quinta-feira, 27 de julho de 2017

Northern Islands (Hideout) with Noise Nebula - An Interview

O quinteto madrilenho Noise Nebula chega para novamente demonstrar o quão fértil esta o território espanhol.

Todavia algumas diferenças são notadas desde os primeiros momentos do mais recente trabalho dos caras, "Northern Islands (Hideout)", a primeira e fundamental é o fato deles não comporem suas densas viagens em seu idioma nativo, ao contrário de conterrâneos como Linda Guilala, Apartamentos Acapulco, Galaxina, entre outros, o Noise Nebula busca na linguagem universal, o inglês claro, ressoar em conjunto com o intrínseco emaranhado de guitarras, ora estridente, já em outras, melódico e cantarolável.

Resumidamente o Noise Nebula se alimenta e expurga doses cavalares de seu shoegaze em uma rotação desaceleradamente esfumaçada.

Muito em breve soltarão seu primeiro álbum, mas pelos três, já dá pra ter a real noção do tamanho do potencial dos caras., é ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos, enquanto isso, dê play em "Northern Islands (Hideout)" e boa viagem.

***** Interview with Noise Nebula *****

Q. When did Noise Nebula start? Tell us about the history...
The project started in October 2013 in Madrid, Spain and since then we have released 3 EPs, being the last one (Northern Islands (Hideout), 2016) probably the most important for us because we got to record part of it in Avast Recording Co. studios in Seattle, thanks to Converse.

The band is formed, after several line-up changes, by three guitars, one bass and a drummer (aging around from 21 to 23) with two of us singing. We know each other mainly because we share a lot of interests in music.

Now we’re fully active, playing as much concerts as we can, conceiving our first LP and trying to end up our college degrees.

Q: Who are your influences?
We listen to a lot of different genres and enjoy exotic sounds, so we try to use different kind of textures and elements even they might not have to get that much in common with shoegazing, but we identify our sound with this genre the most because of the shoes and our gazes to them.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Seam - The Problem With Me
Nueva Vulcano - Los Peces de Colores
Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
Rock Bottom - Robert Wyyat
The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Comfortable even with just 2 people in the crowd.

Q. How do you describe Noise Nebula sounds?
It’s like you painting with your fingers on a new LCD screen TV..

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Normally we try to do it as a live performance except for the vocals, which are recorded later, so we have to measure each song before getting to the studio to try to preserve the essence of rehearsals. In the next recordings we want to invest more time in the studio and try to come up with new ideas for the songs there.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Shame, First Breath After Coma, and from Spain, Cala Vento, Lukiek, and RRUCCULLA

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Radiohead / Yo La Tengo

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Recording new tunes, writing as much as we can and starting to give shape to what will be our first LP.

We would like to release a few songs before it, which will be recorded in the days of the northern hemisphere summer and released when cold comes back.

Q: Any parting words?
Say no to slogans


quarta-feira, 26 de julho de 2017

Sunset Exit with Tokyo Tea Room - An Interview

O quinteto inglês da cidade de Kent, Tokyo Tea Room, comprova que existe vida inteligente no indie pop, sem soar clichê ou pré fabricado, a banda cria suas melodiosas canções com pitadas de melancolia, doses de psicodelismo, com nítidas referências ao Radiohead no início de seu trajetória, mas ficam apenas nas referências, o TTR vai por caminhos próprios, cativando a cada audição, experimente a deliciosa "Like a Drug" e sinta o elixir viciante.

"Sunset Exit" é o primeiro aperitivo para o novo EP "Another Place, Another Time" que virá ao mundo em 19 de Agosto.

Se depender do Tokyo Tea Room, o indie estará a salvo.

***** Interview with Tokyo Tea Room *****

Q. When did Tokyo Tea Room start? Tell us about the history...
A: I was writing songs as a bedroom project and then after meeting some like-minded musicians at uni in 2014 we decided to put them in the context of a band and it went from there. Graham our guitarist joined later to complete the quintet and its stayed the same ever since.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: I take inspiration sonically from Radiohead and Bombay Bicycle Club. I respect their work so much and enjoy every listen. I think Radiohead are the biggest influence on the new EP, they are so varied from album to album and manage to be so unique. They are a band I aspire to be like.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A: I listen to a wide variety of music and I couldn't really say just five because there are so many to love. But off the top of my head I can think of… In no particular order:
I Had The Blues But Shook Them Loose - Bombay Bicycle Club
In Rainbows - Radiohead
Oracular Spectacular - MGMT
The Colourful Life - Cajun Dance Party
Songs For The Deaf - Queen Of The Stone Age

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Playing live is always a pleasure, its so enjoyable. When the audience is having a good time I'm having a good time.

Q. How do you describe Tokyo Tea Room sound?
A: I would describe our sound as a blend of rock and pop nowadays, it has its gritty moments and its blissed out moments.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: Generally we record everything separately starting with the drums, then bass, then guitar and finally vocals. It can vary depending on peoples availability. Everything tends to get chopped up in the mixing process and our songs end up becoming a collage of music rather than a performance.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: We gig around Canterbury a lot with our friends who are in bands such as: Paisley Mess, The Primals, Tin Foil Astronaut, Dreamweaver, Spanish Infanta and The Machiavellis. Big-up the Canterbury scene innit.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A: Personally I’d quite like to play bass in a Motown band or maybe guitar in a Nirvana tribute. Something where I'm either playing some smooth funky bass lines or thrashing some heavy fuzzed out guitar, that would be fun.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We are playing some gigs around Kent and beyond, then release our new EP on the 19th of August, we’re going to have a huge party to celebrate.

Q: Any parting words?
I've been Dan from TTR thanks for reading. Check us out on Facebook, twitter soundcloud etc. We just released a track off our upcoming EP called ‘Sunset Exit’ which you can stream here - Thanks again, have a good day.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tokyotearoom
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/tokyotearoom
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tokyotearoom

terça-feira, 25 de julho de 2017

Alister with New Youth - An Interview

Eis que Austin, Texas, chega novamente às páginas do TBTCI, representada agora pelo pop perfeito de Silas Acosta, ou New Youth para os íntimos.

"Alister" seu primeiro EP é um frescor sonoro, um tranquilizante perante ao caos diário dos dias atuais. Evocando obviamente o que de melhor foi feito em termos de pop perfeito, leia-se, Prefab Sprout, The Wake, The Chills e claro, a Sarah Records.

Refresque sua cabeça e seus ouvidos com o doce e suave New Youth, vai te fazer bem, acredite.

***** Interview with New Youth *****

Q. When did New Youth start? Tell us about the history...
It started last spring after a series of relationships that fell apart, Including the break-up of my old band. Previously I was a drummer, but all my band mates moved on or moved out of town. I wanted to keep writing music but I didn’t know anyone. I realized that if I wanted to keep making music i would have to learn new instruments and muster up the courage to sing into a microphone.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Wake, The Radio Dept., The Cleaners From Venus, early New Order/Joy Division, The Cure. Really any band that used a chorus pedal during the 80s. Oh, and any John Hughes movie!

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Turn On The Bright Lights - Interpol
Clinging To A Scheme - The Radio Dept.
Here Comes Everybody + Singles - The Wake
It’s Immaterial - Black Marble
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I’m honestly quite shy when it comes to playing live. It’s very fun to play with your friends, but I’m always nervous no matter how many shows I’ve played over the years. I’d rather be home! You can’t escape it though. It’s like eating your vegetables.

Q. How do you describe New Youth sounds?
Maybe nostalgic and grainy like old photographs. I hope it sounds the way an interesting photo may look.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I write and record most of everything at home. It usually starts with a drum machine and a synth or bass line. After that, I add parts to try and make it sound prettier (or more sad). Then I take my dog on a walk around the neighborhood and hum quietly to myself until I find a vocal tune I like. I’m fortunate to have a friend who runs a studio and he does a great job of tracking my drums and mixing.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I’m really proud to be from a very creative town. Some really great acts in Austin that just had a debut are Hills and Guest Rooms. I love the musical diversity we have here.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Lately I’ve been wanting to cover “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac, or “More Than This” by Roxy Music. Or anything by Prefab Sprout. Those bands are so awesome.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In addition to working on new material for New Youth, I have a couple of other projects in the works that I’m very excited about.

Q: Any parting words?
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if John Candy was still alive. Can you imagine all the great movies he’d now be in? He my favorite.


Bedroom Sounds with Sunday League - An Interview

Ao ouvir o quinteto de Helsinki, Finlândia poderíamos facilmente confundi-los com as banda suecas, conhecidas por seu sendo melódico e twee, mas nada disso, os caras do Sunday League pegam essa vibe e colocam aditivos definitivamente cantaroláveis e criam suas "bedroom songs" com aquele apelo pop injetando por vezes doses de um barulho dosado e suave.

Potencial gigante para ficarmos com olhos e ouvidos atentos aos próximos passos do Sunday League.

***** Interview with Sunday League *****

Q. When did Sunday League start? Tell us about the history...
Sampo: January 2017 i think. I'd been writing, recording and releasing a few songs for my own fun and wellbeing after my other band Toujours started a break last year. After a while I asked these guys, my best mates from school, to start jamming ideas and after that everything took off pretty well.

Q: Who are your influences?
Sampo: We all listen to hugely different kinds of music, most of us actually play more than 2 instruments. But here's the thing, I could list songs & albums that have influenced me individually as a songwriter but I don't think that would explain why we sound exactly the way we do. When I write music I express certain emotions the way that's most natural to me. Listening to music and getting certain vibes is the most simple thing in the world. When people hear us for the first time I want them to connect us to nothing else than how our songs make them feel at that moment. So I'd rather not name any specific artists. How ridiculous is that?

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Sampo: I change my mind every week but right now
Tim Hecker – Virgins
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
Grouper – Ruins
Deftones – White Pony

Eero: Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of the Seventh Son
Madonna – Confessions on a Dancefloor
Lil Yachty – Lil Boat
Beach House – Depression Cherry
The Mars Volta – De-Loused in the Comatorium

Aapo: Burial – Untrue
DJ Shadow – Endtroducing
Jason Mraz – We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things
London Elektricity – Pull The Plug
Tigran Hamasyan – A Fable

Immu: Mick Jenkins – The Healing Component
Tool – Lateralus
Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction
Mark Lettieri – Spark & Echo
Periphery – Periphery II

Oliver: well at least two Iron Maiden albums!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Eero: Kinda like Oasis in the 90s.
Aapo: Playing live is like making love.
Oliver: Pretty pink.
Immu: Good vibes!

Q. How do you describe Sunday League sounds?
Sampo: Hopeful and/or sad. Lyrically we're focusing on the more negative aspects of being in love, growing up and forming your identity among other people but our tunes are all quite upbeat, catchy and cheerful at times. What I'm basically trying to prove to myself and everyone else is that my depression and self-doubts won't bring me down but force me to deal with things that I wish wouldn't exist and understand why they matter even when I feel like nothing does. Everything has to make sense once you've gone through it you know.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Oliver: First Sampo writes song ideas and brings them to us.

Aapo: Then we work on his ideas for ages until the pieces fit. We record all instruments live in only a few takes and then me, Sampo & our friend Julius produce and mix them.

Sampo: I think this way we can preserve the raw, live performance vibe while sounding exactly the way we want to.

Immu: Sampo writes fucking awesome songs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Sampo: Lapsihymy, he's our friend and he makes extremely beautiful, haunting electronic music. Definitely worth checking out. Other than that I've been hooked to Ian Sweet, Swimming Tapes, Cosmo Pyke and Kraus lately.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Sampo: Craig David
Eero: My Chemical Romance
Immu: Gucci Mane
Aapo: 30 Seconds to Mars
Oliver: Iron Maiden

Sampo: We're actually planning on doing a 3 minute medley with songs from all those artists at this very moment. Stay tuned.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Sampo: We've got a few more songs already recorded and we're planning on releasing them during this year. After that we start recording a series of EP's.

Aapo: World tour 2018-2022.

Q: Any parting words?
Sampo: Allie Teilz, if you're reading this hit me up when you in HKI, ok? Let's grab some coffee & go skydiving. xo

segunda-feira, 24 de julho de 2017

Brick & Mortar with Shallow - An Interview

Virou uma tendência poderosa e, claro, extremamente barulhenta, pegar a melancolia do pós punk, a agressividade do pos hardcore entrelaçadas às viagens gazers, vide bandas como Nothing, Whirr, Narrow Head, entre outras, e agora, chega a vez do TBTCI estampar em suas páginas, e, principalmente fazer seus tímpanos ensurdecerem ao som do quarteto Shallow e seu estupendo EP de estreia, "Brick & Mortar".

Imagina o Starflyer 59 duelando com o Fugazi, ou o Cure com os Pumpkins, o Shallow é o filho bastardo de toda essa galera, simples assim.

Escute no volume máximo, por favor.

***** Interview with Shallow *****

Q. When did Shallow start? Tell us about the history...
A. Myself(Austin) and our drummer zach met by playing in a hardcore band, both being fans of shoegaze decided to break away and start Shallow. Through recommendations of friends we got our second guitar player Nick onboard, and I asked one of my best friends Erick to play bass. We had our first practice January 2017 and played songs that I had been writing for a few years and developed them.

Q: Who are your influences?
MBV, Failure, Slowdive, Hum, Oasis, Placebo, Brand new and Nothing, just to name a few.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me
Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing
Slowdive - Just For A Day
Nirvana - Bleach
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Sweaty, it's really hot in Texas

Q. How do you describe Shallow sounds?
Heavy Shoegaze for the depressed

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Recording went very very smooth. We recorded at Southwing Audio and had amazing engineers. We tracked all the instruments live, drums and bass in one isolation booth and both guitars in another sound proof room, but we played together in the same room like we do at practice.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Texas is killing right now as far as new Shoegaze bands go. Daze, Grivo, Glare, Narrowhead and Walking Misery are all some really good up and coming bands from Texas. Can't forget about our friends from Salt Lake City, No Sun

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Starflyer 59

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are currently recording a split with Daze and have plans to do another split following our next EP that will be one cover and one original with another band we are close with.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks so much for this opportunity and keep on killing it with the blog, seriously awesome stuff dude!

domingo, 23 de julho de 2017

Salt Line Scene with Sonne / Mond - An Interview

Aproximadamente dois anos atrás integrantes de bandas que já passaram pelo TBTCI como Echo Lake, Not Cool, e Trailer Trash Tracy resolveram unir forças e experimentar juntos novos territórios sonoros. Assim nasceu Sonne / Mond e o debute deles veio ao mundo em Maio.

Um experimento psicodélico, por vezes sombrio, em outras sonhador, que traça caminhos diferentes de todas as bandas anteriores de seus integrantes. A palavra chave do EP homônimo do Sonne / Mond é desprendimento, sentimentos este que dá o norte da experimentação e sugere a liberdade de ousar sem se ater a rótulos. 

Essa liberdade de experimentar dá ao Sonne / Mond uma conexão por vezes com o Deerhunter, o que é um grande caminho a ser seguido.

Para ficarmos de olhos e ouvidos atentos aos próximos passos do Sonne / Mond.

***** Interview with Sonne / Mond *****

Q. When did Sonne Mond start? Tell us about the history...
We started about 2 years ago when Matt and I began playing guitar together on weekends, just to pass some time. My old band (Echo Lake) had stopped playing shows and I wanted to carry on doing something and had always thought it would be cool to play music with Matt, we spoke about it for ages before finally doing something.

Initially, it was a noise project, just two guitars and maybe some drums every now with no vocals, just droning loud guitars and lots of noise. As time passed Matt started bring song ideas forward and we started to put these little parts together, eventually bringing on board Dayo (drums) and Will (bass). Once the other guys joined, we started recording our ideas and we've spent the last year putting an EP together by ourselves in our spare time.

Q: Who are your influences?
I think the original influences were bands like Liars, Radiohead, Swans, Mogwai and Unwound. But we are listening to a lot of ambient music all the time like Hatakeyama, Basinski and Yves Tumor, which is kind of where the project might go next, or at some point maybe. But I feel like there is a lot of shoe gaze and post rock influences in our sound with elements of RnB and Psych.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
That's a huge question but of the top of my head I'll say Pet Sounds, Loveless, OK computer, Velvet Underground & Nico and right now I'll say Microcastle by Deerhunter because it's perfect. But that list might change if you ask me again.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It feels good once we are actually on stage playing! The songs take a different direction when they are played live and we'll always try to make them as different and interesting as possible compared to the recordings.

Q. How do you describe Sonne Mond sounds?
Noisy, dreamy, rhythmic, dense.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Some of the songs were already written by Matt and he had demo versions that were just his vocals and a very minimal drum sample, with really cool sparse synth layers. That's how 4 to 5 out and Salt Line Scene started and we actually just recorded the guitars, drums and bass over the top of those demos to give them a bigger sound.

The other songs on the EP all came from ideas we had during the very early rehearsals. After we recorded the drums, we pieced it all together and then started to record vocal ideas, guitars and bass, eventually writing the song during the process of putting it together. So it probably has more in common with making electronic music than it does a four piece band. We mixed the whole thing ourselves in my bedroom.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Personally at the moment I really like Protomartyr, Ought, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, I only just discovered Gold Class and the new Laurel Halo which is really good. Matt and I definitely share a love for the latest Frank Ocean stuff and an eternal love for Grouper. Liz Harris is always amazing, whatever she does.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I've always wanted to cover something by Bruce Springsteen, like a super drowsy, noisy version of something from the River, or Tunnel Of Love.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Will, our bass player just left us to live in another country, so at the moment we are focusing on new material rather than playing the same songs again. We have one gig coming up in Birmingham on the 5th August and that will be myself and Matt playing a different set, slightly more experimental than what we have been playing in London.

I think moving forward, we have the freedom to do whatever we want, so I just hope we are prolific as possible and just keep putting out music for people to listen to online. If we get the opportunity to release with some labels, then that's cool but if not then we'll keep writing new stuff and giving it away.

Q: Any parting words?
Yeah listen to our whole EP and follow us, because we are going to keep putting new material out and we want you to hear it


sexta-feira, 21 de julho de 2017

Chasing the Light with Black Sand - An Interview

Discípulo da escola Spacemen 3, o neo zelandês, Anthony Evans, vem criando trips lisérgicas, ora em baladas transcendentais, em outras, em preces alucinógenas, conduzindo essa letargia sonora sob a alcunha de Black Sand.

E não é de hoje que o Black Sand te convida para visitar o paraíso, Anthony acabou de soltar seu quarto trabalho, o brilhante "Chasing the Light", que se Mr Peter Kember ouvir, certamente abrirá um sorriso de ponta a ponta.

Embarque na viagem e deixe o Black Sand te conduzir.

***** Interview with Black Sand *****

Q. When did Black Sand start? Tell us about the history...
1. Black Sand started in 2008. I had been recording on a cassette 4 track for 8 years and I upgraded to a Fostex digital 8 track and was happy with the results and sent some tracks to a blog - http://homemade-lofi-psychedelic.blogspot.com. He really liked them so I thought I think I have something here...

Q: Who are your influences?
2. My influences are Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, The Stone Roses, Primal Scream and lots of dub reggae musicians and producers, King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, Lee Perry etc, the space they get in their music, man, amazing.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. 5 albums of all time - this always changes for me but this week it's:
 The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses,
Primal Scream - Screamadelica,
The Congos - Heart of the Congos,
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet,
Shack - Waterpistol

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. I don't play live, I would like to but at this stage Black Sand is a studio only project.

Q. How do you describe Black Sand sounds?
5. My sound is based on 2 to 3 chords, repetition, drone, reverb and tremolo, like a half remembered dream caught in the morning sun.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. I have an acoustic guitar in the living room and I use that to put chords together, come up with basslines, riff's etc. I'll then record using electric guitar, effects, bass guitar, drum machine and percussion on my old Fostex DMT-8 8 track digital recorder. Once I have the song together, I dump all those tracks into an iMac and edit and mix using Audacity.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. I don't listen to a lot of new music but there are a few that have caught my ear and I'm digging right now.

Ghost Wave from here in Auckland I really like, their album Radio Norfolk from last year is great. https://ghostwave.bandcamp.com/

Morningface is another who I really like, her voice and songwriting is amazing. I've collaborated with her on a couple of songs, she's ace! - https://morningface.bandcamp.com/album/sharpening-knives-in-heaven-ep

Francois Sky is a brilliant musician, if I could play guitar as half as well as he can I'd be good!! We did a song together on my last album, such a great player. https://francoissky1.bandcamp.com/

Nev Cottee's 3 albums are brilliant, think of a psychedelic English Lee Hazlewood and you're on the right track. https://wonderfulsound.bandcamp.com/album/nev-cottee-broken-flowers

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. I'd like to cover Song of a Baker by the Small Faces, I love that song!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. Plans for the future, keep making music!

Q: Any parting words?
10. Be good to one another and keep on keeping on.

quinta-feira, 20 de julho de 2017

Altered States with 60circuits - An Interview

Escutar o russo, 60circuits, é entrar literalmente dentro de um ácido e sentir os efeitos por dentro, triturando lentamente os neurônios a música vai adentrando por todos os poros conduzindo o nobre ouvinte a levitar, mas não espere suavidade, o 60circuits pega os experimentos mais drones e estridentes do lado ácido do Spacemen 3, leia-se Peter Kember e mistura a doses cavalares de frituras orgiásticas, padrão Bardo Pond de qualidade, e ai meu amigo, quando você se dá por si, não existe mais volta.

Agora, o mais insano e surreal do 60circuits é que tudo é concebido por um garoto de 16 anos....

Ainda há futuro para a música, com certeza há. Amém!!

***** Interview with 60circuits *****

Q. When did 60circuits start? Tell us about the history...
1. 60circuits started in late 2015, when I'd just moved to Milan, Italy from moscow. It was a very depressive and lonely time for me. I had a project called "me and the birds" before that, and when I started making material that ended up as "isolation" I felt that it was way too dark to be released under the previous moniker. "isolation" was actually the only release ever intended for the 60circuits moniker, but eventually I abandoned the previous one and started releasing music as 60circuits. The previous projects are really embarrassing for me because I didn't know anything about recording and just used garageband on my ipad (isolation was recorded in the same fashion too). Since then I've purchased more "professional" equipment and generally hugely improved the quality of my recordings. As of now, I'm still the only member of 60circuits, although I've had a couple contributions from friends on the latest record.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. It depends on the album, but I'd say my main influences are all the amazing albums from Constellation and Kranky labels. For sure the best two labels on the planet, I don't think anyone else has put out so much amazing stuff. For my latest release Altered States, I'd say the biggest influences were Spacemen 3, Can, Bardo Pond, and lots of 60s psychedelia.

Speaking about non-musical influences, it's all kinds of associations, dreams, images... As the record title indicates, altered states of consciousness is a huge influence for what I'm doing. I also find that dada and existentialist literature are big influences.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. Damn this is a really hard question. That would be very subjective, but for me, in no particular order, it's:

Duster -- Contemporary Movement
C-Clamp -- Longer Waves
The Velvet Underground -- The Velvet Underground & Nico
Stars of the Lid -- The Tired Sounds of...
Labradford -- Mi Media Naranja

(the sixth place would go to Bark Psychosis -- Hex and seventh to Windsor for the Derby -- Minnie Greutzfeldt)

For me this is more or less the list of albums which I think are perfect and will never get tired of listening to.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. I've never played live. Would love to, but so far I haven't been approached about it. It would be pretty much impossible for one person to play most of my songs live anyways...

Q. How do you describe 60circuits sounds?
5. Again depends on the album because my work is quite diverse. I'd describe my current sound as a mixture of neo-psychedelia and shoegaze, but this is all relative. I mean, I have a saxo andino and a steel tongue drum on the new record.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. The first ideas or riffs for a song always come from improvisation, usually it's just me playing guitar until I hit onto something interesting and then record the fragment so I wouldn't forget it. Then I start putting these fragments together, adding things on top of them. But for me, recording and songwriting is pretty much inseparable, as I usually just record a section and then add something else to it rather than have a full-fledged song in mind. There is always an element of improvisation to what I'm doing, most of my songs have certain improvised bits in them. And sometimes mixing plays a role too, for example, the middle section of Leaving the Body was originally a completely different recording that sounds nothing like the end result.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. Death Grips is probably the only "new" band that I listen to. I'm musically stuck in the previous century so I can't really recommend anything.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. probably going to do a couple covers of Yegor Letov's songs. As a Russian, I deeply love his art and what he did. Apart from that, doing a 13th Floor Elevators cover would be nice, but my voice ain't Roky's. His vocal range is too high.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. For 60circuits -- no idea, really. Now I feel quite worn out after making Altered States and just want to take a break -- but I also felt that after Nocturnal so who knows. Me and my friends are also working on a very "unusual" project called The Volyn Massacre? For Your Entertainment!, but we are a long way from releasing it.

Q: Any parting words?
10. I would like to thank you for making this interview possible, for a self-recording 16 year old dude this is very flattering. Also sorry if my English is ugly.


Poem of Love ◇ Poem of Sadness with DoZzz - An Interview

De Taiwan, República da China, vem os chineses sônicos do DoZzz. 

Desde que tomei conhecimento do debute deles, 'Poem of Love ◇ Poem of Sadness', foi realmente difícil deixa-lo de ouvir compulsivamente, tamanha a hipnose que o disco causa. Obviamente que os haters vão dizer que não passa de mais um clone de MBV, mas eu diria a estes haters que eles devem aprimorar um pouco sua audição. O DoZzz vai extremamente fundo em sua obsessão por efeitos, distorções, algo como se Kevin Shields, se juntasse a Oliver Ackermann e ambos decidissem que nada mais importaria a não ser transformar o mundo em um ruídos eternos

O DoZzz e sua música podem ser descritos como o elo entre o barulho intermitente e o incessante.

Absolutamente acima.

***** Interview with DoZzz *****

Q. When did DoZzz start? Tell us about the history...
It started from 2015. We love all kind of music genres. However, there's ONLY one genre which touch our mind deeply. Yes, that's shoegaze. We want to do pure shoegaze - glide guitar, fuzz-context, psychedelic misty vocal. At first, we did a lot research for the so-called shoegazing sound. Also, often upgraded guitar/bass gears to get closer form what we want to do. We have no vox in a long time before Alicia's participating. After that, DoZzz started.

Q: Who are your influences?
Kevin Shields, My Bloody Valentine, no doubt, it's classical, always. Besides, we love to reserch other band's sound on bandcamp. Our member are glad to share internally what he/she found/listen
and give a simple comment in technical quickly.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Hard to choose, if have to, it'll be..(in no particular order)
Fleeting Joys - Despondent Transponder.
Slowdive - Souvlaki.
My Bloody Valentine - m b v.
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Actually, we are new band and never done a public live yet (but soon).

Q. How do you describe DoZzz sounds?
We have 2 whammy-bar tremolo guitars, Jaguar and Jazzmaster. We'd like to put them into reverse revb(different decay) with much gliding sound. Thus, in bandroom it sounds really noisy, twisted soundshape. Drum and bass keep the song progress and 2 GT do a lot gliding on different tone.
Besides, for chord's choising, we use some concept from Jazz. For instances, at chorus part of '4am',
We use extened chord on 2 guitar and put it into dirty fuzz pedal. The combined sound really touched us.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Synchronous recording for instruments (inlcuding drum/bass/2 guitar). The recording room is also our practicing room, same amp/gears. Thus we felt comfortable and controlable on our tone. For vox, we recorded a clean vox sound and then using Strymon BigSky to create another pure-reverb vox track. Then, mixing clean/reverb vox together and pan it into a wide range feeling.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
For local bands, we love band - 'Pseudo' and 'Cat in the case'.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We did a lot cover but not for total song. Instead, we choose some most shoegazing part(might intro in halt-minut or even drum's part) and try the sound for learning and experiment. If have to, we'd love to do MBV.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In EP - 'Poem of Love ◇ Poem of Sadness', we did songs a little bit dreamy-vox and revb-guitar tone and in slower tempo. In next steps, we're trying to do more songs in fast speed and dry-fuzz context sound. We hope we could record a album for shoegazer's love.

Q: Any parting words?
We've followed TBTCI for a while and love TBTCI's project. In EP - 'Poem of Love ◇ Poem of Sadness', we tried on writing lyrics in Chinese poem format. We hope it could lead you to feel shoegazing in other language. After all, this is our love to the world. Much thanks for TBTCI.

Bandcamp - dozzz.bandcamp.com
Facebook - fb.me/DoZzzband

quarta-feira, 19 de julho de 2017

Adult Tasty Food with Karr - An Interview

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ann: Yeah, Garden.

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

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

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

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

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

Ann: Cheers!


terça-feira, 18 de julho de 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Passing By with Hazed - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


segunda-feira, 17 de julho de 2017

Survive in Disguise with Hollow Mask - An Interview

Pic by James Hankins

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

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

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

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

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

Picture by Stephanie Third

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

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

Q. Who are your influences?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q. Any parting words?
Rachel: Question everything.

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


domingo, 16 de julho de 2017

Blurred Harmony with The Parson Red Heads - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The World Drops Dead with Velveteen Riot - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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