quarta-feira, 7 de fevereiro de 2018

Rite Of Passage with Lebend - An Interview

Não é de hoje que o TBTCI acompanha o que vem acontecendo no submundo dos bons sons espanhóis, vide prediletos da casa como Linda Guilala, Apartamentos Acapulco, Galaxina, Monte Terror entre outros, e é de lá, mais precisamente da cidade de Granada que aporta agora nestas páginas o quarteto Lebend.

Pairando por entre psicodelismos viajantes e um shoegaze hipnótico, os caras em suas primeiras demos demonstram que mais parecem uma banda com anos de estrada do que pouco menos de um ano de existência.

Para ficar de olhos e ouvidos alertas.

***** Interview with Lebend *****

Q. When did Lebend begin? Tell us about the history...
Lebend is a musical project formed in Granada (Spain) in the summer of 2017. The band is integrated by four components with an extensive background in other local bands.

Members: Jose Pardo, Juan Melchor, Ignacio Nievas y Pablo Bachs.

Q: Who are your influences?
We have always listened to a great variety of musical styles. We try to learn the most from the bands that we usually hear.

We also like bands such as Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Ride, Spiritualized, The Stone Roses, My Bloody Valentine, Radiohead, Portishead, Sigur Rós, Yo La Tengo… the list could never end.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Nacho: The Stone Roses – “The Stone Roses”, My Bloody Valentine – “Loveless”, The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Darklands”, Slowdive – “Souvlaki”, Galaxie 500 – “On Fire”.

Juan: Catherine Wheel – “Ferment”, Slowdive – “Just For A Day”, Sianspheric – “Somnium”, Ride – “OX4”, Mazzy Star – “So Tonight That I Might See”.

Pablo: Radiohead – “In Rainbows”, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Belong”, The Postal Service – “Give Up”, Portishead – “Third”, Brad Mehldau – “Largo”.

Jose: Piano Magic – “The Troubled Sleep Of Piano Magic”, Slowdive – “Just For A Day”, The Cure – “Disintegration”, Ride – “Nowhere”, Sigur Rós – “Ágætis Byrjun”

Q. How do you describe Lebend sounds?
Our songs are based on Avant Garde Pop-Rock style but we love adding Shoegaze and Dreampop elements or sequences to our sound.

We try to make songs that can excite the listener, that manage to transport their mind to another place, getting the same effect that exerts on us when they are composed and executed.

We really enjoy while we are playing our music because it is not premeditated and it flows in a very natural state. We don’t inspire ourselves in a specific style when we are writing songs, but it is inevitable that our experience as listeners will not give us away. According to this, we have clear musical influences with which we converge in this project but at the same time we will try to have the maximum possible personality. We are looking for our sound in order to be easily recognizable, so we feel comfortable in a constant search habit.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
First of all, we don’t want to give a huge prominence to the sound in our compositions. Secondly, we are concerned that there is a good song and a melody that hooks us behind all this sound.

Furthermore, we always dedicate a lot of effort trying to connect the melodies, the harmonies, the progression of the chords, the rhythm, the correct tempo ... We especially care that this process gives precision to the songs. Finally, we record a song when all this work is done. Then, the recording session follows standard stages, the rhythm base (drums and bass) - guitars - keyboards and vocals afterwards, the mixing and mastering conclude the tape.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We discover new bands every day. Currently, the music system based on streaming allows it. We could highlight very interesting bands like the Japanese band "Fluffytails", “Umbrage” from Dallas, “Vast Asteroid”, “Plant Cell”…

There are great bands in Brazil such as “Terraplana”.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Of course, we would love to have at least one cover for the live performances. But, we have still agreed with the band or the song that we will cover, although we are clear that there are some ideas that we are going to try in the next rehearsals.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In the near future we want to finish publishing the songs of "Rite Of Passage" and present this work with live performances. Our plan is to continue writing songs to record again as soon as possible.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much for this interview. We are very happy for your interest and we hope that our music will please the Brazilian public.