quarta-feira, 23 de março de 2011

Club AC30, Because Why The Fuck Not - An Interview with Robin Allport

Selo referencia para a cena shoegazer atual e dos grandes responsaveis pela atual efervescente renascença da Scene That Celebrates Itself, o Club AC30 é simplesmente lar de bandas como Air Formation, Exit Calm, Ringo Deathstarr, Zephyrs, Deep Cut e outros mais, além de perpetuar grandiosas festas e conseguir colocar nestas grandes nomes da classic era como Chapterhouse, Telescopes, Cranes, Swervedriver, Primitives lado a lado com toda a nova cena em verdadeiros shows antologicos.

O mentor de toda essa sensacional tematica chama-se Robin Allport, grande personalidade e grande amigo, que concede ao TBTCI uma exclusiva entrevista recheada de historias e dissecando o porque Club AC30, Because Why The Fuck Not.

***** Interview with Robin Allport (Club AC30) *****

Q. When did Club AC30 start?
A. Club AC30 was born out of frustration with the London live music scene in April 2004.

Q. Do you consider that Club AC30 is a shoegazer oriented label?What´s the context behind it.....
A. It's just about whatever music we happen to like. We just so happen to like a lot of shoegaze style music!

Q. About the gig´s....some classic ones like Chapterhouse, Primitives, Cranes, Swervedriver made part of it.......tell us about this celebrations parties..
A. This has mainly been me trying to do shows for bands that I loved when I was growing up in the late 80s / early 90s. Connecting with these bands, and working with them for AC30 has been a real pleasure. Hopefully the people that attended the shows think so too.

Q. Who are your influences/heroes?
A. Mainly music that I grew up with - so stuff my parents listened to (Bread, The Beatles, The Kinks etc), and then stuff my brother listened to and worked on for his label Cheree and Che Records (The Telescopes, Disco Inferno, Bark Psychosis etc).

Q. What´s your opinion about the classic shoegazer era?
A. I was between 16 and 19 years old when that all kicked off, and at that age when I got into something I *really* got into something. So it was a bit of an obsession for me.

I worshipped The Telescopes, and then grew to love most of the bands that they played with (all the Creation lot, The Belltower, Revolver, Moose, Chapterhouse etc).

Q. What´s your opinion about the new shoegazer era ?
A. It's taken a while for it to really kick in, but now there's so many new bands in the genre that I can't keep up. It really takes something to be incredibly good to stand out from the crowd now.

Q. Made a list of your top five records from all time?
A. 1. Bark Psychosis - Hex
2. Talk Talk - The Colour Of Spring
3. Swervedriver - Mescal Head
4. Disco Inferno - In Debt
5. New Order - Technique

Q. Tell us about forthcoming stuff from Club AC30...
A. Lots!

Ringo Deathstarr are back in the studio recording an EP.
Exit Calm are busily writing their second album, and will be recording it very soon.
Deep Cut have finished their second album (it's superb), and that'll be out in the summer.
Air Formation are just finishing writing their next album, they'll be going in the studio in the summer.
Daniel Land & The Modern Painters are also starting to record their second album too.

Q. What´s your favourite Club AC30 realese?
A. 57 Octaves Below by Air Formation. It's the perfect EP.

Q. Any parting words...
A. Buying a record really makes a difference. Even if it's just a 7" single. Even if it's just one MP3 on iTunes. If you like labels like AC30, and you like the artists on our labels, please buy something - it helps more than you think!

Thanks Robin!!!