The Artists

The Spreewells

December 29th, 2013

Indie Rock • Los Angeles, CA, USA •

“Thoughtful but not pretentious, political but not preachy, aggressive but not steroidal.”

Unraveled Artist Interview:

Q: Why did you make this song? What does it mean to you?
A: This song was written after I got swept up in a protest march that turned into a riot. This occurred in Rome in October 2011. The day after the riot, all the papers and TV news in Italy were ranting about the violent anarchists who threaten the fabric of society, et cetera, and the right wing Catholics were all angry about a statue of the Virgin that got hauled out of a church and smashed. But then it slowly began emerging that the people who started the violence – the guys in the ski masks with bats – were actually working with the police. It happened because the police wanted an excuse to take off the gloves – to smash the heads of some of their old enemies and to clamp down on things a little bit. But unfortunately for the police, people started uploading camera phone videos of the ski-mask dudes hanging around with the cops behind the scenes. So the song was written to express a little bit the frustration and the courage of the well-intentioned participants who weren’t violent, and also to sneer a little bit at the bad faith and cynicism of the “forces of law and order” – the cops along with the journalists and politicians who repeat like parrots whatever the police tell them. And I guess the song also tries to capture the excitement of the day – the explosions of noise, waves of danger, the strange moments of calm.

Q: What do you want listeners to understand from this creation?
A: That there’s no excuse for being bored. But feel it, don’t understand it.

Q: How can people support you further?
A: Come to see our shows – the best way to know about those is via our social media pages (the usual ones) – and if you like what you hear, buy our new CD on Bandcamp. It is called “The Asphalt and the Sin” and it is cheap and it features award-winning graphic design!!

Q: What is your ultimate vision for your work?
A: Basically, we want to make enough cash so we can purchase an individual chateaux in the South of France. There, we would each like to hole up separately with waiflike 20-somethings from minor branches of the Habsburg and Thurn und Taxis families, and, assisted by large domestic staffs, spend our time riding horses, drinking champagne, and discussing whether or not to take the jet to Istanbul for lunch. We feel like it is a reachable goal, and that we are on track to achieve it.

Q: Do you consider your music to fall within a genre(s)?
A: Angular intelligent songs for the modern world.

Featured image (above) photographed by Isabella Clarke for Unraveled during the Unraveled Tours show at The Lexington in Downtown Los Angeles on 4/3/15.

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