segunda-feira, 29 de fevereiro de 2016

Same Old / Lo​-​Fi Shit with The Dirty Coal Train - An Interview

Para os amantes do garage/surf/lo fi punk psicótico, os portugueses do The Dirty Coal Train são basicamente discoteca básica. 

"Same Old / Lo-Fi" o último esporro deles data de Setembro do ano passado, mas se você acha pouco, fique tranquilo porque logo, mas muito logo mesmo chega a nossas mãos e ouvidos "Super Scum" e ainda tem mais. Mr. Marky Wildstone sim ele mesmo (The Dead Rocks/Song and Dance Men/Wildstone Productions e mais uma penca de coisa), além de ter gravado algumas sessions com os caras, esta de malas prontas pra embarcar junto com o The Dirty Coal Train para uma turnê na Europa, ou seja, se você estiver em alguma cidade e cruzar os caras, nem pense duas vezes e se entregue de corpo e alma a garageira psicótica dessa rapaziada.

Isso é rock´n´roll, tá bom né??

***** Interview with The Dirty Coal Train *****

Q. When did The Dirty Coal Train start? Tell us about the history...
Rev. Jesse: Well, it's been 5 years since the project started but there's already some history, i'll try to make it short: when the band where I was playing (indie rock band named Puny) ended, i wanted to make a new project open to collaborations where I was the main driving force (mostly to avoid the band ending with internal disputes), I recorded lots of demos of garage punk, surf and rock inspired tunes. The 1st line up was a duo with Rodrigo Paulino, we both played drums and guitar. Then a trio with Shelley Barradas and then a trio with me , Rodrigo on bass and Helena from São Paulo (from the bands Bionica, Lava,...) on drums.

Beatriz (aka Conchita Coltrane) then joined on guitar (she played with me on a duo: Tiger Picnic) and later Rodrigo left to become full-time parent. After that most shows were a trio with drums and 2 guitars. Shelley still joined on bass for a brief period and left, then Helena left the drums and we were joined by friends / collaborators on drums. Most of the time drums were filled with Carlos Mendes (of the bands Tedio Boys, The Parkinsons and The Twist Connection) and Marky (from the Dead Rocks).

Q: Who are your influences?
Rev. Jesse: Sure you want to ask this? Ok, right now i'm listening to Lalo Schifrin but here's the list of guys that we hold dear: Stooges, Oblivians, Gories, Man or Astro-Man, Half Japanese, Birthday Party, Captain Beefheart, Pussy Galore, Cramps, Blues Explosion, Chrome Cranks, The Scientists, the Sonics, Jonathan Richman & Modern Lovers, Billy Childish / Headcoats, Mc5, NoBunny, Tokyo Electron, The Monks, Strandells, Os Ekos, Conjunto Mistério, Os Tartaros, Howlin Wolf, Kinks, Animals, The neandethals, Gun Club, Ramones, Hasil Adkins, R. L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Doo Rag / Bob log III, T-Model Ford, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Bo Diddley, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Bantam Rooster, Cheater Slicks, Country Teasers, Lyres, Guitar Wolf, Coachwhips, Dick Dale, Link Wray, Velvet Underground, Them, the Troggs, New york Dolls, Black Flag, Germs, Babes in Toyland, L7, The Make-up, Roy Orbison, Tom Waits, Os Mutantes, 13th floor elevators, Crime & the City Solution, Mudhoney, Dead Moon / Pierced Arrows, Muddy Waters, Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, Dara Puspita, Crimson Shadows, The Routes, Workdogs / Rob K, latin playboys, the music machine, downliners sect, ? & the mysterians, Trashmen, Gibson Bros, the ventures, flesh eaters, we the people, the A-bones, electric eels, ace of cups, wilson pickett, Paul Revere & the raiders, andre williams, beat happening, the frantics, santo & johnny, Don & Dewey, Shock! (the band from spain), Dave Clark Five, The parkinsons, Tédio Boys, D3o, the act-ups, tracy lee summer, subway riders, Os Steamers, Os Jets, The Ballyhoos, Conjunto Universitário Hi-Fi, Nicotine's Orchestra, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Dutronc, France Gall, Arthur Lyman, 60 Second Swingers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lollipop Shoppe, Evariste, Davie Allan & the arrows, Count Five, Fang, Dead Boys, Rocket from the Tombs / Pere Ubu, Dead Kennedys, Crass, Richard Hell, the clean, damned, demolition doll rods, Eskorbuto, Reverend Charlie Jackson, Big Joe Williams, Memphis Minnie, Jimmy Reed, Jaybird Coleman, fast eddie nelson, furry lewis, frank stokes, hound dog taylor, Sleepy John Estes, Son House, Jay Reatard / Reatards / Bad Times, Clone Defects, Limes (the band from Goner records), kim fowley, other half, Los Salvajes, los Yorks, Quintron, richard & the young lions, supercharger, Takeshi Terauchi, Tav falco, The Beguiled, The Bobby Fuller Four, The Chesterfield Kings,The Missing Links,The Gruesomes, the Wongs, Loli & the Chones, Swamp Rats, tall boys, wau y los arrrghs, The eyes, The Deviants, yardbirds, the Crawdaddys, the Seeds, the Dovers, The Pagans, Lee Hazlewood, Pixies, Neil Young, James Chance, Misfits, Aus Rotten, I Spy (the ones from Canada), Red Transister / Von LMO, X-Ray Spex, DNA, Mars, The Fall, Red Crayola / Red Krayola, These Immortal Souls, Scratch Acid, velvet monkeys, gumball, the clash, jesus & mary chain, devo, blue magoos, chimney sweeps, The Human Expression, the masters apprentice, figures of light, Studd Cole, T. Valentine, Urinals, the novas, les Baxter, the Wailers (the band from Tacoma, Washington), sonny vincent/the testors, Chants R&B, Zakary Thaks, joe meek, len bright combo, The Del-Aires, Benny Joy, Fireworks, Johnny kidd & the Pirates, unrelated segments, golden pelicans, arch hall Jr, Coneheads (the band from Canada), Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Gizmos, Subsonics, Swingin' Medallions, Gravedigger V, Jelly Roll Kings, The Bizarros, Yays & Nays, Sonny Boy Williamson II, The Squires, Robert Johnson, Ronnie Self, Kris Jensen, Ersel Hickey, The Phantom Raiders, the jujus, impala, wall of voodoo, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Don Fardon, the strangeloves,...

Conchita: ... guess it's enough!

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Rev. Jesse: That's always changing! Today they'd be:
Birthday Party ‎– "Hee-Haw"
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band ‎– "Ice Cream For Crow"
Stooges ‎– "Funhouse"
Oblivians ‎– "Soul Food"
The Parkinsons ‎– "Back To Life"

Conchita: ehhhhh... not the top 5, but 5 great ones that jump in my mind right now
pj harvey - "Rid of me"
velvet underground & Nico - "velvet underground & Nico"
The Urinals - "Negative capability... Check it Out!"
Bill Callahan - "Sometimes I wish we were an eagle"
Rowland S. Howard - "Teenage Snuff Film"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Rev. Jesse: Like i'm saving tons of Money on psychiatric help and drugs!

Conchita: I feel like it is the last day on earth, having fun and giving it all with my sweetheart by my side!

Q. How do you describe The Dirty Coal Train sounds?
Rev. Jesse: 1st thing : we love raw lo-fi sounds. We listen to tons of blues, surf, 60's garage, 70's psych but love the real rock and roll feel of Punk! So I think when you mix all those things you get the Dirty Coal Train sound.

Conchita: Energy blast with sprinkles of weird stuff! hehe

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Rev. Jesse: most of the tracks we take from my personal demos and work them out. then, Bea (Conchita) brings some of her songs and we do the same. In the early formations we had some songs from Rodrigo, one by Shelley and a few made together out of improvisation, but most today are born from me or Beatriz and then worked as a band or in studio where I sometimes play the drums and we had overdubs like bass and other stuff. Most of the time is just the usual trio even on record: 2 guitars + drums.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Rev. Jesse: I feel like a real old guy because i try to listen to lots of new stuff but the records i discover that really grab my attention are old records. But from stuff released recently I would recommend the Coneheads (the band from Canada), Fat White Family, Golden Pelicans,... and some Portuguese new bands like Thee O.B.s, Planeta Quadrado, Conan Castro & The Moonshine Piñatas, The Brooms, Volcano Skin,... along with old bands like the essential Parkinsons and The Act Ups that just can't make one bad record and weird iluminaires from the band Subway Riders!

Conchita: hummm, I would just add the Portuguese band PUMA.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Rev. Jesse: I'm always afraid of fucking up a song I really like, but i'd love to have a farfisa player so I could play some tracks from the Seeds with Bea on vocals!

Conchita: ahah!... yeah, that is true about the part of fucking up... but we already did a few covers that I am proud of! Let's see... maybe one from The Animals or Johnny Cash some day.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Rev. Jesse: well.. "Super Scum" LP is coming out so.. tour for that LP and maybe in summer release a 7" with tracks we recorded in São Paulo Brasil with Marky on drums and gor for a small Brazilian tour again! Hope to make new friends and see old friend out there while touring! That's the most fun we get on the road!

Conchita: Continue to play and meet new people and new places. Also have some bees, move to the country and maybe expand the family!

Q: Any parting words?
Rev. Jesse: Sure: write us, let us know what you think of the songs even if you hate them! Make bands, record stuff at home, buy records from independent labels, go see shows at you local venue, sport your local scene!

Conchita: Yes. Fuck Monsanto.