at: 26th, April 2015
- You are a relatively
young band, however I suppose you have some previous musical
journeys, when did you first hear metal and what did you
like about it? What was the progress of your moving from out
enre, as first a fan and then a musician?
(Ricardo) The first time I
heard a metal song I was 14. I was at a birthday party, my
friends put on Metallica’s St Anger album and when Frantic
started i said “Wow!”. It was a sensation I had felt
only a few times but it was a couple of years later that i
started listening to metal. My school life didn’t satisfy
me, I didn’t
feel at ease to dress like the most of the people and listen
to commercial music. So one day I borrowed Kill ‘Em All
from a friend: it was instant love. The sound was so raw and
violent with thight rithm and a powerful voice, such a
genuine and spontaneous sound.
My first guitar fell into my
hands when i was 17, It was bought for my sister by my
parents but she definitively left it after a week. So I
started playing it self-taught, and after a year I founded
my first band. We played AC/DC, Guns’n Roses, Black
Sabbath, their simplest songs. Then I moved into a Guns’n
Roses tribute band and in another cover band, playing local
gigs just to have fun.
When Andrea asked me if I was
interested to join his project, it immediately appeared to
me as a good opportunity.
A new genre for me, played by
few bands, there can only be what I’m looking for:
spontaneity and honesty in the songs composition.
- I love it when I can
just by saying the band’s name feel the metal that they
play. How important is it that the name is a sort of
declaration of intent?
(Andrea) Yeah, I love it too
and that’s why i came out with “Silverbones”. I think
it’s a name that fits perfectly to our band, you can only
say that we play fucking heavy metal from the old school.
This is not a rule but for me it was important to find a
name that sounded appropriate to the genre.
Anyway, with this name I also
wanted to pay homage to two characters of Stevenson’s
Trasure Island, those who have read the novel can easily
guess who they are.
- Tell us more about your
personal affection for pirates, How did this interest for
such matters started for you? Have you done some official
studies about it?
(Andrea) None of us has done
any official study about piracy, altough it had always been
a special matter for me.
It was a world that I’ve
dreamed about since i was a kid. I remember having tons of
fun playing with lego ships, watching Peter Pan and stuff
like that on tv. But only recently I started to read some
good books and lot of material on the web about this huge
social phenomenon called “piracy” cause I was curious to
know something of it’s real story. And I found out the
At the time, The oppression
of church and autorities forced the seamen who didn’t want
to let them steal their freedom and life to be pirates, to
If they wanted to live their
way there was only one choice: embrace the jolly roger and
be against the world. Sadly, Things have not changed this
much up till today, In a certain way, metalheads are the
pirates of this time, marginalized and always fighting for
their freedom. Not to say that, when it comes to music,
heavy metal and piracy sound very well together haha.
- You have developed an
aesthetic that is uniquely yours.. How much time and effort
do you spend on the band to look that way?
(Andrea) As you might guess,
it took lot of time and patience to have the aesthetic we
display in our gigs. I designed and realized all the
clothing because I wanted us to look a little like my idols
Running Wild and Judas Priest. I simply love their look, for
me denim, studs and leather are and will always be the
symbol of true heavy metal. I’ve got to admit I really
enjoy this kind of work, in the end it gives me much
- What is it about heavy
metal that has made it survive for so long? What is it about
metal that is so great?
(Marco) Heavy metal is a
flame that burns inside us every day. It has this sense of
freedom, of intense energy, of rebellion against the rules,
that is really inspiring for every man I think. Everytime
you listen to a heavy metal song you immediately feel an
incredible amount of energy, of power, and you just want to
hit and smash everything, isn’t it beautiful?
And you can feel that this is
a true, honest and pure sentiment. So that’s why, in my
opinion, metal did survive for so long and it’s still
kicking ass nowadays!
Something I often wonder about is how much you as a band use
your cultural history when it is as rich as the Italian for
instance in both shaping your sound and your lyrical
(Marco) Of course it
influences our thoughts and our behaviors but I don’t
think that italian culture has a lot to deal with our music.
Our lyrical content takes its most inspiration from the
golden age of piracy and from other historical facts or
fastasy tales. I can say it is the same with our sound, the
most influences come from the 80’s true heavy metal and,
of course, from legendary Running Wild, our biggest
inspiration! So italian culture is very important for our
sense of beauty and aesthetics but it doesn’t influence so
much our music.
- With no album out and
only a demo i supposed must be hard to get any serious tours
or gigs going. However I have seen you played a plenty
amount of shows now and then. Do you have serious
opportunities for live shows in Italy?
(Ricardo) In Italy people
aren’t really into metal, they prefer mainstream music you
can hear in the main radios, MTV songs with videos full of
naked women and a guy who’s having fun; or they go in
discotheques where the DJ “plays” music. With this
situation is always harder to have serious gigs in our
country: the owners of the locals prefer DJs instead of live
music, just because it brings them more money. It’s all
about money. I’m afraid I have to say this but in Italy
the passion for our kind of music is dying.
- Can we speak of a
specific Italian heavy/speed metal sound, and what would
(Marco) I don’t think
Italians have a solid heavy/speed metal sound. There are of
course Rhapsody of Fire, Labyrinth, Vision Divine and so on
that form a strong and beautiful power metal movement, but
when we talk about true, pure heavy/speed metal I think that
there aren’t so many italians who keep this movement
alive, maybe our friends Burning Black or Arthemis, but
they’re more into the modern wave of heavy metal.
- Pick a song from your
demo " Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"
that you feel to be the most interesting lyrically,
musically or having a good story about it and tell me about
(Andrea) Well, the most
interesting song of the demo is perhaps Queen Anne’s
Revenge. At least regarding the story behind it: On the high
sea the famous captain “Blackbeard” and his crew sighted
the Scarborough. It was a powerful british man o’ war sent
to destroy the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the vessel of
EdwardTeach. With the speed of his ship, the pirate could
escape the encounter but he was never known to shirk a
fight. So the two vessels started a fierce battle that
lasted for many hours where the pirates proved their
superiority at last. The Scarborough left the battlegroung
defeated and the victorious Queen Anne’s Revenge kept
going it’s way.
This victory had hugely
increased the notoriety of captain Teach but the very
curious fact is that the event does not appear to have ever
happened. It was an embarassing incident that had to be
hidden to the admiralty in order to avoid the big
consequences of this failure. But, as it seems, this alleged
story came out somehow.
- Let’s meet band on
stage. Describe us a Silverbones, do you keep any special
features for the fans to enjoy on stage (I have seen you use
some nice paraphernalia and clothing)?
(Andrea) Silverbones on stage
have tons of fun and energy, I think everyone who come to
see us in action can feel it. Our gigs always start with the
intro “Cry of Freedom” and end up with the song “Queen
Anne’s Revenge”. I found it to be a perfect song of
clousure and, if we are going to play on an open stage in
summertime, we love to bring out our artisanal smoke cannons
to add more atmosphere. We do really care about
giving a special show everytime we play live, for this
reason we spend lot of time creating something that is
uniquely ours. All the paraphernalia you see on our stage
(attire, flags and banners, smoke cannons) are made by
- Have you started to work
on new material yet? How does it sound? Any major
development since your previous compositions?
(Andrea) Yes, of course. We
keep working on “Wild Waves”, recording tracks in our
homestudio, and also on new material for the next full
legnt. What I can say is that you will hear something from
Ricardo and Marco too. They’re developing a couple of
tracks by their own and it all sounds great! So expect
something a little bit different about the composition since
the whole material up till now was made only by me.
- OK, we have become to
the end. If I have missed anything please feel free to addto
Sure, we want to thank you
for this nice interview, and inform the readers that there
will be some gigs around eastern europe this august. Keep an
eye on it, there will be news! We also hope to make you hear
the album soon.
Cheers from Italy!
(Andrea Franceschi, Ricardo
Galante, Marco Salvador)