segunda-feira, 7 de abril de 2014

Cupid Come with Vibragun - An Interview

Diretamente de Seatlle o Vibragun põe na roda o debute homônimo lancado em 2014 já é de cara um dos mais mais que este que vos escreve ouviu neste início de ano, shoegazer pegajoso, excitante, delicioso, vocais menino/menina sobre guitarras altas e aquela muralha de wall of sound que nos faz delirar a cada passagem.

Fora tudo isso ainda tem uma quedinha pelo pos punk, daí meus amigos, o TBTCI diz, Vibragun é desde já prediletos destas páginas.

Resumindo, o TBTCI esta em caso de amor com o Vibragun.

***** Interview with Vibragun *****

Q. When did Vibragun starts, tell us about the history...
The first songs for Vibragun were written in 2011, after I left the band I was in before. When I came back to Seattle from a tour, I asked my friend James Smith to record drums - and we made the first EP with Amber. That went well, in 6 months we put together a full band and went on tour to SXSW and started working on the album in 2013.

Q: Who are your influences?
My influences are everywhere, I grew up in Asia, Africa and South Pacific so I listen to all kinds of music. My dad had a great collection of blues, classical and rock. Bach to Frank Zappa to Velvet Underground. I was sneaking into shows when I was young, I saw lots of amazing things in Chicago - Tricky, Jesus & Mary Chain, Ramones, David Bowie. Also I went to a lot of warehouse parties with early electronica, and crazy shit like Neurosis and Crash Worship. I like the energy of guitar music most of all.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This is impossible to choose only 5. This kind of question I can waste all day thinking about because I change my mind constantly.

The Who - Who's Next
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
The Stooges - Raw Power
Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Playing live shows is different, because the feeling changes from different things. The people, the sound hitting the walls, maybe something that happened to me that day. I love rock music because it has a big sound like an orchestra but also connects to people like folk music.

Q. How do you describe Vibragun sounds?
The Vibragun song must try to be honest, first of all. If you sing a song again and again it has to mean something or it won't last, especially a pop song. And the Vibragun sound mixes together opposite ideas. If it can be light and heavy at the same time - those are my favorite songs. It's not very complicated, I like to try different things.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The recording was done at a house in south Seattle. The drums were in the kitchen, and the vocals in the laundry room. Our producer Evan Foster is very good at working with microphones and mixing our sound. He came to our practices and we figured out early on what the album would sound like. There were a few surprises, like 'Get Away', that don't sound like the original version. It was the best time of my life working on the record but also very difficult because I think too much.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I like The Fauns a lot, they have a great sound. Ever-So-Android are a band from Seattle that you will be hearing about a lot in a year. I love the guitar sounds in Secret Fix. There seems to be a lot of great guitar bands coming out lately, it's really encouraging.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We covered 'I Remember' by Suicide and 'She Turns to Flowers' by The Three O'Clock. I would love to cover songs by And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead and it's been my dream to cover 'Torture Day' by Notwist. I tried to convince a band I was playing in to play that song and they kicked me out.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
The plan is to find a way to get this record heard by more people. I have been working on that for 3 months by myself and it's taking up all my time. I am talking to some bookers about a tour to Europe but we need a label to distribute in the EU. We actually have a Japanese label that will release the album in Japan on April 23. There is a US label that wants to press vinyl, but I can't say too much about that right now.

Q: Any parting words?
When you close your eyes, keep looking and find what's there. That's the answer.
Thanks guys