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!