sábado, 23 de julho de 2016

Søulмaтe with I Mean Us - An Interview

Seguindo a tradição no TBTCI, leia-se apresentar novas, e quando se fala em novas bandas, são absolutamente novas, como o caso do I Mean Us, diretamente de Taiwan.

Com apenas duas demos os caras chamaram atenção do TBTCI pela sua habilidade em mesclar o clima denso e soturno do pós punk com os delirantes ruídos do shoegaze.

"I Don´t Know" é uma belo cartão de visitas do que o I Mean Us poderá nos apresentar em um futuro bem próximo.

Olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with I Mean Us *****

Q. When did I Mean Us start? Tell us about the history...
It starts from the borrowing of the guitar pedals. One day in 2015, Vitz borrowed the effects from Chun, who was injured because of a car accident. While they were chatting, Chun said that he would like to play a shoegaze band, and Vitz said yes without hesitation. Soon, Mandark Ravel (Synthesizer and Vocalist), PP L (Dummer), and Hank Chen (Bassist) joined the band; I Mean Us was born. However, we found that our souls are not that “showgazed” as we thought. Anyway, just let it be.

Q. Who are your influences?
Chun (Guitarist, Vocalist, Band Leader): Each member in IMU has his/her own preference of music, I can’t represent them. For me, I admire the noisy guitar in the 90’s so much, such as the songs of Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub, and Sparklehorse. I stroll in these wonderful sounds, and internalize and utilize while composing.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Chun: Sugar Plum Ferry - Thank You for Reminding Me
PP L: The Beatles - Abbey Road
Vitz Young: Mooncake - Zaris
Mandark Ravel: Agnes Obel - Aventine
Hank Chen: Touming Magazine - Our Soul Music

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Chun: Hot and thirsty.

PP L: Every time is just like the first time.

Vitz Young: My hair always clings to to my face. I’m not a shoegazer because I can’t barely see a thing most of time.

Mandark Ravel: Just tell myself to keep calm.

Hank Chen: Stay high but make no mistakes : D

Q. How do you describe I Mean Us sounds?
Drunk whale.
Bitter sweet symphony.
(We are still exploring new sound and image of our music.)

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We are still on the stage of making demo. We usually start from recording drum, bass and guitar in the same time with click, and add the parts of synths and vocals after processing. Vitz(Guitarist) is charged with the final mixdown. Based on the budget and the form, we didn’t complete the mastering part so far.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Chun: Arcplg 羣島, Reversing into Garage 倒車入庫, cat in the case., Triple Deer

PP L: No opinion.

Vitz: Reversing into Garage 倒車入庫, I Mean Us

Mandrake Ravel: Stranded Whale

Hank Chen: Touming Magazine, 1976, The Sign Of Human 記號士

Q. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
PP L: no idea.

Vitz Young: no idea.

Mandrak Ravel:X_X

Hank Chen: No idea, either.

Chun:Ok, let me mention something, “Porcelain Raft - Drifting In And Out”.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
PP L: Be a special sounds and waves in the vast music universe. People can tell who we are from our music and the sound we play.

Mandark Ravel: We hope our music could cross the region and the language boundary, and help us meet more people who share the same feelings and thoughts with us.
Hank: Keep our passion alive with music.

Q. Any parting words?
Yes. Taiwan NO. 1

What’s more important, we really appreciate that Renato found us in the vast music universe and share our music with love and kindness.