quinta-feira, 13 de dezembro de 2018

Mind Is A Garden with Blind Moon - An Interview

Muitas vezes no mundo da música tentamos encaixar e associar bandas a vertentes sonoras, sempre co relacionando-as de acordo com nossas próprias referências e claro, as da banda também. O TBTCI faz isso as pencas, mas ao ler a entrevista do trio de Chicago, Blind Moon, e notar a resposta sobre como eles se auto descrevem sonoramente, chego neste momento a conclusão que o que gostamos mesmo é de rock, simples assim.

Entretanto, lá vamos nós situar os caras em tempo, momento e suas conexões, bem, o Blind Moon simplesmente cria melodias que fluem deliciosamente aos tímpanos, então, com o que eles combinam? Pra mim, com toda e qualquer banda que toca o coração através da verve melódica, pode pensar ai em Big Star, Teenage Fanclub e mais um monte de gente, mas pra que tudo isso, se o que estamos curtindo chama-se Blind Moon?

Bom, faça o seguinte, dê play no segundo álbum dos caras "Mind Is A Garden" e esqueça dos problemas.

Ah a resposta sobre como eles se auto definem sonoramente, é "rock"!!!!!! Simples assim.

***** Interview with Blind Moon *****

Q. When did Blind Moon begin? Tell us about the history...
Blind Moon technically started in 2012 when I released an EP called ‘Almost Nowhere’. At that time it was just myself, writing songs and recording them in my bedroom in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. The band was started ultimately as a way for me to release my recorded music. It has since grown to become a medium to write and collaborate with the many talented friends and musicians I have here in Chicago.

Q: Who are your influences?
The influences for Blind Moon are ever changing. I have always been a major music collector and take influence from just about everything from Kevin Shields to Miles Davis. I would say that at the moment Gram Parson has been one of my biggest influences as a songwriter. Liz Harris, also known as Grouper, is another person who really inspires me as an artist. These are people who really transport me through their art, and that’s something I strive to achieve with Blind Moon.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I was going to say Zeppelin I-IV…

1. Captain Beefheart ‘Safe as Milk’
2. Grouper ‘Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill’
3. The Idle Race ‘S/T’
4. Elliot Smith ‘S/T’
5. Portishead ‘Third’

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing live. It’s all I really want to do. The best part about Blind Moon is that we can really strip down the songs live and approach them differently depending on the venue… bill… just general vibe of the moment… there’s a lot of room for improvisation which is something I have always valued the most about seeing other bands perform. As of late we have been playing as a three piece: just drums, bass and guitar. Having a bit of a swinging door of friends and musicians also helps to keep it fun and different every time. If you want to hear a band play songs precisely the way they are played on the recording, might as well just listen to them at home.

Q. How do you describe Blind Moon´s sounds?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I still record mostly out of my bedroom with the exception of drums, which simply don’t fit in there. I spend most of my time layering guitar and vocal parts after which I’ll find a larger space to record Drums and maybe add in some percussion and keyboards. Finally I like to return to the bedroom and record bass parts last.

For my most recent record ‘Mind Is a Garden’ this was mostly the process. Although instead of performing everything myself I had my friend Colin Croom (Twin Peaks, Sister Crystals) play drums, percussion and keys. It was a really inspiring process and I enjoyed having other musicians involved. Colin took the songs to places I hadn’t originally intended or envisioned them going. He has a real way of doing that!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I got to represent Chicago. There are so many awesome musicians here and I have seen so many great shows recently! Some favorites lately have been Dehd, The Knees and Divino Nino to name a few. I also play guitar in a band called Sun Cop with my friend Andrew. We have collaborated before and he has also mixed all the Blind Moon recordings. He’s working on a new album right now, which is going to be pretty incredible!

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Tears for Fears

Q: What are your plans for the future?
The idea is to continue to create and make music. Really whatever it takes to make that possible.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for the interview and thanks for listening! Hope to make it down to Sao Paulo soon! ROCK ON


Whitelands, "Fluxetine" - Premiere

Os londrinos do Whitelands estão de volta as páginas do TBTCI, desta vez por conta de seu mais novo single, que vem ao mundo neste exato momento em premiere exclusiva no TBTCI.

Se por ventura você perdeu a primeira aparição dos caras por aqui, leia tudo aqui.

"Fluxetine", segue a linha soulgaze da banda, ou para os não iniciados, algo como um shoegaze r&b ou algo do gênero.

Por trás da canção logicamente existe uma história extremamente específica e mais atual do que nunca, ela trata sobre um dos grandes problemas do mundo moderno, a depressão.

A própria banda faz questão de explicar a você, apesar de tudo, boas vibrações a todos.

***** Whitelands, "Fluxetine" - Premiere *****

"Mental health is rarely talked about in communities, even less so in ethnic ones. Being a teenager in London, it's almost a journey opening up to people when you need them most, and more heartbreaking if they can't understand you.

This song is about my long battle with depression which reached a peak when I was prescribed anti-depressants in december 2017 which gave me constant nightmares and anxiety, which left me feeling almost ghost-like, unrecognisable to myself, a different person and me foolishly believing -maybe that was who I was."

quarta-feira, 12 de dezembro de 2018

Beekeepers with Monograms - An Interview

Ian Jacobs é a mente por trás do combo new wave garage, Monograms.

"Beekeepers" é o primeiro álbum cheio do projeto e segue a linha anárquica dos EPs, talvez, ou, muito provavelmente a atmosfera da cidade natal de Ian, Nova Iorque seja o alimento ideal para o projeto que segundo seu próprio criador é algo como uma "guerra caótica que termina em com um tratado de paz".

Talvez um tanto quanto exagerado, porque o caos do Monograms é controlado, quando tudo parece prestes a explodir algo retorna a sua origem, mas ele vive por lá, querendo sempre sair.

Talvez ainda não seja o momento certo, o fato é que o Monograms sonoramente é como as grandes megalópoles, intenso, confuso e excitante.

***** Interview with Monograms *****

Q. When did Monograms begin? Tell us about the history...
Monograms began about 3 1/2 years ago, when I got sorta burnt out on playing in bands and wanted to start a solo project. I played solo with drum machines and stuff for a while, for fun, but as I started to offers on more established stages so I started putting a band together for the live shows. And now, it's a band. Sometimes you can't escape the band. Plus it's more fun to play music with friends.

Q: Who are your influences?

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Let me get back to you in forever...

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Good. But sometimes the crowd isn't as excited and that's not great. But then sometimes I hurt myself jumping around. And then I feel great.

Q. How do you describe Monograms´ sounds?
I have no idea. I remember someone once called us a Post-Punk version of Tame Impala. I really am terrible at describing that though so have no idea.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Everything is done pretty guerrilla style cause I record a lot of things at home and then bring them to different local studios . So, I would say the process is chaotic warfare that ends in a peace treaty.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Car Seat Headrest. And they're not new but lots of people haven't heard of The Cleaners from Venus, and they really should.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I dunno. Hmmm, maybe Devo or The Beastie Boys... or I always wanted to make hip hop versions of Cold Play songs and call the project "Cold Playa". That would be ambitious though.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Things are constantly changing and evolving with this project. I already have the next album written. I'm looking to put it out in the Spring.


Thoughtless with The Alisons - An Interview

"Thoughtless", primeiro álbum do trio canadense, The Alisons é pra ser escutado alto em qualquer lugar.

Comecei a matéria teoricamente pelo fim, mas é que talvez eu não precisaria escrever absolutamente mais nada, é só dar play no disco e entender que esses caras mandaram um discaço do início ao fim, não existem momentos menos inspirados, pelo contrário, "Thoughtless" é linearmente uma paulada, lenta, desacelerada e barulhenta sem tempo pra respirar.

Se você precisa de um incentivo para ouvi-los, a conexão deles conversa direto com as obras do Nothing.

Pois então, aumente seu som o quanto puder e escute o mais alto possível, funcionará melhor, lhe garanto.

***** Interview with The Alisons *****

Q. When did The Alisons begin? Tell us about the history...
1. The Alisons began in early 2017 under the name "Future Rose". Ben (former drummer) put an ad on Kijiji looking for people to jam with and came across Kevin. The two got together and started to jam, Ben on drums and Kevin on guitar. This would lead to the integration of Ben's cousin John on bass and lead vocals. The trio self-recorded an EP titled "The Eiderdown" and played several shows around Kingston, Ontario, Canada (the band's hometown). This lead to time off, a name change to "The Alisons" and the recording and release of a full-length album titled "Thoughtless". Prior to the release of the album, Ben announced his resignation from the band which lead to the inactivity of The Alisons.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. Our main influences all derive from the shoegaze genre including My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Nothing and Ride.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. A very tough question. John's Top 5 albums
Road Apples - The Tragically Hip
Little Hell - City and Colour
Let It Be - The Beatles
Currents - Tame Impala
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me - Brand New

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. Personally, playing live is very nerve racking. It's a strange feeling with very awkward pressure depending on the vibe of the room. It's fun when everyone is into it but it can go south very quick when you are the opener.

Q. How do you describe The Alisons´ sounds?
5. The Alisons are mostly Alternative with Shoegaze, Rock and Pop influences. Our sound is filled with ambient soundscapes to give the listener a pleasurable experience.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. Recording is my favourite process. We wrote the songs for "Thoughtless" almost a year before we began recording. We played them live a few times and rehearsed and changed structures many times before we were comfortable with the outcome. We went to Ben's family cabinet making shop and recorded in the back warehouse, a big open room where deliveries would take place. We did all the drums in one day. Then we recorded all guitars, bass and vocals in Kevin's loft atop his house.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. I don't really listen to a whole lot of new music but some of my favourite bands that I would reccommend checking out are;
Nothing, Real Estate, American Football, Brand New

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. We used to cover "Only Shallow" by My Bloody Valentine all the time. I would love to cover some Nothing songs!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. We don't really have any future plans as of now. We lost our drummer Ben when we were mixing the album. I am finding it very difficult to make time for music these days, with life constantly getting in the way.

Q: Any parting words?
10. I would like to end with simply thanking you, Renato, for taking the time and interest to learn about us and our story. We appreciate the support very much. Take care and talk soon.


terça-feira, 11 de dezembro de 2018

Nothing To You with Suzie True - An Interview

As meninas da foto, atendem pelo nome de Suzie True, e fazem suas deliciosas canções indie noise bubblegum pop ensolaradas entrarem pelo poros de nossa derme até chegarem bem no centro do coração.

Afinal, elas dizem que fazem canções sobre a falta de você. Meu amigo, escutando "Nothing To You", o delicioso EP lançado via Buzz Records em Outubro, e inevitável não pensar e sentir, que você esta diante de uma nova paixonite aguda.

Bem, apaixone-se pelas novas Shangri-las imediatamente e bom verão!!

***** Interview with Suzie True *****

Q. When did Suzie True begin? Tell us about the history...
I started writing the songs that made up Suzie True about 2 and a half years ago. It was only intended to be a solo bedroom project, but it formed into an actual band last summer when I moved to LA.

Q: Who are your influences?
A few of my influences for Suzie True are Alvvays, Best Coast, Peach Kelli Pop, Diet Cig, Wavves, The Total Bettys, Jeff Rosenstock, Mitski and Ty Segall.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
This is the first time I've been the front person of a band (I've always played drums in bands in the past) and it's super weird being up at the front. I used to get extremely anxious but every show it gets a little easier and I just focus on having fun.

Q. How do you describe Suzie True´s sounds?
I'm never sure how to describe our sound but I guess I would say garage pop.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded the EP we just put out in my house and it all was just really fun and natural.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Some bands that I love that are new to me at least are Illuminati Hotties, Racquet, and Car Talk.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'd love to cover Ty Segall or The Shangri-Las.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're starting recording our first album this month! Then just playing locally until we go on our first mini tour in January.

The Appearances with Ester Drang - An Interview

Uma verdadeira preciosidade que cruelmente ficou renegada a poucos felizardos, a eloquência sonora, o brilhantismo lirico, a grandeza melódica, veja, para bandas como o quinteto de Ester Drang, de Tulsa/Oklahoma, os adjetivos devem ser obrigatoriamente sempre ser elevados a máxima potência.

Algo como o elo perdido entre os Bunnymen e o Starflyer 59, o Ester Drang existe desde 1995, e desde então nos brinda, mesmo que lentamente com verdadeiras pérolas, desde o primeiro trabalho "That Is When He Turns Us Golden" lá do distante 1999, passando por obras como "Infinite Keys" e "Rocinate", de 2003 e 2006 respectivamente, e deste então o Ester Drang havia entrado em um hiato no que diz respeito a lançamentos, mas, ano passado, os caras deram o primeiro sinal que estavam prontos novamente para nos brindar com suas epopeias sonoras, o single "The Union" nasceu e desde então o TBTCI aguardou ansiosamente a chegado de um novo trabalho, o que aconteceu no dia 26 de Outubro. "The Appearances" conheceu o mundo e o mundo novamente tem a chance de saborear o quão grandioso é o Ester Drang.

Resumidamente, "The Appearances" é apoteótico, magistral, e inspirador, simples assim.

***** Interview with Ester Drang *****

Q. When did Ester Drang begin? Tell us about the history... Q: Who are your influences?
Ester Drang began in 1995 with the gathering of a few friends in high school. This was back in the grunge rock Nirvana days which played a big roll in the bands influences along with many others such as My Bloody Valentine . Radiohead , Spiritualized , Tortoise, Slowdive ,Starflyer 59 , Phillip Glass , Mogwai . Many sorts of influences this band and group of friends shared . There’s so many great bands from that time I could go on and on . From our past at the time I’d say Beatles for sure and many 70’s and 80’s bands . The Band of coarse and Echo and the Bunnymen, the Cure , The Flaming Lips , Wilco . I mean where does one Stop there’s so many great influences . Stravinsky, Vangelis Buddy Holly - I’ll Stop at that .

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
The best 5 albums of all time That’s a hard one to answer . Don’t think I can answer that one . Maybe it’s safe not to try

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live has always been a good time when trying out newer songs . A bit of battle between singing and wanting to do more on my instrument . I mean some of the guitar and piano parts I’m playing should be played by some one else just due to the sake of the parts being two crazy to be singing over . People often ask why I’m not dancing or moving around . I’m not really a fan of crazy stage antics but mostly just focused on guitar effects switches and strange parts that I’m playing and staying relatively close to the vocal mic. A bit of a haze of muscle memory at some point if that makes since . Kind of like the first time a person figures out the timing of a Phillip Glass tune and then sings over it . Although none of our tunes use that timing yet anyways .

Q. How do you describe Ester Drang´s sounds?
As far as the sounds of the band Ester drang or what I was hoping to capture in recording these ideas . Music has always been kind of a dream land for myself and so just trying to capture some kind of vibe and escape just being taken away for a while . Soundtracks for moments in you’re life I suppose. Maybe a journey of types

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The process of writing/recordings of these songs usually starts with myself either coming up with a riff on the guitar or a chord progression on the piano . Then onto creating the changing parts of the rest of the song . Recording that basic one instrument building block and just building from there . Bass , drums, keys . On and on . Usually present some demo version to the band and keep building from that point as a group or just keep the original idea depending on how it seems to be going . It’s nice to just let people and friends play there ideas out and just see what happens even if it wasn’t what I had in mind to start with.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Beach House
Tame Impala
Net - these guys are really brand new just about to finish there first record they’ve opened up for the flaming lips a few times and just bring back some good 60’s psychedelic underground vibes .

Policia that’s a great newer band as well I mean they’ve been around for a bit along with beach house and Tame Impala

Erika Wennerstrom’s solo record is pretty great

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
As far as doing a cover song the thought crossed my mind of doing all my colors by Echo and the Bunnymen.

We opened up for them about 20 times and I think each night that song was just so amazing to hear There still to this day one of the best bands out there by far .

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Just plan on a tour in the states this next summer in support of the appearances ep that we just released and about to release a split 7 inch with a great band called Lord Buffalo from Austin Texas.

Q: Any parting words?
In a Music world that has been marketed to death I’m just thankful to still be able to play when I can and enjoy the sounds and hope that maybe some one else gets something out of it or from it on some level . Just setting at the piano at the end of a long day and putting you’re foot on the sustain hitting one chord and letting that ring out for as long as you can


segunda-feira, 10 de dezembro de 2018

What If There Is No Way Out with Visions in Clouds - An Interview

Já nos primeiros momentos de "What If There Is No Way Out", segundo trabalho dos suíços do Visions in Clouds ou VIC, para os iniciados, fica absolutamente claro por onde os caras trafegam...pós punk, nitidamente influenciado por bandas que resgataram as cinzas dos 80´s, leia-se Interpol (principalmente), além de, White Lies entre outros.

Obviamente que toda a conexão remete aos ícones máximos, mas sonoramente o VIC aproxima-se muito mais, para não dizer que, em alguns momentos, soa deveras parecido tanto com o Interpol como o White Lies, mas, sempre, o fantasma de Robert Smith dá as caras.

Nada de novo, nada de inusitado, apenas uma banda tocando honestamente e com propriedade suas verdades, e isso é muito bom.

***** Interview with Visions in Clouds *****

Q. When did Vision in Clouds begin? Tell us about the history...
1) It began in 2015 when Simon and Pascal started Visions In Clouds out of the need to express their emotions in the roughness of post-punk music. This resulted 2016 in their debut album Masquerade“. 2017 bassist Leopold joined the band and added a lot of energy to the music due to his energetic playing style and unapologetic downstrokes. The three musicians recorded their second album „what if there is no way out“ in 2018 and it released in October. Since November the band is touring and playing with synth player Andrea.
Q: Who are your influences?
2) The post-punk of the 80s like The Cure or The Smiths but also modern influences like White Lies, The Twilight Sad, Die Nerven or Interpol.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3) 1. Turn On The Bright Lights - Interpol
2. Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave - The Twilight Sad
3. The Roaring Silence - Manfred Mann‘s Earth Band
4. Hunky Dory - David Bowie
5. Violator - Depeche Mode

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4) Euphoric. It‘s the reason why we do this.

Q. How do you describe Vision in Clouds´ sounds?
5) It‘s atmospheric but has a certain roughness to it. We describe it as
„romantic post-punk“ because it combines a lot of genres to get an uncategoriced form of post-punk.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6) We tried to contain our live sound and recorded most of the album as direct as possible. We wanted to create the dynamic energy we also look for in any live performance. We had defined ideas and rounded them off together with our producer Slade Templeton at Influx Studios.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7) Shame is probably the best band in the world right now.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8) Bruce Springsteen - Radio Nowhere

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9) We want to play our music as far from home as possible.

Q: Any parting words?
10)„Let‘s see what all this pain can change.“ - Soft Kill


Everything Ends with The Lynch - An Interview

Instambul, Turquia, sombras, barulho, escuridão, caos.

"Everything Ends", título do primeiro trabalho do trio The Lynch captura a essência dos quatro adjetivos colocados acima.

Um junção claustrofóbica entre as trevas do Sisters of Mercy e a anarquia auto destrutiva do Swans, tudo lentamente cadenciado para que a angústia seja atingida por completo.

The Lynch é dark noise para captar o apocalipse em sua totalidade.

***** Interview with The Lynch *****

Q. When did The Lynch begin? Tell us about the history...
This adventure began in 2004 with two people; Erhan Atasoy and Ferhat Dunden. There wasn't a certain kind of music in our minds and we were two high school kids who didn't know what to do. All we knew was to compose songs and play our instruments. We have been included to psychedelic and shoegaze currents and prefer to walk through the backyards of rock music. In 2015, Emre Sen joined the band with a bass guitar. The band recorded ten demo albums and one EP called "The Sound Of Your Sigh".

Our first LP named "Everything Ends" was released on 12 November 2018 by Robonima Records.

Q: Who are your influences?
In the '80s and' 90s, as children growing up with the music of the 60s and 70s, our answers may be a bit ridiculous. King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Pixies, Screaming Trees, Mad Season and Joy division. What is the common point of all these different bands? We really don't know.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Unknown Pleasures by Joy division
Doolittle by Pixies
Above by Mad Season
Eyedazzler by Alison's Halo
Revolver by The Beatles

Q. How do you feel playing live?
When we get together we just try to feel songs, even at rehearsal. We need to feel first. We love playing live and live recordings, always record rehearsals. This experience is not always enjoyable but the listeners enjoy it.

Q. How do you describe The Lynch´s sounds?
"Above the monotonous bass melodies, screaming echoed guitar sounds, dirty vocals, groaning drums and analogue sounds."

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
If we speak for this album "Everything Ends", recorded in three hours with completely old-fashioned methods. We played live together and left the studio together like 60s rock bands.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We don't follow the new bands, sorry. Just too busy with our music.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We don't play songs of other bands.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Record more albums, more gigs. That's all.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you very much for your interest. Love from Istanbul, Turkey!


sexta-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2018

Shadows with Twin Tribes - An Interview

"Shadows", melhor nome impossível para o debute do duo de Brownsville, Texas, Twin Tribes.

Uma olhada rápida no visual de Luis Navarro e Joel Nino, Jr., somado ao nome do álbum, e a charada sonora sera imediatamente sacada. Dark music, para notívagos.

Bebendo em fontes óbvias os caras emanam as sombras dos 80´s transportadas para os dias atuais. Os rapazes citam os clássicos, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Clan of Xymox e os contemporâneos,  She Past Away, Lebanon Hanover e Drab Majesty como influências e conexões, e bem, é exatamente isso.

Corram para as paredes morcegos!!!!!!!!

***** Interview with Twin Tribes *****

Q. When did Twin Tribes begin? Tell us about the history...
Twin Tribes started in the summer of 2017. I’ve always liked dark 80’s music when I was young and always wanted to start a project in that genre. Around early 2017 I started recording some demos but knew it would be difficult to make this happen as a one piece, so I started looking for someone who could join me. I thought about Joel because we knew each other from a previous band and he loved the demos. After that, we ended up writing/recording “Shadows” in the following months and we’re really glad about the final result and the popularity it has gained since January 2018 when it was released.

Q: Who are your influences?
We both have our own influences, but they vary from bands from the period of the dark 80’s like The Cure, Depeche Mode, Clan of Xymox to more contemporary bands like She Past Away, Lebanon Hanover and Drab Majesty to just name a few.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
It’s always very difficult for me to choose a favorite anything since I feel it all depends on my mood. But albums that are very dear to me are:
Soda Stereo – Nada Personal,
Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses,
The Cure – Seventeen Seconds,
The Smiths – Self Titled
and Drab Majesty – The Demonstration.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing live. We always try to put up a show aesthetically and musically pleasing for the fans. Dancing, lights, fog and loud guitars and basses drenched in chorus is the only way I can think of to describe it.

Q. How do you describe Twin Tribes´ sounds?
The sounds we used not only for our album but for playing live come from the analog instruments of the 80’s. We use iconic drum machines like the Roland TR-707 and Linn LM-2, a Roland JX-3P, a Korg Poly 800 and vintage chorus pedals.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We recorded the album in Mission, Texas with our friend Allen Michael. We recorded the album all analog, which in my opinion is what gave the album the character we were looking for and after tracking, the album was mixed by Charlie Vela at Sound of Rain Studios.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There are too many great bands being born in this post-punk revival era that seems to be happening. I would recommend Second Still, Stockhaussen, Frio y Vacio, Diavol Strain, Nox Novacula, Otzi and Deathstair if you haven’t heard them yet.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Every time I get a little free time I record a small clip of a cover. The last one I did was Save a Prayer by Duran Duran, but the cover I would love to finish is The Metro by Berlin.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
At the moment we’re going to release a new cassette tilted Part Time Punks Session. It includes 4 live songs recorded at Comp-ny studio while we were on tour in Los Angeles, California as well as our debut album, Shadows. We’re also going to be touring the Midwest during late December, East Coast in the summer of 2019 and several festivals. We also plan to release our second album around the summer of 2019 as well.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to reach out to your readers!


215 with Sugar Violets - An Interview

Não existe distância nos tempos modernos para quem quer realmente criar música, a magia hoje pode acontecer de qualquer maneira, modo e lugar.

Com esta máxima, o duo David "Spaceman" Loucks e Lashaan Everett, que vivem a 1500 milhas um do outro, resolveram iniciar um projeto há pouco mais de um mês atrás, e o resultado é o single "215".

Shoegaze, shoegaze e shoegaze, ecos de MBV são altamente sentidos, mas sonoramente o que mais se conecta ao Sugar Violets é o The Stargazer Lilies.

Vocalização relaxadamente sexy, lenta, guitarras que se movem como águas vivas, tudo para que a mente frite a cada acorde.

Uma estréia promissora certamente, que venham os próximos capítulos da saga do Sugar Violets.

***** Interview with Sugar Violets *****

Q. When did Sugar Violets begin? Tell us about the history...
David- Sugar Violets are myself (David Loucks) and Lashaan Everett. It started with a conversation about a month ago. Lashaan's band had broken up and she wanted to finish the songs that she had been working on, so I offered to help. I sent her a demo of a song I was working on and that's what became the song 215.

Q: Who are your influences?
David- That could be a very long list. I think we are both all over the map in what we listen to. I would say for me the formative ones would be SST and Creation records, the stuff I grew up listening to.

Lashaan- I agree, the list would be super long. Ha. My music taste is all over the map (punk/hardcore, psych, shoegaze, jazz, soul, hip-hop, rocksteady, metal, brit pop...) and I certainly draw a lot of influence from that.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1 Swervedriver: Raise
2. Dinosaur Jr: You're living all over me
3. Sonic Youth: Goo
4. My Bloody Valentine: Isn't anything
5. The Damned: Damned Damned Damned

Lashaan- Oh, that's a hard question. But in no particular order:
1. The Smiths- Meat Is Murder
2. My Bloody Valentine- Loveless
3. Verve- A Storm In Heaven
4. Bad Brains- Rock For Light
5. Nas- Illmatic

Q. How do you feel playing live?
David- We are currently only two people and I play the bulk of the instruments on the records myself. It would be a challenge but it's definitely something we'd like to do.

Q. How do you describe Sugar Violets´ sounds?
David- I don't know that I would. I think it would be much more interesting to hear someone else describe them.

Lashaan- Agreed. I am fortunate that when are bouncing ideas off one another they just always seem very plausible, but they are certainly all over the map. But I'm not sure I could exactly categorize our sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
David- We live about 1500 miles apart so we record separately. One of us comes up with an idea and records it, Lashaan decides how long each part of the song needs to be to fit the vocals in. I do the arrangement and play whatever instruments we need, it's done digitally of course but I mainly treat it like it's tape. I like the spontaneity of people playing actual instruments. Once I finish recording the instruments I send the track to Lashaan, she does her vocal tracks and then I mix it.

Lashaan- As David stated it is a process...he plays most of the instruments (I play guitar as well, but have only written 2 songs thus far) and he is able to arrange everything really quickly. It's really labor intensive but so amazing to be able to watch it come together.

David- It's a process we are working on. Future songs will include Lashaan playing more instruments and I will probably do some vocals as well.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
David- The New Stargazer Lillies tracks are the most amazing thing I've heard in quite a while.

Lashaan- I have been loving 93millionmilesfromthesun's New Fuzz EP. I have also been listening to Saba- Care For Me, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats- Wasteland, Windhand- Eternal Return and the new Swervedriver tracks of course.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Lashaan- I have a few in mind but one that I most recently thought I would like to cover is Selena- Como La Flor. That probably sounds odd, but I know we will be able to do something really cool with it.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
David- We are currently working on an EP we hope to have out by the end of January 2019

Q: Any parting words?
David- I would just like to thank everyone, the response to our music so far has been amazing.

Lashaan- I am deeply humbled by the response we have received. So, thank you to all that have been so supportive!


quinta-feira, 6 de dezembro de 2018

Endless Dreams in Dying Motions with Chloral - An Interview

Entre mês, sai mês e os espanhóis sempre brindam estas páginas com pérolas.

Desta vez, representados pelo quarteto madrilenho, Chloral.

Aqui o assunto é shoegaze, mas não o shoegaze clássico, o novo shoegaze, mais denso, lento, melancólico e barulhento. Seguindo a escolha iniciada há alguns anos por gente como Nothing e Whirr, o Chloral ataca com seu mix de estridência e raiva transformada em angústia.

"Endless Dreams in Dying Motions" é o debute dos caras, lançado há pouco menos de dois meses e vem engrossar a tendência de lamentar-se através do barulho.

Nada melhor, para retratar os amargos de ser um jovem adulto no mundo atual.

***** Interview with Chloral *****

Q. When did Chloral begin? Tell us about the history...
R: Chloral begun as an impulsive idea to make a blackgaze band with our bassist and drummer back in October 2016, where we met at a show and went out that night, but we only started taking it seriously around January of this year after being in a couple hardcore punk bands and recruiting our guitar player. We switched the idea from blackgaze to shoegaze and immediately started writing our first demo and playing as many shows as we could book.

Q: Who are your influences?
R: If we were to boil it down to a couple band I'd say My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins, Nothing and Ride but I guess we listen to a lot of different genres so it would be hard to pinpoint a couple. We all like loud music so i guess that would be the our main "influence".

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
R: White Pony -Deftones
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) -Wu Tang Clan
Siamese Dream-The Smashing Pumpkins
Nevermind- Nirvana
Movement- New Order

Q. How do you feel playing live?
R: Spaced out and like it's not loud enough

Q. How do you describe Chloral´s sounds?
R: Nostalgic, kinda like when you feel like dressing up but don't really wanna go out

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
R: Recording was a pain in the ass because it was basically self produced and none of us knew anything about recording, luckily a friend of a friend helped us with the recording process and did some mixing but ultimately we had a good time.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
R: Shameless self plug but two of us play in a hardcore band called BLAME and we released an EP at the beginning of the year (blamehc.bandamp.com) so check that out if you're into that kinda stuff. Yeahrs from Berlin are killing it and are great dudes, just like Bum Motion Club, a dream pop/shoegaze kinda gig from our town.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
R: Three of us would love to cover Be Quiet and Drive by Deftones but our guitar player has terrible taste and doesn't like them. We still love him tho.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
R: Keep playing as many shows as we can while writing more songs to record an EP with better production and sell out if the opportunity arises.

Q: Any parting words?
R: The blog is really nice so thanks for the interview and shoutout to anyone who reads it. XOXO


Common Specimen/ Indoor Mold with Roda Lits - An Interview

photo: Jeroen Jacobs

A Antuérpia é a maior cidade da região de Flandres na Bélgica, e, é exatamente de lá que vem a garageira ensandecida dos caras do Roda Lits.

Jogue na receita, garageira sessentista, doses de Cramps e Gun Club, punk, circa 77, e você terá o resultado.

"Common Specimen/Indoor Mold", novo trabalho dos caras veio ao mundo a questão de horas e é daqueles discos necessários pra lembrar o porque o rock´n´roll ainda é altamente caótico, divertido e provocador.

O disco exala suor, bebida, diversão e maluquices diversas. Sem firulas, sem embaçamento, apenas rock nú e cru, áspero e grudento, como deve ser.

Escutar alto em todos os sentidos é necessário e fica melhor ainda.

***** Interview with Roda Lits *****

Q. When did the band begin? Tell us the history.
Early 2015, our drummer and bass player finished up with a previous band. They wanted to continue to play together but in a freer, democratic and fun group. Our vocalist Yannick had tried out with that old band the day it broke up. We loved the wild man and got him on board. Zeger, our guitarist, had recently left his psychobilly band Adios Pantalones. We dragged him down to our moldy basement and came up with a new song each rehearsal.

The band has since upscaled to a moldy lock-up garage. We've played around 50 to 60 shows together. Besides a demo and 7" we've recorded 2 EPs with Belly Button Records, a lo-fi punk/garage label in Antwerp that has a few of our local scene's releases on it.

Q. Who are your influences?
Hmm... very varied. We haven't really set out to work in the confines of a genre or style, we are too chaotic to be that organised. I guess our paths collectively cross with garage, proto punk, freakbeat / brit invasion, 70's punk and a bit of 50's rock 'n roll.

Q. List 5 albums of all time.
MC5 - High Time
Southern Culture On The Skids - Dirt Track Date
Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
The 13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere
The Clash - The Clash

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It's the best! If the mosh partly resembles a Soul Train line dance then we've done our job right! Having said that, we recently played our best show yet to a bunch of bikers staring at us from their bar stools. They made us play again, so it can't have been too bad, ha.

Q. How do you describe the Roda Lits sound?
Like some wasted guys thumping away on broken down old gear. Fat-bottomed garage rock.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording songs.
Our first recording on Belly Button was banging out a few of our songs to test a new 1/2 inch tape. It was played live with minimal mics. We released it in 2017 on cassette and it sold out.

For our new EP we raised the bar to lo-fi, staying overnight at the Belly Button house, 'Tooth Mountain', to record. It was again, recorded with minimal micing, live, direct and the least fuss possible.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend ?
MOAR, Ero Guro, Civic, Constant Mongrel

Q. Which band would you like to do a cover version of?
A song on our new record, 'Burnt By The Sunshine', whilst not a cover per se, has fun with parts of some The Lemon Drops and Jon Travolta / Olivia Newton John lyrics mashed up with ours. We used to play the Troggs' B-side 66 54321 a little.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
In short, nope.

We're busy with the work surrounding the upcoming release. We've all worked in visual arts of one sort or another, so we are very DIY with band art etc. I know next chance we get, everyone is hanging to write more songs.

Q. Any parting words?
Take a listen to our new record on bellybuttonrecords.bandcamp.com and you can find us on Facebook @RodaLits. It won't wreck your day!


quarta-feira, 5 de dezembro de 2018

The Joy of Painting with Sleepy Gonzales - An Interview

Quando nos deparamos com "Melting", canção de abertura de "The Joy of Painting", novo trabalho dos canadenses do Sleepy Gonzales, a pergunta que vem a mente é: Como uma música tão perfeita nunca chegou até nossos ouvidos?, ou, como a doçura de "Sinking" permanecerá escondida no submundo dos bons sons?

Poxa, o mundo precisaria "descobrir" a candura, a beleza do Sleepy Gonzales o quanto antes, talvez as coisas poderiam melhorar, afinal, a música sempre é a salvação, certo?

Bem, eu apenas aconselho a você, salve-se, salve-se imediatamente, o Sleepy Gonzales esta lhe estendendo a salvação, então, abrace-a.

***** Interview with Sleepy Gonzales *****

Q. When did Sleepy Gonzales begin? Tell us about the history...
Beni (drums) and Cristian (guitar) started playing music at a young age and have had a passion for it ever since. Later in high school, they met Allyson (vocals) who brought a sad, soothing voice to the whole mix. Together they pulled together their first album titled llover in late 2015. Two years later Sleepy G scored a set at The Roxy Cabaret. This is when Nick (bass) joined the band. Nick brings a new edge to the band dynamic. The four of them have now played shows and festivals all throughout 2018 and continue to grow together as a four-piece.

Q: Who are your influences?
We take influence from a wide range of bands and artists. Artists like The Sex Pistols, Conor Oberst, Phoebe Bridgers, Kings Of Leon, Tame Impala, to name a few.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Get This In Ya - The Chats
Stranger In The Alps - Phoebe Bridgers
Dog Boy - Late Night Takeaway
Don’t Give Up Skeleton - Cloud District
Lonerism - Tame Impala

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is a feeling like no other. Imagine you are in the ocean, weightless, surrounded by a large group of baby seahorses. Incredible right? Being on stage is something like that. Once the adrenaline starts rushing through your body and the loudspeakers make it so all you can hear is a wall of sound you know you’re in the zone. It’s incredible. Our favourite part is when everyone sings with us. Now that’s a cool feeling.

Q. How do you describe Sleepy Gonzales´ sounds?
Sleepy Gonzales’s sound ranges from sad, melodic, slow, dream-like melodies to thrashy, hard-hitting, punk-influenced sounds.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We record all of our own music in Allyson’s basement. The process of recording requires many hours of too much coffee and arguments, but it all seems worth it in the end once we hear the final product that we created together. Cristian and Beni have watched endless YouTube videos and have now become the mixers and masters of all Sleepy G songs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We definitely recommend Blue J, and our pals Late Night Takeaway. Both are local Vancouver bands.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
It would be really fun to do a cover by No Doubt. Another cover that would be cool would have to be “Hit Me Like That Snare” by Alt-J.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In 2019 we plan to do some touring throughout Canada, starting with Vancouver Island and making our way over to Calgary. We will keep writing more music and continue to play live sets together. We look forward to whatever the next year will bring us and see how our sound changes and transforms with us.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you, Brazil!!!!


Ozean with Voodoo Beach - An Interview

A psicodelia dos tempos modernos definitivamente não é, tampouco pode ser comparada com o que foi outrora foi tido como psicodelismo.

Muitas bandas caminham por lados opostos ao concebido pela geração flower power, caso dos alemães do Voodoo Beach.

Esqueça as cores, aqui a viagem é cinzenta e extremamente esfumaçada. Tons sombrios perpetuam a fórmula psicodélica da banda em seu debute, o fabuloso, para ficarmos apenas em um único adjetivo, EP intitulado "Ozean".

Em algumas passagens conexões com outro alemão, o The Blue Angel Lounge são sentidas, mas o Voodoo Beach é menos sangrento, em outras um certa ligação com a clássica Opal, da Paisley Underground Scene, porém com menos entonações blueseiras.

Enfim, o Voodoo Beach é o que a psicodelia moderna propõe, acidez e sombras em doses idênticas.

Boa viagem, mas cuidado com as bad trips.

***** Interview with Voodoo Beach *****

Q. When did Voodoo Beach begin? Tell us about the history...
A. Voodoo Beach has two birthdays. The first could be considered in 2014, where Phine, Vivi and me met through a musicians-finding-website to form a band. We still had a problem however - we couldn't find anyone to play bass. We wrote songs and searched for a bassist until we found John one year later, in 2015. We got his contact through my good friend Tim, who was at that time part of a great Berlin band called Suns of Thyme. After all this long time of searching we were very happy to finally have a bassist. On top, John is just an incredible human being. Finally in a full set, we joined forces and created what Voodoo Beach is today.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. This is a very tough question, which cannot be answered in unison. Each of us has a very different and individual taste of music, with just a few matching points. I don't really dare to describe the other's music taste to do it justice. I can tell you though, that John has a background of Ska music, while my spectrum varies from blues to electronic music. Although when I started playing guitar, my biggest influences at the time were Sonic Youth, The Horrors and shoegaze bands like Slowdive.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. I just texted the others to see what they say. Vivi's pick is 'Serial Girlfriend' by Holly Golightly. Phine picked Sonic Youth's 'Sister', while John decided for Tocotronic's 'Pure Vernunft Darf Niemals Siegen'. I would have to pick Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon'. To me they reached a level with this album, which cannot be reached since. We have one more album to go, but let's leave it at those four, a pick each.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. Playing live is an interesting experience. You reach a state of high focus, which makes time go by very slow and very fast at the same time. You pay attention to all the other band-members, but at the same time just to yourself. Playing live is a trippy experience, in a nutshell.

Q. How do you describe Voodoo Beach´s sounds?
A. Voodoo Beach's sound is difficult to describe vor a couple of reasons. First, it changes with time. In the beginning we were leaning more towards 60's psychedelia, while nowadays we flirt with 80's Neue Deutsche Welle. On top, at some point we switched from singing in English to German lyrics only. Without noticing it in the first place, this changed the sound of the whole band as well. In general I think our sound is unique because there do not seem to be much other bands doing what we do, especially in a way that works. We play American Music but mix it with German Music like NDW and Krautrock. You will also find a bit of shoegaze here and there. We used to call our music Psychedelic Blues back in the days, although it probably doesn't fit as well anymore. Recently we had a laugh jokingly calling our music 'Negative Rock'.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. We recorded all of our music so far in an all analogue studio called Kozmic Sound owned by our friend Mischkah. There is only one computer in the studio, which is there to convert the ready song to digital formats you can upload. Besides, it's all tube and tape like back in the days. This is the reason for the vintage sound of our recordings. If you record live to tape, as we did, you need to be spot on because mistakes cannot be corrected without repeating the whole take. Everyone is forced to give their best performance, which creates a certain magic.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. In this regard we have a couple of overlaps. Vivi and John like Goat Girl, Vivi and me enjoy Die Wilde Jagd and Exploded View. On top we have Klaus Johann Grobe, Juniore, Snail Mail.. Personally I would also mention a French duo called Agar Agar, a Russian solo project called Kedr Livanskiy and Boy Harsher from the US.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. Gwen Stefani. Or Kelis, we actually discussed covering 'Milkshake'. I am against covers of any sort though, so I guess this will not happen anytime soon.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. Our plans for the future are to stay healthy and to get rich. I want to drive a Lamborghini to rehearsals, you know. Maybe we will record an LP soon for that purpose, stay tuned!

Q: Any parting words?
A. Thank you for reaching out to us and for appreciating our music! We are very happy to be read about in Brasil, as we know you guys have a great scene for psychedelic music. See you at one of our gigs or for a cup of coffee when you happen to strand in Berlin! Love! Ignacy / VB


terça-feira, 4 de dezembro de 2018

We're Losing The Light with Submotile - An Interview

O duo Submotile, formado pelo casal Daniela e Michael, convida explicitamente seus ouvintes a uma viagem sônica, repleta de sonhos, fritações e delírios.

Shoegaze em sua essência, a música do Submotile evoca os dois lados das experimentações estridentes, leia-se SY e MBV.

"We´re Losing The Light", novo trabalho deles não pende para nenhuma de suas extremidades, seja barulho gratuito ou, sonhos fritantes, o EP navega pela tênue linha entre o transpirante caos e a doçura delirante.

Iniciados vão delirar, críticos vão odiar, e leigos se apaixonarão....

***** Interview with Submotile *****

Q. When did Submotile begin? Tell us about the history...
We're a husband a wife from Dublin Ireland and Bari Italy.

We started by accident in March 2018. I had more or less stopped playing music over the last few years, but over the winter of 2017/18 I was gradually rediscovering the joys of recording again - and I was especially getting into recording 'in the box', something I had never really done before. One day, I was playing a few chords on an acoustic guitar, Daniela sang a counter-melody...I thought what she came up with was great, so we recorded it and went from there. That was the song "Signs of My Melody". We wrote five songs together after that and put our first EP out in August.

Q: Who are your influences?
Sonic Youth were the first band that really got me interested in playing the guitar. I'm massively influenced by them, My Bloody Valentine, Swans, Mogwai and lots of ambient stuff too, like Biosphere.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1) Explosions In the Sky - The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place
2) Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
3) The National - Boxer
4) Warpaint - Warpaint
5) Swans - Love of Life

1) Dinosaur Jr - Bug
2) Massive Attack - Mezzanine
3) Sonic Youth - Bad Moon Rising
4) My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
5) Stars of the Lid - The Tired Sounds Of

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We haven't played live yet, but I always loved it when I was in previous bands. We can't wait to make our live debut.

There's always a feeling of terror that something will just go wrong - when you play with a load of effects and technology, the more you introduce, the greater the likelihood of things malfunctioning, but when things go well, there's no greater feeling.

Q. How do you describe Submotile´s sounds?
We're going for a massive, layered sound, with plenty of melody mixed with noise.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The first EP was mostly done at home - well, everything except the drums, which were done in a studio in Dublin. We were on a steep learning curve with the mixing as we recorded so many layers, it ended up sounding a bit messy, but we're learning as we go and the newer material is sounding better.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Galants, Just Mustard, Palm Haze and pretty much anything on Midsummer Madness records.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Something not too obvious....I'd like to make a really noisey shoegaze version of Tears for Fears "Everybody wants to rule the world" for example. Or "The Cross" by Prince.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're deep into recording our debut album. The plan is to put that out in February/March, with a number of videos too and then to play live.

Q: Any parting words?
Smell the flowers while you can.