sexta-feira, 23 de junho de 2017

Waves of the New with Las Robertas - An Interview

Se por um desvio de personalidade, ou apenas por um lapso, você não conhece as(o) costarriquenhos, Las Robertas, eu diria que você esta perdendo uma das mais bacanas bandas da atualidade.

Um caldeirão do que de melhor foi feito nestas décadas de boa música. Pegue as girl groups dos 60´s, pegue o psicodelismo sessentista, pegue o punk, pegue a class of 86, pegue VU, J&MC, BJM e coloque tudo dentro da mesma receita e você terá o que Meche, Sonya e Fabricio fazem.

O terceiro disco deles saiu mês passado e é uma verdadeira delicia, "Wave of The New" tem todos os ingredientes pra impregnar em sua mente e não mais te largar.

Escute alto e vá se divertir.

***** Interview with Las Robertas *****
Q. When did Las Robertas start? Tell us about the history... 
1- It all started in mid 2009, when I started to look for people to start the band with, recorded the first album "Cry Out Loud" in 2010, which made us sign with labels and from around 2011 we started touring outside Costa Rica. Right now we have 3 albums and just released "Waves of the New" almost one month ago!

Q: Who are your influences?
2- We all have different inputs and influences that make that final result, but personally I really like mid- late 60s music, shoegaze, indie pop, c86 and neo psychedelic bands.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3- Ahh that's such a hard question! Haha, I love so many records but here are some of my top ones:
The Velvet Underground and Nico- The Velvet Underground
Psychocandy - The Jesus and Mary Chain
Revolver- The Beatles
Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request- The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Sound of Confusion- Spacemen 3

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4- When I play live, I just disconnect from what's going on and enter in my own little dimension with Sony and Fabro. It's one of my favorite things to do, just sumerge in a deep and intense wall of sound.

Q. How do you describe Las Robertas sounds?
5- I think our sound is catchy, fuzzed up yet ethereal. I like to create layers of harmonies with dreamy vocals and to think we sound like mermaids or something like that haha.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6- Every record we've recorded in the past has had a different process, but something in common is that we grab an entire week for it and work from 10-12 hours a day. We get to the recording with all of the songs figured out, and with an overall idea of what we want to sound it like and arrangements.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7- From Costa Rica, Dylan Thomas, a great new and young shoegazy band and then I really like, Holy Wave, Boogarins, Triptides, Mystic Braves, Beverly, The Babe Rainbow and so many others I can't remember! I listen to music 24/7!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8- For this tour we're covering BJM's Anemone and we always wanted to cover it, but next one will be Where Evil Grows from The Poppy Seed Family!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9- More touring, recording new stuff and hopefully making some cool collabs with friends!

Q: Any parting words?
10- Right now we're touring around Europe and it's been the best tour we've had so far! Greetings from Prague :) and Pura Vida (the Costa Rican motto for peace and love)!

Coming Up For Air with The Raft - An Interview

Phil Wilson é a mente por trás do The Raft, que desde 2003 vem construindo sua doces e suaves melodias e permanece no anonimato, até mesmo para os mais iniciados, o que é de certo uma pena, e um tremendo erro.

Vejamos, pegue o nome trabalho "Come Up For Air", um Ep que me remete diretamente a alguns discos bem conhecidos de todos, o primeiro é "Carnival of Light", sim o terceiro álbum do Ride, e o outro é "Honey Bee" do cruelmente esquecido Moose, e daí logicamente se faz conexões com Nick Drake, entre outros.

Psicodelismo agridoce, guiando por melodias ensolaradas, vocalização absolutamente perfeita que a cada audição vai soando mais e mais apaixonante.

Cabe a você, desbravar a intacta discografia do The Raft e descobrir belezas como o primeiro disco homônimo lá de 2003 por exemplo, mas, faça um favor a você mesmo, dê play imediatamente em "Come Up For Air" e sinta o amor, vai te fazer bem.

***** Interview with The Raft *****

Q1. When did The Raft start? Tell us about the history...
I recorded my first album as The Raft in 2003 on a digital 8 track in my bedroom with a couple of friends. Later that year I met producer Marc Joy (Lights That Change, Wilson &Joy) and we started making music together. We went on to make seven or eight albums together and The Raft became an extended family of musicians and friends contributing whatever talents they had. Over the years we've worked with different drummers, singers and pretty much anybody who happened to be passing through the studio! The idea has always been for people to get on and off The Raft as they pleased.

Q2. Who are your influences?
Growing up I obviously listened to whatever my parents were playing around the house which was usually The Beatles, Simon And Garfunkel or Carole King so the melody and harmony of these artists, particularly The Beatles has always been with me. As I got older I fell in love with The Stone Roses and bands like Ride and a bit later on Shack. Sonically and guitar sound wise though I think the biggest influence on my music today has to be MBV, The Cocteau Twins and The Sundays.

Q3. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
The Stone Roses first album,
Sgt Pepper,
The 3 E.P.'s by The Beta Band,
and probably Since I Left You by The Avalanches.....

5 isn't enough!

Q4. How do you feel playing live?
I don't get out live much these days because at the moment I'm essentially a one man operation. When I do though it's always nerve-racking, always fun and occasionally shambolic!

Q5. How do you describe The Raft sounds?
I'm working on stuff with a new producer at the moment called Jose Pedro and during one of our talks about how it should sound I said it should be like The Cocteau Twins covering The Sundays with Beach Boys harmonies! Not sure how close we're getting to that but it sounded good in my head!

Q6. Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The stuff I've been working on recently is a bit of a departure for me because I'm collaborating with JP over the internet. In the past it's mainly been myself and Marc working face to face over the mixing desk. This time round I've been working on guitars, vocals and other bits and bobs at home then sending the tracks over to JP. He then adds his thing and does the recording studio wizardry and sends it back. We then discuss what else the track needs or doesn't need and we bat it around until it's finished. It's been a great way to do things so far and we're developing quite a creative partnership.

Q7. Which new bands do you recommend?
I've been listening to the new Jane Weaver album Modern Kosmology a lot recently and it's blowing me away! I also gave the new Com Truise record a spin this afternoon and that's sounding great. Lee Southall who used to be in The Coral has got a new record out at the moment too and it sounds wonderful.

Q8. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'm terrible at cover versions! I can barely sing my own songs!...... If I was pushed I'd like to have a go at something off Loveless but how are you gonna do any of those songs any justice??

Q9. What are your plans for the future?
Myself and JP have got another E.P. nearly finished and plans for another one after that. I've also got some tracks knocking around that I recorded last year with vocalist Claire O'Neill that I hope will see the light of day soon...... Apart from that I'd like to get back in a studio soon with some sort of full band set up and make some noise!

Q10. Any parting words?
Erm...... The E.P. is out now on bandcamp. Go and buy it!

quinta-feira, 22 de junho de 2017

Getting Frequent Now with Antipole - An Interview

Um sincronismo perfeito entre o pós punk clássico, leia-se Chameleons, Cure, Joy Division e a nova geração, KVB, Motorama, L'Ordre d'Héloïse, entre outros, assim é o duo norueguês Antipole.

Densos e gélidos até a medula, o duo lançou "Getting Frequent Now" seu mais recente trabalho com participações especiais de Paris Alexander e Mats Davidsen, o disquinho é um deleite, conduzido por sintetizadores e pelo baixo caracteristicamente pos punkier, mas mesmo sob todo o ambiente nublado e cinzento do disco há ao menos um momento onde a luz penetra mesmo timidamente "La Vie Après" é esse momento.

Trilha sonora perfeita para inferninhos escuros.

***** Interview with Antipole *****

Q. When did Antipole start? Tell us about the history...
Karl: Me and Anne-Christel met during summer 2013 and got together as a couple by the end of that year. During that autumn she introduced and re-introduced a lot of old and current post-punk / minimal wave / coldwave bands to me. I've been writing songs in bands before and was inspired to start writing and record more music. By late 2014 8 of these songs were released as an instrumental album "Panoply - Songs for AC". By now 68 Antipole demos/songs have been recorded. The first 2 years we did everything ourselves. Lately we've involved singers. Like Camilla Sombrio (Brazil),
Mats Davidsen (Norway), Alain of L'ordre d'Héloïse (France) and Paris Alexander (UK). Paris Alexander produced our most recent album, Getting Frequent Now, in addition to doing vocals. We're really happy with the results. The stuff we've done with L'ordre d'Héloïse lends more towards coldwave while the song with Camilla more towards etheral music.

Q: Who are your influences?
Karl: Older bands like Chameleons, Joy Division, early New Order and of course The Cure. But also contemporary bands like Motorama, Mode Moderne, The KVB and The Agnes Circle.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time
Karl: Impossible to decide on such lists, but here are 5 albums we love.
1. The Cure - Disintegration
2. Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand
3. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
4. Chameleons - Script Of The Bridge
5. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Karl: Love it. Although Antipole is not playing live at the moment since the people involved are spread all around the world. We hope to do performances later.

Q. How do you describe Antipole sounds?
Karl: Antipole make dark melodic postpunk music. Guitar-based tracks driven by a linear rhythm.
Often partly or fully instrumental.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Karl: Most of the time it happens instantly and I can have a song done in 15 minutes. A melody can appear when watching TV or driving car or when listening to some other music. Once it's done I send the bass and guitar, and occasionally synth, tracks to Paris Alexander who records synths, rhytm and vocals and produces the song. Then we'll do some adjustments sending the song back and forth since Paris is in Brighton UK and We are in Trondheim Norway.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Karl: Mode Moderne, Preoccupations, Geometric Vision, Hante, Motorama and Ultrviolence. Could continue forever.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Karl: We've done quite a few cover versions. We did Insight of Joy Division, Imprimees sur nos mains by L'Ordre d'Héloïse and Instance Of Resistance by One Man Standing. We just did a version of Crazy For You by Slowdive, not released yet. We do songs we really love and we think we can add an Antipole-ish twist to.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Karl: Continue writing and recording songs. We're collaborating with Paris Alexander recording our next album scheduled for winter 2019. 5 songs are already done.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for having us. There are so many great bands out there in the underground releasing
really good music. Look for it!

Cheers Karl and Anne-Christel

quarta-feira, 21 de junho de 2017

VHS with Dade City Days - An Interview

Eis que novamente a Itália aporta nas páginas do TBTCI, representandos pelo trio Dade City Days.

No currículo deles, vê-se que eles não estão pra brincadeiras, já dividiram palco com gente do cacife de Modern English, Raveonettes, Clan of Xymox, She Past Aways, e esta diversidade, que vai desde o pós punk clássico passando pelo indie e darkwave, explica-se quando se ouve o debute deles, "VHS", lançado no ano passado, é um caldeirão com todas estas influências e mais eletrônices diversas passando por momentos sonhadores e barulheira total.

Com o Dade City Days temos um caso de diversas personalidades onde todas convergem para um único lugar, o bom gosto acima de qualquer suspeita.

***** Interview with Dade City Days *****

Q. When did Dade City Days start? Tell us about the history...
We started in 2013, almost by chance. We already knew one another and sometimes we talked about starting a new band together. It actually took a while as some of us already played in other projects but the cool thing is that once we started we turned out to be amazingly in sync with one another and since then we never stopped.

Q: Who are your influences?
Well, we really have a lot of influences, we share a common ground but each one of us listens to quite different things. Gea is the pop side of the band, listening to a lot of indie rock and keeping up with all the new releases; Andy belongs to the MTV Generation and is more attached to ’90’s dance music and all its wakes, while Michele is more into the ’80’s and still listens to a lot of bands of that period. We consider it a positive aspect, as it lets us combine all these different shades into what our sound is.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
Pulp - Different Class

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We’ve had almost 50 gigs in the last year and we can say we really love playing live.

The funny thing is that we usually look quite listless before the show, but as soon as we set foot on the stage we have a kind of total transformation. We get really lively and totally involved in what we’re doing, and that’s what people see, and they feel it and love it.

Q. How do you describe Dade City Days sounds?
As we said before our sound is a mixture of our different backgrounds. If we had to define the predominant features of our first album, VHS, maybe we’d say the shoegaze mood and the new wave structure, even if there’s more than this.

We’ve used a lot of reverberation, especially on guitars and vocals, as we wanted to convey this sensation of stupor, like the one that you have when you’re half-asleep and kinda unable to tell dreams from reality. We liked the idea of videotapes as a sort of comforting collection of faded, old memories that you already know by heart, as distant things always look better. That’s why we chose that title too.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The majority of our songs originated in Andy’s bedroom. He usually creates a first draft, then we gather and work on it in the rehersal room, arranging and altering it until we’re all fully convinced. Lyrics are usually the last thing to appear, as well as the more repeatedly revised.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There’s a lot of good stuff around, we’re thinking of bands like Beach House, La Femme, Cigarettes After Sex or performers like Angel Olsen and Perfume Genius, to name but a few. They all have that something extra to stand out.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We’d love to feel entitled to perform a Bowie song, one day. For now we kinda feel it’s still too early.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re working on new songs, we’re really excited about them and we hope to be able to play some live soon!

Q: Any parting words?
Visit our new website and follow us if you like our stuff!

Who knows, maybe one day we’ll come play in Brazil too :)

Alcoholics (The Last Drop) with Telyscopes - An Interview

Dia 14 de Julho virá ao mundo o sétimo álbum do Telyscopes.

Sim Telyscopes, por favor não confunda com os terroristas sônicos liderados pelo gênio Stephan Lawrie, não, pelo contrário, os phillies Telyscopes vão em outra direção, esqueça a tempestade de drones dos ingleses e a substitua por doses de LSD sonoro.

O amarguinho do doce pode ser sentido em qualquer uma das trips que você se aventurar pela extensa discografia dos caras, mas o docinho vem em formato melodioso, com os dois pés mergulhados no indie rock noventista, ou seja, tudo que gostamos, certo?!

Boas vibrações com o Telyscopes.

***** Interview with Telyscopes *****

Q. When did Telyscopes start? Tell us about the history...
I released a bunch of GarageBand demos under the name Telyscopes in 2012, when I was 17. Some of my friends at the time told me it was a stupid name, so I released my next two albums as jack hubbell before switching back to telyscopes around the "banarang blood" album.

Q: Who are your influences?
Hard question to answer without writing a novel. I was raised on punk but I got into a lot of 60s stuff in middle school. You know like the zombies, vanilla fudge, Jefferson airplane, I was absolutely obsessed with the music from that area for several years. Now that stuff is trendy again with tame impala and all the bedroom pop coming out, but i'd probably be making the same music even if it wasn't.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
In no particular order:

Rubber Soul,
We are the 21st century ambassadors of peace and magic by Foxygen,
Surrealistic pillow by Jefferson airplane,
Murmur by REM,
And David Bowie's Aladdin Sane

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Depends on how prepared I am, and also how drunk I get lol.

Q. How do you describe Telyscopes sounds?
Jimmy eat world on LSD

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Well I record bands for a living now, so there's a studio setup in my living room. Before that it was just a room in my parents basement. I've never been to a "professional" studio or anything for telyscopes. Recording is always the easiest part of the process too, remembering the songs after they're recorded is the hard part lol.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Idk echo lad is pretty cool, my dude Scott is releasing his debut ep under the name sundog! sometime soon. Shady Monk is my roommate, I hear his stuff through the walls every day, it's rad.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'm doing a cover of the turtles "happy together" right now. I wanna start recording more covers, they're fun. I'd like to do something unexpected, like a nirvana song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Well I've been pretty lucky, I recently found work teaching guitar and recording. I guess I'll just keep doing what I'm doing now. I'm only 22, I have some time before I have to stress about health care or social security.

Q: Any parting words?
I'm releasing my 7th full length album July 14, 2017. Please give it a listen, the first single is up on my bandcamp now.

terça-feira, 20 de junho de 2017

Candle Power with Rat Columns - An Interview

Eis que novamente a Austrália aterriza nas páginas do TBTCI, desta vez, representados pelos indie rockers, Rat Columns.

Indie rockers à antiga, diga-se de passagem, ouvi-los é como entrar numa capsula do tempo e cair de cabeça na Escócia nos idos dos 80´s, tal é a conexão dos caras, com o Pastels.

A Class of 86 é a temática central da música dos caras, seja nos singles e EPS, ou em seus dois deliciosos álbuns, "Candle Power" o mais recente e "Leaf" de 2013, junto a isso um toque da escola Pavement de produção sonora e você terá a receita musical do Rat Columns.

Vicia viu, e vicia pacas.

***** Interview with Rat Columns *****

Q. When did Rat Columns start? Tell us about the history...
Rat Columns started with just me in Perth, Western Australia way back in time in the late 2000's. I moved to San Francisco and we expanded into a full band, and since then I've moved around between Australia and America, and a bunch of amazing people have played in the band and a lot of them are still in the mix....right now it's me, Max, Dylan, Amber, Louis, James...but not all at the same time...right now we are based in New York City.

Q: Who are your influences?
When I was an impressionable young person, my first contact with the rock'n'roll bug was seeing Sonic Youth on the 'Washing Machine' tour on holidays in Singapore. It totally blew my mind. My early listening habits were in the indie rock zone, just the classics, like Pavement, Dinosaur Jr etc. Punk music was my entry point into being part of a music scene and playing live...most of my early bands were punk things, inspired by Misfits, Sex Pistols, a random 'CBGB's' compilation, verging on hardcore though we didn't really know what that was. The other main influence that hit me hard is the sorta Manchester/UK axis of New Order/Smiths/Cure. I love all kinds of obscure stuff now but these are things that hit me when I didn't know anything, which is the important time, I think.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Well this is kind of a random thing;
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
Static Age - The Misfits
Clube Da Esquina - Milton Nascimento & Lo Borges
BCD1 Compilation - Basic Channel
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - Pavement

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Typically dread, followed by confusion, followed (hopefully) by a sweet form of relief.

Q. How do you describe Rat Columns sounds?
I'd say that we wander between post-punk and jangle-pop in some kind of grey area.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I've been recording myself for a long time, with mixed results. I'm getting better at it now, I think. I like to improvise things in the studio, which is probably because I am usually quite unprepared when I start, and to have the time to do that kind of thing, I need to record it myself, or get a large chunk of money from someone, which hasn't ever happened, ha. These days I always get my engineer buddy Mikey Young to mix it, as I have realized that I don't really have a methodical mind for mixing. I regret mixing some of my earlier stuff myself!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I like Pappy from Australia and New Rose, Dark Tea, Hoops and Kaleidoscope from the USA.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'm not sure, I never really do cover songs. I wouldn't want to wreck somebody's song!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Musically, record the next Rat Columns LP, finish the next Liberation LP, release the third David West record "Cherry On Willow" in the Autumn or next more shows. Personally, go to the beach more...

Q: Any parting words?

Tablätt with Nova Blast - An Interview

Deus salve o fuzz!! Essa é a máxima dos suecos sônicos do Nova Blast.
Em início de carreira os caras tem dois aperitivos para fazer os tímpanos sangrarem, a mais nova "Tablätt" e "För Mig Bakom Ljuset", exemplificam que o negócio dos caras é barulheira, perfeita para encher a cara e se jogar na noite.

Que o Fuzz esteja contigo!!!

***** Interview with Nova Blast *****

Q. When did Nova Blast start? Tell us about the history...
A. I picked up guitar after not playing for years due to fracturing my fingers multiple times.
Played with friends but couldn't compromise with the noises in my head, so I collaborated with my depression.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Soundwise? 8bit videogames, blown speakers, digital glitches...
If you mean music then the list would stretch from Shangri-Las to Drum'n' Bass.

I grew up during the 90's and was fortunate with a cool big sister with a tape collection that introduced me to punk, grunge, noise, indie and other good stuff...

Q. Make a list of 5 albubs of all time…
A. Any number is not enough! My 5 in no definite order:
1. My Bloody Valentine - EP's 1988–1991
2. Sonic youth - Sister
3. Bikini Kill - Revolution Grrrl Style Now
4. Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me
3. Pinkshinyultrablast - Happy Songs For Happy Zombies
5. Reagan Youth - A collection Of Pop Classics
Damn, I think I gave you 6..

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. I'm usually very uncomfortable in public trying to control my tide of anxiety.  Performing live is detaching from trying to act normal and sharing the noise in my mind. I'm grateful to have Viktor Höber keeping the beat as well as my heart rate steady.

Q. How do you describe Nova Blast sounds?
A. Dynamic? I've managed to set off car alarms outside venues so I think I'm getting close to covering most frequencies. I'd rather let others interpret but I've heard it being described as Fuzzgaze which seems close.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A. I've had a strong belief and rules to only record what I have and what I'm capable of, meaning I refuse overdubs or studio trickery.  Luckily I met Mattias Persson and John Johansson at "Studio Bengt" that liked my ideas and recorded "För Mig Bakom Ljuset" with me.  The latest release "Tablätt" was recorded live using a decade old Mac laptop I got for free (thanx Adel ♡) thru garageband. The raw tracks were mastered by Zacharias Lindhammar at the same location, Plan B ann Kollektivet Studios in Malmö.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. Mary Anne's Polar Rig, Stella Lugosi, Juste Splint, Junodef and Rome Is Not A Town. They all inspire me in different ways.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. I'd luv to cover anything by Tami T, I even asked for permission but didn't dare to send my music to Tami for approval cuz I was starstruck.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. Besides finishing the album we are working on new material and planning to tour worldwide. Some songs are in Swedish but most of them in English. I've always liked to hear songs in different languages that I don't understand, I hear the melodies in a totally new way by doing that, like Sigur Ros, it´s beautiful! I've heard a lot of people telling me about the Swedish melodies are so nice so yeah, I think it will work great abroad!

Q: Any parting words?
A.I'm gonna have some pizza now. You should get some too.

segunda-feira, 19 de junho de 2017

Golconda with Aerial View - An Interview

E a saga do TBTCI não tem fim, enquanto sites buscam "likes"/"views" por aqui as coisas caminham cada vez mais no submundo dos bons sons, mas isso não significa que as bandas sempre devam soar experimentais, ácidas, barulhentas ou afins, pelo contrário, se a música é de qualidade certamente vai aparecer nestas páginas.

É o caso do trio indie groove, Aerial View que lançou recentemente "Golconda" terceiro EP deles, que segue a linha da discografia dos caras, um indie rock dançante, que remete, ou me remeteu ao A Certain Ratio e ao Blur, mas que além dessa conexão obviamente contém elementos de vários subgêneros indies.

O mais interessante do trabalho do Aerial View é que prova-se que existe vida inteligente no indie rock atual, mas logicamente que ele não esta no mainstream, mas poderia muito bem estar.

***** Interview with Aerial View *****

Q. When did Aerial View start? Tell us about the history...
A. Aerial View started as my electronica project during high school. As time went on though, I became more interested in recording more rock oriented stuff. I had been playing guitar since I was 11 or 12, and I could also play some other instruments decently. Back at the beginning of 2014, I released two songs. I played all the instruments and my friend Ananth recorded it. I’m not that big of a fan of doing solo shows, so I started doing live shows with various friends around the same time. Over time, the lineup solidified to include my friends Brendan Brady on drums - he’s played drums on the last 3 Aerial View releases - and Ryan Gregory on bass.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. I, along with the rest of the band, listen to a wide variety of music. My main influences for songwriting and production are Yes, The Shins, Guided by Voices, Swervedriver, The Depreciation Guild, B-52’s, and Keane, to name a few. On ‘Golconda’, I wanted to showcase my love for a wide range of musical styles, while making something that’s still cohesive.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Yes - Fragile
Stravinsky - The Firebird
Daft Punk - Discovery
B-52’s - Cosmic Thing
Keane - Under the Iron Sea

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We have a lot of fun playing live! We try to get the crowd moving as much as possible. In order to do that, we have to be really into it.

Q. How do you describe Aerial View sounds?
A synthesis of harmonies, 7th chords, echoes, and grooves.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I had written and recorded demos for each song over the past year or so, featuring vocals, guitar, bass, and a smattering of synth drums or badly recorded live drums. A little while before heading to Mobtown studios in Baltimore, I met up with Brendan so he could flesh out drum parts for the songs. Over winter break, we recorded the drums, percussion and some guitars and synths at Mobtown with Mat Leffler-Schulman. Afterwards, I recorded guitar and vocals at my house and at my school (UMBC). It was very freeing to record outside of the studio, because I felt less pressure from time constraints. Mobtown is really nice, but studio time is money. At home, I could just wake up and spend hours just working on various parts. It was nice. After recording was finished, the mixing was finished up at Mobtown, then sent to be mastered at Salt Mastering in New York.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
On June 24th, we’re playing a show at 16th street house in DC with some cool friends of ours, Venn and Glume. If you like shoegaze, you’ll definitely like Venn. They just released a dope new EP which you can peep at Glume are a tight band from North Plainfield, New Jersey. They do emo/post-hardcore type stuff. You can check them out at

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I’d like to cover a bunch of songs. If I had to pick one, it would probably be ‘Feel the Pain’ by Dinosaur Jr.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To keep on keeping on! I love songwriting. I plan to continue working on songs, and get my friends involved because I have a ton of cool musician friends.

Q: Any parting words?
Keep celebrating yourself!

domingo, 18 de junho de 2017

Bloom City with Eternal Something - An Interview

Uma doce suavidade exala do debute do duo de Austin, Texas, Eternal Something. A cidade conhecida pelos seus expoentes ácidos e barulhentos, desta vez nos propicia uma dose de sonhos dançantes.

"Bloom City" é o nome do EP que veio ao mundo mês passado, e passeia de forma sofisticada e elegante por entre Pet Shop Boys, shoegaze, e dreampop sem soar clichê em nenhum momento.

O Eternal Something e sua música são perfeitos para fechar os olhos e dançar a noite toda.

***** Interview with Eternal Something *****

Q. When did Eternal Something start? Tell us about the history...
What eventually became Eternal Something started in the summer of 2016 as a side project of Jack's former band, Golden Graves. We were having a hard time balancing both projects, so it ended up becoming something that just the two of us would work on from time to time, since we had always planned on writing music together. Once Golden Graves disbanded, we had more time to make Eternal Something come to fruition. Since then, it has become our main focus musically.

Q: Who are your influences?
For this project, we find a lot of inspiration when we hear Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, New Order, Cocteau Twins, and A-ha, just to name a few.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Our collective top 5 albums of all time in no particular order are:

Heaven or Las Vegas by Cocteau Twins
The Ocean Blue by The Ocean Blue
Shooting Rubber Bands at the Stars by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
Dirt by Alice in Chains
Songs from the Big Chair by Tears for Fears

Q. How do you feel playing live?
At this point, Eternal Something has been a studio project only, but we hope to be playing local shows by the end of 2017. As for how we feel about that, we are excited!

Q. How do you describe Eternal Something sounds?
Big drums, big bass, playful keys, and hazy vocals.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Every song we've written together has started out with the two of us sitting on the ground in our apartment with a keyboard and bass guitar, just improvising until something sounds catchy. From there, we develop a rough song structure, program a drum beat, and record what we have so far. That's one of the best things about being self produced: songwriting and production become an integrated process. After that, we add extra layers of bass or keyboard leads, maybe even a guitar if we feel like it. Lyrics and vocals are always the last thing we add, though we usually have vocal melodies in the back of our mind the whole time.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Our favorite new(er) bands are definitely Soda Lilies, Lazy Legs, Palm Daze, and Miniatures.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We've covered a Beach Boys song in the past which was really fun. Next we will probably make a cover of Pet Shop Boys' "What Have I Done to Deserve This".

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our immediate plans are writing and recording another EP, and assembling a live band to help us perform in front of people.

Q: Any parting words?
Get to know your neighbors, and be excellent to each other!

sexta-feira, 16 de junho de 2017

Pale and Sick with European Ghost - An Interview

A partir deste momento todo e qualquer vestígio da luz inexistirá, a música do combo italiano European Ghost, inibe toda e qualquer possibilidade dela aparecer.

As sombras tornam-se o único amigo possível do ouvinte desde os primeiros momentos de "Pale and Sick" debute dos caras, lançado ano passado pela gravadora francesa, Unknow Pleasures Records, obviamente que estamos falando de darkwave pesada e densa, onde nem o clima gélido que as vezes tende a aparecer permanece durante muito tempo, o European Ghost não permite.

Um disco feito especialmente para criaturas das noite, e definitivamente não recomendado a indie kids.

***** Interview with European Ghost *****

Q. When did European Ghost start? Tell us about the history...
Our project began 2 years Ago, during a very hot holiday in Bologna. We met in the middle of the night outside a club where a band was playing; after that we were sitting in Giuseppe’s room located behind a noisy trainstation. We started drinking beer and we made quicky 11 songs. It was like a dream!

Q: Who are your influences?
We have many and varous influences, we like listening to a lot of music and going to live concerts. But we definately prefer the darkwave, postpunk industrial experimetantion and also other sounds.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This is a hard question, but i can mention a few:

Disintegration (Cure)
Just for a day (Slowdive)
Closer- (Joy Division)
Violator (Depeche Mode)
The downward spiral (Nine Inch Nails)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
The sensation is similar to a ceremony, like a shamanic ritual. It is salso satijying and therapeutic.

Q. How do you describe European Ghost sounds?
A cold breeze over dead body , it could be shadow or a light paradise. It is mixture of melancholy sounds, a composition of puzzle. A clock without time.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Absolutlely freak and free, Peppe find the sound then I sing, After Mario add his Guitar and synth.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
disappears , the soft moon ,htrk, raime , holygram ,drab majesty, emptyset, veil of light, konstellatio, tropic of cancer, preoccupation, codex empire.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Joy Division “Decades”

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A new album and going to play in all Europe and in the new world.

Q: Any parting words?

quinta-feira, 15 de junho de 2017

Ghost Without Saying with Culkin - An Interview

Os suecos do Culkin estão de volta, depois de uma grande estreia com "Several Sundays", só que lá em 2012, e depois disso, um single e um EP, eis que os caras soltaram mês passado seu segundo disco, o barulhento "Ghost Without Saying".

O Culkin ao contrário da grande maioria das bandas suecas, que são famosas por seu pop adocicado e sonhador, mas não o Culkin, os caras pegam o peso noventista padrão Sub Pop/Matador de qualidade e o transportam para os dias caóticos que vivemos.

O disco é repleto de riffs pesadões e cadenciados, que aos mais desavisados soa como uma barulheira dos EUA facilmente, mas só que não.

Peso e barulheira pra ouvir no talo e cair na estrada.

***** Interview with Culkin *****
Q. When did Culkin start? Tell us about the history...
Jonas Eriksson Slove: We started in 2007 (10 year anniversary, yay!). Joel (bass) and Jonas (guitars/vocals) had been in several bands together since the late 90s, Jonas and Pontus (drums) had been in a couple of short lived projects, Mathias (guitars/vocals) and Joel had both been the bass player of the band KVLR, although not at the same time.

We started the band as an outlet for our love of late 80s / early 90s indie rock, which had been the soundtrack of our teens.

Q: Who are your influences?
JES: Well, everything you hear influences you in one way or another. For instance, if you hear something terrible, that influences you to try to make music that's as far away from that as possible. So it's always hard to answer this question. But I guess there are a number of bands that have made their way into our music in one way or another, mostly bands from the 80s/90s, such as Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Swervedriver, My Bloody Valentine, Big Black, Polvo, Chavez, Ride, Pixies, Slint, Pavement etc. Plus, of course, The Beatles and Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, and U.S. Maple, and... yeah, the list could go on.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
JES: Impossible, but here goes...

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Big Black – Atomizer
U.S. Maple - Long Hair in Three Stages
Chavez - Gone Glimmering
My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything

Q. How do you feel playing live?
JES: We love it! We wish we could do it more often. Writing and recording is rewarding in itself, but when you perform the music live in front of an audience it becomes "real" in a totally different way.

Q. How do you describe Culkin sounds?
JES: Trying to describe music always involves the risk of becoming embarrassingly pretentious, so let's just say we sound like a band heavily influenced by the bands we mentioned earlier, with about 15% of our own, entirely unique flavor added to the mix. Something Bergman-esque, a darkly Swedish melancholy, with just a hint of ironic slapstick... (see, told you it would become pretentious ;))

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
JES: We recorded this album ourselves over the course of several years, during which the band went through some changes (we were reduced from a quartet to a trio, among other things), and had several periods of inactivity. We were all involved with other bands, work, family etc., so we completed the album piece by piece until we felt like we were finished, and then our friend Mattias Lindberg at Voilum Productions offered to mix it for free (a true mensch, he is).

Since we've never had any delusions about ever being able to make a living from being in an underground band making unfashionable music, this kind of sporadic recording workflow works really well for us. That said, the next album will get made a hell of a lot quicker (we've already written about 85% of the material, and have recorded 2 songs already).

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Joel Senter: A few of many great, new Swedish acts: Rome Is Not A Town, Tungsol, Mamma Pappa Barn, Legbiter, Laard, Orphan Ann, Iiris Viljanen, Slow Learner.

Mathias Rask-Andersen: I like the vaporwave thing where japanese DJs slow down Hall & Oates songs. That stuff is great!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Mathias: We made a covers EP with some of them. U can find it here:

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Joel: Record and release records faster, we need to keep up the recording and releasing pace with our songwriting pace. We're improving our recording workflow and the imminent goal is to release at least one more album in 2017.

Mathias: We plan to continue being a cool band! :)

I hope to get to touring more in the future.

Q: Any parting words?
Mathias: Thanks for the interest! We hope to see you in person somewhere down the line!

quarta-feira, 14 de junho de 2017

A Series of Circles with Stray Owls - An Interview

Scott Griffiths e Matt French são dois trovadores freaks e formam o duo Stray Owls que recém lançou seu primeiro álbum, "A Series of Circles" é psicodelia freak, por vezes em formas folks, em outras eletrificadas evocando Syd Barret, Neil Young, Grateful Dead e juntando no meio do caldeirão os heróis noventistas do Grandaddy e Wilco.

Essa mistura soa lógica, e excêntrica conforme o disco vai se desenvolvendo, e no final o eligir amargo do ácido entre diretamente na mente.

Tenha uma boa viagem com o Stray Owls.

***** Interview with Stray Owls *****

Q. When did Stray Owls start? Tell us about the history...
Officially, Stray Owls started in late 2014…but Scott and I had been talking about starting a band for close to 15 years before we could actually do it. That’s a long, boring story that eventually led to us re-grouping and really going for it in January of 2015. Everything kind of snowballed from there, and we haven’t looked back.

Q: Who are your influences?
Neil Young
early Pink Floyd
Elliott Smith
Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Kinks

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The Beatles (White Album)
Meddle – Pink Floyd
Under The Western Freeway – Grandaddy
A Ghost is Born - Wilco
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We really enjoy playing live. Usually we play as a duo, but we’re currently playing with recording legend and North Carolina musical hero, Jerry Kee, on drums for a few shows. We recorded “A Series of Circles” with Jerry and he also played drums on the album. Playing with him really changes the dynamics of our songs and helps keep things fresh.

Q. How do you describe Stray Owls sounds?
Psych/Folk, Fuzz/Folk, Post-Folk

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We record our basic guitar parts together, playing to a click track, and then build on the song with more overdubs from there. It just kind of depends on the song – maybe we’ll add keyboards or more guitars, maybe we’ll try backing vocals. The odd thing about “A Series of Circles” is that we recorded basic tracks and some overdubs for about seven songs, then waited a year until we went back to Jerry’s to finish those songs up, and record a few more. My wife was pregnant and we had our second child in the middle of making the album, so we had to kind of shelve it for a little while before going back to it. Time and money were the biggest factors (as they usually are), and delaying things put a degree of uncertainty in the air for a little while, but we got right back on track once we had the opportunity to finish things up…and we’re probably better for it.

Though, I don’t think we’ll take so long to record the next album.

Q. What new bands do you recommend?
jphono1, Land Is, Them Damn Bruners, Majestic Vistas, Lacy Jags

Q: What band would you love to cover?
Grandaddy, Brian Eno, Wilco

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To keep playing shows, and to record and put out more albums. And, to have fun, what’s the point if you aren’t having fun?

Q: Any parting words?
Yeah, we’d like to thank our wives for being so cool. Even though we don’t really tour, we’re still away from home a lot because of the band. They put up with us chasing a dream that probably doesn’t always seem worthwhile and call us on our crap.

Pictures with This Social Coil - An Interview

Em tonalidades épicas, chega tardiamente é verdade, às páginas do TBTCI um dos projetos mais intensos e soturnos, algo como houvesse um improvável cruzamento sonoro entre Death in June, Mogwai em uma aura mântrica.

Assim é o o This Social Coil, liderado por Frank Henke, o TSC combina em doses carregadas de sombras, o pós punk dark e a eloquência sonora do post rock. Com uma discografia repleta de singles e três álbuns sendo que, "Pictures" do ano passado é um marco a ser descoberto do gênero.

Intenso, pesado, dolorido claustrofóbico e absolutamente não recomendado para quando sua auto estima estiver baixa, o This Social Coil desde 2011 explicita claramente que a darkwave atual tem um de seus grandes expoentes na Alemanha.


***** Interview with This Social Coil *****

Q: When did This Social Coil start? Tell us about the history... 
A: It was somewhere about 2011. I was developing a new guitar amp for playing live. During a test session the song "Shining Target" was born. Just for fun i published it in the internet and, unexpectedly, we got a lot of resonance. That was, when "This Social Coil" was born. Just making music, building up slowly, whithout pressure. The next step was to build up a studio, in which we could record anything at any given time, without any time-pressure. We mostly used analog methods back then.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: That surely goes way back, of course there are the typical preferences, like Progressive, Shoegaze, Post-Punk or modern Post-Rock. Everything (you listen to) has a certain influence on you, but your own style is what matters. To me, it was always important to make music independently to a specific genre. I wanted -and want- to write songs dealing with what is in my head. Our own style then resluts in the typical sound.

Q: Make a list of 5 albuns of all time?
A: Well, for me there is no definite top 5, there are just too many which play a role. And these also go way back. Just to mention a few well known ones:
Yes - Yessongs
Pink Floyd - Ummagumma
The Cure - Faith
And Also The Trees - Virus Meadow
Cocteau Twins - Treasure
Dredg - El Cielo
Pineapple Thief - Someone Here Is Missing
Mogwai - Young Team
This Will Destroy You - This Will Destroy You
I could go on like this forever - gladly, I want to add!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Well, it has been some time now, but it definetly feels amazing.

Q. How do you describe This Social Coil sounds?
A: I think the listener could describe that better. The sound is mainly influenced by the stringed instruments. They produce broad PAD-sounds and lead melodies. Be it Base, baritone guitar or simply e-guitars tuned in E and C. They can define lead themes and create those broad PADs. It often happens, that a listener is convinced, that the broad pad sounds are synthesizers or even strings. It's the guitars which are only mildly distored to keep their base-sound. The sound is shaped by the tube amplifiers and their speakers.

We don't use Modeling- or DI-Boxes yet. Reverb and Delay are game-, style- und sound-defining. Concerning our Vocals, we like them clean and without too much fuzz, we want them to sound natural. Straight forward. The drums are massive and mostly do without any fills. Next to the playful, space-taking guitars, that would just be too much. In the end, depending on the song, this makes for a sound shifting between postrock, shoegaze and post-punk - at least, that's what many, who listen to our music, claim.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: We still use analog methods. Amps and effects are definetly part of shaping our sound, they are used like instruments. It's no canned-music which is made entirely at the PC. We are using a typical chain of tube amps, which are recorded with microfones in the studio. The drums are made of a remodeled drum kit with triggers. The songs are mostly recorded instrument by instrument, take by take. The recording grows until the song is completed in the end.

This is the point where we sometimes swap out takes and record some of them new. However, we always record the instrument, which is important for the song at that moment. There are no pure guitar, bass, drum or vocal sessions. And also no set order. It's the song that matters.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: That is a question much better suited for you i think, because, when you make a lot of music, you don't often get to listen to new songs or bands.

That is kind of sad, but also true. But there sure is one or the other band I could think of, although they are probably not that new anymore, like "Oh Hiroshima", "Flyying Colours", "Hubris", "Mumrunner","Chai Khat" and so on.  But as I said, I wish i had more time to explore new bands and listen to music overall.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: I actually never thought about making a cover of anything. Right off the bat, I'd say maybe a hymn by the Smashing Pumpkins.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Our plans are clearly shaped. The last album was written under some rough circumstances, which are solved by now, so the next few months should be more relaxed. The song "Black Car" is a first result - we let off some steam with our instruments after this long mix-and-mastering period - although it is supposed to be quite calm and has a message which is important to me. We already have new ideas we are working on right now. Time really flies and before you know it, it's 2018 and a new longlayer might stand ready to release. But we are also working on our studio, it is being refined at all times to ensure independency and high quality. Hardware, effects and instruments are also being worked on at all times.

Q: Any parting words?
A: If TSC is new to you and you are hearing the band's name for the first time, just google it and give it a listen. Due to us not advertising a lot, we really appreciate any support if you like the music. And don't download it on any of the numerous "illegal" download pages - our music is available in top quality at all common sources, for every (even nonexistent) wallet.

Also, thank you so much for this opportunity. I'm following your blog personally and was actually a bit surprised and almost thrilled when you reached out to us. Best wishes to all of you!

terça-feira, 13 de junho de 2017

Clueless with Jindie - An Interview

O duo Jindie vem diretamente do Laos, mais precisamente na cidade de Vientiane, que localiza-se as margens do Rio Mekong que faz fronteira com a Tailândia, mas se você não soubesse desse detalhes tanto faria, os caras poderiam ter saído da Califórnia que você jamais notaria a diferença.

Pop sonhador ensolarado da melhor qualidade, por vezes evocando o The Drums ou o Best Coast, assim é o EP de estreia deles, "Clueless" lançado em Março.

Desacelere do caos do dia a dia, calce seus chinelos e vá dar um passeio na praia, ouvindo Jindie é claro, e sinta a brisa.

***** Interview with Jindie *****

Q. When did Jindie start? Tell us about the history...
So I started back in 2014 as a high school band, and we were just doing covers and shows under the name “Jindie”. Long story short, they all left me with this idiot “Mac” and we just started making our own music.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our main influences are Mac Demarco, Summer Salt, Hyukoh and later on The Walters just grew on us.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Shawcross – Good Morning
In the shower - Homeshake
20 - Hyukoh
Lo-Tide – Traithalon
Songs for Dad – Walters

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We had fun most of the time, but we always get blasted before the acoustic sessions, quite fun. We are still waiting to do a full band live.

Q. How do you describe Jindie sounds?
Imagine listening to a wavy classic rock with catchy melodies, but it’s the Laotians that are doing it, its rare I guess.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded the first EP in my bedroom with couple friends hanging around, its usually like we were just jamming on my balcony, and I came up with some chords, and mac just went in with the licks, and there we have it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Acid Ghost, Purley Oaks and No Vacation.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are making our second EP, or it could be an album depending on our moods. This time we are not cluelessly doing it anymore, we have learned a lot from recording the first, so this next one will sure be better.

Q: Any parting words?
Stay tuned.

Light & Shadow with Bliss Nova - An Interview

Não somente de barulho, ruídos, acidez e sombras respira-se aqui nestas páginas, sempre há momentos de pura e simplesmente leveza, doçura e delicadeza, e para tais momentos, uma ótima pedida é o duo Bliss Nova e sua agridoce, suave e dançante melodia em sonhos luminosos.

Aliás, luminosidade é que se sente ao ouvir o mais recente EP, "Light & Shadow" onde obviamente o lado "Luz" sobrepõem-se perante as "Sombras".

Desarme-se um pouco, e se precisar de ajuda o Bliss Nova é a boa.

***** Interview with Bliss Nova *****

Q. When did Bliss Nova start? Tell us about the history...
We were both in a band together (we’re brothers) for several years, but it went on hiatus in 2014. We wanted to continue doing music somehow, so Joel suggested I write some songs to see what we might do. We were both pleasantly surprised by the cohesiveness of the few demos and by January 2015 we had enough songs for an EP and a band name we both liked the sound of. Once we put out the first single, people were into it, so we just kept going with it.

Q: Who are your influences?
We like a lot of similar artists, but we also have our own personal influences.

Daniel: I like Cocteau Twins, Stars, Sigur Ros, Brian Eno, and Sufjan Stevens, among others.

Joel: I consider everything I regularly consume to be an influence in some way and there’s a lot to list, but my big influences are: The Beatles, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, Toro y Moi, MuteMath, Spoon, Radiohead, 90s hip hop (too many to list).

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Daniel: I’ll just choose 5 great ones because “of all time” is too much pressure! No particular order.

Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music for Airports (I’ve listened to this too many times to count. Actually is perfect for airports.)

Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline (Like Melatonin. My go-to mood album.)

Sufjan Stevens - Age of Adz (To me, he’s at his best when weird and electronic.)

Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas (Their whole discography is sublime, but this one’s the right blend of smooth and pop.)

Sigur Ros - Með suð… (It’s a flawless pop album with cinematic emotion.)

Joel: First time I’ve done a top 5 and it was difficult. This could easily change to a completely different set of 5 for me on any given day. I also wanna say that Spoon’s ‘Gimme Fiction’ was a runner up.

The Beatles - White Album (Being such a big fan it’s hard to pick a fav Beatles record, but I still go back to this one regularly.)

LCD Soundsystem - self-titled (This debut record blew my mind when I heard it and it put this band on the map forever, glad that they’re back at it.)

Radiohead - OK Computer (ask me on a different week and it’ll be a different Radiohead record, hard to choose because they’re one of the most innovative bands of our time)

Nirvana - Nevermind (This album is why I kept playing drums when I was first learning, it’ll always be one of the best ever.)

Toro y Moi - Anything in Return (Listened to this more than any other record for the last 4 years and it’s still fresh. It gave me a lot of inspiration when starting Bliss Nova and continues to be as we write new songs.)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Daniel: I love writing, demoing, and recording, but getting to pull together gear and translate the songs into something people can feel in real time is like nothing else. There’s more raw energy and dynamics in a live show.

Joel: I love the energy of it and thrive on it. When working on new songs, most of my thoughts are dedicated to figuring out how it will translate into a live environment. For me, it’s the most challenging and rewarding part of being in a band. Once we prep for a show and get through all the stressful parts that go along with it, the performance is where I can let loose and enjoy myself.

Q. How do you describe Bliss Nova sounds?
There are lots of chill, washy synths and melodic vocals alongside real drums and sometimes real bass and guitar. It’s nice enough to vibe to, but the songs have substance, as well.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
It starts with a pretty complete demo I email to Joel. He’ll make suggestions, and once we’re happy with it we take it into the studio. Real drums and percussion are tracked, vocals are redone, and a lot of the instrumental tracks are routed through cool pedals and effects. Then we do a couple of mixes until we get it right.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Daniel: I don’t listen to lots of new stuff, but I recently came across Buscabulla and instantly loved her.

Joel: I discovered Beacon not long ago and think they’re making some of the freshest sounding music out there. Also, really digging this band called Sports from Oklahoma.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Daniel: We did a Groove Theory cover once for fun (“Tell Me”), but if we did another one, it’d be cool to something weird like The Carpenters or something.

Joel: I’m still dying to do Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack.”

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have a ton of fresh new demos we’re really excited about. We’re talking to some producers we think could really make the songs shine. The hope is to put out some tracks as soon we’re able to record. Definitely a lot in the works!

Q: Any parting words?
Follow what you’re passionate about, no matter what. It won’t be easy, but it’ll be the most fulfilling.

segunda-feira, 12 de junho de 2017

Hasta que brille el Sol with Vestidos - An Interview

Derretimentos sonhadores vindos diretamente da República Dominicana. Assim é o quinteto Vestidos e seu debute homônimo lançado no final do ano passado.

Fazendo conexões sonoras, talvez pela língua, com as bandas espanholas, o Vestidos confere seu toque pessoal e peculiar em doses cavalares de distorções em busca do amor.

Obviamente que as matrizes inspiradores são logicamente MBV e seus escudeiros, mas o Vestidos inspira em suas adocicadas muralhas de barulho.

Ouça com seu amor, afinal hoje é dia dos namorados. Ah o amor....

 ***** Interview with Vestidos *****

Q. When did Vestidos start? Tell us about the history...
Vestidos started in 2012 at juan's bedroom. It Was just ideas and some friends. We had some line up changes with musicians from differents scenes... one thing you have to know is that as a Dominican band, you don't have too many options. We do not have a shoegaze scene. So, our first bass player Bori mo used to play in this metal band with our first drummer Maximo. Then our beloved maria Fernanda and adam get in the band by 2013, and that was the start of vestidos. We tried with differents line ups and by 2016 we ended the band as you know it.

Q: Who are your influences?
Everything that feeds our senses, music, films, nature, conversations, buildings, stuff that makes/create sounds, books, imagination, etc

Q. Make a list of 5 álbumes of all time…
In no particular order and might change when I finish typing this and 8 because its hard to just pick 5
Spiritualized - let it come down
Mogwai - come and die young
Sonic youth - sonic nurse
Starflyer 59 - americana
My bloody valentine - loveless
Los planetas - súper 8
Silvania - miel nube hiel
Spacemen 3 - playing with fire

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Strange because everyone is staring at you, but at the same time you feel the energy/vibes in the room and then you get that overwhelming joy feeling.

Q. How do you describe Vestidos sounds?
Mmmm... as a shoegaze band we wanted to sound like mbv! But its kind of hard to do! Hahaha! So by the time adam get in in vestidos, that defined our sound! He makes effects pedals, and he brought all this craziness to the band. He's the Guy that make posible our sound. We aré really into not to make that much on Studio because we want our sound live as we sound on studio! The only thing that is important to say is that we wanted to do Was and still is to make the music that we love but in spanish!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It Was hard time for us, we recorded the ep back in 2013 and we lost the data! So we had to re-récord it again Back in 2015! By the time we were recording again it Was quite easy, because we recorded it with our friend Carlos Yael and he Was very open on what we wanted as a band in terms of sound. He wasnt one of those "it doesnt make sense kind of Guys you find when recording".

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Really digging lorelle meets the obsolete from mexico, adelaida from chile, linda guilala from Spain and ALINA from the dominican republic.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Right now we are working on a cover by julio iglesias (spanish pop singer) and its been quite fun for us!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We just want to keep having fun as a band!

Q: Any parting words?
Keep doing what you love! Saludos desde República Dominicana!

domingo, 11 de junho de 2017

Sun And Skyway with Bellavista - An Interview

Dez anos após seu debute, "Bellavista" é de 2007, eis que toda essa avalanche shoegaze que assola os quatro cantos do mundo serviu de motivação para eles que talvez estivesse meio que perdidos naqueles anos de entressafra, onde apenas bem nos subterrâneos era feitos algo realmente mágico, mesmo que muitos os desconheçam, o Bellavista de São Francisco, reaparece com um belíssimo álbum, "Sun and Skyway" faz jus ao cintilante mix de shoegaze, jangle e dreampop ensolarado.

O disco é um colírio para os ouvidos, uma coleção de imagens capturadas em cada canção, como se como um entardecer calmo e atraente pulasse na sua frente.

Sinta a doce brisa da música do Bellavista em sua essência, sua alma agradecerá.

***** Interview with Bellavista *****

Q. When did Bellavista start? Tell us about the history...
Bellavista started in 2005 with me, Jeremy & Cary after our band Vue broke up. We really liked the idea of having a small three piece band with a huge sound. I was already heavily into my Roland RE301 Chorus Echo and various vintage fender amps, having a stripped down lineup seemed the perfect thing to showcase huge guitars, reverberated electric fuzz bass and distorted drums.

Q: Who are your influences?
We come from a hardcore punk background and even though aesthetically our music is much different, I think growing up with that has had the biggest impact on the way we approach making music. We're also influenced by the small coast side towns we grew up in and the fog, beach and ocean in general.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Unwound - New Plastic Ideas
Cure - Disintegration
Suicide - Suicide
Velvet Underground - WhiteLight/WhiteHeat
Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime

idk - it's hard to make lists but those just came to mind...

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It's the best when we connect with people and really share something emotional with the melodies and rhythms.

Q. How do you describe Bellavista sounds?
I think we're a pretty intense and mysterious band with hopefully enough melody to tell a story that needs to be told.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We've done all of our recordings ourselves and it's completely integrated into the song writing process.

Sometimes we even track and finish entire songs without ever even jamming on them live. Having the luxury of time and lots of cool old music gear allows us to use the recording/capturing process as it's own musical expression -i.e. re-amping drums through chorus and tape delays or vocals through spring reverbs etc etc.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Jeremy and I play together in our friend Terry's band called Light Fantastic. We just released an album a few months ago. It's beachy and dreamy. I also play on and off with my good friend Tamaryn.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I've always wanted to do a Fleetwood Mac song but too many bands have done great covers of their songs already!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
HOPEFULLY playing a bunch of shows to support our new album, Sun and Skyway!!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks to anyone who supports the music that enriches all of our lives!...and don't give up on your dreams. As Mos says "these things take time" or as Alan Vega said, "DREAM BABY DREAM"