I have the pleasure to tell the story of the brand new Thunder Rising album, an album born during full pandemic and in a difficult moment.
We were working on a tv production in order to make part of its soundtrack and the storyboard implemented some 70’s, almost 60’s, style tracks.
That’s when I dusted off some old Hammond voices and guitar sounds typical ol’Fenders…..
And here’s the idea: going back ,as a sign of tribute, over all that repertoire that made not just the history of rock music but, and above all, it is integral part of our musical training!
No sooner said than done,I started a reflection with my bandmates and, if the first albums represented a journey on a more american-style songwriting, this time we decided to sail new seas…
By mutual agreement with my fellas, we started writing and working hard!
The new pandemic arrival and therefore the sanitary emergency ended up blocking everyone at home,forcing us to suspend the recording sessions.
We only had half the tracks done but we couldn’t stand the waiting!
It was on March 2021 and,thanks to our editor (RTI-Mediaset), the first Ep (a.k.a. THUNDER RISING III) was released.
As soon as it was published, the critical consent was very positive so that we immediately came back recording the second part, released the same year (October 2021) and called THE TIME MACHINE.
Thee two EPs represent two different musical ages: The first turned toward the ’80 and ’90 while “THE TIME MACHINE” is a real going back in time
to the glorious ’70 and to their primal rock roots with explicit historic-riff mentions.
It’s crucial to know that the recreation of the sounds has been possible by using real vintage instruments (guitars as well as amps) and even the digital parts have been re-elaborated keeping in mind what were the iconic equipments and tools of the past. A great deal of work has been done in researching and emulating the old sounds like Tape-Echo and Analog Mixing Consoles.
Meanwhile on the market my early album reissues were published and, thanks to the meeting with Music For The Masses,the idea to release a new album including the previous two eps (available only in digital) took place. Moreover we wanted the new full-lengh to include some extras.
For this reason some tracks appear in different versions (extended) but ,more importamtly,the ‘physical’ copy include an exclusive new track not present on the digital one called “Stairs To The Top“.