How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
It depends on a lot of things. Sometimes the music comes out first, sometimes we have a great vocal line so we write the music to fit that melody. Andrea, our singer, writes most of the lyrics and vocal lines. The inspiration for the lyrics comes from our daily experience, the relationships we’re in, our dreams and failures. The lyrics from our latest album ‘All The Colors Behind You’ in particular are about love, and how it affects our lives: sometimes it can be the power that helps us to do our best and to break our limits, sometimes it messes us up badly.
What is the most important thing in songwriting?
We think that the most important thing is to be true. If you sing something that you didn’t believe in, you can’t express real emotions, which is one of the most important things in music. You have to live and feel what you’re singin’ about.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
As we were saying before, we write lyrics that tell the story of our lives, so in a certain way is a bit scary to show a part of us to people we don’t know. At the same time, we think that the most important thing is not what our lyrics mean to us, but how they speak to the listener. We wrote a song that is called “Don’t Ask Me What My Songs Talk About’ because is not important why we wrote a certain song, what matters is that the listener makes his own idea about that, based on his life and his experience.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
As we sing about our personal life, every lyric is very meaningful to us. If we have to chose we’d say ‘today is not so scary’ from ‘Bed Of Roses’ on our first record ‘Vices’. It seems like a simple lyric, but if you think wisely, you can realize how much time we lose complaining about our failures and the things we don’t have, so with those lyrics we want to say ‘come on, don’t let yourself down, don’t let the bad things have the best of you, if you want you can do everything’. We put this words even on our t-shirts, as a Reminder.
What inspired “Firework”, part of your latest album “All The Colors Behind You”? And “Much Deeper”? Do you remember the day you wrote “Stacy’s Bass”?
As we said before, is not important what inspired us, but how those songs speak to the listener. “Firework” is a song of Hope, no matter how many times you fail, you try and do your best every time. “Much Deeper” is a song about having a good time even when your world is falling down. “Stacy’s Bass” is about liars and revenge. We can tell about a little Easter egg in this song: the title stacy’s bass doesn’t mean something, it just sound like the sentence from Romagnolo dialect ‘stasi bas, chi tiran’ which means ‘be careful, ’cause someone is shooting at us’.
What are your plans for the last months of 2018?
Our new record ‘All The Colors Behind You’ has just come out via this is core and far Channel records. The release party is scheduled for October 31st at Bronson, Ravenna. Then we will tour in Japan at the end of November. Once we will be back in Italy we will tour the country for several months, from December to March, playing in some of the most important cities and venues in Italy.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your album “All The Colors Behind You”: Powerful.
- The best show you ever played: Bayfest this Summer, supporting Bad Religion, Suicidal Tendencies and Millencolin. But we hope that our release party will be even better.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Beers!
- The soundtrack of your childhood: No Use For A Name and Blink 182.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: “International You Day” by No Use For A Name.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Be true to others, don’t tell lies and speak straight to people’s faces, sometimes you can hurt someone, but at the end of the day, if that relationship is true and strong, everything will be OK.