quinta-feira, 3 de setembro de 2015

Coolboy with Oyama -- An Interview


Da Islândia vem uma das mais deliciosas e intensas bandas shoegazer da atualidade, estamos falando do Oyama.

Seu debute, o espetacular Coolboy, lançado ano passado passou despercebido por muita gente, o que chega a ser uma verdadeira heresia, e vou além, passou despercebido inclusive pelos iniciados shoegazers. 

Um mix violentamente sexy de MBV atrelado ao nervosismo sonoro dos Pixies, faz de Coolboy um álbum grudento, viciante e essencial para quem é chegado em guitarras e distorções sonhadoras.

Há algum tempo o TBTCI pleiteava uma conversa com o Oyama até que enfim chegou o momento.

Um conselho, se você desconhece, melhor não perder mais tempo.


***** Interview with Oyama *****


Q. When did Oyama start? Tell us about the history...
A few years ago, I realised that I had been in bands for many years but none of them played my favourite kind of music, which is the kind that Oyama plays. So I called up the best people I knew in the Icelandic indie/underground scene and Oyama was born. We've been playing together since at least 2012.

Q: Who are your influences?
A lot of my (and all of ours) favourite influences are 90's alternative rock; My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Junior, Sonic Youth, Pixies, etc. We've loved these bands since we were teenagers, probably because of their interesting soundscapes and honest melodies.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Hmm, that's a hard question. Here are at least 5 albums that were a big influence on me and the stuff we do with Oyama.
- My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
- Neutral Milk Hotel - In an aeroplane over the sea
- Smiths - Hatful of hollow
- Pixies - Surfer Rosa / Doolitle
- The Microphones - Mt. Eerie EP

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is always fun. I think there is some energy in our music that is hard to capture on tape that is more prominent in live performances.

Q. How do you describe Oyama sounds?
We've got a dream-pop shoegaze sound going on I think, sometimes kind of like 90's indie rock.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
We wrote the song over period of 1 year and recorded and mixed the album from March to September in 2014. We recorded bass and drums (plus some guitars and mellotron) in Sundlaugin studio, but most of everything else in Kári’s (our guitar player) studio. We also mixed and recorded a lot ourselves at his place which was fun but very demanding at times. Pétur Ben produced the album, and we recorded some stuff at his studio also. It was so nice to have him with us; he offered a unique viewpoint of our new songs, that we hadn’t considered, and helped us explore the tracks to their fullest potential.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
I like Unknown Mortal Orchestra, they have a very neat sound.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I would love to cover a 80's pop ballad, maybe something from Tears for Fears. I like them.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We've just started recording stuff for our second full length album and we're playing Iceland Airwaves in November, which is always fun.

Q: Any parting words?
Check out our new video!
https://youtu.be/jBI1C3aHAB0
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https://oyamaband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/oyamaband

Endless Soundtrack with Hunter Lea - An Interview


Hunter Lea é o criador de uma música sutil, doce, introspectiva e direcionada para a alma.

A combinação de psicodelismo 60´s com um aguçado tato para transformar melodias harmonias beirando o dreampop são a grande sacada de sua música.

Para ser apreciada relaxadamente e bem acompanhado.

***** Interview with Hunter Lea *****
 

Q. When did Hunter Lea start? tell us about the history…
Well, I’m Hunter Lea. Music has always been present in my life. My dad is a drummer and a former radio DJ, so as a kid I got to fool around on his 1966 Ludwig Champagne Sparkle drums and peruse his huge vinyl collection. It just seemed natural for me to get into music. My first instrument was drums, but I never became a great drummer. My dad bought me a drum set the first day of summer after seventh grade, but that summer an amazing drummer named Dash moved into my parent’s neighborhood, so I decided to learn guitar and write songs. Dash and I found a bass player in Junior High named Alan Kropf, the three of us formed a group called Circa. I was very inspired by 1960s Vox organ drenched garage rock and that was the type of music I was trying to make with that band. Our old website is still up. www.circa.8m.com. After that band fizzled out I met Charles Perales and Jordan Luckman, we formed the band Mono in VCF. I had gotten my first synthesizer - a Moog Opus 3 from a lady my dad worked with and that keyboard really inspired the sound of Mono in VCF. That band with Charles singing got a demo deal to record and shop songs to Sony Records; but we fought like brothers and broke up while recording for that deal. Jordan and I decided to continue on with the Mono in VCF name and found singer Kim Miller. The band sounded completely different. The Charles Mono in VCF was very synthesizer heavy 1980s New Wave sound (more his sound than mine), the band with Kim is more like a haunted 1960s keyboard heavy orchestral sound. Around this time I had befriended the film director Allison Anders and we were trading mix CDs a lot. She turned me onto some bands that really influenced my music; The Millennium and The Poppy Family. I had also found Lee Hazlewood, Scott Walker, Serge Gainsbourg and David Axelrod. I was trying to write and put together the Mono in VCF album at a house in Tacoma that half the band lived it. It was around this time I found out I had cancer. I didn’t know what would happen, but one of the first calls I made was to record producer Martin Feveyear (we had met him through Sony thing). I told him I had cancer and didn’t know what would happen, but I wanted to make an album before I died. So we booked the studio time and hoped for the best. I went through chemotherapy and beat cancer. The week after I got done with chemotherapy, Mono in VCF opened for Jarvis Cocker in Seattle and a week after that we were recording with Martin in the studio. It was a great way to recover, music heals! We spent about 8 weeks in the studio with Martin recording Mono In VCF I album, it’s something I’m very proud of. We had found Terry Jacks' (Poppy Family leader and “Seasons in the Sun” singer) phone number and asked him to help us with our album. We went and met him in Vancouver and he became our mentor. He helped us with some arrangements and sang on a few tracks on the Mono album, it was truly mind-blowing for me. The Mono in VCF record was picked up by a bunch of press and blogs, there was a lot of positive momentum happening then. It was also being played a bunch by the Seattle/online radio station KEXP. We felt like our band was really going to “make it,” but a record deal never came through and the band disintegrated about a year after we put our album out. Since then I’ve been writing songs, making film music, producing artists, curating the Light in the Attic Lee Hazlewood reissue series and I’m running a recording studio with my friend Rick in Tacoma; Uptone Recorders.

Q: Who are your influences?
Above all my favorite band is the Beatles. They have been an endless source of inspiration to my songwriting, recording technique and choice of instruments. That being said - I love all types and eras of music, though one of my favorites is 1966-1969 psychedelic pop. I’m very inspired by Curt Boettcher/Millenium, The Poppy Family/Terry Jacks, Byrds/Gene Clark, Syd Barrett, Serge Gainsbourg, Scott Walker, Phil Spector, Beach Boys/Brian Wilson, The Bee Gees and a zillion others. I’m also very influenced by German krautrock stuff like Neu, Can and Kraftwork & trippy soul stuff like psychedelic Temptations, Delfonics and Blue Magic.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
I have to do 10! I couldn’t narrow it to 5. In no particular order…

Beatles - White Album (I love so many Beatles albums, but the white album has so much to offer; tons of tracks, so many styles and a crazy darkness that permeates the whole album. The Beatles at the peak of their powers!)
The Millennium - Begin
The Poppy Family - Which Way You Goin’ Billy?
The Byrds - Notorious Byrd Brothers
Love - Forever Changes
Zombies - Odyssey and Oracle
JK & Co - Suddenly One Summer
Scott Walker - 4
Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire De Melody
Nelson Lee Hazlewood - Cowboy in Sweden
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

ps..I lied, I have 11 on my list!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I’ve had a great time playing live in the past, I just haven’t done it in about 5 years! I’ve been living in the recording studio and haven’t had a live band for awhile. Highlights of playing live were definitely playing the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle with Mono in VCF and playing stylophone and omnichord with Mark Pickerel and Suzi Jane Hokom in Los Angeles.

Q. How do you describe Hunter Lea sounds?
I would describe it has haunting, spacey, melancholy, dreamy pop??? Keyboard heavy futuristic psychedelic pop??? It’s hard to describe my own work, it’s easier for outside ears to label it sometimes…


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I record A LOT at home. Most recordings start as home demos and slowly morph into finished recordings. All songs happen differently. Sometimes a song comes together while playing acoustic guitar and singing, other times it’s a crazy Moog sound or drum machine beat that inspires a piece. Some recordings are just me at home playing everything, others are a full live studio band in a full on recordings studio. I love recording so much, whether it’s Pro Tools, a vintage tape machine or an iPhone! The possibilities are endless.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I really like the new Tame Impala record Currents. Jacco Gardener is great, I would love to collaborate with him. I love his music and recording - get his records! The Soundcarriers are a killer group. I’m also a huge fan of Broadcast. I’m very sorry that Trish is gone too soon, but I’m looking forward to hearing their final album if it ever comes out. Check out my friends My Drunken Haze they are carrying the psych pop torch in Greece.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I mostly prefer trying to write original songs but I’ve covered the Terry Jacks/Poppy Family song “There’s No Blood In Bone,” the Lee Hazlewood song “Some Velvet Morning,” and a couple obscure Curt Boettcher productions “My Heart Cries Out” by the band Action Unlimited and “It’s A Sad World” by the Ballroom.

Q: What are your plans for the future….
More recording of course!! I have lots of records in the works currently. I’ve finished an album with my friend Andrew Sandoval, we have a group called The Low Humbles and our album is being pressed on vinyl right now. It’s a total 1967 trippy sunshine harmony pop thing. Also I’ve got a studio group with my wife Melinda called Moon Age, haunted girl vocals and dreamy space pop instruments. We’re working on an album and have done some recording with Suzi Jane Hokom and Brian Kehew in Los Angeles. I’m working on a record with my friend from Circa Alan Kropf; we’ve laid down some live studio group tracks with Mark Pickerel (who I consider to be one of the best drummers ever). I’m also working on a new solo record of Mark’s, he’s also a great singer and songwriter - check out his track “I Study Horses” and you’ll know what I mean. I’m helping my friend Charles Perales (the first Mono singer) with his new band Hugo Drax. Recording the Tacoma band The Painkillers. I’m planning on releasing some material under my own name as well, but I don’t consider myself a great vocalist so it’s hard for me to feel happy with the recordings of my own voice, but I’ve got about 10 albums worth of “solo” material recorded. On top of the new music I’m also working on reissues of old music. I’m still working on the Light in the Attic Lee Hazlewood series a bunch of my favorite Lee albums are going to be reissued over the next few years and also stuff he produced like the amazing Lynn Castle. A vinyl reissue of the Mono in VCF album is also being put together, I’m hoping for purple vinyl!

Q: Any parting words?
I think it’s a great time for music lovers. There is so much good music to be heard from the past and present. Humans are in the process via the internet of making all music ever available for everyone to listen to…that’s amazing!! Amidst the sea of awesome music you’ve taken the time to find me and listen to my music and my story. Thank you very much for that!
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https://www.facebook.com/hunterleamusic
https://hunterlea.bandcamp.com

quarta-feira, 2 de setembro de 2015

I Wish I Could Talk In Technicolor with Orange Crate Art - An Interview


Da Suécia vem o multifacetado Orange Crate Art.

Algo como uma simbiose entre MBV, Medicine, Stereolab e Ennio Morricone e demais viagens desenfreadas onde o único objetivo é desconstruir o formato canção.

Aplicar o termo shoegazer pode ser de certa forma assertivo mas a música do Orange Crate Art caminha por outras facetas que fundem-se e misturam-se ao formato gazer,, o lance aqui é experimentar, viajar, fritar e derreter a mente.

Simplesmente essencial em qualquer coleção de iniciados que se preze.


***** Interview with Orange Crate Art *****


Q. When did Orange Crate Art start? Tell us about the history...
Well, the first album, which remains unreleased like most OCA stuff, was recorded in 1995. It was mostly ambient noise recorded on a four-track. There was another album that I recorded in 1996-97 that is more songbased that I will eventually go back to and finish. I don't remember exactly how many albums I've done since but there are four or five that will definitely be finished and released some day. Between 2003 and around 2008, I played live guitar in LKWRM, just enjoying not being in charge, making a lot of noise with other people, and so on. We also rehearsed quite a bit as Orange Crate Art, playing my music, but nothing came of that, largely because the time wasn't right then to finish the recordings of the songs that we played. After that, I did the "Italian Futurism" album in 2009, which I actually put up on Bandcamp earlier this year. There are some minor things in those mixes that I have to go back and fix before it gets a vinyl release, but I really like it. We went to this art exhibition in Berlin about the Futurist movement in Italy, and the recordings I later made at home was influenced by it, although the music ended up having very little to do with Futurism... I guess it's more impressionistic than anything else! Around this time, I did a two song interpretation of Patrick Heron's painting "Horizontal Stripe" that will definitely come out one day. I've recorded a lot of stuff since, of which some has come out this year.

Q: Who are your influences?
At this point, pretty much anything, which is a boring answer, but... apart from a variety of music, I'm influenced by (mostly 20th century) art, particularly painting. I like a lot of film from the 1970s when there was so much good film music made, often to films that were... well, not as good as the music, like "Boom!", which is a terrible film but John Barry's soundtrack is amazing. I'm interested in ideas and theories, sometimes from entirely different disciplines to music, and how I can turn whatever it might be into OCA music. It's not really an intellectual approach as much as a way to be inspired, to go outside of whatever comfort zones I have. I like hanging out with people who have quite different opinions and ideas, anyway. As long as they support Malmö FF.

But in terms of musical influences, like my own music, I'm all over the place. I like a lot of Brazilian music (Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque, Jorge Ben Jor, et al), all the German stuff from the Seventies, Los Angeles pop from the past (like any Jimmy Webb recording, really), Burt Bacharach, Beach Boys, a lot of film music by people like Michel Legrand, Piccioni, et al, minimalist composers like Steve Reich... just different things. In the mid-90s, I listened to Flying Saucer Attack, Seefeel, and a lot to early jungle/drumandbass. Still go back to some of that stuff sometimes.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
That list would change every day... too many to mention, but, the five first records that come to mind tonight:

Eden Ahbez - "Eden's Island"
Ashra - "New Age of Earth"
The Beach Boys - "Love You"
Jorge Ben Jor - "A Tabua Des Esmeralda"
Ennio Morricone - "Vergogna Schifosi"

Can't say that any of these would be in my ultimate top five of all time, but I certainly listen to them more than the records that probably would make such a list ("Song Cycle" by Van Dyke Parks, "Loveless", "Screamadelica", and so on... not sure anybody could make better music than that).

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Would like to again, not sure when and if it will happen. But yeah, I have a few different ideas for the future. Locally, it might be more of a band thing, which is what I like more than anything else, but logistically and realistically, international gigs will probably be me alone or with another person. Unless OCA sell out the Budokan in Japan for a year straight. Then I might just employ somebody to play the cuica.

Q. How do you describe Orange Crate Art sounds?
I'm not really interested in definition in that sense. That's for other people to talk about... the image I have in my head is always geometrical shapes on top and around each other, but the contours are blurry instead of sharp/defined. Whenever people ask me that question and I give them that answer, they change the subject to something else, though!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
The new one? Well, "Exploding Head Syndrome" is out in September and wasn't even an album originally. It's an outgrowth of another album that I might actually go back and finish next year. As that album became more and more songbased, I realised that the other tracks would be worth putting out too. It's more a collection of different types of music that I've recorded in the last 2-3 years. Not very planned, just very spontaneous music. I tend to write more and more in a sort of rationally dislocated way. Not sure if "instant composition" is the right word but many of these songs from the album and EHS EPs were literally written as they were recorded. In real time, with very few later edits in terms of chords and structure. When the subconcious takes over, the chord changes go into entirely different directions. It's not really trancey music. I like music that's very upfront, but this approach tends to mix the blurry with the ordinary. In the past, most music was written on the guitar, half-watching a film and half-playing the guitar. I guess it's the same type of slightly absent-minded approach to writing. I've always liked music that sort of begins, goes on a bit, and then eventually ends, rather than having dramatic, dynamic peaks and valleys. In that way, "Quique" by Seefeel is not that different to all the great Smithsonian folk blues recordings from the 1920s.


Q. Which new bands do you recommended
I have no clue, really! I have no idea what's current or up-and-coming. I like a band from Argentina called Modular, but they've been around for a couple of years. I really enjoy Cavern of Anti-Matter, Tim Gane's new Berlin-based group. Stereolab is still probably my favourite band ever. Generally, I tend to follow people I've listened to for years and years and buy whatever new record they have out. The most recent discovery that I love is "Dreams & Desire" by Manuel Gottsching, which was apparently recorded in 1977 but not released until much later.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I've done a few in the past. On the songbased album from 96-97, there was a cover of The Honeys' "He's A Doll". Ambient noise pop, like most of that album. For another album from around 2002, I recorded Carole King's "Jazzman" and Lesley Gore's "What Am I Gonna Do With You". I also did a version of Lilys' "Claire Hates Me" for one of Club AC30's "Never Lose That Feeling" compilations, but I didn't like my vocals so I never submitted it in the end. Can't think of anything else to cover at the moment.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Well, I've learnt that what I want to do and what actually happens are two different things. I'm going to spend the next couple of months working out some half-finished material to be performed live, but I won't release anything new this year. Hopefully, there'll be a couple of gigs and maybe vinyl releases of the album and maybe one or two of the EPs from this year. Ultimately, I want to go back and finish some of these older albums and, in terms of new music, at some point in the future, make music for film. I'd love to work with film directors or video artists. I actually get things done quite fast when I work for others! To put deadlines on my own music is a different thing... I don't believe in putting out music just for the sake of it. It's not about perfectionism, but if the time and energy isn't right, it's better to revisit the music at a later point when it feels right.

Q: Any parting words?
Eat your greens, say no to war drums and the boring generation.
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https://orangecrateart.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orange-Crate-Art

Green Eyes in the Blue Hour with The Glowering Flowers - An Interview



Jett Brando  tem história, e resumidamente ela passa pelo Dälek e pelo saudoso All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors. Só por aí já fica evidente que trata-se de um pequeno gênio escondido no submundo dos bons sons.

Depois do fim de sua grandiosa banda, Jeff ainda fez alguns projetos até que entrasse em um hiato até que no início desse ano acompanhado de seua comparsa de outras eras Will Brooks ressurgiu co The Glowering Flowers mais acústico, cheio de melodias suaves e melancólicas, sua nova banda é um belo elixir de pureza sonora.

Vida longa a Jeff.

***** Interview with The Glowering Flowers *****


Q. When did The Glowering Flowers start? Tell us about the history...
A: I had recorded with Will Brooks of dälek over the years from around 1998 to 2005. He was around during the later sessions for my old band, All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors, when we recorded Turning Into Small (Gern Blandsten 1998) at Sweetwood Sound Recording in Parsippany, NJ. He then invited me to record on some dälek side-project recordings, then actual dälek sessions, and then after All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors broke-up, he asked if I wanted to record some new Jett Brando material at his home studio. We did that and some of those songs ended up on Jagged Junktion (Go Kart Records, 2002), and eventually Embargo (Thornhill Records, 2012). After a lengthy hiatus of about 8 years during which Will and I did not record anything, we finally reconvened and began recording again in 2013. After being inactive for a while, I wanted to do something kind of quick, simple, and mostly acoustic. We recorded the Landing EP that October and I released it on my own digital-only (for now) label, Thornhill Records, soon after. There was one song that we had left over that didn’t fit with the others, and that was “Sunshine.” We held on to that one for the next sessions. So, although we didn’t begin in earnest until a few months later, that’s really when these sessions started, around October of 2013.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: As far as mostly guitar-based music goes: The Beatles, My Bloody Valentine, Pavement, The Velvet Underground, Radiohead, The Monkees, and Pixies. I’ve also been influenced by Cole Porter, Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, Ellington/Strayhorn, Gershwin, Rogers/Hart/Hammerstein, Mancini, Jobim, and other writers of the classic “songbooks.” Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan are two of my favorite vocalists of all-time.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: It’s very hard to limit it to just 5, but here they are…

1. Revolver – The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
3. Loveless – My Bloody Valentine
4. Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan
5. Getz/Gilberto – Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto

Here are some other all-time favroties, in no particular order:
Rubber Soul – The Beatles
Slanted & Enchanted – Pavement
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, Ltd. – The Monkees
Five Leaves Left – Nick Drake
The Bends – Radiohead
Doolittle – Pixies
X/O – Elliott Smith
The Best of the Blue Note Years – Thelonious Monk
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground
Sings for Only The Lonely – Frank Sinatra
Everything’s AlRight Forever – The Boo Radleys
Pod – The Breeders
Red Rose Speedway – Paul McCartney & Wings
When the Pawn... – Fiona Apple
The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
Gala – Lush
4-Track Demos – PJ Harvey

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: I like playing live a lot. I just don’t do it often enough. This is mostly because I don’t have a regular “band.” I do shows both solo and with a band, but I need to get there to do more of both. The solo shows are fun because I can go off on little improvisational tangents without worrying who can follow along. Overall, I prefer the live performances, whether solo or with a full band, to be more raw than the recordings.


Q. How do you describe The Glowering Flower‘s sounds?
I would describe it as psychedelic and shoegaze-influenced ambient pop and rock. I consider pretty much everything I do to be “pop” in one way or another, but with these other influences creeping in. Obviously, Will’s production and collaboration play a huge role in the songs themselves and the overall sound. We’re both different versions of “perfectionists.” He helps keep me grounded and leans more toward holding on to little moments that keep the vibe a bit more raw. Like, the lead vocal we kept and used for the song, “Oh My,” on Landing. I wanted to do it over, but he said that the flaws in the take made it a perfect match for the lyrics.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A: Sometime early in 2014, Will broke his ankle and had to stay at home for a few weeks. On his own, he came up with these great short guitar and keyboard riffs that formed the basis of what became four new tracks. They were small samples of little demo ideas he had. And it was sort of new to him because he hasn’t had any training on guitar or keyboard. And those were the other four songs from The Glowering Flowers. It took a while to finish, mostly because it was hard to find time when we were both free, but also because it’s not always easy for me to write songs based around something I’m given, as opposed to something I start writing myself. I can come up guitar parts, but it felt like the vocals and lyrics took me forever. Everything Will & I have done has been a collaboration, but this is the first time we’ve done songs with this approach, with his initial parts that he both wrote and played remaining in the final version. There was something nicely lo-fi about this parts and I thought they should stay in. I’m not sure if he originally thought that I would just replay all of his parts. For a lot of them I did, but we kept his in anyway because I liked the sound and texture. Plus, you run the risk of everything sounding too similar when you play all the parts, which I’ve done on a lot of my more recent recordings.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A: I’m bad about keeping current, so I rely on friends to send me links with newer bands or songs. I do like the Canadian band Alvvays, who I saw them open for The Decemberists. I enjoyed their set and I like their debut album a lot. I like Tame Impala. I also like Parquet Courts, although I must admit that I only heard of them in 2014 when I saw them on David Letterman. And of course, St. Vincent. But I’m more likely to stumble across something older, like Emitt Rhodes, and get really into listening to that for a while.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A: And I’m always keen on the idea of doing classic old songs like, “Night and Day,” but we’d have to do it right, or it will come across horribly. I’d like to record them sparsely and keep it a bit dreamy and ethereal. I’m also interested in doing a couple of R&B songs from the early ‘60s; some dreamier songs from the Motown stable.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
A: We already have some “blue prints” ready for the next batch of songs. We’ve released two 5-song EPs within the last two years, so I’d like to put out a proper full-length in 2016. It’ll be like an elaboration of The Glowering Flowers, but with some more straight-forward mid-late ‘60s psych pop influences. Some songs may sound like they could have been done by All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors, had we stuck together, so there will definitely be some more shoegaze sounds in there. I have some demos I’ve made. Will & I plan to continue with everything in the near future, after he’s done with some upcoming dälek shows and recordings.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Thanks for listening! I’m very glad that both All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors and dälek continue to have a following all over. We’ll be busy, so keep your eyes out for the new material, and I hope to play live in your area at some point.
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https://jettbrando.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Glowering-Flowers

terça-feira, 1 de setembro de 2015

Just Love with The Philter - An Interview


Quando dei de cara com Just Love lançado no início do ano pelos estadunidenses do The Philter foi amor a primeira audição.

Conexões com Raveonettes, APTBS e Vandelles foram as primeiras coisas que me vieram a cabeça. Um noise surf gazer que tem que obrigatoriamente ser escutado no volume máximo. 

Just Love é grudento, viciante e espetacularmente perfeito do início ao fim.

Se por um acaso qualquer o The Philter passou despercebido a você, não perca mais tempo.


***** Interview with The Philter *****


Q. When did The Philter start? tell us about the history...
The Philter started early 2010. Nik's last band had recently broken up and The Philter was started, kind of, in a way, that was meant as a continuation of that. Though, it quickly changed from very straight forward surf-rock to more new-wave, shoegaze and noise influenced music.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Shadows, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Depeche Mode, New Order, Del Shannon, Dick Dale, My Bloody Valentine. Those are mostly our "real" or "actual" influences, though many newer groups/ artists influence us as well as certain songs or riffs, kind of, inspire us. We have been loving the first Truls album as well as a lot of what A Place to Bury strangers have been doing.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
There are hundreds of records we love and revere highly and we each have our own top 5. But as a band and in no particular order:
Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel
Henry's Dress - Henry's Dress
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing
Misfits - Static Age

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing live! We know we don't blow anyone away with our performances or stage shows but it is really fun and cathartic. Plus it is fun to just be able to have more room to move around than at rehearsals. Being able to see people enjoying your music is a big plus as well.

Q. How do you describe The Philter's sound?
We definitely still would say we have a surf aspect to our sound but are more new wave and shoegaze now. Tons of reverb, fuzz, drum machines, synths, distant sounding vocal parts. We have been using the phrase "surf-gaze".


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Nik usually writes chord progressions, lyrics and structures, then we program drums and synths. Maybe other guitar or bass parts as well. Nik has been figuring and working on simple and efficient ways to record for years and we can finally do everything, pretty much, straight into the computer. We use mixing templates we have been working on and "perfecting" for quite a while. Recording a song takes about an hour now, from programming drums to being finished. We know our recordings aren't perfect but we like how they sound.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
We don't know how "new" you mean but some newer bands/ acts we have really been digging lately are: Gliss, Grave Babies, Alvvays, Fleeting Joys, Chromatics, Pg.Lost, Cold Mailman, Mew, Opale, Truls and Alcest.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We don't do many covers. There are some songs we have covered like "Space Age Love Song" by A Flock of Seagulls and "They Walked in Line" by joy Division but we have really been wanting to a cover of "Don't Change" by INXS, lately. Maybe "No Milk Today" by Hermans Hermits.


Q: What are your plans for the future?
There are really no plans for the future other than stay the course. We will continue to write and record and play shows for as long as it makes sense to us. Maybe we will try to get out of town more often. Play outside of Detroit and Michigan. See more of the world haha.

Q: Any parting words?
Not much, really. We are glad some people can enjoy our music and are thankful that there are people out there, like the people running this blog, that are interested and pro-active enough to spread the word! Thanks! Let us know if we can be of service.
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https://thephilter.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/thephilter

Contender with Pure Morning - An Interview


Seguindo os passos sonoros do The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, os mexicanos do Pure Morning caminham exatamente por paisagens twee com leves pitadas shoegazers.

A busca pela canção pop perfeita é a máxima dos caras em sua estreia, o ensolarado The Broadcasting Department of Philadelphia, lançado há menos de um mês. Conexões dos os baluaartes da Sarah Records obviamente se fazem presentes o que de forma alguma deixa a sonoridade deles menos atraente.

Um disco para ouvir contemplando tudo em sua volta.

***** Interview with Pure Morning *****


Q. When did Pure Morning start? tell us about the history...
⁃ Jesús Pure Morning actually started this year in February. We had been (Mario and I, Jesús).  Rehearsing with different members playing some dreampop tunes over the last year. As a matter of  fact, in mid-2014 we recorded an EP that never came out because we didn't have a neither a vocalist  nor bass player haha but; the current line-up (except Orlando), began since February.

Q: Who are your influences?
Jesús: We have a lot of influences, a lot of bands and musicians, we could say that it goes from The Smiths to Radiohead, but I think that the most notable influences on this album (The Broadcasting Department Of Philadelphia) are The Field Mice, Another Sunny Day, Slowdive, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Sarah Records with no doubt has been a strong influence aswell haha.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Orlando: It's a hard question; I guess everyone in the band has their fav album, right? Haha we could answer in this way:

1. The Queen Is dead - The Smiths
2. Souvlaki - Slowdive
3. Ok Computer - Radiohead
4. Electric Cafe - Kraftwerk
5. Nocturne - Wild Nothing

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Mario: Playing live is always a feeling that traps me, I get lost in the moment. On stage my mind is nowhere else, just there doing what I love.

Jesús: Playing for a new crowd will always be a pleasure, that's what makes rehearsal worthy every day, coming to the show; it’s my favorite part of the job.

Marco: When I play, I like to feel myself part of the songs, of the music, I let myself follow the rhythm, of what music makes me feel in the moment, it's hard to explain, but I had to say it to you in one word: ‘Liberty’.

Orlando: The experience of playing live is the way I choose to express completely all of my feelings, it's a kind of like a therapy in which I can organize my thoughts. I say everything I want to say, the only thing is that I'm speaking music trough my instrument. It’s fun, I love it.

Q. How do you describe Pure Morning sounds?
Mario: I think the sound of the band is really related to the way we feel playing our music on stage, the fact that we're friends and brothers before band mates or coworkers. It's something that wraps us and makes us feel dreaming. But, if we were referring strictly to our style or sound, we could say that it's Tweegaze, a mix of Tweepop and Shoegaze.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Marco: There are a lot of new bands that, personally, I think are great and are pleasurable to listen to, It influences the way I play my instrument; Which is what I intend to express in Pure Morning. But; I'd like to point out to 2 Mexican bands. One of them is Carnival Animals, they're from our born city (Culiacán, Sinaloa), and to me, they were the first band playing sort of shoegaze and noise pop in our city. They opened up the way in our scene. They've just launched their new EP (Dejar el Cuerpo), something darker, noisier. The second band is Milt Field, from Tijuana, a band that has been given the people something to talk about, great things in store for them.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Marco: I'd like to play any Slowdive song, maybe 'When the sun hits' because it's a brilliant track, one of the most 'feeling' tracks i've ever heard.

Jesús: In fact, we've been playing a cover, just in a few shows, 'Emma's House' by The Field Mice. One of my fav tracks of all time.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Jesús: Haha, the recording process is done in my house. There I have a little home-studio, in which I record demo tapes, and then I send them to everyone in the band, later, in rehearsals or in their respective houses, everyone makes their part. And whenever we’re ready to record, we simply sit down one day, grab a couple of beers and well, we record! We do it song by song. We don’t stress out finding someone to record us or worry about the money to pay for time in a studio, and that is a great advantage that we have when it comes to recording, everything just comes out a lot more natural.z

Q: What are your plans for the future....
Orlando: We are currently promoting our first album 'The Broadcasting Department Of Philadelphia' and second single 'Louder'; we really enjoy the feedback that it is having, especially outside Mexico. We have just begun to write what will be our first EP and second album; we plan that it will come through at the end of this year and it will consist of 5 songs. We want to go out and play in as many festivals as we can; we really like de idea of playing for new people always in new cities. That’s what we expect to do in the nearby future.

Q: Final words:
Jesús: We would like to greatly appreciate all of the people who have supported us with a Facebook like all the way to those who have even paid for our work buying our album, even though it’s not necessary to download it, again thank you! We really enjoy making new friends along the road, wherever we go, if you see us in a show don’t doubt on coming up to us to talk! We will see each other very soon on stage. Thank you very much for this space, Renato! Cheers.
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https://puremorningband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PureMorningBand

segunda-feira, 31 de agosto de 2015

Eternal Phase with Nightjacket - An Interview


O quinteto de Los Angels, Nightjacket surpreendeu o TBTCI em sua estreia, com o belíssimo e envolvente Eternal Phase.

Daqueles eps que quando terminar é inevitável não colocar no repeat, ficando aquele gosto de porque acaba tão rápido?

Das conexões claras com Opal e Mazzy Star fica evidente o capricho e a elegância doo Nightjacket.

Pra ouvir imediatamente e viciar.


***** Interview with Nightjacket *****


Q. When did Nightjacket start? tell us about the history.
Jordan: The roots of the band came together when Holland and I met at a friend’s party in LA. She performed solo at the party and I loved her sound, so I asked her if she’d like to sing on some demos I’d been working on. The band grew from there when our friends Steve Lucarelli, Louie Schultz and Diego Guerrero joined.

Q: Who are your influences?
Jordan: There are too many to name, but some of my all time favorites include Cream, The Faces, The Allman Brothers, My Bloody Valentine and Mazzy Star. I was really into Brit-rock in middle and high school, so bands like Supergrass, Blur and The Charlatans were a big deal back then. I learned to play guitar to those bands’ songs. I’d have my guitar teacher tab them out for me and then I’d play along.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time:
Holland: In no particular order...
1) Joni Mitchell - Blue
2) Neil Young - Harvest
3) David Bowie - Hunky Dory
4) Fleetwood Mac- Rumors
5) Crosby Stills, & Nash - Cosby, Stills & Nash

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Holland: I love performing live, it's the ultimate in self expression. When I'm singing I often get lost- I'll start a song, and then suddenly I'm at the end of it and I don't remember singing the middle. I feel completely elated in those moments.

Q. How do you describe Nightjacket sounds?
Jordan: We play dreamy, guitar-based music with pop elements. We’re not afraid to slow the tempos down and write a catchy chorus at the same time. I think those things can really help you get lost in a song. Also, our sound is a product of where we come from – you can hear the Los Angeles in our music.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Jordan: For our E.P., Eternal Phase, we recorded the songs in my home studio. I’d write the music and melodies and some of the lyrics and then Holland would come in and add some lyrics and then we’d record.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Holland : I'm a big fan of Foxygen, Jacco Gardener, Jeffertitti's Nile, and Tashaki Miyaki to name a few. Jordan: The Alvvays and Pure Bathing Culture albums are really good. Also, there are a lot of good bands from LA that you should check out, like Drug Cabin, Tennis System, The Bulls, Northern American and Tashaki Miyaki.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Holland: If I was playing in a cover band, it would definitely be Fleetwood Mac. Jordan: Hmm, good question: We covered “Lay, Lady, Lay” by Bob Dylan a couple times live, so that was fun. A Big Star, Pink Floyd or Lucinda Williams song might be fun to cover, too.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Jordan: We’re writing and writing. We’d like to have another strong batch of songs together before the end of the year. Also, we’d like to play for you and all your friends in Brazil.

Q: Any parting words?
Jordan: Go Dodgers.
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https://www.facebook.com/Nightjacket
https://nightjacket.bandcamp.com/releases

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Climb Aboard with Spiral Arm - An Interview



Mais um representante do submundo dos bons sons da Austrália aterriza nas página do TBTCI, desta vez o quinteto Spiral Arm de Melbourne.

O cartão de visitas dos caras é o ep homônimo lançado ano passado. Passeando entre multifacetadas linhas psicodélicas modernas os caras mostram durante as quatro canções do EP o motivo pela qual algo de especial acontece nas águas australianas.

Aumente o volume e boa viagem.

***** Interview with Spiral Arm *****



Q. When did Spiral Arm start tell us about the history...
Spiral Arm formed in 2013 in Melbourne Australia with Nick and myself (Phil) - ( Vocals/Guitars ) finding Drummer Nicolo and Bassist Chak . Harry Rae joined soon after on synth completing the line-up. Nicolo and Chak are Italian and Thai respectively. The rest of the band have enviable New Zealand accents. We have been gigging solidly since formation.

Q: Who are your influences?
All members have varied influences, from New wave to Reggae but we all love Black Sabbath and high intensity flangers…

More specifically Nick is a big Strokes fan, Nicolo and I have a love of 80’s metal, which bring a heavier element to the band. Chak loves Reggae and Harry spends his spare time listening to free jazz and Michael Jackson.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Owww… that’s hard…we will all have to choose one each…
Nights out – Metronomy
Core- STP
marquee moon - television
Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Songs for the deaf - QOTSA

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing live!

When you have a good crowd and can preferably hear yourself onstage nothing beats playing live.

Q. How do you describe Spiral Arm sounds?
We combine heavy and or groovy riffs with spacey sounds…..



Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs
When we recorded our EP we played everything live in one room then and re recorded some of the guitar and vocals after. We actually recorded to a click track to make going back and redubbing easier.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A band from Melbourne we are playing with next week called Pink Harvest are cool, check them out!

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
We have covered a song ‘Tenebre’ by an Italian band called Goblin known for horror movie soundtracks and also songs by Kiss and The Strokes.

We are thinking of covering ‘Dive’ by Nirvana next.

I love hearing more obscure songs covered by bands!

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
We are planning to release an Album next year. We have recorded most of the parts and will start mixing next month. After that, hopefully a tour!

Also we will be making a music video for one of the new songs soon!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for interviewing us! Readers can check out our tunes here!
https://spiralarm.bandcamp.com/
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https://www.facebook.com/spiralarmaus

domingo, 30 de agosto de 2015

Psychotropic with Los Tones - An Interview



Diretamente de Sydney, Austrália vem o quarteto freak out Los Tones

Garagem como se deve fazer, bebendo claramente na fonte, leia-se The Sonics, The Seeds, Chocolate Watch Band e os todos os grandes mestres. Ouvir Psychotropic lançado no ano passado é humanamente impossível não ser abduzido pelo fuzz.

E detalhe, os caras tocam por aqui começando exatamente dia 02 de setembro na Sensorial Discos em São Paulo.

O TBTCI só dá um pequeno conselho, não faça a besteira de perder isso.


***** Interview with Los Tones *****




Q. When did Lost Tones start? Tell us about the history...
A. A little over 2 years ago, blackbear, Los milk and El roberto were playing in various other bands all playing in the same scene in sydney. After members of our old bands moved away or could play altogether for a number of reasons, we decided to start Los tones. We all still loved playing and after going to Spain for a wedding and saw phantom keys play, we realised that we wanted to tour and play with these kind of bands. The garage scene wasn't really big at the time in sydney and we just wanted to play garage! Haha. So here we are.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: We all come from different backgrounds of music, so our influences are of a wide range. From 80s anarcho/hardcore punk, to psych, to blues and country, pretty much anything rock and roll with a bratty DIY attitude. But we all have a mutual love for 60's garage, teen scene, blues trash etc. What keeps us influenced nowadays is all our friends bands in the garage/psych scene in Australia! Like king gizzard and the wizard lizard, the murlocs, straight arrows, Mesa cosa, the dandelion, living eyes, frowning clouds, gooch palms! Everyone is writing such great music and we love being a part of that!



Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: hard question! Haha. Ok,
Misfits - Static Age
The Sonics - Introducing The Sonics
Neutral Milk Hotel - in the aeroplane over the sea
The Rolling Stones - exile on Main Street
The Seeds - the seeds

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. LOVE IT! Dancing, partying, Travelling the world sharing our music and meeting heaps of like minded people! What's not to like?

Q. How do you describe Lost Tones sounds?
A: 60s inspired garage rock from Australia.



Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: usually it starts with a riff idea either on guitar or bass and we jam it out till we get a structure and all the parts down. Then the vocals come after that. Everyone writes the parts to their own instruments because no one can play that instrument better. Recording the songs is always live. The energy you get from a live recording can't be mixed into a multi track recording (With us and our music that is). Just run it through a bunch of effects, and bang it out, mistakes and all. A lot of beers and a few cigarettes later and you got yourself a Los tones record.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend...
A: Got to give a shout out to our Australian pals The Murlocs, Straight Arrows, Mesa Cosa, the Dandelion, Gooch Palms, Living Eyes, Frowning Clouds, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: Too many! The rationals - I need you The balloon farm - a question of temperature The nerves - when you find out The sonics - strychnine Danzig - long way back from hell Haha!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: More songs, more albums, more travelling, more shows and more good times. Just the way we like it!

Q: Any parting words?
A: Los Tones are 100% antifa. Intolerance is no way to party bra!
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https://los-tones.bandcamp.com/album/psychotropic
https://www.facebook.com/LosTones

sexta-feira, 28 de agosto de 2015

Out to Sea with Carlton Melton - An Interview


Se Hendrix baixasse por aqui novamente e resolvesse fazer uma jam, certamente ele pegaria sua fender e tocaria com o trio estadunidense Carlton Melton.

Out To Sea o disco de estreia dos caras é longo, denso, repleto de intensas e delirantes viagens abordo de guitarras estridentes ou climas ácidos e derretidos. Conexões com os os prediletos da casa o Bardo Pond também ficam evidentes no decorrer do disco.

O Carlton Melton teve o dom de fazer um dos grandes discos psych desse ano,

***** Interview with Carlton  Melton *****


Q. When did Carlton Melton started, tell us about the history...
1- CM started in July 2008 . We were born inside a geodesic dome in Northern California . We went up there one weekend to party/make some noise. We didn't realize we were starting a band- it just happened.

Q: Who are your influences?
2- influences: Hendrix, Spacemen 3, Bardo Pond, Parliament Funkadelic, Country Joe and the Fish, Nick Drake.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3- 5 all time albums: (no particular order)

13th Floor Elevators- 'Easter Everywhere'
Jimi Hendrix Experience- 'Electric Ladyland'
Nick Drake- 'Pink Moon'
My Bloody Valentine- 'Isn't Anything'
Neil Young- 'On the Beach'

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4- playing live: I love performing live . I'm usually nervous as hell before a show. But when I finally get on stage I feel at home. I love meeting people before/after the show. That is my favorite part of playing music: meeting people.

Q. How do you describe Carlton Melton sounds?
5- CM sound: I consider it soundtrack music. We are, I have been told, psychedelic. Add a dash of hillbilly, old school hip hop, rock, blues, and just about anything we are influenced by, and that is our sound.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6- recording process: We don't rehearse before a recording session. We go into it completely open-minded. We record the entire session and just see what happens. Afterwards, we listen back and say 'this works' or 'this doesn't work'. Somehow it usually works out. I guess it has something to do with the fact that Rich and I have been playing music together for 25 years.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
7- new bands I recommend:
White Manna, Mugstar, vert:x, Earthling Society, Kandodo, Golden Void, Hot Lunch, Glitter Wizard, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete. Plenty more that I can't think of at the moment.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8- we have already covered Pink Floyd ('when you're in), Hawkwind (time we left this world today). Our bassist Clint wants us to try a Neu! tune. I want to try Zeppelin's 'Four Sticks', but we don't have a singer.

Q: What are your plans for the future....
9- future plans: We have 2 Bay Area shows coming up, then we are touring UK/ EU this Fall for three weeks. One of the shows being the Liverpool Psych Fest in late September w/ Spiritualized, The Heads, and dozens of other wonderful acts. After that, more recording sessions, more gigs- more fun.

Q: Any parting words?
10- The band is:
Andy Duvall (drums,guitar), Clint Golden (bass), Rich Millman (guitar,synth).
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http://www.carltonmeltonmusic.com
https://captcharecords.bandcamp.com/album/out-to-sea
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carlton-Melton-band-page

quinta-feira, 27 de agosto de 2015

Pink Haze with Chainsaw Rainbow - An Interview


Dominic Massaro é o sônicoo freak por trás do Chainsaw Rainbow.

747 é o nome do debute lançado no começo de agosto. Um verdadeiro exercício de lo-fi noise experimental completamente dissonante e ruidoso.

Para ouvidos calejados com barulho e muralhas sonoras.

***** Interview with Chainsaw Rainbow *****



Q. When did Chainsaw Rainbow start? tell us about the history...
Chainsaw rainbow is a solo project that I started about 2 years ago. I wanted to do a noisy guitar project without any other instruments.

Q: Who are your influences?
Aphex twin, MBV, Sonic Youth, Spacemen 3, Earth to name a few. Visual artist-Jean Michel Basquiat, author-Charles Bukowski, machine sounds. Any type of drone

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
There are numerous influences and it’s difficult to name a top 5, however here’s 5 in no particular order.
Aphex Twin- Selected Ambient works volume
Earth-Pentastar
MBV- Loveless.
Velvet Underground and Nico.
Boards of Canada-Geogaddi;

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It’s fun and rewarding. It’s one of the few times in life where I’m really in the moment and time stands still. Plus it’s great to hear the sounds at a loud volume where the sound waves are colliding creating music within the music.

Q. How do you describe chainsaw rainbow sounds?
Technicolor static


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs? I’m well rehearsed when I go into the studio. I will typically record all of the tracks in succession like a performance. Most everything is first take. Sometimes I’ll redo a track if I want to change something. I like to work fast and capture the performance.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
There’s a lot of great music here in L.A. that I like. Hott MT, Vum , Egrets on Ergot are few of them. I find obscure stuff online sometimes that I really like. There’s an artist that I found on bandcamp named Astrobrite that does some great stuff.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Never have thought about that much. Maybe a really slow fuzzy drone version of cinnamon girl by Neil Young, or Venus in Furs by V.U.

Q: What are your plans for the future....
To continue to create music and art.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for supporting music around the world.
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https://www.facebook.com/pages/chainsaw-rainbow
https://dominicmassaro.bandcamp.com/

Earth Energy with Soft Lions - An Interview


Megan Liscomb, Ana Ramundoe e Jon Bonser formam o garageiro e deliciosamente bubblegum Soft Lions.

Earth Energy é o mais recente trabalho deles, é soa tão pegajoso quanto pisar em chiclete na rua, a energética mescla de punk bubblegum com a sonoridade das girl groups dos 60´s, tudo com uma pequena dose riot fazer do Soft Lions essencial pra sair pulando mundo afora.

Escute!!!
***** Interview with Soft Lions *****



Q. When did Soft Lions started, tell us about the history...
We started playing together in the summer of 2013 in San Diego, CA. I had been writing some songs on the guitar and found talented musicians Jon & Lex to help me bring them to life.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our latest EP was very influenced by surf guitar, Sonic Youth, and girl group harmonies.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
My all time faves are Loaded by Velvet Underground, Cut by The Slits, Fever to Tell by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Strange Mercy by St Vincent, and Songs of Leonard Cohen

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live makes me feel like the most awesome version of myself. There's really nothing else like it.

Q. How do you describe Soft Lions sounds?
Soft Lions is moody, garagey, surfy & grungy.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We recorded at Earthling Studios in El Cajon with our friend Mike Kamoo. We like to work on one song at a time in the studio as opposed to tracking by instrument. Our way takes a little longer, but it helps us change our sound from song to song.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
I love La Luz, Parquet Courts, Peter Matthew Bauer, Slutever, Globelamp, Blouse, Swearin', and EMA.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I've always wanted to cover Lesley Gore "You Don't Own Me". It's so sassy and fun to sing!

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
We just got home from playing our first show in San Francisco and we can't wait to get back up there. We're excited to hit the road more and work on an album.

Q: Any parting words?
We hope you sing along!
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https://softlions.bandcamp.com/album/earth-energy

quarta-feira, 26 de agosto de 2015

Wirikuta with TAU - An Interview


Shauny é o fio condutor do xamanismo musical chamado TAU.

Shauny também é conhecido por ter tocado teclados no Dead Skeletons, e após sua saída da banda caminha com seus mantras pessoais sendo que o cartão de visitas é o ep Wirikuta, lançado pela Fuzz Club Records. Conexões com os Skeletons são notadas claramente porém o clima psicótico negro é um pouco mais brando, ou nem tanto assim.

Psicodelia poderosa e negra, somente para iniciados.


***** Interview with TAU *****


Q. When did TAU start? Tell us about the history...
1) It feels like everything I have done musically until now was building up to TAU. Its said that a Rainbow Turkey gave the Sun its name 2 billion years ago when it was waiting to be born for the first time. tau tau tau tau...

Q: Who are your influences?
2) Padre Sol, Mother Earth , blue deers, jaguars, mountains , deserts , Irish Rivers , love, otras dimensiones, things that piss me off and everything that exists in the 5 cardinal points.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3) Its impossible to answer in 5 but heres a few that are deer..
1) roxy music - for your pleasure
2) Tinariwen - AMASSAKOUL
3) george harrison - all things must pass
4) lee Zepplin psychical grafity
5) Love - Forever Changes

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4) Present

Q. How do you describe TAU sounds?
5) I try not to do that.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6) I usually make demos with very limited resources at home. Hopefully with some luck and persuasion i can convince someone to record it for me. i am very lucky because I have talented friends who also know where to place mics and how to use computers!

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
7) I dont really have an idea whats going on with new music.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8) I like doing cover of meso american medicine songs. Huey Tonantzin is a cover of sorts. I also plan on recording My Autumns Done Come by Lee Hazelwood but need to wait a few months.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9) Plans for the Future? Hope and pray we have a Future. Stay positive at all times. Try to smile at people, have engaging conversations with strangers. Stay alert, live immediate experience. By grateful and give back to the land. If i can do one of those every day, im happy for the Future

Q: Any parting words?
10) AHO!
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https://tauofficial.bandcamp.com/album/wirikuta-ep
https://www.facebook.com/pages/TAU
http://soundcloud.com/fuzz-club-records

Too Cool For Words with Novampb - Entrevista


Smhir Garcia é o responsável por um dos projetos mais interessantes envolvendo um que de música eletrônica a tal IDM, Novampb é seu alter ego.

Too Cool for Words, segundo álbum do cara, sucessor de Disquinhp do ano passado, a segunda viagem do Novampb vai fundo em colagens, samples, tudo numa ambientação com traços sonhadores. Um trabalho que deve ser degustado, sendo saboreado com atenção e sem pressa. Nuances diversas são perceptíveis somente após inúmeras e inúmeras audições.

Um trabalho de gente grande que merece todo o destaque e elogios.

Aproveitando a ocasião propícia, visto que Too Cool for Words veio a este mundo hoje, nada melhor do que seu criador ilustrar a obra.

Faça um favor a si próprio, escute, desarme-se e boa viagem.

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Q. Quanto tudo começou? Porque Novampb, qual a origem do nome?
Acho que, enquanto Novampb, provavelmente desde 2013, quando eu comecei a me interessar mais por Fruity Loops. Eu tava com uma banda que tinha umas programações eletrônicas (a Fausto), daí eu comecei a me interessar mais em samplear, fazer batida, daí um dia eu tinha um disco pronto. A ideia do nome eu acho que tem a ver com escolher o nome que fosse o mais oposto possível esteticamente do que eu me interessava em fazer (eu pensei também em botar o nome do projeto de Christian Rock nessa época). É também uma provocação né, porque o que passa como música popular do Brasil acaba sendo uma estética muito restrita e com um apelo radiofônico bem forte o Novampb é justamente o oposto disso ai.

Q. Quais as suas influências?
Tudo que eu ouço acaba parando no Novampb de um jeito ou de outro, as batidas mais quebradas são mais Snowing e Cap’n Jazz do que Aphex Twin, por exemplo, pelo menos pra mim. O DNTEL, o Boards of Canada e o My Bloody Valentine são bem importantes na minha forma de enxergar a música. Eu também acho que aprendi muita coisa com M. Takara, Guizado, Sun Ra e Liturgy. Ah, e eu acho top os arranjos do Flaming Lips e Sparklehorse. Eu acho que esse é mais ou menos o centro estético do Novampb, em torno disso roda muita coisa, de reggae a emo.

Q. E sobre a atual cena parece que estão nascendo bandas em tudo que é esquina, quais bandas da nova geração você recomenda?
Acho que nunca teve tanta coisa legal rolando ao mesmo tempo de todos os gêneros: Baths, Familia 33, Dylan Ross, MIGOS, Bones, Capona, Ximbra, Joyce Manor, Stephen Steinbrink, PZA, 2 8 1 4, Panda Bear, Karaoke Holanda,Super Amarelo, Sleep Party People também, Rhye, Qualia, Pity Sex e Caxabaxa


Q. Por que tem tanta banda bacana e mesmo assim tem pouca gente nos shows, poucos picos pra tocar, qual a sua opinião sobre o assunto?
Esse é um tema um pouco amargo né. A impressão que eu tenho é que a informação não circula além dos nichos. É dificil pra o artista independente DIYzão sair até mesmo nos blogs médios sem comprar espaço etc, daí existe toda uma cena que fica restrita a alguns blogs e grupos especializados mesmo. A sensação que dá é que a internet tem falhado muito em dar visibilidade a uma parcela grande da arte independente. Me assusta ver em 2015 show cover de los hermanos, strokes e arctic monkeys enchendo de gente. É 2015, gente!!!! SÉRIO!!!! E a única solução que eu vejo nesse sentido é de a galera que se interessa pelo som e pelo rolê se envolver mesmo, fazer show, fazer banda, blog, zine o que for, mas é fundamental sair da passividade, parar de só receber informação e começar a criar sua própria realidade.

Q. Como foi o processo de gravação do novo album?
Em relação a parte técnica foi basicamente a mesma coisa do outro: um monte de vst crackeado, fruity loops, um controladorzinho midi e um fone normalzinho, baixando sample direto do youtube. Mas eu acho que eu tava ouvindo umas coisas bem díspares durante o processo. Num mesmo dia eu tava ouvindo Alpha Blondy, Bones e Fun People, por exemplo e de alguma forma isso transpareceu no disco. Eu também toco mais teclado nesse disco como na Today Satan. E por um outro lado rolou uma merda com meu computador, daí varias músicas que estariam no disco foram pro limbo, mas glitch é isso mesmo. Daí a mixagem e a masterização fui eu que fiz também, não tem muito mistério.

Q. Quais os 5 melhores álbuns da história para você?
SOS!!! OK, mas sem ordem::
Polara - Tempestade Bipolar
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Boards of Canada - Music Has Right to Children
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Heartland - Frontier

Q. Quais os planos pro futuro, o que esperar do Novampb?
Vou tentar esse ano lançar um ep só com sample das propagandas do spotify, outro só com remix de reggae alagoano e ainda fazer uns shows se eu descobrir como. Provavelmente disco novo só ano que vem (sei la né), mas eu queria focar em tocar ao vivo e fazer uns clipes (vai rolar uns clipes).

Q. Alguma coisa a mais para nos contar?
Chama o Novampb pra fazer o som da sua festinha de amigo doido!!! Faz sua banda, seu projeto, não tenha medo de fazer tudo errado. Faça as coisas do seu jeito, converse com estranhos na rua, dê carona pros amigos e dá um saque nas coisas da Transtorninho!
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