Dazed Digital

Rome / Italiano


March 23, 2012

Introducing an up and coming Roman band with a strong retro-inspired appeal

  • Text by Valerio Mannucci

Thegionalisti is a new comer in the Roman music scene. They seem to have specifc ideas about what to do and how to do it. Their sound is definitely 60s beats inspired, but their lyrics speak about contemporary everyday troubles. They are probably the clearest incarnation of what Simon Reynolds would call a pure Roman example of "retromania". 

Satellite Voices: Can you introduce your background and how did the band start?
Thegiornalisti: The band was born exactly because we all have the same backgound. In that sense, one advice we want to give to new bands or people who is willing to form one, is to do it with people that have the same taste in music. Otherwise, the situation would be unmanageable. We have personal experience in that sense. We formed the Thegiornalisti two-years-ago, because we were tired of compromises in music. To be a musician is not a very profitable profession today, so if you get even more angry and frustrated when you do it, then you better stop. The Thegiornalisti have been a liberation, a return to passion and happiness.

SV: How do you describe your music?
Thegiornalisti: Easily speaking, our music is a rock pop heavily influenced by both Anglo-Saxon and Italian 60s beat. Our music is fresh because basically the songs we write are quite contemporary in the writing and in the lyrics – apart some rare exceptions, of course, as for example in the piece "Il Marinaio" (The Sailor), which seems real music from 50 years ago.

SV: What do you think about the roman music scene today?
Thegiornalisti: We think it is picking up, there's a lot of movement, which is good, but despite this we believe that it's happened mostly as a fashion, a trend phenomenon, rather than for a real interest in live music.

SV: What do you wish your city had that it doesn't?
Thegiornalisti: After all, it is a beautiful city where nothing is missing. Perhaps it lacks a bit in terms of relax, of country air. Sometimes it's "too city". To find a little peace you have to go away. And then, people are opening places that look like each other, there is nothing new-Roman here, everything is new-Parisian, but in Rome. Minimal scruffy fake that really pissed us off. We would not want Rome to turn into Milan. We want our city to keep his identity, without becoming a new non-place where everything is copied and therefore identical.

SV: How does the city where you live influence your music?
Thegiornalisti: It's clear that it influences us, but not in a fashionable way. Our songs are not a cookbook of all the things that are fashionable and cool here in Rome. We are fascinated by what a cobbleston can convey, or by an old building with an old lady at the window, or how sad and incredibly beautiful is the Tiber at sunset.

SV: Any upcoming projects or albums?
Thegiornalisti: While we're writing these interview, we're in the studio recording our second album, this summer we'll play in different festivals. Olè!

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