segunda-feira, 30 de junho de 2014

When You Sleep with Seasurfer - An Interview

Seasurfer é o mais novo objeto de adoração dessas páginas, shoegazer sonhador e barulhento como deve ser, as guitarras gritam, gritam e evocam os mestres....

O barulho dos céus são atendidos com um wall of sound absolutamente frenético, daqueles que nos levam diretamente aos anos de nossa adolescência. 

Saindo agora pela espertíssima Saint Marie Records, o debut Devi In gruda na mente e sua audição se torna a cada música mais intensa, mesmo o jeito do vocal relembrar um pouco Brian Molko isso é apenas um detalhe, porque a intensidade da sonoridade dos caras passa por cima de qualquer tipo de comparação.

Corra atrás dessa pepita....

***** Interview with Seasurfer *****

Q. When did Seasurfer starts, tell us about the history...
Seasurfer starts around two years ago. The short version: There was a moment during the sound check of my other band “Dark Orange” in Hamburg two years ago. Julia from Chandeen was on stage with us and we played their song "blood red sky", a fast and trashy one. At that moment, I got an adrenaline rush and I knew: This drug i need frequently. I started to make new songs, faster and much more distorted guitars. First, there was no plan, I introduced the songs to Dark Orange-Katrin, but she found the sound to intense, to much post-punk. So I had to start a new band. About a friend from Berlin i found Dorian, i didn´t knew here before. But it fitted from the first moment. Our bassplayer Mikel is an old friend of Dorian from older days in Berlin.

Q: Who are your influences?
I grew up with Punk-rock, bands like the Damned, the Ramones and Hüsker Dü. Later, I felt in love with this more new wave stuff like the Cure, My bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth. Also Robin Guthries guitars. I think Seasurfer is a cool mixture of all of them.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
My bloody Valentine: Loveless
The Cure: Pornography
The Damned: Damned Damned Damned
Slowdive: Souvlaki
U2: Under a blood red sky

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Playing live? This is great, because you are so full of adrenaline, like a drug. And it is nice so meet people and visit places.

Q. How do you describe Seasurfer sounds?
Lots of guitars, noise and feedbacks, driving bassplay, a cool singer and a drummer in the back. In my ears it lies somewhere between Placebo and My bloody Valentine.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I have a small studio where I did the songs and recorded my guitars. It is so comfortable to do it by myself whenever I wanted to make it. I also did the bass and sometimes some demovocals. Later on, I gave the Songs to Dorian for the real Vocals and Mikel to play the bass again. And to the Drummer to play it better (haha). We live in different Cities here in Germany, it is not this easy to do it all together.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Today, I really like what comes out on our U.S.-label Saint Marie Records, i also like all this Shoegazerbands from Japan. There was this band who did a cover-album of Beatles-songs, great!

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I did some cover versions with my dreampop-band “Dark Orange”, like from Simon & Garfunkel, Kate Bush or Slowdive. At the moment I have no idea doing of a cover again.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Don`t know exactly. It depends on how our album will go. We will do some Festival-gigs in Germany next year, but I wish we can play outside Germany…like in the USA. I want to meet the guys from our label there…

Q: Any parting words?
I am happy that you brasilian guys are interested in Seasurfer. And I hope that you will have a cool football World Cup, which brings a little joy also to the many poorer people. And that the world outside realized that not only these major projects are important, but necessarily involved the people of the country and that they something gotten from prosperity.
Thanks Guys

sexta-feira, 27 de junho de 2014

Ecstasy Symphony with Mozermilk - An Interview

Cold wave, experimentalismos, dub, pós punk, electro, tudo é possível é permitido no caldeirão musical deste duo altamente sexy, estou falando de Mozermilk, que recém lancou seu segundo album o deliciosamente sensual Earthly Ecstasy, um verdadeiro deleite do inicio ao fim, Keish e Laguia simplesmente conceberam um dos grandes albuns deste 2014, o clima cold wave sintético permeia todo o album com inúmeras pitadas de devaneios doentios e perturbadores com aquele ar sexy como já citado.

Ótimos exemplos são Wool, Bubbling Water, My Sweet Poison, etc, etc, etc.....tipo assim, compre, roube, baixe, se vire, mas escute imediatamente.

***** Interview with Mozermilk *****

Q. When did Mozermilk starts, tell us about the history...
MOZERMILK started about 4 years ago. Our first album combined a higher number of instruments which represented an advantage for it widened the scale of our possibilities but a disadvantage as well because it made it difficult to play the songs on stage whithout having to work with other musicians which was materially difficult for us at the time.

For our second album we tried to limit ourselves to basic instruments to be able to be free to play the songs quite easily and to focus on other aspects such as visual projections and art performances which are part of our stage live.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our influences are very diverse coming from all music syles (indie rock, dub, punk, reggae, rock, cold wave, electro...). However our main influence would be indie rock.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1- John Frusciante : "shadows collide with people"
2- Sonic Youth : "jet set trash and no star"
3- Beck : "mellow gold"
4- Neutral milk hotel : "in the aeroplane over the sea
5- Mano Negra : "patchanka"

1- The cure : " japanese whispers"
2- Joy division : "unknow pleasures"
3- The Smith :"the queen is dead"
4- Bjork : " vespertine"
5- Tracy Chapman : "Tracy Chapman"

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
We are working on the coming concerts at the moment. Our purpose tends towards creating a performance in which the audience is part of it in one singular shared moment.

Q. How do you describe Mozermilk sounds?
I would describe it as being quite atmospheric and experimental. We try with simple guitar to create an harmony combining it with electronic and everyday life sounds. Laguia's voice comes on top of it all as a connecting link.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Everything is "home made" in our sounds laboratory which is very handy for we can work whenever the inspiration comes. We start by recording the batteries, then the bass and guitar to finish with the voice.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
We would particulary recommebd :


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

Q: What´s the plans for future....
To create a new album in about one year time, to perform concerts and to come and play in Brazil.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to express ourselves via this interview. Thanks a lot to all the Bloggers, radios which actively support independant and experimental music.
We hope you'll come and listen to us one day in live

quarta-feira, 25 de junho de 2014

Frigid Stars with Pallow - An Interview

Slowcore pesado, denso e tenso é a fonte de inspiração pros novatos do Pallow que recém lançaram sua primeiro demo, I´ll Build a Well, que evoca os mestres Codeine durante as três pérolas da citada demo.

Ecos de Red House Painters, Low e nas parte mais insanas logicamente Slint, o que já deixa claro o que o Pallow pretende a partir de seu primeiro registro.

Pra ficar de olhos abertos porque os caras tem um futuro promissor pela frente e desde já o TBTCI abre essas páginas para registrar a história do submundo dos bons sons, meus caros, apresento-lhes Pallow.

***** Interview with Pallow *****

1. How did Pallow start?
We’ve all been friends before Pallow, but none of us new a drummer that wanted to play the same style. Our drummer, Ben (who’s actually a guitarist), got a drum set at a flea market and learned from there. Originally, we had our bassist playing keyboard too. You can imagine how practice must’ve been starting out.

2. Who are your influences?
We love bands like Red House Painters, Codeine, Low, Have a Nice Life, Discordance Axis, MF Doom, Slint, Des Ark, Bluetile Lounge, Sharks Keep Moving, Unwed Sailor, & Earth.

3. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Sigur Ros - Takk
Red House Painters - Rollercoaster Unwed
Sailor - Firecracker EP
The Microphones - The Glow Pt 2
Isis - Panopticon

4. How do you feel playing live?
We mainly just feel bad for the audience during our sets.

5. How do you describe Pallow's sound?
Sometimes we play really soft and sometimes we play really loud, it just depends on the song. Our older stuff sounded more post-rock, but lately we’ve been writing darker & heavier stuff. Also, farting through a reverb pedal.

6. Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We actually recorded our demo on my laptop in garage band with one mic. We recorded the drums in a barn and added the rest in my basement. We had some problems along the way… once I finished recording Josh’s guitars, something messed up with the program and deleted half of his tracks and we had to start from scratch.

7. Which new bands do you recommended?
There’s a great local scene where we’re at so we have to mention Of The Vine (pretty post-rock), Antpile (pretty screamo), Twin Studies (shoegaze), Fairlane (alt. rock), Prayer Chain (awesome alt. rock), & Axis (heavy 90’s metalcore). As for bands that we’ve been listening to a lot of lately… Mark Kozelek, Nothing, Planning For Burial, Mount Eerie, Deafheaven, Barrow, Omingnome, Duster, Grouper, & Proud/Father.

8. Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We’ve been talking about doing some sort of Red House Painters cover, but we can’t pick a song because they’re all so dang good.

9. What´s the plans for future….
We’re planning on finishing out the shows we already have set up, start recording an EP, and touring during July & August. We’re going to be pretty busy these next few months!

10. Any parting words?
Thank you so much for interviewing us. Keep supporting underground music and things.
Thanks guys

terça-feira, 24 de junho de 2014

Spiritus Mundi with Aqua Nebula Oscillator - An Interview

Antes de começar um aviso, os franceses do Aqua Nebula Oscillator podem viciar ao extremo e a viagem ácida e caótica pode trazer sérios problemas de dependência.

Tendo dito, o mundo particular desse verdadeiro patrimônio cultuado por gente do calibre de Black Angels, B.R.M.C. Sky Saxon (The Seeds) s[o pra ficar nos mais fodas, já deixa claro que o buraco com o Aqua Nebula Oscillator é bem mais embaixo mesmo, não há frescuras na minha e no mundo dos caras, psicodelia negra, densa e profundamente delirante.

Exemplo explícito é o último album de 2013 Spiritus Mundi, simplesmente uma odisseia a mundos doentios regada ao amargo saber do já citado ácido, aqui meu amigo as cores podem ir do arco íris até o mais negro lado da escuridão psych.

Pegue seu ticket e boa viagem, mas cuidado o ticket é só de ida.....

***** Inteview with Aqua Nebula Oscillator *****

Q. When did Aqua Nebula Oscillator starts, tell us about the history.
Aqua nebula oscillator has started in 1999 in london,we had a free form formation,with fakir,crazy dancers,painting faces;masks,doing only improvisation on weird instruments(sitar,oscillation,gong,luth,percussions,water drums),hauting squats,and art exhibitions places

Q: Who are your influences?
I have many influences but mostly painters like Jerom Bosh,Salvador Dali,or writer as Baudelaire,HP Lovecraft,Antonin Artaud!

I have been listening also a lot of psych music from the 60s,and tribal music!so that's help

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
-sam gopal
-first album of pink floyd(syd barret)
-groupe 1850(deutch band)
-the beatles!!!

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
I will describe it as an old painting from the 15century mixed with aliens invasion supervised by frankestein himself

Q. How do you describe Aqua Nebula Oscillator sounds?
Before i was a sculptor creating weird freacky monsters doing exhibitions and all that.then i have experienced doing live shows.and find that it was the only way for me to be near an extatic transe and to forget everything for a little while and mostly to be directly in contact with humans and to feel the present instant really strongly.then i became addict to that.and decided to stop my artist sculptor life to do only music live shows.which was a big mistake instead of macking $$ ahah

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We have many could be songs written.improvisation.layer of sounds with a cherish at the depense

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I recommende.dead skeletons,kadavar,juan trip,guru guru,mirror queen,acid mother temple.bunch of friends weirdos.the best!!!

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I would love to make a cover version of mozart the fifth symphony with sampleur and fuzz whawha ahah

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Recording a new album out soon.then living in baja california by the sea
touring with Aqua nebula and creating a really weird solo project sOOn.then creating more freaky monsters to invade this nasty world to make it better

Q: Any parting words?
Keep the faith.keep it weird as you can.go far as you can.loose your mind to find it again,purify.keep love to an high level position no matter what!!!!thanks a lot.david
Thanks David

quinta-feira, 12 de junho de 2014

Stuka Sobre Varsóvia by As Amigas de Plástico - Track by Track

Saindo exatamente neste momento o novíssimo single das Amigas de Plástico tem sua construcão em experimentalismos esquizofrênicos e psych encharcado de psicotrópicos variados, o resultado, ah o resultado você escuta diretamente aqui:

E para ilustrar mais ainda, um track by track feito pelo criador Raf Guimarães...

TRACK by TRACK - As Amigas de Plástico - Stuka SObre Varsóvia

A impossível missão de escrever um track by track em UMA frase simples para cada música:

1. Stuka sobre Varsóvia:

basicamente uma trilha sonora mágica sobre a felicidade de sair de casa para ir fazer merda na vida dos outros.

2. Não tema o Reverb:

ainda tenho uma duvida existencial sobre saber se isso é um um Mantra ou um Manifesto.

3. No amor não há vitória:

é tipo um FODA-SE gigantudo ( tamanho do meu pau), sabe?

quarta-feira, 11 de junho de 2014

Songs of Love and Fury with The Membranes - An Interview

Verdadeiro patrimônio do pós punk inglês The Membranes e motivo de comemoracão e orgulho máximo para este que vos escreve, é com absurda honra que o TBTCI publica uma entrevista desde já histórica com John Robb um dos Membranes...

A história da banda comeca lá em 1977 no auge do punk e ultrapassou a década de 80 com preciosidades como Muscles, Crack House, Songs of Love and Fury e o grande Death to Trad Rock, a história de banda é daquelas a ser lida e pesquisada com calma e saboreando todos os detalhes, pra se ter idéia o Membranes foi a primeira banda a assinar contrato com a Creation Records, pois é, ela mesma, mas a história, ou melhor um pouco da grandiosa história dessa seminal banda sera contada pelo próprio protogonista, desde os primórdios até os dias atuais que nos brindarão com um album duplo a ser lancado em breve, srs com vocês no TBTCI.... The Membranes!!!

***** Interview with The Membranes *****

Q. When the Membranes started, tell us a story?
We started in punk in the UK in 1977- it was a really inspiring time- a time of music revolution and a great time to be 16. Part of punk was to make your own culture and we took our chance. We made music on our own terms- we didn't want to sound like anyone else- i guess this was like a lot of the bands that would become known as post punk bands- self taught and with your own agenda. We grew up in Blackpool- a working class seaside resort in the north of England- the other big underground band in town was Section 25 and like them we would go to manchester a lot and that became the mian city for us. We got noisier and noisier and becaome well known for making pretty wild music - the music press and John Peel loved us and then othe rbnads came along doing the same kind of thing like Nick Cave Birthday Party and Big Black - we also influenced a lot of bands- or they tell us we did!

Q. What are your influences?
I love all kinds of music- of all styles from punk to indian classical to psychedelic and anything with tribal drums- I also love any music built around the bass guitar and the bass is the key to the membranes- all the songs are written on the bass and that' common to post punk music- that's the real pos punk of so called post punk bands like Bauhaus to the Fall to Public Image - all contemporaries...

Q. What represented the pos punk scene for you?
it was a time of experimentation and death to trad rock! it was taking the ideas of punk and applying them- our appraoch was always punk but on our own terms - all the instruments played their own parts- there was no 'backing band' everyone was creative- and lyrics were very important...

Q. How were the shows at that time?
At first people would look confused or react violently and then people would go crazy and jump around and it got very wild with people off their heads throwing stuff around and we would soemtimes get banned from venues!

Q. What is your favorite Membranes music´s / album's ?
Kiss Ass Godhead is my favourite of our old albums but I'm really happy with the upcoming album to be released in october - its very diverse from noise stuff to neo classical to dark dub to psychedlic - it's called Dark Matter and a lot of it is themed around space because I got to know all the people from the Higgs Boson project and we do gigs with them

Q. The Membranes in this active again, what is the reason for the return?
The trhill of making music on your own terms and also being ina band that operates beyond the rules - we want to play unconventioanl gigs if we can - we played a gig with top scientists explaining the universe and we have got one coming up at the top of Blackpool tower - 158 metres above sea level- it also has a glass floor!

Q. What are your plans for the future?
the album comes out in the autumn - it's a double album and things will go crazy then

Q. Some final words?
join our facebook page and keep in touch...
Thanks John

segunda-feira, 9 de junho de 2014

Choirs of Blessed Youth with Principe Valiente - An Interview

Um das mais cultuadas bandas do submundo do pós punk atual, estou falando dos suecos do Principe Valiente que desde 2005 vem congelando os tímpanos com gélidas e desesperadoras canções de frustação, desamor, amor, emoções intensas e dolorosas, por conta de seu recém lançado novíssimo album Choirs of Blessed Youth e em entrevista absolutamente esperada há algum tempos nas páginas do TBTCI, o Principe Valiente faz um retrospecto de toda a carreira, aborda influências e explicita do já grandioso album, propenso candidato a uns dos grandes albuns desse 2014.

Srs, Principe Valiente no TBTCI.

***** Interview with Principe Valiente *****

Q. When did Principe Valiente starts, tell us about the history...
- I started the band back in 2005 already (with other members at that time) after I (Fernando) quited some other bands and projects.

Q: Who are your influences?
- If I have to choose just a few who's been the strongest influences through the years and which made me actually begin to play music, I would say Nirvana and Suede, Bowie and Morrissey.

Nowadays we can all, of course, get inspired by more things. The genre isn't that important just as long it feels real. We also love artists like Björk, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, PJ Harvey, Siouxsie, The Doors, Tom Waits and David Sylvian.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Television - Marquee Moon
David Bowie - Low
Nirvana - Nevermind
Massive Attack - Protection
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Q. How do you feel playing alive?
- It's great of course. Sometimes also pretty tiring if we are on tour but with good focus it can even be better performances and more "real". So we can feel the frustration we felt when we wrote the songs in the first place. And it rubs off on the entire show and the audience, which is a great feeling. We just love playing live. But the most important is to make great records. There is a Swedish artist called Stina Nordenstam who rarely plays live but her music is really inspiring to me and I've been listening to her for many years. At the beginning of Principe I almost felt like just record stuff and not playing live, but I realize I was more shy back then too.

Q. How do you describe Principe Valiente sounds?
- A mixture between shoegaze and post-punk but with a strong pop vein. Emotional and very intense. And with a sexuall energy. Frustration and some anger but with lot of love and without loosing hope. A lot of reverb.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the new album ?
- We recorded it in three different studios here in Stockholm during shorter sessions (some weeks at a time), then we sent some tracks to Ed Buller, who I've been in touch with since 2012, and he did the mix on a couple of tracks and the rest we mixed by ourselves. He wanted to produce & mix the whole album of course but with a small record label it just wasn't possible with no budget. But hopefully next time. We did an awesome job both with him and by ourselves, totally a great journey!

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
- I actually discovered not to too long ago Savages from London, a great 5-piece band with some great vocals and post-punk feeling. Also Future Islands from Baltimore, US - awesome band with such an aggressively passionate singer (and a bit scary). And a band called Cold Cave who’s been touring with Nine Inch Nails recently here in Europe, quite interesting.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
- Don't know actually. I did a lot of cover versions with the band I played in during high school back in the days and we played songs by early Suede, Radiohead and a punk band from Sweden called Ebba Grön. Also Nirvana. We actually fool around now and then when we rehearse with Territorial Pissings of Nirvana and some Doors-stuff but we have no plans of doing a serious cover version of any of those songs. But who knows, maybe in the future.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
- To do only covers! Just kidding..

At this state we are preparing ourselves for the release party here in Sweden and planning a third single from the new album.

Q: Any parting words?
- We hope the audience loves the album as much as we do. And that we hopefully soon have the opportunity to come and play in Brazil.
Thanks Fernando and all Principe Valiente

quinta-feira, 5 de junho de 2014

Into The Haze with Mayflower Madame - An Interview

Diretamente de Oslo, Noruega terra do grande Serena Maanesh e de outras maravilhosas barulheiras vem o já predileto Mayflower Madame, predileto porque puta que pariu, o ep Into the Haze lançado em agosto do ano passado é um estrondoso mix de pós punk, noise shoegazer que chegou de forma avassaladora aos meus ouvidos.

E o epzinho vem dividindo com os clássicos de sempre as audições de forma ininterrupta tamanho o poderio dos caras.

Tipo assim, escute logo.

***** Interview with Mayflower Madame *****

Q. When did Mayflower Madame start, tell us about the history...
Guitarists Rune and Trond started writing music together as teenage glam-punks several years ago. A band was formed, but we had troubles finding the right constellation of band members as our musical preferences changed over the years. Eventually we were lucky enough to meet bassist Petter and drummer Ola J., and the current line-up of Mayflower Madame came into being around 2010 when guitarist Trond started handling the vocals for the first time. All older songs were scrapped; we sorted out a common musical direction, and wrote a whole new set of songs.

Q: Who are your influences?
Everyone in the band has a different range of influences, but we all share a love for Pink Floyd’s “Piper at the Gates of Dawn”, The Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth. In addition, we find inspiration in the darker 80’s post-punk stuff, 90’s noise-rock and shoegaze, and more recent neo-psychedelia.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground
Sonic Youth – Dirty
Clinic – Internal Wrangler
The Black Angels – Passover

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing live! That’s in many ways the most essential way to experience music – it’s more direct and energy-filled than to listen to a recording. It’s so “honest”; it’s just you and the audience, and it’s all about “here and now”. That gives a special sort of tension that can, if the atmosphere is right, result in a tremendous energy that you really can’t reproduce on a recording. For us (and probably for most bands) playing live is the most basic and authentic part of being in a band.

Q. How do you describe Mayflower Madame’s sound?
Our sound can be described as dark and haunting, sometimes ecstatic and noisy, yet always indulgent to the soothing charms of melody.

We also can relate to the following quotes taken from reviews of our debut-EP “Into the Haze”:

"A blend of intriguing dark textures, relentless rhythms and lyrics twisted around what in other ways are really quite melodic tunes." - Spacerock Reviews

“This is brooding, dark psychedelia built on the bones of post-punk outfits like Joy Division, the Birthday Party, the Psychedelic Furs or if you prefer a more contemporary comparison, Interpol.” – The Active Listener

“… a rich blend of early The Cure jangle, The Church at their finest and the psychedelic shimmer of Spacemen 3 during their floatation tank moments.” – Terrascope

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We like to record the main instruments (guitars, bass, drums) as fast as we can. Normally in just one or two takes. This seems for us the best way to achieve that “live-energy” mentioned above. If the song for some reason still does not sound like we want it too, we let it rest for a day or two before we give it a new shot. Both in the writing process and during the recordings, we don’t like to dwell on each song for too long – we want to keep it sort of “natural” and “raw”. However, after we’ve got the “basics” of the song on tape, we usually give ourselves more time to experiment with melodies, sounds, effects, moods etc. during the recording of the vocals and the additional instruments (synths, extra guitars). In this way, we …

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
You have probably heard these bands before, but we definitely recommend fairly unknown bands like Psychic Ills, The Blue Angel Lounge, The Underground Youth and Lumerians. AND the Norwegian psychedelic greats – Electric Eye!

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
We’ve played cover versions of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s “Red Eyes and Tears” and The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man” in the earlier days. That was great fun, but we stopped doing covers now. We feel better directing all focus to our own music. And, when you cover bands you love, the original is usually (always) the best anyway. But you never know, if it feels right, we might do some covers again.

Q: What´s the plans for the future....
We’re currently recording a new EP (which we are really excited about!). It’s going to be even darker and more atmospheric than our debut, and we’re very confident that it will represent the highlight of Mayflower Madame so far. After its release (probably September-October) we will definitely be eager to do a lot of touring – especially abroad.

Q: Any parting words?
Check out our debut-EP “Into the Haze” (available on vinyl and digital), and our newly released music video for the EP’s title track:

And if you like that stuff, you’d be well advised to keep an eye out for our new songs – soon to be released!

Follow us on Facebook etc. and stay tuned.

Thanks for your attention, and thank you The Blog That Celebrates Itself for this interview.

And remember, it ain’t over till the fat madame sings.
Thanks Trond

terça-feira, 3 de junho de 2014

Souvlaki Space Station with Claudio Cataldi - An Interview

Italiano de Palermo, Claudio Cataldi é um daqueles trovadores solitários e apaixonados, o que é expressado através de seus discos e cancões, discipulo de Cohen, Neil Hasltead tanto no seu trabalho no Slowdive quanto no Mojave 3, fica nitido a devocão de Claudio por estas praias de candura, amor, desilusões enfim Claudio canta sua vida e suas próprias verdades.

O último album de Mr Cataldi é divinamente tenro Homing Season, desde a abertura com a dolorosa Song of Hate o album sugere ser escutado sozinho, sem interferências como ler um bom livro.

Depois de um bom tempo que esta entrevista se perdeu em meus arquivos enfim a encontrei e cubro a lacuna de todo este tempo sem Claudio Cataldi nas páginas do TBTCI...

***** Interview with Claudio Cataldi *****

Q. When did you start, tell us about the history...
A. I’ve been writing music since my early years of high school, and I played in a few bands based here in Palermo, Italy. I started my solo project in 2008, when I released my first album, “Ghost Town”, for the late, wonderful The Wool Shop Productions DIY label. In 2011 I released another album, “Sleepy River” for the same label, and I started playing live here and there. “Homing Season”, my last album so far, came out in September for SoM-Non Label. This is the history, in brief.

Q. Who are your influences?
A. 60’s acid rock and folk. All the great Paisley Underground movement - Dream Syndicate, Opal and so on. British new wave and dream pop. Of course, I’ve grown up with 90’s grunge, and I love all the shoegaze stuff. 90’s were definitely the best. Nature. Trees. Cats.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. Wow, that’s really hard. Anyway, I’ll try:
1) The Doors - The Doors (1967)
2) Joy Division - Closer (1981)
3) Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See (1993)
4) Alice In Chains - Jar Of Flies (1993)
5) Slowdive - Souvlaki (1994)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. It’s always an extreme sensation. When I finish a show, I feel at the top of the world, or in the narrows of hell…you know, it’s so strange, being so secretive in daily life, and then singing about yourself to strangers! Of course my gigs are not hard-rocking acts; I struggle hard to arouse a dreamy atmosphere, that’s really fragile.

Q. How do you describe your sounds?
A. A flower-power acid folk in black and white with plenty of reverb. Music for memories and landscapes. A friend of mine, Novanta, described “Homing Season” as “songs of hate and devotion”.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. I usually record a lot of demos in my home studio. Most of them are instrumental. Then, after a few months, I give a listen to all that stuff and see if there’s anything good. I always write lyrics separately. If something survives, well, then the real work starts. But sometimes there’s a song, coming from somewhere, which I feel I must immediately record. So I stop everything else and I try and I try until it’s finished. “Song of Hate” was the case. However, in most cases I record a lot of different versions. “September Air” or “Unconfined” were of this kind.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. Beliefs, from Toronto: they’re absolutely stunning. Sea + Air, which I saw live twice, great stuff; Ummagma – I’m really looking forward to their new album; Coldair from Poland; my friend and fellow Novanta; Soviet Soviet.

Q. Which bands you’d love to make a cover version?
A. I love recording covers: every Christmas I release a cover version for free. Moreover, I usually play live “Playground Love” by Air, “Clap Hands” by Tom Waits and “Morningrise” by Slowdive. I’d like to make some cover versions of The Field Mice, Pale Saints and Mojave 3 in the future.

Q. What´s the plan for future....
A. More gigs! There’s still a lot of work to do to promote “Homing Season”. I’m also thinking about re-releasing “Sleepy River” with a brand new mix and more songs from that era. Anyone interested in it? And maybe starting a new project under a secret name, involving some friends. Or opening a record store.

Q. Any parting words?
A. I really want to thank you for letting me share my thoughts and say hello to The Blog That Celebrate Itslef’s readers. Keep up the good work, and all my best!
Thanks Claudio