quarta-feira, 10 de junho de 2015

In the City with etti/etta - An Interview

O duo mezzo italiano, mezzzo canadense etti/etta é Raffaella, baixo e vocais e Marcus, guitarras eles soltaram no final do ano passado um K7 feito a mão chamado No?Yes.

Um precioso artefato dos nossos tempos, mesclando pós punk, shoegazer lo-fi e dreampop, tudo deliciosamente melodioso, sujinho, aí não tem como não recordar a class of 86. Ecos de Shop Assistants, Flatmates permeiam as cinco pérolas noise pop de No?Yes.

Não tem como não bater o pé acompanhando o ritmo, uma delicia completa.

***** Interview with etti/etta *****

Q. When did etti/etta started, tell us about the history...
We met a few years ago... We have pretty different musical backgrounds, but we like a lot of the same stuff - I think our first conversation was actually about The Smiths... I had been playing guitar and writing my own music for some time, and Raffaella has been singing since forever. I showed her some of my songs and we started working on some music together and I guess that was basically the start of our first EP, "No? Yes."

Q: Who are your influences?
That's a hard thing to answer because we both listen to a lot of different music, and I don't know how much of what we like comes through directly in our music. Someone I know once said there's only two kinds of music: good and bad. So you can learn a lot from everything.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
One time I found a Jam record at Value Village and I was so excited... But when I got it home it had Kiss Unmasked inside! That record would definitely not be one of the top five albums of all time.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Our first show is coming up in June, so I guess we'll find out! But we play together a lot just because that's how we work out a lot of our songs, and it's a lot of fun... I can't speak for Raffaella, but I'm still figuring a lot of things out... I'm always trying to get our songs to sound like how I hear them in my head... You can overwork a song and end up losing something good in the process, so I'm still getting used to letting things take a different form... I'm not a technical player at all... The songs just have to have the right feeling.

Q. How do you describe etti/etta sounds?
That's really hard to say! We've been described quite differently by people so I guess it's a pretty subjective thing... Genre tags get thrown around a lot these days. Maybe they're a necessary evil... But our friend Divudì from the Breakfast Jumpers described us as "post-punk with love" - which we both thought was pretty great...

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It would be great if it was always the same but it never is... Sometimes a song just comes almost fully formed but it's often just a progression or a melody that has to just sort of stew for a while... But I usually start by getting guitar and drums down and then we'll sort of work it out from there... I think a lot of what we come up with stems from what we can do between the two of us... The limitations sort of help us keep things simple which helps the process. I'm usually most happy with the songs that we don't overthink.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
We've been writing our new EP lately, so (perhaps ironically?) We actually don't listen to much new music when we're writing songs.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We've talked about covers, but for the time being we're pretty focused on playing our own songs... But that might change as we play more live shows...

Q: What´s the plans for future….
Make more music and play as much as we can, I think! We’re currently working on our second EP, which should be out sometime this summer. We’re playing in Naples next month, and then we’ll be back in Toronto in the fall, and we’re planning on playing more shows there in support of the new record.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks so much to everyone for your support and for checking out our music!