domingo, 19 de fevereiro de 2017

Asphalt Ocean with The Mites - An Interview

Descendente direta das guitar bands noventistas, leia-se Velocity Girl, Madder Rose e das bubblegums indie bands britânicas do meio dos 80´s, no caso, Primitives, Darling Buds, entre outras, vem o quarteto de Santo Antonio no Texas, The Mites e seu mais novo single "Asphalt Ocean" que gruda na mente de tal maneira e é basicamente impossível não sair cantarolando a canção.

"Asphalt Ocean" sucede o delicioso EP "Bellows" de 2014 e serve como aperitivo do que virá pela frente.

Com o The Mites podemos esperar apenas uma coisa, amor em formato guitar band.


***** Interview with The Mites *****


Q. When did the Mites start? Tell us about the history…
A mite is like a small spider. Not sure when those started popping up but I’d be willing to bet it was a really, really long time ago. We’re just jumping on the evolutionary bandwagon.

Q. Who are your influences?
Books. Tons of books. We don’t really listen to music. Our imaginations make music through the act of reading large academic tomes.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time
1. Al Bundy
2. Dr. Carl Albun, MD of Hoffman Estates, IL
3. The White Albun by TISM
4. Nak’al Bun Elementary School
5. Laura Albun, Product Manager of DevBridge Group

Honorable mention: Al Bun-D Tha Great (35 views on YouTube, you’ll get there!!)


Q. How do you feel playing live?
We have never set foot on a stage to perform in front of other humans thus far. I cannot answer this question. If I had to guess, I’d say nervous.

Q. How do you describe The Mites sounds?
If you took the Necronomicon and painted its pages with pastel colored pencils you’d basically be listening to The Mites already.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We do everything in-house. It’s hard to trust other humans that aren’t tapped into the hive mind of Mites. We’ve recorded in studios and had debates about riffs and drum beats in complete silence and the engineers never can understand where we want to go since they only communicate through auditory means. If we offered them the implant I don’t think they’d be able to handle the colors.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Not a one.

Q. Which band would you love to make cover version of?
This question is very interesting. Upon first read through, we are lead to believe that we are to speak on the subject of a cover version of a song that we would like to perform. However, towards the end of the sentence you use the term “made” which implies we have already performed this cover version. I commend your sly writing structural skills but I won’t fall for your trickery.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
http://www.mars-one.com/

Q. Any parting words?
Thank you for your time.
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https://themites.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/themitestx

sábado, 18 de fevereiro de 2017

The Rolling, Driftless North with Vansire - An Interview


O duo de Minnesota, Sam e Josh ou se você preferir, Vansire passeiam sem cerimônia pelos doces e coloridos caminhos do dreampop em formato lo fi e com jeitão de ter sido concebido  no quarto de um dos dois.

Com inúmeros singles e um disco no currículo, os caras soltaram mais um trabalho em Janeiro, o EP, "The Rolling, Driftless North", um exercício de unificar o dreampop com um jeitão bem YLT de ser, mas que sendo bem sincero são apenas deliciosas e cintilantes pop songs.

Perfeito para dias ensolarados, passeios a beira do mar, com aquela brisa gostosa batendo de frente.


***** Interview with Vansire *****


Q: Who are your influences?
Josh: Beyond the inherent homage we owe to groups like Beach Fossils, Real Estate, The Drums, etc. and all of their respective spiritual predecessors (80s new wave acts, shoegaze titans and early jangle-pop purveyors) I think I can speak for both Sam and I when I say we draw a lot of influence from Steve Reich. In addition to the Minimalists, I owe a lot to early tape and musique concrete composers like Luc Ferrari and Pierre Schaeffer, alongside music like Tim Hecker, Oneohtrix Point Never, Stars of the Lid, and Ben Frost amongst others. I like trying to bridge the gap between the compositional music world and good old lo-fi bedroom pop, because I think the latter actually has a great deal of unappreciated complexity. The great thing about pop music is how it can be both ubiquitous and experimental at the same time; people/acts like Martin Newell, Daniel Johnston, Beat Happnening and R Stevie Moore paved the way for current torch-bearers like John Maus and Ariel Pink, and pop experimentation continues to grow.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Josh: Oh jeeze…
Madvillain - Madvillainy
Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
Arthur Russell - World of Echo
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

Sam: Youth Lagoon - A year of Hibernation
WU LYF - Go tell fire to the mountain
Mac Demarco - Salad Days
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
Tallest Man on Earth - Shallow Graves

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Sam: I get a nice warm feeling when all the parts just come together perfectly and our tone is just right. Our first show was a very memorable moment in my life. It was in my dorm room lounge, we snuck in all the equipment in and put on a little show. I was so excited I almost forgot all of our riffs! It was just very liberating to create something that people enjoyed and rewarding see people coming together like that and have a good time. Live shows are really beautiful because the music is so tangible in that moment and the energy from performers and audience is like a two way street that can act as a positive feedback loop, it builds and hopefully by the end of the thing everyone leaves with a sense of community.

Q. How do you describe Vansire sounds?
Sam: I think our sound is a healthy mix of the lo-fi/dreampop/jangle pop genres. Our sound is pretty reflective of the dream-like state that Josh and I operate in. Often there are moments of washed out, reverby layered guitar riffs which we like to sustain with some background synths. The vocals are a keystone part of our songs but generally aren’t the emphasis of most of our tunes as we try to get away from the popular mantra of, lead singer backed by a band, but rather we use the vocals as an instrument to add into the overall vibe of the song. But yeah most of the lyrics/riffs come from a rather reflective, introspective place within our personal lives and we hope to convey that through our music’s overall vibe, form, and color.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Josh: Our songs are often born out of a single guitar lick from when we’re messing around and looking for ideas. From there, they’ll just develop kind of naturally into a full blown song bit by bit as we go along recording, usually starting with guitars, filling in everything else, and finishing with vocals. Like on the song Driftless, Sam had that that twelve-or-so note lick you hear at the beginning in his head, and from there we got together, started recording and then came up with the rest of the song together as we went along. We switched that up a little bit on this EP though - I had written the lyrics and chord progressions Eleven Weeks and Four Portraits awhile before we started recording this new EP, which is kind of different for us. There was still a lot of experimentation and spur of the moment work with those, but I had a pretty clear idea of how I wanted them to turn out, so the creative process differed in that context. Going to college in different states is a bummer in terms of recording and writing (I’m in Ohio, he’s in Minnesota), but we make it work.


Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Josh: I’ve been digging this fella named Travis Bretzer lately. There’s also a group called Mini-Dresses that I stumbled across yesterday and I’m obsessed with now. Also check out a group called Boyscott. Oh, and there’s a cool dude named Justin making music as High Sunn, check that out too. And, a Finnish group called Eerie Summer, make sure to check them out as well. That’s just to name a few; it’s pretty intimidating and exciting how many incredible new bands are out there doing their thing! Beyond that, I’ll let same sing our praises for Acid Ghost and Castlebeat, because we could both go on forever about that.

Sam: Yeah for sure go listen to Acid Ghost, Castlebeat, High sunn, Movie Brain, Johnny Goth, Jade TV and Tape waves if you haven’t. Also for some really fresh Minneapolis groups listen to Happy Children of Normal Parents, Nomenclatures/lynn murphy and Good luck finding Iris.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Josh: I’ve got kind of a list of songs I would love to put a Vansire spin on - regardless of specific bands, I would have to point to Yo La Tengo’s Fakebook as the pinnacle of beautifully done, tasteful covers. Plus there will never be a better name for an album of covers.

Sam: Next christmas I think we will also release some dreampop christmas song covers :) I’d love to do some john denver covers also.

Josh: Yeah, a few years back Trevor Powers played “Goodbye Again” during a Sirius XMU session, and it was honestly one of the most poignant covers I had ever heard. Such a magical moment - he really brought an intense emotionality to it, and it was perfect in every possible way. That being said, if you ever see Vansire live, you may get to hear “Leaving on a Jet Plane”

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Sam: Hopefully we can line up shows over the summer and play as much as possible, around Minneapolis/Rochester and beyond. My dream would be to set up a lineup of shows to call it a tour sort of deal. But beyond that I think we will definitely continue to write and record music as long as we are able to do it together.

Q: Any parting words?
Sam: Be good to one another.

Josh: Conserve water
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http://vansire.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/vansiretheband

sexta-feira, 17 de fevereiro de 2017

Sleep to Dream with Whimsical - An Interview


Era uma vez no distante ano de 1997 quando uma preciosidade chamada Whimsical dava seus primeiros passos.....bem, se você acompanha as páginas do TBTCI sabe muito bem de quem iremos falar agora, e se quiser saber da história deles em detalhes, leia aqui.

Resumidamente, uma pérola que havia ficado perdida e escondida, sendo admirada somente por poucos e que graças a intervenção dos deuses da música retornou depois de um longo hiato, sim, o Whimsical dos queridos Neil e Krissy retornam as páginas do TBTCI exatamente uma semana antes de ser lançado seu tão desejado novo álbum, que na realidade não é tão novo assim, "Sleep to Dream" já deveria ter sido lançado há anos, mas perdeu-se juntamente com o término do Whimsical, mas para a felicidade completa da nação shoegaze a espertíssima Saint Marie Records, assinou com eles e fez o favor de propiciar este mágico momento.

Quando ao disco, bem, muito já foi escrito antes mesmo dele ter sido lançado, eu, prefiro apenas dizer que trata-se de algo que transborda beleza, seja da linda e majestosa voz de Krissy, ou, do primoroso talento de Neil, o trabalho de guitarras do álbum é algo que pode ser descrito como soberbo.

Tenham calma, que faltam apenas 7 dias para que "Sleep to Dream" nasça mas, saibam, o disco já nasce clássico mesmo sem ter sido lançado, podem acreditar.

O Whimsical deve e precisa ser adorado, mesmo que tardiamente, Krissy e Neil merecem.

Bons sonhos.....


***** Interview with Whimsical *****


Q. Hello Neil / Krissy, first of all, congratulations on the wonderful new album!! I'd like to hear from you, what's the feeling of releasing a new album after more than 15 years since the release of "Settings Suns are Semi Circles"?
Neil - Thanks Renato, we are happy that you like the new album. This album was written from 2000-2004 and mostly recorded at the end of 2004. We never thought it would see a release and for 11 years, we thought it was lost. Once I found the missing hard drive, Krissy and I decided to finish the album and here we are. We are very excited to finally have people hear this album. It took a very long time, but this 2016 version of the album is much stronger than the version that would have been released in 2005. Life is funny sometimes, but the wait was for the best in a lot of ways.

Krissy – Renato, first of all, we love you ;) Thank you for always supporting us!

We couldn’t be more excited about this album. It is truly a dream come true. To echo what Neil has said, the fact that what we once thought was lost and would never be heard by anyone (including us), is now being released, is almost surreal. Then, you add the fact that it is being released by one of our favorite labels (Saint Marie Records) and that makes it more than we could have ever dreamed of. We are very humbled by all of this & so grateful for the incredible level of support that has been shown for us.

I feel like I personally owe so much to Neil, for getting the ball rolling again with this in the first place. I’ll never forget him sending me a message saying that he found the hard drive, after all these years of thinking it was lost forever. At that point it was like “ok, WOW. Awesome! So, now what? Do we print up a few cd’s and hang onto them as a keepsake, to say that this is something we once worked on and be able to show our kids?” We really thought that would be the extent of it. Never, EVER, did I think we’d have a chance to properly finish the album & I surely never imagined it would be picked up by a label. I get teary eyed when I think about it. It means so much to me to have this opportunity to share our music with others, and if it weren’t for Neil’s determination, it would have never happened.

Kev Cleary (of the legendary Shoegaze, Dreampop, & NuGaze board) heard our first album and went above and beyond to promote a few of our songs on his board, also making us his “band of the week”. That pointed a few new listeners in our direction & was really inspiring for us to receive such lovely feedback. Around that time, Neil had also sent him a few of the unfinished songs from the “Sleep To Dream” recordings & Kev suggested that we send it over to Wyatt @ Saint Marie Records, to see if he’d have any interest in putting it out for us. Pipe dream? For sure. We never imagined it would actually happen. Yet here we are today. What was once just a dream has now become our beautiful reality!

(PS - We love you Wyatt Parkins & we will never forget the fact that you believed in us, were willing to take a gamble on us & stand behind the music we make!!)

Q. Tell us how was the recording process of "Sleep to Dream"?
Neil  -It’s a little hard to remember since it was mostly recorded at the end of 2004. I had a home studio at the time and we recorded everything there. Once we got about 90% of the music and most of the main vocals recorded, we sort of got burnt out. It was winter and had just turned 2005. We had been going full time since the summer of 1999. I think we just needed a break and I was busy with other bands. The band didn’t break up as much as fade away. I know I was not happy with how the drum performance was recorded and I remember thinking there was no point in going on. Once I found the missing session files and I was able to load them into Pro Tools back in early 2015, it became obvious that Krissy and I should finish the album. I was able to fix most of the mistakes from earlier and Krissy was able to finish her vocals. We built a small recording set up in her house and she learned how to actually record herself there. I mixed and mastered the album over the next year and kept in touch with all of the old band members for their input.

Krissy – Yet another dream come true for me. If you had told me a year ago that I’d be set up to record my own vocals at home, I’d have thought you were crazy. I am not the most tech savvy girl in the world, especially when it comes to things like this. The thought of learning how to work with recording software, and set up all of this equipment, was very intimidating to me at first. (I am actually submitting a photo of Neil and I on FaceTime, while he walked me through this set up process). There were many laughs to be had, that’s for sure. He was so patient with me though, and got me up and running much faster than I would have thought possible.

This all has created a monster now! Music is such a huge part of my life, and something I am so passionate about. Now that I am able to actively work on new music, it’s something I never want to see come to an end. This recording set up gave us the opportunity to work on all of the songs we released for “Brought to Light” last year, which was so fun for both of us. It has also given me the chance to work on some wonderful collaborations, writing songs with a few other amazing bands, such as: The Churchhill Garden, Pipes Not Dead, Seasurfer, The City Gates and Xeresa.

Q. Most of the songs are old, right? How did you re-recorded them now that Whimsical is a duo?

Neil -All of the songs are old and 90% was recorded as a 5 piece band. Krissy finished her vocals and I was able to fix mistakes and record some new keyboard and guitar overdubs, but what you hear on the album is still the old 5 piece version of the band that played on Setting Suns are Semi-Circles and Sleep to Dream. The current version of the band, being Krissy and I, have since recorded songs for our “Brought to Light” album. Those songs are the first to just feature the two of us as Whimsical.

Krissy – I don’t have much to add here. I will say that I was glad to be able to go back in and add some vocals to these songs. It was the “icing on the cake” that a lot of the songs needed, to round them out. The lyrics and vocals for “Leap of Faith” were actually just written in the summer of 2016. As a result, that song took on a new life. Originally, before I was set up to record, we thought that it was going to be released as an instrumental, because it was one of the songs that I had never gotten around to writing vocals for. We all love it so much more, now that the vocals have been added to it & it’s become one of my favorite songs on the album.


Q. I know you already have plans for a new album, right? Tell more about what's ahead, will it be different from "Sleep to Dream"?

Neil -Well, the new version of Whimsical is just Krissy and I going forward. You can get an idea of what we are doing with the songs on the “Brought to Light” album, which is mostly cover songs and a few old Whimsical songs. We are using programmed drums this time and now that I do not have the limitations of a 5 piece band, I can do whatever I want musically. I have started writing songs for the next album, but it is still very early for me to have an opinion on how it sounds. It still sounds like us, but I would say it sounds like a mix of Disintegration era Cure meets Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins. I have a way that I write guitar and bass parts and that is never going to change.

Krissy – Yes, Wyatt signed us for “Sleep to Dream”, and another album to follow. Sigh…that Wyatt I tell ya! J As for the music being different from” Sleep To Dream”, I would love to think that we are evolving as artists and will go on to write even better songs than what we have previously released. I think that we have a very unique sound, and I feel that any songs we work on will always have that distinguishable “Whimsical” signature. Neil and I both draw from such a large musical pool of influence, and I love that, because I think it helps to keep us from taking a “cookie cutter” approach to songwriting. We appreciate both the warm & fuzzy, upbeat & happy, dreampop songs, but also love the more melancholic, heartbreakers. My hope is that all of the music we work on will be a balance of the two of those things. Ultimately, as long as it will resonate with the listener, and pull on their heart strings in some way, then I feel happy about the music we are making.

Q. Now a question I am immensely curious to know. When will Whimsical perform live again?

Neil -Well, I am sorry to say that it might never happen. All five band members that performed on Sleep to Dream live in five separate states across the country. We have talked about maybe playing a Shoegaze festival at the end of 2017, but it all depends on if there is a demand. It would take a lot of work to make a performance happen and I just do not know if we have that sort of time in our lives anymore. We will see.

Krissy – All I have to say about that is this: Did we ever think this album would be released on Saint Marie Records? No. Did we ever think that we’d be writing new music together. No. Did we ever think that we would have the amazing support that we do? No. So, in my humble opinion, no dream is too big & nothing is outside of the realm of possibility. Never say never, (glaring at Neil, haha). It would take some work, of course, but I believe it will happen & I’m gonna hold on to that dream until it’s a reality. Assuming we’re a battery…who’s the negative, and who’s the positive here? Haha. Love you, Neil.

Q. About what is currently happening in music, not only in this new interest in shoegaze / dreampop but in general, how do you evaluate all this?

Neil - I have mixed emotions about modern day music. I sound like an old man, but I rarely hear many bands that make me excited anymore. I listen to many genres and sub-genres of music and the list of current bands that I love keep getting smaller and smaller. I am excited about the new interest in Shoegaze and Dream Pop, but it seems that what many consider Shoegaze and Dream Pop is not what I consider to be those genres. I have never been influenced by the radio or what is making money in music. Anyone who looks into my history of bands can see that, but I have no idea who many of these performers are these days. I feel and sound like an 80 year old man. My own father, who introduced me to bands like Slowdive, Ride, Lush, and MBV in 1991, knows more about current music than I do. I do check out many newer bands that I see others post on Facebook, and while I do listen to many newer bands, I still seem to go back to the stuff I grew up on. Krissy is much more into the newer bands, so at least one of us has an idea of what is going on around us. Haha

Krissy – It is safe to say that I have a polar opposite view here. I haven’t been this excited about music in such a long time. On an almost daily basis, I am finding SO many incredible bands, and new music that I am so in love with! It’s honestly almost overwhelming to keep up with, and that’s a great “problem” to have. I will, of course, always have mad love for the classic, innovative bands that blazed the trails for all of us in the Shoegaze & Dreampop scene. However, it makes me so happy to see, and even happier to hear, all of the beautiful new music pouring out of these genres, like an overflowing fountain.

I credit sources like TBTCI, “DKFM Shoegaze Radio”, “Primal Radio”, and all of the Shoegaze/Dreampop groups on facebook, for keeping me in the loop & helping me stay current with what is happening in music today. It’s like this addiction for me & I need my daily fix. Never fail, there is always at LEAST one new find, every single day, that drops my jaw & keeps me inspired to stay on the hunt. Tuning into “New Tracks Weekend”, on DKFM every weekend, is something I’m always excited about. I have found out about some of my favorite new bands that way, and I love that it is a weekend dedicated specifically to NEW music.

Q. What have you been listening to these days?
Neil - I am all over the place musically. I listen to everything from Seasurfer and Manon Meurt, to Nasum and Pig Destroyer. I love anything Dreamy like Minipop and Anne, but also bands like Boards of Canada, Manual, and Tycho. I am a huge fan old Death Metal, Black Metal, Grindcore, Horror Punk, Darkwave, Industrial, New Wave, Chillwave, as well as old IDM and Ambient music.

Krissy – I have love for SO many different types of music, but Shoegaze and Dreampop will always hold my heart first. My most recent obsession has been the 3 tracks just released by “Visiting Diplomats”, but I’ve had these other bands on a pretty constant rotation, with no plans to stop anytime soon: The Churchhill Garden, NEWMOON, Cigarettes After Sex, Crescendo, New Canyons, Daywave, The Mary Onettes, The Emerald Down, Rolemodel, The Blessed Isles, Swimming Tapes, MOLLY, Lillet Blanc, Acid Ghost, Tiny Fireflies (I could go on and on, AND ON…but I’ll stop there). I do think that 2017 is going to be packed with stellar new releases as well & I’m really looking forward to hearing them. In particular, I am SO excited for the upcoming albums from Slowdive, Airiel, Seasurfer, Cigarettes After Sex and Miniatures!!


Q. What are the plans for the future?
Neil - Krissy and I are writing songs for our next full length album as well as songs for another edition of Brought to Light. Our plan is to write more songs than we need for the full length and use the rest of the songs as B-Sides on Brought to Light 2. We obviously hope that Sleep to Dream is well received and that we start to make some sort of name for ourselves, but we are just happy to be making music and being creative together again.

Krissy – Just this once, I will tell Neil that I couldn’t have said it better myself. J Just this once. Haha. If it isn’t already obvious, we have a great friendship and are constantly joking around with each other. Being best friends for over 20 years has been a real blessing, in and of itself, but I think it’s something very special to be able to channel that bond into our music and write songs together again. We trust each other, we are very comfortable with one another & we have roots that run deep. When it comes to songwriting, we aren’t afraid to try new things, and we can be brutally honest, giving critique to one another, without there being any hurt feelings involved. I am so grateful to be able to work on music with Neil, and I have no plans to ever stop. Hopefully the future for Whimsical is only just beginning & will have no end.

Q. And finally, first of all, thank you very much for the interview, you are wonderful !!

Neil - Thanks Renato, we have always appreciated your support for Whimsical and it has been a great help to us since we have reformed.

Krissy – Thank you so much Renato! You have been one of our biggest supporters in all of this, and we will never take that for granted. We are so honored to have you in our corner & appreciate you more than you’ll ever know. So much love for you & what you do! <3 br="">*
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Buy Sleep To Dream here - http://www.saintmarierecords.com/products/584594-whimsical-sleep-to-dream

quinta-feira, 16 de fevereiro de 2017

Little Tricks with Glass Horses - An Interview



Com fortes e tendenciosas conotações sombrias, o debute dos londrinos do Glass Horses é um gélido e cinzento exercício de como mesclar shoegaze com pós punk.

Doses cavalares de melancolia transbordam das quatro canções do EP homônimo lançado no início do ano. Mas, não somente de camadas viajantes de guitarras e vocais gélidos o Glass Horses conduz sua música, porções de psicodelismo permeiam o Ep, principalmente em "Little Tricks".

Uma estreia absolutamente indispensável.

***** Interview with Glass Horses *****


Q. When did Glass Horses start? Tell us about the history...
A. It all started about 2 years ago , Pat, James and Tel had known eachother for a while and been in bands together before and started jamming some ideas and old demos that Tel had , then Noga joined as lead vocalist and guitarist and set about recording our 4 track E.P

Q: Who are your influences?
The cure, L.A Witch, Froth, Novella, The Oscillation, The Obsolete, Ringo Deathstarr, The KVB, Spectres, Status Quo

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Led Zeppelin 1 ,
The Cure- The Cure,
The Stone Roses- The Stone Roses,
Ride - Going Blank Again,
Guns And Roses- Appetite For Destruction.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Great! Can't wait!

Q. How do you describe Glass Horses sounds?
We like to think it's kind of a shoegazey alternative indie rock pop dark wave drone kind of erm sound.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Complicated, Tel lays down the basic foundation at home i.e guitars , vocal ideas if needed, keyboards and structure ideas then we jam it up in the studio , think , talk , argue about it and rearrange til everyone's happy then drums and bass are recorded in a rehearsal studio normally in the company of a loud rock band in the next room, meanwhile Noga records vocals and guitar at home. After months of analysis ,opinions and emails we give it to James to mix and produce , DIY takes forever...

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Novella, La Witch, The KVB, Ringo Deathstarr, The Obsolete, Froth, The Sly Persuaders.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Status Quo, Rocking All Over The World

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To make it through our set and be in the pub as much as possible.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for having us , loving your blog and keep up the good work! Obrigado
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https://www.facebook.com/pg/glasshorsesband
https://soundcloud.com/glasshorsesband/

quarta-feira, 15 de fevereiro de 2017

In Surges with Tears Run Rings - An Interview


Bem, algumas vezes, na verdade raríssimas, é desnecessário dissecar ou apresentar o assunto que será abordado nessas páginas...e, este é o caso de um dos responsáveis pela efervescência shoegaze que acontece atualmente nos quatro cantos do mundo. 

Tardiamente, o TBTCI tem a honra de conversar com o espetacular e cultuado quinteto de Portland, Tears Run Rings.

Somente o nome, Tears Run Rings, para os entendedores basta, maiores explanações, entretanto um pequeno adendo, após um hiato de seis longos anos, a banda nos brindou com outra pérola, "In Surges", o terceiro álbum da banda foi lançado no final do ano passado, sublimando sonhos e delírios.

Sem mais rodeios, senhoras e senhores, Tears Run Rings, agora no TBTCI.


***** Interview with Tears Run Rings *****


Q. When did Tears Run Rings start? Tell us about the history...
Ed: We started around 2005, out of the ashes of some of our older projects that we had together — The Autocollants, Evening Lights, etc. We’ve all been friends for years and kept wanting to start new groups based on our musical tastes. Tears Run Rings has fortunately stuck around. Three of live in different cities - Matthew in San Francisco, Dwayne in LA and Laura and I in Portland, so we don’t get to see each other very often. Still we make the long distance relationship work by trading tracks online and having “band weekends” once or twice a year.

Q. Who are your influences?
Ed: Initially a lot of the classic shoegaze bands — Slowdive, Pale Saints, Ride, Lush, etc. Pus more standard pop like Moose, The Cure and New Order. More recently inspired by Languis, The Radio Dept, Airiel, Mahogany and The Cheatahs.

Laura: I’d say for this last album, I was influenced by Epic45, Benoit Pioulard, Cocteau Twins, Serena Maneesh, Violens, and Lush.

Dwayne: My influences are Slowdive, Pale Saints, Chapterhouse, My Bloody Valentine.

Matthew: I agree with everyone else.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Dwayne: Slowdive - "Just For A Day", Flying Saucer Attack - "Distance", Bowery Electric - "Beat", Chapterhouse - "Whirlpool", Lush “Spooky”, Pale Saints - "The Comforts of Madness"

Ed: This is tough… I’ll just do shoegaze albums of all time since it will be easy. Otherwise it will take too long. Slowdive - Souvlaki, Pale Saints - The Comforts of Madness, Chapterhouse - Whirlpool, Slowdive - Just For A Day, Ride - Nowhere

Laura: Impossible. Here are 5 albums that come to mind off the top of my head at this moment, excluding my obvious shoegaze favorites: 1. The Sundays “Reading Writing and Arithmetic”, 2. The Sea and Cake “The Fawn", 3. Violens “True", 4. American Analog Set “The Golden Band", 5. The Knife “Silent Shout"

Matthew: Top 5 albums: Paul Simon - Graceland, Radiohead - Ok Computer, Moose - Live a Little Love a Lot, The Knife - Silent Shout, Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Laura: I think some of us like it more than others. I love playing live, even though it does make me a bit nervous! We have only played a few shows as a band, and since we live so far away, we never get to actually practice playing live. Maybe someday when our kids are older we can devote time to practicing and touring. I think the best part of playing live is meeting new people, so I do hope we can do some touring again someday.

Q. How do you describe Tears Run Rings sounds?
Dwayne: Tears Run Rings tend to be on the more dreamy part of shoegaze I guess. We all like texture and noises and melodies. I feel there is a song for everyone on this album. From atmospheric to noisy to dreamy pop. We hope there's something for everyone on this record.


Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Matthew: We write most of our songs as a group, but we live in 3 different cities and we can only meet up 1 or 2 times a year so we have to make the most of our time together. We wrote most of the songs on In Surges over a 5 days period in 2010. Well, we wrote the first draft of those songs. Our songs always change a lot by the time we release them, Sometimes we'll end up mashing two songs together or changing the chord structures entirely before we're happy with a song. The biggest changes happen after Laura and Matthew start working on the vocals from San Francisco and Portland. The drum tracks are the only semi-constant in our songs because they're the hardest to change.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Laura: I absolutely love Mumrunner, Deafcult and Lazy Legs. I also am super excited about the Presentable Corpse 7"— can’t wait to hear more from them.

Dwayne: Star Horse, Wild Honey, Velveteen, and The Colour of Spring.

Q. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Matthew: We've considered a few covers over the years but when we get together we love writing music too much to bother working on them. That said, I'd love to cover a Thompson Twins song.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
Ed: We are now starting to work on some new demos toward an EP and new album. Hopefully we’ll get together in the summer to finalize some tracks and start recording so it hopefully will not take us another 6 years to release something.

Q. Any parting words?
TRR: Thank you very much!!
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https://www.facebook.com/tearsrunrings
http://www.tearsrunrings.com/
https://deepspacerecordings.bandcamp.com/album/in-surges

terça-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2017

Sissy Spacek with Sorry Escalator - An Interview



O TBTCI veio do submundo dos bons sons e nele ficará, não há como fugir, e tampouco faço questão, é muito mais divertido, excitante, barulhento e aquela palavrinha básica, foda-se, serve perfeitamente para ilustrar a diversão que é se deparar com uma banda novata como os ingleses do Sorry Escalator.

Barulheira, melodias, noise bubblegum, algo como o J&MC, Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr e Urusei Yatsura tudo junto e misturado a serviço apenas de propiciar diversão através de despretensiosas e grudentas pérolas.

O negócio é, se o submundo da música não dá grana, foda-se, mas que a gente se diverte pra caralho, isso se diverte, e é exatamente isso que os moleques do Sorry Escalator passam, sexo, drogas e rock´n´roll, o resto é balela.

Escute alto tomando alguma coisa, é claro.

***** Interview with Sorry Escalator *****


Q. When did Sorry Escalator start? Tell us about the history...
We started waay back in the day when it was just me and Ryan making noise in a freezing cold shed out the back of a pub in our home town. I later then moved off to Leeds to University but we never stopped playing together. Then in the summer of 2014 the second guitarist Shaun joined, he bought a whole new sound and structure to the band instead of it just being noisey ha! We kept jamming and writing whenever we could for a couple of years then we finally got our shit together and recorded the EP with the help of a good friend Matt Brown who also played bass on the EP . After the EP release we met Jamie and he was keen to step in on bass, completing the lineup we have now.

Q: Who are your influences?
Let's go for the most obvious first, My bloody valentine are probably the biggest influence on our sound. We are also massive fans of bands like Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth and Radiohead. More recently bands like Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and Swrilies have been a big influence, even some heavier stuff like Melvins and True Widow.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Radiohead - OK Computer (All of them really)
Slowdive - Souvlaki
Jesus and Mary Chain - Pyschocandy
Dinosaur Jr - You're living all over me

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Gigs are great when the audience is right, in our home town a lot of people complain we are too noisey and just want to listen to cover bands or that xfactor shite. But when the auidence is actually into it its great, no better feeling.



Q. How do you describe Sorry Escalator sounds?
Loud in your face shoegaze with poppy elements thrown in.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Basically we did the whole EP in 10 hours! We booked a 10 hour session at Jar Mills Studio In leeds, Danny opened up locked us in and left! Me Ryan and Shaun had five songs we wanted to get done, Matt Brown stepped in to both record and put down the bass tracks. We just smashed it out in all live takes and then over dubbed the vocals, one day done.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
check out Leeds based shoegaze band Colour of Spring, we giged with them last year and they are top lads, also Curb again Leeds based are good friends of ours.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I have always had this thing about covering In Dreams - Roy Orbison, I just think it would make a great shoegaze song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are going to be recording a single of our new track which will be coming out later on this year, so keep your ears peeled.

Q: Any parting words?
Yeah, Somebody organise us a show in Sao Paulo!!!
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https://www.facebook.com/sorryescalator
https://sorryescalator.bandcamp.com/releases

segunda-feira, 13 de fevereiro de 2017

Döda flickan rädda rösten with Fagelle - An Interview


Esqueça qualquer vestígio de música pop, desvincule-se por completo do formato de uma canção, seja barulhenta, sonhadora, etc, etc, etc, agora nas páginas do TBTCI o anti-pop, o experimentalismo pleno tomarão conta.

Klara Andersson aka Fagelle, cansada de tocar em bandas usuais, resolveu simplesmente experimentar, talvez uma conexão com Bjork seja notada inicialmente, mas Fagelle seria o lado negro da duende islandesa, ou algo assim.

Música não convencional, onde até mesmo iniciados precisarão de algumas horas, dias para que o entendimento seja pleno.

Novos caminhos e horizontes é o que Fagelle oferta. Experimente.


***** Interview with Fagelle *****



Q. When did Fagelle start? Tell us about the history...
At around 2013, when I got incredibly tired of playing in bands and of pop music in general. I was searching for something else, something more complex, a place with no limits. So I started recording sounds everywhere I went and eventually composed with them, building layers of meaning in song-like structures. I also got some gear and spent hours on the floor making weird loops and walls of noise. After being on my own for quite some time I met producer Henryk Lipp and together we started to find a way to approach the idea of the song where we could keep all the unpredictability and excitement of the noise and the sounds.

Q: Who are your influences?
I hope that every exciting experience of art influences what I do. But some people I often return to: Radiohead, Tom Waits, Anna Von Hausswolff, Grimes, Bon Iver, Jenny Hval.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Time Out - The Dave Brubeck Quartet
In Rainbows – Radiohead
Real Gone – Tom Waits
Skebokvarnsv. 209 – Thåström
Deep Cuts – The Knife

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Massive and infinite

Q. How do you describe Fagelle sounds?
A constant struggle between the most fragile and the most powerful and Inside off this tension is noise, poetry, changing rhythms and exploring of the voice.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I build a framework and then I lay tons of layers of noise, guitar, synth arpeggios and so on. Then Henryk tries to make some order in the chaos by muting most of the things I’ve done, and then I lay more layers and we go back and forth like that until it’s done. Drums and vocals are recorded in the analogue studio Music a Matic in Gothenburg. Many great artists and bands have passed through that studio over the years, so there’s good vibes, and amazing gear.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Fanny Kaplan from Moscow is amazing, all the Russian new wave/punk energy you could ever want, and Menace Beach is maybe not a new band but I first heard their song Lemon Memory on BBC radio 6 a few weeks ago and immediately bought the album. Great sounding indie.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Helmut Lachenmann

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To release an EP this year and play around Europe in a variety of contexts. Hopefully meet more wonderful, weird people.

Q: Any parting words?
Hejdå, vi hörs!
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domingo, 12 de fevereiro de 2017

Doomsday with Reptilians From Andromeda - An Interview


O combo pós punk freak de Istambul, Turquia, Reptilians From Andromeda retorna as páginas do TBTCI por conta de seu mais novo single, "Doomsday".

Pós punk/ new wave old school com toques sórdidos de garage punk. "Doomsday" é a típica canção pra se jogar em inferninhos sujos, escuros e esfumaçados, o mesmo para "Love Balt", e as duas saideiras, "We´re Gonna Fight Tonite" e "Come on Baby" servem basicamente pra sair chutando tudo pela frente.

Se por algum desvio de caráter você ainda não conhece o Reptilians From Andromeda, resolva isso urgentemente antes que te joguem os caras goela abaixo.


***** Interview with Reptilians From Andromeda *****


Q. Hello, first congratulations on the new single, it's really brilliant, What is your analysis after conclusion of 7"? Are you happy with the result?

Thanks! We are also so happy about this 7" Ep so there are 4 songs on it in fact 3 of them was recorded before "Doomsday" track. We tried to put different elements in our sound to make people feel punk, garage and a bit electropunk in these recording. Opening track Doomsday simply a dancepunk song with the "dont believe in the doomsday" chorus, second track "Love bait" is an 80s kinda oldschool hardrock/garage/punk song, "We're gonna fight tonite" was the a song make our audience make pogo in the gigs. And the closing title "Come'on babe" a noisy garage song. So we shoot a video for it firstly such a B-movie type. Here you can watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY8oMDFGR1U

We recorded and mixed all these songs in different time so our mastering engineer Fran Ashcroft also did a great job on this. He gives the Ep a really magical vintage sound. This 7" is also very first product of Prof Sny Records who based Praque (Cz) They are gonna release some other very crazy interesting stuff soon. We are happy to work with them. They're planning lots of cool future releases. Check'em out!

Q. How was the process of creating "Doomsday"?

Firstly we recorded a demo at home with drum machine but we changed our minds at the end. We really want an acoustic sound for this EP. So we decided to record drums at studio and take drum recordings at home to record other instruments and vocals on it. Basically we do like that, it makes us free from budget. Theres no time difficulty. We record everything on reel-to-reel tape recorder and at the end mixed at computer.

Q. What are the main differences between "Doomsday" and your early releases ?
Main difference is "Doomsday" is the rawest one in some different ways. More drive and distortion sound as you hear. Noisy feedbacks, police sirens and some gun shots. All for make our audience more happy :)

Q. What were the influences for creating "Doomsday"?

Doomsday is a B52's, Devo kinda new wave/punkdisco song. Suddenly we create it when we were jamming...

Q. What are your plans for 2017?
We have recorded 12 new songs for an upcoming album. there're some compilations and some more concerts...
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https://www.facebook.com/reptiliansfromandromeda
https://profsnyrecords.bandcamp.com/releases

sábado, 11 de fevereiro de 2017

Lerina with SeiSui - An Interview



Duas música apenas, sim duas, nada mais, nada menos, mas é o necessário para que o novíssimo duo inglês, SeiSui já entrasse de cara fazendo as honras em formato noisemathgazer aqui nas página do TBTCI.

"Lerina" o segundo single somado a "A Toast To All Out Ships AT Sea" o primeiro explicitam qual é a do SeiSui, pense no Elevate sendo aditivado por Joey Santiago e Kevins Shields ao mesmo tempo.
Caos em forma nonsense onde o perigo esta sempre prestes a explodir. 

Resumindo a brindandeira, o SeiSui é barulheira de primeira grandeza, olhos e ouvidos atentos.


***** Inerview with SeiSui *****


Q. When did SeiSui start? Tell us about the history…
We’ve been working on tracks since summer last year and 'A Toast To All Our Ships At Sea' came together in a couple of weeks before Christmas. One of us has made music before in several bands for many years, one of us hasn’t made any music at all but has always wanted to. SeiSui started as a studio experiment to see how someone who has never made music could work with someone who has and experiment and have fun with sound.

Q: Who are your influences?
18th Dye, Elevate, My Bloody Valentine, Slint, Tortoise, Stereolab, Sonic Youth. We also like all types of literature and film - anything that inspires us that is different and engaging - and often reference these in our lyrics. And we influence each other quite a lot, perhaps that sounds insular but we do introduce each other to music as well as share quite a lot of bands, albums and sounds that we like.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I’m not sure we’d always be able to agree on five, or that we’d pick exactly the same five tomorrow, and ‘of all time’ feels like a big commitment, but right now we say...

Elevate - The Architect
My Bloody Valentine - Isn’t Anything
Martha - Blister’s In The Pit Of My Heart
Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
Pixies - Surfer Rosa

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We haven’t played live yet! We don’t even know if we could because it's just the two of us making all the music. Marlowe has played live in lots of bands so he could figure out a way, and we know plenty of musicians who could help us, but at the moment we are really enjoying just creating things in the studio. We’d like to finish the EP - then we will decide if we want to or actually could play live.


Q. How do you describe SeiSui sounds?
We like to create soundscapes rather than songs. The music tries to evoke the sentiment of the subject and the lyrics - for instance, with ‘A Toast To All Our Ships’ we wanted the guitars to sound tidal, swelling and sometimes dangerous like the ocean. The lyrics are spoken word in this track because we were imagining the broken broadcasts that pass between ships at sea, the voices in the radio waves. With other songs we want to tell the lesser-known stories, but ones with which we have a shared fascination. We love layering guitars and more experimental vocals. But how does SeiSui sound? It sounds like the insides of our heads, shared.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We set out to record in a totally different way to how you’d normally create songs. Marlowe just likes to capture sounds and textures and slowly music seems to form songs from layering these sounds together. Sometimes the music is actual chords, sometimes just noises manipulated. Decca keeps collections of words and when she hears the music will know which ones are meant for that songs. A lot of her lyrics are inspired by real but less-well-known stories, or about ideas and stories we've told each other. We both like to record ambient sounds, industrial sounds etc and then see how they can be incorporated into the music.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There is a very strong DIY scene with lots of good new bands putting records out in the UK right now. Pet Crow, Mouses, Dystopian Future Movies, Goddesses, The Winter Passing, Dream Wife, Cherry Hex and the Dream Church. We love finding new music, but introducing each other to our old favourites too. We’ve revisited Surfer Rosa together recently as well as Graham Coxon’s 'Love Travels At Illegal Speeds'.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We would love to cover Strawberry Switchblade’s song ‘Since Yesterday'

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We want to finish recording an EP but we haven’t thought of where SeiSui is going after that. We’ll follow our curiosity and see where we end up!

Q: Any parting words?
It’s completely possible to make something from nothing and as creativity is so important, in so many ways, you should just do it. Even if you think you can't, do it anyway.
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https://www.facebook.com/seisuiband
https://seisui.bandcamp.com

Groan with Antiphons - An Interview


Lembram-se de que o indie rock era algo bacana e não depreciativo? Indie era sim uma parada foda, exemplos de indies clássicos, Pavement, Built to Spill, Grandaddy, e por ai vai, todos sinônimos de música de qualidade, muito além da pasmaceira fake que assola os quatro cantos do mundo, sinal de que os tempos precisam de uma reviravolta, ou não.

Seguindo a trilha dos heróis do indie college estadunidense dos 90´s, chega as páginas do TBTCI, o Antiphons e seu debute "Groan", indie até a medula sem ser ridículo. 

Os caras acertaram na media sem devaneios exagerados, sem soar nostálgicos demais, e olhando para o futuro.

Uma bela amostra de que o indie ainda vale a pena.

***** Interview with Antiphons *****


Q. When did Antiphons start? Tell us about the history...
1. Antiphons began as a solo project of mine (Brian Dove) in 2011. It started as sort of a lofi/bedroom folk project and I released a few EPs under the name, which can now be found here: https://briandove.bandcamp.com/. In 2013, I put together a band for shows, which disbanded for a bit when I moved to Oregon in early 2014. I moved back to Richmond in March of 2015 with the beginnings of what became our new record.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. Oh man...I have a lot of influences, but here are a few that shaped my songwriting: Pedro the Lion, Anathallo, Andy Shauf...and a lot of contemporary U.S. East coast bands like Leapling, Peaer, Mannequin Pussy, Mitski. All my friends' bands. Also I am influenced by a lot of non-musical things like food, the weather, animals, my geographical location, the humans I surround myself with.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. This question is so hard :( I really can't.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. I love playing live ~ I tend to get super nervous and anxious right before a set, but then sort of zone out as soon as we start playing. I close my eyes a lot so I don't have to look at people, it can be distracting. But yeah I love playing shows.

Q. How do you describe Antiphons sounds?
5. Spacey, emotive, half-rock


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. We recorded these songs at a studio in Mechanicsville, Virginia called The Virginia Moonwalker. It's in a little old house in the woods, where we recorded the drums, bass, and rhythm guitar all live in the same room to a reel-to-reel tape machine. Then we dubbed over vocals, lead guitar, and some additional instruments digitally. We did this all in a weekend and it ruled.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. They're not all *super new* but I am currently listening to: Ian Sweet, Warehouse, The Spirit of the Beehive, Mannequin Pussy, & Lance Bangs a whole lot. There's a new Virginia band called ING that is killin it right now.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. We actually just recorded a cover for Mash Notes vol 1: Richmond Covers Richmond, a compilation album I'm helping put together of Richmond bands covering other bands from Richmond. We covered a song by my pal Paul Ivey called Casual Wayne. (https://vimeo.com/199613448)

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. We're going to tour the East coast & midwest USA in late March/early April for a bit, then come back home and keep working on our second record, which we hope to record over the summer.

Q: Any parting words?
10. Long live Citrus City Records
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https://antiphons.bandcamp.com
http://www.antiphonsband.com
https://www.facebook.com/Antiphons/

sexta-feira, 10 de fevereiro de 2017

Sol 0 with L-space - An Interview


Sente-se, aconchegue-se, desacelere, respire, procure se afastar do caos do dia a dia, se tudo isso soa difícil ou quase impossível a você, sugiro então uma pequena grande ajuda.

Experimente se abster do dia a dia caótico ouvindo o instigante e feito sob encomenda para manter a mente relaxada, debute dos escoceses do L-space.

"Sol 0" é o nome da preciosidade, lançado há pouco mais de 15 dias, o disco é literalmente um medicamento para a alma, como um filme mudo apenas sendo conduzido por uma doce e suave trilha sonora sugerindo imagens bucólicas, paisagens exuberantes, e o sopro do vento no rosto.

Um quase trip hop, ou um quase dreampop, não importa aqui tentar definir o que é o L-space, basta apenas fechar os olhos, respirar e se purificar.

Silêncio por favor....

***** Interview with L-space *****


Q. When did Softer L-space start? Tell us about the history...
Gordon: Lily and I met when we both worked for a charity in Edinburgh. We bonded one day when we both had to glue our shoes back tother because neither of us could afford new ones! I met Dickson through the editor of [Untitled], a literary journal from Falkirk. I met Lily at the same charity in Edinburgh I met Lily, but Lily had left by that point.

Lily: I think the roots of L-space began in each of us separately wanting to make music and reading similar books, and then we were lucky enough to meet each other in our workplace, and then find two other talented musicians, Dickson and Maggie, who clicked with us well. Or, as Carl Sagan once said, “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe”. We are apple pie in a universe. Kind of healthy but also kind of not.

Q: Who are your influences?
Gordon: Radiohead, El-P, and Olafur Arnalds.

Lily: My main influences are my studies in Cognitive Science, AI and space exploration, as well as science fiction novels. Oh yeah and music. Especially other inspirational female artists like Bjork, Grimes, Mitski and Janelle Monáe and artists with powerful political messages like Run the Jewels. My cat influences me.

Dickson: Radiohead, Portishead, Groove Armada, The Cure, St Etienne, Boards of Canada, DJ Shadow, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Mogwai.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Gordon: Radiohead: OK Computer, Muse: Origin of Symmetry, DOOM: Born Like This, Aesop Rock: Labor Days, A Silver Mt. Zion: Born Into Trouble as Sparks Fly Upwards.

Lily: Radiohead: Kid A, Electric President: S/T, Grimes: Art Angels, Sigur Ros: Takk, Run the Jewels: RTJ2

Dickson: Young Team; Radiohead: In Rainbows; James: Laid; Kate Bush: Hounds of Love; Kathryn Joseph: Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I’ve Spilled.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Gordon: I'm looking forward to it! We're playing at King Tut's in Glasgow on the 4th of February- I'm excited to see how the crowd reacts to our songs, plus we'll be playing some songs nobody as ever heard before, which is exciting.

Lily: Sharing our music means so much to me, so I am so pleased to be able to do it in live form as well as on record. People often get something different from the live experience and I hope to give them a fun, interesting, warm and spacey experience! I bought some holographic shoes with wings to make me feel less nervous.

Dickson: Excited. It’ll be interesting to see how an audience responds to our material.

Q. How do you describe L-space sounds?
Gordon: I think we sound a bit like Portishead covering the Flaming Lips if they were going through a Radiohead phase.

Lily: This has been difficult when people ask us. I usually say electronic dreamy music with a piano core and futuristic and sci-fi themes. We like to experiment with different sounds and genres though, so expect hip-hop, classical and punk-rock in the future! I would also say that at least for now, we don't sound that polished. For example, I have never had any singing training and I don't really know how to use my voice properly. But some people might like that raw, natural quality, so I try to see it as a positive.

Dickson: Equal doses of the silky and the chaotic. It’s lo-fi poppy shoegaze for star lovers.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Gordon: Lily is going to go into a lot of detail I'm sure!

Lily: For most of our songs we have recorded them in Gordon's living room while him and his wife Anca bring us guacamole and wine to feed the creativity. We use a Shure SM58 mic (recommended to me when I interviewed Michael Winslow from Police Academy!) and an audio interface to record onto Gordon's laptop, as well as direct inputs from an electric piano, Korg synth and various guitars. We also work with samples and produce our tracks with Audacity and Garageband. We have recorded one song in a studio and hope to record more like that when we can. If it is a song I have written from the beginning, I already have the melody, but if it is a song Gordon has written there is a lot of me humming into a mic until I find the write melodies and harmonies!

Dickson: Gordon and Lily are best placed to answer this. On the technical side, it’s currently a combo of in-the-house-with-a-laptop recording and professional studio use, using a sound engineer and Pro-Tools.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Gordon: Reykjavikurdaetur, Modern Studies, Campfires in Winter

Lily: Not sure how new is new, but I would recommend Shield Patterns, Tusks and PWR BTTM

Dickson: Modern Studies; Agnes Obel; Kathryn Joseph; Gnoomes

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Gordon: Sigur Ros, All Saints, Manic Street Preachers

Lily: Mitski, Grimes, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Adam Stafford, Pink Floyd.

Dickson: Open to anything: Radiohead; B*Witched; PJ Harvey; S Club

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Gordon: To play our music all over the world and to record much, much more. I'd also like to send our music into space somehow!

Lily: Ideally we would like to take our music to the future Mars colonies. I hope Elon Musk replies to my emails. More soon than that, we hope to create more records to share all over our home planet, Earth.

Dickson: Play more gigs, record more tracks and enjoy the process. L-Space is the most laid back band I’ve worked with. This is a good thing. When folk are chilled, the songs almost kinda happen themselves.

Q: Any parting words?
Gordon: The world may be a confusing, sometimes horrible, place- but there are moments of beauty out there if you look for them.

Lily: We need to steer humanity's future in the right direction, whether it is with science or music or kindness. Everyone can do a little bit. GO GO GO.

Dickson: Slide
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https://l-space.bandcamp.com
http://l-space.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/lspaceband

quinta-feira, 9 de fevereiro de 2017

The Surface with Munic! - An Interview


Quem acompanha as páginas do TBTCI já percebeu que na Espanha vem acontecendo algo especial, semana sim, semana não, aparecem novas e poderosas bandas vindas de lá, talvez a água de Austin tenha atravessado o oceano e os espanhóis estejam aproveitando.

O mais novo objeto de adoração do TBTCI atende pelo nome de Munic!. Quarteto madrilenho que vai fundo no noise sem deixar o lado cinzento e denso de lado. Barulho e sombras caminham lado a lado na música dos caras, vide o último EP deles, "The Surface", que começa barulhento com a vibrante "Farewell" mas, a partir de "Sub", as coisas se alteram e a confusão entre eletrônica, guitarras e a escuridão fica explícita.

Grande banda, grande EP,!!Viva a Espanha!!

***** Interview with Munic! *****


Q. When did munic! start? Tell us about the history...
We began in 2011. In previous years José (the guitarist) & i (Leandro) we were doing electronic body music. We abandoned that project and we stopped seeing each other for years. Suddenly one day we met again, by that time i worked selling guitars & keyboards and soon after he proposed to do a band with guitars and that. I accepted and that's how it all started.

Q: Who are your influences?.
Our influences are many. We love the post punk & new wave era. Also we like a lot electronics so we decided to mix guitars with electronic landscapes and all that...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Well, is quite unfair to choose only 5. The styles we like are full of great albums. (In not particular order)

-Depeche Mode - Black Celebration
-The Cure - Seventeen Seconds
-Front 242 - Geography
-Nine Inch Nails - The downward spiral
-The Smiths - The queen is dead
-Kraftwerk - Man machine
-The Jesus & Mary chain - Psychocandy

Q. How do you feel playing live?
To play live is the best thing of being in a band.

Q. How do you describe Munic! sounds?.
Munic! is a mixture between dark guitar sounds, electronic landscapes and lyrics speaking about sex & emotional imbalances. Nothing new, but we put our personal touch in our compositions.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?.
We create the songs individually. José makes his own songs and i do the same. Sometimes i do lyrics for his songs, that's the only moment in which we create something together. He records his songs in his house and i do the same but i take care of the final mix and mastering in my apartment. So far, we have not gone to any professional studio yet.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Hmmm, Eagulls, Savages, Girls Names, Novella, The KVB, Toy...

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?.
Actually we play live a cover of "Happy when it rains" of The Jesus & Mary Chain. I would love to do a cover from David Bowie or Placebo.

Q: What are your plans for the future?.
We're currently composing new themes. We hope to have a new EP ready for fall/winter.

Q: Any parting words?
Music is the answer. Thanks for the interview.
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https://www.facebook.com/pg/municband
https://munic.bandcamp.com

quarta-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2017

Bad Times with Personal Propaganda Machine - An Interview


Psicodelismo krautiano e altas doses de new wave, tudo em andamentos minimais, matemáticos e robóticos, assim é o duo inglês Personal Propaganda Machine.

Como se entrássemos numa máquina do tempo e déssemos de cara com Gary Glitter, Ian Dury, Soft Cell, Kraftwerk, etc, etc, só que amigos, estamos em pleno 2017 e o PPM soa absolutamente atual.

"Bad Times" o primeiro single é como se o Gary Glitter fizesse uma jam com o The Orb e "That´s Life These Days" vai mais fundo ainda nesse calabouço sonoro.

Absolutamente imperdível para iniciados e novos adeptos de experimentações eletrônicas.

***** Interview with Personal Propaganda Machine *****


Q. When did Personal Propaganda Machine start? Tell us about the history...
Ross: We actually met at work a few years ago when we worked within the same department. I knew that Ian was a musician - the guitars he occasionally brought in, along with the band posters behind his desk, were a bit of a giveaway. One day I went to buy an HH Electronics guitar amp from a shop off Portobello Road, for which I'd been searching for a while, and told him about it the following day. Turned out that not only was he aware of these amps, despite them being long out of production, but that he had owned more than one in his time. And so the seeds were sown for PPM.

Ian: Unusual haircuts and white shoes ! ... those are my earliest recollections of Ross at work. We all had to dress smartly (perhaps substitute boringly for smartly - it's much closer to the reality) but Ross somehow always managed to keep a little bit of his individuality with him at all times in our monochromatic (Metropolis on a bad day!) work environment - I felt that he surely must be very much into music, either listening to and / or playing it via some instrument or the other. Once we did get the chance to chat it quickly became evident that we were both passionate about music - which included the making of as well as the listening to and as an added bonus we discovered that we both liked the same bands too. We exchanged CDs and videos of our musical efforts and our 'musical friendship' grew from thereon. I was always impressed by the loose, relaxed style that Ross had on the guitar and enjoyed his keyboard work too as it was invariably interesting and 'individual' (like the hair and shoes I suppose?!), I always hoped we could combine musically as I truly felt that something good would come from it - and, in the fullness of time, PPM happened!

Q: Who are your influences?
Ross: One of the bands that we bonded over was Kraftwerk and it turned out that we shared a love of electronic music. So the Krautrock thing was fairly instant, and that goes for stuff like Neu! and Tangerine Dream, who I personally feel have been a bit overlooked compared to a lot of the others from that genre, despite their prolific output. We both liked stuff like Soft Cell and I know Ian was into The Orb. So in a sense, there is a progressive influence (also worth noting that Ian's favourite band of all time are Led Zeppelin), along with a pop sensibility at times. Besides that, I am hugely into shoegaze and post-punk, and we both like the Cocteau Twins, which I think you can hear very clearly from the six string bass.

Ian: To confirm - definitely 'all of the above' for me! I think I'd also add Hawkwind - in particular their first three albums.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Ross: Very, very difficult to narrow it down along with the fact that lists of this kind are likely to change on a daily basis. But seeing as you're holding me at gunpoint, the five I shall nominate as of now are
'Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me' by The Cure,
'Souvlaki' by Slowdive,
'Low' by David Bowie,
'The Virgin Years' box set by Tangerine Dream
and 'Louder Than Bombs' by The Smiths.

Ask me again tomorrow and I will have a different answer.

Ian: Oh dear, that's one of those 'toughest questions that you hope nobody ever asks' isn't it?? Anyway - in no particular order:

Led Zeppelin II as it was the first album I ever owned (at the time, I hadn't heard it but liked the cover so I thought ... "I'm going to buy it" ... honestly - how shallow is that for goodness sake???).

Never Mind The Bollocks - amazing power and punk-passion. A kind-of-sort-of 'brute force meets
vinyl' moment in time .

Van Halen (1) - Ushered in a new approach to mainstream rock guitar lead playing ('tapping'). Although the tapping technique had been used for centuries (even by Hendrix on occasions) it was Eddie Van Halen that did bring the style into everyday use - Van Halen 1 was a mind-blowing guitar virtuoso tour de force.

Tubular Bells - a really unusual (at the time) concept that seemed to stay in the album charts forEVER, unfortunately also used for The Exorcist so, sadly, I still get these creepy mental visions of horrific yukkiness every time I play it!

Dark Side Of The Moon - talking about albums that stayed in the charts forever ... but as undoubtedly epic as this album was (is) I always preferred the wackiness of the - woefully short - Syd Barrett era.
Oh no - I've done my five ... there's no way I'd be allowed to mention Autobahn now - shame!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Ross: For me personally, playing live is the only time where I feel completely myself. If I don't play live for an extended period of time, I tend to go slightly mad.

Ian: Playing live feels like it's exactly the thing that I should be doing, it feels so 'right'. I'm unfortunately passionate in my hope that everything will sound and go well so am prone to an understandable level of care-tension beforehand but once we're on our musical way and nothing appears to have been mucked up, blown up or disintegrated then I can relax and have the best time(s) of my musical life. If all's gone well then I reckon the feeling you get afterwards is hard to beat too.

Q. How do you describe Personal Propaganda Machine sounds?
Ross: Atmospheric symphonies created by man, nature and technology.

Ian: I definitely can't argue with that!!


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Ross: This one should really be answered by Ian. He records the bulk of the music and then I add six string bass and vocals.

Ian: Here's the short version (not!) ...

We are really fortunate to have an excellent range of hardware and software synths (nearly 70 at the last count). Each one has its own character and will generally inspire one or two songs so we're definitely not stuck for ideas! At the moment we have enough songs written (and at a recorded stage ready for the final vocal / bass tracks) for, at least, 3 full albums .... now if we only had a bit more spare time to finish recording them ....

Recording-wise we use Sonar (Platinum) and a Tascam DP32 SD. Soft synth (and soft drum-box) tracks are recorded using Sonar; once the layers have been built up they are all exported to the Tascam and then the 'hardware items' (bass, guitar, vocals, hardware synths / drum-boxes) are then recorded in the 'old fashioned way' to give things a more 'human' feel rather than working exclusively in Sonar and going the sample phrase / copy / paste route. Once complete then the whole mess is exported back into Sonar from the Tascam for final processing.

If we are only using a hardware synth for a particular recording then we will bypass the initial Sonar stage and record straight to the Tascam, but ultimately it will still all end up in Sonar for final processing. We really do feel that the 'old and new' ways of recording actually working in combination is ideal for us as it gives a great mixture of machinelike dependability / predictability (Sonar tracks) and a 'human feel' (Tascam tracks).

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Ross: Too many to mention. The beauty of the here and now is that there are so many bands doing interesting things. The problem is that there are so many of them that it's impossible to investigate absolutely everything, and more often than not, loads of the good ones never get the platform or the recognition they deserve. I must recommend You The Living though; they're an electronic two piece who, although they don't sound anything like us, the music comes from a similar place spiritually I would say.

Ian: I must admit that I don't listen to much, if any, non-PPM music at the moment - I like to keep a 'clear head' so that any ideas that come aren't because of "something I heard sometime but forgot it was someone else's and thought it was mine"!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Ross: Either Carole King or The House Of Love for me.

Ian: Wouldn't it be brill to do a PPM Kashmir!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Ross: We have a finished album ready for release called 'Victims Of Our Own Efficiency', which we aim to launch at our next show, which will be on February 24th at the Urban Bar in Whitechapel. We are also very close to finishing album number two, which is to be entitled 'Episodes'.

Ian: Sounds good to me!

Q: Any parting words?
Ross: As an unwise man once sang, the only thing for sure is that nothing is for sure.

Ian: WOW ... that's an incredible thought indeed - whoever said that must be a genius!
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https://soundcloud.com/personal-propaganda-machine
https://personalpropagandamachine.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/personalpropagandamachine

terça-feira, 7 de fevereiro de 2017

Lunacy with Electric Blanket - An Interview


O canadense Kevin Frank é a mente e o cara por trás do Electric Blanket, e o cara vem produzindo freneticamente, são alguns EPs de 2015 até o mais recente "Lunacy" lançado no início deste ano.

A música do Electric Blanket segue aquela deliciosa trilha entre reverbs e sonhos, com um nítido frescor de juventude.

Indie rock moderno sem frescuras e indo direto e reto onde deve ir: na mente.


***** Interview with Electric Blanket *****


Q. When did Electric Blanket start? Tell us about the history...
A: Electric Blanket started around two years ago. I had been recording music previously under my name (Kevin Frank) and was spending a lot of time brainstorming for a more creative name to release music under. At this time I was hanging out with one of my really good friends at her grandparents place in beautiful Rock Creek, British Columbia, Canada. It was there that I had the pleasure of sleeping in the warm embrace of an electric blanket. Waking up happy in the morning the name just kind of clicked. I've been recording under that name ever since, I believe it serves as a good description for my sound.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: My largest influence of the past few years has been the music of Alex G from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His bandcamp releases are consistently among my most listened to albums and the way he structures his songs are a huge inspiration to my music. Other than that I've always been a really big fan of Nirvana and anything involving Kurt Cobain. His music is jarring. It’s awesome.

Q. Make a list of your top 5 albums of all time…
A: Top 5 Albums of all time. Tough question.

- DSU by Alex G
- Nevermind by Nirvana
- Lonesome Crowded West by Modest Mouse
- Rumors by Fleetwood Mac
- Forever Dolphin Love by Connan Mockasin

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: I get really really nervous when I play live. But as soon as I start playing that all fades away. I don't think there is anything more rewarding to me than playing live. Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to play much of my own music on stage. I just Haven't been able to find the right bandmates for it yet I suppose. If anyone is reading this around Victoria, British Columbia that wants to play music get at me!

Q. How do you describe Electric Blanket’s sound?
A: Electric Blanket sound wise consists of a lot of layered guitars usually ran through some combination of reverb, delay or fuzz. I try to blend a lot of big shoegaze esque sounds with the low fidelity sound of music made in a bedroom because, well, it is made in a bedroom. I don't own a drum kit nor do I have the space for it so all the drums are created electronically. This has lead to me taking a large interest in electronic music in general, I really try to incorporate aspects from electronic music into my songs.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: My recording process is always different. I move around a lot thus my equipment is constantly being packed up and set up in different places. This last album "Lunacy" was a really scattered project recorded in several different living rooms. Usually I would always record my guitar through a mic'd amp but I had a broken leg for most of the recording and couldn't carry my amp. This lead to a huge switch in the way I recorded as all my instruments were now run straight into my computer. I hated this at first as it cut out a lot of the "room noise" captured by the mic'd amp. Im happy with it now, it's an incredibly mobile way to record.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Once again I highly recommend Alex G. Lately I have been listening to a band called DIIV a lot and they are more than worth checking out. On the electronic side of things Bonobo just came out with his new album “Migration", it’s a masterpiece in my opinion.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: Oh boy a cover band! Weezer, or The Sword.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: I just moved to Victoria, British Columbia to go to school so hopefully I can meet a band here and start getting out into the community and playing some shows! Other than that I'll keep recording music and releasing it on bandcamp for as long as I can. I love it.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Shout out to Seany J and the Boys, a huge thanks to my parents and friends that continue to support my projects, and thanks to TBTCI for doing this interview!
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