domingo, 17 de setembro de 2017

Fantasy Nails with Mini Dresses - An Interview

Seguindo a tradição da tríade básica e fundamental para todos os desmembramentos do indie, leia-se, Class of 86, Flying Nun, Sarah Records, onde o hoje radicado trio de Boston, mas nascido em Austin, Mini Dresses segue destilando suas canções perfeitas desde 2012.

Há dois dias atrás veio ao mundo seu mais recente trabalho, o álbum homônimo, uma beleza ensolarada, intimista e delicada que cai como uma luva para manhãs como as de hoje, onde um domingo ensolarado pede e clama por calmaria.

Sutilezas sonoras para acalentar o caos do dia a dia, assim é o Mini Dresses. Desacelere e aproveite.

***** Interview with Mini Dresses *****

Q. When did Mini Dresses start? Tell us about the history...
Lira and Caufield have been playing music together for almost 9 years now. Mini Dresses started as a modest recording project in Austin, TX in 2012 and expanded when we moved to Boston.

Q: Who are your influences?
We started as a dreamy jangle pop project in the vein of C86, Flying Nun, Sarah Records, etc. We've since tried to get out of the 80s and further into our own heads. Perhaps the project has evolved to incorporate other fascinations: library music, goth, lounge, dub, even maybe new age music to some extent. The songs are still guitar and voice-oriented, but those other influences are lurking in the corners. And over the years we've gotten more technophilic by implementing reel-to-reels, tape echoes, spring reverbs, and the like, whereas when we began we used computers for everything.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is always changing. Here's what we're listening to most right now:
1) Virna Lindt -- Shiver
2) Joe Meek and the Blue Men -- I Hear a New World: An Outer Space Music Fantasy
3) Pram -- The Stars Are So Big The Earth Is So Small... Stay As You Are
4) Anna Domino -- East and West + Singles
5) Strawberry Switchblade -- 1982 4 Piece Demo

Q. How do you feel playing live?
When our schedules permit us to do so, we enjoy playing live on the east coast. Barring some concerns about Boston's lacking infrastructure and means of supporting musicians, we think there's lots of great people and projects in our city now.

Q. How do you describe Mini Dresses' sounds?
Dreamy, but not pristine, a little amateur, with spirit.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The recording process for these songs was challenging in that, this being our first album, we were somewhat clueless. We thought we had our songs figured out, and then we tried recording them to tape, and we ended up rewriting some of them multiple times, ditching others, and ultimately taking a lot longer than we anticipated. Add to that the chaos inherent in working with vintage equipment that has a tendency to deteriorate, and you interesting experience! Thankfully, our super patient recording engineer, Ian Doerr, worked overtime with us to finish the record we wanted to make.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Some bands from our area come to mind: Strange Passage, Beverly Tender, Dyr Faser, halfsour, Birthing Hips, Dame. And there's many more!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our first full-length is coming this September. And we're already halfway through our second album. After that, who knows?

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you!