segunda-feira, 11 de agosto de 2014

Thanks God For Mental Illness with The Orange Drop - An Interview

Simplesmente assim, fãs confessos de Piper Gates of Down, da família Spacemen 3 e suas variáveis e principalmente de Anton Newcombe e os primórdios do BJM, assim é o Orange Drop.

Tal qual como eu e você, os Orange Drop´s são perigosos, lisérgicos, sonhadores e tudo isso aí que veio na tua cabeca, porque não importa lá muita coisa o que vale é o que esta dentro de nós mesmos, e como a majestosa Get into Heaven sugere, melhor não perder lá muito tempo não, vamos adentrar em comunhão ao mundo do Orange Drop e tocar o paraíso.

E rápido.....

***** Interview with The Orange Drop *****

When did Orange Drop starts, tell us about the history.. .
Marc : I formed the Orange Drop around 2007. The band has gone through several lineups – we have had close to 30 members in the band since the start. Around 2010 Blaze and Matt joined up as lead guitar and bass and have been in the band since. The 3 of us met in College, but didn’t really play music together until after we graduated. We initially were based out of Jersey but have slowly all migrated to Philadelphia. We found Anthony last year and he has quickly become an integral part of the band (and the first drummer I know that actually shows up on time, what a strange concept!?!)

Anthony not only can play the drums but is also a great percussionist and sings backup vocals so he has really helped us fill out the sound. We released our first full length in 2011 and an EP in January of this year. We are currently working with Jeff Zeigler to release another EP, hopefully sometime in the Fall.

Q: Who are your influences?
Marc : Live at Pompeii-era Floyd, Spacemen 3/Spiritualized when I feel like spacing out. Brian Jonestown Massacre, early Stones, Velvet Underground when it’s time to rock.

Blaze: My biggest influences are guitar greats like David Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler and a whole lot of classic rock like CCR, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, and so on. I try to bring in the slightly more down-to-earth sound to balance out Marc's more psychedelic style. I'm a huge fan of more modern psychedelic bands such as Tame Impala, Radiohead, Tool, Portishead, Massive Attack, and of course Brian Jonestown Massacre

Anthony: I’m totally influenced by 60s and 70s classic rock, but more specifically, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Of course I also draw from all genres of music from all different eras and my biggest drum influences are John Bonham, Nick Mason, Bill Ward, and Bill Bruford…just to name a few

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Anthony : The Beatles - Abbey Road Black Sabbath (1st album) Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

Marc: We’ll just go with Anthony’s list, it’s solid though I might have picked a Spacemen 3 album instead of Spiritualized but I’d just be nit-picking.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Matt: Playing live is a huge rush. I am a huge fan of our music, and I get really into the songs when we play live. Our fans are amazing and they can get really into the music at our shows as well. When I was a kid I always would dream about playing for a big crowd when I would go out to see shows, and to be playing live and look up and realize that people are rocking out as hard (if not harder) than I am while we are playing is really special.

Q. How do you describe Orange Drop´s sounds?
Blaze: Psychedelic garage rock Anthony: it definitely has a late 60’s psych rock vibe to it….

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Matt: We are all about original music, and when we are working on new material we always record our practices and listen back for things that worked and things that did not. Once we have a basic riff or idea to build a song around, we will continue to play it at practice and jam on it until the composition starts to come together. It's an organic process, and once we are happy with the composition we will record it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Blaze: War on Drugs, Temples, Tame Impala, DIIV, Wild Nothing, Warpaint

Marc: The Dead Skeletons, Elephant Stone, Temples, The Red Plastic Buddha

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Marc : We are working on a cover of A Saucerful of Secrets by Pink Floyd at our next show. We haven’t really spent very much time working on covers but it’s definitely something we would like to do a little more of. I would love covering some Jacques Dutronc also.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Blaze: We are currently recording an EP which will feature four of our favorite tracks with our current lineup. For live shows, we are very aggressively booking as many shows as possible for this Fall and starting to branch out outside of Philly. This summer, we all about just having fun and putting on a lot of free basement shows with some other local Philly psych scene bands like St. James and the Apostles, Drone Ranger, Harsh Vibes, and the Writhing Squares. We love the basement show format because it gives us great freedom about when to play and we don't have to charge out friends a cover... as long as they bring some beer for the bands!

Matt: We are booked for a lot of shows in the upcoming months, and we have a new EP coming out soon and we are going to be promoting that. We are also working on a bunch of new material for our next album/tour, and it's really exciting. I think people are going to be blown away when they hear some of the new tracks.

Q: Any parting words?
Matt: We are super grateful to all our fans; our fans are amazing, and we couldn't have gotten to where we are now without you guys.

Blaze: Definitely be on the lookout for our new EP expected to land sometime in this Fall. In the meantime our doors are open and everyone is invited to come enjoy some great live psychedelic music at our basement shows.

Anthony: yes..a huge thank you to everyone that supports The Orange Drop…!!! Marc: Thanks for interviewing us!
Thanks guys