terça-feira, 26 de julho de 2016

Mine with Blue Navy - An Interview

Que a música é a verdadeira essência de tudo, basicamente não há dúvidas, ao menos aqui no TBTCI. Agora, muitas vezes, quando o ser humano nasce a música já esta devidamente alocada no DNA, é inevitável fugir disso.

Este é o caso de Jake Dryzal ou se preferir Blue Navy, O cara desde os 12 anos de idade criou o Blue Navy e desde então vem produzindo seus belos delírios melancólicos e sonhadores, algo como se o Red House Painters colidisse com o Mojave 3 e a partir daí o nascimento do Blue Navy aconteceria, e aconteceu.

O amadurecimento do Blue Navy chega agora, talvez, ou pelo menos até o presente momento em seu clímax que atende pelo nome de "Mine", álbum lançado no início do ano e que exprime uma beleza pura, única, absolutamente mágica.

Em meio ao caos em que vivemos, separe um tempo de seu dia e deguste esse pequena pérola, sua alma agradecerá.

***** Interview with Blue Navy *****

Q. When did Blue Navy start? Tell us about the history...
Blue Navy started on June 30, 2011 when I was only 12 years old. When I started Blue Navy, I already had some musical experience. I started playing guitar when I was 8 and began writing songs when I was 10. However, after discovering underground music in my preteen years, I had the urge to do something more artistic and experimental with my music, and after getting ice cream with my family one night, I wrote the first two Blue Navy songs. I've been committed to it ever since!

Q: Who are your influences?
Well, I grew up listening to bands and artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Counting Crows, R.E.M., Live, and Green Day, and I believe that I was influenced by them to a certain degree. But recently my music has been influenced by a lot of underground artists, particularly Red House Painters, Snow Patrol, Yuck, Porcelain Raft, Slowdive, Galaxie 500, Julianna Barwick... The list goes on and on.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is a tricky one! But I had to pick, I'd go with:
Red House Painters - Red House Painters I
Sea Oleena - Shallow
Bluetile Lounge - Lowercase
The House of Love - The House of Love 1988
Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I absolutely love playing live; it's definitely a rewarding experience for me. In my city (Johnstown, PA) I play various shows ranging from acoustic open mic nights to full-band, electric sets at some venues within our scene. Regardless, I let out my heart and soul in every performance I do, because to me, my music is my favorite way to express myself. My favorite part about playing live, though, is the interactions that I have with some audience members afterwards. Sometimes, people say that they were crying during my set, because of how meaningful/great the song was, and to me, it means the entire world - to know that they were listening to my music and understanding what I was trying to do.

Q. How do you describe Blue Navy sounds?
I would call Blue Navy a combination of dream pop and slowcore. I just think that playing songs at slow speeds, combined with reverberated soundscapes - it's just a beautiful combination, haha! I would also say that Blue Navy's music has elements of shoegazing, post-rock, ambient, and lo-fi.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Well, for my earlier works, I would record everything on a little Flip Video camcorder and then mix it in my editing program, Sony Vegas Pro 8; this gave my songs a really lo-fi quality. However, for my latest album, "Mine," I would go to my friend's house in the summertime, and we recorded everything using Logic Pro X. The guitars and basses were plugged in with a USB guitar cord, and I played everything on those instruments like normal. The synthesizer, piano, and string sounds were created by playing his keyboard, using customized settings. I recorded the vocals at home with the camcorder mentioned earlier, and we used Logic Pro and Sony Vegas to mix the album. Overall, it was an extremely fun album to make.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A lot, haha! But recently, some artists are beginning to fuze slowcore and shoegaze together; Pallow and Bare Wire Son come to mind; great music, and the members of both acts are all great guys, too! I would also check out Yeah Wings and Weird; they make some good music.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I would love to do one or two Bluetile Lounge covers the next time I play a show with a backing band! But for my solo sets I'd love to cover Mojave 3 and Mark Kozelek songs.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
With me being 17 now, my options are still very open! But my ultimate dream is get Blue Navy signed to a recognized indie label, then record/release albums, and travel & play shows throughout America and the rest of the world.

Q: Any parting words?
Check out my music on Bandcamp, Spotify, SoundCloud, and anywhere else you listen to music! And I just wanna thank you so so much for giving me the incredible opportunity of interviewing me. I deeply appreciate it!


Scribbled Messages with Momentary Gems - An Interview

Seguindo a tradição e a máxima do TBTCI durante todos esses anos, que é apresentar a todos bandas promissoras e quase sempre, novíssimas, onde basicamente nenhum outro meio de comunicação daria este espaço, principalmente para aquelas que estão iniciando os caminhos e merecem sim toda e a devida atenção.

Caso do duo dinamarquês Momentary Gems, que possui apenas uma canção disponível a bela e melancólica "Scribbled Messages". Um doce e tortuoso passeio pelos flagelos dos sonhos e da mente.

Conexões com The Cure, fase densa e também com as melodias de Robin Guthrie.

Um sutil corte bem no meio da pele começando pelo coração, "Scribbled Messages" é lindamente dolorosa.

Atenção máxima so Momentary Gems.

***** Interview with Momentary Gems *****

Q. When did Momentary Gems start? Tell us about the history...
We started Momentary Gems in October 2015, a few months after we started dating. We have always been very fond of music and have been involved in different projects and bands since we were teenagers.

Q: Who are your influences?
We are primarily inspired by music from the 80's such as, The Cure, Cocteau Twins, Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths and Slowdive, as well as newer bands like Beach House, Warpaint, Lower Dens and Tame Impala.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas
The Cure – Seventeen Seconds
Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Bravery, Repetition and Noise
Beach House - Bloom

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We haven’t actually played live yet, but we really want to. We just need to finish up the rest of our songs and find some more musicians to play with us live.

Q. How do you describe Momentary Gems´ sounds?
Momentary Gems’ sound is a mix of shimmering guitars and synth, together with grooving rock beats and pumping bass, and a unique characteristic lead vocal on top. Everything is covered in a thick layer of reverb, which makes the sound big and dreamy. The harmonies in the music create a nostalgic feel.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We have recorded everything ourselves inside our apartment, although we sometimes use drum samples and effects recorded elsewhere.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
LISS, Hiatus Kaiyote, Rhye, Shiny Darkly, Dynablaster and Cheap Shades.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
The Cure, Cocteau Twins and The Beatles.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We want to play our music live here in Denmark and abroad when we have a full band. Right now we need a drummer and maybe a second guitar or keyboard player. We also want to release an EP or album.

Q: Any parting words?
We feel honored to already have been asked to do an interview when we have only released one song. So thank you for your interest in our music.


segunda-feira, 25 de julho de 2016

Star Stuff with Sci-Fi Caper - An Interview

Escutar "Star Stuff" novo álbum de Emelia, Sam e Jorge ou, para os íntimos, Sci-Fi Caper é fazer uma bela viagem por toda a barulheira noventista. Pode colocar aí na listinha de referências, Pavement, Velocity Girl, Breeders, Pixies, Teenage Fanclub e os situe junto ao Pains of Being Pure At Heart para ficarmos em situação atual.

Só que, o Sci-Fi Caper é pauleira, guitar pop bubblegum pegajoso que se aproxima muito mais do que o Velocity Girl fez com uma pegada mais punkpop.

O Sci-Fi Caper fez um disco viciante, delicioso e grudento.

Escute alto e sai pulando.
***** Interview with Sci-Fi Caper *****

Q. When did Sci-Fi Caper start? Tell us about the history...
We started out as a two piece and put some home recordings out on bandcamp in 2011. After our first show as a duo in July of 2011 we decided to recruit a drummer. Jorge had been an old high school friend of Sams (guitar) and so we reached out to him to see if he was interested. He was down and thought his position was temporary but we worked so well together. We've been a power trio now for 5 years now.

Q: Who are your influences?
Most of our influences come mostly from 90's bands like Nirvana, Weezer, That Dog, The Breeders and a lot of others. Too many to mention to be honest. It feels as though we're still being inspired and influenced by newer bands like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Swearin', Terry Malts and Joyce Manor. We also gather a lot of inspiration from our friends and their bands.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This is probably the toughest question to answer! In no particular order:
Weezer (the blue album)
Pavement (Crooked Rain Crooked Rain)
Terry Malts (Killing Time)
Go Sailor (Go Sailor)
The Parcels (Have a go with the Parcels).

Those are my (Emelia/bass/vox) all time faves.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We all get a little nervous sometimes but we've been playing together long enough to have confidence in each other. It feels great once we're all in sync with each other. Sometimes it's immediate and sometimes it takes a song or two. At the end of the night, it's all good.

Q. How do you describe Sci-Fi Caper´s sounds?
I'm not sure if we can be described by any one sound or genre but we play a combination of fuzz, twee, pop and punk. I just like to call it Valley Fever Pop since we live in the central valley of California.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Sam is our guitarist and brings all new songs to the table for myself and Jorge to build around. It's a fun process and sometimes doesn't take very long for us to have a full song ready and done. It's not always so easy. Some songs get scrapped.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Some of our favorite new bands would probably have to be a lot of bands from the local scene. Bands like St. X and Midwest Moms. But we're really enjoying Aye Nako, Downtown Boys and Wimps!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version
of? We've played a lot of covers since we've been a band. We've even done a whole set of Nirvana. Bands we've covered would include Wavves, Terry Malts, Ke$ha, Diarrhea Planet, Descendents, JEFF the Brotherhood and The Blue Hearts. However, I think it'd be cool to cover some Prince at some point.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We just released some new recordings and hope to get it on vinyl at some point. Ultimately, we'd like to tour. Even if it's just a little, touring would be wonderful! Hopefully, we can keep this going!

Q: Any parting words?
Only thank you to anyone and everyone who has every supported us! It's so very much appreciated.


Vacation with Baseball Gregg - An Interview

O duo mezzo californiano mezzo italiano Baseball Gregg pratica aquele doce, suave e perigoso dreampop ou seria indie? 

Já disse por aqui algumas vezes, que as banda que se atrevem a passear pelos caminhos adocicados podem por muitas vezes desandar e perder o toque de sofisticação e suavidade. Não é o caso do Baseball Gregg que no seu segundo trabalho, "Vacation" consegue transitar com elegância entre sonhos e devaneios altamente sutis.

Um álbum despretensioso e que agrada sem jamais soar piegas. Pontos positivos para o Baseball Gregg.

***** Interview with Baseball Gregg *****

Q: When did Baseball Gregg start? Tell us about the history...
Sam: We met when I, Sam, was going to school in Bologna in 2013. Luca and I met and became friends and then decided to start a band.

Luca: We actually wanted to make a tape just for ourselves first, then the guys at Barberia label got to listen to the Ep and liked it, and decided to release it for 2014 Cassette Day. We initially didn't mean to be 'a band' in the traditional way because of distance, but eventually we started touring with different live bands in US and Italy, and last summer we reunited in California to record our first LP Vacation.

Q: Who are your influences?
Sam: I'm going to say Brian Wilson, Bryan Ferry and Drake.

Luca: The Beatles and The Smiths are the main reason why I started playing music some years ago.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Sam: A really difficult question by I'll try
1) The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
2) Tatsuro Yamashita - For You
3) My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
4) XTC - Skylarking
5) Eat Skull - Wild and Inside

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Sam: I always feel nervous and my hand always hurts

Luca: I feel alive!

Q. How do you describe Baseball Gregg sounds?
Sam: I made up the genre "Climate Controlled Pop" because I think it's really funny but it also doesn't mean anything at all.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Sam: Luca lives in Italy and I live in California while we were writing this record, so we had to write the songs completely separated from each other. Then last summer Luca made a trip to California and we traveled around and recorded and mixed all the songs in my bedroom.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Sam: Diners from Phoenix and Boy Romeo from Sacramento.

Luca: You should check out all the bands from our really tight label Barberia like JJ Mazz, Setti, Smash, Wolther goes stranger and many others.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Sam: The song "I'll Remain as I Am" from our first EP was a cover of the youtube sensation Tonetta, so I guess him!

Luca: I'd like to cover 'Perfidia', a Mexican standard.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Sam: Live for a while longer and then eventually I'll die

Luca: (@Sam: lol). Well, making another album soon! And hopefully keep on playing forever

Q: Any parting words?
Sam: Thank you and bye bye!

Luca: Ciao!


domingo, 24 de julho de 2016

Love's Lost Art with Tibican - An Interview

Muito se diz acerca do indie rock atual, não o indie rock do submundo dos bons sons, mas o que chega de certa maneira à um público maior, o tal público indie. Infelizmente a grande maioria dessas bandas que atingem esse público é de qualidade duvidosa e pouco diz ao menos para o TBTCI.

Porém, existem bandas que tem potencial, e um potencial enorme para atingir esse público, e essas bandas tem uma qualidade e criatividade absolutamente genial, caso do Sulk por exemplo. Outro caso idêntico é dos também ingleses do Tibican, vide o espetacular debute dos caras, "Love´s Lost Art", lançado ano passado. 

Uma poderosa mescla dos áureos tempos do Verve com toques modernos e recheado de psicodelismos noise. Os caras, pra falar a verdade, acabaram de soltar outro petardo chamado "Your Kisses Work" que tal qual o EP de estreia deveria estar absolutamente estourado em todos os cantos, mas, sabe como é.

DÊ play e ateste, garanto que vale cada segundo da audição.

***** Interview with Tibican *****

Q. When did Tibican start? Tell us about the history...
Tibican is made up of Dom, Pete, Cathal, Tom & Marc.

The band started as my (Dom) solo project in December 2014 while studying at university. After attracting some attention from BBC Introducing I started receiving offers to play shows, so asked around to see who would be interested in getting involved. At the time I was living with Pete (guitarist) and started talking to him about what was going on. He, along with Cathal and Marc (who I had been in bands with in the past) soon made up the beginning of Tibican as a ‘band’. During the summer of this year we were looking to bring in an additional member and Marc introduced us to his friend Tom.

Q: Who are your influences?
We all listen to different types of music but our main influences would probably be: Foals, Wolf Alice, The Maccabees, The Smiths and My Bloody Valentine among many many more. We could go on forever!

As a guitarist, I’ve always loved the tones that guys like Kevin Shields and J Mascis have brought to the world. I was exposed to these guys very late on and prior to them I loved the intricate rhythmic layers that Yannis and Jimmy from Foals use to build momentum and drive melodies into you.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
It’s almost impossible to choose but if we had to, it would be something along the lines of:
1) Foals – Total Life Forever
2) Muse – Absolution
3) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
4) The Maccabees – Given To The Wild
5) The Smiths – The Smiths

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing live. It’s our favourite part about doing this! It’s always so rewarding to show people what we have worked so hard on.

Q. How do you describe Tibican sounds?
I would say the music is somewhere in the region of indie/alternative with slightly more ‘pop’ elements at times. I think the earlier stuff we put out was heavily influenced by shoegaze artists like My Bloody Valentine (and we still are) but as we evolved we have started to experiment with ‘poppier’ tones and are really enjoying what we’ve come up with.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
At the beginning I would vaguely write all the parts for everyone and then take it to the guys. From there, they would put their own take on it and then the song builds from there. As we’ve developed and we brought in Tom the process has changed. Sometimes it will be as before. Other times maybe a verse or chorus will be finished and then the others will give me their thoughts and we’ll take it from there.

When it comes to recording we always get the main idea down quickly. Then we go about recording each instrument individually, making sure it’s as tight as possible. I’ve always mixed and produced the tracks once we all agree they’re finished musically.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I really like what I’ve heard from As Elephants Are and NZCA Lines. The Coronas’ single really caught my eye when I heard that.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Marc and I would love to do a Fetty Wap cover. We’re both obsessed with the album and I would love to find out what we could do with one of his tracks!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re currently in the process of building up to the release of our first Charity Single titled ‘Your Kisses Work’ in aid of Lupus Awareness. Lupus is a chronic and currently incurable auto-immune disease believed to be affecting thousands of people throughout the UK and about 5 million throughout the world, of which 90% are female.

We contacted three Lupus charities (Lupus UK, The St. Thomas’ Lupus Trust & The Lupus Foundation USA) with the aim to release a song as a charitable release with profits being shared between the charities.

The song will be available to buy on all major online download and streaming services later this year.

Q: Any parting words?
We would like to thank The Blog That Celebrates Itself for getting in touch with us and featuring us on the site. Being based in London, UK we are amazed our music has reached across the world and into Brazil. We hope one day we can come and play some shows.


Supermoon with Tonemirror - An Interview

Quando uma nova banda estreia geralmente cria-se uma série de expectativas sobre seu futuro ou, simplesmente deixa claro que nada irá acontecer, certo? Sim, basicamente é isso.

Acontece o seguinte, Jake e Robby, canadenses de Toronto, estrearam no mês passado simplesmente com um estupendo single de estreia, chamado "Supermoon". Ah sim, o nome do duo é Tonemirror, e a faixa título é um massacrante exercício de ruído branco com seus alicerces todos direcionados em duas vertentes bem explícitas, o barulho de bandas noventistas como Dinosaur Jr. e Swervedriver fazendo claras conexões com a nova safra de barulheira densa e melancólica, leia-se Nothing.

O Tonemirror, em seu cartão de visitas, simplesmente deixou explicitado que os caras prometem destroçar tímpanos e corações lenta e dolorosamente.

Ah sim, o lado B do single é uma bela balada que atende pelo óbvio título de "B-Side.

Começo melhor impossível.

***** Interview with Tonemirror *****

Q. When did Tonemirror start? Tell us about the history...
Jake: We were in a band together in high school. We played punk and alt rock stuff, we were just kids then, still learning. But Robby and I gelled musically almost instantaneously. When university started we all kinda parted ways (but we were still close friends). Later on, we were in another musical project that fell apart very quickly, but this time we decided to stick together afterward and we formed Tonemirror in April of 2015.

Robby: Just want to start with a huge THANK YOU to Renato for interviewing us! Tonemirror as it is, started April 2015, however Jake and I were in a highschool band, which fell apart when we parted ways continuing education. I then joined another band (The Bloody Five) which ran for about 6 years. Just before Tonemirror came to be, we also both came from another startup band which did not last too long. We decided to continue ourselves with a different sound and style.

Q: Who are your influences?
Robby: As far as influential drummers, there are many as I like to listen to all styles and genres of music. However some key drummers who had the most influence on me are Neil Peart, Chris Adler, Benny Greb, Jay Postones, Jaska Raatikainen, and Danny Carey to name a few. As far as influential bands, I would have to say Lamb of God, Band of Horses, Pink Floyd, ASG, Tesseract, Rush, Blink 182, Tool, Warmachine, Big Wreck, The Cult, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Mutemath, and Tragically Hip.

Jake: The Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr., Slowdive, Nothing, Whirr, Nirvana, Swervedriver, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Pixies, The Cure

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. The Smashing Pumpkins, "Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness"
2. Dinosaur Jr. "You're Living All Over Me"
3. Slowdive, "Souvlaki"
4. Nothing, "Guilty of Everything"
5. Pavement, "Brighten the Corners"

Tesseract - Altered State,
ASG - Blood Drive,
Pink Floyd - The Division Bell,
Rush - Caress of Steel,
Persefone - Spiritual Migration

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Jake: Playing live is honestly my favourite thing to do with the band. It feels amazing when you put yourself out there and get a response from the crowd. No matter how good or bad a show goes, I always feel energized after.

Robby: I have been playing live shows fairly regularly since 2009 and I still get nervous before shows, but once we get going I just love it. I tend to try to focus a lot, but as we go on, and with fairly regular practices I can relax and enjoy more and more and let muscle memory take over. It is such a rush and elating feeling when people cheer and enjoy your songs.

Q. How do you describe Tonemirror sounds?
Jake: Loud and spacey dream/noise.

Robby: Proggy alt. rock Noise

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Robby: We write a song and play the crap outta it so recording takes less time. In the case of our EP we picked out tempos before hand, got to the studio, Jake lays Guitar ghost track, I get the drums recorded, and Jake finishes off with guitars over the drums, and lyrics over everything.

Jake: "Supermoon" took a day to record because of all the guitar tracks on it (Robby is really quick on drums, and it was my first time recording haha). I think we ultimately did something like 10 takes, with 2 mics on each take, so there's somewhere between 16-20 guitar tracks on there, all pushed together. The rest of the songs on our upcoming EP we were able to do in a weekend but we worked our asses off to accomplish that. "B-Side" I recorded in my room, I did it in secret because I wanted it to be a surprise for the release of our first single.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Jake: There's this awesome band called Weed, they're from Vancouver, B.C. They play this really raw, aggressive shoegaze. Also, Toronto has a tonne of amazing bands; Elsa, Beliefs, Dilly Dally and Weaves just to name a few!

Robby: King Beez, Autopilot, War Balm, Blackdog Ballroom

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Robby: Lou Reed - Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Jake: I'd love to do a cover of "When the Sun Hits" by Slowdive, or "Sometimes" by My Bloody Valentine. Oh, or "Needle In The Hay" by Elliot Smith! We like doing covers haha

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Jake: We have an EP coming out this fall, we're excited to release that and just keep playing shows in Toronto and surrounding cities. Hopefully we can reach some other cities in Canada and maybe the States if we're lucky.

Robby: EP album is coming soon, so very excited about that. Then play more shows to help promote it, release a full length album, get various merch for shows.

Q: Any parting words?
Jake: Thank you for taking the time to interview us! And thank you to anyone who listens to our music, it means so much to us that we're reaching people out there!

Robby: ...legs


sábado, 23 de julho de 2016

Søulмaтe with I Mean Us - An Interview

Seguindo a tradição no TBTCI, leia-se apresentar novas, e quando se fala em novas bandas, são absolutamente novas, como o caso do I Mean Us, diretamente de Taiwan.

Com apenas duas demos os caras chamaram atenção do TBTCI pela sua habilidade em mesclar o clima denso e soturno do pós punk com os delirantes ruídos do shoegaze.

"I Don´t Know" é uma belo cartão de visitas do que o I Mean Us poderá nos apresentar em um futuro bem próximo.

Olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with I Mean Us *****

Q. When did I Mean Us start? Tell us about the history...
It starts from the borrowing of the guitar pedals. One day in 2015, Vitz borrowed the effects from Chun, who was injured because of a car accident. While they were chatting, Chun said that he would like to play a shoegaze band, and Vitz said yes without hesitation. Soon, Mandark Ravel (Synthesizer and Vocalist), PP L (Dummer), and Hank Chen (Bassist) joined the band; I Mean Us was born. However, we found that our souls are not that “showgazed” as we thought. Anyway, just let it be.

Q. Who are your influences?
Chun (Guitarist, Vocalist, Band Leader): Each member in IMU has his/her own preference of music, I can’t represent them. For me, I admire the noisy guitar in the 90’s so much, such as the songs of Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub, and Sparklehorse. I stroll in these wonderful sounds, and internalize and utilize while composing.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Chun: Sugar Plum Ferry - Thank You for Reminding Me
PP L: The Beatles - Abbey Road
Vitz Young: Mooncake - Zaris
Mandark Ravel: Agnes Obel - Aventine
Hank Chen: Touming Magazine - Our Soul Music

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Chun: Hot and thirsty.

PP L: Every time is just like the first time.

Vitz Young: My hair always clings to to my face. I’m not a shoegazer because I can’t barely see a thing most of time.

Mandark Ravel: Just tell myself to keep calm.

Hank Chen: Stay high but make no mistakes : D

Q. How do you describe I Mean Us sounds?
Drunk whale.
Bitter sweet symphony.
(We are still exploring new sound and image of our music.)

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We are still on the stage of making demo. We usually start from recording drum, bass and guitar in the same time with click, and add the parts of synths and vocals after processing. Vitz(Guitarist) is charged with the final mixdown. Based on the budget and the form, we didn’t complete the mastering part so far.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Chun: Arcplg 羣島, Reversing into Garage 倒車入庫, cat in the case., Triple Deer

PP L: No opinion.

Vitz: Reversing into Garage 倒車入庫, I Mean Us

Mandrake Ravel: Stranded Whale

Hank Chen: Touming Magazine, 1976, The Sign Of Human 記號士

Q. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
PP L: no idea.

Vitz Young: no idea.

Mandrak Ravel:X_X

Hank Chen: No idea, either.

Chun:Ok, let me mention something, “Porcelain Raft - Drifting In And Out”.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
PP L: Be a special sounds and waves in the vast music universe. People can tell who we are from our music and the sound we play.

Mandark Ravel: We hope our music could cross the region and the language boundary, and help us meet more people who share the same feelings and thoughts with us.
Hank: Keep our passion alive with music.

Q. Any parting words?
Yes. Taiwan NO. 1

What’s more important, we really appreciate that Renato found us in the vast music universe and share our music with love and kindness.


Hakuro with Sourin - An Interview

Algumas coisas e situações as vezes não precisam necessariamente de palavras para ser apreciadas.

Chego a conclusão após a rápida conversa com Mie Prefecture a mente por trás do Sourin, projeto solo, lançado em Setembro do ano passado.

Sonoramente segue a risca a adoração maior dos japoneses, leia-se Loveless.

Para ouvir relaxadaMENTE.

***** Interview with Sourin *****

Q. When did Sourin start? Tell us about the history...
A: There was no clear beginning, I created songs concurrently with other bands and composers.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: My friends , Nature

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: Sourin has not performed live yet, but would like to if we have a chance.

Q. How do you describe Sourin sounds?
A: To inject a Japanese ambiance into sound like Shoegazer and Dream pop.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A : When I create a song, I start with general guitar noises and rifts, and layer upon that to compose the song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A : There are no specific plans for Sourin as of now, I just create songs based on what I feel.

Q: Any parting words?
A : Thanks!


sexta-feira, 22 de julho de 2016

Twice​-​Baked Coma with San Kazakgascar - An Interview

Freak time agora no TBTCI.

Imagem o seguinte, uma colisão entre Gong, Spacemen 3, Popol Vuh e Miles Davis, completamente entorpecida de anfetaminas e concebido sob medida para ser trilha sonora de um filme do Tarantino.

Se você conseguir imaginar essa esbórnia sonora, ou melhor, se achar que isso é completamente impossível, eu digo a vocês que Tony Passarell, Jed Brewer, Mike Chris Hall, Greg Hain, Robert Kennedy, e The Prisoner também conhecidos como Sun Kazakgascar tiveram a manha de fazer.

Experimente Twice-Baked Coma, novo álbum dos caras, e ateste a insanidade em formato sonoro.

Fritação completa.

***** Interview with San Kazakgascar *****

Q. When did San Kazakgascar start? Tell us about the history...
San Kazakgascar formed in 2006 in Sacramento, CA. We started out as a trio with myself (Jed Brewer), Paul Takushi, and Greg Hain. We agreed to play a small festival in Chico before we had any songs. I thought if we forced ourselves to come up with half a dozen songs in 2 months we would be more motivated. I had this idea for a quasi-Middle Eastern psych band, but didn't actually know if we could come up with music that satisfied that curiosity. We added Mike Woo (clarinet) shortly thereafter.

Q: Who are your influences?
The main influence would have to be KDVS 90.3 FM in Davis. I DJ'd there as a student and it opened my mind to all kinds of possibilities. I continue to listen to the station to this day. When we formed Kazakgascar, there were two DJs, specifically, who gave me inspiration. Brendan Boyle did this show of "international psych" and Gil Medovoy does more traditional Middle Eastern, south Asian stuff. As far as specific artists, I would say Savage Republic, Sonic Youth, Om Kalthoum, Thinking Fellers Union, Thin White Rope, Camper Van Beethoven, and Erkin Koray would be the big influences.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
How about 500? Off the top of my head, five of my favorites would be Beatles' Revolver, CCR's Willie and the Poor Boys, Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation, Bee Gees, etal Saturday Night Fever, and Metallica's Kill 'Em All.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing live , but also beat myself up about it not always being good enough. About 3 years ago, I decided to get rid of my shitty vocals and go instrumental. Now I can focus on guitar wanking or just grinding one chord into the ground.

Q. How do you describe San Kazakgascar sounds?
When people ask me to describe the band, I usually say that it's "fake Middle-Eastern psychedelia." It sounds pretentious, but that's the most honest answer I have. There are songs that sound more Eastern European and some that sound less Eastern, and more like the Velvet Underground, Can, or whatever. We've never claimed to be authentic in any way. We're just approximating melody, phrasing, and rhythms from traditional music, and putting it through our white dude indie rock blender.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The first album, Greetings... was recorded at a nice studio and it's big sound reflects that. The 2nd one, Idle Ships, was recorded at a makeshift studio by Andy Morin of Death Grips. He worked really fast, which I liked. Since then, all of our recordings have been done by our bassist Greg. We record basic tracks at our practice space and then do overdubs and mixing at his tiny house. Most of us are in our 40s and have a limited amount of time to work on stuff, so we peck away at overdubs and mixing on weekends. Greg has become a masterful home recorder/mixer. With the current EP, we only spent only 2 hours recording the basic tracks and then about 4 months of squeezing in overdubs and mixing when we could.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I'm not keeping up with stuff as much as I once did. Some of my friends have excellent newish bands. Vasas, from Sacramento, have great 60s-style pysch-pop songs. ALTO! from Portland are a great experimental, but somewhat accesible band. I just heard Sunwatchers for the first time the other day and really like them.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Not sure about this one. It would be fun to cover something that sounds nothing like us and give it our flavor. The Thinking Fellers Union's cover of "Green Eyed Lady" and the Joggers' cover of "Magic Man" are really great examples of taking a classic rock song and making it a born again freak.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We've settled into a new line-up. It's me, Greg, Chris Hall, and Robert Kennedy. It's pretty much the line-up you hear on Twice-Baked Coma. We want to keep pushing the all-instrumental version of the band and explore some different instruments and collaborators. Sometimes I get a little neurotic in which directions I want to push things. I want us to further explore weirdo jazz, but also really loud approaches and really quiet approaches.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for covering the obscure dream-weavers of the world!


quinta-feira, 21 de julho de 2016

Reflections with Dead VIbrations - An Interview

Vamos ser curtos e grossos, dia 12 de Agosto vem ao mundo o EP de estreia dos suecos sônicos do Dead Vibrations, intitulado "Reflections".

Uma verdadeira pedrada bem no centro da mente. Adicione os elementos BJM, B.R.M.C. e Telescopes, sincopados, único e exclusivamente para gerar um massacre psicodelicamente sônico, freak e brutal, destroçando neurônios e o que mais estiver pulsando dentro de você.

Música barulhenta, enérgica e perigosa, do jeito que precisa ser.

Olhos e ouvidos atentos ao Dead Vibrations, e faça um favor, escuta no volume máximo.

***** Interview with Dead Vibrations *****

Q. When did Dead Vibrations start? Tell us about the history.
Christian started Dead Vibrations early January 2015. A few months later Elmer (Bass), Olov (Guitar) & Josefin (Drums) joined and the puzzle was complete. After releasing our first single and video for ”Reflections” we got a New York-based record label; Echo Drug Recordings. And now we´re releasing our 4 song debut EP entitled ’Reflections’.

Q. Who are your influences?
(Christian) I try to make my list short..I love the early 90s shoegaze scene and when i started making
music i was a lot into 60s Garage.

(Josefin) Mars Volta, Warpaint, Polica, Björk, Föllakzoid & PJ Harvey.

(Olov) I just want to have the same vibe that the music my brother listen
to in the early 90’s had. Mostly rock, shoe gaze and swedish indie.

(Elmer) Timo in Uran.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time.
Methodrone - The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Rise And Fall - Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Deloused In The Comatorium - MarsVolta
Alive! - Kiss
#Untitled Second - The Telescopes

Q. How do you feel playing live?
(Elmer) I try to feel the energy in the music and move with it. Also i try not to fuck up playing the songs and to not fall over.

(Josefin) When i’m playing live it’s a mixture of feeling nervous and euphoric.

(Olov) 3 hours of panic 30 minutes of awesome.
(Christian) If the soundcheck turns out good then amazing. If not, still amazing.

Q. How do you describe Dead Vibrations sounds?
(Christian) After playing at Copenhagen Psych Fest Winter Edition a guy told us we sounded like a Dark Party. "Dark Party" pretty funny description….

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
(Christian) We always want to get in the right state of mind before recording. After pressing rec we try to make magic.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
(Josefin) I recommend Blonde Bunny from London. They are something unique, and to see them live was a magical experience.

(Christian) We Are Wood. Amazing music from Gothenburg!.

(Elmer) Right now i recommend the band Nots, Awesome synthesizer driven punk.

(Olov) Last but not least Kill West from the Echo Drug Recordings family!

Q. Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We love to make 4 cover versions!
Pitch the baby by Cocteau Twins
One of Ariel Pink’s songs
Suicide - Keep your dreams
Massive Attack - Teardrop

Q. What are your plans for the future?
Tours, releasing more records and hopefully getting a bean shaped pool.

Any parting words?
Thanks for the interview and hopefully we´ll see you in Brazil some day!


quarta-feira, 20 de julho de 2016

Five Little Pills with Jake and Elizabeth - An Interview

Envolvente, hipnótico, elegante, psíquico, cinematográfico, muitos poderiam e podem ser os adjetivos para classificar a BELEZA criada pelo duo Jake and Elizabeth em sua curta porém altamente prolífica produção que iniciou-se em Setembro do ano passado e já consta três EPs, um single e um álbum, todos simplesmente magníficos.

Experimente começar sua iniciação por qualquer uma das pérolas criadas pela dupla, ou, se preferir comece por "Too Much Sugar" primeiro álbum cheio deles lançado em Fevereiro, ou então, aventure-se pela suave e delirante beleza de "Five Little Pills" o mais recente EP.

Se você aprecia música, você definitivamente precisa de doses diárias de Jake and Elizabeth, simples assim.

***** Interview with Jake and Elizabeth *****

Q. When did Jake and Elizabeth start? Tell us about the history...
We started getting serious last fall, around September of 2015. We only recently started playing live, in April of this year.

Q: Who are your influences?
Well there's way too many to list but Bowie, the Beatles, My Bloody Valentine, Air, the Flaming Lips, T. Rex, The Beach Boys, Radiohead, just to name a few.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
5. Marvin Gaye - What's Goin On
4. Air - Moon Safari
3. Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
2. The Beatles - Revolver
1. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Like I said earlier, we only started playing live in April but it's been really fun so far. We love the whole experience, not just being on stage and performing but meeting new people and hanging out and seeing new cities.

Q. How do you describe Jake and Elizabeth sounds?
It's dreamy pop with hushed vocals and crazy melodies. It kind of sounds like the Beach Boys meets My Bloody Valentine.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Usually I'll make a demo of a new song and Elizabeth will come over and replace my vocal with hers, then we'll learn to play it acoustically, and then we'll re-record it with both of us singing it at the same time while I play an acoustic. All the other instruments will be added after that. I think that process really helps to keep the focus on the song, rather than getting bogged down with production.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There's so many great bands out there, it's pretty mind-blowing. A great way I've found to discover new music is by going to bandcamp and searching under the tags "artist recommended" and "pop" - I've found all these cool bands that way like She-Devils from Montreal, Pity Sex from Michigan, Nightmare Air from Melbourne, AM from Los Angeles, and Kikagaku Moyo from Tokyo. This is a great way to find tons of new bands you won't hear about (yet) on Pitchfork....

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We did a sort of bossa nova cover of "Sugar We're Goin Down" by Fallout Boy a little while back, and we also did Nancy Sinatra's "You Only Live Twice", you can find those both on our soundcloud page here: https://soundcloud.com/jakezavracky/sets/jake-and-elizabeths-greatest

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're going to be some touring in the fall, mostly regionally in the Northeast of the US, and this summer we're working on an album that should come out late this year.

Q: Any parting words?
We do this thing through bandcamp where you can subscribe to us on Bandcamp for 3 dollars a month. You'll get all our releases instantly plus everything we put out and also a new subscriber exclusive song or EP every month. This could be a cover, a live version of something, or some b-sides.... check it out here: https://jakeandelizabeth.bandcamp.com/subscribe


terça-feira, 19 de julho de 2016

In Heaven with Pines - An Interview

Seguindo a trilha aberta por gente como Nothing e Whirr, o trio de de Michigan, Pines pega forte na mescla de barulho lento, denso e melancólico criando verdadeiros épicos arrastados e climáticos.

Pense num estranho cruzamento entre Slint, Cure e Nirvana, e coloque o último single dos caras "In Heaven/Your Lull" pra rolar, aumente o máximo que puder e tudo vai tremer ao se redor e de várias maneiras diferentes.

Pra ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos ao extremo, o Pines vai dar o que falar.

***** Interview with Pines *****

Q. When did Pines start? Tell us about the history...
The three of us have been playing music together since middle school—we met in first grade—so at this point our relationship with making music and performing is pretty unspoken. We played a handful of shows in high school, at a local music shop in our small town, but Pines in its current state didn’t really begin to take shape until 2013, when we were all in college, and started playing shows in Flint. Since then we have met so many amazing people who have supported us and helped us to achieve more than we ever expected. We released a 7” at the end of May through Flesh and Bone Records, and we just finished recording our first LP, which we’re hoping to release early 2017.

Q: Who are your influences?
Neil Young, Viet Cong/Preoccupations, Cloakroom, Lume, The Fever Haze, Protomartyr, Pity Sex, Nothing

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The Seer—Swans
Love is Hell—Ryan Adams
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot—Wilco
In the Court of the Crimson King—King Crimson
Aja—Steely Dan

Aja – Steely Dan
Demon Days - Gorillaz
Harvest – Neil Young
There’s A Riot Goin’ On – Sly and the Family Stone
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Vince Guaraldi Trio

Harvest—Neil Young
In Utero—Nirvana
The Seer—Swans
Metallica—Kill em’ All

Q. How do you feel playing live?

Q. How do you describe Pines’ sounds?
Heavy, pretty, slow, writhing

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
For In Heaven//Your Lull, we recorded with our friends Nate Leritz and Nick Ranger at The Woods Recording Studio in Port Huron. The songs were done completely live, with some guitar and vocal overdubs to make everything sound even more massive. The studio itself is an annex to a massive home that sits in a forest, and the room’s many windows made it feel like we were playing in the middle of the woods. In the best way, it felt completely isolating. I can’t think of a more ideal environment to make a record.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Lume, Big Brave, The Fever Haze, Protomartyr, Ratboys, Mover Shaker, Braidedveins, Whitney

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Our alter ego project is a bar band that probably plays a lot of Kid Rock

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Release our full length and tour more

Q: Any parting words?
Love and gratitude toward our friends in Lume, and Dylan Hulett of Flesh and Bone Records. Don’t sleep on them.


Dream Wild with Terry vs. Tori - An Interview

E novamente a Espanha aparece nas páginas do TBTCI. Depois de Linda Guilala, Apartamentos Acapulco, chegou a vez de Terry vs. Tori, diretamente de Sevilha.

Apesar do nome, Terry vs. Tori é um quarteto formado por Erica, Manuel, Jose e Rosa. Os caras debutaram recentemente com seu EP homônimo no mês passado e pegam aquele frescor dos idos da Class of 86 e os transportam para os dias de hoje. Melodiosos até a medula, o Terry vs. Tori abusa num guitar pop bubblegum de fazer até o mais emburrado sair cantarolando suas canções ensolaradas.

Escute alto e saia pra rua curtir a vida.

***** Interview with Terry vs. Tori *****

Q. When did Terry vs. Tori start? Tell us about the history...
Erica and I always wanted to make something different of what we are used to in our city. We've known each other for some years, playing a bit of noise rock but nothing serious at all. She had some songs written by the name of "lesserevil" but nothing much came off that. Then I picked up the guitar like one or two years ago and it was a really slow proccess, at the end the result of practicing a lot it's those four songs you can listen to.

When I partially wrote them between December and March I contacted Erica and she didn't doubt it, then I thought about Jose who I know since we were kids (this is our first musical experience together though) and said he would play bass. Finally we met Rosa who would play drums and she was like the perfect piece to complete the puzzle.

Q: Who are your influences?
The main genre that influences us when writing songs is dream pop and kinda twee pop. Artists like Beach Fossils, Juan Wauters, Beat Happening, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Pale Saints...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Tough one, but in no particular order.
The Wedding Present - Seamonsters (The best songs about love ever written in my opinion)
Donnie and Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild (Yes, that name, big influence)
Gang of Four - Entertainment! (What to say... The catchiest punk songs ever)
Shellac - 1000 Hurts (Always to listen when you want everything to go fuck itself)
The Smiths - The Smiths (This will never ever ever ever get old)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
That's an interesting topic. Neither Erica nor me have actually played guitar live, she always used to play drums and I did play bass in other bands. Jose is a guitarist and never played bass before. Rosa is the only person in the band who has always played the same instrument. We are all very comfortable in our roles though and we're sure we'll be fine.

Q. How do you describe Terry vs. Tori sounds?
Twee, jangly, dreamy... All those adjectives are fine but we also love to make noise.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
It was tough. It was only Erica, Jose and me at the beginning and neither of us had much experience recording our own music (with other person). We contacted our friend Rafa Pachon from the band Generica but he only got to record us. Then we thought about Cris Romero, from The Royal Landscaping Society, who we knew was a lot into dream pop, indie pop and all in all had a great deal of music culture and indeed it was no mistake at all. We had in our minds the sound we wanted and he made it just perfect.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
From our hometown, The Royal Landscaping Society and Devil Town. Also Vera Fauna, like an hybrid between Pata Negra and Tame Impala", Leicomers, garage and fun and Generica.
Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Maybe we would need some synths, but I think it would be cool to cover Eyes Without a Face by Billy Idol.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are writing more songs and looking forward to play a lot of shows.

Q: Any parting words?
Nothing too original, thanks for the interview and we hope you like our music!


segunda-feira, 18 de julho de 2016

Sky's A Disguise with Ninth Paradise - An Interview

Os ingleses Jack Curtis e Liam Thetford formam o climático e melodioso Ninth Paradise.

Dois álbuns no currículo, "Ninth Paradise" de 2012 e o novíssimo "Two"lançado mês passado de forma independente, pra variar.

Os caras citam Queens of The Stone Age e Radiohead como suas influências, mas aos ouvidos do TBTCI eles estão mais para um shoegazer épico se aproximando de bandas como Domino State e Exit Calm, muito por conta de viagens ininterruptas de reverbs e delays derramando microfonias e envolvendo a mente, mas por vezes um "Q" de suingue aparece dando um charme mais indie a sonoridade do Ninth Paradise.

"Two" é um belíssimo álbum que certamente vai passar despercebido por muita gente, mas te aconselho a não fazer parte dessa maioria, deguste essa pepita.

***** Interview with Ninth Paradise *****

Q. When did Ninth Paradise start? Tell us about the history...
We met at high school and both started learning instruments at the same time, we put a few bands together but didn't really find people who shared our philosophy or chemistry. While we were at university we recorded a couple of albums together under a different name until finally discovering a sound we really liked, which became the first Ninth Paradise album.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our biggest influence is probably Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age. Some of the things he says about creating the music you wish existed but doesn't really resonated with us and was part of the inspiration behind our sound. Musically we have a wide range of influences, and many of the bands we listen to and take influence from don’t actually sound anything like us. For example we like Bonobo, Om, Holy Fuck, Flying Lotus… There are loads!

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Queens of the Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Unkle - Psyence Fiction
Temples - Sun Structures

Q. How do you feel playing live?
At the moment we don’t play live

Q. How do you describe Ninth Paradise sounds?
The key elements of our style are the reverb and delay effects we use, and the odd time signatures we play in, which when combined can sound quite psychedelic at times. We have read some very interesting descriptions of our music from people on YouTube, commonly people use words like ‘dreamy’ and ‘ethereal’ to describe it, but one person said “It’s like surfing through a giant, quiet and peaceful wave that is disconnected from the world.”…which is great!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We start with the drums, we usually record them in a huge empty hall which has a ton of reverb and ambience to it. After this we add all the other layers over the top, usually starting with guitar and ending with the vocals. We write a lot of the parts as we’re recording so we never really know how a song is going to turn out. We produce the recordings ourselves from start to finish which we think leads to a more characteristic and unique sound.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Hello Joyce, a psychedelic-influenced lofi indie band from Florida, Winnebago, a dreamy sounding indie band kind of similar to us from Seattle and Kioko a funky reggae band from Birmingham UK. We also like a band called 60 Tigres from Mexico who have a great lively funky sound but with some cool guitar effects too.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We’ve never thought about it but it could be fun to choose a song in a completely different style and record it with our sound, maybe Dopesmoker by Sleep!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
At the moment we are working on promoting our new album ‘Two’, but we’re sure we’ll be back with some more new music in the future.

Q: Any parting words?
Check out our new album ‘Two’ which is now on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and all the usual places, it’s been 4 years hard work in the making! We’re now off for a cuppa!

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ninthparadise
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NinthParadise/
Bandcamp: https://ninthparadise.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ninth-paradise

domingo, 17 de julho de 2016

Highs & Lows with The Black Watch - An Interview

Imagine nos dias de hoje uma banda com 17, sim 17 álbuns lançados, formada em 1987 em Santa Barbara, USA, e que continua mantendo uma padrão de qualidade inalterado, e essa mesma banda infelizmente deveria ter tido o mesmo valor de outras tantas, mas o mundo da música realmente é cruel muitas e muitas vezes.

Mas, o TBTCI tentará neste momento destacar o quão maravilhoso é o trabalho do The Black Watch.

Pense em The Soft Boys. Pense em The Chills. Pense em The Go-Betweens. Pense em Replacements. Pense em psicodelismo sessentista. E claro um vasta coleção de referências, afinal, estamos falando de dezessete álbuns somando o novíssimo "High & Lows" e quase 30 anos de estrada. Os caras passaram por basicamente todas as transformações do rock alternativo deste que surgiram, e embutiram essas manifestações musicais de forma sutil em suas melodias sem jamais perder a essência.

Se por algum motivo você ainda não conhece o The Black Watch, faça um favor a você agora mesmo e aventure-se imediatamente.

***** Interview with The Black Watch *****

Q. When did The Black Watch start? Tell us about the history...
The Black Watch started in Santa Barbara in 1987. myself and two brothers, one of whom is Thom Flowers, who produces big bands now. just me working out my songs with some kids. I had tried to write a novel after finishing my Ph.D. in English Literature. I found it was easier to write 5 songs than 5 pages of fiction. That was a great time for record collecting. So many great albums came out--and inspired me to try to do something lasting.

Q: Who are your influences?
Influences? All the 60's pop, from Beatles to Zombies, Hendrix and Velvet Underground. Got very excited about New Order (the guitar stuff and the dance stuff as well), The Cure. So influenced by Robert Smith that it's been something I've tried very hard to mask, conceal.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
5 Albums of all time. Too difficult. Surely Revolver and one other Beatles and Isn't Anything by My Bloody Valentine. Blue Sunshine by The Glove--the modern edition with Smith singing. White Light/White Heat. and Pink Floyd "Piper at the Gates of Dawn".

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live can be terrific; and it can suck. Having made 17 LPs, we kind of prefer the studio. And touring is hard, of course. Yet when it goes well, it's superb!

Q. How do you describe The Black Watch´s sounds?
Well the sound is really based in a twin-guitar attack. I don't understand why some bands only use one guitar. the sound of de-tuned guitars jamming together--bliss. of course we try to write very memorable songs--always catchy, always riffy. we're starting to de-emphasize lyrics. I write very poetic lyrics. but after all this time, i may have said what i need to say!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ? 

The recording process differs from LP to LP. Some are done on acoustic guitar first, then the band comes in a fleshes things out. Highs and Lows was very under-rehearsed. my thinking was, "Make the recording like rehearsing a song for the second or third time--so that it has that excitement" I think we captured that feeling. Do you think so as well?

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
New bands. I don't keep up. On Jack Rabid's Big Takeover radio show I heard a Canadian band called Don Vail who have a new song that is very Broken Social Scene. It's called "personal league." very addicting. I hear a lot of bands who want to re-create bands like Tomorrow or... Brian Jonestown.... they just don't do it for me.

I like Yuck quite a bit, though they do sound a lot like Dinosaur Jr. and MBV!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have done covers of the Beatles and Lou Read and Gordon Lightfoot. They are very rare. We used to do a fuzzy/distorted version of "Everyday People." we love Sly and the Family Stone. you guys did a House of Love tribute? so cool. love that band to death. have all their stuff. except the latest thing.... should I get it? I don't like all these bands like Lush and Ride reforming. it's good for the new kids who were too young in the 90s, but I don't want to see them when I saw them in '91 at the Roxy or the Palace, you know? I like artists like Kristen Hersh... she just kept going. Who can ever keep up with Guided by Voices, however? there's a down side to keeping going! hahaha.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Plans for the future? well I'm a novelist as well. three works of fiction out now. two books about indie rock. http://www.amazon.com/King-Good-Intentions-Andrew-Fredrick/dp/1891241109/ref=la_B00BZ6QN4U_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400704394&sr=1-1
so I might write another book. I just finished a thriller and one set in ancient Rome--a comedy.

Q: Any parting words?
Parting words? Well, thank you for asking us to chat. I've attached a picture. You guys who write blogs and have websites and small labels... you are doing wonderful work... keeping music going. You're important to bands. Keep going! Cheers, John Andrew Fredrick