segunda-feira, 25 de julho de 2016

Vacation with Baseball Gregg - An Interview

O duo mezzo californiano mezzo italiano Baseball Gregg pratica aquele doce, suave e perigoso dreampop ou seria indie? 

Já disse por aqui algumas vezes, que as banda que se atrevem a passear pelos caminhos adocicados podem por muitas vezes desandar e perder o toque de sofisticação e suavidade. Não é o caso do Baseball Gregg que no seu segundo trabalho, "Vacation" consegue transitar com elegância entre sonhos e devaneios altamente sutis.

Um álbum despretensioso e que agrada sem jamais soar piegas. Pontos positivos para o Baseball Gregg.

***** Interview with Baseball Gregg *****

Q: When did Baseball Gregg start? Tell us about the history...
Sam: We met when I, Sam, was going to school in Bologna in 2013. Luca and I met and became friends and then decided to start a band.

Luca: We actually wanted to make a tape just for ourselves first, then the guys at Barberia label got to listen to the Ep and liked it, and decided to release it for 2014 Cassette Day. We initially didn't mean to be 'a band' in the traditional way because of distance, but eventually we started touring with different live bands in US and Italy, and last summer we reunited in California to record our first LP Vacation.

Q: Who are your influences?
Sam: I'm going to say Brian Wilson, Bryan Ferry and Drake.

Luca: The Beatles and The Smiths are the main reason why I started playing music some years ago.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Sam: A really difficult question by I'll try
1) The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
2) Tatsuro Yamashita - For You
3) My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
4) XTC - Skylarking
5) Eat Skull - Wild and Inside

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Sam: I always feel nervous and my hand always hurts

Luca: I feel alive!

Q. How do you describe Baseball Gregg sounds?
Sam: I made up the genre "Climate Controlled Pop" because I think it's really funny but it also doesn't mean anything at all.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Sam: Luca lives in Italy and I live in California while we were writing this record, so we had to write the songs completely separated from each other. Then last summer Luca made a trip to California and we traveled around and recorded and mixed all the songs in my bedroom.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Sam: Diners from Phoenix and Boy Romeo from Sacramento.

Luca: You should check out all the bands from our really tight label Barberia like JJ Mazz, Setti, Smash, Wolther goes stranger and many others.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Sam: The song "I'll Remain as I Am" from our first EP was a cover of the youtube sensation Tonetta, so I guess him!

Luca: I'd like to cover 'Perfidia', a Mexican standard.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Sam: Live for a while longer and then eventually I'll die

Luca: (@Sam: lol). Well, making another album soon! And hopefully keep on playing forever

Q: Any parting words?
Sam: Thank you and bye bye!

Luca: Ciao!