quinta-feira, 12 de março de 2015

Suffercation with Autumns - An Interview

Christian Donaghey é Autumns, algo como a class of 86, misturada com o minimalismo brutal de EN e Throbbling Gristle imerso a dissonância maligna dos Telescopes era Taste.

Em primeira de abril vem ao mundo Downwards, mini LP que esta disponível para audição de todas as faixas em pequenas doses, só para aguçar o ouvinte perante a esquizofrenia de distorções do Autumns.

Virou objeto de culto aqui no TBTCI.

***** Interview with Autumns *****

Q. When did Autumns started, tell us about the history...
1. Autumns started two years ago this month. I basically was frustrated with music and with the lack of creativity in my life at the time. Being a drummer I felt like I had to get other people to make the music but I ended up taking up all the duties of the project, everything from recording, networking and artwork etc. Before I knew it I had releases out and played a lot of shows.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. I don't know exactly who influences me and what actually goes into Autumns but I look up to a lot of artists. I'm in to music like The Telescopes, Glenn Branca, Throbbing Gristle and Family Sex. I've been reading a lot these days, people like J.G Ballard, William Burroughs and John Fante. I'm also recently very interested in the artist Joan Miró and the whole existentialist philosophy.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
3. Right now my favourite albums are, in no order:

Einstürzende Neubauten - Kollaps
The Telescopes - Taste
The Wake - Here Comes Everybody
Throbbing Gristle - The Second Annual Report
The Birthday Party - Junkyard

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. I love playing live, everything about it I enjoy. I love the nerves, the mess ups and the complete sense of fulfilment I get during and after I play. I want everything live to be a spectacle and different every time you see us play. We play really intensely and passionately. We don't fuck about basically.

Q. How do you describe Autumns sounds?
5. The Autumns sound has changed continuously over the two year period. The music have always been experimental but because this is my first time ever writing songs and playing all these instruments apart from drums. But at the beginning it was very garage, shoegaze and C86 sounding. I then took it down a kind of more post-punk and nowave influenced sound. But right now with the future releases on sight I hear various sounds which I'm really content on pursuing. I hear experimentation, industrial, noise, post-punk and hints of shoegaze. I mean that's what I think but it could sound like something completely to a listener. People always mention how different the sound is from recording to the live sound which was always an aim of mines, to keep these two sounds separate.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
6. It really depends where I am when recording. When I record in my bedroom its very intense and experimental. I use one mic and a useless programme which is barely dependable. I mess around more and act on the moment which I personally think gets me great results considering the circumstances. I usually start the song on any instrument, it doesn't really matter. I then layer up the song as I go along with different instruments and details. The last thing I do is vocals which are always improvised and one take. When I'm recording at home I usually don't have a song and I usually just record whatever noises I get to form a song.

When I record in a studio it differs to my own recording style. There's pressure to get the songs down and sounding good in limited time. There's a lot less room for experimentation of sound and equipment, unless you're willing to spend a lot of money, which I don't have. I do really enjoy the studio environment and working there but its definitely different. When I go to a studio I will have the songs fully written. We would just bang the songs out and add the details in after and that's usually it done.

In saying all that, I really enjoy both environments.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
7. Nite Fields.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
8. I would love to cover The Wedding Present song My Favourite Dress.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
9. I'm going to be heading out to play some dates in support of my new 7" record, The Blonde EP which came out on CF Records and is available to buy now. I'm going to be releasing my first album on Desire Records who are great. They've put out bands like Soft Metals and Regis. That will hopefully be out towards the end of the year. I'll also be heading off on tour in Europe and playing some dates in Ireland and the UK.

Q: Any parting words?
10. It's Sooner Than You Think.