quarta-feira, 30 de setembro de 2015

Wheat Field with Plant Cell - An Interview

O Plant Cell representa a mais nova safra de bandas japonesas, sempre com uma característica bem evidente, bebem fortemente na fonte MBV e mais recentemente no Ringo Deathstarr.

Com algumas músicas disponíveis em sua página no bandcamp o Plant Cell demonstra ser um dos melhores expoentes japoneses da atualidade, não deixando as influências tomarem por completo a banda, caso da bela e suave Wheat Field, um linda e envolvente sinfonia shoegazer com fortes doses de Loveless em sua composição.

Para ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with Plant Cell *****

Q. When did plant cell start? tell us about the history...
A. We started in January, 2015.It was a solo project of Sato.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Slowdive My bloody valentine dip(JPN) COALTAR OF THE DEEPERS(JPN) Broken Little Sister(JPN)

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. Sorry. I don't make the album.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. We have a gig Saturday or Sunday at Tokyo and Chiba Japan.

Q. How do you describe plant cell sounds?
A. I make noise music reflecting the image of a flower,nature and scenery.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. I record it using GarageBand of Mac in a house.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A. Sorry. Nothing.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. Slowdive-Golden hair
My bloody valentine-come in alone

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. We hope to appear for an overseas Shoegaze festival.

Q: Any parting words?
A. I try more English learning hard. Please love us from now on.
m(_ _)m


Heart Fake with Echo Is Your Love - An Interview

Quando meu amigo Felipe Gasnier me apresentou os finlandeses do Echo Is Your Love, tipo assim,"Man você vai gostar desses caras, é sua pegada.!" Foi tiro e queda.

Os caras já tem no currículo 5 álbuns, sendo que o último Heart Fake de 2010 pega toda a fúria pós punk dos caras e condensa em algo mais acessível, sempre urgente e melódico. Por vezes evocando Siouxsie Sioux ou até mesmo as Raincoats mas, quase sempre fazendo conexões com a modernidade de bandas como Savages ou Interpol.

Uma pena que atualmente a banda esteja dando aquele tempo, porque os caras são altamente talentosos e os álbuns, ah os álbuns, precisam ser degustados.

***** Interview with Echo Is Your Love *****

Q. When did Echo is Your Love start? Tell us about the history...
The band started already in spring 1998. The line-up was me Mikko (guitar + voc), my girlfriend/current wife Nea (voc) and Ilai (gtr) + Vellu (bass, he also sings in the hardcore band Hero Dishonest in which I play the guitar) and Tommi (drums). Later Vellu and Tommi changed to Antti (bass) and Riku (drums). We first released a bunch of 7”s of mostly improvised, droney noise-pop with barely any song structures. Later when we started touring we got bored with this jamming kind of approach and started writing real songs and moved towards noise-rock and pop structures. In early 2000s we put out an album every two years and did some tours in Europe. In recent years the band hasn’t been too active due to family stuff (there are 8 kids in the band now..) but we’re getting more active at the moment, finishing our new 7” which will be our first release since our 2010 album. Feels almost like a new start.. On the last couple albums (Humansize, 2006 and Heart Fake, 2010) our music was pretty ”radio friendly pop” but seems like we’re moving back to louder, angrier, punkier approach..

Q: Who are your influences?
I would say the very obvious Sonic Youth and Velvet Underground, The Ex, The Fall, Unwound.. Kraftwerk have always influenced me a lot. I love repetition, that’s where Kraftwerk and The Fall come in. Joy Division, too, of course.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
My personal favorites would probably be different every day, but I guess I could listen to these any day:
Sonic Youth – Goo,
Kraftwerk – Man-Machine,
Velvet Underground & Nico,
Radiopuhelimet – Jäämeri (Finnish noiserock band since 1986 who are now on my label.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taZx3VS7NDI) and the 5th.. Too difficult to name. I’m not really a fan of albums. I could list you 100 songs or bands/artists that are bigger than life but I probably didn’t care too much about any of their albums. Of course, Reign In Blood by Slayer is pretty much the best thing ever. Antti our bassist names Topi Sorsakoski & The Agents : In Beat as the best record ever, and I guess I could agree. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAxasy1oqew&list=PLXINGrkstamiQJva1KDExqkpwrIO4w_s-)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
That’s why we do this. I don’t know how the audience feels but I’d like to think there’s some kind of special connection between the audience and the band at our shows.. At least we try to be as sincere and close to the crowd as possible.

Q. How do you describe Echo is Your Love sounds?
Loud pop music.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We used to record fast, usually the basic tracks over a weekend and the vocals the next weekend or something like that. Lately the recording process has taken years.. We started recording our latest songs already a couple years ago but havent’ been able to finish the vocals. We just recorded the vocals for two new songs which will come out on a 7” in early 2016. Since me and our singer have kids it’s almost impossible to find time for our musical projects.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A bunch of Finnish bands.. I don’t really follow any foreign new music. I don’t have the time and there’s enough good new music in Finland. I would say check out Fate Vs Free Willy, Lokit, Pigeon Hunt, Ghost World, Moderni Elämä, Grateful Däd, all from Finland.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Us covering someone else? I would love to cover something by Fleetwood Mac.

Q: Whatt are your plans for the future?
New 7” in early 2016, some shows in Finland, hopefully outside of Finland, too. Finishing the new album hopefully in 2016.

Q: Any parting words?
Cheers man Would love to play in Brazil some day!

terça-feira, 29 de setembro de 2015

Raspberry Cough with Petal Head - An Interview

E a saga do TBTCI continua.

Agora aterrizando por aqui os estadunidenses do Petal Head que chegou com os dois pés na porta com sua estreia, o álbum Raspberry Cough, uma chinelada bem dada nos tímpanos, e com cheiro de anos noventa, seja quando os caras pendem para algo mais shoegazer ou quando decidem agredir a todos com uma avalanche noise. Conexões atuais com o Nothing são notadas desde os primeiros acordes.

Dê play e aumente até o máximo.

***** Interview with Petal Head *****

Q. When did Petal Head start? Tell us about the history...

Petal head started in the spring of 2014 by me (Michael, guitarist and singer) I had been working on some solo stuff for awhile and had been trying to get a band together. I started jamming with Bcox on drums we wrote a few songs before we added Andy on bass. We decided to remain a trio

Q: Who are your influences?
Some of our influences include My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur jr, Sleep, Meshuggah, Obituary, Slowdive, Poison idea. I could name bands forever haha

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Sleep- Dopesmoker
Drop Nineteens- Delaware
My Bloody Valentine-Loveless
Meshuggah- Nothing
Cro-Mags - Alpha Omega

There's way more albums I love but those are up there

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is great. It is one of the only times when I truly feel like me. Everyone in the room disappears and the only people that exist in that moment of time are the 3 of us

Q. How do you describe Petal Head sounds?
I like to keep it super bass heavy and fuzzy. Melodic a good amount of the time but also touching on some stoner metal influence. I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock and metal that most definitely effects the sound of the band

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
We had tried to record a few eps through out the year but we were never happy with how they came out so we just never released anything. After working on some thing we decided to hit up Phil Douglas of the band Iron Chic to record us. Recording the album was a little stressful at first but it turned into an awesome experience. The music itself was recorded pretty quick but a lot of the post recording stuff like mixing and mastering was a little slower because Phil had to leave for a tour. But we were very patient

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
Big Jesus, Soda Bomb, Sun Voyager, Mauler, Wrung, Colorful Kid, Life Hiatus

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
We've been talking about covering Just What I Needed by The Cars for awhile

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Most importantly playing shows and getting ourselves out there. Hopefully a tour in the near future. Dead Broke Records will be putting out the album on cassette tape

Q: Any parting words?
Shout out to Selden


Daydreamer with LEΛVE - An Interview

Os novatos ucranianos do LEΛVE estrearam mês passado com seu EP homônimo, basicamente influenciados pelos ares oitentistas e novos expoentes desse resgate como The National, Interpol e afins.

Um ep climático e melódico, cinzento em sua abrangência melancólica, que os aproxima de bandas como Motorama e outros.

Uma estreia promissora certamente.

***** Interview with LEΛVE *****

Q: When did LEΛVE start? Tell us about the history...
A: Back a year ago, we were having another project. We played cover versions of the indie folk songs, bands like Mumford & Sons and Bear's Den, but it so happened that one of our vocalists left us, and we stopped our work on this project. Soon, after the short stagnancy, we decided to get together and play something different. The LEΛVE band formed in July 2015.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: We could name Black English, The National, Queen, The Smiths, Mumford & Sons, Maynard Ferguson, Nils Petter Molvaer, Will Bernard, Frank Sinatra, Glen Miller, Onuka, Death Cab for Cutie.

Q: Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: This question seems too difficult to be answered immediately.

Q: How do you feel playing live?
A: Unfortunately, as we formed not so long ago, we still got no chance to play live. Anyways, we hope to give a concert as soon as possible.

Q: How do you describe LEΛVE sounds?
A: We tried to create something sensual, sad, emotional, but light and dreamy at the same time. Besides, we tried to mix the sound of the post-punk bands of the 80’s with modern keyboards effects. Each of us listens to different music. Our guitarist and vocalist loves indie and folk, bass player prefers electronics, industrial and house. Keyboardist likes grunge and post-punk, whereas drummer listens to jazz and alternative. Undoubtedly, such different music tastes influenced on what we created.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A: For a long time, during the rehearsals, we have been looking for our own sound. By the time as we start recording, many things have changed. We have been working on some of the songs for weeks, and could not find the right sound. Well we recorded everything that we did on repetitions. We created our EP on the amateur home studio, and that is why the quality is not as good as we wanted it to be. Surely, the process of recording was full of experiments. Some of our mistakes turned into unexpected variants of how it can sound like. Once, when the microphone was switched on, someone accidentally stepped on the guitar effects pedal. The keyboardist was wearing headphones and heard the sound of the pedal clicking. We liked that sound, and we put it into a song “Allright” after processing. Well we tried not to adhere to any limits. If that sounds, just do ‘coz it must be done.

Q: Which new bands do you recommended?
A: Public Access T.V., Hinds, Neon Waltz.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: The Smiths, Stone Temple Pilots, Sam Smith, Celldweller.

Q: What are your plans for the future? A: We plan to play live a lot, and to release full-length album in future.

Q: Any parting words?
A: We would like to thank you Renato for the work you have done. Finally, we want to appeal to all the young bands. We wish you perseverance, so you can never stop and move forward. More and more rehearsals, more and more playing live!


segunda-feira, 28 de setembro de 2015

Set in Stone with Greybags - An Interview

Os ingleses do Greybags são aquela banda tipicamente britânica da qual atualmente já não se fazem mais, aquele toque cínico, aquele linguajar caracteristicamente inglês esta na médula.

Psicodelismo inglês, brip pop inglês, só que quando o Blur era realmente bom, tudo isso estampa em conexões o Greybags, e se a grande mídia enxergar os caras, ah meu amigo, eles vão estourar, porque é pegajoso, é deliciosamente pegajoso.


***** Interview with Greybags *****

Q. When did Greybags start? tell us about the history…
A. Greybags has always been here, since the beginning of time, although I used to spend most of my time in other bands ... loads of other bands ... and it's only now that I don't do that, that the whole Greybags thing has had a chance to get going. And it's been liberating. Until recently, I was working with my brother who calls himself 'the Bugman,' but we have had to part company. He's dead to me.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Syd Barrett, King Crimson, Blur… bloody hell, all sorts of stuff, all sorts of dream-pop, shoe gaze psychedelia and punk music. Into a lot of alternative pop music as well.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. I'm deadly serious about this:
'Good Morning, Midnight,' by Becky Becky;
'The Madcap Laughs' by Syd;
'Niandra Lades and Usually Just A T-Shirt,' by John Frusciante;

'If I could do it again I'd do it all over you,' by Caravan and god, there's a lot. But gun to the head, 'Drama of Exile' by Nico. The first Cribs album is dangerously close to being in that top five, and albums by Blur, Incredible String Band, Public Image Limited for christ's sake.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. PLaying live is alright. I realised that I disliked doing it when I was in other bands, but with Greybags it's fine. Greybags is more unhinged and open so it's great to perform this stuff.

Q. How do you describe Greybags sounds?
It's changing from song to song, but, it's all heading towards something along the lines of: alternative, psychedelic dream-pop with moments of punk thrown together. At the moment it's in a confused, incongruous way. Greybags probably needs a bit of direction to be honest. I could take it in a number of ways, but i'm not sure which. I've got about 25 songs i'd like to record, and there is probably about 4 or 5's Eps which would be described differently. I can see/hear the common thread between them in my mind though. I hope I can get it all recorded and tie it together.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. Ideas come about in the most adhoc, scruffy way imaginable sometimes and then I just build on them. I used to use a boss 8 track, and now I just use a laptop. My approach is haphazard. I don't really know much about recording, but I try to get stuff down. The best thing about recording is the song writing process continues the whole time I record. Good stuff appears spontaneously and naturally even when I'm recording. Songs actually get written and arranged when recording. I try to keep it as open as possible. To be honest, I don't know what I'm doing with it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A. This is the most important question, because I am in a continuous state of 'buzz' at the moment from such good new music. Stuff, I swear could easily be in your top 5 albums question, such as Becky Becky who I mentioned. Others to mention are: Bat-Bike, Will Shimmer, Pit Ponies, Morningface, The Stayaways aka Dreamdogs, Psychic Soviets (Their album 'Eight and a half on each foot' could easily be in top five albums .) Blouse, Pet Grotesque, Xeno and Oaklander, Honeyslide. There's loads more I can't think of at the moment. It's worth mentioning Bat-Bikes new album that's coming out in a couple of months. I heard a couple of tracks from it, very excited mate.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I used to want to cover 'Bike' by Pink FLoyd but I don't want to do that anymore. I want to cover 'Videotapes' by Blouse.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
All I know is that in the pipeline Pit Ponies are planning to release a compilation on their 'Pit Pony Records' label which might contain some Greybags and also, there is a project called CPFTG TV. It's an abstract video/sound podcast which contains some G Bagz and is gonna get projected in some interesting places in London. Sean Stubbs is the man to contact about that though. Cheers Renato. Take care. Xxx


Don´t Panic with Missiles of October - An Interview

Há algum tempo não chegava aos meus tímpanos algo tão brutal, pesado e doentio como os belgas do Missiles of October.

Leia-se por brutar, pesado e doentio, um resgate de prediletos dos 90´s como Jesus Lizard, Terminal Cheesecake,  Fugazi, Girls Against Boys e por ai vai.

Don´t Pani o álbum dos caras é um chinelada na cabeça, na mente e onde mais puder, riffs pesados e econômicos, cozinha curta e grossa, e um vocal berrado, que dá vontade de sair chutando tudo pela frente.

Um discaço, de uma banda foda.

***** Interview with Missiles of October *****

Q. When did Missiles of October start? Tell us about the history...
Lionel : “The band was born in the beginning of 2012 at Brussels, Belgium. Mathias Salas, who just stopped his previous band: Galvanize, asked me if I wanted to create a new band with him. Like we had already shared the stage many oftimes before and appreciated doing shows together. I accepted. Quickly, Bob joined the adventure. First rehersal was very funny and constructive so we decided to continue, and 3 years later, we done +/-70 gigs in Belgium, France, Germany and Netherlands and done 2 EP and 1 LP, and have many fun together.

Q: Who are your influences?
We love 90's noise rock sound like Unsane, Jesus Lizard, Sonic Youth, Fugazi, Girls vs Boys, Unwound, ….

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Mathias: All albums by Vandal X
Daydream nation by SonicYouth
Gutter erotica by Penthouse
At action park by Shellac
Mclusky do Dallas by McLusky

Bob: War by Meshuggah
On of us is the killer by Dilliger escape plan
Axe to fall by Converge
End hits by Fugazi
Demanufacture by Fear Factory

"Scattered, Smothered & Covered"by Unsane
“in "on the kill taker" by Fugazi
“Sister” by “Sonic youth”
“songs of love & hate” by Godflesh
“As happy as possible” by Les Thugs

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I think it’s what we love the most, playing live, we are totally in our music, in a sort of trance…. It’s very physical for us! we are trying to be a short of storm in stage and to communicate our energy with people.

Q. How do you describe Missiles Of October sounds?
we describe us like angry sludge punk stoner! we love distortion, to be heavy and play fast!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
We recorded it in our rehearsal room in 3-4 sessions with good mics, DIY spirit and patience. We have already recorded many things with our previous bands so we have acquired a certain experience about it and we know what sound we want.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
Mathias: Brussels stage is actually very dynamic, many bands are very good like The Progerians, Chugalug, Slovenians. There's also another very good groups, like It It Anita (Belgian), Das Modell (French), Buildings (US)

Lionel: I want to add Grant National (de), Rockus Pokus (be), Don Vito (de), Last Minute to Jaffna (it), … and our others bands!!! [P.U.T], Contingent, Rotyes, Galvanise, Frau Blucher!

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Ahah great question because we are actually trying to do an ABDOMENS cover, and hope one day to do a Joy Division & Les Thugs covers…. But we are slow guys, be patient!!!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are working on our second album and on some songs for split records projects, we hope to release all these next year! Labels are welcome to contact us!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks a lot for your interest, really! Support your favorites & locals bands, be curious and have fun!


sábado, 26 de setembro de 2015

Blind and Bloodshot with Debrider - An Interview

Lia Helene Pisa-Relli é a moça melancólica e angustiada sob a alcunha de Debrider que recentemente debutou com um triste e belo Ep intitulado Blind and Bloodshot;

Um exercício slowcore belo e angustiante ao mesmo tempo, nuances de shoegazer podem ser sentidas mas ficam apenas como referências pois os caminhos percorridos por Lia em sua estreia são muito mais melódicos e sem ruídos ou sonhos, a presença de tristeza é presente.

Quando a música te toca não há como escapar, e o Debrider faz exatamente isso, toca profundamente mente e alma.

***** Interview with Debrider *****

Q. When did Debrider start? Tell us about the history...
Debrider started only about four months ago, in the wake of a really hard time in my life when I was dealing with transition and betrayal. This project was birthed through the intense emotions I was dealing with at that time and was motivated by my need to have an outlet for those feelings. I had a lot of ideas I had trouble translating into music, since I was previously only a singer in another band. But this project was the outcome of me picking up a guitar and learning how to actually use it. Debrider is the first project where I am writing, composing, and playing everything myself.

Q: Who are your influences?
my influences seem to be pretty unique and obscure female musicians with strong vocals. Chelsea Wolfe, Lady Miss Kier of Deee-Lite and Harriet Wheeler are just a few. I’m also heavily influenced by the people in my life who have drawn any strong emotion out of me (usually negative) because that is where I get the most writing material.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Eggs are Funny- Mew
The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me- Brand New
World Clique- Deee-Lite
Any album by Granddaddy
Black Sabbath- Black Sabbath

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing an instrument while singing live is something totally new and exciting for me. It feels very vulnerable and nerve-wracking, but in a good way. That clichéd dream where you are naked on stage in front of a crowd of people – that’s how I feel. But it’s not a bad kind of vulnerability. It keeps my life exciting, because I thrive on transparency. I want people to know me and feel what I feel.

Q. How do you describe Debrider sounds?
Debrider is dreamy shoegaze- inspired sad kid music. But the layers of melodic wash make it a kind of sad you can enjoy. It sounds like longing and confusion. It sounds like the beauty that comes from making sense of things. There’s almost a sensual undertone to it also. I call it “bedroom-gaze”.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
Recording the album was very fluid. A lot of the parts of the songs came together during the recording process as I just added things that sounded like they were missing as they popped into my head. Songwriting for me starts as poetry on paper, then I will write guitar melodies, and fit the lyrics and vocal melodies in with the guitar parts like a puzzle and see what fits. Once things come together the bare bones are recorded and synth, bass, drum beats, vocal harmonies, etc. are added as needed.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
YUM. Is an awesome band and also great friends of mine. Body Thief, lightfields, Sealab, Naked, and Collider are some bands and friends of mine that are all making awesome music and worth checking out.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I definitely would like to cover a Brand New song. I did a cover of Built to Spill’s “The Wait” on my EP “Blind and Bloodshot and that was fun to do. Built to Spill is great.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I have a pretty big show coming up in November where I will be performing with a multi-instrumentalist and friend named Kristina Marie. She does really amazing stuff on an electronic drum pad, creates beautiful soundscapes on her Moeg synth, and plays electric violin. We’ve been writing music and she’s been adding her own touch to the EP songs for the show coming up and it sounds really epic. Electric violin has been so amazing to collaborate with. I also am in the process of a music video for “Love Song”, and am about halfway through writing my debut full-length album. I’ve been really inspired and busy with new music and lots of exciting things are coming.

Q: Any parting words?
One of the most important and cathartic skills I can recommend honing, is to take all the hate, sadness, betrayal, confusion, fear, or whatever, and let it drive you. Let it drive you nuts until you find the most creative and explosive means to let it out and turn it into something. Anything. That has been life-changing. And saved my life.


sexta-feira, 25 de setembro de 2015

Glass with Sunken Seas - An Interview

Os neozelandeses do Sunken Seas basicamente tornaram-se sócios do TBTCI. Sobre a banda já dissemos basicamente tudo, leia aqui.

Aterrizando pela segunda vez nestas páginas por conta de seu recém lançado, leia-se hoje, novo álbum Glass. Mais pesado, denso e brutal do que seu antecessor Cataclysm, Glass vai fundo nas raízes de ruídos dark extremo, e conexões com Bailterspace e Band of Susas tornam-se mais fortes ainda.

Um disco absolutamente indispensável neste grande 2015.

***** Interview with Sunken Seas *****

Q. You just release the first single "Clear" from the new album "Glass". What's the big difference between Glass for the last album, "Cataclysm?
A. Whilst it wasn't a concious decision, the songs are shorter than our last release. We never really analysed why I think. We had a couple of line up changes in the time from the Cataclysm release and to this latest one...and we brought in Jordan and Dave who've both been amazing and have really brought a different dynamic to the band.

The new ones are really fun to play live and having the extra guitarist Dave has been great for me personally as I used to be so busy doing about 240 things at once on stage, which was intense - I used to finish shows in a state of total hysteria.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording "Glass"?
A: Prior to recording we decamped to a remote location in the Aorangi Forest Park and it was a place without cellphone reception and a 45 minute drive before we would even come into contact with other human beings.

It was an awesome setting to be able to write music in and provided us with some great focus, so that when it came to recording back in Wellington with James Goldsmith at Munki Studios we were able to hammer out most of the songs without too much trouble.

Q. What are the future plans?
A : We are releasing the album on 25th September - once it's out we'll be conducting an New Zealand tour and getting over to Australia for a tour too. We have held long term intentions to get over to Europe, money permitting. Any booking agents out there get in touch haha.

Q : Final Thoughts ...
Thanks for the interview, Viva Brazil!


Dreamconfusion with The Spires - An Interview

Psicodelismo melódico, grudento e deliciosamente suave, esta é a receita do quarteto de Ventura, California, The Spires que brevemente nos brindarão com seu mais novo trabalho Dreamconfusion.

Enquanto ainda não vem ao mundo, o TBTCI sueger a audição do belíssimo e delicado Eternal Yeah de 2013. Conexões sessentistas se fazem presentes além daquele leve toque sútil de dreampop, tudo isso com jeito de college rock.

Ótima companhia para viagens, aliás, boa viagem com o The Spires.

***** Interview with The Spires *****

Q. When did The Spires start? tell us about the history...
A. We’ve been creeping around for a little while now. My wife and I started it off some years back as a quiet little two piece in our living room (Guitar & Drums ) but have since been through a few line up changes getting more male dominated in the process. Me being the only thread through the whole thing. Right now we are a three piece.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Brian Eno, Lee”Scratch” Perry, Tom Verlaine, Robert Rauschenberg

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. Well, this is how I feel today:
1. The Congos – Heart of the Congos
2. The Beatles – White Album
3. The Fall – Room to live
4. Television - Marquee Moon
5. Miles Davis – In a Silent Way

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. I have mixed feelings about playing live. I really love playing but it can be a hassle and costly at our level to get out and take it to people who are buying the records. They are kind of scattered all over the place. It’s still the best way to get people into the band though and hanging out with your mates is a bonus.

Q. How do you describe The Spires sounds?
A. That’s tough - sometimes I feel like we’re all over the map and I wish we could have some super definitive sound like the Ramones had. A friend of mine said it was like shimmery Felt songs with some Sonic Youth noise guitar moments. I’m a conflicted soul I guess – I want to be a noise rocker but I can’t help but put it in a pop context. Oh well.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs
A. We recorded most of the songs at our practice space on some gear a friend of mine gave me. Then I took what we did back to my house and added vocals and quieter stuff like keyboards, tambourine etc. It’s a nice way to work since you can experiment with sounds without being on the clock. Not for everyone though. We also tracked a couple songs at our friend Joel Jerome’s place down in Glassell Park. He’s recorded a bunch of bands – great guy.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A. These are not really new bands but I really liked the last David Kilgour record – End Times Undone. Bill Callahan always puts out great records and I mean ALWAYS. Grouper.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A. The Byrds - One Hundred Years From Now

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. We are releasing a new full-length record later this year called “Dreamconfusion”. Should be out in cassette and vinyl editions. Stay tuned.

Q: Any parting words?
All you gotta do is ride… Thanks. JB


Premiere - Haunt You by Astral Tide

Exatamente neste momento vem ao mundo o terceiro single sônicos do Astral Tide, composto por dinamarqueses, italianos e ingleses radicados em Berlim.

Haunt You é o nome da música, climática, densa e intensa, um exercício em tons escuros coberto por ruídos em doses enxutas.

Agora é aguardar o ep que virá ao mundo em Dezembro "How Far, Are You Out There?", todavia a única certeza que se tem é que vira algo fenomenal

quinta-feira, 24 de setembro de 2015

Damaged Lips with Follow Me Not - An Interview

Pós punk em formato shoegazer com fortes pitadas de class of 86 diretamente da França, este é o Follow Me Not.

Pouca ou quase nenhuma informação se encontra acerca da história do projeto que já conta com 3 eps e 4 álbuns todos rezando a cartilha de distorções soturnas, sempre melódicas e melancólicas.

O TBTCI sugere começar pelo belo e intenso Soon, álbum lançado ano passado e que serve de ótima introdução para esta excelente preciosidade escondida no submundo dos bons.

E para ilustrar o que é o Follow Me Not, só via TBTCI e uma entrevista auto explicativa que é a bola da vez por aqui.

***** Interview with Follow Me Not *****

Q. When did Follow Me Not start? Tell us about the history...
Since i learned to play guitar, I write songs. But it was only many years later, in 2009 that i decided to recorded and released it. It was the start of Follow Me Not project. Since this date, i’ve released few Eps and 4 albums. Every records are on my bandcamp page.

Q: Who are your influences?
When i was learning to play guitar, i’ve played a lot Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen songs. But the band which mainly influenced me is definitly The Cure. I’m a huge fan since many years. Obviously, after The Cure i started to listen to Joy Division, Echo And The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Siouxsie And The Banshees and all the dark scene (The Sisters Of Mercy, Bauhaus, Christian Death, Virgin Prunes, Clan Of Xymox…) I’ve also listened (until today) a lot to indie / shoegaze bands (The Jesus And Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Lush, Pale Saints, Slowdive,...) and still appreciate Punk Rock / Oi music (Ramones, Uk Subs, Exploited, Business, Camera Silens…) I think all these bands are influencing my music to different levels.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The Cure - Disintegration
Sophia - There Are No Goodbyes
The Jesus And Mary Chain - Psychocandy
Raveonettes - Raven In The Grave
Sigur Ros - ()

Q. How do you feel playing live?
The first (last & always ?) gig i made was for a private party with my friends. I played my songs with my electric guitar, few pedal effects and an old drum machine. It was stressfull but funny . Q. How do you describe Follow Me Not sounds? Atmospheric synths, fuzzy distorsed guitars mixed with acoustic guitars, haunted voices...

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Most of the songs are composed with a acoustic guitar. I firstly record the rythmic part (drums and basse) then i try different arrangements (synth, piano, guitars riffs…) I record at home so i have plenty of time to experiment. it’s a long process until i ‘m ready to release the song. Of course the sound is important but it doesn’t make a good song. Many bands try to hide a lack of songwriting behind a wall of sound. To me it is first important to have a good melody.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
They are not really new bands as they released few albums but i think they are the most recent bands i listen : Crocodiles, The Soft Moon, Frustration, Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Drums

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I love to play covers. I’ve already recorded covers of Nick Cave, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Sophia, Daniel Darc, Daniel Johnston… i would love to make a cover of a Sigur Ros song but i would be difficult to sing in icelandic !

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I recently released (only in digital) a new EP “Where’s your heart ?” on Unknown Pleasures Records, a young french label which have released good bands as Adan & Isle and Waterwalls I nearly finished to record my new album which is called “Nothing Comes With A Smile”. I think this is the most accomplished record i made, with powerful and catchy songs i’m looking forward to release. There will be a physical release because i am really attached to the album as a object that you can hold in the hand. I don’t know yet the date of the release and if it will be a self product or not. The easy way to be informed is to follow me on facebook.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for the interview


Êxtase with S.E.T.I. - Entrevista

Inspirado pelo centro de pesquisas que tem o foco em descobrir se há vida fora do nosso planeta, o SETI muito além deste instituto se tornou aos iniciados no que acontece no submundo dos sons bons o duo de Campinas S.E.T.I. formado por  Roberta Artiolli, voz/synths e Bruno Romani, baixo/guitarra/synths e programações.

Se alimentando fortemente de influências diversas que vão do pos punk, tecnopop oitentista passando por trip hop com suaves inserções de dreampop o S.E.T.I. em meados de agosto soltou um sofisticado e elegante disco chamado Êxtase.

O disquinho é uma trip com extremo charme e como coloquei elegância, arranjos de alto bom gosto sempre com um clima melancólico e introspectivo, e tem chamado atenção como era de se esperar de muitos gringos e também atraindo um séquito de admiradores daqui do Brasil, mas veja, somente iniciados e interessados em música de real qualidade.

O S.E.T.I. vem reforçar que o submundo dos bons sons do país transpira qualidade e modernidade.

Ah sim, destaque para belíssima homenagem a Benjamin Curtis, na auto explicativa, Benjamin. Curtis era guitarrista do School of Seven Bells e infelizmente nos deixou em 2013, por conta de um câncer fatal,

Música pra gente grande

***** Entrevista com S.E.T.I.*****

Q. Quanto tudo começou? Porque S.ET.I., qual a origem do nome?
BRUNO: O S.E.T.I. começou na metade de 2012. Até 2010, morei nos EUA, onde tive uma banda em formato tradicional -guitarra, baixo e bateria. Eu já tinha me enchido desse esquema e quando voltei estava querendo algo no formato do S.E.T.I., com bateria eletrônica e menos gente fazendo mais coisas. Passei dois anos aqui até que a Roberta, que sempre escreveu muito, topou. O nome da banda é inspirado no instituto SETI, que promove pesquisas para a descoberta de vida fora da Terra. Achei em um Atlas sobre pesquisas espaciais, que é um tema que me fascina muito. Achei que casava bem com a nossa busca por uma sonoridade moderna e o uso de sintetizadores e computadores. Além disso, é uma sigla facilmente pronunciável em português.

Q. Quais as suas influências?
BRUNO: O que abriu meus olhos para o que fazemos foi um show do Nine Inch Nails, que assisti em Oakland na Califórnia. Saber que tudo aquilo nasce da mente de uma pessoa (claro, com a ajuda de alguns colaboradores) me inspirou a buscar o formato. Mas na bagagem carregamos um pouco de anos 80 (Depeche Mode, A-ha, Tears for Fears), um pouco de 90 (incluindo estilos que vão desde trip hop e shoegaze ao grunge) e um pouco do rock misturado com música eletrônica que surgiu na última década (tipo, The Klaxons, Cut Copy, Phantogram). Enfim, acho que somos o resultado dos últimos 30 anos de música. rs

Q. E sobre a atual cena parece que estão nascendo bandas em tudo que é esquina, quais bandas da nova geração você recomenda?
ROBERTA: Não é porque os caras apareceram na Globo, mas já vinha seguindo o Scalene há algum tempo. Eles são bons. A Mahmundi é muito boa também! Também tem Silva, Aldo... Na nossa região, tem uma banda em Americana que é muito boa, chamada Sexo. Os caras são porrada demais. E em Valinhos tem uma dupla chamada Melancolia Lettícia, que faz uma mistura de folk com punk. São bem talentosos, mas são um diamante bruto. Queria ouví-los nas mãos de um produtor grande.

Q. Por que tem tanta banda bacana e mesmo assim tem pouca gente nos shows, poucos picos pra tocar, qual a sua opinião sobre o assunto?
BRUNO: Porque o Brasil é o país do cover. Vai ver se o AC/DC cover está tocando para pouca gente. O fato é que o Brasil é um país conservador em muitos aspectos e isso se extende para a cultura musical. Sempre vão atrás do que já é conhecido. Veja, por exemplo, quando algum artista famoso daqui decide "homenagear" outro. Sempre escolhe a música mais famosa. Um cover de Paralamas sempre vai ser "Meu Erro" nunca de outra canção mais obscura. Então, quando o cara decide sair, ele sempre vai procurar o bar ou clube que rola apenas aquilo que ele já conhece. É diferente do que é feito em outros países, onde as casas têm tradição de levar bandas autorais boas. Nesses lugares, você frequenta os bares sabendo que vai encontrar coisa nova e boa. Isso tudo, claro, afeta o cardápio de bandas oferecido pelos donos de bar. Se o povo quer cover, não vai oferecer autoral. E assim temos um ciclo vicioso. Toda casa de cover devia, no mínimo, deixar uma banda autoral fazer a abertura (nem que fosse 40 minutos) para tentar difundir algo novo. O conservadorismo é tão grande que em, alguns casos, a banda brasileira precisa ser elogiada fora do Brasil antes de ganhar atenção aqui. Isso é uma piada.

Q. Como foi o processo de gravação do ep?
ROBERTA: Foi um processo intenso. Levamos muita coisa pronta para o estúdio, então os meses que antecederam esse momento foram de muito trabalho. Começamos a trabalhar para valer em dezembro do ano passado, quando terminamos a agenda de shows. Era um trabalho quase diário - arranjos, timbres, melodias, letras. Sempre tinha alguma coisa para mexer. Depois, em maio, ficamos 15 dias confinados (12 horas por dia) no Estúdio Minster, do Ricardo Palma, em Campinas. Ele coproduziu o disco, abraçando a causa de forma brilhante. Sem ele, não teríamos atingido esse nível de excelência, pois ele tirou tudo da gente e nós também pudemos exigir tudo dele. Depois desse período, levamos tudo o que foi registrado para casa e trabalhamos nos detalhes, polindo tudo o que foi feito. Voltamos um mês depois para mais 3 dias de confinamento. Na parte final, tivemos um mês de trocas quase diárias de e-mails gigantes sobre a mixagem e a masterização. Mas valeu a pena porque ficou demais!

Q. Quais os 5 melhores álbuns da história para você?
ROBERTA: Não estão por ordem de importância:
1)"Voices" - Phantogram;
2)"Image and Words" - Dream Theather;
3)"The Alternative" - IAMX;
4)"Hunting High and Low" - A-ha;
5)"Violator" - Depeche Mode

BRUNO: Também não estão por ordem de importância:
1) "Nevermind" - Nirvana;
2) "Tiny Music" - Stone Temple Pilots;
3) "The Alternative" - IAMX;
4)"Violator" - Depeche Mode;
5)"Mezzanine" - Massive Attack

Q. Quais os planos pro futuro, o que esperar do S.E.T.I.?
BRUNO: Nós somos operários da música. Então, pode esperar muito trabalho. Nunca vamos parar, pois queremos chegar o mais longe possível com o nosso som. Vamos desenvolver essa carreira. No curto prazo, teremos uma agenda de shows por todo o estado de São Paulo e um clipe da música "Benjamin". Isso é o que deve acontecer até o final do ano. No ano que vem, muito mais shows, quem sabe já alguns em escala nacional. Temos vontade de trabalhar com o Gordon Raphael, que produziu os Strokes e elogiou nosso disco, e alguns outros produtores estrangeiros como John Hill (produtor da Santigold e M.I.A.) e o Josh Carter (guitarrista do Phantogram).

Q. Alguma coisa a mais para nos contar?
ROBERTA: A música "Benjamin", uma das que recebeu mais comentários positivos, é inspirada na vida de Benjamin Curtis, guitarrista do School of Seven Bells, um duo que gostamos bastante. Ele morreu em 2013 de um câncer que havia sido diagnosticado meses antes. A história é bem emocionante. Um dia ele estava bem, e no outro lutando uma batalha impossível. Nós mandamos a música para a Alejandra, a vocalista, e ela disse que achou linda. Ficamos bem felizes por saber que ela aprovou nossa homenagem.


Premiere Video - Factotum - Seasick Surfer


Agora no TBTCI a premiere do novo vídeo do predileto da casa Factotum, Seasick Surfer que saiu no Black Fruit / Factotum é uma verdadeira chinelada nos tímpanos, violenta, suja e rápida, Seasick Surfer pode ser trilha sonora para os dias caóticos da atualidade. Essencial

O Factotum sai em turnê a partir do dia 30 e se você por algum acaso os cruzar por aí faça o favor de estar presente.

30 th Sept – Be – Kortrijk – The Pits 1st Oct – Fr – OFF 2nd Oct – Fr – Rennes – Melody Maker 3rd Oct – Fr – Hossegor – Svrf Pvnk Invitational 4th Oct – Fr – Toulouse – The Forbidden zone 5th Oct – OFF 6th Oct – OFF 7th Oct – It – Trento – L’Angolo dei 33 8th Oct – It – Rome – Fanfulla 9th Oct – It – Pasaro – Grà 10th Oct – It – Cesena – Magazzino Parallelo 11th Oct – It – Modena – Nowhere Club 12th Oct – It – TBC 13th Oct – It – Padova – Manolo’s Hole

quarta-feira, 23 de setembro de 2015

Nouvelle Vague by Song And Dance Men - An Interview

Neste exato momento vem ao mundo Nouvelle Vague, primeiro single do novíssimo álbum do quarteto de São Carlos, Song and Dance Men e obviamente a honra do TBTCI em estar presente neste projeto ao lado da Wildstone Prod e o 180 Selo Fonográfico é enorme, vamos ao fatos.

Os caras sonoramente exalam um frescor de college radio 90´s mesclado com várias pitadas sessentistas, chega a ser pedante fazer as devidas conexões, mas é inevitável não os situa-los como u mix carregado de Big Star, Love, Replacements, Violent Femmes e por aí vai...

Dia 02 de outubro os caras lançam via toda essa turma da pesada já mencionada o segundo álbum, When I Still Smoked, só nos resta dizer que vem coisa fina, altamente fina por aí. Dúvida? Dá play em Nouvelle Vague, no link aí embaixo e delicie-se com o SnDM.

Então é o seguinte, chega de conversa que não há nada mais interessante do que dar a palavra aos caras, afinal essa é a regra por aqui.

Sras e Srs., Song And Dance Men.

***** Entrevista com Song And Dance Men *****


Q. Quanto tudo começou? Porque Song and Dance Men, qual a origem do nome?
1 - Por alguns anos nós eramos uma banda de covers que tocava músicas que você não escutaria normalmente nos bares que conhecemos, então em 2008 eu comecei a compor, mas nós não tocavamos essas composições ao vivo apenas trabalhavamos nelas e continuavamos a escrever. Então em 2012 decidimos começar a tocar nossas músicas ao vivo e desde então só tocamos músicas própias.

Song and Dance Men é um nome que homenageia tanto o Bob Dylan quanto a Broadway, algo difícil de resistir pra mim.

Q. Quais as suas influências?
2 - Música americana sobreudo. Música country, folk, os músicais de Hollywood e da Broadway e claro pop e rock em suas diferentes formas. Também curtimos muitos artistas ingleses e eu sou um grande fã de música francesa.

Q. E sobre a atual cena parece que estão nascendo bandas em tudo que é esquina, quais bandas da nova geração você recomenda?
3- Das bandas mais novas que eu escutei a que eu mais gostei foi Vampire Weekend.
Eu adoro escutar músicas novas mas música nova não necessariamente significa novas bandas, o disco novo do Blur por exemplo é o melhor q escutei esse ano.

Q. Por que tem tanta banda bacana e mesmo assim tem pouca gente nos shows, poucos picos pra tocar, qual a sua opinião sobre o assunto?
4- Bom, música eletrônica e música regional parecem ser a escolha da maioria das pessoas que curtem balada hoje. E os lugares onde você pode curtir bandas de rock focam em bandas cover, então temos que escutar sempre mais da mesma coisa, o que não é nada interessante ou empolgante. Não é a toa que as pessoas estão perdendo o interesse em rock...

Q. Como foi o processo de gravação novo álbum?
5 - Nós gravamos esse album exatamente da forma que queríamos. Foi muito simples, quatro caras, duas guitarras, um baixo e uma bateria tocando ao vivo numa sala de estar espaçosa durante três noites. Conseguimos durante esse processo capturar a essência da banda e estamos extremamente contentes com o resultado.

Q. Quais os 5 melhores álbuns da história para você?
6 - Em vez de escolher os melhores discos de todos os tempos vou listar os que são provavelmente meus albums de rock prediletos de cada uma das últimas cinco décadas

60's - Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
70's - Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen
80's - The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
90's - Odelay - Beck
00's - Illinois - Sufjan Stevens

Q. Quais os planos pro futuro, o que esperar do Song and Dance Men?
7- No momento estamos super empolgados com o lançamento do nosso segundo álbum, e com o fato do seu blog e várias estações de rádio estarem nos ajudando a promove-lo. Esperamos agora tocar nossas músicas em várias cidades e alcançar a maior número de pessoas através desse shows e com a ajuda da internet...


Q. How it all began? Why Song and Dance Men, what`s the meaning of the name?
1 - For a few years we were a covers band that played songs you wouldn't normally listen to in the bars we've known, then in 2008 I started writing songs, but we wouldn't play any of our songs live, we just worked on these songs one by one and kept on writing. Then in 2012 we decided it was time to start playing our own songs live and have played nothing but our own material since then.

Song and Dance Men is a name that pays homage to Broadway and Bob Dylan at the same time and that was hard to resist.

Q. What are your influences?
2 - American music above all. Country music, Folk, Hollywood and Broadway musicals, and naturally pop and rock in their many different forms. We also enjoy a great number of English asrtists and I'm a huge fan of French music.

Q. What about the current scene looks like being born bands in all corners, which bands of the new generation you recommend?
3 - Of the newer bands I've listened to the one I liked the most was Vampire Weekend.
I love to listen to new music but new music doesn't necessarily mean new bands... for instance, Blur's new album is the best thing I've listened to so far this year.

Q. Why are you so cool new bands here in Brazil, and still have few people at the shows, few peaks to play, what´s your opinion about it?
4 - Well, electronic music and regional music seem to be what most people going out want to listen to... and then the places where you can see rock bands mostly focus on covers bands, so we're forced to listen to the same thing over and over again which is not very exciting at all. No wonder people are losing their interest in rock.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
5 - We recorded this album just like we wanted to. It was very simple, four guys, guitars, bass and drums playing live in a spacious living room in the course of three evenings. In the process we managed to capture the essence of this band and we're extremely happy with the result.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time...
6 - Instead of picking the best albums of all time I'll list what are probably my favorite rock albums of each of the past five decades...

60's - Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
70's - Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen
80's - The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
90's - Odelay - Beck
00's - Illinois - Sufjan Stevens

Q. What are your plans for the future, what to expect from Song and Dance Men?
7- Right now we're very excited with the release of our second album and the fact that your blog and a number of radio stations are helping promote it. Hopefully we will now play our songs in a number of cities and reach as many people as we can with our concerts and with the internet...


Ovayok Road with Scary Bear Soundtrack - An Interview

Gloria Guns é a comandante do combio Scary Bear Soundtrack, que pratica um indie pop movido a synths dançantes, evocando por muitas vezes o New Order e outros bastiões clássicos.

Ovayok Road lançado no mês passado pega Gloria e suas colegas em sua melhor forma, injetando mais sonhos em suas bases dançantes e deixando tudo mais atraente ainda.

Pra dançar e sonhar.
***** Interview with Scary Bear Soundtrack *****

Q. When did Scary Bear Soundtrack start? Tell us about the history...
I (Gloria) started the band in 2010 as an indie band in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. The music project has relocated a few times since, including Windhoek, Namibia in southern Africa, and the Canadian Arctic community of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, where Scary Bear Soundtrack was based for the last few years as possibly the northernmost indie synth pop band in the world. Now the band's back in Ottawa.

Q: Who are your influences?
A whole grab bag of musicians including Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Teen Daze, Washed Out, Cocteau Twins, Stars, Tegan and Sara, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, and Memory Tapes. Most recently I've been really feeling the xx, CHVRCHES, Ringo Deathstarr, Braids, Austra, and Grimes

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is way too hard! But here are some albums that I find myself going back to over and over again:
Radiohead - OK Computer
Teen Daze - My Bedroom Floor
Sigur Ros - ()
Tegan & Sara - So Jealous
Washed Out - Paracosm

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It can be a challenge to accurately reproduce our recordings in a live setting, but it's fun making it happen. Although I love the process of creating music, live performance allow us to see our listeners reacting to our music, and that interaction means so much to us.Scary An indie dream pop project blending layers of shoe gaze with synth pop.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
Our newest EP Ovayok Road was recorded entirely in the bedroom of my house in the remote Canadian Arctic community of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The album is all about life in the Arctic. It wasn't an easy process in a community with no recording studios, music stores, or live music venues, so it was a very do-it-yourself project. We taped up broken microphone stands with duct tape, stretched nylon pantyhose over bent coat hangers to create microphone wind socks, and emailed tracks back and forth. Once we finished recording it, we emailed it to Ben Leggett in North Bay, Ontario to mix it, and had it mastered by Julian Marrs in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was a very cross-Canada project!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I've had the pleasure of discovering a number of talented Canadian indie musicians, especially female experimental artists: Elsa Jayne (http://www.elsajayne.com/), Clio Em (http://clioem.com/), Stella Bell-Murray (https://www.facebook.com/stellabellmurray), Erin Saoirse Adair (http://www.erinsadair.com/), Meter Bridge (https://www.facebook.com/meterbridgeband), Melissa Laveaux (https://www.facebook.com/melissalaveauxoff), Iskwe (http://www.iskwe.com/), Nava Luvu (https://navaluvu.bandcamp.com/), Tanya Tagaq (http://tanyatagaq.com/), Whoop-szo (https://thenoisymountain.bandcamp.com/), Rob Mitchell (https://soundcloud.com/edgarsroom), Predator/Prey (http://www.thepredatorprey.com/)

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
We recently performed a synth dance cover of "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" from the movie Frozen, which was very popular among little girls.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're working on a music video for our single Fault Lines with filmmaker Mailyne Briggs and also featuring work by Mason Greenley, which we're planning to release in October 2015. I'm also working on some solo experimental music projects (https://gloriaguns.wordpress.com/).

Q: Any parting words?
Check out our new album Ovayok Road (https://scarybearsoundtrack.bandcamp.com/album/ovayok-road-2), written and recorded entirely in the Canadian Arctic, and featuring music about life in the Arctic.


terça-feira, 22 de setembro de 2015

I've Got Secrets Too with Exiles - An Interview

Contatos imediatos via web acontecem diariamente por aqui no TBTCI, e um desses belos contatos, foi a descoberta do Exiles, diretamente de NY para estas páginas através do seu belo cartão de visitas, o ep recém lançado I´ve Got Secrets Too.

Com um pé nos Smiths e outro no dreampop, o Exiles oscila entre elegância e inocência, melodiais e sonhos.

Um Ep pra ouvir alto e contemplando a vida, é sim, delicioso.

***** Interview with Exiles *****

Q. When did Exiles started, tell us about the history…
Exiles began in late 2013. I (Matt) had written and recorded some demos and was looking for a vocalist to contribute to them. Our singer Moire was looking for a band and we both happened to answer each others' ads at the same time without realizing it. We had a lot of the same influences and clicked musically. Don's a friend who I had played with in previous bands, so we asked him to join us on drums. Then we got our friend Myles to play bass and once we found Michael to play guitars and keyboards all the pieces came together and we started playing live shows in the summer of 2014.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our influences are pretty varied since everyone in the band has very wide-ranging tastes. The Smiths and REM are big influences. A lot of Brit Pop, especially Blur, Suede and Pulp. We like classic shoegaze bands like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, and more indie pop stuff like Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura, The Cardigans and Radio Dept. Also some newer bands like Pains of Being Pure At Heart, The Drums and Yuck.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is a tough one. It changes day to day, but for now I'll go with:
1. Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
2. The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs
3. R.E.M.- Life's Rich Pageant
4. Super Furry Animals - Phantom Power
5. The Beach Boys - Sunflower

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing live. Our songs definitely have a different energy in a live setting and just listening to the recordings doesn't really give you the full picture, which I think is true of most bands. Sometimes it's hard to not stress out about little logistical things, like sound or gear issues. We just try not to get hung up on that and have as much fun as we can on stage. We don't take ourselves too seriously, or at least we try not to.

Q. How do you describe Exiles sounds?
Shimmery dream-gaze for lazy summer days.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
Our earlier recordings were mostly just simple, home recordings, so for this EP we wanted something more produced yet still with a bit of that home recorded feeling. We tend to record everything piece-meal rather than just going into a studio for a week straight. The drum tracks were recorded last fall with Kieran Kelly at his studio, The Buddy Project, in Astoria, Queens. Some of the guitar, bass and keyboard tracks were already recorded by me on my home setup, and we got our friend Jorge Strofer to record and mix Moire's vocals and the rest of the tracks at his home studio last Spring. Jorge ended up playing guitar on a bunch of the tracks as well. Not only is he a great producer but he's played guitar in some of my favorite bands, like Franny & Zooey and Grand Resort, so it was really fortunate having him work on our EP.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend
We've gotten the chance to play with some great bands from the Brooklyn and Philadelphia area: Sky Picnic, Modern Merchant, Light Therapy and 2Frail (from Brooklyn). The Stammer, Blood Sound, The Morelings and Bondage & Discipline (from Philly). A lot of those band just put out awesome new releases this year, so definitely check them out!

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
For a while we were doing a cover at our live shows where Moire sang the lyrics to 'Ghosts' by The Jam over the theme to Twin Peaks. That was pretty cool since it was more of a mash-up than a straight-up cover. I tend to not go for covers unless we can do something different and unexpected with it. That said, some songs that might be fun to cover: Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken by Camera Obscura; Superconnected by Broken Social Scene. Step on Me by the Cardigans. Or maybe something from Stars, like Elevator Love Letter.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We just released a new EP so we'll be promoting that with some live shows in the fall, hopefully some out-of-town shows cause those are real fun. Then we're hoping to go into a studio to record a couple of tunes later in the year for a possible release next year, maybe a 7" or a cassette single. Who knows?

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you to The Blog That Celebrates Itself for supporting the scene and for letting me blabber on.


Lost in These Machines with Butterfly Child - An Interview

Butterfly Child aos desavisados é um verdadeiro patrimônio perdido e escondido no submundo dos bons sons. A grande verdade é que o BC é nada mais nada menos do que Joe Cassidy de Belfast, Irlanda do Norte.

Reza a lenda que o Butterfly Child iniciou suas atividades ainda em 1984 e o primeiro registro oficial veio através do selo de uma de suas influências declaradas, o A.R. Kane, Toothfairy EP, foi lançado em 1991 pela H.ark! e caiu nas graças do mestre John Peel, a partir daí a história do Butterfly Child foi composta por inúmeros eps, e 3 álbuns irretocáveis, Onomatopoeia (1993), The Honeymoon Suite (1995) e Soft Explosives (1998), todos seguindo uma doce e melancólica composição completamente inclassificável, sempre sonhadora, com elementos de pos punk, 4AD, dreampop, folk, jazz, bossa nova, enfim, não existe rótulo para enquadrar a música de Joe Cassidy.

E após um enorme hiato o Butterfly Child retorna em em breve teremos Futures seu primeiro registro  desde 1998. E se avaliarmos o que nos espera, a começar pelo single Lost in These Machines, teremos mais uma pequena obra prima.

Vida longa ao Butterfly Child.

***** Interview with Butterfly Child ******

1.When did Butterfly Child start? Tell us about the history.
I guess Butterfly Child technically started when I was around 7 years old. My parents bought a big house in Belfast, Ireland and when we moved into the house it had a large overgrown garden. I would walk in there everyday with the grass taller than I was and I would let my imagination run wild. One day while I was in that garden, I made up a character in a story called The Butterfly Child. No idea where it came from. Years later, when I really started getting into actually writing/ recording music (around 14 years old) I would save my pocket money to rent out a 4-Track recorder over the weekends but I never had a name for my band as it were. Eventually I started getting asked if I was interested in playing live shows etc and I went with the name Butterfly Child. Purely because it was something innocent and naive from my past. A little later on i started playing a bunch of shows with my friends Pace and Willie along with a drum machine as Butterfly Child and we started getting some label interest. Finally around 1990, my friend Gary from Papa Sprain went to meet Rudy from A.R.Kane and it turned out that Rudy wanted to start a record label. Since I was a huge A.R.Kane fan it was a no brainer to work with him. And Rudy seemed to like what Papa Sprain and Butterfly Child were doing. So, I recorded the first two Butterfly Child EP's for H.Ark! And that is really when things got started properly.

2.Who are your influences?
They are mostly pretty obvious. E.E. Cummings, Peter Saville, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stanley Kubrick, New Order, Tom Phillips, Scott Walker, Marcel Duchamp, Frank Sinatra, David Lynch, Ennio Morricone, Pele, 4AD.

3.Make a list of 5 albums of all time.
There is no such thing as the top 5 albums of all time obviously. Even my list would probably change every week. But these 5 are probably the albums that influenced me the most.
Abbey Road - The Beatles
Low-Life - New Order
Secrets Of The Beehive - David Sylvian
Pet Sounds - The Beach boys
69 - A.R.Kane

4.How do you feel playing live?
I don't play live very often these days. But it usually feels good. Just takes a lot of work. I am usually at my happiest working in a recording studio and realizing I did something worthwhile in an afternoon.

5.How do you describe Butterfly Child sounds?
Hmmm. Really depends on the era of Butterfly Child. I guess if I was going to describe it in one term it would currently be "big intimacy".

6.Tell us about the process of recording the songs.
I have been lucky enough to have had my own recording studio for the last 15 years. I have hundreds of songs sitting around and sometimes I will go back to something from 12 years ago that I never finished. Or sometimes I will be in the car and a melody comes up and I will rush home to record the whole song in a an afternoon. Some songs are puzzles that you need to solve. Other songs come to you out of nowhere and are finished in 5 minutes.

7. New bands do you recommend?
I don't really have any recommendations. I still listen to everything new that comes out but due to way music is delivered these days and how the album has diminished in importance (I would obviously disagree) I usually just get excited by a song or two by an artist. And that doesn't deserve a recommendation. I wish artists would go back to making a great body of work. Or at least trying to.

8. Which band would you have loved to have made a cover version of?
Personally I am not that interested in cover versions. I am more interested in putting my own stuff out there. I did play a cover of AC/ DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" a few years ago. But I basically rewrote the song. It has zero resemblance to the original at all.

9.What are your plans for the future?
Well. Funnily enough promoting the new Butterfly Child "Futures" album. Other than that, to keep trying to write the greatest song of all time and enjoy life.

10.Any parting words?
Always be yourself.