Sometimes the shortest band name says the most. RAIN is a very effective name. Everybody has a relation to rain one way or another. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-To be brutally honest the name was chosen 36 years ago, I wasn’t even born at that time. Amos is the older guy playing in the band, I think since 1998ish.. he told me the band was looking for a short name, easy to remember. Actually I think the cool thing is when someone finds their own personal interpretation, a unique way to fit their view on the name. I like to think about our music and the rain: not everyone likes the rain, right? It depends on your mood sometimes. For example if you’re somewhere surrounded by nature, like in an old house in the countryside, probably you will find it amazing to see the rain from the windows, hear the rain falling on your roof. Other times you’re just in a hurry, rush hour, and the rain is the last thing you wanna see… We are like that: someone loves us, someone is ok with us, and someone else may hate us. The rain doesn’t really care if you like her or not, she falls as well as we do play.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-We are an Italian band born in 1980 in Bologna. Rain has always been one of the older and representative heavy metal bands in our city at the beginning and then we found our space in the Country. As you can imagine a couple of generations took part in this project and like a baton, guitars, microphones, drum sticks passed through the older to the younger. We feel like we are fighting to keep alive a heavy metal tradition, and we like it. Probably the sound changed a lot in the last 10 years, from a classic heavy metal to something that today we like to call Pirate Metal! The core is still heavy but we are trying to put something new, something modern. Every one of us is putting his own background in the composition and the result is an interesting mix. For SpicePirates we didn’t decide the outcome of this album, it has been a natural process. That’s why everyone in the crew loves it.

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-As I was saying we are a crew. There is no someone who writes or someone who arranges… everyone puts his own influence and personal preference in every song. Someone comes up with an idea and then we evolve it all together. We are a team, we rock all together.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Nowadays yes. With media and social networks, the Internet fires a song like a rocket. You can be on someone else’s speaker in 30 seconds from Norway to Australia. You no longer need a major contract to be part of this movement. You just need something strong to say and something loud to play. In this album we talk about a sick society, we talk about a revolution, we need heroes and someone to lead us to a rebirth. “The SpacePirates, coming back for your sanity, there’s no way home. The SpacePirates fighting back all your enemies, my stomy days…“

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-Relevant. Music is art. Why would you choose to be just music when you can be something bigger, something stronger?

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-The mood influences our lyrics, our joy and our sorrow. How many times happens to you that… fuc*** hell, you had a bad or an amazing day and you want to call someone to share it, to tell someone your story, your experiences, expectations, anger.. That’s exactly what happens with our lyrics.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Personally I don’t think that “killing“ is the right word. Replacing probably. I mean, and I shouldn’t really say that but, 25 Euros for a CD? Really? And I’m not talking about the AMAZING double album/box/special editions… of Iron Maiden or NIN that personally I would be happy to buy, I’m talking about CD’s of an unknown “artist“ who has appeared for one month on a talent show. No way. You see, it’s like an ebook. Ebooks are super cool, you can have 1000 books on a tablet. Same for the albums. Of course I prefer to smell the paper and have a CD in my hands… so yeah, digital is fine and if I really like an album or I really feel like supporting a band, I buy the physical copy. We have our album, our digital and soon also the vinyl. So what happens if you like only couple of songs on our last album? I don’t want you to buy it, I’d rather prefer you to buy 2 tracks on iTunes. Like I do for a lot of my compilations.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-As long bands are going to play LIVE on stage, and with LIVE I mean fu*** playing for real… I cannot be bothered that much about formats.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-Honestly… We like to rape ears. We are the Sound Engineers nightmare. Always too loud, especially Amos. He keeps telling people he uses a “booster“ for his solos. I tell you what, that pedal is evil, possessed by something that is not from this Earth. Apart from that we like to party, on and after the stage. We keep it simple: have fun!

What lies in the future?
-Well, we have the “first leg“ of our European tour in April, we will share the stage with Jeff Soto, we have our album release party, and we are
hitting (again) the studio for a special track that will be included on the vinyl and for a special USA market release. We don’t really know what’s in
the future, we are doing our best to be proud of what we do and right now we are doing quite well.

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