terça-feira, 26 de fevereiro de 2019

Hi Pressure with Twin Drugs - An Interview

Em algum lugar entre o caos negro do APTBS e a brutalidade electro noise do Bloody Knives navega o trio de Richmond na Virginia, Twin Drugs.

"Hi Pressure", o segundo trabalho dos caras é notadamente muito mais denso, estridente e soturno do que o EP anterior "Uzi", onde o shoegaze, digamos, mais clássico dava o norte. Aqui o shoegaze do Twin Drugs fica negro, mas sem os extremismos das duas bandas citadas no parágrafo anterior. O Twin Drugs é menos agressivo, porém, não menos intenso, apenas as doses de insanidade são menores, não que isso seja um problema, pelo contrário, pode ser apenas o princípio do colapso.

A evolução do Twin Drugs vai se lapidando trabalho após trabalho, aguardamos o próximo capítulo desta saga auto destrutiva. 

***** Interview with Twin Drugs *****

Q. When did Twin Drugs begin? Tell us about the history...
Sometime in early 2016, Blake, our guitarist and main songwriter had an idea for a "dreamy" band that incorporated more noise-rocky elements. He very quickly put together a couple songs showcasing what he meant, and that evolved into our first EP, Uzi.p.

Q. Who are your influences?
Pretty diverse. All of us listen to so many different genres, from jazz to IDM, to zydeco and hardcore, and they all trickle into how we play. For Twin Drugs though, we take a lot of influence from 90s acts like Catherine Wheel, Swervedriver, Lush, and of course MBV. We also take influence from noisier groups like Metz and Young Widows, and various weird electronic artists like Boards of Canada and Andy Stott.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This was a pretty controversial one so we are gonna do a top 5 for each of us:
Alex (drums):
1. Boards of Canada - Music has the Right to Children
2. Stars of the Lid - ...And their Refinement of the Decline
3. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
4. Cult of Luna - Eternal Kingdom
5. Advent - Naked and Cold

Blake M (guitar): (I have the musical taste of a college freshman)
1. Toto - The Seventh One
2. Jonsi & Alex - Riceboy Sleeps
3. Boards Of Canada - Geogaddi
4. The 1975 - The 1975
5. My Bloody Valentine - MBV

Blake L (bass):
1. The Soil & The Sun - Meridian
2. Radiohead - Kid A
3. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
4. Braveyoung - We Are Lonely Animals
5. Tom Waits - Mule Variations

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Blake M goes crazy while Blake L and I (Alex) just focus and count for fear of losing whatever odd time signature Blake M has condemned us to.

Q. How do you describe Twin Drugs´ sounds?
The sound of a sinking cruise ship's fog horn, fed through a fuzz pedal.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We are spoiled to have Blake M as a talented studio engineer, so he will usually demo something out and Blake L and I will come in later to fill in the gaps. Our practice space is also conveniently our recording space, so we do it all in one place with minimal friction.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
This may be a surprise to hear, but we are all shameless evangelists of The 1975. Their frontman and drummer are incredibly tasteful and talented producers, and are making intelligent pop music in a very relevant and meaningful way. Prison Religion are friends from Richmond who seem to be reviving the “power electronics” genre in a rap context and its super wild. They're touring Europe right now and are doing super well. Blake's buds in Pout House are doing some cool indie pop. MSC is a loop-based neoclassical/drone duo out of Portland who just released a dual EP which we’re all in love with. We could go on forever, there’s so much good stuff out recently.

Q. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We always joke about doing shoegazy covers of the most unsuspecting songs (Faith by George Michael), but we also have some ideas that make more sense (Broken Head by Catherine Wheel, Untogether by Lush, etc). Recently Blake M has mentioned wanting to cover Mr. Brightside by The Killers, and we can't tell if he's serious or not.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
We're in the process of writing a full-length at the moment, but we do have some cuts that didn't make it to Hi Pressure. Maybe we'll throw those on a little 2 or 3 songer sometime this year. We all work full time so we'll try and sneak a few short tours in too.

Q. Any parting words?
Thank you so much for interviewing us!