terça-feira, 2 de outubro de 2018

II with Spectrums - An Interview

As novas aventuras do trio de Washington DC, David Barker (guitarras, e synths), Simon Ley (bateria) e David Nicholas (guitarras), ou, Spectrums, atende pelo lógico nome de "II".

Como uma banda estritamente instrumental, os caras destilam em doses equalizadas,  cascatas sonoras por vezes adentrando ao universo pós punk e, em outras, flertando com o ambiente krautiano.

Um sútil mix de Interpol com NEU!, sem excessos, ou devaneios experimentais, ou ainda, sem doses carregadas de melancolia e angustia, a síntese é combinar os synths com o elaborado andamento entre guitarras, deixando a bateria conduzir ambos elementos.

O Spectrums é uma experiência altamente benéfica, que destoa do universo das bandas instrumentais.

***** Interview with Spectrums *****

Q. Hello David, first congratulations on the new EP, it's really brilliant, what is your analysis after conclusion of record? Are you happy with the result?
Thanks. Yes, hopefully it captures a step forward in our writing. Some of the early reviews have picked up on the songs being more tuneful and getting right to the hooks. Writing more economically was important to us, so it's nice to hear that is coming through. A good example of that is "Catching Dart" which we are releasing as a flexi-single in mid September for the vinyl listeners.

Q. How was the process of creating "II"?
We recorded at Inner Ear Studios, which has a long history in the hardcore and punk scenes of DC. For us, it meant we had access to lots of good drum sounds and a really comfortable room. It was still very much a live recording, but this time we were able to add a few extra guitar layers and try different drum treatments. Almost all of the songs had been performed live prior to recording so that helped make the session go quickly.

Q. What are the main differences between "Thanks For Your Kind Words" and "II"?
This time we took a whole day and a half for all the tracking, compared to "Thanks For Your Kind Words" which was tracked and rough mixed in one evening. Being an instrumental band, we try to use dynamics to build and release tension; these songs seemed to push us in that direction and also hit a little harder than before.

Q. What were the influences for creating the new record?
We tried to build something that has enough diversity that you can keep finding new things in each time, like designing the layout for your ideal house, or a film that stays with you, or place in nature that keeps changing no matter how many times you visit. Those are some of our interests individually, so they probably showed up in the sound of "II", especially as we edited ideas.

Q. What are your plans for 2018?
Playing more shows and we'll see what new sounds we can develop. We're introducing keyboards more into the new writing so that could push us into another new direction. Obrigado!