Por Mairon Machado
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A Consultoria do Rock hoje viaja até a Austrália, e da cidade de Melbourne, traz de forma exclusiva a primeira entrevista para a América do Sul do grupo Whoppie Cat. Tendo lançado o aclamado EP homônimo no ano passado, o quinteto formado pelos irmãos Jaksen (bateria) e Jesse Juzwin (guitarras), Jo Eileen (teclados, vocais), Dan Smoo (voz, guitarras) e Josh Brandon (baixo), está conquistando cada vez mais seguidores ao redor do mundo, e em um bate papo muito agradável e humilde, os integrantes da banda nos contam sobre como foram as gravações de Whoopie Cat, os planos para o primeiro álbum oficial, um pouco sobre a história da banda e o desejo de vir a América do Sul fazer shows. Confira abaixo as versões em português e a versão em inglês da entrevista.
Por que vocês decidiram lançar um EP, e não um álbum completo?
Pensamos que seria melhor lançar o EP apenas para deixar nosso som registrado. Estivemos escrevendo isso por mais de um ano e nada havia sido lançado para nossos fãs. Um álbum completo iria demorar mais tempo para ser lançado, e decidimos empurrar o som de algumas das faixas novas para o próximo disco, o que se não acabaria não sendo bem trabalhado como foi no EP.
Today, the Consultoria do Rock travels to Australia, and uniquely from Melbourne, brings onte of the first interview to South America’s Whoppie Cat group. Having released the acclaimed eponymous EP last year, the quintet (Jaksen Juzwin on drums, Jesse Juzwin on guitars, Jo Eileen on vocals and keyboards, Dan Smoo on vocals and Josh Brandon on bass) is gaining more and more followers around the world, and in a very pleasant and humble chat, the members of the band tell us about the recordings of Whoopie Cat, the plans for the first official album, a little about the band’s history and the desire to come to South America to do shows.
1. Dear friends, thank you for this interview. Let we know about your plans to 2017 and what were the best moments in 2016.
Hey, and Cheers for the interview Consultoria do Rock. Whoopie Cats best moments of 2016 were playing shows around Melbourne, most notably our EP launch at the Barn which our fans made a really big and special night for us. Also recording our EP with our engineers Dave and Sam was great. In 2017 we plan to finish writing our full length album which is currently in the works, we hope to release a video, get some merch happening and do an east coast tour of Australia.
2. Can your fans wait for the first full lenght?
We have had a great response from our EP, especially on the Stoned Meadow of Doom channel, many of our fans expressing that they are very keen for the release of our full length album, we are still in the early stages of writing though, and won’t see the full length released for some time yet, we can’t rush our music.
3. Tell knows about the first days of Whoopie Cat.
Whoopie Cat came about from a progression of an ex-band with 4 of the same members from Whoopie Cat. The band Bad Repeat, disbanded, however soon after the same members got together trading the young pop punk style with a more mature, polished rock and roll/blues style and added keyboard player Jo into the mix.
4. You are from Melbourne, one of the main rock ‘n’ roll cities from Australia, the AC/DC’s Sacred Ground. How are the rock ‘n’ roll scene in your city at this moment. I ask it because here, in Brazil, rock still are living mainly in garage bands, as well independent productions.
The rock scene in Melbourne is still strong, but mostly in garage bands and local shows, Its not always easy to find bands that are simular to us who want to share the stage. Melbourne is still producing great bands and there is always some great bands to rock out to in Melbourne city.
5. In our country, the band “arrives” by youtube and bandcamp website. What do you think about these new kinds of divulgation via internet? Is it the best way to new bands find their path?
It seems most music is currently shared online and is definitely a contributing factor to the success of bands around the world who can upload their music and be played anywhere. YouTube has definately helped us reach a larger fan base, and sites like band-camp help us sell our music, other notable sites to share music are spotify and soundcloud. Instagram and facebook also play a big part in interacting with fans after they have found your music.
6. Thinking about the internet, what is your opinion about the crowfunding system, and have you thinking to use, or used it?
The crowd funding system is a great way to raise money for important projects, sites like kick starter and go fund me are great to help bands raise money to release an album, video, or merchandise. Currently we have not run a crowdfunding campaign but may do so in the future to raise money for touring/recording if we need the help from our fans.
7. How are the shows by Whoopie Cat’s EP, as well as how has been the receptivity of media and fans in Australia.
The shows we have been playing are great, We have a huge response from fans after each show, people really connect with our performance and give us great feedback. Media wise in Australia we have received positive reviews. Our best reviews are from international media like websites, magazines and radio.
8. Why do you decide to release an E. P. and not a full lenght?
We thought it would be best to release an EP just to get our sound out there. We had been writing it for over a year and still had nothing released for our fans. A full length would have taken more time to record, and we have pushed the sound on a few of the new tracks for the next album, which may not have worked as well on the EP.
9. Listening Whoppie Cat from the first time, some people says that have similarities between that song with Blue Pills band. However, I believe that your songs are more bluesy, melodical, harmonical and obviously, the male vocal is a great difference between both bands. Anyway, we have here a strongly influence from 60’s and 70’s bands. Are that bands your references to create your songs?
We are fans of modern blues rock bands like blues pills, and other blues and rock bands like Graveyard and Witchcraft which we do take influence from, we also take a lot of influence from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s with elements of the vocals taken from early blues and roots, and influences in tone and riffs from bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd.
10. Two of the most beautiful songs from the E. P. are “When She goes” and “As Long As I Can”. Tell us the history of these incredible blues ballads.
“When she goes” was written quite early on just after the band had formed, we wrote it at the old Juzwin residence. The feel and lyrical content came from our singer Dan as he put the emotions and story of a breakup with a recent ex girlfriend at the time. The song is purposfully slow and strung out to help the listener empathize with the pain he feels, until the end when the song kicks in and begins a transition of moving on and lifting spirits. The idea for As long as I can was brought in by our guitarist Jesse and was one of the later songs we wrote for the EP. As with most of our songs, it started off with simple chords and was carefully fleshed out one instrument at a time, the lyrics tell a story from a deep perspective within the bands shared conscious, deep emotions of feeling lost and a sense of not belonging in this world. The prechorus with Jo’s sung melody is the epitome of the feeling of this song.
11. I believe that what is most characteristic in the Whoopie Cat’s sound are the deep driving riffs accompanied by vocal harmonies. How much work time to fit these harmonies so perfectly, and how is the process of composing the band?
We spend as long as we need to getting each riff to a level that the band can all agree is perfect for the song, this could be as simple as one day of practice, or sometimes months changing chords or melody’s on various instruments. The same goes for harmonies. The main harmonies between Dan and Jo were carefully thought out and practiced once a week over a few months in the lead up to the recording of vocals on the album. The song writing process differs from song to song. Usually a chord progression or melody will be brought to the band by Dan, or Jesse who are the main songwriters, The rest of the band will learn these chords and proceed to write accompanying parts for the song. Vocals are mainly written by the singer Dan, although most of the band has an input on the lyrics which must reflect the overall vision of the band.
12. We are living a revival of vinyl, and even k7. Collectors from all the world are looking for gems that even Indiana Jones does not imagine exists. What is your opinion about this return of old media, as well as the possibility of collectors getting some new Whoopie Cat material in this format?
It is great that in a world of technology and digital formats that there is still die hard music fans that love to own a physical copy. We released our EP in CD format to make sure fans could own a hard copy, which came with lyrics and a signature for those who wanted a signed copy. We intend to release a vinyl at some stage, but it would be a limited press as vinyls are expensive to make. Nothing beats the sound of Vinyl and we are keen to hear the EP on a record.
13. Do you have some opportunities to go beyond Australia from shows or tours? In the same way, are you thinking to come here in South America, maybe in a great event like Rock in Rio?
At this stage we are yet to tour our own country, so we would like to do that first, we are quickly developing an overseas fan base and if we see some growth in the numbers and can get some support we would love to do a tour of as many countries as possible. Dan and Jesse visited south america in 2016 and we would all love to play a show there in the future.
14. Tell us some curiosities or funny facts involving some recording or presentation of the band.
The bands name Whoopie Cat is taken from the misheard lyrics of a Led Zeppelin song called misty mountain hop. Robert Plant sings “hey now would we care?” which can be misheard as “hey now whoopie cat” hence where we got the name.
15. Please leave a message for your fans in Brazil, and thank you for your attention. Have a great 2017 of great success and peace
We would like to give a massive shout out to all our fans in Brazil, you guys rock! thankyou so much for your support from the other side of the world! we hope to come rock you someday! Much love and peace from Whoopie Cat