at: 16th, July 2015
"Technology is a great way to communicate worldwide, in a couple of “click” your music can be listened thousand of miles away from you…but it’s also a great bearer of laziness
1. The band has been around since 2012. How do you think has been your "evolution" over the course of that time?
The band has been around since 2012. How do you think has been your "evolution" over the course of that time? A1. We are older, we are wiser, our beard is getting white but we still love the same old stuff, the same old riffs and try to play them together. We do not evolve, we regress.
2. How was the energy that inspired you to become formative in V-ANGER different from other energies you had felt?
Different people, different minds, different targets maybe. Every single experience playing in other bands in the past made our goals stronger and stronger.
3. In your opinion, what are the primary musical differences in form between metal and so called "nu metal”?
It’s more commercial. It’s when you take something “niche” and try to bring it out in front of the rest of the world. It's like when you see a fashion show, with models and models wearing clothes that on the majority of human beings, they turn into a sausage ... then what do they do? They make for all sizes and cutting for everyone.
4. Your first album "In Shovel We Trust" was released four motnhs ago, so it might be the right time to make conclusions... Are you still satisfied with the whole record? What was the most surprising about the welcoming of this album?
We are 110% satisfied. It’s our work, our sweat, our music. We didn’t expect to sell 1 million pieces but we are feel fulfilled when, after a live show, someone who we don’t know come to us and say “killin’ live dude, you’re awsome, now I’ve to go home and burn something. Give me a CD"
5. When you release a record how much attention do you pay to things like track order, lay out and art work? How planned is
We’ve spent some days thinking about which track should go first. The opening track, originally, was a kind of country banjo with a melodic music remembering a break during a hoeing. That truck became one of our intro during live sessions, while the opening track of the CD was the more impactful one. For the artwork we decide to engage Roberto Roderico to make a professional one, to evolve our concept of pentagram, the “pentashovel” . Great satanic job
6. Do you often play gigs in Milan, and how does it occur? Is it in small bars, or is there some bigger "official" concert places for metal bands? Is the crowd numerous during your live appearances?
There are very few big metal places but there are many quite big metal pubs around northern Italy. Technology is a great way to communicate worldwide, in a couple of “click” your music can be listened thousand of miles away from you…but it’s also a great bearer of laziness
7. Do you think V-ANGER is a good live band? What do your gigs consist of, and are some cover-songs played in front of the beheaded audience?
We always try to do great shows. At the end of a live show you have to be wet, tired and happy. That’s metal. But we work hard during rehearsals to improve our live shows, we have never enough to be perfect as a CD play. We played a couple of covers during the last 3 years live shows, of course the one also included in “In Shovel We Trust” Biotech is Godzilla (Sepultura), Deadfall (Benediction), Addiction (Agnostic Front), Breed to Breathe (Napalm Death) but we usually play only one per live show. We are preparing a great surprise for the end of the next shows, hope the audience will love it.
8. Can the rehearsals be considered as some orgies ? I’ve heard something like « one song, a beer ». You must be totally drunk at the end of the rehearsales, isn’t it ? Can you still play in those conditions ?
We all wake up at 6.30 a.m., come back home from work at 6.30-7.30 p.m., rehearsals from 10p.m. to 12p.m. one day per week, we don’t have time to get drunk. Actually we don’t drink at all. We only fart a lot
9. Can you explain the method of songwriting employed by V-ANGER? Is the writing process generally collective or does one member often craft the song on his own?
We build the music together during rehearsals, putting together every single influence we have. Lyrics are wrote down by Alex, our lead voice. When we’re all happy about, we work down on execution.
10. About song writing, how long will it take to complete a song (your song). Is it possible to complete it all in an hour, or in day, or it might even took long periods of refining the lines?
We have rehearsals only 2 hours per week and completing a song it usually takes a couple of weeks, also to refining the lines. We came from different genres and we spend almost one hours to decide what lines sounds better.
11. And how are you guys getting alone in private life? Do you hang out as a band or also as friends? Do you think its important to always be friends first and then a band mates?
Being friends it’s nice and funny but it’s not something fundamental. Very important is to share the same goals and do your job in respect of the other band mates.
12. Maybe you would now at the end reveal some details about the future plans for FA and your personal goals. How far would you like to go with V-ANGER?
We are quite happy with the present. We didn’t expect to sell bilion of copies. We make the first album to say “wow, that’s mine EP” and to play it in the future with our sons or grandchildren. Any way, we are going to play several shows not only in northern Italy but also in a mini-tour in eastern europe and we are very excited.
13. Alright, we’ve come to an end. Do you have any final thoughts? Thank you for your time…
Thanks for your time and the interview, see you all in the pit, horns and shovels up, and support your local metal scene.