Italian Adventures

Saint Lawrence Verge

Ashram

German Shepherd Records

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Saint Lawrence Verge were formed in Modena, Italy, in 2012.

The first line-up of the band consisted of Hatsya (vocals, guitar, synths), Mart (guitar, synths) and Acrux (drums). The current line up was completed in 2014 with Nauthiz, who covers the bass guitar duties.

The band say “The key purpose of the Saint Lawrence Verge project is creating,  where that ‘Creation’ is conceived as an expression of our visions, lives and feelings.” 

The name of their first, self-produced,  album was “This Is The Way” and consisted of 8 tracks “drenched with an obscure, dreamlike mood” . It was recorded in 2013 and released in 2014.

In 2015 they recorded a promo named “The Ladder” consisting of two new tracks and including re-arranged versions of two songs previously featured on “This Is The Way”.

On 22nd April 2016, with the support and help of German Shepherd Records, Saint Lawrence Verge new full length will be released, entitled “Ashram”. This is the record labels first release by a band from outside the UK.

The band play what they describe as “trip-rock” which, in essence, combines a strong post-punk ethic, with elements of cinematic progressive styles, in the spirit of Italian composers such as Ennio Morricone, and the rich legacy of that countries rock output. As with most German Shepherd releases it is completely different from what has been released before by the label. The decision to release the album to some extent reflects the label owners love of early 70s prog like Van Der Graaf and Peter Hammill , cinema soundtracks and jazz.

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From the bands promo……

“Ashram” is our sophomore effort, ten songs of trip rock recorded and mixed at Orion’s Lair and Inferno Studios, and then mastered at Sage Audio.

The “Ashram” is a community gathered for mystical purposes, and the album is an intermediate result of the spiritual research channeling through Saint Lawrence Verge.

The cover artwork represents the Roots, the Ladder and the Branches; we come from Cosmos, find ourselves here and rise the Ladder until we reach the Cosmos once again.

The first three songs of “Ashram” are about the Roots, or what lays behind us as historical origin (Wings of Oblivion), metaphysical origin (Nest of Lights) and genealogical origin (Equinox).

The Ladder – our present, visible and reachable existence – inspired the next four songs, each one treating a different type of awareness: Nature and Elements (Struggle Fundamentals), Animals (And in the Black, Them), Humans (Ivory of the Peaks), Means for Other Forces (Ashram).

The expression of this point of Saint Lawrence Verge’s journey is then completed by the last three songs, which are reflections, dreams and mystical abductions about the Branches, the threshold of the Unknown, the road onward (or backward?) to Cosmos. “Black Woods” is about our private and immediate future perspective, “Past Lives in One” is about the relation between Time and Life, while “Cursed Among the Furthest Lights” is a swirling, bleak possession of hostile and far dimensions.

“A call from above to our sleeping cells
to let us ascend out of trembling shells,
We rise from black dwells;
little more than corpses of higher spells,
sidereal currents will overwhelm us,
among the stars our bodies will be crushed.”

An interview with the band

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Q. When was the band formed?

The nucleus of the band formed in 2012, composed of Hatsya & Mart. The following year Acrux joined the band, which in 2014 released “This Is The Way”, our first effort. Then, Nauthiz came in as bass player; “The Ladder EP” was recorded and released in 2015. Now, in 2016, it’s time for “Ashram” to see the light.

Q. Who is in the band and what instruments do they play?

The band is  Hatsya – vocals, guitars & synths – , Mart – guitars & synths, Nauthiz – bass – and Acrux – drums.

Q. Are any of the members of the band in any other groups. or have they played in other groups previously?

Hatsya was in Laetitia in Holocaust and is undertaking – at this very moment – a solo path. Nauthiz was also Laetitia in Holocaust, but has played in a variety of other bands, including Red Pill, Unbirth & Klosteret.

Q. What are your musical influences?

We all have a wide array of influences, but for this project we would mention: Death in June, And Also The Trees, 70s psychedelic rock, Comus, Ianva, Joy Division, Matt Elliott, Pink Floyd, Hexvessel.. but it could be an infinite list!

Q. The album is an interesting mix of styles? How would you describe your style/genre?

Mmh.. trip rock?

Q. I think I here some Sergio Leone/Ennio Morricone influences, is this correct?

An unconscious influence from Ennio Morricone is possible – Sergio Leone is one of the most loved directors in – and from – Italy, so it’s not so unlikely to hear some impact of the musical scores composed by the Maestro. Anyway, it’s really a flattering suggestion!

Q. What music by other bands/artists is each member of the band listening to at the moment?

Right now, for the most part our listening revolves around Hexvessel, Fabrizio de Andrè, Camel, Spite Extreme Wing, The Devil’s Blood, Hood, Directorsound & Nick Cave.

Q. What can you tell us about the music scene in Modena/Northern Italy?

The scene is quite dead, but some bands have survived: Demiurgon, Red Pill, Ataraxia, Jesus Ain’t in Poland, Grumo, Fata, Na Isna & J.T.R. Sickert are all groups from our area.

Q. Where can people find out more about the band?

Facebook 

SoundCloud 

You Tube 

The album can be pre-ordered now.

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