A band name can be so many things. From the most pretentious to the not so serious. BIG STEEL SHIT might not have the fanciest band name but they make up for it in enthusiasm. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
– BSS is one of the most experimental metal bands in Italy. Since 2006, we are trying to provide a solid and and yet creative soundtrack to the complicated and somewhat dull existence we’ve all been living in these days.
How does your latest recording compare to the previous ones?
-“Borderlifeline” is a mid-tempo musical pastiche which moves its steps from one genre to another without betraying the bands’ alternative metal and post-grunge roots. Therefore we could say that, compared to the previous alternative metal albums we published, this one has a much more progressive approach.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-Not too much. Of course every member in the band listen to different genres of music, but in the songwriting process we can still let our individual influence stand above the others’ in different points of the tracks.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics are just as important as music. In our latest album lyrics were intended to narrate the story of Garrett, a young man who goes through a series of dramatic personal experiences, trying to find his own balance between a disappointing capitulation and a self-destructive rebellion to society. In previous works we kinda went either more socio-political or sentimental.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-Although the cover artwork is often used to highlight the album, to make it stand out over others, we tried to combine the look and music into a single entity. We used a real painting (made for us by Piero Vinci), photographed and edited to emphasize the characters. Someone could say that it’s not the best way; but we make music, not marketing!
Where outside of your country have you had success?
-We had a couple of tours through Germany and The Netherlands before devoting our time to the recording sessions of “BorderLifeLine”. On the net we’re starting to grow both in Northern and Eastern Europe. Obviously we can’t wait to go back on tour as well.
Is it harder today to get noticed both nationally and internationally than it was 10 or 20 years ago? Is the competition tougher today?
-Most certainly it is: there are so many great bands out there, some already well known, some yet to be discovered. But we do not like the word “competition”. We look at the other artists and bands as new opportunities to share tours, gigs, fanbases and experiences. If you’re open-minded enough, you will always have something to learn from the so-called “competitors”.
What is your local scene like? What status does your band have in the national scene?
-Our local scene is quite frustrating. A major part of live activity is reserved to all sort of tribute bands, from pop to rock and metal. Original music seems not the best choice to go sold out down here and that’s why we were forced to plan our tours abroad in the past. As a consquence we’ve not become national-famous yet, but we enjoy widespread appreciation within our region.
What is the general population’s opinion on playing music? Is being a musician a respectable choice?
-Italians usually show a satisfying amount of respect for musicians. After all we are a country made up of navigators, poets and artists. Anyway conventional wisdom has it that you will never be fed by musical activity, which is not to be considered a real job at all. We believe that’s just a good excuse not to pay properly musicians for their performances.
What does the future hold for you?
-We’re working on some new tracks and maybe we’ll record an EP before releasing a new full lenght album. In addition to this we are probably going to schedule new tour dates through Italy and UK.