segunda-feira, 29 de abril de 2013

Medications with Psychic Ills - An Interview

Prediletos do TBTCI, aliás o Psychic Ills é predileto de 11 entre 10 amantes do novo psych rock, também pudera, simplesmente espetacular o mix 60´s psicodelia com psych garage remodelado e mais do que atual.

O TBTCI já havia prenunciado o que esta acontecendo o psych iria dominar o submundo dos bons sons, em nome de Spacemen 3 e Brian Jonestown Massacre e os deuses do psicodelismo e viagens shoegazers fundiram-se e a explosão era inevitável, e agora tá aí, escancarado, sangrando, gritando e fazendo os freaks viajarem fortemente.

One Track Mind recém lancado, é simplesmente viciante, delirante e viajante, não há como não dizer que sera um dos mais mais desse ano.

O TBTCI já vinha ensaiando soltar essa entrevista mas estavamos, TBTCI e Psychi Ills apenas aguardando o momento propício, e agora veio, bom deleitem-se em poucas palavras os mestres do Psychic Ills.

***** Interview with Psychic Ills *****

Q. When did Psychic Ills starts, tell us about the history...
Tres Warren: The band started in 2003 in New York. I had ideas in my head for sometime before that, but that’s when it happened.

Q: Who are your influences?
TW: There’s too many to name, but here’s a few that I never stray to far from: Silver Apples, Suicide, Bob Dylan, Royal Trux, Gene Clark

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
TW: I can’t do that, but here’s the top 5 of last week:

1. 13th Floor Elevators – Bull Of The Woods
2. Master Musician of JouJouka - Brian Jones Presents The Pipes Of Pan At JouJouka
3. Tony Conrad with Faust – Outside the Dream Syndicate
4. Mayo Thompson – Corky’s Debt To His Father
5. The Byrds – (Untitled)

Q. How do you fee l playing live?
TW: I feel more comfortable playing a show than I do walking down the street.

Elizabeth Hart: The experience can vary a lot depending on the audience and the energy in the room or if the sound isn't quite right, but I always just try to just go with it, get lost in the music and have fun.

Q. How do you describe Psychic Ills sounds?
TW: It’s a sound that keeps growing. We’re building on some recurring things and working with what we know how to do, but also continuing to explore new things.
At this point we’ve tried some things that we’ve like better than other things. But then again, that’s always changing.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the new album?
EH: Tres, Chris Millstein and I tracked the guitar, drums and bass in about two days, a couple more days were spent on overdubs and vocals, and then we mixed the record in a few more days. It was a pretty quick process. It might be nice to have more time in the studio eventually, although I also kind of like the constraints of deadlines because you can't waste any time.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
EH: Chui Wan, Gap Dream, Moss Folk

TW: Wooden Wand

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
EH: The Doors

TW: George Jones

Q: What´s the plans for future....
EH: Keep making music, and see some more of the world playing music.

TW: There’s some talk about possible dates in Mexico and South America this summer. Maybe we’ll see you down there.

Q: Any parting words?
EH: Thanks for the interview!

TW: Thanks!
Thanks Tres

Public Image Ltd. with Black Sugar Transmission - An Interview

The Glamour Pantomine é nada mais nada menos do que o quinto album do Black Sugar Transmission, banda que chegou mandando material ao TBTCI e a ligacão e identificacão foi imediata, o pos punk com uma cara de John Lydon e seu PIL gerou um tempo nos psych´s e shoegazer´s que perambulam estas páginas.

Os caras não fazem nada de novo muito pelo contrário o lance aqui é anos 80 pesadamente, The Cure fase dancante, PIL como foi exposto, e um Q de NIN fazem o som do Black Sugar Transmission resgatar aquela coisa perdida neste que vos escreve, ainda é possível fazer sim pos punk sintético sem ser piegas.

É a prova que o BST acertou em cheio em seu The Glamour Pantomine, conheca mais dos caras e cai na pista sem medo de se sentir piegas, viva os 80´s!!!!

***** Interview with Black Sugar Transmission *****

Q. When did BST start, tell us about the history...
At the tail end of 2006, just after my band pOp*stAr*kiDs dissolved, I bought a new computer and some recording gear, wrote some new songs and started Black Sugar Transmission. I recorded a few early tracks with some drummer friends of mine (Matt Farley of BULLY and Jerry Gaskill of KING'S X), a couple of which ended up on the first album (which came out in September 2007). One of the other very early tracks I recorded as BST was a cover of "The Ghost at Number One", which ended up on the first-ever Jellyfish tribute album, Sensory Lullabies (on Burning Sky Records)

Q: Who are your influences?

The post-punk era, electronic music of all types, heavy rock and pure pop. Some faves include: The Cure, Prince, Motorhead, Basement Jaxx, Queen

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
The Cure's Head on the Door, Madonna's Immaculate Collection, Motorhead's Overkill, Daft Punk's Homework, King's X's Gretchen Goes to Nebraska

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It depends on the gig, but for the most part I feel like a fish in water when playing live.

Q. How do you describe BST sounds?
"Fist-pumping, melodic and highly destructive dance-rock" (which is actually not my description, but it works better than anything I could come up with! Thanks David Adler...)

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I've explored a lot of different songwriting processes but for The Glamour Pantomime album, I tried something new; basically I started working on a bunch of instrumental tracks, which I tweaked and developed simultaneously for a few weeks last October, really developing the details of each track until it was pretty full-sounding and sonically evocative. Some of these ideas started as beats, some started as synth riffs, some I wrote on the guitar...

After I'd compiled about 20 or 25 of these instrumentals, I picked the ones that were going on the album, and put them into a running order (this was before I'd written a single lyric or melody). Then I went through the songs, in sequence, and wrote the lyrics/vocal melodies. I completed the lyrics for the first six songs in one day, and penned the others the same week.

I tracked the lion's share of The Glamour Pantomime's vocals on Thanksgiving Day, in the order that the songs appear on the album. It was a fun day. The whole album, between writing, recording and mixing, took two months.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Hank & Cupcakes, The Netherlands, Niki & the Dove, Shinobi Ninja, Duchess Says

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
There's a ton of covers I've done, from The Damned to Fleetwood Mac, at this Soundcloud page:

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Playing live with the new lineup of Black Sugar Transmission (which includes Ava Farber, Percy Trayanov, Shane Smith and me), and maybe a year-end compilation of non-album tracks called Diamond Shavings.

Q: Any parting words?
Support authenticity, boycott mediocrity!
Thanks guys

sexta-feira, 26 de abril de 2013

From The Lion´s Mouth with Bootblacks - An Interview

Insanidade, demência, pos punk, art noise, cold wave, tudo no caldeirão maléfico do Bootblacks servem apenas como ingredientes porque dá pra incluir facilmente pitadas caustrofóbicas de James Chance, os Bootblacks são tudo isso e mais um pouco.

O debute dos caras é uma preciosidade fora do tempo e da época epa, não nada disso, os caras são de 2012 mesmo, mas a mescla de The Sound, Chameleons e James Chance e Sonic Youth é notória.

Simplesmente um abuso sonoro como dia o mestre Ricardo Bola, que aliás foi o cara que me introduziu ao Bootblacks.

E como retribuicão, vai uma entrevista que só poderia aparecer nas páginas do TBTCI.

***** Interview with Bootblacks *****

Q. When did Bootblacks starts, tell us about the history...
Alli: Panther and I played together in The Holy Kiss in San Francisco for a few years. While we really enjoyed playing with them, we felt ourselves wanting to write songs that were more expansive and to explore different sounds, but felt confined, as it wasn't really our band. We decided to make our own way and move to NYC. It was really exciting to start with a fresh clean canvas and not give ourselves any limitations. With each new album we hope to explore new sounds and directions.

Q: Who are your influences?
Alli: Of course the obvious bands like The Sound, Depeche Mode, Bauhaus, Joy Division, etc. I learned to play guitar when I was little by studying Jane's Addiction, Led Zeppelin, Rowland S. Howard, PJ Harvey... We all listen to a lot of different kinds of music as well, and are musically pretty open-minded. Erik Satie is one of my favorites.

Panther: I grew up with parents who had great taste in music so I was always around punk like The Cramps, Ramones, Depeche Mode, Klaus Nomi, so I guess that type of 70s punk and 80s electronic music has been floating around in there since I was a kid. When it comes to playing music I started with The Beatles but graduated to hardcore and metal as a teenager. All this stuff seems so subconscious I’m often surprised about how it twists and contorts itself in unexpected ways in our music.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Alli: This is really hard to do.

1. Depeche Mode- Violator
2. PJ Harvey- To Bring You My Love
3. The Sound- From the Lion's Mouth
4. The Birthday Party- Peel Sessions
5. Joy Division- Closer

Panther: Unfair and subject to change. And not to be redundant, I also love Violator.

1. Scott Walker-2
2. David Bowie-Lodger
3. Simple Minds –Empire and Dance
4. Wire-Pink Flag
5. New Order- Power Corruption and Lies

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Alli: When we are playing live I feel the most happy. I genuinely love the music we make and I love playing it. I try to really let myself go and lose myself in the music, because it's the most gratifying to me, and because I want to really share that moment with anyone who was kind enough to come share it with us. Putting on a show is very important to us. When we write music we try to look at it from a listener's perspective-- what would be exciting as a listener. When I look out and see people dancing there is nothing that could make me happier in the world.

Panther: I actually consider us a “live” band because I think our music translates best in front of an audience. There isn’t anything comparable to performing in front an audience. A song, which has already been arranged and written, becomes flexible again and feels like a dance, where we can react to each other. Music is a universal language and performing it is the most addictive and wonderful experience I have ever known.

Q. How do you describe Bootblacks sounds?
Alli: We have had many friends tell us this, and I think it actually does describe us pretty well: there is something familiar and comfortable about the music, but it doesn't feel like a re-hash, it feels like a new twist on music we all love to listen to. Certainly we spend a lot of time and work very hard to keep things interesting and new, but we also know why songs like "Enjoy the Silence" make people move so much: because they're just great songs that give the listener what they want.

Panther: I think we are always trying to reshape our sound and love challenging ourselves to be allusive to a certain genre. I’m always amused by the categorizations of punk, post, wave, dark, combinations because I can’t decide which one I would choose for our band. I’ll leave that to the critics and assume if somebody’s interest is peaked by the influences we are trying to collage in our music they probably know better which record store bin we belong in.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Alli: We have been lucky enough to be adopted by Brian Scott Herman at SMT Studios, who has been so encouraging and really believes in what we're doing. We did all the tracks live and then overdubbed vocals and a little guitar. It was important to us to try to capture the live energy on the recording, and I think we succeeded. I've honestly never been more proud of a recording than I am of the "Narrowed" EP. We plan on getting back into the studio for the next album in the next few months, and I can't wait to make something even better. We want to just keep working and touring and writing and touring. No rest!

Panther: Just to reiterate, SMT was a wonderful experience and we are looking forward to doing our next album there. Previously we had brought in complete songs and this time we may write a couple in the studio. This is exciting because there is equipment in the studio which will allow us to develop new sounds and parts or more simply, new cool toys to play with.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Alli: We just came off a 16-show tour of Europe with Monozid from Leipzig, Germany, who are a really fantastic band and wonderful people. Really driving, danceable postpunk. Bands we are good friends with back home are Pop.1280, Hot Guts, Void Vision, Rosenkopf, Tiers. There's lots of great stuff going on in NYC, we're really lucky to live here.

Panther: All of those, and though they’re not new, Cult of Youth, Xeno and Oaklander, Light Asylum, Trust, Black Marble, YOU, K-holes.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Alli: At the moment we're not really into the idea of covering anything. We're more excited to devote all of our time to writing new stuff. But I do sit around my apartment playing all kinds of covers on my acoustic guitar.

Panther: To cover a song is to suggest we can add something to an existing song, not just play it. I’m not sure that moment or opportunity has come up but wouldn’t be opposed if it did.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Alli: World domination.
Panther: Yep.

Q: Any parting words?
Alli: Thank you to everyone who has supported us and continues to believe in what we're doing! We are just so happy to be able to travel the world and share the music we make with such cool people.

Panther: Stay tuned
Thanks guys

quinta-feira, 25 de abril de 2013

Dead Souls with Soviet Soviet - An Interview

Diretamente da Itália o combo post punk noise Soviet Soviet já um dos prediletos há tempos no TBTCI prepara seu primeiro album que em breve vira aterrorizar o mundo.

Esquizofrenia a servico da cold wave, Alessandro, Andre e Alessandro, não há como ficar ileso a catarse da música do Soviet Soviet, dissonâncias gélidas e em ritmo insano, os caras pegam o pós punk e em riffs tensos e repetitivos certamente agradariam ao mestre Curtis. 

Lembro claramente a primeira vez que ouvi o Soviet Soviet, cortesia do chapa Al Schenkel e foi tipicamente um soco na cara.

E agora chegou a vez dos caras ilustrarem em grande estilo as páginas do TBTCI.

Mas um aviso, esse debute promete encabecar as listas mais iniciadas de melhores do ano, vai por mim. 

***** Interview with Soviet Soviet *****

Q. When did Soviet Soviet starts, tell us about the history...
A. I think that all started in the 2009..Alessandro (guitar) and Andrea (singer and bass) talked about a new musical project..Alessandro call me (drum) and we started to play together..without ideas about musical genre...we wanted to play..and we is a simple story but it is the true story of our band

Q: Who are your influences?
A. We have lot of influences..we listen lot of kind of music..we don't listen only post punk bands..we love joy division, the cure, echo and the bunnymen and many more but we listen also other bandw..for example Alessandro (Guitar) loves Dinosaur Jr, Andrea (bass) listen Thermal and i listen bands like Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkings...

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. This is my list (Alessandro - Drums)
1. Ok Computer - Radiohead
2. Silent Alarm - Bloc Party
3. Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins
4. New adventures in hi-fi - REM
5. L'imboscata - Franco Battiato (italian singwriter)

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
A. I feel's the reason why i play drums and i love music

Q. How do you describe Soviet Soviet sounds?
A. it's instictive's the music that we play..that we's powerfull.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A. It's an instictive process..we meet in training room and we start to play..sometimes Andrea try a riff with his bass and Alessandro follow him with some notes..or sometimes it happens the opposite..Alessandro try a guitar riff and Andrea follow's a collective process..all together..bass, guitar and drum

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A. it's more important for us recommend the underground scene..every country has an undrerground musical scene..and it's very importart to listen young bands..

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
A. we made a cover version of "curami" of the band CCCP we love this song

Q: What´s the plans for future....
A. We are working on the first our LP..we want to play live and share our music

Q: Any parting words
A. Thank you for this opportunity, because with this interview we have the chance to share our ideas and our opinions.

Forever Alien with Sleepyard - An Interview

A Noruega impressiona, veja, Serena Maanesh e Maribel são dois grandes exemplos mas ambos de certa forma concebem uma sonoridade acessível e ouvível, o que não acontece com o Sleepyard, um duo que busca inspiracão nas viagens e colagens do kraut mais tortuoso e principalmente na obra de John Cage e também Peter Kember aka Sonic Boom, aliás o mestre já trabalhou com o Sleepyard, mas eles pegam um pouco no Spacemen 3 mas muito, muito mesmo no E.A.R., o que certamente muitos podem não apreciar, mas o fato é que a sonoridade é tortuosa, oras extremamente delirante oras mais doce, não há simplesmente limites para a criacão das obras do Sleepyard.

Na bagagem 3 albuns, eps e singles em diferentes gravadoras, nada especifico nada feito para ser acessível, o lance do Sleepyard é não haver formulas básicas para criar.

Obras como essa sao apreciadas somente por poucos, e o TBTCI facilita um pouco a todos expondo através de um dos mentores do Sleepyard, Oliver Kersbergen  a história e as curiosidades do Sleepyard.

***** Interview with Sleepyard *****

Q. When did Sleepyard starts, tell us about the history...
A: I started Sleepyard in 1994 as an outlet for my experimental pop leanings, to play around in the studio. At the time i was playing in a punk band, but that started to become a bit boring. My brother joined me in Sleepyard the following year and we became a band.

We released our first EP in 1999 and have released three albums an EP and one single after that on various labels.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Beach Boys, Neu!, John Cage, Miles Davis, Fleetwood Mac, Spacemen 3 Walt Whitman, Edvard Munch, Stanley Kubrick

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1: Friends - The Beach Boys
2: Basement Tapes - Bob Dylan & The Band
3: Discreet Music - Brian Eno
4: Music from the Penguin Cafe - Penguin Cafe Orchestra
5: Then Play On - Fleetwood Mac

Q. How do you feel playing alive?
A: Very strange. Sometimes it is enormously cathartic other times it can be a bit weird if things go a bit cliche. I`m not one who loves smoke machines and stuff, haha. Still it is a great experience to be able to entertain people.. It really is an honor.

Q. How do you describe Sleepyard sounds?
A: Psychedelic and Calm

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A: I usually start recording my songs at home. Often starting with a simple drone or a beat and do progress to what sounds natural. Sometimes i might send it to a guest musician who can add things i am not able to play. They send the files over to me and i then try to mix it together. On this new album i am working with Mike Garson and Judy Dyble a lot. They both have added so much to the music and that in turn inspires me. It`s all a big circle these days.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A: Universal Ornament, F-Sky, Barnaby Bennett

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
A: We used to play 2000 Light Years From Home by The Rolling Stones. Now, i would like to cover "Simon Says" by 1910 Fruitgum Co. and one poem of Steve Kalinich. He is a great poet and have written lots of great lyrics for The Beach Boys.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
A: I`m finishing our new album Black Sails. It will be released in the US this year and also in Europe.
I`m also going to do a tribute to Karlheinz Stockhausen hopefully with a proper orchestra.
I hope to work more with US band Fuxa also in the future. I`m on their album "frequencies for physical, mental and spiritual healing" and will be contributing to their next album "Dirty D".

Q: Any parting words?
A: Keep cool, Be still, Peace out! Love.
Thanks Oliver

terça-feira, 23 de abril de 2013

Methodrone with Spacegazer - An Interview

Peter Kember, Jason Pierce, Anton Newcombe, Kevin Shields, os irmãos Reid, ou seja todos os mestres evocados certamente devem estar com sorriso de ponta a ponta, é só colocar qualquer música do viciante Spacegazer, nome sugestivo e já indica ao que veio, viagem com wall of sound, psicodelismo e muitas guitarras.

Paris esta queimando definitivamente, Vincent Vaillant tem parte de culpa nisso, simplesmente o TBTCI aguarda ansiosamente o album cheio, e você deveria também, mas tudo bem, se ainda não se curvou perante o Spacegazer, escute Gone e leia quem é Vincent Vaillant e o já grandioso Spacegazer.

***** Interview with Spacegazer *****

Q. When did Spacegazer starts, tell us about the history...
Spacegazer is a project I wanted to do since a lot of time. I was wasting my time in ridiculous rock bands and really wanted to enter in a more personal thing and genre. The problem is that I'm really shy and spent to much time smoking and drinking haha. (I still do of course!) I had to move my ass and do something. So I made a little studio in the corner of my girlfriends apartment and started recording some ideas!

Q: Who are your influences?
I'm really into psychedelic and shoegaze music. Also, slowcore and drone. I can say that my principal influences are The Velvet Underground, The Warlocks, BJM, and Spacemen 3 for the classics. Others are True Widow, Joy division, Wooden Shjips/Moon Duo for the heavy and deep sounds. Spectrum and La Monte Young for the drone. So much band are influences for me man... I can spend days talking music!

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Really hard question... Depends on my everyday feelings. I can try to make a list (no order):
- Brian Jonestown Massacre "Give It Back"
- Spacemen 3 "Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To"
- My Bloody Valentine "Loveless"
- Dead Rabbits "I Love You" EP
- Pink Floyd "Live At Pompei"
- The Velvet Underground and Nico
I know there are 6 albums but I can't remove one!

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Playing live would be great for Spacegazer. But I just started recording stuff by myself and I don't have any members, except my best friend but he just started learning bass haha! I really want to play live in the style of the KVB you know? I like the Spacemen 3 thing "minimum is maximum". I like difficulty, playing guitar with keyboard drones and drum machines in the same time... fighting for the music!

Q. How do you describe Spacegazer sounds?
Spacegazer sound is heavy and slow. Trippy and deep. It's music to get high. There is something beautiful in noise. I have acouphens since I'm a child so I learned to live and appreciate the noise. Looks like a shoegaze definition isn't it?
I want to put my feelings in music and be disconnected from other bands to make something new, not revisited... Music is life.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
For recording my songs, I use an external sound card for the vocals, guitars and bass and a midi keyboard/MPC for the drums and keys. All of this with Ableton Live. I have a shit load of pedals and guitars too... But as I said, I'm on my own for everything in the process of making music and I don't have much money. But fuck money... I also work as a part time video editor so I make all the videos too. Here's a picture i took some weeks ago to give you an idea of my conditions of work! Cheap and messy!

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
There's a new era in underground music. The good music have a new future. I really enjoy The Blue Angel Lounge, Tales Of Murder And Dust, Dead Rabbits, The Laurels, Dead Skeletons, The Soft Moon, The Oscillation, Ringo Deathstarr etc... and also The Black Market Karma with my long time friend Louisa. So much bands man...

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I want to make a special cover for The Blog That Celebrates Itself. Something original, like The Horrors did with a shitty Beyonce song, but something more constructive of course. I'm hesitating... I was thinking about "Janitor Of Lunacy" by Nico or turning "The Blame" by Gonjasufi into a deep psych song. I don't know yet! You'll have the surprise!

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Playing gigs would be great. I also want to make an EP and share it to the world... Other tunes are coming and I want to focus more on my recordings and take the time work them more. I'm never satisfied in what I do, i'm a perfectionist but I'm always pressed to share my work...

Q: Any parting words?
I want more people to know my music. It's complicated to find people who likes underground music... even in Paris man! I make music for people, not for money. Everybody is free to download my songs for free or to make a donation, but the best is to share and like my facebook page or send me messages because it gives me courage to keep on making music by knowing that some people likes my band! I love everybody. Take care of you. Thanks to The Blog That Celebrates Itself for talking about me, you guys are awesome. I can't even realize you interviewed me! LOVE.
Thanks Vincent

Wrote for Luck with The Phoenix Experiment - An Interview

Psicodelia alucinogena e altamente dancante, isso te lembra algo!?!?!Ah sim, o segundo verão do amor, ou Madchester para os chegados, pegue o 808 State e o Happy Mondays e cruze-os, provavelmente um dos rebentos seria o The Phoenix Experiment, música pra caras como meu camarada Fabio Bridges, e para o TBTCI é claro.

Fica evidente a modernidade no som do Phoenix Experiment, mas o apelo retrô é descaradamente sedutor.

O novo Ep Black Knight Satellite é um convite a pista e a uma noite sem fim, e os caras deixaram gratuito pra facilitar a sua viagem,  e o TBTCI dá mais uma mãozinha e mostra qual é a do Phoenix Movement.

Altamente recomendado.

***** Interview with The Phoenix Experiment *****

Q. When did The Phoenix Experiment start, tell us about the history...
The Phoenix Experiment evolved from our previous band ‘the 66’, in 2011. We quickly released a track called ‘Cut you Down’ via a now defunct label. It did very well and introduced a lot of people to us.
Following the demise of the label, we dismantled the band down to me (Mike) and Craig and became a studio project.

We spent a year or so working on ideas, honing our vision. We’ve now evolved into a full-band again, recruiting our former band-mate Paul Glover on guitar and keys, and Gaz Bennett on drums and percussion.
It’s the best band any of us have ever been involved with, and we’ve been involved in some great things. I wouldn’t even class us as aband; it’s something else, something more to us. We’re a ‘Phoenix Rising from the Ashes’, the ashes of many things.

Q: Who are your influences?
Personally; the light, the dark, life, death, leaving this reality behind, and the good people I surround myself with.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Damn, it always changes, but some albums are always going to feature.
At the moment I’d say:
The Doors – The Doors,
Death in Vegas –Trans-Love-Energies,
Ian Brown – Solarized,
Led Zep 3, and...
Pink Floyd – Dark side of the Moon

Q. How do you fell playing alive?

Live is where we are naturally at. Between us we’ve done thousands and thousands of gigs, I think this comes across in the live performances as we can pretty much improvise with complete freedom and
take our set in whatever direction we’re feeling at that particular moment.

You’ll never hear the same show twice at a Phoenix Experiment Gig. It’s an adventure for us and an adventure for the audience, a joint creation between both of us.

Q. How do you describe Phoenix Experiment sounds?
I’ve heard all sorts; Industrial Pink Floyd, The Verve, Prog Rock without the pretentiousness. There is a definite sound... initially crafted by myself and Craig. The addition of the full-band just amplified that initial vibe massively and added a whole lot more, than we could ever do alone, into the mix. To us, the sound is the 4 of us in a room and what we collectively create.

We prefer to assimilate various sounds, ideas into our collective. Personally, I use colours and pictures to build an overall vision how a song will sound and make people feel. That’s the important thing.

We’re pretty much the Borg of the Psychedelic World, but with emotions!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the new ep?
I wrote the initial Living like Dogs on Holiday in 2011, also the same holiday I formed the idea of The Phoenix Experiment. I was sat next to the pool with an Apple Mac, that’s where it came about. Sounds
dark for a holiday creation doesn’t it? Dark shit happens. Chaos was written by all of us in rehearsal and is often a set-opener. I knew I wanted to call the EP Black Knight Satellite, so I then sat down and wrote the title track afterwards. I often work in a non-linear or reverse fashion. Times irrelevant, it all comes together at some point!

The tracks were recorded in various studio set-ups over the past 7months and moulded together by myself using a hammer, some glue and a sonic screwdriver.

The vision was the story of humanity and technology and a tipping point. I used these themes to try and create the image of a clash between the two while producing it. You’ll often hear the electronic elements of the track try to overwhelm the natural, which was part of my thinking – that’s what is happening.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I’m very slow when it comes to new bands, or new anything really. Off the top of my head, bands I would recommend checking out are: Dead Skeletons (most psych music from Iceland). A great band from Scotland
called ‘Helicon’, and a track called Grim Reaper Blues by a band called Entrance. I live in a very secluded small world, but I love the music they spin on DEADTV.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Probably something by DJ Shadow or Robert Johnson! Maybe a mash-up.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We’re in a great position now where we’re self-sufficient. We can write; record and release material all by ourselves. The studio is currently undergoing a major upgrade so that will only improve our releases and make us more efficient.

We do it for the love of doing it; someone else would also have to have that love if they wanted to get nvolved.

What we would like to do is to get our music out to as many people as possible, be it via releases or gigs. Fame or egotistical reasons do not interest us. Our message is strong, and musically, we have something different to offer the psychedelic community. Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to create music full-time? We’ll dowhat we can to make that come true, with minimal selling of the soul to achieve it.

Q: Any parting words?
Grab our EP for free or donate at spread the good word. Most
of all – have faith in the realness of The Phoenix Experiment and Love One Another. We’ll need it.
Thanks Mike

Nine While Nine with Sleepmask - An Interview

Em tempos de DªRK and CºLD Sounds of TBTCI nada melhor do que falarmos sobre uma das mais bacanas bandas da nova geracão da darkwave, o Sleepmask.

No currículo os caras já tocaram com Chameleons, David J. Veil Veil Vanish e por ai vai, alguns eps, e sempre, sempre mesclando sentimentos shoegazers com doses pesadas de Sisters of Mercy e a darkwave em geral, sim, porque o Sleepmask foge por completo do esteriótipo gotico. Aqui parece que Dkr. Avalanche resolveu dar as caras novamente e Ming guitarrista, vocalista e mentor do Sleepmask nos transporta diretamente para 1984/85 e em tons cinzas, negros e um branco vazio do tamanho do universo, faz da linda e dolorosa música do Sleepmask um convite a auto analise.

Cuidado com seu estado de espírito ao ouvir a música do Sleepmask, pois os efeitos são proporcionais ao que você esta sentindo.

Em estúdio, gravando e mixando Into a Radiant Abyss o album que vira ao mundo brevemente, Ming caminha conforme seus dogmas levando a música do Sleepmask a maiores e mais visiveis esferas, aqui o TBTCI presta reverência a ele.

***** Interview with Sleepmask *****

When did Sleepmask starts, tell us about the history...
mv: i began writing many of the songs that were to become the first sleepmask songs back in 2005, while i was playing guitars in one of the many bands i've been in over the years, faculty x. faculty x was and is a band with a great aggressive and edgy deathrock sound, and as much as i enjoy playing with aggression, alot of the sounds i hear in my head are more aetherial and melodic. so, sleepmask was born from my need to manifest the more beautiful and delicate sounds i wanted to convey.

I moved to nyc in 2007 for a year and when i moved back to l.a. in 2008 i immediately assembled a group of musician friends and began teaching them the material i'd written from 2005 to 2008.

I've had multiple different lineups over the years and have played alot of great shows, headlining most of them in clubs here in los angeles, and opening for some amazing groups like the chameleons, brmc, and david j of bauhaus/love and rockets fame.

I've put out 3 ep's on itunes to date and i'm currently mixing my first full length lp to be released sometime in the next few months, hopefully in tandem with a film coming out soon that i scored with my partner, producer nick launay (p.i.l., nick cave and the bad seeds, the yeah yeah yeahs et al.)

Q: Who are your influences?
mv: i really love and am inspired by my favorite influential guitarists, kevin shields of my bloody valentine, daniel ash of bauhaus, robin guthrie of the cocteau twins.. i love the sisters of mercy and siouxsie and the banshees, slowdive, and any number of 80's deathrock, gothic, shoegaze and post-punk groups beyond number..

I'm also heavily influenced by literature, sci fi and fantasy writers like frank herbert, tolkien, philip dick, william gibson, philosophers like marcuse, derridas, nietszche, poets like rimbaud, blake, baudelaire, keats..
and film, german expressionists, kubrick, ridley scott, and my favorite giallo film makers dario argento and mario bava..

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
mv: oh, tough one. hmm.. in no particular order, the Sisters of Mercy: first last and always, my bloody valentine: isn't anything, bauhaus: mask, chris and cosey: techno primitiv, the cocteau twins: garlands... but really this is an impossible task, there are thousands upon thousands of records i needed to absorb to grow.. i really find myself happier reading than listening to music these days..

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
mv: there's really no feeling to replace playing live in front of an audience. the studio is the most rewarding experience, your work is preserved for eternity and can be shared by millions once committed to tape.. however, that interaction with fellow musicians and a crowd, is an orgy of sex and sound that can be so euphoric..

Q. How do you describe Sleepmask sounds?
mv: my friend guitarist andru aesthetik said it best i think, that "Sleepmask is a distinctive blend of jagged post-punk, ethereal textures and romantic sensibilities that represents an escape into the exotic realm of the senses." i couldn't have explained it any better... thanks andru!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
mv: i hear melodies in my head all the time.. once the muse starts to whisper, i'll sit down at my protools rig at home and start with a tempo, get a good sounding drum loop going.. i always lay down the bass line first, i play all the instruments myself on nearly all the recordings released to date.. i'll play the bass line, then continue with guitars, in layers, with whatever textures i feel apply.. then i'll ad synths and go back to adding drum and percussive accents. once the music is finished, only then do i begin hearing vocal melodies and working on the lyrics. singing is the last element.

Then it's on to the mixing process, i usually take my home sessions and bring them to more advanced studios for mixing through expensive outboard gear.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
mv: i'm sorry to say i really am out of the loop, i am pretty unaware of what's happening outside my own internal world. i am certain there are alot of fantastic contemporary peers making beautiful music, but i find i'm better off listening to the music i hear floating in space, those are the songs i reel in and record, they become sleepmask songs.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
mv: truth be told, i'm really against the concept of the cover song. most likely they are perfect as they are, and it's criminal to re-record them, unless the artist has a completely interesting and unique departure from the original. that said though, i have covered a few in my time, but more because i wanted to feel the feelings that the artist felt when they wrote the song, to relate to those emotions, for personal reasons, over thinking i have a version that's better than the original. i've covered the sister's of mercy, 'nine while nine', love and rockets, 'no big deal', which i did for a compilation record that ended up not being on that release, and, most meaningful for me, roy orbison's 'only the lonely', which i gave a decidedly shoegaze feel.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
mv: i'm currently on hiatus from live performance, i'm playing with my one of my other bands faculty x for the time being, but i'm currently mixing my first full length sleepmask LP, to be entitled "Into a Radiant Abyss.' it will have 10 to 15 new songs. i hope to release it in tandem with a film i recently scored with producer nick launay, it will be called PLUSH, directed by catherine hardwicke (13, twilight, lords of doggtown, red riding hood.) and starring emily browning and xavier samuel.

I know i'll assemble a new lineup for sleepmask later this year and hope to perform in nyc and select cities in europe, i'm much better received outside of los angeles it seems. i'd love to play in brazil and so many other countries, but europe seems to make the best sense for now, until i can get financial backing to support widespread travel.

Q: Any parting words?
mv: i'm just supremely grateful that this music has reached any kind of audience at all, it seems a miracle to me, as it's been strictly diy the whole way and has spread word of mouth over the years. the internet is such a marvelous thing, without it no one could ever have discovered my little universe of sound. thank you so very much for taking the time to listen, to care.
Thanks so much Ming.

segunda-feira, 22 de abril de 2013

Young Team with Sounds of Sputnik - An Interview

Roma Kalitkin é o homem-banda por trás do Sound of Sputnik, meio 1/3 de post rock, 1/3 de dreampop, 1/3 de shoegazer e 1/3 de Cocteau Twins.

Em colaboracão com o duo Ummagma, em breve saira a ep de estréia do projeto, que no minimo desperta interesse enorme no shoegazers e dreampoppers de plantão nos quatro cantos do mundo.

Outro ponto altamente interessante é a presenca do SoS no projeto Foud for Danny, sim o amigo que se foi Danny Lackey.

A música do SoS é altamente sonhadora, muitas vezes lembrando o grande Rumskib porém instrumental.

O TBTCI recomenda e apresenta Roma em entrevista, que certamente você só vai ver por aqui.

***** Interview with Sounds of Sputnik *****

Q. When did Sounds of Sputnik start, tell us about the history...
First off, my name is Roma Kalitkin. I began SOS in 2010 at a time when I refused to take part in several other musical projects I used to be involved in, such as Berlin-Bombay, Pustosh, etc. I was getting really tired of the endless chain of rehearsals, not to mention the amount of precious time I felt like I was losing by being involved in those projects. At some point I realized that the music I was most interested in making was actually something that I would likely only be able to do by myself, and preferably in the comfort of my own home instead of collectively in some rehearsal space. I had 25 years of experience performing in various bands, which meant that I didn’t have to invite other musicians to perform this or that part, including for drums, in order to realize my vision. I abandoned the "collective intelligence" that comes with being in a group, and finally felt like I had complete creative freedom, of course, within the scope of what is a post-rock or shoegaze culture.

Q: Who are your influences?

I was really influenced by Joy Division, The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, The Wedding Present and The Smiths, among others. These groups formed an entire generation of musicians and gave birth to the indie scene, so I'm grateful to them for all they have done. But unfortunately, this kind of music has never gotten anywhere in Russia, while probably made it twice as attractive for me personally.

Q. Make a list of your favorite 5 albums of all time…

The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Sonic Youth - Goo
The Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Mogwai - Rock Action.

Q. What feeling do you get when playing alive? How does that compare to working in the studio?
Of course working in the studio is not as bright and emotional experience as being on stage, but I find this is the best way for me to achieve genuine depth and insight in terms of the music I’m creating. It used to be that the recording of an album entailed some kind of advertising for concert, but now it seems to me that things are in the process of changing 180 degrees. For a long time already, we have been sitting and staring at our computer screens, just watching whatever we feel like, and it’s also the case that the sound experienced at concerts leaves much to be desired. Now people are able to get an endorphin rush in a variety of other ways. Having said that, of course I’d still be among the first in line to buy MBV tickets should they ever decide to come play in Moscow.

Q. How do you describe Sounds of Sputnik’s music?

I think it’s difficult for any band to objectively assess its own music, but everyone I’ve come into contact with to date tell me that I am definitely on the right track. Moreover, the collaborative work we’ve been doing with Ummagma has given me a strong dose of healthy optimism with respect to our music, not to mention hope that we will be making a real musical breakthrough this part of the solar system. I know you know all about Ummagma because they’ve been mentioned in this blog before and because they are collaborating with your artist Robsongs – well they began in Moscow and I knew them when they got together. I was writing music with Shauna, the singer, even before she met Alexx and I can tell you that the stuff we were writing back then had a totally different sound than now. They were both kind of shocked upon hearing what I’d produced after a gap of about 6 years of no contact with one another. Then all of a sudden I learned about their new music and they learned about mine. Shauna seems to think that my music has echoes of the past, similar to bands that you have heard before (like Mogwai, Sputniks Down or Airiel), and even stronger echoes of the future. I also agree with that assessment. I hope that answers your question.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording your debut album?
I won’t go into detail about the process entailed in writing this debut album – that would really take a lot of time and there’s a lot of technical stuff there that wouldn’t interest most readers. What I can say is that it has been a labor of love and that we’ve made significant headway even terms of what we’re doing.

There’s also something else that’s really worth mentioning here and that is the main underpinning for this process – we have been able to throw around tracks via the Internet, passing them back and forth and developing them further. More and more, musicians from various parts of the world are becoming united (at least the opportunity to do so is there), and the brilliance in this is that the potential results are often something that is unexpected and they can even be astonishing. That is what we are aiming for and, by the sounds of what we’ve put together so far, that is what we will deliver.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?

These days, I am very happy to listen to Airiel, Astrobrite, Echo Lake, Lovesliescrushing, Highspire, Jesu, Air Formation, Hammock, Magnetic Mornings, Fleeting Joys, and many other groups that are sent to me by such avid shoegaze audiophiles like Vladimir (Vova) Karpov. He’s in the band Aerofall, which I also highly recommend to anybody who hasn’t heard their music. I also obviously recommend Ummagma or I wouldn’t have pursued any joint work with them.

Q: Which bands’ music would you love to make a cover version of?

I think I’d have to say I’d love to do a cover version of a Jesus And Mary Chain song. That would be completely interesting because of their incredible energy and their seemingly simplistic performance. I would love to record a song of their as a tribute to them.

Q: What are your plans for the future....
The main thing for now in gearing up for our joint release with Ummagma – it will be Sounds of Sputnik’s debut album – and we are aiming for early summer for that release. Although I previously composed and played on one track with them earlier (“Live and Let Die”), this will also be our debut release as a joint project. In terms of what the future bears, I can honestly say that I’m in no rush to get there – one day at a time. What I can say is that, once this album is released, it will likely feel like I am starting from scratch once again. Quite recently, I often dream up a very beautiful melody during my sleep, which I sometimes manage to record early in the morning before it fades away, so I’m hoping that all of these will also soon end up being useful for me.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Yeah, I want to thank your blog for supporting such musical projects like this one. The way you write about the bands you cover is akin to us playing our instruments. And thanks to your readers – hopefully they’ll also have a listen (to the music).

For the Fund for Danny Lackey:

sexta-feira, 19 de abril de 2013

Pink Noise Test with Crystal Shipsss - An Interview

Uma conjuncão em Alemana e Dinarmarca e eis que a chama noise brotou novamente, Crystal Shipsss é o nome um esporro pop com um wall of sound absurdo que me remeteu diretamente a Scott Cortez e seu Astrobrite, aquele noisy pop encharcado de wall of sound, é isso, a formula magica da musica do Crystal Shipss pega essa vertente, claro que modernamente, um Q de garage rock lofi tipo Guided by Voices ou Pavement vem na receita também.

Os caras vem com um cassete limitado a 100 cópias e preparam seu segundo album, pois é, tem estrada, não é de hoje que Jacob Faurholt esta na estrada, e para o deleite do TBTCI o contato foi feito e a ausência do Crystal Shipsss nas páginas do TBTCI não mais existe, porque se liga na entrevista.

E bom noisypopcolouredwallofsound pra você.

***** Interview with Crystal Shipsss *****

Q. When did Crystal Shipsss start, tell us about the history?
When I first moved to Berlin back in 2010 I read Patti Smith’s novel “Just Kids”. It was very inspiring, and in it she referred to a song by The Doors called “Crystal Ship”. So that was were I got the project name, not knowing that it was a Doors reference (not that it matters!), and that was when CS started. At first the idea was to write, record, and mix one song at a time, and then put it online immediately. I also had this “rule” that I would only sing with a high voice, very different from my “normal” voice, which is kind of deep. After a while doing this I decided to make an album. I therefore went back and remixed the songs already online, and recorded some more, which ended up being CS’ debut album “Yay”.

Q: Who are your influences?
I listen to a lot of music, and I am always looking for new and (new) old bands to listen to. The music I listen to inspires me, so my influences change along the way. But bands like Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Galaxie 500, Guided By Voices, No Age, and Nadja have all been influences making CS’s debut album and the new EP.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time.
Smashing Pumpkins – “Siamese Dream”
Dinosaur Jr. – “You’re Living All Over Me”
The God Machine – “Scenes From A Second Storey”
Guided By Voices – “Alien Lanes”
Sparklehorse – “Vivadixiesubmarineplot”

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Right now I feel great playing live, as I am very happy with the band I have. We are a three piece, we have a great chemistry, and our shows are loud and noisy. So it’s a lot of fun.

Q. How do you describe Crystal Shipsss’ sound?
Live as in the previous question. The recordings have been described as psych – pop, melodic, noisy lo–fi with references to the 90’es. All that is true I guess.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the new EP?
I recorded a couple of songs with a friend back in 2009, which I ended up not using at the time. Later in 2011 I was in Reykjavik, Iceland, and I started remixing the recordings, and thought the result was pretty cool. So I decided to record some more songs, and make an EP out of it. Normally when I write songs, I write for a specific album project. The songs on the EP though, are a collection of songs that I for some reason, did not use on any albums. Not to be considered as b-sides though.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Youth Lagoon, DIIV, Campfires, Man Meets Bear, Amen Dunes, TEEN

Q: Which bands would you love to cover?
Maybe Sparklehorse, Mark Linkous’ music is very special to me.

Q: What are the plans for the future?
Music wise it is to release the new EP on May 6 (May 7 in the US). Then I have the next Crystal Shipsss full-length album coming out in September. Hopefully I will also get to play some more shows with the band.

Q: Any parting words?
I would like to mention that the new EP is coming out on a limited cassette (100 copies) via Mouca (Europe) and Three Ring Records (US). Other than that I would just like to thank you for the interview!

terça-feira, 16 de abril de 2013

The Devil May Care with The Durty Wurks - An Interview

E lá vamos nós para mais um capítulo da nossa viagem psicodélica ao redor do mundo, dessa vez, apresentados ao TBTCI pelo amigo Col Mcgregor do grande e predileto FRANTIC CHANT, chegou a vez dos também escoceses de Edinburgh, o The Durty Wurks é foi paixão a primeira audicão, quando Col me mostrou a compilacão de sua gravadora a Dogs Got a Bone, o baque foi na hora, também pudera, o Durty Wurks pega a fase Stones do BJM e vai mais fundo ainda, aí meu caro é covardia.

Não teve outra, contato automático com os caras e é claro, entrevista pra gritar ao mundo o quanto o Durty Wurks é foda.

Quem venha o album urgentemente!!!

***** Interview with The Durty Wurks *****

Q. When did Durty Wurks start, tell us about the history...
We originated as 5 mates throwing a band together just for the fun of it really. None of us really played much apart from the drummer and our lead guitarist at the time, Gav and I knew next to nothing of music and production. We knew a lot of people who were in bands around Edinburgh, so getting a gig was quite easy and we just jumped in at the deep end I guess. To this day have probably had more gigs than practices.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Rolling Stones are a big influence on the band, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Velvet Underground also, especially on myself. I would have to say Neil Young as well, as me and Gav hit “Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps” hard whilst we were recording the album and our bass player Euan would kill me if I didn’t mention Fleetwood Mac.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – B.R.M.C,
Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street,
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Bravery, Repetition and Noise,
Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps,
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love it, there is no better feeling in the world than taking the sound you made during the recording process and replicating it live. We always try to make our gigs, at the very least eventful. I suppose that’s what makes a good band and that’s what you hope for when playing live.

Q. How do you describe Durty Wurks sound?
Looking as an insider and reflecting on our influences, I realise that we are just one big concoction of all the above-mentioned bands. I don’t think we sound like a particular one of the said bands but if you were able to mash them all up together, I reckon you would get very close to our sound. Its just good old fashioned rock and roll with a modern twist, whether it’s a ballad a lullaby it will kick you in the face and leave you with a recognisable sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I tend to sit and play my guitar, usually acoustic. I stick to about 2 chords and hum out a melody. If needed I’ll think of a change or a chorus then add that in. Once I have the tune and the vocal melody in my head, I’ll get down to writing words on a subject personal to me at the time. Once that’s done I’ll hook up the laptop and start to record the guitar and vocals immediately to try and keep in the mind-frame of the song and hopefully capture the mood that made me write it. Then it’s just a case of getting the lads over to figure their parts out. Some songs come quicker than others and some are easier to record but recording this way has had a detrimental affect on the sound of the songs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I would have to recommend a band I believe you know well already, The Valkarys. The Valkarys gave me my first shot at playing in a band a good few years ago now and if it wasn’t for them I probably wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now. Also The Jackals, another Edinburgh band we have had the pleasure of playing with; these guys along with Frantic Chant probably sparked my interest in the local music scene we are just merely trying to keep it going.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We love to do our cover of Hey Hey, My My, the Neil Young classic and we’ve been known to murder a few Verve songs.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We really just want to develop our following a bit further, We have the tunes down and free to download and were currently making a few more recruitments to obtain the optimum live sound, so I guess the next step is to take it on the road and hope for the best!

Q: Any parting words?
Support independent music!
Thanks Ian

segunda-feira, 15 de abril de 2013

Thanks God For Mental Illness with This Other Kingdom - An Interview

Diretamente de Dublin, Irlanda, o ensurdecedor This Other Kingdom vem fazer parte do exército que vem se formando e tornando-se maior e mais poderoso ao redor do mundo, a cena Psych moderna vem rapidamente tornando-se extremamente poderosa, e recheando o cardápio mundial dos Festivais, Japão Psych Festival, Glasgow Psych, Liverpool Psych e por ai vai, todos vem se juntamente ao maior de todos o Austin Psych Festivall, um sinal fortíssimo e que esta meio que sendo evitado pela critica especializa, mas o TBTCI avisa, já já isso vai explodir de tal forma que não mais podera ser evitado.

O This Other Kingdom jogara no mercado amanhã, 16/04 seu Ep de estréia o tortuoso e atormentado Sunlight, escute Vacate The Horror e veja o tamanho do estrago.

Lógico que o TBTCI esta acompanhando de perto, porque é somente o comeco do que o This Other Kingdom vai fazer, por essas vamos com a entrevista, mas antes, só um adendo, o que esta sendo colocado foi precipitado no minimo há uns 3 anos aqui nestas páginas.

Peace, love and pych

***** Interview with This Other Kingdom *****

Q. When did This Other Kingdom starts, tell us about the history...
A: This Other Kingdom was put together in 2011 but only lasted a few months. We then took a break away to write some new songs and create a sound that would make This Other Kingdom different from the pack. We regrouped the end of 2012 with a new line up and a hunger to push the band as far as it can go.

Q: Who are your influences?
The bands influences vary but we do all like similar bands. I'd say my influences would be John Lennon, The Doors, Joy Division, The Cure, The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, The Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Fleetwood Mac etc...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
John Lennon - Imagine
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
The Doors - LA Woman
The Cure - Disintegration

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing live. I love the buzz of playing to a crowd. It's very satisfying to release all the hard work that would have been done in the rehearsal studio, especially if you have a loving audience.

Q. How do you describe This Other Kingdom sounds?
I'd describe our sound as Fuzzy Psychedelic Rock. The walls of sound are the emotion that portray the lyrics.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the Sunlight ep?
I had worked with the engineer before with a previous band so we decided to get him and book a studio. It was just a matter of picking four of our best songs and making an EP that we would all be happy to release, which I feel we have accomplished.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I listen to a lot of music, all kinds too. I go through phases, like I'm sure a lot of people do. My favourite bands at the moment though would be, The Blue Angel Lounge, The Black Angels, Temples and Jagwar Ma. They all offer different sounds but all still carry a lovely psychedelic vibe.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Well, we have been working on doing a cover of Rodriguez - Only Good For Conversation. It has that lovely fuzzy riff in it that I think would fit in our sets and it's a fantastic song from an amazing song writer.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We just really want to get our music out to as many people as possible. We would love to travel the world with our music and experience other countries and their love for music.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for showing an interest our band and helping us spread our music. We very much appreciate it.

quinta-feira, 11 de abril de 2013

(When you wake) You're Still in a Dream with Star Horse - An Interview

Shoegazer e Class of 86 em conjunto é basicamente jogo ganho certo? Lógico que sim.....

Daí fica fácil escrever sobre o Star Horse, diretamente de Stockholm o grupo já tem no currículo dois EP´s Crush do final do ano passado e Lust lancado mês passado, digamos assim, o Star Horse é o RDS da Europa, vocais menino/menina pegajosos e guitarras estridentes e sonhadoras, ah sim a formula não é nova, óbvio, escola MBV, mas é uma delicia quando a reverência é verdadeira e sem embromacões, é curto e direto, e dai o TBTCI vai e sonha em conjunto com o Star Horse.

Como de praxe, entrevista exclusiva a nós, sonhadores de plantão.

***** Interview with Star Horse *****

Q. When did Star Horse starts, tell us about the history...
Maja and Andreas met in Tokyo where they first talked about starting a band. Back in Stockholm they started playing in the beginning of 2011. We played with some friends that quit later on, but it feels like it really became a band when finally Samuel joined later that year. When Joel (who sings on Home) quit in 2012, Kristian started playing bass with us instead. Some might think that’s where the funky started.

Q: Who are your influences?
MBV, Ringo DeathStarr, Mono, VU, Pastels, Pixies, Citrus, Radiohead, Twin Peaks

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
It’s really hard to make a top five list because we have quite different tastes in music but....

Andreas Libertines - Up the Bracket
Maja Pastels/Tenniscoats - Two Sunsets
Kristian Radiohead - Hail to the thief
Samuel Bloc Party - Silent alarm
Star Horse Twin Peaks OST

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love it. But maybe we don’t show it. We probably just look nervous or shy. Or perhaps shoegaze.

Q. How do you describe Star Horse’s sound?
Some part of the music have a shoegaze vibe and some of it represent something else. Like a mix of our influences. Like a band with multiple personality disorder.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the eps?
Last spring, we had a bunch of songs and decided to record 17 of them. We recorded the drums in a “real” studio and engineered the rest of the recording by ourselves in our rehearsal place. Almost all the guitars are recorded with both a condenser mic and one dynamic mic, where the bad placement resulted in some minor phasing problems, hehe. We didn’t have any real bass amp at the moment so we just recorded it line-in. The whole process of recording by ourselves was quite hard since no one of us has a lot of experience doing it, but it was really fun and learningful.

15 of the songs have or will be released. One song just didn’t make it because we couldn’t find a place for it on one of the EPs and the other one was badly recorded so we wanted to re-record it at some other time.

The first EP, Crush, was mixed by the band together with our friend Martin Löwdin and Lust was mixed by Tom Ekander.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Shiny Darkly, Gum

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Lately we’ve been toying around with “I Will Wait For You” from the musical “Les Parapluis de Cherbourg”!

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We have some gigs booked and then there’s one EP left to release from the recording session last year that hopefully will see the light of day in May! After that we hope to get back in the studio some time in the summer to start working on something new, maybe an album, maybe an EP. We would love to put something out on vinyl. We have some really nice new tunes. The sound of the new songs are more dynamic, mixing distortion with clean guitar a lot more. We maybe put in some more synthezisers as well. More dreamy.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks Andreas

quarta-feira, 10 de abril de 2013

Ladies and Gentleman, Let´s Floating in Space Again with KR-3 - An Interview

A melhor surpresa da semana para o TBTCI foi a introducão a psicodelia Peace, Love and Psych do KR-3, estadunidenses de West Virginia, a banda literalmente flutua em jams psicodelicas pincelando tons coloridos por todas suas músicas, um caleidoscópio multifacetado que viaja desde o flower power até o novo psych atual, mas sempre com um leveza cristalina, uma suavidade, uma candura que acalenta os males.

A música do KR-3 é feita pra males da alma. 

Muito em breve a banda nos presentara com seu novíssimo Fractures and Sparks que só pela faixa titulo é pura inspiracão seja o video aliás o soberbo video da cancão homonima.

Enquanto aguardamos a obra prima, vamos adentrar ao mundo mágico e cheio de cores do KR-3.

***** Interview with KR-3 *****

Q: When did KR-3 starts, tell us about the history...
A: "KR-3 began in 2003 and was the name chosen as an ego-less way of  releasing an album cut mostly on 4 track tape. The album known as the Blue LP was inspired by psychedelic experiences and the name KR-3 was taken from the novel "Flow My Tears The Policeman Said" by the author Philip K. Dick. In 2004 the band was formed as a studio project. The musicians in the band rarely performed live over the course of 8 years but released 2 full length albums, a double album and 2 EPs."

Q: Who are your influences?
A: "Our influences come from a myriad of sources, from the sounds of free jazz albums such as Coltrane and Miles Davis, the psychedelic albums of the 1960's such as the Jefferson Airplane, the classic rock albums of the 70's such as the Rolling Stones, blues such as Buddy Guy and the bluegrass and Americana albums of Bill Monroe and the Osbourne Brothers."

Q: Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: "This is a very difficult question to answer.
1. The Rolling Stones - 'Exile on Main Street'
2. The Velvet Underground and Nico
3. Jefferson Airplane - 'Surrealistic Pillow'
4. Spiritualized - 'Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space'
5. Pink Floyd - 'Animals'"

Q: How do you feel playing live?
A: "The live experience for us is much different than either the studio experience or rehearsals as we are an improvisational band. This means we take big risks and use the live show as an experiment. It can be both
very rewarding and somewhat scary. Playing live is like a musical conversation between the members of the band and the audience and every show is completely different."

Q: How do you describe KR-3 sounds?
A: "We're sort of like the sound of ocean waves lapping a coastline, cyclic yet not repetitive. Our live shows are punctuated by cacophonous buildups using tension and release or tonal convergences of sound. We
have a somewhat classic sound in that we use vintage equipment but we have abandoned the classic approach to songwriting and opted for a more psychedelic or esoteric type of experiment."

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
A: "We could probably write a 500 page book on this topic so it's challenging to keep it short. Songs are written, presented to the band and then they undergo a series of revisions both in the rehearsal space
and on the stage. Once they are refined to the point where we can all agree that should be recorded we collect them, book time in a recording studio (usually 3 weeks to a month) and spend 12 hours a day recording the songs live then sitting down and discussing how best to embellish the live sounds with subtle overdubs."

Q: Which new bands do you recommended?
A: "We have Tame Impala's new album on repeat in our tour van."

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
A: "We don't often cover other bands, but we'd love to work up "Peace Frog" by the Doors."

Q: What´s the plans for future....
A: "Our plans are usually based on what we can immediately accomplish using the tools that are in our possession. We try not to look too far into the future as that tends to complicate the 'now' but we are looking
forward to continuing to tour in support of our new album Fractures and Sparks as well as heading back into the studio sometime in the very near future to record some new material."

Q: Any parting words?
A. "We thank you for taking the time to interview the band and to the readers, be good to one another. Love, KR-3."