Band of the Day: Destrage

Destrange - Are You Kidding Me NoDestrage was formed in 2005 in Milan, Italy and has released two full-length albums: Urban Being in 2009, and The King is Fat’N’Old in 2010. Their animated live shows have taken them on tour all over Europe, as well as Japan. Destrage opened for Every Time I Die and Parkway Drive in Milan in June of 2013, and headlined a variety of Italian festivals including Machete Fest, Rock In Riot, MAV Festival, and more. Touring plans for 2014 are currently in the works and will be unveiled once confirmed.

They are currently promoting their video for “Purania”, the second single taken from forthcoming album Are You Kidding Me? No. The concept for the video was written by The TJS Collective and produced by Sara Bertagnolli and Gianluca Pagani. You can see the video down below.

Destrage elaborates on the video’s concept and animation:

“We did the shooting on a freezing Sunday, in January 2013. Cold keeps people awake and reactive, but we didn’t know it before that day! Anyway, a pretty large team of people was involved in the process of making this video. The Jack Stupid Collective came up with the concept together with the band, wrote the screenplay, set the style and organized the production. There was quite a lot of stuff to do. Location managing, set design (that place was a total blank warehouse). Casting, illustration, actor and extras managing and a lot of logistic shit. We also hired a D.O.P. and two camera operators, an electrician and everyone we needed on the set. When everything was shot, The Jack Stupid collective worked on it very hard for a few months in post production.

“It was a pretty exhausting process, especially the animation of every single drawing, but we’re satisfied about the final result. We would like to thank everyone who was involved; you are too many to be mentioned, but you know who you are!

“The story is set in an imaginary city, Purania, where personal choice has been banned, and people are controlled by a central brain unleashing an army called Select & Defend, divided in small squads of Blamers and Erasers. An underground secret movement, which the government calls “The Incoherents” is planning a revolt.”

Earlier this week, Destrage released a behind the scenes video filmed during the making of their first video for the song “My Green Neighbour”. Claudia Bagordo who also was in charge of the scenography for the “Purania” video provided the amazing makeup work for “My Green Neighbour”. Then make sure to watch the video for “My Green Neighbour” which can loosely be described as a lyric video, features a pair of zombies making their way through the Warrior Dash in Italy as lyrics splatter onto the screen. “My Green Neighbour” was directed and edited by guitarist Matteo Di Gioia at The Jack Stupid.

Destrage recorded Are You Kidding Me? No at RecLab Studios with Larsen Premoli and at Adrenaline Studio with Daniele Nelli. Mixing and mastering was done by Will Putney at The Machine Shop in New Jersey. The cover illustration was done by Marco Tafuri and the layout was completed by The Jack Stupid.

Are You Kidding Me? No will be released worldwide via Metal Blade Records on March 3rd (UK/Europe)/4th (US).

Destrage is:

  • Paolo Colavolpe – Vocal
  • Matteo Di Gioia – Guitar
  • Gabriel Pignata – Bass
  • Ralph Salati – Guitar
  • Federico Paulovich – Drums

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