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.