sexta-feira, 31 de janeiro de 2014

Black Love with Crashfaster - An Interview

O TBTCI dá uma trégua no psych e ataca de electro noise.....

Kraftwerk com Afghan Whigs, NIN com Smashing Pumkpinks?? É o lance do Crashfaster é pra soar esquisito mesmo, mezzo eletrônico e robótico, mezzo guitarrada, e mesmo assim foge das duas coisas.

Further de novembro do ano passado fez um certo barulho pela cena de San Francisco e credenciou os caras a abrirem 2014 já pensando em excursionar pelos Estados Unidos mas antes disso tudo, uma passada no TBTCI pra explicar qual é a dos caras.

***** Interview with Crashfaster *****

Q. When did Crashfaster start, tell us about the history...

crashfaster was founded in 2008 as a solo project with a one goal: repurpose the raw sound of old 8-bit video game systems to create new music that was both nostalgic and also pushed sonic boundaries. After
releasing my first album in 2011, I felt that in order to evolve as an act, I must add additional musicians.
I'm really excited to be working with my bandmates. Each of us has our own distinct influences and style to bring to the project...all of which help create a more diversified musical palate. Ultimately this is what's going to set us apart. We aren't trying to mimic any particular style, but rather, by smashing several genres together,
we've begun to discover a wholly unique sound.

Q: Who are your influences?
Musically, I've been heavily influenced by the scores by Bernard Hermann and Danny Elfman as well as the works of Kratwerk, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, The Postal Service, and Smashing Pumpkins.
Lyrically, I'm a huge fan of Greg Dulli, Damien Jurado and Ben Gibbard.

Q. Make a list of the best 5 albums of all time
This is really difficult. My tastes are all over the place, so I'm going to approach this question through the lense of which albums have been most influential in forming the crashfaster sound:

Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
Afghan Whigs - Black Love
ELO - Time
Neil Young - Trans
Prince - Purple Rain
Fischerspooner - Odyssey

As you can see, I'm obsessed with albums that have a strong narrative construct and really push the limits of how pop music is defined.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is one of the single greatest experiences of my life. There's an invaluable feedback loop that's created between the artist and the audience that has molded every one of our tracks. We often
play rough versions of new songs to gauge not only how and when the crowd reacts, but also, how we feel while we're playing. Sometimes you record something that sounds incredible in the studio, but when you
play it live in front of people, it just doesn't work.

Q. How do you describe Crashfaster sounds?
At our core, we're a chiptune act - which is to say, we use a lot of old game systems to generate the electronic melodies. The NES, Gameboy and Commodore 64 are silent members of our band. We also layer in vintage analog synthesizers and drum machines. The rest is organic -vocals, guitar, drums. This creates an interesting dynamic of man versus machine. Our latest album, "Further" ended up sounding a little
more Industrial, but it's still difficult to classify. I think you'll hear all of my influences if you listen for them.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Usually we start by playing simple riffs on the NES or Gameboy, and then begin to layer additional instruments on top. This typically results in a very thick-sounding track. When we worked with Patrick
Brown (Producer on "Further"), he had us strip the songs back down to their essence in order to find the simple truth of what we were trying to say. This has had a profound effect on our songwriting, and I'm
excited to start working with a new creative process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I've had the all of these on loop for the past few months: Chvrches, Demon Queen and Perturbator. Also, my (monobomb) label-mate Doctor Popular's upcoming album, "Destroy All Presets."

Q: Which bands would you love to cover version?
We've done many covers in the past, from Nine Inch Nails to Weezer, but I'd still love to do ELO. I find Jeff Lynne's compositions to be equal parts simple (melodically) and complex (sonically). One of these days, I'm going to tackle it, but I want to make sure I do it justice.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We'd like to start touring outside of America soon, and we're already working on new material for an upcoming EP. We're also playing around with the idea of creating a video game based on the story line of

Q: Any parting words?
It's an exciting time to be an artist. Our music is not necessarily something you hear and immediately fall in love with. It's multi-layered. It's a slow burn. But thanks to the internet, people all over the world now have an unprecedented amount of choice on how they spend their time and money. I'm incredibly grateful that we can reach people who are searching for something new, something different, and that they support what we're trying to accomplish.
Thanks Morgan

quinta-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2014

The Perfect Prescription with Flavor Crystals - An Interview

Three lancado em 15 de maio de 2012 é o terceiro album do grandioso Flavor Crystals, diretamente de Minneapolis para ser a banda de abertura em 2012 do BJM, e durante esta turnê foi criado o conceitual, eloquente e soberbo, Three, um album triplo, vinil branco, que simplesmente passeia por psicodelismo sessentista, kraut, viagens ácidas, trips delirantes, shoegazing, de forma delirante vão se passando os seis lados dos vinis e viagens e mais viagens fluem....

Three é majestoso, grandioso tanto pela sua concepcão como pela sonoridade, tudo no album exprime liberdade, um desejo sem tamanho de que não há limites, a música do Flavor Crystal é assim, uma ode sem tamanho e precedente a liberdade de ser livre, não deixe de se aventurar.

***** Interview with Flavor Crystals *****

Q. When did Flavor Crystals starts, tell us about the history...
Well, we really got going with the release of “On Plastic” in 2005. We kind of found our sound making that record. Self recorded at our own pace and with very little confidence that it was actually music. I am really proud of my bandmates on this one. Dr. Dan Miller (lefty guitar) and Nick Foerster (drums) really helped create what we still are now. We really learned to share a vision and fumble through the darkness together.

Our second was “Ambergris” was created with Kramer (Bongwater, Low, Galaxie 500) in just a week’s time. We were totally unprepared, but I think that sparked some magic. It gave us the confidence to make mistakes and live with them, for others’ sake. Keep the humanity in the music. Kramer was a riot and I still think of him all the time. He captured our essence and it felt so fresh because of how quickly it all came together.

“Three” came after touring with the BJM. We went through a lineup change and two fantastic musicians joined us…Vince Caro (guitar) and Dr. Jon Menke (drums). I cannot speak for the others, but I was going through immense personal strife during this period, so much of this music feels darker and sadder to me, but hopefully some find that uplifting. Finishing this triple album was pretty difficult, but it really saved me. Nat Stensland (also our bassist) did a phenomenal job recording and editing this music. In many ways it was Nat and I dragging the new guys into a primitive cave and pummeling them with noises until they could no longer see straight…in a delicate way. They are proper Flavor Crystals now.

A fourth album is getting close to completion and I think it is similar in tone to “Three” but hopefully more beautiful. There are new pretty sounds, and it is more concise and emotionally direct.

Last spring we toured with LSD and the Search for God and the Telescopes, which was so amazing. In a roundabout way, this led to collaborating with Stephen Lawrie of the Telescopes, this fall, which was a near-religious experience. Then Ricky Maymi shows up out of nowhere and we make a single. It’ll be a split with Carsick Cars from Beijing! Now he’s got us heading to the west coast in March to join the China rock revolution…viva la guitarrorrissimo!?!

Q: Who are your influences?
We probably couldn’t agree on much as a band, but the purity of Komische music, the spirit of true psychedelia and the mood of shoegaze all exert gravitational pull on us. We try to draw inspiration from explorers we love, but the goal really is to explore our collective innerworld and share it with the outerworld.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
These keep on haunting me but there are so many more:
Spacemen 3- Perfect Prescription: a gateway drug album to the discovery of Suicide.
My Bloody Valentine- Isn’t Anything: guitars as brutal love toys
Sonic Youth-Washing Machine: stare into the heart of a lonely storm
Can-Future Days: way beyond autobahn, this is space travel
Michael Rother- Flammende Herzen: inner beauty, shared fearlessly The Clean-Vehicle: pure human spirit. I cheated. This is 6.

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
In our early days it was terrifying. Now it is probably the time I feel the most alive and connected to the world. This music has brought us together with so many wonderful friends, and it’s our chance to share. And fuck with our pedals.

Q. How do you describe Flavor Crystals sounds?
It’s hard to be objective, but mostly I hear us. It’s a blur and we wobble.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Its really spontaneous at first…the basic tracks are sometimes written without any discussion or direction. Then we labor over it…we fuss more over how sounds are balanced than over our own performances. Is that wrong?

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I mostly listen to old records…studying the history of magic.

Lately I am in awe of some of our fellow Minneapolis bands. Magic Castles are just fantastic, Chatham Rise, Gospel Gossip, Food Pyramid, the Chambermaids and a whole bunch of related projects continually blow my mind. Great people too. Kind of makes it hard to want to leave town.

Beaches, Tamaryn, Lorelle meets the Obsolete

Carsick Cars, Dear Eloise, both from China…

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We are mostly terrible at playing covers. I recently tricked the band into covering “Into Eternity” by Farah. I hope we record it.

Q: What´s the plans for future...
Take place in a 28 Hour Drone in Minneapolis (Drone not Drones) February 7+8 We are headed to the West Coast of the US with Carsick Cars and White +…so excited to break out of our shell and witness history. Finish this damn record. Then…build a sonic rainbow bridge to Europe.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for taking interest in us and supporting all of this fantastic music!
Thanks guys

quarta-feira, 29 de janeiro de 2014

Directions to See a Ghost with Haunted Leather - An Interview

Psicodelia pesada, cinzenta, nada de flower power, aqui o buraco literalmente é mais embaixo, Red Road é o penúltimo album do Haunted Leather o último é In Her Golden Room, combo de Michigan, que simplesmente pega na veia mesmo, da mesma linhagem de Warlocks, Black Angels e similares, o negócio dos caras é riffs barulhentos hipnóticos e vocais evocando o monstro sagrado Roky Eriksson.

Os caras prometem coisa nova pra esse ano, mas se você desconhece o Haunted Leather e o viciante Red Road, sugiro que tome vergonha imediatamente e não comete mais essa falha.

Os deuses agradecem.

***** Interview with Haunted Leather *****

Q. When did haunted Leather starts, tell us about the history…
We started in late 2010 as a three piece. We’ve added all of our friends since. We only had three other fiends, so we ended up a six-piece.

Q: Who are your influences?
Jack: Reed, Cale, and valium, Syd, Denudes
Dusty: The blues.
Shane: Beck.
Ross: Shakey, Terence Malick, Sonic Boom, Harmonia
Sean: Swans, Wooden Wand, Low, Whiskey.
Adam: Brian, Mick, Charlie, Keef

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. The Cure – Pornography
2. Neil Young – On The Beach
3. Angels of Light – New Mother
4. Jesus and Mary Chain – Darklands
5. Constantines – Tournament of Hearts
6. Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn

We did six, because there are six of us.

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
It feels good, but it’s better if there are drugs and something to drink.

Q. How do you describe haunted Leather sounds?
It’s hard to answer this objectively, we just play what we like.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We record with our friend Matt and try to do as much of it live as possible.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Bad Indians, Chit Chat, Electric Citizen, Abby GoGo, Heaters, Omecs…

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We haven’t done any covers yet, but if we did it’d be something like: Jesus and Mary Chain, Serge Gainsbourg, Sisters of Mercy, The Kinks, Velvet Underground, Fleetwood Mac, 13th Floor Elevators…

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We’re going on tour in May, we’ll be releasing a new album this year, and we want to keep releasing records that we like.

Q: Any parting words?
Chills, zones, illuminadoes. Thank you, I love you. Goodbye. Cheers.
Thanks guys

segunda-feira, 27 de janeiro de 2014

Their Satanic Majesties Request with Magic Castles - An Interview

Vamos fazer o seguinte, antes de continuar a ler o que virá abaixo, vai no youtube e veja/ouca All of my Prayers, daí volte e vamos adiante.....

Eles já abriram muitos shows do BJM, algumas pessoas referem-se a eles como uma fusão de John Densmore, Sterling Morrisson, Dean Wareham e Neil Young em conjunto, são na verdade uma batalhão, um pelotão armado único e exclusivamente com doses cavalares de psych, é eu sei, psych é algo que o TBTCI exalta, mas não se deixe enganar, abencoados por Anton, e dentro do cast da Cargo Records, aos desavidados a gravadora do Sr. Newcombe, bom se você ainda esta escutando All of My Prayers, certamente já mergulhou por completo nestas linhas, que pouco podem fazer a não ser exaltar tamanha catarse sonora, lenta e viciante, um mantra, uma religião, um dogma, ah sim, esqueci por completo, eles se chama Magic licenca que minha viagem ainda esta em andamento....

***** Interview with Magic Castles *****

Q. When did Magic Castles starts, tell us about the history…
As far back as I can remember I have been overcome with melodies and songs floating around in my brain, by 2005 it got to a point where they were practically bursting out of my mind. I went to SXSW in Austin, Texas that year and I saw Mike Wexler, Gris Gris, Psychic Ills, Dead Meadow, VietNam, Tomorrow’s Friend, and a bunch of other awesome bands. I went back home to MN and immediately quit the band I was in and started writing what eventually became Magic Castles songs on a 4trk cassette recorder. I put together a band and we started playing our first little shows in 2007, our first album was self-released in 2008. We released two more albums in 2009. All three albums were very limited and sold out quickly. In 2010 Anton Newcombe from Brian Jonestown Massacre heard our songs and contacted us about records he releases, and we agreed to release a compilation of out-of-print material on his imprint “A” Records. This eponymous compilation was eventually released in spring of 2012 and we toured as support for The Brian Jonestown Massacre later that summer. We toured the west coast in 2013 and finished recording a new album, its coming out on “A” Records this spring, I’m very excited about it.

Q: Who are your influences?
So many. All the bands I mentioned already. In high school I was fascinated by the "alternative" bands that were not grunge like MBV, Ride, Mazzy Star, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Pixies. In 1996 I was introduced to Slowdive & Mojave 3, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized and Spectrum, Galaxie 500 & Luna, Stereolab, High Llamas. That was a great year. Also, old British 60s like Syd Barrett and early Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things’ album S.F. Sorrow and classics like VU, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks etc. lots of West Coast bands old and new. Lots of weird experimental / pop like Skygreen Leopards and all the Jewelled Antler Collective bands, Fursaxa and Tower Recordings and all of those affiliated artists. These bands were each influential in various ways, each one played a role in my musical and spiritual growth at that specific time.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
In no order, Spiritualized “Lazer Guided Melodies” Brian Jonestown Massacre “Give it Back” Stereolab “Peng!” My Bloody Valentine “Loveless” Velvet Underground & Nico

Q. How do you feel playing alive?
I love playing live and if I could tour endlessly I would. There is something magical and beautiful about playing music with your friends, when you hit that sweet spot and everyone is on, it's beautiful.. I used to get nervous before a show, and sometimes I still do, but after years of playing live, almost everything I was ever afraid of going wrong up on stage has gone wrong, at some point, and what I learned is that it is ok. It doesn't have to be perfect. We give it our all and do our collective best when we play live and I think that is what's important. the energy of it all. The raw real-ness. I'm not afraid of mistakes anymore, there was a time when I would be devistated if something went astray. It feels better to ride the waves and let it rip

Q. How do you describe Magic Castles sounds?
Neo-psychedelic rock band but we are definitely doing our own thing. We are original and not derivative. My intention is to make epic and timeless music that transcends current fads and trends. I trust the listener to be willing to travel with us to new places. I create the soundtrack to an imaginary world, and that world becomes real, and we can get together and hang out there

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I am very introverted in my studio time creating songs. I am most effective working alone. I will often go to the studio, and spend all night working on songs, going from instrument to instrument creating and recording on pro tools. When I have something I like, I present the song to the band and teach them the parts or let them come up with their own ideas within the given framework. We don't stick to any one way of anything, but ideally we re-record my demos as a band professionally in a studio

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
As you know, there are a lot of great bands in Minneapolis who have gained national attention, like Flavor Crystals, Chatham Rise, Is/Is, they all make living in this town a little sweeter. Lately I have been loving Loop, Singapore Sling, Dead Skeletons and I saw Goat last year they were amazing.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version? we always cover Spacemen 3 for fun, but it would be fun to do some old classic lost psych like Sky Children by Kaleidoscope

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We have a new record out in the spring, so I'm co-ordinating everything regarding that. In the fall I would love to tour Europe, we'll see. I would like to set up a website online; a place for people to easily purchase Magic Castles merchandise. My bandmate might release a solo album, and I've been playing with some friends in a band called Dead Gurus. We're keeping busy.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for the interview, maybe one day we can tour Brazil. Have fun with the World Cup this year, I will be there in spirit!
Thanks Jason

sexta-feira, 24 de janeiro de 2014

Solar System with White Manna - An Interview

Stoner rock e psicodelismo rasgado, esse é o White Manna, evocando os desertos e seus ventos tudo é extremo na música dos caras, guitarras reverberam, os vocais beiram o caótico, tudo tenso, denso e psicótico.

MC5, Kraut, Sun Ra tudo condensado para altas e delirantes ego trips, escute Done Worship do ano passado e sinta na pele o gosto amargo da acidez da música do White Manna.

Aviso, os caras querem tocar no Brasil......

***** Interview with White Manna *****

Q. When did White Manna start? Tell us about the history...
White Manna began about 6 years ago when I moved back to Northern California from Los Angeles. A few friends and I started jamming and soon incorporating songs. We began playing shows right away. There have been a few different personnel changes over the years, but it's still a very similar approach as when we originally began playing.

Q: Who are your influences?
Too many to list... Agitation Free, The Damned

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Can- Tago Mago
Pharoah Sanders- Tauhid
MC5- High Time
Fripp & Eno- No Pussyfooting

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We very much enjoy playing live. We are a live band.

Q. How do you describe White Manna's sound?
Space chooglin'

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Our self-titled album was recording mostly live in a warehouse, only the vocals were overdubbed. Dune Worship was a strange and longer process as there were some personnel changes in the middle of the recording. We overdubbed several tracks and let Phil Manley do the final mix.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
They aren't "new" bands, but: Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, Carlton Melton, Kikagaku Moyo, Life Coach, Feral Ohms, Hedersleben, Hookworms, Midday Veil, Brain Fruit, and The Oscillation, Father Murphy.

 Q: Which bands you love to make a cover version?
The Saints

 Q: What´s the plans for future....
We have a limited pressing LP coming out on Valley King Records soon. It's going to be a picture disc with artwork by Alan Forbes. We are also getting ready to record again, lots of new songs and jams. We have some west coast shows coming this spring, and we will be back in Europe and the UK in September 2014.

Q: Any parting words?
We would love to play shows in Brazil!!!

quinta-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2014

Happiness Revisited with Hurricane Heart Attack - An Interview

Nossos hermanos, aqui ao lado, sim Argentina, nos agraciam com algo que segundo eles mesmos dizem a "bíblia" pra eles é BJM e o pastor é Anton Newcombe, é só ouvir o tamanho do estrago do último registro o espetacular Happiness Revisited lancado em outubro do ano passado ou ainda o soberbo e genial Hurricane Love, e entrar de cabeca na psicodelia do Hurricane Heart Attack, é fácil fácil confundi-los com as melhores bandas do gênero que permeiam doses cavalares de psicodelia nos quatro cantos do mundo, mas o HHA esta mais perto do que podemos pensar, diretamente da Argentina para encharcar nossas mentes com trips maravilhosa, Hurricane Heart Attack.

Com a bencão de Anton Newcombe....

***** Interview with Hurricane Heart Attack *****

Q. When Hurricane Heart Attack starts, tell us about the history...
It all started in the summer of 2009 when my brother Charly found one of my old guitars in the closet of my room at my parent´s house in our hometown of Posadas, Misiones in the north-east of Argentina. I had a few bands back then when I was in highschool, but quit when I moved to Buenos Aires to study architecture and never played guitar again until that summer when I heard Charly play. We spent the endless and hot afternoons jamming and playing the songs of the bands we loved. After a few months we felt the strong need to start writing our own stuff, and that´s how we ended up recording our first EP, Summer, in 2010. We had no clue what so ever of how to write, produce or record but we did it anyways. It´s 100% homemade, recorded with only one microphone on a crappy PC. We hate how it sounds, but we love the songs in it… The whole experience gave us enough confidence to keep working on new songs, new plans, so that same year we begun recording Hurricane Love which was self-released in 2011. In 2012 a lot of things happened to the band: Charly moved to Buenos Aires, we released the album via the argentine independent label Sadness Discos and we played a lot of live gigs around the country. There have been many changes in the lineup since then, but we like to think of ourselves like a big brotherhood. We have a lot of beautiful friends that always collaborate with us… A few months ago we released our latest album Happiness Revisited.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Brian Jonestown Massacre is like the bible for us, Anton is the great preacher. We learnt so many things from him. The Warlocks is a great influence as well, we took our name from their hymn Hurricane Heart Attack… Other big names for us are: Spacemen 3, Spectrum, Spiritualized, The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Asteroid #4, Big Star, The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Bob Dylan. We also love a lot of new bands like Dead Rabbits, Black Market Karma, Rancho Relaxo, Chatham Rise, Tamaryn, Spirit Ya, Magic Castles, Allah-las.

Folk music from our region like Chamamé and Paraguayan Guarania runs strong in our blood too…

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Take It From The Man!
2. The Warlocks – Phoenix
3. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
4. The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man
5. The Rolling Stones – 12x5

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Playing live is a strange thing, it can be amazing but very stressing at the same time. We feel the recordings are the perfect state of our songs, and sometimes it´s hard to represent them live on stage like they where produced for the album. That´s why we simplify many of them, making them more direct and raw… Our live gigs are a constant “work in progress” and we enjoy the process.

Q. How do you describe Hurricane Heart Attack sounds?
We like to say that our music is psychedelic because the word has such a wide meaning, not only musical, you can use almost all the influences you have within you to create sounds, to write songs. All we do comes out of love, so I guess our music sounds like love.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
All the songs are composed by Charly and me. It doesn´t matter who came up with the initial idea, we work it together until the end of the process; writing, producing, recording, mixing, etc.

We strongly believe in the “do it yourself” way of thinking, so we try to do all we can at our home studio. We hate spending large amounts of money in studio hours, we prefer to invest in more equipment, more instruments, more tools of mass construction. We never stop working on the band.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Radio Interstellar, a very good band from La Plata, Argentina. We are waiting for their first album to be released. You can listen to a few tunes at their bandcamp:

Q: Which bands you´d love to make a cover version?
Spirit Ya! We love his songs… So simple and so beautiful. He is our personal shaman.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
New album for 2014, and an international tour for 2015.

Q: Any parting words?
Join the revolution. Listen to the sounds of love.
Thanks HHA

terça-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2014

Down by The Water with Sprained Cookies - An Interview

Grande, grande descoberta deste inicio de ano, devo isso ao amigo Lorenzo Mancini do grande mais muito grande Sonic Jesus, que me apresentou seu novo projeto o Sprained Cookies, que já nos primeiros instantes não há como não se apaixonar pela voz de Cecilia Frusciante, e a eloquente instrumentacão que dá o amparo perfeito para sua voz.

Não esperem nada parecido com os mantras psych do Sonic Jesus, o Sprained Cookies pega um pouco de tudo que foi feio nas últimas décadas na música, psicodelia, folk, shoegazer, tudo docemente perturbador e sexy, é simplesmente impossível não se render ao Sprained Cookies.

2014 vai ser o ano deles, guardem isso.

***** Interview with Sprained Cookies *****

Q. When did Sprained Cookies starts, tell us about the history...
1) All started in 2009, when Corradio Maria de Santis and I met, it was in Benevento after one of his gigs, shortly after we' ve decided to record two songs as we were already in tune with each other idea of music and feelings.

Q: Who are your influences?
2) Our influences are very different but shuffled with a certain moderation, we love the sound from the 60's psychedelic scene, Ultimate Spinach, Eric Burdon, The Sonics, The Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills and Nah, Free, The Velvet Underground but also artists from the present, I can say Nick Cave, Mark Lanegan, Thurston Moore, PJ Harvey, The BJM!

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3) It's very hard to pick out, there are so many works we appreciate, but here you are:
- "Piper at the gates of dawn" Pink Floyd
- "A love supreme" John Coltrane
- "Meat is murder" The Smiths
- "Fun House" Iggy Pop and the Stooges
- "Waiting for the sun" The Doors

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
4) We think that's the most exciting thing for a band, during the gig we feel like there's no tomorrow comin'!We try to give as much as we can to the people standing in front of us.

Q. How do you describe Sprained Cookies sounds?
5) Our sound is always ongoing, it evolves with our evolution as time passes.We started with a bluegrass or psycho rock sound, whereas at the present time we have this electropsycho sound!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6) About the process of recording...well, we live in two different and distant cities (at about 200 km), it's a bit diffult to meet up with, fortunately we have this great mean that is internet, so we easily share and find a mutual inspiration.We feel strong about our common idea of music, thanks to it, we keep a very close contact, we go on with creating our music, until we meet at the recording studio and lock all the stuff up!

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
7) Rather than suggest a name about a new band, we would like to say that we appreciate every single musician that is experimenting, researching, questing over his own possibilities and out of the labelling issue.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
8) We would love to cover any song of those I mentioned above!

Q: What´s the plans for future....
9) We imagine new studio albums, we hope to get to go around and play, have multi-colored experiences and translate them in music, seek and devour life in music!

Q: Any parting words?
10) Yes, rock and roll and thanks for this nice interview!Greetings, Cecilia Frusciante
Thanks Cecilia and Lorenzo

sexta-feira, 17 de janeiro de 2014

Victorialand with Little Nova Sound - An Interview

Depois do tributo lancado no final do ano passado pelo TBTCI Rec. uma ode ao Cocteau Twins ressurgiu nos coracões, é notória a candura, a beleza contida na música dos magos escoceses, obviamente que Liz é um anjo em forma de mulher, sua belíssima e incomparável voz seduz e nos conduz a lugares jamais vistos ou pensados, é óbvio que ela é divina, mas Mr. Robin Guthrie é o mago criador das ambientacões e sonoridades que mapeiam os caminhos dos sonhos, e Mr. Guthrie é adorado e idolatrado por milhares e milhares de músicos, não músicos, enfim uma influência fortíssima e é exatamente nele que a obra do novíssimo Little Nova Sound se baseia, claro, acrescente Moose, a subestimada banda da primeira geracão da Scene, que ao contrário de Ride, Lush, Slowdive, sempre esteve em segundo ou até mesmo terceiro plano, mas o Little Nova Sound ou Gerry, o cara por trás dessa beleza imaginária resgate a beleza de suas influências, em músicas que nos guiam a territórios somente visitados pela música do Cocteau e do Slowdive.

O LNS é feito para sonhadores.

***** Interview with Little Nova Sound *****

1. Q. When did Little Nova Sound starts, tell us about the history..
Little nova sound is the name of my small recording studio. It's just me (Gerry) a drum machine, my old Jazzmaster guitar and some effects pedals, that's the way it's always been. LNS is just a progression of my Influences, and learning to play this god damn guitar.

2. Q: Who are your influences?
Here in the UK around the 80's there was a music TV show called "the Tube" On a particular show One of the acts had to pull out for some reason, making way for another band to take the slot. When the replacement act walked out on stage I was gobsmacked! I had never heard such hauntingly and yet beautiful music before like this. This wonderful group was Cocteau twins. I remember being struck by some of the guitar tones that Robin Guthrie weaved like wow! I was hooked. Just last year I met Robin (and beard) at a valentines show in Manchester and may I say he was a true Gentleman. So I guess Robin has been my major influence. I am also influenced by Harold Budd I love what that man does with a piano, it just tares me apart. There also bands like Dif Juz, Slowdive, Moose, Annie Barker, Daniel Land, My bloody Valentine... the list goes on and on there are so many.

3. Q: Make a list of 5 albums of all time...
1 has got to be "Head over heels" cocteau twins: I just love It! this album made me pic up the guitar and "gaze" 2 "The Pearl" Harold budd & Brian Eno: Every time I am stressed this album creates a cocoon of bliss around me. 3 "Extractions" Dif Juz: What these four guys did with two guitars, drums and bass was beyond me, every track is just timeless (in the true meaning of the word) I just wish they were all still together... Both Richie Thomas and Gary Basil Bromley are still prominent but the two Curtis Brothers, David and Alan have vanished, I wish these guys would phone home... please. 4 "XYZ" Moose: Every track on this album is just wonderfully written, played, sung. a real Joy. 5 "Ignite the Seven Cannons" Felt the guitar work on this album is fucking wonderful! this band was around in the early days as I was learning to play guitar and every now and then I may hear a little Felt Riff in a guitar track I'm working on.

4. How do you feel playing live?
To be honest, It would be pretty difficult to produce the sound live, I think I would have to hire about 10 more guitarist and also, It's never really crossed my mind that much. If there was a way to do so in the future then... yeah but things would have to be scaled down a bit.
Maybe i'll buy a reel to reel tape machine and go old school.

5. Q. How do you describe Little Nova Sound sounds?
I guess they are to me like paints on a canvas that doesn't give away all of the picture right away, so when you return to a certain track again you'll hear something, or feel something completely different.
that question should be given to the listener and not me really, I'm a bit shit at trying to describe things I create.

6 Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Well, I'm not the best guitarist on this planet and I wouldn't really want to be either, so I guess that I just mess about at first until something jumps out at me. It could be a guitar sound or effect or melody but As soon as I get something I work tirelessly to build on the melody.
I'll play the guitar with ebows and flip them in reverse and add different effects, multilayer the same guitar part with different reverbs, it is total freedom.
There is this weird point when writing music, it always feels like you are not in control and you get totally lost in it, I love the way creativity is endless and free of all boundaries., so the hours spent in the studio is "fun time" for me and also painful when things don't go to plan.
The drums are always fun to do, I have a couple of old drum machines that i occasionally have to kick start these days but mostly I'll use BFD2 and some free downloadable soft drums.
As you will notice from my soundcloud page there are some tracks like "Swathe" "Feathered Web" and "Skimming Stones" These tracks are my four track ambient pieces the process is very different to those written with drums. These are usually written recorded and produced in about four hours.
It is really difficult describing the recording process at times because not even I understand what the fuck I'm doing, I'm just being Creative... if that helps.

7. Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Dråpe: oh I love this band sooo much! they are just dreamy, I could go on a bit about how much I love this band so I'll stop now.
Sea Oleena: Charlotte Oleena Oozes etherealness her album "Sea Oleena" is the most beautiful thing that I have heard in a long time.
Snowbird: featuring ex Cocteau bassist Simon Raymonde and the most ethereal vocals of Stephanie Dosen. I can't wait for their album to be released. I have heard a couple of tracks already and they are just bliss.

8. Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I'm sorry to say, I hate covers... I just don't see the point in them I would rather create something new. I think covers are like some sort of talentless Karaoke machined monster trying to fuck it's way to stardom on the back of someone elses hard work.

9. Q: What´s the plans for future....
I would like to work over the interweb with a Female vocalist to add a new depth to the recordings Other than that, bang out a couple of new ep's. I am also in the process of putting video to some new material.

10. Q: Any parting words?
yeah, thank you for this opportunity to get some air,
big hugs to all in Sao Paulo,
Eat your greens and be kind to all animals
Peace and love.
Thanks Gerry

quinta-feira, 16 de janeiro de 2014

Interstellar Overdrive with New Candys - An Interview

Ainda em clima de psicodelia, agora chegou a vez do New Candys aterrizar nas páginas do TBTCI.

E não é que a Itália tem gerado espetacular expoentes do new psych?!?!? Vide Thee Piatcions por exemplo, o New Candys já tem um currículo invejável, os caras já chamara atencão de nada mais nada menos que Anton Newcombe, e são cultuados pelos iniciados e psychs ao redor do mundo, inclua aí o TBTCI

O último registro dos caras é o pegajoso Stars Reach the Abyss de 2012, mas não se preocupem porque logo logo tem novidade dos freaks.

Mas assim, se você não conhece o New Candys, já se prepare porque aqui é psicodelismo a flor da pele, pra viajar sem se mover....e o ticket da viagem é daquele jeito, só ida, a volta não é garantida não, mas nem esquente, vale cada segundo do trajeto.

Boa viagem.....

***** Interview with New Candys *****

Q. When did New Candys form? tell us your story…
We formed in 2008, after Dario (drummer) joined the band everything started to work and by june 2008 we played our first show. We had a break time because Fernando moved to London and got back in summer 2009. Soon after we recorded our first self-produced EP and we got attention from the "Italian underground rock scene". We made our first album in 2012, soon you'll hear the second one.

Q: What are your influences?
Velvet Underground, Syd's Pink Floyd, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Warlocks, Raveonettes, Dandy Warhols, Crystal Stilts, and many others… I can tell you we are not influenced by Duran Duran like bands and 80s music in general. We don't like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Queen, they scream too much and don't look cool.

Q. Your 5 albums of all time…
The Velvet Underground & Nico
Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Give It Back!
The Beatles - The Beatles
Nirvana - In Utero

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We feel good, but honestly playing live isn't the most exciting moment for us. We prefer the writing process because it's more creative. There are too many factors that could influence a live show, the sound outside the stage, inside the stage, the lights, the place, the people, and we can't control everything, so every live show is different, sometimes it's fantastic, sometimes it's ok.

Q. How do you describe New Candys' sounds?
Dark rock'n'roll with high psychedelic tendencies.

Q: Tell us about the recording process.
It's the most creative moment after the writing process, because you listen to the song with more accuracy and you can play more with sounds, take care of details.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
In the last year we started listening to The Growlers and Singapore Sling more than others. We shared the stage with some great Italian bands like Mother Island, Gli Sportivi, Supertempo, Brothers In Law, Hot Gossip, Zabrisky and many others.

Q: Which band and song would you like to cover?
Loop - Fade Out
Crystal Stilts - Converging In The Quiet
The Growlers - Row

Q: What are the plans for the future….
Putting out the album we recorded last year, make an European tour.

Q: Any parting words?
Fashion people should stop raping the "rock'n'roll" word.
Rock'n'roll is on the road, not on a fucking catwalk.
Thanks guys

terça-feira, 14 de janeiro de 2014

Straight Up and Down with Jesus on Heroine - An Interview

Eis que a Dinamarca nos brinda com mais uma preciosidade da atual cena psych moderna, depois de The Wands e outras maravilhas de lá, agora é a vez do Jesus on Heroine encharcar as páginas do TBTCI de acidez melancólica e sedutora, música para a alma, música para entorpecer-se por completo, escute So High I Can´t Look Down e fascine-se, ou se preferir This is not how I fell também poderá te transportar a alucinacões sem passagem de volta, a fritacão é algo explícito na música do Jesus on Heroine.

Aqui o vício é intermitente e vai demorar muito para que este que vos escreve voltar ao mundo normal, porque já não fosse a influência de BJM, o JOH ataca profundamente na mente.

Música para libertacão.

***** Interview with Jesus on Heroin *****

1. When did Jesus on Heroine start, tell us about the history... 
Well, the project began around 2011. Back then, the whole thing evolved around two friends listening to psychedelic musk .They wrote some tunes - recorded the songs - and released them under the name Jesus on Heroine.

2. Who are your influences? 
We could mention a lot of bands, from The Doors over My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain, to more contemporary artists, such as The Black Angels, Kasabian and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, but when we get to the bottom of everything, it is pretty hard to say exactly who or what we get influenced by.

3. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Following the last question, it would be, “Give it back!" by Brian Jonestown massacre, “Passover” by The Black Angels, “West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum” by Kasabian, “Broken side of time: by alberta cross: ”, and of course “loveless" by MBV ” but not necessarily in that order

4. How do you fell playing live?
Well, hard to explain, but pretty good, no doubt about that

5. How do you describe Jesus on Heroine sounds?
Well, first of all it should be up to people who listens to the music to describe our sound, but its definitely not directed at the charts or radios. Its slow and hopefully mind-expanding - perhaps some kind of clash between dreamy psychedelia, noise-rock and drone-based shoegaze.

6. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We recorded the album in our drummers former girlfriends apartment. We do all recordings and mixing ourselves, so the whole process is kind of minimalistic.

7. Which new bands do you recommended? There is a pretty interesting scene evolving in Denmark right now, with bands such as Sandy Blue, Casper Blanca,, The Wands and The Woken Trees, but there is also a reason to watch out for foreign bands such as francois sky, Black Market Karma and Deep Space – bands we are playing with at this year’s Berlin Psych Fest.

8. Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We don’t really do cover-songs, but if we had to, maybe The Black Angels or madonna.

9. What´s the plans for future:
The plans for the future is to play some psychedelic festivals this spring and summer and to work on our second album. We don't know how long it is going to be or how many songs it going to contain, but it is certain that going to be inspired by a country/acoustic vibe…

10. Any parting words?
Yeah, we’re glad that our music made it all the way to Brazil, and thanks for sharing..

segunda-feira, 13 de janeiro de 2014

Black Planet with Candy Colors - An Interview

Cold wave, com roupagem atual é mais do que comum atualmente, mas poucos são os que realmente fogem do clichê e demonstram maturidade o suficiente para não se sufocarem pelos seus ídolos.

É bem o caso co Candy Colors, mexicanos densos que inconscientemente talvez caminham livremente pelos gélidos sons da cold wave, jogam Sisters of Mercy no caldeirão, lembram o Interpol quando estes eram bons, e criaram um grande album intitulado Casus Belli que veio ao mundo em agosto de ano passado e passou despercebido por todo mundo, mas o TBTCI pega e puxa a pérola do limbo e traz um pouco de luz a escuridão do Candy Colors. Escute Alive e perceba o que estou dizendo, não a toa o Candy Colors lembra um esquecido underground alemão lá dos longínquos 80´s.

Fiquem de olhos abertos para os próximos passos dos caras, simplesmente porque não é todo dia que um album como Casus Belli é concebido dessa forma.

***** Interview with Candy Colors *****

Q. When did Candy Colors starts, tell us about the history...
1.- Candy Colors started back in 2009, it was originally conformed by Juan Loredo (our singer), Hermann Stoever (our bassist, who originally played synthesizers), Daniel Caudillo (Guitar) and Hugo De León (our original drummer). The project started out more electronic-focused "party music" inspired all those little New Rave bands emerging throught the web. Later on I stepped on the scene as the other guitar player (my name is Diego Barrera) and from then we started experimenting with other sounds, dancy stuff without the need of synths, which kinda worked for us for a while untill we noticed that making dance music just for the fuck of it was not really our cup of tea, the flavor of emptiness in our music was getting old fast. We hung out with Oscar Preciado who was playing keyboards for another local band, we liked the guy so we decided to integrate him to the mix and with his aid and knowledge we were able to write deeper music, still simplistic, still "dancy", but with this new addition filling up the room with all these background notes and other twists that gave us another chance to start again. Hugo decided that the band was no longer in his interests and parted and we called our buddy Ivo Gonzalez who has filled the drummer's spot ever since, our sinister six sound.

Q: Who are your influences?
2.- Everyone of us is a completely different case. We share common influences, but as for making music we all come from different places. Some of us are into pop music, math rock, folk music, a bit of metal, a hint of punk rock and a shitload of synth-based stuff and, personally, the "dark side" of the eighties influences me a lot.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3.- A list of the 5 best records of all time. Shit, can't really say that I'm a qualified judge to pick the best 5, but I can list my favorite ones, in no specific order: The Sisters Of Mercy - Floodland, The Smiths - The Queen is Dead, The xx - xx, Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion, WU LYF - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain... I mean, the list could go on, and I would eventually add more that I'd forget, but these are the first that pop to mind.

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
4.- Playing alive? Well, most of the times, if not all of them, we play alive, I think it's better then playing dead since you wouldn't be able to play shit. If you mean the song "Alive"... for me it's a thrill every time, it's a very personal song for me and I live it every single time that we play it live.

Q. How do you describe Candy Colors sounds?
5.- Happy/Sad would be the definition for this album (Casus Belli). We hope to explore other sides of music in future releases.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6.- Not everything about record the album is exciting. It's exhausting to some point. For this last album I remember leaving the studio at 4 AM with only 2 or 3 song ALMOST finished, I'm not saying that it's not fun, but we like to pay attention in details that pushes us back a lot compared to other indie acts. Another interesting thing about it is that the lyrics for most of the songs were not written until the day that they were recorded. I listened to the words as part of some of the songs until the record was completed. Now, building up a song is the most interesting and funnest thing to do.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
7.- Mexico has a lot to offer these days, even in our hometown. Bands like Ladymen, Hexagrams, Blackpony are some examples.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
8.- We always talk about covering something and never do it for god knows what reasons. There's always some talk of covering something from Morrissey or The Smiths, The Cars... your typical new band covering a famous song from the 80's cliche-thing going on here too.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
9.- Keep on making sweet music as long as the dark lord allows us.

Q: Any parting words?
10.- Stay safe, stay in school and remember kids, we love you forever.

sexta-feira, 10 de janeiro de 2014

Over and Over with Ceremony - An Interview

Em 07/03/2010, o TBTCI publicava uma histórica entrevista com John Fedowitz e Paul Baker e o grandioso Ceremony.

De lá pra cá os caras lancaram um dos melhores albuns dos últimos tempos, o Rocket Fire, e o culto à família Skywave, leia-se Ceremony e APTBS cresceu monstruosamente ao redor dos quatro cantos do mundo, o que é nada mais justo e correto por parte do universo, uma vez que o Skywave e os dois rebentos foram os responsáveis pelo resgaste da nova música alternativa e underground dos dias de hoje, veja, se hoje temos centenas e centenas de bandas geniais por aí, muito se deve a Skywave/Ceremony/APTBS.

Agora, Jhn Fedowitz volta com In Distance, que segue a linhagem dos grandes albuns do Ceremony, os dois primeiros, que diga-se são raríssimos e que foram relancados em vinil duplo ano passado e o grande já citado Rocket Fire. In Distance é barulhento, amoroso, sedutor, perigoso, como uma obra prima deve ser.

E pela segunda vez este que vos escreve tem a honra máxima de trocar uma idéia com o mestre John Fedowitz sobre detalhes do album, diferencas entre os discos e Brasil!!!

Ponto alto já deste maravilhoso 2014, lembrem-se o que eu havia dito, 2014 promete......

***** Interview with Ceremony *****

What is the main difference between rocket fire and distance?
There are three differences between "rocket fire" and "distance". First, I didn't use a drum computer on "distance". It's all live drums and I don't why I got away from that for so long. Second, when "rocket fire" was being recorded we knew we were writing an album that had to be played at full volume with sex drugs and rock and roll !!! The louder the better is what we were going for. On "distance" I wanted the songs to speak for themselves. You can listen to it at any volume and it still sounds great to me! Third, I'm working by myself now. I made every decision on "distance" , how to record it, what songs will appear on the album, art work. It was a pretty cool feeling.

How was the process of recording the new album?
It's different with almost every song... Recording the drums I would place the mics different in every song. I put a drum trigger on the bass drum on two songs. On the song "On Holiday" I used just one mic to record the drums. Recording the vocals, guitars and bass I only used a SM57 mic. In my tiny basement it's pretty easy to get a cool sound with a little reverb. The songs that Paul, Chris and Ben played on took much longer to finish, maybe because I had to get everyone together and focus. But at the same time I was recording new songs without them, recording every part and having a song almost finished in one night.

About the new generation, which ones do you like?
I'm not sure with this question. I'm thinking it's about how things are changing. Yeah I had MTV when I was growing up and loved watching 120min. and finding new bands to buy on tape and trading mix tapes with friends and hearing so much music. Record stores were still on every block and things made sense. The new generation is kinda weird with all original music only being heard on the Internet. I don't like when I find out about a band that is really cool and hear that it came out 3 years ago. I guess I'm bad at looking and searching for bands. Do I sound like an old man right now? Ha! I am glad for the world wild web! I think ceremony would have never been heard outside of the USA without it. It gives a band a chance to be heard without selling their soul to a label that never gives anything back. Now to answer your question. "The New Generation" sounds like a cool band name. But I'm not sure witch song I like best. I'll check them out.

Year before last, a place to bury strangers played in Brazil and was really insane, have you had proposed to play here? Would like to make a tour through Brazil?
I'm so into playing live! But I don't have the resources to get that south into Brazil. It's crazy how many fans ceremony has, and I would love to reach them all. I'm hoping with this new album I'll get more press and more hype to find myself down to you in the next year. I would love that!

What are your plans for 2014?
I have an EP coming out in spring called "birds" on a german label called Emerald and Doreen. Also my management is planning a tour off the east coast into the mid-west of the US. And I'm always recording new music.. I have a good feeling for 2014.

Final considerations ...
I'd like to thank you for the interview.
take care,
john fedowitz
Thanks John!!!

quinta-feira, 9 de janeiro de 2014

Seventeen Seconds with People of Nothing - An Interview

Cold wave, post punk, shoegazer, CºLD pra ser mais específico.

Florian Chombart é o responsável pela devastacão francesa chamada People of Nothing. Ep matador de novembro do ano passado que atende pela alcunha de A Break to Cry, demonstra o poderio sonoro de Florian algo como um choque em extrema alta velocidade entre Cure e Alcian Blue, se isso é possível, não sei, mas que é, é!!!

Um pé no experimentalismo também permeia todo o ep do People of Nothing.

Ah certamente se alguém for me perguntar, eu já deixei rodando até não poder mais, e lógico, vai entrar no set do CºLD brevemente.
Por hora vejam quem é People of Nothing aka Florian.

***** Interview with People of Nothing *****

Q. When did People of Nothing starts, tell us about the history...
It was at a moment of my life when everything went bad… I was playing in a band, but had a fight with some of them and left. Had a fight with my best friend, a break up with my girlfriend, and worse of all my grandfather died, which was a big shock for me… I didn't have any other shelter, nothing else than music to express as much as I could what I felt at that time. I locked myself in my apartment, and did something like 40 tracks in two months. Then I showed pieces of this and that to friends of mine at work, musicians, who were interested to be part of it, and then we decided to make gigs.

Q: Who are your influences?
My grandfather (that I lost), was a big source of inspiration to me… I don't know, my influences have drifted, changed and evolved with time… I've been a kind of geek with the cinema, big fan of directors like Kubrick, Cronenberg, Hitchcock, Lynch, Carpenter, there're so many movies who changed me or just opened my eyes radically, I guess because of the soundtracks that I found in there maybe, must have had a big place in my influences… And just 80's underground movies in general. The series of our actual generation interested me a lot too, like "Enlightened", "The Wire" that kind of stuff. Writers like Nabokov, Edgar A. Poe, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Michaux. On another side, I've been influenced by musicians like Trent Reznor, Thurston Moore, Marvin Gaye, Robert Smith, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie. But today my biggest influences come from my family, and my circle of friends.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The first one will be "The Downward Spiral" of Nine Inch Nails. Then after the order doesn't really matter… "The For Carnation" by the For Carnation. Definitely of one these albums of The Cure, it depends of the day and the mood (Faith, Seventeen seconds, Desintegration, Pornography). "Evol" from Sonic Youth. And the last one is a secret.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Scared and thrilled. Not a very original answer I know, but the songs that I sing come from very secret and dark places sometimes, so I need to give them all the credibility, I have to respect these feelings, and face these monsters by switching between innocence and madness I suppose. I feel ashamed sometimes… and sometimes I feel free.

Q. How do you describe People of Nothing sounds?
Something like a midnight swim in an ocean. It's dark and a bit scary, but the more you swim in it, the more familiar it becomes.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I'm pro active, so I can make two or three songs in the same time. Some people need to wait for a sparkle, an inspiration, some people can start anything anytime… I find my self very lucky, very grateful, because I'm in those two categories. I just need to have these conversations with myself, trying to keep control of my emotions, and at a moment letting something unexpected happen.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
True Widow. Mute Franco. AVGVST. Erwin Flynn. Exploding Eyes.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I already made a cover, "Small town boy" from Bronski Beat, with a very slow tempo, like a heartbeat. Now I don't know, I have to think about it, it needs to be something not too obvious.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We're gonna release the first album in March/April, with Anywave record ; we looking forward to play live and give great shows for people who want us, anywhere.

Q: Any parting words?
If anyone's interested in news about when the album will be released, they can check us out on Soundcloud, Twitter, and Facebook. And to you Renato, Happy new year, good luck with your blog!
Thanks Florian

terça-feira, 7 de janeiro de 2014

Haus Der Lüge with The Volta Sound - An Interview

Qual a relação entre BJM e Blixa Bargeld!?!?!?!? Nenhuma basicamente, são basicamente, musicalmente falando coisas nada a ver uma com a outra, certo? Certo. ERRADO!!

A minha felicidade em receber as respostas do meu chapa Mike do The Volta Sound foi absurda e me fez pensar muito como a música é algo fora dos limites de entendimento e pensamento. Como dois seres como Anton Newcombe e Blixa Bargeld podem exercem da mesma forma tamanha influência em um ser? Bom, se eu fosse responder por mim, seria fácil, fácil, porque idolatro ambos, mas como !?!!?!? Porque?!?!??! Qual a co-relação!!??!? Psicodelia e experimentalismo, não há ligação coerente entre ambos, mas porra, ler essa entrevista do The Volta Sound, que, pera aí, lançou em 05/01/2014 e primeiro grande e precioso album de 2014 na verdade um mini album chamado Fast Light With Radio Signal, que já na primeira música fode com tudo, veja o título Henri Chinaski, aos desavisados nome de um projeto a´la Spacemen 3 de outro maluco que já passou por estas páginas, o ponto é que o mini album exala psicodelia extrema, de entorpecer e dizer, é muito amor mesmo, pra viciar mesmo.

Agora, e o ponto Anton Newcombe x Blixa Bargeld?!?!? Na real, música é algo inexplicável mesmo, por essas e outras que amamos tudo isso pra caralho, e danem-se os que não tem esse sentimento, só digo o seguinte, 2014 promete.

***** Interview with The Volta Sound *****

Q. When did Volta Sound starts, tell us about the history...
Physically, it started when Ben called me from his college dorm and said he'd been driving around listening to a tape of songs I'd made. We named the band during that phone call even tho there was no band. It was just me and Ben talking about it maybe 6 months later, we combined a band I was in called Cloud City Beverage (me, Todd and Prieto) with what I now know was Davenport Colelctive (Ben and Matt).

We played a few shows like that, no bass, and after one of them, this super exciteable dude INSISTS he be our new bass player. I couldn't turn down that kind of insane passion and Dave Geddes showed up at practice the next day with a bass guitar, a mental disorder of some sort and arguably the most heart and soul of all of us.

Q: Who are your influences?
Well, I just totally cried hard listening to Yazoo - Upstairs At Eric's from 1982 so I'd say there's one. And Depeche Mode Speak and Spell is always on rotation for me. I grew up in a heavy gay area of Columbus Ohio surrounded by a black ghetto on 3 sides. That's easily MY biggest influence, hands down. A flamboyant passion for life and humanity from the streets and dance floors of marginalized people.

As for the rest of the band, who knows man. I know Cassidy is almost possessed like a demon by Syd Barrett. Todd loves Paul McCartney and Deep Purple, anything soft, silly and super commercial. Michael Jackson, etc.

That's about as good of guesses as I can come up with, really. Being human, man. Alive. I'm not copping out, that's just really what it is.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Yazoo - Upstairs At Erics
Depeche Mode - Speak and Spell
School House Rocks
LCD Soundsystem - Everyfuckingthing
Einsturzende Neubauten - Fuenf auf der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Playing live and playing for recordings are the same thing. Playing music itself is an intense magic. It's only done by humans. We SAY that some animals do it but that's just us saying that. Animals may make sounds because it pleases them and that's a form of magic, but they don't give the sounds any MEANING. That's the magic part.

We give it meaning and it moves us. Pure, unfiltered magic. So I feel that playing live music is one of the few true UFO mysteries we can witness.

Q. How do you describe Volta Sound sounds?
The Volta Sounds are rock and roll. I love all forms of music but this band plays this type. It's definitely music for altered states, although that's not intentional. It's just that the source is psyche based and therefore it's psychedelic music.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
There is no process for recording songs. If there is a microphone nearby, and I try to make sure there always is, and if there is a song happening that I want to capture, and there always is, then we put them together and voila. A recording.although, I am VERY into SOUND. I love sound. So I mix and master all our songs and I approach it as sound, rather than music. I try to make it as if the instruments are floating between the speakers, suspended in air but as real as being in the room with you.

That takes a bit of knowledge and some sideways understanding of the nature of reality. I really admire major producers.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
The UFO Club Death Grips Riff Raff Kanye West Kitty Pryde Shit Robot LCD Soundsystem Red Fang White Denim Nameless UA, Ternopil The Space Lady

 Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Ricky Wilde

Q: What´s the plans for future....
My plans for the future are the same as my plans for the past. Make sounds that I enjoy and hope that I am part of the team that makes life a little better for everyone on the planet.

Q: Any parting words?
Stay alive. Make more.

Ps - and this: my single biggest influential artist and human being is Blixa bargeld oh wow. Moments after I typed that, I saw that you have or like a tattoo of EN!!
Thanks Mike