terça-feira, 20 de março de 2018

Los Hombres Grises with Karate Hiroshima - An Interview

Eis que os espanhóis retornam as páginas do TBTCI, agora representados pelo novíssimo duo, Karate Hiroshima. Com pouco menos de um ano, Verónica Mellado e Ismael Redondo criam suas trips sob bases eletrônicas, guitarras hipnóticas navegando por entre um tênue elo unificando o shoegaze e o trip hop.

Melancolicamente, o EP, "Los Hombres Grises" se conecta espiritual e sonoramente com The Cure, Portishead e a fase excêntrica do Radiohead, sugerindo um ar de modernidade.

Para ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with Karate Hiroshima *****

Q. When did Karate Hiroshima begin? Tell us about the history...
A: KH started in the spring of 2017. At first we discussed the idea of playing with traditional bass and drums, but in the end we decided to use electronics for our bases for the freedom and creativity it offers us, and we began to compose and rehearse more intensively in our house.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: We are two persons with a musical very different origin. Because of it it is very difficult to make concrete easily recognizable influences, since we might speak about groups of electronics as Lusine, Gardens and Villa, Hot Chip, Metronomy, happen for Caspian's postrock or even come to Wild Nothing's shoegaze

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: "Kiss me, kiss me, kiss me" The Cure
"Debut" Björk
"OK Computer" Radiohead
"Dummy" Portishead
"Blue Lines" Massive Attack

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: We do not know. Our first concert together will be next February 16th. Surely it will be great.

Q. How do you describe Karate Hiroshima sounds?
A: Our sound is vital and dark. We still do not know if we are pessimists trying to get ahead or if we are vitalistic and cheerful but circumstances make us feel sad. We always walk between those two extremes, and it seems that it is reflected in our music.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A: Actually everything has been very comfortable. The electronic part we have been doing little by little in our house, allowing us to recreate in all the details that we wanted to sound and optimize the mix, and the analog part we recorded in the studio of Angel Róman, a great friend who has very easy position. The part of final mix and production we have carried out between the three.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: They aren't exactly new, but they are active we are interested in projects like James Blake, How to Dress Well, Adult, Beacon, Chromatics, Rhye, Blue Hawaii…

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: "I wanna be adored" by Stone Roses, "By this River" by Brian Eno, and the openning of Dragon Ball Super :)

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We are working on new songs to be able to do an L.P. in the near future, and play live as much as we can.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Yes, we are very grateful for the interest you have shown in us and in our music, and we hope that some day we will be able to show you our work live there