Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band? Hi everyone, I’m Carlo “Karlo” Loglisci and I’m the frontman (singer and guitarist) of The Blacklava. We are an Italian rock band (obviously the songs are sung in English) with 70s and 90s influences.
Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band? We started in 2014. Me, Mark (who previously played the guitar) and Gabry (ex bass player). I was already friends with both. We went to a rehearsal room of a metalhead friend of ours and used the logic pro loops as drums. Thinking about it now makes me smile! After two months Gabry introduced us to Diego, a drummer friend of his. We played together for three years and we made an Ep and we were getting ready for the record. While recording the album Gabriele left the band for personal reasons. It had been in the air for some time already. The Blacklava project was going on and he was unable to devote the necessary time and problems in the family made him make the decision. After a short time we decided that Mark would play the bass and that a friend of ours Matteo “Zeta” would play the solo guitarist! we finished the record and we are on tour in Europe and in 2019 Zeta leaves the band for study reasons! Now the training is complete with Francesco “Vip” on guitar! Francesco was our Producer since the first EP.
What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
Difficult question, especially in a lockdown period like this. in 2014 we did Rock / Stoner. later we decided to mix a little and put a lot more rock and now in the last singles we do a rock mkic with influences from the 70s and 90s. This quarantine is changing us and I don’t know how much it will not be possible to produce music all together. A single that talks about quarantine will soon be released, all created with technology. So acoustic guitar, vocals and electronics. We as artists change based on the period and on what we feel like doing!
What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together? I really like the initial part! When I play a simple riff for fun and I sing on it. I find it magical, instinctive! then I like the first part when the embryo becomes music and then the last part is the one I like the least, perhaps because at that point I heard the song 200 times! hahaha. We The Blacklava produce ourselves from the very beginning so we are present and authors of our tracks. maybe if we went to a studio where someone else is behind the mixer the order of pleasure would be different
What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music? I like a lot of themes. It depends on the period! now I want to go back to screaming music and / or ballads.
Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work? Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, Fink, Chet Baker, Black Stone Cherry, Royal Blood. These are the first influences that come to mind that have marked my way of approaching music!
Where can someone looking for your music, find it? everywhere.Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music, Itunes, Deezer and more
What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances? be with my friends and my band before the show, have fun together and then get a little drunk on the stage 🙂
What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
Almost always a message of lightness and fun and sometimes, even if in very little percentage, some deep reflection on life. But sometimes the reflections are trivial because now they are all poets in the world and the most beautiful reflections have already been made and also a very good way!
Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band? I hope that after this pandemic the live activity will resume even more than before and I would like the band to travel a lot abroad!
2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
Leaving Eden has been around for well over a decade. Co-founded by myself and Eve. Rick was in a previous band to Leaving Eden. Alyssa was at a gig and she wanted to play keys for us. The drum slot also became available and Jake asked for it. I think every member of Leaving Eden are really top-notch musicians.
3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
I consider Leaving Eden a multi Genre band branded in Rock/Metal, we also have folk, pop, alternative, progressive music that really tends to blend paired with lots of energy and a connection to the crowd. I always say Leaving Eden is best seen and heard live. Eve has a way with people that is intriguing. Lots of melody/harmony with hooks and lyrics that are based on reality to a certain extent.
4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
Great question. As a musician the best part is recording an album and playing live. It’s always been something that is very unique. Sharing these experiences with the band members gives you a special sense of comradery. When you’re up on stage it’s those five people making the music together, tight, full of energy and entertaining. The same goes for recording. It’s so fun knowing that you’re together creating something that will last forever. When it’s done it’s such a sense of achievement.
5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
I think there’s an ongoing theme of hope. I also think there’s darkness shadowed by the light. Every single one of us are embedded with good and evil. It’s always been a struggle to overcome evil. It’s reality, so we write about it. Most of our lyrics are based on reality in someway.
6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
There are so many like Fleetwood Mac, Disturbed, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Simon and Garfunkel.
7. Where can someone looking for your music find it?
We have seven albums released worldwide. You can find those albums on all the normal platforms such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Amazon.
Our new album “Dream With Me” to be released in May, 2020, we were told it was the best pre-order for the label.
Dream With Me is Leaving Eden’s 7th Album to be released world wide and distributed by Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal. In this album we got the best of both worlds, where again like our last 2 Albums, we were able to take all the time necessary to record and produce “Dream With Me” in Leaving Eden’s Studio. But then, to have One of the best Rock Engineers in the world as far as I’m concerned, Grammy Award Winning Engineer Johnny K. (Disturbed, Staind, Finger Eleven, 3 Doors Down, Megadeath, Sevendust, Plain White T’s, POP Evil, Trapt, Drowning Pool, Alien Ant Farm, and many more) for Final Mix and Mastering is my dream scenario! I love working With Johnny, he’s a genuine connoisseur of great music with so much talent, it’s such a pleasure to call him my friend. We’ve worked together on other albums but this one, to have the freedom to dig deep and experiment with my own unique recording techniques and then to have Johnny put his final touches on it was a real treat!”
House of the Rising Sun Official Video By Leaving Eden
Dream With Me Official Vide (in a time of the CoronaVirus) By Leaving Eden
Alyssa and I wrote the title track “Dream with me“. We loved the song when it was finished. We felt it was a great title for the Album. The video has a connection to the coronavirus.
8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
Well it’s certainly one of the things that greatly motivates us. Basically most of our friends have come through touring and playing live. You get to meet people you never possibly could’ve met, you get to see places you’ve never possibly could’ve seen. Leaving Eden has toured the USA, UK & Canada sharing the stage with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world including; 10 Years, 10 Years After (Woodstock Reunion), Adelitas Way, Alice Cooper, Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Apocalyptic Review (featuring members of Godsmack), Avenged Sevenfold, Big Brother and The Holding Company (Woodstock Reunion), Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell), Blackstone Cherry, Bret Michaels, Buckcherry, Chevelle, Collective Soul, Country Joe (Woodstock Reunion), Damage Plan, (Featuring Dimebag & Vinnie Paul) Days Of The New, Disturbed, Dope, Dropkick Murphy’s, Drowning Pool, Five Finger Death Punch, Fuel, Gemini Syndrome, Gin Blossoms, Godsmack, Halestorm, HELLYEAH, Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions), Hinder, Hookers & Blow (featuring members of Guns ‘N’ Roses, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.), In This Moment, Jefferson Starship (Woodstock Reunion), Killswitch Engage, Kittie, Korn, Lacuna Coil, LA Guns, Lamb Of God, Lita Ford, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marilyn Manson, Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG & The Scorpions) Motorhead, Mudvayne, Mushroomhead, Napalm Death, Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Nonpoint, One Eyed Doll, Papa Roach, Pop Evil, Powerman 5000, Puddle Of Mudd, Queensryche, Ratt, Rob Zombie, Ronnie James Dio, Saliva, Saving Abel, Scott Stapp (the voice of Creed), Sebastian Bach, Seether, Sevendust, Shinedown, Slayer, Soil, Soulfly, Steven Tyler, Stone Sour, Taproot, Ted Nugent, Testament, The Butcher Babies, The Misfits, Theory Of A Deadman, Trapt, Tremonti (Creed/Alterbridge), Trixter, Uncle Kracker, Warrant, ZZ Top, Nickelback, Skillet & many more.
9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
I guess have fun, enjoy life, be responsible to yourself as well as others, open your mind and save your soul if you can.
10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans for the band?
Tracks from Leaving Eden albums will be featured in Massimiliano Cerchi’s movies: Painkiller, Mayday, Lockdown and Penthouse starring Michael Pare (The Philadelphia Experiment, Eddie and the Cruisers). And Bloodthirst.
“We are excited about this new album also, because the entire album and lots of tunes from our previous albums will also be featured in a new fake reality comedy movie titled “The Nitwit”
Originally I had written The Nitwit movie script loosely based on real life events with the intention of having Leaving Eden’s music throughout the movie and procuring other pros to make the movie. Where Leaving Eden has been involved with having our music placed in different movies and TV series this simply made sense. While in Iowa after wrapping up on a shoot I sat down with Nitwit Movie Producer, Ray Van Blarcom and Actor, Matt Moody over a scotch and threw the script down on the table. They started reading it, thought it was hilarious so we decided let’s make the movie. For me being the director of several music videos it was a very simple transition to direct The Nitwit Movie. Finally, I was intrigued by Matt Moody’s experience not only in production but as an actor. Ironically Matt fit the leading role as The Nitwit perfectly. He then brought in Jordan Smith as his costar and Nitwit Movie Producer, Fran Huges, the rest is history. We expect the movie to be released in 2020 by SGL Entertainment. Many concerts have been scheduled so we’re hoping that things start to shape up around here. Being isolated during the coronavirus is a very tough thing for most people so we definitely do wish for everyone’s safety.
**Before I begin, since this is my first review on the blog I think I should explain my rating system here. I don’t want to use the usual star or number rating system as I’m unable to put my verdict of something I consume in numerical terms. Instead, I’ll try to rate them in terms of what I feel of them. So here’s the rating metric I’m going to use, from best to worst :
Instant / Classic
“It’s great” / worth adding to your collection.
Must listen/ see/ read if you’re a fan.
//stream it once it’s free//
//fun for the high time//
Horrendous. Piece. Of. Shit.
So i guess we’re good to go.**
THE NEW ABNORMAL – THE STROKES
Rating – “It’s great” /worth adding to your collection.
Okay, I should tell you that this is my first Strokes album. I was born in 2001, so I missed out on the early 2000s hype surrounding them. And their work since then has really been sub-par, with a really uneventful 2010s for them. But I know about them and I understand why they’re so beloved by so many. I have listened to their earlier music and I love it. So, when I heard “At the Door”, their latest single from their new album, I was super hyped. I was about to witness my first Strokes album.
And honestly I’m not disappointed. After seven years of hiatus have finally come back with an album which is possibly their best since their 2006 album “First impressions of the truth.” And what better, they have matured a lot since then, which is very evident on this project. The Strokes are known to look back at earlier periods like the eighties and pay homage to them, and while they still do that in this album, they are also looking back at something more. They are reminiscing at their early times as a band, New York from when they were young and past friendships and relationships among others. This nostalgia drives the sound of this album. The guitar riffs and over the top synths are very 80’s in here, which is very classic of the Strokes, yet they add to that sound in here. They beautifully nudge between poppy dance rock and ambient rock ballads, supported by the high pitched falsetto of Julian Casablancas and his extraordinary vocal abilities.
Lyrically too, The Strokes have matured a lot. Their ideas are more clear and easy to digest in this album. The lyrics are simple and dark, and while it might seem pretentious at some points, Julian’s delivery makes them work. The themes of the album are petty universal, so almost anybody will be able to connect to the lyrics. Also, the writing here is really witty and smart which adds to the fun of the songs. While there’s no storyline per se in the album, the overall themes connect beautifully. Each track has it’s own thing to say and they all together complete the story that the Strokes are trying to paint here. For example the opening track “The Adults are Talking” is shot at people in power or rich businessmen, followed by “Selfless” which is a rock ballad where Julian sings about an old romance, while the album ends on “An ode to the Mets” where The strokes talk about their childhood memories and give a tribute to their city – New York.
Fav Tracks: At the Door, Ode to the Mets, Bad decisions, Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus, Selfless, The Adults are Talking, Not The same anymore.
Least Fav Tracks: Why Are Sunday’s so Depressing
Overall, I loved this album. While it might not be a classic like The Stroke’s debut album “Is this It”, “The New Abnormal” is the best work they have put out in recent memory. It is great album and if you love the Strokes, you should definitely buy it and add it to your collection.
So that’s it for this, I’ll be back with another review shortly. Do let me know what you thought about the album in the comment below!