You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
This is such a stupid question. Why don’t you ask the same question to “The Eagles of Death Metal”? By the way, was pretty easy and nice. In fact, we do play a kinda of grungy rock, according to the meaning of the name “clay-to-ride” that it means something rotten, dirty, like mud, to ride, to surf, to live, whatever. We tried to connect our passion for skateboarding, a world where Michele and I (Matteo) we met and grown together, with our love for punk music. And that’s the result.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-If you want to feel like if a super-speedy bus is hitting straight to your face, you’re welcome.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-We’ve grown up all together following the hardcore punk scene of our hometown. By the way,
we all can confirm firmly that Placebo sound mostly influenced us, especially in our last album “Worth Leaving”.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-Cardiff has an amazing music scene and lots of venues where to play, for every kind of genre.
Local music scene is essential to find new incentives, new influences, new stimuli and friends, of course. Local scene helps to keep the people interested in live music and, furthermore, to encourage new kids to play in a band. So the level grows up, the bands improve their shows and so their music.
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 in a band is like being part of a family. Everybody has its duty and its responsibility. It’s a team in which every member has to do something at its best. If you want to call it “movement”, yes, you can.
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?
-We don’t have birds and bees on the cover of our new album, but we have an iguana! And, probably, it’s one of our best covers. This iguana accords perfectly to the concept of our last work “Worth Leaving”, that, indeed, tells the story and the adventures of our journey from Italy to Wales, with all the slings and arrows we faced.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Digital music simply is the worst mistake that the Music Industry has ever made. The quality seems better, but the original sound of the band gets lost, changes, becomes like all the others. Of course, it’s much more easy to fix in the post producing process, but it’s not so “warm” and real as the physical. However, it’s easier to share (for free)!
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-I think that UK people, thanks God, are fully addicted to every kind of rock n’ roll. Just dancing and having fun matter. So, basically, bands like us can play wherever here.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We just want that people enjoy our music. How? Doesn’t matter. We just want that everybody gives their best part of madness and has fun!
What would you like to see the future bring?
-In three words: albums, tours and a brand new van.