segunda-feira, 18 de maio de 2015

Blank Generation with Stalls - An Interview

Chega a ser espetacular dar de cara com uma banda como o Stalls nos dias de hoje, uma sonoridade extremamente singular, remetendo diretamente a ícones como Richard Hell e o Voidods, Magazine, Wire, Bowie era Berlin, e soando completamente atual.

Dúvida? Peque o cassete homônimo dos caras lançado agora em janeiro pela espertíssimaVacant Stare Records e confira você mesmo.

Um discaço para ouvir bem alto e chutando tudo que estiver pela frente.

Estreia espetacular do Stalls.

***** Interview with Stalls *****

Q. When did Stalls started, tell us about the history...
I started Stalls when I found myself without a band. I had been playing drums and guitar in Bay Area bands for a handful of years, but had never fronted a project. So when a bunch of projects came to an end at the beginning of 2014, I started staying home a lot and demoing songs. A couple months later our drummer Nick Clark and I recorded the EP with an old bandmate of mine (Geoff Saba) at his home studio (Itinerant Home Recordings) in East Oakland. Now we're a full band with Ray Seraphin on bass and Joel Cusumano on synth.

Q: Who are your influences?
My friend Jasper made me a mix of a bunch of recordings that Robert Quine played guitar on before he died. There are a bunch of Richard Hell and the Voidoids songs, some later Lou Reed recordings-- it's a great mix. Quine's guitar style is pretty bizarre, always somewhat out of key. It made a big impression on me.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
I don't listen to music that often. I don't have a record player or even a computer right now. But here are five albums I've listened to and liked:

"Pop Crimes" - Rowland S. Howard
"Freaks" - Pulp
"Songs From a Room" - Leonard Cohen
"Scott 3" - Scott Walker
"Lodger" - David Bowie

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It depends. Sometimes I'm happy, sometimes angry. Performing is a nice opportunity to not think about feelings, which I probably spend too much time doing.

Q. How do you describe Stalls sounds?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I recorded the bass and drums live with Nick (Clark), and then I overdubbed the rest of the EP. We didn't do anything too crazy, though we did record in a warehouse with an incredibly high ceiling. The people who live there have ceremonies where they burn incense and suspend themselves by putting hooks through their skin.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Oakland bands only: Baus, Talkies, Mall Walk, Mansion, Uffizi, Forest Floor, Brasil (the band, not, uh, your country).

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'd like to do a cover of Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes" but Taylor Swift already beat me to it. It seems kind of gauche to do a version after she already did one.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
I'm gonna clean my room.

Q: Any parting words?
No. I'm no good at goodbyes :-(
Thanks, Renato!
Here's a link to buy our cassette EP (with digital download):