Today we meet,My Cruel Goro,a three piece Brit rock/punk style band, based out of Italy/Iceland. These guys are rockin it old school, it’s like if you mixed The Clash with Blur, I guess that’s where the “post” descriptions come in to play. Very cool tunes that rock throughout, guitars are up front and scorching while the drums are moving it all along at breakneck speeds. This is all extremely well put together and professionalism resonates to the core of the songs. The noise/jam part of “Glue Buzz” is pretty rad. Good stuff and a great way to get ready for your weekend.
Hi, our name is:
My cruel goro. Cool, isn’t it?!
Our sound is:
Andrea Marcellini: … crazy?!
Andrea Maraschi: a bit punk, a bit alt-rock, a bit electronic. More than anything else, it’s loud!
Tommaso Adanti: crushing!!! (ask my sticks, my drum heads and cymbals!)
Andrea Maraschi, Andrea Marcellini, Tommaso Adanti
We are from:
Reykjavik (Iceland), Senigallia (Italy), Pergola (Italy).
Who are some that have an influence on you?
Andrea Marcellini: Anything and anyone I have listened, talked to or read since I was a child.
Andrea Maraschi: Mostly, the British musical scene of the late 80s-90s. But many recognize a
Nirvana-esque attitude in our approach to songrwriting and live performing.
Tommaso Adanti: I’d say Slayer, Iron Maiden, Muse (‘Shobiz’ and ‘Origin of Simmetry’ era), Rage Against The Machine, Metallica, Pantera, Testament, Anthrax, Megadeth, Municipal Waste, Ac/Dc, Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana, Primus, Dream Theater (or better I’m really into their drummer, Mike Portnoy). Yes… I’m a metalhead aahahha!
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band?
Andrea Marcellini: I was around 11-12 when I started messing around with instruments. I play bass in the band.
Andrea Maraschi: I personally started pretty late, when I was 15 or 16. Until that time, I was not that interested in music, or should I say: I hadn’t find any inspiring band to encourage me to play an instrument. And even when I started playing (first piano, then guitar), it was just because I liked singing, and I needed someone to accompany my voice (and in my life, the first “someone” I’ve always looked for first, has always been myself). Some fifteen years later, in My Cruel Goro, I’m playing guitar and dealing with programming (synths and stuff like that). But I can’t do either of them. They’re still an excuse: I like singing more than anything else, even though I’m no good at it either. I just try to be the best of myself, anytime.
Tommaso Adanti: I play drums and I started playing music at 12
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out?
Andrea Maraschi: Generally speaking, a good song takes a few minutes from finding the right
chords to adding a good vocal line. If takes more than a couple of hours, or some days, it will hardly rock. As a consequence, if it comes quick, I finish it off immediately, record a demo on my laptop, and that’s it. I forward the demo to the guys, they love it (they have to!), and we play it.
Andrea Marcellini: same here (I record demos on my mobile. Quite lame I know ahahah).
What are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges?
Andrea Maraschi: To me, it’s always been about self-confidence. It’s all about that. It’s a
personality flaw, and you can’t really get rid of it. It will always be there. You can just learn to cope with it, to live with it, and I guess I’ve managed…I mean, I’m 30, come on. In the worst case, alcohol is always a good answer.
Andrea Marcellini: don’t know actually. The main thing to me is trying to write down stuff which may convey our true passion and honest attitude. That’s it to me.
1st rock concert you went to and age.
Andrea Maraschi: can’t remember.
Andrea Marcellini: Supergrass at Velvet Club – Rimini (Italy). I was 16 and it was a blast!
Tommaso Adanti: Muse at ‘San Siro’ Stadium. I was 16.
Coolest band t-shirt you ever bought.
Andrea Maraschi: I don’t buy band t-shirts.
Andrea Marcellini: I usually buy sleazy and quite expensive t-shirts at concerts or wherever, but I always figure it out once I come home. You know, band t-shirts are supposed to be cool and/or to bring back good memories, but to me they always turn out to be bad investments.
The most insane concert you ever went to or were a part of.
Andrea Maraschi: don’t know.
Andrea Marcellni: The Strokes at Alcatraz, Milan (2002). That was sick!
Tommaso Adanti: first My Cruel Goro’s concert. That was insane! There should also be a video of that gig on YouTube.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
Andrea Maraschi: don’t know.
Andrea Marcellini: The Libertines! Defenitely. I’d really like to talk to the guys and ask them about their crazy-good-old days. Furthermore, they dress so well!
Tommaso Adanti: Muse. Somebody told me that the new Matthew Bellamy’s girlfriend is an American blonde-model. Interesting… ahahha!
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him.
Andrea Maraschi: Don’t take any music course. Seriously. Theory and technique will make your style artificial, and standardize your songwriting. Just stay home, fall in love, get drunk…Ah right, he’s only 13. Well, do whatever it takes you to feel deep emotions. That’s the best course you’ll ever take, and the best source to draw upon.
Andrea Marcellini: Does he sing or play the guitar? Anyway, now pick a bass and have a go at drums then. Don’t play covers. Focus on your emotions and try to write down your own songs. Also try to develop your own style and move on and on. Think about music as if there were no notes, but thoughts, feelings and words.
Your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015.
Tommaso Adanti: One Million Dollar question! Anyway, I think there’s too much marketing and
business in it. But this is nothing new. I’d really like more passion, true feelings and meaningful
souls to be involved in the scene. I mean… it’s Rock’n’Roll!
Andrea Marcellini: Exactly. You know, we raised on alternative-indie bands. That sort of music that came out right after punk had hit the music culture. I was also used to listen to artists from the 60’s and the 70’s. All those bands were matched together by a real passion towards music and a genuine interest within the political-social and cultural environment they were living in. They sang and fought for revolution. They struggled to reach out ‘mind and soul’ freedom and stuff like that. No matter if they were punk or indie or whatever. It was a matter of attitude, ideals and contents. This created a great sense of sharing among both the artists and the common people out there. Now things have changed, we all know. Apart from talent shows and all that ‘crap-biz’, it all comes down to individuals. If back in the day Rock’n’Roll took over squares, streets, squads, festivals, alternative clubs, subcultures, schools or wherever… nowadays everything starts off in your room. We all feel sort of disaffected, bewildered and stuff. That’s why I think that these days, Rock’n’Roll should be something purely rudimental. Something as stripped-down and back to basics as ‘pick your guitar, write a song about whatever you want or you feel and sing it out loud. Don’t be scared. Just do it!’. That could be a little step forward to get back to real Rock’n’Roll attitude. Move forth to go back. Isn’t it a bit odd? Ahahaha. At least that’s just my honest opinion.
What are some of your favorite current indie bands out there these days?
Andrea Maraschi: I’ve not been listening to music for a long time.
Andrea Marcellini: I’m not really keen on new bands actually. However, I quite like Villagers
Wilco, Slaves, George Ezra, The War On Drugs, Palma Violets and The Libertines. I also dig Maff, a band from Chile. We are roster-mates. Really recommended.
Tommaso Adanti: the same… I’m not really into new music. However I really dig The Hives.
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Tommaso Adanti: Our debut Ep releases 24 August – Moreover, we’ve just finished recording our sophomore Ep which is set to come out later this year or in January 2016.
Andrea Marcellini: yeah, and we’re likely to play some shows around December and January.However, it’s a bit early to say what it’ll be like. We’ll just see how things go and try to be on the
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