Heavy Star: A Rock and Roll Odyssey from Rome
Heavy Star is a hard rocking band from Italy in the grand tradition of Skid Row, Tesla, and even the almighty KISS. Electric Overdrive is the name of Heavy Star’s latest collection of tunes, now available worldwide from Perris Records. Rockers such as Love N Affection and Blessed should be all over radio airwaves, demonstrating a melodic appeal and infectiousness that is absolutely timeless. And any music fan will be over the moon when encountering Heavy Star’s wondrous rendition of the KISS classic Love Gun! We recently caught up with guitarist Marco K-ACE to find out more about rock and roll sonic odyssey known as Heavy Star. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Heavy Star, and how long has the band has been together.
I’m Marco, the lead guitar player and I pretty much lead Heavy Star, for better or worse! As they say, it’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it, so here I am…!
The band was born out of our passion for the heyday of metal-rock: the days when bands like Ratt, Skid Row, Tesla, Def Leppard, Black N’ Blue and KISS (of course!) were at the top of music charts worldwide. And yet, it has hints of more modern European influences, like Gotthard and Eclipse.
I founded Heavy Star at the beginning of 2014. Originally it was intended as a four-piece outfit, but I guess the noise was not enough… so enter another guitar!
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We’re based out of Rome, Italy. It’s a big city, but the metal scene is comparatively small. Live music in general, I should say, does not have as many outlets as it used to. A few younger bands are coming out like Sick N’ Beautiful, Pavic, Eden. I have a soft spot for bands from the older school of Italian metal, guys like Strana Officina, Revenge, Danger Zone… they still rock hard!
Is there any story or concept behind the title Electric Overdrive?
Not really. We just wanted a title that was able to convey instantly what the band is all about. Loud, unapologetic rock n’ roll, that is!
Select two songs from Electric Overdrive and what inspired the lyrics.
Like most other bands, we like to tell stories in our songs. BLESS, for instance, is a song about Las Vegas. It’s a city so full of “magic”, but as you drive around you can also feel its “seedy underbelly”. It’s interesting to see how corporations have taken over… and yet its lure is very hard to resist!
Another song is HIGHER THAN THE SUN, which takes you from the mythology of Ancient Egypt to the plight of people from the Middle-East, in these horrendous war-ridden modern-day times we are going through. Nothing is actually spelled out in the song. It gives you images, a puzzle for the listeners to put together as they see fit.
Has any member of KISS heard or commented on your cover of Love Gun? What made you decide to cover that particular KISS song?
Ahahahah… I wouldn’t know… We haven’t heard from the KISS camp… I sure hope they’ve heard it though… We are all KISS fans, and we chose Love Gun because we read that it’s possibly Paul’s favorite. And so it happens that it’s our favorite too, how about that!
What could one expect from a live Heavy Star show?
The sound of true rock n roll! It’s a bit like traveling back in time on a virtual DeLorean and immerse yourself in metal nostalgia. The audience seems to appreciate this very much. Close your eyes and dream of the Sunset Strip at its stellar rock n’ roll peak!
If Heavy Star could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
KISS wins hands down! We’re such huge fans… I could easily imagine an all-star festival with Heavy Star opening for DEF LEPPARD, RATT, SKID ROW, MOTLEY CRUE, BACK’N BLUE, QUIET RIOT – in any given order!
Any strange or scary happenings while on the road or at a show?
Not really, no. So far, so good. I’m not counting that one time where I forgot to bring my guitar on stage – you see, I often work as a sound guy at shows, so it often happens that’s I’m looking out for everyone at shows, and I forget my own stuff…
Have you ever played in the States area or plan to do so in future
days? If so, what was the experience like?
Not yet… hopefully soon. For now, we may have a tour of Japan in the works. We’ll see what happens..
How did you wind up working with Perris Records here in the States?
I personally am a huge CD collector. I saw that many historical bands recently had signed with Perris, a label I had been following so I decided to give it a try and send our demos out. Thankfully, it worked…
What would you like someone to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
We just want people to have a good time. And maybe for younger generations to rediscover the sound of the “classics”…
What’s up next for Heavy Star?
We are writing new material, and we hope it will not to be too “contaminated” by newer stuff…
Any final words of wisdom?
Music is wonderful, and it should be created and played with a “pure” spirit, and not merely for commercial purposes. You don’t wanna make that trade-off, if you care about soul and credibility…
Heavy Star is:
Albert Fish – voice,
Marco K-ACE – guitar and backing vocals
Danny Slade – guitar
Roberto BOBBO Biaggioni – bass and backing vocals
Mauro Money – drum
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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