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Enemy Planes – Entrevista

Sábado, 06.08.16

Minneapolis, no Minnesota, é o poiso dos Enemy Planes, uma banda formada por Casey Call, Joe Gamble, David LeDuc, Kristine Stresman, Shön Troth, Joe Call e Jessica Anderson e que acaba de se estrear nos discos com Beta Lowdown, onze canções preenchidas com um indie rock cru, rugoso e bastante intenso. Este é, claramente, um dos melhores lançamentos discográficos do ano, dentro do espetro sonoro em que o grupo se insere e que foi, como se recordam, alvo de análise crítica neste espaço.

Da psicadelia, à dream pop, passando pelo shoegaze e por um rock intenso e com uma elevada dose de experimentalismo, são várias as vertentes e influências sonoras que podem descrever a sonoridade destes Enemy Planes, que iniciam a sua demanda sonora discográfica de modo confiante, altivo e bastante criativo e que aceitaram conceder uma entrevista a Man On The Moon, que aconselho vivamente e que agora reproduzo na íntegra, agradecendo à Laura Chagas pela tradução prévia das questões.

Antes de mais um enorme obrigado por me terem concedido esta entrevista. É um privilégio para o blogue Man On The Moon poder conversar um pouco convosco. São de Minneapolis, no Minnesota e acabam de se estrear nos discos com Beta Lowdown, onze canções preenchidas com um indie rock cru, rugoso e bastante intenso, que adorei. Como é que nasceu este projeto?

First of all, thank you for letting me have this opportunity for an interview. It is a privilege for the Man on the Moon blog to be able to talk to you a little. You’re from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and you’ve just launched Beta Lowdown, with 11 songs that are filled with a raw, rough and very intense type of indie rock, which I loved. How did this project start?

Enemy Planes was formed about 2012. Several current members (Joe Gamble, Joe Call, Casey Call, and David LeDuc) were playing together in another band and were in the recording studio working on their next record. During the process they realized that the songs were kind of shaking out to sound like two different projects and they decided that this new sound was the one they wanted to pursue! So, they changed the band name to Enemy Planes and went in a new direction. Shon Troth and Kristine Stresman were both around the local scene and were great additions to our sound and overall vibe. Jessica Anderson joined us this year for added percussion.

Álbum frontal, marcante, elétrico e explosivo, em Beta Lowdown sente-se a vibração a aumentar e a diminuir de forma ritmada e empolgante, com canções com o selo caraterístico daquele rock misterioso e cheio de fechaduras enigmáticas e chaves mestras, mas que, se forem experimentadas com dedicação, acabam por abrir portas para um outro refúgio perfeito. Que tipo de anseios e expetativas criaram para este primeiro passo do vosso percurso?

In Beta Lowdown, a very striking, electric and explosive album, we can feel the vibe increasing and decreasing in a rhythmic and exciting way. There are songs that convey the idea of a mysterious type of rock, filled with what I would call enigmatic locks and master keys that can eventually open some doors for a perfect refuge, if experienced with dedication. What kind of expectations have you created for this first step of your journey?

Your description of the album is such a phenomenal and flattering one! Casey wrote the main ideas for most if not all of the songs and we then got together as a band to flesh them out, craft the arrangement, and add individual parts. Our expectation was to produce a sound that is actually unique; there are so many new bands out there that sound like something that has happened already and, while there are certainly bands and artists that influence us, we take great pride when fans comment on how different we are. We also have surrounded ourselves with like minded artists whose taste we trust. Our producer, Duane Lundy, (Sturgill Simpson, Joe Pug, Vandaveer) has such a way of directing and molding our recorded sound; we wouldn’t sound as good as we do without him. Our expectation was to craft the best possible album and get it to the most possible people and let it grow naturally from there.

Olhando um pouco para a escrita das canções, parece-me ter havido a busca de um equilíbrio entre uma opção ficcional e outra quase autobiográfica, com histórias e personagens imaginárias, a cruzarem-se com acontecimentos reais das vossas vidas. Acertei ou o meu tiro foi completamente ao lado?

By looking at the lyrics, I get the idea that you tried to balance fictional and autobiographical aspects, intertwining imaginary stories and characters with real events of your own lives. Did I get it right or am I totally wrong?

We may never tell on that one. Casey wrote the lyrics and he’s always a little mysterious with their origins. Maybe if pressed you might get some explanation, but perhaps their greater power is where they fit in the Enemy Planes timeline and where they fit in the listeners’ timelines. Lyrics, and our lyrics especially, are just as big a part of the song just as the guitar or drums are; one without the other is only a portion of the story. Lyrics can change meaning over time to us and to the listener; with their ability to morph and adapt one listening of “Beta Lowdown” may be completely different from the next time you play it.

Em termos de ambiente sonoro, aquilo que idealizaram para o álbum inicialmente, correspondeu ao resultado final, ou houve alterações de fundo ao longo do processo? Em que se inspiraram para criar as melodias?

In terms of soundscape, did the elements you initially idealised for the album correspond to the final result or were there any changes throughout the process? What was your inspiration for creating the melodies?

Things always change. Stranger Danger, for example, started out as a slow ballad  tune and has obviously completely changed from that original idea! Sure, there will always be melodic lines or drum patterns that have been the core of a tune, but beyond that we’re always up for new suggestions. Often, when we go into the recording studio, we have a skeleton of the song, maybe a few solid parts, but everything else is written with full input from the members and our producer. If something works, it stays, if it doesn’t we move on; something that worked yesterday may no longer be what we’re going for today, so it has to change. Also, we’re always up for weird new sounds, so there’s elements that we kind of create in the studio that we then have to engineer for live instrumentation. Flexibility and open creativity have really been the secret to our success! The melodies come from that same place; Casey comes up with the key ideas and direction and then it changes from there if it needs to.

Sempre senti uma enorme curiosidade em perceber como se processa a dinâmica no processo de criação melódica. Numa banda com vários elementos, geralmente há sempre uma espécie de regime ditatorial (no bom sentido), com um líder que domina a parte da escrita e, eventualmente, também da criação das melodias, podendo os restantes músicos intervir na escolha dos arranjos instrumentais. Como é a química nos Enemy Planes? Acontece tudo naturalmente e de forma espontânea em jam sessions conjuntas, ou um de vocês domina melhor essa componente?

I’m always very curious about the creative process of songs. In a band with multiple elements, there is usually a kind of a “dictatorship” (in a good way), with a leader that dominates the writing process and probably the melody, as other musicians tend to participate in the arrangements. How does this work with Enemy Planes? Does everything happen in a natural and spontaneous way in jam sessions or do you have an element that stands out?

All of the above! Earlier on the jam session writing style was a little more common. Those sessions would be longer and perhaps those songs would emulate that more relentless feeling that you can get from jamming. Other tunes are melodies and chord structures that Casey comes up with in his personal writing. When that happens we will listen to his ideas and then write parts around them. Different times there could be separate parts of ideas that maybe we play together and see how they work; sometimes that’s great, sometimes it isn’t! Our goal is to follow the songs and make the best possible music we can. It’s hard work and takes a lot of cooperation, but we love to do it. Creativity rarely just “strikes” and you write a brilliant song in five minutes; writing music takes time and commitment with plenty of questioning and doubt, but getting it right is more important than who wrote it and how long it took them.

Adoro a canção Just A Ghost, um verdadeiro tratado de indie rock psicadélico e com uma guitarra que me encheu as medidas. E o grupo, tem um tema preferido em Beta Lowdown?

I love Just a Ghost, a treatise of psychedelic indie rock, with guitar riffs that totally blow my mind. Do you have a favourite song as a group?

Every band member would give you a different answer depending on the day! There are different songs we all love playing and there are different songs we all love listening to. Sometimes, the newest song we’ve written is the favorite to play, but that changes day to day.

Em relação à apresentação e divulgação de Beta Lowdown, por onde têm andado a tocar os Enemy Planes? Sobrevoar a Europa e aterrar para alguns concertos está nos vossos planos?

Regarding the presentation of Beta Lowdown, where have you been playing? Is coming to Europe for some concerts in your plans?

Europe is around the corner for us! We were in Barcelona last summer with Hard Rock Cafe and had a great response, going back is top priority. We will absolutely make sure you’re among the first to hear about it. Here at home we toured throughout the spring and summer. We’ll be back on a US tour this fall.  We’ve been playing it on radio throughout the US and have gotten lucky that blogs like Man on the Moon have picked it up all over the world. It’s great fun to get messages from far off places. We couldn’t be more excited!

Para terminar, querem deixar alguma mensagem aos vossos fãs portugueses e aos leitores do blogue Man On The Moon?

And now, to finish, would you like to leave a message for your Portuguese fans and for the readers of the Man on the Moon blog?

Thanks for listening! Perhaps it seems assumed, but you listening to and sharing “Beta Lowdown” are the best things we could ask for. Let everyone know! We can’t wait to see you in Portugal!

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