sexta-feira, 22 de fevereiro de 2019

One Thousand Lights with Mellow Drunk - An Interview

Leigh Gregory, Ricky Maymi, Stephen Cavoretto, Daniel Dietrick e Patrick Harte, formam uma daquelas bandas que todos deveriam ouvir, adorar, etc, etc, mas infelizmente esse privilégio é para poucos.

Vamos a história resumidamente, o Mellow Drunk começou lá no distante 2001 como projeto solo de Leigh Gregory, que em 2001 lançou "Always Be Drunk" com participação de Steven Roback do patrimônio chamado The Rain Parade.

Depois disso a coisa tomou forma, e Leigh se juntou a um time de respeito, que inclui toda a galera citada acima. Ricky Maymi, você conhece, faz parte do BJM só pra registrar.

Os caras ainda tem mais dois álbuns, "Never Sleep At Night" de 2003 e "One Thousand Lights", que diga-se de passagem é um verdadeiro primor.

Sonoramente, pegue a verve sonora da Flying Nun, a música independente australiana dos 80´s, a cena Paisley Underground, e o lirismo de Peter Perret e seu Only Ones e você terá a noção exata do brilhantismo sonoro que o Mellow Drunk produz.

Bem, tendo situado você, falta acrescentar que, todo o catálogo do Mellow Drunk vai ser relançado em vinil, e show virão, ou, como diz o próprio Ricky Maymi na entrevista, vamos ver o que acontece.

Deste lado, apenas fica a torcida que estes caras sigam com suas melodias perfeitas e que, novas pérolas possam nascer.

***** Interview with Mellow Drunk *****

Q. When did Mellow Drunk starts, tell us about the history.. .
A. Mellow Drunk started in 2001. Initially as a recording project of Leigh Gregory's. There was a CD called 'Always Be Drunk' which featured Steven Roback from The Rain Parade on harmony vocals. Leigh and I (Ricky Maymi from Brian Jonestown Massacre/Imajinary Friends) met, and I had been in a band called Smallstone at the time, from LA. I approached Leigh about turning the project in to an actual live band, so we did. We then made two more albums, Never Sleep At Night (Ochre records 2003) and One Thousand Lights (Vollwert records 2008) and a couple EPs as well. We opened shows for many touring bands in San Francisco. Luna, Supergrass, Trashcan Sinatras, The Clientele, Lilys and a few others. We stopped playing for a while due to other musical commitments and our own personal lives taking our time, etc. but we are currently looking at reissuing the back catalog on vinyl and to do a new album as well.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Australian 80's indie music, original glitter rock, The Only Ones, British post-punk, Flying Nun records. These were the original commonalities that convinced us that playing together was a good idea back in 2001.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Born Sandy Devotional by The Triffids
Starfish by The Church
Melt by Straitjacket Fits
Electric Warrior by T.Rex
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We always enjoy performing

Q. How do you describe Mellow Drunk sounds?
Like a cross between The Only Ones and The Church with a dash of English glitter rock and second wave Flying Nun bands from the late 80's

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
That varies from song to song. Some happen quickly and some take more time. We are usually pretty clear on what we want to do before we begin. Do it live in the studio as much as possible.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Death and Vanilla The New Lines Lake Ruth The Left Outsides Alpine Decline Birdstriking Flavor Crystals Michael Savage Marley Wynn The Black Heart Death Cult

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We’ve covered The Orchids’ Long Drawn Sunday Night, The Go-Betweens’ Boundary Rider and also use to play The Cuddly Toys’My Commando

Q: What´s the plans for future….
Reissue the back catalog and make a new record. Do some shows in California and see what else we can do from that point.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for your interest ion Mellow Drunk!