We recently had a chat with Enzo from Italian pop-punk band Why Everyone Left, with our conversation running over a variety of topics, including their new EP and the prospect of some upcoming UK tour dates. See how it went below!
By Jane Howkins
You just announced a new EP titled This Is Not A Test. What can you tell us about that and when is it due for release?
This Is Not A Test will be released on November 2nd. It’s our third release and I think it’s by far our best one. When we first started we wanted to play all the kinds of music we were into, but that doesn’t really help a band to grow a solid identity, we cannot all be like A Day To Remember. I think we finally made it – this EP is what Why Everyone Left is totally about, it represents us fully.
What is the title a reference to?
This Is Not A Test is actually a lyric from the first single Bouch. As the title of the EP, it means that we just want to be taken seriously out there, especially out of our country. What we realized in these years is that it’s really hard for non English/American/Australian bands to be considered as much as them, just because of where we come from and our strong accents. We just want to break down these walls!
You also recently released a new single titled Bouch. What can you tell us about that, and why did you choose that track for the lead single?
This is the first song I wrote for the new record, I really wanted to make something different and new for us, and I think this song has been the perfect starting point for the whole EP. It’s the connecting point of all the other songs of the record, It’s poppy, heavy and bouncy at the same time, that’s why we wanted it to be the lead single.
Do you have any plans to release a full length album anytime soon? If so, when would you like it to be released and what do you plan to do for it?
We’re not thinking about that to be honest, I feel like nowadays people don’t listen to full lengths that much anymore – it’s all about the singles now. There’s so much music to listen to, it’s not as expensive as before to produce it anymore, and it’s so easy to access it thanks to YouTube and the streaming services, that people don’t spend much time on just one artist as they used to do when they had to buy physical records. So as long as we’re totally independent, we’re not thinking about that.
You actually recorded the EP yourselves. What was the thinking behind that and how did it go? Would you ever do that again?
We always record almost everything by ourselves. I actually started to record music because of this band – I wanted to do it on my own, because I felt no one else could have followed my exact vision. So it’s always been this way since the first release. I think the production is incredibly important, at least as much as the song itself, so I need to have complete control over it.
You’re an Italian band, from Modena. How is the music scene down there? Any bands you can recommend we check out?
The indie scene is good, we’ve got a lot of cool artists and most of them sing in Italian. Unfortunately the pop-punk scene is not living its best period – there’s actually a good following but bands are always breaking up and there are not many new bands coming out. I would recommend Melody Fall, they’re kinda pop-punk Italian legends – they’ve been around since the mid 2000’s and they’re still making great music.
Do you have any tour dates lined up any time soon? If so, where?
We’ve got some Italian shows confirmed for november and we’re starting to work on some new European shows. Plus we can’t really wait to be back in the UK, hopefully before 2019!
If you could travel anywhere on tour, where would it be? Do you feel that being in the band has allowed you to do that more than you would otherwise have been able to?
The United States! That’s probably the hardest tour goal to achieve for a European band, since it’s expensive to get there and it’s not easy to catch their attention. Thanks to this band we’ve travelled the whole of Europe and made precious friends in every place we’ve been to. It’s priceless and I would have never traveled so much if it wasn’t for music and this band.
Why do you think people should come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your gigs?
People usually come to us after the shows and tell us that they liked our records but that they LOVED our show! I think we really give our best at our shows, we practice a lot for that and you can definitely see it.
Any last words for the fans?
Be ready for the EP to come out and come and scream every single word at our shows! Let me know if it’s all good!