EMQ’s with SICK SOCIETY
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milan, Italy based Hard Rock/Heavy/Thrash Metal band Sick Society. Huge thanks to bassist, Jacopo Franzoni, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Jacopo Franzoni, my character in the band is ‘The Planner’ and I play bass.
HISTORY OF SICK SOCIETY SO FAR…
In 2016 ‘The Preacher’ (Enrico Pistolese, vocals and guitars) and ‘The Saviour’ (Salvatore Giodano, drums) locked themselves in a dark and humid cellar and started composing songs of an extremely violent nature. After a few weeks, I joined the band as bass player. Last but not least, ‘The Executioner’ (Matteo Baschiera, guitars) joined the band in 2019, in order to give a different approach, and the fundamental contribution of an Old School Thrasher!
How did you come up with your band name?
Our name comes from the need to declare out loud the problems of the society in which we live. We really believe we’re living in a Sick Society.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We come from the North of Italy. The Italian Metal and Rock scene has always been creative and prolific through the decades. There are many bands and musicians that keep playing and writing great music, with passion and competence, but the attention paid by the media (except fanzines and independent network) is practically zero.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is our 1st album “UrNo1”. For this release, we made one lyric video ‘You Are No One’, and one cartoon video ‘Wall Street’
‘You Are No One’ (Lyric Video)
‘Wall Street’ (Animated Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Sick Society are born from the Heavy Metal and Hard Rock of the origins, so certainly from the riffs of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. And those riffs have undoubtedly been made sharper by Thrash Metal, the school of the Big 4 and of their other fellow travellers like Testament and Overkill.
Our social criticism has strong roots in Punk and Hardcore: important influences were the voices of Joe Strummer, Jello Biafra and Henry Rollins.
But we also pay a debt to the Shock Rock academy and surely Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister and Motley Crue gave us several lessons to accentuate a certain theatrical mood, in placing ourselves on stage, and in writing our vocal lines.
To conclude, our love for rock in its purest attitude will always lead us to have great respect for Lemmy when from the stage declaimed at the beginning of every concert “We play Rock’n’Roll”.
What first got you into music?
I guess the deep urgency to express intense feelings and a point of view on what surrounds us. The need to find your voice and your way to say who you are. And also, the desire to find companions to share the road with.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Difficult question… I choose Mike Patton and Rick Rubin as producer.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Well, I choose Wacken, for everything it represents for the Metal scene and fans.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I really believe it’s the picture of a cake made for his birthday that someone in the band received from a fan living very, very far from us.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Go ahead, always. Think with your head. Be true to yourself. Don’t let approval or disapproval of people around you change your way of being. Keep on looking for what can really satisfy you. Live a worthy life.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
May I choose two? Thank you!
Number 1: Lemmy, the greatest rocker of all time.
Number 2: Frank Zappa, the greatest genius of contemporary music.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I think the best thing is the extremely intense energy that comes out during live concerts. There is nothing I really hate about being a musician, perhaps being superficially labelled by people who don’t understand your musical journey, but this has actually nothing to do with the music, it is just about the ignorance of certain people.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I’d like the music industry to turn more towards experimentation, to promote bands and musicians to value their unique identity, even if they are not easily traceable to a defined musical genre. In short, I’d like music labels to take a few more risks in search of something really new.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Only one…Let me think…I’ve got it! If we’re talking ‘bout Metal experimentation, I name Celtic Frost’s masterpiece, “Into the Pandemonium.”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I love and collect Vinyl. I have many, many cassettes, but now I unfortunately have no reader to play them. CD for me is the most comfortable and long-lasting audio device. Downloads allow music to get anywhere, but they have no body, and therefore I would never give up on the other three.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Before the lockdown we had a great gig in Milan with our friend Mortado (with former members of historical Italian Thrash Metal band Extrema). Now we are waiting to get back on stage.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Being a musician doesn’t prevent me from pursuing other interests: I am a kung fu instructor, and I have been a theatre performer.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
May I invite five people who really know how to have fun? Well, I send my invitation to:
– Nikki Sixx
– Tommy Lee
– Snoop Dogg
– Johnny Depp
– Tito Larriva
What’s next for the band?
We’re working on the songs for our next album. We have many ideas and what has come out so far is really strong!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
You can find our music on:
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Sure…STAY TUNED, STAY SICK!
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