Whenever somebody says Italian and band I am there like a love sick puppy. Anything Italian is like honey from the gods for me. So when I had the chance to interview HAUNTED I just had to do it. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have a name that could easily be confused for the Swedish thrash metal band THE HAUNTED. What made you chose the name in the first place
Cristina: We wanted that the name of the band was the mirror of the effects that music has on us, because we feel it like that, haunted. We know “The Haunted” and we believe there is no misunderstanding about that, we’re an opposite musical reality a different declination of music. I think that’s enough.
The competition is a killer these days so sets you guys apart from all others?
Frank: Well, I don’t know, we don’t feel the weight of competition at the moment. We make music to give vent to our instincts. All can I say is that our present hallmark that feature us in the “small”, we wish will distinguish us in “large” in the future.
Cristina: An inexplicable energy. Maybe this is what we sets apart from all others, the consciousness of give birth to energies and change them in harmony with the universe. So can’t be considered a thing such as a competition. We know that musical language is part of a system that sometimes become business, then I believe the most “sane” way to compete is “not to compete”.
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?
Valerio: . We published a single, “Silvercomb”, and I think we had a great feedback from people. I think that they appreciated what we have shared so far, I’m sure that someone is waiting for the whole thing!
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?
Cristina: We put in the cauldron a mix of different backgrounds and what it came out was the same language spoken in the stoner doom. We’re dressing it, following our creative impulses. It’s complicated to extricate ourselves from a closed reality, but that’s an incentive.
Frank: Since we put this band we had a very clear idea of what we should do and how to do it. It was not easy, but we can afford to show ourselves to people for what we really are.
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?
Valerio: Yes, I think that every single musician takes part of a little universe. The stoner doom movement is in continuous development and I love that me and my band are totally part of it.
Cristina: When you’re able to feel the balance in harmony with different individualities speaking the same language and perfectly understanding, then you experiment a state of almost primordial, maybe miraculous, divine aggregation. You feel like been part of everything and everything is part of you.
Frank: We are definitely part of a bigger picture of what we perceive with our common senses.
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?
Frank: Well, not really. You wish that your music can give the necessary info to the designer so that he can be able to feel the mood and have a flash of inspiration, but obviously isn’t always so. I like that kinda cover arousing emotions with simplicity. I think the color is the most important thing, must encompass the same atmosphere than sound.
Cristina: Not really. It’s called “the art of depicting reality through images”. Convert sounds into images it’s not as easy as it seems. We prefer to confide in the sensibility of artists that listen to our music and taking inspiration by it. I guess monochrome, symbolic, dissonant; image as a reminder.
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?
Frank: It’s true and I don’t know what to expect. I noticed that digital music has slowly wiped out the “physical” market, but there is also another interesting and unexpected factor… The exponential return to vinyl.
Valerio: I think that as everything, it has his good and bad sides. Digital music is more accessible, you can bring it everywhere, but I also believe that the most beautiful way to listen music it’s on vinyl.
Cristina: I think it’s not the form that makes a difference. I believe that music dies every time it’s not given the value it deserves. No way, each time it’s globalized becomes a product. If you become a consumer you become a murderer. So the music have not to be enjoyed but it must be a vehicle for something else.
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?
Cristina: There are so many big events all around the world I wanna believe they are lived as thing of yester. In Italy, we’re a small reality, so-called “the underground”, but we trust that things can change very soon. A circuit like a macrocosm of frequencies connected by microcosm of souls.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
Cristina: I see as a ritual where we offer ourselves to the triple Goddess.
What would you like to see the future bring?
Frank: I’m not very worry about the future, I am too focused on the present. I wish the future bring us to a present full of meanings and emotions.
Cristina: We’ve just released our first full-lenght album for Twin Earth Records of Ric Bennett, we’re preparing for touring now and working a bit on new songs. So we’re already in our future.
Valerio: I strongly believe in our band, and I hope that our future will reserve us something special.
I think our music works, I can’t wait to see what will come!