domingo, 14 de fevereiro de 2010

Giants Steps by 93 Million Miles From The Sun - An Interview with Nick

Não preciso me estender demais na apresentação desta que para mim é a mais perfeita sincronia entre a nova geração das bandas shoegazer e a classic scene, simplesmente pela sonoridade carregadisima de um wall of sound completamente inaudivel e ao mesmo tempo altamente sonhador e etereo, o 93MMFTS concebeu no ano passado um dos mais perfeitos albuns de shoegazer não só do ano mas de sempre, dai virou covardia e virei fã de Rob e Nick, a historia resumida, foi que tatuei o simbolo da banda em meu braço e mandei para eles darem uma olhada e dai para frente viramos amigos, e amigos são assim, conversam sobre sons, trocam ideias sobre os albuns, e até mesmo receber em primeira mão o que vira a ser o proximo album do caras, que esta basicamente pronto, só que guardado a sete chaves ainda, só posso adiantar o seguinte, vem ai outro album simplesmente obrigatorio e espetacular, então boa viagem com a a carona movida a pedais e mais pedais chamada 93MMFTS.

***** Interview with Nick from 93MMFTS *****

Q. When did 93MMFT form, tell us about the beginning…
A. Well we officially formed in 2007 but it started out as just a bedroom project. I had been doing demo's at home for years so i decided to start a MySpace page to put them on. I had always had the name '93MillionMilesFromTheSun' floating around so that was that. Then got asked to have the track 'Take Me Away' featured on "The Secret Garden' compilation and to play the launch night in Bristol. Rob who i'd been in bands with for years played bass and we learnt the songs using backing tracks and loops. We had about two weeks to form the band from scratch to playing our first gig in front of such artists and bands as Ulrich Schnauss, Damon & Naomi, Soundpool and Kyte.

Q. What are the band’s influences?
A. Myself and Rob are obviously influenced by the classic Shoegazing scene of the late 80's and early 90's. Thats when we properly started getting into music. Before that we were both into Electro and Hip Hop . We all liked stuff like Joy, Division, New Order, Sonic Youth and the Mary Chain. The Boo Radleys were the first band i properly loved. Ichabod & I and there early Rough Trade Ep's just blew me away. There early live gigs were amazing.

Q. Tell us about the recording process for the debut album?
A. Everything was recorded at home on a 16 track recorder. I did the demos then we went back over them adding bass, percussion, drones, keys, backing vocals and more guitars. We never went into a studio or used a computer. The only thing we should have done is get it mastered. I never realised what a difference this could make. The album just isn't loud enough. I'm looking into getting it mastered now and maybe doing a re release. The next album will be loud i promise you that!

Q, Tell us about playing live.
A. We never set out to be a band and play live. We did our first few gigs just me and Rob and a backing track. Jack, our drummer who we knew from being in other bands saw us play live and said i'll drum for you. He plays a stand up kit, just a floor tom, snare and symbols. The live sound is quite a bit different from the recordings, louder, more stripped back. We use strobes, smoke and minimal lighting to try and create an atmosphere. We go for the whole wall of noise thing live which works for me!

Q. How did last years gigs go?
A. Great. We got better as a live band as the year went on. We played with some amazing bands in some top venues. We played Club AC30 in London as backing band to The Telescopes and we played our own set as well. Also played Sound Of Confusion club in Birmingham twice again with The Telescopes. Its just great to get the chance to play anywhere really. Give people some noise!

Q. How was the experience to playing with Stephen Lawrie?To me here´s a do feel about that?
A. Stephen Lawrie was great and what an experience that was. Robin Allport from Club AC30 got in touch to see if we'd be up for doing it which of course we said yes. We then spoke with Stephen and he sent us the set list. We had less than a month to rehearse the stuff. Myself and Rob new the songs anyway so it wasn't as hard as it could have been. Jack our drummer played second guitar and we got our mate Kenno in to play the drums. We played our own 93 set as support as well. The Telescopes were a classic band so to get the chance to play them songs with the singer was amazing. We actually never rehearsed with Stephen, we met him for the first time on the night. we just got up there and did it. People seemed to enjoy it as we did. Stephen asked us to play the Birmingham gig the following month as well.

Q. What do you think about the classic shoegaze era?
A. It came around just at the right time for me. It was probably the live gigs that really got me into it. Gigs by The Boo Radleys and Slowdive at the Dutchess Of York in Leeds and Chapterhouse at The Leadmill in Sheffield are the ones i still remember. I still occasionally listen to some of the classic old stuff as its stood the test of time in my opinion and still sounds great today. There is too much good new stuff about at the moment to keep me busy...

Q. Tell us about bands in the current shoegaze scene…
A. As i said there's some great new stuff out there at the moment. Its so easy now to find the stuff through the internet. Before you stood very little chance of finding out about good new bands. Its a shame in a way because it's taken some of the joy out of discovering new stuff. I still love vinyl and used to love searching through the 7" singles to look for hidden gems. Anyway i love The Fauns album, proper classic album that is! I've also been listening to SPC-ECO and Maribel who's album sounds fantastic. Also Daniel Land, I Concur, Insect Guide, A Place To Bury Strangers, Air Formation,The Voices, Soren Well, Serena Maneesh, Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Exit Calm, Laboratory Noise. I could go on. I really wanna hear some full on noisy Shoegaze but i've not really found any for a while. There's loads more were loving as well...

Q. Which songs by other bands would you like to do cover versions of?
A. We've done a few covers already but not really put them out there. We play Perfect Needle by The Telescopes live and just recorded Never Understand by the Mary Chain for the free single that we gave away at our last gig in York. We've been asked to cover a Creation Records tune for a compilation coming out soon but which song do you pick. There's too many to chose. I'd like to cover Drive Blind by Ride and we may also try I'll Follow You Down by Slaughter Joe or Don't Slip Up by Meat Whiplash. We are all big New Order fans so maybe one of their tunes....

Q. Which new bands you recommended?
A. I'm pretty sure Exit Calm's album will be amazing and also Insect Guides new one. Air Formation also have an album out this year which should be as good as it gets! Hopefully The Fauns will follow up their debut as well. Check Maribel out live as well if you get a chance. A Place To Bury Strangers released possibly my favourite album last year and they were also one of the best live bands i've seen. You've got to see them play...

Q. What are the plans for the future?
A. We're just gonna keep writing and recording music and hopefully play as many gigs as possible. Album No2 will hopefully come out and it will be a continuation of the first in many ways, but better and louder! We also hopefully plan to do a full tour, in the summer.

Q. Any important news to tell us…
A. Well.........Album No2 is now complete. Just finalising the details so should be out sooner that expected! We also have various tracks appearing on compilation albums throughout the year and hopefully some 7" singles with exclusive stuff on them. T-shirts finally. Woo Woo! Also we are looking into the possibility of touring the States this year. Hopefully the west coast....Also finally there are a few other things that i can't really mention at the moment. Keep checking out our pages for details!!


Signing off

Thanks Nick, all the best to 93MMFTS....