sexta-feira, 21 de setembro de 2018

Memoir with Optloquat - An Interview

É sabido que os japoneses tem verdadeira adoração pelo Loveless, não há novidade alguma nesta afirmação.

E novamente por esta máxima, uma nova, e novata banda surge por lá endossando esta máxima. O quarteto Optloquat, de Tókio, declara paixão total pela obra icônica de Mr. Shields, além do fato dos seus integrantes terem nascido, todos, no ano em que Loveless nasceu.

Mas, apesar de toda a rasgação de seda pelo disco, o Optloquat sonoramente, não tem absolutamente nada a ver com MBV, pelo contrário, os japoneses estão muito mais próximas do Asobi Seksu e do Ride, traçando assim seus devaneios sonoros de forma mais sútil.

Pegue o debute dos novatos, "Memoir" e deixe fluir, relaxadamente, não há contra indicação, apesar de que a sensação de que já ouvimos isso antes é evidente.

***** Interview with Optloquat *****

Q. When did Optloquat begin? Tell us about the history...
We formed Optloquat in April 2018. Three of us (Gt/Vo: Ryo, Gt: Uiru, Dr: Toshiaki) went to same university in Yokohama and belonged to the same music society. However, we did nothing special together at the time because all of us had totally different preference of music(eg; I was stuck on kind of technical, like HM/HR). After 3 years later, we somehow found ourselves together and decided to start a postrock / shoegazer band. We spent about half an year making songs without the bassist, so our first gig was called ‘too trebly’. In April 2018, we finally found our bassist Nomeko, who was Toshiaki’s friend and from another shoegazer band called‘cattle’. Each of our music preference still differs, but we believe that's what contributes uniqueness to our music. We all were born in the same year when My Bloody Valentine released ‘Loveless’, by the way.

Q: Who are your influences?
@Ryo My biggest influencers are probably ‘MUSE’ from UK and ‘The Yellow Monkey’ from Japan and many so called guitar heroes.

@Uiru As a guitarist I look up to Shinichi Ito from ‘Sparta locals’ and Hisashi Yoshino from ‘Eastern Youth’. Focus on the sound making, we refer to the shoegazer sound/ 90's emo. In addition, we are also influenced by mathrock like american football and TTNG.

@Toshiaki ‘Stephen Bruner’(from Thundercat)!!

@Nomeko Too many to list up…

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
MUSE-Black Holes & Revelations
Yanakoto Sotte Mute- Mirrors
Steve Vai- Real Illusions

RIDE- nowhere
Yanakoto Sotte Mute- bubble
mineral- the power of falling
Bloc party- A Weekend in the City
american football- american football

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It’s difficult to find the right words… Somehow, we feel that we are warmly surrounded / hugged by our sounds. We always not only feel excited but feel great appreciation for our audience listening to us.

Q. How do you describe Optloquat´s sounds?
Basically our elements are from shoegazer and post rock. We try to create an imagery through our music, focus of being ‘lyrical’, and create sounds that are ‘indescribably comfortable’, something like that. Please let us know how you feel towards our music and help us define ourselves in a few words in English!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Firstly, Ryo, Uiru or Toshiaki makes a blueprint and we do a kind of test. If the song passes it, we start to build on it. Our debut mini album ’Memoir’ was completely home recorded by using a Logic Pro X.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
@Ryo Yanakoto Sotte Mute, hygia, umph, Kyte

@Uiru superorganism, snail mail, toe, climb the mind, CSTVT, pinegrove, caspian, Letting up despite great faults

@Toshiaki Flying Lotus

@Nomeko Hector Saves the Night

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
@Ryo Slowdive, Kyte

@Uiru chapterhouse

@Toshiaki A$AP Rocky

@Nomeko Maroon 5

Q: What are your plans for the future?
・To show up on shoegazer/postrock music scene.
・To perform at a famous music festival/gig.
・To perform abroad.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks a lot for digging/listening to us!!

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