Casagrande is not a typical thrash metal act. Led by Simone Casagrande (guitars, vocals), this Italian band starts from the basic thrash metal sound, but ends to a unique music character, which shocks the unsuspecting listener. Thus, Myth of Rock decided to contact Simone and discuss with him, in the process of understanding Casagrande’s same-titled debut album, out by Soman Records.
by Michalis Kapetanakis
Welcome Simone. We are so happy to have you with us. Congratulations on your new homonymous album!
The pleasure is mine.
Give us a brief overview of the history of the band.
Well, I got this idea in 1998 after two years without playing in a band. My boss changed all the computer networks at work due to the "Millennium bug" issue foretold for the year 2000. Using my Windows PC at work, I started wondering if digital recordings had improved, since 1992, when I issued a couple of demo tapes with the help of a friend of mine who was already producing electronic music through his Commodore Amiga. I called him and he sold me my first PC and some software. Unfortunately, results have been very poor and in 2003 I stopped for about then years, when I released the “Old school” demo. I was thinking also to start up a cover band for thrash classics, but I lost my job and I preferred to save money. In 2016 I moved to London and took some singing lessons and finally released this one.
How would you describe the Casagrande sound and what bands have influenced you the most?
I grew up listening to thrash icons such as Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, but I have also a classical background, as I played contemporarily the classical guitar. I haven’ t graduated from a music conservatory and to be fair, I am not that good at reading scores, but we may define my sound as progressive post-industrial thrash metal.
What do you think about modern metal?
The most modern I listened to is Korn, Slipknot, Nevermore. I am afraid I am really not into it... I subscribed to many major labels’ YouTube channels, so I have heard a lot of interesting sounds. I don't like the looks these bands have.
Do you think that Casagrande have a place on this modern sound?
Nope, but it honors me if someone thinks otherwise.
Tell us a few words about your debut album that was released on October via the French record label Soman Records.
Loud, unexpected, cheap.
Have you been pleased with the response to the album from fans and critics?
What are the band’s plans for 2021?
I wish to work on new songs and be able to rehearse the vocals. A new global lockdown is coming, so the future is really uncertain.
Lyrics or music? What comes first? Tell us a few words about how you compose your material.
Lyrics should come last, but I remember to have written some parts before, then I adapted some riffs to it.
What do you think are the most negative moments in your career?
The times, when I had to quit bands I really liked to play with for other people’s whims and fancies. I think it has happened to many other musicians. When you got a good number of songs and you reached the right chemistry live and the project begins to be serious, the genius of the moment listens to a new emerging band and decides to change his sound. He/she successfully convinces other members to follow his/her new direction. Your ideas become outdated and you feel just stupid to have wasted all this time.
And what is your biggest dream about Casagrande?
If I was younger, I would like to act like the other old school bands, but I know the music industry is completely different nowadays. CDs are not sold so much as in the past and making music for a living it's really harder than before. Let's say my biggest dream would be to make another record and reach a lot of people giving nice feedback.
Last but not least, please share something you need to mention.
You are very welcome and thank you for giving this opportunity to me. I really enjoyed this interview. Catch you soon.