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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

FLANDERS 72 - This is a Punk Rock Club




Here comes Flanders 72, which is NOT a Belgian band but a punk rock three piece from São Leopoldo, Brazil. Their latest and already 4th full length record, "This Is a Punk Rock Club", was released on WATERSLIDE Records in Japan a few months ago. 

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.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

The Pacers - Forget Everything you know



Some months ago, Psych-A-Rella Records released the brillant debut full length album by London's four piece THE PACERS. Even if the band admits its 60's psych/garage influences there is definitively more to it and this first album proves it enough by sounding absolutely fresh and catchy and raw at the same time.

Previously to this, the band had released their debut single "Losing Touch" / "I'm Down" in 2015, which was followed in 2017 by digital download single "Mirror Man" and on June 1, 2018 by "How Will I Know" / "Tired, Beat And Broken".

Certainly one of the most interesting bands in London these days! Highly recommended!


1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about The Pacers to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band?  Who is playing what instrument in the band? 

We have been together for about 4 years now, have had a couple of different line ups but are pretty settled now. Here is the today's line-up: Alex Friedl – Lead Vocals and Rhythm guitar; Harry Stam – Lead Guitar; Paul Jarvis – Bass; Gimmy El Helou – Drums

2) About the debut full length record "Forget Everything you know", 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?

We recorded it in three blocks over a few months, but all together, the recording and mixing process was about 10 days, we seem to work pretty quick like that. All tracks were recorded live as in Drums, bass and guitars and over dubbed vocals and guitar solos. We had been playing these songs live for a while so that seems to work for us, and we try capture some live spirit doing it that way. Apart from the vocals, we tried to keep overdubs at a minimum.

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?

There is something great about analog that you just can't capture on digital, however for most bands, recording to tape is very expensive so not always possible. We work with a combination of both but if money wasn’t a problem, it would be analog all the way.

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

All Songs are composed by Harry and Alex, once structure and lyrics are completed, its taken into the rehearsal studio where everyone adds their bits to it. But the basis of the songs is completed before everyone works on it.

5) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write a new song?

We're no poets, so usually the lyrics don't come too easily. I think in our band, the composition is what comes first when we write songs, and the lyrics are added afterwards. So basically, we just try to come up with a line that sounds cool, and build from that. We rarely have a theme in mind when writing a song, it just becomes what it becomes. Usually something about various relationships or just psychedelic nonsense.

6) The Pacers are described by some people as a being a "60's psych/garage" band. Do you agree with this label? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that? 

60's psych/garage is definitely where most of our influences come from, so naturally you can hear that in our music. But we're really not trying to be a 60's pastiche band. It's better not to put yourself in a particular category, and keep an open mind when making music - that's what we're trying to do. When we write a new song, we're usually not too worried about how it sounds compared to our other songs, and if it "fits in" or not. If we like it, we'll keep it.

 7) To what kind of music did you listen to as teenagers and does it still influence your today work? What were your favorite bands as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

It would have to be The Beatles, The Easybeats and The Stooges. I think the Easybeats and the Stooges still have a big influence on us, especially with writing.

8) Do you have a new video on YouTube featuring a track from the new LP?? 

We have released three Singles from the album, the latest one was How Will I Know? You can also find the videos to our other singles on our channel too.



9) What can concert goers expect at a gig of The Pacers? Are you playing any famous cover songs?

I guess the main thing people will get out of our show is energy, we really get into it and feed off the audience. We don’t do any covers in our set, most sets are 45 mins at the most, so we’d like to cram in as many of our own songs as possible.

10) Are there any bands in The UK today you consider yourself close to?

There are a few bands here in London we play with regularly and are good mates with, Green Seagull, Cat Black, The Liquorice Experiment, The Franklys – there are lots of great bands around.

11) Anything you wanna add?

Our debut record is available to buy over at www.psycharella.com on vinyl, but its also available on Itunes and Spotify. Have a listen and come to a show!Thanks!

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https://psycharella.bigcartel.com/

Saturday, March 9, 2019

PSYCHOTIC YOUTH - 21 released on Waterslide Records


Sweden's legendary power-pop-surf-punk heroes are back with a new full-length album called “21” released on Japanese label WATERSLIDE RECORDS. What you get here is super catchy guitar-driven, high energy power-pop, surf and garage-punk as well as their well-known sugary multi-layered vocal harmonies that would even make the Beach Boys jealous.

So it was time for this blog to have a very enlightening conversation with Jörgen Red Westman, mastermind behind Psychotic Youth.

1) Jörgen, we would like you to tell the viewers of this blog the full story of Psychotic youth. The origins of the band, from your first release in 1986 Faster! Faster! till Steroids in 1998 How Psychotic youth got back together again in 2015 and finally the release of your latest CD "21". We want to hear it all from you!

The band was started by me and my childhood friend Anders. As 10-year old we made our own fake guitars and used cookie-jars as drums, put on water-colors and dreamed we were KISS. Later on we started several bands as we learned to play but it wasn’t until we met our drummer Kent at the SAAB factory (we all worked there) Psychotic Youth got together in late 1984. We started for real early 1985 as we joined with Nils on guitar.

Me, Anders and Kent lived way out on the countryside where we rehearsed in a  abandoned house and Nils had to travel 40 kilometers by car with his guitar. From the start we were influenced by The Nomads and tried to sound like them – but we couldn’t. So we got more punkish after the first flexi and EP which resulted FASTER FASTER. By now Gunnar has joined us on organ and as a recording technician.

As for ANYTHING FOR A THRILL we were convinced that we would break internationally. But between the recording and the release the band broke up and me, Kent and Gunnar moved to Gotenburg in the south – just to find the album coming out and bookies demanded a tour. So we found another guy from the north (Magnus) and went for our first tour in Holland and Germany.

But the old albums didn’t fit our new line-up, so I started writing more Detroit-punkish-surf-pop tunes which ended up on SOME FUN – our 2nd coming. After making it big we toured heavy for a few years playing all the big festivals and clubs in Scandinavia and central Europe. But the label we were on was bankrupt and sold to a bigger label (MNW) where we didn’t fit in. The album BE IN THE SUN is the result of that period where we really didn’t find our sound. After that Magnus, the guitarist, left to start his own band and Ulf joined us on guitar.

It all clicked as I wrote the songs for JUICE and POP and the band had its 3rd coming. We got signed by a new label (Nonstop) and could record in a great studio with a real producer which made a lot to the great sound on the albums. The tours kept on until Kent had enough and quit. Then Gunnar developed Tinnitus and also quit. Instead we were joined by Crippa (bass) and Dennis (drums) and the sound got more punkish again as I wrote the songs for STEREOIDS. The tours started to wear us down and as BOMP Records released the album and a US tour was planned – Dennis and Crippa left and me and Ulf decided to call it quits for good. A last concert was held on June 24th 1999 and recorded at a festival in our hometown Kramfors. It can be found as a Italian EP LEAVING THE 20TH CENTURY ALIVE or the whole show as the CD ALIVE UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN (Target Earh/Japan).

After that I started my rockabilly career instead and it wasn’t until 2015 as Paul Collins asked if Psychotic Youth could get together and join him and Kurt Baker Combo on a tour that we started again. But the previous guys were not interested, except Ulf, so I took the guys in my rockabilly band and had them playing Psychotic Youth-tunes instead. It all developed into a compilation album and a Japan-tour where we met Kazu of Waterslide Records, who since then releases our stuff.

I had a painful divorce as I wrote THE VOICE OF SUMMER. I guess the title is a longing to get away from that situation and I was never really pleased with the material. But with the new album 21 I feel I have found what I was looking for back then. The whole band is very proud of the new album and more – the original line up with Kent (drums) and Anders (bass) is back!

2)About this latest release, "21" 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?

21 was actually recorded in our rehearsal room by me where we kept all drum parts. Then all add ons like guitars were made there. The vocals was laid down in my appartement where I have built a special room just for singing (and not to disturb the neighbors) and the organs were recorded in Gunnars rehearsal room. So the whole album is a DIY project with a minimum of overdubs. The mix and mastering was done by The Yum Yums wizard-maker CHRISTIAN JACOBSEN. He makes all the difference.

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?

We use modern recording techniques as it is free and let you do it without the stress that comes with buying studio-time in a professional studio. Just a sound card and a computer. And we will do it like this in the future too.

4) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

As a teenager I listened to Johnny Thunders, Fuzztones, Stiv Bators, Paul Collins Beat, Plimsouls and a lot of Detroit punk like Stooges and MC5. Also Swedish bands like The Nomads and Hidden Charms. But at the same time I also listened to 50’s stuff like Elvis, Billy Lee Riley, Link Wray and Little Richard. I guess it all mixes down in what I write in present time.

5) You Are the main composer in the band. So how do things happen? Do you come to a rehearsal with a full prepared song (music and lyrics) and you tell the other members what to play or is everybody involved in one way or another?

I write, sing lead and all choirs, record all instruments (by the help of the computer) and send full songs to the guys before we meet. I’ve always done it that way. It also give the guys the chance to suggest changes before we try it out or if the song is plain bad and should be thrown away.

6) Is there any video on YOUTUBE to promote the new album?



We have no money to make videos so I record live shows instead and try to promote us that way.

7) What can concert goers expect at a Psychotic youth? 

Energy. A smile on their face as they leave.

8) Are you still playing live songs from the previous records or is the gig only focused on the new material since the band is back together?

We play songs from all albums, but mostly from SOME FUN and onwards. We have loads of songs
to take out if someone asks. Right now we do 1/3 from the new album and mixes up the rest.

9)You previously covered "This is rock'n'roll" of our very own Belgian pride and joy, The Kids. A band I saw live for the first in 1978 opening for Patti Smith. How did you, way up north, become aware of this band? Did you ever consider covering "There Will Be No Next Time" by the Kids?
I was listening to a number of bands on YouTube and the KIDS popped up as a suggestion. I was hooked immediately! I will look into the other song you mentioned.

10)Anything you wanna add?

I hope we will come to France sometime!

PURCHASE IT HERE: http://watersliderecords.net/

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Terry & Louie - "... A Thousand Guitars"


Former Exploding Hearts Terry Six and Louie Bankston reinvent themselves as a songwriting partnership like Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds of the 21 century. After two and a half years in the making their debut length record entitled "...A Thousand Guitars" is finally out on Tuff Break Records in USA and Bachelor Records in Europe.

The album features 10 absolutely great and highly recommended original tracks penned by Terry and Louie. So it was time for this blog to have a very enlightening talk with Terry. 

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about Terry & Louie to introduce yourselves? What are your backgrounds? How long are you guys together as a band?  Who are the other guys in the band (the rhythm section)? 

Terry:  Terry & Louie were formally a part of the late Exploding Hearts back in the early 2000's and we are back together as a songwriting duo and partnership. Live, we are a full four piece band as well as in the studio and we've been together since 2013. Apart from myself and Louie, we have Chad Savage (Battleme, Savage Family Band) on bass guitar and Garett Goddard (Personal & The Pizzas, King Tuff) on drums. Aaron Hill (EyeHateGod, Missing Monuments) was our drummer the majority of the time and also played on the album. He recently left to pursue EyeHateGod full time. But, Garett played on the Terry & Louie singles originally so it worked out well to have him back.

2) About the long awaited debut full length record "... A Thousand Guitars",  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? 

Terry: It was both. We tracked basics live as a band and then came the barrage of guitar overdubs throughout the entirety of the record. There was a lot of technical issues with basics, so I ended up having Aaron come out later on to re cut drums here and there. I also re cut most of the basic guitar parts again. And again...  As well as numerous vocal sessions from Louie and myself. The entire process from basics to final mix down took about 2 1/2 years to complete. I really took my time to make sure each song was getting the attention it needed.

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?

Terry: Both mediums have their purpose. I think either one is fine. Analog and tape definitely sound better and makes sense to me as an operator. And digital is very convenient to work with, especially remotely. What I consider "foolish" is relying too heavily on the digital platform to enhance performances later on in post or the final mix down. Digital changed the game for the better in a lot of ways. This, is not one of them. I'm a performance based artist and engineer. I push myself and others to get it right then and there. That's my biggest problem with music today, in that a lot of bands and artists have this attitude that they don't need to try in the studio. That there is a magical wizard behind the computer to fix all of your off key notes and bad performances. And the final result suffers from greatly from it. It becomes detached and impersonal. Or it just sounds terrible. When I tracked Louie's vocals there were a few moments where he asked me to comp tracks and splice them together or nudge them to "sound good" but I said, "No Louie, do it again." Over and over we did this. And the pay off came when he finally sat down for playback and listened to what he did and was utterly shocked that it was him. He was so happy and proud, he even teared up a few times. That's what I want! Actual emotion. In the days of tape, you HAD to be good. You HAD to push yourself over and over until it was right. I don't think Elvis or Little Richard ever told the engineer to "fix it in post."

4) As far as composing a new song is concerned, how do you guys work? Is one of you writing the lyrics and the other composing the music? Or is everything done together "with 4 hands"? Or do you come each with your own finished songs (words and music)?

Terry: All of the above really. I write both sets of compositions on my own, so does Louie. We've tag teamed songs, riffed off each other, and built songs from the ground up as a four piece unit. Whatever works best for the song.

5) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write a new song?

Terry: It depends. Whatever I'm currently feeling at the moment. For the album "... A Thousand Guitars" it was about heartbreak, loss, isolation, loneliness... but our new stuff we're working on is more storytelling based. I never want to pigeon hole us as songwriters. I think it's important to push boundaries early on so's not to throw a giant curveball at the listeners and then alienate them from us.

6) Terry & Louie is sometimes described as a "songwriting partnership" like Chinn and Chapman or like Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds. Do you agree with this comparison? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that? 

Terry:  Haha, I was the one that wrote that bit in our one sheet/press kit so I'd say I do! I've always liked the idea of doing a songwriting partnership. And we are both very proud of what we are doing together. We never thought we'd be able to do something like this ever again and it's working out better than I thought.

7) Do you have a new video on youtube  featuring a track from the new LP?? 

Terry: Nope. Sorry. Not sure if we're that kinda band yet. Time will tell.



8) What can concert goers expect at a Terry & Louie gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs? 

Terry: No. No covers. I've thought about it, and I'm not opposed to it. But none of us live in the same city as each other so we only have a short window of time together for rehearsals before every show, so we just focus on getting what we have in front of us done first. We throw in a few Exploding Hearts songs or a back list song from Louie's repertoire, but that's it.

9) Are there any bands in California today you consider yourself close to?

Terry: We all know and like each other well. As I mentioned, we don't all live in the the same city as each other, so we don't play locally or tour constantly and so that bond that develops with other bands in the scene doesn't really apply here. Louie and I, as well as Chad and Garett have toured vigorously before this band, so we've built a lot of very close bonds with bands from everywhere. And it's always nice to see them when we do happen to get out and play.

10) 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.

Terry: I listened to a lot of other music like The Mummies, Thee Headcoats, Motorhead, The Damned, Clash, etc... but I'd say The Ramones were my favorite. They were it for me as a teenager. I'd say Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe are my main songwriting influences still. It starts there, and all other influences trickle down from it.

11) What are the plans for 2019 as far as Terry & Louie are concerned?

Terry: We are playing The Burger Boogaloo at Mosswood Park in Oakland, Ca this summer. And we have hooked up with Otis Tours for a full European tour starting late August through September 2019.

12) Anything you wanna add?

Terry: Check for tour updates, news, and all things Terry & Louie through Tuffbreakrecords.com.  You can get your copy of "... A Thousand Guitars" on the website along with t shirts and more! New releases to come later this year from Touches (Louie's synth project) "Guitar Romantic" Remastered by The Exploding Hearts and a new full length album from Pat Kearns.


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Saturday, February 23, 2019

FURIES - S/T



This glam influenced rock'n'roll trio hailing from Madrid, Spain, and led by lovely Maria Jimenez is delivering a very convincing debut full length. With pounding drums and steady bass lines, The Furies are the perfect playground for Maria to lay her guitar riffs and her hook filled vocals. 

What you have here is 8 original songs all penned by Maria and 2 covers , one by Bob Seger and one by Ike and Tina Turner. The album is out on Teenadelic Records, an Independent Powerpop/Punk/ Rock'n'Roll record label based in Rome. This is very recommended!

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about Furies to introduce yourselves? How long are you  together as a band?  Who is playing what instrument in the band nowadays? 

María: It all started when Davide, the bassist, and me discovering glam music, which was something in the middle between the styles of music that we liked. I used to play blues and rock and roll, and he used to play punk so it was not very complicated for us to begin to play glam, since it has a lot of both styles. Then we started to compose what would become the first half of the album, found a drummer and went to record the EP in Rome. I think it was around 2015. We finished the second half of the album in 2017 with another drummer and then, we finally met Christopher Bongers, our latest drummer, who is much more related to the style of the band.

2) About the self titled debut full length record,  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? 

M.: Both times we went to the studio we used the same process. First of all, we recorded the rhythm guitar, the bass and the drums all together. Once we were satisfied with the take, we recorded the main voice and the second guitar. Then we recorded the guitar solos, chorus, arrangements and tried things that came to mind.

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?

M.: We’d really like to record with analog machines because we prefer that sound but it’s more expensive and requires having more experience in the recording studio. But, of course, it’s is something that we’d like to do.

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

M.: I always write the songs, music and lyrics, but it’s in the rehearsal room that we finished them all together.

5) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write a new song?

M.: I don’t think I have a favorite topic to write about but if something makes me feel angry then I’ll probably write a song about it.

6) Furies are sometimes described as a "glam" band. Do you agree with this label? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that?

M.: As I said before, glam was like our meeting point but the three of us listen to a lot of music so it’s inevitable that it is reflected in our music. Besides, bands must evolve, always in a smart and a meaningful way. I think that should be the natural development.

7) Do you have a new video on youtube featuring a track from the LP?? 

M.: Unfortunately, we don’t have it yet but we have a video of the European tour we made last year. So here is the full concert of 24.04.2018 at The Kulturak Klub in Bratislava



8) What can concert goers expect at a Furies gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs? 

M.: A power trio that gives everything on stage because they are doing what they like most, playing new songs with a great influence of the music of the sixties and the seventies. We also play two covers. Nutbush City Limits from Tina Turner and Get Out of Denver from Bob Seger.

9) Are there any bands in Spain today you consider yourself close to?

M.: Not really

10) Anything you wanna add?

M.: Thank you very much for you interest and if somebody wants to listen to us, they can do it here:



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https://furies.bandcamp.com/

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

PALE LIPS - After Dark released on WATERSLIDE


The PALE LIPS from Montreal Québec is an all girl band featuring Jackie Blenkarn on vocals and keyboard, Jamie Radu on bass and back vocals, Ilona Szabo on guitar and back vocals and Lynn Poulin drums. But of course, you already know all this since the girls have already been featured on this blog previously. 

The reason for this second feature is the release , some weeks ago, on the Japanese label WATERSLIDE of their brilliant sophomore album "After Dark" full of  12 original Bubblegum Punk/ Power Pop/ Rock n' Roll tunes. So it was time for this blog to catch up with the PALE LIPS right in the middle of their European Tour.

1) What happened for you girls between the release of "Wanna Be Bad" and now?

We all broke up with our boyfriends and now have new ones! lol. Two of us are married. Lynn is getting married. Jamie moved to and from Germany and also her mom passed away. It was a very heavy couple of years for us but we are back on top!

2) About the new full length record "After Dark",  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?

Everything was done digitally by Ryan Battistuzzi. We did our pre production with him. He recorded and mixed the record. Jackie played keys on this record which was a first for us! We also had some guest musicians! We recorded it over two weeks in December of 2017.

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?

It depends what you want your band to sound like. There is a place for analogue and a place for digital! We use digital.

4) Did you all compose song for this newly released album?

Three of us wrote songs individually and then brought the songs to the band. The songs really become Pale Lips songs when we work them out together!

5) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write a new song?

Love, boys and Rock n Roll music!

6) Is there a new video made to promote one of the songs of the latest album?

We made a video for You’re a Doll! Please check it out :)



7) Are there any new bands in Montreal you consider yourself close to these days?

New Vogue, The Hundred Steeples and Dirty Cheetah! We also are close with some older bands like Jonesy and Priors. Montreal has a nice scene at the moment.

8) What are the plans for 2019? 

We are trying to tour as much as possible! We’re on tour in Europe right now... driving through France at the moment actually!

9) Anything you want to add?

We are currently touring with Otis tours in Europe. We would like to give them a little shout out for always helping us to promote our band and our music. We love our driver Marco!

PURCHASE IT HERE : http://watersliderecords.net/?pid=138039795

here are the tour dates:

The Italian label SURFIN' KI has re-released their smashing debut album "WANNA BE BAD" pressed on 180g vinyl specially for the occasion of this Euro Tour.

Pale Lips "Wanna Be Bad" LP - 2019 Euro Tour Edition!!!





Monday, February 11, 2019

The Mandates - DEAD IN THE FACE


A few months ago, THE MANDATES have released their third full length. This Canadian four piece rock'n'roll combo is tighter that ever and "Dead in the Face" is probably their best work so far. If you like your rock'n'roll in the vein of the Exploding hearts, this collection of 10 new hooky originals all penned by the band is gonna be right up your alley.

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about The Mandates to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band?  Who is playing what instrument in the band nowadays?

Mandates have been a rock n roll band for about 8 years. Brady plays guitar and sings, Jimmy plays bass, Warren on drums and I (Matt) play guitar and sing. That’s the way it’s always been.

2) About the latest full length record "DEAD IN THE FACE",  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?

We recorded it with our good friend and Brady’s bandmate from FEEL ALRIGHT, Craig Fahner, in his basement studio. It was rad. Zero pressure, lots of laughs. I think the whole thing took about eight days or so. The backbone, like all of our records, was recorded live off the floor. Vocals and some extra guitars slapped on after. We sound best when we play all together, the instinctive tempo changes that happen, the rough edges, that’s all part of our sound.

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?

I don’t think it’s foolish at all. There are a ton of examples of bands that record totally analog and sound rad doing it. We’ve talked about how awesome it would be to make a Mandates record on tape and we would jump at the chance if it came along. But, I have nothing bad to say about the technology we’ve used recording either. With the software we can go back and fix a guitar solo, or a flat vocal or add a cymbal hit in no time. Everything is analog until it hits the hard drive - we still want our records to sound like the mid-70s - but having a computer involved as an editing and mixing tool is really handy.

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

Brady or I will do the initial writing of the song but everybody is involved in shaping and rearranging it until we’re all satisfied. Mandates songs will change A LOT from the time they’re brought to the table to the time they are finished.

5) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write a new song?

Romance.

6) The Mandates are sometimes described as a "punk/power-pop" band. Do you agree with this label? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that?

I think there is more to it. I mean, I get the label. We do have a punk/powerpop sound. But, at the same time, I don’t wanna play by the rules of the genre. I like that our songs have twists and turns that haven’t been heard before and structures that aren’t typical of a powerpop/punk band. These days if anyone asks what genre of music we play I just say Rock ’n’ Roll. All these little sub-genres like powerpop, punk, proto-punk, glam etc. that we draw influence from all fall under that umbrella.

7) Do you have a new video on youtube  featuring a track from the new LP??

    YES!


8) What can concert goers expect at a The Mandates gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs?

Mandates gigs are loud, high energy, a lot of fun. And yeah we throw in some covers. Classic stuff that you might expect like the Ramones, Dead Boys, Dictators etc. Lately we’ve been having some fun with a little AC/DC.

9) Are there any bands in Canada today you consider yourself close to?

We’ve got a lot of close friends in Canada. Mother’s Children, NEEDLES//PINS, Real Sickies, Steve Adamyk, Vicious Cycles, Fashionism, Chain Whip the list could go on forever.

10) Anything you wanna add?

Check out our new record and PURCHASE IT HERE: at https://mandates.bandcamp.com/




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