In their own words, Milano-based Death of a Legend is: “…a massive rock’n’roll turmoil born in 2020. In for the party, catchy as fuck and ready to knock you out.” And, we like that. We like that a lot. Here’s the background on the band from vocalist Trippy…
What are the origins of Death of a Legend? How long have you been playing together?
We formed right before the lockdown in Italia. Timing is everything, you know…
So you haven’t had the chance to perform live as a band yet?
We never had the chance to play all together live unfortunately because of summer restrictions in Italy. But I can tell you we can’t wait to hit the stage!
What should people expect when they check the band out? How would you describe Death of a Legend?
Well, I’d say Death of a Legend is nothing but good old rock’n’roll. What you see is what you get. We started nothing but since we all come from hardcore punk and metalcore bands I think there’s a natural tendency to keep it a little more tense than usual. As a listener, it’s something I personally enjoy very much.
‘Beyond Thunderdome’ is the new single, what was it about this one that made you chose it as a single? And what are the lyrical themes behind it? With city streets deserted due to the pandemic, it’s a very timely single!
With the pandemic, we preferred to focus on a few tracks rather than a full-length album so we planned since the beginning to publish songs one by one. Beyond Thunderdome is about the supermarkets’ assault phenomenon of the last march so it’s strictly connected to what’s happening nowadays around the world! As for a lot of people born in the eighties, our idea of the end of society and civilization was like: “bands of punks ravaging the hulk of a dead world, hunting for fuel, water, and their next prey”. Watching housewives fighting each other for toilet paper felt hilarious. I’m sorry.
The toilet-paper wars of 2020 were pretty damn funny! What goes through your head in the run-up to releasing new music? Are you excited? Nervous? – Both?!
I’m curious. We make music to entertain people and we want it to be an easy experience like a fresh beer at the end of a working day. Same for us so If it works it means we did a good job and if it doesn’t it means we just have something to improve. No possibility to be “misunderstood” so no anxiety. Never!
Are ‘Beyond Thunderdome’ and the first single ‘Faceman’ indicative of what a full-length album would sound like?
We always try to adjust our style to create a song that has its own dimension. Faceman and Beyond Thunderdome may be considered two sides of a dice.
In terms of a similar audience: who would be the ideal act for Death of a Legend to support?
I would love to play with The Bronx and Danko Jones. Mark, our guitarist would say Josh Homme for sure.
Taking the lockdown out of the picture, what’s the local music scene like in Milan?
Milano has always been full of underground bands and clubs. Very active and motivated. Lately not very rich in terms of the number of live clubs as it was in the 90s and the early 2000s, and it’s a pity, but it seems that new generations are more into other stuff – that I don’t know to be sincere…
What are your first musical memories? And what was the lightbulb moment that made you go “I want to do that”?
I started singing in my dad’s car when I was 3. He used to listen to a lot of synthpop and new romantic stuff so my first favorite bands have been A-ha, Duran Duran, and Tears for Fears while my schoolmates didn’t even listen to music but cartoons themes. What a lonely childhood. My lightbulb moment? Summer of 97 after I put my hands on a copy of ‘Ixnay on the Hombre’.
Personally, who has been the biggest influence on you becoming a musician?
Lemmy Kilmister and Trent Reznor.
What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?
Sunn O))), an awesome drone doom metal from Seattle, on Jan 26 of 2020
What current social issue are you particularly passionate about?
Without going too specific, I’m anxious about the constant tendency to join and promote radical points of view when things are not working for some reason. It’s a lesson we really refuse to learn.
What album do you have in your collection/Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue. THE album…
Although 2020 was a year to forget, there was some great music released; what would be your album of 2020?
Ultra Mono by Idles or Splid by Kvelertak
Who would you class as an underrated songwriter?
The Hackney brothers Bobby, David, and Dannis. Pure genius. Also Pitchshifter.
What are your plans for 2021 should COVID ever disappear?
Troublemaking. Troublemaking everywhere.
How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?
We’re trying to be constant and creative on what we post; the most fun thing at the moment are REELS, we looove them hahaha! Here’s our LINKTREE where you can find our social pages, follow us 😉