Hi! Tell me about Anewrage. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hi and thank you for your time!
We can start telling you that the band started in 2009 and we were 16/17 years old. We were young and pretty pissed off! The name came out one day in a sort of brainstorming session and we immediately related to it. It’s something strange but we knew that it was the right one; it summed up the situation and the music we were living at the time, along with our teenage rebellion. Even today the name totally represents us.
“ANR – Deluxe” album was released couple days ago! How does that makes you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We’re really happy for this release and we really needed it to be out there.
By the time we closed our contract with our former label, the album just disappeared from the radars. No Itunes, no Spotify, no Google play.
Now that we’re “back” (really never going anywhere) we feel kinda relieved!
Tell me more about “ANR – Deluxe”? Album ideas etc…
“ANR – Deluxe” is a reissue of “ANR”, released in late 2014. After a couple of years touring and writing new material, we felt that the album wasn’t doing as good as we hoped because of bad promotion. We decided to put a bonus track as a single with videoclip (We know that is unusual) and signed a deal with Scarlet Records. This album (and this track in particular) is meant to be a “bridge” between “ANR” and the next chapter of the band, which we’ll start to track next week!
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Inspiration comes from very different places. It’s hard to answer precisely.
It could come out of a personal experience of a single member of the band, or it can be the outcome of a band’s adventure! As long as we don’t have a precise songwriting process, we really don’t know what the next song will be about.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Anewrage’s sound?
This is another tough question! We just can say that the band’s sound is always changing. We’re the kind of band that doesn’t stop trying and experimenting stuff! We never put labels on our own style because we listen to any type of music and “Metal” is just one of them. This record sounds pretty much metal but, as you can hear, we have different elements of other genres. What will we do next? Who knows!
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately? Maybe there are some tours as album support?
With this album being a reissue of something that has a couple of years, we’re now focusing on the next step. We’re really proud to have this album out and we really hope that can be heard a lot more (We’ve already had great feedback in these few days!) but we’re moving on! We’re 100% on the next record.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
As we said, we really listen to everything possible! From Slipknot to Katy Perry, From Portishead to Dillinger Escape Plan. We just enjoy too much music to be in a single genre! We are influenced by music we like. We discovered a lot of great bands in the last years, as well as single artists. We go from softer and introspective rock (A perfect circle, Karnivool) to Machine Head.
You have shared the stage with such big names like Gamma Ray, Freak Kitchen, UFO, Dreamshade and Destrage among others. Was it something like huge experience for you as musicians?
Every band has something to teach us! We’re constantly learning how to deal with the audience, the stage and everything revolving around touring. Thanks to every band we shared the stage with, we’re growing up and we’re curious to see more! It’s always great to see such experienced musicians at work!
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
There’s probably a ton of fantastic artists to name in this answer but we really don’t know where to start the list! As said before, we’re not a conventional rock-metal band, so we would probably say something completely out of style!
Let’s put it that way: if Imogen Heap is interested in doing something with us, here we are!
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
We really want to concern about our music and visuals. Our main focus is always writing the best stuff we can (and we start doing it for ourselves), then we want everything to sound as we want it to sound. The next step is getting the right visuals (Artwork, videoclips, show). The last step is hope!
We know that today the market is oversaturated, albums don’t sell and bla bla.
We just want to do the best we can to be noticed for what we are and the music we create. There’s no real strategy here.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Music takes the 90% of our time. That being said, of course we have hobbies!
We are 23 years old guys and when we don’t play or write or record, we act pretty much like everyone at that age!
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Luckily yes! Most of us have been growing in a musical environment and we all are really dedicated to music! Our parents and relatives are proud of our work and even if they don’t appreciate the genre itself, they are pretty amazed by the result of our effort! We find in our parents the biggest fans and critics, which is priceless!
How’s the metal scene in your local area right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Italy is not the best place in the world if you want to express yourself out of certain musical tastes. Metal and generally rock music are not in the cultural background. If you’re not Metallica or AC-DC, it’s hard to play in front of a lot of people. The underground music scene is pretty hot but at the same time is not loud as in other countries! We played in Switzerland and found bigger audiences.
In our hometown, Milan, we have a good fanbase but it’s hard to be noticed outside if you’re not already a “big band”. We’re sure that if your music is good sooner or later you’ll be noticed. We have a few good example to follow like Destrage and other great bands around here!
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thank you for your interest and time!! We hope to see ya soon!