segunda-feira, 25 de março de 2013

Blow in a Wish with Venera 4 - An Interview

Franceses supersônicos, atropelando as páginas do TBTCI diretamente de Paris, o Venera 4, chega aniquilando tímpanos, shoegazer barulhento sem firulas, guitarras estridentes de deixar Mr. Shields com um sorriso de ponta a ponta.

O último single de dezembro do ano passado, tem a poderosa Sun e a auto sugestiva Can You Feel, onde as guitarras e as damas do Venera 4 dão os cartões de visita.

Agora, depois do estrondo inicial, é torcer pra que eles não tenham piedade alguma com nosso aparelho auditivo, e obvio melhor ver/ler do que se trata, em mais um servico de ajuda ao consumidor do TBTCI.

Peace, love and psych.....

***** Interview with Venera 4 *****

Q. When did Venera 4 starts, tell us about the history...
That's a long story. To sum up Yann created Venera 4 on his own in 2011, it was a side project of Maria False his main band. He recorded 4 demos. He forgot them for a while… I met Yann in Brittany with his band, Anna and Frederic who played in Maria False as well. I was so scared, it was like something changed in my life the night we met. We started to work concretely our first songs when our paths crossed again in Paris, in Apr. 2012.

Q: Who are your influences?
We all have our favorite influences. We are interested in art that feed our imagination. It's very important for us, with our music, to keep the same feeling we could have in front of a canvas, a picture, a film. We like Color Field Painting, Impressionism, Land Art…From Toulouse Lautrec, Monet, Clyfford Still, to Francis Bacon, Matthew Barney, Clair Morgan and more. Of course we are inspired by many bands and personalities. Noel Gallagher, Kevin Shields, Jim Reid and Robert Levon Been are the most influent persons.

We should do a list of them by year and style, but it might be so long, isn't it ?

Venera 4 is a universe made of different cultures, everyone put a piece to the puzzle, and we are always surprised by the result !

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
L'histoire de Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg
Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain
Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
White Album by The Beatles
Loveless by My Bloody Valentine

(We fight during 6 hours to make this tiny list ! Thank you)

Q. How do you fell playing alive?

Q. How do you describe Venera 4 sounds?
Colorful. Everything is very natural. We don't try to create untypical sounds, they come as all we expect. The result is mysterious, between deep and bright sounds. Venera 4 works with the opposites. Sensuality and strength, lights and shadows. You can feel our mind in our sounds.

I would like to talk about lyrics, because nobody cares of lyrics. They come to raise the music and reveal the color of the song. I am a big fan of Stephen Morrissey, Ian Curtis, Henri MIchaux, poetry and literature. I can't pretend to make poetry but for me, words mean something.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs
Yann records a lot of demos, we listen to them together, bring our ideas to involve them. Actually, after this step, it is so fast. Each of us records its own part, to finish with the voices. Spontaneous ! We all know what we have to do and we don't need a lot of time to do it. It's maybe because we record everything at home, it's easier and we are together in our universe, nothing more.

Yann "fait de l'édit" spends a lot of time for the editing, producing and mixing the final songs. He loves that !

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Blind digital citizen, a french band from north. The best gig we've ever seen since a while !

Dead Horse One, from Cranes Records, a little label from western France.

Have a look at Nothing, a new born label with good bands !

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We don't really talk about covers, but if I had to choose, I'd love to make a version of some of The Beatles' songs. Maybe stupid 80s pop song, which could be a great exercise as well.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We release our second EP in march/april, with surprises. We hope to find someone helping us for the distribution of our tracks.

And for the future, create more and more, discover new paths and lots of gigs !

Q: Any parting words?
Il n'est jamais trop tard
Thanks guys.