When a band has a track titled “Fårö” I for one am impressed. Ingmar Bergman is one of the most influential film makers in the world, period. MESSA might not be there yet but they sure work on it. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have one of these names that tells me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-we were just simply looking for a name with 3 characteristics: dark, italian and with a female touch. messa in italian mean mass. it took a bit of time to have the right name for this project.
Could you give us a short introduction to the latest album?
-the album is based on a dreamlike concept of this imaginary belfry that catalysts souls from it’s sounds. it’s an imaginary figure that we all love and fascinates us. our goal was to create a kind of communication between every song to each other, and give the sensation of a wave : from darker sweet voices to huge walls of fuzz sound, from ambient songs to more doomy rock tracks, from an acoustic thing to a drone prayer.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-we all come from different backgrounds. from prog to black metal, from r’n’roll to crust punk.. but there has always been a strong connection to each other, which is also made by the love for the american and scandinavian music heritage.
What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-in our region (north east of italy) there are different scenes, following different kinds of music and people of course. let’s say that we feel to be part of a tiny scene, that collects heavy and occult music lovers, and converges them once every two years inside a wood, in the top of a mountain called tomba (which in italian means grave). Here some selected bands play, surrounded by darkness and fires.
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?
-playing in a band is a necessary ‘flowing out’ made by the energy and ideas, that you collect from your daily life. so, inspiration can be arriving from movies, things that happen around you, art, books.. for example, something you read, and feel that it can be related to you. of course we feel that everything we do, even if we are nobody, will have an effect (repercussion, maybe?) to someone else, in a good and in a bad way. anyway, we aware that our life, as human beings, is guided by something or someone else.
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?
-interesting question. first thing that came to my mind, while i read the question, was the album from earth (they’re one of the bands that all of us four love), called ‘the bees made honey in the lion’s skull’. just because you mentioned bees, ahahah. by the way, we think that even tho the music is dark/obscure/occult/whatsoever, you must feel free to put even birds and bees in the cover of your album. i think art is based on decontexualization, and in being never ‘direct’ in argumenting so. personally, i think the best album cover of all time is ’20 jazz funk greats’ by throbbing gristle.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-to me, the topic is not between ‘digital or physical’, it’s more about how we taste and enjoy the music. tasting and getting pleasure from something is nowadays always related with quantity and materialism. when you’re surrounded by too many things, you almost don’t feel anything no more.
but, when you select one thing (an album, for example) digitally and then you decide to enjoy it in real life, by listening to the record on vinyl.. well, that’s the best thing ever. digital is not killing music, it has killed the business beyond music.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Italy is a difficult country, in terms of starting a live club, an art space or something related with that. this happens because there are too many complicated laws and tricky problems. but luckily, there is a lot of different kinds of places, that can host different types of music. the trouble, to me, is the number of people that can appreciate bands, because it is so irrelevant. for instance, a foreign band that in Germany can achieve up to 500 people at a gig, well, in Italy 80% of the time they would achieve maximum up to 200/250. this is the proportion.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-we play a kind of music that doesn’t fit properly for a classic party of course.
we love to define it as a lysergic dark ritual.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-we’d like it to bring a lot of good energy, and a lot of travels as well. meeting different kind of people, and visions.