segunda-feira, 31 de outubro de 2016

Put Me To Sleep with UVB-76 - An Interview

Jordan Faour é a mente por trás do sonhador UVB-76. Algo como se houvessem vestígios ainda a serem descobertos pós Glider, sim aquele EP do My  Bloody Valentine, mas esqueça as comparações, elas terminam justamente nessa comparação, porque o UVB-76 caminha em territórios mais eletrônicos, sem jamais perder a verve gazer.

Um deleite é o primeiro álbum cheio, homônimo, lançado no início de Outubro e que esta em altíssima rotação aqui no TBTCI desde seu lançamento. O disco é um emaranhado de influências e referências que explodem em turbilhões de imagens sugerindo sonhos intimistas e profundos.

Experimente o UVB-76, mas experimente alto.

***** Interview with UVB-76 *****

Q: When did UVB-76 start? Tell us about the history...
It started back a couple years ago with my friend Jeremy on drums. We went through trying to find people to play with us for a long time and could never find the right fit. After playing our first show it faded. Awhile after that though I began working on some stuff by myself with the intention of keeping it a full band. It didn't really play out like that and because of that I decided to take a break from UVB. Eventually, my friends who were very into hip-hop and electronic music were showing me how to use programs like Ableton and FL Studio and from there I decided to use these digital programs for my "backing band". That's basically how I got my current sound. I started to work on the album shortly after reworking some old songs in that style. That's basically all there is to it.

Q: Who are your influences?
New Order, Xiu Xiu, Astrobrite, later Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Brian Eno, The Beach Boys, The Microphones, and Grouper

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The Beach Boys - Smile
In Loving Memory - As The Years Pass and Feel Like Seconds
Shania Twain - Come On Over
From First To Last - Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has A Body Count
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange or blond. (It's very hard to decide since blond. is still new)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I gives me a lot of anxiety honestly. Since it's just me up there its hard. I enjoy it a lot though and I think I just need some more experience.

Q. How do you describe UVB-76 sounds?
I'd say it's closer to 90's style shoegaze in terms of its writing but with a lot of sounds of new wave because of the drum machines and keyboards. It's depressive a lot, but sometimes a little hopeful. It's also a lot less effects based since I don't use pedals aside from a TS-9 since the amps I use have analog reverb and chorus or tremelo.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I usually have the drums and keyboards already written out and in the program when I start recording. Basically for guitars, I do as many takes as I can muster to get the best sound. I play around with mic and effect settings until theres something I like. Same thing with vocals I record the bass D/I with just distortion. After everything is finished recording I usually go back and enhance the drums and keyboards some if it's needed.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Costumes from Austin, TX makes great emotionally driven noise-gaze stuff. Astragal from The Woodlands, TX is a new band that just put out their demo and it's great! It reminds me of early indie pop; just reverbed out. Jr. Clooney from St. Louis are a fantastic math rock band! I really recommend them!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I've been trying to work out a Fleetwood Mac cover for a long time. I'd also like to cover an Animal Collective song since they were initially a big influence on UVB.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I think I'm working on an EP right now and preparing for a future tour. Mostly just trying to book more local shows for right now though.

Q: Any parting words?
Nope! Thank you for featuring me!

domingo, 30 de outubro de 2016

Luces Distantes with Quazares - An Interview

Não é de hoje que Lima, capital do Perú é uma verdadeira mecca, talvez uma das melhores da América Latina, quando o assunto é shoegaze, vamos aos fatos, a começar pela mais cultuada da bandsa de lá e uma da mais importantes da "segunda geração" shoegaze, nada mais nada menos do qe o magnifíco Resplandor, ainda temos o recente Orquídea que também dispensa maiores elogios, e tardiamente, mas enfim, antes tarde do que nunca, chega a vez de outro representante de Lima, também captando os ensinamentos de Robin Guthrie e claro, muitas conexões com o próprio Resplandor, estou falando do trio Quazares.

Na ativa desde 2010, o Quazares, difere de suas referências e seus conterrâneos, principalmente por soar mais urgente e menos etéreo, mais pós punk e menos gazer, todas essas facetas estão explicitadas em "Luces Distantes", último trabalho dos caras, que vale a pena ser degustado em alto e bom som.

Logicamente, nada melhor do que os próprios caras para ilustrar em detalhes quase capiciosos o que é o Quazares, e de fora bilingue, inglês e espanhol.

Boa leitura e boa viagem com Quazares.

***** Interview with Quazares *****

Q. When did Quazares start? Tell us About the history ...
Quázares formed in December 2010, led by Marvin Torres (vocals and guitar), William Flores (bass) and Pedro Contreras (Drums). Since its inception, the band has had a sound and distinctive characteristic of the musical references of each member creating a personal and own sound syncretism, the band even without official material had presentations at various local and redoubts of the city of Lima, Sharing the stage with trajectory bands like: Cardinals, Leusemia, Dolores Delirio, etc.

Quazares goes into the "MandalaStudio" studies to capture his first official songs after recording some previous demos and models, commanding the production record was Miguel Angel Samame co-producing the themes of the first ep promotion to the first album "Heart digital "which include Passions languid and Mal Heart as promotional single and video clips, the video clip was languid Passions under the direction and production of Carla Roca

In 2011, the band was part of several important festivals. The year ended with two important events. Black Lima was the event with the best representative bands of new wave, indie, post-punk; which he took part. The year-end concert with Leusemia, was the last concert of the year 2011, sharing the stage with Daniel F and Dolores Delirio
2012 gave started the year with a series of concerts in the center of the capital and in this context, Quázares has been participating in the Agustinazo, which has been taking place since the beginning of the year until today, under the will be its final stage, the bbPress, one of the most iconic rock festivals of Lima's rock scene.

2013 In this process, between comings and goings, the band has had substantial changes, better sound proposal and toughen the image of the band. Within this change, in the middle of August the band Miguel Zamalloa he joined on bass. In which giving their input and knowledge about translating aftermath of the first album will dream that would come out after his retirement from the band replacing Renato MH accompanying wing band during that season. quazares enters a recess Marvin travels to Dominican Republic on this trip and stay in the country the idea of ​​what would be the second album "Distant Lights" recorded interludes between Lima and Santo Domingo is conceived.

2014 Back in Lima Quazares retakes the overall production of the album "Distant Lights" comings and goings between the production of this album I was slowed by surrounding and circumstantial to the circle of the band conditions. in the ranks wing Erick Pantoja band is integrated as bassist and arranger being to execute the bass on this album bringing his talent for the same.

Thus, Quasars has shaped a concept that attempts to remembrance of recycled sounds of the eighties and nineties, leading to intense melodies and lyrics and meaningless sense and hang time.

Members: Pedro Contreras (Drums and sequences) / Marvin Torres (vocals and guitar) / Erick Pantoja (Low)

Q: Who are your influences?
Before calling influences we prefer to call references from other bands sound as a starting point
It is difficult to name one because there are many, but people who hear our music compares a bit
with Cocteau twins, or Heroes of silence to which I do not see well, it is difficult to highlight an influence of a band, we prefer to see it in a global way and think that it is the influence music itself.

Q. Make a list of five albuns of all time ...
This is a difficult question to answer we have no list of historical albums we like a lot.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is a goal of every musician is the central reason why this art is certainly the experience is always great at every concert in every event, in every concert play live we like very much feel the contact with people, and ourselves.

Q. How do you describe sounds Quazares?
The band's sound can be described as something subliminal, a crystalline trip guitars loaded with effects of challenged raucous atmosphere, dense low battery checked at random and square rhythms quazares can have a melancholy sound without being sad, if not how sweet, a little on the nostalgic.

Q: Tell us About the process of recording the songs?
Now today we are recording our second album called distant lights the recording process is tedious and long that takes time each in one the songs are already defined in the trial consensus where all decided to close each song as will be and how it will sound is a band decision is made.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There are always very good bands, such as the depreciation guild, pinkshinyultrablast Tamaryn. and are somewhat recent, also a very interesting band called the veldt.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have no regency about not touch covers,

Q: What are your plans for the future?
The next plans are to release the album distant lights and strengthen our position in the local laescena
to project outwardly beyond our borders, we go with firm step towards what we want and we are working for that, so that each future album the sound is always evolving and taste of our fans, new things always come in the band.

Q: Any parting words?
A special thanks to Renato Malizia and assume space, to spread this musical movement that is liked by many and thank all visitors to the web and this space and all music lovers.


Spanish Version

Q. When did Quazares start? Tell us about the history...
Quázares se forma en diciembre del año 2010, al mando de Marvin Torres (Voz y guitarra), William Flores (Bajo) y Pedro Contreras (Batería). Desde sus inicios, la banda ha tenido un sonido ya característico propias de las referencias musicales de cada integrante creando un sincretismo sonoro personal y propio, la banda aun sin material oficial tuvo presentaciones en diversos locales y reductos de la ciudad de Lima, Compartiendo escenarios junto a bandas de trayectoria como: Cardenales, Leusemia, Dolores Delirio, etc.

Quazares se interna en los estudios "MandalaStudio" para plasmar sus primeras canciones oficiales después de grabar algunos demos previos y maquetas, al mando de la producción de grabación estuvo Miguel Ángel Samame co-produciendo los temas del primer ep de promoción al primer álbum "Corazón Digital" donde destacan Pasiones Lánguidas y Mal Corazón como single de promoción y videoclips, el videoclip de Pasiones Languidas estuvo bajo la dirección y producción de Carla Roca

El año 2011, la banda formo parte de varios festivales de importancia. Dicho año concluyo con dos eventos importantes. Lima de Negro fue el evento que junto a las mejores bandas representativas del new wave, indie, postpunk ; del cual fue partícipe. El concierto de fin de año con Leusemia, fue el último concierto del año 2011, compartiendo escenario con Daniel F y Dolores Delirio
El 2012 se dio por iniciado el año con una serie de conciertos en el centro de la capital y En este contexto, Quázares ha estado participando en el Agustinazo, el cual se ha venido dando desde inicios de año hasta la actualidad, en el marco del que será su etapa final, el Agustirock, uno de los festivales de rock más emblemáticos de la escena rockera limeña.

2013 En este proceso, entre idas y venidas, la banda ha tenido cambios sustanciales, curtiendo mejor la propuesta sonora y la imagen de la banda. Dentro de este cambio, a mediados del mes de agosto se incorpora a la banda Miguel Zamalloa en el bajo. En la cual dando su aporte y conocimiento plasmando unas secuelas sonaras del primer álbum que saldria tiempo después de su retiro de la banda reemplazándolo Renato MH acompañando ala banda durante esa temporada. quazares entra en un receso Marvin viaja a República Dominicana en dicho viaje y estancia en el país se concibe la idea de lo que seria el segundo álbum "Luces Distantes" grabado entre los interludios de Lima y Santo Domingo.

2014 De regreso a Lima Quazares retoma la producción general del álbum "Luces Distantes" entre idas y venidas la producción de este álbum se vio ralentizada por afecciones circundantes y circunstanciales al circulo de la banda. en las filas se integra ala banda Erick Pantoja como bajista y arreglista siendo el que ejecutara el bajo en dicho álbum aportando su talento para este mismo.

De esta manera, Quásares ha dado forma a un concepto que intenta dar remembranza a sonidos reciclados de los Ochentas y Noventas, desembocando en melodías intensas y letras y sin sentido y sentido ala vez.

Pedro Contreras (Batería y secuencias) / Marvin Torres (Voz y guitarra) / Erick Pantoja (Bajo)

Q: Who are your influences?
Antes que llamarle influencias preferimos llamarlo referencias sonoras de otras bandas como punto de partida es difícil nombrar una porque son muchas , pero la gente que oye nuestra música lo compara un poco con Cocteau twins, o Heroes del silencio a un que no le veo así, es difícil resaltar una influencia de alguna banda, preferimos verlo de una manera global y pensar que la misma música misma es la influencia.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Esta es una pregunta difícil de responder no tenemos ninguna lista de álbumes históricos nos gustan muchos.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Tocar en vivo es una finalidad de todo músico es la razón central por la cual se hace este arte sin duda la experiencia es siempre genial en cada recital en cada evento, en cada concierto tocar en vivo nos gusta mucho sentir el contacto con la gente, y con nosotros mismos.

Q. How do you describe Quazares sounds?
El sonido de la banda puede describirse como algo subliminal, un viaje cristalino de guitarras cargadas de efectos, de retados de atmósferas estridentes, de bajos densos de baterías marcadas en ritmos aleatorios y cuadrados quazares puede tener un sonido melancólico sin caer lo triste, si no en lo dulce, un poco en lo nostálgico.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Ahora en la actualidad nos encontramos grabando nuestro segundo álbum llamado luces distantes
el proceso de grabación es tedioso y largo que toma el tiempo de cada uno en uno solo las canciones suelen definirse ya en el ensayo se hace un consenso donde todos decidimos cerrar cada canción a como va quedar y como va sonar es una decisión de la banda.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Siempre hay bandas muy buenas, como por ejemplo, the depreciation guild, pinkshinyultrablast
Tamaryn. y son algo recientes, también una banda muy interesante llamada the veldt.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
No tenemos ninguna regencia al respecto no tocamos covers ,

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Los planes próximos son lanzar el álbum luces distantes afianzarnos en laescena local y
proyectarnos hacia el exterior fuera de nuestras fronteras, vamos con paso firme hacia lo que deseamos y estamos trabajando para eso, para que en cada álbum futuro el sonido sea siempre en evolución y gusto de nuestros seguidores , se vendrán siempre cosas nuevas en la banda.

Q: Any parting words?
Un agradecimiento especial a Renato Malizia y asu espacio, por difundir este movimiento musical que es agrado de muchos y agradecer a todos los visitantes de la web y este espacio y a todos los amantes de la música


The Valley Atmosphere with 2nday Venom - An Interview

Evocando mantras intensos, carregados de reverb, intimismo, envoltos a uma beleza profunda e intrinsecamente infestada de drones e experimentalismos movidos a guitarras, violinos e qualquer instrumentos que puder gerar efeitos de pura acidez, o quinteto bostoniano 2nday Venom ou 2DV para os intimos atesta suas conexões com Bardo Pond, Spacemen3, Sun Ra, Jefferson Airplane e tudo que foi feito de freak e ácido nestas mais de 6 décadas de música.

O TBTCI te desafia; experimente se envolver com o 2DV através de seu debute, o eloquente EP, "The Valley Atmosphere" e tente sair ileso. 

***** Interview with 2nday Venom *****

Q: When did 2DV start? Tell us about the history?
Jenny Kashuck: It's beginnings were before me. Of them, I have only heard romantic stories. My beginning was Feb. 10, 2011. One night I wandered into T.T. the Bear's (now closed, very sad). They had just finished their set. Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys were playing. I found a place to stand next to the counter upon which was a tambourine. (I thought, I wonder who that tambourine belongs to....) There was an amazing violin player in the Broken Toy Army. I said to the beautiful girl who had just appeared next to me that I felt inspired to go home and play my violin now. She picked up the tambourine from the counter and said "you should come and play with us!" I said, no I couldn't. I haven't played in 10 years! I wouldn't be good enough. She said, "just come, don't worry!" Finally, after a couple months, she convinced me. I met her on a rainy day in front of the warehouse building where they practiced, and it was great. I couldn't believe I could play. I couldn't believe what was still in me after all this time. I loved the music, the songs, the genre. From there the band has continued through many incarnations, absorbing the good and the bad, turning it into beauty....just like life.

Frank Butkus Jr: In August 2010 Katarzyna Karbowska (Kasia Kres) responded to my craigslist ad "shoegazer seeks psychedelics". We collaborated every second day and the name Second Day Venom came about. Craigslist then brought Kieran Ryan on guitar, his friend, Pete McDonald on drums, and a guy from Six Finger Satelite on bass. With this lineup we recorded "Serpent Flower".and made some videos. Jinsen Liu found us on myspace and invited us to play the Deep Heaven Now festival. For the live shows we had Nouredine Ouseman, Craig Schechter, Kieran, Pete, me and Kasia. We recorded "Mandragora" with this lineup, and Emilia Sabatowska joined on keyboard. In 2011 we were joined by Jenny Kashuck on violin, Gerard and Gabrielle Patawaran, Antonio Elugardo, Phil Matthews, Doug Carson, Christiana Celli, Karen Zanes, and Joe McCarthy. Karen and Jenny added their parts to some of the songs on "Serpent Flower" at this time. We then recorded a demo by Kenny Lewis. In 2012 we recorded "Psychopomp" with Adrian Greenbaum on bass, me on drums, bass, guitar, and keyboards, Karen on guitar, Kris Thompson on theramin, and Kasia singing and playing bass, tambourine, flute, and organ bass. In 2013 we recorded "Likho" with Ida Lyons Geering on drums, David Kelleher on bass. The lineup was Kasia, me, Jenny, Ida and David K. In 2014 Kasia took hiatusand we went instrumental with Charlie Comjean on bass, Jenny on violin, me on guitar, and David ZeMack on drums. We experimented with some light show techniques and did some covers. Jenny went on hiatus and the lineup changed to a three piece instrumental with Zach Schiaba on drums, Nick Guido on bass, and me on guitar. In 2015 we added Peter Hegarty on Hammond Organ. The group then reformed with Jenny on violin, Jessie Jarva on flute, vocals, and guitar, me on guitar, and Patrick Souter on drums. We recorded "The Valley Atmosphere" with this lineup. In 2016 Nick Laves joined on synth.

Jessie Jarva: Frank and I met in the EMF building and then on the set of Coffee Tea or Me which we unknowingly co-created in the EMF kitchen, later or before previously co-founding the Secret Garden (undisclosed location) in which we began the first of a series of field recordings (for the purpose of an as yet unreleased "concept album"). I think Frankus may have heard something I recorded at Alvan Long's New Alliance Studio - I have a false memory of him listening to this piano song I did (before we really met) that goes "I wanna live". And one time I was playing chords to a Cat Power song "The Greatest" at the basketball court on Brookline St. and he got up all of a sudden and started running back toward the EMF building, and I felt like he was going to record something - I love everything he plays and how he hears.

Q: Who are you influences?
Jenny Kashuck: Velvet Underground, BJM, Grateful Dead, Jesus and Mary Chain, Slowdive, Joy Division, Mazzy Star

Frank: John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Jack Kerouac, David Lynch

Jessie Jarva: Dead T.V., Nico, The Void, Tess Parks, The Twilight Zone, Roland Kirk, Rabbits

Q: Make a list of 5 albums of all time...
Jessie: Revolver - Beatles, That one w/ John & Yoko Under the Tree - John & Yoko, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco, Gershwin- what's it called?, Cat Power - The Greatest

Frank: Graham Bond/ Holy Magick, Yusef Lateef/ Detroit, Larry Coryell/ Live at the Village Gate, Funkadelic/ Funkadelic, Roland Kirk/ Bright Moments

Jenny: Highway 61/Blonde on Blonde, most of Bob Dylan's albums, White Album/Beatles, Dark Side of the Moon/ Pink Floyd, Are You Experienced/ Jimi, Paranoid/ Black Sabbath

Q: How do you feel playing live?
Jenny: Special, sometimes nervous

Jessie: Proud and Curious

Frank: Energized

Q: How do you describe 2DV's sounds?
Jessie: Orchestral lifting layered visions, liquid motion - pictorial, enveloping & inclusionary, visionary, density of sound, hypnotic communion

Frank: abstract, warbly, cosmic, spiritual

Jenny: ethereal, deep, beautiful, lamenting, sometimes like whales

Q: Tell us about the process of recording songs.
Jessie: One thing after another or more usually everything all at once (for me). I've only done everything all at once really recording with this band, but have visions & excitement for possible one after another over-dubbing on tracks!

Jenny: Recording often happens when I don't even know it. Frank is always recording. He takes the recordings and works his magic. There are times when I'm asked to come in and record my part over what has already been laid down. Usually, you get one shot. He likes the beauty of spontaneity, I think. Sometimes this is frustrating but I understand it.

Frank: We record several rehearsals including auditions and then listen back to choose the best recordings to work on. We overdub from there. Or I'll start a new recording with a drum machine and put my guitar, keyboard and drums on top. Then we mute the drum machine and everyone else overdubs there part. Or I start off playing drums with someone playing rhythm guitar and we overdub from there. Sometimes I'll find an old tape recording, play it backwards, and that becomes a new song.

Q: Which new bands do you recommend?
Frank: The Ghost Boys, 10 Dollar Mistake, Kikagaku Moyo, Rocketship (reformed), and Sir Real and the Invisible Heard.

Q: What band would you love to made a cover version of?
Jessie: Nancy Sinatra (Stupid), that one - " I just called to tell you I'm fine.." Wichita Lineman, "Operator, can you help me make this call..." (any phone songs really), that old Japanese 50's crooner song.

Frank: Haphash and the Coloured Coat

Jenny: Black Sabbath

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Jessie: Touring Europe/Germany, mainly Germany

Frank: Record and make videos.

Jenny: Continue to grow and evolve

Q: Any Parting Words?
Jenny: Thank you for reaching out to us. It means a lot. Goodbye.

sábado, 29 de outubro de 2016

Blue City with Tosk - An Interview

Quando se quer conhecer uma banda realmente, eu acredito piamente que não há nada melhor do que ler uma entrevista onde os próprios decupam e explicitam o que a banda é.

Agora, experimente o seguinte exercício, dê play neste momento em "Blue City" primeiro Ep dos holandeses do Tosk e comece a ler a entrevista. Certamente tudo fará pleno sentido e se encaixará perfeitamente, sonoridade e conexões ficarão completamente evicenciadas.

Em "Blue City", o Tosk faz juz ao que explicam sobre eles mesmos, ou seja, "somos verdadeiros garotos dos 90´s", de Grandaddy a Pixies, do grunge ao pós punk, da new wave ao predileto dos caras e do TBTCI, dEUS, ou seja tudo esta ali sintonizado e revigorado para este 2016.

Grande estreia do Tosk, rock alternativo como deve ser. 

***** Interview with Tosk *****

Q. When did Tosk start? Tell us about the history...
Tosk started in 2015, when four musicians from different parts of the Netherlands found each other in the middle of the country ánd in a more less similar taste in music. We decided to form a band and to write some songs. After a little rehearsing and playing some gigs we had enough songs for an E.P.: ‘Blue City’ which was released in the spring of 2016. It was highly acclaimed by several Dutch (and some foreign) media. After the released we’ve played shows all across the Netherlands.

Q: Who are your influences?
Difficult to say, there are so many. First of all: we are all true kids of the nineties. We learned to play our instruments while playing along to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Pumpkins and Soundgarden. When we grew up, our musical taste expanded: from Radiohead to the Pixies, from Grandaddy to the Talking Heads, from pretty traditional folk music to the weirdest electronic stuff. The Belgian band dEUS has also been a huge inspiration.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Allright, let’s give it a try:
1. Radiohead – In Rainbows
2. Talking Heads – Remain in Light
3. Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump
4. dEUS – The Ideal Crash
5. Nick Cave - Push The Sky Away

(A pretty subjective pick by the singer Jehannes)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing our songs live. It’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Really.

Q. How do you describe Tosk sounds?
We like to describe our sound with three words: cool, space and irony.

Our music consists of a cool, pretty danceable foundation of drums and bass. The guitars add loads of space to that and the voice and lyrics are full of irony.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Firstly, we recorded some songs roughly, a pre-production. Then we sent those recordings to producer and mixer K.W. Toering. He added a special touch to our music and our first E.P was born: ‘Blue City’.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Well, one could differ if these bands can be considered ‘new’, but The War On Drugs, Tame Impala and Balthazar (from Belgium) are some of the bands we discovered more recently.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
That’s an interesting question. Maybe we could try something completely different like Leonard Cohen (great lyrics) or maybe try to make a Tosk-version of a more recognisable catchy tune from the eighties.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Well, at the moment we’re planning to make a great record and afterwards we hope to play shows all over the world, especially in Brazil.

Q: Any parting words?
Like we said: we are very happy that people from Brazil listen to our music! A big thank you for doing so! And if you don’t: check our single ‘Blue City’ on Youtube. Thanks again and hopefully we’ll meet someday.

sexta-feira, 28 de outubro de 2016

Plume with Scarlina - An Interview

Junte Placebo, Smashing Pumpinks e Nothing e você terá a noção exata do que é "Plume", EP de estreia do quarteto Scarlina, que saiu de forma independente e apenas em formato digital disponívle gratuitamente no bandcamp dos caras.

Cinco barulhentos exercícios de melancolia, desilusões, amores e irritação que todos passam quando chegam a atingir a vida adulta e a pureza dos tempos de adolescente ficam definitivamente mais distantes, quer um exemplo, veja a letra:

"nothing for me here. 
here, now. 
nothing left to fear. 
here, now. 
waiting for you dear. "

Aperte o play, e aumente no talo, vale cada segundo.

Uma estreia de gente grande.

***** Interview with Scarlina *****

Q: Who are your influences?
Placebo, Hum, Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Radiohead, Slowdive,

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Kid A - Radiohead,
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel,
Spiderland - Slint,
In Utero - Nirvana,
Without You I’m Nothing - Placebo

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I kind of feel nothing playing live. Like I’m isolated from everything else. I don’t notice any one in the band, or anyone around me. I try to get lost in the volume. I sort of want to be on cruise control and exit my body and come back when its all over.

Q. How do you describe Scarlina sounds?
My Boris Violentine (thanks rekya!)

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We spent a lot of time in pre-production. Every song sort of came about a bit organically either through a practice jam, or I would come in with parts that we would arrange and polish. We record every practice, and have an archive we pick through for little gems. When there was finally a body of work we wanted to record the only person that I wanted to work with was my old friend Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden Studios ( He has recorded Deafheaven, Loma Prieta, Oathbreaker, Punch etc. And him and I had a very specific game plan. I told him I wanted to do tons and tons of guitar tracks, and just build the songs from the ground up. One day we met for lunch to talk strategy, and he called me a couple hours later to tell me he bought a plate reverb, and he had to go pick it up in LA. It turns out it belonged to John Frusciante, and there is a crazy story about having to lift this 400lb box out of a mansion window.

We did a live take with everyone in the band playing at once. This is how the majority of the drum sounds and bass takes were laid down. Then Justin and I would do another take on guitar playing with each other in a room. This process took a day, and then I spent an entire day recording guitar tracks, just adding layers and layers. We added most of the other sounds/samples/pianos/synths etc in a couple hours. Then we took a bit of time off, mostly for me to figure out exactly what I wanted to do vocal wise, and I generally wrote the lyrics right before I went into the booth to record them. Lindsey and Myself did two vocal takes for each song, then we spent a long, long, long time mixing, remixing, and finally mastering the songs. The whole process took like 6 months. But I am pretty proud of the end result.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Ravenna Woods from Seattle, Grave Lake from Sacramento, From Indian Lakes, Tycho, Chelsea Wolfe, This Will Destroy You, Nothing, Au Revoir, Shy, Low, Shlohmo.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Joy Division or Bauhaus.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have one other song from the Plume sessions that we are going to put out as a split 7”. Currently writing our next ep, and are working with some visual artists to make something to look at for the next batch of songs. Probably start recording in January, and our approach will be completely different (more live feel, different recording techniques for each song, and lots more noise!!!).

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to us!

quinta-feira, 27 de outubro de 2016

не буду этого помнить with Slackers ☂ - An Interview

Música realmente é um negócio completamente insano, e, principalmente universal.

Dê play em qualquer um dos três discos dos russos do Slackers ☂ e sinta a familiaridade com os 90´s, com garageira nua e crua em moldes lo-fi, sem se preocupar com estéticas, rótulos, ou qualquer coisa que torna a sonoridade agradável, na real os caras estão mais preocupados em diversão e dane-se a torcida, talvez a conexão direta e imediata seja os prediletos Beat Happening, mas na boa, pouca importa.

Tudo em russo, letras, discos, ou seja, esqueça a possibilidade de entender, salvo se você tiver fluência em russo ou se o google te ajudar, porque o negócio aqui é curtição.

Aumente, tire os móveis de sala e cai na farra, ou então, sai pra rua e encha a rua com o Slackers ☂ no headphones e claro, alto, bem alto.

***** Interview with Slackers ☂ ******

Q. When did Slackers ☂ start? Tell us about the history...
Roma: We started two years ago, when Andrei and Vanya were hanging out at Andrei's apartment for several days, drinking beer and listening to music. And the final point of their do-nothing was starting a new band. They wrote several songs, called me by the phone and told that I will be their drummer. I wrote one song and we released our first EP "мне скучно" ("i'm bored") in a day or two. And we began to perform at the moment, our first gig was just two weeks later. I was thinking of it as a joke, but we're still active, touring from time to time and always writing new material.

Andrei: 'kitchen punk' as a lifestyle.

Q: Who are your influences?
Roma: 60's pop, garage-punk and psychedelic, twee bands from 80's especially Beat Happening, Black Tambourine and so on, it can take hundreds of hours to continue.

Andrei: keel her and soviet band named "Н.О.Ж."
(Необходимые Особенности Жизни)

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1) Love - Forever Changes;
2) The 13th Floor Evevators - Easter Everywhere;
3) Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica;
4) Beat Happening - You Turn Me On;
5) Spacemen 3 - Recurring.
I'd like to write more, of course.

Andrei: ariel pink first 5 albums. Don't know, its too difficult for me.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Roma: It's always rather nervous, cause we can't play our instruments really well haha, but it's always fun (when we are not drunk) and people like it. We play a lot in Russia, had a couple of tours, visited many cities from St Petersburg to Siberia, in summer we played in Mongolia at Playtime Festival - and it was cool everywhere. But I like to play at small venues rather than big stages.
Andrei: I feel cool everytime!

Q. How do you describe Slackers ☂ sounds?
Roma: It's hard to tell because we stand at the threshold of change now, most part of last year there were only a two of us (me and Andrei) in a band and we sounded like college rock or twee punk. It was interesting trying to make more sound as a duo, we had only one guitar, drums and two our voices playing live. But now we need to change something, to evolve and we are looking for one or two musicians to make something new.

Andrei: We sound like bad noise. In a cool way. We love student rock like beat happening or something. And we still do love home-recording, home-painting, home-photographing, any-other-home-production and all the DIY esthetics.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Roma: We always recorded at home. On our first releases we recorded apart, each recorded his songs on his own laptop or portastudio and then we released them together as Slackers ☂. Our last album "Не буду этого помнить" ("I won't remember this") was recorded at Andrei's home, where Slackers ☂ started. I spent about a week there, we worked from dusk till dawn everyday together and that seemed to be much cooler for me than working apart. And our recordings differ from our live sound because we have no limits recording on laptop, there're rather more sounds that we can do on stage.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Roma: It would be easier for me to name new Russian bands I like because the scene develops with a crazy speed here: Nikola Tesla & Thee Coils, Mango Tweedlight Academy, Autistic Nursing Home, Architecture Vigilante Orchestra, Bong Rips, Shokalsky Revenge, Продавцы-консультанты, Отстой, Рука Дочери, The Borises, Женя Куковеров, Сердцедёр... Sorry if I forgot someone. You can find some of them here for free: If we speak about other countries, I can tell about Dumb Doctors (US), The Fat White Family, Spaceman (Australia), Damaged Bug, Jack Name, Morgan Delt.


Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Roma: There are lots of such bands, to be honest. I listen to music everyday and often imagine how we play one or another song. Maybe The 13th Floor Elevators, but it's very hard to do their song well. For last
several gigs we played "Cast A Shadow" by Beat Happening.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Roma: We're going to record the best album ever.

Q: Any parting words?
Roma: Live and never forget that you're not the only one on this planet.

Andrei: You can't fuck with Samuel L. Jackson.

quarta-feira, 26 de outubro de 2016

Sonic Rabbit Hole with Reptilians From Andromeda - An Interview

Contatos imediatos são usuais via redes sociais e emails, mas as vezes e, isso acontece muito com o TBTCI, me deixa extremamente satisfeito e feliz.

Caso da insanidade proveniente de Istambul, Turquia, o quarteto de pós punk punk tribal com os dois pés enfincados na No Wave, a banda atende pelo nome de Reptilians From Andromeda e acabaram de debutar com um EP brutal intitulado "Sonic Rabbit Hole".

Insanidade, freaknices, ferocidade atroz, evocando Lydia Lunch, Killing Joke, Babes in Toyland, Sonic Youth e tudo que esteja relacionado a barulho extremo, experimental e não convencional.

O Reptilians From Andromeda é um tapa na cara da caretice, com direito a berros, urros, latidos e demais barulhos do mundo animal, experimente "Jungle" e ateste.

Não recomendado a indie kids de forma alguma.

***** Interview with Reptilians From Andromeda *****

Q. When did Reptilians from Andromeda start? Tell us about the history...
Tolga: We started as "Solar Chaos" an experimental/instrumental band at 2013. We have released an album from Canadian Noise record label "Fuck Yr Body Up". After that Aybike wrote some lyrics and we recorded new songs on our vacation trips, and we decided to give a new name "Reptilians From Andromeda" to this new project. But in the beginning here was just us, Aybike and me, and you know we are doin diy home recordings. We have just married its our family fun in that time. We got good feedbacks from Some US labels after we upload our songs to soundcloud. We released 4 Ep's and an album in just three months. Everything was so fast. I have just disband my 20 years long punk rock band "Rashit" so ı was bored with music bussiness and i don't want to be a part of a band again,
it's quiet good for me to just recording some stuff with my love. But anyway there are so much Interest around us to see Reptilians From Andromeda on the stage. You know you can't resist something like that...

Aybike: So we decided to find a drummer and bass player to play live as a band, Taylan was in our minds. Tolga knew him and we loved his old projects as a drummer, we wanted to ask him but he is faster than us, he sent us a message "I loved the songs, I want to play drums" it was amazing and its a sign so we believe he's the right person! We found Merve from facebook, we didnt know her before, but she has same taste of music with us. There arent so many people love alternative music genres in Turkey. We decided she's ok even she lives in an other city where Joe Strummer was born. We Thought that she is a serial killer or a fake facebook id of a male??? till we met her.Suprisingly she has a good personality, so damn good so sometimes we are still suspicious about her!

Q: Who are your influences?

Aybike: I always loved strong and free woman characters.It can be real or fiction character,it doesn't matter.But the real ones are like that ; Nico, Kim Gordon, Miss Piggy, Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Poison Ivy (The Cramps), Nina Hagen and Kim Deal.

Tolga: Millions of things i listened, watched and read before but my musical ones are basicaly, Stooges, T-Rex, Velvet Underground, Newyork Dolls, Suicide, Bowie, MC5, Television, Keot attention ith Leviene, Slits, Wire, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Chrome, Wipers, Davie Allan and The Arrows, Peter Hammill, Howard Roberts, Flipper, Dna, Sonic Youth, Pixies, Jesus lizard, Big Black, Slint, Low, Spell, Fall, Bauhaus, Honeymoon Killers, Gang of Four, Pere Ubu, Earth, Sunn o)))

Taylan: My only influences are not especially persons but the life itself also. You gather things and you put it in your backpack as 'influence'.Events, objects and yes some persons. To answer i can say Steve Albini (producer, guitar player, writer) is my favourite personnage at the music scene.

Merve: My influences names are Dr. Frank-N-Furter (a fictional character from Rocky Horror Picture Show),  Synergy (a fictional character from Jem and the Holograms), Robert Smith and Kathleen Hanna.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Aybike: Nico - The Marble Index, Lydia Lunch - Drowning In Limbo, The Damned - Machine Gun Etiquette, Lou Reed - Ecstasy, Johnny Thunders & Patti Palladin - Copy Cats.

Tolga: Howard Roberts - Antelope Freeway, Television - Self titled (1992), Sonic Youth - Evol, Peter Hammill - Nadir's Big Chance, Suicide - Self titled

Taylan: Slint - Spiderland, Girls Against Boys - Cruise yourself, Television - marquee moon, Autechre - lp5, Shellac - At action park

Merve: The Cramps - Bad Music For Bad People, Nina Hagen Band – Unbehagen, Be Own Your Pet – Get Awkward, The Cure – Disintegration, Headcoatees - Punk Girls

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Aybike: I feel like a reptilian. A powerfull predator with cold blood. I was born to be on stage.

Tolga: I feel allright!

Taylan: I feel good when i play live. It's really fun to play when you play rock'n'roll music to an audience...

Merve: When i’m playing live, i feel like time has stopped; i'm having this feeling every time.. The music makes me feel alive! That’s my partner in crime!

Q. How do you describe Reptilians from Andromedasounds?
Aybike: Basicaly we are a lofi garage band but sometimes our sound changes with our mood swings!

Tolga: A good blend of Diy, LoFi, Nowave, Garage, Punk, Experimental, Dark, Noise and some deathrock

Taylan: Reptilians from Andromedas sound is like 90s garage-punk bands sounds. But between songs there are different and unique sounds and grooves.

Merve: Reptilians From Andromedas sound’s like punk/garage and art rock. Reptiles catch each song a different sound; sometimes noisy, sometimes energetic or completely different.. Actually, we're trying to make a sound collaging.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Tolga: Simply everyting begins with Aybike's lyrics and we sometimes make jam at home together, so we record a basic demo, and send the other bandmates. We make rehearsal at a simple local studio and at the end record drum tracks, and take all  the recordings to our home studio where we record all guitars, bass, vocals and additional noises etc. We use reel to reel & 4 track tape machine recorders, at the end we use computer to mixed all the stuff. We used to make our masterings but we stopped doin that so we have met with Fran Ascroft who is the frontman of legendary 70's band The Monos band from Uk. now he is making our masterings and give our sound a gently touch and somehow they sound more vintage, he adds some magic i guess.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Tolga: Thee oh sees, Meatbodies, Coathangers, Ex Hex, KEN Mode, Sharkmuffin, Bass Drum of Death, Childbirth , Blacklisters, Pigs, Arabrot, Sic Alps, Dead Ghosts

Aybike: L'ordre d'Héloïse, Secondhand Underpants, Castlebeat, CIA SHHarpie, Cult Club and Spooky Cigarette.

Taylan: Lately i am listening to Goat, Dan Sartain, Temples...

Merve: Career Suicide, The Futurians, Human Tetris; i can recommend these bands for music junkies.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Aybike: Actually we had covered ''Rebel rebel'' and ''Cherry Bomb''for our shows. I loved these songs when i was a child and they are fits my voice.  But without my timbre i choose ''Killing Joke''

Tolga: "Suicide" would be nice!

Taylan: I would like to make a cover version of "Kraftwerk", "Residents" or a "Devo"'s song. Maybe one day....

Merve: I’d like to make a cover version of Bratmobile, Frumpies, Japan or Blancmange’s song i guess

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Aybike: We have just shot a new video for "Blood Planet" song, We are going to release it soon,

Tolga: There're also upcoming shows in Istanbul. And we have just finished our new demo recordings. Titles and ideas are ready now, just We are gonna make a serious recording session for them to release a new album soon.

Q: Any parting words?
Aybike: Thanks for this great questions, it's been a good interview, cheers!

terça-feira, 25 de outubro de 2016

Shame Spiral with Youngest of Elders - An Interview

Jesse Gale é a mente por trás do Youngest of Elders.

Descendente direto de gente como Cursive, Sunny Day Real State e logicamente fazendo conexões com os atuais Nothing, principalmente nas melodiosas, barulhentas e melancólicas canções de seus dois EP´s e seu mais novo single "Shame Spiral".

Claramente os 90´s estão enraizados no Youngest of Elders mas com aquele ar atual que deixa tudo mais interessante ainda.
***** Interview with Youngest of Elders *****

Q. When did Youngest of Elders start? Tell us about the history...
We started in 2014 as a solo project, and after playing a bunch of shows and touring, the band is now myself and Bernt Strom.

Q: Who are your influences?
Cursive, Pedro the Lion, The Appleseed Cast, My Bloody Valentine, Sunny Day Real Estate.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures"
Pink Floyd "The Wall"
Cursive "Domestica"
Ambulance LTD "LP"
Led Zeppelin "Led Zeppelin II"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is the best outlet to have and the cheapest form of therapy for me.

Q. How do you describe Youngest of Elders sounds?
We grew up in the 90's, so we try to pay tribute to the bands we grew up listening to for nostalgia's sake.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I'll bring an idea to Bernt, and he'll sit down and help write guitar and bass parts with me, then figure out drums. We then go to the amazing Nic Gracia and Rob Marshall that work at The Canvas Group and do all of our tracking there. Then, we send it off to Duane M. Ramos in Los Angeles for mixing and mastering, although the songs we're working on are being mastered by Giovanni Versari (worked on Muse's Grammy winning "Drones" album).

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
BullyWest, Overland, Mourning Mountains, Mall Walk, King Woman, Well Secluded.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Nine Inch Nails "The Perfect Drug"

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're recording until the end of 2016 and plan on putting out an album in 2017.

Q: Any parting words?
Follow us online (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc) and buy our music and merch at

Post Plague with Odonis Odonis - An Interview

Se existe insanidade e inteligência na música atual, e existe muita por sinal, um desses grandes exemplos, sem dúvida é, o agora, trio canadense Odonis Odonis.

Os caras podem ir desde o noisesurfgazepsych de "Hollandaze" o debute deles de 2011 até o industrial post gaze de seu mais recente álbum "Post Plague" lançado este ano. Tudo isso sem perder o poderio enérgico e o barulho gratuito que os caras perpetuam sem jamais, veja bem, jamais perder o fio condutor de explorar por todos os meios sonoros suas perturbações sônicas.

Sem se ater a rótulos, limites ou modismos, o Odonis Odonis segue adiante sua caminhada ao inferno, violentos e agora mais sintéticos do que outrora.

***** Interview with Odonis Odonis *****

Q. When did Odonis Odonis start? Tell us about the history...
It all began around 2009-2010 as a bedroom project. I was going through a rough time, lost my job and broke up with my fiance at the time and put all my energy into writing music. I sent the record out to some labels and got picked up by Fat Cat in the UK and decided I needed to put a band together. Here we are now on our 3 record.

Q: Who are your influences?
Pixies, Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Cramps, Depeche Mode, Big Black, New Order

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Ministry - Land of Rape and Honey
Pixies - Doolittle
Nine inch nails - Downward Spiral
Death Grips - Money Store
Wire - Chairs Missing

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I used to hate it and had alot of stage fright. Now that I've gotten over the anxiety it's just really really fun.

Q. How do you describe Odonis Odonis sounds?
Industrial Post Gaze, EDM

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
For this new record we flew to Victoria BC in a remote studio with our friend Colin Stewart. We laid down all the bed tracks and smoked alot of weed. Then we went on tour and figured out a bunch of stuff live on the road. When we came back we spent about 6 months re-recording and mixing the record. It was a long process drawn out process

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Gesaffelstein, Death grips, Tobacco, High Tides, The Soft Moon

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We are currently doing a cover of Nitzer Ebb - Join in the chant

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are going to get back in the studio and get a new record out for 2017. Hopefully get back on the road next spring summer

Q: Any parting words?
Bring us to South America!

segunda-feira, 24 de outubro de 2016

These Beautiful Things with Guest Directors - An Interview

Vamos lá então, quando quatro amigos se juntam para destroçar seus instrumentos, arrancando deles, melodias poderosas, evocando paredes sonoras, por vezes violentas em outras densas e carregadas de melancolia, tudo isso gerando conexões com gente do calibre de um Swervedriver ou de um Autolux, é fato que o TBTCI tem quase que por obrigação e sina verificar pessoalmente com os caras, certo? Obviamente que esta mais do certo.

Estamos falando aqui do quarteto de Seattle, Guest Directors e seu espetacular EP de estreia, que atende pelo título mais do que correto de "These Beautiful Things".

O Guest Directors renova os barulhentos anos noventa, adequando os áureos anos para os dias atuais. Simplesmente viciante.

***** Interview with Guest Directors *****

Q. When did Guest Directors start? Tell us about the history…
Julie and Gary met summer 2014 via Craigslist. Gary’s ad wasn’t very specific, but had a lot of intriguing keywords and photos of vintage gear. Julie was just picking up guitar again after having switched to drums for a while, and was looking for people to jam with and get back into it.

Telepathy became apparent from the first jam. Gary found a drummer (Rian), through the same ad and he joined us the third time we got together. We all just meshed really well. We continued getting together to “improv” every few weeks and started developing those pieces into “songs” - at least, we gave them some structure. At this point we still weren’t calling ourselves a band! I think we started talking about being a little more “serious”, and looking for a bass player near the end of 2014 - we put out an ad but that didn’t really pan out. Gary suggested Steve, who he’d worked with before, and he ended up fitting in perfectly.

We started pulling together songs in earnest but still didn’t have a singer - plus we weren’t having much luck looking for one. By this point we were also a little protective of the good vibe we have with the 4 of us so Julie and Gary decided to take a stab at singing. We recorded the EP in April of this year, had our first show shortly afterward, and now we feel like we’re on a roll.

Q: Who are your influences?
[julie] Pretenders, Grifters, Swervedriver, Sonic Youth
[gary] Life, Art, Nature, each other…

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
[julie] Impossible question! But here are some of my faves in context of Guest Directors:
Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation
Cocteau Twins: Treasure
Swervedriver: I Wasn’t Born to Lose You
Autolux: Future Perfect

Jimi Hendrix - Axis Bold as Love
Failure - Fantastic Planet

Q. How do you feel playing live?
[julie] We’ve only had three live shows so far but the overall feeling has been FUN! I really love playing with these guys. The only struggle I have is not being able to hear myself sing when my guitar is as loud as I want it to be. Still trying to find a middle ground with that.

[gary] Immersed

Q. How do you describe Guest Directors sounds?
1. Post-shoegaze rock, dream pop, power pop and noise
2. Raindrops beating up evergreens.
3. Songs from the ethers
4. Sometimes pretty, sometimes mangled, sometimes pretty mangled

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We decided to go with an EP this time out, so we first picked songs that fit together as a set. There are a lot of really good studios and engineers in Seattle, and we ended up going into Witch Ape Studios run by Tad Doyle. Also, Gary and Tad used to play together (in TAD), so we had a personal connection that made things really comfortable.

We scheduled two consecutive weekends, but, as often happens, we didn’t get as far as we expected - then halfway through the final Sunday session there was a huge storm and the power was knocked out in the neighborhood! That pretty much shut us down, and we had to wait a month for an opening to get back in and finish up. Instead of just booking a replacement day, we booked another weekend, so we had a whole extra day to finish up (and do extra guitar overdubs!).

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
1. Nocturnal Habits
2. local friends Vibragun
3, Malady of Seven Dials
4. Flyying Colours
5.Orange Kyte

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
[julie] There are a couple of Swervedriver B-sides from early EP’s that I’d love to take a stab at
The Psychedelic Furs
PJ Harvey.
There’s also an Ultra Vivid Scene song that I’ve been thinking would be a good cover

Psych Furs

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’ve applied to some small regional festivals so hopefully we’ll get accepted to at least one of those. We’d definitely like to record again in 2017 if possible. Ultimately we want to keep creating and see where it leads. Basically write more, record more, play more gigs!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks - We appreciate your listening!

sexta-feira, 21 de outubro de 2016

Seven Feathers with This Blinding Light - An Interview

Quando a música atinge seus estados psíquicos mais íntimos os alterando em seus mais diversos provocando alucinações é porque ela, a música, te pegou pela alma. 

E foi exatamente isso que o quinteto de Seattle, This Blinding Light fez com este que vos escreve. Independentemente se você optar pelo debute deles, o EP "Altar" de 2012, ou "Medicine Bag" de 2015, ou ainda, e este, talvez, o mais poderoso dos caras, o recente "Seven Feathers" e suas sete viagens ao redor do Sistema Solar. Não entendeu? Ok, explico; "Seven Feathers" em suas sete odisseias percorre iniciando em em "Sun" e a partir dai meu amigo, o passeio percorre, "Mercury", "Venus", "Moon", "Mars", "Juniper" e finaliza sua ode em "Saturn".

Uma obra espetacular, para ficarmos em apenas um adjetivo. Mas posso dizer a vocês que o This Blinding Light se alimenta e conecta-se sonoramente com gente do calibre de Loop, Flying Saucer Attack, Bardo Pond, Spacemen 3 e outros exploradores do universo ácido da psicodelia em forma de drones.

O This Blinding Light é daquelas bandas que tornaram-se prediletas do TBTCI na primeira audição.

Simplesmente ACIMA.

***** Interview with This Blinding Light *****

Q. When did This Blinding Light start? Tell us about the history...

This Blinding Light was a project formed in 2006 by Michael Sterling (Joy Wants Eternity) Myself [Lance Watkins] (Hypatia Lake) and Shane Browning (Hypatia Lake). It was primarily meant to be a vehicle of incorporating Magick into music, a Sonic Alchemy of sorts, blending both mine and Michael's knowledge of the Esoteric arts into trance inducing acid psych or Northwest Mystic Psych (it could be called)

Q: Who are your influences?
Love and Light, Space and Time

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Man that that's a tough one. How about my top five for today?
LOOP "Fade Out",
Lilys "Eccsame the Photon Band",
Hawkwind "Space Ritual",
Spiritualized "Pure Phase",
Bardo Pond "Lapsed"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Empowered sometimes and defeated others. It really depends on the dynamic and how the show plays out.

Q. How do you describe This Blinding Light sounds?
Trance inducing. We really try to lock the listeners in with groove and texture.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Our most recent album, "Seven Feathers" (Custom Made Music US and Liquid Library UK) was recorded live at the Church with Scot Colburn (Animal Collective, Sun City Girls, Arcade Fire). It was tracked in one day live, and the minimal over dubs a, vocals and mixing were done the next day. I'd say about 20 hours was spent on it total. We wanted it to sound raw and unmeddled. Sometimes when you sit with songs for too long they lose their original nature. They become too entangled in your ego. We wanted they songs to be how we played them (or as close as that could be).

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I'm really into The Cosmic Dead, The Dead Vibrations, 10000 Russos, Morgan Delt,and Ty Segal. I know some of those guys have been around a minute, but it's new to me.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have done some covers of LOOP and Flying Saucer Attack that were fun, but I'd like to do something less obvious like ZZ Top or Neil Young and really fuzz it out.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're planning out the direction for the next album and hope to get out on the road for a west coast tour soon.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks to Seattle, Mama,all the the venues, all the bands we've played with through out this last decade. As Above, So Below. As Without, So Within.

quinta-feira, 20 de outubro de 2016

Social Bribe with See The Eye - An Interview

E seguindo a máxima aqui no TBTCI, em abrir estas páginas para bandas completamente desconhecidas ou em real início de carreira, é chegada a vez do See The Eye. 

Diretamente a Indonésia e por conta de seu primeiro single, "Social Bribe", um mix barulhento e sonhador de shoegaze clássico e principalmente seguidor dos recente "clássicos" Ringo Deathstarr e Pinkshinyultrablast, sim, porque não? Afinal ambos tem sido altamente cultuados, principalmente em se tratando de novas bandas vindas da Ásia.

Uma estreia de fazer os fãs gazers abrirem um sorriso de ponta a ponta.

***** Interview with See The Eye *****

Q. When did See The Eye start? Tell us about the history...
A: See The Eye start in the early of 2016. At first 3 of us were part of scooter (vespa) community called JPCC (Jakarta Piaggio Corsa Community) back in 2014. We start jamming and think to formed a hardcore band. As time goes by, few people come and go to jammed with us. Finally we found solid formation and each of us had different influences, then we decided to let each play with their influences. See The Eye are Harry - Guitar/Vocal, Danny - Guitar/Synth, Abee - Bass, Arya - Drum, Yudhit - Vocal. The name See The Eye is taken from CDI, a type of automotive electronic ignition system which is widely used in scooter. We used it not just because all of us ride scooter, but we want to be like CDI that can ignite our spirit to making the music.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Harry (The Cure, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, MBV, Red House Painter, Sugar Star, Mogwai, Sugarcube, The Smashing Pumpkins)

Danny (Pinkshinyultrablast, MBV, Chapterhouse, Lush, Cocteau Twins)

Abee (The Cure, Sex Pistols, Depeche Mode, Bad Religion, Sepultura, Weezer)

Arya (Nothing, Whirr, ASIWYFAF, Nirvana)

Yudhit (Mogwai, Do Make Say Think, Olafur Arnalds, Trespasser William, The Innocence Mission, Pale Saints)

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: Disintegration - The Cure
Pygmalion - Slowdive
Grand Feather - Pinkshinyultrablast
Bleach - Nirvana
The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore - Saxon Shore

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: We will play at September 30 2016

Q. How do you describe See The Eye sounds?
A: Energetic, Noise, Free

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: Just like the others, we record it in recording studio track by track and take 2 shifts

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Pinkshinyultrablast, Ringo Deathstarr, Heals (Indonesia),

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: RIDE, Weezer, MBV

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Make albums, touring around the world

Q: Any parting words?
A: Enjoy what we love, what we hear, and what we play

quarta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2016

Choose Your Own Adventure with Vanishing Twin - An Interview

Música inclassificável, essa é a impressão que se tem ao experimentar a odisseia ao redor do universo musical da qual os ingleses do Vanishing Twin perpetua.

Free jazz? Kraut?Minimal freak psych? Pode ser tudo isso junto ou separado, ou nada disso ao mesmo tempo, o ponto crucial é que não há qualquer possibilidade de situar o Vanishing Twin neste ou aquele nicho sonoro.

Experimente adentar ao universo dos caras, e entenda o que eu tentei descrever, certamente a viagem será altamente lisérgica, isso é garantido.

***** Interview with Vanishing Twin ***** 

Q. When did Vanishing Twin start? Tell us about the history...
Vanishing twin began life as my solo project Orlando. I was releasing concept cassettes on my own label The Re-Alignment of Magnetic Dust (RAM), and playing the songs with different musicians. Gradually we settled into a formation of people who all shared similar taste and similar ideas, and in the process the sound became much bigger than Orlando as it incorporated these different musical personalities. So with that we chose a new name and a new identity.

Q: Who are your influences?
Too many to name. There are a few vinyl lovers in the band - with collections of interesting and obscure music from all over the world. We have a deep love of library and soundtrack music that heavily influences our sound and approach, but equally we're interested in Latin jazz, outsider pop, African funk, minimal classical music, industrial, no wave and other intriguing cocktails of sound.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
The live show is about conjuring magic, about casting a spell, and opening a door into another world for a brief time. The visual is an important part of the whole picture for us - the creation of a complete entity. For that reason we create all our own artwork and videos.

Q. How do you describe Vanishing Twin sounds?
Vanishing twin sounds like oblique pop, lost soundtracks, radiophonic experiments and eternal juju.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The album was recorded and produced with Malcolm Catto at his studio Quatermass Sound Lab. He has built this space for his own band The Heliocentrics for maximum atmosphere and minimum interfere. We didn't do many takes, just went for the right performance and atmosphere. Then I took the recordings away to experiment with overdubs and effects before bringing them back for mixing.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Tomaga, Gelbart, The Soundcarriers

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
It's not really about who you cover but what you do with it. Its something we do often as it's an excellent musical exercise to explore the possibilities of a song. Here are a few covered:
Michael Jackson - don't stop til you get enough; gently Johnny; Paul McCartney - check my machine, Astrud Gilberto - zigy zigy za; don cherry - brown rice; brigitte Bardot - contact.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A second Vanishing Twin album. There is also the debut Man From Uranus album coming out on RAM which we are about to master. Two Orlando cassettes are to be re-issued on vinyl so I may do some solo performances in support of that.

Q: Any parting words?
If you're ever in a fix, as yourself, what would Sun Ra do?

terça-feira, 18 de outubro de 2016

Psalms with Arbes - An Interview

Simplesmente delicioso!! Sim delicioso é o adjetivo que melhor pode definir os australianos do Arbes e seu inspirado segundo EP, "Psalms", lançado há pouco mais de dez dias.

"Psalms" é ensolarado, cristalino, elegante e repleto de melodias instigantes. Um clima cândido percorre as sete músicas do disco, com destaque imediato para a abertura celestial de "Sintra".

Arbes é um verdadeiro colírio para os ouvidos.

***** Interview with Arbes *****

Q. When did Arbes start? Tell us about the history?
(Answered by Sam): Arbes started early in 2013. We’d all been friends for years and had played music together between us, Jess and Anita since they were very young. The start of the band I think coincided with each of us realising what it means to actually attempt to sound like yourself and not just emulate whatever is around.

Q. Who are your influences?
(Answered by Sam): Collectively we all listen to/are inspired by Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Foals, Anderson .Paak.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time
(Answered by Sam): This is 5 of my favourite albums as of right now.
Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures
Kaytranada, 99.9%
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Piñata
Vince Staples, Prima Donna
Beach House, Depression Cherry

Q. How do you feel playing live?
(Answered by Jess) I think playing live for us is ultimately a huge release, and feels pretty surreal. Especially if it's a show where we can feel the audience be quite responsive and engaging, those are the best gigs. I think all performers would agree that it's the crowd's energy that informs how you feel. I think sometimes we have a weird moment playing live where we remember that it's just the three of us, and no one else knows what it's like when we write and practice together. It's pretty indescribable to remember a song when it was just developing, and to watch it become something full realised in a live setting. I think we also feel deeply grateful that we can perform, and even more so that people actually want to come watch us.

Q. How do you describe Arbes sounds?
(Answered by Jess) That's always a hard question. Especially as we feel that it's changed so much over time. At the moment, using Psalms as a reference, I would say our sound still has this kind of nostalgia/dream wave quality about it, but it's a lot more expansive. Purely because we spent so much more time thinking about how we wanted to fill out the sound. Swimmer had a very low-fi, minimal, beachy quality to it, and I think we've changed a lot since then. Psalms still retains a kind of lamenting, summery mood that Swimmer had, but it's way more cosmic and spacey.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
(Answered by Jess) Both Swimmer & Psalms were recorded at Sam's house. They were both done in the same way, where we record each instrument separately. For Psalms, we used different recording software that allowed us to experiment with texture and tone a lot more. We always start by recording drums first, then guitar, then bass and vocals last. For Psalms, Anita wrote and recorded keys for most of the tracks. Drums and guitar take us a long time to get right, I think drums are objectively just the hardest sound to get perfect, especially as we self-record, it takes a lot of experimenting to get it right. And because of how intricate Sam's guitar parts are, he spend a lot of time layering and playing around with the sound. For Swimmer, everything was DIY, from recording straight through to the final mixes. For Psalms, we had two separate friends mix and master it, it was good for us to branch out and have people we trust take what we had done ourselves, and just enhance it and bring all elements together.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
(Answered by Anita). There’s some beauties being released by Sports Day Records recently. I recommend Harley Alexander - his newest release ‘Harland’ is so nostalgic, sweet and homely. Static Animal has just released their second EP, ‘Morning Sounds’, which perfectly encapsulates dreamy, lo-fi sounds that you’d listen to while walking your dog around your suburb on a nice morning.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
(Answered by Anita): LCD Soundsystem.

Q: What are your plans for the future ?
(Answered by Anita): We want to keep writing, performing and recording together and continue to expand our sounds. An album is probably next, so in the near future we’ll be doing a lot of writing.

Q: Any parting words?
(Answered by Anita): Nothing fills us with more joy than people around the world listening and enjoying our music, so thank you.