Faithsedge is a heavy Heavy Metal / Hard Rock / Progressive project started by singer / songwriter Giancarlo Floridia in Huntington Beach, California, in early 2009. Their second explosive magnum opus entitled The Answer Of Insanity has been unleashed worldwide through Scarlet Records. A stunning collaborative effort featuring the participation of noted musicians such as Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Lukather/Alice Cooper), Alex De Rosso (Dokken), Tony Morra (Rebecca St James/Van Zant) and Eric Ragno (Eric Martin/Graham Bonnet) – The Answer Of Insanity is a thrilling masterwork that should really connect with all types of music aficionados. Here is an interview we conducted with founder Giancarlo Floridia to find out more about the modern day Faithsedge and their pure hard rockin’ insanity. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Faithsedge, and how long the band has been together.
Hi I’m Giancarlo Floridia and I and the lead singer / songwriter for Faithsedge and of course I play guitar on the records too. The first record came out in 2011 and I’ve kept it going since.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
I was born and raised in California but I think I would consider us a more international / Europe based outfit. The scene in the states in pretty bad among melodic rock / metal / prog rock for new artist so I focus on overseas but I am trying to represent the music I grew up on as a kid the best that I can here in America. My lead guitar player Alex De Rosso and my new producer Alessandro Del Vecchio is also located in Italy so I try to juggle being an American / Italiano style the best I can! Ha!
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title The Answer Of Insanity?
I came up with the title right away when I started writing it.The meaning stands for a response of someone who no longer thinks strait in their mind or thinks dark because of the things they have seen and they start to embrace that darkness. It’s a group of different stories of things that have happened to me since I was kid and up until now and I figured it was a demon that needed to be removed from my life so I could move on with my life and now with the next record. I am glad I did I think the lyrics came out great!
Select two songs from The Answer Of Insanity and what inspired the lyrics.
“Revolve My World” is cool it’s about someone who is raised in an abusive house hold and they become addicted to it later in life and always stay in that type of scenario in their relationships. They can’t live without that insanity and will even die for it.
“Pray For This ” probably my fav concept I’ve ever done so far it’s about asking the universe or God to give you something and you get back something dark and destructive that you have to deal with and it makes you look in the mirror and ask what happened to your life. It’s about a selfish prayer I said when I was 16 and ended up getting what I asked for and it almost completely destroyed my life.
How does The Answer Of Insanity compare to previous album?
Better lyrics , better and more aggressive lead vocals, the band sounds tighter and I just worked much harder on it. I also like how it’s really it’s own thing and not following a certain style you have a mix of so many things going on whereas the first album was much more arena rock/ 80’s and I think this one is just more honest.
Who did the artwork for The Answer Of Insanity and how much input did you have on it?
I worked on it with someone and I had came up with the idea of the cover with the title . The title was originally scrapped for some reason and then I told the label about it and they loved it. It just shows you to follow your gut the first time. We shot the photos for it here in Fullerton, CA.. I am glad people like it. I get asked a lot about it.
How did Alex De Rosso of Dokken become involved with Faithsedge and what has it been like working with him?
Fabrizio Grossi got him involved when I started the first Faithsedge album. He told me Alex would be perfect for the project and he was right. Alex is amazing and his solo’s and style fit perfectly with this band . Matter of fact, he is so amazing that when I write these albums I base it upon that he will be playing leads and I always keep that in my mind when I work on a song because to hear him do a solo is always something amazing! What can I say – I’m always learning from his playing style!! Simply awesome!
Who are some the other members of the current lineup for Faithsedge?
Well of course Fabrzio Grossi played bass and produced it, Tony Morra tore it up on the drums, and of course I was fortunate enough to have two of melodic rocks best Alessandro Del Vecchio and Eric Ragno both to play keys on it.
What could one expect from a live Faithsedge show in 2014 and beyond?
Everyone ask me that. I am hoping the next record will take us to the next level to where we can do so. Lets see what happens.
If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Well thats easy Rolling Stones cause they play stadiums!! haha!! But fit wise maybe Judas Priest or Maiden would be cool.
Are you involved with any other bands or projects outside of Faithsedge?
Yes I play in a cover band for fun in Cali and that’s going well, but yea, Faithsedge is my concern for my writing and getting my stuff out . It’s my life long dream to do what I’m doing .
What’s up next for Faithsedge?
Well I can now let everyone know that we will have a couple of changes on the next album. I am done with all the music and will finish and refine all the lyrics up until I go to Italy next year to record at Alessandro’s studio as he will be taking over the project. We all also have two new band members on bass and drums and I will release that info maybe around Jan / Feb next year. It’s gonna be really cool with these guys coming on board and I know everyone is going to get really excited when they find out who they both are, gonna be awesome! But yes, we will let everyone know about that early next year and hopefully the third album will be out around Christmas 2015.
Any final words of wisdom?
No matter how bad life can be try to find a way to believe in yourself and fight back!
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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