“Ogni paura, ogni certezza”, the new single from Italian band VOTTO comes as dense, aggressive and utterly emotional melodic screamo that’s both smart and well-calculated. Expressing their range as musicians, the new song is presented as a painful rant and then gradually soften into a choral embrace, moved and nervous. Today, we’re honored to give you its first listen, along with the band’s special feature of Top 10 Italian Emo Artists worth a solid check.
With the new song, the band introduces “the Loss” – one of the two key concepts of their new album. It’s about a lack already pondered and realized even if still to be metabolized completely. It’s a changing but constant feeling that persists in our daily lives, almost a habit conscious no longer destabilizing but always bulky.
The single comes from the band’s new album Quindi Noi Sbagliando Facemmo Giusto, out on June 25th on tape via the US indie label We’re Trying Records in collaboration withDesperate Infant Records (Hong Kong) and È un brutto posto dove vivere (IT). Italian version will be distributed by Non ti seguo Records.
For fans of: Fine Before You Came, Raein, Ojne, Riviera / Artwork by Rodrigo Almanegra
The birth of the band is full of uncertain and confused details. Arriving from neighboring provinces, they met in Piacenza in (maybe) 2018. Different reasons and events put instruments in their hands and will to play together. It’s a long story, as it were: lot of things happened before, after and in the meanwhile.
Votto are Daniele (guitar and backing vocals), Francesco (bass, vocals and screams), Matteo (guitar and backing vocals) and Samuele (drums and backing vocals). On September 11th 2020 the released Panbauletto, their first self-producted EP. It was recorded within wooden rooms, old Beatles fans and closed canteens.
Quindi Noi Sbagliando Facemmo Giusto (We Mistakenly Made It Right) is a political record in its most ethical sense; a narrative that plays with concepts such as loss and waiting. It is all about unaccepted griefs and faith in the cyclical revolutions of life. Loss is never definitive and time is always in motion, which prompts us to hold off on social relationships and projects until a fuzzy future comes into focus. But growing up forces everyone to come to terms with themselves, to being productive, living and surviving with as little remorse as possible.
“We love playing and listening to emo together.” – says the band.
“𝐻𝑒𝑟𝑒’𝑠 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑡𝑜𝑝 𝑡𝑒𝑛 𝐼𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑚𝑜 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠.”
“We love to play their songs during our friends’ parties in order to ruin them and never get invited anymore.”
We dream about their gigs at night. Best italian screamo vocals in our opinion. We scream their lyrics while driving. Matteo and Samuele once drove 153 Km to listen to them live – without knowing the gig was canceled a couple of days before.
Essential, almost ancestral screamo hung between raging guitar outbursts and MORE raging guitar outbursts. They played in Piacenza once and it was really cool. We should have opened for them that time but Samuele bailed on us and Francesco broke his knee sometime before. Daniele proposed to hire someone to underpay to do the job. We still kick ourselves for that.
“Sono un circuito chiuso peraltro pieno di resistenze” (I am a closed circuit, moreover full of [electrical? Translator’s note] resistances) is an absolute banger. Roger Moore’s favourite band, as stated in the Peace of Westphalia (1648). Thanks to them the Thirty Years War came to a conclusion.
Dope as hell. They play hard, they play fast, they are undecided on which language to sing in. Tight tempo changes, crescendos off the hook. Another great italian screamo voice.
Well, what to say. “La fine non è la fine” (“The end is not the end”) is like 21min 17sec of neurasthenia and psychosis. Momentous band. We were undecided whether to choose them or Raein cause it would be kinda redundant to choose both.
«Niente di tutto questo mi piace davvero, ma so che la mia fortuna è averlo» (“I don’t really enjoy anything of what I have, but I know it is my fortune to have it”). Lyrics as simple as straight to the point. The only ones who can use “boh” (“duh”) in lyrics and still strike a chord. Very relatable. Theatrical live performances thanks to their frontman Jacopo Lietti.
New album out now – they are the Italian screamo next big thing. They once used a Neon Genesis Evangelion sample and on another occasion they performed the miracle of starting a song emo and ending it latin-american.
“Fiato” (“Breath”) is one of the first songs we coverized. We played it in front of an audience of elders. Pretty cringe but it was worth it. We miss them like a beer on the shores of the sea or like a pair of matching socks (translated lyrics from Fiato).
Punk attitude well mixed with a trumpet. They all live in different countries but somehow always manage to reunite and do their magic. Their Motto is “MEGAPESO” (“megaweight”, or “megaheavy”. We still don’t get it – maybe it’s a bit of an inside joke of theirs). Their songs are both easygoing and nostalgic. We still don’t know how they do that.
From Piacenza just like us. Their name is taken from the animation feature film “The Twelve Tasks of Asterix” (1976). They say about themselves: “we are the new wave of italian punk”. The bassist usually kidnaps Matteo’s guitar and keeps it for months (he’s a luthier). Oniric and sometimes naive lyrics. Choruses that get stuck in your mind. Fun Fact: The singer only exists just as long as the other band members imagine him.