sexta-feira, 24 de novembro de 2017

Slow Wave with PVLSR - An Interview


Desde quando o Ride soltou sua obra prima, leia-se, Nowhere, já estava evidenciado a aproximação do shoegaze com o pós punk gélido e melancólico do The Cure, circa Disintegration, e desde então, as duas obras vem servindo de alicerce criativo para uma infinidade de bandas, exemplo destas influências são os mexicanos do PVLSR.

Com dois singles no currículo, os caras convertem suas referências óbvias em deleites melancolicamente guiados por guitarras sussurrantes, caso de "Slow Wave", mas não é tudo, o PVLSR ainda flerta com a tendência mais moderna e sonhadora do pós punk contemporâneo, escute "Black and White" e perceba uma conexão com os russos do Motorama.

O PVLSR é umma banda ainda em busca de suas verdades, mas, que, pelos primeiros passos, nos deixa bem ansiosos pelos próximos.


***** Interview with PVLSR *****


Q. When did PVLSR start? Tell us about the history...
A. PVLSR started in 2013 in Leon, Mexico, with the brothers Humberto and Benny. Humberto on vocals and guitar, Benny on guitar, then Amadeus on bass and currently Manzana on drums. We had difficulties with the drummers, we hate them, haha, but we love Manzana, it's a blessing.
Decided not to play "covers" we started to create our own songs, originally they were only instrumental and in 2016 we formalized the band, Humberto composed the lyrics and recorded our first demo called "Hold me" in September of that same year, we uploaded it to SoundCloud and liked the local people.

We dedicate ourselves to perfecting the songs and we debuted in January of 2017 in Guanajuato a city close to ours, we had afterwards several presentations in other nearby cities and in ours from January to June.

In July we decided to record our first EP titled "Desolation" which will include 7 tracks including "Black and white" that we just released this September 30 and a remake of our demo "Hold me". We plan to release the EP in early 2018.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Well, we are all influenced by bands of post-punk, shoegaze, dream pop and garage like: Beach Fossils, Beach House, The Cure, Motorama, Soviet Soviet, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, Jaded Juice Riders, Blank Dogs. I think these bands are our biggest influence, we admire their work a lot. Although we also listen to and are inspired by the classic post-punk and dream pop bands like The Smiths, Jesus and Mary Chain.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time ...
A. The order does not matter, but for us they would be these:
1- In Rainbows - Radiohead
2- Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
3- Girlflight - Jaded Juice Riders
4- Alps - Motorama
5- Total Life Forever - Foals

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. To play live is our best experiences, the feeling of freedom, interaction with people, see how they enjoy what we do is undoubtedly the best of live play.

Always nervous, always thinking and hoping to give the best of us up on stage every show.
It is one of the greatest pleasures to do what you like, and the public enjoy it.

We always end up exhausted by moving on the stage, jumping, dancing, pulling, going down with the audience, chanting our songs is somewhat exhausting because we certainly do it with a lot of energy, with all our strength, we always end up drenched in sweat, with our arms and legs tired and throat, sometimes breaking the strings of the guitar and on one occasion breaking the guitar, and seeing how people respond to your energy motivates you to give more and more and at the end of the show and people applaud, excited, is the best thing that can happen to you. That feels to play live.


Q. how do you described pvlsr sounds?
A. Much reverb, energy and melancholy. We like clean guitar sound, we love the sound of excessive reverb, the sound of the chorus, rhythms faster than make you move and dance and we combine that to create our own sound, our identity.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A. The truth, it's hard, we know as it sounds in our mind, but explain producer as we want to sound that's what complicated: "put more reverb", "a little less to the battery", "a little less to the voice", "put more to the other guitar", are some things that tell him. It is also a little slow because we don't you can go all the same day to studio, so one day we recorded bass, guitar and battery, and other day voice and the other guitar. Sometimes we do not like as is some line and we return to record it again. Hear ourselves there in the studio always we fill of new ideas, and is the process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. Okay, Clan de Venus, DUVVII, San Charbel, PVLSR haha. Should listen them.

Q. Which band would you love to made to cover version of?
A. Alison - Slowdive, no doubt.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
A. Able to carry our music to different parts of the world, record new material and find happiness.

Q. Any parting words?
A. Thank you, don't forget us...
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https://www.facebook.com/PVLSR/
https://pvlsr.bandcamp.com

quinta-feira, 23 de novembro de 2017

The Motion of the Ocean with Wrip - An Interview


Em alguns momentos, tudo que se precisa, é estar a beira do amor, sentindo aquela brisa, e ouvindo algo simples, sem extremos, algo que te embarque na vibe, uma música dançante, cantarolável, harmônica, sonhadora, enfim, um belo indie surf pop cairia como uma luva não?

Pois se para este verão estava faltando a trilha perfeita, você acabou de encontra-la neste exato momento: "The Motion of the Ocean" debute dos garotos da Califórnia, de onde mais, Wrip.

Se o Lúcio Ribeiro ouvir esses meninos, vai traze-los pro Brasil como a mais nova celebridade indie do momento, e eu digo a você, não seria nada mal, porque se todo indie fosse como o Wrip, tudo ficaria melhor.

Bom verão com o Wrip.

***** Interview with Wrip *****


Q. When did Wrip start? Tell us about the history...
1.) Wrip started back in December of 2016. Originally it was an idea Hendrik and Cole had; to just bang out a few songs with Reise’s help because he knew how to record. That resulting in them literally being up all night putting together four songs in a bedroom that later became our demo “Easy Swimmers.” Reise, Hendrik, and Cole toyed around with name ideas and eventually came up with Wrip (which honestly doesn’t have a solid meaning behind it, just sounded cool). Once they really listened back on what we ended up with, they thought that it’d be a good idea to bring in other members and make it a full band. That is where Danny and Jonny then stepped into the picture. Immediately after we all had our first practice two days later we quickly developed a synergy that made it all the more easier and ultimately an experience we will all hold close. From then we all played our first show in Santa Cruz at what was formally Cafe Pergs (RIP) and a few more following. Later we began sending each other song ideas for what was our next step, an LP. Once everyone was able to come together, we took advantage of our summer breaks from College to put together 11 songs that turned into “The Motion of the Ocean.”

Q: Who are your influences?
2.) We all have a bunch of influences that range from a lot of difference genres. For Wrip’s sound though, our influences include:
- Porches
- Turnover
- The Beach Boys
- The Cure
- My Bloody Valentine
- Diiv
- Lots of other bands that fall into those categories (we listen to a lot of music).

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3.) That’s a tough one, our top 5 (in no specific order) would have to be:
- Green Day - “Insomnia”
- Bob Iver - “For Emma, Forever Ago”
- Fall Out Boy - “Take This To Your Grave”
- Rage Against The Machine - “Evil Empire”
- Nirvana - “Nevermind”

We’ll probably rethink this later.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4.) Playing live is a great feeling especially when we’ve worked really hard practicing beforehand. Seeing people really liking how we sound and responding to it is something we love to experience every time we play.

Q. How do you describe Wrip sounds?
5.) Wrip sounds like someone took a beach ball and brought it to life, some days at the beach are overcast and some are bright and sunny. We sound like a pop band due to our sounds of the 808’s but also sound ambient and melodic at times. In other words, just straight up surfpop.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6.) Recording is done by Reise because he has the equipment and experience. For the most part we just stick ourselves in someone’s bedroom until we finish a song and feel satisfied with it. We stick to bedrooms because we don’t have an existing budget for studio time.

Like recording, writing also involved a free house and an entire night. We usually stay up as a group and throw around ideas that we all agree to build upon.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
8.) Listen to our homies from Fringe, Strange Tides, Westpoint, and Get Married!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
9.) There are a lot. We almost became a cover band due to all of us wanting to cover a song we all love. A few we have done so far are:
- The Beach Boys - “Surfin’ USA”
- Joy Division - “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
- Happy Diving - “Head Spell”
- Weezer - “Undone (Sweater Song)”
- OutKast - “Hey Ya”

Q: What are your plans for the future?
10.) As of right now we’re just celebrating our first LP release and playing as many shows as we can and are gearing up to do our first tour in January with a band called “Get Married.” Later on we’ll be coming together to figure out some new songs.

Q: Any parting words?
11.) Thank you to you and your blog for the support, we really appreciate it. Also we would like to thank our friends, family, girlfriends, and bands that have supported us from the start. Make sure to check us out on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, and all that jazz. Get a shirt, get a tape, and have yourself a great day!
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https://wrip.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pg/wripdudes

quarta-feira, 22 de novembro de 2017

Randomness and Order with Tradecraft - An Interview


Sonhos sonoros, também conhecidos como dreampop, é, a meu ver, um dos subgêneros mais complicados de se caminhar, pois, a linha tênue entre o elegante, sofisticado e belo, pode facilmente desandar completamente tornando-se piegas e fútil.

É exatamente nesta delicada linha, que o quarteto filipino, Tradecraft tece suas canções, e o debute deles, o EP "Randomness and Other, lançado no mês passado, oferta aos indies, o lado elegante, com sutis inserções de um certo pós punk pop, algo como o The Cure, pós a trilogia desesperadora, aliado a ícones do dreampop contemporâneo como Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, entre outros, com isso o suave dreampop do Tradecraft ganha em brilho e movimento, saindo assim, do meio comum.

Uma trilha sonora perfeita para aquele encontro a dois, deixando o Tradecraft de fundo, e o resto é contigo. 

***** Interview with Tradecraft *****

Q. When did Tradecraft start? Tell us about the history...
We started as Tradecraft in late 2013 but before our band name was finally established, our members had other bands that played different genres. Though both the lead guitars and rhythm/vocals have been playing together since 2007, it was only in 2012 that the two played the same genre as Tradecraft but had different band members back then. The band finalized the lineup in 2013 and the same members continue to play together until today.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our Musical Influences vary from bands which belong to the indie, post-punk, new wave, shoegaze, and alternative rock genres. Bands like Minus the Bear, Bloc Party, The Cure, Slowdive, Radiohead, and The Doors to name a few.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Haha this is difficult, this list will be much longer if we could choose more than five albums.
But for only five albums, here it is...

1. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
2. Minus the Bear - Menos el Oso
3. Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
4. Radiohead - Kid A
5. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

Q. How do you feel playing live?
During our live performances we like to play loud. We have a mix of emotions we usually deal with especially euphoria, thrill, trance, and anxiety.

Q. How do you describe Tradecraft sounds?
We would like to think that the band's sound can be best described as a modern take on the 80's new wave, with the upbeat feels of the post-punk and post-punk revival era and a bit of shoegaze.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Like what most bands do, we start from scratch through our recorded raw sound to the mixing and mastering of the tracks. First, guitar sounds from clean to effected samples. The vocals are all recorded using a desktop PC software - a recording interface for the guitars and a cardioid USB mic for the vocals. The drum tracks follow, which are recorded in a studio. And lastly, the bass tracks are recorded using the same recording interface and software. After all the raw tracks, mixing and mastering then follow as the final process. We recorded everything except for the drum tracks at home.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Beast Jesus, Tramonto, We Ride Dynamite and Sound Architects to mention a list of bands we are familiar of.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We would love to make a cover version of any songs by The Cure as their sound definitely depicts one of our core influences as a band.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
As for future plans, we'd like to play live more often and overseas perhaps if given the chance. We want to write more songs and generate new sounds and ideas from the writing process. For now, we are hoping to have a physical release of our EP with an artistic value to it to make it more unique and pleasant to own. That way, we can share and promote our music in more events and performances.

Q: Any parting words?
Let's just continue to appreciate and listen to music as time helps evolve our taste for our musical preferences. We too can make a big difference in each others' lives. As they say, "for the love of music".

Thank you, Renato, for this interview. It is our pleasure.
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https://tradecraft.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/pg/tradecraft082

terça-feira, 21 de novembro de 2017

Slow Dunes with Wind Mile - Interview and Premiere


Um sopro refrescante de leveza pairando entre sonhos, mas com tonalidades cinzentas, assim é "Slow Dunes" novo single do duo Wind Mile.

Antonin e Marie evocam beleza e leveza suavizando os tempos caóticos do nosso cotidiano, e "Slow Dunes" é daquelas canções pop perfeitas, para serem degustadas ininterruptamente.

A mente e o coração agracedem.

***** Interview with Wind Mile *****


Q. When did Wind Mile start? Tell us about the history...
Antonin : It started when I composed my first 30-second tunes 4 years ago I guess. And since then, it is somehow shaped by all the musicians I met, one in particular, Marie, with whom I built up the project. We started playing together in September 2015, when we moved to Lille. Again, we met wonderful musicians, and the tunes kept evolving.

Marie : That is when the adventure took a new turn. We extended the compositions together and created others. The tracks were waiting for voices and lyrics, and I was glad to bring some feminin vibes to the project.

Antonin : It took us approximately a year to make full songs. The line-up changed many times, but today we are only the two of us on stage, playing the tracks we composed.

Q: Who are your influences?
Marie : The project in itself is full of influences mainly from alternative music, as indie-rock and dream-pop. But the artists I find particularly inspiring are for example RY X, Sigur Ròs, Beach House... and in terms of voice, I would say Julia Stone, Aurora, or Daughter.

Antonin : First, the bands my parents used to listen to : The Cure, Placebo, Interpol, The Wedding Present, Arcade Fire, Wu Lyf… And then, a hometown band, the Concrete Knives, which introduced indie music to me. Lately, I extended a lot the genres I listen to, and went into bossa nova, ambient, jazz… But I guess it doesn’t reflect on what we do yet. However, it’s tough to know what shapes the music you make among what shapes who you are.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Antonin : Well, let’s say 5 of the most reminded albums in my past life for now :
Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
Beach Fossils - Beach Fossils
Bob Marley - Legend
DIIV - Oshin

Marie :
That's not an easy one, but I would go for :
Elliott Smith – Either/Or
Ben Harper – Live From Mars
RY X – Dawn
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
Agnes Obel - Aventine

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Marie : It is always a mixture of apprehension and euphoria, but I guess the second wins. I mean, I really love playing live because it's so rewarding to share our music with people, to get their impressions and feelings, but we don't really compose primarily thinking about how it will be in live, the most important for me is being sincere. But then you expose yourself and this sincerity in front of people, and this is not an easy task, because it's not only your music they're listening to, it's feelings, memories, weaknesses, that you share with them.



Q. How do you describe Wind Mile sounds?
Marie : Hard question. Especially since each has its singularity which prevents us to make a general description that would suit each of them. Some are tinted of melancholia and cold waves, when others are warmer and summer related. But people agree to say that it is airy and bright. We believe that is relevant.

Antonin : I try to make instrumentals to listen to while drifting in a rowboat under the sun.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Antonin : We keep it homemade : we recorded and mixed our first tune ourselves. The main reason is that I am not the clearest when it comes to the sound I think about, so I prefer spending more time on it and mixing it myself. I am eager to learn from others as I am making a lot of mistakes during the process, for Slow Dunes I worked with other people to get more feedback.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Antonin : Let’s name a few : Lately, I discovered a dream-pop rapper called Jimi Somewhere. Pretty cool feelings. There are also a passionate artist that makes shoegaze, Pastel Coast, who is also in the same music collective as us called Noord Sfeer Records, and an electronic music artist from my hometown in France, Caen, named Superpoze. They both make beautiful tunes that awake more senses than earing.

Marie : Since Pastel Coast has already been taken, I'd say.. Modern Pleasure, and CHAMPS !

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Antonin : From way back I think about covering an old hip-hop instrumental. We played Still D.R.E’s one with my first music friends three years ago after discovering alt-J’s cover of it, and it was very cool to express ourselves on a track that wasn’t ours at the beginning.

Marie : Actually it's been awhile we are talking about it. We have not decided yet which band it would be but I'd really love making a new version of a vintage song, or from something really far from our music.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Marie : We moved in Norway not so long ago. Travelling is always very inspiring, that's when we find new ideas. So we thought : why not living abroad for a while ? We both had the opportunity to leave, so we took it.

Antonin : We are working on adapting our live set, from 5 real musicians to Marie and I. We are also composing new songs and want to enhance our live playing here. In the long term, I want to do more and more music.

Q: Any parting words?
Antonin : Thanks for the interview and your work Renato. And... disorder is out of tune, isn’t it ?
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Facebook : facebook.com/wind.mile/
Twitter : twitter.com/wind_mile
Instagram : instagram.com/wind.mile/
Bandcamp : www.wind-mile.bandcamp.com/
Youtube : youtube.com/channel/UC9Bk48tSQn…wkOrox0nJSMA/videos

Chasing The Sun with Lost Echoes - An Interview


Entre delirantes atmosferas e paisagens espaciais, "Chasing The Sun", o debute do trio de Oregon em Portland, Lost Echoes, veio ao mundo com o intuito de fortalecer o derretimento dos aficionados em shoegaze e psicodelismos densos.

Com fortes doses de experimentos fluindo de pedais e demais efeitos, o Lost Echoes, segue a linhagem de bandas como MBV, Jessamine entre outros mestres.

Obrigatoriamente o "Chasing The Sun" deve ser escutado alto e em fones de ouvido para melhor captar toda sua essência.

***** Interview with Lost Echoes *****


Q. When did Lost Echoes start? Tell us about the history...
Lost Echoes began writing songs in late 2016. We were birthed with the idea of a return to our early 90’s roots of guitar based psychedelic shoegaze. Now, as more experienced musicians, the focus is on what excites us the most - good songwriting. The hazy sounds that blanket each song follow easily this time around. Since we have all collaborated together for years prior in the electronic music scene, primarily in the realm of dark underground Techno, Lost Echoes would also embrace synthesizers, drum machines, sampling and remixing as a part of the style and sound.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our influences are vast. They span decades of music that we have absorbed through life. We can easily say that it starts with 60’s psyche & garage rock and moves through 70’s krautrock and classic rock, 80’s goth and synth pop and into the 90’s shoegaze movement. But it doesn’t stop there. Ambient, IDM, Techno and especially the current revival of the shoegaze sound are also very influential to Lost Echoes.

Some favorite bands are obvious - Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure. But, with a deeper listen you might sense a love for Seefeel, Boards of Canada, Bowery Electric, Nirvana, Bauhaus, Kraftwerk, Joy Division, Swervedriver, Echo & the Bunnymen, Depeche Mode. Some heavier influences would be ISIS, Cult of Luna, and Caspian.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. Slowdive - Souvlaki
2. Seefeel - Quique
3. The Cure - Pornography
4. Whirr - Sway
5. The Church - Starfish

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is exhilarating! There is something special when the energy and vision of several people blend together to make something happen live. It is sometimes an emotional experience as it happens. So very different than making music with machines and computers. It is something special. A moment in time. That sound and feeling of guitar tones bathed in reverb and delay bouncing out of multiple amplifies and speakers placed around the room. This is what made us want to come back to playing live together as a band.

Q. How do you describe Lost Echoes sounds?
Lost Echoes is spaced out, drenched in reverb but simple at the core. The wall of sound is what we are about. The goal is to bury this in our recorded versions but live there is a different approach. Our live sound is loud, fuzzed out and hazy. This gives our songs about love, loss, time and hope for the future a stronger sonic emotional context as you are enveloped in the sound.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We have all individually been engineers and producers since the 90’s. I’ve worked as a mixing and mastering engineer, professionally, since a young age. This makes the initial recording process fairly quick for the most part. We will often have several versions of the mixdown trying to find the right balance. We tend to use large diaphragm condenser microphones run through Apogee mic pre’s and A/D converters. There is the occasional use of Urei 1176 compression in that path. The recording platform is Pro Tools with a plethora of plugins for processing during the mix.

The stems are shared among us for remixing, which occurs with the use of Ableton Live, Electron Octatrak, Novation Circuti aand a good bit of other hardware including a Modular Synth setup.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Stargazer Lilies, New Fumes, Cheatahs, Marker, Belong, Vaniish, Houses of Heaven, Dead Leaf Echo, Visiting Diplomats, Deafcult, Sun Colony, Firefriend, Vibrasae, A Place to Bury Strangers, 93milionmilesfromthesun, Blankenberge, Black Nite Crash are a few current favorites.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A super spaced out version of Soundgarden -4th of July is on our list.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have finished an album and are working through details for release on all digital platforms and vinyl. Playing this material out live is to follow. Writing and recording is a constant thing for us currently, as the inspiration is very high. There is so much great music happening right now - it keeps the creative energy always flowing.

Q: Any parting words? Thanks again and talk soon
It is a really exciting time to be involved in the Shoegaze scene. We have so many more outlets these days. The internet is an amazing thing. We have purveyors such as The Blog That Celebrates Itself and DKFM that helps to push all the new artist’s music out and it keeps the scene so vibrant. It has brought the far corners of the world’s music scene together. Thank you for that!!!
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https://soundcloud.com/echoes-pdx
https://www.facebook.com/lostechoesmusic/

segunda-feira, 20 de novembro de 2017

Life Inside a Vacuum by Routine Death - Video Premiere


"Life Inside A Vacuum", primeiro single do duo Routine Death, onde seus dois integrantes vivem há 7000 milhas de distância, um em Gothenburg na Suécia e a outra metade em Austin, Texas, é segundo eles: "inspirado pelo sentimento de estar constantemente em movimento, mas que nunca realmente vai a lugar algum, como andar em uma caminhada lateral em constante mudança".



Um pós punk bruto, sem lapidações, cinzento e denso, sem a menor existência de luz. Um belo e instigante aperitivo para ”Parallel Universes” o debute deles que virá ao mundo no ano que vem.

domingo, 19 de novembro de 2017

Secrets of the Maze with Endless Sleeper - An Interview


E a Russia novamente estampa as páginas do TBTCI, desta vez representada pelo trio Endless Sleeper.

Tudo começou a pouco mais de um ano, quando a Amina, esposa do guitarrista e vocalista Sergey decidiu começar a tocar bateria, e se juntaram ao amigo de longa data Vladimir, e começaram por puta diversão seus ensaios nas garagens da cidade natal deles, Krasnodar.

E assim um EP, homônimo lançado ano passado e o mais recente single, "Secrets of the Maze" são os cartões de visita deles. Sonoramente eles passeiam por entre o indie rock sonhador com guitarras acentuadas principalmente na saborosa "Mistery Chain".

Que venham os próximos passos do Endless Sleeper, estaremos atentos com olhos e ouvidos no aguardo.

***** Interview with Endless Sleeper *****


Q. When did Endless Sleeper start? Tell us about the history...
[V] To start over with, endless sleeper is some kind of music family. Amina (drums) and Sergey (guitar/vocals) are married to each other and I am their friend. Sergey and me are playing together in a lot of other bands from metal to esoteric-punk. Meanwhile, Amina was a photographer until the last year when she decided to play drums. All has started from simple jams in our garage and got together pretty quickly, and since then we're doing songs about dreams and memory vibes and we're having a great fun.

Q: Who are your influences?
[V] My own influences in bass are grunge and metal bands, and I'm pretty concerned that in order to play in some genre you have to study 10 others. It's just the way it is, for example there was no punk-rock before it was made by someone who heard only other music and decided to create something new. Anyone who created something new and beautiful had to master all the previous knowledge.

[S] Universe, traveling, time, dreams.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
[V] Nirvana – Bleach
Black Flag – Slip It In
Converge – Jane Doe
Primus – Sailing In The Seas Of Cheese
Slayer – Reign In Blood

[S] Blueline Medic – Text Bomb
dEUS - The Ideal Crash
Sparta – Trees
Mars Volta – De Loused In The Comatorium
Standstill – Adelante Bonaparte

[A] Thrice – Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Sidewave – Glass Giant
My Vitriol – Fine Lines
Мои Ракеты Вверх – Nuclear Weapon Mushroom Potato Chips
Failure – Fantastic Planet

Q. How do you feel playing live?
[V] It's the most appreciated thing in my life and I love it. Never felt more confident anywhere than on stage.

[S] For me it's a big challenge everytime and also a signinficant part of creative process.

[A] I haven't played on stage yet and I got drumsticks falling from my hands%)

Q. How do you describe Endless Sleeper sounds?
Distorted bass, space guitars and monolith drums. It all comes up as a thick music substance.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
[S] Our friend Sasha from Barracuda Records is helping us with all the recording stuff. We've done our first EP live, in our garage, but we decided to go other way with our upcoming release "Deep Wave" where we're recording instruments track by track. It all comes up simple: we're bringing mixer, computer, sound card, mics and good mood. Yes, we're getting nervous sometimes but most of the time we're happy with all the magic we have.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
[A] The Wytches, Newmoon, Pale Honey, Panda Riot

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
[V] The Life And Times – Day Nine

[A] Dasher – We Know So

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To play music, create and record new tracks, shoot videos and tour. Have fun!

Q: Any parting words?
Believe in miracles an yourself. And travel more!
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https://www.facebook.com/endlesssleeperband/
https://endlesssleeper.bandcamp.com/

Idolatry with Corrections - An Interview


Ao levantar nesta cinzenta manhã de domingo, a primeira vontade do dia foi fazer um café e escutar imediatamente algo que venho ciclicamente ouvindo.

Desde que o amigo Richard Farnell do predileto da casa, The Suncharms, me introduziu a "Idolatry" primeiro trabalho do australiano Corrections, tenho entrado mais a fundo no álbum.

Uma intensa fusão entre For Against, Field Mice entre outras referências, ou seja, um pós punk melódico com estruturas densas mas que soa deliciosamente sedutor.

Uma grande pena que poucos irão se embrenhar em conhecer essa pérola chamada Corrections, talvez quando o fizerem seja tarde demais.

***** Interview with Corrections *****


Q. When did Corrections start? Tell us about the history...
Corrections started about five years ago. I was recording tracks bi-monthly at my parent's place, attempting to imitate My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins. These tracks have since been deleted from SoundCloud. I'm glad I recorded them, but they were ultimately noise experiments with a drum machine, and very little structure.

Since then I've been teaching English and recording music in my spare time. Idolatry took two months to record, mix and master.

Q: Who are your influences?
During high school, I was listening to a lot of Joy Division and Interpol, mainly due Peter Hook and Carlos D respectively who were both huge influences for my bass playing. During university, I got into The Sound and The Chameleons for the atmospherics and angst-laden lyrics. There was a jazz and hip-hip phase in there somewhere.

Recently, I've been finding a lot of inspiration in John Maus and Ariel Pink and the way they approach making music and crafting an aesthetic.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
In no particular order (with a heavy post-punk bias):

1. The Horrors - Primary Colours
2. Wire - 154
3. Duran Duran - Rio
4. Interpol - Antics
5. Tamaryn - Tender New Signs

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Funnily enough, none of the tracks from Idolatry have been performed live. I plan to form a group when I arrive in the UK next year and translate Idolatry into a live setting.

Q. How would you describe Corrections sounds?
I've dubbed Corrections 'post-dream pop' because I’ve borrowed elements of post-punk and dream pop. But the album is so much more than the way it sounds.

I'd describe Idolatry as the sound of one person, in isolation, attempting to make sense of where they are in their lives. It sounds washed out, dreamy, and often strained, which is how I was feeling when I made it. I spend a lot of time staring out the window, and dreaming of another world.

It's always difficult to describe the music you are making, as you're completely in control of how everything sounds. I prefer the listener to decide for themselves. Sonically, the album reflects isolation, and romantic notions of love which have plagued me for the last six years.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Recording Idolatry was all-consuming. 'This Week' was the first track recorded, inspired by the Beach Fossils song, 'This Year'. After that, I spent every evening after work recording and mixing tracks. 'Coasting' was recorded in a single night, as was 'Shout', while 'Underground City' and 'Moving Through' took a bit longer. The other tracks were recorded in a similar fashion – quickly and efficiently.

If I wasn't pleased with the way a track was sounding, I'd scrap it and start over. I spent the bulk of the time re-listening to tracks and re-recording instrumental/vocal parts. I wanted Idolatry to flow like my favourite albums do. There were many discussions with my friend Lachie about where tracks should go, and whether they 'worked' or not. The album flows because of his input. I’m grateful for that.

On the other hand, all I thought about during August and September of this year was making music. It was a bit crazy because I was starting to lose focus at work and plan out tracks in my head. Turns out pouring 4-8 hours into music after work and forgetting to eat is exhausting and unsustainable as a lifestyle.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
AUTOBAHN and Nite Fields on felte are on high rotation for me at the moment. Excellent post-punk music with industrial and shoegaze influences alike, whilst remaining unique. I'd also highly recommend A. Savage, the Parquet Courts side project.

Q: Which bands would you love to cover?
Mainly under-appreciated bands from the eighties. I'd love to cover some For Against or Christian Death tracks when I get a band together. Then again, I'd also love to cover some jangle-pop era R.E.M. or a forgotten pop gem.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Recording a second album by the end of next year that is a little more varied and accessible than Idolatry. Then touring Europe and getting a bit of a following.

Q: Any parting words?
Special thanks to Renato for the interview. It’s always a pleasure for someone to contact you about your music.

Checkout Idolatry on Spotify. At 30 minutes in length, it'll make your (evening)!
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https://corrections.bandcamp.com/

sexta-feira, 17 de novembro de 2017

Spacegaze with Vast Asteroid - An Interview


Estava eu aguardando ansiosamente o dia 17 de Novembro, pelo simples fato de saber que viria ao mundo o debute do trio de Los Angeles, Vast Asteroid.

Por conexões, eu já venho saboreado o álbum homônimo há algum tempo, e desde então, o sabor lisérgico do shoegaze deles, tem derretido cotidianamente minha mente.

Não a toa a última canção do álbum, serve para exemplificar a sonoridade deles, "Spacegaze", seria o termo mais cabível, mas ainda vale incorporar a tudo isso o uso do adjetivo, épico.

Um discaço para ouvir alto em todos os sentidos. Boa viagem com o Vast Asteroid.

***** Interview with Vast Asteroid *****


Q. When did Vast Asteroid start? Tell us about the history...
James: Mark used to play in a band with Mimi. Then he started playing music with me. Then he was playing with Slaughter and the Dogs in Japan. He came back and posted some pics, which Mimi noticed because she's from Japan, and asked if, by the way, Mark knew any shoegaze-type bands looking for a bassist... which we needed at that exact moment. A couple jams later, the band was born.

Mark: Yes, James and I have been playing music together in various configurations for over a decade, and Mimi and I used to be in a band called Rayon a few years ago, and she joined us in mid-2016. The years of playing together makes it much easier to write and play music where we don't have to talk about things too much, and the vibe happens naturally and organically. It's been such a true pleasure to make this album.

Q: Who are your influences?
James: At this point, musically, I could probably sum everything up with Billy Corgan.

Mark: Sonically for this band, early albums from The Verve, Failure and Queens Of The Stone Age, were big influences. Personally for drumming, Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), Jon Theodore (QOTSA), Kellii Scott (Failure), and Keith Moon & John Bonham & Ringo...

Mimi: Smashing Pumpkins, and Sean Yseult, bassist from White Zombie.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
James: This gets harder every year. And changes. Here's one for each of the past 5 decades:

David Bowie - "Aladdin Sane"
Queen - "The Game"
Marilyn Manson - "Mechanical Animals"
The Killers - "Hot Fuss"
Queens of the Stone Age - "...Like Clockwork"

Mark:
The Verve - "A Northern Soul"
My Bloody Valentine - "Loveless"
Failure - "Fantastic Planet"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Gish"
Guided By Voices - "Human Amusements At Hourly Rates"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
James: It's a journey through time at wildly different speeds. Sometimes time even stands still. It's mystical.

Mark: We realize that the sum of us together is greater than the parts separately... We all have a bit of a musical telepathic link that does not require much talking, which is rare and awesome, and really comes to the fore when we play our music live.

Q. How do you describe Vast Asteroid sounds?
SPACEGAZE... space rock meets shoegaze. Imagine the dreamy, layered, loud British bands of yore get lost in the high desert of Southern California.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
James: I show up at rehearsal with some songs. We feel our way around. In addition to being a rhythm section Mark and Mimi are brilliant arrangers. So they take the vibes of the songs in brilliant new directions and that's what we then record live in studio for our basic tracks. Then it's back to me to layer guitars and vocals and the occasional three-note keyboard bit.

Mark: A brief writing and rehearsal period in the Highland Park neighborhood of L.A. quickly led to a recording session that was tracked during a beautiful and torrential rain and wind storm on a magical week last winter at the legendary Rancho de la Luna studios in Joshua Tree, CA. The boards were manned by Producer/Engineer Andy Freeman, and Engineer Johnnie Burik. Good vibes provided by host extraordinaire and co-conspirator Dave Catching of Eagles Of Death Metal, whose guitar magic can be heard on the final epic track called “Spacegaze”, which was a late-night, totally improvised jam that we were lucky to capture on tape, and is presented on the album with no overdubs...

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
James: Listening right now to Alvvays, Middle Kids, and Everything Everything -- not brand new but just catching on in the New World.

Mark: Yes, I was also going to say those three bands, plus Cloud Nothings and Land of Talk.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
It's a mystery. Sometimes I write a song and realize it's already some other song. Maybe eventually I'll love one of those enough to just try covering the song.

Mark: Mimi is not a big fan of doing cover songs, but I wouldn't mind tackling something off of Failure's "Fantastic Planet"...

Q: What are your plans for the future?
James: Right now the future is all about sharing these songs with the kind of people who love these kind of songs... whether they know it yet or now.

Mark: Releasing our self-titled LP on November 17th and celebrating with a release show in Los Angeles, with more regional dates to follow...We'd obviously love to play in Brazil and all over the world, if possible!

Q: Any parting words?
James: Please rock hard.

Mark: Live in the moment and spend less time on your phone. Love more, hate less. Listen to music LOUDLY!
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https://vastasteroid.bandcamp.com/album/vast-asteroid
https://www.facebook.com/vastasteroid/

Something Pale with Dopedrone - An Interview


Esplêndido, soberbo, hipnótico, delirante, são alguns dos possíveis adjetivos que possam vir a ilustrar "Something Pale", o mais recente álbum do projeto norueguês, Dopedrone.

Na realidade, o Dopedrone é fruto da mente de Martin Anderson, e concentra-se apenas no formato estúdio, não existe, pelo menos até o presente momento, a possibilidade das viagens paradisíacas que Martin criou se estenderem para os palcos.

Uma odisseia em ondas gazers, que se aproximam muito do que o Slowdive era no início, mais precisamente em atos como "Avalyn", "She Calls" e "Morningrise", não a toa, foi após Martin presenciar o Slowdive lá no distante 1994, que o rapaz sofreu o impacto fulminante.

Obviamente que existem conexões particularmente intensas com o lado mais climático e denso do The Cure, conexão esta inserida na integra na pequena preciosidade chamada "Something Pale".

Para ouvir com as luzes apagadas, sozinho, apenas acompanhado de seu bebida ou psicotrópico favorito. Dopedrone é música para ser sentida, muita mais do que ser ouvida.

Acima.

***** Interview with Dopedrone *****



Q: When did Dopedrone start? Tell us about the history...
A: It's a long story that goes back to the 90's, when I played drums in various bands doing death metal, grunge and stoner rock. A Slowdive concert in Oslo '94 had a huge impact on me, and their sound has been an influence ever since. I was later also heavily into genres as doom, drone, sludge, prog-rock, post-rock, 60's psychedelia, noise, ambient, electronica and god knows what else. I began pondering how it would be to create a kind of fusion between heavy downtuned guitars/drones and brighter shoegaze type melodies and sound, but without it necessarily sounding like metal. I remember telling a friend about my idea, and she said it would'nt work. I decided to go for my vision :).

I started Dopedrone in about year 2000, when I got my first PC. Because I did'nt have many instruments at the time, everything I made was done using an acoustic guitar, a mic, software synths and samples. The years passed by and in 2009 I was approached by Paralucid netlabel, and my first album "Contact Book" was released on archives.org for free. In 2010 I reased an ep "Inner Sanctuum" and the lp "Apokalupsis Eschaton", also on archives.org. Then I got busy in the band I play drums in called Yeti Island, while also working on a collaboration project with Jarek Leskiewizc from Naked on My Own and Opollo. This project later formed into the name Sunset Wrecks, which is still going strong to this day. With alot of work to do it would take some years before the next Dopedrone album was released in 2017. Sorry, I went a bit beyond the question hehe...

Q: Who are your influences?
A: My influences are too many to mention if I was to name all of them, but some of them are Slowdive, MBV, Motorpsycho, The Cure, King Crimson, Kyuss, Jesu. However I'm not trying to sound like any particular influence, and hopefully I have developed my own sound.

Q: Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: Thats a tough one, but I'll try

1. The Aloof - Seeking Pleasure
2. Motorpsycho - Demon Box
3. The Cure - Disintegration
4. Slowdive - Souvlaki
5. Kyuss - ...And The Circus Leaves Town

Q: How do you feel playing live?
A: Dopedrone is a pure studio project, and would be too complicated to do live. I do play live with Yeti Island tho, and I love doing it.

Q. How do you describe Dopedrone sounds?
A: The Dopedrone sounds are drenched in effects as echo, reverb and chorus on one side, and then you have the deep crunchy basses and guitars on the other side. I like to create textures and ambiences, and I use a lot of modulation to get "movement" in the sounds. The sounds can be quite raw and nasty aswell as lush and soft. Over the years I have also expanded my palette with analog synths and built a modular synth setup.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: I usually start out with recording a guitar melody, synthloop, ambient texture or a beat and work out the ideas from that. There is a lot of improvisation involved. Piece by piece I patch together parts til I have something I feel works. It's the way I have always done it. I tend to not follow any "rules" about how to shape a traditional song structure. Because this is a studio project I have no limits of how many tracks I use. The mixing process can get quite challenging with 40-50 tracks running.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: I don't get much time to check out new bands, but I try. Spotify discover, blogs (like this one) and FB groups are my friends here :). I can't recall what new bands I have discovered lately, but the last album I enjoyed was Godflesh - "A World Lit Only by Fire",heavier than ever, altho absolutely not a new band.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A: I have done a few covers in the past such as Slowdives "40 Days" and Johnny Cash's version of "Hurt", but they have not been released. Slowdive songs will always be on the list of covers I'd like to do more of, even if it's been done by many allready.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: My plans now are continueing work on new Sunset Wrecks material, and Yeti Island will be recording a new album soon. Dopedrone will have a little rest, but will be back later with new material for sure.

Q: Any parting words?
A: I'd just like to say thank you for the interview, it's been good, and keep on gazeing :)
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quinta-feira, 16 de novembro de 2017

Amparo Carmen Teresa Yolanda with Acty- An Interview


Todas as décadas tiveram sua peculiaridades e seu charme, sonoramente falando, mas nenhuma conseguiu captar tão fortemente o que de melhor ocorreram em todas as demais, como os 90´s.

Se atualmente existem nichos revitalizando os 60´s, 70´s ou os 80´s, talvez, a década que mais tem sido resgatada são os 90´, seja com vibes eletrônicas, indies, gazers, jangle, grunges, pouco importa, o fato é que a molecada de hoje tem se mostrado fascinada com a década dos excessos.

Caso dos mexicanos do Acty. Com pouco menos de dois anos de vida os caras soltaram no fim de 2016 seu primeiro trabalho, "Amparo Carmem Teresa Yolanda", todo composto em espanhol mas com uma característica universal, a vibe das guitar bands noventistas estão no DNA do álbum. Ecos de Teenage Fanclub, Los Planetas, Dinosaur Jr, Yo La Tengo e mas um monte de heróis das trilhas alternativas, o Acty incorpora sua referências, e expurga os demônios de toda a juventude.

O Acty não fez nada original ou inovador, apenas guitarras estridentemente apaixonadas, e isso meu caro, pode ser feito daqui a 5 décadas, que o TBTCI vai adorar do mesmo jeito, aumente o som.

***** Interview with Acty *****


Q. When did Acty start? Tell us about the history... 
ACTY began in mid-2015, after one or another failed project by the members, the band was consolidated thanks to the initiative of wanting to make music influenced by the bands that we like the most. It all started with small rehearsals in a bedroom until it became more serious and thus combine the need to record the songs that we had already put together. The name of the band arose after forming an acronym with the initials of a character that appears in the novel "Compadre Lobo" by the Mexican writer Gustavo Sainz. The name of the character is Amparo Carmen Teresa Yolanda.

Q: Who are your influences? 
Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground Los Planetas, Ride, Spaceman 3, Mercury Rev, John Cage, My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time… 
1White Light/White Heat - Velvet Underground
2Sister - Sonic Youth
3Unidad de desplazamiento - Los planetas
4Neu! - Neu!
5Yerself is Steam - Mercury Rev

Q. How do you feel playing live? 

Playing live is the only thing we really enjoy in life, everything else can go to hell at that moment, it's just us and the moment. It is an egoism to be and to remain forever like this.


Q. How do you describe Acty sounds? 
We will rely more on the sound that happens in each one of the direct ones and it is like a pleasant noise, in which the adrenaline the only thing that asks is more and more.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ? 
A bit complicated by the situation that we were looking for ways to make the songs sound the closest thing to when we played live. We feel that it was not achieved at all, we like our album and especially how they were each of the songs, but we feel that it could have been much better.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend? 
Last Videotape, Strange Color, Internuts, Softvoid, Beztia y Somewhere.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of? 
We like to play covers of "Prietto viaja al cosmos con Mariano" but we would like to cover "Chasing a Bee by Mercury Rev", some of Sonic Youth or Velvet Underground

Q: What are your plans for the future? 
We are preparing to record a second album, we have to give patience and not force things as much as we did in the first recording. We already have most of the songs and we already know where and with whom we want to record them, we just need to specify them and let them flow. We also want to keep playing until our music takes us, leaving our country to play in another is something we crave enough.

Q: Any parting words
First of all thank "The Blog That Celebrates Itself" for taking the time to listen to different sounds around the world and make us part of this pleasant experience.

We want to add that from the following week it will be available in Cassette format and thanks to "Amigos Records" our album "Amparo Carmen Teresa Yolanda" you can buy it at https://www.kichink.com/stores/amigos-records or directly with us.
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1. ACTY comenzó a mediados de 2015, después de uno que otro proyecto fallido por parte de los integrantes, se logró consolidar la banda gracias a la iniciativa de querer hacer música influenciada por las bandas que más nos gustan. Todo empezó con pequeños ensayos en una recámara hasta volverse más serio y así conjugar la necesidad de grabar las canciones que ya habíamos armado. El nombre de la banda surgió luego de formar un acrónimo con las iniciales de un personaje que aparece en la novela "Compadre Lobo" del escritor mexicano Gustavo Sainz. El nombre del personaje es Ampara Carmen Teresa Yolanda.

2. Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground Los Planetas, Ride, Spaceman 3, Mercury Rev, John Cage, My Bloody Valantine, Dinosaur Jr.

3. 1White Light/White Heat - Velvet Underground
2Sister - Sonic Youth
3Unidad de desplazamiento - Los planetas
4Neu! - Neu!
5Yerself is Steam - Mercury Rev

4. Tocar en vivo es lo único que realmente disfrutamos en la vida, todo lo demás se puede ir a la mierda en ese momento, sólo somos nosotros y el instante. Es como un egoismo de estar y permanecer por siempre así.

5. Nos basaremos más en el sonido que ocurre en cada uno de los directos y es como un ruido placentero, en el que la adrenalina lo único que pide es más y más.

6. Un tanto complicado por el hecho de que buscabamos la manera de que las canciones sonaran lo más parecido a cuando las tocamos en vivo. Sentimos que no se logró del todo, nos gusta nuestro disco y sobre todo como quedaron cada una de las canciones, pero sentimos que pudo haber sido mucho mejor.

7. Last Videotape, Strange Color, Internuts, Softvoid, Beztia y Somewhere.

8. Nos gusta tocar covers de Prietto Viaja al Cosmos con Mariano pero nos gustaría coverear Chasing a Bee de Mercury Rev, alguna de Sonic Youth o Velvet Underground.

9 Grabar un segundo disco, darle paciencia y no forzar tanto las cosas como nos pasó en la primera grabación. Ya tenemos la mayoría de las canciones y ya sabemos en donde y con quien las queremos grabar, sólo falta amarrarlas más y dejarlas fluir. También queremos seguir tocando hasta donde nuestra música nos lleve, salir de nuestro país para tocar en otro es algo que ansiamos bastante.

10. Primero que nada agradecer infinitamente a The Blog That Celebrates Itself por tomarse el tiempo de escuchar diferentes sonidos al rededor del mundo y hacernos parte de está bonita experiencia.

Quisiéramos agragar que apartir de la siguiente semana estará disponible en formato Cassette y gracias a Amigos Records nuestro álbum "Amparo Carmen Teresa Yolanda" lo podrán adquirir solicitandolo en la página de ellos https://www.kichink.com/stores/amigos-records o directamente con nosotros. Gracias!
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https://www.facebook.com/ACTYoficial
https://actyoficial.bandcamp.com/releases

quarta-feira, 15 de novembro de 2017

The Deepest Ride with Pencey Sloe - An Interview


A estreia do quarteto parisiense Pencey Sloe, é algo entre o intenso e o desesperador.

O EP homônimo lançado em Setembro, passeia por entre o shoegaze, o slowcore com cruéis toques de amargura. A eloquência épica sonora serve como pano de fundo para a interpretação angustiante da bela voz de Diane.

Se por  ventura você estiver com a estima baixa, é melhor manter distância, o Pencey Sloe vai aflorar a sensação de desespero dentro de você.


***** Interview with Pencey Sloe *****


Q. When did Pencey Sloe start? Tell us about the history...
Pencey Sloe was born one year an a half ago, maybe more. I started writing songs in my room in Paris, then one day I decided to send one of them to my friends Clément and Valentin. I’ve never written a song before. They liked it and asked me if I would be interested in playing and singing in a band. Mathias joined us few days later, that’s how we began Pencey Sloe.

Q: Who are your influences?
We all have very different influences, we do not listen to the same music on a daily basis. From shoegaze to hardcore to post rock. We still manage to agree with each other... Sometimes! More seriously, it is an advantage to evolve and not stagnate on an idea or a style. Being different allows us to have several possibilities, to be «richer» in our music. Having someone different besides me helps me getting out of my comfort zone. In Pencey Sloe, the biggest influence we all have together are certainly the shoegaze and slowcore influences.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Mine personally are:
BRMC - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
RECENT SONGS - Léonard Cohen
MORE - Pink Floyd
LET LOVE IN - Nick Cave
THE FRAGILE - Nine Inch Nails

Q. How do you feel playing live?
No idea haha, we haven’t played a gig yet. All my bandmates have their own bands with they go on tour with. We never experimented that with Pencey Sloe yet.


Q. How do you describe Pencey Sloe sounds?
That is a difficult question, I think Pencey Sloe is a mix between shoegaze and slowcore.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I compose the most part of a song myself, the instrumental parts, vocals and lyrics. I record some ideas that I share with my bandmates to know what they think about it. When we go in rehearsal we work on these songs. It is then improved, enriched by the nourishment of everyone's ideas. We discuss a lot about how song could be interesting for us. After that, it’s all about going to the studio and everything that goes with it! It’s a fairly straightforward way of doing it, the guys each have their musical project next to Pencey Sloe so we do not have much time to write a whole song all together.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We really recommend to listen to bands such as Marriages, Red Sparowes, Miserable, The Underground Youth, The Vacant Lots... I highly recommend the band The Black Ryder, I think their songs are beautiful!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We don’t really know but we would probably like to cover a band which doesn’t play the same kind of music as we do. For example we thought about doing a cover of Marylin Manson or Pink Floyd.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’ll keep on writing songs and playing together. We plan on releasing 2 singles for the beginning of 2018 and a full album is also on the way. And we’ll play our first gig of course! Can’t wait for this!
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https://www.facebook.com/Penceysloe/
https://penceysloe.bandcamp.com

terça-feira, 14 de novembro de 2017

We Rise with Soundwire - An Interview


Um quebra cabeças sônico com alicerces firmes e potentes em matrizes como Spacemen 3, B.R.M.C., J&MC e obviamente VU, assim é o quinteto de Cardiff, Soundwire.

Os caras já estão na estrada desde 2011, participaram da famigerada série da Northern Star "Psychedelica", tiveram seu primeiro single produzido por por Tim Holmes, cara que já trabalhou com Primal Scream, Spiritualized e membro fundador do Death in Vegas, sem contar que estão em produção de seu primeiro disco com Thighpaulsandra, mago dos synths que também já trabalhou com Spiritualized e Coil.

Só por ai já dá pra sacar o poderio dos caras, mas só pra elucidar um pouco mais, o Soundwire já dividiu palcos com KBV, Eat Lights Become Lights,  The Lost Rivers, 14 Iced Bears, Youngteam e por aí vai.

Mas se mesmo assim você anda não se convenceu, experimente o novo single dos caras, "We Rise" e o lado b "Dying Sun" e sinta um bloco de lisergia adentrando corpo adentro.... e aí, é só deixar fluir e boa viagem.

Soundwire, guarde este nome.


***** Interview with Soundwire *****


Q. When did Soundwire start? Tell us about the history...
We formed Soundwire in 2011. Simon (vocals), Dave (bass) and I (guitar) were previously in a band called Shooter. We weren't particularly organised in that band (although we did release a single on Northern Star Records and record two BBC live sessions), but it gave us some experience in the studio, and to some extent it paved the way to the sound we developed in Soundwire.

Q: Who are your influences?
They are many and varied, but some of the more obvious ones include The Velvet Underground, Neu!, The Stooges, Spacemen 3, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Nick Cave, My Bloody Valentine, Death In Vegas, Spiritualized, Kraftwerk, etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
In no particular order:
The Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground and Nico
The Stooges - Fun House
Neu! - Neu!
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
Spacemen 3 - The Perfect Prescription

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Really good at the moment. I think we've got a great live set, the band is really tight and we all feel confident in our own, and each other's, abilities. Playing live is always a strange thing - it often feels like you've jumped onto a freight train and there's no stopping it, you're carried along with its momentum and you just have to hold on tight and hope it doesn't crash!

Q. How do you describe Soundwire sounds?
Fuzzy guitars, modulated synths, driving bass-lines and motorik drum beats. We don't have any particular formula that we have or intend to stick to because there are always so many new sounds to explore. I think the next batch of songs will be a bit more experimental, possibly with a few more 'out there' slow songs.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
They tend to develop from a simple riff or chord sequence. I usually work them into some kind of structure, building up the instrumentation over a few weeks while I play about with effects and sounds. Once I'm happy with things I record them as demos, which I give to each member of the band so they can learn their parts before they record them properly. When it comes to the vocals, Si tends to come to my house with lots of wine and we work on melodies and lyrics for an evening or two, roughly recording the progress until we're happy with what we've got, then he lays down the final vocals at a later date.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
They're not particularly new, but Toy are are current favourite. They're great live and always push the boundaries musically.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We're thinking of doing a version of 'What Goes On' by The Velvet Underground to include in our live set, although it'll be quite different to their's, with E-bows on the guitars and some interesting synth effects. I'm hoping it'll be in our set next year.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We've just finished working on an album with Thighpaulsandra from Spiritualized / Coil, and we're currently looking for a label to release it. In the meantime we'll be gigging and working on new material.

Q: Any parting words?
Go and buy our new single, 'We Rise', and once you have bought it, play it loudly and often.
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TV You with XO - An Interview


Depois de uma estreia superlativa com "Heart", isso em 2014, o duo XO, entrou em período de hibernação, o que foi uma grande pena, mas eis que este período ocioso foi quebrado no mês passado com seu mais novo single, "TV You", um colírio para os ouvidos.

Rezando pela cartilha clássica gazer, mas com os olhos virados para o lado americanizado da coisa, leia-se, Lilys, Medicine, Drop Nineteens, os caras são daquelas delícias pegajosas que quanto mais se ouve, mais se necessita de doses maiores.

Agora é aguardar o futuro novo álbum, prometido para o próximo ano, só assim a espera terá uma final feliz, mas enquanto isso, relembre imediatamente o genial "Heart" e faça do XO seu objeto de consumo.


***** Interview with XO *****


Q. When did XO start? Tell us about the history...
Jeff: XO started in 2004 after Parkside View, our first band had come to an end. My brother Jake and I wrote most of the music we played early on, mostly Jake, but we joined some great bands and toured playing other peoples songs in our late teens and twenties. We released the Some Day ep (2009) while living in Atlanta, Georgia. On the recording I played drums/guitar/vox/keys, Jake played bass/guitar/vox/keys, we recorded with Matt Malpass and I wrote the songs. We moved to Long Beach and recorded the Fault 7” (2013) and our full length album Heart (2014) with Parker Case. Joseph Assef played drums on everything but Fault and No Feeling, played by me. Joe and Parker played live with us during this time. Currently the band is me, Jake and Alan Connor on drums.

Q: Who are your influences?
My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division, Elliott Smith, The Beatles and Red House Painters are some of my favorites.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Red House Painters - Rollercoaster
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Beatles - The White Album
Nick Drake - Pink Moon

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Full of joy. I love feeling connected to everyone however it happens.

Q. How do you describe XO sounds?
I mostly use genres like shoegaze and emo. The sounds are a combination of things but I like to make them sound large and heavy.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I write a song and show it to Jake. He gives me his input and we jam through it a ton in a rehearsal space with our drummer and shape it. We record it together as a band and overdub guitars, piano, percussion and vocals. Mixing takes a while because we go through several focal points in the mix to bring up and then bury again. It’s tedious but we love the end result, mastered and ready to release.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Turnover, Cloakroom, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Beaches, The Cherry Wave and Hammock.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We recorded a live session with part time punks, covering MBV (“to here knows when” & “you never should”) a long with “love” and “waste” by us. Hope to release that on 7” in the near future. Besides MBV, Elliott Smith.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We released a new single “tv you” on our label last month. We’ve been working on a new album and will release it next year, 2018. We recorded with our friend Jon Berry and we’re mixing it ourselves. Can’t wait to share it!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for your thoughtful questions and your killer dedication to shoegaze music, new and old.
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segunda-feira, 13 de novembro de 2017

Reset Your Mind with Document - An Interview


Mixe alguns dos melhores atos alternativos da última década, exemplo, Interpol, SY, Pixies, The Fall, e tenha a crueza indie pós punk do quarteto de Tel Aviv, Israel, Document.

O debute dos caras veio em 2014 em forma de EP, "Rest Your Mind" é a síntese das influências dos caras, tudo meio torto, tudo meio estridente, tudo acelerado, mas com uma tendência pop inegável. 

O primeiro disco "The Void Repeats" esta pra vir ao mundo a qualquer momento, e pelos aperitivos apresentados, "Hustle" e "Habit" será uma consequência intensa do que os caras já apresentaram.

Para ouvir alto e sair chutando tudo.

***** Interview with Document *****


Q. When did Document start? Tell us about the history...
In 2008 I moved back to Israel after living in Guatemala and the US for 22 years. When I came back I started hanging out with my cousin, who was playing music with some good friends from the army. I joined them and we started an new wave band called Modern Tapes. After the release of on EP and played shows and festivals for a couple of years, we felt stuck and decided we needed to free ourselves from the genre. We got rid of some instruments, went back to basics, and decided to rename ourselves Document. In 2014 we released our first EP called 'Reset Your Mind'. A couple of years after that we started working on our debut album.

Q: Who are your influences?
We have a wide range of influences that seem to change over time. Right now we're really looking forward to the new Protomartyr album. Other influences include The Fall, The Wire, Blonde Redhead, Fugazi, The Strokes, Interpol, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, among many many others.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Fugazi - The Argument
Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
Pixies - Doolittle

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing live. It feels the most natural to us. The energy between the band and the fans is always really thrilling. The performance aspect also brings out more depth from the songs.

Q. How do you describe Document sounds?
Fuzzy distorted guitars with a smooth bass and machine like drums. Vocals ranging from I think that our sound is the essence of everything we love to listen to and play. Most of our writing comes form the band's dynamic and jamming together and lots of "hey that sounds awesome, how about this?" moments. Sometimes one of us comes with some home prepared riff or chord progression and we all donating our ideas. With that, we're always
thinking about what "feel" do we want to express. Same goes for the vox and lyrics.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded the album by ourselves in our recording/rehearsal studio Junk (www.junktlv.com). Our guitarist Yaniv Brenner opened it a couple of years ago and it's the best place to rehearse and record in Tel Aviv. It's our home. We tracked all the songs in a weekend. It was really an awesome experience. It's a lot of trial and error until we found the sound we like. It was awesome working with Bill Skibbe, who mixed the album. We love the work he's done with Protomartyr and The Kills and we felt he's so essential in the making of the album.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Fastest Leap. also Charly Bliss, Baked and Remo Drive.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We would love to do a cover version to Television, The Clash. Or 311. Whatever works, right?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're working on a tour in the UK. Besides that we've got enough material for another EP, so maybe we'll begin working on that in a few months.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for the feature, stay tuned for the album release!
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https://www.documentband.com/
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