domingo, 30 de abril de 2017

Downer with Sun Hex - An Interview

Aqui o negócio agora é barulho gratuito, pelo simples prazer de ver os tímpanos latejarem, de ver cabeças estridentes, de ver olhares insanos prestes a cometer alguma loucura.

Essas são sensações causadas pela música do trio Sun Hex. Novatos, a banda tem um ano de existência, um EP, "Downer" e um novo single "Gag Pen", e fazem uma barulheira daquelas, com nítidas conexões com Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, primeira fase, e APTBS.

Aliás, falando em APTBS, os sonhos de todo banda e gravar um disco, conhecer o mundo e outras coisas, mas no caso do Sun Hex, o desejo dos caras é tocar com o APTBS, e esse encontro iria ser bem alto.

Que os deuses da música ajudem o Sun Hex.

***** Interview with Sun Hex *****

Q. When did Sun Hex start? Tell us about the history...
The band started around 2015 but went through a bunch of changes and didn't really start doing things till 2016 but to keep things semi-short we were born in the pits of hell and rose to heaven on a cloud of reverb.

Q: Who are your influences?
Influences of ours is probably Soulja boy I mean honestly we don't really have a certain band that made us want to start doing what we do its more of a combination of just wanting to make tons of noise and pop songs

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
strawberry switchblade- s/t
dinosaur Jr.- you're living all over me
the cure- pornography
culture abuse- peach
destruction unit- deep trip
soulja boy- souljaboytellem

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We feel relaxed playing live, most of the people in the band are high so its usually relaxed and chill.

Q. How do you describe Sun Hex sounds?
Our live sound from when we were playing the ep was just trying to be as loud as possible with tons of reverb the sound that we're going for now is sorta different we cut back on the reverb and volume so that we can focus on the vocals more.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
There wasn't much of a process when we recorded our ep we did everything live but added like 15 noise tracks afterwards and with our recent single we did individual tracking.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Only new band that comes to mind that I recommend checking out is pent up they're such a great band.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
If we could cover any song it'd probably either be killing moon by echo and the bunnymen or heart of glass by blondie

Q: What are your plans for the future?
As of right now our plans for the future is to record an album then eventually go on tour.

Q: Any parting words?
Uhhh check out our new single and keep an eye out for our album or when we tour around your town

sábado, 29 de abril de 2017

Digging in the Earth with Lucky+Love - An Interview

Uma verdadeira história de amor envolvendo a vida real e a música aconteceu com o casal April e Loren, quando se conheceram em um bar em Los Angeles e o cúpido os atacou, uma flechada certeira os unindo no amor e na música, surgindo assim o Lucky+Love.

O duo passeia por terrenos eletronicamente sonhadores, conduzindo por synths dançantes e pela apaixonante e sexy voz April. Esse mix deu origem a preciosidades como "Sexy", "Venus", "Legal Love" e principalmente a espetacular "Digging in The Earth", que remete ao Curve, Heaven 17 e outros.

Música dançante, cerebral com altas doses de sensualidade.

***** Interview with Lucky+Love *****

Q. When did Lucky+Love start? Tell us about the history...
We actually met at The Good Luck bar in Los Angeles. We got lucky, we not only fell in love romantically, but also musically. Lucky+Love the band started in 2013 when Loren gave me a Moog for my birthday.

Q: Who are your influences? And, Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
April's influences: My influences are listed below I got a little carried away with the amount and with my adjectives to describe them…

Washed Out- Warm Soft Vocal Blankets
Tycho- Radial Blur Sound Fuzzies
Phantogram- Micro Beat Rebel Rippin & Riffin
Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Electro-rock-Gods & Godesses
Sonic Youth
Air- Sensuality of Symphonic Song
Spoon- For their use of rhythmic pianos
Broadcast- Tonal / Subliminal
LadyTron- Electro-Sexy
Le Tigre- Adictive-Aingst
Portishead- Hot & Whiny-pounce-any-momentness
Massive Attack- Electronic Brilliance
Stereolab- Love of lost underappreaciated analog synth and F-A-R-F-I-SA!!!!
The Rentals- Reintroduction of the synth solo
Magnetic Fields- Polarity of The Softies
Guided By Voices- Raw recording style
PJ Harvey- Heavy fuzzy bass on top of an incredible vocal range.
The Softies- For the polarity of Magnetic Fields
(Old) Modest Mouse- Abstract lyric style and double solos (two interlacing melodies)
Pavement- Lyric cadence and abstract conceptual use of metaphors
Neutral Milk Hotel- Trailing in-between song bits
Low- Harmonies & organs
My Bloody Valentine- Non audible singing as if a tape player was recording into another tape player
Blur- For their little bits of synths in the back ground on Girls and Boys
Pulp- For their use of synths
Morrissey- More use of electronic piano in the background on Suedehead
Lush- If her voice was a synth I'd play it
The Normal- Electronic Noise
Depeche Mode-
Flock of Seagulls
Gary Numan
The Cure
Siouxsie and the Banshees,
Cocteau Twins- Heavenly high voice
Prince- Hot high masculine Voice
Eartha Kit- Incredibly deep female voice
Johnny Cash - Honest and deep male voice
The Byrds - California-sunshine-vocal-harmonies
Mort Garson- Plantasia - Moogs for plants health and the apollo transmissions!
Scott Joplin- Complicated layered harmonies
Clara Rockmore- The very first female "electronic" sound musician (that I am aware of)
Chopin - The very first "alternative" sound
Stravinsky - The very first "punk" sound

Loren's influences: Reggie Watts, OMD,

1) Cocteau Twins,Victoria Land,
I love the soundscapes of Robin Gunthie, etherial voice of Elizabeth Fraser and it's a very dreamy album.
2) Vangelus's Blade Runner Sound Track
3) Boards of Canada, Campfire Head Phase
4) Seal, self titled.
5) My Bloody Valentine's Loveless

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I feel great!

Q. How do you describe Lucky+Love sounds?

We give ode to the moog.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
For our songs our method was to record while playing the song live. We then go and edit punching in here and there, self produced. We try to keep it a little loose and rough because we are more impromptu and creative in the moment.

We recorded mostly at the recording studio called The Cave in Eagle Rock with Josiah, California, and did a few little sessions at Compny with Be Hussey, in Burbank California and initially recorded Taureon at our home studio with engineer Morgan Starry. Josiah engineered and mixed 5 tracks and Be mixed 3 tracks, mastered everything for digital and then we got the whole record mastered with Kevin Gray for vinyl (he mastered our favorite record Blade Runner sound track).

For our next record we are again recording at our home studio in Echo Park and working with Be Hussey at Compny to mix our tracks down. We've been recording without the use of a laptop or desk top computer, and are using our mixer as our recording device. We'll record everything live and then bring the device in to the studio for Be to mix down.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We love LA bands like Intimatchine, a Million Machines, Light FM, Panthar, Cellars, Echolust, Nkriot, L.A. Drones, Sexy Suicide from Poland, Force Publique, and The Secret Light from Portland, Night Nail from (LA/Germany)

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
The Softies and The Cocteau Twins

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are working on our second album and are saving up to go on tour again.

Q: Any parting words?
If you got this far in the interview, you might be interested in our record on vinyl from

sexta-feira, 28 de abril de 2017

Milk Bird with Wipeout - An Interview

Pare tudo que estiver fazendo agora.

Pegue seus fones de ouvido e dê play imediatamente em "Milk Bird" debute de Cass e Kayla ou Wipeout para os mais chegados.

Agora podemos continuar...

Disco insanamente grudento, barulhento, pegajoso, recheado de descargas ruidosas seja dos synths de Kayla ou da guitarra de Cass, para essas duas garotas não há meio termo, o negócio é pancadaria. Sendo alimentadas por Tones on Tail / Love & Rockets, APTBS, New Wave e o que de melhor foi feito em décadas de música.

A música do Wipeout poderia ser a trilha sonora para qualquer filme do papa do trash Mr. John Waters, e detalhe, elas e ele são da mesma cidade, Baltimore.

Um disco absolutamente obrigatório e um dos meus prediletos desse 2017. Foda.

***** Interview with Wipeout *****

Q. When did Wipeout start? Tell us about the history...
We actually started the project for our final of our Live Electronic Music class we were both in, which was to play a 20 minute set, and we decided to keep it going from there. Kayla and I had been close friends for a while, and had always wanted to do music together, but didn't get around to it until then.

Q: Who are your influences?
For Wipeout specifically, The B-52s, Lightning Bolt, Severed Heads, Acid King, Bauhaus, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Devo, and A Place To Bury Strangers.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The B52s - Self-Titled
Parliament - Mothership Connection
Grace Jones - Slave To The Rhythm
Clan of Xymox - Self-Titled
Sonic Youth - Goo

Bonus: Missy Elliott - Under Construction

Q. How do you feel playing live?
"It's complicated."

Being on stage as any kind of performer I think makes you feel extremely vulnerable, since you're essentially inviting people to watch and subconsciously (or consciously) judge every movement and sound you're making. Generally speaking, I hate feeling vulnerable, but I try to pocket the uncomfortableness of that and embrace it by pulling all of my positive performance energy from that adrenaline rush. I think we're getting more and more comfortable with it moving forward, but sometimes like a Chuck E Cheese animatronic because I'm shocked that I'm actually on stage but I can still play as if I'm programmed to do it, all while having this semi-out of body experience. At the end of the day I do love it, though.

Q. How do you describe Wipeout sounds?
Sounds like accidentally sticking a fork in the electrical outlet while falling asleep to your favorite porno feels.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We start by creating backtracks for our electronic drums, and recording each element off of that to keep time. For "Milk Bird" we recorded with our friend Alex Zhu in his studio. There's actually a lot of individual and sometimes ambient elements that go into each song, to capture that electricy-like feel of our sound, and it takes a bit of time to get those perfect.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
TOCCA, Quitter, Sneaks, Shinji, Hexgirlfriends.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We actually put out a Love and Rockets cover last Halloween, but I'd actually love to do a Tears For Fears cover.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We'd really like to get out there and tour/play in other cities now that we've dropped our first full-length and see where that takes us.

Q: Any parting words?
Beware of false idols, also buy Milk Bird and hail Wipeout.

Untitled with Abusive Language - An Interview

Absolutamente nenhuma informação, e como nos bons tempos, o debute do Abusive Language chegou até mim sem nenhuma recomendação ou crítica, ou seja, nenhuma interferência externa, seria eu e o álbum e mais ninguém.

E, bem, "Untitled" não é, digamos, uma audição que desça redondamente logo de cara. Ouvindo as seis canções que somadas duram pouco mais de doze minutos, soam como se Iggy Pop, circa The Idiot, resolvesse se juntar com os caras do Have A Nice Life e fizessem uma jam.

Pesado, soturno, curto e grosso, sem espaço para grandes viagens, o resultado é uma chinelada bem no centro do crânio.

Realmente o Abusive Language cometeu um discaço, mas apenas recomendado para iniciados.

***** Interview with Abusive Language *****

Q. When did Abusive Language start? Tell us about the history... In June 2015 I wrote and poorly demoed three songs. I listened to those recordings constantly, satisfied with what I had created. But, they were still just ideas and I needed help developing them. I had meet Ruben the previous summer and asked him to drum for a different project that never panned out. I gave him a call and we got together soon after. After a few sessions, I recruited Jon and Alan, both of whom I knew through a mutual friend who had recently moved to California. I also like their other band, Cassilis, and I knew they'd understand the vibe I was going for. It worked out and we began recording these songs later that year. Unfortunately it took us until March this year to finish and release them. We're happy to start working on new material.

Q: Who are your influences?
I consciously took influence from Lilys and Boris, but I consider this band to be a compound of all of my musical interests.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
It was hard to narrow it down, but I'll commit to these five for now:

My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
Geinou Yamashirogumi - Ecophony Rinne
The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
Life Without Buildings - Any Other City
Lilys - Lilys / Aspera Ad Astra split

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We haven't played out much. I'm still figuring out how to translate the different vocal styles and effects into a live environment. I do enjoy performing and we're all looking forward to doing so more in the future.

Q. How do you describe Abusive Language sounds?
Cold and thick

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Because our sessions were spread out over the course of a year and a half, it gave us the opportunity to thoroughly listen to the bounces and think of other accents and layers to add. Of course there are still changes I'd make, but we were tired of waiting. I still demo songs in my bedroom and lately I've been tracking ideas over phone recordings from practice.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Most bands have been around longer than us so it feels weird to call them new, so here are a handful of smaller bands from Philly that I like: Sun Organ, NAH, Loose Tooth, Mannequin Pussy, Cassilis

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'm not big on covers, but I've always loved the song "Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Work on writing more songs, play more shows, nothing out of the ordinary

Q: Any parting words?
Long live the new flesh

quinta-feira, 27 de abril de 2017

Blasé with Deep In The Ice - An Interview

Tão gélido quanto sua sonoridade, a ausência de informações sobre o Deep In The Ice acaba por produzir um efeito similar a sua música, sombrio, densa, cinzenta e como citei, gélida até a medula.

A coldwave dá o tom e o que se sabe é que o projeto é conduzido pelo francês Fabrizio.

Três singles em sua página no Soundcloud e algumas respostas esparsas, mas que lendo atentamente, uma preciosa dica é dada, existe um álbum, gravado, pronto para vir ao mundo, mas falta uma gravadora....

Permanecemos então Deep In The Ice.....

***** Interview with Deep In The Ice *****

1/When did Deep In The Ice start? Tell us about the history...
DEEP IN THE ICE start two years a go with two friends. We had another project, more psychedelic since 8 years i think and we need to change. So drummer use now a drum machine and keyboards.

2/ Who are your influences?
That's hard to tell few influences... We do not seek to look like this or that band.

3/ How do you feel playing live?
Play live is really good, we travel! No need for substances for that! A trip without traveling

4/ How do you describe Deep In The Ice sounds?
Like a cold melancholic trip ?

5/ Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
There is a lot of spontaneity at the beginning then we arrange as we feel it

6/ What are your plans for the future?
We recorded an album. We have just finished it ! We are looking for a label to issue it. Then we work now on the future live to play album's songs all over the wolrd (joke!)!

7/ Any parting words?
Thank you for your patience and for your interest for our band Renato !

Season of Suffering with Shytalk - An Interview

Do pós punk a new wave, as vezes mais densos, em outros mais dançantes, já em outros, ensolarados, assim é a música de Copper Leardi ou Shytalk, seu projeto. 

Cooper também faz parte do combo Burglary Years, ufa!! O cara não para, mas por hora o assunto aqui nas páginas do TBTCI é o Shytalk, e seu debute, "Season of Suffering". Depois de inúmeros singles e eps, o Shytalk nos brinda com o disco cheio. E pra fãs de inferninhos escuros e esfumaçados servirá como um grande aditivo para passar noites inteiras dançando e sentido a atmosfera densa e oitentista entrar em seus DNAs.

E o pós punk vai muito bem obrigado.

***** Interview with Shytalk *****

Q. When did Shytalk start? Tell us about the history...
Shytalk started in 2015, as a way to satisfy my urge to have a project that was completely free from anyone’s creative ventures but my own. At the time, I was in a few groups and as much as I enjoyed that time, my life feels much more complete having only Shytalk and Burglary Years as my creative tools.

Q: Who are your influences?
I grew up listening to old disco CD’s my father had laying around our attic. I’m sure that had an influence on something… my education has been mostly in the field of film scoring, so many of my influences come from that. Debussy, Chopin, Philip Glass, John Cage, etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. New Order – “Brotherhood”
2. X – “Los Angeles”
3. Iggy Pop - “Lust For Life”
4. Morrissey – “Your Arsenal”
5. Joy Division – “Substance”

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Extremely nervous! Playing in front of people has never scared me, but when it’s by yourself it’s quite different…

Q. How do you describe Shytalk sounds?
I just try to make songs that remind me of special places and times in my life. I have a terrible memory, but a certainly can say I remember all the moments of writing the songs.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I usually just think of something in the shower, on the shitter, you know…eventually I’ll write a melody and lyrics in my head and try to get that onto a computer. Lately, I have been writing on my Roland RS-09, which has been different. I love analog hardware so much…

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Soft Kill is pushing the limit in my opinion. Anything on Funeral Party records, here in America. Drab Majesty just released an amazing album. Also, John Maus, John Maus, John Maus.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I always wanted to be in The Clash…

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I’m going to continue writing and touring as much as I can. I cannot enjoy any job I’ve had, and the only time I’m happy is when I’m writing. My band Burglary Years is touring, and I will likely be releasing more albums through my record label/blog, Radio 100.

Q: Any parting words?
Cheers, and best of luck in all your endevours. Thank you much for the kind words. -Cooper

quarta-feira, 26 de abril de 2017

Late River with Retrieval - An Interview

Há décadas atrás seria basicamente impossível o mundo ter acesso ao que acontece no submundo dos bons sons de países como a República Tcheca por exemplo, imagina você ter conhecimento de alguma banda na Tunísia, seria absolutamente impensável. 

Mas os tempos são outros, e neste ponto a tecnologia, vide redes sociais, plataformas de streaming, etc, são meios espetaculares para se comunicar globalmente.

Obviamente tudo tem o lado bom e o ruim, mas vamos ficar e nos ater ao lado positivo da coisa toda, e, já que citei a Tunísia, é exatamente de lá que aterriza agora nas páginas do TBTCI o duo Retrieval.

Um caldeirão de referências compõem a sonoridade de Tima e e Omar, de Deerhunter, a Radiohead, passando por shoegaze, pop oitentista, e muitas outras possibilidades, o que torna a música do Retrieval ainda mais atrativa.

Sem contar que é maravilhoso saber que existe vida musical vibrante em todos os lugares do mundo, mesmo que eles sejam exceções em sua país, visto que infelizmente eles não tocam ao vivo muito por conta da inexistência de uma cena por lá.

O TBTCI tem a honra de poder espalhar a música do Retrieval e quem sabe alguém por aí não os convida pra tocar, não é? Seria genial.

***** Interview with Retrieval *****

Q. When did Retrieval start? Tell us about the history...
Omar and I (Tima) got to know each other in 2011 while we were still in middle school because of our similar music taste. After a while we decided to start learning how to play guitar and got into some local cover bands while we were beginning to write our own original material on the side.
We quickly got bored of playing covers and so we started Retrieval in the summer of 2014.
There were many line up changes in the beginning but basically it was Omar's and my project.
We got some basic recording material and then recorded and self released our first album 'Late River' in December 2015.

We were and still are heavily into shoegaze and dream pop but felt like we still couldn't achieve that sound at that time, and so our first album was a more straight forward indie rock album.
After the release we played live shows in our hometown of Sousse, Tunisia, but the venues really discouraged playing original songs because they favour cover bands who play popular songs.
So we stopped doing shows altogether and shrunk our band line up to its core, which is Omar and I, so we can focus as a studio project. Now we released 2 singles during the last month and are looking forward to the release of our second album which will be the shoegaze/dream pop album we always wanted to make.

Q: Who are your influences?
Besides the obvious shoegaze pillars which are My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, we are influenced by Beach House, Lilys, LSD and the Search of God, DIIV, Ninth Paradise and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Also by some more blackgazey acts such as Alcest, Les Discrets and Deafheaven.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Omar: 1 - Opeth - Damnation
2 - Slowdive - Souvlaki
3 - Riverside - Love Fear And The Time Machine
4 - The Dear Hunter - ACT IV Rebirth in Reprise
5 - The Antlers - Hospice

Tima: 1 - Radiohead - OK Computer
2 - My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
3 - Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
4 - Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92
5 - Deerhunter - Microcastle

Q. How do you feel playing live?
As we said, we do not play live anymore because of the current non-existence of an alternative scene in our hometown. Although we are planning something for the summer to make some shows happen.

Q. How do you describe Retrieval sounds?
We try to approach shoegaze and dream pop melodically, add to that Omar's and my drowned-in-the-mix vocals, a prominent bass, some psychedelic elements and a guitar wall of sound which ranges from a softer dream pop to a more heavy blackgaze sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
First, one of us gets a song idea down and records a demo. Then we both try to think of some elements which could complement the song. After that I work on a vocal melody and write lyrics. Then we record it at home together and finally Omar mixes and masters it. That's how we did it for both of our albums.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We'd like to recommend a lot of new amazing bands actually! First two of our Tunisian bands : The Alexander Furreur Committee and Pardon My French Then internationally : Ninth Paradise, Life on Venus, Blushing, Flyying Colours, Tangible Rays...

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We are both huge Radiohead fans, so we would love to cover a song of theirs in our style. Maybe 'Exit Music For A Film' or 'Nice Dream' would work well in a shoegaze style.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We look forward to the self-release our second album, getting some shows going on this summer and trying to find a label that would be suitable for us.

Q: Any parting words?
Follow us on our Facebook page, where we'll soon announce the release date of the album. Thank you !

Bandcamp :
Soundcloud :
YouTube :

terça-feira, 25 de abril de 2017

Daria with Bela Tar - An Interview

Zoe Polanski é uma talentosa artista de Tel Aviv, Israel, com inúmeros projetos, participa de algumas bandas e chega as páginas do TBTCI por conta de um desses sublimes projetos, o Bela Tar.

Música feita sob encomenda para flutuar entre nuvens, dançar com anjos, sublimar o belo. Assi mé "Daria" novo EP da Bela Tar, que dá sequência a dois álbuns irretocáveis, "Pulsar" de 2010 e "Pharaoh´s Islands" de 2014.

Mistério, magia, melancolia, beleza, adjetivos faltam-me para descrever o quão belo é o mundo de Zoe e seu Bela Tar.

Absolutamente magistral.

***** Interview with Bela Tar *****

Q. When did Bela Tar start? Tell us about the history...
There was a long period in which i was touring with different bands - Katamine and Ex Lion Tamer. I was also working on film sets doing art and photography. I was completely exhausted from these working environments that included so many people around me all the time and i slowly found more and more comfort in working alone. I was able to focus on creating my own language and aesthetics. I felt like i found this frequency with which i can truly express myself, using my guitar and loops. This was the starting point for what would later be called "Bela Tar". I recorded some songs in my house in early 2010 and sent them to my friend, Itamar Weiner, who then owned a small club/record shop/label in Jerusalem called "Uganda". I was hoping to get a gig there based on these demos. But when Itamar heard them, he called me and said that he wants to do a release. So the demos became "Pulsar", my first album.

Q: Who are your influences?
Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and the Mary Chain where my first crushes.

I got super into Red House Painters and Sun Kill Moon later on. I was never a music head that knows tones of stuff. I always just get stuck on something that a friend plays me. At the moment it's my boyfriend who introduced me to Fennesz and William Basinski. I fell in love with both their work.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Hmm, Tough One..
Sonic Youth - Evol,
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless,
Jesus and the Mary Chain - Darklands,
Red House Painters - Red House Painters,
Spaceman 3 - Sound of Confusion

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It's a very complicated experience for me. I am in introvert and i suffer from stage fright.

But i still do it because there are rare moments of elevation. In the right venue, with the right crowed (and the right sound man) it can get pretty great. A trance like experience.  And after these rare shows i get an hour of not feeling socially awkward.

Q. How do you describe Bela Tar sounds?
All of my songs are based on sound pictures. They are not written in a linear form like a story.  In the core of each song there is a loop which is a few seconds long.To me these few seconds are like a clean canvas. They repeat over and over and it's possible to look at them almost visually. I paint on them with my guitar, effects and vocals and create a geography. The song is some sort of a walk through this terrain.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I Record almost completely live, just like it's being played in front of an audience.  My first 2 albums where recorded on garage band which i believe is the modern day 4-track. And the new EP was actually recorded on a 4 track.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The Israeli Vaadat Charigim, Singer Or Edry, Shame On Us, TV.out and Red Axes

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I am really enjoying singing along to Neko Case lately. Perhaps it's a sign.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
There is a new release coming up of a score that i composed this year. I am also working on a new live performance that will take place May 5th in the Tel Aviv Museum.

Q: Any parting words?
Please adopt a dog!

Records de Kyoto with Ùltim Cavall - An Interview

Novamente a Espanha, sim, este ano, aliás desde o ano passado os espanhóis tem tido destaque cada vez mais intenso aqui no TBTCI, também pudera, a quantidade de belíssimos trabalhos e bandas vindas de lá tem mostrado que no país acontece uma avalanche de bons sons.

Agora é chegada a vez do quinteto Ùltim Cavall, que segue a linhagem do que tem acontecido no país, um mix melancólico de shoegaze, dreampop e toque sofisticados de pós punk dão o norte na sonoridade deles, e logicamente tudo isso pode ser devidamente desfrutado no imenso debute lançado mês passado, "Records de Kyoto" é o nome de preciosidade.

Ao lado de Linda Guilala, Apartamentos Acapulco, The Royal Landscaping Society, Galaxina e outros o Ùltimo Cavall é a linha de frente da força da música espanhola da atualidade.

Beleza resume.

***** Interview with Ùltim Cavall *****

Q. When did Últim Cavall start? Tell us about the history...
Últim Cavall started in Barcelona at 2015. Francesc and me (Rafa) start doing music without any aim. Only we wanted to enjoy. We record an EP this year and start having nice critiques and reviews of different countries. We needed more musicians to be coherent to our discs.

Now we are five, Jacob (lead guitar and voices), Valle (synth and voices) and Toni (bass).

Q: Who are your influences?
We have listened to so much music in our lives that us it is impossible to remain with some concrete bands All the music to that we have listened is our conscious and unconscious background.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Is a very difficult job :-)
- My Bloody Valentine (Loveless)
- Slint (Spiderland)
- The Beatles (Revolver)
- Joy Division (Closer)
- Johnny Cash (American Recordings)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Our idea has been to conceive our music and concerts as a mental journey, as a way of understanding music, as a path to escape from reality.

Q. How do you describe Últim Cavall sounds?
Halfway between the most ambient noise pop, shoegaze and dreampop but we prefer that the listener decides in what style it includes us.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It has been a very artisan process; we have been working on it without haste and we have tried to fit every piece of our sonic puzzle. We have carried on experiencing with synthesizer textures, some of them especially created by us. We also have had the will to originate an own and personal environment with the guitars. We bought several reverbs, distortion, a drum kit and multiple effects in order to use them during the recording process. We also retouched and doubled a lot of guitar lines, voices and synthesizer. We enjoy a lot in the studio, bearing in mind that we take all of our decisions benefiting the song itself and its own sonority.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We would like to recommend some Barcelona's bands that we loved: Súper Gegant, Retirada!, Olivemoon, Dulce Pájara de Juventud, The Zephyr Bones, Maria Arnal i Marcel Bagés, and we could follow...

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We would like to make a cover version of some Joy Division songs but we admire them too much to do Joy Division covers.

 We have never done a cover, we prefer always the original song!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We would like to continue presenting our music and overcoat to continue creating and recording new songs.

Q: Any parting words?
Yes, we us would like to dismiss with a live recent recording of a project that is called The Camera Album. We admire his sound and his assembly and it was an honor to form a part of the recording.

segunda-feira, 24 de abril de 2017

Code Ascending, "Pre-Emption EP" - Track by Track

Quem acompanha as áginas do TBTCI e claro o que acontece no submundo dos bons sons sabe muito bem quem é o Code Ascending, banda que contém James Harrison, o cara só faz parte do Air Formation, Monster Movie e You Walk Through Walls, ao lado de James, seus comparsas no crime Alex e Laurence, e se por ventura ou algum desvio de personalidade você não os conhece, e quer saber da história dos caras, leia aqui a primeira aterrizagem deles nestas páginas.

O Code Ascending retorna ao TBTCI de forma mais do que especial. "Pre-Emption" é o novíssimo Ep dos caras, um poderoso e intenso mix de pós punk movido a guitarras cortantes e clima denso, evocando conexões com Ride e Chameleons simultaneamente.

"Pre-Emption" é ainda mais poderoso do que "What I Choose To Forget" o primeiro EP do Code Ascending e aumenta ainda mais o culto criado pela banda.

Aproveitando todo esse cenário o TBTCI conversou com James Harrison e abaixo temos o EP inteiramente decupado com detalhes chegando a beirar o sórdido no que diz respeito ao tamanho de detalhes.

Siga o conselho de James e leia, escutando o EP no volume máximo. 

Code Ascending é acima.

***** "Pre-Emption EP" - Track by Track *****

Overall, this new EP is our best work so far. We've worked really hard to push ourselves to try and create something which is different, unique and utilises our growing musicianship and band formula.
As with the last EP, you have the solid drums, all the atmospherics are generated by my bass parts through various fx split over 2 amps and then the guitar plays fantastic/delicate leads bits.
There were no over dubs apart from in the odd place where i did extra vocals.

Everything else was recorded as we play it live. I never want to be in a position where we need samples/backing tracks to play live and this was a big part of what I wanted to achieve. And I think we have achieved it well.

This is one of my favourites off the EP and lyrically, is one of my most emotional (although, they all are!).

It is about finding love and hope in your life and how that kind of inspiration can make you forget about all the problems you faced and which brought you down in your past.
The end chorus 'It's what I choose to forget' ties this in with the first EP, which is about coming to terms with who you are and learning to accept that you are only human. And to try and remember that your failings are something which should be celebrated just as much as your triumphs.

'Black Ink Ocean'
Is a noisy, straight-down-the-line, intense song which recounts a time where I was battling with my emotional state, which at times was just as intense. I just wanted to get out of myself at every opportunity. I was too young and stupid to see all those around me that were trying to help.
I would 'do anything to stay' out of myself. Even if that meant dabbling in things which could put my health at serious risk. Anything to be accepted by myself or others.

'Ever Belong'
Pays tribute to the people in my life who could've been so much more but circumstances dictated a path for them which did not allow the freedom, integration and happiness to which they deserve.
This song was my way of acknowledging the sacrifices that were made. Having to let go of everything they dreamed for or ever wanted and wishing their lives could've been so much more fulfilling for them.

This was a powerful, last minute addition to the EP.

I wrote this with literally a few months to go before recording and the band did extremely well to get the song up to the standard it is on the record.

Lyrically, again, this is a dark take on a time where I was listening to too many unhealthy feelings and letting them take over to a point where you become blind to the amazing things you have that make your life complete.

Written in an afternoon, this my way of apologising to my loved ones. The bass range of this song meant I had to build a 5 string bass guitar to accommodate it. Haha

'I Can't Help'
This was actually demoed for the first EP ('what I choose to forget') and didn't make it due to time constraints.

This is a punk driven song which pays homage to my hopeless need for my loved ones and the void they fill which I didn't even know existed.

It's so easy to get caught up in the rat race and day to day routines so it's important to remember what you're fighting for.

I really like this one! Again, a last minute addition like 'children', this is about forgetting the struggles you faced long ago and to live for the now.

All it takes is a loving smile, and for that brief moment, you can realise that you are completed.
...Then it goes all riffy at the end which works really well and is huge fun to play.


Finally, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been listening and enjoying the new EP. The support we've been shown so far has been mind blowing for us!

We couldn't have come this far without you and we are forever grateful!

Keep pushing it, playing it loud and telling all your friends!

Cheers! x


Times of Conflict with Demur - An Interview

A celebre frase proferida por Morrissey "...Manchester so much to answer for..." continua fazendo sentido, e se renovando ano após ano.

O Demur vem diretamente da mítica cidade, e apesar de serem absolutamente novatos, os caras em seus primeiros singles, demonstram uma alta capacidade de experimentar, por vezes a banda cria algo como um electro grunge e ao mesmo tempo um psych trip hop, chega a ser basicamente impossível classifica-los, o que me soa muito interessante.

Os garotos tem muito chão pra percorrer certamente mas iniciaram muito bem, como eu costumo dizer, olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with Demur *****

Q. When did Demur start? Tell us about the history...
Demur started in 2014 out of a sad necessity to be heard and was formed by our very own James Blake and Emily Carney, who has since left, but remains close friends and a big supporter of the band. Now there are 4 of us making the loud, louder.

Q: Who are your influences?
We all like lots of stuff like everybody else. But have a big love for bands like Slow Dive, Sonic Youth, Spectres, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete etc. But we all love loads of different types of music. James likes classical Spanish guitar, Ben loves raving to techno, Helgi likes dancing to jazz and I like cruising round the ugly suburbs of Manchester blaring out Kendrick Lamar.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The guys aren’t gonna like reading this part. Mine would be…..
Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues,
Nirvana – In Utero,
Joy Division –Unknown Pleasures,
Kendrick Lamar – To pimp a butterfly and……….
Bon Iver- For Emma, Forever ago.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Anxious and sweaty mostly but I still have fun.

Q. How do you describe Demur sounds?
Luscious, heavy, gazey and off-kilter.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We usually lay down the bass and drums and build everything around that. We try to keep it as organic as possible.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I would listen out for Washing Machine from Manchester. I saw them for the first time at our last gig and they blew me away. Also I would recommend Spectres from Bristol. They aren’t a new band but they’re very exciting.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Probably ‘Girls just wanna have fun’ by Cyndi Lauper. Classic.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To live in the present and for the band to be happy.

Q: Any parting words?
Agradeço-lhe. Eu te desejo tudo de bom!

domingo, 23 de abril de 2017

Aura 6 with Spiral Vortex - An Interview

Segunda aterrizagem nas páginas do TBTCI dos chilenos freaks do Spiral Vortex.

A primeira viagem você pode relembrar aqui, e depois de dois anos os caras retornam, digamos tardiamente, por conta do seu último trabalho, o espacial, psicodélico, é claro, e prog "Aura 6".

A grande diferença de "Aura 6" para os trabalhos anteriores ao meu ver, é o direcionamento mais experimental atingindo patamares beirando o prog rock, ainda que tecendo caminhos psicodélicos é claro.

Mas fica evidente que nesta trip atual o Spiral Vortex direcionou sua drogas sonoras para além desse espaço, mas não se engane o flerte com o eletrônico aparece fortemente, muito por conta das conexões com o Boards of Canada.

Pegue seu ticket e boa viagem.

***** Interview with Spiral Vortex *****

Q. Hello guys, first congratulations on the new album, it's really brilliant, what is your analysis after conclusion of album? Are you happy with the result?
1. We are happy with the results, we love that the album maintains the same aesthetic from start to end, it's one of the main things we wanted to achieve.

Q. How was the process of creating Aura 6?
2. The process was long, a lot of songs where composed on acoustic guitar and then mutated along the year until they where mostly synths and very different, then we recorded those songs trying to capture the band energy, after the studio we took our time mixing the album, there is a lot of post production involved, it was a fun process.

Q. What are the main differences between Aura 6 from your early records?
3. The main difference would be that this time we were concentrated on making interesting sound textures and not on complexity in composition or structure, we wanted to simplify things and make a coherent album, we wanted to make and album that had the right mix of electro and rock.

Q. What were the influences for creating the new album?
4. there are many influences, just to name a few, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Simian Mobile Disco, Com Truise, Nosaj Thing, John's kind of what we were listening to the year we made the album, also bands like Dungen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ariel Pink, Connan Mockasin, Air, are bands that have inspired us a lot lately.

Q. What are your plans for 2017?
5. We have a lot of plans for 2017, we are working on a Ep with a super Chilean producer, we are working on new videos for Aura6 and we are moving so we can go out and play our music overseas in different festivals which we love and of course keep playing as much as we can here in Chile.

Genevieve with Too Young To Go Steady - An Interview

Nada como o frescor de uma banda nova, livre de qualquer vício, apenas a pureza de suas verdades.

Assim é o quinteto canadense, Too Young to Go Steady, com basicamente um ano de existência, eles debutaram com o primeiro single, "Genevieve", melódica, ensolarada, docemente melancólica e apaixonada, a canção é um verdadeiro "colírio" para os ouvidos.

Alguém, certeiramente os descreveu como, "uma doce nostalgia oitentista, mesmo que seus integrantes sequer tenham nascido naquela década".

"Genevieve" é um início absolutamente excitante para o Too Young To Go Steady e deixa aquela sensação de que é necessário muito, muito mais, e que venha rápido.

***** Interview with Too Young To Go Steady *****

Q. When did Too Young To Go Steady start? Tell us about the history...
Mike, Carlos and Chris met through Craigslist in April 2016. We all wrote music independently but there was a clear overlap with shoegaze and indie elements. We started with jam/writing sessions in Mike's crammed music room and playing to a drum machine, but it quickly became apparent that we were all on the same page and were producing amazing sounds. After finishing Twelve and Genevieve instrumentally we began looking for a singer through Craigslist, where Susan immediately took to the music. The lyrics and vocal melody that Susan brought to her first tryout for Genevieve have remained virtually unchanged, so there was an immediate fit. Everything came together surprising quickly from there. We had worked with a few different drummers, but Fabian fit in very quickly and demonstrated a great feel for the style....he nailed our first show after only playing with us about four times. In short, this is turning out to be an unlikely Craigslist success story.

Q: Who are your influences?
This varies member to member. The most common influences include modern dreampop outfits like Wild Nothing and Diiv, but oddly everything we create seems to have an 80's tinge to it. Certain influences such as Slowdive, MBV, and to an extent Broken Social Scene can be felt.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This changes all the time and also varies by member to member......but according to Chris it is:

Souvlaki (Slowdive)
Ok Computer (Radiohead)
Winks & Kisses (Airiel)
You Forgot it in People (BSS)
In Absentia (Porcupine Tree)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We played our first show in mid-January. It felt good. Our second show was recorded and one of the songs can be viewed at the link below. We are playing our fourth at Silver Dollar in Toronto on April 22 where we are looking forward to debuting several new songs.

Q. How do you describe Too Young To Go Steady sounds?
Spacey, delay/reverb-laden sounds that vary between slow and beautiful to driving and intense. Somehow everything we write seems to spark a bit of 80's nostalgia, even though some of our members weren't alive in the 80's.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We are planning to issue a five song EP hopefully in 2017. We can answer this question properly once everything is finished; we are still figuring out a method to the madness.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Fake Palms, You'll Never Get to Heaven, Beliefs, Elsa

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We are already doing this and loving it. Some of our members covered You Forgot it in People by Broken Social Scene in February featuring several talented guests, and will hopefully do so again in the future.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Write, release, repeat.

sábado, 22 de abril de 2017

Sky Gazing with Sea Fuzz - An Interview

Ben Heckler é a mente por trás do projeto Sea Fuzz, que ele sabiamente convencionou chamar de "shamanic beach punk",

O rótulo soa um tanto ambíguo e esquizofrênico para após audições sequenciais do último trabalho do cara, intitulado "Sky Gazing" dá pra sacar que o tal "punk xamãnico praiano" cabe perfeitamente na barulheira psicodelicamente grunge do Sea Fuzz.

Chapação estridente em formas ácidas, aumente no máximo e boa viagem.
***** Interview with Sea Fuzz *****

Q. When did Sea Fuzz start? Tell us about the history...
Well I have been musically active since a really young age and I've been in a number of projects before this one. But the true thought for this project actually arose during a lsd induced trance while on a beach vacation with some of my friends. At one moment during the trip one of my friends convinced me that I had a band and it was what we were currently listening to. The split second later after regaining perspective, I realized I definitely had something to contribute to the genre of psychedelic beach rock.

Q: Who are your influences?
My influences literally go all over the place, and they are probably not what you'd expect listening to my music. I love of course late 80s and 90s grunge, post punk and shoegaze bands. But I also tend to listen to a lot of latin and jazz artists like Ray Barretto, Gabor Szabo and all the classic jazzers. I even got into mpb artists like Djavan and Milton Nascimento. Omar Rodriguez Lopez's projects always inspire me too, he's always up to something creative. I grew up studying drumset, so I really like listening to interesting rhythmic compositions. I think it's still an untapped gem in the psych rock genre in general, there is still a lot of room for exploration.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Oh man, that's so hard. I don't even know. Ummm, let me just go pick some classics that I have been listening to recently.

bitches brew - miles davis
You're living all over me - Dinosaur Jr.
waking on a pretty daze - Kurt Vile
frances the mute - the mars volta
queens of the stone age - Queens of the Stone Age

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love it. Since I've been moving around so much I have two bands in the US and Spain to play shows with.

Q. How do you describe Sea Fuzz sounds?
I would say it started out as 90s grunge rock project with a psychedelic flair. It still continues in that vein but I see it as shifting and being shaped by what I am listening to. Most of the lyrics reference the sea and the practice of meditation, I find these two things a constant source lyrical ideas that continue to have meaning for me.

This latest album turned out more of a modern shoegaze type of feel. I like the terms: sunny shoegaze, ocean grunge, shamanic beach punk--I feel like they creatively describe what I'm going for. However I think our style will continue to develop actually, and change slightly from album to album. Probably some of our best songs haven't even been written yet.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
This latest album was kind of a strange process. It was recorded partly in studio, partly in pay-to-practice spaces, and partly at home. My usual process for recording music is to record it all in my home studio in Oregon, but I have been living abroad in Spain the last couple years so I have needed to find other ways to record, and for cheap.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Well although they're not too new, I'd recommend people check out the bands The Holy Sons, and Lilacs and Champagne. They are absolutely great and one of the main songwriters has mixed a couple of songs for me, with one appearing on the new album. But there are tons of great new bands out there. One from Spain is called Melange that I really dig. Ghost Frog and Animal Eyes from Portland are amazing. Tons of great bands out there.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Not even sure. I kind of would love to cover a song in Spanish though.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I'm working on a new single right now and have got tons of songs in the bank to release little by little when the time is right. I am thinking of making an instrumental album too because in every album I have released I usually include 1 or 2 instrumentals, and some people have expressed to me that those are their favorite songs. So the plan is just to continue making albums and playing more shows, that's as far as I can think ahead at the moment.

Q: Any parting words?
Keep on shredding that psychedelic wave! Muito obrigado.

Enigma with VIM - An Interview

Eis que Melbourne, Austrália, volta a aterrizar no TBTCI.

Agora representada pelo quarteto VIM, e suas primeiras duas demos, "Down" e "Enigma", ambas com o delicioso elixir de quem sabe condensar suas principais referências, aqui o New Order e o Radio Dept. 

O VIM em um ano de existência prima bela delicadeza e melodias perfeitas, servindo de pano de fundo perfeito para guiar seus sonhos.

Mais uma excelente revelação de uma cidade que não para de exportar grandes bandas, vida longa a Melbourne e ao VIM.

***** Interview with VIM *****

Q. When did VIM start? Tell us about the history...
N: VIM started about a year ago but we had all jammed together a bit previously. I started writing a bunch of songs and sharing them with my friends and then we just started learning them and eventually all writing and adding to them together.

M: We’ve only been playing live since late January this year.

Q: Who are your influences?
M: I think we’re largely influenced by a lot of the bands from the Melbourne scene, not sonically but in terms of their outputs and approaches to making music. I think sonically a lot of our influence comes from a range of genres, probably most notably dream pop, post-punk and krautrock.

N: We’re probably influenced by a heap of different bands; sometimes it doesn’t become obvious until after writing something and realising it has a similar vibe to things we’re listening to.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
M: Iggy and the Stooges – Raw Power
Rowland S Howard – Teenage Snuff Film
Radio Dept – Lesser Matters
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
Die! Die! Die! - Form

N: toooo hard.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
N: We’ve only played a few shows so it’s still all new and scary but they’ve all been really fun so far. Before playing our first show I remember my biggest fear being that the sound guy wouldn’t let me have enough reverb on my vocals but it was totally fine haha.

M: Honestly, I don’t usually remember much about playing live. I’m usually to focused on the moment that when I get off stage I don’t really remember much of what’s happened in the last 20-30 minutes.

Q. How do you describe VIM’s sound?
N: It depends on the song, I get inspired by bands like DIIV and Beach Fossils and layering melodic guitar riffs but sometimes songs end up being a bit moodier.

M: I think a lot of our songs have a somewhat nostalgic sound, it’s probably somewhat induced by the reverb soaked guitar melodies and the washed out vocals.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
M: All the demo recordings currently up were completely recorded by Nat upstairs in our spare bedroom. We recently spent a weekend in Barwon Heads with Jack Crook (from Contrast) recording what will hopefully become an EP.

N: It was super fun and chilled but we managed to record way more songs than we were expecting. We’re hoping to put it out on cassette in a few months. You should buy it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
N: We’re just going to interpret this as bands from Melbourne because we are so lucky to have so many friends here who are writing amazing music.

M: Pure Moods who put out a great album late last year, SPIT who we played our first show with, Contrast, Parading, Lowtide, Bloodhounds on my trail, Hideous Towns, VHS Dream, pretty much every band releasing things through Spirit Goth records

N: Also today at work I shazamed a song on the radio by a band called ORION from Sydney. It was so good and they’re conveniently playing a show in Melbourne on Friday so I’ll definitely be checking that out.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
N: I really want to do a cover of Fingertips by The Brian Jonestown Massacre but I’m also kinda scared I’ll ruin it. Maybe one day.

M: Nat has heaps of great covers already on her Soundcloud. There are heaps of bands that I’d love to cover that it’s kind of hard to choose just one. I really like covers that take the original in a new and somewhat unexpected direction. I think it would be great to do a Rowland S Howard cover, he has so many great covers he has released that I think it would be a fitting homage.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
M: Hopefully we’ll finish mixing the EP and be able to get it out. I think we’re aiming to release it around July. We’ll hopefully get to play quite a few more gigs. There’s one coming up on the 10th of June that we’re really excited for but I’m not sure if I can say any more than that. Would be great to play some shows elsewhere around Australia too.

N: We have a VIM jar in our lounge room. We would like to add to that jar some more and make more music, would be cool to one day release something on vinyl.

Q: Any parting words?
M: Thanks for listening to our music!

sexta-feira, 21 de abril de 2017

Vacios y Variables with Pyramides - An Interview

No primeiro dia de Março deste ano, aconteceu o debute dos argentinos do Pyramides, "Vacios y Variables".

O disco passeia pelo pós punk clássico, sempre melódico e melancólico, mas sem pender para o lado sombrio, a bem da verdade o álbum me remete a alguns clássicos tupiniquins dos 80´s como Finis Africae, por incrível que pareça, o que de certo tem a ver com as referências tanto do Pyramides como do Finis.

Este paradoxo serve perfeitamente para situar a música do Pyramides em um espectro de tempo indefinido, o mesmo servindo para o Finis, afinal de contas o que conta mesmo é a música conseguir suportar o tempo independentemente de quando foi criada, neste caso o Finis continua soando atual e o Pyramides mais ainda.

Bela estréia dos hermanos.

***** Interview with Pyramides *****

Q: Who are your influences?
Hi, Facundo here (singer, guitarrist and songwriter).
We started making music (with pyramides) whle listeting to classic postpunk / new wave bands...Talking heads, Devo, Pere Ubu, Wire, The cure..

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Chairs Missing (Wire, 1978),
Freedom of Choice (Devo, 1978),
Substance (1988, Joy division),
After Chabón (Sumo, 1987),
This is PiL (Pil, 2012)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Its the best thing in the world, at least for me (Facundo) is the best way to erase the bad thoughts, at least for a moment. Its like a trance.

Q. How do you describe Pyramides sounds?
Pyramides sounds pretty much like a mix between Dream pop and post punk really. But we are ways trying to change our sound. Every rehearsal.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Mainly, I improvise the songs at my house, record anything that comes to my mind. Actually I have just recorded a song, before doing this interview. Its sunday, so its the perfect time to have a beer, some weed and improvise.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Super 1 Mundial, Riel, Temporada de Tormentas, Atras hay truenos, Queridas (new album Heridas its amazing!!), El ultimo vecino (españa)

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I think Leonard Cohen. He's my favorite.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Actually Im already thinking in the next steps. We have lots of gigs planned, so we will continue with the album presentations and after that, we'll go straight to the studio and record the next album. I already have like 10 songs.... but I think I'll start from scratch-

Q: Any parting words?
hahaha not really. AGUANTE TODO!! jajaa

Premiere - Afor Gashum´s New Single "Broken Record"

Após quatro anos, os israelenses do Afor Gashum retornam as páginas do TBTCI. A primeira viagem a Tel Aviv aconteceu aqui, onde toda a história dos caras foi devidamente contada, mas estamos vivenciando um novo capítulo nessa viagem.

O Afor Gashum esta em vias de lançar seu segundo trabalho, mais precisamente no dia 28 de Abril, e por hora o TBTCI tem a honra de realizar a premiere do segundo single de "Secret Lights" que atende pelo nome de "Broken Record".

As principais mudanças de "Secret Lights" para o debute "From The Inside" de 2013, são a agressividade e o peso dos novos singles, algo como uma colisão entre Smashing Pumpkins e MBV e principalmente as letras, que anteriormente eram todas em hebraico e agora estão na universal língua inglesa.

"Broken Record" é um poderoso aperitivo para a chegada de "Secret Lights", sinta através de sua intensidade e veja como o Afor Gashum a criou.

Escute alto.

***** Broken Record by Afor Gashum *****

"Inspired by such investigators of repetition as Unwound, My Bloody Valentine and breakbeat Drum&Bass, the song explores the themes of repetition and rupture, continuity and breach, both structurally and lyrically."

quinta-feira, 20 de abril de 2017

Burial Songs with Palehorse/Palerider - An Interview

Alguns poderão rotular como doomgaze o que o trio de Denver, Palehorse/Palerider criou no absolutamente grandioso e soberbo "Burial Songs".

Lançado em sua versão digital no início de Fevereiroe muito em breve, terá sua merecida versão física, em vinil, a partir de Maio, mas o ponto é, o Palehorse/Palerider criou quatro obras primas.

"Burial Songs" é composto "apenas" por quatro canções, a menorzinha tem pouco mais de nove minutos, só por aí, já fica claro que não é música para ser consumida por qualquer um.

As canções são verdadeiras epopeias dissonantes, repletas de escuridão, peso, melancolia, dor, indo muito além de simples rotulações como doomgaze, post rock, shoegaze, etc, etc....os caras criaram mantras sonoros.

Facilmente um dos mais intensos discos que escutei neste 2017. Absolutamente recomendado e necessário.

PS: detalhe para a belíssima capa.

***** Interview with Palehorse/Palerider *****

Q. When did Palehorse/Palerider start? Tell us about the history...
The band initially started as a recording project in 2013. Myself(Brandon) and my friend Brett Anderson had kicked the idea around for awhile before sitting down and actually getting to work on the project. We wrote and recorded two songs together before throwing it out there to see if anyone would be interested in actually playing the songs live in a band. David and I have been close friends for many years, and have played in bands that toured together, but we had never actually played in the same band together. We had both been going through some dark times, so the band was a perfect outlet for both of us. Nate is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist that I met when we were younger. He played in a band that I ended up taking his spot in after he left. We used the initial two songs as a springboard to writing new material and playing live. Brett left the band in late 2015 which is really when Palehorse/Palerider became what it is today.

Q: Who are your influences?

We all have very different influences. For Nate Albert Camus, Stravinsky, Thelonius Monk, and Glenn Branca top the list. For David, it would be Grinderman, Fifty Tons Of Black Terror(Penthouse), Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, Unkle, and Morphine. I would say for myself that musically bands like Sunn O))), True Widow, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, My Bloody Valentine, Nick Cave, and Earth are big influences on this project.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me Soundtrack
Morphine - Like Swimming
Jason Isbell - Southeastern
BRMC - Self titled
NIN - Year Zero
Mark Lanegan - Bubble gum

Sonic Youth - Sister
Dinosaur Jr - Green Mind
The Who - Who's Next
Red Sparowes - At The Soundless Dawn
Phil Collins - Greatest Hits

Brandon -
Nick Cave - The Boatman's Call
Ride - Nowhere
MBV - Loveless
Earth - Bee's Made Honey In The Lions Skull
Joy Division - Closer

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Nate- Cathartic. Like I've just created something out of nothing and then when I'm done there's nothing left again but a feeling or a memory.

David- Creation of art in real time. I also paint, and this is done behind closed doors and people don't see the process. Playing live is an outlet, all mistakes and perfections are in front of fans. It's organic and beautiful.

Brandon- These songs take both the listener and ourselves on a journey. For myself, they are very personal, so in a way, it's a bit of a reflection. I get lost when we play these songs.

Q. How do you describe Palehorse/Palerider sounds?
Nate- Like a garbage truck dropped off the Empire State Building

David- Three men creating passionate, loud, dirty music.

Brandon- Dark, heavy, restrained, reverb-soaked, ethereal. Music to lose yourself in.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded Burial Songs over two days here in Denver, Colorado. Into The Abyss was recorded live in a couple of takes, and the rest were tracked. Brett Anderson, our former bandmate, mixed the record. We had a blast making this record.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Nate- Echo Beds. Drab Majesty.

Dave- New to me: Karl Blau, Society, Warhaus, Wire.

Brandon- Not necessarily new, but on heavy rotation: Oikos, Lift To Experience, Library Tapes, Spotlights, Me And That Man.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We go back and forth on covers. Dave and Nate would like to do something by Grinderman. We've talked about/messed around with songs by Codeine, Neurosis, The Birthday Party, etc. If we do something then it would be something that we make completely our own.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have a few recording ideas for 2017. We hope to get back into the studio by early summer. We are very open to the idea of heading outside the U.S. to tour at some point as well. Looking forward to playing out and sharing this record as much as possible.

Q: Any parting words?
Our sincerest thanks to everyone across the globe for their support! We have been both humbled and blown away by the response to this record. Looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible!

Very Pleasing and Desired with Cherry Heaven - An Interview

Quando conheci o duo de Los Angeles, Cherry Heaven me lembrei imediatamente do Blank Dogs, principalmente pela concepção de um certo pós punk lo fi.

Esquizofrênico em sua essência, o debute dos caras "Very Pleasing and Desired" flutua entre experimentações conduzidas por synths sombrios e guitarras desconexas, por vezes sonhadores (em menor quantidade) e quase sempre freaks.

O Cherry Heaven compôs um dossiê caótico e cerebral em formas sonoras, que funciona perfeitamente em qualquer pista quente e escura ou em ambientes digamos, mais íntimos.


***** Interview with Cherry Heaven *****

Q: When did Cherry Heaven Start? Tell us about the history...
Tim: Cherry Heaven started as a project called "Dubbed Noir" in September 2015. We liked the idea of creating a hybrid band that blended multiple sounds and styles, particularly electronic music and rock 'n' roll. Initially, we'd get together and write these doomy little synth songs. The first one we ever wrote was called "I Think I Might Be Evil." For a year, we worked on songs and actually recorded an album that never got finished. It was abandoned late in the game in favor of new songs that felt a little more sophisticated. Late last summer, Cole did a remix of a tune called "Some Kind of Trip" that transformed the song from an ordinary demo to something that felt extraordinary. "Trip" set the bar really high and most of the tunes on "Very Pleasing and Desired" and our EP where written after that benchmark was made. Last fall, I traveled to New Orleans to record additional bass parts and vocals with one of my best friends, Stacey Colangelo, who also happens to be a very gifted tattoo artist. My buddy, Johann, also helped out with bass duties on several tracks. This winter, we became "Cherry Heaven" as it was the title of one of our old tunes that we liked a lot. It just felt right!

Q: Who are your influences?
Cole: My big, lifelong musical influence has always been Aphex Twin, but in recent years my approach to composition has been strongly influenced by fringe electronic artists like Burial, Zombie, and Actress, who de-emphasize beats and classic production value in favor of idiosyncratic, personalized production value and emotional ambient texture. This orientation is reflected in the LP where drum and rhythmic presence take a background role to other elements such as grainy, hazy, and distorted sounds.

Tim: I'm into classic alternative, synth pop and post punk. Art rockers are my kind of people because they tend to have an edge when it comes to songwriting and style. I like classic rock and singer-songwriter stuff too. I love Bowie, Iggy Pop, New Order,Depeche Mode, The Cure, Blondie, The B-52's, Gary Numan, Roxy Music, The Smiths, Smashing Pumpkins, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and Kraftwerk, to name a few. I love female voices also, especially Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks, Siouxsie Sioux, Grace Jones, Debbie Harry and Donna Summer. I'll always have a soft spot for shoegaze and dream pop and never tire of the 4AD sound. I love Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Lush and This Mortal Coil.

Q: Make a list of your top 5 albums of all time.
David Bowie "Scary Monsters"
New Order "Low Life"
Kraftwerk "The Man Machine"
Iggy Pop "The Idiot"
Kate Bush "The Dreaming"

Aphex Twin "Richard D. James"
NIN "The Downward Spiral"
Miles Davis "Miles Smiles"
Nils Frahm "Screws"
Smashing Pumpkins "Siamese Dream"

Q: How do you feel playing live?
Tim: Thus far, we have only been a studio project, though we've talked about maybe doing some shows later this year. Initially, I had no interest in playing live. I've warmed up to the idea but am honestly not sure how some of these tunes would go over live.

Cole: I like to perform elements of my musical interests that aren't as sympathetic to the album format. So for example, I am much more open to experimentation and improvisation in a live setting, and use the opportunity to allow a song to wander into other musical territory that wouldn't make as much sense on a focused, album-oriented track. Basically, I like to use the live presentation to remix and reimagine the album tracks.

Q: How would you describe how Cherry Heaven sounds?
Tim: I think we both love beats, guitars, synths, and atmosphere. There's elements of dream pop, post punk, alternative rock, electro-pop, shoegaze, trip-hop, classic rock, experimental and dance music in our tunes. There's a little bit of David Lynch too. We're not afraid of emotions or ugliness but also appreciate dumb pop songs with goofy lyrics.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording songs?
Tim: I write the skeletons of the songs in more of an old school way, often on an acoustic guitar or with my keyboard. I frame the tunes using what I consider to be a classic pop song structure, with verses and choruses and hopefully hooks and melodies. Sometimes the tunes come out fully formed from the get-go, sounding like full band arrangements, and other times they are more sparse. Cole and I then work on the tunes seperately and flesh them out. We use a file sharing service to send them back and forth and the sounds continually evolve. Eventually, we get together to mix the songs and make decisions about what gets released, vaulted or put on-pause for later.

Q: Which new bands would you recommend?
Tim: LA has a great music scene and with lots of little indie labels that are doing really exciting things. There's tons of cool local bands including Part Time, Winter, Tamaryn, Peaking Lights, Soft Metals, Geneva Jacuzzi, Gitane Demone, Kauf, Fatal Jamz, Puro Instinct, Nite Jewel, Cellars, Wyatt Blair, Autolux, Chasms, Annabel Lee, Tropic of Cancer and the Cosmonauts, to name a handful. Lolipop, Burger, and Spirit Goth are really cool labels. I love just about anything Johnny Jewel puts out on Italians Do It Better, especially the Chromatics and Glass Candy. Michael Stock is a fantastic DJ. He does a show here in LA called Part Time Punks on KXLU and he has excellent taste. You can stream his show every week on Thursday afternoons. I always look forward to it.

Cole: I just love listening to Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith do amazing and beautiful things with analog synthesis.

Q: Which band would you love to cover?
Tim: We've always talked about covering 10CC's "I'm Not In Love." For a classic rock staple, its really a weird, dark tune. It's dreamy and menacing. It has a timeless quality that feels simultaneously progressive and nostalgic. We had an early song called "Fall Into the Gap" which was inspired by "I'm Not In Love" but it was never finished. Recently, I've been working on a cover or Whitesnake "Is This Love" that sounds like MBV!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Cole: More of the same! Cherry Heaven will continue to be an iconoclastic musical and creative experience. In general we anticipate continuing to develop an electro-acoustic fusion that bridges esoteric, underground electronic sounds with a shoegaze, pop feel. But one element that is unlikely to change is the dark and mysterious vibes that underpin Cherry Heaven's soul-aesthetic.

Tim: I've been writing for the next record and there's a bunch of ideas taking shape. I would say the new stuff feels different and is definitely next level, but also a logical extension of where we've already been. I don't really care for happy or feel-good music, but I would say the new stuff is maybe not as dark as the older material. It's more colorful, funky and even fun, but in a perverse way, of course!

Q: Any parting words?
Tim: Thanks for listening to Cherry Heaven! There's more on the way, so please stay tuned. We hope to visit Brazil someday!