá direto para o ep China, feito isso, pule propositalmente a primeira música Ozymandias e vá direto para La Dolce, e aí começamos por aqui.

Um brisa suave, uma viagem sútil, aquele frescor do começo de uma boa trip vai te envolvendo, é isso, psicodelia moderna tem algumas facetas bem diferentes, ou podem ser sombrias e caóticas, ou viajantes e cíclicas ou simplesmente podem te fazer levitar sutilmente sem que o ácido seja tão forte assim, e é ai que entra o Boxing Festish.

Uma viagem bacana sem contra indicações, para agradar xiitas e todo mundo. Acima.

***** Interview with Boxing Fetish *****



Q. When did Boxing Fetish started, tell us about the history...
A. I (Nick Alexandroff) recorded our first song 'Living in Paintings' when I started college last fall. I made it on garageband, and the final product was good enough to make a new Facebook and Soundcloud page. I was playing in another band called Ota Benga' at this point. By november Ota Benga disbanded. I started recording our EP 'CHINA' in late november. By January, I formed the live band. For the past few months we've started playing our first shows, and released the EP 3 days ago.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. My influences are, Tame Impala, Diiv, Mac Demarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Quilt, Pond, Walter Tv, Homeshake.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. 5. Innerspeaker
4. Dark Side of the moon
3. Salad Days
2. Magical Mystery Tour
1. Beggars Banquet

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. I feel like I'm at work. I enjoy the stress, I feel like I'm in a trance, and I don't leave that trance until I walk off the stage. When me practice, I go crazy. As my music got more professionally sounding, and more enjoyable to hear, practicing and playing live became more of a spiritual experience.

Q. How do you describe Boxing Fetish sounds?
A. Boxing Fetish when It's recorded, is me on every instrument, so when I hear it, It sounds like me. I think boxing fetish sounds fuzzy, colorful, some times lo fi, sometimes poppy, sometimes psychedelic, sometimes really dreamy. Live it sounds tight, and a way more like a band, rather then a recording project.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. I usually have some idea of what I want to do prior to recording. I strum together a rough idea for a guitar riff, then i add drums. Then everything else. Vocals always go Last.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A. Homeshake, Mile Me deaf, Ultimate Painting, Jerry Paper, Tonstartssbandht, Girl Band, Viet - Cong, Jimmy Whispers, Twin Peaks, Quilt.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. I would probably want to cover 'What is and What should never be' by Led Zeppelin.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
A. Spend the summer playing the biggest shows that we can put together, release a properly mixed and mastered six song EP. Hopefully organize a tour for the fall or winter. Then maybe by 2016 or 2017, play an international tour, hopefully with some festivals in there.

Q: Any parting words?
A. Thank you so much for the support and the listen. We will let you know if we ever come down to Sao Paulo Brazil.
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https://boxingfetish.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/boxingfetish

quarta-feira, 20 de maio de 2015

Whatever's Cool With Me with The White Tulips - An Interview


Usualmente as bandas orientais tem um forte apelo calcado no Loveless mas no caso dos chineses do The White Tulips a sombra do MBV é apenas uma das facetas e referências dos caras, aqui o barulho é alimentado pela barulheira do Dinosaur Jr. mesclado com o shoegazer.

O debute dos caras acabou de sair, Fondle foi lançado no início de maio e é daqueles discos pra colocar no volume máximo e sair pra rua, seja dando uma volta de skate, ou ouvindo em headphones altíssimos pra curtir a vida.

Grande estreia de uma belíssima nova banda, vida longa ao The White Tulips.


***** Interview with The White Tulips *****


Q. When did The White Tulips started, tell us about the history...
We all live in Amoy,a seaside city in the south of China.In the autumn of 2012,we met each other by a coincidence.The original members are guitarist Soda、bassist Qi and drummer Lynn.At first we intended to be a cover band covering Dinosaur Dr. but then we found we could collision out something different and create sounds in the “the white tulips” way.The drummer Lynn left Amoy and went back to Taiwan in the Jan of 2013,so that our drummer Milk joined us from 2013 until now.

Q: Who are your influences?
What influenced us most are some shoegaze bands in 90's America and Europe and some lofi bands in 90's America.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The Sundays Reading--Writing and Arithmetic
Mazzy Star-- Among My Swan
Dinosaur Jr.-- Farm
Girls—Album
Honeydip—Portable Audio Science

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Soda:I hope we are a punk band while playing live

Qi:I feel nervous and the light on the stage was dazzling.And I also have a feeling that “What?The live time is over? It passed so quickly!”

Milk: Release all my energy.

Q:How do you describe The White Tulips sounds?
The sounds is our language to express our thoughts、mood、feelings and so on.It come from our hearts.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We bought a recording machine and rent a practice room.And placed all the microphones ourselves.Fristlly we recorded the tracks of drums,then recorded guitar’s and bass’s . Also the mixing and master type done ourselves.So you can see that we do recording in a DIY way.It’s really hard but worthy.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
“Broken Little Sister”,a band from Japan

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Of course Dinosaur Jr.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Write new songs and record them.Perform in different citys and maybe in other country.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for your invitation of the interview.We are pretty glad to share with you.Hope we can meet one day
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https://thewhitetulips.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-White-Tulips

To Bring You My Love with Shana Falana - An Interview


Set Your Lightning Fire Free acabou de ser lançado mês passado pelo duo Shana Falana, além dela, Shana Falana o outro lado do duo é composto por Michael Amari, e o resultado desta combinação explode em profusão de espiritualidade em formatos oras ruidosos já em outros intimistas e quase contemplativos, um álbum definitivamente complexo e possuído. Um exemplo perfeito dessa maravilha é Go, uma poderosa combinação de sensualidade vide os vocais de Shana quase que evocando o ouvinte a adentrar a fúria da canção tudo isso envolvente a um hipnótico wall of sound.

Daqueles discos que tornam-se obrigatórios desde os primeiros acordes.

Genial.
***** Interview with Shana Falana *****



Q. When did Shana Falana start, tell us about the history...
Shana Falana started in San Francisco in 1995 out of a DIY scene/venue in the mission district, with the likes of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Miranda July, Kyp from TVOTR and many others... I was influenced by all the music around me and started making my own, thus leaving SF for NY in 2003 to pursue my own music career in the Brooklyn music scene.

Q: Who are your influences?
I love Kim Gordon, PJ Harvey, Lisa Gerard (dead can dance), all the 4AD bands of the 90's, Hugo Largo, anything dissonant and/or drenched in reverbs, I love medieval music!

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. PJ Harvey, To Bring You My Love
2. Mazzy Star, So Tonight That I Might See
3. Black Angels, Directions To See A Ghost
4. Julianna Barwick, The Magic Place
5. Sonic Youth, Day Dream Nation

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Depends on if we have a soundcheck and how the sound guy mixes all our backing tracks! I also sometimes forget that our projections mesmerize the audience and so when we are live and I see them with blank faces it can throw me off... but these are small things over all, I love playing live!

Q. How do you describe Shana Falana sounds?
Like being in a church, with sub-bass tones rummbling your guts, lyrically-chanty and hopefully a sense of spiritual atmosphere that lifts you up and heightens your senses!


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We worked with Dan Goodwin of Isokon Studio's in Woodstock NY, he is super supportive and intuitive, it was the fastest and easiest time I've ever had in a studio, I usually have to argue a bit about the amount of reverb I want or how I want to record my looping chanty vocals. Dan just knew how to do everything, and we worked tracking for 7 days, I recorded the vocals in my bathroom and we were done after a few passes at mixing... He's my guy now, I loved this experience!

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
Love this question, Breakfast in Fur, Battle Ave, Monogold, Quitzow, INNIS, Buffal Sex Change, (all NY bands) Chastity Belt (Seattle), Broncho (Oklahoma) too many to mention honestly...

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I like covering Bauhaus, PJ Harvey, Ty Segall

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Keep touring and recording, hopefully going back over to EU sometime next fall/winter!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you SO MUCH, I love your blog! I'm a fan :)
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https://soundcloud.com/teamlove/shana-falana-go
https://www.facebook.com/ShanaFalanaNY
http://shanafalana.com/

Histórias de Frio with Sexores - An Interview


E a América do Sul comparece novamente ao TBTCI depois de menos de 24 horas, ontem os chilenos do Trementina estamparam estas páginas e agora diretamente de Quito, Equador, mais uma pérola chamada Sexores e um deslumbrante debute lançado ano passado chamado Historias de Frio.

Passeando claramente pelo shoegazer original de bandas da Scene, notadamente Ride e Slowdive e aliando pinceladas de Cocteau Twins e pós punk e fazendo conexões com atualidades como Beach Fossils e outros representantes da facção mais sonhadora das canções perfeitas, os equatorianos, criaram em sua estreia um álbum hipnótico e repleto de atmosferas sonhadoras.

Para nenhum gazer botar defeito.



***** Interview with Sexores *****


Q. When did Sexores started, tell us about the history...
1. The band started in 2010 as a four people project. One year later, only two people stayed and the sound was changing totally, more focused on guitars than electronic instruments. In 2013, we moved to Barcelona because Ecuador kills bands. Ecuador is not a country for Shoegaze and Dream Pop. There is no a music industry. Between 2010 and 2015, we have released two studio albums, one maxi-single and three singles. Now, we are a two-headed band: Emilia Bahamonde and me (David Yépez), but we have an additional member for playing live.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. We have lots. Maybe the Wall of Sound is our main influence, but for our future releases, we are listening stuff of OMD, Tears for Fears, The Human League, The House of Love, The Soft Moon, The Radio Dept. Also, we love Glasvegas, Dirty Beaches, Beach House, Dum Dum Girls, The Raveonettes...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
3. Glasvegas - Glasvegas
| The Cure - Disintegration
| OMD - Architecture & Morality
| Beach House - Bloom
| The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. Playing live is a curious thing. It depends of the circumstances, I think. The public, the venue, the bands. We are shy people, very shoegazers. The public is important to have a great gig. We've had great gigs in Europe, specially, where the public has knowledge of music. We are looking forward to play in Peru, we have two gigs in Lima in july.


Q. How do you describe Sexores sounds?
5. Someday I read a review of our work that describes perfectly our sound: "Sexores is the relationship between light and dark, surrounded by touching resonances. Musically, it's a tender mixture of Shoegaze and Dream Pop, headed by wispy clouds of vocals in the middle of a wasteland".

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
6. We are always looking for a characteristic sound. First, we create the songs or the lyrics, then, we rehearse until getting the perfect combination between guitars, vocals and programming. Only when this is done, we enter to the studio. It's a long process. There is always the part of Sexores seeking places to build natural atmospheres to record, this is another important step to us.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
7. We love the music of Motorama, Ghost Transmission, Orquídea, Teenage Daydreams, Demure For Sure, Nite Fields, Sobrenadar, White Water... There is a blast of great bands in some specific places.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
8. We are trying to make a version of (I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena. It's a song of Sandra. Actually, we have a crush with the 80s music.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
9. We are working on new stuff. We hope to release a new album by the next year, maybe an EP by the end of 2015. Depends of our time. Also, we are looking for some gigs in Southamerica, we have a couple in Lima in july.

Q: Any parting words?
10. Thank you so much for the space on TBTCI, and thank you to all the people that is listening to our music in every single place of the planet. Love and respect to our listeners.
Once again, thank you so much for the interview, Renato.
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