'Tuath' are an Irish language prog/ psych/ noise/ gaze band from Donegal/Galway & Dublin in the Republic Of Ireland who specialises in recording, producing & self releasing magnificent soundscapes through the medium of gaze! The outfit started off as just Robert Mulhern, sick and tired of being let down by other musicians, he got together with a band hell bent on exposing the Irish language to a bigger audience. He decided that his native tongue would help spread the word & be the vehicle that was needed to get the Irish language out through their songs! Eventually the project was minimised to just himself & Ashley Mobasser ( Saxophone) for recording purposes only, with session musicians coming on board for live experimentations! Their debut 7 track EP - 'Tuath - An Taobh TAat(hail)' had its official release on 17th March 2015. We caught up with Rob & Ashley from the band and peppered them with a few question on influences, future plans & shoegaze! Check it out:
WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT THE FORMATION OF THE BAND & YOUR HISTORY?
'Tuath' was started by me (Rob) in my sitting room in Galway, Ireland. At the time of recording & mixing it I was in the process of working on an EP for another band of which I play bass in called 'The Death Letter Devils'. I was playing around with my loop pedal after a stressful day of mixing so I recorded some bland guitar chord progression for a song that will be on our second EP called 'Poll Mór',
I recorded drums, bass, 2 guitars and zero vocals for half of it and I used it to pretend that we were an already existing band and that we just needed a 'new drummer' & ' bassist' for it. Declan Huban(cracking drummer) and Dave Cigs(cracking bass player) fit the bill and off we went. My wonderful warrior girlfriend Rachel and I were running an open mic at the time and Ashley Mobasser showed up. We jammed over some Jazzy stuff and I invited him to be in the band. He accepted and off we went.
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
ASHLEY: Biggest influences are John Zorn, Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver & Black Sabbath,
ROB: My biggest influences are Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Primus & Korn. I stopped listening to bands around the age of 20 because Techno and Dubstep seemed more interesting. I still don't really listen to music but have really fallen in love with 'The Northern Drones' from Dublin.
DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND?
Our sound is quite varied and will continue to change a lot due to the fact that much of it is coming directly from my (Robs) back catelog of the best of failed projects from different parts of my development. At the moment electronics are starting to become more stationary but there is talk of a desert rock EP in the not to distant future. Our first EP was largely progressive, noise rock & shoegaze with some elements of Techno. Our second EP is doom jazz influenced and damn near metal levels of palm muted guitars! The lyrics are largely about depressing stuff but Ashley and I are thinking of doing a 'Shadows' influenced spaghetti western type of thing with whisteling and trumpets and some telecasters! Drum n' Bass is a big influence of mine. Im going to donate money to the surviving Winstons members from the profits of our music. How much will depend on what I can afford, but we owe them a lot.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START MAKING MUSIC?
ASHLEY: What inspired me? Music was the only thing that gave my life a purpose and made me feel alive.
ROB: What inspired me to start making music was a few guys around me. My friend Eamonn McGee taught me the opening chords to 'Tonight Tonight' by the 'Smashing Pumpkins' & I was fascinated as it was the first thing I was able to do well & very quickly. Then I heard 'System Of A Down' and there was no quenching my thirst. Their first album has some of the best guitar work ever.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR THE WORLD TO HEAR YOUR MUSIC? WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH INTERNATIONAL LISTENERS?
The reason that I decided to sing in this band was because I didn't think anyone else would see my vision correctly and I didn't want to argue with anyone over the end decisions. Drawing on my experience in Portugal, a country whose culture is insanely rich and romantic and juicy and vibrant, all I could see everywhere were TV's playing VH1's nostalgic 80's pop hits, like - 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' etc etc. This upset me, as people were just kinda singing along and nobody even spoke English. So this lead me to really see how much the English language is gentrifying culture accross the Globe. These people are being exposed to mind numbing drivel when they could be exposed to the beautiful culture of 'Faro' music and other such things. This is when I decided that hearing brutal music on the radio (sung in english) & seeing Irish people acting like 'Tupac' when they have probably never even seen a gun their whole lives, just made me think that We Are Having The Piss Taken Out Of Us so I chose our native tongue as a medium of vocalisation. I have strong feelings about it. Also, my main gripe with it is that the language is being destroyed by Nationalism and guilt. When I was growing up I hated the language because it was forced down my throat by Nationalists - specifically in my Secondary School. It was Nazism on a smaller scale. I also don't care about 32 counties either. I think we need to leave them on their own. They have been living in the 'Occupied 6' for just as long as we foreign french 'gauls(gaels)' invaded Ireland for the first time and we invaded them first so Nationalism is just a tool that divides people and I could not care less about it. The Irish language is a beautiful, descriptive, floaty sounding language. It has with it - gutteral tones, lovely oohs & aahs that when combined with reverb and delay result's in top quality sounds and rhythms. It also obscures the measuring stick for me as nobody can really be compared to me vocally because nobody has done this before. If you take the reverb and delay away then my voice sounds like a frog croaking. The message I want to send is that our language is class. Its upsetting that we are willing to let it die as a language. It is a window into the past & words are the amber that preserve the mosquito of culture and to lose that is to lose the history of an entire people.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE BANDS & ALBUMS?
ROB: SOAD, Toxicity - Unknown Mortal Orchestra(all of it), Primus - Tales From The Punchbowl, Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist, Black Sabbath - Paranoid, Tool - Aenima, Aphex Twin - Drugs, Tame Impala(All Of It), Fear Factory - Archetype, Format B -Restless, Meshuggah - obzen. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew, Phantogram - Eyelid Movies, Holy Fuck - both Lp's...those guys are so awesome!, The Flying Eyes - Self Titles.
ASHLEY: Headhunters by Hancock, Ten by Pearl Jam, Cape Verdean Blues by Horace Silver & Aenima by Tool.
MUSICALLY WHAT ARE YOUR BANDS PLANS OVER THE NEST YEAR?
We plan to play all over the place! Release an album & 3 EP's, do a live soundtrack for a silent film(all the cool kids are doing it) & the grand mission is to be able to afford better equipment to make it so we can play more dense sets live with visuals and head to europe and the states for a tour(s).
ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER:
Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine ReplicantEars. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
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PINKSHINYULTRABLAST – RAVESTAR SUPREME
To me Pinkshinyultrablast’s – Everything Matters, is one the best releases this year. So I’m glad the band is creating new music videos to accompany their songs. ‘Ravestar Supreme’ is directed by Timothy George Kelly, the viewer is presented a psychedelic black and white glitch art video. Fluid, alive and flawlessly edited, a video you will want to put as a backdrop while you perform. The glitched slow motion heads look cool and fresh. As the music becomes faster so does the editing turning a mellow video in to a intense crazy strobe awesomeness.
The whole album is a warm entity, feels like a springtime in the forest, it probably was my viewers expectation to teleport somewhere in the woods and run around for just a short moment. And oh, the director has certainly thought about that, and delivered! So it’s definitely ultra-mesmerizing mix. Thumbs up Pinkshinyultrablast, whose latest is out via Club AC30 / Shelflife / Vinyl Junkie.
INDIGO SKY - HIDE
Indigo Sky's video for song "Hide" was the first I thought about, while I was choosing this week's music video list.
Why? Guys really put a lot of effort with their 2nd music video, and they definitely had fun with it.
The Camerawork is top-notch, with every shot well planned and tracked throughout the video, not to mention bits with aerial filming since that requires an extra effort. There is a lovely progression from the streets / the block [aerial] to the stage / the city [aerial], the band aims high and that’s the right way to go!
But what I really like about this video is the personality. Even though most of the video concentrates on the lead, [which makes sense since everyone in the band are supposed to hide], band members appear at the right moments, steal the screen time and rock it in the end. The director Tolli Myers, managed to show band the way they are without fakeness, and video gives me the feeling that I’m looking at a well-organized, well placed band that won't fall apart tomorrow. [We hope] This single was released through Wales-based indie label Ear to Ear Records, which is where the video was also shot.
FONOGRAM – LULLABY
Recently I found this wonderful wavy minimalistic video and I must say I’m impressed by the feelings it managed to deliver in combo with the song. Genre is always being associated by something watery, dreamy and something you probably won’t have in common with most of the people around you. But what happens when you find someone who shares your mind set, and sees the world way you do? This video of course! Your everyday waves turn in to something special.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dariy Karyakin is a freelance experimental filmmaker, having been involved in this sphere for the past 7 years in various capacities. He is active in video journalism for several Latvian news agencies and also recently became a member of the international Krinum Art and Design team. He is dedicated to making music videos and short films, for which he has earned various awards and honours. To boot, he is an audiophile with a wide array of musical preferences and an entire FB wall full of music videos. He is always online because there’s always a video to make! His recent video Nocturne Blue ‘You’re The Only One I Really Want’ was praised by 6-time Emmy Winner Dutch Rall. He has also completed several videos for forthcoming release by dreampop shoegaze artists Ummagma & Sounds of Sputnik.
Italian shoegazing is on the rise as far as we're concerned here in the Primal Music Blog HQ. Every one of our contributing writers are in agreement. Italian 'Nu- Shoegaze' bands are creating some of the best sonic sounds around, not only in Italy, but in our opinion, some of the best in Europe!
CLUSTERSUN are an Italian based band riding the crest of the Italian shoegaze tidal wave right now. They create sonically astute, washy, loud shoegazey reverberations infused with blissful walls of sound, cold wave atmospheres & crystal clear dreamy melodies. The band are Marco Chisari - vocals & bass, Mario Lo Faro - guitars, Piergiorgio Campione - synthesizers, keyboards & backing vocals & Andrea Conti - drums. Hailing from Catania, Italy, the band have been together since the beginning of 2013. Their first selfproduced single “Be Vegetal” was included in the CD Summer Sampler 2013 published by american indie label Custom Made Music (Peter Hook & The Light, Freebass, Ringo Deathstarr, Dead Leaf Echo). After that they got signed to the italian indie label Seahorse Recordings for the release of the first album “Out Of Your Ego”. We caught up with the band as they prepare for their first American East Coast tour ( April 23rd to May 3rd - New York, Boston Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Providence, Lancaster, and Lowell) & asked them about their influences, band history & future plans. Check it out:
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Who are you? Tell us about your band and how you originally came together?
CLUSTERSUN are basically four long-time and really close friends from Catania, Italy, that enjoy making loud noises together. Everything started at the beginning of 2013, when all us four began to rehearse together just for having fun and playing loud. Very loud! We instantly found a wonderful feel and interplay between us: that comfortable sensation of speaking the same musical language, with cranked amps, reverbs and eyes pointed at our feet. So our strong human interconnection and common musical background helped a lot in moving things really fast. We soon self-produced our first song, "Be Vegetal" and put it on Soundcloud. The wonderful Dave Allison of U.S. indie label Custom Made Music heard it and appreciated it: he included it in CMM Summer Sampler, a compilation of shoegaze, post-punk, psych, garage from great acts of all over the world. That really pushed things up and was a big spotlight for us. A few weeks later we signed with Italian indie label Seahorse Recordings, run by Italian underground legend Paolo Messere: he brought us in the studio at the end of 2013 for recording our first album "Out Of Your Ego", which came out in April 2014.
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Describe your sound?
We try to mix shoegaze, dreampop, coldwave and psychedelia with hypnotic-obsessive bass lines, dark and cold drum pattern, a strongly expressive guitar with a range that goes from ambient ethereal mood to fuzz-and-reverb madness, fat analog synths and dreamy vocal melodies. Our album "Out Of Your Ego" came out with a distinctive airy-spacey-dreamy-ethereal mood that we love, but we are now at work exploring our fuzzier, grittier, dirtier side in the live renditions of the album tracks and especially in the new material that is coming out at rehearsals. We hate to stand still.
What do you love about shoegaze?
Shoegaze is a music that can bring you to another dimension, sonically and mentally. It lets you a lot of freedom and big room for experimentation, allowing your creativity to expand in many directions. From a musician’s point of view is like a place where you’re encouraged to breaking borders and pushing things at their limits.
Your song ‘Hipnosis’ is on the compilation ‘REVOLUTION – The Shoegaze Revival’. How did that come about and what does this all mean?
We were delighted to be involved In “REVOLUTION - The Shoegaze Revival”, which is an international compilation put together for Ear to Ear Records by a great artist and friend Shauna McLarnon – she is the vocalist in one of the bands we love most, Canadian-Ukrainian duo Ummagma. We were glad to contribute with our single “Hipgnosis”, that sits in excellent company alongside stunning tracks by 30 amazing bands from 16 countries of the world, covering 5 of the 6 inhabited continents: Orangenoise (Pakistan), Sounds of Sputnik (Russia), The Yours (Hong Kong), Trementina (Chile), Ummagma (Canada-Ukraine), Digilite (Indonesia), Jaguwar (Germany), Stellarscope (USA), Spool (Japan), Wozniak (Scotland), Ether Feels (Japan), Hideous Towns (Australia), Lights That Change (Wales, UK), Damascus (Indonesia), Weird. (Italy), Hermetic Delight (France), Rev Rev Rev (Italy), The Evening Primrose (Hong Kong), Stella Diana (Italy), Seaside (Indonesia), Blood Lips (UK), Magao (Japan), Clustersun (Italy), Duelectrum (Brazil), Intenna (Indonesia), Robsongs (Brazil), Slow Motion Picture (USA), Thud (Hong Kong), Sharesprings (Indonesia), and Puna (Peru). This compilation was released on British label Ear To Ear Records and the Indonesian label Gerpfast Kolektif – this is one of the major shoegaze events of 2015, a detailed representation of what shoegaze was, is and also where it could go, as confirmed by the great endorsement and support by legends like Creation Records co-founder Joe Foster, Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver/ Brian Jonestown Massacre), Stephen Lawrie (The Telescopes), and Louise Trehy (Swallow/ Strata Florida). We are so proud to be part of this. [Editor’s note: check out our recent interview with Joe Foster here].
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Why is it important for the world to hear your music? What kind of message would you like to share with international listeners?
We can only say we make visionary music for visionary people, in the most genuine and honest way; we don’t pretend to deliver a particular message to our listeners, maybe an aesthetic ideal.
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Musically, what are your bands plans over the next year?
2015 is going to be a really great year for us! In just a few days we’ll announce our first American tour, 9 gigs on the East Coast between New York, Boston Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Providence, Lancaster, and Lowell, from April 23rd to May 3rd. After that we’ll plan touring in Italy and Europe for summer. We are also still at work on new material and it's a very productive and inspiring time for us. We have completed a bunch of new songs that are coming out in a grittier, edgier and more aggressive mood compared to the ones on the album.
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Can you name some bands from your country or elsewhere as recommended listening?
So many great emerging acts to discover in our country, we highly recommend Rev Rev Rev, Stella Diana, Novanta, My Invisible Friends, In Her Eye, A Modern Way To Die, Weird, La Casa Al Mare, The Crackers, Kimono Lights, 86Sandals, Sonic Jesus, Snow In Mexico, Last Movement, Electric Floor, Allie’s Dope, Winter Severity Index, Klam, Ash Code, and Geometric Vision. You will be able to hear (and download) many of them on the compilation out this week from Shoegazin’ Your Waves.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Keep following CLUSTERSUN at the links below.
Duelectrum are a shoegaze/noise pop band from São Paulo, Brazil, formed by Filipe Albuquerque (guitars), Franklin Weise (bass) and Elson Barbosa (drums), who also plays bass guitar in the super indie post-rock group Herod. As a duo (Filipe e Franklin), Duelectrum independently released the "Duelectr1" EP in 2001, which is now out of print. The "Electrolândia" EP was released in 2008 by Pisces Records and Sinewave.
Sinewave released the "Tempestadestelar" EP, which contains songs recorded between 2002 and 2005, in 2002, as well as the single "Chocolate Love" in 2008. In August 2014, the band released "She Doesn't Feel the Sun" (EP), with a guest appearance by Lucas Lippaus (Herod, Hopping to Collide With, S.O.M.A.) on guitars.
When we talk about modern day shoegazing bands, Brazil based Duelectrum are never far away from peoples lips! Their explosive walls of reverb laden sound are electrifying, emotive, passionate & expressive. Their live shows are a full on assault on your senses, bringing their fans on a musical journey with every note that they play! With their recent inclusion on the massive duel label, shoegaze compilation release - 'Revolution The Shoegaze Revival' on both 'Ear To Ear Records' & 'Gerpfast Kolektif Records', we caught up with the band and peppered them with some intrusive questions on all things music. Check out their frank but agreeable answers below:
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Who are you? Tell us about your band and how you originally came together.
I'm Filipe Albuquerque, I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, currently living in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. We started Duelectrum in May 1999 as a duo, with just Franklin Weise and I. At the very beginning, we used to play with a drum machine. Since them, we started to play some concerts (not much) and we recorded four EPs — Duelectr1 (2001); Eletrolândia (2008); Tempestadestelar (2009); and She Doesn't Feel The Sun (2014). We also issued one single — Chocolate Love (2010).
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Who are your biggest influences?
Hard to say, but the shoegaze stuff from late 80's and early 90's, plus some of current bands. Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, the first three Starflyer 59 albums, MBV, Spacemen 3, Astrobrite, Nothing, and Whirr.
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What inspired you to start making music?
Listening to good records, and seeing great bands playing live.
The idea of taking some pop approach, with great melodies, with noisy and loud guitars, some feedback and smooth vocals.
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Is it a Shoegaze revival or a rebirth? What do you think about the recent film 'Beautiful Noise' and reunions of such bands like Ride, Swervedriver, Medicine and Slowdive?
I think this kind of sound has always been there since the late 80's, influenced by 60's garage bands. The comeback of these bands you mentioned, and the documentary, all these things have brought some light to the sound. Plus there are a huge number of new bands making some good noise, who are keeping the scene rocking. But I cannot really say if this is a revival or even a rebirth, because I really don't know.
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What can we expect to see happening with Duelectrum in the near future?
To release a full length and also give some concerts. We just want to make a lot of noise as loud as we can and sing about ordinary stuff.
From Brazil we have - Herod, This Lonely Crowd, Loomer, Traveling Wave, Justine Never Knew the Rules, The Soundscapes...
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If you had the chance to cover any artist who would it be, what song and why?
We recorded a version of “Eisbaer” by Grausone, in our EP released last year. Also, we used to play Slowdive and some Starflyer 59 tunes at past concerts. For the next record, we have the idea of making a version of a song called "Minha Vida" from a Brazilian hitmaker named Lulu Santos. The lyrics from that song are great, and I think we can make a good noisy version of that song.
If you had to pick 1 or 2 or 3 words to describe your music, what would they be?
Pop, Noisy, Loud.
God bless you all!
Artist: Wild Meadows
Release: Wild Meadows EP
Release Date: 23/04/15
Record Company: Unsigned
With so much good music coming out of Australia these days is hardly surprising when I tell you that another brilliant band from that immense continent got in touch with the blog to announce their debut EP. We've touched on Melbourne based shoegaze/dream-pop bands before on the Primal Music Blog, so you all should know by now just how good bands emerging from that city are at creating immensely sounding atmospheric soundscapes. 'Wild Meadows' are no different! Hailing from Melbourne primarily, but with band members originating in Birmingham, Wellington & Adelaide also, 'Wild Meadows' have a distinctly early 90's shoegaze sound with an underlying nod to 60's psych-pop & 80's electronica all intertwined with an impressive modern day 'nu-gaze' twist. The band are: Kat Karamitros - vocals & keyboards, James Ross - guitar & vocals, Donovan Pill - bass, Chris Rodgers - guitar & Tom S - drums. Their self-titled debut EP is penned in for released on April 23rd 2015 at the Tote, Collingwood and you can check out what we thought of it below:
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The 4 track ’Wild Meadows EP’ opens up with the immense - ‘Colours’. A distinctive post-punk edge adorns this modern day gazing gem with swirling effected guitars, a beautiful vocal line & a really addictive bass track. Fans of Philadelphia based outfit - ‘The Morelings’ will love this track. The chorus explodes onto the musical landscape announcing the arrival of yet another amazing Melbourne based post-punk infused shoegazing outfit. Sublime!
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Track 2 - ‘Jennifer’, is a journey back in time to the early 90’s with its melodic vocal lines, swells of reverb drenched guitars & power-pop explosions! Reminiscent in parts to early 90’s, UK based - ‘Chapterhouse’, this is stunning example of a band in tune with their musical influences & surroundings! The songwriting & song structuring on this track are immense and coupled with the production makes this debut EP's stand out track for me. It has this addictive chorus break that will have you hooked from the very first listen & what’s going on under the vocal track is nothing short of beautiful. ‘Jennifer’ - is the bedrock of this entire EP as far as I’m concerned and that makes it possibly my favourite track. But don’t take my word for it, go & check it out for yourself:
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Track 3 ‘Save Yourself’ may lean more towards garage & 60’s psych-pop with it’s guitar stylings but it’s all about the vocal track on this one for me! Kat Karamitros (Vocals & Keyboards) has an alluring tone to her vocal that keeps you interested in the tracks that she takes the lead on. Both - ‘Save Yourself’ & this EP’s opening track - ‘Colours’, have a depth to them and I believe it’s down to Karamitros vocal abilities. They sit really well with a layered wall of reverb effected guitars, driving bass & explosive drums. Check it out:
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The closing track on this impressive debut release from Melbourne based gazers ’Wild Meadows’ entitled - ’Stare At The Sun’ is another solid, early 90’s sounding melodic track full of impressive song writing and catchy production. Im not sure of the bands influences and if I offend them in any way I apologise in advance, but I can hear ‘The Soup Dragons’ & early ‘Pearl’ era ’Chapterhouse’ on this track and it doesn't disappoint at all. Go check it out:
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This is a brilliantly executed debut release from ‘Wild Meadows’. It showcases some really impressive songwriting skills with tracks that loop & arc through layers of effected sound-waves & vocal tones to die for. It will have you wanting to hear more from them & I look forward to hearing what comes next? A full release will tell more & until then I wish them well.
You can get your hands on this EP by heading over to the bands Bandcamp Page and supporting them there.
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - March 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.
Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genres of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm The Primal Radio Show has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine ReplicantEars. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
Slow Motion Picture are a New York based 5 piece band who's immense atmospheric sound spans many genre's, from Shoegaze & Indie through into Space Rock & the realm of the epic Film Score. Their debut album - 'In Memory Of…' is covered in layers of hidden meanings and buried references to characters its listeners will never actually meet, yet still takes its audience on a journey of pure empathy. Each of the album’s ten songs are based upon a ghost story that multi-instrumentalist/guitarist Brian Caesar (As Tall As Lions) wrote in his early twenties as a way to cope with the passing of his father. Filling each song with haunting vocal melodies, luscious orchestral accompaniment and endless layers of fuzz driven guitars, Caesar, along with former vocalist Lauren Edman (Sleepthief), developed a sound that blended the depth of modern film scores with an airy timbre reminiscent of the shoegaze bands of the early 90’s. Bringing in drummer Aaron Kelly, bassist Dan Timmons and keyboard/synth player Marco Talamo enabled Edman and Caesar to finally bring these songs to the stage in 2013. The band recently added the heart-stopping voice of Scottish singer/multi-instrumentalist Anna Popplestone to its lineup and are looking forward to playing several dates in support of their new LP.
With their recent inclusion in the epic duel label release, 30 band shoegaze compilation - 'Revolution -The Shoegaze Revival', we caught up with the band to ask them about their influences, shoegaze tendencies & what the future holds for them musically. We'd like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the band for taking the time to answer our questions. Check it out:
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Who are you? Tell us about your band.
My name is Brian Caesar and I am in a band called Slow Motion Picture. We started originally as a duo writing songs under a different name. I had some musical accompaniments to these ghost stories that I had written after my father passed on a few years prior and started working with Lauren Edman (our former singer) to try to make these ideas work as songs.
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How did you originally come together?
We would email music, lyrics and top line melody ideas to each other back and forth and they quickly just turned into the songs that I always wanted them to be. We ended up recording a demo EP with some of the songs that would later end up on our debut album that came out this past year. When we wanted to start playing some shows we brought in Aaron Kelly our drummer and after a few different other players were able to finally settle on Dan Timmons as our bassist and Marco Talamo as our keyboard player.
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Who are your biggest influences?
Sigur Ros, Verve, Florence + The Machine, Fleetwood Mac, Smashing Pumpkins, Elbow, Doves, Mew, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Catherine Wheel, Swervedriver.. to name a few. Otherwise, I am highly influenced by a lot of film scores. All of those intricate parts and textures that awaken your senses and help you empathize more with the characters are what I strive to do in my writing.
I'm glad that you worded it that way and not "What is your genre?" .. we cross over a lot of different genres and sub genres within our sound. I like to think of it as cinematic indie space rock.
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I feel that shoegaze really encompasses a lot of the same emotional qualities that film scores have. The driving guitars, the clashing melodies all of it just creates this amazing tonality that takes you somewhere else. I can honestly say that it is my favorite genre because to me it is the only genre to truly capture emotion and surround you with it.
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Is it a Shoegaze revival or a rebirth? What do you think about reunions of such bands like Ride, Swervedriver, Medicine and Slowdive?
I actually don't think that shoegaze ever really left, but these days it's getting turned on to more and more people. The Grunge era, and Brit-pop eras came in and took over for a bit on the surface, but a lot of those bands had that 'shoegaze' undertone to them. I can't listen to Smashing Pumpkin's Siamese Dream and not think that there is a lot of the same fuzzed out shoegaze that there is on Swervedriver's Duel or MBV's Loveless. Some people say that shoegaze kind of tapered off, but on the contrary since the first appearance of the genre, more and more films, television shows and even commercials started incorporating its influence into their background scores. It was always there directing our feelings in one direction or another. I feel that more recently with bands like M83 & Sigur Ros bringing together these grandiose symphonic ideas and being able to break them up into song structure, that it almost is the evolution of classical film score.
Swervedriver and Slowdive were two of my favorite bands ever. Getting the chance to see them again will be magical. And the fact that they're all selling out much larger venues than they used to play is just further proof that shoegaze has never left.
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Can you tell us about your involvement in the Revolution shoegaze compilation?
I am a huge fan of Ummagma and Sounds of Sputnik. When 'Ear to Ear Records' asked if we would be on this amazing compilation, I jumped for joy. I didn't even know what it was going to be, but hearing that we'd get to be on a compilation with two of my favorite bands got me so excited. Then upon seeing the list of artists featured on it., my mind was blown.. I feel like I am part of something historic. Like I'm on one of my favorite soundtracks.
Music is a way for me to heal. It is probably the way that I communicate best with the world and seeing that it has had an effect on listeners tells me that I did something right.
We're hoping to play a bunch more shows along the East Coast and start working on a new EP.
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Melbourne based 'Bloodhounds On My Trail' create a 60's sounding fuzzy psychedelic imprint that not only connect 80's atmospheric post-punk to early 90's gaze but also add a modern edge to their immense soundscapes. A love of shoegaze bands of the late 1980s to early 90s provided the catalyst for the formation of the band. Since then, members Johnny Green (guitar, vocals), Chris Donaldson (guitar), Jonny O’Hara (bass) and Nik Donaldson (drums) have sought to fuse the rhythmic underpinnings of bands like the Velvet Underground and the Stooges with the dream haze of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive. With an addictive, reverb soaked, maelstrom of layered effects and beautiful melodies their sound could grace any soundtrack of a modern day musical audience. 'Bloodhounds On My Trail' are one of our favourite bands right now & we are stoked to have interviewed them for the blog. Their latest amazing release - Escape EP is available to download from their Bandcamp Page HERE. We also reviewed it for The Primal Music Blog and you can read our thoughts on it HERE.
We new releases in the pipeline & serious attention building around the band, we caught up with them and asked them a few questions about their influences, future plans & their thoughts on shoegaze!
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1) Who are you? Tell us about the formation of the band & your history?
We are Bloodhounds On My Trail from Melbourne, Australia who practice the art form of music, writing songs, sharing experiences & falling out. In other words, we are a band. It all started pretty spontaneously with Johnny and Nik jamming on a few ideas that I had on a loop pedal. Johnny was listening to a lot of Jesus and Mary Chain at the time and that really inspired him to start a new band. Once they had worked out a few songs (incl 'She's In My Plans') Chris was asked to come check out what they were doing with it in mind to have him join as another guitarist since two guitarists could create a big sound. After hearing what the then duo had created Chris was immediately impressed and keen to contribute to what they were creating. After some practices as a trio a good friend Jonny O'Hara was recruited on bass who appeared on Escape EP. Shortly after the release of that EP O'Hara parted ways & Che (of Miniatures) threw his hat in the ring to punch out the 4 stringer. A brief history for a band that has only been around for just over a year.
2) Who are your biggest influences?
We focus heavy on the song writing aspect & find influence comes more from life & experiences than just music. We don't ever decide we like a particular tune so we try to do one like it. Its more the fact that tunes are written that capture a particular mood musically & have a particular content lyrically. Influence on writing a song comes from conscious thought that's decided by what happens to & around us or to an individual and the music is a subconscious influences based on the music we enjoy to listen to. As the music aspect goes, as a band we are into a wide range of music (anything from late 80s, early 90's UK/US stuff to Rockabilly to Punk) and we really dig that. It helps in keeping the ideas interesting and exciting. We collaborate and flesh out a lot of songs from a basic idea Johnny or Chris bring to the table and it's really cool when you leave rehearsal with a song that has taken a direction that you didn't see coming... Those are the songs that give us a buzz.
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3) Describe your sound?
Underneath it all we hope our song writing comes through followed by a big sound sonically. We are always trying to keep tunes very much together in terms of the instrumentation so we can have a thick blanket of sound. Maybe think of drone sounding guitars where the bass denotes chord changes & a most solid of beats. Add to that some JAMC inspired riffs melodies that are emotive.
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4) What inspired you to start making music?
It's best when it's more in your blood than a particular moment when you decide to make music. Sure there are turning points that may make you do something because it inspired you but music had always been a big part of growing up for all of us so it's just been a natural step from the beginning. Like Johnny got into a lot of bands (The Smiths, The clash, The White Stripes, The Beach Boys...all the good stuff) from the vinyl his Dad played from the lounge room. Wasn't something consciously thought about, just loved hearing new bands and new songs so figured why not learn guitar and start a band. The brothers (Nik & Chris), like Che as well grew up with a musical parents so nature + nurture will always win.
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5) What do you love about shoegaze?
The music itself just hits the right chord with all of us. Never really thought about it. Just heard and loved it immediately. Also the "scene" is a great community really. All supportive. The way it always has been really. It's niche. Niche people always get each other more.
6) Why is it important for the world to hear your music? What kind of message would you like to share with international listeners?
Because like bands that we love, be that local or international, everyone can bring something great. We like to think that people could be getting a good buzz of hearing our music just like when anyone listen to anything that they enjoy. As for a message... Escape?
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7) What are some of your favorite bands or albums?
We wanna take this question to plug some Roogaze (Australian Shoegaze) that we love (no particular order of course): Lowtide, Contrast, Miniatures, Hideous Towns, Flyying Colours, Blush Response, Luna Ghost, Kigo, Lunaire, Roku Music, Fait. So many. Probably missed some!
8) Musically, what are your bands plans over the next year?
Been writing a lot of new songs recently and plan to release a couple of singles in this year followed by an EP. We have just finished recording a cover of a ''Dreams Burn Down" by gaze fav's Ride for a Ride tribute compilation that is available on 'the blog that celebrates itself' bandcamp - check it out! Other than that, play more shows locally, around Australia and internationally perhaps!
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Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave, but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm The Primal Radio Show has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine ReplicantEars. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
Artist: The Holy Cosmos
Release: THC/VC Split
Release Date: 31/01/15
In the world of music there is no bigger force right now than the internet. Connectivity between bands of all disciplines and their fans is centred around their social media outlets & music streaming platforms. The age of lugging tape reels on airplanes so as to collaborate with your peers on the other side of the globe has gone to the great gig in the sky! Nowadays it’s all about click & send. One such cross geographical collaboration met on a Facebook music group called ‘Space Mantra’, a Facebook group dedicated to supporting psychedelic, shoegaze infused spacerock in all it’s many guises. ‘The Holy Cosmos’ are a spacerock band from Mexico City & along with a German friend of theirs, ‘Vintage Cucumber’ (I Kid You Not ), from Templin, Germany, they have just released a 6 track split EP entitled - ‘THC/VC Split’. Its split with 3 tracks from each artist.
‘The Holy Cosmos’ are: Rita – Drums, Vocals & Percussions, Ernesto - Drums & Percussions, Fabián – Bass, Marco – Guitar & Vocals, Josuæ – Guitar, Juan – Guitar. They met on the Facebook group - ‘Space Mantra’ & then in person at a rock show when they were two different bands. Ernesto & Marco were in ‘Voyager 2’ and Rita, Juan, Fabián & Josué were in ‘Neutle’. At the end of 2013 they decided to join forces to make the atmospheric juggernaut that is ‘The Holy Cosmos’. Their influences are wide reaching & impressive with Dead Skeletons, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Neu!, The Velvet Underground, Spacemen 3, The Warlocks, Sonic Youth, Bardo Pond & MBV all on the list.
The ’THC/VC Split EP’ - is a supersonic roller coaster ride through blissful, lush musical highways intertwined with space heavy atmospheric tones. This is an amazing collaborative release full of pulsating instrumental shoegaze, psychedelic swells & luscious reverb drenched vocal swirls. For fans of shoegaze infused spacerock this is a must have release. 2015 is shaping up to being a massive year for the shoegazing genre.
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The EP opens up with the first composition from ‘The Holy Cosmos’, a creeping monolith of a track called - ‘Fields’. It has a distinctive ‘Spacemen 3’ meets ‘Velvet Underground’ feel to it. You melt into its inner core & disappear inside until you are suspended in reverb drenched wonderment. Check it out:
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Track 2 is another from a heavy hitting - ’The Holy Cosmos’. ‘Come On Riding’ - has that stoner-gaze vibe reminiscent of early stuff by Californian based gazers - ‘The Warlocks’. A sluggish repetitive guitar sequence hugs the bass & drums like a man in love! The reverb effected vocal lines intertwine & swirl around the entire track as it pulsates & moves like a snake. Immense track!
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Track 3 is possibly my favourite on this whole release! ‘Cult Of Skulls’ is a 5 minute plus, express elevator to hell! It explodes onto the musical canvass from the off and it twists & turns through layers of socially brilliant effected guitars, pulsating bass lines & solid Drums. This is an addictive musical masterpiece. It reminds me of another brilliant Australian based outfit called - ‘Luna Ghost’& their epic 2014 release ‘The Luna Ghost EP’. Check it out:
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Track 4 is ‘Vintage Cucumber’ territory! But don’t let the band name fool you. This is an absolutly immense track full of addictive reverb drenched guitar loops, reminescent in parts to early ‘Loop’ or american based instrumental shoegazers ‘Ghost Box Orchestra’. Its another full on edge of your seat sonic ride through layers & layers of effected guitars and solid drum tracks. ‘Mutterhertz’ is dance music in shoegazing form. LISTEN TO IT ON HEADPHONES. It will blow you away.
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Next up is another monster of a track! ‘Vintage Cucumbers’ -’Rennsimulator Marke Eigenbau’ reminds me of ‘Contino Sessions - Death In Vegas’. Continuously pulsing vocal samples striding a drum track built for driving to, with swirling guitar lines and bass frequencies to die for. This track is another floor filler in gazing form. Look at your shoes.
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The final track on this impressive release is another ‘Vintage Cucumber’ gem. Slower than the previous two tracks, ‘Windhart’, takes you by the hand and leads you into a sonic heaven full of angelic reverb laden tones worthy of worshiping on another musical plane. This stunning track opens up into a haunting vocal line filled with intent. It builds & builds into the chorus break like norse god waiting to explode. This is psychedelic shoegazing at its very, very best & it will send chills down your spine! Check it out for yourselves:
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Im very impressed with both bands on this split release. The shoegazing genre of music is amazingly strong all around the globe and both of these acts are worthy of joining this new wave of gazing prowess currently caressing the earlobes of the worlds gazing fans. This Split EP is available up on bandcamp to download for free. Go and get a copy of it while you still can.
Release Date: 11/02/15
Record Company: Unsigned
Back in the late 80’s I fell in love with an american based band called ‘For Against’. With full on catchy dream-pop inspired gazing sounds I instantly became a big fan & subsequently collected everything they ever released on Vinyl. Fast forward to last week and imagine my surprise when I was contacted by a band with a sound so reminiscent of ’For Against’ that I had to do a double take! ‘Marble’ - are Elliot C & Julian L, they formed in 2013 in Marlboro, NY over in the U.S & they take their influences from Scott Cortez, Robin Guthrie, Kevin Shields, Bulgarian Choir Music, Bela Bartok & Kate Bush. Marble display that typical 'For Against' sound - the full on high- tempo, gazing soundscape - that enthralled me back in the late 80's, but they have also intertwined a modern edge that is both captivating & laden with melodic dreamy walls of sonically immense reverb drenched guitars. Their 5 track debut EP is entitled 'Demo' & it was recorded January 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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The EP opens with the pounding - 'And'. There is a strong power-pop influence running through the 'Marble' sound. It's only when you hear the full on wall of sound explode in your eardrums do you realise just how many influences are actually streaming through their impressive soundscapes. Name a band & I can guarantee you will hear it in their sound and that just goes to show the wealth of talent in their influential musical gene pool. This track is immense! An explosive opening track. Very impressive!
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Track 2, 'Lavender & Cherry' is stuffed full of early shoegaze influences! I can hear Chapterhouse, MBV, For Against & Pale Saints all intertwining into a lush, immense, shoegaze fuelled maelstrom of beautiful sonic tones. A brilliant interlude from the full on, in your face explosion of the opening track, the chorus change in 'Lavender & Cherry' is simple breathtaking & worthy of praise on its own. You really need to check this track our for yourselves:
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'Slimy', the EP's third track is nothing short of beautiful! Immense reverb drenched vocals introduce us to waves of sonically delightful guitars. This track will have you gazing at your shoes & dreaming your life away with its soothing tones. Its builds & builds to a massive ending, sweeping you away with its walls of luscious guitars. A masterclass in this bands songwriting abilities, it is my favourite track on this release and yet again, another marvellous track from a very, very impressive band. Ones to watch for the future.
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The longest track on this release, coming in at 4 Minutes and 30 Seconds, is 'The Infinity Link'. Doing exactly as it says on the tin, this track is another shoegazing masterpiece. It's guitar lines will transfix & mesmerise you until you fall into a sonic explosion of tone & shape. This is a monster of a track. Listen to it on headphones & wonder at it's psychedelic qualities. Dreamy to a point, but immensely satisfying to this listener. Very impressive.
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The final track on this really impressive release is 'V'. Vocally ,this track will bowl you over. Hauntingly beautiful. The production qualities on them are amazing. Coupled with the explosive full on layers of reverb laden guitar lines & a solid drum track, this track is a fitting ending to a brilliant release. Easily making me want to hear more.
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Its very difficult to find fault with this band. Musically, they have ability in spades! Their production techniques are second to none! But what stands out for me about them is their ability to introduce so many of the influences that they hold dear into their music. If you need to hear something good this weekend then go and download this EP. It will entertain you! If you are a fan of the Genre, it will blow you away! Newbies to the scene could do no wrong using 'Marble' as a starting point in this new wave of gazing! This EP is a masterpiece. I can't wait to hear what they come up with next.
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - March 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.
Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genres of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm The Primal Radio Show has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
Slaughter Joe aka Joe Foster (born Joseph James Foster Ruiz) is a musical artist, record producer, historian, and former child actor based in Scotland. Along with Alan McGee and Dick Green, he formed Creation Records in 1983. He set up the Kaleidoscope Sound label in the mid-1980s, and Creation's subsidiary label Rev-Ola Records in the early 1990s. He is noted for producing the The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Telescopes, Primal Scream', and My Bloody Valentine. He also produced records for many others, including the X-Men, The Jasmine Minks, The Loft, Felt, The Sea Urchins, The Bounty Hunters, Dave Kusworth, 18 Wheeler, Razorcuts, I, Ludicrous, Captain Soul, and The Creation among others.
His early days in music can be traced back to the early 80's avant garde pop of the Television Personalities. He produced the TVP’s classic album, The Painted Word, before joining Alan McGee in the embryonic Biff Bang Pow! In 1983 he formed Creation Records with Alan McGee and Dick Green, going on to become the label’s house producer. In this capacity he produced many of the early singles and albums that distinguished the label, including material by the Loft, Primal Scream, Jesus And Mary Chain and Biff Bang Pow! By 1987 Foster had begun a relationship with My Bloody Valentine, recording singles with them for the Kaleidoscope Sound label, before bringing them, and another artist on that label, Dave Kusworth, to Creation Records. Two albums with Kusworth, plus two Felt collections, were produced in 1988, before he moved to Holland to produce various projects for the Megadisc label.
On his return to England he would use this experience to help young bands tour the low countries, and he also returned to live sound engineering (having initially taken this role with the fledgling Jesus And Mary Chain). In 1991 he set up a small demo studio with Sonic Boom (ex-Spacemen 3) to record the artist’s new material and that of other local bands. The following year he returned to Creation to set up a subsidiary division, the Rev-Ola label, in order to license and remaster material from the 50s to 80s (including the excellent reissues from the Millennium and Sagittarius). He continued to run the label while producing albums by 18 Wheeler and the Creation, the 60s psyche band who originally inspired the parent label’s choice of title. After the break-up of Creation Records, Foster moved on to join the newly formed Poptones label. Then, in 2002, in 2002, joining forces with Cherry Red Records’ Iain McNay in revitalising the Rev-Ola label. He has recently worked with and has released records by - Eugene Kelly, BMX Bandits, Norman Blake, The Fine Arts Showcase, Zoe, Control Freak, The Cake, Roger Nicholls and a Small Circle of Friends, Evie Sands, The Wondermints, The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, The Telescopes, The Brian Jonestown Massacre & Richard Olsen. Joe Foster's list of musical credits are endless. You can check them out HERE.
His releases under the name Slaughter Joe are: "Slaughter Joe And The Modern Folk Quintet - All Around My Hobby Horse's Head (LP) (Kaleidoscope Sound 1987) & "The Pied Piper Of Feedback" (Creation Records 1990)
More recently Joe Foster has been working tirelessly with todays up & coming bands/artists from all around the globe, instilling his hard earned knowledge of Production, Mastering & Remixing Skills on their music! In my opinion he is a musical visionary & someone that young bands of today should not only look up to, but should investigate as a source of all things music! We sent Joe a few questions about his Career, Todays Rebirth Of Shoegaze & Creation Records. He kindly agreed to answer them. For that we are eternally grateful and we thank him a lot. Check it out:
Del: Hi Joe - Before we start, can I just say that I'm a big fan of yours (STARSTRUCK DEL TALKING). 'The Painted Word' by The Television Personalities is a truly great album. I know that you not only produced it but you played most of the instruments on it as well, so as far as I'm concerned you are a musical visionary!
JF: **Why thank you :-
DEL: When did it all begin musically for you?
JF: **IDK drifted into it I suppose...as a child actor of a low range type haha also my late father was a recording engineer at various studios and the BBC...through his contacts I was working at a tea boy level at various music publishers in ‘’Tin Pan Alley’’ era Denmark Street not too far from where I lived in Fitzrovia...not then at all a fancy part of town let me add haha. The London music world was still just about as it had always been since forever, many of us worked in lowly positions in it looking to work out way up...Dan Treacy worked for Swansong records/Led Zeppelin as an office boy, which he hated haha...Stevie New and Rusty Egan of The Rich Kids etc worked at Warner Bros in the postroom so many other teaboys about hahaha the classic… a lost world haha lost as Atlantis...a shame in some ways as kids cannot feel part of an interesting business, where who knows? Instead they are put out there as contestants on an amateur hour TV show and that’s the new mainstream...tragic really…we would kind of know people like Andrew Loog Oldham or Derek Taylor or whoever...kids today trying a mainstream way know who? Some TV wacko...
I was also studying at the Central School of Art for some years, and moved in that world...still do in some ways haha met all sorts of people..London in that period was pretty buzzing, and we were all part of it, no matter how low we were seen by the movers and shakers, to ourselves we were genius hahaha it was a clubtastic time and we heard so much different music and met so many people some things we felt part of others we observed and liked or hated but all interesting to us as artists...oh well ...
DEL: You have produced some amazing bands from all around the world, some of them labeled as seriously influential in modern day music. Big names such as - My Bloody Valentine, Jesus And Mary Chain & Primal Scream, to name but a few. But you are also a gifted musician & founding member of The Television Personalities. How difficult was it back then to get your music heard by the right people? And do you have any insight for the bands reading this interview into approaching record labels today?
JF: **As I say, still a small world in music, Soho in London, various places in NYC, Hollywood etc though it was the mainstream but it was reachable we never felt it was impossible….we just wanted to lord it with our art and we kinda did eventually. We never felt ANYTHING was impossible..or difficult. Delusional? probably haha. And if we could not be on the mainstream show or label we would create our own and propose it as a replacement culturally...IDK how gifted I am as a musician..multi talentless perhaps haha
Alas today there has been a creeping amateurisation going on...which has tbh hurt music...if no one is a pro, it’s all for free and it’s all a game..your art means little..grrr haha oh well I better get rich parents :-)
DEL: In the 1980's & into the early 1990's - 'Creation Records' changed the perception of modern music & brought a blissfully immense sound to the ears of a youth culture crying out for something new. Did you ever think that this little independent record label, which you helped to start, would still be influencing kids today - to the extent that nearly every band referenced as influential to them now, were once Creation Records artists?
JF: **We felt that Creation Records and everyone associated with it would be a legendary new beginning never to be forgotten :-) a new world perhaps we were all insane haha perhaps we still are? This bonded us all to a scary degree in a mental no questions way it still does very tribal oh yesh :-) perhaps that needs to occur in a shoegaze rebirth?
DEL: You gave a quote recently about the Ear To Ear Records & Gerpfast Kolektif Records free to download, compilation release, featuring 30 bands from all around the globe, entitled 'Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival'. In it you spoke of a rebirth instead of a revival. Can you recommend some of the newer bands around today, who you are either listening to or working with & who you reckon are contributing to this rebirth?
JF: **Yes exactly I feel this has arisen as what I prefer to call a rebirth a resurgence of a feeling in music in a very organic way...spontaneous something I can identify with...and good grief 30 bands from all over the world? All at once? Having never really met? Something is afoot oh yesh!
The structure of the label (Ear To Ear Records) I find interesting...it is based in Wales and also in Canada...with an awareness of how to publicise the whole thing worldwide...a positive aspect of the internet, like being able to do mixes/remixes without shlepping huge reels around town/the world..opens it all up...one can be anywhere or everywhere like a comic book villain haha the world will be conquered by all this I think this initiative of doing 30 bands right there in a one-er sets out the stall for a whole new thing...and getting it out there makes the magic happen..and it IS magic make no mistake! Let’s focus on these bands to begin...because there will soon be so so many more..and not all the same or even similar...once the genie escapes, it’s game on!!
DEL: Alan McGee was recently quoted as saying that - "Joe Foster was the Andy Warhol of Creation Records as his pop art prophecies always came true" - Taking that quote into context, who, in your opinion out of all of the bands that you had on Creation Records were the stand out acts for you? And why?
JF: Haha very kind of Alan to say that...I am possibly not quite so omnipotent as all that, but maybe I was...and will be again….so you can take me seriously re the new bands compilation, a new world will escape from it!!
The bands? I loved them ALL every one and still do….as different as many of the bands were, if one takes an academic view there are many common themes to them...perhaps I should write a paper haha
DEL: And Finally, What's next for Joe Foster? Who are you working with at the minute?
JF: **Right now I have been recovering from a fairly challenging spinal injury, almost there :-) meanwhile producing/mixing/remixing and mastering a whole slew of artists old/new from all over the world...that is an advantage of internet world haha lately have produced CuT, Fur Cough, The Beat Movement, and Andy Gallagher...and done mixes for Sonisk Bloodbad, The Veldt, Sleepyard and many others...mastering I am doing non stop for artists old and new...been doing a few jazz and exotica type artists in vinyl albums too, as I love the sound...mono vinyl oh yesh :-)....I may well start doing some contemporary artists too...I like to live my life of love and adventure oh yesh haha ........