WHO ARE MERENDINE ATOMICHE AS BAND MEMBERS?
Merendine Atomiche are in order of when they join the band: Luca Cerardi, founder member (drums), Luca Zandarin founder member (vocals), David Bisson (lead guitar), Dario Bianchi (bass), Luca Securo (rhythm guitar)
WHEN DID YOU HAVE FOUNDED THE BAND?
In 1995. we were five school mates and we started for fun.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE VERY FIRST BEGINNING OF BAND...
We were as I said above five school mates. The first time we thought to start a band was in late 1993 when we saw one of our friends play drums with his band during a school party. In summer 1994 I started to play drums for fun and it didn't work. I left for a couples of months. During the fall of the same year another pal convinced me to play and to start a band. In february 1995 we all started to go to music school and in that days of february the band born. In the early days was very difficult cause we played for fun but day by day I understood I would try to play music. I like it and I didn't want to do only for fun of "for the chicks". During the next years we had many problems with the line up cause nobody want to play serioulsy so until the fall of 1999 we didn't have a very good and strong line up. From october 1999 everything changed and we started to work hard with our music to try to play what we like and to try to improve as best as possible so advance in the music.
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR PREVIOUS RECORDING-EFFORTS?
We recorded a demo tape in 1997 called "demo 1997" with four songs sang in italian. We played a kind of thrash hardcore music but we didn't follow this disk. It was the first one and it had not a good reviews. After the band broke up for a day in 1998, when we reformed, we thought to enjoy and get experience so we decided to play Metallica. We bacame tribute band and we recorded a tribute album in 1999. In 2000 we back to play our own music and we released a mini cd with five melodic thrash metal songs called "The Holy Metal". This time the lyrics was in english. IN 2003, we recorded the first full lenght album "Walk across fire" with eight thrash Metal songs and now in this 2006 we just released our new album and second full lenght "Raw" with eleven thrash/hard rock/hardcore songs.
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR FOLLOWING?
Now we're working hard over "Raw" the last effort of the band. It has been release on may 19th in Europe and today, august 21st in North America. All are appreciating the album and we're very happy. We still work over the promotion for the next months and from january 2007 we will start work full time over the new one who we think to record next summer.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTS IN YOUR HISTORY?
Achieve a dream. We played in United States in 2004 at metal Meltdown festival in New Jersey supporting Testament and Obituary and sleep in the same hotel of the "rock stars". It was a dream for us. Nobody thought we can reach anything but working hard we had the chance to make it true. Playing in Usa and with the thrash legends has been the best goal we accomplished. I hope it was the first one.
HOW TO INTRODUCE YOUR NEW ALBUM?
A great solid album. We worked hard for have the best sound possible, strong and heavy and we think we get it. Then we lost many times on the particular things and we made all in the right way. We choose the studio, the producer to have the best cd possible. About music we tried to play what we like with any borders. We mix Thrash metal and his speed with the melodic parts but also with many influencese of Hard rock never forgotting the heavy sound of the hardcore.
THE SOUND IS QUITE VARIED, RIGHT?
Yes, we all come from different experience but, in the early days probably we all came from the Hard rock. In the early 90es and mid of them we grew with Ugly Kid Joe, Ac/dc, Motely crue, Guns and roses and then we pass to Pantera, Metallica and all of thrash bay area. Probably now we are re discovering the old sound and we like all. we like hard rock, we like old thrash and we like the new hardcore, so without boundaries we tried to play what we like. We didn't want to play any genres but only what we like, what we felt and we got it.
THE ROOTS OF YOUR SOUND IS IN THRASH METAL...
Yes, when we started we were all devoted to thrash bay area but as I said when we started to listen music we were all hard rock fans so I can say we grew up with these two different roots. Obvioulsy when you are 15 to 17 you want to conquer the world and you prefer to stay on the strong part, heavy, thrash, headbanging so yes it was thrash metal and thrash really speed.
WHAT'S ABOUT THE PRODUCTION OF ALBUM?
Well after the last album we thought we were not satisfied of the sound of the album. We decided to work better over the music and be less concentrate on live shows. We left to perform and we started to prepare a budget in the right way and focusing only in the most important thing to have a great album in all of its parts. So we decided to stay in Italy first to record the album. When we were in Sweden we enjoyed very much producing "Walk across fire" but we had some problems cause we cannot stay there for long time so it was not worthy for the album. This time we stayed home, we talked our language, we knew the place and we tried many different things who helped us to be confortable and find the right way. We choose a producer who can get us his experience and who can help us in this progress so we thought step by step on all with the support of our american manager who helped us for all this period between 2004 and now.
ANY PARTICULAR CONCEPT CONCERNING THE ALBUM?
No, we talked about our lifes in this album. Above all the most inspiring things came from our experience in Usa and Canada in 2004 and then we add some more lyrics from the past or wrote together when we back from America. No concept. We thought also to be always positive and talk less of the problems of the World. We just try to smile and be positive.
WHAT'S THE MOOD OF IT?
The mood is to fight for your dreams but beeing happy the most you can. Life is once and you gotta live it not only work or fight. There is a time for everything so in some lyrics we tried to push people to follow their dreams, in someone we thought to talk about girls and fun cause life is also this and sometimes we talked about us that we didn't usually do in the past records. So all is positive and funny. The cover show it. We want to keep our roots in it. No more skulls, black face or bad word, just enjoy with cows! They are our past, our farm roots. We all live in North east corn field and we grew up with corn and cows so we just think it can keep our roots, be funny and different from all the normal metal stuff.
THE MOST SALIENT ASPECTS OF YOUR NEW ALBUM?
We grew like musician, we tried to produce good music. We didn't focus on play live, try to be known as much as possible, we forgot that idea and we concentrate on the music, just in the music. We are searching the "groove". I want find the groove so music first. With "Raw" we made a big step ahead, the first one toward the "groove".
WHAT'S ABOUT THE FEEDBACK?
Actually awesome. All are appreciating the disc, in Europe but also in America. We got a really great feedback from all the big and small magazines so we are really happy. We had our first endorsment and we signed with a label who gave us the chance to put our record for the first time in the stores in Europe and America so we are very happy and we hope to reach other big things with "raw".
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SOUND?
The same I wanna communicate with my name. All of us if we believe in a dream we can do it. Ac/dc sang in the first song of "High voltage" :
"It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock n roll". That's right.
Life is this but if you have a dream don't leave it, fight for it, believe, work, sweat, try. We can loose and we can fail, we can fall and we can be upset but everything is in our mind. We can get it so be always positive, live your life, appreciate the small things of life but never give up. Be honest and respect all so when you will get your dreams everything will be awesome and also if you don't get you lived in the best and in the right way possible with no regrets.
A tour in Europe in november. We got not the schedule complete and the confirmation but we hope to go. We will re start to play wherever is possible in Italy and than we will concentrate on next records. We would back in Usa with the next one.
YOUR LIFE'S PHILOSOPHY?
Work hard but but keep your feet on the ground and taste all the small things that life gives. Friendship, family, a smile, a moment... just live life. Try to improve but with balance. The most important thing in this life is the few good moments you can have so never forgot the small things. They will be the basement of your future and obvioulsy if you have a dream , follow it. You don't have another chance to get it. I don't have proof of another world. Study, that helps your mind to not believe in what the smarts want you believe. It's always up to you. Be respectfull of world, people and be honest cause honesty make stronger the courage and the happiness.
THE FUTURE OF THE BAND?
Still promoting "Raw" and try to go on tour. Play as much as possible and then back in studio for the next records.
ANY LAST REMARKS?
Thanks for the support and a big hug to all of our fans and friends.