Going Places – Interview With Itamar of Secret Cameras

Peter Balkus: I love your song “Going Places”. Can you tell us more what that song is about?

Itamar Starets: It’s about a relationship in which the girl has commitment issues. She can’t make up her mind on what she wants to do and the guy is tired of it all. It’s partly based on thigs I’ve been through.

– But watching the video, it looks like it’s the men in the video who have “commitment issues” and treat the lady as shit…

Firstly, the video doesn’t have to reflect the lyrics one by one. The last character (me) was actually nice to her. And she did date 4 guys who are friends, which isn’t very nice either. But anyway, the lyrics talk about a guy and a girl and they focus on the girl’s commitment issues.

– When and how has it all started as a band?

It started more than a year ago, when I found Kristian (our lead guitarist) on Gumtree. Kristian knew Dimitris (drummer) from a previous project and he was just looking for a new band. Then Sam the bass player and Dimitris came on the same place to my day and the band was formed.

– I hate this question but have to ask: Name of the band. Secret Cameras….

Basically, it’s almost impossible to find band names that haven’t been used. You think you got this great name and then you look it up and damn it, it’s already taken. Kristian, our guitarist, is good with names but every time he would find something, it was taken… We were sitting in my home studio discussing this, and he gave a few ideas until he said Secret Cameras. We looked it up and it wasn’t taken. That’s about it.

Secret Cameras are based in London. Do you like this city?

Yes, of course. Why would I be here if I didn’t like it? It took some adjusting though. The weather, new culture and having no money were issues at the beginning but it definitely grew on me and things are much better now.

– There are many new bands out there. What motivates you to keep going and play in the band?

Music is my passion and it’s all I wanted to do since I was about 14 so that keeps me going. I really enjoy the process of writing a song and then starting to arrange it, mess about with different sounds, effects and such. I can do this for hours and hours, the whole process fascinates me and when it’s starting to take shape, it’s magic. Being in a band is fun because you have other people around you to share the whole experience with. The music industry is incredibly tough, yes, but I like the challenge.

– What kind of audience your music is for?

I suppose people in their 20s-50s, who like something a bit alternative but with a commercial appeal. This is just a guess though.

– You said that music is your passion. What kind of music inspires you?

Lately I’m becoming more and more intrigued by all sorts of combinations of electronics and guitars. I find a different blend of sounds really interesting.

– Do you get annoyed that your music is not being played on the national radio?

Well, firstly, Going Places was played by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music a couple of times and by Huey Morgan on BBC Radio 2 so we are getting a bit of national airplay. However, when you are an unsigned band that’s just started out, you should know that the amount of national plays you get will be very limited because it’s mainly specialist shows who play unsigned artists and those shows are usually at off peak hours. So I try not to get annoyed so that’s just the way it works.

– Congrats. Do you have any gigs lined up for 2017?

So far, we have our EP launch gig on March 17th at 229 The Venue Click here for Info, and Camden Rocks Festival on June 3rd. More gigs/festivals to be announced soon.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “COLD TO SEE CLEAR” BY NADA SURF

After recently announcing news of their new album, New York alt-rock veterans Nada Surf have unveiled a new video & track ‘Cold To See Clear‘ from the record. ‘You Know Who You Are‘ is dueMarch 4th via City Slang.

The euphoric clip for ‘Cold To See Clear‘, directed by Spencer Gentz, depicts a typical corporate office meeting being transformed into joyful mayhem.

Speaking about the new track frontman Matthew Caws said ‘Cold To See Clear’ is about moments of clarity and light and hope and positivity that sprout up to our surprise. The feeling of awakening you can get in winter when you open the window to see what the air feels like outside, that awakening gives me instant peace at some animal level.

The forthcoming album, ‘You Know You Are’, marks the band’s eighth record in total and fourth for City Slang, It was produced by long-time comrade Tom Beaujour at Nuthouse Recording in Hoboken, NJ. The album marks the band’s first as an official quartet with the core unit – singer/ songwriter/guitarist Matthew Caws, bassist Daniel Lorca and drummer Ira Elliot – joined by Doug Gillard on second guitar. The album is available for pre-order now.

Having recorded five albums in ten years and toured extensively in support of all of them, Nada Surf opted to follow 2012’s ‘The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy’ with a brief but well-earned hiatus. And so following this break, in January 2015, when Caws informed Nada Surf’s vociferous facebook following that a new record was just about done, the news was greeted with explosive enthusiasm. The music was in the bag, he announced, and the only thing that remained to be done was to finish up a few lyrics and sing a few vocals; something he planned to do on off-days off during an upcoming solo acoustic tour. Caws even included a photo of the recording set-up he was bringing in the car. 

“I was so eager to have an album done that I believed in it as it was,” Caws recalls. “But the great thing about being ‘finished’ is that you can take a breath and evaluate, because the pressure to ‘do it’ is gone. The more I listened and thought about it, the more I realized that I might want to keep working.” Caws continues. “There were already a bunch of songs in the can that we all liked, so I could think more expansively about what the album could be.” 

Lo and behold, what would have been another really good Nada Surf album (their seventh since getting signed to a major in the go-go 90’s and scoring a worldwide alterna-hit with ‘Popular’) became what could well be the most representative collection of the group’s two-decade career, all while pushing towards whatever comes next. While the band has always had a surplus of horsepower for velocity rockers and an astounding level of confidence live, they’ve been gaining the discipline and finesses to change gears, more so with each release.

Whether it be in the mellow, laid-back glossy vocals of ‘Believe You’re Mine’ or the up-tempo infectectiously catchy drum beats of ‘New Bird’, the new record captures every beloved facet of the band. ‘You Know Who You Are’ also finds much on offer that stands apart from anything previously heard in the band’s diverse catalogue.

“Sometimes it feels like, to our audience at least, we are two or three different bands at once,” Caws concludes. “It seems some people are looking to feel better, for encouragement getting over their obstacles, for help figuring life out… not that I’ve done that myself, other people are looking for love songs, and then some others just want to rock.”

Nada Surf has confirmed the first leg of a European tour for early next year. Full dates are listed below.

‘You Know Who You Are’ tracklisting:

1. Cold to See Clear
2. Believe You’re Mine
3. Friend Hospital
4. New Bird
5. Out of the Dark
6. Rushing
7. Animal
8. You Know Who You Are
9. Gold Sounds
10. Victory’s Yours

European Tour dates 

31.03. SE Stockholm, Kägelbanan
01.04. NO Oslo, John Dee
03.04. DE Hamburg, Mojo
04.04. DE Cologne, Live Music Hall
05.04. DE Dortmund, FZW
06.04. BE Brussels, Orangerie
07.04. NL Amsterdam, Melkweg
09.04. UK Manchester, Gorilla
10.04. UK Glasgow, King Tuts
11.04. UK London, Electric Ballroom 

12.04. FR Tourcoing, Grand Mix
1304.  FR Besancon, La Rodia Grand Salle
14.04. FR Strassboug, Laiterie
15.04. FR Paris, Gaite Lyrique
17.04. DE Stuttgart, LKA
18.04. DE Berlin, Huxley’s
19.04. DE Nürnberg, Hirsch
20.04. AT Vienna, Wuz
21.04. DE Munich. Muhffathalle
22.04. CH Zürich, Dynamo
24.04. IT Milan, Salumeria Della Muisca
25.04. FR Grenoble Belle Electrique
26.04. FR Feyzin L’Epiceri Moderne
27.04. FR Bordeaux, Krakatoa
28.04. ES Madrid, Barcelo
29.04. ES Galicia, Pontevedra, Theatre
30.04. ES Bilbao, Antxoki

For more information please contact frankie@stereosanctity.co.uk / t. +44 7921 176502.

 

BOULENT MUSTAFA’S TOP 10 SONGS OF 2015

Our guest music blogger Boulent Mustafa picked his top 10 songs of 2015, you can find the below. See more from Boulent at http://oceanicblueuk.blogspot.co.uk/

 

1) Meresha – New Revolution

2) MARBL – Time Takes Time

3) Jessie Frye – One In A Million

 

4) Xamaria – Ring Of Anguish

5) Saskia Eng – Glad I’m Me

6) Vanessa Forero – Heaven Knows

7) Charlene Soraia – Ghost

8) Scarlett Lee – Honeymoon Dream

 

9) The Big Bads – Lights Go Up

 

10) Tower by Pandora’s Diary

 

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