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Interviews: REALITY GREY


On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Metal band, REALITY GREY from Italy. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Being a 18/20 year old kid in southern Italy at the end of the 90’s and early 2000’s was not easy at all, no jobs, a lot of crime, apathy, no future. That’s where the name comes from, it comes from a grey, dull and hopeless reality, and we all were experiencing that at the time.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

We didn’t want to play a specific genre of metal. We just wanted our music to be extreme, groovy and melodic at the same time.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

No, I’ve actually got to know Tommy and Alex (the original members along with me) because I was searching for members for a new project. My previous band split up in 2003 and after a year or so I decided to put up a new project. Through friends in common I got to meet them and we just started from there. In 2011 we got Albo in the band after our other guitar player quit. We knew Albo very well so it was natural to ask him to be part of the band. Francesco got in the band as our drummer in 2016, we didn’t know him also because he lives quite far from our headquarters. A dear friend of mine she showed me some footage of him playing with another band. I just asked him if he would join us, that simple.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Hard question, I don’t have THE favourite band, I would say Children of Bodom has been an inspiration for me. Albo’s favourite is Pantera, Tommy’s Architects, Alex loves Dream Theater, Francesco is a lot into downtempo deathcore.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

I personally take inspiration from whatever I listen to. For the new album “Beneath This Crown” I was hugely influenced by sci-fi soundtracks.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was in September 2020 in Bari (Italy). It happened just before the government started to apply strict measures again. We had a sold out show. The venue had to apply social distancing measures and a lot of people were sent back home because the venue reached the max capacity allowed. It was cool but a bit weird.

7. Where would you like to act?

We would go touring in the States, it’s something we dreamt of since the start. We’d love to play big festivals like Wacken or HellFest of course.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

I can only speak for myself, I would be glad to have Per Nilsson doing a guest guitars solo on one of our songs, or Alexi Laiho. For the latter we will never have the pleasure. RIP.

9. Whom not?

Ahah, I don’t know? Maybe lil’ Wayne? Or some whiny indie rock singer?

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

I don’t recall having stage fright per se, probably at the very beginning yes. One thing a clearly recall was having my hands totally “frozen” like ice cold, and I was worried that I couldn’t perform at my best. Maybe that was my stage fright. I have my routine before hitting the stage, do some stretching 30 minutes before the show, hands, arms legs and neck (very important ahaha). If you concentrate on that you will forget about the stage fright.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

At the beginning we were listening a lot to Children of Bodom, Inflames, At The Gates, I’m still a huge fan of those bands. Lately we started to incorporate more of the modern stuff like Architects, Peryphery and the new progressive movement or djent.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

One day a dude came to me right after the gig with this picture of me in a golden frame or something, he wanted me to sign it. I thought it was a joke from some of my friends and I was very suspicious, but it turned out it was totally legit ahaha That was a weird moment. Another weird episode was this dude from Brazil that sent us a message that he wanted us to send him our “Define Redemption” record along with 2 or 3 t-shirt, but he had no money to pay for it. I guess he had his peculiar point of view of being a “fan”.

13. What do you think of your fans?

I think they give their best at shows. They’re always there sweating with us. It’s a symbiotic thing that is very rewarding, something that is hard to feel in any other situation in life.

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s a very cool site, I’m glad that you are able to cover different genres and subgenres. Also, glad to see you don’t get into that annoying “metal gossip news” that are very popular nowadays but in my opinion they have nothing to do with the metal movement. Leave that to gossip magazines.

15. Something add?

Yes, thank your for having us, we really appreciate.

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Our new album “Beneath This Crown” will be out on May 7th 2021 through Blood Blast powered by Nuclear Blast, here’s the pre-save link https://backl.ink/144305702 Stay safe and stay metal!

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