With a new EP which is out today, what better time to talk to this noisy bunch? Thanks to Wojtek for telling us a bit more about themselves, and best of luck with the EP release!
We are located around Padua, a city near Venice, north-east of Italy.
How did you meet?
We’ve known each other for a long time, as we all have been around the local scene, so it was easy to build the team. Three of us were playing together since 2009 in another band, and we involved the others as soon as we decided to start this project.
How long have you been playing as a band?
We started to play together in May 2019.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
The name comes from a particular Syrian bear, who fought against the nazi-fascist army during WW2 in the battle of Cassino. It was a tamed bear which was trained to transport crates of ammo and to fight enemies, but loved also to have a good time and drink beer, so it was easy for us to relate to it!
What are your influences?
Anything that sounds raw and violent of course!
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Spontaneous and direct, better if also hard and violent. We like to keep it simple in order to be able to play it on stage under the worse condition (if you know what I mean). Our strength is to be able to blend lots of genres while keeping a precise identity.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Yes: human misery, neglected gratification, endless routines. Sweet stuff, you know!
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our show starts right when we meet up in the van, and ends when we leave town, it’s like being in a travelling circus!
About the performance: expect a lot of horsepower!
We have played 20 shows in Italy and abroad so far, but we had to give up another 15 shows around Europe because of C-19. As a young band we are rather satisfied at being able to play so much in just 12 months, but we’re also upset to have had two tours cancelled.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
“What happens on tour stays on tour”.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
- Riccardo: Nude guitar (stunning Italian handmade aluminium guitar company), Sunn Model T 1st gen, a 412cab and few pedals (actually Boss HM2 distortion)
- Morgan: Gibson Les Paul ’98, Peavey 6505 head, 412cab and a lot of fuzzy tone
- Simone: Fender Precision Bass, tons of pedals, Orange AD200B, 610 Ampeg cab
- Enrico: Mapex Orion Classic series, minimal set.
- Mattia: random mic and a couple of pedal reverbs.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Does this dream slow down, until it stops?, our new EP, out 26th January! We are really excited about it and we will also publish a video soon for the song “Catacomb”.
What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?
Write new songs, do streaming shows, of course playing live asap and getting drunk.
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!
We’d love to open for Converge, dreaming is free of charge! About plugging someone… Irrational Beer Pong League. An awesome band of friends located in Budapest.
Wojtek’s brand new EP Does this dream slow down, until it stops? is available now from:
- Ripcord Records (UK) https://ripcordrecords.bandcam
- Teschio Dischi (Italy) https://teschiodischi.bandcamp
- Fresh Outbreak (Italy) https://freshoutbreak.bandcamp
- SHOVE Records (Italy) https://shoverec.bandcamp.com
- Violence In The Veins (Spain) https://violenceintheveins.ban