Hi! Give a brief history of THE BLACKTONES, music style, and the members.
Hi! Aaron’s here. Gianni (bass) and Sergio (guitars) started this project in 2011 and now the band is a bit changed: beside them, there’s me on vocals, Maurizio Mura on drums and Paolo Mulas on guitars. We published one EP with Simone Utzeri on vocals, our first full length in 2015 with me replacing Simone and our new album “The Day We Shut Down The Sun” in 2017. We usually describe ourselves as a sludge metal band, and our influences are from the alternative and grunge bands of the nineties, like Pantera, Tool, and Alice In Chains.
Give in more detail, some information about your latest album – The Day We Shut Down The Sun, and how well it sells?
It’s a concept album, and is about a journey through the human mind. Just imagine your mind as if it’s structured in different layers, from the most external to the deepest core. If we remove one by one of these layers, what become of you? You’ll be a different person? You’ll act differently facing all the challenges of your life? With this album we try to answer to these questions.
The album selling is going very well, and we got some very good reviews!
THE BLACKTONES has signed with Sliptrick records, tell more about that?
We’re very happy to be part of their roster, they’ve got some very cool european bands, but there’s still a lot to do in terms of working together to take the most benefits from each other.
What is the difference between your latest and the very first records?
The first EP was done too rushly, and it was very raw. Then, the self titled album was recorded with most of the vocal lines based on Simone ones, so it was very difficult to sing over an album written to another one. This new album is the first record we are fully proud of.
What inspires THE BLACKTONES music and lyric writing? What does THE BLACKTONES lyrics talk about?
Our concern is humanity and all the degenerations of its society. We talked about the drawbacks of religion, the struggle to find a contact, a communication, between ourselves and the rest of the world. Our last record takes this struggle on a new level of introspection.
Do you play live often? Do you like abroad gigs?
We play live as much as we can, for two reasons: we really like it and second it’s the 99% source of the incomings for the band, that we spend to invest on new equipment or recordings. We like abroad gigs, and we’re hoping to travel in the near future to play gigs
How often does the band practice and work on new material?
We have our rehearsal room and we practice usually once a week. We already have some new material, but now we’re concentrating on promoting “TDWSTDS”.
How did the band come up with the name THE BLACKTONES and tell what does it means for you?
It’s very simple: the name tries to evocate the music we do. Music with black tones, instrumentally and by the lyrics, and so we get to… The Blacktones
What does the band plan on doing in near time?
We played some gigs around the island (We’re from sardinia) to promote the record, and we’ll continue to do so during all 2018. We’re also planning a tour, so we’ll let you know soon about it!
Any message to Sick and Destroy readers?
Hi guys, just give us a chance and listen to our record! we hope to see you all soon!