Transiberiana is the new album from the legendary Italia band Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso. That album will be released in April 26, and will be the first studio album in 25 years! Transiberiana is the nineteenth record of Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, and a result of the bands cooperation with their new best friends, Inside Out Music! The track Il Ruderi El Gulag,
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso is one of the most important progressive rock bands to come from Italy. Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso along with Premiata Forneria Marconi and Le Orme. The band are regarded by many as the big three of the first RPI wave. This is not only because of their longevity and the level of success they achieved in their own country, but also because each were able to make considerable inroads abroad, something which didn’t happen for most of their contemporaries.
Despite not releasing their first album until 1972, the band actually was formed in 1969. Their sound then centering around the virtuoso dual keyboard work of the Nocenzi brothers, Gianni and Vittorio. The early line-up fluctuated with various members coming and going before any recorded output was released, including drummers Franco Pontecorvi and Mario Achilli, bassist Fabrizio Falco and guitarists Gianfranco Coletta (ex Chetero & Co) and Claudio Falco. This early incarnation of the band did, however, record some material but this wouldn’t surface until 1989, see the Donna Plautilla album.
The line up on the debut album, Francesco Di Giacomo – vocals, Marcello Todaro – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, Vittorio Nocenzi – body, harpsichord, clarinet, recorder and vocals, Gianni Nocenzi – E-clarinet and vocals, Renato D’Angelo – bass, Pier Luigi Calderoni – Drums and timpani.
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso today is: Vittorio Nocenzi – piano, keyboards and voice, Filippo Marcheggiani -guitars, Nicola Di Già (rhythm guitar), Marco Capozi (bass), Fabio Moresco (drums) and Tony D’Alessio (lead vocal).
Founding member Vittorio Nocenzi states: «I’m happy after working such a long time on this new Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso album for Inside Out. It fills me with joy and satisfaction as I was truly inspired from the very beginning! For too many years, the band was only dedicated to live performances, so it was about time we would go back to composing, playing and producing new stuff! By choosing the Transiberian’ concept for this new piece of work, there are two main issues I’d like to point out.
First the new Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso line up consisting of great musicians and great people, secondly, the presence of my two sons in the project: Michelangelo co-writing the album and Mario Valerio, who took care of a marketing and communication strategy related to it. These two elements have been the best gifts I could possibly imagine to receive! And this is an extra motivation if ever needed to do my best for reaching our goals.
The last Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso album, 13, was released back in 1994 and after all those years and the loss of two historical former members, the band is back to confirm its place in the international progressive music scene. Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso (which translates to Bank Of Mutual Relief) were formed in Rome, Italy back in 1969 and under the influence of British greats as Gentle Giant, Genesis, Jethro Tull and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The band back then forged a truly original sound equally complex, melodic and dynamic.
In 2019, Transiberian will prove that this style is very much intact and creative mastermind Vittorio Nocenzi promises an autobiographical journey lyrically, musically and in terms of concept. Transiberiana is not only an impressive new album by Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, but also reflects upon a storied career and redefines what the group is all about.