sexta-feira, 31 de julho de 2015

The Horror of Trespass with Power Pyramid - An Interview

Facilmente um dos grandes discos que ouvi nesse ano, foi lançado em maio pelos estadunidenses do Power Pyramid. The Horror of Trepass é shoegazer, é indie, é 90´s, é 80´s, o álbum na verdade é um caldeirão fervente de referências do que foi feito de melhor nas últimas décadas.

Sonoramente poderoso, coeso e fortemente ruidoso, mas sem nunca perder o ar melodioso característico dos caras.

Para ouvir em alto e bom som.

***** Interview with Power Pyramid *****

Q. When did Power Pyramid started, tell us about the history...
Power Pyramid started late 2012. I showed Daniel some demos I'd been working on and asked him if he wanted to participate. It turned out he had been writing songs along the same lines so we got together and recorded our first demo within about two week's time. We asked Kilyn and our previous bassist Jennifer to join and played live with three guitars, bass, and a drum machine. Since then we've released a few singles, EP's, and Full Lengths and played a ton of shows. We added Brent on live drums late 2013 and now James plays bass for us.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Daniel records and mixes. He's accustomed to recording diy bands so he's got a super mobile set-up. We've tracked all of our albums in Brent and I's previous house. The only thing we end up paying for is the master.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Oklahoma: Tonne, Sex Snobs, Cherry Death, Glow God, Low Litas, John Moreland Outside of our area: Waveless, Technicolor Teeth, The Bug (chicago), Animal Lover, Stressed, Weed, Ferbus, Wildhoney, Ascetic House bands

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
If we told you then it'd ruin the fun Emoticon wink We did a Versus cover...

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Hopefully 2015/2016 we play more shows outside of Oklahoma. We're always writing so definitely more of that and recording. Probably an EP before this year is over.

Q: Any parting words?
Dreaming of visiting in Sao Paulo

Young Love with Ghost Transmission - An Interview

Ouvir os espanhóis do Ghost Transmission é voltar ao passado recheado de fuzz e melodias assoviáveis, vocais menina(o), e o frescor da adolescência chega forte.

Pode colocar ai na listinha de conexões óbvias, Primitives, Pastels, J&MC (lógico) e mais recentemente Raveonettes, Gliss e você terá a dimensão certinha da sonoridade do Ghost Transmission.

Os chatos certamente vão dizer que não é nada de novo, mas o TBTCI pergunta, desde quando precisa ser inusitado pra ser bom? Desde quando precisa de muita coisa, quando se tem feeling e amor?

Faça o seguinte, dê play no ep do Ghost Transmission ou baixe ele, porque é gratuito, e vá passear e curtir a vida.

 ***** Interview with Ghost Transmission *****
Q: When did Ghost Transmission started, tell us about the history...
A: It's not a very exciting story. We (Miriam and Tatxo) stared playing covers of our favourite bands at home. After a while our own songs come out so we called Pepe and Pep to play with us and put it all together.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: We like all kind of music. We love 50's and 60's rock'&'roll, the roots of psychobilly or things like that. But the mainly influences to us are surf music, and bands that make that kind of mix of pop and angelical melodies with a wall of noise sound at the background as The Raveonettes, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Black Tambourine, My Bloody Valentine, Suicide, etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: mmmmmm.... Five is short. Ok, let's see:

* Pet Sounds (The Beach Boys), 1966
* The Velvet Underground And Nico, 1967
* Suicide (Suicide), 1977
* Psychocandy (The Jesus And Mary Chain), 1985
* Loveless (My Bloody Valentine), 1991.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Wild and free!

Q. How do you describe Ghost Transmission sounds?
A: It's a blend of sweetness and rage. Sort of messing something nice.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A: We recorded the album at a very vintage studio called Estudios Tigruss in Gandía (Spain). We used some digital sounds for the drums and voices and the rest of the tracks were played as we use to do it live. We experimented with ambiental sounds made it with guitars and pedal effects too.

The most dificult thing for us was the mixing process because we were not able to find the perfect sound of what we wanted so it took a long long time. But fortunately for us we had Jorge Martí at the controls.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
A: if new means the last ten years then we say bands like Moon Duo, Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls, Cristal Stilts, Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, Burt Rocket, The Bambi Molesters... And many others. We are not into breaking music.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
A: We made a cover of The Pastels that you can listen to in our bandcamp and we played live two covers of The Velvet Underground in Valencia into a Lou Reed's tribute that you can hear at La Colina 45 bandcamp too. We usually play covers of our favourite bands in our shows, actually.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
A: Keep doing gigs in new places and record a new album for the next year.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Thank you. We're looking forward to play in South America soon.

Here´s To A New Tomorrow with Everything Fades - An Interview

Austin no Texas é certamente mundialmente conhecida por seus expoentes ácidos e psych, mas nem só de psicodelismo respira a cidade.

Em final de junho agora, veio ao mundo o debute do trio Everything Fades, o ep Here´s To A New Tomorrow com quatro belíssimos exercícios hipnóticos e envolventes do mais puro e sedutor shoegazer.

Além das conexões com a Scene, ecos oitentistas são notados de forma melancólica através do belo trabalho de guitarras e vocais.

Um estreia de gente grande.

***** Interview with Everything Fades *****

Q. When did Everything Fades started, tell us about the history...
Dan (guitar) and I (bass) had talked about getting a band together for a while. We knew each other through separate bands in Austin and a lot of mutual friends between Austin and Seattle. When our respective bands ended we made our initial moves at getting a band together. We had both gone through some similar life experiences - as we talked through the idea - a trio of dual vocals, harmonies, fuzzy, driving, warm, repetitive - we realized we were on the same page and this was something we wanted to do. I got busy and Dan eventually started things with Kevin (drums), working out a few songs. Then he asked me to come down and play some bass. It clicked in and we went from there. This is May or June 2014.

Q: Who are your influences?
As a band we all come together on a lot of 90s shoegaze - Catherine Wheel, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, etc. Starting from that commonality, we then bring our own perspectives and points of view from our varied musical backgrounds.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time
Here's 5 bands/albums we referenced while recording the EP.
Tamaryn - Tender New Signs
The War on Drugs - Lost In a Dream
Crocodiles - Crimes of Passion
The Church - Heyday
Swervedriver - Mezcal Head

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We've only played a handful of shows. So far it feels pretty good. And loud.

Q. How do you describe Everything Fades sounds?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We went into Cacophony Recorders in Austin. Dan and Kevin had worked with Erik before. I wanted to work there and with him because of his history with The Black Angels, and with Roky Erickson, who I had previously played bass for. We record live, getting the drums and bass, then guitars, keys, vocals and percussion.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Cheatahs. Nothing. Whirr. Creepoid. Mugstar.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We did a cover of Into Like A Train by Psychedelic Furs.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Right now we're writing new music. We'll play some more shows. We'll release another EP in the fall.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you. And we look forward to one day playing Brasil.

quinta-feira, 30 de julho de 2015

Feels Like Morning with Should - An Interview

Marc Ostermeier e Tanya Maus formam uma das mais belas e duradouras bandas lá da primeira geração shoegazer, o Should, verdadeiro patrimônio do estilo.

Uma banda verdadeiramente clássica A Folding Sieve e Feed Like Fishes são pequenas grandiosas obras prima, que para qualquer fã de shoegazer são absolutamente indispensáveis em suas coleções.

Após um hiato visto que Feed Like Fishes data de 1998, o Should retornou em 2011 com o belíssimo Like A Fire Without Sound e em 2014 soltou uma pérola chamada The Great Pretend.

Mais do que explicar eu mesmo a trajetória do Should, nada melhor do que o próprio Marc ilustrar em detalhes toda a concepção musical e criativa de uma daquelas bandas que o TBTCI chama de prediletas da casa.

Momento maior na saga do TBTCI.

***** Interview with Should *****

Q. When did Should started, tell us about the history...
A: I've been recording music since the mid 1980s. In the late 80s the name I started using was shiFt. That music was much more electronic and heavily influenced by labels such as 4AD and Factory. Then in the early 90s I heard bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Pale Saints, and Medicine and I quite liked the melding of melodic songs with the creative use of sound and noise. But it wasn't until I heard the Lilys "In the Presence of Nothing" that it occurred to me that it might be something that I could do. The barrier was that I didn't own or know how to play a guitar. So I involved my brother Eric (who played guitar in his own band) and Tanya (who has a wonderful voice). The songs on our first CD, A Folding Sieve, were constructed using short guitar loops sampled from recordings of my brother from his band and from recordings I did when I'd borrow a guitar and record short guitar phrases onto cassette tape.

By the time of our second CD, Feed Like Fishes, we had changed our name to Should and I had learned to play guitar well enough that sampled guitar loops weren’t as necessary. This album was the second release of Words On Music, the label Eric and I have run for the last 17 years. After that there was a long hiatus as my daughters were born, and I was starting my real career as a university professor. But I eventually got back to recording, facilitated mostly by the purchase of the music software Logic and the switch to digital recording instead of 8-track reel-to-reel (which is quite limiting compositionally). It took a while to figure out what I wanted to record, but it eventually coalesced into the songs for the album Like A Fire Without Sound. The songs for The Great Pretend (our latest album from last year) came more quickly as my songwriting abilities and proficiency with Logic have improved. As Tanya and I live in different states, for the last two albums her vocals were recorded last, either by her visiting me in Baltimore or me taking a minimal studio to her house in Ohio.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: I listen to a lot of music of quite a variety of styles. But I am most inspired by artists who take chances and forge their own unique sound. Brian Eno, Wire, Low, Prinzhorn Dance School, and Disco Inferno are examples.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: This is impossible. Instead I am going to take the opportunity to champion two albums that I really love that are not nearly as well known as they should be: Trouble Books’ "Concatenating Fields" and "Love at Dusk," which unfortunately were released only on vinyl in limited quantities. But you can listen to them on their website (

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: I've never really been interested in playing live. I've always been more interested in the art of the recorded song more than the art of musical performance. Around the time A Folding Sieve was released (1995) we played live three times, once as a trio and twice just Tanya and myself. The third and last time we played live was for an album release show for bands on the ND and Sedimental labels (this was the release show for A Folding Sieve, the debut album for Stars of the Lid, and a couple of other releases).

Q. How do you describe Should sounds?
A: I never know how to do this. Descriptions of sound say more about the person describing the sound than the actual sound itself. One's view of sound and music and the language used to describe it is shaped by what one has heard before. Unless two people have that experience and language in common, descriptions are bound to be problematic. I think there is a saying something like “writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A: I could go on forever because I am very interested in process and the artistic use of limitations. One thing that may surprise people is that I've never owned a guitar amp or used a guitar amp to record my guitar. I only have one guitar pedal, which I haven't used in 15 years. Nowadays I use Logic to get the sounds I want, but this was even true back when we recorded on 8-track (though I did use a SansAmp rack unit for Feed Like Fishes). People occasionally ask what guitars I use, and I don't even know (I only have one and it says Gibson on it). It's not what you have it's what you do with it. Necessity is the mother of invention. When setting off to record a new album I usually have some set of rules to follow. For our last album, the three main rules were 1) Don't try to write a particular type of song. Instead let the song go where it naturally goes even if it doesn't necessarily fit what I think a Should song should be. 2) Start the next song with all the settings/sounds from the previous written song. Things can be changed as the song progresses, but I first had to try to make the song work with what I ended up using on the last song. 3) Use electric piano. There is always one final rule: don't always follow the rules. We record about twice as many songs as make the album. The reason most songs fail is not being able to find the right vocals/melody to make the song work.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Here's some bands with albums in the last 5 years that I am fond of (when you get older, things are "new" for a much longer time): Trouble Books, Lotus Plaza, Youth Lagoon, No Joy, The National, Flyying Colours, Black Twig, Viet Cong, Motorama, Ringo Deathstar, Savages, and Prinzhorn Dance School.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
A: I enjoy recording covers. We've covered The Jean Paul Sartre Experience (who have a boxset reissue later this year that I'm excited about), The Wedding Present, 18th Dye, Disco Inferno, and Over the Atlantic. As fans, I think we tend to do covers too faithfully, so I'm trying to move away from that for future covers.

Q: What's the plan for the future....
A: I don't know when the next album will be. It will probably be awhile. I have written any songs yet. I've been working on other projects including my solo ambient/electro-acoustic music under the moniker M. Ostermeier. My album Still came out earlier this year on Tench (

Q: Any parting words?
A: Thanks for the interest!

Fantasy with Appendixes - An Interview

Lançado exatamente ontem, o novo ep do trio de Portland, Appendixes, intitulado Fantasy, é um verdadeiro tesouro.

Elegante, simples e sofisticado ao mesmo tempo, sutil, deliciosamente apaixonante, um dreampop para não se colocar nenhum tipo de defeito.

Fantasy é assim, simplesmente fascinante. Tal qual tudo que o Appendixes faz, sublime.

***** Interview with Appendixes *****

Q. When did Appendixes started, tell us about the history…
Beth Ann: I was playing music alone but I was tired of being compared to Jewel (I love Jewel). I thought that my live performance would be taken more seriously if I added another member and electric guitars.

Eric: We started playing together to play a Julee Cruise cover at a Twin Peaks themed house party.

Q: Who are your influences?
E: The Smiths, Spacemen 3, Sonic Youth, Broadcast, Mazzy Star, Beth Ann Morgan.

B: Thanks, Eric. I draw influences from everything… nature, heartbreak, experience. The first band that I ever listened to and said “Hey, I want to do that too,” was The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cranberries or Beat Happening. I was more focused on my visual art until around late 2009 when I started writing and recording on Garageband. I posted some stuff online under the name Fraulines.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
B: In no specific order… Oasis - What’s the Story Morning Glory, Patty Smith - Horses, Smashing Pumpkins - Adore, Madonna - S/T, and Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle.

E: My Bloody Valentine -Loveless, The Kinks - Village Green, David Bowie - Low, Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and Breeders Title TK

Devin: This is really hard, my opinion on this shifts often. Right now I gotta say, Bob Dylan - Highway 61 revisited, Slits - Cut, Velvet Underground - S/T, Grace Jones - Nightclubbing, Kraftwerk - Computer World

B: I feel like I would have included much more hip-hop (Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, TLC, Drake, Kanye) but I feel like singles are much more influential in the hip-hop world as opposed to full albums.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
B: For me playing live is all about the emotional build up before we go on stage and then the release. Sometimes I’m nervous or excited or a combination of both when we go on stage. When we start performing I feel like I’m floating over the crowd and myself, almost like I’m having an out of body experience. Then after we perform I feel completely relaxed and also super energized, almost like after having an orgasm.

D: When things are clicking with the band, the sound is dialed in and the audience is engaged it feels similar to the buzzing easy psychic communication you have with your best friend. Occasionally when things are really right it feels like I’m playing the song for the first time, just channeling energy, no thoughts.

Q. How do you describe Appendixes sounds?
E: Our sound has changed drastically in the last three years. I remember in the beginning there was some sort of idea to do slow dark Cocteau Twins / Mazzy Star stuff with a drum machine. That phase is pretty well documented on the Neon Green Fear 7" record. At this point we sound like a very natural combination of all three of our current musical tastes. We're all interested in making good pop music right now.

B: I think that we have finally figured out how to combine all of musical tastes to make some really unique pop music, unlike anything else. You can definitely hear the influence the 60s, 80s and 90s have on our music.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
E: ‘Fantasy’ was recorded in segments over the last year. Most of the material was recorded for a full length record that never came out. The label we were working with just completely stopped all communication. We still have some great recordings from that stuff that may or may not ever see the light of day. Some of the songs started as scratch recordings that we used during the songwriting process, and slowly pieced together into finished recordings. There are some samples of our old drummer, and some drum machine programmed to run alongside his parts. Cherry daze was recorded live in one take on a WW2 Tugboat with our good friend Cat Hoch drumming. The last EP, Everyday Use, was tracked very quickly in one month, also with Cat drumming.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
B: There is so much amazing music coming out right now, I love Adult Mom, Girlpool, Tacocat, Beverly, Chasity Belt and Jackson Scott.

E: In the Pacific Northwest, I love VATS, Warm Hands, Tender Age, Is/Is, Landlines, and Display.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
B: I would love to cover Sheryl Crow, R.E.M. or Beat Happening.

E: We always want to cover more stuff, we have covered the Velvet Underground (when Lou died), Julee Cruise, and Hole. We have a massive list of covers we want to do some day. Maybe The Smiths would be fun next.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
B: After releasing ‘Fantasy’ and touring we plan to start writing and recording our full length that we have plenty of new material for already. Our booker is helping us get on some festivals next year. Hopefully we can catch the attention of some bigger labels to help us release our next album and then maybe following that a national and international tour.

Q: Any parting words?
B: Thanks for helping us get the word out there. Xoxo.

quarta-feira, 29 de julho de 2015

Cupid Come with Strawberry Wine - An Interview

Uma banda chega tardiamente no TBTCI é o Strawberry Wine, diretamente de Jakarta na Indonésia.

Obviamente com cavalares doses de MBV desde o nome até a sonoridade, só que o Strawberry Wine já não existe mais e é o tipico caso daquelas bandas que surgem e terminam em um piscar de olhos, lançam um ou dois singles e sucumbe a si próprias.

Uma pena, pois além de toda a conexão com o MBV os caras já desde 2008 aplicavam um dose grunge em sua sonoridade shoegazer.

Mas o tempo tratou de enterrar o Strawberry Wine no submundo dos bons sons. Que assim seja.

***** Interview with Strawberry Wine *****

Q. When did Srrawberry Wine started, tell us about the history...
The band started in 2008. It was formed by Bernard, our vocalist. He asked Bintang, Mamet & Tyo (who also member of MellonYellow) to fill guitar, bass drums position. We live in the same neighborhood, at east side of Indonesian's capital city, Jakarta, and yes we are friends since before SW was formed.

Q: Who are your influences?
I think It is obvious that we highly influenced by My Bloody Valentine. But we also gave a little touch of Brian Jamestown Massacre, Spacemen 3, Swervedriver, Swirlies, Stone Roses & sometimes Nirvana.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. MBV - Isn't Anything
2. MellonYellow - Milk Calcium EP
3. Brian Jameston Massacre - Thank God for Mental Illness
4. Stone Roses - Second Coming
5. Nirvana - Bleach

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We rarely playing live. But once we have a opportunity to perform, a lot of our friends will come to see us play. So i think it was feel very good.

Q. How do you describe Strawberry Wine sounds?
Straight forward rock n roll with pills.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We only had a chance to recorded 2 songs, "Sour Angus" & "Taste Me". That 2 singles was recorded at the studio near our house. The studio prices was cheap that day. We tryin to maximalize the output from mixing and mastering process. We produced the songs by our self, and we quite satisfied with the output. It was really an achievement for us that day.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Check out Sharesprings, Black Mustang, and Seaside. They are all Indonesian bands, and they are really good.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I think it will be cool if we can cover a songs by Velvet Underground or The Telescopes!

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Actually we are on hiatus right now. But in near future, our friend from Wastedrockers Recording will release our old materials in maxi single cd format.

Q: Any parting words?
Shoegaze is overrated. We do not believe in shoegaze term, it's only simple alternative style with noise.

terça-feira, 28 de julho de 2015

Heaven Is a Place with LSD and The Search for God

Todo iniciado em shoegazer, drone, psych e derivados sabe que o nome LSD and the Search for God é uma das mais cultuadas e respeitadas bandas do submundo dos bons sons.

Alguns fatores são fundamentais para isso; o ep de estreia e único até hoje, uma verdadeira viagem entre ruidosos, vocais soterrados e fascinantes, e veja lançado muito antes de todo o alvoroço atual acerca do renascimento do shoegazer. LSD and The seach for God o ep é item de colecionador nos dias de hoje.

Depois de uma longa trajetória após a estreia devastadora a banda já dividiu palcos com Medicine, Telescopes, Lilys, Black Angels, a lista é interminável.

E eis que enfim a grande notícia, depois de uma longa espera, esta saindo finalmente do forno Heaven is a Place, que vem em breve por aí.

Alguma dúvida que sera um dos mais escutados e cultuados disquinhos deste 2015?

LSD and The Search for God é como o TBTCI costuma dizer, ACIMA. Dispensa maiores comentários.

***** Interview with LSD and The Search for God *****

Q. When did LSD and The Search for God get started, tell us about the history...
Chris Fifield and I started the band eight or so years ago in San Francisco, California. At the time Chris was in between bands and looking for something new. I was anxious to get something together with the new songs I'd been working on, but was taking my time while having fun helping out a few friends with their projects.

Chris and I met through a woman who was looking to get us to work on a number of her songs. She gave Chris my number and he called me up one afternoon. We made plans to get together that evening to grab a drink and chat. We ended up really hitting it off––drinking pints and talking about music and pedals and amps and gear and stuff until 2am. We hadn't even played together yet but I had a strong sense that this was going to be something special. My suspicion was proved right a few days later when we got together at my studio to jam.

Over the course of a few months we continued to get together on our own pretty regularly to make noise and work on some songs I was finishing. We weren't looking for shows but were offered a good one. The only problem was that it was just two weeks away. We decided to go ahead and take it, and subsequently put a band together immediately. It went surprisingly well despite only being a proper band for about ten days. Things just sort of snowballed from there.

Q: Who are your influences?
Phil Spector and Edward Snowden and everywhere and always the dreamers and believers and livers and lovers.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Oh gosh, too hard. The list fluctuates anyway. Here's some of what's prevented my neighbors from getting good sleep the past week or so: Dear Eloise, Teenage Filmstars Rocket Charms, some newly remastered old Swirlies stuff, George Harrison All Things Must Pass, Flying Saucer Attack Instrumentals, Velvet Underground The Quine Tapes, and The Sylvers performing "Boogie Fever" on Bert Sugarman's Midnight Special.

Q. How do you feel about playing live?
We love it. Love playing, touring, meeting new people, sharing our music, and connecting with kindred spirits and fellow time travelers looking for long term relationships.

Q. How do you describe LSD and the Search for God sounds?
We don't describe the sounds, we make 'em.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs.
We like to track live onto tape, with the main goal of getting the rhythm section tracks nice and thick and warm. Chris is remarkably consistent in the studio and often his first takes are the ones we use. I usually end up scrapping a lot of my original guitar stuff. We record vocals live in the studio along with everything else, but that's just to keep the songs together and help them feel authentic and organic. Once we get everything else in its general place we redo the vocals properly. Then the fun stuff starts: mixing and listening and listening and mixing!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The Telescopes
Most of us play with Stephen Lawrie as The Telescopes on the new EP Harm as well as on another just-released split single with a great experimental Chinese band Deadly Cradle Death. These are some heavy noise drone gems.

Flavor Crystals
Josh Richardson of Flavor Crystals has been moonlighting on guitar with us for about a year now, and his band has a new album coming out that I'm really excited about.

My Red Dress
Ryan and Sophia's thing.

Two of our former drummers, Steve Kennedy and Scott Eberhart, make up two thirds of Sciflyer, a real inspiration of mine prior to starting LSD. They've got their first show in years coming up in a few months.

Stratford 4
Our original bassist, Chris Streng, plays guitar and sings in Stratford 4, who are getting back together and playing some California shows in the very near future.

Dear Eloise
One of a handful of great Chinese bands that Ricky Maymi--who plays drums on our upcoming EP--has been tirelessly promoting and managing for a few years now. They all need to be checked out immediately. Fantastic stuff!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A few times at early shows we covered "The Candy Man" from the Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory soundtrack as well as The Partridge Family theme song "C'mon Get Happy." We took a lot of liberties and really spaced them out.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
New EP coming out on Deep Space Recordings and Mind Expansion in the coming months. A few festival gigs in California and one-offs in San Francisco that have great bills. Working on new recordings, excited to get out and play shows, talking about travel...usual band stuff!

Q: Any parting words?
Hope to hit the road and see you soon!

Mirror of Silver with Golden Gardens - An Interview

O duo Golden Gardens de Seattle formado por Gregg e Aubrey lançaram a questão de dias atrás o single Mirror of Silver / When Your Tears Have Drowned You que seguem a risca o maravilhoso trabalho deles  desde o debute How Brave The Hunted Wolves de 2012.

Um passeio elegante e intenso por dentro de paisagens etéreas por vezes sombrias em outras bucólicas, ecos de Cocteau Twins e Cranes são evidentes mas a roupagem que o Golden Gardens aplica torno suas referências apenas como referências.

Grandiosidade e sofisticação em tons cinzentos a serviço dos bons sons.

 ***** Interview wieh Golden Gardens *****

Q. When did Golden Gardens started, tell us about the history...
Gregg: We knew each other before the band, being active in various experimental art scenes and attending the same goth club. Somewhere in the midst of 2010 we began collaborating on music and have been doing so ever since.

Q: Who are your influences?
Aubrey: I'm really into old Bollywood singers like Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar. I'm also super influenced by Middle Eastern music; some of my favorite artists in that vein are Azam Ali and Yasmine Hamdan. Kristy Thirsk, who often sings for Delerium but also has her own projects, has been one of my biggest vocal influences in general.

Gregg: So many to name. Probably TOO many. Right now I'm partial to dark metal, dreamy electronic music, 60's torch singers and dancey industrial.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Gregg (in no particular order):
Katatonia "Last Fair Deal Gone Down"
David Bowie "Aladdin Sane"
My Dying Bride "The Angel and the Dark River"
Skinny Puppy "Rabies"
Mina "Studio Uno"

Aubrey (in no particular order):
Kate Bush "Hounds of Love"
Bjork "Homogenic"
The Cure "Wish"
Red House Painters "Red House Painters I"
Sade "Diamond Life"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Aubrey: Magical. I leave my earthly body and go someplace else. Words can't really describe it. The feeling is one of non-embodiment and perfect total embodiment all at once. Time does not exist. It's beautiful.

Q. How do you describe Golden Gardens sounds?
Gregg: Dance music for vengeful ghosts.

Aubrey: Starlight twinkling on obsidian waters.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Gregg: We both have home studios, so we can have perfect soltitude while still being collaborative. It's the ideal situation for people with our mentalities.

Aubrey: We write pretty independently of one another. I think it lends a complexity to our compositions that might be lacking if we were writing in the same room.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Gregg: I have been enjoying Wind Burial, High Functioning Flesh, Azar Swan, The Foreshadowing, Anna Calvi and King Krule.

Aubrey: I second Wind Burial. So good.There are so many great bands coming out of the PNW these days. I can't name them all, but Nostalgist, Charlatan, Vox Vespertinus, somesurprises, The Spider Ferns, Crater are all making some killer sounds. As for artists from other places, I am really into King Woman, Ibeyi, and Vaadat Charigim right now.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Gregg: We run through some cover songs when playing live, sometimes we put them online for people to hear.

Aubrey: I've always thought it would be fun to cover Marilyn Manson.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Gregg: We have a 2-song tape coming out on July 16th with two brand new tracks on it, "Mirror of Silver" and "When Your Tears Have Drowned You". You can listen and order it through our Bandcamp site.

Aubrey: We've got a release party coming up for it here in Seattle at Kremwerk that same night with more killer PNW bands Red Ribbon, KA, and Satsuma. After that we've got some fancy things in the works for a new album, new shows, and lots of touring. Hopefully outside of the US.

Q: Any parting words?
Aubrey: Blessed be.

segunda-feira, 27 de julho de 2015

Dusk Till Dawn with Whispering Sons - An Interview

Para fãs de pós punk e darwave o TBTCI recomenda a audição imediata do ep de estreia dos belgas do Whispering Sons.

O Ep homônimo lançado há pouco mais de um ano, o disco contém quatro viagens profundas e cinzentas, regadas a uma imersão profunda a tudo que de melhor foi feito no estilo.

Uma estreia simplesmente de gente grande e que credencia o Whispering Sons como uma das melhores bandas de pós punk da atualidade.

***** Interview with Whispering Sons *****

Q. When did Whispering Sons start, tell us about the history...
Whispering Sons began early 2013 as a project of four friends with a mutual taste for dark music. After singer Fenne joined the band, we started playing our first gigs in local pubs and venues. Mid 2014 we started recording some songs which resulted in a demo-ep, containing a cover of Whispering Sons by the Danish group Moral; hence the name of our band. This year we’ve been more seriously involved in the project and we are currently in the process of new recordings.

Q: Who are your influences?
Early postpunk artists combined with more recent contemporary music in the same vein. Our flanged guitar lines are derived from artists such as Robert Smith and John McGeoch (Siouxsie and the Banshees & Magazine), while the synths employ a heavier modern sound. The drums echo like drum machines from bands like Cocteau Twins, with a more lively and sometimes tribal touch.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
In random order:
- The Chameleons – Script of the Bridge
- Felt – Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
- The Cure – Faith
- The Beatles - Revolver

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Because there is 5 of us, we are quite nervous about getting our sound exactly right at a gig but in the end it’s always an exhilarating experience playing live in front of an audience and seeing them enjoy the music we created.

Q: Tell us about the process of writing and recording the songs ?
Usually we start with a basic tune or random idea, from which we create a more structured song. The whole process is quite natural and fast. We do in fact spend more time adding the lyrics to the songs afterwards. At the moment we record and produce our own songs with very basic materials and programs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
At moment we enjoy Algiers, Viet Cong, The Devil and the Universe (goatwave). We are also interested in the Italian postpunk scene with bands like Schonwald, Winter Severity Index and Soviet Soviet. Furthermore we keep an eye on labels such as Sacred Bones Records and Captured Tracks.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
With an earlier project we once covered Talk Talk’s song Mirror Man. We’d love to reprise that and make a more synthy version.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Playing a lot of gigs and releasing new material soon.

Q: Any parting words?
There’s a beautiful kind of emotion in noise.

The White Days with Factice Factory - An Interview

O trio francês/suíço Factice Factory parece ter saído diretamente do início dos 80´s.

Sintetizadores pesados, baixo seco e marcado, clima sombrio e sempre cinzento, sim darkwave nua e crua, é o que a audição do sensacional debute dos caras, The White Days, lançado no final do ano passado transmite. Mescla elementos eletrônicos , guitarras gélidas e vocais soturnos e o resultado é o Factice Factory.

Detalhe um cover especialmente envolvente de Cold do The Cure, declamada em francês.

Finesse em tons escuros.

***** Interview with Factice Factory *****

When did Factice Factory start, tell us about its history... :
François : The band formed in 2013 and is first of all the story of a longtime friendship between us. Fabrice was previously active within the band Rajna with his wife Jeanne, Theotime started an experimental solo project called Thermafrost and was doing radio shows. In the course of 2013 both Théotime and Fabrice proposed me to join them into a musical project, we did some rehearsals and loved the outcome of it, so we decided to start a band together...

What are your influences?
François : Our influences are mainly from the early eighties, the new wave and cold wave era, the so called post punk movement, our name itself is an eye blink to Factory Records, Joy Division, Section 25, The Wake and all the bands of this period... But our influences are not exclusively this, we all listen to a lot of music be it electronic, rock, shoegaze, world, experimental, industrial, ambient etc, with maybe a slight preference for cold synthetic sounds... Artists like John Foxx or even Depeche Mode are a true influence as well for us...

Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This is a tricky question because 5 is a very limited amount for all we love...
François : 1- The Sound : From the Lion's Mouth
2- Bauhaus : Mask
3- Siouxsie and the Banshees : Through the looking Glass
4- Joy Division : Closer
5- Noir Désir : Où veux tu que je regarde ?

Fabrice : 1-Trisomie 21 : Chapter IV
2- Section 25 : Always Now
3- The Cure : Pornography
4 - Slowdive : Just For A Day
5- Attrition : Smiling at the Hypogonder Club

Théotime : 1-Current 93 : Imperium
2 : Throbbing Gristle : 2o Jazz Funk greats
3- Bourbonese Qualk : Unpop
4- Cabaret Voltaire : 2X45
5- Merzbow : Pulse Demon

How do you feel playing live?
François : So far we did not had the time to play live, we already had many proposals for this but we need to find time to prepare a live set... The main problem in this regard is that we all live far away from each other so rehearsals can not take place every weekend... But we look forward to play and meet our audience, when we will feel ready we will do it...

How do you describe Factice Factory sounds ?
François : As a mixture of cold and athmospheric sound landscapes in which our influences are clearly reflected, there is some post punk there, some shoegaze, some experimental and ambient, some german influence as well from the Neue Deutsche Welle and in addition a topping of romantic and existential poetry, like hot black chocolate dripping down some pristine white vanilla ice cream...

Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
François : We always kind of work in three steps, the first is the music itself which Fabrice and Theotime are composing, they then send me demos on which I start to work for the lyrical part. I write songs in three languages, French my mother tongue, German which is almost a mother tongue to me and English... As I use all these languages on a daily basis it became quite obvious to all of us that the writing of our songs would be in three languages... There is no particular rule to this, more a matter of feeling and perception of the music... Songs I write in German are usually more concise, a bit like japanese haikus, songs in French and English are usually more elaborated and more based on poetry and the beauty and the force of words... The third and final step is assembling the music and the lyrics, the hardest part for which Fabrice has a secret and magic recipee...

Which new bands do you recommend ?
François : There are many to be listed and new very good projects emerge nearly every day... Personally I am a lot into artists such as Keluar, Marie Davidson, Chelsea Wolfe, Cosmetics, Regressverbot, May Roosevelt, Popsimonova, Paradox Obscur, Gabi Delgado, Circa Tapes, Lovers Revenge, Underpass and well I stop...

Fabrice : I love Vanish, KVB, The Soft Moon, Nothing, Lowtide, A Place to Bury Stangers … and so on …

Théotime : I listen to Jessica 93, Seventeen At This Time, Belgrado, Hight Flesh Functionning ...

Which band would you love to make a cover version of ?
François : We already did a very particular cover of the Cure's Cold which we interpretated in French... We haven't really thought of further cover versions but maybe some Trisomie 21 or for me a cover of French artist Daniel Darc or Taxi Girl...

What are the plans for future....
François : We have just finished our second album !!NADA !! so we will first need to finalize its release and promote it... Then we are planning to take some time to work on a live set... Some work for visuals and videos is also on our list as we do attach a real importance to all sides and matters of each of our releases, Factice Factory should be considered as a whole concept, both musical and visual...

Fabrice : We also plan to take part in a musical side project with my friend Olaf Parusel from sToa and other artists who will join us. Olaf Parusel has reworked the track Kaugummi and has made a fantastic and emotionnaly very strong masterpiece of this song !!! Affaire à suivre as we say in French ...

Any parting words?
We are very pleased to know that our music crosses the oceans and can be listened and discovered by people all over the world... Our warm greetings go out to our Brasilian audience and we thank you very much for this interview... For all those interested in what we do, please, take a look at both our Facebook and Bandcamp page as we regularly update these with news...

I Saw The Light with Tamarron - An Interview

O Tamarron é um quarteto da cidade berço do psych, Austin, Texas. 

E como não poderia deixar de ser, os caras mergulham na trip psicodélica só que não tão ácida quanto seus conterrâneos, o Tamarron caminha em territórios similares com o Tame Impala por exemplo, melodiosos e mais climáticos, alias as harmonias são o ponto alto do Tamarron, sempre com emaranhados sutis envoltos a suaves trips alucinógenas.

Trip das boas.

***** Interview with Tamarron *****

Q. When did Tamarron started, tell us about the history...
1..I started recording music in my bedroom as a solo project. I then found Sam Jacobson through a musicians wanted ad on Craigslist and he helped me round out the songs. we then expanded the sound by adding jake moon on keyboards. Sam Houdek is the most recent member of Tamarron, he joined the band this January and has been a important part in our current sound -chad

Q: Who are your influences?
2.the doors, tame impala, Rolling Stones, melodys Echo chamber, television

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. the chronic by dr. dre,
inner speaker by tame impala,
marquee moon by television,
pet sounds by beach boys,
rumors by fleet wood Mac,
something/anything by Todd rundgren

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4.playing live is the most fun part of playing music - it is like dynamic meditation.

Q. How do you describe Tamarron sounds?
5. psychedelic dad rock

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6.our recent release was a live radio performance we did on 91.7 KVRX in Austin TX

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
7. holy drug couple, loafer (atx), comforter (atx), boogarins, Alex G

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. we cover Todd rundgren's "I saw the light", you can here it on our recent release

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. recording new material and touring as much as possible.

Q: Any parting words?
10. thanks for reaching out!

sexta-feira, 24 de julho de 2015

Havalina with Deep Fields - An Interview

Ouvir o sexteto californiano Deep Fields e seu debute homônimo é basicamente flutuar em harmonias cristalinas por vezes emulando o clássico Bossanova do Pixies misturado e condensando com o Pet Sounds.

Um dreampop multicolorido e ensolarado, para ouvir alto e contemplando os bons momentos da vida.

E acredite, o Deep Fields proporciona somente bons momentos. 

 ***** Interview with Deep Fields *****
Q. When did Deep Fields started, tell us about the history...
Christian is actually the only remaining original member and he has been putting out music as Deep Fields for about three years now (though the current lineup has been playing together for a little over a year). One of the original rhythm guitarists was a childhood friend of Christian's and a cousin of Emily's, and she joined on as a bassist/guitarist about a year into the project. She and Christian have also been dating for much of the time they've been playing together, and anyone who knows them sees that the two have this incredible mutual understanding, patience, and acceptance with each other, it's a really beautiful relationship. Christian met Jonny serendipitously after the two noticed each other at something like 5 of the same shows in one week, and Jonny gets along with damn near everyone so the two of them really hit it off. Christian invited him to one of the shows and, as a joke, suggested he dance around with a tambourine for the finale of the set. With all of Jonny's charisma and luscious, flowing locks, that went over really well and Christian asked him to join the band full time. Timmy, Jonny's younger brother, was looking for a project to contribute to at the time as well, so Jonny brought him on to play synths. Dana and Christian had been in a band together throughout high school until Dana went to UC Berkeley. The two continued playing together when Dana would return to Souther California over breaks. Dana was about a month away from graduating and making arrangements to teach English in Korea when Christian called and asked if he'd rather drum for Deep Fields. So there was basically no question about that decision. Brian was invited out to come see us perform in LA by Emily's older brother, and he was really into our set. We were talking after the show, mentioned that we had a Rhodes piano that we were aching to incorporate into our live setup, and it came out that he was a classically trained pianist and the rest is history on that. Kind of a long-winded answer, I know, but mainly we got together through coincidences resulting from cosmic entropy haha it's all just worked out for us.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our influences... tough to say because that answer will vary depending on which member you ask. We're definitely heavily influenced by 60s psychedlic-pop like Tommy James and the Shondells, The Zombies, and early, Syd Barret-era Pink Floyd. Then we also have a healthy dose of shoegaze thrown in inspired by bands like Lush and Ride. Someone once said we sounded like Pond mixed with Real Estate, which seems far too generous if you ask us. We definitely look up to those bands in a big way and they are acts that we can only really aspire towards.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Wow this is a really loaded question... in no particular order:
1) The Beach Boys- Pet Sounds;
2) The Gorillaz- Demon Days;
3) The Beatles- Abbey Road;
4) Yes- The Yes Album;
5) Bonobo- Black Sands

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is the final culmination of all our hard work. All the energy and love that we put into creating and honing our parts comes full circle when there is an audience to connect with. Sharing ourselves in that way and seeing a visible, physical response from the crowd is a truly empowering experience. In the moment of the show though, it's hard to take it all in with the lights flashing and the adrenaline flowing. Everything kind of becomes a blur and it always feels like the sets end more quickly than we'd like. We love it though, I know it's so cliched to say, but it really is what we live for. Ultimately, none of what we are doing matters if we aren't delivering in our performances.

Q. How do you describe Deep Fields sounds?
Haha, we often joke about our inability to effectively describe our sound. Psych-dream-pop is what people have called us? All these sub-genres that exist now, it's just getting ridiculous, people always want to classify things, but once you do that you inevitably reduce it from its whole. "Lush-toned guitars layered with dreamy, reverb/delay-drenched vocals, airy synths and soft electric piano, all held together by a tight rhythm section characterized by punchy, deliberate bass lines and syncopated drums." Sounds pretentious doesn't it? Just call it psych-dream-pop and we'll move on.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We record everything ourselves in our cramped (cozy?) lockout space in Downtown Santa Ana. The recording process varies. At times, we'll just crank right through the recordings, getting all the parts tracked in 1 or 2 days. Alternatively, we'll also like to take our time with some songs. Really listening to and digesting each new draft, thinking about what layers could be added, or if elements should be removed. Generally though, we'll have all our respective parts written and thoroughly ingrained by the time we start tracking, so things move pretty quickly. Drums first, vocals last, everything else in between depending on the song's idiosyncrasies and the band members' availability.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
There's so much great music being produced right now... The Holydrug Couple is making really cool psych stuff, Courtney Barnett has been making some visceral, raw rock music out of Australia, Braids has done some interesting blending of electronica with live instruments, and Jungle is just an all out funk party if you're into dancing (who isn't).

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Ooooohhh man we are always trying to think of fun covers. We recently performed Fleetwood Mac's Dreams because we had a couple shows coming up and wanted something we could learn in the two days beforehand. It's a simple one, but high impact, and people were really into it. We've wanted to do a Tears for Fears one for a while now, in addition to The Pixies, The Zombies, LCD Soundsystem, the list just keeps growing haha. We're currently trying to pursue covers that aren't necessarily within our immediate soundscape. That way, we establish our own take of a song, rather than doing essentially a "Deep Fields sings XYZ.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Our plan for the future... man, another loaded question. Right now, having just released our EP, we are in the process of beginning to shop labels to see where we can get signed so that our next release comes out on a credible label. We are still really trying to figure out our trajectory in terms of our sound. There are just so many acts out there, just having talent and good songs isn't enough to differentiate us from the rest of the noise in the market. We've been looking into incorporating more electronic elements in the form of samples and textural, ambient sounds, and that's been exciting. Even if people are initially a little weirded out, it's a direction that we want to have some fun with and explore.

Q: Any parting words?
Don't give others the power to define your perception of who you are and what you're worth. People will judge and criticize. But, ultimately, who you are at your core is far less what you do than why you do it. If you're pursuing your aspirations from a place of love and introspective sincerity, the rest is noise. We can only hope that passion comes through in our recordings and shows.

Bingo!!! with The Cigarettes - An Interview

Se você esta sintonizado com o que acontece na música alternativa do nosso país nos últimos vinte anos, certamente o nome The Cigarettes soa mais do que corriqueiro a você, afinal Bingo, o debute do grande Marcelo Colares e do Cigarettes tornou-se um marco fundamental no submundo dos bons sons nacionais.

Obviamente que unanimidade é algo basicamente inexiste, afinal nem o VU conseguiu isso, mas para os que não gostam ou não querem gostar, o TBTCI apenas diz, paciência, quem perde são vocês, mesmo porque depois de 20 anos e agora quatro álbuns, todos sempre com o selo de qualidade Midsummer Madness e logicamente, o padrão Colares de criação e composição, fica claro e notória a importância do The Cigarettes para os novos desmembramentos, vide sua influência na nova geração ruidosa do país.

E há questão de poucos dias atrás veio ao mundo The Waste Land, novíssimo e delicioso disquinho do Cigarettes. Ainda não ouviu? Vish, conselho do TBTCI não perca muito tempo não, é perfeito pra embalar passeios, curtir o sossego do lar, ou indicado ao que você mais quiser.

Aproveitando o lançamento de The Waste Land, nosso camarada Colares trocou uma ideia aqui com o TBTCI e tardiamente debute nestas páginas.

Tipo, momento clássico no TBTCI.

***** Interview with The Cigarettes / Marcelo Colares *****

Q. O Cigarettes é um referência pra muita gente que era moleque nos 90´s e até os dias de hoje existe um culto ao redor da banda, como você avalia todo esse cenário?
MC: Eu acho que a experiência do Cigarettes dentro desse "cenário nacional" é muito bem sucedida. O tempo, como dizem, pode ser o melhor remédio. Uma banda com mais de 20 anos que tem um público muito especial e que se lembra de músicas que foram lançadas há mais de 20 anos como se realmente essas músicas fizessem parte de suas vidas...
Quantas bandas ou artistas conseguem isso?

Q. A história do Cigarettes se mistura facilmente com a história da cena alternativa no Brasil, conte um pouco da história da banda, como tudo começou? Influências, etc, etc..
MC: As influências iniciais foram as que todo mundo sabe: Jesus, The Smiths, Velvet, Dinosaur JR., etc. Hoje, é um mundo de coisas, nem saberia te dizer ao certo.

Desde criança eu sempre quis fazer música. Criar a "banda" foi uma decorrência natural. E uma coisa engraçada é que o Cigarettes tem essa coisa de nunca ter sido uma banda propriamente e ao mesmo tempo quem pode dizer que não é uma banda?

Lembro de um ensaio do Second Come que eu fui no início dos anos 90 e um show da Pelvs em 92 ou 93 que me estimularam muito a começar a mostrar as minhas músicas.

Q. Inevitavelmente a obra prima do Cigarettes é o Bingo, facil facil é disco de cabeceira pra um monte de gente. Conte-nos um pouco a respeito do disco..
MC: Quando o Bingo foi lançado em 1997, pouquíssimas pessoas gostaram. Ele é considerado um clássico hoje, quase vinte anos depois. Mas na época as críticas de uma forma geral não foram muito positivas. Aliás, pouco se falou do Bingo na época. Esse reconhecimento posterior me dá mais segurança e confirma minha convicção de que eu preciso continuar com a música.

Q. E o novo álbum, The Waste Land, quarto álbum nessa longa trajetória. Qual a grande diferença dele para o ultimo homônimo de 2012 que foi um lance colaborativo (eu mesmo participei).
MC:Acho que a grande diferença foi que eu consegui fazer o que eu queria. Entrei no estúdio e só saí quando o disco tava pronto. Isso de começar uma coisa e ficar esperando meses, anos, pra terminar é algo que não funciona mais pra mim, se é que já funcionou. Quero começar e parar só quando eu terminar. Acho que esse tipo de processo dá mais fluidez e verdade ao resultado. Considero esse o meu melhor disco, mas talvez leve um tempo pras pessoas concordarem comigo. Sobre o disco anterior, hoje eu considero ele um pouco "careta", mas isso tem a ver com o que eu consegui nesse último disco.

Q. Quais seus discos de cabeceira?
MC: Difícil essa. Muda tanto. Ainda mais com as formas de se ouvir música hoje. Gostei bastante dos últimos do Raveonettes e do Mogwai, mas acho que já faz um tempo que eles lançaram. Radio Dept., Slowdive e Suicide são bandas que eu sempre ouço também.

Q. Como é seu processo de criação e gravação?
MC: Como muitos, acredito um pouco que as músicas estão no ar e que nós somos meros canais ou antenas. Todo mundo que compõe, que produz, expressa uma verdade interior mas também um pouco, ou muito, do espírito do tempo a que pertence. Então, sobre o processo de criação, posso dizer que as ideias aparecem na minha cabeça e o meu trabalho é registrar isso, uma coisa meio mediúnica, rs. Quanto às gravaçoes, variam muito, depende do momento, do que é possível e do que é inviável. Já gravei em casa, em porta-estudio, em computador, já gravei em estúdio grande, sozinho, acompanhado, eu gosto muito de deixar rolar e ver o que acontece. Não sou muito de planejar. Acho que, em algumas situações, atrapalha muito, o lance, pra mim, é ver o que sai, qual ideia aparece, na hora que você tá fazendo, de preferência.

Q. O que você destaca atualmente no atual cenário alternativo nacional?
MC: Acho que nunca se produziu tanta coisa boa quanto agora. Existem muitas bandas boas, muita coisa boa sendo feita. Dá até uma certa angústia porque é impossível acompanhar tudo. Entre os mais próximos, eu destaco o Lava Divers de Uberlândia, a Laura Wrona de São Paulo e o Charllote's Suit, também de São Paulo, que está prestes a lançar um disco sensacional.

Q. O que podemos esperar para o futuro?
MC: O futuro a deus pertence, rs. Mas seja ele qual for, de mim, podem esperar muita música, sempre.

Q. A fatídica pergunta, considerações finais?
MC: Só quero te agradecer, meu amigo, por tudo que você tem feito pela música no nosso país. Parece exagero, mas quem acompanha seu trabalho com atenção, sabe que não é. Longa vida ao TBTCI e ao grande Malizia!
Valeu Colares...

quinta-feira, 23 de julho de 2015

Keeper Of The Dawn with Ancient River - An Interview

J. Barreto e Alex Cordova formam o cultuado Ancient River, que acaba de soltar seu novo álbum, Keeper Of The Dawn.

Enquanto acontece uma verdadeira algazarra acerca do novo álbum do Tame Impala, o que na opinião do TBTCI é uma completa enrolação, o Ancient River soltou uma obra definitivamente complexa e viciante. Keeper OF The Dawn é psicodelismo a flor da pele, pegue Mercury Rev e coloque-os numa receita com Pink Floyd e Black Sabbath, pronto você terá o Ancient River.

No currículo dos caras, vários álbuns primorosos lançados, mas este Keeper Of The Dawn representa a maturidade pela do Ancient River.

Uma viagem completamente ácida e sem direito de volta. Acima.

***** Interview with Ancient River *****

Q. When did Ancient River started, tell us about the history...
Wow that is a long one, so here it goes...

It all began in the dawn of the year 2000, as I (James Barreto) was making frequent trips to Gainesville, Florida to play with The Ohm, my instrumental psychedelic band which thrived on instant creation and a home grown DIY ethic. Over the next few years I began recording local bands, producing several albums while creating music for local independent films. It was out of this period of musical exploration that Ancient River was born. My house soon grew into a fully-fledged home studio/rehearsal space, where like-minded musicians could be found tirelessly sharpening their wide range of sounds, encapsulating everything from noisy shoegaze to psychedelia to classic Americana. I locked myself away for two years, and got my self a name as a creative hermit before I took Ancient River to the stage. In 2009, a label and now friend Mark McKenzie saw us play and got us in the recording studio, then over to Austin Psych Festival for our first appearance there. I have had a few amazing musicans in the band, and was really lucky to find Alex Cordova in 2011. Alex and I have been playing together as a duo for last 3 years. We have since then played Austin Psych Fest twice (2010-2012), Los Angeles’ Psycho De Mayo (2014), Desert Stars Festival Pre-Party (2014), Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (2012), Milwaukee Psych Fest (2015) and coming up Reverence Festival in Portugal and The Psychedelic Revolution Festival in France. We have shared the stage with Heartless Bastards, Flavour Crystals, Rosco (Spaceman 3), Christian Bland & The Revelators , Secret Colours, The Silverchords, Holy Wave, Dead Skeletons, Magic Castles, Night Beats, Ringo Deathstar, Hookworms to name a few. So the band over the years has encamped into my home studio and we have recorded multiple albums but currently I am living in London, and Alex is living in Austin, Texas. We are traveling between the two at the moment. We have just released our 8th release Keeper Of The Dawn. which you can grab here and we’re touring North America for 55 shows. We have lots of future plans but that is a surprise. All of us moving to California is in there.

Q: Who are your influences?
Id have to say maybe Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Neil Young, Frank Zappa, Peter Green, My Bloody Valentine, Mercury Rev and Spiritualized for starters.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Thats an impossible question for ne to answer haha. If I had to only have 5 albums because of some type of apocalyptic tragedy and had access to a music player Id reach for, naw sorry cant answer that one.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I feel very good about playing live. Never get butterflies or anything like that. I get more nervous in the studio. Live is always a release for me, we pretty much bring the same level of effort infront of a couple of people or a packed room. We love playing live.

Q. How do you describe Ancient River sounds?
Ancient River is a mixture of vintage and modern rock sounds at times bouncing from Americana and folk to space rock and beyond. Ive always admired artists like Frank Zappa and Ween because they dont tie themselves to any kind of specific genre or sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We write and arrange and then press record.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Yeah, Dead Meadow, if you don't know them (they are not new though), Flavor Crystals, Lola Colt from London, Ttotals from Nashville. Worthless from NY to name a few.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
I dont know, we dont do covers, maybe something by Mercury Rev.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
If we told you our plans then it wouldnt be much of a suprise, ha! We just released an album called Keeper of the Dawn and were playing a bunch live shows around North America, UK and Europe in support of it.

Q: Any parting words?
Yes, we owe everything to our close knit family and friends who support us and encourage us. Without Nakia Matthewson, Natalie Elorza-Welling, Jeff Lancaster, Warren Graham, Mark McKenzie, all the cool people, bands and supporters we meet along the way, we couldnt do what we do. We are blessed.