segunda-feira, 20 de agosto de 2018

Whirl with Holy Forrest - An Interview

E os australianos invadem novamente as páginas do TBTCI.

Não é de hoje que por inúmeras vezes tenho insistido em afirmar que as terras de lá devem ter pego a água que Austin, porque é inacreditável a imensa quantidade de bandas, nos mais variados estilos, de extrema qualidade que tem surgido por lá.

A mais nova a instigar os sonhos dos gazers de plantão é o quinteto, Holy Forrest. Apesar de novatos, a singularidade para criar canções hipnóticas é latente.

Oscilando entre o etéreo e o agressivo, o Holy Forrest chegou a seu terceiro single, onde "Whirl" é qualquer coisa de majestosa.

Sonhos borrados são a especialidade do Holy Forrest e isso nós apreciamos e muito.

***** Interview with Holy Forrest *****

Q. When did Holy Forrest begin? Tell us about the history:

The origin story of how HF came to be is a lengthy and peculiar one. It all started when I walked into class one day in our first year of uni. I sat across the table from this somewhat geeky looking boy, the teacher instructed us to do some hands on activities and Shiv was clearly getting the hang of it and not afraid of showboating.

I remembered thinking:

”ergh, get a load of this guy.”

The next time I came into class I was late and the tables had all filled up so I sat directly behind him literally on the loner table, population... just me. I overhear him telling the teacher about “Jam Club”. Intrigued, I pull him aside after class and ask him what it’s all about and he tells me it’s just him and a few other people that gather in the student lobby every Thursday to well... jam.

We begin to talk bands and there’s instantly some common ground, I tell him I’m a drummer and with no hesitation he says:

“I want you to be the drummer for my band.”

“His band” population... him HAHAHAHA

Nevertheless, I found it endearing so we shook on it, REALLY not even understanding the weight of what it would one day manifest to become.

He had made his first official friend since his move to Australia and I was coincidentally asked to track drums in studio for a friend’s assignment, Audrey who was studying sound engineering at the time. I invited Shiv to come with me the very next day and the first time we ever played together was really telltale somehow.

We went on for another 2 years and grew close as best friends, writing our first ever track as a duo ‘Difference’ by emailing each other audio files back and forth, each time adding more layers. That being said for a long time we would struggle to find a bassist as everyone that came in our path weren’t really on the same wavelength or maybe it was something bigger than us, something cosmic and mysteriously... not yet Jesse, which leads me to how I found our beloved bassist.

I took a casual ‘stock replenishment’ job at the time which basically just meant I stacked shelves into the AMs, I was assigned the health and beauty section where I was paired with a nice middle aged white lady, her name is Jen. For months we would confide in each other or bicker just to pass time as we worked, but there was one recurring phrase I heard quite often

“Gosh you remind me so much of my son.”

At first I just thought:

“yeah yeah us emo kids are all the same I know”

but over the course of many months she would somehow manage to keep ‘encouraging’ me to become friends with this son of her’s as he was too shy to approach me as I later learnt she was also pushing for this “cool chick” on his end.

Skeptical, I added this dude that needed his mum to make friends for him on facebook. We get chatting and he was lovely as you would now expect, I asked him to come to The 1975’s concert with me the day before and he miraculously agreed.

I told him:

“dude we’ve never met, who am I looking for.”

and he goes:

“nah... like, you’ll know it when you see me.”

He wasn’t wrong, this big ginger afro in a pink headband emerges from the darkness and I know as much about him as his mother’s told me sooooo A BIT.

I warm up to him quickly as he wasn’t at all what I was expecting, way cooler. I invite him to my 20th birthday mentioning nothing to Shiv that he was also a musician as I wanted nature to run its course without my influence. I set up a live jamming area for the guests that wanted to have a little whiz on live instruments as I wasn’t really into the whole “Let’s get you a DJ” thing.

I laid down a few beats and then left them both to just get to know each other as I hung out with my other friends and family outside. Shortly after, I come back and Shiv puts his arm around me and goes:

“Nancy guess what?”

I had a little inkling but waited for him to finish his sentence

“meet our new bassist.”

I was of course over the moon as my little stitch up had worked without me actually suggesting anything.

The three of us would be a trio for about 6 months, one day I decided I wanted to front the band instead, as I had more to say than * DUT DUT DUT DUT * and the boys were very supportive but of course singing lead and drumming proved to be very difficult so I bought my very first electric guitar, a beautiful green Fender Mustang.

My interest for drumming began to feel lesser so I called it quits and we were once again stuck with finding another perfect fit. We auditioned a few people that didn’t make the cut until finally I gave up and posted an ad on Gumtree, in which a cool dude by the name of Zac messaged me back expressing his interest in our little instagram posts. I wasn’t feeling very chatty as I didn’t have very high hopes due to our luck or rather lack thereof, for the past few months leading up to that moment. No more, No less the exchange was about 4 short messages, a time and a place and that was that.

To my surprised he turned up, in fact he turned up before us. I was instantly impressed by his playing and saw great potential in him but it took about 3 jam sessions and a better day than ever for me to be running late for the boys to finally come around and REALLY connect with Zac musically without me being there, they said something like:


Yeah look... we aren’t the most refined people out there but that’s just rock ‘n’ roll and how we talk man, own it.

The 4 of us played our first gig on the 21st of July, 2017 in which that very night we would meet a handful of people that have stuck by us since, one of them being our last and final member Marco. He being the cheeky party animal he is, showed up to the warehouse gig we were playing support for, just to watch from the crowd.

We wouldn’t actually meet him until later when Shiv goes to a gig one day (unrelated) and meets the infamous Natureboi, doing his iconic dance moves in one of the three shirts he owns, bearing Slowdive’s design. They strike up a conversation and became fast friends.

The rest of us met Marco at an even later time, probably/definitely intoxicated in an über where I very enthusiastically told him that he should join the band from the front seat of the car probably/definitely scaring the driver.

so— now we’re here and we couldn’t be anymore of a maddeningly dysfunctional family if we tried but don’t worry we are very in love.


Q. Who are your influences?
Swervedriver, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Loop, The 1975, Smashing Pumpkins, Ride, Sleep, Daughter, Cocteau Twins, Curve, Warpaint, Drop Nineteens, Nirvana, Oeil etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time
In no particular order:
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Metallica - Kill ‘Em All
Loop - A Gilded Eternity
Brian Jonestown Massacre - Methodrone
Slowdive - Souvlaki

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing live. Our music with the exception of some songs have a very high level of energy about them and we really enjoy sharing that ecstatic surge of adrenaline with our audience. An important thing that we have realised from both watching and playing gigs is that the energy that radiates off of an artist can be the difference between a musical act and a PERFORMANCE. When we get up on stage we often move around in unusual ways without even realising it because we really just let loose. It is a better time than ever to rid yourself of the demons that trouble you in your everyday life. It’s always great to see how people react to our stage presence, especially if they haven’t seen us before and at first there’s an element of surprise and then they decide to join in.

Eccentricity should always be embraced at the right time and place :)

Q. How do you describe Holy Forrest’s sound?
We come from various musical backgrounds, shoegaze just happens to be the place in which we have decided to meet in the middle. Upon breaking down our multifaceted wall of sound, and revealing the layers of what we individually contribute, you will definitely be able to pick apart our differences as musicians. Nevertheless we’ve managed to make those said differences work so far! Fingers crossed our music grows in a succinct fashion alongside us and our growing audience.

For lack of better words our sound is:

Dreamy and melodic at times then ZAAJDKLSLSLDF fuzzy mayhem the next, we try our best to utilize all of our resources, that being our elaborate array of pedals and guitars that we’ve painstakingly acquired over the years to create soundscapes that evoke various moods and/or emotions. Our goal ultimately is to create an experience for both the mind and body rather than just playing an easily digestible and catchy tune. Which is why most people won’t get it, but the ones who do, stay and that exclusivity can be kind of personal and nice. Not in a way that we are purposely veering people out, because music is for everybody, but it’s somewhat more like an inside joke amongst good friends.

Q. Tell us the process of recording the songs.
Most of the songs to date have all been recorded in a totally DIY way in our drummer Zac’s magical shed. Couple of microphones, straight into a mixer which connects into a (pretty shotty) laptop and worked on Logic, nothing complicated or fancy.

For upcoming releases we aim to expand our horizons and experiment with different means of recording. Particularly, recording analog and embracing the involvement of others, preferably more knowledgeable than us who would be able to help us really capture that live sound that our audience are familiar with. That would without a doubt make things slightly easier and certainly more efficient.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Draining from Adelaide, Tennis System, Modern Color, Swirlpool, Death Bells etc.

Q. Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
‘Soon’ in honour of paying our respects to Lord Kevin Shields, My Bloody Valentine.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
The Future seems very exciting! As of right now we’re recording our first EP and plan to release some singles off it before the final drop. It’s too early to say too much as of right now but we expect to be due for a release in the first half of 2019!

Q. Any parting words?
If you have taken the time to sit here and read all of this then, wow please teach us that level of commitment but all jokes aside thank you so much for the overwhelming support and interest in what we do as a band. We are always so humbled by the love that is exerted from you all both on and off stage. A big shout out to Renato for reaching out to us all the way from Brazil, it’s been a pleasure.

We wish you all happiness in good health!
Love Always

sexta-feira, 17 de agosto de 2018

In a Sea of You with Vintage Flowers - An Interview

Melodias iluminadas, como o mais reluzente nascer do sol californiano, assim são as cintilantes canções do Vintage Flowers.

Composto pelos amigos, .E. Paguyo, Ian Gallegos, Anton Rotter-Sieren e Harrison Chadwick, os caras são obviamente da Califórnia, e todo essa brisa embalsa "In a Sea of You", segundo trabalho deles.

Conectando-se com gente da atualidade como Dear Tracks, Beach Fossils, Best Coast entre outros, os caras engrossam as trilhas sonoras do entardecer a beira mar.

Totalmente sem contra indicação.

***** Interview with Vintage Flowers *****

Q. When did Vintage Flowers begin? Tell us about the history...
A. Vintage Flowers started as my solo project back in the summer of 2013 in Oakland, CA right before I began college at UC Davis. I had a lot of free time and I was feeling very inspired to write music. The project picked up at the end of 2015 when I met our drummer Ian. At this point I had written enough songs for live performances, so we recruited our bassist Anton and guitarist Harrison to fill out the lineup. We played a lot of shows around Davis, Oakland, and San Francisco. Recently I finished our first album, In a Sea of You, and we just got back from our west coast tour in Seattle, Portland, Berkeley, and LA.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. I am influenced by so many artists, there are too many to list! My biggest influences are probably The Beatles, Alasdair MacLean from the band The Clientele, and various artists on the record label Captured Tracks.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. 1) What a Pleasure - Beach Fossils
2) The Violet Hour - The Clientele
3) Oshin - DIIV
4) Here Comes Everybody - The Wake
5) Soft Dreams - Dear Tracks

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. I absolutely love playing live. It gives me a lot of joy to share my music and interact with the audience. I also really enjoy watching the other bands play live.

Q. How do you describe Vintage Flowers´ sounds?
A. I would describe our sound as a mix of dream pop and indie rock, with elements of shoegaze and bedroom pop.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. Our debut album was completely home recorded. I use a Focusrite Scarlett and Logic Pro X. I start by recording drums. Then I track the bass and guitars over the drums. Finally I record vocals. I love recording at home because I can take my time and really get the sounds and tones that I want. I also enjoy the learning and growing process of recording on my own.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. There are too many to recommend!!! A few of my favorites are Men I Trust, Dear Tracks, Jade TV, Municipality, Major Murphy, Lomelda, Adult Mom, and Big Thief.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. I would love to cover Melancholy Man by The Wake.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. I am moving to LA for graduate school this August. I plan to continue writing songs when I have time and form a live band for playing shows. Hopefully I can record a proper full length album within the next couple of years!

Q: Any parting words?
A. Follow us on Instagram @vintageflowersband and on Facebook! Peace and love! -J.E.

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!

terça-feira, 31 de julho de 2018

Dead White Flowers with Sandy Lake - An Interview

Sandy Lake ou Archana T. Serra  é uma trovadora lo fi, lapidada em sônicas texturas hipnoticamente envolventes.

Informações sobre Archana são nulas, salvo talvez, as que ela confidenciou ao TBTCI na entrevista abaixo.

Mas, a bem da verdade, muitas vezes palavras soam desnecessárias, principalmente no caso de "Dead White Flowers", debute da moça.

Ecos de Mazzy Star, American Music Club, entre outros permeiam as canções do disco, mas veja, apenas permeiam, porque o encantamento é feito através da crueza sutil de Sandy Lake.

Um colírio para os ouvidos, simples assim.

***** Interview with Sandy Lake *****

Q: When did Sandy Lake begin.Tell us about the history...
Sandy lake actually began in 2014 when I watched A Montage Of Heck. I was inspired by the documentary and by Kurt himself. So on that day, I decided to research more on grunge music and my life changed at that bit. I officially started playing guitar and composing songs for family and friends because of him. However, last year I found out that I had to start applying for universities and that I was madly falling for this person. And so I recorded songs based on life experiences to impress unis and the one I liked. Later this year, I found how significant and sorta beautiful some of my songs were so I opened a bandcamp artist account!

Q: Who are your influences?
Well my influences range from 90s and 2000s hits which my parents would blast approximately every weekend, green day, blink-182, cigarettes after sex, alex g, la femme and off course nirvana.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
That's harder than finding x in maths haha. But:

+ Slowdive - Souvlaki
+ The Cure - Disintegration
+ Coldplay - Ghost Stories
+ American Football - American Football
+ Have a nice life - deathconsciousness

(in any order)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I feel this rush of anxiety and adrenaline flowing throughout my body. It's like electricity or butterflies. I even get so nervous at times that I forget lyrics.

Q. How do you describe Sandy Lake´s sounds?
I would describe it as a kind of noisy lofi kind of echoish breed of cigarettes after sex, asking alexandria and mazzy star perhaps. But acquaintances prefer to call it loud, like extremely loud.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Most songs were recorded randomly when the chords and tune just popped onto my head while I was doing whatever. Although it was a result of a burst of creativity and motivation, recording them was hard. I would always get a weird unfavourable sound so I had to recorded multiple same versions of the same song. Also, some like falling4u came from poems that I've been writing over the past few years.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Maybe american pleasure club, bane's world, men I trust, mellow fellow, I don't know a lot of recent bands.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Tame impala!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I was planning on recording some songs, learning chinese and sleeping.

Q: Any parting words?
Stay alive friends and eu adoro brasil!!

segunda-feira, 30 de julho de 2018

Pizza Jam with Swoon - An Interview

O quarteto de Oakland na Califórnia, Swoon, certamente não terá uma vida longa, isso é apenas uma suposição deste que vos escreve, e, claro posso estar completamente enganado, mas é o sentimento ao ler qual é a dos caras.

Pense em quatro caras que piraram a cabeça vendo o vídeo de "Soon" do MBV, pense em caras que estão apenas se divertindo e curtindo a vida, pensa em jams repletas de pizza, pense em barulheira, pense em diversão, pense, claro, em bebida e drogas, e a equação do Swoon estará fechada.

Se toda essa vibe do Swoon, que aliás, pode ser totalmente apreciada no debute homônimo, disponível somente em formas digitais, na página do bandcamp dos caras, seguir adiante, que seja de forma pura e sempre com a essência estampada nos caras.


***** Interview with Swoon *****

Q. When did Swoon begin? Tell us about the history...
In seclusion while I lived in Wyoming years and years ago I used to watch 120 minutes a lot. I was particularly stoned when the video for My bloody Valentine's "Soon" played and I thought "what the fuck is this????". Afterwards I just had to write a shoegaze song, for the fun of it. So I wrote and recorded the demo for "Grave". I put that away and continued with my raunchy punk bands. I still wrote shoegaze songs for fun on the side though.

Fast forward thirteen years, I met Chani. I had really been itching to record a shoegaze album and after seeing her play I knew that she would be a perfect collaborator. We started writing melodies just the two of us and that lasted almost a year. We became really close friends and I think the way our guitars and voices gel is evidence of it.

So then it was time to get a rythym section and I couldn't think of a better bassist than Cameron. We went through a few musicians (shout out SteveO, Jenny, David, Sean and Ian!) even me having to play the drums in one incarnation. Luckily I propositioned Syam and offered him some kisses if he would play drums. He agreed and the band became what I always dreamed it to be. Thats the long and short of it.


Q: Who are your influences?
To be honest, drugs and alcohol. Haha!

My friends mostly in all seriousness. The Bay Area hosts the best community of underground and progressive artists I've ever known. That mbv vid too I guess.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Prison Library "Uma Thurman at the beach"
The Young Men! "Fuck You"
Nod and the Hobgoblins "S/T"
Daisy World "S/T"
Yogurt Brain "Vol. 3"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
In love

Q. How do you describe Swoon´s sounds?
It's a very cut and dry shoe gaze record. I really just wanted to honor the genre.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Ned Meiners recorded us and killed it. We specifically left human elements like sniffs and fret sounds and tremolo bars being dropped in to remind everyone that a group of punks just gathered in a room and knocked this thing out. I have a problem with how pious a lot of shoegaze and dream pop bands can be. To be honest I don't really like much of the genre haha, I'm a punk at heart.

Pizza jam specifically ends the record to remind everyone that we don't take ourselves too seriously.

No band photo of all the members frowning here.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Tie: Blues Lawyer, BAUS, preening, and Neutrals, Nopes, Sierra Victima... this is a very loaded question...

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Been there, done that! Its a halloween tradition here in Oakland for all the musicians to cover bands and get together and play every halloween.

I wanna do Wipers a lot.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Not too sure, I kinda want to get back to playing fucked up sounding angular guitar punk, I think Chani does too. Im not feeling so hopeful and "swoony" with the state of everything. A lot has happened between writing and recording these songs. I don't think my heart has healed enough to write pretty melodies yet. We're definitely gonna play some tape release shows.

Im also gonna play magic with my budz, wassuppy.

Q: Any parting words?
The music isn't as important as the friendships you gain from it.

Oh yeah, fuck trump.

Thanks for the interest in us!!!