domingo, 11 de janeiro de 2015

First and Last and Always with Vague Scare - An Interview

Vague Scare é um duo francês novíssimo sem nenhum registro oficial somente com diversas canções estampadas em seu bandcamp (link lá no final da entrevista).

Os caras passeiam sem pudor pelos caminhos negros e trevosos da darkwave e do synth pop oitentista, sempre com vocais guturais ao melhor estilo Andrew Eldritch e aquela já bem conhecida atmosfera densa e carregada.

Não é nada revolucionário mas que agradará os devotos da era dark e certamente valerá muitas noitadas em inferninhos esfumaçados dançando com as paredes.

***** Interview with Vague Scare *****

Q. When did Vague Scare start, tell us about the history...
Vague Scare started earlier this year (2014.) Fred and I are long time friends, and we already wrote some songs together a few years ago for a short-lived postpunk band called The Dagger Dates. At that time, he made me realize that I could actually try and sing the songs I write... It started with a few rough ideas we decided to work on just for fun. We recorded one song by ourselves with very minimal equipment (...and none of us had any idea about how to record music!), then two songs, then three, etc.

Q: Who are your influences?
As far as Vague Scare's music is concerned, mostly 80s stuff I guess, bands like Suicide, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, The Sisters of Mercy, Dead Or Alive, etc.

Our personal influences are different, although we both love Depeche Mode or the Ramones for instance. Here's a few names that have had (or still have) an influence on us:

Fred: Kraftwerk, Robert Fripp, My Bloody Valentine...

Laur: Bowie, Richey James Edwards, Stiv Bators...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Depeche Mode "Violator"
King Crimson 'In The Court of The Crimson King"
The Beatles "Sergent Pepper"
Neil Young "Live at Massey Hall 1971"
My Bloody Valentine "Isn't Anything"

David Bowie "Ziggy Stardust"
The Lords of The New Church "S/T"
Sex Pistols "Nevermind The Bollocks"
Manic Street Preachers "Generation Terrorists"
New York Dolls "S/T"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Fred: Good to give a song a new life. Keep the essence of the song to make it better and evolve.

Laur: It brings out the core of the songs and opens new doors, indeed. Vague Scare hasn't played live yet since we still have to work on the live version of the band, but I'm originally a drummer, so playing live is important to me. The last tour I did was a few months ago, with Kevin K from New York. I only did 2 shows as a singer with The Dagger Dates, and it's such a different experience from being in the back, hidden behind my kit! It's very exciting though.

Q. How do you describe Vague Scare´s sounds?
Fred: Cold, vague, undefined.

Laur: Hm. Scary songs to dance to? We like to keep a pop edge to our songs, although we might sound dark to some at first.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Most of the time, I write some lyrics, or play a simple synth melody, then Fred comes over and we work on it, try to find the right synth sounds, and record everything in order to keep what we like in the end. I've never worked like that before, I'm used to the "rehearsal, then recording studio" way, so it's a lot of experimenting.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Well, it's 2015 soon, and if you can find a band with no beards and no fucking triangles in their artworks, then give them a chance!

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Maybe something that you don't think we would cover, it would be interesting to take a song from a different music style and make our own version of it.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
First of all, we need to get ready to play some shows, then hopefully release something. A vinyl record would be great!

Q: Any parting words?
Laur: Thanks for the interview, and thanks for reading this!

Fred: Goodbye.