Friday, September 4

The New Italian Wave

At last, a new phenomenon. For three years now, Italian club nights like London Loves in Milan and Rome's Fish n Chips have been bringing the post-punk and industrial sounds of London's East End to Italian audiences, playing the same records and bringing the same bands - Hatcham Social, Neils Children, Ipso Facto, Electricity In Our Homes, These New Puritans - to Italian fans, and gathering the country's like-minded youth under the banner of the alternative. Now the reaction is imminent: a new wave of Italian groups is trying its luck in London, returning to its musical roots in a foreign city, with its own singular sound.

As with the London groups, musical styles and fashions vary wildly. European Coldwave is a frequent reference: Soviet Soviet ( and General Decay ( both employ the leaping basslines and chiming guitars of groups like Siglo XX and Asylum Party, but also take chilly atmospheric notes from their European predecessors' original influences (mostly Joy Division). Too Young To Love ( are cryptic and symbolic, a smoke-wreathed enigma of a band: a unique blend of unsettling percussive rhythms and hazy melody draped in austere Grauzone-style synthesizers; they are to release their debut EP on Trouble Records (home to An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump) later in the year. Death in Plains ( is a one-man electronic project, brilliantly warping childlike synthpop melodies with distorted industrial percussion and already attracting attention from London's DiscError Recordings and photographer Dean Chalkley. Meanwhile Dance for Burgess ( push their pop-inflected blend of Josef K and The Cure towards psychedelia - they've recorded with KASMs' Rory Attwell, and played with The Horrors and S.C.U.M at this year's Isle of Wight Festival.

All of these groups have played in London, or will soon have done so; several have forthcoming releases on English labels, and we urge you to support these new bands. The only question is this: will their homeland will embrace them as vigorously as the starved alternative London scene is currently doing? Is Italy itself ready for the new wave, or will it make an impact only where the ground has already been broken by its British predecessors?


P_VaG said...

i like the fact that "Soviet Soviet", "General Decay" and "Death In Plains" come from the same town: Pesaro.
I'm lucky because this is my town too!
It's curious: Pesaro is not very big and Milan or Rome are, but it's full of gems...
Cheers :)
P.S. grandi raga !

andrea said...


Alberto said...

I would like to suggest you
SYBIANN from Cesena
SCARLETS from Turin

Anonymous said...

A new label is born DiSCiPLiNE (Bari - Italy) home of the New italian wave,with our logo made by Ciaran Oshea (Discerror REc.,Discordo Graph.,ECC. and JUNK club RIP).
Bari in deep south of italy is the home of the TigerTown Club who run from 2005 with bands and label from london like guest.
Moshi Moshi Night 2006, Violets 2006,Theoretical girl 2007,young & lost records night 2007,these new puritans 2007,project:komakino 2008,EIOH 2008,SCUM 2008,ipso facto 2009.

Alberto said...

DID from Turin