quinta-feira, 29 de setembro de 2016

Easy Travels with Dead Gaze - An Interview

Cole Furlow é a mente por trás do Dead Gaze e não espere que o "gaze" seja aquilo que você esta pensando, pelo contrário, a musicalidade do Dead Gaze passeia por muitos e diferentes caminhos, do gaze, claro, mas principalmente por todas as vertentes do indie rock, com claras e evidentes conexões aos 90´s, é óbvio.

Uma discografia recheada de singles, eps que tem em "Easy Travels" o mais recente disco lançado, a síntese da guitarreira e outras facetas do Dead Gaze.

Aumente e escute no talo.

***** Interview with Dead Gaze *****

Q. When did Dead Gaze start? Tell us about the history...
Dead gaze started as a home recording project i did with some crappy mics and free time. It started in 2009 and has been a constant in my life ever since.

Q: Who are your influences?
Too many to name. I like mostly all the classic things that everyone likes. I'm huge fan of Harry Nilsson, Paco De Lucia, Donny Hathaway, King Tubby, 80's and 90's British New Wave like Siouxsie and The Banshees, Echo and the Bunnymen, to more modern bands like Ride and Blur. I like jazz guitar like Wes Montgomery and Les Paul. I like new age music like anything off of the label Windham Hill.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
I can't do this, too many to name and not enough time. I would say here are some that I love dearly. Like Nilsson Sings Newman by Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson. Ambient 2 by Brian Eno and Harold Budd, J Dilla Donuts, Alan Braxe - The Uppercuts, The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Nervous, but in control. Its joyous but also a game of awareness. Make sure you don't fly to close to the sky. Be as entertaining as possible. My father says shows are jobs so treat them like work. I try to do that with every show I have.

Q. How do you describe Dead Gaze sounds?
Pop music made to make people feel emotions they dig feeling. nostalgia, sadness, happiness, excitement, torment, love. all of these human feelings, i want them to fly out of my music. I want the listener to grab whatever emotion they want to feel at that moment and deem it worthy of experiencing when listening to my jams.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
its a long, tedious, massive amount of mess. it takes a toll on my life, especially thinking about how much time it takes. I generally love it. But there are rough days like any other job.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
My friend Talbot Adams just released a new record of pop songs. He's a genius and if you don't know who he is check it out!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I've made many covers in my life, and really i love doing them! I don't know what will come next. I've always toyed with the idea of doing a Martin Newell / Cleaners From Venus cover record. Mercury Girl is a perfect song if you've never heard it you should peep that as well!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Moving to a city with my wife soonish. Trying to tour Europe in the fall. Make a new record in between all of that. Busy times ahead! all things good really.

Q: Any parting words?
I sincerely hope everyone enjoys the jams! I hope one day I can make it down that way and play some shows and do some songwriting in y'all's part of the world. Peace and love and thank you!


quarta-feira, 28 de setembro de 2016

Snow Train with Moth to The Flame - An Interview

A junção de dois queridos do TBTCI, no caso Dave Han (ex Astral e Foreign Cinema) e Wendy Robinson (ex Popinjays) só poderia nos brindar com música mágica e magistral e claro, assim é o single de estréia deles "Snow Train/Tides of Time".

Ah, sim, ainda não mencione que Wendy e Dave atendem agora pelo nome de Moth to The Flame, e as duas preciosidades do debute são simplesmente pérolas do mais belo e majestoso dreampop com nuances remetendo a era soberba da 4AD.

Música especialmente feita para confortar alma e coração. Sublime.

***** Interview with Moth to The Flame *****

Q. When did Moth to the Flame start? Tell us about the history...
e met at Wendy's band The Popinjays reunion gig in London 2015. The Popinjays hadn't played a gig in 20 years. Dave had been a fan all those years ago and by serendipitous chance just happened to be in the UK and able to catch the gig. We met and a profound and immediate connection was made, that resulted in talking about the possibility of writing a song together. We wrote one song, Tides of Time...that just came so easily and sounded so good. Then another. Snow Train. Then another and another....and here we are ready to release the 7" and play live, less than a year later!

Q: Who are your influences?
(Dave) cocteau twins, slowdive, my bloody valentine, sigur ros, the cure, to name a few

(Wendy) Nothing is a direct influence as I don't wish to emulate anyone in how I write or sing. But early punk bands gave me the idea that anyone could do it..so I did!

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
goldfrapp - felt mountain,
siouxsie & the banshees - tinderbox,
captain beefheart - safe as milk,
air - moon safari,
beach boys - pet sounds

Cocteau Twins: Treasure
Nick Drake: Heaven in a Wild Flower
Arvo Part: Tabula Rasa
The Chameleons: Script of the Bridge
Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

Q. How do you feel playing live?
(dave) i love it! being able to connect with an audience in a live environment is an amazing emotional communion of sorts, a harmonization of energy

(Wendy) When playing live I feel at home, totally in the present moment, excited and grateful.

Q. How do you describe how Moth to the Flame sounds?
(Wendy) This is not easy to answer! But there is a poem called 'I am in need of Music' by Elizabeth Bishop, that resonates for me in terms of our music:

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling fingertips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow.
Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,
Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,
A song to fall like water on my head,
And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!
There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colours deep
To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
(dave) I usually start with creating a melodic progression with guitar, program beats that work with that progression, then create a bass line that counter balances the guitar melody. Once I create the instrumental composition and arrangement, I'll email the instrumental to Wendy who then works her vocal/ lyrical magic!

(Wendy) When I see in my email inbox that Dave has sent me a new track I can't wait to hear it. And then I just listen. Give it my full attention. And then sooner or later melody and lyrics appear as if from nowhere. We record our separate parts, in our separate countries, 5000 miles apart. But come together in a small studio near my home in England to mix the final track. To mix together feels essential to me. To finish the songs together in person.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
(dave) i generally do not like covering other band's music unless I can transform it in to something of my own style. So to decide on a song to cover, I need to be inspired.

(Wendy ) I would love to do a Moth to The Flame version of both Northern Sky by Nick Drake, and Into My Arms by Nick Cave. These songs move me deeply and have such beautiful melodies and lyrics, and I think Dave would do a really great instrumental track that would better the originals!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
(dave) i'm planning on bringing Wendy to California to kick off the 7" release in the US. We are also shopping the single around to record labels to help support a debut full length album.

(Wendy) I'm planning on flying wherever this flaming moth wants to go!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for liking our music and letting us contribute to your blog ❤️


terça-feira, 27 de setembro de 2016

Sunrise Ocean with JuJu - An Interview

Gioele Valenti é já bem conhecido aqui nas páginas do TBTCI pelas suas incarnações anteriores, leia-se Lay Llamas e Herself, agora o siciliano evoca os poderes alucinógenos e feitiços da África Ocidental, explico, "JuJu" é nome dado naquela região para amuletos e feitiçarias diversas, tendo isto posto, Gioele montou seu mais novo ritual em forma de banda, JuJu e debutou recentemente com um disco absolutamente xamânico.

Algo como se o Singapore Sling e o The Doors se fundissem numa profunda orgia dionisíaca sonora, expurgando mantras e dissonâncias hipnóticas.

O JuJu é um verdadeiro convite a rituais, um álbum espetacularmente drogado e essencial.

***** Interview with JuJu *****

Q. When did JuJu start? Tell us about the history...
JuJu started 2 years ago, more or less, when I was back home from a tour supporting GOAT around Europe, at Lay Llamas time, my previous experience in psych scene. I needed to express some ideas I had about world, music, people, magic, politic, love and hate. So looking at the Mediterranean situation (I currently live in Sicily, just in front of Africa), the migration of people and cultures, the poverty, the link with Mother Earth… all these things exploded in my head as an organic system of thinking, just a concept, and I can say that JuJu is Death (and the semantic sphere that lies under death’s influence) took to an highest level of consciousness.

I didn’t like band with politic background, but in some sense everything is politic, and an artist surrounded (literally) by death, can’t refuse to look inside, look deeply into the heart of drama. People dying among waves at sea, and we are in 2016. This is unacceptable, but for politicians.

Q: Who are your influences?
A lot of bands and artists… Joy Division, Sex Pistols, T. Rex, John Lennon, Misfits, Golden Earring, Black Sabbath, Negazione, Luigi Tenco, Morricone, The Waterboys, Sepultura, Jesus And Mary Chain, Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Hawkwind, Michael Gira, Grand Funk Railroad, Lucifer Friends, Fratelli De Angelis, Nick Drake, Jim O’Rourke, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, New Order, Demetrio Stratos, Wagner, Soundgarden, TAD… From another point of view, my vision is influenced by directors like Stanley Kubrik, Roman Polansky, Nicolas Winding Refn, or writers like Terence McKenna, Peter Kolosimo, Tom Robbins, Thomas Pynchon, OSHO, Milan Kundera, Ballard, Hakim Bey, Leonardo Sciascia… Please, stop me!

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Very hard…
Pink Moon (Nick Drake),
Automatic (Jesus And Mary Chain),
This is it (The Strokes),
Animals (Pink Floyd),
Somewhere In Time (Iron Maiden)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It depends on public. If people are there with love, with open ears and good heart, vibrations are all around and to play live can become a real ritual, a ceremony… in some sense this is the deep meaning of ancient greek theatre, some kind of catharsis where Ego dissolves itself, and everyone is part of something more high, a communion.

Q. How do you describe JuJu sounds?
At the crossroad between protopunk, mid 80’s wave and the vision of an Antoon van Dyck, through the glasses of Shakespeare.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I start from a riff, the atom. Then I put words on it, and the music drives the process and the mood, the character. I have a MD8 of Yamaha, an old machine, and some Apple stuff… A couple of Shure Mics and a Focus Rite.. that’s all, I think.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I love Josefin Horn + The Liberation (we are friends, and soon I’ll join them to support Goat during autumn), Psychic Lemon, Sons Of The Void…

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I’d like to cover Talkin' 'Bout the Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants to Live Forever) by Flaming Lips (and to tell the true we already make it with JuJu!), then I’d like to do Some Kinda Hate (Misfits) and We Will Not Be Lovers (The Waterboys)…

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Another disc, better than previous, if possible… then play live… and to write my neverending book.

Q: Any parting words?
Try to stay aware and free, be conscious of your own time, respect others, experience is the only thing you’re gonna take with you at the end.


North Country Psychic Girls with Pang Attack - An Interview

Sofisticação, lirismo, melancolia e seguindo a risca os trovadores modernos, leia-se Cohen, Bowie, Verlaine, Lloyd Cole, Stuart A Stapples, entre outros, Alexander Hackett, Yann Geoffroy e Dave Clark criaram o Pang Attack para encantar tudo e todos, e claro expurgar seus anseios mais secretos.

Encantador e sublime podem e devem definir "North Country Psychic Girl" lançado no início do mês, simplesmente magistral é o que pode-se definir do resultado.

Sem maiores delongas, encante-se.

***** Interview with Pang Attack *****

Q. When did Pang Attack start? Tell us about the history...
Pang Attack was my home-recording side project when I was playing in my first band, a shoegaze-indie rock outfit called KTL - we were together for about 7 years and and did pretty well, touring across Canada and the eastern U.S. quite a bit. Around 2008-09 I started jplaying around with Garage Band and making these little demos, more out of curiosity and a desire to learn about how the software worked. Eventually KTL broke up but I still had a strong desire to make music, I felt like I hadn't maximized my musical potential yet. So I went into a friend's home studio, a really modest space, and there I recorded the first 2 Pang Attack EPs, Dreamer's Drug (2011) and Phantom Forest (2012), playing all the instruments myself. Those are very mellow EPs and I think you can tell it's just one guy, all alone. Then I brought Yann and Dave in, and Pang Attack became a real band - our 3rd EP Sleepy Fell Down (2015) was recorded as a trio - and again, I think it's noticeable - a song like The Jaguar has a really heavy groove, and that's courtesy of Yann, our drummer. And then came North Country Psychic Girls, our latest and we went pretty big for that - we recorded at Breakglass, a well-known studio here in Montreal, and brought in a string quartet and trumpets and saxophones. It was a really fun album to record - and so yeah, now here we are, in September of 2016.

Q: Who are your influences?
Always a tough question - I think as a band we've been pretty flexible in our sound, ranging from shoegaze to slightly electro chillcore type stuff to more conventional melodic indie rock - for the first few albums I'd say bands like Yo La Tengo and Pavement were an inspiration, but we don't necessarily sound anything like them. The new album has more of a motown and crooner vibe - so for that, I can cite Nick Cave, Morrissey, and older guys like Lee Hazlewood, and Scott Walker. There's a pretty pronounced change of style on North Country Psychic Girls.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Oh man... so hard. Let me just with albums that I really, really love:
-The Cure, "Disintegration"
- Pavement, "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain"
- Television, "Marquee Moon"
- The Smiths, "Rank"
- Gary Numan, "The Pleasure Principle"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I've always had a complicated relationship with performing. I've bever been super-comfortable. When I first started playing shows in KTL, I had terrible stage-fright. For years I felt acute anxiety before and during shows. Consequently I've had some terrible shows. But lately, I've mellowed - I've learned how to perform a little more, how to stay calm on stage and project into the audience, try to grab them. It's taken me a long time to learn.

Q. How do you describe Pang Attack sounds?
It sounds like the inside of someone's head. That was the point for the first 3 EPs - I'd describe them as very instrospective, mellow, floaty - basking in a sunlit orchard, high on hashish, you know? Dark and light clouds around your head. The new album is more energetic, but still the lyrics are quite dark. Hopefully Pang Attack takes you far away from yourself.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
See the answer to question 1

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
They're not that new, but everyone should hear Suuns. There's a band out of Chile, I think, called The Holydrug Couple that I like alot. Yonatan Gat. Timber Timbre. Allah-Las. Vesuvio Solo.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'd love to do a lounge cover of My Bloody Valentine

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have so much music that we have to record! Our plans are to keep trying to make the most beautiful song we can - of course, we'll never get there.

Q: Any parting words?
We'd love to come down to Brazil one day! Hopefully we can make it eventually. And say hi to Rodrigo Amarante, if you know him. He's awesome :)


segunda-feira, 26 de setembro de 2016

Almost Paradise with Suburban Living - An Interview

Diretamente da Filadélfia vem o quarteto Suburban Living, que esta em vias de debutar com seu primeiro álbum cheio, intitulado "Almost Paradise".

Mas os caras não são novatos, pelo contrário, estão na ativa desde 2012 praticando um delicioso e envolvente dreampop com pitadas de pós punk, tudo cadenciado pelo baixo que se destaque a frente das melodias grudentas e vocais sussurrantes.

A introdução perfeita ao Suburban Living certamente pode ser feita no mravilhoso "Cooper´s Dream", Ep de 2012 que permanece em rotação contínua aqui no TBTCI, isso até "Almost Paradise" nascer, daí meu amigo, será só alegria.

***** Interview with Suburban Living *****

Q. When did Suburban Living start? Tell us about the history...
I started Suburban Living in 2012 when I lived in Virginia Beach, VA. It started with me just writing songs I’d want to listen to and eventually morphed to being a “real” band. I assembled a live band and started touring and playing shows. It’s been a total blast. In 2014 I moved to Philadelphia and met my current live band, and since last year the four of us have been writing music together. I collaborated with them on our new record.

Q: Who are your influences?
I’ve always been the most influenced by Sonic Youth. I’m also into The Cure, Cocteau Twins, etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Oh man, thats tough. How about this - here’s some essential records to me in no order:
Daydream Nation, In Utero, Wish, Broken Social Scene S/T, Purple Rain, Loveless

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I always have an awesome time playing live but lately it has felt the best it ever has. We’ve finally got these new songs in the set and after about a month of rehearsing I feel like they’re finally wh

Q. How do you describe Suburban Living sounds?
Nosey but pretty. Maybe like a sour patch kid. Sour then sweet?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I did a lot of demos last year for the record, then I’d choose my favorite and the band and I would complete the ideas. We recorded “Almost Paradise” with Jeff Zeigler right here in Philadelphia. He’s a super talented engineer so luckily once we got the songs to his studio recording the record was a breeze.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I’ve been into this band Blue Smiley who is from Philadelphia as well. OMNI is great, Twist, and True Body

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
There’s been talks of doing a Beach Boys cover. A track off their record “Sunflower”

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re excited to release the record and start touring off it as soon as we can. Can’t wait to perform all these new songs for everyone!

Q: Any parting words?
Sorry about Ryan Lochte. He’s an asshole.


domingo, 25 de setembro de 2016

Branches with The Autumn Sighs - An Interview

É inevitável dizer que uma grande parte das novas bandas shoegazers alimentam-se da matriz clássica e patrimônio intocável chamado Slowdive, principalmente de seu segundo álbum "Souvlaki", muitas dessas novas bandas buscam suas inspirações no legado de Rachel, Neil e companhia, mas muitas vezes esta idolatria perde-se em não haver uma reciclagem.

Tendo isto posto, chegamos ao ponto, o trio alemão The Autumn Sighs com dois EPs no currículo, "Spring" de 2015 e o mais recente "Branches" lançado mês passado, carregam a sombra da influência dos ingleses citados no paragrafo acima, porém, nota-se que para o Autumn Sighs a matriz deixa de ser o "Souvlaki" e passa a ser o debute, "Just for a Day" e com isso, os caminhos dos alemães tornam-se mais amplos, obviamente que as texturas gazers gritam e choram por todos os poros, mas há um ar cinzento, denso e melancolicamente intenso que permeia as canções, principalmente em "Branches".

Recomenda-se cuidado na audição do The Autumn Sighs principalmente se sua auto estima estiver baixa, ou seja, proteja seus pulsos.

***** Interview with The Autumn Sighs *****

Q. When did The Autumn Sighs start? Tell us about the history...
Ulrik met Katha in 2004....so we started our first steps towards the autumn sighs in 2008 and recorded the first ep (sprig) in 2011 with our friend Alex and his friend. Alex motivated us to get started and so we did...

We had the opportunity to play for the first time live at the 1st cologne shoegaze night. A drummer was needed- Denis was called- he played and stayed...We started off with 5 songs ... in the last four years we extended the list - the new ep is the first extract of what we came up with ...

Q: Who are your influences?
The influences are very individually so here they are....

Denis (drums): Ulrik (guitar): Katha (vocals/ guitar): The Beatles Slowdive Ride Paul Weller Half String My bloody Valentine The Beach Boys... The Verve... Lush...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
That‘s a really hard one, because there are so many albums that we love...

....so we need to refuse....sorry.....

Q. How do you feel playing live?
-nervous but great.. we love playing our songs anywhere and if there‘s an audience that likes them as much as we do ...then it‘s just phantastic.....

Q. How do you describe The Autumn Sighs sounds?
sweet melancholy with a disturbing wall of sound

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We tried different settings and ended up with the classical multitrack recording in our rehearsal room (a room in an old air raid shelter)...after recording the basic tracks we did some overdubs. Then we sent the recorded material to our friend Florian via dropbox. He added the bass, mixed and mastered at hardboiled wonderland ...

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Lowtide, get well soon, box and the twins, messer brüder

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
There are songs from different genres that we like. It would be fun to turn them into shoegaze as slowdive did with some velvet morning of nancy sinatra and lee hazlewood. Generally we prefer to play our own songs...

Q: What are your plans for the future?
At the moment we‘re recording our next ep- hopefully it will be finished at the beginning of 2017 ... We would like to do as many live gigs as possible....

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for having us, spread the word, like and buy our songs ....:-)


sábado, 24 de setembro de 2016

Disquietudes with Deconstructed Company - An Interview

Victoria Isabel Jones é a mente, o corpo e a alma por detrás do belo Deconstructed Company.

Após o debute "Under Concrete" de 2015, ela retorna com seu mix de shoegaze em tonalidades folk acústicas agora, muito mais densa e intimista em seu recém lançado Ep "Disquietudes". Quatro belezas cândidas, com extrema elegância e melancolia envoltas à um clima esfumaçado e denso.

Perfeito para noites frias e dias cinzentos.

***** Interview with Deconstructed Company *****

Q. When did Deconstructed Company start? Tell us about the history...
In the summer of 2015, I wanted to record a full-length album. Deconstructed Company ended up being the name I would release that album under, and I've been making music under this name ever since.

Q: Who are your influences?
Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Death Cab For Cutie, and Rilo Kiley are probably my primary influences. I would say I'm influenced by a lot of the 'classic' shoegaze bands in general.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This varies a lot, but here's what they are currently:
Isn't Anything - My Bloody Valentine
Souvlaki - Slowdive
We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes - Death Cab For Cutie
Alvvays - Alvvays
Mezcal Head - Swervedriver

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Very, very nervous, though it seems like it'll be fun, too. I actually haven't played any shows yet - I'm hoping that'll change in the near future, though.

Q. How do you describe Deconstructed Company sounds?
If it doesn't sound good, just add in some more reverb and it will eventually.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
In most cases, I usually the lyrics first, and then come up with a chord progression to set the lyrics to. After having recorded the main guitar and the vocals, I'll usually add additional guitar parts or any other embellishments as I see fit. Alternatively, I'll come up with a guitar riff and build off of that, but that's pretty rare.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The newest band I can think of would probably be Pinkshinyultrablast - they're quite good, and I actually really like their particular approach towards shoegaze. I also recently started listening to Nothing, who are also really good, and a bit on the 'heavier' side of shoegaze as well.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
At some point, I'd really like to cover the song 'Last Train To Satansville' by Swervedriver. 'The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule' by Kitchens of Distinction also comes to mind.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Getting out and playing some shows, as well as recording some more material. I'm actually in the process of recording new music right now - I'm not totally sure if it'll be a full-length album or another EP, but I do plan on putting out something in the near future.

Q: Any parting words?
If you believe, you can achieve!


The Difference Between a House and a Home with Treehouses 2290 - An Interview

Prepare-se para adentrar em transes hipnóticos, repletos de imagens e alucinações áudio visuais, cortesia dos portugueses de Lisboa do Treehouses 2290 e suas intensas experimentações galgadas em matrizes como Spacemen 3, NEU!, Mogwai entre outros mestres da hipnose sonora.

"The Difference Between a House and a Home" é um exercício intenso de auto imersão para dentro de si guiado por texturas e ambiências cíclicas.

Treehouses 2290 é literalmente uma viagem ao submundo dos bons sons.

***** Interview with Treehouses 2290 *****

Q. When did Treehouses 2290 start? Tell us about the history...
1- The band started in late 2013, as our guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Pedro Simões had the urge to try something new music wise. After meeting the bass player Matheus Aragão, we quickly realized we shared common interests. After talking for a while, Diogo Beirão and João Medley join in to play guitar and drums respectively. Years later, with some EP´s released, André Isidro joined the band in second guitar and vocals.

Q: Who are your influences?
2- Our influences go mainly by the music each of us is listening at the moment. The songs are normally started by Pedro, and then the rest of the band adds parts in rehearsal. So each one of us has different influences and ideas where the songs should lead, but eventually it all makes more sense sometime after.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3- Spacemen 3 - Perfect Prescription;
GY!BE - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven;
Incubus – S.C.I.E.N.C.E;
Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People;
Radiohead – Kid A

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4- Our songs generally have a different feel when played live in comparison to their studio version. Maybe because of our punk rock background, we tend to play much louder, a bit faster and tend to turn the drive knob on our pedals way more than we should. We just try to have fun, and make everyone feel that as well.

The live show also has a kind of cathartic purpose when we just turn ourselves to the music and forget about everything else

Q. How do you describe Treehouses 2290 sounds?
5- Jokingly, we always say we play music to fall asleep to. It’s up to the people who see us whether they agree or not.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6- We spent a long time working on those 4 songs. Because of that the recording process was a bit quicker than usual, because we were so well prepared. We just went and recorded all live instruments in a few days in André’s house (who was also the engineer behind the recordings)

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7- We would recommend some great Portuguese bands/artists like Sensible Soccers, Bruno Pernadas, Basset Hounds, Mighty Sands, Fugly to name but a few. Internationally, we’ve been lately into stuff like Ninos Du Brasil, Big Ups, CW/A, Taco Hemmingway and Flyying Colours.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8- I think we could say Velvet Underground as it is an extremely influential band and a direct influence in our sound as well.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9 – We plan on recording an LP as soon as possible and playing live as much as we can. There is also a video clip in the making. 10- We want to thank all our fans and the people who have supported us in any way!

Q: Any parting words?
10- Thanks for taking the time to read this as well.

quinta-feira, 22 de setembro de 2016

DarkOut Dirges with Since When - An Interview

Extremismo experimental transposto em guitarras. Efeitos dilacerantes sentidos pelo caos da anti canção.

Assim são geradas as criações hipnoticamente doentias do Since When. "Ambientgazer", "Guitarrorism", são alguns dos rótulos que o próprio Since When se auto descreve, seja lá o que diabos seja isso, mas que no fim da experiência fará sentido.

Experimente juntar Dif Juz, A.R. Kane, FSA, Windy & Carl e outros mestres e a conexão estará feita.

Certamente o Since When não agradará a qualquer ouvido, mas, os ouvidos que aceitarem esse desafio terão sua recompensa.

***** Interview with Since When *****

Q. When did Since When start? Tell us about the history...
I suppose in 2008 when I finally settled on the name of the project and bought a little mixing desk for home recording. "Sleep Was Here" was Since When's first born child, so to speak; and I'm still yet to surpass that in my opinion. But the first release, 'It's Blue in the Flame Room' was not until 2011. From there on it's been a steady slow trawl trying to get at least a small, yearly portion of my sound and vision out there.

Q: Who are your influences?
The line between influence and admiration seems pretty vague to me, and thus it's hard to say exactly. And anyway I have always tried to steer clear of picking up on anyone else's sound or style seeping into my playing. But, having said that, I might have allowed some influence from a few of the many guitar heroes of mine...people like Vini Reilly (The Durutti Column), Rowland S. Howard (The Birthday Party), William Reid (JAMC), Nick Drake, Ian Crause (Disco Inferno), Stuart Adamson (early Big Country), Greg Sage (Wipers), Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü), Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, etc...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
For a melomaniac musicologist like me a mere top five is pretty cruel, but here goes, a moment's attempt, in no order;
Asylum Party ~ Border Line (1989)
The Jesus and Mary Chain ~ Psychocandy (1985)
Lowlife ~ Diminuendo (1987)
Talk Talk ~ Laughing Stock (1991)
Slowdive ~ Souvlaki (1993)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I regret to say that Since When has yet to play live, which is a crying shame, but I'm very eager to try and fix that sometime in the following months maybe. Hopefully it will be a sad spectacle of noise & nausea, haha.

Q. How do you describe Since When sounds?
Well I guess the general moods mostly revolve around a nocturnal brand of dolor, intertwined with some kind of dirty fury/fire (I would hope).

Melody comes before fidelity or other such trifles, heh heh. Even though I will always have a major hard-on for guitar noise and feedback, the base intent is always melody, or sculpting melody out of the noise and whatever sounds are thrown at me by my own equipment and their malfunctionings thereof, or the less-than-pro recording methods of mine. And same with all other kinds of 'mistakes'. Failures may become features, as it were.

And less is not only more, less is everything.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Me and my very limited patience have a deep disdain for tinkering around with computers and programs and files for too long so I usually go for the most immediate way. Nowadays for example I really don't mind putting out something I recorded with my phone. I guess a murky production or sound fits my music well. However I do not just toss stuff out, there's always a certain kind of warped perfectionism that raises its head when I'm recording/mixing/editing. I'm not sure if it translates to the listener though.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I'd rather recommend a hundred forgotten older bands, as there don't seem to be many around currently that aren't already on a some kind of pedestal. Everything of even a passing quality is usually discovered and categorized so quick these days.

However, a few that are active and doing good things, nothing too new nor obscure though: Tollund Men, Tamaryn, Bloodyknives, SPC Eco, Xinlisupreme.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
There's tons of songs I'd love to transform into Since When shape, especially in a live setting in the near-future.

For example, would be so much fun to completely makeover some classic freestyle or eurodance tracks...I loved what Selebrities did with Technotronic's "Move This" a few years ago.
Lou Reed has several I'd love to cover one day. Also, some of those early Throwing Muses tunes really appeal to me performance-wise, like "Hook in Her Head", "Call Me", "Furious" or "Finished" - and I'm pretty sure Since When will at least attempt to play "Hook in Her Head" live one day. That one's always been kind of an ideal darkly poetic noise rock song to me.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Heading into a more vocal and less chaotic direction, gradually. I got two/three rad new releases underway, slowly but surely; a single, an EP and a new album. Plus I need to get that first gig out of the way.

I have another guitarist on board now but am still looking out for a bassist plus a drummer.

Q: Any parting words?
Into the Music.


quarta-feira, 21 de setembro de 2016

Tropical with Fern - An Interview

Da novíssima safra australiana vem o duo Fern, Scott Jackson e Lauren Williams e pouco menos de um ano já aprontaram duas pérolas de noisepop com referências notadas de MBV, claro, mas experimentalismos mais cinzentos, algo como se o brian Eno produzisse o Deerhunter ou algo similar.

Experimente o mais novo single, "Tropical" ou ainda a envolvente "It Comes Slow", uma complementa a outra e vice e versa.

***** Interview with Fern *****

Q. When did Fern start? Tell us about the history...
A little over a year ago. We were mucking around with a few song ideas in Scott's basement and eventually got a friend over to hit some drums with us. Then we played a few small shows and started building up some gear to record with.

Q: Who are your influences?
We've been influenced by lots of artists at different times... Deerhunter and Atlas Sound have been influential from the start. My Bloody valentine, Brian Eno and Methyl Ethel are some others that we've been inspired by.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
At the Drive-In: Relationship of Command
Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest:
TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain
Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited
Radiohead- In Rainbows

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We haven’t played a lot of live shows, it’s still a fairly new feeling to us. So far we much prefer writing and recording to playing live, but we have had a couple of really fun shows.

Q. How do you describe Fern sounds?
Noise pop

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The two of us write and record just about everything in Scott's basement. We spent a lot of time experimenting with recordings and software to create the noisy, textural sounds heard throughout Tropical. Wealso had our mates Josh Reeves and Dan Frizza help out with the drums and final mix.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Been listening to a local band called Raindrop which is cool. Also recently discovered Mitski, loving her new album Puberty 2.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Hard to go wrong with Bob Dylan. He has too much good music.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are currently putting a band together with a few friends so we can play some shows. We're working on new songs too, which wehope to release in a larger body of work.

Q: Any parting words?
Just a huge thanks to you and everyone who reads your blog for listening to our music. Really appreciate it


terça-feira, 20 de setembro de 2016

Dead Head Your Flowers with Chilindrina - An Interview

O quinteto de San Jose, Chilindrina não é novidade aqui nas páginas do TBTCI, afinal desde os primeiros passos deles o TBTCI esteve bem perto, vide a versão deles de "Time Thief" que esta dentro do tributo aos Pale Saints, mais o Chilindrina vai muito além do dreampop, ou shoegaze, ou noise pop.

Um ótimo e poderoso exemplo do poderio deles é o recém lançado "Dead Head Your Flowers" que veio ao mundo pouco menos de um mês atrás e permanece em alta rotação por aqui.

Junte shoegaze, noisepop e dreampop em dosagens perfeitas sem nunca pender para ou muito etéreo ou muito noise, o Chilindrina tem a poção mágica perfeita para infestar os ouvidos com zumbidos ruidosos em formatos sonhadores.

"Dead Head Your Flowers" é obrigatório em qualquer coleção de shoegaze e suas variáveis que se preze.

Vida longa do Chilindrina!!!

***** Interview with Chilindrina *****

Q. Hello Jerry , first congratulations on the new release, it's really brilliant, what is your analysis after conclusion of release? Are you happy with the result? How was the process of creating 'Dead Head Your Flowers"?
Jerry - Thank you so much! We really appreciate the support! Well, looking back on creating the EP, Post Mortem, I'm realizing how fortunate we are to be able to live in a space where we can also write and record an album! Admittedly, I have no formal training in music production so this was pretty much a huge learning experience but all in all I'm quite happy with the result. I'm also quite furtunate to be working with such creative and talented musicians. That came in quite handy as it made the whole recording process quite enjoyable thus helping me to focus on learning and refining.

Micheal - I am pleased with the end result, but there's definitely room for growth and progression.
The recording process was smooth and organic. Taking the songs in front of live audiences let us get more in touch with our respective parts.

Gloria - I feel like this collection will be well recieved and I'm so thrilled to put something out that has so much of our essence in it. I'm exited and thrilled about the results and feel like others will be too. The process was more simple this time around as a player. Since we practiced and played live so much it felt very natural to get into a song. Also I think what i was trying to convey is the feeling that happens when you play live, I really wanted to have that emotion or feeling being captured on tape.

Lizzie - I'm endlessly happy with how the songs turned out. This is the first release I've been a part of as a vocalist/artist and I'm stoked. Often recently I've taken time to sit and listen to the whole collection all at once, hearing our dreamy sound blaring through my headphones puts me in a trance similar to that experienced when one hears a song they like for the first time. It's all quite surreal. The process of writing and performing the songs included in "Dead Head Your Flowers" was quite the experience. While Jerry contributed some radical verses to the tracks "Drown out" and "Windows Bleed", I wrote the lyrics for the remainder of the tracks. A little piece of my soul lives within each song. I made an effort to bring as much emotion as possible into the writing process.

Sebastian - It feels good. I'm pleased with the result and I know it's only up from here. It was a lot of fun. We spent a lot of time playing these songs live and refining them so when it came to tracking the songs everything went hella smooth.

Q. What were the influences for creating Dead Head Your Flowers?
Jerry - "Dead Head Your Flowers" was a long time in the making. I've long wanted to work on a project that had the essence of all the moody noisy jams that used to make the rounds in my old school CD player during my young impressionable years... not like a discman but like a MACHINE that played Cds! Matador, 4AD... I think I really wanted to make something that kind of sounded like the unwanted bastard child of Helium, Daisey Chainsaw, Pavement, The Pixies, Siouxsie, Violete Indiana, PJ Harvey...maybe a little Juiliana Hatefield... ha but thanks to the Calaboration between the 5 of us THIS is what came out instead and I couldn't be more proud of this release.

Gloria - there are many bands that are amazing and have paved the way to our creativity. Also I feel like im influenced visually by other players when they play live. I love to see when a musician really gets into a song and how it sounds. I want to say Creepoid is a good example of a live band that really gets into their set and draws in the audience.

Lizzie - Since my contribution to Chilindrina's music has consisted mostly of writing and performing the lyrics, my influences were derived mostly from my own life and perspective. Through listening to how the melodies made me feel, I could translate those emotions into a story of sorts. Those stories then became lyrics.

Sebastian - Lil B, Deafcult, Aldebaran, and GY!BE.

Q. What are your plans for 2016?
Jerry - Definitely more shows to help promote this EP. The digital download is out now but we plan on releasing it on tape early fall. In the more imediate we will be playing this amazing event that will be held here in the San Jose Bay area at the Santa Clara County Fair Grounds. It's called "Mark and Anne's Art Party" the tagline is "Burning Man in a tux". There are hundreds of Artists and musicians and performers participating. It's pretty huge so as you could imagine we are pretty excited to be involved. Moving into 2017 there just might be some touring up the west coast in the works!

Gloria - Keep playing as many shows as possible. Start getting our music on something people can physically have. Their is no stopping for 2016.

Lizzie - My plans for 2016 moving into 2017 regarding Chilindrina include shows, shows, and more shows! I've so enjoyed connecting with other local artists and I look forward to meeting more talented people that share my love for music. I can't express my excitement for all our future projects following the release of Dead Head Your Flowers.

Sebastian - More shows and tangible goods.

Micheal - In the year 2016 and beyond we will start a paradigm shift that would make Sagan smile in wonderment.}


segunda-feira, 19 de setembro de 2016

Love is the Dealer with Rich Girls - An Interview

Os nova iorquinos, Luisa Black, August Churchill, e Gavin Haag formam o viciante chapante e apaixonante Rich Girls.

Eu poderia parar por aqui a introdução, e deixar apenas como conselho, que você desse play no EP "Fiver" ou no vídeo de "Loaded" do novo EP "Love is the Dealer" mas, faça o seguinte, dê play agora, e sinta o vocal de Luisa, as melodias que impregnam na mente e claro, as melhores referências condensadas depois de mais de 5 décadas de música, de Iggy a Pretenders, de Beach Boys a J&MC, da Califórnia a Londres, tudo conspira para que a música do Rich Girls seja e torne-se um vício.

Apaixone-se agora.

***** Interview with Rich Girls *****

Q. When did Rich Girls start? Tell us about the history...
Rich Girls started as a solo project when I was living in London a few years ago. It was just me demoing songs on Garageband. But I didn't think a lonely solo project would sound interesting to people so I called it Rich Girls to make it sound like it was a real band.

Q: Who are your influences?
British punk and west coast radio pop. I learned a lot from 80s punks. But I grew up in California so pop was big for me too. Bryan Ferry, The Beach Boys, Iggy Pop. Those are the spiritual godparents of Rich Girls.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
The Pretenders - The Pretenders
Appetite for Destruction - G n R
I'm a Loser - Doris Duke
The Cure - Faith

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It's a form of devotion. I play dead sober. Also we've been playing a few shows as a two-piece because our guitar player is on the west coast.
And that's intense because there's nowhere to hide. Which I like.

Q. How do you describe Rich Girls sounds?
Dark garage. Big reverb.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I have a very specific sound in my head so I write all the music and usually demo it on Garageband first. And then I'll bring it to the band in rehearsal and we'll build from there. Sometimes though I'll hear our drummer Gavin playing a beat that sounds great to me and we'll write something on the spot.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Moon City Boys from Sweden. We played with them last year when they first toured the U.S. Cool band.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We do a dark and down version of Born to Run. Sort of a Jesus and Mary Chain take on Springsteen. I love singing it live.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our new EP comes out in September and we're playing shows in NYC and the east coast. And then recording again before the end of the year. I've been writing.

Q: Any parting words?
I'm glad you found us. Hi to Brazil.


domingo, 18 de setembro de 2016

Around You, Around Me with Cruel Summer - An Interview

Com fortes influências de Throwing Muses, Velocity Girl e obviamente remetendo diretamente aos 90´s, o quarteto de São Francisco, Cruel Summer, tem estado em altíssima por aqui, muito por conta do último single "Around You Around Me" e claro pelo estupendo EP homônimo de 2013.

O Cruel Summer segue com maestria os ensinamentos, sejam mais direcionados a melodia pop (Tanya Donelly), ou mais acentuadamente cinzentos (Kristin Hersh), atualizando o legado das mestras, 

Se por ventura o Cruel Summer soa novo a você, dê play imediatamente e vá aumentando até o infinito.

***** Interview with Cruel Summer *****

Q. When did Cruel Summer start? Tell us about the history...
Monday, November 7th 2011 was our first show. Thea had been playing house shows around SF in a band called little spoon or no spoon that I absolutely loved. Super 90's indie rock anthems galore with smarty pants lyrics. After her band dismantled I drunkenly told her we should start a band about 157 times until she finally folded and took me up on it. We then practiced the same song "white Flag" in a pay by the hour SF rehearsal space, (that boasts the same name as a Beatle but ironically not named after that said Beatle) through broken, crappy solid state amps with Sean our first drummer until Chani finally saved us with her smiles, ooo's, ahh's, and guitar like bass lines.

Q: Who are your influences?
I'll leave it up to others to answer this question. Our drummer Andy has gone on record and stated we are "Sonic Youth with two Kim's". The recently closed Aquarius Records once compared us to Tsunami. I've heard people who have never heard us before say we have similar sonic characteristics with LUSH more than a few times in the past five years. Sheesh!! Has it really been 5 years???

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
I can't speak for the band but my top 5 in no particular order and is subject to change at any second is as follows
MBV - loveless (duh)
Black sabbath - sabbath bloody Sabbath
The Cure - The Top
Bauhaus - Burning from the inside
The Sex Pistols - nevermind the Bollocks

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We play out quite a bit but when I feel my strumming hand cramping up I realize my nerves are trying to get the best of me. That feeling of realizing you care what people get out of your band is priceless. If I'm lucky enough to look up during a song and see a few heads boppin it can make my week.

Q. How do you describe Cruel Summer sounds?
Dueling delay, gated reverb, a skewed ooo's and Ahh's, speedy chorus, stop/starts, hard hitting drums, all dressed up with a neat little crescendoing bow tie

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Well as we just finished recording our next Album. This question is very topical. We record everything live straight to 1/4" tape. Adding some clean 2nd guitar tracks with a Jazz chorus 120 and a little midiverb manic buried here and there are about all the parlor tricks we have up our sleeves.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
 Currently in rotation,
-Soda from Gainesville Florida
-business of dreams from LA
-Naked Lights from Oakland

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We just released a 7" we did for Part Time Punks in LA of one original and a cover of PYLON's "crazy" that REM oddly enough had made famous as the b side. Available on Grabbing Clouds Records.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A US tour next year in support of our LP out spring of 2017.

Q: Any parting words?
I've said too much already. Good night.


sábado, 17 de setembro de 2016

Half Moon with Seashine - An Interview

Caro amigo do TBTCI, dê play imediatamente nas primeiras gravações do quarteto de St Louis, Seashine, intituladas como "Demo EP - Home Recordings", sim gravações caseiras, início de carreria deles, e já nos primeiros acordes da belíssima "Shangri-la" é sentido de imediato aquela magia quando se escuta algo realmente hipnótico.

Ok, não estamos tratando aqui se o Seashine é inovador ou não, sinceramente esse assunto pouco interessa ao TBTCI, o ponto é que o bom e velho shoegaze clássico, respira e inspira ainda em 2016.

Um sopro de candura e beleza, cortesia do Seashine.

 ***** Interview with Seashine *****

Q. When did Seashine start? Tell us about the history...
A. I've spent a few years writing solo material under the name Two Souls, and Paul and I started a three-piece playing my music. Seashine began when I actually put an ad out on Craigslist to find a keyboard player for our little group. I was really lucky that Seth responded to the ad and recommended Kate to me. It turned out that both he and Kate are fans of the music we enjoy so I decided to have them come out and practice with Paul and I. It was a perfect fit.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. My favorite band is Beach House, but I pull a lot of inspiration from Slowdive, Diiv, Wild Nothing, The Verve, Lush, Whirr, and so many more.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. Oh wow. This is difficult... These are at least some of my favorites:
1. Really hard to pick my favorite album by them, but Beach House's S/T album is an absolute gem
2. The Millia Pink and Green by Sway... perfect EP
3. Is The Is Are by Diiv... I think Cole's compositions are genius
4. Turn On The Bright Lights by Interpol, I know that album like the back of my hand
5. Just For A Day by Slowdive... I mean, how perfect is Slowdive?

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. I didn't have a lot of experience playing live with a band before Seashine, but as soon as we started playing out, the pieces sort of fell together for me. Playing on stage is so energizing. Especially with this group, because we're loud, which I really enjoy. It brings a lot of life and force to our music that we thrive on. I love to lull the audience with our sound and then sort of let the waves crash on them, hoping they feel the energy too.

Q. How do you describe Seashine sounds?
A. I think when I write I'm usually thinking about the space around us; I like to play with the space with reverb and echo, making it feel empty, then suddenly filling it with a lot of sound. It's reminiscent of how emotions often overcome us. I know that I always respond to music that makes me feel something powerful, and I want to give that to other people too.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. I've been writing songs for a long time that I've wanted to play with a group, so I recorded a few on my own to bring to the band. Seth and I immediately started collaborating when we met, and he would record and send me drum tracks as ideas that I would write on. That's in fact how we wrote a few of our songs. So, we can sort of say that we started recording together before we really played as a band. Eventually, when we recorded the demos that we have out now on SoundCloud, we followed the same pattern, with Seth recording drums and myself filling in all the rest on my own. In all, our recordings were made at home separately. But I would really like us to do in-studio recordings for our next release.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. I love a Canadian band called The Luyas that I think everyone should listen to. I have no idea how to describe their sound, but they are one of the most original bands I've ever heard. We also just played a show with a band called Enemy Airship out of Columbia, Missouri, and they simply blew me away. Not to mention Saint Louis's own CaveofswordS: very original sound.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. There are a lot of bands I'd like to cover, but I've wanted to cover Diiv since I first heard them. Their songs are so fun to play.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. I'm writing a lot again right now and I can't wait to bring more music to the band and watch it come alive. I'm writing tracks for a full-length album --- that's the next goal. But in the meantime we're really enjoying playing out and meeting people.

Q: Any parting words?
A. We really appreciate everyone's support --- cheers!


sexta-feira, 16 de setembro de 2016

When It Pours with Inspiraling - An Interview

Quando a psicodelia entra em colisão com o dreampop em facetas dançantes, e impregnada de eletronices. Algo como se o Tame Impala se fundisse com o Animal Collective sob a tutela de Wayne Coyne, assim poderia ser descrito o que os nova iorquinos do Inspiraling criaram em seu novo EP, "When It Pours".

Viagens adocicadas e cíclicas sem nunca pender para algo muito experimental ou, para cabecices, os caras souberam dosar os ares lisérgicos sem gerar bad trips.

Para ser apreciado ao entardecer e "alto".

***** Interview with Inspiraling *****

Q. When did Inspiraling start?
A. Inspiraling actually started in my dorm room a few years ago when I’d make like super lo-fi kind of electronic/chillwave tracks with a single keyboard and garageband. Since the only instrument I had with me at the time was that keyboard, I would actually play/record the drums by using the synth drum preset and would try to stay in time hitting my fingers against the keys… Along the way though I kept practicing, learned way more about music theory and music production, picked up a guitar, and just kept recording more and more tracks until Inspiraling was really born. A super rad student-run label Electric Buffalo Records were awesome enough to release some tracks for me, and now I’m just putting out stuff out on soundcloud and bandcamp. I’m stoked with the sound I feel I’ve reached!

Q. Who are your influences?
A. A huge influence for me was definitely Tame Impala. I know a lot of bands/artists today are also huge Tame fans but I would say that Tame Impala in many ways really reinvigorated my interest in writing and recording, and continue to serve as a major inspiration. Unknown Mortal Orchestra and the Flaming Lips are also huge influences, and on the flip side there’s also 90’s shoegaze & indie rock. Acts like Slowdive, and especially My Bloody Valentine and Built to Spill have definitely been major influences on my sound.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time.
A. Dangggg this is a tough question haha. And I even mentally prepped myself for this… Ummm if I had to choose five I would say:
1. Tame Impala - Lonersim
2. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
3. The Velvet Underground & Nico - Self Titled
4. Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, a True Star
5. A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Oh man playing live is awesome. I love having a multitude of guitar pedals strewn about your feet and then pressing down on a flanger or something and seeing how the audience reacts. I was super lucky to have my rad homies Sanat, Joval, and Jai help me play the tracks live and they really helped me translate the songs from studio projects to live jams. Can’t thank those dudes enough. Admittedly it can be hard sometimes to translate some of the studio effects and multi-tracking to a live setting, but there are always ways.

Q. How do you describe Inspiraling’s sound?
Lo-fi existential psych rock? haha nah I would actually describe it as 90’s indie rock with a heavier emphasis on the psychedelia. Like the vibe and style of neo-psychedelia meets the grit and noise of 90’s noise rock.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording songs.
A. For sure! Though I wish I had the “divine light” that some artists seem to have, writing songs is a lot of work. Sometimes a short snippet of a melody may come to me right before I fall asleep or I'll play something that sounds cool while tinkering at the piano or guitar. From there I just have to sit down and hash it out until I come out with something that I like. From there I’ll record drums, guitar, bass, keys, vocals in my basement all by myself and will then mix it solo as well. Though it definitely takes a lot of time this way, I like having total control over the recording and production process for Inspiraling. I find it quite liberating.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Hmmm, definitely check Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra if you haven’t already. Some other really good ones are Alex G, Plumbs, Hiatus Kaiyote (for my neo-soul fans out there), Homeshake, and Koi Child. Also there’s some sick bands from Delaware that I’ve been into called Fiance, and Frisco - both of which are super tight.

Q. Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
I think it would be super funny to make an indie’d out/shoegaze version of something super poppy like a Miley Cyrus, or something super mellow like Norah Jones. But in all seriousness I think it would be pretty interesting to cover some Caribou songs… not sure how those would work but I feel like it could be super cool.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
To just keep making music I enjoy and further refining my sound. I definitely want to work more on my songwriting and experiment more with various production techniques and effects to get some crazy new sounds. Also hope to get out there and play some more live shows in the near future!

Q. Any parting words?
Thanks so much to The Blog that Celebrates Itself for indulging me and to all of the homies out there.
And for any of you who want to start making recorded music but don’t know where to start, just go for it.

You’ll figure it out on the way, and I’m convinced nobody really has had any idea what they’re actually doing anyway.


quinta-feira, 15 de setembro de 2016

Drama Bomb with Queridas - An Interview

Sofisticação, elegância tudo envolto a um clima cabaret oitentista sonhador, assim é o argentino Queridas, projeto de um homem só, capitaneado e concebido por Andrés Yeah.

Depois do debute "Drama Bomb" de 2013, o Queridas retorna agora em 2016 com um belo e intrigante álbum, intitulado "Heridas".

Guiado por loops e eletronices servindo como base para os devaneios cintilantes de Andrés, "Heridas" funciona perfeitamente ao entardecer ou, se você preferir, ao cair da noite.

Dreampop de altíssima qualidade.

***** Interview with Queridas *****

Q. When did Queridas start? Tell us about the history...
I’ve always wanted to sing in a band, since I was a little kid, but I’ve always been to shy and afraid to be a singer, so most of the songs I used to write ended up being Mi Nave songs, which is the band where I play guitar.

In 2013 my brother left his acoustic guitar at my home, I remember I haven’t played an acoustic guitar in years, and then out of nowhere I found a voice in me and all this songs started coming out, I wrote all the songs on “Drama Bomb” -my first EP as Queridas- in less than a week.
At the same time I was trying to learn how to play keyboards and how to make drum loops on GarageBand, so I decided to experiment on those songs adding them more instruments, and playing with sounds, textures and effects, just for fun. That’s how “Drama Bomb” was written, by accident.

At the moment of releasing those songs, I didn’t feel comfortable using my own name or my face, so I invented a band and named it Queridas.

Q: Who are your influences?
John Williams, How To Dress Well, Beach House, Los Destellos, Björk, The Spice Girls, Evangelion, Fever Ray, Linkin Park, The Smashing Pumpkins, Grimes, Evanescence, DIIV, Claude Monet, Pokemon, Rihanna, Javiera Mena, Hayao Miyazaki, MTV, Belanova, Waxahatchee, Slowdive, Cat Power, Patricio Rey Y Sus Redonditos De Ricota, Nirvana, Elliott Smith, Frank Ocean, Henri Matisse.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Aah that’s just impossible. I’ll make a list of 5 albums of this year:
DIIV - Is The Is Are
Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing
Porches - Pool
James Blake - The Colour In Anything
Abra - Princess

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I'm usually against playing live because I feel really awkward and anxious like 95% of the time I'm standing there, but then there's the other 5% where I find myself lost in the music and I forget about everything and that's amazing, so I don't know, I'm still trying to figure out how to enjoy it more.

Q. How do you describe Queridas sounds?
I'd describe it as a sad pink laser beam.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It depends on the song, but most of the times I make a drum loop and then add a bass line, and then some keys, then I add some chords on the guitar and then I play around until I find a guitar riff that I like and then I sing something on top of all that. Afterwards I work with all those elements and rearrange them so they’re not on top of each other all the time until it sounds like a song.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Right now I can't stop listening to Lizz, Abra, Maria Usbeck and Nite Jewel.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I always wanted to make a cover of the Spice Girls, and I already did it, you can listen here: https://queridas.bandcamp.com/track/viva-forever. Now I’m trying to work on a cover of Belanova.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I want to make a few live shows to promote this new album and then start working on new music as soon as possible.

Q: Any parting words?
Chau, gracias, los quiero <3 br="">*


quarta-feira, 14 de setembro de 2016

The Day Is Gone with Tall Pines - An Interview

Uma tremenda chinelada bem no centro dos tímpanos é o que perpetua o trio de Brisbane, Austrália, Tall Pines.

Shoegaze, grunge, noise, tudo em níveis de barulho altos e estridentes, em determinados momentos o Tall Pines me remete ao Autolux, ou talvez as referências de ambos sejam as mesmas matrizes, leia-se Husker Du, Pixies, MBV, SY e por aí.

Resumindo tudo, barulheira de gente grande.

***** Interview with Tall Pines *****

Q. When did Tall Pines start? Tell us about the history...
A. Tall Pines officially started a few years back. I've been friends with Owen for ages and it's something we always talked about. We started writing music together and went to record those songs at Cam's studio Incremental Studios with him on drums which led to him officially joining. We talked about getting a bass player but decided against it, no offence bass players :)

Q: Who are your influences?
A. My Bloody Valentine, Sleater-Kinney, Husker Du, Slowdive, The Breeders, Bluebottle Kiss, Magic Dirt. Lots of different stuff informs our music and I'm only talking for myself. We've never really talked about what we are striving for, it really just happened organically.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. Again, only speaking for myself,
Sleater-Kinney- The Woods,
My Bloody Valentine-Loveless,
Husker Du-New Day Rising,
Talking Heads-Remain In Light,
Devo- Q: Are We Not Men A: We Are Devo.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. I really love it. Our songs are a lot of fun to play. Especially the loud in your face sections.

Q. How do you describe Tall Pines sounds?
A. We jokingly refer to our music as Grungegaze Sludgepop. It sounds wanky but it kinda fits. Our influences are pretty broad so our songs are a bit of a mish mash of genres.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Owen and/or I will write a song and demo it on GarageBand using the shitty drum machines on there. Then we take it to Cam where he will put down drums (often on the day of recording). We usually play around with the arrangements during the recording process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Figures, Doozy Daze, Spirit Bunny, Agency, Ohms, Deafcult, Ghost Notes and Marville. Australia has really great stuff!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. I only want to cover Devo. DEVO ALL THE TIME!!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We are about to put out a video for our single 'The Day Is Gone' this week and there will be a record at some point. We are currently working on finishing that at the moment.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Just keep on keeping on :)