quarta-feira, 12 de julho de 2017

Saudade with Bleach Dream - An Interview

Mais um duo nas páginas do TBTCI, desta vez Marty Greensill e Dave O'Kane ou Bleach Dream para os íntimos. 

E para manter a tradição, os caras são da Austrália, desnecessário eu comentar novamente que algo acontece de especial por lá, porque, são tantas belíssimas bandas que aparecem por lá que o TBTCI daqui a pouco vai ter que dedicar um projeto inteiramente para lá.

Bem, o Bleach Dream esta em vias de debutar com seu primeiro trabalho, mais precisamente em 21 de Julho, vira ao mundo "Saudade", e como aperitivo, temos "Drown in Colors" e "Fifth & Mainview", dois belos cartões de visitas e altamente recomendados a fãs de dreampop com um espectro que remete diretamente a belezas como The Chills e Go-Betweens, além de contemporâneos como DIIV, entre outros.

Que venha logo o dia 21, para que o mundo seja mais sonhador, se depender do Bleach Dream, ele certamente o sera. 

***** Interview with Bleach Dream *****

Q. When did Bleach Dream start? Tell us about the history…
Bleach Dream formed in September 2016 after a trip to the States. I’d been listening to a lot of synth/dream pop music while traveling and the style of music basically became a soundtrack to the holiday. When I returned to Melbourne I found myself writing music of a similar nature. Dave and I have been friends for years and he digs similar tunes so it made sense that we would write and record together. We wrote our first track ‘Drown In Colours’ in early September and finished writing the record (Saudade) in February this year. We’re looking forward to releasing the album in July.

Q: Who are your influences?
We have many influences, all of different styles and eras. In terms of who I think we sound like our key influences would have to be Slowdive, The Cure, Crowded House, DIIV to name a few...

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Beck - Sea Change
PJ Harvey - White Chalk
The Beatles - Rubber Soul
DIIV - Oshin
The Cure - Disintegration

I’ve listened to these records hundreds of times. Every tune off every album is perfect. You can’t go wrong.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We actually don’t play live and have no plans to at this stage. We’ve just finished our first record and love working in the studio and writing together. For the time being that’s the plan for record number two.

Q. How do you describe Bleach Dream sounds?
Hmmm tough one. The best response I could give would probably be upbeat Dream Pop... I think sonically we have a somewhat similar sound to many classic Shoegaze and Dream Pop bands, but the majority of our tunes tend to be slightly faster. Most of the songs are guitar driven however some have no guitars at all and rely on synths. The aim was to build jangly atmospheric songs that capture sounds predominantly from the 60s and 90s.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
All of the songs were recorded in my apartment in Melbourne. Dave and I would spend time writing songs separately during the week and most weekends we would get together to work on vocal melodies and lyrics. When we were comfortable that any given song was ready we would finalise the recording and move onto the next until the record felt complete. The album was mastered by Jack the Bear from Deluxe Mastering in Brunswick, Victoria.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I actually listen to far less new music than I should as it's difficult for me to break away from listening to the records I already love. I’m enjoying the new War On Drugs singles at the moment, and also love the new record from Miranda Lee Richards ‘Existential Beast’. I’ve only just stumbled across American band Cemeteries, which I’m playing constantly.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I’ve always wanted to cover a few Simon & Garfunkel tunes, particularly the early 60s stuff, not sure we could do it justice though...

Q: What are your plans for the future?
At the moment we're really into 60s folk music so I’m writing songs that are mainly driven by acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies. We’re hoping to release a second record at some point, but we’ll need to get the first one out the door before we think too much about what’s next.

Q: Any parting words?
Maybe just the obvious plug opportunity... Our record ‘Saudade’ will be released Friday July 21st. The album will be available digitally on iTunes and for streaming on Spotify and SoundCloud. CDs will be available via Bandcamp and a couple of our singles 'Fifth & Mainview' and 'Drown In Colours' are already available on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud. We hope people love it!