Interview: La Casa Al Mare

by Jake Kussmaul

As La Casa Al Mare’s This Astro continues to envelop countless listeners in their daydreams, lead vocalist/guitarist Alessio Pindinelli provided me with some great insight about the band and the EP.

Check out our interview below!

What is the significance behind the name La Casa Al Mare in relation to the band’s music?

The name refers to a sort of status symbol for the middle class living in big towns like Rome in the 70s and the 80s: the myth of owning a small seaside house. It makes us think about a chance to escape, childhood and dreams. And, although our musical roots are 100% non-italian, and we sing in English, we liked the idea of having a name in Italian, because [Italy]’s the place we live every day.

Tell me about your first exposure to alternative music and how it transitioned into shoegaze?

I remember when I was a kid, having my very own radio. I was continuously skipping stations, unsatisfied of the average music selection until I would have found that perfect ‘alternative’ song, which seemed to be finally written and broadcasted right for me. So yeah, that was the alternative music. You couldn’t simply turn on the radio and expect to find it; you had (actually, in Italy, you still have) to carefully turn the tuning knob, like a music burglar leaning his ear against a safe and trying to decipher its combination. Shoegaze is one of the key combinations, the one we’re into right now.

How did you become involved in your city’s music scene, and when did La Casa Al Mare become noticed?

There’s not much of a music scene in Rome. To call it a ‘scene’, it should capture more people and local media attention, and this hasn’t happened yet. We really like our friends Snow In Mexico, they’re old school shoegazers. So, we’re in a scene of two bands! Although, they are more on an electronic shore. Actually, some young new shoegaze/dreampop bands are popping up compared to last year. So, let’s see what’s next.

We played our first gig one month ago. About 50 people showed up and that is a reasonable point for a city like Rome with no strong alternative culture background.

After the band received recognition from a multitude of well known sources, especially in a very short time, how did you respond?

We feel proud and happy of making something that is considered good by ‘zines and radios, and we’re even more proud we did it as a DIY band, from production to artwork, from videos to (especially) PR. It’s been (and it is still now) hard work, but it’s worth it.

What kind of experience did you gain from recording the tracks for This Astro?

I work in a recording studio, and we used the studio’s idle time to record the tracks and mix it. We did experiments on sound and recording techniques and learn a lot about technical stuff. The chance of having our own a studio makes a big difference.

I’ve just recently heard the EP’s exclusive title track, and it reminds me of a live jam session. Do you guys jam together often?

Not very often, but your impression is right because This Astro comes from a six-hour-long jam, with all mics set to record.  We just did some overdubs after.

Some two or three other good ideas came out that day, and probably after some refinement, they will turn into complete songs, to be included in our forthcoming album.

Will there be a follow-up to This Astro eventually?

Of course! We’re working on the album relentlessly.

Anything you’d like to say your fans (myself included), and the rest of the world?

Well, thanks for being our fan!

Jokes aside, the fact that some people might enjoy our music from all over the world (even if in a small amount) is something magical that gives us a lot of energy every day, something to be grateful for. So thank you.