Interview with PUTRIDITY

Interview with PUTRIDITY

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Photo: Paola Carraro

Hi! Your music is known for its extreme technicality and intensity. Can you walk us through the process of creating a song, from initial concept to finished product?
Hello! Putridity was born with the aim to represent all what’s rotten. Every song has different kind of approach writing-wise. It may starts from a guitar riff, or a snare beat otherwise an entire structure could get spinning in my head so I write drums to jam it on guitar to hear how it could sound and I make demos then all the magic gets real when we start practicing as a band, that’s always the best.

Your lyrics often deal with themes of gore and brutality. What inspires you to write about these topics, and how do you approach crafting the lyrics for your songs?
Well, gore and brutality belongs to death metal ever since. I like my music to be disturbing, that was the aim of certain bands I was inspired by back in the days. History has plenty of sick memorabilia to sing along.

What do you think your music reveals about humanity’s relationship with the darker aspects of our existence? Is there value in exploring these themes through art and music?
I’ve been an all time death metal freak since a kid and I like my metal to be heavy, ugly, weird and aggressive so I’d say it fits quite right.

Your music often depicts graphic scenes of bodily dismemberment and decay. What do you think this says about our relationship with our own bodies and mortality, and how do you approach exploring these themes in your lyrics and visuals?
Putridity is what will remain hahahah!

Can you tell us about a particularly challenging moment in your career as a band, and how you overcame it?
There have been lots of changes in the lineup. I went into “riff stagnation”, also my work situation wasn’t the best, then a long time friend joined the band on guitar for a while and we wrote Molten Mirrors off the new album together, that’s been the boost to get on the piles of riffs buried in folders. I am always blessed by having talented musicians on board and now we can’t wait to get to record the new album.

How has your approach to songwriting and recording changed since your debut album in 2007?
I’d say it’s basically the same old approach, even if technology helps a lot, you can have incredible sounds on a DAW just with plugins, which could be great as well but I keep thinking it’s a simulation, so we still use real tubes.
First 3 albums were recorded at Dave’s room, now all the bands I work with I use to record em with “L’OSSARIO” which is Rob-S, he’s the wizard behind the desk.

What do you think sets your music apart from other bands in BDM genre, and how do you stay innovative in a crowded scene?
Thank you very much! Innovative do you say? I think I just try to keep it true as itself which could mean nothing and everything. Ha!

How important is it for you to have a consistent sound and aesthetic throughout your music and visuals, such as album artwork and merchandise?
Music is all about the sound, but since the music is so intense it requires very deep intensity of representation to get such shocking value.

You’ve mentioned that you revisited old material for the EP. Can you tell us about the decision to revisit these songs, and how you approached reworking them for “Greedy Gory Gluttony”?
Yeah we did re-recorded one song from the first album and one from the second. We kept ’em as they were and we redid old songs to showcase ’em along with the two new songs on the EP played by the new lineup, unfortunately Cedic couldn’t record his part so we had Nikhil Talwalkar.

Cedric Malebolgia is known for his technical skill and precision. Can you tell us about his contributions to the band’s sound, and how you work together to create such complex and punishing music?
Cedric is a hell of a drummer! Our sound 50% consists of kick/snare precision so the guy is perfect, unfortunately working together is not so easy due to the distance. I’m based in Turin and he lives in Cannes so when we meet for rehearsal we spend lot of time practicing patterns all over again.

What do you hope listeners take away from “Greedy Gory Gluttony,” both musically and thematically?
GGG wanted to be a tribute to the 18 years of the band to present the new lineup.

You’ve mentioned that the EP serves as an anticipation for your upcoming album, “Morbid Ataraxia.” Can you tell us about the themes and sounds that fans can expect from the album?
“Morbid Ataraxia” is a trippy vision of the oxymoronic nature of humanity and the cycle of creation.

Your music often deals with dark and violent themes. How do you balance that with the need to create art that is engaging and thought-provoking?
All of the arts have to “bleed” somehow in my opinion, so it’s perfectly balanced by itself, lyrics should lay on to create the image, and once you’ve got the image, goal is set.

What do you think makes the Italian metal scene unique, and how has it influenced your music and approach to creating art? Thank you!
Italian metal scene has always been going, there’s lots of old-school veterans and we have really good bands. “Unfortunately” not much people into it, but that’s not supposed to be for everybody. Thank you for a cool interview!

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