quinta-feira, 13 de agosto de 2015

Phantomime with Double Echo - An Interview

Os londrinos do Double Echo deixam explícito sua preferências seja em qualquer um de seus registros, eps ou em seus álbuns, o negócio aqui é darkwave, pós punk em níveis intensos.

Tudo exala escuridão, tristeza, raiva, dor envoltos sempre em um clima gélido e cinzento.

As referências são óbvias mas a atualidade que o Double Echo as transforma demonstra o quão atual a escuridão e a melancolia estão.

Dê play no último álbum La Danza e se jogue em qualquer inferninho esfumaçado e escuro, a "diversão" é garantida.

***** Interview with Double Echo *****

Q. When did Double Echo started, tell us about the history...
Ash: We started in 2013, after several years playing together in a more psych/punk oriented band. We found it hard to keep hold of a drummer and started writing with a drum machine, which we found allowed us to do things we've always wanted to but not been able to in a rock sort of set-up, so we branched out as a "new wave side-project" which after a few months ended up becoming our main focus. Later on we got Ellon involved as a part timer, essentially because she finds it much easier to write lyrics than we do, so she kinda saved the day on La Danza!

Chris: Ash and I have always discussed a project of our own a good few years before we had begun, it was only when we acquired our little roland drum machine we thought ahh now we have a good excuse to finally start !

Q: Who are your influegnces?
Ash: A variety of things generally from the late seventies/ early eighties period. What you'd call 'gothic' stuff (though the best groups of that era all reject that label obviously) then primitive electronic stuff, some pop, some shoegaze maybe, some soundtracks...

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Chris: I couldn't really....

Ash: Any five Cardiacs albums as that's all I listen to right now.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Ash: Usually nervous or angry.

Chris: A few bevvies and I can just about get through...

Q. How do you describe Double Echo sounds?
Ash: Sad, atmospheric, nostalgic.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Chris: We try to experiment with unusual means of recordings such as using our Akai tape recorder which we used to record Black Morning, and Phantomime. We basically used whatever we could get our hands on, as we were unable to get into a proper studio at the time we strarted, so everything up to date was played and programmed by hand, then recorded on some home digital equipment, as well as our akai tape recorder. It took ages utilising the tape recorder but there you go !

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Ash: If you like Double Echo, check out The Sea Witches, also from Liverpool!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Ash: I keep thinking I want us to try a Left Banke song, but I don't know how well it would translate in our style.

Chris: I always wanted to have a go at Kites by Simon Dupree and the big sound.. Though The Associates already did it... still might try it out

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Ash: Peter Out Records in Sweden is releasing a vinyl version of La Danza with new artwork soon, and Gothic Music Records in Finland will be re-releasing a new mix of the Phantomime album on CD with a couple of extra tracks. We're touring in Europe in November, though exactly when and where is still to be confirmed... and we're working on new material even as we type!

Q: Any parting words?
Ash: No, it's cool. Thanks for interviewing us.

Chris: Pleasure !