405 Focus: Still Corners
Whenever a press release mentions the word 'cinematic', eyes will roll. It's similar to the generic influence tags that are often attached to mailouts: "[Insert Band] are influenced by The Strokes, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Coldplay but with their own spin." Thankfully Sub Pop, and every 'Introducing' blog out there got it right with Still Corners. From how they came about, all the way through to the sound they create, the band live up to the huge and panoramic sound you would expect from that claim.
We caught up with the band to talk about their latest release (Creatures of an Hour), how they came about, water effects and their love of cinema. The band also played a cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'I'm On Fire' for us.
405 Focus was recorded/edited by George and Louise Nindi
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When we put Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. in our 'Ones to Watch' list for this year, I really had no idea of how to accurately describe the sound they created, thankfully 405 writer Matthew Olmos (who tipped us off to the band) managed to find some jumping off points, namely within the electronic genre. While that's true (depending on the song) what really struck me immediately with these guys, band name aside, was their core pop values. [read more]
In the setting of the astounding venue, the Union Chapel, we met up with the Icelandic composer and producer, Ãlafur Arnalds. Having been a drummer in the metal bands, Fighting Shit and Celestine, Arnalds has experienced a very broad musical adventure, as in recent years he has been working on classical pieces with orchestral arrangements that are fitting for chamber environments. These styles have shone out in his past few albums, most recently in his April, 2010 release, ...... (continued) [read more]
The Lost Cavalry are a wonderful band and good old fashioned gentlemen too as they recorded a video for The 405. Here's some from the band. "This is what happens when you borrow a load of little compact cameras and position them around your bass player's house. Along with a few proper mics to record the sound of course. This is the first ever recording of our song 'Desert Tracks'. It's a true story about horses in Namibia based on an article I found one day when typing our b... (continued) [read more]