sexta-feira, 1 de julho de 2016

The Red Moon with Dark Narrows - An Interview

Dan Rohaus e Dan Otterbien também conhecidos como Dark Narrows retornam as páginas do TBTCI, depois de sua primeira passagem (leia aqui), por conta de seu mais novo álbum, "Red Moon".

"Red Moon" veio ao mundo em dezesseis de Junho e traz o Dark Narrows de certa maneira mais acessivel, não que o mix frenético de pós punk e new wave tenha perdido a força, pelo contrário, os caras estão mais dançantes e cerebrais mas sempre com aquela aura densa e carregada de tonalidades cinzentas. 

Mais um grande trabalho do poderoso e predileto Dark Narrows.

***** Interview with Dark Narrows *****

Hello Dan, first congratulations on the new album, it's really brilliant.
Q: What is your analysis after conclusion the album? Are you happy with the result?
Thanks Renato for your work on TBTCI and for all the support.

We enjoyed making this album and we think our songwriting has evolved in the process. We are beyond happy with the results.

Q: How was the process of creating "Red Moon”?
Most of the songs were written last summer and were meant to be performed with a live drummer. It took us a long time to find a permanent drummer that didn't want to play other types of music so we decided to go ahead without a drummer rather than delay working on the album. We were not sure how the songs would translate into the new electronic format but everything fell into place after we sorted out the drum and synth parts.

We experimented with a lot of new gear and new processes to get the sound we were looking for. We wanted to add an authentic 80s sound to the songs and we didn't want to use virtual instruments or samples. We used a lot of different drum machines and synths from the 80s on this album (Roland TR-505, TR-606, TR-707, Jupiter 8, Arturia Microbrute, Alesis SR-16, Sequential Circuits MAX, Boss DR-55 & DB-33, and a few others).

We partnered with a good friend Ben Malone on the song "Simple Demands". Ben hosts a radio show out of San Fransisco called "Under The Atlantic" ( Ben is a brilliant lyricist/performer and we really appreciate his work. We think his vocal treatments on this track are high art. Rumor has it he is working on some new material and some other projects and we can't wait to hear it.

We were about to mix the album ourselves when we came in contact with James Aparicio. James mixed one of our favorite recent albums, Spiritualized, Sweet Heart Sweet Light. We have been big fans of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized for a long time. Out of the last few Spiritualized albums, we think "Sweet Heart Sweet Light" stands out. It is one of those albums that's hard to put a date on if that makes sense. It was great to work with James on this project. James really helped us blend the old with the new and we're thrilled with his work.

Q: What are the main differences between "The Red Moon" and "Dark Narrows”?
Maybe this album is a little more accessible. We knew exactly what we wanted when we set out to make it. Apart from the obvious differences, we think the vocals and lyrics are a bit different. They might be a little more dark to contrast the accessibility.

Q: What were the influences for creating "Red Moon”?
Definitely bands from the 80s like Sisters of Mercy, Depeche Mode, The Cure, OMD, and many others. This album was a great opportunity to try our hands at 80s electro-goth with a few modern twists. We joked that we were creating a new genre called rhythm and goth (R&G). You heard it here first.

Q: What are your plans for 2016?
We just wrapped up filming a video and it should be released in a few weeks. Then we plan to start working on another album. We have some great ideas and we can't wait to get into it.

We would love to do a cover of "Nine While Nine" for a Sisters of Mercy tribute album. Do you know of any labels that want to do a Sisters of Mercy tribute ???

Thanks again to TBTCI and to all of our friends. We appreciate the opportunity to share our music.