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Interview: Arsenic Unbirthday

Interview with Marya Mellow, vocals of the Post Alternative rock band, Arsenic Unbirthday.

By Carla Morton

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Hi Marya, how are you?
Hi Carla, it’s all fine, thanks!

When was Arsenic Unbirthday formed?
Arsenic Unbirthday was born over ten years ago by two permanent members (Nick and I) and the other two that have joined the band over the years.Emmanuel, the bass player, is a key part of the band for a very long time, while Alessio has joined us only recently, but with a truly innovative contribution. So now I think I can say that in fact the current Arsenic are newly formed, in a sense… in a perfect, electrical and fraternal harmony. But I think that what we are now is the result of everything that comes also from our past.

This year you have released the EP via Epictronic records, ”Ravens and Writing Desk”. Tell me about it.
“Ravens and Writing Desk” contains words, music and arrangements that are so connected through the feelings, thoughts and emotions of each of us. It all started with a sound, a phrase, a vibration… and comes to life through the intimate communication of this strength and fragility. It’s like a long journey into our deepest fears, coming to life to be freed, but also exorcised… This music speaks about us, not the other.

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Interview Ravenscry

Interview with Andrea Fagiuoli, the bass player of the Italian Rock band, Ravenscry.

By Carla Morton

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Hi Andrea, how are you?
Hi, I’m good. Thank you very much for this interview.

Tell me a few words when was Ravenscry formed?
Ravenscry was formed in 2008 by Paul, Simon and me, then Mauro and Giulia joined almost immediately. We wanted to create something unique with her voice and our instruments playin heavy parts.

The last release of the band was in 2014 entitled ”The Attractions Of Opposites”. Tell me about it.
It’s an album who talks about different aspects of live and each one from the opposite point of view. It was recorded in our studio (Ravenstudio), mixed by Roberto Laghi (In Flames) and mastered by Dragan Tanaskovic (In Flames).

Have you got nice reviews about the album?
Actually we only had positive reviews of the album, I think that the worst vote we got was a 7.5 out of 10 or something like this.

Do you have two other releases. Tell me some things about them.
”One Way Out” was our first album, it was released in 2011 and it was the result of many years of work behind the scenes, ”Acoustic Parenthesis of a Dreamstate” is just a gift we wanted to give to our fans, it contains 4 songs in acoustic version taken from our first full length.

What are the influences and what are the lyrical themes?
We have a lot of influences and everyone of us come from a different kind of music, from Fear Factory to electronic music like David Guetta, from classical to pop, nothing is left out.Lyrics are strictly related to the content of the song, we always try to be as much various as we can.

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Interview: NoN

Interview with Andrea Zingoni, the vocalist of the Italian Rock Wave band NoN.

By Carla Morton

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Hello Andrea, how are you?
Hello Carla, I’m ok, despite this very hot Italian summer, but we’re looking forward, winter is coming!

When did NoN was formed?
We’re a sort of reincarnation, we use to play togheter in the late 90’s then, for various reasons, we stopped, only Alvaro continued as the drummer of the GF93 band for several years. I began to study cinema and Massi became a photographer. It’s strange to think about it now, but we lived in a different way at that time, there was not much music in my life anymore. After a decade we met again, casually, and we decided to try to play some new music in “trio”, then we formed NonViolentateJennifer (it’s the italian title of “I spit on your grave” movie) in 2011 and published an EP in 2012. Then I started to play electric guitar, I use to play keyboards first, to move our sound in a sort of hardest and more aggressive way, and we decided to became just NoN which is a negation in Italian language and a shorter name too.

”Sacra Massa” is the debut album, tell me about it.
Sacra Massa is our debut album but contains some songs we use to play before in a different way. I think “Sacra Massa” is an album about the end of humanity, it’s about the indifferences around us and it’s a “j’accuse” against the people has become cynical without even realizing. I think, basically, it’s a sort of “in search of love” album.

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Who mainly writes the lyrics and what are the lyrical themes?
I wrote all the lyrics in this album, except the first part of “Lo spettro delle possibilità” which is a script by Massi. Basically the lyrics are about the awareness of being part of a world we don’t like whit all the consequences that this entails. Sometimes the language is straight to the point, sometimes it’s a sort of images descriptions.

Are you going to release new materials soon?
Actually we’re working on new material for months and we hope to realise a new album for the beginning of 2016.

What are the band’s influences?
We’re influenced by so many things, it’s hard to say; I think basically by the real life; by what happens in our lives. For sure not only by music; we’re influenced by a lot of movies, for example Cronenberg’s movies or Tsukamoto’s movies; A lot of writers, like Kafka or Bukowski or Burroughs; in music we love so many artist and band, I think I can say all the “post punk” music, from Wire, Bauhaus, Cure, Swans and american bands like Fugazi, BigBlack and Melvins, but we love also the French music d’auter, like Brel, Gainsboroug, and some Italian songwriter like Ciampi or Tenco.

Any shows confirmed for this year?
We’ll take part in some festivals in September, the 5 we’ll play in Festivalbanda in Bergamo; the 19 in Garage Records Festival, we hope to increase our shows until the end of the year.

Do you have a message for the people who listen to NoN?
All I can say is not to be prejudiced by listening to the music of an Italian band, if someone like our music and get curious about the lyrics may contact us on Facebook and we will be happy to translate our lyrics! And I recommend: listen more music as possible and buy all the music you like if you can!

Thank you Andrea, all the best!
Thanks to you Carla, it was my pleasure to answer your questions!

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