MG-First of all, for those who still don't know you, tell
us when you were born and if you've had any line-up changes, etc.
Contrasto:It was September 96 when I propose to Stefano and Enrico to
form contrasto and my proposal was ready accepted by them with enthusiasm.
In the same time I played music in another hc band "megarissa" active
since 89 while ste and enrico played in "reazzione". After some months
I finished my contribution in "megarissa" and cause they had a problem
with their singer it was natural to start a new project in "contrasto".checco
and andrea completed first band formation and together we recorded first
7" and 10".since 98 the new guitarist is Nicola and we have realised
other records with this line-up.
MG-Friendship is the most important value that has been
supporting Contrasto and the HC scene, isnt'it? Why isn't it so widespread
in other genres like, for example, HM?
Contrasto:for me it's not a question of kind of music,it's a generalisation
without sense.It depends on what you intend for band,for music…for us
friendship is the presuppost, the first request to stay together into
a common idea named Contrasto…it's impossible to think to do something
if there isn't a sincere sense of friendship.I don't want to say that
in this 5 years all has been "a world of happiness"but with confront
and respect for opinions we haven't had big problem of convivence…all
has been supported by real friendship…an indelible sign in our life.Contrasto
is all what everyday we live,it's our choice.
MG-Has anyhting changed in the songwriting and recording
of "Statico Senso" compared to the previous works?
Contrasto:The possibility to give an important number of songs in a
record like LP aid you to express yourself better than project with
a limitated space…..after 5 years together we wanted to do something
that was really a kind of "diary"about our experience like not only
members of a band but like single persons with a common passion,with
a strong,difficult but sincere sense of friendship.This LP resume our
"life into Contrasto"starting from what everyone feels in himself…four
points of view not ever similar about "life" that everyday we live…so,I
think that about songwriting texts in this record are not very dissimilar
than precedent lyrics in others..perhaps I have had possibility to express
my personal considerations in a great deal of songs and consequently
can touch more aspects of my life than what I have done in precedent
experiences….about musical aspects I think that this LP shows very good
our kind to interpretate music,our style,our influences in hc scene…surely
it's a very fast and furious hc but contaminated by our personal way
to feel it…. Italian old school '80 years very speed(and in this LP
recording it's better than the previous ones)….even if,naturally,music
for us is only form,exterior aspect….a kind good or not good to recalled
attention about something else.
MG-The intro is connected to Orwell's "1984" and the very
present Big Brother stuff. What are your fav musical, cinematographical,
and literary influences, besides the everyday world and the so-called
Contrasto:Yes,from"1984"… very actual..do u think?we start every concert
with this words…and into the LP we try to explain our point of view
about subdole sense of submission that governament imposes us …school,television,work,family,religion,all
in our life….we think to do a free choice while all has been established
since a long time…there is a social control in every time,in every space….slave
of their power…….about influences everyone of us has personal bases
of formation,personal preferences…I like very much reading contemporary
writers like Bukowski,B LaMantia, Fante, Kerouac, Carver, Clementi,
Ellis, Ferlinghetti..but less famous too….and LP it's full of this….i
MG-Your fav 3 records of 2001 and of all the times?
Contrasto(max): "wild bunch-the early days"(negazione), "gommalacca"(battiato),
"da qui"(Massimo volume)…and about 2001 all what hc scene has self-producted.
MG-The cover of "Statico Senso" is referred to a specific
Contrasto: "terrorismo legalizzato"is a cover of a 80s Italian hc band
that we have only actulized (you 'd read "…e allora Sole e Baleno…")
about recent event of repression against anarchists in Turin …and how
u can notice situation is the same. Nearly 20 years were passed since
the dawning of the punk hc when some bands started bothering the elderly
bureaucracy of the government and the deep rooted dogma of church with
her commitment. Those ones were the eighties, years of turmoil in Italy,
the bullet years when neofascist groups kept on terroristic attempts
,aimed at the weakening "government institutions"…in this climate of
general instability ,of juvenile dissatisfaction,of the serch of alternative
spaces,the development of young movement tried to express, through the
music, its opinions among the widespread caos finding places. Besides,
it 's obvious that a lot of thinking mind have always frightened who
hold the power and the only solution is the breaking up, the repression
towards "socially dangerous elements"…
MG-Self-production and self-management are the only means
to avoid interferences inside the band, but have you ever received any
offer from a not D.I.Y. label?
Contrasto: to stimulate self-production as means of free expression
and instrument of unconditionated communication.
MG-Why don't you re-print your material on CD? Not everyone
has a turntable, the CD has more advantages and a longer duration; I
think it might be another way to spread your ideas and wouldn't force
the ones without a turntable to have it dubbed on a tape by a friend.
Surely you'd be able to keep the CD cost very low, so why not?
Contrasto:we prefer vinyl's dirty and warm sound…"a romantic choice"
that ties us to our musical roots. Probably "statico senso" will be
record on CD support for American scene but only because a label-friend
ask us to do it …for us everyone can reprint and distribuite our material…
MG-Let's talk about the 2001 European tour. Where did
you play and what place/club impressed you most and why?
Contrasto:it has been our first European tour(even if japan was first
destination)and it has been really a wonderful experience full of satisfactions…we
attended to start since lot of time and our anxious state was really
high in months before…organisation,preparation of concerts…and naturally
all what concerned aspects for realisation of LP that we wanted to keep
for tour…unforgettable experience!!We have played in Slovenia(Ajdovscina-waidusna
club),Austria(Praga-arena club),Rep.Ceca(Lipsia-papirna squat),Germania(Lipsia-zoro
squat Pozdam-breiti squot Berlino-kopj squat Hannover-ujz korn club
Cadolzburg-jugenzentrum club)and Svizzera(Zurigo-ego squat)…..we had
only 10 days to stay out of italy so in some other dates we didn't can
play…….sure,every day on tour has been a big story cause there were
ever surprises,good"difficulties",but above all a lot of friends to
meet,to know…….i remember all how it was yesterday….really good experience
for knowing us,for knowing deep aspects of our characters,of our convivence
inside Contrasto.All has been very interesting ……but east European places
and friends….very good….very warm people…..
MG-Where would U like to play and whom with for the first
Contrasto:every concert we play and every band/friend we meet it's a
MG-Tell us a funny or a scary situation happened to you
during the tour.
Contrasto:there wasn't not only a scary situation….but if I think at
first concert in slovenia after 8 hours of trip(we had gone to take
big friend Mila, principal organizer of tour in Pavia) with Nik tired
for tension and trip(he drove without pause) in an absurd and visionary
…"delirium tremens"….well,very funny situation….for us….less for Nik….(but
big concert Nik!!!)
MG-It has been said for awhile the Italian scene has grown
up, that is equal to the foreign one, so why just Cripple Bastards and
very few others have made splits with foreign bands? Also tell us qualities
and faults of the Italian scene.
Contrasto:yes Italian hc scene has grown up in last years…but we don't
must losing that HC has born in italy ….when you think at old school
you think at political movements of Bologna,Turin,Milan in 1980….a lot
of bands of Italian scene collaborate or have done it with foreign ones
…not only cripple bastards(that personally I don't think to be right
to identificate with Italian hc scene….for their way to live some aspects
of hc attitude…not condivisible..)…we have recorded two years ago a
cover song in a tribute to Rattus(big 80s finnish band of old school….the
most in scandinavian history…)out on cd support for Fight rec.a finnish
label very active in world hc scene…….and some collaborations with others
in Europe,japan,south America….so every year a lot of splits are produced
between ita-not ita bands …….
MG-Have you written any new songs, and if so, how do they
differ from the previous compositions?
Contrasto: we are composing some new songs …Stefano and I usually put
our personal convictions about aspects of life around us,sometimes writing
also about political situations and problems in society but it is simply
our little opinion ,nothing more. We don't want to give a particular
message,a specified teaching but only to express free thoughts. Everyone
who reads our lyrics can see them as the pictures of how we felt at
that moment .The main thread of our lyrics is the necessity to be able
to be true,to be able to taste even the deep essence of life ,to be
and not just to pretend.
MG-Do you believe the world has walked over the irreversible
phase of self-destruction? Contrasto:Wow!!!!situation isn't certainly
very good in the world but….for me it's very difficult can focalizing
attention over so big dimension like problems of the humanity…..i think
that everyone of us feel inside himself desire to live better aspects
of him quotidianity ,there will be a little costant grow up to start
from minimal dimension….only by dialogue,by the confrontation…is possible
to grow up together in the essential need that makes us sharing common
experiences everyday…deep bonds of life..
MG -If State and anarchy have been proved not to be the right ways to
make people live their lives happy, what kind of solution/form do you
propose for our societies?
Contrasto:it's impossible that in two words I can say something so important
……..i don't have solution for my life so….i think only that the education
given us since we were children tends to reduce the perception of the
potentially infinite possibilities of choice that belong to us.this
happens across the ataiment of that deep "sense of duty"that make us
"trust-worthy persons".this mental cage transform us thinking being
into mere slaves of consuetude and compromise.we must rid ourselves
from this cage at all costs….anarchy is not the way……u have some ideas
MG-Of course I do, I'll introduce them to my audience
at the right time. Now, do you wanna add anything else to your fans,
the readers, etc…( a message? ).
Contrasto:first of all I wanna say thank u for this interview…it's very
important to know so active people in Italian hc scene like u , moreover
I hope a lot of friends contact us for trading opinions about different
situations, musical projects, ideas,…or only for say two words………hi
Markus , stay good!!!! "punx nella testa , non nella cresta !(punk in
the head , not in the crest!)"
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH 24/12/01
MAX - V
ENRICO - D
NICOLA - G
STEFANO - B/G
Via Ariosto 351
47023 Cesena (FC) - Italy
Web site: http://web.tiscalinet.it/contrasto
MVDS D.I.Y. PROD. - CONTRASTO DISCOGRAPHY
7" "Dentro le mura" '97
10" "Stabilità precaria" '98
7" with ALTRO "Il controllo sociale" '99
10" with ROID "Assassini" '99
CD "El Paso Torino 22/5/99 '99
7" with ALTER-AZIONE "Per non dimenticare" '00
LP "Statico Senso" '01