sexta-feira, 17 de novembro de 2017

Spacegaze with Vast Asteroid - An Interview


Estava eu aguardando ansiosamente o dia 17 de Novembro, pelo simples fato de saber que viria ao mundo o debute do trio de Los Angeles, Vast Asteroid.

Por conexões, eu já venho saboreado o álbum homônimo há algum tempo, e desde então, o sabor lisérgico do shoegaze deles, tem derretido cotidianamente minha mente.

Não a toa a última canção do álbum, serve para exemplificar a sonoridade deles, "Spacegaze", seria o termo mais cabível, mas ainda vale incorporar a tudo isso o uso do adjetivo, épico.

Um discaço para ouvir alto em todos os sentidos. Boa viagem com o Vast Asteroid.

***** Interview with Vast Asteroid *****


Q. When did Vast Asteroid start? Tell us about the history...
James: Mark used to play in a band with Mimi. Then he started playing music with me. Then he was playing with Slaughter and the Dogs in Japan. He came back and posted some pics, which Mimi noticed because she's from Japan, and asked if, by the way, Mark knew any shoegaze-type bands looking for a bassist... which we needed at that exact moment. A couple jams later, the band was born.

Mark: Yes, James and I have been playing music together in various configurations for over a decade, and Mimi and I used to be in a band called Rayon a few years ago, and she joined us in mid-2016. The years of playing together makes it much easier to write and play music where we don't have to talk about things too much, and the vibe happens naturally and organically. It's been such a true pleasure to make this album.

Q: Who are your influences?
James: At this point, musically, I could probably sum everything up with Billy Corgan.

Mark: Sonically for this band, early albums from The Verve, Failure and Queens Of The Stone Age, were big influences. Personally for drumming, Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), Jon Theodore (QOTSA), Kellii Scott (Failure), and Keith Moon & John Bonham & Ringo...

Mimi: Smashing Pumpkins, and Sean Yseult, bassist from White Zombie.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
James: This gets harder every year. And changes. Here's one for each of the past 5 decades:

David Bowie - "Aladdin Sane"
Queen - "The Game"
Marilyn Manson - "Mechanical Animals"
The Killers - "Hot Fuss"
Queens of the Stone Age - "...Like Clockwork"

Mark:
The Verve - "A Northern Soul"
My Bloody Valentine - "Loveless"
Failure - "Fantastic Planet"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Gish"
Guided By Voices - "Human Amusements At Hourly Rates"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
James: It's a journey through time at wildly different speeds. Sometimes time even stands still. It's mystical.

Mark: We realize that the sum of us together is greater than the parts separately... We all have a bit of a musical telepathic link that does not require much talking, which is rare and awesome, and really comes to the fore when we play our music live.

Q. How do you describe Vast Asteroid sounds?
SPACEGAZE... space rock meets shoegaze. Imagine the dreamy, layered, loud British bands of yore get lost in the high desert of Southern California.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
James: I show up at rehearsal with some songs. We feel our way around. In addition to being a rhythm section Mark and Mimi are brilliant arrangers. So they take the vibes of the songs in brilliant new directions and that's what we then record live in studio for our basic tracks. Then it's back to me to layer guitars and vocals and the occasional three-note keyboard bit.

Mark: A brief writing and rehearsal period in the Highland Park neighborhood of L.A. quickly led to a recording session that was tracked during a beautiful and torrential rain and wind storm on a magical week last winter at the legendary Rancho de la Luna studios in Joshua Tree, CA. The boards were manned by Producer/Engineer Andy Freeman, and Engineer Johnnie Burik. Good vibes provided by host extraordinaire and co-conspirator Dave Catching of Eagles Of Death Metal, whose guitar magic can be heard on the final epic track called “Spacegaze”, which was a late-night, totally improvised jam that we were lucky to capture on tape, and is presented on the album with no overdubs...

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
James: Listening right now to Alvvays, Middle Kids, and Everything Everything -- not brand new but just catching on in the New World.

Mark: Yes, I was also going to say those three bands, plus Cloud Nothings and Land of Talk.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
It's a mystery. Sometimes I write a song and realize it's already some other song. Maybe eventually I'll love one of those enough to just try covering the song.

Mark: Mimi is not a big fan of doing cover songs, but I wouldn't mind tackling something off of Failure's "Fantastic Planet"...

Q: What are your plans for the future?
James: Right now the future is all about sharing these songs with the kind of people who love these kind of songs... whether they know it yet or now.

Mark: Releasing our self-titled LP on November 17th and celebrating with a release show in Los Angeles, with more regional dates to follow...We'd obviously love to play in Brazil and all over the world, if possible!

Q: Any parting words?
James: Please rock hard.

Mark: Live in the moment and spend less time on your phone. Love more, hate less. Listen to music LOUDLY!
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https://vastasteroid.bandcamp.com/album/vast-asteroid
https://www.facebook.com/vastasteroid/

Something Pale with Dopedrone - An Interview


Esplêndido, soberbo, hipnótico, delirante, são alguns dos possíveis adjetivos que possam vir a ilustrar "Something Pale", o mais recente álbum do projeto norueguês, Dopedrone.

Na realidade, o Dopedrone é fruto da mente de Martin Anderson, e concentra-se apenas no formato estúdio, não existe, pelo menos até o presente momento, a possibilidade das viagens paradisíacas que Martin criou se estenderem para os palcos.

Uma odisseia em ondas gazers, que se aproximam muito do que o Slowdive era no início, mais precisamente em atos como "Avalyn", "She Calls" e "Morningrise", não a toa, foi após Martin presenciar o Slowdive lá no distante 1994, que o rapaz sofreu o impacto fulminante.

Obviamente que existem conexões particularmente intensas com o lado mais climático e denso do The Cure, conexão esta inserida na integra na pequena preciosidade chamada "Something Pale".

Para ouvir com as luzes apagadas, sozinho, apenas acompanhado de seu bebida ou psicotrópico favorito. Dopedrone é música para ser sentida, muita mais do que ser ouvida.

Acima.

***** Interview with Dopedrone *****



Q: When did Dopedrone start? Tell us about the history...
A: It's a long story that goes back to the 90's, when I played drums in various bands doing death metal, grunge and stoner rock. A Slowdive concert in Oslo '94 had a huge impact on me, and their sound has been an influence ever since. I was later also heavily into genres as doom, drone, sludge, prog-rock, post-rock, 60's psychedelia, noise, ambient, electronica and god knows what else. I began pondering how it would be to create a kind of fusion between heavy downtuned guitars/drones and brighter shoegaze type melodies and sound, but without it necessarily sounding like metal. I remember telling a friend about my idea, and she said it would'nt work. I decided to go for my vision :).

I started Dopedrone in about year 2000, when I got my first PC. Because I did'nt have many instruments at the time, everything I made was done using an acoustic guitar, a mic, software synths and samples. The years passed by and in 2009 I was approached by Paralucid netlabel, and my first album "Contact Book" was released on archives.org for free. In 2010 I reased an ep "Inner Sanctuum" and the lp "Apokalupsis Eschaton", also on archives.org. Then I got busy in the band I play drums in called Yeti Island, while also working on a collaboration project with Jarek Leskiewizc from Naked on My Own and Opollo. This project later formed into the name Sunset Wrecks, which is still going strong to this day. With alot of work to do it would take some years before the next Dopedrone album was released in 2017. Sorry, I went a bit beyond the question hehe...

Q: Who are your influences?
A: My influences are too many to mention if I was to name all of them, but some of them are Slowdive, MBV, Motorpsycho, The Cure, King Crimson, Kyuss, Jesu. However I'm not trying to sound like any particular influence, and hopefully I have developed my own sound.

Q: Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: Thats a tough one, but I'll try

1. The Aloof - Seeking Pleasure
2. Motorpsycho - Demon Box
3. The Cure - Disintegration
4. Slowdive - Souvlaki
5. Kyuss - ...And The Circus Leaves Town

Q: How do you feel playing live?
A: Dopedrone is a pure studio project, and would be too complicated to do live. I do play live with Yeti Island tho, and I love doing it.

Q. How do you describe Dopedrone sounds?
A: The Dopedrone sounds are drenched in effects as echo, reverb and chorus on one side, and then you have the deep crunchy basses and guitars on the other side. I like to create textures and ambiences, and I use a lot of modulation to get "movement" in the sounds. The sounds can be quite raw and nasty aswell as lush and soft. Over the years I have also expanded my palette with analog synths and built a modular synth setup.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: I usually start out with recording a guitar melody, synthloop, ambient texture or a beat and work out the ideas from that. There is a lot of improvisation involved. Piece by piece I patch together parts til I have something I feel works. It's the way I have always done it. I tend to not follow any "rules" about how to shape a traditional song structure. Because this is a studio project I have no limits of how many tracks I use. The mixing process can get quite challenging with 40-50 tracks running.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: I don't get much time to check out new bands, but I try. Spotify discover, blogs (like this one) and FB groups are my friends here :). I can't recall what new bands I have discovered lately, but the last album I enjoyed was Godflesh - "A World Lit Only by Fire",heavier than ever, altho absolutely not a new band.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A: I have done a few covers in the past such as Slowdives "40 Days" and Johnny Cash's version of "Hurt", but they have not been released. Slowdive songs will always be on the list of covers I'd like to do more of, even if it's been done by many allready.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: My plans now are continueing work on new Sunset Wrecks material, and Yeti Island will be recording a new album soon. Dopedrone will have a little rest, but will be back later with new material for sure.

Q: Any parting words?
A: I'd just like to say thank you for the interview, it's been good, and keep on gazeing :)
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quinta-feira, 16 de novembro de 2017

Amparo Carmen Teresa Yolanda with Acty- An Interview


Todas as décadas tiveram sua peculiaridades e seu charme, sonoramente falando, mas nenhuma conseguiu captar tão fortemente o que de melhor ocorreram em todas as demais, como os 90´s.

Se atualmente existem nichos revitalizando os 60´s, 70´s ou os 80´s, talvez, a década que mais tem sido resgatada são os 90´, seja com vibes eletrônicas, indies, gazers, jangle, grunges, pouco importa, o fato é que a molecada de hoje tem se mostrado fascinada com a década dos excessos.

Caso dos mexicanos do Acty. Com pouco menos de dois anos de vida os caras soltaram no fim de 2016 seu primeiro trabalho, "Amparo Carmem Teresa Yolanda", todo composto em espanhol mas com uma característica universal, a vibe das guitar bands noventistas estão no DNA do álbum. Ecos de Teenage Fanclub, Los Planetas, Dinosaur Jr, Yo La Tengo e mas um monte de heróis das trilhas alternativas, o Acty incorpora sua referências, e expurga os demônios de toda a juventude.

O Acty não fez nada original ou inovador, apenas guitarras estridentemente apaixonadas, e isso meu caro, pode ser feito daqui a 5 décadas, que o TBTCI vai adorar do mesmo jeito, aumente o som.

***** Interview with Acty *****


Q. When did Acty start? Tell us about the history... 
ACTY began in mid-2015, after one or another failed project by the members, the band was consolidated thanks to the initiative of wanting to make music influenced by the bands that we like the most. It all started with small rehearsals in a bedroom until it became more serious and thus combine the need to record the songs that we had already put together. The name of the band arose after forming an acronym with the initials of a character that appears in the novel "Compadre Lobo" by the Mexican writer Gustavo Sainz. The name of the character is Amparo Carmen Teresa Yolanda.

Q: Who are your influences? 
Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground Los Planetas, Ride, Spaceman 3, Mercury Rev, John Cage, My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time… 
1White Light/White Heat - Velvet Underground
2Sister - Sonic Youth
3Unidad de desplazamiento - Los planetas
4Neu! - Neu!
5Yerself is Steam - Mercury Rev

Q. How do you feel playing live? 

Playing live is the only thing we really enjoy in life, everything else can go to hell at that moment, it's just us and the moment. It is an egoism to be and to remain forever like this.


Q. How do you describe Acty sounds? 
We will rely more on the sound that happens in each one of the direct ones and it is like a pleasant noise, in which the adrenaline the only thing that asks is more and more.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ? 
A bit complicated by the situation that we were looking for ways to make the songs sound the closest thing to when we played live. We feel that it was not achieved at all, we like our album and especially how they were each of the songs, but we feel that it could have been much better.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend? 
Last Videotape, Strange Color, Internuts, Softvoid, Beztia y Somewhere.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of? 
We like to play covers of "Prietto viaja al cosmos con Mariano" but we would like to cover "Chasing a Bee by Mercury Rev", some of Sonic Youth or Velvet Underground

Q: What are your plans for the future? 
We are preparing to record a second album, we have to give patience and not force things as much as we did in the first recording. We already have most of the songs and we already know where and with whom we want to record them, we just need to specify them and let them flow. We also want to keep playing until our music takes us, leaving our country to play in another is something we crave enough.

Q: Any parting words
First of all thank "The Blog That Celebrates Itself" for taking the time to listen to different sounds around the world and make us part of this pleasant experience.

We want to add that from the following week it will be available in Cassette format and thanks to "Amigos Records" our album "Amparo Carmen Teresa Yolanda" you can buy it at https://www.kichink.com/stores/amigos-records or directly with us.
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Spanish version
1. ACTY comenzó a mediados de 2015, después de uno que otro proyecto fallido por parte de los integrantes, se logró consolidar la banda gracias a la iniciativa de querer hacer música influenciada por las bandas que más nos gustan. Todo empezó con pequeños ensayos en una recámara hasta volverse más serio y así conjugar la necesidad de grabar las canciones que ya habíamos armado. El nombre de la banda surgió luego de formar un acrónimo con las iniciales de un personaje que aparece en la novela "Compadre Lobo" del escritor mexicano Gustavo Sainz. El nombre del personaje es Ampara Carmen Teresa Yolanda.

2. Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground Los Planetas, Ride, Spaceman 3, Mercury Rev, John Cage, My Bloody Valantine, Dinosaur Jr.

3. 1White Light/White Heat - Velvet Underground
2Sister - Sonic Youth
3Unidad de desplazamiento - Los planetas
4Neu! - Neu!
5Yerself is Steam - Mercury Rev

4. Tocar en vivo es lo único que realmente disfrutamos en la vida, todo lo demás se puede ir a la mierda en ese momento, sólo somos nosotros y el instante. Es como un egoismo de estar y permanecer por siempre así.

5. Nos basaremos más en el sonido que ocurre en cada uno de los directos y es como un ruido placentero, en el que la adrenalina lo único que pide es más y más.

6. Un tanto complicado por el hecho de que buscabamos la manera de que las canciones sonaran lo más parecido a cuando las tocamos en vivo. Sentimos que no se logró del todo, nos gusta nuestro disco y sobre todo como quedaron cada una de las canciones, pero sentimos que pudo haber sido mucho mejor.

7. Last Videotape, Strange Color, Internuts, Softvoid, Beztia y Somewhere.

8. Nos gusta tocar covers de Prietto Viaja al Cosmos con Mariano pero nos gustaría coverear Chasing a Bee de Mercury Rev, alguna de Sonic Youth o Velvet Underground.

9 Grabar un segundo disco, darle paciencia y no forzar tanto las cosas como nos pasó en la primera grabación. Ya tenemos la mayoría de las canciones y ya sabemos en donde y con quien las queremos grabar, sólo falta amarrarlas más y dejarlas fluir. También queremos seguir tocando hasta donde nuestra música nos lleve, salir de nuestro país para tocar en otro es algo que ansiamos bastante.

10. Primero que nada agradecer infinitamente a The Blog That Celebrates Itself por tomarse el tiempo de escuchar diferentes sonidos al rededor del mundo y hacernos parte de está bonita experiencia.

Quisiéramos agragar que apartir de la siguiente semana estará disponible en formato Cassette y gracias a Amigos Records nuestro álbum "Amparo Carmen Teresa Yolanda" lo podrán adquirir solicitandolo en la página de ellos https://www.kichink.com/stores/amigos-records o directamente con nosotros. Gracias!
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https://www.facebook.com/ACTYoficial
https://actyoficial.bandcamp.com/releases

quarta-feira, 15 de novembro de 2017

The Deepest Ride with Pencey Sloe - An Interview


A estreia do quarteto parisiense Pencey Sloe, é algo entre o intenso e o desesperador.

O EP homônimo lançado em Setembro, passeia por entre o shoegaze, o slowcore com cruéis toques de amargura. A eloquência épica sonora serve como pano de fundo para a interpretação angustiante da bela voz de Diane.

Se por  ventura você estiver com a estima baixa, é melhor manter distância, o Pencey Sloe vai aflorar a sensação de desespero dentro de você.


***** Interview with Pencey Sloe *****


Q. When did Pencey Sloe start? Tell us about the history...
Pencey Sloe was born one year an a half ago, maybe more. I started writing songs in my room in Paris, then one day I decided to send one of them to my friends Clément and Valentin. I’ve never written a song before. They liked it and asked me if I would be interested in playing and singing in a band. Mathias joined us few days later, that’s how we began Pencey Sloe.

Q: Who are your influences?
We all have very different influences, we do not listen to the same music on a daily basis. From shoegaze to hardcore to post rock. We still manage to agree with each other... Sometimes! More seriously, it is an advantage to evolve and not stagnate on an idea or a style. Being different allows us to have several possibilities, to be «richer» in our music. Having someone different besides me helps me getting out of my comfort zone. In Pencey Sloe, the biggest influence we all have together are certainly the shoegaze and slowcore influences.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Mine personally are:
BRMC - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
RECENT SONGS - Léonard Cohen
MORE - Pink Floyd
LET LOVE IN - Nick Cave
THE FRAGILE - Nine Inch Nails

Q. How do you feel playing live?
No idea haha, we haven’t played a gig yet. All my bandmates have their own bands with they go on tour with. We never experimented that with Pencey Sloe yet.


Q. How do you describe Pencey Sloe sounds?
That is a difficult question, I think Pencey Sloe is a mix between shoegaze and slowcore.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I compose the most part of a song myself, the instrumental parts, vocals and lyrics. I record some ideas that I share with my bandmates to know what they think about it. When we go in rehearsal we work on these songs. It is then improved, enriched by the nourishment of everyone's ideas. We discuss a lot about how song could be interesting for us. After that, it’s all about going to the studio and everything that goes with it! It’s a fairly straightforward way of doing it, the guys each have their musical project next to Pencey Sloe so we do not have much time to write a whole song all together.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We really recommend to listen to bands such as Marriages, Red Sparowes, Miserable, The Underground Youth, The Vacant Lots... I highly recommend the band The Black Ryder, I think their songs are beautiful!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We don’t really know but we would probably like to cover a band which doesn’t play the same kind of music as we do. For example we thought about doing a cover of Marylin Manson or Pink Floyd.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’ll keep on writing songs and playing together. We plan on releasing 2 singles for the beginning of 2018 and a full album is also on the way. And we’ll play our first gig of course! Can’t wait for this!
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https://www.facebook.com/Penceysloe/
https://penceysloe.bandcamp.com

terça-feira, 14 de novembro de 2017

We Rise with Soundwire - An Interview


Um quebra cabeças sônico com alicerces firmes e potentes em matrizes como Spacemen 3, B.R.M.C., J&MC e obviamente VU, assim é o quinteto de Cardiff, Soundwire.

Os caras já estão na estrada desde 2011, participaram da famigerada série da Northern Star "Psychedelica", tiveram seu primeiro single produzido por por Tim Holmes, cara que já trabalhou com Primal Scream, Spiritualized e membro fundador do Death in Vegas, sem contar que estão em produção de seu primeiro disco com Thighpaulsandra, mago dos synths que também já trabalhou com Spiritualized e Coil.

Só por ai já dá pra sacar o poderio dos caras, mas só pra elucidar um pouco mais, o Soundwire já dividiu palcos com KBV, Eat Lights Become Lights,  The Lost Rivers, 14 Iced Bears, Youngteam e por aí vai.

Mas se mesmo assim você anda não se convenceu, experimente o novo single dos caras, "We Rise" e o lado b "Dying Sun" e sinta um bloco de lisergia adentrando corpo adentro.... e aí, é só deixar fluir e boa viagem.

Soundwire, guarde este nome.


***** Interview with Soundwire *****


Q. When did Soundwire start? Tell us about the history...
We formed Soundwire in 2011. Simon (vocals), Dave (bass) and I (guitar) were previously in a band called Shooter. We weren't particularly organised in that band (although we did release a single on Northern Star Records and record two BBC live sessions), but it gave us some experience in the studio, and to some extent it paved the way to the sound we developed in Soundwire.

Q: Who are your influences?
They are many and varied, but some of the more obvious ones include The Velvet Underground, Neu!, The Stooges, Spacemen 3, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Nick Cave, My Bloody Valentine, Death In Vegas, Spiritualized, Kraftwerk, etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
In no particular order:
The Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground and Nico
The Stooges - Fun House
Neu! - Neu!
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
Spacemen 3 - The Perfect Prescription

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Really good at the moment. I think we've got a great live set, the band is really tight and we all feel confident in our own, and each other's, abilities. Playing live is always a strange thing - it often feels like you've jumped onto a freight train and there's no stopping it, you're carried along with its momentum and you just have to hold on tight and hope it doesn't crash!

Q. How do you describe Soundwire sounds?
Fuzzy guitars, modulated synths, driving bass-lines and motorik drum beats. We don't have any particular formula that we have or intend to stick to because there are always so many new sounds to explore. I think the next batch of songs will be a bit more experimental, possibly with a few more 'out there' slow songs.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
They tend to develop from a simple riff or chord sequence. I usually work them into some kind of structure, building up the instrumentation over a few weeks while I play about with effects and sounds. Once I'm happy with things I record them as demos, which I give to each member of the band so they can learn their parts before they record them properly. When it comes to the vocals, Si tends to come to my house with lots of wine and we work on melodies and lyrics for an evening or two, roughly recording the progress until we're happy with what we've got, then he lays down the final vocals at a later date.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
They're not particularly new, but Toy are are current favourite. They're great live and always push the boundaries musically.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We're thinking of doing a version of 'What Goes On' by The Velvet Underground to include in our live set, although it'll be quite different to their's, with E-bows on the guitars and some interesting synth effects. I'm hoping it'll be in our set next year.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We've just finished working on an album with Thighpaulsandra from Spiritualized / Coil, and we're currently looking for a label to release it. In the meantime we'll be gigging and working on new material.

Q: Any parting words?
Go and buy our new single, 'We Rise', and once you have bought it, play it loudly and often.
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https://soundwiremusic.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/Soundwiremusic/

TV You with XO - An Interview


Depois de uma estreia superlativa com "Heart", isso em 2014, o duo XO, entrou em período de hibernação, o que foi uma grande pena, mas eis que este período ocioso foi quebrado no mês passado com seu mais novo single, "TV You", um colírio para os ouvidos.

Rezando pela cartilha clássica gazer, mas com os olhos virados para o lado americanizado da coisa, leia-se, Lilys, Medicine, Drop Nineteens, os caras são daquelas delícias pegajosas que quanto mais se ouve, mais se necessita de doses maiores.

Agora é aguardar o futuro novo álbum, prometido para o próximo ano, só assim a espera terá uma final feliz, mas enquanto isso, relembre imediatamente o genial "Heart" e faça do XO seu objeto de consumo.


***** Interview with XO *****


Q. When did XO start? Tell us about the history...
Jeff: XO started in 2004 after Parkside View, our first band had come to an end. My brother Jake and I wrote most of the music we played early on, mostly Jake, but we joined some great bands and toured playing other peoples songs in our late teens and twenties. We released the Some Day ep (2009) while living in Atlanta, Georgia. On the recording I played drums/guitar/vox/keys, Jake played bass/guitar/vox/keys, we recorded with Matt Malpass and I wrote the songs. We moved to Long Beach and recorded the Fault 7” (2013) and our full length album Heart (2014) with Parker Case. Joseph Assef played drums on everything but Fault and No Feeling, played by me. Joe and Parker played live with us during this time. Currently the band is me, Jake and Alan Connor on drums.

Q: Who are your influences?
My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division, Elliott Smith, The Beatles and Red House Painters are some of my favorites.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Red House Painters - Rollercoaster
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Beatles - The White Album
Nick Drake - Pink Moon

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Full of joy. I love feeling connected to everyone however it happens.

Q. How do you describe XO sounds?
I mostly use genres like shoegaze and emo. The sounds are a combination of things but I like to make them sound large and heavy.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I write a song and show it to Jake. He gives me his input and we jam through it a ton in a rehearsal space with our drummer and shape it. We record it together as a band and overdub guitars, piano, percussion and vocals. Mixing takes a while because we go through several focal points in the mix to bring up and then bury again. It’s tedious but we love the end result, mastered and ready to release.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Turnover, Cloakroom, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Beaches, The Cherry Wave and Hammock.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We recorded a live session with part time punks, covering MBV (“to here knows when” & “you never should”) a long with “love” and “waste” by us. Hope to release that on 7” in the near future. Besides MBV, Elliott Smith.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We released a new single “tv you” on our label last month. We’ve been working on a new album and will release it next year, 2018. We recorded with our friend Jon Berry and we’re mixing it ourselves. Can’t wait to share it!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for your thoughtful questions and your killer dedication to shoegaze music, new and old.
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https://xotheband.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/xotheband
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segunda-feira, 13 de novembro de 2017

Reset Your Mind with Document - An Interview


Mixe alguns dos melhores atos alternativos da última década, exemplo, Interpol, SY, Pixies, The Fall, e tenha a crueza indie pós punk do quarteto de Tel Aviv, Israel, Document.

O debute dos caras veio em 2014 em forma de EP, "Rest Your Mind" é a síntese das influências dos caras, tudo meio torto, tudo meio estridente, tudo acelerado, mas com uma tendência pop inegável. 

O primeiro disco "The Void Repeats" esta pra vir ao mundo a qualquer momento, e pelos aperitivos apresentados, "Hustle" e "Habit" será uma consequência intensa do que os caras já apresentaram.

Para ouvir alto e sair chutando tudo.

***** Interview with Document *****


Q. When did Document start? Tell us about the history...
In 2008 I moved back to Israel after living in Guatemala and the US for 22 years. When I came back I started hanging out with my cousin, who was playing music with some good friends from the army. I joined them and we started an new wave band called Modern Tapes. After the release of on EP and played shows and festivals for a couple of years, we felt stuck and decided we needed to free ourselves from the genre. We got rid of some instruments, went back to basics, and decided to rename ourselves Document. In 2014 we released our first EP called 'Reset Your Mind'. A couple of years after that we started working on our debut album.

Q: Who are your influences?
We have a wide range of influences that seem to change over time. Right now we're really looking forward to the new Protomartyr album. Other influences include The Fall, The Wire, Blonde Redhead, Fugazi, The Strokes, Interpol, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, among many many others.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Fugazi - The Argument
Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
Pixies - Doolittle

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing live. It feels the most natural to us. The energy between the band and the fans is always really thrilling. The performance aspect also brings out more depth from the songs.

Q. How do you describe Document sounds?
Fuzzy distorted guitars with a smooth bass and machine like drums. Vocals ranging from I think that our sound is the essence of everything we love to listen to and play. Most of our writing comes form the band's dynamic and jamming together and lots of "hey that sounds awesome, how about this?" moments. Sometimes one of us comes with some home prepared riff or chord progression and we all donating our ideas. With that, we're always
thinking about what "feel" do we want to express. Same goes for the vox and lyrics.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded the album by ourselves in our recording/rehearsal studio Junk (www.junktlv.com). Our guitarist Yaniv Brenner opened it a couple of years ago and it's the best place to rehearse and record in Tel Aviv. It's our home. We tracked all the songs in a weekend. It was really an awesome experience. It's a lot of trial and error until we found the sound we like. It was awesome working with Bill Skibbe, who mixed the album. We love the work he's done with Protomartyr and The Kills and we felt he's so essential in the making of the album.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Fastest Leap. also Charly Bliss, Baked and Remo Drive.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We would love to do a cover version to Television, The Clash. Or 311. Whatever works, right?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're working on a tour in the UK. Besides that we've got enough material for another EP, so maybe we'll begin working on that in a few months.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for the feature, stay tuned for the album release!
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https://documentband.bandcamp.com
https://www.documentband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/documentofficial/

sábado, 11 de novembro de 2017

Chromesthesia with White Shape - An Interview


Psicodelismo mantrico e hipnótico é o que emana do quinteto de Illinois, White Shape, e seu mais novo trabalho, "Chromesthesia".

Algo sonoramente como umm híbrido entre Jefferson Airplane, Sabbath e Black Angels, o White Shape lapida suas epopeias psicodélicas mesclando peso, ácido e anfetaminas. 

Uma imersão ao submundo psych, bom derretimento com o White Shape.

***** Interview with White Shape *****


q. When did White Shape start? Tell us about the history...
The drummer(noah), bassist(jon), keyboardist/vocals(kayla), and myself guitar/vocals(josh) all played in other bands before this one. Jon and I played in a band that used to play with Noah’s a lot. I used to watch him drum and think “I need to start a band with this dude”. So in 2015 we started jamming as a 2 piece for fun. Then our friend Alyssa joined in on synth and we had a trio. We played our first show 6 months later probably. Since then we’ve had a revolving door of members and the current lineup now seems to be the one. Noah and I are very happy with what White Shape has turned out to be. Everyone gets along great and our different tastes of music really make us sound unique, I think.

Q: Who are your influences?
Personally, when I write I usually draw influences from the band that opened a whole world of music up to me. The black angels. I stumbled upon them in 2006 and saw them live in 2007. My world hasnt been the same since. I also draw from bands like Pink Floyd(of course), true widow, barn owl, myrrors, and even doom bands like sleep or windhand. I like to start spacey and end the song in a whirlwind.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1: Directions to see a ghost-the Black angels
2: Strangers- marissa nadler
3: Vol 4- Black Sabbath
4: True widow-true widow
5: Lost in the glare-barn owl

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live for us is the greatest high of all time. It’s addictive. We put hours and hours of work in for a 50 min set that’s over in a flash. It’s so worth it. We love playing live.


Q. How do you describe White Shape sounds?
We try to make our sound haunting, melodic, droney, heavy at times, with lots and lots of reverb.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I guess. Kayla has a background in folk music and when I send her a riff or an idea for a song, she sends me back the keyboard part and vocals to it and I’m always blown away. She’s incredible. Jon has been my bass man for years. His bass lines are perfect every time. The drumbeat I have in my head for a song idea is nothing compared to what noah comes up with. His style is the wildest style I’ve ever seen. He really knows how to bring the war drums. When Kayla, jon, or Noah bring an idea to practice, it’s the same process. One small idea turns into a 10 minute song. All of our musical backgrounds really work well together. It’s cool.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Coffin Problem, holy fawn, moon rats, vanishing kids, and bedforms.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I would personally love to cover hidden prettiness by pontiak. I think we could do that song pretty well. My favorite song of 2017 so far.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Stay busy writing, keep putting out records, play as many different cities as we can, and maybe play a small run of shows in Europe. Keep it fun!

Q: Any parting words?
HUGS BEFORE HANDSHAKES
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https://whiteshape.bandcamp.com
https://m.facebook.com/FOLLOWTHEWHITESHAPE/

sexta-feira, 10 de novembro de 2017

Glow with Flower Crown - An Interview


O segundo trabalho do duo de Pittsburgh, Flower Crown é um sopro de suavidade e candura para a mente.

Um calmante sonoro indicado especialmente para corações apaixonados, ou, até mesmo para solitários desesperançosos. Onírico e delicado, "Glow" o álbum, passeia cintilantemente por entre o jangle e o dreampop, iluminando e acalentando desesperos.

Tranquilize-se com o Flower Crown.


***** Interview with Flower Crown *****


Q. When did Flower Crown start? Tell us about the history...
A: I had just moved to Erie, PA with my other band Frame and Mantle and met Aaron through the local music scene and mutual friends. We quickly became good friends and starting hanging out all of the time and he even came on a bunch of tours with F&M. We had always talked about putting out some music but one day while drinking and watching a live stream of Coachella, we couldn’t believe nobody had ever started a band called Flower Crown. I guess could be taken as a little jab towards the Coachella crowd, but it’s all in good fun. It was shortly after that we started writing for our EP Hypnausea.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: When I started writing GLOW it was the Fall of 2016 and id been listening to DIIV’s catalog pretty hard along with King Krule’s “Six Feet Beneath The Moon”, and the Nothing album that had been released that year. I was also writing through my annual winter black metal period™ and even pulled some influence from Lantlos’ 2015 album “Melting Sun”. Writing continued through the next year as the new Real Estate, Slowdive, The Drums, and Beach Fossils albums came out and we were jamming those constantly. Aaron and I like similar music but I know he was super influenced by bands like Tame Impala, Cocteau Twins, Mac Demarco, and The Smiths.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: This is a hard question and I’m really bad at it whenever asked, so I’m just going to fire off the first 5 that come to mind I know I always go back to:

1. Sleep – Dopesmoker
2. Queen – A Night At The Opera
3. Nothing – Guilty of Everything
4. The Sword – Age of Winters
5. M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming

(Bonus Round) Billy Joel – The Stranger

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Playing live with Flower Crown is so much fun. It’s a genre I’ve never played live before and, with playing such chilled out songs, it’s easy to get lost in them and really vibe out. It’s a sound that not only washes over us but the listener and we’ve had a great response so far. We recruited a few members of Frame and Mantle and a member of Erie, PA band Wave Trails and they’re all really great people and musicians so it was easy to get together and click immediately.

Q. How do you describe Flower Crown sounds?
A: Without throwing genre names out there I’d say its probably like eating acid at the beach. It’s pretty, its wavy, you may feel a little sick here and there, might be a little unsettling sometimes, but all in all hopefully it was a memorable experience.

(Don’t do drugs at the beach)


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A: We did a lot of writing and recorded all of the instruments at my house in Pittsburgh, PA between 2016 and 2017 and then we finished everything else at Aarons in Warren, PA in the spring of 2017. I had been spent a good chunk of 2016 writing songs that I knew could fit on a Flower Crown record. We ended up with more songs than we needed and cut out a few that we felt didn’t fit in the track listing. We may remix and release those at some point.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: A band from the Michigan called Greet Death just put out an amazing album called Dixieland and I’ve been listening to that constantly. Our friends from Pittsburgh called Barlow just put out a killer record called “In a Strangers Car” and it seriously worth a listen if you’re into shoegaze/loud pop music. Wave Trails from Erie just released a great demo too. S/o to Pittsburgh bands Pinstripe Sunny and Zaki too. Awesome bands awesome people. p.s. The new Primitive Man is the heaviest thing on the planet.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A: I would love to do a wavy and nauseating cover of Future Islands’ song Seasons. Think it could translate well and would be a lot of fun.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: I’m currently writing a new LP with Frame and Mantle, but Flower Crown has a remix album in the works and possibly some shows.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much for reaching out. I’m not super great with interviews but it’s been a pleasure and we’re always flattered when anyone enjoys our art.

GLOW is available on all streaming services and at our bandcamp and soundcloud.

Much love,

Richie
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https://flowercrownmusic.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/flowercrownmusic/

quarta-feira, 8 de novembro de 2017

Bright with Shimmerance - An Interview


Um doce shoegaze mas envolto não a milhões de efeitos em prol da fritação coletiva, não, o quinteto russo, Shimmerance, pega as nuances gazers e as condensa em um centro indie rock noventista, onde Velocity Girl, Madder Rose acabam sendo evocados, mesmo que de forma involuntária.

"Bright" primeiro EP deles, é um bubblegum estridente onde mais se mastiga, ops, ouve, mais se quer mais. 

Faça a degustação você mesmo, e veja se não dá aquela vontade de querer mais e mais.


***** Interview with Shimmerance *****


Q. When did Shimmerance start? Tell us about the history...
Some time ago, in 2015, i started to jam with Kostya (our drummer). It was some kind of post rock/garage/stoner/ambient with a lot of effects and lenghty jams. It was realy nice but it's hard to play something realy complex without root notes, pads and leads played by other instruments. So we decided to start a real band. We decided to play shoegaze due its atmoshperic yet noisy nature with walls of sounds and reverb spaces. Kostya's friend Roma (our guitar player) was the first one to come and we started to create the very core of our sound. Soon we found a girl to sing, but she was out of genre a bit so we parted eventualy. Until then, we found Misha (our bass player) and got few songs finished so we decided to gig with me and Roma siniging. We held our first gigs in the summer of '16. We decided to call ourself Shimmerance because we wanted something shinny and glowing and sparkling so Shimmerance was realy nice word to express that feeling.
In november '16, we finaly found Sonya (our vocals) so since that time we are Shimmerance at its current state. Next year we were gigging hard and started to record our first EP.

Q: Who are your influences?
Its realy huge amount of bands to post in the "influenced by" field. We've got different tastes and i can barely name shared influences beside shoegaze's classics like MBV or Slowdive. So i will name what i've collected from bandmates:

Me: Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis, Ride, Cream, BRMC, Primal Scream, Muse

Roma: Oceansize, Porcupine Tree, Mastodon, Intronaut, Yes, Deftones, Theloniuous Monk

Kostya: Sigur Ros, Son Lux, Slowdive, LSD And Search For The God, Noisia

Misha: Dir en Grey, Solstafir, Sukekiyo, Mono

Sonya: Mazzy Star, Wolf Alice, Beverly, Adult Mom

Still wonder how did we manage to work it out...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
There is a lot of great albums i'd like to tell about but here is an album from every bandmate:

Me: Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Roma: Oceansize - Frames

Kostya: Son Lux - Bones

Misha: dir en Grey - unraveling

Sonya: Grimes - Visions

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Its always great. Hanging with other bands, jamming before the main set, watching the crowd having fun. I like to gig with someone new, gives you good amount of fresh ideas or sound tweaks. Its so good to see people listening to you and enjoying your music. After all, playing live is exciting and wonderfull time, that allows to express your current mind through the music. At some moment, you are just struming chords, drowning in the sound and experiencing pure joy. Giging is the best part of band's live.

Q. How do you describe Shimmerance sounds?
Its shoegaze obviously. I mean, a lot of reverbs and pedalstomp's effects, walls of guitars, aery vocals, strong melody, dreamy chords. Some songs are almost pure shoegaze at its finest. But we are incorporating different stuff into our music - from garage, post rock, math or dreampop. At some moments you can barely name it shoegaze due the lack of its common moves. I can barely compare our band with someone else, we are trying to be unique yet to be shoegaze band with its characteristics.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The recording is the hardest activitie in terms of our band's live. We are full DIY - recording everything including vocals with our own gear, using DAW to mix and produce tracks. Our songs are always completed prior to the recording. Its not so hard to record something but its hard to make a good song of it. We were learning how to record vocals right, how to process guitar sound, how to use DAW's pugins, how to mix everything. Sometimes it was realy frustrating, sometimes it was fun to get together and to mix a song. Recording process was slow, we have our own jobs and other stuff and sometimes we decided to re-record or re-produce the whole track after we have learned something new about recording and mixing.

It took an year to make 6 tracks and now we can tell that this is good record and we are realy happy about it. We recieved realy important knowledge about recording's process and now we can record any song within reasonable amount of time.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Its quite hard to tell what "new band" is". For instance, there is Royal Blood who formed in 2013 but they are so fucking big now. I better tell you about young local russian acts. You have to listen to Blankenberge, Life On Venus, Howye, Neonic Sundrive (debut album soon) and our friends Liebermann (they are unactive now but their "Evergreen" totaly worth listening). They are quite young (2-3 years) and they have realy good tunes. You can google them or find them on bandcamp.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We neven did covers and never thought about it. But it would be nice to cover M83 or New Order just for fun. Something like classic 70's rock can work aswell - its always interesting to create something from things that are barely used to be shoegazy. Covering classic shoegaze bands like Slowdive or MBV is interesting too but leaves a little space in terms of sounds creation or arrangment. You just play what shall be played with its sound. Of course you can change its tempo or its key or use distortion on clean parts and stuff but its much more challenging to create your own sound and tune.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are going to gig as much as we can to support our first record. Visit new cities, meet new bands, get new fans. Gigging is much more funnier that studio live, so we are going to take a break from recordings. We have several new songs almost done so we are going to finish them and play them live. Realeasing a new single in 3-4 months is a good idea too. And we are going to make a music video. So we have a job to do.

Q: Any parting words?
I want to thank you Renato for your blog and for the chance we were given to tell about our band. You are doing nice job, keep shoegazin.

We have our debut EP Bright on Bandcamp, iTunes and Google Play so check it out, follow us on Facebook and i hope you enjoy it.
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https://shimmerance.bandcamp.com
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terça-feira, 7 de novembro de 2017

Violet Nox, "Nebula" - Track by Track


O quinteto de Boston, Violet Nox, já é nome conhecido para quem acompanha as páginas do TBTCI, e também claro, aos iniciados no submundo dos bons sons.

Após o primeiro single "Snow King" o Violet Nox enfim, soltou no último dia, seu primeiro trabalho, o hipnótico, experimental e chapante, "Nebula". 

A começar pela abertura absolutamente espetacular de "Lamb of the Moon", onde em mais de nove minutos de transe, eles seduzem através de uma devassa eletrônica psicodélica, sem o menor vestígio de serem rotulados.

O Violet Nox, pode ser, eletrônico, house, experimental, psicodélico, ou qualquer coisa que você quiser, é só abrir a mente, e deixar ser possuído pela devastação que eles cometeram com "Nebula".

E para melhor compreender do que se trata esta pequena pérola, o TBTCI convidou Karen Zanes e Dez DeCarlos, dois dos membros fundadores para elucidarem em detalhes, o que é ao certo o álbum.

Escute alto, e, preferencialmente com fones de ouvido.

***** Violet Nox, "Nebula" - Track by Track *****
by Karen Zanes and Dez DeCarlo


Track 1: "Lamb on the Moon"
Karen Zanes: This song originated with our former drummer, Erik Jackson. In a way it's a typical example of our writing style. Often Dez and Erik would meet up and start writing a new song and come up with a working title. I would later add to that. In this case I took the title of the song and built verses and a chorus to that theme --"take a trip with me..." It felt very galactic. Meanwhile, Dez already had her own repeating verse "there's something going on.." So we often write in that way; each pursuing their own meaning/bliss though lyrics and instrumentation but in a parallel way. Somehow it all comes together!

My favorite part of the song is Kris Thompson's synth melody, created with a Kaosillator pad! By the time we got to record this song we had a new drummer, Andrew Abrahamson who was able to replicate some of the "legacy" beats while adding new rhythms on top of that.

Dez DeCarlo: Lamb on the moon, a hallucinogenic, “take a trip to outer space...” Who is the mind, where is the body? Thoughts swimming, losing control, letting go, a soft drugged dream state.

Heavy thunder guitars roar like a lion. They don’t need eyes to see you. Let yourself go, fall into space gently.

Crash into this thick smokey tornado shaped sound wave. “Take a trip, take a trip with me.”

I love analog delay/sustain/rapid John Coltrane guitar strumming, the dangerous depths of ear piercing screeching feedback, bending and pounding rhythms... “There’s something going on / In my head...”

Track 2: "Dentscape"
KZ: Dentscape is probably the most straight forward track on the album. Again, started by Dez and Erik. I am the only one singing on this --although Dez wrote the first verse. I finished the lyrics with a second verse and a chorus. Andrew, our current drummer, again took over the legacy beats and added more electronic percussion on top of that. Thor Maillet ( of Petridisch, who joins us from time to time) recorded a nice droney synth part that sustains throughout the song.

DD: Jazzy chords, complex rhythms in a beautiful orchestra of flowers surrounding Karen Zanes' vocals. A choppy guitar in jagged time pushes the melody through the heart. Noisy, dirty beats and thick winding textures travel up your spine. Boom, boom and it’s Dentscape!

Track 3: "Black Cat Bone"
KZ: This was one of the first songs (along with Nebula) with beats and rhythms developed exclusively by Andrew A. The song originated from an initial session between him and Dez and Thor. Kris added a very defining Kaosillator part consisting of short, sustaining bursts that repeat throughout the song.

I think I came up with the title. The song has a very dark magic feel to it. Dez wrote the lyrics for this song - I believe they have very personal meaning for her. I sing the chorus 'Crucify her, she put out my fire.'

It's one of my favorite songs to play, guitar-wise. There's a nice interplay between Dez's and my guitar parts.

DD: based on a true story of a horrific accident i was in. Punk teenager, trouble doll, drugs, sex, being reckless, speed, fast car zoom. A truck hit us. I was thrown out of the car and knocked unconscious. The moment when light meets death then you are given another chance, Black Cat. It's also about the dark parts of the Self, loving deeply, attachment, separation. Grizzly vintage tube amp with scratchy secret guitar techniques, beautiful feedback and a mix of delay waving her arms, to the groove of Black Cat.

Track 4: "Nebula"
KZ: Probably my favorite song on the album. I feel it's the strongest, too and the most defining of our collective Violet Nox hive mind. It's pretty wild and untamed. It was the newest and at the time, not a fully congealed song, when we came to record it. It was the last song of the first day of tracking with Gary War at his home in Gloucester. We were all tired and from that there's a nice looseness to it --which I feel captures the original intent of our "noise project."

Dez's lyrics are brilliant -- the opening "Point my pistol to the sun. Hey I'm Jesus and I'm number one!" Well that grabs you right there. She gave me a spoken word part, which is fairly buried in the mix and repeats twice, the second time played backwards.

At the beginning of the song I loop a few notes with my guitar. That continues to weave through till the end. The rest is freestyle melody played over that and improvised against Dez's 'dirtier' guitar riffs and sonic explosions.

DD: Inspired by a broken relationship, glass cutting skin, through death there is rebirth. Nebula is about setting your soul free, burning the past, surrounding yourself with light, letting go of what no longer serves you. Nebula is about nothing except everything you feel, taking risks, loving self. She is a wild wind, never tame. You can never catch the fox, her soul deeply on fire, never repeating the past, blind to the future, i want to take this chance❤️✨

Track 5: "Snow King"
KZ: Ah, Snow King. The first song we officially multi-tracked with the original line-up: Dez, Erik, me and a fairly new-to-the-project Kris.
Just like 'Lamb' it was started by Dez and Erik with Dez and I then following our own separate trajectories lyrically and melodically. I wrote the lyrics "you can run, you can run so fast..." around this weird title, Snow King.

I was still new to looping at the time... Dez had bought a Ditto looper which has been continually on loan to me to this day. It was the first song where I loop a few individual notes at the beginning and then build from there with a mixture of chords and melodies over that.

On Kris's initiative we all went down the street one rehearsal night to record at Joe Turner's studio. I think we only did two takes at the most...we were really of the hive mind...from there we ended up with what became our first single with both a six minute version and a twelve minute extended version.

Incidentally we were so stoked after that recording session that a crazed VN message thread ensued later that night with one bizarre gif after another illustrating aforementioned stokedness. Good times!

Snow King is still one of the most dynamic and fun songs for us to play live, as a closer.

DD: “Set a fire / you’re such a liar / take me higher / I’m so wired.” Sky is falling, i’m gonna crash, crash, crash, crash crash!”
Pure improvisation of the soul, pray to the noise Gods and Goddesses, there is no such thing as perfection! Turn up the volume!

I love this song -- cosmic raw energy, beating the groove in the key of E. It is about fire, letting go, transforming self. This song was done in 2 takes. For the most part i never plan what i will play only listen through the heart. Psycho guitar strumming, beat beat drumming, go deep, a magical journey. The use of sustain she is not tame, angelic harmonics, snapping thunder, volcanic desire, Snow King.
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https://www.facebook.com/VioletNoxBand/
https://violetnox.bandcamp.com/album/nebula

Sun Scream with Sun Scream - An Interview


Cerca de um ano e meia de atividade, não mais, nem menos, e os ingleses do Sun Scream já reverberam pelo submundo psych atual.

Dois singles, "Sun Scream" e "She" são os dois cartões de visitas dos caras, condensando décadas de acidez musical sem fírulas.

Na real o Sun Cream é psicodelismo rasgado com o fuzz na mente e no coração, a música dos caras nunca será popular, exatamente como a diferença entre a psilocibina e o lsd, a primeira nunca será tão famosa como a segunda, mas o efeito é o mesmo........ boa viagem!!


***** Interview with Sun Scream *****


Q. When did Sun Scream start? Tell us about the history...
We started about a year and a half ago, based on a mutual interest of Psych rock and biscuits! We all loved the same music so it only seemed natural that we should form a band. After forming, we quickly established our own sound, got some gigs and it all snowballed from there!

Q: Who are your influences?
Pink Floyd is a massive influence for us, both Syd Barret and post Syd. But we are also massively into our contemporary psych, to name a few: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, thee oh sees, tame impala, Khruangbin and a dash of classic rock and stoner rock.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This is a tough 1 for me (in no particular order)
-Black Sabbath- Paranoid
-Nick Drake- Pink Moon
-Primal Scream- Screamadelica
-Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon
-Khruangbin- May the universe smile upon you

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love it! We enter a psych wonder land. We are at our most happy. Playing live you are in a state where you loose all consciousness, no ego, anxiety, hunger, stress even feeling of the body... that is ultimate happiness.

Q. How do you describe Sun Scream sounds?
Psychedelic rock, with a hint of Shoegaze and stoner rock.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We usually track the drums and bass together, overdub the guitars using all manner of crazy pedals, throw in some keyboards and usually vocals last. The final mix is not far away from the original scratch track really.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We all swear buy a wonderful psychedelic rock band called Khruangbin, they are inspired by Thai Funk but really create a sound of there own. We wood also recommend Moon Duo, King Gizzard and Wand.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We sometimes do our own psych version of Devils Haircut by Beck... but doing a black sabbath track is always fun.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Just keep on gigging and release our recently recorded EP! It is 90% ready!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for the great questions, and keep on rockin' in the free world... of course.
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https://sunscreamband.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/sunscreamband/

segunda-feira, 6 de novembro de 2017

Panic Attack with A Slice of Life - An Interview


Ao escutar as primeiras demos dos belgas do A Slice of Life, um nome imediatamente veio a minha mente, The Virgin Prunes.

Uma certa conexão direta com os Prunes é concebida na sonoridade do A Slice of Life, um certo pós punk lo fi, com sutis toques psicodélicos é emanado das cinco canções disponíveis no bandcamp dos caras, não a toa eles elegeram como um dos seus discos de cabeceira. Outra conexão a ser mencionada, é a proximidade com um dos discos mais esquecidos do The Cure, o "The Top".

Um toque soturno e esfumaçado conduz a verve dark da banda, mas sem ser esteticamente forçado, pelo contrário, as sombras fluem naturalmente pelas canções.

Se a força das demos do A Slice of Life já soam desta forma, fico imaginando o que virá pela frente.

Conselho do TBTCI, mantenha os olhos e ouvidos extremamente atentos.


***** Interview with A Slice of Life *****


Q. When did A Slice of Life start? Tell us about the history...
It actually started end of 2015 when Guy Wilssens (guitar) contacted Dirk Vreys (singer) online with some songs he wrote over the years. He wanted to have some lyrics and vocals on the songs. We started to collaborate online and really enjoyed working together. Our first idea was to record something with this online project to release. In 2016 we met eachother in person for the first time and decided to not release anything yet but to focus on trying to perform and bring the songs live. Therefore we needed to form a band and started looking for musician. Summer 2016 we finally formed our line-up (two guitars, bass, keys, drums and vocals) and started rehearsing. A Slice of Life was then officially formed. One year later we had sufficient songs to start trying out and go live. We have done two try-outs now and are ready to go one step further. Therefore we recorded a demo which we use to grab the attention of organisers, radio stations, blogs, webzines,…… Our intention is to start recording and release something official next year (ep or full cd).

Q: Who are your influences?
The Cure, Chameleons, The Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, Bowie, Virgin Prunes, Interpol, Joy Division, Killing Joke, and the list goes on and on and on

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
If I die I die – Virgin Prunes
Pornography – The Cure
Press The Eject And Give Me The Tape – Bauhaus
Script Of the Bridge – The Chameleons
Land Of The Lost – Wipers

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It’s most fun thing to do as a band: bring the songs live and try to get a connection with your audience. This is also the reason why we decided to form a band instead of trying to keep A Slice Of Life just an online project. We wanted to know how the songs would sound played with a complete band and want to feel and see what effect the songs have on an audience.

Q. How do you describe A Slice of Life sounds?
We try to create our own musical identity, but of course Dirk’s distinct voice has a big influence on the sound of each song and makes it very recognizable. There’s also an interesting chemistry between the two guitars, which sometimes reminds us of the same guitar landscapes that the Chameleons and The Cure created.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Since we do not have an official release yet we haven’t done any recording in a real studio. The songs on the demo are recorded at home or in the rehearsalroom.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Too much to mention so quoting some names will always disappoint others that are not named, however just some relevant ones:

Box and The Twins (Germany) / It’s For Us (Norway) / Whispering Sons (Belgium) / Animal Youth (Belgium) / Boy Harsher (USA) / Buzz Kull (Australia) / Holygram (Germany) / This Cold Night (USA) / Second Still (USA)

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Maybe Bauhaus. The problem with covers is that there is always a reason why the original sounds like it sounds. Why would you even try to alter or equate that?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We focus more on the present than to and do not have a fix plan for the future. Since we are all busy in life (familywise and professionally), it's not always easy to make very big plans. We are kinda realistic ambitious and of course we have our dreams. Besides an ep or cd next year we hope we can play at some bigger events in the future. Next summer we already play at W-Festival (the biggest wave festival in Belgium). Maybe that could be the start of a nice dream come true.

Q: Any parting words?
Please listen to the demo, share your thoughts with us and if you like it, tell the rest of the world to listen to it. https://asliceoflife.bandcamp.com/releases
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https://www.facebook.com/asliceoflifeband/
https://asliceoflife.bandcamp.com/releases

domingo, 5 de novembro de 2017

To Deaf And Day with Glaare - An Interview


Não é de hoje que o TBTCI explícita em palavras o quão efervescente é a cena pós punk/darkwave de Los Angeles, apenas comparada ao que acontece nos subterrâneos de Portland, a avalanche de grandes bandas e discos surgidos por lá é de fazer qualquer fã do gênero abrir um sorriso de ponta a ponta, obviamente, um sorriso sombrio, é claro!

Desta vez, quem ilustra o TBTCI é o trio, Glaare, e seu primeiro trabalho, "To Deaf And Day", um passeio em tons cinzentos e esfumaçados pelo que foi/é feito de melhor no estilo. Uma fusão sonora entre os clássicos e o novos sons que embalam as noites escuras dos notívagos de plantão.

Se depender do Glaare, o lado negro da música permanecerá em alta durante muitos e muitos anos.

***** Interview with Glaare *****


Q. When did Glaare start? Tell us about the history...
R: Glaare started in late 2012 when Brandon and I were first dating and neither of us were making music. We didn't have any equipment or money, so I traded a few ounces of weed for a drum kit. Cameron (who didn't have any equipment either) stepped in shortly thereafter. Glaare's early years were spent battling a terminal identity crisis that nearly ended us on a few occasions. I'd say we've only figured ourselves out within the last year. I'd like to mention that before starting Glaare, the three of us had just crawled out from under the crushing weight of long-term drug addiction and substance abuse. Glaare has played a huge role in our recovery and I prefer to not dwell on where we'd be without it.

Q: Who are your influences?
R: Jesus. He's been the most negative influence in my life, but also the most significant.

C: Anyone who gets it right by doing it wrong.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
R: "Talking Timbuktu" - Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder, "Fun House" - The Stooges, "Deathcrush" - Mayhem, "Sweet Tea" - Buddy Guy, "Disintegration" - The Cure

C: "Music Has The Right To Children" - Boards Of Canada, "Rollercoaster" - Red House Painters, "Chorus" - Lovesliescrushing, "F#A#oo" - Godspeed You! Black Emperor, "Formless" - Gridlock

Q. How do you feel playing live?
R: Extreme anxiety, crippling dread, and the anticipation of a catharsis that constantly eludes me.

C: There are so many variables involved that can make or break the experience. Ultimately, the mysterious exchange of energy between ourselves and an audience is crucial to continuing on this path so I am always grateful for anyone who comes to see us.

Q. How do you describe Glaare sounds?
R: The black hole in the back of your mind.

C: Sarah Connor's dream in Terminator 2.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
R: Recording and completing "To Deaf And Day" was a wildly discouraging and nauseating experience. We kept hitting obstacle after obstacle, like we were banging our heads against a wall. It still doesn't feel over.

C: This record wanted to exist. It bore into the three of us until we had nothing left to give.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
R: Sextile and Human Leather.

C: Not really new bands, but I am looking forward to the new Blut Aus Nord, Throane, and Wormlust records. I've always got my eye on Northern Electronics, Hospital Productions, and Fallen Empire. And I'm still waiting for "Dear Tommy."

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
R: Junior Kimbrough, Buddy Guy, Bjork, Kate Bush, Tupac, Burzum.

C: Primitive Radio Gods - "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand"

Q: What are your plans for the future?
R: I want to fuck up as many peoples' lives as possible. I want them all to remember the day that they made the mistake of seeing us perform and realized they could no longer lie to themselves anymore.

C: We've started writing our next LP and look forward to playing a lot in 2018. I'd really like an excuse to go back to Iceland, so if anybody there wants to book us, we are down and make wonderful houseguests. Same goes for all of Europe, really.

Q: Any parting words?
R: Drop Topo Chico.

C: Thank you for taking an interest in what we do.
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sexta-feira, 3 de novembro de 2017

Aircraft Dope with Submeet - An Interview


Pegue o pós punk torto do Viet Cong agora Preoccupations e una-o com a metralhadora de barulho do APTBS e você terá a equação sonora do trio italiano Submeet.

Os caras soltaram seu primeiro trabalho há pouco mais de vinte dias. e não há como melhor ilustrar sonoramente os caras do que o mencionado no parágrafo acima, todavia, corte os excessos das inspirações dos caras e assim soará mais digestivo e de fácil assimilação o disco homônimo, alternando momentos de caos torto sem a devastação plena.

Uma bela estreia que apenas reforça a potência barulhenta que se tornou a Itália. Vida longa ao Submeet.

***** Interview with Submeet *****


Q. When did Submeet start? Tell us about the history...
We started calling ourselves submeet in spring 2016, after Jacopo (the drummer) joined the band.

But the project exists since 2014, with me (Zannunzio) and Andrea meeting at a party. We started playing covers of indie rock bands of mid 2000’s in the basement of a bar here in Mantua, and then move on to writing song with stoner rock influence. After rediscovering bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Ride we started to define our sound and writing more gazing yet post-punk driven songs.

Q. Who are your influences?
Our influences are old and new shoegaze bands like: My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ringo Deathstarr, A Place To Bury Strangers. But we also take inspiration from some post-punk bands like: Preoccupations, Eagulls, The Soft Moon, Protomartyr.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine;
Viet Cong – Preoccupations;
Goo – Sonic Youth;
Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins;
Neon – Lantlôs

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live gives us the chance of letting the people experience our wall of sound, and also the possibility of run wild on stage. We like to create a dialogue and a direct and sincere connection with the audience and the organizers.

Q. How do you describe Submeet sounds?
It can be divided in two parts: we have the rhythm section, made of post-punk bass riffs with fifth and octave jumps (I’m a Carlos Dengler from Interpol lover) and Jacopo’s puzzled drums, that sometimes lead to mathematical parts; on the other hand we have Andrea’s guitar, which is played with the whammy bar like Kevin Shield and is altered with a lot of effects, creating a powerful yet oscillating layer of sound.


Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
First we recorded the structure of the song all together, then we layered additional guitar riffs and noisy parts and finally we provided vocals and percussions. It took a lot of work and time on mixing, trying to find the right balance between all instruments.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We like a lot Flyying Colours, Fews, B Boys, Diiv, Beach Fossils and so on. We also support some really good Italian projects, like Rev Rev Rev and Human Colonies.

Q. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We would like to cover one of My Bloody Valentine’s “You Made Me Realise”, especcially for the “holocaust” section, which is our favorite part.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
We are going to release our first Ep this week, so we want to play as much as possible. In the meantime, we are writing new songs, in anticipation of a new Ep, that we hope it could be released next year. Any parting words?

Check our Facebook and Instagram page for any updates about us! Cheers from Italy
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https://submeet.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/submeet.band/