quarta-feira, 23 de agosto de 2017

Burn Out with Daze - An Interview

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

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

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

Que venham os próximos passos, estaremos atentos.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wendolyne: stop supporting zoos, recycle and goodbye.


terça-feira, 22 de agosto de 2017

Wasted Time with The Last Passenger - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Future´s Done with Le Plaisir - An Interview

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

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

Espacialmente delirante e suculento. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


segunda-feira, 21 de agosto de 2017

Scared of the Dark with Violent Dreams - An Interview

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

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

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

"Scared Of The Dark" é um medicamento necessário.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Road Eyes with Amusement Parks On Fire - An Interview

Quando surgiu em 2004 como projeto solo de Michael Feerick onde reza a lenda que o cara compôs nove canções com a ajuda do parceiro Daniel Knowles, e logo no ano seguinte, saiu o debue, "Amusement Parks On Fire" pela Invada Records, então gravadora de Geoff Barrow, sim o cara do Portishead, o APOF, não imaginaria que doze anos depois, seria uma das bandas mais cultuadas de um certo nicho do submundo dos bons sons. 

Adorados por gazers, sonhadores de plantão, e claro, pelaa recente geração de bandas que pegam a melancolia do pós punk, aliam-na à barulheira dos 90´s, e não só isso, o APOF, tornou-se referência pra gente como Nothing, Whirr, e uma vasta lista de nomes.

No currículo, pra quem não sabe, três álbuns, ou melhor três esporros, o homônimo citado, de 2005, "Out of Angels" de 2006 e o derradeiro, "Road Eyes" de 2010, e depois disso, um hiato, talvez necessário, para reavaliar e recalibrar a cabeça e retornar renovados, mesmo porque, como menciona Michael, não foi uma parada programada, ou um retorno programado, o fato é que o APOF nunca declarou que havia acabado, e de fato, não acabou.

Novo material deve sair do forno em breve, uma edição deluxe do, já clássico, "Road Eyes" vira ao mundo até o final do ano via Saint Marie Records, uma turnê já anunciada, e o desejo de continuar a saga.

Nós, apenas temos que agradecer, porque bandas como o Amusement Parks On Fire se fazem mais do que necessárias, principalmente pra ensurdecer o grande público.

Vida longa ao grande APOF.

***** Interview with Amusement Parks On Fire *****

Q. When Amusement Parks on Fire began, tell us the story.
Basically I guess I’d caught the attention of a music lawyer when I was about 16 or 17 and I’d been getting funding from a couple of labels to do some demos, but he ended up just funding an album himself. I think we had about £3,000, half of which went on mastering for some reason. I had an album in mind, with an instrumental intro, reprise and interlude, partly by design and partly because I didn’t have much material! We booked a few weeks in a little Nottingham studio with Dan Knowles (who later played in the band) engineering it. It was a lot of fun to have a studio to put down whatever I wanted. I was really pleased with the results but I’d only really thought of it as a long-form demo and didn’t imagine many people would hear it, I was just excited to show it to my friends. I was pretty surprised when suddenly Geoff Barrow wanted to put it out, there was a world-tour to do and I had to get a band together immediately. The rest, as they say, is drunk history.

Q. What were and are the band's influences?
I guess initially it was all the 90’s guitar stuff that’d I’d loved as a teenager. I was really excited about what I thought of as the first-wave of ‘post-rock’, the first few releases from Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Mogwai et al. I grew up obsessed with my dad’s prog-rock record collection so there’s always a kind of bedrock of that in there, the big reprises and everything. I remember the first week or so of recording the first album going to the Rescue Rooms, which had just opened, and seeing Acid Mothers Temple and that had a big impact. Recording albums, I like to let the surroundings feed in to the music. The second album was mostly made in Sigur Ros’ studio and that clearly had an impact, to the point where a lot of stuff was tracked with their equipment. That’s where the cello bow stuff came from! The third record was referencing that more polished, LA sound. With the album I’m writing at the moment it’s very different again…

Q. What is your Top 5 albums of all time?
I find this kind of thing impossible! Don’t wanna be a spoilsport though of course. Here’s 5 that mean a lot to me, in no particular order:

Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation\
Neil Young - After The Goldrush
Jim O’Rourke - Insignificance
Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
Talking Heads - Remain In Light

Q. How does it feel to play live?
It feels great! Most shows, the good ones, feel like you’re in this kind of blissful noise-bubble for an hour or so, it’s really peaceful. It’s just very fun. I feel like with the back catalogue, there’s a lot of serious, emotive stuff and there’s a lot of stuff that was just really fun to kick out in the practice room, so the juxtaposition of the two makes for a very enjoyable show. We nearly always end with an encore of the song Cut To Future Shock, when we crank the amps up a little, and it just descends into all-out dissonant volume, in the traditional style, and it’s a very visceral, cathartic event. It just doesn’t get old, being in a room with however many people, experiencing the same abstract vibration combination. I recommend it!

Q. What is your favorite Amusement Parks on Fire album / music ?
Oh man, it’s very difficult to say. I’m fond of it all for different reasons. I’m conscious that I’m not gonna hear it in the same way as anyone else, but then I guess anyone could say that about experiencing anything! I think now I’d find the last one the easiest to listen to, partly because it’s probably the most cohesive and maybe the most realised. But then maybe also because the lyrics, though essentially coming from myself, in my mind are kind of coming from another character, there’s some distance. I think just being younger and having very intense feelings, for want of a better expression, means the first two are a bit more raw and have deeper emotional memories attached to them maybe. I dunno, you just put it out there and then live with it!

Q. At one point the band went into a hiatus, because what reason?
I wasn’t really aware of it at the time but I think myself, and I’m sure the other guys, were pretty burnt out after making the last album. It was a wonderful but pretty intense and at times pretty challenging experience. By this point it had been full-on for 6 or so years. The one tour of the US we did in support of it felt like it was more of a grind than it should of been and at times we weren’t getting along as well as we should have been, which was alarming because we’d always had so much fun. It wasn’t even spoken about I don’t think, we all just naturally knew we weren’t carrying on, at least for a while. I ended up spending a lot of time in LA, Dan lives there now, I live in London now. I dunno, I just didn’t feel like making that kind of music either. It didn’t inspire me. I felt boxed in creatively I think. Why keep doing something for the sake of it, you know? It’s only music. It’s only in the last year I started messing about with it again, figuring out if there was anything I could do with it that would be worth doing. I guess it turned out there was! Just as it wasn’t a conscious ‘hiatus’, it wasn’t a planned ‘reformation’ or something. I never felt like the band was over or the need to attempt any grand gesture either way. I was just back in Nottingham and mentioned to Pete I had some new stuff and he just said “let’s do it”.

Q. How do you see the growing generation of shoegaze / dreampop bands around the world? Which bands would you indicate?
It surprises me how resilient the ‘shoegaze’ tag has been, it always struck me as a very self-defeating way to describe your music. I think a lot of bands get lumped with it a little unfairly too. I noticed a Twitter exchange that made me laugh recently, which in itself was a turn up for the books as usually when merely opening Twitter I have to resist a very powerful urge to perform an impromptu self-labotomy with the nearest kitchen appliance or garden tool and treat my right cerebral hemisphere to a well-earned recess, at last at peace in sweet, sweet oblivion. Anyway someone had tweeted at the band Autolux that they wouldn’t “consider them as Shoegaze. What a fucking stupid name for a genre, btw.” to which they replied “Thank you. The worst. Carla (the drummer) has never worn shoes while playing” which is actually true; a legitimate factual framing of the point. ‘Dreampop’ is probably preferable as it at least attempts to characterise the qualities and tone of the music in question, but of course is too vague descriptively to be useful. I would however name Misty Coast, Nightmare Air, Pinkshinyultrablast, Ringo Deathstarr and Ulrika Spacek as very excellent current shoegaze / dreampop bands!

Q. You guys are back in action, how is the feeling?
The feeling is superb! I didn’t realise how much I missed it. I think because it came back about so organically it’s just really fun. Just having that space from it and approaching it again, a little older, slightly wiser and all that, I just feel like we know what to focus on and what’s good about it. I’m enjoying rehearsing so much, there’s a very joyous and magical atmosphere. I think these next shows are gonna be the best we’ve ever done.

Q. What does Amusement Parks on Fire plan for the future?
So we have the UK shows and new single both happening on November 17th, finishing up the tour in London on November 25th. The last album Road Eyes is being re-released on vinyl with basically an extra bonus-album at the end of the year too. We’re releasing a new EP in April and booking a full European tour coincide with it. I guess we’re looking at the new album at the end of next year and more shows to support it, the US and hopefully Japan and further afield. Maybe even Brazil…! That’s pretty much the plan as it stands!

Q. Any parting words
Thanks so much for listening!


domingo, 20 de agosto de 2017

Divisiones del Sol with Coco - An Interview

Indie pop climático, sonhador e elegante, é o que se ouve no primeiro trabalho do hoje trio mexicano, Coco.

"Divisiones del Sol", lançado no início do ano passado, e que tardiamente chega às páginas do TBTCI, é um tranquilizante sonoro, sem haver exageros pendendo para qualquer tendência, vide a existências de elementos de indie, post rock, shoegaze e dreampop, os caras conseguem equalizar as conexões sem direcionar o disco para este ou aquele rótulo, tornando a audição uma experiência linear e confortadora.

Sem receios de cair em ciladas, ou até mesmo de ficar em cima do muro, o Coco demonstra maturidade desde o início, ponto altamente positivo pros caras.

***** Interview with Coco *****

Q. When did Coco start? Tell us about the history...
1.- It started two years ago, when our ex drummer and me (Oscar (Vox and Guitar)) had this idea to start a band, at the beginning, plans were to produce synth pop music, something like that haha, that is nothing like what we have made in this two years, in the first practice days i played synths with my feets, guitar as it has to be, and singing some melodies, and Daniel, the drums.

It took us, five to eight practice days to consider we needed someone else, so then we called Manuel, bassist, everything started changing, the sound, everything, and we liked it, it was pretty awesome how our ideas matched and did something like Princess, Maps, Tierra, just to mention something...

Our album Divisiones del Sol was just about the corner to be released.

There was another Daniel in the band haha, he played the keys, but for personal reasons he had to take another road of this trip, he lasted one year in the band.

When everything started getting hard, David (Timmy) appeared in front of us to play and help me with the lead guitar, he is just a kid and it would impress you how good he can play in big shows, fearless.

And here we are, happy, stressed, crying, smiling, getting angry, jumping... feeling.

Q: Who are your influences?
2.- Our influences are Foals, Ambient music, Mew, and everything you can see and it would make an impact on you.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
· Bocanada / Gustavo Cerati
· Moctezuma / Porter
· The Division Bell / Pink Floyd
· Total Live Forever / Foals
· Parachutes / Coldplay

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4.- Incredible, its the best part about being a musician, playing live.

It just makes us feel alive, express, and... we love it.

Q. How do you describe Coco sounds?
5.- Full of feelings, hopeful, experimental, happy after war, the first time you see the girl you like and you know its going to be special, dog love, sounds of universe, power, calm, love.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6.- To be honest, it was a little rushed, because we were in this record label "Emmas House" and they were rushing us to finish the album because they wanted to released as soon as posible, it took us two days to record 6 songs, two of the 8 tracks that are part of "Divisiones del Sol", were already recorded, one (Tierra) in a studio, and Maps with a friend of us.

Now we are re-recording everything to get a better quality. We hope you like it when finished.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7.- Vaya Futuro
Niño Cohete
Camilo VII
Maybe its not brand new but, Natiruts.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8.- Foals, totally.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9.- A new album, we are planning it, videos, big shows, collaborations, a national tour, and thats so far.

Q: Any parting words?
10.- We hope, soon, get to know Sao Paulo and its surroundings. Everything its all about the feelings. No more.


sexta-feira, 18 de agosto de 2017

Everything, Always with The Lakeside Drive - An Interview

George Contreras, o homem por trás do The Lakeside Drive, responsável por um dos discos mais escutados pelo TBTCI nas últimas semanas, no caso, o delicioso e viciante "Everything, Always", tem uma longa história no submundo dos bons.

Resumidamente, o cara começou a se envolver com música no século passado, mais precisamente no distante 1998. Fã confesso de Slowdive, MBV, Starflyer 59, entre outros, George gravou o primeiro trabalho em 2000, o EP "...And While Passing Through of What Were Once Called Stars", mas que obviamente permaneceu na obscuridade, sem contar o fato que o cara ainda fazia parte do Awkward, banda de power pop daquela época. 

E, como já dissemos por aqui algumas vezes, a história da música é cruel com muita gente, e com George foi o mesmo, após o término do Awkward, ele simplesmente desapareceu, e com ele o The Lakeside Drive foi junto, sem deixar rastro algum.

Mas, os deuses da música trabalham de forma escondida, e eis que o The Lakeside Drive ressurge, com o primeiro Ep regravado e com "Everything, Always" o disco, aliás, que disco.

Shoegaze da gema, feito por, e para quem gosta de verdade.

***** Interview with The Lakeside Drive *****
Q. When did The Lakeside Drive start? Tell us about the history... 
I started making music when I was in high school around 1994 just shortly after learning how to play guitar. Thankfully, I knew musicians who were friends of my older sisters, and they really opened my eyes & ears to the shoegaze/dreampop/indie-rock sound (one of those friends was Jason Martin of Starflyer 59). It wasn't until towards the end of the 90's that I started writing music under the name, The Lakeside Drive, even while I was playing lead guitar in a power-pop band called Awkward during the early-mid 2000's. I ended up recording an EP titled, "...And While Passing Through of What Were Once Called Stars" onto a Tascam 4-track, and have one cassette of it . After Awkward disbanded, I played one show in Hollywood as The Lakeside Drive with two friends backing me. I stepped away from really writing music until a few years ago because I had the desire to re-record that first EP with a couple of new tracks all in my iPad, and posted the 5-song EP of same name onto SoundCloud. It rekindled my love of writing and recording music, and I didn't want to stop.

Q: Who are your influences?
Slowdive is my biggest musical influence of all-time. Before I listened to them, I was really influenced by bands like Starflyer 59, Smashing Pumpkins, and Hum. In 1995, I borrowed "Souvlaki" from a friend, and was absolutely blown away by what I was listening to because I had never heard anything like it before. I used to listen to music on cassettes especially at night, and had my tiny boom box next to my bed. By the time the opening chords of "Altogether" were playing, I was already determined to find out what they were doing because I wanted to make the same kind of music. That was my proper baptism into shoegaze & dreampop, and I didn't return the cassette to my friend until he asked me for it almost a year later. I also list My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus and Mary Chain some of my biggest influences.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is honestly difficult, but If I were to list my 5 favorite albums of all time? I'd have to go with the the ones that really shaped me musically:

1. Slowdive - "Souvlaki"
2. Starflyer 59 - "Silver"
3. My Bloody Valentine - "Loveless"
4. Slowdive - "Just for a Day"
5. Ride - "Nowhere"

*I must make an honorable mention to Stella Luna's one and only release, "Stargazer". It's one of the best 4-song EP's I've ever listened to. They should come back, wherever they are.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I have to acknowledge playing in Awkward for my experience in performing live and recording in proper studios, I really enjoyed it. For the few years that we were around, we played all over Southern California, so that made me comfortable with being in front of people, and it was a lot of fun. I'm in my own world when I'm performing live. It's been years since I've done it, and wouldn't mind doing so again, but I would need to find other musicians to perform with me.

Q. How do you describe The Lakeside Drive sounds?
I would say that it's definitely what people would call shoegaze, and have been told that you can tell I'm really influenced by the genre - music that's drenched in reverb & fuzz, and I try to dial in the best tone for it. I think my strengths are music and melody, I've never really thought of myself as a strong lyricist.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Everything on the record and in last years EP was all done on my iPad in my room. I'm used to being in a proper studio, and I since I didn't have the means at the time as well as a band, I thought I would mess with creating bass tracks using synths through GarageBand and looping drum tracks. I don't have proper mics nor an updated computer so my guitar and vocal tracks were all done using the mic on in iPad. After doing basic mixing and editing. I can easily say that it's a challenge putting everything together on your own. Some frustrating times there because no matter how lo-fi/DYI it is, and I'm my toughest critic. I always think that I could've done it better.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There's so many great bands out there, and I love discovering them. I've been able to because of DecayFM and shows such as The Shoegaze Collective/When The Sun Hits. I'd have to say Twin Studies, A Thousand Hours, Indoor Voices, Fawns of Love, No Honeymoon, The Stargazer Lilies, Tennis System, Panda Riot, Castlebeat, The Morelings, She Sir, Ringo Deathstarr, New Politicians, Dead Horse One, Vet Trip...

I know a few of those aren't new, but those come to mind at this time. Like said, there's just so many great bands out there, new and old. Music is so religious, man. It could go on about it all day and who I recommend, but definitely listen to DecayFM

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'd have to say that I've always wanted cover U2's "New Year's Day" but done in my own way as well as Slowdive's "Morningrise". The first recording of The Lakeside Drive's EP has a cover of "Shine" on it. It would be fun to do that one again.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I plan to continue recording music and putting it out there. Who knows where that will lead to, but I'm excited about it. Releasing this record, I never intended for many people to listen to it, and was doing it because I really wanted to. A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of finally seeing Ringo Deathstarr live where I met and talked with Elliott Frazier for sometime. We actually had chatted before years ago on Facebook because he is a fan of Starflyer 59, but I'm quite sure he didn't remember me when I brought it up. I told him that I was starting to make music again and his words were, "you just gotta do it, man. Put it out there." Those words really resonated with me. Along with Elliott, I've really connected with Red Collier of A Thousand Hours. Red's done it all himself, and was the first I shared the record with. He really encouraged me to send it to those at DecayFM and was a big help in answering all my annoying questions.

Q: Any parting words?
Make it. Put it out there.

I'm absolutely excited about whatever opportunities can come with making music again, and even if it doesn't go far, I'll be happy that I fulfilled my longing for doing so.

Howl with Spirit Host - An Interview

Mika Noriega é a mente e o fio condutor do comboio pós punk Spirit Host.

Na ativa desde 2014 em Portland, o Spirit Host enfim nos brindou com um trabalho cheio, o denso "Howl", lançado em Fevereiro deste ano.

Um trabalho que navega por entre as sombras, sem deixar nenhum vestígio de luz adentrar nesse universo esfumaçado e nebuloso.

Com "Howl" o Spirit Host se credencia ao lado de gente como Soft Kill, Echolust, Dignatary, Drab Majesty e Sextile, como um dos grandes representantes do lado sombrio da música.

Trilha sonora perfeita para noites frias.

***** Interview with Spirit Host *****

Q. When did Spirit Host start? Tell us about the history...
A. Spirit Host started in 2014, it was sort of a solo project for me (Myka) that didn't have a direction at all. Suzy got excited about it and wasn't hard to convince to join in and it kept growing up. Now it's back to its origins of a solo project but with a bit more aggression and even more personal for me.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Sad Lovers & Giants definitely, The Cure, I love the dark bass and sparse noise created by Shadow Morton in the things he produced. Haunting melodramatic r&b is probably my biggest source of stuff to steal from. I mean find inspiration from.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. This ones too difficult so I'm going to cheat and say my favourite people's music:

Soft Kill - Choke,
Lunch - Let Us Have Madness Openly,
Vacant Stares - Just go listen to their band camp,
Sex Park - Self Titled

 ... oh wait actually Lower - Seek Warmer Climes! That album never gets old.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. Calm, easy, then I'll break and gag like I'm going to vomit. Once I'm on stage I'm totally comfortable but in my own world and I tend to forget everyone else even exists.

Q. How do you describe Spirit Host sounds?
A. It was once described as "sexually frustrating" I'm not sure what it means but I'll go with it.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. The last iteration of the band was pretty easy going, I don't like to think too much about details if the song isn't perfect that's fine I prefer to show the flaws in what I'm doing.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. Vacant Stares and Sex Park are killing it in Portland right now. Honestly right now I'm in the writing process so I'm not listening to anything, I have to avoid getting someone else's noise in my brain.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. The song "I Like The Way You Love Me" by Brenton Wood

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. Keep writing, building up the new live arrangement and show the next evolution in this weird fish tank of my mind that is Spirit Host.

Q: Any parting words?
A. I could say something profound but instead I'll just say, don't be shitty to each other.


quinta-feira, 17 de agosto de 2017

Brightfellow with Astragal - An Interview

De Houston, Texas vem o trio Astragal.

INDIE POP, em letras maiúsculas mesmo, como era feito nos bons tempos, bons tempos, leia-se, Class of 86, Sarah Records, os primórdios da Slumberland entre outras gravadoras que criaram a lenda do pop perfeito, seja ruidoso, seja sonhador, ou apenas cantarolável.

O ponto é que o Astragal segue essa linhagem, com padrão de qualidade elevado. A prova cabal esta cravada tanto no primeiro EP dos caras, lançado ano passado, como no recente "Split" onde dividiram o trabalho com Donna Hayward.

E os caras tem extremo bom gosto, não apenas no que diz respeito a sua música, mas quando alguém cita o The Suncharms como uma das bandas mais subestimadas da história, ah meu amigo, merece respeito eterno do TBTCI.

Vida longa ao Astragal!!!

***** Interview with Astragal *****

Q. When did Astragal start? Tell us about the history...
Q 1. Astragal began through a mix of Craigslist (internet hopelessness) and a conversation at a DIIV and Beach House show (an attempt at overcoming social anxiety) in Houston, Texas. The three of us met up to play music finally and we instantly clicked with one another over a shared love of Captured Tracks, reverb, and tacos.

Q: Who are your influences?
Q 2. Our sound is influenced by Sarah Records era indie pop, Jazz and Bossa Nova music, Psychedelic music, Shoegaze, a hefty amount of Sonic Youth and Airiel, a dash of soul and classical music, and the fuzzy beautiful indie pop of Slumberland records.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. Gil Scott Heron - Pieces of a Man
2. The Clientele - Suburban Light
3. Slowdive - Souvlaki
4. Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
5. Cotton Jones - Paranoid Cocoon

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Q4. When we play live we typically play our songs a bit faster and louder and with more energy. There are a lot of transitions and interludes in between songs to keep things a bit interesting and unique from what is on our recordings. If we ever mess up parts on stage we just look at each other and smile and keep going! A lot of dancing is also involved in our set. We try to have as much fun as possible!

Q. How do you describe Astragal sounds?
Q5. Astragal is supposed to sound like an Under The Sea themed prom band playing in Manchester, England.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Q 6. Most of the songs on our latest release with Houston band, Donna Hayward, were written in a very short amount of time and at a strangely random pace. The song Crescent happened after going on a bike ride together. Miles was one of the first songs we wrote as a band and Brightfellow came together from bits and pieces of an old song that our guitarist wrote when he was younger. The recording process itself was such a blast. We did it all with our friend Jon Januhowski in Houston. It was the least amount of stress we have ever had with recording and it just felt like such an easy bond. We had a set schedule of listening to Gil Scot Herron on the way to the studio in the morning and getting Ramen afterwards in the afternoon.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Q 7. El Lago, Ruiners, Rose Ette, and Alexalone are all great Texas bands!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Q 8. Half of our set would be 311 songs and the other half would be Cyndi Lauper, of course.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Q 9. There are a few new songs we really are keen on releasing! We will probably do a small release on a cassette or on a 7". Hopefully our writing process builds up to an album that we can release sometime soon. But for right now we just want to play a lot of shows, pet a lot of dogs, and make a lot of new friends.

Q: Any parting words?
Q 10. Thank you so much for the interview! And go listen to The Suncharms sometime. They are the most underrated UK band of all time!


quarta-feira, 16 de agosto de 2017

Luck Worm with Woolgathering - An Interview

Uma verdadeira chinelada bem no meio dos tímpanos é o que pode-se dizer de "Luck Worm", recém lançado EP do quinteto Woolgathering. Quatro pauladas evocando o que de melhor foi feito em termos de ruídos nas últimas décadas. Um ataque desenfreado mirando quem quer que esteja pela frente.

Por vezes uma certa melancolia adolescente paira no ar, caso de "Breath Returns" mas é apenas por pouco tempo, mesmo porque nada é muito longo para o Woolgathering, com uma pequena vírgula para a espetacular, "Dissolve" e seus mais de sete minutos de noise.

Resumidamente, se você precisa expurgar algum demônio, use o Woolgathering, o resultado é imediato.

***** Interview with Woolgathering *****

Q. When did Woolgathering start? Tell us about the history...
1: Stephen and Pace started playing together in high school, and Caleb had been playing in other bands in the Memphis scene. Caleb and Pace moved to Oxford, Mississippi for college, and met Finn and Summer through mutual friends. We ended up jamming some songs together and the chemistry was there, and now we’re a band.

Q: Who are your influences?
While there are some influences consistent with all the members, I think what makes Woolgathering interesting sonically is the diverse influences each member tries to incorporate. For Caleb: SWIRLIES, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus, Autolux, Shellac, The Jesus Lizard, True Widow, Miles Davis, Yo La Tengo, Boards of Canada, Whirr, Colour Revolt, and Lift to Experience. From Pace: Duster, Codeine, Attic Abasement, Spencer Radcliffe, The Body, Pavement, Modest Mouse, Yuck, Hovvdy, Planning For Burial, and (Sandy) Alex G.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. You’re Living All Over Me – Dinosaur Jr.
2. Sister - Sonic Youth
3. Disintegration - The Cure
4. Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
5. Slanted and Enchanted - Pavement

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is always challenging, but certainly fun and rewarding at the same time. We really enjoy writing and put a great deal of energy into creating music, and we’re always trying to translate that excitement to performances.

Q. How do you describe Woolgathering sounds?
Our sound is really a combination of our influences. The band started as a more straightforward shoegaze project, but it quickly changed into a sound that incorporates an array of different dynamics. At times, our music is vulnerable, simple, and meditative. At others, it’s busy, noisey, and heavy.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
There’s no set formula for how we write and record, but usually it starts off with someone having a skeleton of song worked out, and then people will fit in their parts around that. Sometimes we’ll just jam until we have some parts we like and think should be fleshed out into a full song. Our EP Luck Worm was recorded on cassette 4-track ourselves, which was a really fun challenge.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Spirit of the Beehive | thespiritofthebeehive.bandcamp.com
Lazy Legs | lazylegs.bandcamp.com
Hovvdy | hovvdy.bandcamp.com
Melinda | melinda666.bandcamp.com
Mayfair | mayfairtn.bandcamp.com
I Was Afraid | iwasafraid.bandcamp.com
Autolith | autolith.bandcamp.com
Sheer | https://sheer.bandcamp.com
Dead Sullivan | https://deadsullivan.bandcamp.com

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We’ve talked of doing a cover of Autolux’s “Sugarless”, which I hope we get to do soon. We also did a cover of Elliott Smith’s “Needle in the Hay” at a house party, which was a really fun experiment.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Hopefully, we’re about to start working on a full-length album in the next few months, then maybe we’ll try to get a small tour together.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for asking us some questions, we love that you’re providing a resource for people on the internet to delve into some music they might not have heard before.


Dyatlov with Sana Obruent - An Interview

Quem conhece Paul Lopez, por seus trabalhos a frente do Spell 336 e mais recentemente do Angel Falls, certamente vai se impressionar com o projeto solo dele, chamado Sana Obruent.

Absolutamente nada, nenhum vestígio de shoegaze ou dreampop, muito longe disto, em seus álbuns "Prince of The Air" de 2016 e mais do mais recente "Dyatlov" deste ano, são verdadeiras odes fantasmagóricas, através de experimentações com drones, beirando sonoridades neo clássicas.

A música do Sana Obruent vai muito além do que uma simples experiência sonora, se faz necessário ativar os os cinco sentidos básicos do ser humano, tato, olfato, paladar, audição e visão, a união de todos poderá te conduzir a essência completa, todavia se ouvir alguma ausência destes sentidos, certamente a interpretação sera completamente diferente.

Sana Obruent é música muito além do que se convenciona chama-la, ou como bem coloca seu criado Paul Lopez, "a música do Sana Obruent é a música que os fantasmas ouviriam."

***** Interview with Sana Obruent *****

Q. When did Sana Obruent start? Tell us about the history...
A: I started recording as Sana Obruent around 2011-12. I have always been a huge fan of Ambient-Dark Ambient-Drone recordings for quite some time.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: To be quite honest I listen to every genre of music and that would make it difficult for me to choose anyone specifically. I have so many that I could list but I will save that for another day.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time:
A: It would be very hard for me to choose a particular set of albums because I have more than five in my list but here is the albums that I am currently listening to:

1.Nick Drake - Pink Moon
2.Kraftwerk - Autobahn
3.David Bowie - Blackstar
4.Slint - Spiderland
5.The Residents - God In Three Persons

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: It has not happened yet but I do hope that sometime in the future it will. If the music of Sana Obruent was to be performed in a live setting I would want the members of the audience to experience more than just a typical show. The music of Sana Obruent is also very visual so there would be films and images to accompany the music. For example if I was to perform my latest release "Dyatlov" I would like the audience to feel as if they are in the Ural mountains near Russia surrounded by snow and despair. The same mindset can also be used for my first release "Prince Of The Air." I need the audience to feel as if they are sitting inside the front parlour of a victorian home in 1910 surrounded by ghosts.

Q. How would you describe Sana Obruent's sounds?
A: Music that ghosts would listen to.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording your songs ?
A: I tend to come up with ideas for any of my tracks throughout my day. I can usually sketch out a sonic vision mentally of how I would like the track to sound. Although there are no lyrics to the music of Sana Obruent I still write onto my various notebooks thoughts or ideas that go with what I hear inside my head. When I feel confident enough and ready to record I start. I always record late at night until sunrise. Less distraction when the world is asleep. I also record live which eliminates the need for me to do any type of editing. If there is any edits with the music of Sana Obruent it occurs at the beginning and end of each song. I fade in the intro and fade out the outro. That simple. I do not use any type of synths when I record. It is all organic and most importantly it is live. Always!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Another tough question. There is just too many bands that I love and adore for me to put them into a specific category and it is also possible for me to change my mind at any moment about what I am listening to when it comes to new music. I am always trying to catch up!

Q: Of which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A: The music that I create as Sana Obruent are strictly original compositions. I think it would be more than difficult as well to create a particular song regardless of the genre into a dark ambient/drone piece. My Shoegaze band Angel Falls have done some cover tracks in the past that were originally recorded by bands such as 10cc and Hawkwind. I will leave the cover tracks to my band Angel Falls.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: To keep writing and recording with all of my musical projects. It really is a full time job for me and as long as I have that mindset I will keep going as long as I can and hopefully there will still be plenty of listeners who will want to hear what I am writing and recording.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Keep your head down and stay under the radar.


terça-feira, 15 de agosto de 2017

Our Garden with Girlfriends and Boyfriends - An Interview

by Shannon Hemmett,
Com pitadas de humor, outras românticas e, pra finalizar tudo sob uma atmosfera que evoca os áureos anos da New Wave e do Pós Punk, os canadenses do Girlfriends and Boyfriend enquadram-se dentro dos revivalistas 80´s, porém ao contrário da grande maioria que se apóia sob a aura do Joy Division, o G&B seguem uma roupagem diferente, aproximando-se sonoramente da fase menos brutal do Killing Joke, flertando ainda com a eloquência sofisticado do Simple Minds ou dos Comsat Angels.

"Our Garden", o debute deles, lançado em 2015, exala toda essa essência oitentista, por vezes soando nostálgica, mas a grande sacada dos caras é o senso melódico, sempre dançante.

Muito em breve o segundo trabalho deve vir ao mundo, e cá entre nós, o Girlfriends and Boyfriends tem todo potencial para estourar e tornar-se popular, o que se acontecer não nos deixaria nem um pouco surpresos.

Para ficarmos de olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with Girlfriends and Boyfriends *****

by Wayne Moreheart.

Q. When did Girlfriends and Boyfriends start? Tell us about the history... The band started in 2009. Grant (bass, vocals) met Pete (lead guitar) through an advertisement on Craigslist. We started out as a Britpop band, then after a few lineup and name changes, Girlfriends and Boyfriends was born. We released our first EP in 2010, a few singles between 2011 and 2012, then our first LP "Our Garden" in 2015. We've toured the US, and Canada a few times. We're working on a new record now! We hope to get to Europe, and South America some day!

Q: Who are your influences?
The Cure is a big one, Killing Joke, Simple Minds, Gary Numan, The Smiths, Kim Mitchell, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Haha! This is a hard question with no correct answer! Here's 6.

Prince - Purple Rain
Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues
The Cure - Disintegration
INXS - Kick
Fine Young Cannibals - The Raw and The Cooked

Q. How do you feel playing live?
(From Grant) Personally, I still get nervous. It is always a challenge to accept the little imperfections of a live performance, but those imperfections are also what makes the performance human, and beautiful. The audience can relate to the human element.

Q. How do you describe Girlfriends and Boyfriends sounds?
Chiming, synthy, jangly; a little dark, a little romantic, a little humorous. We are a New Wave band. We play music inspired by the sounds of the late 70's and 80's, especially sounds that were coming from across the Atlantic at that time. To us, English rock has always seemed smarter than American rock. More clever, a bit less self-indulgent.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Writing usually involves jamming out a good riff, then I (Grant) usually take that riff and work out the arrangement and the parts, the lyrics and the vocal melody. Our newest record "Our Garden" was recorded and produced by Felix Fung at Little Red Sounds in Vancouver. Felix has produced most of the local bands we really dig in Vancouver, like Spectres, Mode Moderne, Chains of Love, and The Ballantynes,

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
In Vancouver, keep an eye on Puritans, Spectres, and Leathers. TRAITRS in Toronto. Night Sins in Philadelphia. Brass Box in LA. Vacant Stares in Portland. "Red Reflection" by Underpass is one of the best post punk songs I've heard by a west coast band in a long time.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
"Lovers in a Dangerous Time" by Bruce Cockburn is probably the best Canadian pop/rock song ever written. It's been covered by a few bands, but we would like to do it our way.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're working on a new album now!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks to anyone who has listened to us and supported us! In the last few years we've shipped records out all over the world. It still blows me away that someone in Russia can discover some obscure Canadian band like us on the internet, and like our music enough to buy the vinyl and ship it half way around the globe.

Amour d'été with Françoise - An Interview

Sofisticação, elegância e requinte são adjetivos que podem e devem ser usados para descrever "Amour d'été" debute dos canadenses do Françoise.

A escolha do idioma francês por Jacinthe Riopel e Marc-André foi mais do que apropriada para ressaltar a ambiência quase cinematográfica da peça.

Influências e conexões óbvias a Serge Gainsbourg e suas musas,, France Gall, Françoise Hardy tornam-se apenas uma guia para o ouvinte, o lado mais melódico do Stereolab também se faz presença mas notadamente a influência dos Beach Boys e as bandas teen americanas são uma temática persistente na sonoridade do Françoise.

Perfeito para passeios a beira mar.

***** Interview with Françoise *****

Q. When did Françoise start? Tell us about the history…
Françoise started with a love story between Marc-André Beaudoin and me (Jacinthe Riopel). We metduring a karaoke party where I was singing songs from the 60's. A few years and a wedding later, the idea of having a band together came back and we decided to do it for real. We love the music that was played in Quebec during the sixties and we decided to treat ourselves by creating a band with these influences in mind.

When looking for to name the project; the idea of taking my middle name “Françoise” came naturally. We’re very fond of the retro-French-60s sound of this name.

In studio, to complete the band, we collaborate with our friends from Le Couleur(https://lecouleurmusic.bandcamp.com/ ) and with Félix Dyotte (https://felixdyotte.bandcamp.com/ ), allgreat fans of sixties music.

Q. Who are your influences?
For the sound, Marc-André is mainly inspired by the British invasion (The Kinks, The Who & The Beatles) and by 60’s American teen pop bands (Beach Boys, Jan & Dean). As I write lyrics in French, I am inspired by the songs Serge Gainsbourg wrote for France Gall and Françoise Hardy, as well as what was done in Quebec in the sixties, which was mostly great American hits translated into French.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
With the Beatles – The Beatles
Blue Album - Weezer
Variations fantôme - Philippe B
And Marc-André wants to add:
Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks
Odessey and oracle - The Zombies

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We are a new group. We have only played live once, in acoustic version, at our album release party. It was really exciting to play our songs in front of our friends and family. Amusing moment: My 7 year-old son came to play the tambourine on stage with us during the song “Hula Hoop”. We are looking forward to doing more shows soon.

Q. How do you describe Françoise sounds?
1965 / French / Retro / Sunny / Fun / Pop / Sweet

Q: Tell us about the process of recording thesongs?
We really wanted to record our album like they did in the sixties. That’s why the instruments (drums, guitar and bass) were all recorded live. In the microphone of the drums, you can hear the sound of the guitar, in the microphone of the guitar, you can hear the sound of the bass, and vice versa. The instruments, microphones and amps used for recording were selected to reproduce the sound of the time as faithfully as possible.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I really like the Montreal band Paupière. Their single “Rex” spins a lot at home. I recently discovered the band Bébé Soleil. Their first single "Souliers de course" sounds great, and I’m looking forward to hearing the full album.


Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We would definitely like to cover these songs:

Pink Shoe Laces - Dodie Stevens,
There’s a kind of Hush - Herman’s Hermits
Laisse tomber les filles - France Gall

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have completed the pre-prod of the next album and we enter the studio early September for the recording. The launch is scheduled for next spring. We’re also planning to release a cover of a Christmas song during the Holiday season.

Q: Any parting words?
Check out our new music video for the song “Parasol”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3RpiCKNktk


segunda-feira, 14 de agosto de 2017

I live to fight no more forever with H V N - An Interview

Ryan Davis já é um sócio de carteirinha aqui do TBTCI, por conta de sua banda principal o Sleepwalk, que no ano passado soltou uma pérola chamada "Shimmer" fora o novo single lançado esse ano "Shine / Vertigo Zoom" mas, não é exatamente do Sleepwalk que vamos tratar neste momento.

O assunto é o alter ego de Ryan, H V N, projeto solo do cara, onde o debute aconteceu há menos de um mês. "I live to fight no more forever" o nome do artefato, soa mais eletrônico do que sua banda original, mas denso também, evocando fantasmas de Bowery Electric em determinados momentos.

Em um clima beirando o noir, Ryan e seu H V N, cometeram uma estreia altamente recomendada, para seu ouvir sozinho em fones de ouvido no auge da madrugada.

***** Interview with H V N *****

Q. When did H V N start? Tell us about the history...
This wasn't a preconceived idea that I planned on and then worked on, so it didn't really "start", but the first songs were written in November 2016. There was three separate sessions, the second two were not intended, but as a result of my satisfaction with the first session I wrote more songs. Songs "two" and "three" were the first session; songs "four" and "five" were the second session; and songs "one" and "six (bonus track with download)" where the third.

Q: Who are your influences?
For H V N it is Boards of Canada, Bowery Electric, MBV, Smashing Pumpkins, and Jesu. I just want to create an atmosphere that really doesn't seem organic at all(hence the vintage drum loops), and is very heavy and dark, but also very moving.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Happy Songs For Happy People - Mogwai
Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins
Songs From The Big Chair - Tears For Fears
(What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
Hounds Of Love - Kate Bush

Q. How do you feel playing live?
H V N has never and will never play live.

Q. How do you describe H V N sounds?
It takes the wall-of-sound, crushing, fuzzed-out (and sometimes bendy) guitar sounds of Loveless and Siamese Dream, pairs it with drum loops like something from Bowery Electric "Beat" or any Boards of Candada, and sprinkles it with atmospheric guitars and synths ending in a very dark, emotional,and dreamy tech noir feel.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I wrote all of the songs on my shitty laptop using Ableton and bounced out the drum loops and anything I felt I wouldn't be able to recreate in the studio to send to Andy who recorded it all. In the studio I recorded guitar, vocals, and was very incredibly fortunate to be able to use Andy's vintage synths.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Andy's band Belonger. It is like a combination of Swervedriver, Sonic Youth, Failure, and Nirvana.

Lightfoils (shoegaze):

Panda Riot (shoegaze/dreampop):

Whimsical (shoegaze/dreampop):

New Canyons (shoegaze/synthpop):

Lazy Legs (shoegaze):

I also have to shamelessly promote my shoegaze/grungegaze band Sleepwalk:

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I want to do a cover Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" but in the style of MBV's "Sometimes" and call it "Sometimes Over The Rainbow."

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Just like the creation, nothing is planned. I spent six months debating whether or not I was even going to actually put these songs up because how hard I am on myself, but it was really fun and I really like the style, so I definitely would like to do more in the future or have some sort of physical release.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much to anybody who listens to this. This is just me and it's not something I can or will do live, so I can't really do anything other than post it online, so anybody listening at all means so much to me!