quarta-feira, 20 de agosto de 2014

Day of The Lords with XTR Human - An Interview

Cold wave, pos punk, minimal wave, classifique como achar mais interessante, o negócio é que o XTR Human e seu album Atavism lançado em abril desse ano certamente é um dos melhores registros gélidos surgidos nesse 2014, lançado pela importantíssima e respeitada No Emb Blanc'/'Genetic Music, Atavism transpira Joy Division e outros ícones da cold wave e os tons cinzentos e depressivos vem carregados do início ao fim, o que muito agrada este que vos escreve.

Se vire pra descolar sua cópia do álbum porque é de obrigação para todo iniciado no pos punk.

***** Interview with XTR Human *****

Q. When did XTR Human starts, tell us about the history.. .
It all started in mid-2012 when I’ve got the idea for a new music project. I was looking for a fresh expression and a dreamy and catchy post punk sound. But the band got its concrete form not until Mathias and Valerio came across and we’ve spent various months of intensive practise. The sprit and integrity of the band still is strongly related to its initial concept. But in musical terms we massively have evolved.

Q: Who are your influences?
Depends. Right now I’m quite into the Wake, Gun Club and some Creation Records artists such as Jesus and Mary Chain and Ride. Somehow they all got a special band sound apart from the usual 80s mainstream.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Joy division - Unknown Pleasures 
Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy 
The Horrors - Primary Colours 
Echo and the Bunnymen - Porcupine 
The Smiths - The Queen is Dead

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Playing live is an important part of our identity as a band. Our music is intensive and fiercely. I feel the same on stage and I love to get in touch with people. So being on tour is just great.

Q. How do you describe XTR Human's sounds?
We obviously have a strong post punk-ish influence in a very British "vintage" way. You can hear that on our debut album but as I already said we are constantly evolving our sound. At the moment we are tending to a shoegaze/krautrock approach.

Nevertheless it all still about harmonious synth melodies and roughness of bass and guitar walls.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The recording of the debut album ‘Atavism’ took over half a year cos we had to write some of the songs simultaneously to get the entire album done. The mixing of the album was another time killer, too. We wanted to realize a special “open” and transparent sound where each instrument and sound source is clearly located like in an imaginary picture. So we’ve experimented a lot with frequencies and effects to get as much depth and space into the songs. You also will notice how every song is part of an entity and leads into each other.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I really like e.g. Xeno and Oaklander, Crystal Stilts, Detachments (UK) and Blue Angel Lounge.

Q: Which bands you love to make a cover version?
I personally would fancy some House of Love or Echo and the Bunnymen stuff. Great vocal lines.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We’re tryin to live more in the present than in the future. Right now we’re quite busy with either playing live all over Europe or recording our second album. So were looking forward to its release and our tour in autumn.

Q: Any parting words?
We want to thank all our friends, fans and people who help to make things happen, especially our photographer Kai Fischer, all guys of DIE SELEKTION, the Klangfabrik Stuttgart, Disturbanity and our label boss Rainer.