sábado, 25 de abril de 2015

Scenes From The Second Storey with Bathernay - An Interview


O quarteto belga, Bathernay foi é é uma grata descoberta.

Um shoegazer slowcore, muita melancolia, uma bela e sofisticada mescla de melodia, ambientação e barulho, sempre angustiante. Um belíssimo mix de Low, Slowdive e Red House Painters.

Pra ouvir imediatamente.

***** Interview with Bathernay *****


Q. When did Bathernay started, tell us about the history...
A: Bathernay started in september 2012. It began as a solo project of the leader, Nicolas. After to post an advertising on the web, Nicolas was rejoined by 3 musicians. The actual line up is composed with Eric (Guitar), Oli (bass) and Guilhem (drums).

They play together since augustus 2014.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Our influences are God Machine, Beach house, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Deerhunter, Slowdive, A Place to Bury Strangers, Joy Division, Blonde Redhead, My Bloody Valentine,...and so on...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A:1, Mogwai : « Come on die young »
2, Sonic youth : « Washing Machine »
3, Slowdive : « Souvlaki »
4, Hood : « Cold House »
5, God Machine : « Scenes from the second storey »

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: We love to play live. We feel free because we improvise on stage.

Q. How do you describe Bathernay sounds?
A: It's a mix between noise, ambient and Melody


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: All songs on soundcloud are recorded with Nicolas and Oli at home. But we'll record in a studio together in may 2015. We hope to release our album in fall 2015.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A: We would like to intoduce you some good Belgian Bands :

Eric in the kitchen (It is the musical project of our guitarist Eric), Tsuki Moon (It is a dual Band with our drummer Guilhem) But we love to this friend's bands : Pilod, Swingers, Hermetic Electric, BBS, Adolina,...

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: We are focus on our music but we love to make a Shoegaze Version of « The Cure ».

Q: What´s the plans for future....
A: We plane to release our Album in Fall 2015 and we'd like to tour for this album next year.

Q: Any parting words?
A: We are very glad to be contacted by you to introduce you our Band.

Thank you very much.
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www.bathernay.be
www.facebook.com/bathernay
https://bathernay.bandcamp.com/

sexta-feira, 24 de abril de 2015

Grace with Neon Woods - An Interview



Neon Woods é mais uma daquelas descobertas do TBTCI que tem tudo pra fazer um bom barulho, vide sua estreia disponível em sua página no soundcloud, link lá embaixo depois da entrevista.

Dreaming in Rever e Soaked são dois belos exercícios que o clima 90´s esta mais forte do que nunca atualmente.

E os dinamarqueses do Neon Woods pegam pesado naquela máxima clássica, garoto encontra garota que encontra garoto e monta uma banda.

***** Interview with Neon Woods *****


Q. When did Neon Woods started, tell us about the history...
A: It's a classic boy-meets-girl-meets-boy-starts-a-band.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: We don't have a common influence, however, each of us are personally inspired by great bands such as The Cure, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, and Snoop Dogg.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: Well, it's very hard to find a top five list of albums, but we managed to gather a few:
"Grace" - Jeff Buckley,
"Painful" - Yo La Tengo,
"Is This Desire" - PJ Harvey,
"Closer" - Joy Division,
"Doggie Style" - Snoop Dogg

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: At the moment we're searching for gigs 'cause we just started. However, feel free to invite us to Sao Paulo!

Q. How do you describe Neon Woods sounds?
A: Melodic noise rock.

 Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: After our guitarist managed to control our singers James Hettfield tendencies, our drummers negativity, our bass players lack of intellectual capacity we did just fine!


 Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A: Courtney Barnett, Speaker Bite Me, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Nelson Can.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: Aint nothing but a G thang by Snoop Dogg!

Q: What´s the plans for future....
A: Play gigs, record songs, get deaf or die trying.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Spotify!
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https://soundcloud.com/neon-woods
https://www.facebook.com/neonwoodsband

quinta-feira, 23 de abril de 2015

The Passion of Lovers with In Letter Form - An Interview


De São Francisco vem o quarteto In Letter Form, pós punk, darkwave e todas as vertentes derivadas dos áureos tempos sombrios e gélidos da virada do 70´s para os 80´s estão inseridos na sonoridade dos caras.


Explorations of Unknown Destinations, o álbum de estreia lançado em 2014 é um exercício contínuo de revitalização dos ícones daquela era transformados e atualizados para os nossos dias.

Sombrio, denso e por vezes amargurado, o In Letter Form em sua estreia definitivamente criou um álbum que poderia facilmente ter sido lançado naquela época sem soar datado.

Acabaram de soltar um novo single Reflecting the Rain que mantém o que começaram no debute.

Para a alegria dos goths de plantão, o In Letter Form vai além da mesmice de seus contemporâneos.

***** Interview with In Letter Form *****



Q. When did In Letter Form start? tell us about the history...
In Letter Form began in San Francisco as a nameless project of Eric's, back in 2010. He wrote a collection of songs that included These Days Go By, Again and AM Regret which were modest and shy first attempts at finding his voice, he had never been behind a microphone or at least, not with any thoughts of calling himself a "singer." The solo work he did was a collection of letters to people he loved or lost. The time eventually came when he went searching for collaborators who shared not only a similar musical aesthetic and influence but more importantly, the conviction and courage to create art that is vulnerable and honest.

Eric Miranda, James Levis and Peter Dosanjh came together in 2012 and named the project In Letter Form during their first meeting. The name was fitting for the manner in which Eric wrote those first few tracks and also conjured imagery of an antiquated form of communication. Often playing instruments (not playback devices) and doing all of the things necessary to create and stay active, can often feel a lot like engaging in a past time, like sitting down to type a letter. The name is to be taken literally and metahorically.

Q: Who are your influences?
We love and are influenced by so many artists, musicians, authors, painters, film makers, poets. Musically, we love post punk, new wave, and many staples of the late 70's/80's, so Joy Division, New Order, The (early) Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Chameleons, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, The Church, The Smiths, The Cramps, Pulp, Modern Lovers, The Velvet Underground

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time.
Never! You ask the Impossible. But I will give you a sample. (This is from Eric since Im the one up at 2:44 am writing this):
Disintegration
Unknown Pleasures
The Queen is Dead
Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Abbey Road


Q. How do you feel playing live?
All of us love and look forward to l playing live. I tend to go into a trance like state. It always starts the same, nervousness, anxiety, fear of rejection, flushed cheeks, randomly check-listing of dos and don'ts, reaffirmation of conviction to be playing. Much of what I do (technically) is a function of muscle memory which allows me to lose myself in the emotion of the sound and story telling. However, some of the best moments is when it all feels like its happening for the first time, musical phrasing is written on the spot and I feel completely immersed and omni present in the moment and with the sound. Thats the goal. Everyone of our songs tells a story and at the heart of those stories is usually immense beauty found in llove or loss, or sadness and joy. Its important that I do my best to faithfully deliver the sentiment accurately and honestly just as you would feel obligated to hit the correct notes of a given song.

Q. How do you describe In Letter Form sounds?
Familiar yet new. Haunting and immediate, temporal and melodic.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Its a process we're always striving to improve upon. James is our sound engineer and a damn talented man. We record and mix all of our own music. Sometimes this is a blessing and other times a curse. Theres a part of me that would like to find someone who is not so close to the songs, who could look at the work from their unique perspective and push it further into an all together piece of art.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
New bands? Black Marble, Cold Showers, Viet Cong, Editors, Geographer, The Trims, A Place to Bury Strangers, Tremor Low, XX.


Q: What´s the plans for the future....
We are starting regional routings (mini tours) we have plans for our first 7" A/B "Wait Now" and "Reflecting the Rain" both of which also are being released with a video component March 31st and April 14th, respectively. We're opening for Peter Murphy, so we're all very excited for that. Beyond that, we intend to keep writing music that is meaningful to us and that we believe in, and be able to share it with those we love and have yet to meet.

Q: Any parting words?
We look forward to meeting with you again.
Thanks
Eric/James/Peter/Andres In Letter Form
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https://inletterform.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/InLetterForm
https://soundcloud.com/inletterform

Stoned & Dethroned with Lost Secrets - An Interview


Os espanhóis do Lost Secrets e seu e Beautiful Noize trazem vestígios de J&MC principalmente ecos dos álbuns Stoned & Dethroned e Munki.

Riffs pegajosos, melodias assobiáveis pra cantar e pular tudo em alto e bom som.

Um ótimo exemplo de que os sons do submundo estão definitivamente explodindo em energia, 

***** Interview with Lost Secrets *****



Q. When did Lost Secrets started, tell us about the history...
The main idea arised one Xmas afternoon in my appartment on 2010, I (Vicent Martin) was talking on the phone with my friend Henry Galán, we were discussing about a pedal effect (EHX DELUXE MEMORY MAN) I was explaining him the coolest thing about this pedal it was to use it in a Shoegaze band. I have been many years playing in some independent alternative rock bands (drums mainly and bass) and Henry was working for almost twenty years in their solo project based in minimal music, so we both were to far each other in the musical spectrum. And talking about with him about Shoegaze bands I said: “Hey, the coolest thing of it all would be to form a Shoegaze band!!” So that idea was the beginning of our project. We started to rehearse with some own songs I have, Henry playing keyboards space strings and bassline, another guy (that left the band then) playing drums and me playing guitar with a lot pedal effects (three MEMORY MAN pedals included of course!).

Q: Who are your influences?
We are music lovers, so we listen all kind of music, really all, but obviously we have our own preferences, the band is moving between a “natural sound balance” between order and chaos. Our influences are very different, from minimal music Kings: Philip Glass, Klaus Schulze, Mike Olfield with their strict order and perfect sound to the epic guitar sounds of Smashing Pumpkins, MBV, TJAMC and our songs have melo/sad mood based and very influenced by The Cure and Joy Division. Now we are moving towards more electronic sounds, so we admit The XX has been an important influence for us in the last year.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
May this be the hardest question of all (LOL), …, But let’s say these albums are the vital signs in music in Lost Secrets’s sound.
The Photographer by Philip Glass (Henry)
Amarok by Mike Oldfield (Henry)
Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins (Vicent)
Loveless by MBV (Vicent)
Disintegration by The Cure (Henry + Vicent)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Our main work is based in weekly rehearsals since our beginning, so it is playing live when we feel more confortable. When we feel that we connect with people who came at our concerts, when we see a girl that is moving their head with our rhythm or we realize that someone is singing our lyrics, we know our work is well done. Until now it is playing live when we feel our sound is closer to our reality. So try to make concerts as much as we could, in a electric way mainly or even acoustic if the local needed. We love play live that’s it!


Q. How do you describe Lost Secrets sounds?
Our main idea is located in Shoegaze sound, big drum sound, bigger delayed, reverbered and distorted guitar sound, with space strings as background and all of this leaded by a dark and deep voice, this was our mantra until now. But recently we are more synthesized sounds oriented, we are working based on electronic drums tracks and some arpeggiated sounds, we have now some new demos more electrical but even more dreamy than our previous songs. “Return” (demo) at our bandcamp it will be a very good example of our present sound. http://lostsecrets.bandcamp.com/track/return

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
For the recording of our first EP called Beautiful Noize, we recorded at a professional studio located in Madrid, we spend about 3-4 months to record all tracks, and two more months for the mastering and mixing, yes a lot of time for an EP (we are Spanish alter all!), we uses to make jokes with this recording comparing it with the Tears For Fears’ Seeds of Love album recording…, Five of the seven tracks were recorded in this studio, but the intro and the outtro were recorded in my home studio. For the new Ep, we have decided to combine songs recorded at a professional studio and songs recorded in our own home studio, as the new songs are based in a electronic drum and synthesized loop, with many tracks of guitars overdubbed. We are very excited about the new songs recording!

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Before we will mention all shoegaze new bands, we want to mention two Spanish bands that we love, one it is called Havalina, if we want to sound like a band we want to sound like Havalina, incredible live sound and records as well… yes, we think they are the biggest Spanish Rock Band ever..! and another Spanish band called: Nueva Internacional, it sounds very very classic Shoegaze. Then…they are A Place To Bury Strangers…(not so new but a little old), No Joy, Ringo Deathstarr, Dum Dum Girls, Tamaryn, Warpaint, Aerofall, The Arctic Flow, El Niño Naranja and The US (of course!). Q: What´s the plans for future.... Now we are working in new demos, and probably we will plan to record the new songs after summer. Henry is building a beautiful home studio in his attic, so as commented below we will record songs (electronic oriented) by ourselves and then the songs with real drums will be recorded in an professional studio. We have been invited to play in a local Music Festival (no, its not the FIB) this summer arround July, and recently it will appear in the web an acoustic concert that we made some weeks ago for a musical Management website. We have planned also to upload a live concert in our bandcamp account for free. After the good experience of playing our songs in acoustic format, we are thinking to record some songs of our Beautiful Noize EP in acoustic. Apart from that, we will remain with our weekly rehearsals.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks so much to Renato at http://theblogthatcelebratesitself.blogspot.com.br/ for their interest in us, thanks all people who made their own music, thanks to all people who have supported us during this years, specially thanks to Eva my wife she is the real third member of Lost Secrets. Peace, Love, Noise and if you want to start a Shoegaze band, buy all a Ehx Deluxe Memory Man!!
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https://lostsecrets.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lost-Secrets

Hyperventilation with Free Sushine Acid - An Interview


Diretamente de Dublin, Irlanda, vem o comboio psicodélico Free Sunshine Acid.

O nome auto explicativo já sugere os caminhos navegados pelos caras, psicodelia viajante, em odisseias multicoloridas com aquele já bem conhecida sabor amargo do ácido. Referências a BJM são notórias no decorrer das músicas do Free Sunshine Acid. Um ep deliciosamente lisérgico e inúmeras canções você se delicia no soundcloud dos caras (link lá embaixo após a entrevista).

Boa viagem com o Free Sunshine Acid.


***** Interview with Free Sunshine Acid *****



Q. When did Free Sunshine Acid started, tell us about the history...
We started jamming 6 years ago and over time gathered more members and the passion grew. From our grand parents living rooms to garages to rehearsal studios, even in the back of a van on a beach... we've always played music with passion and so recorded our EP and countless soundcloud tracks.

Q: Who are your influences?
Some of our favourite bands who influence our music would be Black Rebel Motorcycle club, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, My Bloody Valentine, Spiritualized, Spacemen 3 and The Velvet Underground.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
2. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Methodrone
3. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
4. The Beatles - Revolver
5. Black Rebel Motorcycle club - Howl

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is an amazing feeling, it's easy to lose yourself in the music and forget your playing to a crowd, especially when you have trippy projection playing behind you.

Q. How do you describe Free Sunshine Acid sounds?
Our sound is inconsistant, it can be drone, psychadelic or more bluesy. Depends on our mood when it's been recorded

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We sometimes record songs individually or together... which gives our music more diversity.


Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Don't know of any new bands to recommend but some lesser well known bands that should be known are Magic Shoppe, House of Dolls and The Green Tambourine Band

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of
We never feel fulfilled covering songs, playing someone else's work isn't as enjoyable as creating something spontaneous which is conceived from the moment and can't be predicted by anyone in the band... It makes music more beautiful and interesting

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We plan on creating music till we die or go deaf, we want to record more and play more gigs, just like any band out there.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for listening to our music... Blogs like this keep great music circulating!
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https://soundcloud.com/freesunshineacid
https://www.facebook.com/FreeSunshineAcid

quarta-feira, 22 de abril de 2015

Hellbound with Monster Treasure - An Interview


Cheirinho dos 90´s tem o debute das meninas do Monster Treasure.

Ecos de Yo La Tengo, Breeders, Velocity Girl, e mais um monte de gente. Monster Treasure o disco é infestado de riffs rápidos, vocais adocicados com um senso pop espetacular.

É pra ouvir alto, sair pulando, passear, dançar, dar uma volta de dia ou a noite, tanto faz, o Monster Treasure é companhia para todos os momentos e pra aproveitar cada minuto.

Que disco delicioso.

***** Interview with Monster Treasure *****



Q. When did Monster Treasure started, tell us about the history...
A: We started playing music in 2011 when we lived together in Stockton, California. We’ve been friends and playing music together since 2003. One night we were listening to “Big Baby” by Shadowy Men On a Shadowy Planet in Briana’s car. After that, we decided we wanted to be called Monster Treasure.

We started playing and writing songs in the living room and recorded our EP in 2012 and released it on tapes with Squirmy and Phono Select Records. After that, we recorded a few song demos and released a split tape with Babysitter through Shake! Records in Canada. Last August we released our LP with Harlot Records on Vinyl. We continue to play shows in California and are currently writing new songs.

Q: Who are your influences? Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: Major influences: Yo La Tengo, The Breeders, Huskur du, Jawbreaker…
Our Top 5 Albums:
1: “A Night At The Opera” – Queen
2: “Jailbreak” - Thin Lizzy
3: “And Then Nothing Turned Itself Out” & “I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One” - Yo La Tengo (we can't choose just one).
4: “Big Lizard In My Backyard” - The Dead Milkmen
5: “Last Splash” - The Breeders.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: We’re always a little nervous or excited before we play but usually, depending on the crowd or alcohol intake, after that, it’s usually balls to the wall.

Q. How do you describe Monster Treasure sounds?
A: Chainsaws and Mermaids.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: We recorded our LP with our good friend Ben “Rock” Hirschfield at Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburg, California. We recorded 13 songs in about 4 days during November 2014 and celebrated Thanksgivukkah (Thanksgiving + Hanukah).


Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A: Babysitter, Hag Face, Tough Age (all from Canada). Buddy Banter, Yogurt Brain, Puzzled (California) and Landlines (Portland, Oregon).

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We’re playing a few shows in Southern California in April. Possibly playing in Vancouver, BC in July. We’re also writing new songs.

Q: Any parting words?
Hopefully we’ll play in Brazil some day! Domo arigato mister Renato
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https://mnstrtrsr.bandcamp.com/album/monster-treasure-2
https://www.facebook.com/monstertreasure

Seventeen Seconds with Stillwave - An Interview


De Utrecht, Paises Baixos, vem o sombrio e instigante Stillwave.

Seu debute homônimo transita pelos caminhos densos do pós punk com doses de modernidades referencias diretas a Radiohead e Interpol.

O que se ouve é uma cozinha poderosa, vocais angustiantes, criando uma atmosfera intensa e poderosa.

Grande álbum de pós punk feito 3 décadas depois do auge do movimento, genial.

***** Interview with Stillwave *****



Q. When did Stillwave started, tell us about the history...
Stillwave started around 2011 when Marcel (singer/bass) and Michaël (guitar) decided to ask Adriaan (drummer) if he maybe would like to jam for a bit. We immediately clicked musically. One year later we decided to start playing live and call ourselves Stillwave. Add three years to that and we’re still figuring out what that word means. It sometimes feels like Stillwave hasn’t even started yet, in a very good way though. Our being together has expanded into something that is not just musical, but also brotherly. We work on Stillwave every day together and we have fun.

Q: Who are your influences?
We never really picked our influences beforehand, we just started making music together and the Stillwave sound eventually started coming out. We see it like this: pretty much everything you listen to influences you in a certain way, even if it is in a negative manner (because you figure out what you do not like). So there isn’t a fixed sort of sound we aspire to. What we do is simply a consequence of all the music we listen to in our lives.

We have some individual influences though, sure. Michaël loves slow noisy things like Slowdive and Mogwai, but also hyperactive insane electronic music like Flying Lotus and Aphex Twin. Marcel loves slightly more pop-oriented music as Wolf Alice and Chvrches. Adriaan listens to Kanye West and dust covered records that belong to his ex-girlfriend’s grandfather (Fleetwood Mack!). We all love Radiohead.



Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
- Michaël: Stars of the Lid – And Their Refinement of the Decline - All: Radiohead – Amnesiac - Adriaan: Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense (not technically a studio album but I don’t know of any studio album that tops this concert)

- Marcel: Muse - Absolution - Michaël: Mogwai – Come on Die Young

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Michaël: Angry, all riled up and alive. Marcel: At the best moments serene, confident and connected with everyone I can see. At these moments I truly am finally at ease. Adriaan: I feel like I am where I’m supposed to be. Also somewhat aggressive at times.

Q. How do you describe Stillwave sounds?
Michaël: Q Music recently refered to Tarmac Plains as a fever dream. like that a lot, although I would like to add that it would be a good fever dream, one where you know the fever is going to kill all the bad things going on in your body or something. There’s something comforting in there. I once had one of these fevers in the middle of the night after having been ill for several days. There was a huge thunderstorm a few miles away and it was raining softly. I went out and watched the storm whilst shivering like a puppy. It just felt fucking great. That’s how Stillwave should sound to me.



Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Usually someone comes with a small idea such as a sound or chord progression and we just start working on that. Sometimes we throw everything away after working on it for a month, sometimes it works immediately and we don’t change anything and use it just like that. It’s always a collective effort. When we record these songs we try to listen if it works and if it doesn’t, we add something to it to make it work anyway. Recording is always part of the writing process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
From our hometown of Utrecht: Aestrid, Bodypolitics and Woods on Fire. New might be a bit of a stretch, though. But in Brasil they’re probably quite unknown. These are great bands, do yourselves a favour and check them out.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Michaël: We don’t do covers usually, but I would love to play a noisy and explosive version of a Johnny Cash song. He was intense.

Marcel: Would love for us to do a Cloud Nothings cover where Adriaan and Michaël are singing lead.

Adriaan: How about The Well and the Lighthouse by Arcade Fire? Marcel’s idea sounds cool too, tho!

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Record the best album we possibly can as soon as we can and then tour across the entire world, including Brasil hopefully

Q: Any parting words?
Peace Stick to your guns and have fun.
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http://www.stillwavemusic.com/
https://www.soundcloud.com/stillwave

There Goes My Gun with Dawn Gazers - An Interview

At Starlight é o debute dos holandeses do Dawn Gazers e o disco é definitivamente frenético.

Ao contrário do que o nome da banda possa sugerir, existe sim influências de shoegazer mas o que faz o Dawn Gazers extremamente pegajoso e melódico são as referências de Pixies a Velocity Girl, aquela vocalização pegajosa menino(a), aquela melodia tipicamente 90´s faz de At Starlight uma verdadeira delicia sonora.

Discaço!!!!


***** Interview with Dawn Gazers *****



Q. When did Dawn Gazers started, tell us about the history…
Lone: Dawn Gazers was formed by Giulio and me in 2012. I auditioned for a band, where Giulio played drums, and the lead singer of that band moved to Sweden, and we decided to form our own band. We met Benjamin at a party (a lot of gin tonics involved), and he started as our drummer shortly after. Recently we expanded the trio to a quartet with bass player, Federico, who played in a band in Italy with Giulio, but lives in Copenhagen now.

Q: Who are your influences?
Giulio: We are very much influenced by 90’s alternative rock. I love Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins and he has meant a lot to me throughout my life.

Lone: We are also very much influenced by The Pixies. We always listen to the songs by Pixies and want to do something like that, but we are just not as crazy. But we love The Pixies. I personally love PJ Harvey also. She is really valuing the format of the album by trying to do different things on each album.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Isn’t Anything by My Bloody Valentine
Rid of Me by PJ Harvey
Lacquer by Popsicle
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins
Doolittle by The Pixies

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love it. We strive to deliver an audio-visual experience to our audience. Interaction and active audience participation is also a key element for us.

Q. How do you describe Dawn Gazers sounds?
Quirky pop songs with a raw 90s alternative sound twist

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We took a roadtrip from Copenhagen to South Italy to record the EP in the studio of I Make Records Indielabel. Since the band is half Danish half Italian we could stay at Giulio’s mama's place. So we had a full cultural Italian experience with a lot of really good Italian food and wine while recording.


Q. Which new bands do you recommended
Dynablaster, a very interesting band that you'll hear about! Then birthgiving toad, a true experience to listen to one of their live performances. As the sun hits is worth listening to as well.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Lone: I would love to do a cover version of Abba’s "Does your mother know”. It’s a super well crafted pop song with so many good elements. It’s very calculative in a way.

Giulio: I would love to cover Drown by the smashing pumpkins, one of their less known but most intense songs, both musically and lyrically. I would love to experiment with vocal harmonies there.

Q: What´s the plan for the future….
We’re working on an app, actually! And working on merging different art forms! More info to come in the future… Follow us for updates. Otherwise we’re planning a tour of Denmark and maybe northern Europe in the fall.

Q: Any parting words?
Giulio: I'd like to say to all the readers: please keep supporting your local/global underground scene. Go to local concerts, engage, buy their records, read reviews, write to the artists you love. In general, please care about what is around you. We met the most amazing people in this way and we keep learning from people that care.

Finally, thank you for your attention. We hope to be in Brazil sometime soon
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https://soundcloud.com/dawn-gazers
https://dawngazers.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/dawngazers

Night Flower with Vapour NIght - An Interview


Ali Murray é a mente por trás do projeto Vapour Night, muito diferente da veia mais folk feita por Ali, o Vapour Night percorre caminhos completamente diferentes.

Ecos de Durutti Column, Harold Budd, Red House Painters em canções climáticas porém em momentos mais suaves e dançantes até.

O álbum homônimo lançado em 2013 é uma ótima introdução ao mundo bem pessoal de Ali e seu Vapour Night.
***** Interview with Vapour Night *****



Q. When did Vapour Night start, tell us about the history...
A : I created Vapour Night in 2013. I had previously been releasing a bunch of folk-orientated material under my own name (Ali Murray) and I decided to create a new music project to accommodate some different musical styles that I was experimenting with. I wanted to created music that was more atmospheric and noisy and cinematic sounding than my other material. Thus, Vapour Night was born...

Q: Who are your influences?
A : Some of the artists that have ended up directly or indirectly influencing my music over the years are David Sylvian, The Cure, Radiohead, Mark Kozelek, Bjork, AFI, Will Oldham, Natural Snow Buildings, TwinSisterMoon, Blonde Redhead, Jason Molina, Current 93, The Smiths, Mew, Shai Hulud, Prurient, Robin Guthrie, Declan De Barra, Slowdive, Jesu, Tool, A Perfect Circle, The Radio Dept, Harold Budd, Deftones... lots more....

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A : I don't play live.

Q. How do you describe Vapour Night sounds?
A : To me, Vapour Night is an amalgamation of a bunch of different styles such as noise rock, shoegaze, dream pop, post rock, dark ambient, electronica, noise, drone and some other stuff. I don't like describing my own music. I leave that to others.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A : I don't have a particular songwriting process when it comes to Vapour Night. Sometimes it begins with a simple idea like a melody or a riff. Other times I begin by creating an atmospheric soundscape and build the entire song around that. Some songs have come together in one day. Others take months to build. The process generally varies from song to song.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A : There's lots and lots of songs that I wish I had written, but I'm not really interested in covering them.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A : Death of Lovers, King Woman, Code Orange Kids...

Q: What´s the plans for future....
A : I'm always working on different music projects simultaneously but as far as Vapour Night in concerned, I've been slowly chipping away at my second full-length album for a long time now. I don't know when it will be completed. I just want to continue writing music and trying to be a better person.

Q: Any parting words?
A : Thank you Renato for interviewing me, and thank you to anyone who has read this interview. If you like Vapour Night, you might also like the more folk-orientated music that I release under my own name (alimurray.bandcamp.com). I also have an instrumental project called The Lonely Bell, if you wanted to check it out (thelonelybell.bandcamp.com).
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https://vapournight.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/VapourNight

terça-feira, 21 de abril de 2015

New Beginnings with Celestial UK - An Interview

A história do shoegazer e o capítulo dedicado a uma pérola chamada Celestial UK esta sendo contada novamente.

Depois de mais de 20 anos o Celestial UK retorna com um ep belíssimo intitulado Diana, toda a delicadeza e elegância de outrora vem a nós novamente com o mesmo prazer e intensidade.

Um retorno que deveria ser tão comemorado quanto os outros dos mais famosos, mas se não é tão comemorado em outras esferas, aqui no TBTCI certamente a volta e o novo ep do Celestial UK esta em alta rotação e me fez abrir um sorriso de ponta a ponta.

***** Interview with Celestial UK *****



Q. When did celestial started, tell us about the history?
I’d played with Nicola in The Applicants, and also as a one off with The Dufflecoats, which saw us released on The Waaaaah CD alongside several low-fi twee bands of the day. celestial was an experiment to bring the two of us together with different musicians. The band officially formed in a Coventry pub on St Patrick’s Day 1992 when Martin came on board. The original five piece came from different musical backgrounds and I was interested to see what would come from the combination. I’d planned a six month project though we lasted a couple of years. After 19 years apart we came back together and it’s been a lot more fun the second time around.

Q: Who are your influences?
As I say the band have different musical backgrounds and I doubt that there is a single band that all of us like, so I can only really speak for myself. When the band formed I was listening to Brian Jones era Rolling Stones and Howling Wolf a fair bit, and lots of PJ Harvey. From a guitar partnership perspective with Nicola I guess we based ourselves around Pale Saints more than anyone. The Kevin Shields/Bilinda Butcher comparison came later. I often wrote basslines first and the Pastels and the Field Mice were an influence there. Peter Hook in his various guises was important to me as well. I liked the bass leading the song.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time
I couldn’t speak for all of us and I’d struggle to name five for myself. I can tell you the five albums that are currently in my car –
“The Oliver Twist Manifesto” Luke Haines
“After the Night” SixtyFours
“Oh C’mon” Lambchop
“Jazzateers” Jazzateers
“Broken Heart Surgery” Pete Fij and Terry Bickers


Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is the best thing about being in a band. There is a camaraderie within a band that nobody could understand unless they had the experience themselves, and this is where it comes to the fore. It’s where a band truly becomes a band.

Q. How do you describe celestial sounds?
I’m forever coming up with counters for the “shoegaze” tag we landed with. I like “art rock” the best. I always hated people asking me “who do you sound like?” especially as I had specifically set out to sound like nobody especially. We sound like us. We are most happy when we are very loud.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We try to record as quickly as possible. “diana” was recorded pretty much live apart from vocals and a couple of overdubs. For “Superstar in France” there were only two of us. It was still a fast process and guitar tracks were layered, which is actually a cool way to make an interesting sound with minimal effects. “Superstar in France” used only one overdrive and a few seconds of a tremolo pedal. The best advice I would give to anyone going into a studio is to get the best engineer and/or producer you can. It’s astonishing what a difference it will make and it’s always valuable to have somebody else’s perspective.


Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I would recommend that you go to your local gig venues and see who is playing there. Look at internet radio. Look at Soundcloud and Bandcamp. There is so much great music out there and these are wonderful times as the internet is such a powerful tool to share music. One band who are new to me are Public Service Broadcasting, I am quite excited about them.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Pink Industry. I’d like to record a 4 track EP of Pink Industry songs if I could.

Q: What´s the plans for future?
Probably more studio based as we are geographically disparate now, so we are unlikely to be all in the same place at the same time. Nicola and I are recording something within a couple of weeks. I’m quite keen to experiment with electronica which could be interesting.

Q: Any parting words?
Well if anyone has read this far then thank you, and do stream one of our songs if you have a moment.
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https://soundcloud.com/celestialcoventry
https://www.facebook.com/celestialCoventry

segunda-feira, 20 de abril de 2015

Where You Learned to Kiss That Way with Languis - An Interview

Uma preciosidade escondida no submundo dos bons sons é o quinteto mezzo argentino mezzo estadunidense Languis que se formou em 1997 quando os caras saíram de Buenos Aires e foram parar em Los Angeles, a partir daí os caras fincaram suas forças criando peças que são tão disparates entre si mas que geram uma certa linearidade.

Dreampop, psicodelismo, shoegazer, tudo em doses iguais foram a espinha dorsal de seu único e homônimo álbum lançado em 2010, depois disso o desaparecimento, mas ainda na ativa e prometendo resgatar tudo que foi criado, o Languis disseca sua história para o TBTCI e dá a direção do que vira pela frente.

***** Interview with Languis *****



Q. When did Languis started, tell us about the history...
We started around 1997, we formed the band after moving to Los Angeles from Buenos Aires. We moved to LA in 1996 and after a year or so the vibes from LA started soaking in and the sound and identity of Languis emerged.

Q: Who are your influences?
Well... everything, really. As much as we were compared to many bands, scenes, eras and genres, our sound was created, and evolved from the blend of influences and what we were listening to. Beach Boys is a big one, as well as all the early Warp Records, but I remember Peng by Stereolab being on heavy rotation, and 60s psych bands too, lots of them. Also Krautrock, you know... Harmonia, Can, Neu! and the more obscure ones. It's all there, not much of a mystery.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I don't believe in quantifying and putting music in a scale to be measured. It's all a big blend, there are records that keep coming back, or never going away, like Tongue Twister by Shoes, or Kendra Smith's Guild of Temporary Adventurers. There's the Field Mice's Where You Learned to Kiss That Way, and JAMC entire discography. Red House Painter's rollercoaster record is simply perfect. But none of those are the 5 records of all time, there's no such thing. Stuff comes and stuff goes, some of those records were unlistenable at times for me.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
There were definitely good moments. Like the time we opened for Mouse On Mars at The Roxy, back then we had the Soft Music ep out and there's this track that at the end had a wall of noise. It wasn't that common to make noise for electronic bands in 1998/99 but we just sort of stumbled upon doing it and during the performance we went so loud that people actually got excited and sort cheered as the sound filled the space. But overall it was a bit of a struggle from our side. Our gear was always basic, and trying to do vocals w/effects was always problematic. We also fought quite a bit, specially towards the end in 2004 and 2005.

Q. How do you describe Languis sounds?
It's always melodic, we were always chasing melodies, no matter how noisy or experimental the tracks were, there's always the approach through melody. Rhythm wasn't so much of a priority for us, or at least for me. When someone described us as electronic, it was funny because we simply used keyboards just because that's all we had.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Some songs came from one of us starting the idea and the other one helping in finishing it. Some others came from us jamming and shaping that later. But many times we wrote the songs with guitars and then translated them to keyboards. There was a healthy competitiveness between us in trying to outdo each other. I think that helped, but also brought out resentment and conflict in the studio.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
I'll go with music that's made by friends of mine, how's that? Suzanne Kraft, SFV Acid, Secret Circuit, Puro Instinct, Lyonnais, Sun Araw, M.Geddes Gengras, Julia Holter and Ariel Pink.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Shoes. They are the best!!! the only thing about doing covers is that I tend to get tired of learning the songs and developing them into a cover, then I can't enjoy listening to the original version!!!. So I tend to stay away from doing covers for that reason. I know... it's kind of silly.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Finish putting out the rest of the material we recorded in the past and that's it.

Q: Any parting words?
mmm... it's rewarding to see interest in the music we made in the past, it never felt like it went anywhere at the time, but seeing re-issues of our past catalog and people reaching out makes me think that maybe we were onto something after all Languis was a project that wasn't easy to develop. There were lots of personal issues, things that happened that will never be resolved, it worked until it stopped working and that's that.
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https://languis.bandcamp.com/

Suffercation with The New Fabian Society - An Interview



A primeira vez que ouvi os escoceses do The New Fabian Society eu pensei, puta que pariu, finalmente alguém resgatou o Taste do Telescopes e trouxe para os dias modernos.

Todavia o TNFS não fica somente na comparação com o clássico álbum do Telescopes, os caras pegam Big Black, Pop Group e Wire e injetam terror caótico dos dias de hoje nisso tudo.

Pra mim é a melhor descrição do TNFS e de seu recém lançado ep intitulado Melt, uma verdadeira descarga elétrica e doentia de desejo de destruição. Melt é perigoso inflamável e beira a insanidade.

Não recomendado a indie kids.


***** Interview with The New Fabian Society *****



Q. When did The New Fabian Society started, tell us about the history...
We've been together 2 1/2 years now. We were a very grumpy 2 piece to begin with but we recently expanded last year and added a fantastic bassist to the ranks to increase the stature of the cause. Currently we are 3 young men tired of existence, tired of doing anything, we just simply want to cause sonic upheaval As for TNFS - There's no real underlying political driver behind the name, I guess the original society founded itself in the 19th Century on decent good principles but then went horribly wrong like all good things. On a personal and mental level we can all relate to that emotional disappointment. It may just be an attempt to convey that some things can be done again whether politically, musically or whatever it is, you can always take what you've learned and start again - it's always a difficult one to answer given the political connotations around the name without coming across as majorly pretentious. There's no political message, no one gives a single fuck, its all about trying to inspire while creating as much noise as we can


Q: Who are your influences?
We're influenced by lots of music, lots of people and lots of experiences. We live in a neverending spiral of good and bad influences whether we ask for it or not. Most original and innovative musical influences have been said and done to death. There are no bands at the moment that are truly original so I don't think it can be helped or avoided anymore that some bands potentially sound like those from the past - we just try to take inspiration from the things we love and try and apply our own interpretation of the sounds they were using and add our own views through lyrical content. The passion and feeling will always be unique so we try to focus on that as much as we can without paying attention to a particular sound we are listening to when we're making music

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Joy Division - unknown pleasures
Slowdive - Souvlaki
Iggy Pop - The Idiot
The Strokes - Is this it
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Q. How do you feel playing live?
At peace with existing - tranquil but yet sonically terrified, in a fantastic way

Q. How do you describe TNFS sounds?
Sonic Terrorism with soft beautiful moments of personal uncertainty

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We turn up, plug in and write them as they come, I don't really write songs with an acoustic guitar anymore, we feed off the noise, the reverbs and delays and see what we can come up with. Once we have the idea I'll continue to sing draft lyrics live until we eventually get it recorded. Sometimes pressure can make you come up with better lines so that's why I'll leave it to the absolute last minute.



Q. Which new bands do you recommended? 
The music scene in Glasgow is really special at the moment, you only have to drunkenly walk down sauciehall street on a Friday night to see it, I think using the term 'scene' is quite wanky but I do think Glasgow is in a great position artistically at the moment to produce some great bands that will hopefully create a legacy There are so many great bands at the moment, it really is a great time to be involved in gigging and making music - Vladimir, baby strange, Jim valentine, Deathcats, Hookworms, Autobahn, Future Glue they're all fantastic

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
The Damned - New Rose

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
We have a new EP out in April called 'Melt' its a bit of departure from our previous EP's with respect to our usual style so we're really looking forward to bringing out something to our audience that's a bit different. After that we're hoping to visit a few new towns, a few new faces and deliver the live experience for those wishing to receive a visual and audio taste

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for the support in Brazil - hopefully one day we can visit sometime.
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https://thenewfabiansociety.bandcamp.com/album/melt
https://www.facebook.com/tnfsociety


Crimes of Passion with Carina Nebula - An Interview


Mantendo a tradição no TBTCI, mais uma novíssima banda com apenas duas belas canções disponibilizadas em sua página no bandcamp.

O duo Carina Nebula, transporta-nos a um álbum genial, o debute do Stone Roses, as nuances cintilantes de Blosson e Coming Down remetem ao quarteto seminal de Manchester mas é em Blossom que a psicodelia vai mais adentro ainda, tem Kinks, tem Byrds e tem Beatles claro.

O futuro do Carina Nebula promete.

***** Interview with Carina Nebula *****



Q. When did Carina Nebula started, tell us aoundsbout the history...
The band first met at college around 2012, I was in a horror punk band back then with my then girlfriend and Solomon joined to play bass for some shows, Kryptics broke up and myself and Sol carried on making music. This was during the time when our song 'Blossom' was being recorded. We enjoyed recording it so we thought we would make 'a thing' out of it and formed Carina Nebula as a duo in late 2013.

Q: Who are your influences?
Influences to me are bands that make you want to write music, that give you that 'pick me up' and enthusiasm to want to do what they do. We write things a little differently, kind of writing without even thinking or inspiring it on anything alike. However! Our influences range from early and obscure 60's psychedelia to 90s experimental and grunge.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time Its as difficult as it sounds!
In no particular order.
Crimes of Passion - Crocodiles
Doctor Boogie - Don Downing
In Utero - Nirvana
Half Lip Machine Moves - Chrome
The White Album - The Beatles

Q. How do you feel play Carina Nebula sounds?
I find the music right now very uplifting, the songs we are performing are all hits as far as we see them. I did not think I would be so happy with what we have written.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We are very much into experimentation and not recording the way everybody else does it. Firstly, when we write a song, I will start with music and create an arrangement or structure, I would send it to Sol and he will make any criticisms or changes. Then lyrics will go on and the arrangement will be tweaked from there. Once in the studio, Solomon will play the drums and I will play the bass and we record them live to save time. Then we overdub the guitars and other sounds.


Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Well our personal favorite is Crocodiles, they are who inspire me to be like. As much as I do not listen to music modern music, it is rare to find anyone who really catches your ears. One new band is La Femme from France, I have been listening to more electronic music lately and they are something different, like 'electro punk'.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have always had these crazy ideas of taking nice sounding classic pop songs from the 80's or 90's and turning them into dirty and gritty tracks. We are actually thinking of recording a cover of 'Beautiful Stranger' by Madonna and turning it into a massive noise-fest.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We are planning on recording and releasing 2 EPs, we have the songs written and ready to be recorded. We also are preparing to perform in our hometown of Liverpool this year and hopefully hit it off with the audience. But that is about it I'm afraid, we are taking it in little steps right now!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you very much and we hope to visit Brazil one day!
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https://carinanebula.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/carinanebulauk

Wall of Suss with Hot Glass - An Interview


Os ingleses do Hot Glass são um belo frescor sonoro.

Ecos de Radiohead e dreampop tudo conduzido com elegância e suavidade, melodiosos e sonhadores os caras acertaram em seus eps, e singles sendo que o mais recente "Wood For The Trees / Till We Meet Again" lançado agora em março é uma verdadeira pérola.

Para ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos.


***** Interview with Hot Glass *****



Q. When did Hot Glass started, tell us about the history...
Hot Glass started in 2012 from a bunch of old demos, literally just muck abouts. They weren't really going to amount to anything until I started hearing melodies in my head whilst around places, so I recorded more and more and it just became a full thing that I recorded solely. It was a really cathartic thing and I found myself on a roll of constantly writing and recording, which is where the first 2 EPs came from.

Q: Who are your influences?
Its really hard to put a finger on influences as there's always so many things that can inspire anyone, from standard pop, to the old shoegaze bands and even math rock. I guess just a love of big sounding guitars, fuzz and emotional chord progressions.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
5 albums of all time. Man. IT'S TOO HARD! Here's a very bad attempt, in no particular order:
The Beatles - Rubber Soul
The Monsoon Bassoon - I Dig Your Voodoo
Oceansize - Frames
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is a very different experience from recording, especially in the context of this project. Live members bring a totally different (and in our case, much louder) feel to everything. It's a lot of fun and it's really interesting to see songs take different shapes and forms.

Q. How do you describe Hot Glass sounds?
I'd describe the sounds as melancholic but (hopefully) uplifting, with slight pop sensibilities buried underneath a plethora of sonic texture. Mainly fuzz and crackles.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Recording just takes place in my room where I have my own DIY set up. A song will usually be written around a single idea and come to form as recording goes on. It's very rare I have a full song written out before recording, which could be considered slightly odd? It's definitely a more experimental way to write and record as the songs can take many different forms over the process of recording. For example the latest song up 'Til We Meet Again', that was recorded over many months as it kept changing and changing until I was completely happy with something. In the end it turned out far more electronic, rather than guitar based! It's still one i'm really proud of though. Whether anyone listens is another question; i'd hope the few that do, like it as much as I do!

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I recommend a great fuzzy Australian band at the moment called Flyying Colours, as well as Lactose and Broadbay two great bands also based here in Brighton.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'd love to cover a song by The Monsoon Bassoon, possibly a song called 'Commando'. It's so fucking weird and feels like it could just all fall apart at any second, but truly amazing. It'd be one hell of an effort to cover too as it's just so everywhere, but possibly one of the greatest songs of all time. That or John Farnham's 'You're The Voice'.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
There are no plans currently, just ideas and melodies as ever floating round my head, just need to find the time to put them to tape (or zeroes and ones). It'll happen eventually. God knows when though.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for your questions and I appreciate your support! Hope these are all good.
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https://hotglass.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/hotglassmusic

domingo, 19 de abril de 2015

For Screening Purposes with Excusers - An Interview


O quarteto italiano de Milão, Excusers virou predileto do TBTCI desde quando da primeira audição de seu debute, homônimo lançado no final do ano passado pelo selo Beko, aliás é necessário uma boa audição no catálogo do Beko porque a coisa é bem interessante.

O Excusers transita entre o shoegazer e o dreampop sempre com um apelo pop bem nítido, e não a toa o ep gruda e fica no repeat um bom tempo, vicia mesmo.

Não a toa foram selecionados para o futuro tributo que virá ao mundo em maio, aquele daquela banda chamada The Smiths, vem coisa fina pela frente.


***** Interview with Excusers *****



Q. When did Excusers start, tell us about the history...
We’re young but we can say that the band’s rather old. We were born in 2007 as a duo, but as Internet is a beautiful place we knew each other, then we started with two indie rock eps that took us up to some concerts in the UK after lots of performances in Milan. Summer 2012 marked our “consecration” as we found our way in the shoegaze and dream genre: scathing guitars, indistinguishable and dreamy vocal melodies, guitar effects, noise and all of that shitty stuff.

"Central Central" came up in the same year for a Mexican indie label and then we released the first full-length LP "Portrait of Infidelity" in 2013 for an English label. These are our first shoegazing products: in those years we promoted them on the net, at the gigs (for ex. by opening Be Forest & Cosmetic) and at some festivals.

In 2014 we became part of the French beko family, while we were about to release our last work “No Excusers EP”. We’re pretty satisfied of it, but we’re catching up to go on.

Q: Who are your influences?
We started with the indie rock of substantial bands like The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and The Cribs. After the first years, we got into shoegaze and above all dream stuff: Whirr, The Bilinda Butchers, Lotus Plaza and also Japanese shoegaze are mainly our inspirations. Nevertheless, our little audience always says that we sound like Placebo (maybe for the occasional choice of French, we don’t know yet…).

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Silent Alarm – Bloc Party
Rules – Civil Civic
Antidotes - Foals
For Screening Purposes – Test Icicles
Primary Colours – The Horrors

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Our feelings seem a bit unclear, i.e. that “we get carried away but we’ve got to carry a weight”. We’re really into our performances, we feel ‘em and it is a kind of a personal thing. Our stress gets away with music, but we’re also pissed off of that. Our shows are not spectacular, it’s an intimate thing, but we worry about the reaction of the people that listen to our songs.

Q. How do you describe Excusers sounds?
It’s a very shy, intimate and introverted sound. We can say that it’s played around two dichotomies: the sound’s dreamy but, at the same time, it’s scathing and bitter with his dirty guitars, sometimes melancholy, but it’s not closed, it would like to try to involve you.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Everything’s homemade. We never spent an euro for our records, maybe because we love a lo-fi and homemade sound. Sometimes you find cool things without searching for them; recording drums in a garage could give you more thrills than a clean and smooth one (obviously it’s not always like this, as a rule, but it happens). Despite everything, we really care about the sound by mixing and mastering in first person with attention. We always hope to give our idea back in an effective way.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
Here, in Italy, we love Younger and Better because of their tasteful sound choices and performances. In addition, we have to recommend foreign artists as Yuko Yuko, Shallow, Weed, Worries and Djokovic.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
We’d love to make a cover version of different artist like Ed Harcourt, Eels, Postal Service or Viet Cong and others… but we’re excited to take part in your next tribute-compilation to The Smiths!

Q: What´s the plan for the future...
We were planning it right now, before answering to this interview! The verdict is that we’re going to release a nine-track album before the end of the year.

Q: Any parting words?
Hoping that one day Noel Gallagher could criticize this interview too.
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https://soundcloud.com/excusers-1/sets/no-excusers-ep
https://www.facebook.com/Excusers
https://beko.bandcamp.com/album/excusers-no-excusers