Question #1: For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Reply #1: Hi guys, Luca is talking. Well, Nuclear Detonation is a Thrash Metal band born in 2012 in Reggio Calabria (Italy), in a very similar ambient to the American Bay Area not for culture or what but just for the landscape (ahah joke). I’m the founder and the only original musician of the band, Filippo is the drummer and the older member who joined the band after me, and Andrea our bassist, is the latest and fantastic addition; we had a lot of line up change for a lot of reasons, and we’re still looking for a lead guitarist… Someone wants to try? (ahah joke)
Q#2: How would you describe your musical sound?
R#2: We use to say that our sound is something reborn from 30 years ago to see the light and have a new kind of evolution; We have really different background: I’m a Thrash Metal lover but I listen to a lot of Progressive Rock (Kansas is my favorite band), Filippo listen to a lot of Alternative Rock but he grew up with Heavy, Thrash and Death Metal, he love Richard Christy. Andrea listen and play Fusion, Jazz etc and his way to play metal is really influenced by that…He think that Steve Di Giorgio is the best bassist in metal, strange uh? (ahah joke)
Q#3: Your music is heavily rooted in the 80's thrash sound, what are some of the things you feel that you are doing different than most new bands that are playing this style?
R#3: As we said, we can for sure find our roots in 80’s Thrash sound and we’re proud of that; but after the recording of our first single “Down to Hell” our way to play our music is lightly more personal: we’re trying to play Thrash metal with our vision, we'd like to be remembered as a band which tried to escape to trend and conformity to play what really feel!
Q#4: What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
R#4: We like to talk about social disease and personal introspection, but, the human behavior is the central theme in our lyrics. Our debut album will clarify your ideas.
Q#5: What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name “Nuclear Detonation”?
R#5: Nuclear Detonation is something powerful and dangerous at the same time; something which could turn off many lives… And it could be caused by the man, because “the human mistake is behind the corner”. You’ll better understand why, listening to our debut album.
Q#6: What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
R#6: We played our best show some days ago in Cosenza, no doubt about it! Genuine atmosphere, nice place, very good organization (Thank you Marco and Gaetano) very good beer and…the guys from the crowd were animals: mosh all the time, broken glass, people almost flying (although the landing was not the best. ahah joke) and the thing that touched me most has been the circle pit attempt in a very little space!!! We’re were galvanized by all of them and we played our best show (even if we were without a guitar).
Q#7: Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
R#7: Well, we’re entering in the studio to record the album, so we maybe play some show, but we’ll think about a promo tour of the album after it’ll be out and available through our label “Senseless Life Records”.
Q#8: On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of thrash metal?
R#8: We’re very satisfied about the feedback gave to our music by fans of Thrash Metal. They've loved “Down to Hell” and someone says that he can’t still stop singing the chorus taaa taratara taratara tarata DOWN TO HELL!!! (ahah joke) But if they like “Down to Hell” they will be definitively in love with the Album!
Q#9: When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
R#9: The full length album will be out soon, we’ve all the songs, all the lyrics and we have it’s name! You don’t have to wait too long. Well, we see Nuclear Detonation playing its music as loud as fast as rude as possible and even more! We don’t like to say crap like “we’ll play at Sonisphere because we’re great”. We don’t need superstars, we need real music!
Q#10: What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
R#10: We use to listen to Megadeth, Metallica and Death when we’re all togheter in the car while moving to some show or just chilling somewhere. So I think that these bands are the main influences in our music. But as just said we have different backgrounds so everyone of us will be influenced by his own music.
Q#11: What are some of your non musical interests?
R#11: I (Luca) love sport. I was a good athlete, one of the best in my county in 110 meters hurdles before quitting for an injury and now I’m studying P.E. at university. Filippo was a sportman like me, he love football and athletics, now he’s working in his shop. Andrea, when is not playing bass or contrabass (most of his day because he study at Music Academy), he love to practice street skating.
Q#12: Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
R#12: For first, we would thank you for this interview, and last but not for least we want to say a big THANK YOU to all the persons who comes to our shows, who buy our merch and CDs and who will do it. Thank you guys, you’re the reason, without you, we’re nothing! “We don’t need superstars. We need real music. Keep it TRUE”
Luca “Detonation” Sergi.
Filippo “Zanna” Occhiuto.