Intervista JOE LALLY

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Il 3 Maggio scorso è uscita via Tolotta/Dischord l’ultima fatica di Joe Lally, il leggendario bassista dei Fugazi che dal 2006 porta avanti il suo progetto solista facendosi accompagnare da diversi musicisti (attualmente ad accompagnarlo sono Elisa Abela ed Emanuele Tomasi). Il terzo album si intitola ‘Why Should I Get Used To It’ (leggi) e noi abbiamo colto l’occasione per porgli alcune domande riguardo la produzione del disco, le influenze musicali, la label Tolotta e il suo stato di artista indipendente.

Ciao Joe, allora cominciamo subito… riguardo “Why Should I Get Used To It”, che tipo di approccio hai avuto durante le registrazioni assieme ad Elisa Abela e Emanuele Tomasi? Sembrerebbe che tu abbia seguito una struttura più naturale delle canzoni rispetto ai tuoi due primi lavori, scaturita dalle improvvisazioni live…

The big difference with this record is that I wrote guitar parts for many of the songs myself. On the first 2 records I left the lead instrument’s position open to interpretation. While writing this one I could here full arrangements for the first time. I think I wanted to see the songs all the way through. Even on the songs that had room for improvisation I was able to arrange better. Overall, I wanted to aim for something new instead of repeating myself.

Nel tuo lavoro solista, il basso è la componente principale e assieme alla voce danno vita ad uno stile molto soft, pacato. La chitarra è quasi sempre pulita, poche distorsioni ma il sound è puramente rock, alternative. Come sei giunto a questa idea di musica?

As a writer one really follows the song as it grows. It’s like the song is already there and if you listen closely you’ll uncover what the your next move is. An additional sound or how many verses your singing. From the the bass line that started it one discovers the rest of the song.

Cosa vuoi dire con “Why Should I Get Used To It”? C’è una tematica principale che ripercorre l’intero album?

The more I look around at the world the more dysfunctional modern society seems to be. A few people profit from the work of the many. Everyone’s supposed to be happy with that. It may be a theme in all my
writing. I’m not looking for a theme though. It has to be something I truly feel. The lyrics aren’t word games for sounding clever and saying nothing.

Quali influenze musicali sono state decisive per questo tuo ultimo lavoro?

I listen to a lot of different things. That doesn’t change. I’m always writing something and always studying whatever I’m listening to. I don’t become stuck listening to one thing so much that I try to imitate it.

La tua label, la Tolotta, è stata fondata nel 2001 e in accordo con la Dischord ha appena rilasciato “Why SHould I Get Used To It”. Mi chiedevo se il tuo modo di vedere l’indipendenza delle band underground, il DIY, è rimasto invariato rispetto agli anni ’80/’90. Non tanto per quanto riguarda il tuo lavoro personale, ma più in generale per le giovani band, i circuiti underground e la tendenza (al contrario) della commercializzazione di certi gruppi… “venduti”.

The whole music world has changed so much. There seems to have been a natural shift into doing as much of the work as you can for your band. That’s a good thing. There was that explosion of interest from all the
major labels after Nirvana took over the world in the ’90s. People didn’t have to take the time to become a proper band before they were given an offer to “make it”, but that is gone now. Everything just keeps changing so fast it’s hard to say where it will land. The “selling out” part of it is nothing I ever focused on. A band like that didn’t interest me, but that was there business. Fugazi was not trying to say, look at us we’re so pure and good. We just try to treat our audience the way we would like to be treated. Signing to a major label was not in our interest. It was simple, we had our own label and we didn’t want a fifth person to decide anything with us.

Quali sono secondo te le band, affermate o emergenti, che attualmente meritano attenzione?

I’m the wrong guy to ask because I’m not familiar with many current bands. One band that I played with recently that I loved is Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp. I’ve also met L’Enfance Rouge who set up a tour in France for us and it’s been great watching them every night.

Quale consiglio vorresti dare ai nuovi gruppi che hanno scelto di crescere nel circuito undergound?

Don’t let anyone tell you what to do! It’s hard to comment on because I’m doing my best to book my own shows like a show I would like to attend. It’s not easy finding the right place in each city where people come because they’re really there to bring their attention to the music.

In questo momento tu vivi a Roma. Pensi che l’atmosfera della città ti abbia influenzato?

I’m not sure you can always follow all the things that influence you. I certainly view the USA differently since I live here. I feel more concerned about what happens there. Playing with the musicians from from here certainly has in many ways. They’re good players.

Non poteva mancare, poi, una domanda sui Fugazi! Ovunque si legge che la band è ufficialmente in pausa… Anche tu ci confermi che la situazione è questa?

Yes, I’m here looking after my mother-in-law and the others are still busy with things. I hope we’ll work on music again. I thought we were pretty good.

Ok, è tutto! Ciao Joe, grazie della disponibilità!

Thanks!

Intervista raccolta da Marco Casciani

3 COMMENTS

  1. Salve,

    Ho visto che ci sarà il Record Release Party al Coffee Pot di Roma il 17 maggio.
    Si potrebbe sapere a che ora inizia?

    Grazie

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