quinta-feira, 5 de março de 2015

Night Time with Red Vienna - An Interview

Um cruzamento caótico entre Killing Joke e B.R.M.C..

Assim pode ser descrito a sonoridade dos canadenses do Red Vienna que preparam para lançar o álbum The Book of Hours agora no final de março, e já pela amostra dada com Golden Dove, faixa que abre o disco vem um pós punk pesado e barulhento pela frente.

Um das gratas e grandes surpresas que pegou o TBTCI de jeito.

***** Interview with Red Vienna *****

Q. When did Red Vienna start, tell us about the history…
Robbie: The idea for Red Vienna started back in 2008 when Jahmeel and I were on tour with our previous band The Black Halos in Europe. Jahmeel was fairly new to The Black Halos during that tour so we got a chance to really know each other and bonded both personally and musically. It really started to take shape and become serious a few years after that.

Q: Who are your influences?
Robbie: There are many influences but some that really stand out would be Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Killing Joke, Swervedriver, lot’s of post-punk and shoegaze bands.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
2. AC/DC - Highway to Hell
3. The Clash - London Calling
4. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
5. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

1. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
2. Depeche Mode - Violator
3. Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime
4. Killing Joke - Night Time
5. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Robbie: If you have never played a live show before then it’s hard to explain. We have both been lucky to have had the chance to tour many countries over the years but to be honest, it’s an amazing feeling. Knowing people have showed up to your show to see your band perform is special and you should always perform to the best of your ability as performing in front of an audience is an amazing experience.

Jahmeel: It’s a pleasure, I love playing live. The songs always have a certain energy that you can’t really reproduce on a recording.

Q. How do you describe Red Vienna sounds?
Robbie: It’s a difficult question to answer but if I had to label it, I would say post-punk best describes Red Vienna. It’s just heavy enough to appeal to fans of rock, punk or metal but melodic or pop influenced enough for people that are not into aggressive or heavy music.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Robbie: For the most part, Jahmeel would come up with a guitar or bass riff idea and I would try to put an appropriate drum beat to it. Once we have a solid idea that we’re happy with we would come up with various parts to arrange into a song. It’s a very organic process as we like to throw ideas off each other until we’re happy with what we have come up with.

Jahmeel: Some of the songs on the new record came out of demos I did at home and the rest came out of rehearsals. Just working on ideas. Usually the songs don’t start to take shape until Rob puts drums to them. In the studio we recorded the bed tracks live off the floor. Additional guitars and vocals were layered on top. We made a conscious effort not to do too many overdubs and really try to keep a raw live feeling.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Jahmeel: Some newer bands I really like: Viet Cong, Iceage, Merchandise, Bölzer, Death Karma, Lower…

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Robbie: We have actually been discussing various covers lately and may possibly like to try doing a Killing Joke cover at some point.

Q: What´s the plans for future….
Robbie: After the release of this new album we are hoping to play a bunch of shows and would like to tour if the opportunities are there. We are always working on new song ideas and hope to record new material in the near future.

Q: Any parting words?
Robbie: Thanks to everyone for checking out Red Vienna, we’re really excited about the release of our first album. All support is greatly appreciated.

Jahmeel: Thank you for the interview. We appreciate the support.