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.