Band Interview: Total Recall

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1. How did you get started as a band?

Total Recall was born in 2019. The founding members Luca (Pigo) (K-Aagain, Samaritan, Embrace Destruction), Stef (K-Again, Traces of You, Die Trying) and Danny (Embrace Destruction) were already veterans in the Hardcore/Metalcore scene and decided to start to write music together after their common friend and brother Massy passed away after a long fight with his disease. Massy toured with Pigo and Stef for more than 20 years and he wanted the 2 old friends to come back together in a band as they played in different bands for many years.

Stef and Pigo recruited the drummer Danny who played in Embrace Destruction (the last band of Pigo and Massy) and decided to form a band with members who played or toured with Massy. After Pigo decided not be a singer anymore and to take Massy’s bass guitar to keep his legacy alive, with Stef at guitars and Danny at the drums, the line up started to write music without following any particular influence, with the only purpose to write songs that could reflect the style of music they played with Massy throughout the last 20 plus years.

After a few months Andy was added as singer. Andy toured with Massy when he was in Rise Above Dead and his friendship with him went back some 15 plus years, and Stefano (Bleed) as guitarist who also was in Rise Above Dead.

2. How would you describe your sound?

We could say that is blend of Low Tuned Metallic Hardcore with Post Hardcore influences and some old Numetal vibes. You will find also a touch of Death and Black metal in it like 2 olives in a Martini.



3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?

Music is a crucial part of our life since we were kids so we had several bands who really influenced us throughout the years and most of all the ages. Even now that we are in our late 40’s we still have bands that we consider as influencial. This is also a watershed to distinguish what we consider true from the millions of good albums that are only another product on the digital shelf. Also we do not live in the past, we are always on the lookout for new music and new bands even though we are loyal to the great bands of the past.

4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?

It’s a tricky question. We are coming from the mid 90’s scene, so we are still bonded to the “play every show you can and prove yourself on stage” mood, but indeed Youtube and Spotify gave us a quicker opportunity to be seen and listened from a wider audience. We do hope that people realize that a band is not defined by the YT views or the Spotify streams but from what it really is. A band. A unit that need to be able to transmit his truthfulness on stage and gain his fans one at the time proving his skills on the ground floor, not in a video shoot performance.

5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?

Some of us enjoy the pub for sure, some watching Horror or 80’s movies, some playing Basketball, some riding a bike, all of us enjoy spending time with families and friends. Simple stuff.

6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?

We are finishing to record some pre productions. The new songs are surely more dark and heavy than the previous ones but at the same time they keep the same attitude. It’s a natural evolution of the 5 of us now working together since 3 years. This new songs are reflecting our common influences in a more natural way. According to what our feelings will be about the pre prods we will decide if we will hit the studio for a Full Length or for an EP, but for sure in early 2023 we will release new music. We are also completing the live effort to support our first album Always Together. We will tour UK this early November (3-4-5) with No Second Chance and we will tour Italy, Switzerland, Holland and Belgium in early December (2-7-8-9-10).


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