segunda-feira, 22 de maio de 2017

Winter Evergreen with Some Gorgeous Accident - An Interview


Dale Marquez é um filipino radicado em São Francisco, Califórnia, e se por um descuido você ainda não conhece a música que ele produz sob a alcunha de Some Gorgeous Accident, faça um favor agora, imediatamente, ouça.

Eu poderia apenas parar por aqui e deixa-los sob a doce aura cristalina que Dale destila em toda sua discografia, seja no último EP, "Winter Evergreen" de 2015 ou na soberbo "Sleep In Symmetry" de 2012, pouco importa por onde você vai iniciar, não há pontos baixos na música do Some Gorgeous Accident, e digo mais, se você é adorador da cultuada Sarah Records vai encontrar um grande amor neste momento.

Veja, quem me conhece sabe que não sou lá muito fã das clássicas bandas da Sarah Records, mas sempre que escuto o Some Gorgeous Accident, fico tendencioso a rever meu conceito.

Sublime resume.


***** Interview with Some Gorgeous Accident *****


Q. When did Some Gorgeous Accident start? Tell us about the history...
It was probably around 2006-2007. I was working with my brother on an Apple Orchard album and I had a few songs which I felt was not suitable for the record. So I found time to finish recording them on my own, which became most of what's in Winter In Watercolors, a cassette-only release issued by Best Kept Secret. Initially, yes it was just myself doing everything including singing but I felt uneasy and was not satisfied by it. In the follow-up release, Imaginary Lines, I thought having some of my musician friends sing was a good idea. Luckily, I have some really talented mates and it worked itself out.

Q: Who are your influences?
There's just so many. Blueboy is an obvious one certainly. I've been heavily influenced by the usual shoegaze suspects like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive. Pale Saints and Spoonfed Hybrid were big inspirations too, along with bands like Riverside, The Railway Children, Insides and Swallow. Cocteau Twins of course played a huge part in my life as a musician and as a person as well.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
It's tough to do only five and it usually changes depending on my mood but I'll try:

Cocteau Twins - Victorialand
Riverside - One
Pale Saints - In Ribbons
Slowdive - Souvlaki
Blueboy - Unisex

There are so many great stuff left out though like Aztec Camera's High Land, Hard Rain, Prefab Sprout's Steve McQueen, MBV's Loveless, New Order's Power, Corruption And Lies, Red House Painters' Self-titled Rollercoaster album...

Okay, that's ten and I feel there's still a bunch more that needs to be included on here.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I have not played live in years! I like playing live though - I have done so in the past. However, Some Gorgeous Accident wasn't developed to become a live band. Given the right time, the right personnel, who knows? I might gather some friends around, rehearse a few times and maybe play an intimate gig or two somewhere far away.

Q. How do you describe Some Gorgeous Accident sounds?
It's dreamy and wintry, it has a shoegazey feel so whenever I genre tag my music on iTunes, I put dreamgaze or wintergaze. I have a thing for labeling stuff and it's really just to amuse myself so don't take it seriously.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
It really starts with an idea. Like a sound in my head and I go from there. Everything is done in my home studio, Hush Hush. I could start with programming a beat or with just weird guitar noises and then structure it with "dummy tracks" which are deleted in the final mix. I like structure in the songs, it helps make my life easier. But I love chaos too so I try to find a balance between the two. The tricky part is the vocals which always come in last and usually, I already have someone in mind by the time I am finished writing the song. I have collaborated with friends from bands like Silver Screen, Outerhope, Jenny Arson, Archaster, Candy Apple Pops, The Wentletraps, Slow Hello and Arigato, Hato!. All have contributed their vocal parts (and on occasion, some guitar work as well) by sending digital files online. Apart from my wife, who has sung in a couple of songs, I have never been in an actual studio with anyone involved in the vocal recording. I think that's pretty cool.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I'm really not as updated as I was in previous years. I've enjoyed the past singles by Night Flowers so I'm eagerly awaiting their debut LP. Girl Ray, Friedrich Sunlight and Lake Ruth are a few of the new-ish bands I really love. Maybe I should mention Death And Vanilla as well, although their last album came out two years ago. But I love them to bits.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Actually I would love to re-do a cover version I did many years ago. It was a cover of "Brighter" by The Railway Children. It's lost in internet obscurity probably so I don't think many people have heard it. But then, I'm not too sure if I can find time to re-record it.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I'm currently working on a compilation album of sorts that features a few old songs, a bunch of new tracks, reworkings of older ones, among a few others. I feel like this has taken a lot out of me and I'm uncertain if I will continue making music as Some Gorgeous Accident. I'm not saying I won't be making music anymore. I might change my mind, sure but most likely if I make more music, it won't be for the next few years. Or perhaps, it will be in some different form or another.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for the support and taking time to interview me, Renato! It's been a pleasure. Please do anticipate an album coming out real soon!
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https://somegorgeousaccident.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/Some-Gorgeous-Accident-Ph-154904064595236/

domingo, 21 de maio de 2017

Cousin Larry with D.E.B.B.I.E. - An Interview


Quando a metade do duo D.E.B.B.I.E., Warren Ard entrou em contato comigo, introduzindo a mim "Cousin Larry" primeiro EP do duo, que é formado também por Edmand Pace, me senti muito próximo do que o Roxy Music era em sua fase áurea ainda com o gênio Brian Eno.

Assim é a música do duo, dançante, romântica, cínica, e glamourosa, feita sob medida para se jogar numa pista e dançar e viajar com os olhos fechados.

Sortudo é o TBTCI que ainda pode contar com a presença deles no recém lançado tributo ao The Sound.

Sugiro a você, caso ainda não os conheça, se jogar imediatamente, vale cada segundo.


***** Interview with D.E.B.B.I.E. *****




Q. When did Debbie start? Tell us about the history…
We got started about a year ago, but we’ve known each other forever and have played in bands together since the early 2000s. We’ve been kicking around ideas for a few years, but it’s only really come together in the past few months.

Q. Who are your influences?
Roxy music is one of our favorite bands and we have the utmost respect for Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry. The Sound and Magazine are simply amazing and we don’t understand why they aren’t remembered more widely. The Cars and New Order would be on the list as well. We both grew up in the 80s, so new wave is an obvious influence.

Q. Make a list of your Top 5 albums of all time.
Big Star – Third
Brian Eno – Here Come the Warm Jets
Sparks – Kimono My House
Roxy Music – Roxy Music
The Sound – Shock of Daylight


Q. How do you feel playing live?
D.E.B.B.I.E. was started as a recording project, so we haven’t played any live shows yet, but we’ve played in a number of bands in the past. We don’t like to prepare too much, so performing live always feels like jumping off a cliff in some ways… just go for it and worry about the rest later. We like to drink a lot as well, which always adds some element of surprise. D.E.B.B.I.E. will be a much more refined live experience, however.

Q. How do you describe your sound?
Our first e.p., Cousin Larry, was released last month and it’s pretty straight forward indie rock with some new wave flourishes. The stuff we’ve recorded since is much more grounded in new wave and post-punk. With all due respect to Bob Dylan and Kurtis Blow, I’d describe our current sound as “street rock”.


Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs…
We both contribute to song writing, but Warren handles most of the actual recording. I usually work on the vocals separately until we’re ready to put it all together. We pretty much just bang on a bunch of stuff until it sounds cool.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The new albums by Merchandise, Soft Kill and Preoccupations are great.

Q. Which band would you love to cover?
We just did a cover of The Sound’s “New Way of Life” for a tribute album which was awesome. We’ll likely cover a few Roxy Music songs once our live band is ready.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
We’re about to start recording our second e.p., Drug Friends, in a few weeks and we hope to record our first full-length album by the end of summer. We’ve got around 20 songs ready to go, so it’s just a matter of finding the time to do it. After that, we’ll start working on a live show. We may be on a soundtrack for an upcoming movie, but we don’t have much to share about that currently. The Sound tribute album we’re on is coming out in May, so look for that.

Q. Any parting words?
Many, many thanks to Renato Malizia and The Blog That Celebrates Itself!!!
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https://www.facebook.com/d.e.b.b.i.e.musicDEBBIE
https://debbiemusic.bandcamp.com/releases

sábado, 20 de maio de 2017

Deriva with El Camino de los Caminos - An Interview


Nicolás Garimano e Nicolás Castello já estão se tornando habitues aqui nas páginas do TBTCI, depois de conversamos com eles acerca do Nax, leia aqui, os caras retornam novamente por conta do projeto paralelo dos dois, o El Camino de Los Caminos.

Ao contrário das pérolas sonhadoras do Nax, o El Camino de Los Caminos é estritamente experimental, tortuoso e denso. Conexões com Windy & Carl, Flying Saucer Attack, E.A.R. podem ser perceptíveis na construção das anti canções dos caras.

Para melhor exemplificar a desconstrução da canção, transformando-as em viagens de drones, repetições ou quebra total da forma tradicional, sugiro a audição do novo single "Deriva", "Huit Nuit Huit" e "Transfigurar" certamente te levarão a outras dimensões sem você perceber.

Tranque-se sozinho e experimente o El Camino de los Caminos, a viagem é certeira.


***** Interview with El Camino de los Caminos *****


Q. When did El camino de los caminos start? Tell us about the history...
El camino de los caminos started on late 2015, recording the first material on early 2016, and it was meant to be an expression of my own concepts of sound beyond the other projects I was involved at that time. It started (and continued) as a lo-fi , home recording intended sound, focused on concepts and textures.

Q: Who are your influences?
I would say I grabbed, in the good sense, the musical concepts from both Flying saucer attack and His name is alive as my main influences, though I enjoy the landscape and textures from shoegaze, drone and ambient music in general.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1- My bloody valentine – Loveless.
2- His name is alive – Home is in your head:
3- Radiohead – Amnesiac
4- Cocteau twins – Treasure
5- : Bjork - Homogenic

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It’s a great experience, I tend to prefer darker and ambient-oriented places, and not to be seen by public if possible, as it enhances the musical experience.

Q. How do you describe El camino de los caminos sounds?
I would say I create 2 kinds of music;, textural ones and conceptual ones. Within every release resides a concept, being duality, cycles, nature or whichever every one could interpret. There´s also a per se appreciation of texture itself, isolated from any concept that I would like to communicate in some of the tracks.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Composition often start spontaneously, exploring harmonic progressions I enjoy ot simply textural effects combination I feel comfortable with. Later on, I would develop the concept of the track, what would I like the music to communicate and find the means for it (instrumentation, sound effects, noise). Later on, and not every time, I work towards cohesion of the full album, though I don´t find this step a must.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I´m currently enjoying Mac Demarco quite a bit, also Tame Impala, Pond, The War on Drugs, Tweens and probably many more I am surely missing. From the local scene, I enjoy Dietrich, Entidad Animada, Nax and Bertier y la maquina.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I would love to make an Animal Collective cover!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I intend to keep on making music, following whichever direction it may take, and sharing the wonderful experience with everyone.

Q: Any parting words?
I´d like to thank the blog for this opportunity to be interviewed, and all of my friends support on this project.
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https://www.facebook.com/elcaminocaminos/
https://elcaminodeloscaminos.bandcamp.com

sexta-feira, 19 de maio de 2017

Drowned in a Sea of Sound with The Daysleepers - An Interview


Bem, chegou enfim o momento aqui nas páginas do TBTCI que iremos reverenciar uma das mais apaixonantes bandas que surgiram nos últimos anos, dispensando qualquer tipo de apresentação para os iniciados, estou falando dos mágicos de Buffalo, NY, The Daysleepers.

Dez entre dez amantes de shoegaze, certamente os colocarão entre seus prediletos, também, com um arsenal contendo "Hide Your Eyes", "The Soft Attack" e a obra prima "Drowned in a Sea of Sound" chega a ser desnecessário qualquer argumento maior.

Simplesmente o The Daysleepers é predileto do TBTCI. O único problema é que desde "Drowned in a Sea of Sound" estamos órfãos da maestria deles em criar sofisticadas pérolas de puro delírio gaze com enfoque no pós punk.

Mas, certamente essa espera terá um breve fim, afinal Jeff, explica em detalhes, que "Creation" o tão esperado novo álbum deles estão sendo criado com todo cuidado e zelo, mas antes dele, teremos aperitivos em formatos de singles.

Sugiro não perder nenhum passo, porque o The Daysleepers é absolutamente necessário.

Magistral resume.


***** Interview with The Daysleepers *****


Q. Hello Jeff, how are you? Thanks for doing this interview. It is an honor for TBTCI !!
To begin tell us the story of The Daysleepers, how it all started?
I'm doing great! I wish the story of our formation was a bit more exciting but really it's just that Mario (Drums) & Scott (Bass) were in a post-hardcore band with some of my friends. They recorded at Watchmen Studios with the Producer of our first 3 releases, Doug White, who is also in the band Makara's Pen. When they found out Doug was a big Shoegaze/ambient music fan they told me knowing I was also a big fan of the genre. I started thinking how great it would be to start a shoegaze band and actually record with someone who knows the genre well. It takes a special engineer to understand how to produce shoegaze music and I wanted to work with someone who could get me the sounds I wanted. Long story short, I asked Scott and Mario if they’d like to try making music together and they accepted. Our first practice was a huge success. We warmed up by playing “Souvlaki Space Station” by Slowdive and we thought it sounded amazing! Right after that we wrote our first song which turned out to be “Loved By The Sun” from our first EP “Hide Your Eyes". Also, I asked Mario if he would ask his sister Elizabeth to sing in the band and she joined us as well. I knew she was a lovely singer but I had another motive in that too…I was very attracted to her. It all ended up just working somehow. The rest is history really, we have a bunch of material out there and Elizabeth and I have been married for almost 10 years now.

Q. What are your influences?
So many really, but to name a few: The Cure, Cocteau Twins, The Chameleons, The Smiths, Slowdive, Sade, Swervedriver, Dinosaur Jr., My Bloody Valentine, Interpol, Catherine Wheel, The Verve, Ride, Lush...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time …
Tough question…It changes a bit from time to time but:

1.) The Cure - Disintegration
2.) Slowdive - Souvlaki
3.) Sade - Love Deluxe
4.) The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
5.) My Bloody Valentine - Loveless


Q. How do you feel playing live?
I personally love playing live, but the Daysleepers are really more of a Studio project. We love messing with sounds, creating compositions and producing material, so that is really where we shine. We now have our own small recording studio so we are really enjoying being sound chemists, mixing up some incredible soundscapes. We can’t wait for you to hear what we are doing now…It’s a whole new dimension for us!

Q. How do you describe The Daysleepers sounds?
I would say very melodic, indie pop music wrapped in dense layers of reverb, overdrive, distortion and delay. Our focus is always on atmosphere and melody. I always try to make guitar and vocal hooks that get stuck in your head.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
It used to be easy. We’d just write the songs, go to Watchmen Studios and record it. Doug would Mix & master and we’d be off with a new release. Now it’s a bit more complicated. Since the beginning of this year we have our own functioning home studio, and with that there is much more freedom to experiment and create amazing sounds without being pressed for time like we were in a studio. The down side is that there is a tendency to go a bit crazy and never finish anything because we are constantly tweaking, trying to make things better. I must admit I’ve been going a bit Kevin Shields crazy lately…That is, overthinking everything. At some point I have to tell myself, "this is really good so finish it up so you can actually get the material out to the people!” It’s very taxing on me at times. We all get involved in this process but on this new album I am the head producer, head of marketing/design, guitar player and the lead singer. Oh, I write all the lyrics too, which for me is almost the hardest part. It’s all a bit new for me to take on all of this, and I'm still in the process of figuring things out but I’m sure It will get easier as I learn and gain more experience producing our tracks.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Nothing, From Indian Lakes, Drab Majesty, Jay Som, Vibragun, Funeral Advantage, Ducktails, Warpaint, Roosevelt (New Wave/Electronic), Flamingo (The Australian Electronic indie band by that name)...not sure how new some of those are but it's what I've been listening to lately. I listen to DKFM a lot when I want to dive solely into the world of Dreampop/Shoegaze, and there's tons of stuff I love on there but I don't always get the names of the bands.

Q: Which band would you love to cover version of?
Well, we just covered one of our favorite songs by The Smiths “There is a Light That Never Goes Out”. I’ve always loved that song so I’m glad we got to put our spin on it. We probably won’t be doing any more covers for a very long time but a few songs I’d love to take a crack at would be “Dreams” By Fleetwood Mac and “No Ordinary Love” by Sade. Two songs I've always loved, that I think would work well with our sound. I’d love to cover anything by The Cure, maybe one of my favorites like “Same Deep Water as You” or "2 Late", but it's just too intimidating. To me they are a near perfect band and somehow I just feel our version would end up sounding like a not-as-good version of the original...haha! Not a lot I feel I could bring their sound...it's so good as is.

Q. What are the plans for the future (we are all looking forward to the new album)?
Yes, the new album “Creation” is in the process of being written and recorded a we speak. We have 2 songs near completion which we plan on releasing as singles as soon as they are done. We’ve been away so long that I can’t wait to release it as a whole album, so I’ll be feeding out some singles before the whole thing releases. I’m setting Spring 2018 as the latest I'd like the entire album to be released. Ideally I’d love to have it out by Fall or Winter 2017, but at this point I’m just not sure how realistic that is, but It could happen If I pick up the pace with my engineering skills.

Also, I hope to get a new simple website up with a store that will have cool merchandise like shirts, exclusive vinyl releases, art prints and cool stuff like that. Vinyl is another big thing we are pushing for. We are planning on re-releasing all of our previous material on limited edition colored vinyl right up until our new album comes out. That's the plan anyway, don't hold me to every detail!

So, yes we will be very busy right up until the new album is ready. There’s a lot to do and a lot to focus on but we’re going to have fun doing it!


Q. Any parting words?
Just a humongous thank you to folks like you here at TBTCI and others out there who are keeping this scene alive and supported. This dreampop/shoegaze scene would not have lasted to this day without people like you and the passionate fans giving it a push. I also really want to thank our amazing, very patient Daysleepers fans out there. When I decided to get things moving again I wasn’t sure there were many fans of ours left in our absence. I was blown away by how many of our great fans, old and new, came flocking back to contact us on our official Instagram page. That really means a lot to us!

Also, please continue being patient with us as we try to make our best album yet...so far we are on track! We have deadlines we want to hit but ultimately we want to give you the best sounding music we can possibly make. You deserve that.
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https://www.facebook.com/The-Daysleepers-275664598095/
https://thedaysleepers.bandcamp.com

We Are A Curse with The Dream Eaters - An Interview


Harmonias sonhadoras é o que o duo The Dream Eaters, formado por, Jake Zavracky e Elizabeth LeBaron, criaram em seu debute, "We Are A Curse", esbanjando suas deliciosas e delicadas criações.

Em um clima absolutamente envolvente o duo passeia sem se prender a nenhum gênero, de pepitas entre o dreampop e uma doce psicodelia passando por leves doses de um shoegaze agridoce, o rótulo é secundário para o The Dream Eaters o que importa na realidade é o contexto.

Especialmente recomendado para ser degustado em dias como os de hoje, chuvosos e melancólicos.


***** Interview with The Dream Eaters *****


Q. When did The Dream Eaters start? Tell us about the history...
I met Elizabeth during the time when we worked at the same bar. Her husband told me she was a singer, so I had her come over and we recorded a couple songs I had lying around. They were good, not great but we could tell there was something there. This was about two years ago. We started to develop our sound and we added lot more harmonies and over the next couple years everything really came together and our new album is the culmination of the whole thing.

Q: Who are your influences?
The five albums that I seem to continuously turn to when I'm writing are The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, Bowie's Hunky Dory, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and Air's Moon Safari. While recording We Are A Curse I also listened to a lot of Broadcast, especially their soundtrack to Berberian Sound Studio; there's definitely a big influence on the sound from that.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Well there's the five that I just listed above but my top 5 of all time would be slightly different because some of them are not as much of a direct influence on me:

Stevie Wonder: Innervisions
Curtis Mayfield: Curtis
D'Angelo: Voodoo
Air: Moon Safari
Erykah Badu: Mama's Gun

My top 5 changes almost weekly but all of those are mainstays.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We've been experimenting live for the last few shows. We've been using a looper and recording the audience clapping and singing and playing it back through the speakers and playing along with it. Sometimes it works brilliantly, sometimes it's a disaster, we're still working on it but it's really cool!

Q. How do you describe The Dream Eaters sounds?
I think of it as a sort of choral pop, a lot of harmonies, a lot of voices; it's really centered around the voice. It's somewhat dreamy but the lyrics can also be very inward and explorative.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The album changed so radically over the course of recording it, so it's hard to nail down a specific process that we used. We started with the two of us singing together in the same room at a studio while I played guitar, so the basic tracks are essentially a live performance. But a lot of that didn't work so we ended up replacing quite a bit of it with overdubs. It took several months to mix it, it was maddening. Over the course of doing things over and over again we finally carved out a sound for it and when we started putting the whole thing together we were surprised how distinct the sound was.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I was just listening to the new Foxygen album before I did this interview and I was really enjoying that. I love the new Thundercat album, I've been listening to that on repeat. I really like the simplicity of the new Julie Byrne album, and the new Dirty Projectors has some truly astonishing moments on it. Sometimes I think the production puts too much of a distance between them and the listener but "Little Bubble" is definitely the best song I've heard all year.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
For some reason we have a really hard time choosing covers. Maybe you should suggest one!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're touring all over the Northeast US this summer, trying to promote We Are A Curse as much as possible. We think we might do a live album that captures that experimentation I mentioned before too. We also want to try and get a new studio album out sometime next year.

Q: Any parting words?
Buy our album! Check out our website thedreameaters.com, it's updated all the time and has all the
information you could possibly need on us with links to follow us on twitter, facebook, etc.....
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http://thedreameaters.com/
https://thedreameaters.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pg/thedreameatersnyc

quinta-feira, 18 de maio de 2017

There Will Be No Peace with The Angelus - An Interview


Quando uma banda chama atenção de gente como Simon Raymond (Cocteau Twins) manda a lógica que esta receba ao menos crédito e seja conferida com extrema atenção.

Inspirando-se em referências como Swans, Nick Cave, Lift to Experience entre outros, o, hoje, trio, The Angelus cometeu no início do ano um álbum mantrico, onde ao término de sua audição tem-se a impressão que "There Will Be No Peace" é composto por capítulos. Tal qual um livro, o disco e suas canções interlaçam-se entre si, criando um conteúdo unificado. Uma epopeia musical que te suga desde os primeiros momentos de "Will There Be Peace" até os últimos suspiros de "There Will Be No Peace".

Intenso resume estas orações em formas sonoras.

***** Interview with The Angelus ******



Q. When did The Angelus start? Tell us about the history...
The Angelus is and will always be the songs that I, Emil, write alone, and most often in darkened corners of the rooms of my house but I've been lucky to have been joined by talented musicians over the years to bring these songs to life as a band. The current line-up is a three-piece band featuring Emil Rapstine, on guitar and vocals, Justin Evans on drums and backing vocals and Ryan Wasterlain on bass guitar. This is our first release as a three piece and our first with Ryan in the band.

The band started as a solo project in Denton, TX before Justin joined on drums and we soon after added bass and keys. We quickly released an EP in late 2004 but struggles of different sorts set us back a while before moving to Dallas and finally releasing our first full length in Oct. of 2011. More band member changes set us back again until adding Ryan on bass. Progress often hasn't come quickly but we slowly continue to chisel away at this rock hoping to create something beautiful. The band name comes from the painting "The Angelus" by Jean-François Millet which depicts two peasants bowing in a field over a basket to say a prayer while the church bells toll in the distance. I was inspired by the feeling of lonesome supplication the painting conveys.

Q: Who are your influences?
SWANS, Woven Hand, Joy Division, Fugazi, Lung Fish, Leonard Cohen, Slint, Nick Cave, Tinariwen, Earth, Lift to Experience, Centro-matic, The Baptist Generals, The Angels of Light
So many more . . .

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Woven Hand - Mosaic
The Angels of Light - New Mother
DJ - Shadow Endtroducing
Fugazi - The Argument
Slint - Spiderland
Lift To Experience - Texas Jerusalem Crossroads

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We always hope to be lost in the melody and wash of sound as much as the audience and to feel the sublime release and transcendence that only music can bring. That is the best case scenario. We are firm believers that music saves and is good for the soul. This is why we make the music we make.

Q. How do you describe The Angelus sounds?
Pretty. Bleak.
Gothspell music.
Hymal slowcore.

We have a lot of funny descriptions for it. I'm not sure any of them are quite right. They are sweeping and majestic sounds that build like storm systems and burst into bone-rattling sonic downpours.

Plaintive and intoning vocals, despairing lyrics and darkly droning guitar, with thundering bass and percussion. That's what we do.



Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We wrote the newest album "There Will Be No Peace" as a song cycle with each song being connected to the next and the first and last song share the major theme.

Emil brings all the songs in most instances but they are generally fleshed out/arranged in practice. Sometimes though even from the smallest kernel of an idea a new song emerges from us just playing away in rehearsal. "An Interceding" and "The Other Side of The Mountain" are good examples of this on our most current album. The album was engineered, mixed and co-produced by Alex Bhore. Bhore, formerly of This Will Destroy You, oversaw the recording process and pushed up to experiment with layers and sounds while maintaining the band’s fundamental essence.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Emma Ruth Rundle, Anna von Hausswolff, True Widow, Chelsea Wolfe, A Dead Forest Index, Pallbearer, Dead to a Dying World and most recently Oathbreaker and have been on heavy rotation.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Here are several that would be fun:

High on Fire - Brother in the Wind
Townes Van Zandt - Lungs
Johnny Cash - Ain't No Grave
B52's - Private Idaho
Justin Timberlake - Cry Me a River

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are already deep into writing the next record and hope to return to the studio this year. We hope to get out and play a few places that we haven't before and we will be playing all over Texas. New music videos are in the works as well.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you and . . .
There Will Be No Peace
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quarta-feira, 17 de maio de 2017

No Sun with Workhorse - An Interview


Ouvir os australianos do Workhorse é fazer uma viagem rumo a uma perdida e esquecida geração que ficou cruelmente renegada sob os espectros da new wave, post punk, tecnopop entre outros, estou falando da deliciosa psicodelia feita durante a era da Paisley Underground. Gente como Opal, Rain Parade, Dream Syndicate, Green on Red entre outros transportaram uma certa psicodelia folk dos 60´s para o início dos 80´s e injetaram um pouco de raiva punk, mas infelizmente naquela época todos sucumbiram a si mesmos.

E é exatamente nessa esquecida cena, que a sonoridade do quinteto australiano Workhorse mais se aproxima, obviamente com trejeitos modernos de psych, o Workhorse debutou com um disco absolutamente pegajoso e ácido, "No Sun" é o nome da preciosidade e deve ser escutado em volume máximo, junto a sua bebida ou psicotrópico predileto.

Uma literal, viagem ao submundo dos bons sons, como deve ser....

***** Interview with Workhorse *****


Q. When did Workhorse start? Tell us about the history...
-I checked the internet today and apparently Workhorse started almost a year ago! Which seems unbelievable. I think as soon as we had our first band practise I booked us a show as a way of forcing us to play. We haven't played a whole lot since then and I feel like we are still our place, but it's been lots of fun so far.

Q: Who are your influences?
- We all have very different influences and probably some very similar ones too. I think we all have common ties in country music, for myself it's some classic Americana or folk like Townes Van Zandt, Gene Clark Lucinda Williams and Emmylou. And big ones for me are other powerful female muso's like PJ Harvey, Patti Smith and Cat Power. I'm also going through a big The Cranberries revival.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
That's very difficult.
In no particular order and with lots of room to move - but most consistently it might go something like this....

Cat Power - What Would The Community Think?
PJ Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
Sibylle Baier - Colour Green
Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Leonard Cohen
Jackson C. Frank - Jackson C. Frank.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
-Very weird. Confused. Happy. Nervous. Proud and grateful to my band mates and friends.

Q. How do you describe Workhorse sounds?
-I'm not very good at genres but it has been helpful hearing other peoples perspectives. We have so far been referred to as things like 'alt-country' and 'dream-blues'...somebody called it Americana which seems funny because we are Australiana but influenced by, sure. I myself would describe it as 'music that we made.'


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
-The process was pretty informal and 'organic'? Is that the right word? In a similar way to me booking us our first show after having one rehearsal, I coaxed everybody into recording before we even knew how the songs went, so that we would be forced into figuring it out. I mean, I knew how the songs went, but nobody else did.

Our drummer Liam came over with a 4-track cassette and we played the songs, and now that's how they go! Then I reluctantly chose some words to accompany, and our friend Patrick Lockwood helped us record the vocals in a big old church with nice natural reverb.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
-New bands, hm, well my favourites from Australia are...
-Angie (https://angelabermuda.bandcamp.com/album/shyness)
-Primo (https://primocassetto.bandcamp.com/releases),
-Bent (https://emotional-response-recs.bandcamp.com/album/bent-snakes-and-shapes)
- Aldous Harding (https://aldousharding.bandcamp.com/)
-Dag
And aside from that, really into Jessica Pratt, Exploded View, Weyes Blood and Kaitlyn Aurelia-Smith.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
-We were thinking about trying a Shocking Blue cover, maybe the song Mighty Joe.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
-We'll be doing a small Australian tour in the next month or so to launch this cassette tape, and then who knows! Hopefully keep playing music together in one shape or form. I was just thinking I'd love to get back out to America where I've recorded with another band called Wireheads twice now, and maybe test out the big studio thing by myself. You know. Play with all the fun instruments.
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https://www.facebook.com/workzorse
https://tenthcourt.bandcamp.com/album/no-sun

Gazing At You with Somewhere - An Interview


Não vou estragar a história de como o trio mexicano Somewhere se formou, deixarei isso para quando você iniciar a entrevista um pouco mais abaixo.

Vou me ater ao que Ivan, Osvaldo, Mauricio e criaram em seu debute, o EP, "Sadness" lançado há pouco mais de um mês, de forma, claro, independente e que deve ser prestigiado na página do bandcamp dos caras. 

Um shoegaze melancolicamente lento, denso que vai te sugando pra dentro da massa sonora, principalmente na poderosa "Gazing at You", um verdadeiro pequeno hit gazer instantâneo, ou ainda na mezzo post punk mezzo noise "Deep Ocean" outra preciosidade dentro dessa beleza chamada "Sadness".

Uma estreia gigante de meninos que merecem toda e qualquer atenção. Acima.


***** Interview with Somewhere *****
Q. When did Somewhere start? Tell us about the history...
A. All started in 2014 , me and my friend Ulises San Juan formed a grunge band called "Teen Crypts" , we record a couple of demos and later I met Osvaldo Gonzalez by my friend Ulises, he joined to the band, but later, the project was dismisssed, and this was useful to know more about the music scene of my country.

Later, Ulises joined to a punk band called "Nelson y los filisteos" and Osvaldo invested his time on his band "Lancastell".

On January-february of 2016 I started to write new songs and formed a new project called "Junk" , then, when the project become more seriusly , Osvaldo joined to this new project on the bass guitar , Mauricio Cruz, (that play with Osvaldo on Lancastell) joined us too, to play the drums.

In the latest 2016, we decide to change the name of "Junk " to "somewhere", because there were many bands with that name. On January of this year we decided to record our debut EP.

Q: Who are your influences?
A.We love the shoegaze band of the gold era and contemporary; like Slowdive , Ride , Drop Nineteens , The Jesus and Mary Chain , Swirlies , Chapterhouse , TOY , Ringo Deathstar , My Bloody Valentine , we had too, a lot of brit pop influences like The Charlatans and Blur .

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Slowdive - Souvlaki
Drop Nineteens - Delawere
Yuck – Yuck
Ride – Nowhere
Nirvana - Bleach

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. Its weird right know, because we are starting the promo of the EP, we are so in love of the moment of the rehearsal; the chemistry, the ideas, the atmosphere; so, when we play alive, its weird (in a loveable way), kimd of a glory moment.

Q. How do you describe Somewhere sounds?
A. It's a strange mix of melancholy and noise


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. Was a long process, because we didn't have money to record in a formal way , I had to sell part of my pedalboard to get.

We have a friend called Eduardo Guiterrez that has an studio called "Black Bedroom Records", he helped us to record and produce the EP , to reduce costs we had to record the bass and drums in a live session , then on those recordings we worked the guitars and the voices , were 3 days of recording and 3 weeks of mixing and mastering.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. We like "Sadfields" from Mexico city , "La Casa al Mare " from Italy and "Skinny Dream" from UK

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. Maybe The Telescopes or The Brian Jonestone Massacre.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. For now we will continue promoting our EP , we are working on new songs and there is the possibility that at the beginning of the next year we launch a new single or a new EP , we will work a lot in envolving our Sound.

Q: Any parting words?
Just a thankful greetings to Renato, is huge what he is doing for the genre, for the bands, and seeing us in the blog is a dream come true; thanks amigo.
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https://somewhereofficial.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/somewhereofficialmusic/

terça-feira, 16 de maio de 2017

Cultivations with Au.Ra - An Interview


Tim Jenkins e Tom Crandles compõem o duo de dreampop Au.Ra que debutou em 2015 com o belíssimo, "Jane´s Lament" via Felte Records, aliás, a Felte é daquelas gravadoras que merecem ter seu catálogo degustado por completo, bem voltando ao Au.Ra, como coloquei, depois do sofisticado álbum de estreia os caras se preparam para o sucessor de "Jane´s Lament", com data já marcada de lançamento, mais precisamente dia 30 de Junho, "Cultivations" já tem seu aperitivo ao alcance de todos, "Applause" é o nome da faixa de abertura do álbum e já deixa tudo bem encaminhado, afinal a canção é de uma sofisticação exuberante.

Que o dia 30 de Junho não demore a chegar para que o mundo possa sonhar sob a cortesia do Au.Ra.

***** Interview with Au.Ra *****



Q. When did Au.Ra start? Tell us about the history...
We met in 2011 At a college in Sydney . Both of us showed up to the wrong classroom. My pursuit of a tertiary education didn't last as long as Tim's but our friendship did, as did our mutual enjoyment of writing songs together.

Q: Who are your influences?
We are influenced by new and different things everyday. The list is endless.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
5 albums that mean a lot to me personally and seem relevant to Au.Ra -

Depeche Mode - violator
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
My Bloody Valentine - isn't anything
Cocteau Twins - treasure
Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra - Lee and Nancy



Q. How do you feel playing live?
I feel comfortable playing live.

Q. How do you describe Au.Ra sounds?
I'd describe our sound as 'perfect'.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A friend of ours was the head engineer at a commercial studio in Sydney. He hooks us up when there is down time so he took care of the recording part, we just focused on playing and writing the music.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Sextile are great as is Wesley Gonzales. Orion are a band from Sydney which I like. I can't really think of any more new bands at this moment.


Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'd have to say covering the Beatles or lee hazelwood would be the most rewarding for me.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We will be releasing a new record in June. We plan on performing it for who ever offers us the most money.
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https://www.facebook.com/au.ra.musique/
http://www.auramusique.com/

MindStreamBlessing with Prana Crafter - An Interview


Wil Sol ou Prana Crafter para os íntimos é um trovador folk psych.

Sua música é concebida sempre entre duas vertentes, a primeira, feita por frágeis tecidos acústicos introspectivos, a música como efeito tranquilizante para o caos diário, já a segunda, eletrificada, em tons ácidos e mântricos. 

"MindStreamBlessing" é o novo trabalho Prana Crafter e a síntese do lado yin yang sonoro esta perfeitamente inserido nos seis exercícios de imersão psicodélica. 

Só me resta apenas, desejar, boa viagem a todos....


***** Interview with Prana Crafter ******


Q. When did Prana Crafter start? Tell us about the history...
I can remember messing around on cheap keyboards as a kid in the 80’s, making little loops and playing over them. I started recording sound collage projects on a 4-track cassette recorder, with guitar parts included, back in the mid 90’s, and I also played, and sang, in a punk band during that time. Over the years, I continued to record music but didn’t attempt to release anything or play live. In 2012 I had enough spending money to buy a proper amp and it sounded so nice I decided to put a few loop based tracks and some acid folk songs on Soundcloud. Pretty quickly I was contacted by Roger from Reverb Worship to do a release. When I saw that he had released material from Kawabata Makoto, Plankton Wat, The Hare and the Moon, and Gnod, I was honored, and I agreed to do it. So, Prana Crafter started with that first release; it went from something completely informal to something formal.

Q: Who are your influences?
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest U.S. right in the middle of the “grunge” movement so I was motivated to start playing, and writing songs, because of stuff like Nirvana. I also grew up with a dad whose 5,000+ LP record collection had all the great folk and rock music from the 60’s and 70’s, so I spent a lot of time listening to his collection, when I’d visit him, and that had a huge influence. My guitar playing is very influenced by Jerry Garcia, Hendrix, and Manuel Göttsching; those guys are a head above the rest in my opinion. The experimental qualities of my music probably come from listening to a lot of Pink Floyd and Grateful Dead jams as a teen, and then stuff like Popol Vuh and Ash Ra Tempel as an adult. The folk, songwriting, side of my stuff owes mostly to being a die-hard Neil Young fan and lover of Hunter/Garcia creations. I also love some more recent songwriters like Fionn Regan, and Damien Jurado, those guys really know how to craft a song and sing with emotion.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Decade by Neil Young: Because it has so much to choose from, you can listen to that album for months, probably years, without getting bored. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd: Mainly because it’s heavily nostalgic for me and introduced me to cosmic music in my youth. Something live from the Grateful Dead between 1970-1974: No explanation needed! Hooterroll by Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales: That album is phenomenal. 2nd by Agitation Free: It’s one of my favorites from that genre, especially the guitar work.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I’m a shy person, so I don’t usually seek out situations where all eyes are on me, and that’s kept me from performing as much as I could have over the years. Recently I’ve decided to get myself out there live, and have plans to do shows this Spring and Summer. I believe in the energy of improvisation and so that guides what I do when playing live, letting that energy unfold as it does, and trying to stay out of the way of what wants to manifest.


Q. How do you describe Prana Crafter sounds?
Mystic-psych, inner-space rock, and forest folk. I’ve had a lot of comparison’s, singing-wise, to Neil Young, which could be a veiled insult, but to me it’s the biggest compliment. Someone recently said the singing sounded like Cat Stevens crossed with Elliot Smith; when Reverb Worship contacted me, Roger felt Prana Crafter had a Bonnie Prince Billy type sound, vocally. I’m self-conscious about my singing, so anytime someone compares it to anything I like, I’m elated. As for the actual sound of the music, I strive for raw-improvisational energy as much as possible. The guitar sound is very intentional. My electric guitar is a Les Paul I’ve had for almost twenty years. When I was looking for an amp I specifically went for a Fender 65’ reissue because the combination of the Les Paul and a Fender amp is part of what gave Garcia his beautiful tone and rawness in the mid-late sixties, before he started playing his alligator strat or custom guitars.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I usually have some rough template of the different moods or movements for an overall track, then within that it is the controlled chaos of improvisation that guides. I’m always striving to find ways to get the narrative mind out of the way so things can flow without any energy being diverted into the kinds of thinking that don’t seem to help when spontaneously creating music. I’m working on a PhD right now and I’m focusing my research on the process, and phenomenological experience, of creating improvisational music, so I give this stuff a lot of thought. Most of my music is a combination of acoustic and electric guitar, synthesizer, organ, piano, singing bowls, hand percussion, and field recordings; other times it’s just the spontaneous flow of one acoustic guitar, or the acoustic guitar and vocals.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There are a lot of great bands that I connect with through Twitter, so if you check out my following list there you won’t be disappointed. I hear most new music through the many fantastic radio shows that cover psychedelic music these days and can be streamed online like: Sunrise Ocean Bender, The Unending Subtleties of River Power, You the Night and the Music, The Avant Ghetto, Global Psychedelia, Rolling Thunder, Candy Shop and Friday Morning Car Tunes, Kaleidoskop and Offbeat Radio, Old Time Religion Radio Hour, and Contact Wave; those are all favorites of mine and they keep me up to date on what’s new and also introduce me to old gems that I haven’t heard.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Some type of one-man rendition of Floyd’s ‘Echoes’, an acoustic version of Sabbath’s ‘Planet Caravan’ or ‘Fairies Wear Boots’; or something from Donovan

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I just released an album on Eiderdown Records out of Seattle called MindStreamBlessing. I’m very happy to be involved with them, it’s a fantastic label run by a wonderful guy named Adam. I have my next release already in the works with Deep Water Acres, another great label run by a great guy, his name is Kevin and he plays in a killer band called Evening Fires. That release will be a combination of some of my oldest tracks, that almost no one has heard, as well as some new tracks that I think are really excellent. I have the songs written for the next album (after the Deep Water Acres release) but haven’t had the time to devote to recording it. I’m planning a show with Elkhorn and The Modern Folk in Portland, Oregon, this May (check out my Facebook if you’re in the PDX area). And though nothing is set in stone yet, I will be doing some shows in the Seattle area this Summer too, so anyone who wants to be in on that should connect with me through Facebook or Twitter. I really love experimental music with a strong guitar presence, so in the future I’d love to work with other musicians to achieve something like what Chasny does with 6 Organs, Ribot does with Ceramic Dog, or Nels Cline does when he’s with Medeski, Martin, & Wood, the energy created through those improvisational synergies is amazing.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for this opportunity to spread the word about Prana Crafter and much peace and loving kindness from the woodlands of Washington to all the psychedelic music lovers out there!!!
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https://pranacrafter.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/pg/pranacrafter

segunda-feira, 15 de maio de 2017

Swan Songs with Post War Glamour Girls- An Interview


Photo by Shoot by Stan


Depois da estreia de 2014 com "Pink Fur" e do aclamado "Feeling Strange" do quarteto britânico de Leeds, Post War Glamour Girls retorna com seu art pós punk noise e um novo trabalho, "Swan Songs", veio ao mundo no mês passado com altas doses de um art punk dançante, remetendo diretamente a nomes com Talking Heads, Pere Ubu e The Fall, sem deixar o lado barulhento de lado, conexões com SY e Pixies, nitidamente.

Raramente se escuta uma combinação deste calibre tão bem feita e sem descambar para o mais do mesmo, ao contrário, o Post War Glamour Girls passeia com intensidade durante as dez canções do álbum, sem tempo para respiros.

Para ouvir diversas vezes e decifrar os detalhes do Post War Glamour Girls.



 ***** Interview with Post War Glamour Girls *****
Photo by Shoot by Stan

Q. When did Post War Glamour Girls start? Tell us about the history...
We started in late 2010 and played our first gig in January 2011, since then we’ve done the same, which has meant keep writing, keep recording and keep playing live. We’ve had peaks and troughs regarding critical, commercial and personal success, but nothing has deterred us from continuing to be the band we always knew we were.

Q: Who are your influences?
It’s always varied but The Pixies were a big one for us starting out. Cocteau Twins and The Birthday Party too... we probably should’ve been signed to 4AD! In recent years mostly hip hop and folk-rock, MF DOOM, Nas, Patti Smith, Lee Hazlewood, Neil Young. Also Broadcast, Wild Beasts and The Flaming Lips...

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Remain in Light - Talking Heads
After The Goldrush - Neil Young
Tago Mago - CAN
Illmatic - Nas
Afro Harping - Dorothy Ashby

How do you feel playing live?
On a good day, it’s the best feeling in the world, you get lost in it all.

On a bad day, you feel like a phoney, pretending you care, like a performing monkey.

Q. How do you describe Post War Glamour Girls sounds?
Conflicting, human.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It’s like making a good stew. It’s comforting, but you have to start with good stock. We get the heart n soul down first and that all goes in at the same time, you have to have the right ingredients before you start cooking or it won’t work. Once the key ingredients are sizzling, the fun begins. The seasoning. Overdubs and mixing will make a good song better or ruin it, you have to get the balance just right. Frequency chefs shaking the salt n pepper pots left and right.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Cattle from Leeds and Mi Mye from Wakefield.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
In our time we’ve covered songs by Robert Palmer, Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Bikini Kill and songs from the soundtrack of the original Wickerman film starring Christopher Lee, if we could cover anyone else... I’d like to do ‘Echo’s Answer’ by Broadcast or a Nancy Sinatra tune.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Tour Brazil?

Q: Any parting words?
Peace, Love, Understanding. Never take yourself to seriously and always look after each other, especially those in need. Never idolize artists and always hold them to account.
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http://postwarglamourgirls.com/album/swan-songs
https://www.facebook.com/postwarglamourgirls/

sábado, 13 de maio de 2017

Estasi with The Gluts - An Interview


Houve uma época onde havia uma padrão de qualidade relacionado a gravadoras, leia-se, Creation, 4AD, SST, Blast First, Sub Pop, Kranky, entre outras, mas depois de certo tempo esse padrão começou a perder o sentido, enfim a música mudou, as gravadoras perderam o conceito inicial e este conceito de padrão de qualidade foi perdido.

Fato que aos poucos vem mudando, lentamente é verdade, mas esta acontecendo gradativamente, e um desses exemplos é a Fuzz Club Records, basicamente não existe nada que os caras colocam no mercado que não seja de qualidade, bandas e mais bandas perturbadoras, ou com um elo entre si.

E um dos mais recentes esporros que Fuzz nos apresenta são os italianos do The Gluts. depois de um single e sua estreia em "Warsaw", os caras atacam agora com o carimbo Fuzz Club, seu psych doentio, com doses cavalares de Joy Division, Killing Joke, um psych caótico e suicida é o que se ouve em "Estasi" que veio ao mundo há poucos dias.

Não existe luz no mundo do The Gluts, apenas o apocalipse sendo cortejado por rajadas de barulho.

Não recomendo a indie kids.


***** Interview with The Gluts *****


Q. When did The Gluts start? Tell us about the history...
To make it simple, Marco and Nico started the band together with their sister Claudia.
We realise a single "tears of ink" recorded on the Alps, in the studio of Franky and Dave from the Throw Down Bones. We were good friends. The single has been mixed by James Aparicio in London and so we did with our first album WARSAW.
First we published the album on vinyl by our own and then Nasoni Records got crazy for it and wanted to repress it in a limited pink fluo edition.

In May our second album will be out on Fuzz club. Our first tour in Europe will follow. We are very much looking forward to play in the main cities of our continent!

Now we finally found our drummer, Dario. Before we got some drummers that were helping us in studio and live. So apparently the Gluts are no more a trio!

Q: Who are your influences?
We all come from different experiences. The most common influences are the sounds from late 70s and the 80s.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Make a list of masterpieces might sound boring so except Unknown Pleasure (which definitely is a masterpiece) the other 4 simply are great and in a way cleaver albums we enjoyed a lot!

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come
The Amazing Snakeheads - Amphetamine Ballads
The Hives - Tyrannosaurus Hives
Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit

Q. How do you feel playing live?
being on a stage is our habitat, we like to spend ours practice and writing songs, it is cool to be for a week in a studio, but when comes the time to be on stage... well that is what we prefer and where you probably can catch The Gluts sound.

Q. How do you describe The Gluts sounds?
Pretty punk and real? The sound is rough and harsh for sure. We tend to go straight to the point I guess.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Do you mean in studio? Well we don't have big budgets so we know we have limited time to spend in. What we try to do is to arrive with some concreate ideas. Then we record everything live both for saving time and catching the right intention and sound. We are pretty fast so we always have extra time to improvise and create new tracks directly in studio.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We've heard couple of tracks from Dion Lunadon's new album and should sound damn good!
If someone is into Italian music check Francesco Motta, last year he published his first solo album and really is something good for being a pop album.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Make a cover is always hard. We've just recorded one from Massive Attack. We hope to get the chance to put that on a record soon.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are very much looking forward for the May 5th to have the album out and then start touring in Europe.

Q: Any parting words?
Don't miss our next shows...the new merch is amazing :)
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https://www.facebook.com/thegluts/
https://fuzzclub.bandcamp.com/album/estasi
http://www.thegluts.org/

sexta-feira, 12 de maio de 2017

Sunny Side Down with Mark Crozer and The Rels - An Interview


Mark Crozer é um cara altamente talentoso e bem relacionado, vejamos: quando o J&MC em seu retorno em 2007, Mark tocou exaustivamente com os irmãos Reid durante aquele retorno, incluindo o clássico show onde a musa Scarlett Johansson cantou Just Like Honey, tem mais, Mark montou um projeto com Loz Colbert, sim nosso Loz do Ride, a banda chama-se International Jetsetters, que aliás, se você não conhece, deveria.

Enfim, o cara manda bem demais, e fora seus projetos paralelos, Mark tem sua própria banda, Mark Crozer and The Rels. "Sunny Side Down" é o último trabalho dos caras, e como o próprio título sugere é um delicioso power pop psicodélico indie, revivendo a suave psicodelia sixties, leia-se Zombies, com fortes ecos de guitar pop oitentista, conexões com a Class of 86 são inevitáveis.

Melodias ensolaradas, good vibes, tudo isso em um astral contagiante, cortesia de Mark e seus Rels.

***** Interview with Mark Crozer and The Rels *****


Q. When did Mark Crozer And The Rels start? Tell us about the history...
I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2011 and the band got together in January 2012. It's a bit of a revolving cast of players though all are southern gentlemen of the highest musical pedigree. They are also lovely people who won't smash up the furniture or soil the carpets. We've never argued once about anything which is quite extraordinary really.

Q: Who are your influences?
Oh lord. Too many to list though at the top of the very long list would be The Beatles and at the bottom would be the severed head of Simon Cowell.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
THE BEATLES - Abbey Road
THE BEATLES - Revolver
THE BEATLES - Hard Day's Night
THE BEATLES - Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
THE BEATLES - With The Beatles

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Great! The band is killer live. We have a lot of fun whenever we play. It's always an adventure. Even when it involves getting electrocuted on stage at Bar Matchless in Brooklyn. I lost my voice for three days afterwards. We opened up for my other band recently and were received with open arms and ears.

Q. How do you describe Mark Crozer And The Rels sounds?
That's your job isn't it? Ha ha. Um... It's like a brandy-soaked plum pudding aged for five years and gently dusted with icing sugar. Or perhaps Teenage Fanclub meets Elliott Smith at a Monkees convention.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We went to Mitch Easter's wonderful Fidelitorium studio in Kernersville, NC where we set up and played live and recorded it. Then we overdubbed a few bits here and there, added vocals and... Hey Presto It Was Done. The whole record was recorded in five days. It was the easiest and most enjoyable recording experience I've ever been involved in. Aside from the moment when we were almost flattened by a falling tree.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
New bands... I'm not much of an expert in that area but in the last few years I've enjoyed records by Alvvays, Temples, Wussy (who are the best band around right now.) I'm excited to hear The Cobbs aka Ty Cobb aka Mad Action open for the Mary Chain soon. They recorded a great record recently though I don't know if it ever got released.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Well I've already covered songs by The Beatles, The Cure, New Order and Abba. But maybe Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Monkees. It would be hard to better the Wedding Present's cover though.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I plan to stay alive for as long as possible and write another hit record even more popular than Broken Out In Love. Then maybe I'll be able to retire to The Cotswolds and start a business making vegan cheese.

Q: Any parting words?
Buy my records you bastards.
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Thanks

https://www.facebook.com/markcrozerandtherels/
https://markcrozer.bandcamp.com/album/sunny-side-down

Fall with Overlake - An Interview


Estou aguardando ansioso e quieto a chegada do dia de hoje. O motivo, bem, para muitos pode soar banal, mas para o TBTCI hoje é o dia de lançamento do novo trabalho do trio de Nova Jersey, Overlake, intitulado "Fall", que acabou de vir ao mundo via Bar None.

Como eu esperava um verdadeiro discaço, que se manisfesta através de baluartes do indie rock norte americano, leia-se, R.E.M., Replacements, Dinosaur Jr, e claro, mestre Neil Young.

Sempre melodiosos, sujos quando necessário, apaixonantes e intensos, Tom, Lysa, Nick, conceberam um trabalho absolutamente viciante para quem gosta de rock alternativo de todas as décadas, sem rotulações, os caras apenas pegam seus instrumentos e exprimem deles aquilo que precisamos, boa música.

"Fall" é daqueles discos que são absolutamente impossíveis de serem escutados apenas uma só vez. 

Simplesmente acima.


***** Interview with Overlake *****


Q. When did Overlake start? Tell us about the history...
Tom: We started back in early 2012 within the walls of hourly rehearsal spots in downtown Jersey City. Lysa and I were playing together in a local band called WJ & the Sweet Sacrifice. I left in late 2011, she followed soon after that, and then we started Overlake. We went through a few different drummers before we met Nick in 2015. Over that time, we recorded an album, did a few tours, played some good local shows, recorded a single, then another album... That kinda brings us up to speed.

Q: Who are your influences?
Tom: The stuff they call shoegaze, obviously. Bands like Ride and Slowdive definitely inform our sound but we all have our own influences, some shared and some not. Mid-90's American indie rock is what's had the biggest impact on me. I was 19 going on 20 during that time. Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth and Pavement were among my faves. They still are.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Tom: It always changes. Revolver, After the Gold Rush, Nowhere, Green Mind... Dirty was a big album for me.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Tom: I love it. I get really nervous and panicky beforehand, but once everything is squared away and we're a few songs into the set, I feel right at home. If I had to choose between playing live and recording, playing live always wins.

Q. How do you describe Overlake sounds?
Tom: Washy. The guitars are washy, the cymbals are washy... But it's also dreamy and melodic. With sleepy vocals and pretty harmonies..



Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Tom: It's easygoing. We usually have a game plan by the time we re-enter the studio. The basic tracks were recorded over a weekend, guitars were done the following week along with some overdubs, then vocals were completed sometime after. Tom Beaujour, who recorded and co-produced the new record, is very fun to work with. He's calm, composed, and extremely focused, but also kind of a goofball and not too serious. He has this great studio that's the perfect size, with all this wonderful gear at his disposal. He helped to achieve some pretty amazing sounds, particularly with the drums.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Tom: There are a lot of bands around here worth checking out... Pioneer the Eel, Sean Kiely, Dead Stars, Sharkmuffin, Boytoy, Vomitface... We all enjoy the Rock N Roll Hi-Fives. They're a family band and great friends of ours. Really great songs. I always describe them as the Partridge Family meets Guided by Voices.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Tom: We have a few in our canon, but if we had to do another... I dunno. I'd maybe like to try a Neil Young song, but which one? Not "Cortez." Everybody does that.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Tom: Touring, writing, recording... My wife and I are always talking about starting a family and leaving Jersey City at some point. That's down the road a bit, but not too far.

Q: Any parting words?
Tom: Thank you for reaching out, and I hope we can make it to Sao Paolo someday soon!
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https://www.facebook.com/overlakemusic/
https://soundcloud.com/barnonepop/sets/overlake-fall
https://www.overlakemusic.com/

quinta-feira, 11 de maio de 2017

Pendulum with Alter - An Interview


Depois do início da destruição já anunciando no término do ano passado, via "Embers" primeiro disco do, hoje, trio de Baltimore, Alter. A banda chega a níveis ainda mais pesados e intensos no novíssimo "Pendulum", que veio ao mundo há poucos dias atrás.

Shoegaze lento, pesado, melancólico e estridente, não deixando arestas para qualquer respiro ou momento de calmaria, o Alter faz questão de expurgar os lamentos e frustrações da forma mais gritada possível. Uma tempestade de fuzz, embalando angústias permeia todo o disco, sob a insistente avalanche de decibéis estilhaçando tudo pela frente.

O Alter cometeu, facilmente, um dos grandes trabalhos lançados neste 2017, "Pendulum" é desgraçadamente acima.

***** Interview with Alter *****


Q: When did Alter start? Tell us about the history...
-We got together in November of 2014. Austyn and Tyler were in this atmospheric black metal band called Barbelith in Baltimore at the time. Robbie had played in a screamo band called MNWA also in Baltimore. It was Winter in Baltimore so we all got together and jammed on some of the guitar material Austyn had. Tyler and Austyn already worked really well together from being in Barbelith together and collaborating on other creative projects. When we played with Robbie it was really natural and all of the songs just came together very organically. We recorded our first demo titled False Dawn in January of 2015 and then went on our first tour in June that year. We recorded our first LP Embers and re-recorded songs from our demo/False Dawn in October of 2015. A lot of things got post-ponned for us. We had a lot of set backs with Embers and the S/T. It all took way longer then we wanted. We toured and such but were still just waiting on the recordings and the records. Austyn had life changes and needed to move back to Louisiana. At that point we still hadn’t released Embers. We took all of the new material we had and recorded our most recent album Pendulum in August of 2016. Austyn moved back to Louisiana in September. We finally release Embers in November of 2016. We met up in February 2017 to do a tour for Embers with our buddies Eyelet whom Robbie drums for. Pendulum was finally released on 4/28/17.

Q: Who are your influences?
-We all have various different influences. We all come from playing in heavier bands but we are usually drawn to anything captivating and honest.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
-Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
-Black Sabbath - Masters of Reality
-Metallica - Kill ‘Em All
-Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
-Electric Wizard - Dopethrone

Q. How do you feel playing live?
-Pretty euphoric. It all feels very meditative and natural.


Q. How do you describe Alters sound?
-Textural & introspective shoegazy / post-rock vibes, perfect for pre-dawn listenings.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
-We’ve recorded all of our songs live and do overdubs where they are necessary. We record vocals after the instrumentals are finished. So far we’ve recorded with our friends so we are always in a comfortable mode before recording.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
-Solip, Ex Eye, Soft Kill

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
-Fleetwood Mac - Dreams

Q: What are your plans for the future?
-We are trying to find a time we can all tour this year in support of Pendulum. We plan on still writing music and putting out records and touring when we all can.

Q: Any parting words?
-It’s just a ride.
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Thanks

https://aalterr.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/aaalterrr/