domingo, 23 de julho de 2017

Salt Line Scene with Sonne / Mond - An Interview

Aproximadamente dois anos atrás integrantes de bandas que já passaram pelo TBTCI como Echo Lake, Not Cool, e Trailer Trash Tracy resolveram unir forças e experimentar juntos novos territórios sonoros. Assim nasceu Sonne / Mond e o debute deles veio ao mundo em Maio.

Um experimento psicodélico, por vezes sombrio, em outras sonhador, que traça caminhos diferentes de todas as bandas anteriores de seus integrantes. A palavra chave do EP homônimo do Sonne / Mond é desprendimento, sentimentos este que dá o norte da experimentação e sugere a liberdade de ousar sem se ater a rótulos. 

Essa liberdade de experimentar dá ao Sonne / Mond uma conexão por vezes com o Deerhunter, o que é um grande caminho a ser seguido.

Para ficarmos de olhos e ouvidos atentos aos próximos passos do Sonne / Mond.

***** Interview with Sonne / Mond *****

Q. When did Sonne Mond start? Tell us about the history...
We started about 2 years ago when Matt and I began playing guitar together on weekends, just to pass some time. My old band (Echo Lake) had stopped playing shows and I wanted to carry on doing something and had always thought it would be cool to play music with Matt, we spoke about it for ages before finally doing something.

Initially, it was a noise project, just two guitars and maybe some drums every now with no vocals, just droning loud guitars and lots of noise. As time passed Matt started bring song ideas forward and we started to put these little parts together, eventually bringing on board Dayo (drums) and Will (bass). Once the other guys joined, we started recording our ideas and we've spent the last year putting an EP together by ourselves in our spare time.

Q: Who are your influences?
I think the original influences were bands like Liars, Radiohead, Swans, Mogwai and Unwound. But we are listening to a lot of ambient music all the time like Hatakeyama, Basinski and Yves Tumor, which is kind of where the project might go next, or at some point maybe. But I feel like there is a lot of shoe gaze and post rock influences in our sound with elements of RnB and Psych.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
That's a huge question but of the top of my head I'll say Pet Sounds, Loveless, OK computer, Velvet Underground & Nico and right now I'll say Microcastle by Deerhunter because it's perfect. But that list might change if you ask me again.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It feels good once we are actually on stage playing! The songs take a different direction when they are played live and we'll always try to make them as different and interesting as possible compared to the recordings.

Q. How do you describe Sonne Mond sounds?
Noisy, dreamy, rhythmic, dense.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Some of the songs were already written by Matt and he had demo versions that were just his vocals and a very minimal drum sample, with really cool sparse synth layers. That's how 4 to 5 out and Salt Line Scene started and we actually just recorded the guitars, drums and bass over the top of those demos to give them a bigger sound.

The other songs on the EP all came from ideas we had during the very early rehearsals. After we recorded the drums, we pieced it all together and then started to record vocal ideas, guitars and bass, eventually writing the song during the process of putting it together. So it probably has more in common with making electronic music than it does a four piece band. We mixed the whole thing ourselves in my bedroom.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Personally at the moment I really like Protomartyr, Ought, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, I only just discovered Gold Class and the new Laurel Halo which is really good. Matt and I definitely share a love for the latest Frank Ocean stuff and an eternal love for Grouper. Liz Harris is always amazing, whatever she does.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I've always wanted to cover something by Bruce Springsteen, like a super drowsy, noisy version of something from the River, or Tunnel Of Love.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Will, our bass player just left us to live in another country, so at the moment we are focusing on new material rather than playing the same songs again. We have one gig coming up in Birmingham on the 5th August and that will be myself and Matt playing a different set, slightly more experimental than what we have been playing in London.

I think moving forward, we have the freedom to do whatever we want, so I just hope we are prolific as possible and just keep putting out music for people to listen to online. If we get the opportunity to release with some labels, then that's cool but if not then we'll keep writing new stuff and giving it away.

Q: Any parting words?
Yeah listen to our whole EP and follow us, because we are going to keep putting new material out and we want you to hear it