TONIGHT WE STAND

Here is another Italian band to check out. TONIGHT WE STAND is a rather clever moniker for a band as we all stand together for the music we love. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
Alessandro: It wasn’t hard actually. We weren’t searching for a common name or a weird one, instead we were looking for a name that could actually means something.
So, looking on the internet one day I found the sentence “United we stand, divided we fall” and then “Tonight We Stand” came to my mind and for us sounded really good. rights.

The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
Alessandro: I wouldn’t call it competition, I think that metal is a big family which has of course different aspects but has also a great bound.
So, we think it’s very important that people first of all support your band, it doesn’t matter in which way, if they buy CD’s or instead they come at your concerts.
I’d say to the people that we are a melodic metalcore band which stays on its true path, we play what we like and we are fueled with passion for what we do and we truly believe in the connection between the band and their fans.

Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
Alessandro: Actually, even though we just released our debut EP, people were waiting for it. Our fanbase is constantly growing and expanding through different countries all over the world

When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play?

How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own? Alessandro: Since when we created the band, we had always a clear intent of what type of music to do, we wanted to play melodic metalcore, blending old school metalcore with sing-a-long choruses and melodic guitars. Obviously, everyone in the band comes from different music influences but that’s also what make our sound and style unique

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?
Absolutely, like I said also before, playing in a band, especially metal, makes you feel part of a big family. Creating competition is useless because we all are, like we say here in Italy, “in the same boat”, we must row together in order to keep the metal movement alive.

When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
Alessandro: I think that artwork is very important, in some way it should reflect the topic of the album/EP.

I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
Alessandro: Future usually brings innovation, but there are still categories which doesn’t need lots of it, one of this is music business. Saying this, digital music have pros and cons. For underground bands is vital for example, because internet is the best commercial you can have for your band, you can promote it all around the world and with digital music, people have the ability to hear your music and follow you.
For bigger bands, I think digital music is not so important, they are already known globally. Who knows what the future will bring? Maybe CDs will come back like vinyl did.

Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
Alessandro: Live scene nowadays is very tough, especially in our country. Here, sadly, live scene is mostly such a “close-elite” thing and so for us it’s way more simple going to play in a foreign country instead of playing here in our own country.
Fortunately, though, there are still couple of venues and couple of promoters that still has passion for the metal and the local movement. I see the touring circuit as a great opportunity to bypass the difficulties to play “home” and to have the possibility to even open for big band’s concerts.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
Alessandro: We see live shows as a party where everyone should have fun, you should get people involved, kinda Parkway Drive’s concert style.

What would you like to see the future bring ?
Alessandro: We’ll definitely work hard in order to always improve, playing shows and releasing songs.

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