MACERIE means ruin in Italian and that is what I feel like after listening to their brand of chaos, ruined but in a positive way. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-Yes, for sure. Hi,we are Macerie from Florence (ITA). we’re a 4 pieces band We’re born in early 2014 during a drunken night in our hometown, after a show organized in the ex-venue of our drummer, organized by the guitarist, where the bass player and the first singer saw the show. We change our singer after the recording, but we are still friends with him. We are 4 people that played in many different bands in the past (and we will have in the future, for sure), from posthc to grind.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Oh, not too much hard..i remember that we choose it all togheter cause we really need a name that represents our sound and our ideas and what can be better of MACERIE (in italian means RUINS). It sounds good, but some poeple here in italy pronounce it like in french, and it is really funny.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of prog/rock/metal you play? What inspires you today?
-I really don’t know how can i answer to this cause we came out from a lot different backgrounds but, if i have to make some names we can call TRAGEDY, ROSETTA, FALL OF EFRAFA, PUNCH and CHARLES BRONSON. But I think that there are more, cause we listen to everything, from electronic music to black metal
What came first; the band name or the sound? How did you settle on a sound?
-The name came after the band! our sound comes from what we play: dark, obscure and ruined!
Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I think that digital doesn’t really kill the album, i think that is a good way to spread the music, if you really love music you buy cd, lp and tape. I have a lot of music in non digital format.
What part does art work and lay out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-The Artwork is really important for the album, it has the role to represent the music, with art. And in the music, specially in the underground, artwork is really important, usally we associate a band to its artwork, and when you think about an album, in your mind you figure out the artwork.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Touring, word of mouth, paper ads etc?
-Social media re-rule the way to promote of course, cause in one second you can share everything with someone from the other part of the world! And that was great also for us, cause our demo was released by people that live a lot of km away from us. And this interwiew is made on a pc, after reading a mail, so i think it’s a good way to use the web to promote the music, but we are still in love with the old way of doing it (touring, world of month ecc) cause the real connection is better than the fake connection of the web, that destroys our web-generation.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-I still don’t love the word “Scene”, i think that giving labels to a kind of lifestyle is reductive. I think that we know many people, around here and in all the world, that live their lives like us and for me that is not just a scene but friendship.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We had more show in Europe that in Italy, we made this band for make more tour possible. And we “score the goal”. And yes is definitely the best thing to do in band, play around, know more people, and see more place possible.
What will the future bring?
-In the future we will record a split with our friend lvthn from Rome (they also share with us our last euro tour), and we hope to play furthest away from our city!