Black Flowers Cafe
I remember reviewing Black Flowers Cafe a while ago and being…
impressed by their unique sound and connection. There is something about the Italian band that makes you want to come back time again. The guys have their eponymous album and a run of fantastic singles under their belt – and a reputation as one of the best live bands around. I wanted to press them about the new single, Never Trust Me, and just what inspired it – it is from their new E.P., Islands (out on 28th April via Ghost Records). The boys talk about that band name and how their new material differs to their previous work. They reflect on their most-treasured memories and hint at a few artists we should be looking out for. It has been great reconnecting with the band and seeing where they are headed. Black Flowers Cafe are one of the most exciting and compelling young bands right now: sit back and hear what Gaetano, Fernando; Antonio and Angelo have to say…
Hi, guys. How are you? How have your weeks been?
Gaetano: We’re doing pretty well, I guess! The last few weeks have been quite intense. We have worked on a lot of things and it was very exciting.
Right now, we are planning other stuff but we are looking forward to this weekend – there will be a lot of news.
For those new to your music, can you introduce yourself, please?
Fernando: Here’s Fernando: I sing and play Guitar, Synth. and Percussion. There’s Gaetano who plays Bass and Percussion; Antonio on Drums and Angelo on Lead Guitar.
Where does that name, ‘Black Flowers Cafe’, come from?
Antonio: It comes from the idea of an imaginary place where to exchange influences. When we write new stuff, we try to take inspiration from a lot of things and everyone in the band brings his own background.
Can you tell me how you all got together in the first place?
Angelo: Me and Fernando are the older members of the band: we began in 2009 and then, after some self-produced stuff and some line-up changes, here we are.
Never Trust Me is your new single. Can you tell me about the inspiration behind the song?
Fernando: We wrote it in five minutes or something like that – very smooth. The concept behind the song is based on the moment when you feel that something is passed forever and childhood is only a memory.
But the emotion that you can feel again brings you to that place that is near and far away at the same time.
I believe you have an E.P., Islands, approaching. What can you reveal about that to us?
Gaetano: There will be a lot of surprises – keep your ear open.
How, would you say, your modern work differs to your earliest material?
Angelo: It has been a long process. We tried so many ways: Indie, Post-Punk; Electronic, Trip-Hop – but now we found our identity. We are in deep love with world music – Afro.-Pop and stuff like this. We are writing a lot of songs.
Who are the artists that inspired you guys growing up?
Antonio: There are so many artists but I think you should look at yourself in the mirror: put the bad things on your back and focus on the good things.
You need to be aware of your qualities and follow your own way.
Can we expect any new tour dates later this year?
Gaetano: Of course. We’re still working on details.
What have been the fondest memories for Black Flowers Cafe so far?
Fernando: The need to being ourselves; the importance of having your own voice and expressing your point of view.
Do you guys get time to unwind and take time out of music? What do you get up to in your spare time?
Angelo: Actually, some of us are studying; others are working.
What are your plans for the rest of this year?
Fernando: Building surprises!
If you had to name an album that has meant the most to each of you which would they be and why?
Antonio: I think So Long, See You Tomorrow by Bombay Bicycle Club has been very important for our change. It really opened our eyes.
Angelo: … I think Zaba, too…
Gaetano: … Yes, by Glass Animals.
Fernando: Sure. So exotic that we all fell in love with it!
What advice would you give to any new artists coming through right now?
Antonio: Just be yourself and write beautiful songs.
Who are the new acts you recommend we check out? Which song would you like me to finish with?
Gaetano: He’s not a new act but I really love Sampha‘s Blood on Me.
Fernando: I would recommend Chimes by Febueder (and Little Cub)
Antonio: Andromeda by Gorillaz
Angelo: I will suggest something older that I really love. After a long time I found their vinyl and they just came to my mind: La Gatta Cenerentola by Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare
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