Did you ever wonder how many captivating records have gotten lost in the vast expanse of independen scenes around the world that might have been hits or your next best thing? IDIOTEQ maintains to have the profile of new music digger and the job is never ending! Today, we’re giving you MORNINGVIEWS, the newest discovery from Italy, an intriguing alt post rock / post hardcore five-piece from Castiglione del Lago, Italy. With their new album “You Are Not The Places You Live In”, the band is offering a beautifully crafted, complex experience which intrigues and begs for another listen. We asked the band to give us some more details about their projects and explain each and every track from record!
Morningviews was formed in a two year span from 2015 to 2017 in Castiglione del Lago, Perugia, Italy. We changed a lot during these years. We started out as a (kind of) alternative rock band and somehow got to become what we are now: a hybrid of post-rock and post-hardcore with hints of post-metal. But we’ve never stopped wearing our influences on our sleeves: there are hints of alternative rock here and there, some prog influences, as well as shoegaze and emo. Someone wiser than us said our music sits somewhere between Mineral and Deftones, and it could be the best way to describe it.
You Are Not The Places You Live In is our first official EP. We recorded it with friends and the artwork, an abandoned place near us, has been shot by a friend. This fits well the overall themes of the EP: through the sometimes shouted, sometimes whispered and sometimes spoken vocals the lyrics tell stories about living in dark and small places, both mental and physical. But the point is, no one really is whatever happens in their life; they just go through it. All we can do is holding on, staying near the ones we love and trying hard to become the best version of ourselves.
You Are Not The Places You Live In was released in June 2019 and is available on all digital platforms. The band is working to give it a physical release as soon as possible.
This is the first part of a two part piece, so it ties with On Uranus. The full title would be Picking Daffodils On Uranus. Picking Daffodils is the oldest song on You Are Not The Places You Live In (I’ll explain later why On Uranus is not). It’s a pretty straight forward, moody piece: it sets the tone exactly how we wanted it. The lyrics are repetitive, and it gets kind of obsessive. Which is fine, because it had to be obsessive.
Starts directly from the ending of Picking Daffodils, it might be our favorite song from the EP. It starts out loud, with screamed vocals, then goes to a Slint-esque spoken part before a long marching instrumental. It ends on dreamy, spacey atmospheres which recall HUM or Hopesfall. This song was really different when we first started working on it, it had a stoner rock feeling. Then we just realized it didn’t fit well, so we rearranged it. The lyrics, like all the other lyrics, are profoundly intimate and heartfelt. They deal with the idea that not everyone see things from the same perspective as us: I may think that I can’t find daffodils on Uranus and hate it for this, someone else could think that daffodils are dumb. The symbolism of the daffodil is important.
EULOGIES IN GUESTBOOK
This one didn’t even had to be on You Are Not The Places You Live In! But we ended up loving it. This is the track in which a listener could realize that we actually love contrasting parts in songs. It starts out with clean vocals and a dark, mellow and sinister atmosphere, explodes to a screamy gang vocal part, slows down again in a very proggy way and then gets back up to be angry. It’s about a dream I had: one night I dreamed that I destroyed an electronics store I used to work in and they arrested me for that; I was sentenced to stare from a window in my sister’s bedroom to the street, where people that aren’t in my life anymore were driving by. I woke up really anxious. I think the song reflects that dream really well anyway.
Dye should be the sweet song of the EP, but it really is not. When we play it we usually do so on electrics, but we decided to give the studio version an acoustic rendition and we really like it. We brought to the guy who recorded us, Gabriele from Doremilla Studio in Magione (a town near us), You Will? You Will. by Bright Eyes as an example of how we wanted it to sound like. He said he couldn’t record us in a bathroom, but we got to have a pretty great reverb that gives it a dreamy vibe; I played and sang it in one take, you can even hear things moving near me if you listen close. Anyway, it ended up combining Bright Eyes with Everybody’s Going to Heaven-era Citizen. It’s about feeling empty and trying hard to feel something for someone or something new. Plain and simple.
NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK
In its first version, this song was way more cheesy. Anyway, whenever we got it to be completed, we already knew it would have been the final track on the EP: it starts out sounding a bit like Snowing playing a Radiohead cover, then it explodes in a heavy, raw version of 90s indie emo/post-hardcore and the ending part is a long crescendo that guides the listener to a big sounding post-rock instrumental. It just sums up everything that has been said before, both instrumentally and lyrically. I was in a very dark place when I wrote the lyrics to this one: I felt useless, kind of abandoned, I hated everything I was doing and most of all I felt replaceable. It wasn’t a good feeling. But then again, I was still here, still living, still fighting and pushing. That’s why the ending line, which closes everything said before, really is full of hope.