RABID DOGS

I don’t want to be chased by RABID DOGS unless it is this Italian band. Then they are welcome to chase me anywhere. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-To find a name for a band is never easy: the danger to result ordinary is round the corner. We chose our moniker and our nicknames due to our passion for the movie “Cani Arrabbiati” (in English “Rabid Dogs”) by Mario Bava and for that kind of movies in general. “Rabid Dogs” it’s a name easy to learn that pays homage to a violent, realistic movie, without hope nor happy ending, perfect for a band who plays extreme music but who mix it with 70s and stoner elements.

Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-Our “musical heroes” are many and it changed with years: if at the beginning we were more into grindcore and d-beat in the vein of Malignant Tumour and Disfear, now the band resulted to be heavily influenced by stoner-doom acts like Fu Manchu, Black Sabbath, Kyuss etc. This mix is what we are now and we can’t predict how will be our music in the future releases, since we don’t put borders to our creativity and influences, thinking that the key is playing just how you feel at the moment.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Well, for sure the structure of the songs comes out differently if it’s more oriented to grindcore rather than stoner but our goal is to find a good mix of both. Isn’t easy to melt different genres making it sound “natural”, but when you reach it the result is amazing.

Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Live shows are the main reason for us to be in a band: we simply don’t understand how anyone could be satisfied to play his music without bringing it on stage. To party with our fans, tour different countries and meet new people, is the most amazing thing for us. About choosing between big stages or small clubs, isn’t easy: if I have to choose, I probably prefer the small clubs because are usually “warmer and more confident”, but it’s also undeniable the fascination that a big stage owns.

It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-I’m usually very critical with all of our works. As you said, it’s very hard to be totally satisfied, there’s always something you would have to chang, but with this “Italian Mysteries” it’s different: it’s with no doubts our best work ever made and I’m totally satisfied on every point. This doesn’t mean I think we reached our highest point (the best album is always the next one) but I have no regrets about it, it sounds as we wanted.

Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Yes, it is. If in the past there weren’t tools to reach a bigger audience by your own, so you were totally subjected to the labels, now with social media it’s definitely easier to promote your band. You can book gigs, sell your merchandise, share your videos instantly etc so you must be ready to manage all these things by your own if you can’t afford to have a band manager or a promotion agency.

To me artwork can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?*
-Personally, I love colourful cover art like Baroness’ albums. But, apart of personal tastes, a good artwork is very important: it’s the “business card” of the album, it should be catchy and explicative at the same time.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-Yes and no at the same time. We obviously belong to the Italian scene but we feel more to be part of the European scene, probably because in Italy things got worse for grindcore or extreme music in general and the local “scene” isn’t healthy as in the past. And yes, the lack of a strong local scene doesn’t help to the development of new bands.

IT could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-Internet revolutionized the entire world and also the live concert were involved. Honestly, I think it’s also because of the “economical crisis” that people like more to stay at home, but for sure we spend even more days on the net than the past. The new bands are used to play in small clubs and in front of

What does the future hold?
-Beers and weed for sure! Than we hope to tour as much as possible all over Europe. We’d like to film other 2 more videoclips from the last release and, at the same time, we’re already working on the new album. So, to sum up, we’re quite busy to make our plans real. Keep in touch checking out our website http://www.rabiddogs.it or our social media profiles and thanks for this interview, friend!

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