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 *****
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!!