terça-feira, 30 de junho de 2015

Everything And Nothing with Jade TV - An Interview

Faça o seguinte, vai lá no final da entrevista e clica no link do bandcamp do Jade TV e aperte play em Parallel Momentso debute lançado agora em 10 de junho.

Sinta a suavidade e a elegância envolvente da música do Jade TV, um dreampop com ecos oitentistas sempre melancólico.

Everything and Nothing é na opinião do TBTCI uma das músicas mais belas deste 2015, uma pérola de doce sofrimento.

Simplesmente ACIMA.

***** Interview with Jade TV *****

Q. When did Jade TV started, tell us about the history...
1. I started writing and recording music in high school under the name Youth Camp. What is now Jade TV is a dynamic mutation of that project.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. Musically I'm inspired by a lot of 80s post punk bands and the shoegaze bands from the 90s

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
3. favorite albums is hard! here's 5 go to albums for me:
"Here Comes Everybody" - The Wake,
"Blue Bell Knoll" -Cocteau Twins,
"Just For a Day" -Slowdive,
"Goo" -Sonic Youth
"Blind" -The Sundays

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. Pretty recently I've formed a pretty stable live band. There were a lot of member changes, but now we have a consistent lineup which makes things easier. I like recording better than performing, but it's still fun.

Q. How do you describe Jade TV sounds?
5. I would describe Jade TV as Dream Pop / Post punk. I'm working on a new record right now that has pretty dark moments. some songs are almost kind of cold-wavey 

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
6. I'll usually record demos for songs and then go back and refine them and add more layers and fluff. I record everything on my own at the moment.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
7. I haven't been listening to that much new music recently.. However I just got a copy of Lower's "Seek Warmer Climes" which is a phenomenal record. I recently got into Connan Mockasin, he's got a really weird and cool songwriting style. Also Warehouse is a pretty new band that's really great. They have a record called Tesseract that is definitely worth listening to.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
8. We covered Paranoid by Black Sabbath one time and that was really fun haha.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
9. My priority right now is finishing the next record, and then we'll see after that!

Q: Any parting words?
10. Thanks for listening xo


No Way Out with Betrayers - An Interview

Diretamente do Canadá vem a garagem ácida, regada a fuzz, psicodelia moderna atrelada com a psicodelia clássica 60´s e muito rock de garage do Betrayers

Let The Good Times Die o debute dos caras é avassalador, um eletrochoque em alta velocidade acidez em estado bruto.

Bom para momentos de exorcizar demônios e almas penadas sejam elas o que queira que forem.

O Betrayers é a prova mais viva e intensa de que quando houver uma garagem, fuzz, sexo, drogas e barulho o rock esta salvo.

***** Interview with Betrayers *****

Q. When did Betrayers started, tell us about the history...
We started playing together about four years ago, most of us were just learning our instruments so that early stuff is pretty scrappy. Basically we just wanted an excuse to get together every week to hang out and listen to records. Since then we've done a full-length LP, a couple of 7"s, and some touring in Canada and Europe, and we're gonna try to finish the next album before the year is through.

Q: Who are your influences?
I can't speak for everyone, but I'm influenced mostly by 60's R&B, bubblegum, and garagebeat groups. The Kinks are, in my opinion, the most perfect band of all time... To me the songs sound amateurish and teenage and yet are still completely soulful-- "When I See That Girl Of Mine" is just a totally perfect dum-dum love song. Mostly early, primitive rock n roll is what does it for me but I dig some contemporary bands too, the Allah Las, Night Beats, White Fence, the Liminãnas, and La Luz often get played in the van.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
It's constantly changing, but if I were sent to prison tomorrow and could only take 5 records, they would be:

Little Ann- Deep Shadows
The Kinks- Kinda Kinks
The Who- Sell Out
T. Rex- the Slider
Darker My Love-Alive As You Are

Although the last one isn't a "classic" record like the others, I think it's a pretty moving modern-day psych record and was criminally underappreciated on it's release. I lived in the UK for a while and Darker My Love toured out there a lot around the time this was released-- I was like a total deadhead for this band, I'd go and see 'em six nights in a row even though I had to be up at the crack of dawn for work. If you like the more polished stuff on the White Fence records you will definitely like this album, I can't recommend it enough.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We're pretty lucky in that we haven't had too many clunkers-- sometimes you get a lousy soundguy or the club treats you poorly and it's hard to feign excitement but I figure if people have paid to get in, we better damn well try our best to entertain them. They could've done anything that night so I want to make it worthwhile for someone to have left the house.

Q. How do you describe Betrayers sounds?
Short songs, mostly influenced by Nuggets-era garage rock and bubblegum acts. Psychedelic, but not in a relentless, blistering way, it's a little more warm and stoned and laid back.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Most of our stuff gets recorded at this studio in Chinatown called Riverdale Recorders. Our friend Scott runs it and it's just a really relaxing place to make records. Everyone can play in the same room together, which is how we prefer to do it, and there's a big kitchen where you can hang out or make something to eat or have a little grass. We record everything live off the floor, and then take another pass for vocals and the odd guitar solo. Typically we'll play the song three times and just keep the best cut of the three, but sometimes you get it in the first go and sometimes it takes a little longer...

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
We've done a fair amount of touring with the Lad Mags, a girl-group/garage/soul act we like a lot... We've also toured with the Backhomes, who do a Suicide/Spacemen 3/Stooges thing. They're just two people but they have a huge sound. The Radiation Flowers are another prairie band we play with sometimes, they play some really dreamy shoegazy psych stuff and they are probably gonna take over the world soon. Edmonton, where we live, has a lot of killer bands going at the moment, I would recommend anyone reading this to check out Faith Healer, Power Buddies, Calvin Love, the Wet Secrets, the Archaics, Witchfinger, the Tee-Tahs, Black Mastiff, Slates, Switches, Jom Comyn, Stepmothers... Lots of really hardworking bands who are touring and putting out albums and making our city proud.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I'm trying to do more singing in French, so I would love to cover something from Serge Gainsbourg or Françoise Hardy. "Nothing To Be Done" by the Pastels might be a cool one since it's got the male/female tradeoff that we sometimes use... I like covering stuff that's quite different from what we're typically doing, putting it through our own filter and taking it somewhere else.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
So far we've done nearly everything ourselves-- from building our own silkscreening rig so that we could print t-shirts to putting out our own records to to booking our own tours... It's satisfying to be totally self-sufficient but it would also be nice to have some help from a label or a booking agency or someone who is more organized than we are. The stuff we've released so far has come out on tiny labels who are run by amazing people but I'm still running our mailorder outta my apartment-- I would love it if someone could just go into a record store and find our shit rather than having to track it down online. They roll their eyes at the post office whenever I show up with a bunch of records under my arm, so if anyone else wanted to be subjected to that kind of scrutiny I wouldn't complain.

Q: Any parting words?
Yeah-- if you like music and you want to play in a band, start one. Most of us have zero formal training, but probably neither did any of our heroes. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a shredder by any stretch of the imagination, but the thing about garage rock or punk is that you don't have to be a virtuoso in order to make great music, you've just gotta have good taste. Some of the greatest bands ever were just kids who had no idea what they were doing-- if they could do it so can you, so if you want to play music, figure out a way to do it. Then come to Edmonton and play a show with us.


Continuous Play with Havania Whaal - An Interview

De Portland vem o trio insano Havania Whaal, seu mais recente trabalho 13 A.D. é audacioso, complexo e ao mesmo tempo freak e insano, uma cacetada em várias direções onde todas elas vão parar em no centro da cabeça.

13 A.D. abre com a sequência insana de Side A: Continuous Play e Side B: Continuous Play tudo numa marretada só, ou se você preferir as músicas uma atrás da outra começa pela faixa 3 Old Hobbits e daí por diante.

Tem de tudo que se possa imaginar no caldeirão do Havania Whaal, garage, shoegazer, psych, noise é um verdadeiro tiroteio de referências.

E o melhor, é altamente viciante.

***** Interview with Havania Whaal *****

Q. When did Havania Whaal started, tell us about the history...
Paul (the guitar player) and I (Noelle the drummer) met through our old projects playing a show together in May of 2011. We got to know each other through the music scene then started dating soon after we met. I had wanted to play drums and Paul wanted to help me with an outlet for that so we formed the band and started playing out around the summer of 2012. We had a reconfiguration of the line up in the summer of 2014 and switched Paul to guitar (was previously on bass) and got Caroline Jackson from local PDX band Lubec to join us on bass.

Q: Who are your influences?
Sonic Youth, Pixies and Electrelane are really big influences for us sound-wise but we also draw inspiration from the artistic approaches to performance in bands like Flaming Lips, of Montreal and Bjork.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
of Montreal: Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer
Flaming Lips: Embryonic
Gang Gang Dance: God's Money
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
Beck: Mellowgold

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is one of the thing we enjoy most in the band cause that's really why we started in the first place. We like to play as much as we can and get a lot out of working out things live. It also give us an opportunity to do something really fun at the performance to add another level to the show. For instance for our album release on June 20th we're playing our new album in full and staging a dramatic play with live actors acting out the story behind our new concept album.

Q. How do you describe Havania Whaal sounds?
It's a dreamy post punk take on noise pop.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We recorded with our friend Carl Sherman of PDX band Gentle Bender. We have a real DIY approach with a lot of what we do even recording so we like to go to friends if we can as that allows us to really have our hands in the project and get the sound we are looking for.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
Broken Water, Mode Moderne, Terror Bird, Priests, Eternal Summers

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
We have been throwing around the idea of a Nirvana cover. Covers are actually something we talk about a lot but haven't pinned down many to really do yet. We did however have a really sloppy cover we were doing of The Cranberries Dreams

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
We will be going on an east coast tour (Boston, MA down to Florida) in July and have a project of making a video for every track on the new album so we will be busy with that for a bit. Here's a link to the first video off the album for the song Witch Hunt:

Q: Any parting words?
Make it weird!


segunda-feira, 29 de junho de 2015

Colour Trip with Tired Eyes - An Interview

Mais Suécia no TBTCI.

Vez do one man band Tired Eyes, shoegazer clássico com trejeitos modernos, vide conexões sonoras com Ringo Deathstarr. O som do Tired Eyes, é recheado de paredes sonoras suavemente ruidosas, mas nunca estridentes.

Para embalar os sonhos de gazers xiitas.

***** Interview with Tired Eyes *****

Q. When did Tired Eyes started, tell us about the history...
Tired Eyes actually started just a few weeks ago. I had started on a song that didn't really fit into my other projects and when I had finished writing the song I was surprised by how good it actually sounded, so I decided to write a few more songs to go along with it. It felt really good, because I've actually wanted to write music with more of an indie/shoegaze feel to it for a rather long time, but somehow never gotten around to do it until now.

Q: Who are your influences?
I guess I have a lot of different influences. I haven't tried to sound like any other band on purpose, but I listened a lot to Makthaverskan and Ringo Deathstarr during the writing process, and I guess that the EP kind of turned out like a mixture of the two different sounds of those bands.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
That's really hard to do, since there are so many good albums out there and I constantly find new favorites. But here are five albums I really like right now:
Makthaverskan – Makthaverskan II
Ringo Deathstarr – Colour Trip
Suburban Lawns – Suburban Lawns
Diiv – Oshin
Le Tigre – Le Tigre

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I haven't had the time to play live with Tired Eyes yet, due to many reasons (mostly because it's a solo project, and my other band is still my main focus). I have played live before though, and I love it, it's one of the most beautiful and terrifying things at the same time.

Q. How do you describe Tired Eyes sounds?
I don't really like to describe it, I want people to create their own idea of what my music is, but if I have to describe it, I'd say it consists of reverb and atmospheric emotions. I've started writing some new songs, and I think the next EP (whenever that may be) will have a slightly different sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Everything has been done by me in my bedroom. Since I don't have access to a studio, and can't afford renting one, I had to recreate everything I wrote through software-instruments and mixing in Logic, and the vocals were recorded with the microphone that's built into the laptop.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I recommend the swedish band Nolltolerans, they are really great. They haven't released any songs yet, but there are a few live videos on their facebook and I think they'll release a single soon. I have seen them live and it's like being in a dream, the reverb and the voices are beautiful.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I don't know, I guess it would be Makthaverskan or Nolltolerans.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
I don't have anything special planned. As I said earlier, I have been working on some new songs but they are far from done and I have no idea when they will be finished, it might take a month or 6 months, who knows? I'd love to have some live shows eventually, but I have no idea when, or if, that will happen either. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for everything, take care.


After The Gold Rush with Primary Colour - An Interview

Faz um certo tempo que a Suécia nos brinda com excelentes bandas, e o dreampop tem se tornado algo bem característico de lá, sempre belas novidades despontam de lá.

É exatamente o caso do folk sonhador do Primary Colour. Ao escutar suas músicas o frescor e a suavidade são as principais características que vem de imediato a mente. Uma doce sensação de relaxamento toma conta do ouvinte.

Para ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with Primary Colour *****

Q. When did Primary Colour started, tell us about the history...
It sprung out of boredom in my dorm room when I was attending an author school. I had a lot of time on my hands and so I came up with melodies to the texts that I had written. Singing has always been a big part of my life as a member of a choir, but I had never before created music myself so that was definitely a defining moment when I realized that I didn’t need anyone else to do the soprano 2, alt 1 and alt 2 – I could just record all the harmonies myself and finish it all together in GarageBand.

Q: Who are your influences?
Memories, poems, people, nature, dreams and subtle feelings. I admire a lot of female musicians with unique voices, like Joni Mitchell, PJ Harvey, Susanne Sundför, Joan Baez, Jessica Pratt and Dolly Parton. I also listen to a lot of classical music as well as traditional folk songs. And church organs.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Neil young - Harvest
Kurt Vile – Childish Prodigy
Beach House – Teen Dream
Joni Mitchell – Blue
Joy Division - Substance

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It scares me and I’ve never had any live concerts as Primary Colour. Yet.

Q. How do you describe the sound of Primary Colour?
Fragmental and dreamy.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I find a seed for the song: a word, a sentence, a sound or a melody and then I build upon that. I’m recording the vocals with my Focusrite home studio and then creating and mastering the music in Logic X Pro. I sometimes use live instruments such as violin and guitar.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I’ve just discovered Daniel Norgren and hope that many others will too. Mac DeMarco is not that ‘new’ anymore but still. Brilliant!

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
I want to make a cover version of every song I get obsessed with. I’m very inspired by Nils Frahms music so it would be fun to create text or harmonies to his songs.

Q: What´s the plans for the future....
To explore more music. To find musicians that wants to play with me. And write more songs.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you!


Never Lose That Feeling with Secret Servants - An Interview

Quando me deparei com o Secret Servants foi como acontecia antigamente, ouvir um som sem saber absolutamente nada sobre a banda, se eram novos, se estavam na ativa, se eram ingleses, ou suecos, enfim nenhuma informação, só 3 sons, que de cara remeteram a algo como o Nirvana fazendo uma jam com o Swervedriver, e foi matadora a primeira audição.

Sem maiores informações fui atrás dos caras e só esses sons em sua página no bandcamp, então para se conhecer melhor o que é o Secret Servants só mesmo dando uma lida na entrevista exclusiva para o TBTCI.

E aumente o som, Secret Servants é da pesada.

***** Interview with Secret Servants *****

Q. When did Secret Servants started, tell us about the history...
We first started playing together about two years ago. I had played in a band with Steve (bass player) about 4 years ago, and my previous band in Chicago (Lying in States) had recorded an album with Scott (drummer). Over the previous 5 or so years, I had accumulated about 30-40 songs and figured it was about time to just put together a band and start playing. So, I got in touch with Steve and Scott and we started getting together to play about once a week. We are all a bit older and have jobs and wives/girlfriends (I also have a 2-year old daughter); and Scott works as a touring sound guy for bands, so he is out of town a lot. Thus, it can be a bit difficult to practice every week, so it has taken a while to really get up an running.

However, this past December we went in and recorded a few songs at Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn and are gonna start playing out this Fall.

Q: Who are your influences?
I grew up on and listen to guitar rock. A lot of guitar bands these days will talk about how they listen to everything, R&B, hip hop, EDM, yadda yadda (I think a lot of people are self conscious about the constant predictions of "the death of rock," and want to show that they are not gonna be a part of that, and that their band is different and more than just a rock band. People have dug catchy vocal hooks over three chords for almost a century at this point and that is not ending anytime soon. There is no shame in being a rock band). I listen to Swervedriver, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Tom Petty, Wilco, The Rolling Stones, BRMC, Sigur Ros, Ride, Radiohead, Blur, Quicksand, Afghan Whigs, etc. I basically listen to the same shit I have listened to since high school. Hence, this is the music that influences what I write. My ultimate goal is to make a record that sounds like it was written by Kurt Cobain, performed bySwervedriver, and recorded by Kevin Shields; there is no way I will ever get there, but there is little use in setting a musical goal you could actually reach as there would be little reason to keep playing after you achieved it. I like pop hooks. I like drone. I play music that satisfies those interests.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I am gonna exclude 60s, 70s, and 80s stuff here, and just stick to 90s and after to make it easier on myself.

Swervedriver, Mezcal Head;
Nirvana, In Utero;
Shudder to Think, Pony Express Record;
Sigur Ros, Takk;
My Bloody Valentine, Loveless (of course)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing live. My usual approach is 2-3 drinks before I go on and one or two drinks while playing. That usually puts me in the perfect spot. This is also the first band I have ever been in where I am the singer, and I am really digging it. I have always loved playing live, but singing definitely heightens your connection to the song and that particular moment of performance. When I would just play guitar in a band I would still have a blast playing live, but I would also be more conscious of the other guys and the crowd. Now, the experience is much more attuned to the songs and the feeling I get from the songs rather than the feeling I get from the crowd or the other guys I am on stage with, or even from my own guitar playing.

Q. How do you describe Secret Servants sounds?
I definitely, first and foremost try and go for pop and hooks when I write. That is my main concern. I have never met a person that goes around humming the guitar line or chord changes of a song all day. People hum the vocal melody; people get the lyrics stuck in their head, not the music. That is the most important part of the song. For the most part, my lyrics are generally meaningless, or a few lines will mean one thing and other lines will be speaking about something else with no connection to the other lyrics. Some songs just have words that evoke a certain mood rather than any real meaning. Vocally, I think Adam Franklin and Greg Dulli have crept in to my head most, as far as how I phrase my vocals; sort of mostly holding out notes and having the vocals drift over the music rather than provide definitive or blunt punctuations.

Musically, I can actually be pretty lazy, or at least not care about repeating myself. In all honesty, several of our songs have the same basic chord structure, they are just in different keys. I would like us to be a little heavier, a little more shoegazey, but I strongly feel that it is a better idea to be the best band we can be right now, rather than shoot for something I don't think we can quite pull off yet. We are only a three-piece that practices 2-3 times a month. Thus, we play simple, poppy rock songs, and I satisfy my shoegaze cravings by just playing those songs with my delay-reverb pedal on the whole time. I have more complicated, spacier stuff written, and I know those songs will eventually start to work their way in to the set, but right now I am just focused on getting the band going with the songs that work the best for us right now.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The recording was pretty simple. We went in to Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn with Phil Palazzolo engineering. We recorded the live tracks to 5 songs, with a couple guitar overdubs in one day (Phil was the shit; I have never seen anyone get drum sounds as good as he did as fast as he did). Then, about a week later, Scott brought some of his recording gear to our practice space and we cut vocals for three songs and finished guitar overdubs in about 5-6 hours. I did a few other guitar overdubs and all the keyboard stuff at my house in my spare time. Scott edited the vocals and we sent it all back to Phil with some notes and he did an initial mix on his own. Then, I went in with Phil to the studio for a half a day to tweak his mixes and we had a 3 song demo ready to go.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
Quarter Mile Thunder out of Chicago are really doing something that sounds like nothing else. The best way I could describe them is atmospheric drone, but with a bluesy, folky sensibility.
Cheetahs are great; they are pretty derivative of the 90s shoegaze bands, but they do it so well you don't care.

They are not new, but I have been listening non-stop to the already released singles from the upcoming new Tame Impala album. The new My Morning Jacket album is great as well.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I actually think we are gonna start doing a cover of My Morning Jacket's At Dawn. It is a really great droney acoustic song that I think is gonna sound great as a loud droney song. It is pretty short, so I am gonna add in a guitar solo and repeat the chorus one more time to fill it out a bit. I am also always down with doing a Tom Petty song because Tom Petty is God.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Really the only immediate plan is to start gigging and get it going. In the more distant future, the plan is to be able to play decent local shows every few months and make it out to Philly, LA, Chicago, etc. every so often and hopefully get one or two festival gigs every once in a while. None of us really have it in us to do any extensive touring, we just want to play decent shows on a semi-regular basis and record every year or two.

Q: Any parting words?
Not really.

Thanks a bunch Renato, glad you dig our stuff. Let me know if you need anything else. Sorry it took a while to get back to you with this. Take it easy man.


domingo, 28 de junho de 2015

Entertainment! with Sauna Youth - An Interview

Se você nunca ouviu falar do quarteto londrino Sauna Youth, o TBTCI sugere is direto para o link lá no final após a entrevista e dar play no álbum Distractions, recém lançado no começo de junho e de cara certamente conexões com expoentes clássicos do pós punk como Gang of Four, Wire, entre outros se farão notadas logo nos primeiros acordes de Transmitters.

Distractions em sua totalidade, conte aí quatorze músicas onde nenhum deles ultrapassam 3 minutos, logo a urgência quase matemática das canções fazem total sentido, e mais ainda, os caras são britânicos e daí meu caro é lógico a descendência direta do pós punk de lá.

Um petardo do início ao fim, pra ouvir em altíssimo volume.

***** Interview with Sauna Youth *****

Q. When did Sauna Youth started, tell us about the history...
We started in December 2009 I think, we have a remarkably long and uninteresting history that contains a lot of similar themes that you'd find in any extended creative relationship. Ups and, of course, downs that traverse most human emotions. We've attempted to out-run our own mortality by leaving physical reminders that at one point we did exist. Whether these remain, after the sixth mass extinction we are currently facing, and then are discovered by a new civilisation who might be able to prise some meaning with a rudimentary needle and cone configuration to hear what is inside the wax, we'll never know. Also, whether or not this meaning will be fully understood is a difficult challenge as sometimes you never know if it's understood right now.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Rolling Stones probably, but with an attempt not to be awful human beings.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
According to Rolling Stone Magazine it's -
1. The Beatles, 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'
2. The Beach Boys, 'Pet Sounds'
3. The Beatles, 'Revolver'
4. Bob Dylan, 'Highway 61 Revisited'
5. The Beatles, 'Rubber Soul'

Which definitely highlights a certain sense of pointlessness making music.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
If it's going well, great! If it's not then it's just ok. I typically enjoy it as it's one of the few times i'm able to completely switch off my brain for thinking about other stuff.

Q. How do you describe Sauna Youth sounds?
With great difficulty. To relatives and people who don't know who The Mekons are, etc I usually say we sound like the Ramones or something.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
It used to be very easy and we used to do loads, now we're a bit slower. We usually get all the music & vocals recorded pretty quickly though and then I'll mess about with it for ages, adding bits, creating samples from the recordings, moving things around... not that you'd know of course.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
Sacred Paws, No Form, Richard Rock n Roll, Ajax, Xam, The Fish Police, Pega Monstro, Frau, Rattle, Primetime

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
So far we've done covers of The Bears, Snuff, Pissed Jeans, Nirvana and I think next is Danzig.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Go and travel, have some interesting experiences, release our magazine and sit-com, exhibit some pieces we've been devising, etc...

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for in the interview!


sábado, 27 de junho de 2015

The House Of Mystery with The Red Daggers - An Interview

The House of Mystery é o debute do The Red Daggers, diretamente de Austin com seu psych folk apocalíptico enfincado da cabeças aos pés numa aura de garagem tipicamente 60´s em formato lo fi.

Sabores ácidos percorrem as dezesseis faixas do disco, sempre transmitindo o amargor já bem conhecido das oscilações delirantes e hipnóticas e cíclicas ficando claro a influência do Spacemen 3.

Um disco para iniciados e adoradores de viagens sonoras.

***** Interview with The Red Daggers *****

Q. When did The Red Daggers started, tell us about the history...
Well, The Red Daggers started a few months ago, I contacted Jesse James over sound cloud. I liked the psychedelic garage vibe of his solo work and we started to work together. We have similar musical tastes and it seemed like a good fit. I started laying out the bones of our songs and would send the files to Jesse, he is great at production and playing so the songs came together nicely. We live in an interesting age, technically The Red Daggers are a virtual band, I live in Canada and Jesse lives in Texas. We haven't met but hopefully in the future I will visit Texas and we can meet. I like the direction of our project, we both are excited to release our first tape through Shake Records (Victoria BC) and Wiener Records (USA). It should be coming out in the next month or two. For now, a lot of the songs are on band camp and sound cloud.

Q: Who are your influences?
I would say the two biggest influences are The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dead Skeletons. I think Anton (Brian Jonestown Massacre) is a bloody genius. His musical output is amazing, I love all his records. Jon (Dead Skeletons) is also a great inspiration, he is a great person and I really connect with his art and music. I also love Spacemen 3 and Suicide, both legendary bands in their own right. Also, Im influenced by some of my friends projects and people I have known. My closest friend Alex is in a band called Holy Data, they are finishing up their first album, so far it sounds amazing. I really am inspired by my friend Katie K's electronic project Chanteclair, she was really big in inspiring me to make music. My Australian friend Luke is an amazing artist and has a great project called Reichelt. Finally, a girl named Emily also inspired me to play music, great voice and talent. I love all these people.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. Brian Jonestown Massacre - Aufheben
2.Karen Dalton - In My Own Time
3.Dead Skeletons - Dead Magick
4.Buffullo Springfield - Selftitled
5.The Flying Burrito Bros- The Gilded Palace Of Sin

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I enjoy it, I have only done it once for one of my other projects The Unquiet Grave. I would like to do more in the future.

Q. How do you describe The Red Daggers sounds?
Well, its deeply rooted in 60's psychedelic rock and more edgy post punk stuff too.
Its lo-fi psychedelia with dark undertones.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Well I have a very small home studio, I usually get some drums down and them noodle around with the guitar, I have a good few effect boxes which help get the tones Im looking for.

Then I send whatever I have done to Jesse over email and his works his magic.

I don't write down any lyrics I may sing, I use an app on my iPod to record vocals. It has built in effects, I like the lo fi sound of it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
1. Holy Data
2. Chanteclair
3. Riechelt
4. Morningface
5. François de Benedetti
6. Happy Sadness (Jason Brown)
7. Jared Brown
8.Dinosaur. Dinosaur
11. King Brude (Marty Smith)

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Well, I have done a few covers (recorded and live). I did a cover of Suicide's (Frankie Teardrop) for my NoWave project Razor Midnight. Did a Spacemen 3 cover (When Tomorrow Hits) a Rowland S Howard cover Shivers, and a Silver Mt Zion song (Film) Unfinished. I would like to do a Gram Parsons song.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Well, we are preparing to release our first album: The House Of Mystery, we will continue to record after that. I have a good few projects on the go,

They are: The Unquiet Grave, Blakkr Nio, Razor Midnight, Gravity's Rainbow, Black Witch and Dead Land. I will be keep on recording with these projects too. Its been nice to get some press for my work. I have been reviewed by: The Quietus, The Needle Drop, Silent Shout, Weird Canada, Boston Hassle, Ride The Tempo, Attn Magazine and other notable blogs.

I might also make some merch for The Red Daggers.

So I have lots on the go.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for the awesome interview, its great to see independent blogs popping up and showcasing underground bands. I am part of a great little community with a few people like: Jesse James, King Brude, Happy Sadness, Morningface and Newgrange. I will continue to record and put out material. Thanks Renato for the support and questions.


Medication with Magic Shoppe - An Interview

De Boston vem o sexteto Magic Shoppe, e a audição de seu debute Reverberation meio que sugere o que estará por vir.

Garagem 60´s psicodélica como aos velhos tempos, só que não, elementos dos prediletos BJM são facilmente notados além de uma aura shoegazer hipnótica.

Algo como se o MBV colidi-se de frente com o Standells, daí fica claro que deve e tem que ser escutado em volume máximo se possível estourando as caixas de som.

***** Interview with Magic Shoppe *****

Q. When did Magic Shope started, tell us about the history...
I started recording songs under the name "Magic Shoppe" back in 1999. I have always written and recorded all the parts myself until just recently. Magic Shoppe has a solid and consistent lineup in the band now, so things have been happening a bit more cohesively. We're actually about to release our first record where we all contributed parts and played on the recordings.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Standells, Chocolate Watch Band, Lilys, Moon Duo, My Bloody Valentine, The Oscillation, The Raveonettes, Spacemen 3, The Electras, Velvet Underground, Jonestown, Warlocks, T. Rex, Jacqueline Taieb, Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, Psychic Ills... Fuck, I could go on and on...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Try It (The Standells),
The Velvet Underground and Nico,
Methodrone (Brian Jonestown Massacre),
Psychocandy (The Jesus and Mary Chain),
Isn't Anything (My Bloody Valentine)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A *fuck ton* better than I do when I'm not...

Q. How do you describe Magic Shope sounds?
Hypnotic and layered. A few things that make us sound the way we do would be Spring Reverb, 4 Guitarists and hypnotic guitar interplay. Kate was saying the other day that when we're playing sometimes she starts to hear notes that none of us are actually playing. It's almost symphonic.. these sounds that come about when the guitars are all playing different layers...

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We don't really have a canned process. For the most recent recording we rented a bunch of gear and recorded ourselves. I record everything digitally and spent about 2 weeks mixing everything. I like to "mix as I go". For example, when a guitar or drum take is done I start compressing, EQ'ing and spacing that track out right away. So when we're recording that last few tracks (vocals, whatever..) there's really very little left to do mixing-wise short of some overall EQ, compression and some very minor level adjustments.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I’ve been diggin’ on The Mystery Lights, L.A. Witch and The Dalaï Lama Rama Fa Fa Fa lately

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Without hesitation… Medication by The Standells. It’s on my eternal “To Do” list...

Q: What´s the plans for future….
Release our latest E.P. on 10-inch white vinyl in the fall of 2015 and start playing at some larger venues in Boston and other cities (bigger venues means better PA equipment and sound).

Q: Any parting words?
How about a single word… “mesmeric”… and in a sentence, “Magic Shoppe makes hypnotic mesmeric music…"


sexta-feira, 26 de junho de 2015

Another Sunny Day with Hibou - An Interview

Hibou é Peter Michael em estúdio ou também conhecido por ser baterista do Craft Spells e com convidados em suas performances ao vivo.

Um delicado dreampop com conexões óbvias com os baluartes da Sarah Records, mas principalmente sua sonoridade remete a oitentistas maravilhosos como Go-Betweens e Chills.

Dunes, o ep de estréia é algo de encantador, cantarolando, e adocicado sem desandar em nenhum momento para o apelo mais brega.

Para dedicatórias de amor eterno, sem medo de ser piegas.

***** Interview with Hibou *****

Q. When did Hibou start? Tell us of the history...
A. Hibou has gone through phases. It used to be an entirely different project starting around 2009, finding its roots in tropical pop. While a few of those ideas and melodies have lingered through the years, I’ve now changed courses. From the beginning of 2013 onwards is the Hibou people are more aware of, although I can’t say it will stay as is.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. The Smiths, New Order, Another Sunny Day, Broadcast, AIR, National Geographic, Discovery Park…

Q. Make a list of the 5 best albums of all time…
A. 1. The Beatles - A Hard Day’s Night
2. Kanye West - The College Dropout
3. Paul Simon - Graceland
4. The Strokes - Is This It
5. Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. Perfect ~ it’s one of my favorite things to do. I don’t think stage fright’s ever really been a thing for me. There are a few occurrences where It’s definitely hit me out of the blue before going on stage, but once I’m up there it passes.

Q. How would you describe Hibou’s sound?
A. A lil’ dreamy, a lil’ surfy, a lil’ rock n’ roll.. very warm. I strive for that feeling of when you close your eyes in the sunlight and become much more aware of all the sounds around you.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording your songs.
A I record everything in my room. I don’t have any ‘nice’ equipment, if you will, except perhaps my guitar baby. Usually I just decide what tempo I want the song to be, then record bass, then guitar, then scrap bass and create a new bass line, then melody, then synths… not always though.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A. Alvvays, BOD, Sloucher..

Q: Which band’s song would you love to cover?
A. Bright Eyes - Hot Knives

Q: What´s the plan for the future of Hibou?
A. Tour, tour, release album, tour, tour tour tour..

Q: Any parting words?
A. Galu, savo ‘lass a lalaith


Premiere Video of Oh Baby with Fir Cone Children and an Interview

Grande orgulho aqui no TBTCI de poder apresentar em Premiere o vídeo "Oh Baby"" do espetacular Fir Cone Children, noise pop, fuzz, tudo em alta velocidade.

O debute Everything is Easy é um petardo alucinado onde cada uma das onze músicas não ultrapassam 2 minutos, um verdadeiro tiroteio de wall of sound lo fi que obrigatoriamente deve ser escutado em alto e bom som.

Desde de já um dos grandes álbuns de 2015 e digo mais, ouvir Everything is Easy é para ser escutado no repeat no mínimo umas vinte vezes só por diversão.

Grande lançamento da espetacular Blackjack Illuminist Records,

Resumindo tudo, o Fir Cone Children é dream punk, genial genial

***** Interview with Fir Cone Children *****

Q. When did Fir Cone Children start, tell us about the history...
With the birth of a child, your own child, life changes immediately. You have to face new challenges and you have to re-structure everything. Especially when you’re busy on so many levels: your job, your now grown family, and, of course, your life as a music-making individual. Quickly realizing that especially during the first months of a newborn you do get time for music, but in smaller doses, you need to adapt to the situation. The window to be productive often closes after some minutes, if you’re very lucky you get two full hours. I am busy with a couple of music projects, but now the time seemed ripe for an idea which I had carried with me for quite some years and which would fit to my timely needs: making songs with a maximum length of 2 minutes. Now, what other genre would that be than punk? In Autumn 2013, about five month after the birth of my first daughter, I grabbed my guitar and instantly wrote “Oh Baby” which is also the opener of the album “Everything Is Easy”. A song with not even a handful of lyrics. I just sang the name of my daughter, added some “aaaah”, improvised on the lyrics: I sang what I observed: she couldn’t walk nor talk yet, that’s what crossed my mind first, so I sang “No walk, no talk, but you got time”, in the end I added a little melancholic note, something which has to be in every song I write, mentioning that her first Summer was gone now. Well, this always sounds pretty sad, huh? Cold, wet days approaching and stuff … Though the feel of the song was all very summer-like. And that’s what I wanted the whole album to sound like. Summer holidays for punk kids, roaming through the woods, rolling down hills and playing in the sand. If you only have two minutes for a song you usually have time to sing the chorus two times, three times maximum, you cannot include more than two verses plus maybe a bridge and an ending. So basically you cannot put more than three parts into every song, which makes it easy and challenging at the same time. After “Oh Baby” the songs kept coming. I recorded them all in my study room. As it was right next to the baby’s room I couldn’t record anything when she was sleeping. And, well, babies sleep a lot. Usually I make music when it’s dark, now I had to do it at daytime. So, I had my wife taking care of our sweet beloved something, which allowed me to make music. As she’s always supported my music I got the chance to record 10 more songs during Autumn 2013 and Winter, and I finished in Spring 2014 when my guts told me: ‘Man, this is it. I got 11 songs in 22 minutes, and when I put the tracks in order and listen to the thing it felt whole.” The albums starts with a garage rocker, moves on to punk, switches to electronic beats and subbass for one song and, after that, delivers more fuzz, garage and punk, has my daughter sing the chorus of the song “To Write A Pop Song” – which she ‘wrote’ when she was 7-months old! - and ends with a lullaby and the soothing sound of distant crickets. Always included, no matter how power chord-driven it all came out: a Dreampop/Shoegaze guitar. Hence the term I’d like to coin: Dream Punk. Finally, the most difficult part was finding the band’s name. I had several names on my mind over the months, including Liizu (which is an alteration of my daughter’s second name), The Firconers, Fir Cone Kids and some more which I cannot remember. As I found my child chewing on a fir cone one day on a playground I chose it as a part of the band’s name. For me it expresses nature, something naïve and infantile, something romantic.

Q: Who are your influences?
In the last years I more and more learned to love short albums with a length of 20 or 30 minutes tops. Touché Amoré’s “I’m Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me” proved that music is not necessarily about long songs – except from ambient and drone recordings which should definitely be much longer than two minutes – it’s about timing, finding the right melodies and a sound that kicks your ass. And if it’s only 2 minutes long that’s even better. The cool moments are over so fast that you want to hear it all over. Well, of course, in terms of sound and style Touché Amoré have nothing in common with Fir Cone Children, just as Danish punks Iceage whose gorgeous first two albums clock in at 20 minutes, too. I’d also have to name one of my favourite bands of all time here: No Age. They are a duo comprising of a singing drummer and a guitarist who likes punk as much as ambient. No bass. In my mind Fir Cone Children are a two-piece too, so yeah, no bass it was for me as well. Voice-wise I found myself singing most stuff with my head voice so that it wouldn’t drown too much in the full sound of the guitar. I got reminded of a band called Wavves in that respect, but I never intended to sound like this band or like that band. Honestly, I don’t even believe listeners think of either Wavves, No Age, Iceage or whatever age while listening. Maybe, just maybe you can see a connection to the positivity and love-life-attitude of Japandroids’s “Celebration Rock”.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
My punk “me” will answer this question:

No Age – Nouns
Hood – Silent ‘88
Wavves – King Of The Beach
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Japandroids – Celebration Rock

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I haven’t so far with this band. Honestly, I don’t even know if Fir Cone Children will ever play live. It is just me, a one-man band so I’d need some more people around me. I know, I said for me, in my head, it’s a two-piece, but to be honest, I would need someone on the powerchord guitar because my arm would fall off after 3 or 4 songs, which would be quite a short concert comprising of 6 to 8 minutes. I could play the dreamy guitar while the drummer and guitarist just need to be in shape to rock without a break. Generally, I would love to focus on singing and acting out some weird stage performance. If you live in or around Berlin and want to be part of Fir Cone Children hit me up on Facebook or something. It’s quite easy to play these songs, we wouldn’t even need to rehearse that much, ha ha!

Q. How do you describe Fir Cone Children’s sounds?
Dream Punk! The power and everlasting force of the powerchord in combination with a heavy fuzz pedal is the base for almost every song, yet, it alone it is not what characterizes Fir Cone Children, it only serves to thicken the sound. What’s most important is the melody. It’s created by the head voice and a shoegazey, dreamy guitar which floats over the power chords. Actually, the band’s songs sound like they were made for children, played with the equipment and instruments of a loud and noisy indie band. My now two year old daughter can sing the choruses of two third of the songs and bangs her head to the distortion and lo-fi drumming. Yeah, maybe the songs are even a loud and heavy version of lullabies. From time to time I sing them in a quieter and slower version to calm down my daughter. Works. In 40% of the cases. I’m aiming for improvement. – As for the part my then 7-months-old daughter sang in “To Write A Pop Song”. My wife recorded that part by accident when she was sitting by our daughter’s bed at the end of the day. It wasn’t until the third time that we actually recodgnized she sang an actual melody, a pop melody. We were absolutely baffled. For the recording I did NOT transpose her voice or tuned it in any ways. I only slightly, very slightly, moved some syllables to keep the rhythm. Have you encountered a younger girl singing on a rock record? Me, neither.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
As mentioned above, I have a two-minute time frame for every Fir Cone Children song. This is to be filled with real structured songs, not some kind of weird improvisation with no hooks. I love hooks and I’ve always been interested in writing a good pop song. From the beginning it was pretty easy to play rhythm guitar because mostly I played power chords, which meant no hassling with my fingers. I could focus on the melody and just sang stuff which I would have usually said to my baby anyways or which just crossed my mind. The lyrics of the whole album fit into the inlay of the cassette, they’re not complicated nor too complex, sometimes both verses have the exact same words, but who cares if the verse already ends after 10 seconds when you’re waiting for the sing-along chorus anyways?
I recorded every song on an 8-track Tascam. One track, sometimes two, for snare and bass drum – depending how fast I had to drum. If it was too fast I recorded them separately. It may be interesting to some of the gear geeks that I played a huge 16” tom which sounds like a punchy bass drum. So it’s easy to play it with your hand, when your feet are just not capable doing the job. The other hand can now play the snare. Tip: Don’t forget to put towels on either drumhead! Sounds tighter! As for the rest of the 8-track: One track was usually reserved for cymbals and hi-hat, one for tambourine, except when I needed more than three tracks for guitars, then there was no tambourine. What about the effect pedals I used? Usually one guitar was played clean, the others were distorted to the max, one played through the Fuzz Factory of Z-Vex, the other through Z-Vex’s Box of Rock. Distortion is important! Man, I love the fuzzy sound of Flying Saucer Attack to give you an example! Usually there’s a second guitar with delay and reverb which puts the song out of its punkness a bit. I played two Electro Harmonix pedals: the Memory Man, which is a delay pedal, and the Cathedral, a reverb thingy. As a second delay I used the El Capistan which can be used to freeze tones and build incredible clouds of drone walls if you keep the pedal pressed. Finally, I used two tracks for the voice, in one or two cases three. Mostly the voice was sung through a distortion pedal, if I remember correctly it was the Fuzz Factory – but this time not turned to maximum level. Equalizer was added after the export to my computer. Sometimes I had to add another clean voice to not lose everything in fuzz. All in all, pretty easy, I’m telling you!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I recently checked out a French band with a German name: Baden Baden. Check out their awesome album “Mille Eclairs”. Try the song “A Tes Cotés” first. It’s somewhere between dream pop and a 60’s version of The Arcade Fire. Lots of pathos,weltschmerz, sadness, beautiful guitars – and French lyrics about---yeah, about what? Love? Loneliness? They might as well sing about watering their gardens – I don’t get what they’re telling us.
Then, listen to Miumi. A German band from Wiesbaden. They make electro-ridden powerful and layered gazey Ambient songs which I cannot describe very well – maybe a bit like a mix of Fuck Buttons and Animal Collective. They released their new album on double vinyl last month.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
That would be something which is not punk in its original. Maybe something of the early Flying Saucer Attack stuff. I would have to invent lyrics, though, as you are mostly not capable to understand the words Dave Pearce is singing, ha ha.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
As the first album was about my life of my first daughter my second daughter who is now three months old will get a Fir Cone Children album, too. After all, it’s them who the Fir Cone Children are! My second daughter has a completely different character compared to my first which is helpful when writing lyrics which are not a copy of the first album. I already demoed three song ideas. But now, I’m looking forward to the release of “Everything Is Easy” on the 26th of June. It will be available as cassette tape, CD and download via my own label Blackjack Illuminist Records.

Q: Any parting words?
Dream Punks of planet Earth – unite! And thanks Renato. You’re a godfather of shoegaze blogs.

Pale Reflections with Gliss - An Interview

Desde 2013 com o ótimo Langsom Dans que Victoria Cecilia e Martin Klingma, também conhecidos e cultuados sob a alcunha de Gliss não nos presenteavam com um novo trabalho.

Eis que no último dia 23 de junho veio ao mundo Pale Reflections, uma verdadeira pérola infestada de doces melodias, vocais perigosamente sensuais, e um suave wall of sound. Um trabalho grandioso e para se ouvir horas a fio, não há a menor chance de Pale Reflections soar enjoante, a capacidade de Victoria e Martin em criarem joias de noise pop se assemelha ao Raveonettes.

Simplesmente majestoso, ouça alto.

***** Interview with Gliss *****

Q. When did Gliss started, tell us about the history...
It's quite a journey… I'd say it started the day Victoria and I really started thinking….let's go to Europe and do some shows….that where I felt it really began. Up until then, I had done local shows and that was redundant. She sparked the voice of possibility and the belief to explore the world….Expand & Explore !! The history is all over the internet, I would need a month to go through it all. Wait for my novel, it will all be in there !!

Q: Who are your influences?
My influences are my own life experiences, atmosphere, ambient experimental concepts, Godard, Rothko, Kubrick, gut Kaffee, sleep and lack of, ballet, anyone that is not afraid to be vulnerable influences me…I like real. I love real. I dislike shut down or closed off. I can't relate to that. If you can't let me in, I can't connect. It's been true my whole life.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. Beatles - White Album
2. Stone Roses - Stone Roses
3. Ray Charles - Atlantic Years
4. Elliott Smith - XO
5. Radiohead - OK Computer

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Nervous usually for the first song and then that goes away and then I realize the show is over…it basically happens in the blink of an eye….hard to describe…it's like a dream…then you wake up and go sell some merch and hope the club puts on some good music…..Meddle by Pink FLoyd, LIve at Pompei, Vessel, Suuns, Leonard Cohen...

Q. How do you describe Gliss sounds?
The current sound of Gliss is inspired by looking at Rothko's work, riding my bike through the streets of Berlin and of course all life experience. When i look at his work, I imagine long deep dreamy paths that seem never ending. Their are many amazing paths here in Berlin and these days and nights all wash together….very much like Pale Reflections…a bit of dirt and beauty woven together…the record turns and floats like a bird leaving the nest in the search of independence.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
Let's see…… I flew back to LA to work on the record last year. I pretty much slept on a couch and looked out the window to a beautiful view of Griffith Observatory. I'd get up have a coffee and start recording until I realized I'd forgotten to eat. Then i would come back to it…it was a good experience. Once I was back in Berlin we kept working on the final bits. Harmonies, synth parts, beats…I think you just keep at it until you say…..wait…i think it's done..Lets mix it and get the artwork together. It was really an adventure. I did the design of the cover and Victoria mixed the record, so we really shared the complete making of the album. This is my favorite part about it this time. Just doing what we feel on our own and letting it be. Its a very honest record.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
I listened a great deal to Ariel Pink this year for current releases. He went to an arts school in California where some of my friends went and it doesn't surprise me one bit how creative and fearless he can be with his music. Ja, I love it, He allows me to go to that place of a child and get lost in it. That's very rare. I saw him play in Berlin and it was such a beautiful combination of genius and chaos. It worked…I felt like I'd been through some sort of serious journey in the end. I just rode my bike home in silence. Other music I have been digging into is Vessel, early Nick Cave…the first two records are incredible, lots of Stereolab and always classical music.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Air, Nick Cave, Pink Floyd, and probably something fairly recent like Tr/st…something ambient while still being melodic.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
The future involves writing, traveling, shows and working on another record. We are meeting up very soon…I can't wait! We are already working on a new one. We like to keep going and staying creative. I have tons of songs I have written here in Berlin and can't wait to start seeing which ones will work with Victorias ideas. She just sent me some incredible basic tracks yesterday. We are lucky to need music. I don't choose it, it chooses me. I am also looking at some more classes to take. I love learning…

Q: Any parting words?
Vielen dank für Alles….Hab einen schönen Tag lieber Freund !

quinta-feira, 25 de junho de 2015

Ascension To Heaven with Mara - An Interview

Guitarras, pianos, paisagens sonoras, envoltas a microfonias suaves, este é o Mara, franceses sônicos que chamaram demais a atenção do TBTCI graças a suas demos, expostas em sua página no soundcloud, principalmente pela sedutora Ascension to Heaven, uma pérola de distorção e ruído branco com vocais suaves e melancólicos.

O futuro aguardo o Mara.

***** Interview with Mara *****

Q. When did Mara started, tell us about the history...
1) We started to write songs last year. We elaborated a style that fit our two musical personalities. We wanted to be proud of our songs. We created a minimalist way of recording and play them with only 3 instruments. Then, we found a fantastic drummer for live performances.

Q: Who are your influences? 2)
We love indie rock bands, LOFI, DIY, shoegaze, post rock and noise rock.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3) The piper at the gates of dawn - Pink Floyd
Sonic youth - Dirty
Eels - Beautiful Freak
God speed you! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
The Breeders - Last Splash

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4) Great but we are done with the rock'n'roll attitude, it was not really us. We are more kind like an introvert child in a corner of a playground. We hope people enjoy the show like we do.

Q. How do you describe Mara sounds?
5) A pictural journey but rough and minimalistic.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6) We record at home, lofi. We do it minimalist, no overdubs, only: guitar, keyboards, drums and vocals. And we try to have a natural sound, not too clean and arranged.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
7) Chelsea Wolfe, Tomorrow's tulips, Yuck, Big Deal & Beverly

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8) We would like to cover an Eels song.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
9) We are recording our first EP that we'll be released later this year on a label annonced soon.

Q: Any parting words? 10)
I'm in competition with myself and I'm losing - Roger Waters


Flowers with Camión - An Interview

De La Plata, Buenos Aires vem o quinteto Camión.

Los Mares é seu segundo trabalho lançado agora em Maio, e algumas características chamam a atenção de imediato, primeiramente todas as canções do álbum são em espanhol o que gera uma sonoridade interessantíssima aliada ao seu shoegazer sonhador com ecos de new wave.

Em certos momentos conexões com Lush são evidentes mas com um ar envolvente e altamente pop, algo como se os Pretenders se enveredassem pelos territórios gazers.

Uma grata descoberta que vem a fortalecer a boa nova safra de bandas argentinas.

***** Interview with Camión *****

Q. When did Camion started, tell us about the history...
Cat (Fernando Belazaras, bass) and I (Buki Cardelino, singer and guitarist) met through mutual friends, so we started to gather at his home in La Plata. We played over electronic bases on the computer, and then got a drummer. We started rehearsing and putting together the songs, mostly composed by me on guitar, and then arranging them afterwards. Then my brother, Mauro Cardelino, joined us on guitar and spent a little time with us until we published a single with 3 songs which was recorded in the La Burbuja studio. After that, we started to play every weekend. In 2011, we released our first record, titled “Ciudades Invisibles”. Our sound definitely started to change with the incorporation of Juan Pedro Luzuriaga, who first was our producer and later became a member of the band, playing keyboards and analogic synths. In 2012, Mauro Aramburu started playing drums with us, and we definitely completed the band. It was with this formation that we started to think about recording a second album.

Q: Who are your influences?
First the bands we usually listen to and we like the sound of: The Cure, Joy Division, New Order, Television, Echo and the Bunnymen, Syd Barret, Roxy music, Blur, Siouxie and the Banshees, The Pretenders, XTC, Sonic Youth, The Velvet Underground, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Smiths, David Bowie, Patti Smith, Radiohead, Virus, Sumo, Juana Molina…

Although, the things we do affect our way of feeling and thinking about the world: travels, moving to a new house, meetings, new friends we met….etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Disintegration, The Cure
Marquee moon, Television
Closer, Joy Division
Flowers, Echo and the Bunnymen
Ju Ju, Siouxie and the banshees

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is the way we connect with ourselves, with our real spirits, and also with the people. I feel like I’m moving down a road, surrounded by a great landscape, elevated, high and smiling.

Q. How do you describe Camion sounds?
I think our sound is atmospheric, electric, melancholic, soft and deep in a new wave, shoegazey and post-punk sort of way.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We decided to start the recording process at a borrowed, big house in Villa Elisa, in the suburbs of La Plata. We found a very deep and cool acoustic atmosphere in it, so we started by first recording the drums, bass, and guitars, all together. Then we added the analogic synths and the voices. The post production was a little difficult for us, to find the sound of the voice, and the final arrangements for the keys, I mean… But it was cool and fun to do all those things on our own with no studio in a very indie way. DICE DISCOS, an independent label and also friends of ours, collaborated with some technical issues, microphones, etc. to help make it happen.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Un Planeta and other friends of DICE DISCOS; The Voltarenes (Germany), Los accidentes (Argentina)… There are many great bands in Argentina, it’s an amazing time for independent music.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We’ve made a cover version of The River Man, a beautiful song by Nick Drake, and a very personal version of a song by the Argentinian band Sumo, called Breaking Away. Now we want to make a version of Killing Moon, from Echo and the Bunnymen.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We are going to present our second album, Los Mares, keep playing in our city, La Plata, and Buenos Aires, make a video of one the record’s songs, try to expand our music and continue to make new songs, too.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks We would like to recommend a visit to the catalogue of DICE DISCOS http://www.dicediscos.com.ar/
Thanks for listening to us and sharing our music.


Tuath - An Interview

Quando tomei conhecimento dos irlandeses do Tuath confesso que a primeira audição soou completamente esquizofrênica para ficar no adjetivo mais fácil de entendimento.

Eles soltaram o debute An taobh tuath​(​ail) em Março agora e o disco é um completo caldeirão de referências e identidades sem se prender ou se fixar em nenhuma delas.

Tem kraut, tem free jazz, shoegazer, noise, avant guarde, e não tem nada disso ao mesmo tempo. Uma sonoridade intensa e freak o Tuath consegue descompassar qualquer possível rótulo que seja aplicado a eles.

Intensidade é pouco par o Tuath.

***** Interview with Tuath *****

Q. When did Tuath started, tell us about the history...
Tuath started off as just myself(Robert Mulhern)in the bedroom in 2014 in galway with my new amplitube software and an electronic drumkit I had bought ,plus of course a bass guitar,I was fed up of relying on other musicians in this country so I had decided to just record a demo and tell everyone that it was already a band so I could recruit people,My plan worked perfectly,I needed a singer but there was no way in hell I could find one with my vision so I just decided to do it,I sounded like shit for the first while but its ok now I guess.the band started to become animated and tuath was born.I sang in Irish as I am an Irish language activist.We have since down sized to just ashley doing sax and myself handling everything else.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our influences are everything from miles davis to skrillex,
my(robs) main influences would be primus,limp bizkit,tool,deftones,anton newcombe,,death grips,TRENT REZNOR,caribou,meshuggah,holy fuck,ween are probably my fave band now that I think of it.recently burl ives and western music (Ashley) john zorn,herbie hancock,metallica,horace silver,black sabbath,tool,Gong,ornette coleman,miles davis,herbie hancock-head hunters

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Rob:aenima-tool,primus-tales from the punchbowl,life is peachy by korn,ween-la cucaracha,Holy fuck!-Latin

Ash: Horace silver- song for my father,rage against the machine-Rage against the machine, the budos band -1, Master of puppets-metallica

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Ash:.I like the freedom of expression I have when playing with tuath, Im not good expressing myself with words. Thats why I play music.

Rob: Of late I have played the last three gigs while stoned out of my tits,I started indulging in january and it became a habit but now I only toke twice a week or when I play live,I love that connection you have with the music when you are stoned,it takes you straight back to the enthusiasm that you first felt when you wrote the music and I find that the audience responds responds to that.Its a nice feeling,we often turn heads when we play because of the fact we are singing in Irish,people think they understand but more often than not they do not.I actually enjoy when people dislike our shows more,its always funny watching them react to it,they probably go home thinking "why the fuck did those guys get to play on a stage where human beings could see them? what is wrong with the world?" and then hopefully they think over it,I make no apologies for our sound,we sound how we sound and Its only going to change when the people involved in making it do which is 100% of the time....did you know that you become an entirely new human being every 7 years? Madness.

Q. How do you describe Tuath sounds?
Tuath is a big massive soup of all of the shoegazey genres,I'd say there are elements of radiohead in there or something,I only found out what shoegaze was properly after I wrote all the songs,my girlfriend says "wow,I didn't know what to expect,you guys are very shoegazey" ,I thought it was post rock but apparantly shoegaze is just post rock with some whispering over it so I assume we sound like that,

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The first EP was interestingly recorded,as we are on a shoegaze forum I am sure most people are about to be disgusted but I don't use amplifiers,I don't use a swath of fx pedals,hell,I do not even own a single effects pedal,I used amplitube for all of the guitars except the more metal ones,I used pod farms big bottom for all the heavy stuff all routed into ableton live.on all of the recordings I used my ibanez 7321 guitar de tuned to g(to beef up the bass parts),a 6 string west tone thunder 1 for all the other guitars(coil tapped so it gets all the tones)and a five string bass(the bass was done using the pod hd300 going straight into the audio interface).I used an sm58 for the vocals and the drums,here is where it gets interesting,In live 9 there is a new audio to midi function,for most of the drums I used ezdrummer2,for lots of the beats,I would tap a rhythm into the mic using two pens using layers,I would start by tapping the kick drum and then go over it again and tap in the next drum,then I would convert the audio to midi and correct the midi.voilla,magic drums.(don't worry,I actually play the drums on the new album),for the sax,ashley would record the parts and Email them to me,I am in Dublin and he was in Galway at the time.We havent had a jam since september. A lot of our next album is outright funk but we recorded it,chopped it,up,resampled it and looped it so it sounds like hip hop and then we put ambient guitars and synths back over it again so that it sounds like someone took an old jazz record and made hip hop out of it only its shoegaze and then we put sax over it so that it sounds like authentic jazz again,its like some kind of bastard child of shoegaze and real hip hop and I'm really fucking exited about it.There are some outright psych rock tunes on it too,and some incredibly heavy tracks that are so out of tune and horrible sounding that they make you want to smash some stuff.A lot of it has similarities to some of unknown mortal orchestra as rubin is a massive hero of mine and his stuff genuinely makes me go "yes".theres a selection of polymetric/polyrhthmic afro blues shit to go on it too with a finalé of post rock,we don't know what the fuck it is any more but its gonna be cool. i'm basically just working on the lyrics now and hopefully it will be compiled(the trickiest bit) by september.to be honest,we are really exited about it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Ashley: the budos band are the most groovy,cheeky new band on the market,their use of 70s grooves layered with music fit for the ball room scene in the mask is something to behold and they are from new york which makes them way cool.

Rob:I don't really keep up with music,I'm always trying to avoid stuff that might influence me,I'm listening to a hell of a lot of burl ives,sometimes I listen to Death grips or meshuggah though....suppose death grips are kinda new.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Ashley:An RATM track maybe?

Rob:We already do "if I had a heart" by fever ray,maybe some day we will record it for you.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
We plan on setting up a squat in an abandoned warehouse,creating a family style cult within it and staging a mass suicide at our first album release party.Its going to blow your mind.

Q: Any parting words?
Never pay anyone to make art,its 2015.