Rome is worldwide famous for its monuments, which, actually, on a practical level, are often its worst side; I think that living for centuries in self-aesthetic made us lose that healthy vision to compete with others. But digging into the ground, as taught by the endless works on the Metro C, our city can bring to light even some underground movements which are going far, from a musical point of view - one-man band especially. The Blues Against Youth would deserve a statue for the sound quality he - with relentless perseverance - export from the capital to the rest of Italy and all over Europe.
Since the name of our national one-man band, it is clear that, unlike the proverbial Roman fancazzismo (take it for 'typical Roman idleness'), there is not much to laugh about; since 2009, he has already produced several demos, a handful of 7'', one full-length LP - most already out of print - a sign of his straight will of doing something.
Fresh out, You Said I Praise The Devil? EP comes as 45 rpm disc, yellow coloured, with a big round hole. It starts with the title track and the young are immediately warned... a kind of those blues which makes you easily drop to pacts with the devil. Die Whit the Rat in Your Muth reaches the edge of the punk sound like the worst party to which you have not been invited, - and it can only end up in tragedy. One of those rare pieces, to have both in the discography and in the closet, signed by Simone Lucciola, a folk pretty experienced with punk scars. The second side begins with Mama Tried, originally by country heroe M. Haggard. The Lazio countryside might not be as boundless as the U.S., but in the words of Don Buro from Vacanze in America “beata l'ignoranza quando si sta bene di mente, de core e de panza” ("blissful ignorance when you feel good mentally, core and de de belly.")
It all ends with Would You Please Click Like Me? a chant r'n'r ' - I think - laughing at the use of social networks; with all the eagerness of popularity you find online, often you end up entangled there. A mature production The Blues Against Youth. The only negative note: the transparent disc envelope with adhesive closure. I fucking hate it.
Freddie Koratella (Dead Music dj-set)
You Said I Praise The Devil? by thebluesagainstyouth
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