If you're into The Queers, early Green Day or the Ramones this is totally down your alley!
1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about Flanders 72 to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band? Who is playing what instrument? Where does the name of the band come from? For someone like me, living in Belgium, it's quite strange to have such a band name.
Hello Eric! Well, Flanders 72 is a punk rock band from Brazil. The band started in 2004 with some friends from high school trying to play Ramones, but I'm the only one in band since then. I'm Paulinho Tscherniak (vocal/guitarrist), Big Mike is the drummer and Davi Pacote is our producer but he also recorded the bass on this new album. That's funny because a lot of people think our band name is because of Belgium or something. Our very first show in Europe was in Belgium (Summer in October Festival 2014) and that was nice to see some "Flanders" signs and some souvenir with the name "Flanders" on it hehehe. Actually the name of our band is because two tv shows that we LOVE: The Simpsons - the Flanders family, Simpsons's neighbors - and El Chavo, this is a Mexican tv show from the 70's which is very famous in Brazil (I think only South America knows El Chavo).
2) About your latest released full length record "This Is a Punk Rock Club", what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a "live" in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs?
The process for this album was really fast and punk for each track. It was pretty much like... I would write a song at home, take it to the rehearsal, the guys would put their ideas on it and we'd go straight to Hill Valley Studio to record. This process took one or two rehearsals and 3 or 4 hours of recording sessions. Each instrument was recorded in a different channel, only the guide track was alive. Davi Pacote is a very talented friend of us, he produces our albums since 2006 or 2007 and he is a huge fan of The Ramones so he's not the kind of guy that is much into overdubs and stuff.
3) Do you consider it should be foolish not to use the nowadays recording technology or do you guys only work with analog machines in analog studios?
Here in Brazil, analog studios are not popular. We use to record our albums with "technology" but with good amplifiers, drum set... In my opinion the deal is to sound good. It doesn't matter how did you record it. I'm not that nostalgic with this kind of stuff.
4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?
I compose the songs, that's my favorite thing in a band. I love creating songs! It's really nice writing a song and see it becoming real. I compose the song, the lyrics, the structure but the guys are always free to put their ideas on it. The bassist and the drummer are free to create their lines by themselves.
5) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write a new song?
That's the best part of Flanders 72: we are able to sing about everything! There are songs about videogames, silly lovers, beers... but on the other hand there are songs about tough subjects such as politics, dog adoption, corruption, social problems... So it depends on the mood I am when a song idea comes to me.
6) To what kind of music did you listen to as teenagers? What were your favorite bands as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have an influence on your own work today.
When I was a 13 years old kid I discovered a band that changed my life: Green Day. I remember when I listened for the first time to Basket Case on the radio. I didn't know that rock music could sound like that.. I was like "whoah this kinda music was made for me!". Then I found the band of my life: The Ramones! Our main influences are: The Ramones, Green Day and The Queers. I could say a lot of band names...
7) Do you have a new video on youtube featuring a track from the new CD??
Yes, the first video of "This is a Punk Rock Club" was "Warpzone". In some days we'll start to shoot the new one. I already have the story board done!
8) What can concert goers expect at a Flanders 72 gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs?
There are songs from our 4 albums on the set list but there is always a place for cover songs.
We use to play some songs from The Ramones, Green Day, The Queers... sometimes we play songs that some drunk guy in the audience ask us to play but we don't even know how to play... but we do hahaha.
9) Are there any bands in the music business today you consider yourself close to?
Some people say that we sound like the old Green Day (that's a huuuuge compliment!) or The Queers but I think we sound like "Flanders 72". We took a lot of influences of bands that we love to make our own music.
10) What are the plans for 2019 as far as Flanders 72 is concerned?
Now, our plan is to make videos of the whole new album. We intend to tour again in Europe soon.
We also have a small documentary about the recording sessions of "This is a Punk Rock Club" that I need to edit as soon as possible.
PURCHASE IT HERE : https://watersliderecords.bandcamp.com/album/this-is-a-punk-rock-club
or a physical copy here : http://watersliderecords.net/?pid=136842255