Friday, March 13, 2015

Lectern - Exclusive interview

It is a pleasure to introduce our readers to the band Lectern.

Hello and welcome, please tell our readers a little about the band? Where are you from? How did this group come to be?

Fabio- "Rome, Italy and active since 1999".

How was the writing process conceived for this new material? Is it easier to compose music with the current line up?  Who writes the material?

Fabio- "Enrico our guitarist. We spent more than two years, even the lyrics were ready, and a sketch for the artwork".

The previous ep's, Salvific Of Perhaps Lambent and Lectern were released independently, did these two releases gain much attention without label support?

Fabio- "No and yes. We did everything on our own, as promotion and live shows. It's difficult if you're not famous, if you haven't a manager, a label or an agency which make your interests on the market. For many reasons, bands failed. We're still here, after all this time, as the demonstration that even with all the troubles you can have, you
have to carry on!".

Fratricidal Concelebration is the bands' first full album, what is the meaning of the title?

Fabio- "The demon on the cover, has four arms and hands. Those represent the band, in a brotherish affection, in a blood tie. Horns are the omnipotence, fire eyes the ambition, claws and the demon stand for evil and the easy prey we're gonna chase!".

How is the audience reception to your live performances? Any memorable experiences on the show circuit?

Fabio- "In Finland we kicked some asses! Great experience, in Italy is different, outside, we'll see and I will tell you next time!".

How is the death metal scene in your area? Has it grown since your band became established back in 1999?

Fabio- "Yes. Now is full of bands. Everything is faster now, if you pay you could have the best sounds in great studios, the best instruments and promotion. If you have a computer you can record and print an album, doing a sort of promotion by yourself. At the end of the 90's you had to be a skilled musician, playing in awful rehearsal rooms and at the cheapest fares. We were behind more than the other countries and bands. Always United States, England and Germany were leading".

Name some of  your most notable accomplishments? Any big bands that have shared the stage with you?

Fabio- "Not so much!".

How difficult was it to get the band's music noticed in the beginning?

Fabio- "A lot, especially for the growing Internet approach. We used a lot demo-trades, and fanzines, we got used in a primitive way, if we think to that times today! Writing letters to the bands: who does this now? But it was the only way, and if you were lucky you could become someone!".

With the release of the new full length, are there any tours or major shows in the works for 2015?

Fabio- "We're booking something, there are many offers to be evaluated".

Are there any plans to play shows in USA?

Fabio- "I hope so, as my brother-in-law lives in California, Union City we are waiting for his invitation! Hey John, we're still there! Don't forget to mention us on your next book, sucker!".

If booking agents/news/press want to get in contact with you, what is the best way to reach the band?

Fabio- "With an e-mail at please".

Thanks so much for participating in my 'zine, the last lines are for you, any final thoughts?

Fabio- "Go, reverse the cross!".

Band members:
Fabio Bava: vocals, bass
Pietro Sabato: guitar
Enrico Romano: guitar
Marco Valentine: drums

Bisbetical (1999)
Salvific Of Perhaps Lambent (2010)
Lectern (2013)
Fratricidal Concelebration (2015)

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