terça-feira, 27 de junho de 2017

Sleepless with Stoned Seahorse - An Interview


Stoned Seahorse é o alter ego do indiano Shrawan Banerjee, que debutou no início do mês com "Sleepless" seu primeiro trabalho.

Um intenso souvenir que por vezes evoca o espírito de Kurt Cobain, vide "Together", a música soa como se o imortal responsável pelo que aconteceu de 1991 pra cá, resolvesse voltar a este planeta resolvesse ser um trovador. Em outros momentos o Stoned Seahorse pega elementos do já citado grunge, condensa em ambientações gazers e encharca de psicodelia freak.

"Sleepness" é experimental sem soar cabeçudo, é como se os srs Kurt Cobain, Kevin Shields resolvessem chamar o Aphex Twin pra brincar sob a tutela do Brian Eno.

O Stoned Seahorses é música freak para freaks, sem mais.

***** Interview with Stoned Seahorse *****


Q. When did Stoned Seahorse start? Tell us about the history...
It started in 2010- 2011. A friend of mine, Aakash Dusane and I, Shrawan Banerjee were two 15 year olds who liked to play music and wanted to play in a band. Unfortunately, we didn't know a lot of people who shared our interests and played instruments. It took a long time until Stoned Seahorse was actually a band. Once the band got together, we played 2 competition gigs before we all got busy with our own individual lives. Later, I moved to a different city for college and decided to continue the project by myself. I taught myself how to record and produce music, and that's how the EP's were made.

At the moment, Stoned Seahorse is in a bit of a transition phase where it going back to being a band rather than a solo project, which was the original intention of the whole project.

Q: Who are your influences?
I like and listen to a lot of different types of music, but I would say my main influences would be bands like My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana, Aphex Twin, The Beatles and Brian Eno. I'm sure that I'm forgetting many.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
In no particular order:
Revolver - The Beatles
Velvet Underground and Nico
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
In Utero - Nirvana
Select Ambient Works/Druqks - Aphex Twin

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I actually have close to no experience live. It's something that's about to happen quite soon though, with the band getting together.

As of now, I'm not sure if I like live music more than records. I don't like the idea of playing in front of people. When I record alone at home, it's only for myself, for that moment. Even if nobody or barely anyone ever listens to it, its ok. But when you play in front of people, its not for yourself anymore, its to entertain people, which sucks because most people who go to gigs aren't even there to listen to music. They're there to get wasted or to make some sort of a shallow fashion statement. Again, I have close to no experience playing live, so maybe this opinion will change in the matter of months, and that's ok too!

Q. How do you describe Stoned Seahorse sounds?
It's full of emotion, quite noisy but can be very mellow and introspective as well. It's something that is constantly morphing. Stoned Seahorse is yet to settle on a sound so it's also very experimental. I don't want the music to be too accessible since I like to mess with people's heads, but I'm a real sucker for good melodies and pop songs. As of now, I'd like to say that these sounds resonate heavily with who I am.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
All of it was recorded was in my home with no budget. It's a completely 'DIY' project. I started about a year back when I had just gotten done with college and had a lot of free time and a lot to think about. It ended with something that I wasn't necessarily ecstatic about, but its seems like its good enough for me to get interviews.

My creative process seems pretty fixed now. It starts with me being angry or sad because I feel like I suck and I can't do anything. Then I start puking songs out. Then I record those songs and work on them until I hate them. Then I release the music. Then, I start all over again. It was the same this time. Anytime somebody compliments my music I say thank you, but what I'm really thinking is "What? Really? WHY?"

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The indie music scene in India is a gold mine waiting to be discovered. There's a lot happening here with new music coming up every other week. Check out Blushing Satellite, Stuck in November, and Shepherd.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I wouldn't like to work on covers. I would rather use that time to create new and original music that doesn't already exist. It's not that I feel like all covers suck, I just find it redundant. I have a lot that I want to express already, doesn't make sense to accommodate someone else's material.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Start playing gigs, collaborate with more musicians, write more music, release more albums, repeat until I die.

Q: Any parting words?
It blows my mind that someone even wants to interview me, let alone that someone halfway across the globe heard my songs and liked them. It really brings a lot into perspective. All the music that I've made, I only did it for myself, but now that people are listening, I hope that I'm able to make a few minutes of someones life better with my music.
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https://www.facebook.com/stonedseahorse/
https://stonedseahorse.bandcamp.com/

Feathers with Ikiryo - An Interview


Barulheira explícita diretamente da Suécia, ao contrário do que usualmente acontece, obviamente porque a Suécia é expert em exportar deliciosos combos agridoces, mas no caso do Ikiryo acontece exatamente o contrário.

Chame-os de grunge, pos hardcore, emos, ou o que você quiser, o ponto é que o novíssimo EP "Feathers" tem elementos de tudo isso e mais uma série de outras possibilidades.

Serve perfeitamente para ouvir no volume máximo e preferencialmente bebendo, certamente fará mais sentido se é que você me entende.


***** Interview with Ikiryo *****


Q. How was the recording process of "Feathers"?
It was good . We tracked a lot of drums on and off for a while and recorded some guitar for a bunch of songs before we finally decided which songs to feature on the EP. All in all, it has been a pleasant experience with a relaxed approach.

Q. What were the influences for the EP´s creation?
It's hard to pin point the musical influences on this album due to our different and eclectic tastes;

Victor has been listening to a lot of jazz; John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Miles Davis. Dante has listened to Modest Mouse, Yvette Young, Neon Indian and LoFi trip-hop mixtapes.

For Pontus the band Good Luck has been an inspiration guitar wise, Mew has crept backinto his playlists, and generally just been listening to a lot of Math-punk and Jonas has been listening to classical music and TQ-Jams

In general I think we just wanted to be free in new areas of musical inquiry, while at the same time honing our craft and create really good songs.

Q. Are you happy with the result?
We´re very happy with the EP. It is our best sounding release to date and feels like a true representation of the band and a snapshot of where we are at this moment in time

Q. What are the plans for 2017?
We have a goal of releasing a series of EPs throughout the year But in general I think we're trying to become better at bonding with fans and reaching out to people for help and collaboration. It seems rather important, in the DIY scene to establish fruitful relationships with other artists so that ones
own art may grow and become something beyond the sum of each individual part.

Q. Final considerations
Listen to our Ep "Feathers" and if you like it, please share and spread the word. Talk to us at anytime for questions regarding collaborations or if you just want to talk about music or anything at all! You can get in touch with us via our facebook page or email us at ikiryoswe@gmail.com

[wedoittoourselves]
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https://www.facebook.com/ikiryoswe
https://ikiryo.bandcamp.com/

segunda-feira, 26 de junho de 2017

Black Monday with Bloodletter - An Interview

Não é de hoje que o TBTCI bate na mesma tecla, algo acontece na Austrália, alguma coisa colocaram naquelas águas, que semana sim, semana não, aparecem novos expoentes de altíssima qualidade de lá.

Agora é chegada a vez do quarteto de Brisbane, Bloodletter e seu debute homônimo lançado em Março.

Uma pedrada nua e crua, com vestígios da fase mais punk da diva Siouxsie Sioux e seus Banshees. O Bloodletter se aproxima sonoramente de gente como o Belgrado e o Rakta;

O Bloodletter é pós punk caótico com sentimentos sombrios, altamente recomendado.

***** Interview with Bloodletter *****


Q. When did Bloodletter start? Tell us about the history…
Lena (vox) and Cat (bass) decided to start a band through fangirling over Siouxsie and the Banshees together. Will (drums) and Ryan (guitar) were later invited to join later as they are old friends and we knew we could balance our abilities together.

Q. Who are your influences?
Lena: I think we're influenced by listening to and playing a broad range of music in our lives - metal, psychedelia, hardcore punk, synthpop. We wanted to take a dark twist from the punk roots, listening to older bands like The Sound, Siouxsie and the Banshees and more current bands such as Rakta and Spectres who also refer to these sounds to make their own.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is a hard question, I asked each member of the band to list their favourite record:

Ryan: Of the Wand and the Moon - The Lone Descent
Lena: Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth
Cat: The Sound- From the Lions Mouth
Will: Poison Idea - Feel the Darkness

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Lena: We enjoy playing live, it always feels different, depending on the show as we're not alike to many other bands in Brisbane, so its always about building our own energy when we perform together. I am quite vision impaired and also easily spooked out, so when I sing I like to take my glasses off so that it’s easier for me to face the crowd, which means that I can’t see very far but it’s less scary for me. I’ve been told that since this allows me to give eye contact to the audience, it intensifies the performance.

Q. How do you describe Bloodletter sounds?
Ryan: Like the shifting phases of the moon. I like to think there's a conflict between the catchy and the uncomfortable that has yet to find an equilibrium.


Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We got our first tracks together and asked Nell Forster to record for us. She’d heard us before and liked what we were doing, and we knew that she would do a good job for us. We were able to lay down the tracks live in a small studio together called Aisle 6 while infecting each other with a little bit of cabin fever. Lena put down her vocals at the end while everyone else ate pizza. She almost boiled cockroach tea in the process - that stunk like hell! No one drank it. After about 6 hours we embellished the tracks using the MicroKorg.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Ryan: Quayde LaHüe

Lena: Pull out Kings, Spotting, Dame,

Will: Ubik, Rottem, Enzyme, Rabid Dogs

Cat: Belgrado, Nerve Quakes, Pleasure Symbols

Q. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have a couple of covers under our belt at the moment - Spellbound by Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Doom Town by the Wipers.

Q, What are your plans for the future?
Write more, record more and hopefully tour a little later in the year. We're just getting started

Q. Parting words?
Thanks for listening!
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https://www.facebook.com/pg/BLOODLETTERBAND
https://bloodletter.bandcamp.com/

sábado, 24 de junho de 2017

Pale with Binge - An Interview


Hoje em dia tudo é consumido tão vorazmente que chega a ser cruel para uma nova banda tentar um lugar ao sol, visto a quantidade absurda de lançamentos que explodem diariamente, ainda mais cruel é quando uma banda que perpetua um típico shoegaze clássico sem extremos como na matriz MBV e sem devaneios profundos como o Slowdive, apenas um shoegaze melódico, melancolicamente conduzido entrelaçado em texturas e sussurros.

Michael Iaciofano é a mente por trás do Binge, com menos de um ano, o debute veio mês passado sob a alcunha de "Pale", e exemplifica tudo que foi colocado no paragrafo acima.

Não houve divulgação, tampouco existem links nas redes sociais onde o Binge poderia ser divulgado, apenas "Pale" esta exposto no Bandcamp, em formato "name your price", apenas, infelizmente, para poucos que terão o conhecimento de sua beleza.

Música em sua forma mais pura, sem marketing, sem promoções, sem firulas, apenas ela, como deve ser, tente não desperdiçar a oportunidade de saboreá-la. 

***** Interview with Binge *****



Q. When did Binge start? Tell us about the history...
Binge started in September of 2016, a couple weeks after I moved to attend school in upstate New York. I honestly think i had the name of the project before any songs were written. Most of the songs for the EP were written within a day or so, just took me awhile to write lyrics and track multiple guitars. Besides that, it's just a solo project of mine that I put all my shoegaze songs into.

Q: Who are your influences?
Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Elliott Smith, Tim Buckley, Deerhunter, Animal Collective. Also a bunch of '80s artists like The Smiths, The Cure, Lowlife, Echo and the Bunnymen, New Order, etc.. I do enjoy a bunch of jazz too, especially Chet Baker.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Oh this is a tough one, in no particular order:
1. The Smiths- Meat is Murder
2. Beach Boys- Pet Sounds
3. Animal Collective- Feels
4. Tim Buckley- Goodbye and Hello
5. Aphex Twin- Richard D. James Album

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I haven't done any of the Binge material live yet, but I do play live with another band I'm in called Demonman. I do really enjoy playing live, and hopefully I can get a couple shows for this project.

Q. How do you describe Binge sounds?
Binge sounds like a conglomerate of music I enjoy. At times it can be quite washed out and drowned in reverb, and others its somewhat straight forward. The guitar sounds were most important to me going into recording. I wanted the guitars to sound a bit fuzzy, but not too overdriven. I think I captured what I was going for in the end, songs sounding sort of like early MBV and nothing too gazed out.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
All the songs were written in my dorm room at school and recoded on Logic. I could only do guitar tracks recorded directly into the software, I was without an amp while at school. All the vocal, bass and guitar tracking were done at my home in New York. It was somewhat strange to breakup the times of recording. I went a couple weeks in-between overdubbing, which is why the EP took so long to finish. I just did the final vocal overdubs the other day, pretty much the only thing that was taking so long.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Daphodil came out with a really nice EP a couple months ago, I highly recommend. Fishbach is another band I'm quite into as of late, they put out an LP I think in January. Alex G is always a good listen, he just put out a new album. Porches are really cool too, they have an album that's a little over a year old that I recommend.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Maybe something by Elliott Smith off of "Roman Candle", all those songs are amazing. Also maybe a Tim Buckley track, something like "I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain" or "Happy Time." I also like to sit on my couch and sing some Deerhunter tracks, so maybe something by them.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I'd like to do a full LP for this project within the year. I've got three other projects that I'm invested in at the moment too, so finding time could be an issue. But generally speaking, play some more shows, record more music and maybe do a tour soon.

Q: Any parting words?
Yeah, thank you for the interest in the music. It's always nice to hear some kind words about something you put a lot of time into and I really appreciate it. To anyone who listens to the EP: I hope you enjoy!
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https://bingee.bandcamp.com/album/binge

sexta-feira, 23 de junho de 2017

Waves of the New with Las Robertas - An Interview


Se por um desvio de personalidade, ou apenas por um lapso, você não conhece as(o) costarriquenhos, Las Robertas, eu diria que você esta perdendo uma das mais bacanas bandas da atualidade.

Um caldeirão do que de melhor foi feito nestas décadas de boa música. Pegue as girl groups dos 60´s, pegue o psicodelismo sessentista, pegue o punk, pegue a class of 86, pegue VU, J&MC, BJM e coloque tudo dentro da mesma receita e você terá o que Meche, Sonya e Fabricio fazem.

O terceiro disco deles saiu mês passado e é uma verdadeira delicia, "Wave of The New" tem todos os ingredientes pra impregnar em sua mente e não mais te largar.

Escute alto e vá se divertir.

***** Interview with Las Robertas *****
Q. When did Las Robertas start? Tell us about the history... 
1- It all started in mid 2009, when I started to look for people to start the band with, recorded the first album "Cry Out Loud" in 2010, which made us sign with labels and from around 2011 we started touring outside Costa Rica. Right now we have 3 albums and just released "Waves of the New" almost one month ago!

Q: Who are your influences?
2- We all have different inputs and influences that make that final result, but personally I really like mid- late 60s music, shoegaze, indie pop, c86 and neo psychedelic bands.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3- Ahh that's such a hard question! Haha, I love so many records but here are some of my top ones:
The Velvet Underground and Nico- The Velvet Underground
Psychocandy - The Jesus and Mary Chain
Revolver- The Beatles
Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request- The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Sound of Confusion- Spacemen 3

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4- When I play live, I just disconnect from what's going on and enter in my own little dimension with Sony and Fabro. It's one of my favorite things to do, just sumerge in a deep and intense wall of sound.


Q. How do you describe Las Robertas sounds?
5- I think our sound is catchy, fuzzed up yet ethereal. I like to create layers of harmonies with dreamy vocals and to think we sound like mermaids or something like that haha.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6- Every record we've recorded in the past has had a different process, but something in common is that we grab an entire week for it and work from 10-12 hours a day. We get to the recording with all of the songs figured out, and with an overall idea of what we want to sound it like and arrangements.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7- From Costa Rica, Dylan Thomas, a great new and young shoegazy band and then I really like, Holy Wave, Boogarins, Triptides, Mystic Braves, Beverly, The Babe Rainbow and so many others I can't remember! I listen to music 24/7!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8- For this tour we're covering BJM's Anemone and we always wanted to cover it, but next one will be Where Evil Grows from The Poppy Seed Family!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9- More touring, recording new stuff and hopefully making some cool collabs with friends!

Q: Any parting words?
10- Right now we're touring around Europe and it's been the best tour we've had so far! Greetings from Prague :) and Pura Vida (the Costa Rican motto for peace and love)!
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https://lasrobertas.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/pg/lasrobertas

Coming Up For Air with The Raft - An Interview


Phil Wilson é a mente por trás do The Raft, que desde 2003 vem construindo sua doces e suaves melodias e permanece no anonimato, até mesmo para os mais iniciados, o que é de certo uma pena, e um tremendo erro.

Vejamos, pegue o nome trabalho "Come Up For Air", um Ep que me remete diretamente a alguns discos bem conhecidos de todos, o primeiro é "Carnival of Light", sim o terceiro álbum do Ride, e o outro é "Honey Bee" do cruelmente esquecido Moose, e daí logicamente se faz conexões com Nick Drake, entre outros.

Psicodelismo agridoce, guiando por melodias ensolaradas, vocalização absolutamente perfeita que a cada audição vai soando mais e mais apaixonante.

Cabe a você, desbravar a intacta discografia do The Raft e descobrir belezas como o primeiro disco homônimo lá de 2003 por exemplo, mas, faça um favor a você mesmo, dê play imediatamente em "Come Up For Air" e sinta o amor, vai te fazer bem.

***** Interview with The Raft *****


Q1. When did The Raft start? Tell us about the history...
I recorded my first album as The Raft in 2003 on a digital 8 track in my bedroom with a couple of friends. Later that year I met producer Marc Joy (Lights That Change, Wilson &Joy) and we started making music together. We went on to make seven or eight albums together and The Raft became an extended family of musicians and friends contributing whatever talents they had. Over the years we've worked with different drummers, singers and pretty much anybody who happened to be passing through the studio! The idea has always been for people to get on and off The Raft as they pleased.

Q2. Who are your influences?
Growing up I obviously listened to whatever my parents were playing around the house which was usually The Beatles, Simon And Garfunkel or Carole King so the melody and harmony of these artists, particularly The Beatles has always been with me. As I got older I fell in love with The Stone Roses and bands like Ride and a bit later on Shack. Sonically and guitar sound wise though I think the biggest influence on my music today has to be MBV, The Cocteau Twins and The Sundays.

Q3. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
The Stone Roses first album,
Sgt Pepper,
The 3 E.P.'s by The Beta Band,
Loveless
and probably Since I Left You by The Avalanches.....

5 isn't enough!

Q4. How do you feel playing live?
I don't get out live much these days because at the moment I'm essentially a one man operation. When I do though it's always nerve-racking, always fun and occasionally shambolic!


Q5. How do you describe The Raft sounds?
I'm working on stuff with a new producer at the moment called Jose Pedro and during one of our talks about how it should sound I said it should be like The Cocteau Twins covering The Sundays with Beach Boys harmonies! Not sure how close we're getting to that but it sounded good in my head!

Q6. Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The stuff I've been working on recently is a bit of a departure for me because I'm collaborating with JP over the internet. In the past it's mainly been myself and Marc working face to face over the mixing desk. This time round I've been working on guitars, vocals and other bits and bobs at home then sending the tracks over to JP. He then adds his thing and does the recording studio wizardry and sends it back. We then discuss what else the track needs or doesn't need and we bat it around until it's finished. It's been a great way to do things so far and we're developing quite a creative partnership.

Q7. Which new bands do you recommend?
I've been listening to the new Jane Weaver album Modern Kosmology a lot recently and it's blowing me away! I also gave the new Com Truise record a spin this afternoon and that's sounding great. Lee Southall who used to be in The Coral has got a new record out at the moment too and it sounds wonderful.

Q8. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'm terrible at cover versions! I can barely sing my own songs!...... If I was pushed I'd like to have a go at something off Loveless but how are you gonna do any of those songs any justice??

Q9. What are your plans for the future?
Myself and JP have got another E.P. nearly finished and plans for another one after that. I've also got some tracks knocking around that I recorded last year with vocalist Claire O'Neill that I hope will see the light of day soon...... Apart from that I'd like to get back in a studio soon with some sort of full band set up and make some noise!

Q10. Any parting words?
Erm...... The E.P. is out now on bandcamp. Go and buy it!
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https://philtheraft.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/The-Raft-55224752347/

quinta-feira, 22 de junho de 2017

Getting Frequent Now with Antipole - An Interview


Um sincronismo perfeito entre o pós punk clássico, leia-se Chameleons, Cure, Joy Division e a nova geração, KVB, Motorama, L'Ordre d'Héloïse, entre outros, assim é o duo norueguês Antipole.

Densos e gélidos até a medula, o duo lançou "Getting Frequent Now" seu mais recente trabalho com participações especiais de Paris Alexander (que aliás contribui com todas as letras no trabalho)  e Mats Davidsen, o disquinho é um deleite, conduzido por sintetizadores e pelo baixo caracteristicamente pos punkier, mas mesmo sob todo o ambiente nublado e cinzento do disco há ao menos um momento onde a luz penetra mesmo timidamente "La Vie Après" é esse momento.

Trilha sonora perfeita para inferninhos escuros.


***** Interview with Antipole *****


Q. When did Antipole start? Tell us about the history...
Karl: Me and Anne-Christel met during summer 2013 and got together as a couple by the end of that year. During that autumn she introduced and re-introduced a lot of old and current post-punk / minimal wave / coldwave bands to me. I've been writing songs in bands before and was inspired to start writing and record more music. By late 2014 8 of these songs were released as an instrumental album "Panoply - Songs for AC". By now 68 Antipole demos/songs have been recorded. The first 2 years we did everything ourselves. Lately we've involved singers. Like Camilla Sombrio (Brazil),
Mats Davidsen (Norway), Alain of L'ordre d'Héloïse (France) and Paris Alexander (UK). Paris Alexander produced our most recent album, Getting Frequent Now, in addition to doing vocals. We're really happy with the results. The stuff we've done with L'ordre d'Héloïse lends more towards coldwave while the song with Camilla more towards etheral music.

Q: Who are your influences?
Karl: Older bands like Chameleons, Joy Division, early New Order and of course The Cure. But also contemporary bands like Motorama, Mode Moderne, The KVB and The Agnes Circle.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time
Karl: Impossible to decide on such lists, but here are 5 albums we love.
1. The Cure - Disintegration
2. Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand
3. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
4. Chameleons - Script Of The Bridge
5. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Karl: Love it. Although Antipole is not playing live at the moment since the people involved are spread all around the world. We hope to do performances later.

Q. How do you describe Antipole sounds?
Karl: Antipole make dark melodic postpunk music. Guitar-based tracks driven by a linear rhythm.
Often partly or fully instrumental.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Karl: Most of the time it happens instantly and I can have a song done in 15 minutes. A melody can appear when watching TV or driving car or when listening to some other music. Once it's done I send the bass and guitar, and occasionally synth, tracks to Paris Alexander who records synths, rhytm and vocals and produces the song. Then we'll do some adjustments sending the song back and forth since Paris is in Brighton UK and We are in Trondheim Norway.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Karl: Mode Moderne, Preoccupations, Geometric Vision, Hante, Motorama and Ultrviolence. Could continue forever.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Karl: We've done quite a few cover versions. We did Insight of Joy Division, Imprimees sur nos mains by L'Ordre d'Héloïse and Instance Of Resistance by One Man Standing. We just did a version of Crazy For You by Slowdive, not released yet. We do songs we really love and we think we can add an Antipole-ish twist to.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Karl: Continue writing and recording songs. We're collaborating with Paris Alexander recording our next album scheduled for winter 2019. 5 songs are already done, will be on Unknown Pleasures Records.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for having us. There are so many great bands out there in the underground releasing
really good music. Look for it!

Cheers Karl and Anne-Christel
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https://www.facebook.com/antipoleband/
https://antipole.bandcamp.com

quarta-feira, 21 de junho de 2017

VHS with Dade City Days - An Interview


Eis que novamente a Itália aporta nas páginas do TBTCI, representandos pelo trio Dade City Days.

No currículo deles, vê-se que eles não estão pra brincadeiras, já dividiram palco com gente do cacife de Modern English, Raveonettes, Clan of Xymox, She Past Aways, e esta diversidade, que vai desde o pós punk clássico passando pelo indie e darkwave, explica-se quando se ouve o debute deles, "VHS", lançado no ano passado, é um caldeirão com todas estas influências e mais eletrônices diversas passando por momentos sonhadores e barulheira total.

Com o Dade City Days temos um caso de diversas personalidades onde todas convergem para um único lugar, o bom gosto acima de qualquer suspeita.


***** Interview with Dade City Days *****


Q. When did Dade City Days start? Tell us about the history...
We started in 2013, almost by chance. We already knew one another and sometimes we talked about starting a new band together. It actually took a while as some of us already played in other projects but the cool thing is that once we started we turned out to be amazingly in sync with one another and since then we never stopped.

Q: Who are your influences?
Well, we really have a lot of influences, we share a common ground but each one of us listens to quite different things. Gea is the pop side of the band, listening to a lot of indie rock and keeping up with all the new releases; Andy belongs to the MTV Generation and is more attached to ’90’s dance music and all its wakes, while Michele is more into the ’80’s and still listens to a lot of bands of that period. We consider it a positive aspect, as it lets us combine all these different shades into what our sound is.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
Pulp - Different Class

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We’ve had almost 50 gigs in the last year and we can say we really love playing live.

The funny thing is that we usually look quite listless before the show, but as soon as we set foot on the stage we have a kind of total transformation. We get really lively and totally involved in what we’re doing, and that’s what people see, and they feel it and love it.


Q. How do you describe Dade City Days sounds?
As we said before our sound is a mixture of our different backgrounds. If we had to define the predominant features of our first album, VHS, maybe we’d say the shoegaze mood and the new wave structure, even if there’s more than this.

We’ve used a lot of reverberation, especially on guitars and vocals, as we wanted to convey this sensation of stupor, like the one that you have when you’re half-asleep and kinda unable to tell dreams from reality. We liked the idea of videotapes as a sort of comforting collection of faded, old memories that you already know by heart, as distant things always look better. That’s why we chose that title too.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The majority of our songs originated in Andy’s bedroom. He usually creates a first draft, then we gather and work on it in the rehersal room, arranging and altering it until we’re all fully convinced. Lyrics are usually the last thing to appear, as well as the more repeatedly revised.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There’s a lot of good stuff around, we’re thinking of bands like Beach House, La Femme, Cigarettes After Sex or performers like Angel Olsen and Perfume Genius, to name but a few. They all have that something extra to stand out.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We’d love to feel entitled to perform a Bowie song, one day. For now we kinda feel it’s still too early.


Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re working on new songs, we’re really excited about them and we hope to be able to play some live soon!

Q: Any parting words?
Visit our new website www.dadecitydays.com and follow us if you like our stuff!

Who knows, maybe one day we’ll come play in Brazil too :)
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http://www.dadecitydays.com/
https://www.facebook.com/dadecitydays/
https://dadecitydays.bandcamp.com/album/vhs

Alcoholics (The Last Drop) with Telyscopes - An Interview


Dia 14 de Julho virá ao mundo o sétimo álbum do Telyscopes.

Sim Telyscopes, por favor não confunda com os terroristas sônicos liderados pelo gênio Stephan Lawrie, não, pelo contrário, os phillies Telyscopes vão em outra direção, esqueça a tempestade de drones dos ingleses e a substitua por doses de LSD sonoro.

O amarguinho do doce pode ser sentido em qualquer uma das trips que você se aventurar pela extensa discografia dos caras, mas o docinho vem em formato melodioso, com os dois pés mergulhados no indie rock noventista, ou seja, tudo que gostamos, certo?!

Boas vibrações com o Telyscopes.


***** Interview with Telyscopes *****


Q. When did Telyscopes start? Tell us about the history...
I released a bunch of GarageBand demos under the name Telyscopes in 2012, when I was 17. Some of my friends at the time told me it was a stupid name, so I released my next two albums as jack hubbell before switching back to telyscopes around the "banarang blood" album.

Q: Who are your influences?
Hard question to answer without writing a novel. I was raised on punk but I got into a lot of 60s stuff in middle school. You know like the zombies, vanilla fudge, Jefferson airplane, I was absolutely obsessed with the music from that area for several years. Now that stuff is trendy again with tame impala and all the bedroom pop coming out, but i'd probably be making the same music even if it wasn't.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
In no particular order:

Rubber Soul,
We are the 21st century ambassadors of peace and magic by Foxygen,
Surrealistic pillow by Jefferson airplane,
Murmur by REM,
And David Bowie's Aladdin Sane

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Depends on how prepared I am, and also how drunk I get lol.

Q. How do you describe Telyscopes sounds?
Jimmy eat world on LSD


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Well I record bands for a living now, so there's a studio setup in my living room. Before that it was just a room in my parents basement. I've never been to a "professional" studio or anything for telyscopes. Recording is always the easiest part of the process too, remembering the songs after they're recorded is the hard part lol.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Idk echo lad is pretty cool, my dude Scott is releasing his debut ep under the name sundog! sometime soon. Shady Monk is my roommate, I hear his stuff through the walls every day, it's rad.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'm doing a cover of the turtles "happy together" right now. I wanna start recording more covers, they're fun. I'd like to do something unexpected, like a nirvana song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Well I've been pretty lucky, I recently found work teaching guitar and recording. I guess I'll just keep doing what I'm doing now. I'm only 22, I have some time before I have to stress about health care or social security.

Q: Any parting words?
I'm releasing my 7th full length album July 14, 2017. Please give it a listen, the first single is up on my bandcamp now.
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https://www.facebook.com/telyscopes/
https://telyscopes.bandcamp.com

terça-feira, 20 de junho de 2017

Candle Power with Rat Columns - An Interview


Eis que novamente a Austrália aterriza nas páginas do TBTCI, desta vez, representados pelos indie rockers, Rat Columns.

Indie rockers à antiga, diga-se de passagem, ouvi-los é como entrar numa capsula do tempo e cair de cabeça na Escócia nos idos dos 80´s, tal é a conexão dos caras, com o Pastels.

A Class of 86 é a temática central da música dos caras, seja nos singles e EPS, ou em seus dois deliciosos álbuns, "Candle Power" o mais recente e "Leaf" de 2013, junto a isso um toque da escola Pavement de produção sonora e você terá a receita musical do Rat Columns.

Vicia viu, e vicia pacas.

***** Interview with Rat Columns *****



Q. When did Rat Columns start? Tell us about the history...
Rat Columns started with just me in Perth, Western Australia way back in time in the late 2000's. I moved to San Francisco and we expanded into a full band, and since then I've moved around between Australia and America, and a bunch of amazing people have played in the band and a lot of them are still in the mix....right now it's me, Max, Dylan, Amber, Louis, James...but not all at the same time...right now we are based in New York City.

Q: Who are your influences?
When I was an impressionable young person, my first contact with the rock'n'roll bug was seeing Sonic Youth on the 'Washing Machine' tour on holidays in Singapore. It totally blew my mind. My early listening habits were in the indie rock zone, just the classics, like Pavement, Dinosaur Jr etc. Punk music was my entry point into being part of a music scene and playing live...most of my early bands were punk things, inspired by Misfits, Sex Pistols, a random 'CBGB's' compilation, verging on hardcore though we didn't really know what that was. The other main influence that hit me hard is the sorta Manchester/UK axis of New Order/Smiths/Cure. I love all kinds of obscure stuff now but these are things that hit me when I didn't know anything, which is the important time, I think.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Well this is kind of a random thing;
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
Static Age - The Misfits
Clube Da Esquina - Milton Nascimento & Lo Borges
BCD1 Compilation - Basic Channel
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - Pavement



Q. How do you feel playing live?
Typically dread, followed by confusion, followed (hopefully) by a sweet form of relief.

Q. How do you describe Rat Columns sounds?
I'd say that we wander between post-punk and jangle-pop in some kind of grey area.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I've been recording myself for a long time, with mixed results. I'm getting better at it now, I think. I like to improvise things in the studio, which is probably because I am usually quite unprepared when I start, and to have the time to do that kind of thing, I need to record it myself, or get a large chunk of money from someone, which hasn't ever happened, ha. These days I always get my engineer buddy Mikey Young to mix it, as I have realized that I don't really have a methodical mind for mixing. I regret mixing some of my earlier stuff myself!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I like Pappy from Australia and New Rose, Dark Tea, Hoops and Kaleidoscope from the USA.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'm not sure, I never really do cover songs. I wouldn't want to wreck somebody's song!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Musically, record the next Rat Columns LP, finish the next Liberation LP, release the third David West record "Cherry On Willow" in the Autumn or next Spring...play more shows. Personally, go to the beach more...

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you and "STRENGTH TO THE UNDERGROUND!!!"
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https://soundcloud.com/upset-the-rhythm/rat-columns-she-loves-the-rain
https://ratcolumnsband.bandcamp.com

Tablätt with Nova Blast - An Interview


Deus salve o fuzz!! Essa é a máxima dos suecos sônicos do Nova Blast.
Em início de carreira os caras tem dois aperitivos para fazer os tímpanos sangrarem, a mais nova "Tablätt" e "För Mig Bakom Ljuset", exemplificam que o negócio dos caras é barulheira, perfeita para encher a cara e se jogar na noite.

Que o Fuzz esteja contigo!!!

***** Interview with Nova Blast *****
 

Q. When did Nova Blast start? Tell us about the history...
A. I picked up guitar after not playing for years due to fracturing my fingers multiple times.
Played with friends but couldn't compromise with the noises in my head, so I collaborated with my depression.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Soundwise? 8bit videogames, blown speakers, digital glitches...
If you mean music then the list would stretch from Shangri-Las to Drum'n' Bass.

I grew up during the 90's and was fortunate with a cool big sister with a tape collection that introduced me to punk, grunge, noise, indie and other good stuff...


Q. Make a list of 5 albubs of all time…
A. Any number is not enough! My 5 in no definite order:
1. My Bloody Valentine - EP's 1988–1991
2. Sonic youth - Sister
3. Bikini Kill - Revolution Grrrl Style Now
4. Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me
3. Pinkshinyultrablast - Happy Songs For Happy Zombies
5. Reagan Youth - A collection Of Pop Classics
Damn, I think I gave you 6..

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. I'm usually very uncomfortable in public trying to control my tide of anxiety.  Performing live is detaching from trying to act normal and sharing the noise in my mind. I'm grateful to have Viktor Höber keeping the beat as well as my heart rate steady.

Q. How do you describe Nova Blast sounds?
A. Dynamic? I've managed to set off car alarms outside venues so I think I'm getting close to covering most frequencies. I'd rather let others interpret but I've heard it being described as Fuzzgaze which seems close.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A. I've had a strong belief and rules to only record what I have and what I'm capable of, meaning I refuse overdubs or studio trickery.  Luckily I met Mattias Persson and John Johansson at "Studio Bengt" that liked my ideas and recorded "För Mig Bakom Ljuset" with me.  The latest release "Tablätt" was recorded live using a decade old Mac laptop I got for free (thanx Adel ♡) thru garageband. The raw tracks were mastered by Zacharias Lindhammar at the same location, Plan B ann Kollektivet Studios in Malmö.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. Mary Anne's Polar Rig, Stella Lugosi, Juste Splint, Junodef and Rome Is Not A Town. They all inspire me in different ways.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. I'd luv to cover anything by Tami T, I even asked for permission but didn't dare to send my music to Tami for approval cuz I was starstruck.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. Besides finishing the album we are working on new material and planning to tour worldwide. Some songs are in Swedish but most of them in English. I've always liked to hear songs in different languages that I don't understand, I hear the melodies in a totally new way by doing that, like Sigur Ros, it´s beautiful! I've heard a lot of people telling me about the Swedish melodies are so nice so yeah, I think it will work great abroad!

Q: Any parting words?
A.I'm gonna have some pizza now. You should get some too.
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https://novablast.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/NovaBlazt/

segunda-feira, 19 de junho de 2017

Golconda with Aerial View - An Interview


E a saga do TBTCI não tem fim, enquanto sites buscam "likes"/"views" por aqui as coisas caminham cada vez mais no submundo dos bons sons, mas isso não significa que as bandas sempre devam soar experimentais, ácidas, barulhentas ou afins, pelo contrário, se a música é de qualidade certamente vai aparecer nestas páginas.

É o caso do trio indie groove, Aerial View que lançou recentemente "Golconda" terceiro EP deles, que segue a linha da discografia dos caras, um indie rock dançante, que remete, ou me remeteu ao A Certain Ratio e ao Blur, mas que além dessa conexão obviamente contém elementos de vários subgêneros indies.

O mais interessante do trabalho do Aerial View é que prova-se que existe vida inteligente no indie rock atual, mas logicamente que ele não esta no mainstream, mas poderia muito bem estar.

***** Interview with Aerial View *****


Q. When did Aerial View start? Tell us about the history...
A. Aerial View started as my electronica project during high school. As time went on though, I became more interested in recording more rock oriented stuff. I had been playing guitar since I was 11 or 12, and I could also play some other instruments decently. Back at the beginning of 2014, I released two songs. I played all the instruments and my friend Ananth recorded it. I’m not that big of a fan of doing solo shows, so I started doing live shows with various friends around the same time. Over time, the lineup solidified to include my friends Brendan Brady on drums - he’s played drums on the last 3 Aerial View releases - and Ryan Gregory on bass.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. I, along with the rest of the band, listen to a wide variety of music. My main influences for songwriting and production are Yes, The Shins, Guided by Voices, Swervedriver, The Depreciation Guild, B-52’s, and Keane, to name a few. On ‘Golconda’, I wanted to showcase my love for a wide range of musical styles, while making something that’s still cohesive.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Yes - Fragile
Stravinsky - The Firebird
Daft Punk - Discovery
B-52’s - Cosmic Thing
Keane - Under the Iron Sea

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We have a lot of fun playing live! We try to get the crowd moving as much as possible. In order to do that, we have to be really into it.

Q. How do you describe Aerial View sounds?
A synthesis of harmonies, 7th chords, echoes, and grooves.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I had written and recorded demos for each song over the past year or so, featuring vocals, guitar, bass, and a smattering of synth drums or badly recorded live drums. A little while before heading to Mobtown studios in Baltimore, I met up with Brendan so he could flesh out drum parts for the songs. Over winter break, we recorded the drums, percussion and some guitars and synths at Mobtown with Mat Leffler-Schulman. Afterwards, I recorded guitar and vocals at my house and at my school (UMBC). It was very freeing to record outside of the studio, because I felt less pressure from time constraints. Mobtown is really nice, but studio time is money. At home, I could just wake up and spend hours just working on various parts. It was nice. After recording was finished, the mixing was finished up at Mobtown, then sent to be mastered at Salt Mastering in New York.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
On June 24th, we’re playing a show at 16th street house in DC with some cool friends of ours, Venn and Glume. If you like shoegaze, you’ll definitely like Venn. They just released a dope new EP which you can peep at venn-dc.bandcamp.com. Glume are a tight band from North Plainfield, New Jersey. They do emo/post-hardcore type stuff. You can check them out at glumenj.bandcamp.com/.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I’d like to cover a bunch of songs. If I had to pick one, it would probably be ‘Feel the Pain’ by Dinosaur Jr.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To keep on keeping on! I love songwriting. I plan to continue working on songs, and get my friends involved because I have a ton of cool musician friends.

Q: Any parting words?
Keep celebrating yourself!
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domingo, 18 de junho de 2017

Bloom City with Eternal Something - An Interview


Uma doce suavidade exala do debute do duo de Austin, Texas, Eternal Something. A cidade conhecida pelos seus expoentes ácidos e barulhentos, desta vez nos propicia uma dose de sonhos dançantes.

"Bloom City" é o nome do EP que veio ao mundo mês passado, e passeia de forma sofisticada e elegante por entre Pet Shop Boys, shoegaze, e dreampop sem soar clichê em nenhum momento.

O Eternal Something e sua música são perfeitos para fechar os olhos e dançar a noite toda.

***** Interview with Eternal Something *****


Q. When did Eternal Something start? Tell us about the history...
What eventually became Eternal Something started in the summer of 2016 as a side project of Jack's former band, Golden Graves. We were having a hard time balancing both projects, so it ended up becoming something that just the two of us would work on from time to time, since we had always planned on writing music together. Once Golden Graves disbanded, we had more time to make Eternal Something come to fruition. Since then, it has become our main focus musically.

Q: Who are your influences?
For this project, we find a lot of inspiration when we hear Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, New Order, Cocteau Twins, and A-ha, just to name a few.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Our collective top 5 albums of all time in no particular order are:

Heaven or Las Vegas by Cocteau Twins
The Ocean Blue by The Ocean Blue
Shooting Rubber Bands at the Stars by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
Dirt by Alice in Chains
Songs from the Big Chair by Tears for Fears

Q. How do you feel playing live?
At this point, Eternal Something has been a studio project only, but we hope to be playing local shows by the end of 2017. As for how we feel about that, we are excited!

Q. How do you describe Eternal Something sounds?
Big drums, big bass, playful keys, and hazy vocals.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Every song we've written together has started out with the two of us sitting on the ground in our apartment with a keyboard and bass guitar, just improvising until something sounds catchy. From there, we develop a rough song structure, program a drum beat, and record what we have so far. That's one of the best things about being self produced: songwriting and production become an integrated process. After that, we add extra layers of bass or keyboard leads, maybe even a guitar if we feel like it. Lyrics and vocals are always the last thing we add, though we usually have vocal melodies in the back of our mind the whole time.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Our favorite new(er) bands are definitely Soda Lilies, Lazy Legs, Palm Daze, and Miniatures.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We've covered a Beach Boys song in the past which was really fun. Next we will probably make a cover of Pet Shop Boys' "What Have I Done to Deserve This".

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our immediate plans are writing and recording another EP, and assembling a live band to help us perform in front of people.

Q: Any parting words?
Get to know your neighbors, and be excellent to each other!
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sexta-feira, 16 de junho de 2017

Pale and Sick with European Ghost - An Interview


A partir deste momento todo e qualquer vestígio da luz inexistirá, a música do combo italiano European Ghost, inibe toda e qualquer possibilidade dela aparecer.

As sombras tornam-se o único amigo possível do ouvinte desde os primeiros momentos de "Pale and Sick" debute dos caras, lançado ano passado pela gravadora francesa, Unknow Pleasures Records, obviamente que estamos falando de darkwave pesada e densa, onde nem o clima gélido que as vezes tende a aparecer permanece durante muito tempo, o European Ghost não permite.

Um disco feito especialmente para criaturas das noite, e definitivamente não recomendado a indie kids.

***** Interview with European Ghost *****


Q. When did European Ghost start? Tell us about the history...
Our project began 2 years Ago, during a very hot holiday in Bologna. We met in the middle of the night outside a club where a band was playing; after that we were sitting in Giuseppe’s room located behind a noisy trainstation. We started drinking beer and we made quicky 11 songs. It was like a dream!

Q: Who are your influences?
We have many and varous influences, we like listening to a lot of music and going to live concerts. But we definately prefer the darkwave, postpunk industrial experimetantion and also other sounds.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This is a hard question, but i can mention a few:

Disintegration (Cure)
Just for a day (Slowdive)
Closer- (Joy Division)
Violator (Depeche Mode)
The downward spiral (Nine Inch Nails)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
The sensation is similar to a ceremony, like a shamanic ritual. It is salso satijying and therapeutic.


Q. How do you describe European Ghost sounds?
A cold breeze over dead body , it could be shadow or a light paradise. It is mixture of melancholy sounds, a composition of puzzle. A clock without time.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Absolutlely freak and free, Peppe find the sound then I sing, After Mario add his Guitar and synth.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
disappears , the soft moon ,htrk, raime , holygram ,drab majesty, emptyset, veil of light, konstellatio, tropic of cancer, preoccupation, codex empire.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Joy Division “Decades”

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A new album and going to play in all Europe and in the new world.

Q: Any parting words?
Fragile
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRPtRiropZk&list=RDStU_xM1uhtY&index=2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StU_xM1uhtY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD74KqSYUuk&t=167s
spotify:album:7lkDe9AvwNnrNafxksBw8y
https://www.facebook.com/europeanghost.it/?ref=bookmarks
https://europeanghost.bandcamp.com/releases
https://hivmusic1.bandcamp.com/album/pale-sick-post-punk-upr-047-compact-disc
https://soundcloud.com/european-ghost

quinta-feira, 15 de junho de 2017

Ghost Without Saying with Culkin - An Interview


Os suecos do Culkin estão de volta, depois de uma grande estreia com "Several Sundays", só que lá em 2012, e depois disso, um single e um EP, eis que os caras soltaram mês passado seu segundo disco, o barulhento "Ghost Without Saying".

O Culkin ao contrário da grande maioria das bandas suecas, que são famosas por seu pop adocicado e sonhador, mas não o Culkin, os caras pegam o peso noventista padrão Sub Pop/Matador de qualidade e o transportam para os dias caóticos que vivemos.

O disco é repleto de riffs pesadões e cadenciados, que aos mais desavisados soa como uma barulheira dos EUA facilmente, mas só que não.

Peso e barulheira pra ouvir no talo e cair na estrada.

***** Interview with Culkin *****
Q. When did Culkin start? Tell us about the history...
Jonas Eriksson Slove: We started in 2007 (10 year anniversary, yay!). Joel (bass) and Jonas (guitars/vocals) had been in several bands together since the late 90s, Jonas and Pontus (drums) had been in a couple of short lived projects, Mathias (guitars/vocals) and Joel had both been the bass player of the band KVLR, although not at the same time.

We started the band as an outlet for our love of late 80s / early 90s indie rock, which had been the soundtrack of our teens.

Q: Who are your influences?
JES: Well, everything you hear influences you in one way or another. For instance, if you hear something terrible, that influences you to try to make music that's as far away from that as possible. So it's always hard to answer this question. But I guess there are a number of bands that have made their way into our music in one way or another, mostly bands from the 80s/90s, such as Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Swervedriver, My Bloody Valentine, Big Black, Polvo, Chavez, Ride, Pixies, Slint, Pavement etc. Plus, of course, The Beatles and Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, and U.S. Maple, and... yeah, the list could go on.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
JES: Impossible, but here goes...

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Big Black – Atomizer
U.S. Maple - Long Hair in Three Stages
Chavez - Gone Glimmering
My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything

Q. How do you feel playing live?
JES: We love it! We wish we could do it more often. Writing and recording is rewarding in itself, but when you perform the music live in front of an audience it becomes "real" in a totally different way.

Q. How do you describe Culkin sounds?
JES: Trying to describe music always involves the risk of becoming embarrassingly pretentious, so let's just say we sound like a band heavily influenced by the bands we mentioned earlier, with about 15% of our own, entirely unique flavor added to the mix. Something Bergman-esque, a darkly Swedish melancholy, with just a hint of ironic slapstick... (see, told you it would become pretentious ;))


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
JES: We recorded this album ourselves over the course of several years, during which the band went through some changes (we were reduced from a quartet to a trio, among other things), and had several periods of inactivity. We were all involved with other bands, work, family etc., so we completed the album piece by piece until we felt like we were finished, and then our friend Mattias Lindberg at Voilum Productions offered to mix it for free (a true mensch, he is).

Since we've never had any delusions about ever being able to make a living from being in an underground band making unfashionable music, this kind of sporadic recording workflow works really well for us. That said, the next album will get made a hell of a lot quicker (we've already written about 85% of the material, and have recorded 2 songs already).

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Joel Senter: A few of many great, new Swedish acts: Rome Is Not A Town, Tungsol, Mamma Pappa Barn, Legbiter, Laard, Orphan Ann, Iiris Viljanen, Slow Learner.

Mathias Rask-Andersen: I like the vaporwave thing where japanese DJs slow down Hall & Oates songs. That stuff is great!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Mathias: We made a covers EP with some of them. U can find it here: https://culkin.bandcamp.com/album/turducken-ep

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Joel: Record and release records faster, we need to keep up the recording and releasing pace with our songwriting pace. We're improving our recording workflow and the imminent goal is to release at least one more album in 2017.

Mathias: We plan to continue being a cool band! :)

I hope to get to touring more in the future.

Q: Any parting words?
Mathias: Thanks for the interest! We hope to see you in person somewhere down the line!
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https://culkin.bandcamp.com/
http://culkin.se
https://www.facebook.com/culkintheband/