Smoking Rogers states, «If we had been born forty years earlier we would not have been inspired by anyone. We wouldn’t need it. Today, however, it is difficult to look back without letting oneself be marked by musical and sound visions that no longer exist.
Our music, our group, wants to recover that spirit, between 70s reminiscences and a continuous research in grunge starting from the second half of the eighties».
Italian alternative rock band Smoking Rogers has just presented the first single Spiritual Song from their debut album Comfort Zone, out on July 20th via Seahorse Recordings.
The band comments: «This song is about pathological narcissism, inability to love and rejection. It blends 70’s and 90’s sounds. As we always say, if we had been born forty years earlier, we might not have been inspired by anyone».
Comfort Zone was produced and recorded by Maurizio Lollobrigida and mixed and mastered by Maurizio Lollobrigida and Alessandro Scerpa at Officine Zero/Il Merlo Studio in Rome.
The concept of the album is based on the analysis of the difficulty of being accepted in the discovery of one’s own identity, and of coming out of that free zone in which we close ourselves. We want to defend it from the arrows of a cultural world increasingly based on the emptiness of appearing and being mainstream rather than real.
The album ranges from deeply intimate songs (Thovez House, I Want YouTto Know) to actual 90s tunes (One Division Left,, Spiritual Song), from electro-acoustic ballads (Pascal-On Stage) to decidedly lighter sounds (70’s, The Butterflies, Daybreak), all the way to the noir climax of I’ve Got Your Eyes, which locks the door of the comfort zone.
Comfort Zone tracklisting:
One Division Left
I Want You To Know
Pascal On Stage
I’ve Got Your Eyes
If they had been in the United States 30 years ago, Smoking Rogers would most likely have spontaneously become part of the Seattle grunge scene. But although this seminal influence is clear, the band’s identity is also much more: a powerful hard rock vein that can be traced back to the Los Angeles scene of the late ’80s, guitars strongly linked to punk culture and a natural tendency towards acoustic songwriting.
The band’s propensity for dissonance and sharp riffs does not prevent them from exploring different sounds and genres, always guided by their own instincts.
Smoking Rogers are:
Valeria Di Maggio: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Lorenzo Cicerchia: Vocals, Electric Guitar
Maurizio Lollobrigida: Electric Guitar
Alessandro Scerpa: Bass, Chorus
Teo Lisac: Drums