sexta-feira, 13 de fevereiro de 2015

Glory Box with The Lovely Intangibles - An Interview

Um caldeirão de referências vem a cabeça ao ouvir as canções do novíssimo The Lovely Intangibles.

Dreampop, pós punk, perfect pop, shoegazer, tudo ao mesmo tempo e de uma forma própria e com uma identidade bem peculiar.

Três linda canções disponíveis no bandcamp da banda atestam essa beleza, No Amends, Tell Me When e Divine apontam para um grande futuro.

O TBTCI esta encantado, esse é o fato. 

***** Interview with The Lovely Intangibles ****

Q. When did The Lovely Intangibles start, tell us about the history...
Mary: We've all known each other for years, opening for each other's bands from time to time. This past Summer, I asked Steve if he'd be interested in collaborating on some musical ideas. He was game, so we just started trading ideas, themes, lyrics, anything that inspires us, and it's all been slowly turning into original songs.

Q: Who are your influences?
Mary: Actually, lots of influences from all different artistic genres. Musically, I'd say we're inspired by some pretty diverse artists - PJ Harvey, Portishead, The Blue Nile, Talk Talk, M83, White Sea, Dead Can Dance, some Peter Gabriel, and then Wanda Jackson, Etta James, Johnny Mercer, composers along the lines of Angelo Badalamenti, Ennio Morricone, Craig Armstrong, The Cramps, some really singular vocalists from world music like Irish singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh… the list is long.

Michael: Anything could be, really. I think what it comes down to, essentially, is the arrangement and production of the music. There's a lot of music we all listen to, and we definitely have some favorite artists and musicians we will always gravitate toward, but I think what we all enjoy most about music is the way it's put together, how the elements relate to one another and tell a story. Art, photography and film also have a great influence on us. The feelings that great art can evoke and inspire within us.

Mary: Yes, you can say that again! All forms of art form the basis of our inspiration.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time
Mary: Mike, that’s all you. I won’t even venture.

Michael: This list would probably change on a daily (if not hourly) basis. Hahaha. There's just so much out there, I would never be able to pare it down to only 5.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Mary: We haven't yet performed live as The Lovely Intangibles, but we promise to report back after our first show! As for performing live music in general, it's an honor to have the attention of your audience for that short span of time - you feel that connection and pretty strong desire to deliver an authentic experience. I find the best shows are the ones where you bring focus to the performance in a way where your whole person becomes part of the experience - you get lost in the music and lead your audience on that road with you.

Michael: I love playing live, and performing. I think Mary explained it very well. I'm really looking forward to performing as 'The Lovely Intangibles'.

Q. How would you describe The Lovely Intangibles’ sound?
Mary: So far, the songs coming down the pipeline feel cinematic, intense and intimate in the way that the lyrics feel like they're being sung directly in your ear. We've got some new songs we're working on as well, with driving beats and an almost 50s hotrod feel. We'll be experimenting with much more, but for now, this is what's been flowing.

Michael: Strong. Dark. Beautiful.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Mary: Well, the songs we've recorded so far have involved Steve and Mike first writing the underlying chords and bones of the song. I’ve then written the melodies and lyrics over that framework, and then we've all worked together to refine the idea. Mike's also written the lyrics on one song, but for the most part, that's been the model.

Michael: Again, Mary has explained this very well. We all contribute, and feed off what everyone brings to the table.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Mary: I can’t stop listening to White Sea’s album released last year, In Cold Blood. I know that Morgan Kibby isn’t exactly new, but her material under White Sea is relatively new and it just kills me. The cinematic feel, the lyrics - she’s in the stratosphere with her chords and voice, and you can tell she sweats over her lyrics. It feels like the whole sky opens up on her songs – I love that.

Michael: Dum Dum Girls, Metric, and our friends, The Blueflowers.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Michael: To be honest, a great song will inspire us to write, record or experiment within our own craft. It would have to be rather unique and obscure. And a song that we feel we could bring something to or expand upon the idea.

Q: What́s the plans for future?

Mary: We are working very hard on writing new material and recording. Full speed ahead on that front, with future plans for live shows.

Michael: Writing and recording. We're hoping to have a Lovely Intangibles release ready for late Spring/early Summer. I think we'd also like to get some live dates going, too!

Q: Any parting words?

Mary: Our thanks for your interest - means quite a lot that our songs are resonating. As we said, we're full speed ahead on the creative front, so don't be a stranger!

Michael: Yes, thank you for your interest. It means a lot.