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!