sábado, 22 de novembro de 2014

Strange Days with Iseult - An Interview



Iseult é Emily Cahill e ela é o Iseult, one woman band shoegazer e ruidosa, garota ruidosa, vide o estrago que ela aprontou com Strange Days, clássico do The Doors em seu primeiro single independente Hallowtide além de Dead Waves dela própria.

É tem os dois pés fincados em MBV e Mazzy Star e é de altíssimo bom gosto.

Que Emily e o Iseult tragam mais delírios sonoros rapidamente porque vira obsessão mesmo.

***** Interview with Iseult *****


Q. When did Iseult starts, tell us about the history...
Since Iseult is just me, you could say that Iseult started the day I began making music. However, as a project it is very, very new. I have been playing in bands since I was very little, but never created a solo project. I think that’s partially because I’m very self-conscious about my songwriting and was scared to an extent. Recently, other groups I have been a part of slowed down or evolved, and it seemed like the perfect push for me to do my own thing. Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I thought it would be a good time to release a short teaser album. I wrote and recorded the songs in about three weeks then just threw them out there! And that was the start.

Q: Who are your influences?
Obviously I’m influenced by classic shoegaze acts. Some of my favorite “classic” shoegaze groups are Slowdive, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Spacemen 3, Loop, and Mazzy Star. I also like newer gazey groups like The Raveonettes and Dum Dum Girls. However, I grew up with parents who loved live music and always listened to music in the house, so that’s influenced me a lot as well. I still really love the sound of 60s girl groups and Motown artists, as well as a lot of classic rock. Sam Cooke is one of my favorite artists of all time because I envy his incredible songwriting skills and ability to write perfect pop hits (in addition to being a great performer). My not-so-secret and embarrassing love is bad 80s hair metal.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
This was so hard, so I just went with what I could think of off the top of my head. In no particular order:
1. Live At Harlem Square Club, 1963 – Sam Cooke
2. Darklands - The Jesus and Mary Chain
3. So Tonight That I Might See – Mazzy Star
4. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
5. Electric Warrior – T Rex

Q. How do you fell playing live?
I get very bad stage fright, but I think performing live also makes music fun for me. It feels great when people come to see you play or enjoy your live show. I’m excited to be able to begin performing live with Iseult.

Q. How do you describe Iseult sounds?
I think it sounds like classic shoegaze, but perhaps with a little more vocal harmonies going on. It’s hard to explain your own music!


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I first recorded very rough demos on my laptop computer. I just recorded the songs part-by-part and layered them on top of each other. I then sent them to my friend and old band mate Alex Wilson, who does sound engineering work under the business name Almanac Audio. I went over to his place a few different days and replaced some of the parts on my demos that I couldn’t get to sound right just recording in my bedroom. The guitars and vocals were all replaced in his home studio. Then he mixed and mastered them quickly. And that’s it!

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Not including the bands I already mentioned, new bands I really like include The Vandelles, Crocodiles, Ringo Deathstarr, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Mood Rings, Fort Wilson Riot, Harsh Vibes, Haunted Hearts, Spacin, Boytoy, The Muscadettes, Tungs, Heavy Midgets, Malatese, and probably many more I’m forgetting.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
There are so many songs I wish I wrote, therefore lots of songs I’d like to cover! Maybe one day I’ll get to do some. Some of the ones I’m loving singing along to right now include:
 “Dead Flowers” – Rolling Stones
“Little Red Riding Hood” – Sam Sham and the Pharaohs
“Silver Springs” – Fleetwood Mac
“Big Iron” – Marty Robbins
“The Snake” – Al Wilson

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Right now I’m working on songwriting for a full EP. I have a lot of ideas and they’re all piling up. I’m hoping to have it out in the Spring, but seeing how I’m still writing for it, who knows!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks so much for the interview! I’m glad you enjoy the music!
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https://www.facebook.com/iseulttheband
https://iseult.bandcamp.com

sexta-feira, 21 de novembro de 2014

Disorder with Klam - An Interview


Bleak o debute dos italianos do Klam é para este que vos escreve um dos álbuns do ano, fácil assim.

Pós punk, noise e shoegazer em perfeita simbiose. Barulhento, soturno, tenso e esquizofrênico, Bleak é a síntese do que melhor foi produzido nestes estilos em suas décadas de maior prestígio.

Nove destruições sonoras sombrias e ruidosas que agradam a fãs de Joy Division, J&MC e SY na mesma proporção.

Um disco absolutamente essencial.

***** Interview with Klam *****


Q. When did Klam start, tell us about the history...
We started in May 2012. We've known each other from a long time, played in several punk/hardcore bands from the area around Pisa (Tuscany, Italy), along the years. We all played in many other bands: Santa Sangre, Magdalene, Chambers, Cohesion.

We got together with the idea to play something different from what we did before. Playing without thinking of a particular genre or a particular influence. We just felt natural to not fit into a category or a particular “scene”.

Q: Who are your influences?
A lot of things ispires us in everyday life. We live in small industrial towns, we grew up surrounded by many things full of squallor that we somehow learned to appreciate, or at least understand. These are times and places of decadence, if you think about it. In a more artistic way, there are too many things to make a list of influences. Franz Kafka was an inspiration for our name. Horror movies are an inspiration too, but not in a macabre way.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Five are obviously not enough. We are four, so we could name one for each member and one for everybody:
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasure;
The Smiths – The Queen is Dead;
Massimo Volume – Lungo i Bordi;
Velvet Underground & Nico;
Sonic Youth – Evol.

Q. How do you fell playing live?
Playing live for us is a necessary way to bring our music to people the way we feel it. Although we are not interested in playing too many shows; we try to be selective in our own way. One show less is better than a bad show.

Q. How do you describe Klam sounds?
We don't. We know that everybody perceive it in a different way, and making comparisons could be somehow frustrating or pretentious.

There has been a lot of changes since the cassette has been recorded. We are working on redefining the sound, in order for it to be more clear and yet direct. We played noisy shows, but then we worked a lot on the new record. We wanter it to be focused on the sounds of the guitars, and on a simple approach on songwriting. It was recorded in two sessions, in our practice space, with our friend Luca Spadoni, who is a sound engineer. We worked hard on getting a personal sound; we wanted to record to sound cohesive. One lesson we've learned from bands like My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, The Jesus and Mary Chain or Xiu Xiu is that the modern listener shouldn't have to focus too much on what a single instrument is doing, but be instead caught up in the whole sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the cassette ep?
We wanted the recording to sound as much live as possible. We recorded all the instruments together, and then added the vocals. This could be also a cheap solution, but in our intention it was

the more honest way to offer our first release. For the album – Bleak - it was completely different, as explained also in the previuos answer.


Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
If you want us to name bands of people we know, we just don't like that kind of boring cameraderie. Too many people find it difficult to separate appreciation of music and personal relationships. I don't have to like your band just because you are my friend, or be your friend in order to make you like my music. Anyway, there is one Italian band we all like, it's called Tante Anna.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We like working on covers. It teaches you a lot. We recorded a cover of My Girlfriend's Dead by The Vandals, and played it a lot live. The original version was a funny punkrock song, but we felt the lyrics to be more serious than it could seem, and much coherent with those of our other songs. We also worked on another song we love, and we played it during shows last year, it was Riding by Bonnie Prince Billy. During the next shows we will be playing a cover of Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World, by The Ramones.

Q: What's the plans for future... We are going to play some shows in support of Bleak. But we already have new material, that we are looking to use for an ep.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks a lot for the interview. And thanks to the people who read it.
Never be content.
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https://klam.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/klamtheband

Low Life with Cold Colors - An Interview



Frederick Barbe é Cold Colors. Cold wave dançante de Bordeaux, França.

Regrets um de seus registros, é música para dançar em porões negros e esfumaçados, beats e loops matematicamente sequenciais fazer da música do Cold Cave uma das prediletas da nova cena minimal.

O Cold Color já tocou com Xiu, Xeno & Oaklander só pra pra mostrar que a elegância e o poderio do Cold Colors é acima.


***** Interview with Cold Colors ******


Q. When did Cold Colors starts, tell us about the history...
After my 'rock' band splitted, I've decided to make music on my own. No more compromise, I wanted to be the only one to decide what to do with my music, so I bought a 4 tracks tape recorder, took my guitar and a mike, and the first folk songs came out.

It's only a few years later that I've discovered the pleasure of working with synthesizers. The first tracks named as Cold Colors appeared in 2002, it was the birth of this project. From 2006 to 2012, Cold Colors was on the side cause I had a band named Plastic Machine. But that's the past, there's no more PM anymore, I'm just focused on my own solo project now.

Q: Who are your influences?
My influences come directly from my childhood: I was born in the middle of the 70's, my parents used to listen to a lot of music at home, there was a lot of italo, and France was also into the eighties sound. So that's basically where I'm from.

A bit later I've listened a lot to Depeche Mode and The Cure. But The Cure was the band I was really into. I've always loved coldwave, new wave, the spleen that comes from these melodies and ambiances.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
5 albums... that's not an easy task ! I'm listening to a lot of music, always looking for something new, even if I'm still listening to the same records as when I was 16.. So, here are some of the most important records to me:

- The Cure - Faith
- Depeche mode - Black celebration
- Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson
- The Smiths - The Queen is dead
- Boards of Canada - Music has the right to children

Q. How do you fell playing live?
My last live was in 2002, so I can say my recent experience was like something completely new to me.

I'm just coming back from Zurich in Switzerland. Went there after Daniele from Lux Rec asked me, many times, to come and play there. I had no plan of playing live, but Daniele managed to make me say yes. Also, I was pretty bored refusing the asking from many people who wanted me to play out.

So, i've decided to work on it !

Now, my live set is ready and I'm really happy to go on stage again. The venue in Switzerland has been pretty awesome, I've met so many nice people, and playing live is a pretty cool sensation !

As I can't bring all my vintage synths on stage, I have to adapt the tracks, I try to make them more 'punchy' with more beats, something a bit more club. I want to see people dance when I play.

Q. How do you describe Cold Colors sounds?
This is a pretty hard question... I think my music has a lot to do with coldwave and new wave, but also with Italo disco music that inspires me a lot.

I would say my sound is pretty cold and romantic, always looking for melancholia and nostalgia. It's not a big effort because my music totally reflects my state of mind. I like good beats with beautiful melodies, that's just what I'm trying to do.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
My process has nothing special I think. Sometimes I have an idea on the keyboard, or I just start with a beat or a bassline. When the song is sequenced and ready, I record each track on the computer, that's the only use of the computer for my music, I only use analog synths and machines. Then the song needs to be mixed and mastered.


Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Alessandro Parisi, Echo 106, Xiu, Neud, Mushy, Violence conjugale, Makina GiRGiR, Franck Kartell, Bonjour Tristesse, She past away, etc, etc...

Also, check the Soundcloud or Facebook pages from some Dj's & selectors I like, for example, Demeter, Iza, D. Cosmo, Faber, Jordi Ares, Dani Simplexia; they all have good taste in music !

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I'm not really into covers or remixes, so, no thanks !

Q: What´s the plans for future....
For now, some more gigs, and produce some new tracks. I have several records on their way but I can't talk about anything right now, it's too soon. Just stay tuned !

Ater making new tracks for Cold Colors, I will surely prepare a new EP with Xiu, something really cold.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks to all the people who support and enjoy my music!

I want to thank a lot Daniele Cosmo and Dominik Faber from Lux Rec who believed in me and trusted me with my first 12" on Lux. Also, a big thank you to Makina GiRGiR from Falco Invernale Records for releasing my first track on vinyl in 2010, 'L'amour sans toi', it's been the beginning of my musical journey. Also thanks to Coco from Romance Moderne !

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https://soundcloud.com/coldcolors
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cold-Colors
http://www.coldcolors.fr/

quinta-feira, 20 de novembro de 2014

Pancake with We Need Secrets - An Interview



Chad Peck é We Need Secrets, Melancholy and the Archive é o debute do cara, produzido ppor Ellit Smith do Ringo Deathstarr, o disco é infestado de fuzz, microfonias, paredes de distorção e muito wall of sound.

Além da obviedade da influência do MBV, o We Need Secrets na realidade tem muito de Swirlies, é mais americano, muito vezes lembra os riffs de J. Mascis.

O disco, claro, é uma delicia, barulhento, pegajoso e altamente bubblegum, a velha escolha ruido + melodias + pop nunca se esgota, ainda bem.


***** Interview with We Need Secrets *****




Q. When did We Need Secrets starts, tell us about the history...
I started writing songs for We Need Secrets in 2009. After collaborating in a bunch of bands for five years, I was itching to have an outlet to write and release solo material. I had a summer off and free from touring and any other commitments, and I started recording the “Flutter and Hiss” demo. I originally released it for free via Bandcamp, but then a German label called Asymmetrie put it out as a cassette in 2011.

I was always writing and recording songs along the way, including songs that ended up on Melancholy and the Archive. I actually started that record in 2009 with the song “I Would Take You Over Me”. In 2012, I released two 7” singles on Noyes Records—the first was “Purple” b/w “Slow Summer” and the second one was a split with a band called Sea Glasses. It had two demos that eventually were re-recorded for Melancholy and the Archive.

In late 2013, I finally finished Melancholy and the Archive and passed it around to a few labels. I was lucky to have it released by Noyes Records, Saint Marie Records, Anteduvia, and Diffuse Echo in July of 2014.

Q: Who are your influences?
Tons…Ringo Deathstarr, My Bloody Valentine, Fleeting Joys, Lilys, Swirlies, Eric’s Trip, Beach Boys, Dinosaur Jr, Smashing Pumpkins, Beliefs, Brian Eno, Ash, Sonic Youth, The Cure, Yo La Tengo, King Crimson, Teenage Filmstars, Speedy Ortiz

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Ash – 1977
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
Swirlies – They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days in the Glittering World of the Salons
Sonic Youth – Evol or Sister (can’t choose…)
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I’ve only ever played one true full band live show. It was in 2012. It was very loud. I’ve also played some of the songs acoustically, which puts them in a very different light. I am getting a band together to tour the Melancholymaterial. We’re going to start rehearsing later this year and start playing live in 2015. I also play in a band called Kestrels, and we tour a lot. I like being on the road and the energy of being on stage, but I’m most happy sitting in my studio finding new sounds.

Q. How do you describe We Need Secrets´ sounds?
Really simply, I would say they are heavy, noisy pop songs. In the past few years I’ve been collecting an increasing amount of guitars, pedals, amps, and synths, and I try to use them all with great effect on my recordings. I’ve been in recording sessions with engineers who are adamant that every song has to have a similar sonic approach, but that seems boring to me. I like to experiment.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It always starts with an acoustic guitar or an unplugged electric guitar. I’ve moved away from standard tunings for the most part and it’s opened up a lot of new songwriting paths for me. After that, I record a demo version in my studio to work out the arrangements. In most cases I play every instrument. It’s a pretty solitary experience. On the LP, I did have a few friends play a few things. It takes a long time for me to record. I think my next record will involve more people.


Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I really like the bands Kindling and Sensei. I’m also really into all of Josh Korody’s projects. He’s one of the main people in Beliefs and has his hand in a lot of different projects. I also just saw this new band from Halifax called Soft Spot who are really great. They don’t have many songs online yet. I also really like Joanna Gruesome.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I'd love to tackle Beach Boys songs. A different wall of sound, but a good one nonetheless!

Q: What´s the plans for future....
I have a new song coming out on the next Saint Marie Records Static Waves compilation. It’s called “No Kimono” and Elliott from Ringo Deathstarr helped me out a lot with it. It’s a great song.

I’ve also got about 7 demos for the next LP which I’m going to start recording in December/January. This one won’t take as long! I’m going to branch out a bit with structures and sounds this time. More hi fi sounds, more melodies made out of noise, samples, acoustic and electronic drum sounds. It will be good.

Q: Any parting words?
Check out weneedsecrets.com and facebook.com/weneedsecrets for updates!
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https://weneedsecrets.bandcamp.com/album

quarta-feira, 19 de novembro de 2014

Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside) with The Lees of Memory - An Interview



Lembram do Superdrag? Pois é depois do fim da banda John Davis e Brandon Fisher se juntaram com Nick Slack e começaram a compor novamente, e o resultado foi We Are Siamese/Open Your Arms single do ano passado que prenunciou o debute Sisyphus Says lançado a pouco, e tem um pouco da verve do Superdrag aqui, mas tem muito mais, tem shoegazer, tem muito de guitar bands dos 90´s, é um disco ensolarado e pra se ouvir nas alturas, mais da metade do disco viraria hit dos inferninhos de outrora facilmente, dá pra fechar os olhos e sentir aquele air guitar fluindo solto enquanto a pista ferve.

Um grande disco, que coloca lado a lado MBV, Dinosaur Jr, Guided by Voices e tudo do bom e do melhor dos saudosos 90´s e o melhor com cara dos nossos tempos.

***** Interview with The Lees of Memory *****


Q. When did Lees of Memory starts, tell us about the history...
J: I would say Brandon was really the catalyst for the whole thing, in a way. He was writing some new music back in the summer of 2012, and he wanted some help making demos, but also it was just a great excuse to get together and hang. The first one we did ("Deliquesce") turned out so rad, we wanted to do more! Plus I had been writing a lot separately around the same time, sooner or later we just decided to combine our efforts. We didn't have many ambitions beyond just amassing a stockpile of 4-track recordings and throwing 'em out online until Nick (Raskulinecz) got on-board with it, after that we started making plans to do a record record. We drafted Nick Slack to play drums, whom I had been jamming with in Epic Ditch, plus we go way back anyway to the days when he played in SLACK and Don (Coffey Jr) produced them. Once we had a finished recorded, we approached Velocity Of Sound about putting out a 45, and they were down, so we did that. Not long after that, I started working through the process of reissuing Head Trip In Every Key and putting the Jokers W/ Tracers package together with SideOneDummy, and they were so friendly and easy to deal with and their passion for what they do was so obvious, I just got stoked one day and sent them a Soundcloud stream of the Lees music out of curiosity as much as anything else. I think they hollered back the same day! So yeah, it was officially on after that.

Q: Who are your influences?
J: Ah man, there are so many. The list is endless. I've been completely mesmerized by music for as long as I can remember. Specific to the Lees, though? To my ears it's kind of a love letter to all the records we used to play around the house in 1993, 1994, 1995, when we all lived together in the same house like a broke-ass version of The Monkees. I mean, My Bloody Valentine is an obvious one that a lot of people point to automatically. No question, Isn't Anything and Loveless made an impression on just about everything we've ever done in some kind of way, but I also hear Teenage Fanclub, The Velvet Underground, Yo La Tengo, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Dinosaur Jr, Swervedriver, The Beatles, Big Star, Sebadoh, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Stereolab, loads of influences. Twin Peaks was a big influence!

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
J: Impossible. I need 50 at least. ha ha

Q. How do you fell playing live?
J: It interests me less and less, to be honest. I guess that's why the Lees haven't played live yet!


Q. How do you describe Lees of Memory sounds?
J: "The Beatles Chopped & Screwed." ha ha Not really. I don't know, how can anyone describe their own music convincingly? Big atmospheres, big melodies, big guitars? "Big" is an adjective a lot of reviewers have resorted to.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
J: We banged out all the drums and guitar 1s & 2s on everything in 2 days' time, at Blackbird Studio here in Nashville, then we added all the bass and some guitar overdubs at Nick's house, and we finished overdubbing and mixing at his new studio spot, Rock Falcon TN. There aren't as many guitars as you might think.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
J: Natural Child is one of my favorite bands from around here, they're on Burger Records. My kids and I just met the guitar player at the grocery store the other day. He took time out to bro down with the kiddos, that meant a lot. Back those dudes!

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
J: We actually have a short list of songs we'd like to cover! Roy Orbison's "In Dreams", The Beatles' "It's All Too Much" and "I Heard Her Call My Name" by The Velvet Underground. Those could happen sometime.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
J: We've been writing a follow-up record which we hope to have out by this time next year on SideOneDummy, we're 23 songs in so far. In the meantime, I don't want to let the cat out of the bag, but you might want to check for us on or around 4-18-15, too...

Q: Any parting words?
J: Obrigado!
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https://www.facebook.com/TheLeesOfMemory
https://theleesofmemory.bandcamp.com/

Moon Safari with Technicolor Hearts - An Interview


Naomi Cherie e Joseph Salazar são Technicolor Hearts duo de Austin, Texas, que ao invés que seguirem a já conhecida acidez lisérgica daquelas terras, fazem um dreampop para apaixonados, canções doces e suaves, em beats e ambientações leves que servem de alicerce para a sua voz e angelical voz de Naomi.

Under The Big Blue Umbrella Sky álbum lançado ano passado transporta seus fãs em sua suave sinfonia dos sonhos.

Apaixonados ou não, deliciem-se com Technicolor Hearts.



***** Interview with Technicolor Hearts *****


Q. When did Technicolor hearts starts tell us about the history...
Joseph and I had been friends for years and I was often a special guest in his old group, an experimental art rock band called Death is Not a Joyride. After that band broke up and I stopped playing in Agent Ribbons, the garage pop trio that I was a part of, we already had a connection and knew we wanted to try writing together. We played our first show as Technicolor Hearts on 11/11/11 and it was at a glow in the dark masquerade ball in Austin, TX.

Q: Who are your influences?
Joseph really likes Air, Beach House, Pink Floyd, Mogwai, The Knife, Broadcast and the guy who composed the Fantastic Planet soundtrack. I really love Billie Holiday, Bat for Lashes, Françoise Hardy, CocoRosie, St. Vincent, Bessie Smith, Oh Land, Selena, old Delta Blues records and all the classic Disney Movie princesses.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Moon Safari, by Air
The Noise Made by People,
Broadcast Meddle, by Pink Floyd
La maison de mon rêve, by CocoRosie
Two Suns, by Bat for Lashes

Q. How do you fell playing live?
It's addictive. Sometimes before a show I don't feel very good or I'm tired or I doubt myself. But the minute we get up on stage and the show starts all of that melts away and I don't feel anything but happy, energy, adrenaline, alive and as soon as its over I can't wait for the next show.

Live shows can get pretty crazy but our music is generally pretty mellow and seems to have a calming, soothing effect on crowds. Lots of people have come up to us and told us our music is like going on an acid trip without the acid or that its very psychedelic and puts them in a trans. We also use a lot of trippy visuals elements, art, colors, fog and lighting to create an ambient atmosphere. I notice lots of audience members get really into it and just close their eyes and sway back and forth to the sounds.

Q. How do you describe Technicolor Hearts sounds?
We've come up with a few phrases that we feel describe our sound pretty well: arts and crafts pop, dream pop noir, an art project for lovers...

I have an orchestral background with violin and strings and folk singer tones in my voice. Joseph has a more electronic and synth background but also an appreciation for acoustic and lo-fi sounds. We try to weave together our sounds to get the perfect balance of pop, folk ,ethereal, synth and psych to make music that is both dreamy/dark and punchy/upbeat. We like to collage a lot of stuff together, sort of like a big rainbow quilt of sound that just wraps you up with an array of shapes and colors all stitched together neatly with one continuous thread.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We have a home studio we work from. I write most of the song lyrics, song structures and melodies and then Joseph works on the production, arrangement, chord structures and sounds. Then I usually lay down violin and string arrangements last, like the icing on the cake. On our fist release we recorded about half of it at our home studio and then worked with our friend at East Side Tone in Austin on the other half of the recording and mixing process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Some Austin bands we really love are Jess Williamson, Holiday Mountain, Black Books, Les Rav, Francine Thirteen and Silver Ships. Some bands we've played with around the US we really like are Unicorn Domination, Foxtails Brigade, Inner Ecstasy, Eliza Rickman and Emily Jane White. Also we are fans of Melody's Echo Chamber, Sleep Party People, Chelsea Wolfe, Exit Music and Lianne La Havas.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
So far we have covered Air, The XX, Lana Del Rey and Rihanna, but we've been working on a Roy Orbison song for a while that we hope to perform someday.

Q. About the past, tell us about the Telescopes´years, how was it? About the gigs, are they really insane?

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Last year we had an opportunity to record with Ikey Owens, a talented producer and former keys player for The Mars Volta. It was incredibly sad, but he unexpectedly passed away while on tour with Jack White a few weeks ago. The current plan is to release the music we recorded with him in the coming spring as well as some new recordings we've been working on.

Q: Any parting words?
Last week we were really excited to release a music video for our song "Pocahaunted" that we directed and produced ourselves. It was done over the course of our recent six month west coast tour and includes scenes shot in several locations along the way. We filmed choreographed movement in the forests of Central Texas with the Woven Feet troupe, improvisational art-dance pieces on the shores of an enchanting Malibu oceanscape and more scenes amongst the moss-laden giants in the wet earth-scented Redwood forests of the Pacific Northwest. You can watch it here:

For Ex Lovers with Dear Eloise - An Interview



Semana dos chineses no TBTCI, ontem apresentamos o Forsaken Autumn e agora é a vez do duo Dear Eloise, cultuado nos meios iniciados, os caras tem dois álbuns bem legais no currículo, The Words That Burnt de 2011 e Beauty in Strangers de 2012, ambos seguem a mesma temática, noise pop ruidoso lembrando Black Tambourine, Velocity Girl e as guitar bands do início dos 90´s.

Pena que não toquem ao vivo, porque seria um deleite ficar pulando sem parar enquanto a parede ruidosa do Dear Eloise fosse entrando pelos tímpanos.

Dear Eloise é pra dias ensolarados como hoje, pra colocar nos fones e sair dando um rolê pela cidade, e feliz da vida.

***** Interview with Dear Eloise *****


Q. When did Dear Eloise starts, tell us about the history...
----The project starts at late of 2008. But the idea of doing a project like this was in our mind for many years. At that time Yang Haisong got some money from a tour with his main band P.K.14, so it seems be a good time to start Dear Eloise. At the end of 2008 we bought a home recording system and found out an empty space to move in and record all tunes.

Q: Who are your influences?
----Both of us love Jesus and Mary Chain for many years, that's the biggest inspiration.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
----Television
Gastr Del Sol
Jesus and Mary Chain
John Coltrane
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Q. How do you fell playing live?
---We don't play live, that's the 1st agreement between two of us even before we start the band. We all agree that Dear Eloise should be only on recording, even not on internet and in an interview, actually your interview is 2nd one in last 6 years.

Q. How do you describe Dear Eloise sounds?
----I guess simply say "noise+pop".


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
----We like to try different way to record the albums, sometime we finished the songs before we went to studio, sometimes we wrote only part of music, or some chords, and sometimes nothing but a rough idea or conception. Usually we spent a week or 10 days in studio with an assistant engineer and see what's gonna be happened, mostly we got good result when we 're out of studio, sometimes it's not very good.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
----We like to introduce some of Chinese new bands, like Fallacy, The fuzz, Hiperson, and birdstriking.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
----We did cover version of "you're my mirror" by Velvet Underground, and we have an ideas to cover some of songs from local scene by the end of this year, that would be a lot of fun.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
----New recording is on the road.

Q: Any parting words?
----Thanks !
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terça-feira, 18 de novembro de 2014

Taste The Floor with Kill Your Boyfriend -An Interview




O italianos Matteo Scarpa e Antonio Angeli formam o duo Kill Your Boyfriend, onde qualquer semelhança com Suicide, J&MC e SY não é mera coincidência.

O debute homônimo lançado ano passado é um ataque bombástico de ruído branco e ao mesmo tempo com momentos altamente dançantes, lembra em determinados momentos o Crocodiles em início de carreira, só que mais podre e sujo.

Xavier umas das músicas do álbum é épica marychainiana até a medúla, Dexter é onde se aproximam do já citado Suicide, curiosidade é que as canções do disquinho todas tem como título um nome próprio, uma obsessão? Talvez, bem como o lado B.R.M.C. que permeia todo o trabalho.

Mais um belo trabalho da efervescente cena italiana.


***** Interview with Kill Your Boyfriend *****



Q. When did Kill your Boyfriend starts, tell us about the history...
M.S.: The band started in 2011. At first it was just me and former member Marco Fontolan, just synthbass, guitar and drum machine. We decided to record five songs right away, trying to reproduce the rough and noisy sound we got during our sessions, a sort of mix between post punk/no wave and shoegaze. For the live set Roberto Durante joined us playing the synthbass and I started to play as second guitar. In 2013 the three of us recorded our first album "Kill Your Boyfriend", out by Shyrec label. Then Roberto quit and we changed the live set introducing a real drummer, Antonio Angeli, and using a sequencer to play the bassline. In August 2014 Marco decided to leave the band; next December we are releasing a 10" split with two songs. Antonio and I are currently recording the new album and it will probably be released in 2015.

Q: Who are your influences?
MS: We are post punk lovers but we are also influenced by psychedelic and noisy band such as The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, The Jesus and Mary Chain and all the shoegaze scene in general.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
Suicide - Suicide
PIL - Metal Box

Q. How do you fell playing live?
MS: It's the best part of our job! We love to play live, especially in small clubs where you are strictly connected to the audience. Even if our album could sound "dreamy" in some parts, our live show has got more of a punk attitude. We can say it's very physical, if you know what I mean.

Q. How do you describe Kill Your Boyfriend sounds?
AA: It's like a tornado during a grey winter day.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
MS: Sometimes I come up with parts of a song, often just a bass-line plus simple drums, or even with almost finalized songs but anyway everyone in the band is involved in the creative process and we define the whole structure and arrange the songs all together, according to the mood of the moment.


Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
AA: In Italy we're facing a moment of real effervescence in the underground musical scene and there are almost too many names to be all written down here; anyway we want to name a couple of friends you should check out, such as New Candys, with whom we share our next split album, a really cool psychedelic band from our hometown, and His Electro Blue Voice, powerful guys from Como.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We don't usually do covers; we recorded one for our first ep ("The living end" by The Jesus and Mary Chain) but there isn't any plan for making another in the future; for now we just like to play our own songs..

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Right now we are totally focused on recording our second album and we can already say it's going to be very intense and cold, and it's probably coming out in 2015.

Q: Any parting words?
KILL YOUR BOYFRIEND!!!
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https://shyrec.bandcamp.com/album/kill-your-boyfriend-s-t
https://www.facebook.com/kyboyfriend

Visions Of The Past, Present And Future with Het Droste Effect - An Interview



De Eindhoven, Paises Baixos, vem a insanidade brutal chamada Het Droste Effect, algo como uma colisão em alta velocidade de White Hills e Hawkwind.

A pancadaria fuzzística lisérgica é comandada por um duo Hermann Blaupunkt e Thompson Dubé e não há muito o que fazer, ou se entra na paranoia dissonante dos caras ou cai fora.

We are all Hallucinating é o disco dos caras, em meio a uma cacetada de eps, só que a profusão esporrenta dos caras fica explicitada no disquinho.

Para freaks e iniciados de plantão.


***** Interview with Het Droste Effect *****


Q. When did Het Droste Effect starts, tell us about the history...
Well, I (Hermann Blaupunkt) hade some ideas for some songs hanging around after a few years not being in a band and running my studio (Casa Cassette). So I asked my friend Thompson Dubé -who is actually a percussionist- to come over and jam a few times and see where it would go. We clicked immediately and set out to record some rehearsals and put it out as an EP. We invited friends to play stuff on the EP and that's the way we still work more or less. This was about 3-4 years and 3 EP's ago.

Q: Who are your influences?
Pff, this question is a little too hard. We listen to so much music, from Touareg desert music from Mali to old Queens of the Stone Age, to modern psych music. Bands like Cave, Hills, Neil Young, shit like that.. But aside from music, painters like Pollock and Rothko influence me a lot in making our instumental tracks. Kind of the same thing actually. It's painting a picture and you hope people are affected by them in some way or another.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
haha, not possible. Sorry. Although buns are cool ;).

Q. How do you fell playing live?
Well, I love it but we rarely play live. In 2015 we want do do some more shows though!

Q. How do you describe Het Droste Effect sounds?
Trancy, sexy, psychedelic,. Haha. What do you think?


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
As I said I run a studio, so we have lots of time to fuck around with sounds and structures. But the actual recording is always as live and quick as possible. We record to tape, with a maximum of 8 tracks and we always leave the mistakes right where they are. No editing involved (I have no computer).

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Pfff, the ones everyone likes for themselves. New, old, whatever. I am looking forward to the debut by a bands that's called Viet Cong.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
None, we don't do covers, never will.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
At the moment we are recording new songs, which are taking the band in another direction, more synth based. Not sure yet what it will become. We hope to do a couple of live shows in 2015 and at the minimum do 1 release. For the rest, Het Droste Effect is famous for having no plans.

Q: Any parting words?
Farewell and muchos gracias!
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When You´re Sleep with Forsaken Autumn - An Interview


A saga do TBTCI continua, diretamente de Shanghai, os chineses do Forsaken Autumn ainda não lançaram absolutamente nada, somente um duas músicas soltas pela rede, mas me impressionaram, um shoegazer clássico, melódico, lógico que MBV é o deus maior para os caras, não há como negar, mas existe uma beleza inserida no Forsaken Autumn que me cativou, é possível que seja a voz belíssima Ecke, sei que Wallow uma das duas canções que a banda mostrou ao mundo é deslumbrante, um sadcoregazer lindo e melancólico.

Vamos ficar de olho no Forsaken Autumn acompanhando os próximos passos.


***** Interview with Forsaken Autumn ******


Q. When did Forsaken Autumn starts, tell us about the history...
Forsaken Autumn was established by the start of 2011,I found Shanghai Slowcore singer Ecke,then asked whether she had interest to make a shoegaze band together,then she said yes~ But we also ran and stopped several times by various reason, like after last year's The First East Asia Shoegaze Festival, ecke had to rest for her new baby born,so we just restart fromOct,2014.

Q: Who are your influences?
My bloody valentine, Slowdive,Medicine,Swallow,Autumn Grey Solace,etc...

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
My bloody valentine 《Loveless》《Isn't Anything》
Slowdive《Souvlaki》
Swallow《Blow》
Autumn Grey Solace《Over The Ocean》

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love live,and think it's more dreamy and vivid for shoegaze tone and sounds if soundchecking is good

Q. How do you describe Forsaken Autumn sounds?
The core is under the white noise, there is still the alienated, dreamy, gentle, narcissistic, chilly & tepid, escaping and nihilistic state of mind.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
In fact,we just finished 2 songs recording, all instruments were done by ourselves, there are still 4 songs left to be recorded, it's a big pressure for me because we don't have premium equipments

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
The Earth Earth from Japan

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Of course a lot of shoegaze bands, but the first is MBV

Q: What´s the plans for future....
The album would be done by the start of 2015. We'll release it, hoping more people and us loving it so much!

Q: Any parting words?
If having chance,we'd like to play in Brazil!
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http://site.douban.com/forsakenautumn/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Forsaken-Autumn

segunda-feira, 17 de novembro de 2014

Let’s Get Killed with HIGH & DRYs - An Interview



Psych por um mundo melhor!!!!

HIGH & DRYs é Nenad Djordjevic e seu desejo maníaco e destruidor de criar sônicos psicodélicos e ruidosos sem haver tempo para se respirar,

Lowest Fidelity Demos de 2013 abriu as portas e Corpus Momentum deste ano seguiu a trilha. Estilhaços hipnóticos do mais simples e lo-fi psych feitos por one man band.

É psicodelia, é garage, é blues, é pra se embriagar e manter o dogma sexo, drogas e rock´n´roll a flor da pele. Literalmente HIGH & DRYs.


***** Interview with HIGH & DRYs ******


Q. When did High & Drys started, tell us about the history...
A: Well, officially, High&Drys began in early 2012, as a fortunate consequence of disbanding my former band, with whom I've been playing for at least last ten years. It was fun while it lasted, but I just couldn't express myself in a manner that is natural to my own musical visions, and the boys just couldn't follow. They were too close minded, saying “all good music is already played in 70’s and 90’s, why bother with this new cheap shit ?”. I just couldn't get past that, seeing such statement as utterly blasphemous, and personally insulting – for what I see, the culture and the music of today are at it’s historical and evolutionary peak – the culture is more alive than ever, and I enjoy contemporary music so much, that such statement was the end of me leading my band. Even before we broke up, I was saving pocket money so I could assemble my own ‘home studio’, in late 2011 – cheap gear but everything included. I became my own band and it was my artistic salvation from the sludge and misery of non – existent local music scene, and it’s utter ignorance of contemporary vibes and all these blessed revival waves. The original idea was to make an act that will cover all the fresh stuff I love, but it turned out that I had so many original songs up my sleeve, so at the end, I went that way, and so here I am !

Q: Who are your influences?
A: A tricky question, for an egomaniac like myself, but I’ll try to be as honest as possible. I was coming to an age through turbulent 90’s, and grunge music was the only cultural reflection the resident youth could use to identify themselves with. But grunge came and gone, and all the trends that followed. Basically, grunge led me back to blues, which is the root of all my music, in a way. The only thing I extracted out of grunge and fossilized into my heart were The Screaming Trees, which are, if we’re about to be honest, acid rock / punk rock / solid rock band. I was never into music that was older than my own date of birth, I don’t believe in possibility of enjoying it in it’s true totality, any of the music that predates ourselves, and that was played out of the context of the times we’re living in. So I didn't know shit about psychedelic music at that point. Then, late 90’s, early 00’s, Brian Jonestown Massacre happened, The Black Keys happened and the game changed, at least for me. I found that generally appealing yet utterly uncompromising psychedelic pop fusion, and heavy blues rock revival, which became a kind of a role model for High&Drys sounds. Meanwhile I was additionally influenced by so many new bands, keeping my good ear open for anything that might come my way and get me hooked. And I listen to equally the same amount of electronic and techno music, which influenced me in tribal, ontological way.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: Uh, super tough one, especially for musical megalomaniacs ! Having to pick so very few from so many ... But according to my today’s horoscope :

1. Screaming Trees – Dust 2. Pixies - Doolittle 3. David Holmes – Let’s Get Killed 4. Sleepy Sun – Fever / Embrace, both. 5. Driftwood Drones – Magnolia Manor EP, the fresh obscure gem ...

Ask me tomorrow and the list might transmute into something completely different !


Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Unfortunately, I’m pretty short on stage experience. Technically, I don’t have a band to bring out with me, and the people here in Serbia are deaf for fresh, contemporary music. Culture being late at least 15-20 years, according to what’s been playing out there in the clubs. I don’t go to my hometown gigs, I’m sick and tired from tribute and cover bands, and from all the kids playing punk / HC / metal like there’s nothing else, all the way, it was the same when I was a kid, and now, 20 years later, it’s identical. No culture in my hometown, or my country. I play for small circle of friends, stripped down and naked version of my songs, and it’s always a different experience, as songs follow my mood and morph in real time, as I play ‘em. Eyes closed all the time, so when I play, I am lost, and when I’m done, I don’t know what happened. I guess I’d be bad stage act anyway ! I plan doing live webcasts from my home studio, or wherever, and it will happen eventually.

Q. How do you describe High & Drys´ sounds?
A: Hmmm, if you allow me to paraphrase my own words : organic, lo-fi, free and easy psychedelicized bluesy pop, spiced up with subtle, evil dose of smoke infused rock'n'roll. High&Drys sound is all about general appeal, delivered through the means of underground art expressiveness, in terms that I am not seeking fame or recognition, nor trying to hit some high quality standards, nor to fit in any ‘scenes’ out there, I just don’t give a damn about it ; It’s only about the opportunity to share some of these personal flashes of visions that are multilayered, multifaceted, yet honest and direct, universally applicable. High&Drys music is simple, little music, no big production, no pompous arrangements, no complicated compositions, no pretentious lyrics, it is basically endless recycling of those 3 chord mantras that are the foundation of both pop and rock music. No radical experimentation, everything sounds familiar and generally appealing. I have no definite genre I’m trying to fit in nor I’m targeting some particular crowd – it’s all up close and personal, delivered so it could be universally enjoyed, on most intimate levels. Sweet paradoxes of art. I see myself as the worst trans-genre whore of all the acts I know of, and I shamelessly steal everything I love and admire, soundwise. At the end, I always seem to get that lo-fi mess, that ‘central mass of sound’ which is the only cohesive attribute that links each and every of my songs. But basically, it’s pop music – both musically and philosophically.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: I’ve spent a great deal of time meditating and contemplating on the method that will work best for me, since I’m doing it all on my own – arrangements, lyrics, drums, guitars, keyboards, percussion, harmonica, vocals, I even learned to play flute (a bit) in the meantime. And I ended in total abstraction. You see, I’m left handed, and musically illiterate, like, completely. I don’t even know what chords I play, what are their ‘names’, I really don’t. And I play guitars upside down, like Hendrix did, leaving the strings as they are, for the right handers, so I could play ‘em all, and not just my own. No tabs or notes whatever hieroglyphs could help me make the whole process easier. So, I would never make any music if I was to do it in an orderly fashion. It’s all in my heart, and comes into my hands through my mind. Raw, organic, spontaneously delivered. Only lyrics are written down on paper, everything else is made up out of thin air, in the moment. I have only one simple rule about music making, and it’s regarding moods more than music – if it’s a good day, just play. Don’t think about it or work on it, just play – what you need, will come your way. When it is a bad day, don’t waste your time and nerves playing, for nothing will come – but do all the tech and engineering stuff, mix, think, remodel, permute, transmute, fine tune it. So it ends up in months of playing without turning my gear on at all, while most of my songs are recorded and done in a single day of creative massive eruption of inspiration.


Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A: You sure you want me to answer to this one ? I recommend A TON of stuff, let me see what pops onto my mind effortlessly ...

ELI POP, The Spyrals, Chatham Rise, Flavor Crystals, Grease Arrestor, The Citradels, Hollow Mirrors, Ancient Sky, Rancho Relaxo, First Communion Afterparty, Jesus On Heroine, Celestial Bums, Dead Rabbits, Black Market Karma, The Altered Hours, The Drug Purse, Psychic Ills, The Auras, Orange Revival, Sleepy Sun, Troubadour Dali, Venture Lift, The Underground Youth, The Love Explosion, VOYAGEURS, Brimstone Howl, Saddhu Saddhu, Psychic Ills, Neon Violets, Herbcraft, La Hell Gang, Different Skeletons, Holy Wave, Helicon, Haunted Leather, Iowa, Bungalow Bums, Driftwood Drones, Tamaryn, Cult Of Dom Keller, Ganjas, Zelienople, Holy Science, Mercuryfur, Valet, Verma, Laurels, Listen, Juleah, 6 O’Clock Phantoms, The Face, Squared Circle, Time Hitler and Assholes From Space, Causa Sui, My Brother The Wind, Knall, Atomic Simao, Oresund Space Collective, Papir, Royal Baths, Tales Of Murder And Dust, Amen Dunes, Ghost Box Orchestra, Niden Kolev, Plantains, Nightworkers, Travelling Wave, Youngteam, White Glow, Pink Mountaintops, Brujas Del Sol, Desert Mountain Tribe, The Third Sound, Moaning Cities, Wheat Fields, Graceful Slicks, and many many, too many more. I must stop or I’ll write down a bible of bands I’d recommend.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
A: None. And at the same time, most of the new bands forementioned in previous question. I would cover songs, not bands, if I was about to cover anything. Bands come and go, emerge and get forgotten, but songs are eternal. Fossilized genuine and honest expressions of us being able to reach to the bottom of the wishing well, where our pure souls reside. I play a lot of covers for fun, I even released a few, but I don’t really believe in cover bands. I guess I’d cover acoustic stuff mostly, or make an acoustic covers out of full band tunes, like, Stevenson Ranch Davidians, BRMC, House Of Fire, The Sky Drops, The Ganjas, Asteroid #4, Solaram, Altered Hours, Dead Meadow, Mr. Airplane Man, and many many more ...

Q: What´s the plans for future...
A: Well, the only future I know of is The Now ! But for that more formal future, well, currently I’m preparing my next release, 14 track LP I’ll probably release on CD, all songs being done but yet have to be recorded when the right mood & moment come. Also, I plan to meet in person and jam live with my musical friends and comrades I’ve met on the net since High&Drys started, at least with ones in Europe. Other than that, I’ll just keep doing my thing, in free and easy manner, no pressure, no rush. After all, High&Drys are all about celebrating the majesty of the moment, both the dark and light facets of it, composing the glorious totality of life, and human experience of it.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Just a big brotherly hug to each and every loved and loving soul out there, including yourself, brother. Love and let be loved, let love flow freely and express it with everything at your disposal, hold no reserves. Art is the breath of the soul, and should be cherished as such. There is nothing more powerful, important, rewarding and contributing to the global and universal welfare, than honest expression of one’s soul, the most clearly and concisely delivered in the form of childlike, but not childish artistic endeavor, at least according to my efforts and experiences. Embrace everything, take it all in, all the shit and all the glitter, make most out of it, the best you can, and then give it all out, give it all back, express yourself and let your expression reach out for all the loving souls out there, waiting to be touched by truth and beauty. For how we reach toward each others, how we connect and dive into the moment in unison, is all we actually have. Just love and let be loved. Freely, unconditionally, no reserves. Making and sharing music is just one of many ways to do it. Just somewhat more cool and more appealing, and maybe most importantly, the easiest to be mentally and emotionally digested.
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Unarian Dances with Drab Majesty - An Interview


Ouvir o Drab Majesty é entrar numa máquina do tempo e ir direto para o início dos 80´s, o pós punk mais dançante de gente como Comsat Angels a fase menos agressiva do Killing Joke, os new romantics e muito Bowie fase Berlin.

Um clima dance sombrio permeia a música do Drab Majesty e seu mentor Deb DeMure, com visual extremamente em Bowie e nos new romantics, o cara cria a partir da sofisticação e elegância a base para suas criações. muito longe de ser um pastiche, o Drab Majesty resgate algo que parecia ter se pedido no tempo e o faz com extremo requinte.

Unarian Dances sua estreia tem que ser apreciada imediatamente.


***** Interview with Drab Majesty *****


Q. When did Drab Majesty starts, tell us about the history...
Drab Majesty came as a response to the stimuli I've been exposed to growing up in Los Angeles. The name, in and of itself is synonymous with the city's infrastructure - a huge vast majestic urban sprawl, yet collectively very drab and haphazardly arranged. It was important that I start Drab Majesty as a solo project and let it blossom from here. The first recordings I made were turned into my first cassette ep, "Unarian Dances". A collection of songs, with lyrical inquiries about group thought, fringe cults, herd mentality, religious dogmas and other observations about spirituality as commodity and also practice.

Q: Who are your influences?
Musically I am influenced by the New Age meditative music of Iasos and the imagery he evokes. I like music that is very visually evocative such as Swans (early stuff), Psychic TV, Cocteau Twins, and The Durutti Column. Killing Joke's guitarist, Geordie Walker is someone I've always admired on so many levels. I appreciate his inventiveness and the risks he takes both sonically and harmonically.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This answer morphs on a daily basis. Tomorrow my answer will be different and yesterday different than tomorrow's but today I would say those records are (in no particular order)
Human League - Dare
Felt - Forever breathes the lonely word
Van dyke parks - Song Cycle
Swans - Cop
Cocteau Twins - Victorialand

Q. How do you fell playing live?
I feel comfortably out of my mind.

Q. How do you describe Drab Majesty´s sounds?
I'd say my intention is to caress whilst leaving abrasions in the process - make sounds that soothe but also evoke mystery and pain. I like to use drum machines and keep rather loud and present in the mix. Guitars must be doused in delay and chorus but maintain that initial punch.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
All material is recorded in my home dungeon by me. I like to record early in the morning and very loud. Mostly all my songs are demo'd in a stream of consciousness kind of way working very quickly with the sole purpose of solidifying chord changes and melodies. This process has to be fast and fluid because the ideas really just come from the ether. I'm never responsible for what I am given, or for what I make, I just have to be present to capture them at that moment and later I go back and re-track my initial sketches.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Here in LA I highly recommend checking out what Youth Code is doing as well as High Functioning Flesh. Both are bands with unbridled frenetic energy and exquisite song craft. Also in LA is a great band called Intimatchine that is meditative patient and dreamy. My new favorite shoegaze/space rock band is from San Francisco called Creepers. There are so many incredible bands right now.

Q. What's the plans for the future?
2015 will hold the release of my debut LP. Hoping to be touring in support of it at some point next year.

Q: Any parting words?
The world belongs to the silent ones.
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Ecstasy Symphony with Pree Tone - An Interview



Pree Tone é um trio doentio de Kiev, Ucrânica, que neste 2014 soltou dois epzinhos independentes Brights e Wild Highs, e que ambos possuem entre si uma união, a predileção por ruídos e repetições de andamentos pesados e caóticos, tendo como força motriz os ensinamentos de Peter Kember e J. Spaceman e altas doses de kraut.

Música para alterar os sentidos e provocar insanidade interna, desespero e alucinações psicóticas são os ingredientes que serão encontrados e consumidos utilizando a terapia Pree Tone.

E vem mais doses dessa medicação, melhor pegar seu receituário e já se preparar.


***** Interview with Pree Tone *****


Q. When did Pree Tone starts, tell us about the history...
Pree Tone is: Sergio - bass, Kolya - Drums, Vlad - guitar. We started in the end of winter 2014. We decided to earn money for cocaine and finally loose virginity. The only way to do these things was to create a band.

Q: Who are your influences?
Sergio: Tim Taylor, Bradford Cox and the greatest pedal ever made - Whammy 4.

Kolya: Some old stuff, I mean instruments and music.

Vlad: My main infulence is guitar effects, such as Tremolo, Phasers, Flangers, Boss HM-2 (total worship) and the bands who use it properly. I guess Spacemen 3 was the main influence from the beginning but then we started to do things in our way.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
We are unable to do that, maybe you can recommend us 5 best albums on your opinion?!

Q. How do you fell playing live?
Kolya: When playing in basement - feel like basement, when in the forest- like forest etc.

Sergio: Well, this is nice question. Live shows for me, maybe, is the best way for contacting with people. In my life I prefer better to make presents, than get presents. Thats why I think I lost all my energy and emotions on scene, playing live. I like life a lot, and I think this world is so excited, unpredictabale, peacefull and all this wraped in a big blue beauty. I want to share all this with people while playing live. I don't like to talk at the shows, cause I think listeners come to listen music, but not to hear my thoughts. Thats why I try to give a part of my energy, happiness, sometimes sadness. I want them to feel alive and feel in love with life. After every live show I feel a bit empty.

Vlad: I feel like i'm a guitar hero in the entry level of outsiders league, where all you need is to turn on and off the stompboxes in the right time and sometimes to grab the strings.

Q. How do you describe Pree Tone sounds?
Noisy and loud. Pretty good for altered states of mind.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Kolya: We record it from marshall and matamp/orange sounding amp, sunn concert bass, ludwig/rogers/soviet drums and a couple of vintage soviet microphones.

Vlad: Well, we go to our rehearsal place, then we tune our guitars, turn on the stompboxes, plug it right into the fucking amps, then Kolya push the "record" button. It took about a few hours to record our EP's and about a few weeks to mix and master it.

Sergio: I can add to Vlad's story only one thing - after recording the instruments I sit like a fucking goblin on little chair with old chinese headphones in my ears and try to sing, combiing it with looper, delays and pitch tricks with vocal.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Sergio: I don't listen to music.

Vlad: Bichkraft, 3AM, Camera, The Holydrug Couple. Almost every band released by Sacred Bones is good. Sadly I don't pay much attention to the new bands, cause it's impossible to listen all the new stuff when you always discover great old bands.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Still can't find the good reason why cover-songs exist. Oh, maybe to flirt with a schoolgirl and play for her Avrile Lavigne songs on acoustic guitar.

Q: What´s the plans for future...
Sergio: go to clean my teeth after finishing the interview, cause I forget to did it before it

Vlad: Soon we'll record new EP and play few gigs in Ukraine. Hope to book a tour on Europe next year and make more records.

Q: Any parting words?
Forget all you've read last 2 minutes. Peace be with you and your family and friends.
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sábado, 15 de novembro de 2014

Alone Again Or with The Chemistry Set - An Interview


Uma historinha, imagem uma banda que começou lá em 1988, fez uma barulho, chegou ao top 220 indie britânico, tocou no John Peel, apareceu no programa do Tony Wilson, e sumiu.

Pouca gente ouviu falar incluindo eu mesmo, e daí em 2008 os caras voltam praticando a mesma psicodelia byrdiana, com os dois pés enfincados no flower power torto de Arthur Lee e o grande Love, esses são os The Chemistry Set, história aqui não falta, mas o bacana é ir descobrindo pouco a pouco o porque passou despercebido por muita gente e agora os caras estão mais atuais do que antes, vide o EP Elapsed Memories que sai agora no final de novembro, uma bela peça loviana com cara dos novos tempos.

Música pra gente de classe.


***** Interview with The Chemistry Set *****


Q. When did Chemistry Set starts tell us about the history...
We first got together in London in 1987. Our first gigs featured covers of “Lady Friend” and “Renaissance Fair” by The Byrds. Our very first release was a cassette in 1988 on the Acid Tapes label. We then signed for the alternative Manchester label “Imaginary”. We got in the “Indie Top 20” in the UK and done a load of gigs in UK and Europe. We came over to New York for the College Music Journal festival in 1991 and our US manager went on to start the Rainbow Quartz label. John Peel used to regularly play us on his radio show and we appeared on Tony Wilson’s TV show.

We split in the 90’s, took a bit of a hiatus, remaining silent… until The Chemistry Set “MACH II” reappeared in 2008! Our return came about when our unreleased LP from 1989 “Sounds Like Painting” was uploaded onto numerous blogs and was downloaded over 10,000 times.

Q: Who are your influences?
Arthur Lee & Love, Jack Nitzsche, Syd Barrett, Neil Young, John Coltrane, Van Dyke Parks, David Axelrod, The Electric Prunes, The Byrds, The Beatles, Buffalo Springfield, Jimi Hendrix, Traffic, The Hollies, Moby Grape, Wire, Opal, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Clean, My Bloody Valentine and The Rain Parade.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. Forever Changes – Love
2. Mass in F Minor – The Electric Prunes (& David Axelrod)
3. Buffalo Springfield Again – Buffalo Springfield
4. Vehicle – The Clean
5. The Further Adventures of Charles Westover – Del Shannon
Q. How do you fell playing live?
Well when we reformed we had a huge challenge to recreate the sounds in the studio in a live situation. It would be impossible to do with a traditional 4 or 5 piece band so we left it for a couple of years and then a DJ from Barcelona; DJ Gato made contact with us and said he wanted to work on remixes of our songs. We got to know him and he had a real understanding of psychedelia as well as being a brilliant remixer, so we started to put a band together. We made our debut on 5 Feb 2010 in Barcelona and featured me and Paul on guitars, a drummer, 2 keyboards (Mellotrons, dulcimers, farfisas etc) and Dani on computers playing some strings, beats, bleeps and all kinds of magic. We also work with A VJ from Buenos Aires who does incredible videos. So the whole thing is a kind of UFO club 1967in 2014.

Q. How do you describe Chemistry Set´s sounds?
We are into creating a "Symphonic sound". Building multiple layers and using stuff like Glissando Harps, Timpanis, Dulcimers, Multi tracked Gregorian chants, Mellotron choirs, Spaghetti Western Orchestration, Strings etc to build up a big wall of sound.

We like to try and create a kind of "musical surrealism". The idea is to give the listener something interesting and different to listen to each time they listen, so that they can return again and again and hear new things in the songs.

We also like to sing in different languages and work with different singers. One example is a song "La Logica del Canvi" which we sing in Catalan. This song is like a kind of Catalan raga. Singing this in Catalan gives it a surreal quality. Another song "Regarde Le Ciel" is sung in French by a Catalan singer. It is exactly this kind of "twist" we like to do.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The production of a song is as important as the actual song itself. We record all our songs in a recording studio on an island in the middle of the River Thames in London. That is our laboratory. We use all kinds of instruments; Mellotrons, Dulcimers, Farfisa's, Timpanis, Brass, but the most important thing is to make the song interesting to listen to and build layers and soundscapes. We never use production for the sake of it or trying to be clever but to make the song the most interesting possible for repeated listens.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I absolutely love the Russian band Polska Radio One and The Sudden Death of Stars from France but there are so many good new bands worth exploring

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We like to insert a cover version inside a cover version and we first did this on Pink Floyd’s “See Emily Play”. We added the “Bicycle Rider” section of The Beach Boys then still unfinished “Smile” album inserted within the song. The cover was included in the 2013 3CD Box Set Tribute “The Many Faces Of Pink Floyd”

We did a cover of Del Shannon’s “Silver Birch” (Originally found on Shannon’s “The Further Adventures Of Charles Westover”, his cult 1968 LP) and added a section of “Sanctus” from The David Axelrod/Electric Prunes’ masterwork “Mass in F Minor”. We sent the cover to David Axelrod’s son and he played it to his Dad and his Dad said “Real Music! Finally music that makes you think and really listen to!”

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We have a new EP “Elapsed Memories” out at the end of November on vinyl (Fruits de Mer records) and Jan 2015 digital (Dead Bees records). We are working on a new album to be released in 2015

Q: Any parting words? Never forget the Good Vibrations!
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https://soundcloud.com/dave_mclean/elapsed-memories-new-single

Sugarless with Teenage Daydreams - An Interview



Aidan Christopher Haughey é o one man banda Teenage Daydreams, que alimenta-se de toneladas de fuzz, distorções, vocais soterrados e muito wall of sound.

False Hope Syndrome é o último registro sônico lançamento em 01/01/2014, uma verdadeiro bom princípio para os amantes de Dinosaur Jr. J&MC e demais esporos sonoros das últimas décadas, o disquinho te pega de jeito, primeiro pelo barulhinho bom apitando segundo pelo apelo pop inevitavelmente criado pelas melodias e pelos vocais bubblegum. 

Além do False Hope Syndrome experimente também o outro petisco Romance Memories de 2013, igualmente barulhento e saboroso.


***** Interview with Teenage Daydreams *****


Q. When did Teenage Daydreams starts, tell us about the history...
1. Teenage Daydreams started roughly four years ago. I had been playing and making music for years as a kid and I wanted a name to put my music to, so I chose Teenage Daydreams. That was four years ago, a lot has happened--too much to say. But, I make records when I want to, I write music all the time on a bunch of different instruments, so I always have new songs and art,, and when I feel ready, I make an album. I've made one album per year so far, I've made way more music than that, but, releasing an album is special to me, so the collection of songs is important and highly selective. No one else has ever been in my band, sometimes I have friends help me play live shows, but, I do everything else. So Teenage Daydreams is really just me experiencing life and making music about it, and growing as a musician and a recording engineer and composer, singer, film maker, etc. I started it in Alaska, then lived in nyc for a while and played shows there and made an album. I'm in Alaska right now, about to make my new record, and I plan to go to nyc to do music and art there--in the near future, but I've been in Alaska for the past two years making music and playing shows, growing up and learning and studying lots of things. There really isn't a band history, because it's just me. So there isn't really any drama, and my life is too wild and varied to break it down into a history of Teenage Daydreams.

Q: Who are your influences?
2.I have way too many influences, so I'll just name a bunch and hope that gives an idea of my range of influence: My Bloody Valentine, T-Rex, Autolux, Mozart, Beehtoven, Chopin, St. Vincent, Elliot Smith, Luminous Orange, Jay Reatard, Biggy Smalls, Tu PAc, Wu Tang Clan, Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Arcade Fire, Nas, Nirvana, Death From Above 1979, Simian Mobile Disco- I really just love music a lot the list goes on and on.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3.I honestly don't have a top 5 Albums, that's way too little, but, I'll make a list of 5 albums that are nice The Velvet Underground (self Titled), Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped, Autolux - Transit Transit, Rachmaninoff - Cello Sonata, The Wu Tang Clan, 36 Chambers of Death

Q. How do you fell playing live?
4.I absolutely LOVE playing live. It's crazy, my music gets to come alive through me, it's really pretty. And I LOVE singing, it's so pretty, my singing voice is high pitched and it feels really good to sing like that And then, I have a two way split (on my guitar) so I plug my guitar through two different amps, so I have this massive, beautifully distorted, two sound guitar coming from behind me, and I have all these pedals for looping and other effects, everything combines to make me feel very pretty and powerful. Like I'm some sort of art creature making this massive unbelievable sound. I also use a sampler to do a bunch of different things, my live shows are fucking nuts. It's interesting because with recording, everything has to be perfect, I spend so much time perfecting everything in terms of audio dynamics and placing and performance, but playing live leaves everything up to interpretation, so I can do crazy shit live and it's really fun. And my sounds are so intense and different but still cool, so it's really fun to play with other bands because my sound is so different, it's like interjecting this weird musical anomaly into a regular music show.


Q. How do you describe Teenage Daydreams sounds?
4. I would describe Teenage Daydreams sounds as my heart, really, that's what it all comes down. Teenage Daydreams, to me, is like letting people into part of my imagination, letting people to understand how I see/experience art. It's very warm, emotional, explosive, sincere, intimate, and honest. That's why I use the sounds I do, because I want people to understand what art really looks like, or what it can be, there are so many amazing sounds and forms within music that people will never know because they're too focused on remaining in what they already like. I want to change that, I want to show people the true depth of art, or at least part of it, that's part of why I use crazy sounds, I also choose my sounds, mostly I would say, because it's fun and I get bored using ordinary sounds.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
5. Recording Songs is an interesting process. I've been doing it a very long time, and through so many different mediums, that it has grown into a very open ended process. If I'm making an album I like to have a kind of studio, somewhere that I can set up a drum set and mic it properly, and then I just need amps and instruments. I grew up recording music, so I spent a lot of time experimenting with recording and mixing. So when I record it's a mixture of experimentation and getting the song done. If I just want to record something nice and quick, I know how to do that easily and it takes about ten minutes to record and write everything, and then like an hour or two of mixing and mastering. But when I'm working on an album I always like to push things, I like to experiment with recording and mixing methods so I can do crazy things with songs. It's always a mix of experimenting with sounds and structures, how many sounds can I fit into this song? Which sounds take away from the quality? How much can I fit into this part?What is missing from this song and how do I make it more unique and interesting? It usually comes down to dynamics and structure, and often I'll write a bunch of different parts for one song, then get rid of almost all of them and use just a little bit of one, then repeat that process. The thing is, I can play so many instruments and know so many different aspects of music and recording and writing, that recording is really open ended. So, there are some constants, like, I always set up a timing device, so I know everything is in time, and generally there are rules for panning instruments/sounds, and I have rules for eq and compression just to make things easy, but everything is up for interpretation, anything can happen with a song, and I throw away a lot of songs. It really is just about, what do I want to make? How do I make it? And is it worth it?

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
6.Unfortunately, I haven't been listening to any new bands A band has to be amazing for me to listen to, and I don't really find a lot of new bands that are amazing, and, there are a lot of old bands and music that are amazing, and I listen to a lot of classical music so new bands are competing with hundreds of years of amazing music. BUT, I want to find new bands, and become friends with them so I'm sure I'll find some amazing new bands to listen to soon enough.


Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
7.There are sooooo many songs I would love to cover. I want to make a cover album of all the songs I would love to cover one day: again, way to many songs to name my top favorites to cover. I will say, a few songs that I will always want to cover would be, Last Dinosaur - by the Pillows, After Hours - by the Velvet Underground, Just Like Honey - by the Jesus and Mary Chain, and Sonata in C k. 545 - by Mozart, and Sugarless - by Autolux.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
8.My plans for the future are BIG I want to change the world to be a better place and make amazing art that changes people's perspective and helps expand art and culture In more concrete news, I'm making a new album which should be done in a few months and setting up tours, very small tours, and I've been working on my website to try and make it something special, I love programming!

Q: Any parting words?
9.My parting words are, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR LISTENING TO ME AND PLEASE FOLLOW YOUR HEART AND BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF.
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