quarta-feira, 27 de março de 2013

To Here Knows When with The Bilinda Butchers - An Interview

Ao contrário do que o nome possa sugerir, claro, eu também fui seco querendo ouvir guitarras e mais guitarras e ao contrário me deparei com uma doce candura, um tenro dreampop digno dos aureos tempos da 4AD e do Cocteau Twins em sua fase pós Victorialand, assim é o The Bilinda Butchers, unanimidade em 11 de 10 shoegazeres ou dreampoppers da nova geracão, e eu dou meu aval, é belíssimo o que o Adam e Michal vem fazendo e com o novo EP The Lovers Suicide mas uma vez os caras nos enganam com os nomes porque o disquinho é um refresco a alma.

O TBTCI até que demorou pra soltar essa entrevista com o TBB, mas Michal tratou de acabar com a tal demora.

***** Interview with The Bilinda Butchers *****

Q. When did TBB starts, tell us about the history...
We started back when we were 15 or 16. Adam and I had a mutual love for My Bloody Valentine so we decided to name ourselves after Bilinda Butcher. We found a likeness to the sound of her voice and the tone that she created over the music which is sort of shy and subdued. Much like our childhoods growing up.

Q: Who are your influences?
We started out having a heavy influence by The Radio Dept. That was the band that we decided we had the biggest mutual love for and the kind of sound we wanted to emulate. I believe our two EP's "regret, love, guilt, dreams" and "goodbyes" showcases that desire.

Now I think our influences have changed drastically. Its hard to pinpoint the change so far because we are still going through a metamorphosis, but we have sort of matured and want to make sort of darker music. Recently I joined as co owner of the indie label Zoom Lens which showcases a lot of electronic music with a western perspective of primarily Japanese culture from the 80's to today.

Since joining I've been influenced by more electronic music with a dark aesthetic. Bands like Uio Loi, CFCF and the compilations of Bob42jh.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Of all time is difficult, would take me a lot of time to be satisfied with my list, but currently my top 5 are:

2. CFCF - Exercises
3.Toro y Moi - Anything In Return
4.i-fls - Residential Town Lonliness
5.My Bloody Valentine - m b v

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
I like the idea. For a band like The Bilinda Butchers I've found it doesn't really work to try go into it without a complicated and thought out plan. The point is that it is well thought out and works for all the instruments to blend together. Before when we played live it was complex and sort of thrown together. I think we really failed translating our recorded sounds to a live environment. But I am excited to try again, whenever that may be.

Q. How do you describe TBB sounds?
Nostalgic headphone music. Really personal music you don't want to listen to with friends but more when you are inside your own head.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the new ep?
Our newest release "THE LOVERS SUICIDE!'" was a lot different musically for us as well as the process of recording it. We had played this song on our live set and when we decided to do the single we wanted to record the high energy rendition rather than the floating kind of ambient version we had of the demo.

We ended up tracking all the instruments live in our studio and blending them together with synthetic sounds like our drum machine and synths. Its a really noisy and weird sounding mix. i really wanted to do a song that was loud and high energy to discern a dividing line between our other recordings.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I don't mean to self promote but check out the artist on Zoom Lens. Aegyokiller, Smoke Room, i-fls. All these bands have a sort of niche sound but hold a beauty and intensity underneath. I joined the label having fallen in love with a lot of these bands.

LLLL is another band from Japan that is incredible. Ambient electronic music that is masterfully produced like bands crafted by Yasutaka Nakata(Capsule, Perfume, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu). Check them out on bandcamp. (http://lllltokyo.bandcamp.com/)

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Well we just did LOVE SO ESTRANGED which is originally a song by Rocketship, but I would love to do a cover of a song from Toro y Moi's "Anything in Return."

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Crafting our new sound and working on our first record!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for all the support, everyone who has sent us a message or purchased any of our recordings. We hope we can keep continue doing it.
Thanks guys


segunda-feira, 25 de março de 2013

Blow in a Wish with Venera 4 - An Interview

Franceses supersônicos, atropelando as páginas do TBTCI diretamente de Paris, o Venera 4, chega aniquilando tímpanos, shoegazer barulhento sem firulas, guitarras estridentes de deixar Mr. Shields com um sorriso de ponta a ponta.

O último single de dezembro do ano passado, tem a poderosa Sun e a auto sugestiva Can You Feel, onde as guitarras e as damas do Venera 4 dão os cartões de visita.

Agora, depois do estrondo inicial, é torcer pra que eles não tenham piedade alguma com nosso aparelho auditivo, e obvio melhor ver/ler do que se trata, em mais um servico de ajuda ao consumidor do TBTCI.

Peace, love and psych.....

***** Interview with Venera 4 *****

Q. When did Venera 4 starts, tell us about the history...
That's a long story. To sum up Yann created Venera 4 on his own in 2011, it was a side project of Maria False his main band. He recorded 4 demos. He forgot them for a while… I met Yann in Brittany with his band, Anna and Frederic who played in Maria False as well. I was so scared, it was like something changed in my life the night we met. We started to work concretely our first songs when our paths crossed again in Paris, in Apr. 2012.

Q: Who are your influences?
We all have our favorite influences. We are interested in art that feed our imagination. It's very important for us, with our music, to keep the same feeling we could have in front of a canvas, a picture, a film. We like Color Field Painting, Impressionism, Land Art…From Toulouse Lautrec, Monet, Clyfford Still, to Francis Bacon, Matthew Barney, Clair Morgan and more. Of course we are inspired by many bands and personalities. Noel Gallagher, Kevin Shields, Jim Reid and Robert Levon Been are the most influent persons.

We should do a list of them by year and style, but it might be so long, isn't it ?

Venera 4 is a universe made of different cultures, everyone put a piece to the puzzle, and we are always surprised by the result !

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
L'histoire de Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg
Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain
Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
White Album by The Beatles
Loveless by My Bloody Valentine

(We fight during 6 hours to make this tiny list ! Thank you)

Q. How do you fell playing alive?

Q. How do you describe Venera 4 sounds?
Colorful. Everything is very natural. We don't try to create untypical sounds, they come as all we expect. The result is mysterious, between deep and bright sounds. Venera 4 works with the opposites. Sensuality and strength, lights and shadows. You can feel our mind in our sounds.

I would like to talk about lyrics, because nobody cares of lyrics. They come to raise the music and reveal the color of the song. I am a big fan of Stephen Morrissey, Ian Curtis, Henri MIchaux, poetry and literature. I can't pretend to make poetry but for me, words mean something.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs
Yann records a lot of demos, we listen to them together, bring our ideas to involve them. Actually, after this step, it is so fast. Each of us records its own part, to finish with the voices. Spontaneous ! We all know what we have to do and we don't need a lot of time to do it. It's maybe because we record everything at home, it's easier and we are together in our universe, nothing more.

Yann "fait de l'édit" spends a lot of time for the editing, producing and mixing the final songs. He loves that !

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Blind digital citizen, a french band from north. The best gig we've ever seen since a while !

Dead Horse One, from Cranes Records, a little label from western France.

Have a look at Nothing, a new born label with good bands !

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We don't really talk about covers, but if I had to choose, I'd love to make a version of some of The Beatles' songs. Maybe stupid 80s pop song, which could be a great exercise as well.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We release our second EP in march/april, with surprises. We hope to find someone helping us for the distribution of our tracks.

And for the future, create more and more, discover new paths and lots of gigs !

Q: Any parting words?
Il n'est jamais trop tard
Thanks guys.


segunda-feira, 18 de março de 2013

Call The Doctor with Dreamweapon - An Interview

Diretamente de Portugal para o mundo psych bem o dreamweapon, barulho, distorcão em altas dosagens, o caso de amor com o TBTCI deu-se em setembro de 2012, quando Andre Couto, baixo e vocal, contactou este que vos escreve apresentando a banda através da poderosa demo de Black Mountain, faixa que acabou fazendo parte do The Blue Album, 3º Volume das TBTCI Compilation Series que veio ao mundo em dezembro do ano passado, a partir de então dreamweapon e TBTCI vem estreitando relacionamento para novos e novos releases, vide o recém lancado The Psychedelic Sounds of TBTCI, onde a dreamweapon desconstruiu Are You Experienced do mestre Hendrix, e em breve virá ao mundo seu primeiro ep, mas a dreamweapon vem tocando com gente do calibre de The Underground Youth, The Lucid Dream e outros grandes nomes da avalanche de ruídos sonoros que vem borbulhando no underground do underground.

Daí, chegou a hora da dreamweapon explicitar seu ruído branco nas páginas do TBTCI, amigos, nome a se prestar extrema atencão, de Portugal para ir diretamente prejudicar ainda mais nossos tímpanos a grande dreamweapon.

***** Interview with Dreamweapon *****

Q. When did dreamweapon starts, tell us about the history...
Dreamweapon members had been sharing friendship and musical experiences for a couple of years. So, around 2009, Edgar and João got together to play some tunes and have some fun. They liked the result so much that eventually an invitation to play with them was extended to drummer Pedro Magano. Out of those sessions as a three-piece, came the first dreamweapon tunes. Then, Edgar and João decided to show those rehearsal recordings to their friend and bass player André Couto. He liked the sound, and on the spot decided to join the three-piece. That's how dreamweapon came to be. The current lineup was congealed on February 2013, with Pico on drums.

Q. What are your influences?
Living and loving. Experience. Consciousness... Music is indistinguishable from life. So that's our main influence.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Pink Floyd - Ummagumma
The Velvet Underground & Nico
Spacemen 3 - The Perfect Prescription
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Take it from the man!
Dead Magick - Dead Skeletons

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Connected to the Universal Mind.

Q. How would you describe the dreamweapon sounds?
Dreamweapon sounds like sonic jams trying to be songs. So, we guess that the end result is something that comes out of this paradox. A very dense, yet simple sound.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the debut EP...
We decided to record these tunes, in order to freeze in time and space what we believe to be dreamweapon's musical genesis, our first tunes, the ones that kept us together, and the ones that led us into to our path. We recorded the bulk of it at our rehearsal space, then proceeded to record, mix and master at Amp Studio, Viana do Castelo, Portugal, alongside the awesome Paulo Miranda.

Q. Which new bands would you recommend?
There's loads of awesome stuff out there, coming out everyday, but we would give a special praise to the inevitable Dead Skeletons, to François Sky, Thee Piatcions, The Lucid Dream, The Underground Youth and the impressive Sonic Jesus.

Q. Which bands would you love to made a cover version?
We think this one would be an endless list.... Probably Spacemen 3 and The Brian Jonestown Massacre are the ones we most enjoy playing for fun.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
Record more. Play more. Dream even more. And that's it!

Q. Any departing words?
Buy music from the bands you love! Support the artists so they can continue to make even better music! Pay attention to what your heart is telling you instead of focusing it all on your mind, and above all, enjoy!

A big thanks to Renato, and TBTCI, for their ever-growing love, belief and support!
Thanks dreamweapon

sexta-feira, 15 de março de 2013

Riders on The Storm with Holy Wave - An Interview

Talvez a mais ácida das bandas da nova cena de Austin, é eu sei, Austin tem algo de esquisito mesmo, deve ser a água da cidade, certamente deve ser mais alucinógena do que qualquer lsd que tem por ai, porque simplesmente a quantidade de combos com qualidade absurda que sai daquela terra espanta, sem citar nomes, mesmo porque os amigos do TBTCI já os tem de cor e salteado, o fato é que a Holy Wave pega pesado, aliás pesadíssimo no lisérgia, pode colocar no caldeirão tudo que foi feito nas garagens psicodélicas dos 60´s, acresce ai a familia Spacemen 3, BJM e uma ambientacão shoegazer pra ensurdecer mais ainda.

Resultado e sugestão inicie-se na obra destes psychers diretamente no Evil Hits um apanhado de seus eps, e daí vicie-se, simples assim...

Duas possibilidades, para exatamente aqui, vá até o link do bandcamp do Holy Wave no final da entrevista, comece a ouvir e daí retorne e leia qual é a do Holy Wave, ou pegue uma bebida, ligue o som, e faca tudo isso ao mesmo tempo, o resultado pode surtir mais efeito.

E vem disco novo pela  frente....e os caras tocaram no Austin Psych Festival deste ano, é basicamente assim, essencial para aficcionados.

***** Interview with Holy Wave *****

Q. When did Holy Wave starts, tell us about the history...
Holy Wave started in late 2008. We had all been in bands together for a few years at that point, since we were teenagers. We decided to move from El Paso to Austin and make this band our main priority.

Q: Who are your influences?
We all have various influences. I think some of them are pretty obvious in the music. We're constantly falling in love with music so it tends to change.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
At the moment (in no order): Abbey Road-the Beatles, Kaya- Bob Marley and the Wailers, Loveless- My Bloody Valentine, Self Titled- The Doors, Spectrum- Sonic Boom.

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Playing live is an interesting experience. I like being a part of creating the music that is connecting everyone at the show.

Q. How do you describe Holy Wave sounds?
I always have a very difficult time describing our sound. Basically we do all of our favorite things in music our way.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs
The process of recording the songs can be pretty long. We usually demo songs at our home studio as the songs develop. Sometimes those recordings are the best because we captured a moment, and those are released. If not, then we do it again and again... and again.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended??
Hidden Ritual out of Austin TX, they are working on their first record and I'm excited for it.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We've done a David Bowie cover set for the past 3 years for a friend's birthday. He is an amazing songwriter.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Our new record is nearly complete, so that's the first priority. We'll be touring around the States in April-May, about half of the dates with Goat, which we are pretty stoked about.

Q: Any parting words?
Lyoto Machida rules.
Thanks Dustin

quarta-feira, 13 de março de 2013

Love is Lie by Black Lizard - An Interview

Particularmente o TBTCI aguardava ansiosamente a oportunidade de contactar o Black Lizard, porque a história de adoracão iniciou na compilacão Reverb Conspirancy que saiu ano passado pela melhor gravadora da atualidade a Fuzz Club Records, dentre maravilhas contidas no album, uma deles chamou de cara minha atencão, o Black Lizard, e daí mais um EP pela Fuzz também seduziu o TBTCI a ponto de audicões ininterruptas e o inicio do fanatismo comecou, e agora depois de meses passados o TBTCI e  Fuz Club estreitaram o relacionamento e isso facilitou o acesso ao homônimo album que saíra dia 05 de abril próximo, e o album é guitarras, citaras, mellotrons, sintetizadores, causando uma grandiosa obra de psicodelia digna de fazer corar os mestres Anton Newcombe e Peter Kember, e não a toa o album foi masterizado pelo próprio mestre Sonic Boom, daí meus amigos eu simplesmente aconselho, virem-se, comprem o disco, não importa o debute do Black Lizard tem que estar presente em sua casa.

Joni guitarra e dono dos sintetizadores da banda é fã do TBTCI acreditem!!!!!! E o TBTCI é fã do Black Lizard daí, entrevista na certa.....

***** Interview with Black Lizard *****

Q. When did Black Lizard starts, tell us about the history...
First recordings were made at the end of 2008 as duo project with the name Black Lizard and the Liquid Plastic Castles, but the current line-up and shortened name came in early 2012.

We have made two EPs which other was published by Fuzz Club Records and our debut full-lenght album will be out soon by Soliti label.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spacemen 3, the Stooges, Jesus and Mary Chain, Spectrum, Elevators, Velvets and lots of others.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
BJM - Take it from the man!
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Spacemen 3 - Playing with Fire
The Velvet Underground & Nico
Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It will give you the best kicks what could be, or make you feel like shit.

Q. How do you describe Black Lizard sounds?
Psych, hypnotic, raw, fuzz, proto-punk, noise, primitive…

Q: Tell us about the process of recording debut album?
Recording was started in fall of 2012. Half of the album was done in Helsinki, and the other half in Berlin with Anton Newcombe. The studio was great, we were able to use a lots of different gear like sitar, mellotron, vintage analog synths and stuff. Our singer Paltsa mixed the album and it is mastered by Sonic Boom at New Atlantis studio.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Our label mates Black Twig are cool. Dead Rabbits and Lucid Dream from UK and The Wands from Denmark.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We have played Stooges, Elevators and Golden Dawn at some gigs.

There's a lot of great songs we would like to play. Classic songs from 50s to 90s.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Play a lot of gigs and do some kind of second release for this year.

We also try to develop our sound and image of music.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for doing interview and great blog.
Thanks Joni


Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun with The Solar System - A Track by Track

Novamente nas páginas do TBTCI o The Solar System já virou sócio de carteirinha, primeira a entrevista feita no final do ano passado sobre a compilacão Red Air que foi uma retrospectiva da carreira de Chris Oliver e seus comparsas psicodélicos.

2013 comeca e o Solar System lanca um album absolutamente esquizofrênico, experimental e altamente psicodélico, logicamente que a música do The Solar System não é pra qualquer um, muito pelo contrário, a música é feita por e para iniciados, simplesmente um deleite que Syd Barret aprovaria de imediato.

Duas longas faixas compõem a obra Underwater Aftermath e Fit a Bull, dissonâncias permanentes nas duas músicas dão a temática que conduz a desconstrucão completa da forma musical que usualmente estamos acostumados.

At Least They Laughed é um album para poucos e esses poucos o exaltarão como uma das melhores obras da psicodelia moderna, e ninguém melhor explicar conceitualmente e demais detalhes do que o mentor da obra, Mr. Chris Oliver.

***** At Least They Laughed by Chris Oliver *****

THIS IS A SONIC CONCEPT ALBUM! Two long songs comprised of many short songs which were first recorded digitally then dumped onto my Tascam 464 4-Track and recorded onto a 1982 Memorex cassette tape for further sonic treatments then fed back into the computer.

The new Solar System album came out my want/need to fully express my extreme experimental/psychedelic side of myself. The concept of the album comes from many inspirations mainly from the prog rock/psych rock world. I've always loved and marveled long songs/pieces like "Close To The Edge" by Yes or "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield "Echoes" by Pink Floyd and like the Green Typewriters song suite by The Olivia Tremor Control. So I've always wanted to try to write a very long piece so i went for it. So I came up with a few short songs and thought to myself, How about I put them all together as one long flowing piece. Even though the songs themselves aren't connected to eachother, somehow it worked and flowed together well. So my next thought was to somehow turn it into a sonic concept album as the music itself doesn't tell a story like "S.F. Sorrow" by The Pretty Things or like "Tommy" by The Who. But I thought instead of a concept album consisted of story songs, How about I do a sonic concept in which I recorded all the songs onto a 1982 memorex cassette onto my 4-track to get that tape sound/vibe. And tweak them further and then re-record them into the computer. What I did for the 2nd and last song/piece "Fit A Bull" I decided to randomly bring back bits and pieces from the first song/piece "Underwater Aftermath" but have them come back backwards. So all during Fit A Bull random bits from the previous track comes at you in reverse which to me is sonically feeding into the soundscape story. Maybe even as much as it's been said before, have it been seen more as a soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist!

I will never write/record another album like this but I needed to get this out of my system and show this side of myself. Right now The Solar System is a full band and we are currently recording a EP of older Solar System songs but drastically re-worked with the band. We are also writing new material together. Last practice we started work on our first song together as a group. It's all coming together so well and it's very exciting times for me and the rest of the guys.
Thanks Chris!!!

terça-feira, 12 de março de 2013

Ghost Riders with Oracle O. - An Interview

Mais Dinamarca, tá foda hein, sem maiores blá, blá, blás, o ponto é que a Fuzz Club Records é detentora do que o TBTCI considera o melhor cast da atualidade, vai vendo, Dead Skeletons, The Wands, Dead Rabbits, The Underground Youth, e senta que lá vem a lista e agora vem Oracle O., duo barulhento, blues chapadão de garagem com tons psicodélicos um duo digamos inusitado tem Dinamarca e tem Chile, ´bvio que a esquizofrenia viria em alto e bom som, e é por ai, o novissímo Cracking the Eyes é exatamente isso, uma lembranca de White Stripes vem a mente, Detroit Cobras também, mas tem um ar meio dark em todo o album que depois de ler a entrevista dá pra entender o motivo, daí o seguinte, pegue pelo seu Cracking The Eyese delicie-se com o Oracle O.

***** Interview with Oracle O. *****

Q. When did Oracle O. start? Tell us about the history of the band...
A: Some years ago, when Kate and I started a proyect about a sound installation

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Well, they range from old stuff such as Pink Floyd to darkwave rock and alternative pop, Section 25, Wire, Julie Cruise, etc

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: "Physical Graffiti" (Led Zeppelin), "Suicide" (Suicide), "Five leaves left" (NIck Drake), "Red" (King Crimson), "Thriller" (Michael Jackson), among several others.....a modern masterpiece should be perhaps "Innerspeaker" (Tame Impala).

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: It feels alright, the dark room, purple lights, you know...It could sometimes be a challenging moment too, specially if there’s bad sound (or just the wrong soundman), but it is mostly a gratifying experience.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording Cracking the Eyes?
A: Well, mostly i’d come with a melody and a skeleton of a structure, and we all would then start to jam and find the groove, so the sounds would develope symbiotically towards words and orchestration. That´s the studio work; at the recording sessions we are all hot and focused but we always change something or add this or play with that, we like freedom.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Forget about it...He he...well there’s a bunch of them. I’m pretty fond of Indian Jewelry, although they’ve been around for a while. They exude the freedom and the confusion i’d rather get closer to. Back home we are close to some local bands too, among them, Ocean View, for example. The synth semi-pop of john Maus captivates me quite much too.

Q: If you should make a cover version of another band, what would it be?
A: Mmm...I guess it could be "Christine" (Siouxsie and the banshees), it really delivers pop noir and madness in one blow. I have always thought about "We Will Fall" (The Stooges) too, it is such a soundtrack of many nights coming home late.

Q: What's your plans for the future....
A: Well, touring "Cracking the Eyes" in europe and do festivals...here in Copenhagen we are preparing new music for the next Lp, and elaborating videos.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Do What Thou Wilt
Thanks Mauricio Santana


Day of The Lords with The Woken Trees - An Interview

Definitivamente  Dinamarca esta nos presenteando cada vez mais com espetaculares sons, veja, Raveonettes não conta ok mas sim bandas que tem se tornado prediletas do TBTCI, caso do The Wands Death Valley Sleepers, Black Light White Light e agora em seu debut NNON o TBTCI se curva ao poderoso e soturno The Woken Trees, seguindo uma linha similar ao Blue Angel Lounge, o Woken Trees faz psicodelismo dark, soturno e dissonante, mantras são proferidos pela banda de forma gélida e densa, ao como uma jam entre Black Angels e Joy Division se é que isso é possível.

O fato é que NNON chega zunindo na mente e deixando tons acinzentados que meus caros, não há como fugir.

Detalhe, o album saiu ontém, e o TBTCI já escancara uma entrevista tipicamente da casa....

***** Interview with Henrik Thorsmark Østerby, guitarist of The Woken Trees *****

Q. When did The Woken Trees start? Tell us about the history of the band...
A: We have all known each other since our early teens, where we used to skate, party and listen to music together. The Woken Trees started when the six of us moved to an abandoned house in the suburbs of Copenhagen. We started writing songs in the cold and gloomy cellar of the house.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: There are so many great bands that have inspired us and to list just a few seems almost ungrateful. But we have to mention; Wovenhand, The Black Angels, Health, Low, Glifted, Warlocks, A Place To Bury Strangers, Joy Division, The Soft Moon, The Seeds, The Open Mind etc. etc. etc. Thanks guys!

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures
My Bloody Valentine: Loveless
Sixteen Horsepower: Sackcloth’n’Ashes
Neil Young: Harvest
The Doors: The Doors

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: We attend to accomplish the same stages as a magic/religious ritual. The rhythm, the repetition and hopefully a transcendental experience. It is our aim that the audience is going through the same thing, whether they enjoy it or not.

Q. How would you describe the sound of The Woken Trees?
A: Dark, heavy, aggressive and frequently noisy.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording NNON?
A: Though we recorded the album live, it was surprisingly easy to do. We rented a studio for six days and recorded everything live except the vocals. We had to call upon the gods in order to capture those lyrics.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: The Blue Angel Lounge, Get Your Gun, Uncle Acid And the Deadbeats, The Beardy Durfs and The Wands are definitely worth a listen or 5.000.

Q: If you should make a cover version of another band, what would it be?
A: 1000 Mexicans: Diving for Pearls.

Q: What's your plans for the future....
A: Our plan is to tour a lot, write a shitload of new songs and hopefully record them.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Please take care of nature, especially the forest and the ocean. Fear the Tree Spirit and worship the cult of NNON!
Thanks Henrik 


quarta-feira, 6 de março de 2013

The Psychedelic Sounds of The Black Angels - An Interview

Bom, não vou ficar divagando muito por aqui, apenas vou me curvar e prestar reverência a uma das melhores bandas da atualidade, perfeitos em estúdio, sublimes em cima dos palcos, diretamente de Austin, Texas para o mundo, o grande mais muito grande The Black Angels, em vias de nos presentear com o quarto álbum intitulado Indigo Meadow, o TBTCI tem a honra máxima de trocar uma ideia com Christian Bland....

Este que vos escreve sugere, tenha tudo desses caras em sua discoteca pessoal porque o Black Angels é simplesmente obrigatório.

Meus caros, com a palavra Mr. Christian Bland.

***** Interview with The Black Angels *****

Q. When did The Black Angels starts, tell us about the history...
Alex and I grew up together in Seabrook, TX. We met back up in Austin in 2002 and The Black Angels eventually started in May 2004 when Stephanie joined the band.

Q: Who are your influences?
buddy holly, bo diddley, the everly brothers, syd barrett, brian jones, john lennon, brian wilson, wes wilson, lewis carroll, stanley kubrick, the fab five.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. The Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn
2. Jesus & Mary Chain - Psychocandy
3. The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band
4. Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
out of body

Q. How do you describe The Black Angels sounds?
it used to be hypno-drone n roll, but now it's progressed to psychedelic rock n roll

Q: Tell us about the process of recording Indigo Meadow?
We started working on the album in Austin in January 2012 and wrote 30 songs thru June. In August we went to Tornillo, TX to record at Sonic Ranch. We recorded 16 songs, 13 of which ended up on the album. The process was different than Phosphene Dream which was recorded in LA at Sunset Sound. I think the environment and what's happening in our lives makes its way onto the album and influences the way it sounds. We worked with John Congleton on this album and his approach was different than Dave Sardy. Both producers were great to work with. It's like painting with watercolors on one album and using oils on the next.....same task, just different mediums.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
white fence, the growlers, psychic ills, clinic, ty segall, pure x, the night beats, cosmonauts, holy wave

Q: What´s the plans for future....
once the new album comes out April 2, we'll be touring the world the rest of 2013 into 2014.

Q: Any parting words?
be prepared to rethink your preconceived notions about everything.....and

and go to AustinPsychFest.com!*
Thanks Christian.....

I Wanna be Adored with Elephant Stone - An Interview

Uma busca intensa a música perfeita, essa é a máxima dos canadenses do Elephant Stone, no currículo, turnes com gente do naipe de Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Angels entre outros, o que já dá uma credencial enorme ao combo psicodélico que auto denomina-se Hindie Rock, citaras, psicodelia 60´s a´la Byrds, e lógico Stone Roses, é inevitável não fazer a associacão imediata com os grandiosos de Manchester.

Mas o Elephant Stone simplesmente acabou de jogar no mercado um album daqueles que são preciosidades instantâneas tamanho o apelo cantarolável das músicas, muito se deve também a outro queridíssimo e predileto, o Teenage Fanclub, porém o Elephant é mais dancante e mais psicodélico mas não menos melodioso, enfim o ponto é que o homônimo lancado a pouco, bem que poderia cair na graca do mundo inteiro, seria algo extremamente benéfico para toda a nascente psych da atualidade, mas como acho isso pouco provável, vamos por aqui com mais uma exclusiva entrevista no TBTCI.

***** Interview with Elephant Stone *****

Q. When did Elephant Sotne starts, tell us about the history...
Pretty started following my departure from the High Dials in 2006... I decided to focus on my sitar training...This all lead to a trip to India with my wife in 2007 and the songs just started to come...

Q: Who are your influences?
wow... where to begin... I guess the beginning? The Beatles, the Who, bollywood... then all the great sould/rb form 60s, motown, freakbeat, psych, 70s punk/mod (the jam!!!), 80s indie (sonic youth, husker du), 90s (teenage fanclub, stone roses, blur, mbv, pixies)...

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Beatles-White Album
Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
Cornershop - When I was Born for the 7th Time
The Who - Live at Leeds
Zombies - Oddysey and Oracle

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Nervous, anxious, exhilarated, happy.

Q. How do you describe Elephant Stone sounds?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording album?
We did this album live to 2" tape/24-tracks with vocals and other stuff as overdubs. It all happened so fast! As usual, we recorded with our buddy Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes) at Breakglass Studios (Montreal)

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Tame Impala of course... However, I discovered a new band named TOY.... pretty cool.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Teenage Fanclub - Alcoholiday

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Lots of touring and then more recording...

Q: Any parting words?
om shanti om.
Thanks Guys

terça-feira, 5 de março de 2013

The Perfect Prescription with François Sky - An Interview

Quando se ama a música, se ama a si próprio, e assim é François Sky, um dos grandes músicos e amantes de música que conheci durante essa saga do TBTCI neste mais de quatro anos.

Venho há tempos querendo entrevistá-lo pois eu digo e afirmo, sou um dos grandes fãs de seu trabalho, inúmeros projetos como Data Unit dentre outros, mas eu particularmente prefiro seu trabalho sob a alcunha de François Sky, psicodelia, drones, space rock, são apenas alguns termos que podem definir a musicalidade genial de Mr. François, mas o ponto é que o talento e a inspiração simplesmente é acima do usual, eu diria que meu amigo François Sky é um gênio.

Seu último trabalho esta na majestosa compilação A Mind Expasion http://fuxa1.bandcamp.com/album/a-mind-expansion-digital-compilation, com a espetacular música Drone Controlled, simplesmente imperdível.

Amigos, deixo vocês com o mestre François Sky e sua história.

***** Interview with François Sky *****

Q. Tell us,the story of how you started to become interested in music?
I've always been positevely sensitive towards a lot of different music work.

I was born and raised in a family where sometimes music was becoming sort a non conventional weapon,
so i guess a regular kid, i've been sort of fascinated by the potential power of such a thing that can make plates flying and doors slamming. Well, that's partly a joke.

Q. You are a great lover of guitars, how many guitars do you have? What models? What is your favorite?
I really like guitars indeed and the more issue they seem to have the more catchy they turn out on me. So far i had like fourty, most i really liked, some i modded 500%...

That crazyness was by a time when i could afford even if most of these weren't some expensive ones. Since i've got two of my alltime dream ones i do not turn into a electronic freak anymore. What's good as it is has to remain as it is. "The better is the enemy of the good." Nowadays i've got like six guitars including a cheap bass, a classic one, a folk one, a hollow electric one and my two Fender which are a Jaguar and a Jazzmaster.

I'm always in search for something that moves me regarding guitars, mostly their sound, so i keep looking very often in second hand shops more than online stores. I do not get the point to buy such a thing online just like a pair of crap goods.

Did i tell you i like synths too ?

Q. You have countless projects, explain the concept of each one for us...
Well, they're just some different parts of my doings.  I have been thinking that my work was sometimes too different to be under one single name. I was wrong, since a while i'm consolidating all my present work and it's a lot to do. Having different entity gave me the choice to think more one way or one another, but now i feel like i don't have to do so anymore. Just doing what i'm doing and when i'll have to go play live again i can use any band name. Not because it does not really matter, but because however i call it, it's me and this will never change.

Q. What are your influences?
Look at my favorite guitares.

Q. Which albums of your life?
Those i'm gonna do for sure ! Ha ! I like some made by others very, very much, but i don't feel like dropping names. Mostly because there are a few of them i know for real, those who know me can say what i like.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
The future ? ha ! I've got a track on a tremendous and epic compilation which includes a total of 50 songs
by bands and artists like Fuxa, Sterling Roswell, Cheval Sombre, Martin Rev, Spacemen 3, Spectrum,
Sleepyard and so many others.  I'm on this as "François Sky" with one of my latest track which stands for what i'm mostly doing these days and can be considered as a live gig outro. 

The title is "Drone Controlled" which seems clear enough to me, regarding some present events. So my plan is to share and spread this release from MIND EXPANSION Records, but not only. Then to make a new live band as i really feel well and happy in Berlin.

Love changes so many things, man.

I'm also looking forward for some collaborations.

Q. Any parting words...
"Better doing anything than nothing."
Thanks for your attention and support.
Thanks François


sexta-feira, 1 de março de 2013

The Devil May Care with Celestial Bums - An Interview

Diretamente de Barcelona, Espanha, psych xamânico regado a fantasmas de Barret, Morrison e logicamente que Mr. Anton Newcombe é mito para o Celestial Bums, combo freak, mas freak pra cacete mesmo, altas doses de Black Angels também são notadas, ou seja riffs e viagens garantidas sem garantia de que a volta possa ocorrer.

O fato é que o debute homônimo é daqueles registros que empolgam e quando você já esta plenamente hipnotizado de repente acaba, e fica aquele gosto de que se faz mais necessário mais medicamentos urgentemente.

Fico aqui o pedido do TBTCI ao Celestial Bums, amigos precisamos de mais alucinógenos imediatamente, e enquanto isso não ocorre, vamos deixando um gostinho de LSD a todos....

***** Interview with Celestial Bums *****

Q. When did Celestial Bums starts, tell us about the history...
After living abroad for some years, destiny brought me back to Barcelona. Soon after, I got convinced to start a new project here. I began looking for some other musicians in order to develop some demos I had. I was so fortunate to find people who where as passionate about the project as I was. Celestial Bums begun in early 2011.

Q: Who are your influences?
What united us was basically neo-psychedelia. But influences are all the things that you have absorbed through your life and that unconsciously sleep inside you. In that case, sixties west coast sound, german kraut, british cold wave or UK in the early seventies form the main part of the soundtrack. Or, if you want, Mike Oldfield appears in the dark and wakes up Morricone who calls Robert Smith. He explains some chords to Syd Barret. Lou Reed gets it all, while Morrison reads the beatniks beside him. They have a baby, and they name him Anton.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
The Doors - The Doors
Pink Floyd - The Piper at the gates of dawn
Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn
The Rollling Stones - Exile On Main Street
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Their Satanic Majesties Request

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Like having sex with the existence, like honoring your soul.

Q. How do you describe Celestial Bums sounds?
It's trippy, hypnotic, lysergic. The most psychedelic of all are nature and the reality it presents us with, and we try to capture its essence through sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
We self-recorded the album in our rehearsal studio. It was basically joy because we did not expect anything.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
2 bands from other countries: Our friends from Los Angeles Fool's Gold and Tales of murder and dust.
2 bands from Spain: Our friends from Lüger and Pony Bravo.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
To know if a musician understands us, we make him learn The Warlock's So paranoid.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We are going to release 2 new songs. We might split a vinyl with Scotland's Helicon, through Psilocybin Sounds

Q: Any parting words?
We always say "Psych & Love"
Thanks guys