Interviews: The Aurora

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Metalcore/Post-Hardcore band The Aurora 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, did you plan it or came out just like that?

The name comes from Alessandro, years ago.

He was trying to create this project "The Aurora" with other musicians around Ferrara's scene. Then the project was stuck until about 4 years ago when Paul and Alessandro found themselves making an experimental song entitled "Swinger".

A sort of comeback of their journey into the world of Metal and similar.

Then Ricky, long-time friend, guitarist, and voice of Fankaz as well as the owner of Titans Lab Recording Studio and Too Loud Records, proposed to Paul and Alessandro some special instrumentals that he had created for another artist. 

That project wasn't completed and in the end, these instrumentals gave life to the first The Aurora album "The Crowd" and the official inclusion of Ricky in The Aurora project.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We are all passionate about Rock/Metal and similar music despite having some different backgrounds. Ricky has his own band Fankaz which ranges from Punk-rock/Skatepunk to some shades of modern metal. Alessandro has crossed multiple genres over time, being a guitarist as well as a singer. Paul has always been a very extreme singer.

He has ranged from NuMetal and Post-rock up to his current band DaysGone.

PS: Alessandro and Paul were part of the Metalcore band Pride Of Haka. So basically we are all been friends for a long time.

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

Yes, absolutely. We've known each other for a long time and shared stages with our respective bands many years ago.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

For Ricky definitely, Counterparts.
For Alessandro, The Amity Affliction, Architects.
For Paul instead, Deftones.
But we've all quite similar tastes in terms of listening.
So we share most of the bands currently in vogue.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Basically in the songs we talk about themes that are sometimes dark and sometimes happy. In some cases, the environment and current environmental problems are also mentioned. But generally, these are songs with very personal lyrics from everyday life. For what concerns the instrumental parts, let's say that Ricky basically creates songs for many bands and usually we work on finished tracks where Paul and Alessandro add their taste for vocals and lyrics.

6. Where was your last gig?

We haven't done live shows yet since it's a studio project for now. But if you want us on stage we're here!

7. Where would you like to act?

Of course on important Italian and foreign stages. Alcatraz in Milan just to name one and maybe even at Rock I'm Ring or at Wacken... But we need to work a lot to get to those stages and we believe that working in this way is the right choice. 

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

I think it applies to all of Aurora that our current target is with big-caliber bands such as Counterparts, The Amity Affliction, Architects, SpiritBox, and many other groups of that style. It would be great to be able to share the stage with such powerful bands.

9. Whom not?

We have no discrimination in this sense. Music is an important key to our lives and must be done by expressing concrete and not vulgar values. We probably won't share the stage with political groups. We are totally far from those messages. We believe there are still some good values in this rotten world.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

None of us remember something like "fright stage", we are really determined to put all our passion into music, and playing on stage is definitely something we love. The only tip that we feel to share with a beginner is, to take a deep breath and focus on your music. Then everything will be fine and natural.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Mainly the bands mentioned in the fourth question. So Counterparts, The Amity Affliction, Deftones, and Architects are just part of the bands we listen to.

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

Honestly, fans have never asked us anything. Also, as previously mentioned, The Aurora is a studio project rather than a live show. But you never know maybe in the future we will be on stage. Right now the only request is under our lyric video where a fan asked us for more "breakdown".

13. What do you think of your fans?

We thank them every day for the support they give us and for the positive feedback they send us. Thanks, everyone again.

14. What do you think of our site?

Breathing the Core is one of the best websites for heavy music. So for us, it's definitely an honor being on the website with an interview. You made us really happy.

15. Something to add?

There will definitely be new songs coming. We still have enough material. For now, go to Spotify or your favorite streaming service and listen our the new EP Maunder Minimum. These are the first three of a series of songs that will be released over time.

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