terça-feira, 17 de janeiro de 2017

Paper Stars with Cascadia Fault Line - An Interview

Numa noite úmida e chuvosa no final do ano passado na fundamental Liverpool, nasceu o quarteto Cascadia Fault Line.

A sonoridade? Bem, o Cascadia Fault Line faz jus a ocasião que foi concebido,  altamente intimista, climático, melancólico e claro, por vezes nublado, porém uma candura permeia o single de estreia deles, "Fire Fly" e "Paper Stars".

Há exatos dezesseis dias essas duas pérolas vem encantando quem tem o privilégio de saborear e sentir o que aquela noite úmida e chuvosa criou.

Como diriam os irmãos Reid, "eu fico feliz quando chove", e que chova muito mais para que o Cascadia Fault Line nos presenteie com suas mágicas canções.

***** Interview with Cascadia Fault Line *****

Q. When did Cascadia Fault Line start? Tell us about the history...
Formed in late 2016 in a very damp rainy Liverpool evening

Q: Who are your influences?
Tony - Joy Division, New Model Army, Echo and The Bunnymen any alternative Indie

Marcus - Simple Minds.U2.James.Slowdive.One Republic.Interpol.Placebo

Joe - REM, Radiohead, The Killers and Interpol, but more recently i've been into stuff like Father John Misty or Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Tony - Unknown Pleasures- Joy Division. 2. Thunder and Consolation- New Model Army. 3. Crocodiles- Echo and The Bunnymen. 4. Power, Corruption and Lies- New Order. 5. Bryter Layter - Nick Drake

Racheal - 1.Clannad - legend 2.Ammie Mann - Whatever 3.The swell season - strict joy 4.Kate bush - hounds of love 5.David Sylvian - secrets of the beehive

Marcus - 1.One Republic - Native 2.Resplendor - Pleamer 3.Placebo - Without I'm Nothing 4.Marillion - Hoildays in Eden 5.James - Seven

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Tony - I love the Buzz of playing live. Its a rush.

Marcus - Love seeing people enjoy songs hate seeing people walking out

Racheal - How do I feel playing live Excited and nervous but in a good way Enjoy the sense of completion afterwards

Q. How do you describe Cascadia Fault Line sounds?
Tony - Cascadia Fault Lines sound is dreamy, atmospheric and Arty

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Marcus - Lots of Tick Tocks and Straw blowing

Tony - A lot of hard graft. Laughs. Concentration and a straw.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Marcus - I would check out Liverpool based acts Cal Ruddy.The Ladies and The Red Rum Club

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Tony - Id like to cover "We Love You" by the Rolling Stones. late 60s track.

Racheal - Song I would like to cover is Ghosts by Japan

Marcus - Walking the ghost by James

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Tony - Plans are to tour with Cascadia Fault Line and entertain people

Marcus - The Album Rainy Days and Counting Kings and some lovely gigs

Q: Any parting words?
Tony - Live everyday as if youll never see another sunset

Marcus - May your eyes be opened by the wonderful


Strange Fortune with ex-mothers - An Interview

Pós punk torto, duro, direto, sem firulas, curto e grosso, este é o ex-mothers, quarteto de NYC.

"Strange Fortune" é o debute do caras, que pode ser descrição como uma marretada bem no centro do crânio, sem a menor possibilidade de momentos de afago, em "Strange Fortune" o ex-mothers empunham suas armas/instrumentos com o único intuito de massacrar o que estiver pela frente. Conexões com Wire, Birthday Party, Pop Group e afins podem ser sentidas em alguns momentos, mas servem apenas de direcionamento para o massacre dos caras.

Após a audição a sensação que fica é que um bigorna caiu em cheio na nossa cabeça, e não é pouco.

Um pequeno detalhe, na formação do ex-mothers, temos um brasileiro, Alexandre, mineiro de nascença é responsável pelas guitarras da banda.

Aumente e corrompa-se. 

***** Interview with ex-mothers *****

Q. When did ex-mothers start? tell us about the history
We've been close friends since high school! Dylan, Alex and Burke all went to school together and had a band together called The Chocolate Jesus. We had a Mutantes-inspired song called "Vendo Bananas" and whenever we would play it Ben would join us on stage and shake a Banana-shaped Maraca. I’m pretty sure at one point someone came up to us and asked “What’s with the guy who’s always shaking a banana?”

We all grew up in the city cavorting around and listening to old psychedelic-garage groups. we were young and silly and felt some naive ownership of our city. When I (Burke) got back from music school, I was wildly depressed that it wasn’t my city any more, the nerve! I moved in with Ben three months out of college and he turned me into an 80’s punk. That “our band could be your life” ethos just seemed more attainable than becoming spn’s band to watch at the sxsw tent. Besides, I was never really that rebellious as a teen and being broke in your early 20’s with nothing much to do is a wonderful time to kick some shit.

When we started the band Alex was in another band but once that project broke up we made it known that we wanted him in. Ben invited Alex to hang out at one of their practices. It was a pretty calculated move. We wanted Alex to join the band and we’re pretty sure if he started coming to practices just to hang out that pretty soon he would start playing guitar.

Q. Who are your influences?*
Women, Sonic Youth, Glenn Branca, Gang of Four, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Mission Of Burma, Fugazi, The Minutemen, and Swell Maps to name a few, a lot of our influences are other local New York bands like Prima, Sic Tic, and The Brooklyn What

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time*
Durutti Column - Amigos em Portugal
Scary Monsters - David Bowie
Double Nickels on The Dime - The Minutemen
Human Performance - Parquet Courts
Signals Calls and Marches - Mission of Burma

Q. How do you feel playing live*
That's a hard question to answer! We feel a combination of excitement and wanting to puke out of nervousness. Usually, that's before we go on stage then we kind of enter this black hole where we don't even think about anything besides the music. We try to have a very militaristic, Ramones-style set with no talking cause it’s so silly making small talk on stage.

We weren’t good live for about 3 years. Now we’re good but we still keep the same attitude.

Q. How do you describe ex-mothers sounds
The sound of masculinity deflating in downtown manhattan. Or put generically and vaguely, New York post-punk.

Schizophrenic Afro-Beat

An earnest rock and roll songwriter who can’t stop touching their instrument.

My best friends.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs
So,we usually just get in a room and somebody just starts playing an idea they have. Then we wind up playing it over and over until it somewhat resembles a song at which point we start playing it live. It's at our shows that our ideas really come to take shape.

We often break apart songs and add different bits together or throw out things completely if we find we don't like it. It's pointless to stick to an idea that just doesn't sound good or interesting.

The biggest guiding light during rehearsal is that when we’re writing together, we’re really just standing in a room together making noise until a song emerges. If one person doesn’t like the direction things are going, it’s up to them to change what they’re doing to push the sound in a direction they like. We try to never tell each other what to play. Once a song begins to take shape we’ll start to make suggestions to each other and craft things a bit more, but most of the writing is communicated through music instead of talking.

We write exactly like U2 apparently. But we track everything live in studio because we really only know how to play these songs together

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Video Daughters and Toyzanne are some awesome NYC bands that we love,

Priests, Flasher, and Big Hush are cool bands from D.C.

We also like Protomartyr, Preoccupations, Chastity Belt, and Parquet Courts.

Q. Which brazilian post-punk bands influence you?
Vzyadoq Moe, Muzak, Mercenarias, Black Future, Divergencia Socialista, there’s so many it’s too difficult to list them all! But Mercenarias is my favorite Brazilian band of all time.

Here’s a small playlist of Alex's favorite Brazilian Post-Punk songs that we made just for TBTCI: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIGI8Wu2kgapheHxoQaorKDEZRiZw6O6E.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
We're writing new songs and trying to incorporate a lot more groove/improve and at the same time, strange rhythms that you can't dance to. We like the contradictions of having our songs be really accessible and then suddenly shift into something that is a bit harder to sit through.

Also, we hope to turn our live shows into a more experimental multi-media event. Not all of them necessarily but maybe every other month work with different artists and change the format so that it doesn't always seem like a standard rock show.

Part of the idea is that if you’re a rock band person you’ll go to a few shows, but you probably don’t see very much visual art, and if you’re a visual art person then you probably spend time in galleries but don’t see a lot of live music. So we want to try to incorporate different things like food and art into our shows so that we can make events with and for all kinds of people.

Q. Any parting words?
Fuck austerity! Sending much love and solidarity to all my Brazilian brothers and sisters who are fighting in the name of Democracy. (Alex)

No more macho bullshit! Empathy Rules! It’s not punk rock to hurt people! (Ben)

Modern life is rubbish. Go to live shows. Be a silly goose. Have an awkward conversation. And don’t document it. Technology is good in small doses but just like whiskey, it’ll fuck you over in the end. (burke)

Fuck Trump! Thanks for the interview! (Dylan)


segunda-feira, 16 de janeiro de 2017

Tether with Blushing - An Interview

2017 já começou com uma preciosidade absolutamente obrigatória para todo e qualquer adorador de shoegaze, dreampop, indie rock ou seja lá qual for o rótulo que melhor possa definir seu gosto, o fato é que o quarteto de Austin, Texas, Blushing, debutou em altíssimo estilo.

"Tether" o EP de estreia é um tesouro composto por quatro pérolas, que tem sob influências e conexões, Throwing Muses, Belly, Lush, Velocity Girl e por aí vai. 

"Tether", "Why Can´t We", "Mess" e "Protect You" precisam ser apreciadas sem moderação alguma, e mesmo que você queira se torna impossível ao término do EP não dar play novamente, tamanho o vício que o Blushing impõe a nós meros mortais.

Simplesmente magnífico.

***** Interview with Blushing *****

Q. When did Blushing start? Tell us about the history...
I had a collection of rough songs I wrote and wanted to keep progressing with so I approached Christina around the summer of 2015. We had been friends for years and I knew she had a beautiful voice and was musically inclined. We would meet up once a week in alternating living rooms and experiment with the songs and instrumentation until Christina decided to pick up bass and teach herself to play (like a badass). We reached a point where we had some really solid songs and recruited Noe, Christina’s husband on drums. We made great progress but the songs really needed a lead element so Noe moved to lead guitar and my husband Jake joined and took over drum duties. Both Noe and Jake have an extensive musical history playing in a number accomplished bands. Once we all fell into place our accumulated musical experience and influences converged and completely shaped the current sound.

Q: Who are your influences?
We tend to gravitate to the sound of the great female fronted bands of the 90’s like Lush, Cocteau Twins, The Sundays and Belly

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is hard to answer as a band so I (Michelle) will take this one solo:
Heaven or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins
Ocean Rain - Echo and the Bunneymen
Gish - Smashing Pumpkins
The Sundays - Reading Writing & Arithmetic
Belle and Sebastian - The Life Pursuit

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Not sure yet! We play our first show on Sunday (Jan15th). But we are excited and ready to share. When we started the project we didn’t have much of a plan to play live, we really just wanted to focus on crafting the songs and recording an EP. Now that the EP is being released though we are ready to give the songs a life outside of our practice studio.

Q. How do you describe Blushing’s sounds?
A journey through sweet and grit that will take you longer than 3 minutes to get through.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
It was a damn pleasure. We went into the studio over the Labor Day holiday weekend last September. The songs were already well formed but once we were in the studio they received the benefit of having 5 musically talented, creative people all coming together with excellent ideas and trying them all out. That fifth person was Phillip Odom, owner of Bad Wolf Recordings who engineered, mixed and mastered the EP. He played a huge part in the lovely sound we were able to achieve. We grew even closer as friends and bandmates (and with resident studio dog Kingsley!). It’s a magical feeling when you try something new, listen to the playback and the whole room just collectively falls in love with it. We also ate a lot of food. So much eating.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Honeyrude is a fellow Austin band that we are digging.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Pylon - Crazy (R.E.M. covered this song on Dead Letter Office and did a great job. It just has a great energy and infectious melody.)

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We plan to keep writing new music and playing live until we have the ability to go back into the studio and record more material.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for giving independent musicians a platform to showcase their work and to everyone supporting the independent music scene.


domingo, 15 de janeiro de 2017

Year of the Field Mouse with Hollow Sidewalks - An Interview

Uma delícia sonora daquelas que somente o submundo dos bons sons pode nos ofertar é quarteto de Portland, Hollow Sidewalks.

No currículo, um EP e dois álbuns, sendo que o mais recente tornou-se um vício para que este vos escreve. "Year of the Field Mouse", lançado em Julho do ano passado viaja por entre décadas de boa música, sem se prender necessariamente a nenhum gênero, há pós punk, há indie rock, há o clássico college radio e sobra espaço para shoegaze, sendo que tudo isso gira em tonalidades melódicas e pegajosas.

O Hollow Sidewalks é para ser degustado a todo e qualquer momento, e quanto mais melhor, a mente agradece.

***** Interview with Hollow Sidewalks *****

Q. When did Hollow Sidewalks start? Tell us about the history...
I had moved back to Portland in May of 2013, after a brief hiatus back to my hometown of Chicago. I had always wanted to have a band of my own, playing my songs, but had only ever played bass for other people’s projects. I started Hollow Sidewalks while filling in on bass for The Verner Pantons. In fact, the bass player who I replaced sold me the band name for two mushroom chocolates and a round of drinks. I guess we were kind of a Verner Pantons side project back then, in Jan 2014, because Verner Pantons member Eric was drumming and front person Tobias played bass. As things evolved, as people’s schedules and intentions changed, the line-up changed as well. Lead guitarist Nicholas Locasio (ex Hugs) joined and Mori Dinauer (Dandelyons) followed, not long after, on bass. We had a great two years and two albums with Jason "Plucky" Anchondo (The Warlocks/Spindrift) on drums. I had previously worked with Plucky in Hawkeye. After his departure, we didn't take long to bring Doug Ornas (Devy metal/formerly of Grandparents) into the fold. I've been lucky that so many talented people have adapted to my music and been eager to help influence and arrange it.

Q: Who are your influences?
Chronologically, and most notably, The Ramones, the holy trinity of Iggy, Bowie and Lou—Erasure, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Blink 182, Television, just about every "THE" band the aughts threw at us, like Brian Jonestown Massacre and just about every band in their West Coast neo-psych scene. I'm expanding my tastes and revisiting the greats a lot these days. I take influence from a lot of newer Portland bands that I see live but never hear recorded. It's all something to be interpreted.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Too hard to pick five of all time, how about top five of right now:

Erasure- I Say I Say I Say
Darkel- S/T
Beck - Midnight Vultures
Psychic TV- Alienist
Kinks - We are the Village Green Preservation Society

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I feel a mixed bag of emotions. I space out, I get super focused. I try so hard, but at the same time, I can't let it get stiff. I'm both happy to lead and reluctant to. It's easy to get on stage and do well, it's hard to please myself though. I try not to get to perfectionist about it, but have hefty standards for this band.

Q. How do you describe Hollow Sidewalks sounds?
It's the soundtrack to my diary. I can't stick to one genre. I'm not a genre snob. It's all rock and roll to me. For the sake of categorizing us, our label, and this interview: we are poppy post punk psychedelic music...

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I'm not a fan of recording. I demo songs on my phone. We get them super tight, and take three days studio time to bang out ten or so songs at a time. If you can't do it right in three days, move on. Recording is so sterile, I can't take that environment for too long. I'd love to grow out of my aversion to recording, but as long as I'm constantly producing material, I'll feel obligated to document it as I hear it in mind, to the best of my ability.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Depends on what you consider "new". I just saw the Vexations, and they were Vexing. Tele Novella in Austin are doing great things. Feels in LA, Dooms Virginia in SF....to name a few

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I don't typically like doing covers but, Nicholas and I want to play "The Origin of Love" by Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're touring "Year of the Field Mouse" down the west coast in January ‘17. We'll start recording album no. 3 while we're in LA, laying down as many track as we can muster. I'll continue to run our label, High School Records (www.highschool-records.com) and be an artist advocate in that respect. For me, it's all writing, recording, and touring when I'm not busy figuring the ins and outs of vinyl pressing and distribution.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for taking the time and the interest! For real. Our attention spans, myself included, are shrinking and it's hard to listen to it all, read it all, know it all—get to it all in general. So thanks! I hope you like our music.


sábado, 14 de janeiro de 2017

Sunless with Floating Room - An Interview

Ouvir o ótimo e intenso "Sunless", álbum de estreia do quarteto de Portland, Floating Room é se aventurar por terrenos hipnoticamente espaciais e dolorosos.

Como uma viagem de algum psicotrópico pesado, os efeitos colaterais poderão acontecer imediatamente, durante ou logo após a tortuosa viagem que o Floating Room nos projeta, conduzida pela espectral voz de Maya e pelas quase sadcore, guitarras de Kyle, o resultado de "Sunless" vai além de uma simples curtição.

Algo como se o Codeine se juntasse a Kevin Shields e resolvessem fazer uma jam, o resultado é belo, triste e cinzento.

Absolutamente indispensável.

***** Interview with Floating Room *****

Q. When did Floating Room start? Tell us about the history...
Kyle: The band started at the same time as the recordings, although I’m sure Maya had ideas bouncing around in her head long before that. The band’s name is a mashup of “Picture(s) of the floating world” (Ukiyo-e), a genre of Japanese art with a heavy focus on hedonism and the word room to represent the intimate space where the project was started. The name reflects the feeling of being alone in your room working on something creative--all of the sudden the room is floating, detached from the pressures of the world outside. I’ll talk more about the band’s short history when we get to the recordings.

Maya: Kyle and I began collaborating as soon as we started dating. While I have dated other musicians in the past I have never wanted to start a band with any of my past partners. It’s different with Kyle because we’ve been playing music in the same scene for quite a while and judging on his past projects he’s someone I would’ve enjoyed playing music with regardless of if we were dating. We are both drawn to dark, reverby and organic sounding music. Neither Kyle or I own a working bass so we asked Alec if we could go to his house and use his rig to record, but as soon as I saw him I asked if he’d like to record bass on the song instead. The first song he added bass to was Sad God. When Alec added bass it honestly changed the way I thought of the song. It made it dark and heavy enough to match the words. I was really blown away by what he added to the song and immediately wanted to start collaborating with Alec as well!

Alec: I joined F.R. after being asked to play on some of the recordings. I was most intrigued after hearing the dynamic song “Sad God.” I felt the impact of this song’s heavy emotions while writing/recording the bassline. I’ve been listening to Maya’s other projects since I was 17 years old so I was excited to come together on her new project.

Q: Who are your influences?
Kyle: For this band tons of Slowcore like Duster, Bedhead, Red House Painters Etc… More rockin’ stuff like Deerhunter and The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Swirlies. Experimental electronic poppier music like Björk, Portishead and FKA Twigs, especially for the drums/synths.  And of course PNW sad pop music like The Microphones, Little Wings and Mirah.

Maya: What Kyle said. Maybe add True Widow and Dido, haha. I really wanted to make something more “pop” oriented than past bands I’ve been in yet stay true to my tendency to make emotive, sad sounding music.

Alec: I too enjoy sad music, trip hop, slow heavy metal, electronic, and pop music. Pop music is something I have never played before, it’s been a really fun to bring more disjointed elements of music to pop songs.

Q. Make a list of your top 5 albums of all time…
Kyle:  It is always changing but I do have a top “5” that I consistently go back to. I guess they are pretty obvious choices, but they have all had a long lasting musical impact on me:

Grouper - A I A: Alien Observer/Dream Loss
The Microphones - Trilogy (It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water-The Glow, Pt. 2-Mount Eerie---although I have to say Don’t Wake Me Up is on par with these)
Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Slint - Spiderland

Maya: It’s stressful to try and decide on my five favorite but here are five that I love, in no order:
Dilute - Grape Blueprints Pour Spinach Olive Grape
Bedhead - Beheaded

Mirah - I can’t decide on which album but had to include her because she was a huge influence on me when I first started playing music
Microphones - The Glow Pt 2 (ugh, didn’t wanna repeat any of Kyle’s bands but I think this is a big one for a lot of us in the PNW)

Alec: I never think in terms of top 5 of all time, but here’s some constants, in no order.
Massive Attack – Mezzanine
Capsule – Blue
Sharon Jones – Give the People What They Want
Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers
True Widow – S/T

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Kyle:  This is the first band I’ve played in that I don’t have to constantly think about singing; it is so fun to just space out on my guitar. It feels euphoric moving around without being bound to the microphone, I get to really fuck with my guitar sounds and parts. Playing music allows me to feel more present in myself than anything else while also feeling completely unattached from worry and the physical world.

Maya: I am hooked on playing music because of the feeling of catharsis and flow playing shows gives to me. In my past bands I have mostly been a guitarist, which I have to admit made it easier to rock out and give into this feeling. I have a soft voice and as a live band we are very loud, so sometimes it is a struggle to try and balance what I am doing on stage… but when it all works out singing is like the cherry on top of the enjoyment that playing guitar provides.

Alec: I have a strong cathartic connection to live music and think of it as a positive emotional release. A lot of people feel nervous and freeze up on stage, but the rush has been something I embrace. I think it’s cool when a band really moves around and gets the crowd into it. Even though F.R. plays sadder music, I’d rather not think of any of our live shows as a sad experience – rather, one that is dynamic and has a lot of energy.

Q. How do you describe Floating Room sounds?
Kyle: Gray Pop: Intimate, loud, sad, noisey, smart, druggy, floating.

Maya: floating peacefully in chaos and space.

Alec: A spacey, sad but redemptive, trip.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Kyle: Maya and I were collaborating on the ‘Memory Bed’ EP by my project Drowse, recording vocals, spending tons of time together and starting to date at the same time. Maya had songs that didn’t fit with her band at the time so we started working on and recording them together in her bedroom. She would program drums on Ableton and outline these beautiful songs and then I would add synths and guitars and just play with the sound. We eventually asked my longtime friend and musical partner Alec to play bass and he added a dense layer of darkness to the album. This is how the majority of ‘Sunless’ came together.

Maya also made some of the album by just experimenting with Ableton. The song “Netsuki” came about like this--just drums loops, fucked up guitars, synth and her breath.

When Maya and I first started seeing each other we would record “micro-songs” on our cell phones (different phones have surprisingly unique recording qualities). We would write guitar parts on the spot and then go home and write lyrics about our time spent together. I would later heavily manipulate these recordings on my computer.Three of these ended up on the album--a good example would be the song “Sick Day”:

“Sick Day” is about a day that we were both feeling sick and went to the art museum. We looked at these tiny Japanese sculptures called Netsuke. One was this rotting pumpkin with a few animals eating it: I said it was a cool depiction of the connection between life and death and then started telling Maya about something way too personal for that point in our relationship. Afterwards, we went back to her house and hung out sick in bed.

Our friend Parker Johnson ran a bunch of the songs through his tape deck and he mastered the whole thing. We started playing shows and released the album on the label Maya co-runs, Good Cheer Records (http://goodcheerrecords.com/).

Maya: Kyle taught me a lot about using Ableton while recording this album which was very exciting to me. We recorded most of it in my bedroom. You can hear my dog Oki whining in one of the songs because he’d get jealous of how much time and attention we’d spend on recording. One of my favorite recording tricks we discovered was using a contact microphone strapped to my neck. Through guitar pedals it creates a sound a lot like a guitar. I would still like to figure out a way to do this comfortably live.

Alec: After these two lay down the track, I listen to the song once or twice, then I write a bass line on the spot as I record it. It’s very much a stream-of-consciousness experience.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Kyle: There is a ton of good stuff happening in Portland right now so I’ll stick to our city:

Our friend Taylor is making music as Being Awone that I am addicted to right now: https://beingawone.bandcamp.com/

I saw this band Dolphin Midwives play recently and was immersed: https://dolphinmidwives.bandcamp.com/

Alien Boy just put out a really good 7’ and Sonia is playing drums with us: https://alienboypdx.bandcamp.com/album/stay-alive

Kevin is about to release some new stuff and his music is consistently amazing and weightless: https://desertofhiatus.bandcamp.com/

Turtlenecked is almost the best new band in Portland (competing with Taylor for the crown):https://turtlenecked.bandcamp.com/

Wagner beamed down a mysterious tape this year: https://colossaltapes.bandcamp.com/album/70s-floyd-lite-c36

Maya- Lately I’ve been hooked on Oh, Rose from Olympia, Washington.

Portland bands that Kyle didn’t mention: Little Star, Dreams, Two Moons, Twelve Gardens, Boreen, Havania Whaal and Gillian Frances.

Alec: I second all the bands/ friends who’ve been mentioned above. Out of the up-and-coming portland bands, Born a Lot has been shredding harder than any.

Q: Which band would you love to do a cover of?
Kyle: We were talking about doing Dido, I think Duster would be cool.

Maya: Dido is first on my list. I’ve always wanted to do a really heavy Dido cover. I would also like to cover “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House. That song crushes my heart and there’s a definite possibility of a crowd sing along in the chorus.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Kyle: We are doing a West Coast tour in a few weeks. After that we want to write and record the best album we can. I dream of touring in another country.

Maya: While I really loved recording the last album ourselves, I am really excited to get in a studio with this band, real drums and all. The next album will definitely sound a lot louder. I’d also like to tour a lot and experience new places through playing music.

Alec: Looking forward to more fun shows. I am also excited to do a full studio recording.

Q: Any parting words?
Kyle: I hope our music inspires people to record their own worlds in their room too.

Maya: self reflection usually helps

Alec: (¬‿¬)


Better Days with In Drift - An Interview

Se por acaso você estiver em Toronto hoje, faça um favor a você mesmo, não vá perder o show do quinteto In Drift que acontece no The Silver Dollar Room, mais infos aqui.

A chamada acima tem uma explicação, o EP de estreia "Better Days. Uma beleza cintilante com desenhos de clássicos do pós punk, leia-se Smiths, Bunnymen, Cure, aliados a beleza estonteante de um Sundays ou Mazzy Star. 

O ponto é que o In Drift, em sua estreia, acena para o passado, olhando para o futuro, as conexões existem, mas a modernidade e o frescor de "Better Days" são extremamente maiores e mais fascinantes do que mera xerox. 

Belo e sublime exemplificam a magia de "Better Days". Se você cruzar com o In Drift por aí, não pense duas vezes, abrace-os e os adore.

***** Interview with In Drift *****

Q. When did In Drift start? Tell us about the history...
A: In Drift starting in the spring of 2015 with an ad on Craigslist. I had been searching for a band whose sound incorporated elements of the music that inspired me and was having no luck. I decided to form one from scratch instead. I met Marcin shortly after that and loved is raw energetic guitar playing. Together we found Jeff who is a rock solid bassist with an incredible talent for creating interesting soundscapes. The ad that I placed said something like ”looking for a singer who likes new wave bands like the Smiths and the Cure as well as bands like Diiv and Beach Fossils” Courtney answered the ad with “Hey, I like all those bands” and that was it. We began working on songs together immediately after that. After our first drummer didn’t work out we were incredibly lucky to find Dylan, who has added a real dynamic signature to the songs.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: One of the things that we love about our band, is that while we all listen to much of the same bands, there are a wide variety of influences that contribute elements to aspects of our songs. Bands ranging from 80’s and 90’s Britpop like The Cure, The Smiths, Pulp, Jesus & Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, to bands like Massive Attack, Diiv, Tame Impala, The Strokes, MBV etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: The Smiths (The Smiths),
Radiohead (The bends),
Tame Impala (Currents),
Jesus & Mary Chain (Psychocandy),
Slowdive (Souvlaki)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: While we all love to record and write songs, playing live is the best way to connect with the people and share the experience. It’s the best feeling.

Q. How do you describe In Drift sounds?
A: Spacey, Surfy, Dreamy Pop band.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: We record most of the tracks at our secret sound laboratory. Typically the main body of the song is written and sent out to the entire band for digesting. Everyone will then fool around with their parts and the song grows from there. Once we are happy with the song we mix and master at an outside studio for a different and objective viewpoint.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Fake Palms, Sahara, Diiv, HoneyBeard, The Dearly Bereft

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: We have covered songs from the Stone Roses and Echo and the Bunnymen and are always looking for another interesting song to put our spin on. It’s always fun to watch people wonder why they recognize a song until they finally realize where they know it from.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We are about to release our first EP on January 6th, and will be promoting it on radio and with shows. We are constantly writing and recording new material as well and it is our plan to be constantly releasing new music.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Be sure to check us out on Facebook and instagram! Come to our EP release show on January 14th at the Silver Dollar

sexta-feira, 13 de janeiro de 2017

Still with Mood Dye - An Interview

Novo ano, métodos antigos, e assim caminha o TBTCI.

Como de praxe, vamos acompanhar o nascimento do one man band finlandês, Tatu Miettinen, que atende pela alcunha de Mood Dye. 

O debute em formato single, aconteceu em Novembro do ano passado. "Still" é o nome da pérola, que parece uma música perdida dos Chills, ou alguma preciosidade escocesa do meio dos 80´s, mas não, pelo contrário, apesar da aparente nostalgia envolta a sonoridade de "Still" há trejeitos do dreampop atual, fazendo conexões com Wild Nothing e DIIV.

Um belo cartão de visitas do Mood Dye, ficaremos atentos aos próximos passos certamente.

***** Interview with Mood Dye *****

Q. When did Mood Dye start? Tell us about the history...
I’ve always been listening to a lot of music for as long as I can remember. Discovering new music was the most thrilling and exciting thing I knew, but still in the back of my head I always had this dream of being able to make music myself. It was somewhat a distant thought but at some point we started making songs with a few friends just for fun, I was mostly playing bass at the time. The first projects never really got anywhere and things were moving really slow, so I started fiddling around with a guitar out of boredom and recorded a few instrumental songs using my iPhone. I kept writing songs and recording them by myself, adding other instruments to the songs too. It ended up as an EP which I made a few cassettes out of but never released it. I didn’t care about anyone hearing it, it was just something that I was really excited about, being able to create these simple lo-fi songs. That was the time I realized writing music was the thing that I wanted to do.

At first I was borrowing all the gear from a friend, but soon started investing on the gear myself, buying an interface and a couple of mics alongside with a guitar and a couple synths plus all the stuff related to that. We also started a new band later with these same friends called Cina Polada, which I still play guitar in and it has actually worked out pretty well. Though we had this band I still kept making my own songs on the side as I felt I needed to have a project that I would be able to express myself through and do whatever I feel like with. Over the years the songs have kept progressing and just recently I felt like it was the right time to start releasing them and really get things going. It has slowly grown to be the most important thing to me for now.

Q: Who are your influences?
I believe that all the music you listen to influence the music that you make in some way, particularly the music that you really like. So I feel like it’s kinda arbitrary and varies from time to time. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of 80’s jangle pop and post-punk and also modern releases, mostly dream pop and shoegaze I guess. If I had to name a few I’d say Felt, Cocteau Twins, The Wake, The Cure, early New Order, Wild Nothing, Porches, Fear of Men, Suburban Living, EZTV and stuff like that. I always listen to music based on how it feels. It’s often easy for me to sense in a way if the music is honest and real, whenever I feel like it’s not I move on. It’s really hard to pinpoint the influences to only a few bands and I think it’s the diversity and combination of new and old stuff that makes the music interesting.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Haha it’s way too difficult, it’s so subjective and depends so much on personal taste but I’ll try and list some albums that I feel like have been somewhat important to me personally in the last few years.

Fear of Men - Loom
Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas
Wild Nothing - Gemini
Tops - Tender Opposities
DIIV - Is the Is Are

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Usually pretty nervous, though it’s really fun and rewarding at the same time. Haven’t played live with Mood Dye yet, so I’m looking forward to it if I manage to put a band together some day.

Q. How do you describe Mood Dye sounds?
At the moment I think it’s somewhere in the jangle pop/dream pop spectrum with some post-punk vibes and nostalgia, though the sound is constantly evolving and it’s difficult to predict which way it heads next. The sound seems to be always related to the mood I’m in while making the songs, that’s also partly where the name comes from. I guess and hope it sounds like me.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Usually it starts with some idea or melody in my head, I often record voice memos when something good comes up. Or it can be just a single thought that inspires the song, sometimes the lyrics are there before the song and sometimes it’s the other way. I tend to start out with guitar depending on the current mood, sometimes I’ll start a song with bass and drums or with a keyboard, and I think it really affects the way the song turns out. I usually begin by making a demo and not worrying about the performance or the technical stuff and focus on experimenting with the sounds and structure of the song instead. What I like to do sometimes is to take things out of the original context and try them on the other parts of the song, say taking a melody from the chorus and fitting it into the verse, that way I might get new ideas that I wouldn’t think of otherwise.

Once I feel like the foundation of the song is interesting and good enough I’ll start adding more layers. Then I’ll listen back to it some more and if it still feels exciting and fresh to me I’ll start recording the parts for real. I’m playing and recording everything myself at home, so the recording itself can get really frustrating at times playing the same parts over and over again. I really aim for getting it right at the source and prefer an organic performance over a polished, quantized and pitch corrected stuff. I want the performance to have the right feel to it. The drums are probably the most difficult part for me, as I’ll create some ideas first on my computer and then try to learn and play the stuff on real drums. I’ve been lucky enough to get to use my friend’s drums for the latest songs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Hoops, Mercury Girls, EZTV, Homeshake, Whitney, Sunflower Bean, Laced, Magic Potion, Suburban Living, I don’t know, too much good music around!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Never been a fan of covers, I don’t know if you can ever make a song better than it originally is or add anything without losing the feel of it, so I’ll say none.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Not too much planned, would be cool to be able to keep making music forever. Oh and gonna release a lot of new music soon!

Q: Any parting words?
Thx for the interview, keep an eye out for the new releases!


quinta-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2017

Strawberry Creme with Swain - An Interview

Red Collier ou para os íntimos, Swain é a bola da vez aqui no TBTCI.

O Swain soltou pouco antes do Natal de 2016 um belíssimo e delicioso álbum, guiado por melodias calmas que dá até pra sentir por vezes um sopro de candura, algo como a brisa do mar batente no rosto, aquele frescor do entardecer sabem?

O álbum homônimo do Swain é assim, tranquilo, um indie folk sonhador de encher o coração de esperança.

Experimente, certamente a tranquilidade e a esperança vai tomar conta de você.

Apenas, belo.

***** Interview with Swain *****

Q. When did Swain start? Tell us about the history...
1. I've always wanted to make a guitar focused album, but up to now had been working with synthesizers and electronic sounds.

Over this last December I was listening to a lot of Big Star and Mark Kozelek and I felt an inspiration that led to the making of song after song. I initially wanted to make an EP but it very quickly ballooned to an album.

My best friend suggested the name "Swain" for the project, and I liked it. It encapsulated the sound I feel these tracks reflect, open, airy, romantic. That's the story up to now.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. My first favorite band was the Cure. I remember buying "Staring at the Sea" when I was 10 and listening to Robert wail for hours a day.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
I love so many bands and types of music, my favorites include the Cocteau Twins, Red House Painters, Dead Can Dance, Big Star, David Bowie, Graham Parsons, the Sundays... There are too many to say and I'd kick myself for missing one of my favorites, so I'll keep the list short. Oh! 4AD records, I love all their golden age releases.

1. Cocteau Twins - Victorialand
2. Dead Can Dance - Spleen and Ideal
3. Low - I Could Live in Hope
4. The Cure - Faith
5. Red House Painters - Red House Painters

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. I never set off with Swain to do anything live. It is my studio project and I've taken a very Brian Wilson stance on playing for now. However, as more and more people listen I feel I may have to change my stance. I just didn't think anyone would really care initially... So yeah, some live performances may be in the cards very very soon.

Q. How do you describe Swain sounds?
5. The album is a bit wistful and reflective, especially as it goes on. There is an element of dream pop I suppose, though its far from orthodox. Its a bit of an homage, stylistically, to the acoustic style of 70s and 90s singer songwriter types, though that label makes me cringe. Very laid back, relaxed but not exactly content. I feel there's an element of wanting to step back to step ahead in these tracks.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. I record using a simple Snow Ball Microphone. Usually I just get the main guitar riff, splice it and loop it as opposed to playing the whole way through. Its an approach that I'm sure is born from all my synth noodling. I'm sure guitar playing musician would find such approach heresy but it is mine.

Next come drum tracks, which I program. I don't feel the music warrants anything complicated so I just use some light high hat and snare, maybe a kick drum. Its the vocals that are hard, as I'm never satisfied by my voice.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. Cigarettes After Sex. Best new release I've heard in ages. I'm sure that there are many that rival it by unsigned and unknown bands however.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. ABBA, seriously. The song "My Love My Life," is magnificent and heartbreakingly beautiful.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. My plans are just to record more, get the music out to people who would love it as well as hate it, walk my dog.

Q: Any parting words?
10. Thank you for having me. Parting words, I'm not very profound. Just smile when you can, cry when you must, and let music help you get through all the good times and bad.

quarta-feira, 11 de janeiro de 2017

Happy With a Shadow's Company with Paint The Echo - An Interview

Pense em um artista prolífico, criativo e inventivo dentro de seu próprio universo sonoro, pense ainda que este mesmo artista só em 2016 lançou cinco álbuns, e claro, todos passaram despercebidos da grande massa ,e, digo mais,, passaram despercebidos até mesmo pelo iniciados.

Estou falando do estadunidense Andrew Taylor e seu projeto Paint The Echo. Situando o Paint The Echo sonoramente podemos dizer que é um mix de chillwave e downtempo com a alma no dreampop cintilante. As referências são vastas, mesmo porque o trabalho do Paint The Echo não é uniforme, pelo contrário, há uma variedade enorme de conexões, muito pelos estudos de Andrew em ensinamentos de jazz.

Experimente se iniciar no mundo do Paint The Echo através do último trabalho, "Happy With a Shadow´s Company Pt.1 & 2, e escute atentamente como se estivesse lendo um livro, e se escute novamente. 

O Paint The Echo é daquelas bandas que o sabor fica melhor a cada apreciação.

***** Interview with Paint The Echo *****

Q. When did Paint The Echo start? Tell us about the history...
- Paint the Echo is a project of mine that I began last year. I am trained as a jazz musician and have played in jazz bands and orchestras with guitar. My main passion has always been music and I knew that I would always want to perform. I am currently the only member of Paint the Echo, I do occasionally bring in some friends to help out with vocals or percussion. All of my music is recorded with meager recording tools, but thats what gives it the sound it has.

Q: Who are your influences?
- My style of playing is influenced in many different ways and through different genres. But I'd say I am influenced by bands like The XX, Grizzly Bear, and Animal Collective. I also really love Flying Lotus but thats all on the Electronic side.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
- This is a hard one. Don't give me heat for this.

1.Beach House, Beach house
2. To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
3. You're Dead!, Flying Lotus
4. In Rainbows, Radiohead
5. Coexist, The XX

Q. How do you feel playing live?
- Easy, playing live is the best feeling on this planet.

Q. How do you describe Paint The Echo sounds?
- I honestly cant give you a 100% accurate answer for this. Its all over the place but it always seems to have a similar reverb guitar, Jazz chord progression for texture, and drum loop accumulation throughout each song giving it more chill sound. But thats just my opinion in writing it :)

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
- First I have to be in the right mood to write a song (most musicians know what I mean). Once I start writing I have to complete the song in one sitting because I create my music on the go and in a very improvised style (this sometimes calls for late nights and tired mornings).

To me the texture and feel of a song are the most important thing so before I add vocals or guitar I like to have a solid instrumental song in order to have more freedom to create the words the song is suppose to be about. But besides that, I go about it at a very quick pace which can be good or bad depending who is listening.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
- Im really digging Salami Rose Joe Luis right now. I found her while browsing bandcamp and she has one of the most unique voices. Her music is simple but portrays a lot of emotion for me and I want to meet her in person one day, haha. Check her out. https://salamirosejoelouismusic.bandcamp.com/releases

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
- Grizzly Bear. (For my next project id like to cover Deep Blue Sea. Very pretty song).

Q: What are your plans for the future?
- In the future Id like to add a bigger crew than just me in order to play more intricate shows :)

Q: Any parting words?
- I love to hear feedback from anyone, so if you like my music or hate it, please tell me why. (from my bandcamp email). This was my first interview so thanks for the opportunity!


terça-feira, 10 de janeiro de 2017

Faults with Ruineer - An Interview

Algumas vezes palavras são absolutamente supérfluas, quando tornam-se mais do mesmo, e é justamente nessas ocasiões que o silêncio, a introspeção e o auto isolamento tornam-se a última saída.

É exatamente sob este espectro que Caressa Coy, conduz solitariamente seus amores, temores, etc, etc.

Sob a alcunha de Ruineer, que a trovadora solitária despeja em doses celestiais e acústicas sob nossas mentes, corpos e almas.

Isole-se, acalma-se através da suavidade hipnótica de Caressa e seu Ruineer.
***** Interview with Ruineer *****

Q. When did Ruineer start? Tell us about the history... 
Ruïneer started about three years ago, recording in my bedroom, (still recording in my bedroom) trying to find the most quiet times of the day

Q: Who are your influences?
Braids, Grouper, Beach House, CocoRosie, Chelsea Wolfe, Emily Haines, and so much more.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
"Pines" - A Fine Frenzy,
"Knives Don't Have Your Back" - Emily Haines,
"Deep in The Iris" - Braids,
"Finally We Are No One" - Múm,
"Teen Dream" - Beach House

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I've never had the chance to play live yet, but I feel like I'd be terrified haha

Q. How do you describe Ruineer sounds?
Quiet, sleepy, like you're the only person left on the train

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I usually experiment with sounds, mainly my guitar, then I loop things into it, a lot of the time it is improv, I very rarely do more than one or two takes

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Pavo Pavo

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I plan to write my second LP soon!

Q: Any parting words?
Sleep now xoxo

segunda-feira, 9 de janeiro de 2017

Veiled Bruise with Meviu§ - An Interview

Eu particularmente não entendo porque muitos alternativos entendedores de plantão, não aceitam que estamos vivendo uma era altamente efervescente em todos os desmembramentos sonoros seja deste ou daquele estilo, o fato é que se houver força de vontade é possível chegar a esta conclusão óbvia muito rapidamente.

O mais interessante é que atualmente tudo é passível de ser mesclado, não existem regras pré definidas ou formatas, hoje, é basicamente tudo de todos, e é exatamente nessa atmosfera que o duo Meviu§ concebe suas canções.

Há electro indie dark ("Veiled Bruise" e "Supermoon"), ou então um slowcore com tonalidades de trip hop ("Seesaw") e o potencial hit "Maybe Next Year" com um andamento lounge cerebral.

Resumindo, o Meviu§ apropria-se da tematica dos novos tempos e o faz com desenvoltura mesmo ainda não ter soltado absolutamente nada oficial.

Feche os olhos e boa viagem.

***** Interview with Meviu§ *****

Q. When did Meviu§ start? Tell us about the history…
daniel - in february of 2015, my life had gotten to a really dark place. i basically felt there was no hope left and had no idea what to do with myself, so i took a train cross-country and figured things would either work themselves out or they wouldn’t. during the trip and in the time that followed in california, i wrote three songs that would become the first few Meviu§ tracks. i tried mixing them myself, but the sound was really different from what i had been working on with Dialogue from a Silent Film, so it wasn’t coming out quite right. i decided to hit up richey, who i had met quite some time before (first when The Vicious Guns played at an old job of mine, and later we reconnected at a Jennie Vee show) since we had thrown around the idea of working on music together at some point. The mixes sounded great and then we decided to see what would happen if we started doing shows.

Q: Who are your influences?
daniel - there’s a huge influence of witch house, trap, synth pop, early emo, j-pop, and shoegaze. it doesn’t sound like it should make sense, but somehow it does

richey - My Bloody Valentine and Snoop Dogg

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
daniel - lately i’ve been really into “JEFFERY” by Young Thug,
“Script of the Bridge” by The Chameleons has always been important to me,
“PRISM” by Katy Perry is a favorite of mine,
“Isn’t Anything” by My Bloody Valentine is just an essential, and the last one… oh man… who knows… “Floral Shoppe” by Macintosh Plus?

richey - Depeche Mode - Violator
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
The Jesus & Mary Chain - Automatic
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Damn The Torpedoes
Steely Dan - Aja

Q. How do you feel playing live?
daniel - playing live without a guitar or bass in my hands is bizarre. it gives me freedom to move and stuff, which is cool. it’s fun doing percussion and really minimal keyboard work. maybe i should start working on some para-para routines or something. except, like, definitely not. richey - Somewhere between Christ-like and crippled by fear.

Q. How do you describe Meviu§ sounds?
richey - Crystal Castles with guitars and too much chorus/delay/reverb.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
daniel - i program the drum loops and synth parts on my laptop from whatever tour bus/ train/ airplane bathroom/ guest room/ hotel i’m at whenever the idea strikes and text the lyrics to myself. richey works on the mix and writes the guitar parts and i either record the vocals on my own, or we hang out when we get the chance and record some vocals in between the swapping of stories and photos of whatever our latest adventures have been.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
daniel - i will always unquestionably love Tennis System. I also highly recommend Bunny X, who are the most fun and adorable synth pop duo ever. Lexa Terrestrial is a great rapper from Pittsburgh as well as a great friend of mine for years. CULTTASTIC opened for us at the first-ever Meviu§ show and is an incredible producer, writer, vocalist, and more. i’ve been having fun producing a record for hex.sys, and i love playing guitar for Death Valley High. i know there’s more. i’m sorry if i left anyone out!

richey - The Lemon Twigs

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
daniel - we’ve actually been working on a few covers, including our first video - a cover of “Shiver” by Lucy Rose. the other ones for the future are secret… for now. also they may or may not all by real bands. you’ll see what i mean.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
more collaborations! more singles! more videos! more shows! more limited edition pin designs! stickers! shirts! less sleep! no money! starvation! the decline of civilization! inevitable death!

Q: Any parting words?
richey - Know your rights.


domingo, 8 de janeiro de 2017

Unknown Paintings of Space with Super 78 - An Interview

Psicodelismo hipnoticamente repetitivo, conduzindo por doses cavalares de acidez sonora, tendo como molas propulsoras as matrizes, BJM, SP3, VU, Primal Scream e Television Personalities, este é o cardápio viciante do Super 78.

Em Novembro passado os caras nos brindaram com "Unknown Paintings of Space". Uma obra para cair de cabeça, mente, corpo e alma no elixir de viagens multi coloridas e se largar por completo em experiências da psilocibina.

Como diria Fábio Bridges, SEGURA A TRIP.

***** Interview with Super 78 *****

Q. When did Super 78 start? Tell us about the history...
The band was formed during high school when I met my good friend Rocky, who now follows his own musical endeavors.

We started playing shows under different names until settling on Super 78 after I graduated in '09.
As most everyone else that's not a dickhead, we spent most of our time seeking out mind expanding music & other cool things in music history & other arts, ultimately sinking into psych & punk gems of the 60's all the way through the 80's.

Meeting cool people with similar interests along the way, we finally found Leon Ridd who is the only founding member, aside from myself, that still plays today.
After that, we went through a bunch of members while gigging regularly and recording what seems like a million demos.

Q: Who are your influences?
Sonic Boom, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Television Personalities, Velvet Underground etc etc.
Most importantly: life, girlfriends, X girlfriends, drugs, films, synthesizers etc etc.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Primal Scream - Screamadelica
the rest are always changing ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I like playing live a lot! It's like hearing your own mind's little orchestra being played behind you while keeping guitar strings & tempo fuckers at bay

Q. How do you describe Super 78 sounds?
Spaced out repetitive psychedelia....and stuff

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Usually the recording process is very slow as I let my mind wonder & try out new things plus the never-ending challenge of dealing with gear misfortunes & money.

For this record though, Leon & myself pretty much locked ourselves in our studio for 2 months straight & learned how to do everything ourselves without seeing the sun for 3 days at times.
Although the songs were mainly all the way written, when you start tracking & have more control than a live show, you tend to start turning knobs & pushing buttons & eventually coming up with cool new sounds with echoes & phasers and shit that never was meant to be part of the song. We definitely got lost in the midsts of our ideas ha!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Fat White Family, Weyes Blood, Part Time, Cosmonauts, Salad Boys etc.

Also, my friends Cupid Come, The Nods, Muzzle Tung & The Circulars.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I always love to cover Television Personalities. Also, currently working on a Super 78 version of Robyn Hitchcock's 'Love'

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Work hard, vinyl release, tour a lot & share my music to all those who are willing to listen.

Q: Any parting words? Thanks again
Get up, do something, love you all! X


sábado, 7 de janeiro de 2017

Endless Echoes with Lucy in Disguise - An Interview

Steven Romeo é o criador do projeto Lucy in Disguise, algo como um lounge dreamy conduzindo por synths viajantes, dançantes e cerebrais, algo próximo do Soft Metals talvez, mas com referências mais oitentistas mas especificamente da Factory.

Experimente o debute "Endless Echoes" ou, principalmente, o novíssimo "004" linhas sintetizadas hipnóticas e sensuais para se deliciar seja com balinhas ou bem acompanhado, ou os dois.

O Lucy in Disguise seria o Hacienda em formato lounge. Feche os olhos e boa trip.

***** Interview with Lucy in Disguise *****

Q. When did Lucy in Disguise start? Tell us about the history…
A. I’ve had several monikers before but Lucy In Disguise started about three years ago when I was itching to do something different with my music.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. I would have to say my biggest influences are, in no particular order, Daft Punk, Com Truise, Todd Terje, Siriusmo, Washed Out and Röyksopp.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. Its album Time by Todd Terje,
Discovery by Daft Punk,
Melody A.M. by Röyksopp,
Galactic Melt by Com Truise
and Cross by Justice.

Those are my favorite at least.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. I’ve yet to play live but it’s something I want to start very soon.

Q. How do you describe Lucy in Disguise sounds?
A. 90% of the sounds I use are made with Analog synthesizers and software synthesizers. Occasionally I like to throw some natural sounds in the mix.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. It’s always a bit different but generally I like to start with a chord progression and build melodies off that.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of stuff by Palmbomen. He’s pretty under the radar but his songs are addicting. Home is also someone I listen to quite a bit.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. I’ve wanted to make a synth cover of Lucy In The sky With Diamonds for quite some time now. The reason is probably obvious…

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. My goals for 2017 are to start playing live and to complete my second full length album.

Q: Any parting words? Thanks again
A. Thank you for having me!


Nightly with Limbs - An Interview

Diretamente das Filipinas vem o barulhento e freak Limbs em sua estreia "Nightly" lançada no final do ano passado e sem maiores informações, e ai entra o TBTCI para tentar desvendar o que é esta sonoridade que flerta entre um hardcore post shoegaze.

Dwight Galang é a mente criadora do Limbs e a tendência em pegar o MBV e triturar a fritaão gaze por entre esquizofrenias berrantes como um At the Drive In é explicita no EP do Limbs,

Os puritanos devem torcer o nariz, já por aqui o EP esta em altíssima rotação e bem alto.

***** Interview with Limbs *****

Q. When did Limbs start? Tell us about the history...
I was writing a lot of instrumental music before in the vein of post-rock and math rock, and I got tired of it and wanted to do something else. Limbs is a project of mine that began more than a year ago with the intention to write abrasive music that features a lot of blast beats and shrieked vocals. But when I started writing for it, it kind of mellowed out and became a different thing.

Q: Who are your influences?
The whole Limbs thing was initially trying to rip off Devin Townsend, but failing miserably in all aspects. I also listen to a lot of The Dear Hunter, which I would consider a big influence even if it’s not really translating to my music. I also like Converge and My Bloody Valentine a lot.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
It always changes for me. I can’t really say a definitive list. I could always listen to: The Color Spectrum by The Dear Hunter and Catch 33 by Meshuggah, but maybe I’ll regret saying that later.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I haven’t played live as Limbs yet. I would want to have other members for this project.

Q. How do you describe Limbs sounds?
I would characterize it as post-hardcore with shoegaze and post-rock sprinkled over it. It has sing-song parts, wretched vocals, and subpar production.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It usually starts with riffing on the guitar, then eventually recorded to a click track. After that, other instrumentations are layered over it. I usually try to have the guitar, bass, and drums recorded/programmed and have a little bit of mixing to it to hear the song’s potential, and also as a personal motivation to continue writing. Those demo sessions end up to be the final ones after some retracking. For writing vocals, I mumble into my phone’s audio recorder from time to time and just flesh out the melody while demoing.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
From the local acts here (who is not really a band), this guy Calix (https://soundcloud.com/calixph) put out an excellent album titled “Breakout Satirist”. Amazing hip-hop record devoid of braggadocio, featuring sharp lyricism and banging beats. Also this local band Beast Jesus (http://beastjesusmanila.bandcamp.com), who are far better songwriters and far better at doing this shoegaze/post-hardcore thing than me.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Maybes some James Blake? That would be interesting for me, but I’m nowhere good as a singer, and I would basically ruin it.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Currently, I’m already remixing/remastering the EP because I was not really happy with how it came out. Also, I’m adding a new song that was previously a demo that I was struggling to finish but failed to include in the first edition of the EP. After that, I plan to write more for this project, but I really wish to have more members involved for this. If you’re reading this and you’re based locally, and interested in playing this kind of music, hit me up.

Q: Any parting words?
Please do check out my stuff at http://limbs1991.bandcamp.com. All my stuff are available for free, and if you would, please also share to your friends that would dig this kind of music. A big thanks to TBTCI for reaching out. Cheers from The Philippines!


sexta-feira, 6 de janeiro de 2017

Going Out with The Forbin Project - An Interview

Danny Martinez é a mente por trás do The Forbin Project. Tudo começou após Danny assistir um show com a dobradinha The Drums e Craft Spells, e obviamente o sonhador Danny concentra-se na mesma linhagem, dreampop melancólico por vezes, ensolarado em outras, onde deixa explícito em suas canções seu amor por The Cure e New Order.

Sim dreampop com cara dos nossos tempos e um olhar nostálgico para o passado, mas sem jamais soar piegas. Recomenda-se ouvir bem acompanhado.

***** Interview with the Forbin Project *****

Q. When did The Forbin Project start?
I started this project in 2012. I wrote the first EP over the span Of maybe two months. I got the idea for the project after seeing craft Spells open for The Drums in SF.

Q: Who are your influences?
I'm heavily influenced by The Cure, Joy Division/New Order, Diiv, Wild Nothing, Craft Spells, Beach Fossils, and The Drums.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band,
The White album,
Power, Corruption & Lies,
Seventeen Seconds,

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing live but this project is just me, so it's hard to get to play shows.

Q. How do you describe The Forbin Project sounds?
It's definitely Dreampop through and through, with an 80s aesthetic. I don't like sounding like one band, it's important for me to progress the sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Well I write and record everything myself at home. I write while I record pretty much all the songs. I usually start with a guitar part then build from it, but it's not always the same approach.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I would say to check out "Acid Ghost" who's based in San Francisco and "Jay Som" who I think is based in Oakland.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I wanna do a cover of Tren Al Sur by Los Prisioneros in English.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I just want to write more music, and hopefully start playing shows with a band.

Q: Any parting words? Thanks again
I just want to say thanks for taking an interest in my music, I hope to continue this project and progress the sound.