quarta-feira, 30 de março de 2016

Dreams with Blankenberge - An Interview

Misture o Young Team, Loveless e o Adoration, respectivamente álbuns do Mogwai, MBV e Cranes e você terá a real dimensão do que é a sonoridade dos russos do Blankenberge.

Shoegaze arrastado, doloroso e em tonalidades cinzentas. Seagulls, Feel Alive, Dreams e Still Here as quatro canções do EP homônimo de estreia deles que saiu há pouco menos de 20 dias se entrelaçam entre si propiciando a sensação de uma única canção.

Magnificamente celestial.

***** Interview with Blankenberge *****

Q. When did Blankenberge start? Tell us about the history...
A. The idea of plaing shoegaze music arised in march 2015 and we [vocalist and guitarist] composed some tracks in this time, but the band started plaing in october 2015 when vocalist and guitarist of Blankenberge moved from siberian city Barnaul to Saint-Petersburg. There they met other musicians - second guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer. The name of the band comes from the name of the belgian city where we [vocalist and guitarist] saw the ocean for the first time and it inspired us.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Sigur Rós, Mogwai, Joy Division, Astrobrite, My Bloody Valentine and The Cure are our favorite bands.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. We think it will be...
Mogwai — Young Team
Sigur Rós —Valtari
The Cure — Disintegration
Joy Division — Unknown Pleasures
My Bloody Valentine — Loveless

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. We really love live performances, because it is the time when we have an opportunity to express ourselves through our music and make a good sound. Musicians concentrate on creating a sound wave. They fall in this wave and follow it to the end of the performance.

Q. How do you describe Blankenberge sounds?
A. We really wanted to make our own sound and hope that we did it. But the basics of the sound comes from our favorite bands and we tried to mix up and create something new. At the same time we wanted to have "classic shoegaze" sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. Before recording the EP we made a few demo versions looking for the right sound. The process of recording and mastering was much more longer than we expected because we wanted to do our best with our first tracks.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. Pinkshinyultrablast, The KVB,Tape deck mountain, A film in color, Kometjakten, Traams, Foxing...

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. We think it might be My Bloody Valentine because their music is "the pure shoegaze". We thought about making some cover version and play it live sometimes but made decision that we want to concentrate just on our own songs.

Q: What are your plans for the future....
A. Now we are in process of creating new sogs for the album and we hope that we will record it to the end of 2016. And we want to make a tour in Russia and maybe in other countries in summer.

Q: Any parting words?
A. We are glad to see that so many people like our first EP and we will continue to make our music better. Thank you for the interview!