I love bands like the The Donnas, The Runaways and bands like that that are hands down. THE PHOENIX had that potential upon first encountering them. So in order to find out if that is the case I got Lena to answer my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Giuly, the drummer and former of the band, came up with this name at one of the first rehearsal. She thought it was very appropriate for the band and actually it is, as we changed some band members during the years and we have always kept going on.
you give us a short introduction to the band?
-Lead Guitar / Vocals – Lena McFrison, Rhythm Guitar / Vocals Alice Schecter, Bass / Vocals Luna RocketQueenDrums, Giuli McMousse: four hot Italian chicks with something to say.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-We cannot say that there’s only one great influence about this: we are coming from different musical backgrounds and experiences which have been put together to create a fresh and new sound. It can be defined as a great asset. We can say we play hard rock with metal influences.
What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-Unfortunately Italy is not properly the right place to play hard & sleaze as our county favours other kinds of music and Italian lyrics, but of course there is a rock scene and it is just great! We are absolutely part of it and will keep playing for people who love us and supporting bands from the local hard rock scene as well!
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Yes, when you play it’s really important to create a connection between you and the people who are in front of you. If you can communicate something at least to one of them, you have done your homework! We are really pleased when people come to talk to us after the concerts, moreover when we see that these people have come several times to see us play. We also enjoy sharing the stage with other bands from our same “movement”, we feel like part of a big family!
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Of course not, we think it should have a theme with the song in the album. Also, for rock’n’roll music, it must have attitude. A kickin’ ass album cover it’s a great presentation for a band.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-We don’t think so. Physical distribution is about to disappear and this is a matter of fact, but digital hides a huge potential of spreading our music and reachin’ people from all over the world. Anyway, some people still like the physical copy, as we do! And if you want one, just ask us!
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-We are musically operating from 2011 with more than 100 concerts behind, therefore the scene for us has been and is amazing! Luckily we still have beautiful clubs in Italy and our intense live activity can be defined as a result of sharing stages with friends, our commitment to apply to music clubs and pubs and having had a manager (and a friend) who found lots of gigs for us. If you keep on trying, people will get more interested in your music and your band.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It’s a happening and a party (hard) as well. There is always the thrill and the racing pulse of getting on the stage and party When you play there is also a self-evaluation, because you always want to be good enough to yourself.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We all would like this passion to become something bigger and to spread our music throughout the world. Never live for a hope but never stop hoping!