sexta-feira, 4 de maio de 2018

Startled Waking Heart with Isn´t - An Interview

O lado cru, sujo, pesado e rápido do shoegaze, aquele que se assemelha muito mais a guitar bands americanas, sempre foi objeto de adoração mundo agora, logicamente que adorado por um seleto grupo de iniciados, bandas como Swervedriver, Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr, e mais recentemente Cheatahs, Infinity Girl entre outras pegam suas guitarras e aceleram a barulheira.

E endossando este coro, chega agora as páginas do TBTCI o trio de punksgazers, Isn´t, e junto com eles o primeiro EP, "Startled Waking Heart". Quatro petardos em pouco mais de 12 minutos mostram o poderio de ataque dos caras. Riffs esporrentos, guitarras estridentes, tudo acelerado, soando como descendentes diretas de "Son of A Mustang For".

Isn´t é pra escutar alto, bem alto seja em seus fones de ouvidos ou no carro, preferencialmente andando no talo. Foda!

***** Interview with Isn´t *****

- Q. When did Isn´t start? Tell us about the history...
- Isn’t began as a bedroom project in 2016, but I really wanted to turn it into a proper band. At first I had a hard time finding the right people. Members came and went for a bit, but it finally coalesced into the current line-up late last year. We clicked almost immediately and headed into the studio for 3 days in March to record some songs as a band (as opposed to me doing everything like the previous demos). The result was “Started Waking Heart”.

- Q: Who are your influences?
- I was into shoegaze the first time around, heh… so I am still influenced by the greats like MBV, Ride, Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh, and especially Swervedriver… but these songs are probably equally influenced by the new crop of bands like Cheatahs, Deafcult, Kestrels, Infinity Girl, Rei Clone, etc.

- Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
- Rather than of all time (too hard), here are the 5 albums I was listening to the most while writing this album:
- Cheatahs - Cheatahs
- Kestrels - Kestrels
- Infinity Girl - Somewhere Nice, Someday
- Rei Clone - Wet
- Deafcult - Deafcult

- Q. How do you feel playing live?
- I guess we don’t know yet! This band isn’t taking the usual path. We recorded the EP first before even playing a live show. I guess that’s the influence of transitioning from a bedroom recording project. We are planning on playing live soon, it just wasn’t as important to us as recording.

- Q. How do you describe Isn´t´s sounds?
- We jokingly refer to ourselves as “three punks playing shoegaze”. Chris (drummer) and myself have mostly played in punk/hardcore bands in the past, and Phil (bass) is from that scene as well. We think it informs our sound in more than just the volume and the tempos of the songs.

- Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
- We wanted to re-record the songs with the actual band instead of just me in my bedroom… so we booked three days at Echidna Studio. We finished all the drums the first day, and the bass, guitars, and vocals on the second. Things went great. Then on the third day we tried mixing the recording with the engineer that recorded it. That didn’t go as well. It was just hard to communicate what we wanted mix-wise. The next day I collected the recordings from the engineer the next day and admitted that I am a massive control-freak. Over the next two weeks I mixed the recordings myself at home. I had a lot to learn vs my bedroom recordings, but I think in the end we got what we wanted. I am very happy with how it all turned out and I think it’s how we will record from now on. Track at a studio, then mix it ourselves.

- Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
- I have already talked a lot about some of the newer bands I love, but since Australia has some of the best bands in the genre in my opinion… I would wanna call out: Terra Pines, Blush Response, Wild Meadows, Deafcult, Lowtide, etc

- Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
- Swirlies! They have been one of my favourite bands of all time since first hearing them back in 1992.

- Q: What are your plans for the future?
- To play some live shows! Seriously though, I just really want to get our music out to people and enjoy doing it. We make music cause we like music. We just want people to put on our records or whatever because they feel like listening to it.. the same way we put on other bands ourselves. Simple as that.

- Q: Any parting words?
- For sure… to start with, a huge thanks to Renato and The Blog That Celebrates Itself! Feels pretty special to be in such illustrious company. Also, thanks to anyone that helped support me or the band up to this point. We hope we can bring you a little musical joy!