quinta-feira, 8 de junho de 2017

Come Alive with A Strange Day - An Interview

Para não perder o costume, novamente a Austrália aterriza nas páginas do TBTCI, hoje representada pelo duo A Strange Day.

Um delicioso cruzamento sonoro entre o Massive Attack, MBV e o Cure, se é que isso pode ser possível. Mas no caso do A Strange Day é, funciona perfeitamente, a sinergia entre as fritações hipnóticas do trip hop, ao lado do shoegaze soterrado de efeitos aliado a melancolia subliminar..

A único problema é que o A Strange Day tem apenas um EP e dois singles, mas poderia ter uma discografia muito maior, porque tudo deles vale ouro.

Pérolas sonoras para o seu prazer, cortesia do A Strange Day.

***** Interview with A Strange Day *****

Q. When did A Strange Day start? Tell us about the history…
A. We started around 5 years ago. Shane’s background has always been electronic based. Dylan's background is Guitar Heavy.

One day we both found ourselves in the same room talking about all the influences we loved and for some reason it seemed like a good idea to do something bold and blend it all into a mess of noise. We threw together a self titled EP and have continued to define our sound into what it is today.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. There are many influences, but we think the ones that stand out most would be bands like The Cure, NIN, My Bloody Valentine and Massive Attack… We could go on, but that feels like it covers us.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. We will break this up between the two of us as there would be too much room for debate…
The Cure - Wish
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Bonobo - The North Borders
D'Angelo - Voodoo

The Beatles - White Album
Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
Temple Of The Dog - s/t
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Black Sabbath - Masters Of Reality

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. Playing live is a big part of A Strange Day. What we like to capture is the immersion of some of the great electronic acts such as Massive Attack and mix that with the energy and intensity of bands such as My Bloody Valentine. Playing live is the way we always intend our music to be heard - LOUD.

Q. How do you describe A Strange Day sounds?
A. Atmospheric and layered with thick, deep guitar tones. We have come across some very interesting descriptions from people over time.. To quote a good friend, he described us as "unique powerful, stunningly evocative and symphonic array of heavy droning guitar accompanied by an electronic wonderland of sound.”. Always thought that sounded nice.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. Honestly it is usually just us in the studio with our arsenal of tools. Shane is a sound engineer and has his own recording studio so we are completely self recorded.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. White Walls (Dylan’s other band). Shane has always been a huge fan. Loose Tooth, See Saw, Faceless Burial.. These are a few of the newer bands popping up in Melbourne right now. They’re all incredibly different but I think that’s why it’s so good.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. The Cure… definitely The Cure.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. We plan to release our first album this year. We have finished recording it so it is all ready to be pressed. We have released the first single "Into Your Arms" which you can hear on our bandcamp or Soundcloud. We will release another single soon. We will be playing shows and adding more to our live show as we go. We are starting to incorporate additional mediums such as visuals, more involved electronics and always more guitar amps - Lucky for us Dylan builds them himself under the name - Blacktone. It’s all very exciting.

Q: Any parting words?
A. Thanks for reaching out to us! It is encouraging knowing our music is making it’s way around the world. We look forward to making more music for us and anyone else that happens to tune in.