quarta-feira, 13 de junho de 2018

Daydream Distortion with Sonic Apparitions - An Interview

Até mesmo nos meios mais iniciados, o que se enxerga atualmente é um certo protecionismo, ou uma velada "panelinha", onde quem tem destaque são "bandas amigas", tudo em troca daqueles favorzinhos, seja, um merchan da banda, ou um cdzinho, enfim, é a moeda de troca usual dos sites "especializados" que existem aos montes por ai.

Como então uma banda formada há menos de seis meses, poderá ter sua música, ou suas idéias propagadas por ai? Ainda mais um duo de Los Angeles, que nunca se apresentou ao vivo, e que, como muitas bandas, soltou seu primeiro EP, totalmente DIY via Bandcamp?

Obviamente que bandas como o Sonic Apparitions ou darão sorte, ou terão que entrar no "jogo", ou, amantes de música de verdade, como o TBTCI, vão adentrar ao mundo de Alan Luu, vocais, guitarras e bateria, e Eldon Tsan, baixo, e sua melódica atmosfera mezzo shoegaze, mezzo college radio clássica.

O EP dos caras é simples, despretensioso e vai sem medo de ser feliz direto aos anais noventistas.

Pode dizer que soa derivativo, ou qualquer coisa que valha, mas aqui no TBTCI o Sonic Apparitions ganhou um fã e admirador, afinal gostamos de melodias sonhadoras, melancólicas e barulhentas com cheiro de 90´s, simples assim.

***** Interview with Sonic Apparitions *****

Q. When did Sonic Apparitions start? Tell us about the history...
A. Sonic Apparitions started from my desire to want to hit the stage again. Having not played live for a number of years, I do miss the feeling of performing, and since I have been creating music independently for about a year before this band’s conception, I figured I would start this project to spearhead my return to playing shows. Also, this is a unique opportunity for me to meld together many of my musical influences into a (somewhat) cohesive style.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Amesoeurs, Diiv, Whirr, Caspian, Deafheaven, Anathema, Grimes, The Cure, Pastel Ghost, The Police, Honeyblood, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and probably many others. I am also influenced by a variety of old school Cantopop; Danny Chan and Andy Lau to name a few.

E: My main influences on bass would be Peter Hook (Joy Divison/New Order), Steven Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees), and Andy Rourke (The Smiths). Genrewise, I listen to anything that has lots of atmosphere or incorporates usage of synths.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. In no particular order:
1. Dr Dre: The Chronic
2. Anathema: We’re Here Because We’re Here
3. Amesoeurs: Amesoeurs
4. Iron Maiden: Number of the Beast
5. Agalloch: Pale Folklore

E. In no particular order -
Agalloch's Ashes Against the Grain,
Alcest's Écailles de Lune,
Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures,
New Order's Power, Corruption, and Lies,
and Siouxsie and the Banshees' Juju.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. This band was formed with my hopes of returning to the stage. No other feeling comes close to the thrill of performing.

E. I'm looking forward to it

Q. How do you describe Sonic Apparitions´ sounds?
A. The sounds were inspired by my experiences driving through the city at night. It’s exciting and always a rush, and at the same time, relaxing and soothing.

E. Upbeat dream-poppy shoegaze with hints of metal

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A. Everything was recorded in our home studios, with guitars through DI, a DI blend with Bass, and programmed/sampled drums. The post production was done at my place as well.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. I recently discovered an electronic artist going by the name of Pastel Ghost that plays an eclectic style of dance/synthwave combined with the textures of shoegaze and dreampop. Her album Abyss came out in 2015 and was one of my best discoveries of late! Highly recommend!

E. Alex Cameron and Japanese Breakfast. Forced Witness and Soft Sounds from Another Planet are my favorite albums of 2017.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A. Any old school Cantopop classic.

E. New Order's Age of Consent

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. I would love to start doing regular shows. My ultimate goal is to be able to long-term tour.

E. Playing live and recording more music.

Q: Any parting words?
A. Thanks for giving a new band like us attention we hope to rock the stage soon!

E. Thank you for listening to our music and hopefully you enjoy any future releases we have.