quinta-feira, 29 de janeiro de 2015

Fire in Cairo with PanSTARRS - An Interview

Da Cidade do Cairo vem o comboio sônico/sonhador PanSTARRS.

Misturando suas influências e as condensando dentro de um caldeirão, ecos de The Cure, Joy Division, Sonic Youth, 808 State fundem-se a estridentes guitarras e beats e demais experimentalismos expurgando fantasmas que permeiam as músicas dos dois eps dos caras. 

Como se Thom Yorke e Thurston Moore resolvem compor em estados de nervos alterados.

Yestoday o último Ep é esquizofrênico como deve ser e te convida para uma imersão completa sob o comando do PanSTARRS.


***** Interview with PanSTARRS *****

Q. When did PanSTARRS start, tell us about the history...
PanSTARRS began midway through 2012 when I started recording music in my bedroom. Debut EP “Nothingness” was released in Feb 2013, followed by LP “Yestoday” 8 months later. After this release I started performing live and was joined by a full band Hazem El-Shamy (drums) and Ismail Arafa (bass) who quit the band and was replaced by long time collaborator Nader Ahmed (who also quit the band recently). Now it is only me and Hazem working on recording the new material that we were performing with Ismail and Nader to release it soon.

Q: Who are your influences?
I listen to little music nowadays, but it is mostly Sonic Youth who influenced the way I write/perceive music in every sense. I also appreciate other bands like Joy Division, Radiohead, and Queens Of The Stone Age.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It's not always fun to play live especially in a country like Egypt where culture is dead. The ratio of actual art to commercial entertainment is scary.

But there are very few venues (eg. Vent) in Egypt that i have performed in and actually felt connected with the audience.

Q. How do you describe PanSTARRS´ sounds?
PanSTARRS sound reacts to whatever dynamics there is, to be as spontaneous/honest as possible. It is always changing. It was all melancholic at the beginning and then started to be all punk/agressive so nothing is really constant when it comes to us discovering our sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I have always recorded in my bedroom using MIDI drums, but since we started to write music as a band, we prefer to record everything live in a studio this time. The recording process is put on hold cause we have no money to invest in recording nowadays.. but we'll start soon.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Joy Division, just because it's so much fun to perform live.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Future is only me and hazem, we should be done with recording the album in the next few months. and then start writing new material with whatever sound we will come up with next.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks man