WWNBB @ SXSW – our label’s showcase in Austin

We bet that among the “5 things you didn’t expect from SXSW 2017” there will soon be a “Wait a second: did you say this stuff is from Italy?” – The showcase of a small independent record label curiously called We Were Never Being Boring will show you a side of Italy – and in a broader way an approach to music – you didn’t know could exist around the boot.

Friday, March 17th at The Sidewinder (inside), We Were Never Being Boring collective (aka WWNBB) presents six bands that will bring a great deal of good music, from indie-rock to electronic, from psychedelic lo-fi to indie-pop, and everything in between: a little festival inside the festival!

BIRTHH (https://www.facebook.com/birthhofficial)
Alice Bisi debuted her project at SXSW 2016 when she was not even allowed to see half of the shows because of her then 19 years of age. Since that first appearance she has been continuously playing shows, bringing her music to many prestigious European festivals (Ment, Eurosonic, Ypsigrock, to name a few). In March, she’s going to be back in Austin for SXSW 2017 amidst a year that is already full of unwinding surprises. The debut album Born in the Woods has received international praise, due to its’ breathtaking lyrics and vibrating sounds–a recipe for becoming completely absorbed in the songs.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UblL3uxZYI
Live: http://concert.arte.tv/fr/birthh-au-festival-eurosonic?language=fr
Streaming: https://wewereneverbeingboring.bandcamp.com/album/wwnbb-078-born-in-the-woods

Dizzyride (http://www.dizzyride.com)
Nicola and Zoë live in Brooklyn where their paths met a few years back. She comes from Montreal, Canada; he is from Venice, Italy. This is their first project together and their music can be described as lo-fi dream pop. Their songs are the perfect soundtrack to those endless nights in which you meet tons of incredible people and in your head are already writing a movie about all of them. Dizzyride just released their eponymous debut album and they are at the moment on tour in the US.
Video: https://youtu.be/WLaIZqol3Qg
Streaming: https://wewereneverbeingboring.bandcamp.com/album/wwnbb-083-dizzyride

Echopark (https://www.facebook.com/theechopark)
Antonio Elia Forte lives in London, but his Mediterranean roots are vibrant in his passionate and at times euphoric way to face and dismantle synth-pop’s standard forms, and, while doing so, riding along walls of guitars built layer after layer after layer… Antonio is restless and never stops playing, reinventing, pushing the boundaries, and having fun. His sophomore album, Ties, out on March 10th, is a perfect gem that couldn’t debut on a better stage than that of SXSW.
Video:  https://youtu.be/DaolFvEcL7E
Streaming: https://wewereneverbeingboring.bandcamp.com/album/wwnbb-085-ties

Weird Black (https://www.facebook.com/weirdblackband)
This four piece from Rome plays a joyous psych-pop with a great passion for the Beatles and the Canterbury scene. Captain Luca Di Cataldo is a never ending volcano of ideas and songs, and while he is finalizing with Don Bolles (Ariel Pink, The Germs) the band’s sophomore album, set for release in the spring, it looks like there’s more and more urgent songs coming out right before SXSW. We couldn’t be happier to be facing the incoming spring with more surrealistic songs!
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ResJ_dNA0g
Streaming: https://wewereneverbeingboring.bandcamp.com/album/wwnbb-071-hy-brazil

Halfalib (https://www.facebook.com/halfalib)
Marco Giudici might be a familiar face to some, for his bass playing with the band Any Other, but his solo project Halfalib is still somewhat mysterious even if the tracks are already scattered across the web and the physical album is on its way to the stores. Halfalib’s music floats between Chris Cohen and Mercury Rev inside a shiny cloud of its’ own, still transforming and doused with mystery.
Streaming: https://wewereneverbeingboring.bandcamp.com/album/wwnbb-084-malamocco)

TIGER! SHIT! TIGER! TIGER! (https://www.facebook.com/wearetstt)
We are long time admirers of this band even though it’s not part of our label-family (they have released with the awesome To Lose La Track and MiaCameretta Records), we are very excited they will be joining us to bring on stage their indie-rock à la Sonic Youth / Dinosaur Jr. A perfect energy shaker condensed in a 40 minutes set, like their latest album “Corners”, should be played cranked up to volume 11!
Video: https://youtu.be/eCqlLpCGskA
Streaming: https://miacameretta.bandcamp.com/album/tiger-shit-tiger-tiger-corners

Polaroid DJ (https://www.facebook.com/polaroidallaradio)
Enzo Baruffaldi, from his hometown of Bologna, curates since 2001 the indie music blog “polaroid” (the nod is to Douglas Coupland’s “Polaroids From The Dead” and Belle & Sebastian’s “Ink Polaroids”, not the camera…) and a weekly radio show on Radio Città del Capo. In 2014, a survey conducted by Styleofsound.com included polaroid in the list of the “100 most influential blogs worldwide”. He wrote for Rolling Stone and various other magazines and webzines. When he djs he usually mixes indiepop and Northern Soul, and basically spends the entire set going back and forth from the dancefloor.
Blog: www.polaroid.blogspot.com
Podcast: https://polaroidpodcast.wordpress.com/

The beautiful artwork used for the poster is by artist Denis Riva, masterfully arranged graphically by Rossella Merighi.

Halfalib – Malamocco

WWNBB#084 - Malamocco by Halfalib

 Halfalib is Marco Giudici‘s solo project, debuting with the stunning Malamocco, an album able to surprise and excite with its dreamy atmospheres, sonic experimentations and sweet pop. Eight unpredictable tracks that can bring to mind the likes of Mercury Rev and Chris Cohen, with an approach to music that seems without limitations and can blend the warmth of a saxophone with the more direct electronics – clear pianos in a whirlwind of samples, lush strings that seem stolen from a sci-fi soundtrack and lo-fi divertissements. “I tired to write Malamocco without any pre-set boundary, but at the same time with an homogeneous sound. Adele Nigro (from the band Any Other in which Marco plays bass) has been a determining figure while writing the album, both from an emotional and a practical point of view; despite her unconventional half-in half-out role, the added brains and soul of this album are hers. Mattia Savelli took care of the graphics and has been a great help. With him I share ideas and approach; we often found each other thinking alike despite coming from different experiences as he doesn’t come from the music world. Niccolò Fornabaio at the drums, and Roberto Dibitonto at the saxophone added an incredible lot the the parts that I wrote but were left open to interpretation; they really out their heart in the interpretation  and you can definitely hear that on the album.”

“Halfalib is simply who I am, a 25 year old introvert born and raised in Milan, Italy. Malamocco is an album about high density emotional communication, of conflicting egos and their outcomes, with the outside world and with oneself. From the extreme of feeling lost , without an anchor, alienated from all the aspect of one’s personality, to the opposite of having a strong ego, being an anchor, following the instinct.”

Malamocco is out now on a very limited edition of 100 copies 12″ pressed on milky clear vinyl,  and digitally via your favorite streaming or download service.

Listen / Buy the album [EU]

Listen / Buy the album [US]

  Marco Giudici, già bassista degli Any Other, esordisce con un album solista a nome Halfalib che stupisce ed emoziona, tra sperimentazioni soniche, atmosfere sognanti e improvvise dolcezze pop. Mercury Rev e Chris Cohen sono tra i primi nomi che vengono in mente mentre ci si perde dentro queste otto imprevedibili tracce. Un’idea di musica che non si pone limiti, e che sa raccogliere e conciliare dentro di sé tanto i suoni caldi di un sassofono quanto l’elettronica più algida; limpidi pianoforti e l’accatastarsi turbinoso dei campionamenti; archi sontuosi che sembrano rubati a colonne sonore sci-fi e divertissement a bassa fedeltà. «Per scrivere Malamocco ho cercato di non pormi alcun tipo di limite, ma allo stesso tempo la mia volontà era quella di ottenere un suono omogeneo. Adele Nigro (Any Other), è stata una figura fondamentale per la realizzazione di questo disco, sia per un aspetto emotivo e motivazionale, che per uno strettamente pratico. Ha avuto un ruolo poco convenzionale, a metà tra esterno ed interno, ma se c’è un’altra testa e anima in questo disco è la sua. Mattia Savelli, che ha curato il contenuto grafico, è stato di grande supporto. Con lui condivido, talvolta in modo speculare, gusti e approccio, e ci siamo trovati su uno stesso piano ideale, pur venendo da strade diverse. Non è un musicista e il suo punto di vista è sempre stato prezioso perché scevro da una serie di minuzie che si rivelano essere poco importanti, a conti fatti. Essenziale è stato l’apporto di Niccolò Fornabaio e Roberto Dibitonto, rispettivamente batterista e sassofonista. Hanno eseguito parti scritte da me, che lasciavano però spazio ad ampi momenti di libera interpretazione. Ci hanno messo il cuore nel suonare ciò che gli era stato chiesto, ed è una cosa che personalmente ho percepito e apprezzato molto, e credo che nel disco si possa sentire.»

«Halfalib fondamentalmente sono io, una persona piuttosto introversa di 25 anni, nata e cresciuta a Milano. Malamocco è un disco che parla di comunicazione ad alta densità emotiva, con l’esterno e con se stessi, di ego conflittuali e della loro risultante. Dall’estremo del perdere contatto con se stessi, essere senza un’ancora, sentirsi alienati da uno o da tutti gli aspetti della propria personalità, a quello di avere un forte senso di sé, essere la propria ancora, stare bene con il proprio istinto.»

Malamocco è disponibile in edizione limitata a 100 copie stampato su vinile 12″ milky clear, e in digitale su tutte le piattaforme di streaming e download.

Listen / Buy the album [EU]

Listen / Buy the album [US]

Love Letter to Science from Halfalib

Halfalib just dropped the new single Love Letter to Science, off of the band’s debut Malamocco, set for release on February 24th and available for pre-order on a limited edition (100 copies) milky clear 12″ vinyl.




Here’s how the always accurate Impose Magazine describes it: “Love Letter To Science” exhibits what could be the soundtrack to future episodes of “Nova” where accumulated arrays of synths & murmuring electronic instruments lead the way to Halfalib’s big build up of expression that pushes for a human connection beyond the binary sequences & algorithmic equations.

Halfalib first single and vinyl pre-order

Halfalib is somewhat a mysterious presence who is unveiling little by little his musical existence. So far we know they’ll be at SXSW 2017 in Austin next March, and we can hear the band’s first single Arythmie Du Soleil, “a perfectly mellow single” described by For the Rabbits as “light jazzy percussion, unnerving electronics and warm, woozy saxophones [that] seem to wash in and out of earshot, as the vocal and the omnipresent piano, pick out a wistful melody. There’s a touch of Lionlimb or Chris Cohen in this articulate take on beautiful hazy-pop music.” We heard that the debut album, Malamocco, will be out on February 24th, and now we know as well that the record will be released on a very limited edition of 100 copies pressed on milky clear transparent vinyl! And guess what? Those 100 copies are now available for pre-order from our European and US bandcamp stores. I foresee a sell-out in 5…4…