KINETIK is a really cool Italian thrash metal band that I just discovered. I was so impressed that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
Max – For me composing music it’s like playing with Lego: I have a lot of “bricks” like notes, chords, harmonies and rhytms that I can combine togheter to create a song, the most interesting thing is that there are no unbreakable rules, I can try everything and even a minimal difference can bring an amazing change in the song.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
Max – All the 4 songs of our first EP “Greed” are on the new record but totally rearranged to fit the style of our new album “Critical Fallout”, and we are yet composing new songs that are way more complex and technical than the previous ones without sacrificing the tipical power of Thrash Metal.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
Rob – When I write the lyrics I feel like I am the master of a world that is going to be created, I feel powerful because my imagination is strong but I feel also afraid to choose the right words in the right way. If you are a song writer and you want to deliver a message you must be sure that the message is clear, unmistakable. The topic for me is that we are living in a world approaching a second “cold war” and what I fear most is that will end with a nuclear apocalypse and in the lyrics I bring some absurd science fictions inspired by videogames, movies and mad stories.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
Max – Well, our main influence is the US Thrash scene with bands such as Megadeth, Testament, Overkill and many others but also the teutonic scene and classic Metal band such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
Nick – We all love videogames and movies so a lot of lyrics are strongly inspired by characters and environments of our favorite titles. We applied the same process to the album’s artwork. Critical Fallout artwork is, in fact, a mixture of apocalyptic movies and games like “Fallout” of course, “Mad Max” and a lot of other sci-fi b-movies. The artist who made the cover and graphics is Cosimo Fabrizzi who integrated perfectly all the key factors in his work: the V8 Mad Max-ish rotten car, the lone wanderer inspired by Fallout with his laser gun rifle and some really creepy and disgusting radiation-mutated creatures.
Rob – We asked our artist Cosimo Fabrizzi to create a groovy artwork about a city devastated from a nuclear assault and he brought us a masterpiece! We all were really excited of the idea and to see it realized was awesome.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with artwork anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak artwork to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
Nick – We all have some really good albums with extra shitty front cover… it’s not 80/90’s anymore (too bad) no one will ever buy a relatively unknown band’s album with a weak artwork or concept. We really wanted to stand out and do everything we could at our maximum possibilities, so we did (Cosimo did it in fact) the same with the graphics and front cover too. We strongly encourage everyone to buy a physical copy of our album so you can enjoy the booklet, the pictures in it and most of all the really cool sketches you can find inside.
Rob – We produce the music that we like and try to improve it with the artwork we like, when I saw Cosimo’s works I immediately loved his style. I don’t know how but he can really realize our ideas and for me it’s astonishing. He is a true artist and every time comes out with new inspired ideas and we are really glad that he likes our project.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
Rob – When I have to title a song I simply try to gather all the content in a single word, this title must be essential and I don’t think too much about it, because I believe that if you like our music you hear it even if it has a “bad” title.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
Max – I’m not a fan of digital music, i’ve always loved “real” album on CD or even better on LP. The sound of vinyl for me is still way better than the best mp3, not to mention that a good cover artwork helps to immediately understand the real intentions of the band. For example Ed Repka’s artworks are a classic trademark for old school Thrash and Death Metal.
Rob – We all should buy the music we love and support the artists we love. If we don’t do it now, there will be no more artists in future.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
Jack – We consider the live activity essential for the band’s life. The effort contemplated by the composition, by the arrangement, and the subsequent realization of an album, can not disregard its representation on the stages. Live is not just a moment of mere promotion, but an event that gratifies, and under normal conditions tends to increase band’s self-esteem and to certify its margins for growth. It’s a moment where the band “speaks” to those who listen to it, with the language that knows best, and which tries to express its maximum possibilities, without any filter. It’s also a moment where the band “speaks” to itself with non-verbal language and from which it draws the appropriate conclusions based on the perceived evolution (or involution); moreover it represents a moment of emotional aggregation on an emotional level. We consider the live very important for the energetic charge that it releases and for the global involvement on a psychological level, especially in very visceral and direct musical genres; a good gig can be a discrete “charge of esteem” very important for the continuation of the activities. A band stuck in the rehearsal room can only die sooner or later.
Rob – I think the stage gives you the best sensation ever, especially for me, the frontman, is always an emotion not easy to control. If possible I’d like to play live on the stage every single month.
What lies in the future?
Max – We’ll start the promotion of the album during the summer, we’ll have some gigs in the local area, but our priority is to release something new for the next year, probably an EP, ’cause we don’t want to spend too much time between releases to keep the attention on the band alive.