quinta-feira, 28 de abril de 2016

What I Choose To Forget with Code Ascending - An Interview


James Harrison, Alex Harrison e Laurence Harrison formaram no outono de 2014 o Code Ascending e debutaram este mês com o belíssimo "When I Choose To Forget", um forte e poderoso mix de pós punk clássico e shoegaze.

"When I Choose To Forget" é algo como um choque entre o Disintegration e o Noewhere, claramente existe um elo interligando estes álbuns até chegarmos no Code Ascending.

Pra quem não sabe, James Harrison faz parte de outro patrimônio chamado Air Formation além do You Walk Through Walls e também do Monster Movie, tá bom pra você?

Mas o ponto aqui é que o debute do Code Ascending é um dos mais poderosos discos lançados este ano.

Dúvida? Escute.

***** Interview with Code Ascending *****

Q. When did Code Ascending start? Tell us about the history…
I’ve always played around with creating sounds and stuff but I really started writing songs while on the train going to and from work in London. To stop the boredom it was great plugging in my headphones, loading up my piano app and writing musical sections with lyrics.

I wrote a whole albums worth of songs over a couple of weeks and started putting the different parts together. I demoed 10 tracks up and thought about what I could do.

I then asked my brothers, who I knew were fantastic musicians in their own right, if they wanted to rehearse some ideas and so in the Autumn of 2014 we booked a room, played and it gelled instantly. The rest followed on from there.

Q: Who are your influences?
When I started writing songs I was listening to lots of different stuff. The Cure, Muse, Foals, Eagulls, The Horrors, BRMC, The Verve, MBV, Editors, Pink Floyd, Smashing pumpkins, Interpol, The National. To name but a few.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Theres far too many to mention but if I had to pick then:
The Cure - Disintegration & Wish (Sorry I have to choose both here!)
Editors - The back rooms
The Verve - Urban hymns
Spiritualised - Ladies and gentlemen we’re floating in space.
The Horrors - Primary Colours.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We haven’t had a gig yet but in rehearsal it feels amazing.

Q. How do you describe Code Ascending sounds?
When standing in the middle of the rehearsal room while playing, the sound is thick with huge waves of noise and sympathetic melodies. My bass is through two amps. 1 amp is for the low end scream and the other amp is for all my atmospheric effects which swell and drive off of each other. Alex thickens up the sound even more with his guitar melodies and Laurence holds us all together.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
After I had created enough material we spent the following year refining our sounds and parts. When we thought we were ready we booked the studio time.

We recorded the EP over a weekend going in on the Saturday and laying down all the basic parts and vocals. Then we spent the Sunday Mixing. So the record is not a bad effort for a couple of days work.
I would’ve liked to have had more time mixing but the budget always has to come into it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The last album I bought was by Royal Blood. I love the sound those guys are getting. The lead singer is a fantastic bass player who uses lots of effects so thats a massive plus for me. He’s a better singer though but you can’t have everything. :)

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
When Im messing around on my bass at home I always end up bashing out a rendition of ‘icky thump’ by The White Stripes for some reason. That riff sounds great when all my FX are on so I guess I would do that one.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We don’t have any other than write more songs, record and enjoy making as much noise as we can while we can. We definitely want to start playing lots of shows and look forward to seeing where our music takes us.

Q: Any parting words?
I can’t thank you and everyone enough for all the support we have been given with the EP so far. If this is the start of things to come for us then its going to get very interesting. Take care and thanks for reading. x


Heart Stars with Purplespace - An Interview

Um verdadeiro caldeirão de referências e sonoridades é o que nos oferta o comboio da Flórida, Purplespace. De Prince a MBV, de Velocity Girl a Interpol, tudo tem uma certa conexão com eles.

Vários EPs e singles e seis álbuns lançados, todos sempre buscando um enfoque sonhador e dançante, para amenizar o estado de espirito nos dias caóticos que vivemos.

O Purplespace de oferta o caminho, aumente e contemple a vida.

***** Interview with Purplespace *****

Q. When did Purplespace start? Tell us about the history...
All answers were given by John Hashtak. Purplespace band members: Reed Clendenen - Bass Jim Singleton - Drums, Synth Tara Golden - Vocals John Hashtak - Guitar, Synth, Vocals Kate Brightly - Vocals The first Purplespace album was published in 2007, but the friendships, bandmates and groundwork was formed back in 2001.

After a nice run as the band named, "Starring Me", songwriter John Hashtak told his bandmates (Reed, Tara, and Jim) that he needed to expand beyond doing local shows in Jacksonville, Florida. It was becoming boring to play songs hundreds of times preparing for shows or for recording an album. It got too mundane. So, John bought his own recording equipment by maxing out his first credit card and set to work late at night on all the ideas that were floating in his head. He would record songs spontaneously, without much or any planning at all. He would just record something with a keyboard or guitar and see what pours out. Other tracks were added and layered one by one. Then, he'd bring these songs to his Starring Me bandmates and ask them to add their unique part to them. The end result was a new sound that kept them passionate about music and the creative process. They kept playing live shows as "Starring Me", but this new project started growing legs, gaining momentum from everyone's creative spirit. Eventually, this new side-project of recording spontaneously became their main focus. It eventually became, Purplespace.

Q: Who are your influences?
Prince, the Cure, New Order, Velocity Girl, Seam, My Bloody Valentine, The Postal Service, the Beach Boys, and various 60's Motown artists.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
New Order - Low Life,
The Cure - Disintegration,
Prince - Purple Rain,
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless,
The Postal Service - Give Up

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live: We don't really do live shows anymore, but when we did it was nerve racking. The sound never turned out the way we wanted it. There's too many variables that go into a great show such as the sound man, venue, crowd, equipment, and time of day. We were

Shy and scared introverts in the spotlight. It was always felt kind of awkward. We did ok, but we never felt like our best on stage. We don't like it as much as recording new music in the studio.

Q. How do you describe Purplespace sounds?
The "Purplespace sound".... Could be described as moody and melodic. We don't stay with one type of sound. We love discovering new instruments to use and ways to record. Genre: Adult Alternative, Dream Pop, Shoegaze, Space Rock, Indie Pop

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
New Bands we like: Chvrches, SnowPatrol, Ra Ra Riot, The Joy Formidable, Mates of State, The Raveonettes, Purity Ring, Small Black, Azure Blue, Copeland, Beach House, Kid Wave, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Emmy the Great, Ringo Deathstarr.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Pretty in Pink by the Psychedelic Furs.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To keep recording 1 album per year until we die, or to hit 1,000 songs, which ever comes first.

Q: Any parting words?
We appreciate your passion for music and writing. You have made a new friend and fan of your blog. Thank you!


quarta-feira, 27 de abril de 2016

Save The Drama with Light FM - An Interview

Pode soar novidade a muitos o nome Light FM, mas o trio de Los Angeles já esta na ativa desde 1999, e seu debute data de 2004, "This is The Beginning of My Golden Age", e desde então a banda já dividiu palcos com gente do calibre de um Jesus and Mary Chain ou Smashing Pumpkins só pra citar alguns nomes.

Sonoramente eles mantém o seu peculiar hibrido de new wave, com shoegaze, com brit pop, sempre dançante e ensolaradamente viciante.

Música pra ouvir alto e dançar sem parar. Delicioso.

***** Interview with Light FM *****

Q. When did light fm start? Tell us about the history...
A. Light FM started in the fall of 1999 in Chicago after my previous band Motorhome had broken up. It was an outlet for my home recordings but then eventually became a band. We released our debut record, "This is The Beginning of My Golden Age" in 2004. I moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2005 where I recruited a new line-up. I've been the only constant in the band. We've toured opening for The Smashing Pumpkins and The Jesus and Mary Chain. We've opened for the National, Ra Ra Riot, The Neighborhood, and many more. We've released 5 full length records and 2 EPs including our most recent, "Pointless" EP. Currently our line-up consists of Nicki Nevlin on bass and Alexa Brinkschulte on drums and myself on guitar and lead vocal.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: I'm a big Grandaddy fan. I love 80's new wave, The Cars, Devo, New Order, The Cure, etc. I also really like bands like Diiv, Sunflower Bean, and Beach House.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: 1.Grandaddy: Sophtware Slump
2. Mew: And The Glass Handed Kites
3. Radiohead: Ok Computer
4. Beatles: Revolver
5. David Bowie: The Man Who Sold the World

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: We love playing live!! We did a European tour last year and love to travel!! Would love to play Brazil!!!

Q. How do you describe light fm sounds?
A: I feel like our music is a hybrid of 80's new wave and 90's brit pop/ shoegaze? Not to pigeonhole ourselves but I felt like we were a good match with the Smashing Pumpkins when we toured with them.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: I record bands for a living at my studio. It's called The Cave Studio in Los Angeles. I usually end up demoing songs and the demos end up being the final product. I like to program soft synths and analog synths. I also like to program drum machines with real drums. The songs are usually pretty dense with a lot of tracks!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: LA has a great music scene. Modern Time Machines, Wilding, Tennis System, The Big Gone, The Cold and Lovely, Wolf Prize, Sound is Lovv, Correatown, are all great!!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: I have a very particular vocal range but I'd love to cover INXS or some serious 80's jams like Fine Young Cannibals or Wang Chung?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We have a new full length we've been working on that's almost complete. We'd like to release it and focus on building our fanbase in other parts of the world. Particularly, Germany. Our drummer is from there and we love it there!!!!

Q: Any parting words?
A: To all the young musicians: Don't let others tell you you're not good enough. If you are passionate about music you should pursue it. Even if it doesn't bring you a single penny. It's worth pursuing!! You are worth it!!!


Night Train Daydream with Maths and The Moon

Os ingleses do Maths and The Moon depois do brilhante álbum de estreia Night Train Daydream, soltaram o primeiro aperitivo de seu próximo trabalho, Futurist é o primeiro single de Familiar Strange que virá ao mundo no próximo mês.

Futurist é uma basicamente uma continuação lógica do que o Maths and The Moon fizeram em Night Train Daydream, com uma pequena diferença, acrescentaram um peso maior no mix de pos punk e noise da estreia. Mas o conteúdo extremamente britânico com doses poderosas de sarcasmo, escola Mark E. Smith esta toda intacta.

Certamente um grande álbum esta por nascer.

***** Interview with Maths and The Moon *****

Q. When did Maths and The Moon start, tell us about the history...
Andy: The band formed in Southampton in 2009 after the previous band we were all in had run its course. We wanted to explore some musical territories that perhaps we weren't ready for before. We have been making music together for a long time and are really lucky to still be doing so. We released our first album ‘Night Train Daydream’ in 2013 and are just about to release its follow up ‘Familiar Strange’ in Spring 2016.

Q. Who are your influences?
Andy: In terms of sound, we have very much been influenced by bands like Deerhunter, Can, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Boards of Canada, MBV, Primal Scream, The Velvet Underground, Bowie, Autolux, etc. But influence or desire to write and create can come from anything, good or bad.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time:
Sonic Youth - Washing Machine
Can - Tago Mago
Iggy and The Stooges - Raw Power
Campag Velocet – Bon Chic Bon Genre
David Bowie - Low

Q. How do you feel about playing live?
Matt: Playing live is a big part of what we intend to do. We have been playing together in other forms for a lot of years now and we have shaped our albums with recreating the live sound in mind. We’ve had a lot of fun playing over the years and are looking forward to playing the new album to people soon.

Q. How do you describe Maths and the Moon's sounds?
Andy: It jumps around really, from post-punk to krautrock inspired grooves, and from grungey sounds to textured soundscapes. We like to mix it up and not limit ourselves. It’s great to lose yourself when songwriting, see where you can go mentally and then hopefully come back with something different from the last song.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the new album?
Luke: We knew that we wanted to make a more direct representation of the live show with this album, so we decided that the main part of the recording would be made up of us playing together. We have a new rehearsal space which was large enough for us to do that, so we set up in the same room, got everything balanced and played. It was fun and we were able to get the main part of the recording done over a long weekend. We then spent a little time doing guitar and vocal overdubs and that was it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Andy: Not necessarily new, but we’ve been enjoying the Fat White Family and Thee Oh Sees. Closer to home, Melt Dunes and Dead Rabbits are making some really great music.

Q. Which bands would you like to cover?
Luke: We have always loved '2000 Light Years From Home' by The Rolling Stones. We used to listen to it a lot when we first started playing together and have always said we'd love to play our own version of it one day.

Q. Whats the plans for the future?
Matt: We are about to release our second album ‘Familiar Strange’ and are looking forward to playing many shows to promote it. Then we will start on our neo-space jazz record!

Q. Any parting words?
Keep it strange!

New album ‘Familiar Strange’ is out May 2016. Available on all digital platforms and also on www.mathsandthemoon.bandcamp.com


terça-feira, 26 de abril de 2016

Modern Sleep with The Dancing Plague of 1518

The Dancing Plague of 1518 é uma one man band. Conor Knowles é a mente por trás de um mundo de sonhos introspectivos e repleto de nuances imaginárias, remetendo a algo além do espaço comum.

Através de sua guitarra e camadas e mais camadas concebidas em seu quarto e os inúmeros softwares de criação existentes hoje em dia, a música do The Dancing Plague of 1518 é feita especialmente para este e outro ambiente qualquer onde o intimismo se torna algo fundamental.

Todavia, Conor explicita na entrevista que sua música funciona melhor ao vivo. Certamente pode e deve ser uma experiência única no lugar e meio apropriado.

Enquanto não temos o privilégio disso, aprecie você mesmo, preferencialmente no escuro.

***** Interview with The Dancing Plague of 1518 *****

Q. When did The Dancing Plague of 1518 start? Tell us about the history...
A: This project started less than a year ago back in July of 2015. I've been in a band for the past 3-4 years called Sea Giant that's been pretty great but I had plans for a while to start a solo endeavor just out of necessity to explore some other musical fancies and approaches. Getting the project actually going was slow-moving though until I got asked to play a show in early July. So it pushed me to write a four song set in a matter of a couple weeks. There's only like one of those songs that's actually decent and that I still actually play but the experience gave me that little push I needed. A week after the first show I released an EP called Sunless that I recorded in like three days. It's really bad. The newer recordings are a better representation. From there I started playing a lot of shows, one or two a month from then on which was awesome and I've been playing and releasing stuff since then.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Many many things. Brian Wilson, Joy Division, Viet Cong, Black Sabbath, Beach House, Neutral Milk Hotel, Wolf Parade and anything Spencer Krug does, Lowlife, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cure, Alex Cameron. But I'm also heavily inspired by my friends and smaller bands around my area in the Pacific Northwest of the United States like Paisley Devil, Versing, Little Child Man, Marriage + Cancer, youryoungbody, Nostalgist and pretty much everyone in my hometown of Spokane, WA. There are tons of awesome musicians here doing super cool things.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: Oh man, that's impossible haha but I'll give it a shot (in no particular order):
1. "Pet Sounds" by The Beach Boys
2. "Apologies to the Queen Mary" by Wolf Parade
3. "In the Aeroplane Over The Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel
4. "Viet Cong" by Viet Cong
5. "Unknown Pleasures" by Joy Division

There's hundreds more, I'm not even confident with those five. Narrowing it down to only five albums is not easy.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: I think my music exists best live. Playing shows is my favorite thing in the world. The writing and recording process is obviously awesome too but playing live is where the true energy and life of music lays. Being on stage sharing my music with people is my only way to express my art visually as well as audibly.

Q. How do you describe The Dancing Plague of 1518 sounds?
A: I don't know, I'm constantly trying new things and experimenting with different ideas, so basically I just label it as electronic dream pop because I feel like that's more of a broad genre that could encompass a lot of what I do. I usually keep it all within the confines of dreamy/shoegaze styles with heavy reverb and really washed out vocals.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: I record all of my stuff in my bedroom using a MacBook Pro, Pro Tools 11 Software, and a Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 audio interface. Once the song is completely written I usually just record each element individually and sculpt the song from the bottom up starting with all of the drum parts individually using an Akai XR20 drum machine, then add whatever other elements the song has, i.e. synth, guitar, MIDI data, with the vocals being recorded last in a makeshift vocal booth I made in my closet using couch cushions.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Right now I highly recommend Operators, they're a new electro pop project by Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, they just released their first album, Blue Wave. Also I'm heavily into Viet Cong from Canada, they're fairly new but they're already one of my favorite bands, their debut album came out last year and it's one of the best albums I've ever heard. Those two aren't really super new but others that I recommend that are a bit fresher are Technological Taxidermy, which is a brand new project by my friend Tobias Hendrickson, and Jordan, Minnesota, which is a local Spokane two-piece that is pretty new and I dig a lot.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A: Well I have recorded a cover of "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by The Beach Boys for a compilation I did for a music collective I'm a part of and I've also attempted covering "You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon but it failed miserably. But other then those I don't have much interest in doing covers but maybe something by Joy Division.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: play as many shows as possible and release as much stuff as possible. I'm going on tour at the end of June right after I graduate from College and that'll be my first tour with The Dancing Plague of 1518. Then I plan on touring with DP as much as possible from then on. I'm doing a split EP with my friend Paisley Devil and I'm working on songs for a new solo EP that'll be out soon as well and I'm probably going to have my two new singles remixed and remastered by my friend, Ramsey who also so happens to be Paisley Devil. Just trying to tour and build up a good resume so I can eventually try to sign with a booking agency so I don't have to book my own tours, which is super fun right now but I'm sure a few years down the line it will get tiring.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Thanks for having me and for listening to the songs, I really appreciate it!


Truths with Foliage - An Interview

Foliage é o projeto ensolarado, sonhador e apaixonado de M. Joseph Walker.

Truths, o primeiro álbum cheio é um delicioso passeio pelo mundo do dreampop, do início ao fim com um clima californiano, uma verdadeiro surfaze. Conexões com The Drums, Craft Spells, Sarah Records, Wild Nothing e muitos outros, só que essas conexões são referenciais, porque Truths tem sua própria magia, um poder imensamente forte que muito se ampara nas belíssimas criações de Mr M; Joseph Walker que tem como grande e nítida inspiração Mr Stephen Patrick Morrissey.

Truths é uma verdadeira preciosidade que merece ser descoberta diariamente. Lindo.

***** Interview with Foliage *****

Q. When did Foliage start? Tell us about the history...
Well let's see. Foliage. A project I started a little before my 16th birthday. Wrote some songs on an old Casio keyboard (URL & Coma) and eventually ended up getting a guitar for my 16th birthday. I wrote some songs at home for about a year and eventually it became an album, 'Truths'. Foliage, technically, started around late February of last year (2015). During the process of writing my album, I had a feeling the project was going to take off due to the huge love for the few singles I had released prior to the album. I decided that I'd love to play these songs live so I gathered a live band together with one of my best friends (Alex Lara, Group Photos) being the first choice. With Alex as a solid member of the live band, he helped me find a proper bassist and drummer as well. Here is the band, a year later. Truths had done successfully, released about a week before my 17th birthday and am now 18 years old (just turned 18 yesterday, April 3rd, 2016). A lot has changed since then.

Q: Who are your influences?
My influences vary, although i'll say the easiest to hear is very early My Bloody Valentine in their jangle pop era as well as The Smiths and The Cure. I was raised on The Smiths and The Cure actually. As I grew older, I got into a lot of indie rock, which is when I actually picked up guitar for the first time. One of the first bands that got me really into playing guitar, kind of a guilty pleasure, was Two Door Cinema Club. I got really into catchy guitars in indie rock. Later I somehow ended up back in my roots, expanding deeper into jangle and dream pop and falling into the world of shoegaze and post-punk. The Jesus and Mary Chain, MBV, Slowdive, also modern shit like DIIV, Beach Fossils, Ducktails, etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Hmm top 5. These aren't in any real order.

My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless'
The Smiths' self titled record.
Craft Spells' 'Idle Labor' (The album that actually really got me to start this project as well as Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures')
Ducktails 'St. Catherine'

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing live. Much more preferred to the record. 'Truths' is very dull in my honest opinion. Nice catchy pop songs but with the typical dream pop shit that's been done a thousand times. Our live shows are always great. High energy (good energy as well) and a lot more dynamic. I've actually spent the last year writing a new record. It's finished, should be out this year. The new record is a lot better. I hope to really change the game with this one. It's a lot different in sonically and in sound. I'd love to give away some hints but I'll wait for all to hear.

Q. How do you describe Foliage sounds?
I can't really describe Foliage's sound for myself. 'Truths' is definitely some DIIV but with Morrissey's vocals on there with a little bit of The Drums or something. This new record is something new and fresh that I haven't really heard much in the dream pop and shoegaze genre. In fact, it's probably not even that anymore. It's new, it's lush, it's beautiful.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
'Truths' was done all direct in to the computer. The heavily reverberated vocals as well as guitars, drums, and you know, EVERYTHING ELSE. I sat in my garage, just recording the demos for this album for about a year straight. I think I wrote a good 25-30 songs for it before I came down to the final 10. Ended up recording the final product in my garage, re-doing those demos and mastering them. Very simple pop structure and all very similar. It flowed well but it had been done so many times. Sure it has it's own unique flavor, but sonically, it's been done over and over again. This new record is recorded, alone and in my garage again as I prefer this band to stay a solo project, but this time with some new essences. I really wanted to capture the exact and real tones of the guitar and drums as well as changing the sound and doing something new. The guitars this time were plugged into an amp and mic'd. There's a real bass now so you can actually feel that low end coming in. I ditched the drum machine and recorded a live kit. As you can imagine, my garage space is very cramped, running across to each instrument, switching constantly. The vocals on this record are clean and beautiful with hardly any reverb. The harmonies ring out along with the lush guitar pieces that aren't as muddy anymore but this time prettier and more interesting. Everything is just a lot more open and clear. Everything is apparent.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I really like Jade TV, I think we came around at the same time (about last year) but damn this dude is good. I like High Sunn too. Caterwaul are a new local fav of mine. We're going on tour together actually.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I don't really do covers, I've done covers of a few local bands just to help introduce people to these bands (LSTS, Joos, The Red Pears) but with that Foliage sound and flavor. If I were going to do a cover though maybe i'll cover 'Blurred Tonight' by Blank Dogs or something.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
This Summer, I hope to have my record out. Lot of dates planned, tour this Summer. Should be good.

Q: Any parting words?
I really hope you guys enjoy the new record. It's really going to change the game, I can feel it. Much love to all of the support and the quick amount of success. I thank you.


segunda-feira, 25 de abril de 2016

Stay with Walking Misery - An Interview

Quando topei com Stay, último single do quarteto de Denton, Texas, Walking Misery, a conexão imediata foi a similaridade com bandas da nova cena pós qualquer coisa dos nossos tempos, tipo, Whirr, Nothing, Mayfair e outras tantas, que pegam o shoegaze clássico, mais peso intenso, grunge e pos punk e desaceleram ainda mais enfiando mais peso e densidade em suas músicas. Stay é exatamente isso, uma canção densa, pesada, melancólica e matadora.

Por hora apenas informações sobre os caras, na página deles no Twitter, algumas canções em sua página no Bandcamp e um EP lançado ano passado pela Lonely Boy Records chamado Nowhere Close, fora isso, nada.

Mas o TBTCI ajuda você a conhecer quem é o Walking Misery em detalhes.

Aumente e ouça no máximo.

***** Interview with Walking Misery *****

Q. When did Walking Misery start? Tell us about the history...
The start of Walking Misery is kind of a complex story. In 2014 I was in a band called Drouz, which is the spiritual predecessor to Walking Misery. This band would end up not working out and we disbanded in late 2014. However my experiences in Drouz would lead me to start writing for other projects. The first project I started was called Time Spent Breathing and It was influenced by my new love of Mac Demarco and dreampop acts like Wild Nothing. I assembled a crack team, and we played our first show in April of 2015. Time Spent Breathing slowly started to progress into somewhat of a shoegaze band. (We began playing louder,etc.) That summer we decided to change our name to Walking Misery, signifying our metamorphosis into a shoegaze band.

Q: Who are your influences?
Johnny Marr, Kurt Cobain, Kevin Shields, Blessin’, Beach Fossils, Kings of Leon.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Oh boy this is going to be a tough one
They’re Only Chasing Safety- Underoath
S/T- Alexisonfire
Distal- Crash of Rhinos
Tell All Your Friends- Taking Back Sunday
No- Blessin’

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is probably one of the best feelings on earth. For about 20 minutes everyone cares what I have to say and I feel sort of important. While I’m playing, I’m not thinking about anything. I have this weird clarity. For 20 minutes I don’t feel any stress or anxiety. No matter how loud we play, it’s always super calm and quiet in my head if that makes sense.

Q. How do you describe Walking Misery sounds?
Walking Misery is the sound of an early 20’s existential crisis. Or just loud pop haha.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
With the demos, we had everything already recorded with FL drums and then just recorded live drums over those recordings. On the single we tried to do everything as close to live as possible. Lots of guitar/vocal layering.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Check out Blessin’. They were a local band that I saw in Denton in 2014 that inspired me to start writing and turned me onto bedroom and dream pop as a whole. Sadly they broke up. Bedroom Eyes is a shoegaze band from like New England. They kill it so hard. Deafcult is a gaze band from Australia, they shred as well.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I would love to be in a Nirvana Cover band and play In Utero cover to cover. Would also love to pretend to be Morrissey in a Smiths cover band. Only because Johnny Marr’s parts are too complicated for me lol.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I want to go on tour and have people genuinely care about our music.

Q: Any parting words?
I appreciate you for reaching out for a write up my man. It means more than you could know. It’s crazy to know people in Brazil like you have heard of us. Take it easy and stay tuned for more WM in 2016. Hope all is well in Brazil.

White Walls with Swim Team - An Interview

Dreampop elevado a máxima potência. Doces e sutis camadas de sintetizadores envoltas a melodiosas e apaixonadas canções que certamente poderão embalar seus melhores momentos ensolarados por aí.,

Isto é o que o Swim Team nos oferta, sempre elegantes e com aquele charme pop que vicia até mesmo o menos desavisado.

Música em estado de graça e astral elevado, e se depender do Swim Team a tendência é só aumentar.

***** Interview with Swim Team *****

Q. When did Swim Team start? Tell us about the history...
I started recording in my bedroom all these synthy songs in probably 2010. I had never
really played a synth before and just fell in love with the type of soundscapes I could make at home. My friend surprise booked a show for us and I was sort of forced to get a band together.

Q: Who are your influences?
Ariel Pink had a huge impact on me. Also Cocteau Twins' Victorialand, everything the Beatles.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Ooh this is hard.... These five are popping out right now.

Neil Young - Harvest
Twin Shadow - Forget
Television - Marquee Moon
Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
The Beatles - Abbey Road

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Scared but also really excited. There's not many better feelings than playing a really good set.

Q. How do you describe Swim Team sounds?
Haha hmm. Unintentionally lofi? Plugin-ey?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Usually it starts with either a sound I really like or I get an idea for a chorus stuck in my head and kind of have to write the rest of the song around it. I have to write the song pretty much immediately or else I will never finish it. I really hate revisiting old incomplete songs because they are never as good as I remember them being. You kind of lose that sense of excitement and immediacy of creating something out of nothing because you're really just editing something that already exists in its own strange way, even if it's just in the form of a really shitty 30 second clip.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
EZTV! Also really digging the new Porches album. Kurt Vile isn't really a "new" artist but his latest album rules.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We covered Tears for Fears' "Everybody wants to rule the world" at our residency last year and that was sort of a dream come true. Maybe Smashing Pumpkins Disarm or 1979 would be cool. Or Shoes' Do I Get so Shy

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Working on a new EP. Will hopefully release it this fall. And lining up a tour.

Q: Any parting words?
Stay cool. B urself


sábado, 23 de abril de 2016

Dream Machines with The Daisy Heaves - An Interview

Ao iniciar a audição dos estadunidenses do The Daisy Heaves é como adentrar a uma odisseia cíclica e hipnótica de delírios espaciais sonoros, drones e ambiências que te conduzirão a um estado completo de levitação astral.

Discípulos da família Spacemen 3, o The Daisy Heaves é artefato sonoro viciante.

Drogas em formatos musicais, a viagem aqui é eminente, não existe outra saída, é apenas deixar-se possuir.

***** Interview with The Daisy Heaves *****

Q. When did The Daisy Heaves start? Tell us about the history...
Ryan: The Daisy Heaves started during the last two weeks of October in 2015. I have been playing guitar and other instruments since I was a little kid. I used to just play bass in bands when I was in high school and didn’t actually start trying to write songs until the summer of 2013, but I never felt confident enough in my early songs to do anything with them.

It wasn’t until I was recording the songs that would make up the first Daisy Heaves album that I felt as though I had something worth releasing. Shortly after I put out our first record I asked my friend, Danny Branske, if he would like to be an additional guitarist for the band. He agreed and we immediately wrote songs together. Shortly after, I was contacted by our current drummer, Will Stratford. He had gotten a hold of our first album through a Craigslist ad I posted when I was looking for a drummer. Danny and I met Will together. We all clicked right away— it was just great chemistry from the start.

The last person to join the band was long-time friend, Michael Regan. I used to play bass in his band, The Echoes and Flowers. He liked the music I’d been making and was all for helping push it further. So, the band has existed for about 6 months now, but we didn’t have a full line up until about a month and half ago.

Q: Who are your influences?
Ryan: Oh man, a lot of different stuff. I am very influenced by local artists and musicians I have played with. The bands I’ve been in and musicians I’ve worked with have without a doubt had a huge impact on me in many ways.

Otherwise, I’ve always been really into The Beatles. My dad is a huge Beatles freak and the first song I remember hearing by them was “Help.” They were the first band that really soaked in, but I’m always finding new influences through hearing new bands or by listening to the same stuff I always listen to. It’s hard to pick a specific outside influence for what I do other than the feeling that I’ve always had— the feeling that I need to create music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. Many Levels of Laughter by J Fernandez
2. Coney Island Baby by Lou Reed
3. Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space by Spiritualized
4. Revolver by The Beatles
5. Perfect Prescription by Spacemen 3

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Ryan: The Daisy Heaves have not played live yet, but we rehearse weekly. We will start playing shows this summer. We’re focused on recording right now and getting the band tight. I do love playing live though. I haven’t played a show in a while and I’m starting to miss it. The recording binge I’ve been on helps though. I think it’s good for me to stay busy.

Q. How do you describe The Daisy Heaves sounds?
Ryan: I classify our genre as “glow-fi,” but that doesn’t actually mean anything. It’s hard to put music in a box… or maybe I just don’t like to. I don’t know how to describe our sound… I just asked Mike, our bassist, to describe our sound and his answer is: “I couldn’t even tell you because the songs are so schizophrenic, but if I really had to call it anything I would say dirty scatter-brained shoegaze glazed in sativa.”

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Ryan: I write while I’m recording. I usually start out putting ideas onto my phone. If I think of something, I’ll just record right away because my phone is always in my pocket. We’re currently recording two albums with polarizing sounds. On one album, we’re tracking everything at our drummer’s place and only playing to a click. The second record is compromised of tunes that started off really lo-fi and then we put them into Logic so we could record over the skeletons of the songs, and we’re gonna mix everything together in ProTools once we’re done. I like the process reworking songs and listening to how they grow.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Ryan: The Roalde Dahls, J Fernandez, Butter, Boxing Fetish, HollowTapes (formerly known as Groves), The Orange Kyte, Grey Bags, Morgan Delt, Salvia Palth, Kikagaku Moyo. There are so many others I want to mention, but I’m blanking right now. I usually find new music on Soundcloud and repost songs that I really dig. That is my go-to for finding new bands.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Ryan: I would love to do a cover of “How You Satisfy Me” by Spectrum.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Ryan: Make records and play music for people.

Q: Any parting words?
Ryan: Fuck Hillary Clinton


sexta-feira, 22 de abril de 2016

Tidalwave with The Backhomes - An Interview

Tonalidades ácidas em ritmo hipnótico, transes lisérgicos e muito fuzz, este é The Backhomes, canadenses psicodélicos de Montreal.

Tidalwave seu último trabalho é um álbum para ser degustados alto, bem alto, preferencialmente de headphones para captar cada detalhe e obviamente para estar inteiramente inserido dentro da trip composta por nove canções em exercícios de chapação continua.

Um discaço, sônico e dançante em doses cavalares.

***** Interview with The Backhomes *****

Q. When did The Backhomes start? Tell us about the history...
We started playing together in Montreal in 2010. I was playing with some folks and Kees was helping us record and then started playing with us. I realized I really liked all the stuff he was bringing to the table, we were into the same sounds and textures. We decided to try to write some songs together and it felt real good. We now live in Victoria, British Columbia on the west coast of Canada. We've put out two albums and an EP, and our third album is almost done. All songs have been self produced at home.

Q: Who are your influences?
Influences, inspirations... call it what you will. Everything from old and new friends we meet who play music and make art. Records we love. Nature and tripping out in wilderness. Politics and the state of the world. It all goes into what we do. You are what you eat.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Very difficult to choose but here are 5 we'll always love:

Spacemen 3 - Recurring
JJ Cale - 5
Nas - Illmatic
Neil Young - Tonight's The Night
Flying Saucer Attack - Chorus

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Haha, usually stressed and weird up until the moment we start and then like really zen and on another planet.

Q. How do you describe The Backhomes sounds?
Fuzzy dreamy sonic groovy

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
For the most part Kees creates backing tracks by sampling old drum machines, synths, guitar and organ. Then we forget about them for a while and when we're ready to work on new shit we listen through all these bits and pieces and see what gets us excited. Then we add more layers, vocals and craft it into a song. Or sometimes it's interesting enough as a drone and we leave it pretty much as is. For our newer stuff we're incorporating tape loops I've been making, so those will be the basis for some new songs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We'll stick to a short list from western Canada. If you want more we'll send like 50

Radiation Flowers
White Poppy
Old Girl
Dada Plan
Cult Babies

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

Q: What are your plans for the future?
When we get back from this tour we're going to finish our record and get all that rolling. It's a bit of a departure for us stylistically and we're really excited to share the new songs. Touring more wherever the winds takes us. Hopefully they take us back to Lisbon or Bilbao or Brazil!

Q: Any parting words?
Stay in touch for album releases, tour and video stuff via our newsletter. xx https://madmimi.com/signups/54228/join

Http:// thebackhomesband.bandcamp.com

Premiere - Drive by Daydreams

Inocência em melodias ruidosas esse é o Daydreams que passou há pouco tempo aqui nas páginas do TBTCI, leia aqui, e volta agora com a premiere de sua nova música "Drive".

Aquele sentimento adolescente com os barulhinhos viciantes do Daydreams são a marca registrada da música, e o TBTCI aproveitou o ensejo e peguntou direto ao criado a respeito da música, ouça alto e veja como "Drive" foi concebida.

Q. What is the inspiration of "Drive"?
The inspiration behind "drive " is the idea of innocence and recording a raw, natural, and almost improvised track. nothing was really planned especially the lyrics. the whole song was done within an hour around 3-4AM


Zeroland Part I with Gleam - An Interview

Imagine o encontro entre Radiohead, Vangelis e Pink Floyd. Esse híbrido sonoro, é basicamente o que pode servir de orientação para entender o duo italiano Gleam.

A audição de seu recente trabalho, "Zeroland (Part I)", é uma viagem freak que por muitas vezes são evocados as referências citadas no início. Pode parecer de certa maneira ousado e principalmente soa esquisito ao início, mas conforme o Zeroland vai rolando tudo começa a fazer pleno sentido.

O Gleam conseguiu fazer a proeza de transformar o prog rock em indie rock, altamente interessante.

***** Interview with Gleam *****

Q. When did GLEAM start? Tell us about the history...
In may 2003 we formed the original band during our first university years; now it's two of us and we've been a duo since 2009. The work era started after the studies and that changed a lot.
Yes, time's a bitch.

Q: Who are your influences?
We soon got bored of covering songs by others and started writing our own material, from a rock/blues root slowly evolving into more alternative/indie rock sounds. In the recent years we included electro and prog rock ideas. So in brief at first part of our influences were the Doors, the Pink Floyd, the U2, the AC/DC, Stevie Ray Vaughan; while now... we don't even now clearly, but synthesizers, digital drums and sound effect are often in the mix!

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A bit more than five:
Morrison Hotel by The Doors
Ten by Pearl Jam
Dalla by Lucio Dalla
Led Zeppelin I
Acthung baby by U2
In rainbows by Radiohead
Fragile by Yes
Blade runner by Vangelis
Lasser matters by The Radio Dept.
Meddle by Pink Floyd

Although our own library of musical worship goes way beyond these, that are mainly chapters of our growth as listeners.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We used to feel something for it years and years ago, it was even rewarding back then (emotionally, we mean), but it's been a while and don't even remember much about it. From our second album on we decided to remain in the studio environment, where actual sound detail comes from without being invalidated by the live scene itself and where the original musical idea is actually respected and preserved the way we'd like it to be. Nowadays listeners habits have radically changed and migrated ahead; lots of people can still be reached via the internet, so is performing live now really worth the major effort it takes? Don't know really.

Q. How do you describe GLEAM sounds?
We love clean guitars and delays, virtuous drums and complex chord sequences, we love overdriven synths and just hate plain pop structures. We want every single piece of it to be well balanced, but to go through more and more different phases, often out of place or contradicting the style of the previous movement, with as many variations as sustainable by the story itself.
If it was possible, we'd let each song grow longer and longer in the hope it never ends.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
It's made of various phases and a lot of redoing is envolved, voluntarily. Revising helps producing something possibly unheard. Then there's the studio and that is challenging. Time is a key factor. But whatever the effort or the final result, at the end we're likely going to party.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
All we know is that the good ones are probably unnoticed by the promotion industry. Lately we were impressed by Bosnian Rainbows, Black Angels, The Suppliers and some others.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Tough question; whatever seems impossible to reproduce by us or raises instinctive contrast is interesting. Ennio Morricone or Vangelis, to start with something just divine and inimitable that does demands lots of restudy and new arrangements. Another one might be a shoegaze version of some notable rock song as “Heart of the sunrise” by Yes or a heavy version of “Sound of silence” by Simon and Garfunkler. And why not some Lucio Dalla (if only we had the vocal skills to interpret that!) and on with a modern digital version of “Waiting for the sun” by Ray and Jim. And one day, we'll cover our own songs from our first album too; you know, to relive those days.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Of course, now it's just about time for a second chapter of our beloved Zeroland album; five new songs, five new stories to narrate our obsession for memories. And some politics in it too, let’s get our words and intents a little bit dirtier this time, it’s a moment of great need for economic revolt.

Q: Any parting words?
Why don't you all go check out our "Zeroland part 1" album on music.gleamstation.com, just experience it, possibly lazily; feel free to let us know if in your own way you know what we're talking about and you're wandering too through our same old unforgivable Zeroland.

"The unveiled prejudice no longer chains and the new gleam springs to our eyes”.


quarta-feira, 20 de abril de 2016

Home with With White Wolves - An Interview

Ouvir as gravações dos chilenos do With White Wolves é como se estivéssemos os assistindo ao vivo. Tudo é totalmente improvisado e lo fi. Muito pela falta de grana, mesmo porque os caras não tem nada lançado oficialmente.

Porém, tudo soa de forma ilustrativa, porque é em cima do palco que a viagem com eles começa, apesar a qualidade técnica das gravações dá pra sacar facilmente um belo drempop em formato ensolarado, quase californiano, seria então um dreamsurf?

Pode acreditar que sim. Que o futuro seja bacana com o WWW, porque o potencial é imenso.

***** Interview with With White Wolves *****

Q. When did With White Wilves start? Tell us about the history...
Well, first at all, i'd like to thanks to this blog for this interview, its an honour for us to be here. I (Cosmo) started this band in the 2009, but with a different name, it started as a solo bedroom project, with a different genre too. I used to play post black metal/ Shoegaze, but in the middle of 2010 i started to make this kind of dreampop

It was a secret, nobody around me listened to this music (except of my parents), so, i was very shy about the fact that i was playing alone a genre that wasnt popular enough. Im from Puerto Varas city, almost the end of the world, now im living in Santiago.

I started to search for live musician in the 2012, but it was really difficult because in the country's south the people dont use to play this kind of music, there the people its very weird

Finally i found three members, Nicolás on bass, cristóbal on guitar and Pepa on drums, it was a very solid band, sometimes my ex used to play the keyboard too. Because of the lack of bands in Puerto Varas, we just play 4 times there. The musician started to rotate and the last year we finally play in Santiago, after of 5 years playing rehearsals

Now im living here, my friends support me live, but we are searching for a drummer

Q: Who are your influences?
2: I have a lot of influences, i dont know, maybe i miss some band but i started doing this after listening band like Virus, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, White Wishes, Sebadoh, Built to Spill, etc. I listen to a lot of music, you know, emo, skramz, black metal, new wave, shoegaze, industrial. I know that WWW is very dreampop, but there's a lot of influences behind it.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3: I can't choose only 5 albums, there's so many masterpieces out there, its really difficult for me answer this questiom properly

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4: Playing live its an indescriptible experience, its absolutly necessary. I feel very comfortable onstage, and the love that i feel from my bandmates while we are playing live its the most unique thing

Q. How do you describe Whit White Wolves sounds?
5: I can't describe perfectly the sound, i think that is dreampop but we play really fast, its a mix between dreampop chords and effects and the energy of post punk.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6: We have just two song recorded, because of the money its very difficult, but the first song "her voice" was recorded on a professional studio, but the engineer was totally on drugs haha. The second one "stellar" was recorded in the home studio of my friend Victor Ludo (Prismatic Spring, Ecstatic Summer)

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7: From Chile: Juventud Psychoboreal, Kara Perouch, ColoreSantos, Herbario, Orquesta Pandroginia, Armisticio, Prismatic Spring, Cipréses, Espéctro, Paracaidistas.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8: Any song by ELO or Virus.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9: With a lot of friends we are creating a colective-label, with with white wolves we re gonna release an ep called "Nitay" in September.

Q: Any parting words?
10: Thanks to TBTCI for the interview, i'd like to thanks to my friends, my family and all the people that trust in my music, i have no words to describe the feeling when someone tell me "i like your music" or things like that. Stay tuned to our facebook page. Cosmo


Dream Punk with Spur - An Interview

O quarteto da Pensilvânia Spur, se auto descreve como "dream punk" e o TBTCI endossa a descrição.

A audição dois dois EP´s do Spur dá aquela deliciosa sensação do frescor viciante da girl groups aliado a crueza e guitarradas de gente como Velocity Girl, Black Tambourine entre outros. E aí você acrescente a maravilhosa voz da bela Toni e aí meu amigo, o jogo esta ganho para o Spur.

Apaixone-se imediatamente pelo Spur.

***** Interview with Spur *****

Q. When did Spur start? Tell us about the history...
1. Spur started a little over two years ago as a side project. We were able to play a few one-off shows and record an EP. When 2016 started, we decided to put more time and effort into the band, including booking a tour and recording a new demo. Hopefully this is just the beginning.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. We draw from a pretty eclectic group of bands. A lot of it comes from bands like Lush and My Bloody Valentine, but some of it comes from bands you wouldn't think of at first, like Radiohead, or from hardcore/punk bands. Growing up in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, we got to watch bands like Title Fight, The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw make it big, so they all had a lot of influence on us as well.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. Some of my personal favorites are:
Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
The Menzingers - On the Impossible Past
Radiohead - OK Computer
Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
The Weakerthans - Left and Leaving

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. We love playing live! It's unlike anything else, to be able to lock into a groove with one another and know that whether we're playing in front of seven people or seventy, we're having the time of our lives doing what we love and not worrying about any outside stress.

Q. How do you describe Spur sounds?
5. We decided we like the label "dream punk." Punk music with a little bit of ambiance.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. Recording was great. We were able to record with Jake Clarke from Superheaven, and he really pushed us to do our best. The cool thing about the demo is that all the instruments were tracked live - we just set up and played instead of recording an instrument at a time. I think that really helped capture a specific kind of energy.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. Hodera, Maniac, Koji, Esta Coda, Mineral Girls, Jank, and James Barrett are all artists we like a lot right now!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. We actually usually work covers into our sets. We've covered Nirvana and Descendents, and we're covering Jawbreaker at upcoming shows.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. We're playing Wrecking Ball Atlanta this summer with tons of really great bands like Dinosaur Jr., American Football, Gorilla Biscuits and Thursday, and we'll probably tour the south on the way there. We should have a split coming out soon, as well as more new music in the winter or early next year. We have lots planned!

Q: Any parting words?
10. Thanks for the opportunity! You can check out our music at spurband.bandcamp.com. :)

terça-feira, 19 de abril de 2016

Fuck You Gently (With A Chainsaw) - Entrevista com Killing Chainsaw

Eu pensei em escrever uma série de coisas para introduzir a entrevista, que na minha opinião, é uma das que se tornarão mais clássicas aqui nas páginas do TBTCI, mas nem cheguei a finalizar um parágrafo sequer. O motivo, sei lá, não faço a menor ideia, talvez seja porque escrever, pra introduzir algo a respeito do Killing Chainsaw seja absolutamente desnecessário, estúpido e deveras pretensioso.

Pelo seguinte, se você viveu nos 90´s, digo se viveu de verdade, esteve presente nos inferninhos mais sujos e escuros, onde tinha de tudo, mas tudo mesmo, e principalmente, se você estava inteirado com o que estava acontecendo de realmente importante musicalmente falando, você sabe, ou deveria saber que o KC é simplesmente um patrimônio em formato musical deste país, certo? Óbvio que esta certo.

E se você por ventura não concorda comigo, vamos amanhã num boteco qualquer ali no Largo da Batata em Pinheiros, perto do Z Carniceria, tipo umas 21 daí a gente discute tomando umas, pode ser?

Porque amanhã, 20/04/2016, acontecerá algo histórico. Amanhã, o KC estará em cima dos palcos novamente, agredindo tímpanos e despejando o que foi feito de melhor em termos de barulho nesse país, claro junto com outros comparsas do crime, o Mickey Junkies e o Twinpine(s), isso em SP, porque mais duas datas acontecerão, uma no RJ e outra em BH, detalhes você pega tudo aqui https://www.facebook.com/guitardaysdoc, a página do Documentário definitivo sobre uma era quase perdida da música do país. Aplausos para Caio e Co.

Bem, pra quem não ia escrever porra nenhuma, já escrevi mais do que o suficiente, agora deixo vocês com Rodrigo Guedes em nome do Killing Chainsaw.

Preparem os tímpanos.
***** Entrevista com Killing Chainsaw *****

TBTCI: Antes de mais nada, uma honra trocar essa ideia com vocês, valeu demais!!

Q. Depois de décadas eis que o KC volta a ativa. Pra muita gente, que teve a oportunidade de acompanhar vocês na época áurea e também pra nova geração que se alimenta das lendas urbanas sobre de vocês. Qual foi a grande e principal motivação pra essa reuniao?

Antes de mais nada, obrigado a você pelo espaço, que a gente curte muito! Pra responder essa pergunta é importante primeiro dizer que o KC não teve um fim combinado. Um dia fizemos um último show e como na época a gente sabia que as coisas estavam um pouco tranquilas demais, foi tudo esfriando, até parar de vez. Nunca decidimos acabar realmente. Somos irmãos, acima de tudo. Temos respeito, admiração e acima de tudo uma amiade que dura décadas. Moravamos juntos na época do Killing e isso tornou a relação da banda muito especial. Então esse retorno é algo que conversamos há anos. Ensaiamos ele várias vezes, mas, por conta da rotina de cada um, nunca levamos adiante. Agora recebemos um convite do Caio, diretor do Guitar Days, documentário sobre a cena independente no qual a gente fez parte nos anos 90, de tocar nos shows de lançamento do filme. Dai não teve jeito, aceitamos o desafio. E acho que o momento foi certo. Estamos muito animados com os shows.

Q. Tem muita historia sobre vocês na net, mas qual é a verdade? Como o KC começou? Qual a origem do nome?

Tem? Hahaha, não sabia. Olha, o KC começou como qualquer banda. Dois amigos, vizinhos, cheios de discos bons e muito tempo sobrando começaram a tocar. Dois Rodrigos, (Guedes e Buriola). Em pouco tempo convidamos um outro cara chamado André Godoi, hoje grande diretor de filmes para publicidade, e esse foi o embrião. Isso foi em 1989, logo depois que me mudei de Brasilia para Piracicaba. Em poucos meses, Já tinhamos um baixista, Gerson e um quarto de ensaio. Foi nesse período que surgiram as primeiras músicas. Acho que ninguém sabe, mas a primeira música que fizemos já com o nome de Killing Chiansaw foi Evisceration.

Alguns meses depois estava estudando no Melo Morais, uma escola pública bem em frente a minha casa em Piracicaba e lá conheci o Gozo e foi ali que o Killing Chiansaw realmente decolou. As duas fitas cassetes (Prudence e Shoot It) foram gravadas com essa formação.

Q. Dois álbuns considerados absolutamente clássicos e essenciais pra entender os desdobramentos do que chama-se de “rock alternativo” aqui no país. Como foram as gravações dos álbuns? (o que vocês lembram é claro, hahahahahahaha)

Lembro muito bem. O primeiro disco partiu de um convite do Alex Antunes. Nós começamos um diálogo quando ele lançou através do selo Manifesto a coletânea Enquanto Isso..., um primo direto das coletâneas Não São Paulo. Na coletânea eles usaram duas músicas da nossa cassete. Lembro da reunião na casa do Alex, a gente explicando que gravamos tudo em casa, num Tascam (isso em 1989) e eles querendo saber como era aquilo. O Akira S., a Sandra das Mercenárias, edgar Scandurra e a gente, os meninos do interior. Foi a primeira experiência importante do KC.

Em pouco tempo rolou o convite para o primeiro disco. Gravamos com o RH Jackson e foi uma experiência incrível. O Jack é um dos caras mais talentosos que eu conheci e naquela época ele dominava a musica independente gravada no Brasil. Ele nos ensinou muita coisa e colaborou como músico no processo. Infelizmente quando enviamos os rolos para masterização não tivemos a oportunidade de acompanhar o processo e achataram o disco, provavelmente com medo do barulho comprometer o acetato ou algo parecido. Uma burrice muito comum naquela época. Isso foi em 1991.

O segundo disco gravamos durante a copa do mundo de 1994. Foi uma experiência oposta, completamente fria. Nós queríamos um super estúdio e conseguimos o BeBop. Mas com a grana que a gente tinha e a pouca experiência, utilizamos um técnico do estúdio que não falava nossa linguagem e a qualidade dos nossos instrumentos não cabia naquele ambiente. O Miranda estava gravando o Little Quail na sala dois, ao lado da gente e algumas vezes foi entrou para nos dar uma força, umas dicas. Acho o Slim um disco incrível, e o momento mais seguro e potente do KC, mas que sofreu com nossa ambição e pouca experiência como produtores. Nessa época a gente poderia dominar o mundo, isso eu tenho certeza.

Q. Existe um abismo de diferenças sonoras entre os dois álbuns do KC. Na opinião de vocês qual a grande diferença entre o primeiro e o Slim Fast Formula? E porque essa “mudança, mesmo havendo conexões é claro.

É preciso deixar claro que o KC não pertence a lugar algum. A gente sempre ouviu muita coisa o tempo todo, ao mesmo tempo. Nossa geração tinha essa possibilidade. Beastie Boys, Jesus and Mary Chain, AC/DC, Joy Division, Public Enemy, Slayer, House of Love, Pixies, Pixies, Pixies, Pixies... Então era imporvável que nossa música fosse estática. Ela foi mudando sozinha, sem pensar. Por exemplo, as músicas entre o primeiro e o segundo disco nunca foram lançadas, estão guardadas, elas são incríveis porque fazem parte dessa transição e tiram um pouco da sensação de ruptura. Pensamos em gravar elas ainda. Acho que essa era uma grande qualidade do Killing Chainsaw que eu sempre tentei preservar nos meus projetos futuros.

Q. Reza a lenda que o KC era a banda mais perigosa e caótica em cima dos palcos nos 90´s. Contem pra nós como eram os shows naquela época.
KC: A gente desde cedo decidiu morar juntos com um único propósito: Ter um quarto de ensaio e passar a maior parte do tempo possível dentro dele. Ensaiar, ter as músicas perfeitamente tocadas era uma coisa que a gente levava muito a sério. EntÃo no palco sobrava espaço para diversão, improviso e muita potencia. Assistir o KC, acredito eu, era uma experiência única. Desde o primeiro show, no Retro em SP ainda 1989 quando eu tocava numa guitarra Jeniffer e no fim da última música arrebeitei todas as cordas com a mão, até o último show em 1997 n Blue Galeria, com o Fugazi, em Piracicaba, a energia e a vontade de fazer aquilo nunca mudaram.

Q. Existe uma grande diferença de como as bandas daquela época lidavam com a critica em relação a postura que existe hoje (claro estou generalizando, existem exceções, mas são poucas). Expliquem a postura do KC naquela época em relação a mídia.
KC: Não tinha postura. A gente tinha um canal de divulgação que era a BIZZ, que desde o início olhou pra gente e deu espaço para divulgar o trabalho. Tinha aquela coisa de banda revelação, melhores do ano, que chamava muita atençÃo. Mas nada se compara a quando eles divulgaram nosso endereço para pedir as fitas cassetes lá no início e choveu cartas do Brasil inteiro com envelopes com dinheiro para pagar as fitas. Cara, aquilo mostrava pra gente que a revista, mais do que um espaço para se conhecer, era um puta canal de comunicação entre moleques que a gente nem sabia que existia, querendo a mesma coisa, naquele momento. Isso numa época pré internet era assustador. Paralelo a isso tinham os zines, as pequenas publicações e os primeiros espaços em grandes jornais dedicados a musica independente. O Alexandre Matias, por exemplo, foi um pioneiro em ocupar com qualidade parte desses espeços, ainda em Campinas. Saimos em várias capas de Ilustrada e Estadão, mas sempre como algo caricato, grunge, do momento. Pouca gente nos grandes veículos sabia explicar aquilo que estava acontecendo.

Dai tem a crítica e a crítica é a crítica. Ela faz o papel dela, alimenta sonhos, desperta curiosidade ou deixa você puto da cara. Hahha. Ela faz parte dessa mitologia que existe sobre você consumir o que é bom e o que não é e a crítica sempre me ajudou a descobrir coisas incríveis, mesmo quando nÃo concordava com o que estava sendo dito. Ainda hoje sou um curioso e leio críticas de discos e filmes diariamente.

Q. Qual o “hino” do KC – Fuck You Gently (with a chainsaw)? Evisceration? Lollypop?
KC: Você me diz! hahahaha

Q. O que vocês ouvem atualmente? O que recomendam de novo?
KC: Cara, sou a mesma metralhadora de sempre. Essa resposta pode virar um livro! Eu curto muita coisa nova, mas a maior parte do tempo ouvimos nossos ídolos. OS bons discos só melhoram com o passar dos anos. Por isso sempre voltamos pra eles.

Q A fatídica pergunta que adoro fazer, quais os discos da vida de cada um de vocês? (uns cinco)
KC: Eita...

Surfer Rosa / Isn’t Anything / Sister / Darklands / Closer / Revolver

Blood On The Tracks / In the Airplane Over the Sea / Everybody Knows This Is Knowhere

Q. Sobre o doc. Guitar Days e os shows (SP/BH/RJ) como rolou todo o flerte com o Caio e o desenrolar dos shows?
KC: Ele convidou, nós topamos. Foi rápido. O Caio se dedicou muito para montar esse retrato. Ele é um batalhador. Estou muito curioso para assistir o resultado final. Depois disso, temos o Bananada 14 de maio.

Q. Quais os planos futuros do KC?
KC: Ainda sem planos concretos, mas estamos conversando muito sobre isso. O que a gente entende é que não pode ser um retorno, mas uma continuaçÃo. Não vamos ficar por ai tocando músicas da decada de 90 apenas se for para seguir em frente. Temos muito gás para fazer o melhor do KC ainda.

Q. Considerações finais (hahhahahhaha não podia faltar)
KC: Se essa for a última oportunidade de assistir o KC, eu não perderia! Hahahah

Novamente obrigado Renato.


Everything's Dead with Ermes - An Interview

Chame como quiser, punk, hardcore, pos hardcore, noise, etc, etc, etc, o ponto é que o quarteto italiano Ermes e seu EP de estreia junta e tritura toda as conexões e referências da banda, At The Drive In, SY, Rage Against The Machine, Fugazi, hardcore, e tudo que for sujo, rápido, gritado e é isso, desnecessário ir muito além aqui.

Música pra ouvir alto, encher a cara, e sair dando mosh por aí.

***** Interview with Ermes *****

Q. When did Ermes started, tell us about the history...
Un primo embrionale ERMES nasce nel febbraio 2015 dopo un pomeriggio passato a provare a Trevozzo. valle del vino vicino a Piacenza (Italia). Emanuele, già chitarrista della lo-fi noise band pratese Topsy the Great e Fabio, batterista valtidone di Stake-off the witch ed Hijackers on the hip, gettano le basi delle prime canzoni nel giro di qualche mese.

Il gruppo di lì a poco si allarga: Andrea, amico pratese e chitarrista degli Architecture of the Universe entra al basso e Robert, tosco/americano al basso e voce in Quiet Pig ed Idlegod, inizia a scrivere i testi e cantare. Qualche prova tutti insieme a Prato (Toscana- Italia), nelle salette dell'etichetta indipendente SantaValvola e a Trevozzo, nel quartier generale/studio/sala prove della band e nasce il primo cd, ERMES: 6 tracce registrate ad ottobre 2015 in sala prove in presa diretta e mixate/masterizzate a Prato dal gruppo stesso. Di lì a poco ERMES debutta dal vivo ed inizia una serie di date italiane che spera continueranno a moltiplicarsi!

A very first shape of ERMES was born in February 2015 after spending an afternoon practising in Trevozzo, a wine valley close to the city of Piacenza (Italy). Emanuele, who was already the guitarist of the lo-fi noise band Topsy the Great from Prato, and Fabio, drummer of the Stake of the Witch and Hijackers on the Hip from Valtidone, laid the foundations of the first songs within a couple of months. The band grows in number very soon: Andrea, a friend from Prato and guitarist for the band Architecture of The Universe, joins the band as bass player and Robert, half tuscan half american and already bass player and voice of the Quiet Pig and Idlegod, starts to write the lyrics and sing.

After a bit of practising all together in Prato (Tuscany, Italy), at the SantaValvola 's Indipendent label studio and at the band headquarter Trevozzo, the first cd ERMES was born: 6 tracks recorded in October 2015 in the studio and mixed/remastered in Prato by the band members themselves. Soon ERMES makes its first live concert and plans a number of concert dates around Italy that will increase more and more!

Q: Who are your influences?
Sebbene sia una risposta scontata, veniamo tutti da esperienze musicali completamente diverse. Impossibile dire cosa suona ERMES: ERMES è punk, è post-punk, è hardcore, è post-hardcore, è rock. Ma soprattutto ERMES è amicizia, passione, cibo, alcol e joints.

Even though this may sounds like a predictable answer, we all come from completely different music backgrounds. ERMES is impossible to be defined: is punk, post-punk, hardcore, post-hardcore, rock.
But over all ERMES is friendship, passion, food, alcohol and joints.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Siamo in 4, facciamo che ne scegliamo uno a testa? :-)
Robert: Relationship of command degli At the Drive-in
Emanuele: Goo dei Sonic Youth
Andrea: American Don dei Don Caballero
Fabio: Evil Empire dei Rage Against the Machine

There are 4 of us, can we pick one each?
Robert: Relationship of command by At the Drive-in
Emanuele: Goo by Sonic Youth
Andrea: American Don by Don Caballero
Fabio: Evil Empire by Rage Against the Machine

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Per ERMES il live è la parte più importante dell'esistenza della band. Senza il live sarebbe tutto fine a sé stesso. E' dal vivo che capisci cosa piace e non piace, al pubblico ed a noi stessi, ed è dal vivo che si vivono tutte le esperienze per cui vale la pena far parte di una band. Quando vedi la gente che si muove, che sgomita, che punta il dito ed urla, allora vuol dire che stai seguendo la strada giusta, anche senza sapere se mai arriverai a destinazione.

The live performance is the most crucial part of ERMES existence. Without it everything would be just for it's own sake. It is when you are performing live that you understand what works and what doesn't, for the audience and for us, and it is then that you live all those experiences that make to be part of a music band worthwhile.

Q. How do you describe Ermes sounds?
Come ti dicevamo prima, è difficile inquadrare perfettamente il genere preciso, e non lo diciamo solo per fare i fighi! Diciamo che le basi sono il punk-hardcore e la sua derivazione post, per la batteria veloce e la voce urlata. Ma poi ci sono basso e chitarra che suonano roba che non rientra nei tipici canoni dell' hardcore e quindi viene fuori un'amalgama sonora rumorosa ed incazzata.

As we said earlier, it's hard to define the exact kind of music, and we don't say that just to seem cool! Let's say that the punk-hardcore and its post derivation are the fundamentals, for what it concerns drums and screaming voice. But then again there are bass and guitar that play something that doesn't follow any hardcore rule, and so what it comes out is an angry and noisy mix.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Non essendo tutto il gruppo della stessa città, tutto il processo stesura pezzi/prove/registrazioni è stato stravolto. Abbiamo la fortuna di avere 2 sale prove (una a Prato ed una a Trevozzo) in cui si possono passare giorni interi a suonare senza distrazioni quindi una/due volte al mese ci si trova per due/tre giorni e si pensa a fare solo quello. E' un approccio del tutto diverso rispetto agli standard ma ci stiamo prendendo gusto ed i risultati, poco alla volta, arrivano. E poi immagina non vedersi per 2 settimane e poi rimbracciare gli strumenti: hai per forza voglia di fare del casino!

All the process of writing lyrics/practising/recording is being altered, cause not all the members of the band are from the same town. We are lucky to have 2 studios (one in Prato and one in Trevozzo) where we can pass entire days playing with no distractions, so once-twice a month we meet up and we spend 2-3 days just focusing on that. It's a very different approach considering the standard, but we are getting used to it and the results are coming. And then imagine not to see each others for 2 weeks and then embrace our instruments again: no wonder we want to do some mess!

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Ci sono tante band fighe in Italia, è difficile scovarle perchè i posti dove possono esibirsi sono sempre meno, ma se uno ha la passione (e internet) in un attimo ci si può stupire del fermento. Titor, Appaloosa, Solki, Oslo Tapes, tutte band di persone per bene che credono in quello che fanno senza farsi troppe storie.
There are plenty of cool music bands in Italy, they are difficult to find because the places where they can perform are always less, but if you have passion (and internet) you can be surprised by the amount of them. Titor, Appaloosa, Solki, Oslo Tapes, all cool people that believes in what they do without doing a big fuss of it.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Noi già facciamo una cover dal vivo. E' dell' ex gruppo del fratello di Ema, il chitarrista, si chiama “Radical Shit” e ti lasciamo immaginare di cosa possa parlare il testo. Non siamo troppo attenti alle cover, il tempo che abbiamo a disposizione preferiamo spenderlo per buttare su carta le nostre idee!

We already do a cover song live. Its from the guitarist Emanuele's brother former group, its called "Radical Shit" and I let you imagine what does it talk about. We don't really care about covers, we rather prefer to concentrate on our own ideas with the time we have!

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Suoniamo in giro da novembre 2015 e saremo impegnati un paio di weekend al mese in Italia fino ad aprile. Poi magari qualche festival in estate e due tour che stiamo cercando di preparare per autunno/inverno 2015, nel sud Italia ed in Europa. Ah, si, in estate forse si potrebbe registrare qualcosa di nuovo, visto che il primo disco dura 13 minuti e tutti si lamentano di questo!

We are playing live since November 2015 and we will be busy for a couple of weekends every month until April. Then maybe some summer music festival and a couple of tours that we are planning for autumn/winter 2016 across the south of Italy and Europe. And yes, maybe during summer we could record something new, considering that the first cd lasts 13 minutes and everybody complains about that!

Q: Any parting words?
Abbiamo un bandcamp (https://ermesband.bandcamp.com/releases) da cui poter scaricare gratuitamente il nostro primo disco ed una pagina facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ermesband/?fref=ts) per rimanere aggiornati sulla situazione date. Spese due parole per la parte social del gruppo, speriamo di vederci in Brasile prima o poi!

Grazie per lo spazio e continuate a supportare la musica che è una bella cosa.

We have a band camp (https://ermesband.bandcamp.com/releases) from where you can download for free our cd and a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ermesband/?fref=ts) to keep in touch with dates. Enough spending few words about the social side of the band, we hope to see you sooner or later in Brasil!

Thank you for your space and keep on supporting the music, that is a very good thing to do.