segunda-feira, 3 de agosto de 2015

Everything Stays the Same with The Stillwalkers - An Interview

Os finlandeses do The Stillwalkers pela qualidade, elegância e tato por conceber peças do mais perfeito pop deveria sim estar encabeçando as publicações especializadas ou no topo dos festivais.

Primeiro um EP, Fortune de 2012 e o agora seu debute o álbum homônimo que dá todos os contornos para a construção de um grande disco de indie rock de verdade, muito acima das baboseiras que usualmente nos jogam para digerir goela abaixo.

Não deixe de saborear o que o The Stillwalkers preparou neste belo e certamente forte candidato a virar um disco obscuro admiro apenas por iniciados.

***** Interview with The Stillwalkers *****

Q. When did The Stillwalkers started, tell us about the history...
T: Well Marko and I have known each other since we where kids. We’ve played together in different bands, but The Stillwalkers is actually our first ‘real’ band. We were looking for a drummer and luckily we met Iiro, who had just moved to Turku. So the band started as a trio sometime in 2010 here in Turku. Then Ninni (trumpet) came along, and after a while we released our first record, Everytune EP in early 2013. Now there are five of us, as my brother Julius (keys) joined the band over a year ago. For a while we were a sextet, but our trombone player left the band few weeks ago.

Q: Who are your influences?
M: I think we all like all kinds of music. When I started playing guitar 20 years ago it was mostly metal music and especially this finnish power metal band Stratovarius. It was very melodic music and I think it has been more influential than I give it credit for. Nowadays I like all kinds of music with great melodies.

T: Yeah, it really doesn’t matter whether it’s indie rock, metal, jazz or everything in between as long as there are good melodies and something that touches. Generally The Stillwalkers has always been about making our own music, playing our own songs. It took few years to figure out our sound and our own way to make music. But now it seems that making new music is getting easier and easier.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
T: That’s always a very difficult thing to do. But if I narrow it down to my favourite rock albums, then the list would look something like this:

The National - Alligator / The Posies - Amazing Disgrace / Mew - Frengers / Coheed And Cambria - Second Stage Turbine Blade / Radiohead – The Bends

M: Four Star Mary - Thrown to the wolves / Pedro the Lion - Control / Mew - Frengers /  Stratovarius - Episode / The Twilight Sad - Fourteen autumns and fifteen winters

Q. How do you feel playing live?
M: Well, It’s getting easier each time.

Q. How do you describe The Stillwalkers sounds?
M: Maybe melodic guitar rock/pop? I don't really think it that much. If I think it's good it's enough.

T: Yeah, I guess it’s just some sort of melodic guitar rock.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
M: We recorded everything separately. First drums then bass, guitars, vocals, brass, keyboards and then some more guitars and keyboards and what ever we felt was still missing. I think it's kind of a normal way to make records these days. We had some difficulties but I think that the whole recording process wasn't that tense because we sometimes had weeks between the sessions. And I also think it was again very educational because we are not professionals when it comes to recording and mixing and I think the next album is going to be lot easier to pull together.

T: We really must give credit to Marko, who recorded and mixed the whole album. That’s why the album really sounds like us and not like any other band.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
M: I like this Finnish band called Delay Trees very much. Although it's not that new anymore, but I think it should be more known around the world.

T: Lately I’ve been listening to bands that aren’t necessarily that new, but they’re still well worth checking out. Canadian band The Deep Dark Woods is one of them; they really know how to make great records. And Citizen’s album Youth (2013) is very good too. I guess they’ve just released new album too but I haven’t heard it yet.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
M: We’ve played some covers: Four Star Mary, The Cure and Pedro the Lion but we have never recorded them. But if we would, then maybe we would start with those.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
M: To play more gigs and then start recording the next album or ep. Or maybe both.

T: As I mentioned before, it seems that we come up with new songs and ideas whenever we play together. At the moment we’ve got 5–8 new songs waiting to be recorded. But we’d love to play more gigs too and spread the word.

Q: Any parting words?
T: Thanks for the interview Renato, keep up the good work!

M: Spread The Stillwalkers message around!