quarta-feira, 16 de janeiro de 2019

Cut​-​Up with Metro Verlaine - An Interview


Os franceses do Metro Verlaine em seu debute, "Cut-Up", soam pra lá de extremamente cool.

Sofisticados, raivosos e melancólicos em doses bem equalizadas, soam próximos de um pós punk agressivo com um detalhe fundamental, a vocalista Raphaëlle Fromage dá um toque todo especial com seu sotaque afrancesado, algo como se Françoise Hardy fosse vocalista do P.I.L., ou se Siouxsie e Alison Mosshart tivessem uma rebenta.

Uma fúria dosada paira sob todas as dez canções de "Cut-Up", evocando ícones diversos do pós punk clássico britânico.

Um verdadeiro discaço do início ao fim, e ao vivo, deve ser ainda mais intenso.


***** Interview with Metro Verlaine *****


Q. When did Metro Verlaine begin? Tell us about the history...
1 Metro Verlaine was born in 2013 after a road trip in London. I (Axel / Guitarist and songwriter ) was there to feel the heart of pop rock music and when I came back to France, I met Raphaëlle ( singer ) and we have formed the band a few weekend after. We have made a lot of wild gigs, recording demos before to find a drummer (Joe) and record our first EP Manchester with him. Few months after Romain ( basse ) has joined the band and we have recorded our first album "Cut-Up" with Charles Rowell from Crocodiles band ! And we are now on tour to play this album released on march 2018 !

Q: Who are your influences?
2 We are really big fans of post punk and English pop bands. The Cure , Joy Division , PIL … We are also influenced by indie rock band as The Kills or Velvet Underground, American literature ( Beat Generation writers ) and French Pop Music with Françoise Hardy or Daniel Darc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3 The Cure - Seventeen Seconds
Jesus and Mary Chain - PsychoCandy
Echo and The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Public Image - Metal Box

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4 Our album is melancholic because we want to share special feeling to the people who listen it at their home. But on stage we want to release our fury , our energy. We think that each concert could be the last so we try to burn all our soul and body on stage …

Q. How do you describe Metro Verlaine´s sounds?
5 Our sound is really between "English" sound and French touch… Hard to describe , easier to feel it when you listen our songs… We are from Normandy and England is not so far , so maybe that’s why we are so influenced by all these fantastic bands from Albion… But we really don’t want to copy anybody or to be a cliché of a rock style ( Post punk / Cold Wave etc ) that’s why I think we’ve got a particular sound...

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6 We work a lot before to come in the studio to record songs. But when everything is in the box , we always want to work on it , and we try a lot of stuff to arrange it. Sometimes it’s cool and sometimes we don’t need anything else except the first tape of the song. We really love studio, it’s a creative step for a band. Really different as playing live.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7 I was in London in June and I saw a fantastic band called Fontaines DC. Really raw and class ! In France we love bands as Frustration , Marietta , Liminanas or Grand Blanc. They are all very different but they are all really cool.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8 The Killing Moon . Echo and the Bunnymen could be a great cover. Sometimes we play Atmosphere - Joy Division or Grinding Halt - The Cure in live but maybe we should try an Echo and the Bunnymen Cover…

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9 We have released a new single "Velours Noir » with a video clip in November. We ‘ve got few gigs until the end of the winter ( Paris - Le point FMR - January 23 th ) and now are working on a new album. I hope we will have big tours next years , why not come to play shows in Brazil…
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https://www.facebook.com/MetroVerlaine/
https://metroverlaine.bandcamp.com/releases

terça-feira, 15 de janeiro de 2019

Famous World with Spesh - An Interview


Em uma espécie de dream pop retro chic, o quarteto de Seattle, Spesh chamou atenção de inúmeras publicações e rádios especializadas no submundo dos bons sons, como exemplo KEPX.

Navegando por entre as extravagâncias de ícones dos 80´s como Morrissey, Robert Smith e Richard Butler, passando por toques de madchester e britpop noventista os caras cometeram em seu debute, o pegajoso, "Famous World" uma sadia e prazerosa viagem por entre ensolaradas ambientações do universo indie pop, sem soarem piegas ou chiche, apesar de soarem absolutamente nostálgicos. 

Abrace o Spesh neste verão abrasivo do lado de cá do hemisfério ou se você estiver na parte gélida, aquece os tímpanos, o resultado é basicamente o mesmo, pura diversão.


***** Interview with Spesh *****


Q. When did Spesh begin? Tell us about the history...
We began all playing together as Spesh in 2017. Me (Michael) and Sergio started Spesh when our old band broke up.

Q: Who are your influences?
Julio Cortazar, The Byrds, Daniel Day Lewis, Rosa Parks, 808 state, Jake the Dog and Finn the Human, Princess Bubblegum

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Utd. State 90 - 808 State,
Tusk - Fleetwood Mac,
Music for Airports - Brian Eno,
Songs of Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen,
Ray of Light - Madonna

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Pretty and Sweaty

Q. How do you describe Spesh´s sounds?
Heaven or Las Vegas; taffy swirls; thick milk; froth on a daydream

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
First it must be very cold outside. Then we start with drums and bass and go from there. We drink Coca-Cola to stay jittering. We let the rest pour out of us with faith and devotion and, sometimes, a faintness.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Tacocat, Dyed, Red Ribbon, Knife Knights..... All our Seattle friends!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I dunno! Maybe that song Laid by James hahahah

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are going to make another record in January! Then tour!

Q: Any parting words?
Words are for brutes; time won't protect you.
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https://speshmusic.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/spesh.band/

segunda-feira, 14 de janeiro de 2019

Thousand Things with Happy Nothing - An Interview


Lembro que alguém me marcou em uma publicação no Facebook no final do ano passado, quando "Your Fate", faixa de abertura do primeiro EP do até então completamente misterioso combo de Lawrence no Kansas, Happy Nothing, anunciava a chegada do trabalho homônimo....e a mágica novamente aconteceu....

Audições ininterruptas da canção que estranhamente remete coisas tão díspares, quanto Simple Minds ou Fiction Factory, passando por Mighty Lemon Drops entre muitas outras referências.

O ano acabou e a obra completa nasceu na última sexta feira, e, as demais faixas são tão belas e melancólicas quanto "Your Fate", destaque para a espetacular "Style", épica e eloquente, com as guitarras quase que dilacerando a pele.

Simplesmente, os desconhecidos do Happy Nothing, cometeram uma das primeiras pequenas preciosidades do início deste 2019.

***** Interview with Happy Nothing *****


Q. When did Happy Nothing begin? Tell us about the history...
Group of musicians that have played and toured in other bands for years that decided to play together. Pretty standard and uninteresting..

Q: Who are your influences?
Influence changes daily, really. We're all love music and making it, but I think late 80's early 90's college rock was our jumping off point.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
impossible question but I like these five albums a lot.
Television - Marquee Moon
The Cure - Pornography
Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted
Talking Heads - Naked
Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowed West

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Enjoy it, but much prefer writing and recording.

Q. How do you describe Happy Nothing´s sounds?
in our imaginations the Pixies playing the Cure.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We write a ton of songs and once in a while we find one worth recording. We record everything ourselves. So the writing and recording process is all sort of seamless. Our bass player's house is pretty much a recording studio with a bedroom. Mostly just trying to be good at self-editing.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I'm enjoying Miranda Winters.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Country Teasers - Thank God for Making Me an Angel

Q: What are your plans for the future?
None, just taking it day by day.

Q: Any parting words?
Don't let the bedbugs bite.
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https://happynothing.bandcamp.com

terça-feira, 8 de janeiro de 2019

Nos idées fantômes with Murmure - An Interview


O submundo dos bons sons realmente contém mistérios intermináveis, quando se pensa que estamos atualizados ou sintonizados com o que acontece, algo novo, ou nem tão novo assim aparece e a sedução, a magia acaba acontecendo novamente.

E aconteceu novamente com o TBTCI, desta vez os culpados foram os canadenses do Murmure. Com uma discografia repleta de singles e EPs, sem contar em seu homônimo e, diga-se de passagem, belíssimo debute, os caras chegaram ao meu conhecimento tardiamente através de contatos imediatos via redes sociais. Muitos reclamam desta ferramentas, mas ao meu entender, sabendo usufruir é possível adentrar a mundos fascinantes, e conhecer pessoas idem.

Voltemos ao Murmure, e seu nome trabalho, o viciante, "Nos idées fantômes", lançado em Junho do ano passado e que tem se tornado companheiro de inúmeros momentos.

Por vezes sônico, em outras, cintilante, o Murmure soube dosar linearmente duas vertentes unificando o belo ao estridente, o barulho a ternura, envolvendo corpo e mente como deve ser feito.

Fritações cintilantes seduzindo tímpanos, assim é o Murmure.


***** Interview with Murmure *****


Q. When did Murmure begin? Tell us about the history...
Well our first songs were written early 2000s. They were very basic acoustic demos... We put them on the shelf for a while and ventured to others things. I had a number of bands after that. So my energy were mostly for those other musical projects. It was not until 2013 that we committed to Murmure. We dug up these old acoustic demos and reworked them, but this time they were more piano/ambient driven with slow tempo, atmospheric guitars drowned in reverb. Since then our songs became more guitar focused with a lot more distortion. Our influences naturally resurfaced with time.

Q: Who are your influences?
We have so many influences, it's very difficult to pin point them all. I guess it depends on the song too. I remember writing "L'imaginaire #6 (La résignation)" and thinking... this riff reminds me of an old Smashing Pumpkins song (Gish area)...But basically influences comes from everywhere, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Eric's Trip, Cocteau Twins, Crackerbash, Cavein...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is a very difficult question to answer... It changes constantly. I won't name Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and the Mary Chains because its pretty obvious right?! We all know they did amazing groundbreaking albums.

- Harmonium - L'heptade (Rachel's all time favorite album)
- The Cure - Disintegration
- Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
- Cavein - Until Your Heart Stops
- Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music for Airports

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing live!! We would love to do more gigs in 2019.

Q. How do you describe Murmure´s sounds?
I guess in a few words... Layered, textured and lots of reverb and delay... All that in French.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It usually starts with a drum groove I hear in my head... After that its guitars, guitars, bass and more guitars... So many different guitar tones are stack on top of each other.. I don't do the "reamping technic" though. (Reamping is using a recorded DI signal to send through different amps)
For example, I'll play each guitar tracks separately. I find it really makes a big different for what we do. It thickens the guitars.  For vocals, we usually do 3 tracks for the lead and pan them with one main centered with a good amount of compression and reverb.

I try to find the right sound for every song (sonically)... When I'm close to something interesting.. Rachel's going to lay down some basic vocal tracks (guides) for the verses and choruses. After that, I start producing and arranging the song... finding an interesting direction... When I'm completely done.. We redo basically everything from scratch with the right equipment...

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
It's difficult to keep up with new bands... They keep popping out every day... But here in Montreal we have tons of awesome bands... Recently i've been really into Bleu Nuit, Heathers, Victime, Corridor, Calomine, The City Gates. Some of my favorite release this year have been from The City Gates (CA), Jet Black (CA), Bleu Nuit (CA), Slow Crush (UK), Nothing (US).

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We are currently working on a The Nightblooms cover. So maybe a cover from Cocteau Twins would be fun.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Early next year we will be releasing a new EP, a few songs have been written which 2 are almost done. Like I said, we're also working on a Nightblooms cover for a different project which will be soon available.

Q: Any parting words?
Don't stop supporting your local bands, go see them live, buy their merch, share them on your social medias, help them on spreading the words. It makes a huge difference!!! Cheers
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https://www.facebook.com/mvrmvre/
https://mrmre.bandcamp.com

segunda-feira, 7 de janeiro de 2019

Flower Vision, "Voodoos of Ambition" - Track by Track


Elegância em formato lo fi, contemplando sonhos e outros delírios, mais ou menos assim flui o projeto britânico Flower Vision.

O debute nasceu em Maio deste ano, "Voodoos of Ambition", tem em suas cinco canções os dois substantivos do título, Voodoo e Ambição, caminhando ambos estreitamente unificados.

Constantine o cara por trás do Flower Vision expõe suavemente seus devaneios, solidão, isolamento, mas, um tracejo de luz vai aparecendo docemente em vários momentos. Para entender melhor o próprio Constantine, a pedido do TBTCI, revela agora todos os segredos de "Voodoos of Ambition".

Reserve o Flower Vision para seus momentos solitários....um trabalho melancolicamente bucólico e belo.


***** Flower Vision, "Voodoos of Ambition" - Track by Track *****


‘’Voodoos of Ambition’’ was clearly a vanity thing for me. I literally sat down with an audio interface I had since I was a university student, and a very cheap pair of headphones, and just recorded the whole thing within about three months. I’m not gonna bother you with the technical stuff, because I will also get bored. I released the lot, I think in March, digitally, but listening back to them, I am still in love with these melodies, and decided to release them on CD. I grew up listening to cassettes too, as well as vinyl records for the last 4-5 years, however, my fondest musical memories where always around this shiny round thingy we call Compact Disk. So it only felt natural for me to release it on this format. Anyway… Constantine Chatziviltsos

Give It Up

Most people tell me this is the one the like the most, and I think this is the reason why it’s the first track on the EP. It’s quite catchy in my opinion, and holds enough emotion. However, this is an old song, which I could never place in any of the other bands I was playing in the past. I think it’s quite personal for me, and I am happy it’s finally out.

Love is God for Broken Dreamers
I really love this song’s vibes. The vocals might not be perfect (not just on this one, but whatever…), but I just fucking love this solo. It’s worth the listen just for this solo, man!

Cellophane
This was the first track I recorded for this EP, and I think it deserved a place in there. It’s a moody one, but has a very happy twist at the end, if you pay attention to the lyrics, and always makes me think of my happy place, just after the first half of the song…

Dearest Friend of All Now This is the dearest song of all (see what I did there?) on the EP. By far my favourite! I’ve had the main riff in my head for a while, and was struggling to finish it, but I think I did it justice. It sounds even better live!! The bit where it goes ‘’t-t-t-teasing you’’ always get me, man!

Bare on the Sea
This is the little brother of ‘’Give It Up’’ in my head. Not in terms of melody and music, but in terms of sentimental baggage. I very often write autobiographically, and I mean, why shouldn’t I, and these two are going hand in hand. I kinda love the shabby vocals on this one, because is a very sad song, in my opinion… The EP as a whole has very a melancholic sentiment to it, and it’s quite fitting as a closer, is it not? Remember to support the artists you love! Thank you Renato for all your support!
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https://www.facebook.com/flow3rvision
https://flowervision.bandcamp.com
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ3yX6E8OFicP-OWjO9wLgA
https://soundcloud.com/flowervision
https://www.instagram.com/fl0wervision/

sexta-feira, 4 de janeiro de 2019

Break My Doubts with Enemy of Soviets - An Interview


Iniciando as atividades realmente neste novo ano, o TBTCI introduz os russos Enemy of Soviets e  seu cartão de visitas, cinzento e soturno"Break My Doubts".
O debute dos caras, depois de alguns singles, define geograficamente e perfeitamente, quão gélido e denso é o habitat dos caras, Ecaterimburgo, localiza-se na porção oriental dos montes Urais, sendo o principal centro industrial da cidade.

Sonoramente, evocam fantasmas de Interpol, aos montes, e obviamente trazem consigo as conexões óbvias de Curtis e outros (anti) heróis.

Urbano, gélido e sufocante, ou, a trilha sonora ideal para as megalópoles claustrofóbicas em que habitamos.


***** Interview with Enemy of Soviets *****


Q: When did Enemy of Soviets begin? Tell us about the history...
We decided to create a band back in 2012. And it happened because all my life I was sure that I have to write and play music, otherwise it just cannot be. I convinced my friend that we have to create a band! At first we were called The Steering Wheel and played in different styles, tried what suits us better. Played different - from blues to punk. As a result, we understand that post-punk suits us perfectly. This music was perfect for expressing our feelings and thoughts. In 2016, we released an EP, and after a while we renamed ourselves Enemy of Soviets, started working on our first album, which you can now hear.

Q: Who are your influences?
It's hard to say what kind of music influenced us the most, we admire many musicians. But if think about it, we choose Interpol.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. Blur - 13
3. Interpol - Interpol
4. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
5. The Doors - The Doors

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We have not played for a long time. Since we work in a regular job, we didn't have time to perform during the recording of the album! In any case, it's cool to perform, especially if the audience is suitable.

Q. How do you describe Enemy of Soviets sounds?
Dirty, congested, "tape" sound, but without fanaticism, all should be balance. On our album Break my doubts we tried to reflect that. In a sense, we are tired of listening to the sleek, plastic sounds of many other contemporary bands. I think we wanted our sound to be more alive and we did it.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We really wanted all our songs to sound as sincere as possible. And so it is, we gave our best. Sometimes, to sing sincerely, you need to relive all these feelings, about which are written songs. And, yes, sometimes I'd get myself into terrible mental condition. Not having a lot of money for studio recording, mixing and mastering-engineers, we did everything ourselves. We went through many difficulties, constantly moved from place to place. We have our own recording equipment, so we can safely say that we have our own mobile studio. I also want to say thank you to our friend Vitaly, some parts were recorded in his studio.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Mere Women from Australia. That sounds awesome! Lea Porcelain - they have a great future.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We don't really like covers, but it would be cool to try a post-punk cover on The Beatles!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We really want to perform and work on new songs. Maybe in the spring you will hear our new songs. We would like to perform in different countries! Now we have a third member in the band, we are rehearsing and will soon be performing in support of our album. So far, alas, only in Russia.

Q: Any parting words?
Never give up and listen to damn good music! Thanks!
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https://enemy-of-soviets.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/enemyofsoviets/

quinta-feira, 3 de janeiro de 2019

... And The Winners Are... The Best of 2018


Começando as atividades neste novo ano aqui no TBTCI, é hora de sepultarmos definitivamente 2018 mas celebrando o que de melhor aconteceu sonoramente no submundo dos bons sons, obviamente de acordo com os tímpanos, alma e mente deste que vos escreve.

Então, ..."The Winners Are"....

***** The Best of 2018 *****


1. A Place To Bury Strangers - Pinned

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2. Superchunk - What A Time To Be Alive

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3. Air Formation - Near Miss

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4. Nothing - Dance on the Blacktop

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5. Soft Science - Maps

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6. Echodrone - Past, Preset and Future

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7. The City Gates - Forever Orbiter

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8. Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt

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9. Echolust - Loomer

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10. Kraus - Path

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11. Did You Die - Royal Unicorn

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12. Frankie Teardrop Dead - All You Need Is Love And Fucking Peace

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13. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Something Else

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14. The Silence Kit - Fall Protection

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15. The Daysleepers - Creation

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quarta-feira, 19 de dezembro de 2018

Cold Summer with Future Panther - An Interview


Mais Colômbia no TBTCI, e mais pós punk.

Dessa vez não tão trevosos, porém soturnos ainda que, climáticos e sonhadores, o Future Panther, navega por terrenos muito mais melancólicos do que escuros.

Influências diretas de Drab Majesty e Beach Fossils são altamente notadas no debute "Cold Summer".

Dark wave sonhadora para trevosos apaixonados.



***** Interview with Future Panther *****


Q. When did Future Panther begin? Tell us about the history...
Future panther, started in 2016, when I had to travel to Canada, from my native country, I spent a lot of time alone in my apartment creating songs on my own locked in and inspired by the winter, then I began to record the songs more seriously until I realized that I could get an EP. Mainly I didn't think about having commercial music or music for a certain audience I just created the music for me and for my cat.

Q: Who are your influences?
Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, She past Away, Have A Nice Life, and some of my favorite bands DIIV, Beach Fossils, Soft Kill, The Soft Moon, Black Marble, Wild Nothing, Sleep Party People, Supernova1006, Whirr and lately I have an obsession with Drab Majesty, I must say that it's one of my greatest influences right now. so I think soon my sound will go more for those kinda sounds of darkwave, new wave, and shoegaze…

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
DIIV -Oshin
Drab Majesty -The Demonstration
Black Marble - It's Immaterial
The Soft Moon - Deeper
Beach Fossils -Clash The Truth

Q. How do you feel playing live?
So far I haven't had any show with Future Panther, but I would love to create a performance with panther masks to give more impact to the live show and at the same time be something more artistic. ( the full live show) But they are future plans, for now I want to continue recording songs and experimenting with my sounds.

Q. How do you describe Future Panther´s sounds?
I would say that the sound I wanted to create was something deep, dark and at the same time nostalgic, full of guitars with reverb, flanger sometimes phaser and delays, drums sequenced with the use of the claps to give that sound of the 80's, and voices a little more alternative but with a lot of reverb playing with the melodies of the guitars

Q: Tell us about the process of recording  the songs ?
Everything starts by creating a melody on the bass, then a drum sequence and then start jamming looking for sounds that I like. Sometimes I start with some guitar melody that I had in my head, basically I let myself be carried away by my musical instinct.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I would recommend some bands from my native country like: Ser Sonico, Sobrevolar, Encarta 98, Cold Tropics, and bands that I recently discovered like: Soft Touch and Posh Lost.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
The Soft Moon - Far

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I want to lock myself a season again this winter to continue finding my ideal sound, keep recording songs and why not create a full album. After this I would love to find some live shows.

Q: Any parting words?
I want to thank Renato and the blog that celebrates itself for the space to share my music, and for his great work supporting new artists, this is the only way to grow and evolve musically together. I also invite you to visit my fan page on Facebook called LA420 is an independent label that supports emerging local artists.
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https://futurepanther.bandcamp.com/releases
https://youtu.be/2e1XVutj3yE
https://www.facebook.com/futurepanther/

Barren Ground with Ghost Painted Sky - An Interview


Darkwave em sua essência, escuridão, sombras, angústia, melancolia, tudo devidamente em tonalidades escuras, assim é o duo colombiano, Ghost Painted Sky,

David Strong, o faz tudo,  e Lisa Wood, vocais, construíram um certo culto ao redor da banda, com alguns EPs e um álbum, o denso "Flightless", lançado em Julho deste ano, ajudaram a moldar o poderio deles.

Ao vivo, contam com uma banda de apoio que transportam para os palcos o clima soturno do estúdio. Referências lógicas, como Xymox, Lycia, Love is Colder Than Death entre outros os conectam sonoramente entre os clássicos oitentistas e a nova leva dark atual.

O último trabalho é o EP, "Barren Ground", que reúne gravações dos primórdios da dupla, antes mesmo de se chamarem Ghost Painted Sky, sonoramente seguem o padrão trevoso onde a luz jamais terá espaço.

Música para notívagos e criaturas da noite.

***** Interview with Ghost Painted Sky *****



Q. When did Ghost Painted Sky begin? Tell us about the history...
A. Officially, Ghost Painted Sky began with the release of the first, self-titled EP in 2014, though I (David) started writing and recording the material that would be released under the Ghost Painted Sky name after several years of musical inactivity, the end of a long-term relationship, and some other major life changes in early 2013. The project has deeper roots than that, though, as I had originally started working on solo material in the late 90s/early 2000s that was a little more darkwave in nature, but in which you can hear the beginnings of the Ghost Painted Sky sound (a few songs from this period were just recently released as the Barren Ground EP). I was also in an 8-piece band in the mid-2000s that also had an influence on how Ghost Painted Sky came to form… That former band, with so many members, had a lot of interpersonal and scheduling issues, so with GhostPainted Sky, I’ve tried to keep the core as just myself (at first), and since 2017, myself and Lisa (Wood), and have tried to keep the live band as changeable and adaptable as possible. That gives the core control over the creative direction of the band, but allows us more flexibility in live performance, while also allowing for working with other people on whatever basis best serves the overall sound, without getting too bogged down in personal issues or creative differences.

Q: Who are your influences?
Lisa and I are both primarily influenced by the experiences of our lives, but musically speaking, a lot of the classic 80s and 90s goth rock, post-punk, and darkwave has kind of been our reference point, whether we mean for it to be or not, including: Clan of Xymox, early Lycia, The Sisters of Mercy, Swans, The Cure, Cocteau Twins, Joy Division, Chameleons, Siouxsie and the Banshees, etc. as well as some latter-day goth rock, and some of the Projekt and Hyperium stuff from the 90s and early 2000s...like Requiem in White/Mors Syphilitica, Faith & The Muse, Human Drama, and Love Is Colder Than Death. We have other musical influences too, that maybe aren’t as prominent but are no less valid, including deathrock and shoegaze (I'm a big Slowdive fan), as well as even post-rock, synthpop, industrial, and electronica.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. My top five have been pretty longstanding, in no particular order:
The Cure - Disintegration,
Lycia - A Day In The Stark Corner,
This Mortal Coil - It’ll End In Tears,
Swans - White Light From the Mouth Of Infinity,
The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland…

Lisa’s top five include:
Clan of Xymox - Twist of Shadows,
Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll,
The Cure - Pornography,
The Sisters of Mercy - First and Last and Always,
This Mortal Coil - Blood.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. Every live show is a new experience, and isn’t always easy to categorize in a general way, as Lisa puts it: so many feelings and thoughts course through you… With that said, at best it’s an exchange between performer and witness that elevates both. It’s a dialogue, and sometimes, for a variety of reasons, you can transcend the normal boundaries and make for an experience memorable to all. That’s about as good as it gets. Most often though, it’s worthwhile enough just to be somewhere new and different and bearing your inner being to a receptive group of people through your songs…it can be a transcendent experience, with an immediacy that can otherwise be difficult to achieve on a normal day-to-day level.


Q. How do you describe Ghost Painted Sky´s sounds?
A. Ghost Painted Sky is the sound of Lisa and I bearing our hearts and souls…confessing our secrets and going to our darker places to explore and voice our hopes, fears, and regrets, in a kind of process of catharsis. Musically speaking, we use whatever means we find necessary and at our disposal, though we have thus far not strayed too far from our goth rock/post-punk roots. That said, we have been playing with some new ideas and sounds that incorporate more darkwave, deathrock, tribal/world, and even shoegaze/post-rock and synth pop sounds. We don’t want to limit ourselves too much by genre convention, but I think our overall vision keeps our sound pure and distinctively Ghost Painted Sky, while giving us room to explore the best ways to convey what we are feeling and experiencing. We’re pretty much always dark, intense, and introspective/contemplative, whatever the exact means we may use to convey it.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. Every song is different, but it will often start with a simple idea or musical phrase, be it a bassline, a guitar part, or a keyboard sound. I’ll build-on and experiment with what works on top of that, what other changes and parts might work best to convey the feeling of the song, and either I or Lisa will add lyrics and vocals to it somewhat late in the process, which occasionally warrants further restructuring and refinement. Other times it happens the opposite way, where Lisa or I will have lyrics and/or a vocal melody that we start building off of, and/or writing the music around. Every song is its own unique journey.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. There has been so much good new music out the past several years…a lot of the classic post-punk sounds seem to be in the ongoing process of being rediscovered and reinterpreted through a modern lens. It’s been really exciting to discover a lot of new bands recently, and a few we’ve been listening to a lot include: She Past Away, Drab Majesty, Holygram, Soft Kill, Soviet Soviet, Saigon Blue Rain, Boy Harsher, Void Vision, and Angels of Liberty…

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. We’ve already done a cover of New Order’s somewhat forgotten classic “Doubts Even Here” on our first full-length, Flightless (released in the summer of 2018), and have toyed with the idea of doing a number of other covers, including maybe a Joy Division or Sisters of Mercy track, possibly a Siouxsie, Lycia, Cure, or Xymox song… One longtime favorite that we will most likely do at some point, though is Swans’ “Failure.” That song has been kind of a reluctant anthem of mine over the years. We try to stick to doing our own material though, for the most part. While we sometimes enjoy playing other bands’ material, especially that which we find meaningful, we need to play our own.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. For the near future, we are currently working on a video for the song “Cleansed” from the Flightless album, as well as a new, forthcoming EP (4 songs so far, though it may ultimately develop into more) which is simultaneously a little more synth-based and a little more shoegaze-influenced than our previous material, which we hope to have out in the late spring of 2019. A little longer-term, we are also working on fleshing out another full-length album based around the songs from the first, self-titled EP, that will be more in the vein of Flightless, if a bit more introspective and darker. Beyond that, we hope to play more live shows and expand our geographic range some more in 2019, try some new and different approaches to performing live, and maybe put together some more videos.

Q: Any parting words?
A. There is so much good music out there, though it isn’t always easy to find. Keep searching and support underground bands/artists when you are able to. Also, it may sound like a cliche, but stay true to yourself and create your own story: make art, make music, tell stories, give the rest of us something new to think about or a different perspective, or make us feel something true… For my part, I never know when and where the next thing that will catch my interest and attention will come from, but that’s what keeps life interesting. Thanks for listening.
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https://ghostpaintedsky.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/ghostpaintedsky/

terça-feira, 18 de dezembro de 2018

Playing With Ghosts with QWEEN M8 - An Interview


Photo Credit: Dave Seal


De Los Angeles, vem o duo deliciosamente pegajoso  QWEEN M8.

Billy QWEEN e Billie QWEEN soam como um mix entre oThe Kills e o Raveonettes.

Em "Playing With Ghosts", segundo EP deles, eletronices e melodias se misturam e gerando um resultado absolutamente viciante.

Sensualmente hipnótico.


***** Interview with QWEEN M8 *****


Q. When did Qween M8 begin? Tell us about the history...
Billy: Qween M8 was born out of a very serious conversation about Ween between roommates over a meal of mushrooms. Bananas and Blow was listened to 54 times in a row and made more sense with each subsequent listen. Only band better than Ween is Queen, mate.

Q: Who are your influences?
Billy: NIN, Radiohead, QOTSA, DFA, Ween.

Billie: Sune Rose Wagner. He's my hero, I want to be him when I grow up.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Billie: Lust Lust Lust, Nevermind, The Downward Spiral, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Abbey Road

Billy: Mechanical Animals, The Fragile, Like Clockwork, XO, Absolutely Worthless Compared to Important Books.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Billie: Wouldn't know! Qween M8 hasn't played a show yet.

Billy: We don’t. It seems an awful lot like work.

Q. How do you describe Qween M8´s sounds?
Billie: If Trent Reznor and Ween had a baby, and meanwhile, The Raveonettes and Lana Del Rey had a baby... and then by some miracle those two babies met and took a whole lot of shrooms together... that's kind of what I hope QWEEN M8 sounds like.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Billy: Lay the beat down, lay the bass down, write some words, change some words, guitar city, add a harmony, smash it through the buss and call it a day.

Billie: We record everything as we write it. We usually talk first about what kind of song we are feeling. Decide the mood, whether it's gonna be upbeat or mellow and kind of go from there. Billy might put down a beat and then we just layer the guitars or synth parts and once we have a foundation we'll play around with melody. We do not over-write anything. It's very much an organic writing process of committing to melody choices that first come up.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Billie: I'm always late to the party when it comes to discovering music! Nine Inch Nails is a NEW band to me because I've only really started listening to them in the last year but they've been around for years! I'm low-key obsessed.

Billy: Gunship, Carpenter Brut/whatever Spotify tells me.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Billie: We've talked a lot about maybe covering Blur or probably Nine Inch Nails but, it might have to be 'Bananas and Blow' by Ween.

Billy: I think we could do a sick “Wicked Game” but it’s a bit obvious.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Billy: Get the third EP out by Christmas.

Billie: We have currently released two EP's that are part of our three EP series called "The Royal Trilogy". The Final EP will be out soon and then we hope to work towards our first full-length album release in the new year.

Q: Any parting words?
Billie: Thank you for listening to our music and reading our babble.

Billy: Just do it bruv. It doesn’t have to be perfect as long as the intent is there. Waiting is the same as doing nothing
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https://www.facebook.com/qweenm8/
https://qweenm8.bandcamp.com

Under The Weather with Candy - An Interview


O australiano de Melbourne, Calum Newton é a mente criativa sob a alcunha de Candy.

Projeto que navega por entre o dreampop, o jangle e todas as variáveis fofinhas da música independente.

"Under The Weather" é o quarto disco do cara, e se conecta com o que de melhor tem sido concebido no mundo dos sonhos sonoros atualmente.

Perfeito para momentos de ternura e paixões agudas. Escute bem acompanhado.



***** Interview with Candy *****


Q. When did Candy begin? Tell us about the history...
I’ve had this solo project for ages. I’d say probably since 2012-ish. There were a bunch of EP’s and an album or two I’d put out before ‘Wrapped In Plastic’ but I thought that release was just a proper step above the rest so I deleted all the other ones maybe one day I’ll put them out on a limited tape run or something I doubt it. Honestly though it only feel like a real thing from this year I’d say. This album feels like a real piece of work and playing shows around Australia just makes it feel way more legitimate.

Q: Who are your influences?
At the moment I’ve been getting into Jen Cloher & Kurt Vile a bunch. Around the time I wrote ‘Under The Weather’ I was listening to The Cure, Black Marble, DIIV, Beach Fossils - all that kind of stuff.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
5 albums of all time wow that’s honestly a real toughie (in no particular order) I’ll go with;

Sonic Youth - Sister
This was such a hard album for me to get into. I was probably around 14 or something and I’d listened to Dirty before and hated it but I wanted to give them another go cause my parents reckoned they were great and I wanted to be cool. I’ve noticed in hindsight that some of the albums I’ve loved the most are one’s I listen to and don’t really like but on a second or third listen start to understand what’s going on. When you pay money for a CD as a kid you’re damn well gonna enjoy that album - and oh boy is it really good. Huge fan of it and the guitar / production is just killer.

Beach Fossils - Self Titled
I walked into JBHIFI (like a big tech / music / whatever you want store in Australia) and bought this album, Wavves - King Of The Beach & The Drums - Self Titled. I can’t believe how lucky I was, I had no idea about any of these bands and just liked the covers and read the recommendations. All of them are great album but there’s a special place in my heart for that Beach Fossils album. I hadn’t really heard such stripped back production and it was so charming. I’ve been trying to capture that feeling in my music since I can remember and I still can’t do it.

Jen Cloher -Self Titled
Okay so I’ve only recently gotten into this album but damn does it hit. It’s got so much sarcasm & restrained aggression. I don’t think there’s 1 song on that album that let’s it down and I’m stoked I got around to fully appreciating this album as much as it deserves.

Fugazi - Steady Diet Of Nothing
Ian Makaye is so good, like minor threat / Egg Hunt / Emrace are all really cool but I think this album by Fugazi takes the cake. I don’t think it’s a singles album either like you put it on start to finish and that’s how it should be for this record. It sucks you in. It’s just really good.

Craft Spells - Idle Labor
This is what I’ve been trying to rip off since hearing it. It doesn’t get much better than After The Moment & Party Talk. Second album is just as good and so’s the EP but I love the electronic drums on this album.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I never thought this would be a proper project so originally I was really nervous about doing it live. I’ve come to realise it’s actually just really fun. I made a proper effort to actually learn my lyrics and stuff which makes the whole experience less frightening.

Q. How do you describe Candy´s sounds?
I reckon it sounds like an old boot feels (specifically a Blundstone #500). A little loose, weathered and irritating to the skin but warm and homely all the same.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I just did it all at home. It gets a bit frustrating at times it’s all very self motivated to get the mixing / mastering done and you can get a bit lost in terms of where the song just needs to be better or where the production needs work. I love it though. It was all done in logic and just DI’d guitars cause I was scared of my neighbour getting angry at me.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
House Deposit
I’ve seen them a handful of times now and it never disappoints. I’m very excited to hear more recorded stuff cause all the songs live are wonderful. For fans of twerps / dick diver
https://open.spotify.com/track/7w55Gekvam1ZNS1f30KLgg?si=nJeR3tjIRjmKbM3Kq71vFQ

Slush
No link here cause they haven’t got anything out yet but keep your ear to the ground cause what they’ve got coming is so good. They mightn’t agree but I’d say for fans of Green Day but like Dookie era Green Day but instead of dudes singing about masturbating it’s women/non-binary people singing love songs to menstrual cups.

Pool Shop
Brisbane band who only have 2 songs out but I think the project’s been around for awhile? Seen them live a couple times now and the most recent one they brought out a slide and postured up some dreamy alt country which is very much what I’m about at the moment. For fans of Seapony / Hatchie.
https://open.spotify.com/artist/34xsY8WvOLDGnDY5x8HmSW?si=xfpZUaaDT4qkf8lC9YFKBQ

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
This Heart Attack by Faker

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Hopefully I’ll be having a nice time and living well - that’s all you can hope for at the end of the day isn’t it?

Q: Any parting words?
I hope you’re having a good time and try not to let those little things boil over and ruin a nice home made pasta. Let it simmer and let it go.
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https://candy-band.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/iamcandymusic/

segunda-feira, 17 de dezembro de 2018

Sculpture with Inhabitants - An Interview


É fato que a cena mexicana vive um momento absolutamente efervescente, independentemente do rótulo sonoro, uma avalanche de ótimas bandas tem surgido por lá, é só ter curiosidade e pesquisar que você vai descobrir.

Agora é a vez do quarteto Inhabitants representar o México nas páginas do TBTCI.

Os caras debutaram recentemente com o EP, "Sculpture", trilhando suas canções inspirados no pós punk soturno e cinzento dos primórdios oitentistas. Referências óbvias como Cure e afins, além de conexões com os contemporâneos Motorama, Interpol, entre outros.

Um debute honesto e sólido dão todos os créditos para os garotos do Inhabitants. Agora é aguardar os próximos passos.

***** Interview with Inhabitants *****


Q. When did Inhabitants begin? Tell us about the history...
It started on december 2016, We started by playing songs of bands we liked until we decided to start to create our own.

Q: Who are your influences?
Old post-punk, shoegaze and gothic rock bands such as bauhaus, joy division, cocteau twins but we also like new bands such as motorama, human tetris and buerak.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
the cure - three imaginary boys
the smiths - the queen is dead
joy division - unkown pleasures
my bloody valentine - loveless
slowdive - souvlaki

Q. How do you feel playing live?
it´s nice to see how people we don´t know has a good response to the music that we do
and we know our music gets to them when we see them on the stage dancing with us.

Q. How do you describe Inhabitants´ sounds?
Sounds that produce nostalgia we try to make people sing along our songs with us and feel identified.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We tried to show our ideas using all that we have available in the small studio. It was a funny to experiment with the sounds.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We recommend you to listen pvlsr, sunnset and delinquere, this are bands from our city that have a really great sound.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We´ve been listening slowdive a lot lately so we think it would be a good idea to make a cover version of some of their songs.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are planning to record new songs at the beggining of 2019 and go to other cities to show our songs.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for having this interview with us. It is great to know that people from other countries is listening to us it makes us feel really nice.

We hope you to enjoy our first releases.
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https://inhabitants.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/inhabitantsband/

Eclipse with Miss Rayon - An Interview


Eric Sabatino é figura conhecida no submundo dos bons sons, o cara já tocou em diversas bandas, por exemplo, Appendixes, Cat Hoch Band, Vexations, entre outras tantas, um histórico de respeito, pode acreditar.

Todavia, não contente com tudo isso, o cara reuniu simplesmente, Jenny Logan do Deathlist e, Hannah Blilie do Gossip, e fechou o que antes, era seu projeto solo, e assim, o Miss Rayon chegou ao seu debute.

"Eclipse" é descendente direto de obras como; "Playing with a Different Sex" (Au Pairs), "Solid Gold" (Gang of Four), "Gyrate" (Pylon), só pra te elucidar.

Pós punk torto, cerebral, funkeado, e completamente viciante.

Audição absolutamente necessária, simples assim.

***** Interview with Miss Rayon *****


Q. When did Miss Rayon begin? Tell us about the history...
Miss Rayon started as my solo songwriting project. I was playing with bands like Cat Hoch, Vexations, and Appendixes, and looking for somewhere to get my own ideas out. It was just a name for a soundcloud full of recordings for a year or so.

Q: Who are your influences?
Velvet Underground, Soft Boys, Wire, Breeders, ESG, Magazine, Kinks, Sonic Youth, MBV, Bowie, The Fall

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
MBV - Loveless,
Sonic Youth - Washing Machine,
Kinks - Village Green Preservation Society,
New Order - Power Corruption and Lies,
Bowie - Scary Monsters

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It's a great time.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I used to write everything myself, multitracking drums, bass, guitar, keys, vocal harmonies, and then chopping it up to find a good structure. Those recordings are what evolved into the Cloudmaster EP. I started writing songs for Eclipse this way, but have worked collaboratively with the band more often. Eclipse was a song that started in Hannah's head. Jenny and I hashed it out with Hannah as a band. We recorded Eclipse at Destination:Universe! in Portland with this amazing guy, Victor. He was great to work with. Most of it was just live in the room, with vocal, guitar, and key overdubs. Sweep You was recorded from the old cut and paste method at my studio.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Cool Flowers, Lithics, Deja Blue, Conditioner Disco Group, WL, Lunch Lady, Meringue, Martha Stax, the House of Aura

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have a culture of Portland bands forming cover bands around Halloween every year. I've done David Bowie, B52's, Siouxsie and the Banshees. I would like to do a Richard Hell cover band soon.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Keep writing and recording music. Hopefully people find it interesting. More electronics, less guitars this time around maybe?

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for asking questions about the band.
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https://www.facebook.com/missrayonmusic/
https://missrayon.bandcamp.com

sexta-feira, 14 de dezembro de 2018

Time Management with Body Corporate - An Interview


Quando o pós punk encontra o pós hardcore a urgência bate de frente com a angústia, a raiva e a tristeza colidem de forma avassaladora em velocidade e intensidades frenéticas.

Assim, ou mais ou menos assim, é a música do quarteto australiano, Body Corporate, que fica explicitado no EP, "Time Management", lançado no final de Outubro.

Sonoramente algo como uma colisão entre as bandas de dois Ian´s, o Curtis e o MacKaye.

É tenso, acelerado e intenso, em doses bem equivalentes.

Altamente recomendado.


***** Interview with Body Corporate *****


Q. When did Body Corporate begin? Tell us about the history…
Callum and I met at university in Melbourne while studying music, and ended up living together. We began playing music around 2014 and slowly started writing our own stuff. We chose the name Body Corporate because of a rental property where Callum and I lived and our neighbour kept complaining about noise and loud music to the body corporate (owner) of the building. I don’t think we were that loud.

Q: Who are your influences?
I can’t speak for everyone in the band but I’m a huge fan of ‘70s and ‘80s post punk and experimental German rock, as well as a lot of jazz and hip hop. I love post punk’s urgency and emphasis and the way it can be both angry and sad. I’m regularly both.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
The Fall - Grotesque
Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express
Fugazi - End Hits
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I find it really empowering to play live and have a level of control and direction over what’s happening. I love the confidence and unity we're able to find when performing in front of people. Our performance style at the moment is still developing as we’ve played only a handful of shows, but it’s fantastic to play together.

Q. How do you describe Body Corporate's sound?
I’d argue that we sound very derivative in some ways, but approach most of what we do with a level of respect and honesty about what we’ve been influenced by. I relate to music with a repetitive sense of rhythm and a dynamic that almost challenges the listener with noise/discordance, which I try to apply to what we do. This might also be due to my inability to play the guitar.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We were lucky enough to have a close friend record our EP in his home studio. This meant the process was really relaxed and meant we could spend time producing each track by listening back to them and adding dynamics and layers. The songwriting will generally happen together, where I'll write lyrics and Callum or myself will come in with an idea and we'll see what works together.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We’re pretty new so most of what we’re into has a longer history but we’re so lucky in Melbourne to have local music available every night. Amyl and the Sniffers are a local punk band who are doing extremely well (deserved) and RVG are one of the most uniquely derivative bands (that's a compliment) that I’ve heard.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I’d like to cover something by Devo, Patsy Kline or Joy Division, but we can never decide. 'I Fall to Pieces' by Patsy Kline is so fucking beautiful. If somebody was to cover us, I’d really like to hear our songs interpreted by a folk musician. Maybe Marlon Williams?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re experiencing a line-up change currently, where I’m playing more guitar and Callum (drummer) is moving to play guitar or bass. We have a new drummer who’s come on board in the last few weeks and we’ve another guitarist joining shortly. We have a music video for 'Regular Communication' coming out soon, so stay tuned for that. I've also started writing again recently so I think we'll record something else next year.
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https://bodycorporateonline.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/bodycorporateonline/

In Event of Moon Disaster with Blue Velvet - An Interview


O duo peruano Noelia Cabrera, vozes e, Antonio Ballester, sintetizadores passeiam pelo lado cinzento e nebuloso da dark e cold wave.

Ambientações gélidas, sensualmente languidos, os synths comandam.

O Blue Velvet lançou recentemente pela cultuada gravadora Buh Records, seu debute, "In Event of Moon Disaster", é talvez um dos melhores discos de cold wave lançado neste ano facilmente.

Gélido e hipnoticamente envolvente.


***** Interview with Blue Velvet *****


Q. When did Blue Velvet begin? Tell us about the history...
Antonio and I (Noelia Cabrera) are both publicists and we met a long time ago in that area. One day we happened to be in a concert (to be more specific in the Radiation concert where Follakzoid played) in which I played the keyboard with one of my alternate projects, we were to meet one day to make a jammin of keyboards and voices like huevea and then in an afternoon we managed to specify what would be Dark Room in a precarious version, but at a level that allowed us to realize that there was a chemistry at a musical level to continue composing and get to consolidate it as a project.Our first name idea was Like a Velvet Glove Cast In Iron, like the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. We liked the image very much because it spoke of something that could be delicate and feminine like a silk glove, but also brutal and violent when being forged in iron. Obviously it was very long, but we were left with the word velvet, which was indirectly influenced by The Velvet Underground and Nico's work . Then we realized that Blue Velvet, precisely because of the movie, had the same load and also transmitted the duality that we were looking for at the beginning.

Q: Who are your influences?
We come from a postpunk school, wave and dark psychedelia. Bands such as Cocteau Twins, X-mall Deutschland, Siouxie and The Banshees, Dead Can Dance, Spacemen 3, Suicide, Scala, The Velvet Underground, Kraftwerk, Chris & Cosey, D.A.F, Geometric Splendor, Dro Aviator, Devo, Sonic Youth

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Isao Tomita - The Planets
Kraftwerk - Man Maschine
DAF - Für Immer
Cocteau Twins- Garlands
Death In June - Nada!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It is a lot of fun. We like to keep our shows spontaneous, so we take the rhythm lines and some arrangements recorded, but play most of the stuff live. Sure, it doesn’t always sound exactly like the record, but that gives us the chance to interact with the audience and go with the flow. Feuer is an awesome example of that, that song never sounds the same twice but always leaves an impact on stage!

Q. How do you describe Blue Velvet´s sounds?
We sound like an electric mermaid choir singing from a distant planet.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
It was a big learning process and we had to find our own way of working. The ideas for songwritting came to us really quick, but then at first, we had no idea of how to take those raw recordings and make them sound, you know... not like demos but like actual songs. Some of them changed a lot in structure, some other didn’t change at all. Then we started working with Mario and that really improved our sound. The mixes started to feel alive. We embraced heavy delays and long FX chains, mostly typical of shoegaze style production techniques. We ended up with this dark but delicate sound, which made the album sound unique to us so we knew we just had to keep on going in that direction.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
VideoDrome
Perra Vida

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We have always talked about covering Nico, , in fact it is pending for us to make a cover of My Heart is empty a song that we like especially, but we haven’t started with that project yet. We did record a cover of Silvania’s Solineide for an upcoming tribute album. It was an awesome process, since we wanted to keep and enhance the ethereal atmospheres of the original song but also contribute with our style. The tribute record is gonna be released next month so you can hear what we are talking about soon.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Keep on recording, we’re equipped with a whole new ton of gear, some of it analog, which would sound awesome for us but we haven’t tried it in recordings yet. Pretty much keep on experimenting with sound and trying to make everything we release the best thing we’ve released so far. For sure we want to make visual work for our music too.

Q: Any parting words?
We are gonna release a video of our song Like a Velvet Glove ( included in our first album) pretty soon, stay in tune and thank you so much for the awesome interview!

And for last…. Play it always loud!
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