quarta-feira, 21 de fevereiro de 2018

Factions with Mannequin - An Interview


Já comentei por diversas vezes aqui no TBTCI, que a Califórnia estranhamento tem se tornado numa meca dos novos sons feitos sob encomenda para os notívagos, não somente o pós punk, o gótico, mas a darkwave tem sido objeto de fetiche do pessoal de lá.

Inúmeras bandas de lá já passaram pelas páginas do TBTCI, e agora novamente outro representante dos seres noturnos aporta por aqui.

O Mannequin, capricha numa ode soturna, porém esqueça os baluartes, as conexões dos caras, evocam beats rápidos e dançantes, tal qual gente do calibre de Das Kabinette Iron Curtain, Asylum Party entre outros.

Uma coletânea retratando os três primeiros singles dos caras saiu recentemente via Sentimental Records, gravadora belga especializada em cassettes e sons trevosos.

Feito sob encomenda para dançar contra as paredes em qualquer inferninho mundo afora.



***** Interview with Mannequin *****


Q. When did Mannequin begin? Tell us about the history...
(Taylor) Mannequin started in April as a drunken idea between David and I at our local drinking joint. I’m pretty sure the next day we recorded and released Melissa.

(David) And the rest is history and a future we’re trying to toy with.

Q: Who are your influences?
(Taylor) As a band id say our biggest influences are Iron Curtain, Das Kabinette, Lives of Angels, Clan of Xymox, and Sisters of Mercy

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
- (David) Pornography by The Cure, Hole in the Sky by Lives of Angels, First and Last and Always by Sisters of Mercy,
Playing the Angel by Depeche Mode, Still by Joy Division

   - (Taylor) Hell Songs by Daughters, Plague Soundscapes by The Locust, Pornography by The Cure,
Black Celebration by Depeche Mode, Lazy Karaoke by Human Leather


Q. How do you feel playing live?
- (David) Usually... I don’t know... I guess I usually don’t feel much but I like it.

   - (Taylor) Sick. Very sick. But I usually don’t end up throwing up which is nice. I also feel really nice after which is probably why I keep doing it.

Q. How do you describe Mannequin sounds?
-(David) Glossy, sharp, decadent. Kinda like a soundtrack you could laze around with or celebrate yourself.

   -(Taylor) I like to use the term “pop-goth”

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
(Taylor) One of us usually brings an idea to the table and we kind of just branch off from there. All the music we’ve released thus far has been recorded in my bedroom. We eat a lot of Taco Bell during the process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
-(David) Sean Nicholas Savage and Choir Boy

-(Taylor) Choir Boy and Human Leather.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
-(David) Madonna but not as bright. So Darkdonna. And all of her lyrics would be in Latin

-(Taylor) Probably something fun like maybe Tears for Fears or Hall and Oats.


Q: What are your plans for the future?
-(David) Hopefully release a full length this year.

-(Taylor) We have lots of songs written and kind of recorded. So yea, i guess our big plan is to release an album. I would really like to do a small tour during the summer as well.

Q: Any parting words?
-(David) Farewell! If any one would like to stay up to date with what we’re doing follow us on Instagram @mannequin.wave

-(Taylor) Thank you for interviewing us! It’s been a pleasure!
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https://sentimentalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/singles-factions
https://mannequinwave.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/mannequinwave/

Slacker with Outside Air - An Interview


Quando a melancolia colide de frente com a angustia e a raiva, é sabido que sonoramente tem tudo para ser promissor, certo? Eu mesmo, respondo, certíssimo.

Assim, com esses sentimentos confusos, nascem bandas e mais bandas mundo afora, e nesta esteira, onde o pós punk se alia ao barulho noventista, que o trio de Michigan, Outside Air, se situa.

Uma linha tênue onde se encavalam Pixies, The Cure e o shoegaze. Obviamente que os caras são novatos, e tem um long caminho a percorrer, mas pelo single "Slacker" nota-se o tamanho do potencial, sem contar as raivosas tracks ao vivo, disponíveis no Soundcloud deles.

Quer ter aquele prazer de acompanhar um banda altamente promissora desde os primórdios? O TBTCI te sugere ficar atento aos próximos passos do Outside Air.


***** Interview with Outside Air *****


Q. When did Outside Air begin? Tell us about the history...
A: Uh Outside Air is kind of the child of two dead bands. The bassist and I played in a shoegaze band together and after that fell apart we formed a band with the drummer of his old band. We went through a couple name changes (genius party, charlemagne, danube danube) over a period of two weeks and settled on outside air.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Each one of has different influences that we bring to the table. We can all pretty much agree that Pixies, New Order, Slowdive, The Cure, and The Smiths are great bands. Pretty much everything from 4AD haha.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A: Our top five albums would probably be
- Disintegration by the Cure
- Souvlaki by Slowdive
- Doolittle by Pixies
- Brotherhood by New Order
- Stratosphere by Duster


Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: We're all pretty introverted and none of us has a huge amount of stage presence but we love playing shows. It just feels great when you look up from your pedals and people are actually having a good time and jelling with what you're playing.

Q. How do you describe Outside Air sounds?
A: We've been called grunge-gaze and we really like that but we kind of combine post-punk bass and slacker rock guitar with fuzz, reverb, and a driving motorik beat.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A: Recording has not been something that we take very seriously or do excel at. We like the DIY lofi attitude but there are a lot of recordings that were made with one microphone or taken on an iPhone ha. We finally found a studio that we like though so we hope to release more stuff this spring.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Definitely Protomartyr, they're also from Michigan but much, much better.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A: We'd love to cover the Sound. They're a very underrated post-punk band in our opinion. We just don't have a keyboard player. I think we'd love to take a shot at a shoegaze rendition of Eisbar by Grauzone.


Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We just want to keep booking local shows, and recording material. It would be cool to have some merch too haha. We're all looking forward to writing new material as well.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Thank you for your time and thought. Bloggers, and writers are a huge and underrated part of the music scene. Everyone loves music but writers take it to the next level. It takes dedication but I think introducing people to new music is worth it.

Oh and our stuff is available for download and steaming on bandcamp, soundcloud, and soon spotify.
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https://outsideair.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/outsideairband
https://www.facebook.com/outsideairband/

terça-feira, 20 de fevereiro de 2018

Chapter 8 with The Battle of Lights - An Interview


Quando se ouve uma estreia como "Chapter 8" do The Battle of Lights, logo se imagina uma intensa produção, músicos, produtores, enfim, uma vasta gama de ingredientes para conceber o intrínseco resultado do álbum.

Mas, não neste caso. o The Battle of Lights é Chris Taylor, e o cara logo no primeiro contato com o TBTCI soltou a seguinte frase: "I'm not really trying to have a career in music. I'm doing this purely for the fun of it. If you would still like to do an interview, just let me know. If not, I understand completely."

Bem, talvez para qualquer outro site, a conversa teria parado por aí, mas não por aqui, muito porque Chris ou, The Battle of Lights, criou sim, um disco, que de tão despretensioso, torna-se viciante a cada audição, seja pelas rápidas e rasteiras vinhetas entre as canções, ou claro, pelas canções, onde décadas de música de qualidade foram absorvidas.

Ah, quanto a rótulos, bem, o The Battle of Lights engloba todos os subgêneros do indie rock, por pura diversão.

Resta-nos torcer para que a diversão continue.

***** Interview with The Battle of Lights *****


Q. When did The Battle of Lights begin? Tell us about the history...
I started making the Battle of Lights recordings a few years ago. I’d previously been in bands that played gigs regularly and recorded songs pretty much the way they sounded live. With the Battle of Lights I want to do something a bit different in terms of sound and approach. It's been fun to experiment with instruments, sounds and textures I hadn't really used before.

I don't have a band so I don't really worry about whether the songs can be played live or not.

Q: What are your influences?
Lots of different things, including: shoegaze, psychedelia, post-punk, ska, electronic, Motown. Some non-rock/pop stuff too. I like things that are melodic and adventurous.

Also really influenced by certain music writers and journalists. Sometimes they can change the way you think about music and open you up to new ideas.

I'm always impressed by bands or artists who are really unique and are able to create things that are completely unlike anything that came before them. Morrissey is a great example - a total one-off!

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

The Teardrop Explodes - Wilder
My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
Stereolab - Switched On
The Church - Heyday
The Fall - The Wonderful and Frightening World of... (had to put that one in...)

Q. How do you describe The Battle of Lights sound?
I'm not sure what you'd call it...

The sound is a mix of guitars, distorted electronics, "found" sounds, minimal beats and vocal harmonies. I've been trying to create songs that don't really sound like anyone else - I don't think I've acheived that yet.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I usually write the songs on an acoustic guitar. Melodies come first - lyrics are always a struggle. The recording is completely DIY. I play and sing all the parts, record, mix and master everything in my basement set up. I'm not a great musician or producer so nothing ever sounds too professional. I'm sure the end result would be much better with input from other people, but I kind of like the challenge of seeing what I'm capable of achieving on my own.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Gentlemen of the Woods.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Paul Revere and the Raiders - I Hear a Voice.
or
Straitjacket Fits - Down in Splendour

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Just to record more songs for anyone who might want to hear them.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for giving me the chance to be on your blog!
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https://thebattleoflights.bandcamp.com/releases

segunda-feira, 19 de fevereiro de 2018

Space Transmissions with Anajunno - An Interview


Um EP de estreia que mais parece ter sido concebido por uma banda com anos de atividade, assim me soa o debute dos argentinos do Anajunno.

Conduzido por synths e guitarras sonhadoras, onde infinitas camadas sobrepostas criam uma massa sonora absolutamente intensa e hipnótica, por vezes me lembrando do Toy.

Toques de shoegaze, toques de experimentações krautianas e claro, tudo embalsamado por sonhos.

Como coloquei lá no início, para novatos o Anajunno criou uma estréia gigante.

Para ficar de olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with Anajunno *****


Q. When did Anajunno begin? Tell us about the history...
Anajunno is a bedroom project based in Santa Fe, Argentina, that I (Alexis Hohnstein) started in 2016, after to spend some time learning about audio recording and composing with synths and midi drums. I was playing guitar for a while and I tried to create something like a Dream Pop songs project with some instrumentals tracks too. The idea was to make a first EP and them go out to find some musicians for play the songs and keep creating new music. At this day we are four members: Alejandro Unrrein – Drums; Victoria Rittiner Basaez - Synths, voice; Ignacio Alvarez – Bass; and Alexis Hohnstein – Guitar, voice.

Q: Who are your influences?
The influences are many bands or artists that maybe doesn’t sound specifically like us. But just for saying we can list bands like The Cure, the 60’s Krautrock wave, Sonic Youth, Yo la tengo, The Smiths, Tame impala, Fun people, etc., also the whole underground scene over here, that always it’s like a great school for exchange about new sounds or new ways to make some music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1-The cure - Disintegration
2-Slowdive – souvlaki
3-The smiths – Hatful of Hollow
4-Sonic youth – Dirt
5-Neu! – Neu!

Q. How do you describe Anajunno sounds?
It’s like a shining chaos inside a little box full of reverb! It sounds like a mix of different textures that sometimes becomes on calm and sometimes it makes you feel breaking everything, because the dynamics on drums are like a strong point on composition and structure of the songs. We try to make visible the development of the FXs on strings (guitar and bass), using the synths to hold some harmony between all the instruments. And the voices are pretty ethereal too on that way.



Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
All the songs were basically jams at the first time, I mean, like small fragments that after a few weeks were acquiring “song structure” for this album. After many recordings I selected the ones that fit with a certain aesthetic to work them more deeply. The result was 7 songs that make up

The album. The mix and mastering were in charge of Juan Nanio, at the “Bichos” studio recording on Buenos Aires.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There is a beautiful band which are friends of us called “Fervors”, they are from Buenos Aires, and we have a very extensive scene and full of beautiful bands here on Santa Fe and our neighboring city Rosario, like “Queridas”, “Mi primer año Sabático”, “Projekto Sendecida”, “Mi nave”, “Fauna”, etc.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We definitely could play a Smiths cover, but isn’t in our plans.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Now we are rehearsing to play on the next shows and planning other future concerts, also we are making new songs for a second album that maybe will be finished this year, we are so excited to go out and play and meet new bands and people, to share the music.

Q: Any parting words?
You can listen Anajunno on Spotify and youtube, etc etc…also we have a Bandcamp where you can download our first EP for free or if you want to make a donation we appreciate it!

Thanks for the interview and the possibility of generate some kind of diffusion. We love The blog that celebrates itself, we met about a lot of bands in here and we appreciate the fact that there is some people out there writing about the different scenes and we hope that you keep doing it in the same way! Cheers!
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domingo, 18 de fevereiro de 2018

In Pieces with Expelled From Space - An Interview


Lublin, Poland, Janeiro de 2018, e uma nova aventura sonora começava sua jornada, Expelled From Space, é um one man band, onde o nome diz muito sobre a sonoridade, uma cândida e tenra viagem evocando o espaço, em uma solitária e melancólica odisseia sendo conduzida por reverbs.

Um mês basicamente se passou e o Expelled From Space, com três singles, aponta para uma intensa viagem.

A música do Expelled From Space é um exercício de isolamento.


***** Interview with Expelled From Space *****


Q. When did Expelled From Space begin? Tell us about the history...
To be honest, It began couple weeks ago. I finally found some time to work on my ideas of songs. So staying alone at home with my guitars and other gear = Expelled From Space.

Q: Who are your influences?
So many! but if you will put a gun to my head i would say Slowdive, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Interpol, Tame Impala,The Raveonettes, The Smiths and of course The Beatles - because i love them so very much since i was a little kid.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
The Beatles - White Album
Interpol - Turn on the bright lights
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Take Them On, On Your Own
The Smiths - Meat Is Murder
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Never done that. Well, im on my own - there is nobody except me in the band, so playing live is quite impossible right now. But maybe someday...

Q. How do you describe Expelled From Space sounds?
Dreamy, shoegazy with little addition of rock and roll. And a lot of reverb. Because it's all about it.Reverb!


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
So i got my guitar (Epiphone Dot), i got my bass (some no name bass), lousy microphone, automatic percussion from fruity loops app and the greatest app to make music which is called Audacity (joke). Then im just recording track by track, and then some more. Putting it all together, looking for good sound. Lyrics are provided by my cousin (and i'm very thankfull for that - thanks Matthaus!).

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Dont know if it's that new but i will say Pinkshinyultrablast - very cool shoegaze band. L.A. Witch - three cool, rocking girls. The Fruitcakes - from Poland (like I am!) - they have great 60' style. If you love The Beatles you will like their tunes. And of course Expelled From Space - very promissing!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I would say The Smiths, but they are so unique and making covers of their song is pointless!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Just making more songs (another one was released on 22th January), having fun with music and see what happens.

Q: Any parting words?
I wish everybody good year with a lot of good new music. And check out my fanpage on Facebook for another songs. Soon. (www.facebook.com/expelledfromspace)
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https://expelledfromspace.bandcamp.com

sexta-feira, 16 de fevereiro de 2018

Lost At The Party with Terry Malts - An Interview


Para quem cresceu e aprendeu ensinamentos preciosos de mestres como Fernando Naporano, Kid Vinil, John Peel, onde bandas emergentes ali na segunda metade dos 80´s, que, de certa forma criaram todo o conceito do indie rock britânico que viria na década seguinte, leia-se Class of 86, inclua rapidamente na lista, The Bodines, The Wolfhounds, Bifff Bang Pow!, The Weather Prophets, The Wedding Present, dentre uma imensidão de outras tantas, menos ou mais conhecidas, o fato é que naquele momento, foi plantada uma semente que germinaria do outro lado do oceano, e logicamente nos quatro cantos do mundo com o passar de outras décadas, mas na mente de Mike Schulman, estadunidense de Washington D.C., estava tudo desenhado, e por conta dessas bandas nasceu a Slumberland, que depois fincaria raízes na Califórnia e apresentaria ao mundo beldades como Black Tambourine, The Aislers Set, Henry´s Dress, Velocity Girl, e, tantos e tantos outros que beberam na mesma fonte.

Todo esse enredo na realidade, serve para introduzir, isso caso você desconheça, outros pequenos heróis desse indie rock clássico, o quarteto Terry Malts, que obviamente alimenta-se das matrizes citadas, principalmente segundo eles mesmos, a cult Henry´s Dress, mas, inclua-se ai elementos anteriores a C86, melodiosos tal qual o Go-Betweeens, sensíveis tal qual o The Chills, o Terry Malts, é aquele caso clássico de adoração desde a primeira audição.

Qualquer um dos seus primorosos três álbuns, obviamente que tem o selo Slumberland de qualidade ai no meio, mas faça uma imersão começando talvez pelo último, "Lost At Th Party" de 2016, e faça sua regressão até "Killing Time" de 2012 que mais parece os Ramones junto com os Buzzcocks adicionando a ingenuidade do Undertones com uma guitarra a´la J&MC.

Meu caro, faça o seguinte, tire as crianças da sala, os móveis também e aproveite a vida, o Terry Malts é sua melhor companhia.

***** Interview with Terry Malts *****


Q. When did Terry Malts begin? Tell us about the history...
Well, Terry Malts started as a side project back in 2009 when the three of us were playing in Magic Bullets. A lot of our friends at the time (Weekend, Young Prisms) were doing loud, fun music and we wanted to do an indie-pop/punk version.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our primary influence is Henry’s Dress but we also liked the Shop Assistants, Jesus & Mary Chain, Black Tambourine.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
For me personally I’d say:
Big Dipper - Heavens
Julian Cope - Head
Go Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane
The Smiths - Hatful Of Hollow
Judee Sill - Judee Sill

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It’s fun! Everything turns off around me and I go into my own little zone, free from anxiety and depression.


Q. How do you describe Terry Malts sounds?
Well I’d say we’re a Power Indie Pop group now but a lot of the early stuff was much gnarlier.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Nowadays I co-write with Phil (our singer/bassist) then I sit down with a journal and begin the process of pre-producing the album and compiling references to give the engineer once we’re ready to record. Then we go in and lay down the basic tracks, I’ll overdub guitars and keyboards, and finally Phil will do the vocals.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I like French Vanilla, Seablite, Marbled Eye, So Many Wizards, and Sob Stories

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I’d love to cover a Comsat Angels song called “It’s History”

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We’re going to do more writing this year and hopefully so some recording with BART Thurber.

Q: Any parting words?
Seize the means of production!
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https://terrymalts.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/terrymalts/

quinta-feira, 15 de fevereiro de 2018

Falling Man with Vienna Youth - An Interview


Deliciosamente hipnótica é a estreia dos ingleses de South Devon, Vienna Youth.

"Falling Man", primeiro single deles, é uma odisseia melancólica por guiada por um tênue fio condutor unindo The Cure, Slowdive e The XX.

Climática e sedutora, "Falling Man" vai envolvendo gradativamente até seu ápice épico.

A considerar pelo debute, o Vienna Youth torna-se daquelas bandas a serem acompanhadas com muita tenção.

***** Interview with Vienna Youth *****


Q: When did Vienna Youth begin? Tell us about the history... 

A: Back in 2016, guitarist Dan Sturt and punk poet Tom (T.S. Idiot) started meeting in a garage owned by a guy who recently toured with The Ruts. The pair were soon joined by Vienna James who bought her song writing talents and haunting vocals, Harri (the happiest drummer in the world) and Max (who laid down the bass you hear in 'Falling Man'). Tom stepped in as manager and, after some local gigs, the potential of the quartet was soon spotted. Shoegaze is pretty rare round here (The English Riviera) and I think people were pretty surprised. In the last year we've been invited up to London, supported psych-rockers Syd Arthur and had our praises sung by the BBC.

Q: Who are your influences?
One song we always used to listen to on the way to rehearsals was 'Immigrant Song' by Led Zeppelin haha. But I don't think that's an influence. Old school 'gazers like Slowdive, Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins have got to be in there, but we all bring different stuff to the table. Dan's into his modern fuzzed out stuff like DIIV and TRAAMS, which you can hear when he plays. Vienna really channels bands like Cigarettes After Sex I think, that big sweeping sound and tender lyricism. Like all decent bands, a mix of influences is important to get a unique sound that gets you noticed. Our bassist is into heavy metal and our drummer loves smooth indie stuff like Nothing But Thieves and The 1975. So yeah, quite eclectic.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
DIIV - Oshin
The xx - xx
Joy Division - Closer
Slowdive - Souvlaki
The Cure - Disintegration

We’re also super excited for when Pale Waves release their album later this year. Gus Dapperton and Boy Pablo are cool too.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Nervous. Some of us usually have to be stoned haha. But like anything it gets better the more we do it. We've done so many different gigs in the last year, from tiny pubs to big festival stages. Recently we played at Torquay Museum which is probably the weirdest gig we've done. But I think most people get into it when we build the songs into massive crescendos that fill the room. Some people have never heard that before.


Q. How do you describe Vienna Youth sounds?
My Bloody Valentine for the Millennial generation! A bit more tender with some Noughties indie influences. The BBC called our sound 'A dream within a dream'.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We were lucky enough to meet a local producer/sound engineer Jaz Crossman. He did a brilliant job on the single and really understood our sound. Before that we just pissed about in rehearsals or at college. So it's getting more professional I guess, which is good because it's a big sound to capture.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
One of our favourite bands this year were Too Tangled, a Belgian duo we played with in the UK. Shoegaze-influenced synth-pop, really cool. Penelope Isles are really cool as well, a Brighton-based indie band who work really hard and have made some amazing music. And, locally, we've played with Tin Soldiers a few times - the lead singer plays a transparent electric violin, it's fucking great.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Last year we did a rowdy cover of 'Last Christmas' by Wham! with our manager wearing a turkey on his head, but I don't think we'd do that again haha. Probably a crowd pleasing indie anthem like Pictures of You by The Cure. Or just get a pop song and really f**k it up, make it loud and shoegazey.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Keep in touch with our roots in the South West (UK) but start to get our name out further. Bristol and Brighton have really cool scenes right now. We'd love to get picked up by an independent label with our upcoming EP, and eventually go on tour.

Q: Any parting words?
I think what we've realised is that you don't have to compromise - We come from a small town that's filled with f**king cover bands but there's some amazing acts breaking out. Sometimes people are too scared to let the influence of 'difficult' genres like shoegaze come out in their music, but it's worth it.

Vienna Youth are represented by Uncollective Records (www.uncrecords.bandcamp.com) and release their debut EP later this year.

Website: www.viennayouth.weebly.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/viennayouth
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/viennayouth
Twitter/Instagram: @viennayouth
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quarta-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2018

V'Ger with Mt. Wilson Repeater - An Interview


Mac McCaughan e Laura Ballance montaram a Merge Records lá no distante 1989, como forma de lançar os discos do Superchunk, e depois disso, bem a história toda vocês já devem saber, e não cabe ao TBTCI repeti-la, com exceção ao fato de que no cast dela, dentre várias preciosidades existe o Radar Brothers, banda cultuada no submundo dos bons sons, capitaneada por Jim Putnam, mas que infelizmente esta em um hiato de tempo indeterminado desde 2013, e, aproveitando esta ociosidade, Jim, depois de dez anos, emergiu novamente em seu projeto solo, Mt. Wilson Repeater, e no dia 23 de Janeiro, "V´Ger" veio ao mundo.

O disco é um caleidoscópio psicodelicamente lo fi, evocando Arthur Lee envolto a experimentos freaks a´la Flaming Lips. Conduzido especialmente pela guitarra de Jim, o MT. Wilson Repeater é daquela experiências que devem ser degustadas sem pressa, com o intuito de apreciar cada detalhe.

Psicodelismos delirantes em estado bruto, assim o Mt. Wilson Repeater chega em sua nova passagem pela Terra.

Boa viagem.
***** Interview with Mt. Wilson Repeater *****











Q. When did Mt. Wilson Repeater begin? Tell us about the history...
I've been recording music by myself since I was a teenager in the 1980's, I got a hold of my father's 4 track reel to reel tape machine and learned how to use it. I went to college at CalArts as a visual artist, most of us in the art school wanted to play music so we would set up in hallways and stairwells at the school and make a lot of crazy guitar noise. Although I prefered recording by myself, I was always in bands. I started my own band called Radar Brothers in 1991, and we made records and toured up until a few years ago when I decided to put the band on hiatus.

Q: Who are your influences?
the beatles
pink floyd
leonard cohen
can
kate and anna mcgarrigle
caetano veloso
a c jobim
elis regina
gal costa
gabby pahinui
radiohead
elo
beach boys
dennis wilson
joe walsh
neil young
wire
the cure
the stranglers
the damned

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
beatles-revolver
dennis wilson-pacific ocean blue
beach boys-friends
can-future days
gabby pahinui hawaiian band vol. 1

Q. How do you describe Mt. Wilson Repeater sounds?
Cinematic sonic scapes


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Some songs start with a drum machine or i will play drums then build on that, or i will write a song on my cassette 4-track and then record it later for real. I have my own studio. I record and play everything myself.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I honestly don't know a lot of new bands!

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

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I'm currently working on another record, and touring as a live sound engineer

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for the opportunity to answer the questions and be on TBTCI!!!
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https://www.facebook.com/mtwilsonrepeater/
https://mtwilsonrptr.bandcamp.com/releases

terça-feira, 13 de fevereiro de 2018

Same Hell with La Rose - An Interview


Contemplativo, sonhador e deveras intimista, são os predicados que devem ser atribuídos à obra do canadense Daniel Wilson, ou La Rose para os íntimos.

"Same Hell", primeiro trabalho do cara, nasceu há poucos dias atrás, mais precisamente em no dia 9 de Fevereiro. Todo o disco foi gravado em seu quarto, criando um certo ar lo fi, mas que torna-se apenas mais um das possíveis categorizações que o La Rose pode sofrer, mas muito além dos quesitos de baixa qualidade conhecidos por aí, o trabalho flui por entre fumaças cinzentas e sonhos borrados, muito por conta do fantasma de Robert Smith, que paira sobre as canções.

Se você precisa de um refúgio, o La Rose é sua propensa companhia.

***** Interview with La Rose *****


Q. When did La Rose begin? Tell us about the history...
When i was in university, one of my best friends talked me into buying an electric guitar. i'd never really played before, i don't come from a musical background. he taught me some interpol songs, and eventually, we formed a band called called prom. we put out a couple of eps and played shows around toronto. around the same time, i started writing music on my own, stuff i didn't think would work for prom. more 80s-influenced, dream pop stuff. been working on it ever since.

Q: Who are your influences?
I love music from the 80's. whether that's cocteau twins, the cure, gang of four, kate bush, new order, chameleons, you name it. yo la tengo really did a number on me too, they basically raised me. it's weird though, i grew up listening to rap music. as a true lame-o torontonian, drake will forever hold a place in my heart. oh! slowdive! can't forget them. i saw them twice last year and that made me so happy. i also love ambient music, maybe, a little too much.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Oh jesus, this is the kind of pressure that i don't manage well. off the top of my head?

yo la tengo: everything turns itself inside out
cocteau twins: heaven or las vegas
stars of the lid: and their refinement of the decline
brian eno: another green world
the cure: disintegration

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I...truly despise it. i've never made peace with it. for a long time i'd just drink myself into a stupor and hope things worked out up there. they usually don't. i guess i'm too shy. i don't like people looking at me. my birthday is like, the worst time of the year for me. i've actively not played shows for a while now. people ask and i'm always like "ugh."

Q. How do you describe La Rose sounds?
Um, i'd say it's guitar driven dream pop. i love reverb. i like not knowing what a singer is saying, haha. so there's a lot of that.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
All the songs on my new record were recorded in two weeks last summer. i was in a horrible depression, i could barely go outside. so every day i'd just play with this neat drum machine i got years ago and never figured out how to use. when i had something i liked i'd grab my guitar and start layering stuff- bass, synths, etc. i always do vocals last. writing lyrics just takes me ages, they never really come out the way i want them to.

Q: Which new bands do you recommend?
There is so much good stuff out right now, it's crazy. especially in toronto. vallens is real good.

Outside of Toronto, trippie redd is pretty great. i like how every song is basically him moping over a trap beat. sza had one of the best albums last year, hands down. she's amazing.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I always wanted to cover a yo la tengo song but i never really figured out how to make it work. they have a ton of instrumental stuff that is just wonderful. their original music for the "adventureland" soundtrack is so good, no one talks about it. they also scored this documentary about ocean creatures, maybe i could do that, but with synths. actually, never mind, that's a horrible idea.

Oh! whenever my friends and i go to karaoke, inevitably, someone throws me a bone and puts on "lovefool" by the cardigans. i can't even sing it. at this point, they're just putting it on 'cause i'll pout if i don't get to. i'd love to do that one. it's a classic.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
My record "same hell" comes out on february 9th on pale blue records. i got a bunch of new stuff i'm working on. i tend to overthink everything so i'm sure the next little while will just be me sitting and doing that.

Q: Any parting words?
Um, did you see twin peaks: the return? if not, i really think you should.
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https://la-rose.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/larosetoronto/

segunda-feira, 12 de fevereiro de 2018

Equals with Uniforms - An Interview


Uma verdadeira delicia é o debute das meninas de Andalusia, Espanha, Uniforms.

Grudento, pop, sexy e barulhento na medida certa, "Equals", o EP, pega referências das girl groups dos 60´s, tem pitadas de Blondie, passa inevitavelmente por conexões com The Primitives e Lush, mas, com uma roupagem moderna, se aproximando por vezes das meninas do No Joy.

Viciante é o melhor adjetivo para resumir as quatro pérolas de noise pop que as meninas do Uniforms fizeram, só tem um problema, quando acaba a vontade de saborear mais é avassaladora, por isso fica aqui o pedido do TBTCI para as garotas: precisamos de mais!!!!

***** Interview with Uniforms *****


Q. When did Uniforms begin? Tell us about the history...
Natalia - 'It was only about two years algo. My drummer friend Pan and myself as a beginner guitarrist (Natalia) started to play songs just for fan. We didn't plan to start a band but we had a lot of bands that we loved in common, I dunno exactly why we both started to take lessons of our instruments and taking music a little bit more seriously. After we met Laura who joined immediately and gave us another big push to keep going. Finally, Annie joined the band as she has an amazing voice very suitable for what we were doing plus plays shynts.

Q: Who are your influences?
Natalia- So many of course. But mainly we can say the masters of shoegaze. The bands that we admire so much and had inspired so many bands then and nowadays... Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, Ride, Pale Saints, MBV, Lush, Cranes...

Panchi- Well, and many other 90s bands, like for example The Breeders, The Smashing Pumpkins, Spiritualized, Swirlies, Swell, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth...

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
The Beatles - Revolver
The Beach Boys- Pet Sounds
The Jesus and Mary Chain -Psycho Candy
The Velvet Underground & Nico (Andy Warhol's cover)
Sonic Youth- Dirty
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Q. How do you feel playing live?
Laura- Well, we actually haven't played yet! Ever!

Annie- I did. I've been in other proyects before but mainly as "solo" and in my opinion is such a good fun. It's pure excitement!

Panchi- We can't wait to play lives! At the moment we are booking some concerts for this year in our country (Spain).

Q. How do you describe Uniforms´sounds?
Panchi- I thing it's something like smoothy rock... haha


6. Tell us about the process of recording songs?
Annie- Is was pretty exciting and a challenge for us: it was our first time of studio recording, and we are demanding and perfectionists with our work.

So that took us months to get the sound that we were looking for, but it was worth it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Natalia- I really love many new bands and I must admit that it's what I listen to the most of the time. Specially women bands for example L.A. Witch, Novella, No Joy, Tamaryn, Las Kellies, Helen, Anna Von Hausswolff, Chelsea Wolfe, Jenny Hval, and others like Beliefs, Ponds, Heaters...

Q. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Laura- My Bloody Valentine, which is one of our many references, for example. And actually we can confess that we are trying to do it currently.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
Annie-We would like to share our first EP in many cities (Andalucía...Madrid, Barcelona...) and connect with the listeners through our music. Also, we want to open a new path within the branch shoegaze in spanish music, because this style of music is, unfortunately, pretty unknown here.

Q. 10. Any parting words?
Laura- We wanted to thank Will Castellano as a producer and director, Kike Gutierrez in the process of recording, and Jorge Alcalde, in charge of photography, for supporting us and giving us the pushed that we needed; and all that people that enjoy our work as much as we do.

Annie-This is only the beginning of a journey that we hope continues for many years.

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https://uniformsband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/UNIFORMSband/

sexta-feira, 9 de fevereiro de 2018

Past, Preset and Future with Echodrone - An Interview


Posso dizer tranquilamente aqui, que, o Echodrone é uma das bandas mais queridas do TBTCI.

Durante os quase 10 anos de atividade do TBTCI, tive o imenso prazer de não somente acompanhar a trajetória do hoje, quarteto, desde seu início, mas ter a honra de contar com eles em vários projetos do TBTCI.

E, eis, que, depois de uma longa espera, o sexto álbum deles veio ao mundo no mês passado. "Past, Preset, Future", sucede o excepcional "Five" de 2015, e como o nome sugere, o álbum é um passeio com passagens pelo início dos trabalhos da banda, seguindo pelo ponto atual deles, um tanto mais sonhador e de certa forma até mesmo mais pop,sem jamais perder o charme e a sofisticação, características marcantes na sonoridade do Echodrone.

E fechando esta viagem, "Past, Preset and Future" acena por novos caminhos, talvez mais experimentais, talvez mais oitentistas, talvez, talvez, as possibilidades são infinitas para o grande e majestoso Echodrone.

Simplesmente apaixonante.
***** Interview with Echodrone *****


Q. First of all, I must say that "Past, Preset, Future" is great! Are you happy with the result of the record?
Brandon: Couldn’t be happier! We had set some unusual challenges for ourselves in terms of songwriting for this album that could have derailed us, but the end result exceeded our expectations.

Eugene: I think we did a great job! It was a challenge to put together, but everyone put in amazing contributions!

Mike: *thumbs up*

Rachel: I also think we did a good job, considering we live on opposite sides of the country!

Q. How was the process of recording the new album?
Brandon: Much more drawn out than our past albums. Our actual recording process wasn’t different than for Five - we still recorded our parts separately, for example. “Real life” got in the way of our process to an unexpected degree this time around, and it took much longer to finish songs than in the past.

Eugene: Songwriting and recording for this album went in fits and starts. I actually started writing/recording basic song structures for this album before our last album, Five, was even released! As Brandon stated, however, life got in the way. We tried to tackle recording whenever we could fit it into our schedules. It was a difficult process, but it ended up being very rewarding.

Mike: I take full responsibility for how slow this album took to make LOL

Rachel: It was trickier this time around because I recorded my vocals during a busy work season. I didn’t have as much leisure time as Five, which for my part was recorded during the summer.

Q. What is the big difference between "Past, Preset, Future" and "Five"?
Brandon: “Past, Preset and Future” is our take on pop, which definitely shows through the 3:30 song length but also came through in our approach to each song. In some ways, it was a return to our style after “Five’s” foray into electronic music, but the essential “Echodrone-ness” came through I think. “Five” was definitely more claustrophobic and heavy than “Past, Preset and Future”, which has more space in its songs.

Eugene: For me, Five was about exploring long structures that ebbed and flowed in slow waves. It was kind of an attempt to take the things we love about shoegaze/dreampop and stretch them to their limit, both from a songwriting perspective and from a textural perspective.

Past, Preset and Future, however, was about the exact opposite; take the things we loved about shoegaze/dreampop and compress them into smaller, concise, taut songs.

I see “Five” and “Past, Preset and Future” as the yin and yang of the Echodrone discography. Visually, if “Five” was the long stretches of night that occur in winter, “Past, Preset and Future” is the short bursts of radiant sunlight that occur during the day in winter.

Mike: This is our pop album

Rachel: I think it still sounds like us, but I think we had to dig deeper into songwriting in a smaller song length. It was trickier than I thought it would be. I think I found my voice a little bit more this time around.


Q. Tell us about the lyrics?
Eugene: A lot of my lyrics on this album have to do with a longing for the past. As children, we take so much for granted in our rush to become adults. Now that I’ve reached adulthood, I can safely say that it’s not that cool haha. The horizon was limitless as a child, everything was within our reach, our imaginations could run unchecked. As we grow older, however, the boundaries close in on us. We can’t become all the things that we wanted to become as children. We can’t dream like we once did, imagine like we once could...I think my lyrics attempt to touch on these topics.

Rachel: I could write essays on them. The songs I wrote hit on different topics, like nostalgia of simpler times in childhood & youth (“Home”), craziness in our modern world (“Save Me”), & how it affects us mentally & spiritually (“Failure”, “Low”). I had a lot on my mind, & only a 3 minute timeframe to work the ideas in… so it was an interesting challenge. I was also reminded of a Portuguese term I learned about just a few years ago called Saudade, which takes nostalgia to another level because it’s a longing of something, someone, or somewhere that’s not possible. It fit the mood of my lyrics rather well. My underlying theme behind all of them is generally peace & unity, & I hope people can relate to them in their own way.

Q. What do you guys think about the recent avalanche of shoegaze / dreampop and post punk bands around the globe?
Brandon: The more the merrier! I don’t listen to as many new bands in the genres as I would like, but those have always been my favorite musical genres and I’m glad to find that others share the same interests. These days, I’m listening to a lot of classical as well as my old faves and new discoveries from the 80’s.

Eugene: I wish I had a well informed opinion, but I honestly don’t listen to much shoegaze/dreampop music nowadays...

Mike: We’ve always been about taking those genres to new territory and we’re that fans are receptive to go along on that journey.

Rachel: I’m still stuck in the 80s & 90s… but there’re a few recent bands i like, such as The Soft Moon, Screen Vinyl Image, & A Place To Bury Strangers, just to name a few.

Q. What have you been listening to these days? Any recommendations?
Brandon: I am excited about the new Voices record, and really liked Blankenberge’s release from last year. Slowdive is still my favorite band and their latest album made me happy the whole year!

Eugene: I’m really not listening to a whole lot of music lately. I spent most of my free time chasing my one year old daughter around the house. If I get a chance to relax, I will usually listen to a comedy podcast.

If I’m in the mood for music, though, I end up listening to older stuff. I’ve had Fred Frith “Guitar Solos” on repeat for quite awhile, along with Eliane Radigue’s L'Île Re-Sonante. I’ve also been listening to soundtrack music while I work (Goblin, John Carpenter, Drive soundtrack, etc.).

Hmmm...trying to think of recent bands that are rocking it. Definitely check out our friends, the Visiting Diplomats. Their last EP “The Big Swell” is shoegaze at its finest!! Also, Vast Robot Armies are putting out some of the catchiest, anthemic music I’ve heard, definitely an inspiration.

Mike: With Mark E. Smith’s passing, I’ve been listening to a lot of The Fall. Been a fan for decades. I would have to say my favorite era of that band is when they were signed to Beggars Banquet: Frightening World of The Fall, This Nation’s Saving Grace, Frenz Experiment and I Am Kurious Oranj - those albums are a great introduction to the band.

Rachel: I’m listening to Public Image Ltd as I type this. When I’m not listening to 80s & 90s alt, goth, grunge, post-punk, & other types of rock, haha, I listen to & perform orchestral music for a living. I’ve played Russian composers in recent months like Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, & Prokofiev. They were really good orchestrators & wrote some very fun & interesting works.

Q. What future plans does Echodrone reserve for us?
Brandon: We seem to change every album, and the next one will definitely be that. :)

Eugene: We’re already discussing our next kooky project :) It’s a secret for now, but we’ll let you know!

Mike: We started conceptualizing the next album while making the current album

Rachel: Hopefully more albums & fun covers!

Q. Final considerations ....
Brandon: Thanks to you, Renato, for all the support over our career!

Eugene: Thank you so much to everyone that takes a few moments out of their day to listen to Echodrone. We are such a small band...I’m absolutely blown away that anyone is even listening to what we do!!

Mike: Shout out to my kids, my wife, my bandmates, our engineer Colin, Shawn and Jeff who lent me mics (takes a lot of mics to record drums - should’ve picked a different instrument :P) and YOU!

Rachel: Thanks to all who are drawn to our music! Esp. thanks to my parents for being so encouraging during years of uncertainty as I tried to make a life as a musician. It was tough, but well worth it!
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https://echodrone.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/echodrone/

Same Old Sky with Northwest - An Interview


Imagens são lentamente transpostas como em um slide em slow motion, a partir do primeiro momento que se inicia a audição do duo Northwest.

Hipnoticamente envolvemente, a música do duo vai penetrando mente adentro, como um medicamento poderoso, mas com um efeito lento e sensível. 

Com alguns singles no currículo, o a música do Northwest é misteriosa e sedutora, algo como se o Portishead se juntasse a Julee Cruise e compusessem novos temas para algum novo filme de David Lynch.

A imersão é inevitável, e os delírios idem.

***** Interview with Northwest *****


Q. When did Northwest begin? Tell us about the history...
First of all, I want to say hello to all TBTCI readers and thanks so much for inviting me to this great blog. I'm Ignacio Simón, producer and one half of the duo Northwest.

The seed of it all was "Reflection", a song we produced in 2015 as an exceptional collaboration between Mariuca Garcia-Lomas, singer and composer, and I. By the time we did that, I was full-time devoted to my band Al Berkowitz and Mariuca was focused on her illustration and video projects. We loved both the experience and the output and received some possitive feedback on it. Shortly after, we both moved to London to work and develop this project and then Northwest was oficially born.

Once in England, we started recording and shaping our sound, with no boundaries and aiming to create something unique, out of our particular experiences and pouring all our influences, inspiration and ideas on it, no matter where they came from. We incorporated different instruments and styles, from classical music to experimental and electronic sounds. We also started experimenting with different tecniques for composition. Besides, we manage to record at inspiring spots such as cottages and churchs and that definitely became part of the music.

All in all, Northwest is changing (and hopefully evolving) all the time, which is something really exciting for us.

Q: Who are your influences?
We are influenced not just from music and arts but from places, landscapes and people. We are specially inspired by Northern landscapes, hence our name.

We have a wide range of musical influences, from classical and contemporary music to modern pop, but we are also higly influenced by films, photography, paintings and literature. Thats why we want Northwest to be a 360º project, where images, video, dance and words are as important as music itself. To name a few: Shostakovich, Alban Berg, Goya, Turner, Kaspar Davd Friedrich, Terrence Malick, Kubrick, Dostoievski, Robert Wyatt, Scott Walker, Pina Bausch, Fritz Lang...

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Ignacio's list:
- Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom
- Miles Davis - BitchesBrew
- Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis
- Pink Floyd - The Piper at The Gates of Dawn
- Beach Boys - Smiley Smile - Smile

Mariuca's list:
- The The - Soul Mining
- The Beatles - (all)
- Radiohead - Kid A
- Grimes - Visions
- Syd Barrett - Madcap Laughs

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We started performing as Northwest less than one year ago. We wanted to be sure that our live show was at the level of our studio work. This was a turning point for us and affected our work drastically.

We really enjoy playing live and we try to do it as much as I can. Being a duo onstage makes it simple for us to travel and tour around.

Q. How do you describe Northwest sounds?
I would say they are "hipnotic", but I reckon it's up to any listener to find the right words


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Writing, producing, recording and mixing are part of the same proccess for us and we don't differentiate between any of them; we work on our music as a whole, where every sound is part of the composition.

We produce and mix everything we release and we usually record at home and we've tried different ways of producing and recording new material. . Besides, as I said formerly, we recorded some other instruments on spot, like pianos and church organs. However, last year we had the chance to work at City University studios in London, so we recorded the bulk of our upcoming release, a double album which will be out this year: vocals, piano, drums, vibes and some strings. On top of that, we added different layers, like vocals, guitars, percussion, electronic sounds...

Consequently, recording-mixing-producing is an ongoing (and sometimes neverending) proccess.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I recommend Tom O.C. Wilson (check his new album!)

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We can't decide between "Emily Plays", by Pink Floyd, and "Willow's Song", from The Wicker Man's soundtrack. What would you choose?

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are going to tour all around Europe this Winter and we're pretty excited about playing in many cities such as Paris, Asmterdam Moscow or Prague(check thisisnorthwest.com for tour dates!). After this, we are releasing the first part of this double album in June and organizing a presentation in a beautiful church in London. Finally, we will release the second half and vinyl edition of the album.

For the long run, we would love to tour around North and South America and Japan, and, who knows, maybe producing a film...

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks you Renato for inviting us to share our work here and thanks so much to and all the TBTCI readers for reading this! After all these pretentious words and ideas, we just hope you like our work and, if you are around and want to drop by at any of our shows, we would be very pleased to meet you!
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https://soundcloud.com/thisisnorthwest
https://www.facebook.com/thisisnorthwest

quinta-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2018

Remember, Forget with Fever Blush - An Interview


Vamos fazer um exercício, dê play antes de qualquer coisa no primeiro single do quarteto de Nashville, Fever Blush, "Remember, Forget", e daí volte aqui.

Ok, agora podemos seguir adiante, absolutamente viciante não? Não tem como não começar a marcar o passo com os pés, não tem como mentalmente começar a cantarolar, tanto "Remember" como "Forget", não há como não se lembrar de gente como Belly, Madder Rose, e outras bandas heroínas dos 90´s.

Sabe aquele tesão, aquele frescor juvenil, ele volta com força total ouvindo o Fever Blush, agora, escute em looping, faz mais sentido, afinal, você já deve ter feito isso, assim como eu, porque é viciante, simples assim.

***** Interview with Fever Blush *****


Q. When did Fever Blush begin? Tell us about the history...
Our first show was February 6th, 2016 with our long time friends in Choir Vandals. In the months before that, we wrote enough songs to fill a set, most of which we don't play anymore. We've all known each other for a while through playing shows in other bands within the Nashville DIY scene.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Going Blank Again - Ride
Heartbreaker - Ryan Adams
Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow
Their Satanic Majesties Second Request - Brian Jonestown Massacre
What's the Story Morning Glory - Oasis

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Our live show is a great release for us. We invest a lot of hours every week into practicing because playing well at shows is super important to this band.

 Q. How would you describe Fever Blush´s sounds?
We are the culmination of our interests and environments. Living in Nashville for so long definitely has helped teach us the importance of the song itself, and playing in DIY environments over the past so many years has also shaped the band. We play loud in our live shows and love indulging certain parts of the set musically, but the most important thing to us is the songs, not necessarily our sound. Our sound must always support our song. Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?

We self produced our EP, "Remember, Forget." We did it ourselves at our drummer Chase's house.


Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We recently have all collectively dug into Wolf Alice, and they have been consistently blowing us away, even though we may be a little late to the party. As mentioned before, our friends in Choir Vandals put out one of the best records of last year called Dark Glow and the self titled Smidley record is another favorite from 2017. Blank Range, Idle Bloom and Reality Something are some of our favorite Nashville bands.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We do a couple covers including If It Makes You Happy by Sheryl Crow as well as Simple Kind of Life by No Doubt, but we're always open to suggestions!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In the future, we will continue to release music and tour the US. Coming up on the near horizon, we will be out with Tiny Moving Parts in February and more tours this year will be announced.

Q: Any parting words?
2017 was very good to us and we are really looking forward to 2018. Be on the lookout for new music in the US and internationally.
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https://feverblush.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/feverblush/

quarta-feira, 7 de fevereiro de 2018

Rite Of Passage with Lebend - An Interview


Não é de hoje que o TBTCI acompanha o que vem acontecendo no submundo dos bons sons espanhóis, vide prediletos da casa como Linda Guilala, Apartamentos Acapulco, Galaxina, Monte Terror entre outros, e é de lá, mais precisamente da cidade de Granada que aporta agora nestas páginas o quarteto Lebend.

Pairando por entre psicodelismos viajantes e um shoegaze hipnótico, os caras em suas primeiras demos demonstram que mais parecem uma banda com anos de estrada do que pouco menos de um ano de existência.

Para ficar de olhos e ouvidos alertas.


***** Interview with Lebend *****


Q. When did Lebend begin? Tell us about the history...
Lebend is a musical project formed in Granada (Spain) in the summer of 2017. The band is integrated by four components with an extensive background in other local bands.

Members: Jose Pardo, Juan Melchor, Ignacio Nievas y Pablo Bachs.

Q: Who are your influences?
We have always listened to a great variety of musical styles. We try to learn the most from the bands that we usually hear.

We also like bands such as Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Ride, Spiritualized, The Stone Roses, My Bloody Valentine, Radiohead, Portishead, Sigur Rós, Yo La Tengo… the list could never end.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Nacho: The Stone Roses – “The Stone Roses”, My Bloody Valentine – “Loveless”, The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Darklands”, Slowdive – “Souvlaki”, Galaxie 500 – “On Fire”.

Juan: Catherine Wheel – “Ferment”, Slowdive – “Just For A Day”, Sianspheric – “Somnium”, Ride – “OX4”, Mazzy Star – “So Tonight That I Might See”.

Pablo: Radiohead – “In Rainbows”, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Belong”, The Postal Service – “Give Up”, Portishead – “Third”, Brad Mehldau – “Largo”.

Jose: Piano Magic – “The Troubled Sleep Of Piano Magic”, Slowdive – “Just For A Day”, The Cure – “Disintegration”, Ride – “Nowhere”, Sigur Rós – “Ágætis Byrjun”

Q. How do you describe Lebend sounds?
Our songs are based on Avant Garde Pop-Rock style but we love adding Shoegaze and Dreampop elements or sequences to our sound.

We try to make songs that can excite the listener, that manage to transport their mind to another place, getting the same effect that exerts on us when they are composed and executed.

We really enjoy while we are playing our music because it is not premeditated and it flows in a very natural state. We don’t inspire ourselves in a specific style when we are writing songs, but it is inevitable that our experience as listeners will not give us away. According to this, we have clear musical influences with which we converge in this project but at the same time we will try to have the maximum possible personality. We are looking for our sound in order to be easily recognizable, so we feel comfortable in a constant search habit.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
First of all, we don’t want to give a huge prominence to the sound in our compositions. Secondly, we are concerned that there is a good song and a melody that hooks us behind all this sound.

Furthermore, we always dedicate a lot of effort trying to connect the melodies, the harmonies, the progression of the chords, the rhythm, the correct tempo ... We especially care that this process gives precision to the songs. Finally, we record a song when all this work is done. Then, the recording session follows standard stages, the rhythm base (drums and bass) - guitars - keyboards and vocals afterwards, the mixing and mastering conclude the tape.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We discover new bands every day. Currently, the music system based on streaming allows it. We could highlight very interesting bands like the Japanese band "Fluffytails", “Umbrage” from Dallas, “Vast Asteroid”, “Plant Cell”…

There are great bands in Brazil such as “Terraplana”.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Of course, we would love to have at least one cover for the live performances. But, we have still agreed with the band or the song that we will cover, although we are clear that there are some ideas that we are going to try in the next rehearsals.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In the near future we want to finish publishing the songs of "Rite Of Passage" and present this work with live performances. Our plan is to continue writing songs to record again as soon as possible.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much for this interview. We are very happy for your interest and we hope that our music will please the Brazilian public.
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https://lebend.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/Lebendgr/

terça-feira, 6 de fevereiro de 2018

Semblance with Relay Tapes - An Interview


Brisbane, Austrália, sim, novamente a Austrália aporta nas páginas do TBTCI, desa vez representada pela estonteantemente bela música de Jade Tyers, ou Relay Tapes, como esta sendo conhecida, desde o lançamento de seu primeiro single, "By Now", nos primeiros dias de Janeiro.

Mas, ainda estava por nascer o primeiro EP, e esta nossa conversa, contempla justamente o que a moça recém lançou. "Semblance", seu primeiro EP, que conta com "By Now" entre as canções, mas é exatamente na abertura com "Jellyfish" que a sedução toma contornos de paixão. Um clima mybloodyvalentiano vai tomando conta de tudo, mas não a parte experimental, imagine "Blown a Wish" de outra forma, aliás, as canções de Jade, me soam como deliciosas variações de "Blown a Wish".

Então meu amigo, se você precisava de algo para se apaixonar, sugiro Jade e o Relay Tapes.


***** Interview with Relay Tapes *****


Q. When did Relay Tapes begin? Tell us about the history...
I spent a lot of time between 2011 and 2015 learning how to record. I played around in different music making programs and experimented with recording techniques that I'd pick up from videos/blogs/tutorials online. Most of what I recorded during this time was a reflection of what I was also listening to. I'd try to cover/replicate songs that I like, which taught me a lot about layering sounds/arrangement. When I felt confident enough to share my own music with other people, I realised that I would need a name to upload under, and "Relay Tapes" was the only name that didn't make me cringe.

Q: Who are your influences?
I'm a big fan of Bradford Cox, especially his solo projects. Liz Harris, too. I take a lot of cues from bands like Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine for certain qualities that I like to include in my own music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill - Grouper
2. Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
3. Devotion - Beach House
4. The Doors - The Doors
5. Halcyon Digest - Deerhunter

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I haven't performed live before. I've always been primarily interested in recording music over performing. I'm open to the idea, though.

Q. How do you describe Relay Tapes sounds?
Experidreampogaze.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I usually start on guitar or keyboard and if something comes out that I think is worth committing to, I'll move to the computer and start recording. Once I arrange the structure of the song, I try out different vocal melodies, which is usually the most frustrating part for me. I usually work on 2-3 songs at the same time and they often overlap so I usually end up finishing the one I like the most.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Jordan Ireland with Purple Orchestra. Jordan has been around for a while (The Middle East, Stolen Violin) but he released a new album under this project in 2017 and it's fantastic.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
MBV in the style of Daft Punk would be interesting.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I need to get a haircut and buy more cereal. And I'll be releasing an EP within the next month, too.

Q: Any parting words?
This is a first for me so thanks for your interest, I appreciate it.
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https://relaytapes.bandcamp.com