(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (Like in this case the Italian Electro-Industrial-Goth Army Of The Universe) is sent a butt ton of questions ranging from standard to stupid from which they must choose at least 12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains.)
Tell me why your music rules. Or why it sucks.
It rules because it is innovative and our sound is quite unique.
It sucks because to many people are stuck in genre, subgenere, labels..
we might bit a little too “crossover” for those guys.
Which Muppet would you marry, which one would you wanna knife fight in a swamp, and which one should be our global emperor? Why?
No idea for the fist two.. we’d rather marry a doll instead of a Muppet,
the same one we would knife fight in a swamp after we find a better one.
Our global emperor should definitely be The Devil, remember that one?
Tell me about your new album. The writing, vibe, production/producers, etc.
This The Magic EP + Remixes has three new tracks and their own related three remixes. The idea was to update our sound before writing the new album. Trebla and Lord wrote the three tracks during 2014 Army Of The Universe DJ SET Tour in Europe. The vibe is dark and heavy, a little acid too.. The sound is BIG! Production has always took quite some time and it all came together when we decided to work on this EP with a very talented (and younger) co-producer: Gosteffects. The Ep also features a big remix by EDM super-producer Deorro.
What are you working on right now?
We are now working on the new album, almost done. Mastering in two weeks and scheduling the release date right after.
Why do you make your style of music? Why not polka? or Japanese symphonic folk metal? or..?
No idea. It’s simply what came out when Trebla met Lord. Experimentation and a sort of need of mixing electronica with guitars and real drums.
Show us your best interpretive dance about your favorite TV show.
Which voice in your head is the craziest?
The one other the people cannot hear…
Top 2 stupidest things you’ve ever done.
This is a hard one.. Lord does a new one every day, Trebla has some good stories.. like a back flip down the stage after a show knowing he was going to hurt himself and he did (right knee ligaments)…and then we should talk to Dave’s lawyer about his ones.
What’s the history of your band as told by your favorite fictional character?
Ask Blade Runner replicant (Rutger Hauer) when he goes “all those moments will be lost, like tears in rain..”
How often do you work on your music?
Almost daily, individually. As a band we all meet in the studio a couple of times a month, much more often we meet for drinks.
What is your philosophy? Motto?
We are not here because someone else is actually missing.
What is an extravaganza? And why is having an extra “vaganza” so special?
Probably a way of “over-doing” some small things, with a show off attitude.
Not always in a bad way though. Being Italians we can tell you that VACANZA (with the “c”) is an holiday, so extravaganza is always a good thing.
Do you have names for your instruments? If so what are they?
No, not really.
What exactly is “Going apeshit?”
Apeshit in Milano would be getting shitfaced at the aperitivo (very big here).
What’s the stupidest thing you have ever heard someone say?
Year 2000, the end of the World.
Who are your influences?
From NIN to Faith No More, from The Prodigy to Depeche Mode and tons of 80’s and 90’s rock and electronica.
Have you named your bodily parts and what are they?
Well.. better not to talk about this. We got “Calzo” and a couple more, but do not investigate here…
Peace or freedom? (You can’t have both.)Why?
Freedom, indeed. Just peace can be a cage if you don’t feel free in someone else established peace.
Which band member are you positive is an extraterrestrial and what does their planet look like? Details!
Dave. He is half android half guitar player. He does not even talk, he executes things. Properly.
How long could you live without money?
Not much, one week, maybe.
What legendary musicians would you like to play badminton with?
Badminton??? Wow… Rob Zombie.
Do you have any projects about to launch? What’s the scoop on that?
We are just focusing on the new album and the tour.
What was the last song you listened to before this interview?
When was the last time you figuratively put your foot in your mouth? (or literal if you can do so.) Details please.
Trebla says when he was a kid, Dave never did, Lord likes other feet in his mouth.
What’s the most embarrassing band you listen to?
Ourselves of course.
Any tours planned?
North America, this summer. Planning it right now.
Why should people experience your music?
Energy, inspiration and novelty.
If you were facing unbeatable and fatal odds what song would you want to check
out to? Why?
The 3 of us will never agree on this one. So let’s say Luis Armstrong “What a wonderful World”.
Describe your face.
Lord, handsome late 80’s glam face.
Trebla, hairy face but not hipster.
Dave, beautiful blonde.
Stella or Guinness? Why?
Lord & Trebla go stella, Dave says Guinness.
What musicians should quit forever and never be seen or heard from again?
Shaquira. Unbearable. And a bunch of DJs, they can’t even be considered artists.
What would you like to say to your fans?
Wait for it!
Where do your song names come from?
It really depends. Some of the titles come from the actual lyrics we write, but most of them come from the very initial concept we have in mind.
There’s a good chance you will look back and be embarrassed by your current hairstyle. Discuss.
Lord dyes his hair sometimes and we saw some embarrassing shades at some point.
Trebla is growing (with no reason) his hair and Dave can definitely get weird with his long blond wig.
If you could accomplish one thing in a music career what would it be? When you achieve that will you quit?
A meaningful song to somebody and never quit, make another one which could mean something more for someone else.
Top five favorite albums?
Again, the 3 of us will never agree.
Since Trebla is writing we’re going to go with his top 5:
- JOY DIVISION – Unknown Pleasures
- DEPECHE MODE – Violator
- NIN – The Downward Spiral
- THE PRODIGY – The Fat of the Land
- DEFTONES – White Pony
Would you accept 1 million dollars now to give up any and all music forever? If not what is your price?
No. Lord would do it for way less. Treble says never, and Dave takes the mil.
What master musicians would you like to study with?
What are your thoughts on the music scene in general?
Such a fucking great mess, full of shit and beauty.
What really pisses you off?
Who the fuck do you think you are?
Someone not superficial enough.
If you could ask yourself one question what would it be?
What are we doing here?
Are you artsy or are you fartsy? Explain.
Both, all of us we are both.
No need for explanation.
What is the loneliest letter?
Without looking which presidents are on which bills?
We are Italians. Berlusconi at same point was printed on Libian money.
Falstaff or Prince Hal?
Worst thing ever eaten?
Trebla did an almost raw pigeon in Japan. Bloody.
What do you geek out to besides your music? Please geek out on your geekiness.
Dave is the biggest geeker.. We told you, he is 50% android so full of geeks.
What are some of the unwritten rules of tours?
We are not going to write them down.
Well, the only one we can write in the name of music is: no number 2 in the tour-bus toilet.
How many unarmed but very angry 4 year olds would it take to kick your ass?
300, like the Spartans. 300 4 year old Spartans.
If you had a time machine what would you do with it?
80’s, right now.
What are your detailed thoughts on yodeling?
If you won a chance to kiss Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber, how would you escape to the space station?
No, we would do Miley and make her escape.
Wheelie or endo?
Name two people cooler than Evel Kneivel. Why?
Ahahah!!! Easy: Batman and MacGyver.