Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:25:53
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It's been a long time since somebody properly merged horror, rock, and blues with a little crooning thrown in for good measure. Some might say the last time it was done right happened on Danzig III: How the Gods Kill. Now, Calabrese exorcise that same spirit and then usher it down a new path altogether on their latest offering Lust For Sacrilege [iTunes link]. In fact, this an evolution altogether. Tracks like "New York Ripper" exude expansive robust riffed-out blues, while "Drift Into Dust" would make Nick Cave proud. Everything converges to form a wide, wild, and wonderful journey into the heart of darkness...
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Bobby of Calabrese talks Lust For Sacrilege and so much more.
What ties Lust For Sacrilege together for you?
With any record we do, we try to make everything have the same vibe and lyrical content without going so far as to make a rock opera [Laughs]. We've tried it in the past, but this time it actually stuck. The title track and the singles are about being miserable, sad, and lonely. It's that stuff. Of course, there are all of those songs about serial killers too, and that's always fun [Laughs].
Which songs are about serial killers?
There are actually a lot! I don't know why that happened. "New York Ripper" has a serial killer tone, and even the last song, "Drift Into Dust," has a killing-your-girlfriend thing. I can't tell you why it comes out like that, but it's this weird thing where you write from the perspective of a serial killer and a madman. Maybe I've got some secret madman in me!
What's the story behind "Drift Into Dust" in particular?
Every song starts off differently than it ends up. That one actually started off as a fast upbeat song. It was just a dark pop song. Then, we decided to tune down a bit and slow down. It began coming together. For that one in particular, we totally wanted to get a Roy Orbison, Chris Isaak, or The Doors vibe. It's that super one man, lead guitars, and lonely guy sort of thing. It kept building and building. Now, it's some huge epic song we can never play live [Laughs]. Oh well!
Did you know it would close the album as soon as you wrote it?
Not really! It was one of those songs we wrote a few months before we went into the studio. All the songs we spent so much time on, everyone would be like, "Yeah, that's okay!" Then, the song you drink a six pack and write really quickly is the best song you ever wrote, and you're like, "What the?!" [Laughs] That one came super-fast. We had no idea, and it got bigger and better in the studio. We felt like we had an ending. It just pieced together.
Where did "Down In Misery" come from?
The lyrics are not totally self-explanatory. We just wanted it to be about being a shitty miserable human being. That sucks, but if you accept it and are proud to be the anti-hero, it's all good. It's the anti-hero song. You're miserable and you accept it. You can cry in your beer and be sad, or accept it.
What does that title mean to you?
We must have been listening to a lot of Type O Negative, and it popped into my head. It just came up, so we wrote the song. It wasn't even supposed to be the title track. Then, everybody was like, "You need to make that the title of the album. That's pretty cool!" It's not like getting too into the sacrilege stuff, but there's a zest for it.
Is it important for you to tell stories and paint pictures with the songs?
We try to do that. It comes from a lot of movies and books—that sort of thing. It helps paint the overall picture. Those songs are the most popular, I think, because they make the most sense!
If Lust For Sacrilege were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
We definitely wanted an old seventies horror movie vibe like Suspiria and all of the Dario Argento films like the Italian horror thing. We threw in the synthesizers and keyboards so there's a Goblin feel. That's about it. We recently saw True Detective. That was pretty cool so I'll say that one too!
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