sexta-feira, 21 de outubro de 2016

Seven Feathers with This Blinding Light - An Interview

Quando a música atinge seus estados psíquicos mais íntimos os alterando em seus mais diversos provocando alucinações é porque ela, a música, te pegou pela alma. 

E foi exatamente isso que o quinteto de Seattle, This Blinding Light fez com este que vos escreve. Independentemente se você optar pelo debute deles, o EP "Altar" de 2012, ou "Medicine Bag" de 2015, ou ainda, e este, talvez, o mais poderoso dos caras, o recente "Seven Feathers" e suas sete viagens ao redor do Sistema Solar. Não entendeu? Ok, explico; "Seven Feathers" em suas sete odisseias percorre iniciando em em "Sun" e a partir dai meu amigo, o passeio percorre, "Mercury", "Venus", "Moon", "Mars", "Juniper" e finaliza sua ode em "Saturn".

Uma obra espetacular, para ficarmos em apenas um adjetivo. Mas posso dizer a vocês que o This Blinding Light se alimenta e conecta-se sonoramente com gente do calibre de Loop, Flying Saucer Attack, Bardo Pond, Spacemen 3 e outros exploradores do universo ácido da psicodelia em forma de drones.

O This Blinding Light é daquelas bandas que tornaram-se prediletas do TBTCI na primeira audição.

Simplesmente ACIMA.

***** Interview with This Blinding Light *****

Q. When did This Blinding Light start? Tell us about the history...

This Blinding Light was a project formed in 2006 by Michael Sterling (Joy Wants Eternity) Myself [Lance Watkins] (Hypatia Lake) and Shane Browning (Hypatia Lake). It was primarily meant to be a vehicle of incorporating Magick into music, a Sonic Alchemy of sorts, blending both mine and Michael's knowledge of the Esoteric arts into trance inducing acid psych or Northwest Mystic Psych (it could be called)

Q: Who are your influences?
Love and Light, Space and Time

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Man that that's a tough one. How about my top five for today?
LOOP "Fade Out",
Lilys "Eccsame the Photon Band",
Hawkwind "Space Ritual",
Spiritualized "Pure Phase",
Bardo Pond "Lapsed"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Empowered sometimes and defeated others. It really depends on the dynamic and how the show plays out.

Q. How do you describe This Blinding Light sounds?
Trance inducing. We really try to lock the listeners in with groove and texture.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Our most recent album, "Seven Feathers" (Custom Made Music US and Liquid Library UK) was recorded live at the Church with Scot Colburn (Animal Collective, Sun City Girls, Arcade Fire). It was tracked in one day live, and the minimal over dubs a, vocals and mixing were done the next day. I'd say about 20 hours was spent on it total. We wanted it to sound raw and unmeddled. Sometimes when you sit with songs for too long they lose their original nature. They become too entangled in your ego. We wanted they songs to be how we played them (or as close as that could be).

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I'm really into The Cosmic Dead, The Dead Vibrations, 10000 Russos, Morgan Delt,and Ty Segal. I know some of those guys have been around a minute, but it's new to me.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have done some covers of LOOP and Flying Saucer Attack that were fun, but I'd like to do something less obvious like ZZ Top or Neil Young and really fuzz it out.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're planning out the direction for the next album and hope to get out on the road for a west coast tour soon.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks to Seattle, Mama,all the the venues, all the bands we've played with through out this last decade. As Above, So Below. As Without, So Within.

quinta-feira, 20 de outubro de 2016

Social Bribe with See The Eye - An Interview

E seguindo a máxima aqui no TBTCI, em abrir estas páginas para bandas completamente desconhecidas ou em real início de carreira, é chegada a vez do See The Eye. 

Diretamente a Indonésia e por conta de seu primeiro single, "Social Bribe", um mix barulhento e sonhador de shoegaze clássico e principalmente seguidor dos recente "clássicos" Ringo Deathstarr e Pinkshinyultrablast, sim, porque não? Afinal ambos tem sido altamente cultuados, principalmente em se tratando de novas bandas vindas da Ásia.

Uma estreia de fazer os fãs gazers abrirem um sorriso de ponta a ponta.

***** Interview with See The Eye *****

Q. When did See The Eye start? Tell us about the history...
A: See The Eye start in the early of 2016. At first 3 of us were part of scooter (vespa) community called JPCC (Jakarta Piaggio Corsa Community) back in 2014. We start jamming and think to formed a hardcore band. As time goes by, few people come and go to jammed with us. Finally we found solid formation and each of us had different influences, then we decided to let each play with their influences. See The Eye are Harry - Guitar/Vocal, Danny - Guitar/Synth, Abee - Bass, Arya - Drum, Yudhit - Vocal. The name See The Eye is taken from CDI, a type of automotive electronic ignition system which is widely used in scooter. We used it not just because all of us ride scooter, but we want to be like CDI that can ignite our spirit to making the music.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Harry (The Cure, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, MBV, Red House Painter, Sugar Star, Mogwai, Sugarcube, The Smashing Pumpkins)

Danny (Pinkshinyultrablast, MBV, Chapterhouse, Lush, Cocteau Twins)

Abee (The Cure, Sex Pistols, Depeche Mode, Bad Religion, Sepultura, Weezer)

Arya (Nothing, Whirr, ASIWYFAF, Nirvana)

Yudhit (Mogwai, Do Make Say Think, Olafur Arnalds, Trespasser William, The Innocence Mission, Pale Saints)

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: Disintegration - The Cure
Pygmalion - Slowdive
Grand Feather - Pinkshinyultrablast
Bleach - Nirvana
The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore - Saxon Shore

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: We will play at September 30 2016

Q. How do you describe See The Eye sounds?
A: Energetic, Noise, Free

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: Just like the others, we record it in recording studio track by track and take 2 shifts

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Pinkshinyultrablast, Ringo Deathstarr, Heals (Indonesia),

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: RIDE, Weezer, MBV

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Make albums, touring around the world

Q: Any parting words?
A: Enjoy what we love, what we hear, and what we play

quarta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2016

Choose Your Own Adventure with Vanishing Twin - An Interview

Música inclassificável, essa é a impressão que se tem ao experimentar a odisseia ao redor do universo musical da qual os ingleses do Vanishing Twin perpetua.

Free jazz? Kraut?Minimal freak psych? Pode ser tudo isso junto ou separado, ou nada disso ao mesmo tempo, o ponto crucial é que não há qualquer possibilidade de situar o Vanishing Twin neste ou aquele nicho sonoro.

Experimente adentar ao universo dos caras, e entenda o que eu tentei descrever, certamente a viagem será altamente lisérgica, isso é garantido.

***** Interview with Vanishing Twin ***** 

Q. When did Vanishing Twin start? Tell us about the history...
Vanishing twin began life as my solo project Orlando. I was releasing concept cassettes on my own label The Re-Alignment of Magnetic Dust (RAM), and playing the songs with different musicians. Gradually we settled into a formation of people who all shared similar taste and similar ideas, and in the process the sound became much bigger than Orlando as it incorporated these different musical personalities. So with that we chose a new name and a new identity.

Q: Who are your influences?
Too many to name. There are a few vinyl lovers in the band - with collections of interesting and obscure music from all over the world. We have a deep love of library and soundtrack music that heavily influences our sound and approach, but equally we're interested in Latin jazz, outsider pop, African funk, minimal classical music, industrial, no wave and other intriguing cocktails of sound.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
The live show is about conjuring magic, about casting a spell, and opening a door into another world for a brief time. The visual is an important part of the whole picture for us - the creation of a complete entity. For that reason we create all our own artwork and videos.

Q. How do you describe Vanishing Twin sounds?
Vanishing twin sounds like oblique pop, lost soundtracks, radiophonic experiments and eternal juju.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The album was recorded and produced with Malcolm Catto at his studio Quatermass Sound Lab. He has built this space for his own band The Heliocentrics for maximum atmosphere and minimum interfere. We didn't do many takes, just went for the right performance and atmosphere. Then I took the recordings away to experiment with overdubs and effects before bringing them back for mixing.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Tomaga, Gelbart, The Soundcarriers

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
It's not really about who you cover but what you do with it. Its something we do often as it's an excellent musical exercise to explore the possibilities of a song. Here are a few covered:
Michael Jackson - don't stop til you get enough; gently Johnny; Paul McCartney - check my machine, Astrud Gilberto - zigy zigy za; don cherry - brown rice; brigitte Bardot - contact.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A second Vanishing Twin album. There is also the debut Man From Uranus album coming out on RAM which we are about to master. Two Orlando cassettes are to be re-issued on vinyl so I may do some solo performances in support of that.

Q: Any parting words?
If you're ever in a fix, as yourself, what would Sun Ra do?

terça-feira, 18 de outubro de 2016

Psalms with Arbes - An Interview

Simplesmente delicioso!! Sim delicioso é o adjetivo que melhor pode definir os australianos do Arbes e seu inspirado segundo EP, "Psalms", lançado há pouco mais de dez dias.

"Psalms" é ensolarado, cristalino, elegante e repleto de melodias instigantes. Um clima cândido percorre as sete músicas do disco, com destaque imediato para a abertura celestial de "Sintra".

Arbes é um verdadeiro colírio para os ouvidos.

***** Interview with Arbes *****

Q. When did Arbes start? Tell us about the history?
(Answered by Sam): Arbes started early in 2013. We’d all been friends for years and had played music together between us, Jess and Anita since they were very young. The start of the band I think coincided with each of us realising what it means to actually attempt to sound like yourself and not just emulate whatever is around.

Q. Who are your influences?
(Answered by Sam): Collectively we all listen to/are inspired by Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Foals, Anderson .Paak.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time
(Answered by Sam): This is 5 of my favourite albums as of right now.
Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures
Kaytranada, 99.9%
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Piñata
Vince Staples, Prima Donna
Beach House, Depression Cherry

Q. How do you feel playing live?
(Answered by Jess) I think playing live for us is ultimately a huge release, and feels pretty surreal. Especially if it's a show where we can feel the audience be quite responsive and engaging, those are the best gigs. I think all performers would agree that it's the crowd's energy that informs how you feel. I think sometimes we have a weird moment playing live where we remember that it's just the three of us, and no one else knows what it's like when we write and practice together. It's pretty indescribable to remember a song when it was just developing, and to watch it become something full realised in a live setting. I think we also feel deeply grateful that we can perform, and even more so that people actually want to come watch us.

Q. How do you describe Arbes sounds?
(Answered by Jess) That's always a hard question. Especially as we feel that it's changed so much over time. At the moment, using Psalms as a reference, I would say our sound still has this kind of nostalgia/dream wave quality about it, but it's a lot more expansive. Purely because we spent so much more time thinking about how we wanted to fill out the sound. Swimmer had a very low-fi, minimal, beachy quality to it, and I think we've changed a lot since then. Psalms still retains a kind of lamenting, summery mood that Swimmer had, but it's way more cosmic and spacey.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
(Answered by Jess) Both Swimmer & Psalms were recorded at Sam's house. They were both done in the same way, where we record each instrument separately. For Psalms, we used different recording software that allowed us to experiment with texture and tone a lot more. We always start by recording drums first, then guitar, then bass and vocals last. For Psalms, Anita wrote and recorded keys for most of the tracks. Drums and guitar take us a long time to get right, I think drums are objectively just the hardest sound to get perfect, especially as we self-record, it takes a lot of experimenting to get it right. And because of how intricate Sam's guitar parts are, he spend a lot of time layering and playing around with the sound. For Swimmer, everything was DIY, from recording straight through to the final mixes. For Psalms, we had two separate friends mix and master it, it was good for us to branch out and have people we trust take what we had done ourselves, and just enhance it and bring all elements together.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
(Answered by Anita). There’s some beauties being released by Sports Day Records recently. I recommend Harley Alexander - his newest release ‘Harland’ is so nostalgic, sweet and homely. Static Animal has just released their second EP, ‘Morning Sounds’, which perfectly encapsulates dreamy, lo-fi sounds that you’d listen to while walking your dog around your suburb on a nice morning.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
(Answered by Anita): LCD Soundsystem.

Q: What are your plans for the future ?
(Answered by Anita): We want to keep writing, performing and recording together and continue to expand our sounds. An album is probably next, so in the near future we’ll be doing a lot of writing.

Q: Any parting words?
(Answered by Anita): Nothing fills us with more joy than people around the world listening and enjoying our music, so thank you.

Pure with Glace - An Interview

Marc-Olivier Theriault é o criador e escultor das peças climáticas, hipnóticas e envolventes do Glace.

"Pure" é o único registro até o momento do canadense, e nome mais adequado, impossível, "Pure" exala beleza, candura e sugere um aconchegante clima introspectivo para o ouvinte.

Uma estreia de rara beleza concebida pelo Glace.

***** Interview with Glace *****

Q: When did Glace start?
Glace officialy started last year when I uploaded music on Bandcamp.

Q: Who are your influences?
I have many influences but I'll try to name the main ones. I'm a huge fan of shoegaze bands from the 90's like Slowdive, MBV, Curve, Lush, Ride, Chapterhouse, Pale Saints, Catherine Wheel, etc. I also like the darker stuff of The Cure and Cocteau Twins. I listen to a lot of different genres but I'm really into dream pop, jangle pop,alternative and surf rock.

Q: Make a list of 5 albums of all time
Disintegration, Oshin, Bleach, Nevermind

Q: How do you feel playing live?
I've only played one show so I guess I was shy.

Q: How do you describe Glace sounds?
Cold, dreamy, glow, dark, slow, fast,

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs
I usualy begin with the drums. After I play a guitar track 1 on it and then, add a guitar track 2 over it. Finally, I add synth and voice if I think it is necessary.

Q: Wich new bands do you recommend?
There are many but to name only a few I would say Diiv, Orchin, Golden Graves, Leave The Planet, Be Forest and Castlebeat. If you like shoegaze, there are some very good australian bands that you should check out like Contrast, Bloohounds On My Trail, Black Ryder, Miniatures, Blush Response, Lowtide, Kigo, Luna Ghost.

Q: Wich band would you love to make a cover version of?
I don't think I would make a cover because it is almost impossible to do justice to the original song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I will continue to record new music. There will be a new single out soon too. I'm aiming for a release in december.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for for your time.

segunda-feira, 17 de outubro de 2016

The Upper Room with VV & The Void - An Interview

Coldwave, darkwave, em tonalidades cinzentas e hipnoticamente envolventes, este é VV & The Void, tendo a frente Valentina Veil e sua encantadora e letal voz.

Em vias de lançar seu primeiro disco o VV &The Void nos presentearam com uma versão densa e desesperadora para "Placebo Effect" da diva máxima Siouxsie Sioux, sem contar na impressionantemente gélida "God Machine" e outras preciosidades como "The Seeker" e "Thorn" que remetem a uma conexão em os Pink Dots, Cranes e a deusa gélida, Nico.

O conselho que o TBTCI dá é, acompanhem todos os passos do que o VV& The Void fará, é necessário.

***** Interview with VV & The Void *****

Q. When did VV & The Void start? Tell us about the history...
VV & The Void has been formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2014.

After spending seven years in Rome studying film and sound engineering, I began performing in a few local bands with whom I had the pleasure of opening for artists like Peter Murphy and Legend ary Pink Dots. Then, I moved to Berlin and joined a band called, "House of Light;" playings synths and singing. With HOL, I toured, extensively all over the US, Europe and Australia; where I moved to in 2014 for all almost two years. Most of the songs and material I wrote for VV & The Void has been recorded between Los Angeles, Berlin and Melbourne while on the road.
Q: Who are your influences?
Voids, Empty Rooms, Empty Pages, Empty Streets, Storms, Night Skies, Occult, Rituals, Magick, Light, Black Holes, Opiates, Sex, Death, Fears, Expressionism, French Poets, Excesses, Dada, Avantgarde, Obsessions

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
New Order - Movement
Cocteau Twins - treasure
Suicide - Suicide
The Cure - Disintegration
Nico - The Drama of Exile

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It feels like a sort of healing ritual… a mix of sexual and mystical intercourse.

Q. How do you describe VV & The Void sounds?
ethereal, gothic, decadent, blurry, smokey, velvety, drone

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I usually record at home in my own studio in Berlin. When I travel, I generally get very inspired and so I always make sure to bring some type of portable studio with me to work anytime; especially on editing or lyrics. Normally, I start with building beats using drum machines or self-designed, drum patterns, and then add synthesizers, guitars, bass guitar, and, finally, vocals. I rarely use virtual instruments because I like building my own sound by experimenting with pedals and modulators.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I never much liked covering other bands. It makes me feel uncomfortable. This one is a tough one for me.

Which new bands do you recommend?
Nun, Schonwald, Night Nail, Rites Wild, Ascetic, House of Light, Exek, Trespasser, Bleib Modern and Liste Noire.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
The album is set for release in winter this year. Lindsay Gravina (HTRK,The Birthday Party, Rowland S. Howard, Swervedriver), has been mixing the album at his awesome Birdland Studios in Melbourne, Australia. The album features guests musicians like Brandon Robert of Night Nail, Ian Jackson, Sven Claussen of Din A Tod/Sleepless in Pyongyang, Justin de Vries of House of Light, Matthew W. Mero, Phillip Haut (The Centimeters, The Warlocks, Ariel Pink) and Henry Wilson of Exek. In the meantime, I will be releasing my second video “God Machine”, shot in a stunning, Berlin forest by Aude Francoise. DSTM, a great fashion designer, is also featured in the video. In the next few weeks, I will be working on a brand new video for the song “Idol Worship" with a Berlin-based director & visual artist, originally from Mexico City named, Alejandro Moncada
Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for supporting us, without passionate people like you we couldn’t keep it alive… <3 br="">*

sexta-feira, 14 de outubro de 2016

Full Moon In Vertigo with Dignitary - An Interview

Já comentei anteriormente o que escreverei novamente, Los Angeles é a mecca do novo pós punk e darkwave, a efervescente cena de lá, tem nos brindado com bandas e discos simplesmente geniais.

E é chegada a vez do Dignitary que tem data para o lançamento de seu primeiro álbum intitulado "Full Moon In Vertigo", o disco vem ao mundo dia 16 mas já pode ser apreciado no link do bandcamp da banda, além disso o Dignitary preparou uma festa absolutamente imperdível para a comemoração do lançamento. No próximo dia 18 os caras se apresentam neste evento ( que conta com discotecagem de ninguém menos do que Daniel Ash, sim ele mesmo, o gênio por detrás das guitarra do Bauhaus. Pena que estamos um muito longe desse acontecimento, não é? 

Voltemos a "Full Moon In Vertigo", o disco, ao lado do debute do Echolust, certamente a estreia do Dignitary é um dos melhores discos de pós punk do ano. Sombras de The Sound, Chameleons e claro Lloyd Cole e The Smiths, permeiam o trabalho dos caras, mas a sonoridade do Dignitary revitaliza os 80´s e os transporta para nossos dias com extrema elegância e sofisticação.

Um disco extremamente necessário.

***** Interview with Dignitary *****

Q. When did Dignitary start? Tell us about the history...
MC: Pretty boring history (so edit this down all you want!) but…I started up the first incarnation of Dignitary with Ammo Bankoff (of Brass Tax, old school friend and the cinematographer on my directorial debut feature Jerry Powell and the Delusions of Grandeur – now streaming on Amazon Video! –plug-plug) in 2011. We wrote “Demon Beside Me” together (on the Tautology EP) and we were a gothic western band – acoustics, minimal, dual male/female harmonizing like Exene and John Doe in X. And we had a long, pretentious, story-book name… The Dignitary Loss of Richard Roe. When Nick Liberatore joined on drums we went into a more electric direction and changed the name to Dignitary Loss. We played the Echo Park Rising Music Festival in Los Angeles in 2013, and for that show we dropped the Loss and just went by Dignitary. A month later, mid-way through our video for “Demon, Beside Me” the band broke up. Wrapped the video and that was that.

GH: I'm a third generation Dignitary. I met Mike about 2 years ago while working at a vegan restaurant where we bonded over comics, movies, and music. At the time Dignitary Loss was on hiatus and Mike was looking to start the band up again with a different line up.

FS: I'll tell you how Dignitary started for moi. I joined as a keyboardist in late 2013. Mike and I have been friends for most of my life so when he asked me to join there was no hesitation on my part. The band was going through a transitional period at the time and we took a break from playing shows.

MC: I resurrected the band in 2014. And wanted to go in a different direction. More New Wave. I’d been jamming with Gabe Huerta (lead guitar) and Fallon Scherzinger (keys) and Caroline Schoenberg (bass) here and there for a bit with different drummers. Never played out, tho. Fallon’s my teenhood best friend. Known her since we were kids – she was 12 when I met her. I was 15. Both grew up in the punk scene (although she was a rude girl and I was super into anarcho-punk). She volunteered at Koo’s Café in Santa Ana, CA (pretty famous joint if you look up the place: So we were always around
bands but never played in one together. We didn’t know how to play anything! Fallon took some minor bass lessons and I figured out how to play on my own – not that well, mind you. When I first started to write songs I would have her do back-up vocals. So…Asked her to join on keys. It’s simple. Root notes. Gabe I met at a restaurant/bar we both worked at. We bonded over comic books. Total geek-fest. And it turns out that just like Fallon, he too is originally from Orange County, California.

FS: We recorded some stuff, some of my backup vocals and a little of my keys are on the Tautology (Dignitary's first EP). After that I took a break from Dignitary for about 9 months.

MC: So, yeah, we never played out. Fallon temporarily left the band – although she contributed backing vocals and played keys on our debut Tautology EP. Stacy Fratelli replaced her and Ted Iisley got behind the kit – Nick (aka the Liberator) played on that EP and both the Burn and Lady in White EPs as a session drummer. Gabe and I planned a West Coast tour to support the Tautology EP and Caroline didn’t want to tour so she left the band. Instead of auditioning new bassists I asked Fallon if she wanted to take over for Caro. She didn’t know how to play bass and we had a show about three weeks from when I asked her to rejoin the band. She learned how to play bass in three weeks! Mind
blowing. And it’s not easy, simple root-note stuff either. Those are some mid-level bass lines.

FS: They needed a bass player (my absolute favorite instrument). I rejoined in late 2015. I learned my parts in about a week and a half and played my first show at Church of Fun in September 2015. It's been an absolute blast ever since. Recording, playing, touring, shalalalaaala.

MC: Gabe, Fallon, and I are the core of the band. And we play with various session musicians on keys or drums or use backing tracks when we don’t. To me the band became an official thing when the Tautology EP was released in the fall of 2015.

Q: Who are your influences?
GH: Within our genre, I'd say Johnny Marr is a huge influence. I'm not the biggest Smiths fan but I really love Johnny's guitar work. Jumping between rhythm and lead, he knew how to fill up the space around him.

MC: I’m influenced by everything and everyone and play homage to everything and everyone and I have no shame in pointing it out. I have an unintentional, bassy crooner’s voice so I love all those ‘60s and ‘70s lounge-type love songs…lots of Spanish stuff my mom would play around the house. Leonardo Favio’s “Llovia, Llovia”, Los Angeles Negros’ “Y Volvere”. Listen to that and then listen to our song “Deathstar”. I can break down our tunes and tell you what I was aiming for. I’ll be like… check out the Squeeze vocal influence on “Mississippi” or there’s this Mamma’s and Pappa’s bit over here. Jesus and Mary Chain on “Some Kind of Sickness”? Pixies on “As the Verdict”…My older brother (who was in his twenties when I was a kid) was a working DJ in Los Angeles in the ‘80s. So he was always blasting the hits when I would ride around in his car. Duran Duran, Thompson Twins… all those new romantic bands. That’s always been in my blood even tho my favorite stuff growing up were bands like Zounds and Crass. Crass bass lines are some of the best in the universe.

FS: Oohhh all the 80s greats! Siouxsie, definitely. No surprise there. The bass lines have a Gang of Four bounciness to them. Delta 5. New Order. I can listen to the Cocteau Twins in the bath until I implode into one giant wrinkle.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
MC: That’s no concrete list! The first four, maybe, five Ramones albums. The others are good if you’re a fan but they’re spotty. So one of those first five. Stone Roses - S/T. Smashing Pumpkins – Adore. Black Sabbath – Paranoid is probably the greatest album ever recorded. The Smiths – Louder than Bombs is my favorite driving album.

GH: I was a late bloomer when it came to music. These are albums I grew upwith and can listen to from start to finish any day:
1) ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Source Tags & Code
2) Muse - Black Holes & Revelations
3) The Mars Volta - De-loused in the Comatorium
4) Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
5) Radiohead - OK Computer

FS: Ok, these are definitely my go-to's, but they can't be in order, that's too much emotional distress:
.Siouxsie and the Banshees: Juju
.David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
.The Gun Club: Fire of Love
.The Specials: The Specials
.Wire: Pink Flag

Meh. There's more names I wanna cram into these 5.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
MC: With my hands.

GH: It's the reason why I play music to begin with. I like to compare it to being an actor. You have a part to play and you just be someone else for 30 minutes or so. I'm pretty shy, so playing live gives me a chance to not be me for a bit.

FS: Quite honestly, for the first two songs I am at my peak of anxiety. I get so nervous. If my E string doesn't tune easily I just want to scream and then dive head first into concrete. Then, just as the third song starts, it's the most fun I've ever had. It's empowering. Even if there's only 2 people in the audience I feel like a fucking queen. If people are dancing, that emotion doubles. I always have so
much energy after a show.

Q. How do you describe the Dignitary sounds?
MC: Uhhhh….

GH: Dark, romantic lyrics with jumpy bass lines and reverberated guitar layers.

FS: We are headed in a direction that's a lot dancier. Poppier. You can definitely hear Duran Duran in a lot of the guitars, and one of our new songs – “Neon Blue”- reminds me so much of Flock of Seagulls' “Space Age Love Song”. All with a sad tone though. It either sounds like a sad song that has hope, or a happy song just waiting for life to take back all the fucking glory, with interest. I usually aim for my back up vocals to sound dainty and a little whispery. It's more haunting that way.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
GH: Mike will usually record something with his acoustic and scratch vocals and add layers to it.

MC: We do all this stuff in the apartment now – Gabe and I are roommates. I record the basic song on my acoustic to temp looped drums, do a scratch vocal, Fallon records her bass, I fix the drums, Gabe his guitar, I add my guitars and then keys and then we do all the vocals.

FS: Mike is the sole songwriter. When I come over to learn a song, I learn it by recording it, part by part. He'll sometimes come up with a bass line on the spot. My contributions are usually mistakes that just sounded better. Often both of us will look at each other and say "WHAT WAS THAT?!" And then keep it as part of a song. A lot of times I'll be in another room singing and mimicking (enter 80s
artist here) and he'll make me do it into a microphone. A song usually takes me about an hour to record, back up vocals and everything, all in the comfort of Mike's room. So when you listen to a recording, it's actually the first time we've played that song. Everrrr.

GH: Mike will bring us in to go over the song with him and we'll add parts he has in mind or our interpretation of said parts. Sometimes we'll just put certain parts of the song on a loop and just play around with the sound until we find something that stands out. The process doesn't take more than a few days from inception to final recording, depending on our schedules.

MC: I also make sure everyone records in their underwear. I like to keep things raw. There’s a bit of vulnerability when you record in your underwear. I mean, I don’t wear any. So use your imagination…

FS: And we are never just wearing our underwear, no matter what Mike tells you.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
MC: Well, we’re going on tour with The Electric West. And those guys rule. The Exploding Boy – listen to their “Black Album”. It’s so damn great! Egrets on Ergot and Terminal A always put on a great live set. All Your Sisters. Cold Showers!

GH: Light Light, The Echo Friendly, and The Electric West, and not just because we've been playing with them. They have an awesome sound and are a really great group of guys.

FS: I absolutely love All Your Sisters... I want to play a show with them SO BAD. They really get my pants dancin'. I also try not to miss an Egrets on Ergot show or Terminal A. They are the best live acts I've ever seen. Electric West is another show I hate missing.

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

MC: You mean which band should we cover? I wanna cover Madonna’s “Isla Bonita”. I did a scratch cover of that. It’d be cool if one of our friends’ bands cover us and we’d return the favor. Do our version of one of their songs and vice-versa. That’d be fun. Maybe I can convince everyone to collaborate on a project like this.

GH: Either Radiohead covers one of our songs or we cover one of their songs. I don't understand the question. But, yes, Radiohead.

FS: Alanis Morrissette. Pft. Shyeah.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
MC: Releasing our Full Moon in Vertigo LP next month. And we have two more albums on the way. The second, As We Part, has wrapped and gonna start getting mixed soon. The third, Neon Blue, is almost done being recorded. Just need to do guitars. Really excited about this stuff. The tunes on Full Moon – with the exception of “The One” and “Behind Distress” – or almost 3-4 years old. They’re basically leftovers from the previous incarnations of the band, finally recorded, tweaked a bit. Going forward it’s all brand new material with no links to the past. And these two sound very ‘80s. And by ‘80s I mean all-encompassing ‘80s. Not just one genre.

GH: More touring, hopefully outside the US.

MC: We need a goddamned booker. Losing my mind doing all this shit.

FS: One day at a time. Things always happen last minute. I've had plans since I was a kid. Plans are always interrupted.

Q: Any parting words?
MC: Asa nisi masa!

GH: No.

FS: Part ing wor ds.

quinta-feira, 13 de outubro de 2016

Grey Expectations with Bryant Eugene Vasquez - An Interview

Conhece Bryant Eugene Vasquez? Não? Ok, eu posso até entender, obviamente que infelizmente alguns artistas e seus trabalhos ficam ali, escondidos no submundo dos bons sons.

Bryant tem uma discografia imensa, singles, eps, discos e mais discos, que basicamente não seguem uma regra sonora definida. No trabalho de Bryant pode ser encontrado desde folk semi acústico, surf songs ensolaradas, mas é justamente em seu novo álbum, "Grey Expectations", lançado em Setembro que Bryant talvez tenha feito seu melhor trabalho.

Ruidoso, com referências claras a J&MC e Beach Boys, Bryant cometeu um primoroso álbum recheado de noisepop da melhor qualidade.

Pra escutar alto a qualquer momento e preferencialmente de fones de ouvido.

***** Interview with Bryant Eugene Vasquez *****

Q. When did you start to make music ? Tell us about the history...
My father was a musician--he was a terrible teacher, and would say I was a horrible singer. Eventually, I started teaching myself to play guitar when I was thirteen. Didn’t hang out with friends after school or anything. I just stayed home (I still do) and played guitar until my fingers were raw. I didn’t begin actually trying to sing until I was twenty-two. I suppose I was fed up with all the singers who’d leave my band’s, and everything would just go to waste. I’d write all the music anyway. So, naturally, I think...I just took to withstanding my own voice. Over the years, songwriting definitely became my obsession. At this point in time, whenever anyone asks me the style of music I play, I just tell them I’m a songwriter. Often times I’m associated with the word “prolific” which is flattering because not everyone can be that way, you know? But, I do my best to keep the quality just above quantity. So far, I think I’m doing alright.

Q: Who are your influences....?
I mean, there’s a broad range of influences. Musically, I grew up around a lot of Motown, CCR, John Lennon. As I got older I discovered Bob Dylan, and that lead to the list of other greats: Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Nick Drake, Nick Cave, Loud Reed, Elliott Smith, etc.... I could go on and on in regards to songwriters. I’m also a huge fan of composers like Phillip Glass, Moondog, John Cage. It just depends, I guess. For Grey Expectations, I was super turned on to the post-punk/noise sounds of bands, specifically Jesus and Mary Chain. So, I decided I’d try my hand at borrowing their template of noise, and write my own pop/rock songs.

Q:Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Haha.. I didn’t like that question as soon as I saw it. Some of these are painfully obvious, but with good reason, maybe. Hmm. I mean, “all-time” is very, very broad. I kinda prefer to break things down a bit, by style/genre, BUT if I had to say, for me...the albums that had a profound impact:

1. Bob Dylan: tied between Freewheelin’ and Blonde on Blonde
2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Tender Prey
3. Leonard Cohen: New Skin for the Old Ceremony
4. Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones
5. Elliott Smith: Elliott Smith

Again, definitely not my ALL-TIME list, but these albums/artists have had and will always have a proud effect on me and my work. I’ll go through phases, and listen to more contemporary artists, but mostly, I’m just sifting through and obsessing over albums from the past.

Q: How do you feel playing live?
Mostly, I feel terrible. Ha. I’m not a huge fan of my voice sometimes, or if a venue has bad acoustics. I’m always a bit anxious, kinda lethargic. I prefer to write and record more than to perform. That can change, though. Right now, I’m very excited about playing the new material. I wrote and composed everything, but my bandmates...they kinda put their own twist on the songs live. It’s cool, the way it’s all constructed and then deconstructed in front of a live audience.

Q: How do you describe your sounds?
I’ve been described as a “chameleon”. This mostly has to do with my ability to adapt to a wide palette of musical stylings, I hope. Ha. Um, I don’t have a definitive style as of now. I do, in my head, but I’m kinda keeping that to myself until I’m done writing the albums I have on deck. There’s about two more albums after Grey Expectations, and then a few albums of just experimental/noise/avant-garde compositions.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I’ve recorded using my Tascam 4 track tape recorder. I’ve recorded a new albums using a single microphone. Grey Expectations was recorded using two. I suppose it’s nothing groundbreaking or unique. I just stay secluded indoors, and write/record. Future albums, however, I’d love to try recording using a traditional studio. It just feels so much more personal and intimate when it’s done at home, and I’m into that.

Q: Which new bands do you recommend?
Haha. I don’t know, man. I suck at looking up new band. I listened to Lemon Twigs recently. They seem to have their material together. There’s a group: Bohren & der Club of Gore. They’re amazing. I don’t know. I guess I should work on that, ey? Ha.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
I’d LOVE to be a cover version of...The Birthday Party!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
More albums. More writing. More painting. More shows. Hopefully, more people listening? Maybe a record deal? Maybe, probably not? I’ll just keep doing what I’ve been doing, and make moves when I can. What else is there?

Q: Any parting words?
Listen to GREY EXPECTATIONS. Buy it. Visit my back catalogue. If you like it, any of it, email me, and I’ll send you an album free. Thanks Renato for this opportunity! Hope you all dig that album, there’s plenty more to come!

quarta-feira, 12 de outubro de 2016

Veldisa with Echolust - An Interview

Definitivamente a Califórnia deixou de ser a mecca das canções ensolaradas e aquele clima surf para se tornar atualmente em um efervescente cenário da nova safra de pós punk, darkwave, coldwave, ou tudo isso junto e acrescente tonalidades sempre mais acinzentadas quando é chegada a vez do TBTCI falar sobre o Echolust.

O Echolust é um trio formado por Philip Obando, Armond Angeles eTony Lee Jackson e esta em vias de lançar através da cultuada Cleopatra Records seu primeiro disco intitulado "Veldisa", mais precisamente no dia 18 de Novembro, mas o TBTCI teve o saboroso prazer de degustar o álbum antes de seu lançamento.

"Veldisa" é intenso, como todo obra de pós punk deve ser, tal como, metricamente densa, sem haver momento algum para descanso, pelo contrário, o Echolust despeja um energético e vigoroso petardo acrescendo em alguns momentos nuances de suas outras referências, no caso o barulho derretido das guitarras barulhentas da cena gazer clássica, leia-se MBV. E esta junção de pós punk e wall of sound funciona perfeitamente.

O TBTCI aconselha, escute "Veldisa", "Cherry Dancer" e "Decor Blonde" imediatamente e sinta nas entranhas o poderio do Echolust em sua estreia.

***** Interview with Echolust *****

Q. When did Echolust start? Tell us about the history...
Echolust is an American band formed in Long Beach, California in 2011. The band consists of musicians Philip Obando, Armond Angeles and Tony Lee Jackson. Together, they recapture and reinterpret important eras of subculture essence that has musically influenced them their entire lives, through personal point of views, perspectives, experiences, gains and losses.

Philip was about to give it all up, annoyed and frustrated with the lack of finding the right people to write music with. One summer, upon recording a few demos in 2012, he met Armond through friends at an Echo and The Bunnymen show in Los Angeles. Armond did bass work for a Smiths-like sounding band. But after a few recorded tracks, there was no more motion and movement and they disbanded soon thereafter. Philip and Armond exchanged information and a couple months later started recording songs. The goal was to create a five track EP release. However, instead of an EP, they decided to write an entire LP record, and soon sought the talents of a lead guitarist. While the music that was being created sounded great, there was an element missing. Philip told Armond that the tracks needed a sound that was more distorted, something of a mixture of Cocteau Twins, Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. One night, Philip was Dj-ing at a small dive bar when he met Tony. During a Cocteau Twins track, Tony approached Philip and they soon started talking about music. That’s when Philip knew he was the right guy for the job. Tony’s musical background consists of having recorded work for bands, Pile Up and Russian Bones, however stalled in 2001 due to death, drug addiction and personal bickering. But soon, all three were recording new material.

All three bring very specific elements to the table. Armond’s basslines are reminiscent of a beloved 80′s gloomy English Post Punk era, cold, delayed and distant, Tony’s experimental shoegaze textures captures a wildly beautiful but contained distortion, while Philip’s guitar, synth and lyrics tell stories about a sense of personal loss, wonder and moving on.

Q: Who are your influences?
Tony: Gang of Four, Dinosaur Jr, Adam and the Ants, Sonic Youth, Swervedriver, Polvo.

Armond: Joy Division, The Cure, JMAC, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths.

Philip: So many, but these are the ones sticking: Soda Stereo/Gustavo Cerati, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, New Order, Radiohead.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Tony: Exile on Main Street, Revolver, OK Computer, Loveless, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, Head on the Door, You're Living All Over Me.

Armond: Disintegration, Closer, Psychocandy, Porcupine, Hatful of Hollow.

Philip: Oh come on... that's a hard one, but fine! Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, OK Computer, Led Zeppelin IV, Black Celebration, Disintegration.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Tony: Playing live makes me feel alive. Armond: I love playing live, it’s a surreal experience.

Philip: When we have no sound check and twenty minutes to set up I feel fucking nervous and fucking anxious. I can't help it. However, throughout our set, there's this energy that takes a hold, I look around to Armond and Tony and when I see them moving to the music with the crowd - I know something good is taking place.

Q. How do you describe Echolust sounds?
Tony: Post wave romantic iPod shuffle.

Armond: A mix of MVB + JD/NO + JMAC.

Philip: Drugs. Dreams. Magic.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Tony: Slice and dice.

Armond: Phil recomposes the track's main body and then bass and guitar parts are added in the mix.

Philip: Step 1. Acoustic guitar demo. Step 2. Develop demo add lyrics. Step 3. Have the guys record their parts into the demo. Step 4. Add pot and magic sprinkles. And that's how it's done.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Tony: Terminal A, Native Fauna, Furcast, Ramones.

Armond: Sextile, Second Still, Drab Majesty, Choreography.

Philip: I like Second Still a lot.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Tony: Radiohead, New Order, and The Cars.

Armond: Joy Division.

Philip: My Bloody Valentine's - Sometimes. Such a fucking beautiful song. I wish I wrote it.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Tony: Dismantle the corporate capitalist empire, find substitutes for petrol and carne, and to promote peace, love, and understanding.

Armond: Play more shows, start recording for the 2nd album.

Philip: Write songs that connect, inspire and make people sing.

Q: Any parting words?
Tony: Adios, ciao, later, farewell, a demain, sayonara.

Armond: Vegan Power.

Philip: None.

terça-feira, 11 de outubro de 2016

Open One of the Doors with Trip Inside Me - An Interview

Psicodelia etérea, trip hop sonhador, shoegaze gélido, todos esses rótulos podem descrever a experiência sonora na qual o quinteto ucraniano Trip Inside Me provoca.

Depois de debutarem no ano passado com o single "The Goldfish" e seus quatro diferentes mixes, o Trip Inside Me chega ao primeiro disco cheio, "Open One of The Doors", lançado em setembro, é intensamente envolvente, mântrico e altamente gélido.

Um álbum verdadeiramente intenso e frio até a medula. desde a abertura com "The Goldfish" até o derradeiro lamento de "Unicorn" existe uma caminho belo e tortuoso a ser desbravado, passando pela caótica "Trip Inside Me" e a viciante "Kiev".

Facilmente o Trip Inside Me cometeu um dos discos prediletos que o TBTCI ouviu neste 2016. Acha exagero? Desafio você a experimentar e sair ileso.

Absolutamente necessário.

***** Interview with Trip Inside Me *****

Q. When did Trip Inside Me start? Tell us about the history...
It is unknown where and when was started the history of Trip Inside Me. We are just confused among reality and fantasy, so we cannot decide a certain date. We started recording the album together about 3 years ago and only last summer we came to decision that the band name should be Trip Inside Me.

Q. Who are your influences?
It comes in different ways... But if we talk about the album "Open One of The Doors" only, so it was highly influenced by the sea, by the period of childhood and teenage life, most of the lyrics were written in memory of the Iana’s past. We both moved to Kiev from different cities and both grew up on different kinds of music, so in our album we hear echoes of different music styles, even those in which we are not interested now. This album have had to absorb the past to make room for something new.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Pink Floyd - Meddle (1971)
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (1959)
Doors - Doors (1967)
This Heat - This Heat (1979)
Portishead - Third (2008)

Silver Apples - Silver Apples (1968)
Portishead - Third (2008)
Radiohead - The Kings of Limb (2009)
Fever Ray - Fever Ray (2009)
Heroin and Your Veins - Regret (2012)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
To be honest we do not feel ourselves comfortably on live performances. We’ve played just 4 concerts and still do not have idea about what we do on stage, we do not understand how to display visually on gigs who we indeed are.. Our main audience today are our friends, but definitely we will find our own audience once. And by this time we have to understand what exactly we should do on stage to perform a really cool show.

Q. How do you describe Trip Inside Me sounds?
It is interesting fact that we do not describe the whole band but the album only. We have had to describe somehow the album for press, that it was our first experience, a journey into our past, this is what we have already experienced. There is a strong feeling that we have overcome this musical barrier and we are free now. Perhaps after a few years we will be able to describe the band's sound.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It is easy and intuitive plain process of writing songs when you really have to say something. But the process of the recording itself is a quite different, although we recorded it at home. Both of us can't even imagine how to show a soul in music if you rent a recording studio for recording instruments, vocals for fixed hours. From one hand it is really important to have comfortable place for this but from another it is a pretty difficult process of recording yourself at home with good quality. That's why we have had to re-recorded it several times, did experiments with different instruments, mics, amps, preamps. We did it until we achieved the exact result that we wanted for this album. Our drummer re-recorded the drums line also several times, he played with different mics placement and sound effects. So it took some time.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Exploded View! This is the best contemporary band for us in every sense. They have just released a debut album.

Q. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We are not keen on this sort of musical activity, but we have a friends band H.Soror, they are also from Kiev. We love them very much, and in support of their music we are preparing a cover version on one of their song.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
We have really many thoughts on the future. Today is a very good time for almost everything, it is high-tech time, and almost any idea can be realized with some effort. So we're looking for ways to produce not a music only, but at least a visual component too. This album comes with a book of photos and illustrations that Iana created. The next time there definitely will be something new. We are free in our choice and Trip Inside Me can be transformed into anything ... maybe even in a music label on another planet.

Q. Any parting words?
We are glad and happy that the world starts interesting in music bands from the Third World countries. It helps the culture of countries such as Ukraine to grow faster, to reach a higher level, to think continentally and to open new horizons.

Still There with The Truth About Youth - An Interview

Uma banda, uma mente, um disco, tudo resumido a um único nome Rico Elll.

"Still There" é uma coleção de músicas que tornou-se um projeto e pode virar uma banda, talvez, o nome já existe, The Truth About Youth, a sonoridade, um mix de shoegaze, psicodelia, experimentalismos, tudo numa roupagem lo-fi.

Conexões com Deerhunter são notadamente claras, ecos de uma infinidade de bandas também, mas, o resultado de "Still There" soa coeso, apesar de ter sido criado em momentos completamente diferentes.

Torçamos para que o The Truth About Youth continue.

***** Interview with The Truth About Youth *****

Q. When did The Truth About Youth start? Tell us about the history...
The Truth About Youth started when I decided to put this collection of songs on Bandcamp. I recorded it during the last month of summer, before I left to attend college in Los Angeles. Before that, this project didn't exist. I made the album after a long period of not being in any bands or making music, and I decided to release it the night before I moved out of my house.

Q: Who are your influences?
My biggest influences over the last couple of years would be: Deerhunter, Stereolab, Spacemen 3, The Radio Dept., The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Slowdive, Beach Fossils, Grandaddy, Rocketship

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
5 of all time is way too difficult, so I'm just going to do my top 5 at the moment. (In no particular order):
Deerhunter - Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.
Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
Oeil - Urban Twilight
Froth - Bleak
Animal Collective - Sung Tongs

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I've never played live as 'The Truth About Youth'. I've only existed under this name for a month, so I have not had enough time to get a real band together. But I would like to if possible. (If you're in the Los Angeles area, get in touch!)

Q. How do you describe The Truth About Youth sounds?
Soft, low fidelity noise, with a gentle heart.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I recorded it on a combination of cassette recorders and my laptop, in my parents garage. As I mentioned before, it was the month before I left for college, so that time constraint sort of pushed me to make these songs while I still had the chance.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Super Defense. They released two new songs over the summer, Sinking/Anything, both amazingly catchy and just all-around great songs. I can't wait for them to release an album.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'm not too interested in doing covers at the moment, I did so many of them in high school that I kind of got tired of playing other people's music.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In the near future I hope to get a band together so I can play these songs live, and besides that I hope to work on new music in between college busyness.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks to everyone who reads this or checks out the music!

segunda-feira, 10 de outubro de 2016

Sudden Step with Blauss - An Interview

A audição do duo italiano Blauss que debutou este ano com o sublime "Sudden Step" foi indicação da amiga Esmeralda (Lady Sometimes Records e Weird.) daí obviamente que o TBTCI foi conferir atentamente e foi amor a primeira audição.

Um majestoso caleidoscópio repleto de imagens, nuances envolto a um clima de sonhos carregados de névoa sulfúrica. Pense em Tamaryn, pense em Siouxsie, pense em Bardo Pond, e tente unificá-los. A improvável mistura de todas essas referências é de onde vem o poderio de Mattia e Ilaria.

Uma voz divina atrelada a uma sonoridade avassaladora faz de "Sudden Step" um dos preferidos deste 2016 aqui no TBTCI.

***** Interview with Blauss *****

Q. When did Blauss start? Tell us about the history...
A. Blauss started with a series of jam sessions during fall of 2014. After a year we began recording our first studio album “Sudden Step” and have been going around playing gigs since.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Too many to list. We come from totally different backgrounds and have tried reaching a meeting point in between.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. “Fugazi - Red Medicine”,
“Bardo Pond - Amanita”,
“Roy Montgomery - Temple IV”,
“NEU! - s/t”,
“The Fall - Bend Sinister”

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. We enjoy it each time, getting lost in the atmosphere, despite it being kinda bittersweet for having to be focused and precise playing with loops and stuff.

Q. How do you describe Blauss sounds?
A. A kaleidoscopic fireball.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. Everything revolves around improvisations with guitar and vocals that then get covered with layers and layers of stuff (drums, synths, psychedelia…)

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. Our friends Weird from Rome, Don Vito from Leipzig, Wedance from Seoul

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A. The Pixies

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. We just started recording new material for our second album and are about to welcome a third member in the band

Q: Any parting words?
A. Thanks for having us, hope to see you around at some gig!

domingo, 9 de outubro de 2016

Morning Sounds with Static Animal - An Interview

O australiano Michael Gibbon é a mente por trás do ensolarado Static Animal.

Como todo jovem em vias de terminar a faculdade e como ele mesmo diz, crescer, descolar um trabalho, resumindo admitir que a vida adulta esta por vir, todas essas peculiaridades dessa fase estão implícitas nos dois EPs do Static Animal, tudo envolto numa ambiência lo fi que remete a claro, Yo La Tengo (clássico), Best Coast (recente) e tudo faz sentido para Michael e seus comparsas de banda.

Agora nos resta acompanhar os próximos passos dessa saga em vida do Static Animal, que o frescor da juventude não desaparece da essência dos caras, pois é aí que mora a beleza da banda.

Somente o tempo nos dirá...

***** Interview with Static Animal *****

Q. When did Static Animal start? Tell us about the history...
I started making electronic-type music in high school and stopped doing it because it wasn’t really what I was listening to at the time. So instead I started writing rock/pop songs and asked my friend Sam if he wanted to hang out and just play guitar on some of them.

Q: Who are your influences?
I grew up listening to The Beatles from a very early age. Since then I’ve been influenced by both old and contemporary bands - Yo La Tengo, Real Estate and Deerhunter just to name a few.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Avey Tare & Panda Bear - Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished
Real Estate - Days
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Yo La Tengo - Painful

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I’ve never played live! It will happen one day if people really want to see us play in a live setting. I get nervous around crowds so it’ll take some convincing on my part!

Q. How do you describe Static Animal sounds?
Hopefully sincere? I guess this question isn’t for me to decide.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It depends. Usually I’ll come up with the rhythm and then record guitar, bass and or keyboard over the top. I’ll then show the track to my buddies who might come up with a guitar line/hook. We’re not a conventional band so we may only meet up once every month to sort out the rest of a song. After the instrumental is solid I’ll usually be able to come up with lyrics that are relevant to me in that particular moment and record them whenever I have time to myself. Mixing, overdubs and refining songs can take forever. This time around we wrote like 20 songs (some finished some unfinished) and only 6 ended up on the EP through process of elimination.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Melbourne has some really good new bands at the moment. Check out Gregor. He makes really good pop music that reminds me of Durutti Column and Talking Heads. Also check out Jarrow.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Maybe Pavement? They have a lot of fun songs that would be cool to cover (even though people cover Pavement all the time haha).

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I’m almost in my final year of university so I need to start thinking about getting a real job. I need to grow up haha. I’d like to travel around and explore the world a bit. Meet some people and get out of my current routine. I’ve already started to piece together new Static Animal songs - hopefully for an album now that we’ve released two EPs. We may perform live later in the year but we’d have to get a proper band together to learn all the songs. Who knows what will happen? Only time will tell.

Q: Any parting words?
Hope you’re having a great day. Stay healthy. See ya later.

Bloom with Dose - An Interview

Soturnos, hipnóticos, atmosféricos, envolventes, assim podem ser descritos os ingleses do Dose.

"Bloom" seu recente single é descendente direto do pós punk classudo de um Chameleons e da psicodelia climática do Verve, circa A Stormy in Heaven, tudo revitalizado e lembrando por vezes a frieza de um Be Forest.

O fato é que o primeiro EP esta sendo trabalhado e atende pelo nome de "Dreams" e pelo aperitivo de "Bloom" virá algo gélido e arrebatador.

Aguardemos ansiosamente, 

***** Interview with Dose *****

Q. When did Dose start? Tell us about the history...
A: Dose started roughly 2 years ago, me and Sean were in separate bands but ran a music blog together as we were into a lot of the same obscure bands. On the night of our first blog interview we saw a local band called Motion Tourist which was unlike anything we'd seen before, it was the first time we'd properly seen a band that used space and ambience to create atmospheric soundscapes live. The following day we wrote our first song.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: I've never felt myself tailoring our sound to a specific band or genre. It feels almost the other way round, I find myself listening to bands who sound like the music we're writing at the time - I was never into dark, eerie songs until after dose had went in that direction.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: We could never agree on a joint top 5...
The Horrors - Primary Colours
Be Forest - Cold.
Metronomy - Nights Out
Mourn - Mourn
Girls Names - Arms Around a Vision

The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Verve - A Storm in Heaven
The Horrors - Primary Colours
Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: We do enjoy playing live and reaching new audiences but sometimes we come away disappointed. It's really difficult to recreate such a spacious sound when a lot of sound guys don't understand our music - one guy came out to our boards and changed our entire settings, refused to put reverb on the vocals because "the audience won't like it" and described us as "some ambient shit". It can be frustrating coming from a city with such a lack of interest in our type of music.

Q. How do you describe Dose sounds?
A: "some ambient shit"

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A: Between the two of us we record all the instruments and vocals, we like it this way as we both know how we want the end product to sound - we write the songs, and want to get as close to those original ideas as we can.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Ewan: For years we've used soundcloud and the blog to discover little known bands who deserve more exposure. At the moment i'm really into Seeing Hands who we met at one of our gigs and Ralph Cola, who messaged the blog a year ago, and have since played a show with him in Bishop.

Sean: I've also been listening to Fish a lot recently, and a guy called Audiomoan from London, who's song "A Second Coming" is one of my favourites this year. Transfigure are one of the few local bands we're into at the moment, who play dark synth music, reminiscent of the KVB.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A: For a while now we've been covering Crashed Out by Beach Fossils but it's probably something that'll slowly get pushed out the set by new songs. We'd love to cover something that has a completely different sound to ours and make it our own, similar to what Slowdive did with their rendition of Golden Hair. We've been thinking about covering artists like Caribou and dwelling over the idea of covering Washer by Slint at some point too.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We're planning on doing a few uk dates next year outside of Newcastle with a few bands we know, as well as continuing to write new music which will hopefully lead to an EP next year.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for taking the time to speak to us, our first release 'Bloom' came out a few weeks ago, which you can hear below. At the moment we're on our way to Liverpool Psych Fest to see The Horrors, doing the interview has been a great way to pass the time on the bus.

sábado, 8 de outubro de 2016

Rex Virginem with Warm Deltas - An Interview

Evocando os deuses da psicodelia, o duo de Los Angeles Warm Waves em seu mais recente disco, o hipnótico e enigmático "Rex Virginem" conduzem os viajantes a experimentar o amargo e suculento sabor de uma acid trip sonora apenas com o ticket da ida, mesmo porque a volta não é garantida.

Lá pelo meio do disco, quando se inicia a mântrica "Paranormal After Birth" é que o negócio fica completamente intenso, desaceleradamente arrastada a canção suga os neurônicos e ai meu caro, não há como fugir, é deixar fluir pelas entranhas o poder da viagem.

Um dos melhores discos de psych moderno dos últimas tempos.

***** Interview with Warm Deltas *****

Q. When did Warm Deltas start? Tell us about the history...
Warm Deltas started in late winter of 2014 as a recording project. I guess at first it was more psych-pop or I guess that's at least what I was into at the moment. I was in another band at the time, the N.E.C. (naturalextensionconcept), and I was also doing a synth project called, Soundtrack. I felt like doing something new from the ground up and basically Warm Deltas is a synthesis of those two approaches. I was in a transition of moving to LA from Atlanta, so there was a whole new thing happening with where I was at creatively. I came out to LA and immediately recorded what would become REX VIRGINEM. I wrote a bunch of songs and threw them out -- or stored them away -- because the solo recording project wasn't what I was into. I decided I wanted to play with people in a band situation. My good friend, Harvey Leisure from Nest Egg, suggested I contact James DeDakis to play drums. He turned-out to be really great so now we're in the process of recording a record and starting to play out more.

Q: Who are your influences?
My influences are definitely drone music/sitar music as well as 60's rock and roll. Might as well be honest. There's a whole middle ground area to explore between those worlds. That's the stuff that turned me on when at a very formative age and the good examples have stayed just as fresh to my ears. I have definitely broadened my horizons over the years and appreciate basically any type of music for what it is but I think sonics are so much of what influences me more than song writing.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Tuff. I definitely need to mention: VU and Nico, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Ravi Shankar's first Columbia album, Mozart box-set and Ziggy Stardust

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Depends on the night and the crowd. I have a strange relationship to performing -- I'm sure everyone does. Sometimes I really need to perform and live for it and other times I'm not as jazzed about the arena that the music is being played. I really want to get into playing in unconventional places. All my most transcendent musical performance experiences have been outside. Being able to look up the sky while feeding-back is truly one of the great sensations.

Q. How do you describe Warm Deltas sounds?
I guess psych or psychedelic. I think those terms mean something to a large enough group of people who appreciate music. I don't apply those generically. I try to go pretty far into what those terms describe. I think all it really boils down to is what it means, instant change of perspective. I love stuff like that. I think live we jam on some drones but at this point it's just a two piece so we tend to groove on things and expand segments.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Good timing. We're about to start recording for a record this week. We're doing the basics live to 1" 8track then we'll do some dubs and stuff. I do a lot of music production work and have bunch of equipment with my studio partner, John Armstrong. It's going to be fun to be able to set up and not worry about anything but playing. Some songs go through the ringer of processing. I like to do a lot of tape speed manipulation and things like that. It stretches the harmonics of sounds. Some songs are like that and some songs are more straight-forward. I do many versions of songs to figure out how to produce the most appropriate result. Or try to, at least.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The bands I would suggest everyone check out are Jovontaes, Nest Egg, Sovus Radio, All the Saints, Harry Talin, Street Gnar, The Difference Machine

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'm not really sure. I don't really do covers. The only cover I've done is Cruel Sea by the Ventures.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Well, I guess like anything it's a bit of a mystery. Musically, I'm still going down the path I started on a long time ago. I think the idea is to mine ground and keep going. You hang signs with recordings and chart your course that way. I figure with art there's always something new expanding pushing to get out.

Q: Any parting words?
I would like to thank you for this interview. I would love very much to see Brazil!