Another band to learn about, this time hailing from the mighty Roman Empire (as was). Sit down with a glass of red and a plate of spaghetti, turn up the opera on the stereo and read about Amycanbe (courtesy of founder/drummer Marco Trinchillo)…
We are from Cervia. With more accuracy I live in Castiglione di Cervia, in the Romagna region… do you know Piadina? Uhm, maybe you don’t. It is a very nice area, by the sea on the Italian north-east coast, very famous for nice people, food, and nighttime life.
How did you meet?
I have been playing with Mattia for a long time, then I met Francesca at a photography exhibition where Francesca played. Then everything happened quite slowly, step by step… Well everything in Amycanbe is generally slow!
How long have you been playing as a band?
12 years now from the very first start, I think. It seems like ages to me, and we are a very strange quartet made of very different people that sometimes we wonder how we can really fit together. The magic of music I suppose.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
I want to be honest with you… I don’t remember! We simply tried and put together various ideas changed through texts via cell phones, and it happened, it was just sounding good! Yeah… it is mainly a question of sound. It doesn’t have a real meaning at all, even though it may seem like it.
What are your influences?
A lot of Italian music. First of all Battisti, Morricone, Alessandroni, Pino Daniele… then reaching Blonde Redhead, Aphex Twin… Our influences are very varied, but one thing we have in common maybe, is that none of us have got a real idol. That kind of influence where you love all his records.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
It is not party music for sure, it is music for journeys by car. It swells the time, and the thing that make us unique, besides Francesca’s voice, is the diversity in our songs, from one track to another, or from one record to another.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
That’s up to Francesca. Day to day life does influence her a lot – journeys, encounters, experiences… you can find it all in her lyrics, giving all this a free interpretation. Lyrics like all the rest in Amycanbe’s world don’t have real edges or rules, we love freedom.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
It needs to be seen! It sounds quite electronic and modern and intimate. We do 20/25 shows per year maybe less… please help us in doing more!
This year we are trying out to get a bit out of Italy. I really hope to have the chance, we really love travel. That is the best part of the job I think, and a real addiction especially for Francesca!
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
The wildest thing has been feeding ourselves for ten days in England! I really don’t know how you can survive!
Then personally I remember when I fell asleep on my drum kit at the end of a concert after many drinks, then eventually throwing up on the way back from the gig out of the van window. All while I was inviting my friends to just stop at the first hotel. I kept on saying “I Pay The hotel, I Pay…I Pay…”. This thing just inspired Francesca. It turned out to be our first single out from Wolf, called “I Pay”!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
After an huge robbery we recently suffered. I don’t have any drumkit! Just my snare 7″ Drum Sound (Made in Italy). Then I use a Ludwig Dec 73 that is just a loan by a friend of mine, for these live shows for Wolf, I used a Roland Spd Sx. The other guys in the band use Fender or Fernandez guitars, Moog, Ableton Live, Nordstage keys…
What are your plans for 2017?
Playing as much as possible, more and more, and recording something new inspired from what playing live gives us! We started different collaborations with movie directors, fashion brands and dancers too recently! I think and hope to be very busy in the next months.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
First Blonde Redhead, because I always loved them, and also they are one of the few “Italian” bands (or kind of..) in the international alternative music scene. Or Trente Moller who is one of the most interesting new guys around. As opening act, Pier Alberto Valli simply because in Italy there is a lot of great music to be discovered!