Hi! Give a brief history of BLACK LIGHT, music style, and the members.
Of course! So, Black Light is a Metalcore band from Ferrara, Italy, which started from an idea by brothers Nicholas Casarin (guitar) and Mattia Casarin (drums). The band had many line-up changes, till I, Lou Oddon, became the official band singer in August 2015 after have quit my home in France. Two years later, Matteo Perini was added to the line-up as the bassist, giving the band the long-waited stability. Our main style is Metalcore, with some Alternative Metal and Thrash Metal influences in our first album, while our new EP goes deeper into Metalcore sound.
Give in more detail, some information about Map Of Truth single?
Map Of Truth is the preview we released to make you taste our new upcoming EP, “Set Yourself Ablaze”. This EP has a main sound leading all the songs, and we wanted our audience to experience it before the EP release, also because it sounds kinda different from our previous work. The lyrics talk about disillusion. You know, that kind of feeling you’ve got when you grow up and figure out the way the world works is completely different for what you’ve expected. And your first reaction to it is often rejection. “Map Of Truth” is a pure expression of that feeling, and we think this kind of theme never grows old, cuz we all step into it during the long path that’s life.
BLACK LIGHT has signed with Sliptrick records, tell more about that?
We signed to Sliptrick Record six month ago now, and started a program called “Boot Camp”. This means the label helps us grow as a band, but they also raise us through the music business, and teach us how it works. So that’s an amazing boost for us! And we’re grateful to Sliptrick Records a lot for this.
What is the difference between your latest and the very first records?
When we recorded our first album “Storms & Shades” we were in an exploration phase, that’s what I would say about that. This resulted in an album that has a Metalcore main sounds, but features a lot of other different genres. We have Alternative Metal songs, a grunge song, and n acoustic ballad as well. The new upcoming EP is gonna be way more focused on our turn to Metalcore, as you could hear in the song “Map Of Truth”. This style could be found in all the other ones too, making the Ep way more united compared to our previous records.
What inspires BLACK LIGHT music and lyric writing? What does BLACK LIGHT lyrics talk about?
Our lyrics talks about kind of different stuff. Like, at first the main theme was kind of rebellious, like I said for “Map Of Truth”. It was a protest against the limits and obligation you discover from the society when you reach an age in which you start to understand what’s happening around you. Then we moved on, as everybody do, I guess. Now our lyrics are more about reflecting on daily-based experiences, but are still kind of social-based. We don’t talk about death. This is such a Metal band stereotype, a lot of people think we do but we don’t find any interest in it.
Do you play live often? Do you like abroad gigs?
We’ve played kind of many live shows in Italy during our “Storms & Shades” period. Now, till we’re in Latvia, we started playing live again only a week ago. Latvians gave us a great feedback and we had a lot of fun, so we thank this country a lot for this!
How often does the band practice and work on new material?
Every day of the week. We’re always working on new stuff, and what we’re making now is completely different compared to anything we did before, and with this we talk about both “Storms & Shades” but also the upcoming EP “Set Yourself Ablaze”.
How did the band come up with the name BLACK LIGHT and tell what does it means for you?
We wanted a name that could represent our path and goals. The “Black” Is the way we use our most twisted feelings not to destroy us, but to create something we could be proud of. As the “Light” is the hope and the ambitions that gives us the strength to continue, and to make our dreams come true.
What does the band plan on doing in near time?
We want to innovate our style, to be in constant evolution. And to play live in every place we could! We’re working hard on building up an audience that could understand the messages we want to give with our music. Like a big family we would do anything for.
Any message to Sick and Destroy readers?
You guys are amazing! Keep reading that awesome webzine, it’s an honour to write an interview for them, and the fact that they’re caring so much about growing bands makes us so glad. So thank you so much for everything!