Reunion, New Album, The Death of Luciano Ghezzi and Italian Rock: Gigi Cavalli Cocchi of Clan Destino, the historical band of Luciano Legapo, tells of the Italian rock band’s return to the scene par excellence.
She has declared the album “L’Essenza” to be released in May “outside business logic”. Explain a little.
“In this project we freed our core, without confronting ourselves by recording the reality of the moment. We started playing in the practice room and recording what came out, without thinking about what was going to come out. We simply released a wild horse that had been trapped in a grazing field for too long. And this connection with the past appeared, With that sound that set us apart during production with Luciano Ligabue, but also with the sound of our solo recordings.In addition, we put into it all the experience of 25 years of activity, and thus everything that we absorbed musically. It was an abdication of creativity and the end result is a very representative recording for the band. “.
In other words, you said to yourself: “To hell with consensus and market logic, we want to swing and who cares about the rest”
“When we got together, we put individual experiences on the plate. Each of us made important things to a standard. The backbone of the whole affair was discovering that old connections weren’t lost. It was very easy to get there and write. The single from the album, which is titled “Manifesto,” is the practical test of what I’ve been telling you: A song that represents us all. There’s that rock matrix with a grunge grunge sound that characterizes our solo albums. It approximates the sound of today’s rock bands, and is less antiquated than our classic sound.”
Speaking of “Manifesto”, I was just wondering if I had chosen it as a single because it represented the entire recording project musically.
“Manifesto” is very much the album. All the ingredients are there: the power of the sound, with guitars controlling the sound without crushing it. Other songs are believed to have a more aggressive sound, with tighter beats and faster tones in some cases. There are also a couple of stories, but all the other songs have the characteristics I’ve been telling you about.”
The project takes shape after the death of Luciano Ghezzi, Clan Destino founder and guitarist. Probably the best way to remember it.
“The reason we were allowed to find ourselves was precisely his loss, two years ago. It was important to meet again to remember that, but also to pick up something that remained hanging. There were no conditions for this meeting to take place, and incredibly, this loss made it possible. We also plan to hold a concert to remember him. It will take place in June and its proceeds will go to his family’s charity, because Luciano has three young children.”
How did it feel to be in the recording studio?
We realized that the songs were released freely. We wrote a lot of material that then ended up on the album.”
You also mentioned that Luciano Ligabue has supported you throughout the project.
“He gave us his studio, and he gave us all the time we wanted to put the pieces together and finish it. His son Lenny was our sound engineer. His contribution was important to making this album. It was his first experience on certain levels, but he enjoyed it as much as we did. We involved him in The work and we asked him what he thought. As for Luciano, he also gave us opinions on a passage. Then we went there to paraphrase it in a different way. Then he was close to his son while recording the sounds. From this point of view, Luciano is very good at giving advice. Compared to writing and arranging, that’s it, that’s all our flour.”
Let’s talk a little bit about rock: in recent years, a mimicry phenomenon, the tribute bands phenomenon, has taken root. There seems to be more interest in imitating idols than in creating something original. Do you think tribute bands risk weakening rock music?
“Honoring teams have certainly replaced groups that submitted their own proposals. This is also due to the audience not being able to deal with something they don’t know. It has lost the attitude of listening to artists who don’t know each other. And it still happens now in the rest of the world. Less than us, but Because in our country there are younger club traditions. In America or England, on the other hand, you can find artists in pubs who give different musical performances. We lack this texture. Here in Reggio Emilia, our city, from the end of the sixties until the nineties, there were Places you can go to listen to music. In the past ten years, these “places of worship” have lost so much of their splendor, that they have disappeared today. The sign of the times. And tribute bands certainly don’t help.”
It is a pity that our local rocks.
“Back in the ’90s, there were big bands and soloists in the rock world. Paulo Benvegni, Marilyn Koontz, afternoon hours come to mind. Suppose all that movement out there exploded in the ’90s and then died out at the end of the ’90s, at least in large part, Because the audience attitude I was talking about earlier was missing.”
However, there are those who managed to overcome the problem. Moving to the States, bands like Greta Van Fleet have reworked and reworked Led Zeppelin’s rock to create something new, even if it’s not entirely original. Could this be the new frontier?
“If I had to look abroad, I would not look to the United States, with all due respect. I am more interested in the Scandinavian scene, where there are unusual groups unknown to the world, but they are able to have space and possibilities. Norwegian and Swedish bands. Poland has Also an amazing musical world. Then Iceland comes to mind. There is a band, for example, called Agent Fresco. They are young musicians in Iceland, while the rest of the world hardly knows them. And these bands do not deceive historical groups, such as Greta van Vliet. I think this is not is the way, but they were still good at throwing off a little bit of their beginnings, where they were really Led Zeppelin. The last album made us feel something more interesting.”
Looking at our house, the Maneskins family, who have managed to draw special attention in the United States, immediately come to mind. Probably, I risk, also because of their obvious glossy attitude. The audience abroad recognized something familiar close to their culture. What do you think of the Manskin phenomenon?
“But look, I’m happy with this anomaly. I was expecting that to follow an opening, more to the record companies, a bit like what happened to the trap. After the early artists, it was all about putting in the young authors who were trapped under contract. Maneskins is doing a great job. They show that you can go a long way with talent, ideas and a very strong image. They led the way, but the same road remained empty behind them. This is a real shame. However, there has been a positive development. I received news of increased sales of guitars, drums and bass. Just a few months ago It was all about making music using computers.”
Aside from Maneskin, the rock of our homeland doesn’t seem to have much appeal outside. Removing some ranges (PFM above all), Italian rock is not a product that we can easily export. What are we missing?
“There are bands that have a lot of followers abroad. For example, Lacuna Coil comes to mind, but I assure you there are many others that we don’t even know. There is one in my city, Dumbo Gets Mad, which in Reggio Emilia did not work out. Even having a concert and she’s touring in the U.S. There are a lot of metal bands and something in progressive rock that could have an opinion, but we’re still talking about small numbers compared to what it could be. There are conventions between disciplines (I don’t remember names, but one is as good as the other) according to which an American major who has his own branch in Italy is not interested in Italian music if this is not typically Italian. This explains why abroad gives value to our melodic music. So there is also this ostracism. On the other hand We Italians are very open to foreign countries.”
Coming back to us, I think you can’t wait to get your music going live. Are there any appointments already scheduled?
“There are two scheduled dates. When our album comes out in May, we’ll know more and have an official calendar. Right now we have an event on June 18 and one on June 26. However, I invite everyone to stay updated on our channels and the band’s website (www. clandestinoband.it), which will see daily updates.”