ZONA D’OMBRA: friendship and solidarity against the apahty of the present times

ZONA D'OMBRA is an Italian hardcore band driven by passion instead of money, building a freer and happier place

Hi. Tell us something about Zona d’Ombra project.

Zona D’ombra was born in fall 2011 in Como, formed by Pide, Spiccio, Pelle and Magico. During the first two years, we just rehearsed and wrote songs as good as possible. Then, in spring 2014 we recorded a promo and started playing around Italy, with a very good response from the audience. In March we released our first full length album called “Guerra All’Apatia”, but before we started touring to promote it, Magico decided to leave the band for personal reasons. Now we are searching for a new guitar player to restart playing as soon as possible and to write new material.

Tell us something about your last musical production.
Guerra all’apatia is the result of the hard work made in the last 3 years, but we are very proud of it. The recording process at Toxic Basement Studio has been a great experience. Carlo is a very good sound engineer, professional (he a gave us a lot of good advice for the production) and very funny in the same moment. Going back to the record, it talks abuot our grey, boring, void present, made just by insecurity, alienation and emptyness, and about the possibility of destroying that and create a place where you can feel more free hand happy.

Which artists have influenced your style & sound, if any?
Surely the late 90’s italian HC, bands like Sottopressione, Ingegno and Grandine, but with an approach for the arrangements a little close to metal because it is the first background of all of us.

On Livetrigger.com you define your genre “hardcore”. What does it mean to be an hc band today?
Hardcore for us means rage against a world that destroy individuals day by day.
It means passion and not money where everything becomes merch.
It means friendship with all the people that we know that play, organize, promote, cook and accomodate bands with a no profit diy attitude.
Last (but not least) it means SOLIDARITY to people who fight in this hopeless present, sometimes chained in state’s jails.

I know you made many gigs in Italy in the past. Are you looking for gigs in the future? Do you plan to have a tour in the near future? Tell us something about it.
To play live is the best thing you can do when you play in a band.
So we will play live as much as possible, and we are always searching and planning new gigs. We thought about planning a ten-date European tour this September, but then Magico left the band, so we will have to plan it again when it will be possible.

What’s the best live music show you’ve seen recently?
We played in Rumori dal lago, that is a hardcore festival near Trento. People went totally crazy, and the best thing we saw while playing, was that someone in the crowd knew our lyrics too. Another great festival has been the Rozz fest in Taranto, two days of Italian hardcore, with an excellent sound quality (that seldom happens). In both festivals great bands, great people, a lot of friends, good food and bad beer (beer for punx ahaha)!

Tell us something about your best and your worst memory on the road.
In our short story, i can say the best moment… uhm…. probably has been to play in Rumori dal lago, the gig I mentioned before. I think we will never forget that live. The worst maybe has been playing in Cremona in front of ten people (one was the soundman, and five/six from the other bands). But it’s also a good remembrance, because was the first time that we stayed outside for a week-end to play music, sleeping far from home, and then driving to the other gig.

What do you think of Livetrigger.com? Do you think it could be a good tool to facilitate the process of booking and organizing shows? Do you have any suggestions?
We think that is a good method to get contacts to play and to organize a gig and a tour, which sometimes is quite difficult.