sábado, 13 de abril de 2013

Her Vanished Grace - Interview‏

Her Vanished Grace is a New York-based band comprised of Charlie and Nancy Nieland, along with Maria Theodosiadou and Billy Loose. Charlie and Nancy are married, but the seed that would blossom into what today is known as Her Vanished Grace (HVG) began one day in 1986 with a chance meeting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. While Charlie has apparently written songs for Debbie Harry and both Charlie and Nancy have written music for various soundtracks and collaborated with Danny Lackey of Deepfieldview, HVG is their main stint, so to speak.

Her Vanished Grace es una banda originaria de Nueva York compuesta por Charlie y Nielando junto a Maria Theodosiadou y Billy Losse. Charlie y Nancy estan casados, pero la semilla de lo que hoy florece como Her Vanished Grace (HGV) comienza un de de 1986 cuando se conocen por casualidad en el Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Aunque Charlie ha escrito musica para Debbie Harry and ambos Charlie y Nancy han escritos música para diferentes bandas sonoras, ademas de colaborar con Danny Lackey de Deepfieldview, HVG es su principal proyecto.

While the band lineup has changed over the years, Charlie and Nancy have remained HVG’s steadfast pillar. The result: they have finally arrived at a formula for aural gold in Her Vanished Grace. In the past 9 years, this epic group has released a whopping 7 studio albums - Paradise (2004), Get Up (2005), Satellites (2006), Twilight (2007), Blue (2009), See The Moon (2011), and Star-Crossed (2012).

Aunque la alieacion de la banda ha ido cambiando durante los años, Charlie y Nancy  permanecen como el unico pilar de HVG. El resultado:  parecen haber encontrado la formula para el oro aural. Durante los ultimos nueve años, este épico grupo ha lanzado 7 albums de estudio: Paradise (2004), Get Up (2005), Satellites (2006), Twilight (2007), Blue (2009), See The Moon (2011), and Star-Crossed (2012).


Having garnered what is clearly positive press coverage over the years, their most recent LP has received accolades within the blogosphere from Europe to the South and North Americas. We can easily agree with The Sound of Confusion’s assessment that “Her Vanished Grace most definitely come with enough of a seismic sonic assault to stop you dead in your tracks”. This power dreampop, poprock, ethereal and shoegaze kaleidoscope delivers a Technicolor sound that is not to be missed. Their videos are just as captivating as their songs, making for a potent cocktail. It is perhaps everything mentioned above that has, more recently, contributed to their involvement in the Hush Delirium project.
Prescribed for: Dreamers, gazers, anyone wanting to restore their faith in quality music and genuine musicianship

Habiendo logrado muy buenas crticias de la prensa durante ese tiempo, su mas reciente LP  ha tenido una buena recepcion por la blogosfera desde Europa a Sud- América. Facilmente podemos corroborar lo dicho por la web The Sound of Confusion: " Her Vanished Grace tiene definitavemente suficiente fuerza sonica-sismica para detener tu muerte con sus canciones". Este   poderoso kaleidoscopio de  dremapop, poprock, ehereal shoegaze libera un sonido multicolor que no se pueden perder. Sus videos son igual de cautivantes que sus canciones, conjurando un potenten coctel. Falta mencionar que una de sus ultimas contribuciones ha sido para el proyecto Hush Delirirum.

Dosage: As often as you can handle, as loud as you want.
For fans of: Cocteau Twins, U2, Curve, House of Love, Snow in Mexico, Sea Dweller, Ummagma, Jellybelly, Stargazer Lilies, Ask for Joy, Panda Riot, Lightfoils, Highspire, Dead Leaf Echo


 


- How did you come to create music?


Our music grew out of our friendship and then our marriage. We loved the same Cure, Cocteau Twins and Love and Rockets records and we started making music inspired by those and lots of other stuff. Eventually we met Maria then Billy and they've been our friends and band mates for over a decade. Her Vanished Grace has explored lots of different styles which makes it hard to categorize what we do. We call it power dream pop.

- Can you talk about your previous releases or projects?

Well we have a lot of previous projects and you can check them all out at our Bandcamp page:http://hervanishedgrace.bandcamp.com/
We like them all but we especially love our most recent albums BLUE (2009), SEE THE MOON (2011) and STAR-CROSSED (2012). We've evolved a great method of working; we record together in the summer, we eat some Mexican food and we laugh and then we record a whole bunch of guitars and vocals and then we mix it for several months and then it's done.

- What are your influences, musical or otherwise?

We're influenced by beauty and nature; everything from art by Balthus and Klimt, the writing of Joseph Campbell and the Bronte sisters, the music, of My Bloody Valentine, Kate Bush and Interpol, our favorite movies like Donnie Darko and Mulholland Drive and million other things. 

- How would you describe your sound?

Urgent, swirly, sad and joyful with loud drums, stabby bass, lots of lush, abrasive guitars and luminous boy/girl vocals.

- What can you tell us about your songwriting process?

Some songs start in the rehearsal room with spontaneous moments and with a little writing get turned into songs. Others start as songs that Nancy and Charlie write and then Maria and Billy create their parts.



- What do you have to say about the state of music today?

It's good that the walls have come down for artists to be able to make their own high quality recordings now that the technology is so widely available. There are so many choices for listeners now though, it's more of a challenge for artists to get their music heard. Both the music making and marketing require creativity and open minded thinking.

- What's next for you as an artist?

After our last albums, which have been increasingly layered and dense with noise, the next project is based on acoustic guitar textures. It's called ICE AGE and we're working on it now. We've also contributed vocals, guitars and production to Danny Lackey's project Deepfieldview. We're also playing Her Vanished Grace shows and we'll be conjuring ideas for a future loud rock album.

- What recent music can you recommend?

Paul Banks new solo record BANKS
School of Seven Bells GHOSTORY
New Bowie song "Where Are We Now?"
Ummagma's albums ANTIGRAVITY and UMMAGMA


How important is it for artists to help each other?

This has been crucial throughout our experience. The alliances formed with other bands and artists have been a major factor in helping everyone's music get out there and helping the music itself evolve. Our NYC friends like Dead Leaf Echo, Stargazer Lilies, Oh Halo, Me You Us Them and Apollo Heights are always getting each other on their bills or showing up in support at the shows themselves. In the world of the internet, especially in the past year or two, we've found allies in so many bands like Drowner, A*Star, Ummagma, The Foreign Resort, Bloody Knives, Echodrone and lots more. We all help create buzz about each other and it's made a huge difference in how we all are able to reach more people with our music.