Lately it feels like I’ve come into contact with all bands worth knowing in Italy but along comes another band that I had no idea existed, ANTICLOCKWISE. Claudio answered my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Anticlockwise was quite an easy name to find actually. Michele came out with the name after we have decided two basic things: first, we would have played our original music since the beginning (no covers) and we would not close ourselves in a genre, or style. We would have played what we felt like.
As time passed by, our sound formed like it is now and song lyrics came critics on society and technology, we realized that the name is not just “good”, it is now a clear and perfect reflection of ourselves as a band.

The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-First, Raise Your Head is a concept. We think that it is the most complete form of art related to the music. Our first album was a concept too but now we could link even better music, lyrics, a strong and actual message and artwork.
Second, We have created quite heavy parts but well combined with deeper, clearer and catchy melodies that are appreciated even from non-metalhead people.
And, last but not least, let us mention he production. Simone Mularoni’s Domination Studios enhanced our sound, showed our potential and made a record that has nothing to envy to top products like you in Sweden are used to hear.

Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-Well, we are just a small band so the expectation cannot be defined really “large”. On the other hand we see that we have gained more and more followers in our live shows and on the internet, people who have liked the first album and that asked us for new music.
This surprises us very much…we didn’t expect this. So yes, there is a good anticipation if compare with our expectations actually!

When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
-When we started we had not a clear intent, we knew it would have been a Metal-band but we had not a pre-designed style.
Pacio had a clear thrash background, Bubu came from grindcore and death experiences, Michele and me from rock, funky and blues.
We all shared love for some metal bands like Nevermore and a then a similar style (especially in 7 strings guitar sound) came unwillingly out since the very beginning.
We have tried to mix our experience to become as personal as we could.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of
a movement sort of
-This question makes me think about a music “scene”…like in early nineties in Seattle, when grunge emerged as a reaction to the Hair Metal culture in the USA.
Well I can feel that there is definitively a scene, a movement, something bigger that connects with friendship and music alternative bands from all Italy but on the other side this scene is fragile as it is very hard to find places to play live and promote original music.

When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Yes. Definitively. Meal, or alternative in general allows you to connect music to artwork deeper and with a wider range of possibilities than just a “cool band picture, title and go!”.
You can find minimal artworks or very complex ones and typically significant and well connected to the band style. This is great.
My favourites are of course Travis Smith works, especially the Devin Townsend’s Terria Artwork, but also Alex Grey’s Tool Lateralus artwork and Paul Romano’s Leviathan made for Mastodon…and Derek Hess art as well (In Flames, Come Clarity).

I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-It’s hard to say for me…on one side digital is popular, democratic, helps diffusion and helps to find rare things. This is very good but it could burn the value of a musical product.
Reflecting, If we consider when and how digital started to become popular (in early 2000 with the Napster case), I think music should be already dead and gone!
Then 16 years later, we’re still using the CD and then, lately, going back to Vinyl. I think that people in the end want something phisical about the music they love.
I think that there’s something in music related with memories you want to keep close all your life long. At least this is what happens to me.
I think also that some music needs also an artwork as I said…especially alternative music. That’s why I think, mini disc failed: it was just too small to enjoy the artwork.
And this is exactly why the Vinyl still wins for those who love the physical copy. So…in the end, probably digital won’t kill music if one lives it as a form of art.

Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
-Great arena tours are still there for the biggest bands of course and it will continue.
For bands like us the playground is harder in Italy. Places to sound live are closing one by one while on the other hand for some big events there is the pay-to-play practice that not everyone can afford.
So it is hard to balance with this and play live…but not impossible if you bring good music and tons of passion!

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It is a bit of the two things. We live the show divide in two let’s say.
A first part of concentration before and during the show, and a second half, after the show, we can relax and party with old and new friends we meet.
In any case we enjoy both. We wouldn’t have last long without complete amusement an full passion!

What would you like to see the future bring?
-First of all we would like to see how people respond to the new music we created.
Then we would like to play it live the more we can…we have several shows already scheduled until march…and then, who knows, maybe a small tour abroad! Maybe to Sweden!!!
But let’s keep our feet on the ground and focus on things step by step.
Thank you very much from all ACW for the inteview and cheer the Swedish metalheads!

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