Having named themselves after a killer, HUNGRY LIKE RAKOVITZ has kinda set the tone for what they are all about. Or have they? Read this interview to find out more. 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?
-Not so hard! Our moniker came from the name of a weed-addicted cannibal from NY who murdered and boiled a girl in the 90’s, then he gave her meat to some homeless from his neighborhood. His name is Daniel Rakowitz. Fun and irony are a big component of our way to live and make music. Our lyrics and song titles are ironical too.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-Our band was formed by our guitar player, Enrico, back in 2004. During the early years the line-up changed almost every week. A demo with L.G. Lorusso (ex-Ephel Duath) on vocals was recorded and released in 2005. The band still underwent several changes in line-up until the end of 2008, finally ending up with a solid group of musicians: Enrico (guitar), Tiziano (drums), Simone (bass) and Rubens (vocals). In 2009 we’ve released our debut EP (later considered as the first album), “HolymosH”. In 2011 was released “Evil Opus” a 7inch split with O. Both works were co-produced by a lot of italian/european’s underground labels. In June 2012 we’ve recorded the album “The Cross is Not Enough” at Studio73 by Riccardo “Paso” Pasini (Ephel Duath, The Secret, The End Of 6000 Years, Sunpocrisy). The Album was released in 2013. During the last years we played a lot of shows sharing the stage with bands like Eyehategod, Godflesh, Boris, Integrity, Church Of Misery, Fuck The Facts and a lot of other great bands. In 2014 Riccardo join the band as bass player and this year our last album “Nevermind the Light” came out.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-There are a lot of influences on our sound, every component of the band brings something different that create the particular sound we have, but if we have to chose one of the bands we take inspiration from maybe we can say Integrity.
What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-Yes, we feel that we are part of a scene but we also think that we walk alone. This “scene” business is a little strange for us because in our area we can see a lot of microscenes and sometimes people doesn’t know about bands that are literally near them. But yes, we definitely are a part of some sort of “scene”.
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?
-Yes, when we play together we become a creature that have an identity, it moves, it breathe. That’s the best thing you could feel when you play in a band that you love. And also people we meet at live gigs or people from other bands are part of this creature, enjoying the energy that came out and creating more energy.
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?
-Birds and bees, nice idea for our next album cover, thanks! A great album cover is the one that represent the most your music, in our case is something organic, complex and straight. We don’t think we must have an artwork full of blood or demons to have a good artwork, we usually like the atmosphere that some illustration creates and the way it merge with the music. That’s it. Maybe the only rule we have is that it have to be handcrafted.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Digital can’t kill music, people kills music! It seems like a Jon Lajoie’ song title but we usually download or stream albums and then we buy physical versions too (if we like what we listened in digital). We hope that this simple democratic way to love music is and will be the same for every music lover like us. There’s nothing like a well printed vinyl to satisfy your music hunger!
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-We mostly play in squats or small clubs with bands like us that sweated in small rehearsal room and play everywhere to try to reach more people we can. We play that music to play live and to know other bands and people that love underground music and share with them our passion
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Definitely a party! The live gig is exactly what we work for in rehearsal room, for so many hours. When the stage is set up our party can begin and we just want to have fun with our fans.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-More live shows and more people who know and follows us.. obviously!