PAIN THERAPY is to me having to deal with all the crap in daily life. But thankfully there are bands that bring relief with their music. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
Jacopo,lead vocal -First of all I would like to thank you for the space you give us, for a band like ours on the first record is very important
Of course, the name means a lot. The artist’s suffering is the base of the compositions. Pain is from everywhere begins; it makes you sad, angry, depressed, but also it makes you happy, calm, cheerful. It gives you strength to move on, to express your mental and physical condition, like a power. It’s like the concept of opposite: everything couldn’t exist without his opponent I think we are people cannot live without. We create problem and then we solve them , all day, all night. So pain is the therapy, is the sword you defend and you attack with. You can listen the sound of songs and perceive it. A strange attitude that let you undefined. It’s the power of pain that makes everything different and necessary. But be careful; don’t confuse it with a negative vision of life, it’s realistic.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
Alessio,guitar and producer – you gotta be kidding me. Success…Money…..Girls????no fun with that!!!!it is just so much better to struggle like animal’s for no cash whatsoever, and almost no hope to go anywhere hahaha ha. It is a long way to the top (if you wanna rock n’roll)….
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
Leonardo,guitar – Actually I’m not very interested in the division of music genres and sub-genres, when I started composing my first ideas for the album my intention was to create a contemporary sound obviously impregnated with our main musical influences ranging from the rock of the nineties , progressive and heavy metal but if I had to answer your question briefly, I would say Alternative Modern Rock.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
Alessio,guitar and producer – Leonardo worked on the whole album by himself, composing everything from scratch in his house, coming up with the preproduction of every track.
Then he came to me and asked me to go through the whole project, and to make every change i felt. This is in my opinion the greatest and wisest way to procede when producing music. I went through this stage with Vincenzo Mario Cristi, cause the two of us teamed up in the past for the making of other band’s albums. We changed the arrangements, in order to come up with organic structures, and easy listening songs. Then i shaped the guitar sounds: in fact a lot of the preproduction guitar recording made it to the final master. I added only a couple lines here and there, then i went through the remaining process as usuall. I cannot stress enough how forward-thinking Leonardo has been, giving everything he had in the first stage, but putting his hands down the project while passing it to me. it has been the sweetest act of love towards his own music, and it paid off.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
Leonardo,guitar – When I compose I never think if a melody or a chord part has already been used by someone or not, I simply try to write something that is really interesting, in that case it will probably be original too. As far as inspiration is concerned, I find it everywhere, in the sensations that rehearsals, in the past experiences, in the places I visit but above all I ask myself many questions about the future to which I try to give an answer with the music
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
Leonardo ,guitar – The graphic part is definitely very important for a band. A drawing, a picture can be the fastest way to draw attention to music so you have to take advantage of this possibility. I am personally attracted to provocation in any field and I hope the Pain Therapy they are from the first look of the cover to the last track of the album
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
Leonardo,guitar – I think it’s important to understand that the 70s and 80s have passed and will not come back so we have to approach the music market in a different way. Certainly the singles represent a way to convey music in a more immediate way and the function of the album as we knew it has radically changed, what was the point of arrival for a band now is the starting point is a matter of perspective
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
Fabio,drum – History sometimes repeats itself… It’s easy to forget that before the advent of Long Play the audience used to buy single records. Everything started as a desire to spread music as far and wide as possible, and today we’ve reached a high point in terms of accessibility. Naturally, the music industry relies less heavily on the audience who purchases music in physical form. Today, people have become accustomed to music as an integral part of access to the Internet. After already purchasing a smartphone, a tablet, a PC, an internet connection, they want to listen to it at no additional cost. It’s only the older generation of fans who are willing to spend money on a material product…to touch it, to study it, to store it carefully on the shelf. So it’s difficult to make a judgement when you fall into both camps – ie. as a music fan and as a musician.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
Fabio,drum – Nowadays, it seems that the middle ground has disappeared in the live music scene. You jump from attending mega concerts or big festivals to the most modest performances in small underground clubs. Both fascinating situations for live music fans, but diametrically opposed in terms of organisation and the professional figures involved. Pretty soon though, I hope students and friends will get the chance to hear my experiences in both these live music camps with my Pain Therapy band mates!
What does the future hold?
Jacopo,lead vocal – Hope, at first. Hope to instill people our philosophy of music and encourage them to make everything that passes in your mind with no fear. We want to prove that innovation can never ends and music never dies. This implies a lot of diligence from us. We just don’t have to give up and continue playing and inspiring from what surround us. We are ready to take this challenge and screaming now, tomorrow, in a month in a year, in five years.