sexta-feira, 21 de julho de 2017

Chasing the Light with Black Sand - An Interview

Discípulo da escola Spacemen 3, o neo zelandês, Anthony Evans, vem criando trips lisérgicas, ora em baladas transcendentais, em outras, em preces alucinógenas, conduzindo essa letargia sonora sob a alcunha de Black Sand.

E não é de hoje que o Black Sand te convida para visitar o paraíso, Anthony acabou de soltar seu quarto trabalho, o brilhante "Chasing the Light", que se Mr Peter Kember ouvir, certamente abrirá um sorriso de ponta a ponta.

Embarque na viagem e deixe o Black Sand te conduzir.

***** Interview with Black Sand *****

Q. When did Black Sand start? Tell us about the history...
1. Black Sand started in 2008. I had been recording on a cassette 4 track for 8 years and I upgraded to a Fostex digital 8 track and was happy with the results and sent some tracks to a blog - He really liked them so I thought I think I have something here...

Q: Who are your influences?
2. My influences are Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, The Stone Roses, Primal Scream and lots of dub reggae musicians and producers, King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, Lee Perry etc, the space they get in their music, man, amazing.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. 5 albums of all time - this always changes for me but this week it's:
 The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses,
Primal Scream - Screamadelica,
The Congos - Heart of the Congos,
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet,
Shack - Waterpistol

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. I don't play live, I would like to but at this stage Black Sand is a studio only project.

Q. How do you describe Black Sand sounds?
5. My sound is based on 2 to 3 chords, repetition, drone, reverb and tremolo, like a half remembered dream caught in the morning sun.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. I have an acoustic guitar in the living room and I use that to put chords together, come up with basslines, riff's etc. I'll then record using electric guitar, effects, bass guitar, drum machine and percussion on my old Fostex DMT-8 8 track digital recorder. Once I have the song together, I dump all those tracks into an iMac and edit and mix using Audacity.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. I don't listen to a lot of new music but there are a few that have caught my ear and I'm digging right now.

Ghost Wave from here in Auckland I really like, their album Radio Norfolk from last year is great.

Morningface is another who I really like, her voice and songwriting is amazing. I've collaborated with her on a couple of songs, she's ace! -

Francois Sky is a brilliant musician, if I could play guitar as half as well as he can I'd be good!! We did a song together on my last album, such a great player.

Nev Cottee's 3 albums are brilliant, think of a psychedelic English Lee Hazlewood and you're on the right track.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. I'd like to cover Song of a Baker by the Small Faces, I love that song!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. Plans for the future, keep making music!

Q: Any parting words?
10. Be good to one another and keep on keeping on.

quinta-feira, 20 de julho de 2017

Altered States with 60circuits - An Interview

Escutar o russo, 60circuits, é entrar literalmente dentro de um ácido e sentir os efeitos por dentro, triturando lentamente os neurônios a música vai adentrando por todos os poros conduzindo o nobre ouvinte a levitar, mas não espere suavidade, o 60circuits pega os experimentos mais drones e estridentes do lado ácido do Spacemen 3, leia-se Peter Kember e mistura a doses cavalares de frituras orgiásticas, padrão Bardo Pond de qualidade, e ai meu amigo, quando você se dá por si, não existe mais volta.

Agora, o mais insano e surreal do 60circuits é que tudo é concebido por um garoto de 16 anos....

Ainda há futuro para a música, com certeza há. Amém!!

***** Interview with 60circuits *****

Q. When did 60circuits start? Tell us about the history...
1. 60circuits started in late 2015, when I'd just moved to Milan, Italy from moscow. It was a very depressive and lonely time for me. I had a project called "me and the birds" before that, and when I started making material that ended up as "isolation" I felt that it was way too dark to be released under the previous moniker. "isolation" was actually the only release ever intended for the 60circuits moniker, but eventually I abandoned the previous one and started releasing music as 60circuits. The previous projects are really embarrassing for me because I didn't know anything about recording and just used garageband on my ipad (isolation was recorded in the same fashion too). Since then I've purchased more "professional" equipment and generally hugely improved the quality of my recordings. As of now, I'm still the only member of 60circuits, although I've had a couple contributions from friends on the latest record.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. It depends on the album, but I'd say my main influences are all the amazing albums from Constellation and Kranky labels. For sure the best two labels on the planet, I don't think anyone else has put out so much amazing stuff. For my latest release Altered States, I'd say the biggest influences were Spacemen 3, Can, Bardo Pond, and lots of 60s psychedelia.

Speaking about non-musical influences, it's all kinds of associations, dreams, images... As the record title indicates, altered states of consciousness is a huge influence for what I'm doing. I also find that dada and existentialist literature are big influences.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. Damn this is a really hard question. That would be very subjective, but for me, in no particular order, it's:

Duster -- Contemporary Movement
C-Clamp -- Longer Waves
The Velvet Underground -- The Velvet Underground & Nico
Stars of the Lid -- The Tired Sounds of...
Labradford -- Mi Media Naranja

(the sixth place would go to Bark Psychosis -- Hex and seventh to Windsor for the Derby -- Minnie Greutzfeldt)

For me this is more or less the list of albums which I think are perfect and will never get tired of listening to.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. I've never played live. Would love to, but so far I haven't been approached about it. It would be pretty much impossible for one person to play most of my songs live anyways...

Q. How do you describe 60circuits sounds?
5. Again depends on the album because my work is quite diverse. I'd describe my current sound as a mixture of neo-psychedelia and shoegaze, but this is all relative. I mean, I have a saxo andino and a steel tongue drum on the new record.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. The first ideas or riffs for a song always come from improvisation, usually it's just me playing guitar until I hit onto something interesting and then record the fragment so I wouldn't forget it. Then I start putting these fragments together, adding things on top of them. But for me, recording and songwriting is pretty much inseparable, as I usually just record a section and then add something else to it rather than have a full-fledged song in mind. There is always an element of improvisation to what I'm doing, most of my songs have certain improvised bits in them. And sometimes mixing plays a role too, for example, the middle section of Leaving the Body was originally a completely different recording that sounds nothing like the end result.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. Death Grips is probably the only "new" band that I listen to. I'm musically stuck in the previous century so I can't really recommend anything.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. probably going to do a couple covers of Yegor Letov's songs. As a Russian, I deeply love his art and what he did. Apart from that, doing a 13th Floor Elevators cover would be nice, but my voice ain't Roky's. His vocal range is too high.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. For 60circuits -- no idea, really. Now I feel quite worn out after making Altered States and just want to take a break -- but I also felt that after Nocturnal so who knows. Me and my friends are also working on a very "unusual" project called The Volyn Massacre? For Your Entertainment!, but we are a long way from releasing it.

Q: Any parting words?
10. I would like to thank you for making this interview possible, for a self-recording 16 year old dude this is very flattering. Also sorry if my English is ugly.

Poem of Love ◇ Poem of Sadness with DoZzz - An Interview

De Taiwan, República da China, vem os chineses sônicos do DoZzz. 

Desde que tomei conhecimento do debute deles, 'Poem of Love ◇ Poem of Sadness', foi realmente difícil deixa-lo de ouvir compulsivamente, tamanha a hipnose que o disco causa. Obviamente que os haters vão dizer que não passa de mais um clone de MBV, mas eu diria a estes haters que eles devem aprimorar um pouco sua audição. O DoZzz vai extremamente fundo em sua obsessão por efeitos, distorções, algo como se Kevin Shields, se juntasse a Oliver Ackermann e ambos decidissem que nada mais importaria a não ser transformar o mundo em um ruídos eternos

O DoZzz e sua música podem ser descritos como o elo entre o barulho intermitente e o incessante.

Absolutamente acima.

***** Interview with DoZzz *****

Q. When did DoZzz start? Tell us about the history...
It started from 2015. We love all kind of music genres. However, there's ONLY one genre which touch our mind deeply. Yes, that's shoegaze. We want to do pure shoegaze - glide guitar, fuzz-context, psychedelic misty vocal. At first, we did a lot research for the so-called shoegazing sound. Also, often upgraded guitar/bass gears to get closer form what we want to do. We have no vox in a long time before Alicia's participating. After that, DoZzz started.

Q: Who are your influences?
Kevin Shields, My Bloody Valentine, no doubt, it's classical, always. Besides, we love to reserch other band's sound on bandcamp. Our member are glad to share internally what he/she found/listen
and give a simple comment in technical quickly.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Hard to choose, if have to, it'll be..(in no particular order)
Fleeting Joys - Despondent Transponder.
Slowdive - Souvlaki.
My Bloody Valentine - m b v.
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Actually, we are new band and never done a public live yet (but soon).

Q. How do you describe DoZzz sounds?
We have 2 whammy-bar tremolo guitars, Jaguar and Jazzmaster. We'd like to put them into reverse revb(different decay) with much gliding sound. Thus, in bandroom it sounds really noisy, twisted soundshape. Drum and bass keep the song progress and 2 GT do a lot gliding on different tone.
Besides, for chord's choising, we use some concept from Jazz. For instances, at chorus part of '4am',
We use extened chord on 2 guitar and put it into dirty fuzz pedal. The combined sound really touched us.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Synchronous recording for instruments (inlcuding drum/bass/2 guitar). The recording room is also our practicing room, same amp/gears. Thus we felt comfortable and controlable on our tone. For vox, we recorded a clean vox sound and then using Strymon BigSky to create another pure-reverb vox track. Then, mixing clean/reverb vox together and pan it into a wide range feeling.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
For local bands, we love band - 'Pseudo' and 'Cat in the case'.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We did a lot cover but not for total song. Instead, we choose some most shoegazing part(might intro in halt-minut or even drum's part) and try the sound for learning and experiment. If have to, we'd love to do MBV.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In EP - 'Poem of Love ◇ Poem of Sadness', we did songs a little bit dreamy-vox and revb-guitar tone and in slower tempo. In next steps, we're trying to do more songs in fast speed and dry-fuzz context sound. We hope we could record a album for shoegazer's love.

Q: Any parting words?
We've followed TBTCI for a while and love TBTCI's project. In EP - 'Poem of Love ◇ Poem of Sadness', we tried on writing lyrics in Chinese poem format. We hope it could lead you to feel shoegazing in other language. After all, this is our love to the world. Much thanks for TBTCI.

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quarta-feira, 19 de julho de 2017

Adult Tasty Food with Karr - An Interview

Da distante e basicamente desconhecida Jitomir na Ucrânia vem o duo Karr.

Tão gélido quanto sua procedência, sua sonoridade é fria e cerebral, como os mestres da coldwave, Ihor e Ann  tem em seu currículo uma extensa discografia, cheia de singles, EPs e uma preciosidade chamada "Unheard" lançada ano passada, e agora, "Adult Tasty Food", o mais recente trabalho, concebido e direcionado da raiva até a tristeza absoluta.

Hipnoticamente envolvente, como diria meu amigo Henrique Vargas, o Karr em sua estreia, destroça toda e qualquer possibilidade de luz, deixando apenas o frio como nosso único amigo.


***** Interview with Karr *****

1. When did Karr start? Tell us about history…
Ihor: Karr started out in 2013 as a home project. Previously I was a guitar player in a shoegaze band. It was a chance to try something different.

Ann: At the very beginning Ihor recorded tracks by himself. After he showed me some of them, I was so inspired and interested that we tried to play together and it worked well.

2. Who are your influences?
Ihor: Well, Big Black, Wipers, Suicide – noise guitar stuff and old electronic music.

Ann: I am a big fan of OSTs and soundtracks from videogames, also some dark ambient and old electronic like Boards of Canada, Brian Eno etc. Oh! Belong, Angelic Process, Утро, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry… I think it’s enough.

3. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Ihor: The toughest question though…
“Is this real?” Wipers,
“Bleach”, Nirvana
“Atomizer” Big Black,
“King Night” Salem,
“Psychic…Powerless… Another Man Sac” Butthole Surfers.

Ann: I can’t say that my favorite artists made an album of All Times. They’re all good and with their specific contribution to each style.

4. How do you feel playing live?
Ihor: I can paraphrase that I’m feeling alive while playing. Nothing to add.

Ann: Different. Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes I am shy and just stand at one place thinking: “Oh people, c’mon, close your eyes”. However, it’s always a feeling of great energy that pulse inside you.

5. How do you describe Karr sounds?
Ihor: A harsh, melodic, low, sad music, haha.

Ann: Strange. All our music is different. From sad to angry, from crying to shouting.

6. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Ihor: It’s a very spontaneous thing. I can’t write anything without inspiration. If there is no inspiration, I’m not trying to push myself. I’d better go cycling down the streets.

Ann: Hah, I don’t knowJ It usually depends on Ihor’s behavior and mood.

7. Which new bands do you recommend?
Ihor: Look at the band Garden – they are incredible twins.

Ann: Yeah, Garden.

8. Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Ihor: Any Roxette song would be great. Seriously.

Ann: I prefer to create or maybe “Tainted Love” or “Enjoy the silence”? I’m joking.

9. What are your plans for the future?
Ihor: Try to survive in our country and find a better place to move.

Ann: Become a president of any country. Why not?

10. Any parting words?
Ihor: Hm…Brothers and Sisters, do you think you’re enough adult for Adult Tasty Food?

Ann: Cheers!

terça-feira, 18 de julho de 2017

Why Don't You Cry? with Leland - An Interview

Desde que o dinamarquês Filip iniciou sua saga musical sob a alcunha de Leland, vem despejando porções generosas de seu shoegaze sonhador sem se preocupar com periodicidade ou coisa que o valha, simplesmente o cara produz ferozmente no bom sentido.

Dois EPs, e um álbum, fora o novo single "Why Don´t You Cry" é o que oferta o Leland, onde tudo parece soar como a busca intensa pelo amor em formas sonoras. "(I Have To Stop Writing) Lovesongs" título do álbum cheio resume basicamente o que estas linhas tentam sugerir.

Para o Leland, mesmo que se Filip quiser, sera basicamente impossível, e improvável, que o amor fique distante de suas canções, e que assim seja.

***** Interview with Leland *****

Q. When did Leland start? Tell us about the history...
I went to a boarding school for architecture, design, art and so for half a year two tears ago and in our spare time a couple of us students made a band primarily playing shoegaze. One of the songs was called Leland - not because it had anything to do with the song, it had no lyrics, we just thought it sounded cool. When school ended i wanted to continue making music and just took that name Leland as the moniker. I did a couple of demos and put it onto Soundcloud. I was then contacted by bookers from Tape in Aarhus and Drone in Copenhagen. I got a couple of friends to play with me and played a gig at Tape, but we could never find a date with Drone and it has closed down now, but it was really cool getting contacted by two of the coolest venues in Denmark purely on the basis of demos on Soundcloud and that made me want to keep on doing it. Leland has not played live since that one gig at Tape - now it's just my bedroom solo project.

Q: Who are your influences?
I usually say that Mew was my way into almost every music i listen to. It's funny because i never listen to Mew anymore - in fact i can't really stand it except from maybe their first album. But i'm still very thankful for what they did to me in my early teenage years. They sometimes had that dreamy shoegaze sound and cited My Bloody Valentine as an influence, which got me into that scene, and from there it's just about digging in. But really the bands that influence me the most are those whom can mix a lot of different sounds - bands like Yo La Tengo and Deerhunter. I listen to a lot of different music and i always want to implement something cool when i hear it into my own music. Suddenly making a garagerock album or putting in a bossanova song out of nowhere and still having it sound like you - that's cool! But i'm also very inspired by literature of course especially in my lyrics. For example i have a song called Debauchery/Rodya and Rodya is of course form Raskolnikov and inspired by his Napoleon idea.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
The Smiths - The Queen is Dead

Really could just keep on mentioning the classics(these two are essentials!!), but might be more interesting if i name my favourite albums of never date(and by that i mean the last ten years)

Deerhunter - Microcastle
Caribou - Our Love
Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

Q. How do you feel playing live?
As Leland i have only performed once, but that was very cool. When i was younger i was really focused on not doing anything wrong, but now i'm more relaxed. As long as the overall impression and show i want to give people isn't affected it doesn't really matter to me. I like making a show with like ambient interludes, noise and so. I play in a couple of other bands and in all of them i use that as a very central part of the live performance.

Q. How do you describe Leland sounds?
I normally just call it indie pop or rock with influence from things like shoegaze, kraut, psych and ambient. Again it's about mixing everything i like.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It's just me in my room with a guitar, microphone and a sampler for drums. I try to not make it too complicated instrumentwise, but instead go very deep into the guitar and vocals. Really what i'm good at is creating moods with my guitar and voice and a lot of effects. Often there are like four guitar tracks and four vocal tracks and then just a simple drum track. The bass is played on my guitar and then EQ'ed so that it sounds like a bass. That's about it. I plan on using my Juno-106 more, but i really like making the guitar sound like something that's not a guitar - kind of like Windy & Carl.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The danish band Modest is very cool! They play romantic rockmusic and i think they are someone to look out for. They played the Rising Stage at Roskilde Festival this tuesday. Besides that they are a cool bunch of mates too. I listen a lot to the German London-based band Ulrika Spacek at the moment. They just released their second album, but the debut is no more then a year old so i guess you could say they are kind of new. They have this jamming, motorik psych/krautsound, but again adding other stuff for example Sonic Youth and Television-like guitar work, which is very cool.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Fleetwood Mac maybe. Dreams might be the best pop-song ever written!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Right now i just make a lot of songs in my bedroom and release them as i finish them. Would be cool if they could be arranged in a band situation some time, but until then i'm just making a big catalog of songs. As mentioned i play in other bands and perform live with them, so Leland is my own project where i can do whatever i want to. If it could be played with a band some day it would be cool, but i don't want to compromise with the music. Then i would rather just want it to be my own bedroom project. I have some friends who have a studio in Aarhus so maybe i would like to try and record the best of my songs there and release a cassette or 7" some day.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for supporting underground music - there is a lot of undiscovered music out there still to be heard. And go listen to my new song Why Don't You Cry? on Soundcloud or Bandcamp - i think it's one of the best i have ever made.

Passing By with Hazed - An Interview

Obscuro, envolvente, hipnótico, sensual, são alguns adjetivos que podem e descrevem a sonoridade do primeiro EP homônimo do Hazed.

Tão misterioso quanto sua sonoridade o Hazed não dispôs maiores informações sobre os próprios e coube ao TBTCI dissecar um pouco do que se trata essa beleza sonora, envolta à um pós punk gazer sensual.

Sedutoramente cativante, o Hazed induz ao vício em segundos, só nos resta a paixão imediata.

***** Interview with Hazed *****

Q. When did Hazed start? Tell us about the history...
1. Hazed was initially just the two of us(Scott and Alex), we had been writing a lot of songs together as we were already playing in a band, Home$lice. We realised that a lot of what we were coming up with wasn't really in keeping with what we were doing with Home$lice but since we live together and were writing so much we decided to do Hazed as a kind of bedroom project with no pressure to release much or do gigs or anything. Since the start we have recorded everything with our friend Paul Ferrie, he in many ways was the catalyst for us to get things together and think about forming a band as Hazed. After we recorded our first song 'I Think of You' we decided he had a lot to bring to the table in terms of drum machine and synth parts so from there he became much more heavily involved in the writing process. Our EP that we have recently released I think marks the start of us trying do be much more productive. Along with the addition of Paul we have now found a bassist in Martin McCormack so that is the lineup now complete and we can see how things develope from here.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. Our influences range from shoegaze to garage to trap, a couple of big bands for us I would say would be Slowdive, Ringo Deathstarr, Wild Nothing, Cigarettes After Sex, Warpaint and New Order.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. Top 5 albums -
Television - Marquee Moon
Modern Lovers - Modern Lovers
Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. We have yet to play live as a band yet, until Martin and Paul joined the band it would have been a real struggle for us I reckon as the two of us would have had to find a way to loop instuments and play drum machines etc, while not impossible I think the songs would have really suffered from it. Me and Alex have always enjoyed playing live in other bands though so I reckon we will have a good time when we do start gigging.

Q. How do you describe Hazed sounds?
5. I think the name Hazed sums up our sound pretty well itself, we have always wanted to go for a washed out, dreamy kind of vibe.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. The recording process begins with me and Alex, we come up with the guitar parts and vocals and basic structures to start with then will jam with Paul and Martin and everything else falls into place from there. Most of our recording so far have been done at our flat with Paul having a lot of his own recording equipment. We always try and keep everything quite simple but add any intriquices through layering guitar parts etc this way we keep it sounding as synthetic as possible whilst adding a lot of depth to the sound.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. My finger may not be so on the pulse with new bands but recently I've been listening to a lot of Hibou, I think they have been about for a couple of years though. I also found a great shoegaze band on Soundcloud called Sustains who are definitely worth a listen. We are from Glasgow and there are a tonne of great local bands about at the moment, Shredd, Life Model, Spinning Coin, Sweet Creeps, Lush Purr and Lylo to name a few.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. Would really love to cover Goodbye Horses by Q Lazarus, so will probably get round to that at somepoint.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. With the additions of Paul and Martin our plans for the future are looking good, both of them contribute a lot with the songwriting so possibly a slight shift in sound or certainly approach to writing anyway but we look to begin gigging in the next few months anyway and hopefully have some new music out at the start of the next year.

Q: Any parting words?
10. Thank you very much for taking the time to interview us, we recently made a music video, here it is...

segunda-feira, 17 de julho de 2017

Survive in Disguise with Hollow Mask - An Interview

Pic by James Hankins

Um verdadeiro eletrochoque, onde, o improvável encontro entre Sisters of Mercy e Raveonettes acontece.

Algo entre o adocicado e ensolarado e o soturno e sombrio, assim é "Survive in Disguise", EP de estréia dos britânicos do Hollow Mask.

As quatro canções que ficam entre o envolvente, o hipnótico e o caos são absolutamente viciantes.

Faça um favor a você mesmo, dê play e escute alto, bem alto, seja de dia ou a noite, tanto faz.

***** Interview with Hollow Mask *****

Picture by Stephanie Third

Q. When did Hollow Mask start? Tell us about the history…
Ollie: The band originally started when I got together with a friend of mine called Andy. He had a load of music software on his PC and I'd just bought a bass guitar. We did a couple of home demos of incredibly fast electro-punk songs – I think the first song we wrote was 200bpm. I knew Rachel was into a lot of the same sorts of bands as I am, and asked her if she wanted to sing on the demos. Not long after she'd done that, we arranged a practice with the three of us but Andy didn't turn up and basically left the band at that point. So we wrote our first song without him, with Rachel playing guitar, and it's gone from there really. How we sound now and what those first demos sounded like are two completely different things. Which is probably for the best.

Rachel: Yeah, we wanted to try our hand at being like Crystal Castles… but that all changed.

Q. Who are your influences?

Rachel: Patti Smith, Le Tigre, My Bloody Valentine, Thurston Moore Group, The Raveonettes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, PJ Harvey, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure…

Ollie: … Suicide, Iggy and the Stooges, The KVB, Ikara Colt, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Big Black, Tiger Force, Kylie Minogue, Joy Division, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Fall, Lolita Storm…

Q. Make a list of your five favourite albums of all time…
Rachel: Super Furry Animals – Fuzzy Logic, PJ Harvey – Dry, Mogwai – Young Team, Electrelane – The Power Out, The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico.

Ollie: This changes all the time but, at the moment, some of the albums I keep going back to are: Le Tigre's debut album, The Kills – Midnight Boom, David Bowie – Low, Pet Shop Boys – Actually, Sonic Youth – Dirty.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Rachel: Electrified, in a good way.

Q. How do you describe Hollow Mask's sound?
Rachel: Noisy shoegaze, noisy dream pop, noisy new wave.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Ollie: I programme all the drums, so they're already done before we go in to record. Once we're in the studio, we'll play the basic guitar and bass parts live, and then sometimes Rachel will add some extra guitar parts on top, depending on the song, and we'll finish off by doing the vocals. It's important for the recordings to have a sense of urgency and energy, even if that sometimes means they're not technically perfect.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Rachel: Chastity Belt, LA Witch, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Rome is Not a Town, and Nøught (not new but underrated).

Q. Which band would you love to do a cover version of?
Rachel: It would be loads of fun to cover my favourite bands' songs but I think we need to deliver something new to the song to make it our own somehow. Most likely by adding a drum machine and loads of feedback.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
Ollie: We've just released our debut EP, Survive in Disguise (which is on our Bandcamp page at, and we've got a video of the lead track, Waiting for Karen, coming out soon. After that we've got a couple more festival appearances coming up and then it'd be good to get back in the studio to record some new songs. We might release a cassette or something later in the year.

Rachel: Writing and playing with bands we love, hopefully.

Q. Any parting words?
Rachel: Question everything.

Ollie: If in doubt, always make the drums faster.

domingo, 16 de julho de 2017

Blurred Harmony with The Parson Red Heads - An Interview

Este é um momento que o TBTCI separou especialmente para que você inicie uma semana com os melhores fluídos e vibrações possíveis.

Pense em Big Star, Byrds, Teenage Fanclub, Luna, pense em harmonias perfeitas, pense em canções deliciosamente assobiáveis, grudentas e com um astral exalando amor, positivismo e bem estar. Todas essas belas características fazem parte do quarto trabalho do The Parson Red Heads,

Nessa turbulenta vida que levamos, melhor seguir o que o The Parson Red Heads sugerem, como diz a letra de "Coming Down"," I´m alright, I´m alright, I´m alright.." e é isso aí, boas vibrações e tenham uma ótima semana.

***** Interview with The Parson Red Heads *****

Q. When did The Parson Red Heads start? Tell us about the history...
We started back in 2003 - 2004. I met Sam in college. We discovered we loved the same kind of music, and had an immediate friendship. Started talking about forming a band. My friends from high school, Anastasia and Brette (who I later married), played bass and drums, so we just started up playing! The lineup went through various changes over the years, especially once we moved down to LA in late 2005. But Sam, Brette, and myself have always been at the core of it. Once we moved to LA, that's when things really took off - we played a LOT, every show we could get our hands on, and practiced and recorded a bunch, too. That's when we really started taking it seriously. And we've just kept at it since then!

Q: Who are your influences?
We have so many various influences, and I feel like they've changed over the years, but I think the major ones right now are bands like Teenage Fanclub, The Jayhawks, The Feelies, The Beatles, The Byrds, Wilco, Beachwood Sparks ... these are probably not surprises to you! We have a lot of other influences, but I think those are major ones that you can really hear in the music, too.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
So difficult!!!
At this very moment (and it could change at any time), I'd say top 5 albums:
1. The Beatles - Abbey Road
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. Luna - Penthouse
4. The Blue Nile - A Walk Across The Rooftops
5. The Byrds - Notorious Byrds Bros

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I LOVE playing live. One of my favorite things to do! It's so fun to entertain people, to play our songs for them, and just to meet so many interesting and wonderful people when we travel and play live. The songs really take on a life of their own, too, when we play them live, and I really like that.

Q. How do you describe The Parson Red Heads sounds?
I think an apt description is ... Power Pop mixed with cosmic american music, maybe? We aren't quite americana, but we have that flair occasionally. I think we are more power pop / jangle pop. Maybe folk-rock is the best answer, haha.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Recording - this album, we recorded everything ourselves at my house. We just setup a make-shift studio in my den and tracked everything there, with some overdubbing down in Sam's basement. But we were really in charge of all the tracking and recording, and then we handed it off to our good friend Danny O'Hanlon to mix it all after we tracked it. Which was great, he made it sound really beautiful!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Favorite newer bands right now - GospelbeacH (featuring Brent from beachwood Sparks), Michael Nau (solo stuff from the singer from Cotton Jones), Eyelids (a local Portland band, really fantastic power-pop / paisley underground sort of music)

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Every year we cover one album from beginning to end - we love playing Tom Petty albums, or Beatles albums. I dream of covering George Harrison's big album "All Things Must Pass" someday. But it would be very difficult!!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Hopefully just continuing to record and put out music that people like and care about, and playing shows whenever we can ... we are so happy just playing and recording at our own pace, putting out songs that we are proud of and that people enjoy!

The World Drops Dead with Velveteen Riot - An Interview

Sabe aquele padrão de qualidade escocês? Pois então, Glasglow sempre nos ofertou preciosidades, não preciso me estender muito nesse quesito, mas, todavia, de Aztec Camera a Primal Scream, de Pastels a Mogwai, e a lista é absolutamente interminável.

E é de lá que vem o novato Velveteen Riot, um quarteto que tem em seu mix sonoro a verve indie de qualidade, seja passeando pela class of 86, garage, pop punk, shoegaze, ou apenas revivendo a época áurea das guitar bands.

Assim é "The World Drops Dead", último trabalho deles. Um epzinho pra ouvir em alto e bom som, seja dando uma volta de skate, ou dando um rolê pela cidade, não tem tempo ruim com os caras.

O Velveteen Riot é escocês de qualidade como um daqueles bons Scotches, mas por aqui você pode e deve apreciar sem moderação.

***** Interview with Velveteen Riot *****

Q. When did Velveteen Riot start? Tell us about the history...
Morven and I (Beth) met when I was playing an acoustic gig in Mono in Glasgow, from then we decided to start a band and put up advertisements for bassists and drummers. Soon after this we found Max (bass) and John (drums). After our first time playing together we wrote around 3 full songs!

Q: Who are your influences?
We take influences from lots of different genres. We all share a real love for guitar music, in general. In particular, our sound is inspired by indie rock, garage, punk, grunge and shoegaze it's a real mix!

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. Meat Is Murder-The Smiths
2. Five Leaves Left-Nick Drake
3. Is This It-The Strokes
4. In The Aeroplane Over the Sea-Neutral Milk Hotel
5. Loveless-My Bloody Valentine

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is a strange but enjoyable experience. The lead up to gigs is always stressful but it always seems to fall into place once we start playing. We try to relax once we've made it to the stage and just enjoy ourselves

Q. How do you describe Velveteen Riot sounds?
I think we sound like a bit of everything. We like the concept of noise being contrasted with melodic and soft vocals. We also love writing good pop songs with real pop hooks and catchy riffs. I think that's what has captured people's attention to the songs

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. We all share songwriting duties. A lot of the time John writes melodies and we all get together and it fits when we play. Other times Morven and I come up with sections of songs and we both share lyric writing. Max comes up with most of his bass lines too so it's a real collective effort between us all. John does all the recording and mixing to a high standard which is brilliant and makes recording an enjoyable process

When we record it's usually during the rehearsal, we do all the instruments there and then Beth does vocals at John's home studio, he then mixes and masters everything there.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We'd love to cover Abba at some point, we all love them and think it would be really fun. We'll definitely do it one day!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We've been writing and recording lots of new songs so we'd love to record an album at some point soon, keep gigging and hopefully tour!

sexta-feira, 14 de julho de 2017

Airwaves with Moon - An Interview

Moon é a mais nova viagem sonora a aportar nas páginas do TBTCI.

Conduzindo por um homem só, no caso, Etai Fuchs, uma garoto ainda no auge de sua adolescência, mais precisamente 18 anos. O Moon em sua estreia navega entre terrenos modernos da psicodelia eletrônica, influência direta do Animal Collective, mas sem as frescurites que caracterizam os caras, o Moon soa mais cru, mais energético, mais noventista em alguns momentos, como na barulhenta "Fire".

Pelas demos do Moon, nota-se que o potencial esta ali, e pode gerar belos frutos.

***** Interview with Moon *****

Q. When did Moon start? Tell us about the history...
1) I have been recording and producing music for about 5 years. I started out making EDM under various names. When I first listened to The Velvet Underground & Nico my perspective on music changed radically (cliche, I know) and I became interested in rock music. The name MOON came about when I was creating the artwork for the EP having already finished the music. The name came from the album Pink Moon by Nick Drake and the song "Moon" by The Microphones.

Q: Who are your influences?
2) My top influences on this EP include The Microphones, My Bloody Valentine, Duster, Animal Collective, and Galaxie 500.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3) My Bloody Valentine - Loveless,
The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2,
The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico,
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion,
Madvillain - Madvillainy.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4) I've actually never played live under the name MOON or playing any of my recent solo music. I am only 18 years old and am mainly interested in recording but I would love the opportunity to perform. When I have performed in the past it has been extremely gratifying.

Q. How do you describeMoon sounds?
5) When I put the EP together I wanted it to combine some of my favorite elements of the music I was into at the time. For example, I wanted the warm analog sound of Duster, the dreaminess of My Bloody Valentine, and the sad understated singing of The Microphones. I also tried to emphasize the experimental nature of artists like The Microphones and Animal Collective.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6) With the exception of "Airwaves", all of these songs started on the guitar. I wrote chord progressions, riffs, and or lyrics, and then recorded them. From there the songs were finished almost exclusively on the computer. I recorded vocals and some shaker but all of the other instruments were done using VST instruments. The DAW I use is Ableton and I used VST instruments including Native Instruments Kontakt, Arturia Minimoog, and U-he Diva. I also used VST effects including Fabfilter Saturn and PSP Vintage Warmer 2 to give the songs a warm analog sound.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7) Recently I have been listening to modern artists like SALES, Sunflower Bean, and Protomartyr.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8) I have been working on a few cover songs that I may eventually release. One artist which I have wanted to make a cover of for a while is Rocketship.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9) I am starting college at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in August where I will be studying music technology. I will probably release another EP in the next few months and plan on continuing to record and release music for the foreseeable future.

Q: Any parting words?
10) I have spent the last few years of my life trying to absorb as much music as I could. I have been making myself listen to many genres that I initially didn't like, for example Hip-Hop and Jazz. So to anyone out there who has a passion for music, go expose yourself to everything that is out there, even if you initially don't like it, because it will change your perspective on music.

Suceso en la Plaza with Dylan Thomas - An Interview

Quando Mercedes Oller do trio predileto da casa Las Robertas me apresentou o trabalho e Jan, Diego, Sebas e Esteban ou melhor, Dylan Thomas, também da Costa Rica, foi amor a primeira audição.

É aquele tipo de música que gruda na mente, e vai entorpecendo gradativamente, sem dar espaço para respiros, e, assim foi meu encontro com os caras.

E hoje, veio ao mundo o debute do Dylan Thomas, "Suceso en la Plaza", primeiro EP dos caras, passeia entre o shoezage e a class of 86 de forma apaixonada e cuidadosamente ruidosa, sem extremos, apenas o bom e velho noise pop.

Escute alto em seus fones de ouvido e aproveite o frescor do Dylan Thomas.

***** Interview with Dylan Thomas *****

Q. When did Dylan Thomas start? Tell us about the history...
Diego: Everything started with our former bassist and Jan (guitar & vocals). They were classmates at high school and they used to play at Jan’s house, but not as a real band. Then, in December 2015, I was contacted being just a beginner drummer (which was kind of risky) by the former bassist on the closing party of a very well known venue in San José (for the indie/alternative community at least). We barely knew each other, but I accepted to rehearse with them. Two weeks later we recorded a demo called “Solo en San José”, which was released in january 13th, and then played our first show on February 11th.

After that, we played several shows in 2016. A second guitarist played two gigs with the band but then left. I used to play with Sebastián (current guitarist) in another band, so I invited him to join us and he accepted. “Suceso en la Plaza” (first EP), started being recorded in September 2016 and was finished by March of this year. Through the recording process, Esteban (current bassist) made a documentary about and due to that he learned all the songs from the “EP” on guitar. After the former bassist left the band, we asked him to join right around May I think. And that’s how we all got together.

Q: Who are your influences?
All: Beach Fossils, Sonic Youth, Astrobrite, Deerhunter, DIIV, Bored Nothing, A Place To Bury Strangers, LSD and the Search of God, Pavement, Girls and My Bloody Valentine.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth
We’ll Have a Time - Dear Nora
Either/Or - Elliott Smith
Crush - Astrobrite
And Don’t the Kids Just Love It - Television Personalities

Exploding Head - A Place to bury strangers
Midnight Cleaners - The Cleaners from Venus
I Had the blues but I shook them loose - Bombay bicycle club
Daydream Nation -Sonic Youth
Three imaginary boys - The Cure

(In no particular order)
Ok Computer - Radiohead
Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth
Nevermind - Nirvana
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan

Not really an album person.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Jan: We really enjoy playing live although we are kind of shy and we hardly ever interact with the audience. Lately people has started moshing at our shows, which we enjoy a lot, especially when we play without a stage (like in house shows) because you get sucked into the pit while playing or pushed onto the drum kit or that kind of stuff...and that’s really cool.

Q. How do you describe Dylan Thomas sounds?
Sebas: The appropriate description of our sound is Shoegaze/Noise pop. We like to make our music in a simple way adding catchy melodies, trying to make it easy to listen and enjoyable while at the same time trying not to (due to feedback and weird effect noises). We are also more interested on transmitting emotions rather than a concrete message in our songs.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Diego: It was quite fun and educational for all of us. We recorded the songs with Oscar Herrera (he also mixed the tracks and mastered the record), which was an amazing decision, because he really understood what we were looking for with the sound and really helped us to achieve that.

Everything was recorded at his house. Drums were recorded in the dinning room, then bass and guitars were recorded at his home studio placed next to the backyard. Drums and bass were recorded quite normally. After that we spent a couple of days recording guitars, for which we did a lot of layering. Jan really likes to play with feedback and that sort of stuff, so he took some time to work that out.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Jan: At the moment there is a small shoegaze scene in Costa Rica that’s just starting to develop. Some of our favorite bands at the moment are: Queridos Edificios, Sway, Kibbo Kift and Caidas Libres. Most of those bands were formed this year and are really great.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Jan: I think it would be nice to cover anything by The Beach Boys. Maybe an instrumental one since I don’t know how to sing properly.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Diego: We hope to play in new places, it could be very fun being able to travel and play at the same time. We also want to record an LP, but it doesn’t have date yet. In general, we just want to keep playing and having fun.

Q: Any parting words?
Jan: Not really.

quinta-feira, 13 de julho de 2017

Foggy Days with Strawberry Seas - An Interview

Guitarras preguiçosas, vocais preguiçosos, um leve toque de psicodelia, melodias que grudam, assim são os franceses Strawberry Seas, que recém debutaram com seu primeiro EP, homônimo.

Se houver uma árvore genealógica na qual os caras se encaixem, seria um cruzamento entre Oasis e Pavement, sem os excessos de ambos os lados, apenas música, nada mais, mesmo porque o disquinho flui numa boa vibração, sem afetações maiores.

Uma bela estréia, que merece toda a atenção.

***** Interview with Strawberry Seas *****

Q. When did Strawberry Seas start? Tell us about the history...
Strawberry Seas is a band located in Tours, France (in the Loire Valley – castles and good wine...) The founders are us, Carine and Raphael, and we both sing and play guitars and synths. I (Raphael) played in several rock bands in the last years, and Carine wrote unreleased songs on her own. We decided to put it all together and start the adventure with Romain, a good friend of us on the drums with whom I played in the past, and other live musicians.

Q: Who are your influences?
We had many musical crushes since our teenage years. Our first love (this is how we met each other) was for american indie rock of the 90's with bands like Nirvana, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr or Smashing Pumpkins, and next Pavement and Sparklehorse. We also like shoegaze bands in general, Britpop, Psychedelia, and also 60's pop and folk.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Nirvana - In Utero
The Beatles - Revolver
Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Strawberry Seas didn't play live yet, the first EP has just been released. We are only starting to rehearse with live musicians, so the live show will be a real discovery, even for us. We are excited to see how the songs will sound live.

Q. How do you describe Strawberry Seas sounds?
We are always according a lot of importance on songwriting. The melody comes first, before lyrics or ambience. So, we are not attached to one particular sound, the song can change halfway to another direction which we didn't planned originally. It goes with the variety of our influences. A song can have a dreamy shoegaze basis, and others can start with a laid-back slacker guitar riff. We build everything around a melody and it always ends into a pop song. We're still exploring the many directions we can go. It can be captivating, but sometimes we can get lost.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The entire EP has been recorded in our home studio (our living room). We played all the instruments except the drums, which were made by our friend Romain. It had an importance on the process of creating the songs, because our songs can change a lot when we start to record and to arrange it.
Some songs can be created individually by one of us and then we put it together, and the other one can bring a particular ambience, an other part or a different chord, that will make the difference and make the song less previsible. But most of the songs were made together, starting with a chord progression on guitar or keyboard which inspired a vocal melody. We are complementary in the way that we see what can be great in the other's work. A simple riff played naively can waken the other's inspiration. Living together under the same roof make this process easy, and it's even easier because we grew up together making our musical culture.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There is a lot of present artists we love, such as Pond, Ultimate Painting, Bill Ryder-Jones or Kevin Morby. We also recommand you a great french band called The Liminanas. They play a retro-sixties psychedelic pop adding a french color to it. Their reputation grows a lot (Anton Newcombe of BJM loves them). There is also a new band from Paris called Bryan's Magic Tears who released an EP recently that we loved.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Maybe a shoegaze version of Crosby Still Nash and Young, or a Blur cover band with the lyrics of Oasis...

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Build a band for playing live, playing venues and keep writing the best songs we can.

Q: Any parting words?
Stay creative:)

quarta-feira, 12 de julho de 2017

Saudade with Bleach Dream - An Interview

Mais um duo nas páginas do TBTCI, desta vez Marty Greensill e Dave O'Kane ou Bleach Dream para os íntimos. 

E para manter a tradição, os caras são da Austrália, desnecessário eu comentar novamente que algo acontece de especial por lá, porque, são tantas belíssimas bandas que aparecem por lá que o TBTCI daqui a pouco vai ter que dedicar um projeto inteiramente para lá.

Bem, o Bleach Dream esta em vias de debutar com seu primeiro trabalho, mais precisamente em 21 de Julho, vira ao mundo "Saudade", e como aperitivo, temos "Drown in Colors" e "Fifth & Mainview", dois belos cartões de visitas e altamente recomendados a fãs de dreampop com um espectro que remete diretamente a belezas como The Chills e Go-Betweens, além de contemporâneos como DIIV, entre outros.

Que venha logo o dia 21, para que o mundo seja mais sonhador, se depender do Bleach Dream, ele certamente o sera. 

***** Interview with Bleach Dream *****

Q. When did Bleach Dream start? Tell us about the history…
Bleach Dream formed in September 2016 after a trip to the States. I’d been listening to a lot of synth/dream pop music while traveling and the style of music basically became a soundtrack to the holiday. When I returned to Melbourne I found myself writing music of a similar nature. Dave and I have been friends for years and he digs similar tunes so it made sense that we would write and record together. We wrote our first track ‘Drown In Colours’ in early September and finished writing the record (Saudade) in February this year. We’re looking forward to releasing the album in July.

Q: Who are your influences?
We have many influences, all of different styles and eras. In terms of who I think we sound like our key influences would have to be Slowdive, The Cure, Crowded House, DIIV to name a few...

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Beck - Sea Change
PJ Harvey - White Chalk
The Beatles - Rubber Soul
DIIV - Oshin
The Cure - Disintegration

I’ve listened to these records hundreds of times. Every tune off every album is perfect. You can’t go wrong.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We actually don’t play live and have no plans to at this stage. We’ve just finished our first record and love working in the studio and writing together. For the time being that’s the plan for record number two.

Q. How do you describe Bleach Dream sounds?
Hmmm tough one. The best response I could give would probably be upbeat Dream Pop... I think sonically we have a somewhat similar sound to many classic Shoegaze and Dream Pop bands, but the majority of our tunes tend to be slightly faster. Most of the songs are guitar driven however some have no guitars at all and rely on synths. The aim was to build jangly atmospheric songs that capture sounds predominantly from the 60s and 90s.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
All of the songs were recorded in my apartment in Melbourne. Dave and I would spend time writing songs separately during the week and most weekends we would get together to work on vocal melodies and lyrics. When we were comfortable that any given song was ready we would finalise the recording and move onto the next until the record felt complete. The album was mastered by Jack the Bear from Deluxe Mastering in Brunswick, Victoria.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I actually listen to far less new music than I should as it's difficult for me to break away from listening to the records I already love. I’m enjoying the new War On Drugs singles at the moment, and also love the new record from Miranda Lee Richards ‘Existential Beast’. I’ve only just stumbled across American band Cemeteries, which I’m playing constantly.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I’ve always wanted to cover a few Simon & Garfunkel tunes, particularly the early 60s stuff, not sure we could do it justice though...

Q: What are your plans for the future?
At the moment we're really into 60s folk music so I’m writing songs that are mainly driven by acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies. We’re hoping to release a second record at some point, but we’ll need to get the first one out the door before we think too much about what’s next.

Q: Any parting words?
Maybe just the obvious plug opportunity... Our record ‘Saudade’ will be released Friday July 21st. The album will be available digitally on iTunes and for streaming on Spotify and SoundCloud. CDs will be available via Bandcamp and a couple of our singles 'Fifth & Mainview' and 'Drown In Colours' are already available on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud. We hope people love it!

Ground with Pesk - An Interview

O casal neozelandês Amee e Rafferty depois que se casaram resolveram que uma de suas atividades matrimoniais era pura e simplesmente expurgar os demônios internos através de esporros sonoros, daí após dois anos de casados resolveram fundar o Pesk, e o a decisão mais acertada que poderiam fazer.

E assim nasceu "Ground" primeiro trabalho deles, lançado no início do ano, como a grande maioria dos discos atuais, disponibilizados de forma digital no bandcamp deles. O disco é uma cacetada a base de guitarras que mais parecem marretas, confrontado à um clima denso e cinzento, sempre conduzido voz de Amee.

Chama o Pesk como quiser, shoegaze, noise, no wave, post punk, o fato é que eles criaram espasmos sonoros, simples assim.

Agora, um hiato do Pesk esta por vir, o motivo, bem, leia a entrevista e você entendera.

O TBTCI felicita o casal e aguarda os próximos capítulos dessa história.

***** Interview with Pesk *****

Q. When did Pesk start? Tell us about the history...
Pesk is composed of Amee and Rafferty. We got married in 2012 and conceived Pesk in 2014 after we stopped moving around for long enough to set up our instruments.

Q: Who are your influences?
More than any particular individual or band our songs are influenced by the other things that take up space in our minds and lives; politics, social dynamics, weather, the natural world, inner struggles and triumphs…

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The 5 albums we have listened to the most together would probably be:

Alan Vega - Untitled
Om - Conference of the Birds
Slowdive - Souvlaki
The Creatures - Boomerang
The Black Angels - Directions to See a Ghost

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It depends. Usually pretty nervous but our shows tend to be intimate and well received which feels really nice.

Q. How do you describe Pesk sounds?
We sound like spending winter at the bottom of a troubled world. If pressed to relate this to other bands it'd be something like Varg Vikernes arguing with Nico in Trent Reznor's kitchen after everyone else has gone home.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Our songs were recorded, mixed and mastered by Nick Graham at The Attic in Dunedin, New Zealand. Amee was heavily pregnant so there was a sense of urgency about the process, which perhaps gives a rawness to some parts. Also holding the guitar was tricky. Despite this it went pretty smoothly and we were really pleased with how it turned out.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We are spoilt for excellent local bands at them moment - Death and The Maiden, Élan Vital, Strange Harvest, Waterfalls, and Motte are all worth checking out.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I think it would be fun to do stripped back, industrial covers of classical pieces.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are pretty focussed on being parents and other life commitments, so we are having a musical hiatus for the time being.

Q: Any parting words?
Be nice to one another.

terça-feira, 11 de julho de 2017

Seaglass with Leisure Walks - An Interview

Ouvir o duo australiano Leisure Walks é se intoxicar com o amor.

Uma aura tenra e doce vai invadindo mente, corpo e alma durante a audição do primeiro trabalho deles, o EP, "Seaglass".  Desde a bela "Aibohparoga" até a redenção com a lindíssima releitura de "All of My Tears" do Spacemen3/Spiritualized. "Seaglass" é um medicamento poderoso para curar machucados do cotidiano.

Um verdadeiro sopro de candura que todo ser humano precisa, ainda mais nos dias caóticos em que vivemos.

***** Interview with Leisure Walks *****

Q. When did Leisure Walks start? Tell us about the history...
A. We were already kind of jamming now and then in late 2016, and one night at a gig we decided to actively try and write some songs and get something happening and recorded. The catalyst was an instrumental track that was written while we were on different continents that was sung over later once we started living together (~Dec ’16), then the ideas for others/covers came together later, and in different ways.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Specifically for this project - Spacemen 3 and all affiliates beyond, Stereolab, Kraftwerk, Beach House, Cocteau Twins, Alvvays, Velvet Underground, The Wake, Total Control, vhs dream, Blouse, Broadcast, Galaxie 500, Harmonia, Slowdive, New Order, The Radio Dept.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. Selena: The Strokes – Room on Fire
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground (1969)
Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch
Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Beach House – Depression Cherry

Roland: Television - Adventure
Kraftwerk - Ralf und Florian
Joni Mitchell – Hejira
Neu! – Neu! ‘75
The Wake – Here Comes Everybody

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. We have yet to play live and given the nature of the ‘band’ it doesn’t seem likely to happen any time soon!

Q. How do you describe Leisure Walks sounds?
A. This will be the first time doing so, but generally electronic tinged dreampop with lots of layers/lead lines popping up here and there, quite far from a straightforward band sound – a recording project at heart.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A. Everything is done in our room where we only have one microphone and limited gear – a computer, guitars, one synth/organ, one drum machine, shakers/tambourine, effects units. For the covers, all the music is done first to figure the direction that the track will go in, then the vocals. For the originals, one of us will come up with an initial melody/chord sequence on guitar or keys and go from there in various ways. Selena writes the words sometimes after hearing an instrumental track, or sometimes with a song in mind with chords simultaneously.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. In Australia – VIM, Pure Moods, Jade Imagine, Bananagun, Jaala, Miris, Hills Hoist, Sachet, Terry.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. So many! We have been thinking Broadcast lately as it would suit us and our current mindset in many ways. Nancy Sinatra’s ‘So Long Babe’ has been begging for a dreampop cover for years for sure.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. We have done a Stereolab cover, Strobo Acceleration, for the upcoming tribute compilation by TBTCI! There’ll surely be many more songs written and recorded as well as covers but who knows when they’ll surface and what form they’ll take.

Q: Any parting words?
A. Thanks so much to you Renato! So happy to be involved with the tribute compilations and to have your interest in our original songs too, thanks to anyone who has listened also.