LOOSE SUTURES

With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to LOOSE SUTURES. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
The band’s name is actually very explicit, and we purposely chose because of our sound and the idea of music we wanted to play. We don’t hide: we’re crazy for Ty Segall’s Fuzz, and the name of our band is also a tribute to their wonderful song

The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-There’s no competition if you don’t want to compete, and we just wanna play our music. You may like it or not and we would think and act in the same way.

Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-There’s a huge amount of work behind an album release: not only composing, recording and producing , but also a marketing work. Seen from outside you could say it’s nothing more than posting on social networks every fuckin day, but it’s not like that. Especially in the “underground music world”, there are many situations and opportunities for spreading your music: playlists, podcasts, radios, webzines… We try to stay inside this big flow and keep working hard… But our fans have understood that we are the future, and that’s why they’ll buy our album. Isn’t it?

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?
Antonio (guitar): When me and Marco started the band we were clearheaded about what kind of music we wanted to play, and when Gianpaolo (guitar) and Marcello (bass) joined us, we start composing and mixing together our riffs, and this is how our little “Manson Family” is born… We just tried to blend two guitars and a bass, anyone with extreme fuzz, to find the perfect amalgam.
Gianpaolo (guitar): The sound we wanted was a mix between the over-distorted, saturated and dusty fuzz of the stoner bands, but at the same time it had to be abrasive, acid and scratchy like in garagepunk. We are very satisfied of the result. Our songs are composed in function of the kind of sound we have in mind. We just added a pinch of “macabre”, trying to depict criminal profiles and kinky stories, et
voilà… We had a lot of fun!
Marcello (bass): I was the last to join the band, so I found a solid idea of what this band wanted to be. Of course I joined it!!! There’s nothing more kinkier than fuzz rock.
Marco (drums): My mates said it all. We were clearheaded about what we wanted to do, but we are always searching the good sound and the good groove!

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?
-When you play in a band you grow up a big sense of responsibility, a big feeling of friendship. It’s like you’re living in a family, but the advantage is that ain’t no parent to obey: decision are taken together. You may often discuss, sometimes there are misunderstandings, but we think it’s normal. The good
thing is that you can feel this friendship and union with other bands too. Bein’ part of Electric Valley Records makes you feel part of something bigger that is gettin’ bigger and bigger all the time. We are a great fuzzy family, no envy at all.

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?
-The artwork is very important, obviously. It’s maybe the first thing you see when you’re looking for a new band, and it builds up your first sight: if an artwork is catchy, and you know more or less the kind of music of that band, you’re probably more likely to buy the album, or at least you’re going to listen on it on the web. But it’s something shady, at the same time. Behind a really good artwork you can often find very shitty music. As listeners we’d rather have good albums with shitty artworks than the opposite. A good artwork can be helpful, but in the end music claims always accounts.

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?
-We don’t see it like this. Nowadays if you have good ideas, you can record a masterpiece just with your smartphone: let’s think to the first King Gizzard’s album! The vocals of 12 Bar Bruise were recorded through four smartphones. Digital is just the medium whit which the music is always changing, and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing: music is always music! The problem is not the way you listen on it, but What do you listen. Now: if you fill your ears of shit, it doesn’t matter if it comes out from vinyl or digital!

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?
-It’s not a fact of past but a fact of feeling. Great arena tours are today something restricted to Festivals,
or big artists like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Rihanna… But the trend is to organize live concerts in mediumsmall clubs, where you can have a more intimate atmosphere and a more direct approach with your fans, and we think it’s a really good thing. Small clubs are the salt of the earth, and we all, musicians and listeners, have to support them! Every time one of them closes, we suffer, really!!!

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-A live concert is something too short for realizing what’s really happening around you. When you’re preparing a concert it can be stressful sometimes, because you’re working on a happening and everything has to be ok. But once you’re on stage you just feel the vibrations and you realize it’s a party. We always try to be serious and professionals, and we always end up happy as clams and drunk as
skunks…

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We keep workin’ hard and try to have fun in what we do. At the moment, with the global lockdown for the Covid19, it’s a pain, but once this mess will be over we want to keep playing like everywhere, touring and meeting people all around and start workin’ on a second album Thank you very much for you questions. We want to thank Marco and the Electric Valley Family, our big friends who collaborated tour first album: Alfredo for the recording, Peppe for the photos and Sscvlt for the artwork. And of course Trevor Peres for having played guitar with us in “Lie!”
Hope to see you soon

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