terça-feira, 30 de abril de 2019

Caught Up On You with Foundlings - An Interview

A penúltima entrevista nesta páginas, ficará a cargo dos ingleses do Foundlings.

Indie pop melancolicamente construído para grudar em seus tímpanos. O primeiro EP nasceu em 1 de Março deste ano, sucedendo uma série de pegajosos singles.

Ecos de Blondie são devidamente sentidos, mas o que se ouve na verdade é um delicioso indie pop feito para agradar xiitas, hipsters, saudosistas, desconfiados e desiludidos.

Tente ficar indiferente a excelência pop do Foundlings, se conseguir me avise...mas cuidado se fizer isso eu mesmo manda te internar.

***** Interview with Foundlings *****

Q. When did Foundlings begin? Tell us about the history...
Foundlings began in late 2017 when we all met up for the first time as four in Brixton Hill Studios. We played our first gig at Band On The Wall, Manchester in January 2018 and since then we've played all over the country, released three singles, an EP (released via Scottish label Last Night From Glasgow), had a fair bit of support from BBC Introducing, 6 Music and we're in the process of writing our debut album.

Q. Who are your influences?
I think one of the things that makes us stand out is the fact we have fairly diverse influences. There's definitely a lot of 80s/90s Indie in there, but we're in to all sorts of stuff - shoegaze, 60s folk revival, post-punk and some heavier stuff. Basically anything we like and that we deem to be 'good' music; there's nothing set in stone, which I think is a good thing.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
That's a tough one. This is in no particular order, and would probably all change tomorrow, but for me at this present moment in time it's:
The Beatles - White Album,
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake,
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses,
Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks,
Neutral Milk Hotel - In An Aeroplane Over The Sea

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We spent 2018 playing (almost) as many live shows as we could, and all across the U.K. We did that not only because we wanted to get out there and start building a following, but also because there’s a lot to be said for practicing that element of being a band. I’d like to think that people can see how much we’re enjoying ourselves, and want to join in. I think we've got to a point where we feel really comfortable on stage as a live unit and they're always a lot of fun.

Q. How do you describe Foundlings´ sounds?
Infectiously melancholic indie-pop pitched against angular, post-punk inflected stomps.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
With our latest EP, we had more time in the studio, so we were able to be more creative and experiment with things like harmonies and guitar layers - most importantly we were afforded the freedom to have more fun in the studio this time around. Previously, we tended to go into the studio with everything written, but we built things up whilst we were working this time and the songs changed quite considerably from how they had been sounding live.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We're really into Chrousgirl, Mammouth Penguins, L I P S and Chemtrails at the moment. All four definitely worth checking out!

Q. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
The Soronprfbs

Q. What are your plans for the future?
We've got a few festivals in the UK planned for summer and gigs in London and Brighton, but we're also working on writing and recording our debut album, with a few releases in between. Keeping busy!

Q. Any parting words?
Traga os Foundlings para o São Paulo!


(I Used To Dream In) Black and White with Green Seagull - An Interview

Em seus últimos suspiros o TBTCI convida a todos a embarcarem rumo a uma era onde as cores, as drogas e o amor iluminavam e comandavam toda e qualquer festa, evento, encontro, enfim, uma era que ficou eternamente marcada como os loucos anos do psicodelismo clássico.

Nesta viagem, a trilha sonora ficará a cargo dos ingleses do Green Seagull.

Ouvi-los é um exercício absolutamente nostálgico rumo a nosso destino, fritações, fuzz, alucinações tudo de forma revivalista obviamente. É impossível ouvi-los sem pensar em Standells, Byrds, Love, bem a lista é imensa e você sabe exatamente do que se trata.

O novo single "Simeon Brown b/w Belladonna" sucede o alucinógeno, "Scarlet Fever" lançado o ano passado, e não há muita diferença entre ambos, apenas o modo como você terminará sua viagem.

O TBTCI e o Green Seagull ofertam o ticket de ida, agora a volta, fica por sua conta.

Boas vibrações.

***** Interview with Green Seagull *****

Q. When did Green Seagull begin? Tell us about the history...
Paul Nelson: It started a few years back now when my old band was coming to an end and I wanted to start something new, I approached Paul Milne to see if he was interested in doing something, ‘and the rest is history’ as they say..... Luckily, he was able to bring Sarah with him and a bit later on we managed to nab Elian - and that was when things started to come together nicely.

Sarah: The band started about 3 years ago. I was in a band called The Magnetic Mind with Paul Milne. Paul Milne started collaborating with Paul Nelson and then decided to focus on this new band and I joined them shortly after. We spent about a year writing songs together before we played any gigs. Our debut album was released last year (March 2018) on Mega DoDo. We had a fair bit of radio play on BBC 6 Music and some great reviews in Shindig and Record Collector magazines too.

Q: Who are your influences?
Paul Nelson: We all enjoy similar things musically, which is very handy. Anything with good melodies, tight song writing structures and vocal harmonies do it for us. We all enjoy the likes of: the Left Banke, the Beatles, The Byrds, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and The Association to name but a few. I also enjoy the Brazilian Tropicália movement: Os Mutantes, Os Brazōes and Caetano Veloso for example.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Paul Nelson:
· Moby Grape (1st album)
· Byrds: Younger than yesterday
· Beatles: Sgt Peppers
· Iron Butterfly: In a Gadda Da Vida
· The Kinks: Something Else by the Kinks

Sarah’s Top 5:
1. Love – Forever Changes
2. The Doors – LA Women
3. Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield
4. The Beatles – Abbey Road
5. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Paul Nelson: It’s a lot of fun for all of us. I think we are improving all the time too. It’s a great way to practise your dance moves!

Sarah: I really enjoy playing live. There’s nothing like the buzz of performing, but I equally enjoy recording in the recording studio too.

Q. How do you describe Green Seagull´s sounds?
Paul Nelson: I think we have quite an unusual mix of sounds generally. I suppose we sound like a mixture of west-coast style rock (Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Love) along with some British elements thrown in too (Beatles, Kinks, etc..) Lately though, we have been evolving our sounds a bit - we like to experiment.

Sarah: Baroque pop. My training as a classical pianist and violinist fits in well with the ‘baroque’ element of our band. I added in a Bach influenced section on ‘Remember the Time’, have played violin and viola on our new single, ‘Simeon Brown’ and enjoy coming up with baroque style harpsichord and organ parts too.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Paul Nelson: We make song demos ourselves prior to going into the recording studio. It has been an efficient way of working and we like it like that. We like to get down to business!

Sarah: We are recording our second album at Sausage Studios (owned by Nick formerly of Franz Ferdinand) in London with Seb Kellig producing us -same studio where we recorded our debut album. It’s a great place to work in and there’s a lot of Nick’s cool vintage gear in there. I usually borrow his Philacorda or Clavinent to play on. Usually we focus on recording the backing tracks first, ensuring we get a good take of the bass guitar and drums. Then we focus on the overdubs and the vocals. Mixing a song can take a day or two. For our latest single ‘Simeon Brown’ I played the Piano and the Optigan, which is an early type of sampler a bit like a Mellotron, for a flute like part. It has such a unique sound. Paul Milne also played some synthesizer parts that sounded like low brass instruments (trombone/ tube).

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Paul Nelson: Only us!

Sarah: The Fernweh, Gloria, Das Lunsentrio and Manuela

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Paul Nelson: I’d enjoy doing something by Gary Glitter, but I think that might be too controversial for most to stomach. It’d be fun to do something that was radically different from what we usually find enjoyable and translate it into our own style.

Sarah: We are already toying with the idea of doing a cross between The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield cover band. We are thinking of calling it ‘Byrds-a-lo-Springfield’.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Paul Nelson: To continue writing, playing and recording and to play in as many different countries as possible. Brazil for instance!

Sarah: To continue to write as much new music together as possible. We are working on a second album and will release on Mega DoDo Records later in the year. Got some cool gigs in the UK coming up too including supporting The Seeds on 20th April at the 229 Venue. Hope we will come to play in Brazil one day.

Q: Any parting words?
Paul Nelson: We hope to play São Paulo at some point in the future - maybe you can make it so?

Sarah: Live long and prosper!


segunda-feira, 29 de abril de 2019

Between Lights and Sky with Day of Nova - An Interview

O duo francês, Day of Nova, iniciado a dois anos atrás, debutou oficialmente nos primeiros dias de Fevereiro com "Between Lights and Sky".

Navegando por gélidas paisagens, guiados por synths metalizados. Algo pairando entre o synth e a cold wave.

Alguns destaques que indicam os dois lados dos caras, "Heaven Fake" é um synth electro feito sob medida para se jogar em alguma pista esfumaçada e contemplar a parede. Já a faixa título, indica o lado experimental e conceitual do duo.

Uma estreia instigante, que serve para ficar com olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with Day of Nova *****

Q. When did Day of Nova begin? Tell us about the history...
The Day of Nova project began 2 years ago. With Olivier, we played together in the same band before. After the split of his band, we decided to play together because we have the same influences.

Q: Who are your influences? / Q. How do you describe Day of Nova´s sounds?
We like rock bands, as Biffy clyro (old album with lots of breaks), Foo fighters and we used to like some punk rock (Millencolin, Nofx, Green day, etc…) but for this project, we have 3 groups in reference : Bloc Party (first album), Peter Kernel and The million dead.

It’s our guide line. We have these sounds in head when we play.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
For Seb : dEUS « the ideal crash », mud flow «Ryunosuke » , Breton « war room stories », Placebo «Without You I'm Nothing », Biffy Clyro « Infinity land »

For Olivier : Biffy Clyro « Black and skies », Nirvana « In utero », Peter Kernel « White death and black Heart », Deftones « White Poney », Radiohead « In rainbows »

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We like playing live. For the moment, we don’t play live with Day of Nova. We are working hard to play live very soon with our band. We spent all time to compose music and to record.

With our previous band, we played on great local scenes and it’s a pleasure to meet people and share our music with them.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We record all the gig and after we listen back. We keep right parts and work with it after.

For lots of songs, first Seb finds bass line, drums and synth and then Olivier searches guitar and vocals.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
For both of us, without hesitation Lysystrata, a French band that reminds us of Biffy Clyro in their beginning, between noise, post-hardcore, and post-rock

In other genre, we like Jeff Clark's, a band of friends from our town, le Mans. It’s cold wave with planant melodies.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
With our previous band, we did a cover of PIxies, Gouge away. With Day of Nova, maybe a song of Biffy Clyro.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Working hard to play live as soon as possible. We want to do lots of new songs and go on to have fun playing together.

We hope having lots of reviews as you do so as to be listened by more and more people

Q: Any parting words?
We’ve done 3 clips available on youtube. We hope you enjoyed them.

The youtube page : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCymgMGUBpq3DGt4CIxkHLGQ

Desgano with Joint Ravolta - An Interview

Contagem regressiva para o término das atividades nestas páginas, que há mais de 10 anos vem erguendo a bandeira do submundo dos bons nos quatro cantos do globo.

Quem chega e estampa neste momento o TBTCI são os hermanos de Quilmes, Argentina, Joint Ravolta. Uma clássica guitar band, como só, e então somente os 90´s poderiam conceber.

"Desgano", é o novo trabalho dos caras, um epzinho onde as guitarras comandam, as melodias chegam grudando na mente.

O processamento da música começa com a penetração das vibrações sonoras no ouvido interno, provocando movimentos nas células ciliares que variam de acordo com a frequência das ondas. Os estímulos sonoros seguem pelo nervo auditivo até o lobo temporal, onde se dá a senso-percepção musical: é nesse estágio que são decodificados altura, timbre, contorno e ritmo do som. O lobo temporal conecta-se em circuitos de ida e volta com o hipocampo, uma das áreas ligadas à memória, o cerebelo e a amígdala, áreas que integram o chamado cérebro primitivo e são responsáveis pela regulação motora e emocional, e ainda um pequeno núcleo de massa cinzenta, relacionado à sensação de bem-estar gerada por uma boa música.

E assim é a música do Joint Ravolta, explicada pela lógica biológica do ser humano, ah sim, escute alto.

***** Interview with Joint Ravolta *****

Q. When did Joint Ravolta begin? Tell us about the history...
A: Joint Ravolta started in 2010 with the separation of a band called "Los tirantes", who last year have reunited under the name of "Líderes Espirituales". Two of the four members left the band and the style changed, so we named it Joint Ravolta , that was an old MSN messenger nickname of Ariel, our singer and guitar player.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: We have lots of influences, to name some: The jesus and mary chain, sonic youth, joy division, ramones, buzzcocks, pavement, the cure. The list could go on forever. From brasil we like the 80's post punk scene from sao paulo, specially as mercenarias

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: I had to make a 10 albums of all time list last week for another interview, and I realised it's impossible to do it right, I spent three days changing it and, if I had to do it again, maybe I'd change it , but here are the first 5:
My bloody valentine - Loveless
Todos tus muertos - Todos tus muertos
Have a nice life - Deathconciousness
Rolling Stones - Their satanic majesties request
Ramones - Ramones

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Playing live is the best thing ever, everything else is just an excuse for it. I admit recording new stuff is great, but not as great as playing it live.

Q. How do you describe Joint Ravolta´s sounds?
A: The sound would be post punk with lot of distorted guitars, the new ep is a little more punk in the idea, but it keeps the escence. Our gigs are very energetic and noisey

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: For this new ep we recorded a demo with a friend and then we went to the studio and replaced every track with the definitive one. We had the luck of working with very experienced people who also lend us their gear, Sebastian Cavalletti with the drums and Nelson Pombal with everything else. We chose this 4 songs because they sound similar but we have played them for many years. If we had more money, we'd record an Lp, I hope we can do it next year.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: we can recommend bands from our scene in Argentina: Telefonema, Juvenilia, Gemini, El enemigo, Estepa Lunar, Camelia, Los Bilis, La Carroña, The Freak Station, Dynammo, Los Parques, Callao. Some of them are our friends, and some are just people that we admire. Obviously, tomorrow I’ll remember other bands and regret not putting them in the list

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: We really like playing covers, on our first Lp there is a Spanish version of Damaged goods by gang of four, on our new Ep which is soon to be released, we make a noise/punk version of viento dile a la lluvia by Los gatos (one of the first Argentinian rock bands) and a Spanish version of you say you don’t love me by The buzzcocks. So the answer might be that when we want to make a cover, we just do it.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: On april 12th, our new Ep called “Desgano” will be released on all digital plataforms. We’ll be playing it live on june 1st in Sala Caras y Caretas San Telmo. Meanwhile you can listen to “Hora de volver”, our single from that record.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Ele nao


quarta-feira, 24 de abril de 2019

Sweetheart with Veda - An Interview

Dominic Antonio Sepúlveda ou Veda para os mais chegados é uma grata surpresa nesta trajetória final do TBTCI.

"Sweetheart" é o segundo EP do projeto, e vem com um charmoso e sedutor dreampop com um delicioso aspecto lo fi. Por vezes chega a me lembrar dos Pastels, mas o que temos aqui é um indie pop moderno, recheado de nuances, daquelas que soam cantaroláveis desde os primeiros momentos.

Sunshine pop lo fi para lindos dias ensolarados.

***** Interview with Veda *****

Q. When did Veda begin? Tell us about the history...
VEDA began in 2016. Before then I was in a lot of different bands and never satisfied with the creative outcome. So I decided to do things myself and start writing and producing songs in my bedroom, these songs then became my first EP ‘Soir’. After a good reception online, I got some of my old school friends together and started playing live, the rest is history!

Q: Who are your influences?
I don’t have any direct musical influences, I’m not trying to emulate a certain band or artist. I’m inspired by scenes and aesthetics. I really love what Spirit Goth is doing, they’re an indie label based in Brooklyn. They put out really cool lofi/bedroom music and are home to some dope artists such as Castlebeat, Vansire and Terry vs Tori. I’m really lucky to be putting out my next EP Sweetheart on tape through their Cassette Club in April.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I feel like this question is impossible to answer as theres so much music I haven’t listened to yet for me to give a genuine response haha.

So I’ll change to question slightly to 5 albums I’m really into at the moment, no particular order!

N0V3L - Novel
Rendez-Vous - Superior State
Common Holly - Playing House
Lescop - Lescop
Ministry - With Sympathy

Q. How do you feel playing live?
For me playing live is the reward for spending months recording new music. I get to see how the songs grow and evolve in a live situation. The line up of the live band is always changing, so it keeps things fresh and exciting. I also love travelling to new cities and countries, making new friends and experiencing different cultures.

Q. How do you describe Veda´s sounds?
My sound is constantly evolving, I like to think we’re living in an age of post-genre. Genre boundaries seem to be less defined nowadays. You can get away with picking and choosing elements from different styles of music, which is great and keeps things fresh. I think if I had to come up with a blanket term to describe my music overall, it would be lo-fi. I love lo-fi music, to me the aesthetic is authentic and honest. Studio limitations make you experiment and think outside the box, imperfections to me are perfections.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The recording process is very simple. This is because I don’t have a lot of gear to work with, so its a necessity. I use a laptop, an audio interface, a few keyboards and guitars, and I record everything directly in. I don’t use studios or hire engineers, I record, mix and master everything myself.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
At the moment I’m preparing for some shows in France next week. My friend Justine, who’s a photographer in Paris, made a playlist with some French bands/artists for me in get into some French vibes. Really into an artist called Lescop, really nice synth- pop and I’m loving another band called Grand Blanc.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
The song would have to be one thats completely the opposite style to what i do. My favourite covers are when an artist takes a song and moulds it into something that sounds different to the original track. I’ve just finished watching the new Motley Crue film ‘The Dirt’ on Netflix, so maybe it would have to be a Motley Crue song. Could you imagine the Crue but bedroom- pop?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I’ve spend the last 2 years touring and playing live, perfecting my live performance and building an audience. I’ve also recorded a lot of new material and developed my sound/song writing. So this year I’m going to be focusing on putting music out there. It’s hard sometimes trying to make solid plans in the music biz as everything is always uncertain, but I try not to think about things too much and just go with it, see where life takes me!

Q: Any parting words?
My new EP Sweetheart drops on the 1st of April via Birthdiy, pre-order it on band camp for only $1 here - https://vedawave.bandcamp.com/album/bdiy-009-sweetheart


Receiver with Orations - An Interview

O quarteto de Buffalo, NY, Orations, apesar de terem em sua descrição sonora, algo como um elo entre o shoegaze e o pós punk, o que se ouve vai muito, mais muito além.

A força motriz do segundo trabalho, "Receiver", que veio ao mundo nos últimos dias de Março, provém de heroínas das college radios e porque não um certo pós punk torto, as queridas e eternas Throwing Muses.

O intrínseco emaranhado entre as guitarras e a cozinha dão ainda mais enfase na performance eloquente de Jess. A propósito é inevitável não conectá-los com Kristin Hersh e Tanya Donelly.

De tudo que veio ao mundo até o presente momento neste ano, "Receiver" é certamente um dos grandes disco do ano.

Viciante é pouco.

***** Interview with Orations *****

Q. When did Orations begin? Tell us about the history...
Paul and I started the band in late 2013 with our friend Steve Sojka on drums. We we're at a show one night talking about how our interest in darker music began to wane once the electronic aspect of it started to become more prevalent than guitars. We decided to start a band that was more along the lines of what we missed. Over the next six months we tried to work with a handful of singers until Jess came into our orbit and things finally clicked. Steve played with us for a few years until Matt joined during the writing of our first album, Wych Elm.

Q: Who are your influences?
Musically we draw from pretty much what you would expect from listening to our music; The Chameleons, The Cure, Psychadelic Furs, Throwing Muses and REM to name a couple. The vocals are more influenced by Kristin Hersh and Harriet Wheeler.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is a list that changes heavily on my mood, but currently I would say:
The Cure - Disintegration
REM - Green
Slowdive - Souvlaki
The Cranberries - Everybody Else is Doing it
Depeche Mode - Violator
Throwing Muses - House Tornado

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Things change depending on the room and the crowd. I strangly think that I play better to a wall of indifference. It makes me feel like I have something to prove. This is also the first band I've ever been in where I really need to hear the guitar live instead of just playing off the drums, so if that is still struggle it makes things a bit harder. When everything clicks into place and you can comfortably get lost in the music it is the absolute best.

Playing live is a cathartic experience for me.

Q. How do you describe Orations´ sounds?
We started off writing post-punk songs, but over time that blended in with a lot of jangle-pop that we love, so what comes out is dark jangly, which sounds like a dream to teenage me from the past.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The normal is that either Paul or I bring in a basic idea for a song into practice and the other two instrumentalists build off of it until it finally reaches its final form. Then we give it to Jess to add her vocals, at which point the songs tend to take on a different feel that me originally thought it would and we adjust things slightly to that.

Recording was a lot of hard work. During the process, a close relative died. I finished my vocals despite being in a complete state of grief. It was helpful to have something to pour my feelings into.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Lately I have been listening to a lot of Tamaryn, Alvvays and See Through Dresses. All of them have a couple of albums out now, but they are relatively new.

As far as new bands, there is a local group here that I love; Nylon Otters. I’ve also been listening to and really enjoying Phoebe Bridgers.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have messed around with a lot of covers in the practice space. Very few of them actually end up getting played live, but I would absolutely love if we could work out an arrangement that made sense for us of a Kate Bush song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our new album, Receiver, comes out on Friday (29th). We have a couple of shows lined up and then we will see what happens. We are terrible at planning for the future and just do a lot of things as they come along, so that more than likely will not change.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for doing this.


terça-feira, 23 de abril de 2019

Mystic Creep with Obscenity Plugs - An Interview

Bennett Weaver é a mente por trás do projeto Obscenity Plugs. Algo como uma mutação constante entre os devaneios sonhadores do shoegaze pairando por entre pérolas do perfect pop.

O Obscenity Plugs tem uma discografia grande para seus três anos de existência, mas permanece desconhecido até mesmo para os ditos iniciados. Uma pena, porque o material de Bennett é altamente interessante.

O último trabalho, o EP "Mystic Creep" é exatamente como descrito, ou algo bem próximo, feito sob medida para momentos introspectivos consigo mesmo.

Uma delícia.

***** Interview with Obscenity Plugs *****

Q. When did obscenity plugs begin? Tell us about the history...
Obscenity Plugs began about three years ago. Some of my buddies / bandmates and I rented this house in KC called "The Kompound" and practiced and recorded music in the basement. I just recorded a handful of songs and wanted to put them up on bandcamp and my friend, Jack, told me I should use the name "Obscenity Plugs" because he saw it in a Moral Orel episode. The sound of the music is greatly affected by whatever current living situation I find myself in at the time. The recording of "Graveyard Shift" was a nightmare; started off recording on my laptop, which got stolen, then my four track cassette recorder, which broke, and finally a boombox which I recorded "Walk Away" and "Don't Know" on after living in my car / motel for two weeks.

Q: Who are your influences?
Older influences would be Elliott Smith, Neil Young, My Bloody Valentine, Rocketship, and Guided By Voices. Some newer bands that influence me a lot is almost anything that Orchid Tapes puts out. Their roster is always lined up with really cool bands.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Damn. Hard one. Not in any particular order.
Led Zeppelin IV,
Damaged by Black Flag,
Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan,
Loveless by My Bloody Valentine,
and Harvest Moon by Neil Young.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
"I like to lose myself on stage..." - Avril Lavigne

Q. How do you describe obscenity plugs´ sounds?
I think OP is always rooted in "dreamy" or "pop" or "shoegaze" genres but I always want it to sort of evolve and breathe and take it's own shape. I never try to make a song sound like another song I know, even if it's somewhat influenced by it, I always try to nudge it in the weirder direction.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Long days spent in front of a computer in a dark basement. I usually record after getting a spark for an idea of a song and I don't like stopping after I've started; I really need to get a foundation, at least, for whatever I start recording. I usually drink a six pack and smoke a few joints to keep the momentum going and if I do take breaks it's usually to read comics, watch tv, something creative enough to find inspiration.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
If you haven't listened to Hoops yet, you're doing yourself a major disservice. In Kansas City specifically there's a lot of new great punk bands popping up so look for that if you're interested.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Thin motherfuckin' Lizzy.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Keep writing and recording songs and, hey, who knows? Maybe I'll be on tour someday and you can come spit in my face in person!

Q: Any parting words?
I celebrate the blog that celebrates itself. Thank you so much for letting me talk about myself and then posting it along with my music on your page. Later baby.


segunda-feira, 22 de abril de 2019

Decadent Sprinter with Ice Baths - An Interview

Pós punk primitivo, metalizado, cru e doloridamente estridente.

Muitas bandas atuais que se alimentam do que, a meu ver, foi o período mais fértil para a música contemporânea, o pós punk, bebem principalmente em ambientes cinzentos, melancólicos e afins, mas os ingleses do Ice Baths seguem o lado inverso, ou, se preferir o mais caótico possível.

Claro que existem momentos que os caras navegam por terrenos menos audaciosos, como "Simulation", uma das música do novo trabalho que vem ao mundo em Maio, intitulado "Decadent Sprinter", mas, outro aperitivo do disco, "Auster", segue o que os caras conceberam no ano passado com o debute homônimo.

Muitos vem celebrando uma certa crescente cena onde Shame, Fontaines D.C. vem chamando extrema atenção, ok, são boas bandas que merecem ser conferidas, mas como sempre, o submundo dos bons sons pode ofertar algo mais perturbador, é só querer experimentar.

***** Interview with Ice Baths *****

Q. When did Ice Baths begin? Tell us about the history...
April 8th 2013…thats the first time Alex & Tom ever spoke. They were both looking to start new bands and began recording demos on Tom’s old Tascam 414 tape machine. We wrote a lot of the first album between Alex’s bedroom and a little space in Deptford (South London) before Jack & Ed joined.

Jack was a long time friend of Alex and they had been playing together in another band for a few years prior. Ed was a guy we all knew and played in a bloody great band called Aathens (now label mates of ours) and when Alex reached out to him if he knew any other guitar players that might wanna join, he put himself forward…which was the secretly what we were hoping would happen!

Special mention has to go to Dan, Mo & Lori who all played in Ice Baths over the initial years and had a real impact into how we ended up today, with Dan & Mo writing and recording on the first album.

Q: Who are your influences?
Too many to answer comprehensively but artists and bands we are listening too and enjoying right now are:

Chino Amobi
Leyland Kirby
Puce Mary
US Maple
Ben Vince
Sukitoa O Namau
H Grimace

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
It’s impossible to pick just 5 albums, but with that in mind:

1. john coltrane - a love supreme
2. wu tang clan - 36 chambers
3. sonic youth - EVOL
4. gang of four - entertainment
5. neil young - everyone knows this is nowhere

1. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
2. Lawrence English - The Peregrine
3. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
4. Women - Public Strain
5. Christina Vantzou - No. 1

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A mixture of nervous, excited, confused, nervous, confused & excited.

Q. How do you describe Ice Baths´ sounds?
Too pop to be weird, too weird to be pop…probably not gonna make mum & dad proud but we are having fun.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Hah, somewhat patchwork for the album. It was a mixture of recording the instruments in 1 studio on tape and then taking the stems back with us & Alex mixed them and recorded vocals with tom on the old cassette deck they used for demoing. For that first record we had such a specific sound in our heads & got that from the tape machine we decided to record the vocals on that specific machine with cheap mics etc. Mixing was not initially the plan to do ourselves, but again as we had such a specific idea of what we wanted and are terrible sometimes at communicating that, it just proved easier.

Since that record we have done a few sessions in a new studio in South London with Euan Hinshelwood, we got a tip off from our friends in the band JC Flowers of this cool little tape studio…no computers or screens and a really great engineer! Euan totally gets what we have been shooting for with the last few sessions & the point about not having computers or screens is something we particularly like, not as a rejection of technology, but because we tend to find that with screens and computers there is often a habit of “watching the sound waves” looking for the errors & edits and not fully engaging our ears. This process has been so much fun and basically a more professional reproduction of how Tom & Alex used to demo tracks back in the early days.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Pretty much everything listed in the influences section

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
ALEX: ELO - ‘Evil Woman’ (one for the haters who can’t accept ELO rip - but i’d change the lyrics from Evil Woman to something else like…Magic Woman…I need to work on that)

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have a new 12” EP coming out on May 31st via Blank Editions!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for reaching out and being interested in the band, it’s so nice to speak to people from places we haven’t even visited ourselves x


quinta-feira, 18 de abril de 2019

Visceral with Sway // Hex - An Interview

Uma entrevista dupla, por conta de um split belíssimo intitulado "Visceral", de um lado o Sway, do outro o Hex.

O elo entre ambas é o shoegaze e a melancolia do Disintegration.

Focando primeiramente no Sway, temos aquela escola de barulhos densamente melancólicos, leia-se Nothing.

Do outro lado, o shoegaze assume o controle, mas não aquele shoegaze clássico, mas sim o que usualmente temos sentido nas novas empreitadas sonhadoras, saem as fritações características dando cada vez mais espaço para as melodias sejam a força motriz.

Duas belas e novas bandas para ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with Sway // Hex *****

Q. When did Sway // Hex begin? Tell us about the history…
Sway and Hex are actually two different bands, “Visceral “ is a split EP between the two bands. Sway started in 2016 after our previous punk band broke up, we’ve gone through various member changes, but we finally have a solid line up that we’re happy with.

Hex started in 2018 as an offshoot of their band, Boulevard.

Q: Who are your influences?
We all listen to different stuff. We wanted to start a shoegaze influenced band, but we grew up listening to a lot of 90’s emo bands and punk.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
That’s a hard question... but we decided on:
1. Loveless - MBV
2. Souvlaki - Slowdive
3. Sway - Whirr
4. Guilty of Everything - Nothing
5. Floral Green - Title Fight

1. Clash the Truth - Beach Fossils
2. Stratosphere - Duster
3. Shed - Title Fight
4. Disintegration - The Cure
5. Powerplant - girlpool

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing live. We care more about creating an atmosphere though. We like playing in the dark.

Q. How do you describe Sway // Hex´s sounds?
Heavy. Loud. Ambient. That’s about it.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We did all the recording ourselves. We had a lot of fun recording vocals because we kept fucking them up, but the rest was a pretty quick and easy process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Battery Point, HUG, Distressor, Shimmer, Jinx.

Q: Which band would you love to cover?
We’ve talked about covering When You Sleep by My Bloody Valentine, or Avalyn by Slowdive.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Definitely want to record all the songs we have up til now and work on new stuff. We want to keep releasing more music and playing shows. Eventually go on tour.

Q: Any parting words?
Follow us on instagram for upcoming shows and new music:


quarta-feira, 17 de abril de 2019

Night Terror with A Dull Set - An Interview

Há pouco mais de um mês nasceu o primeiro single dos checos do A Dull Set.

Pós punk ríspido, cru e dançante. Dramaticidade conduzida por um baixo caracteristicamente oitentista.

Conexões com quase tudo que surgiu na vira dos 70´s para os 80´s, de Gang of Four a Cure, de A Certain Ratio a Bauhaus.

Apesar de soar nostálgico o A Dull Set sabe exatamente onde esta pisando, escute o lado b "Night Terror" e perceba.

Para dançar em inferninhos escuros e esfumaçados, claro, se eles ainda existirem.

***** Interview with A Dull Set *****

Q. When did A Dull Set begin? Tell us about the history...
Hayden: Nearly 1 year ago! We were colleagues, got chatting about music we liked and previous bands we'd been in. The more we got to know each other's tastes, the more we realised we should probably start a band. I don't think we'd met too many people in the city with similar musical ideas to us.

Sam: Yes, we started in the same job at the same company on the same day, sat next to each other. Two tall blond polite Englishmen with similar opinions about music. We knew we’d either go into niche fetish porn or have to start a band.

H: We chose the latter. My friend joined us on the drums and we practised together for about 6 months, so a lot of the drum ideas in the songs are based on his. Unfortunately he had to leave to pursue his own solo music commitments. We briefly looked for a new drummer but got frustrated not being able to play so I made some makeshift drum beats on my laptop. We both really liked it. Sounded like the 80's vibe we'd inadvertently been trying to capture.

Q: Who are your influences?
H: We both have a pretty broad music taste I think. But when we were first forming the band, we were both listening to The Sound and The Chameleons a lot, getting us through some hard times. We're huge fans of music from the late 70s and early 80s such as The Cure, Middle Class, Gang of Four, A Certain Ratio, Television etc...

S: As well as the albums, also watching and listening to live performances of The Sound and The Chameleons, the gigs and John Peel sessions. We got inspired by it.

H: Ooh yea, the John Peel sessions were hugely influential. Even if the music we made didn't sound very much like these bands, that's what got us going. I'm really into The Lines' compilation 'Flood Bank' at the moment. And I'm pretty crazy about the Avishai Cohen Trio.

S: I rely on Hayden to make sure I don’t settle into an easy routine of Dirty Beaches, TOPS and my New Wave, 80s revivalist obsession. He feeds me new music. Not just current things but also fresh discoveries from the past.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time
H: Neutral Milk Hotel - In an Aeroplane Over the Sea
Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
Gang of Four - Entertainment
Scott Walker – Scott 2
Arthur Russell – Another Thought

S: The Strokes - Is This It
John Martyn – Solid Air
The Moldy Peaches - The Moldy Peaches
Love - Forever Changes
The Fall - This Nation’s Saving Grace

But ask again tomorrow and it might be a different answer.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
H: Fantastic. It's what it's all about. Wouldn't make music if we couldn't play it live!

S: We’re made for it, literally. Before we even started getting some momentum, we always talked about it. It’s what we want to do all the time.

Q. How do you describe A Dull Set´s sound?
H: Melodic, melancholic, energetic. A couple of people have said 'new romantic' which is kind of cool, and we hadn't considered. We had the idea when we started that we really wanted people to hear it and compulsively move to it.

S: Sort of like “dance-punk”, but definitely not that.

H: Haha, because those two words sound horrible together. We don't want to be associated with that genre if it exists. But those two ideas for sure.

S: We do have a weird mix. It is music that’s tough to define, doesn't fit very neatly into any specific genre. So maybe we’ll let it describe itself.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
H: It was pretty straightforward thankfully. We used to go to this nice studio at weekends to practice, which devastatingly has been knocked down to make way for expensive apartment buildings and a microbrewery. It was the perfect place to record, the room had great acoustics, and a beautiful courtyard outside to smoke and hang out in. It was very comfortable there. When Sam was doing the vocals for Policy, my friend and I were standing by the window and this gigantic fox appeared on the roof, from the other side of the glass, with the sun shining down on it like a spotlight. It just gazed at us through the window for a few minutes. It was a beautifully surreal experience. Anyway, then we sent the recordings to the very capable hands of our friend, with some stylistic pointers. He did a great job of mastering the sound.

S: Yes, but he managed to preserve some of the coarseness. It wasn’t recorded in a big studio with top-grade equipment. So better to embrace the lo-fi charm and make it central to the music’s honesty.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
S: My answer is “Ask Hayden”. I seem to like songs more than bands these days. I’m a playlist slut.

H: The Chats are doing punk well, they're kinda new. Hope they come to Europe soon. For Neo-classical, look no further than Theo Alexander.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
H: We had a couple of practice sessions where we'd fly around the room singing 'A Whole New World' from Aladdin, with that famed whispered lined ''...don't you dare close your eyes...''. Always wondered how we'd turn that into a post-punk song.

S: It’s simultaneously impressive and worrying how well we both know the lyrics to that song. Can we still like Michael Jackson? Is that allowed post-‘Leaving Neverland’? If so, I think we could do a good version of ‘Dirty Diana’.

H: Yea, we are (were?, so confusing now) huge Jackson fans (musically). Can't believe Sam saw him live. Otherwise, The Sound 'Can't Escape Myself', in the style of their BBC live version.

S: Yes!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
H: Play as many live shows as possible. Go on a little tour through a few European cities (or Brazil could work, hook us up!) Finish recording an album by the end of the year. Find a nice regular rehearsal space like the last one we had before it got demolished. Refine our live performances, add some visual elements. A lot of modern guitar music is pretty boring to watch live, even if the music sounds good. Maybe a smoke machine and a strobe light would do the trick, that'd be fun. Like a shit 90s disco.

S: There are only two of us so we have to make sure we leave a lasting impression. Causing an epileptic seizure in at least one audience member per gig might do it.

Q: Any parting words?
H: Sorry about your new president. Your blog is great, thanks for reaching out. How big is the post-punk scene in Brazil? If it's big, we're getting on a plane.

S: Take it easy, my brother Charles. You know what I mean.


terça-feira, 16 de abril de 2019

d'où l'on vient (on va sans espoir) with HyperSensible - An Interview

Cyrille Poumerie e Jean Martial-Guilhem ou HyperSensible para os iniciados, criam suas hipnóticas e sensuais canções a mais de 700 quilômetros um do outro. Uma aventura sonora que somente os tempos modernos poderia propiciar.

"d'où l'on vient (on va sans espoir)" é o segundo trabalho do duo, que de forma elegante e sofisticada guia-se por estéticas oitentistas, do synth gélido a new wave romântica, o HyperSensible dá a impressão, principalmente por suas letras serem em francês, que Serge Gainsbourg enveredou por paisagens sintéticas e dançantes.

A sedução guiada por synths seria talvez a melhor descrição que o HyperSensible poderia receber, mas tanto faz, aqui tudo soa extremamente excitante, sem soar piegas.

***** Interview with HyperSensible *****

Q. When did HyperSensible begin? Tell us about the history...
We became this project in september 2017, d’où l’on vient (on va sans espoir) is our second album.
Cyrille and me, we know each other since adolescence. We played in high school bands. Then we
learned from sight and he and I, we has developped our own projects, me in Toulouse and Cyrille in
Paris. I have formed International Hyper Rythmique for almost 10 years and Cyrille played with
several formations (Tadash, Red Space Cyrod, Oizak)

Q: Who are your influences?
When we decided to replay together, the first requirement was to sing in French. I had just seen a
movie, B-Movie : Lust & Sound in West-Berlin, about the music bands in Berlin in the 80’s with a lot of ColdWave music. The original soundtrack is excellent. I wanted to do something like that. So I think about Taxi Girl, Lescop, Joy Division, but also Fugazi, Interpol… are probably references.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Velvet Underground first album,
Sonic Youth Dirty.
Steve reich 18 musicians,
Silver Apples the first album.

And all the albums with one note songs ! Only one note !!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We don’t playing live. Cyrille doesn’t want. I think it’s sad but « c’est la vie », maybe one of this days…

Q. How do you describe HyperSensible´ sounds?
Romantic and nude.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We don’t live in same town so we played at home. Usually Cyrille send me bass and drums, I play guitars and keyboards, I send him back, he writes the lyrics, sings and sometimes plays guitar. And
the song is ok. On the last album I propose some complete title and Cyrille sings and add a guitar
part. It’s pretty equal.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Agar Agar (fr) Human People (usa)The Comet is Coming (uk).

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A nice melody but very far from our music. Astrud Gilberto ?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Do other albums, and work our sound to find our own. Maybe playing live ? And learn how to make sushis.

Q: Any parting words?
Believe in the future, Do it yourself, Take Care and Love.


segunda-feira, 15 de abril de 2019

Touch Me with Drainflower - An Interview

Quando os primeiros acordes de "Touch Me", faixa de abre o primeiro EP do tio canadense de Vancouver, Drainflower fica evidente qual é a dos caras, jangle pop unificando-se ao pré shoegaze, coisa que o MBV criou lá trás com seu "Ecstasy and Wine".

Melodias encharcados de efeitos, soterrando vocais, mas no caso do Drainflower, esse efeito é só um norte, porque a vocalização recebem um tratamento especial dividindo as atenção com a massa sonora.

Obviamente não estamos lidando com nada revolucionário, e vamos combinar, alguém realmente se importa se é revolucionário ou não? Por aqui queremos apenas melodias grudentas e barulhentas, e isso o Drainflower sabe fazer com maestria.

Escute alto com seus fones de ouvido e divirta-se.

***** Interview with Drainflower *****

Q. When did Drainflower begin? Tell us about the history...
Jerico: Cam and I met in 2011. We started playing music and he introduced me to Stu shortly after that. At some point we formed the band "The Wash". We played for awhile but never really took the next step. Eventually, the band broke up. Our lives went in all different directions up until recently. We reconnected and decided to form a new band from the ashes of the old one.

Q: Who are your influences?
Jerico: Doo wop, 60's pop, Shoegaze, and many other types of music had an influence on us and our music. There is too much to name names though.

Stuart: Not to go into specific artists, but genre-wise all of our influences vary widely. From electronic, dark-industrial, and 90's dance pop. If we think it sounds good, we'll bring elements of it into our music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Jerico: I think I speak for all of us when I say that this question is too difficult to answer.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Jerico: Personally, it is one of the most invigorating experiences I am able to have. Playing something that came from your mind for strangers, especially if they react positively, taps into a type of satisfaction that I do not achieve with any other activity.

Stuart: Gives me a rush!

Q. How do you describe Drainflower´s sounds?
Jerico: When I hear it, I hear late 50's and early 60's melodies. Pretty songs, but made more textural by dipping them in various pools of fuzz. I definitely don't want to give the impression that we are a "fuzz" focused band though. It fit the songs of this EP. It is still unknown whether or not it will fit the next batch.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Cam: The process resembled ripping off a Band-Aid. We spent a couple of days recording and mixing at our studio in West Vancouver called Idle Sound. We recorded the tracks live off-the-floor with a minimal microphone set up. We didn't want to sit with the songs for too long and become too attached, as that's always been an issue for us. We had the mixes done by the second night. The mixes were briefly mastered and released, only hours after being recorded.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Jerico: Hot Cuppa is really good. I watched a band called Porteau play the other night as well; the singer had a beautiful voice.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Jerico: I have a deep fondness for 90's Eurodance. Probably "Runaway" by "The Real Mccoy".

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Jerico: I would like to continue putting all of my focus into the band. Gig lots and write more. There are Drainflower releases on the horizon for sure, so keep your eyes peeled.

Cam: We also have plans for a physical release of our EP very soon.

Q: Any parting words?
Jerico: Thanks for reaching out to us. We appreciate it.


sexta-feira, 12 de abril de 2019

Historias para no dormir with Koala Precipicio - An Interview

Na segunda e última etapa da viagem ao submundo dos bons sons equatorianos, chega as páginas do TBTCI o trio Koala Precipicio.

Ao lado do cultuado Sexores e também do Porno, digamos que os caras sejam o que de melhor há, em termos de dreampop, shoegaze e um certo pós punk melancólico vindo de Quito.

"Historias para no dormir" é o novo trabalho dos caras, que conheceu o mundo em Janeiro. Um disco que ao contrário do que o título sugere, é feito sim para embalar sonhos, ou para te guiar acordado pelo mundo encantado, ou não, do sobrenatural.

Ambiências eletrônicas guiam o clima transcendental do trabalho, que remete a ícones da Drag City e outras experiências além do universo tradicional de gazers e sonhadores.

O universo do submundo dos bons sons esta literalmente nos quatro cantos do globo, é apenas ter boa vontade e espírito aventureiro que viagens como as que o Koala Precipicio concebe podem ser descobertas em lugares inimagináveis.

Bem vindo ao mundo dos sonhos..

***** Interview with Koala Precipicio *****

Q. When did Koala Precipicio begin? Tell us about the history...
Koala began in 2016 when i got inside a room of a friend house to start compose my songs. i really wanted a sound that created nostalgic in all the way posible because im really into it. Im very involved whit that kind of sad music that really shows something without say to much. I composed and recorded the songs in the same week only using a behringer amplier and a tape recorder for all instruments. Thats how ¨Todos se Van¨ borned. It worked perfect.

Q: Who are your influences?
I think this is a extend question. I have a lot of influence respect koala and me as a person. But i like a lot the nostalgic sounds that you can create doing simple things and feeling things.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Really difficult (there are too much) but i can do a list of what im listen right now

Alan Vega - Deuce Avenue
Beliefs - Leaper
Daryl Hall & John Oates - Big Bam Boom
The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa - Susurrate
The Sweetest Ache - Jaguar

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I feel too many feelings. i think that play your music live is really too much impact but beautiful. i always think that when you do music (and more when you present live your music) you expose what you are feeling and living and that´s shoking.

Q. How do you describe Koala Precipicio´s sounds?
I could say that koala is another band that sound kind of nostalgic and lofi noisey but for hopes of shows something more.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
In ¨todos se van¨ i recorded by my own all the songs using one amplifier and one microphone. My producer was with me in the whole process helping me finding the sound that i wanted.
In the second album ¨Ontario¨ i recorded with the band that was with me in the live´s shows that all the members are my closest friends. i compuse everything by my own but in a process of two months. In this album i wanted to sound just as nostalgic but with a band. I wanted to sound like a 90s classic shoegaze band.

By last i maked a last release of ¨Todos se van bsides¨ which are the songs that dont entered in the first album.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There are a lot of cool new bands. i can say listen to echo ladies, drab majesty, ovlov, mini dresses ... there are a lot.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Ohh. I would love to make a cover of les reallizes denudes. Forever.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I really dont have plans. I only want to do more albums and more and more. i would love to play around the world. it would be amazing.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for the interview. i would never imagined being heard in brazil or in any place. its a pleasure to me that you like what ive done.


quarta-feira, 10 de abril de 2019

El Lado Amable de las Cosas with Porno - An Interview

Seguindo em contagem regressiva ao término desta jornada ao submundo dos bons sons, o TBTCI aterriza em terras equatorianas para a primeira de duas partes desta viagem.

Nesta parte um, diretamente de Quito, o quinteto Porno chega com melodias simples, perfeitas, encharcadas daquele famoso ruído branco, ou sem ele, apenas guiadas por cristalinas e doces canções.

Você já deve ter certamente escutada tal descrição, sim, claro, Jesus é a influência máxima por aqui. Os garotos equatorianos passam pelas obras dos irmãos Reid, desde as fritações mágicas de Psychocandy até os momentos doces e sutis de Stoned and Dethroned.

Se você ouvir a segunda faixa do EP "horribles.", "Como la Miel" vai entender ainda mais o poder da influência que Jesus propaga, perpetuando gerações.

Como todo devoto, o Porno diz, amém. 

***** Interview with Porno *****

Q. When did Porno begin? Tell us about the history...
Well, it began as my personal project, I was studying music in university and got tired of the "academic" side of it. So I wanted to make a lo-fi album of short and simple songs i wrote very quickly. The idea was to make songs out of the first ideas i got. The self titled EP was recorded almost by myself at home with a little help from friends who knew nothing about making music at the time, the idea was to keep it as honest and simple as posible. The band started as trio with me and my two best friends who barely knew how to play their instruments and later some more friends joined the band and we started to work on our own sound. I think the main goal was to make good songs anyone can play, like or be related to.

The name Porno.(with the dot at the end) comes out of a book by Irvine Welsh.

Q: Who are your influences?
The main influences are indie pop or noise pop bands such as Beat Happening, The Velvet Underground, Koala Precipicio, The Vaselines, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Él Mató a un Policía Motorizado, Los Subterráneos, Carolina Durante, 107 Faunos, Los Planetas, etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1.- Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain
2.- Siempre Alguien Algo by Los Subterráneos
3.- Un Millón de Euros by Él Mató a un Policía Motorizado
4.- Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
5.- The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground.

There are tons of albums I would like to list, but those are the first that come to my mind.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It has to be fun, at least for us it is. I believe sometimes it's kinda weird for the crowd because our songs are slow and noisy and they can't dance to our music; but it feels great when they sing along or just sit down and watch us play.

Q. How do you describe Porno´s sounds?
We like to refer to our sound as Pop Sucio, which is basically our name for noise-pop. Simple indie pop songs played the dirtiest way we can.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Everything is recorded at home. I run a small independent label called Pop Sucio Records at my house, and we try to get the most honest sounds with the gear we have at home.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Koala Precipicio. It is a band from our label, i think it may be hard to get at first, but the songs are amazingly well written and i simply love it.

Los Subterráneos. A band from Argentina which is also one of my favorite bands, i think their songwriting is great.

Carolina Durante. A new band from Spain, those guys are getting huge and I believe we will all know them in a couple of months.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'd love to play something by Los Subterráneos or 107 Faunos live. Also it would be fun to do a spanish version of something by My Bloody Valentine or The Velvet Underground.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
For now we will focus on releasing and touring with our new album. It will be called "El Lado Amable de las Cosas" and will be out by the end of this month if everything comes out as we expect it.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for listening to our music, and thanks for listening to music in general. We are people who just love listening to music, collecting records or going to shows; and it feels great to be a part of it.


terça-feira, 9 de abril de 2019

Dream. Sleep. with Laveda - An Interview

O duo de NY, Laveda representa exatamente a principal função do TBTCI, dar voz a bandas novíssimas que deveriam desde seus primeiros passos terem o devido reconhecimento, tanto pela qualidade como pelo simples fato de tornarem o mundo um pouco mais excitante.

O duo Jake e Ali, debutou em Fevereiro com seu primeiro single, a bela "Dream. Sleep.". O título resume em síntese a proposta deles, música para sonhar e adormecer acordado.

Dreampop em moldes gazers. Toques de eletrônica, toque de shoegaze clássico, sem extremismos, melodia e vocais cintilantes que fazem a alegria e a melancolia dos sonhadores de plantão.

Olhos e ouvidos atentos ao Laveda.

***** Interview with Laveda *****

Q. When did Laveda begin? Tell us about the history...
“Laveda began about 2 years ago, in the summer of 2017 as a recording project between Ali and I. We started making bedroom demos of what were slower more singer-songwriter-esk sounding tracks that we had written, and then slowly the project began to naturally evolve into a much larger sounding shoegaze/dream pop noise rock.”

Q: Who are your influences?
“The Sundays, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, and Joy Division/New Order’s bassist Peter Hook, Wolf Alice, Bombay Bicycle Club, Yowler Sylvan Esso, Slowdive, Beach House, My Bloody Valentine, and Arcade Fire all have influenced Laveda’s sound. Also our producer Dylan Sky has been a huge influence on us and our roommates band called LONE PHONE BOOTH.”

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
“In no particular order:
I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose - Bombay Bicycle Club
Goo - Sonic Youth
Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso
Currents - Tame Impala
Slowdive - Slowdive

Q. How do you feel playing live?
“We actually have our first full band show this coming weekend and we are so insanely excited. Can’t wait to see how people react to our songs and our sound!”

Q. How do you describe Laveda´s sounds?
“Dreamy, at times noisey, melancholy indie rock in slow motion.”

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
"A typical day in the studio for us is laying out a game plan for what we’d like to focus on/accomplish and then take it step by step for tracking. Most of the songs we bring to the studio are almost completely structurally written or even already demo’d before we start recording them. There is always a ton of messing around and playing with new gear, guitar pedals, and synthesizers which can help us find more inspiration and direction in a new song. We honestly love the process and almost never want it to end!”

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
“Bruiser and Bicycle is an amazing new-ish band out of Albany NY! They just dropped a brand new record that is out of this world. We also love Hand Habits, Men I Trust, Yowler, and Shady Bug!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
“Definitely Death Cab for Cutie. We’ve already started working on one of their songs for our live show!”

Q: What are your plans for the future?
“Release more music and hopefully go on tour this summer! We would love to travel internationally and play in places we’ve never been before to get our music out there and meet more amazing musicians.”

Q: Any parting words?
“Keep up with us, show dates, pure shenanigans and more on Instagram: @lavedamusic !! Keep
listening to music that makes you feel something. Thank you for listening to us!”


Someone Else For You with Talkboy - An Interview

Leeds, Inglaterra, e uma história clássica de como uma banda surge. Seis estudantes universitários tornam-se grandes amigos e resolvem juntar forças e formam uma banda.

Esta poderia ser sua história, ou de um conhecido seu certo, mas neste caso é a história do Talkboy. Indie pop bubblegum, com doses de new wave, northern soul e mais um monte de referências que podem ser deliciosamente descobertas a cada audição de seus singles.

Por enquanto estes singles resumem-se em três pepitas pegajosas, "Mother", Over and Under" e o mais recente "Someone Else For You".

Escolha qualquer um deles e fique mais leve neste universo pesado em que vivemos.

***** Interview with Talkboy *****

Q. When did Talkboy begin? Tell us about the history...
We all met at university about five or six years ago and became really good friends (we went to a lot of parties and got drunk together a lot). We were all in various bands, but about a year ago, we realised we were all on the same page in terms of what we wanted to do musically so formed Talkboy.

Q: Who are your influences?
There are a fair few of us in the band so our influences vary pretty dramatically. To save time and not make it really boring we say that we all united underneath the general umbrella of people like David Bowie, The Beatles, The Big Moon and Alvvays.

Q. Make a list of your top 5 albums of all time…
That’d be very difficult, so many serve so many different purposes. I’ll do my (Tim) personal top 5 albums from the early 70s, in no particular order;

The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street
Neil Young - Harvest
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Tom Waits - Closing Time
Carole King - Rhymes & Reasons

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Sometimes a bit drunk and always sweaty.

Q. How do you describe Talkboy’s sound?
We try to not get too bogged down in the idea of genre and say that we are more a song based band. One publication did describe us as ‘cry dance’ however - we liked that.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We have a really good relationship with our producer Mickey Dale. He normally feeds us a fair amount of coffee and then we go down into his basement and record the tunes. It kind of is that simple, everything you hear in our songs is us and we hope you guys get that idea as well.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There are loads of really great bands coming out of Leeds at the moment. Team Picture, Far Caspian, Luna Pines, Heir and Glass Mountain are amongst them.

Q: Which band/song would you love to do a cover version of?
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime, we would have to do the video as well though as I would love to see our singer Calum doing the fish dance.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have a few more singles coming out this year with an EP in the pipeline, we are also playing at a fair few festivals - keep your eyes on our Facebook page more specifics.

Q: Any parting words?
Gherkins are small pickled cucumbers - I just discovered this today, crazy right?


segunda-feira, 8 de abril de 2019

Seasons with otom - An Interview

O projeto japonês otom tem suas atividades iniciadas há quase vinte anos atrás, quando do lançamento do primeiro álbum "November Morning".

De lá para cá, uma discografia extensa, navegando por vertentes que foram se transformando no decorrer dos anos.

O começo, o otom soava próximo dos heróis noventistas da rural psychedelia, leia-se Flying Saucer Attack. No decorrer dos trabalhos, elementos de eletrônica e ambient foram sendo gradativamente introduzidos, conectando-se com gente como Boards of Canada, Fennesz, entre outros.

Já o mais novo single, "Seasons" remete a um certo equilíbrio entre o shoegaze o dreampop e o post rock, tudo de forma suave, cândida e cintilante.

Uma rica e intensa trajetória que permanece desconhecida, a ser desvendada e apreciada sem pressa.

***** Interview with otom *****

Q. When did Otom begin? Tell us about the history…
The history of my music began in childhood around the mid '80s. In around 10 years old, I played many soundtracks and The Beatles songs by ear on a recorder. It was a funny kid. But hey are also very important elements for me now. Then I began to playing the guitar since I was 14 years old.
And then soon, I started making original songs like about Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and style of '70s progressive rock for my bands. I met shoegaze sound around 18 years old and also I listened into post rock about 4AD, Thrill Jockey Records, Drag City in late '90s especially Flying Saucer Attack was very shocked for me, of course MBV, Slowdive opend my eyes too. After that, I knew Fennesz and many electronica artists, there made me expanded range of style and I maked the first album "November Morning" in 2004. Then I keep to release works mainly on the Internet and I releasing many singles, at the first from "New Life" in 2015. I interpreted “All Tomorrow's Parties” by The Velvet Underground like this "You Lost Me" is the latest song released in 2019.

Q: Who are your influences?
I can't narrow down, for example...
MBV and shoegaze sounds are most favorite And Brian Wilson, John Cale, Ennio Morricone, Phil Spector...I am Influence strong by composer types like them, I think maybe. More important is beautiful chorus work like about Simon & Garfunkel. Also an approach like Fennesz, Oval, Arca and many electronica artists give me a lot of things. Besides this, Classic, Jazz and many genres Influenced me.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
It’s so hard question too...
Loveless / My Bloody Valentine
Pet Sounds / The Beach Boys
The Velvet Underground And Nico / The Velvet Underground
Floating Into The Night / Julee Cruise
Eureka / Jim O'Rourke

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I'm a completely bedside musician and I have not played live for a long time. But I'd like to do a live performance soon. It's so difficult that a band style, maybe.
Q. How do you describe Otom´s sounds?
Shoegaze? Dream Pop? ...I can't find fit words. But I'm always keep to make that feel like floating, fluttering, softly and clarity sound. I want to make “wall of sounds” with layered vocals and many ensembles, it's not only just guitar. I think that such feeling is so close.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
At the first, I always start with choosing from over 1000 demo tracks that I have stocked in the past 20 years. Then I built up original effects and tone with Max patches and many things and then I’ve been recording songs with guitar, voices and many instruments to Logic and Digital Performer. It takes a lot of time, because I’m making tracks by alone in my room.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Jorge Elbrecht, Donny Benét, Dino Spiluttini.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I always think to want to cover Leonard Cohen, Roy Harper, The Beach Boys, S&G and also beautiful melody songs…

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I wish to build shanty in the forest by DIY, and I play music there.…Anyway I keep to release a single and I want to complete a simple and rough album feel like a “G. I. Gurdjieff Improvisations”.

Q: Any parting words?
I want 72 hours a day for composition. Anyways thank for contact me, Renato. Your question had many discoveries for me.