Italy's ALIX are my personal hot discovery in 2004. When I saw their energetic live show this year as support of The Hidden Hand, I was totally overwhelmed by their heavy groove-laden psyched out rock. And they have the ability to write songs, that stuck in your brain for weeks. With the new album "Ground" ALIX will truly stand their ground, because it offers tons of hooks and clever ideas what is something I miss mostly today. This group creates an uplifting atmosphere and forces the listener to open his mind and ears. To be honest, I won't live without "Ground". To discover the mystery of this magic band, I contacted bassplayer Franco some weeks after their show, and he was kind enough to answer my questions. Do yourself a favour, check out the interview and make sure to discover some new "ground"!
Hey folks! A few months ago you finished your European tour with The Hidden Hand. Has it been your first bigger tour outside of Italy and give us some impression's of this experience! Which shows did you enjoyed the most?
Hello to everybody!... the tour with The Hidden Hand has been the second time for us outside of Italy. Last year we played in Germany with Dozer and Pawnshop. It's always beautiful to play here because people are more interested in stoner music, but this time it's been special thanks to Wino... he is a true musician and a real "gentleman"... the same for Bruce and Dave, very good feeling between us.Seeing these guys on stage every night was just wonderful, they never did the same show! We enjoyed very much the shows in Amburg, Dortmund, Tilburg and in Leuven at Sojo, very cool club..
At first, German doomsters Shepherd should be on board with the Hand, but due to the reason that they decided to break up you got the chance to do this tour. I remember that B. Falkinburgh (Hidden Hand bassplayer) had worn an Alix shirt when the Hand visited Europe for the first time in 2003. Have you been in contact for a longer period with the band and how did you get the possibility to make this tour?
We played one show last year with The Hidden Hand in Switzerland because they needed a support band for that gig and VIBRA, the booking agency, asked us to do the job because we just had worked together for the tour with Pawnshop and Dozer. for the same reason when Sheperd brocke up they asked us.
When I watched your show at the FZW in Dortmund I was totally overwhelmed from your heavy psychedelic sonic power and your passionate playing combined with a well-working chemistry between all members. It seems as if you were tripping yourself into another state of mind, just because of your playing.Do you remember this day and are you always giving 100% on stage?
We try to give always 100% on stage, sometimes I think that is the difference between a true musician and a "worker" of music.... propably if you felt those emotions during our show, it means we are on the good way..
Let's switch over to "Ground", your new album! I know that you've recorded a MCD, entitled "Nessun Brivido" that you've sent me some weeks ago. Are there any other Alix recordings?
Yeah there are other two Alix recordings, but we have no more copies,we are planning to re-record on vinyl two songs that we play live: "Polvere" and "Bianco e Nero".