terça-feira, 13 de março de 2018

Spectroscope with Vymaanika - An Interview

Liberte sua mente e aperte bem os cintos, ou melhor, o senso, pois a partir desse momento, o TBTCI convida a todos a embarcar em uma viagem alucinógena, repleta de drones, repetições, alterações psíquicas, mesmo com ausência de psicotrópicos, neste caso, a música cumprirá todas as funções de delírios.

Em seu primeiro trabalho, o EP "Spectroscope", o Vymaanika, quarteto psych de Barcelona, Espanha, transcende, até mesmo o mundo psych atual, apenas duas canções, que somadas geram uma viagem de quase vinte minutos. Seguindo duas doutrinas, primeiramente o krau, principalmente, NEU! e Can, e por outro lado as experiências sônicas do Spacemen 3 e do do Bardo Pond, assim concebe-se a síntese do que o Vymaanika, criou.

O ticket desta viagem o TBTCI oferta gratuitamente, agora a volta, dependerá apenas do seu estado psíquico.

Boa viagem.

***** Interview with Vymaanika *****

Q. When did Vymaanika begin? Tell us about the history...
Vymaanika began as an Idea for a project between all of us. Through out the the last couple years of the2000's we all had been playing in bands around Barcelona. Some of us actually played together in other projects. Some Bands of the underground were really forward thinking and for Spain, a bit out side the typical status quo rock or electronica. Barcelona is a great place for finding a mix of international and Catalan musicians. So as some of the past projects broke up or fell into oblivion, the idea of Vymaanika (although it did not have a name yet) was only a seed around 2015. It was an idea to take our influences and the best elements of our past projects and bring it together into a band that continues the projection of all the ideas we really wanted to explore through sonic journeys. Basically using two guitars to weave together textures through minimal playing (no shredding) pushing the envelope of what guitars could sound like using lots of effects pedals and extended techniques. At the core of that was to have really primal drums that would, when you listen close are very complex but at a distance, would drive the songs into frantic rhythms or intricate waves of textures. Of course to bring all the elements together, we wanted the bass to lock down the beat and bring a groove to the clouds of sonic atmospheres and to be the pulsating heart.

Q: Who are your influences?
Spacemen 3 : Can : Velvet Underground

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Spacemen 3: Dreamweapon: An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music (Ben)
Oneohtrix Point Never: The Fall Into Time (Jose)
Boredoms: Vision Creation Newsun (Carles)
Portishead: Third (Lander)
Can: Tago Mago (Vymaanika)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is one of the best feelings ever. It is very addictive. It is like creating a Sonic trip for people to get lost in. Intentionally our songs are longer then conventional rock songs... So as we typically play 9 plus minute songs, we use repetition to kind of allow people to loose track of time and from that point it is a great point at which to create a sonic journey. We really like to use visuals and smoke machines to help enhance the atmosphere, allowing the audience and ourselves to get further adrift and outside oneself within a kind of communal trance.

Q. How do you describe Vymaanika sounds?
Space Mantra Drone Ritual Music :maybe a little Krauttrock from an ideological point but not much more, in the sense that we our trying to create new sounds from our instruments and create different ways of approaching rhythm and song structures. At the same time minimal and in moments drone sounding. Also I would mention loud, but not for the sake of being loud.... it is just a great state at which the guitar amps begin to feedback and all the instruments begin to morph into one giant multi-colored panorama.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs
In the pre-production stage we spent about 2 to 3 months choosing the songs and working out the structures and textures.

 We found ourselves really lucky because we had some friends studying at a sound engineer school called SAE and they wanted to record us for their final project for school. We’ve recorded in 2 days.
After that we had 4 long and enjoyable sessions of mixing at Jose’s Studio and finally Jose did the master.

The artwork from the Ep it’s made by the great Pablo Roman https://www.rographic.com/

It was a pleasant work to do, and we’re really happy about all the good things that came out from it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
10.000 Russos , Follakzoid, Kikagaku Moyo, Minami Deutsch, Dreamweapon, Thurston Moore, Beak, Amsia, Rayo-60, June or July, Christina Vantzou, Camera.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
John Cage 4:33

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Right now we are in pre-production for our next LP. We really want to get back in the studio and record new songs. The other main goal we have right now is to find as many gigs as we can. We really want to set up as many shows as possible to play live and to Tour around Europe and the UK. After that we would love to go around the world to play live.

Q: Any parting words?
Check out our music at https://vymaanika.bandcamp.com/ and if you like it, support us and share it.
Thanks for the interview Renato and to the Readers of The Blog that Celebrates Itself.