quinta-feira, 21 de setembro de 2017

The Lady of Heaven with Raizel - An Interview

Um calabouço sonoro com tons negros, assim é o Raizel.

Tudo que você possa imaginar de soturno, tribal, gótico, escuro, sombrio, passa obrigatoriamente pelos experimentos dos caras.

Não há classificação, o Raizel soa dark, como soa eletrônico, como pode soar apenas etéreo, porém o que une as várias facetas da banda é obviamente a escuridão.

Não espere ver a luz durante uma audição a qualquer dos trabalhos do Raizel, definitivamente ela não irá aparecer, e se por ventura houver a miníma possibilidade disso acontecer, eles trucidarão em questão de segundos de esporros sonoros negros.

Recomendado para góticos de verdade, mas se você for meio gótico, melhor deixar a luz acesa.

***** Interview with Raizel *****

Q. When did Raizel start? Tell us about the history
A: We officially started in the winter of 2015 in Savannah, Georgia in the dorm room shared of Dusk and myself (Knoxxia). We are all SCAD (savannah college of art and design) alumni and we met in school. At the time we were very much a part of the punk scene there. So seeing live music at a friend's house, crowded with a bunch of sweaty, moshing kids, and more often than not the band performing were friends too, all that just made us want to perform more and more. We weren't punk we were goth so our sound would be quite different. One day our friends decided to perform "Oh Comely" for us on her acoustic guitar and I knew I wanted to form a band and I wanted her in it. (She'd go on to be our bassist: Blüd J.) Our name comes from another very good friend of mine. She kind of saved my life while I was going through a life threatening health issue. Her name is Rayzel. I was first introduced to her by another bandmate, Harley. I thought it was so beautiful and feminine sounding yet somewhat dark and endearing. It means "rose" in yiddish. I have a really special connection to the flower and immediately knew that was the name of the sound we were trying to create. (Better than the first name: The Acid Rosehips)

Q: Who are your influences?
A: This is, officiallly, a longer list. But practically our main influences are : Slowdive, Whirr, The Cure, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, Love Spirals Downwards, Alcest, Amesoeurs, My Bloody Valentine, Burzum, Joy Division, The Sisters of Mercy and Mazzy Star.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: My current top 5 are:
5. Mask by Bauhaus
4. Amesoeurs by Amesoeurs
3. Blue Bell Knoll by Cocteau Twins
2. Disintegration by The Cure
1. Pornography by The Cure

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Playing live is an extremely exhilarating and cathartic experience. A Raizel live show should be a cross between sunn(o)) and MBV. Loud, dimly lit and smoky~

Q. How do you describe Raizel sounds?
A: A combination of pink and black. A sweet and warm shoegaze sounds with an ethereal and dreampop background combined with a cold and unmercifully bleak goth,industrial and post-black metal sound. The struggle of inner duality with good and evil all coming out in a gothic styled narrative. We rely on a lo-fi and rough style of presentation, with both a loose pop and non-standard composition and structure. Tone-wise we like that early 80s post-punk sound with reverb and chorus being staples, also the 90s garage fuzz to pull the shoegaze out. That plus aggressive joy division esque disco-like drum patterns and distant almost gregorian chant like vocals. Graveyard music but not all souls in this graveyard made it to heaven😈😈

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: Since we're all scattered around the U.S. we can't all be in one place tp record. So we take a note from bands like the postal service in that we record all instrument parts separately to a backing drum or metronome track and I or Dusk combines them in a sound editing software to mix and master then its all done. I and Dusk are the band's producers so were usually tasked with the finishing steps and I create the visual artwork for the releases.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: 1.There's the Savannah,GA band:
"The Gumps" there a punk band who takes notes from original 70s punk.
2. New Orleans, LA band:
"Gools" a noisy, horror surf punk alt rock band like a darker pixies
3. Also from New Orleans is:
"Rougarou" a traditional Blues and old school rock and roll band.
4. Another Savannah, GA band we love is: "The Anxiety Junkies" a hardcore punk band who has taken a prime role in the Savannah punk scene.
5. "Trophy Wives" a riot grrrl punk band. All female and amazing. Although they broke up.
6. "Tokyo Shoegazer" a Japanese shoegaze band.
7. "Jatun" ambient dreampop
8. "The Twilight Sad" a post-punk revival, indie and shoegaze band from Scotland.
9. And last but not least :
"Locust Revival" a straight up traditional goth rock one-piece. Similar to "Drab Majesty" but heavier!
(Also lesser known but somewhat old: "Swervedriver" they're underrated imo)

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: Either The Cure or Cocteau Twins!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: To make more music. I never want to stop Raizel. Even if its just me by myself. Hopefully though, I can steal all my members to one place to start doing live shows again OR get a live band for the time being.

Q: Any parting words?
A: We try to make our music as free and as accessible as possible. We would rather be as authentic to ourselves and our tastes as possible because we know what its like to have particular tastses and little to no satisfaction. Hopefully we can help ressurect Goth and bring it back to some cultural (or subcultural) relevance.


Bottlerocket with Zooey - An Interview

Tallahassee é a capital do estado da Flórida e, é, exatamente de lá que vem o quarteto Zooey.

Pense nas melhores bandas que pegam o shoegaze e o direcionam para o lado lo fi, o lado mais, digamos americano da coisa, leia-se Drop Nineteens, Swirlies, Lilys e por aí vai.

O disco de estreia deles nasceu lá em meados de Abril e tardiamente chegou aos ouvidos do TBTCI, mas, meus caros, assim que chegou, bateu fortemente, também não há muito como não se render a impressionante capacidade deles de criar peças deliciosamente barulhentas, pegajosas e soarem pop ao mesmo tempo.

Daqueles discos para se ouvir repetidas vezes em looping. Ah sim, nem escrevi o nome da preciosidade, "Bottlerocket" é o nome da pérola.

O  Zooey é feito para ser apreciado em volume máximo, ok?

***** Interview with Zooey *****

Q. When did Zooey start? Tell us about the history...
A. Zooey began in the winter of 2015, with just myself recording demos in my room. Hannah would come over to record vocal tracks for them or help me with a guitar part I was having trouble with. I would either use programmed drums or have Matt play drums for the recordings, and eventually it got to a point where we realized there were a handful of actually good songs there and we could play live. So, officially, Zooey as it exists now, began there- Hannah on vocals and bass, Matt on lead guitar, our good friend Brian took over the drums and myself on vocals and guitar. We're all best friends and ended up in this great band together; it was really perfect.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. For myself the biggest influences for Zooey, sonically, were groups like The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, Lilys, Swirlies, The Velvet Underground, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Whirr and of course My Bloody Valentine. But probably the most important band as far as the inspiration for the sound on our record was Drop Nineteens. I remember getting into them and listening to Delaware incessantly and realizing that that was something we could actually do- you could be a few suburban American kids with hardly any budget and make a really powerful record like that. Outside of just the sound of the band, groups like Beat Happening and The Ramones inspired me in the way that they were uncompromising and made what they wanted no matter what anyone else thought, or whatever else was going on at the time . Also, Brian is a Danzig fanatic so for better or worse that may have made its way in there too!

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. Oh man that is a stressful question... Ugh... Um, well I can tell you what mine have been for maybe the last year or so even though I'll probably leave some out and regret it later.
-5: "You're Living All Over Me" Dinosaur Jr
-4: "Painful" Yo La Tengo
-3: "Velvet Underground" Velvet Underground
-2: "Methodrone" The Brian Jonestown Massacre
-1: "You Made Me Realize" My Bloody Valentine (not an album, but oh well)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. I think we all feel pretty good, we've all been in bands before, so it comes naturally. Although, we are all a pretty nervous bunch so maybe everyone is just good at faking it by now? Who can really tell. I can say for certain we all love playing together, in front of people or not.

Q. How do you describe Zooey sounds?
A. I guess it depends on who you're talking to! Noise pop or shoegaze both work, and I think I would just say shoegaze if someone asked me. But labels give me a headache- the most accurate description would just be "crunchy". When my Mom or someone I work with ask, I just say "The Smashing Pumpkins", and they seem to get it.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. Well, I demo all the songs myself and then we kind of fine tune them together in practice. With our album 'Bottlerocket', one day my friend Josh Lupowitz basically just told me that I should let him record our album- so I did. Josh is a genius, and he hates chicken, so you know he's REALLY crazy. We recorded the whole thing at his place on a tascam 8-track, very cheaply. The only real expense was batteries for the 8-track, which had a busted power supply, and weed. Josh pushed us to try new sounds and really brought the most out of us as a group. It took about 6 months to finish, which seemed like a while then when it was happening, but I always wish I could relive that time in my life.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend? A. Hmm, it seems like I only find old bands to get into, but there's definitely some new ones I really love. Poster from Tampa, FL are amazing and all really great people, I think Trementina is really great, UVTV, MTVH1N1, Westkust, Milk Music.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. We always talk about this actually. Things like Husker Du, Pavement and The Ramones get thrown around a lot. But I think if I had my way we would cover "Lovefool" by The Cardigans.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. Right now we are taking it easy and just demoing tracks for the next album, which is coming along really well. A few of us have moved around a bit, but we're still within a few hours of eachother. There will definitely be more music from Zooey in 2018.

Q: Any parting words?
A. We really appreciate anyone interested in our music. We make this music because we really love it, but it means a lot when people near or far are into it like we are! Keep your eyes peeled for more Zooey in the not-so-distant future...


quarta-feira, 20 de setembro de 2017

Swell with Lunar Vacation - An Interview

Ao dar play no mais recente EP do quarteto de Atlanta, Lunar Vacation, é possível sentir aquela brisa inigualável que vem do mar.

O pessoal do Lunar Vacation é dream surf music para apaixonados, não existe nada melhor que os defina. Simplesmente os sonhos de verão em formas sonoras, soam absolutamente perfeitos na música deles.

Tanto faz se for ao amanhecer ou, ao entardecer,  Lunar Vacation é perfeito para ser sua trilha sonora ao caminhar com seu amado(a) a beira da praia.

***** Interview with Lunar Vacation *****

Q. When did Lunar Vacation start? Tell us about the history...
A: We are based in Atlanta, Georgia. It originally started as my (Grace-vocalist/guitarist) solo project, but then turned into a duo with Maggie (guitarist), then finally settled as a four piece band: Me, Maggie, John Michael (bass/synth) and Connor (drums). We all went to the same high school and met through mutual friends. Then one day we were all jamming, and just vibed really well together. We've been together since August 2016!

Q: Who are your influences?
A: We like a variety of music, but we are mostly influenced by Alvvays, Real Estate, Tame Impala, The Smiths, and a bunch of others. Too many to name!

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Sunken by Twin Peaks
Louder Than Bombs by The Smiths
Room on Fire by The Strokes
InnerSpeaker by Tame Impala
Loaded by the Velvet Underground

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: We love it! It's so fun to be with your best friends playing your songs. One of the craziest things is to have people sing your songs at your concerts, it's surreal.

Q. How do you describe Lunas Vacation sounds?
A: We would generalize it under the category of "surf rock" but since there are no beaches in Atlanta, we made our own genre called "pool rock". Basically smooth, dreamy surf music.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: We would go after school and record the songs off of our EP, "Swell", at our friend Chris Senador's (Antarcticats) house. It was a small, cozy room with two mics in it. Then had to re-record some parts at our house to then send it over for mixing and mastering.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: As for local bands, I would recommend Pinkest, The Pellys, Antarcticats, and Fantasy Guys. Other bands (non local), I've been really digging Hot Flash Heat Wave, NE-HI, and Vacationer.

Q: Which song would you love to made a cover version of?
A: "I Can't Help Myself" by the Four Tops.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We're writing/recording a full length album right now, but the ultimate goal is to be signed to Captured Tracks or Grand Jury or a cool label like that, and tour a lot!

Q: Any parting words?
A: Go listen to our new EP Swell, its on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and Bandcamp. We worked very hard on it. Thank you for everything. We hope to come to Brazil one day.


terça-feira, 19 de setembro de 2017

Ghost with Staring Problem - An Interview

Pós punk ríspido, com inserções de no wave, assim poderia ser resumidamente descrita a sonoridade do trio de Chicago, Staring Problem.

Guiados obviamente por linhas de baixo incisivas, e guitarras sempre estridentemente cortantes, a banda criando a cada trabalho uma identidade que ao ouvinte desavisado poderia confundir com alguma preciosidade perdida do auge do pós punk.

O último single deles "Ghost", é exatamente assim, curto e grosso, sem firulas e direto ao ponto, aliás como toda a discografia da banda que conta com inúmeros singles e o disco homônimo lá de 2010, isso mesmo.

Como se percebe o Staring Problem não é nenhum novato, e você ai, deveria corrigir seu equívoco e devorar cada pedaço da discografia deles.

E que venha o novo álbum.

***** Interview with Staring Problem *****

Q. When did Staring Problem start? Tell us about the history... Q: Who are your influences?
Staring Problem started off some time around 2010 in Carbondale, IL. We were an odd bunch brought together in band form, from our shared loves of music and culture. We wanted a band that ranged in sound from Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, to the Cure.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
I always have trouble with so-called "top" lists because I have such a broad interest in music, but I'll do my best here in no particular order! I'm also gonna do 10, rather than 5!
The Cure - Pornography,
Wire - 154,
David Bowie - Heroes,
Ministry - With Sympathy,
Rolling Stones - Her Satanic Majesties Request,
George Harrison - All things Must Pass,
New Order - Low Life,
Kraftwerk - Computer World,
Pink Floyd - Animals,
Kate Bush - Never Forever

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I personally don't love to play live with Staring Problem, insofar that I have made my job too difficult for my abilities. As a 3 piece, where I am the sole/lead guitar and vocals, it is all I can do to get those sounds out of me accordingly. I am bound in place and feel terribly boring being so stationary. As a consolation I try to dress up my wardrobe a bit for the stage so there is subjectively, something interesting to look at from my direction. The rest of the band is much better to watch being able to emote a bit more and move about. On a whole, I am proud of our songs and feel that playing live is a necessity that comes with sharing something you take pride in. It is also quite enjoyable to have the opportunity to play alongside and see other great bands perform!

Q. How do you describe Staring Problem sounds?
We sound quite terse and tense with moments of relief, often during a chorus. We seem to subsist on intertwined melodies of my guitar and Milo's bass that are accompanied by my vocals and supported by the steadiness of our no-fuss, human drum machine, Alix.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We enjoy recording because it gives us a bit more freedom to expound on our ideas. We usually enlist the aid of a friend to do so as the recording engineer becomes a member of the band that pushes the aesthetics of sound with their abilities.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There are some great bands going at this time. Some that I would recommend that are worth checking out are "YOU." and "Ritual Howls" from Detroit, "Verhalten", "UNUR" and "Froe Char", all on Modern Tapes Records, "Teton" from Portland, "Essential Tremors" from Nashville and from Chicago, "Den", "Melanin" and "Wingtips".

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We were considering doing a Lydia Lunch cover most recently.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Staring Problem is planning to record for a new full-length LP this year that will be released on Modern Tapes Records some time next year!


Desert Plants with Vamping - An Interview

Em um clima ensolarado, intimista e contemplativo  Broderick Adams ou Vamping para os mais chegados concebeu seu primeiro trabalho intitulado "Desert Plans".

Evocando a pureza dos baluartes da fundamental Sarah Records, inserindo doces e sutis elementos de soft pop sonhador, o álbum exala aquele frescor confortável típico de canções pop perfeitas.

Trilha sonora ideal para um piquenique no parque.

***** Interview with Vamping *****

Q. When did Vamping start? Tell us about the history...
Vamping is the solo project of singer and guitarist Broderick Adams, previously of a space rock outfit Mount Ivy. Vamping began during a move to El Paso from a small town in the Texas panhandle in March of 2017. The project began with me doing some acoustic demos and toying around with some new songs. They didn't quite fit with the ambient/post rock kind of stuff I was doing before but I still enjoyed the creative outlet so I set them aside. I began to demo these songs with a little more direction and shoot them out to some friends to get some feedback to which I received some positive response. The recording for the album started in April of 2017 and was recorded on mostly one mic a certain EV660 from the 1980's. The album "Desert Plants" took it's first breath when I was on a walk surrounded by Italian Cypress, cholla cactus and vibrant wildflower variations. It was 110 degrees outside and my first theme came to me. "Wither away in the sun. I'm starting to think you're the one that I'll share bloom with. We are like the desert plants holding the rays in our hands made for adversity."

Q: Who are your influences?
If I had to pick a top 3 main influences it would be as follows:

1. Fleetwood Mac
The Mac just knew how to write excellent pop songs with relatable emotions. I was always taken aback by Stevie Nick's flowy vocals and vocal melodies. The whole band had songwriting talent and in my opinion they were just a super group. The always put the music first even when they were in off and on relationships writing songs about each other.

2. The Delfonics
The Delfonics are quintessential soul for me. The harmonies are unreal and had a huge influence on how I approach vocal harmony. I never tire of listening to their music and they just write those classy love songs/heartbreak songs. They handle their emotions with grace which I appreciate and the energy in their music makes it hard not to move.

3. New Order
Especially for this record New Order had a huge influence with the waves they made in the new wave world. The Oberheim drum machines laying down that memorable 4/4 groove, guitar chorus, synths oscillating and longing vocal lines tying the whole sound together. I always had an appreciation for the style growing up and the more I listened I always came back to these guys for inspiration.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This question is always a difficult one but I will try! I can't put these in a particular order because it will take eons.
1. The Delfonics - Alive and Kicking
2. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
3. New Order - Substance
4. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico
5. Margot and the Nuclear So & So's - The Dust of Retreat

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love to play live because of the connection you get with the people. You get to experiment with the music and sort of give it a life you can never give it in the recording process. There is a whole other human aspect to the music in a live setting. It is probably the most stressful part of the process because I take performance very seriously. I've never wanted to be one of those artists that you go see and you are disappointed because the vocals were off or the band sounded terrible. I like to spend a healthy amount of time polishing the live set and making a memorable experience for fans and newcomers to the music.

Q. How do you describe Vamping sounds?
I describe Vamping as dream pop/bedroom pop. I used a minimalist approach to these songs recording on only an EV660 mic for all the tracks you hear. It was recording in my bedroom near the Franklin Mountains. I love the nostalgic sound of older recordings so I tried to emulate that with my process. The dream pop is sort of based on the use of reverb and delay on guitars and vocals to create a smoother listening experience.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I highly recommend you check out these 5 bands!

1. Tremble Out - Good friends of mine from Austin. Mathy shoegazers and great dudes!
2. Chad Vangaalen - Excellent songwriter/animator extraordinaire .
3. Sorrytown - El Paso/Las Cruces Sadboy heroes.
4. Hayden Pedigo - Your train ticket to fingerstyle guitar technique and ambient/noise euphoria.
5. Soren Bryce - Creative power house with an unbelievable voice.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
This is also a tough question but I think maybe I would do a Velvet Underground cover maybe "I Found a Reason".

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I plan on letting the writing process come naturally and continuing to release material under Vamping as it comes to me. This is the leisure of being an indie artist is sort of being able to take your time on the craft without deadlines. I'm working on merch at the moment and hoping to do a tape release of "Desert Plants" before the end of the year.

Q: Any parting words?
I would like to thank Renato first and foremost for this interview and for letting me be a part of his blog. Thank you for checking out my music and I hope you have enjoyed the sounds from the desert.

You can reach me/check out my music on:
Instagram: @vampingvamping
Facebook: facebook.com/vampingvamping
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6ZI3igo9xvGpuQJeqwYEZr
Bandcamp: vamping.bandcamp.com
email: vampingvamping@gmail.com

Desert Plants is also available on Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal and over 150+ other digital retailers worldwide.

segunda-feira, 18 de setembro de 2017

Star Alliance with Routine Death - An Interview

A música realmente une, independentemente da distância, credo, ou, seja lá qual for a(s) diferença(s).

Prova cabal disto é o duo Routine Death, onde Dustin e Lisa estão separados 7000 milhas de distância, ele em Austin, Estados Unidos, ela, em Gothenburg, Suécia, e assim suas primeiros demos nasceram.

"Star Alliance" é um BJM soturno, já "The Impossibility of Paying Our Debts" passeia numa ambientação muito mais direcionada ao pós punk do que ao shoegaze.

O mais interessante de tudo é que com o Routine Death tudo ainda esta bruto, o elixir sonoro deles ainda deverá passar por um natural lapidamento e amadurecer gradualmente.

Este, é, sem sombra de dúvida, a grande motivação do TBTCI, acompanhar o nascimento de uma banda como o Routine Death que certamente ainda nos trará grandes e deliciosas surpresas.

Olhos e ouvidos atentos neles.

***** Interview with Routine Death *****

Q. When did Routine Death start? Tell us about the history...
It started as a project for us to work on from across the Atlantic. At first it was just some monotone instrumental drone songs, to experiment with the whole music at a distance thing. Lisa has an incredible voice so once we added that element it took on its own personality really.

Q: Who are your influences?
For me it that's an ever evolving thing, so right now I'm looking back more towards the music I grew up with and that shaped my musicianship. Lisa is influenced by her surroundings I think. For her it's a manifestation to her emotional responses.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This is in no order and subject to change at any moment. In fact, I'll probably disagree with it as soon as I hit send. But these are important to me.

Beach House - Beach House
Loveless- My Bloody Valentine
In Utero - Nirvana
Abbey Road- The Beatles
Kid A - Radiohead

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We'll let you know when we do it. We've only practiced live twice but it's fun to see what the songs do in that setting.

Q. How do you describe Routine Death sounds?
Sounds like cheap gear in a bedroom.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
One of us will get an idea, demo it and send it to the other. The other will tweak it, add notes or what have you and send it back. The song matures through this process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Pink Milk, Hidden Ritual, Angry Beige, Drab Majesty

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We've done a cover of a Roland Howard song on the upcoming LP, and a cover of a Beach House song on an EP that's in the works.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're gonna have some singles out this fall in preparation for our LP release early next year on Black Hair Records based in Gothenburg. Definitely going to have some shows to follow that.

Q: Any parting words?
Mike Tyson once said, "everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face".


domingo, 17 de setembro de 2017

Diamonds with Peak Body - An Interview

Uma brincadeira de imaginação agora: imagine se o Raveonettes ao invés das distorções e pop songs ensolaradas, enveredassem por caminhos soturnos, hipnóticos e densos, sem perder a orientação melódica. Imaginou? 

Esta química pode ser encontrada no duo australiano, Peak Body e seu primeiro EP, lançado há pouco mais de um mês.

O trabalho homônimo captura exatamente a atmosfera sugerida no início deste texto, melódicos porém pouco ensolarados, mesmo que alguns momentos sugiram a luz, como na deliciosa "Feelings" e na linda e intimista "Girl Gang", mas é exatamente no melhor momento do EP que a dupla encontra seu ápice, "Life´s Hard"  é um exercício de como fazer o ouvinte se hipnotizar instantaneamente, mas ainda há espaço para o grand finale com "Diamonds" e sua tendência melancolicamente densa.

Beleza, acima de qualquer suspeita, resume o que é o Peak Body.

***** Interview with Peak Body *****

Q. When did Peak Body start? Tell us about the history...
We were both in other bands when we began playing together (Jordan in Naked, Emma in Catsuit). We had been talking about starting a new project together for ages before we actually did it. Our other projects were/are quite removed from the style of Peak Body so it's been a different creative outlet for the both of us. It feels like the band is evolving a little now, and that it's becoming more of an even partnership in terms of the songwriting and production. It's much more electro and effects driven than anything I have worked on before so it's a learning curve but I am really embracing the process.

Q: Who are your influences?
HTRK, Low, The Native Cats, Heart Beach, Mazzy Star, Molly Nilsson

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Whoa. Big question. How about five super amazing albums in no particular order...

Low - C'mon
Cat Power - You are free
Sleater Kinney - Call the Doctor
Hole - Celebrity Skin
East Brunswick All Girls Choir - Seven Drummers

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Jordy generally looks like he's having a great time onstage and always looks seems super chilled. I find it fun and rewarding but I have to admit that I do get pretty nervous, more so than when I have played with other bands. Some of the songs are pretty minimalistic and given that there's only two of us in the band I feel that there's a bit more pressure and less room for error. We've recently had a long break from playing live due to personal circumstances so it's been fun to start performing again. I do feel like I'm still finding my groove in a live setting with Peak Body. We do have this one song, Snickers Bar, which is super fun to play because it involves a bit of improvisation and is different every time. It either works really well and we get heaps of positive audience feedback on it or it ends up being a bit of a mess. Either way, I often end up getting pretty loose with my vocals and performance which I find really freeing! We haven't recorded that song and I don't think we ever will. There's probably a YouTube video of us playing it live.

Q. How do you describe Peak Body sounds?
Dreamy, brooding, upbeat, smiley, minimalist, loose, shoegazey, stargazey. I think our individual personalities are captured pretty well in the different songs.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Most of our songs require backing tracks which we record in the little home studio we have set up. We often end up recording demos as we use the recording process as a kind of writing tool and the songs change and develop as we go. We recorded our just released digital/cassette EP at another studio space so the songs obviously evolve and get added to both at the recording stage and post-production. We each have our own little quirks when it comes to recording and can sometimes hear things differently which is usually a positive as we can assess the songs from the other's perspective but occasionally we will disagree and have to compromise.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Maybe these aren't all super new bands but they've all got some great recent releases-

Foxy Morons, Ghost Drop, Two Steps on the Water, Heart Beach, Moody Beach, Ani Lou, Prinzhorn Dance School (this last one was recommended to us recently by a Peak Body fan and we really dig them!)

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have often worked on cover songs (Kate Bush, Nico and Velvet Underground) and then scrapped them before getting them to the performance stage. We're currently working on a Spacemen 3 cover. Hopefully we will actually end up performing it sometime!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In the immediate future we are planning some shows and are going to make a film clip or two. We're also working on new material and hope to release an album in late 2018, which we'd then like to tour in Australia and possibly New Zealand too. You can keep updated on our website peak-body.com or by following us on Instagram @yourpeakbody

Q: Any parting words?
Just a few words for any women, trans, non-binary folks and people of minority groups who are thinking of starting a band or music project - do it. Music scenes everywhere need more non-white dudes playing shows, getting heard and being seen.


Fantasy Nails with Mini Dresses - An Interview

Seguindo a tradição da tríade básica e fundamental para todos os desmembramentos do indie, leia-se, Class of 86, Flying Nun, Sarah Records, onde o hoje radicado trio de Boston, mas nascido em Austin, Mini Dresses segue destilando suas canções perfeitas desde 2012.

Há dois dias atrás veio ao mundo seu mais recente trabalho, o álbum homônimo, uma beleza ensolarada, intimista e delicada que cai como uma luva para manhãs como as de hoje, onde um domingo ensolarado pede e clama por calmaria.

Sutilezas sonoras para acalentar o caos do dia a dia, assim é o Mini Dresses. Desacelere e aproveite.

***** Interview with Mini Dresses *****

Q. When did Mini Dresses start? Tell us about the history...
Lira and Caufield have been playing music together for almost 9 years now. Mini Dresses started as a modest recording project in Austin, TX in 2012 and expanded when we moved to Boston.

Q: Who are your influences?
We started as a dreamy jangle pop project in the vein of C86, Flying Nun, Sarah Records, etc. We've since tried to get out of the 80s and further into our own heads. Perhaps the project has evolved to incorporate other fascinations: library music, goth, lounge, dub, even maybe new age music to some extent. The songs are still guitar and voice-oriented, but those other influences are lurking in the corners. And over the years we've gotten more technophilic by implementing reel-to-reels, tape echoes, spring reverbs, and the like, whereas when we began we used computers for everything.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is always changing. Here's what we're listening to most right now:
1) Virna Lindt -- Shiver
2) Joe Meek and the Blue Men -- I Hear a New World: An Outer Space Music Fantasy
3) Pram -- The Stars Are So Big The Earth Is So Small... Stay As You Are
4) Anna Domino -- East and West + Singles
5) Strawberry Switchblade -- 1982 4 Piece Demo

Q. How do you feel playing live?
When our schedules permit us to do so, we enjoy playing live on the east coast. Barring some concerns about Boston's lacking infrastructure and means of supporting musicians, we think there's lots of great people and projects in our city now.

Q. How do you describe Mini Dresses' sounds?
Dreamy, but not pristine, a little amateur, with spirit.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The recording process for these songs was challenging in that, this being our first album, we were somewhat clueless. We thought we had our songs figured out, and then we tried recording them to tape, and we ended up rewriting some of them multiple times, ditching others, and ultimately taking a lot longer than we anticipated. Add to that the chaos inherent in working with vintage equipment that has a tendency to deteriorate, and you have...an interesting experience! Thankfully, our super patient recording engineer, Ian Doerr, worked overtime with us to finish the record we wanted to make.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Some bands from our area come to mind: Strange Passage, Beverly Tender, Dyr Faser, halfsour, Birthing Hips, Dame. And there's many more!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our first full-length is coming this September. And we're already halfway through our second album. After that, who knows?

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you!


sábado, 16 de setembro de 2017

Celebrity Ghost Stories with Orange Gold Red - An Interview

Andrew Gregory é o criador e a mente por trás do Orange Gold Red.

O OGR soltou seu novo single "Undone // Celebrity Ghost Stories" que diferentemente do anterior "Wayward // Riptide" deixou de lado os synths e o lado mais new wave concentrando-se em uma ambientação mais gazer, com uma nítida atmosfera mais soturna.

Uma certa diversidade entre estilos que de certa maneira se unificam em determinado momento, sem perder a essência, demonstrando que o Orange Gold Red deve ser muito mais versátil do que se possa imaginar.

Aguardamos os próximos passos.

***** Interview with Orange Gold Red *****

Q. When did Orange Gold Red start? Tell us about the history...
I was playing in another band and I wanted a different type of creative outlet. Playing in a band and crafting songs alone are very different in the experience and the product. I mostly wanted that alone writing experience, which was sort of like therapy for me, trying to distill my thoughts and feelings into songs. so I wrote a number of songs very slowly while still playing more uptempo pop with the band. At the same time I met my cousin who is a very talented musician for the first time. We hit it off and went to the studio and started recording what I'd come up with the second time we met.

Q: Who are your influences?
I try to listen to everything. I've been dabbling in jazz so maybe that will make its way into the next records.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time
here are 5 good ones

new order - movement
Slowdive - souvlaki
iggy pop - raw power
Cannibal ox - the cold vein
Beach house - devotion

Q. How do you feel playing live?

Q. How do you describe Orange Gold Red sounds?
It's always changing, really. What would you say?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I just go with whatever is working at the time. Sometimes it's a riff, or a chord progression, or a melody. Sometimes I'll be lazing around with an acoustic or playing with synths when I hear something I like. I try to build off of it, loop what I have until I can improve upon it and mumble some lyrics.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Diary is a great new band from Brooklyn, snail mail, makthaverskan

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'd love to cover a waxahatchee song, maybe "recite remorse." I've been a fan for years and I would love to be able to make people feel as much as she can.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Finish my phd in psychology, record a full length, learn Greek.


sexta-feira, 15 de setembro de 2017

A Sea​-​Spell with Dreams are Like Water - An Interview

O trio neozelandês, Dreams are Like Water, pegou emprestado seu nome de uma antiga canção do This Mortal Coil, e debutou no primeiro dia de Setembro com seu primeiro trabalho, o EP, "A Sea-Spell".

Uma onda negra e oitentista permeia o disco, evocando Xmal Deutschland, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Kas Product, entre outros expoentes do lado negro e ritualístico do pós punk. 

O Dreams are Like Water é intenso, sombrio, soturno e angustiante, feito sob medidas para notívagos famintos por noites eternas, onde a luz não tem espaço algum.

***** Interview with Dreams are Like Water *****

Q. When did Dreams are Like Water start? Tell us about the history...
Rosebud suggested to me the overall premise for the project in about mid 2015; she was learning to play bass, had some song ideas and asked me about contributing to the music. The sound she had in mind was similar to some old demos I’d done for my other band Disjecta Membra, but which had never been properly recorded. The song ‘(Thrice) In Blood’ is essentially Dreams are Like Water covering an old Disjecta Membra song, and the musical skeleton of ‘Ineffable’ was based on demos for another project that never came about.

About the same time, I suggested we should also get Jamie involved. We both liked Jamie, and he and I had been intending to do something musical together for some time, but Rosebud coming along with Dreams areLike Water was the first time anything clicked into place. Again, there were sounds in Jamie’s own recordings as The Emptys Response that Rosebud and I both felt would be a good match with what she had in mind for this project.

I think the three of us only started getting together regularly at Jamie’s near the end of that year, trying to get something together for our first gig in February of last year. The music for ‘Feathered Infant Bells’ from our EP grew out of those first jam sessions; initially a very long (even longer than it is now), semi-improvised piece that we concocted for that gig. At that point, the song was called ‘In Memoriam’, and revolved around readings from the Tennyson poem by the same name.

We only played one other gig after that, in mid 2016. It was just Rosebud and I this time, because we live some distance from Jamie and we were having trouble being able to regularly get all three of us together. For that gig we just played a bunch of covers of songs that had previously been covered by This Mortal Coil. Neither of those two gigs were particularly what we’d been aiming for, and the whole thing just petered out for a while after that.

Finally, earlier this year, we decided we should change our approach and make Dreams are Like Water solely focused on recording. We got back in touch with Jamie and started exchanging song ideas and files back and forth online, and that was much more successful. The song ‘A Sea-Spell’ was the result of working that way together, and then the rest of the EP was developed and recorded over the space of a few weeks.

Q: Who are your influences?
It varies from one song to another.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
No! Hahaha… No, we had to answer a question like that for our last interview and we all decided that we just can’t do it. It’s impossible to just choose five.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I enjoy it, but not with this project. We’re not well suited to live performance. Dreams are Like Water works better as something where we can build and layer instruments and voices and just keep adding and subtracting elements until we’re finished that song and ready to move on.

Q. How do you describe Dreams are Like Water sounds?
I prefer to use other people’s descriptions… refer to the press release!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Rosebud and I record in our bedroom, and I think Jamie records in between his bedroom and lounge. Rosebud and I use a very, very minimal set up, whereas I think Jamie’s house might actually be constructed from wall-to-wall music gear.

The way we approach it changes with every song, but generally speaking, once we have a reasonably clear idea of how the words and music will go together, we usually start by recording a basic skeleton of drum machine, bass and guitar parts. Those initial parts will usually survive through to the final mix. We might also record a guide/demo vocal track to play along to while we’re still working out how the final vocal arrangements will go.

We’ll usually send that basic skeleton off to Jamie while we carry on working out various other ideas. He’ll send things back to us, usually keyboard parts and sometimes guitar ideas, sometimes other sounds. He’ll often send a lot of different parts and ideas, but he does so very quickly and spontaneously, with a certain degree of abandon.

With most songs we carry on like that for a few days, sending things back and forth. Once we’ve started recording a song it can be difficult to stop coming up with new ideas to try out for it, so we usually end up recording and re-recording layers and layers for all the different instruments and vocals, throwing in every different idea that comes to mind, just to see what “sticks”. A lot doesn’t make it into the final mix. We just continually add and subtract things until we settle upon what works for each song.

And then at some point we’ll somehow conclude that it’s time to stop, usually arriving at a sort of “peace by exhaustion”, and that’s the basic tracking done.

Then I’ll send what we’ve decided to use to Bryan Tabuteau, who takes care of the post-production and final mixes. I send him stems and a project file that has a very primitive approximation of how we think the overall mix should sound, and then he takes out all of my awful stock reverbs and what-have-you and makes it sound good. I don’t know what he does exactly, some sort of voodoo, as I understand it.

TL;DR: We record lots of things, and then Bryan makes it sound good.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A Thousand Hours, and Crimes of Passion.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We’re working on something at the moment, actually, but it’s a secret. You’ll have to wait and see…

Q: What are your plans for the future?
These are also secret!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you very much for the interest and support. If readers would like to hear our music or grab the EP (download or CD digipak), here are some links:


Down Memory Lane with Seatemples - An Interview

Foi realmente uma longa espera, desde quando os chilenos do Seatemples iniciaram as atividades lá em 2014, levou-se um bom tempo até que a estreia acontecesse, mas antes alguns aperitivos foram disponibilizados aos iniciados em shoegaze e derivados, primeiro os chilenos participaram do tributo ao Slowdive lançado pelo TBTCI, depois, uma prévia do debute, "Further", com ares extremamente soturnos, evocando fantasmas de Sisters of Mercy lado a lado com a devoção da banda pelo Slowdive.

Mas a espera chegou ao fim no dia 2 de Setembro, quando "Down Memory Lane" nasceu. E o resultado foi exatamente o que se esperava, ao menos o que o TBTCI esperava, doses generosas de um shoegaze acinzentado, com os dois pés dentro do pós punk, por vezes chegando muito mais próximo de um Chameleons ou de um Cure do que propriamente do shoegaze em si.

"Down Memory Lane" definitivamente não é um disco shoegaze, vai além, chega a ser um entrocamento entre o Nowhere e o Script from The Bridge com ares ainda mais soturnos.

Uma estreia como eu costumo dizer, ACIMA.

***** Interview with Seatemples *****

Q. When did Seatemples start? Tell us about the story...
S) The band was formed in April 2014, when Patricio (aka Patricio Temples) and Priscila (aka Raw Material) took up a pending project from before. Months later, Patricio was djing records at a pub called Rock & Sicodelia and met Moisés Segovia, then he was invited to a soundcheck for Lanterns in order to sound out the result of adding keyboards. As a result, the band consolidated its line-up being Patricio (Vocals, guitar, workstation/samples and drum machine), Priscila (Bass, vocals) and Moisés (Keyboards and synthetizer), after a year and a half Diego Herrera joined the band to play drums.

Q: Who are your influences?
S) Well, we have many different influences starting with The Cure, Slowdive Joy Division, The Chameleons UK, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, My Bloody Valentine, Lucybell (old stuff), Malcorazón, Pixies, Ride, The Stone Roses, Cranes, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, TON, The Field Mice, Drop Nineteens, Stereolab, The Pastels, Trisomie 21, Crystal Stilts, A place to bury strangers, The Soft Moon, TSOM, The KVB among others.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
S) The very first place goes for Just for a Day by Slowdive, then Darklands/Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain (we couldn't decide which one), Pornography/ Disintegration by The Cure (same story here), Treasure by Cocteau Twins, Methodrone by The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Self-titled by Stone Roses, San Bernardo by Malcoracón, Script of the Bridge by The Chameleons UK, Delaware by Drop Nineteens – Delaware, as you may notice we really suck listing albums (laughs)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
S: It has really been a journey since when we started playing live, we played with a drum machine/sequencer so we had to do it perfectly so we could keep up with the programmed drums, so that made us a little bit nervous in the beginning, but then, Diego joined the band in drums and the we could perform more relaxed and everything goes very smoothly now. We enjoy playing live a lot, it's showing a part of you to unknown people that can only get to know you through your music.

Q. How do you describe Seatemples sounds?
S: We would say that our sound is based on layers that try to evoke nostalgic atmospheres, through the use of reverberation, delays and other resources that make our heart warm and satisfied.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
S: Patricio usually records a demo and plays it for a while until new ideas are added to the original song, actually, we have several versions of our songs, then we try them in some shows or gigs if it suits the right vibrations and layers played live is the right version to record on studio and so on, anyway, we often check the mixing and the rest of the process to maintain the essence of the songs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
S: Considering we come from small cities in northern Chile, and as a part of an emerging DIY local scene we would like to recommend bands we use to play with, the first one is Kilómetro 22, actually Mario from that band co-produced our album, Bedroom Dreamers is another close act we use to play together, then we have some gig partners as Neoyka and Mandrake closer to fuzz rock, and finally we recommend Maff and Kingdom Fields (Santiago) Citrus Cloud (USA) and Star Horse (Sweden), Cazamos Cometas (México) and some 90s bands from Chile such as Malcorazón (San Bernardo album) and Sien.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
S: Well, we already participated in A homage to Slowdive with our version of Spanish Air, but we often talk about recording a 6 songs ep with covers from bands and singers such as Los Angeles Negros (Patricio is a big fan of them), Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazelwood, Charlie Feathers, Jeanette, The Beach Boys, Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil, David Bowie, Los Prisioneros, NEU!, Suicide, Red House Painters, Guided By Voices, The Velvet Underground, The Byrds, Siouxsie ... we need some significant time to decide which ones though (laughs)

Q: What are the plans for the future ...
S: Right now we are promoting our first album “Down Memory Lane”, that came out a week ago and we are super proud of, and we are also already working on our second album, drafting ideas and rehearsing a lot. We expect to have something to record by the end of 2017 and continue working and developing our music.

Q: Any parting words?
S: We want to thank everybody who has believed in our music and has shared it, and of course we want to thank you Renato for your support, we invite everyone to give a listen to our first full length and of course ask you to support your local bands. Follow us on: seatemples.bandcamp.com, soundcloud.com/seatemples, www.facebook.com/seatemples/ and Spotify. See you around good people!

quinta-feira, 14 de setembro de 2017

Intruder with Team Tremolo - An Interview

Quando se ouve uma estreia como "Intruder", do quinteto de Wichita no Kansas, Team Tremolo, é inevitável um sorriso enorme aparecer de ponta a ponta no rosto.

Essencialmente uma guitar band nos moldes noventistas, o Team Tremolo é o lado pesado do shoegaze, ou, o lado raivoso do indie rock.

"Intruder" é gritado, estridente, angustiante, denso, sempre em doses generosas, não existe meio termo durante as cinco pedradas do disco, o ritmo é intenso desde os primeiros momentos de "Slipping the Noose" até os derradeiros lamentos de "Worship You".

Uma estreia gigante cometeu o Team Tremolo, simples assim.

***** Interview with Team Tremolo *****

Q. When did Team Tremolo start? Tell us about the history...
Team Tremolo started as my personal outlet for songwriting after I had spent many years touring as a drummer. I wanted to do something different, and I really loved heavy bands like Torche at the time, so I wanted to emulate that heaviness. I started demoing the songs in my bedroom, and after about a year and a half, I decided it would be more beneficial to have a full live band to accompany me. We did a few shows, most notably opening for La Dispute in our hometown back in May of 2016. Around December 2016 we started the demo process for Intruder, and spent the spring of 2017 working on it.

Q: Who are your influences?
Some of my earliest influences were the typical classic rock bands like Zeppelin and Sabbath. As I started playing in bands, I got exposed to 90's guitar rock like Pavement and Dinosaur Jr., which had a big influence. In the last five years or so I got really into shoe gaze—My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver, Cocteau Twins, etc. The band Failure is a very large influence, especially in terms of their production on their albums. That was a big influence for the sound of Intruder.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Top five albums (in no particular order)
"Fantastic Planet" by Failure
"Further Out" by Cloakroom
"Mezcal Head" by Swervedriver
"S/T" by Elliott Smith
"You're Living All Over Me" by Dinosaur Jr.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Since I am first and foremost a drummer, playing live with Team Tremolo is a bit different for me since I play guitar. I'm not as comfortable playing live on guitar, but it is a ton of fun for me, and a completely different experience than playing drums. I love the volume of live shows, and the energy that is created on stage. Because the album is so dense in terms of production, we try and make up for that in our live shows with energy and loudness.

Q. How do you describe Team Tremolo sounds?
I usually describe Team Tremolo to people as being "heavy shoe gaze". I wanted to blend the power and angst of 90's grunge with the softness and atmosphere of shoegaze. I wanted it to be muscular in its riffs, but delicate in the vocal delivery. I tried to keep it equal parts aggressive and sensitive.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded the album at Air House Studios in Wichita, KS, which is our hometown. The engineer and co-producer Micajah Ryan is a close friend of ours, and someone we've worked with many times before. After getting pre-production done at our rehearsal space, we went into the studio in February of 2016 to start tracking drums. The rest of the recording process went super smoothly, and by April we had everything tracked. Throughout April and May, Micajah and I worked together pretty heavily on getting the mix just right, and by June it was all done. Overall it was a really fun project, and everyone gets along so well, there was a real synergy in the studio.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I've been listening to this band called "Mossbreaker" a ton—they're a new band that sounds a lot like Failure and they totally rule. Cloakroom is another band that I've kept my eyes on pretty closely. Their debut LP Further Out is awesome, as well as their brand new album Time Well. There's a pop artist named Alex Cameron that is super good, I've been jamming his old record Jumping the Shark, and have been listening to the singles from his new album Forced Witness as those trickle out. Excellent 80's-throwback pop.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
If we could make ourselves into a heavy Kate Bush cover band, that would literally be a dream come true. We're working on getting together a cover of "Running Up That Hill" right now, actually.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Plans for the future include regional and light touring, as well as trying to get to Austin this spring for SXSW, and starting work on a full-length album next year as well.

Q: Any parting words?
Listen to Intruder very loudly, and with good headphones.


Dead Batteries with The Shining Hours - An Interview

O debute do quarteto de NY, The Shining Hour, intitulado "Dead Batteries" é um tapa na cara de quem acha que indie rock é aquela firula melosa que usualmente escutamos por aí.

O epzinho tem uma pegada enérgica, algo como se o Replacements juntasse os moleques do Arctic Monkeys e mandassem ver uma jam. Passeando por entre inúmeras vertentes do indie, os caras demonstram que poderiam estar estourados tocando em tudo que é canto, bastava apenas boa vontade.

Enquanto isso não acontece, aproveite para acompanhar o The Shining Hours desde o início da carreira, depois que eles ficarem famosos, você vai poder dizer que já os conhecia desde o comecinho,!!!

***** Interview with The Shining Hour *****

Q. When did The Shining Hours start? Tell us about the history...
Having been the brainchild of lead guitarist Joe Peters, The Shining Hours has consisted of a steady rotation of various members since 2011. The current iteration and lineup has been together since February 2017, having got in a dingy rehearsal room and mashing away until what came out was remotely pleasant to the ears. We've been steadily moving forward ever since.

Q: Who are your influences?
Though we all contribute tiny shreds of our separate influences to the table, the ones we mostly share are artists like:

LP: The Stooges, The Smiths, The Strokes, Oasis, The Replacements, Tame Impala, Jane's Addiction, My Bloody Valentine and U2...the list goes on and on.

Joe: Longwave, Catfish and the bottlemen, the districts, the killers, Miles Kane, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. The Queen Is Dead- The Smiths
2. Achtung Baby- U2
3. Definitely Maybe- Oasis
4. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not- Arctic monkeys
5. Thriller- Michael Jackson

Q. How do you feel playing live?
LP: There's just this inexplicable feeling you get from playing live that nothing else in the world can bring you. Not even sex. There's an electricity in the air, your nerves are on overdrive and when everything gels just right, man, it feels like a damn steam engine just shot out of your chest. Playing live is pretty alright if you ask us...

Joe: Its Exciting and Cathartic.

Q. How do you describe The Shining Hours sounds?
Like finding your true love for the 10th time. Like the first step outside of your house on a late summer night when the sun is just about to set, but hasn't quite gone all the way down yet. And like a swirl of loud reverb-drenched guitars and a driving rhythm section that lays the bedrock for the infectious melodies and lyrics that just about anybody can relate or sing along to.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
In our short experience recording as a band, we'd say we like to do as much as possible in preparation for recording instead of just figuring everything out in the recording studio. Sometimes you have spontaneous moments where things come out better while recording than expected, so generally we just go with the flow and try not to push too hard on the vibes. We all bring something to the table.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We're not sure if these are all new bands, but they are local/underground groups that we appreciate such as Radkey, Snailmail, Surf Rock is Dead, Drowners and The Nectars.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
LP: Probably an Arctic Monkeys song, or something that's never ever been done like 'Hallelujah'...haha.

Joe: The Killers- Read My Mind

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To survive the next day. We can't really do much if we're dead but you won't know til you try right? No but really we are at such an early stage in our band's life that we wanna do practically everything, but for starters we'd say we want to record another EP or a consecutive set of singles, make a bomb-ass music video, and start opening shows for local bands and eventually touring our butts off around the country or better yet, the world!

Q: Any parting words?
We of course want to thank the blog for taking the time to give us a platform to showcase our music and say some words. You're part of the reason music will never die! Future thanks to our millions of fans that we'll eventually have. We better see your smiling faces moving your mouths to the words at our next show, or else we have to get real jobs, and no one wants that.


quarta-feira, 13 de setembro de 2017

Yunost with Super Besse - An Interview

Diretamente da Bielorrússia vem o trio Super Besse, que mais parece ter saído de uma máquina do tempo, mas precisamente da cena européia da coldwave/new wave/pós punk, defina-os como melhor achar, o ponto é que os caras passeiam com extrema sofisticação e desenvoltura por terrenos gélidos, porém feitos sob medida para pistas escuras.

"Nasilie" o último single do Super Besse é exatamente a descrição acima, para requebrar friamente, já o aperitivo que precede o primeiro disco cheio deles, intitulado "Yunost" parece transformar o que o The Drums faz com suas ensolaradas canções indie pop em preciosidades da coldwave do leste europeu de outrora.

Mecanicamente dançante.

***** Interview with Super Besse *****

Q. When did Super Besse start? Tell us about the history...
Super Besse was started in 2013 just for fun as trio Alex Sinica, Pavel Mikhalok and Maksim Kulsha - we just make first rehearsal with bass, guitar, synth and drum machine TR-505 and there we created 4 songs. We took the name Super Besse after ski resort in France - our bass player love Tour de France and this race has one check point at Super Besse - and on russian it sound like "Super Demons". After that we created some more songs too, and just put it on internet and since that we started to receive good marks from russians magazines, we received several invitations from nearest festivals, for example Tallinn Music festivals. And it was like fast train - each concert we received new invitation for playing in Europe and Russia, and finally we were signed on I Love You Records label in Riga and we released our first LP there in the end of 2015. After that we toured in France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Russia, Belarus etc. Now we have already made new LP and are waiting for October to release it. Our latest release at that time is our limited single Nasilie https://ilyrecsuperbesse.bandcamp.com/album/nasilie and song from force coming album Yunost https://soundcloud.com/i-love-you-rec-sampler/yunost-super-besse

Q: Who are your influences?
A lot of things: from Tour de France and everyday routine, to the bands and artists and films that we love: Jonny Price from The Drums, David Bowie, Joy Division, films by Tarkovsky and Kubrick, Kraftwerk, New Order and of course USSR underground scene.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Well it's very hard questions, because we had hundreds of them:
Zvuki Mu "Простые Вещи",
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds "Push the Sly Away",
KINO "Черный Альбом",
The Drums "The Drums",
Cocteau Twins "Heaven or Las Vegas",
Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures"...

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It's the most mysterious thing in our band: we are changing at the stage and trying to give concrete concert as the last one, with all expressions. But we know that we can do better so we try to do our best every time. It's our powerful part of existing.

Q. How do you describe Super Besse sounds?
It's bold, mechanic and interesting rhythm with punk-influenced expressions.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
First of all we make jam-sessions, and record them on phones with really bad quality. After that we listen to this records and catch some interesting ideas. After that we focus and work on them, record some parts in good quality, work with these records, make another records, create texts and record vocal and some special effects if we need too.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Our friends Motorama band and their second project the band Утро on russian language. Also College, Kedr Livanskiy, Rebolledo, Superpitcher, Fufanu, Isolation Berlin, Easter, First Hate.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Actually we made two cover versions: it's j'ai rien à foutre de mon visage* (Гражданская Оборона "Насрать на мое лицо") https://superbesse.bandcamp.com/album/jai-rien-foutre-de-mon-visage and un arrogant couché de soleil* (Звуки Му "Грубый Закат") https://superbesse.bandcamp.com/album/un-arrogant-couch-de-soleil

And for now we focus on our songs.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In October we will release our second long play album, it will be released on vinyl and CD, also it will be available on streaming services. Also will make tour in Europe and CIS region, we hope that we can come to Brazil, Mexico, we would love to come to another side of our planet. Will see!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks if you read our interview, we hope that you like our music and see you at our concerts.


terça-feira, 12 de setembro de 2017

Dignity with Sex Park - An Interview

Muitas bandas que revisitam o pós punk colocam o Joy Division como uma de suas maiores influências, mas no caso do duo de Portland, Sex Park, a conexão muda o enfoque e remete diretamente ao primeiro trabalho do New Order, Movement.

Pós punk em sua essência mas com nuances mais pop, o Sex Park debutou ano passado com um esplêndido EP homônimo, e no mês passado deu ao mundo o primeiro aperitivo de seu debute a ser lançado muito em breve via Vacant Decade, "Dignity", primeiro single de "Atrium", evidencia ainda mais o sabor para com a nova ordem.

Olhos e ouvidos atentos ao Sex Park, simplesmente porque os caras são uma das melhores bandas do pós punk atual, simples assim.

***** Interview with Sex Park *****

Q. When did Sex Park start?
Paul (synth/drum machines) and I met through mutual friends and were both sick of playing garage rock.

Q: Who are your influences?
Trap music, skinhead reggae, new order, Depeche Mode.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
That's too hard, but next to my record player is:
Human leather: lazy karaoke
The new blanck mass album
The vacant stares demo tape
A pin group reissue and a tuxedo moon EP.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I only do it because it seems be a requirement for being a musician and it gives me an excuse to actually leave the house and see the bands I'm playing with. It doesn't always feel very creative to wait around at a bar for hours so you can play for 25 minutes, but I like seeing friends and being involved in a scene that actually seems to be new, relevant, and exciting. That and it occasionally leads to fucking.

Q. How do you describe Sex Park sounds?
When people ask I just tell them it sounds exactly like new order, but we get compared to suicide a lot which is funny to me. Ultimately our goal is to make music so poppy we can get royalties from car commercials and I can buy a new Fred perry every day.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded and mixed our self titled EP on a laptop in Paul's apartment. The upcoming album was also self recorded but our friend Gio (also known as memoryclapacid) mixed and mastered it. We didn't know anything about mixing for vinyl but Gio did a great job. He also did the recent tuxedo gleam album.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Human leather, vacant stares, voight, spirit host, Lace, lust era, echo beds, memoryclapacid, jock club, tuxedo gleam, monster treasure, horrhaus, the criminal world, shadowhouse, synthetic i.d.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I don't really like making covers, but if I was going to be in a band it would be The Rolling Stones.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our album is dropping in the next few months on Vacant Decade. Probably going to skip touring the states and just go straight to Europe. Gonna buy many parkas and start going to therapy again.

Q: Any parting words?
Stay in school, say no to heroin, wear a condom, be honest and loving and live your life with integrity. Oh and follow us on Instagram at sexparkroses.


Interiores with Nocheósfera - An Interview

Os chilenos, Francisco Hofmann , guitarra e voz e Paula Martínez, baixo, synths e voz, formam o novíssimo Nocheósfera, que debutou há pouco menos de um mês com seus primeiro EP, o cinzento "Interiores".

Passeando por entre o pós punk, o shoegaze com sutis toque sonhadores, o duo, em sua estreia, encanta desde os primeiros momentos da belíssima "Soñar" até o grand finale com a sugestiva "Adiós".

Para novatos, o Nocheósfera demonstra uma absoluta perfeição entre vozes, melodias e devaneios. Audição obrigatório para qualquer fã de boa música.

***** Interview with Nocheósfera *****

Q. When did Nocheosfera start? Tell us about the history...
1) We met each other seven years ago and we have been a couple since then. we were always on the music world but we never purpose ourselves to perform a band together until the past year.
Nocheósfera started anonymously in july 2016, just composing and trying to get close to a sound that we both feel like ourself.

At first we were really inspired by the 60's psychedelic music and even compose a whole album with that kind of music, but we decided to keep looking for another sound becouse we started to feel uncomfortable and restricted. So we started from the beginning, without the predisposition of getting close to any specific genre. With that idea on mind is how "interiores" was composed.

Q: Who are your influences?
2) Radiohead, Connan Mockasin, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Syd Barrett, Toro y Moi.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3) Björk - Medulla
John Frusciante - Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-shirt
Mild High Club - Skiptracing
Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Sonic Youth - Washing Machine.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4) Nocheósfera had never played live.

Q. How do you describe Nocheosfera sounds?
5) Noise Dream Pop, Fuzzy and strident guitars, Ambient vocals and vintage synths, hardly nfluenced by 90's psychedelic movement.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6) We composed, recorded and mixed all the songs on our home, then we send it to Tarkus Studios for a proper mastering.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7) Penelope Isles


Remis Espacial

Mike Edge

Bedroom Dreamers

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8) we would really love to do a version of Frank Sinatra "Fly me to the moon".

PS: A version more close to the Evangelion ending LOL

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9) We want to play live soon, release a couple of videoclips along the year and keep creating, always.

Q: Any parting words?
10) "Don't focus so much on talent, Steven. Making art is all about communication. A piece of art is a conversation. Every choice you make is a statement. Don't worry about labels, or conforming to a standard. Just be true to yourself, and people will appreciate your honesty."- Dogcopter (Steven Universe)