Echoes of a Clock, o mais recente trabalho dos franceses do Pearblossom Highway é um alucinógeno em potencial de propiciar delírios e efeitos colaterais, já desde os primeiros acordes da estrondosa abertura com a poderosa Slavery.
O álbum é emoldurado sob um ode efusiva aos heróis do psych moderno, os Black Angels incorporando viagens escuras e densas, sob fortes influências de VU e um poderio pesado tendo a força motriz no grunge americano dos 90´s.
Resumidamente o Pearblossom Highway é perfeito para pegar um estrada sem rumo e quando você menos espera sua velocidade estará completamente acima do permitido, quiça do suportável.
***** Interview with Pearblossom Highway *****
Q. When did Pearblossom Highway start tell us about the history...
It started in a dark and creepy per hour rented studio, the formation was not the same, Guilhem was on drums, Flo the singer and guitarist, Alex, already the bassist. We were already trying to make some kind of alternative Psyché Rock, but something didn’t fit and we felt that perhaps the formula was not the good one. So we tried to find a drummer, Guilhem switched to vocals and guitar Flo kept the guitar and Alex was still on the bass.
We decided to make a brand new start with the combination which is almost the same today. We soon had the pleasure to produce our first EP self titled, “Pearblossom Highway” in 2013 and a second last year, Echoes of a Clock.
Q: Who are your influences?
There are a lot of bands that we love and surely influence our music. We are lucky to live in Toulouse where the Rock scene remains very active and we have the chance to see a lot of bands from the world’s psychedelic Rock scene by whom we feel very inspired, we’re talking about The Black Angels, Singapore Sling, The Night Beats, A place to bury strangers and many more, and that’s great, they come to play in our city !. So those bands must influence our music, our sound, but not only, the pioneers of this very musical genre , like, the 13th elevator floor, The doors, Can, and the punk and post Punk wave, from the stooges, the Velvet, …
Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Mélodie Nelson (Serge Gainsbourg)
Velvet Underground and Nico (Velvet Underground)
Directions to see a ghost The black angels
Q. How do you feel playing live ?
What a great feeling ! It’s the place where we can concretely share our music and feel the audience’s reactions, a strange process, where we feel naked, trying to do our best to shake peoples ears and everything that goes with it.
Q. How would you describe Pearblossom Highway sounds?
Perhaps like a reverberated train sound, something dark and powerful, leaded by heavy drums anchored to the ground, fuzz , a kind of violent sonic exaltation.
Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We basically want to have recordings that sounds (sound) like you could hear on a live session, no tricks, no cheats, no autotune !
We try to catch the sound directly from the tube amp to the track, with all the little imperfections that emphasize the vital energy of the band, its authenticity, hope that it’s still alive on the recording Technically , we recorded in a studio which is mostly a basement in a squat of Toulouse named “Les enfants sauvages” “the wild Children” our sound engineer upstairs in the control room. We played live and added the voice afterwards.
Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A place to bury strangers, we love their inventiveness, a sonic explosion !
Thee Oh sees, who are coming back this year with a new album. You can listen to the brand European Psychedelic scene with The Underground Youth, Go!Zilla, The Shivas… Or the Bands from our Hometown, Toulouse, with She Hunts Koalas and their powerful Stoner Doom and all the bands from the Psychedelic Revolution collective !
Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We’ve been talking about a cover for a long time, tough debate ! We don’t really know, we think that the interest of doing a cover is to add something personal to the song, something more or something different, we talked about the Monks, or The Brian Jonestown massacre… Nothing’s really sure !
Q: What are the plans for the future....
For the moment we’re trying to book some gigs around France and Europa, or Brasil ! (Who knows ;-) .
We plan to work on a new record, perhaps this summer.
Q: Any parting words?
Support your local scene, your musicians, your painters, artists in all kind of arts that you love, try to go see bands on stage, in exhibitions, or whatever you want to, as often you can. You’re free not to sell your mind !