quinta-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2019

Never Know with Author of the Accident - An Interview


Allison Chhorn é a mente por trás do projeto Author of the Accident.

Um certo intimismo abstrato conduzindo-se por cintilantes estruturas cinzentas e melancólicas dá o norte para o trabalho.

Dois álbuns no currículo da prolífica Allison, "Accidents Remain" de 2018, e "Never Know", lançado em Janeiro. Não contente, um novo single já conheceu o mundo neste Fevereiro, "Hikikomori".

A intersecção entre eles é exatamente uma estranha beleza que exala de algo que dói imensamente por dentro. A candura lutando contra a amargura e, nada mais.

Para momentos solitários e intimistas, desde que sua estima, esteja elevada.

***** Interview with Author of the Accident *****



Q. When did Author of the Accident begin? Tell us about the history...
I started writing songs when I was 18 and released music under various different names. But it was maybe around 2015 when I started honing my sound and making music which became “Accidents Remain”, my first album release under the name Author of the Accident.

Q: Who are your influences?
I've always been inspired by indie artists who started DIY like Mitski, Japanese Breakfast, Soccer Mommy, (Sandy) Alex G and Long Beard. Mica Levi – all her musical projects, including her soundtracks. Shoegaze/Dream pop – Tanukichan, Hatchie, Beach House, Lush, Alison's Halo, Blonde Redhead.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I don't have enough musical knowledge to name 5 albums of all time, so I'll name 5 I keep coming back to:

Yuck – Yuck
Warpaint – The Fool
Portishead – Dummy
Grouper – Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill
Elliott Smith - Either/Or

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I haven't played live since I was a teenager. I remember dropping my guitar pick after hitting the first chord in a high school performance, and that's an embarrassing moment I still remember. But maybe enough time has passed where I can experience stage fright and that nervous feeling all over again, if given the opportunity.

Q. How do you describe Author of the Accident´s sounds?
Dark undertones hidden under indie pop/rock song structures. Like a bruise, something that may look abstractly pretty on the surface but hurts underneath.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
My process for recording is really long-winded, DIY and sort of backwards. For this last album, it took me about a year or so to write and refine the songs, record demos onto Garageband on my ipad, then transfer the drum tracks to my PC laptop, re-record the guitar, bass and vocal parts, and constantly refine the mix. But all of this is spread out because I'm usually working on film projects, so it takes a long time. I'm conscious of the fact that I can't sing, but I do it anyway. But I like layering vocals and harmonies (which hopefully also hides the fact that I can't sing.)

I'm not really happy about the mastering results, but it's something I'll have to learn to do better in the future. It's all part of that DIY ethos - learn as you go.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The Hidden Shelf. I think she's super talented with an amazing voice and her songs are beautiful. I was fortunate enough to meet her after I made a music video for her song “Too Bad It Was All A Dream”. I really hope the best for her.

https://youtu.be/EnYS_IIyKQw

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Yuck – Stutter.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To make more music and films, but with better production.

Q: Any parting words?
This is more of a reminder to myself, but whenever you're feeling stuck, have writer's block or are just too much inside your head and room (becoming hikikomori), go do something different. See some people you haven't seen in a while. Travel, go to a place you've never been to.

Playing music has always been something I could do in solace, but sometimes you have to break out of your cycle so that when you return your mind will be refreshed and you'll have new ideas to bring.
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http://authoroftheaccident.tumblr.com/
https://authoroftheaccident.bandcamp.com/

terça-feira, 12 de fevereiro de 2019

Skinny Dipping with Dreams of Empire - An Interview


O duo britânico Jane e Andrew, ou, Dreams of Empire para os iniciados, tem, não com o Dreams of Empire, mas ambos uma trajetória que vem desde os 90´s. No currículo, colaboraram com o mestre Kramer, além de terem tocado no Luminous.

Um belo dia Andrew acordou com uma ideia, se inspirando em seus anos de adolescente e a efervescência gaze da época e assim surgiu o Dreams of Empire.

Sonoramente é algo como se as Shangri-las fossem uma banda shoegaze, ou se Debbie Harry enveredasse pelos ares do dreampop.

Tudo suave e cintilantemente concebido para embalar sonhos. Assim é a belíssima, "Shinny Dipping", segundo single deles.

A promessa é que uma série de singles venham em breve, e se depender da beleza de "Shinny Dipping", o amor e a beleza vencerão.


***** Interview with Dreams of Empire *****


Q. When did Dreams of Empire begin? Tell us about the history...
I literally woke up one day and said to Jane, “hey let’s start a band again". I was so inspired by the new music coming from bands I loved in my teens like Ride and Slowdive. Jane thought I was crazy. It was quite a while since we last performed together, in Luminous a band which made a record with Galaxie 500 producer and Shimmy Disc legend Kramer in the 90s before vanishing into obscurity. So I wrote a bunch of songs over the summer and we agreed it was a good thing to do.

Q: Who are your influences?
Hmm, lots of influences, but we don’t really sound like any of them! You’ll hear guitars influenced by Dean Wareham (Luna, Galaxie 500), Johnny Marr (The Smiths) and Andy Bell (Ride). Our vocal sound is pretty unique. We love an angst laden harmony and moody female led bands like Drugstore, Mazzy Star and PJ Harvey.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Wow, impossible task. 5 albums that we’ve loved forever would include…

Today - Galaxie 500
The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
1969: The Velvet Underground live - The Velvet Underground
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
Doolittle - Pixies

Oh and so many more…

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We know from the past that playing live is special, exhilarating and usually ends with carrying heavy boxes up stairs. We’re really hoping to play our first Dreams of Empire shows this year, ideally somewhere small and dark where we can make a lot of noise.

Q. How do you describe Dreams of Empire´s sounds?
Luscious female vocals drenched in reverb and layered with gorgeous harmonies, surrounded by car crash guitar mayhem. It’s sort ofshoegaze, it’s sort of dreampop but it’s something else too, but we haven’t worked out what.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Everything is homemade, in our attic. We love recording at home. We’ll lay down 3 or 4 guitar lines, add the vocals and then add too many extra guitar tracks and too much reverb. It then takes us forever to get the sound just how we want it - it’s hard to resist the temptation to keep mixing it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Seems like anything out of Melbourne is worth listening to right now. The Stroppies are very cool and we’re obsessed with Lowtide. We’re hoping to catch some of these bands at the Great Escape festival in Brighton in May.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Something krautrock would be fun

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Right now we’re trying to finish recording and mixing a bunch of new songs. There’s some really dreamy stuff as well as the more driving indiepop of our first singles. Self publishing is really tough so we’re looking for people to help us put an album out. We will definitely play live this year, maybe just in Brighton, maybe further away... we’re open to invitations.

Q: Any parting words?
Can we get some more reverb on that?
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https://www.facebook.com/dreamsofempireuk/
https://dreamsofempire.bandcamp.com

segunda-feira, 11 de fevereiro de 2019

Idealista with Knives - An Interview


Kevin Cervera é um daqueles caras obstinados com o que ama e acredita, no caso a música. Assim nasceu sua nova banda, o Knives.

No mesmo dia que o Hexagrams, banda anterior de Kevin encerrou as atividades, nascia o Knives. Com idéias sonoras bem diferentes. Sai o pós punk clássico com tendências mais soturnas e entre um certo dreampop climático, com nuances oitentistas. Algo como se o The Wake se entrelaçasse com o DIIV, ou algo parecido.

"Idealista" é a estreia dos caras. Um EP que conheceu o mundo no último semestre do ano passado e que tardiamente chegou aos meus ouvidos, mas o delay não foi capaz de acabar com a magia das canções, pelo contrário, elas soam puras e intactas a cada audição.

A pureza do dreampop em sua excelência.


***** Interview with Knives *****


Q. When did Knives begin? Tell us about the history...
Knives begun the day that our last band ‘Hexagrams’ ended, It started in my room again, making some noisy riffs but kind of lo fi feeling, i wanted to keep it bedroom like i did in the past and later adding some reverb in everything.

Q: Who are your influences?
Definitely (Sandy) Alex G, 107 Faunos and Chastity.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1- Elliott Smith - Either/Or
2- Ryan Adams - Love is Hell
3- Bob Dylan - Infidels
4- David Bowie - Hunky Dory
5- JAMC - Psychocandy

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It feels awesome et awkward.

Q. How do you describe Knives´ sounds?
Noisy pop in spanish simple lyrics.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Everything is homemade, Miguel our guitar player récords every instrument, guitars on my roland jazz chorus, bass and synths in digitals, after that he mixes every instrument and voices and then mastering, a very common way to récord songs nowadays.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Sister Ectoplasma, Todos tus tanques soviéticos..

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Maybe something more latín like any songs of El mato un policía motorizado

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Recording a new álbum, something very digital, full of synthetizers, homemade again.

Q: Any parting words?
“It’s ok to ghost if yr making art”
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https://knivesdotcom.bandcamp.com/album/idealista-ep
https://twitter.com/Knivesdotcom

sexta-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2019

Deathlist, "A Canyon" - Track by Track


Jenny Logan é a mente por trás do trio de Portland, Deathlist.

Se você acompanha o TBTCI já a conhece obviamente. Agora, a novidade, é que Jenny e sua gangue acabam de presentear aos mortais seu novo trabalho, o intenso e devastador, "A Canyon".

" A Canyon" nasceu exatamente hoje, 8 de Fevereiro e já vem com o selo de clássico. Acham que estou exagerando? Ok, vamos ao fatos.

O disco é de forma resumida, angustiantemente desesperador, ou se você preferir, raivosamente melancólico, ou ainda, sedutoramente perigoso. Os motivos, bem, experimente a audição e perceba desde os primeiros momentos de "I Want To" até a derradeira "Selfish", que Jenny, incorpora os fantasmas de PJ Harvey misturados com Trent Reznor, tendendo para uma faceta quase Siouxsie.

"A Canyon" não navega em um território sonoro específico. Classificá-lo por rótulo e sub gêneros é um erro grotesco, a obra expande-se para além de nichos pré determinados.

A melhor forma de tentar compreender "A Canyon" é ler atentamente o "track by track" que Jenny concedeu especialmente ao TBTCI.

Os segredos e mistérios de "A Canyon" estão mais próximos de você do que você imagina.


***** Deathlist, "A Canyon" - Track by Track *****


1. I Want To
That opening riff sounds like a baritone but is actually a guitar pitch-shifted down an octave. Harrison thought it was too short - it's under 2 minutes - and kept trying to get me to make it longer. But eventually I won. That line “I wrote your name like I want to” refers to me writing my best friend’s obituary but it could also be about writing down the name of your love like you want to start over again.

2. A Canyon
We finished this song and something still felt missing so we set it to a synth loop that comes in in the intro. The ending, where it breaks into acoustic guitar, was a fragment from another song that I never finished so I stuck it here because I thought it fit with the concept - a canyon is something defined by an absence, so it's whole and empty at the same time.

3. Sandstone
I demoed this song before going in to the studio and didn’t think it was finished and almost didn’t record it. But I recorded the basic riff and then just started layering improvised guitar tracks over it, and then we added some strange harmonies in the background and a creepy melodica, and it’s now one of my favorites on the record. It didn't have a title either so I called it Sandstone - a solid thing composed of a thousand tiny pieces.

4. 8 Eyes
I had the guitar breakdown for this song written a long time ago but just couldn’t fit it into a song. Then 8 Eyes came along it just fit right in. This song is about inhabiting multiple selves and how it’s frightening to be seen as you really are. It’s not actually about spiders.

5. Dream Legs
Dream legs refers to trying to find your legs in an alternate reality - like "sea legs" but in a dream. In the last few years that I started to get this persistent sense of unreality, like "can this really be the real world?" It feels like a fucked up dream. So the song is about trying to find your way around a weird reality before you die and forget about everything you once had figured out.

6. Ocean Plastic
This one is about psychic trash that you try to throw away but keeps washing back to you and ruining everything like plastic that gets dumped in the ocean. Harrison played that gnarly guitar solo at the beginning. I wanted that instrumental guitar fadeout at the very end to make you feel like you feel when you’re watching the tide go out.

7. Seek
This song is actually from the session I spent recording my last LP, but it didn’t fit on the record and something was always not quite right with it. Like the original ending sounded like the theme from Terminator 2. But I really liked the song and wanted to fix it so a year later I changed up the drums and bass and now here it is.

8. Repeater
Here’s another song that decays into an instrumental jam at the end. It’s basically about deja vu from encountering the same person in different forms over time. But it’s also about getting fed up with losing everything and becoming self-reliant. Seek has a similar theme, like what if I can light up my own life and stop looking for someone.

9. Red Breeze
It was Harrison’s idea to add that triumphant slide guitar in the bridge, he was worried it would sound too hair metal but I love it. We also played the intro guitar backwards - it’s subtle, but I think it fits.

10. Trees
My best friend’s ashes were lost so he doesn’t have a regular grave - his name is inscribed on a plaque on an oak tree in the cemetery. I was thinking about that and about Twin Peaks when I wrote this song. Like there’s some force living in the woods and when the trees fall we’re all going to see what’s been hiding there forever.

11. Selfish
We put delay on the drums here and I was worried it sounds too much like the 1980s but I love the way it turned out. This is another song I almost didn’t record because I thought it was too simple - the whole thing is just one guitar part over and over. I thought, “this isn’t really a song.” But we messed around with some melodica and taking the bass line in and out of the verses, and it came together. It’s a love song about losing everything you love, coming back alive in the next life, and losing everything again. And it’s worth it.
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https://www.facebook.com/deathlistband/
https://deathlist.bandcamp.com

I Want to Be Your Robot with Keepers At Noon - An Interview


Inúmeras bandas nascem em busca da canção perfeita, elas crescem, e muitas, infelizmente, morrem sem alcançar o objetivo. Todavia, algumas, simplesmente possuem o dom natural de conceber naturalmente pérolas irretocáveis, verdadeiras preciosidades, que, em muitos casos estas obras de pura magia florescem já nos primeiros momentos de vida.

Caso dos italianos do Keepers At Noon. Apenas um single, que no mínimo contém, duas destas maravilhas da música pop perfeita. Mais precisamente a faixa título, "I Want To Be Your Robot" e "Again".

Seguindo a tradição da geração C86 e seus desmembramentos, leia-se Sarah Records e afins, o Keepers At Noon, simplesmente encanta de forma sublime com uma perfeição de rara beleza.

Adjetivos soam como meras palavras para mensurar a sensação de satisfação plena ao saborear sonoramente o quão majestoso é a audição destes italianos.

Bem, palavras me faltam no momento, apenas sugiro apreciar sem limites a mágica criada pelo Keepers At Noon.


***** Interview with Keepers At Noon *****


Q. When did Keepers At Noon begin? Tell us about the history...
(Paolo) I started recording demos a couple of years ago, just for fun. The idea was to publish one song every week on Soundcloud, but after the first demo a very small label from Austin, Texas contacted me and offered support for releasing my stuff on music cassettes, so I thought there was a potential to the songs and I decided to start a real band, and here we are. Later the label decided not to produce the cassettes anymore so the single is our very first record.

Q: Who are your influences?
(Paolo) I like melodic bands with an edge to their sound, like The Jesus And Mary Chain or My Bloody Valentine and all those British bands from the ‘80s and the ‘90s that were influenced by the ‘60s. I love the Smiths and almost everything by Sarah Records. Adriano and Fabrizio had previously played in a post-rock band which shifted towards more of an electro-math sound, and felt that they wanted to go back to a more traditional sound, and this was the right project to do so.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
(Paolo) The Queen is Dead - the Smiths, Pet Sounds - the Beach Boys, Loveless - My Bloody Valentine, La Voce del Padrone - Franco Battiato, Screamadelica - Primal Scream.

(Onny) Soft Machine - Volume II, Nick Drake - Bryter Layter, King Crimson - In The Court of the Crimson King, Radiohead - Amnesiac, The Beatles - Rubber Soul.

(Adriano) Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd, Disintegration - the Cure, The Great Escape - Blur, either Outlandos d'Amour or Reggatta de Blanc - the Police (can’t choose), Emozioni - Lucio Battisti.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
(Adriano) Playing live is always exhilarating and it's nice to see the audience respond positively to your music.

Q. How do you describe Keeper At Noon´s sounds?
(Adriano) It's hard to say, when arranging our songs we sort of take inspiration from a wide variety of bands spanning a few decades, but basically, apart from a tendency to avoid using modern electronic sounds, anything goes

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
(Adriano) We decided to record and mix the single ourselves, as our bass player had some recording experience and we figured that it would be cheaper and, most of all, easier to achieve what we were looking for, without the constraint of time and money. We did ask a few friends for a few microphones and other equipment, but we mostly recorded everything with stuff we already had in our rehearsal space, which is little more than a shed. This meant that recording right in the middle of the Italian summer was total torture, haha, but we feel that the result is worth our sweaty efforts! Also because we did take our time, we didn't rush things through and had the opportunity to rethink and re-record stuff when we felt it was necessary.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
(Fabrizio) Temporex, Ela Minus, Ibeyi.
(Paolo) The Zoltars, Lancashire Hustlers.
(Adriano) Boy Pablo, Hooveriii.
(Onny) Nu Guinea

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
(Paolo) I’d love to cover New Order songs and fill them with jangly guitar sounds.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
(Adriano) Well, the single is of course just a taster, we decided to focus on fewer songs just so that we could have something to show around. Hopefully we'll get a record label to support us and then our next step will be to record a full length album. In the meantime we'd like to play as many gigs as possible and showcase our music, hoping to build up a fanbase and achieve some recognition maybe.

Q: Any parting words?
(Adriano) We'd like to thank Renato for contacting us and showing interest in our music, and the blog's readers, hoping they like our tunes. We can't wait to show you more!
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https://www.facebook.com/keepersatnoon/
https://keepersatnoon.bandcamp.com/releases
https://soundcloud.com/keepers-at-noon

quarta-feira, 6 de fevereiro de 2019

For The Rest To Rest with Veda Rays - An Interview


Definitivamente o trio do Brooklyn, Nova Iorque, Veda Rays, não é uma audição que pode ser considera simples.

Buscando em suas conexões a base da estrutura sonora, leia-se o pós punk clássico com tendências mais soturnas e melódicas, exemplificando, cito, Comsat Angels, Chameleons, Psychedelic Furs entre outros. James, Jason e Maria Joanna criam bases intrínsecas e extremamente cantaroláveis. Por vezes as canções pairam por outros ares, chegando a incitar a presença dos Soft Boys ou R.E.M., bem tudo soa como referência, apenas servindo como um norte para o caminho que o Veda Rays dá a cada uma da pérolas contidas no álbum.

Um ar épico perpetua "For The Rest To Rest", último trabalho deles lançado no ano passado, que tem agora uma pequeno preview no TBTCI de seu último suspiro o vídeo de "Close Range", faixa que abre o álbum.

Música para ser apreciada sem pressa, em doses controladas para sentir e intensificar cada detalhe escondido.

Fabuloso.

***** Interview with Veda Rays *****


Q. When did Veda Rays begin? Tell us about the history...
James Stark (vocals and guitar): The group as it currently exists began around 2014. There were several different formations, as well as some early material released as “The Veda Rays”. The history stretches way back to when I started writing songs and making 4-track recordings with Jason Gates (Veda Rays drummer) in our early teens.

Q: Who are your influences?
JS: I started out as a guitar player striving to produce and record my own material, so, people like Jimmy Page and Robert Smith were big influences. The thought that one could create one’s own sonic vocabulary, and, by extension, one could evoke one’s own particular inner landscape of mood, atmosphere, tone and texture, was always very inspiring to me. It is something I chased for a long time and still kind of chase now. As I grew into becoming a singer and songwriter, people like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Nick Cave became huge inspirations. I must of course mention Scott Walker, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, The Rolling Stones, The Doors...all very standard stuff but what can I say. It is what it is. I may as well say The Beatles, at this point. The Beatles. There, I said it. Bob Marley, too. And my laundry list would not be complete without T. Rex, Roxy Music, Joy Division, Siouxsie &The Banshees, Bauhaus, The Fall, PIL, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, REM, Depeche Mode, The Psychedelic Furs, The Chameleons, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Sonic Youth, Swans, Jane’s Addiction, Pavement, Modest Mouse, The JMC, Interpol, Pulp, Suede, Radiohead, The Pixies, Deerhunter, The National, PJ Harvey...I’m sure I’m forgetting lots of important stuff. Factory Records. Mute, 4AD, Creation...you get the idea…

Maria Joanna Bohemia (synths, samples): From a keyboardists’ standpoint, my biggest influences are Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade / Sunset Rubdown / Moonface), Dave Formula (Magazine), and Ron Mael (Sparks). Not that my playing is all that similar to any of these people, but they are all inspirational to me in their own special ways. As an occasional lyric-writer, my biggest inspiration is probably Luke Haines (The Auteurs, Black Box Recorder). Again, not very similar to him at all, but I admire how concise (and subversive) his lyrics are while also being very detailed. As a daily life influence, David Lynch is someone I look up to in virtually every way (including hair).

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
JS: I could never seriously answer this as my response would change from day to day, but, here are five that come to mind right now (in no particular order) -- REM - Fables Of The Reconstruction; VU - The Velvet Underground &Nico; Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue; The Smiths - Meat Is Murder; Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads

MJB: As James said, this is unanswerable, but here are five albums I could listen to all the time and never tire of: Scott Walker - Scott 3; Leonard Cohen - I’m Your Man; Mick Harvey - Intoxicated Man / Pink Elephants; Suede - Sci-Fi Lullabies; Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

Q. How do you feel playing live?
JS: For me it is like meditation. You put in so much time and effort to maintain your practice. You hone your ability to simultaneously focus and let go. You think about it a lot when you are not in the act of doing it. You wait around for it a lot. The moment finally arrives, you squirm in your chair and try to settle. You go through all of this in the hope that everything will at once come together and fall away, and you will transcend, if even for only a brief moment.

MJB: I had never played in a band prior to VRs and my live set-up has been through many changes, so I’m still struggling to get my bearings as far as playing live goes. It can be hard to move while playing the synths, so I feel like that at least gives me an excuse to be aloof on stage!

Q. How do you describe Veda Rays´ sounds?
JS: Apocalyptic lullabies.

MJB: I’d say there’s more to our sound than may immediately meet the ear. On a casual listen, it’s easy to pick up on the post-punk and goth influences, but there are a lot of textural and atmospheric touches (sample manipulations and the like) that tend to get overlooked. So maybe goth-inflected post-punk, very rich in sound design and with some early REM thrown in for good measure.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
JS: Lately, the demos and beginnings of ideas eventually develop into the fully formed tracks. We record and produce everything ourselves so it’s all very close to home. Basically, initial passes get updated as the pieces evolve, until they get to where we feel they are right.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
JS: Some of these bands are by no means new, but maybe not super widely known: Protomartyr, Preoccupations, IDLES, Shame, Bambara, Shilpa Ray, Big Bliss...to name a few, off-hand.

MJB: Bodega - it was wonderful to witness Bodega’s 2018 breakthrough and I look forward to their future. Parrot Dream likewise put out a great album last year. And, there’s not much or any recorded material out there yet, but be on the lookout for Toyzanne and Gustaf.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
JS: I’d love to do something by The Chameleons or Psychedelic Furs, perhaps.

MJB: Every year around Halloween, different bands around Brooklyn will do cover sets of a particular artist they admire. We had a half-serious idea of doing The Boatman’s Call - style covers of different Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds songs. That didn’t happen, but I still think it would be fun to do a Nick Cave cover. Maybe “Are You the One I’ve Been Waiting For,” but something from an earlier album would be cool too (James already has “Sad Waters” down!).

Q: What are your plans for the future?
JS: We’re working on new material...shooting for another LP in 2019, maybe some between-album singles or an EP. We are also hoping to release a few more videos for songs from our most recent release For The Rest To Rest, as well as play some shows outside of New York in support of that album.

Q: Any parting words?
JS: Thanks very much to the readers and to TBTCI for your interest in Veda Rays. Dear readers, we currently have no paid publicity agents or anything like that: we are completely independent/ DIY, so, if you like the sounds, please remember...sharing is caring! <3 p="" style="text-align: left;">*
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terça-feira, 5 de fevereiro de 2019

This Is Not The End with Spielbergs - An Interview


O trio norueguês, Spielbergs debutou no primeiro dia deste Fevereiro com "This Is Not The End".

Um disco que se eu não comentasse de onde eles são, certamente os desavisados poderiam supor que se tratava de uma nova banda britânica ou estadunidense, com uma pegada noventista que apesar das influências dos caras, não chega próximo de um trabalho de post hardcore ou algo similar, pelo contrário, aqui se ouve uma banda melódica, sedenta por refrões pegajosos e sonoridade grudenta. Poderíamos chamar de indie rock, sem o sabor amargo que o termo ganhou nos últimos anos.

Honesto e conciso, o Spielbergs, poderia facilmente ser o "the next big thing" se os tempos atuais fossem como nos 90´s, mas, os caras vão ser saboreados por poucos, uma pena.


***** Interview with Spielbergs *****


Q. When did Spielbergs begin? Tell us about the history...
Me and Mads have both played in several different Oslo bands for a number a years. Playing gigs and making music was life. We did this for a long time without really getting to the level you could make much money, so we both ended up wanting to do something else. We tried very hard not to be in a band(read: Taking a uni degree, getting kids and a normal life) for 3 years. Suddenly we found ourselfs missing making music, and got ourself a rehersal room and started to jam.

There were two clear rules 1: To Enjoy and have fun making music 2: As long as it is a good song It does not matter if its a punk song or an acustic song.

after Jaming on fridays for a while. I met Stian at a farvel show for another Oslo Indie band. In the mensrom shitfaced drunk I asked Stian if he wanted to join in on the jaming. He said yes!

Suddenly we had a bunch of demos and we did our first recording sessions that ended up as our first EP

Q: Who are your influences?
A lot of different stuff actually. And not only guitar music. Everything from electronic stuff to hip hop.

But all three of us have been a part of several indie,HC, punk Rock bands so we do have a lot of guitar based bands that probably influence us in one way or another that we all like.

One of our favourite bands are And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead. Their catalougue of albums are one to envy and they look like having a freedom when making music that is very appealing.

The same goes for Norwegian Band Motorpsycho. A band very important in our younger years and still is. We love to Jam and they are the masters of long and brilliant jams.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Motorpsycho: Blissard
...Trail of Dead: Source tags and Codes
Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation
Mogwai: Rock Action
The Clash: London Calling

Q. How do you feel playing live?
The most fun thing is that you get to remake your own songs. At the moment we are prepearing for the album tour so we are rehearsing and re learning some of the songs we have not played since we were in the studio. It is great fun and some of the more jam based songs are developing even further, and almost feel like new ones.

Q. How do you describe Spielbergs´ sounds?
A blend of alot of generes really. Our thing is just to write songs we like ourselfs so if its a concrete short pop song , a punk song or a longer jam based song it really does not matter. Our debut album has turned out as diversed we hoped it would be. But normally there is a wall og guitar, bass and drums

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We worked on demoes/Pre productions for some time and sent it over to Tord. Ø Knudsen (the Wombats) and Marius D Hagen(Team Me). Then we recorded the album over 4-5 long weekends putting down the bass and drums first before the guitar and vocals. Good fun to work with both Tord and Marius as they are good friends and brilliant musicians themselfs having loads of good ideas. It is also alot easier to relax when you work with close friends so the entire recording session was really laid back and comfortable.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
In Norway? or all over?
JOHN from London is a brilliant twopiece and a very good pair of guys named John. Saw them live supporting IDLES in Barcelona. Epic!

Some really good kids coming through in Norway these days. Rock is back they tell us. Girl In red , BRENN are both young and talented.

Good mates in Insomniac Bears, Sibiir, The Basement Shake, Ben Leiper, Samuel Jackson Five, Ducking punches, Grieving, Ludvig Moon, Wild Fauna are all worth checking out

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We tried to cover Iron Maiden the other day. It sucked ha ha ha.

Would be cool to do a cover of a Motorpsycho or Trail of Dead song some day. But looking back at our cover version attempts I am not sure the world needs Spielbergs to do a cover version of anyone ha ha.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our first album "This Is Not The End" is out on By The Time It Gets Dark Feb 1st.

We will be touring Norway, Uk And Europe this winter and spring then festivals during the summer

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for checking out Spielbergs. And it truly is an honour to do an interview to someone in Brazil on the other side of the world.

BTW I think that there actually is a band called Spielbergs in Brazil as well? That is strange.

Yes and hopefully someday we will play a show or two in Brazil. That would be a dream come true!
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https://www.facebook.com/spielbergs/
https://bythetimeitgetsdark.bandcamp.com

segunda-feira, 4 de fevereiro de 2019

Stay with It´s For Us - An Interview

Depois do elogiado debute "Come With Me" de 2017, os pós punkers suecos do It´s For Us retornaram com "Stay", e com nova casa, a Novoton Records.

Sonoramente um indie gélido, que por vezes lembra alguns conterrâneos e ex colegas da Luxury, como o Klass II ou o Makthaverskan.

Dosando momentos altamente soturnos e, em outros, a luz quase aparece mas é escurecida gradativamente.

Pós punk clássico, mas com os olhos e ouvidos apontando para o futuro.


***** Interview with It´s For Us *****


Q. When did It´s For Us begin? Tell us about the history...
Alex- It’s for us was actually Jon and Milla’s supercute indiepop duo-project at first. I think it might even be some tracks from this time hidden away on the deeper parts of the internet. Anyway, the project was going fine but eventually, in a drunken moment of clarity, they realised that it was alot more fun to make noise and play fast. So they invited a couple of friends to play noisy and fast with them, and the rest is history as the saying goes.

Q: Who are your influences?
Jon- We are influenced by everything that goes on in and around our lifes. Im actually more influenced by art then anything else. Specially graffiti, flow, dynamics, movement, repetition and stuff like that.. There is so many great musicians around that the list would be to long but i think they know who they are

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Jon- I can’t! There are to many.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Alex- Self-conscious, happy and just the right amount of drunk.

Q. How do you describe It´s For Us´ sounds?
Alex- I really suck at describing our music to be honest. When people ask me about it I usually get all weird and rambly. But if I would try to explain why I think it’s good, I would say it’s because it’s really energetic and our songs usually have pretty cool atmospheric feels to them. But it’s better if you listen to it.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Alex- On this album we’ve recorded every instrument separatly wich, in my opion, isnt as fun as recording everything live. But it’s way faster, and since we were on a tight schedule and an even tighter budget we decided to do it like that. The sound is mega-fantastic though, thanks to our lovely sound-genius Jon Bordon. I just like recording together because it’s alot more fun to play together, rather than alone to a click-track.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Jon- There are so many..

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Jon- Johnny Cash!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Jon- Release our new album and tour as much as possible and i also have sketches for over one hundred new songs so we will have things to do

Q: Any parting words?
Jon- Novoton records rules!
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https://itsforus.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/itsforusmusic/