I don’t know what it is with me but there is something special about Italian bands. TEARS FROM VENERE have an almost Comedia del arte sort of name that appeals to me. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
-Ciao Folks, we are Tears From Venere, Italian rock band based in Milan. Our brand new album “Temporary Lives” is out now, if you can, please give a listen to it !!
How does your latest recording compare to the previous ones?
-Prior to “Temporary Lives” we released in 2013 an EP called “A Long Road for Happiness…”. From brand new album definitely transpires a more mature sound and a greater awareness of our means.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-That’s a nice question! You have to know that everyone has musical tastes completely different from other, but instead to be fault for us it’s a strength, as give us the chance to mix our skills in an unique sound.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-It’s always nice to write catchy songs and nice melodies, but for us it’s important as well the lyric. We write in English, even though in our country it doesn’t help the breakthrough into the mainstream scene. The most of the topics treated are related to everyday scene, and daily joys and sorrows. “Temporary Live” is focused on the economic crisis and what its passage has caused.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-We are a self-made band completely DIY, musics as lyrics, videos and art works have been made by us, naturally with the help of competent persons.
In “Temporary Lives” the art works is related to the concept of the album, we like that lyrics, art works and title album match.
Where outside of your country have you had success?
-Unfortunately tomorrow I have to wake up at 6 am and it’s going to expect another boring day in the office. I’m kidding… in reality for the moment we haven’t yet had any success but we had good responses in UK and in East Europe.
Is it harder today to get noticed both nationally and internationally than it was 10 or 20 years ago? Is the competition tougher today?
-Nowadays, I think it’s pretty hard to be noticed, and the most of times you are noticed not only for the music you write, but for the image you have. On one side web, social networks and talents could help artists to spread their music and their names, but by another it gives the same chance to other thousands of bands. I don’t know if today competition is tougher, for sure is definitely much.
What is your local scene like? What status does your band have in the national scene?
-I think that the idea of scene is increasingly diminishing; it’s always harder to have a folk under the stage and sometimes bands see the others as competitors instead to be allied. As we play a mix between metal and punk, we don’t identify in any particular scene, even though our name is spreading in Italy always more, thanks to the help of local radios and webzine (and a lot of friend that are supporting us).We are trying to get more popular every day, we’ll see where this will take us.
What is the general population’s opinion on playing music? Is being a musician a respectable choice?
-In Italy being a musician is not so respectable, as it’s seen as someone that can’t make ends. Especially for who play alternative music style, playing music is more an hobby than a job, even though there a lot of great Italian bands that tour all over the world but in Italy are still unknown.
What does the future hold for you?
May another full-length and an European tour.