London Rock quartet A NEW TOMORROW create a sound using a fusion of different types of Rock and Metal. Their sound has been compared to what it would sound like if FOO FIGHTERS and ALTER BRIDGE had a baby. It is more than safe to say that they will cause a storm in 2019. So Rock Out Stand Out speak to bassist Andrea Lonardi about their sound, their message they want to spread and their future plans.
Morning Andrea, how are we doing today?
I am doing great. I am starting the morning with a good coffee and the beautiful sun is outside so it couldn’t be better.
So, this is a chance to introduce A New Tomorrow to new audiences, who are you influenced by musically?
As a band, we all come from different backgrounds but we all listen to a lot of different genres of music. For example, I personally have a more Punk Rock background but also always been a huge fan of bands such as Incubus, Alice in Chains and Sting. Then, thanks to Alessio, I went further into metal. Alessio comes from a background of Thrash Metal but he is also into funk, soul and country. For Tim it was Prog Rock while Michael comes from the more modern side of metal. I would say our band is a mix of different styles.
I was listening to your sound earlier, it gave me an idea of what would happen if Alter Bridge jammed with Green Day and threw Foo Fighters into the mix. Would you agree?
Yes, I would definitely say so. We have been compared to those bands before so I guess that makes a lot of sense.
I was listening to Back To Life and it reminded me of the Alter Bridge song Come To Life. Was the similarity intentional?
There is no intention to sound like Alter Bridge but I definitely take this as a compliment. I believe the reason why Back To Life might remind you of them is because it has heavy riffs mixed with very melodic parts and at the same time Alessio’s voice can reach really high notes.
What do you write about in your songs?
Most of our songs are about being positive and never giving up. We want to spread this message as much as we can. We all have those bad days where things aren’t going so well or didn’t go as we expected, that’s life.
Sometimes, when we are having hard times in life, we might look around and think no one can really understand what we are going through. We probably don’t realise that even though we are all unique, we all face similar obstacles in life at some point or another. The band name speaks for itself, it’s about never giving up and always believing in yourself.
A New Tomorrow means another day where you can start afresh again.
During a time of political uncertainty and corrupt leadership, this message of hope and positivity couldn’t have come at a better time.
There’s a lot of people telling us how bad things are and not enough people telling us how good things could be. We need more of that morale boost and positivity, that’s the message we want to spread.
I usually say music brings people together so that potentially adds another layer to your sound.
Absolutely, I always liked to look at music as the universal language for feelings. You can only try to describe rage, love, happiness, sadness… in words, but you can definitely make people feel this emotions through music. So definitely something that can bring people together because it is a language that can be understood by many and surely another layer to songs in general.
Different bands have their own song writing process. Some write the lyrics first and others write the music first. What is A New Tomorrow’s song writing process?
We personally like to write music together. With the last album we were meeting weekly in a studio, mixing everything up and jamming for hours. We would then listen to everything back and see if there was anything worth keeping or changing. Alessio is the one writing all the lyrics so to deeply feel every word he will be singing.
You say you record everything, was there a point you recorded something by accident but then as it turned out it fitted well in the track?
Oh definitely! This happens all the time especially because, as mentioned before, most of our songs come out from a jam.
About this, a little curiosity on our new album. There will be a track that will be the exact copy of what came out while improvising. We had in fact to listen the parts back and re-learn them.
As you would imagine it doesn’t have the typical structure of a song and that’s why we decided to turn it into a sort of musical “short movie” where lyrics gave way to dialogues instead.
So, this new album of yours, will it be a mix of songs from previous EPs or new material all together?
100% completely new material.
I saw a while ago you were looking for faces to be in a new video.
Yes that’s correct. A little over a month ago we shot the first video for the new album and we wanted to find a way to say a big Thank You to all of those such as fans, friends and family who have supported us through the years.
We asked people following us on social media to send pictures of themselves, to be used in some of the scenes as symbol of this growing A New Tomorrow family, of which, we are really grateful for.
That’s a lovely message. Being together nowadays is made a bit easier by social media, the Internet. Sometimes we don’t even need to leave the house to connect with others.
That’s very true! Because of that though sometimes I have the feeling some people are slowly losing the skill of talking to one another in the real world. My favourite way to be together with other people and connect with them is going to concerts, where anything from the actual performance to seeing the guy next to you wearing the T-Shirt of a band you like can start a conversation.
So, 2019 is about promoting about the new album, can you tell us a bit more about it? Including any touring plans.
At this stage, unfortunately, I can’t say much about the new album as we are still in the process of talking with labels and considering their offers. Of course one of the first things we will be doing after the signing will be planning gigs and tours.
Cannot wait to go out and share energy with those who will attend the shows, meet new people every night and have a chat with others I haven’t seen in a while.
Hopefully 2019 will be a busy year.
To round up, what advice would you give to bands who are looking to start out?
I would say, keep doing it for fun. Never take the fun factor away from music. Don’t do it because you want to make money, trust me. Don’t do it for fame otherwise you will find yourself trying to emulate other artists rather than playing the beautiful unwritten music hidden inside of you. Don’t try to be anyone else rather than yourself and make the music you like. Play it as much as you can and see where it takes you.
Thank you, Andrea, for taking time out to talk to Rock Out Stand Out today and good luck with the new album.
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