Meet Ready, Set, Fall – a melodic death metal band from Italy whose sonic reveries will thrill the senses of music aficionados all across the Planet Earth. Their debut release for the mighty Lifeforce Records is entitled Memento, a concept album that launches an adventure that is absolutely epic in scope. We recently caught up with the Ready, Set, Fail collective to find out more about their ambitious Memento, their tours in Eastern Europe and Russia, staying in a haunted house while on the road in Italy, and other grand and glorious topics of interest. Let our journey to the end of the world commence…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Ready, Set, Fall, and how long the band has been together.
Giovanni: Hello everyone, I’m Giovanni and I play bass in Ready, Set, Fall since the beginning, in spring 2010. Chris (vocals), Frank (guitar) and me are the founding members, then we found the perfect replacements for our former guitarist and drummer in Francesco and Mark. After some months of writing and practicing, we met the producer Andrea Fusini who has been involved directly in the project.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Giovanni: Our band is based in Genoa (north-west Italy) even if Marco lives in Turin, Andrea in Milan and me in Bari. Italian music scene is particularly interesting; you can find tons of mind-blowing bands, such as Destrage and Fleshgod Apocalypse, which gained the deserved visibility.
How did you wind up signing with Lifeforce Records?
Mark: After some years spent recording our album and a lot of negotiations with some foreign labels, thanks to the great job of our manager Chris Klimek, we managed to talk with Stefan Luedicke, owner of Lifeforce Records, with whom we started a great collaboration!
Is there any story or concept behind the title Memento?
Frank: Actually this is a concept album about society, human feelings, especially the worst ones. The main character of Memento is “The Fallen“, a god sent by other gods to destroy the Earth, because humanity has become a threat to the entire universe. The Fallen loves the Earth, but his mission is destroy it!
Select two songs from Memento and what inspired the lyrics.
Chris: I choose Honor and Your Empire Strikes Back. The story behind Honor is melancholic and forward-looking, the man behind this song has seen the end of the world with his own eyes, but even though his desperate attempts may seem convincing, the world instead reacts violently, denying the truth, expelling him from the society “wheel”. He’ll be forced to sadly stare at the world end, which he will sing for in Tidal Waves Could Save The World.
Your Empire Strikes Back is a revenge based song, I’ve always loved revenge as one of the most pure and unbreakable human necessities. In this song, the main character suffers from a strong betrayal, and stares in the eye of his “friend” as he dies with the world’s end. Both will die, but the joy of a well-served revenge blinds the man, granting him a “happy” death. I have decided not to follow any common style in writing, putting my mind inside every background created by myself and into every singular character to give every single man a unique and remarkable character.
Who did the artwork for Memento and how much input did you have on it?
Francesco: The artwork has been created by Meran Karanitat from “300 Design“. Meran managed to portray our idea completely, in other words he created an image which framed the whole concept behind “Memento” and he made a little piece of art, thanks to his extraordinary talent. We’ve been so glad of it!
What could one expect from a live Ready, Set, Fall show?
Frank: When we play we put all our emotions on the stage, so you can expect a captivating show! We love playing live shows!
Has Ready, Set, Fall ever played here in the States or plan to do so in future days?
Giovanni: Nope, we’ve never been in the US as a band, even if our guitarist Frank played there some shows with its former band. Doing a tour there would be such an incredible dream for us, because we have a lot of American fans who ask us to play there. We hope it will happen as soon as possible, if we had a teleport machine it would be way easier!
How did the tour through Eastern Europe and Russia go and what were some of the highlights?
Frank: The Eastern Europe tour was a big surprise, all the venues where we played were full of people, and the crowd was absolutely amazing! The best locations were Moscow and St Petersbourg, really great venues. The Russian tour was very cold and very hard, the distance between some shows was very long, and we spent a lot of time in the van, but all of that was useful to us, to grow up as a band!
Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a Ready, Set, Fall show?
Chris: There was this show in the southern part of Italy in a definitely haunted mansion, windows were opening and closing randomly, little toys were changing locations, and it hot and cold at the same time ha-ha, I got drunk that night, but hey, better drunk than haunted! Needless to say Giovanni hid in the darkness to prank Frank, it’s prolly that act that awakens the demons in the house!
If Ready, Set, Fall could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Francesco: Please, please, Soilwork!!! They’ve been, and still are, one of our biggest inspirations!
What’s up next for Ready, Set, Fall?
Mark: We have some shows here in Italy, also some cool festivals and we’re waiting for a promotional tour for “Memento“, we hope to play all over the world!
Any final words of wisdom?
Chris: Well, if you are a musician, and you want to remain such, always make sure your dreams don’t fight with your real life, both sides are equal and are essential to each other, sometimes you must step aside your dreams for your real life, and vice versa, but don’t ever lose the dreaming ability, be humble and love what you do in every single second of it.
Ready, Set, Fall is:
Christopher Volpi: Vocals
Frank Mossa: Guitar
Francesco Scaravelli: Guitar
Giovanni Santolla: Bass Guitar
Marco Pochettino: Drums