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14 February 2018

INTERVIEW: Shoe Shine Six.


Russian-based four-piece Shoe Shine Six hit our radar in January upon the release of their debut EP, Sunday. The EP features a handful of heavy, gorgeous tracks that would be impressive for a seasoned band, and they are even more so as a debut collection of tunes. If this is what SSS has for us coming out of the gate, we expect grand things from this project.

Shoe Shine Six is Katarina Voronina (vocals), Paul Alimpiev (guitar), Mike Tulubaev (bass) and Serge Markoff (drums). We highly recommend that you check out Shoe Shine Six’s Sunday EP, and do enjoy the following interview with the band’s founding members, Mike and Paul.

How and when was the band formed?
M: As a 4-piece collective we began to work during the spring of 2017, but to be honest, everything began at the end of 2015, when I met Paul. We found out that we have same music interests and decided to help each other to compose and modify the tracks. Eventually, somewhere near the end of 2016, we got the idea to search for other band members for live sets. It was hard, but finally we found a corresponding drummer, who brought the vocalist with him into the band. As I noted, it was in the spring of 2017. Then the hard work began, which led to our debut EP Sunday.

Can you tell us what the band has been working on and what you've got forthcoming in the near future (any new releases, tour, etc.)?
P: At the current moment we are working on new tracks, playing them at some local bars, concert halls, etc. Somewhere near the autumn we plan to release the new album.
M: What about tour… Well, we are thinking about it, it exists as a plan. Hopefully it could be at the earliest in spring – just a small set of cities in our country. We are open to any offers :)


Do you consider your music to be part of the current shoegaze/dream pop scene, or any scene? Defining one's sound by genre can be tiresome, but do you feel that the band identifies closely with any genre? How do you feel about genres in music, in a general sense?
M: In my opinion, we belong with the current shoegaze scene, but on the other hand, we do not play canonical shoegaze or dream pop. There’s a Sonic Youth influence and others, as well. We play kind of heavy shoegaze. Therefore, I don’t think we don’t belong to single genre.
P: We are playing the music we want to play. Genre division is required, of course, for the listener. The listener wants to know what kind of music to expect from a band. Generally, a band isn’t interesting unless they introduce something new based on theirs views and tastes.

07 February 2018

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INTERVIEW: Citrus Clouds.


Citrus Clouds is a Phoenix-based project consisting of Erick Pineda, Stacie Huttleston and Angelica Pedrego. They hit the scene with their hazy brand of melodic dream pop back in 2015 with the release of In Time I Am. Since then they’ve presented two other excellent offerings – 2016’s Imagination and 2017’s ULTRA SOUND. Fresh off a recent tour, Citrus Clouds is now preparing for the release of a handful of new singles in 2018, with a forthcoming full length planned for 2019. Looking forward to all of it! Enjoy getting to know the band in the following interview.

How and when was the band formed?
Citrus Clouds formed in mid-2015 as a side project and we had no real intentions of playing out much. We didn't have any expectations really. We would practice a ton and tried to write the best songs we could. It was purely for fun and for us.

Can you tell us what the band has been working on and what you've got forthcoming in the near future (any new releases, tour, etc.)?
We've released our new EP ULTRA SOUND on Custom Made Music last September. We are working on releasing a few singles in 2018 and want to finish writing our 2nd full length, set to release in 2019 under the name Nothing Familiar. We want to explore different sounds and textures and are really excited about the new songs.


Do you consider your music to be part of the current shoegaze/dream pop scene, or any scene? Defining one's sound by genre can be tiresome, but do you feel that the band identifies closely with any genre? How do you feel about genres in music, in a general sense?
I feel our sound definitely fits and has a place in the current shoegaze/dream pop scene. Our sound tends to be less reliant on guitar pedals and more on melodies and feelings. We call what we do Desertgaze because here in Phoenix, it gets really, really hot and depressing half of the year and although we make dreamy sounds, they tend to be a little more minimalist and dryer than a lot of current shoegaze stuff. Phoenix is definitely not England weather wise and that is reflected in the music we make. Really though, a genre can only give you a rough outline as to what kind of music a band makes. 

02 February 2018

INTERVIEW: Lake Ruth.

I have a late breaking relationship with this fantastic psych by way of baroque dream pop band. I come up with these descriptions merely to guide the reader and potential listener to expect simply magical music. Because the way vocalist Allison Brice emotes around guitarist Hewson Chen’s and drummer Matthew Schulz’s complex and ornate arrangements is singular and fantastic. They sound like no one else on the planet but themselves. Yes, certainly there are signposts in their music that may provide a few hints, such as the band Love, or even Fairport Convention or The Left Banke. And really, it doesn’t matter what you think informs their work, you should enjoy it for the delectable sonic feast that it is. So onward to some questions for the band, who have a new album Birds of America coming out on February 16th.

Did you folks really meet on Facebook? Do tell.
AB: Hewson and I first virtually bumped into each other back in the MySpace days. I'm pretty sure that we were switched on to each other's music via Greg Hughes from Still Corners. Greg and I were fellow south Londoners at the time. Sadly, Hewson and I didn't keep in touch after MySpace folded, but in early 2015 found ourselves reunited via our mutual friend Phil Sutton from Pale Lights. On a silly Facebook thread he started about frozen food of all things…

HC: The interwebs brought Matt and I together too. I looked him up to hear what he sounded like and one of the first hits on YouTube was a cat car chase video: Holy Fuck's "Red Lights".  I pretty much knew we would work great from there.  I have cats in common with Matt, and TV dinners in common with Allison.

AB: I'm severely allergic to cats and have never been able to set foot in either Hewson or Matt's apartments!

You all have played or currently play in other bands (New Lines, The Silver Abduction). How do you find the time, and is this on top of regular day jobs?
AB: It's a challenge. We all have day jobs and are raising - or soon to be raising - young children. I think that when free time is in short supply, you just have to grab what you can get - focus, and get down to work.

MS: You have to choose between sleep and art. I still choose art.

HC: Time is a tough factor for sure, but the technology helps - like you can sketch in broad strokes with plug-ins before actually hooking up the Farfisa, or what have you...


24 January 2018

INTERVIEW: Eugene Suh of Echodrone | By Elizabeth Klisiewicz.


I had the great pleasure of interviewing all five members (now down to 4 members) back in 2015 around the time their album Five came out. I decided to query guitarist/vocalist Eugene Suh about their brand new release, Past, Preset and Future. He was kind enough to provide some interesting background on this great record.

Why are all the songs 3:33? Is that a take on 33-1/3 for vinyl?
ES: Historically, we've always written a lot of long, sprawling tunes that take time to build and decay.  A lot of reviewers mentioned the length of our songs with our last release, Five.  During the time we were releasing Five, however, I read an article stating that the perfect length of a rock song is 3:30. Anything less is a half-baked idea, anything more is self-indulgent. I challenged myself to write a batch of Echodrone songs that were exactly 3:30 in length (with a 3 second gap in-between each song, hence the 3:33 track length). It was an interesting experiment to see how we sounded in such a concise time frame.

Do you still compose via the Internet for people in different cities? What are the challenges of that? I listen to this music and it's so ethereal and hard to imagine that it was strung together at different times.
ES: We still compose entirely via the Internet/file exchange. Brandon is living in Petaluma, CA, Mike lives in San Luis Obispo, CA, Rachel lives in Austin, and I'm in the Boston area.  Over the years, through trial and error, we've figured out a process that works best for us.  I usually write songs/record guitars and send out the ideas to Mike. He lays the drums down, then sends to Brandon to lay down bass. Once Brandon has put down his bass parts, it comes back to me and/or Rach to add vocals. Once all of the essential parts are in, I usually assess what "sonic space" is left and add guitars/synths/etc. as needed to complete the idea.

In regards to making things sound cohesive, we owe a lot to our engineer, Colin Christian, at The Sound Saloon.  He’s able to take tracks that have been recorded in all different types of environments and make it sound like we were in the same room the whole time.  He’s pretty incredible!!

The hardest challenge is figuring out how to communicate ideas/creativity. It's so much easier to sit in a room and provide instant feedback (i.e. "try hitting the E on that chord" "oh, I liked what you did there with the dynamic build!"). The instantaneous feedback on the 100's of different ideas that occur in one practice is a luxury we don't have. In Echodrone, our ideas have to get thrown out to each other with a healthy dose of trust. I trust that Funk will listen to my ideas and come up with a rhythm that compliments it perfectly, once Funk is finished, we trust that Brandon will come up with the perfect low-end melodies/textures, and so forth.

They are all such great, creative musicians - I'm always blown away by the ideas they add to each song! 
     
Did you all ever get a chance to play live?
Echodrone has not played live with this current line-up.  Our last show was in 2009 if I remember correctly. We would LOVE to play live someday, though!  Hmmm...I'll have to talk to the other Echodroners :)

10 January 2018

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05 January 2018

INTERVIEW + NEW VIDEO: Cosmic Waves.

Photo by Kurt Schiøtt
Interview with Cosmic Waves

Cosmic Waves’ self-titled debut EP commands attention from the start. Lisbet Randefelt’s distinctive, incantatory vocal presence presides easily over the Copenhagen, Denmark quartet’s combination of punk, shoegaze, and psychedelia. Mia Skjold Tvede Henriksen on bass and Lasse Schiøtt on drums undergird a generally spare, open sound with their tightly-focused, muscular figurations. Guitar contributions from Lisbet and Martin Herskind thread angular single- and dual-note patterns through a spaciousness sometimes broken by lightning-bolt blasts of intense chord work that lend a touch of doom metal atmosphere. The resulting whole leans heavily into post-punk territory while also creating a psychedelic mood worthy of the band name.

The Cosmic Waves EP actualizes a lot of impact for four tracks that play out in under thirteen minutes. We’re delighted to present an interview featuring contributions from all four band members. The project’s very first video, for the song “Sun Doom”, was released on the 1st, allowing us to include it here as well; find it below just after Lisbet’s comments about it.



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How and when was the band formed?
Mia
: Martin, Lisbet and Lasse met at a pre-party for an A Place To Bury Strangers concert and bonded straight away over a common love for sixties rock'n'roll, eighties shoegaze and post-punk. They needed a bassist and asked me. I had played several instruments before, but never the bass. I took on the challenge and joined the band on a winter night in 2016. We rehearsed at our Cold War bunker rehearsal space for a few months and came back to the surface in spring 2017 to record our EP.

Can you tell us what the band has been working on?
Lisbet
: Our first music video, for our song Sun Doom, has just been released. It is a collaboration with the fashion company The Insomnia Project from Lisbon, Portugal. We’re confident that peole will find it intriguing and exciting.



Do you consider your music to be part of the current shoegaze/dream pop scene, or any scene? Defining one's sound by genre can be tiresome, but do you feel that the band identifies closely with any genre? How do you feel about genres in music, in a general sense?
Martin
: We are part of the Danish music collective Dansk Beton, which revolves around a Cold War bunker from the 1960s, which also houses bands like Techne, Revulva, Mimic Octopus and Søvn. As we are a very new band, it is difficult to say if we already belong to a certain scene. Our music is definitely shaped by shoegaze, post-punk and psych. But I do find it very difficult and limiting to be put into a certain box.