Il 17 Agosto l’album dei Barbarisms “West In The Head” è andato in streaming mondiale, terza prova del gruppo svedese che dal 2014 ogni due anni piazzano una release. Porteranno l’album dal vivo a Rock The Baita il 25 Agosto, lassù sulle montagne potremo apprezzare le doti di Nicholas Faraone il leader del terzetto, per saperne di più su di loro e sul nuovo album abbiamo chiamato in causa un altro leader: le Q&A che seguono sono a cura di Alain Marenghi dei Winter Dies In June.

Only in English.

Think that I’ve realized the meaning (my guess at least) of the album title on track 8, Soulful Lingo. What’s the meaning of “West” in a sphere like the one we are living on? Is it only a state of mind, or it is still a geographical point of view?
For a long while, West was the direction of discovery. Of course, one Italian is particularly famous for traveling West (Columbus), but it took another Italian to describe more accurately where he went (Vespucci). Some people can be their own Vespucci’s, but I can’t. So I’m grateful for anyone willing to help map whatever meaning I may or may not have stumbled upon.

Your songs are often about communication, about languages and jargons and how to bridge different backgrounds…In the previous album you sang about “lingua franca” of the heart: it seems like you, as musicians, are stretched between a language that identifies you, that explains where you belong, and a common language, a “lingua franca” indeed, that you need to achieve. How do you cope with this situation?
I “cope” with this situation by writing songs. But your question is so thoughtful, that I would feel rude to answer it too quickly. I think sometimes we speak to understand each other, and sometimes we speak to protect each other from understanding too much. I think songs provide the opportunity to take risks with this kind of understanding. I don’t know what happens to words when you sing them, but I really like trying to find out. In the same way I like thinking about what happens to life when you realize it’s something you can put into and take out of songs.


Festival dos and don’ts ?
Do’s and don’ts are for parents and cops to determine, I’m neither.


An Italian stereotype you would want to prove wrong, and one you would want to prove right.
I’ll leave the Italian stereotyping for my forthcoming comedy record: Nick Hollywood “Goes to Hollywood.”


Best festival you ever attended? For what reason?
At the “Just Like Heaven” festival outside of Padova, Micha P. Hinson shared his purple Kool-Aid and political vision with me. Way up in the Italian hillside, a wild taste of America can go a long way.



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