Stain The Canvas are a metal-core quintet from Milan, Italy.The band have a ferocious sound and style reminiscent of early 2010's scene bands such as early Bring Me The Horizon. Plus with an aim to "Bring back emo-heads, ready to ride the rawring 20's” we just knew we had to find out more about the band.
Their highly anticipated debut album ‘God Made Hell’ was released on February 14th, 2020 and has seen universal praise. We spoke to Lorenzo 'H' Accattoli (Guitar) to discuss their debut album 'God Made Hell', being called the "saviors of emo" by fans and why we should all be excited for the rawring 20's...
"we’re preparing ourselves to give people better live and studio performances and songs. I thought I just want to do this in life and, God, it’s gonna take much more than a world pandemic to prevent me from trying."
Firstly, I have to ask this at the moment, how have you guys been coping in the lockdown, what kind of things have you been up to since the lockdown came into effect.
I thought I could use this lockdown time to be super productive, so I decided to invest most of my time writing new STC material. But I wasn’t really inspired, so I actually wrote a few things. I felt so down and unmotivated (in 2020 STC should have toured EU and UK), so I wrote something about that.
How did you get into writing and creating music? Was there a decisive moment or event that you remember that made you stop and think, wow, THIS is what I want to do with my life?
I was in a band where I used to sing and play guitar when I was 14. I never wanted to sing though, and I felt like my own potential and the songs I was writing were pretty “limited” if I had to sing and play the guitar. I knew I could give a lot more, using everything I got in the best way possible. That’s why I wanted to keep making music and start STC, otherwise I would have quit music in months, probably.
Let’s be honest 2020 has been a weird year so far and things will probably be weird for a while. As an artist, especially an artist with your debut album ‘God Made Hell’ which released On February 14th. How has this affected your rhythm? This is the time you would be out there playing shows and promoting the album!
Yeah, as I said previously, I felt and still feel pretty unmotivated and a little bit depressed. We worked on our first album for 3 years and now that it’s out we can’t play it live and touring to promote it. I mean, who the hell wouldn’t feel unmotivated? We take this time to get better in what we do, so we’re preparing ourselves to give people better live and studio performances and songs. I thought I just want to do this in life and, God, it’s gonna take much more than a world pandemic to prevent me from trying.
"When I write music I always wonder how far I can get, which elements I could use to express what I want to say. STC is a good team, because I have no limits in writing music and my pals have no limits in performing it. We want to push ourselves to the limit in the writing process and in the performance."
‘God Made Hell’, your debut album, was released on February 14th, 2020. How did you find the process of creating your debut album?
It has been a long and tough way, especially considered the perfectionist dickhead I am. It won’t be different from the writing process of STC 2, I just have more experience and more influences now that I’d like to use. I literally changed my way of living, away from my family and friends, but it’s something I keep doing. These are choices I’d make again.
‘Like A God’ is an absolute belter of a track and shows just how hard you guys can hit! Is it always the ambition of the band to always push the limits of what the definitive Stain The Canvas sound can be?
Absolutely. When I write music I always wonder how far I can get, which elements I could use to express what I want to say. STC is a good team, because I have no limits in writing music and my pals have no limits in performing it. We want to push ourselves to the limit in the writing process and in the performance.
With everything still up in the air, what do you think the rest of 2020 will look like for you as a band?
I think 2020 will be pretty meaningless in our career, from the start to the end. The best we can do is keep writing new music, rehearsals, and hope to play at least one show here in Italy. It really sucks.
"people started to call us as the new emo wave, emo saviours, etc. So why not, let’s bring emo back in 2020 all together, it’s f*cking Rawring 20s! And it’s just started."
A lot of your fans are calling you the “saviour of emo”, what do you say to these comments? Is this something you aimed for?
Hahaha yeah, we actually didn’t mean that at first. This is just our style, this is just us: we still feel emo and we don’t see why we should stop being what we are. Then people started to call us as the new emo wave, emo saviours, etc. So why not, let’s bring emo back in 2020 all together, it’s f*cking Rawring 20s! And it’s just started.
Religion is a theme that runs right trough the album. What made you choose this theme as something you wanted to explore for the album?
I think there’s a lot more philosophy than religion, but anybody can read the album however they want. When we talk about “God” we don’t mean the Christian one, we just refer at his figure, the figure of God. We have nothing against Christians or atheists or religion at all. For the lyrics I just expressed what I felt in certain times of my life but I wanted to express them in a certain kind of way, since I felt really inspired from philosophers and ‘800 writers.
‘Unknown’ is another amazing track which features Eliza Grace who is predominantly a pop artist. How did this collaboration come about?
I was scrolling YouTube videos and then I found this girl, Eliza. I listened to her covers and I thought she had an amazing voice, and I wanted it so bad on one of our tracks. That’s it, we sent her an email and she’s been happy to work with us, since she likes this kind of music.
"Anima. It’s heavy yet so melodic, the perfect mix of how we want to sound."
Speaking of collaborations, if you could choose any one person to do a guest spot on one of your tracks who would you choose and why?
I thought many times that I’d really like to make a collaboration with Danny Worsnop, since he’s one of my all-time favourite singers.
If you had to choose one song from the Stain The Canvas catalogue that you feel encompasses the bands signature sound, which song would you choose and why?
Maybe Anima. It’s heavy yet so melodic, the perfect mix of how we want to sound.
Finally, as we are called Not A Phase, were you a scene kid when you were growing up? If not, what kind of music were you rocking out back in your formative teenage years?
Haha yeah, I definitely started my scene journey when I was 13! A friend of mine introduced me to Black Veil Brides and my life changed. I used to be punk before, tho! My favorite bands were The Exploited, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Acidez, Minor Threat and other stuff like that.
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