segunda-feira, 9 de novembro de 2015

Glass Giant with Sidewave - An Interview

Nos primeiros acordes de Glass Giant dos estadunidenses do Sidewave já fica claro qual é a receita sonora, barulheira noventista transportada para os dias atuais, coloque aí na receita a fase boa do Smashing Pumpkins aliada a bandas atuais como Autolux e Nothing, eis a fórmula dos caras.

Glass Giant é daqueles típicos álbuns que ou você escuta extremamente alto, ou é melhor não começar. 

Simplesmente não há meio termo.

***** Interview with Sidewave *****

Q. When did Sidewave start? Tell us about the history...
So I met Bill back in 2008-ish in the Chicago suburbs because he had just started dating a girl (now his wife) that I went to high school with. She introduced us since she knew we had similar tastes in music. Immediately after that Bill put out a craigslist ad looking for a drummer. That’s how we found Brandon. The three of us jammed on 7 or 8 ideas in a studio that Bill was working at in Orland Park, IL. We never did much besides record demos of these songs before one by one we all moved out to California. All-in-all the project that we dubbed ‘Big Bend’ didn’t live much longer than one or two years and we had no plans to keep it going after our dispersal. Bill and Brandon were doing music in LA and I was in San Francisco doing design. I started recording a lot of demos and the two of them wanted to start working on them as a group. After a few rehearsals we were introduced to Matt and our group was complete. Since then I’ve moved to San Diego to be closer to the band, but that was still an annoying commute, so now I’m in Orange County. I just can’t stand the traffic of LA, so I try to keep my distance as much as possible!

Q: Who are your influences?
Our biggest influences are bands like Autolux, Torche, Oceansize, Hum & Smashing Pumpkins.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Tough question, but in no particular order: Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream & Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Hum - Downward is Heavenward, My Bloody Valentine - Loveless, Radiohead - OK Computer

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I used to feel a little nervous because I'm more of an introvert, so getting on stage in front of a crowd wasn't really in my comfort zone. I'm not really an in-you-face rockstar kind of guy. But as we play more shows and get more comfortable as a band, the confidence comes and you end up worrying less about how you perform and just follow your instincts. Ironically, this leads to better performances in my opinion. It's liberating in a way.

Q. How do you describe Sidewave sounds?
We like to combine airy vocals over heavy guitars and driving percussion. Usually, the first adjective I usually give people is 'spacey', but I don't think that's necessarily the best description. The main goal is to write and record things that are both beautiful and powerful. The spacey element is probably just a side effect of our influences.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The recording process wasn’t ideal. We didn’t have any financial backing and as four young guys living in California, we didn’t have a ton of money to throw at it. We spent 4-5 long days recording drums in our practice space with all the gear that we could borrow. We had to call in a few favors, but we’re pretty satisfied with the results. Then the guitarists all recorded our parts individually. Bill and Matt went into our practice space, and tracked their parts with Brandon manning the console. I ended up reamping all my guitars at a studio in San Diego called Back to Bassics. I had a great experience there and it was through the owner that we met Aaron Harris, who mixed the album. We were stoked to work with him because not only is he a really cool guy, he has been working with some of the best rock bands in the last decade. He was concurrently recording Puscifer’s new album while mixing ours, he plays in the band Palms and he just got back from touring with the Deftones as their drum tech.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
I really dig this band from Atlanta called Big Jesus. They started out a little before we did, so I guess that makes them new. I recently discovered a band from Austria called Lausch that just released a really awesome album. Machines Learning is another really cool band that I enjoy listening to from San Diego.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Well we already covered Air's "Playground Love" and we have already decided that we'd only do a cover if we feel that we could do it better, or completely different. We have been talking about picking out a Radiohead song to cover, but we can't seem to all agree on one right now, and obviously we'd have to do it completely different, because doing it better just isn't an option when it comes to those guys.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
It all depends. Right now the plans are to play some out of town shows to support the album in hopes of expanding our audience. We're itching to get out of LA.

Q: Any parting words?
Sure! Stream our album for free on our bandcamp site at and if you enjoy it, buy a copy!