quinta-feira, 27 de outubro de 2016

не буду этого помнить with Slackers ☂ - An Interview

Música realmente é um negócio completamente insano, e, principalmente universal.

Dê play em qualquer um dos três discos dos russos do Slackers ☂ e sinta a familiaridade com os 90´s, com garageira nua e crua em moldes lo-fi, sem se preocupar com estéticas, rótulos, ou qualquer coisa que torna a sonoridade agradável, na real os caras estão mais preocupados em diversão e dane-se a torcida, talvez a conexão direta e imediata seja os prediletos Beat Happening, mas na boa, pouca importa.

Tudo em russo, letras, discos, ou seja, esqueça a possibilidade de entender, salvo se você tiver fluência em russo ou se o google te ajudar, porque o negócio aqui é curtição.

Aumente, tire os móveis de sala e cai na farra, ou então, sai pra rua e encha a rua com o Slackers ☂ no headphones e claro, alto, bem alto.

***** Interview with Slackers ☂ ******

Q. When did Slackers ☂ start? Tell us about the history...
Roma: We started two years ago, when Andrei and Vanya were hanging out at Andrei's apartment for several days, drinking beer and listening to music. And the final point of their do-nothing was starting a new band. They wrote several songs, called me by the phone and told that I will be their drummer. I wrote one song and we released our first EP "мне скучно" ("i'm bored") in a day or two. And we began to perform at the moment, our first gig was just two weeks later. I was thinking of it as a joke, but we're still active, touring from time to time and always writing new material.

Andrei: 'kitchen punk' as a lifestyle.

Q: Who are your influences?
Roma: 60's pop, garage-punk and psychedelic, twee bands from 80's especially Beat Happening, Black Tambourine and so on, it can take hundreds of hours to continue.

Andrei: keel her and soviet band named "Н.О.Ж."
(Необходимые Особенности Жизни)

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1) Love - Forever Changes;
2) The 13th Floor Evevators - Easter Everywhere;
3) Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica;
4) Beat Happening - You Turn Me On;
5) Spacemen 3 - Recurring.
I'd like to write more, of course.

Andrei: ariel pink first 5 albums. Don't know, its too difficult for me.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Roma: It's always rather nervous, cause we can't play our instruments really well haha, but it's always fun (when we are not drunk) and people like it. We play a lot in Russia, had a couple of tours, visited many cities from St Petersburg to Siberia, in summer we played in Mongolia at Playtime Festival - and it was cool everywhere. But I like to play at small venues rather than big stages.
Andrei: I feel cool everytime!

Q. How do you describe Slackers ☂ sounds?
Roma: It's hard to tell because we stand at the threshold of change now, most part of last year there were only a two of us (me and Andrei) in a band and we sounded like college rock or twee punk. It was interesting trying to make more sound as a duo, we had only one guitar, drums and two our voices playing live. But now we need to change something, to evolve and we are looking for one or two musicians to make something new.

Andrei: We sound like bad noise. In a cool way. We love student rock like beat happening or something. And we still do love home-recording, home-painting, home-photographing, any-other-home-production and all the DIY esthetics.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Roma: We always recorded at home. On our first releases we recorded apart, each recorded his songs on his own laptop or portastudio and then we released them together as Slackers ☂. Our last album "Не буду этого помнить" ("I won't remember this") was recorded at Andrei's home, where Slackers ☂ started. I spent about a week there, we worked from dusk till dawn everyday together and that seemed to be much cooler for me than working apart. And our recordings differ from our live sound because we have no limits recording on laptop, there're rather more sounds that we can do on stage.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Roma: It would be easier for me to name new Russian bands I like because the scene develops with a crazy speed here: Nikola Tesla & Thee Coils, Mango Tweedlight Academy, Autistic Nursing Home, Architecture Vigilante Orchestra, Bong Rips, Shokalsky Revenge, Продавцы-консультанты, Отстой, Рука Дочери, The Borises, Женя Куковеров, Сердцедёр... Sorry if I forgot someone. You can find some of them here for free: http://pomogitecommunity.bandcamp.com. If we speak about other countries, I can tell about Dumb Doctors (US), The Fat White Family, Spaceman (Australia), Damaged Bug, Jack Name, Morgan Delt.

Andrei: http://dopefishfamily.bandcamp.com

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Roma: There are lots of such bands, to be honest. I listen to music everyday and often imagine how we play one or another song. Maybe The 13th Floor Elevators, but it's very hard to do their song well. For last
several gigs we played "Cast A Shadow" by Beat Happening.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Roma: We're going to record the best album ever.

Q: Any parting words?
Roma: Live and never forget that you're not the only one on this planet.

Andrei: You can't fuck with Samuel L. Jackson.


quarta-feira, 26 de outubro de 2016

Sonic Rabbit Hole with Reptilians From Andromeda - An Interview

Contatos imediatos são usuais via redes sociais e emails, mas as vezes e, isso acontece muito com o TBTCI, me deixa extremamente satisfeito e feliz.

Caso da insanidade proveniente de Istambul, Turquia, o quarteto de pós punk punk tribal com os dois pés enfincados na No Wave, a banda atende pelo nome de Reptilians From Andromeda e acabaram de debutar com um EP brutal intitulado "Sonic Rabbit Hole".

Insanidade, freaknices, ferocidade atroz, evocando Lydia Lunch, Killing Joke, Babes in Toyland, Sonic Youth e tudo que esteja relacionado a barulho extremo, experimental e não convencional.

O Reptilians From Andromeda é um tapa na cara da caretice, com direito a berros, urros, latidos e demais barulhos do mundo animal, experimente "Jungle" e ateste.

Não recomendado a indie kids de forma alguma.

***** Interview with Reptilians From Andromeda *****

Q. When did Reptilians from Andromeda start? Tell us about the history...
Tolga: We started as "Solar Chaos" an experimental/instrumental band at 2013. We have released an album from Canadian Noise record label "Fuck Yr Body Up". After that Aybike wrote some lyrics and we recorded new songs on our vacation trips, and we decided to give a new name "Reptilians From Andromeda" to this new project. But in the beginning here was just us, Aybike and me, and you know we are doin diy home recordings. We have just married its our family fun in that time. We got good feedbacks from Some US labels after we upload our songs to soundcloud. We released 4 Ep's and an album in just three months. Everything was so fast. I have just disband my 20 years long punk rock band "Rashit" so ı was bored with music bussiness and i don't want to be a part of a band again,
it's quiet good for me to just recording some stuff with my love. But anyway there are so much Interest around us to see Reptilians From Andromeda on the stage. You know you can't resist something like that...

Aybike: So we decided to find a drummer and bass player to play live as a band, Taylan was in our minds. Tolga knew him and we loved his old projects as a drummer, we wanted to ask him but he is faster than us, he sent us a message "I loved the songs, I want to play drums" it was amazing and its a sign so we believe he's the right person! We found Merve from facebook, we didnt know her before, but she has same taste of music with us. There arent so many people love alternative music genres in Turkey. We decided she's ok even she lives in an other city where Joe Strummer was born. We Thought that she is a serial killer or a fake facebook id of a male??? till we met her.Suprisingly she has a good personality, so damn good so sometimes we are still suspicious about her!

Q: Who are your influences?

Aybike: I always loved strong and free woman characters.It can be real or fiction character,it doesn't matter.But the real ones are like that ; Nico, Kim Gordon, Miss Piggy, Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Poison Ivy (The Cramps), Nina Hagen and Kim Deal.

Tolga: Millions of things i listened, watched and read before but my musical ones are basicaly, Stooges, T-Rex, Velvet Underground, Newyork Dolls, Suicide, Bowie, MC5, Television, Keot attention ith Leviene, Slits, Wire, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Chrome, Wipers, Davie Allan and The Arrows, Peter Hammill, Howard Roberts, Flipper, Dna, Sonic Youth, Pixies, Jesus lizard, Big Black, Slint, Low, Spell, Fall, Bauhaus, Honeymoon Killers, Gang of Four, Pere Ubu, Earth, Sunn o)))

Taylan: My only influences are not especially persons but the life itself also. You gather things and you put it in your backpack as 'influence'.Events, objects and yes some persons. To answer i can say Steve Albini (producer, guitar player, writer) is my favourite personnage at the music scene.

Merve: My influences names are Dr. Frank-N-Furter (a fictional character from Rocky Horror Picture Show),  Synergy (a fictional character from Jem and the Holograms), Robert Smith and Kathleen Hanna.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Aybike: Nico - The Marble Index, Lydia Lunch - Drowning In Limbo, The Damned - Machine Gun Etiquette, Lou Reed - Ecstasy, Johnny Thunders & Patti Palladin - Copy Cats.

Tolga: Howard Roberts - Antelope Freeway, Television - Self titled (1992), Sonic Youth - Evol, Peter Hammill - Nadir's Big Chance, Suicide - Self titled

Taylan: Slint - Spiderland, Girls Against Boys - Cruise yourself, Television - marquee moon, Autechre - lp5, Shellac - At action park

Merve: The Cramps - Bad Music For Bad People, Nina Hagen Band – Unbehagen, Be Own Your Pet – Get Awkward, The Cure – Disintegration, Headcoatees - Punk Girls

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Aybike: I feel like a reptilian. A powerfull predator with cold blood. I was born to be on stage.

Tolga: I feel allright!

Taylan: I feel good when i play live. It's really fun to play when you play rock'n'roll music to an audience...

Merve: When i’m playing live, i feel like time has stopped; i'm having this feeling every time.. The music makes me feel alive! That’s my partner in crime!

Q. How do you describe Reptilians from Andromedasounds?
Aybike: Basicaly we are a lofi garage band but sometimes our sound changes with our mood swings!

Tolga: A good blend of Diy, LoFi, Nowave, Garage, Punk, Experimental, Dark, Noise and some deathrock

Taylan: Reptilians from Andromedas sound is like 90s garage-punk bands sounds. But between songs there are different and unique sounds and grooves.

Merve: Reptilians From Andromedas sound’s like punk/garage and art rock. Reptiles catch each song a different sound; sometimes noisy, sometimes energetic or completely different.. Actually, we're trying to make a sound collaging.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Tolga: Simply everyting begins with Aybike's lyrics and we sometimes make jam at home together, so we record a basic demo, and send the other bandmates. We make rehearsal at a simple local studio and at the end record drum tracks, and take all  the recordings to our home studio where we record all guitars, bass, vocals and additional noises etc. We use reel to reel & 4 track tape machine recorders, at the end we use computer to mixed all the stuff. We used to make our masterings but we stopped doin that so we have met with Fran Ascroft who is the frontman of legendary 70's band The Monos band from Uk. now he is making our masterings and give our sound a gently touch and somehow they sound more vintage, he adds some magic i guess.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Tolga: Thee oh sees, Meatbodies, Coathangers, Ex Hex, KEN Mode, Sharkmuffin, Bass Drum of Death, Childbirth , Blacklisters, Pigs, Arabrot, Sic Alps, Dead Ghosts

Aybike: L'ordre d'Héloïse, Secondhand Underpants, Castlebeat, CIA SHHarpie, Cult Club and Spooky Cigarette.

Taylan: Lately i am listening to Goat, Dan Sartain, Temples...

Merve: Career Suicide, The Futurians, Human Tetris; i can recommend these bands for music junkies.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Aybike: Actually we had covered ''Rebel rebel'' and ''Cherry Bomb''for our shows. I loved these songs when i was a child and they are fits my voice.  But without my timbre i choose ''Killing Joke''

Tolga: "Suicide" would be nice!

Taylan: I would like to make a cover version of "Kraftwerk", "Residents" or a "Devo"'s song. Maybe one day....

Merve: I’d like to make a cover version of Bratmobile, Frumpies, Japan or Blancmange’s song i guess

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Aybike: We have just shot a new video for "Blood Planet" song, We are going to release it soon,

Tolga: There're also upcoming shows in Istanbul. And we have just finished our new demo recordings. Titles and ideas are ready now, just We are gonna make a serious recording session for them to release a new album soon.

Q: Any parting words?
Aybike: Thanks for this great questions, it's been a good interview, cheers!


terça-feira, 25 de outubro de 2016

Shame Spiral with Youngest of Elders - An Interview

Jesse Gale é a mente por trás do Youngest of Elders.

Descendente direto de gente como Cursive, Sunny Day Real State e logicamente fazendo conexões com os atuais Nothing, principalmente nas melodiosas, barulhentas e melancólicas canções de seus dois EP´s e seu mais novo single "Shame Spiral".

Claramente os 90´s estão enraizados no Youngest of Elders mas com aquele ar atual que deixa tudo mais interessante ainda.
***** Interview with Youngest of Elders *****

Q. When did Youngest of Elders start? Tell us about the history...
We started in 2014 as a solo project, and after playing a bunch of shows and touring, the band is now myself and Bernt Strom.

Q: Who are your influences?
Cursive, Pedro the Lion, The Appleseed Cast, My Bloody Valentine, Sunny Day Real Estate.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures"
Pink Floyd "The Wall"
Cursive "Domestica"
Ambulance LTD "LP"
Led Zeppelin "Led Zeppelin II"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is the best outlet to have and the cheapest form of therapy for me.

Q. How do you describe Youngest of Elders sounds?
We grew up in the 90's, so we try to pay tribute to the bands we grew up listening to for nostalgia's sake.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I'll bring an idea to Bernt, and he'll sit down and help write guitar and bass parts with me, then figure out drums. We then go to the amazing Nic Gracia and Rob Marshall that work at The Canvas Group and do all of our tracking there. Then, we send it off to Duane M. Ramos in Los Angeles for mixing and mastering, although the songs we're working on are being mastered by Giovanni Versari (worked on Muse's Grammy winning "Drones" album).

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
BullyWest, Overland, Mourning Mountains, Mall Walk, King Woman, Well Secluded.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Nine Inch Nails "The Perfect Drug"

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're recording until the end of 2016 and plan on putting out an album in 2017.

Q: Any parting words?
Follow us online (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc) and buy our music and merch at youngestofelders.bigcartel.com


Post Plague with Odonis Odonis - An Interview

Se existe insanidade e inteligência na música atual, e existe muita por sinal, um desses grandes exemplos, sem dúvida é, o agora, trio canadense Odonis Odonis.

Os caras podem ir desde o noisesurfgazepsych de "Hollandaze" o debute deles de 2011 até o industrial post gaze de seu mais recente álbum "Post Plague" lançado este ano. Tudo isso sem perder o poderio enérgico e o barulho gratuito que os caras perpetuam sem jamais, veja bem, jamais perder o fio condutor de explorar por todos os meios sonoros suas perturbações sônicas.

Sem se ater a rótulos, limites ou modismos, o Odonis Odonis segue adiante sua caminhada ao inferno, violentos e agora mais sintéticos do que outrora.

***** Interview with Odonis Odonis *****

Q. When did Odonis Odonis start? Tell us about the history...
It all began around 2009-2010 as a bedroom project. I was going through a rough time, lost my job and broke up with my fiance at the time and put all my energy into writing music. I sent the record out to some labels and got picked up by Fat Cat in the UK and decided I needed to put a band together. Here we are now on our 3 record.

Q: Who are your influences?
Pixies, Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Cramps, Depeche Mode, Big Black, New Order

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Ministry - Land of Rape and Honey
Pixies - Doolittle
Nine inch nails - Downward Spiral
Death Grips - Money Store
Wire - Chairs Missing

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I used to hate it and had alot of stage fright. Now that I've gotten over the anxiety it's just really really fun.

Q. How do you describe Odonis Odonis sounds?
Industrial Post Gaze, EDM

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
For this new record we flew to Victoria BC in a remote studio with our friend Colin Stewart. We laid down all the bed tracks and smoked alot of weed. Then we went on tour and figured out a bunch of stuff live on the road. When we came back we spent about 6 months re-recording and mixing the record. It was a long process drawn out process

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Gesaffelstein, Death grips, Tobacco, High Tides, The Soft Moon

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We are currently doing a cover of Nitzer Ebb - Join in the chant

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are going to get back in the studio and get a new record out for 2017. Hopefully get back on the road next spring summer

Q: Any parting words?
Bring us to South America!


segunda-feira, 24 de outubro de 2016

These Beautiful Things with Guest Directors - An Interview

Vamos lá então, quando quatro amigos se juntam para destroçar seus instrumentos, arrancando deles, melodias poderosas, evocando paredes sonoras, por vezes violentas em outras densas e carregadas de melancolia, tudo isso gerando conexões com gente do calibre de um Swervedriver ou de um Autolux, é fato que o TBTCI tem quase que por obrigação e sina verificar pessoalmente com os caras, certo? Obviamente que esta mais do certo.

Estamos falando aqui do quarteto de Seattle, Guest Directors e seu espetacular EP de estreia, que atende pelo título mais do que correto de "These Beautiful Things".

O Guest Directors renova os barulhentos anos noventa, adequando os áureos anos para os dias atuais. Simplesmente viciante.

***** Interview with Guest Directors *****

Q. When did Guest Directors start? Tell us about the history…
Julie and Gary met summer 2014 via Craigslist. Gary’s ad wasn’t very specific, but had a lot of intriguing keywords and photos of vintage gear. Julie was just picking up guitar again after having switched to drums for a while, and was looking for people to jam with and get back into it.

Telepathy became apparent from the first jam. Gary found a drummer (Rian), through the same ad and he joined us the third time we got together. We all just meshed really well. We continued getting together to “improv” every few weeks and started developing those pieces into “songs” - at least, we gave them some structure. At this point we still weren’t calling ourselves a band! I think we started talking about being a little more “serious”, and looking for a bass player near the end of 2014 - we put out an ad but that didn’t really pan out. Gary suggested Steve, who he’d worked with before, and he ended up fitting in perfectly.

We started pulling together songs in earnest but still didn’t have a singer - plus we weren’t having much luck looking for one. By this point we were also a little protective of the good vibe we have with the 4 of us so Julie and Gary decided to take a stab at singing. We recorded the EP in April of this year, had our first show shortly afterward, and now we feel like we’re on a roll.

Q: Who are your influences?
[julie] Pretenders, Grifters, Swervedriver, Sonic Youth
[gary] Life, Art, Nature, each other…

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
[julie] Impossible question! But here are some of my faves in context of Guest Directors:
Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation
Cocteau Twins: Treasure
Swervedriver: I Wasn’t Born to Lose You
Autolux: Future Perfect

Jimi Hendrix - Axis Bold as Love
Failure - Fantastic Planet

Q. How do you feel playing live?
[julie] We’ve only had three live shows so far but the overall feeling has been FUN! I really love playing with these guys. The only struggle I have is not being able to hear myself sing when my guitar is as loud as I want it to be. Still trying to find a middle ground with that.

[gary] Immersed

Q. How do you describe Guest Directors sounds?
1. Post-shoegaze rock, dream pop, power pop and noise
2. Raindrops beating up evergreens.
3. Songs from the ethers
4. Sometimes pretty, sometimes mangled, sometimes pretty mangled

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We decided to go with an EP this time out, so we first picked songs that fit together as a set. There are a lot of really good studios and engineers in Seattle, and we ended up going into Witch Ape Studios run by Tad Doyle. Also, Gary and Tad used to play together (in TAD), so we had a personal connection that made things really comfortable.

We scheduled two consecutive weekends, but, as often happens, we didn’t get as far as we expected - then halfway through the final Sunday session there was a huge storm and the power was knocked out in the neighborhood! That pretty much shut us down, and we had to wait a month for an opening to get back in and finish up. Instead of just booking a replacement day, we booked another weekend, so we had a whole extra day to finish up (and do extra guitar overdubs!).

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
1. Nocturnal Habits
2. local friends Vibragun
3, Malady of Seven Dials
4. Flyying Colours
5.Orange Kyte

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
[julie] There are a couple of Swervedriver B-sides from early EP’s that I’d love to take a stab at
The Psychedelic Furs
PJ Harvey.
There’s also an Ultra Vivid Scene song that I’ve been thinking would be a good cover

Psych Furs

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’ve applied to some small regional festivals so hopefully we’ll get accepted to at least one of those. We’d definitely like to record again in 2017 if possible. Ultimately we want to keep creating and see where it leads. Basically write more, record more, play more gigs!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks - We appreciate your listening!


sexta-feira, 21 de outubro de 2016

Seven Feathers with This Blinding Light - An Interview

Quando a música atinge seus estados psíquicos mais íntimos os alterando em seus mais diversos provocando alucinações é porque ela, a música, te pegou pela alma. 

E foi exatamente isso que o quinteto de Seattle, This Blinding Light fez com este que vos escreve. Independentemente se você optar pelo debute deles, o EP "Altar" de 2012, ou "Medicine Bag" de 2015, ou ainda, e este, talvez, o mais poderoso dos caras, o recente "Seven Feathers" e suas sete viagens ao redor do Sistema Solar. Não entendeu? Ok, explico; "Seven Feathers" em suas sete odisseias percorre iniciando em em "Sun" e a partir dai meu amigo, o passeio percorre, "Mercury", "Venus", "Moon", "Mars", "Juniper" e finaliza sua ode em "Saturn".

Uma obra espetacular, para ficarmos em apenas um adjetivo. Mas posso dizer a vocês que o This Blinding Light se alimenta e conecta-se sonoramente com gente do calibre de Loop, Flying Saucer Attack, Bardo Pond, Spacemen 3 e outros exploradores do universo ácido da psicodelia em forma de drones.

O This Blinding Light é daquelas bandas que tornaram-se prediletas do TBTCI na primeira audição.

Simplesmente ACIMA.

***** Interview with This Blinding Light *****

Q. When did This Blinding Light start? Tell us about the history...

This Blinding Light was a project formed in 2006 by Michael Sterling (Joy Wants Eternity) Myself [Lance Watkins] (Hypatia Lake) and Shane Browning (Hypatia Lake). It was primarily meant to be a vehicle of incorporating Magick into music, a Sonic Alchemy of sorts, blending both mine and Michael's knowledge of the Esoteric arts into trance inducing acid psych or Northwest Mystic Psych (it could be called)

Q: Who are your influences?
Love and Light, Space and Time

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Man that that's a tough one. How about my top five for today?
LOOP "Fade Out",
Lilys "Eccsame the Photon Band",
Hawkwind "Space Ritual",
Spiritualized "Pure Phase",
Bardo Pond "Lapsed"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Empowered sometimes and defeated others. It really depends on the dynamic and how the show plays out.

Q. How do you describe This Blinding Light sounds?
Trance inducing. We really try to lock the listeners in with groove and texture.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Our most recent album, "Seven Feathers" (Custom Made Music US and Liquid Library UK) was recorded live at the Church with Scot Colburn (Animal Collective, Sun City Girls, Arcade Fire). It was tracked in one day live, and the minimal over dubs a, vocals and mixing were done the next day. I'd say about 20 hours was spent on it total. We wanted it to sound raw and unmeddled. Sometimes when you sit with songs for too long they lose their original nature. They become too entangled in your ego. We wanted they songs to be how we played them (or as close as that could be).

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I'm really into The Cosmic Dead, The Dead Vibrations, 10000 Russos, Morgan Delt,and Ty Segal. I know some of those guys have been around a minute, but it's new to me.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have done some covers of LOOP and Flying Saucer Attack that were fun, but I'd like to do something less obvious like ZZ Top or Neil Young and really fuzz it out.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're planning out the direction for the next album and hope to get out on the road for a west coast tour soon.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks to Seattle, Mama,all the the venues, all the bands we've played with through out this last decade. As Above, So Below. As Without, So Within.


quinta-feira, 20 de outubro de 2016

Social Bribe with See The Eye - An Interview

E seguindo a máxima aqui no TBTCI, em abrir estas páginas para bandas completamente desconhecidas ou em real início de carreira, é chegada a vez do See The Eye. 

Diretamente a Indonésia e por conta de seu primeiro single, "Social Bribe", um mix barulhento e sonhador de shoegaze clássico e principalmente seguidor dos recente "clássicos" Ringo Deathstarr e Pinkshinyultrablast, sim, porque não? Afinal ambos tem sido altamente cultuados, principalmente em se tratando de novas bandas vindas da Ásia.

Uma estreia de fazer os fãs gazers abrirem um sorriso de ponta a ponta.

***** Interview with See The Eye *****

Q. When did See The Eye start? Tell us about the history...
A: See The Eye start in the early of 2016. At first 3 of us were part of scooter (vespa) community called JPCC (Jakarta Piaggio Corsa Community) back in 2014. We start jamming and think to formed a hardcore band. As time goes by, few people come and go to jammed with us. Finally we found solid formation and each of us had different influences, then we decided to let each play with their influences. See The Eye are Harry - Guitar/Vocal, Danny - Guitar/Synth, Abee - Bass, Arya - Drum, Yudhit - Vocal. The name See The Eye is taken from CDI, a type of automotive electronic ignition system which is widely used in scooter. We used it not just because all of us ride scooter, but we want to be like CDI that can ignite our spirit to making the music.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Harry (The Cure, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, MBV, Red House Painter, Sugar Star, Mogwai, Sugarcube, The Smashing Pumpkins)

Danny (Pinkshinyultrablast, MBV, Chapterhouse, Lush, Cocteau Twins)

Abee (The Cure, Sex Pistols, Depeche Mode, Bad Religion, Sepultura, Weezer)

Arya (Nothing, Whirr, ASIWYFAF, Nirvana)

Yudhit (Mogwai, Do Make Say Think, Olafur Arnalds, Trespasser William, The Innocence Mission, Pale Saints)

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: Disintegration - The Cure
Pygmalion - Slowdive
Grand Feather - Pinkshinyultrablast
Bleach - Nirvana
The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore - Saxon Shore

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: We will play at September 30 2016

Q. How do you describe See The Eye sounds?
A: Energetic, Noise, Free

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: Just like the others, we record it in recording studio track by track and take 2 shifts

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Pinkshinyultrablast, Ringo Deathstarr, Heals (Indonesia),

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: RIDE, Weezer, MBV

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Make albums, touring around the world

Q: Any parting words?
A: Enjoy what we love, what we hear, and what we play


quarta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2016

Choose Your Own Adventure with Vanishing Twin - An Interview

Música inclassificável, essa é a impressão que se tem ao experimentar a odisseia ao redor do universo musical da qual os ingleses do Vanishing Twin perpetua.

Free jazz? Kraut?Minimal freak psych? Pode ser tudo isso junto ou separado, ou nada disso ao mesmo tempo, o ponto crucial é que não há qualquer possibilidade de situar o Vanishing Twin neste ou aquele nicho sonoro.

Experimente adentar ao universo dos caras, e entenda o que eu tentei descrever, certamente a viagem será altamente lisérgica, isso é garantido.

***** Interview with Vanishing Twin ***** 

Q. When did Vanishing Twin start? Tell us about the history...
Vanishing twin began life as my solo project Orlando. I was releasing concept cassettes on my own label The Re-Alignment of Magnetic Dust (RAM), and playing the songs with different musicians. Gradually we settled into a formation of people who all shared similar taste and similar ideas, and in the process the sound became much bigger than Orlando as it incorporated these different musical personalities. So with that we chose a new name and a new identity.

Q: Who are your influences?
Too many to name. There are a few vinyl lovers in the band - with collections of interesting and obscure music from all over the world. We have a deep love of library and soundtrack music that heavily influences our sound and approach, but equally we're interested in Latin jazz, outsider pop, African funk, minimal classical music, industrial, no wave and other intriguing cocktails of sound.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
The live show is about conjuring magic, about casting a spell, and opening a door into another world for a brief time. The visual is an important part of the whole picture for us - the creation of a complete entity. For that reason we create all our own artwork and videos.

Q. How do you describe Vanishing Twin sounds?
Vanishing twin sounds like oblique pop, lost soundtracks, radiophonic experiments and eternal juju.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The album was recorded and produced with Malcolm Catto at his studio Quatermass Sound Lab. He has built this space for his own band The Heliocentrics for maximum atmosphere and minimum interfere. We didn't do many takes, just went for the right performance and atmosphere. Then I took the recordings away to experiment with overdubs and effects before bringing them back for mixing.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Tomaga, Gelbart, The Soundcarriers

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
It's not really about who you cover but what you do with it. Its something we do often as it's an excellent musical exercise to explore the possibilities of a song. Here are a few covered:
Michael Jackson - don't stop til you get enough; gently Johnny; Paul McCartney - check my machine, Astrud Gilberto - zigy zigy za; don cherry - brown rice; brigitte Bardot - contact.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A second Vanishing Twin album. There is also the debut Man From Uranus album coming out on RAM which we are about to master. Two Orlando cassettes are to be re-issued on vinyl so I may do some solo performances in support of that.

Q: Any parting words?
If you're ever in a fix, as yourself, what would Sun Ra do?


terça-feira, 18 de outubro de 2016

Psalms with Arbes - An Interview

Simplesmente delicioso!! Sim delicioso é o adjetivo que melhor pode definir os australianos do Arbes e seu inspirado segundo EP, "Psalms", lançado há pouco mais de dez dias.

"Psalms" é ensolarado, cristalino, elegante e repleto de melodias instigantes. Um clima cândido percorre as sete músicas do disco, com destaque imediato para a abertura celestial de "Sintra".

Arbes é um verdadeiro colírio para os ouvidos.

***** Interview with Arbes *****

Q. When did Arbes start? Tell us about the history?
(Answered by Sam): Arbes started early in 2013. We’d all been friends for years and had played music together between us, Jess and Anita since they were very young. The start of the band I think coincided with each of us realising what it means to actually attempt to sound like yourself and not just emulate whatever is around.

Q. Who are your influences?
(Answered by Sam): Collectively we all listen to/are inspired by Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Foals, Anderson .Paak.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time
(Answered by Sam): This is 5 of my favourite albums as of right now.
Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures
Kaytranada, 99.9%
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Piñata
Vince Staples, Prima Donna
Beach House, Depression Cherry

Q. How do you feel playing live?
(Answered by Jess) I think playing live for us is ultimately a huge release, and feels pretty surreal. Especially if it's a show where we can feel the audience be quite responsive and engaging, those are the best gigs. I think all performers would agree that it's the crowd's energy that informs how you feel. I think sometimes we have a weird moment playing live where we remember that it's just the three of us, and no one else knows what it's like when we write and practice together. It's pretty indescribable to remember a song when it was just developing, and to watch it become something full realised in a live setting. I think we also feel deeply grateful that we can perform, and even more so that people actually want to come watch us.

Q. How do you describe Arbes sounds?
(Answered by Jess) That's always a hard question. Especially as we feel that it's changed so much over time. At the moment, using Psalms as a reference, I would say our sound still has this kind of nostalgia/dream wave quality about it, but it's a lot more expansive. Purely because we spent so much more time thinking about how we wanted to fill out the sound. Swimmer had a very low-fi, minimal, beachy quality to it, and I think we've changed a lot since then. Psalms still retains a kind of lamenting, summery mood that Swimmer had, but it's way more cosmic and spacey.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
(Answered by Jess) Both Swimmer & Psalms were recorded at Sam's house. They were both done in the same way, where we record each instrument separately. For Psalms, we used different recording software that allowed us to experiment with texture and tone a lot more. We always start by recording drums first, then guitar, then bass and vocals last. For Psalms, Anita wrote and recorded keys for most of the tracks. Drums and guitar take us a long time to get right, I think drums are objectively just the hardest sound to get perfect, especially as we self-record, it takes a lot of experimenting to get it right. And because of how intricate Sam's guitar parts are, he spend a lot of time layering and playing around with the sound. For Swimmer, everything was DIY, from recording straight through to the final mixes. For Psalms, we had two separate friends mix and master it, it was good for us to branch out and have people we trust take what we had done ourselves, and just enhance it and bring all elements together.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
(Answered by Anita). There’s some beauties being released by Sports Day Records recently. I recommend Harley Alexander - his newest release ‘Harland’ is so nostalgic, sweet and homely. Static Animal has just released their second EP, ‘Morning Sounds’, which perfectly encapsulates dreamy, lo-fi sounds that you’d listen to while walking your dog around your suburb on a nice morning.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
(Answered by Anita): LCD Soundsystem.

Q: What are your plans for the future ?
(Answered by Anita): We want to keep writing, performing and recording together and continue to expand our sounds. An album is probably next, so in the near future we’ll be doing a lot of writing.

Q: Any parting words?
(Answered by Anita): Nothing fills us with more joy than people around the world listening and enjoying our music, so thank you.


Pure with Glace - An Interview

Marc-Olivier Theriault é o criador e escultor das peças climáticas, hipnóticas e envolventes do Glace.

"Pure" é o único registro até o momento do canadense, e nome mais adequado, impossível, "Pure" exala beleza, candura e sugere um aconchegante clima introspectivo para o ouvinte.

Uma estreia de rara beleza concebida pelo Glace.

***** Interview with Glace *****

Q: When did Glace start?
Glace officialy started last year when I uploaded music on Bandcamp.

Q: Who are your influences?
I have many influences but I'll try to name the main ones. I'm a huge fan of shoegaze bands from the 90's like Slowdive, MBV, Curve, Lush, Ride, Chapterhouse, Pale Saints, Catherine Wheel, etc. I also like the darker stuff of The Cure and Cocteau Twins. I listen to a lot of different genres but I'm really into dream pop, jangle pop,alternative and surf rock.

Q: Make a list of 5 albums of all time
Disintegration, Oshin, Bleach, Nevermind

Q: How do you feel playing live?
I've only played one show so I guess I was shy.

Q: How do you describe Glace sounds?
Cold, dreamy, glow, dark, slow, fast,

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs
I usualy begin with the drums. After I play a guitar track 1 on it and then, add a guitar track 2 over it. Finally, I add synth and voice if I think it is necessary.

Q: Wich new bands do you recommend?
There are many but to name only a few I would say Diiv, Orchin, Golden Graves, Leave The Planet, Be Forest and Castlebeat. If you like shoegaze, there are some very good australian bands that you should check out like Contrast, Bloohounds On My Trail, Black Ryder, Miniatures, Blush Response, Lowtide, Kigo, Luna Ghost.

Q: Wich band would you love to make a cover version of?
I don't think I would make a cover because it is almost impossible to do justice to the original song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I will continue to record new music. There will be a new single out soon too. I'm aiming for a release in december.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for for your time.


segunda-feira, 17 de outubro de 2016

The Upper Room with VV & The Void - An Interview

Coldwave, darkwave, em tonalidades cinzentas e hipnoticamente envolventes, este é VV & The Void, tendo a frente Valentina Veil e sua encantadora e letal voz.

Em vias de lançar seu primeiro disco o VV &The Void nos presentearam com uma versão densa e desesperadora para "Placebo Effect" da diva máxima Siouxsie Sioux, sem contar na impressionantemente gélida "God Machine" e outras preciosidades como "The Seeker" e "Thorn" que remetem a uma conexão em os Pink Dots, Cranes e a deusa gélida, Nico.

O conselho que o TBTCI dá é, acompanhem todos os passos do que o VV& The Void fará, é necessário.

***** Interview with VV & The Void *****

Q. When did VV & The Void start? Tell us about the history...
VV & The Void has been formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2014.

After spending seven years in Rome studying film and sound engineering, I began performing in a few local bands with whom I had the pleasure of opening for artists like Peter Murphy and Legend ary Pink Dots. Then, I moved to Berlin and joined a band called, "House of Light;" playings synths and singing. With HOL, I toured, extensively all over the US, Europe and Australia; where I moved to in 2014 for all almost two years. Most of the songs and material I wrote for VV & The Void has been recorded between Los Angeles, Berlin and Melbourne while on the road.
Q: Who are your influences?
Voids, Empty Rooms, Empty Pages, Empty Streets, Storms, Night Skies, Occult, Rituals, Magick, Light, Black Holes, Opiates, Sex, Death, Fears, Expressionism, French Poets, Excesses, Dada, Avantgarde, Obsessions

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
New Order - Movement
Cocteau Twins - treasure
Suicide - Suicide
The Cure - Disintegration
Nico - The Drama of Exile

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It feels like a sort of healing ritual… a mix of sexual and mystical intercourse.

Q. How do you describe VV & The Void sounds?
ethereal, gothic, decadent, blurry, smokey, velvety, drone

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I usually record at home in my own studio in Berlin. When I travel, I generally get very inspired and so I always make sure to bring some type of portable studio with me to work anytime; especially on editing or lyrics. Normally, I start with building beats using drum machines or self-designed, drum patterns, and then add synthesizers, guitars, bass guitar, and, finally, vocals. I rarely use virtual instruments because I like building my own sound by experimenting with pedals and modulators.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I never much liked covering other bands. It makes me feel uncomfortable. This one is a tough one for me.

Which new bands do you recommend?
Nun, Schonwald, Night Nail, Rites Wild, Ascetic, House of Light, Exek, Trespasser, Bleib Modern and Liste Noire.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
The album is set for release in winter this year. Lindsay Gravina (HTRK,The Birthday Party, Rowland S. Howard, Swervedriver), has been mixing the album at his awesome Birdland Studios in Melbourne, Australia. The album features guests musicians like Brandon Robert of Night Nail, Ian Jackson, Sven Claussen of Din A Tod/Sleepless in Pyongyang, Justin de Vries of House of Light, Matthew W. Mero, Phillip Haut (The Centimeters, The Warlocks, Ariel Pink) and Henry Wilson of Exek. In the meantime, I will be releasing my second video “God Machine”, shot in a stunning, Berlin forest by Aude Francoise. DSTM, a great fashion designer, is also featured in the video. In the next few weeks, I will be working on a brand new video for the song “Idol Worship" with a Berlin-based director & visual artist, originally from Mexico City named, Alejandro Moncada
Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for supporting us, without passionate people like you we couldn’t keep it alive… <3 br="">*


sexta-feira, 14 de outubro de 2016

Full Moon In Vertigo with Dignitary - An Interview

Já comentei anteriormente o que escreverei novamente, Los Angeles é a mecca do novo pós punk e darkwave, a efervescente cena de lá, tem nos brindado com bandas e discos simplesmente geniais.

E é chegada a vez do Dignitary que tem data para o lançamento de seu primeiro álbum intitulado "Full Moon In Vertigo", o disco vem ao mundo dia 16 mas já pode ser apreciado no link do bandcamp da banda, além disso o Dignitary preparou uma festa absolutamente imperdível para a comemoração do lançamento. No próximo dia 18 os caras se apresentam neste evento (https://www.facebook.com/events/1035244129907202/) que conta com discotecagem de ninguém menos do que Daniel Ash, sim ele mesmo, o gênio por detrás das guitarra do Bauhaus. Pena que estamos um muito longe desse acontecimento, não é? 

Voltemos a "Full Moon In Vertigo", o disco, ao lado do debute do Echolust, certamente a estreia do Dignitary é um dos melhores discos de pós punk do ano. Sombras de The Sound, Chameleons e claro Lloyd Cole e The Smiths, permeiam o trabalho dos caras, mas a sonoridade do Dignitary revitaliza os 80´s e os transporta para nossos dias com extrema elegância e sofisticação.

Um disco extremamente necessário.

***** Interview with Dignitary *****

Q. When did Dignitary start? Tell us about the history...
MC: Pretty boring history (so edit this down all you want!) but…I started up the first incarnation of Dignitary with Ammo Bankoff (of Brass Tax, old school friend and the cinematographer on my directorial debut feature Jerry Powell and the Delusions of Grandeur – now streaming on Amazon Video! –plug-plug) in 2011. We wrote “Demon Beside Me” together (on the Tautology EP) and we were a gothic western band – acoustics, minimal, dual male/female harmonizing like Exene and John Doe in X. And we had a long, pretentious, story-book name… The Dignitary Loss of Richard Roe. When Nick Liberatore joined on drums we went into a more electric direction and changed the name to Dignitary Loss. We played the Echo Park Rising Music Festival in Los Angeles in 2013, and for that show we dropped the Loss and just went by Dignitary. A month later, mid-way through our video for “Demon, Beside Me” the band broke up. Wrapped the video and that was that.

GH: I'm a third generation Dignitary. I met Mike about 2 years ago while working at a vegan restaurant where we bonded over comics, movies, and music. At the time Dignitary Loss was on hiatus and Mike was looking to start the band up again with a different line up.

FS: I'll tell you how Dignitary started for moi. I joined as a keyboardist in late 2013. Mike and I have been friends for most of my life so when he asked me to join there was no hesitation on my part. The band was going through a transitional period at the time and we took a break from playing shows.

MC: I resurrected the band in 2014. And wanted to go in a different direction. More New Wave. I’d been jamming with Gabe Huerta (lead guitar) and Fallon Scherzinger (keys) and Caroline Schoenberg (bass) here and there for a bit with different drummers. Never played out, tho. Fallon’s my teenhood best friend. Known her since we were kids – she was 12 when I met her. I was 15. Both grew up in the punk scene (although she was a rude girl and I was super into anarcho-punk). She volunteered at Koo’s Café in Santa Ana, CA (pretty famous joint if you look up the place: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koo%27s_Art_Center). So we were always around
bands but never played in one together. We didn’t know how to play anything! Fallon took some minor bass lessons and I figured out how to play on my own – not that well, mind you. When I first started to write songs I would have her do back-up vocals. So…Asked her to join on keys. It’s simple. Root notes. Gabe I met at a restaurant/bar we both worked at. We bonded over comic books. Total geek-fest. And it turns out that just like Fallon, he too is originally from Orange County, California.

FS: We recorded some stuff, some of my backup vocals and a little of my keys are on the Tautology (Dignitary's first EP). After that I took a break from Dignitary for about 9 months.

MC: So, yeah, we never played out. Fallon temporarily left the band – although she contributed backing vocals and played keys on our debut Tautology EP. Stacy Fratelli replaced her and Ted Iisley got behind the kit – Nick (aka the Liberator) played on that EP and both the Burn and Lady in White EPs as a session drummer. Gabe and I planned a West Coast tour to support the Tautology EP and Caroline didn’t want to tour so she left the band. Instead of auditioning new bassists I asked Fallon if she wanted to take over for Caro. She didn’t know how to play bass and we had a show about three weeks from when I asked her to rejoin the band. She learned how to play bass in three weeks! Mind
blowing. And it’s not easy, simple root-note stuff either. Those are some mid-level bass lines.

FS: They needed a bass player (my absolute favorite instrument). I rejoined in late 2015. I learned my parts in about a week and a half and played my first show at Church of Fun in September 2015. It's been an absolute blast ever since. Recording, playing, touring, shalalalaaala.

MC: Gabe, Fallon, and I are the core of the band. And we play with various session musicians on keys or drums or use backing tracks when we don’t. To me the band became an official thing when the Tautology EP was released in the fall of 2015.

Q: Who are your influences?
GH: Within our genre, I'd say Johnny Marr is a huge influence. I'm not the biggest Smiths fan but I really love Johnny's guitar work. Jumping between rhythm and lead, he knew how to fill up the space around him.

MC: I’m influenced by everything and everyone and play homage to everything and everyone and I have no shame in pointing it out. I have an unintentional, bassy crooner’s voice so I love all those ‘60s and ‘70s lounge-type love songs…lots of Spanish stuff my mom would play around the house. Leonardo Favio’s “Llovia, Llovia”, Los Angeles Negros’ “Y Volvere”. Listen to that and then listen to our song “Deathstar”. I can break down our tunes and tell you what I was aiming for. I’ll be like… check out the Squeeze vocal influence on “Mississippi” or there’s this Mamma’s and Pappa’s bit over here. Jesus and Mary Chain on “Some Kind of Sickness”? Pixies on “As the Verdict”…My older brother (who was in his twenties when I was a kid) was a working DJ in Los Angeles in the ‘80s. So he was always blasting the hits when I would ride around in his car. Duran Duran, Thompson Twins… all those new romantic bands. That’s always been in my blood even tho my favorite stuff growing up were bands like Zounds and Crass. Crass bass lines are some of the best in the universe.

FS: Oohhh all the 80s greats! Siouxsie, definitely. No surprise there. The bass lines have a Gang of Four bounciness to them. Delta 5. New Order. I can listen to the Cocteau Twins in the bath until I implode into one giant wrinkle.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
MC: That’s no concrete list! The first four, maybe, five Ramones albums. The others are good if you’re a fan but they’re spotty. So one of those first five. Stone Roses - S/T. Smashing Pumpkins – Adore. Black Sabbath – Paranoid is probably the greatest album ever recorded. The Smiths – Louder than Bombs is my favorite driving album.

GH: I was a late bloomer when it came to music. These are albums I grew upwith and can listen to from start to finish any day:
1) ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Source Tags & Code
2) Muse - Black Holes & Revelations
3) The Mars Volta - De-loused in the Comatorium
4) Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
5) Radiohead - OK Computer

FS: Ok, these are definitely my go-to's, but they can't be in order, that's too much emotional distress:
.Siouxsie and the Banshees: Juju
.David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
.The Gun Club: Fire of Love
.The Specials: The Specials
.Wire: Pink Flag

Meh. There's more names I wanna cram into these 5.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
MC: With my hands.

GH: It's the reason why I play music to begin with. I like to compare it to being an actor. You have a part to play and you just be someone else for 30 minutes or so. I'm pretty shy, so playing live gives me a chance to not be me for a bit.

FS: Quite honestly, for the first two songs I am at my peak of anxiety. I get so nervous. If my E string doesn't tune easily I just want to scream and then dive head first into concrete. Then, just as the third song starts, it's the most fun I've ever had. It's empowering. Even if there's only 2 people in the audience I feel like a fucking queen. If people are dancing, that emotion doubles. I always have so
much energy after a show.

Q. How do you describe the Dignitary sounds?
MC: Uhhhh….

GH: Dark, romantic lyrics with jumpy bass lines and reverberated guitar layers.

FS: We are headed in a direction that's a lot dancier. Poppier. You can definitely hear Duran Duran in a lot of the guitars, and one of our new songs – “Neon Blue”- reminds me so much of Flock of Seagulls' “Space Age Love Song”. All with a sad tone though. It either sounds like a sad song that has hope, or a happy song just waiting for life to take back all the fucking glory, with interest. I usually aim for my back up vocals to sound dainty and a little whispery. It's more haunting that way.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
GH: Mike will usually record something with his acoustic and scratch vocals and add layers to it.

MC: We do all this stuff in the apartment now – Gabe and I are roommates. I record the basic song on my acoustic to temp looped drums, do a scratch vocal, Fallon records her bass, I fix the drums, Gabe his guitar, I add my guitars and then keys and then we do all the vocals.

FS: Mike is the sole songwriter. When I come over to learn a song, I learn it by recording it, part by part. He'll sometimes come up with a bass line on the spot. My contributions are usually mistakes that just sounded better. Often both of us will look at each other and say "WHAT WAS THAT?!" And then keep it as part of a song. A lot of times I'll be in another room singing and mimicking (enter 80s
artist here) and he'll make me do it into a microphone. A song usually takes me about an hour to record, back up vocals and everything, all in the comfort of Mike's room. So when you listen to a recording, it's actually the first time we've played that song. Everrrr.

GH: Mike will bring us in to go over the song with him and we'll add parts he has in mind or our interpretation of said parts. Sometimes we'll just put certain parts of the song on a loop and just play around with the sound until we find something that stands out. The process doesn't take more than a few days from inception to final recording, depending on our schedules.

MC: I also make sure everyone records in their underwear. I like to keep things raw. There’s a bit of vulnerability when you record in your underwear. I mean, I don’t wear any. So use your imagination…

FS: And we are never just wearing our underwear, no matter what Mike tells you.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
MC: Well, we’re going on tour with The Electric West. And those guys rule. The Exploding Boy – listen to their “Black Album”. It’s so damn great! Egrets on Ergot and Terminal A always put on a great live set. All Your Sisters. Cold Showers!

GH: Light Light, The Echo Friendly, and The Electric West, and not just because we've been playing with them. They have an awesome sound and are a really great group of guys.

FS: I absolutely love All Your Sisters... I want to play a show with them SO BAD. They really get my pants dancin'. I also try not to miss an Egrets on Ergot show or Terminal A. They are the best live acts I've ever seen. Electric West is another show I hate missing.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?

MC: You mean which band should we cover? I wanna cover Madonna’s “Isla Bonita”. I did a scratch cover of that. It’d be cool if one of our friends’ bands cover us and we’d return the favor. Do our version of one of their songs and vice-versa. That’d be fun. Maybe I can convince everyone to collaborate on a project like this.

GH: Either Radiohead covers one of our songs or we cover one of their songs. I don't understand the question. But, yes, Radiohead.

FS: Alanis Morrissette. Pft. Shyeah.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
MC: Releasing our Full Moon in Vertigo LP next month. And we have two more albums on the way. The second, As We Part, has wrapped and gonna start getting mixed soon. The third, Neon Blue, is almost done being recorded. Just need to do guitars. Really excited about this stuff. The tunes on Full Moon – with the exception of “The One” and “Behind Distress” – or almost 3-4 years old. They’re basically leftovers from the previous incarnations of the band, finally recorded, tweaked a bit. Going forward it’s all brand new material with no links to the past. And these two sound very ‘80s. And by ‘80s I mean all-encompassing ‘80s. Not just one genre.

GH: More touring, hopefully outside the US.

MC: We need a goddamned booker. Losing my mind doing all this shit.

FS: One day at a time. Things always happen last minute. I've had plans since I was a kid. Plans are always interrupted.

Q: Any parting words?
MC: Asa nisi masa!

GH: No.

FS: Part ing wor ds.


quinta-feira, 13 de outubro de 2016

Grey Expectations with Bryant Eugene Vasquez - An Interview

Conhece Bryant Eugene Vasquez? Não? Ok, eu posso até entender, obviamente que infelizmente alguns artistas e seus trabalhos ficam ali, escondidos no submundo dos bons sons.

Bryant tem uma discografia imensa, singles, eps, discos e mais discos, que basicamente não seguem uma regra sonora definida. No trabalho de Bryant pode ser encontrado desde folk semi acústico, surf songs ensolaradas, mas é justamente em seu novo álbum, "Grey Expectations", lançado em Setembro que Bryant talvez tenha feito seu melhor trabalho.

Ruidoso, com referências claras a J&MC e Beach Boys, Bryant cometeu um primoroso álbum recheado de noisepop da melhor qualidade.

Pra escutar alto a qualquer momento e preferencialmente de fones de ouvido.

***** Interview with Bryant Eugene Vasquez *****

Q. When did you start to make music ? Tell us about the history...
My father was a musician--he was a terrible teacher, and would say I was a horrible singer. Eventually, I started teaching myself to play guitar when I was thirteen. Didn’t hang out with friends after school or anything. I just stayed home (I still do) and played guitar until my fingers were raw. I didn’t begin actually trying to sing until I was twenty-two. I suppose I was fed up with all the singers who’d leave my band’s, and everything would just go to waste. I’d write all the music anyway. So, naturally, I think...I just took to withstanding my own voice. Over the years, songwriting definitely became my obsession. At this point in time, whenever anyone asks me the style of music I play, I just tell them I’m a songwriter. Often times I’m associated with the word “prolific” which is flattering because not everyone can be that way, you know? But, I do my best to keep the quality just above quantity. So far, I think I’m doing alright.

Q: Who are your influences....?
I mean, there’s a broad range of influences. Musically, I grew up around a lot of Motown, CCR, John Lennon. As I got older I discovered Bob Dylan, and that lead to the list of other greats: Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Nick Drake, Nick Cave, Loud Reed, Elliott Smith, etc.... I could go on and on in regards to songwriters. I’m also a huge fan of composers like Phillip Glass, Moondog, John Cage. It just depends, I guess. For Grey Expectations, I was super turned on to the post-punk/noise sounds of bands, specifically Jesus and Mary Chain. So, I decided I’d try my hand at borrowing their template of noise, and write my own pop/rock songs.

Q:Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Haha.. I didn’t like that question as soon as I saw it. Some of these are painfully obvious, but with good reason, maybe. Hmm. I mean, “all-time” is very, very broad. I kinda prefer to break things down a bit, by style/genre, BUT if I had to say, for me...the albums that had a profound impact:

1. Bob Dylan: tied between Freewheelin’ and Blonde on Blonde
2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Tender Prey
3. Leonard Cohen: New Skin for the Old Ceremony
4. Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones
5. Elliott Smith: Elliott Smith

Again, definitely not my ALL-TIME list, but these albums/artists have had and will always have a proud effect on me and my work. I’ll go through phases, and listen to more contemporary artists, but mostly, I’m just sifting through and obsessing over albums from the past.

Q: How do you feel playing live?
Mostly, I feel terrible. Ha. I’m not a huge fan of my voice sometimes, or if a venue has bad acoustics. I’m always a bit anxious, kinda lethargic. I prefer to write and record more than to perform. That can change, though. Right now, I’m very excited about playing the new material. I wrote and composed everything, but my bandmates...they kinda put their own twist on the songs live. It’s cool, the way it’s all constructed and then deconstructed in front of a live audience.

Q: How do you describe your sounds?
I’ve been described as a “chameleon”. This mostly has to do with my ability to adapt to a wide palette of musical stylings, I hope. Ha. Um, I don’t have a definitive style as of now. I do, in my head, but I’m kinda keeping that to myself until I’m done writing the albums I have on deck. There’s about two more albums after Grey Expectations, and then a few albums of just experimental/noise/avant-garde compositions.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I’ve recorded using my Tascam 4 track tape recorder. I’ve recorded a new albums using a single microphone. Grey Expectations was recorded using two. I suppose it’s nothing groundbreaking or unique. I just stay secluded indoors, and write/record. Future albums, however, I’d love to try recording using a traditional studio. It just feels so much more personal and intimate when it’s done at home, and I’m into that.

Q: Which new bands do you recommend?
Haha. I don’t know, man. I suck at looking up new band. I listened to Lemon Twigs recently. They seem to have their material together. There’s a group: Bohren & der Club of Gore. They’re amazing. I don’t know. I guess I should work on that, ey? Ha.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
I’d LOVE to be a cover version of...The Birthday Party!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
More albums. More writing. More painting. More shows. Hopefully, more people listening? Maybe a record deal? Maybe, probably not? I’ll just keep doing what I’ve been doing, and make moves when I can. What else is there?

Q: Any parting words?
Listen to GREY EXPECTATIONS. Buy it. Visit my back catalogue. If you like it, any of it, email me, and I’ll send you an album free. Thanks Renato for this opportunity! Hope you all dig that album, there’s plenty more to come!


quarta-feira, 12 de outubro de 2016

Veldisa with Echolust - An Interview

Definitivamente a Califórnia deixou de ser a mecca das canções ensolaradas e aquele clima surf para se tornar atualmente em um efervescente cenário da nova safra de pós punk, darkwave, coldwave, ou tudo isso junto e acrescente tonalidades sempre mais acinzentadas quando é chegada a vez do TBTCI falar sobre o Echolust.

O Echolust é um trio formado por Philip Obando, Armond Angeles eTony Lee Jackson e esta em vias de lançar através da cultuada Cleopatra Records seu primeiro disco intitulado "Veldisa", mais precisamente no dia 18 de Novembro, mas o TBTCI teve o saboroso prazer de degustar o álbum antes de seu lançamento.

"Veldisa" é intenso, como todo obra de pós punk deve ser, tal como, metricamente densa, sem haver momento algum para descanso, pelo contrário, o Echolust despeja um energético e vigoroso petardo acrescendo em alguns momentos nuances de suas outras referências, no caso o barulho derretido das guitarras barulhentas da cena gazer clássica, leia-se MBV. E esta junção de pós punk e wall of sound funciona perfeitamente.

O TBTCI aconselha, escute "Veldisa", "Cherry Dancer" e "Decor Blonde" imediatamente e sinta nas entranhas o poderio do Echolust em sua estreia.

***** Interview with Echolust *****

Q. When did Echolust start? Tell us about the history...
Echolust is an American band formed in Long Beach, California in 2011. The band consists of musicians Philip Obando, Armond Angeles and Tony Lee Jackson. Together, they recapture and reinterpret important eras of subculture essence that has musically influenced them their entire lives, through personal point of views, perspectives, experiences, gains and losses.

Philip was about to give it all up, annoyed and frustrated with the lack of finding the right people to write music with. One summer, upon recording a few demos in 2012, he met Armond through friends at an Echo and The Bunnymen show in Los Angeles. Armond did bass work for a Smiths-like sounding band. But after a few recorded tracks, there was no more motion and movement and they disbanded soon thereafter. Philip and Armond exchanged information and a couple months later started recording songs. The goal was to create a five track EP release. However, instead of an EP, they decided to write an entire LP record, and soon sought the talents of a lead guitarist. While the music that was being created sounded great, there was an element missing. Philip told Armond that the tracks needed a sound that was more distorted, something of a mixture of Cocteau Twins, Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. One night, Philip was Dj-ing at a small dive bar when he met Tony. During a Cocteau Twins track, Tony approached Philip and they soon started talking about music. That’s when Philip knew he was the right guy for the job. Tony’s musical background consists of having recorded work for bands, Pile Up and Russian Bones, however stalled in 2001 due to death, drug addiction and personal bickering. But soon, all three were recording new material.

All three bring very specific elements to the table. Armond’s basslines are reminiscent of a beloved 80′s gloomy English Post Punk era, cold, delayed and distant, Tony’s experimental shoegaze textures captures a wildly beautiful but contained distortion, while Philip’s guitar, synth and lyrics tell stories about a sense of personal loss, wonder and moving on.

Q: Who are your influences?
Tony: Gang of Four, Dinosaur Jr, Adam and the Ants, Sonic Youth, Swervedriver, Polvo.

Armond: Joy Division, The Cure, JMAC, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths.

Philip: So many, but these are the ones sticking: Soda Stereo/Gustavo Cerati, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, New Order, Radiohead.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Tony: Exile on Main Street, Revolver, OK Computer, Loveless, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, Head on the Door, You're Living All Over Me.

Armond: Disintegration, Closer, Psychocandy, Porcupine, Hatful of Hollow.

Philip: Oh come on... that's a hard one, but fine! Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, OK Computer, Led Zeppelin IV, Black Celebration, Disintegration.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Tony: Playing live makes me feel alive. Armond: I love playing live, it’s a surreal experience.

Philip: When we have no sound check and twenty minutes to set up I feel fucking nervous and fucking anxious. I can't help it. However, throughout our set, there's this energy that takes a hold, I look around to Armond and Tony and when I see them moving to the music with the crowd - I know something good is taking place.

Q. How do you describe Echolust sounds?
Tony: Post wave romantic iPod shuffle.

Armond: A mix of MVB + JD/NO + JMAC.

Philip: Drugs. Dreams. Magic.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Tony: Slice and dice.

Armond: Phil recomposes the track's main body and then bass and guitar parts are added in the mix.

Philip: Step 1. Acoustic guitar demo. Step 2. Develop demo add lyrics. Step 3. Have the guys record their parts into the demo. Step 4. Add pot and magic sprinkles. And that's how it's done.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Tony: Terminal A, Native Fauna, Furcast, Ramones.

Armond: Sextile, Second Still, Drab Majesty, Choreography.

Philip: I like Second Still a lot.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Tony: Radiohead, New Order, and The Cars.

Armond: Joy Division.

Philip: My Bloody Valentine's - Sometimes. Such a fucking beautiful song. I wish I wrote it.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Tony: Dismantle the corporate capitalist empire, find substitutes for petrol and carne, and to promote peace, love, and understanding.

Armond: Play more shows, start recording for the 2nd album.

Philip: Write songs that connect, inspire and make people sing.

Q: Any parting words?
Tony: Adios, ciao, later, farewell, a demain, sayonara.

Armond: Vegan Power.

Philip: None.


terça-feira, 11 de outubro de 2016

Open One of the Doors with Trip Inside Me - An Interview

Psicodelia etérea, trip hop sonhador, shoegaze gélido, todos esses rótulos podem descrever a experiência sonora na qual o quinteto ucraniano Trip Inside Me provoca.

Depois de debutarem no ano passado com o single "The Goldfish" e seus quatro diferentes mixes, o Trip Inside Me chega ao primeiro disco cheio, "Open One of The Doors", lançado em setembro, é intensamente envolvente, mântrico e altamente gélido.

Um álbum verdadeiramente intenso e frio até a medula. desde a abertura com "The Goldfish" até o derradeiro lamento de "Unicorn" existe uma caminho belo e tortuoso a ser desbravado, passando pela caótica "Trip Inside Me" e a viciante "Kiev".

Facilmente o Trip Inside Me cometeu um dos discos prediletos que o TBTCI ouviu neste 2016. Acha exagero? Desafio você a experimentar e sair ileso.

Absolutamente necessário.

***** Interview with Trip Inside Me *****

Q. When did Trip Inside Me start? Tell us about the history...
It is unknown where and when was started the history of Trip Inside Me. We are just confused among reality and fantasy, so we cannot decide a certain date. We started recording the album together about 3 years ago and only last summer we came to decision that the band name should be Trip Inside Me.

Q. Who are your influences?
It comes in different ways... But if we talk about the album "Open One of The Doors" only, so it was highly influenced by the sea, by the period of childhood and teenage life, most of the lyrics were written in memory of the Iana’s past. We both moved to Kiev from different cities and both grew up on different kinds of music, so in our album we hear echoes of different music styles, even those in which we are not interested now. This album have had to absorb the past to make room for something new.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Pink Floyd - Meddle (1971)
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (1959)
Doors - Doors (1967)
This Heat - This Heat (1979)
Portishead - Third (2008)

Silver Apples - Silver Apples (1968)
Portishead - Third (2008)
Radiohead - The Kings of Limb (2009)
Fever Ray - Fever Ray (2009)
Heroin and Your Veins - Regret (2012)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
To be honest we do not feel ourselves comfortably on live performances. We’ve played just 4 concerts and still do not have idea about what we do on stage, we do not understand how to display visually on gigs who we indeed are.. Our main audience today are our friends, but definitely we will find our own audience once. And by this time we have to understand what exactly we should do on stage to perform a really cool show.

Q. How do you describe Trip Inside Me sounds?
It is interesting fact that we do not describe the whole band but the album only. We have had to describe somehow the album for press, that it was our first experience, a journey into our past, this is what we have already experienced. There is a strong feeling that we have overcome this musical barrier and we are free now. Perhaps after a few years we will be able to describe the band's sound.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It is easy and intuitive plain process of writing songs when you really have to say something. But the process of the recording itself is a quite different, although we recorded it at home. Both of us can't even imagine how to show a soul in music if you rent a recording studio for recording instruments, vocals for fixed hours. From one hand it is really important to have comfortable place for this but from another it is a pretty difficult process of recording yourself at home with good quality. That's why we have had to re-recorded it several times, did experiments with different instruments, mics, amps, preamps. We did it until we achieved the exact result that we wanted for this album. Our drummer re-recorded the drums line also several times, he played with different mics placement and sound effects. So it took some time.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Exploded View! This is the best contemporary band for us in every sense. They have just released a debut album.

Q. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We are not keen on this sort of musical activity, but we have a friends band H.Soror, they are also from Kiev. We love them very much, and in support of their music we are preparing a cover version on one of their song.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
We have really many thoughts on the future. Today is a very good time for almost everything, it is high-tech time, and almost any idea can be realized with some effort. So we're looking for ways to produce not a music only, but at least a visual component too. This album comes with a book of photos and illustrations that Iana created. The next time there definitely will be something new. We are free in our choice and Trip Inside Me can be transformed into anything ... maybe even in a music label on another planet.

Q. Any parting words?
We are glad and happy that the world starts interesting in music bands from the Third World countries. It helps the culture of countries such as Ukraine to grow faster, to reach a higher level, to think continentally and to open new horizons.