domingo, 20 de agosto de 2017

Divisiones del Sol with Coco - An Interview

Indie pop climático, sonhador e elegante, é o que se ouve no primeiro trabalho do hoje trio mexicano, Coco.

"Divisiones del Sol", lançado no início do ano passado, e que tardiamente chega às páginas do TBTCI, é um tranquilizante sonoro, sem haver exageros pendendo para qualquer tendência, vide a existências de elementos de indie, post rock, shoegaze e dreampop, os caras conseguem equalizar as conexões sem direcionar o disco para este ou aquele rótulo, tornando a audição uma experiência linear e confortadora.

Sem receios de cair em ciladas, ou até mesmo de ficar em cima do muro, o Coco demonstra maturidade desde o início, ponto altamente positivo pros caras.

***** Interview with Coco *****

Q. When did Coco start? Tell us about the history...
1.- It started two years ago, when our ex drummer and me (Oscar (Vox and Guitar)) had this idea to start a band, at the beginning, plans were to produce synth pop music, something like that haha, that is nothing like what we have made in this two years, in the first practice days i played synths with my feets, guitar as it has to be, and singing some melodies, and Daniel, the drums.

It took us, five to eight practice days to consider we needed someone else, so then we called Manuel, bassist, everything started changing, the sound, everything, and we liked it, it was pretty awesome how our ideas matched and did something like Princess, Maps, Tierra, just to mention something...

Our album Divisiones del Sol was just about the corner to be released.

There was another Daniel in the band haha, he played the keys, but for personal reasons he had to take another road of this trip, he lasted one year in the band.

When everything started getting hard, David (Timmy) appeared in front of us to play and help me with the lead guitar, he is just a kid and it would impress you how good he can play in big shows, fearless.

And here we are, happy, stressed, crying, smiling, getting angry, jumping... feeling.

Q: Who are your influences?
2.- Our influences are Foals, Ambient music, Mew, and everything you can see and it would make an impact on you.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
· Bocanada / Gustavo Cerati
· Moctezuma / Porter
· The Division Bell / Pink Floyd
· Total Live Forever / Foals
· Parachutes / Coldplay

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4.- Incredible, its the best part about being a musician, playing live.

It just makes us feel alive, express, and... we love it.

Q. How do you describe Coco sounds?
5.- Full of feelings, hopeful, experimental, happy after war, the first time you see the girl you like and you know its going to be special, dog love, sounds of universe, power, calm, love.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6.- To be honest, it was a little rushed, because we were in this record label "Emmas House" and they were rushing us to finish the album because they wanted to released as soon as posible, it took us two days to record 6 songs, two of the 8 tracks that are part of "Divisiones del Sol", were already recorded, one (Tierra) in a studio, and Maps with a friend of us.

Now we are re-recording everything to get a better quality. We hope you like it when finished.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7.- Vaya Futuro
Niño Cohete
Camilo VII
Maybe its not brand new but, Natiruts.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8.- Foals, totally.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9.- A new album, we are planning it, videos, big shows, collaborations, a national tour, and thats so far.

Q: Any parting words?
10.- We hope, soon, get to know Sao Paulo and its surroundings. Everything its all about the feelings. No more.

sexta-feira, 18 de agosto de 2017

Everything, Always with The Lakeside Drive - An Interview

George Contreras, o homem por trás do The Lakeside Drive, responsável por um dos discos mais escutados pelo TBTCI nas últimas semanas, no caso, o delicioso e viciante "Everything, Always", tem uma longa história no submundo dos bons.

Resumidamente, o cara começou a se envolver com música no século passado, mais precisamente no distante 1998. Fã confesso de Slowdive, MBV, Starflyer 59, entre outros, George gravou o primeiro trabalho em 2000, o EP "...And While Passing Through of What Were Once Called Stars", mas que obviamente permaneceu na obscuridade, sem contar o fato que o cara ainda fazia parte do Awkward, banda de power pop daquela época. 

E, como já dissemos por aqui algumas vezes, a história da música é cruel com muita gente, e com George foi o mesmo, após o término do Awkward, ele simplesmente desapareceu, e com ele o The Lakeside Drive foi junto, sem deixar rastro algum.

Mas, os deuses da música trabalham de forma escondida, e eis que o The Lakeside Drive ressurge, com o primeiro Ep regravado e com "Everything, Always" o disco, aliás, que disco.

Shoegaze da gema, feito por, e para quem gosta de verdade.

***** Interview with The Lakeside Drive *****
Q. When did The Lakeside Drive start? Tell us about the history... 
I started making music when I was in high school around 1994 just shortly after learning how to play guitar. Thankfully, I knew musicians who were friends of my older sisters, and they really opened my eyes & ears to the shoegaze/dreampop/indie-rock sound (one of those friends was Jason Martin of Starflyer 59). It wasn't until towards the end of the 90's that I started writing music under the name, The Lakeside Drive, even while I was playing lead guitar in a power-pop band called Awkward during the early-mid 2000's. I ended up recording an EP titled, "...And While Passing Through of What Were Once Called Stars" onto a Tascam 4-track, and have one cassette of it . After Awkward disbanded, I played one show in Hollywood as The Lakeside Drive with two friends backing me. I stepped away from really writing music until a few years ago because I had the desire to re-record that first EP with a couple of new tracks all in my iPad, and posted the 5-song EP of same name onto SoundCloud. It rekindled my love of writing and recording music, and I didn't want to stop.

Q: Who are your influences?
Slowdive is my biggest musical influence of all-time. Before I listened to them, I was really influenced by bands like Starflyer 59, Smashing Pumpkins, and Hum. In 1995, I borrowed "Souvlaki" from a friend, and was absolutely blown away by what I was listening to because I had never heard anything like it before. I used to listen to music on cassettes especially at night, and had my tiny boom box next to my bed. By the time the opening chords of "Altogether" were playing, I was already determined to find out what they were doing because I wanted to make the same kind of music. That was my proper baptism into shoegaze & dreampop, and I didn't return the cassette to my friend until he asked me for it almost a year later. I also list My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus and Mary Chain some of my biggest influences.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This is honestly difficult, but If I were to list my 5 favorite albums of all time? I'd have to go with the the ones that really shaped me musically:

1. Slowdive - "Souvlaki"
2. Starflyer 59 - "Silver"
3. My Bloody Valentine - "Loveless"
4. Slowdive - "Just for a Day"
5. Ride - "Nowhere"

*I must make an honorable mention to Stella Luna's one and only release, "Stargazer". It's one of the best 4-song EP's I've ever listened to. They should come back, wherever they are.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I have to acknowledge playing in Awkward for my experience in performing live and recording in proper studios, I really enjoyed it. For the few years that we were around, we played all over Southern California, so that made me comfortable with being in front of people, and it was a lot of fun. I'm in my own world when I'm performing live. It's been years since I've done it, and wouldn't mind doing so again, but I would need to find other musicians to perform with me.

Q. How do you describe The Lakeside Drive sounds?
I would say that it's definitely what people would call shoegaze, and have been told that you can tell I'm really influenced by the genre - music that's drenched in reverb & fuzz, and I try to dial in the best tone for it. I think my strengths are music and melody, I've never really thought of myself as a strong lyricist.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Everything on the record and in last years EP was all done on my iPad in my room. I'm used to being in a proper studio, and I since I didn't have the means at the time as well as a band, I thought I would mess with creating bass tracks using synths through GarageBand and looping drum tracks. I don't have proper mics nor an updated computer so my guitar and vocal tracks were all done using the mic on in iPad. After doing basic mixing and editing. I can easily say that it's a challenge putting everything together on your own. Some frustrating times there because no matter how lo-fi/DYI it is, and I'm my toughest critic. I always think that I could've done it better.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There's so many great bands out there, and I love discovering them. I've been able to because of DecayFM and shows such as The Shoegaze Collective/When The Sun Hits. I'd have to say Twin Studies, A Thousand Hours, Indoor Voices, Fawns of Love, No Honeymoon, The Stargazer Lilies, Tennis System, Panda Riot, Castlebeat, The Morelings, She Sir, Ringo Deathstarr, New Politicians, Dead Horse One, Vet Trip...

I know a few of those aren't new, but those come to mind at this time. Like said, there's just so many great bands out there, new and old. Music is so religious, man. It could go on about it all day and who I recommend, but definitely listen to DecayFM

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'd have to say that I've always wanted cover U2's "New Year's Day" but done in my own way as well as Slowdive's "Morningrise". The first recording of The Lakeside Drive's EP has a cover of "Shine" on it. It would be fun to do that one again.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I plan to continue recording music and putting it out there. Who knows where that will lead to, but I'm excited about it. Releasing this record, I never intended for many people to listen to it, and was doing it because I really wanted to. A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of finally seeing Ringo Deathstarr live where I met and talked with Elliott Frazier for sometime. We actually had chatted before years ago on Facebook because he is a fan of Starflyer 59, but I'm quite sure he didn't remember me when I brought it up. I told him that I was starting to make music again and his words were, "you just gotta do it, man. Put it out there." Those words really resonated with me. Along with Elliott, I've really connected with Red Collier of A Thousand Hours. Red's done it all himself, and was the first I shared the record with. He really encouraged me to send it to those at DecayFM and was a big help in answering all my annoying questions.

Q: Any parting words?
Make it. Put it out there.

I'm absolutely excited about whatever opportunities can come with making music again, and even if it doesn't go far, I'll be happy that I fulfilled my longing for doing so.

Howl with Spirit Host - An Interview

Mika Noriega é a mente e o fio condutor do comboio pós punk Spirit Host.

Na ativa desde 2014 em Portland, o Spirit Host enfim nos brindou com um trabalho cheio, o denso "Howl", lançado em Fevereiro deste ano.

Um trabalho que navega por entre as sombras, sem deixar nenhum vestígio de luz adentrar nesse universo esfumaçado e nebuloso.

Com "Howl" o Spirit Host se credencia ao lado de gente como Soft Kill, Echolust, Dignatary, Drab Majesty e Sextile, como um dos grandes representantes do lado sombrio da música.

Trilha sonora perfeita para noites frias.

***** Interview with Spirit Host *****

Q. When did Spirit Host start? Tell us about the history...
A. Spirit Host started in 2014, it was sort of a solo project for me (Myka) that didn't have a direction at all. Suzy got excited about it and wasn't hard to convince to join in and it kept growing up. Now it's back to its origins of a solo project but with a bit more aggression and even more personal for me.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Sad Lovers & Giants definitely, The Cure, I love the dark bass and sparse noise created by Shadow Morton in the things he produced. Haunting melodramatic r&b is probably my biggest source of stuff to steal from. I mean find inspiration from.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. This ones too difficult so I'm going to cheat and say my favourite people's music:

Soft Kill - Choke,
Lunch - Let Us Have Madness Openly,
Vacant Stares - Just go listen to their band camp,
Sex Park - Self Titled

 ... oh wait actually Lower - Seek Warmer Climes! That album never gets old.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. Calm, easy, then I'll break and gag like I'm going to vomit. Once I'm on stage I'm totally comfortable but in my own world and I tend to forget everyone else even exists.

Q. How do you describe Spirit Host sounds?
A. It was once described as "sexually frustrating" I'm not sure what it means but I'll go with it.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
A. The last iteration of the band was pretty easy going, I don't like to think too much about details if the song isn't perfect that's fine I prefer to show the flaws in what I'm doing.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. Vacant Stares and Sex Park are killing it in Portland right now. Honestly right now I'm in the writing process so I'm not listening to anything, I have to avoid getting someone else's noise in my brain.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. The song "I Like The Way You Love Me" by Brenton Wood

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. Keep writing, building up the new live arrangement and show the next evolution in this weird fish tank of my mind that is Spirit Host.

Q: Any parting words?
A. I could say something profound but instead I'll just say, don't be shitty to each other.

quinta-feira, 17 de agosto de 2017

Brightfellow with Astragal - An Interview

De Houston, Texas vem o trio Astragal.

INDIE POP, em letras maiúsculas mesmo, como era feito nos bons tempos, bons tempos, leia-se, Class of 86, Sarah Records, os primórdios da Slumberland entre outras gravadoras que criaram a lenda do pop perfeito, seja ruidoso, seja sonhador, ou apenas cantarolável.

O ponto é que o Astragal segue essa linhagem, com padrão de qualidade elevado. A prova cabal esta cravada tanto no primeiro EP dos caras, lançado ano passado, como no recente "Split" onde dividiram o trabalho com Donna Hayward.

E os caras tem extremo bom gosto, não apenas no que diz respeito a sua música, mas quando alguém cita o The Suncharms como uma das bandas mais subestimadas da história, ah meu amigo, merece respeito eterno do TBTCI.

Vida longa ao Astragal!!!

***** Interview with Astragal *****

Q. When did Astragal start? Tell us about the history...
Q 1. Astragal began through a mix of Craigslist (internet hopelessness) and a conversation at a DIIV and Beach House show (an attempt at overcoming social anxiety) in Houston, Texas. The three of us met up to play music finally and we instantly clicked with one another over a shared love of Captured Tracks, reverb, and tacos.

Q: Who are your influences?
Q 2. Our sound is influenced by Sarah Records era indie pop, Jazz and Bossa Nova music, Psychedelic music, Shoegaze, a hefty amount of Sonic Youth and Airiel, a dash of soul and classical music, and the fuzzy beautiful indie pop of Slumberland records.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. Gil Scott Heron - Pieces of a Man
2. The Clientele - Suburban Light
3. Slowdive - Souvlaki
4. Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
5. Cotton Jones - Paranoid Cocoon

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Q4. When we play live we typically play our songs a bit faster and louder and with more energy. There are a lot of transitions and interludes in between songs to keep things a bit interesting and unique from what is on our recordings. If we ever mess up parts on stage we just look at each other and smile and keep going! A lot of dancing is also involved in our set. We try to have as much fun as possible!

Q. How do you describe Astragal sounds?
Q5. Astragal is supposed to sound like an Under The Sea themed prom band playing in Manchester, England.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Q 6. Most of the songs on our latest release with Houston band, Donna Hayward, were written in a very short amount of time and at a strangely random pace. The song Crescent happened after going on a bike ride together. Miles was one of the first songs we wrote as a band and Brightfellow came together from bits and pieces of an old song that our guitarist wrote when he was younger. The recording process itself was such a blast. We did it all with our friend Jon Januhowski in Houston. It was the least amount of stress we have ever had with recording and it just felt like such an easy bond. We had a set schedule of listening to Gil Scot Herron on the way to the studio in the morning and getting Ramen afterwards in the afternoon.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Q 7. El Lago, Ruiners, Rose Ette, and Alexalone are all great Texas bands!

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Q 8. Half of our set would be 311 songs and the other half would be Cyndi Lauper, of course.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Q 9. There are a few new songs we really are keen on releasing! We will probably do a small release on a cassette or on a 7". Hopefully our writing process builds up to an album that we can release sometime soon. But for right now we just want to play a lot of shows, pet a lot of dogs, and make a lot of new friends.

Q: Any parting words?
Q 10. Thank you so much for the interview! And go listen to The Suncharms sometime. They are the most underrated UK band of all time!

quarta-feira, 16 de agosto de 2017

Luck Worm with Woolgathering - An Interview

Uma verdadeira chinelada bem no meio dos tímpanos é o que pode-se dizer de "Luck Worm", recém lançado EP do quinteto Woolgathering. Quatro pauladas evocando o que de melhor foi feito em termos de ruídos nas últimas décadas. Um ataque desenfreado mirando quem quer que esteja pela frente.

Por vezes uma certa melancolia adolescente paira no ar, caso de "Breath Returns" mas é apenas por pouco tempo, mesmo porque nada é muito longo para o Woolgathering, com uma pequena vírgula para a espetacular, "Dissolve" e seus mais de sete minutos de noise.

Resumidamente, se você precisa expurgar algum demônio, use o Woolgathering, o resultado é imediato.

***** Interview with Woolgathering *****

Q. When did Woolgathering start? Tell us about the history...
1: Stephen and Pace started playing together in high school, and Caleb had been playing in other bands in the Memphis scene. Caleb and Pace moved to Oxford, Mississippi for college, and met Finn and Summer through mutual friends. We ended up jamming some songs together and the chemistry was there, and now we’re a band.

Q: Who are your influences?
While there are some influences consistent with all the members, I think what makes Woolgathering interesting sonically is the diverse influences each member tries to incorporate. For Caleb: SWIRLIES, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus, Autolux, Shellac, The Jesus Lizard, True Widow, Miles Davis, Yo La Tengo, Boards of Canada, Whirr, Colour Revolt, and Lift to Experience. From Pace: Duster, Codeine, Attic Abasement, Spencer Radcliffe, The Body, Pavement, Modest Mouse, Yuck, Hovvdy, Planning For Burial, and (Sandy) Alex G.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. You’re Living All Over Me – Dinosaur Jr.
2. Sister - Sonic Youth
3. Disintegration - The Cure
4. Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
5. Slanted and Enchanted - Pavement

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is always challenging, but certainly fun and rewarding at the same time. We really enjoy writing and put a great deal of energy into creating music, and we’re always trying to translate that excitement to performances.

Q. How do you describe Woolgathering sounds?
Our sound is really a combination of our influences. The band started as a more straightforward shoegaze project, but it quickly changed into a sound that incorporates an array of different dynamics. At times, our music is vulnerable, simple, and meditative. At others, it’s busy, noisey, and heavy.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
There’s no set formula for how we write and record, but usually it starts off with someone having a skeleton of song worked out, and then people will fit in their parts around that. Sometimes we’ll just jam until we have some parts we like and think should be fleshed out into a full song. Our EP Luck Worm was recorded on cassette 4-track ourselves, which was a really fun challenge.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Spirit of the Beehive |
Lazy Legs |
Hovvdy |
Melinda |
Mayfair |
I Was Afraid |
Autolith |
Sheer |
Dead Sullivan |

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We’ve talked of doing a cover of Autolux’s “Sugarless”, which I hope we get to do soon. We also did a cover of Elliott Smith’s “Needle in the Hay” at a house party, which was a really fun experiment.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Hopefully, we’re about to start working on a full-length album in the next few months, then maybe we’ll try to get a small tour together.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks for asking us some questions, we love that you’re providing a resource for people on the internet to delve into some music they might not have heard before.

Dyatlov with Sana Obruent - An Interview

Quem conhece Paul Lopez, por seus trabalhos a frente do Spell 336 e mais recentemente do Angel Falls, certamente vai se impressionar com o projeto solo dele, chamado Sana Obruent.

Absolutamente nada, nenhum vestígio de shoegaze ou dreampop, muito longe disto, em seus álbuns "Prince of The Air" de 2016 e mais do mais recente "Dyatlov" deste ano, são verdadeiras odes fantasmagóricas, através de experimentações com drones, beirando sonoridades neo clássicas.

A música do Sana Obruent vai muito além do que uma simples experiência sonora, se faz necessário ativar os os cinco sentidos básicos do ser humano, tato, olfato, paladar, audição e visão, a união de todos poderá te conduzir a essência completa, todavia se ouvir alguma ausência destes sentidos, certamente a interpretação sera completamente diferente.

Sana Obruent é música muito além do que se convenciona chama-la, ou como bem coloca seu criado Paul Lopez, "a música do Sana Obruent é a música que os fantasmas ouviriam."

***** Interview with Sana Obruent *****

Q. When did Sana Obruent start? Tell us about the history...
A: I started recording as Sana Obruent around 2011-12. I have always been a huge fan of Ambient-Dark Ambient-Drone recordings for quite some time.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: To be quite honest I listen to every genre of music and that would make it difficult for me to choose anyone specifically. I have so many that I could list but I will save that for another day.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time:
A: It would be very hard for me to choose a particular set of albums because I have more than five in my list but here is the albums that I am currently listening to:

1.Nick Drake - Pink Moon
2.Kraftwerk - Autobahn
3.David Bowie - Blackstar
4.Slint - Spiderland
5.The Residents - God In Three Persons

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A: It has not happened yet but I do hope that sometime in the future it will. If the music of Sana Obruent was to be performed in a live setting I would want the members of the audience to experience more than just a typical show. The music of Sana Obruent is also very visual so there would be films and images to accompany the music. For example if I was to perform my latest release "Dyatlov" I would like the audience to feel as if they are in the Ural mountains near Russia surrounded by snow and despair. The same mindset can also be used for my first release "Prince Of The Air." I need the audience to feel as if they are sitting inside the front parlour of a victorian home in 1910 surrounded by ghosts.

Q. How would you describe Sana Obruent's sounds?
A: Music that ghosts would listen to.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording your songs ?
A: I tend to come up with ideas for any of my tracks throughout my day. I can usually sketch out a sonic vision mentally of how I would like the track to sound. Although there are no lyrics to the music of Sana Obruent I still write onto my various notebooks thoughts or ideas that go with what I hear inside my head. When I feel confident enough and ready to record I start. I always record late at night until sunrise. Less distraction when the world is asleep. I also record live which eliminates the need for me to do any type of editing. If there is any edits with the music of Sana Obruent it occurs at the beginning and end of each song. I fade in the intro and fade out the outro. That simple. I do not use any type of synths when I record. It is all organic and most importantly it is live. Always!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A: Another tough question. There is just too many bands that I love and adore for me to put them into a specific category and it is also possible for me to change my mind at any moment about what I am listening to when it comes to new music. I am always trying to catch up!

Q: Of which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A: The music that I create as Sana Obruent are strictly original compositions. I think it would be more than difficult as well to create a particular song regardless of the genre into a dark ambient/drone piece. My Shoegaze band Angel Falls have done some cover tracks in the past that were originally recorded by bands such as 10cc and Hawkwind. I will leave the cover tracks to my band Angel Falls.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: To keep writing and recording with all of my musical projects. It really is a full time job for me and as long as I have that mindset I will keep going as long as I can and hopefully there will still be plenty of listeners who will want to hear what I am writing and recording.

Q: Any parting words?
A: Keep your head down and stay under the radar.

terça-feira, 15 de agosto de 2017

Our Garden with Girlfriends and Boyfriends - An Interview

by Shannon Hemmett,
Com pitadas de humor, outras românticas e, pra finalizar tudo sob uma atmosfera que evoca os áureos anos da New Wave e do Pós Punk, os canadenses do Girlfriends and Boyfriend enquadram-se dentro dos revivalistas 80´s, porém ao contrário da grande maioria que se apóia sob a aura do Joy Division, o G&B seguem uma roupagem diferente, aproximando-se sonoramente da fase menos brutal do Killing Joke, flertando ainda com a eloquência sofisticado do Simple Minds ou dos Comsat Angels.

"Our Garden", o debute deles, lançado em 2015, exala toda essa essência oitentista, por vezes soando nostálgica, mas a grande sacada dos caras é o senso melódico, sempre dançante.

Muito em breve o segundo trabalho deve vir ao mundo, e cá entre nós, o Girlfriends and Boyfriends tem todo potencial para estourar e tornar-se popular, o que se acontecer não nos deixaria nem um pouco surpresos.

Para ficarmos de olhos e ouvidos atentos.

***** Interview with Girlfriends and Boyfriends *****

by Wayne Moreheart.

Q. When did Girlfriends and Boyfriends start? Tell us about the history... The band started in 2009. Grant (bass, vocals) met Pete (lead guitar) through an advertisement on Craigslist. We started out as a Britpop band, then after a few lineup and name changes, Girlfriends and Boyfriends was born. We released our first EP in 2010, a few singles between 2011 and 2012, then our first LP "Our Garden" in 2015. We've toured the US, and Canada a few times. We're working on a new record now! We hope to get to Europe, and South America some day!

Q: Who are your influences?
The Cure is a big one, Killing Joke, Simple Minds, Gary Numan, The Smiths, Kim Mitchell, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Haha! This is a hard question with no correct answer! Here's 6.

Prince - Purple Rain
Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues
The Cure - Disintegration
INXS - Kick
Fine Young Cannibals - The Raw and The Cooked

Q. How do you feel playing live?
(From Grant) Personally, I still get nervous. It is always a challenge to accept the little imperfections of a live performance, but those imperfections are also what makes the performance human, and beautiful. The audience can relate to the human element.

Q. How do you describe Girlfriends and Boyfriends sounds?
Chiming, synthy, jangly; a little dark, a little romantic, a little humorous. We are a New Wave band. We play music inspired by the sounds of the late 70's and 80's, especially sounds that were coming from across the Atlantic at that time. To us, English rock has always seemed smarter than American rock. More clever, a bit less self-indulgent.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Writing usually involves jamming out a good riff, then I (Grant) usually take that riff and work out the arrangement and the parts, the lyrics and the vocal melody. Our newest record "Our Garden" was recorded and produced by Felix Fung at Little Red Sounds in Vancouver. Felix has produced most of the local bands we really dig in Vancouver, like Spectres, Mode Moderne, Chains of Love, and The Ballantynes,

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
In Vancouver, keep an eye on Puritans, Spectres, and Leathers. TRAITRS in Toronto. Night Sins in Philadelphia. Brass Box in LA. Vacant Stares in Portland. "Red Reflection" by Underpass is one of the best post punk songs I've heard by a west coast band in a long time.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
"Lovers in a Dangerous Time" by Bruce Cockburn is probably the best Canadian pop/rock song ever written. It's been covered by a few bands, but we would like to do it our way.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We're working on a new album now!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks to anyone who has listened to us and supported us! In the last few years we've shipped records out all over the world. It still blows me away that someone in Russia can discover some obscure Canadian band like us on the internet, and like our music enough to buy the vinyl and ship it half way around the globe.

Amour d'été with Françoise - An Interview

Sofisticação, elegância e requinte são adjetivos que podem e devem ser usados para descrever "Amour d'été" debute dos canadenses do Françoise.

A escolha do idioma francês por Jacinthe Riopel e Marc-André foi mais do que apropriada para ressaltar a ambiência quase cinematográfica da peça.

Influências e conexões óbvias a Serge Gainsbourg e suas musas,, France Gall, Françoise Hardy tornam-se apenas uma guia para o ouvinte, o lado mais melódico do Stereolab também se faz presença mas notadamente a influência dos Beach Boys e as bandas teen americanas são uma temática persistente na sonoridade do Françoise.

Perfeito para passeios a beira mar.

***** Interview with Françoise *****

Q. When did Françoise start? Tell us about the history…
Françoise started with a love story between Marc-André Beaudoin and me (Jacinthe Riopel). We metduring a karaoke party where I was singing songs from the 60's. A few years and a wedding later, the idea of having a band together came back and we decided to do it for real. We love the music that was played in Quebec during the sixties and we decided to treat ourselves by creating a band with these influences in mind.

When looking for to name the project; the idea of taking my middle name “Françoise” came naturally. We’re very fond of the retro-French-60s sound of this name.

In studio, to complete the band, we collaborate with our friends from Le Couleur( ) and with Félix Dyotte ( ), allgreat fans of sixties music.

Q. Who are your influences?
For the sound, Marc-André is mainly inspired by the British invasion (The Kinks, The Who & The Beatles) and by 60’s American teen pop bands (Beach Boys, Jan & Dean). As I write lyrics in French, I am inspired by the songs Serge Gainsbourg wrote for France Gall and Françoise Hardy, as well as what was done in Quebec in the sixties, which was mostly great American hits translated into French.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
With the Beatles – The Beatles
Blue Album - Weezer
Variations fantôme - Philippe B
And Marc-André wants to add:
Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks
Odessey and oracle - The Zombies

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We are a new group. We have only played live once, in acoustic version, at our album release party. It was really exciting to play our songs in front of our friends and family. Amusing moment: My 7 year-old son came to play the tambourine on stage with us during the song “Hula Hoop”. We are looking forward to doing more shows soon.

Q. How do you describe Françoise sounds?
1965 / French / Retro / Sunny / Fun / Pop / Sweet

Q: Tell us about the process of recording thesongs?
We really wanted to record our album like they did in the sixties. That’s why the instruments (drums, guitar and bass) were all recorded live. In the microphone of the drums, you can hear the sound of the guitar, in the microphone of the guitar, you can hear the sound of the bass, and vice versa. The instruments, microphones and amps used for recording were selected to reproduce the sound of the time as faithfully as possible.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I really like the Montreal band Paupière. Their single “Rex” spins a lot at home. I recently discovered the band Bébé Soleil. Their first single "Souliers de course" sounds great, and I’m looking forward to hearing the full album.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We would definitely like to cover these songs:

Pink Shoe Laces - Dodie Stevens,
There’s a kind of Hush - Herman’s Hermits
Laisse tomber les filles - France Gall

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have completed the pre-prod of the next album and we enter the studio early September for the recording. The launch is scheduled for next spring. We’re also planning to release a cover of a Christmas song during the Holiday season.

Q: Any parting words?
Check out our new music video for the song “Parasol”:

segunda-feira, 14 de agosto de 2017

I live to fight no more forever with H V N - An Interview

Ryan Davis já é um sócio de carteirinha aqui do TBTCI, por conta de sua banda principal o Sleepwalk, que no ano passado soltou uma pérola chamada "Shimmer" fora o novo single lançado esse ano "Shine / Vertigo Zoom" mas, não é exatamente do Sleepwalk que vamos tratar neste momento.

O assunto é o alter ego de Ryan, H V N, projeto solo do cara, onde o debute aconteceu há menos de um mês. "I live to fight no more forever" o nome do artefato, soa mais eletrônico do que sua banda original, mas denso também, evocando fantasmas de Bowery Electric em determinados momentos.

Em um clima beirando o noir, Ryan e seu H V N, cometeram uma estreia altamente recomendada, para seu ouvir sozinho em fones de ouvido no auge da madrugada.

***** Interview with H V N *****

Q. When did H V N start? Tell us about the history...
This wasn't a preconceived idea that I planned on and then worked on, so it didn't really "start", but the first songs were written in November 2016. There was three separate sessions, the second two were not intended, but as a result of my satisfaction with the first session I wrote more songs. Songs "two" and "three" were the first session; songs "four" and "five" were the second session; and songs "one" and "six (bonus track with download)" where the third.

Q: Who are your influences?
For H V N it is Boards of Canada, Bowery Electric, MBV, Smashing Pumpkins, and Jesu. I just want to create an atmosphere that really doesn't seem organic at all(hence the vintage drum loops), and is very heavy and dark, but also very moving.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Happy Songs For Happy People - Mogwai
Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins
Songs From The Big Chair - Tears For Fears
(What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
Hounds Of Love - Kate Bush

Q. How do you feel playing live?
H V N has never and will never play live.

Q. How do you describe H V N sounds?
It takes the wall-of-sound, crushing, fuzzed-out (and sometimes bendy) guitar sounds of Loveless and Siamese Dream, pairs it with drum loops like something from Bowery Electric "Beat" or any Boards of Candada, and sprinkles it with atmospheric guitars and synths ending in a very dark, emotional,and dreamy tech noir feel.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I wrote all of the songs on my shitty laptop using Ableton and bounced out the drum loops and anything I felt I wouldn't be able to recreate in the studio to send to Andy who recorded it all. In the studio I recorded guitar, vocals, and was very incredibly fortunate to be able to use Andy's vintage synths.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Andy's band Belonger. It is like a combination of Swervedriver, Sonic Youth, Failure, and Nirvana.

Lightfoils (shoegaze):

Panda Riot (shoegaze/dreampop):

Whimsical (shoegaze/dreampop):

New Canyons (shoegaze/synthpop):

Lazy Legs (shoegaze):

I also have to shamelessly promote my shoegaze/grungegaze band Sleepwalk:

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I want to do a cover Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" but in the style of MBV's "Sometimes" and call it "Sometimes Over The Rainbow."

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Just like the creation, nothing is planned. I spent six months debating whether or not I was even going to actually put these songs up because how hard I am on myself, but it was really fun and I really like the style, so I definitely would like to do more in the future or have some sort of physical release.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much to anybody who listens to this. This is just me and it's not something I can or will do live, so I can't really do anything other than post it online, so anybody listening at all means so much to me!

Are You Free? with Crash City Saints - An Interview

Depois de um hiato de 7 anos, quando do lançamento do espetacular "Glow in the Dark Music", os heróis de Kalamazoo, Michigan, Crash City Saints estão de volta, devidamente abrigados, na, já essencial, Saint Marie Records, e acabaram de presentear o submundo dos bons sons com seu novíssimo álbum, "Are You Free?", lançado oficialmente há exatos 5 dias.

Menos barulho e mais derretimento, essa é a grande e fundamental diferença entre "Are You Free?" e seu antecessor. Além de participações extremamente especiais do naipe de Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins) e Elliot Frazier (Ringo Deathstarr), além da masterização de Karl Skivington, responsável por vários trabalhos de gente como Seasurfer, Secret Shine, entre outros estelares do mundo shoegaze.

E o que dizer, sobre "Are You Free?", não muita coisa, a não ser, que trata-se de um retorno soberbo, de uma banda espetacular, e claro, o artefato virou disco de cabeceira aqui no TBTCI.

Se você não conhece, resolva esse problema imediatamente, e se já conhece, aumente no máximo e derreta sua mente.

***** Interview with Crash City Saints *****

Q. When did CCS start? Tell us about the history...
A. Trying to think of a concise, to-the-point way of writing the history of this project as — after 14 years, multiple states, and countless line-up changes — it can easily turn into a rambling, shaggy dog story if I’m not careful. The short version is I started Crash City Saints back in 2003, when I recorded the songs that would become our first release, the Nightdrive EP, on the label Sonic Syrup. Since then, the band has been for the most part me and whoever I can wrangle to record with or play the occasional live show. I have written and recorded two full-length albums thus far: Glow in the Dark Music in 2013, and our upcoming release, Are You Free?, which is dropping August 11th on Saint Marie. We also have a 3-song EP, I’m Only Looking, available for free on our bandcamp page. For anyone who is interested to know more than those basic details, I wrote a more in-depth biography on our Facebook page under the “About” section. Might want to grab a cup of coffee though before you attempt reading it, though. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Probably everything at some point or another. There are the obvious touchstones of course. All the first-wave shoegaze bands impacted how I approach writing and recording music: Lush, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive, Medicine, Chapterhouse, Curve, Swervedriver, etc. Their influence cannot be overstated. Sonic Youth were the band that got me into alternate tunings, without which at least half the songs I’ve ever written would either not exist or sound very different. Also a lot of the British indie-dance stuff from the late 80s/early 90s. Punk, metal, hip hop, new wave, electronic, folk, jazz, The Beatles, Prince, David Bowie… oh, I could do this all day. I love music in almost* all its many shapes and varieties, and most of these have crept their way into my music to varying degrees.

*modern country is cancer.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. This week I’m leaning towards:

1. One Dove – Morning Dove White
2. The God Machine – Scenes From the Second Storey
3. Men Without Hats – Pop Goes the World
4. Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas
5. Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. It’s still my least favorite part of being in a band, but I have learned to quit being so uptight about everything being perfect and just have fun with it.

Q. How do you describe CCS sounds?
A. I don’t even know anymore. Give us a listen and see what you think.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A. Unlike Glow in the Dark Music, which was recorded and mixed on my dodgy old laptop, Are You Free? was done at a studio using microphones and preamps that together I suspect cost more than I make in a year (which probably isn’t saying much, but still). We started by loading up my demo versions of the songs on to the computer. Then Joel Gorenflo, our drummer, played over the programmed beats. Next, Elliot Skjordal recorded the bass parts. I recorded some guitars (some of the guitars I did for the demos ended up being used for the album versions). Dave Bolema, who was the studio engineer, added other stuff (more guitars, keyboards, the string arrangement on “Ice Cream Headache”). Some friends and former bandmates contributed: Mark Morris from Glowfriends, Matt Massuch who played in Crash City Saints for many years, and Simon Raymonde (still not exactly sure how the stars aligned for that one, but far be it from me to question providence). Most of the vocals ended up being done at my apartment on my laptop because for some reason we were just getting better results that way. All told, while ultimately I feel good about how the album turned out, recording it was one of the most drawn out, torturous experiences of my life, and it took much, much longer than it ever should have. I will spare the details, but if you ever see me at a show and want to know the whole story, buy me a pint and pull up a chair because we could be there a while.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?




Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
A. Have had an idea in mind for a version of The Beach Boys “Caroline, No” that I have been sitting for a while now. Need to quit just thinking about it and make it happen one of these days.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. Album number three! And no seven year wait this time I promise (knock on wood).

Q: Any parting words?
A. To anyone who has ever emailed me, bought my music, given Crash City Saints a shout-out, or just supported underground and independent music in general, many thanks from the bottom of my heart. You are the reason I keep plugging away at this.

domingo, 13 de agosto de 2017

Listener with The Whisperer - An Interview

Kuok-Pan Wong, chinês que vive em Taiwan, apaixonado por post punk, shoegaze e dream pop, resolveu expor seus anseios, amores, desilusões e paixões em formato sonoro e assim surgiu seu projeto The Whisperer.

O debute nasceu a pouco menos de um mês, "Listener", o nome da peça, contendo quatro belos exemplos da junção de suas referências, sútil ("Living Without My Mom"), climático ("Love Disease"), romanticamente sarcástico ("Silly Love"), tudo de forma dosada, sem maiores exageros.

A estreia sugere atenção, e que venham os próximos passos do The Whisperer.

***** Interview with The Whisperer *****

Q. When did The Whisperer ? Tell us about the history...
My name is Kuok-Pan Wong, I'm from Macao. Now I'm living in Taiwan. I graduated from NTUE not long ago. The Whisperer is my first music project, I started the process from this May 'til now, since I love listening to some Post-punk/Dream-pop/shoegaze music, I decide to compose the songs of the same genres.

My faith of The Whisperer meaning,

“Sometimes we have something say to someone, but we didn't say it right at the moment. We may think that we don’t have a second chance to say. But I believe that if you do it, it isn’t totally impossible.”

So, I used music to prove that.

The logo meaning, Moon - “I come from the far of place.”

Q: Who are your influences?
I don’t have listened too many really epic musicians or bands, but these influences me fully,

The fin., Soviet Soviet, Tame Impala, U2, Coldplay, Sugar Plum Ferry, Wild Nothing…and more

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
To take my brain, I would prefer to Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming(M83), Brooklyn(Manic Sheep), Don’t Know Where It Is(DYGL), Fate(Soviet Soviet), 金光之鄉(Sugar Plum Ferry)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Until now, I'm still looking for partners to do the performance with me, so I haven’t played the songs of the album live yet, I’m looking forward to do it.

Q. How do you describe The Whisperer sounds?
Dreamy, Whisper, Post-punk, A story with a song, mutter.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Basically, I completed the songs at home, just a laptop and my electric guitar, the details of equipments are:

Guitar: Fender Telecaster 1962 Made in Japan

Pickup: Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Hot Rails

Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Little 59’

Otherwise, all of the effects and mixing are using VST plugins, I’ve learned and practiced the technique by myself, but it's simply for the demos.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Now, I’m working with a musician group in Macao called “WarmWall”, which is composed of local musicians, we cooperate with the music label called “4daz-le”.

If you want to find the post genre music in Macao, I recommend you to know “4daz-le”, they have released some different albums of local artists, below:

Artist name - genre

“SINKING SUMMER” – Shoegaze/Noise-pop

“BURNIE” – UK Garage/Bass Music

“Chai Kefu Tang” – Post rock/Dreampop

“MOWAVE”(Compilation, formed by most of the musicans) – Electronic/Ambient

“SONIA KA IAN LAO” – Dreampop/Electronic/Bass Music

…and more

Recently, I have met some new bands in Taiwan, they’re “Cat in the case.”, “I mean us”, totally Shoegaze.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
All the songs I love. LOL

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I will continue to compose my new songs, and start to do some Cantonese shoegaze songs, I’m planning to play live in Taipei on October first. I'll probably go back to Macao to do live performance as well.

Q: Any parting words?
I'm so glad to have this interview for TBTCI. It's my first time having English interview. It's new for me. Hope you understand my words and enjoy to share my ideas with you. (Handshake)

I'll keep making more music. Hope you like it! (Smile)

sábado, 12 de agosto de 2017

デモテープ (cont​.​) with Pseudojoy - An Interview

A primeira vista pode gerar confusões, o Pseudojoy, de Iowa no Estador Unidos, pode facilmente passar desapercebido por uma banda shoegaze oriental, o motivo? Fora a sonoridade calcada no MBV, mas bem distante das experimentações e perfeccionismos de Kevin Shields, mas também, pelo fato de os desavisados confundirem pelos seus supostos integrantes Koyuki, Ryusuke, Chiba, Taiga, Saku, todos creditados na página da banda no facebook, o que é muito mais uma piada interna do que qualquer outra coisa.

O Pseudojoy é um quarteto formado por, Jamison Messerschmitt, Kelso Osier, Colbi Drummond e Nathan Spainhower, e é exatamente no apartamento de Nathan, por essas e outras o aspecto lo fi, propositalmente jogado no meio da massa de distorções dos caras.

No currículo dois singles,  "デモテープ" de Fevereiro e o mais recente デモテープ (cont​.​) lançado mês passado, onde como o título sugere "Demotape" e "Demotape continuação", ambos são uma junção, conectando-se intuitivamente.

Shoegaze puro, indicado obviamente para fãs.

***** Interview with Pseudojoy *****

Q. When did Pseudojoy start? Tell us about the history...
I wrote the first song a couple years ago, before the band had a name or any members, and right after the band I was previously in split up. Then I just continued writing/recording songs with friends until the project went from being just me to a somewhat tangible group. It took us a while to get things going but now we're trying to write and release music regularly.

Q: Who are your influences?
I was listening to a lot of My Bloody Valentine when I started writing material for pseudojoy. I really just wanted to emulate the guitar work from Loveless to be honest. Once we started recording, everyone else had their own input and we picked up a bit of influence from bands like Joy Division, Coaltar of the Deepers, Beach House, and Slowdive.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Personally, my top 5 favorite albums are: Channel Orange - Frank Ocean Sol-Fa - Asian Kung-Fu Generation The Queen is Dead - The Smiths Cell-Scape - Melt-Banana The Battle of Los Angeles - Rage Against the Machine

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is probably one of the only things I genuinely always enjoy doing. Even when it's bad it's more enjoyable than doing most other things. Unfortunately pseudojoy. hasn't played live yet, due to member changes and trying to attend college/work.

Q. How do you describe Pseudojoy sounds?
I think pseudojoy. probably just sounds like us doing whatever we want. Its a bit of whatever we are listening to at the time mixed with a recording of a box fan.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We record everything ourselves in Nate's (bassist) apartment, usually over the course of quite a few sessions because it takes a while for all of our schedules to align. Its honestly a more pleasant experience than I've ever had while recording in previous bands. I think it's just objectively better, as a band that doesn't have any time/label commitments, to self produce. It's gives you a lot of freedom and, depending on your location/situation, can be more affordable even if you have to buy the equipment.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I ran sound for a show a few nights ago at a local venue and one of the artists performing was Cheap Fantasy from Minneapolis, MN. They just released a new EP this month and it's honestly the best thing I've ever picked up at a show.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I've always been obsessed with covering something by The Smiths. I think they're such an untouchable band that pulling off a listenable cover would be an accomplishment.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I think we'll probably keep releasing music at our own pace unless anything drastic changes. Right now we haven't set any long term goals besides playing a few shows.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks a lot for getting in touch with us and being supportive. It really means a lot!

sexta-feira, 11 de agosto de 2017

Torpor with Spirit Maces - An Interview

Existem por aí um número infinito de detratores do pop sonhador ou dream pop para falarmos na linguagem universal, o ponto é: Porque? Qual a finalidade? Será falta de amor no coração? Ou seria, apenas pessoas ranzinzas que preferem ser descoladas?

Pouco importa a resposta para o TBTCI, porque simplesmente os motivos desses mal amados deve ser sim, exposição própria. Agora, experimente deixar se levar pela suavidade, pelo groove (em alguns momentos), pela psicodelia (em outros), tudo sem a menor vergonha de soar pop e sonhador. Assim é o nova iorquino Spirit Maces, cantarolável até a medula, e nada experimental, ou confrontador, apenas suave, doce e, claro, amoroso.

Dê um tempo em sua vida ranzinza e aproveite sem chatices a belo dream pop do Spirit Maces, aqui não há contra indicações.

***** Interview with Spirit Maces *****

Q. When did Spirit Maces start? Tell us about the history...
Spirit Maces started some time around 2012 or so, when I finally had gotten a grasp of how take control of the recording process on my own. I had been playing/writing little things for long before that, but never had the technical means of completing a song. So basically once I invested my time in learning the recording/mixing process, moved into my own apartment and completed some recordings, I realized I was a project to be named at that point.

Q: Who are your influences?
So many things from the past and present (in no particular order):
Frank Ocean, Ariel Pink, Beach Boys, Joy Division, Stone Roses, Pixies, Jamie XX, MBV, Cocteau Twins, Jimi Hendrix, Slowdive, Burial, Mobb Deep, Arthur Russell, The Radio Dept., Tame Impala, Flying Lotus, Connan Mockasin, Mac Demarco, Pink Floyd, The Doors, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Stereolab, Deerhunter, Elliott Smith, Neu!, Sonic Youth, Wild Nothing, Miles Davis, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Debussy, Satie, Johnny Jewel, Panda Bear, The Wake, Blood Orange, Shabazz Palaces, Vietcong (now known as Preoccupations), Jesse Lanza, Toro y Moi, NaS, Death Grips, Grizzly Bear, A$AP Rocky and many other I'm missing.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
You know that's a tough one...
I am trying to list these with a timeless aspect, but my answers are impacted by my current listening habits, so if I were to look back at this in a few months I'm sure it would look different:

My Bloody Valentine- Loveless
Tame Impala- Lonerism
Mobb Deep- The Infamous
Beach Boys- Pet Sounds

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It's not something I am completely comfortable with. I haven't performed any Spirit Maces stuff at all. I have very little experience playing live. I played in a band some years ago where we did a couple of shows here and there that I was sort of forced to play. There were times it didn't go so well. I felt the only way I could get comfortable enough to play live was to get stupidly drunk; it seemed to go okay, until I watched back any videos that may have been recorded, and didn't realize what a fucking disaster I was. So that was a lesson learned.

I haven't thought at all about arranging songs for live performance. I also don't have a band put together yet either. So I'm a ways away from that.

Q. How do you describe Spirit Maces sounds?
A living, breathing work in progress. An amateur take on sounds that are inspired by 80s pop, shoegaze, 60s psychedelic rock/pop, krautrock, 2-step, chillwave.

I haven't released very much music to date, however looking back on the Torpor EP that I had made, the songs are cobbled together in childlike fashion and bring me back to another period of time. I have very poor memory in general and sadly have trouble remembering things or distinguishing one year from another, so listening back to this music recalls another period of time, especially with all the personal field recordings embedded within. So this is my way of documenting my life.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Songs generally start with the chord progression or a melody on guitar, which is my main instrument and where I feel most comfort; though sometimes melodies will start with the bass or with synths. I'll jam on a progression for a while trying to find seamless transitions into other sections. Drums are programmed in after guitars, and bass guitar falls somewhere in there too. Lyrics usually come later on.

Some of the songs that are released were conceived many years ago. I take an excruciatingly long time to complete any music, due to restraints on time and horrible procrastination. I was still so unsure of how to do any recording when I made Torpor, so I was learning everything as I went along, which is fine, but definitely slowed down the recording process. I'm also kind of a neurotic perfectionist, so I would be making small tweaks to these subpar recordings and never really being satisfied. It took a lot for me to let go and accept the songs as they were.

My girlfriend is so supportive and helpful, and is always getting on my case to just complete the songs and move on. Otherwise, it would take 10 years to complete a single song, which is fucking ridiculous when considering that I only have a handful of songs that I have been comfortable with releasing. So for what I'm recording now, I am trying my hand at approaching more of a quantity over quality approach.

My friends and I have a song challenge where we have a limited time frame to complete and present a musical idea to each other, which was awesome. It forced me to look past imperfections and focus on just completing songs, no matter how shitty they may be. A lot of the tracks I'm putting together now where made from these challenges, and I think they came out sounding so much better than the stuff I slaved over.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I always wanted to do a serious cover of I Wanna Be Adored by The Stone Roses. I'd also love to embarrass myself as Morrissey and cover The Smiths lol.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
To make a lot more music at a faster pace. The rest is really up in the air. In my mind the thought of playing live shows sounds nice and I have been asked to do so, but I haven't really fleshed that out yet. So I guess that would be up in plans for the future. I also want to get involved with the visual component of music, so connecting with the many talented visual artists that I'm lucky enough to be around would be awesome.

Q: Any parting words?
I am so sorry for taking such a long time to respond to this. Thank you so much for reaching out. Thank you to everyone who took the time to listen to even 30 seconds of a song! it means the world to me, considering how much music there is to listen to.

quinta-feira, 10 de agosto de 2017

Night Divorce with Somber - An Interview

O primeiro trabalho do quarteto de Portland, Somber, "Night Divorce" é uma verdadeira martelada bem no centro do crânio, uma martelada é pouco, o disco é conduzido por porretes, cada uma das três canções que são precedidas por pequenas introduções, transformam-se em intensos exercícios evocando o caos.

A música do Somber é como se você estivesse amarrado, amordaçado e sendo espancado por bigornas, uma marretada bem dada no centro do tímpano para que você, eu e qualquer um não esqueça do responsável por isso tudo, então lembre-se, se cruzar o Somber pela frente prepara-se, porque não existe espaço para respiro.

Absolutamente intenso.

***** Interview with Somber *****

Q. When did Somber start? Tell us about the history...
Myrrh: Somber was conceived about two years ago, the night Jonathan and I met at a show here in Portland. We connected after talking about our identical musical interests and immediately decided to start a band together. I remember feeling like conceptually we were so on the same page, and it was really exciting to connect with someone on a creative level so quickly. He brought in Justin, who had played drums in his last band, the two of them had a previous creative relationship and work together well. I met LP through work, they had recently moved to Portland and were looking for a band, and after connecting with them over musical interests as well I asked them to join us.

Q: Who are your influences?
Jonathan: James Kelly of Wife/Altar of Plagues - He's forward thinking in his arrangements and use of samples, and what he does doesn't sound like any other project. I like that he left Altar of Plagues at the peak of its hype and took it as far as he could go, then moved on to a different project which is scary and admirable.

Justin: Jazz drummer Mark Guiliana due to his ability to improvise and his unorthodox approach to the instrument.

Myrrh: I was really influenced by the vocal melodies of Kristina Esfandiari (King Woman, Miserable) and Chelsea Wolfe. They really inspired me to embrace my vocal style and find a way to weave it into the instrumentation of Night Divorce.

LP: For my tone on Night Divorce, I think my biggest influence was the bass on Kowloon Walled City's release Grievances. The bass playing is straightforward, but really crushing with its tone. I wanted to capture that sort of feeling and translate it over to our sound. Another influence for me is Frank Ocean. His work is a great example of how to write a song with so many influences and to move a song forward linearly.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
We each chose one, plus a collective favorite!

Jonathan: AIA: Alien Observer by Grouper
LP: Blonde by Frank Ocean
Justin: Nest by U Sco, it's probably the album I've listened to the most.
Myrrh: The Shape of Punk to Come by Refused
Collective pick: Abyss by Chelsea Wolfe, this album influenced our instrumentation and recording more than any other.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Myrrh: Performing can be intense, because I revisit the experiences I've written about in my lyrics. Writing Night Divorce was a way for me to process night terrors I was having at the time, and come to terms with reality when I could never really tell whether or not I was in a dream. I kind of re-enter that state of half-reality when I'm performing. My favorite moment of our set is playing the last song, Mend. There are no keyboards on that song, so I can go out into the crowd and really feel everyone's energy. After a whole set of heavy sounds and memories, that serves as a way to process and heal. The lyrics also serve as a reminder to myself that healing is a continuous process - "Find the ways to mend again / Healing and breaking, over and over, it's never over / You'll be alright someday." I find strength in allowing myself to be vulnerable in front of an audience.

Q. How do you describe Somber sounds?
LP: When asked how we sound, the first words I always say are "dark" and "heavy". I think we have some trouble defining what genre we fall into exactly, but for me what I want to convey is the darkness in our songs along with the noise elements we incorporate.

Jonathan: I think we have a lot of dichotomies, and try to find the balance in them all to showcase it in a way that doesn't feel stale while still trying to layer heavy textures.

Myrrh: Cavernous, like echoes from the walls of a deep cave.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Jonathan: We wanted to capture our range of dynamics in recording, and approach it in a way that would keep the feeling intact. It was really important to us that we find an engineer we could vibe with and help us get what we heard in our heads onto record, and we found that in Chris Scott at We'll Make Do Studios. He understood exactly what we were looking for and helped us carve out the right sound perfectly, like a 5th member of the band.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
These are friends of ours who played our album release show with us! This EP was on repeat for about a week after I had first heard it, and is one of my favorites that have come out this year. - Myrrh

Zen Mother:
Zen Mother is a band somewhat similar to us based out of Seattle. They just put an album out the same day as us and it's already my favorite release of 2017. The first track is so incredibly impactful, it's a must listen. - LP

Floating Room:
We've known these folks for years, and it's been really exciting to watch them grow a following here in Portland. - Myrrh

House Olympics:
House Olympics is a band from Indiana that I used to play in drums in. It's heavy, midwestern screamo. They're putting an album out in the next month or two that they've sent to me, and I can't wait for everyone to be able to hear it. - LP

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Myrrh: A fun cover song would be Missed by PJ Harvey - A lot of the guitar work and vocal melodies aren't too far off from our own writing, and I think Justin could work with the drum parts in a really creative way. We haven't considered doing a cover before, but this has totally got us thinking about it! Who knows, maybe it'll make an appearance at an upcoming show!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are currently writing for a follow up to Night Divorce! We're really taking care with this one to make it the right step forward, and working on developing some new concepts and sounds. We hope to start touring in the near future as well.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much for listening to Night Divorce and featuring us here on your blog! We're really proud of the EP and it's really exciting to see it being shared internationally!