terça-feira, 28 de julho de 2015

Heaven Is a Place with LSD and The Search for God

Todo iniciado em shoegazer, drone, psych e derivados sabe que o nome LSD and the Search for God é uma das mais cultuadas e respeitadas bandas do submundo dos bons sons.

Alguns fatores são fundamentais para isso; o ep de estreia e único até hoje, uma verdadeira viagem entre ruidosos, vocais soterrados e fascinantes, e veja lançado muito antes de todo o alvoroço atual acerca do renascimento do shoegazer. LSD and The seach for God o ep é item de colecionador nos dias de hoje.

Depois de uma longa trajetória após a estreia devastadora a banda já dividiu palcos com Medicine, Telescopes, Lilys, Black Angels, a lista é interminável.

E eis que enfim a grande notícia, depois de uma longa espera, esta saindo finalmente do forno Heaven is a Place, que vem em breve por aí.

Alguma dúvida que sera um dos mais escutados e cultuados disquinhos deste 2015?

LSD and The Search for God é como o TBTCI costuma dizer, ACIMA. Dispensa maiores comentários.

***** Interview with LSD and The Search for God *****

Q. When did LSD and The Search for God get started, tell us about the history...
Chris Fifield and I started the band eight or so years ago in San Francisco, California. At the time Chris was in between bands and looking for something new. I was anxious to get something together with the new songs I'd been working on, but was taking my time while having fun helping out a few friends with their projects.

Chris and I met through a woman who was looking to get us to work on a number of her songs. She gave Chris my number and he called me up one afternoon. We made plans to get together that evening to grab a drink and chat. We ended up really hitting it off––drinking pints and talking about music and pedals and amps and gear and stuff until 2am. We hadn't even played together yet but I had a strong sense that this was going to be something special. My suspicion was proved right a few days later when we got together at my studio to jam.

Over the course of a few months we continued to get together on our own pretty regularly to make noise and work on some songs I was finishing. We weren't looking for shows but were offered a good one. The only problem was that it was just two weeks away. We decided to go ahead and take it, and subsequently put a band together immediately. It went surprisingly well despite only being a proper band for about ten days. Things just sort of snowballed from there.

Q: Who are your influences?
Phil Spector and Edward Snowden and everywhere and always the dreamers and believers and livers and lovers.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Oh gosh, too hard. The list fluctuates anyway. Here's some of what's prevented my neighbors from getting good sleep the past week or so: Dear Eloise, Teenage Filmstars Rocket Charms, some newly remastered old Swirlies stuff, George Harrison All Things Must Pass, Flying Saucer Attack Instrumentals, Velvet Underground The Quine Tapes, and The Sylvers performing "Boogie Fever" on Bert Sugarman's Midnight Special.

Q. How do you feel about playing live?
We love it. Love playing, touring, meeting new people, sharing our music, and connecting with kindred spirits and fellow time travelers looking for long term relationships.

Q. How do you describe LSD and the Search for God sounds?
We don't describe the sounds, we make 'em.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs.
We like to track live onto tape, with the main goal of getting the rhythm section tracks nice and thick and warm. Chris is remarkably consistent in the studio and often his first takes are the ones we use. I usually end up scrapping a lot of my original guitar stuff. We record vocals live in the studio along with everything else, but that's just to keep the songs together and help them feel authentic and organic. Once we get everything else in its general place we redo the vocals properly. Then the fun stuff starts: mixing and listening and listening and mixing!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The Telescopes
Most of us play with Stephen Lawrie as The Telescopes on the new EP Harm as well as on another just-released split single with a great experimental Chinese band Deadly Cradle Death. These are some heavy noise drone gems.

Flavor Crystals
Josh Richardson of Flavor Crystals has been moonlighting on guitar with us for about a year now, and his band has a new album coming out that I'm really excited about.

My Red Dress
Ryan and Sophia's thing.

Two of our former drummers, Steve Kennedy and Scott Eberhart, make up two thirds of Sciflyer, a real inspiration of mine prior to starting LSD. They've got their first show in years coming up in a few months.

Stratford 4
Our original bassist, Chris Streng, plays guitar and sings in Stratford 4, who are getting back together and playing some California shows in the very near future.

Dear Eloise
One of a handful of great Chinese bands that Ricky Maymi--who plays drums on our upcoming EP--has been tirelessly promoting and managing for a few years now. They all need to be checked out immediately. Fantastic stuff!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A few times at early shows we covered "The Candy Man" from the Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory soundtrack as well as The Partridge Family theme song "C'mon Get Happy." We took a lot of liberties and really spaced them out.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
New EP coming out on Deep Space Recordings and Mind Expansion in the coming months. A few festival gigs in California and one-offs in San Francisco that have great bills. Working on new recordings, excited to get out and play shows, talking about travel...usual band stuff!

Q: Any parting words?
Hope to hit the road and see you soon!


Mirror of Silver with Golden Gardens - An Interview

O duo Golden Gardens de Seattle formado por Gregg e Aubrey lançaram a questão de dias atrás o single Mirror of Silver / When Your Tears Have Drowned You que seguem a risca o maravilhoso trabalho deles  desde o debute How Brave The Hunted Wolves de 2012.

Um passeio elegante e intenso por dentro de paisagens etéreas por vezes sombrias em outras bucólicas, ecos de Cocteau Twins e Cranes são evidentes mas a roupagem que o Golden Gardens aplica torno suas referências apenas como referências.

Grandiosidade e sofisticação em tons cinzentos a serviço dos bons sons.

 ***** Interview wieh Golden Gardens *****

Q. When did Golden Gardens started, tell us about the history...
Gregg: We knew each other before the band, being active in various experimental art scenes and attending the same goth club. Somewhere in the midst of 2010 we began collaborating on music and have been doing so ever since.

Q: Who are your influences?
Aubrey: I'm really into old Bollywood singers like Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar. I'm also super influenced by Middle Eastern music; some of my favorite artists in that vein are Azam Ali and Yasmine Hamdan. Kristy Thirsk, who often sings for Delerium but also has her own projects, has been one of my biggest vocal influences in general.

Gregg: So many to name. Probably TOO many. Right now I'm partial to dark metal, dreamy electronic music, 60's torch singers and dancey industrial.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Gregg (in no particular order):
Katatonia "Last Fair Deal Gone Down"
David Bowie "Aladdin Sane"
My Dying Bride "The Angel and the Dark River"
Skinny Puppy "Rabies"
Mina "Studio Uno"

Aubrey (in no particular order):
Kate Bush "Hounds of Love"
Bjork "Homogenic"
The Cure "Wish"
Red House Painters "Red House Painters I"
Sade "Diamond Life"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Aubrey: Magical. I leave my earthly body and go someplace else. Words can't really describe it. The feeling is one of non-embodiment and perfect total embodiment all at once. Time does not exist. It's beautiful.

Q. How do you describe Golden Gardens sounds?
Gregg: Dance music for vengeful ghosts.

Aubrey: Starlight twinkling on obsidian waters.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Gregg: We both have home studios, so we can have perfect soltitude while still being collaborative. It's the ideal situation for people with our mentalities.

Aubrey: We write pretty independently of one another. I think it lends a complexity to our compositions that might be lacking if we were writing in the same room.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Gregg: I have been enjoying Wind Burial, High Functioning Flesh, Azar Swan, The Foreshadowing, Anna Calvi and King Krule.

Aubrey: I second Wind Burial. So good.There are so many great bands coming out of the PNW these days. I can't name them all, but Nostalgist, Charlatan, Vox Vespertinus, somesurprises, The Spider Ferns, Crater are all making some killer sounds. As for artists from other places, I am really into King Woman, Ibeyi, and Vaadat Charigim right now.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Gregg: We run through some cover songs when playing live, sometimes we put them online for people to hear.

Aubrey: I've always thought it would be fun to cover Marilyn Manson.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Gregg: We have a 2-song tape coming out on July 16th with two brand new tracks on it, "Mirror of Silver" and "When Your Tears Have Drowned You". You can listen and order it through our Bandcamp site.

Aubrey: We've got a release party coming up for it here in Seattle at Kremwerk that same night with more killer PNW bands Red Ribbon, KA, and Satsuma. After that we've got some fancy things in the works for a new album, new shows, and lots of touring. Hopefully outside of the US.

Q: Any parting words?
Aubrey: Blessed be.

segunda-feira, 27 de julho de 2015

Dusk Till Dawn with Whispering Sons - An Interview

Para fãs de pós punk e darwave o TBTCI recomenda a audição imediata do ep de estreia dos belgas do Whispering Sons.

O Ep homônimo lançado há pouco mais de um ano, o disco contém quatro viagens profundas e cinzentas, regadas a uma imersão profunda a tudo que de melhor foi feito no estilo.

Uma estreia simplesmente de gente grande e que credencia o Whispering Sons como uma das melhores bandas de pós punk da atualidade.

***** Interview with Whispering Sons *****

Q. When did Whispering Sons start, tell us about the history...
Whispering Sons began early 2013 as a project of four friends with a mutual taste for dark music. After singer Fenne joined the band, we started playing our first gigs in local pubs and venues. Mid 2014 we started recording some songs which resulted in a demo-ep, containing a cover of Whispering Sons by the Danish group Moral; hence the name of our band. This year we’ve been more seriously involved in the project and we are currently in the process of new recordings.

Q: Who are your influences?
Early postpunk artists combined with more recent contemporary music in the same vein. Our flanged guitar lines are derived from artists such as Robert Smith and John McGeoch (Siouxsie and the Banshees & Magazine), while the synths employ a heavier modern sound. The drums echo like drum machines from bands like Cocteau Twins, with a more lively and sometimes tribal touch.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
In random order:
- The Chameleons – Script of the Bridge
- Felt – Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
- The Cure – Faith
- The Beatles - Revolver

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Because there is 5 of us, we are quite nervous about getting our sound exactly right at a gig but in the end it’s always an exhilarating experience playing live in front of an audience and seeing them enjoy the music we created.

Q: Tell us about the process of writing and recording the songs ?
Usually we start with a basic tune or random idea, from which we create a more structured song. The whole process is quite natural and fast. We do in fact spend more time adding the lyrics to the songs afterwards. At the moment we record and produce our own songs with very basic materials and programs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
At moment we enjoy Algiers, Viet Cong, The Devil and the Universe (goatwave). We are also interested in the Italian postpunk scene with bands like Schonwald, Winter Severity Index and Soviet Soviet. Furthermore we keep an eye on labels such as Sacred Bones Records and Captured Tracks.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
With an earlier project we once covered Talk Talk’s song Mirror Man. We’d love to reprise that and make a more synthy version.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Playing a lot of gigs and releasing new material soon.

Q: Any parting words?
There’s a beautiful kind of emotion in noise.


The White Days with Factice Factory - An Interview

O trio francês/suíço Factice Factory parece ter saído diretamente do início dos 80´s.

Sintetizadores pesados, baixo seco e marcado, clima sombrio e sempre cinzento, sim darkwave nua e crua, é o que a audição do sensacional debute dos caras, The White Days, lançado no final do ano passado transmite. Mescla elementos eletrônicos , guitarras gélidas e vocais soturnos e o resultado é o Factice Factory.

Detalhe um cover especialmente envolvente de Cold do The Cure, declamada em francês.

Finesse em tons escuros.

***** Interview with Factice Factory *****

When did Factice Factory start, tell us about its history... :
François : The band formed in 2013 and is first of all the story of a longtime friendship between us. Fabrice was previously active within the band Rajna with his wife Jeanne, Theotime started an experimental solo project called Thermafrost and was doing radio shows. In the course of 2013 both Théotime and Fabrice proposed me to join them into a musical project, we did some rehearsals and loved the outcome of it, so we decided to start a band together...

What are your influences?
François : Our influences are mainly from the early eighties, the new wave and cold wave era, the so called post punk movement, our name itself is an eye blink to Factory Records, Joy Division, Section 25, The Wake and all the bands of this period... But our influences are not exclusively this, we all listen to a lot of music be it electronic, rock, shoegaze, world, experimental, industrial, ambient etc, with maybe a slight preference for cold synthetic sounds... Artists like John Foxx or even Depeche Mode are a true influence as well for us...

Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This is a tricky question because 5 is a very limited amount for all we love...
François : 1- The Sound : From the Lion's Mouth
2- Bauhaus : Mask
3- Siouxsie and the Banshees : Through the looking Glass
4- Joy Division : Closer
5- Noir Désir : Où veux tu que je regarde ?

Fabrice : 1-Trisomie 21 : Chapter IV
2- Section 25 : Always Now
3- The Cure : Pornography
4 - Slowdive : Just For A Day
5- Attrition : Smiling at the Hypogonder Club

Théotime : 1-Current 93 : Imperium
2 : Throbbing Gristle : 2o Jazz Funk greats
3- Bourbonese Qualk : Unpop
4- Cabaret Voltaire : 2X45
5- Merzbow : Pulse Demon

How do you feel playing live?
François : So far we did not had the time to play live, we already had many proposals for this but we need to find time to prepare a live set... The main problem in this regard is that we all live far away from each other so rehearsals can not take place every weekend... But we look forward to play and meet our audience, when we will feel ready we will do it...

How do you describe Factice Factory sounds ?
François : As a mixture of cold and athmospheric sound landscapes in which our influences are clearly reflected, there is some post punk there, some shoegaze, some experimental and ambient, some german influence as well from the Neue Deutsche Welle and in addition a topping of romantic and existential poetry, like hot black chocolate dripping down some pristine white vanilla ice cream...

Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
François : We always kind of work in three steps, the first is the music itself which Fabrice and Theotime are composing, they then send me demos on which I start to work for the lyrical part. I write songs in three languages, French my mother tongue, German which is almost a mother tongue to me and English... As I use all these languages on a daily basis it became quite obvious to all of us that the writing of our songs would be in three languages... There is no particular rule to this, more a matter of feeling and perception of the music... Songs I write in German are usually more concise, a bit like japanese haikus, songs in French and English are usually more elaborated and more based on poetry and the beauty and the force of words... The third and final step is assembling the music and the lyrics, the hardest part for which Fabrice has a secret and magic recipee...

Which new bands do you recommend ?
François : There are many to be listed and new very good projects emerge nearly every day... Personally I am a lot into artists such as Keluar, Marie Davidson, Chelsea Wolfe, Cosmetics, Regressverbot, May Roosevelt, Popsimonova, Paradox Obscur, Gabi Delgado, Circa Tapes, Lovers Revenge, Underpass and well I stop...

Fabrice : I love Vanish, KVB, The Soft Moon, Nothing, Lowtide, A Place to Bury Stangers … and so on …

Théotime : I listen to Jessica 93, Seventeen At This Time, Belgrado, Hight Flesh Functionning ...

Which band would you love to make a cover version of ?
François : We already did a very particular cover of the Cure's Cold which we interpretated in French... We haven't really thought of further cover versions but maybe some Trisomie 21 or for me a cover of French artist Daniel Darc or Taxi Girl...

What are the plans for future....
François : We have just finished our second album !!NADA !! so we will first need to finalize its release and promote it... Then we are planning to take some time to work on a live set... Some work for visuals and videos is also on our list as we do attach a real importance to all sides and matters of each of our releases, Factice Factory should be considered as a whole concept, both musical and visual...

Fabrice : We also plan to take part in a musical side project with my friend Olaf Parusel from sToa and other artists who will join us. Olaf Parusel has reworked the track Kaugummi and has made a fantastic and emotionnaly very strong masterpiece of this song !!! Affaire à suivre as we say in French ...

Any parting words?
We are very pleased to know that our music crosses the oceans and can be listened and discovered by people all over the world... Our warm greetings go out to our Brasilian audience and we thank you very much for this interview... For all those interested in what we do, please, take a look at both our Facebook and Bandcamp page as we regularly update these with news...


I Saw The Light with Tamarron - An Interview

O Tamarron é um quarteto da cidade berço do psych, Austin, Texas. 

E como não poderia deixar de ser, os caras mergulham na trip psicodélica só que não tão ácida quanto seus conterrâneos, o Tamarron caminha em territórios similares com o Tame Impala por exemplo, melodiosos e mais climáticos, alias as harmonias são o ponto alto do Tamarron, sempre com emaranhados sutis envoltos a suaves trips alucinógenas.

Trip das boas.

***** Interview with Tamarron *****

Q. When did Tamarron started, tell us about the history...
1..I started recording music in my bedroom as a solo project. I then found Sam Jacobson through a musicians wanted ad on Craigslist and he helped me round out the songs. we then expanded the sound by adding jake moon on keyboards. Sam Houdek is the most recent member of Tamarron, he joined the band this January and has been a important part in our current sound -chad

Q: Who are your influences?
2.the doors, tame impala, Rolling Stones, melodys Echo chamber, television

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. the chronic by dr. dre,
inner speaker by tame impala,
marquee moon by television,
pet sounds by beach boys,
rumors by fleet wood Mac,
something/anything by Todd rundgren

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4.playing live is the most fun part of playing music - it is like dynamic meditation.

Q. How do you describe Tamarron sounds?
5. psychedelic dad rock

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6.our recent release was a live radio performance we did on 91.7 KVRX in Austin TX

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
7. holy drug couple, loafer (atx), comforter (atx), boogarins, Alex G

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. we cover Todd rundgren's "I saw the light", you can here it on our recent release

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. recording new material and touring as much as possible.

Q: Any parting words?
10. thanks for reaching out!

sexta-feira, 24 de julho de 2015

Havalina with Deep Fields - An Interview

Ouvir o sexteto californiano Deep Fields e seu debute homônimo é basicamente flutuar em harmonias cristalinas por vezes emulando o clássico Bossanova do Pixies misturado e condensando com o Pet Sounds.

Um dreampop multicolorido e ensolarado, para ouvir alto e contemplando os bons momentos da vida.

E acredite, o Deep Fields proporciona somente bons momentos. 

 ***** Interview with Deep Fields *****
Q. When did Deep Fields started, tell us about the history...
Christian is actually the only remaining original member and he has been putting out music as Deep Fields for about three years now (though the current lineup has been playing together for a little over a year). One of the original rhythm guitarists was a childhood friend of Christian's and a cousin of Emily's, and she joined on as a bassist/guitarist about a year into the project. She and Christian have also been dating for much of the time they've been playing together, and anyone who knows them sees that the two have this incredible mutual understanding, patience, and acceptance with each other, it's a really beautiful relationship. Christian met Jonny serendipitously after the two noticed each other at something like 5 of the same shows in one week, and Jonny gets along with damn near everyone so the two of them really hit it off. Christian invited him to one of the shows and, as a joke, suggested he dance around with a tambourine for the finale of the set. With all of Jonny's charisma and luscious, flowing locks, that went over really well and Christian asked him to join the band full time. Timmy, Jonny's younger brother, was looking for a project to contribute to at the time as well, so Jonny brought him on to play synths. Dana and Christian had been in a band together throughout high school until Dana went to UC Berkeley. The two continued playing together when Dana would return to Souther California over breaks. Dana was about a month away from graduating and making arrangements to teach English in Korea when Christian called and asked if he'd rather drum for Deep Fields. So there was basically no question about that decision. Brian was invited out to come see us perform in LA by Emily's older brother, and he was really into our set. We were talking after the show, mentioned that we had a Rhodes piano that we were aching to incorporate into our live setup, and it came out that he was a classically trained pianist and the rest is history on that. Kind of a long-winded answer, I know, but mainly we got together through coincidences resulting from cosmic entropy haha it's all just worked out for us.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our influences... tough to say because that answer will vary depending on which member you ask. We're definitely heavily influenced by 60s psychedlic-pop like Tommy James and the Shondells, The Zombies, and early, Syd Barret-era Pink Floyd. Then we also have a healthy dose of shoegaze thrown in inspired by bands like Lush and Ride. Someone once said we sounded like Pond mixed with Real Estate, which seems far too generous if you ask us. We definitely look up to those bands in a big way and they are acts that we can only really aspire towards.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Wow this is a really loaded question... in no particular order:
1) The Beach Boys- Pet Sounds;
2) The Gorillaz- Demon Days;
3) The Beatles- Abbey Road;
4) Yes- The Yes Album;
5) Bonobo- Black Sands

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is the final culmination of all our hard work. All the energy and love that we put into creating and honing our parts comes full circle when there is an audience to connect with. Sharing ourselves in that way and seeing a visible, physical response from the crowd is a truly empowering experience. In the moment of the show though, it's hard to take it all in with the lights flashing and the adrenaline flowing. Everything kind of becomes a blur and it always feels like the sets end more quickly than we'd like. We love it though, I know it's so cliched to say, but it really is what we live for. Ultimately, none of what we are doing matters if we aren't delivering in our performances.

Q. How do you describe Deep Fields sounds?
Haha, we often joke about our inability to effectively describe our sound. Psych-dream-pop is what people have called us? All these sub-genres that exist now, it's just getting ridiculous, people always want to classify things, but once you do that you inevitably reduce it from its whole. "Lush-toned guitars layered with dreamy, reverb/delay-drenched vocals, airy synths and soft electric piano, all held together by a tight rhythm section characterized by punchy, deliberate bass lines and syncopated drums." Sounds pretentious doesn't it? Just call it psych-dream-pop and we'll move on.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We record everything ourselves in our cramped (cozy?) lockout space in Downtown Santa Ana. The recording process varies. At times, we'll just crank right through the recordings, getting all the parts tracked in 1 or 2 days. Alternatively, we'll also like to take our time with some songs. Really listening to and digesting each new draft, thinking about what layers could be added, or if elements should be removed. Generally though, we'll have all our respective parts written and thoroughly ingrained by the time we start tracking, so things move pretty quickly. Drums first, vocals last, everything else in between depending on the song's idiosyncrasies and the band members' availability.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
There's so much great music being produced right now... The Holydrug Couple is making really cool psych stuff, Courtney Barnett has been making some visceral, raw rock music out of Australia, Braids has done some interesting blending of electronica with live instruments, and Jungle is just an all out funk party if you're into dancing (who isn't).

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Ooooohhh man we are always trying to think of fun covers. We recently performed Fleetwood Mac's Dreams because we had a couple shows coming up and wanted something we could learn in the two days beforehand. It's a simple one, but high impact, and people were really into it. We've wanted to do a Tears for Fears one for a while now, in addition to The Pixies, The Zombies, LCD Soundsystem, the list just keeps growing haha. We're currently trying to pursue covers that aren't necessarily within our immediate soundscape. That way, we establish our own take of a song, rather than doing essentially a "Deep Fields sings XYZ.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Our plan for the future... man, another loaded question. Right now, having just released our EP, we are in the process of beginning to shop labels to see where we can get signed so that our next release comes out on a credible label. We are still really trying to figure out our trajectory in terms of our sound. There are just so many acts out there, just having talent and good songs isn't enough to differentiate us from the rest of the noise in the market. We've been looking into incorporating more electronic elements in the form of samples and textural, ambient sounds, and that's been exciting. Even if people are initially a little weirded out, it's a direction that we want to have some fun with and explore.

Q: Any parting words?
Don't give others the power to define your perception of who you are and what you're worth. People will judge and criticize. But, ultimately, who you are at your core is far less what you do than why you do it. If you're pursuing your aspirations from a place of love and introspective sincerity, the rest is noise. We can only hope that passion comes through in our recordings and shows.


Bingo!!! with The Cigarettes - An Interview

Se você esta sintonizado com o que acontece na música alternativa do nosso país nos últimos vinte anos, certamente o nome The Cigarettes soa mais do que corriqueiro a você, afinal Bingo, o debute do grande Marcelo Colares e do Cigarettes tornou-se um marco fundamental no submundo dos bons sons nacionais.

Obviamente que unanimidade é algo basicamente inexiste, afinal nem o VU conseguiu isso, mas para os que não gostam ou não querem gostar, o TBTCI apenas diz, paciência, quem perde são vocês, mesmo porque depois de 20 anos e agora quatro álbuns, todos sempre com o selo de qualidade Midsummer Madness e logicamente, o padrão Colares de criação e composição, fica claro e notória a importância do The Cigarettes para os novos desmembramentos, vide sua influência na nova geração ruidosa do país.

E há questão de poucos dias atrás veio ao mundo The Waste Land, novíssimo e delicioso disquinho do Cigarettes. Ainda não ouviu? Vish, conselho do TBTCI não perca muito tempo não, é perfeito pra embalar passeios, curtir o sossego do lar, ou indicado ao que você mais quiser.

Aproveitando o lançamento de The Waste Land, nosso camarada Colares trocou uma ideia aqui com o TBTCI e tardiamente debute nestas páginas.

Tipo, momento clássico no TBTCI.

***** Interview with The Cigarettes / Marcelo Colares *****

Q. O Cigarettes é um referência pra muita gente que era moleque nos 90´s e até os dias de hoje existe um culto ao redor da banda, como você avalia todo esse cenário?
MC: Eu acho que a experiência do Cigarettes dentro desse "cenário nacional" é muito bem sucedida. O tempo, como dizem, pode ser o melhor remédio. Uma banda com mais de 20 anos que tem um público muito especial e que se lembra de músicas que foram lançadas há mais de 20 anos como se realmente essas músicas fizessem parte de suas vidas...
Quantas bandas ou artistas conseguem isso?

Q. A história do Cigarettes se mistura facilmente com a história da cena alternativa no Brasil, conte um pouco da história da banda, como tudo começou? Influências, etc, etc..
MC: As influências iniciais foram as que todo mundo sabe: Jesus, The Smiths, Velvet, Dinosaur JR., etc. Hoje, é um mundo de coisas, nem saberia te dizer ao certo.

Desde criança eu sempre quis fazer música. Criar a "banda" foi uma decorrência natural. E uma coisa engraçada é que o Cigarettes tem essa coisa de nunca ter sido uma banda propriamente e ao mesmo tempo quem pode dizer que não é uma banda?

Lembro de um ensaio do Second Come que eu fui no início dos anos 90 e um show da Pelvs em 92 ou 93 que me estimularam muito a começar a mostrar as minhas músicas.

Q. Inevitavelmente a obra prima do Cigarettes é o Bingo, facil facil é disco de cabeceira pra um monte de gente. Conte-nos um pouco a respeito do disco..
MC: Quando o Bingo foi lançado em 1997, pouquíssimas pessoas gostaram. Ele é considerado um clássico hoje, quase vinte anos depois. Mas na época as críticas de uma forma geral não foram muito positivas. Aliás, pouco se falou do Bingo na época. Esse reconhecimento posterior me dá mais segurança e confirma minha convicção de que eu preciso continuar com a música.

Q. E o novo álbum, The Waste Land, quarto álbum nessa longa trajetória. Qual a grande diferença dele para o ultimo homônimo de 2012 que foi um lance colaborativo (eu mesmo participei).
MC:Acho que a grande diferença foi que eu consegui fazer o que eu queria. Entrei no estúdio e só saí quando o disco tava pronto. Isso de começar uma coisa e ficar esperando meses, anos, pra terminar é algo que não funciona mais pra mim, se é que já funcionou. Quero começar e parar só quando eu terminar. Acho que esse tipo de processo dá mais fluidez e verdade ao resultado. Considero esse o meu melhor disco, mas talvez leve um tempo pras pessoas concordarem comigo. Sobre o disco anterior, hoje eu considero ele um pouco "careta", mas isso tem a ver com o que eu consegui nesse último disco.

Q. Quais seus discos de cabeceira?
MC: Difícil essa. Muda tanto. Ainda mais com as formas de se ouvir música hoje. Gostei bastante dos últimos do Raveonettes e do Mogwai, mas acho que já faz um tempo que eles lançaram. Radio Dept., Slowdive e Suicide são bandas que eu sempre ouço também.

Q. Como é seu processo de criação e gravação?
MC: Como muitos, acredito um pouco que as músicas estão no ar e que nós somos meros canais ou antenas. Todo mundo que compõe, que produz, expressa uma verdade interior mas também um pouco, ou muito, do espírito do tempo a que pertence. Então, sobre o processo de criação, posso dizer que as ideias aparecem na minha cabeça e o meu trabalho é registrar isso, uma coisa meio mediúnica, rs. Quanto às gravaçoes, variam muito, depende do momento, do que é possível e do que é inviável. Já gravei em casa, em porta-estudio, em computador, já gravei em estúdio grande, sozinho, acompanhado, eu gosto muito de deixar rolar e ver o que acontece. Não sou muito de planejar. Acho que, em algumas situações, atrapalha muito, o lance, pra mim, é ver o que sai, qual ideia aparece, na hora que você tá fazendo, de preferência.

Q. O que você destaca atualmente no atual cenário alternativo nacional?
MC: Acho que nunca se produziu tanta coisa boa quanto agora. Existem muitas bandas boas, muita coisa boa sendo feita. Dá até uma certa angústia porque é impossível acompanhar tudo. Entre os mais próximos, eu destaco o Lava Divers de Uberlândia, a Laura Wrona de São Paulo e o Charllote's Suit, também de São Paulo, que está prestes a lançar um disco sensacional.

Q. O que podemos esperar para o futuro?
MC: O futuro a deus pertence, rs. Mas seja ele qual for, de mim, podem esperar muita música, sempre.

Q. A fatídica pergunta, considerações finais?
MC: Só quero te agradecer, meu amigo, por tudo que você tem feito pela música no nosso país. Parece exagero, mas quem acompanha seu trabalho com atenção, sabe que não é. Longa vida ao TBTCI e ao grande Malizia!
Valeu Colares...

quinta-feira, 23 de julho de 2015

Keeper Of The Dawn with Ancient River - An Interview

J. Barreto e Alex Cordova formam o cultuado Ancient River, que acaba de soltar seu novo álbum, Keeper Of The Dawn.

Enquanto acontece uma verdadeira algazarra acerca do novo álbum do Tame Impala, o que na opinião do TBTCI é uma completa enrolação, o Ancient River soltou uma obra definitivamente complexa e viciante. Keeper OF The Dawn é psicodelismo a flor da pele, pegue Mercury Rev e coloque-os numa receita com Pink Floyd e Black Sabbath, pronto você terá o Ancient River.

No currículo dos caras, vários álbuns primorosos lançados, mas este Keeper Of The Dawn representa a maturidade pela do Ancient River.

Uma viagem completamente ácida e sem direito de volta. Acima.

***** Interview with Ancient River *****

Q. When did Ancient River started, tell us about the history...
Wow that is a long one, so here it goes...

It all began in the dawn of the year 2000, as I (James Barreto) was making frequent trips to Gainesville, Florida to play with The Ohm, my instrumental psychedelic band which thrived on instant creation and a home grown DIY ethic. Over the next few years I began recording local bands, producing several albums while creating music for local independent films. It was out of this period of musical exploration that Ancient River was born. My house soon grew into a fully-fledged home studio/rehearsal space, where like-minded musicians could be found tirelessly sharpening their wide range of sounds, encapsulating everything from noisy shoegaze to psychedelia to classic Americana. I locked myself away for two years, and got my self a name as a creative hermit before I took Ancient River to the stage. In 2009, a label and now friend Mark McKenzie saw us play and got us in the recording studio, then over to Austin Psych Festival for our first appearance there. I have had a few amazing musicans in the band, and was really lucky to find Alex Cordova in 2011. Alex and I have been playing together as a duo for last 3 years. We have since then played Austin Psych Fest twice (2010-2012), Los Angeles’ Psycho De Mayo (2014), Desert Stars Festival Pre-Party (2014), Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (2012), Milwaukee Psych Fest (2015) and coming up Reverence Festival in Portugal and The Psychedelic Revolution Festival in France. We have shared the stage with Heartless Bastards, Flavour Crystals, Rosco (Spaceman 3), Christian Bland & The Revelators , Secret Colours, The Silverchords, Holy Wave, Dead Skeletons, Magic Castles, Night Beats, Ringo Deathstar, Hookworms to name a few. So the band over the years has encamped into my home studio and we have recorded multiple albums but currently I am living in London, and Alex is living in Austin, Texas. We are traveling between the two at the moment. We have just released our 8th release Keeper Of The Dawn. which you can grab here www.ancientrivertheband.com and we’re touring North America for 55 shows. We have lots of future plans but that is a surprise. All of us moving to California is in there.

Q: Who are your influences?
Id have to say maybe Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Neil Young, Frank Zappa, Peter Green, My Bloody Valentine, Mercury Rev and Spiritualized for starters.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Thats an impossible question for ne to answer haha. If I had to only have 5 albums because of some type of apocalyptic tragedy and had access to a music player Id reach for, naw sorry cant answer that one.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I feel very good about playing live. Never get butterflies or anything like that. I get more nervous in the studio. Live is always a release for me, we pretty much bring the same level of effort infront of a couple of people or a packed room. We love playing live.

Q. How do you describe Ancient River sounds?
Ancient River is a mixture of vintage and modern rock sounds at times bouncing from Americana and folk to space rock and beyond. Ive always admired artists like Frank Zappa and Ween because they dont tie themselves to any kind of specific genre or sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We write and arrange and then press record.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Yeah, Dead Meadow, if you don't know them (they are not new though), Flavor Crystals, Lola Colt from London, Ttotals from Nashville. Worthless from NY to name a few.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
I dont know, we dont do covers, maybe something by Mercury Rev.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
If we told you our plans then it wouldnt be much of a suprise, ha! We just released an album called Keeper of the Dawn and were playing a bunch live shows around North America, UK and Europe in support of it.

Q: Any parting words?
Yes, we owe everything to our close knit family and friends who support us and encourage us. Without Nakia Matthewson, Natalie Elorza-Welling, Jeff Lancaster, Warren Graham, Mark McKenzie, all the cool people, bands and supporters we meet along the way, we couldnt do what we do. We are blessed.


quarta-feira, 22 de julho de 2015

What Comes today with Sustains - An Interview

Novidade diretamente da Califórnia para o TBTCI, o quarteto Sustains, que tem aberto os shows do Wildhoney apresenta um single deliciosamente pegajoso, Lucero/What Comes Today.

Sonoramente é um mix de shoegazer e o clássico indie rock dos 90´s com ruídos graciosos e viciantes.

Daqueles gratas e maravilhosas surpresas que este 2015 tem nos ofertado. 

***** Interview with Sustains *****

Q. When did Sustains started, tell us about the history...
From what I remember, me(Alex) and Gustavo that would try to write some stuff together and play some house shows in 2012, but it didn't start to form after I released the Sustains demo ep in October 2013. We weren't a band yet when that release came out, it was just Julia and I working on Sustains songs. When Luis and Joey heard it, I guess we were all down to become an actual band and practice the demo songs.

Q: Who are your influences?
I'd have to pay homage to Pavement, Dinosaur jr., Astrobrite, and Medicine for inspiring some Sustains songs but my personal influences for a long time have been Wipers, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Deerhunter.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
So many possibilities! But to name a few, I'd say:
Bitches Brew, The Chronic, Slanted and enchanted, Paranoid, and You're Living All Over Me.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Generally good when I have a positive outlook on a show I'm about to play. I usually get into a groove as soon as we all strum the first chord. Although, I do get anxious when I'm rushed to set up quickly when there's a tight schedule.

Q. How do you describe Sustains sounds?
It's always been tough trying to explain to someone who hasn't listened to us before. Sustains sits in a scale between full on shoegaze and weezer-esque alternative because it's neither completely on one side. I guess to put it simply, we're melodic with thick distortion.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I come up with a song melody on guitar or hum it out. I keep the ideas in the voice notes of my phone... Yeah theres a lot of humming. After that, I start writing a song with a melody i think is good. Then I record everything in my room with a digital 16 track. When I come up with a demo, i show my friends for some criticism. Joey is mostly the one with the suggestions. The criticism makes the songs a lot better. When we're all okay with the final structure, we go back and record it for real.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Layman, Gem, Dictator, and Losing End all need to be checked out because they rule.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Evergreen by BJM. It HAS to be Evergreen. That song is the best. Recording a cover to that song is very possible.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
A few shows and a radio session is to come within a month, but we're planning on releasing some more songs. They're completely done but we're waiting for a proper release. They'll be out on Paradise Records, so keep an eye out!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for giving us the time and getting to know us! I appreciate the acknowledgment. Adeus!


Love Vigilantes with Paperman - An Interview

Bryant Keith Bayhan é o one man band chamado Paperman, a definição da sonoridade do Paperman segundo Bryant é "glitter wave", na realidade o dreampop com tonalidades coloridas e dançante dá o tom em seus trabalhos.

O mais recente, Sweethearts, ep lançado em abril segue a lógica de neversolvesanything do ano passado, com bases dançantes e etéreas tendo o Cocteau Twins e o New Order como conexões mais óbvias o Paperman mescla elementos de synth pop e cria um ambiente dançante para embalar suspiros e sonhos.

Estranhamente o Paperman ainda continua sem ter uma gravadora, o que chega a ser o absurdo dos absurdos, fica a torcida do TBTCI para que esta falha seja corrigida o quanto antes.

***** Interview with Paperman *****

Q. When did Paperman start, tell us about the history...
I finished writing my first song the day before my 16th birthday. I didn’t have a proper six string guitar so I wrote everything playing chords on my acoustic bass guitar and singing. About a year and a half later, I started recording on a laptop and working with soft-synths; then, a couple friends told me I should come up with a name for my project and in about 10-15 minutes, I decided on Paperman. Having a name gave my work more focus. I spent the next couple of years learning how to record and produce my songs well enough to share them with people. I started performing live my first year at college and now here I am! I’m just getting everything started.

Q: Who are your influences?
I could listen to only Cocteau Twins for the rest of my life if someone forced me to do that. My approach to music comes directly from them and they are my single biggest influence. I’m a massive Sparklehorse fan, I think every single recording Mark Linkous released has a magic to it which no one else has been able to approach. The final third of my musical influence would be from Kraftwerk, because they completely sum up my entrance into electronic music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Cocteau Twins – Heaven Or Las Vegas,
Depeche Mode – Violator,
Astrobrite – pinkshinyultrablast,
Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express,
Sparklehorse – It’s a Wonderful Life

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing live, but .paperman is such a “studio project” that I’m required to put in weeks of effort and work before I can play a new set. I usually perform by myself with really lush and heavily orchestrated backing tracks (typically they’re the recorded version of the song with whatever instrument I plan on playing live taken out). The backing tracks will feature everything from drums, to synths, and sometimes even multitracked and processed lead vocals, if I want a really massive sound or particularly enjoy an effect I used during the recording process. The power a well-made backing track gives me would be impossible to match with a live band and I think it gives me more control as a performer because there’s so little on stage to distract an audience from my performance of the song; it’s just me on standing in front of them.

Q. How do you describe Paperman sounds?
I usually call my music “glitter wave”. It’s synthesizer and drum-machine, chorusy, delayed-out, dancey, shoegaze music.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I write and record everything myself at my little home studio (sometimes a friend will add a guitar or synth part). I usually start my songs with a couple of synth chords or an arpeggiator line, I’ll add some drums next and decide on a tempo, after that I’ll solidify a chord progression using my bass (it only has four strings so I have to be picky about what notes I’m playing), I’ll come up with some leads on guitar or synth, add a bassline, and lastly I’ll work on vocals. I have a pretty tight work-flow and prefer to write on my own, I think that’s the only way to really accomplish anything creative.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Holly Herndon is the single most progressive and important person in the entire music industry right now, I admire her so much. I also just started listening to Shamir, I think he’s doing something really really interesting and I can’t wait to hear more of what he comes up with.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
If I had to record a cover of a song tomorrow it’d be September by Earth, Wind, and Fire.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
I’m still completely unsigned to any labels, that’s my next move, to find a nice little label to work alongside so I can meet a few new bands to play shows with. I’m performing more and more each month and I plan to keep that trend going. I’m also incredibly happy recording and producing my friends’ music and I want audio engineering/production to be a major part of my work. I’m also incredibly excited to write a soundtrack next month for a movie that a friend of mine made and I hope to spend plenty of time on projects like that in the future.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so so so so much for interviewing me! I’m extremely appreciative. If anybody is interested in my music, I have all of my full releases on Bandcamp https://thepaperman.bandcamp.com/ I just released a new EP a couple of months ago and every purchase will be incredibly helpful for me in finishing my next album Emoticon heart, follow my Facebook page if you’d like to help me get a few more likes Emoticon tongue https://www.facebook.com/IAmThePaperman , and I’m constantly uploading early mixes of songs and demos of new projects to my Soundcloud if anybody would like to hear what I’m currently working on https://soundcloud.com/thepaperman . Thanks again!

terça-feira, 21 de julho de 2015

Dark Entries with Charlatan - An Interview

Dark noise wave, algo como o cruzamento em alta velocidade entre Bauhaus e APTBS, esse é Charlatan, diretamente de Seattle, disparando ruídos sintetizados por cima de beats e loops dançantes, que por vezes remetes ao início do Crocodiles.

Só que o Charlatan é mais sombrio, e seu cartão de visitas é o seu debute homônimo de 2013, uma avalanche destruidora de ruído branco em harmonias dançantes.

Certamente, uma ótima trilha sonora para o final dos tempos.

***** Interview with Charlatan *****

Q. When did Charlatan started, tell us about the history...
A: I started writing songs for this project in 2011. It wasn't until November 2013 that I released my first album, after having already been pretty active playing shows in Chicago. Since I have moved to Seattle and played plenty of shows here, I'm about to release my second album later this year. I'd like to be able to put more material out there even faster, but it's hard balancing my schedule when I'm already doing most of the work by myself.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: I have quite a few, but to tack it down to a handful of the most relevant ones, I'd have to say Bauhaus, Crocodiles, The Horrors, and A Place to Bury Strangers.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: That's a really tough one, but let's give it a go. In no certain order, they would be:
Nostalgia by HTRK,
Sleep Forever by Crocodiles,
Methodrone by Brian Jonestown Massacre,
Psychocandy by Jesus and Mary Chain,
and Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: I always get anxious before shows. Strangely enough, once I'm on the stage, I feel like I'm almost in a trance. All of the nerves wash away and the music carries me through the set. There's often so many things that can and do go wrong, but I love it nonetheless.

Q. How do you describe Charlatan sounds?
A: I'm often asked to categorize myself, which is difficult, but I think noise pop is the best descriptor. At the core, all of my songs are simply pop songs, buried in lots of atmosphere and texture. They're simple, structured, but at the same time, I try to sound as loud and big as I can for a solo act.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: I build everything around the rhythm section. It involves some fairly rudimentary drum machine beats and synthesizers to lay down bass lines and harmonies. Then I get to have fun piling on chords and noise from my guitars. Lastly, it's finished off with vocals. All of my tracks start out as instrumentals - I write lyrics and vocal melodies last.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Check out some of my favorites from the Pacific Northwest: Wind Burial, Shadowhouse, Nostalgist, ACTORS, somesurprises, Season of Strangers, Blackpool Astronomy, and Koban.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: Well, I already was in a Joy Division cover band recently, so that's off the list. Another band I'd love to cover is Bauhaus. They're a huge influence and a large inspiration to who I am as a musician.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
A: I'm likely going to keep doing what I'm already doing - writing and releasing more material. Hopefully I can manage to get a tour of some sorts going in the near future. Now that I'm settled down in Seattle, it may be time to start a new band too. Only time will tell.

Q: Any parting words?
A: I want to thank you for the interview and keep up the good work. I love your blog!


Water Table with Traces - An Interview

Sem basicamente nenhuma informação, sob uma pequena aura de mistério os canadenses do Traces chegaram até o TBTCI.

Novatos, ainda sem nada oficial, somente 3 canções demo na página dos caras no bandcamp, mas já com indícios do que vem por ai, psicodelismo pop  dançante, com pitadas de Stone Roses e Small Faces.

Pra ficar atento.

***** Interview with Traces *****

Q. When did Traces started, tell us about the history...
We technically started in late 2013, but we were busy with other projects at the time, so it's really only been the last 6 months or so that we've been writing songs, and performing and recording as a unit.

Q: Who are your influences?
They're pretty all over the place. Obviously there's a shoegaze influence, as well as post-punk, and some 60's freakbeat. I really like old girl groups and surf music as well, which influences some of the vocal harmonies at times. Also indie rock from the 90s and some 80's psychedelic pop revival stuff or whatever that's called.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
That's impossible! I could do a list of 5 albums off the top of my head, which are a big influence on the band;
1. Wire - Chairs Missing
2. Cleaners From Venus - Midnight Cleaners
3. My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
4. Let's Active - Cypress
5. Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We've only played a few shows as a band, but we've all been playing in bands for a long time. A lot of times we're playing other people's music as sidemen, so it's refreshing just to go out and play original songs.

Q. How do you describe Traces sounds?
I think generally it's meshing shoegaze or dreampop, or whatever you want to call it, with a more rhythmically driving concept.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
For our demo, we did the songs live at a friend's studio, then finished some extra guitars and vocals at our apartment. It was done pretty quickly, just so we could have some music to put out there and start playing shows etc. We have some more tracks coming out soon!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Living in Montreal, there's no shortage of talented artists. I'd say anything on Fixture Records is a good place to start.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Our first show was a party at a friend's loft space, and we got asked to do a set of covers. We chose a set of Wire songs, but the party had a 60s theme, so we ended up doing a bunch of Who songs.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
We hope to do some more recording this summer, and start touring in the fall.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for having us!


segunda-feira, 20 de julho de 2015

The Game with Cold Ocean Lies - An Interview

Talvez o novo britpop,

Doses cavalares de indie britânico seja 90´s ou moderno, o quarteto inglês Cold Ocean Lies apresente seu cartão de visitas através de seu single de estréia The Game.

É fadado ao tocar muito em todo canto, e altamente superior a grande maioria das baboseiras que vemos e ouvimos por ai.

Sucesso ao Cold Ocean Lies.

***** Interview with Cold Ocean Lies *****

Q. When did Cold Ocean Lies start, tell us about the history...
We started initially in january 2013 then january 2014 with Harry our guitarist now. We all knew each other through schools and thats how it all came about. Me and Harry have known each other since we were born so it was fitting really the way it panned out. We are from a small city called Lichfield near Birmingham where we base ourselves and have done some amazing shows there like supporting Jaws and our own headlines. This year we released our first singe The Game through EverySecond Records which coincided with our second tour of the UK.

Q: Who are your influences?
We all listen to such different music and draw from loads of different things all the time but I guess as an overall influence it would be Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is tough, as an all time thing it would be something like,

The Bends - Radiohead
Abbey Road - The Beatles
Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins
Without You I'm Nothing - Placebo
Rage Against the Machine - Self Titled

These change all the time this is a general, what's affected it us the most of all time kind of thing.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
There's nothing in the world more pressurising, intense, enjoyable and relieving that I have ever come across. This makes for a pretty spectacular sensation on stage and it is the best thing in the world. We all love playing and when you are playing songs you have crafted and care about to people who care it's an amazing feeling.

Q. How do you describe Cold Ocean Lies sounds?
This question is tough I find it pretty hard to pin it down to a genre or a sound particularly, if I had to give it a try taking into account everything we do I'd like to say grunge meets brit-pop meets psych, but I don't think that's a fair judgement of our music, we love sounding big and powerful that's a pretty important aspect. Have a listen and see what you think would be the best way to do it.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
This is such a great process for us as we feel this is where we really learn the most about the song, when it's broken down into sections and we can dissect it and add, alter and take whatever we feel needs or even doesn't to be there. The possibilities are endless when we record, we love adding layer after layer to make our songs sound as huge as possible even if we never use the layer the options there and I think that's what the beauty of studio is. Backing vocal harmonies are fun too we like doing that.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We don't really find ourselves listening to that much new music anymore when there is so much music that came before us however Hyena are a cool new band who are on the rise and Broken hands who we are playing with are really cool and have great live shows.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
People have asked this before and we've never known how to respond, I imagine we'd probably either do something quirky and modern or something from the late 60's early 70's that way we can maybe change it up a bit

Q: What´s the plans for future...
We plan to get out another single towards the end of the year that will also happen in conjuction another tour of the UK, more shows and a big headline for us in Birmingham. We are really looking forward to the rest of the year it should be a great one.

Q: Any parting words?
Cheers for the interview, we love the blog, read some cool interviews through it.


Anatomical Venus with Love in Athens - An Interview

Anatomical Venus é o ep de estreia do one man banda filipino, Love in Athens.

Um doce e dançante mix de shoegazer com conexões diretas com o Chapterhouse e mais recentemente com  Pia Fraus.

Beats, loops, guitarras, tudo com aquele clima sonhador só que feito para se mexer.

Dance e sonhe com o Love in Athens.

***** Interview with Love in Athens *****

Q: When did Love in Athens start? Tell us the history.
A: Okay, this is pretty long! Love in Athens started when I was a college student back in 2007. The name is a play on both the ancient tradition of Athenian pederasty (jokingly referenced in the movie 300) and Ateneo de Davao University, the school I graduated from.

The whole project sounded very different then. It was all badly produced computer music. I didn’t know how to play guitar yet, but desperately wanted to make stuff like Tristeza or Telefon Tel Aviv but with tons of layers on it. I was in the hardcore punk scene and didn’t know anyone who liked that, so I had to learn.

I was also a big Sarah Records twee and shoegaze/dreampop fan at the time, but it took a while before I’d fully commit to going that route given my lack of skill. The songwriting started getting poppier and before long, I released a couple of tracks through the Popscene Manila compilations after Dale of Apple Orchard found me.

The songs were still as amateurish as my earlier material, but I was at least confident enough to attempt doing vocals. I’d like to think that Love in Athens really came into its own when I became involved with the early Number Line Records roster in 2011. I released one EP and a couple of singles/splits under the old sound before taking it to its logical conclusion.

Starting with my New Year’s Day split with Detroit-based gloom surf duo, The Philter, I could safely say that I’m in a comfortable space that allows me to fit all my influences in, sound-wise.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Oh man, there’s so many of them! Here’s the short answer:

90s/00s post-hardcore and screamo 80s/90s noise rock 80s/90s shoegazing Twee and indie pop Power electronics, industrial, Japanoise The many shades of krautrock

In terms of record labels: Ebullition, Robotic Empire, Level-Plane, Hydra Head, Deathwish, Relapse, Earache, SST, Sub Pop, Sarah Records, Slumberland, Creation, Factory, 4AD, Amphetamine Reptile, and I really have to pay more attention to these things!

Q: Make a list of your top 5 albums of all time.
A: This question is so hard, but here’s some of my desert island records:

My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Portraits of Past - Discography
The Field Mice - Coastal
Pia Fraus - Nature Heart Software
Telefon Tel Aviv - Map of What is Effortless

Q: How do you feel about playing live?
A: To be honest, I dislike playing live because I still haven’t found a way to make the songs translate in a live setting. Part of what makes doom metal and noise so appealing to me is that sense of aural density you get from their records. Bands like My Bloody Valentine share that, and I really want a live sound that hits you like an 8-ball in a sock.

Maybe I’ll feel better about playing live once I get a couple of half stacks and a personal PA system for stage volume. If I’m going to play my songs live, I have to do it right, otherwise the crowd would have no reason to go out and see me. I don’t want to just be another boring shoegaze act, I want the set to be an experience. Eh, a girl could dream.

Q: How do you describe Love in Athens' sound?
A: Not very ethereal for a shoegaze-inspired project, to be honest. I think driving and restless are both accurate descriptions for most of the music. There’s tons of stuff going on at once. It’s all really ADHD.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording.
A: I typically sketch out a drum and synth bass track on Ableton Live first before playing guitar over it until I find something that works song and structure-wise. Once I get that out of the way, I record all the guitar tracks, then add all the synth leads on top.

I typically don’t spend more than a couple of hours from start to finish. If I take any longer than that, I usually end up scrapping the song.

Q: Which new bands do you recommended?
A: I’m pretty out of the loop when it comes to newer bands but I did enjoy that Dumb Numbers record! Run For Cover and Graveface have also been doing a great job of getting punk and emo kids to explore shoegaze and noisy 90s alternative but filtered through a fresh, young lens. Oh, and Adventures are great. Personally not that big a fan since I dig Code Orange more but most people love em. Give them a shot too.

Off the top of my head, I dig Night School, Whirr, Turnover, Crisis Arm, and my personal friends like Bellyache from Maine, and Naked from Maryland. Bellyache is more of a psyched out doom band with a bit of a shoegazer slant. Naked on the other hand is Carl Smith and a wall of amps, generating some of the most heartbreaking doomgaze music I’ve ever heard. He has an album out called Hopeless. Listen for it if you want your soul to melt.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: I really want to avoid disrespecting any of my idols by doing a shitty cover, but I’d love to do a cover of Big Black’s Passing Complexion. Maybe some more stuff by Rocketship. Hell, I’d do a whole EP worth of Rocketship covers. I love that band so much.

Q: What´s the plans for future?
A: I’m about to release another Love in Athens EP this year called DSMV. It’s a bit darker and more rhythmic than the songs that came out on the Anatomical Venus EP a few months back. In terms of other projects, I’ll be cranking out some stuff for my garage-surf project, Tall Ice Lung sometime after DSMV comes out.

Oh, and I’m in a new band called Beast Jesus. Tons of shoegazer worship there, but with a lot of post-hardcore and noise rock thrown in. Think Unwound or Burning Airlines, but wall of sound fuzz-outs.

Q: Any parting words?
A: I just put out a new single on the Love in Athens Bandcamp to celebrate marriage equality in the US. It’s a significant victory for the personal lives of many LGBT Americans who earned the right to marry the people they love, but I hope that people realize that the fight doesn’t end there.

Violence and inequity will continue to persist despite the ruling. There are still other fronts that need your attention and solidarity like support for undocumented immigrants, police militarization and violence, trans-related issues, transphobia, trans violence, LGBT homelessness, etc. That’s just the US.

Like Morrissey said, America is not the world. What about the third world, where I live? We don’t even have divorce in the Philippines yet. There’s still a hell of a way to go.


sábado, 18 de julho de 2015

Befallen with Caramel Snow - An Interview

No dia 15 de junho passado, veio ao mundo o debute do Caramel Snow, projeto de Michael, onde ele compila todas suas composições reunidas no período de 2009 a 2015.

Befallen o nome do álbum é um passeio por dentro do dreampop, indie e shoegazer, sempre com um sútil apelo pop. Elegantemente o Caramel Snow transita entre influências do perfect pop oitentista passando e reverenciando a Sarah Records, e finaliza com ares modernos e atuais.

Um frescor de álbum para ser degustado bem acompanhado preferencialmente.

***** Interview with Caramel Snow *****

Q. When did Caramel Snow start, tell us about the history…
I’m a trained composer, but I was never able to write a decent pop/rock song until about 5 years ago. I just imagined the sound I wanted. So, I wrote a song that I thought would sound like “me,” and it turned out to be “Befallen,” from the new album. Since then, I’ve written and recorded about 60 songs.

Q: Who are your influences?
Mainly Cocteau Twins, Lush, and My Bloody Valentine.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Lush - Spooky
Roxy Music - Avalon
Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I have mixed feelings about playing live. It can be thrilling and, oddly, for an introvert like me, it’s one of the few places I am comfortable being myself. But I don’t play out too much, so it’s a lot of work to prepare, and build confidence for a gig. I sound different live than on record. Live, I just use a guitar and a drum machine, so it’s more about conveying the essentials of each song instead of trying to replicate the sound of the record. It’s wonderful to hear people’s questions and comments after a gig.

Q. How do you describe Caramel Snow sounds?
Layers of harmonized, interlocked, shimmering guitars, and laid back vocals with inscrutable lyrics. I strive to achieve a sense of ecstatic beauty.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Usually it only takes me a day to write a complete song, all the lyrics, melody and chord changes (this even amazes me!). Then it takes weeks, even months to record. I work in Ableton Live 8, first constructing a custom drum kit from many hundreds of drum samples, tuning and eq-ing each hit, then laying down a track of guitar chords using Guitar Rig 4. After that I add bass guitar, and layer more guitar parts using my collection of Fenders, Gibsons and Epiphones, and electric 12-string. Towards the end of the process, I always try to record at least one track of Mellotron, for that unique and wobbly, nostalgic ambience.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
They’re not really new, but the more contemporary bands I’m impressed with are Crisis Arm, and The Bilinda Butchers. Other somewhat newer artists I constantly listen to are Dum Dum Girls, Colleen Green, and I adore Charli XCX! I recently listened to Sisu, which is Sandra Vu’s band. Sandra plays drums in Dum Dum Girls. She’s a brilliant songwriter, and a fantastic singer; her music is pretty dark, though.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I choose covers very carefully. It’s redundant for me to cover a song unless I can do something unusual but worthwhile with it. I have recorded songs by Bowie, Dylan, and Charli XCX. I do a cover of “I Heard A Rumour,” by Bananarama that I haven’t recorded yet. I do it as a slow and moody bossa nova instead of the up tempo original.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
I’m working on a dreamy new song called, “Give Me My Depression Back.” It will be on my Soundcloud page (https://soundcloud.com/caramel-snow) as soon as I finish it. I’m also planning to release another new album very soon. This one will be more jangly, kind of retro, Indiepop, to be called The Ouija Board.

Q: Any parting words?
I am honored to be recognized by your blog! I think you do great work exposing people to beautiful, stunning music. Fans of Shoegaze and Dreampop have an intense need to keep with up with obscure, contemporary practitioners of the genre, such as myself, and the avenues to connect with potential fans are very few, so the service TBTCI provides is critical in fostering connections between artists and new listeners. Thanks!!