Carnot is a young Italian band from Rome and Piove Veleno is their second auto produced album. I had the chance to meet Matteo Chiocchi (vocals) and Giulio Ceresani (guitar). While drinking a few cocktails we started chatting about their influences, their new album, which came out on May 26th, and their quite interesting experience with Music Raiser to release Piove Veleno.

First of all, I had the pleasure to meet only Matteo and Giulio. Can you please introduce us the rest of the band? How did you guys meet and when?

Actually we are a ‘classical’ rock band formation: guitar, bass, drums and voice. Simone Giardini is our drummer and Alessandro Cinardi plays bass. I met Giulio and Alessandro at school.

We always got in common  the passion for rock music. So after an experience as a cover band, we decided to form one with his own identity and sound. Carnot was formed in 2007.

Originally we also had a lead guitar but the band have gone under multiple lineup changes during these years. Our former drummer and rhythm guitarist after a few years together, decided to retire from the band. Simone joined us in 2014 and then we decided to keep playing as a quartet.

When I talked to Matteo the first time I really couldn’t figure out how his voice could sound on a rock track. Then I heard Piove Veleno: his great voice joins perfectly with the band’s Italian rock style. Can we say this kind of genre has been and still remains your main influence?

Thanks! Yes it is, absolutely. Our biggest influences are 80’s and 90’s italian rock bands. We love Marlene Kunts and Afterhours, but we are also big fans of early’s Litfiba and C.S.I. We grew up listening to them and English, American notorious rock bands. Each of us have a particular musical back ground. Simone is mostly oriented on classical rock listening. He loves Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. Alessandro and Giulio are deeply influnced by Sonic Youth, Foo Fighters and  Queens of the Stone Age. For me it is a little different because obviously the first thing that impress my ears are voices. My personal influences are singers like Robert Plant, David Coverdale and Ian Gillan.

What about the title of the album and its contents? Many songs are filled with anger, love failures and the difficulties in relationship between men and women. Can we say all the tracks are about these themes? Piove Veleno can be defined as a concept album?

When I think about a concept album, usually I think about something that has a story or a plot that goes on with the rush of the songs. A concept album is a hard work for a band and it’s something that proves the great value of a music combo. We were not absoloutely able to do anything like this right now and I don’t think Piove Veleno can be considered a concept album.

You are right when you say there are some recurrent issues. Piove Veleno is filled with anger, rage and passion. There are also difficulties and love failures in the lyrics. I can say it is a consistent work. Coherent with us and our music purposes.

When we first met, you told me about your experience with Music Raiser: can you describe this “means” and your experience with it?

Yeah sure. It was very challenging to take all the steps and to produce a valid project, but that was also extraordinarily satisfying. Making the video, sponsoring, was difficult but also very fun. Luckily we got a lot of friends that helped us to reach the goal. Without their help probably Piove Veleno wouldn’t be bornt. I definitely recommend  Music Raiser to all underground artists. Anyway you know, it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll.

The album is pretty good. I had the chance to listen to your first work but the second one is definitely better in my opinion: it shows a creative growth. We will have the chance to listen to it live in the next future? Are you planning any shows?

We played for ‘Contatto Diretto Competition’ on the 7th of June at Lian Club in Rome. We don’t have any other planned show at the moment, but I think that we’ll have the chance to return on stage in July and September.