There is a groove to THE OSSUARY music that is hard to resist. Once you hear it you get hooked. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
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?
MAX(drums): We just want to write good music and play some cool heavy stuff in the vein of our rock heroes did in the past decades. It happens it sounds naturally like that because we listen to a lot of bands from late 60’s/early 70’s to the early 80’s and everything in between. I can really mention tons of bands, from proto-heavy metal to prog rock, from psychedelic-hard blues to the NWOBHM and doom metal, no matters what kind of genre or sub-genre.What is really important for us is just finding good riffs, dark and doomy atmosphere, epic and fierce vocals! It’s always been like that since day one.
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?
MAX(drums): I really have no idea, I guess it’s a bit weird for an Italian band to be appreciated as a rock n roll band, that’s for sure. Probably we have our own identity and we sound a bit different because we’re Italian and not American, British or Swedish and it’s a good thing.
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?
MAX(drums): I’ll tell ya, we are already working on the new stuff. What we aim is to improve what we’ve been doing before. If people appreciated “Post Mortem Blues” they had to appreciate the new stuff. We dont want to disappoint people that’s why we take songwriting seriously. I think the new album will be a “Post Mortem Blues” 2.0 version including improvements and some new elements to enrich the band sound.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
MAX(drums): We basically start with very simple ideas and then we work around that.
We compose riffs and vocals lines which have to be really catchy, then we build everything around that. Normally is me and Domenico (guitars) working at the song main riffs , vocals and structure. When the song is almost definitive then we arrange all parts together with bass and vocals. That’s how it works for us.
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?
MAX(drums): This album is a live recording! We had a death metal band together and we’ve been recording analogue all our albums till 2008 when the digital became the norm. That’s when I started to get sick of metal production in general! It’s 100% tight but also cold as fuck, we didn’t want this for this band. We wanted this album to sound real, warm and rocking, and since we could not afford an expensive analogue recording we ended up playing all together on separated tracks and picked up the best out of it. We used the computer only to record, mikes we used were real, instruments were real, feeling was real!
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
MAX(drums): It’s a great achievement, in that very moment you’re not really looking at what people would think about it. It’s a great moment because you finally got your ideas on a tape, cd or vinyl, whatever it is, that’s really all that matters! Afterwards when you start to market it then you hope people will like it and buy it. We play our music for ours first, If you ask me…..
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
MAX(drums): Lyrics are a very important part of the whole thing, we want to export a little bit of our native history and folklore. We live in Southern Italy and people probably don’t know much about it but our history is eventful and millenary and offers a lot of dark topics to talk about. That’s what I’m talking about in my lyrics, and of course introspective themes like life/death dualism or life after death itself are there too.
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?
MAX(drums): Artwork is really important too! People really judge a book from the cover and the same thing works for the music. We believe the approach is like “I’m going to buy this album because the cover is absolutely killer”! If your image sucks people would not be attracted by your music , expecially now that there’s thousands of bands out there. That’s why we put a lot of effort in our image and artwork. We work with Roxhell, this tattoist and good friend of ours, we’re 100% satisfied with the album cover, it is unbelievably stunning.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
MAX(drums): We played just our area and we managed to build a local following, hope it will work like that when we’ll start to tour around abroad, we want the fans to really get interested to see the band live, until then we will focus to create our fan base first!
What do you see in the future?
MAX(drums): Hopefully a lot of gigs and a new album in a short while! Thanks a lot for your interview! Buy our album and support true underground rock!