Andrea Ferro – Vocalist of Lacuna Coil
Interview By Wolf Shankland
Photos by Graham Hilling
Vocalist Andrea Ferro and bassist/composer Marco Coti Zelati formed Sleep of Right in Milan, Italy, 1994, and recruited Raffael Zagaria on guitars and Michelangelo on the drums.
After releasing two demos, Bleeding Souls and Noise of Bolgia, Claudio Leo became the band’s second guitarist, and Leonardo Forti replaced Michaelangelo on the drums after his departure. The band asked Cristina Scabbia, a friend, to sing background vocals briefly, which led to her officially joining Sleep of Right.
Soon after, the band changed their name to Ethereal, and signed to Century Media at the end of 1997. Finding that the name Ethereal was already taken by a Greek band, they changed their name to Lacuna Coil, which means Empty Spiral.
Lacuna Coil released a self-titled EP through Century Media in 1998. Shortly after, there came the departure of band mates Raffael Zagaria, Claudio Leo, and Leonardo Forti. As a result, guitarist Cristiano Migliore and drummer Cristiano Mozzati were recruited officially.
At this point, the band was touring with Moonspell after the release of the Lacuna Coil (EP).
We were luckily enough to meet up with Andrea Ferro, just before they were to take to the stage for their London performance!
Where did the name Lacuna Coil originate?
Basically we had a different name back in 96 when we were doing the demo tape called ‘Ethereal’ but when we signed a deal with Century Media we found out there were two other bands using the name ‘Ethereal’ one was a geek band and the other band from north Europe so we decided not to start by using another bands name and getting stuck in all sorts of legal problems.
So we were looking for a name that could fit the same kind of mood and the fact that we were playing music that created an atmosphere in so we started by with the Italian word ‘Lacuna’ which means a lack of something or and empty space and then adding ‘Coil’ which is like a spiral. So really it was the same as Ethereal, something you can’t touch which is in the air. But it was good; it was a bit more articular because of the mix of Italian and English words.
Who came up with the idea?
We were buzzing around with the idea with name with the band and a friend, Valerie. Ideas flew around with different names but ‘Lacuna Coil’ fitted well, with the type of music we aimed to play.
Lets talk about the new album…
Well we started writing the material about the end of last year because Marco, the bass player couldn’t play a couple of tours due to an accident he had and he was going through all sorts of therapy on his shoulder. We had 6 months of due to all the re education to his arm and therapy, but he had some ideas already during this process.
Then straight after Christmas he came to me and Cristina and then we all met up February at Marcos place, with all our own ideas, were he had his own home studio, we worked in a familiar environment surrounded by cats and just chilled out and exchanged ideas, it was a very relaxed process all in all.
What we wanted was to make this record more dark, heavier than the previous albums. Because it was the feeling we had in the past three years from our personal lives like; something going on, changing house, girlfriends leaving. Really positive and negative stuff like we had people passing away. We had a lot of energy to push somewhere and we pushed it into our record that’s way we have the darkness from years past and the adrenaline, the energy from the fact we want to turn this negative into a positive thus why the title we chose was ‘Dark Adrenaline’
The name ‘Dark Adrenaline’ sounds very dark on its own. Do you hope to hit that with this record?
Well yeah. I mean the name can be used in other pretenses like in a movie, you can imagine something when you see this title. I mean, it just sets the mood of the album already just by reading that one line and we were happy with our choice.
With Dark adrenaline keeping the old sound from say ‘Comalies’ or change it all together?
The idea was to keep the style from ‘Comalies’ or ‘Karmacode’ but to keep it fresh for 2012.
We didn’t want to do a Comalies part 2 or Karmacode 2 just because they were successful, we aren’t that sort of band to just stick with it, keep the winning formula just because it good.
We want to do something new and fresh, obviously we aren’t going to do a reggae album or anything like that but its good to keep it fresh for ourselves and the people who follow us.
What do you think your fans, old and new, are going to think of this new record?
I think they’ll be happy with it because we have a lot of atmosphere from Comalies or Karmacode but keeping it fresh and having the lyric styles from Shallow life, so there is a good mix from three different past albums and the sound for now, we want to be a contemporary band so we think it’s a good mix.
Lets talk about the ‘Darkness Rising tour’
We’ve done a lot of shows over here, 18 shows in the UK, we’ve never done 18 in one country unless you count the states but that’s huge. We’ve enjoyed it so far cause we’ve played a lot of the smaller venues that we don’t normally touch like in Aberdeen or in Bournemouth or some places we never go.
So it’s cool to go and see these different places and people who’ve either seen us before or never heard of us before, and some of the reactions to people who haven’t seen us before are awesome and even the age groups are interesting, people our age or younger or even older, it’s a good mix and it’s good to see people singing along to our older stuff as well as newer stuff.
Which has been your favourite venue so far?
One of the best was by the sea in Brighton. It was really nice to be by the sea.
Manchester was good as it was one of the biggest venues we have played in so far. But then there were places like Nottingham and Bournemouth and tonight we have London, It’s been exciting.
What are the bands plans for next year?
Well we have the album coming out late January. Then we’ll be doing some promo activities over in the states before heading out on the Gigantour with Megadeth, Motorhead and Voltbeat in North America, and then, do some headlining shows in the south before heading back to the states for the radio station festival before going over to Europe a Euro headline tour.
Wow so a busy year then!
Its hard work but you get to see the world and different people, but you need to tour to earn some money but I’m really looking forward to it. I mean, it’s getting harder to do tours these days with money and costs to things like the tour bus and other expenses. But with the internet and other things like that but as long as records are selling we can keep touring.
You looking forward to it all?
I’m mainly looking forward to seeing the reactions from different areas from ‘Dark Adrenaline’ and its going to be fun seeing all the different fans and countries. And a bit of hard work never hurt, it’s worth it in the long run.
You guys have toured with some really big bands though in the past…
Yeah we’ve done tours with people like Devildriver, In Flames. We even played Ozzfest a few years back as well as people like POD and Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister and big festivals like Download, and in countries like Australia and even, Transylvania But we’re looking to do more and more big shows and festivals in the future to come.
Any funny tour stories before we go?
There was one time when we did a show with POD we got invited back to their little villa on the lake for a bbq. It was cool, we went, had some good grub and drinks when the guys at POD asked if we wanted to go on the lake with them, but not in boats. They went in the speedboat whilst we were tied to the back with ropes riding the little rubber rings. It was so funny cause as they got faster we just bounced in these rings on the waves!! Fun times.
Thanks Andrea Ferro & good luck for tonight.