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
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