SERIAL VICE

SERIAL VICE is an Italian heavy metal band that I have fallen for. So I wanted to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-Serial Vice project came up some years ago from Alessandro Scorrano (drums) and Andrea Donaera (guitar) idea. After some line-up changes, in 2013 another guitarist, Matteo Cirfeda, joins the project, and in the middle of 2014 bassist Stefano Bianchini and singer Giacomo Albanese join too. We listen to a lot of music and we love to use different influences in our songs: classic big names such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath; many underground NWOBHM bands such as Grim Reaper and Angel Witch; Hard Rock and Street Metal such as Skid Row and W.A.S.P.; modern bands such as Enforcer and something from other classic band such as Metallica and Gamma Ray. So there are really a lot of individual influences mixed in our music, and this is why we consolidate our sound into a Heavy Metal between classic and modern, gritty and melodic, with various and extensive influences – from Hard Rock to Thrash, from Doom to Power. We want to play some True Heavy Metal trying to always remember we are in 2015 and not in 1985!

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-We come from Southern Italy and it is really hard for us to be appreciated right here, because people like to listen to other music than Metal. Generally, Italy isn’t a good place for metal music: there’s a good underground scene but this is relegated at few bad-ass metalheads. Most rock fans here follow only mainstream bands and artists (this summer in Italy we registered two “oceanic” big sold-out gigs: Guns’n’Roses with a 110k attendance and the fuckin’ Vasco Rossi, that unfortunately is considered the most iconic Italian rockstar, with a g.w.r. of 220k…fuckers). However, we think that even in LA or NY “winter comes” for metal movement because of fuckin’ rappers!

When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-This just happened with our album Nightmares Come True, that was finally out in October 2017 via Sliptrick Records after a three years gestation: we have received numerous positive feedback from both experts and those who are neophytes or simple rock music lovers, and this is just amazing! We think that, in a multicultural and globalizated era when music is available for everyone, to be liked from heterogeneus crowd is an important goal. We hope to continue like this!

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-Getting five crazy heads together with five different musical educations like us was pure madness. Usually, we compose songs dividing the tasks, as it was historically done in most of metal bands: guitarists compose melody, singer writes lyrics and vocal harmony, drummer takes care of the rhythmics parts and bass player buys beers and cigarettes (ah!). All jokes aside, we divides tasks equally, but most of the work is done by our guitarists.

I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-No. We recorded in digital because we are in 2018. Recording analogue is an hedonistic, classy, pretty, nostalgic, top quality, beautiful choice but that we can’t allow us.

What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-That was an emotion that we will never forget. Listening the final master all togheter, writening the credits and get in hands the first physical copy of a work that is the result of years and years of unconditional passion for music, that’s a real orgasm in a musician life. Naturally we worried up about pleasing the listeners only during the songs’ composition, now that the work is done we worry only about sell copies and get positive feeds!

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Our lyrics are about the way mankind always lose against its vices – thinking about any kind of “vice”, not just drugs, alcool, sex: even the desire to kill, the desire to die, the desperation for a lost one we cannot stop, and so on. Even our band name is correlated to this concept.

Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-Like a book, an album is not judged by the cover artwork, and a good cover artwork can hide a shitty album. We only think that an album artwork is to represent his album’s contents and thematics, and for the rest…”de gustibus non desputandum est”.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Actually we only see that our fans and followers get older with us, because many of them follow us since years. Like all originals musicians, we love when people gettin’ every our concerts sings our songs and really enjoy the moment.

What do you see in the future?
-Our beers after this interview. Ok, joke! Last year was a blast for us. New label, new album out, new fans, new gigs, new stuff. We hope that 2018 will lead us to most important things, and of course, that we’ll be on the road again! Thank you and … Up the Vices!

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