sexta-feira, 29 de março de 2019

Passing Place with Lake Pleasant - An Interview

Eis que a Escócia, depois de algum tempo, resolve aterrizar nas páginas do TBTCI, representanda pelo cowboys gazers do Lake Pleasant.

Um slowcore em formas gazers. Peso e melancolia, dividem em níveis iguais as predileções sonoras dos caras.

Por vezes soam como um híbrido de Codeine com Nothing, em outras uma colisão de Hum com Red House Painters.

Alguns singles e eps no currículo, sem contar o debute homônimo do ano passado. Prolíficos, os caras soltaram no final de Fevereiro, "Passing Place", o novo single, que segue a lógica densa dos caras.

Para ouvir alto e sozinho.

***** Interview with Lake Pleasant *****

Q. When did Lake Pleasant begin? Tell us about the history...
Cal and I (Blain) met in university and were pretty set on starting a band. I wrote a bunch of songs that became our first LP while we looked for a drummer. When I moved home over summer I got in contact with Mike who I knew from high school, and managed to persuade him to play drums. Since then we’ve just been playing shows and writing more music.

Q: Who are your influences?
When writing for Lake Pleasant, I take a lot of influence from modern shoegaze bands like Cloakroom, Nothing and Pity Sex. Slowcore bands like Duster and Red House Painters also have a lot of influence on the way I write music. I’ve been told we sound like HUM or My Bloody Valentine by people at shows and I can see where they’re coming from.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I know the other two guys will have completely different lists but here’s mine as of Feb 2019:
1. oso oso - The Yunahon Mixtape
2. Cloakroom - Further Out
3. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me
4. La Dispute - Rooms of The House
5. Milo - Who Told You Not To Think

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live can be a lot of fun. It feels really good when we’re in the pocket and the sound is good. I always laugh when people come up to us after shows and comment on how ‘big’ our sound is. On the other hand, I feel like the shoegaze style can go over a general listeners head a bit, with us also often being told to ‘turn the vocals up’ hahaha. Playing shows is just a good excuse for the three of us to spend time together, which we all really enjoy.

Q. How do you describe Lake Pleasant´s sounds?
Lake Pleasant’s sound is very loud and very slow. I love to contrast loud sections with very delicate quiet sections, which really helps build the scale of our music. Although our sound is very heavy, I feel like a lot of the songs have very poppy accessible elements buried under all the effects.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We record with our good friend Marc Thow at Tarot Studios in Glasgow. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and we mostly focus on having fun while we record. Everytime we go to record I feel like we make a concerted effort to trump our last work, and it’s been pretty successful so far I’d say.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There’s a load of cool Scottish bands around right now that I feel aren’t getting anywhere near enough attention, so here’s just a few: HEYUP, Velveteen Riot, Suffer/Wallow, Colourful, Moonsoup, Anyone’s Ghost

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
The first day Cal and I met we impromptu booked a practice room and just jammed all the different riffs we knew. Most of them were Blink-182, so probably them!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have a number of shows lined up to play over the next couple months and we are currently writing a bunch of new music for our second LP which we hope to be out later this year.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks very much for wanting to chat with us. We have a record out tomorrow (22nd of Feb) called Passing Place. It’s two of our best tracks we’ve done so far and you should definitely check it out. Check out Harvest of Stars Records and have a good day!