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Monday, June 1, 2009

Psychedelic Horseshit Interview

Posted by Andrew R Tonry on Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 3:21 PM

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What a soupy, humid, hot, gray day. I thought the "June Gloom" only happened in Hollywood.

Anyway, I'm working on getting the long over-due (practically moot) finale to my 4 Days 4 Shows series but compressing and uploading the videos is taking forever.

In the meantime, check out this great interview with Psychedelic Horseshit from SXSW that somehow ended up, censored to death, on the Washington Post's website. There's great shit-talking, truth and a bunch of funny parts (like when Eat Skull's Rob Enbom dubiously appears).

The best part, I think, is the Horseshit's take on the current trend of lo-fi recording, and a tirade on the whole "shitgaze" scene (a term which, Enbom points out, the interviewee Matt Whitehurst himself coined).

Excerpts:

Vivian Girls, Wavves - why is everyone in a lo-fi band now?
I have no idea. I don't know. It became in vogue sometime in the last year due to a few figureheads talking a bunch of [expletive] on Terminal Boredom. And now it's exploded into this thing there where Wavves is getting $30,000 to [expletive] crank out this [expletive] generic [expletive].

...

Your band is getting bigger in terms of members but the trend seems to be bands with one or two people.
Bigger and cleaner. Sounding like [expletive] is not ... that's the biggest [expletive] [expletive] crutch I've ever heard. Don't tell me lo-fi, and say, It's a choice and it sounds so much better. Yeah, it sounds cool, but it's only cool when you first start making music and there's the discovery involved in it. And like, distortion is a cool thing. But just because distortion is a cool thing doesn't mean you just record all [expletive] and pawn that off as being good music and you being a valid artist.

If you have to [expletive] keep recording lo-fi then you're a [expletive]. Straight up [expletive] [expletive]. You know? You're hiding. You're hiding behind static. Which is cool, people have [expletive] done it for decades. But it's like a [expletive] easy way out. And you're not gonna [expletive] progress or grow into any kind of good band if you just keep on making lo-fi music.

If you write good songs you don't need lo-fi production, man. Good songs, no matter what kind of production are gonna be [expletive] good. So it's about the songs, not about the production. Production just weeds out the [expletive] idiots. It's like, people that are [expletive] [expletive] and know nothing about music, the first thing they notice is the production values. It's like, Oh, it doesn't [expletive] sound like Rihanna. And it's like, I want to sound like Rihanna because those people will listen to us and take it for what it is. Not like, Oh, this is static-y, it's like the Velvet Underground. And it's like, [Expletive] you. The Velvet Underground, that [expletive] is clean. That is clean as [expletive]! "White Light/White Heat" is a [expletive] album of beautiful, clean static. Clean [expletive] static. That's how it sounded in the room. I don't know, man. I [expletive] hate the new lo-fi [expletive]. Wavves, Nodzzz, Vivian Girls. That [expletive] sucks. It's [expletive] poseur [expletive].

Read the whole interview here.

Now, who wants to work out the over/under until we never have to hear from or see Wavves again (especially after the well-documented breakdown in Barcelona)? 5 months?

Tip of the hat to Line Out

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