Monday, May 16, 2016

Psycho Scream Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We came from Reggio-Emilia and Mantova (Italy).

It's about ten years that we play around as a band. The band was founded by Pato (guitar), Claudio(guitar) and Bob (drums).We played before in different bands and so before being band mates we share the stage many times. In these years we had many line-up changes with bass and singer.

2.In April you had released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We play something in between thrash and death metal; almost all of us are old school fans and so we are probably influenced by classical thrash metal American and German bands (but we would like to mention also Necrodeath and Raw Power that are legendary bands from our country). Even if we know we cannot be neutral, we think also that the recording shows some variety between tracks and we like it.

3.You had a demo released in 2011 but waited until 2016 to release any new material, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?

After the 2011 demo we had some gigs around, but after a couple of years we split from our singer (that was bass player too) and so a quest for complete the line-up began. We don’t know how it works in other places...but bass and voice are the most difficult parts to be found when you have to complete a line up!! So we used that time to find out other band members, integrate them in our songs and also for composing new songs with these new guys (as the demo was a recording with only 4 songs).

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Lyrics are really introspective and were 100% created by Matteo. They talk about feelings, states of mind, relationship with society and other people. We think he is very talented at that and so we let him have complete authority about lyrics.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Psycho Scream'?

That's not easy to remember after ten years ahah!! The movie scene that all of us know for sure was really we thought to take that name.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

A very nice show we remember was in a place that was a former psychiatric hospital; the stage was at the end of an aisle, and at one side of this aisle was possible to see all the abandoned rooms; that was a little disturbing, but we knew very funny guys there and we have to say that also the location seemed to be really conform to the band.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

At the moment we are trying to promote the record and if the answer is positive we will for sure do some touring or show. We have also some new ideas and riffs, and so we will begin to work on these too.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a a label or have received any interest?

At the moment we received some proposal from promotion agency for helping us to share our music through their channel, but at the moment we are trying to do that by ourselves. Let's see if in the future something more will be proposed. Unfortunately we also know that today there are a lot of incredible underground bands playing at very high level and so it's very difficult to catch attention on the label side. We could mention at least 20 underground unsigned bands that came from our district that are musically war machines.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback by fans of death and thrash metal?

For now feedbacks are good; we are going now to upload our music in some online platform in order to reach as many listeners as possible. We will see how it goes… anyway we know we will find also some disapproval …and that’s OK because that’s the game… we know that.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We do not know where we will be, but the really important thing for us is to have fun playing our music. If some great show or good feedback will came we will enjoy it and we will be glad to play for and with people.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

For sure we must mention bands like Death, Slayer, Kreator, Pantera. We can say that these bands are common denominator; then some of us are also into listening black metal (Bob), hardcore (Cosimo) and a special mention for Pato...that really listen to everything that is louder than 70's rock (if you enter his home you will probably find more CD and tapes than bricks).

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Bob deal with astronomy, Cosimo artworks and tattoos, Matteo astrology, Claudio tech stuff and Pato...Pato not musical interests are books, magazines, tv shows that speak about music (no way for him sorry...).

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

We would like to thank you and other guys that spend time and energy around underground music, as that's probably the real force that fuels this whole buried world.

We want also to thank Benny from B-side Music Lab that recorded "Gnosis"; we have stressed this guy a lot, but despite of that he put a lot of commitment and professionalism in doing that (probably more than we deserved).

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