PFM UN­VEIL THEIR NEW DOU­BLE AL­BUM

Ital­ian prog­gers re­lease first al­bum of orig­i­nal ma­te­rial for two decades.

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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.

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