IL MURO DEL CANTO
Muro del canto is a group with six members – Daniele Coccia, Ludovico Lamarra, Alessandro Pieravanti, Eric Caldironi, Giancarlo Barbati and Alessandro Marinelli – which has been playing in the Rome area for five years. “We all have day jobs that generally have nothing to do with the music,” says bassist Lamarra, “but perhaps that's our strongpoint: one of us is a metalworker, one's a clerk, though none of us has got a steady contract. For us, playing is an investment of our time and energy. Sometimes we get paid in beer, other times the absolute minimum. That's why the things we sing about are things that we live first hand”. The idea of singing in Roman dialect came with Luce mia, the first song written by singer Coccia. “The Romanesque dialect doesn't exist any more, all that's left is the accent which everyone recognises, so that helps”, says Lamarra, “but obviously, it's still got its irreverent, cynical character, which includes the anti-clericalism of Belli and Trilussa”.
The band takes a songwriterly, folky, narrative approach. The imagery on their first album, L'Ammazzasette (2012) harks back to Gabriella Ferri: folk songs, stories of love and knives, jealousy and difficult romances – in short, the Roman tradition of doomed love, while on Ancora ridi (2013) the sound is rougher and the issues more political. They sing about the poor, the disadvantaged, and the stubborn desire to plough ahead anyway. Thanks to their special relationship with the public, playing live is important for the band. “We want to tear down the wall between the stage and the audience. That's why we play so often, despite the difficulty of finding places”.
Muro del Canto took part in the 21st century's first compilation of Roman song, Mamma Roma addio, which also featured Remo Remotti and Ardecore, and together with Assalti Frontali, they produced the collaboration Il lago che combatte, an initiative in support of local committees for the lake in the grounds of the former SNIA factory on the Via Prenestina which was created by a violation of building law. Muro del Canto will soon be in the studio to record their third album.
The story has been written by Stefano Ciavatta, writer.
A Roman folk-rock band with working class roots and a song-writing calling. Two albums under their belts and a third on the way.