“We built it from scratch; every drop of sweat went into making something we’d be happy with, and we did some work on ourselves in the meantime too,” reveals sittingthesummerout vocalist Samir Batista. Hailing from Milan, Batista named the act in 2015, following a difficult Summer, which he reveals “cemented the concept that summer, as a season, wasn’t meant for me.”
Completed by Dimitri Sironi and Luca Della Foglia on guitar, Andrea Daniele on drums and Cristina Lietti on bass, sittingthesummerout play a well-crafted, atmospheric take on post-hardcore, blended with vocals that flit between spoken word, frustrated screams and evocative singing, and will surely resonate with fans of Hotel Books, Movements, La Dispute and Brand New. Now, a month out from the release of sophomore EP Brick and Mortar, the band give us a track by track insight to what we can expect…
1. Nothing Changes In Baltimore: “Baltimore” is the first track on the EP for a variety of reasons. It’s got that “opening track vibe” in the beginning, brings you in with some guitar harmonics and the bass then slides you into the first verse. However, first is the song’s rightful place on the tracklist because it was the very first track we wrote for the EP. After being stuck in gear for most of the previous year because I was doing a couple of semesters abroad in the United States, we were back together in January and eager to start writing new music. It took us a second to find the right pace and get to know each other again (we also had a fifth member which we did not have before), but when we had the groove for the first verse figured out, most of the rest came out naturally.
We went into the studio with our good friend Fabrizio at Pan Music Production in Turin, Italy, to record this one three months before we did the others. We wanted to test ourselves and thought this would help us find a direction for the next songs. It did. It was also the first single to come out because we had it in our earphones for so long we thought it was about time it went into the world.
2. It Won’t Rain Forever: This song is a follow-up to our 2016 single “Could It Rain Forever?”, involving another “dialogue” with fictional character Margaret, where I try to understand the reasons said character is so afraid of the life that surrounds them at home, and why leaving seems to be the only option. It’s a way for me to explore a different narrative so I hope Margaret will still feature in some of our future songs.
I had imagined this song to be just one verse, the pre-chorus and one chorus, but our guitarist and second vocalist Luca put up a really good fight to extend it. He fought and won and rightly so. The instrumental second verse is in my opinion a great chance to better understand the guitar parts and then come back again with that punching chorus.
3. Permanence: Actions are worth a thousand words, sure, but that doesn’t necessarily mean some words can’t carry the weight of the world and drop it on top of you. This song is about some stuff I was told that almost drove me insane, as they discredited most of the undivided effort I had put into a relationship that was important to me. As these words, which had the most permanent feeling to them, were dropped, and I felt this huge weight fall on me, I realized it also meant there was some sort of closure, somewhere in there.
I had written this one almost a year before we even started making the music for it, but it was I believe the last one we finished before going into the studio for the last 4 songs on the album. I remember that because we almost didn’t complete it before hopping into the car and driving to Turin, hah.
We’re really excited to bring this one into the live setting, we’re thinking it could be a great closer due to the impact the ending has, and Luca who’s doing the chorus goes really hard at the end so it would make sense for him to use all the energy he has left on that last couple of choruses.
4. Dry, Dry June: It works as a sort of interlude for the EP, and ties into the difficult memories of a day I had already written about on our first EP’s “Wearing Black In June”. This one specifically is about the long car drive that day, hence all the background sounds.
5. To Those Concerned: “TTC”, as we call it, is probably our overall favourite, with maybe “Permanence” being the close runner-up. Our drummer hates the time signature change between the first chorus and the second verse, and I guess he makes a point because it’s a very dynamic song, with the first verse being calm, having Luca’s vocals come in and keeping it slow, and then jumping right into a heavier chorus and this weird tempo in the second verse, then back into the yelling and the distorted guitars. I love how it can be a catchy song while still going real hard, which is why we chose it as the main single for our music video.
Our friend Edoardo Giacomelli from Absence Films came and did most of the work on the video, which I was directing. It was a long day of hard work with some of our best friends present and helping out, and I couldn’t stand the cigar smoke with the heat, the tight black shirt buttoned up to the neck and my bow tie, but we got through it and the result isn’t half bad, we think.
Brick and Mortar is out via Ghost Factory Records & Arts on 01/12/17, and it can be pre-ordered on the band’s bandcamp page.