quarta-feira, 2 de março de 2016

Perennial Phase with Lume - An Interview

Um destruidora versão jam mixando o Disintegration do Cure e o In Utero do Nirvana. Esta é a síntese mais precisa após ser submetido a audição do poderoso recém lançado Perennial Phase, do trio de Chicago Lume.

O álbum pega melancolia e une a esporros constantes de barulho em andamentos lentos e densos, seguindo aquela linhagem de bandas que vem explorando a exaustão tonalidades cinzentos e brutais wall of sound.

Para ouvir alto, e cada vez que terminar mais e mais alto ainda. Discaço.

***** Interview with Lume *****

Q. When did Lume start? Tell us about the history...
Lume started a couple years ago when a band that our bass player Dylan and I were in parted ways. I had been living in Chicago for around 6 years at the time, and he was living in our home town in Michigan. He was ready for a change so I got him a job with me in Chicago and he moved out and we started writing music. His brother Austin, who is our drummer, was still in school at the time and would travel to Chicago periodically to jam and write and once he graduated, we got him a job out here with us and he moved into our basement. Ever since then we've been writing, recording and touring as much as possible.

Q: Who are your influences?
We each have differing influences, but as far as what I feel shines through in this band, we're pretty influenced by bands like Russian Circles, Hum, As Cities Burn, Slint, Deftones, Pedro The Lion, True Widow, Young Widows, etc.

 Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is tough. These aren't in any particular order, and there's tons of other records we love, but here we go:
Come Now Sleep - As Cities Burn
Old Wounds - Young Widows
In Utero - Nirvana
Souvlaki - Slowdive
Spiderland - Slint

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is a feeling like nothing else, I think that's probably why we do it so much. There's a certain high you get where you just kind of drift off into another dimension. For me, personally, everyone else just kind of becomes a blur when I'm super into it. Once the set is finished I start to come to, but if it was a really intense set, sometimes it's hard to even talk to anyone afterwards. Sometimes you just need to take a minute outside to get back into the swing of things haha.

Q. How do you describe Lume sounds?
Most of our music is fairly straightforward. We're a three-piece, so each of us really needs to hold down our respective part of the sound. We spend a lot of time in our practice space trying to dial in our tone, making sure everything sits where it needs to in the mix. We strive for a really heavy sound musically to contrast against the mostly smooth, clean vocals.

 Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We aren't as good in this area as we'd like to be, but we're starting to get better. Usually we'll write songs and record extremely rough demo versions of them on our phones, just so we don't forget the parts or the vocal patterns. Then we go into the studio and we usually track the music live. We'll all be in the same room, usually with the amps mic'd up in separate rooms and we'll just play through the songs as if we're at practice or at a show. Then we go back through and layer some guitar parts and add in some atmospheric noisy parts as needed. Once all the music is taken care of, we lay the vocals down separately and then mix it all together. We recently got a handheld recorder and some microphones so that we don't have to do the phone demo recordings anymore, and we'll be able to spend more time doing pre-production before we hit the studio next. That's something that we've realized will really help with our writing process, so we can see how things will sound once they're recorded and not just in our faces in a tiny rehearsal space.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We have some really good friends in Chicago who have a band called Nouveau that has been blowing our minds recently. Their new release "All Narrows Unsutured" is absolutely insane. Check it out here: https://nouveauhonks.bandcamp.com/

Also, these guys aren't necessarily new, but our good friends in the band Big Jesus are definitely on the cusp of something big. They just recorded a new full length with the producer who did the last Deftones record. We've gotten to hear some of the songs live recently and this record is gonna be a game changer. Check out their older stuff here: https://bigjesus.bandcamp.com/

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We always talk about doing covers but we haven't gotten around to really working on anything, aside from a cover we did of that Screamin' Jay Hawkins song "I Put A Spell On You" that we did for a comp a while back. I'd love to be a part of one of those Nirvana tribute comps that Robotic Empire has been putting out for Record Store Day the past couple years but I don't know if that will ever happen haha. There's also a couple Cure songs that we've talked about covering, and a Cranberries song, so who knows!

 Q: What are your plans for the future?
We just put out a new LP called "Perennial Phase" with Mayfly Records this past month, so we plan to tour on that throughout the rest of this year. We're planning to go back to Canada in the spring, then a full East Coast US run in the summer, and then a West Coast US run in the fall. After that we've got hopes of going to Europe at some point. We also have some music that we recorded in Seattle this past fall that we have plans to release later this year.

Q: Any parting words?
I think we've covered pretty much everything. Thanks so much for reaching out to us! Definitely check out those bands we mentioned, and we hope to make it down to Brazil sooner rather than later!