sexta-feira, 14 de dezembro de 2018

Time Management with Body Corporate - An Interview

Quando o pós punk encontra o pós hardcore a urgência bate de frente com a angústia, a raiva e a tristeza colidem de forma avassaladora em velocidade e intensidades frenéticas.

Assim, ou mais ou menos assim, é a música do quarteto australiano, Body Corporate, que fica explicitado no EP, "Time Management", lançado no final de Outubro.

Sonoramente algo como uma colisão entre as bandas de dois Ian´s, o Curtis e o MacKaye.

É tenso, acelerado e intenso, em doses bem equivalentes.

Altamente recomendado.

***** Interview with Body Corporate *****

Q. When did Body Corporate begin? Tell us about the history…
Callum and I met at university in Melbourne while studying music, and ended up living together. We began playing music around 2014 and slowly started writing our own stuff. We chose the name Body Corporate because of a rental property where Callum and I lived and our neighbour kept complaining about noise and loud music to the body corporate (owner) of the building. I don’t think we were that loud.

Q: Who are your influences?
I can’t speak for everyone in the band but I’m a huge fan of ‘70s and ‘80s post punk and experimental German rock, as well as a lot of jazz and hip hop. I love post punk’s urgency and emphasis and the way it can be both angry and sad. I’m regularly both.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
The Fall - Grotesque
Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express
Fugazi - End Hits
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I find it really empowering to play live and have a level of control and direction over what’s happening. I love the confidence and unity we're able to find when performing in front of people. Our performance style at the moment is still developing as we’ve played only a handful of shows, but it’s fantastic to play together.

Q. How do you describe Body Corporate's sound?
I’d argue that we sound very derivative in some ways, but approach most of what we do with a level of respect and honesty about what we’ve been influenced by. I relate to music with a repetitive sense of rhythm and a dynamic that almost challenges the listener with noise/discordance, which I try to apply to what we do. This might also be due to my inability to play the guitar.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We were lucky enough to have a close friend record our EP in his home studio. This meant the process was really relaxed and meant we could spend time producing each track by listening back to them and adding dynamics and layers. The songwriting will generally happen together, where I'll write lyrics and Callum or myself will come in with an idea and we'll see what works together.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We’re pretty new so most of what we’re into has a longer history but we’re so lucky in Melbourne to have local music available every night. Amyl and the Sniffers are a local punk band who are doing extremely well (deserved) and RVG are one of the most uniquely derivative bands (that's a compliment) that I’ve heard.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I’d like to cover something by Devo, Patsy Kline or Joy Division, but we can never decide. 'I Fall to Pieces' by Patsy Kline is so fucking beautiful. If somebody was to cover us, I’d really like to hear our songs interpreted by a folk musician. Maybe Marlon Williams?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re experiencing a line-up change currently, where I’m playing more guitar and Callum (drummer) is moving to play guitar or bass. We have a new drummer who’s come on board in the last few weeks and we’ve another guitarist joining shortly. We have a music video for 'Regular Communication' coming out soon, so stay tuned for that. I've also started writing again recently so I think we'll record something else next year.