quarta-feira, 25 de março de 2015

I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One with Babbling April - An Interview

Os estadunidenses do Babbling April são fãs declarados de Yo La Tengo, e até certo ponto o ep de estreia deles tem referências do YLT mas não para por aí não.

O ep homônimo vai além indie rock ao melhor estilo 90´s, com direcionamentos para o dreampop e shoegazer, oras enérgico em outras sonhador, os caras acertaram em cheio a equação da estreia.

Que venha o álbum urgentemente.

***** Interview with Babbling April *****

Q. When did Babbling April started, tell us about the history...
Babbling April originally started in my college dorm room in 2011. Back then it was all bedroom recordings, my college was in a small town without an indie music scene to speak of, so holding a band together wasn't much of an option. Since then, I moved to Dayton, and little did I know but southwest Ohio is like a mecca for burgeoning indie rock bands. There is a great network of musicians and venues here that are all very supportive of new bands, so it worked perfectly to put the band together and take the music to the stage. Some of the songs on the new EP originated out of those old one man demos.

Q: Who are your influences?
The biggest is Yo La Tengo. The diversity their albums have while still retaining a cohesive feel is something I really aspire too. Built to Spill and Broken Social Scene both weigh heavily in the mix as well.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Yo La Tengo - Painful
Built To Spill - Perfect From Now On
Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
White Denim - Last Day of Summer

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is absolutely liberating. "Girl Ima' Babe" is a blast to rip through. After that song I always have to take a minute to remember where I am and how I got there. There is no other feeling quite like losing yourself in that moment.

Q. How do you describe Babbling April sounds?
Its fuzzy and noisy but poppy and sweet. Sugary pop and crunchy rock drenched in a post-rock syrup.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I recorded these songs in my apartment. We did the drums in our guitar player Lee's garage. I am very happy with the way it came out given the limitations we had in making it. Unfortunately professional studio time isn't really in our budget. Between myself and drummer Stephen Yokley, we have a pretty decent collection of mic's and gear. Steve mastered the album on reel-to-reel tape which gives a warmth to the final project that otherwise might have been lost by doing the whole thing into a laptop.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
Stephen and I used to play in a Dayton band called Speaking Suns who are absolutely brilliant. Their new record "Vanishing Country" is a must own. Vivi also has some friends in the DC band Paperhaus and their new record blew me away. It was recorded completely to tape and the guitar tones all over that record are just so crunchy and glorious.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
We cover The Clash which is really fun. I would love to be able to do a cover of White Denim, principally because that would mean that I could play as well as White Denim... those guys are animals.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Currently we are writing the LP. Keep an eye out for it in early 2016.

Q: Any parting words?
Just to say thanks for questions and keep up the great work with the blog! And if anyone happens to be rolling through Dayton to stop out and see some local music- you won't be disappointed. Cheers!