Os londrinos do The Death of Pop soltaram Two Thousand and Thirteen no primeiro dia do ano passado e o disco é infestado, veja bem, infestado daquela sonoridade clássica da Creation no início dos 90´s, mas pega o lado mais jangle bubblegum das clássicas bandas do selo, tipo Boo Radleys no Wak Up Boo! ou o Ride no Carnival of Light.
Two Thousand and Thirteen é apaixonante, pitadas de psicodelismo, e doses de elegância moderna shoegazer, nunces de contemporâneos como Radio Dept são notadas também, o que apenas enrique ainda mais o trabalho.
Para sair cantarolando e dançando em qualquer lugar. Uma delicia.
***** Interview with The Death of Pop *****
Q. When did The Death of Pop started, tell us about the history
We started at the end of 2012 after a drunken conversation about disliking lots of music and our own situations. We decided we should start actually making music together that was serious. In the past we had recorded songs but they were usually joke songs We started recording songs over Christmas of that year and released our first two songs on 2nd January 2013. Q: Who are your influences?
We all listen to lots of different stuff, just to name a few, Teenage Fanclub, Guided by Voices, Pavement The Brian Jonestown Massacre, XTC, The Divine Comedy, The Monochrome Set, Split Enz, King Crimson, Ride, The Cure, early Blur, REM (IRS era), on the way to gigs we like to listen to Gong and Frank Zappa, good way to get us in the mood for playing live. Lush were a huge influence on our sound, particularly the early EP’s put together on the Gala album, me and Ollie always listened to lots of stuff with vocal harmonies in, The Beach Boys, The Association, Crosby Stills and Nash The Byrds, Elliott smith and Emitt Rhodes ALWAYS Emitt Rhodes.
Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
We really couldn’t list a top 5, so we extended it to a top 10 at the moment.
The Beach Boys - Surfs up
XTC - Drums and Wires
Guided By Voices - Alien Lanes
Teenage Fanclub – Thirteen
Ride – Nowhere
The Divine Comedy – Casanova
The Pretty Things - Parachute
Carole King – Tapestry
The Moon – Without Earth
We also wrote a Top 5 compilation albums of all time for a good laugh
Bread - The Sound of Bread Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Teppid Peppermind Wonderland Nuggets The Left Banke – There gonna be a storm: The complete recordings 66-69
Q. How do you feel playing live?
I’ve never personally been really into playing live but we have played some really enjoyable shows as The Death of Pop. People always tell us there is a big difference in our live sound to our recorded songs. I think we’re a lot heavier and louder live, it's a challenge to capture that attack and "energy" on record because we record in our flats.
Q. How do you describe The Death of Pop sounds?
Jangle-Gaze is how it was once describes and I think that covers it. We’re shoegazey with pop sensibilities, that is how people usually describe us. Ride and the creation sound are the usual comparisons.
Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We often demo the song first and then take it to Isaac (Bass) and Thom (drums) for some arrangement ideas. We usually get attached to the spontaneity demos so the songs don’t change too much, it’s usually almost a case of rerecording the demos to make them sound nicer and a bit more hi-fi. There is something instant about recording a song in 30 minutes, songs that take days to record lose their freshness.
Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Our friends YOOFS are doing some great stuff this year, check out ‘Another Boring Day’ and Husband Material (Bos Angeles new project) King TV and their singer Lou E are doing some great stuff, check out his song ‘Just One Thing’ Also Chorus Girl and Fake Laugh are making some super fun sounds.
QWhich band would you love to made a cover version of?
A remake of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds.
Q: What´s the plans for future....
CD compilation ‘Runts’ out with Spanish Label Disco De Kirlian out in April. Followed by EP in May, european tour in July and 7inch in October.
Q: Any parting words?
RIP Daevid Allen (Gong) and Michael Brown (The Left Banke)