quarta-feira, 6 de março de 2019

The Strawberry with Dear Boy - An Interview

O mais límpido e cristalino guitar pop dos últimos anos vem da Califórnia, Los Angeles pra ser mais exato, e, atende pelo nome de Dear Boy.

O quarteto acaba de soltar seu segundo EP, o pegajoso, "The Strawberry". Uma leve onda de psicodelia inocente permeia o álbum, muito provavelmente pelas conexões, Byrds/Big Star/Teenage Fanclub, mas o Dear Boy une ao clássico indie power pop, uma deliciosa candura, herdada do Sarah Records way of life certamente.

Em muitos momentos o EP me remete diretamente, muito por conta das melodias, ao The Ocean Blue e ao The Railway Children, mas as referência por aqui são apenas um norte para que você meu caro, saboreie a pureza de um belíssimo trabalho.

Isso sim é ser indie com grandeza.

***** Interview with Dear Boy *****

Q. When did Dear Boy begin? Tell us about the history...
It was cosmic, man! We all were friends first before we had ever played in a room. The LA scene brought us together, and we were all musically single at the right time. I know it’s a familiar story, but doesn’t make it any less meaningful. Who am I to argue with the will of the universe!

Q: Who are your influences?
The Cure, The Smiths, Pulp, The House of Love, Siouxsie, Moz, Suede, Teenage Fanclub, Alvvays, Buzzcocks, Psychedelic Furs, Chameleons, Kate Bush, Adorable, Roxy Music, Joy Division, Ramones, The Railway Children, Dum Dum Girls, New Order, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Creation Records, Factory Records.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. The Beatles - Revolver
2. Roxy Music - Avalon
3. The Cure - Disintegration
4. Pulp - A Different Class
5. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It’s everything. The soul of music is about the relationship between the artist and the audience. When we play live, it’s the exchange of that energy and it’s the fulfillment of all the days and hours we spend creating alone. It’s catharsis singing with a room full of people who truly connect with us.

Q. How do you describe Dear Boy´s sounds?
Bittersweet alternative with roots in both post-punk and britpop… And that’s accurate for sure, but lately we’ve discovered that we don’t really sound like anything else.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
With this newest EP, we would record for a few days in between legs of our tour with Rogue Wave. It was really cool because we were playing them on the road every night, so when we finally came home, we knew them inside and out. We recorded it at Boulevard Recording in Hollywood, right next to the Museum of Death. They have a 70's API board and a beautiful live room. We produced it ourselves, but had a lot of our talented friends collaborate on the record. And then in the end it was mixed by Tony Hoffer (AIR, Phoenix, Beck, M83) and it really became something special. It's the most proud of a record I've ever been.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We are blessed to have a lot of talented friends; Day Wave, Hazel English, Launder, Storefront Church, The Younger, Fukushima Daisies, Charade, The Tracks, Feels, The Paranoyds… Los Angeles is a very exciting place for music right now.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Well, we’ve already covered “The Ghost in You” by The Psychedelic Furs for a 7” we released… but I have fantasies of doing a guitar driven Erasure cover.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have our new record, “The Strawberry EP” coming out March 1st… And we’ll be doing a little bit of touring in support of that, but then it’s immediately back into the studio to start our first full length record. It’s already written and we’re ready to go.

Q: Any parting words?
Dear or die.

Thanks again and talk soon!