terça-feira, 19 de setembro de 2017

Ghost with Staring Problem - An Interview

Pós punk ríspido, com inserções de no wave, assim poderia ser resumidamente descrita a sonoridade do trio de Chicago, Staring Problem.

Guiados obviamente por linhas de baixo incisivas, e guitarras sempre estridentemente cortantes, a banda criando a cada trabalho uma identidade que ao ouvinte desavisado poderia confundir com alguma preciosidade perdida do auge do pós punk.

O último single deles "Ghost", é exatamente assim, curto e grosso, sem firulas e direto ao ponto, aliás como toda a discografia da banda que conta com inúmeros singles e o disco homônimo lá de 2010, isso mesmo.

Como se percebe o Staring Problem não é nenhum novato, e você ai, deveria corrigir seu equívoco e devorar cada pedaço da discografia deles.

E que venha o novo álbum.

***** Interview with Staring Problem *****

Q. When did Staring Problem start? Tell us about the history... Q: Who are your influences?
Staring Problem started off some time around 2010 in Carbondale, IL. We were an odd bunch brought together in band form, from our shared loves of music and culture. We wanted a band that ranged in sound from Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, to the Cure.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
I always have trouble with so-called "top" lists because I have such a broad interest in music, but I'll do my best here in no particular order! I'm also gonna do 10, rather than 5!
The Cure - Pornography,
Wire - 154,
David Bowie - Heroes,
Ministry - With Sympathy,
Rolling Stones - Her Satanic Majesties Request,
George Harrison - All things Must Pass,
New Order - Low Life,
Kraftwerk - Computer World,
Pink Floyd - Animals,
Kate Bush - Never Forever

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I personally don't love to play live with Staring Problem, insofar that I have made my job too difficult for my abilities. As a 3 piece, where I am the sole/lead guitar and vocals, it is all I can do to get those sounds out of me accordingly. I am bound in place and feel terribly boring being so stationary. As a consolation I try to dress up my wardrobe a bit for the stage so there is subjectively, something interesting to look at from my direction. The rest of the band is much better to watch being able to emote a bit more and move about. On a whole, I am proud of our songs and feel that playing live is a necessity that comes with sharing something you take pride in. It is also quite enjoyable to have the opportunity to play alongside and see other great bands perform!

Q. How do you describe Staring Problem sounds?
We sound quite terse and tense with moments of relief, often during a chorus. We seem to subsist on intertwined melodies of my guitar and Milo's bass that are accompanied by my vocals and supported by the steadiness of our no-fuss, human drum machine, Alix.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We enjoy recording because it gives us a bit more freedom to expound on our ideas. We usually enlist the aid of a friend to do so as the recording engineer becomes a member of the band that pushes the aesthetics of sound with their abilities.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There are some great bands going at this time. Some that I would recommend that are worth checking out are "YOU." and "Ritual Howls" from Detroit, "Verhalten", "UNUR" and "Froe Char", all on Modern Tapes Records, "Teton" from Portland, "Essential Tremors" from Nashville and from Chicago, "Den", "Melanin" and "Wingtips".

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We were considering doing a Lydia Lunch cover most recently.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Staring Problem is planning to record for a new full-length LP this year that will be released on Modern Tapes Records some time next year!