domingo, 24 de julho de 2016

Love's Lost Art with Tibican - An Interview

Muito se diz acerca do indie rock atual, não o indie rock do submundo dos bons sons, mas o que chega de certa maneira à um público maior, o tal público indie. Infelizmente a grande maioria dessas bandas que atingem esse público é de qualidade duvidosa e pouco diz ao menos para o TBTCI.

Porém, existem bandas que tem potencial, e um potencial enorme para atingir esse público, e essas bandas tem uma qualidade e criatividade absolutamente genial, caso do Sulk por exemplo. Outro caso idêntico é dos também ingleses do Tibican, vide o espetacular debute dos caras, "Love´s Lost Art", lançado ano passado. 

Uma poderosa mescla dos áureos tempos do Verve com toques modernos e recheado de psicodelismos noise. Os caras, pra falar a verdade, acabaram de soltar outro petardo chamado "Your Kisses Work" que tal qual o EP de estreia deveria estar absolutamente estourado em todos os cantos, mas, sabe como é.

DÊ play e ateste, garanto que vale cada segundo da audição.

***** Interview with Tibican *****

Q. When did Tibican start? Tell us about the history...
Tibican is made up of Dom, Pete, Cathal, Tom & Marc.

The band started as my (Dom) solo project in December 2014 while studying at university. After attracting some attention from BBC Introducing I started receiving offers to play shows, so asked around to see who would be interested in getting involved. At the time I was living with Pete (guitarist) and started talking to him about what was going on. He, along with Cathal and Marc (who I had been in bands with in the past) soon made up the beginning of Tibican as a ‘band’. During the summer of this year we were looking to bring in an additional member and Marc introduced us to his friend Tom.

Q: Who are your influences?
We all listen to different types of music but our main influences would probably be: Foals, Wolf Alice, The Maccabees, The Smiths and My Bloody Valentine among many many more. We could go on forever!

As a guitarist, I’ve always loved the tones that guys like Kevin Shields and J Mascis have brought to the world. I was exposed to these guys very late on and prior to them I loved the intricate rhythmic layers that Yannis and Jimmy from Foals use to build momentum and drive melodies into you.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
It’s almost impossible to choose but if we had to, it would be something along the lines of:
1) Foals – Total Life Forever
2) Muse – Absolution
3) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
4) The Maccabees – Given To The Wild
5) The Smiths – The Smiths

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing live. It’s our favourite part about doing this! It’s always so rewarding to show people what we have worked so hard on.

Q. How do you describe Tibican sounds?
I would say the music is somewhere in the region of indie/alternative with slightly more ‘pop’ elements at times. I think the earlier stuff we put out was heavily influenced by shoegaze artists like My Bloody Valentine (and we still are) but as we evolved we have started to experiment with ‘poppier’ tones and are really enjoying what we’ve come up with.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
At the beginning I would vaguely write all the parts for everyone and then take it to the guys. From there, they would put their own take on it and then the song builds from there. As we’ve developed and we brought in Tom the process has changed. Sometimes it will be as before. Other times maybe a verse or chorus will be finished and then the others will give me their thoughts and we’ll take it from there.

When it comes to recording we always get the main idea down quickly. Then we go about recording each instrument individually, making sure it’s as tight as possible. I’ve always mixed and produced the tracks once we all agree they’re finished musically.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I really like what I’ve heard from As Elephants Are and NZCA Lines. The Coronas’ single really caught my eye when I heard that.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Marc and I would love to do a Fetty Wap cover. We’re both obsessed with the album and I would love to find out what we could do with one of his tracks!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re currently in the process of building up to the release of our first Charity Single titled ‘Your Kisses Work’ in aid of Lupus Awareness. Lupus is a chronic and currently incurable auto-immune disease believed to be affecting thousands of people throughout the UK and about 5 million throughout the world, of which 90% are female.

We contacted three Lupus charities (Lupus UK, The St. Thomas’ Lupus Trust & The Lupus Foundation USA) with the aim to release a song as a charitable release with profits being shared between the charities.

The song will be available to buy on all major online download and streaming services later this year.

Q: Any parting words?
We would like to thank The Blog That Celebrates Itself for getting in touch with us and featuring us on the site. Being based in London, UK we are amazed our music has reached across the world and into Brazil. We hope one day we can come and play some shows.

Supermoon with Tonemirror - An Interview

Quando uma nova banda estreia geralmente cria-se uma série de expectativas sobre seu futuro ou, simplesmente deixa claro que nada irá acontecer, certo? Sim, basicamente é isso.

Acontece o seguinte, Jake e Robby, canadenses de Toronto, estrearam no mês passado simplesmente com um estupendo single de estreia, chamado "Supermoon". Ah sim, o nome do duo é Tonemirror, e a faixa título é um massacrante exercício de ruído branco com seus alicerces todos direcionados em duas vertentes bem explícitas, o barulho de bandas noventistas como Dinosaur Jr. e Swervedriver fazendo claras conexões com a nova safra de barulheira densa e melancólica, leia-se Nothing.

O Tonemirror, em seu cartão de visitas, simplesmente deixou explicitado que os caras prometem destroçar tímpanos e corações lenta e dolorosamente.

Ah sim, o lado B do single é uma bela balada que atende pelo óbvio título de "B-Side.

Começo melhor impossível.

***** Interview with Tonemirror *****

Q. When did Tonemirror start? Tell us about the history...
Jake: We were in a band together in high school. We played punk and alt rock stuff, we were just kids then, still learning. But Robby and I gelled musically almost instantaneously. When university started we all kinda parted ways (but we were still close friends). Later on, we were in another musical project that fell apart very quickly, but this time we decided to stick together afterward and we formed Tonemirror in April of 2015.

Robby: Just want to start with a huge THANK YOU to Renato for interviewing us! Tonemirror as it is, started April 2015, however Jake and I were in a highschool band, which fell apart when we parted ways continuing education. I then joined another band (The Bloody Five) which ran for about 6 years. Just before Tonemirror came to be, we also both came from another startup band which did not last too long. We decided to continue ourselves with a different sound and style.

Q: Who are your influences?
Robby: As far as influential drummers, there are many as I like to listen to all styles and genres of music. However some key drummers who had the most influence on me are Neil Peart, Chris Adler, Benny Greb, Jay Postones, Jaska Raatikainen, and Danny Carey to name a few. As far as influential bands, I would have to say Lamb of God, Band of Horses, Pink Floyd, ASG, Tesseract, Rush, Blink 182, Tool, Warmachine, Big Wreck, The Cult, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Mutemath, and Tragically Hip.

Jake: The Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr., Slowdive, Nothing, Whirr, Nirvana, Swervedriver, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Pixies, The Cure

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. The Smashing Pumpkins, "Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness"
2. Dinosaur Jr. "You're Living All Over Me"
3. Slowdive, "Souvlaki"
4. Nothing, "Guilty of Everything"
5. Pavement, "Brighten the Corners"

Tesseract - Altered State,
ASG - Blood Drive,
Pink Floyd - The Division Bell,
Rush - Caress of Steel,
Persefone - Spiritual Migration

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Jake: Playing live is honestly my favourite thing to do with the band. It feels amazing when you put yourself out there and get a response from the crowd. No matter how good or bad a show goes, I always feel energized after.

Robby: I have been playing live shows fairly regularly since 2009 and I still get nervous before shows, but once we get going I just love it. I tend to try to focus a lot, but as we go on, and with fairly regular practices I can relax and enjoy more and more and let muscle memory take over. It is such a rush and elating feeling when people cheer and enjoy your songs.

Q. How do you describe Tonemirror sounds?
Jake: Loud and spacey dream/noise.

Robby: Proggy alt. rock Noise

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Robby: We write a song and play the crap outta it so recording takes less time. In the case of our EP we picked out tempos before hand, got to the studio, Jake lays Guitar ghost track, I get the drums recorded, and Jake finishes off with guitars over the drums, and lyrics over everything.

Jake: "Supermoon" took a day to record because of all the guitar tracks on it (Robby is really quick on drums, and it was my first time recording haha). I think we ultimately did something like 10 takes, with 2 mics on each take, so there's somewhere between 16-20 guitar tracks on there, all pushed together. The rest of the songs on our upcoming EP we were able to do in a weekend but we worked our asses off to accomplish that. "B-Side" I recorded in my room, I did it in secret because I wanted it to be a surprise for the release of our first single.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Jake: There's this awesome band called Weed, they're from Vancouver, B.C. They play this really raw, aggressive shoegaze. Also, Toronto has a tonne of amazing bands; Elsa, Beliefs, Dilly Dally and Weaves just to name a few!

Robby: King Beez, Autopilot, War Balm, Blackdog Ballroom

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Robby: Lou Reed - Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Jake: I'd love to do a cover of "When the Sun Hits" by Slowdive, or "Sometimes" by My Bloody Valentine. Oh, or "Needle In The Hay" by Elliot Smith! We like doing covers haha

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Jake: We have an EP coming out this fall, we're excited to release that and just keep playing shows in Toronto and surrounding cities. Hopefully we can reach some other cities in Canada and maybe the States if we're lucky.

Robby: EP album is coming soon, so very excited about that. Then play more shows to help promote it, release a full length album, get various merch for shows.

Q: Any parting words?
Jake: Thank you for taking the time to interview us! And thank you to anyone who listens to our music, it means so much to us that we're reaching people out there!

Robby: ...legs

sábado, 23 de julho de 2016

Søulмaтe with I Mean Us - An Interview

Seguindo a tradição no TBTCI, leia-se apresentar novas, e quando se fala em novas bandas, são absolutamente novas, como o caso do I Mean Us, diretamente de Taiwan.

Com apenas duas demos os caras chamaram atenção do TBTCI pela sua habilidade em mesclar o clima denso e soturno do pós punk com os delirantes ruídos do shoegaze.

"I Don´t Know" é uma belo cartão de visitas do que o I Mean Us poderá nos apresentar em um futuro bem próximo.

Olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with I Mean Us *****

Q. When did I Mean Us start? Tell us about the history...
It starts from the borrowing of the guitar pedals. One day in 2015, Vitz borrowed the effects from Chun, who was injured because of a car accident. While they were chatting, Chun said that he would like to play a shoegaze band, and Vitz said yes without hesitation. Soon, Mandark Ravel (Synthesizer and Vocalist), PP L (Dummer), and Hank Chen (Bassist) joined the band; I Mean Us was born. However, we found that our souls are not that “showgazed” as we thought. Anyway, just let it be.

Q. Who are your influences?
Chun (Guitarist, Vocalist, Band Leader): Each member in IMU has his/her own preference of music, I can’t represent them. For me, I admire the noisy guitar in the 90’s so much, such as the songs of Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub, and Sparklehorse. I stroll in these wonderful sounds, and internalize and utilize while composing.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Chun: Sugar Plum Ferry - Thank You for Reminding Me
PP L: The Beatles - Abbey Road
Vitz Young: Mooncake - Zaris
Mandark Ravel: Agnes Obel - Aventine
Hank Chen: Touming Magazine - Our Soul Music

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Chun: Hot and thirsty.

PP L: Every time is just like the first time.

Vitz Young: My hair always clings to to my face. I’m not a shoegazer because I can’t barely see a thing most of time.

Mandark Ravel: Just tell myself to keep calm.

Hank Chen: Stay high but make no mistakes : D

Q. How do you describe I Mean Us sounds?
Drunk whale.
Bitter sweet symphony.
(We are still exploring new sound and image of our music.)

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We are still on the stage of making demo. We usually start from recording drum, bass and guitar in the same time with click, and add the parts of synths and vocals after processing. Vitz(Guitarist) is charged with the final mixdown. Based on the budget and the form, we didn’t complete the mastering part so far.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Chun: Arcplg 羣島, Reversing into Garage 倒車入庫, cat in the case., Triple Deer

PP L: No opinion.

Vitz: Reversing into Garage 倒車入庫, I Mean Us

Mandrake Ravel: Stranded Whale

Hank Chen: Touming Magazine, 1976, The Sign Of Human 記號士

Q. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
PP L: no idea.

Vitz Young: no idea.

Mandrak Ravel:X_X

Hank Chen: No idea, either.

Chun:Ok, let me mention something, “Porcelain Raft - Drifting In And Out”.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
PP L: Be a special sounds and waves in the vast music universe. People can tell who we are from our music and the sound we play.

Mandark Ravel: We hope our music could cross the region and the language boundary, and help us meet more people who share the same feelings and thoughts with us.
Hank: Keep our passion alive with music.

Q. Any parting words?
Yes. Taiwan NO. 1

What’s more important, we really appreciate that Renato found us in the vast music universe and share our music with love and kindness.

Hakuro with Sourin - An Interview

Algumas coisas e situações as vezes não precisam necessariamente de palavras para ser apreciadas.

Chego a conclusão após a rápida conversa com Mie Prefecture a mente por trás do Sourin, projeto solo, lançado em Setembro do ano passado.

Sonoramente segue a risca a adoração maior dos japoneses, leia-se Loveless.

Para ouvir relaxadaMENTE.

***** Interview with Sourin *****

Q. When did Sourin start? Tell us about the history...
A: There was no clear beginning, I created songs concurrently with other bands and composers.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: My friends , Nature

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Sourin has not performed live yet, but would like to if we have a chance.

Q. How do you describe Sourin sounds?
A: To inject a Japanese ambiance into sound like Shoegazer and Dream pop.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A : When I create a song, I start with general guitar noises and rifts, and layer upon that to compose the song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A : There are no specific plans for Sourin as of now, I just create songs based on what I feel.

Q: Any parting words?
A : Thanks!

sexta-feira, 22 de julho de 2016

Twice​-​Baked Coma with San Kazakgascar - An Interview

Freak time agora no TBTCI.

Imagem o seguinte, uma colisão entre Gong, Spacemen 3, Popol Vuh e Miles Davis, completamente entorpecida de anfetaminas e concebido sob medida para ser trilha sonora de um filme do Tarantino.

Se você conseguir imaginar essa esbórnia sonora, ou melhor, se achar que isso é completamente impossível, eu digo a vocês que Tony Passarell, Jed Brewer, Mike Chris Hall, Greg Hain, Robert Kennedy, e The Prisoner também conhecidos como Sun Kazakgascar tiveram a manha de fazer.

Experimente Twice-Baked Coma, novo álbum dos caras, e ateste a insanidade em formato sonoro.

Fritação completa.

***** Interview with San Kazakgascar *****

Q. When did San Kazakgascar start? Tell us about the history...
San Kazakgascar formed in 2006 in Sacramento, CA. We started out as a trio with myself (Jed Brewer), Paul Takushi, and Greg Hain. We agreed to play a small festival in Chico before we had any songs. I thought if we forced ourselves to come up with half a dozen songs in 2 months we would be more motivated. I had this idea for a quasi-Middle Eastern psych band, but didn't actually know if we could come up with music that satisfied that curiosity. We added Mike Woo (clarinet) shortly thereafter.

Q: Who are your influences?
The main influence would have to be KDVS 90.3 FM in Davis. I DJ'd there as a student and it opened my mind to all kinds of possibilities. I continue to listen to the station to this day. When we formed Kazakgascar, there were two DJs, specifically, who gave me inspiration. Brendan Boyle did this show of "international psych" and Gil Medovoy does more traditional Middle Eastern, south Asian stuff. As far as specific artists, I would say Savage Republic, Sonic Youth, Om Kalthoum, Thinking Fellers Union, Thin White Rope, Camper Van Beethoven, and Erkin Koray would be the big influences.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
How about 500? Off the top of my head, five of my favorites would be Beatles' Revolver, CCR's Willie and the Poor Boys, Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation, Bee Gees, etal Saturday Night Fever, and Metallica's Kill 'Em All.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing live , but also beat myself up about it not always being good enough. About 3 years ago, I decided to get rid of my shitty vocals and go instrumental. Now I can focus on guitar wanking or just grinding one chord into the ground.

Q. How do you describe San Kazakgascar sounds?
When people ask me to describe the band, I usually say that it's "fake Middle-Eastern psychedelia." It sounds pretentious, but that's the most honest answer I have. There are songs that sound more Eastern European and some that sound less Eastern, and more like the Velvet Underground, Can, or whatever. We've never claimed to be authentic in any way. We're just approximating melody, phrasing, and rhythms from traditional music, and putting it through our white dude indie rock blender.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The first album, Greetings... was recorded at a nice studio and it's big sound reflects that. The 2nd one, Idle Ships, was recorded at a makeshift studio by Andy Morin of Death Grips. He worked really fast, which I liked. Since then, all of our recordings have been done by our bassist Greg. We record basic tracks at our practice space and then do overdubs and mixing at his tiny house. Most of us are in our 40s and have a limited amount of time to work on stuff, so we peck away at overdubs and mixing on weekends. Greg has become a masterful home recorder/mixer. With the current EP, we only spent only 2 hours recording the basic tracks and then about 4 months of squeezing in overdubs and mixing when we could.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I'm not keeping up with stuff as much as I once did. Some of my friends have excellent newish bands. Vasas, from Sacramento, have great 60s-style pysch-pop songs. ALTO! from Portland are a great experimental, but somewhat accesible band. I just heard Sunwatchers for the first time the other day and really like them.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Not sure about this one. It would be fun to cover something that sounds nothing like us and give it our flavor. The Thinking Fellers Union's cover of "Green Eyed Lady" and the Joggers' cover of "Magic Man" are really great examples of taking a classic rock song and making it a born again freak.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We've settled into a new line-up. It's me, Greg, Chris Hall, and Robert Kennedy. It's pretty much the line-up you hear on Twice-Baked Coma. We want to keep pushing the all-instrumental version of the band and explore some different instruments and collaborators. Sometimes I get a little neurotic in which directions I want to push things. I want us to further explore weirdo jazz, but also really loud approaches and really quiet approaches.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for covering the obscure dream-weavers of the world!

quinta-feira, 21 de julho de 2016

Reflections with Dead VIbrations - An Interview

Vamos ser curtos e grossos, dia 12 de Agosto vem ao mundo o EP de estreia dos suecos sônicos do Dead Vibrations, intitulado "Reflections".

Uma verdadeira pedrada bem no centro da mente. Adicione os elementos BJM, B.R.M.C. e Telescopes, sincopados, único e exclusivamente para gerar um massacre psicodelicamente sônico, freak e brutal, destroçando neurônios e o que mais estiver pulsando dentro de você.

Música barulhenta, enérgica e perigosa, do jeito que precisa ser.

Olhos e ouvidos atentos ao Dead Vibrations, e faça um favor, escuta no volume máximo.

***** Interview with Dead Vibrations *****

Q. When did Dead Vibrations start? Tell us about the history.
Christian started Dead Vibrations early January 2015. A few months later Elmer (Bass), Olov (Guitar) & Josefin (Drums) joined and the puzzle was complete. After releasing our first single and video for ”Reflections” we got a New York-based record label; Echo Drug Recordings. And now we´re releasing our 4 song debut EP entitled ’Reflections’.

Q. Who are your influences?
(Christian) I try to make my list short..I love the early 90s shoegaze scene and when i started making
music i was a lot into 60s Garage.

(Josefin) Mars Volta, Warpaint, Polica, Björk, Föllakzoid & PJ Harvey.

(Olov) I just want to have the same vibe that the music my brother listen
to in the early 90’s had. Mostly rock, shoe gaze and swedish indie.

(Elmer) Timo in Uran.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time.
Methodrone - The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Rise And Fall - Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Deloused In The Comatorium - MarsVolta
Alive! - Kiss
#Untitled Second - The Telescopes

Q. How do you feel playing live?
(Elmer) I try to feel the energy in the music and move with it. Also i try not to fuck up playing the songs and to not fall over.

(Josefin) When i’m playing live it’s a mixture of feeling nervous and euphoric.

(Olov) 3 hours of panic 30 minutes of awesome.
(Christian) If the soundcheck turns out good then amazing. If not, still amazing.

Q. How do you describe Dead Vibrations sounds?
(Christian) After playing at Copenhagen Psych Fest Winter Edition a guy told us we sounded like a Dark Party. "Dark Party" pretty funny description….

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
(Christian) We always want to get in the right state of mind before recording. After pressing rec we try to make magic.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
(Josefin) I recommend Blonde Bunny from London. They are something unique, and to see them live was a magical experience.

(Christian) We Are Wood. Amazing music from Gothenburg!.

(Elmer) Right now i recommend the band Nots, Awesome synthesizer driven punk.

(Olov) Last but not least Kill West from the Echo Drug Recordings family!

Q. Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We love to make 4 cover versions!
Pitch the baby by Cocteau Twins
One of Ariel Pink’s songs
Suicide - Keep your dreams
Massive Attack - Teardrop

Q. What are your plans for the future?
Tours, releasing more records and hopefully getting a bean shaped pool.

Any parting words?
Thanks for the interview and hopefully we´ll see you in Brazil some day!

quarta-feira, 20 de julho de 2016

Five Little Pills with Jake and Elizabeth - An Interview

Envolvente, hipnótico, elegante, psíquico, cinematográfico, muitos poderiam e podem ser os adjetivos para classificar a BELEZA criada pelo duo Jake and Elizabeth em sua curta porém altamente prolífica produção que iniciou-se em Setembro do ano passado e já consta três EPs, um single e um álbum, todos simplesmente magníficos.

Experimente começar sua iniciação por qualquer uma das pérolas criadas pela dupla, ou, se preferir comece por "Too Much Sugar" primeiro álbum cheio deles lançado em Fevereiro, ou então, aventure-se pela suave e delirante beleza de "Five Little Pills" o mais recente EP.

Se você aprecia música, você definitivamente precisa de doses diárias de Jake and Elizabeth, simples assim.

***** Interview with Jake and Elizabeth *****

Q. When did Jake and Elizabeth start? Tell us about the history...
We started getting serious last fall, around September of 2015. We only recently started playing live, in April of this year.

Q: Who are your influences?
Well there's way too many to list but Bowie, the Beatles, My Bloody Valentine, Air, the Flaming Lips, T. Rex, The Beach Boys, Radiohead, just to name a few.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
5. Marvin Gaye - What's Goin On
4. Air - Moon Safari
3. Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
2. The Beatles - Revolver
1. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Like I said earlier, we only started playing live in April but it's been really fun so far. We love the whole experience, not just being on stage and performing but meeting new people and hanging out and seeing new cities.

Q. How do you describe Jake and Elizabeth sounds?
It's dreamy pop with hushed vocals and crazy melodies. It kind of sounds like the Beach Boys meets My Bloody Valentine.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Usually I'll make a demo of a new song and Elizabeth will come over and replace my vocal with hers, then we'll learn to play it acoustically, and then we'll re-record it with both of us singing it at the same time while I play an acoustic. All the other instruments will be added after that. I think that process really helps to keep the focus on the song, rather than getting bogged down with production.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There's so many great bands out there, it's pretty mind-blowing. A great way I've found to discover new music is by going to bandcamp and searching under the tags "artist recommended" and "pop" - I've found all these cool bands that way like She-Devils from Montreal, Pity Sex from Michigan, Nightmare Air from Melbourne, AM from Los Angeles, and Kikagaku Moyo from Tokyo. This is a great way to find tons of new bands you won't hear about (yet) on Pitchfork....

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We did a sort of bossa nova cover of "Sugar We're Goin Down" by Fallout Boy a little while back, and we also did Nancy Sinatra's "You Only Live Twice", you can find those both on our soundcloud page here:

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're going to be some touring in the fall, mostly regionally in the Northeast of the US, and this summer we're working on an album that should come out late this year.

Q: Any parting words?
We do this thing through bandcamp where you can subscribe to us on Bandcamp for 3 dollars a month. You'll get all our releases instantly plus everything we put out and also a new subscriber exclusive song or EP every month. This could be a cover, a live version of something, or some b-sides.... check it out here:

terça-feira, 19 de julho de 2016

In Heaven with Pines - An Interview

Seguindo a trilha aberta por gente como Nothing e Whirr, o trio de de Michigan, Pines pega forte na mescla de barulho lento, denso e melancólico criando verdadeiros épicos arrastados e climáticos.

Pense num estranho cruzamento entre Slint, Cure e Nirvana, e coloque o último single dos caras "In Heaven/Your Lull" pra rolar, aumente o máximo que puder e tudo vai tremer ao se redor e de várias maneiras diferentes.

Pra ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos ao extremo, o Pines vai dar o que falar.

***** Interview with Pines *****

Q. When did Pines start? Tell us about the history...
The three of us have been playing music together since middle school—we met in first grade—so at this point our relationship with making music and performing is pretty unspoken. We played a handful of shows in high school, at a local music shop in our small town, but Pines in its current state didn’t really begin to take shape until 2013, when we were all in college, and started playing shows in Flint. Since then we have met so many amazing people who have supported us and helped us to achieve more than we ever expected. We released a 7” at the end of May through Flesh and Bone Records, and we just finished recording our first LP, which we’re hoping to release early 2017.

Q: Who are your influences?
Neil Young, Viet Cong/Preoccupations, Cloakroom, Lume, The Fever Haze, Protomartyr, Pity Sex, Nothing

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The Seer—Swans
Love is Hell—Ryan Adams
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot—Wilco
In the Court of the Crimson King—King Crimson
Aja—Steely Dan

Aja – Steely Dan
Demon Days - Gorillaz
Harvest – Neil Young
There’s A Riot Goin’ On – Sly and the Family Stone
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Vince Guaraldi Trio

Harvest—Neil Young
In Utero—Nirvana
The Seer—Swans
Metallica—Kill em’ All

Q. How do you feel playing live?

Q. How do you describe Pines’ sounds?
Heavy, pretty, slow, writhing

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
For In Heaven//Your Lull, we recorded with our friends Nate Leritz and Nick Ranger at The Woods Recording Studio in Port Huron. The songs were done completely live, with some guitar and vocal overdubs to make everything sound even more massive. The studio itself is an annex to a massive home that sits in a forest, and the room’s many windows made it feel like we were playing in the middle of the woods. In the best way, it felt completely isolating. I can’t think of a more ideal environment to make a record.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Lume, Big Brave, The Fever Haze, Protomartyr, Ratboys, Mover Shaker, Braidedveins, Whitney

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Our alter ego project is a bar band that probably plays a lot of Kid Rock

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Release our full length and tour more

Q: Any parting words?
Love and gratitude toward our friends in Lume, and Dylan Hulett of Flesh and Bone Records. Don’t sleep on them.

Dream Wild with Terry vs. Tori - An Interview

E novamente a Espanha aparece nas páginas do TBTCI. Depois de Linda Guilala, Apartamentos Acapulco, chegou a vez de Terry vs. Tori, diretamente de Sevilha.

Apesar do nome, Terry vs. Tori é um quarteto formado por Erica, Manuel, Jose e Rosa. Os caras debutaram recentemente com seu EP homônimo no mês passado e pegam aquele frescor dos idos da Class of 86 e os transportam para os dias de hoje. Melodiosos até a medula, o Terry vs. Tori abusa num guitar pop bubblegum de fazer até o mais emburrado sair cantarolando suas canções ensolaradas.

Escute alto e saia pra rua curtir a vida.

***** Interview with Terry vs. Tori *****

Q. When did Terry vs. Tori start? Tell us about the history...
Erica and I always wanted to make something different of what we are used to in our city. We've known each other for some years, playing a bit of noise rock but nothing serious at all. She had some songs written by the name of "lesserevil" but nothing much came off that. Then I picked up the guitar like one or two years ago and it was a really slow proccess, at the end the result of practicing a lot it's those four songs you can listen to.

When I partially wrote them between December and March I contacted Erica and she didn't doubt it, then I thought about Jose who I know since we were kids (this is our first musical experience together though) and said he would play bass. Finally we met Rosa who would play drums and she was like the perfect piece to complete the puzzle.

Q: Who are your influences?
The main genre that influences us when writing songs is dream pop and kinda twee pop. Artists like Beach Fossils, Juan Wauters, Beat Happening, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Pale Saints...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Tough one, but in no particular order.
The Wedding Present - Seamonsters (The best songs about love ever written in my opinion)
Donnie and Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild (Yes, that name, big influence)
Gang of Four - Entertainment! (What to say... The catchiest punk songs ever)
Shellac - 1000 Hurts (Always to listen when you want everything to go fuck itself)
The Smiths - The Smiths (This will never ever ever ever get old)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
That's an interesting topic. Neither Erica nor me have actually played guitar live, she always used to play drums and I did play bass in other bands. Jose is a guitarist and never played bass before. Rosa is the only person in the band who has always played the same instrument. We are all very comfortable in our roles though and we're sure we'll be fine.

Q. How do you describe Terry vs. Tori sounds?
Twee, jangly, dreamy... All those adjectives are fine but we also love to make noise.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
It was tough. It was only Erica, Jose and me at the beginning and neither of us had much experience recording our own music (with other person). We contacted our friend Rafa Pachon from the band Generica but he only got to record us. Then we thought about Cris Romero, from The Royal Landscaping Society, who we knew was a lot into dream pop, indie pop and all in all had a great deal of music culture and indeed it was no mistake at all. We had in our minds the sound we wanted and he made it just perfect.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
From our hometown, The Royal Landscaping Society and Devil Town. Also Vera Fauna, like an hybrid between Pata Negra and Tame Impala", Leicomers, garage and fun and Generica.
Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Maybe we would need some synths, but I think it would be cool to cover Eyes Without a Face by Billy Idol.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are writing more songs and looking forward to play a lot of shows.

Q: Any parting words?
Nothing too original, thanks for the interview and we hope you like our music!

segunda-feira, 18 de julho de 2016

Sky's A Disguise with Ninth Paradise - An Interview

Os ingleses Jack Curtis e Liam Thetford formam o climático e melodioso Ninth Paradise.

Dois álbuns no currículo, "Ninth Paradise" de 2012 e o novíssimo "Two"lançado mês passado de forma independente, pra variar.

Os caras citam Queens of The Stone Age e Radiohead como suas influências, mas aos ouvidos do TBTCI eles estão mais para um shoegazer épico se aproximando de bandas como Domino State e Exit Calm, muito por conta de viagens ininterruptas de reverbs e delays derramando microfonias e envolvendo a mente, mas por vezes um "Q" de suingue aparece dando um charme mais indie a sonoridade do Ninth Paradise.

"Two" é um belíssimo álbum que certamente vai passar despercebido por muita gente, mas te aconselho a não fazer parte dessa maioria, deguste essa pepita.

***** Interview with Ninth Paradise *****

Q. When did Ninth Paradise start? Tell us about the history...
We met at high school and both started learning instruments at the same time, we put a few bands together but didn't really find people who shared our philosophy or chemistry. While we were at university we recorded a couple of albums together under a different name until finally discovering a sound we really liked, which became the first Ninth Paradise album.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our biggest influence is probably Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age. Some of the things he says about creating the music you wish existed but doesn't really resonated with us and was part of the inspiration behind our sound. Musically we have a wide range of influences, and many of the bands we listen to and take influence from don’t actually sound anything like us. For example we like Bonobo, Om, Holy Fuck, Flying Lotus… There are loads!

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Queens of the Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Unkle - Psyence Fiction
Temples - Sun Structures

Q. How do you feel playing live?
At the moment we don’t play live

Q. How do you describe Ninth Paradise sounds?
The key elements of our style are the reverb and delay effects we use, and the odd time signatures we play in, which when combined can sound quite psychedelic at times. We have read some very interesting descriptions of our music from people on YouTube, commonly people use words like ‘dreamy’ and ‘ethereal’ to describe it, but one person said “It’s like surfing through a giant, quiet and peaceful wave that is disconnected from the world.”…which is great!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We start with the drums, we usually record them in a huge empty hall which has a ton of reverb and ambience to it. After this we add all the other layers over the top, usually starting with guitar and ending with the vocals. We write a lot of the parts as we’re recording so we never really know how a song is going to turn out. We produce the recordings ourselves from start to finish which we think leads to a more characteristic and unique sound.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Hello Joyce, a psychedelic-influenced lofi indie band from Florida, Winnebago, a dreamy sounding indie band kind of similar to us from Seattle and Kioko a funky reggae band from Birmingham UK. We also like a band called 60 Tigres from Mexico who have a great lively funky sound but with some cool guitar effects too.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We’ve never thought about it but it could be fun to choose a song in a completely different style and record it with our sound, maybe Dopesmoker by Sleep!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
At the moment we are working on promoting our new album ‘Two’, but we’re sure we’ll be back with some more new music in the future.

Q: Any parting words?
Check out our new album ‘Two’ which is now on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and all the usual places, it’s been 4 years hard work in the making! We’re now off for a cuppa!


domingo, 17 de julho de 2016

Highs & Lows with The Black Watch - An Interview

Imagine nos dias de hoje uma banda com 17, sim 17 álbuns lançados, formada em 1987 em Santa Barbara, USA, e que continua mantendo uma padrão de qualidade inalterado, e essa mesma banda infelizmente deveria ter tido o mesmo valor de outras tantas, mas o mundo da música realmente é cruel muitas e muitas vezes.

Mas, o TBTCI tentará neste momento destacar o quão maravilhoso é o trabalho do The Black Watch.

Pense em The Soft Boys. Pense em The Chills. Pense em The Go-Betweens. Pense em Replacements. Pense em psicodelismo sessentista. E claro um vasta coleção de referências, afinal, estamos falando de dezessete álbuns somando o novíssimo "High & Lows" e quase 30 anos de estrada. Os caras passaram por basicamente todas as transformações do rock alternativo deste que surgiram, e embutiram essas manifestações musicais de forma sutil em suas melodias sem jamais perder a essência.

Se por algum motivo você ainda não conhece o The Black Watch, faça um favor a você agora mesmo e aventure-se imediatamente.

***** Interview with The Black Watch *****

Q. When did The Black Watch start? Tell us about the history...
The Black Watch started in Santa Barbara in 1987. myself and two brothers, one of whom is Thom Flowers, who produces big bands now. just me working out my songs with some kids. I had tried to write a novel after finishing my Ph.D. in English Literature. I found it was easier to write 5 songs than 5 pages of fiction. That was a great time for record collecting. So many great albums came out--and inspired me to try to do something lasting.

Q: Who are your influences?
Influences? All the 60's pop, from Beatles to Zombies, Hendrix and Velvet Underground. Got very excited about New Order (the guitar stuff and the dance stuff as well), The Cure. So influenced by Robert Smith that it's been something I've tried very hard to mask, conceal.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
5 Albums of all time. Too difficult. Surely Revolver and one other Beatles and Isn't Anything by My Bloody Valentine. Blue Sunshine by The Glove--the modern edition with Smith singing. White Light/White Heat. and Pink Floyd "Piper at the Gates of Dawn".

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live can be terrific; and it can suck. Having made 17 LPs, we kind of prefer the studio. And touring is hard, of course. Yet when it goes well, it's superb!

Q. How do you describe The Black Watch´s sounds?
Well the sound is really based in a twin-guitar attack. I don't understand why some bands only use one guitar. the sound of de-tuned guitars jamming together--bliss. of course we try to write very memorable songs--always catchy, always riffy. we're starting to de-emphasize lyrics. I write very poetic lyrics. but after all this time, i may have said what i need to say!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ? 

The recording process differs from LP to LP. Some are done on acoustic guitar first, then the band comes in a fleshes things out. Highs and Lows was very under-rehearsed. my thinking was, "Make the recording like rehearsing a song for the second or third time--so that it has that excitement" I think we captured that feeling. Do you think so as well?

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
New bands. I don't keep up. On Jack Rabid's Big Takeover radio show I heard a Canadian band called Don Vail who have a new song that is very Broken Social Scene. It's called "personal league." very addicting. I hear a lot of bands who want to re-create bands like Tomorrow or... Brian Jonestown.... they just don't do it for me.

I like Yuck quite a bit, though they do sound a lot like Dinosaur Jr. and MBV!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have done covers of the Beatles and Lou Read and Gordon Lightfoot. They are very rare. We used to do a fuzzy/distorted version of "Everyday People." we love Sly and the Family Stone. you guys did a House of Love tribute? so cool. love that band to death. have all their stuff. except the latest thing.... should I get it? I don't like all these bands like Lush and Ride reforming. it's good for the new kids who were too young in the 90s, but I don't want to see them when I saw them in '91 at the Roxy or the Palace, you know? I like artists like Kristen Hersh... she just kept going. Who can ever keep up with Guided by Voices, however? there's a down side to keeping going! hahaha.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Plans for the future? well I'm a novelist as well. three works of fiction out now. two books about indie rock.
so I might write another book. I just finished a thriller and one set in ancient Rome--a comedy.

Q: Any parting words?
Parting words? Well, thank you for asking us to chat. I've attached a picture. You guys who write blogs and have websites and small labels... you are doing wonderful work... keeping music going. You're important to bands. Keep going! Cheers, John Andrew Fredrick

Siete with Apartamentos Acapulco - An Interview

Misturando J&MC, Pastels, Beach Boys, VU, os espanhóis do Apartamentos Acapulco simplesmente grudam suas melodias em nossas mentes tal qual o Psychocandy fez há mais de 30 anos atrás.

Seguindo a cartilha aberta pelos irmãos Reid, sim, é inevitável a conexão, o Apartamentos Acapulco, bebe na fonte das melodias dos Beach Boys e na inocência 60´s e aplica aquela placa de microfonia que é marca registrada já há mais de 3 décadas de barulho.

Obviamente não se trata de algo inovador, e qual o problema nisso tudo? Nenhum, porque é sempre bom e essencial trazer a inocência e aplicar barulho nela.

Vida longa aos espanhóis.

***** Interview with Apartamentos Acapulco *****


Q. ¿Cuándo empezó Apartamentos Acapulco ? Háblenos de la historia ...
Apartamentos Acapulco comenzó el verano del 2015 cuando Angelina y yo comenzamos a grabar canciones en casa de forma muy casera con muy pocos medios pero con mucha ilusión. Un día decidimos subir las canciones a las redes y ahí comenzó todo, aunque no formamos la banda al completo hasta enero del 2016 cuando dimos nuestro primer concierto.

Q. ¿Cuáles son sus influencias?
Nuestras influencias son muy dispares, van desde el mas puro pop de los Beach Boys hasta el rock mas duro de nuestros paisanos Lagartija Nick o el soul del Charles Bradley. Intentamos escuchar mucha música en casa y de todo tipo. Es cierto que a la hora de escribir y hacer canciones nos fijamos mucho en otros paisanos de nuestra ciudad como son Los Planetas, llevamos toda una vida escuchándolos, leyendo e informándonos de grupos que les gustaban a ellos como Slowdive, Spacemen 3, Jesus and Mary Chain, Galaxie 500 y creemos que nuestra música está muy influenciada por ese tipo de sonido.

Q: ¿Haga una lista de 5 albums de todos los tiempos ...
Hacer listas siempre nos ha parecido muy difícil y cada día te podría hacer una lista diferente. Según el día que tengo hoy te diría:
Pet Sounds – Beach Boys
Pink Moon – Nick Drake
Souvlaki – Slowdive
Omega – Enrique Morente y Lagartija Nick
Loveless - Mbv

Una semana en el motor de un autobús – Los Planetas. Por ejemplo...

Q: ¿Cómo se siente tocar en vivo ?
Tocar en directo es lo que hace sentirnos más vivos, es donde sueltas toda la adrenalina acumulada y solo piensas en un ese mismo instante. Es lo que mantiene ritmo del grupo, lo que hace que nos veamos todas las semanas para ensayar, seguir dándonos a conocer y donde mejor no lo pasamos. Nos gusta mucho tocar en directo, dar toda la potencia que queremos que nuestra música tenga y no podemos demostrar con tan malas grabaciones caseras.

Q. ¿Cómo se describe sonidos Apartamentos de Acapulco ?
Al principio solo nos preocupaba hacer canciones, y no pensábamos ni cual era nuestro estilo ni hacia donde íbamos. Con el tiempo todo se ha definido y ha sido la gente que nos escucha y nos sigue la que se ha encargado de etiquetarnos. Como hablábamos antes, creemos que nuestro sonido bebe de bandas con un deominador común, el ruido. Ese ruido mezclado con melodías sencillas y medios tiempos es lo que nos encasilla en etiquetas como el noisepop o el shoegaze, pero para nosotros lo mas importante siempre seguirá siendo hacer canciones y no el estilo en si.

Q. ¿Cuéntenos sobre el proceso de grabación de las canciones ?
El proceso de grabación es demasiado casero. Todo lo hacemos en casa, hasta el comienzo del diseño de nuestros discos, somos un grupo muy “do it yourself”. Eso tiene su parte buena y su parte mala, a la hora de componer es todo muy fácil porque todo nace de una idea de una guitarra y nosotros mismo somos los que nos vamos marcando nuestros propios tiempos de grabación, los que vamos añadiendo capas y capas sin ninguna prisa ni presión, pero por otra parte sabemos que con los pocos medios que tenemos (apenas un micro y un ordenador) no podemos llegar al sonido que queremos y que intentamos trasmitir en nuestros directos. Pronto se prevé nuestra entrada a un estudio profesional y estamos muy expectantes con ello.

Q. ¿ Cuáles son las nuevas bandas me recomiendan ?
Somos muy de clásicos y últimamente tenemos poco tiempo para descubrir pocas bandas nuevas. Hace poco nuestro bajista nos recomendó un grupo que se llama “Amor en la isla” y ha dado la casualidad que hemos coincidido en un recopilatorio con su cantante, ha sido genial. También hay un grupo chileno que nos encanta que se llama “Trementina” y que ojalá se dejara caer algún dia por nuestro país. Para acabar también estamos esperando el lanzamiento de “Galaxina”, el grupo de unos amigos que nos han dejado escuchar un poco y tiene muy muy buena pinta.

Q. ¿Qué banda te gustaría que hizo una versión de ?
Por ejemplo de Jesus and Mary Chain.

Q. ¿Cuáles son sus planes para el futuro ?
El próximo septiembre esta prevista la salida de nuestro tercer Ep del que ya esta prácticamente todo grabado y estamos deseando que salga, ya estrenamos un single de éste hace muy poco, “Scarlett” y la verdad que la acogida de la gente está siendo genial. Para primeros de año nos gustaría tener nuestro primer disco de estudio y entre medias, tenemos varias sorpresas preparadas que seguro gustaran, intentamos trabajar mucho, no paramos.

Q. ¿Cualquier palabras de despedida ?
Esperamos que os guste nuestra entrevista, ha sido un verdadero placer hacerla y estamos muy contentos de que hayáis puesto vuestros oídos en nosotros. Un abrazo muy grande.


Q. When did Apartmentos Acapulco start? Tell us about the story ...
Apartments Acapulco began the summer of 2015 when Angelina and I started recording songs at home very homemade form with very few resources but with great enthusiasm. One day we decided to upload songs to networks and that started it all, but we do not form the whole band until January 2016 when we gave our first concert.

Q. What are your influences?
Our influences are very diverse, ranging from the purest pop of the Beach Boys to the hardest rock of our countrymen Lagartija Nick or the soul of Charles Bradley. We try to listen to much music at home and all kinds. It is true that at the time of writing and songs you look much in other countrymen of our city as are the planets, we carry a wide listening, reading and telling of groups they liked them as Slowdive, Spacemen 3, Jesus and Mary life Chain, Galaxie 500 and we believe that our music is heavily influenced by that kind of sound.

Q: Make a list of 5 albums of all time ...
Make lists have always found it very difficult and every day you could make a different list. Depending on the day that I have today I would say:
Pet Sounds - Beach Boys
Pink Moon - Nick Drake
Souvlaki - Slowdive
Omega - Enrique Morente and Lagartija Nick
Loveless - Mbv

One week in the engine of a bus - The Planets. For example...

Q: How does it feel to play live?
Playing live is what makes livelier feel, is where all the accumulated loose adrenaline and just think in that moment. It is what keeps pace with the group, which makes we meet every week to rehearse, keep letting us know and where there had better. We really like playing live, give all the power we want our music to have and can not demonstrate such bad home recordings.

Q. How do you describe Apartmentos Acapulco´s sounds?
At first only he worried us make songs, and did not think that was not our style or where we were going. Over time everything has been defined and has been the people who listen to us and continues which has been commissioned to label us. As we talked earlier, we believe that our sound drinks bands with a common deominador, noise. That mixed with simple melodies and noise half times what we pigeonholed as noisepop labels or shoegaze, but for us the most important thing will always remain making songs and not the style itself.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The recording process is too home. Everything we do at home, until the beginning of the design of our records, we are a group very "do it yourself". That has its good side and its bad side, when composing is all very easy because everything is born from an idea of ​​a guitar and ourselves are the ones we're marking our own recording times, which we add layers and layers without haste or pressure, but on the other hand we know that with the few means we have (just a microphone and a computer) we can not get the sound we want and we try to convey in our direct. It expected soon our entry into a professional studio and we are very expectant with it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We are very classic and lately we have little time to discover a few new bands. Recently, our bass player recommended a group called "Love Island" and given the chance we have agreed on a compilation with its singer, he has been great. There is also a Chilean group that we love called "Turpentine" and hopefully someday would drop by our country. Finally we are also awaiting the release of "Galaxina" the group of friends who have left us hear a little and has very very good.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
For example of Jesus and Mary Chain.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
Next September is scheduled the release of our third Ep which is already practically all recorded and we can not wait to leave, and we released single of it recently, "Scarlett" and the truth that the reception of people are being great. For first year we would have our first studio album and in between, we have prepared several surprises that are sure liked, try to work hard, do not stop.

Q. Any parting words?
We hope you like our interview, it has been a real pleasure to do it and are very happy that you have put your ears on us. A big hug.

sábado, 16 de julho de 2016

Demantur with Covent Garden - An Interview

Uma ambientação melódica, melancólica e envolvente remente a uma certa conexão aos tempos mais sombrios do The Cure e a leveza rítmica do The XX, assim pode ser entendido e definido a elegância do recém lançado, "Demantur", novo EP dos italianos Covent Garden.

Linhas hipnóticas que abduzem e te levam a intensas auto reflexões, intimista e moderno o Covent Garden criou um dos mais belos e envolventes EPs da atualidade.

Música fina e rica para momentos intimamente requintados.

***** Interview with Covent Garden *****

Q. When did Covent Garden start? Tell us about the history...
R: We started in September 2014. The project began following a high school band’s split up.

Ending up being in two, (Vittorio Venerus and Lorenzo Tre) we started experimenting new music inspired by the shoegaze vibe we were into at the time, when we realized we finally had something in hands, we decided to call the band "Covent Garden", and in a few months we recorded and released our first EP (Demantur), totally self produced and mixed.

Q: Who are your influences?
R: We have a very wide range of taste in music just as everybody else. During the time we were making Demantur we can say we were mainly influenced by artists such as Sigur Ros, Daughter, The xx, The acid, The War on Drugs, James Blake and a lot of electronic music too.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
R: Hard to make a 5 all time albums list. However these are the ones that popped into our mind now.
The Beatles - White Album
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
Sigur Ros - Kveikur

Q. How do you feel playing live?
R: It certainly depends on the situation. Depending on our mood, and how much we are into it.

The place and how the crowd responds to a show can really make the difference.

Q. How do you describe Covent Garden sounds?
R: Back in the days of Demantur the sound was mostly digital, also “basic”is a good word for it. Essential though very much effected, we were deep into that “it sounds better with reverb” We were limited into having just some sort of equipment, of course this doesn’t mean we were just picking up the first thing that came, the sound and everything that created the atmosphere in the album was very keen, in our limitations.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
R: Most of the time we just play altogether and then develop riffs and melodies afterwards.

It’s all about finding the right way to shape a sound into a feeling and get as closer as possible to it.

We record several times the material we have, we listen to it the next days, then we change it, we develop it again, record it over again, till we are satisfied with what we have.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
R: We recommend basically everything you can find in this collective we are inside of, which is collective. It gathers a lot of young talented artists, mostly into electronic music.

We also had the pleasure to play with this fine bands we had a great time with, The Altered Hours from Ireland, The Brothers in Law from Italy, they both have a new record out, Check them out!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
R: It’s hard to find just one song we’d love to make a cover of.

We enjoyed making Sufjan Steven’s “no shade in the shadow of the cross” when it came out, and Radiohead’s “No Surprises"

Except those we have fun making a lot of versions and covers spacing from rock n roll to shoegaze during rehearsals.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
R: We are currently recording an LP, we’re looking forward to play it live.

sexta-feira, 15 de julho de 2016

The Other Half with Caterwall - An Interview

Pitadas de class of 86, dreampop e basicamente conexões com todas as variáveis do submundo dos bons sons movem a sonoridade do pessoal do Caterwall.

Melodiosos e urgentes, com aquele peculiar ar adolescente o EP homônimo lançado ano passado é deliciosamente viciante.

O Caterwall é daquelas bandas que precisam ser apreciadas com extremo exagero.

***** Interview with Caterwall *****

Q. When did Caterwall start? Tell us about the history...
Before Caterwall Michaela and Christian formed a band called The Coppertones which was just a two piece band that lasted for the summer. Eventually, Christian wanted to form a full band with skilled musicians. The Coppertones soon ended. Later in late September, they found two members to complete Caterwall and Caterwall was official formed in October of 2015. Up until April of 2016, due to availability issues two members left Caterwall. Which left Michaela and Christian looking for two new members. They came across Hector Avilez the former drummer of Ariel View and Vanessa Rivera a friend of Michaela. With this line up they have released their new EP In A Week's Time and finished their west coast tour to San Francisco. They are currently preparing for the music festival Viva Pomona on July 16th.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our influences are:
Bloc Party
Beach fossils
The Strokes
The Shins
The drums
Grizzly Bear
Bikini kill
Title fight

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
And Out Come The Wolves- Rancid
Swimming- French Kicks
Mancruel- Man is the Bastard
The blue Album- Weezer

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Christian- I feel like I have a bunch of energy inside me and when I play it comes out and I feel like when people feel my energy they give energy back and it's just a cycle.

Michaela- I feel like I'm on top of the world and Im allowed to do anything I want.

Hector- I black out and only see my drum set.

Vanessa- as someone who's never felt real love before, playing on stage makes me feel the love and chemistry of the band as a unison.

Q. How do you describe Caterwall sounds?
Caterwall's sound has two forms the first form of our sound is when we record,which is precise and deadly accurate with intricate polyrhythmic parts and tempo changes when put together to make a one solid sound.Playing live Caterwall's sound changes in the best way. It still has the technique and precise playing but the tube amps are cranked and it turns into a wall of sound and the notes become one. With balanced guitars and heavy bass, it's an experience.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
When we record it's usually in Christians garage where he keeps recording equipment. He records all instruments and drums. Each member plays their parts and Christian mixes and masters the songs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Some new bands we would totally recommend are:
The Red Pears
Daydream time machine
Never Young
The frights
Chastity belt

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
If we had to cover a band we would definitely pick Beach Fossils we love their songs and the vibes they give so it would be really fun for us!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We would absolutely love to play tons of shows and eventually get signed to a major label so that we could quit our daily jobs and continue to do what we love as a career because we are very dedicated to this band and are willing to do anything to make it.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much for this opportunity to be interviewed it means a lot to us as a band. We hope that our music reaches people and it impacts them in positive ways and we want our fans to know that we love them very dearly and we hold anyone who cares about us close to our hearts. It's amazing to do what we do and have the good responses we've gotten it means the world to us.

quarta-feira, 13 de julho de 2016

Recording Silence with Captions - An Interview

Indie rock com cara de dreampop ou vice versa, pouco importa, o fato é que os estadunidenses do Capitons sabem exatamente como criar melodias pegajosas e sonhadoras sem soar como tantos e tantos clichês por ai.

Ainda sem nenhum álbum propriamente dito, o Captions tem em seu currículo alguns singles realmente deliciosos, caro da belíssima "Recording Silence". Dreampop cintilante e adocicado perfeito para relaxar a mente.

Que venha mais material urgentemente, nós por aqui agradecemos.

***** Interview with Captions *****

Q. When did Captions start? Tell us about the history...
CAPTIONS originally began with Adam and myself (John) in the summer of ’09, but the band has gone through a few transformations before becoming the lineup that it is currently. Adam and I met Marcus when he was in another band. We played some gigs with them and clicked with all of the band members instantly. After our original bassist left to join the Marines, Marcus agreed to join the band in 2010 and has been a critical part in the development of our sound.

Josh came into the fold at the end of 2011, after our first drummer moved up north to San Francisco. He was actually supposed to join the band sooner, when he had replied to a craigslist ad we posted in the beginning of 2010 after our drummer quit, but then immediately re-joined. The second time around, we didn’t even bother posting another ad, we immediately contacted Josh. The transition was pretty seamless, and Josh’s unique style has definitely added a new dimension to our rhythm section.

Q: Who are your influences?
Radiohead, The Strokes, Modest Mouse, Porter, Bowie, The Velvet Underground, The Mars Volta, Iggy Pop, J Dilla, A Tribe Called Quest, Led Zeppelin, Elliott Smith, Granddaddy, Built to Spill, Interpol, Los Hermanos, T. Rex

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Atemahawke by Porter,
Kid A by Radiohead,
The Lonesome Crowded West by Modest Mouse,
Loaded by The Velvet Underground,
The White Album by The Beatles

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is one of the best parts of being in a band. The songs we have written are given another opportunity to take on a new life when we perform live. We are also able to connect with people that we may not have in a regular setting.

Q. How do you describe Captions sounds?
Kaleidoscopic, it’s a quagmire of sound that feels familiar and may draw comparisons to popular music but has an identity of its own.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
This album recording experience was unique and different to us, because we had never worked with a producer before. Having the extra set of ears and eyes really opened the door to a lot of new perspectives on older songs. Basically, we ended up reworking our entire set of songs. It was really great, because it ended up completely changing our live performance and brought a lot of dynamic into our songs, which they needed.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Tame Impala, Kaytranada, James Blake, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, PAPA, and FKA Twigs

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Since Prince's passing we've been reminiscing on his body of work. Not sure what song we could pull off but definitely something from Prince.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We just want to continue writing new music and keep the creative flow alive. Whether we're making music, videos, or artwork we want to stay busy and true to ourselves. If people respond to that we would be incredibly honored, if not, we'll still be doing our thing.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you! It was awesome talking about the process with you.