quinta-feira, 16 de outubro de 2014

Information Overload Unit with Rat Alarm - An Interview

A história é mais ou menos assim, não me recordo ao certo de qual entrevista foi citado o Rat Alarm e fui ouvir a indicação e fiquei extasiado, o mesmo aconteceu com o brother Adeson, conhecedor e admirador dos bons sons do submundo.

Esses dinamarqueses destoam por completo do que esta acontecendo, simplesmente eles pegam SPK, Cabaret Voltaire, Suicide e desconstroem o mundo atual em forma de fragmentos hipnóticos e sequenciais.

Não consegui entender por completo a discografia do Rat Alarm, altamente dúbia e confusa, uma penca de informações disconexas tal qual sua música, um caldeirão insano de psicodelia industrial minimalista.

Uma banda para poucos e esses poucos certamente cairão de vício pelos caras. 

***** Interview with Rat Alarm *****

Q. When did Rat-Alarm start, tell us about the history...
Martin started Rats many years ago, recorded an album with HC Kidde, which was released on cassette tape on Posh Isolation. They split up immediately thereafter. The project was taken up again in 2013 when Søren recorded vocals on some old Rat tracks. Brian, a long time collaborator of Martin's, also joined, completing the trio.

Q: Who are your influences?
Old kraut rock, psychedelic 60's like White Noise, Joe Meek, C.A Quintet, CAN, Cabaret Voltaire, Suicide, SPK, Silver Apples, The Residents, Crash Course in Science, Smersh, Bruce Haack, Raymond Scott, Yellow, Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, Thomas Leer & Robert Rental, Kraftwerk, SODS, MX-80 SOUND, the Normal, Sun Ra, Tuxedomoon, Art Zoyd, No Knox, Tee Vee Pop, Terry Riley, Sesselberg, minimal synth/cold wave post punk Industrial and all things weird.

Q. Make a list of 5 best albums of all time…
In no particular order:
Silver Apples: Contact
Thomas Leer & Robert Rental: The Bridge
Suicide: Suicide
SPK: Information Overload Unit
The Residents: Commercial Album

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We use really old synthesizers and drum machines, which never seem to want to reproduce earlier sounds exactly. So every time we play, even if it's a song we've played many times, it feels like it's a cover version: We create the sounds anew, and never know where they'll take us. This is both horrifying and liberating.

Q. How do you describe Rat-Alarm´s sound?
Rhythmic noise. Dirty minimalist electronica. Cold wave. Psychedelic industrial.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Most tracks start as improvisations, with Martin providing the basic drums and bass, Søren the vocal and lead synths and Brian the sick noise effects and more drums. Usually we play everything live, but sometimes we layer tracks on our analog 16-track.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Vox Populi, Pacific 231, Exquisite Russian Brides, LCT, Erwin Ewald, Sunken Spaceship

Q: Which bands would you love to made a cover version of?
We've made quite a few already, with more to come: Canned Heat, Sods (legendary Dansh punk band), Bruce Haack, Country Joe and the Fish.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We're recording constantly, and will try to get the best songs out on a good label

Q: Any parting words?
Watch out for the rats!
Thanks Rats