New Candys formed in Venice (Italy) in 2008, consisting of Fernando Nuti (vocals, guitar, sitar), Diego Menegaldo (vocals, guitars), Stefano Bidoggia (bass, organ) and Dario Lucchesi (drums, percussion). Their influences have roots in The Velvet Underground and Syd Barrett.
After a self-produced EP, in 2012 they released the album “Stars Reach The Abyss” on Foolica, a UK tour followed. In 2015 they took part in “The Reverb Conspiracy”, a compilation curated by Fuzz Club/The Reverberation Appreciation Society (Levitation Austin). Later that year “New Candys As Medicine”, album mixed by John Wills (producer and drummer of Loop), has been released on both Picture In My Ear/Fuzz Club and added to The Committee To Keep Music Evil catalogue, receiving praises from Simone Marie Butler of Primal Scream and Stephen Lawrie of The Telescopes.
Two EU/UK tours followed, including festivals like The Secret Garden Party 2015 and Liverpool Psych Fest 2016. They shared the stage with The Warlocks, Dead Skeletons, Crystal Stilts, Slowdive, Savages, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and The Vaccines among others.
01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?
For 9 years now, half of us were friends since teenage years, the other half because of the common passion for music.
02. What influences do the band members have in common?
Lots of bands, every time one of us discovers something cool it starts being played in our van, we talk a lot about what we like to see if it can become an influence on our own music.
03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?
There are many, all of them truly believe in what they do and we like them: Kill Your Boyfriend, Mother Island, Gli Sportivi, Supertempo, High Mountain Bluebirds, Zabrisky, Miss Chain & The Broken Hills, Father Murphy, Hund, Temple Mantra and many others.
04. What’s the underground scene like where you’re from?
The city we come from is Treviso, a boring city with a passion for food and nothing else, the area of Venice let us become what we are today, with people more passionate about music and real interest in culture.
05. How would you describe the style you play?
Modern dark rock’n’roll.
06. What are your live shows like?
It depends, if the venue is not too big and people starts moving and dancing since the beginning, we can show our best. Lights/visuals also have an impact on our performance, the darker the better.
07. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?
We played some covers of The Velvet Underground, probably our main influence together with Syd Barrett. Nirvana, Oasis and Brian Jonestown Massacre have been important for us too. Speaking about what is normally considered a “classic”, we don’t like Led Zeppelin, Queen and generally all bands where vocals sound like Axel Rose.
08. What are your main influences outside of music?
Cinema, directors like Fellini, Argento, Bertolucci but also Refn, Kubrick, Lynch to name a few. Poetry, Blake, Bukowski and of course Dante Alighieri.
09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?
We write together, the subjects are surreal sometimes, metaphorical, lyrically we try to describe a scene, like painting, using words just to evoke images, we’re not interested in carrying clear and immediately understandable messages. It is important to give freedom to the listener, let everyone’s sensibility influence the codification of a song.
10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?
Probably are the ones from the new album, after a while, you get tired of playing the old songs so the newer sounds fresh and are more interesting to play. From another artist, we like “Some Velvet Morning” by Hazlewood/Sinatra.
11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?
We feel like we are part of a scene because we end up playing shows with the same bands in different parts of Europe, and we can see there is a net that includes all these bands. This is really helpful, we feel like we all share the same attitude, have roots on almost the same cool music.
12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?
The recording process, in general, is difficult, psychologically and technically, it’s a completely different thing than playing live and writing.
13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?
We rehearse at least two times a week, more if we are in a productive creative moment. We play live as much as possible, record once a year (or two).
14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?
Media are not involved much in what we like, the internet is the only way to find interesting stuff. If the music scene is what we see on TV these days, we would probably not be a band now. American hip-hop and mainstream pop bands/singers currently under the spotlight are simply pure rubbish with nothing to say, if people like them, good for them.
15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?
Mainstream… The Strokes maybe? About underground bands, we like BRMC, The Black Angels, The Warlocks, The Dandy Warhols, A Place To Bury Strangers, Dead Meadow, Singapore Sling and many others.
16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?
We don’t have big knowledge about producers, to be honest, so let’s say with someone interested in us that has done albums we like.
17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?
A new album this year with a US/Canada tour after, that’s our main goal. We’re excited for our new short tour (before the new album), here you can find the shows listed: newcandys.com. Many thanks for the interview!
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