quinta-feira, 22 de novembro de 2018

Echoes of a Tide with Swallow the Rat - An Interview

Fantasmas de SY e Bailterspace, permeiam os experimentos sônicos dos neozelandeses do Swallow The Rat.

Tudo estridentemente concebido para testar neurônios, o primeiro EP dos caras é uma afronta aos tímpanos, buscando em em obras como "Thermos" e "Evol" sua essência.

Art noise para apreciadores do mais puro exercício de barulho por excelência.

Escutar alto, é um conselho absolutamente desnecessário.

***** Interview with Swallow The Rat *****

Q. When did Swallow The Rat begin? Tell us about the history...
Brian (Our guitarist) had just moved to NZ from his home in Austin, TX with his Kiwi family and was looking to start a band. He'd met Sam (Vox, Guitar) on an earlier trip to NZ. Sam knew Hayden (Drums) and myself (Bass, synth) from various bands who he had shared stages with around Auckland, and the rest is history...

Q: Who are your influences?
3Ds, Bailterspace, Butthole Surfers, Dead Kennedys, Tim Hecker, Sonic Youth

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The Beatles - Revolver
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
3Ds - Venus Trail
Caberet Voltaire - Red Mecca
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath 1972

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Like a lightening bolt down your spine

Q. How do you describe Swallow The Rat´s sounds?
Texas Psychedelia vs NZ Post Punk

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We are working with engineer Nick Abbott at his studio NorthWestern in beautiful West Auckland. Typically we try and work out all our parts beforehand, so we can just go into the studio and record them live, in as few as takes as possible. A few overdubs later and we are done.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Repairs https://repairstheband.bandcamp.com/releases
Yves Tumour https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/yves-tumor-safe-in-the-hands-of-love/
Love Theme - https://lovetheme-alter.bandcamp.com/album/love-theme
Tooms - https://eugenetooms.bandcamp.com/album/tooms
ROPE - https://ropenz.bandcamp.com/releases

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
The Cleaners from Venus - Only a Shadow

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have many...

We are finishing our album in a few weeks which we will look to put out next year. In the meantime we are putting out a 7", which will be going up for pre sale on pledgemusic.com very soon. You can hear the tracks on our bandcamp (https://swallowtherat.bandcamp.com/). In March next year we are heading the U.S. to play at SXSW in Austin, TX, which is really exciting. Beyond that we are looking to continue playing around NZ, and will head to Australia at some stage...

Q: Any parting words?
If you ever get to see us live, bring earplugs!