sexta-feira, 28 de novembro de 2014

Synthstatic with Nothing. Existed. - An Interview

A mistura de pos punk, noise, shoegazer e dark nunca foi tão bem executa como no ep de estreia do Nothing. Existed.

A brutalidade escura dos caras espanta e surpreende, uma das melhores coisas lançadas neste 2014, doentio, caótico, cerebral e intenso, No Future do Nothing. Existed. vai direto para os grandes lançamentos deste ano.

Simplesmente indispensável.

***** Interview with Nothing. Existed. *****

Q: When did N.E. start, tell us about the history:
TB: First started writing and recording under the N.E. name in 2009 when I was living in Norwich, at that stage it was RW and I, and then later just myself. The demo from this period is still out there if people look hard enough. N.E. was put on hold while I focused on other artistic pursuits. In late 2013 it was resurrected with RC joining. During 2014 RA was added to the line-up.

Q: What are your influences?
N.E.: absurdism, brutalism, Laika, the ocean, psychogeography, reading, reification of freedom, situationism, concrete, static.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time:
N.E.: Not necessary of all time, but these are five albums we could partially agree on

Asylum Party – Borderline
Ceremony - Disappear
Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
Skywave – Synthstatic

Q. How do you feel playing live?
N.E.: Nothing

Q. How do you describe N.E. sounds?
N.E.: Bedroom gothgaze

Q: Tell us about the recording process?
TB: There is no formal recording process, I will plug in and start recording straight away and build a song around whatever I come up with.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
N.E: There are lots, here are a few:

Autumns, Decades/Failures, Deficit Budgétaire, Gleemer, Koma Koma, Psychic Hearts, Static Daydream, The Amount of Light We Give Off, Veil of Light, XTRA Human, and everything on Anywave records.

Q: Which bands would you like to cover?
N.E: No one. People should cover N.E.

Q: What´s the plans for future?
N.E.: Work on the follow up to No Future and more releases. Prepare for 2015 live appearances.

Q: Any parting words?
N.E.: First, that nothing exists, second, that even if existence exists, it is inapprehensible, and third, that even if existence is apprehensible, it cannot be communicated or interpreted.

quinta-feira, 27 de novembro de 2014

Cupid Come with Under Electric Light - An Interview

Danny Provencher é Under Electric Light, sob imersões shoegazers e calibragens altas de dream pop, o UEL é composto por camadas e mais camadas e trilhas sonhadoras e apaixonantes.

Waiting for the rain to fall é o debute de 2011, tem eps antes e depois mas esse álbum, esse álbum é pra se ouvir alto em qualquer lugar, seja no aconchego de seu lar de forma introspectiva seja nos seu headphones e bem alto, não importa, a beleza do Under Electric Light é empolgante de qualquer maneira.

Tem que ter.

***** Interview with Under Electric Light *****

Q. When did Under Electric Light starts, tell us about the history...
It started in 1999 but I was doing more instrumental electronic stuff. Then a friend of mine joined the project in 2005 and that is when we did the first ep together (Blue ep). This was the first proper Under Electric Light ep.

Q: Who are your influences?
Old stuff : Kraftwerk, Slowdive, New Order, MBV, Seefeel

More recent stuff : The Notwist, I Break Horses, The Field, The Radio Dept.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Hmmm… tough one,
• Stone Roses – Stone Roses
• My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything
• The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
• Brian Eno – Music for Airports
• New Order Technique

Q. How do you fell playing live?
I played live once in the days of the Blue ep. It was fun, but it never happened again. I have a big fear of playing live. Seeing Panda Bear live recently made me want to try again. He was alone on stage with his machines but it was amazing. Highly psychedelic. The movies behind him were crazy.

Q. How do you describe Under Electric Light sounds?
Pop music, with a shoegaze feel to it ? I like reverb and delay. I like it when instruments are drenched in reverb. I also love tape echo effects like in old Jamaican Dub music. I ‘m a big fan of overdrive also.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It is a very long process unfortunately… I realized two weeks ago that I haven’t released anything in 4 years. Thats incredible. I’m not making music full time and a lot of big changes happened in my life during those 4 years but still…

I often start with a guitar riff, a melody and then I build the song around that. Sometimes I will sit with my bass and sing something over a bassline. Using Ableton Live gives me the ability to arrange songs pretty quickly. The only problem with those softwares is the number of possibilities you have. I mean, how much time do you need to spend on finding the right reverb sound when you have hundreds of them. I think next time I make an album I’m going to limit myself to certain instruments and plugins. I think it would be faster and easier for me.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I really like Younghusband from London. They are the best british band I have heard in quite a while. I also really like I Break Horses. Saw them live last year and they were brilliant. These days, I listen to Andy Stott a lot. Is new album is brilliant. Be Forest from Italy are also very good.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I’m not into covers that much but probably The House of Love. Q: What´s the plans for future....

I have a new ep that I want to release. I give myself another month to finish the mixes. I also want to start a completely new project, different from Under Electric Light. Something more electronic/ambient but with vocals. I also have a 2 tracks ep that I want to release under a different name. It’s stuff I did a while ago that sounds more like New Order and Andrew Weatherall’s early stuff.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for the interview! It was really fun.

quarta-feira, 26 de novembro de 2014

Infinite Sadness with In Her Eye - An Interview

Boderline é o mais nome trabalho dos italianos do In Her Eye, e ele veio mais coeso do que os trabalhos anteriores. Intenso melodicamente, lembrando tanto Smashing Pumpkins e MBV como Cure e New Order, e essa mistura de pós punk com noise é precisa nas mãos dos caras.

Chameleon é a favorita por aqui pesada e soturna, violenta e sedutora é a via que conduz Boderline, Situation é o oposto menos ruidosa e mais rítmica também é uma das grandes do disquinho, que no final torna-se altamente linear com a estrondosa Push me Down.

Mais um grande álbum vindo da Itália neste 2014.

***** Interview with In Her Eye *****

Q. When did In Her Eye starts, tell us about the history...
In Her Eye was born in 2007: we all live in Milan, we've been friends for ages and we share similar influences, so it was somewhat natural

The project as it is was born when the guy who played bass guitar in our old project decided to leave the band, and we finally realized what we really wanted to do

Q: Who are your influences?
We have a lot of different influences, from New Order to Sonic Youth, from Duran Duran to Girls Against Boys, passing through Dinosaur Jr., Swervedriver, The Cure...and many more, really.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Here's six in random order from Giuseppe (most of them would be mentioned by the other guys in the band as well):
Cure - Disintegration
Voivod - Nothingface
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon collie & the infinite sadness
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Nirvana - In utero -
Pink Floyd - The piper at the gates of dawn

Q. How do you feell playing live?
Playing live is our natural element, the air we breathe. It excite us and sustain us. We have a visceral attitude when we're on the stage, we try to live what we're playing and for sure we're not static and distant from the audience. In a word, we live for live

Q. How do you describe In Her Eye sounds?
Someone says we play some sort of "melodic noise", someone else says we're "Shoegaze postmortem", but we love to think we play "Supersonic New Wave". It's a sound that starts from New Wave, with different viewing angles, something distorted but melodic.

Something emotional.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We've never done any pre-production for our two albums. When we feel we're ready, we just go to the studio. We record rhythmic sessions, then try to have fun finding particular sounds to make songs explode.

Who knows what the future will bring anyway, we always try to experiment and we have no fixed laws.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
There are a lot of interesting new (at least, recent) bands we like, sometimes known and sometimes pretty osbcure : Disappears, Joy, Wild Nothing, Stella Diana, Ummagma, Rev Rev Rev, Me You Us Them, Sea Dweller, Amusement parks on fire, Excusers, A place to bury strangers, Agatha, Starcontrol, Leave the Planet, Vibragun, Seasurfer...and this is just to name a few

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We are not great fan of covers, we like creating our own material more. Anyway, sometimes we have fun trying to play some song from New Order or Cure, or the early Pink Floyd. But it's just for us, we prefer to let our own sound come out.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We'd like to play live a lot, in Italy and abroad. We'd like to come to South America because we feel there's a lot of interest in this genre here, the scene seems really active. And we want to keep up our work, always experimenting and trying new sounds.

Q: Any parting words?
Don't forget to listen to our stuff and add us on social networks, and then let us know your feeling and emotions. Always support the underground scene.

Many thanks Renato for the the interview and the support you're giving us through your channels.
Thanks guys

Passions Divisées with Automelodi - An Interview

Xymox,, Trisomie 21 são a fonte de inspiração para o Automelodi, synth wave dançante e gélida, propícia para dançar em inferninhos esfumaçados e escuros.

Surlendemains Acides seu mais recente trabalho é um mergulho profundo ao distante 80´s, e o disquinho é um verdadeiro hit álbum, todas as músicas são potenciais hits noturnos.

O Automelodi é um convite pra pista, fácil.

***** Interview with Automelodi *****

Q. When did Automelodi starts, tell us about the history.. .
Automelodi started in 2006, but I had been active with different musical projects since the early/mid-90s. In many ways, Automelodi takes its roots in my first solo electronic project, Arnaud Lazlaud. I released two EPs (in 1999 and 2000) under that name.

Q: Who are your influences?
Basically a bunch of angry accordion players who sang bitter songs on public squares, for audiences of alcoholics and pigeons. Most of these singing accordionists are dead now. The alcoholics and pigeons are still there, though.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
(in no particular order)

1. Brigitte Fontaine - “Brigitte Fontaine est… Folle”
2. Trisomie 21 - “The First Songs” (Le Repos des enfants heureux / Passions divisées)
3. Indefinite Om Brigade - “Blue Notes From The Never Instant”
4. Roberto Cacciapaglia - “Sonanze”
5. Itsumo - “Tsuneni” (original Japanese edition)

Q. How do you fell playing live?
Under ideal conditions, playing live probably feels better than most other activities/situations present in my life.

Q. How do you describe Automelodi´s sounds?
I often describe sounds as geometrical shapes of different sizes and colors. I suppose the electronic instrumentation and my overall mood (especially on the most recent LP) have led me to often privilege sharp, scalene shapes... like splinters of bright, primary colors evolving in diagonal patterns over an overall dark background.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
While the writing/composing process is in general a deliberate confrontation with insanity, the recording process essentially consists in organizing a system of parameters in order to catalyze that particular confrontation and then seal it into a more-or-less transparent capsule, A.K.A. the audio recording medium. The two processes can be merged to a certain extent, or completely. It’s all a matter of strategy.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Essaie Pas. Keluar. Violence. Xarah Dion. Phase Fatale. Effet Werther. Further Reductions. Cinema Vengeance.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Remiggi 5000 …Also some songs/poems by Lena Platonos.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
In a few weeks I will start mixing the debut album of a NYC band called The Harrow and otherwise spend a lot of time writing new material for Automelodi.

Q: Any parting words?
“Please don’t forget to leave the keys in the mailbox.”
Thanks Xavier

Endless Summer with His Clancyness - An Interview

Vicious é o título do debute lançado ano passado pelo His Clancyness, mezzo canadense mezzo italiano, os caras acertaram em cheio no disquinho, um suave e elegante mistura de The Chills e Go-Betweens com nuances de dreampop.

Um doce e tenra psicodelia permeia Vicious do início ao fim, sempre sutil e apurada, melodioso e sedutor, a música do His Clancyness é grandiosa, em momentto ecoando Lloyde Cole e o House of Love, liricamente perfeito.

Um disco de uma banda que chega tardiamente as páginas do TBTCI, mas que enfim esta entre nós.


***** Interview with His Clancyness *****

Q. When did his Clancyness starts, tell us about the history...
His Clancyness took charge of his reign sometime in 2009, haunted by guilt and melodies. Day by day he picked up merry followers and now it's a rock and roll four piece travelling the world.

Q: Who are your influences?
Modern Lovers, Lennon, Joe Meek, Dead Moon, Verlaines, Robbie Basho, Faust. This answer can change on any given day.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Today I would say
Robbie Basho "Visions of the country",
The Stooges "I'm Sick Of You",
Swell Maps "Jane From Occupied Europe",
Dylan "Blood on the tracks",
Fennesz "Endless Summer".

Q. How do you fell playing live?
Ecstatic and confused. It's the best possible scenario every night.

Q. How do you describe His Clancyness sounds?
Old rock and roll tricks, restless troubadour, out of date psychedelics and modern corrosion.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Usually it's with an acoustic guitars and some loops, then it turns into a full band.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Viet Cong, U.s. Girls, Havah, His Electro Blue Voice, Useless Eaters, Jack Name, Spacin'.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
There is this incredible Eric Copeland tune called "U.F.O.s Over Vampire City". We might cover that one day!

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We finally finished touring for a while, so now comes the crazy part. Getting holed up in out makeshift studio and working working drinking and more working. Hopefully something good enough to let other ones hear will come out of it soon.

Q: Any parting words?
Brazil would be a dream place to play shows in.
Thanks guys

terça-feira, 25 de novembro de 2014

Twisterella with Daydream Cathedral - An Interview

Shoegazer dançante diretamente do Havaí, esse é o Daydream Cathedral.

Shadow Figures me lembra um mix de shoegazing com madchester, ou melhor, lembra Chapterhouse, e isso é já deveras ótimo.

Pharao´s Wheel é sedutora, dançante e espacial, feita pra fechar os olhos e dançar como nos velhos tempos.

E logo menos vem mais material do Daydream Cathedral que desde já merece toda a nossa atenção.

***** Interview with Daydream Cathedral *****

Q. When did Daydream Cathedral start, tell us about the history...
A. Daydream Cathedral is a project that consists of me, Shawn Michael of Maui Hawaii and my long time friend Dino Bose, guitarist and producer from Los Angeles California. We began our journey approximately a year ago in 2013 by finally deciding to do something with the songs I had been writing yet not releasing for all these years. I had been making a decent career as a working bass player on the island for about a decade and had been falling further and further away from my goals to record my own music in the process.

One day while chatting about my musical life Dino asked if I would send him some of these fabled demos I was always talking about. I then sent him a few and within 40 minutes and nearly completely produced demo was sent back to me. That's when we knew something had to be done. I had the tunes, he had the production equipment and more importantly the skills and the ear for the sounds.

We quickly began mapping out of system and process of how we would go about doing this since we are separated by 2,500 miles of ocean and meeting up was not a possibility. Our approach worked and within a few months we had out debut EP, 'Shadow Figures' completed without ever stepping foot in the same room.

One advantage we have is that we are friends and we have similar and complimentary approaches to life and music. The other advantage we have is that there is likely to never be shortage of material. I have been writing and filing away songs since a teenager. There is literally an entire career of usable tunes we have to choose from. As example, for the debut EP we selected from tunes written 15 years ago or so.

We are now mid-production with the second EP consisting so far of three new tunes I wrote after recording the first EP. Our virtual production method is working exactly as planned and things couldn't be going smoother.

In releasing the first EP I was quite nervous because it was really my first attempt at releasing my own music. The songs we delivered them came as a shock because most only knew me musically by the cover songs I played on stage in Maui. They were expecting a "Shawn playing bass record" and instead got an EP of well produced songs with little focus put on bass playing. Just the level of production alone that Dino put into it made it stand out from the norm.

Maui is a laid back place, and so are people's expectations of the musical norm. It was very rewarding to begin to start receiving unsolicited positive feedback from around the world once it became available digitally. The goal was never to make music for my home crowd but for the rest of the world that isn't as fortunate as me to live in an island paradise.

We cannot wait to share this next EP with everyone, it's already sonically impressive and vocally sounding miles advanced from the previous.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. In the realm of music my influences are as wide and scattered as can be, but for this particular project the influences are a mixture of britpop, dream pop, shoegaze, psychedelic, indie and alternative. A majority of the songs I write for Daydream Cathedral reflect the sentiment and approach those genres are known for with my added heavy focus put upon vocal melody, chords and harmony. Some artists that can specifically be detected for Daydream Cathedral inspiration would be Slowdive, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Chapterhouse, Inspiral Carpets, Charlatans UK, The Stone Roses, The House of Love, The Byrds, The Beach Boys and Pink Floyd.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. I've never really been a fan of determining anything to be "the best". Here are five that I have played over and over and over and over back when an album was considered a format. These days I'm more into singles and EPs and don't have the attention span to sit and consume and entire album in one sitting.

The Stone Roses - "Debut Album"
Ride - Leave Them All Behind
Pink Floyd - Meddle
The House of Love - "The Butterfly Album"
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Q. How do you feel about playing live?
A. After having played nearly a thousand gigs over the last 10 years for cover bands and original bands on the island of Maui I can't say I am in any rush to return to the stage anytime soon. Daydream Cathedral has yet to have performed live. However the future possibility is always there if there becomes a demand.

Q. How do you describe Daydream Cathedral's sound?
A. Modern Psychedelic Pop

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A. The process begins with me writing a song or picking from a pile of previously written songs I have lying around. I then track demos at home in Hawaii using simple recording software and then send them off to my producer Dino Bose in Los Angeles for production. A majority of the final product you hear is a combination of my midi files (digital sheet music data) and vocals with Dino's guitar work, production and sweetening added in Los Angeles. We recorded the first EP "Shadow Figures" without ever being present in the same room, I in Hawaii, him in Los Angeles. There is never a thought of "how to play this live", we just produce it until ready for release. We're having fun with it and the process of producing the songs in a virtual environment ads an exciting layer of potential opportunities to be creative and work whenever we see fit without having to leave our homes. Sometimes going to a traditional studio can put added pressure to remain productive instead of creative. The result often ends up with corners being cut because of time and budget restrictions.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A. If you're into the genre of Daydream Cathedral some never bands to also check out would be Tamaryn, The Sleepover Disaster and Melody's Echo Chamber to name a few. There really is too many to choose from or name these days. Go to Soundcloud or Spotify and search by any genre you like and you'll find dozens of great sounding artists instantly.

Q. Which bands would you love to make cover versions of?
A. The Beach Boys

Q. What´s the plans for the future....
A: Future plans are to just keep recording, releasing and sharing music. I'm in it for the passion and love for creating music.

Q. Any parting words?
A. Eat less meat, be nice to each other and create your own faith.
Thanks Shawn

Seventeen Seconds with Cold Comfort - An Interview

Os ucranianos do Cold Comfort e seu ep Modern Crypts parecem ter saído das catacumbas do início dos 80´s, gélidos até a medula, sombrios e agonizantes, a cozinha pesada lembra o Cure nos primórdios, o desespero de suas canções surpreendem ao ponto de querer mais e mais dos caras.

Não há futuro, a desesperança é latente nas letras, o desamor mais ainda, um grito doentio ao caos dos nossos tempos.

Pós punk como há muito não se fazia, altamente recomendado.

***** Interview with Cold Comfort *****

Q. When did Cold Comfort starts, tell us about the history...
A: The band was started back in late 2012 when we gathered on our first rehearsal. Our goal was to bring old-school influenced sound and atmosphere in our music.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: We are enjoying retro and modern music, pop, punk, electronic etc. We are not into just one genre of music.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: It's too hard to define only 5 albums. These are the first that come to our mind:

- The Cure - Disintegration
- Siouxsie And The Banshees - A Kiss In Dreamhouse
- Fleetwood Mac - Rumors
- Swans - The Great Annihilator
- David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and Spiders From Mars

Q. How do you fell playing live?
A: Playing live is always fun, new experience, new acquitances. You are feeling a very special emotion when you're playing live, it's hard to explain it.

Q. How do you describe Cold Comfort sounds?
A: We are trying to mix the best of old and modern sound ("the best" for us, of course) and the result of this merging you can hear in our music.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: Our first EP "Modern Crypts" was recorded and mixed at home, it is fully DIY release. The new one was recorded in the same way, but the mixing and mastering is provided by WornPop label.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
A: There are so many good bands now, we are enjoying the bands from different modern labels like Captured Tracks, Sacred Bones, Posh Isolation etc. As for new wave of goth/punk bands - Belgrado, Anasazi, Moth (DK).

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
A: We are thinking about making a cover or two, but we are currently into our new material.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
A: Our next release, "Issue De Secours" EP, is coming via WornPop label and it should be released in a while, so stay tuned. We are also planning our first European tour in early 2015.

Q: Any parting words?
A: We would like to say "Thank you" to people who are supporting us, best regards to your blog, maybe someday we will meet each other. Cheers!
Thanks Alex

Ecstasy Symphony with Psyche Glyphs - An Interview

Uma estrada sinfonia abstrata tem início, ecos de Morricone, Spacemen 3, Coil, Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV e vai adentrando através dos poros tornando-se sufocante e doentia, experimentações contínuas e repetições em fragmentos, versos são recitados, conversas ocorrem no decorrer das canções que mais parecem atos transcritos e agora musicados, a agonia é inevitável.

Frequencies é o nome do disco, Psyche Gliphs o da banda, Grécia é o país, e nós apenas devemos ouvir com atenção redobrada a obra prima do submundo dos bons sons que nos foi ofertada.

***** Interview with Psyche Glyphs *****

Q. When did Psyche Glyphs starts, tell us about the history...
Psyche Glyphs started in 2012. Basically the only typical instruments i had were a oldie classical guitar and an ocarina, so i started using every other object i would find in my house.

Q: Who are your influences?
Morricone, Vivaldi, Coil, Spacemen 3, Psychic ills as well as fragments of the musical chaos that surrounds us such as horse trotting, water related sounds or distant crowd noises. To a certain degree, everything that i have ever experienced is an influence to my music.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
All time is a little out of my reach, but i can give you 5 albums i really enjoy
The Velvet Underground - Velvet underground & Nico
Coil - Time Machines
Spacemen 3 - the perfect prescription
RL Burnside - Mississipi hill country blues
Dale Cooper & the dictaphones - Parole de Navarre

Q. How do you fell playing live?
The same way i feel playing anywhere, with an increased tension.

Q. How do you describe Psyche Glyphs sounds?
As my essence's vomit

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
 It begins with a rhythm or a sound that i hear in my head or that comes from an external source, or maybe an idea, an image, a feeling that i want to somehow express and transmit through music, and so step by step i try to form that piece of music, and throughout the process of making it i realise how i want its final form to be.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Shacklock Meth Party, Datashock, Svartbag, Trance Farmers, Sun Araw, Cathode Ray Eyes, Οι Χαροι

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I'm not really into doing covers, but if i do i don't think my criteria would be a specific band or how much i enjoy their music.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Well i would tell you but me and the future prefer not to know many things about each other.

Q: Any parting words?
Everything that is happening is part of a trajectory towards and within perfection

segunda-feira, 24 de novembro de 2014

For Ex Lovers with Crimson Wave - An Interview

Andy Norton

Meninas, doces e raivosas mas sem apelas para o clichê riot,, as Crimson Wave são acima disso,, barulho cadenciado, noise sensual, por vezes me remete ao Thrushes em outras resgata todas as nossas adoradas, idolatradas guitar bands dos 90´s, mas na real as meninas do Crimson Wave ferraram os neurônios deste que vos escreve.

Desde as demos do cassete homônimo datado de 2013 até o 7" Say/Calling Your desde ano, essas meninas me pegaram de jeito.

Melhor deixar de blá blá e ir logo ao que interessa.

***** Interview with Crimson Wave *****

Jeffrey Lash

When did Crimson Wave starts tell us about the history:
Crimson Wave originally started with me and Sam. We were thinking about starting a Dead Milkmen cover band called the Dead Milk Maids for Halloween but we didn’t get to it fast enough unfortunately. But we still wanted to play together so we started playing music is Sam’s basement with Katie. Megan was doing mostly solo stuff at the time and told Katie and Sam that she really wanted to be in a band so shortly after, she joined.

Q: Who are your influences? 
When we started as a band we never really made a decision about which bands we wanted to sound like. We each have individual styles that get incorporated into the way we write to each other’s songs but we tend to stay away from outwardly trying to sound like another band.

Q. Made a list of your favorite albums: 
Super Drag-Regretfully Yours 
Katie: Black Tambourine-Self Titled 
Megan: Appleseed Cast-Mare Vitalis 
Sophie: Talking Heads-Speaking in Tongues

Q. How do you feel playing live? 
We have played a ton of shows and I still can’t manage to pull off that David Lee Roth jump.

Q. How do you describe Crimson Wave's sounds? 
I can only describe us based off of what others have mentioned in passing: Solemn, Bummer, and Sad all of which end in POP! One descriptor that I think we all despise is when people describe the sound of our band as ‘Girl Group’. That’s not a sound! Unless you are on acid and hearing colors I won’t accept that.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ? 
It took a long time for us to get around to recording these tracks. After a break-in in the summer of 2013 at Sam’s house we were left with zero funds to record that autumn so we hustled all that winter and ended up being able to book some time with Chris Freeland at Beat Baby Studios in the spring of 2014. We recorded these songs live and then tracked our vocals and we are extremely pleased with the outcome.

Jennifer White
Q. Which new bands do you recommended? 
We want to do mostly Baltimore bands that we love to see at shows. Wild Honey, Romantic States, Boy Spit, Roomrunner, and Big Mouth.

Q: Which band would you love to cover? 
We literally have this conversation every week about bands that we would love to cover. We have talked about doing a Bush song, a Nerves song, a Jimmy eat world song and a bunch of others that we never really have gotten around to! But we have done Molly’s Lips by Vaselines / Nirvana, and we can play the opening intro to Zombie by the Cranberries. Hopefully in the future we can finally settle on something already!

Q: What´s the plans for future.... 
We are playing out of town after Thanksgiving for a weekend in Pittsburgh and then Philadelphia the 28th and the 29th respectively. We intend to try to schedule touring more this year, and hopefully we can manage to go a longer tour this summer when our teacher band mates won’t be working. And then maybe we can work on a full length!!!!!!!

Q: Any parting words? 

Reverberation with The Northern Drones - An Interview

Iniciando mais uma semana aqui no TBTCI transpirando alucinações e viagens psicodélicas, uma cortesia dos irlandeses do The Northern Drones.

Se a função do TBTCI é conduzir vocês a uma viagem ao submundo dos bons sons, certamente uma das trilhas é o Northern Drones. 

Psych moderno, altas dosagens de Kraut, leia-se Neu! e acordes repetidos a exaustão até que o ouvinte adentre a um estado de euforia cadenciada, o Northern Drones leva a risca seu nome, e sua discografia é a iniciação a catarse cíclica. 

Aqui não há escapatória, uma vez iniciado, eternamente devoto.

***** Interview with The Northern Drones *****

1. When did The Northern Drones start, tell us about the history...
It was 2008 before we started to put something together, but myself and Steve had been playing on and off for about five years before that. We started out fucking around with the blues and the songs gradually became closer to what they are today, more hypnotic and droney. Maybe the name came before the drones or the drones came before the name, I can’t remember.

Inga played bass. Sometimes she still does. So did John. Other people played too, some for a few songs, some for a few gigs and some just for a few hours over a few beers. It’s good to keep things loose.

We released the ‘Fanfare Meltdown’ album in 2009 with a poet from Seattle called Kim Acrylic. After that the first Northern Drones record came out in 2010, followed by ‘One Hundred Eyes’ and ‘High Sky’ in the following two years. ‘Psychic Waves’ is our latest album, released this year.

2. Who are your influences?
Rockers, The 13th Floor Elevators, The Velvet Underground, Bukka White, The Rutles…different people in the band are into different things - we agree on certain things and disagree on others when it comes to influences but some things you can’t argue with.

3. Make a list of 5 albums of all time.
Here are mine, today…

The Who – Sell Out
The Specials – The Specials
Teenage Fanclub – Songs From Northern Britain
Pixies – Trompe Le Monde
Guided By Voices - Propeller

4. How do you feel playing live?
It’s like going to work, but doing a job you love. We play in darkness, with strobes and projected visuals. The band isn’t important, only the noise it makes. No-one can see who we are.

5. How do you describe the northern drones sounds?
Drones. Drums. Guitars.

6. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Wherever we set up our equipment, we turn it into a studio. We don’t use a traditional recording studio and we don’t pay for someone to record our albums. We use our own gear and our own digital 8-track. We press record, then we play, and we release everything ourselves. We do it all, from recording to printing. Keeps costs down.

7. Which new bands do you recommend?
Ex Hex are great. The Altered Hours too. The Vincent(s). Wild Rocket. The Pox Men, Morning Veils and September Girls

8. Which bands would you like to make a cover version?
The Bangles

9. What’s plan for future?
Release records

10. Any parting words?
Anyone want to fly us over to play Brazil?
Thanks Justin

domingo, 23 de novembro de 2014

Script of the Bridge with The Churchhill Garden - An Interview

Andy Jossi é The Churchill Garden que passeia pelas ondas sonoras dos sonhos, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, Kitchens of Distiction, A.R. Kane, etc, etc...

Música sob medida para flutuar envolto a fumaças e ares cinzentos, porque além de shoegazer o Churchhill Garden busca orientação no pós punk climático de gente como Chameleons, Sound entre outros.

O suíço Andy através do Churchhill Garden é daqueles casos que todo shoegazer deve ter ao lado para momentos de isolamento. 

***** Interview with The Churchhill Garden *****

Q. When did Churchhill Garden starts tell us about the history...
i was try to play guitar back in about 1989 - but i thought maybe better stop that idea, cause i defiantly had no talent. so, i stop playing till a friend of mine was asking me in 2008 if i can play bass, cause he would like to record some of his old ideas and he thought i may like the same kind of music, I say yes, but to be honest i never played bass before. So i was practice a lot and we was going to record some songs. it was basically just a project to record some songs ( DAWN ex)

I always was sure, that i never want to go playing live, so it was not easy to find some people who like to make music but don't want to play live, i was thinking to stop it again.

it was back in 2009, i did a noisy session with a friend of mine, she was decide to record our noise, i was so surprised how easy it is to record your own ideas. So i decide to try a own song and record it in garage band. that was the start of THE CHURCHHILL GARDEN.

Q: Who are your influences?
i was grow up as a teenager in the late 80'ts early 90' so it basicaly the soundtrack of that time. But to name some bands its for sure the cure | joy division | the church | The smiths | slowdive | naked souls | chameleons | the wedding presen but i was liste to a lot of different music like skinhead reggae | northern Sould | punk and gothic

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
a neon rome | new heroin (1987)
the chameleons | script of the bridge (1983)
the cure | desintigration (1989)
slowdive | slowdive (1990)
new order | brotherhood (1986)

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
no chance i can't stay in front of a crowd - thats why i play music alone

Q. How do you describe Churchhill Garden's sounds?
i think its basicaly a mixture of all the bands i was growing up with. it was never my mention to create something new, i like to do music and thats the main point. I don'r copy a band band, but if some of my songs , sounds close to my favourite bands - i dont care about. but i think its alot of my personality in the music, its maybe a bit melancholic but theres always a light and mostly its a bit dreamy.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
most of the melodies i first record with me iphone - so i will not forget them! Then i just plug in my guitar and already record some parts, most of the time i don't have any ideas what i am doing - i just follow my emotions. Sometimes its a bit dificult to be a one man band, cause theres no exchange with other peoples, but i have friends who listen some of the raw ideas and they give me a feedback. I have realy alot of song i never finished, and from time to time i go through them - listen them again and maybe continue recording.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
i realy like the music of HIDEKA, SPC ECO, and BROKEN LITTLE SISTER

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
the ecstasy of saint theresa

Q: What´s the plans for future....
find the time again to make more music, the last year i was so busy i just did 2 songs, and i would like to find more vocalist to make more vocal versions ( cause i personaly cant sing)

Q: Any parting words? thank you very much to give me the oppertunety to spread my music into other part of the world

Cryptograms with Gnoomes - An Interview

Shoegazer russo no TBTCI, Gnoomes é o nome do trio formado em fevereiro deste ano, que lançou um epzinho que vai um pouco além do shoegazing a´la MBV, It´s Moonbow-time, boy, e suas cinco canções se esbarram com um pos punk de gente como The Sound, cortesia da cozinha marcada e pesada, já as guitarras, bem as guitarras fundem-se aos vocais ao melhor estilo olhe para seus pés e use o máximo de pedais que você puder.

Ótima revelação deste ótimo 2014.

***** Interview with Gnoomes *****

Q. When did Gnoomes starts, tell us about the history...
Gnoomes started in February of 2014, then our first guitarist left band in the summer, and now members of our band are Alex, Pavel and Dmitriy.

We've known each other for a long time, and sometimes we've tried to create music together for several times but these experiences were kind of failures, we didn't have skills of being in band, and didn't know what we really had to do with our instruments. But practice makes perfect and holy moment came. The moment when we could join into this musical cluster which is known for you as Gnoomes.

We began to do thing that we mostly enjoy in our lives: having fun during the music production. We decided not to make barriers, if someone wanted to play something he has all rights to be heard. For example our drummer had wanted to play non-changing monotonous beat through the whole song, and this had became the starting point that could lead us to new space of our consciousness, could show us new ways of our musical thinking. Any member of our band can play the role of frontman while performing. This is the real democracy.

Q: Who are your influences?
When we started we were inspired by music which never makes harm to your ears, because we live in Russia, you know, and of course the easiest way is to give up and listen to commercial shit on the radio and as a result create minor music about difficulties of the existence. By the way the majority of Russian rock-musicians uses this scheme as a musical production algorithm. But we were tired of that, we didn't want to cry about our fate, we wanted to laugh at everything especially at ourselves.

We can name the plenty of bands that influenced on us. British shoegaze scene,German music of 70s such as electronic kosmische and krautrock to name but few. And Geeze, of course, we love Slowdive or My Bloody Valentine, but this music is like a childhood - romantic, otherworldly, something that it is not related to the present us.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Our top-list of 5 albums looks like that:

The Prodigy - The Fat Of The Land
Harmonia - Musik Von Harmonia
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Deerhunter - Cryptograms
Bardo Pond - Amanita

Q. How do you fell playing live?
When we’re playing we’re not thinking too much, just concentrating on our music. We pretty love when the audience begins to move and clap, but we appreciate more when people just stand and open their eyes widely and maybe smile a little, it means that they try to deeply understand our music. Eyes never lie.

Q. How do you describe Gnoomes sounds?
It’s very hard to define your own music, and you know we don’t like when music gets lots of tags. Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, who cares? The main thing is that this band or artist blows your mind away. That’s why we initially didn't want to connect our music to shoegaze or anything else, and invent our own tag - stargaze. It’s like the condition of human state, when you’re lying on the grass with your friends, being high, telling the funny stories, and watching the shooting stars. Our sound was formed according to this state.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We don’t want to reveal the whole recording process, because we believe that this is one of the most sacred part of band existence. But we can say that we do everything alone at home, at our rehearsal room, on the street. Sometimes our friends help us to get different preamps and combos. This process is much harder than composing, and it requires all your time and energy.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
The new bands that you shouldn't miss are Wray, Wand, Love Cult and Markaria Rho from Russia.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We’d love to make a dreamy cover version to Narayan by Prodigy.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Our plans for the future is to work and work hardly. We gonna release the new EP, make a couple of videos, and play some gigs and festivals in Russia or Europe. That would be really nice!
Thanks guys

sábado, 22 de novembro de 2014

Strange Days with Iseult - An Interview

Iseult é Emily Cahill e ela é o Iseult, one woman band shoegazer e ruidosa, garota ruidosa, vide o estrago que ela aprontou com Strange Days, clássico do The Doors em seu primeiro single independente Hallowtide além de Dead Waves dela própria.

É tem os dois pés fincados em MBV e Mazzy Star e é de altíssimo bom gosto.

Que Emily e o Iseult tragam mais delírios sonoros rapidamente porque vira obsessão mesmo.

***** Interview with Iseult *****

Q. When did Iseult starts, tell us about the history...
Since Iseult is just me, you could say that Iseult started the day I began making music. However, as a project it is very, very new. I have been playing in bands since I was very little, but never created a solo project. I think that’s partially because I’m very self-conscious about my songwriting and was scared to an extent. Recently, other groups I have been a part of slowed down or evolved, and it seemed like the perfect push for me to do my own thing. Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I thought it would be a good time to release a short teaser album. I wrote and recorded the songs in about three weeks then just threw them out there! And that was the start.

Q: Who are your influences?
Obviously I’m influenced by classic shoegaze acts. Some of my favorite “classic” shoegaze groups are Slowdive, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Spacemen 3, Loop, and Mazzy Star. I also like newer gazey groups like The Raveonettes and Dum Dum Girls. However, I grew up with parents who loved live music and always listened to music in the house, so that’s influenced me a lot as well. I still really love the sound of 60s girl groups and Motown artists, as well as a lot of classic rock. Sam Cooke is one of my favorite artists of all time because I envy his incredible songwriting skills and ability to write perfect pop hits (in addition to being a great performer). My not-so-secret and embarrassing love is bad 80s hair metal.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
This was so hard, so I just went with what I could think of off the top of my head. In no particular order:
1. Live At Harlem Square Club, 1963 – Sam Cooke
2. Darklands - The Jesus and Mary Chain
3. So Tonight That I Might See – Mazzy Star
4. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
5. Electric Warrior – T Rex

Q. How do you fell playing live?
I get very bad stage fright, but I think performing live also makes music fun for me. It feels great when people come to see you play or enjoy your live show. I’m excited to be able to begin performing live with Iseult.

Q. How do you describe Iseult sounds?
I think it sounds like classic shoegaze, but perhaps with a little more vocal harmonies going on. It’s hard to explain your own music!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I first recorded very rough demos on my laptop computer. I just recorded the songs part-by-part and layered them on top of each other. I then sent them to my friend and old band mate Alex Wilson, who does sound engineering work under the business name Almanac Audio. I went over to his place a few different days and replaced some of the parts on my demos that I couldn’t get to sound right just recording in my bedroom. The guitars and vocals were all replaced in his home studio. Then he mixed and mastered them quickly. And that’s it!

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Not including the bands I already mentioned, new bands I really like include The Vandelles, Crocodiles, Ringo Deathstarr, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Mood Rings, Fort Wilson Riot, Harsh Vibes, Haunted Hearts, Spacin, Boytoy, The Muscadettes, Tungs, Heavy Midgets, Malatese, and probably many more I’m forgetting.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
There are so many songs I wish I wrote, therefore lots of songs I’d like to cover! Maybe one day I’ll get to do some. Some of the ones I’m loving singing along to right now include:
 “Dead Flowers” – Rolling Stones
“Little Red Riding Hood” – Sam Sham and the Pharaohs
“Silver Springs” – Fleetwood Mac
“Big Iron” – Marty Robbins
“The Snake” – Al Wilson

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Right now I’m working on songwriting for a full EP. I have a lot of ideas and they’re all piling up. I’m hoping to have it out in the Spring, but seeing how I’m still writing for it, who knows!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks so much for the interview! I’m glad you enjoy the music!
Thanks Emily

sexta-feira, 21 de novembro de 2014

Disorder with Klam - An Interview

Bleak o debute dos italianos do Klam é para este que vos escreve um dos álbuns do ano, fácil assim.

Pós punk, noise e shoegazer em perfeita simbiose. Barulhento, soturno, tenso e esquizofrênico, Bleak é a síntese do que melhor foi produzido nestes estilos em suas décadas de maior prestígio.

Nove destruições sonoras sombrias e ruidosas que agradam a fãs de Joy Division, J&MC e SY na mesma proporção.

Um disco absolutamente essencial.

***** Interview with Klam *****

Q. When did Klam start, tell us about the history...
We started in May 2012. We've known each other from a long time, played in several punk/hardcore bands from the area around Pisa (Tuscany, Italy), along the years. We all played in many other bands: Santa Sangre, Magdalene, Chambers, Cohesion.

We got together with the idea to play something different from what we did before. Playing without thinking of a particular genre or a particular influence. We just felt natural to not fit into a category or a particular “scene”.

Q: Who are your influences?
A lot of things ispires us in everyday life. We live in small industrial towns, we grew up surrounded by many things full of squallor that we somehow learned to appreciate, or at least understand. These are times and places of decadence, if you think about it. In a more artistic way, there are too many things to make a list of influences. Franz Kafka was an inspiration for our name. Horror movies are an inspiration too, but not in a macabre way.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Five are obviously not enough. We are four, so we could name one for each member and one for everybody:
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasure;
The Smiths – The Queen is Dead;
Massimo Volume – Lungo i Bordi;
Velvet Underground & Nico;
Sonic Youth – Evol.

Q. How do you fell playing live?
Playing live for us is a necessary way to bring our music to people the way we feel it. Although we are not interested in playing too many shows; we try to be selective in our own way. One show less is better than a bad show.

Q. How do you describe Klam sounds?
We don't. We know that everybody perceive it in a different way, and making comparisons could be somehow frustrating or pretentious.

There has been a lot of changes since the cassette has been recorded. We are working on redefining the sound, in order for it to be more clear and yet direct. We played noisy shows, but then we worked a lot on the new record. We wanter it to be focused on the sounds of the guitars, and on a simple approach on songwriting. It was recorded in two sessions, in our practice space, with our friend Luca Spadoni, who is a sound engineer. We worked hard on getting a personal sound; we wanted to record to sound cohesive. One lesson we've learned from bands like My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, The Jesus and Mary Chain or Xiu Xiu is that the modern listener shouldn't have to focus too much on what a single instrument is doing, but be instead caught up in the whole sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the cassette ep?
We wanted the recording to sound as much live as possible. We recorded all the instruments together, and then added the vocals. This could be also a cheap solution, but in our intention it was

the more honest way to offer our first release. For the album – Bleak - it was completely different, as explained also in the previuos answer.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
If you want us to name bands of people we know, we just don't like that kind of boring cameraderie. Too many people find it difficult to separate appreciation of music and personal relationships. I don't have to like your band just because you are my friend, or be your friend in order to make you like my music. Anyway, there is one Italian band we all like, it's called Tante Anna

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We like working on covers. It teaches you a lot. We recorded a cover of My Girlfriend's Dead by The Vandals, and played it a lot live. The original version was a funny punkrock song, but we felt the lyrics to be more serious than it could seem, and much coherent with those of our other songs. We also worked on another song we love, and we played it during shows last year, it was Riding by Bonnie Prince Billy. During the next shows we will be playing a cover of Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World, by The Ramones.

Q: What's the plans for future... We are going to play some shows in support of Bleak. But we already have new material, that we are looking to use for an ep.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks a lot for the interview. And thanks to the people who read it.
Never be content.
Thanks guya

Low Life with Cold Colors - An Interview

Frederick Barbe é Cold Colors. Cold wave dançante de Bordeaux, França.

Regrets um de seus registros, é música para dançar em porões negros e esfumaçados, beats e loops matematicamente sequenciais fazer da música do Cold Cave uma das prediletas da nova cena minimal.

O Cold Color já tocou com Xiu, Xeno & Oaklander só pra pra mostrar que a elegância e o poderio do Cold Colors é acima.

***** Interview with Cold Colors ******

Q. When did Cold Colors starts, tell us about the history...
After my 'rock' band splitted, I've decided to make music on my own. No more compromise, I wanted to be the only one to decide what to do with my music, so I bought a 4 tracks tape recorder, took my guitar and a mike, and the first folk songs came out.

It's only a few years later that I've discovered the pleasure of working with synthesizers. The first tracks named as Cold Colors appeared in 2002, it was the birth of this project. From 2006 to 2012, Cold Colors was on the side cause I had a band named Plastic Machine. But that's the past, there's no more PM anymore, I'm just focused on my own solo project now.

Q: Who are your influences?
My influences come directly from my childhood: I was born in the middle of the 70's, my parents used to listen to a lot of music at home, there was a lot of italo, and France was also into the eighties sound. So that's basically where I'm from.

A bit later I've listened a lot to Depeche Mode and The Cure. But The Cure was the band I was really into. I've always loved coldwave, new wave, the spleen that comes from these melodies and ambiances.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
5 albums... that's not an easy task ! I'm listening to a lot of music, always looking for something new, even if I'm still listening to the same records as when I was 16.. So, here are some of the most important records to me:

- The Cure - Faith
- Depeche mode - Black celebration
- Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson
- The Smiths - The Queen is dead
- Boards of Canada - Music has the right to children

Q. How do you fell playing live?
My last live was in 2002, so I can say my recent experience was like something completely new to me.

I'm just coming back from Zurich in Switzerland. Went there after Daniele from Lux Rec asked me, many times, to come and play there. I had no plan of playing live, but Daniele managed to make me say yes. Also, I was pretty bored refusing the asking from many people who wanted me to play out.

So, i've decided to work on it !

Now, my live set is ready and I'm really happy to go on stage again. The venue in Switzerland has been pretty awesome, I've met so many nice people, and playing live is a pretty cool sensation !

As I can't bring all my vintage synths on stage, I have to adapt the tracks, I try to make them more 'punchy' with more beats, something a bit more club. I want to see people dance when I play.

Q. How do you describe Cold Colors sounds?
This is a pretty hard question... I think my music has a lot to do with coldwave and new wave, but also with Italo disco music that inspires me a lot.

I would say my sound is pretty cold and romantic, always looking for melancholia and nostalgia. It's not a big effort because my music totally reflects my state of mind. I like good beats with beautiful melodies, that's just what I'm trying to do.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
My process has nothing special I think. Sometimes I have an idea on the keyboard, or I just start with a beat or a bassline. When the song is sequenced and ready, I record each track on the computer, that's the only use of the computer for my music, I only use analog synths and machines. Then the song needs to be mixed and mastered.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Alessandro Parisi, Echo 106, Xiu, Neud, Mushy, Violence conjugale, Makina GiRGiR, Franck Kartell, Bonjour Tristesse, She past away, etc, etc...

Also, check the Soundcloud or Facebook pages from some Dj's & selectors I like, for example, Demeter, Iza, D. Cosmo, Faber, Jordi Ares, Dani Simplexia; they all have good taste in music !

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I'm not really into covers or remixes, so, no thanks !

Q: What´s the plans for future....
For now, some more gigs, and produce some new tracks. I have several records on their way but I can't talk about anything right now, it's too soon. Just stay tuned !

Ater making new tracks for Cold Colors, I will surely prepare a new EP with Xiu, something really cold.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks to all the people who support and enjoy my music!

I want to thank a lot Daniele Cosmo and Dominik Faber from Lux Rec who believed in me and trusted me with my first 12" on Lux. Also, a big thank you to Makina GiRGiR from Falco Invernale Records for releasing my first track on vinyl in 2010, 'L'amour sans toi', it's been the beginning of my musical journey. Also thanks to Coco from Romance Moderne !

I'm so thankful people like my music !*
Thanks Fred

quinta-feira, 20 de novembro de 2014

Pancake with We Need Secrets - An Interview

Chad Peck é We Need Secrets, Melancholy and the Archive é o debute do cara, produzido ppor Ellit Smith do Ringo Deathstarr, o disco é infestado de fuzz, microfonias, paredes de distorção e muito wall of sound.

Além da obviedade da influência do MBV, o We Need Secrets na realidade tem muito de Swirlies, é mais americano, muito vezes lembra os riffs de J. Mascis.

O disco, claro, é uma delicia, barulhento, pegajoso e altamente bubblegum, a velha escolha ruido + melodias + pop nunca se esgota, ainda bem.

***** Interview with We Need Secrets *****

Q. When did We Need Secrets starts, tell us about the history...
I started writing songs for We Need Secrets in 2009. After collaborating in a bunch of bands for five years, I was itching to have an outlet to write and release solo material. I had a summer off and free from touring and any other commitments, and I started recording the “Flutter and Hiss” demo. I originally released it for free via Bandcamp, but then a German label called Asymmetrie put it out as a cassette in 2011.

I was always writing and recording songs along the way, including songs that ended up on Melancholy and the Archive. I actually started that record in 2009 with the song “I Would Take You Over Me”. In 2012, I released two 7” singles on Noyes Records—the first was “Purple” b/w “Slow Summer” and the second one was a split with a band called Sea Glasses. It had two demos that eventually were re-recorded for Melancholy and the Archive.

In late 2013, I finally finished Melancholy and the Archive and passed it around to a few labels. I was lucky to have it released by Noyes Records, Saint Marie Records, Anteduvia, and Diffuse Echo in July of 2014.

Q: Who are your influences?
Tons…Ringo Deathstarr, My Bloody Valentine, Fleeting Joys, Lilys, Swirlies, Eric’s Trip, Beach Boys, Dinosaur Jr, Smashing Pumpkins, Beliefs, Brian Eno, Ash, Sonic Youth, The Cure, Yo La Tengo, King Crimson, Teenage Filmstars, Speedy Ortiz

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Ash – 1977
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
Swirlies – They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days in the Glittering World of the Salons
Sonic Youth – Evol or Sister (can’t choose…)
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I’ve only ever played one true full band live show. It was in 2012. It was very loud. I’ve also played some of the songs acoustically, which puts them in a very different light. I am getting a band together to tour the Melancholymaterial. We’re going to start rehearsing later this year and start playing live in 2015. I also play in a band called Kestrels, and we tour a lot. I like being on the road and the energy of being on stage, but I’m most happy sitting in my studio finding new sounds.

Q. How do you describe We Need Secrets´ sounds?
Really simply, I would say they are heavy, noisy pop songs. In the past few years I’ve been collecting an increasing amount of guitars, pedals, amps, and synths, and I try to use them all with great effect on my recordings. I’ve been in recording sessions with engineers who are adamant that every song has to have a similar sonic approach, but that seems boring to me. I like to experiment.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It always starts with an acoustic guitar or an unplugged electric guitar. I’ve moved away from standard tunings for the most part and it’s opened up a lot of new songwriting paths for me. After that, I record a demo version in my studio to work out the arrangements. In most cases I play every instrument. It’s a pretty solitary experience. On the LP, I did have a few friends play a few things. It takes a long time for me to record. I think my next record will involve more people.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I really like the bands Kindling and Sensei. I’m also really into all of Josh Korody’s projects. He’s one of the main people in Beliefs and has his hand in a lot of different projects. I also just saw this new band from Halifax called Soft Spot who are really great. They don’t have many songs online yet. I also really like Joanna Gruesome.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I'd love to tackle Beach Boys songs. A different wall of sound, but a good one nonetheless!

Q: What´s the plans for future....
I have a new song coming out on the next Saint Marie Records Static Waves compilation. It’s called “No Kimono” and Elliott from Ringo Deathstarr helped me out a lot with it. It’s a great song.

I’ve also got about 7 demos for the next LP which I’m going to start recording in December/January. This one won’t take as long! I’m going to branch out a bit with structures and sounds this time. More hi fi sounds, more melodies made out of noise, samples, acoustic and electronic drum sounds. It will be good.

Q: Any parting words?
Check out and for updates!
Thanks Chad

quarta-feira, 19 de novembro de 2014

Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside) with The Lees of Memory - An Interview

Lembram do Superdrag? Pois é depois do fim da banda John Davis e Brandon Fisher se juntaram com Nick Slack e começaram a compor novamente, e o resultado foi We Are Siamese/Open Your Arms single do ano passado que prenunciou o debute Sisyphus Says lançado a pouco, e tem um pouco da verve do Superdrag aqui, mas tem muito mais, tem shoegazer, tem muito de guitar bands dos 90´s, é um disco ensolarado e pra se ouvir nas alturas, mais da metade do disco viraria hit dos inferninhos de outrora facilmente, dá pra fechar os olhos e sentir aquele air guitar fluindo solto enquanto a pista ferve.

Um grande disco, que coloca lado a lado MBV, Dinosaur Jr, Guided by Voices e tudo do bom e do melhor dos saudosos 90´s e o melhor com cara dos nossos tempos.

***** Interview with The Lees of Memory *****

Q. When did Lees of Memory starts, tell us about the history...
J: I would say Brandon was really the catalyst for the whole thing, in a way. He was writing some new music back in the summer of 2012, and he wanted some help making demos, but also it was just a great excuse to get together and hang. The first one we did ("Deliquesce") turned out so rad, we wanted to do more! Plus I had been writing a lot separately around the same time, sooner or later we just decided to combine our efforts. We didn't have many ambitions beyond just amassing a stockpile of 4-track recordings and throwing 'em out online until Nick (Raskulinecz) got on-board with it, after that we started making plans to do a record record. We drafted Nick Slack to play drums, whom I had been jamming with in Epic Ditch, plus we go way back anyway to the days when he played in SLACK and Don (Coffey Jr) produced them. Once we had a finished recorded, we approached Velocity Of Sound about putting out a 45, and they were down, so we did that. Not long after that, I started working through the process of reissuing Head Trip In Every Key and putting the Jokers W/ Tracers package together with SideOneDummy, and they were so friendly and easy to deal with and their passion for what they do was so obvious, I just got stoked one day and sent them a Soundcloud stream of the Lees music out of curiosity as much as anything else. I think they hollered back the same day! So yeah, it was officially on after that.

Q: Who are your influences?
J: Ah man, there are so many. The list is endless. I've been completely mesmerized by music for as long as I can remember. Specific to the Lees, though? To my ears it's kind of a love letter to all the records we used to play around the house in 1993, 1994, 1995, when we all lived together in the same house like a broke-ass version of The Monkees. I mean, My Bloody Valentine is an obvious one that a lot of people point to automatically. No question, Isn't Anything and Loveless made an impression on just about everything we've ever done in some kind of way, but I also hear Teenage Fanclub, The Velvet Underground, Yo La Tengo, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Dinosaur Jr, Swervedriver, The Beatles, Big Star, Sebadoh, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Stereolab, loads of influences. Twin Peaks was a big influence!

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
J: Impossible. I need 50 at least. ha ha

Q. How do you fell playing live?
J: It interests me less and less, to be honest. I guess that's why the Lees haven't played live yet!

Q. How do you describe Lees of Memory sounds?
J: "The Beatles Chopped & Screwed." ha ha Not really. I don't know, how can anyone describe their own music convincingly? Big atmospheres, big melodies, big guitars? "Big" is an adjective a lot of reviewers have resorted to.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
J: We banged out all the drums and guitar 1s & 2s on everything in 2 days' time, at Blackbird Studio here in Nashville, then we added all the bass and some guitar overdubs at Nick's house, and we finished overdubbing and mixing at his new studio spot, Rock Falcon TN. There aren't as many guitars as you might think.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
J: Natural Child is one of my favorite bands from around here, they're on Burger Records. My kids and I just met the guitar player at the grocery store the other day. He took time out to bro down with the kiddos, that meant a lot. Back those dudes!

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
J: We actually have a short list of songs we'd like to cover! Roy Orbison's "In Dreams", The Beatles' "It's All Too Much" and "I Heard Her Call My Name" by The Velvet Underground. Those could happen sometime.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
J: We've been writing a follow-up record which we hope to have out by this time next year on SideOneDummy, we're 23 songs in so far. In the meantime, I don't want to let the cat out of the bag, but you might want to check for us on or around 4-18-15, too...

Q: Any parting words?
J: Obrigado!
Thanks Jamie

Moon Safari with Technicolor Hearts - An Interview

Naomi Cherie e Joseph Salazar são Technicolor Hearts duo de Austin, Texas, que ao invés que seguirem a já conhecida acidez lisérgica daquelas terras, fazem um dreampop para apaixonados, canções doces e suaves, em beats e ambientações leves que servem de alicerce para a sua voz e angelical voz de Naomi.

Under The Big Blue Umbrella Sky álbum lançado ano passado transporta seus fãs em sua suave sinfonia dos sonhos.

Apaixonados ou não, deliciem-se com Technicolor Hearts.

***** Interview with Technicolor Hearts *****

Q. When did Technicolor hearts starts tell us about the history...
Joseph and I had been friends for years and I was often a special guest in his old group, an experimental art rock band called Death is Not a Joyride. After that band broke up and I stopped playing in Agent Ribbons, the garage pop trio that I was a part of, we already had a connection and knew we wanted to try writing together. We played our first show as Technicolor Hearts on 11/11/11 and it was at a glow in the dark masquerade ball in Austin, TX.

Q: Who are your influences?
Joseph really likes Air, Beach House, Pink Floyd, Mogwai, The Knife, Broadcast and the guy who composed the Fantastic Planet soundtrack. I really love Billie Holiday, Bat for Lashes, Françoise Hardy, CocoRosie, St. Vincent, Bessie Smith, Oh Land, Selena, old Delta Blues records and all the classic Disney Movie princesses.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Moon Safari, by Air
The Noise Made by People,
Broadcast Meddle, by Pink Floyd
La maison de mon rêve, by CocoRosie
Two Suns, by Bat for Lashes

Q. How do you fell playing live?
It's addictive. Sometimes before a show I don't feel very good or I'm tired or I doubt myself. But the minute we get up on stage and the show starts all of that melts away and I don't feel anything but happy, energy, adrenaline, alive and as soon as its over I can't wait for the next show.

Live shows can get pretty crazy but our music is generally pretty mellow and seems to have a calming, soothing effect on crowds. Lots of people have come up to us and told us our music is like going on an acid trip without the acid or that its very psychedelic and puts them in a trans. We also use a lot of trippy visuals elements, art, colors, fog and lighting to create an ambient atmosphere. I notice lots of audience members get really into it and just close their eyes and sway back and forth to the sounds.

Q. How do you describe Technicolor Hearts sounds?
We've come up with a few phrases that we feel describe our sound pretty well: arts and crafts pop, dream pop noir, an art project for lovers...

I have an orchestral background with violin and strings and folk singer tones in my voice. Joseph has a more electronic and synth background but also an appreciation for acoustic and lo-fi sounds. We try to weave together our sounds to get the perfect balance of pop, folk ,ethereal, synth and psych to make music that is both dreamy/dark and punchy/upbeat. We like to collage a lot of stuff together, sort of like a big rainbow quilt of sound that just wraps you up with an array of shapes and colors all stitched together neatly with one continuous thread.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We have a home studio we work from. I write most of the song lyrics, song structures and melodies and then Joseph works on the production, arrangement, chord structures and sounds. Then I usually lay down violin and string arrangements last, like the icing on the cake. On our fist release we recorded about half of it at our home studio and then worked with our friend at East Side Tone in Austin on the other half of the recording and mixing process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Some Austin bands we really love are Jess Williamson, Holiday Mountain, Black Books, Les Rav, Francine Thirteen and Silver Ships. Some bands we've played with around the US we really like are Unicorn Domination, Foxtails Brigade, Inner Ecstasy, Eliza Rickman and Emily Jane White. Also we are fans of Melody's Echo Chamber, Sleep Party People, Chelsea Wolfe, Exit Music and Lianne La Havas.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
So far we have covered Air, The XX, Lana Del Rey and Rihanna, but we've been working on a Roy Orbison song for a while that we hope to perform someday.

Q. About the past, tell us about the Telescopes´years, how was it? About the gigs, are they really insane?

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Last year we had an opportunity to record with Ikey Owens, a talented producer and former keys player for The Mars Volta. It was incredibly sad, but he unexpectedly passed away while on tour with Jack White a few weeks ago. The current plan is to release the music we recorded with him in the coming spring as well as some new recordings we've been working on.

Q: Any parting words?
Last week we were really excited to release a music video for our song "Pocahaunted" that we directed and produced ourselves. It was done over the course of our recent six month west coast tour and includes scenes shot in several locations along the way. We filmed choreographed movement in the forests of Central Texas with the Woven Feet troupe, improvisational art-dance pieces on the shores of an enchanting Malibu oceanscape and more scenes amongst the moss-laden giants in the wet earth-scented Redwood forests of the Pacific Northwest. You can watch it here: