quinta-feira, 31 de dezembro de 2015

Full Pangea with THe Vryll Society - An Interview

Psicodelismo Madchesteriano diretamente de Liverpool, cortesia dos caras do The Vryll Society.

Charlatans, Roses, Mondays, 808 State, The Verve, pitadas de kraut e um toque funkeado dão o toque do EP Full Pangea, recheado de flashes e flashbacks movidos a esctasy e delírios sonoros daquela saudosa época, todavia cheirando modernidade.

Fique alto e aumente o som, os caras do The Vryll Society certamente te conduzirão a boas trips.

***** Interview with The Vryll Society *****

Q. When did The Vryll Society start? Tell us about the history...
We came together through our manager Alan Wills, who unfortunately is no longer with us, he told us to acquire a practice space and start putting the hours in and have ambition and some self belief......then good things will happen.

Q: Who are your influences?
Anyone who's at the top of their game......Stanley Kubrick, Ghandi, David Axelrod, Can, Salvador Dali

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time
Well from a personal point of view, I'd say :
David Axelrod, Songs Of Experience
Can, Tago Mago
Radiohead, In Rainbows
Stone Roses, Stone Roses
The Beatles, Revolver

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Satisfaction that all the hard work that we put in rehearsing in the room has paid off, especially when we receive a positive reaction from the crowd or after the gig someone says you've made their week and you've made them happy.

Q. How do you describe The Vryll Society sounds?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We build the song, starting with bass and drums, guitars and them vocals. Then we put all the fun bits on to make it magic.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Blossoms, Syd Arthur, The Sugarmen, Rongo Rongo

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Moondance, Van Morrison

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To take this band into stratosphere

Q: Any parting words
We you see me, see the teaching.


quarta-feira, 30 de dezembro de 2015

The Ability to Dream with Mayfair - An Interview

De Memphis, Tennessee surge a mais nova barulheira que mescla shoegaze com algo quase hardcore, pesado, lento distorcido e extremamente alto, o Mayfair vem endossar o que Nothing e Whirr começaram e nessa onda de misturar The Cure, Seaweed e MBV o Mayfair cometeu um disco acima da média. The Ability To Dream e suas oito poderosas, arrastadas e estridentes canções deixa explicito qual é a do Mayfair.

Grande álbum.

***** Interview with Mayfair *****

Q. When did Mayfair start? Tell us about the history...
Mayfair started around March 2013 me and frank our lead guitarist used to work together. I started getting him into underground punk and rock bands, and started taking him to local shows around Memphis. One day we just got together to jam with two other musicians we met around the city and we started Mayfair.

Q: Who are your influences?
We have a ton of different musical influences. Everyone listens to something different. Hardcore, punk, hip-hop, pop, scramz. You name it. We probably jam it. But when we're all together writing songs we all really like shoegaze artists like slowdive, ride, Whirr, Nothing, and My bloody valentine

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
5 top records of all time is almost an impossible question for me to answer. Just because we listen to such a wide variety of music and we're always getting into something new. But I've been listening to break down the walls by youth of today, distressor by whirr, downward years to come by nothing, I feel everything by ghost lake, and mad city by Kendrick Lamar a lot lately

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is incredible. Sharing you art with people who've never heard you and seeing them enjoy listening is an unreal feeling.

Q. How do you describe Mayfair sounds?
If I was to describe mayfairs sound to someone who's never head us, I would probably tell them it sounds like getting sucked into a black hole in space

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The process of recording the songs was a lot of fun. We spent collectively about a year writing the record. We all liked how everything sounded and when we went to track everything with our friend Calvin who plays in the bands pillow talk and Daisyhead he really helped us get the best sounding record we could have ever put out. We spent about 4 days recording the record, and it was just a bunch of hard work and hanging out.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
New bands I'd recommend, for sure check out seraph/the light from Mississippi, they just put out a killer Ep, Ghost Lake from Oklahoma City, they're also just put out a tight new record. Kiljoy from Memphis, Greyscale from Memphis, and pillow talk, they're all good friends from back home making awesome music

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
If I was going to be in a cover band, I'd probably pick some 90's rock band. Like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, or the Cure. Or a Joy Division cover band. Those were all really big bands for me growing up getting into music.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
As far as plans for the future go, we're currently waiting to get our vinyl records in, hopefully get some cool shows lined up for the summer, keep touring, keep writing songs, and doing what we love to do.

Q: Any parting words
Thanks so much for the interview man, to everyone reading, you can find out album "The Ability to Dream" on Ozona.bandcamp.com

terça-feira, 29 de dezembro de 2015

At Home with Winnebago - An Interview

Pense em Moscow Olympics, pense em Wild Nothing, isso para ficar em exemplos recentes do que há de mais envolvente no dreampop atualmente, mas pode pensar também em House of Love, Go-Betweens que não há problema algum.

At Home é o mais recente trabalho dos estadunidenses de Seattle, na verdade seu primeiro álbum cheio depois de um single e um ep deliciosamente sedutores. Só que em At Home os caras encontraram definitivamente a formula exata para criarem pérolas sonhadoras.

Viciantemente sedutor.

***** Interview with Winnebago *****

Q. When did Winnebago start? Tell us about the history…
Winnebago started in a garage in Bothell Washington in 2011 - about 12 minutes north of Seattle. We all grew up going to local shows together and really digging the same music, so it was only appropriate that we started a band together. We’ve played around with different sounds, have had 2 bass players at this point. It’s been 4 years of touring, recording and playing shows with friends that have led up to putting out our full length ‘At Home’ earlier this year.

Q: Who are your influences?
As cliche as it sounds our influences are all over the place. Honestly, Sonic youth is a big influence for me and has been for the last decade, 90’s Chicago bands like American Football and Joan of Arc etc. We all really like the late 90’s Northern California band Duster. Also just the music scene in Northwest right now as a whole.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is a hard one! But as of right now:
Modest Mouse - Lonesome Crowded West
Microphones - the Glow pt 2
At The Drive In - In/Casino/Out
Sonic Youth - EVOL
Duster - Contemporary Movement

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It’s one of my favorite things to do, whether its Winnebago or a different band. I think as far as Winnebago goes our live shows reflect our music, we aren’t flashy but just kind of in our heads the entire time, we use a lot of ambient interludes and have very little stage banter. Anything else would be very forced and unnatural.

Q. How do you describe Winnebago sounds?
Our sound has been described as shoegaze with a touch of drone, jangle guitars with reverb with really pretty guitar chords etc. With that being said I think we’re always changing, experimenting with ideas while still keeping the “Winnebago” sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
With recording we really do best when we record demos and reflect back on them, we’ve tried going to the studio without doing that and end up unsatisfied with the finished product. With ‘At Home’ we worked with Dylan Wall (Naomi Punk, Craft Spells, WEED) recording guitars and vocals at our house in Seattle, and recording the drums at a studio, and then mixing it with Dylan. This process has been the most successful for us so far.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Great Grandpa out of Seattle is one of my favorite local bands right now, Versing, Vacationeer, City Hall, Sun Dummy. Weed & Freak Heat Waves out of Canada.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I’ve always wanted to cover “Tonight There’ll Be Clouds” by the Microphones. We’ve also joked about covering The Anniversary someday.

Q: What are your plans for the future?.
Right now we’re taking a break for a few months, hoping to put out some new music with Winnebago in 2016.

Q: Any parting words
None from me, thanks for listening!`


segunda-feira, 28 de dezembro de 2015

Hang 'em High! with Birthday Noose - An Interview

Kevin Braun, Chrissy Spangler e Eric Blankenhorn formam o doentio, esquizofrênico e insano Birthday Noose.

Das cinzas de outra poderoso representante de poderosos e assustadores fuzz´s o The Modulated Tones, o Birthday Noose vai ainda mais fundo, digamos escancarando a ferida por completa. Pegue os Elevators, Suicide, Spacemen 3, garage 60´s, APTBS e acrescente mais mais fuzz nisso tudo ainda, o caldeirão de drone feito para o inferno estará em vias de explodir quando a audição de Hang´em High estiver quase no fim, mas mesmo assim você vai implorar por mais.

Música maldosa para pessoas maldosas.

***** Interview with Birthday Noose *****

Q. When did Birthday Noose start? Tell us about the history...
Birthday Noose began as an acoustic two piece about two years ago. My buddy Alex Nikitin had hundreds of great acoustic songs that he wanted to start playing out live, so we starting playing together. Jamming ensued and our sounds became fuzzier and louder. We added Chrissy Spangler on drums about a year into the band which resulted in the psychedelic sounds of Birthday Noose that we play today. Eventually Alex left the band and Chrissy and I began writing the songs. Around a year ago we took on local legend Erik Blankenhorn and the holy trinity of Birthday Noose was formed.

Q: Who are your influences?
I have so many influences, mostly in the psychedelic realm. As far as guitar inspiration I’m a big fan of Kevin Sheilds from My Bloody Valentine, Oliver Ackerman from A Place to Bury Strangers and John Dwyer from Thee Oh Sees. Some of my favorite bands are Spacemen 3, The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, The Cramps, The Stooges and The Velvet Underground.

Chrissy: Kevin and I have some overlap in our influences, but some of my favorite Birthday Noose jams come out of the collision of our differences. I definitely have my roots in the classic rock and earlier heavy metal (Van Halen, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, MC5) and I am always looking for that attitude in new music and performance. Bands blowing my speakers up lately: Bass Drum of Death, Fidlar, Thee Oh Sees, and Death From Above 1979.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
5 albums I am really into right now.
1.) Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
2.) King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – I’m In You Mind Fuzz
3.) Fuzz – Fuzz II
4.) Fidlar – Self Titled
5.) Meatbodies – Self Titled

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Awesome! We are definitely more of a live band. I do a lot feedback and guitar effects work that you can’t hear on the recordings and we’re constantly trying out new songs live. We try to play out as much as our work lives allow.

Chrissy: I feel like Animal from the Muppets.

Q. How do you describe Birthday Noose sounds?
Fuzzed out, reverb soaked 60’s drone punk

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We recorded and mixed all of our EP ‘Hang Em’ High’ ourselves in my basement. We recorded the songs live and then added more layers of guitar and vocals. We didn’t have a bass player at the time of this recording so I played simple bass on top too. I definitely went for the simplest recording process and tried to capture as much of the live sound as possible.

Chrissy: Just going for that base track and adding layers was the quickest way to capture the real attitude of our sound, because we play off of each other – that’s how the songs were made, that’s how they are performed, so why not record them that way? I remember getting the base track down for “Keep Tripping” and then realizing the mic didn’t really pick up the cymbals, and I missed a hit or two. So rather than scrapping the track, we made an entire layer that was just me standing next to a cymbal that we re-mic’d and laying into it about 10 times. It was hilarious! I especially remember finally getting “The Cure Song” down. We would get halfway through and one of us would barely mess up, but we knew the take was ruined and would stop, shout some profanities and start over. We did that about 10 times, until the frustration built up and when we finally said, “fuck it! This is the LAST time we are playing this DAMN song!” and we got the take. Once you stop trying to play the song, that’s when you actually play it, and that is how we captured this EP.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I’m not on the cutting edge of new music, but a few newer bands I really like are Meatbodies, Fuzz and Jesus Sons. There are some great Ohio bands that we are fans of such as Me Time and The Raging Crush, Broken Mugs, Weird Science and Ultrasphinx.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We’ve done a bunch of covers by bands like The Stooges, Spacemen 3, The Gories and The Velvet Underground. Now that we have so many songs we don’t have much room in our sets for covers- but I’ve wanted to cover The Cramps, The 13th Floor Elevators and The Troggs for a while.

Chrissy: I’ve always wanted to pull off MC5’s “Kick out the jams” and melt some faces.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
This winter we are going to be recording a lot. We have about two albums worth of material we really need to get out. We definitely want to get our debut album out by spring. In the meantime we’ll continue to write new songs and play out.

Q: Any parting words?
Don’t eat stuff off the sidewalk. And check out our other band Me Time and The Raging Crush! Also, check out Akron bands because we’re all the best.

Chrissy: Let the dinosaur’s die! We want new rock and roll on the radio!
Thanks for the interview!


quinta-feira, 24 de dezembro de 2015

Land with Novella - An Interview

O quinteto inglês Novella cometeu um dos discos mais viciantes dos últimos tempos, Land é o nome do artefato.

Desde a abertura Follow, completamente destruidora, repleta de guitarras pulsantes e pegajosas atreladas a eletronices diversas remetendo diretamente aos melhores momentos do Stereolab, simplesmente não há como fugir do poderio infeccioso do Novella. O desfile de canções hipnóticas continua com Sentences, Land Gone, Two Ships, etc, etc.

Ao final, tem-se a impressão que acabamos de ouvir algo completamente noir, retro com vestígios de trilha sonora de alguma filme sessentista mas caímos na real e lembramos que não, pelo contrário, estamos em 2015, quase 2016 e o Novella esta apenas no início de sua saga.

Simplesmente brilhante.

***** Interview with Novella *****

Q. When did Novella start? tell us about the history...
Q1- Novella started in 2010 when Hollie, Suki and Sophy met through mutual friends, I (Iain)joined as drummer in 2011 and Issie joined on keys and synths in 2014 shortly after our debut album was recorded.

Q: Who are your influences?
Q2 Influences include 60's psych, Velvet Underground, Led Zeppelin, Can, Neu, Sonic Youth, Stereolab and Broadcast amongst others.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Q3 - Can, Ege Bamyasi
- Patti Smith, Horses
- Velvet Underground, Loaded
- Captain Beefheart, Clear Spot
- Sonic Youth, Goo.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Q4 Depends on the gig, it can be hard work or fun, terrifying or exhilarating. It's quite rare that we all have the same experience at any given show, what was great for one of us could be bad for another. Playing live is definitely addictive, though.

Q. How do you describe Novella sounds?
Q5- It's pretty difficult to describe your own sound, we've been referred to as Shoegaze, Neo-psychedelic, Kraut-tinged Dreampop, added together there's probably truth in those descriptions.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Q6- We have to work on the cheap and thus quickly, so we record the basic track all together as a band, use the best take then overdub other instruments, if necessary, and vocals. The method has it's pro's and con's but for a band like us, it gives a pretty honest feel.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Q7- Really been enjoying Deradoorian recently and we toured with Cheatahs who are also ace as are Hookworms.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Q8- We played a cover of Coming Down by The United States of America in our live set for a couple of shows, that was fun.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Q9 We have a 3 week tour of Europe coming up in February, then, hopefully festivals, etc through the summer. At some point we are aiming to cross the Atlantic to play shows. We are also working on new material for the 2nd album.

Q: Any parting words?
Q10- Grapes are good.


quarta-feira, 23 de dezembro de 2015

Punks Grown Up with Silver Matter - An Interview

Os novatos canadenses de Vancouver, formaram a coisa de um ano um delicia sonora chamada Silver Matter.

Algo como se os Pixies fizessem parte da class of 86, pra ser mais específico pegue Shop Assistants e os Pixies e os transporte para os nossos dias e você terá um noise bubblegum completamente viciante.

E notem, ainda não foi lançado o material oficial, mas ao que tudo indica em breve, muito em breve virá ao mundo.

Ansiosos por aqui.

***** Interview with Silver Matter *****

1) Q. When did silver Matter start? tell us about the history...
Silver Matter started about a year ago. At first it was just three of us in Rory’s apartment, listening to some of Rory’s crusty recordings and jamming through headphones. Sunny joined the band a couple months later, we found a rad practice space and things started to come together. Rory and Andrew have played together since they were infants and were in Shimmering Stars together. That band was on a bit of a hiatus, since other band mates were having babies and stuff. So we talked about starting a new project and voila!

2) Q: Who are your influences?
The Pixies, Anything Kim Deal has done, Nirvana, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, Huggy Bear, Yo La Tengo, Galaxie 500, Phil Spector,

3) Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Pet Sounds, In Utero, Painful, Last Splash, Bossanova

4) Q. How do you feel playing live?
Like I’m going to barf. But after I feel amazing!

5) Q. How do you describe Silver Matter sounds?
Like if Nirvana did covers of Beach Boys songs

6) Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Rory is the mastermind behind our recording process. He invested in some recording gear while back. We’re all learning as we go, but it’s amazing what you can accomplish with a home recording set up now. Usually we record bed track in our jam space or Rory’s basement and try to get a solid take before too many beers are consumed. Then Sunny records their synth parts and Andrew might add layers of noise. Then Rory squirrels away and records more guitar tracks and mixes everything. Often we record vocals last, which can either feel really efficient, or really grueling. It’s a fun process though…we recently took a trip to the island to record for a couple days in Rory’s basement and everyone was really positive and encouraging of one another.

7) Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Some local Vancouver bands we like are Malk and Les Chausettes. Sometimes I feel like all I listen to are defunct bands from the 90’s and I have to remind myself to seek out new music…

8) Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Well, we did a cover of Foreigner’s “I want to know what love is”. Making noisy versions of cheesy 80’s music is pretty fun. Ultimately I think everyone just wants to play pixies songs all day though.

9) Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re planning to put out an EP in the new year. Hopefully we’ll do a little tour of the west coast in the spring/summer. Then, world tour 2017.


terça-feira, 22 de dezembro de 2015

Lighthouse with Sunstack Jones - An Interview

Se estivéssemos na época áurea dos semanários ingleses, certamente os ingleses e muitos de nós estaríamos completamente curvados a beleza sonora do magnífico Sunstack Jones.

Pense em Verve, primeira fase, pense em The La´s, pense em Stone Roses, ou seja, a beleza da canção pop entrelaçada em tonalidades sutilmente psicodélicas e melodiosamente apaixonantes, sim ainda é possível encantar e soar acessível.

Surefire Ways To Sweeten The Mind de 2011 é o primeiro álbum, Roam, o segundo, é de 2014, e o novo é espetacular single Lighthouse foi lançado há pouco, enfim, escolha qualquer um deles, e desfrute o que estas meras palavras estão tentando explicar.

Música para a alma....simplesmente mágico.

***** Interview with Sustack Jones *****

Q. When did Sunstack Jones start? Tell us about the history...
It started in 2011 when myself and Richy (drums) decided to make an album after our previous band had split. Instead of just starting another band we thought lets just make a proper album of songs for ourselves instead of playing shitty gigs and doing the odd demo. We got the songs together really quickly without really trying - Lorcan (guitar) had just finished with his band and we used to live together and hear him play so I snagged him straight away- Dan (bass) joined in towards the end and we recorded the first lp for about £400. A good friend (Klutz) producing, no need for spending a fuck ton of money when you've got good songs. We played a few little shows and Dave from the Sand Band put us in touch with eighties vinyl who put out a few 7"'s for us then we did another lp. For the second lp I called up an old school friend (David) that I knew wasn't up to much and tried to get him to sing on a tune but he ducked out somehow. Then we ended up singing together in a field one day and it sounded amazing so he was fully on board for the new (3rd) lp. So now we are 5 (3 guitars, 2 voices, drums and bass) and everything has gone up a level.

Q: Who are your influences?
Chris: George Harrison, George Lucas, George Foreman Grill.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Today maybe...
The Sundays- reading, writing & arithmatic
Verve- a storm in heaven
The La's- The La's (but make your ow compilation version)
Air- moon safari
Felt- poem of the river

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Chris: in a rehearsal room it's amazing cos we can control everything but in a venue it usually seems Sub-aquatic on stage so you're constantly thinking 'what's it's sound like out there?' And it probably doesn't sound like the band cos you don't know the soundman and he thinks your supposed to sound a certain way...

Q. How do you describe Sunstack Jones sounds?
It's music that a lot of people would love if they got the chance to hear it. Melodic, rolling, bit moody but hopeful.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
For the new lp (our 3rd) we sent each other little ideas back and forth until we had the songs, then I demoed all the tracks and gave them to the band- Just acoustic guitar and voice - everyone went home and lived with the demos for a few months - then we all got together the day before recording and rehearsed, so it was the first time we all heard what the songs would be like. Went in and played live with a guide vocal the next two days and done. Just gotta finish the singing and some little guitar overdubs here and there. Sounds Amazing, nothing forced or laboured, totally natural and how it should sound.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Chris: Friends Of Our Youth.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Chris: Hyacinth house by the doors- I've been messing and we could do it one day, only live though- I think they got it down on record perfectly. So wouldn't 'love to' but 'might do' (probably won't).

Q: What are your plans for the future?
New single 'lighthouse' in February on Brass Button Records, some gigs and then the 3rd lp in the summer. we've also got another 2 Lps worth of new songs demoed so we gotta have a think about how we present them really. Theres 3 songwriters now which is really nice - we're in a good place. We'll just keep making music how and when we like - it'll win out in time cos it surely has to?

Q: Any parting words
Cheers! Eat your greens


Honeysuckle with Bedroom Eyes - An Interview

Honeysuckle é o título do segundo petardo dos estadunidenses do Bedroom Eyes. Situando-os sonoramente poderíamos dizer que são descendentes do Swervedriver.

Não a toa Raise, debute da banda de Mr Adam Franklin é citado como referência para os caras, mas é exatamente da matriz Raise que a esbórnia sonora dos caras tem início, o barulho é contido naquele mix Dinosaur Jr/MBV.

Honeysuckle é um disco a ser apreciado e máximo volume.

***** Interview with Bedroom Eyes *****

1. When did Bedroom Eyes start? Tell us about the history...
Bedroom Eyes started up sometime in 2011 with Rj, Adam, Rob and Mike. We had all been playing heavier music in different bands around New England, particularly southern New Hampshire and Boston. We knew each other from playing and going to shows in the area, some of us were longtime friends. Right around the time things with their band L'Antietam started to slow down, RJ and Adam were kicking around songs with a different sort of flavor and decided to make something of it. Early on they would alternate playing guitar and bass, and the first album was recorded like this. Due to an unfortunate hand injury, Mike had to leave the band and we tried to scrape by as a 3 piece for a while. It was during this time that we laid down some tracks for a record that was never finished. Later on, Danny joined on bass, and RJ and Adam took to guitar full time. That was sort of the "comeback." We finished writing the new album, recorded it, and started playing more shows around the area.

2. Who are your influences?
We dig all kinds of music. Between all of us there's love for everything from hip hop to metal, electronic to classical. I think we started the band wanting to make noisy rock music, not quite as chaotic as we had in other projects, but not quite pop either. There were some riffs early on that made us think of Sonic Youth, but we could never shake the sort of sad, moody vibe that crept into our music so songs always sounded different when we were done with them. Among some of our influences are Eric’s Trip, Malady, My Bloody Valentine, Polvo, Swervedriver, a lot of 90s rock really. It doesn’t end there but those are definitely the more obvious ones.

3. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
How about 6? :)
swervedriver - raise
guided by voices - alien lanes
my bloody valentine - loveless
sonic youth - murray street
smashing pumpkins - siamese dream
malady - self titled

4. How do you feel playing live?
We’ve all been playing in bands since our early teens, playing live has always been part of it, and it is indeed a joyful experience. We’re always looking for ways to add to the live experience but appreciate the simplicity of a straightforward set with no frills.

5. How do you describe Bedroom Eyes sounds?
We don't have anything like a mission statement for how we want to sound, so I often have a hard time trying to find words to describe how we come across. We tend to aim for darker moods and noisier sounds, and like to leave the vocals obscured and atmospheric. Shoegaze is a decent starting point, but we try and change things up and keep it interesting a lot of the time, so I don't think we fit well with other bands that get that label.

6. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We recorded our two existing albums at different studios but we’ve always gone in knowing what we wanted. When we’re still in the writing process we regularly do home recordings so we can all take time to reflect on what we’re working on and try new things. We also understand that everything is subject to change if it suits the song, so we'll often demo a song several times throughout the writing process until we've found a sweet spot. We booked significantly more recording time for Honeysuckle and as an outcome we spent more time fussing with the details, mixing, and tweaking the final takes. We wanted to take time to get the vocals done exactly right, so we laid down all the instrumentals in a weekend session and mixed it in another session about a month later, and in between RJ recorded vocals in his bedroom at his leisure, and we added some other sounds. This approach was really great because it reduced overall time in the studio and made the time we spent there much less stressful.

7. Which new bands do you recommend?
We have pretty varied musical tastes between us, but we all really enjoy the new Infinity Girl record Harm. It's a very interesting approach and a very precise execution of their often chaotic sound. It has the romantic nervousness and slacker grooviness you'd want from a great pop record, but gives it to you in a completely fresh way. Other than that, here's some personal rec's from each member:

RJ: Youth in Bloom - Shell (2014) fuzzy shoegaze with haunting vocals from PA ,
Cities Aviv - Digital Lows (2011) noisy electronic hip hop, dude's a lyrical genius.

Adam: Viet Cong - Self Titled (2015) I was a huge fan of the band Women and when some of those dudes started a new band I knew it would be tight. This shit has a bit of a post punk vibe but maintains Womens' noisy, brittle guitar sound and angular sections.

Ghostface Killah with BADBADNOTGOOD - Sour Soul (2015) Not that this is a newer artist but his collab with badbad is like when a friend gets a really different hair cut and it looks dope as fuck, you're like shit your hair should've always been this way!

Rob: Shapednoise - Lightness (2015) This guy's a fantastic electronic noise artist however I am more interested lately with his techno/house tracks such as this which you'd likely find on vinyl. Extra hard-hitting and creative.

Danny: Paranoid - Satyagraha (2015) I just can't seem to get enough noisy d-beat hardcore lately, and this record really blew my mind with how they've incorporated metal/thrash into the mix. The split LP with Absolut is also a total ripper!

8. Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Boston has a rich tradition of putting together whole shows of tribute bands for Halloween, but we haven't had the chance to take part yet. We talked about doing Smashing Pumpkins this year but we didn't have time. Danny and Adam played in a Hives cover set a few years back which was a ton of fun. In the past we covered "Tractor Rape Chain" by Guided by Voices, and we’ve talked about covering a Grouper song cause it would be really cool to turn a soft acoustic tune into a banger.

9. What are the plans for the future?
We’re constantly writing, and already have several songs fully written. We're getting much more into the groove of collaborating, and ideas are originating from all corners. For instance a few of our new songs started as ideas from Danny. We'll be focusing on tightening those up and fleshing out a few old ideas, and with a few songs from the scrapped session we'd like to revisit, we are already pretty far along with writing the next album. But we'd like to go even further with recording experimentation next time, so it may be a while before it's ready to see the light of day!

10. Any parting words?
Thanks for reading, keep on keepin’ on!


segunda-feira, 21 de dezembro de 2015

Escape with Lighthouse - An Interview

A Suécia sempre nos brindou com preciosidades, basicamente ou expoentes do dreampop ou indie pop clássico, todavia, da cidade de Lund vem o sexteto Lighthouse, que de nada de suave nos oferece, ao contrário, a sonorirdade de Escape, ep de estréia dos caras esta mais para um slowcore com doses de shoegaze e noise, algo como se o Low se juntasse com Kevin Shields e resolvessem fazer uma jam.

Dissonante, lento, mantrico e hipnótico, Escape deve ser degustado sem moderação e preferencialmente em decibéis elevados. Acredite, dessa forma o efeito sera sentido em corpo e mente.

***** Interview with Lighthouse *****

Q. When did Lighthouse start? Tell us about the history...
We started about a year ago but everybody has known eachother for ages and played in different bands togehter. In the wake of Slowdive´s reunion in 2013/2014 we tuned in to shoegaze music alot more and starting a project with heavy shoegaze influences seemed like a good idea.

Q: Who are your influences?
Low, Mazzy Star, Marriages, Red Sparowes, Nick Cave, Radio Dept., Sway and of course My bloody valentine and Slowdive. Some people have said that a few of our songs sound like Pink Floyd so there’s probably some of that in there to.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
The Cure - Disintegration
Radiohead - Kid A
Portishead - Dummy
Red Sparowes - At the Soundless Dawn
Sonic Youth - Dirty

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It’s a adrenaline rush so it feels like you’re five feet above the ground. You’re invinsible. Except for some of us who more likely feel like they're six feet under the ground.

Q. How do you describe Lighthouse sounds?
Beautiful, noisey, tender, distored, reverbey, majestic.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We start with the drums and a guide guitar and after that we just ad instruments one at a time. Everything is well rehearsed beforehand so it’s usually a quick process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Evans the death, Marrow, Junodef

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We did a Low cover once so that one’s crossed of the list but if we do someone elses song again it would probably be something that originaly has nothing to do with Shoegaze music, like maybe a country or electro song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Continue to play live, write and record some more music. We're about to design merch and are planning some cool cooperations as well.

Q: Any parting words?
Gaze it ’til you make it, gaze it ’til you break it


Nervous Systems with House of Light - An Interview

Nervous Systems, novoalbum do combo mezzo australiano mezzo alemão, House of Light segue a seguinte temática, junkie songs for junkie people. Junte ai BJM, Dandy Warhols, Singapore Sling e Pixies, mexa tudo muito bem e temos a deliciosa combinação que o House of Light nos brinda.

Disco mais do que pegajoso, as vezes mais freak em outros mais bubblegum, mas sem nunca perder o charme da banda.


***** Interview with House of Light *****

Q. When did House of Light start? Tell us about the history...
1. The band formed in Berlin a few years ago, as a 3 piece, first off with a German drummer. But he got out of hand and went back to art school. You know, drummers. We went through quite a lot of drummers at that time, bad habits, spontaneous combustion etc . Valentina joined shortly after that then we went on our first tour through Italy.

 Q: Who are your influences?
2. Influences, personally, postpunk stuff like Joy Division,. A bit of the 60s, Doors, Nick Cave, Some 90s grunge. 80s pop. All over the place. Writers and Poets too as far as lyrics go. French, Canadian.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. 5 Albums. Here Come the Warm Jets, Kid A, Day Dream Nation, Tubular Bells, Achtung Baby.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. Playing live - usually it's one of the biggest highs. It's a strange and fast journey. On a bad day it's tourture, but mostly it's a rush. Live should be where a band gets down and dirty and makes mistakes and walks on the edge. We don't sound like our albums live. we sound better...hopefully.

Q. How do you describe House of Light sounds?
5. Sounds - I guess HOL's sound goes from soundscapy swirl, to more classic guitar/synth sound. I tihnk our harmony soudn is quite unique, my vox with Valentina's. No one sounds like that. It's a mesh of sounds and layers, and someitmes we don't even know who's makgin what sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. Recording - well this time, for the 3rd album we'll do it mostly live in the middle of a tour - at the peak of our passions. Capture that and fill in the gaps. I like to work fast, and I don't do many takes. I usually finish writing lyrics in the studio.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. New bands - Valentina Veil & the Void I like a lot. But I would think that. I saw a Greek band, Acid Baby Jesus the other day. I like them. There are plemnty of talented buskers in Berlin but I never catch thier names. .....

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8 Cover version - the Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows? or Tears for Fears "Shout"? or the Smiths "Last night I Dreamt Somebody Love Me.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. Plans for future - House of Light will tour through Europe, France, Greece, UK. And make some videos in abandoned houses in Berlin. And record our 3rd Album, which maybe called "Breathe". Then we'll the west coast of USA

Q: Any parting words?
10. Parting words - "Much light to you".


sábado, 19 de dezembro de 2015

Velvet Phobia with ASTRaL LiTe - An Interview

Diretamente da Flórida com o único, real e explícito objetivo de derreter os neurônios de todos vem o psicodélico ASTRaL LiTe.

Ainda sem nada oficialmente lançado os caras buscam em suas referências pessoais, leia-se, pós punk, Sabbath, BJM e fundem todos esses elementos para criar um derretimento sonoro que afeta corpo e mente, e notem que isso tudo em apenas uma canção disponível na página do soundcloud dos caras, sim, Velvet Phobia é o nome da pérola regada a ácido e infestada de lisergia.

Que venha o EP de estreia já com nome, Mesmerist's Mainline, promete provocar alucinações diversas em quer prova-lo.

***** Interview with ASTRaL LiTe *****

Q. When did Astral Lite start? Tell us about the history...
A.) We started just this year, in April of 2015. Over the summer we worked on some songs, released our first single in July, and played our first live show in September. Since then we've made a big splash in our local music scene despite the fact that the local scene has never championed a shoegaze/psych band. Many people have thanked us for bringing something new to the area. We've been playing a handful of shows around Northwest Florida and we're hoping to play in other states by next year.

Q: Who are your influences?
A.) Each member is influenced by different things. We all share a common interest in bands like the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine. But we each also bring our own element of influences to the band. Johnny Palmer (lead guitar/vocals) brings the heavy post-punk and goth influence from The Cure, Joy Division and Bauhaus, both vocally and instrumentally. Josh Thompson (2nd guitsr vocals) brings about guitar tones that channel more ambient acts like Boards of Canada and Seefeel. And both Ricky Stanfield (bass) and Chris Riot (drums) bring their love of Black Sabbath into the mix.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A.) (This is the top 5 albums of lead guitarist/vocalist Johnny Palmer.)
The Cure - "Pornography"
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - "Methodrone"
Velvet Underground & Nico
Slowdive - "Souvlaki"
Sonic Youth - "Evol"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A.) Playing live is a different experience every time. The songs never sound the same twice, and onstage we tap into our cosmic creativity via improv. That's where the real magic happens. You could say we're sort of a "shoegaze jam band".

Q. How do you describe Astral Lite sounds?
A.) Astral Lite's sound is sort of a vast culmination consisting of psychedelic, shoegaze, goth rock, space rock and ambient. Vocals that often change character... ranging from baritone post-punk vocals to dream-pop shrills to Byrne-esque shouting over dark, lush Eastern-scaled hazy soundscapes.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A.) So far, we've only recorded DIY for our upcoming first EP. In Ricky and Josh's garage on Johnny's laptop. During the recording of our Soundcloud single "Velvet Phobia", we recorded the percussion first, then the bass, and built our lush guitar soundscape over it. Playing in sync with the band is one thing, but playing in sync with what you hear through headphones is a mystic, fluid experience in itself. To play the track back and hear what you laid down and it be absolutely flawless and transcendent is a real blessing. There are some moments you can't capture in a professional studio.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A.) As a very new band ourselves, we don't really know many bands newer than us. But Acid Baby Jesus are a newer band that we've all enjoyed and taken some cues from. Also, Tamaryn have been a real treat to both guitarists ears.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A.) We play plenty of covers live as we progress into writing more originals... these include Black Angel's "Bad Vibrations", Donovan's "Season of the Witch", and Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's Dead" among others. One cover we do that we actually plan to record is of The Telescope's "The Perfect Needle".

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A.) We're looking to release our first EP "Mesmerist's Mainline" by the spring of 2016, and then we'll be heading into professional studios to record our debut full-length. By Fall 2016 we plan to be touring dates around the U.S.

Q: Any parting words?
A.) Do as thou wilt.


sexta-feira, 18 de dezembro de 2015

Angst with Dress - An Interview

Angst é o segundo ep dos alemães do Dress.

Segundo ep pois os caras estavam a quatro meses esperando a gravadora deles soltar o álbum e isso não aconteceu, dai por contra própria resolveram soltar o EP, coisas da prostituída indústria fonográfica, mesmo a independente diga-se de passagem.

Angst segue a orientação sonora de seu antecessor, o homônimo Dress, shoegaze com area soturnos, guitarras antas e densas beirando sempre o limite do barulho e o ensurdecedor.

Grande banda.

***** Interview with Dress *****

Q. When did Dress start? Tell us about the history...
A: We started in late October 2013 and went through a couple of line-up changes. We were practising very hard at that time and played our first show in May 2014. We then recorded our first EP „Dress“ and played a couple of more shows. At the beginning of 2015 we recorded our second EP „Angst“ and now we’re here.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: We obviously have a lot of Shoegaze and Dream-pop influences. Slowdive, MBV, Ride (to name the obvious ones) but also a lot of newer acts like Diiv, Wild Nothing, Cheatahs, … (just to name a few). We also do like the new Turnover and Title Fight record. There are too many good bands to mention. The list could go on and on

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: No particular order
1. Michael Jackson - Thriller
2. Diiv - Oshin
3. Tokyo Shoegazer - Crystallize
4. The Ataris - So Long Astoria
5. Nirvana - Nevermind

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Playing live is always fun and it’s even better when the live sound is good. It’s always kind of annoying when you try to put on a great show and it gets ruined by the sound guy. Besides that we really enjoy being on the road, meeting new people, seeing new places.

Q. How do you describe Dress sounds?
A: Distorted and delayed guitars drowned in reverb.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: Either me (Tom) or Konstantin has an idea with which we enter the practice space and then we’re just sorta develop the song from scratch. If we’re done with all the arranging and stuff we usually record demos on our own and then enter the studio to lay everything down.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A: Check out Pinkshinyultrablast or if you haven’t heard of Air Formation (we really doubt that) you should also check them out as well.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: Actually we did cover Beach Fossils’ Clash The Truth and Angus and Julia Stones’ Big Jet Plane at our live shows for quite some time.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
A: We’re currently writing new songs because we want to start recording our first album next year. There will be other updates very soon but it’s too early to talk about that right now. There are new things to come. Keep checking back.

Q: Any parting words Cheers!
A: Thanks for having us. We hope to play South America someday. Laters.


quinta-feira, 17 de dezembro de 2015

Daylight with Moon Tapes - An Interview

Ao ouvir o EP homônimo dos holandeses do Moon Tapes a impressão que temos é que existe sim como fugir do estigma maldoso que foi criado para o termo indie rock atualmente.

Os caras pegaram Stone Roses e Adorable e fundiram ambos, fazendo um pegajoso e delicioso indie rock ao melhor estilo 90´s e o mais bacana, não soa datado de forma alguma, pelo contrário, o frescor esta mais vivo do que nunca.

Dê play imediatamente e instantaneamente foi vai aumentar.

***** Interview with Moon Tapes *****

Q. When did Moon Tapes start? Tell us about the history
Moon Tapes started in mid 2014, when I (Django, guitar) met Joep (vocals/guitar) through an ad Joep posted on the internet, the rest is history!

Q: Who are your influences?
The Ocean Blue, Adorable, Pale Saints, The Verve, Serge Gainsbourg, The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, The Drums, too much to name really

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1 The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
2 Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See
3 Adorable - Against Perfection
4 The Jesus And Mary Chain - Psychocandy
5 The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Feels like being in a dream in which you are the best version of yourself.

Q. How do you describe Moon Tapes sounds?
We mix melancholy lyrics and riffs with a dreamy sound and we like chorus pedals and reverb a lot!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We recorded for 5 days straight, we had a great producer in Jurriaan JJ Sielcken, who understood perfectly what we wanted to sound like. We really grew alot closer to eachother. It felt really great to be in the studio for twelve hours a day and to completely lose ourselves in the music.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Lusts, SULK, Wolf Alice, Communions.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Adorable - Sunshine Smile

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To play a lot of shows, we love playing with bands we really like ourselves, and we hope to play abroad and connect with musicians from other countries. We also can’t wait to record some more songs, we have a lot of songs that we’d like to get out there.

Q: Any parting words?
Serene and still we’ll wait a while.


Distance with Beachtones - An Interview

Se toda música "indie" soasse como o Beachtones certamente o termo não teria se tornado tão pejorativo nos dias de hoje.

Dreampop com trejeitos praianos, boas conexões com gente como Best Coast, The Drums, Wild Nothing, Alvvays, Beach Fossils e outros tantos, colocam o Beachtones nesse seleto grupo de preciosidades do indie sonhador atual.

Para ouvir contemplando a vida, sim ela é muita boa, acredite.

***** Interview with Beachtones *****

Q. When did beachtones start? Tell us about the history...
A: Well beachtones started about three years ago. I met some cool cats in high school and we all shared a similar interest in music and decided "hey we should start a band!" Later on we decided to do our own thing so I then decided to continue on to write my own to write new material. But am currently looking for a new lineup to hopefully start playing some shows with.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: I would have to say Wild nothing, Alvvays, Beach Fossils, Ride, Whirr, Diiv, Real Estate, there are so many.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: Hmmm. This is tricky. I would have to say *no particular order

1. Days - Real Estate
2. Peripheral Vision - Turnover
3. Every Beach House record (can't decide)
4. Murmur - REM
5. Gemini - Wild Nothing

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Words cannot describe how it feels to perform live. Especially when the crowd is super into it, it is just a wonderful feeling.

Q. How do you describe beachtones sounds?
A: I would have to describe beachtones sound to be mellow dream pop. Just a band you can kick back and watch a sunset to... with friends... and a coors.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: There is not a process necessarily, just whatever comes to heart at that moment in my life or if.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: I would have to recommend Hippo Campus, Circa Waves,Incan Abraham, Nic Hessler, Day Wave, and this really awesome group named JAWS from the UK. Really great music and all of their discography infests my record collection and iTunes library. Was also fortunate enough to meet some of these artists and they are really awesome people.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: Was actually planning to do a cover of R.E.M's "Radio Free Europe" seems like a really fun song and would go perfectly in our set!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: there are many plans for beachtones future. I hope to record our LP, get on a label to release it, and hopefully have the opportunity to have a tour and open for other cool bands!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you very much for having us! Really excited for what is to hopefully come in the future.


quarta-feira, 16 de dezembro de 2015

Claire with Rolemodel - An Interview

Elegância, sofisticação, estilo são alguns dos adjetivos que podem ser atribuídos aos canadenses do Rolemodel e muito além de tudo escrito sonoramente acontece aquela magia de mergulhar para dentro de si, por conta único e exclusivamente da música.

Pense em OMD, New Order, Radio Dept, Human League, Massive Attack, Portishead, e coloque o Rolemodel no mesmo nível destes clássicos. Acha exagero meu? Ledo engano, dê play no maravilhoso Ep Claire, e depois venha conversar comigo suas impressões e principalmente seus sentimentos.

Rolemodel é simplesmente acima.

***** Interview with Rolemodel *****

Q. When did Rolemodel start? tell us about the history...
Jordan: Rolemodel started in autumn 2011. I was about to head off to college for sound design, and was experimenting with different elements of electronic production... using tape as a textural effect, making really sludgy electronic music that had a summer feel to it. I was really excited by this, as it was an area I'd never really experimented with before, and it sounded very different from the music I had previously produced as an artist. As time went on, the experiments lessened and I felt the need to mature the sound. I started bringing in more instruments and rhythmic elements. This all culminated in the last EP, "Claire", which features 3 tracks with live drumming by Michael - a very new feel for the project.

Q: Who are your influences?
Jordan: In random order - Radiohead, Bjork, Scott Walker, Bibio, My Bloody Valentine, Miles Davis, Boards Of Canada, The Radio Dept., Blur
Jesse: Sonic Youth, Slowdive, Primal Scream
Lisa: Thom Yorke, Jeff Buckley, Zero 7, Massive Attack

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Jordan: Kid A - Radiohead, 13 - Blur, Vespertine - Bjork, Folkloric Feel - Apostle Of Hustle, Scott 3 - Scott Walker

Jesse: Souvlaki - slowdive, psychocandy - jamc, sea change - beck, plowing into the field of love - Iceage, dummy - Portishead

Lisa: Prince & The Revolution - Parade, PJ Harvey - Stories from the City Stories from the Sea, Radiohead - The Bends, Massive Attack - Mezzanine, Donny Hathaway - These Songs for You, Live!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Jordan: Sort of meditative. I try get lost in the song we're playing
Jesse: Alive.
Lisa: It's different every time.

Q. How do you describe Rolemodel sounds?
Jordan: Euphoric
Jesse: Cinematic
Lisa: Dreamy

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Jordan: In the past it largely consisted of me building songs from random samples, using weird tape sounds and things like that and evolving them into pop songs. These days it's more formulaic. Luke and I have been writing both together and independently, and fully developing songs instrumentally rather than relying on as much randomness. There have been a few loose jams we've done as a group that have evolved into formed ideas as well, which is always an exciting thing to work on.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Jordan: Yi, Girl Band, Paco Sala.
Jesse: Real Life, Cheatahs, Algiers
Lisa: Most People, The Auras, Harrison

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Jordan: Maybe something old - New Order or The Beatles maybe
Jesse & Lisa: Massive Attack!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Jordan: More recording, a new LP and some mixing for other artists in Toronto
Jesse: Learn bass
Lisa: Music making

Q: Any parting words?
Jordan: Thanks for the interview! To plug things a little, we have a live set from a radio session available as a free download right now on Soundcloud and Bandcamp, where you can find all of our music:


Delay Our Time with Waitress - An Interview

Kalon Beaudry e Janice Weber formam o novíssimo e sedutor Waitress. Dançante, sonhador e soturno, algo como um meio termo em Curve e Tamaryn.

Apenas com duas músicas lançadas, o duo atraiu de cara o TBTCI pela excitante combinação de pós punk, eletrônica e shoegaze.

Se faz necessário mais material com extrema urgência.

***** Interview with Waitress *****

Q. When did Waitress start?
A. Waitress was started in September 2015. Janice(Weber) and I(Kalon Beaudry) had just shut down our old band the Foggy Notions and because there is no need to stop we started Waitress. In fact we have other projects we want to start as well:) The Foggy Notions were a very much a power-pop band and the more we went down that road, the more I wanted to veer into more atmospheric stuff,so hence the end of the band. Waitress allows us to really get into the sounds and textures that we really love.

Q. Who are your influences?
A. My influences are very english based, almost anything to do with Creation Records. Janice and I are on the same wave length musically although I would say she is more influenced by dance music than myself. I hear a lot of 808 state and Underworld being played in her studio:) So I have Never Understand by the Mary Chain playing and she’s got 808 state playing…our neighbours must really wonder:)

Q.Make a list of 5 albums all time
A. Kalon-
1. An Amazing Dream-Asteroid #4
2. Teenage Fanclub-Bandwagonesque
3. Neon Indian-Era Extrana
4. The Byrds-Mr Tambourine Man
5. Brian Jonestown Massacre-Bravery, Repetition

1.Primal Scream-Vanishing point
2. John Maus-We must Become the Pitiless
3. The Zombies-Odyssey and Oracle
4.Serge Gainsbourg -Histoire de Melody Nelson
5. Campag Velocet-Bon Chic Bon Genre

Q.How do you feel playing live?
A. That’s a interesting question because we haven’t played any live shows with Waitress yet. We have been very clear from the get go that we want this to be done properly when we play it live, so we are just starting to sit down and go through how we can make this happen. There are lots of layers and textures that can’t be lost live so we will be using lots of synths and lots of sequenced tracks. I have a love,hate relationship with playing live, cause on one hand if it’s done right it can be so satisfying, but on the flip side having a bad live show can be very deflating.

Q.How do you describe Waitress sounds?
A. I think our sounds are quite dark now, with traces of light. When we were starting this we wanted to combine the sounds of a band like Ride with something like Cocteau Twins. Something dark, and driving…..

Q.Tell us About the process of recording songs
A. Well it usually starts with me recording a repetitive idea with drums and bass. My best songs are always started on the bass for some reason….so from there I start adding noises and textures. I recently bought a UA apollo twin interface and have been really loving the plug ins. Once I have some structure Janice will come in and play the bass part better(cause she’s much better:) and she will also start the editing process. I am very lucky because she has a great ear, and she can tell me when a song is going nowhere. Once we have have edited the song I will then add my “shoe gaze” guitars, and once that is fine tuned we will add the vocals. There has been lots of processing on these recordings and I love the process of it all!

Q.What new bands do you recommend?
A. Oh god..that’s easy for me…I am in love with the new Tamaryn record. I know she’s been around for awhile but she is fairly new to me. Cranekiss has been on repeat on iTunes for months now! Another Canadian band that you should all know about is The Backhomes. Just check them out:)

Q.Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A.Kalon- I wanted to do Heart and Soul by T’pau but I see Ringo Deathstarr beat us to it…a great version by the way! So I am going to go with Mandinka by Sinead o’Connor:)

Janice-Bring on the Dancing Horses-Echo and the Bunnymen

Q.What are your plans for the future?
A.We are excited to start playing live, and we are also excited about continuing the recording process. We’ve got lots of new ideas:)

Q.Any parting words?
A. We would like to thank The Blog that Celebrates itself for asking us to do this interview! We are grateful to all the people that have taken the time to listen to the recordings. We will let you folks know when the album come out:) Take care!


terça-feira, 15 de dezembro de 2015

Music For Movies Unmade with Vivid Low Sky - An Interview

Ao contrário do que se prega ao estilo, mais especificamente o post rock, os estadunidenses do Vivid Low Sky fogem por completo daquele estigma característico do estilo, com doses carregadas de viagens instrumentais por vezes etéreas mesclando com explosões sonoras, no caso deles o intrínseco instrumental se aproxima muito mais de algo que eu poderia descrever como um art noise mixado com doses de folk e jazz.

Para melhor entendimento sugiro dar play imediatamente no sufocante Music For Movies Unmade uma verdadeira odisseia que penetra na mente e se estende para dentro de você por completo, um álbum grandioso, sem sombra de dúvida.

E em breve, muito em breve vem o novo álbum deles, com o aperitivo já para degustação, a poderosa The Black Forest dá as boas vindas ao que vira por ai.

Grande Vivid Low Sky.

***** Interview with Vivid Low Sky *****

Q. When did Vivid Low Sky start? tell us about the history...
I first started the band in Baltimore as a side project for music that didn’t work with the band I was playing with in 1997. Eventually, I had written enough material to record a full-length record. I called some of my favorite musicians in the area to help me make the record a reality. These musicians were Miyuki Furtado on drums, Shirlé Hale on bass / keys, Thomas Moore on guitar and J. Robbins on guitar. The result was a record called ‘Music for Movies Unmade’ which didn’t get released until 2000 on Plastique. By this time, I had relocated to North Carolina with Shirlé, Miyuki had moved to Brooklyn and formed The Rogers Sisters, and Thomas had moved to Morgantown, WV, so the band went into hiatus after only playing 3 shows. In 2012, Shirlé & I moved back to Baltimore after playing in Free Electric State while in North Carolina. I had also written another Vivid Low Sky record over the years. In April 2015, we decided to record our follow-up record, ‘II’ , this time with J. Robbins producing and play a bit of guitar on a couple tracks as well. Miyuki came down from New York and Thomas came in from West Virginia and we practiced for 6 hours and went into the studio the next day. The result will be released on March 11, 2016 on LP/digital in the States via Slimstyle Records and on cassette via Friends Records.

Q: Who are your influences?
Probably the biggest influence for me as a musician would be post-punk bands of the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, such as Echo & the Bunnymen, The Cure, Joy Division, and followed by the early records of Brian Eno. With that said, I am also a huge fan of ’50s/’60s be-bop jazz and also Krautrock bands like CAN, Neu!, & Faust.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This list is something that will forever change for me depending on my mood, but at the moment off the top of my head.
1. Brian Eno - Another Green World
2. The Cure - Faith
3. Neu! - Neu!
4. John Coltrane - Olé Coltrane
5. Sonic Youth - Sister

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We really enjoy playing live, it adds another dimension to the music because some of the material is improvised and left to chance, so it changes every night and makes for a one of a kind experience.

Q. How do you describe Vivid Low Sky sounds?
Subtly seductive, beautifully chaotic and cinematic instrumental post-rock.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We practiced for 6 hours the night before we entered the studio with J. Robbins, who was in Jawbox. We cut the basic tracks for the whole record in one day, most in one or two takes and the following day we spent cleaning up tracks and overdubbing. Miyuki went back to New York and Thomas back to Morgantown. The following week J, Shirlé and I spent adding additional guitars, Hammond organ and such and then J and I mixed it. It was a pretty quick process in all.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I’m an avid music fan, so I’m constantly looking for new bands. Some of my current favorites are Viet Cong, Girl Band, Föllakzoid, Metz, Savages, and Total Control.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We’ve been talking about doing a cover of a Link Wray & his Ray Men song called “Rumble” which came out in 1958.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our record drops in March of 2016, so we plan on doing some touring of the East Coast in April and the West Coast in the Summer. We would love to play anywhere that would have us, so if Brazil wants to bring us down let us know…haha.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for supporting independent bands like Vivid Low Sky and giving us exposure. It’s people like you that make us want to keep making our art. Cheers!