segunda-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2017

Sentimentale Jugend with Klimt1918 - An Interview

Uma das mais cultuadas bandas do underground italiano certamente é o Klimt1918 que depois de um hiato de 8 anos soltou seu quinto álbum "Sentimentale Jugend", foi lançado em Dezembro do ano passado.

Conceitual é o que pode-se atribuir ao disco, que pode ser degustado nas versões "Sentimentale" ou, em sua outra face, "Jugend" mas a junção de ambos é o que o torna uma peça épica, obrigatória aos adoradores não somente de shoegaze, mas todas as variáveis sonoras do submundo dos bons sons. Há conexões óbvias, seja com The Cure, ou com Slowdive, ou ainda com Mogwai, mas o Klimt1918 consegue imprimir sua identidade mesmo depois dos longos oito anos entre "Just in case we'll never meet again" de 2008 e "Sentimentale Jugend".

Shoegaze em tonalidades épicas.

***** Interview with Klimt1918 *****

Q. When did Klimt1918 start? Tell us about the history...
A. Klimt1918 started in 1999 with Marco and Paolo Soellner. After a few years the band recorded a demo called "Secession makes post modern music" and in 2003, after getting a deal with the italian label "My Kingdom Music" the full album "Undressed Momento" came out. With that album, the band got the attention of the "Prophecy Production", starting the recording of "Dopoguerra" that came out in 2005 and then "Just in case we'll never meet again" in 2008. Now, after 8 years , finally "Sentimentale Jugend" is out.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Our influences, if we talk about music, can be related to shoegaze, post rock, new wave, ambient and soundtrack music. There are so many bands and artists that I could mention but we also get inspired by movies, books and lives.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. It is really hard to answer this question because all of us would answer differently, but for me, I'll try to say:
1. The Cure- disintegration
2. Black Sabbath - sabbath bloody sabbath
3. Michael Jackson - bad
4. Tears for fears- songs from The big chair
5. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. We like to play live, especially if it's about festivals where we share the stage with other artists that we admire.

Q. How do you describe Klimt1918 sounds?
A. I think our sound is a mix of our influences and experiences, that once again I want to say that are very different because we all have different tastes. Our sound wants to be something particular, let's call it a drone reverberated guitar wall of sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. The idea of a song usually starts with a Marco's vocal and guitar composition. Then, we built up the song together in the Rehearsal room , trying to find the perfect dress for the mood of the composition.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. Ah the moment I would say "Daughter" and "A winged victory for the sullen". They are not super new but kind of.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. Brian Eno, for sure!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. We are trying to play live more for this album than we did for the previous one and maybe to visit some new places to meet friends we did not have the chance to meet before.

Q: Any parting words?
A. I just would like to thank all the old and new friends who keep on supporting us after all this years!

domingo, 22 de janeiro de 2017

Den Mothers with Purepleaser - An Interview

Bryan Newruck é um brasileiro que caiu fora daqui e foi para Los Angeles há 25 anos, mas pode também ser chamado de Purepleaser.

Pois é, Purepleaser é seu projeto, que diga-se de passagem, é altamente prolífico, contendo uma série de trabalhos, entre EPS, singles e um destaque especial para "Den Mothers", álbum lançado em Setembro do ano passado, que pega suas energias em matrizes de pós punk (gringo e também nacional), o cara é fã de Legião Urbana, por exemplo, e acrescente aí, sheogaze, Bowie, Prince, e todo tipo de boa música produzida durante mais de 5 décadas de bons sons.

Um caldeirão sonoro, é o que pode definir a salada musical do Purepleaser, o que é altamente favorável para Bryan.

Experimente imediatamente.

***** Interview with Purepleaser *****

Q. When did Purepleaser start? Tell us about the history
… Purepleaser is me so, “when I was born?” seems a lil’ cheeky as a response; though on a headier level, sure. Purepleaser started when I lived in Brasil and taught myself how to play guitar. I was a drummer and a “ singer” but had so much going on in my brain in terms of musical ideas and hearing things that had yet to be created; sounds, soundscapes, etc. I began learning guitar on a classical guitar that meu irmao Brasileiro had; lots of Legiao Urbana, the Smiths, the Wedding Present, and lots of other English bands. Purepleaser officially began in 2001 when I found myself in California (I’m originally from Pennsylvania) and hadn’t anyone to collaborate with. I bought myself a digital 4-track and started “laying down” all of the music I had rattling in my brain at the time. I submitted and was subsequently featured on a Velvet Blue Records Unsigned Band compilation with an original track called , “Ladykiller”. (

Q: Who are your influences?
…My influences are fairly eclectic, ranging from hip hop, trip hop, shoegaze, punk, madchester, mostly English bands but artists that stand out are David Bowie, the Beatles, Legiao Urbana, De La Soul, Pink Floyd, Nenhum de Nos, the Smiths, the Wedding Present, Prince, Stone Roses, Chapterhouse, Psychedelic Furs, A Tribe Called Quest, the Cure & Cocteau Twins. Though, I must admit, as a child growing up in semi-rural Pennsylvania, at that time, my parents were getting into contemporary country rock and I absolutely hated it. Driving in the car with them was a nightmare. Once I was able to assert myself a bit more I would ask to change the radio station. Ultimately, we could all agree on the “oldies” station. So, the likes of “Doo-wop” and early 60’s rock had a profound impact on me.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time
… Pelo amor de deus! Detesto essa pergunta! If I have to pick only 5 albums then:
Purple Rain - Prince & the Revolution,
Abbey Road- the Beatles,
Combat Rock - the Clash,
Seamonsters- the Wedding Present,
Heaven or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins.

/////// Jesus & Mary Chain - Psycho Candy,
the Smiths - Louder than Bombs,
the Stone Roses - the Stone Roses,
De La Soul - 3 Feet High & Rising,
David Bowie - the Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust

(I grew up in a time of cassettes. So, it was very common to have two albums on one cassette; hence a list comprised of ten albums.)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
...I love playing live; very visceral reciprocal experience. I enjoy shifting/altering the environment and wrapping people up in soundscapes, imagery, and feeling. I used to get nervous. There was a show where I was now the “lead” guitarist or whatever for my friends “Sandra Black” (used to play drums) ( where my hands were shaking so bad that all of my quarter notes became eighth notes. But prior to playing live, I remind myself that people, myself included, get really weirded out and uncomfortable when people sing to them solely in a crowd of people. So, I tend to shine and blast faces. I’ve never really been into the whole rock & roll swagger, stuff your spandex with socks, type of approach. I’ve always much preferred the stylings of Bowie, Robert Smith, & Bjork: cute, playful, yet intense.

Q. How do you describe Purepleaser sounds?
 ...I don’t ever. That’s me being absolutely blunt about it. I only concern myself with creating Purepleaser sounds not describing them/it. I leave it to the listener. I can honestly say that I’m writing music for me. Any notion that I’m pandering can jog on.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
...Have you ever been on the dole or not able to grocery shop but hunger prevails so you head to your kitchen and use whatever you have available? That’s my process. This process also includes the eating and digesting of whatever was created in a bare bones pantry. I record everything from home. Modern technology is brilliant! 25 years ago, I had to work and save for what seemed like forever to get a 4 hour block of time in the studio; only to deal with a studio engineer that was running on 4 hours of sleep, hated you because he loved to hate stuff, and would take 20 minutes correcting an error that he made. Now, I wake up and glide over to my other lover; my computer. I love my computer. I play everything so it’s a lengthy process of adding, stripping, adding, stripping, etc. If there’s ever something that I want but am at a loss on how to achieve it, I’ll ask one of my besties, NIck, to write and record something.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
...Not sure how “new” these bands/artists are but the Veils, Shlohmo, Giraffage, Hospitality, Working for a Nuclear Free City, Hot Sugar, Clams Casino, Ela, Unholy Other, XXYYXX, Ex-Cops, and he’s a friend of mine but he goes by “Good Sport” ( I really dig what he creates.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
...I’m very keen on making covers. 2016 saw me release 4 singles all with cover versions. One of these days I’ll have the yarbles to cover Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones"

Q: What are your plans for the future?
...Continue being a conduit, continue finding happiness & balance, and write an album that makes it on someone’s “5 albums of all time” list.

Q: Any parting words?
...Why? Am I going somewhere?

Deja Vu with Jennifer - An Interview

Londres, 2015, psicodelismo, conexões sonoras com Screamadelica, BJM, Oasis, 60´s, ácido, viagens, tudo em doses desaceleradas pra que a viagem seja suave e duradoura, esta é a receita dos caras do Jennifer.

"Deja Vu" lançado ano passado é assim, um doce que deve ser saboreado debaixo da língua com os olhos fechados e lentamente, as cores dessa viagem vão passando uma a uma sem pressa, embaladas por aquele encantamento lisérgico saboroso.

Aprecie o Jennifer sem desespero e pressa, e boa viagem.

***** Interview with Jennifer *****

Q. When did Jennifer start? Tell us about the history...
- Jennifer started in 2015 after that Pier's ( vox, guitar) and Clod's (drummer) old band imploded.
Sean ( guitar ) joined few months later through common friends and after we sacked our old bass player we found Kam.

Q: Who are your influences?
- I like to think I'm more influenced by albums and not by bands. in general we sound probably very 90's and 60's. But I'm very naive, I like to think every song is different (which obviously isn't aha).

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
- It's really hard to decide for 5 but I would go for:
Definitely maybe by Oasis,
Revolver by the Beatles,
Velvet Underground and Nico by the VU,
Screamedelica by Primal Scream,
Moon Safari by Air.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
- We love playing live unfortunately in London it's very easy to be on the same bill of 3 completely different sounding bands which can be frustrating.

Playing live is the reason every band starts I would say. We definitely don't play enough live as I would want to, there are so many bands in London with a small amount of respectable venues where to play.

Q. How do you describe Jennifer sounds?
- As mentioned before our influences come from those 2 decades so definitely we have a bit of that.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
- We just go in the studio start with bass and drums and then lay the other instruments on top.
I want to try something different next time and record everything on top of my guitar guide track, I read Marc Bolan form T Rex used to use this technique.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
- LSD And The Search For God, I like them at the moment.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
- I love Fame by David Bowie, that would be my choice ... said this I hate covers, ahah I don't know any song by any other band .. what is the point anyway?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
- My plan for the future is to record an album in a week max probably in January, make some videos, promote it play live and then move the band to Los Angeles in the sunshine.

Q: Any parting words?
- Peace

sexta-feira, 20 de janeiro de 2017

Gender Balance with Pool Art - An Interview

Shoegaze em tonalidades épicas é o que melhor pode se dizer dos novatos ingleses do Pool Art.

Duas canções apenas que servem de aperitivo para o que os caras vão aprontar neste 2017, "Gender Balance" o mais recente single é descendente direto do ataque sônico sonhador do Ride, fase Nowhere, "Don´t Feed Me To Them" segue nas mesmas proporções eloquentes, com guitarras estridentes e sonhos sendo aniquilados a cada acorde, esta com influências sórdidas de APTBS.

Por hora o Pool Art é a revelação deste 2017 aqui no TBTCI. Olhos e ouvidos atentos neles.

***** Interview with Pool Art *****

Q. When did Pool Art start? Tell us about the history...
Scott: Last year, we'd been playing some more electronic influenced stuff and decided to go back to more stripped back raw live instrumentation. I'd neglected my guitar for too long, but I'm not a fan of traditional guitar sounds really so I like to run it through a lot of effects.

Q: Who are your influences?
Scott: It's a lot different these days where I find inspiration to write. I used to love records like 'Tin Cans With Strings To You' by Far but nowadays I'm probably more influenced by movies I see, articles I read and podcasts I listen to. I love the recent 'Alice Isn't Dead' podcast, made by the people who do 'Welcome To Night Vale'. Both of those podcasts have such a fascinatingly strange aura, created just with subtle music, a voice and some sound design. The soundtrack to Alice was incredible too, each episode ended with an original track.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Scott: Favourite and best are probably slightly different for me. It changes a lot, sometimes I grow to hate albums that I later learn to love again. I'm just gonna do from 2016 as it's ever changing:
Julianna Barwick - Will
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS
A Place To Bury Strangers - Transfixiation (might have been 2015 actually)
B Boys - No Worry No Mind
Mitski - Puberty 2

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Scott: I've been doing it with various bands for years but I still feel nervous, I doubt it will ever go and it probably fuels me more anyway. The strongest feeling though is pure unfiltered excitement, such a rush, it's addictive. I'd love to play longer sets in the future as its all over in a flash with 30 minute sets.

Q. How do you describe Pool Art sounds?
Scott: Lot's of people have been confused about what we're doing, but we don't mind, it's probably because we've never made a clear plan for how we want to sound. I listen to rain or ambient music in bed sometimes, that's something I've tried to create with guitar albiet in more volatile ways. I'm very interested in experimental noise making pedals, anything that can self oscillate or shriek without interaction, then it's about trying to retain some sort of control over it because I'm a big fan of strong melody too.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We're starting to get more interested in the spaces we record as this can have a huge influence over the songs, like the new EP we're doing partly in a warehouse and partly in an art gallery. We like to make decisions before recording, only to throw it out the window when things change in the recording environment. We look to create interest and intrigue within minimalist structures and that can involve capturing sounds from different places and introducing them subtly in a mix. For instance our first single 'Don't Feed Me To Them' starts with an insanely long time-stretch of a fire alarm I recorded on my phone. We're also quite selective about what we release, some songs that we've worked on a lot don't make the cut so no-one hears them.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We've seen some great ones in Manchester recently, False Advertising and MUMS are excellent noisy live bands, then Age of Glass do an awesome live dub-rave thing, we need to catch them again soon, it's been too long.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Animal Collective or Panda Bear, that'd be challenging.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're making an EP in the first quarter of 2017, then going to do loads of shows to spread the word. Hopefully we'll end up at some festivals too. It'd be great to play Kendal Calling, Sounds From the Other City, A Carefully Planned Festival or something like that.

Q: Any parting words?
Yeh, people are saying they can't understand the lyrics in our songs. Yes we do want to use that much reverb thank you very much, you're just not listening hard enough.

Our new EP will be due out later this year supported by some live shows.

Amber with Everything is made in China - An Interview

Max Fedorov é o único atual membro do ex trio russo Everything is made in China, um nome altamente curioso, aliás tudo soa exótico neste projeto.

O EIMIC, para os íntimos de novo não tem nada, já esta na ativa desde 2007, ano de lançamento do primeiro álbum, "4", depois da estreia mais dois discos, "Automatic Movement" de 2009 e "Amber" de 2013, todos seguindo uma lógica dançante/cerebral, evocando tanto dreampop como standarts clássicos como Heaven 17 e Human League.

Entre beats, loops, sonhos e devaneios o EIMIC prepara seu quarto álbum para 2017, e certamente deveremos receber outra carga de sonhos dançantes.

Se por ventura você não os conhece, siga o conselho do TBTCI, dê play e relaxe.

***** Interview with EIMIC *****

Q. When did EIMIC start? Tell us about the history...
1)Eimic was founded in 2005 in Moscow with the full band name Everything is made in China.In 2007 first album "4" was released and gained wide audience very fast. Later another two albums were released: "Automatic movements" in 2009 and "Amber" in 2013.

In 2017 EIMIC is going to release it's 4th album under its new official title EIMIC.

At first, Eimic was a three-piece band, but now it's one - member project. The coming album was mixed and co-produced by Russian producer Korney Kretov (aka Kapus).

Live shows are planned to be supported by famous Russian drummer Serge Govorun, well known from his project «MRV».

Q: Who are your influences?
2)Regarding things that inspire EIMIC, there are plenty of them both in literature, art and music. Jhon Coltrain or Flying lotus, Kamashi Washington or Chemical brothers, Fink or Can and many other.

In art these inspirations could be Magritte or Van Gogh, Schiele or Rothko, Malevich or Bosch.

There is also a long list of authors from different times and cultures that contributed greatly, here just few of them: Joseph Bodsky, Bob Dylan, Franz Kafka, Fedor Dostoevsky,Sergey Dovlatov, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the list could be much longe… It really hard to choose only one direction or a person when talking about inspiration . It's more like a unique stream of inspiration mixed and formed by different outstanding personalities and masterpieces.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3)Here is the list. Here should be 100 albums, but let's make it 5:
Beatles - Revolver
Radiohead - Kid a
Moderat - Moderat
Chemical Brothers - Surrender
The Doors - L.A. Woman

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4) A lot has changed in the recent years, but still we love to play live gigs. It is still electronic synths music with greater part of live touch and of course video art.Live shows are planned to be started in February 2017 in Moscow, then St' Petersburgh and other Russian cities and also in Europe in the upcoming summer.

Q. How do you describe EIMIC sounds?
5)Electronic synth music with the life touch. Songs with not typical view, I hope so. 
Rythm, mood and melody that's the formula that I try to follow.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6)The process of composing depends greatly on several issues. It's a kind of special chemistry happens in this moment but also a bigger part of hard work. There are some common ways of doing it, here are some. One way starts from the melody, vocal part supported by piano or the guitar and then comes the arrangement as the bigger part of work.

Another way of composing starts with an electronic loop, reef or arpeggio, then vocal part and after that again big part of arrangement.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7)On Russian stage these are: Gnoomes and Pinkshinyultrablast. The latest interesting discoveries were: D.d dumbo, Kamasi Washington, Kiasmos, Rival Consoles.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8)Trying to remember,what bands we want to cover, here are bands: Smashing Pumpkins, King krimson, Chemical brothers, Joy division, Broken social scene, Rival schools, No knife, Bjork.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9)First of all I'd like to finish everything for the upcoming album: music, production and everything for the cover and art. Album covers has always been an important part of EIMIC. And our new album has different covers for every single and tells a vision of metamorphosis in art that we regard very important in our days.

Art work is done by really interesting and talented disingers grup " The Bakery". And I really like what we have now. Soon everybody will see this story.

Q: Any parting words?
10)Thank you for your interest! I hope to see you once on EIMIC live show. Love music! Have fun!
Happy New Year!

quinta-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2017

I Will Get Numb with The Us

The Us soa estranho ou desconhecido a você? Talvez sim, caso você não esteja familiarizado com o que de realmente interessa no submundo dos bons sons de nosso país.

Após um grande hiato sem nos brindar com nada de novo, salvo, a participação, diga-se de passagem, fenomenal em dois tributos do TBTCI, (um para os Smiths e outro para o clássico e seminal Nevermind do Nirvana), os mineiros estavam devendo há algum tempo, e este algum tempo significa quase três anos depois da sublime estreia com o EP "Free Fall"

Mas, a tortuosa espera valeu a pena, já que o The Us já no primeiro dia útil do ano soltou "I Will Get Numb" como parte integrante da compilação em 4 volumes do TBTCI, a canção faz parte do álbum Violet, dedicado ao Dreampop e recebeu elogios, mais do que merecidos dos quatro cantos dos mundo.

E é justamente com "I Will Get Numb" que os mineirinhos apresentam o futuro EP, "Sky Was Open" ,que deve vir ao mundo entre Maio e Junho, e pra comemorar isso tudo, soltaram na terça feira dia 17, o vídeo da pérola em formato sonoro.

E obviamente que o TBTCI foi bater um papo com o The Us para decifrar o que são as belas e deliciosas imagens que contemplam perfeitamente a beleza e a magia adocicada da canção.

Sras. e Srs, "I Will Get Numb" pelos seus criadores.

"Gravado em fevereiro de 2015, o clipe é a estreia do baterista Pablo Campos como roteirista e diretor, que explora cores frias e sóbrias, muito embora o vermelho e o vinho apareçam como uma espécie de reconciliação dos afetos. Outro recurso utilizado é a intensidade da luz, que representa um misto de sonhos e lembranças. Também são constantes as cenas que envolvem sentidos como o tato, o paladar e a visão, evocando-os no expectador. No elenco, contamos com Emilly Peres Aluotto, a atriz Mitsi Coutinho e a vocalista Daysi Pacheco. Agradecemos imensamente à equipe composta por Joymar Castro, Dani Schmidt Wolff, Alessandra Carneiro de Mendonça e Miriam Borges. Nossos agradecimentos também a Lúcia e Lucimar Brasil, pela cessão do espaço para filmagem." 
- The Us

Drömmens skepp with Pink Milk - An Interview

Melancolia densa, clima cinzento e esfumaçado, é a receita do Pink Milk.

Ainda sem nenhum material oficial, os caras em três exercícios que evocam o pós punk corta pulsos de um Cure, fase Disintegration mesclando um certo ar épico a tudo isso.

Experimente "Detroit" ou a intensa "I Want To Know What Love Is", sim ela mesma, a música do Foreigner, hit dos 80´s, mas após elas, curve-se perante a crueza gélida de "Drömmens skepp" e tente sair ileso.

Aguardamos os próximos passos do Pink Milk.

***** Interview with Pink Milk *****

Q. When did Pink Milk start? Tell us about the history…
It started in 2015. We met up one night and played for 8 hours straight. It all just felt right, you know.

Q: Who are your influences?
Melancholic movies from the 80s and 90s.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Suicide- A way of life, 1988
the Cure- disintegration ,1989
Cough cool-29, 2013
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds- Let love in, 1994
The Smashing Pumpkins- mellon collie and the infinite sadness ,1995

Q. How do you feel playing live?
As long as there´s more darkness and smoke than visibility we feel fine!

Q. How do you describe Pink Milk´s sound?
Kemptation magazine described Pink Milk as: ”a chainsaw of ethereal guitar shatters the walls of glass as heavenly howls of vocals peak in the distance, a wolf before the moon.” That´s basically what we´re going for.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Like taming a crazy horse.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We mostly live in the past but we like Dirty Beaches for example.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We don´t work like that, if it happens it happens.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To drift and echo forever after death takes us away.

Q: Any parting words?
Don´t look back.

quarta-feira, 18 de janeiro de 2017

A Thousand Hands with Sextile - An Interview

Da mesma gravadora de nomes como Odonis Odonis, Soviet Soviet, Chasms, Au.Ra entre outros, vem o endemoniado Sextile.

Um álbum de estreia que remete a um certo pós punk escuro e esquizofrênico, por vezes evocando Bauhaus em outras a própria Batcave em peso.

"A Thousand Hands" é o nome do esporro psicótico dos caras, e confesso que há tempos não ouvia nada tão, digamos, teatralmente dark sem cair pro lado gótico extremo da coisa, pelo contrário, o Sextile, pega as guitarras de Daniel Ash, e as atualiza num caldeirão moderno e ao mesmo tempo saudosista que não há como ficar imune ao poderio dos caras.

Apenas um conselho, não deixe passar o Sextile de forma alguma, e escute alto bem alto, e claro, se possível num inferninho escuro e esfumaçado cheirando bebida e outras cositas mais.

***** Interview with Sextile *****

Q. When did Sextile start? Tell us about the history...
-Sextile really started after us playing a show at The Echo, everyone was playing different instruments at the time, and we were called another name. But, that first show got us signed to Felte, and from there we took a lot more seriously and began to focus on what Sextile is today.

Q: Who are your influences?
- There so many, spanning many different genres, especially between all the members. We all dig the same kind of music so Ill just name three for now. Cabaret Voltaire, Crash Course in Science, and 999.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Tough, I could go on forever. But ill just name some classics

David Bowie - Scary Monsters
The Velvet Underground - White Light/ White Heat
Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power
Brian Eno - Taking Mountain By Strategy
Front 242 - Geography

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I usually dont have time to think about it while im playing. but its the best

Q. How do you describe Sextile sounds?
Rhythm and Noise

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
For this new record coming out in 2017, it went demo, practice, and record. We found a friend willing to let us use his basement for two weeks and recorded the whole record, only paying for electricity.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Not really bands, but: Broken English Club and Marie Davidson

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We actually cover a Gods Gift song live and we recorded it for the new record. Not sure if its going to make it on the record but it will most likely be released as a single in 2017

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Releasing the next Sextile record in 2017, music videos and lots of shows

Q: Any parting words?
love one another

terça-feira, 17 de janeiro de 2017

Paper Stars with Cascadia Fault Line - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcus - Walking the ghost by James

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

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

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

Marcus - May your eyes be opened by the wonderful

Strange Fortune with ex-mothers - An Interview

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

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

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

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

Aumente e corrompa-se. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schizophrenic Afro-Beat

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

My best friends.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s a small playlist of Alex's favorite Brazilian Post-Punk songs that we made just for TBTCI:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fuck Trump! Thanks for the interview! (Dylan)

segunda-feira, 16 de janeiro de 2017

Tether with Blushing - An Interview

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

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

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

Simplesmente magnífico.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

domingo, 15 de janeiro de 2017

Year of the Field Mouse with Hollow Sidewalks - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

sábado, 14 de janeiro de 2017

Sunless with Floating Room - An Interview

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

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

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

Absolutamente indispensável.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maya: floating peacefully in chaos and space.

Alec: A spacey, sad but redemptive, trip.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our friend Taylor is making music as Being Awone that I am addicted to right now:

I saw this band Dolphin Midwives play recently and was immersed:

Alien Boy just put out a really good 7’ and Sonia is playing drums with us:

Kevin is about to release some new stuff and his music is consistently amazing and weightless:

Turtlenecked is almost the best new band in Portland (competing with Taylor for the crown):

Wagner beamed down a mysterious tape this year:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maya: self reflection usually helps

Alec: (¬‿¬)

Better Days with In Drift - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

sexta-feira, 13 de janeiro de 2017

Still with Mood Dye - An Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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