Monday, July 25, 2011

Show Preview - Interview - Disappears - Brillobox - 7/30/11 - Concert Preview - Pittsburgh

I am excited to see this band perform live at the Brillobox this Saturday, 7/30. Stopping through on a tour that includes a spot at Lollapalooza (which we will be attending), Disappears makes their debut in Pittsburgh. The band features members of well known acts including (most prominently) Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth, Brian Case of The Ponys and Graeme Gibson of Fruit Bats. The project was first seen just as an outlet with no real set goals but to share the music with family and friends. However, that quickly changed as their posting of songs garnered a blog buzz. Disappears have released two LP's including their latest, Guider. Brian Case was able to answer a few of our questions on their new album, the addition of Steve Shelley and their constant comparisons to late 90's indie bands.

I read that this venture took over 2 years to create and put out an album. Why the long wait? Were you waiting for the proper time? Or was this ever planned to be ‘officially’ released?

You may be thinking of our first album LUX. That was recorded for a label that ended up folding before they could release the record. It took about a year for us to get together with Kranky and release the album. Our new album GUIDER was recorded about a month after LUX came out and was released in January of this year.

Guider is your second LP. How long was did it take to complete from your first lp Lux? How would you say the albums differ?

GUIDER was written during the lag time between LUX being recorded and released. I guess that was about a year. It's a more open record arrangement wise, more space in the songs and a better distillation of the ideas on LUX. We honed in on the minimalism and repetition much better on this one.

Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) recently came into the band. What made that happen? Did he contribute to Guiders? What does he bring to your live sound?

We have a mutual friend that brought Steve to see us play. He liked the show and we ended up collaborating on a recording project later that summer and keeping in touch. Our first drummer ended up moving away shortly after we finished recording GUIDER so on a lark we asked Steve if he wanted play, turns out he had some time and was into it. He didn't do anything on GUIDER as it was recorded before he joined. We are recording a new album in October that he'll be on.

The song “Revisiting” plays for over 15 minutes. What was the inspiration for this? Was there something you were trying to achieve with it?

We wanted to try and stretch out, most of our songs clock in at under 3 minutes so we thought it would be a good way to push ourselves. Plus we were interested in trying to create a solid mood or piece for a whole side of a record - let there be two distinct halves of the album.

When searching you all on the internet there is a wide variety of influences contributed to you. It appears to be a real focus of reviewers and bloggers, more so than other bands that are often reviewed. What do you think about this? Why do you think the focus is on this?

Yeah I've noticed that as well. Maybe it's the way we're combining different eras or influences? I'm not really sure but I do like how people can hear so many different touchstones in our music - we listen to a lot of different things so it's nice to see it get in there subconsciously.

How do you go about creating your music? Do you all contribute to the lyrics and music?

We start with a set form for the music and melody for the lyrics and just play it a lot changing small things or refining the parts. We all contribute to the music but the lyrics are all me.

What would you like to accomplish with this project? Are there any goals you have?

The real goal is to continue making music and evolving as a band. Everything we've done at this point has been a step forward so as long as that continues I think we'll all be happy to do this.

What made you want to dedicate your life to music? Was there a show or album?

Some of my earliest memories and feelings are attached to music, it's always been a really big part of my life - even when I was very young. I don't know if it was anything really specific, although there are certainly shows and albums that influenced me very much. It's more about what I've learned through playing in bands and listening to records - the friendships and travel, good things and some really bad ones as well. It's helped me be able to communicate on a lot of levels.

Anything you would like to say to Pittsburgh?

I don't know what highway it is but I love when you pull out of those tunnels and your above the city, you see the whole thing below you - it's really beautiful. I love going there. I really like the Brillobox as well - should be a good night.

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