terça-feira, 19 de setembro de 2017

Desert Plants with Vamping - An Interview

Em um clima ensolarado, intimista e contemplativo  Broderick Adams ou Vamping para os mais chegados concebeu seu primeiro trabalho intitulado "Desert Plans".

Evocando a pureza dos baluartes da fundamental Sarah Records, inserindo doces e sutis elementos de soft pop sonhador, o álbum exala aquele frescor confortável típico de canções pop perfeitas.

Trilha sonora ideal para um piquenique no parque.

***** Interview with Vamping *****

Q. When did Vamping start? Tell us about the history...
Vamping is the solo project of singer and guitarist Broderick Adams, previously of a space rock outfit Mount Ivy. Vamping began during a move to El Paso from a small town in the Texas panhandle in March of 2017. The project began with me doing some acoustic demos and toying around with some new songs. They didn't quite fit with the ambient/post rock kind of stuff I was doing before but I still enjoyed the creative outlet so I set them aside. I began to demo these songs with a little more direction and shoot them out to some friends to get some feedback to which I received some positive response. The recording for the album started in April of 2017 and was recorded on mostly one mic a certain EV660 from the 1980's. The album "Desert Plants" took it's first breath when I was on a walk surrounded by Italian Cypress, cholla cactus and vibrant wildflower variations. It was 110 degrees outside and my first theme came to me. "Wither away in the sun. I'm starting to think you're the one that I'll share bloom with. We are like the desert plants holding the rays in our hands made for adversity."

Q: Who are your influences?
If I had to pick a top 3 main influences it would be as follows:

1. Fleetwood Mac
The Mac just knew how to write excellent pop songs with relatable emotions. I was always taken aback by Stevie Nick's flowy vocals and vocal melodies. The whole band had songwriting talent and in my opinion they were just a super group. The always put the music first even when they were in off and on relationships writing songs about each other.

2. The Delfonics
The Delfonics are quintessential soul for me. The harmonies are unreal and had a huge influence on how I approach vocal harmony. I never tire of listening to their music and they just write those classy love songs/heartbreak songs. They handle their emotions with grace which I appreciate and the energy in their music makes it hard not to move.

3. New Order
Especially for this record New Order had a huge influence with the waves they made in the new wave world. The Oberheim drum machines laying down that memorable 4/4 groove, guitar chorus, synths oscillating and longing vocal lines tying the whole sound together. I always had an appreciation for the style growing up and the more I listened I always came back to these guys for inspiration.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This question is always a difficult one but I will try! I can't put these in a particular order because it will take eons.
1. The Delfonics - Alive and Kicking
2. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
3. New Order - Substance
4. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico
5. Margot and the Nuclear So & So's - The Dust of Retreat

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love to play live because of the connection you get with the people. You get to experiment with the music and sort of give it a life you can never give it in the recording process. There is a whole other human aspect to the music in a live setting. It is probably the most stressful part of the process because I take performance very seriously. I've never wanted to be one of those artists that you go see and you are disappointed because the vocals were off or the band sounded terrible. I like to spend a healthy amount of time polishing the live set and making a memorable experience for fans and newcomers to the music.

Q. How do you describe Vamping sounds?
I describe Vamping as dream pop/bedroom pop. I used a minimalist approach to these songs recording on only an EV660 mic for all the tracks you hear. It was recording in my bedroom near the Franklin Mountains. I love the nostalgic sound of older recordings so I tried to emulate that with my process. The dream pop is sort of based on the use of reverb and delay on guitars and vocals to create a smoother listening experience.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I highly recommend you check out these 5 bands!

1. Tremble Out - Good friends of mine from Austin. Mathy shoegazers and great dudes!
2. Chad Vangaalen - Excellent songwriter/animator extraordinaire .
3. Sorrytown - El Paso/Las Cruces Sadboy heroes.
4. Hayden Pedigo - Your train ticket to fingerstyle guitar technique and ambient/noise euphoria.
5. Soren Bryce - Creative power house with an unbelievable voice.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
This is also a tough question but I think maybe I would do a Velvet Underground cover maybe "I Found a Reason".

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I plan on letting the writing process come naturally and continuing to release material under Vamping as it comes to me. This is the leisure of being an indie artist is sort of being able to take your time on the craft without deadlines. I'm working on merch at the moment and hoping to do a tape release of "Desert Plants" before the end of the year.

Q: Any parting words?
I would like to thank Renato first and foremost for this interview and for letting me be a part of his blog. Thank you for checking out my music and I hope you have enjoyed the sounds from the desert.

You can reach me/check out my music on:
Instagram: @vampingvamping
Facebook: facebook.com/vampingvamping
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6ZI3igo9xvGpuQJeqwYEZr
Bandcamp: vamping.bandcamp.com
email: vampingvamping@gmail.com

Desert Plants is also available on Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal and over 150+ other digital retailers worldwide.

segunda-feira, 18 de setembro de 2017

Star Alliance with Routine Death - An Interview

A música realmente une, independentemente da distância, credo, ou, seja lá qual for a(s) diferença(s).

Prova cabal disto é o duo Routine Death, onde Dustin e Lisa estão separados 7000 milhas de distância, ele em Austin, Estados Unidos, ela, em Gothenburg, Suécia, e assim suas primeiros demos nasceram.

"Star Alliance" é um BJM soturno, já "The Impossibility of Paying Our Debts" passeia numa ambientação muito mais direcionada ao pós punk do que ao shoegaze.

O mais interessante de tudo é que com o Routine Death tudo ainda esta bruto, o elixir sonoro deles ainda deverá passar por um natural lapidamento e amadurecer gradualmente.

Este, é, sem sombra de dúvida, a grande motivação do TBTCI, acompanhar o nascimento de uma banda como o Routine Death que certamente ainda nos trará grandes e deliciosas surpresas.

Olhos e ouvidos atentos neles.

***** Interview with Routine Death *****

Q. When did Routine Death start? Tell us about the history...
It started as a project for us to work on from across the Atlantic. At first it was just some monotone instrumental drone songs, to experiment with the whole music at a distance thing. Lisa has an incredible voice so once we added that element it took on its own personality really.

Q: Who are your influences?
For me it that's an ever evolving thing, so right now I'm looking back more towards the music I grew up with and that shaped my musicianship. Lisa is influenced by her surroundings I think. For her it's a manifestation to her emotional responses.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
This is in no order and subject to change at any moment. In fact, I'll probably disagree with it as soon as I hit send. But these are important to me.

Beach House - Beach House
Loveless- My Bloody Valentine
In Utero - Nirvana
Abbey Road- The Beatles
Kid A - Radiohead

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We'll let you know when we do it. We've only practiced live twice but it's fun to see what the songs do in that setting.

Q. How do you describe Routine Death sounds?
Sounds like cheap gear in a bedroom.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
One of us will get an idea, demo it and send it to the other. The other will tweak it, add notes or what have you and send it back. The song matures through this process.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Pink Milk, Hidden Ritual, Angry Beige, Drab Majesty

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We've done a cover of a Roland Howard song on the upcoming LP, and a cover of a Beach House song on an EP that's in the works.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're gonna have some singles out this fall in preparation for our LP release early next year on Black Hair Records based in Gothenburg. Definitely going to have some shows to follow that.

Q: Any parting words?
Mike Tyson once said, "everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face".


domingo, 17 de setembro de 2017

Diamonds with Peak Body - An Interview

Uma brincadeira de imaginação agora: imagine se o Raveonettes ao invés das distorções e pop songs ensolaradas, enveredassem por caminhos soturnos, hipnóticos e densos, sem perder a orientação melódica. Imaginou? 

Esta química pode ser encontrada no duo australiano, Peak Body e seu primeiro EP, lançado há pouco mais de um mês.

O trabalho homônimo captura exatamente a atmosfera sugerida no início deste texto, melódicos porém pouco ensolarados, mesmo que alguns momentos sugiram a luz, como na deliciosa "Feelings" e na linda e intimista "Girl Gang", mas é exatamente no melhor momento do EP que a dupla encontra seu ápice, "Life´s Hard"  é um exercício de como fazer o ouvinte se hipnotizar instantaneamente, mas ainda há espaço para o grand finale com "Diamonds" e sua tendência melancolicamente densa.

Beleza, acima de qualquer suspeita, resume o que é o Peak Body.

***** Interview with Peak Body *****

Q. When did Peak Body start? Tell us about the history...
We were both in other bands when we began playing together (Jordan in Naked, Emma in Catsuit). We had been talking about starting a new project together for ages before we actually did it. Our other projects were/are quite removed from the style of Peak Body so it's been a different creative outlet for the both of us. It feels like the band is evolving a little now, and that it's becoming more of an even partnership in terms of the songwriting and production. It's much more electro and effects driven than anything I have worked on before so it's a learning curve but I am really embracing the process.

Q: Who are your influences?
HTRK, Low, The Native Cats, Heart Beach, Mazzy Star, Molly Nilsson

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Whoa. Big question. How about five super amazing albums in no particular order...

Low - C'mon
Cat Power - You are free
Sleater Kinney - Call the Doctor
Hole - Celebrity Skin
East Brunswick All Girls Choir - Seven Drummers

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Jordy generally looks like he's having a great time onstage and always looks seems super chilled. I find it fun and rewarding but I have to admit that I do get pretty nervous, more so than when I have played with other bands. Some of the songs are pretty minimalistic and given that there's only two of us in the band I feel that there's a bit more pressure and less room for error. We've recently had a long break from playing live due to personal circumstances so it's been fun to start performing again. I do feel like I'm still finding my groove in a live setting with Peak Body. We do have this one song, Snickers Bar, which is super fun to play because it involves a bit of improvisation and is different every time. It either works really well and we get heaps of positive audience feedback on it or it ends up being a bit of a mess. Either way, I often end up getting pretty loose with my vocals and performance which I find really freeing! We haven't recorded that song and I don't think we ever will. There's probably a YouTube video of us playing it live.

Q. How do you describe Peak Body sounds?
Dreamy, brooding, upbeat, smiley, minimalist, loose, shoegazey, stargazey. I think our individual personalities are captured pretty well in the different songs.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Most of our songs require backing tracks which we record in the little home studio we have set up. We often end up recording demos as we use the recording process as a kind of writing tool and the songs change and develop as we go. We recorded our just released digital/cassette EP at another studio space so the songs obviously evolve and get added to both at the recording stage and post-production. We each have our own little quirks when it comes to recording and can sometimes hear things differently which is usually a positive as we can assess the songs from the other's perspective but occasionally we will disagree and have to compromise.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Maybe these aren't all super new bands but they've all got some great recent releases-

Foxy Morons, Ghost Drop, Two Steps on the Water, Heart Beach, Moody Beach, Ani Lou, Prinzhorn Dance School (this last one was recommended to us recently by a Peak Body fan and we really dig them!)

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We have often worked on cover songs (Kate Bush, Nico and Velvet Underground) and then scrapped them before getting them to the performance stage. We're currently working on a Spacemen 3 cover. Hopefully we will actually end up performing it sometime!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In the immediate future we are planning some shows and are going to make a film clip or two. We're also working on new material and hope to release an album in late 2018, which we'd then like to tour in Australia and possibly New Zealand too. You can keep updated on our website peak-body.com or by following us on Instagram @yourpeakbody

Q: Any parting words?
Just a few words for any women, trans, non-binary folks and people of minority groups who are thinking of starting a band or music project - do it. Music scenes everywhere need more non-white dudes playing shows, getting heard and being seen.


Fantasy Nails with Mini Dresses - An Interview

Seguindo a tradição da tríade básica e fundamental para todos os desmembramentos do indie, leia-se, Class of 86, Flying Nun, Sarah Records, onde o hoje radicado trio de Boston, mas nascido em Austin, Mini Dresses segue destilando suas canções perfeitas desde 2012.

Há dois dias atrás veio ao mundo seu mais recente trabalho, o álbum homônimo, uma beleza ensolarada, intimista e delicada que cai como uma luva para manhãs como as de hoje, onde um domingo ensolarado pede e clama por calmaria.

Sutilezas sonoras para acalentar o caos do dia a dia, assim é o Mini Dresses. Desacelere e aproveite.

***** Interview with Mini Dresses *****

Q. When did Mini Dresses start? Tell us about the history...
Lira and Caufield have been playing music together for almost 9 years now. Mini Dresses started as a modest recording project in Austin, TX in 2012 and expanded when we moved to Boston.

Q: Who are your influences?
We started as a dreamy jangle pop project in the vein of C86, Flying Nun, Sarah Records, etc. We've since tried to get out of the 80s and further into our own heads. Perhaps the project has evolved to incorporate other fascinations: library music, goth, lounge, dub, even maybe new age music to some extent. The songs are still guitar and voice-oriented, but those other influences are lurking in the corners. And over the years we've gotten more technophilic by implementing reel-to-reels, tape echoes, spring reverbs, and the like, whereas when we began we used computers for everything.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is always changing. Here's what we're listening to most right now:
1) Virna Lindt -- Shiver
2) Joe Meek and the Blue Men -- I Hear a New World: An Outer Space Music Fantasy
3) Pram -- The Stars Are So Big The Earth Is So Small... Stay As You Are
4) Anna Domino -- East and West + Singles
5) Strawberry Switchblade -- 1982 4 Piece Demo

Q. How do you feel playing live?
When our schedules permit us to do so, we enjoy playing live on the east coast. Barring some concerns about Boston's lacking infrastructure and means of supporting musicians, we think there's lots of great people and projects in our city now.

Q. How do you describe Mini Dresses' sounds?
Dreamy, but not pristine, a little amateur, with spirit.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The recording process for these songs was challenging in that, this being our first album, we were somewhat clueless. We thought we had our songs figured out, and then we tried recording them to tape, and we ended up rewriting some of them multiple times, ditching others, and ultimately taking a lot longer than we anticipated. Add to that the chaos inherent in working with vintage equipment that has a tendency to deteriorate, and you have...an interesting experience! Thankfully, our super patient recording engineer, Ian Doerr, worked overtime with us to finish the record we wanted to make.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Some bands from our area come to mind: Strange Passage, Beverly Tender, Dyr Faser, halfsour, Birthing Hips, Dame. And there's many more!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our first full-length is coming this September. And we're already halfway through our second album. After that, who knows?

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you!


sábado, 16 de setembro de 2017

Celebrity Ghost Stories with Orange Gold Red - An Interview

Andrew Gregory é o criador e a mente por trás do Orange Gold Red.

O OGR soltou seu novo single "Undone // Celebrity Ghost Stories" que diferentemente do anterior "Wayward // Riptide" deixou de lado os synths e o lado mais new wave concentrando-se em uma ambientação mais gazer, com uma nítida atmosfera mais soturna.

Uma certa diversidade entre estilos que de certa maneira se unificam em determinado momento, sem perder a essência, demonstrando que o Orange Gold Red deve ser muito mais versátil do que se possa imaginar.

Aguardamos os próximos passos.

***** Interview with Orange Gold Red *****

Q. When did Orange Gold Red start? Tell us about the history...
I was playing in another band and I wanted a different type of creative outlet. Playing in a band and crafting songs alone are very different in the experience and the product. I mostly wanted that alone writing experience, which was sort of like therapy for me, trying to distill my thoughts and feelings into songs. so I wrote a number of songs very slowly while still playing more uptempo pop with the band. At the same time I met my cousin who is a very talented musician for the first time. We hit it off and went to the studio and started recording what I'd come up with the second time we met.

Q: Who are your influences?
I try to listen to everything. I've been dabbling in jazz so maybe that will make its way into the next records.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time
here are 5 good ones

new order - movement
Slowdive - souvlaki
iggy pop - raw power
Cannibal ox - the cold vein
Beach house - devotion

Q. How do you feel playing live?

Q. How do you describe Orange Gold Red sounds?
It's always changing, really. What would you say?

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I just go with whatever is working at the time. Sometimes it's a riff, or a chord progression, or a melody. Sometimes I'll be lazing around with an acoustic or playing with synths when I hear something I like. I try to build off of it, loop what I have until I can improve upon it and mumble some lyrics.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Diary is a great new band from Brooklyn, snail mail, makthaverskan

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'd love to cover a waxahatchee song, maybe "recite remorse." I've been a fan for years and I would love to be able to make people feel as much as she can.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Finish my phd in psychology, record a full length, learn Greek.


sexta-feira, 15 de setembro de 2017

A Sea​-​Spell with Dreams are Like Water - An Interview

O trio neozelandês, Dreams are Like Water, pegou emprestado seu nome de uma antiga canção do This Mortal Coil, e debutou no primeiro dia de Setembro com seu primeiro trabalho, o EP, "A Sea-Spell".

Uma onda negra e oitentista permeia o disco, evocando Xmal Deutschland, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Kas Product, entre outros expoentes do lado negro e ritualístico do pós punk. 

O Dreams are Like Water é intenso, sombrio, soturno e angustiante, feito sob medidas para notívagos famintos por noites eternas, onde a luz não tem espaço algum.

***** Interview with Dreams are Like Water *****

Q. When did Dreams are Like Water start? Tell us about the history...
Rosebud suggested to me the overall premise for the project in about mid 2015; she was learning to play bass, had some song ideas and asked me about contributing to the music. The sound she had in mind was similar to some old demos I’d done for my other band Disjecta Membra, but which had never been properly recorded. The song ‘(Thrice) In Blood’ is essentially Dreams are Like Water covering an old Disjecta Membra song, and the musical skeleton of ‘Ineffable’ was based on demos for another project that never came about.

About the same time, I suggested we should also get Jamie involved. We both liked Jamie, and he and I had been intending to do something musical together for some time, but Rosebud coming along with Dreams areLike Water was the first time anything clicked into place. Again, there were sounds in Jamie’s own recordings as The Emptys Response that Rosebud and I both felt would be a good match with what she had in mind for this project.

I think the three of us only started getting together regularly at Jamie’s near the end of that year, trying to get something together for our first gig in February of last year. The music for ‘Feathered Infant Bells’ from our EP grew out of those first jam sessions; initially a very long (even longer than it is now), semi-improvised piece that we concocted for that gig. At that point, the song was called ‘In Memoriam’, and revolved around readings from the Tennyson poem by the same name.

We only played one other gig after that, in mid 2016. It was just Rosebud and I this time, because we live some distance from Jamie and we were having trouble being able to regularly get all three of us together. For that gig we just played a bunch of covers of songs that had previously been covered by This Mortal Coil. Neither of those two gigs were particularly what we’d been aiming for, and the whole thing just petered out for a while after that.

Finally, earlier this year, we decided we should change our approach and make Dreams are Like Water solely focused on recording. We got back in touch with Jamie and started exchanging song ideas and files back and forth online, and that was much more successful. The song ‘A Sea-Spell’ was the result of working that way together, and then the rest of the EP was developed and recorded over the space of a few weeks.

Q: Who are your influences?
It varies from one song to another.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
No! Hahaha… No, we had to answer a question like that for our last interview and we all decided that we just can’t do it. It’s impossible to just choose five.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I enjoy it, but not with this project. We’re not well suited to live performance. Dreams are Like Water works better as something where we can build and layer instruments and voices and just keep adding and subtracting elements until we’re finished that song and ready to move on.

Q. How do you describe Dreams are Like Water sounds?
I prefer to use other people’s descriptions… refer to the press release!

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Rosebud and I record in our bedroom, and I think Jamie records in between his bedroom and lounge. Rosebud and I use a very, very minimal set up, whereas I think Jamie’s house might actually be constructed from wall-to-wall music gear.

The way we approach it changes with every song, but generally speaking, once we have a reasonably clear idea of how the words and music will go together, we usually start by recording a basic skeleton of drum machine, bass and guitar parts. Those initial parts will usually survive through to the final mix. We might also record a guide/demo vocal track to play along to while we’re still working out how the final vocal arrangements will go.

We’ll usually send that basic skeleton off to Jamie while we carry on working out various other ideas. He’ll send things back to us, usually keyboard parts and sometimes guitar ideas, sometimes other sounds. He’ll often send a lot of different parts and ideas, but he does so very quickly and spontaneously, with a certain degree of abandon.

With most songs we carry on like that for a few days, sending things back and forth. Once we’ve started recording a song it can be difficult to stop coming up with new ideas to try out for it, so we usually end up recording and re-recording layers and layers for all the different instruments and vocals, throwing in every different idea that comes to mind, just to see what “sticks”. A lot doesn’t make it into the final mix. We just continually add and subtract things until we settle upon what works for each song.

And then at some point we’ll somehow conclude that it’s time to stop, usually arriving at a sort of “peace by exhaustion”, and that’s the basic tracking done.

Then I’ll send what we’ve decided to use to Bryan Tabuteau, who takes care of the post-production and final mixes. I send him stems and a project file that has a very primitive approximation of how we think the overall mix should sound, and then he takes out all of my awful stock reverbs and what-have-you and makes it sound good. I don’t know what he does exactly, some sort of voodoo, as I understand it.

TL;DR: We record lots of things, and then Bryan makes it sound good.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A Thousand Hours, and Crimes of Passion.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We’re working on something at the moment, actually, but it’s a secret. You’ll have to wait and see…

Q: What are your plans for the future?
These are also secret!

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you very much for the interest and support. If readers would like to hear our music or grab the EP (download or CD digipak), here are some links:


Down Memory Lane with Seatemples - An Interview

Foi realmente uma longa espera, desde quando os chilenos do Seatemples iniciaram as atividades lá em 2014, levou-se um bom tempo até que a estreia acontecesse, mas antes alguns aperitivos foram disponibilizados aos iniciados em shoegaze e derivados, primeiro os chilenos participaram do tributo ao Slowdive lançado pelo TBTCI, depois, uma prévia do debute, "Further", com ares extremamente soturnos, evocando fantasmas de Sisters of Mercy lado a lado com a devoção da banda pelo Slowdive.

Mas a espera chegou ao fim no dia 2 de Setembro, quando "Down Memory Lane" nasceu. E o resultado foi exatamente o que se esperava, ao menos o que o TBTCI esperava, doses generosas de um shoegaze acinzentado, com os dois pés dentro do pós punk, por vezes chegando muito mais próximo de um Chameleons ou de um Cure do que propriamente do shoegaze em si.

"Down Memory Lane" definitivamente não é um disco shoegaze, vai além, chega a ser um entrocamento entre o Nowhere e o Script from The Bridge com ares ainda mais soturnos.

Uma estreia como eu costumo dizer, ACIMA.

***** Interview with Seatemples *****

Q. When did Seatemples start? Tell us about the story...
S) The band was formed in April 2014, when Patricio (aka Patricio Temples) and Priscila (aka Raw Material) took up a pending project from before. Months later, Patricio was djing records at a pub called Rock & Sicodelia and met Moisés Segovia, then he was invited to a soundcheck for Lanterns in order to sound out the result of adding keyboards. As a result, the band consolidated its line-up being Patricio (Vocals, guitar, workstation/samples and drum machine), Priscila (Bass, vocals) and Moisés (Keyboards and synthetizer), after a year and a half Diego Herrera joined the band to play drums.

Q: Who are your influences?
S) Well, we have many different influences starting with The Cure, Slowdive Joy Division, The Chameleons UK, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, My Bloody Valentine, Lucybell (old stuff), Malcorazón, Pixies, Ride, The Stone Roses, Cranes, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, TON, The Field Mice, Drop Nineteens, Stereolab, The Pastels, Trisomie 21, Crystal Stilts, A place to bury strangers, The Soft Moon, TSOM, The KVB among others.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
S) The very first place goes for Just for a Day by Slowdive, then Darklands/Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain (we couldn't decide which one), Pornography/ Disintegration by The Cure (same story here), Treasure by Cocteau Twins, Methodrone by The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Self-titled by Stone Roses, San Bernardo by Malcoracón, Script of the Bridge by The Chameleons UK, Delaware by Drop Nineteens – Delaware, as you may notice we really suck listing albums (laughs)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
S: It has really been a journey since when we started playing live, we played with a drum machine/sequencer so we had to do it perfectly so we could keep up with the programmed drums, so that made us a little bit nervous in the beginning, but then, Diego joined the band in drums and the we could perform more relaxed and everything goes very smoothly now. We enjoy playing live a lot, it's showing a part of you to unknown people that can only get to know you through your music.

Q. How do you describe Seatemples sounds?
S: We would say that our sound is based on layers that try to evoke nostalgic atmospheres, through the use of reverberation, delays and other resources that make our heart warm and satisfied.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
S: Patricio usually records a demo and plays it for a while until new ideas are added to the original song, actually, we have several versions of our songs, then we try them in some shows or gigs if it suits the right vibrations and layers played live is the right version to record on studio and so on, anyway, we often check the mixing and the rest of the process to maintain the essence of the songs.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
S: Considering we come from small cities in northern Chile, and as a part of an emerging DIY local scene we would like to recommend bands we use to play with, the first one is Kilómetro 22, actually Mario from that band co-produced our album, Bedroom Dreamers is another close act we use to play together, then we have some gig partners as Neoyka and Mandrake closer to fuzz rock, and finally we recommend Maff and Kingdom Fields (Santiago) Citrus Cloud (USA) and Star Horse (Sweden), Cazamos Cometas (México) and some 90s bands from Chile such as Malcorazón (San Bernardo album) and Sien.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
S: Well, we already participated in A homage to Slowdive with our version of Spanish Air, but we often talk about recording a 6 songs ep with covers from bands and singers such as Los Angeles Negros (Patricio is a big fan of them), Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazelwood, Charlie Feathers, Jeanette, The Beach Boys, Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil, David Bowie, Los Prisioneros, NEU!, Suicide, Red House Painters, Guided By Voices, The Velvet Underground, The Byrds, Siouxsie ... we need some significant time to decide which ones though (laughs)

Q: What are the plans for the future ...
S: Right now we are promoting our first album “Down Memory Lane”, that came out a week ago and we are super proud of, and we are also already working on our second album, drafting ideas and rehearsing a lot. We expect to have something to record by the end of 2017 and continue working and developing our music.

Q: Any parting words?
S: We want to thank everybody who has believed in our music and has shared it, and of course we want to thank you Renato for your support, we invite everyone to give a listen to our first full length and of course ask you to support your local bands. Follow us on: seatemples.bandcamp.com, soundcloud.com/seatemples, www.facebook.com/seatemples/ and Spotify. See you around good people!

quinta-feira, 14 de setembro de 2017

Intruder with Team Tremolo - An Interview

Quando se ouve uma estreia como "Intruder", do quinteto de Wichita no Kansas, Team Tremolo, é inevitável um sorriso enorme aparecer de ponta a ponta no rosto.

Essencialmente uma guitar band nos moldes noventistas, o Team Tremolo é o lado pesado do shoegaze, ou, o lado raivoso do indie rock.

"Intruder" é gritado, estridente, angustiante, denso, sempre em doses generosas, não existe meio termo durante as cinco pedradas do disco, o ritmo é intenso desde os primeiros momentos de "Slipping the Noose" até os derradeiros lamentos de "Worship You".

Uma estreia gigante cometeu o Team Tremolo, simples assim.

***** Interview with Team Tremolo *****

Q. When did Team Tremolo start? Tell us about the history...
Team Tremolo started as my personal outlet for songwriting after I had spent many years touring as a drummer. I wanted to do something different, and I really loved heavy bands like Torche at the time, so I wanted to emulate that heaviness. I started demoing the songs in my bedroom, and after about a year and a half, I decided it would be more beneficial to have a full live band to accompany me. We did a few shows, most notably opening for La Dispute in our hometown back in May of 2016. Around December 2016 we started the demo process for Intruder, and spent the spring of 2017 working on it.

Q: Who are your influences?
Some of my earliest influences were the typical classic rock bands like Zeppelin and Sabbath. As I started playing in bands, I got exposed to 90's guitar rock like Pavement and Dinosaur Jr., which had a big influence. In the last five years or so I got really into shoe gaze—My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver, Cocteau Twins, etc. The band Failure is a very large influence, especially in terms of their production on their albums. That was a big influence for the sound of Intruder.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Top five albums (in no particular order)
"Fantastic Planet" by Failure
"Further Out" by Cloakroom
"Mezcal Head" by Swervedriver
"S/T" by Elliott Smith
"You're Living All Over Me" by Dinosaur Jr.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Since I am first and foremost a drummer, playing live with Team Tremolo is a bit different for me since I play guitar. I'm not as comfortable playing live on guitar, but it is a ton of fun for me, and a completely different experience than playing drums. I love the volume of live shows, and the energy that is created on stage. Because the album is so dense in terms of production, we try and make up for that in our live shows with energy and loudness.

Q. How do you describe Team Tremolo sounds?
I usually describe Team Tremolo to people as being "heavy shoe gaze". I wanted to blend the power and angst of 90's grunge with the softness and atmosphere of shoegaze. I wanted it to be muscular in its riffs, but delicate in the vocal delivery. I tried to keep it equal parts aggressive and sensitive.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded the album at Air House Studios in Wichita, KS, which is our hometown. The engineer and co-producer Micajah Ryan is a close friend of ours, and someone we've worked with many times before. After getting pre-production done at our rehearsal space, we went into the studio in February of 2016 to start tracking drums. The rest of the recording process went super smoothly, and by April we had everything tracked. Throughout April and May, Micajah and I worked together pretty heavily on getting the mix just right, and by June it was all done. Overall it was a really fun project, and everyone gets along so well, there was a real synergy in the studio.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I've been listening to this band called "Mossbreaker" a ton—they're a new band that sounds a lot like Failure and they totally rule. Cloakroom is another band that I've kept my eyes on pretty closely. Their debut LP Further Out is awesome, as well as their brand new album Time Well. There's a pop artist named Alex Cameron that is super good, I've been jamming his old record Jumping the Shark, and have been listening to the singles from his new album Forced Witness as those trickle out. Excellent 80's-throwback pop.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
If we could make ourselves into a heavy Kate Bush cover band, that would literally be a dream come true. We're working on getting together a cover of "Running Up That Hill" right now, actually.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Plans for the future include regional and light touring, as well as trying to get to Austin this spring for SXSW, and starting work on a full-length album next year as well.

Q: Any parting words?
Listen to Intruder very loudly, and with good headphones.


Dead Batteries with The Shining Hours - An Interview

O debute do quarteto de NY, The Shining Hour, intitulado "Dead Batteries" é um tapa na cara de quem acha que indie rock é aquela firula melosa que usualmente escutamos por aí.

O epzinho tem uma pegada enérgica, algo como se o Replacements juntasse os moleques do Arctic Monkeys e mandassem ver uma jam. Passeando por entre inúmeras vertentes do indie, os caras demonstram que poderiam estar estourados tocando em tudo que é canto, bastava apenas boa vontade.

Enquanto isso não acontece, aproveite para acompanhar o The Shining Hours desde o início da carreira, depois que eles ficarem famosos, você vai poder dizer que já os conhecia desde o comecinho,!!!

***** Interview with The Shining Hour *****

Q. When did The Shining Hours start? Tell us about the history...
Having been the brainchild of lead guitarist Joe Peters, The Shining Hours has consisted of a steady rotation of various members since 2011. The current iteration and lineup has been together since February 2017, having got in a dingy rehearsal room and mashing away until what came out was remotely pleasant to the ears. We've been steadily moving forward ever since.

Q: Who are your influences?
Though we all contribute tiny shreds of our separate influences to the table, the ones we mostly share are artists like:

LP: The Stooges, The Smiths, The Strokes, Oasis, The Replacements, Tame Impala, Jane's Addiction, My Bloody Valentine and U2...the list goes on and on.

Joe: Longwave, Catfish and the bottlemen, the districts, the killers, Miles Kane, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. The Queen Is Dead- The Smiths
2. Achtung Baby- U2
3. Definitely Maybe- Oasis
4. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not- Arctic monkeys
5. Thriller- Michael Jackson

Q. How do you feel playing live?
LP: There's just this inexplicable feeling you get from playing live that nothing else in the world can bring you. Not even sex. There's an electricity in the air, your nerves are on overdrive and when everything gels just right, man, it feels like a damn steam engine just shot out of your chest. Playing live is pretty alright if you ask us...

Joe: Its Exciting and Cathartic.

Q. How do you describe The Shining Hours sounds?
Like finding your true love for the 10th time. Like the first step outside of your house on a late summer night when the sun is just about to set, but hasn't quite gone all the way down yet. And like a swirl of loud reverb-drenched guitars and a driving rhythm section that lays the bedrock for the infectious melodies and lyrics that just about anybody can relate or sing along to.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
In our short experience recording as a band, we'd say we like to do as much as possible in preparation for recording instead of just figuring everything out in the recording studio. Sometimes you have spontaneous moments where things come out better while recording than expected, so generally we just go with the flow and try not to push too hard on the vibes. We all bring something to the table.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
We're not sure if these are all new bands, but they are local/underground groups that we appreciate such as Radkey, Snailmail, Surf Rock is Dead, Drowners and The Nectars.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
LP: Probably an Arctic Monkeys song, or something that's never ever been done like 'Hallelujah'...haha.

Joe: The Killers- Read My Mind

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To survive the next day. We can't really do much if we're dead but you won't know til you try right? No but really we are at such an early stage in our band's life that we wanna do practically everything, but for starters we'd say we want to record another EP or a consecutive set of singles, make a bomb-ass music video, and start opening shows for local bands and eventually touring our butts off around the country or better yet, the world!

Q: Any parting words?
We of course want to thank the blog for taking the time to give us a platform to showcase our music and say some words. You're part of the reason music will never die! Future thanks to our millions of fans that we'll eventually have. We better see your smiling faces moving your mouths to the words at our next show, or else we have to get real jobs, and no one wants that.


quarta-feira, 13 de setembro de 2017

Yunost with Super Besse - An Interview

Diretamente da Bielorrússia vem o trio Super Besse, que mais parece ter saído de uma máquina do tempo, mas precisamente da cena européia da coldwave/new wave/pós punk, defina-os como melhor achar, o ponto é que os caras passeiam com extrema sofisticação e desenvoltura por terrenos gélidos, porém feitos sob medida para pistas escuras.

"Nasilie" o último single do Super Besse é exatamente a descrição acima, para requebrar friamente, já o aperitivo que precede o primeiro disco cheio deles, intitulado "Yunost" parece transformar o que o The Drums faz com suas ensolaradas canções indie pop em preciosidades da coldwave do leste europeu de outrora.

Mecanicamente dançante.

***** Interview with Super Besse *****

Q. When did Super Besse start? Tell us about the history...
Super Besse was started in 2013 just for fun as trio Alex Sinica, Pavel Mikhalok and Maksim Kulsha - we just make first rehearsal with bass, guitar, synth and drum machine TR-505 and there we created 4 songs. We took the name Super Besse after ski resort in France - our bass player love Tour de France and this race has one check point at Super Besse - and on russian it sound like "Super Demons". After that we created some more songs too, and just put it on internet and since that we started to receive good marks from russians magazines, we received several invitations from nearest festivals, for example Tallinn Music festivals. And it was like fast train - each concert we received new invitation for playing in Europe and Russia, and finally we were signed on I Love You Records label in Riga and we released our first LP there in the end of 2015. After that we toured in France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Russia, Belarus etc. Now we have already made new LP and are waiting for October to release it. Our latest release at that time is our limited single Nasilie https://ilyrecsuperbesse.bandcamp.com/album/nasilie and song from force coming album Yunost https://soundcloud.com/i-love-you-rec-sampler/yunost-super-besse

Q: Who are your influences?
A lot of things: from Tour de France and everyday routine, to the bands and artists and films that we love: Jonny Price from The Drums, David Bowie, Joy Division, films by Tarkovsky and Kubrick, Kraftwerk, New Order and of course USSR underground scene.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Well it's very hard questions, because we had hundreds of them:
Zvuki Mu "Простые Вещи",
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds "Push the Sly Away",
KINO "Черный Альбом",
The Drums "The Drums",
Cocteau Twins "Heaven or Las Vegas",
Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures"...

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It's the most mysterious thing in our band: we are changing at the stage and trying to give concrete concert as the last one, with all expressions. But we know that we can do better so we try to do our best every time. It's our powerful part of existing.

Q. How do you describe Super Besse sounds?
It's bold, mechanic and interesting rhythm with punk-influenced expressions.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
First of all we make jam-sessions, and record them on phones with really bad quality. After that we listen to this records and catch some interesting ideas. After that we focus and work on them, record some parts in good quality, work with these records, make another records, create texts and record vocal and some special effects if we need too.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Our friends Motorama band and their second project the band Утро on russian language. Also College, Kedr Livanskiy, Rebolledo, Superpitcher, Fufanu, Isolation Berlin, Easter, First Hate.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Actually we made two cover versions: it's j'ai rien à foutre de mon visage* (Гражданская Оборона "Насрать на мое лицо") https://superbesse.bandcamp.com/album/jai-rien-foutre-de-mon-visage and un arrogant couché de soleil* (Звуки Му "Грубый Закат") https://superbesse.bandcamp.com/album/un-arrogant-couch-de-soleil

And for now we focus on our songs.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
In October we will release our second long play album, it will be released on vinyl and CD, also it will be available on streaming services. Also will make tour in Europe and CIS region, we hope that we can come to Brazil, Mexico, we would love to come to another side of our planet. Will see!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks if you read our interview, we hope that you like our music and see you at our concerts.


terça-feira, 12 de setembro de 2017

Dignity with Sex Park - An Interview

Muitas bandas que revisitam o pós punk colocam o Joy Division como uma de suas maiores influências, mas no caso do duo de Portland, Sex Park, a conexão muda o enfoque e remete diretamente ao primeiro trabalho do New Order, Movement.

Pós punk em sua essência mas com nuances mais pop, o Sex Park debutou ano passado com um esplêndido EP homônimo, e no mês passado deu ao mundo o primeiro aperitivo de seu debute a ser lançado muito em breve via Vacant Decade, "Dignity", primeiro single de "Atrium", evidencia ainda mais o sabor para com a nova ordem.

Olhos e ouvidos atentos ao Sex Park, simplesmente porque os caras são uma das melhores bandas do pós punk atual, simples assim.

***** Interview with Sex Park *****

Q. When did Sex Park start?
Paul (synth/drum machines) and I met through mutual friends and were both sick of playing garage rock.

Q: Who are your influences?
Trap music, skinhead reggae, new order, Depeche Mode.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
That's too hard, but next to my record player is:
Human leather: lazy karaoke
The new blanck mass album
The vacant stares demo tape
A pin group reissue and a tuxedo moon EP.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I only do it because it seems be a requirement for being a musician and it gives me an excuse to actually leave the house and see the bands I'm playing with. It doesn't always feel very creative to wait around at a bar for hours so you can play for 25 minutes, but I like seeing friends and being involved in a scene that actually seems to be new, relevant, and exciting. That and it occasionally leads to fucking.

Q. How do you describe Sex Park sounds?
When people ask I just tell them it sounds exactly like new order, but we get compared to suicide a lot which is funny to me. Ultimately our goal is to make music so poppy we can get royalties from car commercials and I can buy a new Fred perry every day.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We recorded and mixed our self titled EP on a laptop in Paul's apartment. The upcoming album was also self recorded but our friend Gio (also known as memoryclapacid) mixed and mastered it. We didn't know anything about mixing for vinyl but Gio did a great job. He also did the recent tuxedo gleam album.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Human leather, vacant stares, voight, spirit host, Lace, lust era, echo beds, memoryclapacid, jock club, tuxedo gleam, monster treasure, horrhaus, the criminal world, shadowhouse, synthetic i.d.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I don't really like making covers, but if I was going to be in a band it would be The Rolling Stones.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our album is dropping in the next few months on Vacant Decade. Probably going to skip touring the states and just go straight to Europe. Gonna buy many parkas and start going to therapy again.

Q: Any parting words?
Stay in school, say no to heroin, wear a condom, be honest and loving and live your life with integrity. Oh and follow us on Instagram at sexparkroses.


Interiores with Nocheósfera - An Interview

Os chilenos, Francisco Hofmann , guitarra e voz e Paula Martínez, baixo, synths e voz, formam o novíssimo Nocheósfera, que debutou há pouco menos de um mês com seus primeiro EP, o cinzento "Interiores".

Passeando por entre o pós punk, o shoegaze com sutis toque sonhadores, o duo, em sua estreia, encanta desde os primeiros momentos da belíssima "Soñar" até o grand finale com a sugestiva "Adiós".

Para novatos, o Nocheósfera demonstra uma absoluta perfeição entre vozes, melodias e devaneios. Audição obrigatório para qualquer fã de boa música.

***** Interview with Nocheósfera *****

Q. When did Nocheosfera start? Tell us about the history...
1) We met each other seven years ago and we have been a couple since then. we were always on the music world but we never purpose ourselves to perform a band together until the past year.
Nocheósfera started anonymously in july 2016, just composing and trying to get close to a sound that we both feel like ourself.

At first we were really inspired by the 60's psychedelic music and even compose a whole album with that kind of music, but we decided to keep looking for another sound becouse we started to feel uncomfortable and restricted. So we started from the beginning, without the predisposition of getting close to any specific genre. With that idea on mind is how "interiores" was composed.

Q: Who are your influences?
2) Radiohead, Connan Mockasin, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Syd Barrett, Toro y Moi.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3) Björk - Medulla
John Frusciante - Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-shirt
Mild High Club - Skiptracing
Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Sonic Youth - Washing Machine.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4) Nocheósfera had never played live.

Q. How do you describe Nocheosfera sounds?
5) Noise Dream Pop, Fuzzy and strident guitars, Ambient vocals and vintage synths, hardly nfluenced by 90's psychedelic movement.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6) We composed, recorded and mixed all the songs on our home, then we send it to Tarkus Studios for a proper mastering.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7) Penelope Isles


Remis Espacial

Mike Edge

Bedroom Dreamers

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8) we would really love to do a version of Frank Sinatra "Fly me to the moon".

PS: A version more close to the Evangelion ending LOL

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9) We want to play live soon, release a couple of videoclips along the year and keep creating, always.

Q: Any parting words?
10) "Don't focus so much on talent, Steven. Making art is all about communication. A piece of art is a conversation. Every choice you make is a statement. Don't worry about labels, or conforming to a standard. Just be true to yourself, and people will appreciate your honesty."- Dogcopter (Steven Universe)


segunda-feira, 11 de setembro de 2017

Cry • O • Sphere with Container 47 - An Interview

Caos hipnótico, mantras negros, psicodelismo cortante, sem absolutamente nenhum apelo ao flower power, o negócio aqui é sombras, repetição, hipnose e uma sensação doentia de claustrofobia constante.

Estamos falando de uma das bandas mais importantes da Itália dos últimos 15 anos, o Container 47 tem uma longa trajetória, passando por todos os atributos e características descritas acima.

Conexões diretas para situar você leitor, posso citar, Loop, NEU!, DNA, Big Black, Red Lorry Yello Lorry e mais recentemente o Dead Skeletos, estas são as possíveis direções sonoras do que o quarteto de Pesaro mais se enquadra.

"Cry • O • Sphere" o recente trabalho lançado a pouco menos de 10 dias é psicoticamente hipnótico e escuro.

Definitivamente não recomendado a indie kids.

***** Interview with Container 47 *****

Q. When did Container 47 start? Tell us about the history...
The containers are born about 15 years old. During an improvised recording in the studio of a well-known Pesaro producer, after various training changes and a debut at Arezzo Wave festival , the band stabilizes on the current elements .

Q: Who are your influences?
The influences are so much from the no wave from new york to the dark noise at the pichedelia at now there is not a band in particular we refer to .

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
For citing 5 albums i would say the first of the velvet underground, the second of the velvet underground, sonic youth confusion is the sex ,bauhaus in the flat flied, the first album of the neu and autoban krafwerk .

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live we feel very good .

Q. How do you describe Container 47 sounds?
The sound of the containers 47 is now like a continuous stream, we like the mantra style songs and hypnotic sounds .

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The recording process is fairly free in the sense that we start from a groove and develop from there our songs .

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The band we recommend is the dead skeletons, which we say hello .

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
The band we would like to cover are the einstuerzende neubauten or tuxedomoon .

Q: What are your plans for the future?
The plans for the future are making many European and even Americans tours, and many other albums


domingo, 10 de setembro de 2017

Age of New Life with Pullo - An Interview

Há exato um mês atrás o quarteto da Indonésia, Pullo, após seu single de estreia, lançou seu primeiro EP. "Age of New Life" vai completamente ao lado oposto das bandas asiáticas, que usualmente bebem em fontes de dreampop o shoegaze, o que no caso do Pullo não existe nem de longe qualquer vestígio sonoro de sonhos ou fritações viajantes, o negócio dos caras é pós punk ríspido, duro, sombrio, sem nenhum tipo de atmosfera luminosa.

Fazendo conexões com Killing Joke, Modern English e afins, os caras se distanciam até mesmo das comparações óbvias como Joy Division entre outros, aqui, nem a melancolia tem espaço.

O Pullo, é o lado B do pós punk sendo revisitado e atualizado.

***** Interview with Pullo *****

Q. When did Pullo start? Tell us about the history...
A. Pullo started in the middle of October 2016 by Rally and Gavin after sharing some Post-Punk and Deathrock music together and starting to make a song called "Strained". After we record the song we realize that we need another person to play live so we recruit our friends Faiz and Ranggi to fill up the band.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. A dark thriller movies and series mostly and some bands like Killing Joke, B-Movie, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
The Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster - Hörse Of The Dög
Screaming Lord Sutch - Dracula's Daughter
King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. Normally we play faster tempo when playing live, more energy and we kinda like it. We prefer a small private gigs than a big one, cos we think the crowd are more enjoying us at a small gigs since we are close to them.

Q. How do you describe Pullo sounds?
A. Imagine if you are in a big dark house somewhere you don't know and there is a sociopath hunting for you there, when you see them face to face that is exactly the time to play Pullo songs, dark and thrilling.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. We just basically make the song and go to our studio with our director and record it. Usually we make some new input of the song at the studio.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. Drab Majesty, Nadine Shah (don't really know if they are "new" but we just found them last year lol)

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. For now we like to cover Nine Inch Nails - Closer and Drab Majesty - The Foyer

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. We currently make a deal with a Record in Indonesia to produce our EP tapes, hope it gone well..

Q: Any parting words?
A. The world is too dark to have a light

sexta-feira, 8 de setembro de 2017

Where The Tragic Happens by New Age Healers - Track by Track

Owen Murphy é a mente por trás do já predileto da aqui do TBTCI, New Age Healers.

Se por ventura você não conhece, melhor começar a se mexer, porque desde o "Ghosts" o debute, lançado ano passado o NAH mostrou exatamente ao que veio, barulho e diversão como nos velhos tempos.

E o NAH soltou seu mais novo petardo, "Where The Tragic Happens" veio ao mundo há pouco menos e 15 dias e Owen, injetou querosene na receita. O disco é um mix poderoso de Love & Rockets, J&MC, fase Automatic e o indie rock noventista sem firulas.

O disco é tão poderoso que o TBTCI pediu ao seu criador que o decupasse faixa a faixa para melhor compreendermos a essência de "Where The Tragic Happens"

Enquanto você lê, dê play e escute no volume máximo, vai ser mais sentido, se é que você me entende.

***** "Where The Tragic Happens" by New Age Healers *****

Track by Track - by Owen Murphy

If I’m going to talk about each of these songs and what inspired them, I have to talk about where I work. It’s a radio station in Seattle called KEXP and I am outrageously lucky to produce the morning show with John Richards. This station has been a huge influence on the music I make. Even before I got here a year ago, I was an avid listener blown away by the curatorial powers of John, mid-day host Cheryl Waters and afternoon drive host Kevin Cole. One would think it would inspire an indie-rock (what does that even mean now?) sound, but I’m not someone who can control how I sound, and finally decided to not even worry about it and just let the sonics fall where they should. So some will say this album sounds like The Jesus and Mary Chain, or Suicide, or whatever else you can think of, but all I can say is these are the sounds that fell out of my head, and I’ve long since stopped bothering with trying to change them. It’s also important to spotlight the fine work of James Aparicio, who mixed this album and who you may know from his work with Spiritualized, Factory Floor, Liars, and now the GREAT sounding new Sun Colony. James took my oddly recorded sounds and turned it into a cohesive, huge sound that all fit together nicely and I am indebted to him forever. Onward…

Track 1 on this album is called “He Took A Bullet To Heaven,” and was always intended to be the first song on an album and live set. Musically it’s built, like many of these songs, around a mix of guitar pedals and dark harmonies. It’s also a lyrical, shit-happens, shrug about life and relationships in which we never know which way our paths will turn.

Track 2, called “With Regrets,” may be my favorite and it’s a nod to trusting in simplicity. It’s built around a distorted bass sound inspired by the low tones of some PJ Harvey songs. The story finds the singer realizing, maybe wrongly, that it would be best if he “cut and run” from his family and was inspired by a number of friends who were having difficulties in their relationships.

Track 3, “The Drowning,” is about watching the cruelty of a pal being fired from a job with no warning, and not being able to help in a meaningful manner. Happens all the time. Sonically I wanted something softer to take the edge off the first two songs which are fairly heavy.

Track 4 is called “Another Side,” and is the most shoegaze sounding song on the album. It’s my internal argument regarding spirituality. Sonically it’s all about drone and rhythm.

Track 5, “Disasters Offshore,” is my view of essentially all that is wrong with our amazing country. It’s a quieter sound inspired by the sounds of one of my favorite record labels, Touch and Go out of Chicago. Think Slint, Trump, and how oil interests fuck this world on a daily basis.

Track 6 is a song called “Stop,” and it fits well next to “Disasters Offshore” as it’s about the power of ideas that infiltrate our belief systems. It’s dark, brooding and sonically inspired by, among others, the bass playing of Jawbox’s Kim Coletta who played the e-string better than most anyone I’ve ever seen. I know that makes little sense...maybe it’s a gut feeling.

“Love is For Free,” is the seventh track on the album and is also how we usually finish the live set. It’s a love-triangle in which two out of the three people have no interest in playing along. Musically it’s a classic blues riff, and almost a mix of The James Gang meets JATM, built to make you move your ass. Dance m-f-ers, dance.

The final track, called “Surprise Party,” was inspired by a friends wife surprising him with a divorce. Musically it’s supposed to feel like one is dying in space while admiring the beauty all around that last view. It’s a complex series of ideas that ebb and flow around two notes. Complexity through simplicity? That’s unpossible.

I’m really fucking proud of this work and can’t wait for you to hear it. Oh, and I’ve got five more songs for the next one close to being finished already.


Thinking of You with Photographic Memory - An Interview

Max Epstein é um verdadeiro emo de coração e alma, seu amor declarado pelo Blink 182 é explícito. Mas sua música pende muito mais para o dreampop lo fi do que para o pop punk engraçado de sua banda do coração.

Sob a alcunha de Photographic Memory, Max lança seus devaneios de um típico adolescente sonhador introspectivo da Califórnia. Depois de um EP e um single, o primeiro disco cheio veio ao mundo há exato um mês atrás. "Thinking of You" é um disco ensolarado e sutilmente melancólico como a alma de seu criador.

Nada de novo, salvo que o frescor de ouvir sonoramente as descobertas, os medos e outros sentimentos da virada da adolescência para a vida adulta ainda excita este que vos escreve, e o Photographic Memory faz exatamente isso.
***** Interview with Photographic Memory *****

Q. When did Photographic Memory start? Tell us about the history...
I started Photographic Memory in 2014. Just recording songs in my bedroom. I was super focused on learning how to engineer and produce. So i made so many songs over the last three years that are just sitting on a hardrive. I'll probably never share em. Even 'Thinking of you' wasn't originally going to be shared.

Q: Who are your influences?
The Simpsons. Blink 182. The Sopranos.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Too hard to chose.. Here's the first that come to mind.
Blink - self titled,
Bon Iver - 22 A million,
American football - self titled,
Title fight - shed,
slowdive - souvlaki.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing music live. It's honestly my favorite thing in this world.

Q. How do you describe Photographic Memory sounds?
Lofi emo music. kinda dreamy.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I went through a tough breakup about 5 months ago. I just wrote and recorded a bunch of songs about that cuz thats all I could really do to pass the time and stay sane. It wasn't a very fun process to be honest. Except when friends would come by the studio and work on stuff with me. I live upstairs at the studio I work out of so its been really convenient.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
LA Qoolside, Regulate, Murderoid, Souvenirs, Hunny, Scott Ruth

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Probably a Scott Ruth song. or maybe a get up kids song. Actually ya expect a get up kids cover next month.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Tour a bunch. See the world with my friends. Keep sharing music.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you for listening to these songs. Thanks for caring about underground music.

Hug the people you love. Let them know they are important.