quarta-feira, 19 de julho de 2017

Adult Tasty Food with Karr - An Interview

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ann: Yeah, Garden.

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

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

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

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

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

Ann: Cheers!


terça-feira, 18 de julho de 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Passing By with Hazed - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


segunda-feira, 17 de julho de 2017

Survive in Disguise with Hollow Mask - An Interview

Pic by James Hankins

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

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

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

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

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

Picture by Stephanie Third

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

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

Q. Who are your influences?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q. Any parting words?
Rachel: Question everything.

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


domingo, 16 de julho de 2017

Blurred Harmony with The Parson Red Heads - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The World Drops Dead with Velveteen Riot - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


sexta-feira, 14 de julho de 2017

Airwaves with Moon - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Suceso en la Plaza with Dylan Thomas - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not really an album person.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: Any parting words?
Jan: Not really.


quinta-feira, 13 de julho de 2017

Foggy Days with Strawberry Seas - An Interview

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

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

Uma bela estréia, que merece toda a atenção.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: Any parting words?
Stay creative:)


quarta-feira, 12 de julho de 2017

Saudade with Bleach Dream - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ground with Pesk - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


terça-feira, 11 de julho de 2017

Seaglass with Leisure Walks - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ghost Ship Cargo with Oceaneer - An Interview

Contemplativo, sereno, introspectivo, angustiante, podem ser ser alguns dos adjetivos possíveis para descrever o significado sonoro de "Ghost Ship Cargo", debute de Oneechan Nanashi ou Oceaneer, lançado pela Blackjack Illuminist Records.

Conduzido pelo piano de Oneeachan o álbum é uma ode ao existencialismo, onírico, belo e doloroso o álbum sugere imagens onde é possível enxergar a dança dos mais exóticos exemplares da natureza ou apenas notar uma pequena lágrima escorrendo por uma frágil face.

Música feita especialmente para ser sentida.

***** Interview with Oceaneer *****

Q. When did Oceaneer start? Tell us about the history...
I have always felt a strong connection to the sea. I was born and raised in Mutsu Province, which is in the North of Japan. My father had the most beautiful job that I know. He worked in one of Japans highest lighthouses, Shiriyazaki, and he frequently took me there with him, especially during summer holidays. I spent hours of watching the sea and fell in love with it. While watching seagulls, birds, ships and the waves my father would play the mouth organ. It felt like home, even more than my real home which was in a distance of 20 miles. It was my first contact with music. At home, in Mutsu we didn’t listen to any music, our small house was quiet all the time, we didn’t even celebrate birthdays which was mainly because of my mourning mother who lost both her parents at her 24th birthday and decided never to celebrate anything again. When my family inherited an old piano from a neighbour I secretly played on the instrument whenever my mother was away for work in the hospital. I even skipped school to play the piano. Nobody ever taught me how to play it, maybe that’s a reason why my style would be quite minimalistic. So, I guess I was 8 when I started Oceaneer. It’s just that I didn’t have that name. That took almost 20 years.

Q: Who are your influences?
My father had been my only musical influence for most of the time. His way of playing the mouth organ was melancholic but hopeful and I tried to find melodies like he did when I was home alone with our piano. My main influence, however, is a natural one: the sea. Even when it stormed and rained it was incredibly peaceful to watch the water. The longing for the sea, imagining what would be behind the horizon, the mystery of the depths of the ocean, it’s powerful and strong. The sea just had a massive impact on my life and the biggest effect on my music. When my dad committed suicide I was 12 years old. He drowned himself near Shiriyazaki on his way back home - it nearly destroyed me. My mother barely talked to me anymore and I didn’t have any real friends at school so the piano was a kind of saviour. I suppose, then, death is one of my major influences, too.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time.
To be honest, I don’t listen to music that much as I value silence, it’s a gift, it’s the contrast to life in cities. Well, anyway, here are some names of artists and titles which I like a lot:
Grouper – Ruins From
The Mouth Of The Sun – Woven Tide
Yellow Swans – Going Places
Daniel Menché – Vilke
Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I occasionally play shows, in the beginning mostly in Japanese bars. When I finally moved to Tokyo at the age of 17 I needed to find a way to earn money. I cleaned office buildings, it was a cash-in-hand job and it was just horrid. Eventually, I tried to find a kind of balance and decided to go to numerous bars to offer the owners to play the piano for free for their guests. This led to an okay amount of shows in which I constantly improvised. No piece sounded like the other, never. To be honest, mostly, it didn’t feel right to play in bars or clubs where the audience was more interested in drinking or looking for one night stands. Still, it was in one of the shabbiest clubs when I met someone who called himself “The Congealed Solicitor”, a mysterious guy who owns an experimental music club called “1213” in the basement of a library for Mangas. The crowd was really respectful and attentive, and quiet! - I was quite afraid I would hit the wrong notes and everybody would hear it. Well, I don’t know whether the “1213” still exists but I made enough money to make a dream come true and fly to Europe. I landed in Madrid, Spain. Just one of the many places I would go to after leaving Japan. To be honest, I‘ve never felt fully comfortable on stage, maybe because I’m a dilettante.

Q. How do you describe Oceaneer’s sounds?
Improvised instrumental underwater music from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, played with broken instruments, directed by the spirit of drowned people who are talking through the hands of the pianist. It’s lonely and bleak music for the dead.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording songs ?
I just hit the record button of my portable recording device and improvise. Mostly I try to stick to certain motifs which reoccur and help structure the track for the listener. After the first round of recording a song I do another one and play some extra notes and chords. In the case of my debut album “Ghost Ship Cargo” I had some help on extra instruments like the violin and the guitar which were played by Alexander from Blackjack Illuminist, the label which kindly released my debut album “Ghost Ship Cargo”.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There’s no categorization like old and new for me when it comes to music. Artists I’ve recently discovered are Julia Holter and William Basinski. They aren’t exactly new, though. Since I learned about the terms Neoclassical, Ambient and Drone in reviews about my music I try to listen to bands and artists from this genre.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
I can’t even play my own songs twice, I’m afraid I’ll never be able to cover someone else’s song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Visiting as many countries, meeting as many people as possible. Life is for traveling. And whenever there’s a piano there will be more music by Oceaneer.

Q: Any parting words?
Listen to the waves and the sea. And thanks Renato from The Blog That Celebrates Itself and Alex from Blackjack Illuminist Records.


segunda-feira, 10 de julho de 2017

Through The Night with The Telewire - An Interview

Stephen Thurman é o The Telewire, e, o The Telewire, é Stephen.

A música que exala de uma discografia extensa e absolutamente fundamental para se entender os desmembramentos do novo shoegaze, ou nu gaze, ou chame como quiser, obrigatoriamente passa de certa maneira pelo The Telewire, que desde 2010 vem jogando EPs, singles, álbuns, uma avalanche de grandes trabalhos que por muitas vezes são cruelmente deixados de lado. Talvez pela postura de Stephen de sempre permanecer integro, no sentido de não se misturar muito com fetichistas do gênero.

O mais recente trabalho dele é um EP homônimo com cinco faixas que remetem de certa maneira ao Ride circa Going Blank Again, porém de forma mais áspera e espacial, soando como uma síntese de sua brilhante discografia.

Se por um desvio de comportamento você não conhece o The Telewire, faça imediatamente um favor a você mesmo, coloque seus fones de ouvido, dê play e escute até seus tímpanos não aguentarem mais, o que eu duvido.

Uma palavra define, ACIMA.

***** Interview with The Telewire *****

Q. When did The Telewire start? Tell us about the history...
The Telewire started back in about 2010. I’ve been a keyboard player for years and been in a band with high school / college friends forever, but I always wanted to do something more out there. More shoegaze. More space-rock. More whatever. So I decide to learn how to play guitar and get out the songs that I really wanted to hear. The first song I ever recorded as a new project was Quiet Satellite, and I loved it. I loved what I was coming up with. So I just kept going, kept recording. After a few songs I thought, “I’m onto something. I should name this…” So I tossed around a few names and came up TheTelewire.

Q: Who are your influences?
This is an interesting question… as a synth player, I am influenced by some very non-shoeagze bands - Kraftwerk, Cabaret Voltaire, The Cars, Clock DVA… it’s a weird list.... But as a shoegaze artist, I very much remember hearing Sianspheric years ago and being totally blown away. I thought, “I want to sound exactly that that.” Funny because I sound nothing like Sianspheric, but they were a major starting point into what The Telewire has become.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Albums are hard. But i can list you 5 bands that influenced me…

Sianspheric - In every way. I realize that I sound nothing like them, but when I first heard them, I was transfixed. I thought, whatever they’re doing, I want to do.

Cocteau Twins - Come on. They are the be all, end all. You couldn’t ask for a better band.

Jesus and Mary Chain - This is in no way insulting, but when i heard them i thought, “I could do that.” They are able to encapsulate a simple hook and make it into an amazing song.

Amusement Parks On Fire - When I first heard these guys, I was blown away. I wanted to sound as amazing as they did. Still do. If I could ever write a song as cool as Water From The Sun, I could die happy.

The keyboard player in me would be remiss if I didn’t mention Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, OMD, or The Cars. It seems funny to mention such non-shoegaze bands, but Greg Hawkes from The Cars made me the keyboard player I am today.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
This is an interesting question… Since it’s just me, I have struggled with what to do about playing live shows. Now, as a synth player, I have played a bunch of solo shows, but it was easier to fake it… people understand that a synth player is going to have programmed drums and stuff, but as a shoegaze band… that’s a whole different beast. You’re supposed to have a full band… drums, bass, another guitar player at least… but it’s just me. I do everything. Not much to look at on stage, you know? But recently, I’ve been thinking, “Screw that. I could pull it off.” I could play up the fact that it’s just me. Put up a 2 track reel-to-reel with all the drums and bass and just play the guitar and sing. Hell, with enough light show, people might not even notice.

Q. How do you describe The Telewire sounds?
The Telewire sounds like me. Simple. Driving. Melodic. Hard yet soft. As I said, I am a keyboard player who picked up guitar late… so my songs have a definite synth edge to them. But I honestly try to not have them be synth based songs. But of course, I can’t help it. I’m not the greatest lyricist, I don’t have a “message”. And I’ve always been the backing singer in other bands, so it’s not natural for me to bring the message of each song. That said, I am doing The Telewire because it’s the music that I want to hear - it’s the music that i hear in my head.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Hrm… I love these kind of questions…

With me, I tend to start with a guitar part. A few chords that strikes a certain feeling. Then I’ll add drums to it. Something simple at first… something that fits the melody and that i can play along with to write the rest of the song. Then, after I find something that feels good, I’ll add in a few more guitars, a bass part, and a simple synth part or two. After I get a solid foundation going, I’ll begin with a vocal melody. I always sing some nonsense that follows the melody, but I always sing nonsense words. But usually, a phrase or two will come out of that nonsense that will stick and those usually become the beginning of lyrics. From there, I just keep adding layers and parts until I come up with a song.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
It’s funny that you ask this… as I have done 2 covers of OMD songs already. I grew up listening to and loving Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark. So it was a natural thing to cover them right off the bat. Now, after doing two of their songs, I have thought about covering more songs by them as kind of a way to break out writer’s block. But, all joking aside, who wouldn’t want to hear a shoegaze version of Messages, or talking Loud And Clear? I’ve been tossing around the idea of doing a version Haunted When The Minutes Drag by Love And Rockets.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to keep making songs. To possibly come up with a live show. Produce more videos… Basically, just to keep going. The Telewire began as a way for me to make songs that I wanted to hear, and that basic concept hasn’t changed.

Q: Any parting words?
Without outlets such as Bandcamp and social media groups, guys like me would just be making unheard music in their bedrooms. I can’t thank outlets like you enough. You guys help market bands like me to such a broader audience. It’s amazing. And to all the listeners out there, a big thank you as well!


domingo, 9 de julho de 2017

June Sunshine with Hanford Reach - An Interview

Chris Sherman e Leah Cinnamon formam o duo Hanford Reach que surgiu após o término do Sky Picnic.

Com enfoque em texturas sônicas e melódicas, passeando por entre a psicodelia moderna e o dreampop, eles só neste 2017 já soltaram  dois singles sendo o mais recente "June Sunshine" a pouco menos de um mês e o ponto alto da discografia deles o EP "Canyons".

Um sopro doce com sabor de ácido, dosando leveza e acrescentando viagens gazers ao seu menu. A abertura de "Canyons" com a soberba "Shifting Patterns" e a sequência matadora de "Mutual Edge" fazem o Hanford Reach ser a solução para o patético estrelismo do Tame Impala.

O Hanford Reach é psicodelismo em doses perfeitas para uma viagem sem medo.

***** Interview with Hanford Reach *****

Q. When did Hanford Reach start? Tell us about the history...
Hanford Reach started late last summer after the dissolution of Sky Picnic (a band Leah and I were in previously). The vision at that time was to modernize and move away from a retro-psych sound. We started as a duo until we could flesh out the concept and get some songs written before bringing others into the creative process. In this setting though, we found we excelled and were able to get two EP’s recorded (along with another one written), as well as develop a sort of dream-pop/ shoegaze sound for the band. The process of incorporating new sounds and effects, allowing different influences to permeate, and just generally not overthinking anything was a welcome feeling and definitely lead to that momentum.

Q: Who are your influences?
As a band, we are definitely under the spell of modern psychedelia and 90’s shoegaze. Temples, Tame Impala, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Beach House, Dungen, and then classics like the Stone Roses, Lush, Radiohead, Ride. And we can’t forget the Police, which if you were to trace the lineage of our sound, it would probably start there.

From a guitar standpoint, there a few guys that have directly impacted how I am playing these days and what I bring to the songs. A tip of the hat must be given to Reine Fiske (for the melodic structure and scales) and Andy Summers (for the ethereal chords and tones).

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is a tough one, but as of now, let’s go with the following:

The Beatles- Magical Mystery Tour
The Police- Regatta de Blanc
Dungen- Ta Det Lugnt
Stone Roses- Stone Roses
Tame Impala- Innerspeaker

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is one of my favorite experiences. From the joy of crafting the perfect set list to the feeling of bringing those songs to life in front of an audience, it’s sort of what being a musician is all about.

As of now though, Hanford Reach has not yet played a gig as we are still trying to get the right drummer as well as a second guitarist/ synth player as we bring our songs to the stage. But I am counting down the days until we do start performing!

Q. How do you describe Hanford Reach sounds?
We’ve been describing it as psych-indelic shoegaze. It’s pretty bouncy and catchy, but has a driving, darker undercurrent.

The feedback from people and reviews thus far has been that it almost has a post-punk edge while being rooted in shoegaze. That sounds good too. That’s why it’s best to leave it to the experts.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Being just a duo for the creative process has been an interesting scenario. We’ve been setting up in our rehearsal space and trying out ideas, be it with me on either drums or guitar, and then building the songs from there. Once an arrangement is done, we demo it, critique it, and if it passes the test, have been doing a quick day or two at the studio to lay down the official version.

The studio sessions start with the rhythm tracks and then we just overdub and layer from there. I have my own “semi-professional” studio out of state that we head to, so we can kind of lay everything down at our own speed. I handle all the production, so I like to enter with a clear vision of how the songs need to sound just to make things a little easier and our time more productive. That of course doesn’t prevent me from agonizing over the mixes for months.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Right now, I can’t stop listening to the new Pond LP “The Weather”. While I was never a fan before, this album has blown me away and is easily a contender for my favorite of the year so far. The new Temples (“Volcano”) is sensational as well and falls under the title for best of 2017. As for Brooklyn bands, I love Parrot Dream and I think they have a record coming out later this year which I’m stoked for.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” without a doubt. I’m not sure what we would do to it, because it’s perfect as is, but I would love to try.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
First and foremost, it’s getting a live lineup together so we can gig this summer. We’ve been in a writing and recording cycle since last year, which is awesome, but we need to take Hanford Reach to the stage. At the same time, I also want to work on building up a little buzz behind the band as we get ready to release some more music. Longer term, it’s just to have fun, write and release some more awesome tunes, and play some of the best shows I have ever been part of around the Brooklyn scene.

The Canyons EP, which we put out earlier this year, was the first batch of stuff we recorded. The second set of songs will likely be out later this summer/fall, which I am beyond excited for. Hopefully listeners can hear the growth that has already taken place in this short period of time.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for the opportunity to do this interview. I’m a big fan of the blog, so this is an honor!