quarta-feira, 15 de agosto de 2018

The Showroom Dummies with Trans FX - An Interview

O projeto Trans FX é fruto da cabeça de seu mentor e basicamente o único elemento fixo do projeto, Chris McDonnell.

O cara é escritor, produtor, ator e arquiteto da melodias que primeiramente soam não convencionais, mas que conforme as audições vão seguindo, tornam-se literalmente cantaroláveis. 

O quinto álbum da Trans FX é uma colaboração com o The Showroom Dummies, e conta com uma série de participações especiais, leia-se, Lillian Maring, Valerie Warren e Abby Dahlquist.

Poderia ser resumidamente descrito como um dreampop excêntrico, mas o refinamento aponta para outras esferas. Sinta o sabor da releitura de "Sunday Morning" do VU, ou a delicia sonora de "I`m a Dreamer" e saboreie o convencional não convencional.

Para quem diz que não há inteligência na música pop atual o Trans FX é um tapa na cara com luva de pelica.

***** Interview with Trans FX *****

Q. When did Trans FX begin? Tell us about the history...
1. We started TransFX as an experiment in 2011. As a post ironic vision, we wanted both humor and sincerity to be paramount alongside the best pop music we could make. Over the years TransFX has evolved tremendously, but we have never left the original pursuit.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. Kurt Cobain is one of the biggest influences on the group and culture, but influences range from Frank Sinatra to Laurie Anderson, from Tupac to REM... Any great of their genre is put on high in our catalog. The ingenuity of rap culture and drum n' bass music also play a big part in the grand performance that is TransFX.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1.Goldie- Timeless
2. Nirvana- Incesticide
3. Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come
4. Don Cherry - Brown Rice
5, Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. TransFX has always been 2 bands... TransFX LIVE and TransFX in the studio. Entertainment is top priority!

Q. How do you describe Trans FX´s sounds?
5. TransFX develops new sounds daily. New members and gear vastly influence the changing sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. Our recording process is varied, but usually we have demos upon demos by the time we end up recording. We primarily record with Capt. Tripps in Olympia, WA, on a 1" tape deck. All inputs are then bussed down to two tracks... vocals usually bring more of a party atmosphere, whereas, the music is usually more of a "getting down to business" affair.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. New bands that I recommend are few, not because I hate them, but because I don't know them! Esprit is a great new creation... Esprit is Abby Dahlquist, who also appears on our new LP, TransFX & the Showroom Dummies!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. We have 2 covers on our new album, TransFX & the Showroom Dummies.... We cover the Velvet Underground and a Canadian artist named Sandy Denny. We currently are working on a Pretenders cover as well. I always want to cover...

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. We plan on continuing this enterprise as long as this Earth will have us! Our new album comes out July 26th, and our sister band CCFX will be touring Europe in the fall...
Hopefully we can plan a trip to Brazil!

Q: Any parting words?
10.Peace to everyone out there...


terça-feira, 14 de agosto de 2018

Klammer, "You Have Been Processed" - Track by Track

O quarteto de Leeds, Reino Unido, Klammer, já devidamente conhecido pelos frequentadores das páginas do TBTCI, soltaram no submundo dos bons sons, seu novo trabalho há exatos quatro dias atrás.

"You Have Been Processed", o álbum, segue o caminho percorrido pelos caras, iniciado no álbum homônimo de 2016, um pós punk ríspido como nos velhos tempos, evocando fantasmas de Modern English, The Sound e outros, o Klammer visita as sombras mas sem exaltar a escuridão em sua plenitude.

O pós punk dos caras é o mais clássico dos clássicos, com a combinação baixo/bateria guiando sisudamente o andamento das canções.

Para fãs do gênero é absolutamente indispensável, e para os que não são, pode ser uma grande introdução, de qualquer maneira, seus criadores a convite do TBTCI penetraram na espinha dorsal de "You Have Been Processed" revelando seus mistérios e segredos.

Escute alto, preferencialmente a noite.

***** Klammer, "You Have Been Processed" - Track by Track *****

Steve: I’m not sure where songs come from really. I come up with a riff or some chords and then suddenly I have a finished song starting back at me on my computer. The bit in between the initial idea and a finished song is a blur, they just come out!I think this is the most consistent album we have done so far.

Poss: I have a “scratchpad” of ideas for the lyrics. Most of the time I will have just one line or a phrase which I have heard, sometimes an item on the TV might spark an idea.

Coast To Coast
Poss: This was a partly finished song to which I set the words about people lost abroad or at sea, I started with the phrase of “washed away, washed away….” and built it from there. As usual, Steve and I did the arrangement and, as usual, I made him swap the music which he said was the verses with the ones he insisted were the choruses!

Steve: I definitely got more into doing backing vocals on this record than on previous ones.

Modern God
Steve: The first single off the album. I came up with the idea for the video as I was falling asleep one night.

Poss: This was a late addition to the album really. I had the full lyrics written for over a year but was waiting for the right music to set them to.

No Memory
Poss: I think we decided at some point to start a song with little or no music and just the vocals. The words came about because I’m really bad at remembering names and faces which is embarrassing when they obviously remember me very well!

Spiral Girl
Steve: The second single of the album and probably the most ‘pop’ we’ll ever get!

Poss: Yes! Our first “Pop” song! I’d been to stay in a big Victorian Hotel one weekend, the weather was wet and the sky was dark. The hotel was quite run down in places so that’s the “faded seaside glamour”, I just imagined that some of the elderly residents being in their youth and living and loving life to the full.

Mechanical Boy
Steve: I’ve started to experiment with different guitar tunings, this one and Human Clay are tuned to DADGAD.

Poss: A song about a wasted life!!!

Baddest Blocks
Poss: This is proving to be a popular song in our live set. A reviewer said that I looked as though I’d been brought up in the “Baddest Blocks” of Leeds! There had been a lot of news around the tower block fire and gangs running around with knives and the words just came together one morning while I was walking and listening to the tune Steve had written.

Steve: It was originally written to be the B-Side for Spiral 7”, but then we realised it was too good not to be on the album.

Poss: I wanted handclaps in the chorus but it wasn’t to be!!!

Steve: From a very old bit of music idea that I had hanging around, I’d originally written it on keyboards! It came to life as soon as I put the Fender VI on it and I replace all the keybaords with guitars. The only Klammer song where the low bass plays the same thing through the whole song!

Common Sense
Steve: Musically it was finished before the 2nd album (Klammer) but we never quite got the vocals finished. Since then, we just kept revisiting it until Poss came up with the vocal melody.

Poss: It took me forever to write a vocal melody to this song, I had writer’s block with it! I kept saying it would have to be an instrumental but I guess I got there in the end…

‘Twas But a Magpie
Poss: This song has a life of it’s own when we play it live, it’s a beast! I was reading a lot of American stuff at the time but even I’m not entirely sure what I’m saying in the lyrics. Hopefully it’s one of those songs where the listener can interpret it their own way?

Steve: The first song I wrote on my Fender VI Baritone guitar

Human Clay
Steve: Another one in DADGAD tuning on the guitar

Poss: A song about lost youth and manipulation.

Poss: I wrote the lyrics in Berlin right after visiting the DDR Museum and Hansa Studios. I still have the first draft of the song written on 2 Bavarian beermats!!!

Steve: My original idea was to try something like PJ Harvey would do with a very empty intro and first verse and then to get heavier as the song goes on.

A Long Cold Summer
Poss: Well I got that wrong!!! It’s been a veritable HEATWAVE in the UK this year!!!

The words are about how someone that you think you know intimately can slowly and irreversibly change until you no longer know them at all.

Steve: Another song written on my Fender VI, it makes me write riffs rather than chords!


segunda-feira, 13 de agosto de 2018

Suburban Loop with Baltic Noise - An Interview

Adrian Burns é a mente lunática por trás das paisagens sonoras do projeto, Baltic Noise.

Algo como uma junção dos experimentos do Flying Saucer Attack, excetuando os barulhos extremos, e as colagens sintéticas do Boards of Canada. 

Minimalismos por entre camadas de sintetizadores que se fundem entre sons orgânicos e sintéticos, invocando as forças da natureza.

O Baltic Noise é música dançante para o cérebro.

***** Interview with Baltic Noise *****

Q. When did Baltic Noise begin? Tell us about the history...
Q1: Baltic Noise began during my first semester in college around the fall of 2016 (Although I had played in several bands before that time.) I was going to a branch of the University of Pittsburgh in a town called Johnstown in Pennsylvania and had recently left my then band, Numerics. It was situated pretty far into the mountains and it took me about 4 or so hours to reach this spot from my home. So granted, I didn’t have many friends and decided to spend my time making music at my dorm or at my grandparent’s home nearby. Most of the tracks had a start in their home, it was so inspiring to me to be out in the forest in the winter time. It helped influence so much of those sounds. At the time, the name was different from what it ended up being and the sound was completely different. I was really involved in learning a lot of black metal and post-rock songs and I had really wanted that sort of aesthetic; but with more atmosphere and ambience. I was messing around with really early tracks in Fl Studio, a program used to produce music. I had learned a little bit about it the Summer before, but really only got into it when I was living at Johnstown. A lot of the tracks took form in my home when I decided to transfer to Millersville in Lancaster county. I had taken a gap semester and used that time to work and make music. I think in February of 2017, I completed the track “Abendrot”. It was mostly a guitar based song that I had ended up adding sounds to and manipulating the original samples, while overlaying synth parts. There are tons of Roland TR808 samples in that track. At this point, I was getting into very synth heavy music and finding a love for electronic music. I think at one point, I felt like that was a very daunting task, until I realized, I had already done it with this track. Soon after, a few more tracks came together and I had about 20 minutes worth of material. Fast forward a few weeks, I had learned Ableton and started booking shows. Thus, the first tape came to fruition and Baltic Noise was born!

Q: Who are your influences?
Q2: My influences change pretty frequently, as I like to keep things fresh. But, I think currently, I am really inspired by Boards of Canada’s work. It’s just so original and raw. It adds a level of intimacy that so much electronic music (I don’t know how they themselves feel about this title) is missing so often. I'm also working on blending my visual art with my music, something that the brothers in BOC are very good at. I am really inspired by Jamison of Teen Daze. He’s a very humble fellow who has a knack for creating soundscapes that are very akin to at home listening, yet still very adventurous and active. As usual, I’ll never wrap my head around what Autechre are able to do, but not understanding it makes me want to do it even more. So I’m always striving for a little bit of their creative process. The usuals are there too i.e Brian Eno, Baths, Lali Puna, etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Q3: This one changes all the time, so I guess I’ll just list what it is currently. This is so difficult, haha.
Geogaddi by Boards of Canada
Young Mountain by This Will Destroy You
At Home With by Owen
Glacier by Teen Daze
Cerulean or Obsidian by Baths (I really can’t choose!)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Q4: Playing live is a whirlwind. It feels magical! The first couple hours leading up are pretty stressful, usually thanks to anxious ticks. I like to have a level of improv to my set, which makes it harder to predict what will happen. Once I’m up there, it’s all gone and I feel content to share my art and bask in the half hour I have to pour my heart out.

Q. How do you describe Baltic Noise´s sounds?
Q5: I would describe Baltic Noise’s sound as organic and synthetic. There are samples that aren’t necessarily created solely with a synthesizer, found sound samples, and stringed instruments that are processed and distorted through so many layers. I couple these sounds with a drum machine and synthetic instruments. My influences stem from many places, so it’s cool to be able to utilize these sounds.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Q6: I usually start with a riff or chord progression. Lately, it’s been a drum beat. I’ll mess with it for hours and try to build some semblance of a track, but it always finds a way to be reimagined and revised. I find that a song doesn’t always have the initial outcome I had hoped for; which creates a more interesting track to me. This is the case with most tracks, that as I’m building and inviting new sounds in, the original idea is always changed. Not necessarily clouded or forgotten, just improved upon. This can get challenging, because it feels like there is always something new to add, haha. No track really starts the same. Sometimes, I barely know what I’m even doing, as tracks can take a week up to a month to complete. Taking some time away from them to read, write, or work on another track usually gives me more ideas.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Q7: I would highly recommend Preamp, Vicious Blossom, M Sage, and Naps. Not necessarily new artists, but artists very deserving of recognition. I’ve really been enjoying the new Tourist Kid record and I think that Lali Puna and Dntel are highly underrated. Anything that Melody as Truth has put out is worthwhile.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Q8: I think it would be really cool to make an dreampop version of an American Football/Owen track. Or even to take on The Sundays. I think there are some really cool untapped sounds there. (maybe look for this in the future?)

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Q9: I’ve got my schedule pretty busy with the future. I’m working on a few remixes currently, playing some shows, and recording new music. I have a couple tracks completed for a full length, but I’m not quite sure when it will be available. But for certain, it will be soon and it’s much different than anything that I did on Liminal. I also play guitar for Janedriver and I’m a fulltime student. I’m pretty busy with both of those things, at the moment. That’s okay. I enjoy having things to do.

Q: Any parting words?
Q10: It was truly an honour to be apart of the latest TBTCI compilation and I really appreciate you inviting me to be apart of it! It was wonderful answering your questions, thanks so much!


sexta-feira, 10 de agosto de 2018

Jane, Drive It All Over Me with Janedriver - An Interview

Desde quando meu amigo Nate do Vicious Blossom me apresentou o quarteto de Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Janedriver, fiquei completamente apaixonado.

O motivo?, Bem o motivo é a estridente barulho que jorra dos altos falantes quando suas canções começam a ser executadas. Depois de alguns singles o Janedriver enfim debutou com um trabalho digno de seu poder. Os poderosos singles estão todos presentes no disco homônimo, "Strange", Nude" e "You Know It´s True" despejam fantasmas de Swirlies, Henry´s Dress, Black Tambourine entre outros ícones do barulho e baixa fidelidade, mas o ápice mesmo é a abertura destruidora com a espetacular "Jane, Drive It All Over Me", talvez uma referência ao MBV, mas que não soa como eles. 

Se você precisa de um barulho diretamente dos céus, o Janedriver é seu medicamento. Escute o mais alto que você puder, ah, com fones de ouvido.

***** Interview with Janedriver *****

Q. When did Janedriver begin? Tell us about the history...
A: Janedriver began as a sort of extension of the solo material that I had been writing throughout late 2017 and the beginning of this year. Prior to Janedriver, the bassist Evan and I had been playing in a deathrock band, and during that time I had been writing and recording a lot of music in my free time in a more shoegazing style. In early February I posted a couple of what I felt were the best songs on my personal Facebook account just under my own name, not really thinking much of them other than they were good enough to share with my friends. But they eventually garnered enough attention just among my own friends and peers I was getting requests for shows, and I thought that it might be a good idea to form a full band around the project. I never had any interest or intention of playing solo live and what I was ultimately trying to achieve, even just with my lo-fi demos, was more of a full band sound. I contacted Evan who I had played with before, told him that I was trying to form a band, and asked him if he would like to play bass. Evan and I always got on extremely well and bonded over a lot of shared musical interests, so when we played together in any musical context we always meshed very well, and were able to communicate almost unspokenly on the same artistic wavelength. It had also been almost 6 months since our previous project had disbanded and we were both really itching to play music again. Our first practice was just the two of us playing through all the songs on guitar, bass, and vocals, in his bedroom. From there it expanded with Evan bringing his friend Andrew into the fold to play drums, and later with me later bringing our mutual friend Adrian into the mix to play guitar and synth. Both of them being incredibly talented musicians with their own musical projects (The Ok Ok’s and Baltic noise, respectively) who really helped to round out the band, and bring us into the sound and musical territory that we had been aiming for when we started. The first practice with all four of us together really brought all the songs to life, and produced such a massive and ethereal sound that got us all very excited about doing the band. From there we started playing shows in the surrounding local areas.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: I think that it’s safe to say that we all have pretty eclectic tastes that are really specific to each of us as individuals. The influences that each of us bring to the band are so far reaching that there would just simply be too many to name. But some of the influences that we all share are My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, Slowdive, Boards of Canada, and Slint.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: That’s a really good question. For me personally my top five favorite albums would probably be:

The Cure’s "Pornography",
The Jesus and Mary Chain’s "Psychocandy",
The Television Personalities’ "...And Don’t The Kids Just Love It",
The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa’s "Susurrate",
My Bloody Valentine’s "Loveless", and if I could so bold as to add a sixth, Sonic Youth’s "Evol". Some of those are a bit obvious but those are some of the records that have been the most crucial and impactful in shaping my taste in music, and possibly even me as a person.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: I think that I can speak for everyone when I say that I absolutely love playing live and feel very free when we perform. We’re a very expressive live band and we play off each other’s energy a lot. Music is very much a main emotional outlet for all of us, and we like to use being on a stage or in front of an audience as a way to express things through the music that we wouldn’t normally be able to in any other social context. I think that because of that our live shows tend be quite aggressive and often times even destructive, but it’s a lot of fun.

Q. How do you describe Janedriver´s sounds?
A: We play around with a lot of different textures and sounds. We really like the idea of combining both abrasive and beautiful sounds, and having things sound very big. I’m aware that is not at all an unpopular approach, especially amongst bands of the shoegaze genre, but I like to think that we play with that idea in a way that is our own, even if just slightly.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: I tend to do a lot of the writing on my own and record demos to bring to the rest of the band. Currently, most of the recorded material that we have up on the internet is just recordings that I’ve done solo, save for a recent live recording of ours that just got put out, but that should change very soon. We have plans to start recording an album at the end of the summer at friend’s studio which will be done as a full band, and with a much different approach to recording than what we’ve done in the past.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Definitely Ovlov, Gorpho, Exploded View, Preamp, Funeralbloom, Oroboro, Selofan, Vicious Blossom, and Bloated Subhumans.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: I have been listening to a lot of The Pastels lately and I think it would be pretty cool to do a noisey cover of one of their songs. Or maybe something by Majesty Crush!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We plan to record an album in the next month or two which will be out in the next month or two which will be out in the fall with any luck. There has also been some talk about possibly doing a tour in the winter. But other than that our plans are mostly just to keep writing and playing shows.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Quit your job, make art, be nice to animals, support your friends. Other than that I’d just like to thank you for the interview and the support! We all really appreciate it a lot. -Cindy


I Only Want To (Rock and Roll) with DriftMode - An Interview

A história de dois amigos que vivem numa pequena vila na Holanda e nutrem afeto e amor especial por J&MC, punk, e barulheira noventista, sem contar new wave e outras facetas sonoras nestas décadas de boa música.

Os dois então resolveram focar o amor pela distorção e melodiais assoviáveis, alguém disse J&MC por aí?, sim os caras parecem ter filtrado a carreira dos irmão Reid em seu primeiro EP, que nasceu em meados de Junho. Barulheira cantarolável para fazer a alegria dos verdadeiros indies.

A nota triste de tudo isso, é que o DriftMode mal começou e entrou em um hiato, Eugene e Michael estão trabalhando em novas canções mas talvez sob outra ótica....aguardemos novidades por aí.

***** Interview with DriftMode *****

Q. When did DirftMode begin? Tell us about the history
We (Eugene and Michel) living in Boxtel (a small village in The Netherlands) met eachother some years ago, when Michel asked Eugene to play the lead-guitar in a band called 'the galactic lo-fi orchestra', in which Michel was the singer/guitarist and songwriter. This was the first tim we joined forces.

We both musically grow up in the eighties and shared a lot of favourite bands and went to the same concerts back then, without knowing eachother by then.

So when we finally met, we taked a lot about music and listened together to our finest album.
Besides playing together in a band, we started the Driftmode project.

Q: Who are your influences?
@Michel: I like to listen as much music as possible, in general wave-alternative-punk-hard core.

@Eugene: Same as Michel, always keep listening to new music always, but early influences are (j.a.m.c., pavement, pixies, wipers, replacements, eighties new wave)

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
@Michel; My top 5 changes many times, but there always will be a Ramones album on top.

@Eugene: Difficult indeed because it changes. For me is top 5 (many good songs on 1 record).
The Days of wine and roses - dream syndicate
The Posies - frosting on the beater
J.a.m.c. - Psychocandy
The National - High Violet
The Gunclub - The Fire of love

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We never played live. We made the EP, it was recieved well in the music-press and we had some invitations to do some concerts. We made plans how to do the songs live, but other musical projects were given priority.

Q. How do you describe DriftMode´s sounds?
Eighties guitar pop noise.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
After we met eachother we talked a lot about music. We discovered that earlier on we both had recorded some demo material with pop-noise music that matched and so we decided to work together.
We mostly worked apart form eachother as far as recordings concern. Once a week we met eachother and listend to everything we recorded and we put all the ideas into the songs on the Driftmode EP.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
@Michel,there so much new bands coming up, everyday i discover anew one, at te moment it's a band called EUT, they also from the Netherlands.

@Eugene: Protomartyr, Shame, Carseat Headrest, Moaning Flasher, Goat Girl, Stephen Malkmus & the jiggs etc. Also dutch releases of Canshaker pi, The Homsick, Howrah!, Moss 2017

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Michel, if I do a cover I need to have the feeling that the original almost was written about me.

Eugene: Maybe Pavement.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
The Driftmode project is on hold at the moment.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanx for the possibility to give us this interview


quarta-feira, 8 de agosto de 2018

Tropisms with Burnt Pixels - An Interview

O visual da foto que abre a matéria remete diretamente ao saudoso e espetacular Beastie Boys e seu seminal Check Your Head, mas o duo, londrino, Burnt Pixels, esta mais para os Beach do que os Beastie Boys.

Melodiosos, e ensolarados, os caras chegaram ao segundo trabalho desde que iniciaram a parceria em 2016. "Tropisms" nasceu no primeiro dia de Maio, e vem suceder o belo, "The Hollow Down By The Flare", só que a vibe de "Tropisms" vai além de seu predecessor, além da obviedade de conexões com os Beach Boys, era pós surf songs, os caras buscam raízes em ícones como R.E.M. e Replacements.

Iluminados, o Burnt Pixels é o antídoto para o caos do dia a dia. Medique-se.

***** Interview with Burnt Pixels *****

Q. When did Burnt Pixels begin? Tell us about the history...
Burnt Pixels began in the Spring of 2016. I’d been in bands with Ben for many years (23frames being the previous one), and we’ve been friends since we were about 14-years-old, but I had kind of withdrawn and had not been writing songs for a while. Ben’s encouragement to start something up again really began a fertile period for me, song-writing-wise, and just generally, artistically. I went to art school, so there’s always going to be that kind of approach to music for me. The band name was just there sitting in my head already; something new and something ancient together. I would begin recording the songs at home, almost like a demo, and then Ben would visit each week and would write and record his parts. This is the kind of recording process I really like; I’ve been recording songs on 4-tracks and other tape recorders since I was about 13-years-old.

Q: Who are your influences?
As well as all the obvious ones like The Beatles and The Beach Boys, I had my life-changing moment when I first heard Sebadoh. I think it was the honesty of Lou Barlow’s voice – the sense that he’s singing with his own voice – and the love and humour of it, too. Something about the yin & yang of a beautiful melody and the low production and noise has always appealed to me. The Cure I love massively. The melody and industriousness of Robert Smith’s guitar-playing – the unshowy majesty of it, was what really got me; and again the honesty of his voice. I was probably more influenced by The Shadows than I should admit. I love later-period Beach Boys albums, when they’re really untethered. R.E.M are probably my favourite band, silly as it is to have a favourite band. For Tropisms I bought a lot of ‘80s guitar pedals. I really wanted the guitar to sound as beautiful as possible; I made a conscious decision to be unashamed by the use of a chorus pedal.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Sebadoh – The Freed Weed
The Beach Boys – Smiley Smile
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Vol II
The Cure – Disintegration
R.E.M – Reckoning

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Simultaneously like I’m in a dream and that I’m more truly alive than ever.

Q. How do you describe Burnt Pixels´ sounds?
I want the music to sound like the artwork looks, and vice-versa. It’s like being underwater but being able to breathe and look at everything around you in detail. It’s also meant to have humour and love – music or any art simply cannot be good without those things – and not just in the lyrics but in the sound. Each album should be its own world, one that you can live in and explore and be mystified and baffled by; one in which there are both great triumphs and awful injustices.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I start by recording the skeleton of the song on my laptop. Ben then listens and creates his parts, the drums, harmonies, guitar. He’s very intuitive and just knows what to do; he doesn’t make it easy for himself, either; if he thinks the song needs an 8-part harmony, he’ll record an 8-part harmony for it. We write and record the bass parts pretty much 50/50. Even the drums this time we recorded at home. I’m always writing down lyrics, sentences or phrases in a notebook that usually find their way into a song – whichever song sounds like those particular lyrics, will utilise those lyrics – unless I write a song with a clearer mission in mind, which is far rarer.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I like Gnoomes - a Russian kind of proggy band. Also, I went to see the Cure this weekend in Hyde Park and supporting them were The Twilight Sad, who I’m listening to as I type – they are very good live, too. There are quite a lot of bands who, far from being new, have been around for ages but I’m only just getting into – like Slowdive (who I also saw this weekend). I’ve also seen The Rebel quite a lot this year, who is Ben Wallers of Country Teasers; I never tire of his music – it’s true punk: utterly DIY, non-partisan, non-ideological, virtually anti-everything, funny.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I find this an increasingly difficult thing to approach; Since every kind of post-modern or ironic take on doing a cover has been done, to the point where they’re in adverts for banks and just plain annoying, it’s hard to find a reason to cover anything – especially when you know your version can only be – at best – a pale imitation. And that’s a reason not to attempt a serious and sincere cover either. I’m sometimes tempted to cover something but then realise it’s just because I want to play it live, or wish I’d written it, so it’s probably best to leave alone for now. If I could sing well I’d probably play more covers, as often a cover is successful simply because it’s sung better, or differently. I am very gradually beginning to be able to love my singing voice, though, so who knows.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Playing live and album #3. Burnt Pixels are now a live-playing band, which I’m very excited about and am looking forward to playing as much as possible this Summer. Ben moved to Bristol last year so I was travelling there from London to record this last album; obviously there are impracticalities to that and playing live, so now my friends Pete Whyte (bass) and Martin Wrigley (drums) have joined the band and we’re doing some live dates.

Q: Any parting words?
That sounds very final. Okay, only this: Always remember; no matter where you go, there you are.


terça-feira, 7 de agosto de 2018

Rain with Cuerpos Cósmicos - An Interview

Prepare-se para flutuar.....

O primeiro single do duo argentino, Cuerpos Cósmicos, é simplesmente uma das músicas mais hipnóticas que ouvi nos últimos tempos. Algo como se o Portishead e o Tamaryn se fundissem em uma única banda com o único propósito de envolver mente, corpo e alma.

"Rain" é simplesmente soberba, apenas isso.

Que venha o primeiro EP urgente, porque se o intuito era fazer com que houvesse paixão a primeira audição, o Cuerpos Cósmicos conseguiram, e não foi apenas comigo não....

Prepare-se para levitar.....

***** Interview with Cuerpos Cósmicos *****

Q. When did Cuerpos Cósmicos begin? Tell us about the history...
Camille : Cuerpos Cósmicos formed on the surface of the Earth, in 2018, during the meeting between a lo-fi indie pop comet and shoegazing tiny humans. At this precise place, Lucas and I bumped into each other. He said : « Hola ! », to which I replied a shy « Bonjour... ». After talking for a while, we said in a heart : « Let’s make music together ! ».

Lucas : Cam and I met online 4 years ago, via mutual friends. I live in Córdoba, Argentina, and she lives in Paris, France. We started talking, and realized that we had a strong musical connection, among other things. The idea of actually making music together emerged this year. We set our band name « Cuerpos Cósmicos » about a week ago, when we finally met each other in real life. Cam is visiting family where I live, so that’s new for us too.

Q: Who are your influences ?
Lucas: Currently, my influences are artists from Argentina such as Telescopios, Gustavo Cerati, Luis Alberto Spinetta… I also listen to a lot of electronic music. Truth is, I'm generally more concerned with self-influencing, that is : improvising, recording, and paying attention to the sensations I feel and my life experiences, taking that as an influence to compose.

Camille : They are very wide, from 12th century troubadour music to dark ambient jazz. This year, I’ve been really inspired by Slowdive, Screen Vinyl Image, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Avoxblue, Tamaryn, White Night Ghosts, Fairuz, and Perry Blake. I also like to watch movies such as Wong Kar-Wai’s « Chungking Express » while making music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Felt Mountain - Goldfrapp (2000)
The Silver Album - The December Sound (2007)
23 - Blonde Redhead (2007)
Tender Buttons - Broadcast (2005)
Bloom - Beach House (2012)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Camille : I have never played live yet, except in my bedroom and for myself. The idea was initially just to make music and post it online. Lucas is a performing musician, so he takes me out of my comfort zone, which is really cool. CuerposCósmicos will be my first time playing live.

Lucas : Honestly, it’s the best feeling in the world. Among all the things I like to do, playing live is what I prefer. That’s just what I want to do with my life.

Q. How do you describe Cuerpos Cósmicos sounds?
Cuerpos Cósmicos has a spatial, flying sound. Each composition is like a short story, with sensations ranging from depth and introspection, to clarity and beauty, love and tenderness, peace and harmony. It’s about concrete, corporeal reality and one’s unforgettable memories ; We hope it can make people’s hearts beat faster. Also, although we have the possibility to record with high-quality equipment, we prefer to take off a bit of perfection, giving rise to a Lo-Fi style. We recorded for instance the vocal parts of « Rain » with earbuds mic. We generate ideas more than anything else, that is, we give room to spontaneity, expressing our feelings as they come.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We’ve just recorded two songs as of now : Lucas wrote the first one « Gravedad » : he sent me the demo and I added some vocal, guitar and synths parts. I wrote the second one « Rain » and he added bass, synths and vocal parts. Thing is, we published them unfinished on Bandcamp, just to listen to them when walking, in order to write some improvements or mix changes. So it’s a true miracle you found (and liked) them. Composing is like having a meaningful conversation with someone who is 100% here and now with you. It never really ends, there’s an ongoing conversation inside, where ideas keep on blooming. Distance working allows us to live such moments.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend ?
Lucas : Telescopios, Usted Señalemelo, Mac Demarco, Boy Pablo, Tycho.

Camille : Mint Field, a tijuanense band I’ve discovered during my Madrid-São Paulo flight. I listened to their new album “Pasar De Las Luces” for approximately 10 hours up there, spellbound.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
If we had to choose only one, it would be Tamaryn’s « Violet in a Pool ». Otherwise : « Gitme » by Selda Bağcan, « Black Sun » by Dead Can Dance, « Behind the Wheel » by Depeche Mode, Something from The Brian Jonestown Massacre, or Argentinian Folk musicians like Chaqueño Palavecino. Really, it could be anything we listen to.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our plans are to enjoy our time together, here in Argentina : we’re about to shoot and edit the first music video, record and finalize our 4 tracks EP. Once I get back to France, I’ll keep on making music for a short movie and a theater piece. Lucas is a DJ and has several other bands and audiovisual projects, so he’ll keep on working on that too. And we'll meet again real soon.

Q: Any parting words?
We thank you a lot for the room you gave us to introduce our music. We love your blog. Also, gratitude and kindness are everything.


segunda-feira, 6 de agosto de 2018

The Only Question That Matters with La Naissance - An Interview

Uma história que se repete em todos os lugares do mundo, quando o assunto é montar uma banda; a cena: você esta em um show, e encontra alguém, comece a conversar, e aí as conexões vão surgindo, gostos compatíveis, mesmos interesses e, quando se abre os olhos a banda nasce.

E assim nasceu o La Naissance, de Roma, Itália, Ivan e Alessio se conheceram em um show do grande Klimt 1918, banda italiana cultuadíssima, e os dois uniram seus amores sonoros, leia-se 60´s girl groups, class of 86, Sarah Records, fuzz, Flying Nun, etc, etc e aí o La Naissance surgiu.

E há pouco menos de dois meses o debute nasceu, com aquele fuzz delicia, que vai te sugando pra dentro, viciante é a palavra.

Como suas referências o La Naissance é melodia e barulho unificados pelo amor.

***** Interview with La Naissance *****

Q. When did La Naissance begin? Tell us about the history...
The project started in 2017, I've always been a huge music fan and I have a passion for writing songs. I was pretty bored at that time, so I decided to record some of the songs I wrote and I asked my friend Alessio to join me, he can play multiple instruments. I met him for the first time at a Klimt 1918 gig in Rome. That's pretty much how La Naissance was born (pun intended).

Q: Who are your influences?
We listen to a lot of music, so we are influenced by a lot of different things. Besides classic shoegaze bands, I personally love '60s girl groups like The Crystals and The Ronettes and indie pop/jangle pop bands like The Primitves, The Go-Betweens, The Sundays, etc. Alessio is really into post-rock and math rock, he's a big fan of Explosions In The Sky and Radiohead.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Low - Things We Lost In Fire
Verdena - Requiem
Various - A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Even though playing live makes us a bit anxious, it's our favourite thing. It's an incredibly fun and rewarding experience. We'd play live every night, if it were possible.

Q. How do you describe La Naissance´s sounds?
It's a fuzzy, sharp, sometimes even harsh sound, like a buzz saw. It consists of several different layers, like a tall layer cake. Guitars aside, the synth is very important in order to achieve our sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded the songs in my bedroom, our recording equipment was pretty basic. We doubled or tripled many of the guitar and vocal parts in order to achieve a thick, layered sound. We were inspired by Phil Spector's "Wall Of Sound". While we were mixing the songs we did very unusual things which clearly improved the sound, like using digital effects in peculiar ways. We decided not to use cymbals on most of the songs because basically they weren't needed. You just don't get the feeling that something is missing. We are very happy with the result.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Some new very good shoegaze/dream pop bands: Yuragi Just Mustard Hatchie Blankenberge Kraus

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
To be honest we don't like to play covers but, if we had to choose, we'd pick a song by Mina.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We'd like to play some shows and we're also always working on new songs. We'd like to release a full-length album in the future.

Q: Any parting words?
"In order for music to free itself, it will have to pass over to the other side — there where territories tremble, where the structures collapse, where the ethoses get mixed up, where a powerful song of the earth is unleashed, the great ritornelles that transmutes all the airs it carries away and makes return." (G. Deleuze)

Thank you so much, Renato, for interviewing us and for your support. Regards, Ivan"


sexta-feira, 3 de agosto de 2018

Slide with Casino Garden - An Interview

É impressionante a quantidade de bons trabalhos de ótimas bandas que nascem semanalmente nos quatro cantos do mundo, o problema é acompanhá-los, e não somente isso, tentar entender a proposta de cada uma destas bandas e por consequência seus trabalhos.

O TBTCI tenta, diariamente, mas mesmo assim, muita coisa acaba por fugir do radar. Ainda bem que os alemães do Casino Garden foram capturados em tempo real.

O quarteto de Wuppertal, tem três anos de existência e chegaram ao seu primeiro trabalho, o climático, "Slide". O disco conheceu o mundo há pouco mais de um mês e, desde então, tem sido degustado por este que vos escreve semanalmente, em doses periódicas. A fórmula não é nova, um certo shoegaze com leves toques de pós punk e indie clássico. Sem soar estridente, tampouco etéreo, os caras souberam dosar suas influências se pender para nenhum extremo.

"Slide" desce redondo e reanima tal qual aquela bebida conhecida de vocês.

***** Interview with Casino Garden *****

Q. When did Casino Garden begin? Tell us about the history...
1. We founded three years ago but an accurate point of time is not possible to tell. Me (Matthias) and Oliver played in different bands but we shared a rehearsal room. As we all have been already friends for many years and we all love post-rock and shoegaze and all the spacey and oceanic kind of music we wanted to make a band where we can actually play it. So we founded Casino Garden.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. Tocotronic, The Notwist, Interpol, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Placebo, Sigur Ros, The Beatles, Radiohead, Slowdive, Nirvana, Muse, Portishead, Trail of Dead … this list could be endless

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Matthias: OK Computer – Radiohead
Helene: Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
Oliver: The Devil You + Me – The Notwist
Alex: Mr. Beast – Mogwai
Us All: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - Pavement

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. To play live is like entering another dimension. All thoughts, all sorrows and everything disappears into the background. When you have the perfect song and the perfect crowd and the perfect alcohol level – then you can truely experience bliss.

Q. How do you describe Casino Garden´s sounds?
5. We have an extensive sound with massive guitars – loud and beautiful

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. We have produced the songs on our own. We bought a bunch of mikrophones, recording gear and programs. We converted the rehearsal room into a studio. We wanted to add the mood that we have playing the songs in the rehearsal room in front of our friends to the songs, so we invited them when we wanted to record another song. It was always a party.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. Shame is good. The hype around them is definitely eligible. Blankenberge from Russia is amazing, too. Temples from Utah as well.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. We do not play covers but sometimes I think that some bands have not made the best out of a song. If I would choose a song to cover I would do „Times to die“ by Car Seat Headrest.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. Our plan is just to make one record after another. We have a huge output.

Q: Any parting words?
10. Spread the word!


Bike Ride with Seeking Madras - An Interview

Uma delicia sonora que embrenha-se por entre a escola Love de psicodelia, aventurando-se pelo lado pós Cale do VU, vasculhando cacos perdidos da saudosa Paisley Underground, até chegar ao lado baggy melódico dos Roses.

Assim é "Bike Ride" debute do Seeking Madras. Uma obra luminosa, quase feita para servir de trilha sonora de verões ininterruptos, mas os caras vão fundo mesmo naquela atmosfera sessentista por onde heróis da "my generation" fizeram história.

Quem gosta de música verdadeira certamente concederá ao Seeking Madras um espaço querido em suas audições.

Ah, sim, um aviso, cuidado com o vício, ele é eminente.

***** Interview with Seeking Madras *****

Q. When did Seeking Madras begin? Tell us about the history...
Seeking Madras evolved upon the completion of an analog 4 - track project. Nine songs that captured the essence of everything I've listened to and been influenced by, during my many trips around the sun.

Q: Who are your influences?
So many, The Stone Roses, The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, Donovan, My Drug Hell, Beach Fossils, Los Growlers, The Charlatans, Jackson Pollock, Vince Guaraldi, Barney Kessel, etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
No order, shot from the hip:
1. The Stone Roses - debut
2. Vampire Weekend - self titled
3. My Drug Hell -This is My Drug Hell
4. Palma Violets - 180
5. The Verve - A Northern Soul

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love it! It's like breathing. I see the songs as a roadmap and my job is to connect the hippest way from point A to point B.

Q. How do you describe Seeking Madras´ sounds?
Tough question. Ghostly jangle? Give it one more listen and you tell me. : )

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I recorded all the track and instruments myself on an old analog 4 - track recording unit to 1/4 inch tape. Using two microphones, I recorded most of the tracks through an old Fender reverb tank. I was quite influenced by The Stone Roses', First Coming, a rough and loose 8 track tape demo. I wanted things to feel and sound a bit like those sessions.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
new- Snail Mail and Warehouse
not so new - Beach Fossils

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
'Carrie Anne' by The Hollies
'Grounded' by Pavement

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Since the album's release I have assembled a group of musos to play live. We've been playing shows and are currently writing more tunes for another record. The process of recording will remain the same, though instead of it being just me, the others in the group will play and record their respective instruments. Though, I enjoyed recording all of the first album myself, possibly feeling what a writer or painter feels in their own solitary creative environment, I missed being in a proper 'band'.

Q: Any parting words?
Stay analog. begood. Smile.


quarta-feira, 1 de agosto de 2018

Negative Travel with Empty Maps - An Interview

Uma passeio desacelerado por entre um certo pós punk gélido e o slowcore, com aquela melancolia latente explodindo nos crescendos.

Assim é o trio de Aberdeen, Reino Unido. Com dois singles no currículo, sendo que o recém lançado "Tolsta/Negative Travel" captura os caras em sua melhor forma. Densos e ainda mais soturnos, o Empty Maps finca o lado angustiante como marca registrada da banda.

Um novo EP e o primeiro álbum estão prometidos para muito em breve, e por aqui, aguardamos ansiosamente.

***** Interview with Empty Maps *****

Q. When did Empty Maps begin? Tell us about the history...
We’ve been making music on and off together for 15 years but as Empty Maps for 3 years. We met through playing in various different bands together and with friends. We started getting a set together when Graham's last band Katerwaul stopped gigging.

Q: Who are your influences?
My Bloody Valentine, Aereogramme, anything Mark Kozelek related, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Brain Eno, Joy Division, Fugazi and Future Islands to name but a few.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
Closer - Joy Division
Red House Painters - Red House Painters
( ) - Sigur Ros
The Soft Bulletin - The Flaming Lips

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A mixture of joy and frustration! Playing live is our favourite thing to do as a band but standing in front of a room full of people can be pretty intimidating as well as enjoyable. Even if the gig is going well it’s still pretty nerve-racking. We generally don’t gig too much so as time goes on we’d like to think it’ll feel a bit more natural!

Q. How do you describe Empty Maps´ sounds?
Reverb drenched, bass driven indie rock with shoegaze and post rock leanings. We like to have the bass and drums keeping things together while the guitar is noisy. More recently we’ve been writing stuff where the guitar drops out more in verses so it’s just the vocals carrying the melody.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Generally we’ll track the drums in a local studio and then record the bass and guitars in whatever spaces we can get to be really noisy in ourselves. We sometimes change some of the effects we use compared to how we play them live once we hear it all coming together. Usually we leave the vocals to the very end and mix it ourselves.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We’re pretty bad for keeping up with brand new bands but we’re big fans of the most recent Future Islands, Horrors and Preoccupations records.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We’re not huge on doing covers but maybe something by Joy Division or Future Islands.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re currently working on a 5 track EP which we hope to get finished in the next few months. After that we’d quite like to do a full length album.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for listening and getting in touch with us!