domingo, 23 de abril de 2017

Aura 6 with Spiral Vortex - An Interview

Segunda aterrizagem nas páginas do TBTCI dos chilenos freaks do Spiral Vortex.

A primeira viagem você pode relembrar aqui, e depois de dois anos os caras retornam, digamos tardiamente, por conta do seu último trabalho, o espacial, psicodélico, é claro, e prog "Aura 6".

A grande diferença de "Aura 6" para os trabalhos anteriores ao meu ver, é o direcionamento mais experimental atingindo patamares beirando o prog rock, ainda que tecendo caminhos psicodélicos é claro.

Mas fica evidente que nesta trip atual o Spiral Vortex direcionou sua drogas sonoras para além desse espaço, mas não se engane o flerte com o eletrônico aparece fortemente, muito por conta das conexões com o Boards of Canada.

Pegue seu ticket e boa viagem.

***** Interview with Spiral Vortex *****

Q. Hello guys, first congratulations on the new album, it's really brilliant, what is your analysis after conclusion of album? Are you happy with the result?
1. We are happy with the results, we love that the album maintains the same aesthetic from start to end, it's one of the main things we wanted to achieve.

Q. How was the process of creating Aura 6?
2. The process was long, a lot of songs where composed on acoustic guitar and then mutated along the year until they where mostly synths and very different, then we recorded those songs trying to capture the band energy, after the studio we took our time mixing the album, there is a lot of post production involved, it was a fun process.

Q. What are the main differences between Aura 6 from your early records?
3. The main difference would be that this time we were concentrated on making interesting sound textures and not on complexity in composition or structure, we wanted to simplify things and make a coherent album, we wanted to make and album that had the right mix of electro and rock.

Q. What were the influences for creating the new album?
4. there are many influences, just to name a few, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Simian Mobile Disco, Com Truise, Nosaj Thing, John's kind of what we were listening to the year we made the album, also bands like Dungen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ariel Pink, Connan Mockasin, Air, are bands that have inspired us a lot lately.

Q. What are your plans for 2017?
5. We have a lot of plans for 2017, we are working on a Ep with a super Chilean producer, we are working on new videos for Aura6 and we are moving so we can go out and play our music overseas in different festivals which we love and of course keep playing as much as we can here in Chile.

Genevieve with Too Young To Go Steady - An Interview

Nada como o frescor de uma banda nova, livre de qualquer vício, apenas a pureza de suas verdades.

Assim é o quinteto canadense, Too Young to Go Steady, com basicamente um ano de existência, eles debutaram com o primeiro single, "Genevieve", melódica, ensolarada, docemente melancólica e apaixonada, a canção é um verdadeiro "colírio" para os ouvidos.

Alguém, certeiramente os descreveu como, "uma doce nostalgia oitentista, mesmo que seus integrantes sequer tenham nascido naquela década".

"Genevieve" é um início absolutamente excitante para o Too Young To Go Steady e deixa aquela sensação de que é necessário muito, muito mais, e que venha rápido.

***** Interview with Too Young To Go Steady *****

Q. When did Too Young To Go Steady start? Tell us about the history...
Mike, Carlos and Chris met through Craigslist in April 2016. We all wrote music independently but there was a clear overlap with shoegaze and indie elements. We started with jam/writing sessions in Mike's crammed music room and playing to a drum machine, but it quickly became apparent that we were all on the same page and were producing amazing sounds. After finishing Twelve and Genevieve instrumentally we began looking for a singer through Craigslist, where Susan immediately took to the music. The lyrics and vocal melody that Susan brought to her first tryout for Genevieve have remained virtually unchanged, so there was an immediate fit. Everything came together surprising quickly from there. We had worked with a few different drummers, but Fabian fit in very quickly and demonstrated a great feel for the style....he nailed our first show after only playing with us about four times. In short, this is turning out to be an unlikely Craigslist success story.

Q: Who are your influences?
This varies member to member. The most common influences include modern dreampop outfits like Wild Nothing and Diiv, but oddly everything we create seems to have an 80's tinge to it. Certain influences such as Slowdive, MBV, and to an extent Broken Social Scene can be felt.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This changes all the time and also varies by member to member......but according to Chris it is:

Souvlaki (Slowdive)
Ok Computer (Radiohead)
Winks & Kisses (Airiel)
You Forgot it in People (BSS)
In Absentia (Porcupine Tree)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We played our first show in mid-January. It felt good. Our second show was recorded and one of the songs can be viewed at the link below. We are playing our fourth at Silver Dollar in Toronto on April 22 where we are looking forward to debuting several new songs.

Q. How do you describe Too Young To Go Steady sounds?
Spacey, delay/reverb-laden sounds that vary between slow and beautiful to driving and intense. Somehow everything we write seems to spark a bit of 80's nostalgia, even though some of our members weren't alive in the 80's.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We are planning to issue a five song EP hopefully in 2017. We can answer this question properly once everything is finished; we are still figuring out a method to the madness.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Fake Palms, You'll Never Get to Heaven, Beliefs, Elsa

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We are already doing this and loving it. Some of our members covered You Forgot it in People by Broken Social Scene in February featuring several talented guests, and will hopefully do so again in the future.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Write, release, repeat.

sábado, 22 de abril de 2017

Sky Gazing with Sea Fuzz - An Interview

Ben Heckler é a mente por trás do projeto Sea Fuzz, que ele sabiamente convencionou chamar de "shamanic beach punk",

O rótulo soa um tanto ambíguo e esquizofrênico para após audições sequenciais do último trabalho do cara, intitulado "Sky Gazing" dá pra sacar que o tal "punk xamãnico praiano" cabe perfeitamente na barulheira psicodelicamente grunge do Sea Fuzz.

Chapação estridente em formas ácidas, aumente no máximo e boa viagem.
***** Interview with Sea Fuzz *****

Q. When did Sea Fuzz start? Tell us about the history...
Well I have been musically active since a really young age and I've been in a number of projects before this one. But the true thought for this project actually arose during a lsd induced trance while on a beach vacation with some of my friends. At one moment during the trip one of my friends convinced me that I had a band and it was what we were currently listening to. The split second later after regaining perspective, I realized I definitely had something to contribute to the genre of psychedelic beach rock.

Q: Who are your influences?
My influences literally go all over the place, and they are probably not what you'd expect listening to my music. I love of course late 80s and 90s grunge, post punk and shoegaze bands. But I also tend to listen to a lot of latin and jazz artists like Ray Barretto, Gabor Szabo and all the classic jazzers. I even got into mpb artists like Djavan and Milton Nascimento. Omar Rodriguez Lopez's projects always inspire me too, he's always up to something creative. I grew up studying drumset, so I really like listening to interesting rhythmic compositions. I think it's still an untapped gem in the psych rock genre in general, there is still a lot of room for exploration.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Oh man, that's so hard. I don't even know. Ummm, let me just go pick some classics that I have been listening to recently.

bitches brew - miles davis
You're living all over me - Dinosaur Jr.
waking on a pretty daze - Kurt Vile
frances the mute - the mars volta
queens of the stone age - Queens of the Stone Age

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love it. Since I've been moving around so much I have two bands in the US and Spain to play shows with.

Q. How do you describe Sea Fuzz sounds?
I would say it started out as 90s grunge rock project with a psychedelic flair. It still continues in that vein but I see it as shifting and being shaped by what I am listening to. Most of the lyrics reference the sea and the practice of meditation, I find these two things a constant source lyrical ideas that continue to have meaning for me.

This latest album turned out more of a modern shoegaze type of feel. I like the terms: sunny shoegaze, ocean grunge, shamanic beach punk--I feel like they creatively describe what I'm going for. However I think our style will continue to develop actually, and change slightly from album to album. Probably some of our best songs haven't even been written yet.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
This latest album was kind of a strange process. It was recorded partly in studio, partly in pay-to-practice spaces, and partly at home. My usual process for recording music is to record it all in my home studio in Oregon, but I have been living abroad in Spain the last couple years so I have needed to find other ways to record, and for cheap.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Well although they're not too new, I'd recommend people check out the bands The Holy Sons, and Lilacs and Champagne. They are absolutely great and one of the main songwriters has mixed a couple of songs for me, with one appearing on the new album. But there are tons of great new bands out there. One from Spain is called Melange that I really dig. Ghost Frog and Animal Eyes from Portland are amazing. Tons of great bands out there.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Not even sure. I kind of would love to cover a song in Spanish though.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I'm working on a new single right now and have got tons of songs in the bank to release little by little when the time is right. I am thinking of making an instrumental album too because in every album I have released I usually include 1 or 2 instrumentals, and some people have expressed to me that those are their favorite songs. So the plan is just to continue making albums and playing more shows, that's as far as I can think ahead at the moment.

Q: Any parting words?
Keep on shredding that psychedelic wave! Muito obrigado.

Enigma with VIM - An Interview

Eis que Melbourne, Austrália, volta a aterrizar no TBTCI.

Agora representada pelo quarteto VIM, e suas primeiras duas demos, "Down" e "Enigma", ambas com o delicioso elixir de quem sabe condensar suas principais referências, aqui o New Order e o Radio Dept. 

O VIM em um ano de existência prima bela delicadeza e melodias perfeitas, servindo de pano de fundo perfeito para guiar seus sonhos.

Mais uma excelente revelação de uma cidade que não para de exportar grandes bandas, vida longa a Melbourne e ao VIM.

***** Interview with VIM *****

Q. When did VIM start? Tell us about the history...
N: VIM started about a year ago but we had all jammed together a bit previously. I started writing a bunch of songs and sharing them with my friends and then we just started learning them and eventually all writing and adding to them together.

M: We’ve only been playing live since late January this year.

Q: Who are your influences?
M: I think we’re largely influenced by a lot of the bands from the Melbourne scene, not sonically but in terms of their outputs and approaches to making music. I think sonically a lot of our influence comes from a range of genres, probably most notably dream pop, post-punk and krautrock.

N: We’re probably influenced by a heap of different bands; sometimes it doesn’t become obvious until after writing something and realising it has a similar vibe to things we’re listening to.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
M: Iggy and the Stooges – Raw Power
Rowland S Howard – Teenage Snuff Film
Radio Dept – Lesser Matters
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
Die! Die! Die! - Form

N: toooo hard.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
N: We’ve only played a few shows so it’s still all new and scary but they’ve all been really fun so far. Before playing our first show I remember my biggest fear being that the sound guy wouldn’t let me have enough reverb on my vocals but it was totally fine haha.

M: Honestly, I don’t usually remember much about playing live. I’m usually to focused on the moment that when I get off stage I don’t really remember much of what’s happened in the last 20-30 minutes.

Q. How do you describe VIM’s sound?
N: It depends on the song, I get inspired by bands like DIIV and Beach Fossils and layering melodic guitar riffs but sometimes songs end up being a bit moodier.

M: I think a lot of our songs have a somewhat nostalgic sound, it’s probably somewhat induced by the reverb soaked guitar melodies and the washed out vocals.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
M: All the demo recordings currently up were completely recorded by Nat upstairs in our spare bedroom. We recently spent a weekend in Barwon Heads with Jack Crook (from Contrast) recording what will hopefully become an EP.

N: It was super fun and chilled but we managed to record way more songs than we were expecting. We’re hoping to put it out on cassette in a few months. You should buy it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
N: We’re just going to interpret this as bands from Melbourne because we are so lucky to have so many friends here who are writing amazing music.

M: Pure Moods who put out a great album late last year, SPIT who we played our first show with, Contrast, Parading, Lowtide, Bloodhounds on my trail, Hideous Towns, VHS Dream, pretty much every band releasing things through Spirit Goth records

N: Also today at work I shazamed a song on the radio by a band called ORION from Sydney. It was so good and they’re conveniently playing a show in Melbourne on Friday so I’ll definitely be checking that out.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
N: I really want to do a cover of Fingertips by The Brian Jonestown Massacre but I’m also kinda scared I’ll ruin it. Maybe one day.

M: Nat has heaps of great covers already on her Soundcloud. There are heaps of bands that I’d love to cover that it’s kind of hard to choose just one. I really like covers that take the original in a new and somewhat unexpected direction. I think it would be great to do a Rowland S Howard cover, he has so many great covers he has released that I think it would be a fitting homage.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
M: Hopefully we’ll finish mixing the EP and be able to get it out. I think we’re aiming to release it around July. We’ll hopefully get to play quite a few more gigs. There’s one coming up on the 10th of June that we’re really excited for but I’m not sure if I can say any more than that. Would be great to play some shows elsewhere around Australia too.

N: We have a VIM jar in our lounge room. We would like to add to that jar some more and make more music, would be cool to one day release something on vinyl.

Q: Any parting words?
M: Thanks for listening to our music!

sexta-feira, 21 de abril de 2017

Vacios y Variables with Pyramides - An Interview

No primeiro dia de Março deste ano, aconteceu o debute dos argentinos do Pyramides, "Vacios y Variables".

O disco passeia pelo pós punk clássico, sempre melódico e melancólico, mas sem pender para o lado sombrio, a bem da verdade o álbum me remete a alguns clássicos tupiniquins dos 80´s como Finis Africae, por incrível que pareça, o que de certo tem a ver com as referências tanto do Pyramides como do Finis.

Este paradoxo serve perfeitamente para situar a música do Pyramides em um espectro de tempo indefinido, o mesmo servindo para o Finis, afinal de contas o que conta mesmo é a música conseguir suportar o tempo independentemente de quando foi criada, neste caso o Finis continua soando atual e o Pyramides mais ainda.

Bela estréia dos hermanos.

***** Interview with Pyramides *****

Q: Who are your influences?
Hi, Facundo here (singer, guitarrist and songwriter).
We started making music (with pyramides) whle listeting to classic postpunk / new wave bands...Talking heads, Devo, Pere Ubu, Wire, The cure..

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Chairs Missing (Wire, 1978),
Freedom of Choice (Devo, 1978),
Substance (1988, Joy division),
After Chabón (Sumo, 1987),
This is PiL (Pil, 2012)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Its the best thing in the world, at least for me (Facundo) is the best way to erase the bad thoughts, at least for a moment. Its like a trance.

Q. How do you describe Pyramides sounds?
Pyramides sounds pretty much like a mix between Dream pop and post punk really. But we are ways trying to change our sound. Every rehearsal.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Mainly, I improvise the songs at my house, record anything that comes to my mind. Actually I have just recorded a song, before doing this interview. Its sunday, so its the perfect time to have a beer, some weed and improvise.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Super 1 Mundial, Riel, Temporada de Tormentas, Atras hay truenos, Queridas (new album Heridas its amazing!!), El ultimo vecino (españa)

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I think Leonard Cohen. He's my favorite.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Actually Im already thinking in the next steps. We have lots of gigs planned, so we will continue with the album presentations and after that, we'll go straight to the studio and record the next album. I already have like 10 songs.... but I think I'll start from scratch-

Q: Any parting words?
hahaha not really. AGUANTE TODO!! jajaa

Premiere - Afor Gashum´s New Single "Broken Record"

Após quatro anos, os israelenses do Afor Gashum retornam as páginas do TBTCI. A primeira viagem a Tel Aviv aconteceu aqui, onde toda a história dos caras foi devidamente contada, mas estamos vivenciando um novo capítulo nessa viagem.

O Afor Gashum esta em vias de lançar seu segundo trabalho, mais precisamente no dia 28 de Abril, e por hora o TBTCI tem a honra de realizar a premiere do segundo single de "Secret Lights" que atende pelo nome de "Broken Record".

As principais mudanças de "Secret Lights" para o debute "From The Inside" de 2013, são a agressividade e o peso dos novos singles, algo como uma colisão entre Smashing Pumpkins e MBV e principalmente as letras, que anteriormente eram todas em hebraico e agora estão na universal língua inglesa.

"Broken Record" é um poderoso aperitivo para a chegada de "Secret Lights", sinta através de sua intensidade e veja como o Afor Gashum a criou.

Escute alto.

***** Broken Record by Afor Gashum *****

"Inspired by such investigators of repetition as Unwound, My Bloody Valentine and breakbeat Drum&Bass, the song explores the themes of repetition and rupture, continuity and breach, both structurally and lyrically."

quinta-feira, 20 de abril de 2017

Burial Songs with Palehorse/Palerider - An Interview

Alguns poderão rotular como doomgaze o que o trio de Denver, Palehorse/Palerider criou no absolutamente grandioso e soberbo "Burial Songs".

Lançado em sua versão digital no início de Fevereiroe muito em breve, terá sua merecida versão física, em vinil, a partir de Maio, mas o ponto é, o Palehorse/Palerider criou quatro obras primas.

"Burial Songs" é composto "apenas" por quatro canções, a menorzinha tem pouco mais de nove minutos, só por aí, já fica claro que não é música para ser consumida por qualquer um.

As canções são verdadeiras epopeias dissonantes, repletas de escuridão, peso, melancolia, dor, indo muito além de simples rotulações como doomgaze, post rock, shoegaze, etc, etc....os caras criaram mantras sonoros.

Facilmente um dos mais intensos discos que escutei neste 2017. Absolutamente recomendado e necessário.

PS: detalhe para a belíssima capa.

***** Interview with Palehorse/Palerider *****

Q. When did Palehorse/Palerider start? Tell us about the history...
The band initially started as a recording project in 2013. Myself(Brandon) and my friend Brett Anderson had kicked the idea around for awhile before sitting down and actually getting to work on the project. We wrote and recorded two songs together before throwing it out there to see if anyone would be interested in actually playing the songs live in a band. David and I have been close friends for many years, and have played in bands that toured together, but we had never actually played in the same band together. We had both been going through some dark times, so the band was a perfect outlet for both of us. Nate is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist that I met when we were younger. He played in a band that I ended up taking his spot in after he left. We used the initial two songs as a springboard to writing new material and playing live. Brett left the band in late 2015 which is really when Palehorse/Palerider became what it is today.

Q: Who are your influences?

We all have very different influences. For Nate Albert Camus, Stravinsky, Thelonius Monk, and Glenn Branca top the list. For David, it would be Grinderman, Fifty Tons Of Black Terror(Penthouse), Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, Unkle, and Morphine. I would say for myself that musically bands like Sunn O))), True Widow, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, My Bloody Valentine, Nick Cave, and Earth are big influences on this project.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me Soundtrack
Morphine - Like Swimming
Jason Isbell - Southeastern
BRMC - Self titled
NIN - Year Zero
Mark Lanegan - Bubble gum

Sonic Youth - Sister
Dinosaur Jr - Green Mind
The Who - Who's Next
Red Sparowes - At The Soundless Dawn
Phil Collins - Greatest Hits

Brandon -
Nick Cave - The Boatman's Call
Ride - Nowhere
MBV - Loveless
Earth - Bee's Made Honey In The Lions Skull
Joy Division - Closer

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Nate- Cathartic. Like I've just created something out of nothing and then when I'm done there's nothing left again but a feeling or a memory.

David- Creation of art in real time. I also paint, and this is done behind closed doors and people don't see the process. Playing live is an outlet, all mistakes and perfections are in front of fans. It's organic and beautiful.

Brandon- These songs take both the listener and ourselves on a journey. For myself, they are very personal, so in a way, it's a bit of a reflection. I get lost when we play these songs.

Q. How do you describe Palehorse/Palerider sounds?
Nate- Like a garbage truck dropped off the Empire State Building

David- Three men creating passionate, loud, dirty music.

Brandon- Dark, heavy, restrained, reverb-soaked, ethereal. Music to lose yourself in.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded Burial Songs over two days here in Denver, Colorado. Into The Abyss was recorded live in a couple of takes, and the rest were tracked. Brett Anderson, our former bandmate, mixed the record. We had a blast making this record.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Nate- Echo Beds. Drab Majesty.

Dave- New to me: Karl Blau, Society, Warhaus, Wire.

Brandon- Not necessarily new, but on heavy rotation: Oikos, Lift To Experience, Library Tapes, Spotlights, Me And That Man.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We go back and forth on covers. Dave and Nate would like to do something by Grinderman. We've talked about/messed around with songs by Codeine, Neurosis, The Birthday Party, etc. If we do something then it would be something that we make completely our own.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have a few recording ideas for 2017. We hope to get back into the studio by early summer. We are very open to the idea of heading outside the U.S. to tour at some point as well. Looking forward to playing out and sharing this record as much as possible.

Q: Any parting words?
Our sincerest thanks to everyone across the globe for their support! We have been both humbled and blown away by the response to this record. Looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible!

Very Pleasing and Desired with Cherry Heaven - An Interview

Quando conheci o duo de Los Angeles, Cherry Heaven me lembrei imediatamente do Blank Dogs, principalmente pela concepção de um certo pós punk lo fi.

Esquizofrênico em sua essência, o debute dos caras "Very Pleasing and Desired" flutua entre experimentações conduzidas por synths sombrios e guitarras desconexas, por vezes sonhadores (em menor quantidade) e quase sempre freaks.

O Cherry Heaven compôs um dossiê caótico e cerebral em formas sonoras, que funciona perfeitamente em qualquer pista quente e escura ou em ambientes digamos, mais íntimos.


***** Interview with Cherry Heaven *****

Q: When did Cherry Heaven Start? Tell us about the history...
Tim: Cherry Heaven started as a project called "Dubbed Noir" in September 2015. We liked the idea of creating a hybrid band that blended multiple sounds and styles, particularly electronic music and rock 'n' roll. Initially, we'd get together and write these doomy little synth songs. The first one we ever wrote was called "I Think I Might Be Evil." For a year, we worked on songs and actually recorded an album that never got finished. It was abandoned late in the game in favor of new songs that felt a little more sophisticated. Late last summer, Cole did a remix of a tune called "Some Kind of Trip" that transformed the song from an ordinary demo to something that felt extraordinary. "Trip" set the bar really high and most of the tunes on "Very Pleasing and Desired" and our EP where written after that benchmark was made. Last fall, I traveled to New Orleans to record additional bass parts and vocals with one of my best friends, Stacey Colangelo, who also happens to be a very gifted tattoo artist. My buddy, Johann, also helped out with bass duties on several tracks. This winter, we became "Cherry Heaven" as it was the title of one of our old tunes that we liked a lot. It just felt right!

Q: Who are your influences?
Cole: My big, lifelong musical influence has always been Aphex Twin, but in recent years my approach to composition has been strongly influenced by fringe electronic artists like Burial, Zombie, and Actress, who de-emphasize beats and classic production value in favor of idiosyncratic, personalized production value and emotional ambient texture. This orientation is reflected in the LP where drum and rhythmic presence take a background role to other elements such as grainy, hazy, and distorted sounds.

Tim: I'm into classic alternative, synth pop and post punk. Art rockers are my kind of people because they tend to have an edge when it comes to songwriting and style. I like classic rock and singer-songwriter stuff too. I love Bowie, Iggy Pop, New Order,Depeche Mode, The Cure, Blondie, The B-52's, Gary Numan, Roxy Music, The Smiths, Smashing Pumpkins, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and Kraftwerk, to name a few. I love female voices also, especially Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks, Siouxsie Sioux, Grace Jones, Debbie Harry and Donna Summer. I'll always have a soft spot for shoegaze and dream pop and never tire of the 4AD sound. I love Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Lush and This Mortal Coil.

Q: Make a list of your top 5 albums of all time.
David Bowie "Scary Monsters"
New Order "Low Life"
Kraftwerk "The Man Machine"
Iggy Pop "The Idiot"
Kate Bush "The Dreaming"

Aphex Twin "Richard D. James"
NIN "The Downward Spiral"
Miles Davis "Miles Smiles"
Nils Frahm "Screws"
Smashing Pumpkins "Siamese Dream"

Q: How do you feel playing live?
Tim: Thus far, we have only been a studio project, though we've talked about maybe doing some shows later this year. Initially, I had no interest in playing live. I've warmed up to the idea but am honestly not sure how some of these tunes would go over live.

Cole: I like to perform elements of my musical interests that aren't as sympathetic to the album format. So for example, I am much more open to experimentation and improvisation in a live setting, and use the opportunity to allow a song to wander into other musical territory that wouldn't make as much sense on a focused, album-oriented track. Basically, I like to use the live presentation to remix and reimagine the album tracks.

Q: How would you describe how Cherry Heaven sounds?
Tim: I think we both love beats, guitars, synths, and atmosphere. There's elements of dream pop, post punk, alternative rock, electro-pop, shoegaze, trip-hop, classic rock, experimental and dance music in our tunes. There's a little bit of David Lynch too. We're not afraid of emotions or ugliness but also appreciate dumb pop songs with goofy lyrics.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording songs?
Tim: I write the skeletons of the songs in more of an old school way, often on an acoustic guitar or with my keyboard. I frame the tunes using what I consider to be a classic pop song structure, with verses and choruses and hopefully hooks and melodies. Sometimes the tunes come out fully formed from the get-go, sounding like full band arrangements, and other times they are more sparse. Cole and I then work on the tunes seperately and flesh them out. We use a file sharing service to send them back and forth and the sounds continually evolve. Eventually, we get together to mix the songs and make decisions about what gets released, vaulted or put on-pause for later.

Q: Which new bands would you recommend?
Tim: LA has a great music scene and with lots of little indie labels that are doing really exciting things. There's tons of cool local bands including Part Time, Winter, Tamaryn, Peaking Lights, Soft Metals, Geneva Jacuzzi, Gitane Demone, Kauf, Fatal Jamz, Puro Instinct, Nite Jewel, Cellars, Wyatt Blair, Autolux, Chasms, Annabel Lee, Tropic of Cancer and the Cosmonauts, to name a handful. Lolipop, Burger, and Spirit Goth are really cool labels. I love just about anything Johnny Jewel puts out on Italians Do It Better, especially the Chromatics and Glass Candy. Michael Stock is a fantastic DJ. He does a show here in LA called Part Time Punks on KXLU and he has excellent taste. You can stream his show every week on Thursday afternoons. I always look forward to it.

Cole: I just love listening to Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith do amazing and beautiful things with analog synthesis.

Q: Which band would you love to cover?
Tim: We've always talked about covering 10CC's "I'm Not In Love." For a classic rock staple, its really a weird, dark tune. It's dreamy and menacing. It has a timeless quality that feels simultaneously progressive and nostalgic. We had an early song called "Fall Into the Gap" which was inspired by "I'm Not In Love" but it was never finished. Recently, I've been working on a cover or Whitesnake "Is This Love" that sounds like MBV!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Cole: More of the same! Cherry Heaven will continue to be an iconoclastic musical and creative experience. In general we anticipate continuing to develop an electro-acoustic fusion that bridges esoteric, underground electronic sounds with a shoegaze, pop feel. But one element that is unlikely to change is the dark and mysterious vibes that underpin Cherry Heaven's soul-aesthetic.

Tim: I've been writing for the next record and there's a bunch of ideas taking shape. I would say the new stuff feels different and is definitely next level, but also a logical extension of where we've already been. I don't really care for happy or feel-good music, but I would say the new stuff is maybe not as dark as the older material. It's more colorful, funky and even fun, but in a perverse way, of course!

Q: Any parting words?
Tim: Thanks for listening to Cherry Heaven! There's more on the way, so please stay tuned. We hope to visit Brazil someday!

quarta-feira, 19 de abril de 2017

Dizzy with Slow Crush - An Interview

Esta matéria é especialmente dedicada a quem diz que não é feito nada de interessante atualmente, que prefere ficar ouvindo os discos e bandas clássicas e não tem tempo a perder com novidades, porque nada presta.

Este tipo de comentário ou posicionamento pra mim é simplesmente envelhecimento precoce ou ausência de querer descobrir, de querer sentir algo com o frescor de outrora, e não venham me dizer que o problema é tempo, porque tempo se busca, tempo se cria, ao contrário do que dizem por aí.

Tudo isso serve para ilustrar o primeiro single do primeiro EP dos barulhentos e melancólicos Slow Crush, tudo seguindo aquela linha sonora aberta pelo Nothing e pelo Whirr, onde a pancadaria noventista se funde desde pós punk e dreampop até ecos de Fugazi e Sunny Day Real State e Smashing Pumpkins.

Com tantas referências e ótimas conexões, obviamente que ficaria quase impossível o Slow Crush soas ruim, ao contrário, "Dizzy" equilibra-se perfeitamente em décadas de barulho e vejam, isso é só o começo para os belgas do Slow Crush.

Apenas uma dica, escute alto e fique de olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with Slow Crush *****

Q. When did Slow Crush start? Tell us about the history...
A: Isa (bass/ vocal ) and me, Jelle (guitar) wanted to do a shoegaze band since forever but we were too busy with other bands and projects until mid 2016.

I wrote and recorded a song or 2 before but never had the time to get a real band together to get Slow Crush going.

One day (april 2016) we finally called up our good friend and drummer Steven to come and jam with us and from the first rehearsal it felt right.
So we started writing some songs, end 2016 Jan joined us on guitar.

Q: Who are your influences?
Anything from the 80's and 90's. the stuff we grew up with.
We're in love with 90's indie rock like Smashing Pumpkins, Afghan Whigs, MBV, Ride, Teenage fan club, Hum, …We also listen to Doom, Death and Black metal like Dissection, Warning, Pallbearer,…
And the newer shoegaze bands like Ringo Deathstar, Whirr, Mumrunner, …

Also the synth driven multi layered music influences us a lot in our song writing process.
like all the synth / dreampop out there like Washed out, Tropics,…It's more soundscape orientated music that has a big influence on us. I guess we're all over the place.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This is a super hard one. Since it changes the whole time. So many great records out there.

Here is a list of what is on high rotation at the moment
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the infinite Sadness
Big star - #1record
Oasis - (What's the story) morning Glory
Tropics - Rapture

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We just finished playing our first show and Isa never combined vocals and bass before live so we're still getting better.  But it was the best first show i ever played with a band. I guess you're never ready.

Q. How do you describe Slow Crush sounds?
A floaty delay and reverb covered mix of slowness and softness sometimes bursting into life with some heavier fuzzed out guitars.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
When we write our songs we try to do it quick. We come up with the song structure and demo record this only after 30 minutes of jamming on it. So our initial demo recordings are full of mistakes and little organic spontanious cool things we never intended, this way everything stays fresh and new.

When we record the finished track we try to reproduce these little things and add extra melody layers.

For our debut e.p. 'ease' that is about the be released on the 18th of may we recorded 4 songs in our living room and mixed everything ourselves. The first time we did this and it worked out fine. The neighbours didn't like it though.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
New bands we're really into are Mumrunner from finland, Wray, Newmoon, Youth in Bloom, …

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We're working on a cover songs right now with the help of some friends. We decided to make a cover version of a cover which is and interesting concept since the same song will be approached twice with a different vision. It will be Trespassers William's cover of Vapour Trail original by Ride, a shoegaze classic.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
First we're going to tour our asses off. Play as much as we can all over Europe, we've all got easy or no jobs. In November we plan to hit a real studio.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for the interview.

Play loud sing softly

terça-feira, 18 de abril de 2017

Fall with December Flowers - An Interview

Nem só de novo álbum do Slowdive vive o mundo correto? Obviamente que sim, e no dia que "vazou" ao mundo o tão aguardado novo disco da banda o TBTCI continua sua saga e coloca em destaque os ingleses da mítica Manchester, December Flowers.

Apenas uma música, um único single, e o cartão de visita deles é altamente inspirado na banda de Rachel e Neil, como eles mesmos deixam claro na entrevista, mas, mesmo com todas as conexões, o December Flowers passeia por um lado gazer que o Slowdive já deixou há algum tempo, o de guitarras mais intensas e soterradas, principalmente no final de "Fall", a canção em questão.

Uma estreia de em grande estilo, que nos deixa atentos para os próximos capítulos dessa nova história.

***** Interview with December Flowers *****

Q. When did December Flowers start? Tell us about the history...
Me and mark both posted on gumtree I think, two years back. I was moving back to Manchester and was keen to get a band started, and Mark was moving too and had exactly the same idea. We have very similar music tastes so it was pretty easy to begin. We started looking for other members and found Amy (singer) and Paul (drummer) shortly afterward. Dexter (bassist) was the last to join, we met him at a Halloween party, we were playing some Slowdive tunes and he mentioned it was one of his favorite bands so we quickly asked him if he would like to join

Q: Who are your influences?
Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine, no surprises there... I like some of the more 90s sounding stuff too, like Chapterhouse and Adorable. Big fan of Astrobrite too. I have a lot of influences, but Slowdive is a big one for the band as a whole.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is tough....this isn't definitive but will give you a picture

Slowdive - Souvlaki
My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
The Strokes - Room On Fire
Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
Gang Of Four - Entertainment!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
As long as I am prepared for the show I usually have a good time.

Q. How do you describe December Flowers sounds?
Dreamy and loud? Check out our soundcloud

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Usually, Mark comes up with an idea or a full song, sometimes I do too but mostly Mark. We tweak it until it makes sense. Amy works on the lyrics by herself, we sometimes help out with melodies.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I'm digging Jaguwar at the moment.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Id love to do a shoegaze version of Better Off Alone by Alice Deejay

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Record an E.P and keep playing shows in Manchester for the near future, who know after that.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for having us!

segunda-feira, 17 de abril de 2017

Black Dress with Montauk Hotel - An Interview

Quatro garotas de Dublin, Irlanda, resolveram se unir para destroçar todo e qualquer coração, adotaram o nome de Montauk Hotel e debutaram mês passado com um daqueles EPs que são absolutamente viciantes.

E disco homônimo contém apenas quatro canções, esse por sinal é o único defeito, porque deveriam ser muito mais. 

Delicias sonoras que mesclam atmosferas oitentistas e o frescor noventista, melodiosamente sedutoras, as garotas do Montauk Hotel não deixam ninguém respirar um segundo.

Impossível não se apaixonar.

***** Interview with Montauk Hotel *****

Q. When did Montauk Hotel start? Tell us about the history...
Aoife: Myself and Shell played in a band together a few years back. We met up again some time later to form another band. We found Claudia through a friend on Facebook and Karima plays in another band with me and agreed to come in to try out for the drums. The rest is history!

Shell: After our first band finished, me and Aoife eventually met up to jam and write songs… But it was just the two of us jamming with guitar and bass for months. Though we wrote the bones of our first single Black Dress during this time! We went on the hunt for a singer and when we found Claudia it just fit so perfectly. Karima had taken a few drum lessons a few years back and we asked her to play with us... And we wouldn’t let her leave!

Claudia: Basically, Karima was bullied into playing drums for us!

Q: Who are your influences?
Aoife: I think a mixture of 80s and 90s jangly indie pop. We often get compared to The Smiths, The Cure and The Pretenders and these would all be good influences of ours!

Shell: The Smiths were a massive early influence on us but as we have written more songs our influences list keeps growing! We all have such broad tastes in music and genres that have influenced our individual styles of playing and writing so we have brought all of these influences together! My own personal influences would be guitarists who have a strong sense of melody evident in their playing and a strong sense of tone and use of effects, such as Johnny Marr, George Harrison, Graham Coxon, The Edge and Jeff Buckley.

Karima: Mike Joyce and Larry Mullen Jr– straight-up, down-to-earth, honest drumming.

I would take some influence from the drumming of Keith Moon (The Who), Gordy Knudston (The Steve Miller Band), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Phil Rudd (AC/DC), Frank Beard (ZZ Top), Ron Hurst (Steppenwolf) and Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds).

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Aoife: Phil Lynott is a hero of mine so I’m going to go with Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous.

Claudia: Jeff Buckley – Grace!

Karima: Fountains of Wayne’s first self-titled album.

Shell: I’m going to pick The Queen is Dead by The Smiths. This album influenced everything about my style of guitar playing! As a band, we will pick The Joshua Tree by U2 as the fifth album – U2 are an influence on our sound and this cover inspired our own E.P. cover too!

Q. How do you feel playing live?

Claudia: Playing live is always a pleasure because you get the chance to open up whatever happens during the hours of practice in your tiny rehearsing room and show it to the world. When we first started playing live it was very thrilling to play for people who didn’t know us at all and see what reactions they would get from our music. And so far it's been good reactions!

Then again, it feels very natural because we are all such good friends and being on stage feels like home somehow! A very comfortable, safe, fun and untouchable place.

Karima: It's a really nice feeling to share our music with an audience.

Shell: We are all happiest when we are playing live. The big challenge at the start was getting our sound right live so that our style was heard the way we had crafted it in our practice room. This was a big focus when we first start playing live and it’s something we have down now!

Q. How do you describe Montauk Hotel sounds?
Claudia: We have a very simple set up with just one guitar, bass drums and vocals, but it's very characteristic and quite recognizable even though we're quite a new band. I would describe the overall sound as jangly, shimmery, with plenty of chorus and reverbs. We like simple things made well!

Shell: I think the main thing when we started was that we wanted to write simple songs with clever use of melody and effects. My pedal board has been put together specifically for the Montauk Hotel sound! We want plenty of shimmer backing up Claudia’s melodies so to help create this I have two reverb pedals, a chorus (which is always on!), tremolo, delay and a flange (just in case!). Aoife’s bass lines really carry a lot of the songs filling the role of rhythm guitar as well as bass. I think Karima is our secret weapon though – her beats are so well planned out and she always knows what will suit each section of the song.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Shell: We were lucky to have our brilliant engineer Gary White to guide us through recording our first E.P. In short, we started with drums for each song and then bass. We recorded the main guitar tracks next and then the overdubs. Claudia did all her vocals in a separate recording session once we had a basic mix of the music for her to sing with.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
All Tvvins
Beauty Sleep
Overhead The Albatross
Farah Elle

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Claudia: We often think it would be fun to adapt one of the real 80s classics that would be quite far from our genre and turn it into our own style – just to see what happens!

We haven't had the time to do work on any cover versions though. We actually found it harder to try and prepare a cover than actually sit down and write our own music because that happens really naturally.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Shell: We’ve just released our first E.P. with a sold out show in Whelans – one of our favourite venues in Dublin. Our next few gigs will be focusing on the E.P. but we will be recording a new single in the Summer and we will be playing a few festivals too!

Q: Any parting words?

domingo, 16 de abril de 2017

Celebrar Aniversarios with Nax - An Interview

Um dos grandes singles lançados neste início de ano certamente veio de não tão longe assim. Nossos hermanos argentinos do Nax conceberam duas pérolas calcadas em um inspirado mix de dreampop, pós punk e shoegaze.

"Celebrar Aniversarios", o single em questão, abre com "Aniversarios" e rapidamente se encerra com "Kria".  A primeira especialmente gazer, a segunda climática e densa. A sensação após audições sequenciais do single é infelizmente, que, precisamos de mais, muito mais, tamanha perfeição das canções.

Entre sonhos e distorções, esperamos urgentemente que o Nax nos brinde com mais, muito mais.

***** Interview with Nax *****

Q. When did Nax start? Tell us about the history...
Not the name of the proyect but the feeling and the idea really started when i and Juan Hernandez were going to take a bus (the infamous 112) and have some troubles with some bullies that beated the crap out of us. So this negative experience became into something positive: Nax.

Q: Who are your influences?
Nicolás Castello: Sometimes when i think in our influences i think in the poetry of this musicians \ poets from Argentina: Rosario Bléfari, Francisco Bochaton, Alejandra Pizarnik, Oliverio Girondo, Roberto Arlt and Julio Cortázar.

Juan Hernéndez: Simon Gallup and Peter Hook. Daniel Sagasta: Oasis.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time.
Nicolás Castello: 1. The Cure - Disintegration 2. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless 3. Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas 4. Slowdive - Souvlaki 5. Cranes - Live in Italy

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Nicolás Garimano: It´s one of the best feelings that we could ever feel.

Q. How do you describe Nax sounds?
Nicolás Castello: I will describe it as the sound of our souls. I like to think that our souls are singing this old melodies that have been growing in our insides, some of them are more recent, some of them are super ancient.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Nicolás Castello: Usually we start with a couple of demos recorded in my home-studio. Later the guys would listen, compose their parts and then they came to record. A time later I would mix the tracks. At last: me, or other people, would master the tracks.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Nicolás Garimano: Mild high club y Kurt Vile.

Juan: These " new " bands: Interpol, Yeah yeah yeahs, Bombay bicycle club. I think that i got stucked in time.

Nicolás Castello: I would recommend: Whimsical, Venusians, El camino de los caminos, The Churchill Garden, Airiel, Eternal Summers, Fear of men, Starhorse, Miniatures, A thousand hours, Leave the planet, Pinkshinyultrablast, Introflirt and Drab Majesty.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Juan: I would like someday to do this particular songs: The Cure-End \ Siouxsie and the banshees- Monitor \ Joy Division-She lost control \ New Order-Ceremony.

Nicolás Castello: something from The cure !

Nicolás Garimano: Actually, we were rehearsing " She lost control ", " Just like heaven " from Cure and " Blue Monday " by New Order.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Nicolás Castello: Our plans are to keep enjoying from our friendship in the process of making music .

Q: Any parting words?
N: I really want to thanks to Renato and -The Blog That Celebrates Itself - It´s really an honour and pure joy for us to do this interview.

sábado, 15 de abril de 2017

What Do You See? with Fleece Flower - An Interview

A inocência da juventude, mesmo que os tempos atuais sejam muito, mas muito diferentes, e a tendência em se perder a dita, inocência é muito mais precoce do que há tempos atrás, ainda é possível perceber características dessa fase que precisa sim ser vivenciada em sua totalidade.

A audição do debute dos russos do Fleece Flower transparece exatamente esse frescor, aí então, olhando para o quarteto percebe-se mesmo que é inevitável evitar a juventude.

Sonoramente o Fleece Flower é moldado pelo mais puro dreampop com doces e ensolaradas melodias, quanto ao que dizem, é basicamente impossível decifrar, tudo é composto em russo, mas isso soa talvez mais perfeito ainda, simplesmente porque te induz a sentir e experimentar o que a sutileza das canções possam de dizer sem você saber do que estão falando.

Experimente, sinta, sem se preocupar com o que esta ao seu redor, feche os olhos e seja jovem por alguns momentos, o Fleece Flower te guiará, acredite.

***** Interview with Fleece Flower *****

Q. When did Fleece Flower start? Tell us about the history...
Our band consists of Aleksey (vox, sinth), Daniyar (guitar), Sonya (bass and vox) and Veronica (drums).

The idea of starting a new band with new people came to Aleksey and his friend, who helped with recording and mixing band's songs, about year ago. We started to search people , who were really intersted in such experience. Then we started to rehearse and sometimes it was difficult, because for girls it was first experience of playing on stage in band. But we did it and now it is very nice to see exactly these people together.

Q: Who are your influences?
Aleksey: I was Mainly inspired by Veronica, Sonya and Daniyar. They are not only my close friends, but also very sincere people, whose thoughts and actions gave a way to my creativity. About musicians, I was mostly influenced by Ruby Haunt, cherry candy and Fog Star.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Veronica: Playing on stage - an indescribable and unique feeling, known only to artists, but you probably heard about this drive and emotions many times. I still would like to tell about the distinctive features of ff's (fleece flower band's) live. In our magic group there is an atmosphere of sympathy and kindness, we all sincerely like and love each other! So the atmosphere at concerts is very special, impregnated with trepidation, love and bright meditative melancholy. When playing, I often watch the listeners: some dance, others sing along, the others do not take an active part in the action, but absolutely all persons express participation. As for me, and I believe that my fellow band members feel something like that, I get an incredible amount of joy from the very fact that the performance is taking place, from the view and parties of instruments, and on the inspired faces of those who came to the concert.

Q. How do you describe Fleece Flower sounds?
Aleksey: I think that fleece flower's sound maneuvers between dream pop and coldwave. We tried to make our music restrained, to not have anything extra. For now we can only afford home recording, so we strove to make this release really cosy. We wanted to achieve the soft and airy sound, witch will let us to share all the emotions and feelings that we put into our album.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Sonya: For most of us it was first experience of recording. We did everything at home in friendly atomosphere. Our friend helped us very much and made many things for our sound, his name is also Aleksey. So, our recording had a really bed-room style.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
FF: We think that it would be nice to make cover of any Porches' songs, but it is nicer to listen them than to try bringing to their work something of our own.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Daniyar: We finally released our LP and now we are waiting for offers from the organizers from the cities of Russia. We do not want to sit still and crave any trips. By the way, invitations are already coming to our post office. Now we see great prospects and we have many ideas. As for album, I am in love with Wild Nothing - "Nocturne".

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sexta-feira, 14 de abril de 2017

Lighthouse with Bank Myna - An Interview

Imagine se o Cocteau Twins enveredasse pelos caminhos psicodélicos e espaciais com trejeitos prog.

Ao ouvir o debute dos franceses do Bank Myna, o EP homônimo lançado há quase um ano e que começa a ser revisitado graças ao belíssimo vídeo da insinuante e bela "Lightouse".

"Lighthouse" serve como um cartão de visitas para o mundo particular dos franceses, mas o ponto é que o debute deles, basicamente passou desapercebido pela grande maioria e o TBTCI se auto inclui nesta absurda falha.

Mas, a correção deste erro, começa a ser corrigida a partir desse momento nessas páginas.

A música do Bank Myna precisa ser degustada em sua totalidade para que cada segundo desta magia seja devidamente absorvida.

Prepare-se para algo sublime....

***** Interview with Bank Myna *****

Q. When did Bank Myna start? Tell us about the history…
Maud: We started playing just the four of us in early 2014. Xavier & I had played in several bands together and the last one we had was in the electro pop vein with loads of electronic devices that didn’t leave much space for improvisation and live vibes. We were looking for a more organic / intense sound that would literally slap you across your face and overwhelm you. We actually posted an ad on music websites. Dani was the first bass player we met and quite frankly, it was music love at first sight, so to speak. We met Fabien a few months later and when he started playing, it was like honey to our ears. We’ve also spent some time trying to find a 5th member, especially to simplify our live setup but we never found the right match. So, it’s been us four since then.

Q: Who are your influences?
Maud: What I find great about our band is that we come from totally different backgrounds. Fabien is more into noise / experimental / math-rock bands. Xavier is a big fan of black metal (no kidding!) even though he’s gotten smoother a bit along the way. I feel that Dani is more into indie rock / post-punk stuff like DIIV. As for myself, I guess, I’m bringing some scandi pop into the equation.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Maud: That’s a tricky question. It is quite complicated to choose since we don’t really have the same influences / taste in music and come from different backgrounds but if I had to pick 5, it’d probably be:

Depeche Mode - Songs of Faith and Devotion
Sigur Rós - Takk...
The National - High Violet
The Clash - Sandinista!
David Bowie - Hunky Dory

I’ll let the guys add a few more if they want to!

Xavier: It’s difficult to pick only a few but the following ones have been quite life-changing:
Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Bruce Springsteen - Born to run
Moonsorrow - Viides Luku: Hävitetty
Swans - The Glowing Man

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Maud: We try to build it as an immersive experience. We like when people can’t see us a lot and focus on the different atmospheres rather than us. We, as people, are not the key element; our music should be. We don’t talk a lot between songs and usually we don’t really stop playing throughout the whole set. That being said, we’re certainly not the best judges. You should come and see for yourself!

Q. How do you describe Bank Myna sounds?
Maud: Contrasts? intensity? light vs dark issues? shades? People have described our music as ‘ghost wave’, I don’t know if that’s accurate. I don’t really know what that implies, actually. Otherwise, I’d say, mix some indie pop with psych atmospheres plus post-rock soaring and add a hint of dream pop vocals into very long songs and voilà, there we are.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Dani: The most difficult part for recording the songs was to accept that they were finished. The process of composing for us, at least for the first EP, was a very long journey of continuously challenging ourselves. I think part of this everlasting nonconformism was that we were still searching to truly understand how Bank Myna was supposed to sound.

Maud: I totally agree. It was difficult to know when and where to stop. But all in all, I think it was a very constructive journey and I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished and not just in terms of music but also of how we’ve grown a lot as a band from this experience.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Maud: So, she’s not really a newbie but I can’t not talk about my absolute love for Anna von Hausswolff who’s a true genius. Every song she writes is like heaven on earth. Again, not really new but I recently stumbled across Russian band Pinkshinyultrablast and they’re, as their name might suggest, A BLAST! Otherwise, I’ve really liked Black Mountain’s last LP, especially ‘Mother of the sun’, epic song. And last but not least, a friend of ours has just released a few songs with his band Pöllôt ( that you should definitely check out if you’re into prog rock. Their songs might surprise you. And a last last one, we’ve played a couple of shows with Morning Drops from Dijon, FR and they’re ace. They’re about to release their first EP within a few weeks so watch out, it’s gonna be good!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Maud: Something completely different from what we play… say, Abba? Ugh, but it’s been done a 100 times. I dunno. We’re not really into covers!

Dani: I think the closest we got to make a cover was an improvisation of ‘Venus in Furs’ (by The Velvet Undergroung) we did during a rehearsal!! That was quite chaotic… but very funny!!!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Maud: We wanna play play play play in every club this planet has to offer! No, let’s be serious for a minute… if you need a band to fill up a set, please, get in touch!

Dani: And composing new songs! I think we are in a sweet spot for creation as we learnt a lot with our first EP. We have now a much clearer idea about where we wanna go when we compose and at the same time a lot of unexplored territories to dig into.

Xavier: I guess we are going to add more electronic elements to the songs. At least we are trying to do so.

Q: Any parting words?
Maud: I guess that’s the place where I should write something about the upcoming French presidential elections? Please vote, it’s important!

Move Slow with XLVR - An Interview

Ares de modernidade indie pedem passagem nas páginas do TBTCI.

Muitos podem torcer o nariz, mas existe música independente moderna sendo feita atualmente com sofisticação sem soar piegas. Caso do trio de Chicago XLVR.

Com ecos de XX, Warpaint, Orange Juice e outros os caras debutaram recentemente com o dançante e "Move Slow".

Vale conferir e desmistificar que não existe música pop de qualidade.

***** Interview with XLVR *****

Q. When did XLVR start? Tell us about the history...
XLVR has been a project we've been working on for quite some time. It initially started with Chris and Aaron taking a trip up to northern Michigan in early Summer a few years ago. We stayed up there for 5 days and created the foundation of several of our first songs including 'Undertow'. It was an amazing experience where we were lucky enough to see the northern lights hovering over Lake Superior.

Q: Who are your influences?
We have a variety of influences including a lot of neo soul bands and 80s pop, throwing in some funk as well. We really love blasting Whitney Houston around the house.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
There's no way we could pick just 5 albums, but here are some of our favorites:
Warpaint - Warpaint
Michael Jackson - Thriller
The Weeknd - Trilogy
Tycho - Awake
Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We are just now starting to rehearse for our first round of live shows as XLVR so we are really looking forward to that!

Q. How do you describe XLVR sounds?
Funky bass, dreamy piano, classic guitar licks and pop vocal hooks.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We produce all our music ourselves and it involves long hours writing and recording in our home studio. Usually one of us comes to the group with a skeleton of a song and everyone provides their input until it's perfect.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Persona La Ave, FM-84, Ten Fe, and Tuxedo

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Don't Disturb This Groove by The System

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We really just want to put out as much music as we possibly can. We are almost finished with our second and third EPs and we are releasing those in the coming months. We are also hoping to start playing shows this Summer.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much for listening and we really appreciate all your kind feedback! Be on the lookout for more music soon!