Human Colonies are the Italian band comprised of Giuseppe Mazzoni (guitar, vocals), Sara Telesca (bass, backing vocals) and Riccardo Cotti (drums and percussions). One year after their first EP, they released the debut full-length. Midnight Screamer is out now via Miacameretta Records and Lady Sometimes Records. A few months ago we introduced them with this words: Tracks shows a powerful urgency with rough and blistering lines, dirty vocals but also a fluid sound with an “hidden” melodic sensitivity.
We had a little talk about their first full-length, the sound and live shows. Take a look after you listen to the album.
“Midnight Screamer” is your first full-lenght. How was the creative process and how is different compared to your previous Eps?
Midnight Screamer was born after several nights we watched Bojack Horseman, a few important records for us and intense studio sessions. It represents a full continuation of Big Domino Vortex, but also the closing of the circle. In this case we pushed less on feedback, psychedelia and wild distortions. We wanted a record which had clearer vocal lines, a thicker cut and less pushed guitars.
When I listen to your album, I thought about a sort of “fake” balance of your sound: there’s something dirty, but also melodic and “clean”, and then again rough lines. It’s like you have a space but you want more because you don’t want to be labeled. Is it right what I’m saying? Is it your idea to create your own sound?
In a sense it is true. We are never satisfied with what we do. However, we have always had a balance between noise and melody. We always liked it.
What about the artwork?
Artwork was released by “drawing wizard” Travis Millard. Last July, after Dinosaur Jr gig in Milan, we had the crazy idea to write him and ask to take a listen of Bog Domino Vortex. He liked the album and we started a nice collaboration. We were happy as children. It was really amazing.
You play some live show around Italy. What about this experience? How is different for you live sound compared to studio sessions? And what about the difficulties to propose your music live as a new band?
Playing shows is always a big hit of energy and adrenaline. We try to maintain a nearly identical approach in the syudio compared to live shows. The difficulties to propose our own music as a new reality are a fact and are part of the game. What matters is getting to the listener and when it happens it is very pleasing.
Are there any recent releases you appreciated which had influence on your first full-length?
Twin Fantasy of Car Seat Headrest. It was originally released in 2011 and this year it has been re-recorded and re-imagined, but it’s extraordinary.