Bloody Mary is a band from Italy and one
of the first signings to Cradle of Filth bassist, Dave Pybus' new label
SixSixSix Records. They play a Goth Metal punctuated by singer Aldebran's
deathly detached vocals --- sort of like a warmer Peter Steele. Their debut
record is full of heavy melodic songs that ring in your ears long after
it's done. I spoke with lead singer Aldebran recently about their debut
record "Blood 'n' Roll".
antiMusic: Can you sum up the essence
or mission statement, as it were, of Bloody Mary into one or two sentences?
Bloody Mary: Can we sum up Bloody
Mary in one or two sentences??? If only we could!!! At the moment we're
drowning in thanks - thanks to the people who have helped us, to the people
who have believed in us
..and thanks to the people who have continued to
serve us beer after the bell has been rung. We're lucky to have such people
around. Bloody Mary isn't just a group of musicians; it's a group of realisers.
antiMusic: How did the band come to
be an entity?
Bloody Mary: Well, in all honesty,
the band isn't an entity per se - it's more of an ENTIRETY. No pun intended,
but it goes back to the previous response - it's taken time and patience
on the part of many people to realize what we have together. Patience and
beer, that is.
antiMusic: Can you give a line or two
about each song --- either the idea behind it or something special about
Bloody Mary: A line or two about
each song, eh? Christ! Is it not enough that we slave away for five f---ing
years and NOW have sum them up in one line??? Give us a break, man!!! Ok
fine, have it your way. We'll try, but we don't promise to clarify (in
short, we're Italians and we refuse to explain things in a simple way).
Icy Blue (excellent song by the
way): Go to the bar.
Drops (equally awesome): Go to the
bar; get a drink.
I won't be unfeeling: Go to the
bar; get another drink.
Cease to Burn: Apologise to the
girl you've just insulted; get another drink.
It's too late: *see previous explanation
- work it out from there*
Judas Spite (another excellent one):
In seriousness, a hard-worked piece. Took much of our patience and power
to create, based on the way we felt in that precise moment in time - we
entered a period in which the Bloody Family was getting used to the inability
to be together always. The family was growing out of our hands.
The Second Chance: Err
really know. We'll leave this one as a gift. Of sorts.
Learning to fly: Get back to the
bar; get a drink.
Little sister: aaahh
one as you please.
Before the rain: Our most developed
piece. A track that shows progress (in our view) that reflects the whole
group mission - all-changing and never lessening. The ONLY way to finish
our debut album.
antiMusic: Why did you choose to sign
with SixSixSix Records? Did the inclusion of Dave Pybus have any attraction,
considering his background?
Bloody Mary: The reality here is
not that Dave Pybus is "that guy from Cradle of Filth", but instead he
is a man who has impressed us with his belief and presence. He is someone
we consider as a friend an craftsman, one who has worked hard not just
for his own position, but for his knowledge of the whole idea of music
into the new century.
antiMusic: Aldebran, you, obviously,
have a Robert Smith/H.I.M. quality about your voice. It is one of the most
discerning features of your band. Is this an affected style or do you naturally
sound like that?
Bloody Mary: The voice? Well, the
voice is the voice. I'd love to say I got it from the local video shop,
but in reality it's simply my own voice. The aforementioned singers are
great and all that stuff, but at the end of the day it comes from my simple
love of singing. It's what I love doing.
antiMusic: I like your lyrics very much.
Are you one of those people who bangs out lyrics on command, or do you
have to be truly inspired to do so?
Bloody Mary: Lyrics don't just come
from nowhere, as any competent musician can tell you. The lyrics come from
the same place as the music - it happens when things in life arrive in
a headspace in which I feel I can express myself clearly. It depends on
the moment; I have to feel compelled to do it.
antiMusic: There is a mature quality
about your band which is rare for a new group. Do you agree and if so,
what do you attribute it to?
Bloody Mary: We've been together
for some time now (well, five years actually) and we've always taken heed
of the things we need to do to grow as a group. Obviously we have a hell
of a long way to go, but we're happy with the way we've started.
antiMusic: Considering the band was
formed in 2000, has the band deviated from your initial idea of how it
Bloody Mary: There was always a
sound we wanted to create, and we've been fortunate in finding such collaborators
who helped us to realise our ideas.
antiMusic: What effect does coming from
Italy have on your sound or does it make a difference? Is there an Italian
Bloody Mary: Look, we're not flying
the 'tri-colour' flag, and for this we don't go around saying 'hey, cop
a load of us - we're Italians!' We don't consider our sound to be of any
particular nation, and that's what we feel about this whole genre of music
- it should not be a case of nations introducing nationalism through music.
That serves very little. So no - there is no difference!
antiMusic: Is Bloody Mary a band built
for the stage, the studio, or both?
Bloody Mary: Both, in honesty. There
are things to know about Bloody Mary from what we produce in the studio,
and then there is the 'other side' we create on stage. We like to think
that we have diverse things to offer, from the CD to the stage.
antiMusic: What interesting little incidents
happened while recording your record?
Bloody Mary: Incidents in the studio?
Nothing of great significance. Oh yeah, the sound engineer is making fantastic
progress after his psychotic episode. Now he can stay outside for a whole
hour, and we can feed him fish sticks too. A great story for the Telethon.
Wasn't our fault, see. He never told us that he was of a nervous disposition,
though maybe Aldebran took advantage of his issues. 'Nuff said!!!
antiMusic: Who would you most ideally
like to tour with?
Bloody Mary: We'd love to tour with
some gypsies. Maybe dancing monkeys too. Could be a good collaboration,
no? Well, in seriousness perhaps The Cult.
antiMusic: What has been the highlight
of your career so far?
Bloody Mary: The highlight of our
career so far would be the 'police chase' after a concert in Reggio Emilia!!!
No, ok. Playing live in England was pretty damn good. It brought us many
new possibilities, so it's something we don't forget.
antiMusic: What are the plans for the
next year or so?
Bloody Mary: For the next year we
would love to tour "Blood 'n' Roll", as is being organised by our never-tiring
label Six Six Six. And then? Another album!
antiMusic: Thank you so much for taking
the time, guys. We really appreciate it. I look forward to hearing from
you and to perhaps seeing you live on your first North American tour, hopefully
Bloody Mary: We thank you so much
for support, patience and opportunities. We'd love to get to meet you...on
antiMusic would like to thank Bloody Mary
for this interesting interview. antiMusic would also like to thank Dave
Pybus from SixSixSix Records for facilitating the interview.
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