Today we have a “Meet The Band” with Miss Chain and the Broken Heels , all the way from Italy. I dig on the coolness of the garage vibe coming from these songs. There is just something special about a group of people giving it a shot and putting out records full of fun, hooks, and positive vibes. Miss Chain and the Broken Heels are a band that understands what they want to accomplish, and the music is taking us in their direction…
Hi our name is….
Miss Chain and the Broken Heels
People say we sound like…..
Charlie Brown eating dark chocolate-lemon ice-cream.
Astrid, Silva, Franz and Johnny.
We are from…….
Spaghetti land, precisely north Italy.
What’s the music scene in Italy like , is rock ‘n’ roll a force….
It’s like a good Italian pizza. Simple and with fresh ingredients.Some might underestimate it because it doesn’t show off with many toppings, but it actually taste great.
Burger Records hinted that you will have a new album out soon, can you share
some details about that…..
We reveal you a secret…we’re still writing songs and recording them, so we don’t know when it will be finished. But please, do not tell them, ok? Anyway, maybe it will be a little more bubblegummy.
Who are some that have an influence on you
Reading the Peanuts, watching Star Wars, over and over.
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band
In between 25 and 17. We started practicing in the basement of an old movie theatre in Brown and Franz’ village.Then, when we got kicked out, we rehearsed in their mom’s laundry. Astrid sings, plays guitar and write songs.Silva plays guitar, sometimes even plays farfisa, and sings chorus.Franz plays bass, while Johnny is drumming. We even learned how to play all together at the same time.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
It normally works that Astrid has an idea, an inspiration or a dream.Then she writes a melody, and the lyrics (not always in this order), she records the song on a tape, or on the phone, and she sends it to us.The rest of the band get excited, and we play it at soundchecks until it’s studio time.
What are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
Play the best we can the ideas we have in our heads. The biggest challenge is to balance the activities with the band with our personal lifes and careers, which isn’t easy when you’re growing up.To overcome these challenges, we try to tour as much as possibile to remember how lucky we are to do this! Takes a lot of compromises but it’s worth it!
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be …
In the future, just to prove ourselves that rock ‘n roll isn’t dead yet.
Who are all of you currently listening to …
John Krautner, Beyoncè, Roky Erickson, The GO, Natural Child, Reigning Sound, Teenage Fanclub and of course Sam Cooke.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
The Boss. Coz’ he’s the only boss we believe in, and we’re sure it would be fun to hang out with him.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advices would you offer him…
Having a band is the coolest thing on earth, it’s like having a second family, a huge treasure that need a lot of care. You have to work hard to make things happen and never take things for granted. My advice is to keep your senses sharp and get inspired by everything around you, go to see other shows, check what pedals use other guitarists, see their amps, listen to all kinds of music or at least give it a chance, try to jam with other people… there’s always so much stuff you can learn! Plus, remember to be modest, you don’t need to show the world what you got, first of all HAVE FUN!
Your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015…..
Luckily we still have Debbie Harry and Joan Jett.
Our plans for 2015…..
Travel the world and bring back home hints for our next album. We have a new drummer on the boat and we are currently recording a new single.