Independent Italian rockers Soldiers Of A Wrong War have been making waves thanks in large to their recent release, Countdowns and lead single “Yeah!” – the video for which you can check out below. Considering all the hoopla, we wanted to get to better know the group and talk about their Countdowns album which dropped on April 18th (purchase a copy RIGHT HERE).
For those not familiar with your band can you tell us a little bit about yourselves?
Soldiers Of A Wrong War: Sure we can! We’re Soldiers Of A Wrong War, we’re a rock/alternative band and we play together since 2007. We just released a brand new album, Countdowns, which all of you should definitely check out right about now.
Your new disc Countdowns has just been released. Now that it is complete, how do you feel about it and what has been the response so far?
SOAWW: It really feels great, finally, after months of hard work, we can share our brand new music with the whole world. One of the great things about being a musician is that you have the chance to connect with people through your music and your songs, and when you release a new album you never know what people’s response will be so it’s super exciting to have the chance to read reviews or comments from our fans about the new stuff. The response to our brand new single “Yeah!” was great, now we’ll start to see what’s the response to the whole album. So excited about it!
What is your writing process like?
SOAWW: We write our songs all together. Usually, Difio, the singer of the band, writes a first instrumental draft of the track, then we work all together to shape it and dress it like a real song. The main themes/topics of our songs are evolving with us: I think it’s a pretty natural process. When we write music, we usually speak about our lives and feelings so growing up I think you still feel the same things, but you just change the point of view and learn a different way to describe what’s going on.
Do you take advantage of technology and email riffs and parts back and forth, or do you get together in a room in a more traditional sense and write together?
SOAWW: Yep, we love technology and the way it helps us make things easier. When we write a song we usually start from the instrumental intro of the track. So Difio records it at home and then he drops it in our google drive account. We check it out and see what we’d like to edit and then we play it and shape it at rehearsals.
What’s the story behind the name of the band?
SOAWW: It’s nothing related to politics, it’s just about everyday life because sometimes we all feel like we’re soldiers who are fighting for something in their lives. We have to face a lot of struggles on our path and it may happen that we feel like we’re fighting a wrong war cause everything seems complicated at first, but in the end, we always find a way to go on and make things work.
What is the story behind the name of the new record?
SOAWW: We’ve always been fascinated by the concept of time. Our lives revolve around that concept and it really is mindblowing to think that it’s a concept that we created in order to structure our society. We called this album Countdowns because our lives are nothing else but continuous countdowns: we all set our personal countdown when we have to do something or when we have a goal to reach. We can easily say that “we are like a clock, we just need time”. That’s a quote from “Clocks”, thack number 5 of the album. It really represents well the concept of this album so we suggest you to check it out.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take 3 CDs with you for eternity, assuming there was a solar powered CD player, what would they be?
SOAWW: We’d go with Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul, Foo Fighters’ The Colour And The Shape and Disintegration by The Cure.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you on tour, or at one of your shows?
SOAWW: When we’re on tour we’re always loaded at the highest levels possible and every night there’s something going on so if you’re talking about strange things, welcome to the jungle. But the best thing to say is what happens in the backstage, stays in the backstage. You gotta be there and live that moment cause if we start to write about the crazy things we did or happened to us, this interview could easily turn into a book.
Check out the video for the band’s song “Yeah!”