Ryan Davis já é um sócio de carteirinha aqui do TBTCI, por conta de sua banda principal o Sleepwalk, que no ano passado soltou uma pérola chamada "Shimmer" fora o novo single lançado esse ano "Shine / Vertigo Zoom" mas, não é exatamente do Sleepwalk que vamos tratar neste momento.
O assunto é o alter ego de Ryan, H V N, projeto solo do cara, onde o debute aconteceu há menos de um mês. "I live to fight no more forever" o nome do artefato, soa mais eletrônico do que sua banda original, mas denso também, evocando fantasmas de Bowery Electric em determinados momentos.
Em um clima beirando o noir, Ryan e seu H V N, cometeram uma estreia altamente recomendada, para seu ouvir sozinho em fones de ouvido no auge da madrugada.
***** Interview with H V N *****
This wasn't a preconceived idea that I planned on and then worked on, so it didn't really "start", but the first songs were written in November 2016. There was three separate sessions, the second two were not intended, but as a result of my satisfaction with the first session I wrote more songs. Songs "two" and "three" were the first session; songs "four" and "five" were the second session; and songs "one" and "six (bonus track with download)" where the third.
Q: Who are your influences?
For H V N it is Boards of Canada, Bowery Electric, MBV, Smashing Pumpkins, and Jesu. I just want to create an atmosphere that really doesn't seem organic at all(hence the vintage drum loops), and is very heavy and dark, but also very moving.
Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Happy Songs For Happy People - Mogwai
Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins
Songs From The Big Chair - Tears For Fears
(What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
Hounds Of Love - Kate Bush
Q. How do you feel playing live?
H V N has never and will never play live.
Q. How do you describe H V N sounds?
It takes the wall-of-sound, crushing, fuzzed-out (and sometimes bendy) guitar sounds of Loveless and Siamese Dream, pairs it with drum loops like something from Bowery Electric "Beat" or any Boards of Candada, and sprinkles it with atmospheric guitars and synths ending in a very dark, emotional,and dreamy tech noir feel.
Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I wrote all of the songs on my shitty laptop using Ableton and bounced out the drum loops and anything I felt I wouldn't be able to recreate in the studio to send to Andy who recorded it all. In the studio I recorded guitar, vocals, and was very incredibly fortunate to be able to use Andy's vintage synths.
Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Andy's band Belonger. It is like a combination of Swervedriver, Sonic Youth, Failure, and Nirvana.
Panda Riot (shoegaze/dreampop):
New Canyons (shoegaze/synthpop):
Lazy Legs (shoegaze):
I also have to shamelessly promote my shoegaze/grungegaze band Sleepwalk:
Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I want to do a cover Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" but in the style of MBV's "Sometimes" and call it "Sometimes Over The Rainbow."
Q: What are your plans for the future?
Just like the creation, nothing is planned. I spent six months debating whether or not I was even going to actually put these songs up because how hard I am on myself, but it was really fun and I really like the style, so I definitely would like to do more in the future or have some sort of physical release.
Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much to anybody who listens to this. This is just me and it's not something I can or will do live, so I can't really do anything other than post it online, so anybody listening at all means so much to me!