Today we meet , Malka, cool stuff out of NYC, their press release does a much better job than me of explaining what you are about to listen to. Give a listen today and you’ll agree that Malka are a band laying down some sweet psychedelic dreampop….
NYC psych dream-gazers MALKA debut EP The Constant State
New York City-based psychedelic dreampop band MALKA present their debut EP, The Constant State. Recorded at both APT Studio (NYC) and Elohino studio (NJ), mixed by Darko Saric, and mastered at 825 Studios by Grammy Award-winning engineer Butch Jones (Madonna, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, The Gun Club, B-52s), The Constant State takes listeners on a genre-melding journey, ebbing and flowing through the realms of dreampop, post-rock, nugaze, and psychedelic rock.
The songs are evocative both musically and lyrically, touching on metaphysical, existential and interpersonal subject matter with an honesty that resonates to an emotional core. Their music is a reflection of the triumph and tragedy of the world, compelling us to look deeper into the realms of our consciousness. Malka is trying to stretch the concept of songs to make them sound more like emotional lapses of time.
The vocal melodies assume an instrumental form and transcend language, adding transparency to bilingual Spanish-English lyrics shared between three lead vocalists.
Malka interview with 50thirdand3rd
Hi our name is….
Our sound is……
A mix of Psychedelic Rock with Dream Pop and Shoegaze
Malka is Mike Dawson on drums, David Ciauro on bass/vocals, EJ DeCoske on guitar/synth/vocals, and me, Darko Saric, on guitar/synth/vocals .
We are from…….
Who are some of the bands that have an influence on you?
Darko: I like British bands from the late 70’s and 80’s like The Cure, U2, The Smiths, and Joy Division, and also British bands from the 90’s like Radiohead, Suede and Lush.Mike: Regarding my drumming in Malka, my influences include Mitch Mitchell, Matt Chamberlain, Steve Jordan, Ronnie Vannucci, Jon Theodore, Darko Saric, Sigur Ros, Carlton Barrett, Patrick Keeler, and Marky Ramone.David: Mastodon, Russian Circles, Refused, Beastmilk, Joy Divison, and Led Zeppelin. EJ: Tame Impala, Mogwai, The Beatles, Archive, and A Place to Bury Strangers.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out?
Darko: It always begins with me sending some music ideas to Mike, David and EJ and then we get together and jam around those ideas until the song begins to take shape. Then Mike records the drums and then everyone begins to record their parts and the vocals at the end. The ecording process it’s done in our home studios and they I mix them.
What are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges?
Darko: the big challenge is to get people to hear your music. There is so much going on right now, the amount of information that you can get daily. People are overwhelmed.
The most insane concert you ever went to or were a part of….
You get that in New York every night.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
There are so many bands that we would like to open for….Sigur Ros,Mogwai, MVB, Explosions in the Sky
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him...
Practice and always write new music. Try to find your own sound.your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015…..In terms of creativity I think we are living in a very cool moment. There are so many bands with so interesting ideas and music. I feel that everybody is trying to find their own voice.
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?…..
Right now we are in the process of composing music for our next EP