“Testarossa” is the first album by screamo band MEO, a sports car thrown full throttle towards a cliff, a screamo assault that teeters hysterically on the edge between implosion and explosion, falters, stumbles but remains upright and continues to run unabated. Today, we’re thrilled to give you the first taste of the record, with the title-track premiere below!
The album covers the fundamental themes of the genre, including life, death and love. The only odd exception is the title track, dedicated to a distant and now unreachable friend. A work in which the fatalistic pessimism of a black and white vision is hindered by the eagerness of a biting, limitless youth. Small felines who feel like tigers but don’t despise some cuddles, so the violent outbursts that introduce the album open up to more melancholic and contemplative moments, affectionate reveries to fight loneliness together, an embrace that vibrates with the purr of the amplifiers.
After a long build-up, the album is finally being released digitally and on vinyl by a large international collective of DIY labels. See the list of parties involved below.
MEO’s debut album releases this Friday, April 29th via a number of great independent music labels: Dischi Decenti / Non Ti Seguo Records / Longrail Records / Fresh Outbreak Records / Troppistruzzi / Seaside Suicide (FRA) / Entes Anomicos (ESP) / LongLegsLongArms (JAP) / Desperate Infant Records (Hong Kong) / Missed Out Records (USA)
For fans of: Raein, Loma Prieta, Verme
The ingredients behind MEO come from different musical coordinates but which almost accidentally come together in an emo/screamo sound that reconciles violence and sweetness, aggression and fragility. Lonely and independent stray cats in search of food and love.
In Turin, Alessandro and Marco started playing together at the age of 13, launching into various projects including a Pantera cover band. The two are joined by Federico, Alessandro’s schoolmate from the first year of high school, they start playing together but they are both guitarists so Federico will improvise as bass player. In 2019 the band records their first album whose release is postponed until today. In 2021 Marco suspends his music-related activities for personal reasons, and is replaced by his mutual friend Edoardo, his roommate (and Alessandro’s former roommate).