- Hi! Tell e about SERIAL VICE. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hi! We are Serial Vice, a band of five young elements, and each of us has had several musical projects or, in some cases, collaborations with famous bands before joining in this group, which is definitely the most important musical experience for each of us. Beyond that, we are a group of five old friends, all part of the historical underground metal movement in our area. We came up with this name because our lyrics are about the way mankind always lose against its vices – thinking about any kind of “vice”, not just drugs, alcool, sex: even the desire to kill, the desire to die, the desperation for a lost one we cannot stop, and so on.
- EP “Nightmares Come True” was released last year. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
“Nightmares Come True” contains songs that are a powerful mix of classic metal riffs and melodic choruses, with a cohesive combination of influences. Our hope is that this album will please everyone: old school’s metalheads and new adepts. After all, this is what we try to do searching for our sound. So far we have received numerous positive feedback from both experts and those who are neophytes or simple rock music lovers. We think that, in a multicultural and globalizated era when music is available for everyone, to be liked from heterogeneus crowd is an important goal. We hope to continue like this!
- Tell me more about «Nightmares Come True»? EP’ ideas etc…
The songs on “Nightmares Come True” was composed between 2013 and 2016, and the album was recorded in first part of 2015 and defined in 2016: a long gestation started with our first four-members-combo, and closed with the recording of bonus track “Can’t Erase My Scars”. There are eight tracks which shows each side of the Serial Vice’s metal: Classic Heavy Metal ideas, played with a fresh and modern sound. Lyrics are composed trying to create a strange concept about what can be defined “vices” in our society. And so, not just normal vices such as drugs (You Are Heroin), but we can consider also vices the lust of killing (Killers Combine and It’s All Wrong), hate (The Disregardful), death (Master Of No-Life) and love (the instrumental title track Nightmares Come True and the outro Can’t Erase My Scars).
- Where do you take all inspiration from?
Get in hands the first physical copy of “Nightmares Come True” was the result of years and years of unconditional passion for metal music. We are nostalgic metalheads who love everything about Heavy Metal, and we live it every day even in our private lives. There is not a main goal for us like fame or success: we play this stuff because we like to do it, and we want to let the world know how fucking good it is. This is our main inspiration!
- In your opinion, what is the best way to define SERIAL VICE’s sound?
There are really a lot of individual influences mixed in our music, and this is why we consolidate our sound into a Heavy Metal between classic and modern, gritty and melodic, with various and extensive influences – from Hard Rock to Thrash, from Doom to Power. We want to play some True Heavy Metal trying to always remember we are in 2015 and not in 1985!
- So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for an EP’ feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately, maybe album?
Last year was a blast for us. New label, new album out, new fans, new gigs, new stuff. We are currently busy about concluding the last album promotion phase. Then, starting from next year, we will definitely start to compose new stuff for a new record!
- What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
We listen to a lot of music and we love to use different influences in our songs: classic big names such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath; many underground NWOBHM bands such as Grim Reaper and Angel Witch; Hard Rock and Street Metal such as Skid Row and W.A.S.P.; modern bands such as Enforcer , something from other classic band such as Metallica, Gamma Ray, Motorhead and by the way, the “italian pride“ Death SS and Strana Officina!
- Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Any international artist who has already supported the Italian underground scene on many occasions would do well. However, our little dream remains to do something with Mr Bud from Strana Officina …!
- What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
We try to spread our music on the Internet with all the media instruments: we believe that it is the only way to become well-known all over the world. Actually there is only one of our song available for free (You Are Heroin), but we recently shared our first official video (Master Of No-Life) and various live reportages. Of course, our last album is available in streaming on Spotify, I-Tunes, Deezer etc. and we have social pages on Facebook and Instagram where we share almost daily all our stuff. By the way, we’ve got an active official site (www.serialvice.tk) that gathers all our contents on the web.
- Do you have any other hobby beside music?
No, not at all. Music is the main hobby for everyone of us. Moreover, reconciling our private and professional life with our musical passion and the the band’s projects is a complicated process that often, as is happening in this period, leads us to stay away (we currently living in different cities) and therefore to not be able to spend much time in rehearsing, in composing new stuff and to play live gigs. So, when we finally meet in our free time, we often play in long rehearsals sessions (about 6-8 hours in a day sometimes): in those cases we do not even have time to eat, imagine something else!
- Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Absolutely yes. None of us has ever had evil parents like in the Twisted Sister videos! Alessandro (the drummer) is a legacy, and Matteo (guitar) too: their fathers both played drums and guitar. Generally, our families always appreciated our music passion and always tried to support us during all this years.
- How’s the metal scene in Salento right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
It is really hard for us to be appreciated right here, because people like to listen to other music than Metal (sadly: djs, reggae, pop tribute bands and other monstrosities). There’s a good underground scene but this is relegated at few bad-ass metalheads. Our fans and followers get older with us, because many of them follow us since years. So we try to play in as much live shows as we can: like all originals musicians, we love when people gettin’ every our concerts sings our songs and really enjoy the moment. We have had a good response of CDs and merch sales in the area, and we are always honored to receive invitations to play by the local organizers of metal events and festivals. However, there are very few places where you can play live if you do metal: is the fuckin’ DJs paradise here…but we’re born in hell, so we can survive!
- Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thank you and … Up the Vices!