OvO interview

After reviewing their latest album Creatura, Bruno Dorella from OvO was pleased to let us interview him. We asked him a range of sensible and silly questions!

Musicology: What inspired your group name? Is the name oVo inspired by the energy company or Drake‘s clothing line? Or neither?

Bruno: None of those. Drake wasn’t even on the map when we chose the name 16 years ago. The energy breakfast was, though. Basically, Stefania was doing a trip with a gypsy caravan, when an old lady told her the word “nuovo”, which means “new” in italian. She just said that, and Stefania was somehow interested in what sounded like a message or so. She told me, and a minute later a guy on the street told me to “cut 2 off, to see myself in the mirror”. And he left. I thought about it, and cutting off the first two letters from Nuovo you have OvO, which is a palindrome, so a mirror. We thought it was funny and we picked it as our band’s name.

M: Being Italian, is there much of a market for metal over there, or have you found more success in other countries with bigger markets?

B: There is no big music market in Italy in general. But we’re not really in the metal market, we’re too weird. We’re in the freaky market.

M: Which act in the modern day would you most like to go on tour with?

B: You mean beside Swans and Neurosis? Well, we love Wolves in the Throne Room, Sumac, Netherlands, Lightning Bolt, Godflesh, Napalm Death and a bunch of other bands that we’d love to go on tour with. Iron Maiden would be kind of cool too, if we can go on that plane.

M: In an ideal world, would you have anyone to guest on your tracks? If so, who?

B: Beside Tom Waits and Diamanda Galas you mean? I’d love to get some free samples from [sic] Autechre, Aphex Twin and Amon Tobin. “You’re innocent when you dream”, right?

M: If you could tour around the world but could only have supports from Italy, who would you pick and why?

B: We’re actually organizing a world tour with an Italian band called Hate & Merda, they are friendly [sic] and very down to earth, which is the condition to tour with us.

M: What is your favourite online meme?

B: I wish we would have time to waste with that.

M: If you had to pick an artist to listen to forever who would it be?

B: You mean beside Neurosis, Diamanda, Tom and Swans?

M: Where are you most interested to play a show in the world?

B: The more it’s off the usual route, the more we’re interested. We’re up for any idea on Earth, in the Seven Seas, or in the outer Space. So, promoters from Mars, Atlantis or simply Addis Abeba, get in touch!

M: Do you have any hidden talents?

B: Stefania is really good in vegan cooking for massive queer demos. I’m the best drunk tennis player in the scene.

M: When did you realise you wanted to pursue music?

B: It was very natural, really. I knew it since I was a child, there was no other option. Thanks [sic] for asking though.

If you haven’t already, check out OvO‘s album Creatura!

OvO – Creatura

Creatura, the upcoming album from the experimental OvO, is due for release on 9 December 2016 via Dio Drone. As soon as the album opens, the listener experiences the otherworldly sound that defines OvOSatanam is both the latest single and the opening track on Creatura, immediately followed by Eternal Freak. Both tracks delve into the theme of the paranormal, and would not be out of place in a horror movie.

OvO do not stick to traditional song structure, which is what makes them belong to the more experimental and progressive genres, however they are not your typical prog rock group. The sounds they make are definitely heavier and more inspired by metal than traditional prog rock. However, that is not to say that their fan base is solely for heavy metal fans; those who are artistic, creative or who simple enjoy something a bit different might enjoy Creatura.

Although each track is different, there is some underlying repetition in between sections. For example, Matriarcale contains a first theme, an interlude and then returns to the first theme. The drums repeat the same beat, the synths repeat the same pattern but the vocals change over the top throughout the course of the song. Like much heavy metal, the vocals consist solely of screaming. Buco Nero is split into two sections; half the song consists of an instrumental and the other half contains the vocals. What ties the two halves together is the same drum pattern repeated over the two sections. The vocals gradually build over the latter half of the track and eventually the original sound loop is introduced back into the track in the final minute.

Buco Bianco follows Buco Nero. The Italian translates to ‘black hole’ and ‘white hole’, however there is not much similarity between the tracks that indicates a theme aside from the titles. Vocals are not the primary focus of the album. On some tracks, such as Satanam and Buco Nero, the vocals don’t make an appearance for almost a full minute. The focus of the album is not one instrument in particular, it is the mesh of sounds that make OvO what it is. The track that has the most traditional song structure (i.e verse and chorus) is Immondo, which means ‘unclean’ in Italian. This exactly describes Creatura as an album; down to the nitty gritty and unafraid to expose the ugly truth of the world.

As an experimental album, Creatura is a fantastic display of progressive music in the metal genre, something which is not often seen. However, if you are a fan of mainstream or general alternative music, this album may not be for you.

[7/10]

OvO Announce New Album ‘Creatura’ and Share Video For ‘Satanam’

Experimental Italian’s OvO  have shared a a new video from their upcoming album Creatura. Satanam is described as “the discovery of a secret, a revelation that involves the freaky, weird inhabitants of a roulotte. Invocations and rituals bring OvO to them. In this story, OvO are the tree of life and death, and underground door to other dimensions”.

Creatura is set for release on 9 December 2016 by Dio Drone on CD, vinyl and cassette.