sexta-feira, 3 de junho de 2016

Recollected with Choreography - An Interview

Não faz muito tempo que dei de frente com o trio de Los Angeles, Choreography, e desde então o EP de estreia deles, "Recollected" tem se tornado um amigo quase íntimo.

Pós punk urgente, doentio, denso como se fazia lá no início dos 80´s, talvez apenas a única banda que ouvi nessa linha que tenha feito o mesmo estrago foi o Project Komakino, mas que simplesmente desapareceu.

Voltando ao Choreography, obviamente que as referências aos ícones do pós punk são evidentes e porque não deveriam ser? Porém a sonoridade deles é intensa e adequada perfeitamente para o caos dos dias atuais.

Recollected foi lançado em Março desse ano, e digo, é o melhor lançamento de pós punk desse 2016 facilmente.

***** Interview with Choreography *****

Q. When did Choreography start? Tell us about the history...
Choreography officially began October 2015, after the dissolution of a previous project that failed to come to complete fruition. We have been conscious of our need to make music with one another since our youth. Similar interests, musical and otherwise, and an undeniable kinship motivated us to pursue making music together.

Q: Who are your influences?
Joy Division, New Order (specifically “Movement”), Decima Victima, Siglo XX, Modern English (Mesh & Lace and early singles), Die Unbekannten, Asylum Party, Death In June, Cabaret Voltaire, Section 25, and The Chameleons.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Closer - Joy Division
Movement - New Order
The Voice Of America - Cabaret Voltaire
Mesh & Lace - Modern English
Fiction Tales - Modern Eon

Mère - Asylum Party
Perhaps - The Associates
What Does Anything Mean, Basically? - The Chameleons
Forever Changes - Love
Brilliant Trees - David Sylvian

Movement - New Order
What's THIS For...! - Killing Joke
Deceit - This Heat
Here Comes Everybody - The Wake
Paranoid - Black Sabbath

Q. How do you feel playing live?
AC: Visceral, tumultuous, volatile. Our performances are an exercise of catharsis. We aim to perform with all the fervor and passion we can possibly muster. Our performances leave us vulnerable, as we strip ourselves of any barriers or egos; we give the audience a brutally honest depiction of ourselves as individuals, and as artists.

AT: At first, very reluctant (personally speaking), but now it seems essential. It gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our music and visual aesthetic on a much more personal level. It also allows us to show a different aspect of the band that is separate from studio work, especially as we progress.

CL: It is a very spiritual experience. It is important for us to give all we have to give (emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually) in order to develop as artists. A performer must bleed for their art, metaphorically or otherwise. Our performances tend to be equal parts Dionysian and Apollonian. I treat our performances as ritual, communicating messages from from archetypal and metaphysical figures, myself being the conduit.

Q. How do you describe Choreography´s sounds?
Austere, militant, mechanic, vehement, metallic.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
AC: Tedious, meticulous, calculating. We do our best to restrain ourselves when recording. It’s much more disciplined than how we approach playing live. We consider the studio to be an incredibly important asset to our music. Production is just as essential as composition. This outlook causes us to be very careful and deliberate when recording our music. Much of our musical aesthetic is dependant on what occurs in the studio. It allows us to exploit certain qualities of our sound, while making others more subtle. We thrive when we are allowed to experiment in the studio with sounds that would otherwise be unattainable.

AT: It is something that requires a lot of effort and thought, but is definitely worth it. The studio is very important to our sound and the atmosphere we want to create. The studio expands our sonic palette and the range of our musical canvas. Our debut EP only scratches the surface in regards to how we intend to incorporate the studio and production in future recordings.

CL: Analytical, yet liberating. Having the resources to point to specific sections and details that would otherwise remain inconspicuous during the embryonic stages of composition allows us to strengthen our material. Transmutation through scrutiny.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The Victoriana, Shojo Winter, Gorgon Zoloft, Black Marble, Deathday, Pure Shit, Prettiest Eyes, Bye, Tollund Men, Hikikomori, The Vivids, Blind Seagull.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We currently have a Death In June cover at our disposal for live occasions. We will likely cover New Order at some point. Ultimately, we would rather focus our energies on creating and perfecting original content.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Label support, a full length album, touring the United States (and eventually internationally), collaborative efforts with other artists, multimedia projects, and progressing musically.

Q: Any parting words?
AC: Dreams never end

AT: Thank you for interviewing us and sharing our music.

CL: Spirit over Matter.