domingo, 20 de novembro de 2016

The Midnight Slide with Rainboard - An Interview

Já faz um tempo que o Canadá tem espaço cativo nas páginas do TBTCI, vide Sianspheric, Femme Accident, Preoccupations, The Ludvico Treatment e outras tantas maravilhosas bandas, e agora é a vez do duo Rainboard e seu noise espacial aterrizarem por aqui.

Tom Reimer e Lyndon Schiewe conduzem o ataque denso, experimental e quebradiço que é "The Midnight Slide", o debute do Rainboard. Ecos de kraut, shoegaze, pós punk, tudo condensado, infestando os tímpanos sem deixar tempo para respirar.

Pena que "The Midnight Slide" é de 2014 e desde então o Rainboard não solta material novo, o que ao que parece, essa espera esta em vias de terminar.

Se você desconhece o Rainboard, eis o momento ideal para experimentar o barulho dos caras.

***** Interview with Rainboard *****

Q. When did Rainboard start Tell us about the history...
Tom - Rainboard started in 2013. We live in the same small town in British Columbia called Salmo. There are about 1200 people here. I moved to Salmo and saw Lyndon on Canada Day, July 1st. He was playing solo with backing tracks doing this space rock sort of thing and I knew I would play with him. Although it took about a year or so before we really decided to form a band. I had some songs and from then to now and here we are.

Lyndon - Well it's been over 4 years. It might be worthwhile to mention something to the effect of how we both have a history of doing this kind of music going back 20 years in scenes in the cities and ended up in Salmo.

Q: Who are your influences?
Tom - That is tough to say, German kraut rock from the sixties, Can, Cluster, Neu! . Of course My Blood Valentine had a big influence and Hawkwind too, but only the early stuff. The song writing Blond Redhead, especially the vocal style. I love a lot of thrash metal too.

Lyndon - It's hard to say what bands influence me or what my favorite albums are, but I know for me this band seems to be influenced by 80's post punk, 90's noise rock, vintage synth rock, experimental electronic, instrumental surf music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Tom -
Neu! - Neu!
Hawkwind - Hall of the Mountain Grill
Flower Traveling Band - Satori
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets

Lyndon - see last answer.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Tom - Rainboard is very much a live experience. We play regularly and all the songs recorded are played in verbatim live. Rainboard was based to be a live group. It's a very cathartic thing for us to play live. I love playing live and would do it everyday if I could.

Lyndon - Playing live is a lot of fun.

Q. How do you describe Rainboard sounds?
Tom - Rainboard sounds like large washy guitars with dynamic driving drums and written songs with subtle lyrics. There is an element of noise rock as well as a strong punk ethos but with a softer side.

Lyndon - The sound of Rainbard is big, powerful, upbeat, spacious, ambient, noisy, crashing, strange, hopeful.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Tom - The recording is very true to the live performance. We record ourselves. I do the mixing and mastering in my home studio. All the songs are crafted and prepared ahead of time so that in the studio we are comfortable and well rehearsed. We live in a very beautiful place. I like to think that is reflected in the recordings.

Lyndon - We record as live as possible. We do it ourselves at home with proper microphones but no fancy outboard gear.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Tom - There are quite a few. Shooting Guns, Preoccupations, Black Mountain, Perhaps not new, 'Elevator' is to me Canada's unsung psychedelic warriors. Sianspheric is a great space rock band from Hamilton. All these bands are Canadian.

Lyndon - Some new bands I like are one's I've seen or played with lately such as Dead Fibres, Exits, the Larch. Preoccupations are an amazing and successful band from western Canada.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Tom - We do a nice version of Harvest Moon by Neil Young. I try to stay away from covers usually. Perhaps something by 'No Means No' or 'The Stooges'

Lyndon - We could probably cover a full length Neil Young album in the style of Rainboard and it would work amazing.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Tom - Keep playing, we have another patch of songs that are coming along so recording another album right away here. Hopefully tour on a bigger basis to get our music in the ears as many people as possible.

Lyndon - Hopefully, Rainboard will continue to make and record music and play live. Playing live seems to have challenges these days, at least in this part of the world. There's been a loss of venues and it's doesn't always draw a lot of people. It would be good if it got really popular again.

Q: Any parting words?
Tom - Thanks for the interview. It would be great to get to Brasil and play for all the great people there. We are really enjoying ourselves and hope you like our music.