segunda-feira, 5 de março de 2018

Penance with Russian Baths - An Interview

Caos em formas dissonantes, tribais e doentias, pense numa colisão frontal entre Big Black, Pale Saints e Band of Susans.

Guitarras comandam o triturar do crânio nas quatro caóticas canções de "Penance", do primeiro EP do quarteto de NY, Russian Baths.

Brutal, como os tempos atuais pedem, a música do  Russian Baths, é como ser submetido a ininterruptas sessões de de marteladas na cabeça, sem a menor possibilidade de haver saída.

Steve Albini e Robert Poss se ouvissem, certamente abririam sorrisos de ponta a ponta.

Escute alto se puder.

***** Interview with Russian Baths *****

Q. When did Russian Baths begin? Tell us about the history ...

Jess Rees: Luke and I met a few years ago when we were working together. It was just after I had moved to New York. We had shared musical interests and wanted to play. I met Evan briefly while we were guests at Luke’s karaoke birthday party. The next time we were all together was in a rehearsal space in Brooklyn. We’ve evolved quite a bit since then.

Q: Who are your influences?
JR: Swirlies, Beach House, Women

Luke Koz: Pale Saints, Talk Talk, Mamaleek, Uniform, Band of Susans, too many

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time …
LK: This is impossible, but a few albums that never leave rotation are Talk Talk’s Laughing Stock, Mingus’ The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, Cocteau Twin’s Treasure, Boredom's Super æ, and Unwound’s Leaves Turn Inside You.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
JR: I used to get nervous. Now, I focus on playing the best I can and try to perform a little better than the show before. It’s very satisfying to play music with other people.

Q. How do you describe Russian Baths sound?
LK: I think that’s up to listeners.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
LK: We recorded in a basement. It’s called Time Castle and has unusual powers.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
JR: Bambara, Weeping Icon

LK: Parlor Walls, Big Bliss, Nilufer Yanya, Snail Mail

Q: Which band would you love to cover?
JR: We always talk about covering My Bloody Valentine. Maybe someday we’ll do it.

LK: When we first started, we used to practice Fugazi’s “Arpeggiator” to warm up. We covered “Two People in a Room” live for a while.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
JR: Shows, touring, releasing an LP after this EP.