Ah os 60´s, psicodelismo, canções perfeitas, mods, paz e amor, tudo ao mesmo tempo, e algumas bandas altamente saudosistas que não eram nem nascidas isso nem na época do grunge parecem ter entrada numa capsula e visitado aqueles anos e retornaram encharcados com aquela aura, aquele clima característico e inegável, é o caso dos ingleses do New Electric Ride com seu debut Ballon Age, uma viagem completa a tudo que escrevi acima com altas dosagens de Beatles, psicodelia, flower pop e tudo mais que vocês possam pensar que saiu daqueles coloridos anos.
Belíssimo e saudoso disco, pra lembrar que os clássicos são fundamentais mas não são tudo.
***** Interview with New Electric Ride *****
Q. When did new Electric Ride starts, tell us about the history...
We started in around mid 2011 when we were in a band playing the pubs and clubs of northern England doing 60s tunes, then we decided to have a go at doing our own songs. We had all been writing individually and we pooled our songs together and picked which ones to record, went to a cottage in the countryside for a week to record and came out with an EP. All went from there, really!
Q: Who are your influences?
Between the four of us, absolutely loads. Usuals like The Beatles/Stones/Cream/Sabbath etc, but we're really into bands like Spooky Tooth, Quintessence, Jethro Tull, Dungen, Peter Wyngarde, Can, Gentle Giant, Mountain, etc, etc. The list is never ending.
Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
It changes everyday, but at the moment...
The Beatles - The White Album
Captain Beefheart - Safe As Milk
Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come
Colosseum - The Valentyne Suite
The Pretty Things - SF Sorrow
Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Love it. It's always a challenge for us as a lot of the songs are 4 part harmony, so we don't get to move around as much as we should because we're always at the mic. Always great to hear a recording transfer to live. Fun to speed things up and make them a little heavier, too.
Q. How do you describe New Electric Ride sounds?
4 different people making 4 different types of music that interest them. Sharp, busy, intricate, lyrical and often quite funny. I think there is a distinct lack of humour in music - especially in 'modern psych'. Most of it seems to be about the posing and pouting. All our favourite artists (Beatles, Zappa, Beefheart, etc) wrote amazing music and didn't mind taking the piss out of themselves or other people. More of that, please.
Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Adam in the band has his own studio, so we always record there. Nice to have the freedom and not always be on the clock. We rarely record live, always layer upon layer. We've usually got all the parts worked out and written down before recording, so we don't really try to rely on studio effects to make things sound interesting. I always think that a song should be able to be stripped back to a melody, lyrics and a progression and it should be just as captivating and interesting as the final, produced recording.
Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Really into Tame Impala (of course), Wolf People, Dungen, Prince Rupert's Drops, Kiki Pau, The Halfways, Doctor Nod, Hidden Masters, Jonathan Wilson. We just like a well written song!
Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Interesting question! The band that I love, I'd quite like to preserve as they are! Not have us spoil their songs with our own version, ha. Maybe 'Dear Friend' by Jonathan Wilson. That's a perfect example of the songwriting and self-indulgence working together. Love it.
Q: What´s the plans for future....
More music! More gigs! We'd love to get over to the US and South America in 2015. May happen! Who knows!
Q: Any parting words?
Keep supporting NEW BANDS/LABELS! Without BUYERS there would be no more MUSIC! The whole vinyl/tangible music revival is the best thing to happen in ages, let's keep it going! KEEP BUYING RECORDS!