Post-Euro Tour Interview With Sprightly Synth Pop Act… THE BANKROBBER

4 June 2019

THE BANKROBBER is a twinkling Italian synth pop act that formed already a while back but released its gleaming debut album MISSING only last year. An ardent record with melodious pop symphonies and meditative musings showing the group’s high-quality songwriting skills. A quartet without sonic frontiers. Two weeks ago the four musicians returned from their first full Euro Tour, playing a total of 24 shows. Turn Up The Volume saw them glisten twice in his home country Belgium and was curious to know more about their European adventure. So, after a well-earned post-tour sleep, please welcome now singer/songwriter and guitarist Giacomo Oberti who will tell us some small and big stories from the past few months, after this musical intro for those who are not familiar with this South-European squad…

1. Last February when you started the Euro Tour your debut album MISSING
turned 1 year. How did you look back at the record one year later and did you
had a birthday party to celebrate?

“Honestly we didn’t celebrate the first year of our album, because time is running so fast. We made a lot of things during the past year, but there was no time to release anything. The two months previous to the tour we were always in the rehearsal room to practice. Anyway, we don’t celebrate the past, we prefer to be focused on the future and look forward to new experiences. Missing has been a starting point after the release of our
first EP The Land Of Tales. We’re still happy with what we achieved. Of course we could have recorded some parts in different ways or with different sounds but what really matters are the songs and we still cherish them.”


The ‘Missing’ album

2. How was the overall public reaction on this first Euro Tour?
“The audience’s reaction was always great, each in its own way. We played in different countries and different kind of venues, so we noticed some differences but overall we met a heterogeneous audience. German people are definitely the ones who focus the most on the show, but we had the pleasure to meet so many wonderful people everywhere.”

3. The best thing you experienced during this first European journey?
“Good and bad experiences were usually common. We had a really funny experience in Delft (note = small Dutch town) the day after our concert in Rotterdam. We had lost the keys of the van (and we didn’t have a spare set), so after an hour of desperate searching we were sitting on a bench in front of the van in the parking lot, when Maddalena (our synth player/singer) abruptly jumped up at one point as she was surprised by seeing the van’s signal lights going on, all of a sudden. At first, we didn’t believe her. But a bit further down the road, there just in front of us was the main key. Fortunately, a passing car rode exactly on and over it and activated the key that way! The joy of seeing this was like winning the World Cup final.”


Maddalena after the key experience

4. The worst thing that happened during the trip?
Maddalena has broken her left hand’s finger a week before the end of the tour, but fortunately it was a tiny fracture and she was able to play on. And yes, we had a couple of bad experiences, like when we found out after the show in Passau (Germany) that the van’s battery was dead. But the worst thing happened in Marseille (France) when arriving at the venue we discovered that it had been closed for months.”

5. Going on tour is so hard for smaller bands. What is it that motivated you to ride
so many miles, getting not enough sleep and waiting daily for hours for all sort of things to happen before going on stage to play at night?

“We just love what we do and we believe in our music. I think touring is one of the best ways to make a name for yourself. Sometimes as you say it’s hard, but we made it and
at the end of those three months of traveling around Europe and playing our music we ended up with a good feeling because for a band like us, going on the road is a very important thing to do. It’s not easy to book concerts, it’s not easy to get paid enough to cover all the expenses and it’s not easy to share everything, every single moment, with
the very same four people for a long time but this is what we want to do. Passion is the foundation of our profession. Without that, it would be better to look for another job.
This was our first real European tour and we’re really proud of it and we want to thank
all the venues and all the people that helped us to make this possible.”


Driven by passion

7. The most beautiful place you visited?
“It’s really hard to say because we visited a lot of beautiful places, we played in European capitals like Amsterdam, London, Prague and several other big cities, but also in small towns we really loved like Marburg (Germany). Maybe overall our favorite cities were Rotterdam and Amsterdam because of the architecture and its people.”

8. The top 5 songs/artists that were played on the van’s stereo?
“Sometimes we had fights over the music, but as we had an average of 6/7 hours in
the van every day there was enough time to listen to almost all the music ever released
on this planet, even though we had to take e break from internet now and then, in favor
of the navigator. Anyway, there were also a lot of moments without music too, when we needed to relax. Usually, we played playlists from Spotify with tons of various artists. But
I guess overall our top 5 featured Coldplay, Air, Gorillaz, White Lies and The Neighborhood.”


A van favorite

9. Who felt homesick and how soon?
“After the first two months we had a break of two weeks, we went back to Italy and honestly, I didn’t want to leave again. I felt very comfortable at home again and I also wanted to start working on the new album.”

10. Which THE BANKROBBER song did you liked the most to play every night?
 ‘Tales Of Shady Places‘, A Good Guy With A Gun and My Revolution.”

A band’s favorite

11. Some bands try to connect with an audience by inserting a couple of famous covers into their set. You didn’t do that. Suppose you had to pick one to cover
which one would it be?

“We used to play ‘Lullaby‘ by The Cure. We thought about doing one this tour, but the reason we didn’t include a cover in our set eventually was simple. Because we actually couldn’t make a choice.”

Once upon a time

12. What would you do differently when going on another tour in the future?
“We had 24 shows spread over a period of three months. Next time we will try to play as much as possible but in a much shorter period of time and, of course, we would love to play in front of thousands of people in the future.”

13. Which famous artist/band would you like to join you for your next tour?
“It would be great to play with, among others, Biffy Clyro, The Neighborhood, Placebo
or Queens of The Stone Age.”

14. The next step for THE BANKROBBER?
“We are going to drop the new video for ‘My Revolution‘ very soon
and we’re already working on the new album.”

Thank you Giacomo for this interview,
may the road rise with THE BANKROBBER!

The MISSING album in full…

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THE BANKROBBER: Facebook – Website

(all concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

Italian Pop Collective THE BANKROBBER Ready To Start ‘MY REVOLUTION’….

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

31 October 2018

After releasing their enthralling album MISSING early this year, a refreshing record of high-quality songwriting with rich orchestrations and wondrous arrangements, Italian
pop collective THE BANKROBBER seems to want to start something new, right now,
on Halloween day. New single ‘MY REVOLUTION‘ is going up and down, forth and back, balancing between confusion and revolution with one and only conclusion… all you need
is love. It’s another example of this band’s versatile musical talent and spirited sonic skills. To hell with the bogeyman here’s some real sensitive trick or treat excitement…

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THE BANKROBBER: Website – Facebook – Twitter


New album MISSING – out now – available on iTunes

THE BANKROBBER – Cinematic Clip For New Single ‘A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN’ From Second LP…

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…

VivaVideo

16 May 2018

Italian pop collective THE BANKROBBER released A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN, one of
the intriguing highlights of their second album, as their new single. It’s accompanied
by a striking, cinematic black & white video clip. Directed by Matteo Scotton it looks,
to my eyes, as a medieval Godfather sequence. Mysterious and mystifying. A truly imaginative and visual achievement. Have a look for yourself right here…

THE BANKROBBER: Website – Facebook – Twitter


New album MISSING – out now – available on iTunes

10 Questions For Universal Popsmiths Without Frontiers – Meet… THE BANKROBBER

Discover up and coming artists in 10 questions

Please welcome from Italy…THE BANKROBBER

THE BANKROBBER hails from Italy, a band formed in 2008 and named after that classic
The Clash song. But this 4-piece is more about colorful pop rainbows than about punk reggae, more about multi-layered symphonies than about in-your-face rock ‘n’ roll. Their brand new debut album MISSING is crystal clear proof of their high-quality songwriting abilities. A delectable collection of top-notch vibrations with swirling electrodynamics.
Rich orchestrations and wondrous arrangements. Universal pop music without frontiers. Before talking to singer/songwriter and guitarist Giacomo Oberti let’s get in the right mood with one of the highlights off the LP. Here’s Closer

Hello Giacomo, welcome at Turn Up The Volume!

1/ When, how and why did the band form?
“We formed the band 10 years ago. At the beginning, we just wanted to play our favourite songs from our favourite bands. But soon, we began to feel the need to write our own stuff. So, we chose a name and started writing. Soon after that, we started playing shows in our area.”

2/ What’s the story behind the band’s name?
“When we started playing, we mainly listened to The Clash, and so, we decided to steal the name from one of their songs. We chose it many years ago, but it still means a lot to us and represents us. I still like the way it sounds.”

3/ When did you know “this is how we want to sound, this is
what we want to tell the world”?

“I think our sound had a turning point three years ago, when we released the single
‘Good Road To Follow’. Actually, it was a turning point for the whole project, because we introduced keyboards and the female voice of my sister. It really changed our sound a lot. We’re inspired by the British New Wave, but we also listen to a lot of American music too. So, we mix our influences and try to create our own sound.”

The turning point

4/ What’s the signature track so far for The Bankrobber?
“It’s hard to choose just one track. At the moment, I’m undecided between Closer and Pier 39, because both are quite dark and I think it represents us. But the new album is out now, so maybe we’ll find a new one.”

Music without frontiers

5/ What movie would you pick to visualize your music on a big screen
in the back of the stage when playing a show?

“This is interesting! No one has ever asked us this question before. In fact, it’s a great question because we’re pretty passionate about cinema. It’s also a pretty hard one, too, because we wouldn’t want to ruin the movie. But if I think about it, a western from Sergio Leone would be perfect!”


The Bankrobber, once upon a time in the west…

6/ What’s on the van’s stereo when driving to gigs?
“On our van’s stereo, there is really everything. Well, everything except for heavy metal
or shitty electronic stuff, but there’s lots of current music. But I mean everything like, for example, last year, our drummer and I drove the others crazy with the One Direction songs ‘Perfect‘ and ‘History‘. Actually, I don’t know why we listened to them so much, but I guess because they’re happy songs and so we always belted them out at the top of lungs. Anyway, during our trips, there is a lot of music that each of us chooses, usually different song rotations that go on for hours.”

7/ If the band was an animal, which one would it be?
“Wow, I’ve never thought about it. I don’t even have a favorite animal. But I suppose,
if the band was an animal, it would be a bird to be free to fly anywhere.”


There goes The Bankrobber

8/ Social media: a blessing or a pain in the ass?
“Social media are definitely a pain in the ass. What I mean is that, if I think about teenagers lost in the screens of their phones for hours, man, they’re losing contact with the real world! And it’s mostly the fault of social media. But if we talk about it in terms of promotion, in my opinion, it can be very helpful, even if it is not so easy to manage.
This is because there are so many platforms to try to cover. For example, we’ve got our website, but we also have videos on YouTube, and we’re on Facebook and Instagram so people can find us more easily. You just have to be. So today, it’s a real job to manage a social network and benefit from it.”

9/ If you could go back in time on which artist’s front door would
you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

“We probably would like to knock on Sid Vicious’s door and ask him for a selfie because he was such an icon of social, fashion and musical periods that no longer exist, he totally fascinates us. We love a lot of 70’s and 80’s punk bands like The Clash, Sex Pistols, Dead Boys, Damned, Ramones and many others.”


Fashion icon…

10/ Plans for 2018?
“The new album ‘Missing‘ is out now, and we already have a tour to promote it in Italy, Spain, and Portugal at the end of February. This year, we just want to play as much as possible. Maybe we’ll get to Belgium too (note TUTV: ‘I’m waiting’)!”

Thank you for chatting with Turn Up The Volume, Giacomo!
May the road rise with THE BANKROBBER!

Here’s MISSING in full…

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THE BANKROBBER: Website – Facebook – Twitter


New album MISSING – out now – available on iTunes