quinta-feira, 30 de junho de 2016

Figure It Out with Violetic - An Interview

"Ethanol" foi o EP de estreia do trio londrino Violetic, isso em 2014, e desde o debute já estava nítido e explícito que o mix de pós punk com pequenas doses de shoegaze, enficado sob uma aura cinzenta e densa nos traria ainda muita coisa boa pela frente.

Eis que em Março os caras soltaram um single mais poderoso e intenso do que "Ethanol". "Figure It Out" é como se o The Cure se aventurasse por caminhos noventistas e desembocasse em pleno 2016 soando como novidade.

O Violetic promete muito mais pela frente, cabe a nós cruzar os dedos e aguardar para que a espera não seja tão grande.

***** Interview with Violetic *****

Q. When did Violetic start? Tell us about the history...
A. We met about 3 years ago. We all wanted to do something a bit different and that drew us together. There was lack of music that we wanted to hear so we started making it for ourselves.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. It's good that each of us brings something different to the songs. Our tastes are so different but we’re not so interested in being a specific genre, so our influences just naturally mix together. Musically we only really agree on Andy Stott!… but Mitch is into Portishead, Rory saw Conjurer the other day and Chrisy has been getting into Hiatus Kaiyote recently. Other than music, Gwen Kanson (Teenwitch photography), books by people like Anita Lasker-Wallfisch… There’s this amazing place called the Live Art Development Agency in East London where they have a huge resource library full incredible work and writings to explore.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
A Place To Bury Strangers - Exploding Head
Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers
Talking Heads - Remain In Light
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. It’s what we enjoy the most. We really care about what we’re communicating and the approach is totally different from playing on a recording. Anything can happen live and the night can take the performance in a unique direction. It’s an exciting thing to surrender yourself to.

Q. How do you describe how Violetic sounds?
A. We feel free to put in ideas that come from different directions… it’s not a very conscious decision. We like music that surprises us, it’s unpredictable, goes from sparse to dense, delicate to harsh. The foundation is usually dark, anxious and melodic. We talk about the music visually, so it’s a result of what stirs an image in our heads.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We like to record the core of the song live and then build it up from there so the feeling of the initial performance is captured. We do as much as we can at home. In a studio with the time pressure you don’t have time to experiment and discover the songs. There’s something about the atmosphere in a studio too that can lead you to ironing out some of the little imperfections, which actually turn out to be the best bits in the end.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Yowler – she has a beautiful voice and the songs on The Offer were recorded at home so they have such a raw, demo feel to them which is so emotive. Body Hound – incredibly talented musicians and through and through an unbelievable live band Tidelines – we were honoured to have these guys play at our last single release for Figure It Out and they were completely mesmerising Bo Ningen – most intense live act, you have to see them if you get a chance. Ben Fleury-Steiner – His stuff is great in the background, as you don’t have to think to deeply about it and just enjoy.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
It would be fun to be Slipknot or Beastie Boys for a day!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re really excited to be visiting in Wales and Manchester soon. We’ve got some exciting plans for upcoming releases that we’ll be recording throughout the year, as well as touring and writing new songs!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for the interview, we hope to come to Brazil some day! Fo now, you can find out latest single Figure It Out on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/violetic/figureitout