sexta-feira, 9 de outubro de 2015

Slow Approaching Nothing with Daisy Face - An Interview

Ah os anos noventa!!! É inevitável não chegar a conclusão que estamos em pleno resgate musical do que aconteceu naquela época.

Só que esse resgate tem nos apresentado algumas características, um verdadeiro caldeirão de tendências, todas colocando em grande parte as guitarras e o barulho em um plano maior, seja shoegazer, noise, grunge, ou algo mais climático, não tem como, a avalanche de referências é extensa.

É exatamente o que acontece com o quarteto estadunidense Daisy Face, um grande apanhado de referências noventistas ilustram a sonoridade dos caras, oras mais guitarreiras e americanizadas já em outras mais voltado ao wall of sound.

Resumidamente e terminando com o blá blá, blá, é pra dar play e ouvir alto, bem alto.

***** Interview with Daisy Face *****

Q. When did Daisy Face start? tell us about the history...
Aron:​Started at Taste of Tops, which is a bar in Tempe. I would frequent Tops almost on a daily basis and became a regular. Brad was a bartender there and we connected on a lot of bands. At some point we figured out that we both played music at some point in our lives, and this was after a year or two of knowing each other from the bar. We decided to “jam” probably because Brad had just got back from Minnesota and wasn’t in a band at the time.

Brad: ​I was out of a band for the first time in almost ten years when Aron and I started playing a little. I had written some of the songs on our Dirt EP and was dying to hear them with a full band. I began talking to Shane who I had known from playing with some of his older sludge bands and being debaucherous on weekends. We had always wanted to play together and I always admired his drumming style. Just heavy hits, not giving a fuck and making sure people knew he was there, even if it wasn’t flashy. An underrated drumming style. Us three started playing together and were still looking for a bass player and singer. I bumped into Adam a couple months after the trio started playing. Adam was from Tucson but had recently moved to Phoenix. I knew him from playing in Tucson in my older hardcore bands. We randomly met again at a local watering hole, and after chatting about Dinosaur Jr. for a little he decided to come sweat it out at our practice space and joined the band.

Q: Who are your influences?
Aron:​I’m always influenced by trying to make interesting chords. Just playing around with different patterns on the fretboard. I’m really visual so that’s how I’ve always approached the guitar.

Brad: ​Weirdo tones. Abrasiveness (Albert Ayler to The Ex). Chorus Pedals. Walls of sound. Down stroking. Telecasters. Energetic live bands and bands I don’t understand. Adam: ​I'm a sucker for the combination of weirdo tones, and an art­rock mindset, and classic pop­song sensibilities...I like hearing catchy, timeless­ songs come through experimental filters. Brian Wilson, Bjork, Chet Baker, At the Drive­In, Juxtapoz Magazine.

Shane: ​Anyone fast but not flashy. Heavy hitters. BBQ. Ginger Baker. Alex Garcia­Rivera.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Aron: ​I’m so bad at these types of list. Here’s some albums I never get sick of and are in my rotation at some point in the year. Some albums just stick around for me:
● Twilight Sad’s Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters – I can’t get enough of that album. It’s been in constant rotation for me since it’s release in 07.
● Red House Painters Songs for a Blue Guitar – I love the mood this album puts me in.
● Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker – ‘Come Pick Me Up’ is so good.
● Jimmy Eat World Clarity – The singer from Mandingo sold me their first album in 94, and said these guys are going to be huge. He was right and Clarity has been in rotation for me since 99.
● Mineral The Power of Failing – love that late 90s sound.

Brad: Forever
● Big Star: Radio City ­ Perfect.
● Meat Puppters: II ­ Perfect and from AZ Rotating around the top 5
● Tim Hecker: An Imaginary Country ­ Textures
● Townes Van Zandt: Flyin’ Shoes ­ Feels
● City of Caterpillar: S/T ­ Everything I like in one album

Adam: ​Hardest question, seems to change every day. I'm also more of an "individual song" person I'm realizing, hard­pressed to find albums I like start­finish:
● Chet Baker: Sings (the amount of restraint shown in his singing is incredible)
● Refused: The Shape of Punk... (changed my life...favorite drumming...also the stand­up bass used in 'deadly rhythm' maybe opened me up to jazz, single handedly)
● Bjork: Post, Homogenic, Vespertine (3 for one, I know, but I have favorite songs on all of them. She's one of the most genuinely artful humans ever, and if I could be her manservant, I would)
● Jimmy Eat World: Clarity (Phoenix pop heroes, I can't not love it)
● At the Drive­In "Relationship of Command" (Honorable mention, Pedro the Lion"Control", Botch"We are the Romans", Beach Boys "Pet Sounds")

Shane: Taake­ Noregs Vaapen Modest Mouse­ This is a long drive for someone with nothing to think about Black Breath­ Heavy Breathing Air­ Virgin Suicides Soundtrack Deafheaven­ Sunbather

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Aron: ​Usually drunk or buzzed.

Brad: ​Adrenaline fueled, sweaty, not lucid, out of body.

Shane: ​Same as Brad. Actually I feel like Brad.

Adam: ​At home.

Q. How do you describe Daisy Face sounds?
Aron:​I tell people it’s a whole lot of noise, just so they can expect the worse.

Brad: ​Originally, fuzzy pop music. Now, spacey, wall of sound pop

Adam: ​Fuzzy, loud, spacey, heavy, indie rock.
Shane: ​90’s Alternative. That’s a bit off but everyone gets something different out of it.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Brad: ​Jirix­Mie Paz set up the mics, tells us what sounds good, and helps us mix. We’ve recorded in our practice space by South Mountain and at his beautiful vaulted ceiling home. He is an excellent engineer who is also the bass player for Gay Kiss. Shane and I have both been in bands with him and he has a deep understanding of how sounds should feel. He is a great friend and we all love working with him. We have been told his recordings of us sound like “mini­concerts in their ears” so he obviously gets it.

Adam: ​It's very communal.

Shane: ​We usually spend the night naked and in a commune, while Jay plays and records everything for us.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Aron: ​Creepoid, ​Hop Along, Cherry Wave, Ovlov, Wildhoney

Brad: ​Gay Kiss, Creepoid, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never (does that count?), Sheer Mag

Adam: ​Creepoid, Hop Along, Twin Ponies, Nonpareil, Cloakroom(new to me), Prawn

Shane: ​Mostly 2015 Daisy Face

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Aron: ​Billy Bragg’s “The World Turned Upside Down” would be a good one.

Brad: ​Tracy Chapman: Fast Car

Adam: ​^Fast Car, I've got a million answers for this. Beach Boys. Hum.

Shane: ​Joseph Satriani’s­ Surfing with the Alien

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Aron: ​Record a full­length and hopefully tour for it.

Adam: ​What he said. Maybe take over the world.

Q: Any parting words?
Aron: ​Keep an eye out for our new video for “Quick and Alone.”

Brad: ​How do we play Brazil?

Adam: ​Go Brazil! Thank you

Yarn with Sunflowerheads - An Interview

Exatamente hoje vem ao mundo o Ep de estreia do quinteto sueco Sunflowerheads.

Três exercícios de wall of sound jogando lado a lado shoegaze e todas as sujeiras sônicas envolvendo guitarras dos 90´s e as reatualizando. Vocalização soterrada, guitarras em primeiro plano e dissonâncias dão o norte desta estreia.

Um debute de gente grande.

***** Interview with Sunflowerheads *****

Q. When did Sunflowerheads start? tell us about the history...
Sunflowerheads have existed since January 2015. Oliver and I had been talking about starting a band together for some time, and around that time we started looking for some more people to play with.

We found a bassist in Olivers twin brother Viktor, and a singer in the twin brothers friend August. I barely knew August back then and to be honest I was a bit sceptical of including him, since all I knew about him was that he attended a school that specialized in musical theater education. That scepticism didn't last very long though.

We struggled quite a bit in our search for a drummer, we even tried to contact a guy from Brazil who had recently moved to Sweden, but he never replied to our messages. At last we found an equally amazing friend and musician in Philip, who played in our friends band.

Q: Who are your influences?
Naturally we draw influence from universally acclaimed bands like My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and Red House Painters. However, a majority of the feelings we try to channel through our music are influenced by smaller and more modern bands such as Have A Nice Life, Whirr, The Radio Dept, A Place To Bury Strangers and Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs. I also know Viktor is heavily influenced by the slightly controversial band Death In June in his playing style, however strange that may seem.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time
After some friendly but heated discussion we all agreed on:

My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Red House Painters - I (Rollercoaster)
Darkthrone - Panzerfaust
Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy
Kraftwerk - The Man Machine

Q. How do you describe Sunflowerheads sounds?
I won't bother to go into detail to describe the very fundamentals of a shoegaze band’s sound, since I presume 99% of your readers must've gotten that described a million times by now.

What makes us a bit different from a lot of shoegaze bands is the fact that we have a professionally trained vocalist. If you listen to our single, you may also notice that the vocal melodies are slightly more dramatic than most shoegaze bands vocal melodies.

Another key element in our music is that Oliver and I try to compose songs using chords that aren't your standard major/minor bar chords. Being two guitarists also allows me to focus more on melodies and textures while Oliver focuses more on chords and riffs and I think that can be heard in our music as well.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
During our first months as a band we did nothing but writing and recording, so our first live show happened very recently. It was sort of a tech hell. The fact that we incorporate lots of effect pedals in our setup didn't really make it easier for whoever mixed us that night, and we already had a few problems during our soundcheck. But then again, the intricacies of recreating your soundscape in an unfamiliar environment truly is one of the great hardships, and charms of shoegaze.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Seeing how the only recording we have done so far as band is a 3 track long EP, it'd be dishonest to act like we have a lot of studio experience. We recorded the EP ourselves, but unlike most DIY non-label bands we actually had the opportunity to record it in a fairly decent and well equipped studio, completely free of charge. All due to me, Oliver, and Viktor participating in a music production course, and as our final project we chose to record the EP. We spent quite some time trying out different microphones, overdubbing guitars and exploring the multitude of expensive studio reverbs and delays, that we otherwise never would've been able to experiment with. The three of us were in charge of recording, mixing and editing. However, Viktor pretty much made the mastering by himself, and we all are really happy with his old school style low-compression master, that you can hear on the EP.

And as for the obligatory anecdote: When we were recording Augusts vocal track for "Yarn", I actually made him wear my clothes. Since the lyrics are written by me, I wanted him to properly step into the role of being me.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
We highly recommend: Slægt Stiu Nu Stiu Nolltolerans No Anxieties So Many Mammals

We also really recommend our local shoegazers Lighthouse and tired eyes(it's pretty funny that our single shares this name).

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
I believe everyone in the band shares the belief that there are lots and lots of commercial pop songs that would fit the shoegaze style really well.

A few months ago August and our shoegaze enthusiastic friend Malin became totally obsessed with the old Cher hit "Believe", a song I'm not particularly fond of myself.

They eventually took their obsession even further and started joking about how sunflowerheads should cover the song and one sunny afternoon I actually sat down and rearranged it into a shoegazey song. Believe it or not, it actually sounded really good.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To be honest, our plans right now mostly consist of releasing our EP(be sure to be on the lookout for that) and then we’ll see what happens further down the road. We’ve written a bunch of new songs lately so hopefully we’ll go ahead and record those as soon as possible.

Q: Any parting words?
May Kevin Shields be with you, wherever you go.

quinta-feira, 8 de outubro de 2015

Video Premiere - The Cigarettes - Mesmo Que Seja Esquisito

Quando o grande Mr. Marcelo Colares sugeriu que fizéssemos o lançamento do mais novo vídeo clipe do The Cigarettes aqui nas páginas do TBTCI a honra bateu a níveis enormes, óbvio, afinal, o Cigarettes é daquelas prediletas do coração e ponto final.

Só que temos alguns pequenos sutis detalhes em Mesmo que seja esquisito, faixa que será extra na versão CD do recém lançado The Waste Land, que diga-se de passagem é belo e intimista, mas voltando as sutilezas, a começar pelo nome da canção, em português, oras é sabido a predileção do Colares por compor em inglês e sera que caiu bem a língua portuguesa no universo particular do Cigarettes?

A resposta é, caiu, e fluiu perfeitamente, com conexões com o YLT lá do inicio, Mesmo que seja esquisito, soa como toda a obra da banda, que pode ser resumida com um adjetivo, autêntica, e quando existe identidade e autenticidade numa obra, daí meu caro, é jogo ganho, pode ser composto em inglês, hebraico ou português que para Colares e o Cigarettes não vai ter erro, vai sempre ter a marca registrada, The Cigarettes.

Boa Vibe!!!!

Obsessed with Ghastly Spats - An Interview

Não é todo dia que um álbum como Spinozism Exorcism é lançado e muito menos chega ao nosso conhecimento.

O responsável pela façanha são os australianos do Ghastly Spats, o disco é um assombroso passeio freak e doentio com conexões fortíssimas com The Fall, PIL, Swell Maps, Chrome e SY, um delírio esquizofrênico sem dó nem piedade.

Se você é iniciado no lado freak do pós punk não pensa duas vezes, o Ghastly Spats será sua nova banda favorita.


***** Interview with Ghastly Spats *****

Q. When did Ghastly Spats start? Tell us about the history…
The band started with Lincoln, Heather and Laura. Laura came up with the name originally and with that lineup they went through several drummers until a few years ago i joined the band, the last drummer before me was hopeless, i said one day after a horrible show where they got hosed by some fuckin dumb neighbour over the side of the fence at a friends party(which was also my birthday). Next morning i was like you guys need a new drummer maybe i should be it? and they were more than happy to have me. After that we have recorded one EP called 'breaking through the hymen’ put out on Lincoln and Wills(Housewives) label called Heinous Anus records, and done a few tours and played a bunch of festivals, just recently we released our new album Spinosizm Exorcism out on RIP Society.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our influences are fairly varied, but we all have a lot in common when it comes to music we enjoy. I guess bands like PIL, The Fall, Swell Maps, Lubricated Goat and a lot of dirty filthy noisey music from the late 70s and 80s, when new wave and post punk was coming out. Other than that its pretty free we just play off each other and it just happens. And i guess theres a bit of stuff like Bauhaus and the more dark wave or even cold wave in there.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Chrome Red Exposure
PIL Metal Box
The Fall The Witch Trials
Devo Q. Are We Not Men A. We Are Devo!
Brian Eno Here Come the Warm Jets

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is enjoyable, we always have someone extra on stage with the rest of the main lineup and it tends to make each show something special.

Q. How do you describe Ghastly Spats sounds?
Trashy music for a trashy generation. Its also got hooks and catchy basslines, and disco beats.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We have done it differently pretty much both times we recorded, the latest recordings for the new album were first done on tape. That was done with the guitar, bass and drums, then the vocals and stuff were recorded separately using digital recording. Theres also about 7 other musicians that we got to record weird stuff on the album to give it that real armageddon feel.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Theres some good bands coming out of Aus right now, id have to say some highlights for me: Nun, Multiple Man, Tarot, Skull and Dagger, Power, Miss Destiny and so many more. I guess theres so much out there, and I’m listening to plenty of the old stuff as well.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We were thinking about doing a cover of a Daft Punk song a while ago, otherwise probably something of Hardcore Devo would be cool. We have never actually done a cover before.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Writing new music, get a new EP out there.

Q: Any parting words?
No matter what you think everything is weird.

quarta-feira, 7 de outubro de 2015

Harm with Infinity Girl - An Interview

Quer ouvir um disco delicioso agora?

Faça o seguinte, dê play em Harm, o segundo e recém lançado álbum dos nova iorquinos do Infinity Girl. 

Feito? Agora vamos seguir, pegajoso, viciante, sexy, estridente, sim, shoegaze, conexões com outro predileto da casa o Rnig Deathstarr, claro, MBV de cabeceira, mas detalhe, é impossível ouvir Harm apenas uma única vez, a não ser que alguém faça o favor de te atrapalhar, porque canções como Firehead, Dirty Sun ou Locklaun são delirantemente drogas sonoras poderosas.

Disco em altíssima rotação há dias aqui no TBTCI.

***** Interview with Infinity Girl *****

Q. When did Infinity Girl start? Tell us about the history...
I (Nolan; singer/guitar player) played an open mic and my friends Mitch (bass player) and Seb (drummer) saw me and thought it would sound great with a loud band behind it. We made that happen and I asked my friend Kyle (other singer/guitar player) to join. That was that.

Q: Who are your influences?
Obvious shoegaze and college rock classics but besides that I am really into hip hop and experimental electronic/drone/classical.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
(in no particular order)
Return to Cookie Mountain - TV on the Radio
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
Yeezus - Kanye West
Music For 18 Musicians - Steve Reich
Zen Summer - Cloud

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Embarrassed, and usually hot. Or at least warm.

Q. How do you describe Infinity Girl sounds?
Louder than it is good.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
We recorded the basics during two overnight sessions with an amazing engineer (James Krivchenia) who helped get the sounds we heard in our heads. We did a lot of guitar overdubs and some percussion and vocals then I mixed it and gave it back to James to master.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
Cloud, Happy You, Coaches

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Elliott Smith, Black Flag, Outkast

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have a tour planned for November. Other than that we are working on new stuff.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for talking with us!

Midnight Chrome with Voluptuous Panic - An Interview

Ao me deparar com a suavidade, a elegância e o poder envolvente da música dos franceses do Voluptuous Panic, foi inevitável a sedução imediata.

Mesclando texturas das mais variadas, alternando andamentos hipnóticos mais cadenciados com preciosidades sonhadores, sempre no meio termo em o dreampop/shoegazer e o trip hop.

Simplesmente delirante.

***** Interview with Volultuous Panic *****

Q. When did Voluptuous Panic start? Tell us about the history...
BRIAN: I first got to know Gretchen in 2008 when I wrote an article about her other band, the Icicles, for our alma mater’s alumni magazine. I really love them -- there has always been something their music that captures my imagination. We’ve all ended up becoming great friends, and I’ve ended up playing with several members of the Icicles in different contexts.

In particular, Gretchen and I bonded over our shared love of shoegaze music. We first got together in 2010 to try our hand at writing a few things. We really liked playing together, but the timing wasn’t right.

GRETCHEN: I went on a hiatus while I pregnant with twins until shortly after they were born. Meanwhile, Brian was busy working on his Ph.D. We reconnected after he moved to Paris in 2012 to teach at the Sorbonne. We were both in weird emotional places, and music was our outlet. We started recording remotely, sharing GarageBand files in a DropBox.

BRIAN: Part of the inspiration for Voluptuous Panic was the Icicles’ 2012 record Renegade Parade, which is an amazing album. Sometimes I think I’m the only person on the planet who ‘got’ that record. It has all of these rich sonic textures and songs that are emotionally raw -- uncomfortable but beautiful at the same time. It was not the sunny Icicles that everybody was used to, but I found Gretchen’s songwriting really compelling. It felt like she was making a different kind of music, and I connected with it on a really deep level.

After I came back to the U.S., we did a few live shows. But we’ve mostly focused on recording as a way of processing the terrifying beauty of life.

Q: Who are your influences?
BRIAN: My musical taste is pretty broad, but no matter the musical setting, I try to bring a certain punk ethos and attitude that comes from my youth. Bands like the Ramones, the Clash and the Minutemen told me it was up to me to figure out what I wanted to do creatively. Sonically, I would say that the Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain are the bands that most influence what I’m doing in with Voluptuous Panic.

GRETCHEN: For me, the big influences for Voluptuous Panic are Slowdive, Ride, The Verve, Kitchens of Distinction, Pure X, Cocteau Twins, Yo La Tengo and Sarah Records. Like Brian, my musical taste is pretty broad. That said, I love layers and layers of reverb-drenched guitar and have always drifted toward melancholy -- which is funny considering the Icicles is so pop centered.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
BRIAN: The MC5’s Kick Out The Jams changed my life when I heard it for the first time in high school, and it continues to be a touchstone for me. The pure sonic bombast and energy of it always gets me going. Dinosaur Jr.’s Bug and My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless both make my list for similar reasons. I saw those two bands together in Chicago on that famous 1991 tour. The combination of delicate beauty and crushing volume gave me something to aspire to. It’s that same light/heavy dichotomy has been talked about in music since at least Iron Butterfly.

More recently, I think the Chromatics’ Kill for Love is a perfect record. It’s got these ice-cold synthesizer sounds, but at the center is an enormous beating heart. Lastly, Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard, A True Star is one of the records I’ve listened to the most in my life.

GRETCHEN: I would pick Slowdive’s Slouvaki - that’s by far my favorite shoegaze album of all time. I’m a huge fan of the guitars but also love the harmonies of Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell (I was an instant fan of Mojave 3 - another big influence of mine). The Verve’s No Come Down takes me to a place above the clouds (Where the Geese Go is one of my favorite songs of all time). Yo La Tengo’s Painful is probably one of the most influential albums for me. I couldn’t get enough of Ride’s Nowhere in the 90s and the album still holds up for me today. I also love Bread’s Anthology. It’s a rock solid album. It always makes my top list.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
BRIAN: Playing live is one of the most exhilarating feelings I’ve ever experienced. But Voluptuous Panic’s live shows are pretty rare. I’m not sure we’ve figured out the best way to translate our recordings for a live setting yet.

GRETCHEN: I love playing live when all our pedals work and we have a good mix, which is always a rarity. I agree with Brian that playing live is one of the most exhilarating feelings.

Q. How do you describe Voluptuous Panic sounds?
BRIAN: I think we’re both interested in creating texture and atmosphere with lots of layers and effects. There’s a certain gestalt that emerges -- something you can hear in the finished mix that isn’t a part either of us play, but instead is an illusion that’s created by the parts working together. I love that.

Specifically from my perspective, I think it’s best when instrumental textures work to highlight Gretchen’s voice, which I think is really gorgeous and deserves to be the centerpiece.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
GRETCHEN: We still record remotely — which I love. There is something magical about being the only one in the room when you record. I’m able to experiment a lot more.

BRIAN: I think our recording process is one of our defining characteristics. We tend to work best in isolation. It’s a slow conversation, but it allows us to access deep emotional spaces that might not be possible in a room with a lot of other people.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
BRIAN: I think Tunde Olanrian is a visionary genius, both in the music he writes and his live performances. There’s also a hip-hop group out of Oakland called Main Attrakionz who put their rhymes over these tremendous atmospheric beats. I love it.

GRETCHEN: I like Pure X, Vaadat Charigim, Beach Fossils and The Warlocks.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
BRIAN: I’ve always thought we could do an incredible version of Olivia Newton-John’s “Magic.”

Q: What are your plans for the future?
BRIAN: I’ve just relocated to Bellingham, Washington. Gretchen will be moving to California soon. We both thrive on Pacific Time, and we’re looking forward to drawing new inspiration from our surroundings.

GRETCHEN: We continue to record and plan to release a song every month or two. We’re also working on releasing a full-length record sometime in 2016.

Q: Any parting words?
BRIAN: This is pretty nerdy, but I stumbled on the term “voluptuous panic” in Erving Goffman’s book Frame Analysis, which I was reading for my comprehensive doctoral exams. He actually used the phrase in French – “une sorte de panique voluptueuse” – which became the name of the first song we ever finished as Voluptuous Panic.

terça-feira, 6 de outubro de 2015

Phonic 50mg with Hollowphonic - An Interview

Brad Ketchen é a mente genial por trás do Hollowphonic.

A história é longa e bem interessante, seu primeiro, e diga-se de passagem maravilhoso álbum de estreia lá do longínquo 1998 chama-se Phonic 50mg e se por ventura você  desconhece o TBTCI sugere audição imediata.

Seu segundo álbum chama-se Majestic de 2002 e o mais recente, o belo e multifacetado Viaduct saiu ano passado. 

A espinha dorsal da sonoridade do Hollowphonic é um intrínseco emaranhado de sonhos musicais, passeando por inúmeros gêneros, seja ou mais shoegazer, ou mais dreampop, ou mais psicodelico, o Hollowphonic sempre mantém uma coesão melancólica e hipnótica,

Faça um favor a si próprio, entre imediatamente ao mundo particular de Brad e seu sublime Hollowphonic.

***** Interview with Hollowphonic *****

Q. When did Hollowphonic started, tell us about the history...
I started Hollowphonic in 1998, with a false start under the name 'Hollow' way back in 1996. I started recording my first record 'Phonic 50mg' in 1998 and released it in 1999 on a Toronto, Canada based label called 'Sweet Tooth Records' The gentlemen that ran the label had a successful metal label called 'Epidemic' which did really well around the World. With Sweet Tooth they were looking to expand into new musical territory and asked me to join and release my record.

Hollowphonic has aways been my project with friends and fellow musicians helping me out on drums and various instruments in the studio and with live shows. There really hasn't been a consistent group over the course of a Year over the Years so it's been as much of a human resources experience than that of creating and performing music. :)

I have released 3 records, the last one 'Viaduct' so far only available on iTunes and Amazon through a label called 'Minor Sphere Records' out of Chicago, USA. I would like to eventually press it to cd and vinyl perhaps packaged with a new release.

Q: Who are your influences?
My influences for the most part have been Shoegaze style bands: My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, Chapterhouse as well as a plethora of other bands that don't necessarily fall under that label like The Verve, Mogwai, Mercury Rev and hundreds of others I have missed here. I was big into Sigur Ros and The Beta Band for my second record 'Majestic'. I love The Stone Roses, Primal Scream and the like as well… I also like the Production work of David Holmes and Andrew Weatherall and a host of film composers like Vangelis, Eno as films also inspire my work as much as everyday life and found sounds that can be inspired by it.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
2. Pink Floyd - Meddle
3. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
4. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
5. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

To name just five….

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I feel euphoric, comfortable and generally happy playing live. I'm an anxious person but I don't have a problem getting up in front of people with my music. It's a control thing and the sounds in general, as well as the response of the audience and say someone that approaches me after the show gives me a warm feeling.

Sometimes I play a solo show, like I am tomorrow on Sept 23 in Toronto. This enables me to perform the more electronic/atmospheric/mood types of sounds I produce. As well get off some new ideas without having to release them. Kind of test the waters.

But nothing matches the sound of the whole band… the volume..the feeling and extra emotion of the pounding drums and bass lines.

Q. How do you describe Hollowphonic sounds?
I would say heavy, emotive, spacey, atmospheric with a wide dynamic loud to soft thing and a cross between Electronic and 3 chord rock. Newer songs have been more organic with more of a songwriter feel than the usual wall of sound. However I will always retain the latter.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
There's no real set way I write a song. Electronic tunes are made fiddling around with samples, keys, sounds and compiled, some with a beat, some not. Others are written on guitar and jammed out as more of a 3 piece rock arrangement. Vocals are always last though… Filling in the blanks. A lot of time I will jam without lyrics and they magically get written. I'll here playback a jam or something I have recorded and I will hear what I am saying.

My studio is modest and has really been downscaled as a technology has enabled me to produce my work in a smaller space. I will outsource drums to a bigger studio where there's a nice room sound, lots of good mic's, tube pre amps and compressors and the like.

Other than that, everything is done in my living room, vocals in the bathroom kind of thing.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
I'm listening to Wand, Drenge and Red Fang. The latter being really heavy which I have any affinity for. I like intense music and was really influenced by it when i was younger starting out.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I just finished a cover of one of my favourite bands from Canada' Sianspheric' for a Blog called 'Quick Before It Melts. And I have an released a cover of Joy Division's Interzone posted here:

And another by Syd Barrett called 'Golden Hair' with the writings of James Joyce… So i'm just going to focus on my own writing and perhaps I will pull out another cover sometime. Live I have covered Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized a couple times for a friend's tribute to record sleeve designer 'Natty Brooker' who designed for both bands, hosted by a friend. Unfortunately Natty succumbed to Cancer. More tributes for a good cause will definitely motivate me to do more of the same.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
The plan is to rehearse and write with a couple of friends that are joining Hollowphonic. A new record, live shows and picking up the pace. I feel i've been meandering too much the last few Years. Time to step up the game. I'm not getting any younger.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for the interview. And thank you to all your readers that support the arts and those like yourself that write blogs and help to expose artists like myself. Hopefully I can make it to Sao Paulo and play a show some day!

Thank you Renato!
Thanks Brad

Yellow Vapors with The Scarecrow Frequency - An Interview

O projeto The Scarecrow Frequency vem de uma cidade chamada Kotzebue no estado do Alasca.

Sonoramente lento e melancólico seguindo a trilha de gente como Low, Codeine e Pan American, o The Scarecrow Frequency navega entre o trovadorismo folk slowcore com jeitão lo fi.

Dê play no álbum The Evil Late Show Nightly e ouça com fones.

***** Interview with The Scarecrow Frequency *****

Q. When did The Scarecrow Frequency start? Tell us about the history...
I started playing bass at age 14 in a garage with a fireplace in the winter in Juneau Alaska. I was a bass player till I was 16 mostly screaming out of an amp with a fuzz pedal till I got into electric guitar. I began recording the sounds directly after high school yet by then much of the piss was gone. I was left with increasingly repetitive, slowed down and ambient tones that were mixed with a more subtle fuzz. No longer were the songs distorted to clean, and no longer were the songs structured. I abandoned the idea almost entirely.

Q: Who are your influences?
Big question, I love a lot. I like Pan American, 764 Hero, Gabby Pahinui, Astrud Gilberto, and of course The Beatles, but can not leave out ELO.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. In Utero by Nirvana
2. Were Solids by 764 Hero
3. Transaction de Novo by Bedhead
4. Long Division by Low
5. Temples of Boom by Cypress Hill

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Not good.

Q. How do you describe The Scarecrow Frequency sounds?
The sounds of the scarecrow frequency are basically just depressing rhythms that are recorded and sort of take me into a trance. And I hope that other people that are sad can relate to them.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
Lots of Olympia beer, a slow steady burn, and constantly being obsessed with the never ending math problem that is music which I will never fully understand.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
More Daniel Johnston tracks, Joy Division, Pulp.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To live my life one day at a time. To never give up on the power of art.

Q: Any parting words?
Bird up.

segunda-feira, 5 de outubro de 2015

Sleepy with Whalo - An Interview

Seguinte a tradição aqui no TBTCI, eis que surge nestas páginas a primeira entrevista do novíssimo duo, mezzo inglês, mezzo sueco, Whalo.

Tudo por conta do delicioso ep de estreia, o pegajoso e bubblegum Spleepy. Coloque na formula class of 86, leia-se Shop Assistants, Talulah Gosh, Flatmates e afins e uma dose de noisepop naipe, Black Tambourine, tá feito assim Sleepy.

Se depender dessa estreia o Whalo já virou sócio de carteirinha aqui do TBTCI. É puro amor.

***** Interview with Whalo *****

@. When did Whalo start?Tell us about the history...
We started Whalo last year playing around in Matthew’s garage just for fun when Johanna moved to the UK from Stockholm. We played as a duo with the intention of finding other members to fill it out but after to get some songs together we realised we worked well with just the two of us, so we decided to get started and record an EP!

Q: Who are your influences?
We just really love pop music! We have quite a range of influences that we try and incorporate into our songs from 90s stuff like My Bloody Valentine, Pavement to more modern such as The Strokes, Youth Lagoon, The Radio Dept. There are some really good Swedish artists that we both love like Håkan Hellström, all of his songs are so melancholic and it’s that feeling that we both love about music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time… (In no particular order)
1. Room on Fire – the Strokes
2. Loveless – My Bloody Valentine
3. Innerspeaker – Tame Impala
4. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
5. Apocalypse, girl – Jenny Hval

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We haven’t actually played live yet so we’re both pretty nervous! But we rehearsing at the moment and hoping to get some gigs soon.

Q. How do you describe Whalo sounds?
Two people sitting in a garage trying to figure out exactly how much reverb it will take to hide the mistakes. That’s probably the best way of describing it. Hazy guitars, dreamy vocals and sad melodies.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It’s been quite a long process; we liked to take our time to go back and re-do bits we didn’t like anymore or change chords around until we were really happy with them. We recorded some of the guitar and drum tracks at the start of January but finished the vocal tracks at the start of September and then mixed and mastered them quickly after.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
We really like this band called Small Wonder, they released this album called Wendy last year I think and it’s incredible. They’re part of a collective called The Epoch is Now which is full of great artists. We also loved Westkust’s new album, there are some awesome sounds on there.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Roxy Music.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re going to rehearse a lot and try and get a few gigs, and after that we’ll start writing some new songs and maybe do an album!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much for asking us some questions, it was really hard we’ve never done this kind of thing before! We’re just ecstatic that people like our music.}

Police Me with White Baer - An Interview

Os escoceses do White Baer em seu mais nome ep The Promise of a Life ofViolence expuseram definitivamente seu indie rock moderno, sempre com traços grandiosos, chegando a fazer conexões em certos momentos com Editors ou até mesmo Interpol, mas o que mais instiga no White Baer é a construção com toque eloquentes de verdadeiros mantras épicos.

Um banda que certamente poderia estar figurando com extremo destaque os principais festivais no verão europeu. Aguardemos o  álbum cheio

***** Interview with White Baer *****

Q. When did White Baer start? tell us about the history...
The four of us met at school but didn't begin making music together until summer 2014, four years after we left. We got together partly through boredom but mostly through a need to exercise our creativity. We didn't really know where it would go or how the music would manifest but it all happened rapidly and without any hiccups. We learned to write songs together and settled on a sound quite quickly then we started gigging and got in the studio. The rest, they say, is history.

Q: Who are your influences?
I think it would be unfair to name any one band, or any number of bands who have directly influenced us. We all have varied music tastes and there was never a moment where we sat down and said, "yeah, let's do what they're doing". Collectively we definitely admire a lot of artists, but they are petty far removed from our sound or genre, whatever that may be. Prince and pre-Music Madonna are staples in the White Baer playlist.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
In no particular order:
Talking Heads - Remain in Light
Led Zeppelin IV
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Nas - Illmatic

Q. How do you feel playing live? Fantastic. It's the reason you work hard and continue making music. It certainly isn't for the lucrative paycheck! We've played to packed rooms and empty rooms - as cliched as it sounds, there's always something to take away from the experience.

Q. How do you describe White Baer's sounds?
I think we're quite cinematic and we like to take advantage of dynamics - the whole loud/quiet thing. We believe music should be an emotional experience and all good music taps into those you can't quite put your finger on or express in words. I'd like to think we do that, but I'm irrevocably biased so you're best to ask someone less involved!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We recorded at Chem19 Studios, which has produced some truly great Scottish albums from the likes of Mogwai and Arab Strap. We bounced a lot of ideas around the room and any that stuck we just went with. The songs were well formed before we went into the studio but Jamie Savage, our sound engineer, really brought out the best in them.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
We probably aren't the best people to ask this question to but I really enjoyed Viet Cong's debut.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We've contemplated starting a side project where we'll only play songs with 'love' in the title, but replace the lyrics with 'glove'. So far our repertoire consists of Glove Me Tender, Can't Buy Me Gloves and Tainted Glove. All other suggestions are welcome.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We've just been nominated for a Scottish Alternative Music Award under the 'Best Newcomer' category, which would be really nice to win. But I'm told it's the taking part that counts. Other than that, we plan on gigging into the new year, writing some new material and hopefully getting back into the studio in the not so distant future.

Q: Any parting words?
All you need is gloves.
Thanks, Renato.

domingo, 4 de outubro de 2015

Eye Baby with The Bardots - An Interview

Algumas coisas que acontecem no TBTCI são único e exclusivamente para resgatar imagens e experiências pessoais vividas há anos e anos atrás, onde as informações basicamente inexistiam, e só após muito tempo chegaram ao meu conhecimento.

Aqui cabe uma pequena história a respeito da entrevista que vem a seguir, que provavelmente para muitos não diz nada mais pra mim diz, me lembro de quando ouvi pela primeira vez, Pretty O de uma banda inglessa chamada The Bardots, imediatamente foi paixão a primeira audição, aquilo me seduziu e seduziu um velho grande amigo, Rodrigo Maroja, vulgo Tchuguês, durante um bom tempo Pretty O era a unica música do The Bardots que tínhamos conhecimento, mas a história deles eu já havia decorado.

Liderador por  Krzysztof Fijalkowski para os mais chegados irmão de Piotr Fijalkowski vocalista do Adorable, o The Bardots não chegou a ser, digamos assim, tão adorado quanto o Adorable mais seguia numa linha teoricamente similar, mais sexy eu diria, algo como um elo perdido entre o Adorable e o outra banda obscura, o Sweet Jesus, todas essas bandas surgiram quase no declínio do shoegazer e na ascensão do brit pop mas a única que tornou-se consagrada foi The Auteurs por talvez ser a mais mainstream de todas e de mais fácil acesso, o ponto é que o The Bardots musicalmente era deveras exuberante, uma elegância, uma sofisticação que até hoje me encanta.

Retornando a história lá do início, depois de alguns anos e já com o Bardots desfeito descolei o belíssimo álbum Eye Baby mais os singles, e ai a aura de admiração só aumentou e ficou intacta durante todos esses anos, e eis que através de um amigo, Richard King que também tinha uma banda naquela época o Celestial, que aliás esta na ativa e estará em breve em um projeto com o TBTCI, acabei chegando até Krzysztof  e ele gentilmente concedeu algumas palavras sobre o eterno, The Bardots.

Uma verdadeira pérola.

***** Interview with The Bardots *****

Q. When did The Bardots start? tell us about the history...
1. Simon, Andy, Steve and Neil met at the University of East Anglia in the late 1980s - after being in a few bands, the Bardots formed in 1988. Krzys joined a year or two later.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. Beatles, Pixies, Bowie, Doors, Smiths, Kate Bush, Lloyd Cole, Elvis Costello, Annette Peacock....

 Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. Surfer Rosa, the white album, hunky dory, imperial bedroom...

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. Miss it 5.

Q. How do you describe The Bardots sounds?
5. Simon actually said once: "like the space between where your skin meets the air"!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. Process of recording: vexed, hilarious, hyper. Like giving birth, I imagine, but more painful…

Q: What are your plans for the future.... any parting words?
7. No plans for the future and some passing words: "goodbye, so long, adios, see-ya..."
Cheers, The Bardots

sexta-feira, 2 de outubro de 2015

Feel Real with Hearing Eyes - An Interview

O duo de lo fi synth estadunidense, Hearing Eyes, soltou no mês passado seu disco cheio, o sombrio e arrastado Feel Real.

Um apanhado de exercícios melancólicos em formato gravação lo-fi e extremamente pegajoso, cheio de colagens e experimentos, o Hearing Eyes mescla todo o nonsense de suas criações e as adapta ao formato pop.

Um verdadeiro discaço.

***** Interview with Hearing Eyes *****

Q. When did Hearing Eyes start? Tell us about the history...
A: Hearing Eyes started just over a year ago... in Autumn. Kamryn and I crossed paths about three months before Hearing Eyes came about and we soon started jamming together. We have very similar preferences and ideas when it comes to art and music so it's easy and fun to connect and build from one another. More and more we were expanding on ideas, utilizing and creating both naturally occurring and synthesized sounds and then bouncing things back and fourth until we could feel what was under us. In the beginning of the project we would build songs up from a drum and synth jam, going off of one another and from there we expanded into backtracking other sounds and instruments and adding in some collage material to allow for the a full circle sound and experience of each composition and to further the sound how we envisioned. Things we were playing instrumentally, whether it be a beat or a certain melody would feed and set a guide for other sounds or instrument to go off of and so on, until things started to stick atmospherically and instrumentally and a certain feeling was derived from hearing these combinations. We then would improv all of the vocals just the same as the instruments, and write sketches of these for later reworking and refinement.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Specific musicians who inspire our processes and give us courage to record and make our sounds public would be; John Maus, R. Stevie Moore, Ariel Pink, The Velvet Underground, The Doors, David Bowie, David Lynch (Music), Kurt Vile, Noah Lennox (Panda Bear, Animal Collective), Avey Tare, John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees, Damaged Bug), Beck, Calvin Johnson, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Devendra Banhart, MF DOOM, Madlib, The Garden, Christopher Owens (Girls), Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Grover Washington Jr... the list of exciting musicians could go on forever of course but we are also very inspired by many other forms of creative processes... especially film and cinema.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: Oh boooy...
1- John Maus - 'Love is Real' + 'We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves'
2- R. Stevie Moore - 'What's the Point?!' + 'Teenage Spectacular'
3- Girls - 'Album'
4- The Velvet Underground - 'The Velvet Underground' + 'White Light White Heat' + 'Loaded'
5- Panda Bear - 'Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper' + 'Tomboy' + 'Person Pitch'

On and on and on...
Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: We have not focused on performance just yet, as we just wrapped up our most recent album 'Feel Real' and have been hidden away writing, recording and mixing that for the past 5 months or so. We are currently rehearsing 'Feel Real' for LIVE shows in the future.. As of right now we are working on loading in full compositions into samples in order to backtrack nearly every instrument as well as vocals and to perform minimally instrumentally and almost entirely vocally and a film. It all depends on what goes on within the process of rehearsal and how we go about performing.

Q. How do you describe Hearing Eyes' sounds?
A: I would describe our sounds as; atmospheric encompassing sounds from nature and/or digital garble, smothered with thick-synthesized waves and low-end rhythm drum and bass... and brought in to pop-culture by our words. All working together toward an empathy and understanding.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
A: Well, we recorded this album during a six month period between Grand Rapids, Michigan and Chesterton, Indiana. Most of the tracks on the album were solidified initially with either a drum track or synth track and then built upon. We live in Grand Rapids and record most of our tracks at home but take off to the farm house in Indiana whenever we can for a different perspective and more solidified focus on our music.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A: A few new bands we would recommend; Damaged Bug, The Garden, DENIM (DVNM), Forever Grey, SAPPHIC, Jade TV, Jimmy Pop, Darkly, Heaters, Pleasantrees and the list goes on.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
A: We have covered 'Just You' by Angelo Badalamenti several times at home and plan on doing that LIVE at some point in the future.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We will definitely be setting up and performing local mixed-media art shows with muti-sensory experiences, and of course writing and creating new material. We also have been talking about collaborating with more musicians as well as going in a more classical direction as far as composition and sound goes... who knows what could happen, stay tuned!

Q: Any parting words?
A: Please listen to our music and give us feedback in any way possible, thank you! <3 br="">*

Turquoise with Fruit & Flowers - An Interview

E as novidades do submundo dos bons sons nunca param nas páginas do TBTCI.

Agora é vez e hora do quarteto Fruit & Flowers que por enquanto tem apenas um single, e que single, Out of Touch e a deliciosa Turquoise são o cartão de visita deles. Guitar pop pegajoso em formato lo-fi e encharcado de um ar garage psicodélico bubblegum.

Uma verdadeira perdição é ouvir e viciar, não há outra saída.

***** Interview with Fruit & Flowers *****

Q. When did Fruit &Flowers start? Tell us about the history...
1) Caroline had been working with Shaw under the name Fruit & Flowers for a little while, and had booked a Northside showcase for their first show. Caroline met Lyzi at a show and liked how she danced, and she played guitar, so Caroline invited her to join. Shortly thereafter Ana had dinner with Shaw and got jealous that he had a Northside show and she didn't, and jokingly asked if they could use another guitarist. Shaw invited her to practice. The four all got together for the first time about a month before the show. Some crazy chemistry ensued, and they magicked together a five-song set in a few short weeks. New friendships, new songs, new band were all suddenly born.

Q: Who are your influences?
2) Some stuff we love: Sleater-Kinney, Bauhaus, Jesus Lizard, The Lively Ones, The Feelies, PJ Harvey, Pylon, Queens of the Stone Age, The Zombies, Silver Apples, Autolux. Could go on and on. Also always drawing inspiration from seeing our friends play, there are some really awesome bands floating around Brooklyn right now!

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
3) Five albums of ALL TIME?! Sheesh, way too hard. Ana here, I'll give you my answer--
The Beatles: Abbey Road,
Gang of Four: Entertainment,
Television: Marquee Moon,
Chisel: 8AM All Day,
Philip Glass: Glassworks.

(That was my honest answer, but all those musicians are men. Dang!)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4) Playing live we feel happy and excited and awesome (as long as everything is going well). Can't speak for the others, but on stage I feel unapologetically powerful, which I find delightfully liberating from traditional gender roles.

Q. How do you describe Fruit &;Flowers sounds?
5) Fruit & Flowers draws on a really wide range of sounds: Caroline, Lyzi, myself and Shaw are all songwriters, and all voracious music listeners [read: nerds]. We write together and each of us brings a different set of influences. I think we share garage rock as a starting place (The Kinks, The Sonics, etc), and throw in big handfuls of grunge, post-punk, psych, surf and power-pop. Dark & Heavy, Fast & Pretty.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the single?
6) We have one single recorded, and we're working on an EP right now which we're really excited about. Shaw went to school for audio and is great at production (And Ana's not too shabby, either), so we've been doing the recording ourselves. It's been fun and stressful, but mostly fun!

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
7) There are so many new bands we'd recommend! Some great local bands: Sharkmuffin, Young Runner, PRIMA, Starlight Girls, SideA SideB, Mount Sharp, The Meaning of Life, Kid In The Attic, Charly Bliss, BOYTOY, Sunset Images, Dead Painters, City Mice, Junk Boys, Savants, 178 Product, Raccoon Fighter, No Shoes, Holy Tunics, Yin Yangs, Young Unknowns, No One and the Somebodies, Old Table, Turbosleaze, Cave Cricket, Haybaby, Honduras, Looms, Decorum, Flying Pace, Lost Boy? just to name a few! And I'm forgetting a bunch. Some more we love, from around the country: Stereo Confession, Mike Krol, Hemlines, Arc Flash, Coma Serfs. Some others we don't know personally but we love a lot: PRIESTS, Bully, Trash Kit, Spiral Beach, Celestial Shore, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Torres, Speedy Ortiz, Courtney Barnett, ahh, can't even go on, there are too many. Good music is all around! Caroline's making a playlist for Rawpaw with some of our favorites, too. Ana has been doing her best to listen to bands with at least one person of color or one woman member.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
8) Ana wants to cover Big Black. The others aren't so sure about that.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9) Our plans for the future... take over the world? Just kidding. We want to make our EP, and tour, make some fun merch / art, make some crazy interactive experiences, and play lots of great shows with great people and for great people. Maybe one day we'll come to Brazil! Mostly we want to keep writing and playing music, because that's what we love to do. And we're doing that already. So everything above and beyond that is gravy.

Q: Any parting words?
10) Parting words: Keep your eyes peeled for our debut EP! Also we have a couple of shows coming up that we're really looking forward to: Sept 11 at Santos Party House with Celestial Shore, and the 12th at Mt. Holyoke College in their Fall Nightfest. Then some October shows for CMJ. So if you're in NY or Massachusetts, come hang with us!

Thanks again for reaching out to us!!
Ana (and Caroline, Lyzi, Shaw // Fruit & Flowers)

quinta-feira, 1 de outubro de 2015

Feel Me with The Eskimo Chain - An Interview

Quando uma banda de auto define como "punk frustado" é no mínimo interessante e deve ser conferido.

É o caso dos ingleses do The Eskimo Chain, que caminham numa cruzada carregada de influèncias inglesas, tem ecos de J&MC, The Fall, Madchester e Blur, com aquele sarcasmo tipicamente inglês.

Feel Me/Riding o single deles é um belo cartão de visitas.

Que venham os próximos passos.

***** Inerview with The Eskimo Chain *****

Q. When did The Eskimo Chain start? tell us about the history...
Me (Patrick) Luke and Matt have been playing music together since we were about 16. I went to school with Matt and a friend of mine introduced me to Luke who played the drums. Joe joined a couple of years ago and i think thats when the band really all clicked together.

Q: Who are your influences?
I think we all have our own personal influences, some of them overlap, some of them don't. There's probably a few collective ones like Clinic, The Fall, Blur and bands like that but quite often when writing a song we're all pulling in slightly different directions which i think makes it more interesting.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is just about the most fun you can have with your clothes on. I suppose it's everything we work towards when we practice and write new songs. I think we all kind of go into our own little worlds.

Q. How do you describeThe Eskimo Chain sounds?
Describing your own sounds is so difficult. It's impossible to step back and hear it from an objective point of view. You can't really just listen to the tracks as a complete whole. Instead you constantly hear and analyse all the small changes and parts. I suppose there are elements of post-punk to it, there are probably elements of loads of different genres but it kind of just doesn't matter

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We've recorded in a few different studios now. We tend to go for a different one each time just trying to find a different sound. We've always recorded our own stuff as well and have been doing that since day one. We're getting a lot better at that now and hopefully later this year we'll retreat to somewhere remote and record a load of songs. It's basically just about trying to get a take that properly captures the feel or mood of the song. Sometimes it's completely different to how you think of the song live but its good to keep a separation between how a song sounds live and how it sounds recorded.

Q: Which new bands do you recommended?
There is a band called The Rhubarb Triangle who we have played with, they are great. Really intense live, we'd definitely recommend seeing them.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We started playing a cover of Beautiful Stranger by Madonna recently which is really good fun to play. We tried to do a pretty straight cover of it but it ended up sounding like a dodgy pub cover band version so we tried a kind of krautrock version which ended up sounding really cool. I think being in a Madonna cover band would be quite fun, we'd all get to play in drag as well which is an added bonus.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We've got a few gigs coming up which we're quite excited about. One of them is actually in our home town with Acid Mothers Temple which should be crazy. Like i said earlier, towards the end of the year we're hoping to go off the grid and record somewhere nice and remote. Luke (Drummer) is a sound engineer which is really handy because he's pretty savvy when it comes to recording and mixing. The plan is just to spend a week or so recording an albums worth of material. We've never had a long recording session before because it's so expensive so it will be a really nice experience for us providing one of us doesn't go all Jack Torrance.

Q: Any parting words?
Viva La Chain!

quarta-feira, 30 de setembro de 2015

Wheat Field with Plant Cell - An Interview

O Plant Cell representa a mais nova safra de bandas japonesas, sempre com uma característica bem evidente, bebem fortemente na fonte MBV e mais recentemente no Ringo Deathstarr.

Com algumas músicas disponíveis em sua página no bandcamp o Plant Cell demonstra ser um dos melhores expoentes japoneses da atualidade, não deixando as influências tomarem por completo a banda, caso da bela e suave Wheat Field, um linda e envolvente sinfonia shoegazer com fortes doses de Loveless em sua composição.

Para ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with Plant Cell *****

Q. When did plant cell start? tell us about the history...
A. We started in January, 2015.It was a solo project of Sato.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Slowdive My bloody valentine dip(JPN) COALTAR OF THE DEEPERS(JPN) Broken Little Sister(JPN)

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. Sorry. I don't make the album.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. We have a gig Saturday or Sunday at Tokyo and Chiba Japan.

Q. How do you describe plant cell sounds?
A. I make noise music reflecting the image of a flower,nature and scenery.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. I record it using GarageBand of Mac in a house.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A. Sorry. Nothing.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. Slowdive-Golden hair
My bloody valentine-come in alone

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. We hope to appear for an overseas Shoegaze festival.

Q: Any parting words?
A. I try more English learning hard. Please love us from now on.
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