quinta-feira, 28 de fevereiro de 2013

The Head On The Door with Plasticstatic - An Interview

Pense na improbabilidade do cruzamento de um The Cure com o BJM, pensou? Soou esquisito, não? Não, não mesmo, obviamente que não, e o duo Plasticstatic deixa mais claro ainda que uma psicodelia dark é possível, é basicamente o encontro e a mesclagem de décadas, tornando altamente instigante sua sonoridade, tudo disponível de forma gratuita no bandcamp deles.

Anchors o último Ep ou Reverse o debute são igualmente sedutores e altamente perigosos, pois dependendo  do seu estado emocional, ou você sai extremamente pra baixo ou você sai alucinado, são drogas como essas que fazem o vicio aumentar cada vez mais.

Sem contar que o Plasticstatic através da sua parte masculina, o Ryan é extremamente boa gente, e óbvio que o TBTCI não deixaria o fato passar batido, numa entrevista daquelas bem legais, vale a pena cada linha.

Ah, aproveite o Plasticstatic intensamente.

***** Interview with Plasticstatic *****

Q: When did Plasticstatic starts, tell us about the history...
It started in 1997. I played piano and guitar and recorded songs onto one track, no overdubs. Gradually I started getting better recording equipment, and more instruments. It was less about sound and more about words when I started, but now it’s pretty much equal.

In the first few years I recorded some cassette EPs and gave them to my friends. In 2006 I recorded an album that was the first thing that started to sound like Plasticstatic as it is now. I was still recording on tape then, and my master tape for that album ended up getting mangled beyond repair. Some of those songs were re-recorded for my first real album, Reverse.

Right after Reverse, I was able to get my wife Keisha to sing on one of my songs. She can sing much better than me, so I talked her into being a permanent part of the band. We made a short album or EP depending on which format you get called Anchors, and that’s the first thing that’s really sounded the way I wanted. It never could sound like that without Keisha.

Q: Who are your influences?
My biggest influence, also my wife's, is The Cure. Love and Rockets, Can, Psychic TV, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Eno, Bowie, Coil, Rowland S. Howard, Galaxie 500, Erik Satie, The Durutti Column, Current 93, VU, MBV, and Primal Scream are who I have listened to the most over the years.

Keisha’s musical influences are The Cocteau Twins, Joy Division, Felt, Hood, Depeche Mode, Morrissey, Vivian Girls, Nico, The Magnetic Fields, Bowie, Siouxsie, The Church, Bjork, and Phil Spector’s work with girl groups.

Outside of music, I have been really inspired by Belle Epoque art and absinthe culture. I don’t believe absinthe makes anyone a better artist, but I do believe it makes them a different artist - a drunk one. I have recorded many things while drinking it.

Another big influence is Nina Pratchios. She did the art that was used for both Reverse and Anchors. When she said I could use one of her pieces for the cover of Reverse, I did a lot of editing and re-recording to make the album better. Her art inspired me to make the best thing I could at the time, to try to do justice to her amazing cover art.

Q: Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
For me, right now, it would be The Cure - Disintegration, Primal Scream - XTRMNTR, MBV - Loveless, Psychic TV - Dreams Less Sweet, and Bowie - Low.

For Keisha, they are The Cure - Disintegration, The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs, The Smiths - S/T, Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses, and British Sea Power - The Decline of British Sea Power.

Q: How do you fell playing alive?
We haven’t played live yet. The closest thing is when I broadcast a live improvisation of guitar music to accompany the film Ubu Roi last year. We broadcast a video feed live on Ustream. That doesn’t count, but it felt good. I’d love to start playing live, but we need more people who are into our kind of music, and we live in a cultural dead spot right now. Maybe someday.

Q: How do you describe Plasticstatic sounds?
Sometimes ethereal, sometimes abrasive, sometimes loopy guitar and electronics. I hate to use the words shoegaze or especially psychedelic, because it seems to invoke a specific sound in most people’s minds. And reproducing the same sound with little or no advancements is not mind expanding. But we strive to expand.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the albums?
Somehow they get finished, but I’m never sure how. They usually start as a drum loop, and then I start building layers of instruments. After I write words, I re-arrange what I’ve recorded in Logic to fit the song structure. I usually record very late at night on weekends. After everything else is recorded, Keisha records her vocals. She also has a lot of input on the sounds along the way and how they’re processed.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
We love Mirror Mirror, The Solar System, A*Star, Golden Gardens, The Blood Wisdom, Data Unit, The Common Men, and some not so new ones that deserve to be discovered by new people like The Sirago 17 and Spell 336.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We have covered “Closedown” by The Cure, but that’s it so far. There are a few others we’ve talked about covering, like The Vivian Girls and Siouxsie and the Banshees and Brian Eno.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Right now we’re in the early stages of writing songs for a split with another band. I shouldn’t say more about that until it’s definite. There’s also a full length album that we want to make after that. All of our music is free to download, and will always be whether a label puts it out or not. Keisha and I support ourselves with day jobs, so we aren’t dependant on anything to make music other than our own drive and free time. So we will keep making music as long as we are alive. Hopefully people will want to listen, but that’s entirely up to them. We had our fun making the music.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for thinking of us to do this interview, and thank you to anyone who takes the time to read this and listen to us. And if you download our music for free, which we want you to do, at least consider using some of the money you didn't spend on our music to buy music from another band. But please, don't spend it at Best Buy.
Thanks Ryan

quarta-feira, 27 de fevereiro de 2013

When Jokers Attack with The Citradels - An Interview

Diretamente de Melbourne, Austrália, uma das grandes surpresas desse já espetacular 2013, Psychotic Syndrone é o debute de estréia do The Citradels, e os caras atacam literalmente com doses monstruosas de psych drone noise, é notório a imensa influência de VU, Spacemen 3 e BJM, chega a ser absurdamente explícita tamanha dose de psicodelia caótica, pegue Illuminous, She´s Gone, Jantar Mantar e sinta o tamanho do estrago que o Citradels causa, é dependência na certa.

Para bom entendedor Psychotic Syndrone torna-se album de cabeceira de imediato, e vem o segundo album pela frente, mas antes uma visita a India para buscar inspiracão, assim é o The Citradels, sem contar que o TBTCI e o Citradels preparam surpresas, quem estiver são, verá.

Por hora, a entrevista dá dicas do que é e o que o Citradels preparam aos freaks de plantão.

***** Interview with The Citradels *****

Q. When did The Citradels starts, tell us about the history...
The Citradels originally started in the late part of 2010 when I (Tom De Vries) decided to start writing my own songs that I could play as the band I was in at the time wasn't really doing my thing. I built up a collection up of maybe 10 songs which some got released on the inter net under some different names and some never left my computer. I started showing them to a few people and formed a line up in which we went into recording some of the old songs again and some new songs. At our first gig (mid 2011) we handed out all of these demos but the line up was unstable and we only played a few shows and by the time agent 15 on the radio was ready for release the line up was non-existent. After relocating to Melbourne (mid 2012) I formed a new line up and we started work on the album and playing live with visual projection. Since then played constantly through the last few months of 2012 which included a residency called dead man.

Q: Who are your influences?
Some of the main influences maybe obvious like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Velvet Underground and Spacemen 3. But we love a whole range of bands some really important ones to me are blue angel lounge, tales of murder and dust and the black angels. We also try and draw from some others sounds such as Indian music as well as Asian oriental music and even like old European music that have those really spooky sounding melodies.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Ahh. If I had to list them I would have to say it would be the following not in any particular order.
1.The Beatles - Rubber Soul- the first vinyl I ever purchased.
2.The Velvet underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
3.Spacemen 3 - Perfect Prescription
4.Brian Jonestown Massacre - Give It Back
5.The Black Angels - Passover

Honourable mentions would go to Blue Angel lounge for their self title and Tales of Murder and Dust for Hallucination of Beauty both albums completed changed the way I thought about music and more so the sound of psychedelic music.

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Playing live is great. Especially over the last couple of months I’m liking it a lot more because I really trust the people in the band and I know we are all on the same plain when it comes to how we need to sound. We just added another member so now being a 6 piece it's nice to have that constant percussion and another vocal. Live is also great because I don't feel like there is as much pressure on me as when we record. Like recording the songs are there and people can hear everything if I mix them right where as live its the band doing everything and just playing so the weight is shared evenly, even though they play on recordings its seems to be getting a lot easier for me to stand up there and play. Also with playing with visuals makes a lot of difference I think. It really helps the music.

Q. How do you describe The Citradels sounds?
Some one describe the album as Middle West which I think is a pretty good way to describe it. Drone and roll is maybe another way that you could describe it. I find it hard to describe it because so many people have said different things about it.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
Um well the album was recorded mostly in my house in Melbourne but we also did little bit's in the studio at my uni and curt's house. This was the first lot of recordings where I had really worked with everyone on them so it made it a much more a collective record. We just found that doing takes at the house seemed to be a lot easier and we were a lot more relaxed where as when your at the studio you know you are in that certain environment so you can get stressed. We also had a really bad experience on one of the last session at the studio where we recorded 3 drums tracks along with bass and some vocals and all were lost in cyber space. Pretty much there was no files as if they had never existed on the computer. So those songs are going to be on the new record we are now working on which is going to be done in whole at my house. We have the gear and as I said the vibe when recording at home is really nice.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
There is a heap of new bands around Melbourne at the moment the are fucking amazing. Contrast is a really great new shoegaze one. They have a great sound and it's really on the money. Another great band is one that called The Grand Rapids which is this amazing band that reminds me of The Warlocks and Blue Angel Lounge and we were lucking enough to get them both to play at the album launch. Some international ones that I have been listen to a lot are Black Market Karma I know that aren’t super new but I only just got into them and I really enjoy all of their albums.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
ahh I think one of the best songs to cover would be We Sell Soul's by the 13th Floor Elevators but since spaceman 3 did it with don't fall down there is now way anyone could beat that cover. One that I think we could maybe cover well would be this really early Bee Gee’s song which I know sounds weird but this songs is really sweet so I think we will try for that one. It's called Every Lion Hearted Christian Man by The Bee Gees

Q: What’s the plans for future....
Finish the second album before I go to India in the middle of the year and then hopefully play interstate at the end of the year.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank You and God Bless.
Thanks guys


sexta-feira, 22 de fevereiro de 2013

Hyperventilation with Helicon - An Interview

East Kilbride soa familiar a você? Não?

Bom, esta cidadezinha escocesa deu ao mundo pelo menos dois patrimônios da música o primeiro atende pelo nome de Jesus & Mary Chain o segundo Primal Scream, só por esse motivo a cidade já mereceria ganhar status de ser uma das mais importantes do mundo, mas não contente, a nova preciosidade de East Kilbride chama-se Helicon.

Para quando 07.03 chegar o lancamento do album Suburban Decay vira a tona, mas o acesso a esta pérola já esta liberado no bandcamp do Helicon, e preste atencão, vá ouvir urgentemente, ou melhor vai lá dê play e volte aqui pra continuar a leitura certo. 

Voltando, o Helicon simplesmente pegou pesadíssimo nesta album, só pra ilustrar tem cover de Hallogalo do NEU! fechando o disquinho, mas isso é apenas um souvenir de Suburban Decay, psicodelismo dark, denso, altas pitadas de kraut, desespero eminente perpetua a audicão de todo o album.

Sinceramente, um puta discaco foda, Anton Newcombe certamente aprovou.

Amigos, seguinte, melhor deixa de blá, blá, blá e vamos a entrevista do Helicon ao TBTCI, mas assim, ja esta ouvindo o album? Não, então vai logo porra.

***** Interview with Helicon *****

Q. When did Helicon starts, tell us about the history...
Our current line-up has only been together for around 6 months or so but we formed in the grey, homogenous, suburban shit-hole that is East Kilbride, Scotland back in 2009. We started out as a 5-piece and grew to a 6 piece as the 3 guitars allow us to layer the sounds on top of one another and create an apocalyptically thunderous live sound. We are John-Paul Hughes, Gary Hughes and Gary Sharp on guitars. Laura Hughes keys/synths/violin. Mark McLure bass. Martin MacVicar drums/kilt wearing

Q: Who are your influences?
As brothers, when we were kids Gary and I fell in love with The Doors and their influence has never left us. You probably hear from most bands that their influences are wide and varied but we’re so deeply immersed in psychedelia, and have been for such a long time, that above all else it’s other bands within this genre who inspire and influence us……. and those mischievous monks at Buckfast Abbey.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Give It Back
The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Black Angels – Passover
Spiritualized – Live from Royal Albert Hall
The Warlocks – Surgery

Q. How do you feel playing alive?
It’s what it’s all about and for me why you’re in a band in the first place. You won’t get much chit-chat or interaction from us during a show or even movement for that matter. The music carries our energy. We recently played live with our good friends Piatcions (Italy). They are an amazing band with an incredible wall of noise and the energy they put into their performance is something to behold. Their bass player Dave hung his bass from the roof by its strap for the climactic feedback crescendo….. we’ve decided at the end of our shows we’ll hang our drummer

Q. How do you describe Helicon sounds?
Dark, dramatic, acid-drenched, drone-heavy, psychedelia... Beautiful but scary... like a stripper with a flick-knife.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We record at The Old Mill in Strathaven, with our friend Marshall Craigmyle. It’s an old 17th century mill converted into a live arts theatre and recording studios. It’s a cool place to make music. We’ll set-up to play the tracks live and Marshall will record us from there. If need be we’ll maybe overdub a vocal or an extra instrument, like Laura’s violin, but we’re conscious we don’t really want to do too much we can’t replicate live. Budget restrictions mean we’ll usually record and mix about 3 tracks inside 10-12 hours and that’s what you hear on our EP’s.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
There really are too many to mention so I apologise in advance to anyone we’ve missed out here but off the top of my head Piatcions, The Underground Youth, Black Market Karma, His Name Is Codeine, Cult Of Dom Keller, The Blue Angel Lounge, The Lucid Dream, St Deluxe and 3 Dimensional Tanx are all bands close to our heart whom I’d highly recommend to anyone

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We previously covered ‘Hallogallo’ by Neu! which was released on the ‘Roqueting Through Space’ vinyl compilation by Fruits De Mer. If we ever did something like that again it would be something along those lines with enough space for us to remain faithful to fans of the original whilst adding our own distinctive bite

Q: What´s the plans for future....
In the near future we’re releasing a double A-side vinyl with ‘Celestial Bums’ from Barcelona via a good friend of ours Keith Stoddart. In May we’re hauling our asses round the UK for some live dates including Preston, Manchester, London and Glasgow to play with some of our favourite bands. Full details will be confirmed shortly via our Facebook and Twitter

Q: Any parting words?
“I’m sorry, this isn’t working out. It’s not me… it’s you”
Thanks Guys

quinta-feira, 21 de fevereiro de 2013

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere with His Name Is Codeine - An Interview

O TBTCI avisa, prestem extrema atencão neste nome; His Name is Codeine, de Elgin, Reino Unido, Lyn Ralph esta a frente deste ruidoso combo que pega VU, Black Angels, Neil Young, e despeja doses cavalares de ruído psicodélico em nossos tímpanos, e de forma altamente sexy e desesperadora, um mix de amor e destruicão caminhando lado a lado, mantras metalizados que ainda não tiveram seus registros devidamente estampados oficialmente, mas em breve, muito breve cancões como a espetacularmente poderosa Before The Apple Feel estarão onde realmente merecem estar em vinis de qualidade em todas as colecões que se prezem.

E pra variar o TBTCI antecipa tudo isso e prevê, quando o album do His Name Is Codeine sair, perigas ser um dos grandes do ano, enquanto isso, vamos de entrevista com Lyn.

***** Interview with His Name Is Codeine *****

Q. When did His Names is Codeine starts, tell us about the history...
We were all friends who started off writing and recording some demos in 2010 before getting together in the April to start putting together a live show. We did a couple of gigs that year but the line-up of Marc (guitars and vocals), Mark (guitars and vocals) and myself (bass, vocals and drum looper) appeared for the first time in December of that year. We played as a three-piece through 2011 and 2012 but have started this year with three new members, Ian Dickson (guitars), Elizabeth Maycox (keys/percussion/vocals) and Elliot Fernandez (drums). We wanted to be able to do the things we were doing in the studio out live, and felt we couldn’t get a full enough sound with the three of us (although we could still make a pretty formidable noise!)

Q: Who are your influences?
I’m a huge fan of Neil Young, Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt so there is always a slight country edge to the song writing. I was influenced early on by bands like Ride, Spiritualized and early Verve, and in more recent years The Black Angels and BRMC. There was always a bit of The Doors and Velvet Underground going on at a young age as well, and that has remained some of my favourite music. We have all been massive music fans all our days. I am mostly influenced by music played with feeling and for the right reasons.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Black Angels - Passover
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Ride - Nowhere
Spiritualized - Let It Come Down

Q. How do you feel playing alive?
We love recording but there’s nothing like playing live. The songs have a rawness to them live that is hard to capture and now that we have four vocalists and three guitarists we can produce a great level of noise. We are usually heads down, eyes to the floor and just getting right into the music!!

Q. How do you describe His Name is Codeine sounds?
Our sound is hypnotic, melodic, noisy, quiet, layered in effects, powerful, dark and intense.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording songs, when the ep comes?
Because of our style of music, we have found it hard to find a studio in the north of Scotland who could do our songs justice. We have spent the last year or so putting together a little studio in the flat and have been recording the songs ourselves. It has taken time to get them sounding just how we wanted, but we are finally there. Around December we thought we would put together an EP but we added a few more songs and we decided that we would just release our debut album. The nine track album is complete, and once the artwork is ready we will announce the release date. We are really proud of how it is sounding.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
There are so many great bands on the go just now.. Helicon, New Candys, Underground Youth, The Lucid Dream, Sonic Jesus, Lola Colt, Black Market Karma, The Cherry Wave, Mushroom Club and Cult Of Dom Keller are just some of them. It’s a really exciting time and there is a sense that bands are taking matters into their own hands and bypassing the bullshit. It’s fantastic.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We used to jam the Brian Jonestown Massacre song ‘In My Life’ and it sounded great but we never did play it out live. We don’t really do covers but if we did, I’d probably do Neil Young’s ‘Down By The River’ with loads of harmonies and a ridiculously long solo.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We have had a great start to the year, finding new band members, finishing the album and supporting the Underground Youth in Glasgow. We have quite a few live shows coming up, and we hope to have our new drummer on board for them by March. We are looking forward to getting the album our there and moving on to making bigger and better songs in the future.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you to The Blog That Celebrates Itself for spreading the word on great music around the globe!!
Thanks Lyn

quarta-feira, 20 de fevereiro de 2013

Strung Out In Heaven with The Valkarys - An Interview

Scott William Dunlop é escoses de Edinburg, cidade dos prediletos aqui do TBTCI Frantic Chant, o ponto é que Scott é o cara que cria o maravilhoso mundo psicodélico do grande The Valkarys, em 2010 mudaram-se pra Londres e daí veio o debute The Average Can Blind You To The Excelent, e no ano passado veio o EP Chloroform.

VU, psicodelismo sixties, mod, BJM, Stones e tudo que de melhor foi feito no que diz respeito a psicodelia é retratado pelo Valkarys de forma ácida e tenra, não há meio termo, Scott definitivamente é discipulo de Anton Newcombe, vide que no ano passado Scott foi preso por meter uma garrafada de champagne no baixista da banda por motivos de bebedeira, ou seja, sexo, drogas e rock´n´roll, e ainda continuam dizendo que o nosso rock verdadeiro morreu, hahahahaha, pobres mortais cretinos e coitados, sugiro que não peguem Scott num mal dia senão, coitados dos indie kids fofos.

Revire a internet atrás do The Valkarys, compre, roube, grave, dê um jeito, mas tenha tudo deles, porque pode ser sua primeira banda de rock verdadeira, ou talvez a mais nova paixão.

Amigos, Scott Dunlop e o grande The Valkarys em entrevista que só poderia acontecer no TBTCI, e preparem-se porque o The Valkarys e o TBTCI viraram brothers e agora vai ficar pequeno.....hahahahahaha.

***** Interview with The Valkarys *****

Q. When did The Valkarys start, tell us about the history...
(Scott)...well it was mid 2006 and i had a stack of songs i had been writing, so i just decided to put a band together. it was that simple really, just got some friends i knew who could play stuff and we went from there. i never wanted to sing, i only went on vocals cos i couldnt find anyone who could sing the songs the way i had them in my head. you know, so i spent months auditioning singers and then finally just decided to do it myself. a lot of people have been in the band over the years and left to do their own thing. its not been easy looking back but its been fun, and thats the whole point at the end of the day. if i didnt want to have fun i would go and work in a call centre or something you know?

(Craig).....I joined the band three and a half years ago now, After getting the tattoo I don’t have much choice in the matter now. Which is’nt a bad thing.

Q. Who are your influences?
(Scott)....The beatles, velvet underground, dylan, bjm, lee hazlewood, that kind of thing.

(Craig)..... My Personal influences are making the most of the time we have, and wanting to get out there and see as much of this world as we can. I am influenced by the lack of ambition I see around me, people are happy to settle down at nineteen with a steady job getting married and settling down and having kids before they have even lived their own lives. I am influenced by peoples opinions and perspectives and find it refreshing when you come across people with a zest for life and who want to go out there and get on with it

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
(Scott)....the beatles - white album....the velvet underground - velvet underground and nico....bob dylan - blood on the tracks....bjm - take it from the man!...oasis - defintely maybe...but ask me tomorrow and il have a different five.

(Craig)...... My list is forever changing however right now Neil Young Harvest, Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon, Oasis Definitely Maybe,The Verve A Northern Soul and The Brian Jonestown Massacre Give It Back those five albums are the ones I have been playing a lot recently.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
(Scott)....sometimes good sometimes not so good, although i like to play shows im much more at home in the studio than i am onstage, i like the feeling of creating a piece of music and hearing it all come together. but of course playing live is part of being in a band and i do enjoy it.

(Craig)....Playing live is that small amount of time where all the shit you deal with on a daily basis and all the worries that everyone in life faces disappears and for that period of time you’re happy and the world seems to make perfect sense. It’s that only time that nothing really matters apart from what you are doing there and then, and I guess you’re just hoping you can keep it together.

Q. How do you describe The Valkarys´ sound?
(Scott).......its psychedelic, its purpose is to take you somewhere new for the duration of its existence. we have shoegaze type stuff and we have some rockier stuff too,

(Craig)......Isn’t that for you to decide?

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs
(Scott)....we usually always record in a home type environment. i write the chords and the words and then i play that to craig and he comes up with lead parts, iv sometimes got a lead part in my head that i will hum to him and he will work it out, but usually he comes up with lead parts himself. and then we just record what we have got. usually with Sean Evans our old drummer. He knows the sound were trying to get so it works out great.

(Craig).....The process Doesn’t interest me, It’s the creating something out of nothing that does.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
(Scott)....new bands...oscar suave, the merrylees,,not so new bands...frantic chant...the jackals...

(Craig)....Not many to be honest, I have been in Bath, Somerset for the past 9 months. The music here is as dull and safe as David Camerons chauffeur. However going back to London Oscar Suave were a great band to play with, was always a fun evening. I hear The Merrylees are doing well up in Edinburgh which is good to hear. Ryan played bass with the band before we moved to London It’s always nice to hear when your mates are doing well.

Q. Which bands you love to make a cover version?
(Scott).....i wanna do something by lee hazlewood...or "i want you" by the troggs

(Craig)... I think when we done BJM cover of anenome, we done it justice!

Q. What´s the plans for the future....
(Scott)....to keep making the best music we can possibly make, keep playing shows, keep releasing records and having fun. record label or not, we are not going anywhere, were still gonna be a band til the day i drop dead.

(Craig)...To make more records, to play over Europe and take the band as far as possible.

Q. Any parting words?
(Scott)......brush your teeth, drink lots of water, be nice to your girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband, always look both ways before crossing the road, stay out of prison and never, ever, give up on your dreams!

Thanks Scott/Craig

terça-feira, 19 de fevereiro de 2013

A Means To An End with Depression

Depression é o projeto solo de Jason Elliss que faz dupla com o mestre Tom Lugo em outro recente projeto intitulado Under The Wire. O nome sugere exatamente o que sugere, depressivo, denso, angustiante, o novo pós punk redecorado com tons modernos.

Mais do que este que vos escreve possa exemplificar, o TBTCI resolveu pedir ao próprio Jason explicar tudo sobre o novo projeto e mais, ainda manda um track by track pra esmiucar por completo o debute Out of Medication, então chega, Depression.

Depression por Jason Elliss

DEPRESSION is a philadelphia solo project by Jason Elliss from Under the Wire. Depression is basically the music i write thats too cold/dark for Under the Wire. I am 24 years old and besides these 2 projects ive only been in 1 other band when i was 16 and it was garbage. so growing up i didnt really have music as an outlet i was just your average teenage lost soul. did alot of things im not proud of and i decided to make music that reflected on those bad times(i.e. the name depression),  so The ep is called " Out of Medication" which is coming out on patetico recordings (shishi,stellarscope,panophonic,drowning dreams, the playing fields) "Out of Medication' is basically stating the obvious... im out of medication and this is my cold version of life.

The name of the project and ep speaks for itself. Wveryone goes through hard times, some harder than others. you can look past it but a piece of it will always stay with you. Its just nature. i like to be honest with myself about who i am... this ep was closure for my past. This is the first ep by Depression and the entire ep was donated for the Danny Lackey fund. If you have time and want to hear good music buy the compilation and donate your time and money to someone who really needs it.

Track by Track by Jason Elliss (Depression)

1. "LOST" - lost was written last week. it is a feeling i am familiar with so, i wanted to put a sound to that feeling. There is no specific meaning behind it really just a soundscape you can get lost too.

2. "WITHDRAWL" -  Withdrawl is this kind of shoegazy drone pad effect song i did. the feeling i get when i hear it is unexplainable. its a song that i wrote not thinking i would put it out on the ep. I get a natural feeling of abandonment and sadness from hearing it. its something ive always dealt with though
3.A ( A IS FOR ANXIETY) - All of the songs i have written have some kind of tempo or tone or theme for my life... this is my version of anxiety.

4. "PHENCYCLIDINE" - is known as pcp. Like ive said ive been through alot of bad depressing experiences and one of them happened to be a dependence on pcp when i was 15 and 16 years old.i was really bad and would basically hallucinate 24/7 because i was just so fed up with everything, this song just reminded me of some of the auditory hallucinations i would have while on that drug. im not proud of any of the things ive done in the past. and it is my past. so i dont want to be judged for it.i am a different person now, better.

5."NOBODY KNOWS" - This is another song i made a while ago. i made this song with the thought of " nobody in this entire planet will ever understand who i am and what i do or why i do it" this is something very devestating in your life to learn.

6. " THE ENDING" - The ending is a very jazzy gazy, classical keys song i was originally going to put on the under the wire ep... but after listening to the tracks we already had done it really didnt fit well with the rest.
Thanks Jason


domingo, 17 de fevereiro de 2013

Interstellar Overdrive with The Red Plastic Buddha - An Interview

A viagem agora desembarca em Chicago, e a viagem esta cada vez mais ácida, cortesia de Tim Fergunson e sua gangue que alimenta-se de Barret, muito Barret, adicione a Nuggets e logicamente Spacemen 3, BJM, Warlocks e bingo, tudo o que você precisa é pegar qualquer album dos caras, Sunflower Sessions, All Out Revolution e o último registro a música Mantra do final do ano passado, mais precisamente dezembro e entorpecer-se por completo.

Não há como não se render a qualidade, ao capricho, e aos experimentos freaks e ao mesmo tempo a verve sessentista do Red Plastic Buddha, também pudera, a excentricidade de Tim transcende os meios normais para os bons entendedores o motivo é simples de se perceber.

E Tim ao mesmo tempo faz um mix dessa sua excentricidade com uma amabilidade tremenda e o TBTCI virou fã de carteirinha dos caras. 

 A entrevista é simplesmente deliciosamente sarcástica, vale cada comentário, Sras e Srs Tim Fergunson e seu grande The Red Plastic Buddha.

***** Interview with The Red Plastic Buddha *****

Q. When did Red Plastic Buddha start, tell us about the history...
The trip began in 2005, out of the ashes of other things. We set out in a spaceship with a map to the UFO Club of ’67 London. Some things happened on the way, some twists and turns. We lost a few people. There were fights and at some point we ran over something dark in the desert. Our spaceship turned into a GTO with a smashed-in grill and milk crates for seats, but it’s fast. We’re still heading to the UFO Club, but we’re a different beast now. I hope our friends will still know us when we arrive.

Q: Who are your influences?
Oh, Barrett’s brief stint as the darling of Swinging London is a certainty. Groups like Tomorrow and early Soft Machine, the Nuggets one-hit-wonders, Seeds. But odd sounds like Van der Graaf Generator and Joy Division are in there as well. Other non-musical influences are just as important. I think a lava lamp, a broken lighter or a Nehru jacket are just as important as anything when it comes to making art. Many parts make up a whole.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
There are plenty of obvious things that anyone who has listened to us will know, but here are five great records in no particular order: Forever Changes – Love, Strung Out in Heaven – Brian Jonestown Massacre, Vainly Clutching at Phantom Limbs – Elf Power, the self-title debut by Green, Nadir’s Big Chance – Peter Hammill.

Q. How do you feel playing alive?
It’s the greatest of things. The sheer immediacy of it, I feel like I’m riding a wild animal without saddle or reigns. The energy I pour into the music blends with the energy my band mates pour in and it leaves our amps in a wave. When it hits the audience and echoes back over us, I feel like I’m made of white fire and nothing can touch me. I’m never as happy or as aware as I am when we’re playing live. It’s like nothing else.

Q. How do you describe Red Plastic Buddha sounds?
I think the term ‘psychedelic’ has lost a lot of its meaning these days, but if we were to choose a box to set up shop in, that’s as good as any. We’re more pop oriented though and we tend to be more radio friendly. Psychedelia your mum might sing along to in the shower. Actually, we like being with in the shower with your mum.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the albums?
We go into the studio with nine or ten songs that we’ve been playing live for a while. We record live and then get around to overdubs and adding things. We might try some ideas that end up being thrown in the scrap heap, but which get torn apart and recycled for parts. Sometimes a song just magically appears. We’re nearly ready to record our next record, and it’s going to be called Songs for Mara.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I really like Sufis out of Nashville. Elephant Stone gets a lot of plays as well. House of Fire from Philly are great, and we plan on doing some shows with them this year. Locally, I really like Strychnine, Outer Minds, Luck of Eden Hall, Dark Fog, Radar Eyes, Energy Gown … the list is endless. Come to Chicago. It’s a beautiful place to be.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
There are many. I like to include a cover song on all of our records, as a way of paying homage to those who have gone before. I’m still not sure what we’re going to record for Songs for Mara. The challenge is always to make it your own. We were working on All Too Much from the Beatles for the new record, but we just couldn’t do anything with it. Same with Lucifer Sam. We’ll figure it out.

Q: What are the plans for future....
Just to keep the wheels turning. I don’t care so much about fame or money, so that deviates the industry approved path. We make music for the sake of making music. I think that to do otherwise would influence us in a negative way. There will be new music available before this year is out, so that consumes most of my time.

Q: Any parting words?
Life is short. Don’t be shy about experiencing new things. You’re never too cool to be kind. Endeavor not to be an ass.
Thanks Tim

Me and The Devil Blues with Hoboken Division - An Interview

Após período turbulento, e já definitivamente resolvido, afinal, nada melhor do que afrontar, o TBTCI é assim tal qual seu criador.....

É meus caros, a Franca definitivamente esta fervendo, Dead Horse One é um grande exemplo e agora o TBTCI joga na cara de vocês Hoboken Division, Marie e Mathieu fazem um mix doente de garage blues moderno, com influência nitida no caso de Marie de Jack White, já por outro lado Stones, BJM, Stooges, VU dão as caras na contribuicão de Mathieu para a criacão das sujas mezzo baladas, mezzo pauladas do Hoboken Division, e o ep é grudento pra cacete, não tem como não ficar no repeat um bom tempo, e passa-se esse tempo e lá vamos nós voltar no Hoboken Division, sem contar na beleza de Marie que é um caso a parte.

Altamente recomendado pelo TBTCI e claro, entrevista elucidando o HD,

E o fuzz permanece integro e barulhento.

***** Interview with Hoboken Division *****

Q. When did Hoboken Division starts, tell us about the history...
We started the Hoboken project in the begining of 2011. We met a few weeks before, went for a beer and talked about music… We realised we have the exact same idea of how we want to develop a musical project, and the same tastes and influences (almost!).

We started working on some cover to learn to know each other, made one show and started composing. In our first gig, we used real drums such as bass drums and bass tom, but we quickly turned to drumboxes and sampler to have the abilities to mix real drums sounds and old school drumboxes. The mix between them are a part of our creation process.

Q: Who are your influences?
Marie : I come from the jazz world, and listened a lot of classic jazz singers : Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James… Aside of this, I really do love bands such as The White Stripes, The Dead Weather (well, basically everything that involves Jack White), also The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lykke Li.... Since I started Hoboken, I fell in love with the kind of blues Mathieu use to listen, RL Burnside and Seasick Steve for example. Mathieu: there's a lot! I started music trying to do Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Roses stuffs on the guitar. And soon after I come to the early rythm and blues and blues of Canned Heat, John Mayall and especially the Rolling Stones that drove me to Brian Jonestown Massacre as to the old school bluesmen such as Mississippi Fred McDowell or Skip James. Spacemen 3 /Spectrum and The Velvet Underground are also two main influences on me, and the use of drone. It's the kind of stuff RL Burnside and Kimbrough use for their hypnotic sounds. Of course, I don't always look into the past, but artists such as Mark Sandman (Morphine, Treat Her Right) and others that I told earlier made me come to listen BRMC, Black Angels, Death In Vegas... And I share a lot of influences with Marie such as the Detroit Scene (The Stooges, White Stripes) or Nina Simone, Cat Power, Janis Joplin (humm horns section...).

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Marie: Hard one ! I’d say : Janis Joplin’s Pearl / Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Show your bones / The Dead Weather’s Sea of Cowards / Cat Power’s The Greatest / Jack White's Blunderbuss

Mathieu: Humm... It almost change everyday depending the mood, but I would say: The Velvet Underground - Loaded, Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street, Iggy Pop - The Idiot, The Stooges - Raw Power (Bowie mix), Brian Jonestown Massacre - Give it Back

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Live music is essential ! We can’t imagine making music only in studio.

We personnaly expect music to move us, to make us feel strong and true emotions. The worst things are those calculated shows, where everything’s planned. We want to hear voices that breaks, and we wanna see sweat. That’s also what we want to give when playing live.It's always a kind of free time to forget everything and to be free to do what you want, we appreciate it when the audience feel that kind of things!

Q. How do you describe Hoboken Division sounds?
I really hope it’s like we want it to be : very raw, instinctive, sensual and sincere. If the audience could feel just a little bit closer to the juke joints mood, we succeed. We are going from sultry vocals to a blast of overdriven and fuzzy sounds!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs
Usually, Mathieu comes with a good guitare line. We listen to it, see if it inspire us, and then work on it to make a structure. Then come the lyrics, almost always inspired by the music. We work together on that too.

For the recording, we use to make the first takes in Mathieu’s home studio where we rehearse. It gives a more « intimate », and live mood to the music. For the parts that need specific treatments, we work in a studio with a sound engineer, specially for the drums, to which we give a special treatment.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Triggerfinger , an amazing belgian rock’n’roll band (not new, but huge in live !).

A great band for their music and for their independent approach of music is Feeling Of Love (Space rock from Metz in France) and another band from France, The Liminanas who mix Gainsbourg and garage music.

Friends from our town that you need to listen too : Dirty Work of the Soul Brother, a drum/organ noise band, really heavy !

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We’ve already made covers of a lot of band we love, the most interesting were RL Burnside’s ‘Let my Baby Ride’, Yeah yeah Yeah’s ‘Honeybear’…and generally all the bands which are more numerous than us : we then need to capture the essence of the track to be able to cover it, just the two of us. That’s a very good exercise !

Nighclubbing of Iggy Pop would be great to cover too. We'd like to envisage using the guitar for the piano part and harmonica for the guitar solo.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We want to keep on playing live, the most we can, in bigger stages, in festivals.. keep on spreading our music everywhere. We will also tour out of France, like in belgium, Germany, Netherlands, and hopefully in USA next year ?And we would like to tour with bands from others countries with the same aesthetic. The community called the Psychedelic Undeground Generation recense a lot of them and we plan to exchange some shows.

We also planned an album release in the fall of this year, and we will spend a lot of time to provide great songs between garage blues and eventually psych. It will be normally a vinyl edition.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for listening, we’re always thrilled to see that our music is going far away ! Today, thanks to Internet, we have this possibility, and it’s amazing to share what we love with people everywhere.

Brazil rules ! Keep the blues and rock’n’roll music Alive!
Thanks Mathieu & Marie!!!


sexta-feira, 1 de fevereiro de 2013

Hide and Seek with Psychedelic Trips To Death - An Interview

Sonic Boom e Anton Newcombe são os caras mais influentes para a atual geracão de psychnoisers mundo afora, porque atualmente o shoegazer tem duas tendências ou ele é etereo e vive nas sombras do MBV e do Slowdive, salvo raras excecões que conseguem pegar a sonoridade clássica e injetar um "Q" de modernidade e refrescar o estilo ou por outro lado o shoegazer foi agregado ao psicodelismo e viagens ácidas onde os mentores de toda essa geracão são sempre os dois gênios que citei no inicio, Spacemen 3 e Brian Jonestown Massacre simplesmente criaram um séquito de mentes malucas e perturbadas que vem aterrorizando o submundo musical.

O mais novo membro do comboio de freaks atende pela alcunha de Psychedelic Trips To Death, o próprio nome já diz tudo, mas as músicas explicitam mais ainda o doentio debute, Malibu, Jesus Wants Her Kill, Pornographized são exemplos perfeitos que o psych suicida do Psychedelic Trip To Death pode te levar a insanidade completa.

Quando a banda me abordou apresentando o trabalho, eu simplesmente viciei e até demorei pra publicar a entrevista pois não estava conseguindo escrever, Malibu é um album perigoso, além do psych todo, ainda tem a constante presenca do fantasma de Ian Curtis, o que faz do album mais insano ainda, o TBTCI recomenda cuidado na audicão, o vicio é eminente.

Leia abaixo a entrevista que o TBTCI mandou ver com os caras.

****** Interview with Psychedelic Trips To Death *****

Q. When did Psychedelic Trip to Death starts, tell us about the history...
A:The band started in 2010.Me and Teo were playin together music,and Yannis showed up and said he wants to play drums. We started to rehearse a lot.it took us one year to get it together,write our own stuff and play it live. After some shows we decided to start recording an album.

Q: Who are your influences?
A:We are influenced by various things.The feelings you have lead you to write something,you want to express it.Mostly these feelings are desperation,hate and love. .The music itself,i think inspire us the most.The beats,the crazy sounds.everything.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A:Joy Division-Unkown Pleasures
The 13th Floor Elevators-The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators
The Jesus And Mary Chain-Psychocandy
The Brian Jonestown Massacre-Methodrone
Spacemen 3- Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To

Q. How do you fell playing alive?

Q. How do you describe Psychedelic Trip to Death sounds?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording Malibu album?
A:The whole proccess took us about 8 months.We recorded at 3 different spaces.one of them is our rehearse space,which we recorded,mix and master on our own.Its a self released so we had to do everything.totally worthed it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Α:There's a lot new bands that excite us.Fuzz Club involves really great bands,The Blue Angel Lounge,Future,A Victim Of Society,and many more.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
A:The Velvet Underground-Im not a young man anymore

Q: What´s the plans for future....

Q: Any parting words?
A:Love & Death
Thanks Guys