quarta-feira, 31 de janeiro de 2018

Funny Old Life with Beautyness - An Interview

Toques de melancolia envoltos a uma velha, e, sempre precisa combinação de indie rock e sonhos, é a direção sonora que Alex Guderian em companhia de seus amigos, deu ao seu novato projeto, Beautyness.

O debute veio nos primeiros dias do ano, com o homônimo EP. Ecos de Elliot Smith e The Smiths misturados com um certo ar lo fi, muito pela conexão com o Grandaddy, dão o charme exato para o trabalho.

Canções ensolaradas e tristes para passeios ao entardecer são a especialidade do Beautyness.

***** Interview with Beautyness *****

Q. When did Beautyness begin? Tell us about the history...
Beautyness started about a year ago. I had a bunch of guitar parts floating around that I had not used for any projects so I decided to put them to use. My friend David Martini started coming around once the songs were a little more finished and he would play drums. This most often would occur in the middle of the day in my basement. It was winter then.

Q: Who are your influences?
Johnny Marr of The Smiths was big for me. The Smiths in general. Another huge influence for me was a band called Sigliosi from Wisconsin. Also, a slew of indie bands from the 90’s to the 00’s. A lot of guitar forward music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
If I were to give a rough estimate it would be:

Modest Mouse – “Lonesome Crowded West”
Grandaddy – “Sumday”
John Maus – "We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves"
The Radio Dept. – “Clinging To A Scheme”
The Smiths – “Self-Titled”

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing live! It’s one of my favorite part’s about being in a band.

Q. How do you describe Beautyness sounds?
Kinda melancholy. My preferred guitar tone is pretty bright and clean. I like having some shimmery guitar over a moody base of a song. Somebody said it sounds like sad surf rock… I’ll take that.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
My friend Eric Skogen recorded 3 of the 4 tracks on the EP. Usually would just head over to his place when our schedules synced up. We would drink some La Croix, we would drink some martini’s. David would play the drums and I would do guitar live. Once we had the base of the song done I would record 2nd guitars, bass and vocals. We also did one track (Lull) with Ali Jaafar at Ecstattic Studios in Minneapolis.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I’m not great at keeping tabs on new music but there is some really rad stuff from Minneapolis coming out, here’s some bands I like:

No Kim, Observer Drift, Another Heaven, Finesse, Double Grave

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Fugazi. But I would try and play as closely to sounding like Fugazi as possible, don’t need any of that jangle guitar crap ruining it. And our drummer would need a giant bell.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Gonna play some shows starting in the Spring. Hopefully get the EP out on Cassette. Already working on new music for a full album release. With the addition of some pals, Beautyness will be a full band. Down the line the music will be more of a collaborative effort.

Q: Any parting words?
Have fun, stay safe.


terça-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2018

Pictures of Your Mind with Low Valley Hearts - An Interview

O quarteto com raízes estadunidenses e russas, Low Valley Hearts, tem data marcada para seu debute, dia 15 de Fevereiro. O álbum "Pictures Of Your Mind", já em alta rotação aqui no TBTCI, é um delirante exercício que passeia por entre a new wave, recheada de synths dançantes, o pós punk, com leve toques soturnos, mas sem assustar ninguém, e um doce e viciante apelo pop.

Os aperitivos do disco vão sendo revelados paulatinamente, "Highlands", "Talking Us Down" e "Lulu", estão a serventia do ouvinte na página do Soundcloud deles, e só reforçam minhas palavras, o disco é saboroso, excitante e sim, viciante.

Se houvesse um máquina do tempo e voltássemos para os clubinhos dos 80´s o Low Valley Hearts estaria completamente estourando, tocando em tudo que é canto, mas como vivemos em outra época, somente poucos iniciados vão saborear esta delícia, seja um deles.

***** Interview with Low Valley Hearts *****

Q. When did Low Valley Hearts begin? Tell us about the history...
Rossellini: Low Valley began with Evgenia working as a pet caretaker in the winter of 2017. The solitude of large houses filed with the energy of small animals served as the basis for many of our first songs. "Lulu" was the cat who would never come home to the "Highland House". The house had no curtains on the windows and is on a busy street where there are frequent car accidents on outside corner. The band seemed to stem from the series of events that happened around us at that time and the need to reflect on those subjects. I remember Trump :( was elected as president on my birthday and we finished our most nihilistic song "Pictures of your Mind" that night. The song is our own analysis of the devolving of the human brain and its loss of abilities that it may have once had. When a handful of songs were written we started to rehearse them as a full band with Sean and Zalika.

Zalika: I heard it came from Rossellini's garden. Then they invited me over and I was shy so I played Tchaikovsky and was less shy?

Q: Who are your influences?
Evgenia's influences range from classical composers such as Chopin and Rachmaninoff to European new wavers such as KNHO (Kino) and Air. Sean's drumming comes from the lineage of bands like Wire, Can, and Beefheart. Zalika gets deep into electronic experimentation I.E. Yello Magic Orchestra and Sakamoto.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Zalika's list:
Vespertine, bjork
good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar
Cilvia Demo, Isaiah Rashad
Skyrim soundtrack, Jeremy Soule
the blind hole, dead in the dirt.

Rossellini's list:
I can't push the agenda that these are the best albums ever but I definitely find myself listening to them a lot.
Zhanna Aguzarova's 1991 s/t album
Straitjacket Fits - Melt
Cristina - Sleep it off
The Cure - Head on the Door
Iggy Pop - The Idiot

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Zalika: It's pretty cool, I don't get nervous, but I'm too shy for it.

Evgenia: I often feel neurotic but maybe that's only a half truth. Sometimes I write parts that are too complicated for myself and it's hard to sing and play synth at the same time. Each of us in the band has our own character that we perform as and sometimes our character will change with our mood and evolution. For recent shows I've performed as "Space Owl". But I believe that your who you perform as can open a door to an alternative reality and you can be whoever you choose to be. "Space Owl", "Galactic Traveler" etc.

Sean is the drum "Drum Zebra" and Zalika was imported from the "Mystical Forest" as the "Wild Hair Fairy". Zalika told Rossellini he's the "Glam Lord".

Q. How do you describe Lox Valley Hearts sounds?
Rossellini/Evgenia: Russian synth competing with loud drums and guitar of dissonant nature, all painted purple, gold, and silver.

Zalika: Post punk glam with immaculate Siberian conservatory composition and some space stuff on the side.

Q. Tell us the process of recording songs?
Zalika: We go in Ross's garden and whisper into his plants and then they send us an email with raw files that need mastering.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Local Atlanta has good acts:
Material Girls
Sherrill 3
Suffer Dragon
Sequoyah Murray.
A Drug Called Tradition
etc etc etc :)

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Rossellini: We were talking about covering a specific Black Sabbath song soon. Also we had covered a song by the great Israeli band "Minimal Compact" and may cover another of their songs in the future.

Zalika: Cocteau twins would be pretty dreamy.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Rossellini: more songs about pets, space travel, creepy stuff, food, and dysfunctional inventions. To travel where no band has traveled before and maybe do some shows at a UFO or Science convention.

Zalika: Continue investing in bitcoin, make less ironic Sims references, adopt a dog.

Q: Any parting words?
Evgenia: Peace Soup, Cute Tips, and Statistic Noise.

Zalika: Before you sleep, don't forget to take out your contacts or else your eyes will feel like gluey suckballs.


Reverberation with The Kundalini Genie - An Interview

Há um ano atrás começava a jornada garage lisérgica dos escoceses do The Kundalini Genie.

Alguns singles durante o decorrer do ano passado e a redenção em Dezembro com o primeiro álbum, "Reverberation". Aqui não há o que dizer, temos psicodelismo rasgado sessentista aos montes, garageira 60´s, fuzz, e o cheiro da nova cena psych da atualidade.

Um disco pra ser degustado em alto e bom som, sem interrupções, porque no final, vai ser inevitável não dar play novamente.

Viciante é pouco.

***** Interview with The Kundalini Genie *****

Q. When did The Kundalini Genie begin? Tell us about the history...
A: The Kundalini Genie was formed as a concept almost exactly one year ago. It started as an outlet that Julia and I created for our music and artwork, and quickly evolved. We had our first gig in march so there's an argument to be made that we also technically formed then as that's when we first cut our teeth.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: I'm influenced heavily by a lot of bands, if I was to make a comprehensive list I'd forget so many bands and regret it. I'm mainly influenced by 60's psychedelia, indian classical music and modern psych, however I love funk, jazz, the blues, hip-hop, ambient and experimental music too.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: In no particular order:
The 13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - Deja Vu
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
Rodriguez - Coming From Reality
Donovan - Sunshine Superman

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: It's hard to describe. I feel shitty, worried, excited, ecstatic, sad, overjoyed, I feel like I'm the most powerful person in the room and I feel like I'm just kidding myself on. Sometimes my mind wanders and I think about silly stuff. It all changes quickly, depending on how good the crowd are, how good I feel and am playing, how good the band are playing, etc. Mostly I just feel like it was over pretty quick. Feels like I spend so long building up to a gig that's over in the blink of an eye before I've really processed any of those emotions I mentioned.

Q. How do you describe The Kundalini Genie sounds?
Well the current album has been described as heavily 60's sounding and I agree, we were definitely going for that with this album but that definitely doesn't describe our sound. By the end of our career we will have albums of experimental backwards sitar weirdness, heavy grunge psych, acoustic blues and funk and jazz, etc. I hope to eventually not be considered a band that is tied to one genre, or sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Not enough time, arguments, strokes of genius, evolution, improvisation, irritation and the worlds best feeling of accomplishment at the end.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Ghost Dance Collective, Filth Spector, Black Cat Revue, The Valkarys, The Durty Wurks, Triptides, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Timothy Eerie, The Vibe, Ghost Dance Collective again.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have covered a few great bands already, Reverberation by the elevators, pictures of matchstick men, cortez the killer by young, I really want to do Mr. Soul next.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In the same position but marginally more successful and with more albums.

Q: Any parting words?
If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all.


segunda-feira, 29 de janeiro de 2018

Building Santa Fe with Mount Ivy - An Interview

Nada de barulho ou experimentalismos extremos, ou, climas densos e soturnos, apenas melodias cantaroláveis, o pop feito feito com sensibilidade e inteligência, assim é o Mount Ivy, pop, com pitadas espaciais, sem exageros, apenas servindo de fio condutor para canções que fogem de rótulos.

"Building Santa Fe", último trabalho dos caras passeia exatamente por caminhos iluminadamente pops, com um delicioso frescor levemente psicodélico.

Quer espantar, ou ao menos, deixar problemas de lado, fiquem com o Mount Ivy por alguns momentos e relaxe.

***** Interview with Mount Ivy *****

Q. When did Mount Ivy begin? Tell us about the history...
Mount Ivy is Broderick Adams (Singer, Rhythm Guitar), John Ruben (Drums), Star Child (Keys, Vocals), Topher Petsch (Bass), and Juan Duran (Lead Guitar, Vocals). The band was conceptualized by Broderick in Austin in 2012. At the time Topher and Broderick were living together and Broderick was sharing bedroom demos with Topher. Topher agreed to join the project as a side endeavor to post-hardcore project Vaudeville Cinema. Topher and Broderick moved back to Amarillo, a city in the Texas panhandle, to be joined by Juan on lead guitar. This formed the core unit of the band and the original line-up featured drummer Sidney Busbee. This lineup was in effect for a little over a year and a half before adding Star Child as the key player and about 6 months later John Ruben took the helm on drums to replace Sidney, thus creating the lineup that we currently have.

Q: Who are your influences?
I would like to say that we have an eclectic list of influences due to be from different backgrounds musically. To name a few (or a handful haha):

Tears for Fears
The Delfonics
Fleetwood Mac
The Beatles
David Bowie

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
These are in no particular order due to this being one of the hardest questions to answer haha
1. Illinois - Sufjan Stevens
2. Songs from the Big Chair - Tears for Fears
3. Violent Waves - Circa Survive
4. Alive and Kicking - The Delfonics
5. Purple Rain - Prince

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live together is such a wonderful experience. You can see on our faces that we receive a large depth of joy from playing together. I could say over and over that it is just a blast to play with these guys but the best way to summarize the feeling is to say that music is the truest form of magic. When you play music with kindred spirits you all enter the same otherworldly plane and experience a healing and indescribable happiness.

Q. How do you describe Mount Ivy sounds?
We usually sort of describe ourselves as space rock. To go into more detail there are several flavors going into the musical pot. We love delay, reverb and classic synth sounds. I see it as a blending of the world of classic rock music and modern ambient rock music. There are moments in the set that are large like towering land forms with huge spacious guitars and we also have some more 60's sounding surfy riffs and chamber pop influence bleeds through.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We take a few different approaches to recording. The main approach we take is to lay trash rhythm guitar, get drums tracked and record the other other instruments one at a time to ensure the cleanest takes. After the tracks are recorded we like to experiment with different vocal textures to add our flare onto the recording. We have also been known to record the whole stringed and keyed ensemble together to get a more fluid sounding track.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Little Tybee
Tremble Out
Cut Worms

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have toyed with the idea of a Cher or The Cure cover. Nothing has came to fruition yet but I have a feeling that one will happen.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are in the process of regrouping and looking at where we fit in the music industry this year. Likely there will be some more video content and strange interactive experiences to be had into this blooming year.

Q: Any parting words?
We just want to thank Renato for having us and congratulate him on a decade of promoting, discovering and giving new acts a platform to express themselves. We feel blessed to be a part of TBTCI and we hope to go to Brazil to perform in the near future!


It Didn't Sound The Same Without The Rain with Key Out - An Interview

Só quem viveu o auge dos 90´s sabe como eram as coisas, mas sem essa de nostalgia, o lance foi legal, intenso e tudo mais, porém segue a vida, da mesma maneira que só quem viveu os 60´s pra entender como foi em sua essência e por ai vai, só que é sensacional sentir aquela vibe novamente, o que claramente esta inserido no som dos australianos do Key Out.

Aquele lance de college radios, aquele sentimento de dane-se o futuro e vamos nos divertir, e o que tiver que acontecer que aconteça é exatamente nessa pegada que flui "It Didn´t Sound The Same Without The Rain", último trabalho dos caras. Com ecos de muita coisa dos 90´s, leia-se, Polvo, Blonde Redhead, You And I, entre outras tantas, os caras pegam esse filão e se jogam.

Inovador? Não. Vai mudar o mundo? Não. Diversão? Sim, e muita, e o que mais se precisa nessa vida? Afinal, sem diversão tudo é uma tremenda bosta, certo? Aumente o som e se divirta com o Key Out.

***** Interview with Key Out *****

Q. When did Key Out begin? Tell us about the history...
We got together in early 2016 after I’d stumbled into some inspiration and written a bunch of songs. I’d known Rohan from an old band of mine, Ides of Space, who used to play with his old band Sounds Like Sunset. We collected some more members and made a recording of those demos, and have rolled on from there.

Q: Who are your influences?
Bands with fighting melodies and interesting sounds…Blonde Redhead, Glide, dEUS, Ride, Grandaddy, Johnny Foreigner, Sandpit, Guided by Voices, Machine Translations, Sounds Like Sunset.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Polvo, Exploded Drawing. This record changed the way I heard music. I learned to play guitar sitting around trying to decipher just how they had tuned their guitars and how they made the noises they did.

Slint, Spiderland. I couldn’t believe how young these guys were when I saw pics years after this was released. One of the most haunting and otherworldly records I have ever heard.

dEUS, The Ideal Crash. Real subtle sophistication in this songwriting, and a great video for the single Instant Street.

Ride, Nowhere. Vapour Trail remains one of the greatest pop songs of all time, and white noise moments (e.g. Dreams Burn Down) still give me shivers.

You Am I, Sound as Ever. A formative record for me – this was the first band I saw at an underage gig at a youth centre.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It’s a great feeling. and when it’s really great, it’s often a blur. You climb on stage, get lost in a moment, jump around and then it’s last song…

Q. How do you describe Key Out sounds?
One review of our previous ep said it was ‘Dreamy indie pop served with a side of melancholic rock’ and that was ‘full of melodic indie/rock jams that feel snatched out of the late 90’s but done with a modern spin’. I think that’s pretty close.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
For our new ep Rohan and I spent a day in a studio recording drums to a live guitar, then I took tapes home and built on those skeletons, layering guitars, vocals and so on. Martin joined the band during this recording, so I asked him to throw as many keyboard lines at it as he wanted, then we mixed the mass of tracks into some sort of coherent piece.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We’ve played with and seen a bunch of great bands in Sydney over the past year including Hannahband, Games Night, Hazey and Oslow.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
This probably changes each day. Ides of Space did a cover of In the Mouth a Desert by Pavement. I’ve always thought Wouldn’t it be Good by Nik Kershaw would be good cover material too…

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A new batch of songs is under development, and I have some ideas for different ways of recording/collaborating (which I’ll keep to myself for the moment in case they crash and burn). But 2018 will be about some touring and more recording.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for the questions and the great blog! Hope to come to your part of the world sometime


domingo, 28 de janeiro de 2018

Beach Blind Court with Parsy - An Interview

Para manhãs ensolaradas dominicais, um pouco de tranquilidade, suavidade e, porque não melancolia, cabem perfeitamente para uma trilha sonora confortável.

E nesse clima o TBTCI, apresenta diretamente de Colorado, os caras do Parsy, com suas pérolas sonhadoras de baixa qualidade.

Como eles mesmo sintetizam sabiamente, "canções lo fi para garotos lo fi", e é exatamente nesse clima que deve ser degustado o delicioso "IV", muito provavelmente a melhor introdução aos caras.

Desacelere e esfrie a cabeça com o Parsy, seu parceiro para manhãs como as de hoje.

***** Interview with Parsy *****

Q. When did Parsy begin? Tell us about the history...
So this project was sort of born out of bedroom recordings I made as soon as I was capable of putting a song together. I jumped around playing instruments growing up (piano, violin, upright/jazz bass, drums, guitar) and only started taking them seriously enough my last two years of high school. My senior year I was playing drums and singing in a psych rock group with some close friends from high school (https://thehalogensband.bandcamp.com/releases) and on my own I would use my brother’s USB mic to record demos at home to potentially bring to the band. Those tunes ended up being split between the first set of demos (EP1) I ended up releasing at the beginning of my 2nd year in college and unreleased Halogens post-EP demos that I eventually released on IV. That was also when I moved from Minnesota – where I grew up – to Colorado, where I’ve been spending the most time working on/releasing tunes n such.

I’ve always been a fan of lofi & the first couple EPs are pretty simple songwriting-wise, songs usually being around/less than 2 minutes and not too many parts. I’ve only recently been able to confidently write two or three chord progressions for a song & experiment w melodies n vocals, it’s a good time.

Q: Who are your influences?
Whole bunch of influences, older guys like: Joy Division/New Order, The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Pink Floyd/Syd Barrett, Black Sabbath, The Cure, Ride, Bowie, The Beatles, Talking Heads, Pavement, Brian Eno, Velvet Underground, Echo & the Bunnymen, Bauhaus, Pixies/Kim Deal, Yo La Tengo, Galaxie 500, Interpol, Animal Collective, Radiohead, Ween, etc.

As well as newer groups like: Beach Fossils, Inner Wave, Wild Nothing, Good Morning, Beach House, Tame Impala, Mac Demarco, The Drums, Ariel Pink, Deerhunter, (Thee) Oh Sees, Dirty Beaches, Homeshake, Mild High Club, Soko, Real Estate/Ducktails, Acid Ghost, Boys Age, Spirit Club, Diiv, The Horrors, John Maus, The War on Drugs, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dog Bite, etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Duster - Stratosphere
Pixies - Doolittle
New Order – Technique
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Ariel Pink – pom pom

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It’s been sparse, but I enjoy it for sure. So far I haven’t played a live show performing my solo music, but I just started jamming with my drummer friend Nigel here in Colorado, and we’re hoping to start playing some open jams/house gigs/other shows once this semester is over.

In terms of actual feeling though I think Kevin Shields described it pretty well in the documentary “Joy of the Guitar Riff” where he explains it as a sort of trance-like euphoria (when things are going well, I guess).

Q. How would you describe Parsy´s sounds?
Over my 4 releases I’ve moved sounds around a bit but always hovered around dream pop, bedroom rock, lofi, quiet, psych, and have even started to get into jazz/bossanova chords a bit on my 3rd & 4threleases.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Most songs come out of when I’m able to match solid guitar and vocal melodies. If I feel good about a part nowadays I’ll sit on it & try to come up with a second chord progression or some sort of change-up. If that all works out I usually end up recording that rhythm guitar part on a drum loop, and then I listen to that while I jam out a bass & lead guitar part, hopefully having some sort of an idea for vocals.

For vocals, I usually just sing nonsense words with a melody over the chord progressions until I find something that’s fits in, and then try to match words to the sounds & syllables I was making. Not to sound as pretentious as humanly possible, but its sort of a stream of consciousness in terms of the actual words that end up being the lyrics, often oddly applicable to what is going on in my life at the time.

Also, I find myself writing new songs pretty much strictly in periods of stress or sadness, which is probably part of the reason my lyrics can be so goddamn depressing at times (for me at least).

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A dear friend John (played bass/guitar in the Halogens) moved to North Carolina and started expanding on his solo tunes over the past couple years. John always had clever, sophisticated taste/humor from an early age and it definitely speaks out in his tunes. I’d describe it as lofi, indie, jangly, dream pop, a lil experimental, etc.

My favorite tunes of his are “bleepbloop, Bowsers Remorse, and joy in crying”

Frankie here is another dear friend from the Halogens. He played keys & drums as well as produced all and every Halogens release. His production abilities always blew me away as he was pretty much the driving force behind taking band ideas the other 3 of us would come up with and then evolving/developing it into a seriously next level and professional sounding demo.

On his own he makes beats as Echo Kid, and I’ll plug his ambient project, Lo Mismo. Especially on his full-length release, Frank kills at layering old record samples as well as his own instrumentation (he plays piano & cello as well) into the some of the most atmospheric/chilling/haunting, yet beautiful compositions. If I remember right Frank was also interested in writing film scores and pretty much after 1 listen through “This Beautiful Place” you’ll be able to see how well it would fit in that realm of production. Reminds me of the soundtrack to Inception.

My faves of Franks are “Caught In The Wind, and Somniferum”.

Furthermore, both of these guys were pretty deeply involved in the 2nd half of IV, my first (and only) full-length release.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I’d say either Good Morning or Deerhunter. I fell in love with Good Morning’s lofi sound and shortly after recorded covers of 4 of their tunes soon after I had started listening to them. Definitely still influenced by them to this day.

And Deerhunter because when I jam I always tend to play a few songs by them to warm up. I guess I’d say I’ve been inspired by the experimental aspect of their sound and the vocal style of Bradford Cox & Lockett Pundt has always been pretty heavy influence on me as well.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Hmm I guess for now just trying to graduate (NRSC-BA from CU Boulder) and music-wise I’m pushing to start actually getting shows going. Also, even though I dig the process of recording & self-producing songs, I’ll hopefully get into a studio at some point for a little boost in production quality. Also might release some B-sides from the last album soon.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks Renalto, love ya.


sábado, 27 de janeiro de 2018

Longing For Home with Starsabout - An Interview

Se o quarteto polonês Starsabout fosse londrino certamente estaria estourado como uma das bandas mais baladas do indie rock, ou, caso não estivesse, deveriam estar.


Sentimentalmente épico, o som dos caras é algo entre as obras do Verve e do Radiohead, com extrema sofisticação e tato melódico, tudo evidenciado no soberbo segundo trabalho dos caras, "Longing For Home".

Indie rock como nos velhos tempos, hipnótico, emotivo, com leveza e intensidade mesclando-se e envolvendo-se por completo.

Uma pena que os novos tempos não permitem que novos ídolos subam ao topo, porque o Starsabout tem todos os quesitos preenchidos.

***** Interview with Starsabout *****

Q. When did Starsabout begin? Tell us about the history...
Starsabout’s history began in late 2011 when I met Tomek Kryjan and we started doing jam sessions as a duo. In 2012 we found our rythm section - Piotr & Sergiusz - and from the first rehersal we knew that this is ‘it’. Since then we’ve been playing together as a band - Starsabout.

Q: Who are your influences?
Well, that’s a tough question! The artists we all love are: King Crimson, The Blue Nile, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Slowdive, Camel, Anathema, No Clear Mind, Afghan Whigs, Radiohead, Joseph Arthur, U2, Pink Floyd, A-ha, Tides From Nebula, Marillion, Glen Hansard..

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Jeff Buckley ‘Grace’
U2 ‘The Joshua Tree’
The Blue Nile ‘ High’
Radiohead ‘Kid A’
The Verve ‘Urban Hymns’

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love it. It’s an amazing feeling. Most of our songs are designed to play live, especially the long ones like ‘Bluebird’, ‘Sway’ or ‘Cry Me No Tears’, which take listeners on some kind of journey. In June 2017 we were a part of one of the best cameral music festivals in Central Europe – Halfway Festival in Bialystok, Poland and we had the honour of sharing the stage with such great international artists like Juana Molina, The Veils, Christine Owman, Angel Olsen. It was one of the best concerts we’ve played so far.

Q. How do you describe Starsabout sounds?
Emotional, climatic, nostalgic & dreamy.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We spent almost eight months writing the new material. Most of the songs I composed alone at my home and then I showed the sketches to the rest of the guys and we were working on them together during the band’s rehersals. Meanwhile, I was writing the lyrics together with my wife Joanna. All the songs got their final shape when we had entered the studio. During the recording process we were experimenting with some new sounds and instruments: we’ve used different guitars and effects and for the first time we enriched our music with synths and violin. I hope the result is satisfying for listeners.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Maybe they aren’t completely new, but… here are some bands I’ve been listening to recently: Cigarettes After Sex, Nomads, Nothing But Thieves, Future Islands. I would also like to mention Seasonal – a solo project of Polish musician Maciej Sochoń, who also contributed on our new album ‘Longing For Home’ (the track ‘Hourglass’).

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We would love to make a cover in the near future. Maybe some piece of A-ha, The Cure, The Verve or The Blue Nile’s repertoir? We don’t know yet, but we’re definitely thinking about such thing!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We would like to play more live shows in upcoming years. That’s the main goal right now.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much for this interview. We’re happy that our music is interesting for Brazilian listeners. All the best from us!


sexta-feira, 26 de janeiro de 2018

Just Another Day with The Angel Makers - An Interview

Algumas vezes, talvez quase na maioria delas, palavras e opiniões são completamente desnecessárias, quando o assunto é simplesmente música, mas muitas vezes insistimos em debater opiniões, sem chegar a lugar algum.

Basicamente, é o que acontece agora no TBTCI, a respeito do debute do duo de Colchester, UK, The Angel Makers. Poucas informações a respeito deles, mesmo o TBTCI tentando obter maiores dados, mas, a música deles fala por si só.

Passeando por entre as fases, principalmente do que o MBV se tornou, com nítida tendência pop cantarolável, herança dos heróis/heroínas das college radios.

Sedutoramente o "The Angel Makers" o álbum vai te conduzindo por uma cristalina e doce viagem....feche os olhos e entre nesse sonho.

***** Interview with The Angel Makers *****

Q. When did The Angel Makers´ begin? Tell us about the history...
q1. summer 2017, we met online due to similar music interests and goals. And turned out that we lived 5 minutes away from each other!

Q: Who are your influences?
q2. Influences - My Bloody Valentine, Husker du, Beach boys, The cardigans and Carole King

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
q3. Pet sounds, Loveless, selected ambient works vol 1, talking book, a certain smile a certain sadness

Q. How do you feel playing live?
q4. We haven’t performed as a band yet. I perform as a solo artist quite frequently and promote a lot of our work. We hope to do gigs and tour as a supporting act in the summer of 2018. Once I Graduate from university, I’d like to be a full time musician and tour with this band and see where we go from there. (Shauna)

Q. How would you describe The Angel Makers´ sounds?
q5. Melodic, atmospheric, slightly retro and eclectic

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
q6. Rob starts with chord progression, then the other instrumental parts, then vocal melody and lyrics.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
q7.Brockhampton, girl ray, Chaz Bundick meets the Matson 2,

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
q8. Linda Perhacs - hey who really cares?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
q9. Start gigging and possibly go on tour

Q: Any parting words?
q10. Peep the new ep, shit's flames


Ambros Chapel, "Portraits" - Track by Track

Para quem acompanha as páginas do TBTCI, o nome Ambros Chapel soa familiar obviamente.

O soturno combo espanhol, voltou a ativa no final do ano passado com seu mais recente trabalho, o esfumaçado e lírico, "Portraits".

Seguindo a lógica sonora, os caras seguem numa linha tênue por entre a intrínseca combinação de guitarras, herança de Tom Verlaine e o Television, passando por entre melancolia e sombras, fincando definitivamente conexões com Lloyd Cole e o pós punk.

Em "Portraits" todas as características prévias do Ambros Chapel explode epicamente. Entenda melhor a obra do ponto de vista de seus criadores, com detalhes que somente eles poderiam dar.

Ah claro, escute alto.

***** Ambros Chapel, "Portraits" - Track by Track *****

"We had never been asked to write an individual review of each of the songs of a record before. We're not used to seeing our songs from that perspective, but we're glad to provide our view on them to your readers. For this record, by the time we arrived to the studio we had already defined all its aspects (such as songs, concept, recording) more than in previous records. We wanted to raise the bar from our previous work, surpass ourselves and expand our own boundaries. One of the key elements in this record is that songs are shorter. We wanted them to be perfect, stripped of anything superfluous. And after months of work in three different studios, here's the output: it's called 'Portraits' and it's our best creation so far. Each song is a portrait of our sound and our personality. These ten songs reflect who we are and what we've learned during all these years together."

1. Mental
The album opens with 'Mental', in which we intended to keep the solemnity of the Ambros Chapel sound, but adding a groovy touch to it. It contains amazing voice and guitar riffs over that rhythmic base. It is a natural evolution of the sound of songs like 'Got An A' from our second record. We're so happy with the result that we've chosen it for the single that will promote the record.

2. Glassvegas
The second song is 'Glassvegas'. It is a half-time Ambros Chapel classic with a very emotional and epic chorus. This song was very hard to produce because it's difficult to capture emotion at the studio. Our goal is to make our public feel stirred by the songs, to bring them to the way we feel when we're composing them. And we think we've come very close to what we intended to accomplish.

3. Whiskey
The next song on the record is 'Whiskey'. We always feel moved whenever we play this vibrant song. It starts with a spectacular rhythm that takes you through an explosion of choruses and guitar riffs to a sick crescendo ending. It's a great song!

4. Someone
Next comes 'Someone', a song about personal reaffirmation. It encompasses a lot of work and very special dynamics. It exceeds the expectations of a well-rounded song. There is nothing missing. The guitar solo is concise and captivating.

5. Déjà Vu"
Then we get to 'Déjà Vu'. This piece is the best example our vision of epic and darkness. Its rhythm is the result of a drum and bass guitar jam session. We wanted the guitars to add an eerie ambience. We introduced our classic change of pace in the middle of the song and a totally deranged ending. The ideal soundtrack for a thriller film.

6. In The Fall
'In The Fall' is a return to the nineties. To unleashed guitars and drums. Blunt and direct, uncompromising. It contains some of the best verses we've ever composed.

7. Beirut
The next one is 'Beirut', a delightful, very subtle song. We wanted to adapt our playing style to highlight the subtleties of the different elements. We focused on playing very softly, only increasing slightly during the choruses. This song represents the evolution of our most refined sound and has allowed each of us to gain valuable experience in our approach to our own instruments.

8. Insight
'Insight' was supposed to be the opening song of the record: dynamic, epic and robust. But after selecting the songs that would be included in the record, we decided on a different arrangement for the track list. We consider very carefully what the the song order should be. Perhaps on a previous record this song would have been the first, but this record has a different feeling.

9. Wonder Why
The second to last song is 'Wonder Why'. An accurately aimed shot to the listener. It might be the shortest song we've ever recorded, but it contains all the ingredients of our distinctive sound: a truly explosive opening followed by some calmer verses that lead to a very melodic chorus. The perfect song before our last blow,

10. August
'August', which is our personal take on melancholy. It is a pop song filtered through our style. Our previous records also included poppier songs, but this one, while being simpler in terms of structure and execution, is also more complex because of the emotion it must convey. The motif of the lead guitar and the chorus are amazing.

We hope you enjoy this record. We are very proud of it and of what it represents for us.

Greeting from Valencia, Spain.


V.Diasz, "Saturado" - Video Premiere

Uma longa bagagem na estrada psicodélica no submundo dos bons sons desse país já tem no currículo Vinicius Dias.

Do avant psych noise combo Sin Ayuda, passando por seu alter ego, DIAZ, o cara é um trovador psych dos tempos modernos.

Sempre caminhando as margens, até mesmo da dita "cena" nacional, o hoje, V.Diasz segue sua trajetória, sem estar inserido em nenhum nicho, ou feudo das turminhas "alternativas" tupiniquins.

E é nesse perfil que o cara solta seu novo vídeo, simples e contemplativo, tal qual, "Saturado", a canção sugere. Uma pérola psicodélica de baixa qualidade.

Com vídeo assinado por Lucci Antunes, V.Diasz agora, unido a Lovely Noise Records prepara novo material para comemorar o décimo ano na estrada, coisa rara para artistas marginalizados até mesmo pelo meio independente.

São por essas e outras, que o cara merece respeito daqui do TBTCI, e se por ventura você desconhece o mundo particular dele, talvez seja um belo momento para adentrar e decifra-lo. 

***** V.Diasz, "Saturado" *****

"Esse som nasceu de uma jam* solitária no meio do ano passado. Usando o pedal DE7 da ibanez eu percebi que no Range se vc por em 480/2600 ms, ficava uma espécie de reverse... e jogando o tempo dele no talo ficou o tempo da música certinho. A letra n teve alterações (veio pronta) Ainda estou me acostumando com essa versão curta do clipe hehe mas já curto + ver o clipe, do que ouvir a versão antiga haha..."


quinta-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2018

Somewhere with Reduction Plan - An Interview

Daniel Manning é a mente por trás do soturno Reduction Plan, de Connecticut, Estados Unidos.

Com alguns EPs no currículo e três álbuns, sendo o último, "Somewhere", o que melhor sintetiza o que é o Reduction Plan. Um espectro cinzento, o lado mais soturno do pós punk clássico, leia-se, conexões com The Cure, The Chameleons, The Sound, e o reatualizando, ciclicamente, passando por Interpol, Have a Nice Life e outros.

A referências existem, é claro, mas o Reduction Plan, não chega a dar-nos a sensação de cortar os pulsos, como o Cure em "Faith", ou a frieza romântica de um "Script of The Bridge", ou o desespero cruel do "Deathconsciousness", a banda capta todos os extremos dessas obras e as deixa mais gélidas, com uma imensa sensação de vazio.

A bipolaridade entre escuridão e luz, é o centro da obra do Reduction Plan, intenso e introspeção resumem.

***** Interview with Reduction Plan *****

Q. When did Reduction Plan begin? Tell us about the history...
The real start of Reduction Plan was around 4 years ago, during the winter of 2014 when I was on break from school. I had an idea to start a home recording project with a friend making darker, more atmospheric stuff than I had been writing in my band at the time. That kinda fell apart once we both went back to school, but the name stuck with me for a while.

So, when I started writing a few more songs and getting ideas together in the summer of 2015 I decided to resurrect the project and release the first record under the name Reduction Plan. A few of those old ideas from the project’s inception ended up cycling back into a few releases, and the general ethos behind it has remained the same from the start.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Cure have been one of my favorite bands for a while, so they’ve been a constant influence on our sound. Lately, probably because of the cold weather, I’ve been especially into Faith and Pornography. The overall sense of dread and isolation on both those records is something that I really latch onto.

For similar reasons, I’ve also been very into black metal since the start of winter. The raw emotion and darker atmosphere present in that style of music has definitely been influencing the newer songs I’ve been writing. Bands like The Smiths, Killing Joke, The Chameleons, Cocteau Twins, and Sisters of Mercy have all been super influential to our sound as well.

Otherwise, more modern bands like Have A Nice Life, Mount Eerie, and Merchandise have all been huge inspirations for different reasons. I think Merchandise is one of the most underrated bands of the past few years, their musical output is so interesting.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This is super hard, I go back and forth on this all the time. Here’s a few:

1. The Cure - Disintegration
2. The Smiths - Meat is Murder
3. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
4. Prince - Purple Rain
5. New Order - Power, Corruption, & Lies

Q. How do you feel playing live?
The live show has changed a lot throughout the years the project has existed. I used to do it all by myself, running various loops and synths and drum machines all on my own, which was incredibly stressful. Since then it’s gone back and forth between a two piece and three piece live setup. I’ve had my pal Lou helping out on second guitar and synth for almost a year now, which has been really great. Before he joined I was back to doing it myself and really hated playing live, but since he’s been involved I’ve felt really confident about our live show. Our friend Shane has joined us on bass in the past few months as well, which has made things even better.

Q. How do you describe Reduction Plan sounds?
The sound has kinda shifted from record to record, but has always stayed grounded in the same core elements. Most of the songs are centered around a drum machine, synths, and guitar, which is usually drenched in chorus and reverb. We have a few songs that are more straightforward, almost poppy, but lately I've been focusing more on the atmosphere and feeling that the songs create, especially with the newer material. We tend to tow the line between goth, post-punk, shoegaze, and other darker sub-genres.

Some of the newer stuff I've been writing is a bit heavier, which again is probably a byproduct of what I've been listening to in recent months. Overall though if I had to boil it down the goal of the sound has been to find a balance between the dark and the light - sonically, thematically, lyrically, etc. I try to not fall off the deep end too much in one direction or the other.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I do all of my recording at home in Connecticut. It's a pretty modest setup but all of my basic needs are met and I've been able to get the sound that I want out of my equipment. Some of the older stuff is way more lo-fi sounding, which was partly intentional and partly just because of the equipment I had at the time. I mix everything myself as well, so at the same time that I've been trying to expand and learn as a writer, I've also been striving to improve my engineering and production skills. The goal is to reach a point where the sound I have in my head matches the sound that I'm able to produce. As of now it's pretty close, which feels nice.

The biggest thing I've been trying to focus on while recording the newest material is exercising some restraint. ‘Somewhere’ was a deeper foray into “big” sounding production, adding layer upon layer of guitar and trying to fill in the gaps in each song so there was no empty space. The newest material I've been working on is a little more spread out production-wise, I wanted to give the songs room to breathe and not overcrowd the mix.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There's a bunch of great bands from Connecticut, which is where we're currently based, that never get any recognition. So from the great nutmeg state I'd recommend: Pinfinger, Pleasure Beach, Spit-take, Bilge Rat, Headroom, and Birth of Flower.

Otherwise Elizabeth Colour Wheel from Boston are incredible, as is A Virgin from Philadelphia and War War War from Michigan.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We occasionally cover The Cure live and are collectively obsessed with them, so that would probably make the most sense.

It would be awesome to cover Tears for Fears or Interpol though. I'd really love to be in a Pink Floyd cover band as well, that would make my childhood dreams come true.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
The goal right now is to finish up the new record. If I had to stick a number on it I'd say it's about 70% done. Ideally it would be out before the end of the winter so everyone can listen to it in the cold and the dark, but I don't want to rush things so it probably won't be out for a little while.

Otherwise, we're gonna keep playing shows and try to stay busy. I'd like to tour again but I'm unsure how possible that is for us right now. We're just gonna keep playing and putting out music and see where it takes us.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for asking to interview me, this was really great. I never thought anyone in Brazil would ever hear my music let alone be interested enough to ask me questions about it.


quarta-feira, 24 de janeiro de 2018

Hand Mirror with Being Awone - An Interview

Um clima de auto contemplação permeia o primeiro trabalho do projeto Being Awone, lançado em Agosto do ano passado.

Concebido por colagens, riffs dispersos, imagens fragmentadas, tudo soando desconexamente em baixa fidelidade, mas que no conjunto final, a impressão que se tem é de unidade. Um trabalho conduzido com toques especialmente niilistas ficando entre o dreampop e o ambient, entrelaçando as canções por entre vinhetas.

Um trabalho não convencional que de sua estranheza é captada a beleza do Being Awone.

Experimente experimentar...

***** Interview with Being Awone *****

Q. When did Being Awone (wilt) begin? Tell us about the history...
A: I started writing stuff under being awone after having made ambient and electronic music for a few years under my birth name. After highschool i just started writing more guitar and vocal-centric music and felt that it had a different sound and described a different place/feeling than my other music had. Another big element was a small casio piano that I had found as child under my grandmother's bed. I started using that in being awone stuff and it really influenced my sound and directed a narrative for the type of music i wanted to write under this project. Within the last couple years other members from portland projects have joined the band and we've written things more collaboratively. The project is always changing and I try to leave it open to new motifs and ideas.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: as far as influences go I definitely came from a background of IDM and ambient electronic music. From that background i ended up branching off into the DIY and punk scene in Portland. So it's a mix of those two forces really. lots of Indie rock, punk, ambient and experimental music. I made a lot of music alongside other DIY musicians on the label Oligopolist Records. A lot of musicians on that label influenced me greatly. My friends in the band influence me a lot as well. More recently everyone on Good Cheer Records has spurred me creatively. Specific/ recent influences have been acts like Mirror to Mirror, Cocteau Twins, The Sundays, Duster, Guided by Voices, Coaltar of the Deepers, Pillowdiver, Stars of the Lid, Black Pus, and a myriad of metal, shoegaze and local bands that I look up to.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: hmm 5 albums of all time is hard and probably not gonna be very concise as far as my influence but here's some stuff off the top of my head that means a lot to me.
1. Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album
2. mirror to mirror - body moving slowly
3. mum - finally we are no one
4. The Sundays - Reading, Writing and Arithmetic
5. duster - christmas dust

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Playing live is really fun, I've never really been in a band where i wasn't playing drums until now haha. I'm definitely always a little disappointed in my own ability as far as singing and overall execution goes, but playing with the musicians I do is so fun and super inspiring. I've been performing for long enough to were i just take it for what it is and am grateful for the scene I get to be apart of when performing. It's always hard to get the motifs and feelings you want to express across in a live setting, but I like trying. It's a privilege for sure, and definitely cathartic.

Q. How do you describe Being Awone (wilt) sounds?
A: being awone is a lot of metaphors for contemporary life, specifically my experience through a surrealist/fable sort of lens I guess? I imagine it as sounding like you're skipping through tape memos and song scraps that a little bird in an empty house recorded.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: A lot of the recording process is me jotting an idea down/singing and playing guitar on a tape recorder, bouncing that idea into a laptop or 4 track and then layering ambience and beat patterns on top until it sounds fleshed out. Kind of like a collage or scrap book? Idk, my mom used to keep a lot of scrap books so maybe that's why I do it that way.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: No particular order to this but here are some really good artists in Portland right now.
1. Rod - the drummer in my band writes really personable and heavy power-pop.
2. Surfer Rosie - super expansive indie rock.
3. Drowse - i play drums in this band, but the project is mainly Kyle Bates' music which is all super beautiful and unique.
4. Floating Room - all friends and musicians I look up to heavily, dreamy, beautiful, dreary, loud post-rock.
5. Itasca Phasar/italics/magic dj/wagner - so many projects by this artist but they're all incredible and they are a really good friend/ person.
6. Studenets - a beat/ ambient musician that's helped me and influenced me a lot, also an incredible person.
7. Mo Troper - master song writer.
8. The Exquisites -

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: Their are a ton of songs by The Sundays that I want to cover, also The Cardigans, but my level of musicianship isn't on par. I've also always wanted to cover the entire Kirby Crystal Shard OST as well.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Always trying to record more and write more. I want to tour more as well. The goal is a longer tour every year. DIY touring is hard though.

Q: Any parting words?
A: b youself ya kno?


Dark Matter Theory with Mind Monogram - An Interview

Com um clima absolutamente nostálgico o quarteto de Los Angeles, Mind Monogram, destila doses poderosas de lisergia psicodélica.

Três EPs e um álbum no currículo os caras se preparam para brindar a todos com seu segundo trabalho, "Ivory Hall", que provável data de lançamento para quando a primavera da Califórnia começar.

Data e período perfeito para que a boa trip do Mind Monogram penetre suavemente pelos poros dos iniciados.

Música para levitar tranquilamente sem qualquer contra indicação.

***** Interview with Mind Monogram *****

Q. When did Mind Monogram start? Mind Monogram started out as Edgar A. Ruiz's passion project in 2014 with a self-recorded/release of their debut E.P. "Moments in time" the project quickly came into fruition as a full band which now consists of Chris Caro (lead guitar) Bryam M. Mejia (drums) & Billy Azurdia (Bass)

Q: Who are your influences? as a band these are some influences we all share: The Pixies, Interpol,Beach House, The Strokes, James Jamerson, Carol Kaye, Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, Mitch Hedberg, The Biglebowski,

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time
(As a band, in no particular order)
-Bloom by: Beach House
-Turn on the Bright Lights by: Interpol
-Sunflower by: The Beach Boys
-O.K. Computer by: Radiohead
- White Album by: The Beatles

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Very in the moment, & mirroring the energy in the room or crowd that we play to. It's always a completely a new but familiar feeling/ experience every time.

Q. How do you describe Mind Monogram sounds?
Atmospheric,nostalgic, raw, & honest.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
For this particular upcoming album "Ivory Hall" we wrote the songs ahead of time and then took about a week off to record them in at Cabin Song Studios during spring 2017. It was easily the most fun and memorable experience we've had recording any of our work.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
(As a band in no Particular order)
-king kang
-twin seas
-daydream time machine

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
(As a band)
"Let me roll it" by Paul Mcartney (Wings)
Would be a fun song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To release Ivory Hall spring 2018 and perform in as many places as we can. Hopefully soon in Sao Paulo, Brazil!!! :)

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you Renato & TBTCI for reaching out to us & we hope to play out in Brazil one day! Much love from all of us❤️


terça-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2018

New Frontier with Spirettes - An Interview

Entre o doce e pesado, entre o sutil e o esporro passeiam as meninas do Spirettes.

Um caldeirão de referências permeiam a sonoridade das meninas, passando por décadas de boa música, das girl groups dos anos sessenta, as sombras do pós punk, ao bubblegum pop de Debbie Harry, aos riffs de Neil Young chegando aos heróis do indie Yo La Tengo, dentre outras tantas possíveis referências, tudo de bom gosto, torna-se combustível de criação e inspiração para as garotas.

Experimente o último EP delas, é algo como se as Dum Dum Girls convidassem Neil Young para um jam sem preocupação com o resultado final.

Mas, no caso das Spirettes o resultado final é absolutamente viciante. Apaixone-se.

***** Interview with Spirettes *****

Q. When did Spirettes begin? Tell us about the history...
Originally named after the band’s lead guitarist “Katey Sleeveless,” the power trio Spirettes (Kate Perdoni [guitar/vocals], Kellie Palmblad [bass/vocals], and Emily Gould [drums/vocals]) formed in Colorado Springs in spring 2017.

Q: Who are your influences?
Spirettes’ influencing sounds range from Warpaint in vocal creativity, to early Broken Social Scene’s guitar layering, paying tribute to hints of darker 80’s and 90’s new-wave as in New Order or The Cure. Classic guitar riffs and songwriting borrow from Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and dynamic spaces between heavy and soft lend tribute to Yo La Tengo.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Kellie - Ha! My brain can’t compute “of all time” but I will answer in this moment sitting in my kitchen one snowy December evening.:

1. Disintegration (The Cure)
2. Perfect From Now On (Built to Spill)
3. Knife Play (Xiu Xiu)
3. Exquisite Corpse (Warpaint)
4. Okay Computer (Radiohead)
5. Von (Sigur Ros)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Kellie- Existentially free. When I’m playing live and everything is going right, it feels like like a burden of having to be anything more or do anything more disintegrates and I’m free to just exist.

Q. How would you describe Spirettes´ sounds?
The recording process solidified the band’s blended vocal arrangements, layered guitars, and stirring waves of sonorous frequencies. David Lynch-infused dark atmospheres mixed with feminine harmonies and playful power-rock moments on the recording, leading to band’s actualization of a dreamy and ghostly soundscape -- and a new name, Spirettes. The convergence of vocal harmonies, alluding to classic-girl-groups like The Shangri-Las, thickened in overdrive-drenched reverb, ghost-harmonics, and driving drum lines, resulted in something otherworldly, and rooted in an older rock heritage.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Kellie - The process of recording these songs was shockingly serendipitous and smooth. Andy Jones traveled from Denton, Texas to Colorado and set up his beautiful recording equipment in the living room. Beforehand, we had talked about the space and atmosphere we wanted, primarily that we
wanted a natural big room sound and reverb from the acoustics. Andy really engineered a unique environment and sound and we poured our hearts into it for a few days. We experimented with mics to get the right guitar sounds and capture the space. I was so in love with what we had by the end; it was really hearing the tracks come together that congealed our sound for me.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Kellie - One of my new favorite local artist is Seal Eggs; her work is transporting.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Kellie- I have two current “cover” fixations. One is “Precious” by Depeche Mode. I’m completely inspired by the interplay between the guitar and keys in the bridge of that song! The other is “Whole Wide World” by Wreckless Eric. I think our band is living that song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Kellie - We are just starting out on what I see is a mind blowing journey. I want to keep writing together and refining our sound and keep playing these great live shows. We will definitely be touring this year (2018) and I think the scale of those shows will be largely determined by the response we get to this recording and upcoming shows.

Q: Any parting words?
Kellie- I sincerely thank you for your time and attention to our music! Thank you so much!


Sunday with Shoe Shine SIx - An Interview

E a Russia novamente aterriza nas páginas do TBTCI, representada pelo shoegaze gélido e estridente do Shoe Shine Six.

Emulando Siouxsie Siouxsie e Rachel Goswell como inspirações, principalmente pela performance de Katarina, voz, o Shoe Shine Six entrelaça-se por entre tonalidades sombrias, densas mas sempre em volumes altos e intensos. Por vezes a conexão mais direta se faz com o cult Alison´s Halo, do que propriamente com as vias mais óbvias.

Não a toa o Shoe Shine Six é mais um dos evidentes exemplos da efervescente cena russa.

Para ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with Shoe Shine Six *****

Q. When did Shoe Shine Six begin? Tell us about the history...
I guess the very beginning was in 2014, when I (Mikhail) bought some kind of rare bass guitar from Pavel. When we realized, that our music tastes are practically the same and we have a bit of unfinished tracks, that was written to the “drawer”, we helped each other to crate and modify tracks during the next few years. In the end of 2016 we realized, that our tracks were finished, and should be played with full set of band. Sergey and Katarina joined band during the first half of 2017 when we almost tired of looking for another musicians. A part of them were not qualified, but the other great part did not like this kind of music. However, after Sergey and Katarina joined this band, we started to work as hard as possible on tracks. In the autumn of 2017 we recorded the first 4 tracks and formed an EP “Sunday”. The great contribution to our music was made by Aleksey Petrov, the one who mixed and mastered our EP, but instead of this, he gave us valuable advices about our final sound. What about other tracks, we are playing them on live sets, and decided to include them into the following album.

Q: Who are your influences?
Firstly it is of course shoegaze and noise bands like Slowdive, Sonic Youth, Weed, Alison’s Halo, and A Place to Bury Strangers. Other influencers are The Cure, Siouxsie and The Banshees, The Saddest Landscape, Fugazi, Public Image Limited, Converge and so on.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
It is quietly hard to choose only five albums, but we will make an attempt:

1. Queen – Innuendo
2. Sparks – Plagiarism
3. Clash – London Calling
4. Sonic Youth – Goo
5. Morphine - Yes

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Some kind of nervous, but also surprisingly high soul fly. At the current moment we are trying not to make frequent live sets, so every set is the great event for us. However, during live set there is a sense, that music enspheres us and unite every band member with audience, there is no Pavel, Mikhail, Sergey or Katarina or any particular viewer, there is a Shoe Shine Six.

Q. How do you describe Shoe Shine Six sounds?
It is a melody breaking through the wall of noise.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Firstly drums recording, which were created during the rehearsals. Then Pavel took his guitar and at first time recorded what he created on rehearsals, then there comes inspiration and guitar modifies recording and new parts adding. However it is not enough with guitar! When listening to guitar recorded, there is a sense, that it is not solid enough, so Pavel records from 2 to 10 duplicating guitars of main riff. After that Mikhail recording his bass, which is partly differs from previous versions of this track and Katarina records vocals. After that started a magic by Aleksey. We really do not how, but the recorded tracks changes their sound into that one we wanted. As daily job interrupts the music creation, recording process could long for months.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We actually do not know, could these bands be considered as new bands, but: Shy, Low; Nadryw, Offret, Blankenberge, Materic.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
All songs divides for us on two categories – songs we do not like and songs we like. We obviously do not want to create cover versions of songs we do not like. On the other hand, we do not want to make cover versions of songs we like, as perfection must not be harmed.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Release the second album, get an experience of live sets and make a tour. As for more distant future… Well, we will know it after second release.

Q: Any parting words?
Don’t forget to stay super.


segunda-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2018

Bloom In View with Houseplants - An Interview

Das cinzas do Dear Tracks, que para quem acompanha as páginas do TBTCI, sabe do que estou falando, nasceu o Houseplants.

Matt e Victoria reformularam o antigo projeto e trouxeram um pouco mais de sonhos ao mundo, mais precisamente em Julho do ano passado. O debute deles, homônimo é um verdadeiro frescor sonoro, um antidoto para males do cotidiano, guiado pela magia entre os dois, a música flua de forma cristalina e afaga mente e coração.

Se você gosta de dreampop, o Houseplants é absolutamente necessário. Bons sonhos.

***** Interview with Houseplants *****

Q. When did Houseplants begin? Tell us about the history...
We used to be "Dear Tracks" & made the changes to Houseplants as a new project and released an EP back in June. We played our first few shows this past summer as Houseplants opening for The Drums, Wavves, & Teen Daze. We also did a southwest tour.

Q: Who are your influences?
Daniel Johnston, Andy Kaufman, Yoko Ono, David Lynch, Henry Miller, Tim Heidecker

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Jesus and the Mary Chain- Psychocandy
Cleaners From Venus - In The Golden Autumn
Blouse - (self titled)
The Clientele - The Violet Hour
John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Performing live is always a great mental / physical release when the vibes and atmosphere is chill. Most of our time as Houseplants has been shortly lived but the process so far has been a significant learning experience for both recording and performing live. With our new project, we're able to find out what we're looking for and how to get our ideas to work especially after trying it out live.

Q. How do you describe Houseplants sounds?
We're heavily into chorus effects and staying to a dreamy-esque between guitars and synths. Our rhythm sound has a post punk upbeat / mid tempo range of patterns. Our live sound and material using both electronic and live drums. Vocals are soaked in reverb and other effects

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Each time we've recorded has been done differently but we like to demo out our ideas and build from it over time. We've recently just started recording/demoing at home on our own and currently in the midst of writing new material. We'll be using some of our home recordings into our next release.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Ravennas (Seattle) + Launder (Los Angeles)

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're always working on ideas - right now we're writing new songs. We plan to be active again and tour in new cities around spring time.

Q: Any parting words?
New music coming in 2018, keep us on the radar. Thank you for reaching out✌