It happens from time to time that my ears venture into the land of Machiavelli and Dante, Michelangelo and Da Vinci, Federico Fellini and Sophia Loren – so many great associations for a small country resembling a boot on the map. Well known for its Italo-pop and Italo-disco exports, this country has recently started to become known for its contribution to alternative music, ranging from electronica and darkwave to goth and shoegaze (at least these are the genres that immediately come to mind in reference to Italy).
In terms of alternative rock, Italy has clearly earned its place on the modern music map through recent landmark compilations as ‘Revolution – The Shoegaze Revival’ (featuring four Italian bands) and 'RockBack for Nepal' (featuring nearly twice as many). We shall return to both of these releases in the coming weeks, but turn your attention today to yet another indie band originally from Italy’s East coast.
Currently based between Italy and Iceland is a trio called My Cruel Goro, which formed in the summer of 2014. The band consists of Andrea Maraschi (vocals, guitar, programming), Andrea Marcellini (bass), Tommaso Adanti (drums). We are premiering their new single ‘Crapford’, which is apparently a statement about the cities in which we (or they) live and the situations we (or they) get ourselves into.
This track is a terrific Janus-faced creature, with strong elements of celebrated '70s bands such as The Clash, The Stranglers, The Jam, and The Vapors on the one hand and, on the other, the raw pounding modernity of Ash, Arctic Monkeys and even early Weezer.
Produced by Massimo Scoposki, the video for this track fits well. Garage DIY is the flavor for ‘Crapford’, permitted by the freedom of being as indie as indie gets and possibly motivated by some of the insights gained from living between two countries and virtually two separate continents (I always found it such a stretch to include Iceland in Europe).
My Cruel Goro's website
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