|Feb 02, 2017 | Thu | 17年02月02日|
|8:00 PM | 20時00分|
“Creatura” is the new album by OvO and will be released on 9 December 2016 by Dio Drone on CD, vinyl and cassette. “Creatura” comes to life as a mutant entity after a long period of gestation. Once born, its diversity becomes its strong point. Its uniqueness is not a limit: it does not create borders.
It is an album whose originality is monstrous and colossal, a natural evolution of that which OvO expressed on “Abisso”. They have explored the possibility of intersections between extreme rock and electronica, digging deep down, and now they come out with this protean birth which renders them once again uncategorizeable, on the outside of any scene or framework. Even the artwork reflects the path marked by the sound of the album, inspired by ancient and timeless symbols and iconography, by alchemical sigils of divination cards, yet with an original and identifying style. A symbolic joining with the cosmos from which every creature comes and to where everything returns in the end. It all came from an idea of Stefania Pedretti translated by the hands of Coito Negato, aka Stefano Matteoli, a Tuscan illustrator and frequent collaborator with the label.
For the release, they bet on a recently established label which best represents the new and contemporary way of making noise and the new way of “do it yourself”. The world has changed and to survive DIY must change with it while remaining proudly in opposition to the system. At the moment Dio Drone is the most lucid Italian response to this need.
OvO find themselves at the beginning of their seventeenth year of activity with very clear ideas and a will to surf a so fluid contemporary state, raising new complexities and refusing to conform. The only thing which remains undismayed is their live appearances, we’re on the brink of thousands of concerts all over the world.
“Creatura” was recorded by Lorenzo Stecconi in a barn normally used by theater companies and mixed by the testosteronic hands of Giulio Favero and polished off with mastering by Giovanni Versari. In addition to vocals and guitar, Stefania Pedretti also captured some field recordings during OvO’s tour in Vietnam. Bruno Dorella took on his usual role of playing his few pieces of drums, synth and drum machine programming and samples assembled by Dorella and Garaliya (or rather Morkobot), Riccardo Gamondi (Uochi Toki), Stefano Ghittoni (Dining Rooms), a034 and Reeks (Surgical Beat Bros, No Hay Banda Trio, Germanotta Youth). In composing the pieces, OvO used some of the methodologies of electronic music. In particular, all of the base tracks of percussion and samples were first played live and then resampled, choosing loops in such a way as to reproduce the mechanical aspect typical of electronica. On top of this Stefania added her infernal world of guitar and voice, dividing both into many layers with diverse overdubs to create the monster to which you are listening.
It is not said that in the future OvO might move to pure electronica but in any case, for the moment, they are going to take this “Creatura” all around the world for a few of years.
OvO have always been one of the most active bands in the noise rock world. Over 900 concerts and an uncertain number of releases among albums, collaborations, singles and compilations have made them well known everywhere for their originality and what they have to offer. A duo formed by a tiny possessed singer/guitarist, Stefania Pedretti, and a brute who plays half of a drum kit as if it were a full metal kit, Bruno Dorella. Their legendary concerts have taken them all over Europe, North America, Mexico, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. That which they do cannot be placed into any musical category. It is not noise, it is not metal, it is not doom, it is not punk nor is it rock and roll, even if there is a bit of all of this. It is certainly not free nor avant and even less so improv. For once you can truly say that a band is undefinable. After a few albums on their own label, Bar La Muerte, they released albums on the legendary American labels Load and Blossoming Noise, then two albums on Supernatural Cat and now the new collaboration with the latest release, “Creatura”.
They have collaborated and played with some of the largest names of contemporary experimental rock and have written soundtracks for cinema (Nosferatu, Frankenstein) and theater (“Aeneis V”, Teatro Lenz).
With “Creatura” they continue to follow and develop a vein in which heavy rock mixes naturally and originally with electronics, maintaining OvO an extraneous and mysterious object in the worldwide scene going on 18 years now.
Martin Philadelphy Guitar
Jeremy Carlstedt Drums
Irwin Menken Bass
Where the free jazz caravan dropped off a Sonny Sharrock-like guitar tone near a Williamsburg Brooklyn indie rock spot with instructions to respect the spaces around and between the notes you will find the duo Giant Dwarf. On their Engine Studios debut drummer Jeremy Carlstedt, a long time protege of master drummer Chico Hamilton and guitarist Martin Philadelphy composer, songwriter, producer, evoke all manner of moods — slow epic earth/space travelling, some indie rock shimmy shake, the floating of textures and waves, old school freak punk throwdown and even some swinging.
Giant Dwarf is a ragged funhouse grab bag of duo guitar/drum sound for your listening pleasure.
Giant Dwarf’s guitar/drums duo record addresses on of the biggest problems with indie music — lack of playing ability. Carlstedt, Menken and Philadelphy mix improvisation and stoner rock with freak punk and textured ambient work.
alex ( voc, git ) und catta ( dr, electronic ) spielen seit 1996 in verschiedenen formationen und im duo zusammen – seit 2011 unter dem namen runes