@The Others@

THE STORY OF THE BAND...Massimo talks...The Story of The Others starts right after a couple bands I founded in'86-88 split up. The First, The SILENT SHAPES with members of Head & the Hares. The second was the THE SIDE WALKERS. When this last one disbanded, around April 1989 I soon stated The Others with some friends of mine. We had just one thing in mind, playing garage punk and surf instrumentals but pretty soon we chose the garage side. We had our first show in September 1989. Then we recorded 8 demo tapes and sent them to radio stations. We started to have requests from bigger places than the usual social centers. We worked pretty hard playing sometime 3 shows a week with a good following. Local 'Radio Rock' gave us a chance to support The Fuzztones last tour in '92 and that was a really successful night. We also had a great time in Rome with The M. Overcoat, The Cynics.. Rich Coffee.. Massimo's previous experiences...Apart from the two bands I told you before I've been in 13 groups so far since my very first act when I was just an ugly teen punk, 13 years old, in 1982. I used to work in restaurants durin' the summer to put money aside and buy GUITARS! I could give you a few band names but all were completely unknown like THE IN-OUT; THE VISIONS and lots a more... THE OTHERS current line-up: The current line-up has been the same since fall 1995 so in the recent past we've had a few changes. Today's the best and most prolific line-up. Anyway.. Giuliano,the last one who enjoyed the band, is on drums, he's sort of a mod-garagenik but he prefers to be called mod, at least in front of his friends (I think he'll kill me for this!). Fabrizio is on guitar, he mostly plasy the 12 string on the folk set and sings solo on a few cuts too, he's the folkish one, though I likes Blues and R'n'roll as well. Bruno is on bass. He's the graphic genius (although at the moment I do most of the graphics on my own..) he digs garage punk, R'n'B and..girls in high heels! Finally there's me,the old daddy-o singin' and playing guitar, maraccas and harp.You should know my tastes - anything from Enfields to the Outsiders, US '65-'67 folk punk and garage psych..ah and girls with stockings and 50's underwear! Tryin to find replacement for line up changes...Actually it's been a disaster! At first, every time I looked for someone to join, it was a real hell! You see Rome is not a bad place but the real garage scene can count no more than 25 people so in the end if you want to find someone the easiest way is to use your friendship to the play the music you wanna play. To be honest I don't think it's any easier today than in the 80's. It depends on the occasion, and on meeting the right people . The guys I play with are the best line up I've ever had. Writing songs....I think I'm kind of a moody guy so if there's sun outside I tent to see flowers and my happy side comes out but even when I'm sad I take inspiration from rain, cloudy days in the countryside, girls who made me cry, pictures, or just drivin' in my car for quite long trips which is something I really adore.. obviously 60's songs I listen to. I used to write simple things, recalling my stories with girls or just tryin' to picture new ones. Then I also started seeing other sides of the relationship, like in "tell your friends" when I'm talking of someone with mental problems left alone by everyone else and also the time as a concept, the fact that I'm seriously lost in time, could work.. but in the end I don't think anyone seriously tries to understand what I sing about so.. The origins......Well one of my cousin used to play in a sixties inspired punk band in the 70s so I grew up listening to the Kinks, Stones, obviously the Beatles, then punk rock, neo psychedelia, the Australian bands and finally into garage, so I actually came back to the origins just diggin'out more the obscure ones. Music on the national radio and TV was crap in Italy (as in the rest of the planet mostly ) between the end of the 70s and early 80s so you just had no chance to listen to some good r'n'roll if not for some older relatives or friends..or pirate radio stations then by 1984/85 things started to change a bit..but I don't think you were expecting me to answer I dug Funky or New Romantic ,uh? Recent influences...As I said I started with garage punk and obviously "Back from The Grave", The Texas Punk volumes ,the Seeds, M.Machine on to the crude R&B things ,early'Stones, P.Things,Kinks,Brogues,Phantoms then I got into The Blue Things, Enfields, Outsiders, Dearly Beloved, British North American Act, Dovers, Rising Storm, E-types.Since a while I'm into mixin' all these influences so in our set you find a bit of all these things together. Fabrizio surely brought a Byrds feel to some 12 string-folk tunes as well as R&B. Bruno tents to enjoy mostly the wild stuff so to speak but he equally digs European beat or US garage The Outsiders and the Kinks are his faves. Giuliano's more and more into a perfect 60's drummin' and his mod style's now more beat. Although he loves CWB and Love he digs to go wild on drums so the most shakin'tunes are mostly his faves 'live' he's actually such a good drummer but he don't 'show up' like most drummers do, he's kinda shy but able to give so much to each song. Our current set includes covers of the P.Things, Brogues, Squires, Morning dew, Cavaliers, Shadows Of Knight, Customs 5,Spyders,Phantoms and, obviously, Outsiders. Since we came to play Athens we have a more fuzzed and faster uyts.. Why dropping the organ out...This is one of the most frequent question we've heard from Greek garage maniacs...well it's not that we decided to drop the instrument out..only the player! Actually Emilio, our Farfisa maniac was really good but we ended up with discussions about music and roles in the band he wanted to arrange more and go in a organ-dominated direction. We didn't agree and to be honest he was really difficult to share practice hours or a tour with, let's say he used to freak out easily and it became very stressed but we're got good relationship today. At the moment I'm playing the Farfisa on some tracks of the new LP. There's a close fan/friend of the band who willing to play organ with us, we'll see, anyhow me and him are also planning some recordings with a new band I'm starting which will obviously feature the organ.. Not just one...At first it was just me choosing them but then also the rest of the guys come with their fave cuts so it's a mix of our tastes although I still probably choose 80% of 'em. Well I used to cover songs I really wanted to do no matter if we were actually able to do at best but now we try and see if they actually sound like the original or in a way we really like the same. The roman scene and support ...Unfortunately the roman club scene is really poor, it's always been so but at the moment you can count only but on a few places, one of this is the Velvet Club. So we usually end up playin'outta town, around Rome, up in Tuscany, Umbria or the South. We're actually going to play a shot tour of the south in the next month. We've been able to play in Germany two tours, then last year in Greece and this past summer'97 in USA and Canada so we're pretty satisfied though we'd love to play more in our hometown as well... About recent releases..."So far out" and the records on "360 twist!" and "Detour" have been recorded completely live in studio, with no overdubs so they sound nearly the way we are on stage but then again it'd depends on the show, some come out really good, some other we can't even hear each other and it comes out pretty hard to have a good show when you don't hear a thing..The other studio/garage recordings (S.Apple and Zebra) have their own feeling some like more that kinda feeling-sound,some other the wildest way, you be the judge. the very latest record it's the 4th LP "Everything's There!" and, as the title says there's garage, folk punk and, sort comp of our favourite styles. Only 4 covers by Mourning dew,Q'65,Aardwarks and Human Expressions, plus 10 bran new originals, recorded totally in studio, mostly live in June 1997,out now on the new sublabel TEEN SOUND. Recall the north American trip...It's been definitely a real blast! The whole trip's been a great occasions for us guys to have lots a fun and experience a life on the road for almost 3 weeks. The crowd's reaction's been fantastic both in USA and Canada we weren't actually expecting anything like the and we're really proud and happy. People like Craig Moore, Glynis and Richard,The Girl Bombs, Bruce of Bad trip, Amazin'Larry and Phil of primitive rds ,just to mention but a few have been completely supporting and fantastic with us. Every group at the Fuzzfest invited us to come back and play a whole tour with a show in each of their home town,who knows we'll probably do that sooner or later! I've also noted a completely different way of enjoin'the bands every band bein'fan of the other and supporting without being jealous or else, it wasn't competitive at all it was FUN, really different from playing in Europe! Plans....As I said we've been asked to come back and we actually have some chances but it'll depends also on the new LP. Get Hip's finally putting out our 2nd LP "Lost in Time!" on CD . Our new LP "Everything's There!" will probably have a CD version too and if there will be a good distribution there we can probably have open doors to release more records there and play often but at the moment nothing is sure so we'll see what happens, we actually do not plan things at the table everything comes out when's the right time. Hopefully we'll set a deal with 360 Twist! They delivered our 360 Twist EP' copies right in our hands the day we played Atlanta and that was a real hot surprise, Mike Gilligan's a great guy! That EP's gone fast and it's been reprinted... Satisfaction...We're pretty satisfied with all our releases, obviously looking and listening to them over the months and years you find out first all the mistakes and things which could have been changed but then in a way you're already familiar with the whole thing and it's a piece of your life, not just of the band's but your personal life I mean..so even if we laugh its all fun and memories in the end! The First LP was actually a compilation of various different recordings done in studio, home and garage between'90 and'92 so it sounds pretty different track to track but everyone seems to love it and that's cool! All the other studio recordings could have been more authentic in the sounds but these are things a band learn over the years ... New stuff.....We'll have a cut on Corduroy's tribute to The Rolling Stones with "'The Last Time",a cut on the greek mag'"Optical Sound"'s tribute to the Q'65 with "the Life I live" and we have outtakes for an extra EP . There are also 2 new EPs coming out of our surf combo, The Royal Knightmares in which I play with Bruno as well. They're out on Solamente Rds(USA) and Corduroy(Australia). Why music...? I was probably looking for a way to express myself and apart from writing (poems and novels) music was the first thing I've been into since I was kid. I dunno when I was in school around 10 everyone was talking about football and trendy games and I was into drawning guitars (and girls!).... Listen to....Since quite a few years I don't listen to current bands outside of the garage/surf & related genres. I trade and buy only occasionally with other labels mostly for my catalog and keep a copy for myself,so in a way I support also the current acts, but apart from surf,the mid-60's folk-punk, garage beat, R'n'B and early psych ('67) it's the bag I'm in, so I mostly tent to but original singles when I can afford it. I've already named some of my fave bands. At the moment I really dig The Castells, Oncomers, Illusions(IL),Grodes, Quebec bands and more obscure ones..I'm collecting 45s so I plan to release some comps as well. Once you have all the good stuff on Voxx, Crypt ,Distortions, Norton, Sundazed... and the best comps out in the 80s & 90s you go for singles, right? Today's bands fave of mine are The Thanes, No-Counts, Maharajas, Mystreated, Nuthins, Frantic 5,Walking Screams and Cardinals. I used to dig Head & the Hares a lot before they changed completely their line up and musical influences. Also in Italy I dig I Cosmonauti, Fase 4, Shadows of Reflections, Hunch Backed Men and Bradipos 4 the most. Overseas the fab Canadian Girl Bombs, Les Incapables, Loons, and the Flypped Whigs, Boss Martians and Saturn 5 the most. Talking about purism...The bands I've just listed are really good and some consider themselves as purist. I do the same with my band. What I don't like is snobish people and the fact that some bands tend to have an arrogant way about them. The fact that a band's able to play in a more purist way depends on several things but these do not make 'em special people. I like simple and nice people. I'd like to see bands supporting each other more than stayin'in a corner of the club starin' at the other band on stage. In my opinion this scene does not need snobs, people sometime forget the meaning of the 60's, I'm not talking about hippies, I'm talking about music as a revolution against what's oppressive and close minded, we don't need any more fascistists. Even if people just consider themselves known-it-all collectors and hip, cool and collected sixties purist. I've seen too many of these people tryin'to hide this genre from the most, building as a cult for only a few, I 'm on the other hand very happy and satisfied when I see that even the most far and different people enjoy this music. I wish this clear up things with anybody who reads this,'cause, on the other hand, I really love bein'part of this so called 'scene' when it comes to meet nice people or, better gettin' new, honest friends. The sixties, music, movies....Well I think I've already listed a few of my faves bands from the 60's. The whole decade really influences me a lot ,from the surf era on to Frat ,R&B, Folk-Rock, obviously Garage and early psych as well as the 50's r'n'Roll, Soul and R&B. As I collect B-Movies too I'll tell you that I really enjoy most of the Russ Meyer's flicks plus the classic "Riot On Sunset Strip", Psych-Out","the Trip", "Beat Girl", also Sci-Fi "Green Slime", "Monster From The Surf"...The Forrest J.Ackerman'Famous Monster Of Filmland and Warren Magazines..The Horros Classics with Bela Lugosi and Karloff,the weird Explotation (Betty Page still rules!) and Biker Movies..too many to list'em all..but Misty Lane'readers will know my taste! Sometime we have a chance to watch this movies with the band and it's always loads of fun! Hangin'out........The Others'hangout in Rome is the Bouledog Pub near the University where most of the' roman scene'get together usually during the weekend. But as we live pretty far from each other we prefer to have a beer after the practice sessions, usually twice a week. If there's a good band playing we go support'em as well. We like to play pool together as we did in Canada and in every occasion. On the other hand I really dig gettin'outta town at least once in the week and enjoy the countryside, there's lots a cool moody forest areas and lakes around Rome. We all dig reading books and collecting records when possible ,otherwise you'll probably find us in studio recording or outside the studio looking at girls passing by.. Daylife........Fabrizio studies Sociology, Giuliano studies Literature and Bruno's in a Graphic studio. As for me the past year was incredible I was doing the Social Service year instead of the military. Then writing for some magazines, running the label, the'zine and playing with the band, then for a while I gave guitar lessons as well, finishing my studies at University. I actually don't know how I could manage to do all this ,so if I 've been late in sending some parcels.. sorry I did my best! I had to buy a car and pay for my flat and money was always little. Today's I'm tryin' to make a living out of the label and working in a TV studio as a journalist, don't ask me what'll happen tomorrow. I had plans to move to Canada but at the moment I just started releasing 2 records there with the just born Misty Lane Canada, we'll see..! 
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