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/

quinta-feira, 31 de janeiro de 2019

Empires of Shame with Frustration - An Interview


Enquanto o mundo se espanta com Idles, Shame e afins, o real punk/pós punk de guerrilha, o  verdadeiro, sobrevive ás margens desse oba oba, bem no centro do submundo dos bons sons.

Caso dos franceses do Frustration. Um enérgico, raivoso, cru e brutal encontro entre os cruciais, Wire, Fall e o anarco punk do Crisis.

Os caras não são novos, tampouco pegam carona nesse tal revival, pelo contrário, estão na estrada desde 2002, com uma discografia extensa e esperando para ser decifrada, apreciada e escuta em volume máximo.

"Empire of Shame" é o último trabalho efetivo, porém do já distante 2016, mas soa tão fresco e atual que poderia muito bem ter sido lançado, ontem, hoje ou amanhã.

Angústia, raiva entre outros sentimentos que usualmente precisam ser expurgados muitas vezes precisam de um antídoto e o Frustration é a fórmula perfeita.

***** Interview with Frustration *****


Q. When did Frustration begin? Tell us about the history...
The band started end of 2002. We already knew each other from a long time as we were all playing in several bands forming what we called The Happy Family at these times. Fabrice, the singer, wanted to start a post-punk cold wave band, influenced by all those english bands he loved when he was a teenager. It didn’t take long to find a guitarist, Nicus, a bass player, Manu, and a drummer, Mark. Fred came after a few rehearsals with his keyboards. Fabrice also found the name for the band while listening to the Crisis’ frustration song. Frustration has now a new bass player, Pat, and we are still five friends playing music together.

Q: Who are your influences?
Crisis of course. But also Warsaw and Joy Division, and Wire and Killing Joke. But also Death in June. And Eddy Current Suppression Ring. And we’ll certainly forget some. We could say Post-proto/arty/synth/street punk but not only. And we listen to a wide range of music from mambo to dark electro via rockabilly and krautrock.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Buzzcocks"Time's up"
Joy Division"Closer"
Ivy green"Ivy Green"
Skrewdriver"All skrewed up"
Crisis"Hymn of faith ».

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Sweaty and fucked up,after! Playing live is the quintessence of Frustration, it’s where it all came from. We deliver it raw with a lot of primal energy.

Q. How do you describe Fustration´s sounds?
Organic and pleasurable (we hope so !). It’s a mix between the post-punk Manchester like guitar sound and actual electronic music. It’s far beyond punk with its roots in it.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Until then, we used to play the songs a lot live before recording them. When we thought we were ready (actually when we had enough for a LP), we booked a studio and then recorded the thing in 7 days. We recorded « live » except for some overdubbing and the vocals. For the next album, we worked in a more conventional way. We worked on the songs during rehearsals and then recorded them « live ». But this time, we still worked and changed a few things after while. We’ll see if it was the good recipe.

Q: Which new bands do you recommend?
Each and every band from the new australian scene (Total control, Constant montgrel, Uv races,etc…), Crack cloud, Minneapolis Uranium Club and Beak (but is it still a new band).

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of ?
Yours! Ahaha ! Covering is a difficult thing, there are plenty of songs we love that we are not able to cover. For example, we love Futureworld from the A Frames. We tried to make a cover of it but it didn’t work. But we made some good shit too, like Holocaust or Electric Heat from the Visitors.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A new single (with our cover of Electric Heat) released in february 2019 and a new album for this fall… And touring in Brazil of course !

Q: Any parting words?
When will you decide to make us play in Brazil!?!?!
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https://www.facebook.com/Frustrationparis/
https://frustrationblind.bandcamp.com

quarta-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2019

Where Nobody Can Hear You Scream with Masquerade - An Interview


Para quando Junho e Julho chegarem, os seres da noite, notívagos e aficionados por dark wave, pós punk e gênero soturnos, terão a raríssima oportunidade de presenciar os finlandeses do Masquerade.

Desde 2013, Suzi Sabotage e sua gangue vem causando furor por onde passam. Dos Estados Unidos ao Japão, o pós punk cru, rasgado e cortante com óbvias referências a Siouxsie, X Mal, Lydia Lunch e outros tantos clássicos do punk e pós punk com temática dark.

Dois álbuns no currículo, "Ritual" de 2016 e"Where Nobody can Hear You Scream" do ano passado, seguem a mesma lógica, cozinha classicamente oitentista, guitarras idem e a presença fortíssima de Suzy a frente da massa sonora, densa, tensa e caótica.

Desde já anote em sua agenda, desmarque seus compromissos e prepare-se.

***** Interview with Masquerade *****


Q. When did Masquerade begin? Tell us about the history...
Masquerade began in late 2012, when we acquired our first solid lineup. In 2013 we played our first shows in Finland and Sweden, and had a national TV appearance, also our debut EP and music video came out that year. To date, we've released two EPs and two albums, six music videos, and performed in the U.S.A., Japan, Mexico, Russia, and all around Europe, as well as at Wave Gotik Treffen festival.

Q: Who are your influences?
There's a whole cluster of them! Siouxsie & the Banshees, obviously, X-Mal Deutschland, David Bowie, Nina Hagen, The Slits, Sex Pistols, Lydia Lunch, etc. Also we've drawn inspiration from such genres as classical, opera, psychedelic rock, chanson and cabaret.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
These are in no particular order...
"13.13" from Lydia Lunch,
"Juju" from Siouxsie and the Banshees,
"Cut" from the Slits,
"Fetisch" from X-Mal Deutschland,
and "Fairytales of Slavery" by Miranda Sex Garden. Those are some of my personal favorites.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
In my element. I can unleash my savage, uninhibited passions - some people might think it's all just a show but that is my real self there, doing what I love. I have now, in 2019, performed in bands for a whole decade, and can't get enough of it.

Q. How do you describe Masquerade's sounds?
Tribal drums, a dissonant, screeching guitar, a growling bass, and theatrical vocals. A reviewer has recently described it as intense, and I think he was onto something there. It's more traditional, expressive post-punk than the toned down version of it that most contemporary bands deliver.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We record all the instruments except vocals at a studio, my own part I record myself. Then we pre-mix it, and I do the final mix at home, Jacques mastering it. It's often a drawn-out process, we like to take our time. The previous album, "Where Nobody Can Hear You Scream" (released in November 2018) was sometimes such a torment to finish that I wanted to have an exorcism performed on it! But having complete control and all the reins in our hands is the only way to go for us, even if it means having a bit of a struggle, and I guess it adds to the intensity and tension of the end result.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There's a very recent band from Finland called Agnosia, I'd advise you to check them out!

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We actually performed our first ever cover song last summer in Japan, it was "The Man Who Sold the World" from David Bowie. Perhaps we will add more of those to our repertoire, who knows...

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Coming to Brazil, of course! In late June and early July we'll be having shows in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Decadance Festival that'll take place in Araras (São Paulo region). The details will be soon revealed on our website and Facebook.

Q: Any parting words?
We're very much looking forward to visit your country! We've heard that there is a huge following of goth and punk in Brazil, as well as many fans of ours, so we decided we have to play there. Vejo todos vocês em breve!
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https://masquerade.fi
https://www.facebook.com/masqueradepunk/
https://masqueraded.bandcamp.com

segunda-feira, 28 de janeiro de 2019

Некуда идти with Vrazek - An Interview


Os russos retornam as páginas do TBTCI, agora representandos pelo raivoso e melancólico trio, Vrazek.

Um mix de post hardcore, pós punk e pitadas aqui e ali de algo que um dia foi chamado de shoegaze.

Tanto o novo single, "Некуда идти" como o debute "Пригород", são em sua essência um pós punk rápido, melódico e cru, sem a menor possibilidade de sutilezas.

Uma obscura banda que certamente vai permanecer obscura e circulando apenas no escuro limbo do submundo dos bons sons.


***** Interview with Vrazek *****


Q: When did Vrazek begin? Tell us about the history...
A: Vrazek roots lay down in post-black band. English lyrics, blastbeats, melodic guitars, but at one moment we decide to make new russian language project

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Main influences are genres like post-black, screamo, shoegaze and oldschool fast and raw post-punk. Anyway there are tons of ideas which I can include in my music that came from different bands. I think there is no bad genres at all, every single genre could be great and influental if musicians are talented enough.

Q: Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: It's so hard to choose but ok

The Killers - Hot Fuss
Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs
макулатура - Пляж
культура курения - некрофилия
Depeche Mode - 101

Q: How do you feel playing live?
A: Playing live = personal war


Q: How do you describe Vrazek´s sounds?
A: Robert Smith discovered screamo and joined Birds in Row

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A: Recording sessions are probably one of the most boring process in music, they lead to total mental exhaustion (at least for me). Creating music is way more fun and interesting than polishing it to studio version

Q: Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Russian bands Колчак and Чёрная речка

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: I have an idea to make some cover EP with obscure 90's russian bands songs

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Best plan is to have no any plans. Just do what you have to do and that's it. New album is about to release in febuary

Q: Any parting words?
A: Love your mom and make your gig slam
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https://vrazek.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/vrazek/

quarta-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2019

Shoku No Hakumei with Qujaku - An Interview


Psicodelismo pesado, metalizado e soturno vem de terras japonesas diretamente para as páginas do TBTCI.

O quarteto Qujaku depois de três singles chegam enfim ao primeiro disco, e um disco que definitivamente não é recomendado a qualquer audição. Situado sonoramente em uma tênue linha quase inexistente entre Kyuss, King Crimson, Swans (fase atual) e Velvet Underground, os caras cometeram um disco extremamente caótico dentro de um ambiente extremamente particular.

A começar pelos mais de dezenove minutos de "Shoku No Hakumei", umas das aberturas de um debute mais anti tudo de todos os tempos, o Qujaku já deixa explícito o que o ouvinte tem pela frente, e, caso você consiga passar pela devastação da abertura outros prazeres, como a dilacerante"Hadaka No Inochi", lhe aguardam no decorrer de quase uma hora e dez minutos de caos.

Não recomendado a hipsters festivos e indie kids.


***** Interview with Qujaku *****


Q. When did qujaku begin?Tell us about the history...
A. At first, Shuya and Hiromi met at the venue about 5 years ago, then they met Ryo. Shuya, Hiromi and Ryo had played with another guitarist for a year. Soushi started playing guitar as a member of Qujaku about 3 years ago. So Qujaku is 5 years old.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. We were influenced by a lot of artist. Shuya was the first reminded of The Velvet Underground. Especially Lou reed.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time?
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White Light/White Heat
The Velvet Underground
屋根裏1979
Les Rallizes Dénudés
King Crimson

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A.I don’t feel anything. But I pray for love while playing.

Q. How do you describe qujaku?s sounds?
A. Well, Power and kindness?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. We have made our songs by various ways, but almost our songs are made by our musical jam session. Sometimes Shuya makes the base of the songs, then we start composing our songs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. When we had been touring Europe, we saw the live performance of the band called ‘Cattle‘ they are from Leeds, the UK. There were two drummers, one of them played the drum standing, so their sounds were massive and powerful. Amazing!!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. I’m sorry, I don’t think that I want to make a cover version now, because I'm interested in making own product. If I must say, I would love to make a cover version of The Velvet Underground.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A.To be overwhelmed the world by our music. We need to make an effort for that, haha!!

Q: Any parting words? Thanks again and talk soon."
Thank you for discovering us!! We are glad to be given us this opportunity. We hope that we can meet you in the future.
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http://www.qujaku.com
https://soundcloud.com/qujaku/
https://www.facebook.com/Qujaku/

terça-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2019

I Can Tell with Death of Heather - An Interview


Os anos vão se passando e as referências e influências das novas gerações idem. Há tempos atrás, quando o assunto era shoegaze, facilmente era detectável tanto no discurso como sonoramente que o MBV, Slowdive entre outros eram os pais da criança, mas isso tem mudado drasticamente no decorrer dos anos.

A nova geração tem se apegado muito mais a expoentes mais modernos como Beach House, DIIV entre outros quando se toca no ponto influência/referência.

Caso dos tailandeses do Death of Heather. No meio do ano passado os caras soltaram suas primeiras demos, ainda soando de certa maneira crus, mas já com o indicador apontando a direção que tomariam, sendo concretizada plenamente com "I Can Tell", primeiro single oficial dos caras.

Dreampop em sua essência, bem distante do shoegaze noventista, aproximado muito mais com os modernos DIIV e Beach House do que propriamente com a escola Shields de fritações.

É amigos, novos tempos apontam para a desmistificação dos mitos, se isso é bom ou não, aguardaremos os desmembramentos.


***** Interview with Death of Heather *****


Q. When did Death of Heather begin? Tell us about the history...
1.) Death of Heather formed in 2017. Start from the solo project of Tay(Guitarist / singer) done the
recording at home studio. After finished a few song and that became the 1st EP. So Tay invited his friends from former band to recording and playing live show.. that's the beginning of us.

Q: Who are your influences?
2.) We take biggest influence from shoegaze and the band like Slowdive.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
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1. DIIV - Is the Is Are
2. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
3. Turnover - Peripheral Vision
4. Slowdive - Slowdive
5. Launder - Pink Cloud

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4.) We have no idea what gonna happen inbetween the show but it always awesome. At the first
show our singer get shocked. Sometimes we want to standing there and watch ourself played.

Q. How do you describe Death of Heather´s sounds?
5.) To describe our music has influence shoegaze and dream pop because we love it. So that’s why we're going to that way and we're thinking our song accessible for the people.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6.) All the songs has recored at our guitarist’s home. So we can spend much time as we want. Since our first album (EP. Demo l) we were recording and mixing just in two days because we have a show for opening act for METZ band, they came over to Bangkok for the show. We recored it and made CDs for sell on event day. We don’t have much time so that’s why how the sound look like.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7.) Launder

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8.) Sonic Youth

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9.) We want to release the new album next year. And going on tour as much as possible.

Q: Any parting words?
10.) You can following us on Facebook/ IG, support us , and you can listen to our music on all
streaming services. Love xx
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https://www.facebook.com/deathofheather/
https://deathofheather.bandcamp.com

segunda-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2019

Maschinelles Lernen with Telephone Exchange - An Interview


"Maschinelles Lernen" é o debute do projeto mexicano, Telephone Exchange, capitaneado pelo arquiteto freak, Cesar Saldivar.

O cara simplesmente concebeu uma daquelas obras que não só precisam, como devem ser saboreadas inúmeras vezes, é basicamente impossível absorver todos os detalhes, que diga-se de passagem, são totalmente analógicos.

Sonoramente o Telephone Exchange criou um trabalho que sem exageros, pode ser rebento direto de obras como White Light White Heat, NEU!, Real Life, Trout Mask Replica, A Trip To Marineville, This Nation's Saving Grace entre outras, das quais todas possuem em comum um linear elo onde os experimentos e a predileção por ruídos são a temática central.

Uma obra a ser desvendada periodicamente. 


***** Interview with Telephone Exchange *****


Q. When did Telephone Exchange begin? Tell us about the history...
A: Telephone Exchange was born as a concept by mid 2015 I think. I came up with the idea of making an alternate project to Bleak Boys (the band I was in by then) where I could portray the sound of the different places I've been at a determinate time; very personal and autobiographical in a sense... The name Telephone Exchange was suitable for such a concept, but it all ended just right there. A few months later, already in 2016 and established in Mexico City, my band and I parted ways. I had previously recorded a track in my home studio back in Aguascalientes, and it was meant to be the band's next single. Since I recorded all the instruments for that track, I decided to release it as a "transitory" single to a new personal project, which well, it is now Telephone Exchange (You can listen to it here: https://telephoneexchange.bandcamp.com/album/proton-salad). The initial idea of making music from different places and moments disapeared, I just wanted to start over from scratch.

There were some problems to properly kick off this project, since all my recording gear was back in my hometown, and I lived in a very small flat and had nowhere to drop all that. It was not that bad at all, since it gave me plenty of time to work on some demos and ideas. About a year after, I moved to a larger flat (by 2017), and began bringing all my stuff to Mexico City. This is really when Telephone Exchange really kicked off, and I began recording a new album; mainly during weekends... Living in Mexico City is tough job wise, and recording an album in a home studio represents big problems in means of all the sound levels and neighbours complaining about it, so, I had to stick to a very tight schedule, that's the main reason why it took almost a year to be finished.

This musical project was initially meant to be a recording project only, but some friends, which are good musicians and actually involved in Mexico City's scene, suggested to try playing it live. We set up a few rehearsals and started sounding really good; very fat, and I like that; so we are now rehearsing a lot, and a live act shoulkd be ready by February.

Our debut album, Maschinelles Learnen released on January 5th, in Mexico via my own label "project", El Cochinero Records; and in the U.S. via Ongakubaka Records. The album is available in 12" vinyl too! 6 tracks, 45rpm, now shipping; we are so happy about that!


El Cochinero Records (MX) release (sleeve available in three colours)



Ongakubaka Records (US) release (beige vinyl)

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Specifically for this album, I'd say Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Women, Electric Prunes, Neu! Captain Beefheart, The Fall, Lizzy Mercier Descloux (The first albums mainly), Kraftwerk, Magazine... Maybe not so obvious, bands like Metz, The Men, Swell Maps, Pissed Jeans, The Seeds...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: Always a tough one... White Light / White Heat is deffo my number one... Not sure if Daydream Nation or Evol or Sister goes here... Marquee Moon, Women's Public Strain (Or maybe the first one?), and Soft Machine Vol.1,

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: This is something I don't know yet, since we haven't played live yet, not with Telephone Exchange. During rehearsals I love it, since it's getting its own character, way fatter and more aggressive than the record itself. Also it tends to get a bit experimental, we love jamming and extending the songs. I think by February we will be ready for gigs, it will get very interesting!

Q. How do you describe Telephone Exchange´s sounds?
A: Raw... Unembellished and hazy soundscapes. Somehow rotten, but I think there's a lot of work due on this one.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: The whole album was recorded in analogue format using a 4 track cassette recorder. It was really interesting doing it that way, since, I recorded all the instruments, one by one, and many sync and track-bouncing tricks had to be implemented in order to work it out. It was all recorded at very high gain levels, in means of the microphones, and tape saturation. I love the way that sounds.

The drums were actually recorded not in Mexico City, but in my old home studio back in Aguascalientes. I did it this way since I can't play the drums in my flat, I would get kicked out of the building immediately... Then I brought all the recording gear to Mexico City, and carried on with the rest; guitars, keys, voice, overdubs... And mixing of course, which was the toughest stage of this project due to the limited number of tracks available.

The only digital processes involved where during the mastering stage.

The official album description should be this:

"Maschinelles Lernen is the debut album by Telephone Exchange. It tries to transpose the most obscure aspects of human workforce and professional practice into a machine - learning artifact, which is eventually able to discern between performing, thinking, and all the moral, ethical and ontological aspects around these actions. This object of study is eventually transformed into an electronic kind of animal, doomed to respond to induced stimuli within a glazed stall. Maschinelles Lernen is the result of a three - year field trip working at architecture offices, living a corporate life."

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: I haven't been too much into "new bands" really, but I'd say B Boys, Did You Die, HMLTD is bizarre... Palm is fantastic, Moaning, Omni, Idles is brutal, Wand... Though this isn't really, really, "new" stuff at all.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: Roy Orbison, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Howlin' Wolf, Captain Beefheart.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Lose weight, do excercise, cut down the cigarettes and the drinks, work out the band, play a few gigs in Mexico City, and also set up a short tour around the country with fellow bands and friends. It would be wonderful to set up some gigs in the States too, hopefully this year. Also, start working on new music, but now as a band.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Our album is out now and on all streaming plattforms. You can get your own 12" copy of Maschinelles Lernen here: https://bit.ly/2AMiA7c (MX) and here: https://bit.ly/2KCEJtg (US).

Say no to tablets.
C Saldivar
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Thanks

https://telephoneexchange.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/telephoneexchangemusic/

quarta-feira, 16 de janeiro de 2019

Cut​-​Up with Metro Verlaine - An Interview


Os franceses do Metro Verlaine em seu debute, "Cut-Up", soam pra lá de extremamente cool.

Sofisticados, raivosos e melancólicos em doses bem equalizadas, soam próximos de um pós punk agressivo com um detalhe fundamental, a vocalista Raphaëlle Fromage dá um toque todo especial com seu sotaque afrancesado, algo como se Françoise Hardy fosse vocalista do P.I.L., ou se Siouxsie e Alison Mosshart tivessem uma rebenta.

Uma fúria dosada paira sob todas as dez canções de "Cut-Up", evocando ícones diversos do pós punk clássico britânico.

Um verdadeiro discaço do início ao fim, e ao vivo, deve ser ainda mais intenso.


***** Interview with Metro Verlaine *****


Q. When did Metro Verlaine begin? Tell us about the history...
1 Metro Verlaine was born in 2013 after a road trip in London. I (Axel / Guitarist and songwriter ) was there to feel the heart of pop rock music and when I came back to France, I met Raphaëlle ( singer ) and we have formed the band a few weekend after. We have made a lot of wild gigs, recording demos before to find a drummer (Joe) and record our first EP Manchester with him. Few months after Romain ( basse ) has joined the band and we have recorded our first album "Cut-Up" with Charles Rowell from Crocodiles band ! And we are now on tour to play this album released on march 2018 !

Q: Who are your influences?
2 We are really big fans of post punk and English pop bands. The Cure , Joy Division , PIL … We are also influenced by indie rock band as The Kills or Velvet Underground, American literature ( Beat Generation writers ) and French Pop Music with Françoise Hardy or Daniel Darc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3 The Cure - Seventeen Seconds
Jesus and Mary Chain - PsychoCandy
Echo and The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Public Image - Metal Box

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4 Our album is melancholic because we want to share special feeling to the people who listen it at their home. But on stage we want to release our fury , our energy. We think that each concert could be the last so we try to burn all our soul and body on stage …

Q. How do you describe Metro Verlaine´s sounds?
5 Our sound is really between "English" sound and French touch… Hard to describe , easier to feel it when you listen our songs… We are from Normandy and England is not so far , so maybe that’s why we are so influenced by all these fantastic bands from Albion… But we really don’t want to copy anybody or to be a cliché of a rock style ( Post punk / Cold Wave etc ) that’s why I think we’ve got a particular sound...

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6 We work a lot before to come in the studio to record songs. But when everything is in the box , we always want to work on it , and we try a lot of stuff to arrange it. Sometimes it’s cool and sometimes we don’t need anything else except the first tape of the song. We really love studio, it’s a creative step for a band. Really different as playing live.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7 I was in London in June and I saw a fantastic band called Fontaines DC. Really raw and class ! In France we love bands as Frustration , Marietta , Liminanas or Grand Blanc. They are all very different but they are all really cool.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8 The Killing Moon . Echo and the Bunnymen could be a great cover. Sometimes we play Atmosphere - Joy Division or Grinding Halt - The Cure in live but maybe we should try an Echo and the Bunnymen Cover…

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9 We have released a new single "Velours Noir » with a video clip in November. We ‘ve got few gigs until the end of the winter ( Paris - Le point FMR - January 23 th ) and now are working on a new album. I hope we will have big tours next years , why not come to play shows in Brazil…
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Thanks

https://www.facebook.com/MetroVerlaine/
https://metroverlaine.bandcamp.com/releases