I took some time off and went on a venture through binary and source-code. Just kidding, I delved into cyberspace and found more information about Total Accomplishment. Since Seacrypt recommended this fellow and his band, I complied by looking into the matter. Everything went good, and Total Accomplishment is a pretty dodgy form of electronica, namely in the genre New Beat. So I had some precious time on my hand and decided to conduct an interview with Mat Dryhurst from this project, to tell me more about it, about, the music industry and much more. Hope you’ll enjoy this one too.
Klubben Beggars Banquet på Debaser i Malmö drivs av Olle Helkimo och Martin Gustafsson. Sedan ett år tillbaka har de drivit den uppskattade rockklubben som minst sagt varit populär. Eftersom att de fyller ett år imorgon så kommer en långläsning som ni lär tycka om väldigt mycket. Tidigare i år så träffade jag grabbarna på Basement Café här i stan och intervjuade dem angående deras klubb, vad det krävs att driva en, hur de ser på framtiden och mycket mer! Spana in den vet jag!
The band Vile Electrodes formed because of Martin and Anais mutual affection for synth-pop and other genres. With influences from both boring jobs and interesting fetishes, they’ve surely made themselves noticable. Their signature sound is a blessing to hear and they’ve up until now released their debut EP. Up until now they’ve also managed to get their foot into one or two compilations, namely Electropop 6 and Music To Play Games Too. I got my thumb out and conducted an interesting interview with these two, hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
Dear Leaders is a band consisting of three members: Paddy Burland (Drums), Jess Whelligan (Vocals/Guitar) and Tim Wong (Keys) that emerged from Bristol in late 2009, they play a combination of electro, surf and ethereal dream-pop. With their first self-released debut EP Not Summer, really shows their versatile ambition with the music they create. Over a two year period they managed to change completely from a bedroom demo-band to a fully accomplished live-act. Since this record was written over the period of two years, amidst relocations from Burma, Norwich and London – the track Cold reflects the upheaval of that period whilst Not Summer reflects the easiness of the simpler times. They’ve also collaborated with the eminent Bristol-artist Katy Christianson, that also designed some of their artwork for them. She also adorned the walls for their first EP-launch gig at Hardy Tree Gallery in London. This coming summer they’ll perform at Thekla and also the Bristol-based Dot To Dot festival. I got the opportunity to interview them about their influences, their launch gig and much more.
Bruxa as they call themselves consists of Bianca Radd (Vocals), Derek Stilwell (Beats) and Saint Michael (Vocals). They mix witchstep, cold wave, hip-hop and a bunch other genres together. Up until now they’ve released their debutalbum Eye On Everybody on Sweating Tapes. Currently finalizing their second release on the same label, and since I conducted the interview they’ve also remixed their labelmates Nightmare Fortress song Killing Time. Their upcoming EP will be released sometime in June. Hopefully this interview will rejuvenate your mind and get you interested in this mindboggling mix of sanity, insanity and venture, through severeal languages.
Curxes consist of two ambitious musicmakers named Roberta Fidora and Macaulay Hopwood, whom according to themselves play something named “doom-pop“. Up until now they’ve released two singles named Creatures/Jaws and The Constructor. When they released the song Haunted Gold with a precision ridden stop-motion movie, everyone was in awe – not only because of the pretty visuals but because of Fidoras singing and the general feel to the song. I got the opportunity to interview these two wonderful human beings about their past escapades, what decade of music they prefer, what they’ve got in store for the near future and much more. Don’t miss this one, it’s going to be a good ride!
Heretics started out in early 2010 and have since then produced their first self-titled album named Heretics. Later on the single Epitaph came out, accompanied by their latest addition to the family Wealth = Success in 2012. They’re playing a mix of synth-pop, post-punk and witch-house. This year they’ve got a gig at Young Twisted And Black, over at The Finsbury in North London and one at Destroy the Silence – Underworld in Camden, London. I got the opportunity to interview one of the bandmembers, namely David Whiting – whom concentrates mostly on the more synth-oriented pieces but also do the vocals. Mostly about how their journey started, how they have developed and many more interesting things which you can read below.
These are the tourdates so far:
1st June – Roxy n Duke’s, Dunnellen – NJ, USA
(with This Way To The Egress)
2nd June – New York City – NY, USA
3rd June – Firehouse 13, Providence – RI, USA
7th June – TBC – NC, USA
(with Crystal Bright and The Silver Hands)
8th June – TBC – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
(with The Extraordinary Contraptions)
9th June – Squeaky Lizard, Ocean Springs, MS, USA
11th June – Beale Street Tavern, Austin, TX, USA
12th June – The 806, Amarillo, TX, USA
14th June – Moe’s Original BBQ, Denver, CO, USA
(with Glass Delirium)
15th June – The Lost Leaf, AZ, USA
16th June – Queen Bee’s, San Diego, LA, USA
(with London Below and Harlequin Jones)
17th June – DAY OFF COME PARTY WITH US – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
19th June – TBC – Spokane, WA, USA
20th June – The Highline, Seattle, WA, USA
(with Blvd Park)
22nd June – The Starry Plough Pub – San Fransisco, CA, USA
Aural Burrows is a secret man named Ouroboros. He blends the finest of pop with elements of post-punk psychedelia. Up until now he’s released Gravitron EP in 2011 and Crescent Moon in April, 2012. I conducted a mini-interview with him to get to know him better, and asked him about his aesthetic influences, themes and what he thinks about his own music.
You recently started out, is this a one-man band or are there more involved? How would you describe Aural Burrows yourself? Have you been in any other bands prior to this one?
– I record all of the tracks on my own, but we expand to a five-piece when we’re playing live. I guess at its core Aural Burrows is about making pop songs. I’ve called it bedroom pop before, but that describes the process more than the product. And no, this is my first project.
It seems like your aesthetics are influenced by space and somewhat historical architecture like the Sphinx. How would you explain your aesthetics and what have mainly influenced them?
– Yeah, definitely. I really like the juxtaposition of old images with new ones; that retro-futuristic vibe has always fascinated me. Like people from the 1950s trying to imagine the future. I’m not a big science fiction fan or anything, but some of the artwork from that genre has really influenced my aesthetics.
This also sounds pretty original and I believe that both the musical part and the aesthetic part add up and create something fascinating. Why did you choose this genre and have you done this all by yourself?
– I guess it’s just what I’m naturally drawn to. And it lends itself well to a solo project. At the end of the day, I’m trying to make listenable, instantly-gratifying pop songs. I like being able to blend the visual aesthetics with the music, like by using a really spacey-sounding synth part or something. But yeah, it’s just music that I think I would like even if I weren’t making it; it fills some small niche that may not have existed before. Yeah, all the music is written and recorded by me, but I’ve had a lot of support from other people too. Erik David Hidde, the head of Housewarming Records, has been great with helping me spread my music around.
What themes do the Graviton EP and the Crescent Moon follow? Chronological or just different settings for different EPs and albums?
– There’s definitely a chronological progression between the two, but they’re also inherently different. Gravitron was the first time I had ever released any of my music, so it’s a little more free-form or naive than Crescent Moon. As far as lyrics go, both releases are on the same page thematically. Crescent Moon is probably more of a refinement than a step in a different direction.
Do you have anything planned for the near future? Any new tracks or any new release?
– Crescent Moon is getting its proper release on April 10th via Housewarming Records, and I’m currently recording and compiling the material that will be on the LP. The LP will have a few of the already released songs, but it’ll mostly contain new material. That should get released late this summer sometime.
Considering that you’ve released some quite interesting stuff, what do you think about it yourself? Do you think that you’ve progressed and what are you most satisfied with contra not satisfied with?
– I’m thrilled with it, and thrilled with how it’s been received. I’m not trying to make a living out of Aural Burrows, so that allows me to have less pressure to put stuff out. I still get really excited whenever I hear one of my songs in a YouTube video or something. Like one guy put “End of Times” in the background of his Minecraft video; that was awesome. I’d say that I’ve progressed, but I still have a lot to learn and a lot to create. I’m just satisfied with the process in general; I feel really fortunate that I discovered this creative outlet.
Do you have any last words of wisdom?
– Make music. Or find your own creative outlet. Vonnegut says it better than I can: “The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.”
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Sounding like somewhere in between The Birthday Party, Soundgarden and Bauhaus, the UK rockers Pink Narcissus from Brighton surely embody long lost phase of rock’n’roll experimentation. The quartet is made up by Oli Spleen (Vocals), Paddy Longlegs (Guitar), Cod Riverson (Bass) and Cookie Allen (Drums). Since they once started out in 2009, up until now they’ve released one debut EP and the mini-album Block Your Eyes / Shield Your Ears, whereas the first one gained quite a following on YouTube – amidst the release of their video for the song Disenfectant. In the middle of March they released the video for the song Masquerade, now topping over thousand views. As I wrote this interview, they’ve also been confirmed for Meadowlands Festival located in East Sussex, UK. If you get the opportunity, attend their show over at Psychosocial Brighton on the 13th of April. I got the opportunity to interview the band about their upcoming gig, what freak-rock essentially is and much more.