New Candys make music bursting with visual flavor.
The Venice, Italy post-punk-meets-goth quartet creates psychedelic pop with a cinematic twist. Setting the sounds of The Jesus And Mary Chain against the feel of movie director Nicolas Winding Refn, they create catchy sounds perfect for epic journeys.
Tired of the music lessons forced upon them at school, childhood friends Fernando Nuti (vocals/guitar), Dario Lucchesi (drums), Diego Menegaldo (guitar/vocals), and Stefano Bidoggia (bass) took matters into their own hands. Their shared loved for The Velvet Underground and Syd Barrett led them to form the New Candys.
“For us, writing and playing music is a basic need—it’s aligned with the primordial instinct of men to create,” Nuti tells BTRtoday. “When we write music we see images and colors.”
This October they released their newest album Bleeding Magenta via Fuzz Club Records. The album is an ambitious fuzzed-out hazy experience of echoing sounds and sinister vocals that paints a vivid picture of danger and romance.
“We are a loud band who likes it dark on stage,” Nuti adds.
Read the entire interview with New Candys below and make sure to check out Bleeding Magenta.
BTRtoday (BTR): Why the name New Candys?
Fernando Nuti (FN): It’s an homage to “Some Candy Talking” and “Psychocandy” by The Jesus and Mary Chain. Also, if you read “candys” backwards, you’ll find the Barrett we love.
BTR: How did you guys meet and form the band?
FN: Diego and I were football teammates when we were teenagers. We shared the same passion for music and started playing the guitar together. A few years later we met Stefano.. The band really started to work when Dario joined the band on drums in 2008.
BTR: How did you get into playing music?
FN: Apart from Dario, who been playing drums since he was little, the first experience with an instrument for the rest of us was in secondary school. All the students were forced to learn playing the fipple flute. It bored us so much—we hated those lessons. We got interested in playing music properly only after that in high school.
For us, writing and playing music is a basic need. It’s aligned with the primordial instinct of men to create.
BTR: Tell me about the new album, Bleeding Magenta—what inspired it?
FN: When we write music we see images and colors. Sometimes movies inspire us. This album carries some cinematographic references, for example in its title. Also, we finished writing the Side B directly in the studio, getting inspired by Nicolas Winding Refn’s way of directing his movies; he shoots chronologically, letting every scene naturally influence the next.
BTR: Do you have a favorite track from the album?
FN: “Sermon,” because of its uncommon structure. It has a beginning, a middle part and a conclusion, instead of the classic verse-chorus formula. Also, Julia’s voice gives it a unique touch.
Dario Lucchesi: “Excess.” It combines noisy and distorted sounds. Making it a fast and nervy track that ends in a pop song.
Diego Menegaldo: “Excess,” because it differs from our previous records’ atmospheres. A modern noise, aseptic and direct, detached from the psychedelic genre.
Stefano Bidoggia: “Silver Eyes Arise.” It’s the most melodic and its rhythm is transporting.
BTR: Did you guys try anything new with this album that you haven’t done before?
FN: For the first time we recorded the album in a studio close to where we live in Venice. This allowed us to have more time to research the sounds and take care of the arrangements.
BTR: What are your live shows like?
FN: We are a loud band who likes it dark on stage. With the current tour we developed a stronger and darker sound, but our set-lists include different vibes.
BTR: What should we keep an eye out for in the future of New Candys?
FN: We’re writing new songs, so there should be a new album soon. Our European tour ends in Christmas, and then we tour Australia February-March—and then probably the States around Easter.