Lançado no início de outubro Skin and Seeds o segundo álbum do dos estadunidenses do Stella pode ser que passe despercebido por muita gente mas aqui no TBTCI ele anda cotidianamente em alta rotação e muito bem cotado como um dos grandes álbuns shoegaze desse ano.
A receita não é lá muito desconhecida, paredes de guitarras como reza a cartilha do shoegazing mas os caras são mais soturnos, a vocalização é mais densa do que o usual, e o clima é pesado, conexões sonoras com o Weekend são sentidas por vezes.
Uma verdadeira aula de wall of sound. Indispensável em qualquer coleção de iniciados que se preze.
***** Interview with Stella *****
Stella started in 2011ish I believe. Our drummer and I just started jamming at my old house because he wanted to learn how to play drums better and I was looking for a new musical outlet that I had more creative control with. We sort of wrote the original songs out of a mess o jams, but most of those got trashed except for Old World. We added Kyle on bass before we played our first show and then added James shortly after.
Q: Who are your influences?
Our earliest influence was probably Deerhunter, more or less because we caught little mini tour they had with Dan Deacon and No Age before Lollapalooza. Then we discovered bands like Boris, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, etc. More recently though early Goth, Kraut Rock, and New Wave bands have been influencing our writing pretty heavily as well.
Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
The top 5 albums list will definitely vary from person to person, but since I (Kenny) am answering the questions I'll throw some out there.
Smile by Boris,
Heaven or Las Vegas by Cocteau Twins,
Microcastle by Deerhunter,
The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths,
Monoliths and Dimensions by Sunn O)))
Q. How do you feel playing live?
I feel like our live experience is loud, expansive, and encompassing half of the time, and the other half is really dancey, driving, and fun. We're all huge gear nerds so we're all about tone.
Q. How do you describe Stella sounds?
Our sound is really shoegazey with a lot of distortion at times, and at other times really clean and spacey. More recently we've put a lot more focus on the rhythm section and pulled back on the vocals a bit though. We all come from a pretty wide variety of musical backgrounds so there are many different elements of many different genres at work in our sound.
Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
When we record it usually doesn't take more than a few days to get everything recorded, but on this last album we spent a little more time making sure everything was sounding the way we wanted it to in post production. We record with a really talented musician/sound engineer in our hometown of Evansville, IN named Brett Siler at his studio Motherbrain Sound Infrastructure. He always produces great work for us and everyone else who goes to him.
Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
As far as bands we love there are way too many to name them a here. Many of our friends bands we suggest are Thunder/Dreamer, Spandrels, Smallhouse, Wild Pink, Alone, Neiv, Aquarian Sun, and the list could go on forever. Also check out Melkbelly, The Daysleepers, LSD and The Search For God, CaveofswordS and Ninth Paradise.
Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I would love to make a cover of any Beach Boys or Neil Young song ever, but again that list can go on forever since we're all huge music nerds.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our plans for the current time are to keep touring, continue writing music for the next album, and to try and continue to progress our sound in whatever direction it goes. We should have a music video for the song Body of Water off of our new album Skin and Seeds coming out soon so keep your eyes peeled!
Q: Any parting words?
Keeping making music and keeping making art! Make what you like, keep researching, keep growing, support those around you who are working hard, and just do what you have to do to make what you want to make, whatever that means to you!