quarta-feira, 17 de dezembro de 2014

Wardance with Winkie - An Interview

O dia em que  Killing Joke, APTBS e Cure se encontrarem pra fazer uma jam certamente o resultado seria exatamente como a música do Winkie.

Densa, pesada, barulhento, arrastada e obscura, visões fantasmagóricas e cinzentas do cotidiano viriam a tona. O debute do ano passado One Day We Pretend to be Ghosts é tudo isso e muito mais angustiante e dá a sensação de caos profundo.

Depressivamente claustrofóbico e ao final estamos completamente a merce do mundo cruel do Winkie.

Absolutamente ACIMA.

***** Interview with Winkie *****

Q. When did Winkie starts, tell us about the history.-
Gina: This project started as a soundtrack project and evolved into a band when we realized we had a lot of material and an offer to play outside of our studio.

Peter: Yes, we contributed music to our friend’s (Paul Natale) short films and it evolved from there.

Q: Who are your influences?
P: Killing Joke, Thrush and The Cunts, Ladytron, Big Black, Depeche Mode, Bill Jacobson’s photography and Jim Jarmusch’s film Permanent Vacation.

G: Oliver Ackermann musically, Patricia Morrison visually.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time-
G: That's impossible! I always leave something out- Psychocandy, Loveless, Disintegration...You know, the usual suspects...

P: At this moment (a list like this changes all the time), my top five would include: Public Image Ltd.’s Flowers of Romance, Nico’s The End, A Place To Bury Strangers’ Exploding Head, Moebius & Beerbohm’s Strange Music, Siouxsie & The Banshees’ The Thorn.

Q. How do you fell playing live?
G: We put a lot of work into our live shows as we feel that it’s an integral part of WINKIE. I get extremely nervous before shows.

P: The moments leading up to a performance are the worst but once the music starts we’re either having the greatest time or going down in flames. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Q. How do you describe Winkie´s sounds?
G: Not as bleak and depressing as people say it is. Ok maybe sometimes it is, but not all the time.

P: Atmospheric. Also, drowning, suffocation and claustrophobic can accurately describe the sound we are trying to achieve.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
G: We build on sounds. Separately. Sometimes it's a bass line. Sometimes it's a random buzzing sound coming from the TV. Peter usually fashions them into a cohesive song instead of an hour of jumbled sounds. We don't really have a set schedule for writing and recording. We kind of record things on a whim individually and go from there.

P: Either Gina or I will begin with a sound, drumbeat… and then take turns building up and tearing down layers sound until we feel the song is completed.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?

P: Not necessarily new — a few bands you should listen to: Vows, Vaniish, Prima Primo, Bestial Mouths, Bootblacks, Chasms and Ritual Howls!

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
G: Covers are rarely as good as the original- although RevCo's Rod Stewart cover is pretty awesome.

P: At one show we covered Love and Rockets… maybe we should do that again?

Q: What´s the plans for future....
G: New album. Hopefully. Getting blonder.

P: Releasing a new album, pushing our live visuals even further, making our live shows even louder and touring.

Q: Any parting words?
G: “All our life is spent in this permanent brainwashed contempt.” - Jack Dangers

P: “Bring on the wave.” - Andrew William Harvey Taylor


Sound of Confusion with The Scrap Dealers - An Interview

Garageira psicodélica barulhenta da Bélgica, sim sim, cortesia do The Scrap Dealers que meio sem querer chegou ao conhecimento deste que vos escreve e sugiro que chegue até o seu.

Porque o conteúdo aqui é inflamável, pegajoso e é coisa pra sair chutando tudo pela frente, guitarras altas, psicodelia rasgada, barulhenta e esporrenta no melhor estilo Stooges.

O debute homônimo saiu há exato um mês atrás, então corre que tá mais que na hora de expurgar coisa ruim, e um bom remédio certamente é o Scrap Dealers.

***** Interview with The Scrap Dealers *****

Q. When did Scrap Dealers starts, tell us about the history...
The Scrap Dealers is born in 2012, we're very good friends since a long time and we play music together for several years.

Q: Who are your influences?
We have many influences! 60's raw sound, punk, shoegaze, some psychedelic and alternative stuff!

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Their satanic majesties' second request by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Sound of confusion by Spacemen 3
Modern rock by The Clean
Return to the 36 chambers by Ol' Dirty Bastard
Tangerine dream by Kaleidoscope (UK)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love to play on stage!!! It's a fucking good sensation, we deport our hatred, we give all that we have. Sometimes it becomes hypnotic, we forget we're on stage. Most of the time it's even better than sex (my opinion).

Q. How do you describe Scrap Dealers´ sounds?
We started The Scrap Dealers as a garage rock band. Now our music has evolved to turn into a kind of noisy and psychedelic monster while keeping the sense of melody. However garage influences are still there for some songs. We are inspired by many kinds of sounds from the 60's to the 90's.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We do not work in a real studio, we have recorded the first 7" and the first lp at home. We record all the instruments at the same time and after we put some overdubs on the tracks. we do not use click!!! We have already recorded the second lp in the same way but this time it was in a haunted house in the middle of nowhere.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
The Tubs, Mountainbike, Moaning Cities, The Glucks, Double Veterans. All these bands are from Belgium! I also recommend Bazooka great garage band from Greece with two drummers !!!

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We made "not if you were the last dandy on earth" of the BJM for a while but not anymore! Actually we don't really like that.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Record many albums, Turn around the world, have fun, get married, divorce and become monks.

Q: Any parting words?
Stay true!
Thanks guys

terça-feira, 16 de dezembro de 2014

The Colour Of Spring with Orange Yellow Red - An Interview

Shoegazer, dreampop, perfect pop, enfim, quem se importa com rótulos? Basicamente servem apenas como um norte para o que estamos dispostos a conhecer certo? Certo e errado, depende do ponto de vista, o ponto é que quando se depara com um álbum com a grandiosidade do A Rose Made of Galaxies do Orange Yellow Red tudo tende a tornar-se meros adjetivos porque o que acontece nos pouco mais de quarenta minutos de audição é uma verdadeira salvação da alma.

Nuances de todos os rótulos escritos acima existem e não há como negar é óbvio, só que há a eloquente beleza e sedução do OYR. O disquinho é tão soberbo que a Saint Marie Records o pegou e o reeditou recentemente numa edição luxuosa em vinil, um artefato que é uma verdadeira obra de arte.

Justo, porque A Rose Made of Galaxies é exatamente como o título sugere, uma rosa feita para as galaxias, só depende do seu estado de espírito para seguir o caminho que quiser. 

Simplesmente acima.

***** Interview with Orange Yellow Red *****

Q. When did Orange Yellow Red starts tell us about the history...
Around 2008. I wrote/produced music for other people. I also wrote albums of my own music that were never released and Emma sang on some of them but I never had time to do anything with them. Emma and I were in relationship that had come to an end but we still carried on writing music together.. It was a difficult and intense time emotionally but we knew we had something special musically.. So somehow through this we carried on. I put some demos on myspace and the positive reaction was overwhelming..with that came offers from various record labels which gave us the confidence to make and finish the album that became the Saint Marie Records release 'A Rose Made of Galaxies’.

Q: Who are your influences?
Really any music that is real and has a soul to it. We like pop music and melody, but not too throwaway I suppose..I like the layers of a record to slowly reveal themselves over repeated listening..sometime years of listening!

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Pet Sounds - Beach Boys
Magazine - Correct Use Of Soap
The Cure - Head On The Door/Pornography
Radio Dept. - Pet Grief
Talk Talk - The Colour Of Spring

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
We love to play live but we don't get enough opportunity to do it unfortunately.

Q. How do you describe Orange Yellow Red´s sounds?
People have categorised it as ‘dreampop' or ‘shoegaze’ and that’s fine, but we never thought of it in those terms at all ourselves. To us it is just pop music with soul and some kind of depth and complexity…just like the music we like…hopefully.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
All our music is self-recorded in our own studio which is a converted train carriage on the beach by the sea. We demo it then I(Philip) usually lay down the drum tracks first and then we build on the top of it till its finished. We record the old way, with tape machines and recorders rather than computers..not that we are against computers..just not the way we find conducive to get to a pleasing result.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
We loved The Invisible's last album(Rispah). Buy it!

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Oh that would have to be toss up between Killing Joke and Abba!

Q: What´s the plans for future….
Just finished a track for the new Saint Marie Record compilation entitled ‘Static Waves 3’ which is due for release very soon and, the limited vinyl edition of our album “A Rose Made of Galaxies’ is also available now on the same label. Hopefully more new recordings and playing live next year.

Q: Any parting words?
Come and visit us at Facebook.com/orangeyellowred all welcome!


When The Sun Hits with Lunaire - An Interview

Momento de sonhos e viagens introspectivas no TBTCI cortesia dos australianos do Lunaire e seu debute com o auto explicativo título Dreams and Inbetweens, uma odisseia regada a paisagens de auto reflexivas e de imersões contínuas em ambientações de plena calmaria e contemplação.

Obviamente que o shoegazer clássico é a fonte de inspiração para o Lunaire porém lapidado e cuidadosamente esculpido para os tempos atuais.

Tecer maiores explicações tornam-se desnecessárias a partir do momento que o play é dado, então, termino por aqui.

***** Interview with Lunaire *****

Q. When did Lunaire start, tell us about the history...
Sam Lachie and I all grew up together and started playing in garages and a converted library turned music room after school hours under a range of names and styles with some great friends.
Eventually in 2010 we had the first Lunaire songs and decided to make a new band while releasing a dodgy demo and recording it ourselves due to poor experiences with studios in the past and student bank accounts.

Surprisingly it was shared around a bit and our buddies Airs picked it up and invited us to do a split with them. It was because of this that we went further into the DIY aesthetic and it pushed us to work as a band even though we weren't particularly ready to.

After, we became a four piece when Nick joined the band on bass and have since recorded an ep and an album.

Some highlights include bringing out Japanese post-rockers Presence of Soul and Yawning and supporting Swervedriver last year.

We've done this while sharing a house together in Melbourne and completing various bachelors and masters degrees at university.

Q: Who are your influences?
I guess the obvious ones that don't need to be named dropped anymore. We grew up in a beautiful town and naturally gravitated to ethereal and emotional music. The kind of music where you sit in your room feeling sad and introspective or just want to soundtrack your nature walks.

A part from shoegaze and dream pop we are influenced by post-punk, jangle pop and post-rock/metal artists.

Basically anything with an atmosphere from hipster black metal to Japanese groups like Boris, Mono and Envy etc. As we got older literature and film began to play a bigger role in influencing and developing our themes as well.

 I think it's a good thing when you find it hard to completely pigeon hole a band and it's not like we need any more cookie cutter shoegaze bands anyway.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
In no particular order and for the context of the band...

Disintegration - The Cure
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – The Smashing Pumpkins
Frengers – Mew
The Queen is Dead – The Smiths
Souvenirs d’un autre monde – Alcest

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We’ve always enjoy playing live as we have a greater range of options and material to draw from to express the band.

Depending on who we’re playing with and how we’re feeling our sets can be quite different.
When playing with heavy or post bands we’ll rip out our longer intense tracks. Playing with gaze or 90’s influenced bands we’ll be a poppy haze of noise. Whoever we’re playing with and whatever the context of the show we give it everything we’ve got and try to make all the other bands look like amateurs.

It’s not like we don’t want to be mentioned in the same sentence, it’s just that every band should play like they’re the best band in the world even if the title doesn’t exist or matter.

Q. How do you describe Lunaire´s sound?
This is hard for us because our releases (past and upcoming) are so varied from each other. Of course there are major similarities but we’ve never wanted to repeat ourselves. I’m more interested in how other people describe and interpret our sound. Basically I would say we’re dreamy and emotive.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Recording our music takes us a really long time. Because we do it ourselves there’s no set time frame we have to stick to. Generally we record the drums first with guide tracks then add bass and layers upon layers of guitars and other things before vocals are added at the end.

Vocals are always last because I put of writing lyrics like I put of writing essays. Always changing and modifying things while scrawling through a mountain of my writing for passages that could fit. I’m not a poet but I feel there’s nothing worse than bad lyrics. We mix as we go and eventually Lachie takes the files we’ve been working on and cleans them up while we revise with each other. Finally the local and best sound wizard Nao Anzai masters them through a tape machine and gives us feedback.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Basically all the bands on China’s Maybe Mars music label and Australian bands Roku Music, The Rational Academy and Lachie’s band Airling. Also I was listening to Quiet Steps while writing this and they’re amazing.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
When we were in high school we covered The Cure and I’d love to cover them again now that we’re older and better at playing our instruments.

Q. What´s the plan for the future....
We’re two out of three tracks down on an upcoming self-contained ep. The music is longer and darker due to some personal experiences throughout the year. Other than that we have so much backed up music that deserves to be shared. We’re hoping to release the ep I mentioned earlier, a fuzzy 90’s ep, a jangle pop single, a split, the true first album we never got around to working on and maybe some video’s.

Q: Any parting words?
We really appreciate the interview so thanks reading.


segunda-feira, 15 de dezembro de 2014

Deathconsciousness with Weird - An Interview

E novamente a Itália volta as páginas do TBTCI dessas vez com Weird, um trio caótico em andamentos lentos e soterrados imersos a um barulho denso e escuro.

Desert Love for Lonely Graves o debute dos caras de 2013 é algo como se o Swans estivessem surgido no auge do shoegazer. Arrastado e angustiante, o Weird impressiona pela profunda capacidade de tornar o barulho de suas músicas em momentos de tensão desesperadora. Um disco doentio e maravilhosamente negro.

Não a toa que os caras adoram o Have a Nice Life, porque a tendência suicida é idêntica só que muito mais gazer.

E vem o segundo álbum no início de 2015 e desde já o TBTCI está mais do que ansioso.

Por hora adentre ao psicótico universo do Weird e exorcize seus fantasmas.

***** Interview with Weird *****

Q. When did Weird starts, tell us about the history...
Weird. starts around autumn 2011 with me writing new music after the split of my previous band. In that period I discovered shoegaze et similia and fell in love with it so the songs developed with certain sounds in my head (very reverbered). The line up was soon completed with Matteo D'Argenio on bass (replaced by Giovanni Romano in may 2013) and Massimiliano Pecci (a long time friend of mine) on drums. We bought a cheap drumset and began to play, writing and experiment in my practice space until we recorded our first record "Desert Love for Lonely Graves" in the summer of 2012, then released it on january 2013.

Q: Who are your influences?
Just some names in random order:

Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Have A Nice Life, Slowdive, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, Swans, The Black Angels, True Widow, Verdena, Radiohead, The Flaming Lips..

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Impossible question, but these are five of the most important albums for me (as a musician and as human being)

Have A Nice Life - Deathconsciousness
Pink Floyd - The Wall
The Cure - Pornography
Slowdive - Souvlaki
A Place to Bury Strangers - Exploding head

Q. How do you fell playing live?
Feeling "complete" and feeling "I'm-not-really-here", at the same time, maybe. Hard to explain.

Q. How do you describe Weird´s sounds?
I think it's very hard to describe sounds in general, even harder if I speak of our own sounds. Every listener will have a different idea of a sound, the same thing happens with lyrics. That's the best part of the game.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I usually write music and lyrics by myself, I start from a riff, a simple chords progression or even a particular sound and then I try different melodies singing random words. Rarely I start from lyrics, but sometimes it happens.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Some names from the world: Wreck and Reference, Torres, Tristen..

And some italian bands: Soviet Soviet, Be Forest, Electric Superfuzz, Inesatto, Sadside Project, Lantern, Havah..

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Have A Nice Life, without a doubt. It will happen.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Playing live the more as possible, in Italy and (hopefully soon) outside Italy. Of course the new album will be out in the first months of 2015.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for your interest and please check out our new single "Infinite Decay" at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXSnLmg05mM, and download it for free at: weird1.bandcamp.com


Exploding Head with Spectres - An Interview

Guitarras altas, mortíferas a serviço da destruição de todos os tímpanos possíveis, noise gratuito, música ruidosa para amantes da distorção.

APTBS, SY, MBV, J&MC, e tudo que vocês possam imaginar em termos de wall of sound esta inserido na música do Spectres.

O recém lançado Where Flies Sleeps pela cultuada Sonic Cathedral é um disco pra enlouquecer os neurônios e pra desgraçar de vez a bunda molice do imperante rock indie. Um massacre colossal de barulho e mais barulho, um disco pra manter sempre por perto pra exorcização diária e continua de besteirol musical.

Simplesmente ACIMA.

***** Interview with Spectres *****

Q. When did Spectres starts, tell us about the history...
We formed at the end of 2009, in a small town in North Devon. We didn't fit in so spent the next couple years trying to escape it. We moved to Bristol in 2011 and found likeminded bands and people that actually liked our music. After a slight lineup change we spent 2012 honing our sound and playing shows. In 2013 we released our EP "Hunger" on Howling Owl Records and started being offered bigger and better shows. This year has been our busiest yet, we've made our album, toured the UK, played festivals and signed to the Sonic Cathedral record label.

Q: Who are your influences?
Collectively we are influenced by noisey, harsh, discordant, unorthadox, independant, DIY kind of bands and artists. Sonic Youth, Mogwai, A Place To Bury Strangers.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
A Place To Bury Strangers - Exploding Head
Sonic Youth - Dirty
Settlefish - Dance A While, Upset
Swans - The Seer
Mogwai - Young Team

Q. How do you describe Spectres´ sounds?
It's like a Bull in a rodeo. We're riding this wild, aggressive, uncomprimising sound of noise, feedback and rhythm, pushing it to it's limit and just about staying in control, trying not to get thrown off.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded our album live, all playing together in the same small room, with a few extra over dubs. It's the only way we know really. We brought the songs to the studio fully formed, we only had a couple days to get it all recorded so we didn't spend time writing in the studio.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend
The Naturals, Oliver Wilde, Youth Man, Velcro Hooks.....Spector

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We are actually releasing a split single with Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, who we toured with earlier this year. We recorded one of their tracks and they recorded one of ours.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Our album will be released on next year, on Sonic Cathedral. We will be touring the UK and Europe through February, March and April...

Q: Any parting words?
Life is life. Drink too slow and you go red.


sábado, 13 de dezembro de 2014

Break My Body with Metric Noise - An Interview

E a Dinamarca ataca novamente, dessa vez encharcado de muralhas de guitarras e muito de SY e Pixies.

Caminhando entre o noise e as guitar bands, o Metric Noise joga na nossa cabeça em seu novo EP Breaks Heat Control sua adoração completa pela Surfer Rosa, arrasador em suas quatro faixas e muito mais muito pop, os caras meio que seguem a tendência abertura pelo Autolux e seguida por gente como o Creepoid.

O Metric Noise pode virar sua mais nova banda do coração.

***** Interview with Metric Noise *****

Q. When did Metric Noise star. Tell us your the history...
Metric Noise was formed around the year 2000 by drummer Kristian and guitarist/vocalist Christoffer E. By that time the two had already played together for several years under various names and played most of the Copenhagen venues. The ambition was to play fast, play loud and avoid clichés both lyrically and musically. The band put out their debut album “Racing Laps Of Distortion” in 2004 and a year later they stood on stage at the Roskilde Festival. In 2008 the second album “Future From Sand” was released. The album was made in collaboration with the produceres behind bands like The Raveonettes and Junior Senior and was well received by the press especially in Germany. In 2010 the EP “Breaks Heat Control” was put out as a free download, celebrating the bands 10 year anniversary and Metric Noise supported When Saints Go Machine on Stairway Festival the same year. In 2012 Mette joined the band adding bass and backing vocals. An EP called “What Is To Come After This” is about to released very soon.

Q: What are your influences?
The members of Metric Noise have very different background musically as drummer; Kristian is out of the Death Metal scene, Mette out of Jazz and folk and Christoffer out of punk and american noise rock. The band has been compared to bands like Jane’s Addiction, Sonic Youth and Joy Division.

Q. Make a list of your all time 5 albums!
We would consider that impossible, but here’s 5 albums that means a lot:
The Cure - Disintegration
Sonic Youth - Sister
Nirvana - Nevermind
The Ramones - Ramones
Peril Dance -Released

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Metric Noise is a live band and the energy level on the instruments leaves you no doubt about the enthusiasm behind the project. Still the band creates dynamic sets for their shows letting people relax and enjoy crooked chords and downtempo beats before returning to new energy explosions.

Q. How would you describe Metric Noise's sound?
The sound is both in your face and at the same time filled with space leaving room for details and lyrics.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
For Metric Noise there’s no formula on how to create new material. Sometimes tracks evolve from rehearsing and sometimes recording ideas right when they come to mind creates the foundation. The new material came to life by recording in layers, adding stuff untill it seemed right.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
If you need a band to love at first “sight”, we would strongly recommend “Soviet Soviet”. If you need a band that’ll grow on you, you might wanna give “Dinner” a chance..

Q: Which bands would you love to cover ?
Well we already covered Samantha Fox, The Ramones, The Pixies and Joan Jet. We might wanna do some Spandau Ballet one day.

Q: What are your plans for the future….
The plan is to put out the new EP, tour the world and live forever. That being said, we also have plans on recording new material shortly.

Q: Any parting words?
Hope that people reading this will take the time to listen to our music. Knowing that our work means something to someone other than ourselves is priceless.


Man-Amplified with Seacrypt - An Interview

Cold wave, new wave com pitadas dark são as credenciais do Seacrypt em seus dois trabalhos A Momentary Rift de 2012 e Seekers deste ano, em ambos a busca pelo obscuro sintétizado, sendo que o debute é mais negro e sofisticado com camadas e mais camadas de synths em comparação com o mais recente Seekers.

O que também é apenas um detalhe de percurso, porque em Seekers a a cold wave torna-se mais tribal e caminho para direções mais minimais.

O Seacrypt é daquelas bandas que demonstram que os 80´s jamais perdem força.

***** Interview with Seacrypt *****

Q. When did Seacrypt starts, tell us about the history…
Paul : in 2010 Chelsea called me up and her, Michael and I started messing around with this synthesizer called the Prophet 5 at Michael's studio, in Oakland. I was leaving from San Francisco to live up north a just month or so after we started hanging out in a musical way. We'd known each other for years, but had never done music together. I'd seen Michael perform a bunch with his ritual-techno group Nommo Ogo and had been around Chelsea in many artistic ways too. I'd never
really recorded before but Michael does some ninja-shit in the studio.

Michael: It started as a very loose process of multitracking the Prophet 5 in the studio, making little songs, and developed into a long distance songwriting collaboration between Paul and Chelsea and
I. Paul and I will woodshed some patterns back and forth, and he and Chelsea will write lyrics, and then I will mix and polish things up. The whole long distance process makes it take a great deal of time, but we have been able to make it work via a steady amount of travel back and forth between Portland and Oakland.

Q: Who are your influences?
Michael : We have a fairly wide range of influences, but we never consciously try to make derivitive music. Sonically, in relation to Seacrypt : November Novelet, Makina Girgir, Martin Dupont, A Blaze Color, Wermut, The Knife, Depeche Mode, New Order, Ende Sneafliet, Tones on Tail, and (of course) Kraftwerk are all inspirations, although I'd say we don’t really sound like any of
those projects. …

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Michael :
Too many to narrow down! 5 that have stuck with me though off the top
of the head:
Clock DVA - Man-Amplified
Chris Carter - The Space Between
Popol Vuh - Nosferatu Soundtrack
Dr C. Stein - Plays for You
Coil - Music to Play in the Dark 1 +2

Q. How do you feel about playing live?
Michael : We eventually want to make this a live project, have gotten a few offers to play but it has never been the right time. Its a very studio driven project, so we would have to figure out some way of playing the songs live. It is definitely a goal of ours.

Q. How do you describe Seacrypt sounds?
Michael : Our first release, "A Momentary Rift" was a bit more murky and washed out sounding overall, due to many many layers of old polysynths combined with alot of analog processing (spring reverb tanks, BBD deleays etc). Our current sound i would say is more clean, bright and simple. I tend to stick with more “classic” drum machinesounds with this project, using a variety of old Roland drum machines and some simple synthesis.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Michael: Its a very long and slow process, punctuated with brief bursts of strange productiveness….
We write alot of material, but tend to only finish off the more “high energy” tracks. We have quite a few more ambient / quiet tracks that remain in the vaults...

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Michael : Max and Mara, Zanna Nera, Blablarism, Silent Girlfriend, Hesperius Draco, Imago Ignota , Mynationshit, Visonia, Bruta Non Calculant, Distel -----to name just a few! Lots of good music right
now. Also all projects related to the Katabatik kult : Scott Arford , the Vivid , Dimentia , RMS , Exillon et al.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Michael: I would not want to really cover songs except for possibly doing in a live set, am mostly opposed to the idea of covers unless the song being covered is in a radically differing style…. exposing a different dimension to the song.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Paul : We're making a new album for the future- it should be out sometime in 2015. Also, we'd love to tour around Europe at some point.

Q: Any parting words?
Michael : Check out our last LP “Seekers” on Falco Invernale Records, a really excellent label in France. We have recently released a video of one of the songs on that record:
"The Messenger": http://youtu.be/wKSAxwx2QdY?list=UUPA1RdKuhf7tp2z56tSN1Rg
And thanks for your interest in our project!


sexta-feira, 12 de dezembro de 2014

The Fairest of the Seasons with Teething Veils - An Interview

A complexidade da sonoridade do Teething Veils cria atmosferas tão distintas e obtusas que a audição de seu mais recente trabalho lançado pela Etxe Records o álbum Constallations contém teoricamente apenas duas músicas a faixa título e Dimmer, muito adiante do que se costuma dizer ou chamar de post rock o Teething Veils mescla e associa John Cage, John Cale, La Monte Young, No Wave, Neubauten, Throbbing Gristle, shoegazer, pós punk e consegue destoar de tudo isso abstraindo-se sobre qualquer tipo ou tentativa de rótulo.

A experiência de se ouvir Constellations é poderosa, o que aparentemente é uma única música na realidade é uma peça musical com vários atos, perversa, sútil, negra, fantasmagórica e deveras triste. Certamente Nick Cave e Blixa Bargeld gostaria de poder tê-la composto.

Música feita por e para gente grande, um dos álbuns do ano para o TBTCI.

***** Interview with Teething Veils *****

Q. When did Teething Veils start, tell us about the history...
Greg: Teething Veils took on that name in 2006, but its origins go back to at least 1999, when I was looking through a catalog from a Marisol Escobar exhibition and saw two wall pieces, “M.Marisol” and “Veil.” She’s better known for her woodblock and plaster sculptures of political and pop culture figures that she made in the 60s, though by the early 70s much of her work had evolved dramatically into these multiple series of introspective, self-examining, often unsettling works on paper and smaller sculptures. “Veil” has a mold of her face surrounded by text that reads like the small-talk that people make at art openings, but her eyes are closed and her hair is in matted clumps. I read it as self-preservation and living on one’s own terms regardless of social roles and expectations. “M.Marisol” is another wall piece, a face with closed eyes and razor-sharp teeth. When I was writing songs for my former band The Antiques, there was one called “Chutes and Ladders” which is about getting away from the world and taking refuge in art, books, movies, and music, and the line in the song ‘kissing a teething veil’ is about the intimacy of our relationships with these things.

Fast-forward a few years to 2006, and I began making barer recordings of Antiques songs outside of the band, and gave these recordings the name “Teething Veils.” The name is related to a hybrid of those two Marisol wall pieces, but more generally the name is about how songs grow from conception onward. The songs are ‘veils’ because they give their wearer or writer choices of what we reveal or conceal. My story, in each song, is only one telling among countless others. I may even have a very different telling of it on a different day or in a different year. The song at one stage is set into stone as a recording, but the world continues to move and we change and view our own writing through a different lens. So, “veils” is also to acknowledge that another person who lived the song will likely have a different telling of it, and will be able to choose to reveal and conceal different elements of the same story. The songs are “teething” partly because of how young they are when they’re usually recorded, and how they continue to grow long after being recorded. Growing their own teeth lets them feed themselves with somewhat less help from the people who birthed them. Teeth are for feeding, but they’re also for protection from predators, and they’re also for speech and communication.

But I didn’t write the first Teething Veils ‘original’ songs until 2009. By the end of 2011, I’d written our first album “Velorio” and it was clear that there was no possibility that I would want to record this music on my own, so we formed a band to make the record, and that evolved into a live band to play shows, and a variation of the band made the second album “Constellations,” and now that we’re readying ourselves to make the third album, we seem to be in a place of momentum with our cello/viola/guitar trio for the shows we’ve been playing lately, and with the larger 7-piece band who are making the next album.

Alexia: I was invited to record on Velorio in the beginning of 2012, which started my journey with Teething Veils, though I'd collaborated musically with Greg for years previously. We first met in 2004 when we played in a synth rock band called Soft Complex, and remained friends ever since.

Hannah: I have known Greg since 2005, or so, when I was playing drums in a band called School, and he was in The Antiques, and we would sometimes go to each other's shows.

Q: Who are your influences?
Greg: However much anyone’s been an influence is better judged by others, but I do know whose output has been the most important for me over the longest stretches of time. For their songwriting: Kristin Hersh, Phil Elverum, Leonard Cohen, Francoise Hardy, Tom Waits, Morrissey, Paul Weller. For their building of recordings: Phil Spector, The Bomb Squad, Joe Meek. For their playing: Johnny Marr, Kristin Hersh, Emma Anderson, Neil Young, Nina Diaz, Jacqueline du Pre. For their singing: Timi Yuro, Edith Piaf, Neil Young, Ronnie Spector, Dusty Springfield, Judy Garland. For their whole approach to making things: Marisol Escobar, Kate Chopin, Henry Darger, Saint Orlan.

Hannah: Dogs and cats, Studio Ghibli, Kate Bush, R. Stevie Moore, The Incredible String Band, Freakwater, Xiu Xiu, Michael Gira, Kathleen Hanna, James Kochalka, Sleater-Kinney guitar riffs, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, New Wave, Doom, and Paul Hindemith.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Alexia: My answer to that could change depending on the day and mood, and it's really hard for me to say a top 5 at all (I'd rather do a top 20)... but for this moment I'll say Bjork Homogenic, The Knife Silent Shout, Jacqueline Dupre Favourite Cello Concertos, Nirvana Nevermind, Radiohead Hail to the Thief. Basically if I can think of an album and vividly feel how I felt when I first heard it, like a wave washing over me, that is powerful to me. This list is really a lot longer.

Greg: The Smiths The Queen is Dead, Kristin Hersh Hips and Makers, Pulp This is Hardcore, The Ronettes Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica, The Pogues If I Should Fall From Grace With God (which is all-even with The Microphones The Glow Pt. II and Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet).

Hannah: I had a hard time choosing so here are some "random" favs out of my top 50 or so. Diane Cluck Oh Vanille, Mount Eerie Lost Wisdom, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti House Arrest, The Visitations Conundrum Tree, Magnetic Fields i, Archers of Loaf All The Nations Airports, Earth Angels of darkness, Demons of light I & II, We are Hex Hail The Goer.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Alexia: Playing live with the current formation of Teething Veils (cello, guitar, viola) is a relatively new experience, but really nice. It is intimate, introspective, delicate, energizing.

Greg: Highly anxious and extremely comfortable.

Hannah: Thirsty.

Q. How do you describe Teething Veils´ sound?
Greg: This is best described by others who have a better perspective on what they’re hearing than I do, but my best guess is that we’re a chamber pop band who sometimes take our time in getting to the point.

Hannah: Dark chamber pop.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Greg: It’s changing. Making our first album Velorio, we kept a light-hearted atmosphere through most of the recording, eating well and hydrating, documenting this rather lengthy body of songs. There were a dozen people making that album. What was remarkable to me was how every last person involved maintained a level of enthusiasm that made it easy to move the recording along. We recorded the drums before anything else, and then continued with the foundation from there, layering the songs brick by brick. We worked on it for a fairly long period of time, starting on December 24 and ending on July 28, though a lot of that time was spent either waiting for our lives and schedules to line up so we could pick up where we’d left off, or solving technical troubles with the equipment. The actual recording days were fairly smooth. A smaller group of us made our second album Constellations over the course of a few days. Our third album is now written, and a band of seven of us are practicing the songs and finding how we want to present them. Rather than building it piece by piece like we did with “Velorio,” our plan is to record it largely live as a band. This will also be the first time that we’ve recorded outside of Empress of Sound, our home practice and recording space. We’re beginning to iron out those details.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
Alexia: Well a few newer DC bands that I love listening to are Foul Swoops (http://foulswoops.bandcamp.com/), Black Hills (http://blackhillsblack.bandcamp.com/releases), GEMS (http://www.gems-band.com/) and Coup Sauvage & the Snips (http://www.coupsauvage.com/).

Greg: There are a number of newer bands in DC who I’m really fond of. Warm Sun (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Warm-Sun/1423569364568676), Frankie and Betty (https://www.facebook.com/FrankieBetty), The Red Fetish (http://alejandrocastano.bandcamp.com/), Ice Kittens (https://soundcloud.com/icekittens/), The Effects (https://theeffects.bandcamp.com/), and Harness Flux (https://soundcloud.com/johnnymetro-1/sets/harness-flux) are my favorites of the past year.

Hannah: DC band Heavy Breathing (http://www.heavybreathing.net)

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Hannah: I'm hugely into covering Galaxie 500 songs.

Alexia: I really love Nico and The Velvet Underground. I could see us doing a beautiful arrangement of "The Fairest of the Seasons."

Greg: I’d like to touch on certain Into Another songs, for the ideas and how they unfold so cinematically.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Alexia: We're planning to make a video soon, and working on parts and arrangements for our next album.

Greg: We’re starting to get comfortable and settle into the songs for our next album. We were just getting to know one another musically when we made Velorio and Constellations, but now we have this familiarity with each other and we’re getting to know these songs more as a group, and the songs are growing somewhat differently because of that. Instead of growing all our own plants and showing up to meet each other at the terrarium at the 11th hour, this time we’re using the same sod in the same place at the same time and growing our plants slowly.

Q: Any parting words?
Greg: Thank you, Renato, for taking the time to talk with us.


Last Train To Satansville with Narrow Head - An Interview

Imagine um cruzamento doentio entre Siouxsie and The Banshees e Swervedriver via Nirvana.

Esses malucos do Narrow Head me soam basicamente isso, um grunge noise dark acelerado por vezes em outras nem tanto, mas é o ponto de sustentação do Ep Far Removed lançado lá no início do ano e que chega com alguns meses de atraso aqui no TBTCI.

Todavia antes atrasado do que deixar passar despercebido a potência do Narrow Head, noise cerebral e escuro, pra agradar (ou não) aos diversos fãs de suas matrizes.

A mim, agradou e muito, e quem venha mais.

***** Interview with Narrow Head *****

Q. When did Narrow Head starts, tell us about the history...
Q1: Jacob: Narrow Head started early summer of 2013. It's a weird story actually, it was more of an idea than a band at first. I lived in Houston and I would drive to Dallas to practice/record. I was sort of sketched out about the whole driving from 4 hours just to write songs, but i quickly got over that. It wasn't really until our first show when it clicked to me that this was a band and I wanted to push it as hard as I could. I met Ryan through the hardcore scene and I think we were both at a point in our lives where we grew bored of what was happening around us. Hardcore was getting boring and we wanted to do something new. We wanted to be different. me and Ryan have always seemed to be on the same page about things which is why this band started in the first place. Or at least that's my take of it.

Ryan: Yeah, at first it sketched all of us out with the 4 hr drive between cities but none of us even think about that anymore. Texas has seemed to grow smaller in the last year.

Q: Who are your influences?
Q2: Jacob: There's so many artist and bands I want to name but I'll keep it short. I guess my main influences would be the sounds of the late 80's early 90's. Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Failure, Jawbox, Seaweed, and Helmet. The 90's emo "punk" era has always a big influence to me also.

Ryan: I mostly agree with Jacob. I'd probably only add Nirvana and Hum to that list.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Q3: Jacob: No particular order.
Dinosaur Jr. - You're living all over me
SSD - The Kids Will Have Their Say
Jawbreaker - Dear You
Deftones - White Pony
UGK - Too Hard To Swallow

Ryan: Nirvana - Nevermind
Failure - Fantastic Planet
Slowdive - Souvlaki/Pygmalion (I go back and forth)
Machine Head - Burn My Eyes
Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Q3: Jacob: playing live and hearing myself live always seems to be a completely different experience for me rather than when I'm listening to the record. I never feel like we're loud enough, but it's cool.

Ryan: Yeah, we're never as loud as I want to be.

Q. How do you describe Narrow Head sounds?
Q4: Jacob: Loud, Hard, rock music layered with distortion and effects.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Q5: Jacob: Recording wasn't too complicated. We had the songs down and we knew what we wanted.
Post recording is a different story. Kinda went back and forth about the mixes and it took a while for us to finally be content with the way mixes came out. But we reached a point where we knew it wasn't going to get any better so we just stopped worrying about it. It's been out almost a year and I still listen to it and wish we did something different.

Ryan: Trying to get a mix we were happy with was frustrating I was ready to off top kill the record. Looking back though, we did the best we could with what we had so it's cool. Definitely doing things differently next time around.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Q6: Jacob: DIIV is a good band to check out in 2014. The Balinda Butchers are sick too

Ryan: DIIV is sick as fuck. So is Creepoid and Destruction Unit.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Q7: Jacob: Haha I've always wanted to do Blue Boy by Texas is the reason. Or a Far cover

Ryan: Petals by Hole

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Q8: Jacob: Tour tour tour tour tour

Ryan: Tour

Q: Any parting words?
Q9: Jacob: love u

Ryan: Thanks for the interview
Thanks guys


Sirens with Lykanthea - An Interview

Migration o último trabalho lançado por Lakshmi Ramgopal ou para os mais chegados Lykanthea é uma viagem imergindo às sonoridades que tornaram-se clássicas e imortalizadas pela 4AD.

Música climática, etérea, envolvente e profundamente intimista, delírios, sonhos, sentidos são todos evocadas pela música do Lykanthea.

Fãs de Cocteau Twins, This Mortail Coil e outras maravilhas terão suas preces atendidas ao ouvir o majestoso Lykanthea.

***** Interview with Lykanthea *****

Q. When did Lykanthea starts, tell us about the history...
I grew up in northern Massachusetts and trained for ten years as a Carnatic vocalist. I eventually moved to Chicago, where I was the member of a few different bands. One was called The Catatonics, a riot grrrl-inspired, guitar-based outfit. My bandmate in that project and I later reformed as a darkwave duo called Love and Radiation. I went solo a year ago after realizing there were certain musical explorations I had to experience my own. My solo work is different from my past collaborative projects, since I now write long, ambient pieces and do a lot of live improvisation.

Q: Who are your influences?
I'm draw heavily on Carnatic chord structures and vocal styles, since I'm trained in that field. But I'm also influenced by artists like Modest Mouse and Sleater Kinney. At face value, they don't sound anything like the music I write now, but I have actually learned a lot from them about unusual ways to use my voice, play the guitar, and compose in non-linear formats. Conceptually, I'm influenced by ancient literature and contemporary art and architecture.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Here are some of my favorites, since all time might be impossible!

1. Modest Mouse - This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
2. PJ Harvey - White Chalk
3. Cat Power - Moon Pix
4. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
5. Bat for Lashes - Two Suns

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I'm conflicted about the live experience. I often suffer from severe stage fright, so I've spent a lot of time arranging my setup to minimize that. I perform kneeling on the floor with the room almost totally dark and a projection designed by glitch artist Nick Liberatore behind me. This helps me feel as if I'm alone and, I think, encourages the audience to focus more on the experience of the music and less on me onstage as a performer. When I'm not nervous, performing live is a spiritual experience. I am communing with something much greater than myself. This is why improvising so important to my live shows: I have to go where the song takes me.

Q. How do you describe Lykanthea´s sounds?
Ancient, moody, dreamy.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I often write and record at the same time, so final mixes frequently contain demo versions of vocals and ambient sounds that my mic picks up wherever it is I'm recording. That was the case for "Telos" and "Aphonia," two tracks from my EP Migration. But for some songs, like "My Sisters," the demo is just a draft, and I completely rerecord them in a formal studio setting. I'm obsessive about getting the vocals right, sometimes to the point of near disaster. I was rerecording "Hand and Eye," for example, right up until I had to send the masters out to be dubbed for the cassette.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Rasplyn, Matchess and Volutes.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Modest Mouse's "Dramamine." It's my all time favorite song.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
I'm co-designing a sound installation for a show in Rome, Italy, where I'm living for a year, and planning a European tour.

Q: Any parting words?
Check out the music video for "Telos" at http://vimeo.com/lykanthea/telos. If you're just starting out as a musician, go with your gut and experiment. Forget about how you're "supposed" to sound and if anyone will ever hear the music you make.

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quinta-feira, 11 de dezembro de 2014

Sweetness and the Light with Anto Dust - An Interview

Quando naquelas ocasiões que você escuta algo que eleva seu estado de espírito a um bem estar absolutamente fora do comum e todos os problemas parecem ser apenas pequenos e meros detalhes do cotidiano, é certamente quando algo especial te tocou.

E aconteceu novamente quando ouvi 1955 uma das músicas disponíveis dentre outras pouquíssimas por enquanto, do Anto Dust, londrinos liderados pela bailarina, cantora e guitarrista Anto Cossu, eles fazem música pra alma, são medicamentos ricos em harmonia e suavidade, elegância e penetram de tal maneira no íntimo que é impossível não se apaixonar de imediato.

Ainda não há registros oficiais, o que esperamos que aconteça brevemente, mas cá entre nós, a música do Anto Dust é uma benção, acreditem.

***** Interview with Anto Dust *****

Q When did Anto Dust starts?
Anto Dust starts from Anto and the need for putting down in words all those things left unsaid in everyday life. It was sort of a therapy before it turned to art. After a couple of years, performing solo became boring and that is when Antonio joined in. His precious guitar work helped defining the sound the band has grown into. Not long after David, the drummer was a solid part of the quintet too. There has been a change in formation and Eleanor and Anna are now playing keyboards and bass.

Q What are your influences?
Inspiration comes from various places, especially literature and theatre. The lyrics are strongly influenced by french and italian poetry but also Shakespeare. In terms of sounds the bands we relate to are very different to one another and space from Galaxie 500 to the pilars of british, french and italian music history.

Q How does it feel to play live?
Alive, peaceful, and like everything makes perfect sense the very moment I step on stage. The hours before the show are pure hell instead. Filled by doubts and fear, I question myself if I am good enough, if I am doing the right thing..

Q How do you describe your sound?
Others have written our sound its like 'going to a church service on Atlantis' and I stick by it and treasure that quote because I couldnt put it any better if I tried.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The process... I can tell it is a long process! The multi layered nature of the compositions and my tendency to be a perfectionist can result in months and months of working/re-working, mixing/re-mixing of the material. But I always think its worth it in the end.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I have this idea of covering Mercury Rev, and I'll probably do it one day.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
We are currently mixing new material and on the brink of recording a full album, since we had an offer we cant turn down. The future holds live shows in and out the UK and hopefully a wider exposion.

Q: Any parting words?
Lee Osvald is innocent!

Here and Now with Stella Diana - An Interview

É a cena italiana definitivamente esta fervilhando, semana sim, semana não, sempre aparecem preciosidades vindas lá.

Agora é hora e vez do combo shoegazer sonhador do Stella Diana e e seu delicioso álbum lançado no início deste ano intitulado  41 61 93. O disquinho é uma fusão atualizada de Ride com Blind Mr Jones e vai além, a sonoridade shoegazer transita conjuntamente com muitas experimentações da new wave e do pós punk menos cinzento e mais experimental.

Um tremendo de um disco que esta disponível gratuitamente no bandcamp do Stella Diana e que se eu fosse você não perdia a oportunidade preciosa de presenciar uma grande banda e até agora sua obra prima.

Ah, segredo, o Stella Diana e o TBTCI vão aprontar em 2015, quem viver vera.

***** Interview with Stella Diana *****

Q. When did Stella Diana start, tell us about the history...
1- the band started in 1998 with me, dario (voice and guitar) giacomo (bass) and a drum machine.... we changed many drummers and during these changes we recorded luce al centro in 2002, totally d.i.y, then supporto colore, our first album in 2007, gemini in 2010 by the 7argh, a catalan label and now 41 61 93 the last one now we have davide on drums and roberto on the lead guitar

Q: Who are your influences?
2- we like shoegaze, new wave and post punk

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
3- oh, let me think it's very difficult, i speak for all the members nowhere by ride, unknown pleasure by joy division, in ribbons by pale saints, only theatre of pain by christian death and spooky by lush, but it's impossible to forget 17 seconds by cure or siamese dream or nevermind, the stone roses, slowdive and many more..

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4- playing live it's our natural dimension, it's a prayer, a delay ceremony...yes a long ceremony of sound waves. we like to improvise and stun the audience... we'd like to say to all the people: ok, close your eyes and start dreaming with our sounds!

Q. How do you describe Stella Diana´s sound?
5- blue sound waves

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
6- luckily we have our recording studio and we can develop our ideas experiencing everything. often we prefer long sessions so we can preserve good ideas

Q. Which new bands do you recommended ?
7- in italy we love revrevrev, in her eye, cocon, yabanci, ivories and winter severity index, about the neapolitan scene there are a lot of good bands: geometric vision, ash code, v-device, la polvere di bodelè and many more....i assure you that my city is very full of talent

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
8- well. usually we cover dead souls and atmosphere (you can watch them on you tube) but i'd love to make cover of leave em all behind by ride, we love that song, it's amazing... wait, oh yes, also two sisters by mazzy star, the voice of hope sandoval is divine

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
9- a new record, concerts everywhere and start our indipendent label

Q: Any parting words?
 10- thank you very much renato and The Blog That Celebrates ITself for this opportunity.... shoegaze forever


quarta-feira, 10 de dezembro de 2014

Express to Your Skull with Car Crash Sisters - An Interview

E a tradição se mantém no TBTCI, sem nenhum registro lançado e oficial os mexicanos do Car Crash Sisters tornaram-se queridinhos do TBTCI graças a barulhenta e viciante Automatic, uma pancada precisa lotada de guitarras shoegazer, vocais desleixados um mix de Dinosaur Jr com Ringo Deathstarr e digo mais uma verdadeira delicia.

Anyway, o outro som disponível no soundcloud deles é mais my bloodyiana, e tão sedutora quanto Automatic.

Os caras se preparam pra soltar o primeiro ep brevemente e mais surpresas vem para 2015. 

O TBTCI acompanhara todos os passos do Car Crash Sisters, porque? Porque sim oras.

***** Interview with Car Crash Sisters *****

Q. When did Car Crash Sisters start, tell us about the history...
A. Car Crash Sisters started as a whole different idea of what we are now: 2 guitars, bass, sequencer and keyboards. Actually, we wanted to make something more like dream pop - ambient shoegaze - electronic, leaving the guitars in the background. Our name used to be "Sundance Sea", however, we let the music take the lead and we ended up with a real drummer and guitars as the main elements.

Q: Who are your influences?
We have a lot of influences. Although we are cataloged as a shoegaze, dream pop band and we are very influenced by Slowdive, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Lush or Cocteau Twins, we also like other stuff like Mudhoney, Dinosaur Jr., Metz, Flying Saucer Attack and the Beach Boys.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This one is hard, but we'll give it a try:
1.-A night at the opera - Queen
2.-Pet Sounds - The Beach boys
3.-You're living all over me - Dinousaur Jr.
4.-Loveless - My bloody valentine
5.-Evol - Sonic youth

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. Playing live is the best part of it all. Being able to listen and interpret our own songs to a very loud volumen and that exchange of energy with people, is something you can hardly achieve any other way. We like how sometimes we play with the songs, we like being spontaneous.

Q. How do you describe Car Crash Sisters´ sound?
I think our sound has to do with our influences, apart of the immediate relation with shoegaze, we like rock n roll, folk, surf, noise, dream pop and even grunge. Put everything in a blender and there you have Car Crash Sisters' sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The recording process is pretty normal. We start with the drums or sequence, and then the bass. Usually, recording the guitars is a little more complex process, because we play with many types of distortions and arrangements, some of them don't even make it to the final mix. We can record a lot of guitar layers even though you can barely notice many of them.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Ringo Deathstarr, Heliotropes, Metz, DIIV and yuck are among our (relatively) fav new bands.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
(Kique) I would actually love to cover some Cindy Lauper songs, probably "time after time". I've also been thinking about covering Paul Anka's "You are my destiny" and The Cure's "lovesong".

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
We want to release our first EP. We're actually reworking a lot of stuff we didn't like. We don't want to put out something we think lacks of quality. After that, we want to play live in different cities and write enough songs to record our first EP. But of course, a lot of things can happen. We're not that good planning things, some things have to happen depending on the situation. For example. our first idea was to record a concept album called "the crystal garden" I had the whole concept. But we decided to just record an EP, so I think we'll let the music guide us.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you Renato and everyone involved in "The Blog that celebrates itself", we appreciate what you do to help bands like us reach more people. Cheers!

Whatever´s Cool With Me with Shine - An Interview

A história é mais ou menos assim, num belo domingo a noite estava eu ouvindo e lendo sobre o Secret Shine e eis que numa página aberta dou de cara não com o Secret Shine mas com o Shine, novíssima banda da Flórida, e totalmente diferente do que eu estava ouvindo.

O Shine, é uma guitar band a moda antiga, guitarras grudentas, assoviantes, vocais preguiçosos, tipicamente inspirados por Dinosaur Jr.

Lançaram agora em outubro o primeiro ep, que é exatamente como falei, pegajoso, barulhento e pop simultaneamente, conforme vão rolando os sons, vai passando imagens de todas aquelas bandas que adoramos, e isso é bom pra cacete.

Um viva as guitar bands!!!

***** Interview with Shine *****

Q. When did Shine start, tell us about the history...
Erik had the idea for shine around the end of 2011 and eventually started writing some riffs and looking for people to be in it and then came to me (Doug) around November of 2013. Originally when we started working on the first release, the songs sounded a lot darker and more shoegaze influenced, but later on we decided we wanted to just do a simpler more straightforward sound. Erik got Kyle to play drums because they were in a band previously and I had been friends with George and got him to play bass. After getting everyone together and all the songs written, we recorded those 5 songs over this past summer of 2014.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Breeders, Dinosaur Jr, New Order, Oasis, Ride, Veruca Salt, Lush, Sonic Youth, and Slowdive, are all definitely direct influences for us, but we also get inspiration from a lot of 60s R&B artists as far as melodies and chord changes go.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Slowdive - Souvlaki
Sunny Day Real Eatate - Diary

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We all love playing shows and have been doing so in other bands besides this one for a couple years now so we're pretty comfortable with it.

Q. How do you describe shine's sound?
We wanted this band to be overall very positive to try and go against the current wave of dark sad bands. I feel as though everyone wants to complain about their problems and be depressing and dramatic a lot of the time but that stuff can get very old very quickly. I often jokingly describe us to other people as a "feel good band" because we really just want all the songs to make you feel good while listening. As far as our specific sound goes, we try to mix the light touch of 80s new wave bands with the more aggressive edge of 90s alternative and grunge bands.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We recorded in a tiny soundproofed storage unit that I rent out and record bands in. We did the whole recording ourselves with my recording gear that I have. The recording took a good amount of time to get everything sounding perfect but we're all really happy with the way it came out.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Prayer Chain, Glare, Wish Around, and Strange Weekend from Florida and also Somerset from Georgia.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Erik originally really wanted to cover New Order and we've also considered covering Dinosaur Jr. I always joke about covering different 80s Pop songs. Maybe that will actually happen one day...

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
We started writing more stuff right after we finished the first release and are already demoing out new songs that we're very excited about. If the circumstances end up being right we would love to do an LP. However, we're going to try and ride this release as long as possible because we love these songs and put a lot of time into them.

Q: Any parting words?
We just want to thank all the people who have gone out of their way to let us know how much they love the music. Whether it's from friends we've known for years or from strangers whom we've never even met, it's what motivates us to keep moving forward and we wouldn't get anywhere without it.

Thank you Renato for this opportunity.