sexta-feira, 8 de agosto de 2014

Medicine with The Sundowners - An Interview

Melhor definicão do que a data pela banda pra se descrever impossível, imagine uma jam entre Black Keys e Melody Echo´s Chamber, só que com um apelo pop absurdamente pegajoso.

Assim é o epzinho de estréia do Sundowners, intitulado Medicine, as vozes de Fiona e Niamh grudam na mente e enfeiticam totalmente.

O efeito é o mesmo de quando ouvi o Curve ou o Lush pela primeira vez, fiquei apaixonado de cara.

Dito e feito, mente enfeiticada pelos Sundowners e pelas vozes das garotas ai ai ai .....

***** Interview with The Sundowners *****

Q. When did Sundowners starts, tell us about the history...
The band started with Fiona and Niamh becoming friends in there early teens and bonding over a mutual love of psychedelics and west coast harmonies, listening to the likes of The Byrds, Townes Van Zant, Love and Fairport Convention. While i was touring and working with band’s like The Coral, Arctic Monkeys, and Oasis. Surrounded by some of Britain’s best songwriters & musicians from the age of 16, i was like a sponge taking everything in, It was really infectious and once i got confident i wanted to start my own band, In-between tours me Niamh and Fiona started writing and gigging then Tim joined on bass and was quickly followed by Jim on Drums.

Q: Who are your influences?
It changes all the time ha but at the moment I'd have to say i've gone back to listening to Scott Walker alot and Air, Serge Gainsbourg, DJ Krush, War on drugs, Suicide, Goat, Can, Timber Timbre. I heard a track by Dory Previn called lady with the braid and the lyrics blew me away.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Tough, these would be the bands 5 favourites:
The Byrds - Notorious Byrd Brothers
Tom Petty - Damn The Torpedoes
The Coral - Invisible Invasion
Crosby Stills and Nash - Deja Vu Townes
Van Zandt - Our Mother The Mountain

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It's great we love it, on the album we've just finished recording, every track except two of them are recorded the full band playing live, so we're pretty tight and the songs were written in our rehearsal room so they were arranged live then recorded, so they have loads of energy and when you put a crowd with that it's great especially with the girls are great up front they always go for it which makes rest of band follow.

Q. How do you describe sundowners' sounds?
I'd say there's been afew references we've had, but the girls harmonies are the sound, the voices sounding like one abit like what the Everly Brothers do but singing on top of the aggressive sounds of drums, bass and guitar is our sound, the producer said "it's like the Black Keys jamming with Melody's Echo Chamber" which was ok with me haha.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
There are 3 writers in the band myself Fiona and Niamh, one of us would have an idea and the we'd take it into the rehearsal room and just start working on chords or lyrics then jam some ideas around with bass and drums, usually James or Ian Skelly (The Coral) would come down and they'd listen to it and we'd all work on the track live and make it better, we then went in studio an played tracks live, we only had limited time so we'd do 3 tracks a day then do few overdubs at the end before we mixed it. It turned out well, I think it's an exciting debut album and captures the vibe of the band.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
There's afew other young bands on our label Skeleton Key Records, which i love I'd recommend The Circles, The Blossoms, She drew the gun, there's also a great singer songwriter Marvin Powell. Also check out Timbre Timber, By the sea, Lucid Dream, War on drugs and I love a band called Goat their album "World Music" is unreal.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I think we'd a boss version of Velvet Underground's - What goes on in your mind

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We've just started writing some new tunes, we'd like to get 2nd album out quick after first, and hopefully play some great gigs abroad and get some more Festivals for rest of year and next.

Q: Any parting words?
Give Peace a chance X