segunda-feira, 11 de dezembro de 2017

Need The Sun with The Medicine - An Interview



Primeiramente, não confundir com o Medicine, banda mais do que seminal, do gênio Brad Laner.

Feito o devido aviso, adentraremos ao mundo do duo japonês, The Medicine. Formado em Osaka no ano passado, com dois EPS no currículo, "Trip" de 2016 e "Need The Sun" deste ano, mas os pontos altos da curta trajetória do casal são "Flashback" e "Clumsy", algo entre os ensinamentos de Kevin Shields e os heróis do alt rock japonês The Novembers.

Indie rock com sabores gazers ou vice e versa, vale acompanhar os próximos passos do The Medicine.

***** Interview with The Medicine *****


Q When did The Medicine start? Tell us about the history...
The Medicine formed in Osaka in 2016. Members met at the university. Our 1st ep “Trip” released in 2016. Thereafter we started live activity mainly in Osaka. 2nd ep “need the sun” released in August 2017, and organized a release party with the dress code of black clothes. In October 2017, drummer Toyoda withdrew from the band. we greeted the support drum in the band. Current members are Masaya Taniguchi (vocal, guitar) and Ryunosuke Tokuyama (bass). In November 2017, a cassette single "POSE" released from HANDS AND MOMENT by XTAL PARTICLE.

Q: Who are your influences?
Masaya : Nirvana / My bloody valentine / Joy Division / Sixth June / L’Arc-en-Ciel / The Novembers

Ryunosuke : Joy Division / Weezer / Art-School / Number Girl/ downy

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Masaya :
Nirvana - In Utero
My bloody valentine - Loveless
The Jesus & Mary Chain - Darklands
The Novembers - Rhapsody in beauty
The Cure - kiss me, kiss me, kiss me

Ryunosuke :
Ride-Nowhere
Weezer-Blue Album
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
The Novembers - Picnic
Bat Nouveau - Metamorphoses

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Masaya : I want to see chaos from the stage it is an audience's chaos. I'll love that whirlpool...

Ryunosuke : Convey my sound to the audience.

Q. How do you describe The Medicine sounds?
Masaya : Drifting to daydream.

Ryunosuke : Shoegaze.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Basically I make songs and lyrics, then arrangement with the band.

However, when we recorded "POSE", we had a show the day before, It night was a very exciting ...So we were in a very crazy state. Next morning we headed to the studio. Anyway, I remember playing that recording incredibly crazy.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Our favorite band called Chastity. It's remind an underground grunge scene of the 90s. I think their sound are perfectly new age alternative rock. Their riffs are really dope!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Big Black - L Dopa
For Against - Sabres
My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realize

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Masaya : We are planning to working for a new album. It completion will be in around next fall. and We'd like to get the opportunity to play more performance. Because we'd like to more people to know our music. and I hope that all over the world enjoy with our music, not only Japan.

Q: Any parting words?
Masaya : I wish Brazilian people to see our performance! And check out the our songs, right now!
Thanx!!!
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https://youtu.be/qf1dnH7OwB8
https://soundcloud.com/handsandmomentshop/flashback
https://soundcloud.com/handsandmomentshop/clumsy
http://themedicinemusic.com/home/
https://www.facebook.com/Medicine.mdcn/

domingo, 10 de dezembro de 2017

Haze with Dayzed - An Interview

Entra mês, sai mês e a avalanche de novidades australianas permanece em alta no TBTCI, talvez seja algo que existe na água de lá, talvez, quem sabe....

Desta vez quem comanda os sonhos é o quinteto Dayzed, e seu mais novo trabalho, o EP, "Haze". Uma peça suave, tranquilizante e, claro, sonhadora, com toques de psicodelismo meditativo. Alguns momentos as guitarras gritam um pouco mais, mas, o que comanda o disco é sua beleza envolventemente hipnótica.

Desacelere, relaxe, e simplesmente saboreie a beleza das canções do Dayzed, vai fazer bem pra mente, acredite.

***** Interview with Dayzed *****


Q. When did Dayzed start? Tell us about the history...
Dayzed started in 2014, I was living with my parents and had a lot of spare time over the summer holidays. I had just bought a microphone and a recording interface and was playing around with recording and overdubbing and eventually through that wrote some songs and got together with my friends Max and Adrian and we started playing gigs around our home town and Melbourne.

Q: Who are your influences?
I love heaps of 80’s and 90’s shoegaze stuff like Slowdive, MBV, Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins. Also some older 60’s bands like The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Velvet Underground. Some more recent influences would be Beach Fossils, Tame Impala and Best Coast.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Slowdive – Souvlaki
Beach House – Teen Dream
DIIV – Oshin
Spacemen 3 – Perfect Prescription
The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Yeah playing shows is always heaps of fun!

Q. How do you describe Dayzed sounds?
Washed out, beachy, dream pop songs.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I kind of write the songs as I record them. I usually start with a guitar line or a couple of guitar parts and from that just start experimenting with layering synths and bass and drums and whatever else. Then I just re-record parts if needed and mix it as I go. Vocals are usually done last, I then either write lyrics for the song or fit some lyrics in that I already have. It's all mainly recorded at my house.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Check out Hollywood Real Thoughts, Tram Cops, Mosaicz, Sagamore and Eddy Dillon.

Also the new Beaches album is sick!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We do a GL cover which is pretty fun. I dunno maybe a sonic youth or spacemen 3 song could be fun to cover.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re taking a break over December cause a few of us are travelling. We’ll be back to play at Tanglewood Music Festival in Victoria on New Years Eve and then hopefully more shows and more recording.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for the chat. Check out our music, hope you enjoy it!
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https://dayzzzed.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/dayzzzed/

sexta-feira, 8 de dezembro de 2017

The Directory with Silent Runners - An Interview


Há algumas horas atrás veio ao mundo "The Directory", primeiro álbum dos holandeses do Silent Runners.

Pós punk linhagem clássica, evocando baluartes como The Sound, Comsat Angels, Depeche Mode e muito outros. Comandando pelo baixo característico, synths marcantes e a voz angustiante, tipicamente feita sob medida para canções soturnas, densas e com um direcionamento mais do que melancólico.

Nada de novo, e quem foi que disse que se faz necessário novidade, o que queremos é música que inspira, e o Silent Runners criou uma perfeita atmosfera retro, se é que vocês me entendem.

Recomenda-se para ouvir alto e dançar em qualquer clube, noite adentro.

***** Interview with Silent Runners *****


Q. When did Silent Runners start? Tell us about the history...
Even though Silent Runner is only a few years old (2014), our band members have a long history together. Drummer Frank and singer Dolf played together since the start of high school (the metal years). Stanley, the guitarist, started playing with them around 10 years ago. A few years before bass player Jan joined. In all those years we made quite some different music, from electro trip-hop to symphonic pop/rock. But in the end we always loved the dark 80’s synth sound. After our last band ‘broke up’, we wanted something new. Most of all we wanted to make music that would lead to energetic live shows. We experimented with 80’s synth music for a while, until we found our current sound. That’s when our key player Joep joined. Since then, we are Silent Runners.

Q: Who are your influences?
It’s a hard question. We all love new wave and post punk, but we all have pretty broad and different musical interests. Ranging from hip-hop to folk, Timber Timbre to Radiohead. Of course we can’t deny that we look up to the big names such as Joy Division, Depeche Mode and new bands such as The Soft Moon, Cold Showers, etc. but we always try to stretch the boundaries of the genre in one way or another. We play with familiar sounds and add something new to it. To keep it fun for ourselves, but also to surprise the audience. On our latest album The Directory you hear a lot of different influences, ranging from krautrock to techno. You’ll even find traditional Japanese drums on the records. Some of our rhythms have a groove that isn’t necessarily new-wave or post-punk. We just mix and match until it feels right.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Before we got into a big fight over best albums of all time, we decided everyone could just name one album for the list.
We could easily name 25 or more albums. Nevertheless, these 5 are great:
The Sound – From the Lion’s Mouth (1981)
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (1979)
Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (1975)
Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense (1984)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Silent Runners is a real live band. We love writing the songs and recording the records, but in the end the thing that really makes us happy is to perform for an audience. For us, a good Silent Runners show is a bit unpredictable and sometimes chaotic. We need drive and energy on stage.

Q. How do you describe Silent Runners sounds?
Neon night clubs and factory floors, mixed with a lot of reverb and drive. You can describe our sound as dark, but it’s not necessarily depressing. Sometimes a song can be even darker if you mix it with some sparks of light. On the new album you’ll find quite some different tracks, even though the vocals, synth and guitar sounds bring it all together.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The EP (2015) was written during rehearsals. We just play together until we hear something interesting. Then we build on that. We make a habit of recording every little idea, so we can later come back to it. Our album The Directory was written in the studio, without actually playing the songs live. The songs are more composed that way. That means you have a lot of time to work on the details and sound, but capturing the live feel is a bigger challenge. Our next work will probably be another ‘rehearsal’ space record.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There’s a lot of great music around! Some bands: Whispering Sons, Thalamus, Joseph of Mercury, U.S. Girls, Amnesia Scanner, Promiseland (not to be confused with Promise Land, the Christian metal band).

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We like to make covers of songs that don’t originally fit in our genre. Then we can change the sound of the song and just pick a few interesting elements from the original that we want to use. For example, with our last band we covered Slow by Kylie Minogue. We still have to find the right song to cover with Silent Runners…

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To crush our enemies. To see them driven before us and hear the lamentation of their women. And play lots of shows.

Q: Any parting words?
Astronaut, shampoo, didgeridoo.
Thanks for supporting us and all the other great bands on your blog! All the best.
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https://silentrunners.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/pg/silentrunners

quinta-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2017

Sunspots with All Sparks Burn Out - An Interview


O submundo dos bons sons, é um lugar de certo pequeno, onde quase todos se conhecem, ou conhecem alguém que conhece você, ou vice e versa, e foi assim que tomei conhecimento dos australianos sônicos do All Sparks Burn Out.

A amiga, conhecedora dos bons sons, Breda Massman, publicou há menos de uma semana atrás uma banda com um nome que me chamou atenção de imediato, All Sparks Burn Out, nome de uma música do primeiro trabalho dos ingleses do Editors, e como curioso que sou, fui diretamente para a audição, e pow!!

Uma tapa na cara, uma chinelada nos tímpanos foi o que aconteceu desde os primeiros momentos de "Sunspots" música que abre e dá título ao primeiro trabalho dos caras. Um esporro electro noise, nos moldes de um Screen Vinyl Image cruzando com violência com o APTBS. Na sequência a eletrônica pesada toma conta de "The Trees They Sway", uma trip ácida guiada por synths, loops em alta tensão, e "Daysend" fecha violentamente o trabalho evocando Killing Joke e Skywave lado a lado.

Fora tudo isso, os caras do All Sparks Burn Out, são velhos conhecidos do TBTCI, Ant e Dave são membros do Skullsquadron, ou seja, tudo em casa mesmo.

Mas diferentemente das bandas originais, o All Sparks Burn Out é música para deixar cicatrizes abertas, intenso e frenético, como deve ser.


***** Interview with All Sparks Burn Out *****

Q. When did All Sparks Burn Out start? Tell us about the history...
I love Sounds Like Sunset, particularly their Invisible album (2005) in which Anthony The had a hand in recording/engineering/mixing the album. I got in touch with him when in a Sydney band called apianLOW to see if he would be interested in working with the us but the band finished up as the boys were already doing it for 10 years and wanted a break.

I still kept in touch with Anthony, sent some demos that’d I’d been doing in the shed at home between 2006-2008 and he said he’d be happy to record them. I then chased up Simon Cox, I loved his drumming in Australian band Died Pretty (notably their Using My Gills As a Roadmap album 1998).

We recorded the first EP 'Exactly What It Sounds Like' in early 2009. After it was finished Anthony joined on guitar.

Spent a few years piecing together the second EP 'Red Sky At Night' but wanted to add vocals to a few tracks so got in touch with Rachel Staggs from Austin band Experimental Aircraft to see if she could do some work. We were pretty lucky to have her sing on 3 tracks. It was released 2012.

As we’re a fairly part-time band the recording process for the next 5 years has morphed from an EP, to an Album to a debut double album! Guess it’s our sense of humour that we’re pretty unknown and yet we’re going to have a double album to kick us off. Anthony’s brother David has added some guitars as well and we have a host of guest vocalists helping out.

Our first single Sunspots from the album ‘Shapes In The Shadows’ is out and about now.

Q. Who are your influences?
I guess we have different influences from an individual point of view but collectively we love a lot of the 90’s bands. My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver, Swirlies, Ride, Catherine Wheel, Curve, Underground Lovers, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Whipping Boy, Therapy?, Compulsion, Starflyer 59, Ammonia, Big Heavy Stuff, Doughboys, Nirvana, Failure, Sugar, Chapterhouse, Sleater-Kinney, Jesus Jones, Yo La Tengo, James, Sugar, Pavement, JAMC, Screamfeeder, Placebo.

Earlier bands like Killing Joke, New Order and Joy Division also pretty up there. Bands outside the 90s; Sounds Like Sunset, Interpol, Editors (our band name comes from their All Sparks track), A Perfect Circle, New Pornographers, Mew, The Go! Team, Pia Fraus, Cheatahs and Amusement Parks On Fire.

The second disc for our album incorporates the above bands with electronic artists like Leftfield, Chemical Brothers, Paul Van Dyk, Nick Fish, Severed Heads, Southend, Pop Will Eat Itself, Deadmau5, Orbital, Cut Copy, Presets.


Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Now this is tough - trying to think of the other boys as well, could have gone with MBV’s ‘Isn’t Anything’, The Go! Team’s ‘The Scene Between’, Ride’s ‘Nowhere’, Amusement Parks On Fire ‘Out of the Angeles’, Underground Lovers ‘Leaves Me Blind’ or Failure’s ‘Fantastic Planet’ but would probably go with;

Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
Invisible - Sounds Like Sunset
The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
Ferment - Catherine Wheel
They Spent Their Youthful Days... - Swirlies

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We haven’t played live yet! We’ve rehearsed a lot over the years but as we’re fairly part time and I live about 2 hours away from the others makes it trickier, so it’s something we’ve put aside to concentrate on recording. We’re looking to change that in 2018 to help promote the album.

We’ve all played live in other bands; Anthony with Ides of Space and Skullsquadron, Dave with Ides of Space, Line Drawings and Skullsquadron, Simon with Died Pretty and Tumbleweed and myself with lekkerding and apianLOW.

The 3rd track on our single Daysend (via bandcamp) is with one mic through one track on a 4 track tape recorder and gives an idea of what we’re like live (a bit raw!). We’ll have vocals for the upcoming gigs as well as incorporate some of the samples/loops that have come about on the album.

There will be nerves when we do gig but excited to play these songs in front of people.

Q. How do you describe All Sparks Burn Out sounds?
We like the wall of noise thing but are always looking to add melody in there as well. I think a lot of our songs stem from good/interesting drums patterns and build from there. Pretty keen not to have a too perfect clean sound, really like the feeling distortion/fuzz/feedback can give, like a big warm blanket to wrap up in.

The first EP was let it all go and turn it to 11 but we’re slowly refining our sound without hopefully losing the interest and power.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
For the upcoming album we’ve done a mix of studio/rehearse with all of us playing together as well as developing songs from loops and overdubs at home. I use Ableton and have written a lot of the material on it. Anthony records our sessions in a studio with Pro Tools. I’ll go away and work on things then bring the stems across and then we mix and add some more in Pro Tools.

Simon also recorded a series of drum loops in the studio that I then took away and worked on and fleshed them out into songs. From memory we had two or three small studio sessions as a band and mostly getting Simon's drum tracks down. Most of the time I'll bring some ideas in and let the boys add their own style while a few came about from jams.

The time taken (over 5 years) has made these tracks evolve. I think sometimes you could keep refining them till the end of time but for the album it’s actually worked in our favour. It’s given time to get them right. When we listen back to the earlier versions we feel that we’ve made progress.

All the vocals have come about towards the end where we've sent out pre-mix or mixed versions to see if anyone is interested. Luckily we've had Rachel Staggs from Experimental Aircraft, Pat Haid (Ides of Space/Line Drawings/Key Out), Greg Atkinson (Big Heavy Stuff/Ups & Downs), Kelly Hanlon (Terra Pines/DEAFCULT), Chris Dubrow (Insurge), Kate Halcrow (friend who sings in local jazz bands), Jasmine Yee (Halogen) work with us.

For the final album mix we ran through a vintage Neve 8026 console that Aussie music producer guru Wayne Connelly has at Turning Studios.

As mentioned earlier, initially it was going to be an EP (with our current single a part of that). As I was arranging more tracks at home it started to grow to an album.

I loved the double album concept that UK band James did with Brian Eno for Laid/Wah Wah. Recording the main album then doing more experimental stuff from the second album next door.

This process ended up being something similar where I was looking to do more beats/noise/darker stuff in downtime but thought it still had a tie to the main album so why not release them together.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There are so many awesome bands out there, it’s amazing. Some of the bands in our influences or we like are releasing new stuff which is cool; Swervedriver, Jesus Jones, Nine Inch Nails, Slowdive, Screamfeeder, Pia Fraus, Underground Lovers, Failure, The Bats.

For new bands though, we’ll give ourselves a bit of artistic license and can include bands that have been around for a little while as well as the new.

Power Pyramid (love everything they knock out)
Ringo Deathstarr (great sound and mix of lead locals)
Minatures (cool new album)
Lowtide (released some great material and have new stuff coming out)
DEAFCULT (one of our faves, brilliant EP and new album Auras
Terra Pines (formerly Tall Pines) (released some really cool singles, looking forward to their next release)
Drape (really love I Would Never, could play that on endless loop)
pinkshinyultrablast (continue to outdo themselves)
Lapse (Can/Syd nab awaiting further new sounds)
Flyying Colours (continue to flourish love their first releases)
Crusch (great guitar sound with a vocal similar to Paul Dempsey from Something For Kate)
Grinding Eyes (fairly new Australian band with awesome wall of sound live)
Contrast (another Aussie beaut)
Indoor Voices (mesmerising!)
High/Low (great guitar lines and energy with catchy songs)
Iris (love their wall of sound and vocals)
Key Out (great new EP out)
Panda Riot (love their new album Infinity Maps)
Nothing (Vertigo Flowers is awesome and love both their albums)
SPC ECO (high output volume, high quality)
Sheer (enjoyable album, played Uneasy a lot!)
Wildhoney (track Seventeen was brilliant and look forward to more from them)
Whirr (love all their music except for their hacked twitter account)
The Enters (great sound)
Air Formation (good to have them back)
Loomer (really cool new album Deserter)
Cull (new single, good signs)
Skullsquadron (both Ant and Dave's main band, new material sounding great)
Egoism (cool sounds and great vocals)

Apologies for any similar bands we've missed, there is so much we're still discovering.

Phew!


Q. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I think we have a different idea on what songs we’d like to to cover in a live setting as opposed to recording. Live we’d be happy to stay fairly true to the original and just have that extra feedback while recording we’d want to make it a bit different without losing elements of the original.

Live we’d like to knock out tracks like ‘Perfume V’ by Pavement, ‘Another Space Song’ by Failure, ‘Shoot Speed/Kill Light’ by Primal Scream, ‘Android Dreams’ by Mega City Four or Outskirts of Me’ by Pia Fraus or 'Honest Joe' by James.

Recording-wise, something like ‘Solaris’ by Failure, Catherine Wheel’s ‘Tongue Twisted’, Swirlies ‘Bell’ or ‘Sterling Moss’, ‘Like a Daydream’ by Ride or Curve’s ‘Recovery’, something from Whipping Boy’s ‘Heartworm’ Album or 'You Are Invited' by Dismemberment Plan.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
Just released our first single ‘Sunspots’ (Greg Atkinson on vocals (Big Heavy Stuff/Ups & Downs)). We’ll have another single ‘Seconds Like Days’ in January 2018 featuring Kelly Hanlon (Terra Pines/DEAFCULT) on vocals. A 3rd single will be from the second album ‘Never Question Why?’ featuring Chris Dubrow from Insurge on vocals and a 4th single ‘Trip Over Traps’ featuring Jasmine Yee from Halogen after the album release. They’ll all be released digitally with extra tracks and alternative versions of other songs and b-sides.

We’re pretty excited by our debut album. It will hopefully come out around March/April 2018. Just have to get it mastered and a few tweaks to the second disc. Also look to do a few shows with that.

See what happens...

Q. Any parting words?
Thanks for the support Renato, there is a wonderful shoegaze noise-rock community out there and we hope to be more of a part of it. Also hope to knock out a cover for one of the TBTCI compilations in the future too :)
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https://www.facebook.com/All-Sparks-Burn-Out-129394643748021/
http://allsparksburnout1.bandcamp.com/

quarta-feira, 6 de dezembro de 2017

Спор with The Jossers - An Interview


Para quem acompanha as páginas do TBTCI, já deve estar acostumado a costumeiras aparições de representandos russos e ucranianos, independentemente do estilo, seja shoegaze, dreampop, psych ou pós punk, é fato que existe uma ebulição sonora por aqueles lados, aliás, no mundo todo, é só uma questão de abrir os olhos e ouvidos.

Desta a bola da vez, é o trio ucraniano, The Jossers, que desde 2011 vem trilhando os árduos caminhos do submundo dos bons sons.

Quando do primeiro EP, "T-Shit" de 2014, passando por, “Sprookjesteam”, também de 2014, e o debute “Unsupported Bravery of Local Kids”, os caras trilhavam uma certa sonoridade onde a influência da dissonância dos Pixies era notadamente existente, mas como os caras mesmo citam na entrevista, o novo trabalho "Спор”, é um novo rumo no direcionamento sonoro do The Jossers, deixando aquele ar pixiano de lado e mergulhando por entre experimentos psicodélicos e idiossincrasias pós punk tortas, além do fato de terem abandonado o inglês o trocando pelo idioma russo.

Esquisito, coeso e instigante, assim é "Спор”, o EP, e nessa o The Jossers deu um salto para o futuro, aguardemos.

***** Interview with The Jossers *****


Q. When did The Jossers start? Tell us about the history...
We’ve been playing together since 2011. Peter, Vlad and I were studying at school so The Jossers was kind of a school punk rock band. Vlad was only 13 years old and I think that made him the youngest performing musician in our town called Kalush in Ukraine. However, The Jossers first gig was in 2014. We presented ourselves to local punk scene which was mostly filled with screamo/hardcore bands and played our debut EP “T-Shit”. What a shitty gig that was :)

Since that time we've released “T-Shit” EP (2014), “Sprookjesteam” bootleg (2014), debut LP “Unsupported Bravery of Local Kids” (2016) and its live version “Unsupported Bravery of Local Gigs” (2017). Recently The Jossers have changed name to Зэ Джозерс (which sounds the same as The Jossers in English). So it's a new phase for us cause we've released one first song in Russian on “Спор” (Odds) EP and now we're watching the feedback. It’s a very funny thing because guys and I weren't listening to post-soviet music even like a year ago and now we are thinking of recording an album in Russian. Haven't decided yet. It's interesting to work with new phonetics, writing English songs was much easier.

Q. Who are your influences?
We've started as a punk-rock band and now The Jossers is a subgenre experiment. Through these years we've been into classic punk-rock shit like Ramones, or Misfits, then, you know, Nirvana. And when Peter and I started universities, he discovered DEVO, I discovered new-wave and post-punk and things had changed. I can drop some big names in music but I think we've listened to huge amount of major and underrated shit released since 1980 (maybe even earlier). One genre that is still a bit not well understood is metal. I don't know why people like it. Though I listen to Neurosis, but only once a month.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Ask Anthony Fontano first :)
Okay, my top-five is

1. Godspeed You Black Emperor – F#A#Infinity
2. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
3. Mount Eerie – Black Wooden Ceiling Opening
4. Radiohead – Kid A
5. Do Make Say Think – Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It's not happening often, but we blew the scene out every time. And it sounds dirty and crazy and “not right” in classic sense of a rock-band gig. We change tempo, rhythms, versions, trying to make every gig special at least for us. I'm drumming and singing so for me an hour gig is like climbing mountains all day. Feeling tired, you know. No after parties with The Jossers at all. Mostly.

I feel really happy onstage and appreciate fans that give a damn for what we're doing as artists while performing.

Q. How do you describe The Jossers sounds?
Every time we drop a new release someone says “You sound like Pixies”. Yeah, cause Peter (guitarist) is fond of dissonances. Though in “Спор” EP we are really into epic song structures and arrangements, though living some space for psychedelic noises and guitar parts. But it's post-punk in its core. No more Pixies reference this time :)


Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Year ago I discovered Garageband, bought iRig and now I'm recording every DEMO on my phone. That's very useful. It's easier to write arrangements and additional stuff. Then I bring my demos to rehearsal, and we polish it to final versions of structures, instrumental and vocal parts.

After all that (it's usually few months) we go to the studio (SoundPlant in Kiev) and record everything. Nothing really inspiring and “rock-n-roll”-ish about that. It's our job after all. We do care about how our music sounds. That’s why I call SoundPlant my second home in times of recording our albums.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend
I'‘ve been, listening to Ukrainian and Russian indie-scene for a while and I would be a fool not to name some good bands from out here. Oh, deer! – the best local screamo band I know. They ended their activity recently and released their last album “How to Stop Worrying and Love the War”. Nikita Ogurtsov and his project Phooey! is the most underrated artist in Ukraine. He ended Phooey! last year, and we decided to record a cover-version of his song Зря for “Спор”. We love him, hope he's doing well in France right now. Russian new-wave post punk is mostly a shit thing to listen to, though I like Буерак and their recent album Скромные Апартаменты is a huge step for them in songwriting.

And some more local bands and artists: Shortparis, Пасош, Спасибо, Свидание, Мы, Small Depo, Yah, Battle Axe Culture, Sasha Boole, Stoned Jesus (think you know this stoner-trio).

Q. Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We've always had a cover song in our setlists. Our best is I Love You All originally by Soronprfbs (from “Frank” movie). It is released on “Unsupported Bravery of Local Gigs” (2017). For now, we want Neutral Milk Hotel — The King of Carrot Flowers (Pts.2-3) to be in a setlist. Not just for I LOVE YOU JESUS CHRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIST thing. It's a very powerful hymn song for me.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
We've released “Спор” EP and a music video for “Давай Еще Раз” recently. But we're ready to record our first as Зэ Джозерс full length (and second for The Jossers, you know). Hope it will be done till spring 2018. Then we'll go on tour, we haven't been performing at all for a while. Really want to see people in front of a stage again.

Q. Any parting words?
There are lots of bands outside Spotify “Discover Weekly”. Especially here, in post-soviet countries. Our reality sucks, we are stuck in time and crisis is a word that fully describe the way we live. And it affects everyone, especially artists. Today I can see the wave of post-modern, absurd and ironic arts here, not only in music. And that's a pleasure to be a part of this process.
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https://zejozers.bandcamp.com
https://soundcloud.com/zejozers
https://www.facebook.com/pg/zejozers

terça-feira, 5 de dezembro de 2017

Primrose Path with Luxury - An Interview


Antes de mais nada, um aviso, não confundir o Luxury que iremos abordar, com um outro Luxury que pratica um dreampop gazer, o Luxury aqui é de Newcastle e passeia por outros rumos sonoros, mais densos, caóticos e insanos.

O Luxury inglês, é um mix de pós punk com um toque requintado dos primeiros anos do Horrors, ou pra ser mais exato, um Gun Club dos nossos tempos. Dois singles no currículo, mesmo porque os caras tem menos de dois anos de atividade, mas, ambos singles são peças preciosas de angústia e desconforto.

Esqueça a melancolia clássica do pós punk, com o Luxury, ela dá espaço ao desespero....escute alto.


***** Interview with Luxury *****


Q. When did Luxury start? Tell us about the history...
Luxury as it is now has been a band for just over a year and a half. We were playing music together beforehand but the band didn’t really come together until Aaron joined on vocals. Before that we played in hardcore bands and then started something that sounded a bit like Fucked Up which never really materialised.

Q: Who are your influences?
I always try and avoid this question because like every band our influences are always changing as we progress. Before we started writing the first bunch of songs we talked a lot about Protomartyr, Iceage, Institute, Eagulls and Total Control or older bands like Wire and Crisis. People often compare us to those bands as well as Joy Division, The Cure and a handful more which I reckon is pretty sound, we just don’t want to be an exact copy.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Without thinking about it too much and in no particular order

Buzzcocks - Another Music In A Different Kitchen
Bad Brains - Rock For Light
Allah Las - S/T
Stiff Little Fingers - Inflammable Material
Joy Division - Sessions - 1978 / 1980

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It’s good fun, I guess it just shows a band for what they really are. It helps us understand what works and what doesn’t when it comes to getting back in the practice space and writing new tunes.


Q. How do you describe Luxury sounds?
Anxious, pissed off and gloomy, something like Pink Flag era Wire playing The Cure’s Pornography.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We recorded the new songs with Chris McManus at Blank Studios in Newcastle upon Tyne. We’ve known Maccas for years through playing in various bands and we spent two and a bit days with him recording and mixing the tunes. I usually hate recording but this time round it was pretty chill and we spent time discussing and focusing on how we wanted everything to sound.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Two decent Newcastle upon Tyne local bands are New Horror and Lost On Me, Matty from Chain of Flowers is doing a new band called Night Thoughts, my pal Sam plays in Revenue from London, Publique and Death Bells are in Australia - anything Burning Rose Records is putting out.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Something really British and obnoxious like Stone Roses or Oasis.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We want to play more out of town shows and work on a full length record.

Q: Any parting words?
Don’t believe the hype.
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segunda-feira, 4 de dezembro de 2017

Sestra with Percolator - An Interview


Quando algo como o trio irlandês Percolator cruza seus tímpanos, é basicamente impossível ficar imune, não há meio termo, ou a pessoa simplesmente os detesta, ou, ao contrário, os caras tornam-se verdadeiros prediletos instantâneos, o TBTCI fica na segunda opção.

Uma esquizofrênica mistura de um certo pós punk bebendo na no wave, ou um art noise com cheiro krautiano, o adjetivo shoegaze, utilizado vez ou outra por algumas publicações acerca doo Percolator soa até engraçado, porque de shoegaze os caras não tem nada, talvez apenas os pedais hahahahaha.

"Sestra", o primeiro álbum dos caras, é esquisito, soa fora dos padrões normais, não se encaixa em basicamente nada, mas conforme os oito experimentos do disco vão passando, é inegável que o Percolator transcende gêneros, não a toa os caras já tocaram com gente do porte de NEU!, APTBS e This Heat, só pra citar algumas conexões na sonoridade dos caras.

"Sestra" e o Percolator são intrinsecamente freaks e viciantes.

***** Interview with Percolator *****


Q. When did Percolator start? Tell us about the history...
As the name may suggest, our water at 92 degrees Celsius filters slowly through a fine dark silt until a dripping gold-black emulsion is extracted. This enriches the morning time in our souls. forming our group, the sounds that we have come to make and unifies all of our personalities through musical expression. It has been a long process. Starting in 2007 when there were just 2, (Ian and Ellie), we went through several line-up changes, the sound changing and developing each time, until the unity was complete in 2012 when Spud joined.

Q: Who are your influences?
Anyone who is forward thinking in their approach to making music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Circle - Pori
Slint - Spiderland
Ben Frost - By The Throat
The Necks - Sex
Staer - Staer

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We feel like Norse Gods, liberating the minds of the people. Those who once thought that all was well, we are freeing them from their repetitive day to day tasks and giroscope shopping sprees.
We love playing live. We didnt play as often as we would've liked before we released the album so this year has been liberating. It's been interesting to manipulate the songs from the album as a 3 -piece and make it work.


Q. How do you describe Percolator sounds?
We are very particular about our sounds. We understand the importance of creating space by being minimal and repetitive in our playing

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We are lucky to have our own studio in which to tease out ideas that eventually form very long ideas that eventually form moderate length songs. It is a very long process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Hen Ogledd

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
This Heat - Horizontal Hold (Peel session version)

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We'll start recording new material this month with the plan of releasing an EP or an album, in mid to late 2018.

We are currently planning an EU tour for early 2018 which will take us through France, Germany, Holland and Poland, and more hopefully.

Q: Any parting words?
Bring us to Brazil
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https://www.facebook.com/percolator.music/
https://percolator.bandcamp.com/

domingo, 3 de dezembro de 2017

Designs In Rhythm with Ice Choir - An Interview


Aos iniciados e conhecedores do submundo dos bons sons, o nome Kurt Feldman soará mais do que familiar, afinal o cara já passeou por The Pains of Being Pure At Heart e principalmente e essencialmente escreveu seu nome no ambiente alternativo sob a alcunha de The Depreciation Guild.

Mas no meio disso tudo, desde 2012 ele vem criando ao lado de comparsas peças que remetem diretamente a uma cena certa New Romantic oitentista, leia-se Talk Talk, Japan, Associates, Duran Duran, Tears For Fears entre outros, ou pop viciante comandado por synths e altamente cantarolável. 

Assim é o Ice Choir, e para apreciadores se faz mais do que necessário a audição contínua de "Designs In Rhythm", um disco que te teletransporta para um tempo onde o glamour era uma questão de estilo e atitude.

Se jogue!!!


***** Interview with Ice Choir *****



Q. When did Ice Choir start? Tell us about the history...
Before Ice Choir I was writing music for another band called Depreciation Guild. Towards the end of 2010 i was getting pretty bored with that project, so i wrote some tracks that didn't really sound like that band. Those became the first Ice Choir songs.

Q: Who are your influences?
This changes all the time, but in general, see below.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
These aren't in any particular order
1.) Breeders - Last Splash
2.) Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
3.) Taeko Ohnuki - Signifie
4.) Sophie And Peter Johnston - s/t
5.) Gangway - The Quiet Boy Ate The Whole Cake

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It's occasionally fun when things don't go wrong, but I'm definitely not a good performer or singer so i'm always reluctant to play shows. I really only ever perform live when my friends' bands ask us to open for them.

Q. How do you describe Ice Choir sounds?
Cluttered

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I generally start by putting a bunch of midi bullshit into the computer and then i plug my guitar in sometimes and record that too.


Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There's a lot of really clever and inspiring stuff coming out on Orange Milk...Giant Claw, death's dynamic shroud.wmv, Bataille Solaire, etc. As for contemporary artists that aren't necessarily "new" but have put out good stuff recently... Lindstrøm, Actress, Sondre Lerche, Trailer Trash Tracys, Ariel Pink

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I can't think of any covers i've ever enjoyed more than the original.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I might release some music at some point, right now i'm not writing music.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks!
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https://icechoir.bandcamp.com
http://www.icechoir.com
https://www.facebook.com/pg/theicechoir

sexta-feira, 1 de dezembro de 2017

Okay with Wy - An Interview


O duo sueco Ebba e Michel ou se você preferir, e deve, Wy, debutaram no final de outubro com um álbum absolutamente envolvente, evocando Portishead, Angel Olsen e Majical Cloudz.

Com o singelo título de "Okay", o álbum transpira uma certa nostalgia, uma doce saudade parecesse pairar sobre as canções. Talvez seja pela entonação vocal de Ebba, talvez pela instrumentação épica, talvez, simplesmente porque, o Wy soa eloquentemente grandioso.

O Wy, é um verdadeiro colírio para mente.

***** Interview with Wy *****


Q. When did Wy start? Tell us about the history...
We met in 2009 and were both really into playing music. We have had multiple bands but Wy started in 2015 when we moved to Malmö together. We recorded “In Bloom” in our first apartment and then we just kind of left it lying. When we moved to Stockholm in 2016 Ebba had an internship at a major record label and that kind of inspired us to write more songs so we started writing our EP. In about a month we were signed to an indie label and released our first single.

Q: Who are your influences?
We listen to a lot of emo, pop and singer-songwriters. We’re both most inspired by artists who can evoke a feeling, like Foxing, Angel Olsen and Majical Cloudz.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Mitski - Puberty 2
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Angel Olsen - Half Way Home
Mothers - When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired
Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Amazing! It’s our favourite thing.

Q. How do you describe Wy’s sound?
Emotional, nostalgic and hitting


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Even though we’re mostly a great team we prefer to work separately from the start of a song. First we have to give each other time to add what we want, usually it’s drums and guitar for Michel and vocals for Ebba. When we have figured out the gist of the song we sit down together with it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Mothers, Chastity Belt, Owen Rabbit

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Majical Cloudz

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

Q: Any parting words?
It gets better.
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https://www.facebook.com/wearewy/
https://wearewy.bandcamp.com/

quinta-feira, 30 de novembro de 2017

Chain Up the Sun with Neaux - An Interview


Quando uma banda cita o Laughing Hyenas como uma de suas influências, e mais, quando eles compõem um música chamada Laughing Hyenas, é basicamente impossível não ouvir atentamente, correto?

Corretíssimo!! E a banda em questão é o duo Neaux, de Nova Jersey, onde Sierra Kay (Versa Emerge), e Nick Fit (Trash Talk), respectivamente vozes e guitarras, dão vida a um verdadeiro esporro viciante chamado "Chain Up The Sun", segundo disco deles.

Obviamente que a referência a lendária banda de John Brannon fica apenas no quesito influências, sonoramente o Neaux, explode seu barulho se conectando a um Sonic Youth, Band of Susans, e por ai vai, um noisegazegrungeado, se é que podemos resumir desta forma.

Escuta alto, escute extremamente alto, e vá curtir a noite, só cuidado com o seguinte, não vá sair de carro, porque o Neaux é um aditivo potencial pra acelerar tudo, e aí meu caro, o perigo pode morar ao lado.

Um dos discos mais foda desse 2017, fácil.


***** Interview with Neaux *****


Q. When did Neaux start? Tell us about the history...
Neaux kind of started out of coincidence honestly. I had a previous band fall through and was sitting on a bunch of riffs and song ideas that I felt could potentially be turned into a new group. When I thought about who would sound over the songs I imagined a female voice best fitting the vibe. My first move to was to hit up Sierra and just ask if she'd be into doing a band. The terms were pretty open and I didn't really want any restrictions to be involved. Her response was positive and she asked to hear some of the ideas I had, so I sent her about 22 rough songs. From there we kind of just went with the flow and decided to record. In the span of 2 or 3 months we recorded about 25 songs. So far only 17 of those songs have been released. It's been fun and easy and hopefully it continues down the same path.

Q: Who are your influences?
My influences are pretty wide spread and I like to pull inspiration from all aspects of music. It may not seem like it when you listen to the band but there's hints of all genres in there. People tend to label us a "shoegaze" band or say we have a "grunge" vibe and that's perfectly normal to try and box a certain sound in but I like to think we embody lots of different sounds. There's pieces of hardcore, punk, noise, no wave, shoegaze, electronics, southern rock, brit pop and so much more mixed into a wild ride. Personally I think we sound like Nebula and Sonic Youth decided to get on stage and cover Cardigans songs. But then again I could be totally wrong.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is tough because I feel like anyone who has to answer this question always feels like they leave a crucial record out. I couldn't particularly name 5 but as of right now I could say that if I had to go to deserted island and could only bring 5 records it would be:

1. The Allman Brothers - Live at the Filmore East - One of the greatest band in the history of music.

2. Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - One of the greatest humans in the history of music.

3. Laughing Hyenas - You Can't Pray a Lie - Proved you could come from a hardcore band and not lose your identity even if the music didn't match the vocal style. John Brannon is a legend.

4. Spacemen 3 - Anything by them because there's so much good material from them.

5. Sonic Youth - Dirty - It's not SY's best record but it has a lot of my favorite moments.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
For me personally, playing live is the best part about being in a band. Writing and recording songs is cool but there's nothing like turning your amp up super loud and just having a blast. Sometimes people in bands get too concerned with how they'll come off to the watching audience so they might dial things back or just concentrate real hard on nailing every single proper note, but sadly that isn't me. I'm more from the school of let the music take over and live in the moment for as long you get. Sometimes you'll sound bad and sometimes you're going to sound amazing but it's the experience that matters. Never try and please someone else when it comes to expressing yourself. If your concerns are about the listener then you're missing the point in making music. It's not about acceptance per say but more about expression.

Q. How do you describe Neaux sounds?
Chaotic but beautiful. Hectic but maintained. Blown out, super loud rock music played by people who get it. Our sound is obtuse in a way because some people hear one thing and others hear something different. To me that is awesome because it should appeal to any and everyone based on what they're getting out of it. Once the music gets put forth into the world it's not longer ours to decide what people take from it. It takes on a different life depending on who's listening.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Recording was simple. My friend Tyler has a home studio and is pretty knowledgable in terms of recording and also he rips on guitar. I went to him with the songs and said here's what I got and he just said, "Let's go for it." That's pretty much what we did. I didn't really overthink anything and just went with any and all ideas I had while recording. The songs aren't supposed to be perfect or well produced, they're supposed to be a snapshot of what's inside my head at the times of writing and recording. We have two records out and I think people can find different things amongst both records but also there's a connective tissue that runs through both of them.


Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There's tons of new bands that pop up every single day, every single hour probably. We're still relatively a new band so listen to us but here's 10 off the top of my head.

1. Supernatural Psycho - very much enjoy their vibe and the overall aesthetic they put forward. Very cool stuff.
2. Concealed Blade - put out an LP earlier this year that is incredible.
3. Death Bells - just released a great LP.
4. Hello Black Hole - weird Finnish art rock.
5. Spiritual Cramp - Bay Area dudes playing rad stuff.
6. Slow Fire Pistol - Hank seems to only do sweet bands.
7. Dreamdecay - Yu LP is awesome.
8. Railings - weird jazz rock band from NYC.
9. Latishia's Skull Drawing - Anything Matt Adis touches is gold.
10. Wild Side - My favorite Canadians. LP on Triple B sometime soon.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I've had ideas run through my head of doing covers of loads of things. I always come up with weird ones and then figure out how to pull it off but then forget about it if we don't try it. I've toyed with the idea of us covering a Negative Approach song. Also thought it would be cool to cover a Spacemen 3 song. Or maybe a Kyuss song. I like when bands step outside their comfort zones to cover a song, whether to pay homage or to completely make it their own. Maybe we'll try something in the near future and just throw it out there as a secret track of sorts.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
The future is unpredictable. I like to think that my friends and I will be making music in one way, shape or form. Neaux is an easy vibe to connect to so we will see where things go and try to reach as many people's ears as possible. I like the thought of taking Neuax to every place possible, whether that be in the live setting and playing shows or just stretching our musical boundaries and writing and releasing loads of material. Being in a band is a journey that has its ups and downs and the ability to ride them out and see where you end up is the fun part. But all I hope for in the future is to still be inspired to write and make music.

Q: Any parting words?
Grab a guitar. Convince your friends to join you. Everyone grow your hair out and make lots of noise. Don't be discouraged by others, play what you want and with who you want. Listen to more Laughing Hyenas.
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https://neaux.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BandofNeaux/

quarta-feira, 29 de novembro de 2017

Sunset Of Youth with Sad S - An Interview


O ucraniano, de Kiev, Serj Kost é a mente por trás do sombrio Sad S.

Como se os tempos da batcave retornassem das catacumbas dos 80´s, e aparecem em pleno 2017, menos teatrais e sombrios, e mais claustrofóbicos e caóticos, tal qual o tempo em que vivenciamos.

Ao lado de Bleib Modern, Ash Code, Second Still, Sextile, o novato Sad S se mostra como um dos melhores antídotos para a musiquinha alegre e hipster que se ouve por aí,

Note, apenas dois singles, pouco mais de seis meses de atividade, e uma intensidade poderosa, olhos e ouvidos atentos no Sad S.

***** Interview with Sad S *****


Q. When did Sad S start? Tell us about the history...
1. Well, It's all started in March 2017 when I found some guitar riffs that I wrote in July 2016 and recorded them in March-April and realesed my first demo on the first anniversary of relations with my bride.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. First gothic albums that I have listened was The Cure's Pornography and Only Theater Of Pain by Christian Death, later I found such groups as Siouxsie & The Banshees, Veil Of Light and Bleib Modern.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. The Cure's Pornography,
Hyaena by Siouxsie & The Banshees,
Only Theater Of Pain by Christian Death,
Antagonism by Bleib Modern
and... I don't care actualy.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. I'm feeling that I do what I must.

Q. How do you describe Sad S sounds?
5. In my music you can hear diferrent sides of post-punk\goth music from coldwave and synthpop to darkgaze and deathrock. I'm using a lot of guitar effects such as chorus, flanger, reverb, delay, overdrive, octaver, etc. That gives me opportunity to experiment with my sound.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. I'm working at the studio, so there is nothing special. I'm doing all by my own, recordind, mixing etc.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. I love Bleib Modern, Veil Of Light, Second Still, Baical, Ash Code. Also I recommend to you my friends by stage: Garden Krist, The last passenger, Old Cats Drama, they are realy cool and nice guys and Tripping You / VVV this is my spanish mates, i wish to play with them someday.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. You will hear soon)

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. I will release an album and I want to play some gigs in europe.

Q: Any parting words?
10. I'm preparing an album which is comming out soon!
Stay tuned!

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https://sads2.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/Saddestthansad/

terça-feira, 28 de novembro de 2017

Maybe In Another Universe I Deserve You with GYHT - An Interview



Faça um exercício de imaginação agora, pense em Dean Garcia e Toni Halliday (Curve), Trent Reznor (NIN) e Elizabeth Frasier e injete aquele guitarreira melancólica praticada por gente como Nothing e Whirr. Mentalizou? Bem agora, dê play no EP "Maybe In Another Universe I Deserve You", finalizando volte na discografia dos filipinos do GYHT, e experimente a audição do álbum "A Force of Habit".

Após estes exercícios, chega a conclusão que o trio GYHT, cresceu bebendo na fonte electro industrial do NIN, mas sempre teve os pés no shoegaze, tudo envolto á aquela tristeza melancolicamente da passagem da juventude para a vida adulta.

O fato é que o GYHT, envolve, seduz e por hipnose sonora, te pega pela mente.

Deliciosamente apaixonante.


***** Interview with GYHT *****


Q. When did GYHT start? Tell us about the history...
Patrick: The three of us were officemates and became friends. We have same taste in music and eventually we clicked.

James: Pat and I decided to form an electronic post-rock project. I produced the samples and I also played synth and Pat played the guitar. Later on we asked Rosan to join us. Then we called ourselves Goodbye Yesterday Hello Today aka GYHT.

Rosan: There was this upcoming gig and they need a vocalist so they asked me if I can play with them. They also asked me to write the lyrics for the two songs (Morning Noise and Danse Macabre) they created a week before the gig! The rest is history.

Q: Who are your influences?
James: One of the main reasons we formed GYHT is because we have mutual likeness to certain bands. We were influenced by Nine Inch Nails for synths and electronic samples, Deftones for thick guitar tone, Jesu for that sludge-y feel.

Patrick: Actually, we started as an electronic/post-industrial band. Our early tracks were inspired by NIN and How To Destroy Angels (https://gyhtband.bandcamp.com/album/a-force-of-habit). Our recent album was more influenced by shoegaze/dreampop bands like Depreciation Guild, Nothing, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine.

Rosan: I personally admire Elizabeth Frasier's voice and although I don't sound like her, I put a lot of reverb in my voice effects to have that "ethereal feel" to our songs.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time
Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
Depreciation Guild - In Her Gentle Jaws
Deftones - White Pony
Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Patrick: We love playing live especially with friends.

Rosan: Playing live is always a learning experience to us. Every gig, we discover how to improve our sets and to balance the tone from guitars to voice effects. We usually record it with a video cam.

James: We always try something new during our live sets. Sometimes we do electronic set and sometimes we do full band setup with our session bassist Dem and drummer Gibson. At one point we did an acoustic live set.

Q. How do you describe GYHT sounds?
James: We incorporate post-industrial sounds mixed with shoegaze noise and sludge.

Rosan: I will quote these from our friends in the music scene:

"If you forced Trent Reznor to play nice and use all the reverb to play pop music" - Sleeping Boy Collective

"GYHT had considerably beefed up their sound that night which I could best describe it as the bastard child of Curve and Godflesh with real live drums to boot." - The Flying Lugaw

Patrick: We still have that electronic feel from our recent album but it evolves into a more mellow and dreampop-ish vibe.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
James: Sometimes we improvise during our practice sessions and create electronic backing like drumloops and synth lines. Afterwards, we make a pre-production setup and polish the tracking with different kinds of guitar pedals.

Rosan: We talked a lot in Facebook about ideas and inspirations then we incorporate those stuff when we meet. Our recordings, ever since, are all DIY. We record all the materials at James' house then he edit and finalize the tracks.

Patrick: It's often the music first before the lyrics. All the lyrics were inspired from personal experiences and our admiration to parallel universe haha!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Rosan: There are so many bands out there who are freakin' good. I mostly discover it through Bandcamp and Spotify. Hmm I would say, you should listen to Miniatures' new album Jessamine.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
James: One of our favorite covers is from Joy Division (included in our EP) which is "Atmosphere".

Rosan: Recently we covered The Dead Are Dumb by Nothing. I love it.

Patrick: For me it's The Hand That Feeds by NIN, our very first cover.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Rosan: We will be releasing physical CDs of our recent album this December, yay!

James: Next year, we are planning to write new songs. Same recording process but in this EP we will try to incorporate live drums and bass.

Patrick: Maybe try to incorporate something different or new from our sound.

Q: Any parting words?
Rosan: Thanks to people who appreciate shoegaze music and indie bands like us. Thanks to this blog for giving us the opportunity to have this interview. We're such a big fan!

Patrick: Please check our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/GYHTband
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Child of The Sun with Coffin Problem - An Interview


Um pesadelo sônico exala do álbum de estreia do quarteto de Grand Rapids, Michigan, Coffin Problem.

Algo entre uma colisão sombria entre Swans e Spacemen 3, pairando sobre drones, repetições, climas cinzentos, gerando uma catarse hipnótica e desesperadora.

O Coffin Problem é psicodelismo despido de cores envolto a um noise denso matematicamente repetitivo, experimente se puder.

***** Interview with Coffin Problem *****


Q. When did Coffin Problem start? Tell us about the history...
Coffin Problem is:
Sean - Guitar, Vocals
Trevor - Guitar
Billy - Bass
Ben - Drums

Several years ago my friend Bill (who runs 1980 records out of Chicago) asked me if I wanted to put out a tape. It was a small collection of covers and a few original songs, and that came out under the name Coffin Problem. I was playing with the bands Shores and Haunted Leather at the time, and didn't really have any plans to start something new. Both of those bands eventually stopped playing, and in the summer of 2015 a friend from Heaters asked me if I had a band that could play a show. I said yes, even though I didn't, and that's when Coffin Problem became a full band. I asked Billy to play bass because I had played with him in Shores. I asked Trevor and Ben if they wanted to be involved, and that was that. We spent 4 or 5 practices getting a set together and played the show. That night Dizzybird records said that they wanted to put out the album, which we recorded that November, and it was released in July 2016.

Q: Who are your influences?
Personally I'd say that my influences are Swans, Wooden Wand, Low, Wovenhand, etc etc. I've also been really into stuff like Scott Walker and Carla Bozulich lately. The other guys each have their own that differ completely from mine. I think that is one of the reasons why this band works, is that we each have fairly different tastes in music so we bring different things to the table when it comes to writing. There are some overlaps, but for the most part we all listen to different things. We are also conscious about not letting our influences affect our music too much. If we're writing a song, and a part sounds too much like another band, we'll scrap that part and rewrite it.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Oh man, um...
Angels of Light - "New Mother"
Einsturzende Neubauten - "Halber Mensch"
Six Organs of Admittance - "Asleep on the Floodplain"
James Jackson Toth - "Waiting in Vain"
Pharoahe Monch - "Internal Affairs"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We always have a great time playing live. It's the best when you hear your sound filling the whole room and the crowd is attentive and responding well. I'm usually super nervous about live shows, but as soon as I'm up there and we start playing that all goes away. Getting positive energy from the crowd makes you play better and more intuitively, and the whole band gets into sync with each other. It's great.

Q. How do you describe Coffin Problem sounds?
Huge, loud, quiet, dynamic, drone, fuzz, slow, spacey. Kinda like heavy, droney, shoegaze.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
For the first album we went into the studio and recorded live. We laid down all the instrumentals one day, and the next day we did vocals and overdubs. It went really quickly, but that was a good way for us to get the first album done. For our upcoming second album, we went in to the studio for four days straight, and tracked everything separately. We had most of it ready to go, but we wanted to build the album piece by piece this time. This gave us more time and leeway to get into the zone of recording, allowing for new ideas to come to fruition.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
White Shape, Lost System, Cloakroom, Sara Davachi, Dion Lunadon

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We always talk about doing one of Beck's really old songs, or this one Waylon Jennings jam. In the past we've done "Somedays" by Tess Parks, and "Pissing" by Low.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're just about to finish up mixing the new album, so hopefully that'll be out by the late winter or early spring of 2018. Other than that we're going to keep writing new songs and playing shows.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for listening!
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segunda-feira, 27 de novembro de 2017

Where We Were / Where We Are with Double Jackal - An Interview


O lirismo poético de um Morrissey, ou, de um Lloyd Cole, com roupagem gazer, assim são os israelenses do Double Jackal.

Um raro momento de inspiração latente passeando por entre guitarras altas e estridentes, sem have a necessidade de ruídos extremos, apenas servindo como pano de fundo para a inspirada e intensa vocalização de Nimrod Dvir.

"Where We Were / Where We Are", o debute deles, lançado mês passado, é, infelizmente, daqueles álbuns que poucos ouvirão, mas os que ouvirem, dirão, tal qual o TBTCI dirá agora: sensacional.

Épico, resume.

***** Interview with Double Jackal *****


Q. When did Double Jackal start? Tell us about the history...
1. We started playing together when we were juniors in high school when we were 16-17 year olds. Matan and Nimrod were good friends and decided they wanted to form a band. Matan and Yair met in Math class and somehow got to discuss music and switched some music recommendation. Seeing that Yair came to class every now and then with a guitar case, Matan asked him to join the band he and Nimrod formed. Michal joined about a year later when we needed a bass player and knew she played in some bands in our area and that she was a good bass player, so we asked her to come join the band and it all somehow worked out.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. We are all inspired by very different types of music, Yair is inspired by a large array of musical influences from noisey rock and shoegaze acts like Sonic Youth, Pinkshinyultrablast, Whirr, Metz and Dia Malo to the entrancing ambient loops of William Basinski and the soft, rich and melodic guitars of Bill Frisell, Ben Monder and Gilad Hekselman. Matan's lyrics are inspired by Morrissey, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst, Paolo Giordano and his drumming is mostly inspired by Matt Helders.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
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Yair;
(In no particular order)
Sonic Youth - Dirty
DIIV - Is The Is Are
Swirlies - They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days In The Glittering World Of The Salons
Grouper - Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Matan;
The Smiths - The queen is dead
Leonard Cohen - New skin for the old ceremony
Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
Bright Eyes - I'm wide awake, it's morning
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

Michal;
Sleater Kinney - Dig Me Out
Heavens to Betsy - Calculated
Sonic Youth - Washing Machine
Slowdive - Catch the Breeze
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Nimrod;
Cocteau Twins - Treasure
Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas
The Cure - Disintegration
New Order - Movement
Beach Fossils - Clash The Truth

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. In our live shows we tend to give out every bit of energy we possibly can to the crowd. The live show, very much like the album, has almost no gaps between songs keeping the performance more of an experience-centric one rather than just a list of songs we play that has no connection to one another, so playing these kind of shows is very demanding physically and requires us to really feel the music as we play it to make sure it comes out as naturally and as satisfying to the audience as we hope it does.

Q. How do you describe Double Jackal sounds?
5. We sound like that feeling you get before you go to sleep and start reflecting on your past failures.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. Our album's recording process was a clusterfuck that somehow found it's way into working out after being stretched out for about 3 years. We recorded some or most of the guitars at home, then added vocals, then recorded the drums in the studio and bass in the end, going against every rule in the album producing book. Yair is the recording engineer of 99% of the record, and being able to record most of the guitars at home always makes it the first thing to be recorded. About 60% of the recorded material was recorded by Yair at his home studio but since he also works at a recording studio we weren't always having a problem with a studio budget or time limit. Being able to record at any time lets a lot of creative producing ideas emerge while not being pressured by a time limit or budget issues, enabling us to get wild in exploration of sounds and ideas.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. Pity Sex, Alvvays, Creative Adult, Wild Moth, Soft Hair, Total Control, Ballet School, Eagulls, Twin Peaks. Wand, Atalefim, Kadawa, La Luz, The Lemon Twigs, Hideous Towns

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. We toyed with the idea of covering Depeche Mode's Break The Silence in our last practice session, Matan wants to cover Echo And The Bunnymen's The Killing Moon. We also covered Julee Cruise's Falling (the theme of the TV show Twin Peaks) in the past. Nimrod does a fucking killer Morissey and nailed There Is A Light That Never Goes Out at a karaoke one night if that counts.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. We're currently working on promoting our album 'Where We Were / Where We Are', but after that we plan on recording another album that will be a hundred times better. Hopefully. Then maybe touring abroad, getting outside of Israel for a bit.

Q: Any parting words?
10. Thank you for having us and letting our voices be heard!
To everyone reading this; explore music from weird places, you might find some cool shit outside of the obvious musical capitols.
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domingo, 26 de novembro de 2017

I Can Feel the Weight with Silver Liz - An Interview


Quando se menos espera, a magia da sonoridade perfeita chega colossalmente, sem freios, e vai penetrando rapidamente mente adentro, deixando a pessoa sem a menor defesa, onde, a única coisa a fazer é ser abduzido por completo. Assim são os grandes álbuns, sempre aconteceu comigo desta forma.

E, obviamente, isso aconteceu desde que "I Can Feel The Weight", primeiro disco do duo, Silver Liz, começou a reverberar por aqui, mas precisamente, desde 31 de Outubro, data em que esta pequena preciosidade veio ao mundo.

Sonoramente, o estrago entre sonhos derretidos por pedais, que o Silver Liz comete, faz uma certa conexão com o Fleeting Joys, e logicamente remete a MBV, mas isso fica, apenas como norte para seguir flutuando desde os primeiros momentos de "Prelude", passando por contemplamentos celestiais como "Him", "Hazy Daisy", "Float" até o grand finale com "Visitor".

Um trabalho sublime, essencial, mágico, essencial para todo e qualquer, fã de shoegaze, ou nem precisaria ser fã do gênero, mesmo porque o Silver Liz, tem o segredo mágico, do encanto, simples assim.

Acima.

***** Interview with Silver Liz *****


Q. When did Silver Liz start? Tell us about the history...
M: Well okay, shortly after Carrie and I got married in September 2015, we wrote and recorded a demo of our first song "Talk to You Soon" when we lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. We didn't think of ourselves as a band yet -- we just shared the song with friends. My cousin Mark Hunsberger who is an amazing jazz drummer also played drums on the song. Anyways, Carrie and I moved to Chicago in October 2015 because she wanted to study comedy writing at the Second City Theater and I just wanted to be in a city. Before that, my original plan was to go to grad school for music composition, but then I turned down an offer from New England Conservatory in Boston because it was ridiculously expensive and I was losing interest in the "contemporary classical" thing anyways. So, as a result of having no musical direction when we first moved to Chicago, I just started recording song ideas on the guitar, with the intention of having Carrie sing and write lyrics later on. In September 2016, we finished writing "Float" and were really happy with it, so we wanted to send it to blogs. We obviously needed a band name, so we went with "Silver Liz" because when we visited the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Carrie saw it was the name of one of Warhol's screen prints of Elizabeth Taylor and thought it sounded like a cool band name, so that's how the name happened.

The formation of our live band and our first show happened unexpectedly and serendipitously. My friend Gus, who I met while studying abroad at Goldsmiths, University of London, is in Kero Kero Bonito and he posted a status on Facebook about needing an opener for their Chicago show at Subterranean back in October 2016. So I told him we'd be interested in the future, but not this time since we only had two songs and no band. He still invited us to make it happen for that show, so we said 'yes' even though we had no plan. We had only three weeks to write, like, three more songs, find a bassist and drummer, and rehearse the songs. We used our Southwest credit card points to fly my cousin Mark to Chicago to play drums. We found our bassist PD Young because we saw him playing bass in church one day, and without even knowing him, we just went up to him and asked him if he'd play since we were desperate to find a bassist for the show. He said 'yes' and it turns out we all have similar taste in music and he is a really cool guy, so he has been in the band since. The soundcheck at Subterranean was actually the first time all four of us were able to rehearse together. Anyways, it was a sold out show and we had a blast! People actually seemed to dig it! Drew Flippin, who is in PD's band Country Priest, has been playing drums with us after that show and we've played five shows total.

Q: Who are your influences?
C: Well, I would say the influences for this album were Slowdive, Cults, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, Beach House, Alvvays, and Tamaryn. Our other influences in general would be Elliott Smith, Radiohead, and Sufjan Stevens to name a few.

M: Yeah, I definitely agree with all the artists Carrie listed. For me, Sonic Youth was also a huge influence on this album; I invented my own Sonic Youth-influenced guitar tuning for a lot of these songs. It is basically a just a major triad with each note doubled so you get that thick, droning, slightly out-of-tune sound you hear in so many Sonic Youth songs.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
C: I don't consistently listen to albums all the way through as much as I listen to particular songs (and my top five favorite songs would be almost impossible for me to decide), so I'd probably be able to better name my top five favorite bands/artists:

My Bloody Valentine
Elliott Smith
Beach House
Mac Demarco
Alvvays

M: For me,
Elliott Smith - Either/Or
Radiohead - In Rainbows
The Beatles – The White Album
My Bloody Valentine – m b v
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation

Q. How do you feel playing live?
C: Still very nervous at first but I typically warm up after the first few songs. It also depends on the audience. For our first show when we opened for Kero Kero Bonito, there were four hundred people in the audience. Even though that was one of my most nerve-wracking experiences, it was also one of the best nights of my life. We fed off of the energy from the audience--they were so supportive and fun. But we've also played to an audience of eleven people so uhh yeah it's a mixed bag.

M: I have a lot of fun playing live. I feel like I can really let loose and express myself when I'm on stage with a loud guitar, ya know? I get really antsy right before the show and mostly just worry about everything sounding balanced, but I don't really worry about messing up anymore. I've had so many truly awful performances when I studied music in college that I've learned screwing up live is pretty much inevitable and life goes on. Nobody really notices when it does happen either.


Q. How do you describe Silver Liz sounds?
C: Gritty noisy guitars contrasted with echo-y, light vocals.

M: Yeah, I think aside from the adjectives commonly used to describe pretty much any band in our genre, one aspect we try to achieve with every song is unpredictability. Carrie and I have very similar ideas about what makes music boring or not boring and a lot of time it has to do with the harmonic progressions. We try to use interesting and unpredictable harmonic progressions in every song and we hope that doesn't go unnoticed. Same thing with song structure and phrasing.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
C: It varies but typically Matt will come up with a tune on the guitar and I will come up with the lyrics and modify the tune and melody.

M: On the technical side, it was very unprofessional. We recorded most of the guitar, bass, and vocals in our apartment. Most of the guitar is recorded DI out of a Vox Valvetronix amp. For the tracks where Mark plays drums, we recorded those at his house in Harrisburg, PA in one long nine-hour session. It was our first time recording a whole drum kit using, like, six mics and some Scarlett 8-channel interface we bought. We recorded them in this office room with walls with wood paneling. I think the drums have a unique sound as a result of our inexperience. For the track "Him" that Drew plays on, we recorded the drums in the balcony of a church so there's this great natural reverb happening. The mic I used for the vocals and guitar is this $50 MXL 990 condenser mic I've had since before high school. There was a hole in our pop filter, so I put pantyhose over it and that fixed it. Everything was recorded into Ableton Live.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
C: Our bassist's band Country Priest and also Lazy Legs.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
C: Long, Long, Long by The Beatles. Also--Cherry Coloured Funk by Cocteau Twins. I love the unpredictability and range of vocals.

M: I think it’d be really fun to cover some John Maus songs because they are the truth. But yeah, Long, Long, Long by the Beatles is the greatest song ever for sure.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
C: Keep making music, and hopefully tour if/when we get a larger fan base!

M: Yeah, we are going to just write a bunch of songs in all different kinds of styles this winter and then after we have, like, forty, we’ll see which ones fit together as an album.

Q: Any parting words?
C: Thanks for asking to interview us. :) Hope we can come to Brazil some day!

M: Thank you so much for the interview and for the kind words about our album!
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