Italy’s most interesting band finds inspiration in an unlikely place and crafts a timeless masterpiece
While Call It Blazing is A Classic Education’s first proper LP, it is instantly recognizable as part of the great tradition of early rock and roll – an album full of stories, character and time.
The band wrote the record in their hometown of Bologna, Italy, soaking in the vintage photography of Danny Lyon, Diane Arbus, Wlliam Gedney and Mario Giacomelli – fever dreams of bikers, roads and dirt, the Chicago Outlaws, and the leather-clad city kids of long-gone yesterdays. The juxtaposition of these grainy images and Bologna’s medieval streets and red-tiled roofs created Call It Blazing – a thoroughly modern take on forgotten-era pop music that marries dreamy guitars, shimmering sixties melodies, jangly post-punk and early stage rock’n’roll anthems, all with an unmistakable European pop sensibility. These are 12 songs that explore a sense of mischief, disenchantment, escapism and desire to not comply to any given set of rules or laws – ideas that are as modern as they are timeless. A Classic Education combine the muscle of Loaded-era VU with the sincerity of Roy Orbison and the chiming guitars of the Go-Betweens, Johnny Marr and The Verlaines to create a sound that is compelling and truly unlike anyone else.
“I was standing in an old book shop in Bologna and a copy of The Bikeriders by the photographer Danny Lyon was on the wall just staring right back at me,” says singer Jonathan Clancy. “I immediately picked it up, carried it home and immersed myself in that black & white universe, those roads, sweat dripping from my palms and stories clogging my mind. I felt at ease, lost in that forgotten world of abandonment, and songs came in a matter of seconds”.
Canadian-born Jonathan Clancy and the gang of Luca Mazzieri, Paul Pieretto, Giulia Mazza and Federico Oppi decided to come to the US to record Call It Blazing in Brooklyn, NY at Rear House with Jarvis Taveniere (Woods, Vivian Girls, Real Estate, Widowspeak, Ganglians) at the helm. Tavienere and the band crafted the album’s unique sound by using a classic method: tracking all the musicians together in an old kitchen with a wooden floor and sending the results to analog tape, later adding layers of organ, theremin and violin. Closing song Night Owl was recorded in Philadelphia during Weathervane’s acclaimed Shaking Through sessions by Brian McTear and Jon Low.
Call It Blazing is the band’s full-length debut, coming on the heels of a string of acclaimed EPs and singles that have brought A Classic Education around the world numerous times to play with like-minded bands Wolf Parade, Real Estate, Crystal Stilts, The Fresh & Onlys, British Sea Power and Arcade Fire and important festivals such as Primavera Sound, SXSW, Indietracks and CMJ.
One critic remarked “they look like European punks from an early Pedro Almodovar film and sound like a mix of Galaxie 500, The Shins and a hint of 50s rock n roll. Good stuff.”
Call It Blazing is due out October 25th on Lefse (worldwide), Moor Works (Japan), La Tempesta International (Italy), and Tannen Records (vinyl).
1. Work It Out
2. Baby, It’s Fine
3. Grave Bird
4. Gone To Sea
5. Place A Bet On You
6. Billy’s Gang Dream
7. Spin Me Round
8. Forever Boy
9. Can You Feel The Backwash
10. Terrible Day
11. I Lost Time
12. Night Owl
Album teaser video link: http://vimeo.com/26981060