2010年9月9日木曜日

Time for Change - Bye Bye Blackbird (SOLD OUT)


Time for Change - Bye Bye Blackbird 7" ¥650 *SOLD OUT myspace

2009年の解散ライブで売られたTime for ChangeのラストEP。250枚限定。

このEPにはちょっと裏話があって、実はこのディストロで一番最初にWholesaleオーダーしたのってGlory Kidだったんですよね。でこのEPとかThe Separationとか扱わせてもらうことになって、でせっかくだから自分用にGlory Kidのディストロにある欲しい音源も注文しようと思ってOn (ex-Champion)やらMourningside A.D.やらMoldarのデモやら大量に注文したわけですが。

未だに届かん。

発送の連絡来てから早10ヶ月、今どこの倉庫で眠っているのか、はたまた灰か塵と化したのか。
まあ初入荷がいきなり紛失っていう幸先の悪いスタートだったわけだけど、まあでも今考えると最初っからそういうハードコアなのと、Render UselessとかFar Apartみたいな90年代辺境エモ混合して扱ってたらよく分かんないディストロになってたかもしれないので、結果的に良かったかもしれないですね。

…なんて強がってたけど、今回たまたまEbullitionに在庫があったので半ば意地で入荷しました。

というわけで前置きが長くなりましたが、Time for ChangeのラストEP。あ、6枚消えたから実質限定244枚です。


~知ったかレビュー~
彼らは西海岸のStraight Edgeバンドでして、Trialや"In This Defiance"の頃のStrifeを現代にアップデートさせたような切れ味の鋭いメタリックハードコアをプレイしていました。特に激情系っぽい雰囲気も感じさせるAndyの高音絶叫ボーカルがキレキレで、Life. Love. Regretな内容のリリックと相まって相当ヤバイ空気をかもし出してます。以前某ニュースクールの大御所ディストロに載ってたインタビューでReversal of Manをフェイバリットに上げてて、えらい納得したの覚えてます。

でこのEPなんだけど、ちょっと歌い方がより激情っぽくなった?声に7年ぐらい前のenvy的なねちっこさが出てきた気がします。
曲の方は、A面1曲目はミッドテンポでじわじわ狂気を沸騰させる曲で、2曲目とB面1曲目はいつも通りのStrife直系なファストな曲。最後のタイトル曲は、元々1926年にアメリカのRay Hendersonっていう作曲家とMort Dixonっていう作詞家が作った(Wikipedia参照)有名な楽曲のカバーらしいです。ジャズとかで結構頻繁に演奏されてる曲らしく、意外だけどこのセンスは面白い。でもザクザクミッドテンポなメタリックハードコアで、言われなきゃカバーって気付かないな。

解散後ボーカルのAndy君は7 GenerationsやMoldar, Abandonのメンバーたちと共にAgosto Espiasという激情メタリックハードコアバンド結成。先日限定で7"が出たらしいので、フランス旅行の借金返したら仕入れたいところ。
他のメンバーはXibalbaっていうDisembodied崇拝系の不協和音メタリックハードコアバンド組んでて、今回ちょうどEbullitionにデモがあったので仕入れたらメキシコの同名ブラックメタルバンドでした。あーよくあるよくある。ウケる。

全4曲。

(笹川)

2010年9月1日水曜日

Roger King (Reaching Away, The Pine) Interview


Reaching Away, The Pine, そして最近はソロでも活動しているRoger King氏のインタビューです。現在活動休止中のThe Pineの現状、新バンドReaching Awayのデビュー作"Push Away the Moon"について、それに個人的なルーツなどを聞いてみました。日本でのインタビューはもしかして初?というかインタビュー自体かなり久しぶりだったそうで、とても丁寧な回答いただけました。和訳は頑張ってファンジンに掲載予定なので、取り急ぎ原文だけアップします!

How did you get into emo/hardcore originally? Is there a specific person, band, or show that changed your outlook on music?

Let's see, I had grown up in elementary school listening to bands like the Dead Kennedys, D.R.I., Anthrax, Metallica, The Pixies, R.E.M, Jane's Addiction etc. that my buddy Yves had shown me. I was into all these bands cause I liked the way they sounded but also was intrigued that at the time a lot of these bands weren't known by mass elementary school music listeners. Once I entered high school I became friends with a couple guys that actually had a real life punk band. "What?! you guys have like a real band? like with instruments and stuff like on tv?" yeah, I was that blown away. I watched their band play in the high school gym for a rally and I knew at that moment that this would be my future one way or another. SO, I later was asked to yell in a punk band with some friends I had made at the school which in turn intrigued me to also learn guitar. I self taught myself the guitar and found that I was able to figure out all my favorite songs just by listening to them and searching for the chords. After a while I grew kind of bored with the styles that I had become accustomed to, and sought out more interesting bands. This is when I found bands like Face to Face, Jawbreaker, Pegboy, etc. then the same cycle started. I listened to these bands non stop, studied the structure of their songs and embraced the feeling that they were able to convey and then felt i needed more. That's when I learned about bands like Indian Summer, Evergreen, Lync, Current, Allure, The Hated, etc. Now this to me was what i considered the tip of the ice burg. I had never heard such raw emotion within music before, and the fact that it was captured on small obscure 7" vinyl records that were almost impossible to find only made me want more. So, i cant really say that there was a specific band or person that got me started on all this, but just a cycle of listening,learning and then seeking out something different. I feel that my history reflects my songwriting pretty well. I grew up in the early 90s grunge era as well, so even all the mainstream songs that i heard on the radio are somewhat engraved in my influence like Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Cranberries, Smashing Pumpkins, etc.


How did the idea of starting Reaching Away come up with?

In the pine we did a few acoustic shows and i always liked the way acoustic guitars sounded with drums and bass. It gave off a really warm feeling that i was into. I always liked that song "Shovelglove" from our 1st lp that combined acoustics with a little bit of a distorted undercurrent and the tamborine chiming in the background. So when i decided to get back into music after taking a few years off, i reflected back to that sound and decided to take it up a notch. I also wanted to do something different then before. This band is more mellow then then pine, but i feel it is just as deep and powerful. Not too much is different honestly. If we played these songs distorted and said we were still the pine I dont think many people would question it.


Your myspace says that The Pine is in a long hiatus, so I guess you don't break up at least. So what's the current state of The Pine right now?

The Pine never officially called it quits. My brother kurt from both bands moved to fresno,ca for a few years and it just became too hard to keep it going. We never officially had a last show or anything. I didn't want to try and find someone else either cause the pine in my eyes was me kurt bill and steven. We had AMAZING times together in the pine. It was an era of friendship and fun that I cant explain. Once one person couldnt be there then it just seemed wrong to even think about finding someone else to replace that member. So, it faded away. I still to this day don't say that we broke up, cause we didn't. We just kinda stopped.


Aside from difference of members, what's the biggest difference between The Pine, Reaching Away, and solo to you?

Hmm, well, the pine was all about being a kid, my deep friendships with the band, and going on adventures in a van. Reaching Away is more about being an adult, and remembering how to express my feelings through songs. The Pine used to practice all the time. We were always together, had a label put out our stuff, and we always planned tours. Reaching Away does not tour and is actually really hard to get together full band practices for. Lately I either practice solo and 4 track everything myself to create the songs or I just practice with our drummer once a week or so. I really wish we could do more but busy schedules and such tend to keep that from happening. I enjoy playing the Reaching Away songs solo more now then ever just because it takes no planning and i can do it in my living room just me myself and I. I prefer the band to be there but you gotta do what you gotta do. So I guess the main difference between the 3 options comes down to availability.


Who drew the picture for the Reaching Away shirt? I think it's the same person who drew the covers for The Pine albums, and the drawing on the wall in music video for "Boken Brones" (I like his drawing a lot).

I did all the artwork for The Pine and also do all the art for Reaching Away. I have always loved to draw since I was a little kid. I'm 31 now and I still seem to lose myself when I bring together a fountain pen and white paper. It's a big part of who I am and how my mind works.


What's behind the title "Push Away the Moon" ?

It basically means to push away the coldness within your life. It's hard to do this cause the moon is heavy, the moon is a large part of the universe. The moon is cold. The moon is basically a metaphor for a troubled life. The moon is lonely. To push the moon away means to push away a cold and lonely existance in hopes for a new beginning. It can go even deeper then that, but that pretty much gives the concept of it.


If there were any theme or concept to this album, what would it be?

Push Away the Moon is a collection of events and emotions that I had to endure during a very tough time in my life. Any time I have ever had to go through a major change in my life or make a huge decision about what needs to be done for me to be happy, I have written an album. It's basically a story of a man dropping everything he's ever had in exchange for hope to gain everything he's ever wanted. It's about taking a chance and following your heart no matter what it means for other people. It's about the fact that sometimes you have to be selfish to improve your life. It's kind of cold in a way, but so is life, so it works.


I heard it in somewhere that you're making films when you're not touring. And the name "The Pine" came from "Blood In Blood Out", so I guess you're a huge film fan. Can you tell me 3 films that you like the most and why?

Yes, for 2 years I filmed a spiderman fan film series which i titled "Peter's Web". I'm actually more of a comic book fan then a movie fan. Spiderman has always been my favorite character and I decided that I wanted to take on the role and bring the stories i love from the ongoing comic series to life.....even though I had no experience, editing software, or equipment. So I guess for those out there that care to know, my three top comic book characters are spiderman, wolverine, and third place is a toss up between daredevil, hulk, and the punisher. I'm not too picky with movies. I like Iron Man with robert downey jr. marvel did a great job with that film.


Is it hard for you to manage work and band at the same time?

ha! I wish. Like I said before, we don't practice too often. At the most once a week and normally not all the members are present. I really wish we were more of a solid band that practiced and played shows normally. We have only played 3 shows and only two of those had the full band.


In The Pine, you got a lot of comparison to bands like Evergreen and The Hated. Is it intentionally, or by chance?

Well, I listened to Evergreen and The Hated since I was 16 and those were my two favorites so my songwriting was naturally influenced by what was always on my turntable growing up. Some people in the past have tried to criticize the pine for sounding so close to these bands influence, but it really didn't matter to me. People are gonna be influenced by what music they love. At the time of The Pine there were hundreds of "screamy" emo bands happening, so that was more excepted as the norm. I think we were the only band at the time that had the Evergreen/Hated influence somewhat down to a science so that in turn caused us to really stand out in the scene. You know how that usually goes. when something really stands out it is more prone to ridicule, but thats o.k. Because it never slowed me down. I'm still pretty sure there hasn't been another band out there to accomplish and recreate the early era post hardcore sound the way the pine did. However, history has a way of repeating itself, so I'm excited to check out whatever band decides to give it a try.


The music video for "Boken Brones" is impressing, especially when the restrained man starts drawing. How did you come up with the idea of that video?

Donavan Vim Crony directed and shot this video. He is a great friend of mine and has always been a huge supporter of my songwriting throughout The Pine and now Reaching Away. Donavan and I sat down and collaborated ideas for what the restrained man would end up doing. We also just our 2nd video a couple weeks ago. We decided to do a video for "Push Away the Moon" and I'm sure it will be out by the time this interview is released. In october we are going to film the "Reason Lost" video and a couple months after that probably a video for the song titled "Day One". I really like doing the music videos. some people might find it cheesy, but I just see it as the next level of bringing together sight and sound to an audience to better portray emotion and imagination involved within a song. I have always tried to do this with the look and layouts of our albums and 7"s for the pine and I find that videos add that last needed element that i have been looking for to express what I see when I hear our songs. Donavan is scheduled to shoot all of our videos for as long as we want to do them and I'm very excited about that.


What are you currently listening to?

Right now when I do listen to music I listen to R.E.M, Pearl Jam, and basically all of our own songs (Reaching Away). I always listen to our recordings constantly to study where to go next with new songs, and also to visualize ideas for music video story lines. I don't really listen to much music to be honest. When I drive my car is usually silent so that I can let me imagination kind of take over and I usually hear a sing pattern out of nowhere every few days, so that results in a new song a few days later. Right now I have about 15 -20 unreleased Reaching Away songs. About 6 of them have already been recorded from our Push Away the Moon recording session.


In the last 5 years or so, downloading quickly became the most popular way to get music and find new cool bands instead of buying records, reading fanzines, trading tapes, etc. Are you positive to this new culture?

Well you gotta kinda flow with the times i guess. I don't like it in the sense that it makes it harder to move actual cds or records. A friend of mine helped me put out the Reaching Away lp/cd and about 5 or 6 years ago it would almost be sold out by now. Now I have them all basically sitting in a room collecting dust. Live and learn though I guess. Unless a label approaches us in the future about doing our next lp or a 7" I'm actually considering just selling the songs online for download and including printable artwork that people can print out themselves. I might make like 100 or so actual cd's for mail order, but thats it. A positive to the new culture could be that we can put out music much faster and easier then ever before. Songs can go straight from the studio to the public cutting out the middle man aka the record label. My main concern is getting my music released anyway, so it kinda makes sense.


Your lyrics are very deep and personal. What's the most meaningful lyric to yourself that you've ever wrote and why?

I feel that they are all important and meaningful to me. They all have helped me through something rather it be coming to terms with growing up or trying to handle relationship problems. I really cant single out one song or another cause I feel songs are temporary ways of dealing with the present problems I'm facing. I go through something, I deal with it through lyrics and life, I get over it and move on. I will always write songs to deal with my situations and the songs i write in the future and will mean just as much as the ones I'm writing now.


Any last words?

just wanted to say thanks for the interview and you can check out our page on www.reverbnation.com/reachingaway. there you will find all our videos mp3s and photos. We are also on myspace and facebook. I distribute the Push Away the Moon lp/cd so any distros out there should please get in touch with me. If you would like to view my spider-man fan films please check out www.bagandboardproductions.com. I think that covers it. thanks again!


"Boken Brones"


"Push Away the Moon"


(笹川)