(Photo credit: Jason K Kitching)
Venice based duo Kill Your Boyfriend have been around since 2011 and ” is an artistic collaboration between singer-guitarist Matteo Scarpa, standing somewhere in between a doomsday teller and a possessed Rockabilly shouter, and drummer Antonio Angeli, who perfectly sets the frantic and tachycardic pace for the Noir and Postindustrial tales of his partner in crime.” The duo recently released a 7″ vinyl featuring their new single ‘Elizabeth’ on side A and a remix of the single on side B by Preoccupations‘ (formerly Viet Cong) Daniel Christiansen via Depth Records. On December 6th the duo also released a psychologically thrilling video for the track, which you can check out below.
We thought it was about time we found out more about what makes the band tick, so we asked them to pick three albums that have influenced their music. Their picks are below.
‘Elizabeth’ is available here: https://depthsrecords.bandcamp.com/releases
Suicide – Suicide
When we first met this band, we were at their concert in a club very close to our town. We were young and we didn’t know them so well but that concert was so incredible that we immediately fell in love and this album became one of our most influential; probably one of the reasons why, some years ago, we created Kill Your Boyfriend.
The repetitive super acid electro sound of this record shook us to the bone from the first listen. We’re captured by Rock’n’roll singers such as Presley in the sixties but with delays that able to hypnotize the audience. Alan Vega and Martin Rev formed one of the finest ensembles when we talk about no-wave.
David Lynch – The Big Dream
The strange thing when you listen to this album is the nostalgia that covers it and reaches your heart. When we first listened to it at our friend’s house, we were astonished. Lynch is a real genius in creating vivid atmospheres and, above all, silences that will take your breath away. The use of the voices is fascinating in the way that gives a cinematic touch to the album. We are always looking for new listenings, but we must admit that we are always looking forward to his new publications.
Liars – They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top
“…Well, I like, I like, I like, I like, I like, I like, I like, I like, I like, I like, I like…” (quote from ‘The garden was crowded and oustide’)
Back in New York but different year, 2001, our opinion is that this record is a masterpiece of a new golden era for the Post-Punk and Garage. Syncopated, frenetic, a sound that twists your body. Catchy vocals are all over the album and we love to be mesmerized by the loop at the end of ‘This dust makes that mud’, it could run forever. It’s a must have in your collection.