Mean Red Spiders, soa estranho a você? Talvez sim, talvez não, o fato é que desde 1993 esses canadenses de Toronto fez permeando as mentes com um shoegazer folk e muito de dreampop, muitas formações se passarem até lançarem oficialmente Places you call home isso lá em 1998, muito já fizeram desde então, tocando com gente do naipe de BJM, Blonde Redhead, Mojave 3 e por ai vai, até chegaram ao belíssimo I am the sea lançado em julho deste ano.
Um álbum pra alma, ecos de Mojave 3, Mazzy Star, VU, ótimo para se ouvir em casa, ou melhor ainda, passeando e sentindo a música vendo pessoas e contemplando a vida.
***** Interview with Mean Red Spiders *****
Well, we live in Toronto Canada, a cold city for 8 months of the year, 20 years ago it was not the same place it is now, now its all tall building and building cranes and a Mosaic of cultures from all over the world, Back then it was grey and dirty and not much in the way of music. Mostly country tinged rock bands playing in just a few clubs. Lisa Nighswander ( singer, bassist), David Humphreys (guitars) and myself, Greg Chambers (guitars) worked at record store on Yonge Street, the main drag of Toronto. This was the late 80s, early 90s and Toronto was unique in that its close to American but historically tied to England so the music we were listening to was a great mix, Husker Du, The Replacements, Sonic Youth, The Pixies from the States and Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine from Great Britain. Great Music and we saw them all live. From there we started a band, wanting to push the sonic textures of guitar as loud as possible, but keep the songs sweet. We added Adam Rosen on Drums and Minesh Mandoda on Effects Etc. And had ourselves a rocking band!
Q: Who are your influences?
Aside from the above bands, personally I was influenced by bands like The Feelies, Spacemen 3, 13th Floor Elevators
Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Right now it would be;
Revolver -The Beatles love the guitar solo in Taxman...
The Far East Suite - Duke Ellington
Isn't Anything My Bloody Valentine - Feed Me with Your Kiss still gives me goosebumps
The Modern Dance - Pere Ubu cold and haughty, a gem
A Gilded Eternity - Loop
Q. How do you fell playing alive?
When the audience is with you, like I'm in heaven, when they ain't, like I'm in Hell
Q. How do you describe Mean Red Spiders sounds?
A Juxtaposition of insanely loud guitars and loops and lovely sweet vocals an attempt to convey the feeling of being altered by sheer noise on the mind
Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The fiirst album was recorded by David Newfeld ( he is well known for recording and being a part of Broken Social Scene) at StarsandSons Studios, we had already recorded the backing tracks on analog tape and brought them to Newfeld who was one of the first all digital studios in Toronto. A lot of time was spent synchronizing the tracks which gave the album a unique feel, Dave would work all night processing the guitars to make them sound like swirls of noise. Live, David Humphreys Guitars sound like a train going by right next to your ears so we had to come up with a way to convey that feeling without the overwhelming crunch of guitars, Newfeld work very hard to make that happen, once we had the music, Lisa added the vocals. Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I like a lot of electronic music, The Field, Clippin, Container, in the Shoe-gazing category, I like Sunny Day in Glasgow, been enjoying some great Doom Metal like Sleep and Yob and Pallbearer, I recommend Sturgil Simpson new album, Pere Ubu's Carnival of Souls, Wildest Dream is a good one, also Ty Segall
Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Ha! Already have The Kinks - No Return Beach Boys - Feel Flows Bacarach-Trains and Bpats and Planes
Q: What´s the plans for future....
We keep making music, we have another band called Ghostlight, which is all improvisational, members come and go we have worked up new songs for another Mean Red Spiders album, we will see where that goes....
Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for the interview. always nice to hear from someone who likes our music and we hope to have some new material for everyone to hear in the not to distant future.