sexta-feira, 22 de setembro de 2017

Do You Feel What I Feel? with Tomorrow Forever - An Interview

O italiano, Alberto Battaglia já é um sócio de carteirinha aqui do TBTCI, por conta de sua banda The Mystic Morning, mas não contente com o shoegaze psicodélico de sua banda, o cara resolveu chamar seu irmão Francesco Battaglia e juntos montaram o Tomorrow Forever.

O debute dos caras nasceu hoje, e já vem ao mundo com tonalidades épicas, muito por conta de uma mistura deliciosamente envolvente contendo The La´s, Rain Parade, Ride, circa Carnival of Light e muito psicodelismo sessentista.

O disquinho homônimo é daqueles encantamentos imediatos, aquele tipo de disco que vicia desde as primeiras audições, também pudera, como não se render a melodias altamente grudentas sob um clima indie da melhor qualidade.

Estreia em grande estilo do Tomorrow Forever.

***** Interview with Tomorrow Forever *****

Q. When did Tomorrow Forever start? Tell us about the history...
Alberto: Me and my brother, Francesco, essentially love the same music. For years, we flirted with this idea: why don't we form a band together? In march 2017 a wise man told me bluntly: “Make your fucking band with your fucking brother”. So, I started the recording of my own songs, involving Francesco and his “lead single”, 'Do you feel what I feel'.

Q: Who are your influences?
Alberto and Francesco: The first and the most evident influence is Ride. Beside shoegaze, we love every band with a prominent jingle-jangle sound: Felt, Rem, Byrds, Beatles, early Primal Scream, Game Theory and Rain Parade.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Alberto and Francesco: Here is a list of personal favorites.
Ride – Nowhere;
Rain Parade - Explosions in glass palace;
Band of Susan’s – The word and the flesh;
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream;
Tim Buckley – Goodbye and Hello.

Q. How do you describe Tomorrow Forever sounds?
Alberto and Francesco: We tried to sound “analog” and “real” as a live band. You can call it shoegaze because we have reverbs, noise, quite distant voices and sweet melodies. But our guitar sound is more “natural” as we use few pedals, and, most notably, no fuzz/overdrive/distortion. All the “dirty” sounds (and we have many) are obtained the old-fashioned way: with saturated valve amplifiers, at crazy volumes. To enhance this direction, we have mastered the audio with analog technologies. Because of this the record sounds very vintage. When we create dreamy sounds our focus is more on chord figures, rather than guitar pedals: we constantly blend two or more unusual chords at the same time to draw evocative landscapes. Powerchords were “abolished” in this EP, leaving space for smoother and wider sounds.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs.
Alberto and Francesco: The most interesting aspect was the recording of guitars. We used the stereo feature of Rickenbacker 370/6, recording at once the same part with a bright tone, and a muddy one. Then we added ultra-bright parts to cover more and more frequencies. You can hear up to 8 different guitar parts at once. Vocal harmonies were important for us, at times you can also hear a third, female voice: a soprano Dorela Cela. Some arrangements were created together in studio with our producer, drummer, engineer and friend Francesco Genduso. That was an exciting and creative environment.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Francesco: I would say DIIV, Flyying Colours, Sulk, Forsaken Autumn.

Alberto: Shoegaze is powerful in Italy, so I recommend Rev Rev Rev, The Yellow Traffic Light, Stella Diana, In her eye.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Alberto: As Tomorrow Forever, we must play the first gig in the near future. I like the energy of the audience, but I also love the complete creative freedom you have during a studio recording.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Alberto: I would love to cover Dido's Lament, by Henry Purcell. As Jeff Buckley did.

Francesco: My choice is “Bad Blood”, by The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Francesco: We have many songs set aside. Our thoughts are projected towards the next release.

Q: Any parting words?
Alberto and Francesco: All the revenue of this EP will be donated to Unicef, so we encourage everyone who enjoys our music to buy the record (via Bandcamp, iTunes, etc). We are lucky, so we want to give something back. Moreover, you will enjoy much stronger audio quality. There is much of ourselves in this music, we hope you like it. Thanks for your support, Renato.