No, this is not a Soundgarden tribute band even though the name might suggest it. BADMOTORFINGER sttand very well on all its own feet. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
What is this band really all about?
Alex: The band represents our musical personality, hard work and commitment do not weigh when you’re doing what you like. We put our souls in this project, trying to give the best to our fans during concerts. It’s a project in which we believe and that we want to carry forward. We wish to make it grow, day after day.
Heavy Rico: This band makes us feel alive! It is the means to make the thing we like the most: making music! The possibility to communicate our ideas through our own songs and scream to the world that we exist, it is a great feeling. It’s Rock ‘n’ Roll!
Tommy: The band is the environment where the rock’n’roll comes out from our veins and surround us all.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
HeavyRico: I believe that the world is full of superficial people. It’s not a strictly italian attitude. But, let me say that along our musical journey we have found many objective people who don’t care where you come from and who judge by what you do and how you do it. Surely it is not easy to carry on this kind of music in our country, but okay. We are on our way.
When you release an album that get pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that? do you feel that you have a sound all your own that follows on from album to album? How important is identification from album to album to you?
HeavyRico: Obviously we are very glad if the judgment that is given to our album is good. The important thing, in my opinion, is to believe in what you do and always give 100%. Nowadays, I think it’s very pretentious claiming to have our own sound, when the “sacred monsters” have already laid down the fundamental rules of the genre. We grew up listening to them and it is inevitable to suffer a certain influence. Let me say, we are trying to give a personal impression through arrangements and playing style. I consider important to follow a certain logic in our productions, but without falling into repetition and trying to add a pinch of originality that is sometimes very difficult to find.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up digitally or is physical still cooler with really good songs?
HeavyRico: To write music is something that I love. Whenever I have an idea for a new song I pick up the guitar, I start to work on it and, when it sounds good, I just record everything. Then I propose the piece to the guys and, if it is ok, we start to play the musical part during our sessions. When the musical part starts running, Sange writes down the vocal line and then Viviana turns thoughts, themes and ideas into lyrics. It’s a nice team play, made of collaboration and mutual understanding. When this phase of preparation is finalized, we are ready to enter in the recording studio.
Tommy: Our songs are really alive. In time we tend to play them changing style a bit, so it would be wonderful to have resources to record them in some different versions. But if the album version represents the playing style of that moment, we go on with our interpretations during live performances.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
HeavyRico: I saw it too and I had your same reaction. Unfortunately, however, analog recording is not a simple thing and it would take too many resources, at least as I see it.
Sange: For sure their album “Wasting Light”, that is all analog, sounds wonderful and ‘warm’, the sound is very deep: nothing comparable with anything digital.
Recording a LP in analog is still my dream.
How do you view your sound? Would you say that you have a sound that is all your own and that I’d recognize it instantly?
HeavyRico: We like our sound. It is pretty big and bad. But we certainly do not claim to be instantly recognized.
Tommy: For sure in our sound nothing is fake. What we play in a recording studio is playable in the same way during a live performance.
Sange: As Rico said in a previous answer, today is very very difficult in our type of music to build up a unique sound. For sure we can work on our style of writing music that is something we are trying to do, to set our BMF attitude to be recognizable to listeners.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
HeavyRico: They are fundamental for us: the lyrics are as important as the music. We like to deal with current issues, personally experienced situations, but we also face some abstract topics, or else, just take it easy with lyrics a little more carefree and light. Sometimes I write the music already having a precise idea; other times the theme is developed later: depending on the atmosphere that the music creates.
Sange: Words, in my opinion, have the target to translate the feelings of music in real images, this is what I try to pursue when I write lyrics.
What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
HeavyRico: Definitely important. The artwork is subject to evaluation in any review. We try to propose something that is inherent to the title of the album, looking for a good direction to follow, even with the record label. If it proves to be the right way, we complete the work.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
HeavyRico: I must say that it happens quite often and it is a unique satisfaction!
Tommy: Yeah! It happens! Today the social medias help us to keep in touch all the time with all of these people.
What do you see in the future?
HeavyRico: Old age!
Tommy: Some more rock’n’roll and a long way to go.
Sange: Future by definition is always uncertain, but one thing is clear for us… BMF will rock as hard as possible!