quarta-feira, 25 de novembro de 2015

Horizon with appeal to heaven - An Interview

Uma bela revelação deste 2015, é o trio de Richmond, appeal to heaven, que debutou dia 01 de outubro com dois eps. Isso mesmo, ao invés de um, são dois eps, um complementando o outro, ou simplesmente poderia ser um álbum cheio, enfim, cabe a banda a melhor estratégia e formato.

O ponto é que Embrace e To Say se complementam. Sonoramente a banca caminha em algum lugar como um shoegazer épico, grandioso e eloquente, algo como se o U2 tivesse a verve gazer ele bem poderia se chamar appeal to heaven.

Bela (s) estreia (s).

***** Interview with appeal to heaven *****

1. When did appeal to heaven start? Tell us about the history...
VICTOR MA NASH: Appeal to Heaven officially formed early Spring 2015 when a few songs that were originally written to cut a two/three song demo quickly escalated into 2 5 song polished EP’s. But, I suppose the idea of Appeal to Heaven really started In the early 90’s when shoegaze seemed to flourish. There were some amazing bands that really kicked started our passion for music. It felt like the shoegaze scene broke all the rules of conventional songwriting and gave us the power to plug in a bunch of effects and design something unique and special for us. I remember walking into record stores and finding new bands based on their album cover alone. There was definitely a sound and culture that felt hidden from pop culture, which made it that much more special.

I was originally a drummer with a band called Strobe in High School with Jeff Ward who played bass. Jeff Ward’s brother Mitch Ward filled out on guitar. We were very much influenced by Ride, the Charlatans, Pale Saints, Catherine Wheel.. etc. High School was when we cranked up to 11, jammed every weekend, and developed as a Band. But with most bands, life came along and college, jobs, girlfriends set us on different paths. I think it was during that time I really began to invest more effort on guitar and keys. Having thin walls in an apartment in Philadelphia doesn’t really allow for drumming.

Everything came full circle when I returned home from Philadelphia to Richmond, Virginia and started writing songs with Jeff Ward again. We had met Jeff Carson through a mutual friend and decided to all get together in a basement in Petersburg, Virginia to see what happens. This dingy old basement had only one light and one outlet hanging from the ceiling. I am surprised we didn’t get electrocuted considering the fact we were standing in water. Those were some great times, and subsequently we named our recording/rehearsal studio after that first experience, One Outlet Studios. It's where we recorded our first 2 EP's.

Jeff Carson brought a sense of structure to the sound. It was the first time we had a singer, a leader if you will. As with most shoegaze bands, the vocals are blended in more with the music. This was a shift for us. It was a great opportunity to give placement and importance to the voice and the lyrics. It helped us in how we structure our songs and how we craft the sound and dynamics. Jeff Ward and I grew up playing music together, so there was already a natural chemistry and intuition that we just fell back into.

2: Who are your influences?
VICTOR MA NASH: The great thing about who we are is how diverse our individual influences are. Our sound is each our own, and when we started writing songs together, it just worked. It felt fresh. We all matured as musicians and songwriters through-out the years, and it really helped us create something special and unique. I fell in love with Slowdive’s sound early on. I hadn’t heard anything like that. The first time I heard the end of Catch the Breeze, I got chills. Cocteau Twins came right after. I realized I was in love with this wall of sound. It was like a tidal wave in slow motion; it felt emotional. My influences expanded as I got older. My passion for music grew more when my influences switched to Film Composers. I started writing a lot of scores. There was freedom in not following a verse, chorus structure. I was gobbling up all the soundtracks I could.. Hans Zimmer, James Horner, Johann Johannsson, etc. I realized over time the power of music in cinema. Writing a song and composing music feels like the same thing. You are telling a story and connecting with people emotionally. This influence has began to transcend into our sound and it’s getting us excited for the future of Appeal to Heaven.

JEFF WARD:  When I first started playing bass, I was listening to a lot of Echo & the Bunnymen and the Cure. But it was when I first heard Martin Blunt's bass lines in the Charlatans that everything changed for me. That was it. I started staying up late watching 120mins on MTV, discovering bands like The House of Love, Trashcan Sinatras, The Wonder Stuff… then I heard Ride… and everything changed again! That opened up so many doors. Slowdive, Chapterhouse, Adorable. In 1993, Victor, my brother and I were talking to Dean Garcia after a Curve show in DC. Dean asked, "So what else are you listening to lately?" And I replied, "Pretty much anything Alan Moulder produces." So then Dean says, "Alan's on the bus if you'd like to meet him…" That was also a pivotal moment. I think Alan Moulder was just as surprised that some kids wanted to meet him, as we were meeting him!

JEFF CARSON: I was influenced heavily as a young man by the passion, energy and sound of black gospel music. There was just a depth of spirit and soul in that world of music that immediately drew me in. At the same time my mom was a big fan of southern gospel quartets. We went to more quartet sing off's than was reasonable as a child! But even in that music, there was something beautiful about the tight harmonies. I was and still am a big fan of J.D. Sumner, which for the longest time held the Guinness World Record for deepest note sung. As a teen I began listing to things like Charlie Peacock, The Cure, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and many others. I'm a huge fan of the country music power house songwriters. There is just something magical about a well written story put to song. I'm still pretty diverse in terms of what I listen to. I think every genre and style has a strength that should be appreciated.

3. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
VICTOR MA NASH: My top five albums are really based on the significance of how it influenced me as a musician:
1. Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
2. Slowdive - Just for a Day
3. Cocteau Twins - Victorialand
4. Catherine Wheel - Adam and Eve
5. Johann Johannsson - Fordlandia

1. Ride - Nowhere
2. House of Love - self titled “Butterfly" album tied w/ Slowdive's Just for a Day
3. Pale Saints - Comforts of Madness
4. MBV - Loveless
5. Catherine Wheel - Adam and Eve

1. Charlie Peacock - Love Life
2. Billy Joel - The Stranger
3. Otis Redding - The Dock of the Bay
4. Tom Waits - Small Change
5. U2 - The Joshua Tree

4. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is something we are looking forward to. It’s really an opportunity to bring the songs alive. I have always appreciated when you hear the song on the album and it takes on a whole new life on stage. The chorus may be twice as long, the breaks may go longer, and you really get to craft those awesome intros and feedback exits! Live is where the music gets let out of its cage. In the past, we’ve always brought new music to the stage before we recorded it. We approached it differently this time. We crafted our songs like a work of art first. We took our time making sure the songs were the best that they could be. Now we are looking forward to bringing them to the stage soon and sharing them with others.

5. How do you describe appeal to heaven's sound?
Every band struggles with the question, “what is your sound, what do you sound like”. Do you mean, are we good or do we sound like crap?, haha. It’s like asking someone to say something in another language or play something on the guitar. There is always that awkward pause. So, I’ll pause here.

I suppose I always tend to click on the Reverb Pedal, an occasional delay, and some sort of Swell/Overdrive Pedal. The sound is clean and lush with an occasional overdrive/fuzz. We’ve been experimenting with integrated keyboard/string arrangements to tap into our cinematic influences lately. Our songs are pretty dynamic. We’ve also made a conscious effort to try and not let every song sound the same or follow the same formula. I tend to gravitate using an acoustic guitar when I am writing new songs. It helps give the song the soul, the heartbeat. We also strive to write songs that if you were to hear us playing a show, you'd have to cross the street and check it out…to have a sound that's so appealing that even the angels want to join in, bringing Heaven to Earth in a way. I suppose that’s where our band name came from.

6: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
VICTOR MA NASH:The song writing process is really what makes us who we are. If I write a song, it usually comes very quickly when I first plug in. The music tends to come first, then we search for where the song wants to go. I'll usually demo the idea in Logic and send out a dropbox link for each of us to give it the car stereo test. That's when Jeff Carson steps in a opens it up with his melodies and structure ideas, which really helps give the song direction. Jeff Ward is always refining, shaping, and polishing the dynamics of the music. Lately, we've been sitting down and talking about our ideas. We’ll try and find the ‘voice’ of the song and structure it through our conversations. Then we plug in and see what happens. It was refreshing to approach songwriting this way. We’ve also been taping into adding a cinematic flare to our sound. The last two tracks on both our EP’s “When the Angels Come” came from wanting to tell a story. Each version of that song is an evolution. We hope to continue that with each new release.

JEFF CARSON: It used to be that we would try to figure out what the song wanted to say, and we would string together words we like that approached that end. With these 2 Ep's we really spent a lot of time trying to figure out what we wanted to say, and then letting the songs support that message in arrangement, production, and even overall musicality. It usually begins with Victor and/or Jeff Ward putting together a music hook, and then I add a lyrical direction. From there all bets are off. It's always interesting to go back and listen to the original ideas once a song is finished. Sometimes it's the same, sometimes it's very different.

7. Which new bands do you recommended?
VICTOR MA NASH: Its hard for me to recommend bands, because there are so many great ones out there. I suppose the real recommendation is to listen to something new each day. Go in a direction you normally don't go in. I tend to find some great music that way. Plus it keeps my ideas and influences fresh. I’ve been streaming a lot music from DKFM Shoegaze Radio lately… lots of great stuff on there.

JEFF WARD: Shy, Low is really good. They're also a local Richmond band. I recently saw DIIV open for Ride, and it was refreshing to see another generation of gazers bringing new elements to the scene.

8: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
VICTOR MA NASH: I've been listening to a lot of 50's music. I'd love to take an oldie and turn it on its head. Maybe the Everly Brothers tune, “All I Have To Do Is Dream”

JEFF WARD: I've always wanted to cover "Head On" by the Jesus and Mary Chain.

JEFF CARSON: I've always had a special connection to the lyrics in "In the Living Years" by Mike and the Mechanics. Maybe an interesting acoustic cover would be nice.

9: What´s the plans for future?
The future of Appeal to Heaven is looking great. We've had a great response so far with what we thought was just going to be a 2/3 song demo to find a drummer to having two polished EP’s for sale. We are just excited about playing music again. We already have a bunch of new songs in the works, but our goal now is to rehearse and play live.

10: Any parting words?
It’s really a great time for music. Social networks have really helped fuel new bands to reach a lot of people. Shoegaze seems to be reborn to a new generation, and that’s really exciting for us. It’s very cliche to say this, but we’ve almost gone back to our roots as musicians and starting writing music that we can connect to, music that means something to us. Thank You!, We appreciate all the support. Anyone wanting to follow us or keep track of what we are up to, you can reach us here:


terça-feira, 24 de novembro de 2015

Space is the Place with Whimsical - An Interview

Sabe aquelas preciosidades completamente escondidas no submundo dos bons sons, aquelas que realmente nasceram no momento e na hora errada, mas que os deuses da música de certa maneira sempre atuam por maneiras obscuras e em alguns momentos algumas dessas maravilhas perdidas retornam afim de resgatar e transportar sua história e seu real merecimento.

Pois é, é basicamente isso que aconteceu com uma pequena grande banda chamada Whimsical. Em 2000 no auge no novo indie rock, veio a mundo o único e precioso álbum, Setting Suns are Semi-Circles, que para os iniciados é simplesmente item de colecionador, mas naquela época o shoegaze clássico do Whimsical obviamente não foi compreendido e a banda até tentou mostrar força mas o sucessor Sleep to Dream nunca foi terminado, continuando até pouco tempo sem ganhar forma de vir ao mundo.

Mas eis que, 2015 chegou, e a Saint Marie Records, gravadora predileta por aqui, fará o favor de nos brindar com o segundo e desejado álbum do Whimsical. 

É uma história tortuosa mas que enfim, chegou o momento do Whimsical ser devidamente realocado para o lugar onde sempre deveria estar. E para quem não os conhece, eis agora aqui nestas páginas a história e demais pormenores da história deles.

Para bandas como o Whimsical, o TBTCI tem uma classificação, ACIMA.

***** Interview with Whimsical *****

Q. When did Whimsical start? tell us about the history...
1. I tried to start a version of Whimsical in 1997, but it didn't actually happen until the summer of 1999. The first official line up of myself, Krissy, Tim, and Joe came about in July of 1999 and Mark joined in Feb of 2000. We played our first show in Chicago in Jan of 2000 and I think we had signed to Seraph Records by early summer of 2000. We went into the studio and recorded Setting Suns are Semi-Circles over the summer and it was released on cd in October of that year. Joe decided to leave the band soon after and Mike joined in on bass. This line up played Chicago about 1-2 a month for a few years, as well as recorded the Love Me/Sleep to Dream promo cd. Mike decided to leave the band in 2003. Brian joined on bass and we continued to play about once a month in Chicago with bands like Kill Hannah, Mira, Breather. Whimsical was unhappy with Seraph Records and we decided to leave the label in early 2004. Around this time, Tim was asked to leave the band and he was replaced by Andy on drums. This was the final line up of the band that recorded the unreleased second album, Sleep to Dream. Andy and I had played in a Shoegaze band called Mystified Thinking from '91-'95, so he was a good fit. The band spent the fall and winter recording 11 songs and the feeling in the band was that it had run it's course. By March of 2005, we were about 90% finished with the album when everything just stopped. Nobody was into the band anymore as some of us had moved onto other bands by this time. Whimsical just sort of faded away. In the spring of 2015 I found the missing hard drive with the unfinished album. I decided to take it upon myself to finish the album and see if i could get it released somehow. Shoegaze and Dream Pop were long dead when we were originally around, but it is alive and well in 2015. It was refreshing to hear these songs for the first time in 10 years and I really think people will love the album. In September of 2015, I sent out 10 cd's to labels and within a week, we were signed to Saint Marie Records. They will be releasing Sleep to Dream sometime in 2016. We couldn't be happier as all of us are still friends and there is no bad blood between us.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. In the very early ‘90’s, it was Slowdive and The Cure with some Ride, Lush, Verve, Joy Division and Lycia thrown in for good measure. By the time I started writing for what would become Whimsical, I wanted to try some shorter and more simple songs. I really liked Motorhome from Chicago, and I tried to copy some of what they were doing by adding that to my existing influences. If you’ve never heard their two albums, Sex Vehicle and Man of the future, go out and find them.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. Obviously I could make a list of my top 20 albums and still have trouble picking my top 5 albums. Some of these are not even really considered “Shoegaze” but to me, it’s all the same. If you asked me tomorrow, it might be a totally different list. If I’m just talking about the Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Ethereal genre, I’d say my top 5 albums would be:
1. Slowdive-Just for a Day
2. The Cure-Disintegration
3. Lycia-Ionia
4. Seefeel-Quique
5. Ride-Nowhere

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. I love playing live. It’s one of the top two reasons I do this. I haven’t performed in two years because I had a baby and it’s just become too hard these days. From the time I was around 15 until I was 37, I played live 1-2 times a month with one of my bands. It’s a huge high for me when a show is going well. There’s no other feeling like it in the world. Whimsical hasn’t played a show since mid 2004, so it’s been a long time.

Q. How do you describe Whimsical sounds?
5. I’m not sure how i would describe us. We are very song oriented and not very noisy. Some bands try to copy My Bloody Valentine and just go for the most fuzzed out song possible, but we never did that. We were always more clean a sounding with pop song structures. Sort of like early Ride and Lush I guess. You could play our songs on an acoustic guitar and it would basically sound the same without the FX pedals. I always referred to us as Dream Pop.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. On Setting Suns are Semi-Circles, we recorded all the music at a studio that I worked at. All the vocals were recorded at my home studio and then we mixed it at the real studio. It was sort of rushed, but we gave it our best shot. I wish I could have mixed it differently though. The new album, Sleep to Dream, was recorded mostly at my home studio back in 2004 and finished at my home studio in 2015. I think it sounds more like how I always thought we sounded live. It’s not perfect by any means, but it does the job for sure. We just recorded the drums first, then the bass, then all the guitars go last. After that we do the vocals and whatever added sounds as well. Pretty straight forward recording process that most bands follow really.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. I really like Mint Julep, Seasurfer, Anne, Pinkshinyultrablast, The Appleseed Cast, and Nothing is pretty good if you can get past their bullshit. I thought the first two Silversun Pickup albums were great, but the last two albums have been terrible. I’m sure I’m forgetting someone important.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. I recorded a version of Dagger by Slowdive that is very different to the original. Most people might not even be able to tell it’s the same song. I’ve also done A Strange Day by The Cure as well. These might be released someday. I would love to do Ionia by Lycia or She’s a Superstar by Verve.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. We will finally have Sleep to Dream released sometime next year by Saint Marie Records. I know a few songs will be on some compilations as well. I still have around 10 old demo songs that we never used from when the band was originally around, so you never know, there could be a 3rd album at some point. I would love to get a version of the band to play some festivals if possible. All of us are living in different states at the moment, but if the opportunity presented itself, we’d love to play again.

 Q: Any parting words?
10. Up until 6 months ago, I never thought I would hear these songs again. The hard drive had been lost for many years and I was always sad that no one would ever hear these songs. Now the album is coming out on a great label like Saint Marie, and it’s almost like this is how it was supposed to happen. When the band was active, no one gave a shit about this type of music and now there are a ton of bands, labels, websites, etc. It’s great that we finally get a chance to let people hear the album. We hope people enjoy it, because it was about 4 years of writing and we never thought it would be released. Thanks for the interview and for helping us spread the word about Whimsical.


Celestian with Cat Hoch - An Interview

O frescor da psicodelia guiada por garotas espaciais. Este é o Cat Hoch de Portland, que acabou de debutar com o pegajoso e viciante EP  Look What You Found, com quatro pérolas que mais parecem um inusitado cruzamento em ABBA e BJM.

É derretimento sonoro suave e sensual como deve ser feito.

Pra ouvir chapado ou apaixonado, ou os dois, e não necessariamente nessa ordem.

***** Interview with Cat Hoch *****

Q. When did Cat Hoch start? Tell us about the history...
I started tracking demos in my basement a few years back using headphones and some shitty program i downloaded on my samsung. Ive always written stuff just never put it to fruition.

Q: Who are your influences?
Man so many...ABBA, spacemen 3, spiritualized, spice girls, bjm, the warlocks, tame impala, the band, jimi hendrix, neil young, the happy mondays, the horrors..so damn much

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
in no particular order
spiritualized- ladies and gentlemen
the horrors - primary colors
paul mccartney - RAM
the doors - the doors
black sabbath - black sabbath album

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love it! it is intense tho

Q. How do you describe Cat Hoch sounds?
Psychadelic dream pop jazz dad samba mama ;)

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Working with Riley is pretty amazing, we kind of just went in there together and experimented. i come up with a song he sort of puts his production twist on it ~

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
Jackson boone, soft metals, WL, froth, Appendixes, (lot of this is out of portland)

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
To tour my little heart out

Q: Any parting words?
thanks and follow your dreams!!


segunda-feira, 23 de novembro de 2015

Always Promise Paradise with Droem - An Interview

Uma literal viagem cíclica e delirante mesclando caos e boas vibrações, o Droem, onde não há muitos e informações específicas a respeito dos caras, o sabido é que são um trio e fora isso nada mais.

Talvez todo e qualquer tipo de informação seja mera ilustração, porque ao dar play no canal deles no soundcloud é o que realmente importa.

Feche os olhos, prepare seu drink ou algo mais forte e boa viagem.

***** Interview with Droem *****

Q. When did Droem start? tell us about the history...
Droem started as an anarkist punk band around five years ago. We have been recording demos and living in diffenrent countries in seach for our sound.

Q: Who are your influences?
This question is really difficult. Guess we are inspired by all the chaos that surrounds us.

Breakcore, Bartok, Larry David, Presence, balance between chaos and good vibes, Ar Kane, Gabba front Berlin, Trance, Ulver, Dwight Twilley Band, Gangstar, Line dance, Psychosis, Ozric Tentacles, Teenage Filmstars, Zappa, Solid deep house, VU’Doors. Cosmos

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Its hard to agree on between three people. We listen to all kinds of music .

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We never played live.

Q. How do you describe Droem sounds?
Free and chaotic.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We went to a isolated farm in the middle of nowhere, did mushrooms and recoded some jams.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
“Rolling Homes”

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Guns ‘ roses – my michelle
Venetian Snares – my so called life
Donovan - Celeste
Spice Girls – 2 become 1
Lifelover – Androier

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Make the music more insane

Q: Any parting words?
“Death is only the beginning”


Sunday Driver with a & e sounds - An Interview

A Islândia vira e mexe sempre nos brinda com espetaculares novidades, daquelas que não é possível não se curvar, vide Singapore Sling, Dead Skeletons entre outros, e das cinzas de um predileto do submundo dos bons sons o Two Step Horror nasceu e cresceu, o psicodélico, hipnótico, climático e por vezes angustiante, a & e sounds.

lp lançado em junho desse ano é uma preciosidade, que resume basicamente todo o conceito do TBTCI, poderia apenas ser resumido, como "uma viagem ao submundo dos bons sons", note que a viagem tem apenas o ticket de ida, a volta meu amigo, fica a seu critério.

Psicodelia moderna, com toques de décadas de boa música, esqueça rótulos, e mergulhe profundamente na viagem proposta pela a & e sounds, sua mente e sua alma certamente agradecerão.

***** Interview with a & e sounds *****

Q. When did Electric a & e sounds start? tell us about the history…
Þórður: Hi Renato and thanks for having us. The project originally started when I took a semester in Weissensee Kunst Hochshule in Berlin last year, I wasn’t really trying to start anything new, I just needed a project to categorise some new tracks I was doing at the time. The school didn’t really care if I attended or not so at some point I just stopped going there and stayed at home recording.

After I came back home I teamed up with a good friend of mine Kolbeinn Soffíuson and we decided to take the project further as he was finishing his sound engineering studies at Studio Sýrland here in Iceland. We took our top 12 pick of the bunch (8 made it to the record) into Control 1—recording studio at studio Sýrland—and recorded drums with Orri Einarsson (from the Dead Skeletons). We recorded a male choir called Bartónar, pianist Þóranna Björnsdóttir and re-did some guitars and bass. We also recorded in Hallgrímskirkja; a landmark church that lays over Reykjavík on a hill, like an Egyptian Sphinx. Then we spent about a month mixing and mastering.
Kolbeinn: Like Þórður says I was studying sound engineering at the time and for my graduation project I needed to finish a 10 track LP. I had listened to some of Þórður's demos and really liked them so there was no doubt in my mind that this was the right project. I think we were able to maintain the raw character of the demos to some extent, but to me the overall sound of the album is very smooth and dreamy. We worked very closely together in the mixing process and I am very proud of the final outcome.

After finishing the album we had gotten so connected to the project that we decided to put together a band to start performing live. We had played together before with Two Step Horror so this was a very logical step for us to take.

Q: Who are your influences?
Þórður: I’m influenced by a lot of things, I think I am a fairly impressionable person, at least to a certain extent. I was for instance very influenced by the fast moving rhythm of Berlin. The songs I recorded since last fall are hugely influenced by that steady, electronic techno beat of Berlin in some interlaced flow with minimalistic melodies. It’s built up with more focus to the progression of each layer rather then to have some sort of narrative.

I think it would be a cliché to list a bunch of musicians and say “these are my influences, here my creative fire is born” you know? it’s a subjective ongoing study. And I think you are influenced by a feeling rather than something else. I mean I don’t listen to Michael Rother and think, I’m gonna make a Michael Rother song, but perhaps when I’m making a song in a certain mood, I will think to myself “that song has a fucking Michael Rother feel to it”. Or something, I also like coffee, highly influenced by coffee.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Þórður: right, I’ll just name the first 5 that come to mind:
Neu! – Neu!
Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby
Clinic – Visitations
Singapore Sling – Life is Killing my Rock’n’Roll
Suicide – Suicide

1. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
2. The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
3. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
4. Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses
5. Spiritualized – Lazer Guided Melodies
6. Can - Tago Mago

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Kolbeinn: It feels good to play with talented musicians. A steady rhythm section backing you up makes everything much easier.

Q. How do you describe a & e sounds sonority?
Þórður: ehh, I had to google sonority, so are you asking about hierarchy within the music?
I think it’s the drums and the bass that lead the whole thing, then the two guitars come in with heavy delays and just ramble some jam on top, then underneath all that is maybe a synthesizer being modulated to create some sort of an ambient carpet.

Kolbeinn: Someone described our music as "hard to define". Maybe that sums up the sonority as well?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Kolbeinn: Þórður already had recorded the demos when we started working together and the arrangements were pretty much laid out. We did focus a lot on getting a good drum sound and Orri was very professional to work with. We had access to high end microphones and equipment at Studio Sýrland and did the drum recordings in a big space with nice acoustics. Although the album might be described as "lo-fi" where expensive equipment doesn't have as much to say I think we were able to find a good balance between these different elements. Of course you can only get so far with high end gear but we did our best with good mic placement, getting good takes thus making the post production much easier.

(Sunday driver, music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tidyeJdXkgk )

We had an interesting session at Hallgrímskirkja church where we recorded a huge pipe organ which can be heard on a few tracks. After mixing it in the effect of the organ is very subtle, an extra layer in the overall soundscape, but the sound of those takes is very nice and the natural church hall reverb combined with the warmth and clarity of the organ is amazing. Another memorable session was recording Bartónar male choir which is a very energetic bunch of lads. Also the sound of the grand piano in the final song of the album was something we put much effort into and Þóranna's playing is flawless in my opinion.

We learned a lot of good techniques in the process of making the record that we will continue working with although our next album will be very different for various reasons. All of the new recordings are made in our private studio Konsulat where we are always trying out new techniques, different microphones, mic placements and switching out gear. I think it's a never ending story searching for the correct sound for each track at any given moment depending on the mood.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Þórður: I don’t know if they are all new—they are not old either—so this is my list:
Death and Vanilla
Pink Street Boys
Fufanu (we just did a remix for their song ‘now’)
The Paperhead

Kolbeinn: russian.girls and Pink Street Boys are definitely two of the most exiting Icelandic bands at the moment. I mostly listen to the same old stuff so I can't think of any other new bands at the moment.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Þórður: Ghost-rider in the sky, Spacelady’s version.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Organise a tour and get on the road.

Q: Any parting words?
Yeah we are finishing up lp-2 hopefully that will be out early next year, then we are doing an EP with russian.girls called russian sounds. Then there’s a 4 song B-sides EP ready and another LP that we will probably release online.

Check out Shields: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=annuLooVTU0
That one is a cannon.
Phase, lows and harmonics.


sábado, 21 de novembro de 2015

So Far with The Way of Grace - An Interview

Paris continua a nos brincar com preciosidades escondidas no submundo dos bons sons, dessa vez quem aparece envolto a melodiosas e elegantes sonoridades calcadas na sofisticação de um Lloyd Cole atreladas à um espectro dreampop inconfundível é o quarteto The Way of Grace.

O próprio nome da banda poderia muito bem exemplificar sucintamente os caras.

Conselho, não os perca de vista.

***** Interview with The Way of Grace *****

Q. When did T.W.O.G. start? tell us about the history...
T.W.O.G really started a little bit more than 2 years ago, which is a little bit weird since we've all been best friends forever and we've all been playing music but never all together before. Maybe because Malek and Amine were more into one style of music (they played together in a band in high school) and Majd and Adam in another (they have a prog / metal band together). Today we don't even know how we could not have thought of it before, but it proves that it's never too late!

Q: Who are your influences?
If we stay brief we'd say we're very influenced by the New York indie rock of the 00's like Interpol or The Strokes, but also a lot of post-rock (Mogwai, Explosions in The Sky). It could also be prog music like Dream Theater.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
it's difficult to make a list but we'll tell the albums that influenced the most our way of playing
- Amine : The Stills -  Logic Will Break Your Heart
- Malek : The Walkmen - Bows + Arrows
- Majd :- Metallica - …And Justice For All
- Adam : Planet X - Moonbabies
- Every Pink Floyd album

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Well playing music you like is one of the best sensation you can have in life, so sharing it with people is even more wonderful, although the first times can be quite scary. But the more you play live, the more pleasure you have playing shows, and we think the audience can feel it too and they're receiving more pleasure as well.

Q. How do you describe T.W.O.G sounds?
haha we never know how to answer this question. We are sometimes described as dream pop or shoegaze but we're not sure we're only that. Guitars are very present in our song, with lot of reverb and delays, and on vocals as well. But the rhythmic section tends to be groovy and punchy, maybe because of our different backgrounds.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We record all songs at home where we gathered some audio equipment over the years. It's probably the toughest and least interesting part when you make music but we hope we're getting better at this for each new song.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We kind of like some new French bands like Feu! Chatterton

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We never made covers but we were thinking of maybe covering "NYC" by Interpol or "Lazy Eye" by Silversun Pickups because we love them and they fit to our sound.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We will be releasing our second video clip "Carrie" at the end of the year. We're also recording new material that will be released next year. We plan on playing more shows too and also outside Paris.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you very much for your interest in our music! We know we have few fans in Brazil, we hope we'll be playing there one day!


sexta-feira, 20 de novembro de 2015

Woodstock with Swiimers - An Interview

De, Seul, Coréia do Sul vem os novatos sonhadores do Swiimers.

Após chamarem atenção no meio iniciado com o EP de estreia intitulado Ultra High Frequency, fazendo um dreampop com aquele típico apelo oriental, o Swiimers simplesmente ao que tudo indicava tinha sucumbido a avalanche de bandas oriundas do outro lado do hemisfério, mas eis que no mês passado soltaram duas amostras do que será o novo EP ainda sem data prévia de lançamento, mas pelo aperitivo com Woodstock, divida em duas partes, eles mostram que aperfeiçoaram a receita e acresceram elementos de trip hop deixando o trabalho mais charmoso.

Aguardemos então, coisa boa virá por aí.

 ***** Interview with Swiimers *****

Q. When did Swiimers start? Tell us about the history...
MQ: Swiimers started out under the name of UHF Seoul. MQ wanted to change the musical color after a while, and recruited new members to form Swiimers.
Current line up was completed early this year. Our official debut was made with single titled Polaris in August.

Q: Who are your influences?
MQ: There are many great musicians... I'm not sure lots of people would think of Sigur Ros while they listen to our songs, but Sigur Ros has been some critical influence to my music. Also there are Sonic Youth, Massive Attack, Mojave 3, Bon Iver, Radio Dept... I guess almost all of the musicians I like must have influenced the music I make. Some of the K-pop songs as well.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Bon Iver / Bon Iver
Sigur Ros / ( )
The National / Cherry Tree
Joy Division / Substance
Radio Dept / Lesser Matters

Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Yeah yeah yeahs - It's Blitz!
Twenty One Pilots - Vessel
Nothing`s Carved In Stone - Parallel Lives
Acidman - And World

Bon Iver / Bon Iver
Adele / 21
Ellie Goulding / Halcyon Days
Sam Smith / Nirvana.
Demian Rice / My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Q. How do you feel playing live?
MQ: It makes me feel like I've finally found a space that I belong. You know, standing under the light that's exactly there in purpose of shining on me, people looking at the stage expecting to see me standing there... When you just "exist" in nowhere you feel like you're not sure if this is the right place for you to be. I can never be sure. But when I'm playing live, I know I've got something to do right now, and I know that's where I'm supposed to be. That's an awesome way to feel you're not totally useless.

Sunwoong: It's simple for me. I'm excited and happy when I'm playing live.

Pyunggang: I try to embrace the vibe between my play and the audience. When they click, I feel some sort of fullness, or the energy.

Q. How do you describe Swiimers sounds?
Sunwoong: The dreams of a dolphin in the deep ocean?

MQ: It's a sound that frees your body and mind. (is what I hope)

Pyunggang: The ultimate healing song! That release and relieve all the emotions.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Sunwoong: First MQ makes the basic structure of the songs. She records, sequences, and plays to make a rough demo, and then share it with us. We take a listen to the song, try to get inspired, and then with some ideas we meet up to practice and collaborate and see if they work out. We try to build the details together, and then when we're done with making the more sophisticated demo, that's when we start the real recording. Right from the very beginning.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
MQ: A Korean rock band Life and Time just released their first full-length studio album. They're very different from our musical color, but their album is totally mind-blowing.

Sunwoong: I don't think Toe is a new band, but still I'd like to recommend it for those who are not familiar with the name. It's a Japanese Math Rock band.

Pyunggang: I had a chance to get to know Mr. Nah Band (나상현씨 밴드) the other day, and found the members were real dudes. They know how to have fun and how to make people feel amused. It's a band full of positive energy.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Sunwoong: M83-Midnight City
Arctic Monkeys-505
Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Maps

Pyunggang: I think covering Adele's songs would be a cool challenge. She has this incredible soul in herself, and I feel like we might be able to interpret it into our own musical color.

MQ: The first generation K-pop girl group, S.E.S with their song I Love You (너를 사랑해). But I'd rather play the guitar than dance while singing.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Sunwoong: Going to the Pentaport Rock Festival!

Pyunggang: Yeah, that and to be acknowledged by the public as an awesome guitarist would be my personal plan.

MQ: I'll be super excited if I can tour the world, you know, visiting cities of rock...
But for now, we're trying to focus on the upcoming first album. It's going to be an EP, and we're planning to release it in December this year.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for interviewing us, and thank you for reading!
Please love our music, and like us on our fb page when you've got nothing to do. When you have things to do, like us anyway.


Ghost Mountain with Thought Forms - An Interview

Seguindo a tradição caótica e doentia de mestres como Loop e Telescopes (fase Taste), o trio londrino Thought Forms é simplesmente a medicação correta pra quem necessita de tratamento intensivo para ativar seus neurônios tornando-os mais insanos ainda.

Pegue Ghost Mountain de 2013 ou o LP Split com o Esben and The Witch do ano passado e sinta a intensidade sonora e cíclica dos caras.

Doses cavalares de kraut, repetições intermináveis de acordes a serviço da deterioração pragmática da mente, acrescente pitadas de Bardo Pondo e os já citados Loop e Telescopes, e prepara-se para a devastação.

Simplesmente espetacular.

***** Interview with Thought Forms *****

Q. When did Thought Forms start? Tell us about the history...
Thought Forms began in 2004 - a good friend of mine from school, Emily, played drums and she put an advert on a local music forum to find musicians to start a band with. This guy called Deej replied.

I’d seen him around - he was the pretty Indian boy who worked at Blockbusters and I’d heard through my then-boyfriend that he made really cool experimental films, so I took her up on her invitation to join them for a jam and we clicked straight away.
We had so much fun making noise together that afternoon in Emily’s bedroom… The connection we had was amazing and we were pretty much inseparable from that day on.

We started playing gigs locally and went out to the US for the first time in 2006 to play at Terrastock Festival but then Emily moved to Cardiff and left the band, so we asked this brilliant drummer if he’d join us… Guy Metcalfe… he was only 13 years old at the time, but he’d already been gigging locally for a few years. That’s how we knew of him - his band had supported us once and we were blown away by how good he was. And he was incredibly lovely. The three of us fit together really well. And that was that.

Q: Who are your influences?
We are influenced by everything that makes us feel. In terms of musicians, we’ve been lucky enough to work closely with some amazingly talented people who’ve been a huge positive influence on us. I think Warren Ellis is amazing.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
That’s such a hard question… But… 5 perfect albums:

• Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
• Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
• Melanie de Biasio - No Deal
• Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson
• Portishead - Third

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We get really nervous beforehand… but it all melts away as soon as we start to play and we feel incredibly connected and lost in the sound.
It’s a powerful feeling.

Q. How do you describe Thought Forms sounds?
We're a rock band. We used to be mostly instrumental but now we have a lot of words.
People have said things like drone-rock-psych-grunge-noise-gaze.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
With our first (2009’s self titled) album for Invada we went in and did the songs completely live.
But for the last two records (2013’s Ghost Mountain LP and 2014’s split LP with our friends Esben and the Witch) we took a different approach - for starters, we worked with an amazing producer, Jim Barr. So we had an outside influence and that was really refreshing. We focus a lot on refining the arrangements and adding subtle touches.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Repo Man. They’re an amazing 4 piece band based in Bristol… drums, searing guitar, amazing bass groove and impassioned poetics interleaved with wonky violin and free sax… The energy between them onstage is completely captivating and the music is thrilling, vital extremely danceable. I love them. They got me excited about music again. Check out their last single, “Static Excess Strobe Effect”. https://youtu.be/wRp7sHtcNKo

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I have such a long list of songs I want to cover… Right now the top three are by Patsy Cline, Fleetwood Mac and Get The Blessing.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Release our new album in 2016 and tour, see as many places together as we possibly can.

Q: Any parting words?
Always take your time. Breathe.
And… Hopefully see you in Brazil someday. Thank you.


quinta-feira, 19 de novembro de 2015

The Garden with Synapse Lens - An Interview

Synapse Lens é o projeto de Joseph M. que debutou há um mês com seu álbum cheio intitulado The Garden.

Situar o Synapse Lens sonoramente após a prazerosa audição do disco é basicamente taxa-lo disso ou aquilo, mas o ponto é que a elegância das composições e clima nostalgicamente oitentista coloca suas influencias bem explicitas, leia-se aí Red House Painters, pós punk clássico e Vini Reilly.

Coisa fina.

***** Interview with Synapse Lens *****

Q. When did The Synapse Lens start? Tell us about the history…
Synapse Lens started in my studio apartment during the summer of last year. At the time, I had left behind a noisepop band called Limerent Dance Machine in order to attend UC San Diego. I didn’t really know anyone out here who shared the same influences, and so I decided to start a bedroom recording project with a few bits of gear I had laying around. Everything was played by me on the record. I really struggled for a year or two to put an album together because of how busy I was, but everything eventually came together.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Durutti Column has been a large influence on this record, as well as The Chameleons and Felt. I love the aesthetic of all of those bands, and try to juxtapose that style with some of the more current stuff I’ve been listening to. Radiohead has always been my favorite band however — their output has been an ideal to aspire to.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Alright. These are liable to change on my mood, but here we go:

Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill
Radiohead - Kid A
Slowdive - Pygmalion
The Cure - Disintegration
David Bowie - Low

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I actually haven’t played live in over a year. It’s something that I miss. There is a certain visceral impact you can feel in your chest, as well as high frequencies at the fringes of your hearing that are impossible to replicate on a stereo. I like to play with a full-backing band however; I’d feel awkward doing that whole acoustic singer/songwriter thing.

Q. How do you describe Synapse Lens sounds?
I personally have no perception of my own music. Now that it’s out, I don’t listen to it. It’s like a ritual cleansing that happens every few months or so. I’d imagine it sounds halfway-decent, at least I think so! I wanted to give a more forward edge to what is generally considered a dreamy or relaxed genre; let it get angry at points. With some songs, I would imagine I was making “Nightmare-Gaze.”

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Little by little, piece by piece. I have about three different microphones that I cycle through. I generally mic up a little four watt Vox tube amp in my room with an AKG condenser and an SM57. I’ve gotten better results with little amp than with others at over ten times the wattage. Usually I’ll lay down drums and rhythm guitar before anything else, and than just layer on top indefinitely. The real work is subtracting instruments and sounds from the final mix.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I think musicians like Holly Herndon, Arca, and Oneohtrix Point Never are making unbelievable advances in experimental electronic music. I would place them in their movement if I could describe what links them adequately. We’ll leave that to the journalists. As far as shoegaze or dreampop, I’m really looking forward to the next Wild Nothing release.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
The Beach Boys. Miles Davis.

Q: What are the plans for the future?
My plans are to be as open as possible to what the future brings. I used to make colossal plans, and go at them with endless ambition. That kind of ideology can narrow your perspective of the world and close you off from many surrounding experiences. It can also make you unhappy when you don’t get what you want. Right now, I trust that I’ll continue to make music. Wherever it goes, whoever listens, is not within my control.

That being said, I want to kind of steer away from the whole 80’s vibe of my music. I don’t want it to feel reminiscent of a past era moving forward.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for having me, and thanks for listening.


Under Overfladen with Tusindfald - An Interview

Já é uma tradição na Dinamarca ser produzido muito do que há de melhor no dreampop mais shoegaze, vide Rumskib do mestre Keith Canisius, e agora mais recentemente outro mentor começa a guiar seus projetos, Jesper Lundager comando entre outros a nave sonhadora chamada Tusindfald.

Kys o EP de estreia deixa explicitamente claro a beleza da música do Tusindfald, muito além da mesmice etérea que acontece por aí, Jesper e seus comparsas criam atmosferas repletas de camadas e mais camadas sobrepostas gerando um clima hipnótico absurdo.

Precisamos de mais material do Tusindfald urgentemente,

***** Interview with Tusindfald *****

Q. When did Tusindfald start? Tell us about the history...
Tusindfald was initially a concept band. I wrote, recorded and produced the EP on my own, invited some friends to play and sing along, and put out a single on bandcamp (Kys). Before I knew it, I was contacted by some lovely people from the UK; I suddenly had a record deal on my hands. Requests for concerts starting popping up, so I gathered some good friends from college and formed a proper band.

Q: Who are your influences?
In no particular order, and from the top of my mind: Slowdive, Ulrich Schnauss, Tangerine Dream, Michael Rother, My Bloody Valentine, Limp (Manual, Syntaks & Aerosol), School of Seven Bells, M83, Cocteau Twins, Sigur Rós, Mew, Chapterhouse, Vangelis, Stephané Picq and even new age artists like Enya, Enigma and Constance Demby. I also really enjoy demoscene music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Ouch, these top lists are always impossible for me, and I couldn't restrain myself here, sorry. Frankly, I don't think I'd be doing what I do today if these records hadn't moved me as much as they did (and still do). Again, in no particular order:
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
Manual – Azure Vista / Ascend / Isares
Ulrich Schnauss – A Strangely Isolated Place
Cocteau Twins - The moon and the Melodies (but anything by them, really!)
Sigur Rós – Agætis Byrjun
Mew - and the Glass handed Kites

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It can be fun, and it can be a hassle. For me personally, the most fun part about music has always been messing around in the studio on my own. The logistics; managing a band who lives far apart, rehearsing for three or four days and then being paid off with a meal and/or transport money is a lot of work for very little, I think. I realize it's the name of the game, and a lot of people are happy doing this. I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but for me the creative processes that I find in the studio have always been the main attraction. And please don't get me wrong: I do enjoy the rush of playing a concert once in a while!

Q. How do you describe the sounds of Tusindfald?
Longing, yearning, ethereal, other worldly, comforting, powerful, delicate, uplifting, melancholic, melodic loving, intimate, near and far.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Basically, I'll mess around in the studio until I find something that inspires me and flesh everything out from there. I have a tendency to meditate/dwell on ideas and demos for a long time. This is both good and bad - good because I know if I can listen to a song/demo/idea 1000 times and still be moved and inspired by it, it's probably going to be a good tune! Bad because it takes a long time for me to actually finish things up.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Recently I've been getting into Jon Hopkins and Ghost. Not really new, I know, haha... I like to discover things at my own pace, I guess.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Not sure, never done one as I think remixing is more fun! I've done a few of them – For instance, I did one for SPC ECO, which was released on a compilation some years ago.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
There's another Tusindfald EP coming at some point! I'm sorry, I don't have a release date or anything, it's been on its way for a while, but should be out before spring. Sorry for taking so long!

There will also be a limited cassette tape (via Night Vision Tapes) and bandcamp release of my very first collection of demos/songs, which I gave out as a CDr to friends in early 2009. Named after the my childhood home in Mozambique, ”Macuti” will be out in November and consists of songs and demos I recorded between 2006 and 2008. The b-side of the tape will feature lost and previously unreleased stuff from that era. The production values and aesthetics are quite lo-fi compared to my recent productions, but I hopefully people will enjoy it nonetheless. :)

Currently I'm working full time composing a soundtrack for an indie computer game called Unclaimed World. It's already on Steam (early access), albeit not with my music in it yet. The soundtrack will be ambient/folk oriented, - I'm having a lot of fun working on it.

So yeah, lots of new (and old) stuff in the pipeline!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks. Because of music, I've gotten in touch with and made friends with people from all over world. It's incredible to know that a person in South America is being moved and inspired by things I've done, so far away... Another example, someone from the UK sent me a message telling me he'd played one of my songs at his wedding. Wow.


quarta-feira, 18 de novembro de 2015

Crossbones Bodies with Buzz Rodeo - An Interview

Tudo foi meio ao acaso, e talvez seja por isso que Sports a estreia dos alemães do Buzz Rodeo entrou na minha cabeça como uma bigorna caindo de um arranha-céu.

A banda lançou o link de seu álbum na página do TBTCI no FB e daí por coincidência estava num momento propício para ouvir algo inusitado, só que pra minha surpresa seria completamente inusitado, lá fui eu dar play no álbum sem ler nada sobre os caras, só dar play pela curtição de ouvir algo novo, e eu esperando algo shoegazer, mas quando começaram os primeiros acordes de Arkansas a cacetada foi bem no meio do cérebro. E daí, não teve mais volta porque o Buzz Rodeo em sua estreia praticou o crime de fazer um disco espetacular e linear do começo ao fim, são onze descargas intensas de no wave, art noise, SST, escola Steve Albini, sem dó nem qualquer tipo de piedade dos ouvintes, o que é perfeito.

Estou propenso a dizer que é um dos meus discos preferidos do ano, vamos aguardar.

***** Interview with Buzz Rodeo *****

Q. When did Buzz Rodeo start? Tell us about the history...
Buzz Rodeo started March 2014. Writing Songs and recorded it in Juni 2015 with a good friend at "Under The Surface". We released an Limited Edition DIY cd (100 items/sold out))on our own and then short after our fine Lp on Radio Is Down Records USA and Whosbrain records Luxembourgh.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our Influences are 80/90 and new PostPunk Noiserock Nowave Bands

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Gang Of Four-Entertainment
Shellac-At action park
Jesus Lizard-Liar
SteelPole Bath Tub-The miracle of sound in motion
Silkworm-In the West

Q. How do you feel playing live?
The greatest Thing on earth and sounds like the Sound of the Universe

Q. How do you describe Buzz Rodeo sounds?
Abrassive, angular hard hitting Artpunk Noiserock with plenty of Melody

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The "Sports" songs were ready in 1 year and then we went to the Studio "Under the Surface". We recorded all the stuff with a good friend-- real Analog Recording in one day and mixed and mastered it short after that. It was real fun and a good day for us.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
oh my god there are plenty:--)) name a few
Metz from Canada
USA Nails from the UK
Dilly Dally from Canada
Lardo from the USA
Enablers from the USA
My Disco from Australia
and so no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
oooooooooh yes there is a band I would prefer called A Witness! Its a band from the 80 and the ep is called A Witness ‎– Loudhailer Songs (Ron Johnson Records).

The song is called "Lucky in London"

Q: What are the plans for the future?
In January we will release a fine 7 inch/3 songs called "Victoria" !!!!!!!!! on our own (DIY)
The songs called side one ::Underground Luxery side two:: Victoria// Themes from the Past

In early 2016 we will release a 10 inch Splitt with good friends out of Poland. The Band is called (Peru) https://perulbn.bandcamp.com/album/kto-z-nich
The label is called ANTENA KRZYKU RECORDS--available early 2016!!!

Q: Any parting words?
Oh yes we wanna rock the whole world:--))) and please dudes buy our stuff and support Buzz Rodeo

go there::::
https://www.flight13.com/details/buzz-rodeo-s-t-115769 for Germany/Swiss and all other...........

https://www.x-mist.de/band/6110/buzz_rodeo for Germany and all other

http://whosbrain-records.com/wp/?page_id=214 For Belgium/Netherlands/France.........

http://www.radioisdown.com/ For USA/Canada...................

http://www.antenakrzyku.pl/en/shop/buzz-rodeo-sports-lpcd/ for Poland..........................

and of course from our number One Sale Station:-)))


Post-Creation with The Julia Sound - An Interview

Experimentações, colagens, samples, no wave, art rock, post punk, tudo isso e mais um pouco de freaknices esta inserido dentro do espectro sonoro do excêntrico, The Julia Sound.

Poucas ou quase nenhuma informações a respeito do que e quem é a banda, mas o TBTCI tenta abrir um pouco do peculiar universo sonoro e excitante do The Julia Sound.

Entrar e fácil, agora sair, já nem tanto assim. Boa viagem.

***** Interview with The Julia Sound *****

Q: When did The Julia Sound start? Tell us about the history…
The Julia Sound started when I was living in a small flat in London back in 2011…I had been working on a few projects and live shows in years prior to this but when TJS started there in Whitechapel, I wanted to create a more independent and original sound and immediately began to develop the formula.

Q: Who are your influences?
I’m influenced mainly by a lot of 80’s obscurities and a few more well-known for the time. Artists from Kan Kan, Scars, Blue in Heaven, Rexy, Sudden Sway, etc. to artists like Takahashi Yukihiro, Shimizu Yasuaki and Kurozumi Kengo. I’m also a big fan of Christian Marclay and The Jesus & Mary Chain. Craig Lorentson (from the band Lowlife) is a big influence on my singing style…R.I.P, mate..

Q: Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
That’s extremely difficult but here’s five off the top of my head:
Lowlife - The Black Album
The Jesus & Mary Chain - Cutmedeadnailmedownandkickmyhead
The Zarjaz - La Leggenda
Del Block (Editio Princeps)
Orchestre Rouge - Yellow Laughter
Citizen King - Brown Bag LP

Q: How do you feel playing live?
I love playing live; it’s a very thrilling experience. A lot of venues are afraid to have me though. They’ve just about banned me due to the loud levels of feedback and the fact that I’ve been known to destroy my own gear, sometimes theirs, if I’m really focused emotionally on the music.

Q: How do you describe The Julia Sound sounds?
It’s hard to say really, I've a hard time trying to categorise it myself. It's classic UK post-punk that meets shoegaze and the Avant-garde arts. (Some people think it also fits into the old no-wave movement too.) Very noisy stuff when it wants to be and it involves a lot of sampling & turntablism..

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I wish I could explain this better…there are a few different paths I take but it all starts out beforehand with a walk to somewhere naturous and a deep savouring of my solitude.

Q: Which new bands do you recommended?
I unfortunately don’t listen to much current music these days. Still stuck in the past.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I’m stuck between a few. I’d love to work on a Lowlife, Victorian Parents or a Martin Dupont cover..I have a few in mind.

Q: What´s the plans for the future...…?
Just wait and see; there’s a lot of exciting things going about but I’ve got to keep it quiet for now.

Q: Any parting words?
To quote Heraclitus: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”


terça-feira, 17 de novembro de 2015

Sinking with M is We - An Interview

Michael Wood faz parte do Something About Vampires And Sluts e também do The Wet Teens, mas desde 2004 junta alguns amigos tão insanos quanto ele onde basicamente eles praticam uma anti música. Algo que talvez poderia ser descrito como um dark kraut lo-fi, ou algo do gênero.

O último desses devaneios lunáticos de M is We, nome que Michael atende por seu alter ego chama-se Sinking e saiu via Silber Records, gravadora conhecida no submundo da música por sua propensa alcunha de lançar pepitas de desorientação musical. Em Sinking o M is We esta mais cavernoso e lo-fi ainda, mas sugere alguns momentos mais fáceis de se absorver.

Indicado somente para iniciados.

***** Interview with M is We *****

Q. When did M is We start? tell us about the history...
M is We started in 2004 as a solo project called M, then later M is Me, then after forming a band calling it M is We somewhere around 2010

Q: Who are your influences?
The Cure, Christian Death, Gang Of Four, Cold Cave, Joy Division, Kraftwerk, LCD Sound System, The Faint, Jawbreaker, Pixies, Sisters of Mercy, many more

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Dag Nasty: Wigout At Denkos,;
The Cure: The Top;
Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures;
}The Smiths: Louder Than Bombs;
Jawbreaker: 24 Hour Revenge Therapy

Q. How do you feel playing live?

Q. How do you describe
M is We sounds? a mix between electronic and punk. Usually pretty raw.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Usually just experimenting with sounds that somehow turn into songs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The Eagulls, Protomartyr, Total Control, Cold Cave, The Twilight Sad

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We were discussing doing "So What" by The Cure or "One More Hour" by Sleater Kinney. We have also covered "To Hell With Poverty" by Gang of Four and "Somebodies Watching Me" by Rockwell

Q: What are your plans for the future?
More records and touring!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you!!!!!!!!


Shipwrecks with Sound Is Lovv - An Interview

Shipwrecks é a estreia do Sound Is Lovv, ep muito interessante que passeia por shoegaze barulhento mais americanizado, leia-se Swervedriver, até um lado mais cristalino que remete a alguns momentos do Airiel.

Essa junção faz desta estreia do Sound Is Lovv uma audição extremamente prazerosa.

Para dias melhores.

***** Interview with Sound Is Lovv *****

Q. When did Sound is Lovv start? Tell us about the history...
A. Brad: For the most part it started when I moved to LA about 3 years ago. After several failed attempts to put a band together, I decided I would just record the songs I had written by myself and worry about the rest later. When I needed musicians to record the rhythm section, my sound engineer Josiah Mazzaschi put me in contact Mike and Nicole. After the recording was finished I put the word out to find band members. I realize that process sounds some what contrived as opposed to the conventional way a band is formed, but I think its becoming more common with the way things are in music at the moment.

Q: Who are your influences?
Dario: Juan Alderete (The Mars Volta)

John: Guitar influences? Jimi, Clapton, Neil Young, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bombino, Pete Townsend, Julian Lage

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
In no particular order

John: The Beatles "Revolver", Kendrick Lamar "To Pimp a Butterfly"

Dario: King Crimson "Court of the Crimson King", The Mars Volta "Frances the Mute"

Brad: Smashing Pumpkins "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. Brad: Its a chance to be an exaggerated version of yourself, and at times another person entirely. I'm pretty reserved and low key in general, so when I perform I go nuts. And the beauty of it is you don't have to explain yourself, you can hock it all up as an attempt to entertain people.

John: Depends on the night but it always feels like a chance for whatever’s in to come out (which I guess is pretty obvious). I guess my “feeling" depends on how I react to that opportunity on that particular day.

Dario:It’s the one of the best feelings! I don’t do drugs but it’s drug-like in the high I achieve while performing and crave after it’s all over.:

Q. How do you describe Sound is Lovv sounds?
Dario: very shoegaze-y and with a good ear you’ll pick up some of that motown vibe. I see a wave rising, collecting and building and finally crashing down but it’s not a catastrophy.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A. Brad: For "Shipwrecks" it took more time than I expected. I had the words and melodies already written, but the pacing, layering, and harmonies were developed as I went along.I can't play drums at all and my vocal abilities are limited, so Mike and Nicole contributed a lot to those aspects.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
A. John: Shoutout to my friends in Fell Runner, Orchin and Wistappear who are making really cool music right now and should seriously be checked out by all.

Dario: This electro pop group from the Valley, Canons. Adjy, I believe they’re from North Carolina. Semi-new, Prayers from San Diego and for anyone not yet familiar with Moon Hooch(New York) go listen! They’re so much fun and healthy for the senses.

Brad: Check out SHEER, local band out of Simi Valley. Female fronted. A cool thing about them is they are a "gaze" act but they're not all reverbed out. They lean more towards a grunge feel with heavy guitars and the lyrics are more clearly articulated.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
A. John: The Beatles, The Police, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Simon and Garfunkel

Brad: I would say something by Cocteau Twins but I could never do Liz Fraser's voice any justice. I'd love to cover LCD Soundsystem's "Dance Yourself Clean"

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
 A. Dario: It’s easy to see the future with these guys considering our rehearsals. There are times we hang on a jam and it seems like magic, chemistry or is Alchemy?

John: I think tomorrow I'll eat breakfast

Brad: Mind our P's and Q's and not tweet anything that will get us kicked off a record label

Q: Any parting words?
A. Dario: I’m at the beginning of everything and the end

John: When you’re driving, always use your turn indicator.

Brad: Thank you Based God


segunda-feira, 16 de novembro de 2015

Dissolver with Younghusband - An Interview

Uma das mais interessantes bandas surgidas no cenário inglês de uns anos para cá certamente foi o Younghusband. 

Desde a poderosa estreia com Dromes os caras já mostraram a que vieram, um elegante, sofisticado e estiloso mix de psicodelismo sessentista aliado a um apelo pop inegavelmente pegajoso e sutis inserções de dreampop.

A receita foi certeira e não a toa foram chamados para tocar em vários festivais pela Europa chegando a abrirem shows para o mítico Loop.

Agora voltam a todas as publicações especializadas por conta do novíssimo e igualmente delicioso Dissolver, um passo além de Dromes, mais hipnótico e pop mas sem nunca perder o charme.

Para todo e qualquer apreciador de boa música, essencial nos dias de hoje.

***** Interview with Younghusband *****

Q. When did Younghusband start, tell us about the history...
YH started in my bedroom when i was about 19. I bought a tape machine and started recording and put out a few eps on a local label. It started as a proper band in about 2010, i knew the guys from playing with them in different bands, then asked them top help me play live. We then started writing together, those songs turned into Dromes, our first record.

Q: Who are your influences?
For this record we were listening to a lot of John Cale, Eno, Big Star, Cleaners From Venus, Wire… I’ve always been a fan of Elliott Smith too, the VU, Television..

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
It’s ever changing, but…
Love - Forever Changes
Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers
Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs
Elliot Smith - Either / Or
Deerhunter - Microcastle / Weird Era Continued.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Very weird, uncomfortable, but that usually turns into enjoyment. But not always.

Q. How do you describe Younghusband´s ´ sound?
Autumnal guitar pop… melancholic pop.. pop means a different thing to everyone but we wanted to write a guitar pop record, but what pop means to us.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We recorded them live, to tape with minimal overdubs. Usually just vocals and a few keyboards. I really like our first record but it lacks the feeling of a ‘band in a room’ which we wanted to achieve on this.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
JC Flowers and Grimm Grimm

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I’d like to play a bunch of Cleaners From Venus songs live

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I’d like us make a new record early next year. I have some idea’s for it and looking forward to putting it together. Something fast, in terms of recording and song speed. But i guess we’ll be touring a lot around that, and hopefully going to America in the spring.

Q: Any parting words?
Enjoy yourself