CHRONIC HANGOVER

I’ve discovered that if I drink the right kind of alcoholic beverages I don’t have a hangover the next morning, no matter how much I drink. I have no idea what CHRONIC HANGOVER drinks but here is what they have to say. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Actually it took a long time to choose a name we all agreed to. We were looking for a monicker that delivers a really sick feeling avoiding the use of stereotypes. Just two words put together that reminds you of the ugly taste of a post-traumatic day after.

Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-Four guys grown up with heavy doses of electric sonic medicines. We gathered to play some psyched music with a heavy sound and an acid attitude. We don’t want our music to be associated to only one specific genre. Once more: we don’t like stereotypes.

What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
– Ok , here it comes the tricky question! I will try to give you the most democratic and realistic answer: since we always play under the influence of booze and weed, the most logic conclusion is up to you!

What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-I’m going to tell you a sad story: in a place like Roma (cradle of culture since centuries) nowadays we have a Mayor and lots of white collars working really hard to close all of the venues promoting underground culture, and unfortunately they almost did it! Today it’s really difficult to find a proper location for your music if you play underground stuff. On the other hand, in Roma you can find as much good bands as you want, we are plenty of talented musicians playing cool stuff (booking agencies, take note!).

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?
-Playing concerts and sharing stages with other bands makes you feel exactly like that. We all grew up among concerts and clubs and music maniacs. Surely we are not outsiders of the local scene!

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-The artwork for our debut album “Nero Inferno Italiano” has been a very long process. We strongly wanted it to be really dark, acid and hypnotic. Something with personality, not the same cover already seen billions of times. So , here it is: a dark painting of a hopeless working class man lost in its own alcoholic hallucination.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
– Even if I collect vinyls I’m not a nostalgic one. Technology and marketing keeps going on and they don’t give a fuck about nostalgia. It’s up to the user.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-It’s really hard. Totally different from northern Europe. The best thing you can do is hit the road and bring your music as far as possible!

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Usually we drink a couple of cups before the concert but we like to keep a little tension until the gig start. After the gig, comes the party time!

What would you like to see the future bring?
A tour in Sweden, for example, would be great (booking agencies, take note again!)! I’ve seen in Goteborg there is a cool place called The Abyss, who knows? Basically we expect to play around as much as we can

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