Updated: Feb 3
Live music was silenced in March of 2020. We all know why. Musicians took it just as hard as the fans they play for. When their tours were cancelled, many bands took a financial hit as well. It felt like a knife to the chest and, so all musicians were left with uncertainty about their future. What was left to do besides continue to make music?
The world was regaled with home-made music from Italians. From their balconies they serenaded their neighborhoods with their voices and, instruments. At the same time, Clone Culture, the post-punk band that simultaneously released their second album after just being signed to a label, was plotting what to do with the time that was taken from them. Their 2020 tragedy was not wasted on tears. The group's White Moth, Guitarist Marco Tafuri encouraged the trio to turn their gaze to the sea and, create a new vision, a change from their original sound.
Tragic Vision has been riding the reverbs for months. Coming together, when lockdowns allowed, the trio has been teasing photos of jam sessions that will delight the hearts and, decks of surf music lovers. Tragic Vision has become a healing practice, a way for the trio to still pump out music and, dare themselves to take on a whole new scene. When I asked Guitarist, Marco, what inspired Tragic Vision, here is what he had to say:
"Clone Culture's second album called Innocence had been released via our lovely German Label, Cold Transmission on March 21, 2020, the very beginning of the first Italian Lockdown. We had dates and, tours planned to support our album. 2020 had been pretty depressing for everyone and, when second lockdown started in November, I moved to the sea, in a super dirt-cheap motel with my guitar and, stuff to record. It was more an escape plan from reality and -for the band- a way to stay connected and stay strong. Having a new 'thing' to work on looked like the only way to run and to avoid depression. So, I started to write songs upon songs and, the sound was pretty surfy. That was also due also to the minimal gear I brought with me. The idea of a surf band was already in my mind and, it was the right moment to make it birth the vision."
Are your heart stings being pulled, yet? Tragic Vision's moment and, action is what I was hoping to experience when the dust settled during the pandemic. Though the crisis is long from being resolved, the music is flowing and, by early Spring, pandemic allowing, our ears will be filled with a unique spin on surfy tunes. Tragic Vision isn't going to let keep them from riding this wave.
I'm honored to be able to follow Tragic Visions journey. Stay tuned as I will continue to showcase the trio's progress. I hope Tragic Vision has sparked your curiosity as well, so get on over to Instagram and give @tragicvision a follow.