segunda-feira, 2 de novembro de 2015

More Drugs Blue Sky with Blonderr - An Interview

Uma dica preciosa originada do comparsa do submundo dos sons sons, Mr Pedro Damian através de seu Shoegazer Alive foi os italianos do Blonderr e seu viciante álbum Corporate Standards.

Algo como um Medicine encharcado de kraut e psicodelismo atual, Corporate Standards é ruidoso, estridente, pegajoso e ácido, dando pra sentir escorrendo o sabor amargo do elixir.

A única saída é dar play e escutar com fones extremamente alto.

***** Interview with Blonderr *****

Q. When did Blonderr start? tell us about the history...
It all started in the summer of 2013. I had a band with a friend of mine, we were playing as a duo without much action. I met Andrea, long time friends but apart for a while, and we decided to play some garage for the fun of it and talked with Mauro, who was (and still is) playing with another band, Godwatt, a heavy stoner rock monster. After a couple of rehearsals the sound was taking shape so we accelerated things a bit and started playing live. We met Filippo Strang of MiaCameretta Records on a gig we were sharing and started a collaboration with him at his studio, VDSS. After 4 months we had our first 45’’ out.

Q: Who are your influences?
When we started we were three and all the music we liked combined into are sound. There were three separated sides, with Mauro on heavy and psychedelic, Andrea on shoegaze and complex songwriting, me basically on punk rock and post punk.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
The hardest question possible. I change top fives a thousand times a year.
A temporary one:
- Shot Forth Self Living (Medicine)
- G.I. (Germs)
- Jane From Occupied Europe (Swell Maps)
- Suicide (Suicide)
- Quique (Seefeel)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We all agree it’s the best thing possible, the one thing we focus most attention on.

We are trying to refine the sound from the beginning, hoping to play live most of future days until death.

Q. How do you describe Blonderr sounds?
I really wouldn’t know how to describe it because all the people we met and heard us live had different opinions. From harsh shoegaze to noise pop to plain punk. So I can’t tell exactly.

I think it’s basically punk rock in the sound. The vocal parts come from thousands different listenings.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We take recordings seriously but not that much. The most important part is trying to make a song sound as real and natural and primitive possible. With various results. The first EP (Radio, out on MiaCameretta Records) was recorded live in less than 3 hours. I did the vocal afterwards, the same day.

We wanted it to come out raw and uncut, with all the nuances and and the edges.

For the first record (Corporate Standards) we spent some more time in the studio. But also with the record, we tried to leave it as natural as possible, so not much post production on the instruments, a lot of not-so-perfect ‘first takes’ and various white noises. Two songs needed new arrangements and some refinement, but most of the record was not modified in post phase.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Some bands impressed us and stayed on our record players. Girls Names, Drenge, Broncho, Tyvek, Boogarins. Also bands we have known or played with like Panda Kid, La Casa Al Mare, Flying Vaginas, At The Weekends.

Personally I found Protomartyr to be ahead of all the rest. I hadn’t heard a band so ‘true’ in a while.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A 47 minutes long version of Can’s Future Days.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re not making any plan for the near future, apart from playing as much as we can.

But we have a couple of new songs. So maybe we could experiment a bit.

Q: Any parting words?
I’m not so good at this, I’ll leave it blank.

We would like to thank you for your interest and for the opportunity to talk about our band.
*Lorenzo / Blonderr