quarta-feira, 14 de novembro de 2018

Front Row Future with Sacred Shrines - An Interview

Sabores psicodélicos vindos de terras australianas, cortesia do quinteto Sacred Shrines.

Por vezes doses garageiras dominam a acidez dos caras, em outras, pepitas lisérgicas dominam a mente, e, por fim, emanações esquizofrênicas completam a receita sonora do Sacred Shrines.

Décadas de fritações conectam-se a banda, passando pelos porões sessentistas, adentrando ao flower power, nothern soul, chegando a nova era psicodélica dos dias atuais, tudo é combustível para as viagens dos australianos.

Para derreter neurônios, esse é o diagnóstico do Sacred Shrines.....boa viagem!

***** Interview with Sacred Shrines *****

Q. When did Sacred Shrines begin? Tell us about the history...
We played our first show as Sacred Shrines in March 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. I had worked previously with Mat Von Diehm (drums) on other projects and we went about looking for the right people to start the band. We knew exactly what we were looking for and were lucky enough to find the right people for what we were hoping to achieve with our music. We’d been writing and rehearsing a little before our first show once we cemented the lineup and pretty much started recording our first album right away.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our music is a mix of a lot of things and we all have our own individual influences that we bring to the band, but we all do share a love of 60’s music and I would have to say the sounds of that era are probably our biggest influence, especially the late 60’s. Some psych/garage bands that we really like - The 13th Floor Elevators, The Easybeats, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Broadcast, The Black Angels, The Sonics, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Doors but the list goes on endlessly!

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I’m just gonna name 5 off the top of my head that I really like. This is the impossible question!!!

The Noise Made By People - Broadcast
Ocean Rain - Echo & The Bunnymen
Behind the Music - The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
We Could Leave Tonight - Sounds Like Sunset
Funhouse - The Stooges

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is probably one of our favourite things about being in a band. Most of the things we do are in anticipation of performing e.g. writing, rehearsing recording. It’s hard to describe but I guess it is mostly like a blur. In some ways time goes very fast and stands still as well. It’s a great feeling playing our songs together. We’re best friends, so that makes it even more amazing to be able to perform together.

Q. How do you describe Sacred Shrines´ sounds?
We describe our sound as psych/garage but there are a lot of other influences that find their way into our songs. We’re pretty focused on trying not to repeat ourselves and work at making our songs quite different to each other within the framework of our sound. We seem to be moving in a few different directions with our 2nd album, so I’m excited about that.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We try to do quite a lot of pre-production before we head into the studio. Our guitarist Matt Weatherall is also a recording engineer, so we put time into making demos of the songs ourselves and then make changes until we think we’re ready to head into the studio. We’ve been recording with a few different people since we started so that we can create a diverse sound on our records. We’ve also been getting multiple people from around the world to mix our songs so that they will have a sense of individuality. Usually we set up and record together as much as possible to retain the feel of the band when we perform live. It’s usually all done fairly quickly as well.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There’s some great Australian psych/garage and other genre bands that we are proud to call friends - Sons Of Zoku, The Dunes, The Black Heart Death Cult, The Flamingo Jones, Drawn From Bees, Mexico City, We All Want To, The Stress Of Leisure, Suicide Swans, Sounds Like Sunset and I could go on and on. That’s a good start!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
The Stooges. We’ve played “I Wanna Be Your Dog” at the end of our set a couple of times.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re currently recording songs for our second album which is coming out in 2019. We’re hoping to be finished by the end of the year and we’re super proud of what we’ve done so far. We’re also hoping to play shows in North America and Europe as well next year. Basically more recording and playing in as many places as we can get to.

Q: Any parting words?
We’d like to thank everyone for their support so far, from buying our music to coming out to see us play live and writing to us as well. Keep on supporting live music! Cheers, Phil

terça-feira, 13 de novembro de 2018

El Lugar with Los Años Rojos - An Interview

A cena independente argentina esta em plena ebulição, muitas novas e, boas bandas vem surgindo da terra de nossos hermanos, vide Camion, Nax, Otono, e agora chega às páginas do TBTCI, o quinteto Los Años Rojos.

Dreampop moderno, repleto de texturas climáticas e sonhadoras dão mote ao novo trabalho, o EP, "El Lugar". Detalhe importante para o trabalho dos caras é o idioma, todas as canções são em espanhol, e soam mais do que apropriadas no contexto criado pela banda.

Foi-se o tempo que a boa música era feita apenas no eixo, UK/USA, hoje, o submundo dos bons sons flui efervescente nos quatro cantos do mundo, e o Los Años Rojos comprova essa máxima.

***** Interview with Los Años Rojos *****

Q. When did Los Años Rojos begin? Tell us about the history ...
Martin (guitarist, lead vocalist and composer) and Javier (violinist) met working as music teachers in 2010. There they became friends and said that at some point they would make a musical project. Six years later Martín and Javier, at another point in their lives, decided to form the band adding some of their former students graduated from those schools: Vicente on bass and choirs, Fermín on keyboards, Germán on drums and octapad.

Q: Who are your influences?
There is a great influence of the sound of pop rock and the new wave of the 80s, however the structures of the songs oscillate between the current indie, the noise and garage of the 90s and the beginning of the century, and the punk of the 80s. There are also influences from Argentine bands such as “Babasónicos”, “El mató a un policía motorizado” y “ Mi amigo invencible” among others.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time ...
“La dinastía scorpio” ( El mató a un policía motorizado)
“Room on fire” (Strokes)
“Reflector” (Arcade fire)
“Nocturne” (Wild nothing)
“La danza de los principiantes” (Mi amigo invencible)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Connected, alive and happy. We feel an instrument of music, whose function is to express something that music means, and we lend our bodies to it.

Q. How do you describe Los Años Rojos' sounds?
We are a band of original formation, which finds its roots in melancholy and the future. Music with airs of urbanity within a cocktail of changing mixtures: songs that travel between guitars, synthes and violins, always in movement to develop new sound routes

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Very funny and enjoyable, we recorded in a very beautiful studio, with a sound engineer and producer friend of the band: Juan "Ponche" Abraham. He is very close and there was great communication. The result really surprised and enchanted us.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We recommend “Can ki” y “Fus delei”, Argentine bands of young members of la ciudad de La Plata.
Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
"Shadow" (Wild Nothing)

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Disseminate the record as much as we can, we believe a lot in the sound that it has and we understand that it brings new ideas and proposals to the music scene. We also aim at the development of our events, we want to make better and more convincing our events, with more complete and nutritious artistic proposals.

Q: Any parting words?
We wanted to thank TBTCI for supporting and spreading the rock music of South America, where there is also a musical movement of great importance with its own unique sound.

Spanish version

Q. When did Los Anos Rojos begin? Tell us about the history...
Martin (guitarrista, voz principal y compositor) y Javier (violinista) se conocieron trabajando como profesores de música en el año 2010. Allí se hicieron amigos y dijeron que en algún momento conformarían un proyecto musical. Seis años después Martín y Javier, en otro momento de sus vidas, deciden conformar la banda sumando a algunos de sus ex alumnos egresados de esas escuelas: Vicente en bajo y coros, Fermín en teclados, Germán en batería y octapad.

Q: Who are your influences?
Hay una gran influencia del sonido del rock pop y el new wave de los 80s, sin embargo las estructuras de las canciones oscilan entre el indie actual, el noise y garage de los 90s y principio de siglo, y el punk de los 80s. Se ven también influencias de bandas argentinas como “Babasónicos”, “El mató a un policía motorizado” y “ Mi amigo invencible” entre otras.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
“La dinastía scorpio” ( El mató a un policía motorizado)
“Room on fire” (Strokes)
“Reflector” (Arcade fire)
“Nocturne” (Wild nothing)
“La danza de los principiantes” (Mi amigo invencible)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Conectados, vivos y felices. Nos sentimos un instrumento de la música, cuya función es expresar algo que la música quiere decir, y nosotros le prestamos nuestros cuerpos.

Q. How do you describe Los Anos Rojos´ sounds?
Somos una banda de original formación, que encuentra sus raíces en la melancolía y el porvenir. Música con aires de urbanidad dentro de un cóctel de mixturas cambiantes: canciones que viajan entre guitarras, synthes y violines, siempre en movimiento para desarrollar nuevas rutas sonoras

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Muy divertido y placentero, grabamos en un estudio muy bello, con un ingeniero de sonido y productor amigo de la banda: Juan “Ponche” Abraham. El es muy copado y hubo gran comunicación. El resultado realmente nos sorprendió y encantó.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Recomendamos a “Can ki” y “Fus delei”, bandas argentinas de jóvenes integrantes de la ciudad de La Plata.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
“Shadow” (Wild Nothing)

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Difundir el disco lo más que podamos, creemos mucho en el sonido que tiene y entendemos que trae nuevas ideas y propuestas a la escena musical. También apuntamos al desarrollo de nuestros eventos, queremos hacer mejores y más convocantes nuestros eventos, con propuestas artísticas mas completas y nutritivas.

Q: Any parting words?
Queríamos agradecer a TBTCI por apoyar y difundir la música rock de Sudamérica, donde también hay un movimiento musical de gran importancia con una sonoridad propia y singular.


segunda-feira, 12 de novembro de 2018

Pipe´s Not Dead, "Bemushroomed" - Track by Track

O duo Massimiliano Nardulli e Gabriele Saffioti ou Pipe´s Not Dead para os mais íntimos, chegaram ao seu mais novo trabalho, o EP, "Bemushroomed", que resumidamente poderíamos apenas sintetizar como uma pequena obra prima da música pop.

Parece um tanto de exagero eu sei, mas "
Bemushroomed" em seu conceito, execução e resultado atinge os objetivos de sua criação, explico, as seis peças sonoras do disco tem como tema central a expansão da mente através do uso de drogas e substâncias psicodélicas, musicada sublimemente por Massimiliano e Gabriele de forma a causar uma catarse psíquica na mente do ouvinte.
Vozes sampleadas dos três gurus do mundo psicodélico, leia-se, Timothy Leary, 
Terence McKenna e Alan Watts, o Pipe´s Not Dead, cria um guia alucinógeno em formas sonhadoras, um certo dreampop lisérgico que serve de pano de fundo para trips delicadas e intimistas.

Para obras como
 "Bemushroomed", o TBTCI, como de praxe, procura ir a fundo, afim de desvendar seus segredos e mistérios, o que o duo criador fez de forma exclusiva para estas páginas.
"Bemushroomed", infelizmente, ficará restrito a poucos apreciadores, mas aqueles que o encontrarem, certamente terão momentos plenos de extrema delicadeza ácida.

Boa viagem!!!!!

***** Pipe´s Not Dead, "Bemushroomed" - Track by Track *****

Bemushroomed is the second EP of PIPE'S NOT DEAD. Released in October 2018, this work features 6 tracks with a common theme: the expansion of the mind through psychedelic drugs or natural substances. During this musical trip we can hear the voices of three of the most important figures of the psychedelic world: Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna and Alan Watts.

1) Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out
Pipe's not dead: We composed this song even before thinking about the concept of the EP...Actually, the track was supposed to be the soundtrack of a feature film. It wasn't used in the end and we let it sit for a while. Then, in the last year, we found a couple of very good documentaries on the so called psychedelic generation and they kind of planted a seed in our mind. The voice of Timothy Leary, here in one of his most known speech, was added after composing the music and it was the perfect match with the atmosphere of the song. There is something that reminds us of the Pink Floyd soundtrack for the movie More on it. We thought that it was the perfect song to introduce the listeners to what turned out to be a pretty coherent musical trip. Maybe the listeners of TBTCI remember a previous version of this song appeared in the Planets Collection-Jupiter.

2) Aurora 3
Quite a different genesis for this song compared with our usual way of composing. It started with a very simple and minimalist organ melody. We don't use organ very often, but this time we found it very interesting. There is some influence of Turkish psychedelic music, in the guitar riff with wah wah pedal and the use of Turkish darbuka percussion.The second part of the song has a piano melody and the ending has a clean guitar riff on the organ. We love this kind of mirror structured songs. The name Aurora was given since the beginning and we added the number 3 after because we had three reasons to name the song Aurora. One may be quite obvious...imagine the musical trip under the cold lights of Aurora Borealis. Another is that the Roman mythology speaks of Aurora, the personification of the dawn. The third one is that the middle name of the Massimiliano's better half and Jack-of-all-trades when it comes to helping us out, is also Aurora. It's light that is the silver lining between the name.

3) Total Eclipse of the Mind
In the very beginning, this song was a coda of Aurora 3. Then we developed it as soundtrack with almost only electronic sounds. When the moment came to select the tracks for the EP, we decided to include it and we thought that it may be a good idea to add some more guitars and a simple bass riff to complete the electronic one. We finished the song the day of the last total lunar eclipse of July 2018 and so we found the title. But it was interesting to see the parallel between the total eclipse of the moon and those moments of extreme tiredness and stress when you're on the verge of a mental breakdown. This is maybe the song that in terms of sound is the perfect transition between the previous EP "We are no longer young but we are not dead yet" and the new sound of this EP.

4) The Mushroom
Exploring the incredible rich contribution of Terence McKenna to several topics related with the expansion of the mind made us decide to include his voice in this song. The song has a quiet and chill harmony that makes us dream with open eyes. Initially we made a version with no drums, but we thought that adding some very light ones and a tambourine might give it more dynamic. We don't know if the mushroom can give you the answer you look for, but we like to imagine that this song can help you to dig more inside yourself. Lately, we've had a lot of inside jokes on mushrooms. Of course, we are experimenting with mushrooms - champignons, portobello, yellow chanterelle and so many other delicious additions to our dinners. But it seems we've been experimenting so much that they ended up on the sleeve of our EP.

5) KyKeoN
Kykeon is a Greek word, is the name of a drink that is believed to be a psychoactive compounded brew normally associated to the Eleusinian Mysteries, the most famous of the secret religious rites of ancient Greece. They were sort of initiations held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis. We've always been passionate about Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, their culture and tradition. It is where we come from, no doubt. Recently, we spent some time in Greece and found an exciting musical scene that's as inspirational as one would expect - bundles of inspiration for us. Musically speaking, we tried to recreate different moments of the Eleusinian mysteries, more specifically the moment when Kykeon is served. So the song tries to captures the changes of mood and emotional state associated with this part of the rite.

6) On the road paranoia
The words of Alan Watts accompany this song with a very long intro. It has been composed with this shape from the very beginning. Literally on the road. Spending a lot of time travelling, we experienced sometimes this strange feeling that we called "on the road paranoia". It's a mix of tiredness and excitation to discover something new, fear, and at the same time, fascination of the unknown and of being lost in translation or not be understood. Musically very adequate as the conclusion of this EP, it mirrors the two souls and minds of Pipe's Not Dead!. We suggest this fine piece to accompany another refined work of art, Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas".


sexta-feira, 9 de novembro de 2018

Watching You with The Visceral Pleasure - An Interview

Para uma banda com menos de um ano de vida, o duo londrino, Visceral Pleasure, impressiona, e impressiona muito.

Muito por conta do caos angustiante inserido na primeira trilogia de singles, todos lançados este ano.

Terrenos gélidos e sombrios são o pano de fundo para os soundscapes criados por Lex e Keeley, ele guitarras, ela vocais e, ambos, responsáveis por evocar fantasmas de Jarboe, Coil e todo levante de cold wave.

Fãs de noites sem fim irão apreciar infinitamente.

***** Interview with The Visceral Pleasure *****

Q. When did The Visceral Pleasure begin? Tell us about the history...
The concept of The Visceral Pleasure began early in 2018. I had been creating soundscapes and they started to evolve into a song form. We then messed around with putting vocals on and it just worked.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our influences are visual as well as sonic. The way viewing something makes you feel inspires sound and mood so I would say early Cocteau Twins, Francis Bacon, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Trent Reznor, Swans, Jarboe and early Cindytalk are the main sources of inspiration.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels
Swans - The Great Annihilator
This Mortal Coil - It’ll End In Tears
Cindy Talk - Camouflage Heart
Coil - Horse Rotorvator

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Like we are part of the sound and chaos.

Q. How do you describe The Visceral Pleasure´s sounds?
As if you were walking into the Roadhouse in Twin Peaks.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I’ll sketch a song out of playing around with guitar sounds/scapes I make and various drum sounds I programme. We have a book of lyrics that we both write into randomly. I’ll sit down with the book and form the vocal lines. The vocals get recorded and I’ll produce a full track to what you hear today.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We don’t think new bands get nearly enough time or publicity so finding them can be near impossible and time consuming. It’s something that needs to be addressed. For now we just channel everything into our sound.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Well we have a Coil cover up our sleeves already that we are yet to put out, maybe in the future. We really want to concentrate on our own work at the moment.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
An e.p and then an album.

Q: Any parting words?
We are giving away our first trilogy of songs through bandcamp on the basis you can donate or download as you see fit for a limited time. So grab them while you can at


quinta-feira, 8 de novembro de 2018

Fields Of Mars with Holy Monitor - An Interview

Lisergias krautianas vindas de terras gregas, apresento-lhes o combo de freaks, Holy Monitor.

Os caras chegam agora com sua segunda viagem, leia-se, segundo disco, intitulado sinteticamente por "II".

"II" sucede o debute homônimo de 2017, e permanece em ácidas vibrações matematicamente sequenciais. Algo como um kraut espacial com sabores de psilocibina em tons cinzentos.

Bad trips sonoras.

***** Interview with Holy Monitor *****

Q. When did Holy Monitor begin? Tell us about the history...
A. In the summer of 2014 George and Stefanos started recording and producing a bunch of abstract ideas and giving them a form, with no intention of creating a band, but working on music as a studio project. In 2015 two EPs "Golden Light" and "Aeolus" were digitally released. The need to perform these songs live emerged and Alex (bass), Vangelis (keyboards) and Dimitris (drums) joined the band.

Q. Who are your influences?
A. Our musical interests vary, from Brian Eno to Neu! and from Tinariwen to Wooden Shjips.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. Can - Tago Mago
Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn
The Beatles - Revolver
Ali Farka Toure - Talking Timbuktu
Brian Eno - Music for Airports

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. There is nothing like it. When you free your self and get in trance, giving in to the music, you are off the track of space and time, creating every time a unique, not-turning-back moment.

Q. How do you describe Holy Monitor´s sounds?
A. It's like a travel in the desert, on a strange planet, through balmy days and halcyon nights.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A. Sometimes it starts with a drum beat and sometimes with a guitar riff in the studio. The bass and the second guitar and the keyboards are added and the vocals and lyrics complete the recording. Simple as that.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. Check out our good friends The Steams, Acid Barretts, Alien Mustangs and Zaira Effect

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. Spacemen 3

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. Gigs, studio, gigs...


quarta-feira, 7 de novembro de 2018

Interview with April ZImont (Tambourina / Vida Eterna / Glowfriends and Kalamashoegazer Festival)

Heróis para alguns são aqueles seres dotados de poderes extra naturais dentre outra facetas, mas estes são heróis fictícios, que apenas servem para uma certa idolatria pessoal, agora heróis da vida real são diferentes, os "super poderes" são outros, alguns são líderes natos, capazes de fazer uma nação unir-se em prol de crescimento e bem estar, outros, são dotados de dons pessoais, podendo criar vacinas contra doenças, outros ainda, são anônimos, pais, mães que lutam diariamente para ensinar valores fundamentais a seus filhos e amigos.

E no mundo do música, como são os heróis? Bem, apresento a vocês, uma verdadeira heroína, daquelas de que, quando se conhece a história, não há como não aplaudi-lá copiosamente, estou falando de April Zimont, residente à cidade de Kalamazoo em Michigan.

April, é daquelas entusiastas da música, desde criança, quando nos seus primeiros anos de vida já cantava, aos 10 anos, tocava tamborim, e por aí vai. April teve sua doutrinação musical com seu pai, aquelas pessoas com um extremo bom gosto, através dele, April descobriu as pérolas do submundo dos bons sons, leia a entrevista e entenda melhor.

Mas, vamos resumir um pouco a trajetória desta garota. April, debutou em bandas ao lado de seu marido Adam, seu irmão Mark entre outros integrantes com o Glowfriends, lançaram belíssimos trabalhos, com destaque para o excelente "Gather Us Together", mas eles sucumbiram a si próprios e a banda terminou.

Das cinzas do Glowfriends, nasceram o Tambourina, com April, Adam e Mark. April e Adam possuem também outro projeto paralelo, o Vida Eterna, detalhe, notem que a garota não para.

O Tambourina esta em estúdio gravando seu debute, mas April ainda arruma tempo para ser curadora de um dos festivais mais importantes da cena shoegaze atual, o Kalamashoegazer.

O Festival já esta em sua 12ª Edição, neste ano, simplesmente Ringo Deathstarr, Tear Run Rings, Airiel, Soft Science entre outros fazem parte do Festival.

O Kalamashoegazer, é daqueles poucos eventos que mantém a chama acessa, aquela sensação de que nada vai acabar, é só ir atrás, pense você, já passaram pelo festival gente como Astrobrite, Whimsical Crash City Saints, entre outros tantos, afinal doze edições não é pouca coisa não.

Por essas e outras, que a heroína April, merece todo respeito, amor e claro, aplausos.

Que venham mais doze edições do festival, que venham muitos discos com o Tambourina e com seus demais projetos, e gaze your shoes garotos(as).

***** Interview with April Zimont *****

Q. When did you start created music? Tell us about your history...
I’ve been singing since I was a little girl, probably 4-5 years old, started playing tambourine at about 10, and learned to play the vibraphone just a few years ago. I started my first band, glowfriends, with my brother Mark, when I was 16 in 1996.

Q: Who are your influences?
Too many too list! I was brought up listening to my Dad’s amazing record collection and then later found so many great bands and artists while working at various record stores in my hometown. To name a few bands that come to mind: Slowdive, Ride, MBV, The Go-Betweens, Galaxie 500, Adorable, Echo and The Bunnymen, New Order, The Pastels....I could list hundreds of bands. I’ve always been a big fan of Creation Records/Sarah Records, C86 and twee stuff, a lot of psych stuff from the 60’s, 60’s folk and I’m a big fan of a lot of 80’s underground and college rock, post punk stuff, too. Tons of great indie bands from the 90’s as well...I feel that everything you’ve paid tribute to so far with TBTCI so far is right in my wheelhouse of favorite bands of all time!

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is impossible for me. Here are the first 5 that come to mind...
Slowdive “Souvlaki”
The Stone Roses “s/t”
Ride “Nowhere”
My Bloody Valentine “Ecstasy and Wine”
The Cure “Disintegration”

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is my ultimate comfort zone, it’s a very freeing space for me, and cathartic, definitely. I love the feeling of disappearing from myself into a song, and particularly to feel that with the audience at the same time is a great joy, for sure.

Q. Talk about Tambourina and Vida Eterna, What are the main differences between the two bands?
So, Vida Eterna is a side project with my husband Adam, who is the drummer in Tambourina, and was also previously playing guitar in glowfriends. He and I write the songs together and we sing together in this band, it is mostly acoustic, kind of like a Damon & Naomi type of thing, although recently we have started experimenting with synthesizers and beats...it will be interesting to see how the final versions of the songs take shape for the debut album. We’ve been performing acoustic and sometimes with a bassist and drummer in our hometown, playing shows here and there. We loved recording 14 Iced Bear’s “Cut” for the TBTCI’s Sarah Records tribute, and “Quiet Heart” for The Go-Betweens Tribute.

Tambourina is the culmination of ex-glowfriends members, Mark Andrew Morris on guitar/vocals and Holly Klutts-Morris on bass (from Overly Polite Tornadoes) and Adam Zimont on drums/vocals and me (vocals/tambourine/vibraphone) (from Vida Eterna)

After glowfriends essentially dissolved, my brother Mark and his wife formed their own side project, OPT, and Adam and I started Vida Eterna, it just seemed like the next natural step, writing new material with our spouses, since life was changing again, children being born into our little families made it harder to devote significant amounts of time to practice all together.

A bit of time went by and we got together again work on songs as a four piece, and for the first time there wasn’t old glowfriends songs hanging in the background that we had to work on. It felt like a clean slate, and with much time we had invested in our side projects, once we returned to play together again, (this time with Adam on drums, and me on vibes, which was new) our sound had changed and developed, it just felt like a departure from glowfriends, and in need of a new name. Tambourina just made sense, it popped into my mind out of nowhere and I had no idea it wasn’t a word I made up! It is actually a French word meaning, “To drum” which is appropriate, since the drums and percussion are setting this new music apart from what we’ve done before. We do feel we are starting all over again, doing something completely fresh and exciting for us—we cannot wait to record these songs for the debut album! Recording “Sunshine Smile” was SUCH an inspiration for us, we had the idea to cover the song for our album before we heard about this tribute, and the fact that we were gifted the opportunity to record it for the comp, we feel it was meant to be. We are huge fans of Adorable, since the 90’s, and it is just an absolute honor to be a part of this.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Well, with glowfriends we worked with a producer friend of ours, Charlie Piper, out of Chicago, IL, on “A Farewell to Fair-weather,” “To Have and To Hold,” “All Things Made New” and our last album, “Gather Us Together.” On the last one, half of it was recorded by him at a studio in Chicago, and half by Kevin Dixon of Brief Candles at his studio in Milwaukee, WI.

For the Tambourina debut album, my brother Mark, our guitarist, will be recording us at his home studio, and I’m very excited about this because we’ll be able to work at our own pace and not have to worry about packing in and paying for studio time, etc. I don’t normally love recording, but I’m actually really looking forward to recording these songs with Mark since we had a ton of fun recording the song for the Adorable tribute! Definitely feeling encouraged about jumping right into making this album, keeping a sense of playfulness throughout. Something definitely feels really right this time around, and all 4 of us are all in and psyched about making this record!

Q. You are the creator of Kalamashoegazer, perhaps the oldest festival dedicated to shoegaze, in activity, how did it all begin? Tell us the history of the Festival
Well, my brother Mark and I, since the 90’s just scoured every independent music magazine for any and all obscure shoegaze/dreampop bands we could find. I remember when the internet was young, I looked for chat groups related to shoegaze in the hopes of meeting other fans of the genre. A turning point for me was when we were out playing shows in Los Angeles, and we found in a local paper that The Autumns we’re playing a show at The Troubadour. We went to see them, and after the show, someone outside the club passed me a flyer for an event, there were shoegaze bands listed on all sides of the flyer, I was intrigued. So we ended up going to a few of these events, they had them once a year in July, and it happened each time to coincide with when we were playing on the West Coast. The events consisted of a DJ spinning shoegaze/dreampop, and a couple of bands playing. What I loved most was the community aspect of it—getting bands and fans together, that seemed magical to me. When we started in 2007, we had 6 bands booked for the fest, it was a bit of an experiment, shoegaze was not known like it is now, and we didn’t know we’d still be doing this, but here we are! It’s grown slow and steady over the years, at a pace I feel like has been manageable, and for that I am grateful!

Q. What is the concept behind the Kalamashoegazer Festival?
It’s an all day shoegaze and dreampop fest in Kalamazoo, Michigan, we have DJs spinning shoegaze throughout the fest, which typically consists of 7-8 bands, and runs from 4 pm to midnight, 1 am. The main concept is really just getting like minded people together who love a lot of the same music, getting fans and bands to meet each other. There is an energy about it, and some very original dancing you won’t see anywhere else! I’m serious. We’ll have to come up with a name for it.

Q. How was the process of curation and selection of bands?
I get submissions from bands that want to play throughout the year, and I typically select at least 1-2 bands that way per year, the other groups I choose based on just personal preference, perhaps we played with a particular band and loved them, or a friend’s band recommended them. Jen Dixon from Brief Candles has great input, and her and I tend to like a lot of the same stuff. It’s always nice to have an up-and-coming younger band on the bill, along with one band that has a cult following and has recently re-formed, maybe hasn’t played a show in a very long time. That is always a very exciting thing to have happen at the fest.

Q. What are the most memorable shows in your opinion?
Last year Kalamashoegazer 11 at Bell’s Brewery was really, I think, the best one yet. Whimsical re-formed and played their first show in many years and that was really special for a lot of people. DKFM shoegaze radio out of Los Angeles were there for the first time and they were a huge support of the fest. There are memorable mo

Q. What is your opinion on the effervescent new scene of bands
(shoegaze / psych / post punk) around the world? I think there’s so much out there that it’s pretty overwhelming, but I’ve definitely heard some really great bands in the last few years. It’s encouraging when I hear stuff I’m really excited about. I really enjoy the show “When The Sun Hits” on DKFM. Amber plays a lot of bands I like.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I have to recommend all of the bands that are playing Kalamashoegazer 12 this year! Not all are “new” per say, but definitely worth a listen! Ringo Deathstarr from Austin, TX, the legendary Springhouse (Jack Rabid from The Big Take-Over magazine, re-formed, first show in 8 years) Soft Science from Sacramento, CA (I know they did a great cover of “I Don’t Know Why I Love You” on your House of Love tribute) Tambourina (my band, from Kalamazoo, MI, Brief Candles from Milwaukee, WI, Seashine from St. Louis Missouri, Tears Run Rings from Portland, OR (First show in 13 years!) and Airiel from Chicago, IL. It’s going to be a blast!

Q. What are your plans for the future?
Keep on putting on this fest as long as we are able to, make more records and hopefully tour again.

Q. Final Thoughts....
You’re wonderful, Renato. Thank you for all you do for this community. We value it so much!


terça-feira, 6 de novembro de 2018

Fan The Flames with Girls in Synthesis - An Interview

Sempre que vejo imprensa suspeita ou hipsters travestidos de entendedores a indicar possíveis grandes bandas, fico na defensiva.

Dias desses li por aí que a banda mais interessante do momento é o Shame, que os caras teriam a capacidade de agradar fãs de The Fall, Swell Maps, Gang of Four, etc, etc, mas quando fui ouvi-los, logicamente que soaram mais como um Art Brut pré fabricado do que qualquer outra coisa.

Agora, se você esta realmente interessado em pós punk torto, agressivo, sarcástico e caótico, o TBTCI indica sem vacilo o também londrino Girls in Synthesis.
Pegue qualquer um dos trabalhos dos caras que você vai perceber o que estou tentando dizer. Os EPs, "Suburban Hell" ou "We Might Not Make Tomorrow", ou, o aperitivo do novo trabalho, "Fan The Flames", podem te direcionar ao que o submundo dos bons sons tem de mais atraente, enérgico e doentio.

Acrescente a receita a insanidade da Crass e você terá a dimensão do estrago que o Girls in Synthesis faz.

Definitivamente esses caras são não recomendados a indie kids e hipsters metidos e descolados.

***** Interview with Girls in Synthesis *****

Q. When did Girls In Synthesis begin? Tell us about the history…
We formed, proper, in 2016, although the ethos and idea behind the band was around for about a year before we started playing together. We wanted to create a sound that was relentless and unforgiving, without resorting to busy arrangements and noise for the sake of noise. We wanted to create something very simple, stripped down and with parts that of importance to the song, not the importance of the musician.

We self-released our first digital single The Mound/Disappear and started playing opening slots in London. Our live performances ramped up and up until we really found our feet about a year later. We then released our first physical E.P “Suburban Hell” with brothers-in-arms Blank Editions. This sold out very quickly, as did it’s follow up “We Might Not Make Tomorrow”, which came out about 6 months later.

Our sound really began to develop during this time, and we began playing shows further afield. That leads us up to the forthcoming E.P. “Fan The Flames”, and our forthcoming tour which is the longest we have undertaken.

Q: Who are your influences?
Lots, musical and non-musical: Crass, 1970s soul boys, pegged trousers, army surplus clothing, Swell Maps, 1970s disco, The Fall, cheap musical equipment, each other.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Too difficult, but I would name:
Swell Maps “A Trip to Marineville”,
Adam and the Ants “Dirk Wears White Sox”, “Tighten Up Vol. 2”,
Bad Breeding “S/T”
and The Fall “Live at the Witch Trials” as goodstarting points.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Amazing… it’s the only place we feel totally free, maaaannn.

Q. How do you describe Girls In Synthesis´ sounds?
Aggressive, sparse, frantic, considered.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We record ourselves, so generally, start with recording the drums in a large rehearsal room. We then add the layers of guitar and bass, then vocals, then we add what we like to call “additional production” on top… this usually consists of subtle but harsh noise that sits underneath the songs and is manipulated to add inflections of dynamics and pace. Then it's mixed and mastered, although the recent on ewas mixed by James Aparicio (Liars, Factory Floor, These New Purtians).

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Bad Breeding, Revenue (RIP), Slags. Not many more beyond that.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
The Four Tops: Reach Out (I’ll Be There).

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We haven’t really made any firm plans for the future, but no doubt more recording and playing live. We’re hoping for another release around March/April 2019.

Q: Any parting words?
Be good to each other, be good to yourself.


segunda-feira, 5 de novembro de 2018

She Never with Toy Tambourine - An Interview

Nos dias de hoje quando nos deparamos com bandas como o trio da Indonésia Toy Tambourine e seu mix de guitar dream pop eletrificado, é inevitável não fazer uma rápida viagem ao meio dos 80´s e relembrar o frescor da geração batizada pela NME de Class of 86. Anos depois, toda aquele raiva e inocência sofreram outros desmembramentos através Matt Haynes e Clare Wadd e o selo de qualidade Sarah Records.

O mais interessante é que toda essa geração surgiu como um furacão varrendo universo indie, quando o termo era algo a se orgulhar, e desapareçam tão rapidamente como.

Mas a influência e o estrago que aquelas bandas tiveram e. ainda tem sobre uma legião, ok, talvez uma pequena legião, é enorme. E o Toy Tamoburine 30 anos depois seguem a risca  que bandsa como 14 Iced Bears, Field Mice, Bodines entre inúmeros outros heróis de um certo punk adocicadamente bubblegum fizeram.
Pegue "Sommertraum" debute dos indonésios, e sinta aquele raivoso e sonhador frescor de outrora, e sinta jovem ao menos por alguns momentos.

***** Interview with Toy Tambourine *****

Q. When did Toy Tambourine begin? Tell us about the history...
A: Toy Tambourine began in the midst of 2016. I always wanted to make a pop band but it's hard to find someone from my peer whose also a popkids. I made another band called Soft Blood before Toy Tambourine (and still running) and it was too modern in terms of music and songwriting though it still have lots of pop sensibilities. So i made Toy Tambourine for the sake of my everlasting love for classic and pure pop hahaha.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: The almighty Harvey Williams and his Another Sunny Day moniker! Also 14 Iced Bears, Sharesprings, The Pastels, The Field Mice, The Dentists, McCarthy, The Clientele, Blossom Diary and there are still a lot but I think you can guess the rest.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: 1. Another Sunny Day - London Weekend
2. Blossom Diary - S/T
3. Blueboy - Unisex
4. Sharesprings - Paraparlor
5. The Clientele - Suburban Light

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: It's fun, of course. But I always got nervous everytime I stood on stage. So i think i have a love/hate relationship with playing live.

Q. How do you describe Toy Tambourine´s sounds?
I think it's like a mix of Ramones' power chords and noisy guitars with the slacky and poppy 14 Iced Bears early sound. Oh and Kip Berman's style of songwriting kinda shape Toy Tambourine sound too.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It was always me in my bedroom recording all parts of the songs. Sometimes i get help from my friends because I have no bass guitar. I mixed and mastered the songs all by myself.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: I think it's not actually new but I'm gonna recommend some cool bands from Indonesia. Sharesprings always be my favourite since 10 years ago. Blossom Diary were such an influental bands for lot of us. Grrrl Gang are also great, those pop brats really know how to craft a good songs. The Sensitive are also good with their sarcastic lyricism. Ocean Chimes is amazingly great to bring back The Ocean Blue-esque sound. The Whistling Possum also great, I think there are not a lot of bands that make Orange Juice as their main influence.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: I did release a three cover songs of Another Sunny Day. But if i have to choose again, I think i want to cover Weezer. Or The Rentals.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Recording another EP or maybe an LP. Do more show and then I don't know, I planned to put Toy Tambourine on hiatus or maybe called it quits.

Q: Any parting words?
A: It's cool to be unpopular.


sexta-feira, 2 de novembro de 2018

Port with Jemez - An Interview

Já conheceu a história de uma banda que começou através do Tinder? Ainda não? Bem, agora você conhece, trata-se do quarteto de Nova Iorque, Jemez.

Escutar o single "Port / Edna" dos caras é ouvir guitarras gritando, implorando por mais reverb, clamando por distorções fritantes e estridentes.

Seguindo a cartilha de ícones como Medicine, MBV e afins, o Jemez é puro shoegaze para shoegazers.

Aqui as guitarras só faltam falar.

Escute alto e com fones de ouvido, a sensação é muito mais completa.

***** Interview with Jemez *****

Q. When did Jemez begin? Tell us about the history...
Ethan and I met on a Tinder date. Neither of us really felt a “vibe” romantically, but it turned out we shared a lot of common musical interests and had a lot of musical chemistry. The rest is history! Arielle and Dan used to date in college.

Q: Who are your influences?
The idea Ethan and I had starting out was to make a band that sounded “not indie rock,” with Unwound and the Swirlies being the main points of reference. I also remember Ethan playing the band Medicine at his crib when were first starting out and saying we should sound like them. We’re definitely indie rock and sound nothing like Unwound, so I don’t know what happened there. I think Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo are other bands we at least semi-consciously try to emulate.

As far as the other members of the band go — Arielle has no joke been listening to the song “Scat Man” a lot recently, but thankfully it doesn’t seem to be affecting the way she plays drums (yet). I think she sounds kind of like Georgia Hubley, but that’s probably a lazy comparison because they’re both female drummers. Dan is way fucking older than the rest of us and has a lot of hilariously dated references, like Faith No More and Graham Parker and shit, but I think that’s part of why his baselines are so unique sounding. He also used to rap in the 90s which he claims gives him a good sense of time, but I definitely don’t hear that.

I’d like to think my guitar playing sounds like a cross between Neil Young and Kevin Shields, but if I’m honest I definitely sound like The Edge more than I’d like to admit. I don’t think either Ethan or I are in danger of sounding like Bono though.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Flaming Lips — Zaireeka
Sonic Youth NYC Ghosts & Flowers
Kiss — Music from “The Elder”
Travis Morrison - Travistan
Culturecide — Tacky Souvenirs of Pre-Revolutionary America (just for the title)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
"There is no greater bliss than dancing and performing.”

Q. How do you describe Jemez´s sounds?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The EP was recorded in our practice space on a Tascam 688, which is basically the pinnacle of cassette home-recording technology before everything starting going digital. It has 8 tracks and the fidelity is kind of nuts considering that they’re all squeezed into the width of a cassette tape. The more recent stuff was recorded digitally, but I think we’re going back to the 688 for the next one.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Us, honestly.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I have a lot of ideas for covers that the rest of the band doesn’t really seem to be into. We did a version of “Twist and Shout” in the beginning that was modeled after the Mama’s and the Papa’s, but we kind of phased that out of the set and the rest of the band just sort of laughs nervously when I suggest bringing it back. Other than that… “The Calvary Cross” by Richard and Linda Thompson, “Laid” by James, “Love Me Harder” by Ariana Grande… the list goes on.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
What future?

Q: Any parting words?


quinta-feira, 1 de novembro de 2018

Gloom with Marly Reds - An Interview

Malang, Indonésia é a casa do quarteto Marly Reds.

Os novatos, estrearam há pouco mais de um mês com um daqueles trabalhos que deixaria o mestre Kid Vinil de sorrisos abertos. Um guitar pop, com fortes doses noventistas, sem adentrar a nenhum subgênero da época, apenas filtrando tudo que de melhor fez a cabeça dos quarentões, trintões e hoje vintões.

Tudo despretensioso, feita com aquele sabor juvenil, que pra quem quer manter aquela chama ardente, faz todo sentido.

Escute alto e vá se divertir.

***** Interview with Marly Reds *****

Q. When did Marly Reds begin? Tell us about the history...
1. Me (Ibay), Yoga (our guitarist), and Danu (bassist) oftens go to the studio just for a random jam, without any intention to form a band until Hadi (drummer) soon joined them on the first year of college.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. Our influences are Nothing, Ringo Deathstarr, Whirr, and Yuck. Initially, we used to play some math-rock jam, until we decided to play alt-rock riffs with lots of fuzz and reverb instead of twanky guitar melodies hahaha. For me (personally), I was heavily influenced by Nothing and Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream album.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. A very challenging question... hahaha. Here's what me and my bandmates think of when it comes to 5 greatest album.
Dark Side of The Moon - Pink Floyd,
Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins,
Title Fight - Hyperview,
MBV - Loveless,
and Blur - Leisure.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. We haven't been in a proper stage before, but a small gig is still the best experience for us. The first time we play at out first gig, we were very nervous because of the technical issues. Gonna miss that moment because we really have no idea what to do at the time hahaha.

Q. How do you describe Marly Reds´ sounds?
5. We define our sound is something like a marriage between pop pattern chords and heavy, fuzzy guitar ambience. When listening to our Debut EP, you'll get the strange feeling between "oh shit this music's too loud" and "I can't stop singing to their songs!". I think that is how we define our sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. The recording process started back in mid 2018. We did a lot of research before finally decided to record our songs at Satrio Piningit Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. A lot of cool bands recorded their songs there, such as Skandal (https://skandalrockband.bandcamp.com/) and Grrrl Gang (https://grrrlgang.bandcamp.com/album/stop-this-madness). Oh fyi, the tambourine part in "Gloom" was a bit of a last-minute decision. We decided to add tambourine to the song because it gives a dancy feeling to the song.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. Hmm.. We haven't got any idea yet. I think you might as well check the bands that have been mentioned in the previous answer first.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. Personally, I would glad to have a Stone Roses' cover band. But we haven't got any thoughts of making any cover band.. too many ideas and influences at the same time hahaha.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. Publications first. We want Marly Reds to be something massive. We want as many people to notice our debut EP. Beside that, we're trying our best to perform in more stages, with more materials to bring with. Lets hope for the best shall we? hahaha

Q: Any parting words?
10. Thank you for the interview, we really appreciate it. Thank you for your opinions on our music. By the way, we'll be happy to know what do you (readers) think of our music and our bands. Please don't hesitate to have a chat with us thru Twitter (@marlyreds) or Instagram (@marlyreds). Godluck and Good Speed!


quarta-feira, 31 de outubro de 2018

The City Gates, "Forever Orbiter" - Vinyl Edition!!!!!!

Bem o The City Gates você já conhece certo?

E sabe que os caras lançaram um dos grandes discos desse ano certo?

Agora, "Forever Orbiter", o disco, ganhará o formato clássico em vinil. Corra porque só serão confeccionadas unidades dessa pérola. 

Se por ventura você quer saber mais sobre o álbum leia o "Track by Track" exclusivo que a banda fez para o TBTCI, aqui.

Reserve sua cópia antes que seja tarde no bandcamp dos caras.


Grey Goes Black, "Break Apart Again / Don't Stop" - Premiere

O trio de New Jersey, Grey Goes Black, já conhecido pelos frequentadores das páginas do TBTCI, retorna com seu mais novo single "Break Apart Again" / "Don´t Stop", depois do belíssimo debute "And Inside There Was Only Water", lançado no ano passado.

Nesta nova jornada, o GGB mergulha fundo em um certo soulgaze, conexões sonoras com A.R. Kane são notadamente sentidas em "Break Apart Again". Já em "Don´t Stop", o tom épico do trabalho anterior vem a tona. 

A pedido do TBTCI os caras revelaram os segredos de ambas canções, em detalhes.

Em tonalidades eloquentes o Grey Goes Black os caras confidenciaram ao TBTCI que novos singles e EPs estão previstos para o próximo ano, com um souvenir, um cover de Jeff Buckley prometido para o próximo single.

Para ficar de ouvidos e olhos bem atentos.

***** Grey Goes Black,  "Break Apart Again / Don't Stop" - Premiere *****

"Break Apart Again" attempts to capture the slow death of love. Caught between mixed signals and a 1000 miles from home. Screaming your devotion into the wind with no response. Constantly going back to the same rose bush to only have your heart bled out from the thorns again.

"Don't Stop" is the confusion and excitement that comes from kissing someone for the first time after they've broken your heart. Laying on your floor with heavy breath wishing it would and wouldn't end.

Knowing it should but asking please" Don't Stop" recorded in house by the band with Assistance from Benjamin from coffee Haus studios.


terça-feira, 30 de outubro de 2018

Feel The Energy with Treasure Box - An Interview

Já nos primeiros segundos do novo trabalho do duo phillie, Treasure Box, "Treasure Junkie", fica claríssimo com o que estamos lidando, o lado mais experimental do MBV, leia-se "Loomer", "Glider" entre outras são literalmente a fonte de energia onde Tim e Colin alimentam-se.

Claramente as fritações vão se tornando mais experimentalmente profundas com o desfile das canções, e o fantasma de Mr. Shields perambula o disco do início ao fim, mas o Treasure Box não apenas se limita a dar andamento a obra de Shields, elementos de eletrônica pesada aparecem constantemente, cortesia da conexão deles com o Aphex Twin.

O Treasure Box, não se trata de um plágio, mas sim de uma sequência lógica, mas é apenas indicado para fãs xiitas.

***** Interview with Treasure Box *****

Q. When did Treasure Box begin? Tell us about the history...
Tim: Treasure Box started in the summer of 2016 when I bought my first 4 track cassette recorder. We began by putting together some rudimentary releases and have been progressing and picking up new equipment ever since. The band consists of my brother Colin and I with input from friends at times. We record songs separately in our home studios (Colin in Philadelphia and I in Easton, PA) and also come together to collaborate and change it up. Our focus is to make interesting analog shoegaze/ experimental lofi music at home however we want.

Q: Who are your influences?
Colin: I think The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Cocteau Twins were the ones who influenced us to use old drum machines on our recordings. My Bloody Valentine are a huge influence on the guitar sound. Other artists like astrobrite/lovesliescrushing, Seefeel, Slowdive, Swirlies, and Aphex Twin have inspired me as well.

Tim: There are too many great artists to name but a few who have really stood out to me are Kevin Shields, Richard D. James and Robin Guthrie.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Colin: My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realize
Cocteau Twins - Treasure
Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me
Swirlies - They Spent their Wild Youthful Days...
Bedhead - whatfunlifewas

Tim: My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Aphex Twin - Richard D. James
Harold Budd and Brian Eno - Ambient 2 The Plateaux of Mirror
Slowdive - Blue Day
Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Tim: We have yet to play live to an audience but we'd like to. Otherwise I love performing alone at home.

Q. How do you describe Treasure Box´s sounds?
Colin: Fuzzy, hissing, blurry

Tim: Textural and a little bipolar.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Colin: All of our tracks are recorded to various 4-track cassette recorders and feature drum machines. I usually start by recording the drum part in full and then build from there. Adding guitars, bass, loops and vocals etc. Since there are only 4 tracks you gotta get creative, but that is most of the fun.

Tim: I start with the drums as well, sometimes with a guitar loop or something. I try to make each track a little performance on it's own that's sort of evolving throughout so when it's time to mix down, the sound might surprise me. We each have our own collection of guitar pedals, old processors and instruments to work with. Everything is recorded and mixed on tape, only being converted to the computer lastly so we can put it out there.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Colin: This band called Just Mustard recently released a new album that i liked a lot. Scott Cortez is still releasing some of the best shoegaze/ambient with his various projects. I'm excited to hear the new Ringo Deathstarr album as well.

Tim: nubble light, testphase, turbo ether.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Tim: I'd love to do a super lofi cover of Winona by Drop Nineteens.

Colin: Maybe a Kraftwerk song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Tim: Our plan is to continue making music, gathering equipment and putting tapes together in an effort to improve to the point where we may influence others to create something of their own.

Q: Any parting words?
Colin: Thank you so much for checking out our music and for doing this interview. I am very grateful for anyone who takes the time to check our band out.

Tim: Thanks again and always remember to fight evil (don't succumb).

segunda-feira, 29 de outubro de 2018

Flashes of Sound with Already Dreamers - An Interview

Depois de alguns singles e EPs, o quarteto sonhador inglês, Already Dreamers chega a seu primeiro álbum "Flashes of Sound"

Como não poderia deixar de ser, "Flashes of Sound", é um passeio cintilante por entre texturas hipnóticas que soam como um convite a levitar até as nuvens, contemplando-as sem pressa.

Sonoramente, o Already Dreamers me remete diretamente ao saudoso Rumskib, obviamente que, com isto colocado, as matrizes Eno, Cocteau, entre outros, são ainda mais óbvias.

Uma doce purificação para momentos cinzentos.

***** Interview with Already Dreamers *****

Q. When did Already Dreamers begin? Tell us about the history...
Already Dreamers have existed in numerous forms (and under different names) for several years now. The current line up have played together since 2015 and we are really pleased with the work we’ve produced together so far.

Q: Who are your influences?
We are an eclectic group so our influences range far and wide from Beethoven to the Beastie Boys! But our main inspiration comes from Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Mike Oldfield, Hammock, and Brian Eno. We have a Spotify playlist showcasing the artists and works which have had the greatest impact on our sound if you’re interested in finding out more.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
We’ve gone for the ones which we’ve felt have had the greatest impact on both ourselves as musicians and music as a whole. In no particular order:
1. Pet Sounds: Beach Boys
2. St. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Beatles
3. Paul’s Boutique: The Bestie Boys
4. Loveless: My Bloody Valentine
5. Tubular Bells: Mike Oldfield

That wasn’t an easy list to curate though. 5 seems like a short number considering all the musically significant albums that have been made over the years. But the direction each of these masterpieces individually helped to push both popular music and sound engineering to new areas of innovation are unparalleled . At least in our nerdy opinion anyway!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We don't know because we have never played live. Not in our current line up anyway! That's down to two main reasons. Firstly, acute shyness. And secondly, we've yet to find a way of re-creating the sound we record in the studio, on the stage. We are starting to think about possibly doing some multimedia based live show which will incorporate visuals as well as our own songs. But as we say, that's very much in the early stages of development so watch this space.

Q. How do you describe Already Dreamers´ sounds?
We like to mix elements of electronica, rock, dream-pop, and ambient into all our work. The main part of our sound though originates from the guitar and our use of reverb and delay. We hardly ever use synthesisers which is something people are surprised to hear. We had a conversation with a journalist once who refused to believe that the only instrument we used in “Safely in the Arms of October” was a guitar. They could have sworn they heard an array of keyboards in the intro. But there isn’t. It’s all exclusively guitars and the way we treat them.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We never enter a recording session with any songs or preconceived ideas. We jam, play around and generally make a large noise before the basics of a song starts to come together. Our trick is to record everything. Then our lead guitarist Christopher listens back to our sessions the next day. He’s brilliant at picking out motifs, chord changes or sound effects and then splicing it up with other jamming sessions. Then sometimes we will come back to the studio and he’ll excitedly say “we’ve got something really great here, let’s work on this and possibly add this or this”. The buzzing guitar effect during the chorus of Even The Whitest Snow Melts, took about a week to create with an array of distortion, reverb and compression. But Christopher (who produces all our stuff) will have an idea and of what will work with a particular element of the song and we’ll try our best to create that. He’s not a perfectionist per se, but he does like to get it right!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Well they aren’t new as such as they’ve been producing music for while, regardless though, they are new to us.

Olan Mill (anything Alex Smalley produces with either OM or Pausal is truly special), Hammock (melancholy personified) and Jefre Cantu Ledesema (ethereal doesn’t do his music justice, as it seems to come from another time in space way back when life seemed a lot simpler).

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We are not confident of our own ability to deliver any cover with the right amount of justice. We are huge admirers of musicians who can deconstruct a song and make it sound like their own. That’s not a skill we’ve mastered yet, but never say never! We would love the opportunity to remix someone else’s songs though. That would really excite us.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
It’s taken a while for us to get the debut album off the ground, but we are now committed to releasing two or three new bodies of work a year, as a minimum. That doesn’t mean we would sacrifice quality for quantity though. That’s part of the beauty of running our own label; we can release what we feel will resonate with our listeners the most, as often as we need too.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much for listening.


sexta-feira, 26 de outubro de 2018

In This Life with Violet Waves - An Interview

Apesar de declararem amor e devoção ao Radiohead e ao Explosions in The Sky, o quarteto de Langhorne na Filadélfia, Violet Waves, não soa em nenhum momento como suas referências, pelo contrário, o que se ouve em "In This Life/Otosis", é um indie rock com fortes influências de shoegaze, claro que momentos eloquentes como o que acontece lá por volta do quarto minuto de "In This Life", remete sim a baluartes do post rock, mas aquela fórmula manjada de crescendo/tranquilidade/esporro, não necessariamente nessa ordem, definitivamente não é perpetuada pelos caras.

"Otosis" o lado B do single sim, já possui estruturas mais próximas à concepção do post rock básico, mas mesmo ela, contém um encantamento muito mais sonhador do que os pseudo delírios do post rock, o que agrada muito mais.

De qualquer forma, o Violet Waves, agradará fãs de shoegaze, post rock e principalmente de música, melhor assim.

***** Interview with Violet Waves *****

Q. How did Violet Waves begin? Tell us about the history…
John started playing with the original drummer Greg Diamond in 2016, and met Brett and Nate shortly thereafter through Craigslist. They wrote and recorded the Endless EP together during the fall of 2017, and I joined the band shortly after that when Greg started going to school in New York. The current lineup has been together for almost a year. We’ve written a lot of material and played shows consistently, but In This Life/Otosis is the first recording we’ve put out together.

Q. Who are your influences?
We’re all into a lot of guitar-heavy bands like Explosions in the Sky, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Caspian, This Will Destroy You, etc. We’ve all been way into Foxing lately. There was a great period over the summer during which Radiohead and My Bloody Valentine played Philly within three days of one another. That was a really inspirational week for us. Nate tends to use a lot of visuals when describing ideas for songs- a lot of references to space and oceans and mountains. I think we really find our sound in the differences we individually bring to the group. We would probably all pull the music in a different direction if we had full control, so our collective sound comes from the point where we intersect.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
In Rainbows by Radiohead,
Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever, and,
The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place by Explosions in the Sky,
The Albatross by Foxing,
and Slowdive by Slowdive.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Energized. We get pretty into it when we play. Lately we’ve been focusing on making our show more cohesive lately and working to fill in the space between songs so things flow as a single fluid set. The physical set lists are twice as long because they now include notes on what we’re doing between songs. Playing live is so much fun, especially in Philly. People are really supportive in this town.

Q. How do you describe Violet Waves’ sound?

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs.
The writing process was pretty much entirely from jamming, which is our typical way of doing things. Sometimes someone brings in a riff and we work off of that. We tend to loop the same few measures over and over while people figure out their own parts for it, which makes the writing process pretty fast but also organic and keeps us from overthinking things. We recorded the instrumentals in our practice space, which is inside an old warehouse in Philly. It’s a pretty small room with just the right amount of natural reverb in it. It’s not too dead, but also not so resonant that a band like ours becomes too muddy. There were a lot of small mishaps along the way that go along with recording in an old space you share with several other bands- lots of tiny rattles and creaks all around the room. We accidentally left the air conditioner running in the background of one of the drum tracks, which inevitably ended up being the best take. Nate did all the sound engineering and worked around all of it. He did the all the mixing too. We had a very long text exchange full of different onomatopoeias trying to describe the specifics of certain snare sounds or exact overdrive tone. He did a really amazing job of listening to each member of the band and getting a sound we were all really happy with. We had both tracks mastered by Corey Coffman of Gleemer, and the results were exactly what we were hoping for.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Definitely Lovelorn. They’re a band out of Philly comprised of three of the four members of Creepoid. We were at Creepoid’s final show earlier this year at a 1,200 capacity venue, which was amazing. Now it’s great to see Lovelorn play more intimate shows around town. They opened for A Place to Bury Strangers at a house show a few months ago and blew everyone’s minds. Gleemer (Colorado) is also a band favorite. There are so many great local bands that are worth checking out. We just played a really fun show with Mesa Glow, Pale Shade, and Elbowache, who are all from Philadelphia or New Jersey. Slenko & McKeys lays out some great dark bootgaze. I listen to them while studying all the time. A Film in Color is another Northeast band that’s doing great things right now. Our band group text is mostly full of self-deprecating post-rock memes and links to obscure shoegaze music we find on the internet. We’re all looking for new music pretty much constantly and we enable one another in our internet deep-dives.

Q. Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Probably something by Radiohead. We play “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” constantly in practice. Any one of us will start a riff from the song and we’ll all join in and start playing it immediately. We like to choose songs that pay tribute to our favorite bands but we can also make our own. We used to cover “Scientist Studies” by Death Cab for Cutie. It was fun to stretch out and make really loud during the instrumental measures at the end.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
We’d like to put out a full LP and possibly do some regional touring. Lately we’ve been trying to play shows around Philadelphia with bands that are coming from a similar musical standpoint. We’ve been on a lot of very diverse bills, which is awesome, but it’s really something special when all the bands are genuinely excited to hear everyone else and not just focused on their own set.

Q. Any parting words?
Thanks for listening. It always means a lot <3 br="">*