domingo, 28 de dezembro de 2014

Cruel Summer with Velveteen - An Interview

Nada como o frescor e a intensidade dos 90´s transpostas para os dias atuais, sem se preocupar com limações de pseudo hipócritas e idiotices dos chamados "novos entendedores" de músico, os londrinos do Velveteen pegam as guitar bands clássicas dos 90´s mais o shoegazer e uma pitada aqui e ali de pós punk e esta feito.

Automatic Dreaming o último ep é exatamente tudo que escrevi somado a guitarras oras mais estridentes já em outras mais climáticas e as sete músicas do disco soam perfeitamente coerentes e sem maquiagem.

É algo inovador? Não, não mesmo, e o que é inovador hoje em dia? E quem esta interessado nisso, queremos mesmo é curtir a vida.

***** Interview with Velveteen ******

Q. When did Velveteen starts, tell us about the history...
I guess the project started properly towards the end of 2012. Myself and Sam (guitarist) had both just left another band and had started working on some stripped down, surf-esque songs, which went on to make up the majority of the material on our first EP, Wasteland. A friend, James (drums), who'd also been in another London band, joined towards the end of that year. Inno (bass) has been with us for about a year, so it's been good to get a full line-up together and play some live shows.

Q: Who are your influences?
Really, between the 4 of us, it's too many to mention. Currently I'm listening to a lot of The Pastels.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Again, that's a tough question! If we each named a big one it would be:

Nirvana's In Utero,
Echo and the Bunnymen's Heaven Up Here,
My Bloody Valentine's Isn't Anything
Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Personally, I only really like playing live when I'm happy with the way the songs are translating. If I'm not happy with how something's sounding live, it will really annoy me. I guess I am quite fastidious, in that regard. I don't think I'm a complete perfectionist, but maybe leaning that way. If I think it's all sounding great, then I'll have a great time playing live. The other guys, especially Sam and Inno, love playing live, so we have to come up with a happy medium sometimes.

Q. How do you describe Velveteen´s sounds?
I'm not sure we have one particular identity when it comes to our sound, and we're still evolving as a band. We appreciate stripped down, more direct music as well as creating something more immersive. We have lots of pedals, so we like messing around with those. We think that an emotive response is important in music, rather than making something that could be considered throwaway. Certainly, the next EP is what people would consider 'shoegaze', but we're not going to be staying in that environment the whole time, going forward.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We record in a bedroom we've converted into a studio upstairs at one our houses. We usually start with James tracking the drums, bass next, then record the guitars through a Vox AC15 or Fender DeVille. We'll get a solid mix done and then the vocals will go on top. We'll mess around with the mix for a few days and then master through some analogue outboard. In terms of the actual songwriting, usually I will come up with a reasonably developed conception and then we'll all throw in our own ideas and make it work.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
We were fortunate enough to see Ought play, recently, and thought they were great. In terms of bands closer to home, Black Mekon (although they've been going a little while) and Girl Band.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I don't think we'd do a cover. If I'm honest, for the most part, I find them pretty annoying. I mean, occasionally, you might come across a really good one; where a band has really made someone else's song their own, but seeing the amount of bands who cover a song pretty much just as it was originally done is pretty tiring. I don't really see the point in playing a song more or less as it was originally and then putting that on YouTube or something. In fact, it's annoying me just talking about it.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We're currently working on an EP which we're aiming to release before Christmas. Our latest track, Entwined, is taken from that. After that's done, we have our sights set on doing a full-length album. Also, we'll be playing gigs again in the new year. Hopefully, we'll make a festival appearance or two.

After The Lights Go Out with The Flies - An Interview

O quarteto londrinho The Flies é liderado por Sean Cook que nos 90´s tocava baixo no Spiritualized e foi o vocalista do Lupine Howl, além de ter trabalhado com gente como Massive Attack e Miss Elizabeth Fraser.

Em 2007 após tocar durante um bom tempo com o The Insects veio ao mundo o debute de The Flies, All Too Human, e neste ano saiu o eloquente Pleasure Yourself, uma longa viagem elegante e profundamente sensível, é impressionante como as semelhanças com as odisseias de Jason Pierce atenuam-se no decorrer no álbum, porém ao mundo pessoal do The Flies na persona de Sean Cook.

Uma obra intensa que mexe com a alma de forma intensa, que aconselho ser ouvida em silêncio para captar todas as nuances e a beleza externa e interna dessa verdadeira obra de arte chamada Pleasure Yourself.

***** Interview with The Flies *****

The Flies began when I began working with production team The Insects…I can’t remember exactly when that was but I guess it must have been around 2004. I had spent most of the 1990’s playing bass with Spiritualized and after that I’d been on bass and vocals with Lupine Howl as well as session work with Massive Attack and Elizabeth Fraser amongst others. The Insects had spent many years writing film and tv soundtracks but had also been involved with writing and production duties for Massive Attack.

Bob (Locke) and Tim (Norfolk), aka The Insects had a few ideas that had initially been written for soundtracks but never used and they felt they would work well with vocals. I began laying vocals on these tracks and it seemed to work well so we began to treat the work as a project to see where it went. Casually, over a couple of years we would meet up to write and record and eventually found that we had a fair amount of material…selections from this material became The Flies first LP, ‘All Too Human’ which we released in 2007.

Shortly after the release of All Too Human I began to work more with Andy Spaceland who was previously a core member of Alpha but has also worked with Butch Vig and Mark Stewart (The Pop Group). The Insects had a lot of soundtrack commitments to fulfil so were unable to devote as much time to The Flies so Andy and I began work on a bunch of stuff for a second LP.

Given that the music business doesn’t really pay anybody to make albums anymore, both Andy and I had to fit writing and recording in between stuff that actually pays. It took some time to get a collection of tracks together (with session work etc getting in the way) but eventually, with help from long time collaborator Damon Reece (Massive Attack, Spiritualized) on drums, we got there and completed the second LP, ‘Pleasure Yourself’. ‘Pleasure Yourself’ was released in September through our friends’ label Library Music Recordings.

The Flies have a wide range of influences which manifest themselves in different ways over the two records we have released to date. The first LP was influenced a little more by 60’s girl groups and exotica than the 2nd record although those influences are found on the second record as well. The more orchestral sounds of Roy Orbison and Scott Walker amongst others probably play a bit more of a role on the second LP but, having said this, both records include elements which span the history of rock n roll from 50’s rockabilly and country through to electronica.

O dear…this is difficult! I’m not a big maker of lists and find it very difficult to reduce all the music I know and own to a list of 5 favourites. Also albums are often not easily comparable between genres and when you go back to the 50’s and early 60’s the LP format was not the driving format that it later became so great acts like Roy Orbison and Little Richard lose out in ‘top ten album’ lists despite the fact that their overall catalogue is great. My mood also dictates what I think is great at any given time.

Having said all this I’ll have a stab at a top 5:

The Sex Pistols – ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’
Suicide – Suicide
The Psychedelic Sounds of The 13th Floor Elevators
The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up
The Gun Club – Fire Of Love

We like playing live and have a great live band at the moment with Damon Reece (Massive Attack), Alex Lee (Goldfrapp) and Guy Fowler (The John E Vistic Experience) joining Andy and I on drums, guitar and bass respectively. We have surprised ourselves at how well we can re-create/translate the big orchestral sound of the LP in small clubs with very minimal facilities and production possibilities. Unfortunately, at least here in the UK, the fees you get for playing live are so low that they come nowhere near covering the costs of doing the gig which renders any extended UK live campaign impossible.

Our recording process varies according to what tracks we are working on but we do record everything at our facility in Bristol. The process is often spread over long periods of time simply because we have to make money to survive and this gets in the way of making The Flies records. Basically Andy and I will construct and record the basics of the songs and pretty much play all of the instruments. If the track requires a full drum kit, Damon Reece comes in and lays down live drum takes and often some percussion and we may get some string players in if we feel the track needs it (an we can afford it!). Essentially we write very simple songs and then fuck them up in various ways.

Mmmm…sorry, I can’t think of any.

Strangely enough we actually have an EP of cover versions coming out soon featuring covers of Screamin Jay Hawkins, Elvis and The Carpenters. We are always thinking of tracks to cover but rarely get round to doing it. I’d quite like to have a go at ‘After The Lights Go Out’ by The Walker Brothers and I have also done a home demo of ‘A man Needs A Maid’ (Neil Young) which I’d like to flesh out at some point.

As I said, we have an EP of cover versions ready to go which should be out early next year. We have a film of the band playing several tracks from the new LP live in our studio coming out too, a taster of which, ‘Into The Night’ has just been uploaded to you tube. We have plans for a vinyl release of our 1st LP and there are a couple of gigs in the early new year. We already have quite an amount of material for LP 3 and plan to add to this in the hope of having a new LP release to release in Autumn 2015.

Thanks for the opportunity to get the word out in Italy and if any promoters out there want us to play out there we’d be right up for it. You can buy our current LP and back catalogue in various formats at and visit for information on the band and links to all our social network sites and our you tube channel.

sábado, 27 de dezembro de 2014

A Kiss in a Dreamhouse with Femme Fantasm - An Interview

Minimal Dreampop ou mais ou menos isso é o que a novíssima Femme Fantasm apresenta, mesmo sem ter ainda nada oficialmente lançado com exceção dos duas belíssimas canções Ghost Dance e Phantasmagoria, duas preciosidades sonhadoras, dançantes e minimais de primeira grandeza.

Não haveria meios de escrever basicamente nada a respeito do Femme Fantasm pela ausência de informações, então o TBTCI foi atrás e a entrevista fala por si só e elucidará melhor o que é o Femme Fantasm.

Só sei dizer que as duas canções são perfeitas para se ouvir de olhos fechados dançando ou em casa em altíssimo som em viagens mais particulares.

***** Interview with Femme Fantasm *****

Q. When Femme Fantasm starts, tell us the history.
I started recording music back in Spring 2014. I’ve been a visual artist for many years, but I was starting to hit a wall with my art. I was feeling very drained and unfulfilled, so I started experimenting with music. Eventually, I got lost in my own little world of music the same way I used to get lost in my visual art. I guess you can say that Femme Fantasm started out as a personal release for me; I didn’t have any real plans of releasing my music until recently.

Q. Who are your influences?
My influences run all over the map. For starters: Brian Wilson, Brian Eno, David Byrne, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Broadcast, and Stereolab. New Wave and Dark Wave music generally influence my style. Movies also inspire me very much, especially Kenneth Anger’s short films and early Terry Gilliam films.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time.
SMILE by Brian Wilson Beach Boys (including tracks that didn’t make the original album)
Here Come The Warm Jets by Brian Eno
Christiane F Soundtrack by David Bowie
HYPERBOREA by Tangerine Dream
AUTOBAHN by Kraftwerk

Q. How do you feel about playing live?
Since I only recently decided to release my music, I’ve only been focusing on doing that for a while until I build a bigger fan base. I have close friends of mine that would be joining me live, however we haven’t had much time to plan and jump into performing live just yet. I would like to, eventually, but right now I’m focusing on finishing an EP. I also have two singles coming out in the New Year on Beko Disques!

Q. How do you describe Femme Fantasm’s sounds?
The Femme Fantasm sound is a cluster of layered melodies on top of melodies, orchestrated as one whole sound-sphere with little peaks of familiar sounds pulsating in and out, giving your ears a taste of nostalgia and modern echo’s of sound. It’s driven by nostalgic feelings and thick beats, its moody, and dreamy at times and has some psych pop undertones.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording songs?
It varies, but the process usually starts with some experimentation on a synthesizer/keyboard. Sometimes I’ll spend hours experimenting with sounds before I even start creating a melody. Sometimes it’s the other way around. I’ll hit record and play something spontaneously and then layer and warp the sounds. I use Pro Tools software to record, but I make my own sounds and beats. When a song is close-to-finished, I get some production input from my fiancé and a few close friends, and then I put my final touches. I also do the mixing and mastering on my own.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of …Yuko Yuko, Lost Tapes, & Nathan Roche.

Q. Which bands you love to make a cover version?
There are so many songs I’d love to cover! A few that come to mind are “All I wanna do” by the Beach Boys, and “Talking Loud and Clear” by OMD.

Q. What are the plans for the future?
I would love to score a movie one of these days or short film, because film has an influence on my music. Sometimes I’ll play a visually striking movie and put it on “mute” while I record or come up with new ideas.

Q. Any parting words?
I just want to say THANK YOU to all the people who have been following me online, supporting my art & music, and encouraging me to keep going. I can’t wait to release more music for people to enjoy. I also want to thank Beko Disques for welcoming me into their family.

Dead Souls with The Doctors - An Interview

Pós punk cerebral e doentio diretamente de Bordeaux, França, o The Doctors é um duo que sonoramente muito se aproxima a agressividade do Soviet Soviet porém um tiquinho mais soturno.

Alguns eps no currículo e todos caminhando pelo pós punk ácido lembrando P.I.L., Killing Joke, e transportando isso tudo para os dias de caos atuais.

Canções ou melhor espasmos caóticos como Diese, Savinkov, L´Integral são exemplos claros do poderio do The Doctors e a tendência para o catarse sádica dos caras.

Aficionados em pós punk, art noise devem obrigatoriamente segui-los.

***** Interview with The Doctors dctrs *****

Q. When did The Doctors starts, tell us about the history...
We start three years ago. But we played in different bands before. As we are brothers, we play together for a long time. We were living in two different towns, and in 2011 we came in Bordeaux. A friend tell us he's got a good place to play music, so we start to play and experiment how to mix guitar and bass with loopers, samples and computer technology. We wanted to keep real rock energy and riffs on a linear drum beat and adding all we want in the songs. The only limit is that we have to play it live.

Q: Who are your influences?
There's toom many influences. In all the decade since the sixties. We can say, Joy Division, My bloody Valentine, Jefferson Airplane, Wire,The Smiths, The Clash …. Sorry, there's too many bands. But we really appreciate bands with a dark side in lot of kind of musics, pop punk, rock, new wave...

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
« Revolver » The Beatles
« Loveless » My Bloody Valentine
« Figure 8 » Elliott Smith
« Closer » Joy Division
« Psychocandy » The Jesus and Mary Chain

Q. How do you fell playing live?
It's the best moment for us, that's the way our music sounds the best, with the power and the energy we need. A moment where you play your own musical vocabulary, share it with people. All is stronger when you play live.

Q. How do you describe The Doctors´ sounds?
We are mixing heavy rock bass and guitar with cold wave's loops, chords or sounds we built. We are really interested by riffs repetitions or loops in our songs. The result sounds dark and cold, with lot of rock energy.

The lyrics are very important too, the writing is based on surrealism collage, in french or in german.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
First, we play together, bass/guitar on a linear drum beat. When we got the structure of the song, we work on computer or on keyboard to add and melt the samples or loops. At the end, we can have three or four versions of the same song. We always choose what is the best for us to play live.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Actually, we really like bands as Holograms, Metz, The Soft Moon, or in France, Jessica 93

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
It's difficult to find only one, but maybe a really different band wich have a different universe from us. Maybe The Dandy Warhols played as speed as we do usually:)

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We're recording a new single this december, in the same studio that the lasts two EP in Bordeaux. And in 2015 a new album with a tour.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks to you and maybe one day live in Brazil.

sexta-feira, 26 de dezembro de 2014

Dark Entries with Veil of Light - An Interview

Momento dark agora nas páginas do TBTCI. Os suiços do Veil of Light em seu mais novo álbum, o soturno, denso e barulhento "Ξ" vai além das ondas darks que sugere, o álbum caminha em territórios mais abrangentes com wall of sound a´la J&MC, baterias tribais que os aproximas de KVB e outros contemporâneos que mesclam a cold wave com o barulhento, tudo isso com vocais guturais que tornam tudo mais obscuro.

Um grande disco que tende a ficar na obscuridade, todavia o TBTCI oferta aos amantes da escuridão um belo nome do submundo dos bons sons, vale a pena acompanhar a trajetória do Veil of Light e se jogar em inferninhos escuros, e esfumaçados.

***** Interview with Veil of Light *****

Q. When did Veil of Light start, tell us about the history...
I've created the band as a solo-project in late 2012, where I recorded the first songs which later became my debut release. All tracks were written, performed and recorded all alone in a bunker at the border of Zurich. The debut EP »Veil Of Light« was released by Swedish industrial wave label BELÄTEN in May 2013. The tape was characterised as »six songs of ice cold gothgaze splendor« and it sold out in less than two months. The follow-up »Cold Skin« was released in late November by Swiss label EDITION GRIS in form of a 7" single containing two songs, combined with two digital bonus tracks. My songs were also featured on various compilations for example on Let's Peter Out Compilation, the Scrap Mags TSM 0004 etc.

And finally my debut LP Ξ hit the streets in November...

Q: Who are your influences?
Of course classic cold wave and post-punk bands influenced me a lot, but on the other hand I also draw my inspiration from psychedelic bands and music as well as industrial and shoegaze.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I can't give you a Top 5 since this is extremely hard to choose and is depending on the mood. But I do have several records I'd say changed my life but are not automatically my Top LPs of all time. Believe it or not, Wu-Tang Clans “Wu-Tang Forever” and Pink Floyds "Final Cut" had a huge impact on me when I was a kid. Later Cocteau Twins “Head Over Heels” and “Garlands”, Slowdives "Just For A Day", Brian Jonestown Massacre “Bravery, Noise and Repetition”, The Cure “Faith”, Einstürzende Neubauten "Haus der Lüge", The Chameleons “Script of the Bridge” and others came along…

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing live! We try to make the coolest live show we can with being only two people. It's really important to us that the whole mood fits. That's why we always use lots of fog and have our own projector shows etc.
There are already a few gigs planned in 2015 including Freiburg Germany in January, a tour in Sweden in March, Holland in September and hopefully a lot of gigs everywhere else!

Q. How do you describe Veil of Light´ sound?
Depressing and cold but also dreamy and atmospheric.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
On the first two releases it's actually just me writing, playing and recording all the songs. On our latest LP ("Ξ") my friend Markus Weber contributed some guitars and synths to 2-3 tracks. In February 2014 he also joined me on stage in order to play live.

As for recording songs, I mostly write while recording. Which means when I start recording I normally don't have prewritten melodies. I just try to improvise and make songs spontaneously to capture the feeling and mood I'm in at the moment.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Well, there are tons of great new bands! I love the spirit of all the new real(!) independent record labels nowadays. I really like my friend Samuels project S S S S who just released his Debut "Administration Of Fear" which is an extremely hard hitting dark industrial techno tape. He also did a Remix on my Single EP »Pale Eyes«. At the moment, I really dig the new Schonwald LP, the new Johann G. Winther Tape »Eating or vomiting it's tail«, Feuerbahn, Evje, new Youth Code EP etc.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I always loved covers who are totally different than the original songs. Since years I think about covering »Suspicious Minds« by Elvis. I don't know why… It's so cheesy it hurts. I've never done a proper cover so I probably won't do one but who knows…

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
I'm already recording new songs and try to do an EP somewhere around summer, maybe a split. Then probably another LP.

Q: Any parting words?
Don't let your mamas drag you down!

Cemetry Gates with Modern Rivals - An Interview

Nem só de barulho, acidez, loops, synths sobrevive o submundo dos bons sons, mesmo no underground há espaço para poesia, melodias, com grandiosidade em composições no sentido de se poder almejar atingir o grande público, e o Modern Rivals muito poderia chegar a esta esfera.

Seu debute Cemetery Dares deste ano, oscila momentos doces e hipnóticos de composições matematicamente melodiosas relembrando o perfect pop de Go-Betweens e The Chills e até mesmo os mestres Smiths, contrapondo esses candura há momentos poderosos e densos como a envolvente faixa de abertura Angel Bones.

O resultado final é um álbum que não faria feio nos melhores do ano de publicações como NME entre outros.

O TBTCI aposta e muito no Modern Rivals para a próxima "grande banda" da vez, quem viver vera.

***** Interview with Modern Rivals ******

Q. When did Modern Rivals starts, tell us about the history...
We started in St. Louis under a different name, and then three of us from that band moved to New York where we reformed and renamed ourselves. We released an EP, Sea Legs, in 2012, and have just released our first LP, Cemetery Dares, this year.

Q: Who are your influences?
We’re influenced by everything from other musicians to movies and books, to our family and friends, to our homes and our habits. Quick list – Hayao Miyazaki, Stephen King, FKA twigs, George Saunders, St. Vincent, Braids.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Merriweather Post Pavilion, The White Album, Yeezus, Life’s Rich Pageant, Doolittle.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Unshy and unworried – and on the best of nights, we feel as connected to the crowd as we do to each other.

Q. How do you describe Modern Rivals sounds?
It grows on you. We write songs in interesting time signatures with unexpected beats and unusual sonic textures, but after a few listens the effect is one of “what's going on?” combined with “I’ve never heard anything like this!” Or so we hope!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The songwriting and recording process is long – it starts with one or two of us writing the music and melody, then recording mock-up demos of that for everyone to learn, and then taking it to rehearsal for everyone to contribute or tinker with. Once we can play it in practice, the words are written for the melody, and then we take it to the studio. In the case of Cemetery Dares, we recorded all five musical parts at once in a room together to get a more live, immediate sound. Vocals and additional instruments were recorded afterwards.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Mentioned briefly above, but definitely FKA twigs! She’s incredible.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version? I’ve often thought it would be fun to do a cover of a Francoise Hardy song, but none of us are great at French L And we have already covered a Snoop Dogg track for a compilation of Doggystyle covers – we did “Murder Was the Case.” I would also love to cover one of the many magical songs from the TV show Adventure Time!

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Going forward, we’re looking to write more songs and also get on the road for a tour that will culminate in us playing SXSW 2015. After that, we’d certainly like to release some more music, most likely an EP or maybe another LP if we have enough material. We’ll keep you posted!

Q: Any parting words?
Hope to see you in Brazil sometime! We’ll do our best to play a show there, but it might take us a while to drive.

Electric Mainline with Ayer Amarillo - An Interview

Uma viagem madchesteriana com escala nas viagens ácidas e sulfúricas das família Spacemen 3, assim é o combo mexicano do Ayer Amarillo e seu disco lançado agora no finalzinho de 2014 Sueño Delta.

O disco é um mergulho psicodélico dançante e ensolarado, os caras criaram um caleidoscópio multicolorido em seu álbum com um clima tão encantador que torna-se viciante a audição, digamos que seria um Spiritualized de bem com a vida.

Sueño Delta é um disco pra elevar o astral e deixar corpo e alma em plena sintonia. 

Peace, love and psych.

***** Interview with Ayer Amarillo ******

Q. When did Ayer Amarillo starts, tell us about the history...
Ayer Amarillo started around 4 years ago, in Mexico City. We got together because we wanted to jam a few songs. We had been part of previous bands, so we just wanted to get together to play!

Q: Who are your influences?
Bands that make guitars sound like everything except guitars: My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, NEU!, Pavement

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

Q. How do you fell playing live?
We feel very comfortable and love to have endless jams that go over 15 minutes, that's the prime source of the songs that end up in the album

Q. How do you describe Ayer Amarillo sounds?
We think it's psychedelic pop, some tunes are heavy, others trippy, but all of them have a very strong psych vibe/influence

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded all the songs live, in a big room, looking at each other, no metronome or click, just feeling the vibe together. We then overdubbed voices and some synths, it was a very organic process, we really wanted the album to sound the way we do live.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
There's a band from Argentina called Escuela de Trance Buenos Aires that sounds great, we were heavily influenced by a Mexican band called Zurdok who released their seminal 1999 album Hombre Sintetizador and made us pick our guitars to try to do different things.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We would love to cover Os Mutantes, My Bloody Valentine, The Beatles, Kurt Vile, so many great artists out there.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Play all the live shows we can, and start creating the follow-up to Sueño Delta, perhaps playing live in Brazil

Q: Any parting words?
Listen to our album with an open mind and at a very loud volume.

Morningrise with Lowtide - An Interview

2014 foi uma excepcional ano para o shoegazer, e a Austrália se mostrou como uma das grandes mecas, nos ofertando inúmeras bandas e álbuns maravilhosos, vide, Blush Responde, VHS_Dream, Minuatures, Bloodhounds on My Trail, Lunaire, entre outros, e uma dessas belíssimas bandas que debutou com um álbum delirantemente sedutor foi o Lowtide.

Após uma longa espera de quatro anos para que enfim o disquinho viesse ao mundo, a espera foi compensada com uma verdadeira preciosidade de shoegazer clássico transportado para os tempos atuais. O Lowtide pegou em suas em suas inspirações obvias, leia-se Pale Saints, Slowdive, Blind Mr. Jones e criou texturas e ambiências sônicas maravilhosas.

O Lowtide já é queridinho do TBTCI e de muitos de vocês e como eles dizem na entrevista, tomara que não demore mais quatro anos para o próximo trabalho deles.

***** Interview with Lowtide *****

Q. When did Lowtide starts, tell us about the history...
Lowtide began as my solo project, Three Month Sunset. I started that in about 2003/4.

I was finding it too lonely so formed a band around a few songs that didn't work in a solo format. We went under that name until we found it was becoming its own entity, quite removed from its solo beginnings so changed the name to reflect that in 2010.

Q: Who are your influences?
As well as the fairly obvious influences, we all have a fairly diverse array of tastes that help shape the overall sound.

I really enjoy ambient drone and similar textured music such as classical, post chamber, black metal, etc, but also more upbeat genres such as bluegrass, indie/slacker/math rock.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time
Slint- Spiderland
Slowdive - Slowdive EP
Gabriel Fauré - Requiem
Blind Mr Jones - Stereo Musicale
Archers Of Loaf - Icky Mettle

Q. How do you fell playing live?
I generally really enjoy it. It’s always a challenge with a slightly more complicated setup with multiple amps, but having a regular sound person helps with consistency.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
With the EP and 7" we recorded live in our friend Jeremy Cole's front room. The album was a bit more involved. We spent a few days in Soundpark studio recording live takes with Gareth Parton. I then went and re-recorded all my guitar parts at home, deconstructing all my parts and recording melodies melodies and chords as single string takes. These were then taken to Gareth's studio and re-amped and the whole thing and then mixed it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
There have been lots of new bands popping up in Melbourne lately. They're probably not new names to people with their fingers on the pulse but definitely worth mentioning.

Miniatures, Bloodhounds On My Trail and VHS Dream has finally started doing live shows which is exciting!

And from the sounds of things might have a release soon too! There's Hideous Towns and Mosaicz as well.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We've done a few covers.

Slowdive's Avalyn, Field Mice's Letting Go, and even Huey Lewis and the News' Power Of Love (for a birthday party). We are currently playing Asylum Party's Julia.

We've also toyed with the idea of covering Don Henley's Boys Of Summer.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We're just getting started writing new material so that the next album isn't another 4 year wait!

terça-feira, 23 de dezembro de 2014

Polar Bears with Monte Terror - An Interview

Seguindo a linhagem das clássicas bandas da Scene, os espanhóis do Monte Terror debutaram com um ep no início do ano homônimo com inspirações claras no Nowhere do Ride.

Guitarras em looping, vocais soterrados e melodiosos, crescendos constantes, e muito wall of sound.

A cartão de visitas é sem dúvidas Primer Desastre que fecha o disquinho de forma épica e os credencia como uma das bandas a serem acompanhadas no ano que chega.

E a Espanha vem mostrando que o barulho das guitarras tem tomando conta das coisas por lá.

***** Interview with Monte Terror *****

Q. When did Monte Terror start, tell us about the history...
We did the first concert last december, but the song were played in a few garages for at least two year, we started in Granada and after we moved to Almeria to complet the band. We know each other from high school except miriam.

Q: Who are your influences?
Slowdive, Ride, My bloody Valentine, Mcenroe & Los Planetas

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
My bloody Valentine Loveless,
Ride Nowhere,
Led Zepellin III,
Mogwai Come on and die young
Sigur ros Takk

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We enjoy very much, we are surely a live band, even we record playing all at the same time

Q. How do you describe Monte Terror's sound?
Shoegaze, Lame Pop

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We ve recording last week in a great studio, Refugio Antiaereo, personal studio from the singer of Los planetas, Jota.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
Trepat, Perro, La maniobra de Q, Juventud Juché.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
We ve tempted to do a cover of Lily Marlene song

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
To play the most we can, and to play the far we can.

Q: Any parting words?
We pretend to have our new EP avalaible on January, stay tuned !

Psychic TV with Television Set - An Interview

Minimal wave cerebral aos velhos tempos, o Television Set resgata em seu debut Moscow at Midnight a cultuada, soturna e dançante sonoridade que no início dos 80´s.

Moscow at Midnight é repleto de beats e loops acelerados e gélidos, o clima robótico e kraut também esta presente mesmo porque sem o Kraftwerk nada daquilo ou o Television Set existiriam.

Para admiradores do synths e batidas cerebrais o Television Set é um dos melhores da atualidade.

***** Interview with Television Set *****

Q. When did Television Set start, tell us about the history…
my first recordings for TELEVISION SET i did in the late 90´s after i bought a KR-55 drum machine. i wanted to make pure MINIMAL SYNTH. germany had a fantastic scene for that kind of music at this time. over the years TELEVISON SET got more and more influences from guitar bands, also from the early 80´s.

Q: Who are your influences?
at the moment (early) the wake

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
the wake - harmony
snowy red - snowy red
the cure - seventeen seconds
the smiths - hatful of hollow
the field mice - snowball

Q. How do you feel playing live?
so far i played live only once or twice. i don´t like to be on stage that much. i am more a studio person.

Q. How do you describe Television´s ´ sound?
everything was better in the past.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
i very often start with drums and a simple bassline. when i have something i like i start to add guitar melodies/riffs and some synths. very often verse and refrain have the same bassline.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
image of life, pure ground, "martial canterel" can be fantastic, i liked the album „memory“ by the //tense//

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
i made a DEPECHE MODE cover version. these days i am not into cover versions anymore ( i did one really, really, really terrible joy division cover version when i was younger).

Q: What´s the plan for the future….
there is a cassette out on THE TAPEWORM. the cassette is available in the TOUCH SHOP. i also have a split 7“ coming on GENETIC MUSIC. the song on the 7“ is my personal favourite from all the TELEVISION SET song i ever recorded. the song is very much early THE CURE influenced.

Q: Any parting words?
when i was young i hated THE SMITHS. i was wrong !!!

I Was Carbon Dioxide with Camera - An Interview

Quando os alemães do Camera surgiram em 2012 com o magnífico e um dos grandes álbuns daquele ano, o Radiate! ficava claro que tanto eles como o Radar Men From The Moon chegaram pra resgatar o trabalho feito lá trás por gente como NEU! e Faust adaptando-o para os tempos modernos onde o caos impera, acrescente no tempero SY e Spacemen 3 e a viagem do Camera esta montada.

Este ano lançaram o insano Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide, outra pedrada krautiana moderna que serve muito bem como trilha sonora pra sair dirigindo sem rumo a noite, um disco pra se ouvir sempre, pois a cada audição encontram-se novos elementos.


***** Interview with Camera ******

Q. When Camera starts, tell us about the history...
1 end 2010 in the cold muddy streets of the berlin underground

Q: Who are your influences?
2 wu tang, the stone roses, rachmaninov, john frusciante, sonic youth

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time
3 nevermind (nirvana),
the empyrean (john frusciante),
daydream nation (sonic youth)
playing with fire (spacemen 3),
unter tage (RAG)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4 sometimes good sometimes bad, cause it depends on the energy of the people, the room and our mental connection. our sets all improvised so all these factors have an influence on the playing. you know what iam sayin?

Q. How do you describe Camera sounds?
5 simple enough to understand it worldwide. unpredictable, brutal, soft and sometimes fragile

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6 go in the studio, set up, eat something, dont forget to drink and start to let it all out. if its bad dont delete it, when you are dead they bring out the lost tapes record like there is no tomorrow

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
7 brace choir, beak>>, gnod, rodion ga, bitchin bajas

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
8 stone roses "adored"

Q: What´s the plans for future....
9 recording split lp s with different artists, touring, making children

Q: Any parting words?
10 no more costumes 2015

segunda-feira, 22 de dezembro de 2014

Children of The Fall with Nervous Light - An Interview

Darkgazer barulhento, caótico, esse é o Nervous Light, canadenses que não possuem absolutamente nada lançado, somente algumas músicas em seu canal no youtube mas que é impressionante a combinação de ruídos com o desespero latente em suas músicas isso é.

Poucas informações proporcionam um mistério envolto a banda, que só é possível desvendar modéstia a parte graças a este entrevista concedida pela banda ao TBTCI.

Melhor aproveitar porque os caras não vão facilitar mesmo.

***** Interview with Nervous Light ******

Q. When did Nervous Light start?, tell us about the history:
Nikki: Nervous Light, Originally started around 2 years ago, as a personal solo project, I Was going through some hard times, and I hadn't made music in a few years, I found myself looking for a way to make myself feel better, and I began to write again. I ended up coming back into contact with Mike and Chris and since we had been in a big band together before, I knew that this would be the direction I wanted to go with Nervous Light. I think that I can speak for all of us when I say, I am surprised how this album has matured through the writing process, How the sound has changed and developed into something all its own.

Q: Who are your influences? :
Nikki: Wow, That is a really tough question. I think My biggest influences have got to be Slowdive, Sigur Ros, Have A Nice Life, Cult of Luna, Deftones, I think what we are doing is difficult to define using genres, as it transcends so many but those bands especially have a nice life, sigur ros, and Slowdive have really influenced me.

Mike: Hmm..This list could go on for ever, so at the moment I'm curently influenced by Líam, Alcest, Cult of Luna, Have A Nice Life, & Circle Takes the Square.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…:
Nikki: ahhhhh this is another really hard question for me ( In no particular order )
Slowdive- Souvlaki,
Have a nice life- deathconsciousness,
my bloody valentine- Loveless,
Sigur Ros- Ágætis byrjun ,
god speed you black emperor- lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven.

Mike: Haha.
Circle Takes the Square - As the Roots Undo,
Florence and the Machine - Lungs,
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It,
Slowdive - Souvlaki,
Big L - Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous

Q. How do you feel playing live?:
Nikki: I actually have horrible stage fright, I am absolutely terrified of performing for others, music is an internal process for me, It's something that I love with every fibre of my being, everything that I do really comes from a place deep within myself. So for me I have never performed for anyone except for bandmates, close friends etc. Although, I'm becoming more open to the idea as this project progresses, so you may be seeing us eventually.

Mike: It's all one big breath-taking rush and then it's over.

Q. How do you describe Nervous Light's sound?
Nikki: The sound has really become something of itself With each new song it develops into something more beautiful and unique, When I started the project myself it was a completely different project because I was not able to create the sound that I truly wanted on my own, Having Mike and Chris join my project has taken it to places I could have only imagined, When I first approached Mike about doing the project I said, " I wanted to do something ambient, shoegazey, and Dark. We started out with "Children of the fall" It was our first really pretty ambient and dark track, As you go on through this album to tracks like our newest one " Love Will Tear You Apart" You can hear the sound has completely matured and changed, I think it has surprised all of us.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Nikki: Well I think for all of us the process is very free flowing, Very Improvised, Basically Mike and Chris Will get together and they will just have a big jam session and start recording things randomly, and they send them off my way and I pick the pieces that really speak to me, Then I begin the process of recording vocals and lyrics based on the imagery that is created in my head when I listen to the song, I usually do all of my vocals and lyrics completely improvised as well. I think that is one of the things that makes this project so unique, You're really getting a glimpse into what is going on in our heads the exact moment we are writing something because its all basically improvised.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?:
Nikki: For me, I'd say my favourite newly discovered bands are: Skeleton Coast, and Mood Rings.

Mike: Not all of them are new, but these are the albums I've been jamming to recently; Myrkur, Perfume Genius, ALLUSONDRUGS, Run The Jewels, Grouper

Q: Which bands you love to make a cover of :
Nikki: There are SO many bands I'd love to cover, I personally would love to cover: my bloody valentine- no more sorry. Slowdive- when the sun hits, and Slowdive- 40 days.

Mike: Definitely Nirvana. I also really enjoy covers that turn pop radio songs into something that sounds "meaningful".

Q: What are your plans for the future?:
Nikki: I really want to finish this album, and get it released to a decent record label, and really work on getting our music out there as I feel we have so much to offer listeners, I feel its just a really unique album and offers such a unique listening experience, There aren't really many bands out there that fall into the same sound as what we have developed.

Q: Any parting words?
 Nikki: I'd just like to Thank You, So Much for taking an interest in our music, and for putting together this interview. It's been a pleasure

Mike: Thanks for having us, and thanks to anyone who checks out our music.

Head In The Ether with Cochlear Kill - An Interview

E lá vem a Austrália novamente nas páginas do TBTCI, dessa vez o shoegazer psych e em rotação lenta do Cochlear Kill.

O Cochlear Kill tem um álbum em formato k7 que é absurdamente acima, uma verdadeira viagem sonora adentrando a territórios escuros mas sempre com a visão gazer, o noise se mistura com nuances psicodélicas e sempre dançantes.

Recentemente os caras soltaram um 7"Color Me Radd que é o prenúncio do novo álbum, e pelo aperitivo vem coisa finíssima pela frente.

Pra ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos no Cochlear Kill.

***** Interview with Cochlear Kill *****

Q. When did Cochlear Kill starts, tell us about the history...
It started in a bedroom in Brisbane 2009 - I quit my job (at Cochlear funnily enough) and decided to finish ideas that shit jobs had gotten in the way of up till then. Travel, homelessness and interstate migration delayed things but released a 7" single Head In The Ether / Scarlet Sometimes in 2010 then a self titled debut album the following year. People came and went in the band we played some shows round Melbourne but always stayed primarily a recording project.

Q: Who are your influences?
Anything with good melody or rhythm that makes you feel something and even better if it has some ethereal dreamy quality. My Bloody Valentine, Swans, The Cure, Simon & Garfunkel, Nirvana, Beatles, Mogwai, Failure even The Everly Brothers

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
Urban Hymns - The Verve
Before the Dawn Heals Us - m83
Ænema - Tool
Sgt Peppers - The Beatles

Q. How do you fell playing live?
Depends on the venue - A nice dark, dingey lit venue helps set the mood otherwise it can feel a bit weird. Oh an usually fairly drunk what can I say The Pogues are an influence as well.

Q. How do you describe Cochlear Kill sounds?
All the different genres that interest me fused with FX pedals into a dreamy/noisy hallucinogenic blur or.....Music on the hallucinogenic side of pop

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Its all home recorded 'cept the real drums which are done in a proper studio. I jump between Logic, Repear and Reason. For the Colour Me Radd EP I got the songs mixed properly for the first time instead of trying to do it all myself. Lindsay Gravina (Rowland S Howard, HTRK, The Birthday Party) and Bryce Moorhead (Violent Soho) mixed different tracks.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I recently discovered Stumbleine and Melody's Echo Chamber.....otherwise I keep discovering older stuff so it aint new but its new to me...Jawbox, The Sounds of Siam, Funkadelic

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Slowly but surely improving the home studio to facilitate creativity not frustrate it - that whilst still churning out new noise!

Q: Any parting words?
Have a good time all the time!*

Lithium with Glitterball - An Interview

Grunge, shoegazer, pós punk diretamente da Itália, este é o Glitterball.

O debute teen é um caldeirão sonoro passando por todos os rótulos ali em cima, e vai além, chega em momentos a pender até pra minimal wave sintetizada mas sempre com uma pegada raivosa.

Um daqueles contatos imediatos do TBTCI que faz valer a máxima, estamos aqui para viajar pelo submundo dos bons sons, e o Glitterball é uma  ótima experiência.

***** Interview with Glitterball *****

Q. When did Glitterball starts, tell us about the history...
-We were born when the Beatles are dead , when we realized want to make our music, back in 2007?

Q: Who are your influences?
-Our influences come from experimental music, postmodern, and all that you can not classify as a genre, but become an example of music for others. As happened to Pink Floyd.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
-1/Nirvana - Never Mind;
2/The Dark Side of the moon;
3/The Velvet Underground-The Velvet Underground & Nico;
4/Marlene Kuntz- Catartica;
5/Joy Division-Closer.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
-We dig skies

Q. How do you describe Glitterball sounds?
-We are street children who experience the shoegaze. Our sound is part of our everyday life. Honest, funny and sometimes angry.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
-We record at home, before the guitars, then bass. But we do not have an established rule.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
-Xiu Xiu.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
-Of all the bands that we like, we would do a cover. :)We regret not having written '' Mad World ''.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
-Live in peace with God, make good music, help the needy, and fuck it all the powerful of the world.

Q: Any parting words?
-We love you all.

domingo, 21 de dezembro de 2014

Ends in Light with I am your captain - An Interview

Ben Pierce aos iniciados é conhecido principalmente por ter sido o baixista do seminal Air Formation, mas como sabemos o Air Formation acabou suas atividades em 2011, e partir dai Ben pegou suas coisas e montou o I am your captain, seu alter ego sônico shoegazer.

Todos os trabalhos incluindo seu debute do ano passado Even Upon the Sea estão disponíveis gratuitamente no bandcamp, link lá em baixo, 

Diferentemente do Air Formation o I am your captain é mais barulhento, buscando elementos mais noise e ecos do pos punk. O último ep As My Heart Rate Slowly Drops é um dos eps que mais ouvi esse ano, um deleite viajante com tonalidades cinzentas rumo a paisagens e lugares distantes.

Faça um favor a si próprio vá ouvir I am your captain imediatamente.
***** I am your captain *****

Q. When did I am your captain start tell us about the history...
I needed to fill the void left when Air Formation split back in 2011, so I bought a Jazzmaster and started recording in 2012. By November that year I’d released ‘Then we head home’ and it’s just built up from there.

Q: Who are your influences?
Biggest has got to be Air Formation, you can’t be in a band for that long without it affecting what you do. Other than that it’s probably post-rock bands like Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Aerial M, mixed with early 90s grunge noise type stuff like Sonic youth, Urusei Yatsura and of course a bit of MBV.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Top 3 easy:
The Cure – Disintegration,
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream,
Nirvana – Nevermind,

After that it’s hard to know what to leave out, Mogwai – Happy songs for happy people, Interpol – Antics (just edges ‘Turn on the bright lights’ for me), Sugar - Copper Blue, Loveless, Psychocandy and Sigur Rós – () could all be in there depending on my mood.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Haven’t got it together and played the ‘I am your captain’ stuff live yet, hopefully in the new-year, just need to enlist some help. Air Formation came out of retirement for a few gigs this year which were all awesome for different reasons, made me realise how much I’d missed playing live. When everything hooks up and soars, the adrenaline kicks in and just want to smash the crap out of the strings, that’s pretty cool.

Q. How do you describe I am your captain sounds?
Lo-fi Slacker Shoegaze, if that means anything.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The first take that sounds half decent is the one I’ll keep, even if it’s a bit rough round the edges, it’s probably impatience but I prefer anti-perfectionist.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Neither of them are particularly new, but two bands I got into this year were Nothing and The Wytches, both of whom are excellent live. Saw The Wytches at the Reverence Valada festival which AF played at in September and they were one of the highlights for me, Annabelle Dream Reader is an awesome album.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I wouldn’t want to destroy any song by a band I love.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
New album is written, just finishing off the last few tracks. Ryan will be appearing on drums again, which is very exciting and hopefully they’ll be one or two other friends making an appearance.

Q: Any parting words?
Massively appreciate the support, you're all great.
Thanks Ben