Black Tail are an italian indie band offering natural, vintage elegance to the listener.
1) Describe Black Tail in no more than 20 words
Our project comes from the need to write and share simple songs that have human and intimate stories
2) Listening to your music it comes quite natural to think of bands like Wilco and Pavement, although your approach seems happier compared to that genre
It is undeniable that this type of sound has been decisive in our musical development, that particular feeling has always impressed me for its lively approach. There is something, which ends up attracting whoever don’t recognize himself in the grandeur or superstar epic, which in music, is often being considered to the ultimate goal. It is a kind of proud independence in which to affirm your own individuality.
With a positive approach, doing things the way you like - how you are, because you have fun, because you like it, because you do not want the stage to be a wall to climb on. Music for us is the way to meet and connect with others like us, fans of records, and ultimately it’s one of the most humane and deep ways of improving our existence, so it becomes crucial to question the methodologies to be implemented, because this has an honest meaning. In the specific case of this album, we wanted to tell a moment of particular bliss and harmony, the desire to play and give a sincere acknowledgment to the multitude of little things that, through music, orbits in our lives.
3) Your album “One day we drove out of town” is very natural and “cinematic” at the same time, in the sense that some of the tracks would work really well as soundtrack: what inspires you and how do you work on your music?
We live between Rome and Latin, in a suspended dimension between two great cities and magnificent naturalistic spaces, where the landscape is a strong stretch and travelling is something that is part of our daily life. Just driving through meadows and trees to go to rehearsal is a part of the creative process because it resonates deeply with the storytelling I try to introduce into the songs. Seeking an assay with what moves around us is a way to dig deep without risking to be overly rhetorical. Landscapes- whether natural or urban - are access points to a certain existential component. Observation points from which you can reflect upon by trying to answer questions of different scale of importance. Space induces you to metaphorically triangle your position with the universe. One cannot overlook. Not surprisingly, the inspiration for the album partly generates from our stay at the Cascina Bellaria, two summers ago. On the morning as we were leaving to get home, we got up early and there was a great silence. As we climbed the hill, a flock of birds got up in the field and Luca got ready to shoot them. That image ended in CD graphics because it was just a testimony to what had contributed to creating the soul of the new album
4) 3 records that made you want to play music
Ok, answering this by imagining the drecords that made us want to buy a instrument can be embarrassing, though if we think of three albums whose sound has ignited my desire to go back to writing songs after the creative break we took at the end of the previous project, are
- Figure8 – Elliott Smith
- Black Sheep Boy – Okkervil River
- Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
- (outtake: It’s a Wonderful Life – Sparklehorse)
Black Tail are:
Cristiano Pizzuti / Voice, Guitar
Roberto Bonfanti / Drums
Simone Sciamanna / Guitar
Luca Cardone / Bass
The new album “One Day We Drove out of Town” is available in streaming and download here blacktail.bandcamp.com