sexta-feira, 8 de agosto de 2014

Real Cool TIme with Slow Motion Rider - An Interview

Após uma pequena pausa o TBTCI retorna com barulho psicodélico do mais pesado, altas trips nesse artefato encharcado de lisergia, o debut do Slow Motion Rider é ao mesmo tempo regado a jams malucas e esquizofrênicas a´la Blue Cheer ou o The Experience do mestre Hendrix bem como trips de pura acidez com os pés enfincados no Spacemen 3 e Loop.

É o disquinho é da pesada mesmo, pra se ouvir altíssimo como bem colocou o chapa e irmão Fabio Bridges em sua resenha no essencial Pequenos Clássicos Perdidos, mas assim, o "altíssimo" é nos dois sentidos manja?!?!

Desde já virou predileta da casa é ÓBVIO!!!

Detalhe a entrevista foi concebida e feita a níveis elevados de álcool, o que muito nos agrada....Srs. Slow Motion Rider....

***** Interview with Slow Motion Rider *****

Q. When did Slow Motion Rider starts, tell us about the history...
I started Slow Motion Rider in 2010 when I first moved to Texas. I started the band with this kid named Kevin on Bass and Jimmy on drums. My prior band had 2 guitars, an organ player, percussionist, drummer, etc……….I know many of the bands in this scene think you have to have at least 4 members to have a" true psychedelic band" and have their own ideas about being "Psychedelic". My idea is this. As much as I enjoy listening to many of these bands in the current psych scene. Most of these bands have members that don't have any musical identity, that is why they can have 20 different guitar players and drummers and it will always sound like the same band. I wanted to have a band that was modeled after The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Where you can tell immediately who is playing what and if a member of the band changes so does the overall sound. I'm not saying that my idea is more correct, but it is my trip. Anyways, I love the sound of the organ but realized that I could sample the constant tones on a loop pedal and eliminate the need for that added member. I play in stereo out of 2 amps which also gives the guitar a more full sound as if they were played by 2 different players with 2 distinctly different tones. Our original drum sound had the jazz feel with a rock vibe. Mitch Mitchell was always one of my favorite drummers because of his ability to combine those styles perfectly. Jimmy had that vibe, and our drummer Sergio on the album ultimately pulled it off in his own unique way. Our bass player Blake was originally a guitar player turned bass player and has a great chemistry with me musically also.

Q: Who are your influences?
We are influenced by many of the great bands of the late 60's and early 70's, The Doors, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Can, Blue Cheer as well as being heavily influenced by The Manchester scene in the late 80's and early 90's. Spacemen 3 and Loop have always been a major influence as well.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time
1.-The Doors first album -definitely turned me on to the organ sound when I was growing up. As I found out more about the band and their history, I felt like I identified with their sound and songwriting process.

2.-Loop- Fade Out- I like how this album is all about really heavy driving grooves. Instead of standard song changes, they use dynamics and overlay different parts while maintaining the core of the groove.

3.-Led Zeppelin 1-Aside from it's historic value, I've always wanted to write a song that captures the vibe of How Many More Times. Also understanding songs that these tunes were derived from, these guys have left a long-standing impression on me til this day.

4.-The Stooges debut album- For coming out in 1969, this album has some excellent songs and a totally original sound. I dig those heavy grooves with all that wah-wah pedal on songs like "Real Cool Time".

5.-Spacemen 3 Perfect Prescription- This whole album is a sonic masterpiece from start to finish.

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
We are all about playing live. There are many bands that I love listening too, that just are not very interesting to listen to live. Not like I expect them to have fire coming out of their nose or anything but I think the grooves we play really seem to have an effect on people when we are playing live. People can't help but start bopping their heads and feel the rhythm, like they have all been possessed by demons. I don't usually see people going out to have a smoke during our set, that's how I know we are doing something right.

Q. How do you describe Slow Motion Rider sounds?
I think I rambled on about our sound on the first question.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Our debut album was meant to capture our live sound and sound analog but not dated. Everything was recorded live. I overdubbed the vocals of course. Rob Campanella of The Brian Jonestown Massacre helped produce the album. It was his suggestion to use mellotron on "The Key" and he encouraged me to do a harmony on "The Key" and "I like The Way You Look". We took a lot of time mixing it to make sure each song had the magic mix. I told Rob I wanted the album to sound like a modern interpretation of Led Zeppelin I.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We covered Spacemen 3's Take Me To The Other Side at Psych Fest I want to record it next time we're in the studio.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We are mastering our next album with Joe Foster (Creation Records, Jesus and Mary Chain, Etc) It will be an interesting follow up to our debut. I'd say it has more of a space rock feel, hopefully it's out by the end of the year. Joe Foster will then be producing our next recording for the following album. We also plan on doing some touring as things develop.

Q: Any parting words?
My parting words would be, thank you for liking our music. I appreciate you interviewing us. I would like to encourage people to experiment with the sounds they are creating. Don't just sound like another versions of one of those bands out there. There is still nobility in being able to play your instruments well even if all the hacks hate you for it. Thank You.
Thanks guys