My favourite record
of 1998 was probably Three Second Kiss's second album Everyday Everyman.
For me it contains elements of everything that is good in alternative
rock come the end of this century. It easily slots in with the current
trends but doesn't get bogged down sticking to any specific concepts.
Moments of joy felt like Shellac's abrupt math, Fugazi's straightforward
energy and passion and the perfect melody of Slint but it also sounds
so fresh and original. On his first hearing my friend likened them
to Bob Tilton.
Some of the questions
are by Sergio (guitar player), some others by Massimo (a real few
word, spoken or written, man) and the rest by Lorenzo (deeeerrrrummer)
We are an essential three piece. Massimo plays the bass and sings,
better he tries to.., Sergio is the guitar player and Lorenzo beats
Where are you
The official band's base is BOLOGNA even if nobody of us was born
there. I (Lorenzo) live at about 30 km from Bologna, Sergio is from
Senigallia, a beautiful town nearby the Adriatic sea in the centre
of Italy, and Massimo from Crotone, which is situated in the extreme
south of Italy nearby the sea. We all met in Bologna cause of the
university, which is famous for being a collector of all Italian (and
often European) guys gravitating around arts.
Can we have
a brief history of the band?
Three Second Kiss start on April 1993. We have released two works
on CD, the first - about June 1996 - is "For Pain Relief", out for
a small label (Lollypop rec.), which has got enthusiastic reviews
in many Italian magazines and fanzines, and has been played also by
John peel. The second, just released in May 1998, is "Everyday Everyman"
recorded and engineered by Iain Burgess and produced by Wide records,
the most important Italian independent label. "Everyday Everyman"
is distributed in Europe via Southern records, London. Since our first
days together we immediately started touring Italy. We have played
about a 100 gigs and supported bands such as Surgery, Come, Uzeda,
Blonde Redhead, Shellac and June of '44.
Who are your
Probably 30 years of rock music !! It's so difficult for us to catch
this side of our relations with music. Everyone in the band has his
own influences. Actually we like so much the new American sounds,
the true spirit and live attitude of bands that came out of touch
and go, Dischord, Trance syndicate, Domino, skin graft...but you know,
it's a limitation cause we have a full range background.
What have you
released so far record wise?
1996 For Pain Relief CD Lollypop Rec
1997 "I cried you didn't listen" comp. Gamma pop rec.
1998 Everyday Everyman CD Wide Rec.
What is the
music scene like in Italy?
very interesting in the last two or three years. In the 80's the scene
was so provincial, just a dead copy of England or USA staff. Now the
bands try to explore a personal approach to rock music, evolving a
new free form of songwriting. We appreciate lots of things that are
comin' up from Sicily and Catania in particular. It's great what the
human and musical influence (should we say "guide"?) of a band like
Uzeda, can do to the intentions and attitudes of young bands.
Who are your
favourite Italian bands?
We love many bands you won't find on any international and Italian
magazine, but that are quite good. here some of them: Uzeda (actually
they're on every kind of mag. and named as the best alternative rock
band in Italy ) Laundrette, Plank, jerica's, 100%, One dimensional
What has been
your most memorable gig?
It's not pretentious, really... but we try to be memorable in every
gig we play. It doesn't matter how many people are in the venue. We
are a live band, and we respect our audience. Anyway, the tour with
the June of '44 was great and so emotional, especially the day in
Florence...so many people, that the club was exploding!
has been the most fun to play a show with?
We've always played with bands we hold in high esteem. So we have
to say that every show we had with Blonde Redhead or Uzeda or Shellac
or June of 44 or anyone else, has been absolutely important for us
Would you describe
yourselves as emo-core?
Well, like most bands, we don't like any label. Emo-core? We don't
have that background of experience. We just intend to constantly balancing
emotional and physical tension, fully exploring the intensity and
the potentialities of each single instrument and emphasising the geometries
and sound puzzles.
Why do you
sing in English instead of Italian?
We play rock music and we consider English the perfect language for
it, sharp and effective at the same time. It's also important to express
yourself in a global language, not circumscribing your music to any
Have you been
No never. But it'll be very soon (hope so)
You took your
name from a Hayes Censorship Code ruling, how did you find out about
Massimo studies at the Cinema University in Bologna and by chance
in a documentary film we've heard about it. This thing impressed us
so much. We can't stand anything created just to limit creativity.
How did you
find out your tracks had been played on John Peel? And how did you
Oh, it's been a nice surprise. John Peel has been so kind and sent
us a fax. Then a friend of us gave us the tape of that BBC radio show.
What was it
like working with Ian Burgess?
He is really a good sound engineer with many years of experience and
if you remember the first big black records you should understand.
You can say he is the father of the Steve Albini school. We recorded
"Everyday Everyman" in a Sicily 70's studio, and although that wasn't
his studio and equipment, he made a great work. We wanted to catch
our live sound at his best and he did. We really enjoyed to spend
four days with him, eating, drinking, laughing....a significant experience.
This is what a recording session should always be, not only a work
Do you play
many shows with Uzeda?
Everytime it's possible. We are close friends and their Management
"coop Indigena" is also our management. They are unique, great musicians
and loveable persons. They help us to grow up and give us the opportunity
to play with overseas bands. we are a family and we are proud to be
Have you played
any shows in England/Britain yet? (if not you should)
Not yet, but as for USA we wish we'll be up there soon.
Would you teach
me some Italian swear words please? (fuck, shit etc)
Iain Burgess' favourite swear word (not so ugly after all) was ...BASTARDO.
absolutely perfect for driving', shows, soccer matches; and so international
that everybody from most parts of the planet can get it. Anyway come
to Italy if you wish, you'll learn a lot.
What is the
music press like in Italy?
very provincial, sometimes they copy what's on the American or UK
magazines. But anyway there are few but intelligent journalists.
Where are you
We're in Bologna. Trying to transform the hot humid air into good
vibrations for new songs.
What is the
happiest event you have ever witnessed?
What a question! Musical event? Probably June of '44 show in Florence.
of all time?
No, don't ask us to make a selection!....it's impossible to us...we
like Gang of Four, Pere Ubu, Devo, Red Crayola, Bastro, Brainiac,
Gastr del Sol, Fugazi, Slint, Shellac.....and many others, too many.
Who is your
favourite Simpsons character?
Little Helper, absolutely!
Lorenzo: Itchy and Scratchy (Italian version is: Grattachecca e Fichetto!!!!)
Have you got
any future releases planned?
After a long period plenty of events, we're now planning rehearsal
sessions, trying to set some new stuff for a third work (maybe in
1999), and maybe a split with other bands.
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