radioisdown

Membership:
Carlo Barbagallo - treble guitar, voice
Dario Serra - treble guitar, voice
Francesco Accardi - bass guitar
Mauro Felice - drum set

Hailing from Siracusa, Sicily, these four young men evoke the heat of southern Italy and the smog of the industrial surroundings by the Mediterranean sea. Aggressive and reflective. They've shared the stage with top-tier Italian bands such as Uzeda and Three Second Kiss. They're sound befits a band that has likely grown up listening to the aforementioned. We dig it.

Here's what some critics, through Italian-to-English translation, have had to say about our friends, Suzanne'Silver... 

Andrea Firrincieli, Losing Today 
Stars and stripes debut for Suzanne'Silver, a young band of Siracusa (Italy) that expressed itself translating the classical post-rock (influenced by Uzeda and Shellac) into the roads of a kind of noisy blues full of guitars. In fact it is the label Radio Is Down of Olympia (WA) to give full trust to these young boys that, after all, don't do anything but to abuse guitars or to warble bitterly. Nevertheless there's something charming in almost every track: sometimes it's a break, sometimes a sudden change between the beginning and a new movement ("Pages"). Comes out something new, that also recalling names as Fugazi or Unwound, it doesn't want to emulate. "President" or "Sand" are good examples to feel the vibrating heart of the album: drums and bass find the spaces to exalt themselves and the guitars always try to suffocate everything, without being able to do that. At the end we find "Gun", a noisy vent (Sonic Youth type). A perfect debut, a bet already won. 

Tano Rizza, Girodivite 
We knew well the Suzanne'Silver, we saw them "live" many times, and listened to their first EP out in with the footprint of Cesare Basile and Marcello Caudullo. But we waited of listening to, finally, their sound recorded good in an album. The American label "Radio is Down" has noticed them and decided to produce the Suzanne. Strange but usual that foreign labels (from overseas) notice good Italian bands. The Italian coordinates are insured by the sound engineers Sacha Tilotta and Alfredo Musumeci that have taken care of the work before sending it overseas in the hands of Matt Busher for the final mastering. The result is "The Crying mary" first album of the Suzanne'Silver, and it is a sounding summary of almost ten years of sounds and experimentations of the band of Siracusa. Nine sour and taut tracks wich range from the rough sound coming from the Seattle background, to touch the sicilian indierock (it has as teachers the "Uzeda" of Catania). The attitude of the Suzanne is noisy, howled, and desperate; the sounds are never predictable. Fractured guitars, taut rhythmics and then interrupted, are in the Suzanne's baggage. But it's not just an album of noise and howls, rather. The Suzanne also have a melodic approach to the sound, fancy (studied) and sporadically lyric sound. The few narrating voices are just hinted, they infiltrate themselves among the guitars that lapse into dark and heavy bass lines. Then the Suzanne stop, become reflexive and experiment sounds and charming hums that are the sounding prelude to tearing and dense tracks, or they catch you unprepared, and become violent, lacerating and lacerated. The sound is "indie" but a genuine "indie" wich takes a shape, second after second in the middle of the songs, never too much noisy, never too obtrusive. A sound that gives you the time to appreciate the sounding research of these guys that perform well. Another good work coming out from the earth of Sicily. 

Chri, Upside Down 
Warm Sicily on summer, a field house absorbed in the arid country of Siracusa. The Suzanne'Silver record in three days this debut album, during last summer, containing, in a live performance, tangible substances as skeletal sound, impact and a great "lo-fi" dose. Sound carefully left virgin, all that comes out from skin and tubes resounds in the ears with perfect sounding continuity. It is not a case that the album is produced by an American label, the Suzanne play and breathe as they were also American, but oddly been born in Sicily. As touched by the hand of Steve Albini, in one of any of his creatures that populate the nineties, the album is "post" in all of its deviations, and disseminated of variations and rhythmic winces accompanied by melodies that balance well the mathematics of the underlying construction. Struggles between emotional pushes and rough-edges geometries are the lymph of the album that in the rare moments of sung parts it shouts and then relapses in silences full of neurosis. To assimilate different languages, to look for its features and to narrate themselves. To abandon. To look for their own perfection. 

Matt Lebens, Radio Is Down 
Italy plus Radio Is Down equals Love Forever.