sexta-feira, 30 de maio de 2014

Fire in Cairo with Parkwave - An Interview

Pois é, ouvir o Parkwave é meio que se deparar com um resgate do pós punk enérgico de um Gang of Four a primeira fase do Cure e fazer a conexão direta com Franz Ferdinand e aquela imensa geração que deu um pontapé no resgate dessa sonoridade, só que o Parkwave é mais cru, fico nítido ouvindo o epzinho Blow in/out e o troço é grudento viu, vai por mim.

E os caras chegam no TBTCI mandando uma bela entrevista.

***** Interview with Parkwave *****

Q. When did Parkwave starts, tell us about the history...
A. [Ilario] We met each other at the university but decided to play together only a year ago because of our common interest in indie music. When the idea of build up Parkwave came to us we were in a park playing something in the sun enjoying springtime.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. [Raffo] Surely the indie panorama of '00, bands like Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand or Bloc Party. The indie/new wave sound of Interpol. But we are a melting pot of musical and cultural elements, so dub music (as you can hear in Metropolitan) or ska (in Blow in/out) meet the pop (listen to Backfire) or garage (Wave).

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. [Mattia] God, very hard!

Abbey Road (The Beatles), Unknown Pleasure (Joy Division), OK Computer (Radiohead), Let it Bleed (Rolling Stones), London Calling (The Clash).

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
A. [Fernando] The live show is the most important aspect for us. You can make a wonderful album, a huge production with amazing sounds but if you don't have a live that is able to kick the asses you've got to come back to the rehearsals studio. The word 'wave' in the name of our band means the idea that we have about music, a wave that "strike" you again and again.

Q. How do you describe Parkwave sounds?
A. [Raffo] We have a massive rhythm section with me (bass) and Mattia (drum) who are the foundation of our sound. Ilario is the jolly: with his gears he's like an alchemist with laboratory experiment. Sooner or later he will come out with a supersonic guitar sound! Fernando is the second guitar and the voice, his melodic trajectories wrestle with his easy-going voice.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. [Mattia] We prefer the direct drive: all together in a room, we play and you press rec. It is more emotional, is like a punch in the stomach. We would like to record stuff that is the more possible near to our live performance.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A. [Fernando] Personally, I really love Ought from Canada. "More Than Any Other Day" is an awesome album! Surely Alt-j is another beautiful band, while one of the italian best band for me at the moment are Be Forest.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
A. [Ilario] We've already played "Transmission" by Joy Division, "A Ton Of Love" by Editors, sometimes "Stop Me If You Thing That You've Heard This One Before" by The Smiths. Maybe one of the cover that I will propose will be a song by David Bowie, "Heroes" or "Space Oddity"

Q: What´s the plans for future....
A. [Fernando] We we're gonna play in some italian Festivals, "Arezzo Wave Love Festival" on July, "Disorder Festival" on August and the "Festival of University Radios" on June. We would like to play a lot and go to England early enough.

Q: Any parting words?
A. [Raffo] Thank you for this interview, follow us. "Ciao" from Parkwave and "soon this wave will strike us again!"
Thanks guys

quinta-feira, 22 de maio de 2014

Dedicated to Magnus R.I.P - Interview with Edweena

Com certo tom de tristeza visto que esta estrevista é póstuma pela precoce morte de Magnus um dos membros fundadores desse pérola do submundo do shoegazing, diretamente de Stockholm, Suécia,, esse trio simplesmente lançou um album irretocável em setembro do ano passado, um supersônico shoegazer que remete diretamente ao Nowhere do Ride e por consequência tem um enorme, gigantesco carregamento sombrio dos grande tempos do Cure.

Uma banda que certamente faria história no novo resgate shoegazing, mas os deuses da música não assim o que quiseram, uma pena, mas faça um favor a você Solar Days and Lunar Nights deve ser ouvido a exaustão.

Aqui a entrevista em memória de grande Magnus, R.I.P. man.

***** Interview with Edweena *****

Q. When did Edweena starts, tell us about the history...
A: Me and Magnus started Edweena early 2011, having drunkenly discussed the possibility of starting a band for ages. Magnus played me an instrumental track he had recorded and said "record some vocals for this and send it to me tomorrow" - We liked the result so much that we instantly decided to go on with the band. We needed a drummer, and one night we met Henning at a club and asked him to join. After that we rehearsed for about 6 months, recorded our CDR demo and then played our first gig in April 2012.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: While we bonded around the obvious shoegaze influences, such as My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive and MBV, we also incorporated black metal, hardcore and post punk into our sound. I guess that's what happens when you have three people with quite different music tastes in one band.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: Hm, that's an almost impossible thing to do! And I can't really speak for the whole band here. I'll just mention 5 great records that I think we all like: Xiu Xiu - Fabulous Muscles, Slowdive - Souvlaki, The Residents - Not Avaliable (we took our name from this record), The Wake - Here Comes Everybody and Deerhoof - Apple O'.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Even though we only got very small gigs during our time as Edweena (only a lucky few ever got to see us play), it always felt great playing together. It's a great feeling being surrounded by sound.

Q. How do you describe the Edweena sound?
I think our sound is pretty honest, simple and still at the same time quite big and epic. Worth mentioning is that you can expect lots of guitar distortion and vocal harmonies, that's our thing.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A: We recorded everything at Henning's basement, both the demo and our LP, "Solar Days and Lunar Nights". Basically recording everything in one weekend, as live as possible. Then me and Magnus would record the vocals afterwards as it was a bit more complex.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A: To be honest, I haven't been listening to that many new bands lately, but I can mention some new-ish bands altough they've been around for a while: Whirr, Munnen and Saigon. Also, keep an eye out for the first Death Masses album coming this year, it's going to be great.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Generally I don't think covers is our thing, but Magnus once played me an idea for a cover of All Cats Are Grey by the Cure that I think could have sounded really good with all three of us playing it.

Q: What's the plans for future after Magnus passed away...
A: As far as music goes, we won't continue playing as Edweena, since it was the three of us and could never be anything else. I think people understand that. However, me and Henning will of course always be making new music, Henning plays with his bands Suis La Lune, Sore Eyelids and his solo project Years Passing, and I play with my solo project Darkly (where Henning plays the drums live), as well as some recently started projects.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Thanks for listening to our music! It means a lot to us.
Thanks Johannes

sexta-feira, 9 de maio de 2014

Daydream Nation with Sebastian Melmoth

Lo-fi noise avant guard é a praia dos ingleses do Sebastian Melmoth, é só pegar o cassete recém lancado In Ruins e sentir a que vieram os caras.

Experimentalismo dita a regra, ecos de pos punk leia-se PIL, são nitidos também, um pezinho no Slint e as referências são infinitas o fato é que os caras causaram um impacto aqui nestas páginas, vide a demora a este que vos escrever digerir o k7.

O Sebastian Melmoth desafia você a adentrar ao mundo dissonante de seus experimentalismos, e eu endosso

***** Interview with Sebastian Melmoth *****

Q. When did Sebastian Melmoth start, tell us about the history...
Andreas Baader: Sebastian Melmoth began in earnest in 2010. Up until that point we had played a couple of gigs here and there, but never took it too seriously. The group had an anti-folk vibe in the vein of The Mouldy Peaches. It was mostly an acoustic affair and consisted of myself and Mandi Taylor, my partner at the time. We met Jan-Carl Raspe via a Gumtree advert and it soon grew into this strange post-punk thing with a drum machine, loops and a lot of fuzz. Ulrike Meinhof joined us on drums in early 2013, a few months prior to Mandi's departure. We've been quite prolific in our four year history, releasing four albums, an EP of remixes and a 7” single on our own Feline Vomitus imprint. In March 2014, a regressive Swedish label called Beläten, put out our latest effort, In Ruins. This album is a lot more introspective that what we had done previously, with an overarching electronic groove to match.

Q: Who are your influences?
Jan-Carl Raspe: The Who were a fine band, but I wouldn't say an influence... so the answer is no.

AB: We have eclectic taste and are generally influenced by a lot of different sounds and surprises. Most recently these have been: Liars; Deerhunter/Atlas Sound; Sonic Youth; Portishead/Beak; Spacemen 3; Leonard Cohen; Nico and Charles Mingus, among many, many others. However, I primarily see Sebastian Melmoth as a conceptual art piece. Therefore, there are a lot of other influences which come into play outside of the traditional popular music spectrum. John Cage's theory on sound and silence is particularly influential, as well as the writings of Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. The DADA and FLUXUS art movements played a big role in our creative development as well as our approach to disseminating content.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
AB: On these we differ, so we've given you a list of ten, he he. Mine are...

Portishead – Dummy
Liars – they threw us all in a trench and stuck a monument on top
Radiohead – Kid A
Mogwai – Come On Die Young
Pixies – Doolittle

Primal Scream - Screamadelica
Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn
PiL - Metal Box
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets

Q. How do you feel playing live?
AB: Somewhere between catharsis, elation and sheer terror. Despite occasionally choking audience members, I still find it difficult to make eye contact.

JCR: I feel at times lost in the wall of sound, sometimes wondering what will happen next and most of the time feeling each gig is better than the last.

Q. How would you describe Sebastian Melmoth's sounds?
AB: A sad, little boy is wandering alone in a forest. His face is muddy and his shirt is torn. Leaves filter the sunlight. The air is thin and cold. After stumbling through dense, dark foliage for a distant age, the boy comes across a severed limb. Tears well up in the child's face. His cry is heard only by the murder of escaping crows.

JCR: There are no limits to the sound we create or will create. Everything is distinctive. Dark subjects, sometimes sung with a gleeful air.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
JCR: Up to now it's been mostly songs written by Andreas. We discuss the sound and try to naturally piece together a song based around that discussion. Sometimes we start with nothing and build it up until a song formulates.

AB: Whereas previously we'd come into the studio with preordained songs and arrangements, we now tend to start with a unifying concept and build from there. Much like one builds a house. One brick at a time… and a lot of mortar - for lubrication. I tend to think of the recording process as a mildly sexual collaborative collage. Growing. Pulsating. Anti-climatic.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Milky Onions
Johnny Halifax and the Howling Truth
The New Fabian Society
Gum Takes Tooth

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version?
AB: We've already recorded covers of Jethro Tull's My God, The Knife's Got to Let You, as well as Be a Caveman and 1969 by The Avengers and The Stooges respectively. We've also been talking about going for a drone version of Leonard Cohen's Avalanche. And personally, I'd like to cover Denise and Company's Take Me As I Am. It's one of those rare girl garage nuggets from the late 1960s. Jan-Carl Raspe wants to cover everything by Kraftwerk. So we're going to be very busy, I suppose.

Q: What are the plans for future?
AB: There was talk about recording a four track garage/surf EP and putting it out on vinyl. However, I feel like there's a new concept stirring in my loins so there may be something bigger on the horizon. We'd also like to play a few festivals and tour the UK, but none of us drive, so we might have to organise some sort of sonic hike round the countryside.

Q: Any parting words?
AB: Got any Salmon? Wicked!

JCR: Kiss me Hardy.
Thanks guys

quarta-feira, 7 de maio de 2014

Ecstasy and Wine with Kindlng - An Interview

Shoegazer e noisepop  esta é a praia do Kindling, e pra alegria dos fanáticos de plantão o debute Space Room é daqueles disquinhos grudentos com ares noventistas, muito fuzz, Black Tambourines e afins permeiam a sonoridade deles.

Prato cheio pra praticar air guitar.

***** Interview with Kindling *****

Q. When did Kindling starts, tell us about the history...
We only started playing together in February, but we have been married for a year and a half, which is kind of like being in a band with someone, just without the music.

Q: Who are your influences?
For Kindling, our biggest points of inspiration are MBV's pre-Loveless records, fuzz-based American indie like Yo La Tengo/Dinosaur/Sonic Youth, the early '80s Dunedin Sound/Flying Nun scene, the minimalism of Wire, and when we were writing our first two songs (Young Thirties & Destroyer), Guided By Voices were a big part. And, I mean, as far as non-musical influences go, I think we've drawn a lot of our inspiration from moving out of the city, being able to enjoy the outdoors and nature a bit more in Western MA. It's given us more of a chance to breathe, to appreciate what's around us.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
That's too hard a question to answer seriously, so we'll go with:
Loveless, Isn't Anything, You Made Me Realize, Feed Me With Your Kiss, and Ecstasy and Wine. Not necessarily in that order! :)

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Haven't yet! We hope to start getting out there in the coming months, for sure. Full band style, not just us two.

Q. How do you describe Kindling sounds?
Fuzz plus noise plus melody plus volume equals Kindling.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
So far, it's been very simple. I don't totally know what I'm doing, but we've been putting it all together at home in our music room, just on the computer. It goes from ideas & guitar parts to complete songs pretty quickly, not a lot of gestation time. Our first, like, six songs came together super fast, but we've been a little more patient with our newer ones.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Bent Shapes from Boston have this one song called "Hex Maneuvers" that is one of the best songs ever, Golden Gurls from Baltimore put out a record pretty recently that we've been digging, our Western MA buddies Longings, Fake, and Potty Mouth are great, as are Dweller on the Threshold and Passerine, from a little ways north of us. As far as bands we haven't met go, the new Cheatahs LP is incredible, and we were both very into Technicolor Teeth when they came around on tour.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We did a cover of "The 15th" by Wire and had so much fun with it that we may do another song of theirs, but have talked about doing covers by bands as different from each other as Jesus & Mary Chain, The Ronettes, Tall Dwarfs, The Charlottes, Vashti Bunyan... We love doing covers, though, and don't think we'd ever exhaust the world of possibilities.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Well, we're just finishing up a 4-song 7" that will be out in the next month or two, which is recorded at home, similar to our demo, with just us two. After that, we're going to head to our friend Will at Dead Air Studios to record a full-length, like 12 songs or around there. Hopefully that will be wrapped up by summertime. We haven't put any effort into looking for someone to help us release that yet, but, you know - one step at a time!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much for the interview! We hope you like the demo!
Thanks Stephen

terça-feira, 6 de maio de 2014

Sitar Attack with The Roaring 420s - An Interview

Surf flower psych, ou mais ou menos isso, serve pra definir essa maravilha chamada The Roaring 420s de Dresden, Alemanha, os caras mais parecem terem saído de uma capsula do tempo surgindo dos 60´s para a felicidade geral deste que vos escreve.

Obvio que o TBTCI já adotou o Roaring 420s como prediletos da casa, e não a toa porque em junho vem What is Psych? Tipo preciso dizer mais alguma coisa?

***** Interview with The Roaring 420s *****

Q. When did The Roaring 420s start, tell us the story...
That was back in 2011. Martin - our bass player - and I met Lulu by chance in a now defunct art factory. We talked and decided to make up a band right on the spot. Later Timo Eilert and Berk Gündogdu joined us, both on guitar. We played, met people, recorded stuff, couple years later you sent us this mail…

Q: Who are your influences?
I’d say The Velvet Underground had a great impact on what we’re doing but who wouldn’t say so. Also several west coast artists like the Strawberry Alarm Clock or even the Allah-Las, obscure garage punk bands from the 60s, underground poets, friends, many friends…

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Haha …

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It’s a good feeling to be with people that come together for the same beautiful reason, enjoy the music with them and have a good time. It’s weird but in a magical way.

Q. How would you describe the Roaring 420s’ sound?
Like Lou Reed jamming with the Mamas and the Papas plus Link Wray on guitar who sometimes and for no reason transforms into Ravi Shankar.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs.
We did most of the recordings in our rehearsal space and some guitar tracks for the album at my home. We spent a lot of time working out harmonies and re-recording stuff, which would have been impossible in a studio.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Lots. We’re touring with The Blank Tapes from Los Angeles in November this year, I highly recommend them. Matt is a wonderful song writer and also plays a trippy guitar. Then there are also bands like The Strange Boys, Night Beats, The Growlers, Allah-Las, White Fence, there are so many. People need good music…

Q: Which bands would you love to do a cover of?
We already did a couple of cover versions, so not sure if we need to do more. But if we had to I guess it would be something classic, the Velvets or something that would be fun to do. We always refrained from doing that because there’s nothing to add actually but it would be fun.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We will have our album “What Is Psych?” released on Stoned Karma Records in June this year. Then we’re also having a 7” split release together with the Mind Flowers from Copenhagen (also recommended). And speaking of cover versions, a France Gall tribute sampler is to be released on Sunny Bastards Records which features a version of “Laisse Tomber Les Filles” with our drummer Lulu on vocals. Then more festivals, club shows and a second European tour in November, and, of course, recording new songs, writing stuff, getting things done.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks, Renato!
Thanks guys

segunda-feira, 5 de maio de 2014

Peace, Love and Psych with Violet Swells - An Interview

Lá vem a Austrália atacando novamente, dessa vez da Tasmania o combo psicodélico bubblegum Violet Swells tem seu debute The Soft Focus, um epzinho delirantemente encharcado de psicodelia com melodias altamente grudentas e deliciosas.

Beach Boys, Pink Floyd era Syd Barret, Madchester, shoegazing, psicodelia moderna pra comecar a semana ao melhor estilo peace, love and psych.

Como diria Mr. Fabio Bridges, segura a trip.

***** Interview with Violet Swells *****

When did Violet Swells start?
I’ve always had an interest in music production and exploring the sonic possibilities of song writing outside of chord progressions and melodies, which has led to much tinkering in my bedroom/garage/spare room. About midway through last year I started writing songs for myself, oppose to writing for whatever band I was in at the time, which I have always done. I did this more so to play around with recording different kinds of sounds, as my previous works have generally been very shoegazey, with lots of delay and fuzz. I still love that kind of music, but I felt myself ready to explore more stripped back and melodic arrangements. Anyway, I had a few songs recorded with no intention of letting them pass through the ears of anyone but close friends, until my roommate slowly chipped away at my stubborn extorter and convinced me that we should start playing these songs live. So we found some people to fill in the missing instruments on stage, and I threw together a quick film clip to Jupiters Garden, now here we are!

Who are your influences?
The two people who dominate the musical part of my mind are with out a doubt Brian Wilson and Syd Barrett. Although they produced completely different sounds from each other, there outlook was very similar. They prospered in a time where music was being explored in ways people had never thought possible, and viewed the studio as an instrument more so than just a tape recorder. What I find myself listening to more than anything are Film Scores. There are a lot of great little melodies out there, hiding within these monstrous themes and instrumentals. Beyond scores, I love film and graphic narratives in general. A lot of my writing is based upon the pacing of stories, matching the dynamics of the songs to the events unfolding before your eyes. I am constantly trying to evoke that feeling of bewilderment and completeness you get when walking out of a really great movie.

Top five albums?
That’s just about the hardest question I could have to answer. I make lists of just about everything, from top ten treads on Batmans boots, to top five best kinds of potatoes to bake. Music is such an emotive and expansive thing though, it is hard to pin down to just a few titles. Ill probably kick myself in week for not including a Bowie or a Velvet Underground or My Bloody Valentine, or something. But here goes. In no particular order my top five would go something like this…

Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
Not many would disagree on the pure ecstasy felt when listening to The Beach Boys magnum opus. From the arrangements to the harmonies, not one note is out of place. There is nothing I can say about it that you haven’t already thought, so ill leave it at that.

The Noise Made By People – Broadcast
Echoes Answer may nearly be the greatest song written in the last twenty years, and the rest of the album follows suit. I found out about Broadcast through the sudden death of their vocalists Trish Keenan. Making the music even more haunting, I instantly fell in love with all their albums, but this one especially. The Noise Made By People captures a sound beneath the instruments, almost like the tones of the room and time (the late nineties, early two thousands), which gives such an overall unique quality to the recording.

Days Of Future Past - The Moody Blues
A friend showed me “Tuesday Afternoon” a few years ago, it took a few listens to sink in, but I eventually became hooked. The album in general is a unrequited masterpiece that brought back to band from certain financial death. Out comes solid pop gold in the form of the before mention “Tuesday Afternoon” and “Nights in White Satin” all strung together by beautiful orchestral arrangements, worthy of Warner Brothers finest nineteen fifties picture. It is a hard sell to most people I show, but one of those records ill put on while cleaning or doing dishes, and just drift away.

Miscellaneous Ronettes Best Of Album –
I know this is kind of cheating, but there is so many of different releases and re recordings that these girls have, and most of their Best Ofs contain the same tracks anyway, so im going to go with it. I first got into girl groups like I believe most people do through The Shanri Las, who I adore, but the moment I heard the Ronettes I was hooked. Coming from the raw punk like musings of The Shangri Las recordings, The Ronettes sounded so exotic upon my first listen. With blissful horns and more defined percussion, they really stand out to me. Take a listen to “I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine”, you will not be disappointed.

Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn – The Pink Floyd
This was my first introduction to the real implications of psychedelic music. Being young and in college I was listening to stuff like In A Gadda Da Vida and Led Zeppelin (which is both amazing in their own right). Then I stumbled upon Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn. Having dismissed Pink Floyd after hearing a lot of their eighties stuff I was hesitant to put it on, but the kaleidoscopic album cover gave me no choice. What came out of the speakers sounded so alien to me. It took awhile to hear through the strange echoes and space guitars into the actual songs, but even when I had no idea what was going on, I loved it. The whole album is the defining moment in the history of all psychedelic music, an achievement that took all ideas of how and why music should be made and turned them on its head. Nearly everything creative I do, at least subliminally, stems from this record. It taught me how to find the line between experimental noise and structured songs and melodies, how to combine the two with out getting lost in either.

Playing Live?
Currently I am trying to cope with a lack of sleep and hydration from playing our first gig last night, so I am in a great position to answer that question. We had a blast! With six members squeezed up on stage it almost feels like a giant jam session. There was a great crowd that seemed to respond well, which made it all the more fun. We had it filmed by a friend, so we will probably stick a song or two up on the Internet.

Violet Swells Sound?
Melancholy, jangly, symphonic pop music that may sound simple upon first listen, but contains lots of little hidden flourishes the more you listen (I hopes so at least). Oh and with a lot of farfisia organ solos at the moment.

Recording Process
Usually I will start with a little hook that pops, usually on the organ and just loop that jamming bass, guitar and drums lines over it until I start to go crazy. Everything generally comes from that. I will have a loose idea of the overall sound going in, but a lot of time things will drastically change over the course of the recording. For instance, the closer on my work in progress EP was just about done, until the other day I was mucking around with vocal harmonies with a friend, and something fit with the song. This changed the whole idea of what the song could be, which has led to rerecording most of it to fit with the new envisioning. I need to keep myself on my toes in this kind of way, as once I get out of the headspace of a song, I find it really hard to step back into my original ideas, whether it be lyrics or music, so keeping it fresh is must.

New Bands To Recommend?
There’s so much good music out there at the moment hidden away. My favourite new artist of the last few years is Beaulieu Porch. Great progressive psyche pop, and the man behind it all, Simon, is a really nice guy. Take a listen to The Colour 55, its gorgeous. That Morgan Delt album from a month or two ago was amazing as well. Really amazing.

Which Bands Would I Love To Cover?
Something from Scott Walker, probably Jackie, if I only had the bravado he does in that song. I could happily cover just about anything Phil Spector touched, and probably will at some stage, but the big ol’ dream is You Only Live Twice by John Barry, sung by Nancy Sinatra. That is pure pop perfection to me. I go through stages of preferring the single version and instrumental, but if I ever get to listen back to myself playing that song (well), I will be an extremely happy man.

Future Plans
Right now I am finishing up recording an EP in between university assignments. Once that is out it will be playing as much as we can! Located down in Tasmania it’s a costly venture to even make it to even mainland Australia, but hopefully we will get out and play to other parts of the world soon. Beyond the EP, I hope to also release an album by the end of the year, and then see where that takes us. There is also a few plans on different ways to release singles, albums, ect that I have been cultivating over the last few months, so hopefully they will come to fruition!

Parting Words
Thanks for taking the time to listen to Violet Swells music. I did not expect it to be heard, let alone enjoyed by anyone outside of myself, so it means a lot!
Thanks guys

sexta-feira, 2 de maio de 2014

Catch The Breeze with The VIrgance - An Interview

The Virgance ou Nathan Smith se você preferir já é preferido entre 10 de 10 amantes iniciados do wall of sound, ambiências e texturas extra sensoriais, shoegazing,etc, etc, etc....

Lost Continent que o debute de Nathan aka Virgance é sem sombra de dúvida um dos grandes registros deste 2014, e não é por mera coincidência que vem fazendo a mente de muitos e muitos aficcionados desde seu lancamento em fevereiro, a intensidade das músicas chega a perturbar o intimo, ou, guiar a mente para outras dimensões.

Item obrigatório para iniciados.

***** Interview with The Virgance *****

Q. When did The Virgance start, tell us about the history...
The Virgance is my debut solo project, which I started writing for in 2009. I was formerly guitarist in nineties indie band Ripley and then one third of noughties electronica outfit Loveless. The sound of The Virgance is somewhere in between.

Q: Who are your influences?
With regards to guitar playing, I would have to say Pete Townshend of The Who has had quite a big impact, the ultimate rhythm guitarist. An early influence was The Edge of U2 with his use of delay and melody too. Later on there was John Squire of The Stone Roses, Kevin Shields of MBV and Nick McCabe of The Verve. In a broader musical sense, I am interested in anything that is emotional, melodic, cinematic, atmospheric, noisy. I enjoy ambient electronica, a lot of Warp Records stuff.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
In no particular order:

The Who - Live At Leeds
The Velvet Underground & Nico - Andy Warhol
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Boards Of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Well, The Virgance is currently a recording project only. The task of trying to recreate this music live on my own with no band, with songs all in different tunings and rather limited equipment is more than I am able to take on at the moment. I do not miss gigs that much. In the past I used to get very nervous beforehand and then the quality of the sound was always a bit of a lottery.

Q. How do you describe The Virgance sounds?
Shoegaze. To be more specific, the sound of The Virgance could be described as lush, heavy, dreamy, hypnotic, noisy, psychedelic, instrumental, guitar-based head music, creating euphoric and melancholic moods.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Everything is built around one main guitar take, which I take my time writing and developing before recording to click in Audition. I like to bend the neck of the guitar to make it drone. I then write and program synths, drums etc in Reason, and export them to accompany the guitar track. There is perhaps a guitar overdub or sound effect to include, and then it's tweaking and mixing. When it comes to compiling songs I am quite particular so I try to write as many as I can. There is an hour of unused tracks for 'Lost Continent'.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
So-Called Humans, Flying Cape Experience.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I would love to do a shoegaze treatment of a John Barry theme or an Aphex Twin ambient piece.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
The second album is under way and should be ready for release this time next year or hopefully sooner. I have about half of it written but no recording as yet. That's it, really, just to keep writing and producing as many good ideas as I can so that I have plenty to choose from for the album and any releases that may follow.

Q: Any parting words?
To all who have downloaded the album, thankyou for your support. The next one is going to be awesome.

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Thanks Nathan

Wonderment with Fixing Bayonets - An Interview

Bloom Sunset Horizon é o novíssimo ep do Fixing Bayonets que foi precisamente descrito em algum lugar que li como "...demos perdidas entre o Psychocandy e o Darklands...", e é basicamente isso, ou quase isso, pode ser algo como uma colisão entre o Heaven´s Up Here e o Psychocandy gravado de forma lo fi.

Independentemente das conexões o Fixing Bayonets é de Los Angeles e a entrevista foi concebida pelo seu mentor Kevin S. e conselho do TBTCI caía de cabeca.

***** Interview with Fixing Bayonets *****

Q. When did Fixing Bayonets starts, tell us about the history...
Fixing Bayonets started about a year ago as a solo project of tracks I started recording on my own. I play bass and write songs in another indie rock band in Los Angeles, but this is the sound and genre that I am most passionate about. These tracks are very different from my other band and I really like developing the song ideas that come to me and being able to interpret them how I hear them in my head.

Q: Who are your influences?
Music has been a big part of my life always and my influences are a very eclectic mix of artists and genres. I was always drawn to guitar heavy bands from the 80's, 90's and later like Echo and the Bunnymen, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Smiths, Catherine Wheel, Interpol, The Pixies, Joy Division, Dinosaur Jr., The Raveonettes and Smashing Pumpkins. I also, was into punk long ago and and enjoyed the raw hardcore of bands like Bad Brains, The Misfits and The Circle Jerks as well as the more cognitive sounds of The Pogues and The Clash with a touch of King Tubby Dub thrown in the mix for good measure. I would have to say that no one artist has had as much influence on me as the late Joe Strummer. His style, songwriting and most importantly his attitude of "Go out and do it!" has inspired me to pursue my own musical path. My favorite guitarists are Will Sergeant and Sune Rose Wagner.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time...
Too hard to pick favorites, but if I had to pick albums that I play beginning to end I would have to go back a bit.
Any album by the Clash
Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain
Porcupine by Echo and the Bunnymen
Meat is Murder by The Smiths
The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses

Q. How do you feel playing alive?
I love performing my music live. I enjoy playing loud and sonically articulating a wall of sound that hits the audience right in the chest.

Q. How do you describe Fixing Bayonets sounds?
Lots of fuzzy reverb and spacious layers of guitars with a prominent lead guitar floating above. shoegaze/Dreampop/Noisepop

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The new album Bloom.Sunset.Horizon was recorded over several months in my own studio. By the end of that time my production and mixing skills improved a great amount from the beginning. I had a bunch of
unfinished tracks that I had recorded and went back to work on here and there. I usually start the songwriting process with either the guitar or bass and then work on programming the drums. The song
structure isn't always straight forward, but there is usually a pop sensibility with hooks making its way through. My lyrics cover a variety of life experiences and some social commentary. I like to hear what people say the songs mean to them as often the words are a metaphor and not literal. I wish I had more patience in the recording process, but I embrace the DIY ethic and the lo-fi production is by design and I like it that way.

A big impetus to release this six song album came when I started working with Mathias from MBP Audio in Canada. He mastered all the songs on the album and gave helpful input on the mixes, so special thanks to him.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
There is a lot of great music out right now from all over the world and the internet makes it easy to discover great bands like You Me & Us, Kigo, and Moonbeams. I also like to listen to DIIV, Tamaryn and The Raveonettes. I consider the Raveonettes the best live band out there right now, they are just so tight and deliver a sonic assault on all of your senses in a good way.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I have been focusing on my own music lately, but someday it would be cool to take a shot at doing a shoegaze version of Stormy Weather by Echo and the Bunnymen.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Fixing Bayonets plans to keep releasing new music and hopefully perform live with a band. I have a drummer that I am working with so I won't have to program my own drum tracks which will help a lot. I'd like to assemble a band and play shows and also collaborate with other artists on new tracks. I'm just trying to get my music heard by as many people as possible now. As a solo artist, I'm ready to grow my fan base and have found great support in South America, Europe, Australia, Central America and Japan in addition to the U.S. so that's been great.

Q: Any parting words?
Don't be afraid to pursue your art. There is no perfect way to create music, a good song is a good song. Thanks Renato and Brazil!
Thanks Kevin

The Feeling of Love by The Feeling of Love - An Interview

O nome já diz por si só, The Feeling of Love, é exatamente isso, Reward Your Grace lancado há pouco mais de 1 ano que finalmente e tardiamente chegou ao meu conhecimento encanta de imediato.

A abertura com a majestosa Julee Cruise deixa bem claro o que vem pelas próximas 10 cancões deste que tem sido companheiro de horas e horas de audicão nestes últimos tempos, que disco meus amigos, que disco!!!

Enfim o TBTCI presta devida homenagem a grandiosa e eloquente obra criada pelo já predileto The Feeling of Love.

***** Interview with The Feeling of Love *****

Q. When did The Feeling of Love starts, tell us about the history... 
Guillaume Marietta: In 2007. It was just a solo project. Me recording very lo-fi garage rock ‘n’ roll…like Pussy Galore. But after 2 years I was really pissed of playing alone. So it became a band with Seb Normal on drums, Sebastien Joly on keyboards for three years. Since one year we are 4 people on stage with Henri playing guitar and bass. We do long, neurasthenic and lysergic love songs.

Q: Who are your influences?
A lot of stuff. Let’s say the Velvet Underground, Syd Barret, Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain, Can, Neu, Suicide, The Jesus and Mary Chain, frustration, hate, bad girls, stupid boys, junk food, cheap beers, dirty streets, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Larry Clark, John Waters, Harmony Corine, Spacemen 3, and many more…

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
SPACEMEN 3 « Playing With Fire »
THE VELVET UNDREGROUND « The Velvet Underground and Nico »
BOB DYLAN « Highway 61 Revisited »
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND « White Light Whight Heat »

But tomorow I’ll tell you something else…

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
I need it. If we don’t do shows I feel depressed. But playing on stage also stressed me a lot sometimes. We are shy people. So we need to get drunk before playing. But usualy we have fun. I love the sound we have now we are 4 in the band.

Q. How do you describe The Feeling of Love sounds?
Violent, psychedelic, sneaky, freaked, sweet, with a twiste of lemon.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
You go in a studio. You record songs. Or you do it at home. It’s just about having fun, working very late, being tired, crazy, excited, bipolar…

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Cate Le Bon, she is the best. But she’s not really new actually.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Right now I wanna do a cover of « Take Me Home » by Perfume Genius.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Goin’ on tour in France and Europe, recording new songs and puting out a new E.P. after this summer.

Q: Any parting words?
« If you’re gonna try to make it right, you’re surely gonna end up wrong. »
Lou Reed
Thanks Bobby