Lorelle Meets The Obsolete Talk Chambers, The Tour & Triple Fuzz!

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If you’re a fan of psych rock, chances are you’re already in love with Lorelle Meets The Obsolete! Since releasing their debut LP ‘On Welfare’ back in 2011, the duo have produced an incredible catalog of unique rock gems. Most recently with ‘Chambers’, their third album in just four years. The duo is Lorelle (singer-guitarist Lorena Quintanilla) and partner Alberto Gonzalez (drums, guitars, vocals and drones). The Mexican-natives recently returned home from an extensive tour, taking some time out to talk ‘Chambers’, the shows and their fantasy band line-up…

What was the experience of recording ‘Chambers’ with Cooper Crain like? Did he bring new ideas to the table for your third record?

Alberto: It was very intense. We spent three days with him in the studio and he mixed all the songs on the go. He mastered our previous record and the ‘Ghost Archives’ seven inch so I guess he already had a specific idea about what he wanted to do with our sound. During the sessions we just tried to let him be and welcome every opinion he had. We would love to work with him again.

Tell us a little about the single ‘What’s Holding You’. It’s got extended passages of wandering guitar noise (not a traditional choice for the lead single). What set this track apart?

Alberto: I think it really sums up the way ‘Chambers’ sounds. It’s a very straightforward song. There’s not a lot going on in it in terms of instrumentation just like in the rest of the songs. Also Ben from Captcha and Nat from Sonic Cathedral agreed on it being a good introduction to the record.

Since releasing your debut, there’s been a steady stream of new material – when do you sleep!? How do you maintain the work ethic and remain creative?

Alberto: We recorded ‘On Welfare’, ‘Corruptible Faces’ and ‘Chambers’ while we were still living in Guadalajara and Mexico City. It was the time when we had day jobs that we didn’t like so playing music was kind of a relief from our routine. Now that we live in Ensenada the band has been getting busier and we haven’t had the chance to record new material but we always find the time to keep making new music.

How do you approach personal themes in the lyrics when you’re a husband and wife team? Is it hard writing an angry song or a love song about your partner when they’re next to you in the studio?

Lorena: It was weird for me at first. I tried to pretend that Beto didn’t realize what I was talking about. Now I feel more confident because we respect each other’s private space and in the end it’s not like our songs really talk about us as a couple. Most of our songs approach other themes.

How has Mexico influenced your sound? Did the move to the Baja California coast make an impact on your art?

Alberto: I think our sound comes from everything we’ve experienced from growing up and living in México.

Lorena: We’ve toured a lot since we moved to Baja California and I think this fact has had a huge impact in our music.

Did you have any preconceived ideas for ‘Chambers’? Was there a conscious decision to build on, or explore new territory than the ‘Corruptible Faces’ LP?

Lorena: I do remember that we wanted to give more importance to the bass guitar lines. The rest was pretty much the same process.

Is it tough working creatively as a duo? Do you ever feel like you need to call in an umpire or third party to adjudicate!?

Alberto: We do argue a lot but most of the time it flows smoothly. Sometimes is just refreshing to have someone outside our environment giving a different point of view. Like Cooper on ‘Chambers’ or our friend Chivo who recorded some drums in ‘Corruptible Faces’.

In the past three years you’ve grown tremendously and are now reaching a much bigger audience, if you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

Lorena: I would turn down playing some shows that we played on the early days.

You’ve worked with several drummers and bass guitarists on tour, how do you manage this? Is translating the record to the stage a challenge?

Alberto: One of the reasons we keep having new people playing with us is that we can’t afford traveling with the same band every time we tour. It has its pros and cons but above all it keeps the songs fresh. We usually rehearse a couple of days before the tour starts and let things settle on the go.

Did any particular music or artists influence the new album?

Lorena: Syd Barrett’s ‘The Madcap Laughs’.

You’re just back from a tour – what’s been your most memorable show?

Alberto: Touring is the best! Last year’s show in Richmond, Virginia remains as one of our favorite. This year’s show at the Dalston Victoria in London was amazing and the LA show at the Smell was super emotive.

How did you approach the creative process for ‘Chambers’? Do you collaborate from the start or work alone?

Lorena: This record was very collaborative. We had some ideas on our own but we developed them all together. Most of the time we were just sitting down jamming these raw ideas. Beto would keep playing some guitar figure until some vocal melody came up and so on. We enjoyed it a lot.

What are your most treasured pieces of gear?

Alberto: Before leaving on tour this year, our friend Bolo from Testing Electronics gave me a triple fuzz he built and I love everything about it. Also my Musicman 112rp100 guitar amp is a nice piece of equipment.

Lorena: My Testing Electronics overdrive and my Shin-ei fuzz wah.

Is you could assemble a fantasy band (of musicians living or dead), who would be in it?

Nico on vocals, Geoff Barrow on drums, Kim Gordon on bass guitar, Dean Wareham on guitar, Daryl Hooper on keys and Tim Presley handling the other guitar duties.

Have you got any future plans beyond the tour? Is there another record on the horizon?

Lorena: There are some releases coming out, we just started working on another album and we’ll possibly tour again towards the end of the year.

**’CHAMBERS IS AVAILABLE NOW @ SONIC CATHEDRAL (UK) @ CAPTCHA (USA) @ BANDCAMP (DIGITAL)**

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Slowness – ‘How To Keep From Falling Off A Mountain’

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June 3 marks the release of ‘How To Keep From Falling Off A Mountain’, the second album from Slowness (out through Blue Aurora Audio on vinyl/digital). The LP benefits from some high profile production talent, including producer Monte Vallier (Wax Idols, The Soft Moon, Weekend) plus Kramer (Galaxie 500, Low) on mastering. It sounds great but isn’t over baked! Founding members Julie Lynn (bass/keys/vocals) and Geoffrey Scott (guitar/keys/vocals) are joined by a host of other musicians on the album. Enough of the preamble, let’s get stuck in.

 

Lead single ‘Mountain’ opens the album and unsurprisingly, it’s one of the strongest tracks. While ‘Division’ follows a light groove and highlights the beautiful vocal harmonies, a delight throughout the LP. It’s perhaps the most conventional song on the album, from this point Slowness start their exploration. Taking queues from classic prog rock, psych and dream pop but not sitting firmly in any particular camp. ‘Anon’ could’ve been written in the 60s or 70s, if it had, Pink Floyd would’ve been fans. This is trippy stuff! ‘Anon (Part II)’ is the most concise but there’s plenty of indulgent moments, or minutes (is more accurate). Which is intentional however it will eliminate casual listeners and be too slow moving for some (excuse the pun).

Slowness have distilled their dreamy psych pop powers into a hypnotic concoction that’s thoughtful, meditative and wholly intoxicating. It’s not a quick fix, this is a mature record but it’s worth the trip. Perfectly suited to a smoke filled room! *wink*

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  • Beautiful vocal harmonies
  • Great production
  • Perfect for late night sessions!
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  • May be too indulgent for some
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Brian Jonestown Massacre – ‘Revelation’

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Brian Jonestown Massacre have delivered their brilliant new record ‘Revelation’ this week (out through A Recordings). It marks the psych rock veterans fourteenth album and amazingly, they haven’t gone stale. While there’s been many public highs and lows for frontman Anton Newcombe, it seems that parenthood in Berlin has served his creativity well. It doesn’t take mountains of drugs to make an awesome BJM record after all!

Opener ‘Vad Hände Med Dem?’ is a jaunty number that moves into classic Brian Jonestown Massacre with ‘What You Isn’t’. It has that that trademark groovy swagger that’s timeless. ‘Unknown’ could’ve easily been released forty plus years ago, it’s got a glam rock charm to it. Everything about ‘Revelation’ feels effortless, like it always existed but finally made its way to tape. It works because the songs are great, simply put. It’s one of the band’s best, but let’s not forget ‘Methodrone’!  Stream the whole record over at The Quietus.

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  • One of their best!
  • Timeless tunes
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Highlands – ‘Beauty’

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Highlands have given fans a taste of their second album ‘Dark Matter Traveler’ with the song ‘Beauty’ (as premiered by Brooklyn Vegan). The Longbeach foursome got our attention with their 2012 LP ‘Singularity‘, a hazy blend of shoegaze, stoner and psych rock! Pick up the album from July 15 from the band’s label Say Again Records. Oh and, they’ve also got a rad mascot called Tofu (see pic).

 
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Toy – ‘As We Turn’

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Toy‘s latest record ‘Join The Dots’ was touted by Rough Trade as “56 minutes of sprawling Kraut pop, late 80’s Creation Records and feedback driven psychosis. It’s darker, urgent and relentless. Another masterpiece.” The psych rockers have made a big footprint on British rock since forming in 2010. And today Nylon Mag premiered their latest video ‘As We Turn’. It’s predictably trippy (60s style) but nonetheless great! ‘Join The Dots’ is out now via Heavenly Recordings.

 
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