quarta-feira, 3 de fevereiro de 2016

Is Failure An Option? with Giant Surprise - An Interview

Noise poderoso vindo de San Diego, Califórinia, cortesia do trio devastador de tímpanos e predileto aqui do TBTCI, Giant Surprise.

Depois do single de estreia Endless lançado no ano passado, o Giant Surprise voltou com o impressionantemente estridente, denso e pesado "Is Failure An Option?". Uma verdade catarse sonora.

Um esporro em forma de feedback enfiando a cada riff e acorde porções cavalares de barulho na mente.

Simplesmente fundamental para quem é apreciador de barulho regado a melancolias.  

***** Interview with Giant Surprise *****


Q. When did Giant Surprise start? Tell us about the history...
1. Giant Surprise officially started in October of 2015. However, before we formed as a full band I released an EP called, "Endless" in September. I had been really inspired during this time, and wanted to start a definitive shoegaze project.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. My influences go all the way back to bands like Hum, Failure, Dinosaur Jr. (J Mascis is one of the main reasons why I own a Jazzmaster), Sunny Day Real Estate, American Football.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. My top 5 albums in no particular order --
Failure - Fantastic Planet,
Whirr - Sway,
Autolux - Future Perfect,
Cloakroom - Further Out (excellent 1st LP),
and Totorro - Home Alone.

I'm sure I'll get some heat for not mentioning Loveless, but that goes without saying right?

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. Playing live for me has always been a great outlet to express pent up emotions, feelings, etc... Not that those things aren't conveyed in my songs.. However, playing live gives me a chance to let loose and be surrounded by the initial feelings I had when I wrote these songs.

Q. How do you describe Giant Surprise sounds?
5. Giant Surprises' sound is very hard to categorize in my opinion.. there's many bands that we can be compared to, or you can say we draw inspiration from.. But if you ask me, I'd say our sound is taking many elements from that emo sound in the 90s, (Mineral, Sunny Day Real Estate) and putting a modern day sludgy shoegaze twist on it.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. The recording process right now is all done at my house. Mixing, Mastering, Production, etc.. As it is right now, I record all the instruments to the songs I write. This is mainly done because my bandmates, (Chris Gorrie and Manu Rueda) don't have as flexible of a schedule as I do.. And I like to show our fans that we're a well oiled machine when it comes to music. I find myself always wanting to record new ideas I get, and inevitably these ideas turn into full songs during the recording process, and like a kid at show and tell I just want to release this new song I made for everyone to listen to! We will be heading to a real studio sometime in the next few months to record an EP, so keep an eye out for that.. (amongst other songs) Emoticon wink

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. My favorite band right now, who just released an excellent first LP is Cloakroom. If you're into our music and are constantly on the hunt for something similar, I would definitely recommend Cloakroom as they inspire a lot of songs I write. SHEER is also another band I can't get enough of right now, they're an emerging shoegaze/alt rock band from Los Angeles that just released their first LP on The Native Sound. We'll be playing with them on February 20th, and I am beyond stoked Emoticon smile

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. I think we could truly make a great career for ourselves if we abandoned Giant Surprise and went to join Macauley Culkin's Velvet Underground cover band, "The Pizza Underground".

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. We're going to be as active as ever in 2016, we plan on recording a new EP together and playing as many shows as possible with the hopes of gaining new fans who share the same appreciation for this kind of music. (I know they're out there!)

Q: Any parting words?
-- Cheers!