The evening started out tame. A visit to Rimini's oldest toy store. Drinks with friends at Neon, an invite to Velvet for a concert. Why not? I figured. Interesting sounding venue, Italian rock concert, alcoholized people everywhere ... sign me up.
Turns out something got lost in translation. Marlene Kuntz is anything but an indie rock band. Initially inspired by Sonic Youth, they're best described as serious organ dislodging noise-rock. Born in 1990, they've been the spearhead of the Italian independent music scene, the luminaries of noise-rock in the mother tongue.
Molte grazie Lucia! (con Alex and wide-eye De Luigi)
It was a super fantastic evening! And my first foto pass in Italy courtesy the Velvet Club.
Gio Blonde! Supposed to be taking photos, not head banging.
After the performance Gio Blonde and I slipped backstage to meet the band. My first rock band interview and I can't string a coherent sentence together in Italian. Fortunately, I didn't have to rely on Gio Blonde to translate ... groupie ... the guys spoke English. So, while Gio Blonde was pulling her tongue of the floor, I grabbed a beer and listened intently to the Marlene Kuntz story, the origin of the bands name, and the reason Cristiano Godano uses so many guitars – they're all pre-tuned.
Luca Bergia – came out from behind the drums.
Cristiano Godano - guitarist, leadsinger, author.
Luca Saporiti - bassist.
Bella donna - mi sono di menticato di chiederti come ti chiami.