terça-feira, 31 de março de 2015

Countdown to Ecstasy with The Mites - An Interview

Os estadunidenses do The Mites soltaram no final do ano passado Bellows, seu ep de estreia e o disquinho é uma verdadeira odisseia aos áureos anos das guitar bands.

Tem ecos de Velocity Girl, tem shoegazer, tem dreampop e tem aqueles vocais femininos que simplesmente grudam na mente e seduzem de imediato.

Bellows é pra ser escutado alto e curtindo a vida, delicioso.

***** Interview with The Mites *****

Q. When did The Mites started, tell us about the history...
The Mites started one lonely summer day back in 2011. Allison and Reed were hanging out and decided to write some songs on a whim. Then they hit up their best friend Raul to record drums and the rest is history.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Mites are influenced by a lot of stuff. Early twentieth century Texas and Delta blues; sixties psych/garage/folk; eighties psych and garage; nineties alternative/shoegaze/dream pop; etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is a brutal request. But here are the five albums we each came up with…these lists change hourly.

Allison: 1. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream 2. Superdrag - Last Call for Vitriol 3. The Ramones - Rocket to Russia 4. Foo Fighters - There is Nothing Left to Lose 5. Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts of the Great Highway

Raul 1. B52s - Cosmic Thing 2. Bill Fox - Transit Byzantium 3. Prescott Curlywolf - Arkadelphia 4. Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy 5. Helmet - Betty

Blake 1. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless 2. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour 3. The Lemonheads - It’s a Shame About Ray 4. Swervedriver - Mezcal Head 5. Crosby, Still, Nash, and Young - Deja Vu

Reed 1. The Beatles - Rubber Soul 2. Neil Young - On the Beach 3. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Will the Circle Be Unbroken? 4. Tommy Johnson - Complete Recorded Works 5. The Cars - S/T

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Well, we haven’t played live yet, but I imagine we’d feel pretty awkward.

Q. How do you describe The Mites sounds?
Like a heavy dollop of sugary-sweet molasses dripping from a wooden spoon in slow motion.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ? Like a newborn babe departing from the womb and gasping for its first breath of air.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Gleeson, The Bremen Riot, Frank Bango, The Mites, Supercrush, White Christ, Bloom, Dissolve

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
The Replacements - Little Mascara

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We currently have enough new material for a full-length album. We plan to begin tracking drums in May and, when everything inevitably fails to go as planned, the album should be done by around 2037.

Q: Any parting words?
“A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself.”