quarta-feira, 31 de agosto de 2016

Pinky Swear with Procedure Club - An Interview

Simplesmente um daquelas bandas que tem lugar cativo no coração do TBTCI, estou falando dos heróis do Procedure Club, padrão Slumberland de qualidade, se é que você me entende, se bem que hoje em dia eles não mais fazem parte do catálogo da Slumberland, mas foi exatamente através do mágico, barulhento e sonhador "Doomed Forever" de 2010 que os conheci, e foi amor a primeira audição.

Seguindo aquele padrão, Blondie, Abba, Shop Assistants, 60´s girl groups e Stereolab, o Procedure Club criou um séquito de admiradores e virou cult band.

E eis que enfim o Procedure Club chegou as páginas do TBTCI para contar sua história e mais um monte de curiosidades muito por conta do excelente novo álbum, "Pink Swear" uma deliciosa fuzz sonhadora que definitivamente você precisa ouvir.

Aqui no TBTCI o Procedure Club é amor puro.

***** Interview with Procedure Club *****

Q. When did Procedure Club start? Tell us about the history...
Procedure Club started in the winter months of 2007. After years of playing multiple instruments in live band settings, I (Adam M) retreated to my cozy place with a modest recording set up. I recorded and performed. Mostly locally in New Haven area, north of NYC, under pseudonym: Human Pontiac.

At the time, Andrea B. had been a constant companion of mine. On one occasion, Andrea revealed her opinion of my music. She said that my voice sucked, all the while my music itself was interesting. Immediately, I gave her the microphone and decided that she should sing. The results were astounding. Immediately we created our MySpace page and our plays went through the roof. Little did I know, her voice was great, her lyrics were awesome.

So the formula was created. Simple 2.30 min pop songs dressed up with Andrea's dreamy voice plus abrasive background noise. We didn't expect much in terms of world wide reach, other than some local New Haven shows with mostly people we know. But quietly we knew that in the context of back in those years of 2007- 2010, our music would fit quite comfortably with the best content out there, based on the strength of our song writing.

Later we got lucky because Mike Schulman heard us and eventually our music was rewarded with the backing of our all time favorite record label, Slumberland Records in 2010 - culminating with a hugely underrated LP "Doomed Forever". After that we Toured Canada and most of the US. After appearing on various radio shows, and some music publications, Andrea got bored and stopped performing altogether. Instead, she focused on her graduate degree in library science and subsequently she got a job as an archivist at Yale University. But her love and dedication to our music never died, because 4 years later Procedure Club is back.

We are now back with the help of my 20 year collaborative friend, Tim Borkowski. Tim has been the powerhouse behind this return. Tim has vast skill levels and he is adorned with a monumentally gigantic brain that hides inside his similarly gigantic head. His brain contains synaptic connections geared for methodical planning skills likes of which my (Adam's) brain cannot even comprehend as something possible in a non-computerized- robotic - living creature. In fact, I (Adam) still thinks that Tim's methodical skill set is a science fictional construct. However, I do accept the fact that all my inadequacies had always been complemented by Tim's amazing creative cyborg-like skills.

This relationship culminated with the release of the much awaited "Pinky Swear" LP on a local label called Safety Meeting. It is ABBA and My Bloody Valentine and Stereolab put into more-less 35 minute compilation of recording sessions that lasted almost 3 long years.

Q: Who are your influences?
ABBA, My Bloody Valentine, Shop Assistants, along with some French pop icons such as Stereolab, Jacno et Elli as well as hints of Evariste.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. Solid Space- Space Museum. 1982
2. Siekiera - Nowa Aleksandria. 1985
3. abba
4. stereolab."mars aquatic..."
5. John Maus

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Magnificent. Elegant. Beautiful. Mysterious, Messy, orderly,

Q. How do you describe Procedure Club sounds?
It's a propaganda of our lives. An experiment and an exercise in creating the quintessential pop sound that procedure club hopes the world would accept. The world made up of nice group of friends, colleagues, partners, husbands and wives. Our music assumes the audience to be as wise or wiser than we are. This is the world we want to live in.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It was essentially 3 years of living together. Tim, Adam and Andrea at Andrea's apartment on Willow Street where we spent most of 2012 - 2015. We would get stuck in many winter blizzards there. Tim would drive from his home in New Jersey to New Haven CT, Adam would be waiting there with the 30 pack of beer and whiskey and then they would get yelled at by Andrea for getting drunk. Most of the actual recording would take maybe 10% of the actual time. 90% was philosophizing along with heavy scorn and disciplining by extremely annoyed Andrea. I honestly tried to do the dishes and cook while Tim always left the toilet seat up. However, he made up for it in taking care of the recording equipment, instruments and keeping the whole morale up. Tim is actually the hero here in this case and he deserves special tribute.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We have no clue what's out there. But I recommend "Indian Queen" opera by my hero, Westminster Abby composer to king charles the 2nd, Sir Henry Purcell. 17th century English composer. Beautiful pop songs.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Jacno Et Elli.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We never plan because things change too much in the world.

Q: Any parting words?
We recently played a show with the Brazilian band Boogarins, great guys and beautifully sounding. I wish I could have spent more time with those guys, get to know them. It was during the impeachment process in Brazil. They gave me a very thorough run down of the Brazilian political situation.

(Tim was on a pilgrimage to the Meili Mountains on the border of China and Tibet and could not participate in this interview. However, he thanks Adam and Andrea for their kind words and expresses sincere gratefulness on playing with them and he thinks they are both brilliant.)

Buy Digital Version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pinky-swear/id1136799580
Buy Vinyl Version: http://www.safetymeeting.net/wp2/
Video for Something Was Strange: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDIcx0MMpWY

Machine Roar with Exowaves - An Interview

Posso dizer que os ingleses do Exowaves, bebem diretamente na fonte de Primal Scream,  The Kills e B.R.M.C..

Rock´n´roll pegajoso, dançante, misturando eletrônica com riffs sujos e distorcidos, exalando apelo sexual por todos os lados, um "Q" de Oasis aparece aqui e ali, mas os caras mesmo são fãs confessos de Mr. Bobby Gillespie, não tem como negar.

Aumente, escute alto, e encha a cara.

***** Interview with Exowaves *****

Q. When did Exowaves start? Tell us about the history...
Exowaves started in 2014. We met on a night out drinking. As soon as we started chatting to each other we realised we had the same musical influences. We also mentioned how bored we were at the lack of positive guitar music that was being played on the radio. Thats when we decided we should make music for ourselves and form this group.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our influences are oasis, primal scream, BRMC, the jesus and mary chain and the kills. Plus anything and everything with a big chorus.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Our favourite albums are
Oasis - Whats the story morning glory,
The sex pistols - never mind the bollocks,
Xtrmntr - primal scream,
Screamadelica - primal scream,
David bowie - the rise and fall of ziggy stardust.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We feel at home playing live. Its what exowaves is all about.

Q. How do you describe Exowaves sounds?
Exowaves sound is .... Sonic fuzzed out rock n roll

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The recording process is very straight forward. Drums, bass, guitars then vocals. Plus we love to be creative in the studio and take risks with our recordings so we sound better and different to all other bands. And we always have a laugh from start to finish.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Were big fans of the blossoms

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We would like to cover... Oasis - headshrinker

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our plans for the future are just keep doing what were doing. We know looking cool and saying all the right things are important, but we 100% know that the songs are the most important thing about being in a band. So we want to just keep making beautiful rock n roll.

Q: Any parting words?
Peace, love and exowaves


terça-feira, 30 de agosto de 2016

Everything Depends Upon The King with Klammer - An Interview

Ouvir o novo single dos ingleses do Klammer, 'Everything Depends Upon The King' é como se o Roxy Music migrasse diretamente para o pós punk, leia-se The Fall ou The Sound ou ainda Comsat Angels.

Sim, um pós punk clássico, enérgico porém altamente sofisticado. O lado "B" "High Life" soa como se Mr Brian Ferry virasse frontman do Stranglers, ou algo similar.

Facilmente o Klammer dá outra conotação ao resgate do pós punk que vem acontecendo nos quatro cantos do mundo. 

Ouça alto.

***** Interview with Klammer *****

Q. When did Klammer start? tell us about the history...
Steve: I’d done some mixing for Poss’s old band and when it split up, he asked me if I fancied writing some songs with him. Very quickly we had 12 songs demo’d, and then thought we should record them. So we got a drummer friend of mine (Dez) to record the drums and we then had our 1st album Auslane. Next we thought, ‘mmm’ we have an album maybe we should play live, and we were very lucky that Poss knew Jordan and he fit in perfectly on bass. It was all back to front really, we then had to go back to the songs and learn how we were going to play them live.

Q: Who are your influences?
Steve: Noise and Melody

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Steve: I don't know if I say these are the best of all time but they are the 5 albums that have influenced me most

Kraftwerk - Man Machine
The Sex Pistols – Nevermind The Bollocks
Joy Division - Closer
Pixes - Doolittle
Comsat Angels - Waiting For A Miracle

Jordan: I couldn’t make a decision on the 5 best albums of all time, so I’ll go with 5 that are currently being played regularly at home

The Fall – Grotesque
New York Dolls – New York Dolls
Iggy Pop – Post-Pop Depression
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde (just to wind Paul up!)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Steve: Feels like sex!

Q. How do you describe Klammer sounds?
Steve: Klammer came to life drawing from our shared love for all things angular, dark, melodic and loud. I think there's a dark and edgy broodiness coursing through the sound of the band but with plenty of hooks.

Jordan: Very odd! We get compared to so many bands of a similar genre but I think our style is different to anything I’ve heard before.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Steve: Most of the 2nd album was done in the more conventional way than the first (Auslane). Writing, then playing live and then recording, which I think has given better results. I'm a Producer/Engineer (The Cure/The Mission/etc) and I have a mix studio at home so we were able to take our time with the mixing.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Jordan: Autobahn, Cabbage, Thee Oh Sees (fairly new) and The Fall – They’re always a new band, just same old Mark E.. Smith!

Paul (Just arrived): Egrets on Ergot are an excellent new band , introduced to us by Richie Ramone’s guitarist, Ben Reagan, while out on tour with them.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Steve: Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head

Jordan: Rodrigo’s Concierto du Aranjuez

Paul: Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead

Q: What are your plans for the future
Steve: We are just about to release a 7" vinyl single of 'Everything Depends Upon The King' on Curious Fox Records on Sept 5th and going out on a UK and Ireland tour with Richie Ramone in Nov/Dec. We've already started writing for the 3rd album and have 5 songs already finished in the rehearsal room and at least another 7 song ideas on my computer. Of course we'd love to come to Brazil and South America!

Jordan: We’ve also been talking about getting to tour Europe quite a lot. We just need the right people to get in touch (via the website www.klammer.co.uk)

Q: Any parting words
Steve: Um beijo!


Unfold with Slowly - An Interview

Charlie Berger é basicamente um sócio do TBTCI. Se por acaso você não faaça a conexão do nome dele imediatamente, eu vou dar uma força, Charlie é parte integrante do grande Soft Wounds, canadenses sônicos e melancólicos, prediletos por aqui.

Mas não é sobre o Soft Wounds que vamos falar agora, Charlie é daquelas personas hiperativas e precisava de uma válvula de escape para transpor seu lado mais denso quase slowcore, mas sempre ruidoso, e eis que ele o descobriu, através, de seu projeto Slowly.

"Unfold" é um álbum a ser criado periodicamente, por hora duas canções, a abertura angustiante com "Melt" e a redenção com "Same Lines".

Esperamos os próximos capítulos não somente do Soft Wounds mas agora mais do que nunca do Slowly.

***** Interview with Slowly *****

Q. Hello Charlie, first congratulations , Slowly is really brilliant, what is your analysis after conclusion of the two first tracks? Are you happy with the result?
First off, thank you so much for the chance to talk about this project, I’m very excited! Slowly is a pure passion recording project, something I do in my spare time between writing music with Soft Wounds, and all the other things that life brings my way. If even a few people appreciate it and want to download the music I am releasing, that's all I could hope for! So far with the first two tracks (‘Melt’ and ‘Same Lines), there has been a good response and I have been having songs downloaded pretty regularly, which to me is a win! The songs released to date are just a taste of what’s to come, so if you like what you hear, there's more on the way!

Q. How was the process of creating 'Unfold"?
With Slowly, I am releasing ‘Unfold’ one song at a time, in real-time…so the creative process for the album is ongoing! As each new song is written and recorded in my home studio, I release it through the Slowly bandcamp (for free) and then start working on the next song. It’s fun doing it this way, because even I don’t know how many songs the album will have when I am done (or if I will ever be done), and the previous songs always inform how the next song(s) might sound. I like that the digital format has allowed me to release an album that can change/evolve over time, and I like that is not super defined, allowing me to explore different directions as I release and write new songs. I also like that people can enjoy the previous songs I have written without having to wait for a whole album to be finished. I like the idea that people who are into Slowly can sort of be in on my creative process and see how it works as I write music. I have been in a lot of bands before, but I have never done it this way, I usually write a bunch of songs, recorded them, and release them all at once. I am excited to try out this new method of releasing an album.

As far as recording for Slowly, I work on the songs at home in my basement studio with my cat watching me...she seems to have a good time, so to me that is all that matters. I don’t have the most elaborate recording setup, but it works for me. The only thing that I don’t do myself is mastering, my friend Tom does that part fort me.

Q. What are the main differences between Slowly and Soft Wounds?
I guess the biggest difference is in Slowly is that it’s all me. Soft Wounds is a full band, and even though I write the basis for most of the songs, having the rest of the band collaborate will influence and greatly help to shape the final version of a song. With Slowly, it’s all me…I liked the challenge of seeing if I could write every part (guitar, bass, drums and vocals), record it on my own and do all of the artwork, photos, etc, myself…so far, I am happy with the results! Also, Slowly songs are allowing me to explore some of more post-rock and slowcore influences, but still with a creamy shoegaze center.

Q. What were the influences for Slowly?
I am influenced by a lot of bands/musicians (too many to name)…for this project, genre-wise it’s a lot of shoegaze, noise rock, post rock, indie rock, 90’s slacker rock, slowcore…even a little sludge/doom stuff, I am throwing them all in a pot, stirring and seeing what comes out…hopefully people think it tastes good! :)

Q. What are your plans for 2016?
Soft Wounds (http://softwounds.bandcamp.com) is currently working on some new material, and we hope to record a full album within the next year. With ‘Slowly’, I hope to release a new song every month…so check back athttp://slowlymusic.bandcamp.com often to hear/download the new additions to the album as they are released! :)

Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk about this project, and thank you for all you do to showcase great new music!

segunda-feira, 29 de agosto de 2016

Miranda with Fawns of Love - An Interview

Simplesmente mágico, deslumbrante e belo, e mais um série de adjetivos que soariam repetitivos serviriam para engrandecer o quão soberbo é o single de estreia do duo Fawns of Love.

Formado por ex membros de outro bela banda chamada Funeral Club, o Fawns of Love criou duas preciosidades em formas sonoras, "Miranda" e "Girls" evocam claramente Cocteau Twins e Julie Cruise e não podemos esquecer da musa Kate Bush.

Por estas referências já daria para todos abrirem um sorriso de ponta a ponta, mas o Fawns of Love foi além, trouxe para os dias atuais aquela aura dos misteriosos tempos do auge da 4AD.

Se por acaso você ainda não conhece, não perca mais tempo, o Fawns of Love poderá se tornar sua banda predileta neste momento.

***** Interview with Fawns of Love *****


Q. When did Fawns of Love start? Tell us about the history...
Jenny: You can answer this one Joseph.

Joseph: Jenny and I have been married for twelve years and have been performing music together for fifteen years releasing music and touring as Funeral Club (RCRD LBL, I Had An Accident Records, Pale Noir Records) and Peppermint Kisses (FMT Recordings, Plastiq Musiq). In 2013 we went on hiatus while Jenny attended graduate school and earned her MA in history. Fawns of Love began in the summer of 2016 while we were on break from teaching.

Q: Who are your influences?
Jenny: Russell Mael of the Sparks. He has a pretty voice, a pretty face, a fantastic wardrobe, the best dance moves, a twinkle in his eye, and really really great hair.

Joseph: Cocteau Twins, The Smiths, Slowdive, Julee Cruise, and Kate Bush.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
We decided that we would each pick two and then pick one together.

Jenny: Sparks – Exotic Creatures of the Deep (2008) and Sparks – Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins (1994)

Joseph: Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll (1988) and The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead (1986)

Jenny & Joseph: Kate Bush – Hounds of Love (1985)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Jenny: I feel inspired to dance but I always get off rhythm.

Joseph: I love playing live. We use a vintage reel to reel to play our backing tracks (drums, bass, synths) and I play a tenor electric guitar.

Q. How do you describe Fawns of Love sounds?
Jenny & Joseph: A loud whisper.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Jenny: Hmmm. I like improvising until I find a melody and lyrics that work.

Joseph: We live in a brownstone and write all of our songs in our sitting room. I write all of our songs in the following progression: Drum loop, rhythm guitar, bass, lead guitar, and then synthesizers. I love to drench our music with plate and cathedral reverb and lots of delay.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Jenny: We just opened up for CJ Boyd (Joyful Noise Recordings) and he was amazing.

Joseph: I recommend checking out CJ Boyd, Minor Victories, The Capsouls, Blue Blue Youth, Goodnight Star, and Sound of Ceres.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Jenny: “Let’s Go Surfing” by the Sparks, because the name of the song sounds like it is going to be fun but it is a very melancholy dance song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Jenny & Joseph: We are currently working on our debut full-length record, booking shows, and planning a summer 2017 tour.

Q: Any parting words?
Jenny: I love you Russell Mael (you never know he might have a Google Alert on himself).

Joseph: Thank you for the interview.


Belly with Blondestar - An Interview

Talvez um dos poucos e raros locais onde uma banda sem nenhum registro, apenas uma única demo tem espaço e pode sim expor suas ideias, esse lugar é o TBTCI. Arrogância? Talvez, mas até que me provem o contrário assim permanecerá.

Agora é vez e hora do quinteto Blondestar, diretamente de Houston e já pela sua primeira canção, "Belly" já fica basicamente claro qual é a deles, imagine o Blondie colidindo com o Cranes, essa é a impressão que se tem ouvindo essa pequena pérola.

Daquelas bandas que dá pra sentir que, o que virá pela frente valerá ouro. Por favor Blondestar não demore, precisamos de mais, muito mais.

***** Interview with Blondestar *****

Q. When did Blondestar start? Tell us about the history...
In spring 2015 Kyle approached Lance with some instrumental recordings he had made and they kind of developed them, and through Lance we demo'ed the songs to Sabra because we loved her voice so much. Through Sabra we met Robbie our second guitarist, and during the recording process in Feb 2016 Robbie brought in our beloved drummer Zach.

Q: Who are your influences?
We all come from a variety of different backgrounds, which we think gives us a unique sound. Song writing wise, Radiohead comes to mind. Cocteau Twins and Cranes also come to mind. But we're also influenced rhythmically by heavy bass and drum bands like Spoon and David Bazan. At the end of the day, we're like any other band; just trying to blend all of our favorite sounds into something new but familiar. And, of course, catchy. Always catchy.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Radiohead - OK Computer
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Deerhunter - Microcastles
Cranes - Loved
Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Like rock stars, of course.

Q. How do you describe Blondestar sounds?
We like to think of ourselves as a blend of dreamy, shoegazey, 90's nostalgia rock. Is that a section at Cactus Records?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded demos on our own, but we're trying to put together our first album currently with John Griffin at Sugar Hill Studios.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We're all into a lot of different stuff right now. We're currently obsessed with Frankie Cosmos, Tony Castles, and Ringo Deathstarr's new album is stuck in our collective heads. As far as local acts, we're all about Rose Ette.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Cranes or Radiohead

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We just want to keep playing music together and put out as many new songs as we can.

Q: Any parting words?


domingo, 28 de agosto de 2016

Haven Calls with Lilith Cage - An Interview

A primeira impressão que se tem ouvindo os eslovenos do Lilith Cage é de certa estranheza, principalmente na angustiante "Revolutions", um pós punk épico, que estranhamente remete a Current 93 e Slowdive simultaneamente e daí realmente não é para qualquer ouvido, na sequência vem "Heart Beat" com um andamento gélido que por vezes remete a Siouxsie e Cranes.

Uma banda que certamente não agradará a todos os ouvidos o que deixa o TBTCI deveras contente, porque música boa e de qualidade como a que o Lilith Cage faz não merece estar a merce de todo e qualquer indiezinho.

Que venha o registro oficial do Lilith Cage.

***** Interview with Lilith Cage *****

Q. When did Lilith Cage start? Tell us about the history...
Matjaž Pegam – drums: Lilith Cage started quite some time ago as a kind of ideas and experiences discusion between me and Vili (guitar).

We started our frienship at the begining of 80 in a punk band, wich last just two or three years. After that period I started new band (kind of x-over between rock/funk/metal) caled Demolition Group, produced 10+ CD's, perform a lot of gigs all over south Europe, still active in Slovenia….

At certain period in 80's I'was as a drummer with Laibach as well ( SLO art-band)

At the same time Vili started his endless process of experimenting with electronics, diferent guitar setups, loops, and latter on with diferent computer programs, platforms etc….

Frankly speeking, that was also part of my interest too. So inspite the fact, we didn't play in band together, we had quite intensive discusion based relationship, wich resulted first in my solo project – Sinntetic Liquid and soon after that Vili's solo WiGi project.

After our solo adwentures the idea to materialized our common pasion again resulted in story caled Lilith Cage.

Lili Žigo – vocal: I sing in many cover bands, years ago. Also I `ve made a lot o recordings. I waited to find a right person to work with. Right sound and music. Hopefully I meet Vili and we are »the perfect pair« to make our own music.

Vili Domijan – guitar: I started a collaboration with Lili, the vocalist, in 2016 and we made some material and look around for guys to create a bend. Lili find a bass player, Zoran, and I obviously think about Matjaž, the drummer.

Q: Who are your influences?
Matjaž – drums: In principle we are influenced by a lot of things from our surrounding – from historical, social, political …all a way to educational, emotional, personal inerest…

Speaking about music influences in my very begining beside strong punk and ska mowement I'was impresed or better almost shocked with Bowie's Scary Monsters, Remain in Light from Talking heads,

Grace Jones – Nightclubing…as well as with Material, Ministry, Lard…Yelo, Masive Atack…

Vili – guitar: I was influenced also with The Clash, The Cure, Joy Division and many others in this years..also I like to experimenting a lot...

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Remain in Light (Talking Heads),
London Calling (The Clash),
Disintegration (The Cure),
Scary Monsters (Bowie),
My life in the bush of ghosts (Eno&Byrne)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Matjaž – drums: Playing drums live in the band is the best thing on the world….

Vili – guitar: Also playing guitar, ha ha h a........

Q. How do you describe Lilith Cage sounds?
Matjaž – drums: Lilith Cage is the most sugesstive vocal on the flying carpet of Vili's guitar. Me and Zoran we are only moving air an making waves to frame Vili not to go to far…

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Matjaž – drums: Usualy Vili generate the idea on his bunch of sound toys in his virtual universe.

After that Lili puts the lirics on his »flying carpet« (I like that expresion).

That's the basic for the transformation of the music track to the real world of drums/bass/guitar…After certain cycling/looping/transforming/sculpturing/polishing process we are ready for real…

By me it is a very common rock band aproach.

Recording is just a matter of technical or if you like financial resources or cappabilities…

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Matjaž – drums: On my i'pod (in shufle mode) there is a lot of old music from Doors, Jeferson, The The, Ministry…to Muse, Black Keys, Nick Cave…Leonard Cohen, Michael Kiwanuka, Vandermark…a lot of various music.

To have a lot of choice it is one of good thing of todays info sharing society. The most important thing is about right and cosintent cryteria and the right atitude in realtion to the information and environment.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Matjaž – drums, Vili - guitar,  We are not the type of cover musician. We realy enyoy playing our music.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Matjaž Pegam – Drums: It is very simple… record our first album an play as much concerts as possible…and enjoy playing every single gig…

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks again

This Is Real with Moiss - An Interview

Quando é dado o play na página do soundcloud do Moiss, banda da Indonésia é basicamente um tapa na orelha convidado você a retornar aos 90´s.

Guitarradas, vocalização desleixadamente preguiçosa e aquele elixir nostálgico vem a tona. Não que os caras soem exatamente como um Dinosaur Jr ou similar, ao contrário, eles tem um pézinho nos dias atuais, mas é inegável que o combustível do Moiss é sim os anos noventa.

E qual o problema? O TBTCI não vê nenhum, e se por ventura você discordar, o problema é seu, não meu.

Vida longa ao Moiss.

***** Interview with Moiss *****

Q. When did Moiss start? Tell us about the history...
A: Moiss (formerly known as Moist) is an Indie Rock/Shoegaze band from Semarang, Indonesia. The band formed on May 13, 2012, with the formation remains Much. Rifqi (Guitar, Vocal), Krishna Nur P (Bass), Hari Candra (drums).

So far Moiss has released a single titled 'Sign' at the end of 2012 and the single was also included in the compilation 'Lasting Fun, Forever Young' (Indonesian indie pop scene Vol.2) which in initiated by SEA INDIE (Record Label Non-Commercial from Bangkok - Thailand). And on the 29th of September, 2013, Moiss has released the single for upcoming titled 'Sink' from EP album 'Sensitive' and and has been released on 31 january 2014.

On September 28, 2014, our lovely bassist, Krishna Nur Pribadi , he died in a accident . A year later after the departure of our bassist, On 28 September 2015. We released the double single, ' Through The Dawn ' and ' Blue ' from our EP Sensitive. And now, the position of bass taken over by Muh. Irsyad (Bassist Of Warehouse).

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Music of Moiss much influenced by alternative rock, noise rock, dream pop, shoegaze, Grunge rock, Indie rock band, that emerged in the mid-'80s such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana and My Bloody Valentine.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: The Horrors - Skying,
Nirvana - Bleach,
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: beyond our expectations btw hahaha just like you inviting us for this interview lol

Q. How do you describe Moiss sounds?
A: i don't know, until now we can't describe our music.Our music just happen, we're just make music not to try to be cool, but to be real hahaha

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: we are quite the perfectionist in making songs .Like, you know. its like you love your band :D

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?

ps: You must hear my band recommendation from Indonesia, so heavenly underratted. trust me :D

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: Slowdive - Alison

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: make our 3rd EP (still processed) and next year we want full album! And maybe tour in across nation on asia first :D

Q: Any parting words?
A: Dont believe the hype, make your own hype :D

Twitter: https://twitter.com/moissband
Blogspot : http://moissband.blogspot.com/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/moissband/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moissband
Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/moissband

sábado, 27 de agosto de 2016

Cooler Coast with Castles - An Interview

Quer uma boa e deliciosa trilha sonora para um dia como hoje, um sábado ensolarado, propício para curtir a cidade, passear e se divertir sem se preocupar com os problemas do dia a dia? Algo melodioso, com um clima californiano remetendo aos Beach Boys e aquele clima sonhador para embalar os apaixonados, bem, o TBTCI separou algo especial para este momento, o quarteto de Portland, Castles e seu debute homônimo.

Uma receita com todos os ingredientes citados acima envolto a um clima de romantismo latente.

Deliciem-se e esqueçam os problemas com o Castles.

***** Interview with Castles *****

Q. When did Castles start? Tell us about the history...
Tom Wortman and I started collaborating in 2012, playing nothing but distortion-heavy songs, me on rhythm/vocals and him on drums... he had to drive a distance to my parents' house where I was living at the time, which was brutal! Despite Tom's awesome fills, my folk-like rhythm wasn't accomplishing much instrumentally. In 2014, we found Eric Wenzel and got the catchy, melodious lead guitarist we'd been wanting, and put some nuance into our playing, ditching the excess fuzz. Bassist Adrian Swindells joined us soon after, adding some excellent groove and structural direction to our songs. At that point we were actually 'CASTLES', with all of us sculpting every song together and finding a sound that felt natural to us.

Q: Who are your influences?
I like a lot of goofy-but-amazing styles: Disasteradio, Sonny and the Sunsets, Deerhoof, Animal Collective. On the mellow side of things where my emotions are at half the time: Seapony, Sparklehorse, Toro y Moi, Dent May, Beach Boys. On the alternative side, Smashing Pumpkins and The Flaming Lips have been huge for me over the years. And lyrically, Joanna Newsom is kind of the holy grail, along with The Magnetic Fields. Vocals that do their own thing are the best.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The best I can do is '5 personal favorites'; factoring in popularity or hype would be a nightmare to me:
Animal Collective - Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished (weirder than Merriweather)
The Flaming Lips - Clouds Taste Metallic (an absurd number of classics)
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (just ignore a few of the angsty songs)
Fleet Foxes - self-titled (the melodies are near perfect)
Joanna Newsom - Ys (a complete and utter epic)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I'm usually reinvigorated by the idea that the crowd's hearing the songs for the first time, it lets me hear everything totally fresh. It really feels like I'm doing something I want to do, which is rare.

Q. How do you describe Castles sounds?
Melancholically happy, or maybe bittersweet. The melodies are somehow powered by nostalgia to me, they invoke the same kind of feeling as remembering something wonderful. The genre is kind of secondary to that in my mind, but dream pop, shoegaze, and psychedelia are pretty fitting descriptions.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
For 5 or 6 full weekends, we drove a couple hours to Robotboy Records in Eugene, recorded and mixed until all our brainpower was spent, then came back to Portland. There was a lot of greasy food, Marble Madness (a band pastime), and tossing around of ideas. We tried to nail our live sound without adding too many bells and whistles, and we cut out a fair amount of material to find something cohesive. Although we definitely weren't striving for perfection, we had to do a lot of fine-tuning to get it sounding stellar for each one of us individually.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Swim Mountain, Onuinu, Slime Girls, all fun stuff.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
The Shaggs. I feel like with the right arrangements, more people would understand that they actually had some awesome melodies and ideas, and aren't just enjoyed ironically!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're constantly working on new songs and trying to hone in on the sound for our next EP or LP; there's probably going to be a bit of psychedelia, some spacey doo-wop, maybe this one song that's fairly disturbing... we're still figuring out the kind of themes we want. The next release will be even better!

Q: Any parting words?
Everyone do something you love ASAP! And check us out on facebook as we tour: https://www.facebook.com/castlespdx


sexta-feira, 26 de agosto de 2016

Here To Fade with Tape Waves - An Interview

Simplesmente um dos discos mais deliciosamente envolventes, viciantes e grudentos não somente deste ano mais dos últimos tempos. 

Este é "Here To Fade" do duo Tape Waves. Jarod Weldin e Kim Hart Weldin gravam, compõem e fazem todo o processo criativo dentro de casa. O que chega a ser um verdadeiro tapa na cara com luva de pelica aos que pregam que o conceito lo-fi deve ser mal gravado ou algo do gênero, o Tape Waves ao contrário, produziu um disco límpido, cristalino e que flui graciosamente como se tivesse sido concebido em um grande estúdio.

Faça um favor a você mesmo, esqueça todos os seus problemas e experimente o sabor da música do Tape Waves, certamente sua mente agradecerá.

***** Interview with Tape Waves *****

Q. When did Tape Waves start? Tell us about the history...
Jarod: Kim and I started playing music together as Tape Waves in 2013. Since then we’ve released two seven inch records and two full length records.

Q: Who are your influences?
Jarod: Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine, Seapony, a lot more bands.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Jarod: This would probably change drastically depending on which day you asked me.
Ramones - S/T
Descendents - Somery
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Replacements - Let It Be

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Jarod: Generally we feel like “Why are we doing this again? We could be at home eating pizza and watching Law & Order.”

Q. How do you describe Tape Waves sounds?
Jarod: I guess I would say we're a dream pop band, or an indie pop band.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Jarod: We have recorded all of our songs ourselves at home, which has it’s pros and cons. It can be a painstaking process because we have to work around our schedules, so it takes awhile. There’s usually a point during the recording of each record where I feel like scrapping the entire thing, then at a certain point it starts to come together. The positive aspect of recording and mixing everything ourselves is that we have complete control of how it sounds. We can take as long as we need, listen to the songs and go back and add more layers without running up a huge studio bill.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Jarod: I don’t hear new bands that often. I just heard a band called Young Scum from Richmond. I think they might be a new band, maybe not. They’re new to me anyway. I think that’s a great band name, the songs are really great too.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Jarod: I’d love to do a few Yo La Tengo covers. They are one of our favorite bands and biggest influences and we haven’t covered them yet.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Jarod: We’re going to do a west coast tour in January and we’ll probably write and record more songs.

Q: Any parting words?
Jarod: Check our new record Here To Fade here: https://tapewaves.bandcamp.com/album/here-to-fade



Drive with Daydreams - Video

Resumindament o Daydreams é/já virou sócio aqui do TBTCI, vire e mexe Daniel Crook e seus comparsas dão as caras aqui nas páginas do TBTCI.

Dessa vez, o Daydreams aparece por conta do vídeo da viciante "Drive", e como não poderia deixar de ser o TBTCI foi trocar uma rápida ideia com Dan pra saber qual é/foi a do vídeo.

Dê play e entenda o porque. Áh, só um detalhe, Daydreams é pra ouvir alto.

*****"Drive" by Daydreams*****

Q. How was in the process of creating "Drive"´s video ? What´s the concept?

My brother (who directed the video) and I wanted to do something fun to match the energy of "Drive" - so we quickly decided on framing the video around this hangout session between me and this guy, Swirly. The hardest part was convincing Swirly as he is a really busy dude, but once we got him to do the video - everything fell into place pretty easily.


Beyond and Before with Echos & Dust - An Interview

Alan Dyer já esta no submundo dos bons sons compondo suas histórias em forma de melodias mesclando Byrds, Felt, dreampop e shoegaze, tudo em tons ensolarados e encantadores há mais de vinte e cinco anos e como Alan mesmo coloca, agora deu um passo adiante dando forma aos seus devaneios em formato banda.

Echos & Dust é Alan, Alex Stott, Charles Maxey e Richard Chung, que ainda sem nem registro, digamos, oficialmente lançado, é possível contemplar toda a beleza das canções do Echos & Dust na página deles no Soundcloud.

Desacelere um pouco do caos dos dias de hoje e dê uma trégua a sua mente com o Echos &¨Dust

***** Interview with Echos & Dust *****

Q. When did Echos & Dust start? Tell us about the history...
Echos and Dust is a new name for my personal project, going back well over 25 years, but now I've finally stepped forward and turned it into an actual band, adding Alex Stott on guitar, Charles Maxey on drums, both of whom I met through a mutual friend on FB, and Richard "Simon P" Chung on bass, who I've played with in a variety of groups and projects going back almost 30 years. The idea is to not only write new songs, but to also resurrect songs going back as far as the early 90's. One big factor in doing this now is that, after about 25 years, I've finally started writing lyrics again, and have committed myself to being a lead singer for the first time, so the older songs are finally getting that finishing touch. For the most part, though, it's just been me toiling away on my own with a variety of instruments and recording gear, a Tascam four-track in the late 80's and 90's, followed by a Roland digital workstation in the late 90's and then on to Cubase in the early 2000's and Protools in 2005, with the most productive era being between about 88-96, before marriage, kids and owning my own rehearsal/recording facility.

Q: Who are your influences?
That could turn into quite a list, but I would say The Velvet Underground and The Byrds would be a good starting point. That being said, I would have to credit Cocteau Twins and Joy Division/early New Order as the biggest influences of my formative years, not only as a song writer and guitarist, but also as a bass player, keyboardist and drummer/drum programmer, with bands such as Felt, Galaxie 500, House of Love, The Church, and a bit later, Pale Saints and Ride not far behind.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Cocteau Twins "Treasure"
Radiohead "The Bends"
Felt "Absolute Classic Masterpieces"
Joy Division "Closer"
Ride "Nowhere"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
As someone who's always come to playing more for the sake of creating than with the intent of mastering an instrument, I've mostly been a little nervous in live situations, although, there have been some brief periods where I was giging enough, with other bands, to start feeling a bit more confident. I'm hoping to bring this project to that point of confidence and to really put on a show.

Q. How do you describe Echos & Dust sounds?
I guess I would call it atmospheric or ethereal pop, at least that's what I would tell people not familiar with the terms Dream Pop or Shoegaze. We definitely have a sense of traditional pop structure, probably to a fault, but within that, I'm trying to find ways to blend and transition parts so they don't feel too obvious. That leads to lots of layering, I'm very much into the Phil Spector "Wall of Sound" concept, lots of doubling of parts.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
In the early days I would tend to record ideas into my ghetto blaster until I had a basic idea of what I wanted and then program a basic drum beat and record it to four-track. As I got into digital recording, I got more into recording various bits and pieces and then arranging by copy and paste. In late 2004, I opened a studio and started recording bands, so at that point I got into actual full band recordings, some live, but most often laying down basics, drums, bass and scratch guitar, and then doing overdubs. That tends to be my preferred method and will most likely be how our upcoming recordings will be done, with maybe a little rearranging after the fact, and layering, lots of layering!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I can't say there is anything extremely current that I'm into, but of bands that are currently active, and don't go too far back, I would have to say Tame Impala and Beach House are at the top of my list, and Minor Victories sounds pretty cool, but I haven't gotten around to picking it up yet. I would also recommend my friend Craig Douglas's band, Omega Vague, and my friend Dee Kay's band, Posh Decay.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Well, I've done a VU cover, "Candy Says", and we've also worked on "I'm Set Free" in rehearsals. I never have cared much about playing other people's music, but I've become a bit more open to it as of late. Perhaps something by The Byrds or Syd Barrett, or maybe even Nick Drake.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Just pushing as hard as I can to see this through to the point that I feel something has been accomplished. I'm hoping to, at the least, get some of these songs released, wether it be through an independent label or just a self funded release, perhaps a run of vinyl, just something to show for all my years of work, I'm not getting any younger!

Q: Any parting words?
In the words of Charles Bukowski (or was it Kinky Friedman?), "Find what you love and let it kill you."


quarta-feira, 24 de agosto de 2016

Bury Me with Actors - An Interview

Jason Corbett ou se você preferir Actors é já um daqueles sócios de carteirinha aqui do TBTCI.

E o Actors retorna as páginas do TBTCI por conta de seu mais nome single "Bury Me/Crosses". Dois poderosos exercícios de pós punk/darkwave com os dois pés enfincados na cold wave e feito especialmente para dançar em porões escuros como nos velhos tempos.

Escute alto em todos os sentidos.

***** Interview with Actors *****

Q. Hello Jason, first congratulations on the new release, it's really brilliant, what is your analysis after conclusion of release?
Thank you! It's too early to tell... haha

Q. Are you happy with the result?
Yes. When I played the final mix for the band we were all smiling. It explores new sonic territory but is still makes sense for us. And why not have a little variety? That's what's so great about releasing singles.

Q. How was the process of creating 'Bury Me"?
I definitely started with the beat and the bass line. Everything built up around that. I sat on this one for a while before the chorus lyrics came to me. Sometimes I'll just hit record, start singing, and the lyrics present themselves. That's how the words "bury me" happened... thats when I knew the song would work.

Q. What are the main differences between Bury Me and previous releases?
Its less steeped in post-punk and new wave. There's elements of that in the guitar parts but I'm using the tag "death-disco" for this song. What were the influences for creating the new release? I took a step outside of my regular influences production-wise. I love artists like Soulwax and Vitalic etc... so I wanted to incorporate more of that four on the floor pumping side chain sound. The lyrics are still dark so things don't get TOO happy!

Q. What are your plans for 2016?
I've been busy producing and mixing at my studio Jacknife Sound here in Vancouver. There's fantastic new releases coming out from some very talented artists I've had the pleasure of working with recently... Sex With Strangers, Art d'Ecco, Gang Signs, MARY, Ultrviolence, and more; I've recently joined the band Red Vienna on guitar, their recent album 'The Book of Hours' is brilliant; AND there's more ACTORS on the way soon!


Imago with Lost Film - An Interview

Ah, o guitar pop perfeito,

Desde os primórdios, leia-se por exemplo, Big Star, passando pelas bandas da class of 86, muito também do que foi concebido pela Sarah Records e chegando a expoentes da atualidade como WIld Nothing são as conexões imediatas que ao ouvir o inglês Lost Film vem a mente.

Pitadas de Yo La Tengo também aparecem aqui e acolá, principalmente no decorrer do sedutor e romântico "Imago" primeiro álbum do Lost Fil,m, isso sem contar nos últimos singles "As You Were" e "Silver Keys".

Altamente recomendado para se escutar bem acompanhado.

***** Interview with Lost Film *****

Q. When did Lost Film start? Tell us about the history...
This project started pretty much as a continuation of Orca Orca which was a band that I started in Boston around 2012. I moved out of Boston in 2014 to Western Massachusetts and decided to change the name.

Q: Who are your influences?
early 00's Pacific Northwest indie rock - Pedro the Lion, Built to Spill, DCFC, Rilo Kiley, Ryan Adams

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I don't really have a solidified list but off the top of my head I'd probably go with
Ryan Adams - Love is Hell
Rilo Kiley - Execution of All Things
Death Cab - Photo Album
Pedro the Lion - Hard to Find a Friend
Owen - I do perceive

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I really enjoy playing live though I don't do it as much as I'd like. The live band all lives about 2 hrs apart from each other so it makes it difficult to do one off shows but we try and get out a few times a year. since we don't practice all that much, the live shows don't feel stale at all and it's really fun that way.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Each recording is pretty different. Most of the time I'll record everything at home with my minimal recording set up and a drum machine. Other times we'll set aside time and go into a studio and try and get a bigger sound. I always prefer doing things at home alone and in as few takes as possible. I think every song I've ever put out has had at least one audible mistake in it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I have a hard time keeping up with what bands are new but recent records I really like are from Pinegrove, David Bazan, TW Walsh, Bent Shapes, Stove, Porches, Clique

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Cover songs are only really interesting when the band is way different than the original or if the song is at least 20 years old. I'd probably wanna cover a Drake song or an old country song by Buck Owens or something

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I keep feeling like I'm nearing the end of putting out music but I still have a lot of material I'd like to finish. I'll always make music but having done so since I was 15, I'd like to move on to something else. I'd like to put out 1 more full length album and then start focusing on something else like making films or painting.


terça-feira, 23 de agosto de 2016

Drawn Out Days with Black Nite Crash - An Interview

Simplesmente uma das prediletas aqui do TBTCI aterriza por aqui depois de um longo tempo, e história deles poderá ser dissecada por eles mesmos, afinal o Black Nite Crash esta na ativa desde de 2002, com três álbuns absolutamente indispensáveis em qualquer coleção que se preze, "Array" de 2008, o split com o Sky Parade de 2010 e talvez seu mais poderoso e intenso trabalho, "Drawn Out Days" de 2012 mais um série de EPs.

Jim Biggs, Jasun Hadaway, Randall Morgan, Izzy Dickey e Scott Kennedy formam esta que como coloquei é uma das prediletas da casa.

Gosto de pensar que o Black Nite Crash é o elo perdido entre o Love & Rockets, J&MC e Primal Scream, dançante, ruidoso e sensual, tudo no lugar correto sem exageros ou afetações.

Se por um desvio qualquer você não conhece o Black Nite Crash, faça um favor agora a você mesmo, dê play em "Drawn Out Days" e escute no volume máximo.

Simplesmente acima.

***** Interview with Black Nite Crash *****

Q. When did Black Nite Crash start? Tell us about the history...
The short version: Seattle-based, established 2002. Since then 23 different band members in 24 different line ups all making roughly the same brand of fuzzy pop. Two albums, a couple of EPs (one split with Sky Parade), a split seven inch (with The Tamborines) with much more music coming soon.

The slightly less short version: The band originally came together as a four piece (Me-Jim Biggs-on guitar/Don Brewer on bass/Jen Hill on keys/Marcel Feldmar on drums) back in 2002 after running ads in the local alternative weekly. I had just come out of a frustrating series of collaborations that started as a milquetoast-y Radiohead/Brit Poppy hybrid band and morphed into something else over the course of a couple of years with several personnel changes and the de rigueur band drama that comes with them. After that reached its acrimonious end, I was thinking about giving up music entirely, but was inspired to give it all another shot by a chance interview I assisted on with Steve Kilbey of the Church for an old e-zine and my attendance at a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club show that happened the same week. I decided I loved music too much to quit, but decided I was going to do something simple, straightforward and fun, inspired by the stuff that I truly loved (The Stooges, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, etc.) instead of more indie flavor-of-the-month claptrap constructed out of jazz chords and perpetual misery. Within a few months I had a semi-stable lineup and we were on our way!

We played our first shows in December of 2002, they were the first Shoegazer’s Balls put on by Reverb Records at the Crocodile Café in Seattle and the Fez Ballroom in Portland. They consisted of a bunch of bands from Portland and Seattle doing short four song sets including three shoegaze covers and one original. We did Adorable’s “Homeboy,” Spacemen 3’s “Take Me to the Other Side” and My Bloody Valentine’s “Slow” along with our own Jesus and Mary Chain indebted original, “See Her Tonight.” By February of 2003 we had added a second guitar player (Joel Bergstrom, now of the excellent Vibragun) and started playing the local Seattle circuit fairly regularly. We got some good shows, got some notice in the local papers, got some radio play, cut an EP (that didn’t really work out) and made some personnel changes (replacing our keyboard player first, then our bassist, then getting rid of keyboards altogether). Within a year we (Joel, Marcel, and I with our new bassist Larry Brady) went to work on our first album. We ended up working with Erik Blood (producer for Shabazz Palaces and a stellar artist in his own right) initially and then Dave Hillis (engineer for Afghan Whigs, Pearl Jam and others, formerly of Thee Heavenly Music Association) getting about a dozen tracks down… and then it all kind of fell apart. Our bassist quit, our drummer moved, and our other guitar player decided he needed a break. So we took a year plus hiatus during which the album hung in limbo. Somewhere during the time in between one of our songs made it on to Northern Star Records first Psychedelica compilation alongside the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Silver Apples, and the Black Angels, among others, which was no small victory for us.

Joel and I decided to regroup in 2006, found a new rhythm section (Randall Morgan on drums and Jaime Clapper on bass), added a keyboardist (Heather Taylor) and finished up that first album to take on the road after its release by Custom Made Records. After a few short tours and a couple of years with minimal lineup changes we started work on a second album with Matt Brown (Trespassers William), during which time it all sort of fell apart again. Jaime became Michael Tyler who became Jasun Hadaway on bass, Joel decided after we finished recording album number two that he needed to do his own thing (and started the aforementioned Vibragun) and Heather moved on to greener pastures. Scott Kennedy (who was playing in Erik Blood’s band and now plays with Kingdom of the Holy Sun, as well) stepped into the second guitar/co-writer role and Izzy Dickey jumped on as our keyboardist, adding additional vocals and percussion to the mix, which has led to our longest lived lineup to date, over 4 years together now.

Over the last 14 years we’ve shared stages with a pretty diverse group of talented folks (including Spectrum, Adam Franklin, Longwave, Art Brut, Black Ryder, Asteroid #4, Editors, Helio Sequence, LSD and the Search for God, Kid Congo Powers, Ringo Deathstarr, Singapore Sling, and The Telescopes as well as many, many others), placed music in films and video games, and generally had a good time creating our particular brand of melodious fuzz, which really has not changed much in spite of the varying personnel involved… We’re getting ready to release our third album later this year, with another one nearly done and production about to start on an EP as well. Hopefully it doesn’t all fall apart this time.

Q: Who are your influences?
Wveryone and everything. Our most obvious influences are the classic shoegazers and proto-shoegazers (Ride, My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Spacemen 3) mixed with some post-punk (Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen) and some more classic stuff (The Stooges, Velvet Underground) . That being said, almost everything I hear, and certainly everything I love (which includes old punk and rap, as well as minimalists in the vein of Philip Glass and even top 40 radio hits) informs what I do. Everyone in the band brings their own vibe (and musical baggage), too. We all come from different places (none of us are actually from Seattle) and have fairly diverse backgrounds so there are a lot of different flavors cooked into our stew.

Just one example, the lead track on our second album (Drawn Out Days) is a song called “Baby It’s You.” The song “Girl” by Suicide is a fairly obvious antecedent; the bass lines are very similar. Originally, though, when I got the idea for the song I was standing in the shower thinking about the vague similarities between an old song by our friends Kinski called “Floundering and Fluctuating” and “Found Love” by Pete Bassman and Rosco’s post-Spacemen 3 project The Darkside (because that is the kind of thing I think about in the shower). I was sort of humming both of them back and forth to myself in the shower one morning and then somehow connected the style of verse chording to the pattern used in the chorus of “Don’t Ask Me Why” by Billy Joel, of all things. I got out of the shower and started to put a song together with a droning verse change based around that style. When I started to play a bass line that fit, the Suicide connection became apparent, but then when I worked up the chorus and bridge changes I actually started to get a House of Love vibe and kind of emulated Guy Chadwick a bit in the vocal. When I started to nail down the lyrics, I got to thinking about how the Pixies would do set lists in alphabetical order and thought about other times I’ve heard of bands turning songs into something like a game or an exercise, so for the rhyme scheme I decided to build each couplet around a different vowel sound: six couplets, six vowels (when you include ‘y’). So, very simple song with several different things feeding it from multiple directions…

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Five?!?!? I only get five?!?!

The top 10 or fifteen probably shuffle and re-shuffle all of the time, but at the moment I’ll go with:
Echo and the Bunnymen’s Heaven Up Here,
The Boo Radleys’ Giant Steps,
The Stone Roses’ The Stone Roses,
The House of Love’s The House of Love (Creation),
and Ride’s Nowhere

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Best part of ‘the job.’

Q. How do you describe Black Nite Crash sounds?
Reverb drenched fuzzy noise pop with a heart that breaks anew every single day.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
It is... Endless. Some are totally worked out and battle tested before we ever get to the studio, some are roughed out in the studio on the fly. After we get the rhythm tracks locked, we spend ages overdubbing and tweaking. It takes forever, mostly because we are perpetually broke and incapable of doing our own engineering. With an unlimited budget, I’d like to think we’d put out an album every 4 to 6 months… That being said, spending time in the studio is my second favorite part of the job.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
What is new? I discover stuff all the time; I’m always searching for good tunes. Sometimes I miss things for a few years before I hear about them. Over the last few years, the Cheatahs are probably favorite thing. There’s a bunch of newish (to me) stuff coming from Australia at the moment that I dig like City Calm Down, Morning Harvey, Flyying Colours and the Jezabels. The “supergroup” Minor Victories just put out a helluva album. I love September Girls and their off shoot thing Cruising. I just found out about The New Lines, but it seems like maybe they’re already done… Man of Moon seems promising. Locally here in the Pacific Northwest I’m digging Nostalgist, Jigsaw Puzzle Glue, and Tender Age among many others. There’s an artistically thriving scene in both Seattle and Portland at the moment.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We love playing covers. We just let loose an EP of Spacemen 3 covers on youtube. In our live set of late we’ve been doing everything from Echo and the Bunnymen (“Do It Clean”) and the Gun Club (“Sex Beat”) to the Beastie Boys (“Gratitude”) and the Damned (“New Rose”) and most recently we’ve been working up versions of the Ocean Blue’s “Between Something and Nothing” and “Shivers” by The Boys Next Door. We’ve been known to get a little weird with a Kraut-rock-y version of Salt n Pepa’s “Push It” and a mash-up of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” with the Monkees’ “Stepping Stone,” as well. I’ve always wanted to do The Church’s “Reptile,” but somehow never get around to it. The Church has long been my favorite band…

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’ll be releasing at least one new album by the end of the year. We have a second that needs a few tweaks and then that will drop as well. We also have some studio time booked through our label (Neon Sigh) to cut a few new songs for an EP. We’d like to hit the road again sometime soon, as well, but those plans are currently on hold while we finish up the recording part of things.

Q: Any parting words?
My personal credo taken from Love and Rockets’ “A Private Future”:
“Live the life you love, use a god you trust, and don’t take it all too seriously.”


Dream Dream Dream with Rural District - An Interview

Sem muitas informações, e com pouquíssimas palavras, sabe apenas que o Rural District é um duo japonês e tem em seu currículo um único trabalho, "Dream Dream Dream".

Ao contrário da maciça maioria das bandas japonesas que seguem a cartilha do Loveless, o Rural District experimenta muito mais, fazendo conexões com Deerhunter e o próprio MBV, o resultado é um trabalho que mescla ruidosos e sonhos em doses certeiras.

Uma coisa é certa, com o Rural District o importante é a música o restante fica em segundo plano.

***** Interview with Rural District *****

Q. When did Rural District start? Tell us about the history...
We started March 2016. We are two members. We released one album.

Q: Who are your influences?
Altnrnative,shoegazer,psychedelic,guitar rock and so on.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time
Deer hunter-micro castle
Radio head-OK computer
Animal collective-strawberry jam
Lotus plaza-spooky at a distance

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Exciting and dreamy.

Q. How do you describe Rural District sounds?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
On the computer. We sent and recieved our sounds by e-mail.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
the spooks(Japan)
なゆたのつぶて(nayutanotsubute)(Japan )

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We want to make sounds in our pace.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you. Please listen our sounds!

bandcamp: https://ruraldistrict.bandcamp.com
soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ruraldistrict69