Instrumental trio STEARICA To Release Second Album, ‘Fertile’, worldwide on April 13th on Monotreme Records
Torino-based instrumental trio’s powerful, adventurous second album, inspired by the squares of the Arab Spring and Barcelona’s Indignants
We are tremendously excited to welcome the AWESOME instrumental trio STEARICA to our roster!
Over the past decade, instrumental trio STEARICA (Torino, Italy) have gained a cult following in the independent music underground, touring and performing live with the likes of Girls Against Boys, NoMeansNo, Dälek, Tarentel, Damo Suzuki, Coliseum, and forming the Acid Mothers Temple and Stearica Orchestra, which recorded a full-length album during the last day of a glorious one-month European tour together.
The key to STEARICA’s success is their powerful and adventurous sound, which is geometrical yet visceral: so intense that there is no need for words – much like “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. This is especially the case live, whether in clubs, crowded festivals such as “Primavera Sound” and “Villette Sonique” or in their live film soundtrack of the 1920 silent horror masterpiece “Der Golem” (commissioned by and performed at the National Cinema Museum and winner of the “Audience Award” in the 2014 Rimusicazioni Film Festival).
Their desire to go ‘beyond’ the traditional concept of a band has also led them to begin work on an ambitious multimedia show.
So the title of their 2008 debut album ‘Oltre’ (loosely translated as ‘beyond’) is very appropriate, and the response to ‘Oltre’ both at home (“…the best record produced in Italy in years” –Il Mucchio) and internationally (UK avant garde magazine The Wire featured STEARICA twice on its covermount CD) confirms this.
But with the new record “Fertile” the trio ventures even further into unexplored territories.
“Arriving in Barcelona to perform at Primavera Sound during the 2011 Indignants protests was the spark that ignited the inspiration for this record, and the Arab Spring revolutions unfolding across the Middle East as we wrote the album further fuelled our inspiration” (Francesco Carlucci).
STEARICA’s second album, Fertile, will be released worldwide by Monotreme Records in April – during Spring, the season of renewal and fertility in many parts of the world including the historical region where the sun rises known as ‘The ‘Fertile Crescent’, the birthplace of some of the earliest human civilizations, and also the scene of the revolutionary political uprisings that swept across the Middle East in 2011 known as the ‘Arab Spring’.
Both the concept of ‘fertile’ as ‘life-giving’ and the revolutionary impulses of the Arab Spring and the Indignants protests in Barcelona provided inspiration for this latest work from STEARICA, who begin their creative process by freely improvising for several hours. These torrents of sound are then edited into finished songs, just as a receding flood leaves behind fertility-bringing silt.
Produced by band member Francesco Carlucci, Fertile captures the primordial nature of the sound that the trio creates in their dynamic live performances. At times brutal, chaotic, mysterious, tranquil; Fertile is music born of our time: instinctively revolutionary.
The album will be available on CD and digital download formats, as well as a deluxe 180 gm double gatefold edition of 500 with a free limted edition A1 poster and album CD included inside: 300 copies on red and black vinyl and 200 copies on black vinyl. The artwork, by Albanian artist Moisi Guga, beautifully reflects the symbolic imagery of the concept of ‘Fertile’.
Physical product pre-orders from the Monotreme Records web shop will also receive free STEARICA pins and stickers whilst supplies last.
Pre-order link: http://monotremerecords.limitedrun.com/categories/stearica
Francesco Carlucci: guitars, bass, synths, electronics, additional sounds
Davide Compagnoni: drums, percussions, samples
Luca Paiardi: bass
Produced by Francesco Carlucci.
All songs written by STEARICA.
Recorded by Daniele Mattiuzzi and Francesco Carlucci at Blu Room, Chivasso + Cavoretto Hills, Cavoretto + Wave Life, Torino.
Mixed by Daniele Mattiuzzi and Francesco Carlucci at Wave Life, Torino.
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studios, NYC.
Artwork by Moisi Guga / www.moisiguga.com
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