quinta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2017

Stay With Yourself with Bruises - An Interview


O que move o TBTCI é o prazer da descoberta, o mesmo prazer que há décadas, este que vos escreve, tem em descobrir, conhecer, se aventurar, uma paixão pelo novo, pelo frescor da nova música.

Sei que muitos da minha geração, infelizmente, perderam este tesão, as vezes talvez o sentimento volte, mas o fato é que o desejo pela descoberta parece que torna-se cada vez mais inexistente.

Mas, não aqui. ter o prazer de conhecer uma banda desde seu nascimento, assistir seu crescimento, vivenciar seu amadurecimento, é impagável, e um caso que deve ser acompanhado é o quarteto de Barcelona, Bruises.

Apenas um single, nada mais, todavia, o prazer de degustar "Stay With Yourself" é daqueles que poucos podem apreciar, mas muitos deveriam. Um dreampop com os pés no pós punk trivial oitentista, porém emulando conexões e referências com gente como o Beach Fossils, fazem deles um sopro de leveza sonora.

Mas assim, se você esta cansaço e só consegue ter ouvidos para as mesmas coisas, eu lamento, seu desejo esta se perdendo contigo.....tente resgatá-lo com o Bruises, vai que tudo renasça, não é?


***** Interview with Bruises *****


Q. When did Bruises start? Tell us about the history...
Well, Bruises started at the end of 2016 more or less. I travelled (Sebastián) from Chile (my native country) to Barcelona looking for a new place to start a musical project. So with a couple of songs under the arm I met friends of friends who were playing too. First Carlos joined at bass and we kept trying with new people until we chose Alejandro at drums and finally Genís at lead guitars and backing vocals. Most of us have been playing the last 4 years in other bands like The Saurs, PANE, Mal Villano, etc.

Q: Who are your influences?
Hmmm… it’s quite hard to say. I think one of the biggest is the sound of the reverb from artists like Cocteau Twins, Cleaners From Venus, Beach Fossils… as well as the catharsis from emo and punk of American Football, Mineral, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat… Also I feel really inspired by people that follow their dreams even if they don’t have many resources, like the DIY spirit.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Tough one, maybe something like this:

Radiohead - In Rainbows
Beach Fossils - Beach Fossils
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Cleaners From Venus - Midnight Cleaners
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Surely is one of my favourite things. I mean, all the songs have an emotional attachment, so at the end performing becomes kind of a therapy. Half of it is playing live and the other half is making the songs.

Q. How do you describe Bruises sounds?
We call it sad pop, but it’s more like hazy songs were the melody plays a very important part (that’s what we mean with the pop side). All the songs have a particular melody, like an own identity.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Well, actually I record all the demos by myself and then I show them to the band. Then we play them at the rehearsals to check if we have to arrange things, etc. For example, with our single "Stay With
Yourself" I recorded Alejandro on drums at the rehearsal room with a couple of microphones and that was it. All DIY!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
In Barcelona we’re surrounded by many good friends’ bands like The Zephyr Bones, Keems, VLIVM, Grums and some others. Also I know quite well the music scene in Chile and there are many cool bands growing like Patio Solar, El Cómodo Silencio De Los Que Hablan Poco, Niños Del Cerro... All of them are young talented people with honest and fresh intentions.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
I think we all agree that we should do a cover of “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, hahaha. Nah, maybe “Weird Fishes” by Radiohead or a Title Fight’ song.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We will start to record an EP soon and also a lo-fi video for the single, with which we want to increase the band's exposure and play more and more. At first we said that we will try it as far as we can or until we play a great concert in Japan!

Q: Any parting words?
Download our single from Bandcamp!

Thank you very much, TBTCI. This was fun to answer and we hope to show up around Brazil soon.
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https://bruisesband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BruisesBand/

Perfect Harmony with Evening Glow - An Interview


Inevitavelmente o indie rock deve tudo aos 80´s, a estética de gente como Smiths, Orange Juice, Cure, Chills, R.E.M. New Order, entre outros , fundiu a mente de muitos garotos que nasceram depois, e isso nunca deixou de acontecer, seja quando a class of 86 apareceu, ou quando a Sarah Records germinou seus garotos, depois ainda vieram o B&S, e uma infinidade de bandas que beberam, ou bebem, nesta fonte.

E não seria nos nossos dias atuais que isso mudaram, certo? Eu mesmo responde, certíssimo!!! Se você procurar no submundo dos bons sons vai encontrar pérolas escondidas, garotos e garotas que moldam seus anseios em urgentes melodias cristalinas, expurgando todos os desejos da transição da vida de um jovem para a temida vida adulta.

Um desses preciosos casos é o quarteto de Chicago, Evening Glow. Uma pulsante coleção de melodias que evocam todos os nomes ali do primeiro parágrafo e outros tantos, por vezes, ao ouvir o viciante EP, "Perfect Harmony", me lembrei do The Bodines, mas você mesmo vai se lembrar de seus prediletos, acredite.

O que vale é que essa chama, continua intensa, e o Evening Glow é um exemplo atual e vibrante disso tudo.

Ah, pode se apaixonar, não fará mal algum.


***** Interview with Evening Glow *****


Q. When did Evening Glow start? Tell us about the history...
Evening Glow started about 2 years ago. We were initially an noise/shoegaze band. Aidan and Aaron are brothers playing guitar and drums since they were kids. They have been playing with River and Vincent for over 8 years in many different bands. We finally decided one day that we should all be playing in the same band and form a 'supergroup' type band. Thus, Evening Glow was formed.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our current influences are The Cure, REM, The Smiths, New Order, Fela Kuti, Talking Heads, Joy Division

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Top 5 Evening Glow Albums of all time
5. Fela Kuti - Afrodisiac
4. Donna Summer - Bad Girls
3. The Smiths - Queen Is Dead
2. Pulp - Different Class
1. Talking Heads - Remain In Light

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Rushed but always good. We always go up on stage, play for 30-40 minutes of banging songs, little banter, walk off, watch the other bands and talk to people afterwards. People are there to be entertained by your music and forget about life for a while.


Q. How do you describe Evening Glow sounds?
With the latest release "Perfect Harmony EP" we definitely feel it can vary from "Post Punk" to "Dream Pop" sounding. But the icing on top of it all is the Indie aesthetic to it all. One of our friends recently described our music as, "It's like if REM had Stephen Morris (Drummer of Joy Division and New Order) as a drummer"

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Recorded the EP to a 16 track tape machine. We would live track the songs with all of us in a room playing together. Then go back and add all overdubs, vocals and synths later at our home studio. All of the tunes were mixed by Evening Glow as well.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Alright, if you like our sound and style then you will definitely like some of our other Chicago friends too.

-Check out our friend Beach Bunny who plays sad 'surf pop' and 'power pop' type music. It's genius. We constantly, I mean constantly, bump to all of her songs. https://beachbunny.bandcamp.com/album/crybaby

-Ex Okays are basically a more noisy, louder version of Evening Glow and it's soooo good. . Check out their EP they put out last Winter. https://exokays.bandcamp.com/album/friends

-Lastly our friends Mt Pocono. Check this lovely bunch out. They're making indie shoegaze and it's like someone is massaging your ears while they're performing. They plan on putting an EP out soon which will definitely be in our top 3 albums of local Chicago bands this year. https://www.facebook.com/MtPoconoIL/

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Aaron (the drummer) always says Evening Glow should cover a Smiths song because it would be a challenge to do a good cover of them. Either "This Charming Man" or "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others"

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Keep writing the tunes. Experiment as always. Maybe become an Afrobeat band. Or an experimental Hip Hop quartet. We might trade in our guitars for turntables... or for synths and drum machines. Who knows what's next...

But for real, probably put out more singles and another EP in 2018. We want to tour as much as we can here in the United States. Right now we only have the resources to do weekend runs to other cities in our region of the country. If we could tour for months on end and be writing records all of the time, we would quit all of our jobs in a heartbeat. Forget money. As long as we can pay rent and eat Mac n Cheese™ we are happy as we could ever be. Just need to keep putting out good music for all to love and just continue getting a name for ourselves.

Q: Any parting words?
Definitely check out those other bands if you like us. You will like them for sure because they are better than Evening Glow. Thank you for your time if you read this all the way through.
Check us out on Spotify, Itunes, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and all other major streaming services! As well as follow us on all social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter...

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EveningGlowBand/
Bandcamp: https://eveningglow.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/eveningglow
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eveningglowband/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3yxK2WjIrRS8JsUalfgTkx

quarta-feira, 18 de outubro de 2017

Trisset with Lazy Salon - An Interview


Sean Byrne ex-Lenola/Mazarin vem desde o final de 2014 se aventura numa trip de hipnose ambient evocando uma sonoridade absolutamente idiossincrática, baseada em repetições ininterruptas, passeando por dub, trance, ambient dream, sem se prender absolutamente a nada.

"Trisset" é a mais nova experiência de Sean sob a alcunha Lazy Salon e serve perfeitamente para sacolejar mente e alma.

Pegue sua bebida, seu psicotrópico favorito e caia na noite, ou apenas feche os olhos e como diria Fábio Bridges, segure a trip.

***** Interview with Lazy Salon *****



Q. When did Lazy Salon start? Tell us about the history...
I had played drums for a number of bands in the 90’s into the early 2000’s, and then started a home-recording folk/pop project with a friend called The Twin Atlas, which was an outlet for me to focus on songwriting, guitar, singing, etc., instead of drums, and also learning how to record music myself. That project lasted from around 2000 until 2010.

After The Twin Atlas ended I took some time off from writing/recording and became a lot more interested in music based on repetition, ambient/electronic things, dub, instrumental music and stuff like that.

Starting in 2014 I began recording new music by myself as Lazy Salon and the first EP came out later that year.

Q: Who are your influences?
I think a big influence on this project has just been a return to drumming, after having not played much for a few years. Just sitting down and working out rhythms, improvising and enjoying the instrument outside the context of playing in a traditional band or rehearsing songs has been really fun.

Even if I am creating a Lazy Salon song where I am using loops/samples and not technically ‘playing’ on the track, I still feel like my reconnection with drumming really informs the project.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Thats absolutely impossible, haha.

I do have a series of mixes I’ve created up on Mixcloud that include a lot of new & old music I love; ( https://www.mixcloud.com/lazysalon/ )


Q. How do you feel playing live?
It’s not been a live project so far, just recording/producing. I’ve tried to wrap my head around how it might be translated & performed live as a group or solo, but I have not really come up with any approach I think I’d be happy with.

I’m not ruling it out, but I would need a good deal of help & work to really figure it out and make it worth doing as a live thing.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
There is usually some basic track or idea that I start with and build upon to create a full song track by track.

It might just be a rhythmic idea, or other times a guitar pattern or a loop or snippet of some sound I randomly recorded on my iPhone which is then used as a foundation to build up a song from.

Once everything is recorded & built up & layered, I then make a lot of mixing & editing decisions on where & how each track or element gets brought in or out of the song, which ultimately creates the flow & sequence of the finished song.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Not bands, but there are a variety of really interesting online radio stations that do a good job at exposing different sounds and ideas. NTS, Dublab and The Lot are all great for absorbing stuff you might not hear otherwise.

I also support and enjoy traditional free-form FM stations such as WFMU and WPRB here in my home state of New Jersey.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
2017 was pretty busy between the album release in March and the new EP this fall. I’m looking forward to not writing or recording anything for a little while, just play some music without feeling like i have to work on anything. I’ll probably start chipping away at new ideas & recordings in 2018 and see where that leads to.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for listening, feel free to follow along and spread the word;
lazysalon.com
lazysalon.bandcamp.com
soundcloud.com/lzy-sln
twitter.com/lazysalon
facebook.com/lazysalon/

terça-feira, 17 de outubro de 2017

A Beautiful Curse with Crying Vessel - An Interview


Uma volta às Batcaves é proporcionada desde os primeiros momentos de "A Beautiful Curse", novo disco do duo Crying Vessel.

Evocando ícones dos infernos escuros e sombrios, o duo despeja através sintetizadores uma aura de claustrofobia regada a tons cinzentos, dançante e cerebral, "A Beautiful Curse" soa ao mesmo tempo nostálgico e atual, condensando os 80´s ao caos dos dias atuais.

Absolutamente recomendado a notívagos sedentos por noites sem fim.

***** Interview with Crying Vessel *****


Q.Hello Slade, first congratulations on the new album, it's really brilliant, what is your analysis after conclusion of album? Are you happy with the result?

Hello Renato, good to hear from you and TBTCI again. Always a pleasure. First off, thank you for the compliment! Truly means a lot to me and everyone involved. I worked for nearly 2 years on this record, so it is kind of surreal feeling now that it is about to be released and pre-orders are out. I am happy with the results and amazed by the early success already going on with all of it.

Q. How was the process of creating A Beautiful Curse ?

The process of creating the music was just as important as the personal discovery process that happened with this I think. I learned to be patient and sit back on the songs and truly focus on where they should end up and what they need. I typically rush through this process and just get it out in the past. This time I really put a lot of attention on the progression of the vocals with the songs and lyrical work to truly get my feelings across. I focused a lot on how the Synths and my guitars interacted (both melodically and technically). My past albums were very experimental because of the feeling to get it out and going. But I took my time and put every ounce of energy I had into this album. The process of this album will forever be special too because I was using a lot of programmed drums and I did the entire thing myself. Since shortly after starting on the album I started working with drummer Basil back in early Spring 2016 both for live shows and then studio work for the new material. So this will forever be a special gem-of-an-album I think. Very personal for me and also for the fans.

Q. What are the main differences between A Beautiful Curse and "Killing Time"?

A Beautiful Curse has Killing Time on it along with the other 2 songs on the EP that came out last October. Killing Time was one of the first songs I wrote for the album and decided to put out the single. It was after seeing such great response (and a record deal from Manic Depression Records) that gave me even more reason to keep pushing to get this album done and get it done right. Killing Time is much more up tempo than the rest of the album, which funnily enough is now hinting at the new material we have been working hard on. Much more along those lines again. The unique thing I did with this album is also give each version (CD, Vinyl, Digital) a unique twist. The CD is different White cover trifold artwork and something special tucked away. The Vinyl is Black logo artwork with reordered track list for better master quality and flow. And the digital is the basic release with black logo artwork and CD order. I fully wanted this album and my Crying Vessel alias to be more than just a release or music. I want it to represent the world I am creating and everything we are doing is very conceptual. This bleeds into our live show too which is made to be a complete multimedia and visual experience with more meaning and depth. Its important to me for it to react with a person on a deeper level than one you get on a radio single made for the masses. Music can do so much more for a person than fulfill the duties of being the background music for their drive to work while sipping their coffee. Its fully submersible for the listener. It just needs to be presented a certain way and executed.

Q. What were the influences for creating the new album?

The album was greatly influenced by falling back in love with my childhood favorites. Sisters of Mercy, Gary Numan, Joy Division. You name it. If you look back in my discography I was doing a touch of this dark wave style in the first album back in 2011 called Necrozine. But It was just baby steps at the beginning of where it could end up I think. After detouring through Trip Hop for a while (a couple albums actually) I came back to this. I came back to what I am all about and what I can stand behind. I even had an EP that came out in 2013 with 3 very ‘80s’ style wave driven tunes that could have fit perfectly fine on this new album too. So those influences have been there, but I finally had the focus and time to refine my approach to deliver them. That mixed with more and more guitar oriented writing process has made it come to this.

Q. What are your plans for 2017?

We have some very exciting things going on. Basil and I have been working together since Spring 2016 to get the live performance going and it is going amazingly well. We have European and USA tours being lined up and October is already booked out around Switzerland for the album release shows. Holland is in the works for March 2018 and April 2018 we have about 10 dates in USA being finalized. Along with this we have new material we are already writing. We have the new Vinyl, CD and Digital release of “A Beautiful Curse” coming Friday October 13th and to our surprise; the Pre Orders have already sold out a few legs of our merch. We are also talking about doing a Remix EP this winter with some very great fellow Post Punk and Darkwave style bands we work with. So more on that soon!
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https://www.facebook.com/cryingvessel/
https://cryingvessel.bandcamp.com/
https://cryingvessel.com/

We'll Be Just Fine with Burn The Louvre - An Interview


Indie rock inteligente e vibrante ainda existe, é apenas uma questão de procurar no lugar certo. Neste caso, ele se encontra em Ontario, Canadá, e atende pelo nome de Burn The Louvre.

"We´ll Be Just Fine", novo trabalho dos caras é urgente, buscando conexões com The Jam, Undertones, Arctic Monkeys e afins, sem soar pejorativo, pelo contrário, apenas seis exemplos de que ainda existe vida no indie rock.

Nada de novo, nada de inovador, apenas indie rock como deve ser, ponto positivo para o Burn The Louvre.

***** Interview with Burn The Louvre *****



Q. When did Burn The Louvre start? Tell us about the history...
My brother Dylan and I started writing songs for Burn The Louvre as far back as 7 years ago. I got sick of being the drummer in my old band so I quit, taught myself guitar and decided to start performing my own songs, Dylan had some of his own songs too, so with the help of a couple friends we put out Post-Romance EP November 2014. After dealing with some unforeseen delays and obstacles we were finally able to release our brand new EP We'll Be Just Fine this past July.

Q: Who are your influences?
A lot of Canadian bands actually. I love Joel Plaskett Emergency, Sam Roberts Band, Metric, our local Hamilton boys in the Arkells & The Dirty Nil, but then I'm also a huge Lana Del Rey fan. I'm always a fan of some good hip-hop (see: Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino etc.) and of course I love Bob Marley, but I mean who doesn't love Bob Marley right?

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
That is a tough one, but my personal list would be:

1. Love At The End Of The World - Sam Roberts
2. The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me - Brand New
3. Three - Joel Plaskett
4. The Chronic - Dr. Dre
5. Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Centre stage is my favourite place in the whole wide world. It's me and 3 other guys just taking what the crowd is giving us and we do our best to give it back to them tenfold. I love getting the crowds going, because when they're into it and feeling it, it just makes my job so much easier.

Q. How do you describe Burn The Louvre sounds?
I would say it's a combination of 90's guitar rock bands like the Pixies and Weezer mixing modern indie rock bands like Arctic Monkeys with some acoustically pleasing sounds deriving from Joel Plaskett and Sam Roberts. I'm hoping to eventually push this into a more Lana Del Rey dream pop kind of direction when the time is right.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We had these songs kind of kicking around for a year or so prior to recording, so when we got into the studio to record them properly it was a pretty fluid process. Everybody knew their parts so that made things a lot easier. Some scheduling conflicts, but sometimes that's the way things go. Overall I'm quite happy with how this EP turned out.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There are some great new bands from right here in Hamilton that I love: Aron D'Alesio, The Bandicoots, Silvertone Hills, Parts & Service, The Crowleys, Free Love, the list goes on and on. Great music in this city.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Honestly, I would love to cover Lana in some capacity. I think I might do a cover or two of hers on our YouTube Channel in the coming months.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Well we're releasing our new music video for our second single "Body Lies" in the next week or so and have a few more shows coming up as well as a couple more music videos coming out before the end of the year. I'm looking at booking into 2018 right now, hopefully some Toronto dates. I'm planning to start demoing in December for Burn The Louvre's debut LP due to be released in 2018. I can not wait to start working on that album.

Q: Any parting words?
I'd just like to thank anyone who might be reading this for taking the time. I'd also like to give a huge thank you to you Renato for the interview! It was an absolute pleasure
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https://burnthelouvre.bandcamp.com/
http://www.burnthelouvre.com/
https://www.facebook.com/burnthelouvre/

segunda-feira, 16 de outubro de 2017

Reverie Remedy with Outward - An Interview


Corey Philpot é a mente criadora do Outward, projeto que ele mesmo conduz e expurga seus sentimentos na íntegra. 

Tudo é conduzido por guitarras, synths, loops e uma aura que mescla melancolia oitentista com uma certa raiva noventista. Ecos de diversos subgêneros são facilmente identificados na música do Outward, o que reflete o próprio Corey, de shoegaze a industrial, de new wave, a grunge, de pós punk a psicodelismo, tudo torna-se ingrediente neste caldeirão de referências.

A música do Outward, reflete fundamentalmente a a necessidade de Corey se expressar, e a música e sua salvação.

***** Interview with Outward *****


Q. When did Outward start? Tell us about the history...
Realistically, Outward started when I was about fifteen in high school in the small town of London, Kentucky; except I wasn’t calling myself the title yet. I started making short instrumentals, recording guitars, electric drums, and whatever synths I could find into a single mixer in my bedroom through audacity. For me, it was the only way to escape the reality of a town (at the time) I hated. It’s extremely rural and southern there, where simplicity and normality seemed the only golden life for all; here I was wearing t-shirts of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Japanese horror exploitation flicks to class. Everyone thought I was weird for obsessing over a genre nobody has ever heard of (shoegaze, and still I’m pretty sure it’s the same boat today) and weird Asian or Italian b-films. I’ve since grown to understand and love London though, it truly is something special all in its own. I self-taught anything musically I could get my hands onto. After high school, I went to film school for a few years. Here I started to hone a sound a bit more as I’d scored my and others short films. I started to teach myself mixing and mastering a bit more, and decided instead of leaving the tracks as instrumentals to add vocals and make them full-fledged tracks. Everything I’ve ever done or played musically is self-taught. This is the time period I adopted the pseudonym ‘Outward.’ From there, I self-released two EPs and one LP; trying to craft some form of one man-band idea. The goal was to do everything myself; write, record, perform, mix, and master everything. It wasn’t till a move cross-country to Austin, TX though that I truly began fulfilling what my idea of sound should be sonically. Adding a little bit more musical equipment and live shows to my belt helped progress. As I’ve grown as an adult I believe my music has too in its own strange way. The core of the sound has almost always been the same, but my translation of it has progressed further and further… At least I hope.

Q: Who are your influences?
My first and foremost influence since I was probably five years old has been Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. He was living proof that you didn’t need a soul but yourself to make whatever you want; and it be unbelievably cool. I remember hearing ‘The Downward Spiral,’ for the first time and just nothing sounding even close to it. It was pure and raw. It was cool. Trent Reznor was cool. Till this day, 1994 is my favorite musical year because of that and so many other albums.

Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine is another huge one for me. In seventh grade, my best friend at the time showed me ‘Loveless.’ My mind was completely blown. I had no idea guitars could sound like that. It was like hearing a sound that I’ve always heard in my head and longed to hear externally, finally coming to exist. ‘To Here Knows When,’ literally dumbfounded me in the best way and inspired me to do everything I could to create my own wall of beautiful noise.

The Edge from U2 is one of those guys that’s always been a big part of my influences. His guitar playing is just beautiful. U2 were always one of the family bands; where its one of those things we all grew up with and kind of united us. Some of his guitar work is untouchable; stuff from like Achtung Baby, Zooropa, The Million Dollar Hotel OST, and the one off Eno-U2 project Passengers were big inspirations for me.

Lastly, Ken Andrews of Failure. Fantastic Planet till this day blows my mind each and every single time I hear it. The guitar tone crunch is everything I’ve ever wanted out of a guitar. The chorus guitar riff on ‘Dirty Blue Balloons,’ is one of the best riffs of all time hands down. On top of that, they’re amazingly sweet dudes. Kelli Scott is an amazing drummer and super super nice. They’re inspiring as just good peeps that know how to treat their fans on a ground level.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. Nine Inch Nails – The Fragile ; this album changed my life. So many days dealing with depression were met with this album. I remember hearing it when I was ten years old in ’99 thanks to my older cool brother. I was never able to turn back. Trent Reznor spoke in a video interview once about telling people there is nothing commercial on the record at all, asking to just give it a chance. That stuck with me. The album was made with pure heart and intent.

2. U2 – Achtung Baby ; given this album was released at the very beginning of the 90’s it’s insane to me the level of experimentation that was actually at play on this album; as well as it retaining a very commercially viable sound.

3. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless ; this album rewrote what I thought you could do sonically with a guitar. Till this day, it still does. Melodic noise at its finest.

4. Failure – Fantastic Planet ; Space-grunge… I mean what is better than that? The album is a stroke of genius from beginning to end; musically and conceptually. I was also lucky enough to catch them twice on their recent reunion tours and I have to say these songs live are pretty spectacular.

5. Nothing – Guilty of Everything ; even though this album is pretty recent, I feel like it was one of the perfect next steps for shoegaze in sound. I’d hands down put it as one of the best shoegaze albums of all time. Beautifully and depressingly lush in sound, this album is pretty damn near perfect in my eyes.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing live. It feels so interesting hearing these songs I play over and over in my bedroom and living room turned up even louder. I use a tiny little Marshal practice amp for my guitar live, and it’s always very surprising to the listeners how loud it gets and the tone it delivers. Besides that, it’s always interesting to see and hear what people think of my music; they seem rather surprised how different altogether my sound is as well that it’s all coming from one person. I love creating zones for people to enter and reside in; trying to find and create a wave that they can ride within themselves.


Q. How do you describe Outward sounds?
The sound to me is a mixture of every single genre I love and grew up with. Since I was a kid I’ve been obsessed with shoegaze, industrial, grunge, dreampop, post-punk and practically every type of music I can get my hands onto. My sound is literally a cherry-picking of my favorite styles and combined. I lean more towards shoegaze in an overall sound, but mostly I want to remain a bit genre-less in terms of everything that’s being used and at play.

The music you’re hearing from me… is like… audibly dealing through my life. I play these sounds to make myself feel okay, safe, and that I’m still breathing. It’s a way to stay alive. What you’re hearing is me trying to find a peace within myself to be okay. The tones and feelings are what I’m chasing to feel; so I play them, to feel them.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Most of my tracks seem to start with either a simple synth line or drum beat. From there its kind of sorting through hundreds of synth noises until I find one that resonates with me against whatever the first layer was. I continue building layer upon layer into whatever cohesive thing it becomes. Bass lines comes next. After that I’ll decide if that set of layers is a chorus or verse, then proceed to create whatever it’s not. Once those layers are built, I’ll play it through a PA and begin writing guitar parts to the track. I’ll record that. I’ll then mix and pre-master everything up to that point. After all the layers are in, I’ll do vocals, mix them, then master those as well. My songs generally are pretty heavily layered. The last track I finished ‘I Love Sometimes,’ has forty-nine layers; even though you’ll probably only hear the main obvious instrumentations.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There’s a lot of bands I’d recommend, but I’m going to go with strictly current bands: Newmoon, Nothing, Jesu, Super Thief (they’re doing things in the noise-punk scene most bands would give a left hand to achieve sound wise!), Grivo, Iris, Lantlos, Gleemer, Alcest, Hollow Sunshine (the songs Bad Company and Coral are two of the best songs ever recorded imo), Anakin, Cloakroom, Whimsical, A Thousand Hours, Richard Buckner, Cheatahs, No Joy, Deafheaven, Lift to Experience, The Lees of Memory, The Cherry Wave, Unsane, Drab Majesty, Deafcult, and Roku Music.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
At one point I was doing a cover of Talk Talk’s ‘It’s So Serious,’ but my laptop at the time fried itself. I lost a lot of material when that happened sadly. I’d love to cover quite a few different things though; even do a cover of George Jone’s ‘Choices.’ It obviously wouldn’t be country, but I’d love to turn it into something totally different. I’d love to do the Waterboys ‘Whole of the Moon.’ Maybe Tommy Conwell’s ‘Gonna Breakdown.’ I’m always intrigued to do covers that aren’t specifically meant for this sound.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Right now, my big plans are to finish up recording my new album called ‘The Melting Bed.’ I’m so happy to announce it’ll be released on disc via the wonder Cali based label Vesper Records. I really think it’s going to be something special; at the very least it will be something very deeply personal from myself. On top of that, my wife and I are about to re-locate out of Texas and back to my hometown in Kentucky. We had a recent strain of terrible luck where we could’ve been very hurt by three accidents in one week that were out of our control; and later after that hell week my wife was held up at gunpoint at her work. We’ve decided we need some good clean air and surrounded by nature again to breathe it in. Once back in the bluegrass state I’ll be looking to start playing live again around there and Tennessee; wherever they’ll let me through the doors.

Q: Any parting words?
I want to thank you all at TBTCI for having me and willing to take the time to get to know me. Thank you for contacting me and thank you for checking out my music. I appreciate that with all my heart in the truest sense. For any eyes passing by, I say thank you as well for taking a read here. My album releases soon and it will truly be something different. If you’re looking for something that may not sound like everything else, but is oddly pretty cool, I promise it’s worth checking out. It will be music purely from the heart and soul. Lastly, I wish each and everyone the best of the best in life; I’m happy to share this big rock/ship called Earth with you all. Don’t forget to take a bow before the show comes to an end.
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https://outwardofficial.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/OutwardOfficial/

Amphibious Neato with Powerslacker - An Interview




O Powerslacker já é conhecido pra quem acompanha as páginas do TBTCI, apenas relembrando, o duo já havia aparecido por aqui por conta de seu primeiro trabalho, "Terminally Chill" onde já havíamos decretado que aos indies festivos era melhor esquecerem Mac DeMarco, e focarem nas pepitas sonoras do duo, mas agora o passo maior chegou.

"Amphibious Neato" é um suculento saquinho de docinhos psicodélicos, misturando o psicodelismo flower power e a neo psicodelia moderna, sem afetações ou exageros, apenas deixando fluir a good vibe da viagem.

Sinta a brisa e boa viagem.

***** Interview with Powerslacker *****


Q. What was the process for creating Amphibious Neato?
The album was quite a studio-heavy project- the songs were pretty much developed as we went with parts played in all over the place. For a cohesive listening experience, I ran the drum, bass, guitar, synth and vocal channels through a tape machine, which I feel really glued everything together, and provided a low-fidelty aesthetic. I was aiming to achieve the warped and haunting sounds of Vietnam-era psychedelic rock bands such as The Doors and Jefferson Airplane. Working off previous demos and some songs by my friend GB Loon, the production took place half in my bedroom and half in studio at my University in York.

Q. What are the main differences between Amphibious Neato and Terminally Chill?
I was happy with the songs on Terminally Chill as a compilation of demos but that’s all they were. In a sense Amphibious Neato is an elaboration on the same concept, with all the parts re-played and tracks remixed as I’d since honed my production and musician skills.

Q. What were the influences for creating the album?
Pixies, Nirvana, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Doors and Foxygen were probably the biggest influences on my song-writing and visions for the finished piece. Elements from each band inspired a combination of psychedelic, experimental and pop heard on my tracks. I was listening to The Lemon Twigs and Mac DeMarco at the time and enjoyed the way they used arrangement and production to have their records sound like they came from the 1970s.

Q.What are your plans for 2017?
For after the release of the record I have a lot of designs ready for new merch and music pressings, and am working on putting a band together for live shows. Currently I am working on a collaboration album with GB Loon, but it’s in the very early stages at the moment. We have dozens of songs ready, but recording is a relatively slow process as he lives in Canada.
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https://powerslacker.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/powerslacker/

The City Is A Bone with Volunteer Cheerleader - An Interview


Chris Blackman e Jordan Sommerlad formam o charmoso duo Volunteer Cheerleader.

O adjetivo "charmoso" é perfeito para descreve o debute homônimo deles, que passeia por entre o dreampop moderno e a new wave/pós punk sofisticado dos 80´s, algo como se o Psychedelic Furs e o Wild Nothing se fundissem numa única forma sonora.

Por entre sutilezas e melodias cintilantes o Volunteer Cheerleader cria um mundo de sons particular.

***** Interview with Volunteer Cheerleader *****



Q. When did Volunteer Cheerleader start? Tell us about the history...
Jordan and I have been friends for 20 years, since we were in grade school, and we’ve been making music together for probably 14 years. We spent our teen years playing in garage rock/punk bands around Ohio. After college, Jordan moved to LA to work in film and I moved to New York to go to grad school for poetry. After a few years, Jordan relocated to New York and we lived together for a year. We started working on demos in our living room that would become the first Volunteer Cheerleader songs.

Q: Who are your influences?
I think we both love and take a lot of cues from original Shoegaze and Dream Pop bands without ever sounding very much like any one of them in particular. We’ve been listening to Loveless since we were about 14 but that sound is impossible to replicate. Basically we like any type of rainy music from the UK, especially Radiohead. Then there’s the American college rock thing: Replacements, Pixies and Guided By Voices are all some of my favorites. Jordan and I both love The Strokes too. Lyrically, I’m also influenced by 20th century American poets like John Berryman and Ted Berrigan, though again, the lyrics don’t sound like either of them.


Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars- David Bowie
2. Tim- The Replacements
3. What’s Going On?- Marvin Gaye
4. In Rainbows- Radiohead
5. Aja- Steely Dan

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Volunteer Cheerleader has been a recording project until very, very recently. Only in the past few months have we started getting a band together to make the sounds that we have been recording. Still, we feel comfortable. Jordan and I have been playing together for so long that we can communicate without words on a stage. I know what he’s going to do, and he knows that I’m going to do.

Q. How do you describe Volunteer Cheerleader sounds?
We try to avoid it, whenever possible. It’s hard to define unless you’re a music geek. Definitely Dream Pop and Shoegaze inspired rock, or indie pop, though. In a conversation with a friend I explained, “We’re kids who grew up in punk bands that want to play Coldplay songs.” But this isn’t entirely accurate either. Basically, we love rock music (especially from the UK) in the last 40 years, and our sound takes parts of all of that music.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A lot of times our recording process will start with Chris sending a guitar riff to me, which I'll take and play around with, building out the structure, adding synth, drums samples, and a rough vocal melody. After that we'll meet up and properly record all the instrumental elements, all within my 12x8ft bedroom studio. For lyrics, usually Chris takes the first pass based on the temp vocal track, and then I'll revise while recording. From there, mixing, tweaking, rearranging and re-recording takes weeks, and by the end what you thought was the hook of the song often fades into the background and something else takes it place. That's the real fun of it, writing, and rewriting again and again to get to something that you wouldn't be able to come up with on a first pass.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I love Twin Peaks. They have perfected the kind of music we played when we were younger. Alvvays and Cigarettes After Sex, in the Dream Pop realm, are both hugely inspirational. We also love Whitney. Whitney was a band we listened to a lot when we first got together to make early demos. Oh! Also Spirit Club, Nathan Williamson from Wavves’ side project, is something we admire deeply.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
First and foremost on my list is “Speak Low,” the standard by Kurt Weill. There’s a version online of Weill singing and playing the song on piano and it’s so haunting. We’ve also talked about a version of “Dream Lover” arranged like the version by The Paris Sisters. Like in Kenneth Anger’s short film, Kustom Kar Kommandos. We saw that at the MoMA in New York a few years ago and it has sort of haunted us.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
More recording, definitely a full-length. Develop more as a live band and get more people listening.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for listening, if you do. If not, please listen. Our families are starving. Just kidding—we do have day jobs.
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sábado, 14 de outubro de 2017

This Blinding Light, "Mountains" - Track by Track


O combo de Seattle, This Blinding Light retornar as páginas do TBTCI em grande e ruidoso estilo, hoje veio ao mundo seu mais novo trabalho, o EP "Mountains", que definitivamente explicita tudo o que os caras tem de melhor, ou seja, psicodelia áspero.

Cinco exemplos de como se produzir melodias pegajosas, barulhentas e viajantes. Como nos melhores momentos do B.R.M.C., o This Blinding Light unifica J&MC e Spiritualized numa simbiose perfeita e necessária.

E para melhor entender "Mountains", Lance, um dos criadores do TBL decupou o EP minuciosamente.

Leia e escute em alto e bom som.


***** "Mountains" - Track by Track *****

Star: This song is about the moment when two people cross paths and the electricity jumps out to cause that storm of passion that not only unites a man and a woman, but the moon and the sun, and the stars above.....

Breakout: This song is about trying to come to terms with the little games we play with ourselves and each other, and trying to "break out" of that cycle and move forward....

Tree of Life: This song is about recognizing the interconnections between all things....

Heaven: Like Star, seeing that the passion we engage in is the Heaven we have here on earth...

Leyes: is about seeing the current state of events, being able to read all the bullshit on the hypocritical faces, especially in the eyes (the window to the soul) and wishing so much I could take away all of the pain and suffering..... hoping the song wil at least ease some of it away...
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https://www.thisblindinglight.com/
https://thisblindinglight.bandcamp.com

Bask with Teevee - An Interview


Austin, Texas. Desnecessário dizer que a água de lá tem poções mágicas, tamanha a abundância de bandas acima da média que brotam por lá.

A mais nova preciosidade vinda de lá é o quarteto gazer bubblegum, Teeve. Dois EPs no currículo, o homônimo do ano passado e "Bask", lançado no fim de Agosto.

Conexões sonoras com Ringo Deathstarr são notadamente evidentes, e aí meu amigo, é basicamente redundante dizer que as matrizes, J&MC e MBV estão onipresentes.

Deliciosamente envolvente, apenas isso. Escute alto!

***** Interview with Teevee *****


Q. When did Teevee start? Tell us about the history...
Teevee was actually called Citrine when we first started in Austin, TX about three years ago. I was living in a gnarly garage and writing a lot of music at the time. Will, our drummer, would come over and I’d show him the songs I was working on. Pretty much every time we got together to jam someone would call the cops; we just thought it was funny and did it again the next day.
Nick our guitarist joined the group after our original guitarist moved to France and eventually the full band came together from there.

About two or three months into playing as citrine we received a cease and desist notice from a fairly new band with the same name. We were going to ignore it, but looking further into it we found out that the lead member of their band was Father John Misty’s sister and that this was serious. We were in no way prepared to deal with that kind of legal matter, I mean I was living in a F@#$ing garage! We decided it was best to change the name to avoid being broke for eternity. There was a long list of words I had been collecting over time as potential band names and right under Citrine was written Teevee.

Q: Who are your influences?
Alex - Jesus and mary chain
Will - Type-O-Negative
Nick - Stone Roses
Chris - Rolling Stones

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Typo-O-Negative - October Rust
Jesus and Mary chain - Dark Lands
Velvet Underground - Loaded
The Stooges - S/T

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Pretty great and sometimes pretty drunk

Q. How do you describe Teevee sounds?
Hard hitting feel good rhythm over Heavy guitars


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
The majority of our latest EP “Bask" and upcoming LP were recorded in a kitchen on a Tascam 388. We mostly just hung-out while everyone individually recorded their parts.

We’re still in the process of finishing our LP and I’ve been spending a lot of time in the bedroom closet tracking percussion and vocals. I'm actually in the closet as I type this.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Routine Death
Angry Beige
Bottomfeeders
Edward Phillips
NONN
Volter
Remote Control
Jo Kusy
Insecure Men

All good people all amazing bands

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Depends on who you ask in the band, maybe something hilariously popular like Nirvana.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Much traveling and recording

Q: Any parting words?
Yeah keep an eye out for our upcoming LP which should be out within the next few months!
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https://teevee1.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/teeveetx/
https://www.teeveetx.com/

quinta-feira, 12 de outubro de 2017

De Rerum Natura with Wake Up In The Cosmos - An Interview


Quando o shoegaze colide em alta velocidade com uma certa dose de psicodelia recheada de lisergia e tendências garageiras a coisa fica pesada. Assim é "De rerum natura" debute do duo italiano, Wake Up In The Cosmos.

A audição do disco é como experimentar o amargo sabor da psilocibina pela primeira vez, uma estranha sensação de descontrole vai levemente surgindo, e conforme as canções vão seguindo a viagem vai entrando em outras esferas, a diferença é que ao ingerir o psicotrópico a tendência é que a viagem dure por várias horas, já "De rerum natura" termina prematuramente, mas não tem problema, é só você colocar em looping que estará tudo certo.

Pegue o ticket na página do bandcamp dos caras e boa viagem.

***** Interview with Wake Up In The Cosmos *****


Q. When did Wake Up In The Cosmos start? Tell us about the history...
A. Wake up in the cosmos started back in 2016, originally it was a one man band project where Francesco played guitar, bass and the vocals using also drum machine beats. After publishing the debut album "De rerum natura" back in February 2017, he decide to bring a new life to his project adding a drummer, another guitar and a bass player. So Edoardo, Alessandro and Alo have took part with the band.

Q: Who are your influences?
A.The band report a great mix of difference influences but first of all shoegaze, psychedelic rock and garage rock. Every member bring his musical background into the rehearsal, that's because of the sound isn't easily amenable to other bands.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
A. Answering this question it isn't easy at all but we try to find a deal between us:
My bloody valentine - Loveless
Slint - Spiderland
Red temple spirit - A dancing to restore an eclipsed moon
Elio e le storie tese - Italyan, rum casusu cikti
Sonoio - Red

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. Playing live is always a great feeling due to bring other people our music, we have always lot of fun doing it.


Q. How do you describe Wake Up In The Cosmos sounds?
A. Guitars plugged into distorted reverbs and vocals that reminds signals and sounds from other galaxies.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. "De rerum natura" was born and developed in Francesco's bedroom, using recording programs and plugging in his instruments to bring life to the songs. Now the next challenge will be recording the new stuff with all the band.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. Surely we recommend some italian bands we like a lot, like: Go!zilla, Cogs, White Pagoda, Borderline Lovers and Yellow Traffic Light.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. We actually done one that we love by Gunclub but we already thinking about doing a cover of a Fat white family song. A. First of all doing more concert in Italy hoping that we'll have the chance to bring our music also outside our country, than writing new stuff and as soon as possible recording it.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. We hope everybody who read this interview will listen also to our music and at last but not least thanks to you Renato for this pleasurable conversation, greetings from Wake up in the cosmos
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https://wakeupinthecosmos.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Wake-up-in-the-cosmos-1415423102078933

quarta-feira, 11 de outubro de 2017

First Light with Close Encounter - An Interview


Uma doce, sutil e envolvente melodia ecoa quando se dá play na estreia do quarteto de Seattle, Close Encounter.

"First Light", título do álbum, e, nome, mais do que apropriado, para sintetizar o que significa a música do Close Encounter, veio ao mundo em Julho, e te conduz a um pequeno paraíso sonoro, contemplativo, cristalino e tenro.

O Close Encounter é dreampop em letras maiúsculas e uma das mais belas estreias e surpresas que o TBTCI ouviu esse ano.

***** Interview with Close Encounter *****


Q. When did Close Encounter start? Tell us about the history...
Close Encounter originated in the dead of night, when 4 strangers were united within a dream. Abducted to an astral forest, they fought a demon and returned back to their bodies with a reinvigorated desire to create ethereal pop noise.

Q: Who are your influences?
In terms of musical influences, we’re into the emerging shoegaze scene and all the new up and coming bands featured in sites like yours, and also on DKFM radio, and blogs like FadeAwayRadiate, and others. It’s inspiring to see groups we know like Pale Dian craft a beautiful sound and gain notice for their work. More established bands like Slowdive, TOY, Holydrug Couple, Temples, LSD and the Search for God, and POND are big influences on our sound and textures. But we also take inspiration from older, more new wave sounds like The Cure and Tears for Fears. Our drummer, Cameron, integrates a lot of 90s old school hip-hop flavor, and we’re trying to explore that more. There’s also a funk element with the lead riffs and jazz chords we tend to incorporate, think Steely Dan, or Connan Mockasin and Homeshake for more modern comparisons.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
The Joshua Tree - U2
Rumors - Fleetwood Mac
Disintegration - The Cure
Songs from the Big Chair - Tears for Fears
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine

Q. How do you feel playing live?
You know that feeling you get when you realize you have a new favorite song? It’s a new love, and you play it constantly and constantly until it’s had it’s time and something new comes along. My last pleasure was “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus. That sustained bliss is what it feels like when we’re performing. (Aside from when the sound guy is an idiot.)


Q. How do you describe Close Encounter sounds?
Close Encounter is chill music for aliens. They use an effectual yet melodic blend of psychedelic, catchy guitar, slow tempo beats, and introspective vocal mood to depict the dawn of a new paranormal age.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Alien cowboys learned a few jangley riffs and patched it through to the mothership, the mothership sits on it and hacks it a part, testing it on abductees as they lie in comfy beds with headphones on. According to the data generated by those sessions, the songs are refined, and then cryptographic sheets are sent to the band, who decodes it using a cypher. At that point, the final scores are recorded using multi-tracking in a deep underground lair.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Bad Bad Not Good, She Past Away, METZ, Cranes, POND, Crush, the Bilinda Butchers, Hibou, Black Marble, Banadu, Goldd, Wildhoney, Lilac, Agent bla, Daydream Cathedral, Tender Age, Sobs, we could go on… so much great new music out there.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling - Nancy Sinatra and Lee

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have been signaling with the mothership to fabricate a new album for world-wide release in 2018. We are also planning a tour of the West Coast and South West United States to coincide with our release, as well as the SXSW events in Austin in the month of March.

Q: Any parting words?
Spread love, don’t be afraid of rejection, take other people’s advice, don’t undervalue what you have to give to the world, invest in Bitcoin and semi-conductor stock, watch out for AI, make art if you don’t already, ground yourself daily, walk in the woods, listen to solfeggio frequencies to meditate every once in a while. Treat yourself to a fine cup of coffee.
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https://closeencounterband.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/close.encounter.band/

terça-feira, 10 de outubro de 2017

And Inside There Was Only Water with Grey Goes Black - An Interview


Um fato curioso tem chamado minha atenção aqui no TBTCI, a recorrente citação do Coldplay, send referência para algumas novíssimas bandas que pegam o indie rock de arena dos ingleses e o moldam numa ambientação quase eloquente, adicionando outros elementos ao que foi iniciado lá trás pelo U2 e levado a consequências conhecidas pela banda de Chris Martin.

Um desses casos é o trio de New Jersey, Grey Goes Black e seu mais novo trabalho "And Inside There Was Only Water", lançado no final de Março deste ano.

O álbum segue o raciocínio que tentei expor na abertura desta introdução, essa eloquência esta explicita nas duas primeiras canções do álbum, "Wish" e "Please" mas é a partir da terceira "Running Into Walls" que se sente a grande sacada do Grey Goes Black, elementos eletrônicos são introduzidos às canções, gerando ares épicos e ainda mais grandiosos, aqui, conexões com Radiohead são sentidas facilmente.

O Grey Goes Black é daqueles raros casos onde, o indie rock de arena faz todo sentido.

***** Interview with Grey Goes Black *****


Q. When did Grey Goes Black start? Tell us about the history...
1. The history of greygoesblack is kinda long. Matt (guitar vocals) and me (Steve drums, samples,keys,) having been playing together off and on for about 20 years. After a long time not playing​ together and doing other projects we decided to try playing again. We wrote 4 songs with our bass player who a few days before recording our first ep bailed on us. We had the studio time booked so we went and did the first 4 song ep by ourselves not really knowing what to do next but we wanted to at least have a recorded version of the songs we wrote. After a few failed attempts at trying to find a bassist that has similar goals as us we we're lucky to find James ( bass,backing vocals, samples ,keys). We wrote a few songs together and began playing shows. After about a year we went and recorded our second ep. (war of currents). And a few songs for some compilations. We then started to work on our newest album " and inside there was only water". Which has a much more darker feel to it. Not in a sinster way more of a broken heart hopeless way.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. Our influences kinda are all over the place I would say. The usual suspects apply like Radiohead,Coldplay,u2. But there are more crosses , team sleep , sza, Bowery electric , howling , but not just electronic bands James and I grew up in the NJ hardcore scene so I still listen to alot of the bands I grew up on .

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3 Steve top 5
Afghan whigs gentlemen,
Radiohead kid a ,
Public enemy it takes a nation of millions, cro mags age of quarrel
Beach boys pet sounds
Matt and James will respond with their list

James top 5
Coldplay "X&Y"
Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures"
The Cure "Disintegration"
Snapcase "Progression Through Unlearning"
Deftones "Adrenaline"

Matt's top 5
1. Revolver the beatles
2. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
3. OK Computer Radiohead
4. Monster Magnet Dopes to infinity
5. Al Green I'm Still in Love with You

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is a give an take a lot of the local shows are not as crowded as they should be so some times shows can be disappointing but we enjoy playing live as much as possible

Q. How do you describe Grey Goes Black ´sounds?
Greygoesblack has a darker electronic sound not in a nine inch nails type sound but a more slower broken heart kinda way. We combine electronic elements with real instruments I think our sound takes elements from all genres from droning ambient elements to louder shoegaze guitar type sounds.


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6 when it comes time to write new material lately we have been starting with sketches of parts I (Steve) make on the program caustic usually a drumbeat or synth line. I bring the idea or sketch to practice and Matt and James help structure and finish it into a song. That shows the strength of Matt and James as songwriters and musicians as they are able to take a simple sketch and turn it into a complete song

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7 I would say some new bands that we have been really digging right now would be seaside caves , howling, big/brave , nothing,

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8 I would love to cover the sza song green mile. It is such an amazing song and I think we could really pull off a fitting version in our style

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9 in the future depending on when this comes out we will have a brand new unreleased song out on the blow up radio comp. We will have a limited run of 25 cassettes coming out on dbd tapes and there will be a limited usb snow globe edition containing all 3 albums all comp songs and some music video stuff. Once that is finished and released we will begin working on the next ep. We have 2 songs already finished and hope to finish 2 or 3 more then record.

Q: Any parting words?
10. As for parting words we really appreciate the time you have given us to talk about our album and band. We would love to thank everyone who helped us with the recording Ben at coffee Haus studios. Foxanne for the spoken word parts on the album. Our families for always supporting us . And everyone that comes to our shows or listens to our music . Please check us out at
www.greygoesblack.bandcamp.com. And stay up to date with all we are doing at
www.facebook.com/greygoesblack. Again thank you for your time
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For You with The Secret French Postcards - An Interview


Envolto em uma aura de mistério, com basicamente nenhuma informação, seja de procedência ou formação, ou qualquer coisa, ficando apenas a música para ser degustada e apreciada.

De certa forma, é exatamente assim que deve ser, a música pela música. Assim é o The Secret French Postcards.

Ao iniciar as audições das canções na página do Soundcloud a única certeza que se tem é que estamos defronte de um pós punk gélido, sem espaço algum para absolutamente mais nenhum sentimento.

São 18 canções disponíveis que seguem a mesma lógica, clima cinzento e denso, evocando os mártires do pós punk.

Fãs de pós punk, não devem deixar passar despercebido de forma alguma.


***** Interview with The Secret French Postcards *****



Q. When did The Secret French Postcards start? Tell us about the history...
The secret french postcards (SFP) project started 2 years ago after a 10 year break with another project. The story before it's not relevant. I've always liked postpunk / goth / synth but never played it in a band. I've played everything from hc punk to indie and lo-fi so now it was time. SFP is me Olli on vocals and bass (because the bassist stopped after a few weeks, he thought it was too stuffy) Fredric on drums and peter on guitar.

Q: Who are your influences?
lots of late 70´s 80´s bands like: the cure, joy divission, siouxsie and the banshees, killing joke, the chameleons, depeche mode, u2, sisters of mercy, the mission, fields of nephlim, but also more punkish band like dead kennedys and peter and the test tube babies.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
sorry but i can not pick out favorite albums because i listen to so many different styles from hardcore punk to jazz.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We have not played live yet with sfp. but with all other bands over the years we have been out a lot and we love it

Q. How do you describe The Secret French Postcards sounds?
synthpop without synths

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
the songs that are out there are really just my song ideas that I'm recording. I have an idea then I try to find a drum loop that suits then I play the bass and then the guitar and vocals. Everything except the drums is recorded analogously through digital effects. Then we try to practice the songs with the band. I will put up these songs some day .

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The last thing I listened to was the band Nonn that sounded great. lots of good bands out there

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
depeche mode, joy divission I guess

Q: What are your plans for the future?
develop the songs and record them with the band
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segunda-feira, 9 de outubro de 2017

Domestic Bliss with Ravels - An Interview


É aquele negócio, ouço rotineiramente pessoas dizendo que nada de novo é feito de interessante, inteligente e instigante no mundo do rock, tanto faz se for mainstream, ou underground, existe uma imensa gama de pessoas tendenciosas a dizer que hoje em dia tudo é uma bosta.

Quem acompanha o TBTCI sabe que o enfoque dessas páginas é mostrar justamente o contrário, seja indie, shoegaze, post punk, psych, dark, ou qualquer coisa, o ponto é que diariamente nestas páginas novíssimas bandas mostram e comprovam exatamente o contrário.

Os russos do Ravels são um típico caso que se a mídia os escutasse eles certamente estariam tocando em festivais pelo mundo, inclusive no Brasil, estariam lançando seus discos por alguma major, e vendendo, porque o mix de pós punk revival, com indie rock clássico, é de te pegar pela mão e fazer ouvir seguidas vezes. 

Os caras não negam suas referências, tem Strokes, quando eram bons, tem Interpol, quando eram bons, tem Radiohead, quando não se achavam os reis e tem, Deerhunter, bastante por sinal, os meninos não escondem sua idolatria pela genialidade de Bradford Cox.

"Domestic Bliss" o EP de estréia do Ravels atesta os parágrafos acima, mas sugiro que você escute e tire suas conclusões.

***** Interview with Ravels *****


Q. When did Ravels start? Tell us about the history...
1. Nick:  The history of the band started in 2012, when me and Andrey (drums) decided to play together. In 2013, Nikita (bass) joined the group, however the band RAVELS appeared with the arrival of Arseniy - the vocal / guitar in 2014. Then more effective work was done, in 2015 the first demo recordings were recorded, and in 2016 we supported A place to bury strangers in Moscow.

Arseniy: There were a lot of difficult moments on our way. Living in different cities, it’s hard to communicate, to write song, to rehearse. That is why our work slowed down in a few moments, especially while we were recording EP.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. Nick: We are inspired by Sonic Youth, The Strokes, Interpol, Radiohead, Fugazi and sometimes Tame Impala

Arseniy: I agree with Nikita here, can only add that the band Deerhunter influenced us also. It is clear in our unrecorded songs we are currently working on.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. Nick:
Radiohead - in the Rainbows
The Impala Tame - Lonerism
Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
Interpol - Turn on the bright lights
Strokes - Is this it

Arseniy:
I can only tell about my favorite ones, I think it’s
Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
Fugazi – Repeater
Swans – To be Kind
Iceage – You’re nothing

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. Nick: Going out on stage, I feel that I'm leaving to work, and the stage is a workspace where we work on performance, sound, so that the listeners will love what they see and what they hear.

Arseniy: For me, stage is the place where I want to turn off and feel myself apart from everything that's happening. It’s cool when it is possible to make a crowd feel the same. I find it hard to communicate with listeners because we don’t have a lot of experience playing live, but when I feel this contact, I feel myself incredibly happy.


Q. How do you describe Ravels sounds?
5. Nick: The sound of RAVELS, I think, is a semi-neopsychedelic, semi-shoegaze sound. Although, the ideal of guitar sound, I think, is the sound of Nick Zinner from Yeah Yeah Yeah's, I also think that our sound is developing in the right direction.

Arseniy: On our EP I hear influences of post-punk revival bands of USA. There are the same paces, king of the same guitar sounds. But lately we are trying to be more complicated, we are experimenting with bass lines, drum parts to make sound in general more interesting. Honestly, I think that how we sound right now is a mix of bands which influenced us mostly. Here you can hear vocals reminding early The Strokes, here are some tricks from Tame Impala’ guitar sounds, etc.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. Nick: We wrote songs at the studio with our good friend. We experimented with sound, with percussion, with amplifiers and all the guitars were recorded through 3 amps. All the work on recording took us about 4 months and, of course, something had to be rerecorded several times.

Arseniy: Almost all the vocal parts were recorded from the first take, it was a little bit strange for us, but result was good.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. Nick: Ought, Mile Me Deaf, BRONCHO, Mellow Lizard

Arseniy: Ought, Remo Drive.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. Nick: Sonic Youth, to be precise, a song ‘Stones’

Arseniy: Radiohead – Bodysnatchers. One of my favorite songs from In Rainbows and example of perfect guitar sound.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. Nick: Continue to work on the material, work on the sound, come up with new tracks and think through the concept for the next album.

Arseniy: We want to become better live artists, to play concerts more often. We already got songs for the LP, but I think we are not ready, there are a lot of ways to move on and on, becoming a better band.
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