Tuesday, 27 September 2011

ABRUZZO and MOLISE

And now we head east, where we visit the regions ABRUZZO and MOLISE. Passing through the devastated city of L’AQUILA, we can listen to the prog influenced singer-songwriter Cristian Di Prospero (MySpace) and to his notes inspired by 2009 L’Aquila earthquake. L'Aquila is also home to the hard psychedelic The Whirlings (Facebook) while the near town of Avezzano is home to a young band called Nuova Divisione (Reverbnation). Then we reach the Adriatic coast and the province of TERAMO, which is home to Picaroon’s Spark (MySpace), Peripatetica (MySpace) and Clepsydra (MySpace), the latter from Giulianova, a town on the coast north of Teramo. A small centre in the province of Teramo, Isola del Gran Sasso d'Italia, in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park gave brith to a particular artist, the painter Tonino Leandro Mirandi, a great prog fan, whose work includes many paintings inspired by Le Orme’s music (by the way, the avatar I use on the forum of progarchives.com is one of them, entitled Ritorno al nulla: verso la fine).



Heading south along the coast we reach PESCARA, the birthplace of controversial poet and writer Gabriele d'Annunzio. This city gave us Diapason, Preghiera di Sasso and Akron, a band formed in the nineties that released some albums for Black Widow Records. Today the best known band from this city are Areknamés (MySpace), that gathered in 2001 around composer and keyboardist Michele Epifani. The name of the band comes from the title of a Franco Battiato song on the album “Pollution”, although their main sources of inspiration are not Italian. Their eponymous debut album was released in 2003. With a second excellent album the band went further exploring the possibilities of mixing vintage instruments sounds and love for Seventies prog masters such as Van Der Graaf Generator or Genesis with new ideas and in 2010 they released a new interesting work, In Case Of Loss. Although in their overall sound you can listen to some echoes from the past hanging in the air, Areknamés are not just a clone of someone else playing by rote and trying to stir nostalgic feelings in their listeners, on the contrary, the song-writing of the leader Michele Epifani is absolutely brilliant.



By the way, Michele Epifani started also a side project featuring a more experimental sound called Subtilior (Bandcamp). Other bands from Pescara are Xenitia (MySpace), Insider (MySpace), Flower Time (Facebook), Ascer (Reverbnation), AllCost (Facebook), The Gift (Facebook) and Unimother 27 (MySpace). Then, still heading south we go to CHIETI, where we can listen to a band called Nuda Veritas (MySpace) and to the emerging Severed Garden (Reverbnation). Next stop is the nearby town of Ortona, where we can listen to Distillerie di Malto (MySpace).




We conclude our visit to Abruzzo and Molise in the province of CAMPOBASSO, home to Ifsounds (Official Website), a band that began life in 1993 under the name of If. Their album Apeirophobia was released in 2010 on the independent American label Melodic Revolution Records and is their best so far.