quinta-feira, 21 de agosto de 2014

Glasgow Attack with Sonic Hearts Foundation - An Interview

Glasgow ataca novamente.

A cidade que já deu ao mundo maravilhas e mais maravilhas novamente nos presenteia com um de seus rebentos que promete sacudir o submundo dos bons sons, Sonic Hearts Foundation é o nome do combo mezzo psicodélico shoegazer, mezzo class of 86, que me fez lembrar outra bela banda da nova geração o Exit Calm, principalmente pelos arranjos eloquentes e grandiosos chegando a lembrar o Verve na época do Nothern Soul.

O novo single dos caras é bem bem bom, a faixa Afterlife mostra bem o poder de ataque e se a mídia permitir certamente eles podem alçar vôos bem maiores.

Que assim seja....

***** Interview with Sonic Hearts Foundation *****

Q. When did Sonic Hearts Foundation starts, tell us about the history...
We started properly around 2011, spent a bit of time playing some gigs and finding our feet. It wasn't until 2012 when we released our first single, and got around to releasing our debut Ep ‘Into Forever’ last year. We’ve had a few setbacks along the way (We’re onto our fourth bass player!) but things are now at a fantastic point and we’re just eager to get on with releasing new music and spreading the word!

Q: Who are your influences?
We take influence from many places. In terms of other bands people like The Twilight Sad, The Horrors and Wild beasts definitely inspire us. Modern music in general has a big impact on us. There are so many talented artists around at the moment, ones who are creating their own sound, so its difficult not to be influenced by that!

Other things that influence us include guitar pedals, modern music technology, nature, politics, history visual artists, projectors and generally everyone out there making great art for its own sake.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
The Verve ‘Urban Hymths”
Radiohead ‘Ok Computer’
Sigur ros ‘Ágætis byrjun’
The Beatles ‘Revolver’
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club ‘BRMC

Q. How do you feel playing alive?
We enjoy playing live and we’re comfortable on stage. Depending on the gig and the crowd there may be varying levels of nerves but overall we are a band who do what we do best in a live setting.

Q. How do you describe Sonic Hearts Foundation sounds?
Its hard to pin our sound down. We’ve had people describe it as Psychedelic, ambient, shoe gaze and post rock but it would be fair to say it is quite an eclectic sound. Most important of all we feel its important for any band to have their own original sound. We’re always consciously trying to develop and try not to repeat ourselves too much so I think the result is that we have a collection of songs which are fairy diverse in a sense, but at the same time are unified together and always sound like us.

A good example of this is our debut Ep ‘Into Forever’ which we put out last year (Available for free download here: http://sonicheartsfoundation.bandcamp.com/album/into-forever) and as it was first release we chose 4 songs which did not necessarily sound the same but which showcased different aspects of our sound and actually worked very well together. That release was kind of an introduction to the band and we’re keen to delve a lot further with our upcoming releases.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
In the early days of the band we tried out a few different people and places for recording but since then its very much evolved into a DIY effort. Our first Ep was mostly done in our own home studio and we’ve been really busy over the last few months working on our upcoming releases.

The process is kind of a gradual one. We track everything individually and tend to spend a lot of time on the mixing stage. We’re experimental by nature so we like to use the studio sort of like an instrument. We’re always keen to explore new sounds new techniques and aim create something more sonically interesting than a basic live recording.

Generally the process begins with the tracking of the instruments, normally the Drums and Bass will be first to go down with guitars, keys and vocals last. Then we use the mixing process to layer the sound and see how far we can push things and how hard we can challenge ourselves in the recording.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Theres so many fantastic new bands around that its hard to pick some, but off the top off my head…. There is a fantastic band from named Call to Mind. They’re also from Glasgow and have just released their debut album, they sound sort of like Sigur Ros. Also really enjoying Public Service Broadcasting and MONEY have amazing tunes!

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
A cover version is something we have never done! To be honest its not something that has really crossed our minds. We love writing new songs and the problem we have is that there is not enough time in the day to explore all our own ideas let along thinking about someone else's songs! Maybe in the future though…

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We have a pretty full on release schedule planed for the forceable future, starting with ‘Afterlife which we release on August 11th as a free download. On top of this we plan to get out and gig as much as possible hopefully garnering a few new fans along the way and eventually at some point we hope to put out a full album which would be great!

Q: Any parting words?
Just to remind people to get on and download our new single on August 11th, its Free!

Also our debut Ep ‘Into Forever’ is also available for free download (We’re just such generous folk!) from https://soundcloud.com/sonicheartsfoundation

If you like our stuff give our facebook page a like and stay connected!
Thanks guys

200 Bars with Sounds Around - An Interview


Robb Schaede é o trovador freak por detrás do Sounds Around projeto paralelo a suas duas outras bandsa o The Auras e o Deep Space Cowboys, que já passou por estas páginas.

Ao contrário de suas bandas Robb sob a alcunha de Sounds Around cria um espectro multi facetado e psicodélico em rotação desacelerada e com a alma enfincada muito mais num folk apocalíptico do que nas viagens de suas bandas.

O resultado é o novíssimo Peace, Love and Affirmative Action uma pérola que deve ser digerida o quanto antes, tem muito de Spiritualized, tem muito de Robb melhor dizendo nesta viagem ao seu interior.

Um grande álbum de um grande projeto que merece ser dissecado nas páginas do TBTCI.

***** Interview with Sounds Around *****

Q. When did Sounds Around starts, tell us about the history...
Sounds Around is more or less a blanket for all the sound based art I release. I guess it began back about six years ago, when I made my first bedroom recordings. I call it Sounds Around, because essentially I've always made music with the sounds around me at the time the art is made, everything is completely circumstantial, it flows along with my life. When I had the time to record a double disk psychedelic dance-trance record I did, then when that opportunity was done I made a mostly live off the floor record, now that is done and the next thing will probably be completely different.

Q: Who are your influences?
Frank Zappa, Cocorosie, Beach Boys, A Place to Bury Strangers etc., One of my biggest influences is Ryan Masters, who I was lucky enough to have play drums on the last record. I try and take most of my influence from life, I feel like a lot of it comes from books I read and the atmospheric vibes of the earth journey.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
2. A Place to Bury Strangers - Worship
3. Ryan Masters - A Shadow in Kingdom Falls
4. Cocorosie - Tales of a Grass Widow
5. Spiritualized - Laser Guided Melodies

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
when I perform I try my best to just get lost in what I'm doing. I usually close my eyes and go along for the journey. I see music as a form or prayer, so I try to play with that in mind. In the best case scenario it doesn't matter whether anyone is there or not.

Q. How do you describe Sounds Around sounds?
Every song is like a snap shot of a time in my life, a feeling, or an atmosphere, but more than that, it's just imagination.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
For Peace, Love and Affirmative Action, the full band songs were recorded live off the floor. The acoustic tracks were recorded with the help of Peter Dasilva (Deep Space Cowboys, The Auras) and Hank Van Harten (The Auras). Both recording days were really unique, there was some crazy energy running around and it all just kind of popped out. I spent a lot of time playing the songs and really getting into them. When it came time to record I just attacked it with everything I could in that moment.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Sun Stone Revolvers, Tess Parks, B-17, BB guns and all the other bands on Optical Sounds

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I'm working on some acoustic versions of Erykah Badu and Cocorosie Songs. I also play pure imagination from the Willy Wonka movie, its probably my favourite song of all time.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
I see myself doing some sound journeys in the near future. Having people lay down and close their eyes while I make beautiful sounds, in a more or less ceremonial setting. being in The Auras and Deep Space Cowboys keeps me more and more busy as time goes on. I'd like to write a book too.

Q: Any parting words?
I hope everyone finds what makes them happy in life, or rather just finds out how to be happy. I think if everyone in the world did exactly what they felt they're purpose was we'd be in a pretty great place.
Thanks Robb


quarta-feira, 20 de agosto de 2014

Wardance with Traffic A.M. - An Interview

Left Behind Left Within é o título do debute do projeto Traffic A.M. um mix de dark wave, pos punk, e o início da EBM, vide Klinik e adjacentes.

Mas o Traffic A.M. se apega muito mais no que tange ao mundo denso e porque não tenso e cinzento da cold wave do que na emb, e já por este motivo atraia e cativa muito mais este que vos escreve, uma conjunção do passado com o futuro, digestível para poucos mas, vejam bem, só por citar o From The Lion´s Mouth do The Sound merece toda a credibilidade possível.

***** Interview with Traffic A.M. *****

Q. When did Traffic AM start, tell us about the history
Stefan: We met in 2007 for the first time. Micha shared a similar taste in music and so the idea to start a common music project took shape soon. We exchanged ideas via internet and I visited him occasionally on the weekends. Our first song that also defined the Traffic A.M. concept in its existing form was „Filthy Emptiness“. That was in early 2009. We recorded other songs like „Waiting“ and „Ocean On The Screen“ and were asked by Plastic Frog Records to make a full album, which was a great opportunity for us. Everything evolved quite naturally because the chemistry between Micha and me is just right, we always had a common vision concerning our music.

Michael: Because of that it didn't take long to start work on our second album which was released by Seja Records in 2012.

Q: Who are your influences?
Michael: I'm absolutely influenced by the spirit of the 80s, including the aspects of cold war, Thatcherism, industrial pollution and so on. No question my musical influences are defined by New Wave, Post Punk and early Industrial

Stefan: I totally correspond to this. Apart from music, cold war and the Chernobyl incident had an impact on my worldview. The media landscape and urban architecture, alienation and personal experiences are also important aspects for the Traffic A.M. concept. Literature is important, too, Ballard, Kafka, John Brunner and Cormac McCarthy, only to name a few.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The Sound - From The Lions Mouth
The Cure - Pornography
The Klinik - Melting Close & Sabotage
Skinny Puppy - Remission
Chameleons - Script Of The Bridge

The Sisters Of Mercy - Floodland
Lycia - A Day In The Stark Corner
Killing Joke - Night Time
Portishead - Portishead
The Doors - The Doors

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Stefan: We were asked several times to do live gigs but unfortunately, we didn't manage to prepare properly. We live in different cities, so it's quite difficult for us to rehearse. But we'll see what time will bring, a concert would be a pleasure for us.

Q. How do you describe TRAFFIC AM´s sounds?
Michael: We try to reflect modern life as we see and feel it. Paranoia, television, concrete buildings, diappointment but also the beauty in all those things. Like a light between the shadows, one could say.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Stefan: Micha often sent me raw demo recordings that we both change into complete songs. But we also did some songs completely from scratch together. Being together in the studio has always been a creative time for us.

Michael: We both do programming on the songs, drums, synths and so on. But there are some tasks that are split up clearly between us. Stefan writes all of the lyrics and delivers all vocals. I am responsible for mixing and recording. Bass and guitar are played by me on most of the songs. But it's necessary for the music to leave a big space for ideas and experiments, and so we try many things and keep ourselves open-minded.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Stefan: That's hard to answer. I must admit that most albums I buy were originally released in the 70s and 80s. And I'm grateful that so many recordings from that era are made available again.

Some newer artists I like are Automelodi and The Blue Angel Lounge. A highly underrated album is „Here Are The Roses“ by Dragons, but that was released in 2007, so it's not that new any more.

Michael: I also don't spend too much time in listening to new music. Some artists I like are Ascetic, KVB, Circa Tapes, In Death It Ends and Niton Decay (note: Stefan's solo project)

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Michael: We both think that most cover versions are redundant. The only thing we planned to do was a cover of a song called „Dismissal“ by Lycia that was never released officially. But we'll see if that will happen.

Stefan: At least we have the artist's permssion to do so, that's important for us to know.

By the way, before Traffic A.M. even existed Micha and I recorded a cover of „The Figurehead“ by The Cure. I don't like that version that much, but it was an important step for our collaboration.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Michael: We want to do more songs and started working on a mini album entitled „Body Chemistry“. We need to take our time for that so we can't tell when it will be released.

Stefan: We're both very busy at the moment as we had to face a lot of changes in our lives. It's impossible for the moment but it would be great to deliver some stage performance in the future.

Q: Any parting words?
Stefan and Michael: we want to thank Johan from Seja Records for his great support. And our friends and beloved ones for being there for us. That is especially Cindy, Michaela and Rainer.
Thanks guys


Day of The Lords with XTR Human - An Interview

Cold wave, pos punk, minimal wave, classifique como achar mais interessante, o negócio é que o XTR Human e seu album Atavism lançado em abril desse ano certamente é um dos melhores registros gélidos surgidos nesse 2014, lançado pela importantíssima e respeitada No Emb Blanc'/'Genetic Music, Atavism transpira Joy Division e outros ícones da cold wave e os tons cinzentos e depressivos vem carregados do início ao fim, o que muito agrada este que vos escreve.

Se vire pra descolar sua cópia do álbum porque é de obrigação para todo iniciado no pos punk.

***** Interview with XTR Human *****

Q. When did XTR Human starts, tell us about the history.. .
It all started in mid-2012 when I’ve got the idea for a new music project. I was looking for a fresh expression and a dreamy and catchy post punk sound. But the band got its concrete form not until Mathias and Valerio came across and we’ve spent various months of intensive practise. The sprit and integrity of the band still is strongly related to its initial concept. But in musical terms we massively have evolved.

Q: Who are your influences?
Depends. Right now I’m quite into the Wake, Gun Club and some Creation Records artists such as Jesus and Mary Chain and Ride. Somehow they all got a special band sound apart from the usual 80s mainstream.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Joy division - Unknown Pleasures 
Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy 
The Horrors - Primary Colours 
Echo and the Bunnymen - Porcupine 
The Smiths - The Queen is Dead

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Playing live is an important part of our identity as a band. Our music is intensive and fiercely. I feel the same on stage and I love to get in touch with people. So being on tour is just great.

Q. How do you describe XTR Human's sounds?
We obviously have a strong post punk-ish influence in a very British "vintage" way. You can hear that on our debut album but as I already said we are constantly evolving our sound. At the moment we are tending to a shoegaze/krautrock approach.

Nevertheless it all still about harmonious synth melodies and roughness of bass and guitar walls.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The recording of the debut album ‘Atavism’ took over half a year cos we had to write some of the songs simultaneously to get the entire album done. The mixing of the album was another time killer, too. We wanted to realize a special “open” and transparent sound where each instrument and sound source is clearly located like in an imaginary picture. So we’ve experimented a lot with frequencies and effects to get as much depth and space into the songs. You also will notice how every song is part of an entity and leads into each other.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I really like e.g. Xeno and Oaklander, Crystal Stilts, Detachments (UK) and Blue Angel Lounge.

Q: Which bands you love to make a cover version?
I personally would fancy some House of Love or Echo and the Bunnymen stuff. Great vocal lines.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We’re tryin to live more in the present than in the future. Right now we’re quite busy with either playing live all over Europe or recording our second album. So were looking forward to its release and our tour in autumn.

Q: Any parting words?
We want to thank all our friends, fans and people who help to make things happen, especially our photographer Kai Fischer, all guys of DIE SELEKTION, the Klangfabrik Stuttgart, Disturbanity and our label boss Rainer.

segunda-feira, 18 de agosto de 2014

Directions To See A Ghost with The Very Wicked - An Interview

Psych diretamente da Cidade do Cabo na África do Sul, estou falando do combo The Very Wicked, que recém jogou na rede seu debute o poderoso You´re the everything in us.

Discão pra se ouvir em alto e bom som, guitarradas altas e possuídas pelo que há de melhor dentro da atual cena mundial do psych.

Logicamente que tem muito de BRMC e Black Angels na sonoridade dos caras, mas vale cada segundo da audicão.

Vou além, os caras já abriram pro Black Angels num festival Psych na Cidade do Cabo, sem contar que eles estão dentro do documentário Trip que será lancado no próximo ano, que aliás logo menos o TBTCI apresentará o dossiê disso ai com exclusividade.

Quer saber, vai direto no bandcamp do Very Wicked e encharque-se.

***** Interview with The Very Wicked *****

Q. When did The Very Wicked starts tell us about the history...
It started around end 2011. Lucas and my previous band was on a break and we were eager to continue making music. We started writing songs together and the rest of the band formed in early 2012. We played our first show September 2012.

Q: Who are your influences?
There are a whole bunch in there. We all come from pretty different musical backgrounds. I’ve always been very inspired by The Stones, Nick Cave, Tom Waits. The Velvet Underground. Lucas has always been into Radiohead, Sigur Ros, The White Stripes… Lucy comes from more of a folk background…

Some bands that come to mind when it comes to the sound of the Very Wicked are BRMC, The Velvets, The Jesus & Mary Chain… I think. haha

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…

The Stones – Exile On Main Street
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – BRMC
Spiritualized – Ladies & Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Psycho Candy
Tom Waits – Mule Variations

Q. How do you fell playing alive?

Q. How do you describe Very Wicked´s sounds?
Psychedelic Rock n Roll is the obvious description, I guess. There’s a lot of stuff in there though – Noise, Shoegaze, Blues, even some vocal melodies that aren’t that far off country and gospel, I’d say.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded it with our friends from a great local band, The Future Primitives, who sadly don’t play anymore. We tracked the songs live in three days and over the next month, added some more guitars & vocals. It’s a pretty accurate document of the live sound.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Medicine Boy

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Myself and some friends have been talking about doing a Velvets tribute show for a while now. I think those songs would be great to cover.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We’re opening up for The Black Angels in November, which is pretty exciting for us. I think it’s about time we started working on some new music. Hoping to get some new sounds flowing soon.

Q: Any parting words?
Check out Psych Night if you’re interested in what’s going on in the South African psych scene.
Thanks guys

The Minimal Sounds of Equinoxious - An Interview

Cold wave, minimal sounds diretamente da Cidade do México o Equinoxious impressiona e impressiona muito.

Na realidade Equinoxious é igual a Rogelio Serrano, o cara que cria toda a concepcão do Equinoxious, música pra pista feita pra dancar em algum porão trevoso e esfumacado.

O 7¨recém lancado no inicio desse ano Astros Prometidos tem um capricho gráfico absurdo, vinilzinho branco e tudo mais, sem contar que na real tudo que o amigo Rogelio põe a mão vira ouro.

Minimal wave at the top. 

***** Interview with Equinoxious *****

Q. When did Equinoxious starts, tell us about the history
The project started in 2003, I play synths for 8 years now I have 22,I decided to record a 7 track ep Synth Wave genre in collaboration with a Russian friendship, the ep was recorded with an analog synth and some drum machines, having good response in Europe. and released on vinyl 7¨ by Sincronica Spanish record

Q: Who are your influences?
I was influenced by the music of the French musician Jean Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk, Ultravox, Aphex Twin Add n to x, Vince Clarke, Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League and many bands of post punk / Cold Wave, Minimal Wave/ Krautrock/Shoegaze,: The Normal, The Cure (1977-1981), John Foxx, ausgang verboten , Spacemen 3, Neu! , Agitation Free, Das Ding, The Aviator Dro, Clan of Xymox, Fad Gadget, and many more.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
1.- Equinoxe -Jean Michel Jarre
2.-Faith - The Cure
3.- Neu!-Neu!
4.- Metamatic -John Foxx
5.-Spean And Spell -Depeche Mode

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Generally I try not to get drunk before playing, I feel focused and ready to play synthesizers, usually I can not have much contact with the public because I set my sounds before each track

Q. How do you describe Equinoxious' sounds?
Sounds Cold, Dark and analog

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The process is to record the percussion section by analogue synthesis like the style of the old school , or using samples of vintage drum machines(roland cr68, Linn Drum ) . i use a moog mg1 synthesizer, i record the bass section in cubase then the lead and fx finally the voice

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
(Mexican Projects) Rise 1945 and Rhythmus 23,

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Some bizarre cover of Throbbing Gristle

Q: What´s the plans for future
Finish my LP "Cosmodromo" and record a music video, give a show outside my country

Q: Any parting words?
Bands who want to start a project, do not try to imitate Joy Division, there are thousands of bands who want to sound like them, there is more music out there.

We Are The Dreamers with The Stargazer Lillies - An Interview

Para os iniciados o Soundpool é uma daquelas prediletas do submundo dos bons sons, aquele shoegazer groovy já tem local cativo nos coracões dos gazers de plantão. E é exatamente do Soundpool que nasceu o The Stargazer Lillies, o casal Kim e John junto com seus comparsas Johnny Lancia e Ej Decoske criaram essa preciosidade shoegazer sonhadora com um album simplesmente lindo intitulado We are the Dreamers lancado no final do ano passado e que chega tardiamente nas páginas do TBTCI.

Tardiamente mas não no que tange a audicões ininterruptas em silêncio em busca das nuances e suas dissonâncias intermináveis, simplesmente porque We are the Dreamers é algo a se embriagar lenta e suavemente, sem pressa, a fim de saborear e inebriar-se a cada audicão.

Indispensável para qualquer colecão shoegazer que se preze.

Srs, The Stargazer Lillies no TBTCI.

***** Interview with The Stargazer Lillies *****

Q. When did Stargazer Lilies, tell us about the history... 
The Stargazer Lilies were born a few years ago. It happened really by accident. We were writing a series of songs and they just ended up feeling different than our other band, Soundpool. We knew these songs were for a different project. We had been going through some intense things personally and the natural shift from Soundpool and the way we were writing to this new project was totally organic and unplanned. Even the name... our friend Jennifer asked if some flowers on our dinette were "stargazers" and John said what are stargazers?Jennifer replied "lilies, stargazer lilies" and John said, "there are flowers called stargazer lilies? I love that name" and that's how we got the name.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our influences are really wide musically. We have all of the obvious early shoegaze influences of course. Our most favorite being My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Chapterhouse. But we also love from that period Mazzy Star, Red House Painters etc. And a little later Stereolab, Broadcast, Sigur Ros, Air etc. John and I both absolutely love Bossa Nova-- Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Getz/Gilberto, 60's girl groups like the Shangri La's. We listen to a lot of 60's French soundtrack stuff also 60's pop like Francsoice Hardy, Claudine Longet. We're really in to 60's-70's pych. We've actually been listening to a lot of early Pink Floyd lately.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
John: Dot's and Loops, Dark Side Of The Moon, Tomorrow's Harvest, Revolver, Loveless, Souvlaki... although the list could change and always does.

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Playing live is so many things. The spectrum of emotions is so enormous… I guess that's part of what makes it addictive. You really feel alive when you're playing your music for people. It's exciting… it can be totally invigorating and soul healing but it can also be frustrating and at some times crushing if you don't have a good venue or especially a good sound tech. We've been really fortunate lately with the touring we've been doing. We've been so lucky to have played so many amazing venues where the atmosphere is pro… the stage, the gear, the sound techs. It's really been so nice after so many years of playing out live to finally have the opportunity to know that we're going in to good situations to be able to pull off our sound appropriately with good systems and good techs. Playing live is such a delicate thing. You can really be doing your band a big diservice if you're going out and not sounding good. It's unlike the studio where you're able to control what comes out. We've grown a lot this year… After this next tour this Aug/Sept we will have done around 60 shows this year all in different cities across the US and Canada. We've covered a lot of ground!

Q. How do you describe Stargazer Lilies sounds?
The Stargazer Lilies sound is pretty dynamic. First of all it comes from a place of searching and reaching. It should give the listeners feelings of dream state and bliss. There is a definite sadness and depression to our music but overall this music should be therapeutic. Our songs in general have a very classic writing style but all that under an intense wall of sound with heavy guitar, airy vocals drum and bass. There are elements of shoegaze, ambient, psychedelia/experimental 60's pop and ultimately we are mostly dream pop.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The recording process usually starts with John on guitar playing around with pedals and coming up with cool sounds or maybe strumming an acoustic…. Then he'll start to play around with chords and the song starts to form organically that way. Next usually is drums and bass and then more guitar layering. Usually Kim will write the melody line and lyrics but sometimes we do this together as well. We do all our recording here at home. We have basically turned our downstairs into a working studio. We have one room that is our sort of "family room" but is a functioning recording room. The room next to it is our "guest room" with a bed and everything but it's our live room where all our gear is set up. We do all our band rehearsals in there and we have all the cables running in to the recording studio room so we have somewhat of an iso room as well.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
The New Lines, Young Prisms, Blouse, Melodies Echo Chamber, Black Moth Super Rainbow, All In The Golden Afternoon, Dead Leaf Echo, Nightmare Air, Tame Impala, The Casket Girls, Nothing, Whirr, Ringo Deathstarr and so many more.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version? We are so focused on coming up with new original material that we rarely discuss covering other ban'd songs. We did however cover the song "Beat" by Bowery Electric once.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We have a few shows heading across to the West Coast in late Aug/Sept with Dead Leaf Echo in PA, Columbus OH and Milwaukee, WI where we'll also meet up with friends and awesome band Brief Candles. Then we head all the way to Portland OR to start a 2 week tour with Tobacco and Oscillator Bug. After that our plans are to finish up our next album which is already almost complete and to start working on everything that comes with that release… art, videos etc. We're really trying to find a way to spend most or at least a good portion of the winter in L.A. ha! ha! We'll see if we can pull that off! After last winter… We can't handle the idea of another 6 month extreme winter in the Poconos.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks so much for your interview! We really hope to get down to South America some day! We've been feeling a lot of love from that area for many years now… Would be great to visit and do some shows!
* Thanks friends


sexta-feira, 15 de agosto de 2014

Just For A Day with Omega Vague - An Interview

Uma viagem ao mundo dos sonhos a cargo de Omega Vague ou Craig Douglas o responsável pela viagem sonora desde 2001 soltando eps, albuns via omegavague.net, todos com a temática shoegazer e dreamy tendo como alicerce na mente e na alma o Slowdive.

Conheci tardiamente através de contatos imediatos e é claro, tornou-se trilha sonora de momentos isolados, reflexões, pensamentos e devaneios diversos.

Omega Vague certamente pode lhe acompanhar nesses e em outros momentos e te guiar pelos paraísos dos sonhos.

***** Interview with Omega Vague *****

Q. When did Omega Vague starts tell us about the history...
Omega Vague started as an experimental bedroom recording project around 2001. After being in and out of various bands in the Connecticut area I realized that working alone was a perfect opportunity to create my ideas without investing time, money and passion in other projects and relying on people who dont have the drive to be productive. Omega Vague was my personal creative outlet. I always immersed myself in a wide range of styles as a musician but I really wanted to make Omega Vague something different but specific.

Q: Who are your influences?
When I first heard Radiohead "The Bends" in 1995... it completely changed me as a musician and my outlook on music in general. Im a late 80's/90's kid so I used to absorb the easily accessible commercial and what I now consider "cringe-worthy" bands in those eras. It wasnt until I heard that album I became passionate and embraced more minimal and atmospheric music. Years later I heard Sigur Ros' album "Agaetis Byrjun" and they made Radiohead sound like Lynyrd Skynyrd. I was hooked on finding similar artists and over the last decade and the ones I discovered influenced me greatly. Slowdive, M83, Ulver, Cocteau Twins, Landing, GYBE, Mogwai...to name only a few.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
In no particular order....

Peter Gabriel - Passion
Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
Slowdive - Souvlaki
Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Ive always considered myself a performer. Its where that fire is inside me and nothing else can ignite it the way performing does. Although sometimes I am very self conscious. I sometimes imagine myself from an outsiders standpoint and wonder..."do I come across confident...professional?" or "if I were watching me...would I be entertained?" Its always exciting to play for people but its also a learning experience every time. Its true what they say about artists...we are our own worst critics. There are so many bands I see who all have that magic where there is absolutely no question that they know exactly what they are doing. I sometimes second guess myself before the show and after the show....but during the show I close my eyes and lose myself in the music.Getting lost is exactly where I want to be when Im performing.

Q. How do you describe Omega Vague sounds?
I know its easy and convenient to lock bands into categories or sub-genres and I kind of wish I could come up with a name for this music. My last self titled album that I released in March 2014 has received a bit of attention in the shoegaze/dream pop scene but I would definitely not consider it those styles by any means. There are elements there for sure. I think you will hear a lot of styles going on if you were to dive deep into the catalog. A majority of my work is atmospheric, minimal, dark pop. I did release an album called "In With The Old" that showcases a diverse assortment of material I created over the years that I never did anything with. The songs range from ambient to dance, to metal. Its all over the place. I am also interested in growing and changing musically. My next album will still have some beautiful dreamy tunes but I am also interested in revisiting rock and punk music...but with super ethereal vocals.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Its pretty spontaneous every time. I never have anything written before hand. I have no idea what Im going to do and tend to take it track by track. Usually I will lay down a drum track, something straightforward. I will then pick up a guitar and play around until I come up with something to my liking and then lay that down. Then bass. Vocals take me forever. I truly admire any vocalist who can nail it in a couple takes. I have the David Byrne (singer for Talking Heads) syndrome. Im not a true and trained singer. I have pretty horrible spontaneous delivery so I sit for hours and hours sometimes doing takes until I get it to where I can tolerate it. I hate it honestly. I layer my vocals through a loop machine line by line....because I truly cant stand hearing my voice alone. Some vocalist have that really nice timbre but I cant get past mine when its alone by itself and not effected. So I will sing a line...loop it...then overdub like a million times as accurate as possible so it becomes thick and lush. You can imagine why it takes hours, sometimes days doing vocals this way....especially when your doing it one line at a time. Eventually...if Im lucky...something really great will come of it...or I just spent hours on something I may just trash. I am always challenged with the vocal process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?

As far as brand new I have been a bit out of touch because nothing has grabbed me. If I had to name some bands that have been around a little while though I would mention Wild Nothing. I love everything those guys put out. There is a group called Tinniens (https://tinniens.bandcamp.com/) who are newer and are amazing. I also really dig that band The War On Drugs. They have managed to reinvent late 70's Americana rock by putting an ambient twist on it. Their album "Lost In A Dream" is easily one of the best albums Ive heard this year.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Ive done a few covers. My intentions were based solely on songs that really tugged at my heartstrings at the time. I did a cover of Tim Buckley's song "Song To The Siren"..later realizing its been covered by a lot of people and rightfully so...Its one of the most beautiful songs ever written. I did a cover of "Down By The River" by Neil Young for no reason other than Neil Young is awesome. I also did a super gazed out version of "Country Roads Take Me Home" by John Denver that no one will ever hear. If I do decide to do a cover its pretty random and will most likely be by an artist you and I would least expect.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Playing shows...more albums...more shows....more albums. Being the only member of a band its pretty easy to feel confident in saying it will be around for a long time.

Q: Any parting words?
I just want to express my gratitude to anyone whos listening. Thank you so much
Thanks Craig


Sleepyheads with Implodes - An Interview

Uma das bandas mais fascinantes da atualidade para este que vos escreve sem sombra de dúvidas é o Implodes.

Dois álbuns simplesmente magistrais, Black Earth e Recurring Dream lançados pela Kranky Records, são verdadeiras obras primas do submundo dos bons sons.

Álbuns densos, infestados de guitarras, ambientações e texturas que vão desde o mais singelo folk apocalíptico ao mais intenso wall of sound, passando por noise, shoegazer, pós punk, tudo altamente cinzento e atormentado.

Sombrio e fascinante o Implodes prepara para breve um novo ep e o terceiro álbum que deve vir ao mundo quando 2015 chegar.

Por enquanto o TBTCI presenteia a todos com uma rara entrevista do Matt um dos mentores dessa maravilha.

***** Interview with Implodes *****

Q. When did Implodes starts, tell us about the history...
Ken and I are both from Pittsburgh originally, but we didn’t really meet until we worked together at Reckless Records in Chicago. Neither of us were really playing at the time so we decided to give it a try. we jammed for a few months, mostly working out guitar tones and ambient textures. around that time, I was trying and failing to write music in a black metal style because the songs kept getting more and more melodic. About half of "Black Earth" is from the failed black metal project so I'm glad that happened actually. We added our friend James Barron on bass and keyboards, then we decided we needed a drummer so we asked our friend justin to play drums mainly because he had never played drums before. we were going for a Moe Tucker vibe. He got too good for that eventually! Before we played our first show, James told us he was moving to L.A. so instead of playing a show, we decided to record all of our songs. Most of that recording ended up on "Black Earth". While we were finishing the record, we asked Emily Elhaj, another Reckless co-worker to join. She added a song and some great backing vocals which really rounded out the album. The line-up has been the same ever since.

Q: Who are your influences? 
We like all kinds of music. i learned to play guitar to the sex pistols, minor threat and the cure (uh huh) but but i love all eras of rock, metal, a lot of jazz, folk, 20th century classical etc… honestly, we're all big kranky fans. that label is an influence for sure

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Man, that changes all the time. for now let's say (in no particular order)

1. stooges 'fun house'
2. fripp/eno 'no pussyfooting'
3. neil young 'on the beach'
4. the cure '17 seconds'
5. luxurious bags 'frayed knots'

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Playing live is great. we haven't done it since december 2013 though. hopefully we'll all be in the same room together soon.

Q. How do you describe Implodes´ sounds?
Dense. high frequency. somber. cicada sounds.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We demo everything in advance and have things pretty worked out before we even start playing the songs together. we recorded most of the basic tracks for 'recurring dream' at Key Club in Michigan in two days then did the vocals, overdubs & whatever else we needed ourselves over a period of almost a year. we like to take our time and experiment while recording.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended? 
There's a band from chicago called Vehicle Blues that I like a lot right now. Lord Mantis is another great chicago band. I've seen Goat a few times in the past year and they're excellent live. Wreckmeister Harmonies is really great live as well.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We've never done any covers before. we've talked about it though. for awhile we talked about doing "Don't Fear the Reaper" but never had the guts to try it. we like to mess around at practice with bad interpretations of 'johnny b goode.' maybe we'll do that.

Q. you recently played with Slint, how was this experience?
Playing with slint is amazing. i've been a fan since i was in high school and it's incredible to get to play with your heroes. they're all really nice guys and total pros. it's an honor.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We have an e.p. coming out on Gilead Media hopefully in the fall of 2014 or early 2015 and we're about halfway done with a third album. We're not pushing ourselves too hard on the ETA for that as we're all incredibly busy and spread out right now. I think that will happen though.

Q: Any parting words?
Can somebody book us a tour in south america?
Thanks Matt

How You Satisfy Me? with Holy Science - An Interview

A Espanha esta fervilhando de grande bandas hein, ontém mesmo apreciei o show do combo pós punk Belgrado e agora nas páginas do TBTCI é hora e vez dos psicodélicos do Holy Science, com um ep lançado ano passado intitulado Lands, quatro petardos que viajam desde o psych moderno, kraut viajandão, e guitarras estridentes, coloca ai Spacement mesclado com Pink Syd Barret e derreta sua mente saborosamente ao sabor amargo do ácido.

E que venha logo o álbum cheio.

***** Interview with Holy Science *****

Q. When did Holy Science starts, tell us about the history...
Well, three of us had a band together 2 years before and decided to join again and play with an old friend of Laro and a collegue from cinema school. It was a natural process, five people in a room with some instruments, dark lights, beer, and something to smoke. The rest will come along.

Q: Who are your influences?
We like to think that we’re influenced by many different kinds of music, anyway the bands that we all listen to are The black angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Pink Floyd, The war on drugs, Happy Mondays, Galaxy 500, Spacemen/Spiritualized/Spectrum, Yo La Tengo, Loop, Ride, Dirty three… We have a strong pop way of making songs, but then we hide them in fuzz and reverb. Simple and complicate at the same time.

Q. Made a list of 5 albums of all time…
Revolver (The Beatles),
Pet Sounds (Beach Boys),
Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd),
Psychedellic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators,
The Velvet Underground & Nico.

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
It’s really exciting, we love to play alive.

Q. How do you describe Holy Science sounds?:
We want to see it a as a river, a flow of energy. Simple but always changing and easy to contemplate and understand… well, maybe not that easy ;)

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The process may start at two different places: at home, with a personal idea or at the rehersal place with a comun improvisation. Anyway it always ends at the same place, like a river. But after a very long trip.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
 My expansive Awareness, Moondoïd, Lorelle meets the Obsolete, Morgan Delt, Guerra después de la fiesta, the Space Spectrum, Baywaves, Purple Heart Parade…

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Black Sabbath, Leonard Cohen, Elvis, ???

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We are about to record our first Lp soon. Very soon. Probably in September/October 2014.

Q: Any parting words?
We all come from the stars!

quinta-feira, 14 de agosto de 2014

A Stormy In Heaven with Berlina - An Interview

Melodias espaciais, guitarras shoegazers, tudo evocando o paraíso.

Não a toa os caras citam o debute do Verve, A Stormy in Heaven como um de seus albuns de cabeceira, a sonoridade dos espanhóis do Berlina em seu terceiro ep homônimo evoca os bons tempos do Verve.

Contato imediato via facebook através de Alfonso Herrero, o Berlina neste ep mostra que o álbum cheio vem daquele jeito.

Pra ficar de olhos abertos e olhando pros sapatos.

***** Interview with Berlina *****

Q. When did berlina starts, tell us about the history.. .
1l I (Alfonso) started with it all at the end of 2006 in Madrid. I placed a classified ad in a website for musicians and came across Sylvain (bass player) and Sergio (vocals and guitar) very quickly. We had several drummers before Jose joined us two years ago. Not a very interesting story, I guess. But except the drummer, we're all the original members and that has positively contributed to the development of our sound.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. Influences... We all have diverse influences but bearing in mind the music we play I'd remark bands such as Slowdive, The Cure, Tortoise, early The Verve... And more recent ones such us Lotus Plaza, Lower Dens, Autolux...

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. A Storm in Heaven (The Verve).
Desintegration (The Cure).
War (U2).
Mellon Collie and the infinite sadness(Smashing Pumpkins).
Microcastle (Deerhunter).

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
4. We feel nearly 100% good and comfortable. There's still a certain way to go in this respect.

Q. How do you describe Berlina sounds?
5. Atmospheric and ethereal sound, with layering distorted guitars and quite intricate rhythms. We love creating either dreamy pop songs or more complex instrumentals.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. We usually record each instrument separately. We work on demos, along with our producer, before going to the studio.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
7. I recommend listening to Autolux (USA), Aurora (Spain), Havalina (Spain).

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
8. We'd love to play "A Storm in heaven" by The Verve in a very accurate way. So, it wouldn't really be a cover.

Q: What´s the plans for future..
Our main plan is to finish composing our first Lp and to record it between February and March 2015. In the meantime, we'll have some gigs in Spain and check out the people's reactions to the new songs...

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks Alfonso


quarta-feira, 13 de agosto de 2014

The MInimal Sounds of Lower Synth Department - An Interview

Uma pequena e breve historinha; no final dos anos 70 e inicio dos anos 80 a cidade inglesa de Sheffield foi sede de uma verdadeira revolucão musical que viria a influenciar grande parte do que foi feito na primeira metade dos anos 80, new romantics, tecnopop, synth pop, e vários outros tantos desmembramentos da música eletrônica surgiram gracas a visionários da música como por exemplo o Cabaret Voltaire, The Future que depois virou o Human League e outras tantas menos conhecidas mas de absurda importância.

Um dos desmembramentos da emergente música eletrônica da época foi a chamada minimal wave, com enfase primordialmente na cold wave mesclada com o uso de sintetizadores aliado a um clima denso quase dark.

Pois bem, historinhas a parte o resgate dessas sonoridades no submundo dos bons sons vive um momento de extrema ebulicão, inúmeras bandas, projetos surgem a cada dia em todos os cantos do mundo, resgatando e trazendo para um público maior, ou quase isso, essa sonoridade.

Um dos grandes expoentes desse resgate é o Lower Synth Department diretamente da Alemanha e respeitado por gente do calibre dos mestres do Vice Versa por exemplo, o debute dos caras é absurdamente fenomenal, datado de 2012 Plastic Mould é uma verdadeira obra prima do estilo, e se você pensa que é apenas um revival, reveja seus conceitos.

A minimal wave só tende a crescer.

***** Interview with Lower Synth Department *****

Q. When did Lower Synth Department starts, tell us about the history...
To begin with the latter part of your question, the history of Lower Synth Department, it all started back in time, at around 1988, when some friends and I, Sebastian, worked with so called tracker programs on a Commodore Amiga, later on we had a Korg M1 workstation, recorded a bunch of tapes (just private promotional copies, I remember of around 12 tapes, maybe there had been more, under the name "La Passion Beatrice", that never saw the light of day) but soon thereafter we went separate ways and I started concentrating on other things than making music, till the mid-1990s, when I met a musician from Dortmund and played as a keyboarder for some gigs in his band "Scoria Head", and also composed some songs and lyrics for the band. The music of this band was very rough and related to the industrial music scene. I left the band but had fallen in love with the Yamaha DX7 and FM-Synthesis and worked on a couple of solo-projects like "Delusive Indolence" (at least one tape was recorded but it never saw the light of day also) but it was still very amateurish. Around 2003 I met an old friend, Andreas Sippel (Ex-Second Decay, now Vendôme), who advised and taught me in sound engineering and having a deeper look and understanding on how synthesizers, effects and all this stuff works, and helped me to build up my own studio. During these years of learning and experimenting I founded "Les Sirènes Débrouillardes" and released a 7" and an album on CD. I quit this project in the autumn of 2009 due to personal reasons, and then started "Lower Synth Department", first as a solo-project, which has been completed in late 2010 with Kyoung-Hi Roho on electric bass guitar, vocals and synths. She had also performed in the very early 1990s with acts like "Plastic Noise Experience", and has made music ever since then, and is currently involved in two other musical projects, i.e. "rohton" and "Urban Dark".

Q: Who are your influences?
Our music is deeply influenced by and related to the experimental electronic music of the late 1970s and early 1980s, that was made in Sheffield by bands like The Future/The Human League, Vice Versa, Cabaret Voltaire, or by the formerly in Preston based musician Colin Potter and a few American avant-garde artists, pioneering in electronic music, like John Bender, Gen Ken Montgomery, Richard Bone, etc..

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
John Bender: Plaster Falling
The Human League: Travelogue
Kissing The Pink: Naked
Kraftwerk: Radio-Aktivität
The Residents: Eskimo
Skinny Puppy: Too Dark Park

I think Kyoung-Hi would like to add Deftones, Rozz Williams, Tuxedomoon, Dead Can Dance and at least The Knife to this list with their formidable albums.

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Well, we've to admit that we did not feel very comfortable during the first few shows, but by the time we liked it more and more and now love to perform live, it is always very exciting to meet other artists on stage and play in front of a different audience.

Q. How do you describe Lower Synth Department sounds?
Although we are continuously working on sounds and moving further in production and stylistic refinement the basement stays the same, which marks our characteristic line, as it's a very broody-moody, sinister and slightly more cold sound without a real empathic appeal. To answer this question in more detail, it is best to focus on our project's name, Lower Synth Department, as it is at least related to two different references, which deal with each other and therefore constitute our sound: first to the cold aesthetics of modernist, especially brutalist architecture, which conveyed and expressed a very dehumanized attitude to life from the 1950s till the 1960s, that still affected even the 1980s. Second, technically speaking, to the low frequency oscillator, which creates a rhythmic pulse or sweep and is often used to modulate synthesizers, delay lines and other audio equipment in order to create effects used in the production of electronic music.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Although we are very careful in creating a minimal electronics sound, obviously appearing vintage in itself, it is produced in a hybrid way, by using analogous procedures and modern techniques of production as well. So in the end Lower Synth Department is concerned with post-minimal electronics so to speak.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
There are a lot of very exciting bands out there, just to name a few: Vendôme, Half A Twin, Nachtanalyse, Paradox Sequenz, Discodeath, and many more.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
We already did some cover versions of artists we admire, like The Human League, Vice Versa, Grauzone and Inertia. There're still a lot of artists and even more fantastic songs, which we would like to make a cover version of, as it is a good training for understanding and practicing one's own skills in making music. There're plans for one or two cover versions to come soon, but we won't reveal which songs we've in mind at this point.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We're currently working on our next album, to be released in 2015. Some new songs will appear on various compilations later this year. Meanwhile we've some shows in late summer and early autumn this year, work on video installations for our songs and a professional press kit and will keep on touring in the beginning of spring next year.

Q: Any parting words?
Many greetings and best wishes to our friends and supporters, and of course many thanks to you Renato, for this interview, thank you all very much!
Thanks Sebastian


Pictures of You with The Foreign Resort - An Interview

Um dos melhores álbuns do resgate do pós punk sem dúvida alguma é o New Frontiers dos dinamarqueses do Foreign Resort.

Veio ao mundo em fevereiro desse ano e a sua audicão torna-se mais e mais obrigatória conforme vai se permeando suas músicas, uma viagem cinzenta e densa adentrando ao universo do pós punk europeu lá do já longínquo 80´s.

A fórmula baixo marcado, guitarras sombrias, vocalizacão dramática está contida do início ao fim do album, ecos de The Sound, Chameleons, Comsat Angels brotam aos montes, mas a grande sacada é o distanciamento do Joy Division, aqui o Foreign Resort busca muito mais nos menos estrelares daquela geracão e também é óbvio que tem muito de The Cure em sua áurea fase.

Um puta discaco esse New Frontiers.

***** Interview with The Foreign Resort *****

Q. When did Foreign Resort starts, tell us about the history.. .
We started out in the summer of 2006 jamming in a basement in Copenhagen. Besides being long time good friends, Henrik, Morten and I (Mikkel) share a past in metal bands and like the more dark music genres. So joining forces seemed like a very natural thing. We wanted to make shoegaze/noise rock but really didn’t have a clue how to produce that sound at first. After about two years of trying out different effect pedals and listening to tons of music for inspiration we had somewhat achieved our goal and recorded our first album Offshore that came out in the US in 2010. But it really wasn’t until our 2011 EP that we had the sound we were looking for – a blend between shoegaze and new wave.

Q: Who are your influences?
We all listen to different kinds of music but definitely share many bands. I think touring a lot and listening to music in the van does that to a band.

We are very fascinated by the cold sound of the 80s as well as the rawness of post punk combined with the ambience of shoegaze. Bands that influence us are Soft Moon, Depeche Mode, The Cure as well as many of the bands we play shows with like The Raveonettes, A Place To Bury Strangers, Nightmare Air, Ringo Deathstarr and New Canyons. It is always inspiring to see how other musicians produce their sound live.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Tough one!

Here’s Morten’s Top 4:
The Beatles: Revolver (1966)
The Cure: Disintegration (1989)
The Raveonettes: Raven In The Grave (2011)
DM: The Singles 86 > 89 (disk 1 & 2)

Q. How do you feel playing alive?
We really enjoy playing live! It is the encounter with our fans and other musicians that makes it all worth it! Setting up a tour can be frustrating but every time we hit the road, we know it was worth the struggle!

Before every show there’s this calmness to the band. One of my friends told me he thought it was us conserving energy for the show. Could be. Once we go on stage there’s definitely that purge of energy that’s kinda out of control. We work with stage presence and everything but really its all pretty random what happens once the show starts. And I think that’s what we all enjoy about playing live.

Q. How do you describe Foreign Resort sounds?
I’d say we have a pretty massive sound, in the studio as well as live. Becoming a trio we thought we would have a less thick sound, which wasn’t a bad thing. But people still tell us we sound huge, which I think is pretty cool!

I think it is the coming together of our super tight drummer and the back tracks with the more loose playing on both bass and guitar that results in this wall of sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Every song starts as a demo. I record them at home, take them to the rehearsal studio where Morten and Henrik either approve and we start working on the song or they don’t approve and it goes in the trash. Every band member needs to love every song we play. That’s the only way we can get the right expression.

Once the arrangement is in place we try the song out live just to see how it works before an audience while also recording some live demos to get a more detailed impression of the song.

It is hard to say when the decision is made to enter the studio. I’d say it is the combination of timing and having the right songs to record. With New Frontiers we had a bunch of new songs. The our then bass player, Patrick, noticed that our friends Dead Leaf Echo had worked with John Fryer so I asked their frontman LG to put me in touch with John. He did and from then things moved pretty fast.

John flew in to Copenhagen and we spent 10 days recording the album, working 12 hours every day. A very productive but at the same time very relaxed process. That’s how John works. He was constantly recording drums, guitars, vocals or tweaking some sound or coming up with suggestions for improvements. All in all a very intense and cool experience!

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Here’s some of what we are currently listening to:

New Canyons - http://newcanyons.bandcamp.com/
VibraGun - http://vibragun.bandcamp.com/
Nightmare Air - http://saintmarierecords.bandcamp.com/album/high-in-the-lasers
Ghost Modern - http://ghostmodern.bandcamp.com/
Soft Shadows - http://softshadows.bandcamp.com/
Shades - https://soundcloud.com/shadesmusic
Avoxblue - http://avoxblue.bandcamp.com/
Teach Me Equals - https://teachmeequals.bandpage.com

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Morten would like to cover Kate Bush. I think her song “Hounds of Love” would be a good challenge.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
We’re currently setting up shows in the US in October and in Germany in November and December. We’re also playing our first UK show ever on August 8th at Hope & Anchor in London! So more touring coming up while we’re writing new material. It is interesting to see where our new songs will take us. Right now it looks like two directions: a more rough and post punk/industrial sound while we also have new wave pop sounding songs in the works. Could be two EPs in 2015. We’ll see…

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for inviting us to do this interview! We appreciate everything you do to support underground and upcoming music worldwide at your blog! Let that be our message to everyone out there: Support the music and art you love! Go to shows and meet the people who create the music! We’d love to meet you!
Thanks Mikkel


Perfect Pop with Twin Cabins - An Interview

Ah o pop perfeito!!!! 

Vocês se lembram dos criadores das gemas pop perfeitas da class of 86, gente como Weather Prophets, Biff Band Pow!, Jasmine Minks e tantas outras que nos brindaram com pérolas cantaroláveis e clássicos instantâneos, pois assim é o Twin Cabins, que em seu debut de 2012 I´m Sure busca o pop perfeito com trejeitos de dream pop, chillwave, surf sounds, mas no frigir dos ovos é a incansável busca mesmo pela cancão perfeita.

E olha, conseguiram atingir o propósito, o disquinho é deliciosamente viciante, vai por mim, pra se ouvir em momentos de pura felicidade.

***** Interview with Twin Cabins *****

Q. When did Twin Cabins starts, tell us about the history…
It didn’t really start until I my first year of college. I didn’t really like the school that I was going to, it was super alienating. The school only served to intensify all of my negative feelings that I already had. I made music in order to escape the situations I was in. That’s where I made my first EP, Mixtape, Release, whatever you want to call it. After it’s release I did a couple of shows. But the momentum died when I decided to disappear from the scene. I took a year off due to personal reasons. So now I’m back and the sounds will be different but the vibes will be good.

Q: Who are your influences?
Most recently, I’d say the Field. But usually I look up to Destroyer. With the upcoming release I took a more electronic ambient approach to my music. In fact, I don’t think I picked up a guitar to compose most of the songs.

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
oof, this is hard. I’ll list 5 that I listened to during the making of Harmless Fantasies in no particular order.

Looping State of Mind - The Field Virgins - Tim Hecker Kaputt - Destroyer &&&&&& - Arca Cupid’s Head - The Field

Q. How do you fell playing alive?

Honestly, I don’t know. I am hoping to do it more so I can figure that one out.

Q. How do you describe Twin Cabin sounds?
The new stuff is me trying to find that sound. It’s way different than I’m Sure. I guess it’s not cemented.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
It usually takes me around 3 to 4 weeks to make songs. Or at least now that’s how long it takes. The first week I just construct it out of samples and sounds. The second week I record instruments and then sample them into the semi constructed song. Third week I mix the whole thing, record vocals, then master it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Zoo Brother have become great friends and I would play with them anytime, I think they’re incredible. ESPIRIT’s last album was fantastic. I listened to that a whole bunch recently. I’m really digging Alvvays and Vietcong. Beyond that, just listening to some old stuff.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I would love to have the Field remix me or Tim Hecker… Aside from that I’m not sure. It’d be cool if I got sampled into a KNX beat or something. If that happens I’ll lose my mind. Beyond that, anyone can cover it and I would be so excited to hear it.

Q: What´s the plans for future….
The future is bright. Harmless Fantasies EP is coming out on vinyl later this year via Sunset and Hyperion. I hope to play it live with a full band. Aside from that, I will be returning to the studio in the fall.

Q: Any parting words?
Add me on snapchat or message me anytime, I try to respond to everyone and it’s always fun. Stay okay


terça-feira, 12 de agosto de 2014

Cosmic Eye with The Space Spectrum - An Interview

Psych, psych, psych!!! Mais do que inusitada a entrevista com os alemães do Space Spectrum visualmente já deixa claro que o buraco é muito mais muito mais embaixo.

Kraut, psych dos mais intensos, o Space Spectrum segue a mesma trilha que o Cosmic Dead, ácido mais que derretido feito para cérebros e mentes perturbadas.

Boa viagem.

***** Interview with The Space Spectrum *****

Thanks Guys!!!