quinta-feira, 4 de junho de 2015

Fade Into You with Casting Circles - An Interview

Muitas bandas levam toda sua existência em busca da canção perfeita e muitas vezes não conseguem atingir seu objetivo.

Em alguns raros casos e momentos acontecem os milagres sonoros, aquela magia, aquela candura que em pouco menos de quatro minutos consegue-se atingir o sublime de criar enfim a tão sonhada canção perfeita, e os estadunidenses do Casting Circles logo no início de sua curta carreira atingiram o resultado na belíssima Like a Paper Crane, um verdadeiro primor de canção, algo como o elo perdido entre Mazzy Star e o Best Coast.

Uma verdadeira sublimação da perfeitação, ouça e comprove, ouça e se apaixone.

***** Interview with Casting Circles *****

Q. When did Casting Circles get started, tell us about the history...
Jerry: Drea, Gloria and I started playing together in march of 2014. We played with a few other people as well but this is the group that stuck. We're always on the look out for someone to do keys/synths as well but for now all of our electronic sounds are triggered from a sampler. That little Akai is like another band member Emoticon smile Gloria and I were already in a relationship for a few years prior and we thought it'd be fun to play in a band together. I had been playing in bands most of my life but this was Gloria's first time. I actually taught her how to play bass and she picked it up pretty quickly. Within a couple months she had our set down. We met Drea on the craiglist. Drea was a singer/songwriter living in the Watsonville area. She had done some open mics as a solo act but she wanted to play with a full band.

Q: Who are your influences?
Jerry: My most fondest memories as a teen (in the mid 90s) were driving around in my friends' cars listening to groups like, The Cranes, The Pixies, Siouxsie, The Raincoats, Mazzy Star, Helium, Pulp, Violet Indiana, PJ Harvey amongst many others so this group is just an extension of my teenage dreams to do a project that was kinda dreamy and ethereal yet also at times a bit bigger sounding with just tinges of dark and creepy.

Drea: My biggest influences are Amanda Palmer from the Dresden Dolls, Elliott Smith, Kate McGill from Meadowlark, Ben Folds, The Shins, Paramore, Modest Mouse, Pink Floyd, Blink-182, and Avril Lavigne, Nirvana, Band of Horses, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kimya Dawson and Weird Al Yankovic.

Gloria: Lowrider oldies, Selena, Guns N Roses, Motley Crue, Interpol, Belanova, Rachel Yamagata, The XX, Bassnectar

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Jerry: ha now keep in mind, these are not because I feel these are to be regarded universally as the all time best albums ever made but out of every FULL album I've ever heard these are the albums that have had the most profound effect on me...

My dad owned Depeche Mode's "Violator" RECORD (there was actually no CDs to be had just yet in our house) so that album has a special place in my heart. Whenever "Enjoy the Silence" would come on the Mtv, even as 9 year old I would STAND and STARE at the TV while it played. ha and the last 4 in no particular order are...
•Pulp - "A Different Class"
•Elysian Fields - "Queen of the Meadow"
•Blonde Redhead - "Misery is a Butterfly"and just because the band,

Helium's song "What Institution are You From" could be my favorite song ever I'm upgrading it to Album status! It came on their single, "Superball".

Drea: This is so hard! My favorite albums of all time are probably Pink Floyd's The Wall, Weird Al's Running With Scissors, The Moon & Antarctica by Modest Mouse, Billy's Not Bitter by Billy White Acre, The Used by The Used, Brand New Eyes by Paramore.

Gloria: Motley Crue "Shout at the Devil", Interpol "all of them", Soundtrack to Beyond the Black Rainbow Movie

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Jerry: I'm pretty comfortable with it. The band I was in prior to Casting Circles was actually a powerviolence/thrash band which did a fair amount of touring all over the country and as you could imagine was a much different experience. I've played some really seedy houses in some very sketchy parts of towns that most people would spend there lives trying to avoid. haha I can think of a few times I didn't think I wasn't going to make it back home. So on the whole spectrum of being a touring musician, being on stage is probably the least stressful thing about it.

Drea: To me playing live is like a form of therapy where I get to express some of my most intimate feelings with a group of strangers.

Gloria: I'm an introvert so, I imagine like I'm Playing in a walk in closet where I'm surrounded by things I like and I feel at peace.

Q. How do you describe Casting Circles sounds?
Jerry: If Amanda Palmer, Violet Indiana, Mazzy Star and Pulp all had a baby that grew up in East Side San Jose.... that kids' mix tape would sound like Casting Circles.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Jerry: Well, the 2 songs we have up, "Like A Paper Crane" and "Dust" were actually done along with 4 other recordings we recorded in Drea's living room. We were going to do a free digital EP BUT unfortunately I pulled a ROOKIE mistake and did NOT back up our songs onto an EXT Hard drive. That Week my desktop's hard drive decided to sh*t the bed and I lost the original song files frown emoticon. This was my first time recording a full band myself so... lesson learned :)Our next record is my second attempt at recording a full band and it's going exponentially better. Gloria and I are fortunate to live an a converted studio apartment in an old Victorian farmhouse in San Jose, CA. We have hardwood floors from the late 1800s. Needless to say, it makes for great recordings. We are really excited to put this out when it's done.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Jerry: There are so many rad bands we have been recently discovering. It's a really amazing time for independent artists now. A lot of talented groups are emerging and continuing to do some great things. Off the top of my head some bands I've recently discovered and have been listening to lately; Creepoid, Li Xi, Lungs And Limbs, Appendixes, Little Sister, Rich Girls, The Light Thieves, Future Twin, Makthaverskan... I know there's a bunch I'm missing but that's all I can think of for now smile emoticon

Drea: Meadowlark, Orla Gartland, Hudson Taylor, Night School, The Casket Girls, Kina Grannis, Swordsmith

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Jerry: hmm... Pulp - "Cocaine Socialist", The Raincoats - "don't be mean" or Q Lazzarus - "Goodbye Horses"

Drea: It would probably be the most fun to make a cover version of The Dresden Dolls because they are so theatrical and love to dress up!

Gloria: "Looks that Kill" by Montley Crue, "Anonymous" by SSQ

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Jerry: We are finishing up recording for a new (as yet to be titled) 7 inch which we plan to release this summer. We're scheduled to start shooting a video for one of the songs from the new record called, "Sixty Daddies" in late June which we are super excited about! The production team we are working with on this video, work with a program through the city of San Jose, CA that gets the communities youth involved with producing videos and other various marketing materials for local emerging musicians. We are really excited to be involved with them. We'll be doing a small tour up the US's Pacific Northwest in late August to help support the new record so if anyone out there is living in those areas, please come out and see us! We will be making an official announcement with all the details as soon as all the venues are confirmed. PLUS we also have a bunch of shows in the bay area in the coming months so please come check us out if you're near by! It's going to be a busy summer for us.

Q: Any parting words?
Jerry: I'd like to take this opportunity to suggest to everyone out there to consider a sustainable vegan lifestlye for the sake of our environment and better more efficient use of our resources (California: I'm lookin' at you). Everyone can read a good article about it here: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet
Thank you so much for taking in interest in our band!