Interviews About Albums: Feldspar - Old City New Ruins (2024)

In this new interview, we sat down with the Italian Hardcore band Feldspar to ask questions about their album, "Old City New Ruins".

1. What can you say about this new LP/CD?

There is darkness as well as joy and affirmation of life. The music is aggressive and at times very emotional and melodic, the main vocals are screamed and at times liberating and celestial, and the lyrics can be angry or very calm and reflective. In general, Feldspar has a dual approach to everything. In short, we faithfully represent the complexity we experience, avoiding excessive simplifications.

2. What is the meaning of the LP/CD name?

Thank you for the question. "Old City New Ruins" is not only the title but also the concept that encompasses many of the stories collected and told in the album. We are based in Rome, Italy, where ancient ruins have been celebrated for millennia and commercialized for centuries. We wanted to bring a perspective and showcase the "new ruins" of contemporary living in the "old city", that is, Rome.

3. Who in the band is the main composer of the LP/CD?

Our creative process begins with Stefano coming up with musical ideas. Then I (Riccardo) join in, crafting the vocals and harmonies, which are a structural element of the band. We adapt the piece together and then pre-produce it. At that point, we pass the ball to the others, who step in and contribute to the final writing.

4. If you had to pick one song as your favorite, which one would you pick?

DEAD FRIENDS STILL ALIVE, our next single.

5. Is there a special message in this LP/CD? If there is what is it?

There isn't a single overarching message in these songs, as each one explores very different themes. However, a common thread can be found in the critical perspective on contemporary life and the search for remedies that only collective efforts can develop. Each track offers a reflection on various aspects of our society, highlighting the challenges and contradictions that define our time. Through a critical lens, these songs invite the listener to question their own role within the social context and to consider the potential of collective work as a response to current issues.

6. Are there some lyrics that you'd love to share?

I am very fond of this part, which is a spoken word section at the end of our first single 'Cobblestones':

‘Imagine living in a city that looks skeptically at the shape the world is taking, reminding you constantly that empires rise and fall. that prosperity is measured in millions of years, not in quarters, and what really matters here is knowing that the people you love know you're there for them. Rome oh Rome.’

7. Which inspirations have been important for this album? Like musically or friends, family, someone you'd love to thank especially?

Well, the entire Roman ecclesiastical hierarchy has been a great inspiration, lol.

8. Something to add?

Don't get tired of supporting your community of fate!

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