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It’s a Weird and Wonderful World: An interview with Francobollo

With a name like Francobollo, you aren’t sure what to expect from this group… They produce a sound that is all over the place and yet consistent…it’s quite strange, but in the best possible of way. Listening to them is sort of like watching a Louis Theroux documentary- it makes you uncomfortable, but something inside you urges you to keep watching. At times their sound is very rough and hard, and then suddenly switches to a soft and gentle embrace…you don’t really know what to feel; you are continuously being pulled in different directions. The resulting sound and imagery is incredibly intriguing. Take for example the music video for their single “Wonderful” – The main “star” is a revengeful, lovesick, pubic hairball. This bizarrely illustrates what their music is about quite well, and the reaction they intend to raise in the audience. There is definitely a bit of shock value that doesn’t require deep interpretation.

Unsurprisingly, being at their show was a bit of an uncomfortable experience. They were rolling around stage, drinking fan’s beverages, removing various articles of clothing, serenading drunk fans, shoving microphones, down their throats to imitate…well let’s keep this a family friendly post…anyways, you get the picture. It was weird, very weird… and yet incredibly entertaining.

Meeting in Sweden, the group moved to London for better opportunities in the music industry. Performing 6-7 times a week, they have worked very hard trying to get the word out about their music. It must be working, because they have managed to create quite a following in Europe.

They embody the expression “to steal like an artist” perfectly; their work is clearly influenced by other groups, but due to the sheer number of influences and the way in which they have combined them, they are able to create something completely their own. In fact, their group is more of a collective if anything; they are comprised of rotating members, who play with them at varying times. Their goal is to produce multiple albums a year through the contributions of different members, embodying various musical styles.

I sat down with Simon (vocals/guitar) after their show at Paradiso in Amsterdam to talk about their group and musical aspirations. Take a listen below:

Interested in finding more about their music and upcoming tour dates? Check out their website: www.francobolloband.com

Review written by Isabella Moulton– a stylist and designer by day, and aesthetic aficionado by night. For inquiries, please contact her at: theeccentricbourgeoisie@gmail.com | Keep it groovy <3

My passion for music was cultivated by my parents, who took me to see obscure bands perform and encouraged me to start my own record collection at a young age. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton with my mom; she told me if I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in complete darkness my life would be forever changed…I did and it was, thanks mom. From then on I realised that music does not exist solely to colourfully take up time, but is rather an experience that should be had as many times as possible. One of the first concerts I attended was The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, but as a teenager I started seeing a lot of indie bands at the local music hall, and was fascinated by the story their music told. Every song has a story and I wanted to hear it. So here I am, currently based in Vienna and work as a stylist and designer for my own company “The Eccentric Bourgeoisie” -- I’ll happily add some extravagance to your dull wardrobe or give you some flair to help you stand out above the rest at an event ;) I have lived in the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. Wherever I have travelled music has allowed me to broaden my horizons by experiencing new things and meeting interesting people. It has the ability to connect people from different cultures and generations, influencing the way we think and feel…there’s nothing quite like it. The way it can capture the essence of a time, the energy of a people, and allow later generations to relive it is awe-inspiring.
 My musical interests predominately centre on what was produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I also appreciate more modern bands as well. Something happened during this time musically and artistically which can never be recreated; it was like a sonic boom of creativity. I am drawn to the fashion, art films (Especially Nouvelle Vague and Giallo) and the records which were produced during this magical period in history. I have a soft spot for 1960’s garage, glam rock and of course French Playboy singers. My top picks include: T. Rex, Jacques Dutronc, Nino Ferrer, The Doors, Joe Dassin, the Kinks and Jacqueline Taieb. I adore modern bands which take the musical energy created in previous decades and build on it; some of my favourites are the Triptides and Mystic Braves. Show me your record collection and I’ll show you mine. Know some great band I should listen to? Get in contact! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons.