quinta-feira, 31 de agosto de 2017

Chamber Piece with Pool Art - An Interview

Caos, desordem, barulho, assim é o novo EP do já predileto da casa Pool Art.

Diretamente de Manchester para a destruição plena de qualquer tímpano e mente que passar pelo cara dos caras.

Se você é chegado em A Place to Bury Strangers, e ainda não conhece o Pool Art, eu apenas digo o seguinte, ESCUTE AGORA!

Siga o direcionamento que o próprio Pool Art sugere para a audição de "Chamber Piece" - escute a noite com seus fones de ouvido, eu apenas incluiria o seguinte, escute alto, muito alto, e depois saia pra rua, só tome cuidado porque o caos estará inserido dentro da sua mente.

***** Interview with Pool Art *****

Q. First, congratulations on your debut, sounds really gigantic.
How was the process of creating "Chamber Piece"?

Rewarding I'd say. We wanted it to sound grimy and have a sense of looming chaos, like the roof might cave in on your head at any moment, which literally could have happened in one of the locations we recorded in. We recorded part in a studio, which was really nice and comfortable but we made the decision to move to a space that would have a more obvious imprint on the character of the sound and so recorded the rest in this big mill in Salford.

Q. What were the influences that shaped the EP?
I think the biggest influence is the mentality that music needn't be about virtuosity, at least not in a traditional music sense. I don't read or write music as I have never been interested in theory, I'm more excited by musicians who approach instruments in an uninformed way.

Q. What are the main differences between the first singles and the EP?
We actually decided to include our early singles in the EP as the songs were all written in a similar period and definitely felt part of the same world. I think our sound will continue to evolve so it's nice to group these sounds together. There were other songs we recorded at the start that we ended up not releasing for one reason or another, mostly as they didn't feel challenging I think.

Q. What are the plans for 2017?
We're going to focus on promoting Chamber Piece and then we're taking a break until Autumn. I'm writing lots of new stuff at the moment though, it's great when you hit a creative streak.

Q. Final considerations ...
Chamber Piece is best listened to at night through headphones, but fuck who am I to tell you what to do right? As long as you hear it I don't give a fuck.

Distance with Doorbells - An Interview

Doorbells é o veículo sonoro de Nic Bologna, estadunidense que desde 2010, vem, em doses lentas, é bem verdade, soltando suas pérolas sonhadoras, ora com o espectro voltado a uma atmosfera mais pós punk, ora simplesmente cintilando doces e sutis melodias agridoces.

O Doorbells seria algo do tipo, se David Bowie tivesse assinado um contrato com a Captured Tracks e fizesse parte do Craft Spells ou do Wild Nothing.

Se seu coração esta apertado, medique-se com doses controladas de Doorbells, certamente melhoras acontecerão.

***** Interview with Doorbells *****

Q. When did Doorbells start? Tell us about the history...
Doorbells started back in 2010 as a personal project more or less. Just releasing music online. There was really no defined lines of a genre. iIt has taken on many forms to get to the sound that it is now.

Q: Who are your influences?
As far as influences go I would have to say David Bowie, Joy Division, Ty Segall, Modest Mouse, My Bloody Valentine and anything that came out on Captured Tracks in the early days of the label.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Top 5 albums is a tough one, but in no particular order:

1. David Bowie- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.
2. Notorious B.I.G.- Ready To Die
3. Beach Fossils- Beach Fossils
4. Modest Mouse- Building Nothing Out Of Something
5. Sharon Van Etten- Epic

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I have always enjoyed playing live I never really had any qualms about it. Sometimes the music might translate as well due to the fact there’s usually a lot of layers on the recordings. I haven’t actually played a show in a while so it’d feel good to get out there every so often.

Q. How do you describe Doorbells sounds?
I’m not sure how I would describe the sound. I guess the internet describes it as shogaze or dream pop. I just try to make something that I would listen too that would blend in with a playlist or something.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Recording has become quite different over the past recordings. I use to go into a studio and do that whole deal, but everything is pretty much tracked on my laptop. The first two EP’s I released were recorded with Adam Korbesmeyer, he’s a wizard producer/engineer/writer, at his studio and then we tracked some through a house using different rooms for different sounds. Now I usually start messing around writing something then will go straight to recording it messing with different pedals fx etc. I don’t write anything down.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Hmmm new bands I would recommend. You have me stumped I guess Day Wave…Are they considered new still? OH! Tomi, check them out.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
If I were to make a cover band I guess it would have to be something like The Temptations, but make them all into shoegaze versions of their songs that would be bizarre.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Plans for the future probably just keep releasing new music. I’m working on a collaboration record at the moment might just be 5 songs not sure yet, it’s coming together.

Q: Any parting words?
“Greetings Earthlings”


quarta-feira, 30 de agosto de 2017

Life Forming with FUSS - An Interview

O primeiro EP dos ingleses do FUSS tem cheiro e sabor de dreampop com cannabis.

O disquinho exala viagens sutis, sonhadoras e esfumaçadas, não a toa os caras foram escalados para o próximo Liverpool Psych Festival ao lado de gente como Black Angels, Telescopes, APTBS, Cosmonauts entre outros.

A música do FUSS é assim, brisante sem bad trips, como um bom baseado.

Acenda, aumente e boa viagem.

***** Interview with FUSS *****

Q. When did Fuss start? Tell us about the history...
Well it all began in 1984, after lunch, when Cormac, our synth Lord, was born. Many years later we all met in a chance happening. Dave knew Cormac, Karl knew Dave, Dave knew Tony and Bobby knew Karl.

Q: Who are your influences?
Anything from Elmore James to jet airplanes, connecting flights at Neil Young & Gary Numan airport heading to Bob Dylan's third eye.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Songs:Ohia - Farewell Transmission
Gene Clark - No Other
Air - Moon Safari
Yellow man - Mr Yellowman
Andy Williams - the best of Andy Williams

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Have you ever walked up a set of stairs and thought there was one more step? Add that to cups of coffee and wrap yourself in a vibrating maelstrom of sheer fuss tunes.

Q. How do you describe Fuss sounds?
We work the songs out in a stripped back way, usually acoustic and then we put it together as a band and it turns it into what we do

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Pretty similar to the previous answer, we come together and individually create sounds.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We dig new Holy Drug Couple, Holy Wave, Fleetfoxes, Froth and Mac Demarco. Locally we like The Vryll Society and Psycho Comedy.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We don't really do covers. We try and bring our influences into music we make. But if you pulled our arm, anything by Prince would suffice.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have just released our latest EP which is available on iTunes and Spotify, we are also playing Liverpool Psych Fest in September alongside acts like The Black Angels, SongHoy Blues and Pond.

Q: Any parting words?
Mac says 'woof!'


terça-feira, 29 de agosto de 2017

Sober All The Time with Moonlit Stay - An Interview

Os phillies, Hillel Sanabria, guitarras e backing vocais, e, Chris Schmidt, guitarras e vocais, formam o duo Moonlit Stay que acabou de debutar com uma EP fincado em guitarras, "Sober All The Time", é o nome do recém nascido.

Crueza e rispidez dão o norte, sendo o trabalho, inteiramente direcionado pelas guitarras, sem exageros experimentais ou, para o lado noise da coisa, ou para o lado melódico.

O Moonlit Stay simplesmente passeia numa tênue linha entre o lo fi e o alt rock noventista, os caras honestamente debutaram em grande estilo.

Aguardamos os próximos passos.

***** Interview with Moonlit Stay *****

Q. When did Moonlit Stay start? Tell us about the history...
A. Moonlit Stay started in 2014 really, but it wasn't very serious and didn't have that name. We jammed a few times, shared musical ideas and tastes. We never really wrote anything just hung out and jammed. In 2016-2017 we started writing more "seriously" and the name kinda just rolled of the tongue.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Influences, Chris and I have a lot of similar artists whomst have influenced us. Silversun Pickups has to be one of the biggest ones on the list. They've helped me through a lot of rough times and with finding my tone. when I helped get Chris into them, it was love at first listen. Their songs are master pieces and sparked a creative fire for both of us. Some of our other influences include My Bloody Valentine, Ringo Deathstarr, Soundgarden, and even Tool.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
10,000 days, Carnavas, Loveless, Pikul, Currents.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. Playing live is an amazing experience. Being able to be on a stage and pour your emotions through sound and body language is intense. Hopefully the energy we feel towards a song shines through and touches the audience.

Q. How do you describe Moonlit Stay sounds?
A. Our sound is constantly evolving depending on the emotion of the day. We focus and strive for layers. We want a sound that is heavy yet airy, but that will create a warm embrace of the listener.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. Our writing process is kinda weird honestly. We come together, shoot the shit, talk about things that have bothered us or things that fuel us. Then we just go. We have a few beers and smokes. Keep writing til we get a sound we vibe with and enjoy. We sit down with a general idea, molding tones and tempos around the idea. Add vocal effects and put ourselves out there. The base of each recording begins with guitar a track. Then we add layers of guitar with different tones. A typical song will usually consist of 4 guitar tracks. Then bass and drums fills in any empty space. And the vocals are done last.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. Band I would recommend are Nothing, Silversun Pickups, Ringo Deathstarr, Hippo Campus, and Yuck.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. That's a tough one. I would have to say Silversun Pickups. But I've never though about doing covers because original music captures my attention more.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. We are currently working on our next album. We really just want to share our music with as many people who are willing to listen. So aside from putting out new music, we want to get our sound out to a bigger audience.

Q: Any parting words?
A. Stay tuned for more music from us. We hope you can enjoy what we have released already. We
appreciate the time taken to allow us to participate in this interview!


Brain Sparks with Lux´s Dream - An Interview

Sascha Navarro Mendes, francesa, criou seu alter ego Lux´s Dream quando deixou definitivamente o ambiente da música clássica e entrou de cabeça na música moderna, digamos assim.

Criando texturas etéreas, delicadas onde com sua voz, seu piano cria a ambiência perfeita para as inserções de synths climáticos criando em sua própria perspectiva "Dark Glitter Songs".

Fantasmas de Radiohead, Air, Coco Rosie permeiam suas criações, mas a ambiguidade sonora de Sascha faz com que estas conexões tornem-se apenas referências.

Existe sim, inteligência na música moderna e Sascha é prova viva disso, aguardamos ansiosamente o próximo EP da Lux´s Dream, que virá ao mundo muito em breve.

***** Interview with Lux´s Dream *****

Q. When did Lux´s Dream start? Tell us about the history...
1. Lux's Dream was born at the same moment I began to leave the world of classical music and turn to modern music and sound synthesis. It was a relief for me to dedicate myself more into creation than interpretation. I always wrote texts. I enjoy and study the process of writing music from poems for singer and piano. So, for me it was obvious to start from those texts to make songs. And then, more and more I meet musicians who appreciate my music, with whom I exchange ideas, sounds, and that develops my project towards what I discover, what I like, what I listen ... It is all the time in motion and full of surprises and I like it!

Q: Who are your influences?
2. I started playing music with classical piano, and I liked a lot interpreting works from composers of the XXth and XXIth century, as for example Debussy, Georges Crumb or Schostakovitch...
Today, when I listen to music records, I'm very sensible to sound design and production technics. So, I'm always inspired by the sound quality and arrangement of records from artists like Radiohead or Björk for the most known. I also like the " home-made production " type with very raw sounds as in the first albums of Cocorosie or still some tracks of Aphex Twin.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. Hail to the Tief, Radiohead
In Utero, Nirvana
The Virgin Suicides, Air
La maison de mon rêve, Cocorosie
Druqs, Aphex Twin

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. I always loved playing gigs. I started singing only since the beginning of Lux's Dream, and being more used of playing piano gigs, it was difficult to face the audience. But today I find that it is always a magnificent experiencee to share its music by looking at the others in the eyes. It is emotionally very challenging, but it brings me a lot of joy; I experience gigs as a beautiful exchange of love which fills me with positive vibes.

Q. How do you describe Lux´s Dream sounds?
5. Lux's Dream sounds are what I call "Dark Glitter Songs", it's about turning into music texts that I write mainly about states of souls and experiences. I try to express them as I felt them in the moste acurate way possible. It is a mixture of a lot of light, but also the demonstration on a very dark side of myself. Finally, it gives well contrasted sounds, with many nuances and very pronounced biases.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. There is an enormous part of the creative process that takes place only at home, in my home-studio in Lyon. The writing of texts, the composition, the research of synths-sounds. And then I record and mix demos. Then, I go to professional studio : it allows me to go further in my search of sounds, while recording and mixing with the sound engineer. I take songs even further, in a universe I had not imagined yet but still echoes in me.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. I can speak to you of bands which are not necessarily new, but which I discovered recently and which I recommend to you. I think of the Canadians Braids, thus sounds are magnificent and the singer has an exceptional voice. I also think of the producer R. Ariel, who I was lucky to open for this season: a very dark environment as I like them, and beautiful raw sound-design. Finally, a beautiful surprise opening at the last gig I went to see: I discovered Methyl Ethel, a band from Perth in Australia, pop a little dark with beautiful synths and a quality singer!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. To be honest, I worked for my set on a song of Radiohead of which I made a cover : it is Street Spirit, from the album The Bends. I love playing it live, and I believe that the audience too.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. Hem ... Maybe a world tour? (laughing) In reality, I believe that I would like to work on Lux's Dream "expanded" version, for the gigs at first, and why not then for collaborative creations with a group of musicians I admire.

Q: Any parting words?
10. At the moment I work on an EP, I will record very soon and will be released in fall 2017. It will be released by l'Affect Records, a young very promising label from Lyon. It is as usual about personal compositions, but for the occasion I created a song with a very talented electronic music producer: Dalhas Umaï. I look forward to share all this, I also look forward to play a lot of gigs for this occasion!
You can hear an extract here : https://soundcloud.com/sacha-navarro-mendez/hollow-shell-1


Rzhev with Flashes - An Interview

Contemplativo, cândido e por vezes raivoso, sãoadjetivos que pairam sobre minha mente ao saborear o majestoso novo EP dos ingleses do Flashes.

"Rzhev", o EP, lançado há pouco mais de um mês é a sequência natural alguns singles e dois álbuns divinos, o homônimo de 2013 e "Latency" a estreia, de 2012.

Como pode ser notado, o Flashes já esta na ativa há algum tempo e cruelmente não é tão comentando em grupos especializados, o que é simplesmente uma falha, uma vez que a beleza e eloquência de sua música os credencia como uma das mais belas bandas em atividade.

Se por ventura, você ainda não os conhece, corrija esse equívoco de imediato e flutue ao som cintilante e apaixonante dos caras, sua mente agradecerá.

***** Interview with Flashes *****

Q. When did Flashes start? Tell us about the history...
We met at the locals only leisure centre, in the jacuzzi around 2010 at 7:30pm exactly and decided to form a band due to our mutual love of warm bubbling water.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our influences Include but are not limited to Roger Waters, Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, Nirvana, Nick Oliveri (until he held his girlfriend hotsage), Tycho, Prince, My Bloody Valentine, Tim Hecker, Boards Of Canada, Aphex Twin.

Q. Make a list of 5(ish) albums of all time…
Pink Floyd - The Wall
The Libertines - Up The Bracket
Sonic Youth - Sister
The Cure - Disintegration
Radiohead - Everything (except The King Of Limbs)
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Vol. 1&2

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Fucking great. We hardly ever play live so when we do it's a big deal for us. Hopefully this shows!

Q. How do you describe Flashes sounds?
Kaleidoscopic sonic death rays of truth

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We record and mix everything ourselves. Our 2 albums were recorded live, the first in an afternoon and the second over 4 days. For our new ep Rzhev we wanted to try a different approach so we recorded (and rerecorded) everything separately which took us a LOT longer but ultimately worked out better for the songs and the sounds we were aiming for.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The Black Dungeons, Garyoke, Ferret In The Feet,

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We don't do covers but if we did we might do: INXS - Don't Change, Q Lazzarus - Goodbye Horses, Prince - Forever In My Life, Grouper - I'd Rather Be Sleeping/Heavy Water.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are always writing and are excited to start recording our next 2 eps soon. Apart from that play some shows, book our first tour, acquire our own soundproofed room for practice and recording, keep writing!

Q: Any parting words?
Don't leave pets in hot cars. Don't run with scissors.


segunda-feira, 28 de agosto de 2017

Neon Clouds with Blue Hole - An Interview

Hipnose sonora, assim resume-se a obra da one man band chamada Blue Hole.

Experimentos psicodélicos, viagens cíclicas, derretimentos concebidos através de delays, reverbs, flangers, chorus e uma extensa gama de feedbacks.

Junte os experimentos freaks de Grateful Dead à Animal Collective, passando por Spacemen 3 via Syd Barret, enfim, tudo que exala ácido passa obrigatoriamente pelo caldeirão de experimentos do Blue Hole.

Basicamente, o Blue Hole é a contemplação plena dos pedais a frente da composição.

Boa viagem.

***** Interview with Blue Hole *****

Q. When did Blue Hole start? Tell us about the history...
Blue Hole started in 2015, when I got a guitar, an amp, and three pedals. I had already been very into psychedelic music and with the pedals I was able to start experimenting myself. I learned about feedback, and all kinds of unique ways to use distortions and wahs, and the built in delay, reverb, flanger, and chorus settings on the amp.

Q: Who are your influences?
I have quite a few. Some that come to mind are Nirvana, Broadcast, Os Mutantes, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Sleep Party People & Animal Collective.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1 - Nirvana - In Utero
2 - Broadcast - Tender Buttons
3 - Joanna Newsom - Ys
4 - Nas - Illmatic
5 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love to do it but currently can't because I have no band! It's only me, unfortunately. But that's my next goal.

Q. How do you describe Blue Hole sounds?
Like standing in a field while the rain falls around you in slow motion.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I usually go in not knowing what I'm going to do. I just improvise until I come up with something that sounds good, record it, and build from there. Everything is done on the spot, even the lyrics.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Kingdom Of The Holy Sun, Sleeping Orchard, Fleece, Summer Salt, High Sunn

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'd like to try to make some psychedelic versions of Beatles songs, as generic as that sounds.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
As I said before, I'd love to try to get together some kind of band and try to play some live stuff. Other than that, I'm going to start work on another record soon, and I'd love to get my stuff pressed on some physical mediums. I think Neon Clouds would be great on cassette.

Q: Any parting words?
I'd never really mind if I never got famous. As long as everyone is financially stable I'd be perfectly content just making music.

Of course, it wouldn't hurt if I DID get famous or anything, I could sure use some new gear ;)


domingo, 27 de agosto de 2017

There Is So Much In Forever with Street Bird - An Interview

O trio Street Bird vem de um dos menores estados americanos, Rhode Island, mas ao contrário do comprimento territorial de onde vem, sua sonoridade é grandiosa, uma mix perfeito entre The Cure e Dinosaur Jr.

Melancolia e raiva caminham lado a lado em doses equalizadas em seus discos, principalmente no mais recente "There Is So Much In Forever", onde fantasmas de Robert Smith e J. Mascis passeiam por entre as cinco curtas e certeiras canções do disco.

Em menos de 20 minutos o Street Bird manda seu recado sem firulas, ou como eles mesmos dizem, é música pop para quem não escuta música pop, ou quase isso.

Aumente o som e escuta no talo.

***** Interview with Street Bird *****

Q. When did Street Bird start? Tell us about the history...
Street Bird began as a solo project of mine in the summer of 2016, when I recorded the "Never Better" EP, and that was originally supposed to be it, I didn't plan on doing anything else with it. Down the road though, I wanted to do another project that differentiated from my other band, and so I recorded "Killing Hobbies." Seeing as Killing Hobbies was recorded with full instrumentation, I spent most of early 2017 thinking about putting together a band to do shows with the material, and soon after brought on board our drummer Evan and our bass player Noah. Together we recorded the single "Dog Days" as well as our new EP "There Is So Much In Forever." That brings us to now!

Q: Who are your influences?
The Cure
My Bloody Valentine
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Secret Shine

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
In no particular order:
Modern Baseball: Holy Ghost
My Bloody Valentine: Loveless
The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
The Cure: Disintegration
Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Shows are probably my favorite part of doing music, we get to meet new friends and go to places that we wouldn't have otherwise gone, we're trying to book a winter tour right now, and I'm so excited at the potential to finally play a show in New York.

Q. How do you describe Street Bird sounds?
Street Bird is pretty much pop music for people who don't listen to pop music. I guess that makes us like dream pop or something but I would just characterize it as a blend of upbeat alternative rock with punk influences that sometimes delves into dreamier, shoegaze influenced territory.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
All of our records were basement records, we self produced everything, and for the first two records I literally just plugged my guitar into a computer and recorded. With our new material, a little more care was put in to the recording, however we opted to use electronic drums for the record, as while we were able to mix them to sound real, there was a certain element to it that felt different. I'm extremely proud of the new songs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Tons of amazing bands from New York right now, like Blasteroid, Drug Bug, Kvlt Daddy, and Super Defense. Our hometown friends like The Fairview, Bicycle Inn, Crafter, Savannah, and Eleanor and The Pretty Things, they all kill it. Also, Plans from Indiana, they're just one of the greatest bands I've ever seen play. Also, shoutout to our Canadian hardcore heroes in Cold Shoulder, they slam.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
The Cure, all day. "Friday I'm In Love" and "Fascination Street" are both the greatest song ever, I can't decide.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Shows, shows, shows! We're trying to book our winter tour for Northeastern USA, and then we're already slowly demoing new ideas for songs, seeing what works. We have quite a bit going on for the rest of 2017!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for the interview, and thank you to anyone who checks out our music, we love you all and appreciate any support. Check out "There Is So Much In Forever" on any streaming services or bandcamp!


sexta-feira, 25 de agosto de 2017

Some Strange Alchemy by Plasticstatic - Track by Track

Não é de hoje que o duo Ryan e Keisha, ou, Plasticstatic para os íntimos é sócio de carteirinha do TBTCI.

Tive a honra de contar com eles em inúmeros projetos, mas o fato é que desde que ouvi o EP "Anchors" lançado em 2012, foi basicamente amor a primeira audição, desde então acompanho cada passo deles, e é notório o amadurecimento musical.

A mescla de psicodelismo com pós punk do início foi dando lugar a elementos experimentais, gradativamente mais densos e soturnos, muito por conta da influência do duo por Psychic TV, Coil, Legendary Pink Dots, entre outros.

"Repeat"o primeiro álbum de 2014 já indicava tais mudanças, mas o ápice dessa desconstrução experimental chegou há poucos dias atrás, "Some Strange Alchemy", lançado precisamente em 21 de Agosto, é uma verdadeira odisseia com tons extravagantes e inteiramente concebido pelo lado negro da vida. A vibe do álbum indica dor, desespero e por consequência a morte, mas, veja bem, por meios obscuros todas estas mazelas podem ser a redenção, certo?

"Some Strange Alchemy" é intenso e, consome o ouvinte desde os primeiros momentos de "Out of Nothing" até a derradeira, "Into Nothing". 

Meu conselho é, atreva-se a adentrar ao mundo do Plasticstatic e tente compreender que o mundo não vive somente de selfies e sorrisos, mas o que realmente vale, é compreender a obra em seu DNA, para isso, o TBTCI convidou Ryan para descrever em detalhes, com requintes cruéis de sinceridade explícita, cada um dos dez mandamentos do álbum.

Apague a luz e tente sair vivo.

***** Some Strange Alchemy - Track by Track *****

"I wasn't planning on revealing anything I'm about to write. There's a chance that knowing these things will have a negative impact on anyone listening to the album. The thing is, this is what the album meant to me when I wrote it. It isn't all mine anymore. Whatever this album means to anyone hearing it, that is exactly what it is."  - Ryan T Winn

Out of Nothing - Each song on this album represents a stage in life, so this is the conception. The album is also divided into two halves, which is why there is a long fade-in at the beginning of the first and sixth tracks, and a long fade-out at the end of the fifth and tenth tracks. I don’t want to give away the reason for that, but there’s a big clue in the CD booklet. Musically, a lot of inspiration came from watching broadcasts that Josh Robert Thompson was doing the past couple of years. He’s one of the funniest people alive (he was the voice and operator of Geoff the robot skeleton — among other things — on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, as well as doing voices on Family Guy, and he’s made one of the funniest and creative pilots imaginable), but he also makes really good electronic music. Some nights he would talk about music he liked (Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, among lots of others), some nights he would perform his own music, and sometimes he would talk about stuff like the documentary I Dream of Wires. Keisha and I had already started to head down a more synth-heavy path, but this pushed us even more. Listening to someone who is passionate about something has a way of doing that.

Some Strange Alchemy - This song represents the formation of an identity, a realization that we came from something, and the creations of myths to try to explain why. I’ve wanted to go back to my post-punk roots for some time, and this was the first track that really went in that direction in a satisfying way. Musically it was originally inspired by the bass line to the Psychic TV song “Higher and Higher”, though that song has way more energy than mine. I saw them perform it at the record release show for Hell Is Invisible, Heaven Is Her/e, and the floor was bouncing more than at any other show I’ve ever witnessed. It was incredible. As I started writing our song, I made sure to take it in a different direction so as not to outright steal it.

The Past In Reverse - This was originally titled “The Surrealist’s Grimoire”. It’s about the stage in life where anything seems possible. In our own minds, anything IS possible. When we are able to take those possibilities and infuse them into the real world, wonderful things can happen if our intent is positive. When the intent is negative, we end up with big problems.

A Line That Never Moves - This represents the stage of life when some reject old truths, and begin an internal search for a new one. It may not sound like it, but it was inspired by Acid House. The beat doesn’t come from that, but the synth line that repeats throughout the song does.

The Darkest Night - The first half of life can be full of possibilities and positivity. This is the result of the realization that the world around us is sinking in a way that is beyond our control, while trying not to let it change us. Not wanting to give up hope. This version was recorded before the single version that was released just before the 2016 USA presidential election. I don’t want to get into politics at all, but I wanted to write something that had a positive message because I knew we would need it. The album version almost sounds like a remix of the single, but for the single I muted a lot of the synths, recorded the guitar parts in one day, and tightened up the structure.

The Anchored Moon - The darkness starts to find its way in. I am searching for light, even if it isn’t directly from the source. As beautiful as the moon is, it just reflects light. It’s like an architect who can design beautiful things, but never created anything. We always want the source, but we usually settle for a distortion of it.

The Dying Tree - Life is approaching its end. It isn’t a terrible thing, though the realization of it can certainly feel that way. Transformation is beauty. The music for this track was originally going to be “The Dead Tree” on the companion album Songs From Thee Static Lodge. A few weeks before finishing this album, I decided that track wasn’t strong enough. I created this one from scratch and finished it in a weekend. I used the same lyrics, but I added the spoken word section from a poem I wrote 15 years ago on the first night I drank absinthe. I wrote a lot that night, and lines from those writings have occasionally appeared in my songs ever since.

A Token Void - Death is very close. Looking back on life, and trying to give it a narrative that makes sense. In the end, I feel that living a life of truth is the most important thing.

The Alchemist - Death is the great alchemist.

Into Nothing - We become what we once were.


The Sand Collector's Dream with Carta - An Interview

Experimentar sempre, talvez essa seja a máxima do que os californianos do Carta vem fazendo desde o final da década passada até os dias atuais.

No currículo quatro álbuns, sendo que o mais recente, "The Sand Collector´s Dream" soa como uma continuação lógica do álbum anterior "The Faults Follow" de 2010, onde a orientação da banda se distancia cada vez mais do shoegazer hipnótico dos primeiros anos e vai gradativamente se aproximando de algo entre o sadcore de gente como Codeine, buscando através do dreampop às avessas inserido por vias tortas.

O fato é que a sonoridade do Carta é mutante, variando entre um ponto perdido entre o Talk Talk e o Bark Psychosis por vias experimentais.

A experiência de decifrar "The Sand Collector´s Dream" é exatamente essa, buscar e remexer em uma vasta gama de referências, e quando se acha algo, rapidamente tudo é dissipado com o decorrer do disco.

Adentre ao mundo particular do Carta e experimente experimentar.

***** Interview with Carta *****

Q. When did Carta start ? Tell us about the history...
Kyle: Carta started in the early 2000's as an of outgrowth of my involvement with ambient/post-rock band Charles Atlas and the first Carta album piggybacked on the sessions for their final album, "..to the dust...". Both Sacha and Matt from that band contributed to the first Carta album ("The Glass Bottom Boat") . I, Ray and Sacha pushed forward with a more stable band after that album came out and we felt like we should play shows to support it. We had a few drummers, including Raj Ojha who went on to play with Howlin' Rain and the Once and Future Band, but for the past several years Gabriel Coan, who also plays with the Orange Peels, has handled percussion as well as many of the electronic portions. Gabe had been in the band Continental who we'd played with and known in SF for years and I'd always wanted him to play drums for us. And then when Continental ended, he did.

Q: Who are your influences?
Kyle: When the band started out I was heavily influenced by bands who have gone on to become friends, like Disco Inferno, Hood, Tarentel, Piano Magic, Lisa Germano, and sadcore bands like Codeine, Red House Painters, and American Music Club. And there's a kind of early 80's art-rock that has always appealed to me: Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian, Talk Talk, then, later on, the first generation of 'post-rock' from the UK like Bark Psychosis, Pram, Long Fin Killie. I think we've all absorbed these sounds, and they've rubbed off in some ways; some of it is certainly evident in the last two albums.

Ray: I think late 70s early 80s electronica also informs what we do. Gary Numan, early Mute artists, the more arty side of OMD, etc. I also think there's a bit of droney psychedelia influence as well, like Wooden Shjips, Flying Saucer Attack, and Spacemen 3.

Kyle: Sacha was in a band on Mute (Rosa Mota) so I think Mute is all over everything to a degree.

Gabe: The overall sound and feel of this album was influenced by Depeche Mode and Tears for Fears, very specifically the "The Hurting" album. I kind of lost interest in playing acoustic drums for a while, and that's very evident on "The Sand Collector's Dream". And as I was shaping sounds and layering parts, I would ask myself: "What would Martin Gore do?"

Sacha: I have a very varied interest in music, my father introduced me
to Django Reinhardt, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Antonio Jobim, Sergio Mendes, (Late) Beatles and Manduka. Later on bands like The Bunnymen and Bauhaus introduced me to The Velvet Underground, Lee Hazelwood, John Cale and Brian Eno. 80's reggae from Sly and Robbie is always on my turntable with more experimental sounds like Delia Devonshire and Peirre Bastien.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Kyle: Impossible but here are 5 that have lasted for me that come to mind:

Kate Bush: The Hounds of Love
Talk Talk: The Spirit of Eden
Fleetwood Mac: Tusk
Joy Division: Closer
Brian Eno: Before and After Science

Sacha: This is very hard and changes over time.
Off the top of my head....

Robert Wyatt-Rock Bottom
Vampires Lesbos Soundtrack
Linton Kwesi Johnson- Dread Beat an Blood

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Kyle: Usually I feel terrible. I once played a show right after eating a bbq seitan sandwich and almost never played live again. We played live around the Bay Area for years but with decreasing frequency lately due to a dearth of compatible clubs in San Francisco. When we do play now we try to do it with other friends, in more low key or odd venues.

Ray: I think we are at our best when we play in non-traditional spaces like art galleries. Sacha and Kyle played a drone piece at the Oakland Columbarium and we've even played in a dress shop.

Sacha: Making music has always been my passion and playing live is a sometimes necessary part of the that. i.e. supporting an album. We play small shows these days...supporting friend's bands, playing art galleries etc

Q. How do you describe Carta sounds?
Kyle: The go-to description I've given out has been "Paranoid inner-vacuum micro-dub and ruminative post-space hypno-drone." Easier to say what we aren't: we are not a shoegaze band; we are not a post-rock band. Ghost rock has been the best descriptor I've seen.

Sacha: The Carta sound has evolved in the past ten years. The No1 album being mostly instrumental and soundscapes. No2 has a more harsh sound than the first and intertwined songs with more experimental sounds. No3 I think is very powerful with external unhappy events influencing the music and lyrics whilst still capturing beauty. No4 has more songs but perhaps too new to fully describe presently.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Kyle: Many songs the new album ("The Sand Collector's Dream") and the previous one ("The Faults Follow"), were largely written in the studio from electronic beds of sound generated by Gabriel; typically he'd present something, sometimes something very very long, and then the rest of us would write on top of it, and then collaboratively we'd shape the song while recording and overdubbing. It was a great luxury to have access to two studios to do this in for as long as we needed.

I think only two songs came in fully written before recording, the title track and "The Last King of Rome" which we'd been playing live for a while. On each of our albums we've had guest vocalists with lovely voices; the first was Sarah, who played keys for us for a while; the second was a woman named Lorealle, who we'd ask back if she ever extracted herself from Oregon; and our friend Odessa Chen sang a lot on these past two albums. I've known her in SF for many years and was always a big fan; I think I got her to sing on the last Charles

Atlas album. Jon DeRosa was on one of our previous labels and I've also always been a big fan of his voice and his music (as Aarktica) and I just like him as a person. I was so pleased with the contributions Odessa and Jon made to the new record. We mixed the whole thing with Eli Crews who did our first two albums. He's one of the only people who puts me completely at ease in a studio.

Sacha: Every album has been different, The process is varied and includes one of us coming in with an idea, two people playing together to form a skeletal song form, a drum beat, a chord, even colleagues and friends coming up with ideas and us going from there. This last album was all of these things with Gabe being the person in the middle stitching things together and recording sounds.

Ray: Craig Escalante also sent us a guitar passage that ended up turning into a complete song.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Kyle: Being old now, I'm not very good with new music. I like Wax Idols a lot, and Drab Majesty. That all sounds a bit goth, doesn't it? My friend Shana Falana puts out great albums on Team Love, if you like shoegaze and wall of sound. Everyone who likes that should give her albums ("Set Your Lightning Fire Free" and "Here Comes The Wave") a listen.

Ray: I love the latest by Childhood (Universal High) and the Alex the Astronaut EP is really great, but Pete Astor's Spilt Milk is my favorite in the last year.

Sacha: At the moment I'm listening to The Fat White Family and Kate Tempest.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Kyle: We're in the process of putting together an album of cover versions of songs by I Start Counting, Gary Numan, John Cale, Brian Eno, a few others. I also want to record "Sara" by Fleetwood Mac. Gabe and I talked about getting many people to do a whole album of covers of that song. It might happen. It's a perfect song.

Ray: What Kyle said. Early 80s electronica is really fun to cover and I think it's in our DNA as a band.

Sacha: We are recording songs as we speak....mostly 80's songs. Its a fun adventure and challenging, in as far as respecting the songs and artists but having ones own slant on it.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Kyle: We are doing the covers album, should be out in some manner next year; at the same time, in order to mark both the 10th (well, 11th) anniversary of the first Carta album, as well as the 50th anniversary of writer Anna Kavan's death, I'd like to put out a vinyl album collecting remixes of the song "Kavan" that opened that album and which was named after her, as well as some of the remixes we are releasing as bonus tracks for the new album as digital downloads only for now. There are very good people who are doing remixes: Yellow6, Piano Magic, The Declining Winter, Roger O'Donnell of the Cure, Gabriel Coan, Sybarite, Mark Van Hoen. I'd like that to be a very lovely Carta release; do the whole thing, colored vinyl, gatefold, exclusive artwork, liner notes about Anna Kavan, who was, I think, a terribly overlooked and underrated writer. After that, who knows. We seem to release a new album every 4 years, which isn't very often. I don't know if America will last another 4 years.

Sacha: See above.....finishing and releasing our covers album. Once that is done we'll take a step back, lick our wounds and plan the next attack

Q: Any parting words?
Kyle: We always appreciate any coverage we get, and any listeners we manage to hook, and anyone who purchases our music. Despite how easy it is to record and release music these days, it's still an art, and art -- whether audio, visual, or written -- too often offers scant gratification when placed in the public space. So thank you.


quinta-feira, 24 de agosto de 2017

III with Pure Ghost - An Interview

Existe uma avalanche de barulheira melancólica tomando conta do submundo dos sons, bandas que brotam, como esporros de feedback em todos os lugares, muito por conta dos percursores da mescla de barulheira abrasiva noventista com melancolia pos punk, leia-se, Nothing e Whirr.

Obviamente que as matrizes como, Fugazi, Sunny Day Real State, Cure estão devidamente inseridas pra essa molecada que vem derramar seus lamentos, amores, frustrações e demências através de decibéis elevados, assim é o caro do quarteto de Greenville na Carolina do Norte, Pure Ghost.

O debute do caras, segue essa roupagem, nervosa, atmosférica, explosiva e densa, "III" é o nome do cartão de visitas dos caras e deve ser degustado em alto e bom som.

Barulheiras como o Pure Ghost são mais do que bem vindas e necessárias.

***** Interview with Pure Ghost *****

Q. When did Pure Ghost start? Tell us about the history...
I (Andrew) had the idea for a shoegaze project late last year and started hashing out music with Eli, and we slowly started to piece together the rest of the band. Our drummer Matt was someone who I’ve played with in metal projects previous and it felt natural to ask him if he wanted to try something new. It took forever to find another capable guitar player with time to spare, but we’re lucky to have found Weston through other mutual bands. Most of the writing came out of the nights where Eli and I would sit around and jam and we spent a lot of time in a cramped storage unit finding our sound.

Q: Who are your influences?
Whirr, Dinosaur Jr., Slowdive, Nothing, My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana, pinkshinyultrablast,

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. Souvlaki – Slowdive
2. Self Titled – Queens of the Stone Age
3. Covenant – Morbid Angel
4. Disintegration – The Cure
5. Catch For Us the Foxes - mewithoutYou

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Nervous, elated… Every show brings it’s own feelings, and varies given the space and crowd we’re playing to.

Q. How do you describe Pure Ghost sounds?
Atmospheric, melodic, LOUD!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We recorded everything on “III” live at Legitimate Business in Greensboro, NC with Kris Hilbert over the course of a weekend. We did not record with a metronome as to capture the feeling and energy of how the songs come out when we play live. After live tracking we went back to add guitar doubles, leads, and we spent most of the last day on vocals, their doubles, and various layering.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Glass, Waft, WVRM, Vacation State, and The Francis Vertigo: all great bands hailing from South Carolina.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
I’ve made so many cover song suggestions that my opinion no longer carries any weight at practice, haha. We’ve talked Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Lana Del Rey, and many others.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re doing lots of writing so we can release more music, play more shows, and we’ll see where it goes!

Q: Any parting words?
We have a music video for “Teeth” coming out very soon that we’re very excited to share.


Seven with Backwarmer - An Interview

Indie rock classudo, barulhento e explosivo, como aos velhos tempos.

Assim pode ser devidamente resumido o que o quarteto da Georgia, Backwarmer propõe. Seja na estreia "Vinyl" de 2015 ou no mais recente, "Seven" lançado em junho agora.

Tem de pouco tudo no som dos caras, de rock raivoso garageiro e dançante, algo próximo a uma fusão do That Petrol Emotion com o Queens of The Stone Age com pitadas de barulheiras noventistas.

O fato é que no caldeirão sonoro do Backwarmer, tudo vira ingrediente para levantar eu, você e qualquer um da cadeira e mexer a bunda.

Escute alto.

***** Interview with Backwarmer *****

Q. When did Backwarmer start? Tell us about the history...
● It all started in 2013, we were hanging out a lot at our friends place, one day we got bored and started playing around together. After 2 studio albums and 1 single - here we are. The very first song we wrote together as a band was "900". It felt right. We knew we had some chemistry. Backwarmer is a perfect ballance of hard work and laziness.

Q: Who are your influences?
●Anything from bee gees to Meshuggah.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
●Depends on the mood actually. Right now? Old school stuff comes to the head
emerson lake and palmer - tarcus
david bowie - blackstar
blue oyster cult - agents of fortune
nine inch nails - downward spiral
aphex twin - selected ambient works 85-92

Q. How do you feel playing live?
● It's the greatest feeling in the world even when it's not...

Q. How do you describe Backwarmer sounds?
●Backwarmer sounds heavy and fuzzy, yet you can shake your ass and dance to it. It should definitely be experienced Live.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
● Very overwhelming, sometimes harder than it should be for us. During the recording process you really evaluate your potential and your abilities. It's a challenge for every band. If it's not - they should not be recording...

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
● Georgian music scene is supercool - Psychonaut 4, Moku Moku, the black marrows, Lady Heroine... it's genuine.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
● Tough question 😀😀bonny m, bee gees, george michael, donna summer , nirvana , alice in chains... It's more about the songs that you want to recreate and make your own.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
● Plans for future ? well we have to get our shit together and write new songs. The second album really drained some of us. It was a very emotional proces. We're still trying to escape from that limbo.

Q: Any parting words?
● If you cannot play, shut up and play motherfucker.


quarta-feira, 23 de agosto de 2017

Burn Out with Daze - An Interview

De Houston, Texas vem o quarteto com cheiro e sabor noventista, Daze.

O debute deles não deixa dúvida, é fincado a extraído da barulheira feita na década dos excessos. O EP homônimo passeia por entre guitarradas,  melancolia, tipicamente de uma época de transição, trazendo consigo inevitavelmente ecos de Starflyer 59, Sunny Day Real State entre outras matrizes.

Densos, melancólicos e ruidosos, o Daze faz de sua estreia um cartão de visitas de gente grande.

Que venham os próximos passos, estaremos atentos.

 ***** Interview with Daze *****
Q. When did Daze start? Tell us about the history... 

Enrique and Nikki were friends in high school and both wanted to make music so they did just that in Winter of 2016. Nikki and Nick knew each other through mutuals and by sharing a space a practice space with his band, Shallow. I, Wendolyne, met Nikki on Twitter in January of 2017. She posted a Periscope live stream of her and a friend just jamming at the practice space and i messaged her about getting together sometime to play music. we wrote a song the first day we played music together.

Q: Who are your influences?
Nikki: Kevin shields, Chelsea Wolfe, my childhood , 90s teen movies, and my husband.

Wendolyne: Earth, life, my parents and the past versions of myself i've outgrown

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Chelsea Wolfe "the grime and the glow"
Best coast " something in the way"
Lost in translation sound track
Cold cave "death comes close"
Mammoth grinder "extinction of humanity"

I could listen to only that for the rest of my life and be totally fine with that.

Life of Leisure - Washed Out
The Universe Smiles Upon You - Khruangbin
Dive In - Seasurfer
Heaven or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins
Clan of Xymox - Clan of Xymox

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Nikki: Anxious, sleepy, and clammy.

Wendolyne: i usually forget i'm on a stage playing music. but overall, good.

Q. How do you describe Daze sounds?
Austin McCain, who recorded our EP, described our first batch of songs as "lofi shoegaze." we stuck with that. some crunchy, gritty rhythm parts with some melodic and chorus heavy lead parts

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Nikki: Austin Mccain recorded our EP in our shared practice space. It was all live recorded and raw. He's super talented. Lots of beer, weed, and Hot Cheetos. It was great. Wendolyne loves her Hot Cheetos.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Nikki: Shallow, for sure. Glaze, King Woman, Glare, Anchor, the Mammoth, i've been super into Drab Majesty and True Widow.

Wendolyne: Khruangbin, Filthy Young Impalers, Mind Shrine, Mantra Love, and Glare (my favorite recent discovery)

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

Wendolyne: Starflyer 59, but just the album "Silver" ...that albums rules.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Nikki: We've recorded a split with shallow and we're just going to keep playing shows and taking it day by day. We have a local fest we're opening for L.A.witch which I'm stoked about.

Wendolyne: Playing local for now. Write some more music. Hopefully we can start playing some shows in Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio, etc. in the next 6 months or so, that'd be tight.

Q: Any parting words?
Nikki: Thank you to everyone who has supported us and hopefully texas shoegaze keeps getting prominent.

Wendolyne: stop supporting zoos, recycle and goodbye.


terça-feira, 22 de agosto de 2017

Wasted Time with The Last Passenger - An Interview

Gélido, denso, soturno, esfumaçado, todos estes, e mais alguns adjetivos, que, obrigatoriamente deverão seguir este raciocínio, servem para situar o ouvinte para o pós punk dos ucranianos do The Last Passenger.

Na realidade, uma linha tênue entre o pós punk clássico e a cold wave, por vezes os caras soam ainda mais frios e cinzentos, em outros momentos mais melancólicos do que soturnos.

O The Last Passenger é para noites em claro, mas cuidado, se sua auto estima não estiver boa, pode ser deveras perigoso.

***** Interview with The Last Passenger *****

Q. When did The Last Passenger start? Tell us about the history...
It was 2011, we were just sitting in Pavel's flat listening to some iconic post-punk bands (as usual) and we decided that we have everything to create the same type of music, to work in the same genre. But raw post-punk was not enough, so we decided to put all our efforts in creation of coldwave, which sounds more atmospheric as from our's point of view and has this special "cold flow". So we gathered all the music instruments we had, and started improvising. Some of these improvisations are still left on paper as words and as music files. Maybe someday they will be revisted and something great will appear. We were new to music creation, so it took almost two years to create a sound which suits us. And first single was released Dec-31-2013.

Q: Who are your influences?
Some authentic bands, of course, which gave start to this kind of music, which are some sort of cornerstone for this music style. Definitely these are Bauhaus, The Cure, Joy Division, most of the 1st wave of gothic rock bands. And of course coldwave representatives -- Little Nemo, Coldreams, Clair Obscur. In general new wave music from the late 70's up to the end of 80's.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
It's a hard choice :) But let's try.
Little Nemo "Past and Future" (1987),
Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures" (1979),
Pink Turns Blue "If Two Worlds Kiss" (1987),
The Cure "Pornography" (1982)
and instead of the fifth album there will be two releases which have the most influence on us, two singles -- Bauhaus "Bela Lugosi's Dead" (1979) which, as everyone knows, is a significant release which predetermined a sound of many bands and Coldreams "Morning rain / Eyes" (1986) single which is the best representation of the word "Coldwave" in the music form.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
In any case we are scared at first, of course :) But when everything starts, you forget all the fears and just share your thoughts and feelings through music with others. And in most cases we think that one or another live performance went not as it should, but then we understand that if no rotten tomatos were thrown in us, it's all just our fears.

Q. How do you describe The Last Passenger sounds?
It's hard to give general explanation and it varies from release to release. Maybe because of the different circumstances and people surrounded us in different time stamps. But we try to make the sound as much atmospheric as we can for it to envelop a listener. And of course we try to be close to this mentioned before special "cold flow".

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We've never used a professional studio (but we plan to), so all the songs were recorded in Pavel's flat. In a joke manner we've even decided to create a name for this improvised label and called it "Undead records". As for the equipment we use soviet or post-soviet custom handmade guitars, soviet made microphone and some digital studios to get everything together. In some cases we use additional equipment. For example for our "Mist" single we used a cheap soviet made reel-to-reel tape recorder to record vocals and to transfer them further to computer to use required effects for the finished track. It's always a great experience to use something new in creation.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Oh, there are plenty of them. But as you can guess from our Top-5 albums list, even band from year 2000 will be a "new" one for us:) But we can try to make a list of relatively new bands which we like. Genres will differ a bit, but in any case let's start. So as a first one we'd mention Prayers, so called Cholo Goth pioneers, it's a really interesting individual sound and of course their videos are amazing. I remember watching "Gothic summer" music video for the first time and I was like "Wooaah! These guys are great!". Also we can suggest listening to BOAN, Chernikovskaya Hata, Ploho, Belgrado,
gil'otina and our friends from Kyiv -- Garden Krist and Sad S projects, amazing guys with a great sound.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
In general we try to avoid making cover songs and focus on making own content instead. But it's obvious that we've tried to make cover versions of our favorite bands songs as all the other bands do. It's a good way to relax and have fun. In any case it's a good idea to have one or two cover songs for live performances and in this case our choise would be Bauhaus "Bela Lugosi's Dead" and The Cure "Forest". One time we've played Joy Division "Shadowplay" live and it was an interesting experience in improvisation. And, by the way, it would be a great idea to play a post-punk cover of some post-soviet pop song. In some cases it sounds really great.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
First and the most important -- not to stop on what we have at this moment. We've released a new EP (in addition to two singles and one album we have) this July and now we are working on the second album, trying to find and use new solutions for our sound improvement. And of course we hope that we'll have an opportunity to give concerts or to visit music festivals all around the world.

Q: Any parting words?
We want to thank you for your questions and our listeners for support we've never expected and also want to add that in case our music sattisfied at least one person on this planet, in case at least one person found our sound worth listening to for one or another reason -- we live our lives for a reason.


Future´s Done with Le Plaisir - An Interview

Psych pop bubblegum, daqueles que penetram nos neurônios e vão te sugando desaceleradamente, assim é o debute do duo canadense radicado em Paris, Le Plaisir.

As quatro deliciosas canções do EP, incluindo a releitura de "Neve Gonna Cry Again" do Eurythmics se conectam primordialmente com as experimentações derretidas do Moon Duo, muito pela presença dos synths e suas camadas derretidas.

Espacialmente delirante e suculento. 

***** Interview with Le Plaisir *****

Q. When did Le Plaisir start? Tell us about the history...
We're a two-piece kinda spacey psych-pop band that started when Doug and I moved to Paris in 2015. We mostly just started making music together because we were new in town and didn't know anyone yet and we needed something to do. It was definitely not a serious, focused effort. We were just messing around. Before Le Plaisir, I played in a band called The Lad Mags (we shared a drummer with Betrayers and did a bunch of touring with them). Doug had recorded all of The Lad Mags' songs at his studio in Edmonton, so we had worked together a bit in that capacity, but Le Plaisir was the first time we really collaborated on songs together.

Q: Who are your influences?
We were just having a conversation the other day about bands who inspire you vs. bands who actually influence your sound. We don't really sound like any of these bands so I guess they are more like inspiration than influence, but we both really dig Moon Duo, Radiation Flowers, The Kinks, Silver Apples, Black Sabbath, Young Marble Giants, Jacco Gardner, Betrayers, Spacemen 3, The Backhomes... The two of us actually have pretty different taste in music, and Doug would probably give a very different list, but we agree on these bands for sure.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Oh man... that's the toughest question. I would have a different answer to this every single day. I can't commit to picking 5 albums of all time, but 5 records I will never be tired of listening to:
Sleep's Holy Mountain,
Flying Burrito Brothers - "Guilded Palace of Sin",
The Stooges - "Raw Power",
Kikigaku Moyo - "Forest of Lost Children",
Aphrodite's Child - "666".

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We actually just played our first show together last week! I am used to playing in a band with 5 people, so the stage felt really big with just the two of us. Maybe we should figure out some dance moves or pyrotechnics or whatever to fill up all that space? But seriously, it is really comfortable for us to perform together. Doug is super talented and really calm, and we know each other so well that it just feels laid back and fun to do our thing.

Q. How do you describe Le Plaisir sounds?
Synth-drenched psych-pop songs, I guess? Our recent EP was a concept album about the end of the world and the freedom and romance in watching it all burn down. Doug is a major synth nerd and a very technically proficient musician and my background is in more scrappy garage-y bands and Le Plaisir is the tiny bit of common ground that we could find between us.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Our EP was half recorded in Paris and half in Edmonton. Doug is also a recording engineer, so we had the luxury of just recording bits and pieces whenever we felt like it, rather than having to commit to blocks of studio time. We made shitty little demo versions of the first couple of songs in this TINY apartment in Paris, and Doug recorded them on this portable Pro Tools rig he had brought with him from Canada. We later started running an artist residency in Paris so we had access to a nice big space that had really beautiful acoustics, so we recorded the final version of Feathers there. If you isolated the tracks from that song you would probably hear Paris traffic in the background.

We moved back to Canada a few months ago and finished the rest of the EP here in Doug's studio. He has a massive collection of rad vintage gear so we got to play around with a lot of great stuff while we were figuring out how the final versions would sound. When we started making these little bits of songs in Paris I didn't think we would really even end up releasing anything, but I actually really dig how this EP turned out, so I think we'll keep at it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
They've been around for a year, but I finally caught on to Here Lies Man and they are fucking amazing. They're like, heavy psych stoner afrobeat. They completely rule. Highly recommended. I am really into the most recent record from Radiation Flowers, too. That band has also been around, but the record is new and definitely worth giving a spin. Brunch Club (also from Edmonton) are so great.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Our EP that we released last week has a cover of a really early Eurythmics song (like before Sweet Dreams made them a K-Tel Hits-of-the-80s cliché). That song ("Never Gonna Cry Again") had been on my list for a long time, it's such a great, moody jam with so much texture, even though it is so simple. I've always wanted to do a super spaced-out version of Something's On Your Mind by Karen Dalton. Maybe that will be next.

We kept our cover pretty close to the original, but I always really admire when bands completely transform the songs they cover and turn them into something totally new. Betrayers did a cover of "White Horse" by Laid Back that was so great that way, and another one of my favourites was the cover of "Fast Car" done by another Edmonton band, Switches. They turned this iconic folk song into a rowdy punk anthem, and it totally worked!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are kind of in the middle of getting our shit together to move to LA in the next while, but in the mean time I think we'll work on getting a full-length record released and do some touring. The great thing about being a two-piece band that are also married people is that touring is so easy! No more sharing tiny shitty hotel rooms with 5 people!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks a ton for taking the time to give our EP a spin and talk with us. We totally appreciate it. I hope we can make it down to Brazil someday. Everyone I have met who has toured there says there is no place better to play shows.


segunda-feira, 21 de agosto de 2017

Scared of the Dark with Violent Dreams - An Interview

Uma doce e tenra sensação de ternura tomou conta do TBTCI, cortesia do Violent Dreams

Hipnoticamente cristalino, o debute "Scared Of The Dark" do Violent Dreams, ingleses de Liverpool, vai envolvendo gradativamente, mente, corpo e alma, criando uma sensação de conforto, de bem estar completo.

Uma estreia em letras maiúsculas, evocando J&MC, Pale Saints, Ride, Mazzy Star, a lista pode ser interminável, mas existe uma aura ao redor do Violent Dreams que simplesmente cativa.

"Scared Of The Dark" é um medicamento necessário.

***** Interview with Violent Dreams *****

Q. When did Violent Dreams start? Tell us about the history...
I've been in a few different bands over the years but over the last few years I've really developed a love of shoegaze and dream pop so I wanted to start a new project to focus on that sound. I've been lucky enough to be able to enlist my girlfriend Abby onto the project too and she lends her voice to a few of the tracks.

Q: Who are your influences?
It's probably a bit cliché to say it but it was bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Jesus Mary Chain that really got me interested in the genre and I still find myself going back to albums like Souvlaki again and again. That being said, I think there's been a definite resurgence in this sort of music in the last 10 years and there have been some really great records put out by bands like LSD and the Search for God, Asobi Seksu and Alcest. There is also definitely some influence from the neo-psych bands of the 90s and especially The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Man this is tough and it does fluctuate from time to time and is a bit of a mish mash but I'd probably say at the moment:
1. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
2. Jeff Buckley - Grace
3. Radiohead - OK Computer
4. Giles Corey - Giles Corey
5. Antlers - Hospice

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I've always loved playing live with other bands but we actually haven't played live as Violent Dreams yet. I'm currently working on creating live versions of the tracks and with this sort of music it's important to be able to recreate all the big sounds you can create on a recorded track.

Q. How do you describe Violent Dreams sounds?
I suppose it would be easy to go with the standard labels like shoegaze, dream pop and bedroom pop but we're definitely trying to bring something new to the table too. This first EP is relatively traditional but moving forward I'm looking to try and push the songs to be bigger sounding and more experimental, really pushing the contrast between the raw guitars and the softer vocals. I also think that shoegaze as a genre can sometimes suffer from feeling a bit cold and detatched so I'm trying to bring some more life to the tracks.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I've got a bit of a makeshift studio set up at home and so I've been recording the various tracks for the EP inbetween work. I tend to find that I work in short bursts, when a song comes to me I'll generally get all the instruments and vocals recorded on the same day. The production, mixing and mastering on the other hand takes a lot longer, I love messing around with interesting effects just to see what sounds I can get out of the guitar. I'm also a bit of a perfectionist so I probably spend way too much time on tweaking and mastering the tracks before putting them out.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I've been using the genre tags on Bandcamp to find a lot of new stuff recently and have come across some great bands like A Thousand Hours and Candy. I've also found a lot of great stuff through listening to DKFM with shows like The Reverb and The Shoegaze Collective. I'm also in love with Cigarettes after Sex at the moment who I somehow missed out on up to now!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Well funnily enough I'm actually working on a cover version of God Only Knows by the Beach Boys at the moment. They were the first band to really use the wall of sound production technique and I so you could say they had a hand in starting something that eventually led to Shoegaze. I saw Brian Wilson play Pet Sounds live not so long ago and it was incredible to see a full 11 piece band play it on stage, its easy to forget just how intricately produced those records are.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Besides looking to get some live shows arranged I've already started work on the next record which I am hoping to try and get out before the end of the year.

Q: Any parting words?
I'd just like to say thanks for having us on your awesome blog and keep an ear out for some new material coming soon!