domingo, 16 de agosto de 2015

Of Loves and Days Ago with Nostalgist - An Interview

Depois do 7" de estreia, o single Monochromantic, o trio de Seattle Nostalgist, soltou seu debute em julho agora, Of Loves and Days Ago intensificou ainda mais o que a estreia havia prometido.

Pós punk em doses cavalares atrelado a um ar shoegazer mais pesado, algo como se o Chameleons em algum momento cruzasse com o Catherine Wheel na fase Happy Days, resumindo, ritmos lentos, densos e pesados, soturnos e ruidosos, sempre na medida correta jamais ultrapassado os limites entre o dark e o shoegazer.

Um estreia poderosa.

***** Interview with Nostalgist *****

Q. When did Nostalgist start? Tell us about the history...
Initially, the seed was planted when I (Asa) moved home after college in mid-2010 and decided I wanted to switch over from bass to guitar in order to pursue songwriting. After a long while, the first "real" lineup really came together with Martin, Jeff and I in late 2012. We gigged a bunch and got to open for bands like Whirr, Agalloch and Deafheaven. As we made plans to record Of Loves and Days Ago, Jeff made clear he'd like to depart after his basslines were tracked, and Martin and I mutually (and respectfully) recognized that our priorities were in different places. So the two of them departed amicably after their contributions to the album were done. I still count both them as my good friends. A few months later I contacted Mark about drums after I'd met him through mutual friends, and Connor came to us on bass via our friend Joel of VibraGun. We've gigged pretty heavily since returning to the stage in January of this year, and just completed a West Coast tour in support of the album.

Q: Who are your influences?
It's pretty evenly split between the bigger shoegaze players (Slowdive, Swervedriver, Catherine Wheel), post-punk (the Chameleons, Lowlife, Joy Division, Killing Joke) and heavier alternative like Failure, Hum, and early Smashing Pumpkins. And many different films noir.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
To be clear, these are just five of many albums that have particularly influenced me as a musician. My bandmates have theirs too, so this isn't representative of Nostalgist as a whole.

The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Killing Joke - Night Time/Brighter Than a Thousand Suns (tie)
Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain/The Mantle (tie)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I generally enjoy it quite a bit, but am very self-critical.

Q. How do you describe Nostalgist sounds?
Heavy, brooding, melancholic and romantic.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
It was a long, obsessive, and thoroughly worthwhile learning experience. All praise to Evan Foster.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Seattle has many great acts-- Golden Gardens, VibraGun, Black Nite Crash, Dirty Dirty, Fox and the Law, Winnebago, Ka, Witch Ripper, Dead Spells, Where My Bones Rest Easy and Lo There Do I See My Brother to name but a few. Non-locals I especially recommend would be Narrow Head, Wildhoney, Pinkshinyultrablast, Soft Kill, Nmbrsttn, Shadowhouse, Sannhet, Planning for Burial, Crisis Arm, Cloakroom and Lotus Thief.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
We can't really agree on a cover we all want to do.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're really excited to be playing with our friends Acid Tongue for their EP release in August as well as to be opening the ChameleonsVox farewell Script of the Bridge tour with Soft Kill in September. After that, we're going to focus on writing new material.

Q: Any parting words?
Eternal gratitude to all who have supported us in any way or found something in the music that resonates with them. If this interview has been of interest at all, everything we've ever recorded or will record can be downloaded for free.

Thank you for your time, Renato.