quarta-feira, 7 de setembro de 2016

Fragments of​.​.​.with Alarm Drum - An Interview

Ambientações psicodélicas captando sonhos e delírios, doses lineares de experimentações envoltas a um ar indie, tudo isso pode ou deveria definir "Fragments of ..." novo trabalho do Alarm Drum, mas neste caso tudo pode se voltar contra você, adentrando a esta atmosfera dreamy quando menos se espera os ruídos aparecem e te trazer para a superfície ou ainda descanbar para um andamento jazzístico irresistível.

Muitos podem sugerir que o Alarm Drum navega em um rótulo chamado "vaporwave", mas eu prefiro os considerar como condutores de sonhos.

***** Interview with Alarm Drum *****

Q. When did Alarm Drum start? Tell us about the history...
Andrew: We were pretty young. Well, we’re still pretty young. But we were starting high school, so picture that.

Seth: Holland, 1945

Ian: We started years back as a much simpler band; a garage band without a name. As we progressed, we decided on Alarm Drum (look up Nestor Makhno & his socialist revolutionary group to see where this comes from.) Songwriting became the main focus, but I hope that something more expressive is still at the core of what we make.

Q: Who are your influences?
Andrew: People predominantly pick up on the shoegaze sound of our music, and it’s true that we love bands like My Bloody Valentine, but I’m really just a music head; anything that I listen to that’s evocative and emotional, I want to be able to do that. I also think to an extent the band has been influenced by film and performance art, it’s something that we always think about when creating.

Seth: Holland, 1945

Andrew: Seth loves Jeff Mangum, obviously.

Ian: I spend lots of time listening to ambient music and modal jazz. Anything airy, abstract, and free can help me clear my head and understand things in everyday life through less selfish means. Dirty Beaches, Lounge Lizards, and Brian Eno come to mind.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Andrew: Five albums that I like a lot that are not Loveless:
Bedheaded- Bedhead,
Feels- Animal Collective,
Shaking the Habitual- The Knife,
Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2- Aphex Twin,
Pet Sounds- The Beach Boys

Ian: Swans - To Be Kind, Dirty Beaches - Drifters/Love is the Devil, Gorillaz - Plastic Beach, and Brain Eno’s Music for Airports all come to mind.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Andrew: Like I’m putting myself on display. Which is something I’ve never been too comfortable doing, but I’ve had to adapt.

Ian: I want to catch what’s in the air, the sort of ‘social consciousness’ and hopefully play it like I’m playing my instrument. At the best show, the room & the air should feel like an organism because of the communication that’s going on. I like to think of myself as channeling a truth rather than creating a song.

Q. How do you describe Alarm Drum sounds?
Andrew: Thick texture with distinct melody cutting through. Precise, looping rhythms. It would be great if we were audio-visual without needing the visuals.

Ian: I make sounds that I hear in my dreams. I’ll be walking around in a dream, and hear something coming from the TV or from out in the distance. If I’m lucky enough, I’m able to recreate the sound when I wake up. You here some of these in our songs!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Ian: We spend lots of time working on demos as a small group, and later re-create the songs with actual studio equipment. Being able to record on our own in a home studio is very important. It allows us to lay out the songs and think about them in a very detailed way.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Andrew: Canopy Hands is a fantastic band from Myrtle Beach, SC. They’ve got a new EP out called Whelm, it sounds like if Tame Impala listened to too much vaporwave. Check it out.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Andrew: Always wanted to do a Cure cover. Maybe Mazzy Star.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Andrew: Listen to more vaporwave. Buy a VR headset.

Ian: I just do things as they come to me. I have thoughts about using the band not only in music, but in fashion, culture, or politics. Hopefully things will get to tumbling eventually. All I can say is that we’re not stopping, at least for a while!

Q: Any parting words?
Ian: goodbye