Italy’s avantgarde duo OvO just released their ninth full length album, Creatura, last week. The outcome is further testament to the limitless avenues available to those who challenge the status quo as well as themselves. Creatura throbs with raw, industrial noise as it methodically drags the listener into a trancelike state. The atmosphere and vocals are as terrifying as anything Gnaw Their Tongues has done but OvO knows precisely when to pull back, just enough, to keep the harshness from taking over. It is a challenging listen but ultimately a rewarding one for anyone seeking something far outside the boundaries of normalcy. And really, as evident here, different is a great thing in the hands of those who dare to be creative. We recently got the opportunity to ask Bruno Dorella (drums, synth) our series of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say.
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
We come from very different backgrounds. I started to play music as a child, and played in bands since the late 80’s. Stefania (Pedretti, vocals & guitar) started later, when we were involved in a squat in Italy. There were lots of musicians and artists and inputs, so she started improvising and wanted to keep this freeform, instinctual approach. This “success” question is tricky. We always wanted to live off our music, and we made it, so we can say we’re happy, but we’re still so underground that, even if the music we play is probably not gonna buy us an island in the Pacific, we can reasonably hope we can get something more.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.
I guess people are into these kind of things, huh? Well, we’re not that kind of people, you’ll hardly see us debasing or praising. So, embarrassing stories… Well, check this out. Sofia, Bulgaria, 2001. Right after the show I needed to take a shit so bad. I go to the toilets, and for some reason there’s a long line of people for all of them. There’s just one toilette where no one is going. The light doesn’t work there, so I cannot see, and I assume that’s why no one is there. I go for that one, I do what I need to do, but when I’m putting on my pants again, I feel something washy and wet on my hands. Well, you got it. It was shit. The whole place was covered in shit. I had to run out, with this line of people waiting in line, covered in someone else’s shit, trash my clothes and wash myself in a fountain.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
The greatest thing is that black metal is getting free from the neo-Nazi, Aryan purity bullshit, and getting more and more conscious. There’s even a queer black metal scene going on, this is great. The worst thing is how some scenes are getting standardized, especially the stoner-doom one, which I used to like a lot.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music? (This question is especially appropriate for you since your music is quite an outlet for your physical and emotional pains).
We try to stay true to our lifestyle even if we are always on tour and we hardly find time to get involved with social issues. We come from the anarcho-punk scene, and we still feel close to those ideas, to that attitude. Stefania is very involved in the queer, vegan and animal rights scene. But it’s very important for us to show that it’s possible to come from a ridiculous country like Italy and live out of our music, without compromises, without becoming pretentious assholes, and without trying to look or sound like everyone else just to get into a scene and catch some easy audience.
What, or who, got you into music and how old were you?
I got a guitar from my cousin when I was 11 years old, after having tried with flute and piano, and that was the beginning of it. My dream was to be able to play “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”Stefania started at the squat, as I said before. But it’s funny how OvO started playing together. Our friends Cock ESP invited to join them for a few shows in Europe, and we said “why not? we’ll drive you around…” But then they said “why don’t you play?” so we decided to make an improv band, just for fun. It was December 2000, we’re still here.
What’s the stickiest you have ever been?
I think that Bulgarian story should do the job for this question..
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
I see that some times bands that have no power in the market, or come from countries that have no power in the music industry, don’t get the same attention as the ones that come from strong markets, or have better PR’s. Critics should try to pretend they don’t know the name of the artists, or the label they’re on, or the country they comes from, before writing a review. And I hope they listen to music from some good, proper speakers, in order to appreciate all the hard work behind a record.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
I’m sorry to disappoint your readers, but we really just want everybody to stop making kids and end this world, more than dominating it. And definitely we want to destroy every cult, more than creating one. Just kidding. We don’t care about these childish statements. Our day job is the same as our night job, we just play music, that’s pretty much all we care about.
Finally, when you’re not listening to, writing or playing music, what are some of you favorite albums to listen to currently?
Thanks to Bruno for his time!