quinta-feira, 5 de maio de 2016

Big Sparks with Few Bits - An Interview

Jangle pop, dreampop, perfect pop, tudo isso pode ser atribuído aos belgas do Few Bits, muito por conta de seu recente álbum, Big Sparks, lançado em Março.

Doses de Mazzy Star, The Sundays tudo devidamente dosado para conduzir os ouvintes a um mundo de frescor e calmaria.

Propicio para estes dias tempestuosamente caóticos, onde uma poderosa dose de candura e doçura se faz mais do que necessária, um banho de suavidade na alma.

***** Interview with Few Bits *****

Q. When did Few Bits start? Tell us about the history…
We have been playing together for nearly seven years now. We met through various Antwerp bands and Nico is the last one to join us. I have been writing songs on guitar since I was young, and we have been playing music our whole lives. Moreover we are very good friends.

Q: Who are your influences?
Kurt Cobain was one of the first artists that made me want to have a guitar and play music in the first place. I still listen to ‘90s alternative and grunge but I also have other influences now. I listen to bands that cross my path. I’ve enjoyed new bands over the last years, like Steve Gunn, Real Estate, Kurt Vile… but I will always have a soft spot for artists like Neil Young, the Rolling Stones and I’m still discovering new “old” music like Randy Newman.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
That’s a difficult question. I actually don’t tend to have favorite albums. I do have favorite tracks. I’ll pick a few of my favorite songs:

‪Jackson Browne - These Days‬
Randy Newman - Baltimore
Pavement - Shoot the singer
Talking Heads - This must be the place
Moody blues – Nights in white satin
PH.D - I won’t let you down

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I feel great! We've just returned from SXSW in Texas to promote our new album and we’re getting ready to go to Toronto’s CMW festival and The Great Escape festival in Brighton next month. It’s fun to play the new songs, they are in general more energetic than the songs on our first album 'Few Bits'.

Q. How do you describe Few Bits sounds?
A music critic recently described our sound as: “music rooted in the alternative guitar rock of the nineties, department shoegaze light, combined with the most poppy Mazzy Star and fresh indie as Real Estate."

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
This record was definitely a natural process for us. After I wrote the songs at home, we started rehearsing and working on the songs together. We've recorded some demo’s at a friend's house in Antwerp and went to the studio afterwards in a relatively short time. We recorded the basic tracks for this album at a quiet country cottage / studio in the Belgian Ardennes last summer. We were there for a week and had a lot of fun recording it. Afterwards we did some overdubs and mixed the songs at home. This album has a more live feel to it than our first album, which was in a way a more introvert record.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
While we were in Texas, I discovered a band from Chicago, called Whitney. Matthias, our guitarist, and myself went into a bar where they were just finishing off their set. I fell in love instantly.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
The Stone Roses - I wanna be adored

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I hope to go on a long tour soon! Maybe come to Brazil one day. Also, I'm looking forward to writing new songs.