Neues aus Italien! „Schwarz, violett und weiß. Etwas, das uns zu den Antworten führt, nach denen wir schon lange gesucht haben“ – so beschreibt Polina Suffer ihre Musik. Kürzlich hat das Darkwave-Duo sein Debütalbum Agonia market veröffentlicht und uns mit dem Song „Polina, Suffer!“ einen wunderbaren Ohrwurm beschert, der Lust darauf macht, mehr von Tommaso & Beatrice zu hören!
Who is behind Polina Suffer? How did the project come into being?
Our project was born out of a common love for music and an extreme need to combine our emotional strengths … we are super friends and we get along really well musically and we couldn’t help but end up playing together. The most satisfying music is the music made with a person who is on the exact same plane as you. We started playing together also because we finally have a closer distance, we live between Turin and Milan.
Can you tell us a few things about the connection between you two and your journey into music?
We met 5 years ago in college and it was attunement at first sight … as we talked we discovered that we had a lot of interests in common including film and art – things that inspire us a lot. We had been planning to play together for years and finally here we are!!!
If you had to describe your music in terms other than music, what would you say?
Black, violet and white. Something that guides you to the answers you’ve been searching for a long time.
Forget about genres for a second – Polina Suffer`s music sounds like …
Post-coital depression ahahhahaahhah
What are your first musical memories? When did you first fall in love with sound?
Tom: My musical memories come from when I was a child. My mother always made me listen to CCCP (a historical Italian punk band) and Litfiba. I also remember my uncle making me listen to Current 93, Diamanda Galas, Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV (when I was a kid I was creeped out by these artists, now I adore them madly). Then personally at the age of 14 I discovered Joy Division and Crystal Castles, and from there started a journey backwards towards discovering the music of the past, but also of the present clearly. The last two bands mentioned are the ones that led me to fall in love with the sound.
Beatrice: At 6 years old I started playing the piano and over the years this instrument has contributed enormously to making me experience music in a passionate and visceral way. Then, in middle school I started to get closer to the infinite facets of rock and this made me the black sheep of the class – I never disliked it and, in fact, it brought me even closer to music as a personal, introspective and enveloping experience. Although over the years my tastes have expanded like the branches of a tree, I will forever feel linked to these first sensations.
Which person, artist, or incident inspired you when you first started making music?
Tom: All the old and new wave/post-punk scene from Germany, France and England (and in the world in general ahahha) … however what gave me the impetus to play music was Supernova 1006, especially the album „History of Supernova 1006“ and watching the documentary „Crollo Nervoso“ (a documentary about the Italian new wave scene).
Beatrice: Tom was my biggest inspiration also because he believes in me and my abilities, he helped me loosen up. During the period in which I played the most, I remember obsessively listening to bands like This Mortal Coil and Lifelover, but also Godflesh, as a great lover of heavy noise stuff. The song The Blue Cathedral was also inspired by a scene from the Herzog movie „The Wild Blue Yonder“.
What impact do your surroundings have on your music?
Maybe it’s what’s around us that gives us a lot of inspiration, situations that have particularly affected us, streets at night, architecture have a lot of impact, but I think our music is something that comes more from the inside.
Which sort of mood produces the best song?
Melancholy, sadness, introspection and the feeling of emptiness in the stomach.
How does the birth of a new composition happen for you? How does your compositional process work?
New compositions are born out of an unstoppable impulse that we necessarily have to get out and imprint by recording them. It arises very spontaneously, because we tend to follow that flow. We usually start by creating a drum kit, we choose the synth that most reflects that emotion we feel at that particular moment, bass line, guitar arpeggios and we proceed. Personally sometimes I can even make two songs a day if I put my mind to it aahahahaha, same for Beatrice. I hope someday to live in precisely the same place so that we can deal more optimally and cohesively with this process.
What is the most surprising record on your CD-/Vinyl-shelf?
Tom: Xiu Xiu – A Promise
Beatrice: White light from the mouth of infinity – Swans
Which instrument will surely NEVER be heard on a Polina Suffer track?
Everything is possible, and every possible instrument can be present in Polina Suffer. No limits.
What’s next for you? What are you most looking forward to?
Tom: We have several dates lined up and more to be confirmed. We are looking forward to playing around the world, we would love to tour outside Europe … hopefully it will slowly happen … and personally I feel very happy because on February 17 we will play with Selofan at Ziggy Club (Torino).
Beatrice: Same for me! At the same time, now that this journey has begun I can’t wait to produce new music, develop my capabilities and our sounds and message. We are very hyped up and have a lot of new stuff coming.