segunda-feira, 31 de julho de 2017

Silk of Stars with Just Everywhere - An Interview

O que se pensar sobre um álbum que em sua abertura evoca os irmãos Reid, circa Psychocandy, e logo na sequência uma overdose de pianos celestiais, quase sacros, evocando por outro lado Dead Can Dance?

Assim é "Silk of Stars" debute do projeto de um homem só, Paul Baird. Para dar mais crédito ao trabalho o cara é de Manchester.

Conforme a audição vai se estendendo durante os quinze atos de "Silk of Stars", tem-se a sensação de estarmos presenciando sem enxergar nada uma experiência cinematográfica contempladora em sua grande parte, com inserções psicodelicamente espaciais e momentos de explosão total.

Paul com seu Just Everywhere, criou uma obra eloquentemente intensa que deve obrigatoriamente ser degustada sem pressa e com extrema atenção, para que todos as nuances e seus detalhes sejam devidamente absorvidos.
***** Interview with Just Everywhere *****

Q. When did Just Everywhere start? Tell us about the history...
Just Everywhere began in late 2016 as a solo project and a way to blow off some steam in-between writing, rehearsing and recording with my other musical project, I See Angels. I released three EP’s, in three months, via Bandcamp, before meeting up with Ramber Records, who suggested that I make a Just Everywhere album for cassette release. I grew up listening to vinyl and cassettes, so I wanted the album to play a bit like a mix tape similar to those that I’d make for friends when I was a teenager. Silk of Stars was released, digitally and on cassette, via Ramber Records, in May 2017.

Q: Who are your influences?
I soak up everything; all styles of music, art, literature, film, daily experiences, people and their stories, etc. Sometimes these things inspire a song.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I couldn’t limit it to five. I love too many records. Here are five albums that are occupying my turntable, this week, instead…

Black Sabbath - Vol. 4
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Musique de Film Imagine
Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
Beach House - Teen Dream
Frank Zappa - Over-Nite Sensation

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I get a buzz from playing live, especially big shows, or gigs where the audience is really into it. I slike the load-ins, sound checks and the nervous waiting around before a show.

Q. How do you describe how Just Everywhere sounds?
Like Cocteau Twins being eaten alive by Black Sabbath.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I record, mix, and master everything at home. I have a baby grand piano in the living room; guitars, amps, synths, percussion and other instruments in the bedroom. I set up a microphone and sing into a wardrobe, when I record my vocals. I enjoy the ritual of recording.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
My new music blogging days for TRU LUV are on hold at the moment. I still receive emails from new bands asking me to listen/review their music, but since recently becoming a father, I don't get to listen or go out to gigs nearly as much as I used to.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
I like it when I feel like I can imprint myself on someone else’s song, rather than aimlessly reproduce it. If I could make it my own, I’d happily cover any song, by any artist whose music connects with me in some way. In the past I’ve covered songs by the likes of Cat Power, Fleetwood Mac and Low.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
My other musical project, the Manchester Dream-Pop band, I See Angels, is releasing a record in late 2017. The release is being curated by Ben Barry, a music writer from Manchester. It will be a selection of eight of Ben’s choice I See Angels tracks, taken from our various albums and EP’s, including some new material. It's ideal for any Just Everywhere fans who want to catch up on I See Angels. I’m pretty excited about it, as I have no control over which tracks are being featured on the record, and neither do any of my I See Angels bandmates. It’s all too easy to get precious over these types of decisions and believe that some of your songs are better, or more deserving of inclusion than others. I’m too close to the music to have a clear perspective on it, so am enjoying taking a back seat. It’ll be a nice surprise to see which tracks make the final cut.

Q: Any parting words?
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Swing by sometime.

domingo, 30 de julho de 2017

Misery with The Breaks - An Interview

Ah, Manchester!! Sim, como profetizou Morrissey, a lendária cidade britânica ainda tem muito a nos ofertar, que o diga o novíssimo The Breaks e seu vibrante EP de estreia "Misery".

Inserindo elementos tipicamente gazers em um mix de indie rock tipicamente inglês que foi marca registrada dos Arctic Monkeys quando eles começaram na metade da década passada, mas muito além de hypes, o The Breaks, aplica um certa angústia melancólica nas quatro canções de seu debute.

Seria o shoegaze flertando com o indie rock? Seria o indie rock popularizando o shoegaze? Ou apenas, simplesmente música em letras maiúsculas?

A resposta pouco importa, o ponto é, o debute do The Breaks é muito foda.

***** Interview with The Breaks *****

Q. When did The Breaks start? Tell us about the history...
1) The Breaks began about two months ago. Alastair - the guitarist and chief song writer - approached me with a few ideas he'd cobbled together over the course of a year. We took them to our friend who owned a recording studio and after a short period of time we had this EP to offer.

Q: Who are your influences?
2) Our biggest influences are probably the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The Cure, Sixto Rodriguez and other assorted indie/alternative artists.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3) Daft Punk - Discovery
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Kanye West - MY Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
The Cure - Bloodflowers

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4) We haven't played a gig yet, but I'm sure it'll be an experience!

Q. How do you describe The Breaks sounds?
5) It was once described as 'power shoegaze', but it's probably quite a bit heavier than that.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6) We did it in a relatively short period of time. Our friend offered us a crash course in his studio so we spent every weekend for about eight weeks in this decked out studio in a garage. Matt, the producer, used to switch the lights off and turn little lamps on to create mood lighting whenever I was singing. It was an enjoyable process but we certainly missed out on most of the sun in England that month.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7) To be honest, I haven't really listened to that much new music so I'm afraid I can't help you there!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8) Well we used to do a cover of Mika's Happy Ending which went down a storm, but I'd also love to cover The Waterboys's Whole of the Moon. There is a cover we're working on but I don't want to spoil the surprise just yet.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9) Garner an audience and start taking the show on the road. I've set the goal of being on the festival circuit by next summer.

Q: Any parting words?
10) If we're ever in Brazil, we'll play a show at your place for free, Renato!

Catflap with Sobs - An Interview

Simplesmente música pop ensolarada e sonhadora, nada mais, nada menos, assim é o trio de Singapura, Sobs, que recém debutou com o cintilante EP "Catflap".

Seguindo a trilha de bandas como Jaysom, Alvvays e outros expoentes do novo dreampop com conexões ao twee, o Sobs surpreende em nuances melodicamente sedutoras, para fazer a alegria de qualquer sonhador de plantão.
"Catflap" é a trilha ideal para seu passeio a beira mar. Sinta a brisa.

***** Interview with Sobs *****

Q. When did Sobs start? Tell us about the history...
We started Sobs technically in January 2017 when Jared and Celine (who met on an online music forum in Singapore) made some rough demo tracks of guitar-based pop music. The final lineup and official “formation” was probably around March 2017 when Raphael came on board and we started to work on the EP together.

Q: Who are your influences?
Everyone in the band has such diverse musical tastes that it’s difficult to pinpoint our influences, but in the case of artists closer to the sound of Catflap: Liz Phair, Frankie Cosmos, Real Estate, Girlpool, Crying, Alvvays and probably our local-dream pop heroes Pleasantry.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
- Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
- Alvvays - Alvvays
- Lullatone - Soundtracks for Everyday Adventures
- Frankie Cosmos - Zentropy
- Avril Lavigne - Let Go

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We’ll let you know after our first show later this month on 15th July, when we open for surf rock band Splashh on 15 July together with our label mates Cosmic Child - come hang out with us!

Q. How do you describe Sobs sounds?
Straightforward pop music

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded and produced the EP in parts in our respective bedrooms but spent most of the time trying to finalise and re-record the demo tracks in Raphael’s room in between naps and listening to post-rock.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Celine: MUNA
Jared: Lexie []
Raphael: Snail Mail []

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Celine: I would want to cover something by Fleetwood Mac because they're a big influence on my songwriting and are one of my favourite bands. I also think the style of our production is quite 70’s influenced with the guitar tones and composition so they might be a good fit

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Play more shows and make more songs!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for having us and we hope you enjoy our EP!!! You can find us at @sobshaha on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the album is available on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp (

sexta-feira, 28 de julho de 2017

El Futuro Para Siempre with La Suma de Todos los Tiempos - An Interview

Alimentando-se do que foi feito de melhor em décadas e décadas de boa música os argentinos, La Suma de Todos los Tiempos, pegaram suas referências e as expurgaram nas nove canções de "El Futuro Para Siempre", disco lançado no início de junho.

Reverberando pós punk, psicodelismo, shoegaze, kraut, indie rock, sem se prender em nenhum dos rótulos, apenas usufruindo do que cada um tem de melhor, os caras cometeram um disco e tanto, sem haver momentos menores ou maiores, "El Futuro Para Siempre" é linear do início ao fim.

Um belíssimo exemplo de que os ares dos hermanos argentinos sopram ruidosamente.

***** Interview with la Suma de Todos los Tiempos *****

Q. When did La Suma de Todos los Tiempos start? Tell us about the history...
We started La Suma de Todos Los Tiempos in 2010 under the name “Infinitas Aves”. On that days we were a three piece band formed by Fernando Turenne in the drums and two guitars ( Diego Litwiller and Enrique Gil Navarro), we were joined later by Gonz Tello in the bass and with that line-up we started playing live. For our first record (La Suma De todos Los Tiempos, 2012 released by Discos Dojo) we returned to the trio but in 2013 we were joined on bass by El Petta D’Agostino, we met him because he runs a rehearsal space called Molloko Vellocet Estudios in our neighborhood Parque Patricios in Buenos Aires. We have been playing and recording with that line-up since then.

Q: Who are your influences?
We have many influences. We like many bands in common but also have very different musical taste. Anyway we all agree on the importance of the melodies, we don’t have any prejudice when listening to music. In that way we tried to listen as much as we can but what we most enjoy are the pop tunes and the versatility of the post-punk.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time… .
That is a tough question but I think we would go for:
The White Album- The Beatles.
The Velvet Underground and Nico- The Velvet Underground
Dia de los Muertos- El Mato a un Policia motorizado
Weird Era cont- Deerhunter
Playing with Fire- Spacemen 3

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live it’s a special moment for us; share that moment as a band and with our audience is like a religious experience.

Q. How do you describe La Suma de Todos los Tiempos sounds?
I think that our sound is based on melodies but also on experimentation, we switch from melody to experimentation constantly. Our aim is always to try new things, extend our sources and sounds, taking risks and enjoying it as much as possible.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
So far, the three records we have released were made in different ways. For “La Suma De Todos Los Tiempos” (2012), we devote ourselves to rehearse, on those rehearsals, we refined the songs and then we started recording each instrument separately. The second album “Grandes Distancias” (2015), was recorded alive, the four of us playing at the same time, as in the first one, but the songs took their definitive shape on those recordings. For this new album ”El Futuro Para Siempre” the writing process was done mostly during the pre-production that we made with Estanislao Lopez, this was the first time we worked with a sound engineer recording and mixing, so in that sense I think that this record is closer to the idea of “what we wanted to do” in the previous ones, as those were mostly guided by the impulse. This new albums will be released through Casa del Puente Discos (CD/Digital) and Hallo Discos (cassete)

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
From here in Argentina we would recommend Atrás Hay Truenos, Medalla Milagrosa, La Gran Perdida de Energia and Verde y los Caballos a Marte. We also like many underground bands from sudamerica like Columpios al Suelo, Alucinaciones en Familia, Maifersoni, Patio Solar and Julen y la Gente Sola and regarding international bands I would said that Deerhunter and Wavves are our favorite ones.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We would like to cover any song from Maria Elena Walsh, Tanguito or Pescado Rabioso. A Spacemen 3 cover would be definitively a must.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We will be presenting our third record “El Futuro Para Siempre” on july 29th in Niceto Club in Buenos Aires, that day the CD release will be available for the first time through Casa del Puente Discos. We hope to play in the inner cities of Argentina this year, also in other South American countries. Another video clip is also on the plans.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for the interview Renato, we hope you enjoy our music.

Nightlife with HVASS - An Interview

Categorizar o HVASS, quarteto dinamarquês de gótico, chega a ser um tremendo sacrilégio, ou, gigantesco equivoco.

A audição do recente trabalho dos caras "Nightlife", evoca fantasmas, do porte de Rowland S. Howard o gênio maldito e perturbado do Birthday Party/Crime & The City Solution/These Immortal Souls. Rowland, talvez seja a principal conexão notada na sonoridade do HVASS, que tal qual o mestre, desenvolvem suas excêntricas odisseias dark noir, mas ainda obviamente, ouve ecos de Tom Waits, Nick Cave, óbvio. "Nightlife" caberia perfeitamente para produções da sétima arte...Win Wenders, certamente aprovaria

Música para exorcizar seus demônios ou, para compreende-los.

***** Interview with HVASS *****

Q. When did HVASS start? Tell us about the history...
Hvass is the place where i throw most of my thoughts & experiments, it started back in 2015 and has been evolving ever since.

Here i both exorcise my demons and exercise with my demons. It floats wherever i want to float, becomes what i wanted to become and is what i never want to be. It seems to thrive on concepts and ideas more than specific songwriting.

Q: Who are your influences?
A Cuban voodoo priest that visits me in my dreams... It’s scary yet inspiring and kinda sexy.

Besides from that we also listen a lot to bands like Crime + City Solution and These Immortal Souls.

I also try to find inspiration among Italian film composers like Bruno Nicolai Alessandro Alessandroni

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Easy. In random order:

Leonard Cohen – I’m your man
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
Scott Walker – Scott 3
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Your funeral, my trial
Brian Eno & Robert Fripp – Evening star

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Like a catholic priest yelling at hypnotized zombie kids. Like an alien that no longer craves homogenization.

Q. How do you describe HVASS sounds?
A calypso infused mescal. Gothic noir rock and instinctive post punk, that belongs to a desert shootout death scene.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We usually don’t write the songs, we just record around a certain idea and a certain mood until we get something good. The rest of the band tries to get some structure on the songs, while I try to burn them down to ashes.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Mohammad is the most diabolic drone band i've heard. I love their religious undertones and there use of dark bowed strings, quite similar to some of the things we did on the album.

Dark Buddha rising is a bit in the same direction; the blackest drone music in the world, more rooted in metal which usually is a no go for me, but here it's perfect.

Alex Cameron is blowing me away, mostly because of his Facebook updates.

Cabo San Roque from Barcelona. I wish they were my band. They make the most interesting organic mechanical industrial exotic music right now.

Idles had some crazy songs on their debut album.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We actually have a whole cover record coming up.

It’s called American VII if you know what I mean. ;)

I can only say that there is a Bob Dylan cover and a 1980 dance club classic on it.

Be patient guys…

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To release another album this year and hopefully start touring very soon.

Burn down the house and all that.

Q: Any parting words?
I feel like we didn’t have enough time together. I wish we could stay in this magical momentum for the rest of our lives. Just you and me. And all thelovely readers. They are welcome too. In our magical post-digital Internet love cave.

Hearts & headaches - HVASS

quinta-feira, 27 de julho de 2017

Northern Islands (Hideout) with Noise Nebula - An Interview

O quinteto madrilenho Noise Nebula chega para novamente demonstrar o quão fértil esta o território espanhol.

Todavia algumas diferenças são notadas desde os primeiros momentos do mais recente trabalho dos caras, "Northern Islands (Hideout)", a primeira e fundamental é o fato deles não comporem suas densas viagens em seu idioma nativo, ao contrário de conterrâneos como Linda Guilala, Apartamentos Acapulco, Galaxina, entre outros, o Noise Nebula busca na linguagem universal, o inglês claro, ressoar em conjunto com o intrínseco emaranhado de guitarras, ora estridente, já em outras, melódico e cantarolável.

Resumidamente o Noise Nebula se alimenta e expurga doses cavalares de seu shoegaze em uma rotação desaceleradamente esfumaçada.

Muito em breve soltarão seu primeiro álbum, mas pelos três, já dá pra ter a real noção do tamanho do potencial dos caras., é ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos, enquanto isso, dê play em "Northern Islands (Hideout)" e boa viagem.

***** Interview with Noise Nebula *****

Q. When did Noise Nebula start? Tell us about the history...
The project started in October 2013 in Madrid, Spain and since then we have released 3 EPs, being the last one (Northern Islands (Hideout), 2016) probably the most important for us because we got to record part of it in Avast Recording Co. studios in Seattle, thanks to Converse.

The band is formed, after several line-up changes, by three guitars, one bass and a drummer (aging around from 21 to 23) with two of us singing. We know each other mainly because we share a lot of interests in music.

Now we’re fully active, playing as much concerts as we can, conceiving our first LP and trying to end up our college degrees.

Q: Who are your influences?
We listen to a lot of different genres and enjoy exotic sounds, so we try to use different kind of textures and elements even they might not have to get that much in common with shoegazing, but we identify our sound with this genre the most because of the shoes and our gazes to them.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Seam - The Problem With Me
Nueva Vulcano - Los Peces de Colores
Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
Rock Bottom - Robert Wyyat
The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Comfortable even with just 2 people in the crowd.

Q. How do you describe Noise Nebula sounds?
It’s like you painting with your fingers on a new LCD screen TV..

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Normally we try to do it as a live performance except for the vocals, which are recorded later, so we have to measure each song before getting to the studio to try to preserve the essence of rehearsals. In the next recordings we want to invest more time in the studio and try to come up with new ideas for the songs there.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Shame, First Breath After Coma, and from Spain, Cala Vento, Lukiek, and RRUCCULLA

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Radiohead / Yo La Tengo

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Recording new tunes, writing as much as we can and starting to give shape to what will be our first LP.

We would like to release a few songs before it, which will be recorded in the days of the northern hemisphere summer and released when cold comes back.

Q: Any parting words?
Say no to slogans

quarta-feira, 26 de julho de 2017

Sunset Exit with Tokyo Tea Room - An Interview

O quinteto inglês da cidade de Kent, Tokyo Tea Room, comprova que existe vida inteligente no indie pop, sem soar clichê ou pré fabricado, a banda cria suas melodiosas canções com pitadas de melancolia, doses de psicodelismo, com nítidas referências ao Radiohead no início de seu trajetória, mas ficam apenas nas referências, o TTR vai por caminhos próprios, cativando a cada audição, experimente a deliciosa "Like a Drug" e sinta o elixir viciante.

"Sunset Exit" é o primeiro aperitivo para o novo EP "Another Place, Another Time" que virá ao mundo em 19 de Agosto.

Se depender do Tokyo Tea Room, o indie estará a salvo.

***** Interview with Tokyo Tea Room *****

Q. When did Tokyo Tea Room start? Tell us about the history...
A: I was writing songs as a bedroom project and then after meeting some like-minded musicians at uni in 2014 we decided to put them in the context of a band and it went from there. Graham our guitarist joined later to complete the quintet and its stayed the same ever since.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: I take inspiration sonically from Radiohead and Bombay Bicycle Club. I respect their work so much and enjoy every listen. I think Radiohead are the biggest influence on the new EP, they are so varied from album to album and manage to be so unique. They are a band I aspire to be like.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: I listen to a wide variety of music and I couldn't really say just five because there are so many to love. But off the top of my head I can think of… In no particular order:
I Had The Blues But Shook Them Loose - Bombay Bicycle Club
In Rainbows - Radiohead
Oracular Spectacular - MGMT
The Colourful Life - Cajun Dance Party
Songs For The Deaf - Queen Of The Stone Age

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Playing live is always a pleasure, its so enjoyable. When the audience is having a good time I'm having a good time.

Q. How do you describe Tokyo Tea Room sound?
A: I would describe our sound as a blend of rock and pop nowadays, it has its gritty moments and its blissed out moments.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: Generally we record everything separately starting with the drums, then bass, then guitar and finally vocals. It can vary depending on peoples availability. Everything tends to get chopped up in the mixing process and our songs end up becoming a collage of music rather than a performance.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: We gig around Canterbury a lot with our friends who are in bands such as: Paisley Mess, The Primals, Tin Foil Astronaut, Dreamweaver, Spanish Infanta and The Machiavellis. Big-up the Canterbury scene innit.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A: Personally I’d quite like to play bass in a Motown band or maybe guitar in a Nirvana tribute. Something where I'm either playing some smooth funky bass lines or thrashing some heavy fuzzed out guitar, that would be fun.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We are playing some gigs around Kent and beyond, then release our new EP on the 19th of August, we’re going to have a huge party to celebrate.

Q: Any parting words?
I've been Dan from TTR thanks for reading. Check us out on Facebook, twitter soundcloud etc. We just released a track off our upcoming EP called ‘Sunset Exit’ which you can stream here - Thanks again, have a good day.


terça-feira, 25 de julho de 2017

Alister with New Youth - An Interview

Eis que Austin, Texas, chega novamente às páginas do TBTCI, representada agora pelo pop perfeito de Silas Acosta, ou New Youth para os íntimos.

"Alister" seu primeiro EP é um frescor sonoro, um tranquilizante perante ao caos diário dos dias atuais. Evocando obviamente o que de melhor foi feito em termos de pop perfeito, leia-se, Prefab Sprout, The Wake, The Chills e claro, a Sarah Records.

Refresque sua cabeça e seus ouvidos com o doce e suave New Youth, vai te fazer bem, acredite.

***** Interview with New Youth *****

Q. When did New Youth start? Tell us about the history...
It started last spring after a series of relationships that fell apart, Including the break-up of my old band. Previously I was a drummer, but all my band mates moved on or moved out of town. I wanted to keep writing music but I didn’t know anyone. I realized that if I wanted to keep making music i would have to learn new instruments and muster up the courage to sing into a microphone.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Wake, The Radio Dept., The Cleaners From Venus, early New Order/Joy Division, The Cure. Really any band that used a chorus pedal during the 80s. Oh, and any John Hughes movie!

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Turn On The Bright Lights - Interpol
Clinging To A Scheme - The Radio Dept.
Here Comes Everybody + Singles - The Wake
It’s Immaterial - Black Marble
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I’m honestly quite shy when it comes to playing live. It’s very fun to play with your friends, but I’m always nervous no matter how many shows I’ve played over the years. I’d rather be home! You can’t escape it though. It’s like eating your vegetables.

Q. How do you describe New Youth sounds?
Maybe nostalgic and grainy like old photographs. I hope it sounds the way an interesting photo may look.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I write and record most of everything at home. It usually starts with a drum machine and a synth or bass line. After that, I add parts to try and make it sound prettier (or more sad). Then I take my dog on a walk around the neighborhood and hum quietly to myself until I find a vocal tune I like. I’m fortunate to have a friend who runs a studio and he does a great job of tracking my drums and mixing.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I’m really proud to be from a very creative town. Some really great acts in Austin that just had a debut are Hills and Guest Rooms. I love the musical diversity we have here.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Lately I’ve been wanting to cover “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac, or “More Than This” by Roxy Music. Or anything by Prefab Sprout. Those bands are so awesome.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In addition to working on new material for New Youth, I have a couple of other projects in the works that I’m very excited about.

Q: Any parting words?
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if John Candy was still alive. Can you imagine all the great movies he’d now be in? He my favorite.

Bedroom Sounds with Sunday League - An Interview

Ao ouvir o quinteto de Helsinki, Finlândia poderíamos facilmente confundi-los com as banda suecas, conhecidas por seu sendo melódico e twee, mas nada disso, os caras do Sunday League pegam essa vibe e colocam aditivos definitivamente cantaroláveis e criam suas "bedroom songs" com aquele apelo pop injetando por vezes doses de um barulho dosado e suave.

Potencial gigante para ficarmos com olhos e ouvidos atentos aos próximos passos do Sunday League.

***** Interview with Sunday League *****

Q. When did Sunday League start? Tell us about the history...
Sampo: January 2017 i think. I'd been writing, recording and releasing a few songs for my own fun and wellbeing after my other band Toujours started a break last year. After a while I asked these guys, my best mates from school, to start jamming ideas and after that everything took off pretty well.

Q: Who are your influences?
Sampo: We all listen to hugely different kinds of music, most of us actually play more than 2 instruments. But here's the thing, I could list songs & albums that have influenced me individually as a songwriter but I don't think that would explain why we sound exactly the way we do. When I write music I express certain emotions the way that's most natural to me. Listening to music and getting certain vibes is the most simple thing in the world. When people hear us for the first time I want them to connect us to nothing else than how our songs make them feel at that moment. So I'd rather not name any specific artists. How ridiculous is that?

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Sampo: I change my mind every week but right now
Tim Hecker – Virgins
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
Grouper – Ruins
Deftones – White Pony

Eero: Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of the Seventh Son
Madonna – Confessions on a Dancefloor
Lil Yachty – Lil Boat
Beach House – Depression Cherry
The Mars Volta – De-Loused in the Comatorium

Aapo: Burial – Untrue
DJ Shadow – Endtroducing
Jason Mraz – We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things
London Elektricity – Pull The Plug
Tigran Hamasyan – A Fable

Immu: Mick Jenkins – The Healing Component
Tool – Lateralus
Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction
Mark Lettieri – Spark & Echo
Periphery – Periphery II

Oliver: well at least two Iron Maiden albums!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Eero: Kinda like Oasis in the 90s.
Aapo: Playing live is like making love.
Oliver: Pretty pink.
Immu: Good vibes!

Q. How do you describe Sunday League sounds?
Sampo: Hopeful and/or sad. Lyrically we're focusing on the more negative aspects of being in love, growing up and forming your identity among other people but our tunes are all quite upbeat, catchy and cheerful at times. What I'm basically trying to prove to myself and everyone else is that my depression and self-doubts won't bring me down but force me to deal with things that I wish wouldn't exist and understand why they matter even when I feel like nothing does. Everything has to make sense once you've gone through it you know.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Oliver: First Sampo writes song ideas and brings them to us.

Aapo: Then we work on his ideas for ages until the pieces fit. We record all instruments live in only a few takes and then me, Sampo & our friend Julius produce and mix them.

Sampo: I think this way we can preserve the raw, live performance vibe while sounding exactly the way we want to.

Immu: Sampo writes fucking awesome songs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Sampo: Lapsihymy, he's our friend and he makes extremely beautiful, haunting electronic music. Definitely worth checking out. Other than that I've been hooked to Ian Sweet, Swimming Tapes, Cosmo Pyke and Kraus lately.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Sampo: Craig David
Eero: My Chemical Romance
Immu: Gucci Mane
Aapo: 30 Seconds to Mars
Oliver: Iron Maiden

Sampo: We're actually planning on doing a 3 minute medley with songs from all those artists at this very moment. Stay tuned.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Sampo: We've got a few more songs already recorded and we're planning on releasing them during this year. After that we start recording a series of EP's.

Aapo: World tour 2018-2022.

Q: Any parting words?
Sampo: Allie Teilz, if you're reading this hit me up when you in HKI, ok? Let's grab some coffee & go skydiving. xo

segunda-feira, 24 de julho de 2017

Brick & Mortar with Shallow - An Interview

Virou uma tendência poderosa e, claro, extremamente barulhenta, pegar a melancolia do pós punk, a agressividade do pos hardcore entrelaçadas às viagens gazers, vide bandas como Nothing, Whirr, Narrow Head, entre outras, e agora, chega a vez do TBTCI estampar em suas páginas, e, principalmente fazer seus tímpanos ensurdecerem ao som do quarteto Shallow e seu estupendo EP de estreia, "Brick & Mortar".

Imagina o Starflyer 59 duelando com o Fugazi, ou o Cure com os Pumpkins, o Shallow é o filho bastardo de toda essa galera, simples assim.

Escute no volume máximo, por favor.

***** Interview with Shallow *****

Q. When did Shallow start? Tell us about the history...
A. Myself(Austin) and our drummer zach met by playing in a hardcore band, both being fans of shoegaze decided to break away and start Shallow. Through recommendations of friends we got our second guitar player Nick onboard, and I asked one of my best friends Erick to play bass. We had our first practice January 2017 and played songs that I had been writing for a few years and developed them.

Q: Who are your influences?
MBV, Failure, Slowdive, Hum, Oasis, Placebo, Brand new and Nothing, just to name a few.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me
Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing
Slowdive - Just For A Day
Nirvana - Bleach
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Sweaty, it's really hot in Texas

Q. How do you describe Shallow sounds?
Heavy Shoegaze for the depressed

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Recording went very very smooth. We recorded at Southwing Audio and had amazing engineers. We tracked all the instruments live, drums and bass in one isolation booth and both guitars in another sound proof room, but we played together in the same room like we do at practice.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Texas is killing right now as far as new Shoegaze bands go. Daze, Grivo, Glare, Narrowhead and Walking Misery are all some really good up and coming bands from Texas. Can't forget about our friends from Salt Lake City, No Sun

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Starflyer 59

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are currently recording a split with Daze and have plans to do another split following our next EP that will be one cover and one original with another band we are close with.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks so much for this opportunity and keep on killing it with the blog, seriously awesome stuff dude!

domingo, 23 de julho de 2017

Salt Line Scene with Sonne / Mond - An Interview

Aproximadamente dois anos atrás integrantes de bandas que já passaram pelo TBTCI como Echo Lake, Not Cool, e Trailer Trash Tracy resolveram unir forças e experimentar juntos novos territórios sonoros. Assim nasceu Sonne / Mond e o debute deles veio ao mundo em Maio.

Um experimento psicodélico, por vezes sombrio, em outras sonhador, que traça caminhos diferentes de todas as bandas anteriores de seus integrantes. A palavra chave do EP homônimo do Sonne / Mond é desprendimento, sentimentos este que dá o norte da experimentação e sugere a liberdade de ousar sem se ater a rótulos. 

Essa liberdade de experimentar dá ao Sonne / Mond uma conexão por vezes com o Deerhunter, o que é um grande caminho a ser seguido.

Para ficarmos de olhos e ouvidos atentos aos próximos passos do Sonne / Mond.

***** Interview with Sonne / Mond *****

Q. When did Sonne Mond start? Tell us about the history...
We started about 2 years ago when Matt and I began playing guitar together on weekends, just to pass some time. My old band (Echo Lake) had stopped playing shows and I wanted to carry on doing something and had always thought it would be cool to play music with Matt, we spoke about it for ages before finally doing something.

Initially, it was a noise project, just two guitars and maybe some drums every now with no vocals, just droning loud guitars and lots of noise. As time passed Matt started bring song ideas forward and we started to put these little parts together, eventually bringing on board Dayo (drums) and Will (bass). Once the other guys joined, we started recording our ideas and we've spent the last year putting an EP together by ourselves in our spare time.

Q: Who are your influences?
I think the original influences were bands like Liars, Radiohead, Swans, Mogwai and Unwound. But we are listening to a lot of ambient music all the time like Hatakeyama, Basinski and Yves Tumor, which is kind of where the project might go next, or at some point maybe. But I feel like there is a lot of shoe gaze and post rock influences in our sound with elements of RnB and Psych.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
That's a huge question but of the top of my head I'll say Pet Sounds, Loveless, OK computer, Velvet Underground & Nico and right now I'll say Microcastle by Deerhunter because it's perfect. But that list might change if you ask me again.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It feels good once we are actually on stage playing! The songs take a different direction when they are played live and we'll always try to make them as different and interesting as possible compared to the recordings.

Q. How do you describe Sonne Mond sounds?
Noisy, dreamy, rhythmic, dense.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Some of the songs were already written by Matt and he had demo versions that were just his vocals and a very minimal drum sample, with really cool sparse synth layers. That's how 4 to 5 out and Salt Line Scene started and we actually just recorded the guitars, drums and bass over the top of those demos to give them a bigger sound.

The other songs on the EP all came from ideas we had during the very early rehearsals. After we recorded the drums, we pieced it all together and then started to record vocal ideas, guitars and bass, eventually writing the song during the process of putting it together. So it probably has more in common with making electronic music than it does a four piece band. We mixed the whole thing ourselves in my bedroom.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Personally at the moment I really like Protomartyr, Ought, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, I only just discovered Gold Class and the new Laurel Halo which is really good. Matt and I definitely share a love for the latest Frank Ocean stuff and an eternal love for Grouper. Liz Harris is always amazing, whatever she does.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I've always wanted to cover something by Bruce Springsteen, like a super drowsy, noisy version of something from the River, or Tunnel Of Love.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Will, our bass player just left us to live in another country, so at the moment we are focusing on new material rather than playing the same songs again. We have one gig coming up in Birmingham on the 5th August and that will be myself and Matt playing a different set, slightly more experimental than what we have been playing in London.

I think moving forward, we have the freedom to do whatever we want, so I just hope we are prolific as possible and just keep putting out music for people to listen to online. If we get the opportunity to release with some labels, then that's cool but if not then we'll keep writing new stuff and giving it away.

Q: Any parting words?
Yeah listen to our whole EP and follow us, because we are going to keep putting new material out and we want you to hear it

sexta-feira, 21 de julho de 2017

Chasing the Light with Black Sand - An Interview

Discípulo da escola Spacemen 3, o neo zelandês, Anthony Evans, vem criando trips lisérgicas, ora em baladas transcendentais, em outras, em preces alucinógenas, conduzindo essa letargia sonora sob a alcunha de Black Sand.

E não é de hoje que o Black Sand te convida para visitar o paraíso, Anthony acabou de soltar seu quarto trabalho, o brilhante "Chasing the Light", que se Mr Peter Kember ouvir, certamente abrirá um sorriso de ponta a ponta.

Embarque na viagem e deixe o Black Sand te conduzir.

***** Interview with Black Sand *****

Q. When did Black Sand start? Tell us about the history...
1. Black Sand started in 2008. I had been recording on a cassette 4 track for 8 years and I upgraded to a Fostex digital 8 track and was happy with the results and sent some tracks to a blog - He really liked them so I thought I think I have something here...

Q: Who are your influences?
2. My influences are Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, The Stone Roses, Primal Scream and lots of dub reggae musicians and producers, King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, Lee Perry etc, the space they get in their music, man, amazing.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. 5 albums of all time - this always changes for me but this week it's:
 The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses,
Primal Scream - Screamadelica,
The Congos - Heart of the Congos,
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet,
Shack - Waterpistol

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. I don't play live, I would like to but at this stage Black Sand is a studio only project.

Q. How do you describe Black Sand sounds?
5. My sound is based on 2 to 3 chords, repetition, drone, reverb and tremolo, like a half remembered dream caught in the morning sun.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. I have an acoustic guitar in the living room and I use that to put chords together, come up with basslines, riff's etc. I'll then record using electric guitar, effects, bass guitar, drum machine and percussion on my old Fostex DMT-8 8 track digital recorder. Once I have the song together, I dump all those tracks into an iMac and edit and mix using Audacity.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. I don't listen to a lot of new music but there are a few that have caught my ear and I'm digging right now.

Ghost Wave from here in Auckland I really like, their album Radio Norfolk from last year is great.

Morningface is another who I really like, her voice and songwriting is amazing. I've collaborated with her on a couple of songs, she's ace! -

Francois Sky is a brilliant musician, if I could play guitar as half as well as he can I'd be good!! We did a song together on my last album, such a great player.

Nev Cottee's 3 albums are brilliant, think of a psychedelic English Lee Hazlewood and you're on the right track.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. I'd like to cover Song of a Baker by the Small Faces, I love that song!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. Plans for the future, keep making music!

Q: Any parting words?
10. Be good to one another and keep on keeping on.

quinta-feira, 20 de julho de 2017

Altered States with 60circuits - An Interview

Escutar o russo, 60circuits, é entrar literalmente dentro de um ácido e sentir os efeitos por dentro, triturando lentamente os neurônios a música vai adentrando por todos os poros conduzindo o nobre ouvinte a levitar, mas não espere suavidade, o 60circuits pega os experimentos mais drones e estridentes do lado ácido do Spacemen 3, leia-se Peter Kember e mistura a doses cavalares de frituras orgiásticas, padrão Bardo Pond de qualidade, e ai meu amigo, quando você se dá por si, não existe mais volta.

Agora, o mais insano e surreal do 60circuits é que tudo é concebido por um garoto de 16 anos....

Ainda há futuro para a música, com certeza há. Amém!!

***** Interview with 60circuits *****

Q. When did 60circuits start? Tell us about the history...
1. 60circuits started in late 2015, when I'd just moved to Milan, Italy from moscow. It was a very depressive and lonely time for me. I had a project called "me and the birds" before that, and when I started making material that ended up as "isolation" I felt that it was way too dark to be released under the previous moniker. "isolation" was actually the only release ever intended for the 60circuits moniker, but eventually I abandoned the previous one and started releasing music as 60circuits. The previous projects are really embarrassing for me because I didn't know anything about recording and just used garageband on my ipad (isolation was recorded in the same fashion too). Since then I've purchased more "professional" equipment and generally hugely improved the quality of my recordings. As of now, I'm still the only member of 60circuits, although I've had a couple contributions from friends on the latest record.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. It depends on the album, but I'd say my main influences are all the amazing albums from Constellation and Kranky labels. For sure the best two labels on the planet, I don't think anyone else has put out so much amazing stuff. For my latest release Altered States, I'd say the biggest influences were Spacemen 3, Can, Bardo Pond, and lots of 60s psychedelia.

Speaking about non-musical influences, it's all kinds of associations, dreams, images... As the record title indicates, altered states of consciousness is a huge influence for what I'm doing. I also find that dada and existentialist literature are big influences.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. Damn this is a really hard question. That would be very subjective, but for me, in no particular order, it's:

Duster -- Contemporary Movement
C-Clamp -- Longer Waves
The Velvet Underground -- The Velvet Underground & Nico
Stars of the Lid -- The Tired Sounds of...
Labradford -- Mi Media Naranja

(the sixth place would go to Bark Psychosis -- Hex and seventh to Windsor for the Derby -- Minnie Greutzfeldt)

For me this is more or less the list of albums which I think are perfect and will never get tired of listening to.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. I've never played live. Would love to, but so far I haven't been approached about it. It would be pretty much impossible for one person to play most of my songs live anyways...

Q. How do you describe 60circuits sounds?
5. Again depends on the album because my work is quite diverse. I'd describe my current sound as a mixture of neo-psychedelia and shoegaze, but this is all relative. I mean, I have a saxo andino and a steel tongue drum on the new record.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. The first ideas or riffs for a song always come from improvisation, usually it's just me playing guitar until I hit onto something interesting and then record the fragment so I wouldn't forget it. Then I start putting these fragments together, adding things on top of them. But for me, recording and songwriting is pretty much inseparable, as I usually just record a section and then add something else to it rather than have a full-fledged song in mind. There is always an element of improvisation to what I'm doing, most of my songs have certain improvised bits in them. And sometimes mixing plays a role too, for example, the middle section of Leaving the Body was originally a completely different recording that sounds nothing like the end result.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. Death Grips is probably the only "new" band that I listen to. I'm musically stuck in the previous century so I can't really recommend anything.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. probably going to do a couple covers of Yegor Letov's songs. As a Russian, I deeply love his art and what he did. Apart from that, doing a 13th Floor Elevators cover would be nice, but my voice ain't Roky's. His vocal range is too high.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. For 60circuits -- no idea, really. Now I feel quite worn out after making Altered States and just want to take a break -- but I also felt that after Nocturnal so who knows. Me and my friends are also working on a very "unusual" project called The Volyn Massacre? For Your Entertainment!, but we are a long way from releasing it.

Q: Any parting words?
10. I would like to thank you for making this interview possible, for a self-recording 16 year old dude this is very flattering. Also sorry if my English is ugly.

Poem of Love ◇ Poem of Sadness with DoZzz - An Interview

De Taiwan, República da China, vem os chineses sônicos do DoZzz. 

Desde que tomei conhecimento do debute deles, 'Poem of Love ◇ Poem of Sadness', foi realmente difícil deixa-lo de ouvir compulsivamente, tamanha a hipnose que o disco causa. Obviamente que os haters vão dizer que não passa de mais um clone de MBV, mas eu diria a estes haters que eles devem aprimorar um pouco sua audição. O DoZzz vai extremamente fundo em sua obsessão por efeitos, distorções, algo como se Kevin Shields, se juntasse a Oliver Ackermann e ambos decidissem que nada mais importaria a não ser transformar o mundo em um ruídos eternos

O DoZzz e sua música podem ser descritos como o elo entre o barulho intermitente e o incessante.

Absolutamente acima.

***** Interview with DoZzz *****

Q. When did DoZzz start? Tell us about the history...
It started from 2015. We love all kind of music genres. However, there's ONLY one genre which touch our mind deeply. Yes, that's shoegaze. We want to do pure shoegaze - glide guitar, fuzz-context, psychedelic misty vocal. At first, we did a lot research for the so-called shoegazing sound. Also, often upgraded guitar/bass gears to get closer form what we want to do. We have no vox in a long time before Alicia's participating. After that, DoZzz started.

Q: Who are your influences?
Kevin Shields, My Bloody Valentine, no doubt, it's classical, always. Besides, we love to reserch other band's sound on bandcamp. Our member are glad to share internally what he/she found/listen
and give a simple comment in technical quickly.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Hard to choose, if have to, it'll be..(in no particular order)
Fleeting Joys - Despondent Transponder.
Slowdive - Souvlaki.
My Bloody Valentine - m b v.
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Actually, we are new band and never done a public live yet (but soon).

Q. How do you describe DoZzz sounds?
We have 2 whammy-bar tremolo guitars, Jaguar and Jazzmaster. We'd like to put them into reverse revb(different decay) with much gliding sound. Thus, in bandroom it sounds really noisy, twisted soundshape. Drum and bass keep the song progress and 2 GT do a lot gliding on different tone.
Besides, for chord's choising, we use some concept from Jazz. For instances, at chorus part of '4am',
We use extened chord on 2 guitar and put it into dirty fuzz pedal. The combined sound really touched us.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Synchronous recording for instruments (inlcuding drum/bass/2 guitar). The recording room is also our practicing room, same amp/gears. Thus we felt comfortable and controlable on our tone. For vox, we recorded a clean vox sound and then using Strymon BigSky to create another pure-reverb vox track. Then, mixing clean/reverb vox together and pan it into a wide range feeling.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
For local bands, we love band - 'Pseudo' and 'Cat in the case'.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We did a lot cover but not for total song. Instead, we choose some most shoegazing part(might intro in halt-minut or even drum's part) and try the sound for learning and experiment. If have to, we'd love to do MBV.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In EP - 'Poem of Love ◇ Poem of Sadness', we did songs a little bit dreamy-vox and revb-guitar tone and in slower tempo. In next steps, we're trying to do more songs in fast speed and dry-fuzz context sound. We hope we could record a album for shoegazer's love.

Q: Any parting words?
We've followed TBTCI for a while and love TBTCI's project. In EP - 'Poem of Love ◇ Poem of Sadness', we tried on writing lyrics in Chinese poem format. We hope it could lead you to feel shoegazing in other language. After all, this is our love to the world. Much thanks for TBTCI.

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quarta-feira, 19 de julho de 2017

Adult Tasty Food with Karr - An Interview

Da distante e basicamente desconhecida Jitomir na Ucrânia vem o duo Karr.

Tão gélido quanto sua procedência, sua sonoridade é fria e cerebral, como os mestres da coldwave, Ihor e Ann  tem em seu currículo uma extensa discografia, cheia de singles, EPs e uma preciosidade chamada "Unheard" lançada ano passada, e agora, "Adult Tasty Food", o mais recente trabalho, concebido e direcionado da raiva até a tristeza absoluta.

Hipnoticamente envolvente, como diria meu amigo Henrique Vargas, o Karr em sua estreia, destroça toda e qualquer possibilidade de luz, deixando apenas o frio como nosso único amigo.


***** Interview with Karr *****

1. When did Karr start? Tell us about history…
Ihor: Karr started out in 2013 as a home project. Previously I was a guitar player in a shoegaze band. It was a chance to try something different.

Ann: At the very beginning Ihor recorded tracks by himself. After he showed me some of them, I was so inspired and interested that we tried to play together and it worked well.

2. Who are your influences?
Ihor: Well, Big Black, Wipers, Suicide – noise guitar stuff and old electronic music.

Ann: I am a big fan of OSTs and soundtracks from videogames, also some dark ambient and old electronic like Boards of Canada, Brian Eno etc. Oh! Belong, Angelic Process, Утро, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry… I think it’s enough.

3. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Ihor: The toughest question though…
“Is this real?” Wipers,
“Bleach”, Nirvana
“Atomizer” Big Black,
“King Night” Salem,
“Psychic…Powerless… Another Man Sac” Butthole Surfers.

Ann: I can’t say that my favorite artists made an album of All Times. They’re all good and with their specific contribution to each style.

4. How do you feel playing live?
Ihor: I can paraphrase that I’m feeling alive while playing. Nothing to add.

Ann: Different. Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes I am shy and just stand at one place thinking: “Oh people, c’mon, close your eyes”. However, it’s always a feeling of great energy that pulse inside you.

5. How do you describe Karr sounds?
Ihor: A harsh, melodic, low, sad music, haha.

Ann: Strange. All our music is different. From sad to angry, from crying to shouting.

6. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Ihor: It’s a very spontaneous thing. I can’t write anything without inspiration. If there is no inspiration, I’m not trying to push myself. I’d better go cycling down the streets.

Ann: Hah, I don’t knowJ It usually depends on Ihor’s behavior and mood.

7. Which new bands do you recommend?
Ihor: Look at the band Garden – they are incredible twins.

Ann: Yeah, Garden.

8. Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Ihor: Any Roxette song would be great. Seriously.

Ann: I prefer to create or maybe “Tainted Love” or “Enjoy the silence”? I’m joking.

9. What are your plans for the future?
Ihor: Try to survive in our country and find a better place to move.

Ann: Become a president of any country. Why not?

10. Any parting words?
Ihor: Hm…Brothers and Sisters, do you think you’re enough adult for Adult Tasty Food?

Ann: Cheers!

terça-feira, 18 de julho de 2017

Why Don't You Cry? with Leland - An Interview

Desde que o dinamarquês Filip iniciou sua saga musical sob a alcunha de Leland, vem despejando porções generosas de seu shoegaze sonhador sem se preocupar com periodicidade ou coisa que o valha, simplesmente o cara produz ferozmente no bom sentido.

Dois EPs, e um álbum, fora o novo single "Why Don´t You Cry" é o que oferta o Leland, onde tudo parece soar como a busca intensa pelo amor em formas sonoras. "(I Have To Stop Writing) Lovesongs" título do álbum cheio resume basicamente o que estas linhas tentam sugerir.

Para o Leland, mesmo que se Filip quiser, sera basicamente impossível, e improvável, que o amor fique distante de suas canções, e que assim seja.

***** Interview with Leland *****

Q. When did Leland start? Tell us about the history...
I went to a boarding school for architecture, design, art and so for half a year two tears ago and in our spare time a couple of us students made a band primarily playing shoegaze. One of the songs was called Leland - not because it had anything to do with the song, it had no lyrics, we just thought it sounded cool. When school ended i wanted to continue making music and just took that name Leland as the moniker. I did a couple of demos and put it onto Soundcloud. I was then contacted by bookers from Tape in Aarhus and Drone in Copenhagen. I got a couple of friends to play with me and played a gig at Tape, but we could never find a date with Drone and it has closed down now, but it was really cool getting contacted by two of the coolest venues in Denmark purely on the basis of demos on Soundcloud and that made me want to keep on doing it. Leland has not played live since that one gig at Tape - now it's just my bedroom solo project.

Q: Who are your influences?
I usually say that Mew was my way into almost every music i listen to. It's funny because i never listen to Mew anymore - in fact i can't really stand it except from maybe their first album. But i'm still very thankful for what they did to me in my early teenage years. They sometimes had that dreamy shoegaze sound and cited My Bloody Valentine as an influence, which got me into that scene, and from there it's just about digging in. But really the bands that influence me the most are those whom can mix a lot of different sounds - bands like Yo La Tengo and Deerhunter. I listen to a lot of different music and i always want to implement something cool when i hear it into my own music. Suddenly making a garagerock album or putting in a bossanova song out of nowhere and still having it sound like you - that's cool! But i'm also very inspired by literature of course especially in my lyrics. For example i have a song called Debauchery/Rodya and Rodya is of course form Raskolnikov and inspired by his Napoleon idea.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
The Smiths - The Queen is Dead

Really could just keep on mentioning the classics(these two are essentials!!), but might be more interesting if i name my favourite albums of never date(and by that i mean the last ten years)

Deerhunter - Microcastle
Caribou - Our Love
Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

Q. How do you feel playing live?
As Leland i have only performed once, but that was very cool. When i was younger i was really focused on not doing anything wrong, but now i'm more relaxed. As long as the overall impression and show i want to give people isn't affected it doesn't really matter to me. I like making a show with like ambient interludes, noise and so. I play in a couple of other bands and in all of them i use that as a very central part of the live performance.

Q. How do you describe Leland sounds?
I normally just call it indie pop or rock with influence from things like shoegaze, kraut, psych and ambient. Again it's about mixing everything i like.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It's just me in my room with a guitar, microphone and a sampler for drums. I try to not make it too complicated instrumentwise, but instead go very deep into the guitar and vocals. Really what i'm good at is creating moods with my guitar and voice and a lot of effects. Often there are like four guitar tracks and four vocal tracks and then just a simple drum track. The bass is played on my guitar and then EQ'ed so that it sounds like a bass. That's about it. I plan on using my Juno-106 more, but i really like making the guitar sound like something that's not a guitar - kind of like Windy & Carl.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The danish band Modest is very cool! They play romantic rockmusic and i think they are someone to look out for. They played the Rising Stage at Roskilde Festival this tuesday. Besides that they are a cool bunch of mates too. I listen a lot to the German London-based band Ulrika Spacek at the moment. They just released their second album, but the debut is no more then a year old so i guess you could say they are kind of new. They have this jamming, motorik psych/krautsound, but again adding other stuff for example Sonic Youth and Television-like guitar work, which is very cool.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Fleetwood Mac maybe. Dreams might be the best pop-song ever written!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Right now i just make a lot of songs in my bedroom and release them as i finish them. Would be cool if they could be arranged in a band situation some time, but until then i'm just making a big catalog of songs. As mentioned i play in other bands and perform live with them, so Leland is my own project where i can do whatever i want to. If it could be played with a band some day it would be cool, but i don't want to compromise with the music. Then i would rather just want it to be my own bedroom project. I have some friends who have a studio in Aarhus so maybe i would like to try and record the best of my songs there and release a cassette or 7" some day.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for supporting underground music - there is a lot of undiscovered music out there still to be heard. And go listen to my new song Why Don't You Cry? on Soundcloud or Bandcamp - i think it's one of the best i have ever made.