sexta-feira, 27 de abril de 2018

Wild Notion with Night Flowers - An Interview

Vamos começar diferente, usualmente eu finalizaria a introdução para esta publicação da seguinte forma: "Se sua estima estiver baixa, o melhor antídoto atualmente é "Wild Notion", debute dos ingleses do Night Flowers, mas vamos iniciar assim, principalmente pra já deixar claro, que se você precisa realmente de algo sonoro para trazer esperança, felicidade e bem estar, vá na certeza, dê play e melhore seu dia imediatamente.

Dito isto, vamos lá, o Night Flowers esta na estrada desde 2013, com vários singles no currículo e chamando atenção dos iniciados naquele indie pop sonhador pegajoso e luminoso, mas só depois de 1 EP e seis singles, eis que o debute nasceu, e, não poderia ser da melhor forma.

"Wild Notion" é um colírio sonoro, simples assim, luminosidade melódica para assim, salvar seus maus momentos.

Apaixone-se com o Night Flowers, e viva feliz!!.

***** Interview with Night Flowers *****

Q. When did Night Flowers begin? Tell us about the history...
We started out in 2013 and since then have released a 4 track EP, 6 singles and are just about to release our debut album, ‘Wild Notion’. The band has given us some incredible experiences so far, meeting some amazing people and playing shows all around the UK, Europe and also a tour around Japan which was absolutely incredible.

Q: Who are your influences?
We have way too many to name, but ones that spring to mind right now are Ride, Ash, Teenage Fanclub, MBV, Belinda Carlisle, The Lemonheads, Oasis, The Cure, etc etc..

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
It’s hard to pick these personally never mind on behalf of the other members, but ‘Be Here Now’ by Oasis or ‘Beer Now’ (as we like to call it) is a favourite of ours whilst we’re out on tour. So I’d have to say..
Be Here Now
Be Here Now
Be Here Now
Be Here Now
& Beer Now

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing and writing music together, so to get up on stage and play our music to a crowd is always an exciting experience. At our most recent shows, we have had people in the crowd singing along to the words of our songs, which is awesome!

Q. How do you describe Night Flowers´ sounds?
We are often described as ‘dream pop’ which sounds kind of fun, whatever that is?! We’re suckers for catchy pop hooks and big glistening crunchy guitars. The new album isn’t all about that though and we do have a more brooding/darker side. I think it’s the beauty of Sophia’s voice that brings it all together and gives it that overall sparkling touch.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
To record ‘Wild Notion’ we recorded the main body of it playing live together and then began recording overdubs, extra percussion and the vocals. Our producer Adam Jaffrey didn’t want to lose the organic feel of the record by over polishing and over treating the sound too much and I think in the end the overall balance of the album has turned out great. We’ve trusted Adam all along and have always had great results when working with him.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I like what I’ve heard from Shame who we played with in Camden once, they’re amazing live and also our hometown mates LIFE who are making waves at the moment. Both bands have a political message/approach which I think is important right now. Alvvays latest album is also great and also check out Japanese Breakfast, we toured with them last year and they’re pretty awesome too.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We recently released a cover version of Jane Wiedlin’s ‘Rush Hour’ on to cassette with our new single ‘Hey Love’. We love the song and Jane Wiedlin, so that’s definitely one to check off our wish list.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We will be promoting our new album far and wide. We’ve worked really hard to get to this point and are ecstatic to be finally releasing our debut. It’s been a long time coming and we’re all really happy with it, so we want to ensure it gets the credit it deserves.

Q: Any parting words?
Buy our new album, you’ll love it!

quinta-feira, 26 de abril de 2018

Sexores, "East / West" - Track by Track

O duo equatoriano, radicado em Barcelona, Sexores, é nome conhecido e querido aqui no TBTCI.

E novamente Emilia Bahamonde e David Yépez retornam as páginas do TBTCI para celebrar o terceiro trabalho deles, lançado há pouco mais de um mês, "East / West" é uma viagem com ares retro, sendo que o enfoque do Sexores no álbum é visivelmente nos 80´s. A atmosfera que exala do disco é sedutora e viciante. David e Emilia, não deixaram o shoegaze e dreampop característico de lado, na realidade eles viraram coadjuvantes, onde agora, o papel principal são os synths, por vezes quase dançantes, mas sempre cerebrais.

Fantasmas de Heaven 17 e Human League pairam o disco, mas o elixir criado pelo Sexores pega esse sonho oitentista e o joga em um caldeirão melancolicamente cintilante.

Um disco belíssimo e com direito e oito faixas instrumentais que se interligam todas entre elas mesmas, fora as oito primeiras canções do álbum, enfim, "East / West" é complexo e ambicioso, sem soar pedante, tudo nele soa natural.

E para discos desse nível, o TBTCI sempre tenta buscar algo mais, e para isso, David e Emilia gentilmente explanaram música a música e os segredos de "East / West", enfim foram revelados.

***** Sexores, "East / West" - Track by Track *****

1. "Tales of the East Coast: a) Bluish Lovers": it's a love song, unique in our discography; It is visually inspired by New York and is the first part of this kind of tales of the East Coast of the United States. The first time we went to that city, personally it left me with a strong impression: it was very cold and the streets were immense, basically we were in a place that we will never forget. (David's point of view)

2. "The City That Sorrow Built": I always joke that another name for this song could be Quito, although sometimes I feel that the music is too good to describe this city, however I'm staying with the image of a rainy Quito, full of fog and sodium ligths; this song means that, the place that produces all my sadness, I do not like living here, but at the same time I do not want to leave because here are the people I love. (David's point of view)

3. "When I'm in Your Eyes": this song is a kind of state of mind from the point of view of an aborted child who understands that it is better to leave before being a burden for a mother who did not choose that responsibility. He knows that she will love him and he will remain in his memories, but he loves her too and he prefers to give his life for her. (Emilia's point of view)

4. "Tropical Nest": is a portrait of the vulnerability of girls in Latin America. Here you are guilty if you are raped because you were responsible for provoking it. As a girl you must assume the stereotypes of society that limits you to pursue your true dreams. (Emilia's point of view)

5. "Underneath": I wrote it for David's grandparents, specifically. In general, I speak here of the couples who have survived the time. Relationships change over the years, but good and bad times, health and illness must be faced together. (Emilia's point of view)

6. "Evil Drivers": this song is inspired by the comics of Ghost Rider, Hellraiser and some road movies. There is a desire for justice and revenge within a song that sounds like Pet Shop Boys on the synthesizers. To make the lyric idea fit into such a stylized song, I prefer to think of Nicolas Winding Refn films or those eighties classics like Maniac Cop or Into the Night, they are better visual references. (David's point of view)

7. "Berlin": is a confusing love letter that evokes obsession and masochism within secret lyrical nuances and an aggressive instrumentation. The perfect song to dance in clubs in Eastern Europe. I was inspired when we were traveling in Europe, especially when we met a couple of clubs in Berlin. (David's point of view)

8. "Rigel": curiosity to the unknown, life beyond our planet. Far away in the stars may be someone who is still waiting to meet you. (Emilia's point of view)

9. "The Great Blue Hole": we have always been curious about the bottom of the sea. There is much to know, but our body does not allow it. (Emilia's point of view)

10. "Dazed": feeling dazed by vastness, we are alone in reality, in the middle of the universe and we are an insignificant point within infinity. (Emilia's point of view)

11. "#nsfk": all the perversions and vices of adults. We are rotten and we are nauseated by the corruption of the human mind. (David's point of view)

12. "Tales of the East Coast: b) Neon Hearts": is an instrumental variation of Bluish Lovers, but in this case represents an infinite "pad". (Emilia's point of view)

13. "6th Floor": is a representation of the boredom of everyday life, spending most of the time in an office, almost to become a machine. (Emilia's point of view)

14. "Tibidabo": we love Barcelona, but when we were there the first time it was difficult for us to adapt to the new rhythm of life. The first afternoon we visited Tibidabo and found the automaton museum as coincidentally (Emilia's specialization) we understood that this was our destiny. (Emilia's point of view)

15. "Luna": dedicated to the animals of the street, those which have been abandoned and which must spend endless hardships, from finding food, to crossing the street and find a safer place to sleep. (David's point of view)

16. "This is Not My Way Back Home": when we returned to Ecuador, despite having much more support from the public, we never felt as accepted as in Europe. It's as if we were aliens trying to communicate in an unknown language. (David's point of view)

terça-feira, 24 de abril de 2018

Rememberable with Sunny Day Encore - An Interview

O bom e velho indie rock como deveria ser sempre, pegajoso, preguiçoso e viciante.

O quarteto canadense, Sunny Day Encore, bebe das fontes noventistas, e seu debute, "Rememberable" explicita ainda mais estas conexões.

Relaxadamente o SDE vai te sugando pra dentro do disco sem o menor esforço, e quando você se dá por si, simplesmente você esta ouvindo "Rememberable" no repeat.

Se você é aquele saudoso noventista carente de suas paixões antigas, o TBTCI aconselha, dÊ play imediatamente e seja feliz com o Sunny Day Encore.

***** Interview with Sunny Day Encore *****

Q. When did Sunny Day Encore begin? Tell us about the history...
A: Sunny Day Encore consists of four members
Chad Christison on Lead Guitar, Vocals
Dahli Thomson on the Drums
Eric Geib on the Bass, Backing Vocals
Justice Ausum on the Rhythm Guitar, Vocals

It’s actually funny how SDE started. Chad and I (J) moved into a house together without really knowing each other. We had played in a couple different bands before finally deciding to work together as one. J brought in his best bud Dahli to rock the kit and Chad brought his partner in crime Eric to play the synth. We had a couple different line up changes with some different faces before finally settling with just the four of us. It just made sense being how close we are to work as one so Eric moved to the bass to round out our lineup

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Our general love for music has created so many diverse influences for our music so it’s really hard to say all of them so I will just name a couple major influences: Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Tame Impala, DIIV, The Beatles, Joy Division, Patto, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, etc...

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: We decided to just name a record each that we hold on to dearly
OK Computer - Radiohead (Chad’s Choice)
Currents - Tame Impala (Eric’s Choice)
Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division (Dal’s Choice)
In Utero - Nirvana (J’s Choice)
And ANY Beatles record, haha.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Honestly, I think speaking on behalf of the entire band, playing live is our most favourite part of being in a band. Being able to go out with your buds and show people what we work so desperately hard on is a very accomplishing feeling. This group of guys go out every show and play as well as they can and have a great time so all in all I say playing live is our most favourite part of being in this band.

Q. How do you describe Sunny Day Encore´s sounds?
A: We have a very unique sound. The guitars drown in reverb and delay, give a very shimmery and dreamy tone. Dal’s ability to lay down some nasty fills add some spice mixed with Eric’s bumping baselines gives us a fast, entertaining element which all comes together as an absolute treat to the ears.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A: Like most new bands with little income, we had to do everything ourselves. Our guitarist, Chad, had been recording and producing his own songs the last few years, so we decided to let him take the lead and record our first album. The point was to get our music out there as soon as possible and to start building a fan base, so we weren't really worried about quality (even though the album turned out pretty close to how we were imagining it). We were still in the process of writing nearly half of the songs on the album when we first began recording and it ended up taking nearly 9 months from tracking to the final masters. The process, though long, was pretty simple. We recorded everything in our basement living room, tracking each part individually.

Some days we'd record a few takes and then we'd leave Chad at it and he would come back with a quick mix so we could all listen in his car. Those were probably the best times during the recording process and really brought us closer together. We decided to record the drums live rather than tracking each drum separately, which gave Dahli the chance to keep experimenting instead of coming back to previous recorded drum parts that he'd have to match. It's also worth mentioning that Chad and I both have a need to record our entire guitar part in one take, instead of tracking verses/choruses/bridges separately. It gives the album a sense of live performance, but its still grounded in a more studio-like environment. It was an incredible learning experience and such a good time that we already “might” be working on new music.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: There is a lot of great bands out there with immense talent so we felt the need to list a couple local bands or bands that we have played with that deserve a lot of credit like The Garry’s, Apollo Suns and Brodie Moniker.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A: Love this question. SDE was originally formed so that I (J) could play Sonic Youth’s Incinerate with a live band. We haven’t quite gotten around to it but who knows, we might get around to it one day.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We actually are just in the midst of really setting down our game plan. I know we have a couple really fun shows coming up but that’s all I can really tell you at this point in time but... don’t be surprised if something comes up or comes out! Just gotta follow us on social media to find out!

Q: Any parting words?
A: Obviously a big shout out to our boy Renato for reaching out and caring enough to hear what we have to say. Make sure to give us a follow on Facebook or Instagram and make sure to check out the tunes on Spotify, Apple Music or any other major streaming service!

Affection Binge with Frankie & Myrrh - An Interview

Uma doce, suave e tenra sensação se dá ao degustar as duas primeiras demos, veja bem, demos, do quarteto de beldades, Frankie & Myrrh.

Um delicioso sopro de candura, é a melhor definição que o TBTCI pode encontrar para definir "Affection Binge" e  "Curiosity".

E o melhor de tudo sobre o Frankie & Myrrh é que esta delicia sonora esta apenas no início, sem se ater a nenhum rótulo, ou estilo, as meninas simplesmente tem um futuro, no mínimo, cintilante pela frente.

Purifique sua mente.

***** Interview with Frankie & Myrrh *****

Q. When did Frankie & Myrrh begin? Tell us about the history...
A: Frankie & Myrrh dove into a whirlwind of noise last April when I (Al-vocals and guitar) hopped on a bill at a scrappy basement show on the west side of town and convinced Leah (drums) to accompany her. Leah had been playing drums for two weeks at that point and we had less than three days to teach her the songs. At this point we had no name, no music, no expectation and were just a duo. I clearly remember gripping a piece of scrap paper with all of my lyrics on it between my hands as I drove across town, trying to drill them into my brain moments before my set. We sluggishly loaded into the basement, too proud to let any guys help with our gear - let me tell you, lugging a fender deluxe down a set of unfinished stairs into a Michigan basement will cause any human to doubt their sanity. We played the show to a crowd of maybe six people, it was scrappy and raw - two gals letting loose to anyone who would listen. One human in particular listened and listened well, she (Vanessa - lead guitar) approached us after the show with excitement and in a scattered frenzy exclaimed that she could play bass for us (but had never played bass before!) and wanted to be apart of our band. I was sold, none of us knew what we were doing. I dug my old Harmony bass out of my closet, picked up an amp from a friend and scheduled a practice for her to come play with us. Ness picked up a guitar while we were setting up the bass and we realized that this girl had some gems that came out in the form of licks. We quickly came to an agreement that she was beyond fit for playing guitar instead of bass. Three of the four of us help produce a DIY music festival in Grand Rapids called Lamplight and that's how we met Danielle. We all knew immediately that she was the most organized individuals we'd come across but none of us knew she was a master bassist on top of being a rad lady! When things came together we all realized that what we have is something insanely unique and we fell in love with each other. I have realized in recent days how unique it is to start a band of musicians who have been creating for a while but never played in a band before. The lack of structure is what allowed us to write in the free form collaborative way that we do. Everyone writes their individual parts after an idea in the form of a riff, lick or concept has been placed on the table. This group has been fulled with power and the strength of being women who are fearlessly approaching a style of music standardly known to be produced by men. As time has slipped by, Leah has started to long to settle down a little bit more - the concept of family and focus finally becoming her present. Our hearts are heavy to see her go but she will always be that key human form of glue that helped stick this band together. With much love and mutual agreement, she stepped down from the band and we have found a new member to join us named Jennifer. A hot rod on the drums and overall electric lady, she fit right into our mess of giggles, riffs and screams. We first met her when she picked up a gig playing on an all female lineup with a local creator named Jes Kramer. It was drummer love at first sight and pretty quickly after we met, she gave us her word that she was in. She plays heavy with a surf tone and incredible rhythm, our sound is developing and we are all eager to write more and see what the future holds.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: As a whole we listen to an eclectic group of music but in no particular order it comes down to: Saint Vincent, CAN, The Velvet Underground, Radiohead, Real Estate, Divino Nino.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: This is too difficult...
Dots and Loops by Stereolab,
Edgar Winter's White Trash,
Kid A by Radiohead,
Marry Me and Actor by Saint Vincent,
Ziggy Stardust by Bowie

....The more we think about it, the more lost we become.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: The past few shows have been the most fun ones out of the large handful we've played. The few before that had been sweaty and difficult as we were learning how to perform, what to ask for sonally and how to roll with mistakes. We're learning how to envelop each others energy and communication on a stage and in front of a crowd while staying present enough to stay in the correct place. When we stepped onto the stage at our last show we felt like the ground beneath us fell away and that the electricity from everyone's energy pulsed through us and created a web of happiness. It was incredible and addicting, all we want to do now is perform.

Q. How do you describe Frankie & Myrrh´s sounds?
A: Oof. A musicians favorite question, we sway from sultry kraut groove to dream pop with hints of psych. Recently we have gotten a lot of remarks classifying us as a mixture of surf and shoe-gaze. We have such a wide variety of sound that there is nothing completely solidified yet - we're curious to hear what you think.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: Recording was eye opening for us. We recorded in the Space Lab and DIY basement studio with Austin Kane a huge supporter and friend to all of us. Another pal Caleb Richards came in from Reno and helped with the production and overall vibe of the experience. It was challenging as we'd never played to a click and were all used to disappearing into the music. Recording in a home studio was perfect for us because we worked hard and long hours then surfaced to cook and laugh together when our hanger overcame. Caleb and Austin stuck it through with us and we were all beyond proud of each other for what we contributed.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: We have not been able to stop listening to Crumb, Combo Chimbata, Divino Nino, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and the regulars like Frank Ocean. The groovier the bass, the more we feel the vibe.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: A cover of any band....No Doubt - No Doubt. Or maybe Fugazi. TLC would be great too, you know this is making us reconsider the musical path we chose...

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Our plans for the future are still developing and we are letting things work out in the way life allows them too. As far as the present, we are picking up the pace of booking and amount of shows we are playing which feels incredible. All of us are new to playing shows so the experience and energy of playing in front of other beings fills us with a new form of adrenaline. We would eventually like to put out a full length and hit the road. Where? That has yet to be decided but we are open to all forms of possibility. We will see what the future brings us, this is the most exciting point of being in a band where pretty much anything could shift or change and we will roll with it. The idea of collaborating with other creators and learning from general human connection is what we long for. Where ever we end up, the power of this project will keep us rolling.

Q: Any parting words?
A: We have one rule as a band, and its "No sorries" As creative types, as women and as musicians we find ourselves apologizing for our actions when there is absolutely nothing incorrect about them. If there is one thing we can pass along it would be that you should always channel your confidence in what you are creating. Art is a powerful form of communication and to be soft with yourself and those who you create with allows a gate to open that could otherwise prevent pure ideas. Don't be afraid to be you and to feel what you need to, we all get a little scared of our own work but that is the beauty of sharing it with other people - they can help you grow with them. Collaboration is key in this modern word, and we truly believe that it us what makes music the powerful entity that it is.

segunda-feira, 23 de abril de 2018

Halloween Forever with Winetasting - An Interview

O jovem Anthony Medina ou Winetasting para os íntimos é, como já foi explicitado, o cara que comanda tudo em seu projeto.

Sonhos modernos embalados por um tenra ambientação gazer, o Winetasting se conecta sonoramente com The Bilinda Butchers, Castlebeat, Jay Som e outros expoentes do novo dreampop.

"Halloween Forever", o último trabalho de Anthony é um doce elixir para que os sonhos e anseios de quem esta prestes a passar da juventude para a vida adulta possam fazer mais sentido.

Sem contra indicações para indies, iniciados, ou apreciadores de boa música, mas, se você acha que esta velho demais para isso, o problema certamente é seu, e não do Winetasting.

***** Interview with Winetasting *****

Q. When did Winetasting begin? Tell us about the history...
1. Winetasting began in August of 2016. It originally started as a project between me and a friend from high school just for fun, called Kind Of. It wasn't planned and none of the ideas were concrete so I decided to take Winetasting on as a solo project. After that happened, I was able to focus more on finishing the songs and rounding them out how I really wanted.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. I take a lot of influence from 80's music. Whether it be the vocals or the instrumentals. I've always been a big fan of synths and the soundscapes they create, so I decided I wanted my guitars to sound like that. I'm also influenced by the minimalism is 90's and early 2000's lo-fi music. I feel that all of these find their places somewhere in my writing and in my music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3.My top 5 albums of all time would have to be:
Three Imaginary Boys by the Cure,
Souvlaki by Slowdive,
Loveless by My Bloody Valentine,
Floral Green by Title Fight,
and Pipe Dreams by Whirr.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. Sometimes its a bit nerve wrecking but overall its a nice experience connecting with everyone there sonically.

Q. How would you describe Winetasting´s sounds?
5. I'd describe it as a lot of conflict. I'd like to think the guitar melodies are all fighting with each other for dominance but still somehow melt together to create a dreamy atmosphere. The sound is smooth, grainy, sharp, and warm. It's a cluster of textures.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. Most Winetasting songs come from a single guitar riff. I'd come up with something I'd like, record it, then keep building more onto it until it sounded full. I usually record a lead riff as a scratch track, record the drums using a MIDI keyboard, then track bass and all the guitars. Vocals I usually won't record until the next morning since I track most of my songs late at night when I won't be interrupted. The whole writing process is nonexistent since I try to record what feels most natural and not overthink.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. Alvvays, The Bilinda Butchers, and CASTLEBEAT are all great bands to check out! (-:

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. I always wanted to do a cover of a Whirr song because their music has always made me feel lively and emotional. If i had to pick one song it would probably be Ease.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. I plan to release an EP soon entitled "Halloween Forever" and play a couple shows around LA starting March.

Q: Any parting words?
10. Thank you to anyone who has ever supported Winetasting or listened to my music. And thanks to my friends for helping me make playing these songs possible, I hope you guys listen to the EP or come see us play. Happy 2018 and thank you Renato! (-:

Lazy Love with Sinking - An Interview

Quando se escuta algo como "Lazy Love", debute do trio de Santo Antonio, Texas, Sinking é basicamente impossível ficar imune, ainda mais o TBTCI, que é conhecido pelo seu amor declarado aos barulhos viciantes do submundo dos bons sons, chega a ser covardia.

O EP de estreia deles é como ser jovem novamente, não a toa os caras se declaram amantes dos 90´s, e não é pra menos, as duas primeiras músicas de "Lazy Love" são puro fuzz noise bubblegum, um delicioso esporro noisepop, já a derradeira canção do disco, que inclusive dá nome ao EP, caminha por outras terrenos, sendo mais lenta e pesada, torna-se densa e quase melancólica, algo como se o Nothing colidisse de frente com o Swirlies.

Mas assim, o Sinking com sua estreia comete, talvez, um dos grandes EPzinhos desse ano, e como eu costumo dizer.....In Fuzz We Trust!!!

***** Interview with Sinking *****

Q. When did Sinking begin? Tell us about the history...
Well…my brother and I created Sinking early October of 2014 with a concept of incorporating ambience, and some clever arrangements that I had started to piece together. After hunkering down for about a month and a half I finally had a set worth of material including guitar, bass, and vocal arrangements. We recorded a few songs on our own just to get them out there and started playing shows in San Antonio in 2015. After a year of playing, we met Justin our bassist and things hit off extremely well! Since then we’ve been playing shows and recorded an EP. We are looking forward to expanding our network, fanbase, and getting ready to show everyone our new material!

Q: Who are your influences?
For myself, I am very open to many kinds of music! I particularly love music that is innovative, dark, and some what introspective. My influences are always changing and therefore its always hard to come up with a definitive list lol! If I had to name a few… I would say Airiel, Stella Luna, Cocteau Twins, Swervedriver, Sway, Ulver, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Failure, and Eno!

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Once again that’s very difficult for us lol…however at this moment we are digging
Foxygen: We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic
Failure: Fantastic Planet
Oceansize: Effloresce/Frames (can’t pick one… lol)
Tool: Lateralus
Ulver: Live at The Norwegian Opera

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Idk!! Nervous at first… but once the first few songs kick in we all start having a blast and want to play for hours lol! Our focus is on the show, atmosphere, sound and hoping people like it!

Q. How do you describe Sinking´s sounds?
Atmospheric! Driving! Heavy?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded with the guys at Telekosmic Records during the Summer of 2017. Jim and Ian were great and supportive, while allowing us to feel comfortable recording the three songs for the EP “Lazy Love”.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I would recommend Fazerdaze, No Sun, Nothing, The Cherry Wave!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I think some Failure covers would be neat!! Love that band!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are hoping to eventually make another EP, and then hopefully start touring around different parts of Texas and hopefully places around the United States. Eventually it would be a dream to tour internationally and play in cities like Sao Paulo!

Q: Any parting words?
We would like to thank TBTCI for following us and conducting this interview and hope everyone out there will go to our bandcamp: and pick up a copy of our EP “Lazy Love,” on vinyl. Take care everyone out there!

quinta-feira, 19 de abril de 2018

Once in Awhile with Sheath - An Interview

São apenas demos, mas demos como estas não se vê por aí todo dia. Sem qualquer tipo de informação, ou apelo em redes sociais, o projeto Sheath de Chicago foca então somente na música, ou melhor, no fuzz, no barulho, e por debaixo de tudo melodias. Alguém lembrou aí do Psychocandy? Ok, é a pedra fundamental, mas o Sheath esta mais para o Henry´s Dress, o Swirlies do que para os irmãos Reid ou o MBV.

O que se ouve nas quatro demos são vocais absolutamente soterrados por uma parede de distorções de baixa fidelidade, daí a conexões com os heróis do noisepop/shoegaze estadunidenses.

Se as demos soaram tão fodas assim, imagine então quando vier material oficial.

O TBTCI aguarda ansiosamente os próximos passos do Sheath.

***** Interview with Sheath *****

Q. When did Sheath begin? Tell us about the history...
The band was a slow birth. The demo songs were written and recorded around the end of 2016, just out of the blue, and I spent the better half of a year looking for people to play with me. Then I found a drummer, we connected over a funny crust punk freaking out, and the other members came all at once kind of randomly. We just started playing shows this year, and now we have a new record to make.

Q: Who are your influences?
Musically Kevin Shields, Joni Mitchell, and a lot of dance music, garage and jungle mostly. That, and anything that kinda moves me be it a movie or a painting or a line in a book or person saying something funny when ordering a coffee. I'm never finishing what i start watching, listening, or reading because when i get the compulsion to create i'm kinda manic until i've coughed up something.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This is sort of hard for me. I don't really think of it in terms of list since my mind seems to change so often. Right now five albums I've listened to a lot are:
Connan Mockasin and Dev Hynes - Myths 001
Paramore- After Laughter
Joni Mitchell-Hejira
Soft Hair's LP
Renegate- Terrorist
Equiknoxx - Colon Man

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing in our practice space. Live is difficult w sampling and our unorthodox tunings but we're gradually getting better.

Q. How do you describe Sheath´s sounds?
Simple guitar pop music jush'd up w samples and loud amps

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It's the most difficult part for me since i record on my own. Like at this point in time the collection of songs are all finished and have very definite ideas about what each element will sound like the hard part comes not in visualizing the idea but closing the gap between what i envision the whole album to be and what my own limitations in terms of recording will tend to be. i sometimes feel like charlie chaplin.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
People should check out Rope Rider out of Santa Barbara, Sorespot from Chicago, and Judge Judy & Executioner also from Chicago.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Maybe something by Public Image or the road by best coast

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Officially we plan to have an EP out by the summer, perhaps a small tour as well. Unofficially to write more, record more, tour, and keep expiermenting with musical ideas while not crossing into making experimental music lol.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for reaching out!

quarta-feira, 18 de abril de 2018

Let You In with Sleeping in - An Interview

Umas das tendências atuais onde mais surgem bandas é aquele crossover entre a melancolia dos 80´s e a barulheira noventista desacelerada, mezzo gazer, mezzo emo, mezzo post hardcore.

Neste cenário, o quinteto de Vermont, Sleeping in endossa o coro de tocar alto, denso e arrastadamente,seguindo os passos de gente Nothing e Whirr por exemplo, mas realçando as matrizes, Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real State, Fugazi, etc, etc.

O primeiro álbum dos caras que veio ao mundo no ano passado é tudo isso escrito acima em decibéis altíssimos, e, certamente ao vivo o negócio deve ficar dolorosamente estridente, assim é "Let You In".

Se por acaso você cruzar com o Sleeping in por aí, não perca a oportunidade de se jogar sem limites.

***** Interview with Sleeping in *****

Q. When did Sleeping in begin? Tell us about the history...
Sleeping in began in summer 2014. I was working at a music store and met Jordan, we ended up talking a lot about music and jamming a bit. From there we added more members. I just moved back to Vermont at the time so I was a little disconnected from the scene. We went through a few different lineup changes before settling in how we are now.

Q: Who are your influences?
The band as a whole has a wide variety of musical interests. Jordan comes from more of a hardcore and metal background, so does JT. My early musical interests were classic rock. I was really into Pink Floyd, the Syd Barrett era along with Animals and Dark Side of the Moon. After exploring those interests more I found Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, Red House Painters, Codeine, Bedhead, My Bloody Valentine, etc. I pretty much learned guitar through playing along to Dinosaur Jr and looking through tabs.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I could take years to answer this question so here are each of our all time fav albums

Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation - Mason
Say Anything - Is a Real Boy - JT
My Heart to Joy - Seasons in Verse - Rob
The Cure - Disintegration - Jordan

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Real nice, love to play lock music. Kinda nervous sometimes. Sometimes I have to pee but I hold it. Never had an accident. That's it.

Q. How would you describe Sleeping in´s sounds?
We used to be real into being LOUD. We had 3 guitars at one point. That was a fun time. We've kinda moved into more of a "rock" vibe, singing more instead of mumbling, and actually listening to the sound guy.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
'let you in' was recorded over the course of a year and a half. We recorded it at our friend Dylan Sylvester's apartment in Allston, MA. We live about 3 hours from there so it was a lot of back and forth. We also hit some pretty serious speedbumps on the way, our van got stolen while we were recording drums. (we got it back eventually) It just took a while to complete and for us to be happy with it. Now were working more locally with our past member Adam Wolinsky on recording, trying to expedite the process so we can release music at a more steady pace.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Babylawns, Jouska, Clever Girls, The Onlys, Psychic Selves, Something//Something

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We did a Smashing Pumpkins cover set this past Halloween which was pretty fun, we don't ever do covers usually. Maybe The Cure or something? Not sure.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Writing, touring, recording. Trying not to slow down and keep being productive. Life is long and there are a lot of things that can get in the way. Trying to focus on my own mental health/treating my anxiety and depression while at the same time being creative and productive and reaching my goals.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks!! xoxo

terça-feira, 17 de abril de 2018

We with Honeymoan - An Interview

Cidade do Cabo, Africa do Sul. É de lá que vem o ensandecido e deliciosamente viciante quinteto, Honeymoan.

Pense no seguinte, imagine o Blondie com toda a doçura e sexy appeal da Debbie Harry, pensou? Então ok, adicione modernidade, um pouco de querosene, acelere tudo as vezes, desacelere de novo, e acrescente décadas de boa música, pronto, aqui esta o Honeymoan.

Dançante, barulhento, sedutor, ácido, tudo em apenas um single, as dispares, "<3 a="" alta="" ao="" apesar="" as="" blondiano.="" bubblegum="" cacetada="" complementam-se.="" de="" diferen="" div="" e="" em="" estilo="" gostoso="" groovy="" melhor="" notadas="" o="" primeira="" rota="" segunda="" suas="" um="" uma="">

Sem maiores explicações, escute imediatamente, e eu desafio você a não deixar o Honeymoan no repeat.

Delicia total.

***** Interview with Honeymoan *****

Q. When did Honeymoan begin? Tell us about the history...
H O N E Y M O A N began very recently, in mid 2017 as a fun project with a group of like minded friends who felt like doing something different. Some of the members play in various other Cape Town bands including Sakawa Boys, Dangerfields, Retro Dizzy, Yndian Mynah & Wildernessking. My initial idea when starting the band was to do something very pretty and dream pop like Slowdive but it naturally turned into it's own thing.

Q: Who are your influences?
Tame Impala, Beach House, Kurt Vile, Slowdive, Smashing Pumpkins, Alvvays, Cocteau Twins, Thee Oh Sees, Drake, Beyonce, Kanye West, Ty Segall, At The Drive In, lots more...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
2. Lauren Hill - The Miseducation of Lauren Hill
3. Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas
4. Talking Heads - Remain In Light
5. At The Drive In - Relationship Of Command

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We actually haven't played any shows yet as a band...

Q. How do you describe Honeymoan´s sounds?
Honestly it is really an early stage for us right now and as we are in the process of writing a full album, every song is quite different so far. Imagine people who listen to and play psych rock, prog, shoegaze, black metal etc trying to write fun, accessible pop music and this is the result of that experiment.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded at our friend Josh Berry's home studio. This was one of the more pleasant recording experiences I've personally had in a while, where Josh played a huge role in the entire project from the beginning - he really is a natural producer. He spent a long time getting the drum sound perfect in that room so I think that comes through really nicely in the final product. For
Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Not really new but would definitely recommend Alvvays, Chastity Belt and Frankie Rose internationally and in terms of local South African acts - Twin Weaver, Mouse and Amy Ayanda.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Would love to cover Beyonce, Rihanna or another big pop act in a unique, washed out style.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Currently our lead singer and songwriter lives in Amsterdam while the rest of us are here in Cape Town but we're hoping to play a few shows locally when she comes to visit! Other than that, keep recording, writing and getting an album out is our biggest goal.

Q: Any parting words?
Many thanks for the feature and for listening! Keep an ear out for more music later this year :)

Bedroom Paradise with Lust - An Interview

Lust é um duo israelense que passeia por terrenos cinzentos, fruto de sua forte influência e predileção por Robert Smith e seu The Cure, mas sobra espaço para outrass conexões com o dreampop e o trip hop, em menor escala, diga-se de passagem.

Dois singles no currículo e um novo em vias de nascer, a dica é, ouvidos e olhos atentos aos próximos passos dos caras.

***** Interview with Lust *****

Q. When did Lust begin? Tell us about the history...
They say 2 is always better than 1. That's why we - Asaf Sandhaus and Asaf Cohen, long time friends decided to lock ourselves up in the studio for a large chunk of 2017 and came up with this band called 'lust'. After writing and playing on all the instruments on the album with the vocals and production on Sandhau we started touring Israel with the help of Maya Tal on drums, Sharon Kvatinsky - Keys and Ypssi Almagor - Bass. of Sandhaus..

Q: Who are your influences?
Influences - Cohen: My bloody Valentine is a huge influnece on my guitar sound, sonic youth and the Cure too

Sandhaus - As a singer Im most inspired by Jim Morrison and Michael Hutchnes of INXS

Sandhaus - Lou Reed and David Bowie influenced me most as a song writer

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Isn't anything - My bloody valentine ,
disintergration - the Cure
treasure - Cocteau twins ,
violator - Depeche Mode
velvet Underground - Velver Underground

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We have a special bond whitin our band, the songs get another meaning when we play it to our audience, it is a bit like a religious experience

Q. How do you describe Lust sounds?
We mix electronic drums with live guitars and lyrics , the sounds are dreamy and are meant to aspire our listeners to take a walk on the dark side

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Our sounds is based in the 80's and 90's but mixed with todays production techniques to give it a 2018 touch and feel. We produced the album in Sandhaus's studio in Tel Aviv where we played on all the instruments. Diamonds started with a guitar riff then in the studio Bass and electronic drums, were added. The lyrics and vocals where done at the end.after the music was ready. Mixing and Mastering was also done in the studio by Sandhaus

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We like Diiv, TigerCub,, Emily Nichols, Fufanu

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Betty Davis eyes by Kim Carnes

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are curently touring Israel and will have an album relase party in May followed by a European tour where we will shop for a record label and booking agencies..

segunda-feira, 16 de abril de 2018

Blush Response, "Hearts Grow Dull" - Track by Track and "Still Life", Video Premiere

Depois de dois EPs absolutamente sensacionais os seguidores da escola Kevin Shields de fritações sonhadoras, no caso os australianos do Blush Response, que enfim soltaram seu primeiro álbum.

Um grande período de hibernação, ou melhor, confecção de "Hearts Grow Dull" perdurou deste 2014, mas a espera chegou ao fim em quatro de Abril.

E, sinceramente, os quatro anos valeram a pena, pois o disco é qualquer coisa de genial. Genial nos parâmetros gazers de produção é claro. "Hearts Grow Dull" é uma obra que reverencia o passado sim, mas com ares modernos, logicamente escuta-se doses cavalares dos ensinamentos do Loveless, mas existe uma aura que dá um toque quase blasé ao Blush Response. Analisando resumidamente, o disco é um caldeirão que engloba toda a produção shoegaze desde seu advento até seus atuais desmembramentos.

Para iniciados, certamente o Blush Response criou um dos melhores álbuns do gênero no ano, talvez dos últimos anos, pouco importa, o disco é como uma fumaça entorpecente, vai te sugando gradativamente e quando você percebe já esta imerso às toneladas de efeitos e delírios criados por Alister Douglas e sua trupe.

Falando em Alister, o TBTCI pediu a ele que esmiuçasse o álbum, canção a canção para que eu, você e todos os gazers de plantão pudessem compreender a fundo o que é "Hearts Grow Dull".

De quebra, o Blush Responde ainda coloca o vídeo de "Still Life", um dos pontos altos do disco, se é que isso é possível, agora em premiere no TBTCI.

Deleite-se e boa viagem.

***** Blush Response, "Hearts Grow Dull" - Track by Track *****

Blasphemy is a plea for someone to open up and trust that you'll accept them, no matter how weird or unlovable they think they are. I feel like the EPs are quite up-tempo and pop-focussed, while Blasphemy was the result of me wanting to write something darker and a bit more slow burning. An early version of Blasphemy appeared on a The Blog That Celebrates Itself compilation, but I wanted to re-record it and include it on the album because it was thematically from the same place of the mind as the rest of the songs on the album. We’ve been opening shows with Blasphemy for a while now – the way the lead section hits after the deceptively quiet intro is a fun way to start a set.

Cruel was written after Emily [Retsas, bass] alerted me to the fact that that the album was becoming a very sombre, mid-tempo affair. Often when writing I build songs down from the top down, starting with melody and guitar chords. Cruel was built from the rhythm section up – the driving beat with the persistent kick pattern dictated the direction that the rest of the instruments took. I think the lyrics speak for themselves in this one, there's no grand metaphor or anything. This song is special for the fact that it features Emily on bass (my favourite bass line on the album is in this bridge), a mind-melting solo by Brodie [Brummer, Flyying Colours], both of which I could have never come up with myself.

Fall Apart is about that paralysing fear that comes from feeling responsible for another person's actions and the feeling that things out of your control are directly your fault, which is really just a form of self-important paranoia. Most wouldn’t know, but I’ve been living with obsessive compulsive disorder for as long as I can remember and, while I’ve touched on it lyrically before, this song probably contains the most direct references to my thought patterns. This song is different in that it started with a bass guitar part (that can be heard alone in the intro), which is the first time I’ve started this way. The feel of the rest of the song was dictated by the rhythm of this bass line. I tried to give the structure a somewhat fragmented feel, as the song jumps between parts, not lingering on any section for too long. I'm really happy with how the vocal harmonies turned out on this song.

Horizon. This is the second version of Horizon. The first version, which appeared on the first recording of the album (before I scrapped it and re-recorded everything) was written before the album's direction had taken shape. It was much lighter and featured a Hal Blaine 'Be My Baby' style drum beat. I couldn't find a place for it to sit in the track list so I rewrote it. I had just discovered the band Title Fight and was digging the chorus guitar that was all over Hyperview, which is what influenced the main guitar line that carries the song. Lyrically, Horizon is about the hole that is left in your life when someone just leaves suddenly and unexpectedly. Bonus fact: there is a discordant note just before the outro/chorus thing. That was a mistake in the performance, but when I listened back to it, I really liked how jarring and dark it sounded. Happy accidents.

Hearts Grow Dull was my attempt to double down on the quiet/loud dynamic that I played with in the EPs. It's also in an annoying tuning that none of the other songs are in. I wrote the lyrics for this song not long after Dead Air was released. A relationship I was in had just burned out after attempting to adjust to a long distance arrangement, which inspired the seemed-clever-at-the-time play on the phrase "distance makes the heart grow fond". This song cemented in my mind the direction I wanted to take with the LP: a bit heavier, darker and more of myself personally in the lyrics. A lot of the songs follow on from Hearts Grow Dull thematically with the album loosely exploring distance in relationships, mental and/or geographical.

Without You first appeared on the Dead Air EP and was always one of my favourites so I felt like it deserved to have its waveform smooshed into vinyl. This version is entirely re-recorded. I wanted the lyrics to be a bit more audible this time, as they were obscured under a blur of delay, chorus and reverb on the EP. I only noticed recently, having gone back to listen to the original version, that I inadvertently changed a lyrics in the second verse: "Feel like I'm losing time" has become "feel like you're losing time". I think I often default to the second-person "you" to remove myself from sensitive subject matter. It's kind of a lyrical self defence, projecting onto a You character to create a comfortable personal distance. I'm not sure if that was the case here, but I found it amusing.

Still Life is probably the most positive song on the album both lyrically and musically. When writing lyrics, I generally lean to the side of being matter-of-fact and linear, almost conversational. I admire lyricists that can create a feeling or communicate the broad strokes of an emotion with more abstract language and structure. That sort of free-form writing doesn’t come easy to me, but I think Still Life’s is the closest I’ve come to writing in this way. I like the ambiguity in this one, so won’t ruin it with specifics. Musically this one started a lot more distorted – almost a Silversun Pickups type sound – but I wanted to try something different and lay off the distortion for a bit in the verses and lead parts. Though it still creeps in towards the end.

Drive, like Horizon, started off as an entirely different sounding song. I'm not a confident, nor prolific lyricist so, when I write something that doesn't make me cringe uncontrollably, I feel like I need to find it a place, regardless of how many rewrites it takes. The first version of Drive had a very Beach House feel to it – a lot of guitar wash, very little distortion, cascading vocals. I liked it as a standalone song, but it didn't really fit anywhere. I was trawling through old Blush demos that were never given lyrics and found one called "Quiet Loud in C# (new one)" (I have folders and folders of ideas named this way) which just instantly fit. I remember the frustration of being so excited that I'd found the right home for the lyrics but it was raining really heavily and any vocal takes I did were covered in the sound of rain on corrugated iron. I like the sense of space Drive affords the second half of the album, it kind of meanders along at its own pace.

The Week That Never Was started as a dinky little song on acoustic guitar that I was convinced wouldn't work for Blush Response but, as with a lot of these songs, it was drawn to its place in the album through the lyrics. The first attempt I had at turning it into a Blush song was pretty much just me trying to write my own When The Sun Hits, but it felt forced and didn't fit with where I thought the lyrics belonged so I started again. After another failed attempt, I decided to try the original chord progression and to my surprise it sounded right as a jangly dream pop song, so I just built it up from the original chords and structure. This song continues my habit of writing happy sounding music for dark subject matter. The lyrics focus around a week, several years ago, where my girlfriend-at-the-time's life fell apart. I felt so terrified and helpless at the time and I'll forever be in awe of the strength she showed pulling herself out of the mire.

Safe and Sound is probably the most important song on the album to me. Along with Hearts Grow Dull, it typifies the quiet/loud dynamic I wanted to achieve with this album. It was a strange song to write, though. It was around two years after I wrote Hearts Grow Dull and I found myself in a new relationship that I was fearing was going to turn long distance and end similar to the last. I wrote the lyrics almost preempting my feelings should things turn out the way I feared. Turns out the song was unnervingly accurate, both in the sequence of events and in the way it would leave me feeling. While Hearts Grow Dull focuses on the guilt of growing weary in a long distance relationship, and Horizon on the hurt and anger of feeling left behind, I think Safe and Sound is a hopeful, reflective song.

sexta-feira, 13 de abril de 2018

Light Pollution with Pastel Goth - An Interview

O submundo dos bons sons esconde segredos e mistérios que muitas vezes permanecerão intactos durante anos, décadas e poucos, realmente muito poucos terão acesso, ainda mais no cruel mundo atual, onde tudo é devorado tão ferozmente, onde as informações são despejadas vorazmente sem haver tempo para a apreciação devida.

Um desses casos é o duo de Denver, Colorado, Pastel Goth, onde talvez, a banda, propositalmente não utiliza o, hoje, grande meio de comunicação mundial que é o Facebook, o duo dispensa esta ferramente focando sua música, único e exclusivamente em sua página no Bandcamp e seu perfil, com pouquíssimas informações no Instagram.

Enfim, estratégias e predileções a parte, o duo debutou há pouco menos de um mês com seu primeiro EP, o intenso, belo e climático, "Light Pollution", um dream pop com traços melancolicamente acinzentados dão o tom das quatros canções.

Epicamente doloroso, o Pastel Goth ficará fadado e permanecer no anonimato, salvo os deuses da música aprontarem uma daquelas obras do destino, todavia, se eu fosse você, faria parte do seleto grupo que os apreciará deste o início, a escolha é sua.

***** Interview with Pastel Goth *****

Q. When did Pastel Goth begin? Tell us about the history...
Lauren: Sometime last year, we kind of just fell into it. Once Zac and I realized we both had similar taste in music and that we were both musicians, it just sort of happened.

Z: We pretty much met and decided we wanted to make music.

Q: Who are your influences?
L: For me, Beach House is a big one, especially as far as synth sounds go. Victoria Legrand is also very good at crafting an atmosphere with vocals alone, even if the lyrics are at times simplistic, and I really admire that. I think sometimes a song needs more space, more room to breathe. Other than that- Cherry Glazerr, Radiohead, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Asobi Seksu, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Brand New.

Z: I think we have a lot of traditional dream pop influences, like Beach House, My Bloody Valentine and stuff like that, but also some grunge for sure.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
L: It changes constantly but there are few that stay the same. I’d say:
Radiohead’s In Rainbows,
Angel Olsen’s Burn Your Fire for No Witness,
Beach House’s Bloom,
Nirvana’s In Utero,
Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.

Z: In no particular order,
Loveless-My Bloody Valentine
Ok Computer-Radiohead
Marquee Moon-Television
Sticky Fingers-The Rolling Stones

Q. How do you feel playing live?
L: It’s hard to describe that, it’s just such a different realm than anything else. It’s exhilarating to be able to create an atmosphere like that. I fuckin love it.

Z: I mean, I get nervous of course, but as soon as I start playing it's really just a ton of fun. All the stress just disappears after the first note.

Q. How do you describe Pastel Goth’s sound?
L: I think our sound has evolved even from we first started writing, which was only a few months ago. Our sound really relies on lush, layered guitar and washed out vocals.

Z: We've got a pretty airy sound, with waves of chords and stuff, but sometimes I just hit the fuzz and it's just like this wall of distortion. Like from light to heavy to back again.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
L: Well, it’s been kind of harrowing. It took a lot of time and effort, but Zac actually did almost all of the guitar parts in one take. And I was whispering the lyrics in his ear while he recorded so he would know where he was in the song. The recording itself was easy, but the production was pretty difficult, as Zac ended mixing our songs and had to learn Ableton <3 .="" br="">
Z: Almost all of the recording was done in our producer, Will's studio. All the songs start with guitar, played to a metronome. Usually there's two mics on the amp, to get a phase effect. Then we do vocals, and Will adds drums and other instruments. I did a good chunk of the mixing myself, also.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
L: Right now, I’ve been listening to Snail Mail, Japanese Breakfast, Smino, and we actually met a great band from San Francisco when we were in Austin during SXSW- Tino Drima, look em up.

Z: Blushing, Grivos, Tino Drima, Alexalone and Wyldest are some really cool bands I saw play recently.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
L: Honestly, we’re not huge on covers, but we occasionally cover Heart Shaped Box and also do a pretty great rendition of In the Suburbs by Arcade Fire.

Z: We always have fun playing covers of Nirvana songs.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
L: Well, I guess graduate film school first. Overall, I want to be able to make films or music for a living. With the band, I think we really just want to start playing more and hopefully tour soon, then release our album.

Z: Well, we've got an album pretty much recorded already, so after playing some shows locally we'll start to focus on mixing and releasing that.

Q: Any parting words?
L: Bird up

Z: Thanks for the opportunity!

quinta-feira, 12 de abril de 2018

Self Control with The Lost End - An Interview

Da escola Interpol de melancolia cinzenta vem o quarteto de Oklahoma The Lost End, que debutou há pouco menos de dois meses com seu álbum homônimo.

Feita a conexão inicial com o Interpol, é necessário dizer que o The Lost End é um tanto mais ácido, enquanto o Interpol, no início paira por entre as cinzas melancólicas do pós punk, o The Lost End, pega estas cinzas e vai as triturando gradativamente por entre as sombras, sem haver a menor hipótese de haver uma luz. Consciente ou inconscientemente os caras evocam a versão dark do The Cult, o The Southern Death Cult por diversas vezes, deixando tudo mais pesado mesmo.

Se você procura por peso e sombras, o The Lost End é certamente algo que você não deve deixar passar de forma alguma.

***** Interview with The Lost End *****

Q. When did The Lost End begin? Tell us about the history...
1) The Lost End began as a three piece in March 16’, Trevor Helm on Drums, Brian Daniel on Bass, Scott Jones on Guitar.

The three of us were previously in a band together with a different vocalist and after a brief stint he decided to leave. After his departure we decided to keep writing and continue as a new band. So we looked for a new vocalist while we worked up this new set of songs

(That would later make up our recent LP)

Fast-forward four months, Ryan Taylor responds to our ad. Impressed by his range and capabilities we invite Ryan to join the band.

Now a complete unit, we continued to work on our new set of songs. We performed the set live for the first time in February 17’

Q: Who are your influences?
2) Joy Division, Bauhaus, The Cult, Siouxsie and the Banshees

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3)Trevor (Drums) Koi No Yokan-Deftones

Brain (Bass) October Rust-Type O Negative

Scott (Guitar) JuJu-Siouxsie and the Banshees

Ryan (Vocals) Hard Nose the Highway-Van Morrison

We share a common love for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4) Performing live is where we excel as a band so its often rewarding

Q. How do you describe The Lost End´s sounds?
5) Dark, Energetic, Distorted Melodies with lots of Reverb and Delay led by driving rhythms

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6) Our album was recorded and mixed by Trent Bell of the Chainsaw Kittens at his studio in Norman, Oklahoma. The recording sessions began in December of 16’ and completed in June of 17’

Our process was recording all the instrumentation first then laying down the vocals.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7) Bloody Knives, Actors, Soft Kill, Second Still

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8) We have not considered doing a cover at this time. What time we do get as a band we spend working on original material.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9) We start recording our next album in April at Bell Labs. We are scheduled to perform at Norman Music Festival and have been invited to play at a couple of national festivals next year.

Q: Any parting words?
10) We would like to give a huge THANK YOU to all the radio stations, DJ’s, podcasts, blogs, (like TBTCI) webzines and independent playlists from all over the world who have included our songs on their shows and who have reviewed our album since we released it one month ago.

quarta-feira, 11 de abril de 2018

Magnificent Summers with Lubulwa - An Interview

O quarteto australiano Lubulwa é daquelas gratas e deliciosas surpresas que só, e somente no submundo dos bons sons podem acontecer.

Anoushka, guitarras, Peter, vocais, teclados, synths, e eletronices diversas, Kristen, baixo e Miranda, bateria, debutaram há pouco mais de um mês, com seu disco homônimo, onde a eloquência das canções e grandiosidade sonora deles, simplesmente impressiona.

Conexões diretas com os heróis australianos, The Go-Betweens são sentidas em sua essência, mas existe muito mais diversidade na música do Lubulwa, a começar pelo lirismo de Peter que, inclusive, empresta seu sobrenome ao nome da banda, e sua força vocal, o exuberante entrelaçamento entre a parte sônica, sem haver dissonâncias, mas sim experimentos, mesclado a uma consciência pop absolutamente sublime.

Sabe quando se ouve algo e se apaixona imediatamente? Pois é, com o Lubulwa é exatamente isso que acontece.

***** Interview with Lubulwa *****

Q: When did Lubulwa Begin?
(A)Similar to the Bing Bang, Lubulwa appeared… first hydrogen and then huge stars.. lol

(M) I think it was a fairly organic creation, only a year ago since our birth!

(P) Yes, there was a call out through social media, through friends. I had some old songs which needed to get out that I had been performing solo. New songs were in the works and a band sounded like a fun idea!

(K) There have been a couple of changes of bassists over time, but we are all in similar circles of friends and click well musically, so it all works well and comes naturally when it comes to writing.

Q: Who are your influences?
(A)Beautiful post punk femme bands.

(K)I think what is magical about Lubulwa is that we all call come from various musical influences. I grew up listing to Bikini Kill, Sleater Kinney, Nirvana and a lot of Seattle scene 90’s punk.

(P)Lyrically for me there is a lot of Belle and Sebastian and The Smiths. While sonically I would say more influences through Beck, Sonic Youth and Pere Ubu.

(M)Nick Cave, Portishead and The Dirty Three have been pretty influential through a lot of my musical life, but there’s always influences popping up from the Melbourne local scene… So many of our good friend’s play in so many amazing bands that we all admire.

Q: Make a list of five albums of all time:
A: Fleetwood Mac- Rumours
Sonic Youth- Sister
Nirvana- Never Mind
The Peep Temple- Joy
Rowland S Howards- Pop Crimes

Q: How do you feel playing live?
(P)Live is where we spend most of our time and it’s what we enjoy most!

(M)I think being a ‘live band’ is important to us all and that comes through with the amount of shows that we get involved in.

Q: How do you describe Lubulwa’s sounds?
(k)haha. This is probably one of the hardest questions we get asked, we have a very diverse but cohesive sound depending on the song. I think the closest we have come is from our Bio – “….a wall of cinematic sound with dreamy synths, spacey guitars and devastating vocals…”.

(A)…Dream pop universal love.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording songs:
(P)Nick Edin recorded our debut album in a live studio environment, all playing together in one giant room. He saw us play a few times and suggested live recording over lots of tracking and overdubs; He’s certainly captured that live energy and made it super professional-shiny.

(M)I think because of how we play and interact with each other, we were all happy to go for the ‘live’ recording situation, we aren’t a band to spend a long time in the studio.

Q: Which new bands do you recommend?
(k)We are lucky to have so many amazing bands in our circle right now. It is a great vibe in the Melbourne music scene.

(P)Cannot get enough of Moody Beaches right now..

(M)Big loves for Spiral Perm, Loobs and RVG.

(A) Camp Cope, Loose Tooth, Cable Ties, Wet Lips, Chastity Belt and Child Birth.

(K)Yes, most bands on Poison City or Milk! Records are amazing, that is a good starting point for people wanting to understand Melbourne independent music.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of:
(A)Fleetwood Mac. (P)It is odd, we have messed around with covers of different songs, but none have really gelled and made it into our live shows. Covers can be a tricky thing; you almost need to spend more time on the cover version than you do on your own songs!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
(A)Make cool new music and hang out together and have some beers… Maybe play a show in Brazil!

(K) We would really like to tour internationally in 2018/19. (P) Europe…!

Q: Any parting words?
(A)Thank you.

terça-feira, 10 de abril de 2018

Fun with deathlist - An Interview

O terceiro álbum do hoje, trio de Portland, deathlist, tem o irônico título de "Fun", o que de diversão, passa um pouco longe, salvo se seu conceito de diversão for as avessas, tal qual a banda o projeta.

Como uma terapia perigosa, a música do deathlist é crua, áspera e provocativa. Inserções de pós punk, art noise, ou um elo entre ambos, Jenny Logan, comanda o exorcismo sonoro.

Sob ares cinzentos e sombras, o deathlist transforma lamúrias em desespero, e melancolia em caos.

Pós punk em letras maiúsculas senhoras e senhores.

***** Interview with deathlist *****

Q. When did deathlist begin? Tell us about the history...
Deathlist started as a solo recording project in between tours with my other band, Summer Cannibals. After I released a demo tape in 2017, I got a live band and started performing around Portland and the west coast of the U.S.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Cure, Suicide, Joy Division...I really like post-punk and goth music, but I try to make it my own. I was also influenced by a lot of hardcore/metal bands like Neurosis and Botch.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Neurosis - Times of Grace
Joy Division - Closer
Iggy Pop - The Idiot
The Cure - seventeen seconds
The Wipers - Youth of America

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing live, it gives me a lot of energy. It is also very emotional for me, because my songs are very personal.

Q. How do you describe deathlist´s sounds?
I think I provide a female perspective on genres that were traditionally performed by men.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I write everything in my bedroom on an acoustic guitar and then adapt them in the studio. I do a lot of experimentation to find sounds and beats, and I play every instrument on the records.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Sweeping Exits, Maarquii, Savila. They're all new Portland bands I'm very into right now.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
The Wipers

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I'm going to keep making records! Writing music is like therapy for me, it keeps me sane and makes me a better person.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for listening to my music! I love hearing from fans so please feel free to reach out to me through my bandcamp page ( or my instagram @deathlisttt