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VIOLENT SCENES an attempt at being human

ONE 1.bio 2.MUSIC 3.Violent Philosophy 4.VIDEO Bio The Italian band Violent Scenes bring a dark, sophisticated style that breathes new life into the alt rock genre. The band balances theatrical flair with philosophical introspection, seeking to harmonize a poetic truth with primal emotion. Formed by longtime friends Giorgio Cuscito, Gianfranco Maselli, Gianvito Novielli and Antonio Iacovazzi in the Apulia region of southern Italy, Violent Scenes released their first album, Know by Heart, in 2017.

In composing, recording and performing, each member takes on different roles, often switching depending on the song's needs: Cuscito performs vocals and writes the lyrics while also playing bass and guitar; Maselli plays both guitar and bass; Novielli serves as another guitarist and Iacovazzi is the drummer but both also covers the electronics and vocals. It's a communal approach to music, and it works for Violent Scenes.

A musical examination of the power of memory, their debut album rooted the band’s style in a vintage alternative sound with a unique mix of acoustic and electric instrumentation; in particular, the eponymous track “Violent scenes” and the closing anthem “Blossom memories” signified the band’s willingness to find a distinct musical voice tinged with electric distortion and pulsing synth.
TWO 1.bio 2.MUSIC 3.Violent Philosophy 4.VIDEO Playlist THREE 1.bio 2.MUSIC 3.Violent Philosophy 4.VIDEO VIOLENT PHILOSOPHY In between the first album and the more recent EP Stimmung, Violent Scenes collaborated with local artists and performance troupes in Apulia, staging the theatrical show “Abandons” and a psychic reading based on the work of modernist author Cesare Pavese, as well as accompaniments to films by David Lynch and Jean-Luc Godard. Indeed, the band cites more literary, cinematic and theoretical influences than direct musical sources in their work. The members of Violent Scenes are more likely to quote the controversial German philosopher Martin Heidegger than Kurt Cobain (which, admittedly, Cobain would have appreciated).

In their more recent work, Violent Scenes seeks to explore the complexity of loneliness, longing and nostalgia through mixed media. The music videos for “Grim July”, “Nope Face” and “Zebra OPN” turn each song into a miniature opera, performance pieces filmed through an art film lens. In addition, these tracks further the band’s musical experimentation with their signature blend of cool electronic synth sounds undercut by raw emotion. At the core of the band’s being lurks the idea that limits of art extend well beyond the recording studio into the everyday patterns of life.

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