PFM UNVEIL THEIR NEW DOUBLE ALBUM
Italian proggers release first album of original material for two decades.
PFM’s Emotional Tattoos will be out on October 27, and it’ll be two albums in one. For the first time in their 46-year career, the influential Italian band will be packaging the English-language and Italian-language versions of the album together. The bilingual release is in response to their new worldwide deal with InsideOut, which they hope will help their music to reach an even larger audience.
“Franz [Di Cioccio, lead vocals/drums] wrote the Italian version and I wrote the English,” says bassist Patrick Djivas. “The music is the same but the lyrics aren’t translations so we’ve ended up with 20 different sets of lyrics. We did this because we know our English-speaking audiences aren’t always interested in the same subjects as our Italian ones. We also have an instrumental called Freedom Square, which takes its title from the Italian lyric. It’s about the political situation in Italy, although it’s not a political song – Freedom Square is where people meet and talk about the life they would love to be living.”
The title comes from the album’s intensity, which reflects the band’s heritage and diversity. “We try to make every song so it gets under people’s skin,” says the bassist. “There are no weak songs on this album, which was a problem when it came to picking the singles. This is definitely a PFM album and everyone who’s heard it so far has been very surprised by it.”
The album is a return to Premiata Forneria Marconi’s early sound, following recent diversions into classical and theatrical collaborations, and it’s also their first original ‘rock’ album since 2000’s Serendipity – their last original recording since then was 2006’s instrumental CD and DVD States Of Imagination. The reason for the delay? According to Djivas, it’s all down to their hectic touring schedule.
“We’ve been playing so many concerts that we never had time to sit down to write new material. We would start writing and then we’d have to stop because we were touring, but about a year ago, we sat down and started writing properly.”
With all-new material under their belts, the Italian seven-piece are ready to begin touring. They’ve already got a string of shows lined up in Europe for later this year and have been confirmed for RoSFest on May 6, 2018. They hope to head over to the UK next year. NRS
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“There are no weak songs on this album.”
PFM PUT THE FINISHING TOUCHES TO THEIR ALBUM AT METROPOLIS STUDIO.