sábado, 24 de setembro de 2016

Disquietudes with Deconstructed Company - An Interview

Victoria Isabel Jones é a mente, o corpo e a alma por detrás do belo Deconstructed Company.

Após o debute "Under Concrete" de 2015, ela retorna com seu mix de shoegaze em tonalidades folk acústicas agora, muito mais densa e intimista em seu recém lançado Ep "Disquietudes". Quatro belezas cândidas, com extrema elegância e melancolia envoltas à um clima esfumaçado e denso.

Perfeito para noites frias e dias cinzentos.

***** Interview with Deconstructed Company *****

Q. When did Deconstructed Company start? Tell us about the history...
In the summer of 2015, I wanted to record a full-length album. Deconstructed Company ended up being the name I would release that album under, and I've been making music under this name ever since.

Q: Who are your influences?
Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Death Cab For Cutie, and Rilo Kiley are probably my primary influences. I would say I'm influenced by a lot of the 'classic' shoegaze bands in general.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This varies a lot, but here's what they are currently:
Isn't Anything - My Bloody Valentine
Souvlaki - Slowdive
We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes - Death Cab For Cutie
Alvvays - Alvvays
Mezcal Head - Swervedriver

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Very, very nervous, though it seems like it'll be fun, too. I actually haven't played any shows yet - I'm hoping that'll change in the near future, though.

Q. How do you describe Deconstructed Company sounds?
If it doesn't sound good, just add in some more reverb and it will eventually.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
In most cases, I usually the lyrics first, and then come up with a chord progression to set the lyrics to. After having recorded the main guitar and the vocals, I'll usually add additional guitar parts or any other embellishments as I see fit. Alternatively, I'll come up with a guitar riff and build off of that, but that's pretty rare.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The newest band I can think of would probably be Pinkshinyultrablast - they're quite good, and I actually really like their particular approach towards shoegaze. I also recently started listening to Nothing, who are also really good, and a bit on the 'heavier' side of shoegaze as well.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
At some point, I'd really like to cover the song 'Last Train To Satansville' by Swervedriver. 'The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule' by Kitchens of Distinction also comes to mind.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Getting out and playing some shows, as well as recording some more material. I'm actually in the process of recording new music right now - I'm not totally sure if it'll be a full-length album or another EP, but I do plan on putting out something in the near future.

Q: Any parting words?
If you believe, you can achieve!


The Difference Between a House and a Home with Treehouses 2290 - An Interview

Prepare-se para adentrar em transes hipnóticos, repletos de imagens e alucinações áudio visuais, cortesia dos portugueses de Lisboa do Treehouses 2290 e suas intensas experimentações galgadas em matrizes como Spacemen 3, NEU!, Mogwai entre outros mestres da hipnose sonora.

"The Difference Between a House and a Home" é um exercício intenso de auto imersão para dentro de si guiado por texturas e ambiências cíclicas.

Treehouses 2290 é literalmente uma viagem ao submundo dos bons sons.

***** Interview with Treehouses 2290 *****

Q. When did Treehouses 2290 start? Tell us about the history...
1- The band started in late 2013, as our guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Pedro Simões had the urge to try something new music wise. After meeting the bass player Matheus Aragão, we quickly realized we shared common interests. After talking for a while, Diogo Beirão and João Medley join in to play guitar and drums respectively. Years later, with some EP´s released, André Isidro joined the band in second guitar and vocals.

Q: Who are your influences?
2- Our influences go mainly by the music each of us is listening at the moment. The songs are normally started by Pedro, and then the rest of the band adds parts in rehearsal. So each one of us has different influences and ideas where the songs should lead, but eventually it all makes more sense sometime after.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3- Spacemen 3 - Perfect Prescription;
GY!BE - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven;
Incubus – S.C.I.E.N.C.E;
Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People;
Radiohead – Kid A

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4- Our songs generally have a different feel when played live in comparison to their studio version. Maybe because of our punk rock background, we tend to play much louder, a bit faster and tend to turn the drive knob on our pedals way more than we should. We just try to have fun, and make everyone feel that as well.

The live show also has a kind of cathartic purpose when we just turn ourselves to the music and forget about everything else

Q. How do you describe Treehouses 2290 sounds?
5- Jokingly, we always say we play music to fall asleep to. It’s up to the people who see us whether they agree or not.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6- We spent a long time working on those 4 songs. Because of that the recording process was a bit quicker than usual, because we were so well prepared. We just went and recorded all live instruments in a few days in André’s house (who was also the engineer behind the recordings)

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7- We would recommend some great Portuguese bands/artists like Sensible Soccers, Bruno Pernadas, Basset Hounds, Mighty Sands, Fugly to name but a few. Internationally, we’ve been lately into stuff like Ninos Du Brasil, Big Ups, CW/A, Taco Hemmingway and Flyying Colours.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8- I think we could say Velvet Underground as it is an extremely influential band and a direct influence in our sound as well.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9 – We plan on recording an LP as soon as possible and playing live as much as we can. There is also a video clip in the making. 10- We want to thank all our fans and the people who have supported us in any way!

Q: Any parting words?
10- Thanks for taking the time to read this as well.

quinta-feira, 22 de setembro de 2016

DarkOut Dirges with Since When - An Interview

Extremismo experimental transposto em guitarras. Efeitos dilacerantes sentidos pelo caos da anti canção.

Assim são geradas as criações hipnoticamente doentias do Since When. "Ambientgazer", "Guitarrorism", são alguns dos rótulos que o próprio Since When se auto descreve, seja lá o que diabos seja isso, mas que no fim da experiência fará sentido.

Experimente juntar Dif Juz, A.R. Kane, FSA, Windy & Carl e outros mestres e a conexão estará feita.

Certamente o Since When não agradará a qualquer ouvido, mas, os ouvidos que aceitarem esse desafio terão sua recompensa.

***** Interview with Since When *****

Q. When did Since When start? Tell us about the history...
I suppose in 2008 when I finally settled on the name of the project and bought a little mixing desk for home recording. "Sleep Was Here" was Since When's first born child, so to speak; and I'm still yet to surpass that in my opinion. But the first release, 'It's Blue in the Flame Room' was not until 2011. From there on it's been a steady slow trawl trying to get at least a small, yearly portion of my sound and vision out there.

Q: Who are your influences?
The line between influence and admiration seems pretty vague to me, and thus it's hard to say exactly. And anyway I have always tried to steer clear of picking up on anyone else's sound or style seeping into my playing. But, having said that, I might have allowed some influence from a few of the many guitar heroes of mine...people like Vini Reilly (The Durutti Column), Rowland S. Howard (The Birthday Party), William Reid (JAMC), Nick Drake, Ian Crause (Disco Inferno), Stuart Adamson (early Big Country), Greg Sage (Wipers), Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü), Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, etc...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
For a melomaniac musicologist like me a mere top five is pretty cruel, but here goes, a moment's attempt, in no order;
Asylum Party ~ Border Line (1989)
The Jesus and Mary Chain ~ Psychocandy (1985)
Lowlife ~ Diminuendo (1987)
Talk Talk ~ Laughing Stock (1991)
Slowdive ~ Souvlaki (1993)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I regret to say that Since When has yet to play live, which is a crying shame, but I'm very eager to try and fix that sometime in the following months maybe. Hopefully it will be a sad spectacle of noise & nausea, haha.

Q. How do you describe Since When sounds?
Well I guess the general moods mostly revolve around a nocturnal brand of dolor, intertwined with some kind of dirty fury/fire (I would hope).

Melody comes before fidelity or other such trifles, heh heh. Even though I will always have a major hard-on for guitar noise and feedback, the base intent is always melody, or sculpting melody out of the noise and whatever sounds are thrown at me by my own equipment and their malfunctionings thereof, or the less-than-pro recording methods of mine. And same with all other kinds of 'mistakes'. Failures may become features, as it were.

And less is not only more, less is everything.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Me and my very limited patience have a deep disdain for tinkering around with computers and programs and files for too long so I usually go for the most immediate way. Nowadays for example I really don't mind putting out something I recorded with my phone. I guess a murky production or sound fits my music well. However I do not just toss stuff out, there's always a certain kind of warped perfectionism that raises its head when I'm recording/mixing/editing. I'm not sure if it translates to the listener though.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I'd rather recommend a hundred forgotten older bands, as there don't seem to be many around currently that aren't already on a some kind of pedestal. Everything of even a passing quality is usually discovered and categorized so quick these days.

However, a few that are active and doing good things, nothing too new nor obscure though: Tollund Men, Tamaryn, Bloodyknives, SPC Eco, Xinlisupreme.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
There's tons of songs I'd love to transform into Since When shape, especially in a live setting in the near-future.

For example, would be so much fun to completely makeover some classic freestyle or eurodance tracks...I loved what Selebrities did with Technotronic's "Move This" a few years ago.
Lou Reed has several I'd love to cover one day. Also, some of those early Throwing Muses tunes really appeal to me performance-wise, like "Hook in Her Head", "Call Me", "Furious" or "Finished" - and I'm pretty sure Since When will at least attempt to play "Hook in Her Head" live one day. That one's always been kind of an ideal darkly poetic noise rock song to me.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Heading into a more vocal and less chaotic direction, gradually. I got two/three rad new releases underway, slowly but surely; a single, an EP and a new album. Plus I need to get that first gig out of the way.

I have another guitarist on board now but am still looking out for a bassist plus a drummer.

Q: Any parting words?
Into the Music.


quarta-feira, 21 de setembro de 2016

Tropical with Fern - An Interview

Da novíssima safra australiana vem o duo Fern, Scott Jackson e Lauren Williams e pouco menos de um ano já aprontaram duas pérolas de noisepop com referências notadas de MBV, claro, mas experimentalismos mais cinzentos, algo como se o brian Eno produzisse o Deerhunter ou algo similar.

Experimente o mais novo single, "Tropical" ou ainda a envolvente "It Comes Slow", uma complementa a outra e vice e versa.

***** Interview with Fern *****

Q. When did Fern start? Tell us about the history...
A little over a year ago. We were mucking around with a few song ideas in Scott's basement and eventually got a friend over to hit some drums with us. Then we played a few small shows and started building up some gear to record with.

Q: Who are your influences?
We've been influenced by lots of artists at different times... Deerhunter and Atlas Sound have been influential from the start. My Bloody valentine, Brian Eno and Methyl Ethel are some others that we've been inspired by.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
At the Drive-In: Relationship of Command
Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest:
TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain
Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited
Radiohead- In Rainbows

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We haven’t played a lot of live shows, it’s still a fairly new feeling to us. So far we much prefer writing and recording to playing live, but we have had a couple of really fun shows.

Q. How do you describe Fern sounds?
Noise pop

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The two of us write and record just about everything in Scott's basement. We spent a lot of time experimenting with recordings and software to create the noisy, textural sounds heard throughout Tropical. Wealso had our mates Josh Reeves and Dan Frizza help out with the drums and final mix.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Been listening to a local band called Raindrop which is cool. Also recently discovered Mitski, loving her new album Puberty 2.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Hard to go wrong with Bob Dylan. He has too much good music.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are currently putting a band together with a few friends so we can play some shows. We're working on new songs too, which wehope to release in a larger body of work.

Q: Any parting words?
Just a huge thanks to you and everyone who reads your blog for listening to our music. Really appreciate it


terça-feira, 20 de setembro de 2016

Dead Head Your Flowers with Chilindrina - An Interview

O quinteto de San Jose, Chilindrina não é novidade aqui nas páginas do TBTCI, afinal desde os primeiros passos deles o TBTCI esteve bem perto, vide a versão deles de "Time Thief" que esta dentro do tributo aos Pale Saints, mais o Chilindrina vai muito além do dreampop, ou shoegaze, ou noise pop.

Um ótimo e poderoso exemplo do poderio deles é o recém lançado "Dead Head Your Flowers" que veio ao mundo pouco menos de um mês atrás e permanece em alta rotação por aqui.

Junte shoegaze, noisepop e dreampop em dosagens perfeitas sem nunca pender para ou muito etéreo ou muito noise, o Chilindrina tem a poção mágica perfeita para infestar os ouvidos com zumbidos ruidosos em formatos sonhadores.

"Dead Head Your Flowers" é obrigatório em qualquer coleção de shoegaze e suas variáveis que se preze.

Vida longa do Chilindrina!!!

***** Interview with Chilindrina *****

Q. Hello Jerry , first congratulations on the new release, it's really brilliant, what is your analysis after conclusion of release? Are you happy with the result? How was the process of creating 'Dead Head Your Flowers"?
Jerry - Thank you so much! We really appreciate the support! Well, looking back on creating the EP, Post Mortem, I'm realizing how fortunate we are to be able to live in a space where we can also write and record an album! Admittedly, I have no formal training in music production so this was pretty much a huge learning experience but all in all I'm quite happy with the result. I'm also quite furtunate to be working with such creative and talented musicians. That came in quite handy as it made the whole recording process quite enjoyable thus helping me to focus on learning and refining.

Micheal - I am pleased with the end result, but there's definitely room for growth and progression.
The recording process was smooth and organic. Taking the songs in front of live audiences let us get more in touch with our respective parts.

Gloria - I feel like this collection will be well recieved and I'm so thrilled to put something out that has so much of our essence in it. I'm exited and thrilled about the results and feel like others will be too. The process was more simple this time around as a player. Since we practiced and played live so much it felt very natural to get into a song. Also I think what i was trying to convey is the feeling that happens when you play live, I really wanted to have that emotion or feeling being captured on tape.

Lizzie - I'm endlessly happy with how the songs turned out. This is the first release I've been a part of as a vocalist/artist and I'm stoked. Often recently I've taken time to sit and listen to the whole collection all at once, hearing our dreamy sound blaring through my headphones puts me in a trance similar to that experienced when one hears a song they like for the first time. It's all quite surreal. The process of writing and performing the songs included in "Dead Head Your Flowers" was quite the experience. While Jerry contributed some radical verses to the tracks "Drown out" and "Windows Bleed", I wrote the lyrics for the remainder of the tracks. A little piece of my soul lives within each song. I made an effort to bring as much emotion as possible into the writing process.

Sebastian - It feels good. I'm pleased with the result and I know it's only up from here. It was a lot of fun. We spent a lot of time playing these songs live and refining them so when it came to tracking the songs everything went hella smooth.

Q. What were the influences for creating Dead Head Your Flowers?
Jerry - "Dead Head Your Flowers" was a long time in the making. I've long wanted to work on a project that had the essence of all the moody noisy jams that used to make the rounds in my old school CD player during my young impressionable years... not like a discman but like a MACHINE that played Cds! Matador, 4AD... I think I really wanted to make something that kind of sounded like the unwanted bastard child of Helium, Daisey Chainsaw, Pavement, The Pixies, Siouxsie, Violete Indiana, PJ Harvey...maybe a little Juiliana Hatefield... ha but thanks to the Calaboration between the 5 of us THIS is what came out instead and I couldn't be more proud of this release.

Gloria - there are many bands that are amazing and have paved the way to our creativity. Also I feel like im influenced visually by other players when they play live. I love to see when a musician really gets into a song and how it sounds. I want to say Creepoid is a good example of a live band that really gets into their set and draws in the audience.

Lizzie - Since my contribution to Chilindrina's music has consisted mostly of writing and performing the lyrics, my influences were derived mostly from my own life and perspective. Through listening to how the melodies made me feel, I could translate those emotions into a story of sorts. Those stories then became lyrics.

Sebastian - Lil B, Deafcult, Aldebaran, and GY!BE.

Q. What are your plans for 2016?
Jerry - Definitely more shows to help promote this EP. The digital download is out now but we plan on releasing it on tape early fall. In the more imediate we will be playing this amazing event that will be held here in the San Jose Bay area at the Santa Clara County Fair Grounds. It's called "Mark and Anne's Art Party" the tagline is "Burning Man in a tux". There are hundreds of Artists and musicians and performers participating. It's pretty huge so as you could imagine we are pretty excited to be involved. Moving into 2017 there just might be some touring up the west coast in the works!

Gloria - Keep playing as many shows as possible. Start getting our music on something people can physically have. Their is no stopping for 2016.

Lizzie - My plans for 2016 moving into 2017 regarding Chilindrina include shows, shows, and more shows! I've so enjoyed connecting with other local artists and I look forward to meeting more talented people that share my love for music. I can't express my excitement for all our future projects following the release of Dead Head Your Flowers.

Sebastian - More shows and tangible goods.

Micheal - In the year 2016 and beyond we will start a paradigm shift that would make Sagan smile in wonderment.}


segunda-feira, 19 de setembro de 2016

Love is the Dealer with Rich Girls - An Interview

Os nova iorquinos, Luisa Black, August Churchill, e Gavin Haag formam o viciante chapante e apaixonante Rich Girls.

Eu poderia parar por aqui a introdução, e deixar apenas como conselho, que você desse play no EP "Fiver" ou no vídeo de "Loaded" do novo EP "Love is the Dealer" mas, faça o seguinte, dê play agora, e sinta o vocal de Luisa, as melodias que impregnam na mente e claro, as melhores referências condensadas depois de mais de 5 décadas de música, de Iggy a Pretenders, de Beach Boys a J&MC, da Califórnia a Londres, tudo conspira para que a música do Rich Girls seja e torne-se um vício.

Apaixone-se agora.

***** Interview with Rich Girls *****

Q. When did Rich Girls start? Tell us about the history...
Rich Girls started as a solo project when I was living in London a few years ago. It was just me demoing songs on Garageband. But I didn't think a lonely solo project would sound interesting to people so I called it Rich Girls to make it sound like it was a real band.

Q: Who are your influences?
British punk and west coast radio pop. I learned a lot from 80s punks. But I grew up in California so pop was big for me too. Bryan Ferry, The Beach Boys, Iggy Pop. Those are the spiritual godparents of Rich Girls.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
The Pretenders - The Pretenders
Appetite for Destruction - G n R
I'm a Loser - Doris Duke
The Cure - Faith

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It's a form of devotion. I play dead sober. Also we've been playing a few shows as a two-piece because our guitar player is on the west coast.
And that's intense because there's nowhere to hide. Which I like.

Q. How do you describe Rich Girls sounds?
Dark garage. Big reverb.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I have a very specific sound in my head so I write all the music and usually demo it on Garageband first. And then I'll bring it to the band in rehearsal and we'll build from there. Sometimes though I'll hear our drummer Gavin playing a beat that sounds great to me and we'll write something on the spot.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Moon City Boys from Sweden. We played with them last year when they first toured the U.S. Cool band.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We do a dark and down version of Born to Run. Sort of a Jesus and Mary Chain take on Springsteen. I love singing it live.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our new EP comes out in September and we're playing shows in NYC and the east coast. And then recording again before the end of the year. I've been writing.

Q: Any parting words?
I'm glad you found us. Hi to Brazil.


domingo, 18 de setembro de 2016

Around You, Around Me with Cruel Summer - An Interview

Com fortes influências de Throwing Muses, Velocity Girl e obviamente remetendo diretamente aos 90´s, o quarteto de São Francisco, Cruel Summer, tem estado em altíssima por aqui, muito por conta do último single "Around You Around Me" e claro pelo estupendo EP homônimo de 2013.

O Cruel Summer segue com maestria os ensinamentos, sejam mais direcionados a melodia pop (Tanya Donelly), ou mais acentuadamente cinzentos (Kristin Hersh), atualizando o legado das mestras, 

Se por ventura o Cruel Summer soa novo a você, dê play imediatamente e vá aumentando até o infinito.

***** Interview with Cruel Summer *****

Q. When did Cruel Summer start? Tell us about the history...
Monday, November 7th 2011 was our first show. Thea had been playing house shows around SF in a band called little spoon or no spoon that I absolutely loved. Super 90's indie rock anthems galore with smarty pants lyrics. After her band dismantled I drunkenly told her we should start a band about 157 times until she finally folded and took me up on it. We then practiced the same song "white Flag" in a pay by the hour SF rehearsal space, (that boasts the same name as a Beatle but ironically not named after that said Beatle) through broken, crappy solid state amps with Sean our first drummer until Chani finally saved us with her smiles, ooo's, ahh's, and guitar like bass lines.

Q: Who are your influences?
I'll leave it up to others to answer this question. Our drummer Andy has gone on record and stated we are "Sonic Youth with two Kim's". The recently closed Aquarius Records once compared us to Tsunami. I've heard people who have never heard us before say we have similar sonic characteristics with LUSH more than a few times in the past five years. Sheesh!! Has it really been 5 years???

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
I can't speak for the band but my top 5 in no particular order and is subject to change at any second is as follows
MBV - loveless (duh)
Black sabbath - sabbath bloody Sabbath
The Cure - The Top
Bauhaus - Burning from the inside
The Sex Pistols - nevermind the Bollocks

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We play out quite a bit but when I feel my strumming hand cramping up I realize my nerves are trying to get the best of me. That feeling of realizing you care what people get out of your band is priceless. If I'm lucky enough to look up during a song and see a few heads boppin it can make my week.

Q. How do you describe Cruel Summer sounds?
Dueling delay, gated reverb, a skewed ooo's and Ahh's, speedy chorus, stop/starts, hard hitting drums, all dressed up with a neat little crescendoing bow tie

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Well as we just finished recording our next Album. This question is very topical. We record everything live straight to 1/4" tape. Adding some clean 2nd guitar tracks with a Jazz chorus 120 and a little midiverb manic buried here and there are about all the parlor tricks we have up our sleeves.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
 Currently in rotation,
-Soda from Gainesville Florida
-business of dreams from LA
-Naked Lights from Oakland

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We just released a 7" we did for Part Time Punks in LA of one original and a cover of PYLON's "crazy" that REM oddly enough had made famous as the b side. Available on Grabbing Clouds Records.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A US tour next year in support of our LP out spring of 2017.

Q: Any parting words?
I've said too much already. Good night.


sábado, 17 de setembro de 2016

Half Moon with Seashine - An Interview

Caro amigo do TBTCI, dê play imediatamente nas primeiras gravações do quarteto de St Louis, Seashine, intituladas como "Demo EP - Home Recordings", sim gravações caseiras, início de carreria deles, e já nos primeiros acordes da belíssima "Shangri-la" é sentido de imediato aquela magia quando se escuta algo realmente hipnótico.

Ok, não estamos tratando aqui se o Seashine é inovador ou não, sinceramente esse assunto pouco interessa ao TBTCI, o ponto é que o bom e velho shoegaze clássico, respira e inspira ainda em 2016.

Um sopro de candura e beleza, cortesia do Seashine.

 ***** Interview with Seashine *****

Q. When did Seashine start? Tell us about the history...
A. I've spent a few years writing solo material under the name Two Souls, and Paul and I started a three-piece playing my music. Seashine began when I actually put an ad out on Craigslist to find a keyboard player for our little group. I was really lucky that Seth responded to the ad and recommended Kate to me. It turned out that both he and Kate are fans of the music we enjoy so I decided to have them come out and practice with Paul and I. It was a perfect fit.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. My favorite band is Beach House, but I pull a lot of inspiration from Slowdive, Diiv, Wild Nothing, The Verve, Lush, Whirr, and so many more.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. Oh wow. This is difficult... These are at least some of my favorites:
1. Really hard to pick my favorite album by them, but Beach House's S/T album is an absolute gem
2. The Millia Pink and Green by Sway... perfect EP
3. Is The Is Are by Diiv... I think Cole's compositions are genius
4. Turn On The Bright Lights by Interpol, I know that album like the back of my hand
5. Just For A Day by Slowdive... I mean, how perfect is Slowdive?

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. I didn't have a lot of experience playing live with a band before Seashine, but as soon as we started playing out, the pieces sort of fell together for me. Playing on stage is so energizing. Especially with this group, because we're loud, which I really enjoy. It brings a lot of life and force to our music that we thrive on. I love to lull the audience with our sound and then sort of let the waves crash on them, hoping they feel the energy too.

Q. How do you describe Seashine sounds?
A. I think when I write I'm usually thinking about the space around us; I like to play with the space with reverb and echo, making it feel empty, then suddenly filling it with a lot of sound. It's reminiscent of how emotions often overcome us. I know that I always respond to music that makes me feel something powerful, and I want to give that to other people too.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. I've been writing songs for a long time that I've wanted to play with a group, so I recorded a few on my own to bring to the band. Seth and I immediately started collaborating when we met, and he would record and send me drum tracks as ideas that I would write on. That's in fact how we wrote a few of our songs. So, we can sort of say that we started recording together before we really played as a band. Eventually, when we recorded the demos that we have out now on SoundCloud, we followed the same pattern, with Seth recording drums and myself filling in all the rest on my own. In all, our recordings were made at home separately. But I would really like us to do in-studio recordings for our next release.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. I love a Canadian band called The Luyas that I think everyone should listen to. I have no idea how to describe their sound, but they are one of the most original bands I've ever heard. We also just played a show with a band called Enemy Airship out of Columbia, Missouri, and they simply blew me away. Not to mention Saint Louis's own CaveofswordS: very original sound.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. There are a lot of bands I'd like to cover, but I've wanted to cover Diiv since I first heard them. Their songs are so fun to play.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. I'm writing a lot again right now and I can't wait to bring more music to the band and watch it come alive. I'm writing tracks for a full-length album --- that's the next goal. But in the meantime we're really enjoying playing out and meeting people.

Q: Any parting words?
A. We really appreciate everyone's support --- cheers!


sexta-feira, 16 de setembro de 2016

When It Pours with Inspiraling - An Interview

Quando a psicodelia entra em colisão com o dreampop em facetas dançantes, e impregnada de eletronices. Algo como se o Tame Impala se fundisse com o Animal Collective sob a tutela de Wayne Coyne, assim poderia ser descrito o que os nova iorquinos do Inspiraling criaram em seu novo EP, "When It Pours".

Viagens adocicadas e cíclicas sem nunca pender para algo muito experimental ou, para cabecices, os caras souberam dosar os ares lisérgicos sem gerar bad trips.

Para ser apreciado ao entardecer e "alto".

***** Interview with Inspiraling *****

Q. When did Inspiraling start?
A. Inspiraling actually started in my dorm room a few years ago when I’d make like super lo-fi kind of electronic/chillwave tracks with a single keyboard and garageband. Since the only instrument I had with me at the time was that keyboard, I would actually play/record the drums by using the synth drum preset and would try to stay in time hitting my fingers against the keys… Along the way though I kept practicing, learned way more about music theory and music production, picked up a guitar, and just kept recording more and more tracks until Inspiraling was really born. A super rad student-run label Electric Buffalo Records were awesome enough to release some tracks for me, and now I’m just putting out stuff out on soundcloud and bandcamp. I’m stoked with the sound I feel I’ve reached!

Q. Who are your influences?
A. A huge influence for me was definitely Tame Impala. I know a lot of bands/artists today are also huge Tame fans but I would say that Tame Impala in many ways really reinvigorated my interest in writing and recording, and continue to serve as a major inspiration. Unknown Mortal Orchestra and the Flaming Lips are also huge influences, and on the flip side there’s also 90’s shoegaze & indie rock. Acts like Slowdive, and especially My Bloody Valentine and Built to Spill have definitely been major influences on my sound.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time.
A. Dangggg this is a tough question haha. And I even mentally prepped myself for this… Ummm if I had to choose five I would say:
1. Tame Impala - Lonersim
2. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
3. The Velvet Underground & Nico - Self Titled
4. Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, a True Star
5. A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Oh man playing live is awesome. I love having a multitude of guitar pedals strewn about your feet and then pressing down on a flanger or something and seeing how the audience reacts. I was super lucky to have my rad homies Sanat, Joval, and Jai help me play the tracks live and they really helped me translate the songs from studio projects to live jams. Can’t thank those dudes enough. Admittedly it can be hard sometimes to translate some of the studio effects and multi-tracking to a live setting, but there are always ways.

Q. How do you describe Inspiraling’s sound?
Lo-fi existential psych rock? haha nah I would actually describe it as 90’s indie rock with a heavier emphasis on the psychedelia. Like the vibe and style of neo-psychedelia meets the grit and noise of 90’s noise rock.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording songs.
A. For sure! Though I wish I had the “divine light” that some artists seem to have, writing songs is a lot of work. Sometimes a short snippet of a melody may come to me right before I fall asleep or I'll play something that sounds cool while tinkering at the piano or guitar. From there I just have to sit down and hash it out until I come out with something that I like. From there I’ll record drums, guitar, bass, keys, vocals in my basement all by myself and will then mix it solo as well. Though it definitely takes a lot of time this way, I like having total control over the recording and production process for Inspiraling. I find it quite liberating.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Hmmm, definitely check Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra if you haven’t already. Some other really good ones are Alex G, Plumbs, Hiatus Kaiyote (for my neo-soul fans out there), Homeshake, and Koi Child. Also there’s some sick bands from Delaware that I’ve been into called Fiance, and Frisco - both of which are super tight.

Q. Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
I think it would be super funny to make an indie’d out/shoegaze version of something super poppy like a Miley Cyrus, or something super mellow like Norah Jones. But in all seriousness I think it would be pretty interesting to cover some Caribou songs… not sure how those would work but I feel like it could be super cool.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
To just keep making music I enjoy and further refining my sound. I definitely want to work more on my songwriting and experiment more with various production techniques and effects to get some crazy new sounds. Also hope to get out there and play some more live shows in the near future!

Q. Any parting words?
Thanks so much to The Blog that Celebrates Itself for indulging me and to all of the homies out there.
And for any of you who want to start making recorded music but don’t know where to start, just go for it.

You’ll figure it out on the way, and I’m convinced nobody really has had any idea what they’re actually doing anyway.


quinta-feira, 15 de setembro de 2016

Drama Bomb with Queridas - An Interview

Sofisticação, elegância tudo envolto a um clima cabaret oitentista sonhador, assim é o argentino Queridas, projeto de um homem só, capitaneado e concebido por Andrés Yeah.

Depois do debute "Drama Bomb" de 2013, o Queridas retorna agora em 2016 com um belo e intrigante álbum, intitulado "Heridas".

Guiado por loops e eletronices servindo como base para os devaneios cintilantes de Andrés, "Heridas" funciona perfeitamente ao entardecer ou, se você preferir, ao cair da noite.

Dreampop de altíssima qualidade.

***** Interview with Queridas *****

Q. When did Queridas start? Tell us about the history...
I’ve always wanted to sing in a band, since I was a little kid, but I’ve always been to shy and afraid to be a singer, so most of the songs I used to write ended up being Mi Nave songs, which is the band where I play guitar.

In 2013 my brother left his acoustic guitar at my home, I remember I haven’t played an acoustic guitar in years, and then out of nowhere I found a voice in me and all this songs started coming out, I wrote all the songs on “Drama Bomb” -my first EP as Queridas- in less than a week.
At the same time I was trying to learn how to play keyboards and how to make drum loops on GarageBand, so I decided to experiment on those songs adding them more instruments, and playing with sounds, textures and effects, just for fun. That’s how “Drama Bomb” was written, by accident.

At the moment of releasing those songs, I didn’t feel comfortable using my own name or my face, so I invented a band and named it Queridas.

Q: Who are your influences?
John Williams, How To Dress Well, Beach House, Los Destellos, Björk, The Spice Girls, Evangelion, Fever Ray, Linkin Park, The Smashing Pumpkins, Grimes, Evanescence, DIIV, Claude Monet, Pokemon, Rihanna, Javiera Mena, Hayao Miyazaki, MTV, Belanova, Waxahatchee, Slowdive, Cat Power, Patricio Rey Y Sus Redonditos De Ricota, Nirvana, Elliott Smith, Frank Ocean, Henri Matisse.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Aah that’s just impossible. I’ll make a list of 5 albums of this year:
DIIV - Is The Is Are
Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing
Porches - Pool
James Blake - The Colour In Anything
Abra - Princess

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I'm usually against playing live because I feel really awkward and anxious like 95% of the time I'm standing there, but then there's the other 5% where I find myself lost in the music and I forget about everything and that's amazing, so I don't know, I'm still trying to figure out how to enjoy it more.

Q. How do you describe Queridas sounds?
I'd describe it as a sad pink laser beam.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It depends on the song, but most of the times I make a drum loop and then add a bass line, and then some keys, then I add some chords on the guitar and then I play around until I find a guitar riff that I like and then I sing something on top of all that. Afterwards I work with all those elements and rearrange them so they’re not on top of each other all the time until it sounds like a song.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Right now I can't stop listening to Lizz, Abra, Maria Usbeck and Nite Jewel.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I always wanted to make a cover of the Spice Girls, and I already did it, you can listen here: https://queridas.bandcamp.com/track/viva-forever. Now I’m trying to work on a cover of Belanova.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I want to make a few live shows to promote this new album and then start working on new music as soon as possible.

Q: Any parting words?
Chau, gracias, los quiero <3 br="">*


quarta-feira, 14 de setembro de 2016

The Day Is Gone with Tall Pines - An Interview

Uma tremenda chinelada bem no centro dos tímpanos é o que perpetua o trio de Brisbane, Austrália, Tall Pines.

Shoegaze, grunge, noise, tudo em níveis de barulho altos e estridentes, em determinados momentos o Tall Pines me remete ao Autolux, ou talvez as referências de ambos sejam as mesmas matrizes, leia-se Husker Du, Pixies, MBV, SY e por aí.

Resumindo tudo, barulheira de gente grande.

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

Q. When did Tall Pines start? Tell us about the history...
A. Tall Pines officially started a few years back. I've been friends with Owen for ages and it's something we always talked about. We started writing music together and went to record those songs at Cam's studio Incremental Studios with him on drums which led to him officially joining. We talked about getting a bass player but decided against it, no offence bass players :)

Q: Who are your influences?
A. My Bloody Valentine, Sleater-Kinney, Husker Du, Slowdive, The Breeders, Bluebottle Kiss, Magic Dirt. Lots of different stuff informs our music and I'm only talking for myself. We've never really talked about what we are striving for, it really just happened organically.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. Again, only speaking for myself,
Sleater-Kinney- The Woods,
My Bloody Valentine-Loveless,
Husker Du-New Day Rising,
Talking Heads-Remain In Light,
Devo- Q: Are We Not Men A: We Are Devo.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. I really love it. Our songs are a lot of fun to play. Especially the loud in your face sections.

Q. How do you describe Tall Pines sounds?
A. We jokingly refer to our music as Grungegaze Sludgepop. It sounds wanky but it kinda fits. Our influences are pretty broad so our songs are a bit of a mish mash of genres.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Owen and/or I will write a song and demo it on GarageBand using the shitty drum machines on there. Then we take it to Cam where he will put down drums (often on the day of recording). We usually play around with the arrangements during the recording process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Figures, Doozy Daze, Spirit Bunny, Agency, Ohms, Deafcult, Ghost Notes and Marville. Australia has really great stuff!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. I only want to cover Devo. DEVO ALL THE TIME!!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We are about to put out a video for our single 'The Day Is Gone' this week and there will be a record at some point. We are currently working on finishing that at the moment.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Just keep on keeping on :)

terça-feira, 13 de setembro de 2016

Saturday Sunday with The Summer Dolls - An Interview

Um delicioso e ensolarado mix de girl groups 60´s, Best Coast e class of 86, este são os doces sonhadores em busca do amor sem fim, The Summer Dolls.

Através de melodias grudentas, climão californiano, apesar deles serem do Nasville. Um verdadeiro surfdreaming é o que se ouve nas onze canções do debute homônimo do duo.

Brisa altamente boa e necessária.

***** Interview with The Summer Dolls *****

Q. When did Summer Dolls start? Tell us about the history...
A: We consider the first "unofficial" Summer Dolls song to be "Rebels" on Allan's solo album "Into the Heart of the Sea", as it featured our voices together (along with noisy surfy Fender guitars) for the first time. After that, Christine recorded lead vocals on several new West-Coast-influenced sunshine pop songs, and The Summer Dolls were officially born. We released a couple of songs at a time for a while and then remixed the best of those and recorded several brand new tracks for our new self-titled record.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: They fall into a couple of main "buckets": first, a noir spin on the early-'60s girl groups and L.A. pop scene -- The Shangri-Las, Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Phil Spector's groups, Glen Campbell... And then several left-of-center, shoegaze, or noisy dream pop bands -- The Raveonettes, Starflyer 59, Bon Voyage, My Bloody Valentine, The Pipettes, Lucky Soul, The Postmarks...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: These are 5 of our personal favorite go-to records:
The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
The Beach Boys - Today!
That Thing You Do soundtrack
Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
Traveling Wilburys - Vol. 1

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: We are a studio/recording group only :-)

Q. How do you describe Summer Dolls sounds?
A: Surfy spacey dreamy retro cute sunshiney noise pop. Or, if with the help of a time machine, David Bowie and Brian Wilson co-produced a Roy Orbison/Best Coast/Dick Dale collaboration of a Velvet Underground/Zombies/Bee Gees medley.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: We typically work quickly -- part of The Summer Dolls' aesthetic is to not over-think any part of the process, but to simply see where instinctive creativity takes us. Allan typically comes up with a chord progression and mood first. We don't often record separate demos of the songs, unless it's just a vocal and guitar to work out melodic and lyrical ideas. Instead, Allan will craft maybe 60% of the final recording, and then we will both write lyrics and fill out the arrangement. For lyrics, either one of us writes most of the lyrics and then the other adds to or adjusts them, or we'll write 100% of the lyrics sitting together. We record vocals and any orchestral instruments last. And in keeping with the uncluttered, move-quickly Summer Dolls aesthetic, most instrumental parts (particularly guitar and bass) are recorded in just 1 or 2 takes.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: We listen to a lot of Lord Huron's "Strange Trails" and a new favorite band is Public Service Broadcasting -- brilliant, brilliant music. We've worked with a band called The Coasts that is just delightful, and Cheyenne Medders is a friend and an ace songwriter (and the mastering engineer of our record). We like everything from Lukas Graham and The Killers to Sturgill Simpson and Ryan Bingham.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: We've talked about making an EP of Everly Brothers songs. The Ramones would also be a lot of fun, and Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood would be a thrilling if ambitious choice.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Making Summer Dolls music is a lot of fun, and we will certainly record more songs. We'd also love to see how our music would match up with video -- film, TV, music video, or all three. We love all sorts of creativity and are also connected to a music and arts digest called Thee Broken Record.

Q: Any parting words?
A: The best feeling in the world when we've created a piece of pop art is for it to connect with someone and to become part of their life's soundtrack. That always brings a smile to our faces and makes us reach for the Fender Jazzmaster and turn up the reverb once again! Thank you so much for listening!


Into the Void with Tomorrow Syndicate - An Interview

Experiências extra sonoras, música para levitar neste ou em qualquer planeta, conexões com DJ Shadow, NEU!, Spectrum e outras alucinações musicais alimentam a mente de Gerard Espie há mais de uma década originando seu alter ego, Tomorrow Syndicate.

Psicodelia flutuante, alimentada por beats, andamentos sincopados e matematicamente coesos, fundamentam a viagem alucinante do Tomorrow Syndicate.

Música para sair do estado lúcido e adentrar em outras dimensões, porém, detalhe, o Tomorrow Syndicate oferta apenas a passagem de ia, a volta é por sua conta e risco.

***** Interview with Tomorrow Syndicate *****

Q. When did Tomorrow Syndicate start? Tell us about the history..
‘Tomorrow Syndicate’ has been floating around in my head for the best part of a decade. It was always something I planned on doing but I’m pleased to say that it’s now becoming a reality. The first pieces of music began to form in late 2012 but ‘real life’ took over and unfortunately music took a back seat. I’ve really missed having a creative outlet and I made a conscious effort this year to push myself and get music out there. I’ve been writing music with my friends Graham Gordon (Helicon, Inner Wheel) and Seb Jonsen (The Mushroom Club, The Beatroots) throughout 2016.

Q: Who are your influences?
Directly or indirectly… Pink Floyd (post-Barrett), DJ Shadow, NEU!, Beach House, Lennon/ McCartney, inner and outer space, Steven Spielberg, my social circle and VHS collections.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I need to be honest here. This task is almost impossible so I will cheat slightly and fire out 5 albums (in no particular order) that have seeped into my consciousness throughout the year.
John Carpenter - Lost Themes
Palace Winter - Waiting for the World to Turn
David Bowie - Black Star
Beach House - Depression Cherry
The Sound - Jeopardy

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We’ve yet to play the songs live but the plan is to play our first gigs in Spring 2017. I’m currently in the process of sounding out some like-minded individuals to make this a reality. The songs are going to sound really big live. Very exciting.

Q. How do you describe Tomorrow Syndicate sounds?
There are elements of kraut rock and synth rock/ pop in the melting pot.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I’ll usually work on an idea on the acoustic or keyboard and make a bare bones demo on my 8 track. We’ll then flesh out the songs in Graham’s garage/ make shift studio (he lives next door to me). Initially I used a drum machine on tracks but we’ve started to incorporate a live kit in the recordings. It definitely feels like the live sound adds that bit more energy to the songs. We’ll record the drums in the garage (known to it’s users and frequenters as ‘the departure lounge’) and bounce them onto my machine. I’ll then attempt to maintain my sanity and add instrumentation whilst listening to the songs on repeat in my place. I like to keep things as simple as possible. We don’t have any funds for recording so everything is lo-fi and DIY. We have creative freedom so we can get music recorded and out in the public space with minimal fuss. Before sharing our music I’ll usually spend a bit of time sourcing, sampling and editing footage to create visuals to compliment the music. I’m no Stanley Kubrick but it’s always an enjoyable part of the process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Inner Wheel
Neil Donaldson
Miracle Glass Company
The Mushroom Club
Dr Cosmo’s Tape Lab

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We will be recording a cover of ‘The Teardrop Explodes - Camera Camera’ very soon. Great track.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I’m just enjoying getting that buzz and excitement from creating new sounds again. I feel like we’ve just scratched the surface with Tomorrow Syndicate so who knows?

Q: Any parting words?
Our debut single ‘Into the Void/ X for the Unknown’ will be released via ‘Polytechnic Youth’ in the near future. Get on it!


segunda-feira, 12 de setembro de 2016

666 with Sugar Candy Mountain - An Interview

Quando a descrição de uma banda é algo como "se Brian Wilson decidisse tomar um ácido nas praias brasileiras e gravasse um álbum com os Mutantes e os Flaming Lips, seria algo como o que fazemos...", basicamente toda e qualquer resenha ou explanação maior acerca deles seria desnecessário certo? Pois é, certíssimo, e este é o caso do Sugar Candy Moutain e seu delicioso, sofisticado, e elegantemente lisérgico novo disco intitulado "666".

Acrescente nesta receita pitadas do que Mr. Serge Gainsbourg trouxe a este mundo e a magia estará totalmente complete.

"666" é viciante, simples assim, e claro, o Sugar Candy Moutain poderá se tornar sua banda predileta em segundos.

Ah, último detalhe, "666" está "sold out" em sua versão original (pink) só disponível no classico (vinil preto), mas muito em breve vai ter uma reedição pela Fuzz Club Records, tá bom pra você, ou precisa mais alguma coisa??

Boa viagem!!!

***** Interview with Sugar Candy Mountain *****

Q. When did Sugar Candy Mountain start? Tell us about the history...
Will: It started when I began recording songs having friends play on them. Soon after, I met Ash and we began writing together as Sugar Candy Mountain and Ash Reiter (the band).

Q: Who are your influences?
Will: Too many to mention. Lately I've been inspired by We All Together, Os Mutantes, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Beach Boys, Mild High Club, Big Star, Fpodbpod, Range of Light Wilderness, Papercuts, and Big Search- off the top of my head.

Ash: I listen to a lot of Brazilian music. Gal Costa, Sydney Miller, Jorge Ben, Gilberto Gil and of course Os Mutantes are my touchstones for cool melodies, chord progressions and use of rhythm. Some day I'll learn Portuguese so I'll know what all my favorite bands are singing about. Reverberation Radio a weekly playlist from the Allah-Las guys is my go to find new and old more obscure music. If you haven't checked it out yet- you'll be pleasantly surprised by their carefully curated mixes.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Will: Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper, Mutantes, Village Green Preservation Society, We All Together 2.

Ash: I'll second Will's choices and add a few of my own. Harvest (Neil Young), Catalpa (Jolie Holland), The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Pink Floyd), More Songs About Buildings and Food (Talking Heads), Marquee Moon (Television)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Will: We've been enjoying experimenting with the live set by try new songs and bringing back an older tune every once in a while. Our set has improvised moments and the band is pretty versatile these days. Everyone is a multi instrumentalist so we've been changing the instrumentation from show to show playing with 4-7 musicians- sometimes playing a vibraphone, synth bass, a variety of keyboards and percussion.

Q. How do you describe Sugar Candy Mountain sounds?
Ash: We try to be playful and inventive as we produce our sounds. About 4 years ago I got very interested in guitar effects pedals. I have a great rig and I use this a lot to achieve the lush sounds you hear on the record. Our goal is to make records that sound classic like the records we love from the 60's and 70's with our own modern touches. I never want it to sound to clean or shiny, I need grit and character. We have scrapped whole songs before because they came out sounding too clean.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Will: Generally, Ash and I will have the structure mapped out and record guitar & drums live together- sometimes with a bass player. The rest is overdubbed, often at home and with the help from the band & friends.

Ash: We have some great friends to call to play all the bells and whistles on our records. Our buddies Matt Lundquist and Connor "Catfish" Gallaher are masters of pedal steel, Patrick Doherty (Will's friend from high school band) added some cool horns and synth, Matt Adams from The Blank Tapes plays bass with us and has been helpful in the past on a variety of instruments from marxophone to his signature guitar licks, Tom Edler who often plays bass with us added some really fantastic vibraphone and Jason Quever from Papercuts who also helped produce "666" was very intuitive with keys and bass always finding just the right parts and tones to add our songs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Ash: I will just tell you about all my cool friends check out their bands. Indianna Hale, The Electric Magpie, Papercuts, Big Search, Dream Phases, Everyone Is Dirty, Levitation Room, Annie Girl and the Flight, The Seshen, Bells Atlas, Mild High Club, Flaural, The Blank Tapes, Kacey Johansing, The Range of Light Wilderness, Extra Classic and Fruit Bats.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Ash: We've done a couple good covers. We have a cover of "Rain" from The Beatles out on Cleopatra records and limited edition cover of "Beechwood Park" by The Zombies out on PIAPTK Records. It would be cool to cover some Paul McCartney stuff or some Os Mutantes.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Will: We're putting the finishing touches on a record that predates "666" and touring the southwest in Autumn including a slot at Desert Daze in Joshua Tree on the same day Television plays!! I can hardly believe we get to play a festival with one of our idols. We are also looking to tour Europe, Brazil, and Japan. We have a tropicalia record and another record we're writing too.

Ash: It's been a busy year so far with lots of touring and big life plans. I'm looking forward to being settled down long enough to write a whole big batch of songs. I have the idea for an album in my head I just need a little time to flesh it out. Once I feel like we're ready we can head into the studio and start laying down tracks. That's my favorite part so I can't wait for that.


domingo, 11 de setembro de 2016

Early Sunrays with The Royal Landscaping Society - An Interview

Doces canções cintilantes, flutuando em belas melodias evocando momentos de candura, transbordando momentos cristalinos, sim, o dreampop em letras maiúsculas, feito com elegância e sofisticação, uma bela junção de The Cure, em seus momentos mais ensolarados com New Order e Trembling Blue Stars.

Toda descrição acima, é encontrada no debute homônimo dos espanhóis do The Royal Landscaping Society lançado há dois anos, e que a cada audição torna-se mais e mais querido aqui no TBTCI.

Dê uma chance a você mesmo, esqueça os problemas e apaixone-se pelo The Royal Landscaping Society, sua alma certamente ficará mais leve.

***** Interview with The Royal Landscaping Society *****

Q. When did The Royal Landscaping Society start? Tell us about the history...
I was playing in a band before called Sundae, which was kinda shoegazier in sound and where I mostly played guitar, arranged and produced. We had a string of releases I'm very proud of, but I was starting to feel a bit stalled, like I wasn't completely doing the kind of music that I wanted to do at that time. I also wanted to sing again, so decided to start a sideproject just by myself, and that ended up in song for a compilation on Little Treasure.

Then I got an offer to play in a house show, so I just asked a couple of trusted friends who I had played with before to join me, and we started preparing a proper set for that gig, and that's how the sideproject became a full band with Fran on guitar and María on keyboards (I did vocals, guitars and programming). We were joined by David on bass a few months later. Eventually I realised that I didn't want it to be the sideproject anymore and focused on The RLS completely, and it's by that time that we released our first album in 2014 and got to play in the UK twice, Birmingham Popfest and Indietracks. It was all a dream come true, first because of the experience it all was, but also because it's the time that I've felt "This is what I was meant to be doing all my life".

After that, Fran left to work in Hong Kong and Juanlu took his guitar duties a couple of years ago, and that's the lineup that's working on the new songs and the new gigs. We've been lucky to have lovely times playing live this year, such as the Verbena Pop gigs in Cologne and Berlin, together with our friends When Nalda Became Punk and Linda Guilala, or then again with WNBP in Barcelona for the Hi Jauh USB! gang.

We have also contributed a new song to the recent Bekolympcs compilation on Beko (also the label that released our first album) and that's out right now!

Q: Who are your influences?
I think we really wanted to sound very close to the spirit of our Sarah heroes, particularly Brighter, The Field Mice, Aberdeen, Blueboy. And even more from a couple of bands that came from there, Harper Lee and Trembling Blue Stars. But of course we bring other influences there, there's also a lot of New Order and very obviously The Cure too. There's bits of the JaMC or Slowdive, or even St Etienne, Kraftwerk, Stereolab...

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
It's quite difficult cause a lot of the stuff I love is single/ep based I guess! But If I have to choose five, it'd probably be:
The Cure's "Disintegration",
The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds",
Trembling Blue Stars' "The Seven Autumn Flowers",
New Order's "Lowlife",
Slowdive's "Souvlaki",
Harper Lee's "Everything's Going to be Ok",
My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless".

Oh, I chose seven, sorry!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We really enjoy it. I guess I prefer to write and record but playing live is fun in a different way. I think we can still get much better live (particularly my voice could sound much better) but we're not doing bad at all. Still, it's the recordings that really reflect what we want to be known for.

Q. How do you describe The Royal Landscaping Society sounds?
My friend Marc Elston made the best description and it stuck really: "shimmery romantic pop". If you want me to get a bit more descriptive, it's a mix of guitars and electronic instruments, and we do love our choruses, delays and reverbs, but it's all mostly clean sounding, with few, simple elements, and quite melancholic most of the time (but not always).

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We record at home, and we normally demo stuff, then take it to the practice room and then record definitive versions, though sometimes we've finished songs and then had to learn them to play them live. I have my recording gear set up in a very small room these days so half out of necessity, and half cause we really like how it sounds, we're not using amps or even amp sim plugins on the guitar sounds, it's all direct, but using certain pedals like chorus and overdrive. It kinda helps it all sound a bit New Order-ish I guess, and then a bit of delay/reverb is added when mixing to give it all a bit of a hazier sound.

I often mix and master other bands, but I don't really obsess over sound quality with our stuff though, cause I don't want it to turn into work. So when recording and mixing we try to make it all work quickly and simply, and focus more on having songs that work than anything else.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I must confess I'm listening to very little new stuff these days! Still I was very lucky to have the chance to mix Terry vs Tori's first ep, we really need more bands like them here!!!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We're cover junkees! We've done Brighter, The Field Mice, Etienne Daho, McCarthy, and very recently we recorded a Softies cover for a lovely Rose Melberg tribute that's out on February Records next month. I would love to prepare one by The Cure as we've played Cure covers most bands I've been part of and probably I'd love to play "Catch" this time.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
we are working on a comp contribution and a 7" single right now, hopefully to be out before the year ends, and our second album should be out in 2017, everything on a wonderful label that I've loved over 15 years so needless to say I'm overly excited about it. Also we managed to trick our fried Roque from Cloudberry into wanting to release a 7" by us so that should happen too in the next months. The problem is I'm the slowest songwriter in the world, but I promise I'm trying to get better, and I have three bandmates who make sure I don't stay sleeping!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks a lot for the interview!! It was a pleasure indeed! Hope we have news for you very soon.