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