Vadoinmessico sound like Vampire Weekend after a few tequila shots and a nap in the sun. In short, they sound like summer in a bottle (with a generous dose of Spanish strings). Wonderland caught the poetically-minded lead singer Giorgio before the band took to the Standon Calling stage.
How did all of you meet?
When I moved to London in 2006, I went to study music in a school around London Bridge. There I met Salvador, a tall and thin Mexican guy. We mainly remained silent, due to my pretty much non-existent knowledge of English and the taciturn nature of my new friend. From that silent friendship, Vadoinmessico was born. In college there was an Austrian guy called Stefan, so we invited him to play with us. Alessandro, a friend from Rome, came up to give us a hand recording some bass lines, and never went back. We changed different drummers, but we met Joe in 2010 and after a few hits on the drums, it was clear he had to stay, whether he wanted to or not. Luckily for everyone, he did.
How would you describe your music to someone?
A reviewer once defined our music as being “space-folk”. We really like this non-existent genre because it’s a contradiction in itself: “folk” is that music that belongs to a land, a culture. “Space” is the opposite, it’s everything outside of the Earth, where there’s no people and no culture.
Your music sounds a little nostalgic – what are you nostalgic for, exactly?
We are nostalgic of ourselves, as we are now, or were, or will be; of the fragile balance we all live in. I guess in general it’s a nostalgia of life and of everything we have and love, which we will necessarily lose.
What is home to you?
Well I have two now, one is Rome and one is London, which for me makes the whole thing very confusing as neither place really feels like “home” anymore.
What are your influences?
The music that probably had the strongest and most direct effect on what we do is the one of Tyrannosaurus Rex, which is the acoustic T. Rex, before 1970.
Why the name Vadoinmessico?
“Vado in Messico” means “I go to Mexico” in Italian. One night when Alessandro and I were still living in Rome, we went to see a gig. Driving back home we saw a bus coming from the opposite direction and in the frontal panel that shows the bus destination, the driver had written “Vadoinmessico”.
With band members from all over the world, do you guys ever experience any culture clashes?
Disagreements are a natural occurrence when you’re in a band spending a lot of time together, often in claustrophobic environments like rehearsal rooms. I think that we are like Schopenhauer’s hedgehogs, sometimes getting too close and touching each other’s spikes.
If Vadoinmessico was a real place, what would it look like?
It would be a submerged city, where the sunlight travels through the deep water and reappears in the form of shimmers on the scales of gigantic fishes floating between the buildings.
Vadoinmessico are playing Standon Calling, Y Not, Green Man and Electric Picnic festival this year.
Words: Zing Tsjeng