(by Dawn Reed) Ciao escursionisti scena! This past week saw the return of the US TV phenom that is the Jersey Shore, from their new culla off a beaten path of Florence Italy. So get ready for a slew of new italia acronyms...TSQ? Taxi sono qui! But will any Italian bands be repped on the soundtrack of the invasion? So far, no, but there's still an epic season ahead, and here are a couple bands from 'the boot' that are semplicemente meraviglioso!
The Cut, all out on UK tour!
From Bologna, Cut is one of the bands that should easily be dominating the indie scene. Just check out this rad video "Awesome" from their last album, Annihilation Road, that proves their ability to reign in the high ranks of rock. Ferruccio Quercetti (guitar/vocals), Carlo Masu (guitar/vocals), and Francesco Bolognini (drums) have been together since 1996, and have recorded 5 albums and an EP, and have a UK tour coming up in October. In a 2008 interview with UK's The Times, Quercetti said this about the Italian rock industry, "It’s so close to itself. The problem is that it’s been hard to get Italian bands to an international audience, because there’s no structure. There are lots of good bands that lived and died in Italy without anybody noticing outside."
And keeping indie Trip-Hop alive in Bologna is the duo LetHerDive, consisting of Francesca Bono (vocals) and Matteo Trifirò aka Trif_o (beats). Filling out the live sounds, Gianluca Modica brings the bass and also contributed to some tracks on their 2010 release The Closet. A remix album of the Closet is scheduled to be out soon including remixes from PRX, Lorenzo Montana, Pois and more. Check out this live version of "The Bravest" and pop open a bottle of lemoncello because you are about to get chilled the eff out.