Who are Distractions ?
DISTRACTIONS are seven dudes living in chicago who enjoy guitar pedals, tube amps, pop melodies, 80s musical equipment, and every strange nugget that we can find on tape or vinyl. We enjoy coffee, spacing out, drinking, fleetwood mac, american cuisine, and sade (preferrably slowed down).
How did your band started ?
DISTRACTIONS was started by myself (thomas), and a couple of friends and former collaborators. It grew to include many more and eventually morphed into the 5, 6, 7, and/or 8 piece beast that it is now. We spent the first year or more experimenting at the now-defunct halfway lounge, the diy venue where myself and Karlo (drummer), were living. In 2010, we started playing more shows and completed our debut tape, which has been remastered for vinyl.
Who are your major influences ?
So many to list, but here is goes: Roxy Music, John Cale, Brian Eno, Todd Rundgren, Television, Arthur Russell, Kraftwerk, Beach Boys, Wire, Sonic Youth, Burial, My Bloody Valentine, This Heat, Can, Faust, Tom Tom Club, Bill Callahan, Jim O'Rourke, J Dilla, Madlib, Boards of Canada, Wumme, Bitchin' Bajas, Harold Budd, Phill Niblock, Jon Mueller, Tangerine Dream, Javelin, Gangstarr, Wu Tang Clan, MF Doom, Neu, Dirty Beaches, David Bowie, R. Stevie Moore, Scott Walker, various cassettes that get lots of play in the car.
"Dark Green Sea" is finally out. Tell us about it.....
It was recorded in 2009. The end result is a mixture of different sessions featuring varied arrangements and many different characters performing. Some songs I recorded entirely on my own, other were tracked as a 4-piece band. Most everything was sent into a spring reverb! A few of the songs were not fully formed and took shape during the recording process (songs like Baby Steps, My Gold, Heartbeats). Others were played out in a live setting a fair amount and so those tracks were recorded a bit more live (All Night, Money is Ugly, Not Gonna Go Away). I originally mixed the songs for the cassette release. These mixes were slightly more murky. The remixes (by Dev) have a bit more clarity and some really excellent dynamic mixing.
You worked with Dev from Twin Sister. How it was ?
It was great. After a few tries, we were able to come up with something that we all enjoyed. Dev was even kind enough to lend his keyboard and programming skills on Not Gonna Go Away. Twin Sister is an excellent band and creative force and we are very obliged to be working and hanging out with them from time to time.
Pressing is a limited edition of 500. Where can i get mine ?
hmm... i will drop you a few links here: http://infinitebestrecordings.com/site/releases/dark-green-sea/ or http://www.midheaven.com/item/dark-green-sea-by-distractions-lp
One of your songs, "All Night", have a special place in my playlist. Any particular thing you can mention about that track ?
It was one of our earliest songs but grew into something much larger than we thought over time. Obviously, it is pretty simple lyric-wise and otherwise, with only one or two repeating lyrics. I suppose I do enjoy concise, repetitive songs over wordy songs with typical structures. For me, the song is about friends (or lovers) who are always there for you even if you don't always notice them. And when they go away, you miss them the next afternoon.
All Night by distractions
Do you have any plans to tour in Europe ?
We have no specific plans yet, but we would love to tour Europe. I especially want to visit Portugal sometime.
Any last words for the people here in Portugal ?
Surf's Up from the banks of Lake Michigan in the cold ass midwest. Wish we could come hang out in Portugal. Cheers from DISTRACTIONS.