quarta-feira, 30 de maio de 2018

Stella Diana, "57" - Track by Track

Não é novidade para quem acompanha as páginas do TBTCI que a cena italiana seja, gazer, psych, dark, pós punk, vai muito bem obrigado, ok!

Semanas passam, semanas entram e sempre uma nova e talentosa banda da terra de onde meus ancestrais vieram, aparece.

Mas por hora, é a vez de celebrar o novo álbum de não somente uma das melhores bandas de lá, mas sim da nova cena mundial, o querido Stella Diana.

O trio de Napoli, nos brindou no último dia 25 de Maio com seu mais recente trabalho, com o enigmático título, "57". E o álbum é, talvez, o ponto mais elevado da trajetória do Stella Diana. É em "57" que a beleza gazer e etérea do trio atinge momentos sublimes, ouça "Iris" ou "Harrison Ford"e comprove. Mas o Stella Diana não se prende somente a territórios gazers, os caras são altamente influenciados pelos clássicos do pós punk, e o amor deles por Joy Division e The Cure, fica explícito na intensidade melancólica de "Naos".

"57" é muito mais do que apenas palavras tentando decifra-lo, o disco é para ser apreciado inúmeras vezes, só assim, o ouvinte vai conseguir absorver, e, principalmente se envolver em cada detalhe.

De tempos em tempos obras como "Closer", Disintegration", "Nowhere" são criadas, e "57" chega sequenciar esse seleto grupo de pérolas.

Ah, obviamente que para preciosidades como "57" o TBTCI, e você precisam ir a fundo, para isso o Stella Diana disseca abaixo faixa a faixa de sua obra prima.


***** Stella Diana, "57" - Track by Track *****

The title of this album is very symbolical. five are our official albums, but if we also include two self-produced albums, then there are seven. apart form this, number 5 represents the Pentagon, the five pointed star, five senses, and the polymath.

NUMBER 7 is the seven ancient planets discovered by the ancient astronomy, the Menorah as the seven-lamp decribed in the bible, the Seven deadly sins and also the seven virtues...we can go on forever, but we'd like that people discover by themselves the hidden meanings of these two numbers.

LURINE RAE The title comes from the female character in the philip dick's novel "deus irae". i'm a big fan of Dick and i like to pay homage to him. the song is a classical pop song, short, full of shoegazing guitars and powerful. very funny to play live. the lyrics come from a dream i did years ago

Naos brings out our post punk side and our love for bands like joy division.

The second single with the official video. As always happens to us, there is no relationship between the title and the lyrics. iris is a vortex, a wall, a set of sensations. an elusive feminine figure suggests that perfection is represented by the number 3, but the rest of the lyrics emphasize the difficulty of communication between people.

HARRISON FORD I don't know why i called it that, maybe cause i love harrison ford and his characters: deckard, indy and han solo. this song too, as lurine rae, is very short and pop; a sort of a delicate ballad, very romantic. a romanticism that clashes with me singing "promise to me that the world is to end" it seemed to me a cool thing playing with this contrast.

LUDWIGLudwig? maybe for ludwig van beethoven or ludwig II of Bavaria the swan king. in both cases two persons i love. i don't know why, but the melody reminds me something from warpaint, the guitar or the voice's melody. i'm not sure. anyway, it's a very hypnotic song with this final explosion

ELAINEIt is clear now. we love the cinema and some movies are for us a great source of inspiration. elaine is the daughter of mrs robinson from mike nichols' movie "the graduate". infact the track opens and ends with two sampling from the movie. i think this song has a deep tension, above all in the first part before the final chorus. i love the guitar solo and the cello.

DO ANDROIDSThe title it's a quote of "do androids dream of electric sheep?" and the entire song has this cyberpunk spirit, a futuristic afflatus. we composed it thinking about a dark city wrapped in perpetual rain. we love shoegaze but we are trying to do our personal version of this genre, a blend of obscure and estranging shoegaze.

MRS DARLINGI was listening slowdive's pygmalion when i composed the guitar melody. i was seeking something of suspended, slow, lazy. the second part reminds me the explosion of a star. this song is our way to play shoegaze.

DER SANDMANN The first single. this track doesn't come out from the typical sound of stella diana. we tried to create something that could give an imagine of an interrupted line, an unreal flux of sounds. the lyrics talk about a sort of lady, a girl as the girls painted into the Pre-Raphaelite paintings. a pure rapresentation of joy, mistery, beauty and grace. what is beautiful should be preserved as a sacred fire and, at the same time, you must be careful of this fire...

LOST CHILDREN As a tradition, every final song in each album is totally extemporary and improvised. it's been composed during the last recording session. it's a kind of march with a circular and alienated melody.


terça-feira, 29 de maio de 2018

Azul Rei with Noizu - An Interview

E é de terras chilenas que aterriza nas páginas do TBTCI agora, o quarteto Noizu.

Sentimentos e cheiros noventistas são sentidos desde os primeiros momentos de "Azul Rei", a canção de abertura, que me remeteu diretamente aos prediletos da casa, o Velocity Girl. As guitarras, os vocais, tudo foi como se eu estivesse me teletransportado para os idos de noventa e poucos e toda aquela energia tivesse sido recarregada, mas aí, a sequência matadora com "Refugio", "Tune O Matic" e "Punto Aparte" chegou e arrebatou o coração deste velho amante da década dos excessos.

Bem, voltando para 2018, mas com o coração nos 90´s, o Noizu não é obviamente não faz nada de inovador, e na boa, eu estou pouco me lixando para inovações, eu quero sentir, e o Noizu aguça exatamente isso, os sentimentos.

Escute alto.

***** Interview with Noizu *****

Q. When did Noizu begin? Tell us about the history...
Well, Noizu start at the end of 2015 as four member project called “Muff”. After a while the vocal leaves the band, so Jhon, Felipe and Jano decide change the name to Noizu. We start as a three member band, exploring a noise rock sound. Few months later we decided that noizu must have a vocalist,a female vocalist. Francisca arrives, and we immediately starts working on a new sound thanks to her voice. After a year of exploring new sounds, we start think that we need a something more powerful, and that’s when we invited bruno, and again, we started working in a new sound, exploring shoegaze and dreampop.

Today we can say that noizu is complete as a band and as a friends.

Q: Who are your influences?
wow, we have a lot of musical influences individually, some of us comes from hardcore/punk and metal background, but our major influences are Swirlies, Yo la tengo, Wild Nothing, My bloody valentine, Pale saints, Sonic Yoth, Adelaida (Chile),Christianes (Chile).

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1 - Desintegration/the cure
2 - Swirles /Blonder tongue audio baton
3 - Smashing Pumpkins/Siamese Dream
4 - alvvays/alvvays
5 – My bloody Valentine/ Loveless

Q. How do you feel playing live?
For us the most important thing when we play is have fun, enjoy the moment, we feel a kind of emotional liberation.

Nervousness always be there, but we are five friends doing the things that we love, that's make feel us relax and confortable.

Q. How do you describe Noizu´s sounds?
We think it’s like a noise pop. It’s a mix of distorsion guitar with clean moments and a pleasant female voice, we love that contrast. Also we explore a shoegaze/dream pop sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We recorded our EP in "Estudio Lautaro" (Santiago, Chile). The process was great, it takes two days, recording all the instruments playing at the same time, this made the recording process more real for us, as if we were playing live. Then we recorded the voice and overdubs. we learned a lot .

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There are a lot of good local bands, for example Paracaidistas, Las Modas Pasajeras, Medio hermano, Chico Bestia, icor, etc…

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We usually play two covers to have fun and relax , but we’ve never play them live.

Las ligas Menores - 1200 kms.
My bloody Valentine – you made me realise.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We want to release an LP, compose more and crazy songs, mix new sounds, but without leaving aside what we do. Play in bigger stages and do tours.

Q: Any parting words?
First of all, thank TBTCI for the interest in our music, and we invite you guys to listen to our EP on youtube, bandcamp or spotify. We hope to see you at some show.


sexta-feira, 25 de maio de 2018

Maruchan with San Coyote - An Interview

Seguindo a tradição da TBTCI, onde o objetivo foge dos conceitos atuais de atrair "likes" ou algo que o valha, aqui você encontrará tudo que é excitantemente novo, sem compromisso com o mainstream, etc, etc.

E é nesse nicho que os mexicanos do San Coyote nascem. Com pouco menos de um ano de vida, apenas um EP no currículo, os caras são e fazem um noise pop que pega o punk bubblegum, C86 e se conecta com gente mais recente como Wavves.

San Coyote é curto, direto, estridente, cantarolável e envolvente o EP é audição sem contra indicação, feito sob medida pra curtição e ponto final.

***** Interview with San Coyote *****

- When did San Coyote start? Tell us about the history...
The band started around 7 months ago, at first it was just me and my desire to make music, I took my guitar and started writing songs and recording them on my pc with an audio interface that I bought at that time, then I started looking for band members on fb groups and got to know my bassist Jhovvan, we were introduced by some kid who was a terrible musician who wanted us to be in his band, it was a very frustrating experience because this kid in particular lied to us about having all the instruments that a band needs, so we didn't have to travel with ours to rehearsals, at the end we told him to get lost and Jhovvan and me decided to make San Coyote, later we met Alfredo and Edgar, who are with us playing guitar and drums respectively.

- Who are your influences?
Well our influences vary between menbers as well as many bands, but we all agree that we have a very strong Wavves and Los Blenders(Mexican band) influence, I personally like 90's alt rock acts such as Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and Weezer, but I also love a lot of shoegaze bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and some less popular ones like Whirr and Swirlies, Jhovvan is the more inclined to Noise Pop and Surf Punk bands like the already mentioned Wavves, Fidlar, Los Blenders, etc, Alfredo likes Radiohead, St Vincent, The White Stripes, and I don't know much about Edgar's influences because he doesn't have much time playing with us but from what he's told us he has been moved by Editors and some mexican acts like Enjambre as well.

- Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
In no particular order:

Loveless, by My Bloody Valentine
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club, by The Beatles
V, by Wavves
Alba, by José Madero
In Rainbows, by Radiohead

- How do you feel playing live?
Well we haven't played that much since we're just starting to get our shit together but the times we've played have been a mix between cringe and good experiences, I remember the first time me and Jhovvan did a concert, at that time we didn't have anyone else playing with us so I had the great idea of playing Roland TR 707 samples on my pc live as a backing track for guitar playing... holy crap, then when we had an actual drummer things went ok and people started to take us more seriously and enjoy some of our stuff, when we started recording we stopped gigging for a while until we had the EP prepared.

- How do you describe San Coyote´s sounds?
Well we play punk with a lot of emphasis on noisy lo-fi shrill sounds and lots of reverb, and like a lot of bedroom dream pop bands nowadays we display some beginner-musician tendencies such as awful singing and cheap recording technics.

- Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Recording process was very cheap, I literally plugged my MIM Fender Blacktop Strat into a Way Huge Havaline and from there into an M-Audio M-Track Plus, I didn't use amp simulation because I couldn't afford one so the sound I got was very lo-fi and shrill, you could say it was terrible but when I started doing the actual recording I actually liked it very much, it reminded me of the guitar sound in albums like Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain or the Wavves debut LP, when I had the guitar tracks recorded I just added the Roland TR 707 samples that I mentioned earlier as the drum parts and then I recorded the bass tracks with my Kingston Hound Dog bass, and then I just sang over that with the help of the classic Shure SM57, the result was much better than I expected I didn't even need to add lots of VST's to make it sound ok.

- Which new bands do you recommend? ich new bands do you recommend?
We really don't know much about fresh-from-garage bands because a lot of them do kinda suck... but we've liked a lot the music from bands like Palm and Melrose, Melrose has a special place in my heart because they're dudes that I actually heard since they started out from scratch doing posts on 4chan's /mu/ forum which I go to a lot because of the community interaction.

- Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Well we haven't decided to do a cover we all die to make, it happens that sometimes a specific member of the band wants to cover a band only he likes and then we follow along, but I think all members would be more than pleased to cover Remo Drive, since they're just an amazingly fun band.

- What are your plans for the future?
We are currently saving money to buy equipment for the recording on our first proper LP, I already have some song ideas but I need to drop some of the beginner tendencies that I talked about earlier like the use of drum samples, the awful singing and some good tube guitar amps for guitars and bass to really make something that sounds amazing.

- Any parting words?
Thanks to Renato for liking our tunes and interviewing us, we're very proud of the job you're doing in this blog.


quinta-feira, 24 de maio de 2018

High Stakes with Centrefold - An Interview

Depois dos primeiros passos serem dados com o EP "High Stakes", lançado ano passado o quarteto, Centrefold se trancafiou até há pouco menos de um mês atrás, enfim veio ao mundo o debute.

O disco homônimo é shoegaze em sua essência, seu DNA carrega todas as características fundamentais do estilo, mas, o Centrefold injeta na receita, referências captadas de todas as décadas de boa música, seja nos primórdios com Mr. Howlin’ Wolf, seja nas experiências excêntricas com os frippertronics do gênio, Robert Fripp, seja no próprio shoegaze, feito ontem ou hoje, tudo é combustível criativo para o Centrefold.

E no meio dessa miscelânea toda existe uma unidade, e essa é a força principal do "Centrefold", o álbum.

Aqui serve mais uma vez o seguinte comentário, o Centrefold é uma resposta bem alta no meio dos tímpanos para aqueles preguiçosos que insistem em dizer que nada é feito de bom atualmente....podres coitadas, não sabem de nada.

Escute alto!

***** Interview with Centrefold *****

Q. When did Centrefold start? Tell us about the history...
Lucas: Centrefold started as a project of mine. I’d discovered some dream-pop and shoegaze bands and had become fascinated with the ways many of these bands experimented with sound texture, noise, modulation, and different ways to layer effects on the guitar. I’d been in several bands over the years as a drummer while also playing guitar in a couple cover bands, and decided I wanted to try and experiment with these ideas myself on guitar. I started coming up with some of the ideas that would become Centrefold songs in 2014-2015, with serious practicing and polishing taking place in 2016 with our first show on July 1st, Canada Day/Memorial Day, 2016. Since then the driving force behind the band has drastically shifted and we all bring something essential to sound of the band. While I’m the primary songwriter, I only create the skeletons and the rest of the band puts the muscles and skin on it. We are also getting much more collaborative in the writing process going forward.

Q: Who are your influences?
Nick: There is a lot of variety in the music we all listen to but for this project, artists like Tesseract, Steven Wilson, King Crimson, Karnivool and The War on Drugs are just some that come to my mind, influencing the construction and landscape i want to bring to the Centrefold sound.

Kieran: Too many to name, but some of the more obvious ones for me are The War On Drugs, Nothing, Smashing Pumpkins, Slowdive, Jim O’Rourke, Pixies, Deafheaven, Kate Bush, Sun Ra, Duster, Kurt Vile, Warpaint, Fog Lake, Chromatics, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, At The Drive-In, Neko Case, Wilco, Elliott Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Julee Cruise, and Howlin’ Wolf.

Lucas: Similar to Nick and Kieran, I’ve gone through many phases listening to a wide variety of music which have all influenced me when it comes to this project in particular. Some obvious influences are bands like My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, The Cure, Diiv, No Joy, Weed, Solids, Title Fight, Oeil, Nothing, Duster, Fog Lake, The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Red House Painters, Tame Impala, Stars of the Lid, Brian Eno, Now Now, Autolux, and Interpol.

Becca: I personally don't use a whole lot of influence. Lucas has taught me everything I know with drumming, and I'm not very skilled or experienced; although I'm learning with every show we do and improving all the time. But I turn to White Stripes as motivation for my drumming. When I started off, I really wasn't that good. But knowing that a really successful and amazing band made it with their drummer starting in the same situation as me made me feel like it was possible for us.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Interpol - Turn on The Bright Lights
Janek Gwizdala - American Elm
King Crimson - Discipline
Porcupine Tree - Deadwing
Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

Elliott Smith - XO
At The Drive-In - Relationship of Command
The War on Drugs - Lost In The Dream
Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Pink Floyd - Division Bell
Sufjan Stevens - Michigan
Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
The Naked and Famous - Passive Me, Aggressive You

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Lucas: I love playing live. Nicholas and I started playing a number of years ago in a very different band and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve always had at least one active band on the go ever since. For me it’s not only a lot of fun, it’s also a way to relieve stress and express myself in front of a crowd.

Becca: I am always nervous starting off, but I don't think that will ever go away. After about the second song, I'm “in the zone” and it's amazing. It's invigorating, it's energising. It always ends too soon. Kieran: It's lots of fun and a real rush, especially when people in the audience dance with us. I like our shows to be more intense like a rock or punk show than a typical shoegaze show.

Q. How do you describe Centrefold´s sounds?
Kieran: Loud and intense, but still very emotional.

Becca: A chaotic assortment of sounds and effects that comes together to create something deep, emotional, and relatable.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Kieran: It took a long time, about a year and a half. It was mostly getting together whenever we could on weekends and evenings and laying a few tracks down. There was a lot of layering different guitar tracks with different guitars, experimenting with different pedals, that kind of stuff. We also experimented with different drum micing techniques, the drum tracks on ‘Break’ and ‘Blank Page’ were even recorded in mono.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Kieran: I’d recommend Bridges, Black Market Hard-Tack, Town House, Nicer and Dora, all fantastic bands from Newfoundland.

Lucas: Some more great Newfoundland bands are Ribbon Tied, Fog Lake, Soap Opera, Elictrikompany, and Monsterbator.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Lucas: We enjoy covering a variety of artists. We usually learn a couple covers and cycle through them, usually never leaving a cover in our set for too long. It’s a way to keep our setlist fresh and new in between writing new songs. In the past we’ve covered Smashing Pumpkins, The War on Drugs, Nothing, David Bowie, Kevin Shields, Silversun Pickups, and Postal Service/Iron and Wine. There are several artists we’re interested in covering in the future such as The Smiths, The Cranberries, Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Warpaint, and Kurt Vile.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Kieran: We’re hoping to follow up our album with some new material pretty quickly and have a short tour this fall through Canada's East Coast.

Q: Any parting words?
Lucas: We’d like to thank you for showing interest in our band and deciding to interview us, and thank everyone who listened to our music on spotify, bandcamp, youtube, and others. We owe our rising popularity to great music blogs like you guys and awesome fans.
And here's all our links for you guys:

quarta-feira, 23 de maio de 2018

Deja Vu with New Aura - An Interview

E o mundo psych respira mais efervescente do que nunca, ao redor do mundo brotam novas bandas, injetando acidez neste mundo cada vez mais insano.

E nessa nova leva de bandas, o New Aura se destaca, formada por ex membros de bandas como Magic Shoppe, Drug Dogs and Malatese, os caras acabaram de debutar com um disco absolutamente excelente.

O álbum homônimo vai buscar suas referências, principalmente, no que o BJM fazia em uma de suas obras mais emblemáticas, "Their Satanic Majesties Second Request", o New Aura pega aquele psicodelismo arrastado, e derrama doses de modernidade nele.

Mas ao contrário das obras do psych atual, com grandes odisseias, o New Aura concentra suas trips sonoras em pouco mais de dois minutos e meio no máximo, as canções são curtas e diretas.

O New Aura, é uma dose certeira de psilocibina sonora bem no centro a mente.

***** Interview with New Aura *****

Q. When did New Aura begin? Tell us about the history...
Tayler: We are based out of Boston, Massachusetts. I started working on some material around this time last year. Tim and Dan have a studio in their attic where some more ideas got started. Tim and I go back, and we both recently played in Magic Shoppe for a few years. I reached out to Matt from Drug Dogs who had recently linked up with Malatese drummer, Jon Reed. After a couple of months of playing and writing more music together, we released our self-titled EP on vinyl and cassette. In support of our new release, we recently wrapped up a tour of New England with our long-time pals Your 33 Black Angels.

Q: Who are your influences?
Matt: Spiritualized, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spacemen 3 for sure. My more modern favorites of that ‘60s revival genre are the Asteroid #4, Les Big Byrd, Black Market Karma, the Black Heart Death Cult...but I also listen to alot of punk music I also find that "sound" in - like Black Easter or the Marked Men.

Tim: Same as Matt, but also lots of Kraut rock like Neu and Can, as well as more modern krauty-garagey stuff like Thee Oh Sees and King Gizzard. Also been loving Amen Dunes and Unknown Mortal Orchestra lately. And the Childish Gambino album is fantastic.

Dan: Same as the other dudes plus The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Radiohead, Gorillaz, Fleet Foxes, Gucci Mane. As far as guitarists, Bob Weir has definitely shaped my approach for how I want to play rhythm parts.

Tayler: Beatles, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Oasis, The Cure, BJM, I’ve been diggin the new records from The Limiñanas, and New Candys

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Tayler: George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
Jon: Gang of Four- Entertainment!
Tim: Spiritualized - Ladies & Gentleman
Dan: Bob Dylan - Live at Buddakan
Matt: Spacemen 3 - Perfect Perscription

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Jon: Playing live is one of the best feelings so I feel pretty damn good playing live. Our songs are short and full of energy.

Q. How do you describe New Aura´s sounds?
Jon: Our sound is a bit of psych, shoegaze, and for a lack of a better term the music in the 60s-70s that was categorized as "Krautrock." We realize everyone's attention spans are shot in the modern age so we keep the songs short and sweet. I've heard folks say we sound like the Detroit garage band The Index or "The Velvet Underground, but heavier" - an anonymous bartender from Western Mass.

Tim: Yep all of the above. I play a big fully hollow Gretsch electromatic or a Vox Cheetah, both of which I drench in reverb and delay, so I kind of provide the sonic glue between our other two guitarists tones. Jon and Matt are a sick rhythm section they keep it moving forward.

Dan: I think having 3 guitars and one of them being a 12 string really allows us to layer the guitar sounds/tones. Sometimes me Tim and Tay will each be playing different things which I think is a big part of our sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Tayler: Me, Tim, or Dan will usually start with a demo at home then show them to the band where it will take on a new life. Tim and Dan’s home attic has been a great space for us to work on ideas. After playing them for a bit, we will try to record as a full live band, then overdub anything we see fit. We are all very interested in production, and all bring something unique to the table. Some songs come together right away while other songs have taken a couple months to write/complete. We had a lot of fun with our debut record, and are looking forward to the next one.

Tim: We went into an awesome studio in Boston operated by our friend Spenser Gralla and did most of the tracking for our first EP in live-takes. We did one song like 10 times but ended up not even using it. Just trying to find a certain vibe. Sometimes you ruin it the more you try. Other times you need to do a few takes to get what you want. After tracking we did some overdubs and mixing and stuff on our own. I make demos in my home studio using a pretty minimal setup and some random outboard gear I like to use.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Matt: There's this group called Phenomena 256 out of Northampton, MA that I think is awesome. Also, Boston locals in Banshee can't get enough credit for how unique their sound is.

Jon: They're a bit different sounding then New Aura, but some of my former bandmates are doing some great things in the bands Buck Gooter, Flyying Colors, and Gumming

Tim: Heavy Birds from NYC are incredible. Sun Voyager from NYC is also so damn good.

Dan: We played a show a couple weeks ago in Troy NY with The Abyssmals and they were fucking rockin'

Tayler: Your 33 Black Angels were great tour mates – can’t wait for their next record. Jim Leonard is working on a cool new record now- keep an eye peeled for that. The artist who made the artwork for our EP, Al Marantz, just released another great record.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Tayler: We’ve been having fun playing some Warlocks songs at practice. I’ve always wanted to cover Exile on Main Street.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Jon: Now that our first EP is pressed and out to the public, we're hoping to write a full length in the next few months and hopefully do a bit more touring. We want to explore expanding our live sound and play some more exciting places.

Q: Any parting words?
1. Big Thanks to TBTCI and to all the artists out there making the world more interesting.

2. Check out our new record (free download):


terça-feira, 22 de maio de 2018

Senen Lempuyangan with Grow Rich - An Interview

Nos primeiros momentos de "Poo She Whack On", faixa de abertura do novo EP do Grow Rich o que se escuta é um delicioso revival da C86, mais precisamente os early years de Mr. Bobby Gillespie e seu Primal Scream.

Um bubblegum com elementos do pop punk clássico, leia-se Buzzcocks, Undertones, gerando aquelas melodias grudentas que todos nós aprendemos a amar.

E assim segue "Senen Lempuyangan", o EP. Nada de novo, nada de original, apenas música pop grudenta, e isso a gente gosta, e muito.

***** Interview with Grow Rich *****

Q. When did Grow Rich start? Tell us about the history...
I first thinking about starting this musical Project of mine, back in the mid of 2016, You know I used to be a musician in a several underground band, And then the unpredictable business nature of my day job makes me no longer able to stay in the band. But hey I love music so much, it's in my veins, I am a natural song-writer. it's the only effective way I can express how I feel.

But I need something in the more flexible form than a conventional band, so I start this one man Project, I invite a drummer to fill the beat on my song, simply because i know the concept of drums pattern in my song, but don't have the ability to play it right by my own self.

I use my saving salary from my day job to finance the whole production of this song including recording, mixing and mastering. I supervise everything until my first single 'Cash to Kyodo' release in Bandcamp with it's B-Side 'Cirrus the Virus'. A punkish groovy indie rock song with a downer shoegazing pot-smoking love song as it's B-Side.

Q: Who are your influences?
I rarely use other music as my influence, in fact my life experience is the real inspiration of mine. I let everything flow in natural way when it comes to creative process regarding composing every song structure, I am a moody dreamy person, a mixed of Taurus sun sign and Pisces moon sign, so everytime I want to make a song, all i have to do is getting myself having a daydream.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I go with:

Nirvana - In Utero
Black Flag - Damaged
Radiohead - Pablo Honey
Agnostic Front - Cause For Alarm
The Beatles - The Anthology

Q. How do you feel playing live?
To be honest I'm not a fond of playing live, at least for now, maybe later, who knows? I prefer to be a recording artist than performing artist, because in the studio I can undo every occured errors, but when playing live being flaw is inevitable and to a perfectionist with OCD diagnosed like me. it's kinda unbearable painful thing when mistake or error is occured while playing live, I know this may sounds like senseless bullshits.

But I'm the one who really knows about what I feel and what best for me. I know what I want, and seeking perfection is such a torturing yet pleasant experience.

Q. How do you describe Grow Rich´s sounds?
Indie Rock with lots of Hardcore Punk elements, here and there.. with strong penchant for human psychology in the lyric sections.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
In my new EP, I use Mesa Boogie for my guitar amp, Gallen Krueger amplifier for my Bass, Shure Mic for my vocals, with a proportional use of Flanger and Reverb for my melodic sound, also I invite a kick ass drummers from Death Metal and Grindcore Scene to punch and kick every beats on my indie rock song. They are Arya Gilang from DEAD VERTICAL and Qory Ariyanto from Trench Horror.. I want a fresh style sound of drums that's why i invite Arya and Qory.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
From Indonesia I would like to recommend you to listen to Sharespring (https://sharesprings.bandcamp.com/album/trush) they play very energic shoegaze music

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
The Everly Brothers - All I Have to do is Dream ... I would love to make a sludge punk version of this oldies song, in style of The Melvins

Primal Scream - Velocity Girl ..... Somebody should produce a punk cover version of this song, and I think it's me..

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Regarding Grow Rich, I will keep continue produce, release my musical creativity and tell the whole world about the existence of it, while keep swimming my life so i don't have to drown in the river of madness depression. Oh yeah some profits I made, I donate to NGO who fight for animals and fighting the existence of Human Trafficking. That kind of human cruelty must be stop and I Support that cause.

Q: Any parting words?
Keep moving forward and don't back down. Thank you Renato!


segunda-feira, 21 de maio de 2018

Levity with Noise Is Everything Else - An Interview

Quando três amigos, fãs confessos de Beatles, e barulheiras noventistas resolvem se juntar, formar uma banda e se divertirem, uma coisa é certa, algo realmente bom virá.

Este é o resumo da história de James, Levi e Mike, ou Noise Is Everything Else para os chegados. E por entre o amor ao psicodelismo sessentista, ao punk, e aos barulhos dos 90´s os caras chegaram ao seu debute, o disco homônimo nasceu em há pouco menos de quinze dias atrás e é um síntese do que os caras são e do que gostam.

Saborear o disco é como teletransportar-se para as diversas décadas e fases que a música moderna passou, sem se prender a este ou aquele estilo, os caras apenas fundem tudo numa deliciosa coisa chamada música.

O Noise Is Everything Else é para ser escutado em todo e qualquer momento, em todo e qualquer lugar, sem qualquer tipo de contra indicação.

***** Interview with Noise Is Everything Else *****

Q. When did Noise Is Everything Else start? Tell us about the history...
Levi - Mike and I met few years ago after I heard of his former band Monoplane, who I was a big fan of. And for a while we have bounced ideas off each other but never really tried to bring any of it to fruition. We didn't have any kind of direction or particular style we wanted to convey. But one day we were just hanging out and I showed him a chord progression that I had come up with, and he went over to my keyboard and played this very simple but beautiful melody on top of it, we both loved the feeling of that melody so much we decided this will be the first song on our new project.

Our idea was to be experimental, maybe even play some instruments that we had never played before. But we knew that if we really want to make this band something special, we need more creative input. So we went to our friend James, who happens to be not only one of my best friends, but also one of the most talented musicians we know. James had helped me before with recording in the past and I knew he would be happy to help is out with anything we wanted to do, but Mike and I both knew that the three of us together would be necessary for creating the sound that we are looking for.

Q: Who are your influences?
Levi - I think we each have a lot of different influences, which is what makes Noise so fun for us. But we all love psychedelic rock, punk, metal, etc. Most of my influences come from 60's psychedelic rock and 80' noise rock and punk

James - I think Levi said it best. Although we come from very different backgrounds we blend well together. Personally I have an obsession with the pyschedelic sounds of the 60's and 70's. That has been a driving force in most things I create.

Mike - I like everything from the Beatles to a lot of stuff from the 70s to the 90s and even some newer stuff. I also am very Infuenced by psychedelic and noisey melodic sounds.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Levi - Rubber Soul - The Beatles
Static Age - The Misfits
The Pony Express Record - Shutter To Think
World Coming Down - Type O Negative
Relax - Holy Wave

James - Pink Floyd - Meddle
The Beatles - Revolver
Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist
Bob Dylan -The Times They Are A Changin'
Between The Buried And Me- Alaska

Mike - The Beatles - Abbey Road
The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Ween - White Pepper
Hum - You'd Prefer an Astronaut
Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever

Q. How do you feel playing live?
James - Being active musically is hard when you are continuely trying to create. We have finally started to get ready to play out together. We are excited to see what is to come. Personally I have been playing live for a decade so it feels more natural to do that than really much if anything else. I'm excited to take Noise to a stage

Levi - We are still a very new band, and unfortunately we haven't had the chance to play together as Noise yet since our schedules have been particularly busy lately, but we plan on getting out and playing as soon as we can.

Mike - I've played live in 3 other bands before and always loved the experience so I'm looking forward to playing live with Noise.

Q. How do you describe Noise Is Everything Else´s sound?
Levi - We try to take a unique approach to each song we write, and doing so I think we can touch on mix of genres.

James - It may seem corny but I feel it is music for anyone trying to find something. I'm not sure what exactly but that is really the emotion behind the music for me. Exploration.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs.
James - We found our best option to find a particular sound was to do it ourself. We didn't want anyone or anything to change what we were trying to accomplish. We have been lucky enough to have the resources and know how to record everything ourselves in my home studio based in Mount Carmel PA. We spent many months writing. It took us a long time to find the album as a whole. Writing and recording were a simutanious production. Anything that felt real and natural got recorded. That is how the whole album was written. Trial and error and a drive to make something we were wanting to hear.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
James- The Beatles of course. Any other answer from my bandmates would confuse me haha.

Levi - I would really like to cover The Beatles but it's just so hard to do them justice.

Mike - without a doubt The Beatles

Q: What are your plans for the future?
James - continue to write, record, and play all the music we can.

Q: Any parting words?
Levi - I just want to say thanks for giving us your time and we hope that you enjoy the album. If you want to give us a listen just check out our Bandcamp or SoundCloud page below, and if you want to say hi or tell us we suck just go over to our Facebook page and tell us what you think.


sexta-feira, 18 de maio de 2018

Ten Million Lights, "Sour Oranges" - Track by Track

Para quem acompanha o TBTCI, o quinteto de Portland, Ten Million Lights não é nenhuma novidade, certo?!

Certíssimo...e os caras retornam as páginas do TBTCI por conta do seu segundo álbum, "Sour Oranges".

Um discaço de guitarras altas e estridentes, mas sem extremos, aqui tudo é concebido sob medida, o barulho é melodioso, as melodias são grudentas, e grudam mesmo, e aí é impossível parar de ouvir, simples assim.

Seguindo uma lógica noventista com roupagem atual, o Ten Million Lights, pega o termo guitar bands e dá continuidade no que já é sensacional e alonga ainda mais o amor pela década dos excessos, mas sem aquela nostalgia barata, o negócio aqui soa sim, contemporâneo.

E como é costume aqui no TBTCI, para obras grandes como esta, o conteúdo tem que ser decupado e dissecado na íntegra, e ninguém melhor do que seus criadores para explicitar o que é "Sour Oranges".

Escute alto, e sem limites.

***** Ten Million Lights, "Sour Oranges" - Track by Track *****

Wide AwakeRyan: This is a call back to our first song from our last record which was called Fast Asleep. It was inspired by the self-immolation that started the Arab Spring and all the uprisings that have been happening around the world. One could assume that makes it dark, and of course there is some darkness there, but overall it's a song of hope. It's big and powerful and we felt like would make a great opener.

Red TornadoEmily: This was an experiment for me to do some kind of stream of consciousness lyric writing. We had this percussive melody already, and that really lent itself to lots of words packed in and lots of consonant sounds. So I went with it. In the end, it's a somewhat surrealist song with tons of nonsensical lyrics that create images of puppets, wrinkly beds, and mechanical creatures that fit well with the energy of the tune.

Eric: We had this song kicking around for years, but it never really clicked until Russ added his awesome bass groove. The chord progression in the chorus is inspired by Lush, but with an interesting bass run underneath that makes it it's own unique thing.

SmotherEmily: Ryan started the concept for this one with the lyrics to the chorus, which were all about a kind of overwhelming, visceral love. I interpreted it partially as someone who is deeply in love, but they are trying to get so much from another person that they smother them in the end. So the verse lyrics played on this concept and tried to create images of really intense physical and emotional experiences that verge on crossing a line into unsafe or unhealthy.

Eric: This is another one that has been around forever. There's an alternate version of Smother floating around that's a couple years old at this point, with programmed drums, synth bass and a completely different guitar part. Totally different and cool in its own way. We deconstructed that when we changed direction and added a live rhythm section, and it turned into something really powerful.

Ryan: A mayday is a cry for help and in this song I am struggling with the reality that people aren't allowed to choose when they die. We will put an animal down to end its suffering, but we make humans suffer until they die. In reality we are all dying all the time. I look at how we are all made of carbon atoms that originally made up a dying star and talk about how I choose to forgive people for dying before their time.

Emily: This is my favorite song on the record, partly because the lyrics are so dark but it's also one of our more dance-able songs, and Ryan and I get to do this super playful back-and-forth with our vocals. I've always loved that type of musical contrast.

Night Lines

Revolt Ryan: Revolt has a kraut rock feel in the intro and verse with a big chorus and an epic, wall of sound, sonic guitar adventure in the middle. They lyrics are a story about hijinx and escape; a love story that culminates in an inevitable Bonnie and Clyde ending but with final transformation through death into a dragonfly.

Eric: This is one of my favorites. It takes a very long time to get to the chorus, where the tension that's been building is finally released, and then the bridge takes it even higher. This was also one of my favorites to record. There are a couple tracks buried quietly in the mix at the start. Ryan added a rhythmic piano part, I added a fuzzed-out keyboard drone with an old Casio run through my guitar rig, and Scott played a pattern using some old pieces of scrap wood that were laying around our studio. You can barely hear these parts, and they stop when the verse starts. Almost like a refrigerator hum that you don't notice until it's gone.

Falling ApartRyan: Lyrically this is a pretty literal song about my stepdad's heart problems and how he was able to come back from death's door and remake his life into a picture of health. It juxtaposes the concept of modern open-heart surgery, where they literally take out your heart and use a machine to keep you alive, with the Bible story of Lazarus who was raised from the dead.

Waiting ForRyan: This song is a reflection on modern day society and how most people want to get things now with as little work as possible, while all the while hoping things will be better in the future. I say, don't wait for the future, enjoy the now, let things go, and stay in the moment.

Eric: Really beautiful and simple song. We tried to make this really sparse in parts, so that the wall of vocal harmonies that come in late feel huge and dynamic. We were probably inspired by the xx to try to do something with so much room to breathe, even though it sounds nothing like the xx.

Writing On The WallRyan: This song is a tongue in cheek call-out to machismo. Its all about being tough enough, loud enough, and fighting your way to the top.

Eric: I'm hoping that musicians can appreciate all the odd time signature changes in this one, and that non-musicians can still tap their toes.

Sour Orange, Sweet LimesRyan: In this song, I'm reminiscing about waking up in the cool cloud forests of Nicaragua, seeing Toucan's, smelling the morning dew, hearing nothing but the wind. A place that's close to my heart called Mil Bosque, that I can't be at very often, but if I close my eyes I'm already there.

Emily: This started out as two distinct songs and we blended them together with Russ' lovely bass breakdown and turned the second song into basically a three-minute energetic build. It's super fun live.

Eric: This one didn't end up at all how I'd envisioned it, but I love it. I was trying to write a memorable guitar riff like She Sells Sanctuary from The Cult, and we had built a song around that riff, but then we stripped that out and simplified the guitar part to give it some space. My original riff pops up on guitar and bass in the big breakdown in the second half. I love that the opening guitar line gets referenced at the very end. And it closes out the record on a positive and hopeful note.


Steel Wool For The Brain with Palewave - An Interview

Atmosférico até a médula, o projeto Palewave é basicamente direcionado para apreciadores de experimentações dissonantes, guiadas por guitarras recheadas de efeitos.

"Steel Wood For The Brain", novo trabalho do Palewave, certamente agradará xiitas aficionados por Telescopes (fase atual), Astrobrite, Flying Saucer Attack, Windy & Carl entre outros.

Intensamente introspectivo, o Palewave é companhia certeira em noites sem fim.

***** Interview with Palewave *****

Q. When did Palewave start? Tell us about the history...
A. Palewave started out in early 2016 as a passing joke that pondered the existence of a subgenre of music called christian harsh noise. I posed the idea that modern christian music is too tame and polished against the absolute madness depicted in the Old Testament and that as the purest form of music, is God's go to genre. I rode the joke seriously for five seconds before it just became its own thing. As a genre, noise music is very abstract in a way that leaves it open for interpretation. I went into the first two albums with this in mind, constructing a loose narrative that the listeners could fill in the gaps to spin their own story unique to themselves. As someone who lives in a small town where all my fellow musicians have little time to spare due to work, I decided to attack it solo, doing a little collaboration on one track with an old high school pal. The goal was to get my hands wet on the production side and to experiment with sounds to incorporate into more structured and guitar driven songs down the line.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. For this project, My Bloody Valentine is the obvious one, but there are many more. Cosmicdust's earsplitting, rocking take on shoegaze made the biggest impression on me in terms of pure sound. Local Teen (formerly called Shopping) inspired me with its lo-fi, one man band punk attitude. In fact, both Cosmicdust and Local Teen were and are solo projects, a testament to the possibilities any one person could achieve on their own. Fishmans influenced me in the way I approach playing bass guitar, an aspect I would like further hone down the line.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane over the Sea
Fishmans - Long Season
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Hyacca - Hanazono
Soutaiseiriron - Hi-Fi Anatomia

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. I have only played live with one of my old high school bands, but it was a rewarding experience and I would definitely love to have another go. I'm not sure how I would tackle some of palewave's stuff live though. Perhaps I could loop samples from the software files, or I could just free form it and create live bootlegs. Either way, I'd need some members to pull that off.

Q. How do you describe Palewave´s sounds?
A. Intensely warped bedroom shoegaze. And noise.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. It can start anywhere, from coming up with a general concept and exploring it, to old works in progress that get sampled. Sometimes I'll go out to do some field recordings or even just around the house, other times I find a good guitar riff while practicing and record one or more takes. One concept that struck me during the first album was the distorted, warbly sounds of some poor vinyl record being scratched and beat on the turntable, so I ran with it. That one turned out to be one of the more simple and straightforward processes with fewer audio tracks in the mix. Some of the songs have enough tracks and length to put my computer through the ringer which was the case more on the first album. With the increased presence of the guitar, I decided to keep it simple for the second one. As I'm recording each layer, I'll usually toss it through the blender of modulation in Audacity, rendering many of the original sounds to be unrecognizable or barely hidden in the wall of noise. This whole process can take up to a year to complete enough tracks for an album; more of a time management and motivation issue than anything else.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. I don't really dig around for new music too often, but I would certainly recommend the aforementioned Cosmicdust and Local Teen. Hanno Soda has some great vibes; that one is new.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. Mass of the Fermenting Dregs and Midori have great energy in their songs and would be very fun to cover.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. I would like to find some people to collaborate with and get a proper band arrangement started. That could allow me to play live, in addition to adding in different creative influences to the mix. I've always intended for palewave to be a personal project; an ongoing timeline that shows change in style, lineup, and so on. There's no limit to what it could be in the future.

Q: Any parting words?
A. Thanks for giving an outlet for many small and upcoming bands.


quinta-feira, 17 de maio de 2018

Kate Blanchett with Crystales - An Interview

Em um clima totalmente ensolarado com borrões barulhentos os caras do Crystales soltaram há pouco mais de um mês, via Burger Records o primeiro sopro de seu surf dream noise.

O disco homônimo é delicioso como uma brisa a beira mar com aquela cerveja gelada, e o cigarrinho mágico ao lado, sem excessos, apenas curtição, sem querer mudar o mundo, apenas trazer o que é bom dele para perto, e assim flui o acetato.

Se você não vê o mar faz tempo, pegue a estrada assim que puder, coloque o Crystales no som, e boa brisa.

***** Interview with Crystales *****

Q. When did Crystales start? Tell us about the history...
A: We've been playing together for most of our lives. We're made up of two brothers (Nick, guitar and backup vocals, and Billy, guitars), our cousin (Tony, bass) and our neighbor growing up (Jason, drums and lead vocals). So we've been playing together since pretty much as soon as we all learned how to play something, since our teenage years. It was never that serious in the beginning, people went away to school and whatnot. Later, we went through a few iterations before settling on Crystales and honing the sound to what it is today.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: We have lots of them! You might have gathered we like a lot of shoegaze and dream pop groups like My Blood Valentine, the Cocteau Twins, Jesus & Mary Chain, Ride and Slowdive, but also other artists of that era — Stone Roses, The Smiths, The Cure, Prince, R.E.M., New Order, Orange Juice, Madonna, The Vaselines. We grew up on oldies radio, so that's in there, the Beach Boys, Neil Young, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and all the Phil Spector stuff, and classic alternative rock like the Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins. We're also mostly Cuban, and we try to call to mind a bit of Latin and Brazilian music without being super overt about it, artists like Buena Vista Social Club, Os Mutantes, Trio Los Panchos, Caetano Veloso, the list goes on...

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: This is really hard. I'll think of ones we can probably all agree on:
The Velvet Underground & Nico,
Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds,"
Television's "Marquee Moon,"
My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless"
and Big Star's "#1 Record/Radio City" (technically two albums, but oh well).

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: I feel like we kind of zone out. It's sort of over before we know it. We love playing live and although it's sometimes a challenge to get across that combination of texture and rawness that we seek to achieve, we've gotten better by thinking about it a little less and letting it happen.

Q. How do you describe Crystales´ sounds?
A: Probably like that — a mixture of texture, melody and raw noise. One thing we always loved about Sonic Youth was their ability to explore and leave in mistakes and perceived excess that might be trimmed away by other bands. I think you kind of collect that stuff and learn to use it as decoration for the songs, so you might hear a slightly out of tune guitar, off note or feedback underneath everything that gives it some depth and feeling. We love layering guitars and adding synths when it makes sense but making sure everything is serving the song. So I don't know if that answers your question, sometimes less is more, sometimes more is more!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: Most of the time, it's very straightforward. The songs are written ahead of time, and we've usually edited them down to where we want them by the time we record. Other times, we wait to really figure it out in the studio. Songs like "Donkey" and "Honora" have a lot of layered parts that we sort of did on the spot to allow for some improvisation. You can hear me hitting Nick's guitar with a spoon at some point. Then "Agrias" was written ahead of time, but we had no idea really how we were gonna record it. We just laid down a basic acoustic track and then threw stuff at it till it was where we wanted it — guitar ambient effects, jingling house keys, some bongos Joel Jerome played. All of those sounded like bad ideas on paper, but we were really happy with the way it came out!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: There are so many great bands and artists in L.A. right now! We love Moaning, Lunch Lady, French Vanilla, Winter, Colleen Green, Froth, KING, Ablebody, Pearl Charles, Post Life, Peach Kelli Pop, Tomemitsu, Haunted Summer, Chasms, Michael Vidal, Quitapenas, Santoros, Feels, Shannon Lay, Bart Davenport...there are so many. Pretty much any band on Burger is gonna be great, too!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: We've never landed on a good cover where we felt like we could bring something new to it. We often play "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears in practice because it's so good, but it's maybe too obvious a song to play live and we don't do it well enough! We have done two full-cover live shows though where we covered all Big Star or all Smashing Pumpkins songs, that was a lot of fun. I think stripping down and roughing up some sort of new wave hit might work well for us.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We really just want to record more. We love playing live, but on record I think is where we come through best. We already have a lot of new songs in various stages of readiness, I think we could record another album as soon as late this year or early next year. We'd still love to tour. It's a bit tough; two of our members have babies. Maybe one day we'll come to Brazil! That would be a dream.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Thank you for listening and for the kind words. Nós amamos todos vocês! (I hope that's right.)


quarta-feira, 16 de maio de 2018

The Rhythm Of Ooze with Pretty Lightning - An Interview

O duo alemão, Christian Berghoff e Sebastian Haas, ou, Pretty Lightning para os iniciados, tem como cartão de visitas, cinco álbuns, send o último "The Rhythm Of Ooze", parte do catálogo da Fuzz Club Records. Só por ai já dá pra sacar o que vem pela frente, sim, o supro sumo do psych moderno.

O Pretty Lightning é garagem suja, nos moldes do Oh´Sees, Wooden Shjips , os primórdios do Black Keys, e tudo que ouvir fuzz, ácido e piração.

Fritação da mente por completa é o que você vai experimentar degustando a obra do Pretty Lightning, então, só posso lhes desejas, boa viagem!!

***** Interview with Pretty Lightning *****

Q. When did Pretty Lightning start? Tell us about the history...
A: It was quite a time ago when we began playing together, sometime in the mid 2000s...
We both really started from scratch at that point and that way we´ve "learned" our instruments in some kind of mutual process, I guess. Actually we´re bad musicians, I mean at least technically, but somehow in the same way. Our limited skills make a good fit. But we´re still practising btw, I promise ;)

We´d been playing together for some years before we recorded our first real record in 2011, that was some kind of a beginning.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: There are a lot for sure. I guess the crucial point is that our musical tastes and preferences have always been very close. We always (mostly) agree when it comes to descisions, so no matter where it´s going to lead us, both of us will be fine with it. I suppose.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: Master Musicians of Bukkake - Totem Trilogy
The Black Angels - Passover
Natural Snow Buildings - Waves Of The Random Sea
The Monks - Black Monk Time
The Dirtys - You Should Be Sinnin
Between - Dharana

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Great when all is fine. Awful when it´s not.

Q. How do you describe Pretty Lightning´s sounds?
A: This is best left for others to do. Thanks in advance.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: We´ve always did that by ourselves, at least the recording itself. That way we have plenty of time to experiment and to try things we possibly wouldn´t do in a professional studio session where the clocks are ticking. Fortunately we now have a spacious rehearsal room which is quite suitable for the sounds we´re trying to achieve. Most of the songs are live sessions, but during the recordings for The Rhythm Of Ooze we tried some reamping for the the first time. It gave us the possibility of gaining more of the natural room and space, which was really impressive and surprising in some cases. And it´s always funny and interesting to experiment with things like opened doors to loooong corridors of stone, where mics were placed on different spots etc. As our room is next to others, we have to record everything during the night time, when no one else is around in this huge building. Recording time
means night shift, which can also be adventurous if you´re not used to it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: 75 Dollar Bill, Moths and Locusts, Yagow, and the belgian minimal-lofi-synth-sample-drone magicians like Bear Bones Lay Low, Orphan Fairytale, DSR Lines etc. (KRAAK, Aguirre Rec. stuff). These are all not necessarily new, but either new to us or maybe new to others.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: We´ve never seriously tried to do that. Making a good cover is such a hard task, we´d better leave that well alone. Even though covering The Shaggs My Pal Foot could be fun!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Keep going, together we persevere.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Thanks for your questions!


terça-feira, 15 de maio de 2018

Twice a Million with Hooray for Humans - An Interview

E na música tudo vai sendo recriado, revitalizado e muitas novas conexões vão sendo postas lado a lado.

Esta nascendo uma nova geração de bandas que vem sendo influenciada nitidamente pelo Nothing, mas, o que vem acontecendo agora, é um pouco diferente, ao invés de buscaram as mesmas referências da banda de Dominic Palermo, essa nascente recente pega, além, é claro, do próprio Nothing, clássicos como Codeine, Low, dando aquele ar de tristeza extrema mas alternando-se como explosões estridentes, leia-se SY, ah, o shoegaze vem junto na receita.

É assim, mais ou menos assim, que o trio Villavoid, Espanha, Hooray for Humans debutou há pouco mais de um mês. O EP homônimo dos caras, é slowcore, é shoegaze, é pós qualquer coisa, e é sensacional, o que é muito mais interessante.

Perfeito para ocasiões extremas, sejam de tristeza, melancolia ou puro diversão.

***** Interview with Hooray for Humans *****

Q. When did Hooray For Humans start? Tell us about the history...
We started about a couple of years ago. It was just thought as a side project to pass the time when we were not rehearsing or playing with our other bands, specially, the main one, Frieda's Still in Love, in which Fran and Juan play. We liked what we were making and we decided to keep on working to record some songs and play them live, and here we are.

Q: Who are your influences?
We are three people and this is not very easy to answer. We love many different bands and genres, from electronic music to hardcore. We grew up listening to 90's american indie rock different genres: emo, slowcore, shoegaze, noise... It's hard to be accurate.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
As we told you in the previous question, it's almost impossible to answer, but we could think about five albums that might have been important for us as a band.

* Nothing: Guilty of Everything
* My Bloody Valentine: Loveless
* Slowdive: Souvlaki
* Sonic Youth: Sister
* Codeine: The White Birch

Q. How do you feel playing live?
The most exciting part of being in a band is playing live, definitely. We haven't played much with this band as we have just released our first songs, but we love it. We really like playing loud and making it intense.

Q. How do you describe Hooray For Humans´ sounds?
We try to transmit things that matter and feelings through very loud and intense songs, but we also like to be delicate at some point. That's why we always draw on that quiet-loud-quiet-loud structures that have been used by millions of bands throughout the last 30 years.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It was quite simple and fast. We didn't want to think much about that process. We had very clear ideas and wanted to translate them in the easiest way. We are happy with Pablo Giral's work. He made things easy and made us feel very confortable.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Maybe some of them are not so new, but we really like and recommend a band from Barcelona called Espacea and any of our bands and our bandmates bands from Valladolid: Frieda's Still in Love, Winden, Karate Hiroshima, Casa and My Friendly Ghost.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have never tried any covers and we think we won't, but we love The Cure and The Smiths. We really love them.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Cure our minds, have fun and play as much as we can.

Q: Any parting words?
We are really thankful for answering an interview from Brazil. We hope you enjoy our music. Thanks a lot!


TV Queen with Gloom Cruise - An Interview

Oklahoma sempre ficará conhecida mundialmente por ter dado ao mundo os Flaming Lips, mas muito além dos Lips, vive o submundo dos bons sons por lá.

Tanner Watkins é o criador e o faz tudo por traz do projeto Gloom Cruise, que muito diferentemente da freaknice atual dos lips ou do barulho psicodélico de outrora, passeia por outros caminhos sonoros. Tudo em baixa fidelidade extrema, muito propositalmente, diga-se de passagem, o mundo particular de Tanner é como sua música, um sonho melancolicamente preguiçoso e borrado por synths e andamentos letárgicos.

"TV Queen" o debute do Gloom Cruise é feito sob medida para aqueles momentos em que não pensar em nada e ficar a toa, com a cabeça vazia, faz mais sentido do que qualquer coisa.

***** Interview with Gloom Cruise *****

Q. When did gloom cruise start? Tell us about the history...
Gloom Cruise actually started around the new year! I’ve been writing stuff for about 3 years now but I just recently got into my own groove and developed my own sound. All of the songs on TV Queen were written from around mid March to early early April.

Q: Who are your influences?
My biggest influences are Current Joys, My Bloody Valentine, Beach Fossils, Tears for Fears, New Order/Joy Division and LCD Soundsystem

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This is actually super hard but my top five are

To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
Natural Bridge/American Water by Silver Jews
Wild Heart by Current Joys
The Moon and Antarctica by Modest Mouse

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I’ve actually never played live! I have a band together for Gloom Cruise and we’re going to start practicing for live stop as soon as we can all get in one place together

Q. How do you describe gloom cruise´s sounds?
I’m not sure how I would describe the sound? I guess like hazy sleep pop haha

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The recording is pretty easy but tedious at times. So I record full songs into my looper pedal and then run it through an interface into the recording software. I usually put around 3-4 hours in per song since I usually do double takes for instruments and then I do like 5 layers of vocals

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Moaning, Vansire and Loving

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I would love to cover Random Rules by Silver Jews or Perfect Disguise by a Modest Mouse

Q: What are your plans for the future?
The only solid concrete plans I have for GC right now is just to practice the hell out of the material and start playing as many shows as possible

Q: Any parting words?
Uhhh take care of each other and yourself, drink water, listen to Wu Tang Clan I love you all


segunda-feira, 14 de maio de 2018

Unexpectedly with Megumi Acorda - An Interview

Vem das Filipinas, uma sopro de suavidade, ondas cristalinas, clima perfeito para desacelerar-se e acalmar corpo, mente e alma.

Tudo isso aí, é cortesia do Megumi Acorda, nova banda da moça que dá nome ao projeto, que, diferentemente de sua banda principal, The Strange Creatures, que pende para travejos mais melancólicos e gelados, muito por conta do fantasma de Robert Smith, aqui, em seu novo projeto, a banda Megumi Acorda, segue a trilha de gente como The Sundays, Radio Dept. e similares, o pop perfeito em suas inúmeras facetas, mas que no final, o resultado tem sempre gosto de candura.

Relaxe com o Megumi Acorda, fará-te bem.

***** Interview with Megumi Acorda *****

Q. When did Megumi Acorda begin? Tell us about the history...
I was trying to get in a school that offers a music production course when I recorded and uploaded my first song on Soundcloud. Pop songs are the easiest to work with so I wrote pop songs and recorded pop covers until it was close to the sound I wanted. At the time, I was also playing for a band called The Strange Creatures and saw other bands play. Eventually, I had enough songs to release an EP so I asked some of my favourite musicians to play my songs with me. I wish I used a stage name pretty early on though so I don't have to see my real name around haha

Q: Who are your influences?
Off the top of my head: The Beatles, The Radio Dept., Ride, Carpenters, The Smiths, The Cure, Yuck, Alvvays, Cocteau Twins

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
In no particular order:
The Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles,
Lesser Matters by The Radio Dept.,
Nowhere by Ride,
Louder Than Bombs by The Smiths,
Stranger Things by Yuck

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Performing has always been nerve-wracking for me but I'm getting used to it! Since I've only been working with my new bandmates for a few months, there was a need to know them more both professionally and personally to create an environment that's comfortable for everyone because if we're uncomfortable inside the studio by ourselves, it will definitely show when we play live. So far, I think we're getting better every time we perform; as long as everybody's comfortable and we sound amazing, I'm happy!

Q. How do you describe Megumi Acorda´s sounds?
Musically, warm and fuzzy. Kind of like a band-aid hug from someone you love after a really long day; it helps a little bit but you still cry yourself to sleep.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I showed my ideas to RJ, my producer and a good friend of mine, and he helped me throughout the whole process. Recording the individual parts was quick and painless, the mixing part was where I had trouble conveying my thoughts. We scrapped a lot of the mixes which led to those you can hear on Bandcamp now.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Do you mean bands I recently discovered or bands I like who were formed only recently? Can I share local bands I like instead (Manila-based bands): Ciudad, Identikit, Ourselves the Elves, The Geeks, PNZR, The Strangeness, Memory Drawers. Most of them are on Spotify!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I've always loved covering songs by The Cure, live with my other band, The Strange Creatures, or just on Soundcloud!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Been dreaming of playing my music abroad since I was a kid, so that's part of the list. The ones I'm working on presently are physical copies of the EP, releasing on other platforms besides Bandcamp, and more songs. In a more distant future, maybe a music video.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for these questions! I had fun answering them, a much-needed introspection.